Blow Away Them Blues: A Tribute to Horace Silver
6th May | 20:00 - 22:15
A stellar jazz sextet performs a musical tribute to the jazz composer and pianist, Horace Silver. This legend of Hard Bop and founder of the Jazz Messengers is celebrated by Brighton Jazz Mafia. Pianist Joss Peach takes the role of Silver with vocals from Sara Oschlag. Alex Bondonno (saxes) and Chris Coull (trumpet) lead the audience through the musical story of Silver's life, his compositions and his interpretations by other iconic performers.
This all-star band re-ignites the magic of one of the greatest jazz composers, keeping alive the wonderful music of Silver. Hardened jazz fan or not, this evening will entertain and delight.
The Brighton Jazz Mafia collective return for their third Fringe show in this small band format after sell-out shows at all their previous festival performances.
UpRoar People’s Ceilidh Featuring Bird in the Belly
8th May | 2.00 - 5.00pm
Singing, dancing, feasting!
'UpRoar People’s Ceilidh' is a monthly Sunday soiree - a smörgåsbord of community connection and celebration; part concert, part singing workshop, part barn dance, part local networking and part community feast!
Each month we collaborate with a special guest musician or band. They’ll give a short concert, followed by a singing workshop based on one of their songs - led by choral activist and UpRoar MC Kirsty Martin. We’ll then hear from our featured charity for that month, followed by a community feast to finish.
We are delighted to welcome Brighton-based versatile folksters Bird in the Belly as our Fringe Festival special guests. Our chosen charity for May is Brighton Oasis Project.
Join us for UpRoar - an opportunity to gather, sing, dance, eat, drink and be entertained - all for a good cause!
18th May | 11.00 5.00pm
We’d like to invite you to come along to our 'Good Grief' event on Wednesday 18 May 2022, 11:00 –17:00. An event organised by Martlets' for anyone who has experienced loss or would like to learn more about grief.
'Good Grief' is open to everyone, is being held as part of Brighton Fringe and follows on from National Dying Matters Week (2-6 May). The aim of the 'Good Grief' event is to encourage people in the community to feel more comfortable talking about death and bereavement. Visitors will be offered comfort and advice and have an opportunity to meet with people from local support groups as well as counsellors and volunteers from Martlets' own bereavement services.
Jane Cato, Martlets Bereavement Services Manager said: “The aim of the day is to offer an opportunity for people who have experienced loss or who are anxious about dying and bereavement to drop in and see us for support, information, reassurance and hope."
£Free BUY TICKETS
Martlets screening of ISLAND
19th May | 6.00 - 8.30pm
As part of Dying Matters week, local hospice, Martlets will be screening the acclaimed documentary - Island by Director Steven Eastwood.
Island - Across the water on the island, four individuals experience the year in which their lives will end. Illness progresses, relationships gently shift, and we are witness to rarely seen and intensely private moments. Filmed over 12 months on the Isle of Wight, Island is a life-affirming reflection on the phenomena of dying, portraying the transition away from personhood and observing the last days and hours of life and the moment of death. Like the ferries cyclically arriving and departing in this an enigmatic landscape, the film appears buoyant, afloat. Death is shown to be natural and everyday but also unspeakable and strange.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A session.
British Independent Film Award Best Documentary Nominee
★★★★★ – The Sunday Times
★★★★ – The Guardian
All profits from the screening will be directed to Martlets, providing hospice care across the Brighton and Hove community.
UK Certification: 15 This documentary contains end of life scenes and strong language which some viewers may find upsetting.
£5 - £10 BUY TICKETS
Sensational Brighton swingers The Soultastics are returning to Brighton Fringe 2022 with a brand new show celebrating the icon musician Louis Prima and his sidekick Keely Smith.
Prima's songs have always featured in The Soultastics' set as they perform around the country to packed dance floors, but this special show is a tribute to the music of this iconic Italian American musician. Discover the story of this multitalented singer and trumpeter and his bizarre relationship with Keely. Share in their comedic and slightly bizarre on-stage relationship which propelled them to fame in the 50s swing boom..
Keely Smith (Sarah Harris): hailed by Tony Bennett as “one of the greatest jazz-pop singers of all time” singing alongside Grammy award-winning Prima (Gary Wright) together conquering the Las Vegas boulevards with saxophonist Sam Butera (Alex Bondonno) at their side.
Enjoy a night of high energy swing, beautiful jazz ballads, with more than a few laughs along the way.
