2015 General Election Events in Brighton

Published On April 23, 2015 | By We Love Brighton | Things to do features

With the General Election fast approaching we thought we’d create a guide to all of the election related events happening across the Brighton and Hove featuring everything from comedy to debates!

The Big Election Business Debate 

Your opportunity to question Prospective Parliamentary Candidates from the Brighton Pavilion Constituency about the business issues that matter in the run up to the General Election on May 7.

Chaired by Keith Ridley – the well known Media Executive – you will have the opportunity to hear what local politicians will do for business in your local area – especially if they become your MP.

Venue – Stanmer House
Dates/Times – 27th April 6pm – 10pm

Price/s – Free

2015 Election Time Debate 

Who Should Represent Pavilion Constituency as our next MP? A chance for Brighton University Students to put their questions to the Pavilion Constituency candidates from the four main parties

Which political party best represents the interests of the university? Are you worried about the future of the National Health Service? Is more austerity a political necessity? Should students pay fees? Is their really a crisis of immigration? Should Britain leave the EU?

Venue – Sallis Benney Theatre,
Dates/Times – 29th of April 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Price/s – FREE

Austerity Pleasures Pre-Election Special

Making political and topical jokes this month are: Joe Wells – Joe wowed the crowds with his show ‘Night Of The Living Tories’, come see him preview his new show ’10 Things I hate about UKIP’. Phil Alexander – Phil performs some satirical songs for you. Russ Mulligan – Russ’ Fringe show ‘Democracy Is Broken’ was a delight, he’s very exciting young satirist. Resident act Dan Wright – Dan will have his take on the month’s news. The headliner is Tiernan Douieb – You may know him from Twitter or his ‘Partly Political Broadcast’ shows. He also recently had his back shaved by Gillian Anderson (X-Files) for charity.

Venue – Caroline of Brunswick
Dates/Times – 30th of April 8pm

Price/s – FREE if ‘Going’ to Facebook event or £15 OTD

Supporting Wall presents: Jonny and the Baptists: Rock the Vote 

The UK’s hottest musical comedians tackle the big issues ahead of the General Election with their acclaimed blend of songs, satire and silliness. And with politicians now officially ranked below estate agents in public trust, it’s a desperate bid for one good reason to vote. Stars of Radio 4’s ‘Now Show’ and ‘Infinite Monkey Cage’. “Politically energised… raucously silly… triumphant” (Guardian); “Uproarious rock’n’ROFLing” (Independent)

Venue – Komedia: Studio
Dates/Times – 4th May 6.45pm & 5th May 8.15pm

Price/s – £9.50 (£7.50)

Treason Productions and Rialto Theatre presents: The Treason Show: Election Special!

Written by a team of over 40 writers and performed by a team of multi-talented sketch performers, The Treason Show continues to wow it’s audiences with its fast-moving, gag-a-minute sketch show which since the show’s premier in June 2000, has become a Brighton institution. Now the Treason Show bring us their take on the General Election, now in it’s 15th year and nicely settled into their brand new home, The Rialto Theatre.

Venue – The Rialto Theatre
Dates/Times – 6th, 7th & 9th May 8.30pm & 7th May 10pm

Price/s – £7 – £15

Otherplace Productions presents: The Late Show – Election Night Special 

An evening of polls, puns and psephology, spin, sleaze and swingometers, battling past the ballot box with a cabaret cabinet packed with a parliamentary portfolio of political entertainment, followed by live election results screened until the early hours. Will you still be up for Portillo? May contain traces of Dimbleby.

Venue – Otherplace at The Basement
Dates/Times – 7th May 11pm

Price/s – FREE

Vladimir McTavish presents: Vote? You’re F***ing Joking! 

The day after Britain goes to the polls, “Scotland’s top satirical stand-up” (Morning Star) presents his comedy response to the 2015 General Election. With some leftfield answers to the big questions facing the UK. This follows the sell-out success of his ‘Comedy Countdown to the Referendum’ at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe. “One of the finest acts on the Scottish comedy circuit” (The Guardian), “Insightful, satirical political comedy” (The Skinny)

Venue – Laughing Horse at The Quadrant
Dates/Times – 8th May 7pm

Price/s – FREE

People’s Republic of Bourgeois & Maurice presents: Bourgeois & Maurice 

Alt-cabaret stars Bourgeois & Maurice return to Brighton Fringe with a special General Election-themed show, written in just 48 hours following the results. Sequin-clad satire for the politically jaded. **** (The Independent)

Venue – Brighton Spiegeltent
Dates/Times – 9th May 7.15pm

Price/s – £15 (£12)

Election 2015: How was it for you?

Introduced by Ali Smith and chaired by Polly Toynbee – the Guardian’s political columnist and author of Cameron’s Coup. Joined by leading politicians on a panel including the director of Liberty and author Shami Chakrabarti and the chief political columnist of The Independent Steve Richards they will dissect, digest and debate the General Election which will have taken place just two days earlier. Has the result been good for Britain? How has the political landscape changed? What can we expect from the government over the course of the next five years? This is your chance to come and join the conversation.

Venue – Brighton Dome, Corn Exchange
Dates/Times – 9th May 7.30pm

Price/s – £10

Sussex Labour Representation Committee presents: Do Public Services have a Future?

Austerity has devastated public services and increased inequality. The Coalition turned a global financial crisis caused by corporate and personal greed into an ideological attack on public services, pay and pensions. As even the OECD says, the UK must redistribute wealth to boost our economy. Join John McDonnell MP, Mark Serwotka (PCS) and Laura Watson (English Collective of Prostitutes) to discuss how we stop the new government treading the same old path on pay and the public sector.

Venue – Community Base
Dates/Times – 19th May 7pm

Price/s – £5 (£3)

Sussex Labour Representation Committee presents: How Labour Can Make our Votes Count

Whatever the election results, with no real economic recovery under austerity, what will Labour do for us? Join Jeremy Corbyn MP, Nancy Platts (hopefully Labour’s new MP for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven) and Matt Wrack (FBU) to discuss the major changes Labour can bring about by insisting on increased public investment and wealth redistribution. Everyone will benefit from restoring our communities, public services, welfare state, NHS and economy. We must ensure Labour makes our votes count.

Venue – Brighthelm Community Centre
Dates/Times – 23rd May 2pm

Price/s – £5 (£3)

Joe Wells presents: 10 Things I Hate About UKIP 

Joe Wells believes that you should treat all people with love and compassion, but that’s not easy when a quarter of them voted for UKIP. ’10 things I hate about UKIP’ is the follow up show to the critically acclaimed (**** Chortle, **** Broadway Baby) debut show ‘Night of The Living Tories’.

As heard on Radio 4 Extra and ‘No Pressure To Be Funny’. As seen on Amnesty International’s ‘Human TV’ and on tour with Alexei Sayle. “One of the finest young political comics” (Brighton Argus)

Venue – Caroline of Brunswick
Dates/Times – 30th May 5.15pm

Price/s – £5 (£3)

Sussex Labour Representation Committee presents: Let’s Build the Houses – Quick! 

Local housing stock is old, insufficient and often of poor quality, while strong demand means we suffer some of the highest private rents and house prices in the country. Can we build our way out or do local land shortages mean we need different solutions? What should we demand from our elected representatives? Is it effective to take direct action ourselves? Join Michael Meacher MP and Saskia O’Hara (Focus E15) to discuss the housing crisis. Housing is a basic need for all. It must be met.

Venue – Community Base
Dates/Times – 30th May 2pm

Price/s – £3

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