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Jaw dropping feats of agility and adroitness - Physical Theatre at Brighton Festival and Fringe 2013

Rosie Davis, Guest Blogger and fellow Fringer has returned to share her love of physical theatre and recommend a few shows to watch.
 ~  The Brighton Festival and Fringe have included a spectacular array of physical theatre in their programmes.  Here are the top four shows that will leave your jaw dropping.  
Knee Deep - by Casus

TONIGHT 18 May 2.30pm and 7.30pm at Theatre Royal



Fun, Quirky and a Little Bit Bonkers, Brighton Fringe 2013 - doing what it does best

The Ultimate Kate Bush Experience

Event somewhere on the South Downs

Qualifying for the Fun, Quirky and possibly Bonkers categories, the Ultimate Kate Bush Experience was made for a Fringer like me.  This is an event I have been training for all my life - attending a party as a child with the most enormous amount of shaggy long brown hair, graduating to singing along to her Greatest Hits on repeat and now at last, my moment has arrived! 
On 25 May 2013 Shambush! will attempt to set a world record for the number of people dressed like Kate Bush in a red dress to re-enact the classic Wuthering Heights video on the South Downs.  The event is free and everyone is welcomed. So, to join in, go to their Facebook Page and Sign Up.
25 May 13:00 Free, non-ticketed [3hrs]

Shambush! on Facebook
The Ultimate Kate Bush, Brighton Fringe
Someone Else's Shoes
Theatre outside The Old Market

Do me a favour - and don't read the blurb on this show as it will give you no idea what to expect.  When I read the words, "Join TrailBlaze on a journey through a Brighton you have never met", I thought they meant metaphorically.  They mean literally, so wear flat shoes


IrishAggers' photostream

West Pier rusted detail of pillar 2013Foodie Festival May Brighton 2013The Blue Route, Fabrica, Brighton 2013,derelict Alexandra Hospital May 2013Art installation using Brighton clock tower 2013Brighton Festival 2013 wall art
Art installation using Brighton clock tower 2013St Laurence Church wallSt Laurence Church in Falmer, exterior from doorwaySt Laurence Church in Falmer, exterior of churchFringe City Fire JugglerTony Benn 2013 Brighton
Alice's Juice Bar, BrightonFlowers May 2013 Old SteineCoffee shop Kemptown 2013Brighton Pier entrance snowBrighton PavilionBrighton pier elevated
Brighton centreBrighton Big wheel and pier 20111020

I've just added some of my favourite photos to Flckr, taken recently in Brighton



Midnight screening of Daft Punk's film Interstella 5555: 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem this Friday 10 May 2013

  ~  A couple of weeks ago a new face, Claire Lam Pham appeared at a Brighton Writer's meet up and as it turns out is another massive fan of Daft Punk's Discovery album. 

Discovery by Daft Punk is probably my favourite album of all time, I realise this is a big statement, but I really have listened to this album on repeat for years. 

After the meet up Claire contacted us to invite us to the midnight screening of Daft Punk's film, Interstella 5555: 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem on Friday 10 May 2013, so I had to find out more.

Taking place at the Caroline of Brunswick pub, 39 Ditchling Rd, Brighton, BN1 4SB (just off the London Road and opposite the Level), tickets are £3 on the door.

Interstella 5555
Hi Claire, can I just check with you that the event is to watch the feature length version of the film?
Yes, it sure is!

What time does it end?
Running time is 65 minutes so it should end just after 1am.

What interested you in screening the film?
I am obsessed with Daft Punk's Discovery album.  Interstella 5555 is a feature-length music video for the album. The two are a match made in heaven! It's not a well known film and I really wanted make some noise for the film and celebrate its 10th year anniversary since its original release in 2003. It went straight to DVD release so it really didn't get much exposure, which is a real shame because it is a cinematic experience. So that was the driving force behind the film screening.


