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Mauve New World

20th and 21st July

8pm

Dining Room

Tickets:
£6

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A Pink Fringe Event

Mauve New World

Pink Fringe

Offering a glimpse of a queer future as imagined by three different artists, Mauve New World presents works-in-progress by Emma Adams, Nick Field and Brian Mullin.

Freakoid by Emma Adams tells the tale of a woman coming to terms with the discovery that her grandparents were a ZX-Spectrum and a Commodore 64. Her struggle with this discovery is portrayed in her performance which is likely to contain insights into scapegoating and disgust, a dream sequence, analog audio experiments, scribble stuck to walls, earnest asides about human rights, synthetic biology and our dying planet.

Midsummer, performed by Nick Field, explores his memories of vacations as a youth before he was forced to leave his family to begin arduous religious training. Nick imagines a world where queer is sacred, a nation in which lifelong spiritual service is compulsory for queer people, and to rebel means exile. Nick's performance blends theatre, storytelling and live art, with a blurring of autobiography and fiction.

Finally, playwrite Brian Mullin's It Gets Better looks at his idea of a state-of-the-art visual world where everyone's all-gay, all the time. Brian's performance mixes biting satire with raw emotion to explore the pain that some of us can't leave behind.

A seed funding programme supported by the Nightingale, Pink Fringe and the Ovalhouse, London.

Punched 2

13th and 14th July

8pm

Dining Room

Tickets:
£8.50/£6.50

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presented by the Nightingale

Punched 2

Brighton's favourite night of smokin' hot new puppetry is back!

A night of all-new puppetry for grown-ups, presented by Touched Theatre.

Join your host, the seaside's only chain smoking Marionette, Miranda, on a voyage into new adventures in puppetry for grown-ups featuring thrilling new performances from Mischa Twitchin (Shunt), Matt Rudkin (Inconvenient Spoof), Grist to the Mill, Howard Sivills, Touched Theatre plus special surprise guests. Book early as our last shows sold out. Reaches the parts other puppet shows can only dream of!

Our host Miranda, the rough-voiced drag puppet "with no strings attached", pointed out most of these works were brand new - so there would be no refunds. Not that anyone would want one with such rich pickings on offer

The Argus, about Punched 1

www.touchedtheatre.co.uk

Absent Friends

6th and 7th July

8pm

Dining Room

Tickets:
£8/£6

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Independent and Community

Absent Friends

Written by Alan Ayckbourn, presented by ACT Creative Playground, directed by Elaine Heath

Perhaps the darkest of Ayckbourn's comedies, Absent Friends, sees Donna, a stay at home housewife and domestic goddess organising a tea party to cheer up a recently bereaved old friend, Colin.

Nothing quite goes to plan, Colin is relentlessly cheerful, her husband Paul wants to "work upstairs", their old friend Gordon is sick and Evelyn, the young wife of one of their number is not in the best of moods....

Confusions

3rd, 4th and 5th July

8pm

Dining Room

Tickets:
£8/£6

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Independent and Community

Confusions

Written by Alan Ayckbourn, presented by ACT Foundation in Acting, directed by Dylan Brown

Confusions is a collection of five short, interlinked but self-contained, comedy plays; 'Mother Figure' demonstrates how detachment from the outside world can affect adult responses, with comic results.

'Drinking Companions' - a meeting in a hotel bar where the husband has more than just drink in mind. 'Between Mouthfuls' - two couples eat at the same restaurant, the waiter is not the only thing the couples have in common. 'Gosforth's Fete' takes the premise that despite meticulous planning, anything that can go wrong, will... and examines with hilarious results the inevitable impact it has on the fete's organisers and their tenuous relationships. 'A Talk in the Park' turns out to be anything but a talk in the park for each of the characters involved. Ayckbourn is the master at finding the comedy in every situation.

The Elle Osborne Trio

1st July

2.30pm

Dining Room

Tickets:
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presented by the Nightingale

The Elle Osborne Trio

Bela Emerson, Adam Bushell, and Elle Osborne

Elle was born on the North Sea coast of Lincolnshire where she taught herself to play the fiddle (and ride Gypsy horses on the beach - although that's another story). She was raised amongst folk singers and wrote songs from an early age. She has played with Alasdair Roberts, Bellowhead, and most recently collaborated with James Yorkston.

Her music has drawn praise from such diverse quarters as Wire, and Living Tradition magazines, and her 2011 album 'So Slowly, Slowly Got She Up' was Album of the Week in The Independent. Writer and comedian Stewart Lee was moved to declare "Perhaps Lincolnshire lass Elle Osborne isn’t really a folk musician, but an avant-garde experimenter using traditional tunes as vehicles for her ragged, ripe visions..." - which is precisely what brought her into the company of the other two members of the trio - Bela Emerson and Adam Bushell - both renowned musicians in their own right.

One of the most original, confident folk albums of 2011

Album of the Week, The Independent

Osborne's singing is evocative of long departed voices in the fields, lamenting lost love and grievous hurt. Current folk is at its most arresting when it possesses this kind of astringency. Good Grief whets the appetite for Osborne's forthcoming album

The Wire

My album of the year

James Yorkston

www.elleo.com

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Indifference

14th June

8pm

Dining Room

With a post-performance talk in association with Rules and Regs

Tickets:
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Presented by the Nightingale

Indifference

Bill Aitchison

Indifference sees Bill Aitchison and Katja Dreyer, like degenerate Club Med entertainers, give a performance with the most lofty ideas around freewill and determinism using the most disposable of materials: group dances like The Birdie Dance, The Macarena and The Papaya. Karl Marx on a beach in Hawaii, dry ice, the voice of God and critiques of freedom are all brought into play in a subtle and politically charged performance that defies classification or conclusion but continues to question and amuse nonetheless.

Indifference is a Bill Aitchison Company performance co-produced by Zeitraumexit (Mannheim) and Forum Freies Theater (Dusseldorf) and financially supported by Arts Council England and the British Council Germany. Further support is provided by Vooruit (Gent) Chisenhale Dance Space (London) and The Nightingale (Brighton). Created and performed by Katja Dreyer and Bill Aitchison, light by Boris Kahnert, Sound by James Dunn and directed by Bill Aitchison.

However, if one subsequently had the courage to experience hilarity at the festival centre, in their performance “Indifference” Bill Aitchison and Katja Dreyer curiously explore the idea of free will, with the Macarena and the Funky Chicken- until the final mental breakdown. Holiday songs and popular dance forms à la Club Med are turned into vehicles to portray the perceived freedom in the rat race, which is ultimately politically provided by capitalism in order to preserve the labour force. Bringing forth Karl Marx both fiercely and with a certain razzle-dazzle, this leaves, in infinitely looping sweat and water drenched circles, more questions than answers. But the former are indeed also necessary, especially at a festival with the motto: “Venturing the Impossible”.

Mannheimer Morgen

www.billaitchison.co.uk

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