Geoff Robb: The Music of Trees
21st May | 2.00 - 3.00pm, 4.00 - 5.00pm, 6.00 - 7.00pm
Winner of the 2018 Brighton Fringe Live Music Award, Geoff Robb is back with new stories inspired by trees.
Geoff is a master of the guitar and has performed to audiences all over the UK and Europe at venues ranging from Buckingham Palace to Glastonbury Festival. 'The Music of Trees' was a hit at last year's Edinburgh Fringe and blends music, storytelling and tree folklore.
If you enjoy beautiful acoustic guitar music and are interested in trees, then don't miss this award-winning show.
“Very talented, makes the guitar sound like two guitars and a piano” (BBC Southern Counties)
£9 - £11 BUY TICKETS
When Judas Met John: Songs of Dylan & Lennon
27th May | 8.45 - 9.35pm
28th May | 1.00 - 1.50pm
Brothers Broke bring their popular and well-reviewed 2021 Edinburgh Fringe "in-person" show to debut at this years Brighton Fringe. Performing the music of Dylan and Lennon, presented in a Blues style with tight sibling harmonies, the Irish duo performs songs around a story of the influence, envy and respect that each artist had for the other.
"A memorable arrangement and fitting tribute" (The Edinburgh Reporter)
"Charming and effortless performers" (Theatre Weekly)
"Enjoyable, well done and excellent harmonica" (North Westend UK)
"This Irish duo's own arrangements gave integrity..........a highlight" ★★★★ (Three Weeks, Edinburgh)
£10 - £15 BUY TICKETS
A Journey through the Chakras
28th May | 7.00 - 10.00pm
Join us on an enlightened journey of live performance, music, dance, poetry, and guided meditation. We will move through and explore the seven energy centres which have been described by different cultures around the world since ancient times.
In Vedic Indian culture, they are known as the Chakras (meaning wheel or disc of energy) but they were also referred to in Islam, Buddhism and Christianity and often depicted symbolically in paintings, poetry and art throughout many ancient world cultures. Through the knowledge shared with us by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi and her work of Sahaja Yoga, we are able to understand and apply this ancient knowledge in modern life. The knowledge and actual experience described by Shri Mataji is always given free of charge as a true spiritual experience is beyond materialism and cannot be bought.
All are welcome to join us in this unique evening of discovery, entertainment and shared spiritual experience!
£Free BUY TICKETS
Festival of Europe presents...
29th May | 3.00 - 5.45pm
A MINI FESTIVAL IN SUPPORT OF DEMOCRACY AND PEACE chaired by Caroline Lucas.
Featuring live music, debate, and poetry on the topic of Transcending Borders and Democracy under Fire this will be an event not to miss!
Music by Undead Musicians Club celebrating the life of the late singer, songwriter and pianist Rich Beahan, with musical direction by Chris Hookway.
Debate on the subject of 'Democracy under Fire' with writer, journalist and co-founder of Byline Times - Peter Jukes, British Green politician, economist and ex MEP- Molly Scott-Cato and writer, artist and activist - Madeleina Kay.
Poetry read by students from Poetry by Heart on the theme of 'Transcending Borders'.
25% of money raised will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee - https://www.dec.org.uk/ - for their Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal
£10 - £20 BUY TICKETS
Out of the Frying Pan
3rd June | 9.30 - 10.30pm
5th June | 9.30 - 10.30pm
'My daughter had a party. My father had a stroke.'
Sarah's life implodes when her mother is diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Six months in limbo-land makes her feel like she's losing her mind.
This is a story of hope and shopping lists, of being caught between ageing parents and teenage hormones and of what we do to keep going, when all we want to do is give up.
A solo piece written and performed by Sarah Barfoot, a founding member and Director of Tanglehead Productions.
£8 - £10 BUY TICKETS
Joyce Grenfell was one of the greatest female entertainers of the twentieth century, loved the world over for her hilarious and beautifully observed monologues and songs, as well as numerous film, television and radio appearances.
Her legacy continued through the work of Victoria Wood, who cited her as being a great influence, as well as an array of female comedians including Miranda Hart.
First conceived in honour of her centenary year and playing to sell-out audiences at the Edinburgh Festival, this revue has been delighting audiences ever since. In this gem of nostalgia, which recreates the setting of one of Joyce’s stage shows, Cheryl Knight ‘absolutely captures her spirit’ (Everything Theatre). Woven between the well-known songs and monologues are some of her more delicate and poignant pieces, as well as some rare and exclusive material. Truly a labour of love, this show brings back to life an extraordinary entertainer.