Free things to do in May 2013 as part of Brighton Fringe

  ~ This year there are 165 free events listed in the Brighton Fringe 2013 programme, including family-friendly outdoor performances, comedy in centrally located pubs as well lots of art to feast your eyes upon and music from Brighton's best kept secret.

That's quite a scary number of options, even for the most energetic adventurer, so I shall break it up a little by giving you a worthy selection -

Free Outdoor Performances - Fringe City

Every Saturday afternoon in May from midday until about 5 o'clock there will be a selection of entertaining performances taking place outside the Pavilion Gardens on New Road.  This gives many of the Fringe events a chance to showcase their act, whether it's in comedy, cabaret, dance, music, puppetry, poetry, visual arts and / or theatre.   

Alongside this bustling bonanza, there is the child-focused Family Picnic presented by I, on 25 May (midday til 4 o'clock) - in the Pavilion Gardens, where there will be performances, activities and healthy snacks.  This is a hugely popular event, so if you are heading for the picnic probably best to get there early.

Fringe City, Fire Juggler, May 2013

Free Comedy in Pubs - Laughing Horse

Laughing Horse is all over free events, this year operating from three centrally located pubs, at The Quadrant (beside the clocktower and opposite Boots, the chemist), The Temple (on Western Road, near Waitrose) and the Caroline of Brunswick (opposite the Level on London Road side). The Caroline of Brunswick website has a link to their programme of events, so definitely worth checking out.  This is the fifth year they have been running Fringe shows and for the last three years they have been the largest promoter at the Brighton Fringe.

All of their venues are open daily throughout the 2013 Fringe from 2 May to 4 June and free shows will be scheduled alongside paid shows.  Where the performance is free the performer will take a collection at the end of the show.

The Laughing Horse has received a number of awards and nominations at the Brighton Fringe, including Outstanding Contribution, Star of the Fringe and various best show awards.

Laughing Horse is also one of the largest promoters at the Edinburgh Fringe, running over 6,000 performances of 350 shows at its Edinburgh venues annually, and promoting at the Adelaide Fringe and Hollywood Fringe.
Free art exhibits

Every May Brighton becomes awash with talented artists exhibiting in Open Houses, shops, cafes, galleries, studio spaces - there are literally hundreds of places to go.  So I'm just going to suggest the five that I am most interested in.

Farm Mews Collective

at Farm Road, Hove, BN3 1GH
Every weekend in May from 11 AM 

Farm Mews is a fabulous place to go, for a start the artists exhibiting there also work there, as it is a collection of artists studios.  It's probably very pretentious


Spiegeltent - the Colourful, Cabaret Cousin of Brighton Fringe

  ~ The Spiegeltent returns to Brighton for May 2013, I kinda didn't realise it had been away, I mean this as a compliment because I view the Spiegeltent as such an integral part of the Brighton Fringe experience that I feel its presence is obligatory.

Cabaret Clatteratti behind the Aperol bar



The Best Burger in Brighton - Rock Ola Coffee and Burger Bar

With Brighton Festival, Fringe and Open Houses nearly upon us, I thought now would be a good time to recommend the best place to go and eat - independent, affordable, seriously tasty and centrally located, this is where to get the Best Burger in town!

With huge thanks to my first ever Guest Blogger, fellow Brightonite, co-founder of Brighton Writers and contributor to Pretty Litter magazine, Rosie Davis has written a review of Rock Ola to get your taste buds slathering.

Brighton is filled with places to eat and drink, but here is a place that takes you away from the main bustle of Brighton and into a 1950s American Diner.  Rock Ola Coffee Bar has been tucked away for ten years and yet a combination of atmosphere, food and free jukebox have kept this small but perfectly formed cafe bringing in the regular customers and record fans.

Rock Ola, Burger and Coffee Bar

As you walk through the door your vision is bombarded by record memorabilia that covers the walls and tables.  Look out for the gold plated Elvis record, paintings of iconic musicians, as well as collectable items from the 50s, 60s and 70s.
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