Brighton Fringe 2015 Programme Released
“Brighton Fringe is more than just a festival: it is a living, breathing, year-round artistic ecosystem that needs to be sustained.” – Julian Caddy, Managing Director
Today Brighton Fringe launches its 2015 programme online, starting the countdown to a record-breaking year for England’s largest arts festival. Tickets are already online for Friends of Brighton Fringe and the printed brochure with cover designs by local illustrator Tim Cockburn will be available from Weds 4th March when tickets go on general sale.
Running from 1st to 31st May, 750 events are confirmed so far, the highest number ever to appear at the festival. Around 250,000 people are expected to attend Brighton Fringe, which acts as a springboard for both new and established artists across a diverse range of art forms, which will this year showcase 233 world premieres.
Cabaret – Two internationally acclaimed cabaret artists Camille O’Sullivan, original star of La Clique, and Tina C, comic creation of the multi-award winning Christopher Green. You can also expect an alternative cabaret for the politically jaded from Bourgeois & Maurice.
Theatre – Royal Court Young Writer Tim Cook premieres his new work Crushed, set during the 2010 student protests along with Wildspark’s The Bombing of the Grand Hotel and Black is the Colour of My Voice, Apphia Campbell’s hit one-woman show inspired by the life of Nina Simone. Also The Bucket Club’s Lorraine & Alan, a modern re-telling of the Selkie myth with live electronic sound design which won the Brighton Fringe Excellence Award at Edinburgh Fringe 2014.
Comedy – Expect more than 200 acts, including sketch-sensations BEASTS, Radio 4 favourite John Osborne and Mock the Week’s Zoe Lyons. Rising talent from Tom Allen’s new show ‘Both Worlds’ plus Tom Deacon and The Christeene Machine, a punk cabaret star from the USA and election themed Jonny and the Baptists Rock the Vote.
International Talent – 60 international productions will appear including a concert from the Soweto Spiritual Singers, I Am Not Antigone from the Netherland’s Idreman Foundation, Sjoerd Meijer’s The Liberation of an Angry Little Man, winner of the Best Show at Amsterdam Fringe in 2013, and PAND 7090, which scooped the top prize at Amsterdam Fringe last year. Audiences can also see life sized elephant and giraffe puppets at the Largest Marionette Circus in the World, a UK premiere from Poland.
Graphic novelists and comics – A series of events at Sallis Benney Theatre and the legendary Andie Airfix, who has created some of the most memorable music designs of the last 30 years, makes a welcome return.
Quirky – Brighton’s Singing Barber serenades audience members as he styles their hair, Pint Sized Plays are performed across Brighton pubs, there’s a musical about Doctor Who, and a rock n’ roll roller derby. Why not try your hand at Crimplene Millionaire, Boogaloo Stu’s board game experience extraordinaire or join the Great Superhero Debate, spend some time in a beach hut with fading shopping channel star Chris Titmas or immerse themselves in a fully sensory, technicolour musical offering from You Cry Wolf.
Family – More than 50 family shows are on offer including the Brighton Fringe family picnic, served up in the stunning Pavilion Gardens on the two bank holiday Saturdays in May (May 2 and 23). The ever popularFringe City, a free showcase of theatre, art installations, interactive performances, puppetry, poetry, live music and more, will take place each weekend. Fringe City alone attracted around 50,000 visitors in 2014 with similar numbers expected this year.
A total of 181 venues will host Brighton Fringe events including the ever-popular Spiegeltent, which returns to the Old Steine, Sussex Country Cricket Club, where a wedding reception with a difference will be performed, and Brighton Racecourse, which welcomes Hydrocracker Youth Theatre for a site specific play about Brighton’s hidden histories. Otherplace Productions celebrates 10 years of Brighton Fringe with its biggest programme yet now in residency in The Basement as well as relocating its large scale, pop-up Fringe venue The Warren to the grounds of St Peter’s Church.
Brighton Fringe’s commitment to nurturing artistic talent continues with a host of bursaries and support programmes including WINDOW, a week of high quality new works that Brighton Fringe showcases to arts industry professionals and audiences alike, enabling artists to take the next step in their careers. New this year is a Legal and General bursary scheme for 12 artists aged 60 and over. Young artists are also supported via bursaries from the Pebble Trust and O2’s Think Big scheme.
A new Brighton Fringe app, offering up-to-date programme information, news, reviews, and ticket booking, will launch soon.
Brighton Fringe is grateful for the vital support of its key partners including The Pebble Trust, Brighton & Hove City Council, Citroen, Thameslink, Southern Railways, University of Brighton, Camp Bestival, The Argus, The Stage, Neilson Holidays, Metro Bank, Family Traveller, Doddle, Gatwick Airport, and Brighton & Hove Independent as well as several other local businesses.
*Header image and image 2 by Dade Freeman. Images have been cropped to fit.