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Days Out in Brighton - Women in Sisterhood May Event

This is your special invite to an event this month at One Church, Gloucester Road, Brighton. On Sat 27 May from 10am - 5pm, there will be an exceptional day of comedy, music, workshops, speakers and Real Junk Food, from the pay-as-you-feel healthy food project, in aid of RISE UK and we'd love you to join us.
Days Out in Brighton - Women in Sisterhood May Event
Brighton Sisterhood event

The aim is to bring women together in unity with a day of inspiring, motivational and supportive events and we would love you to be part of it.

Organised as a not-for-profit community project with all those taking part committing their time and talents for free. Donations on the day will go direct to RISE, the local domestic abuse charity who have seen demand for their services increase by 38% and no funding increase to match this need.

Days Out in Brighton - Women in Sisterhood May Event

So, while behind the scenes there is a great deal of scurrying to make the day a big success, here's the line up so far:

Sisterhood Comedy

Cally Beaton comedian at Women in Sisterhood May Event

Cally Beaton is set to tickle our chuckle muscles with her storytelling, full of intelligent, distinctive and punchline-rich material. Listed on Chortle 2017: Comedians To Watch, her act is a rollercoaster ride of anecdotes, observations and stuff even your best mate wouldn’t admit to. She is London-based and performs in venues across the UK, as well as regularly appearing on the New York circuit. Cally took her first show, Cat Call, to Edinburgh in 2016 with comedy partner Catherine Bohart, where they enjoyed 4**** reviews, sell-out rooms and received a Malcolm Hardee Award. Cally is excited (and a bit scared) about debuting her first solo show, Super Cally Fragile Lipstick, at the Brighton Fringe in May 2017 before taking it on to Edinburgh in August.

Kelly Convey comedian at Women in Sisterhood May Event

Kelly Convey “in-your-face and reassuringly confident… She’s a sassy, convivial figure… Plus she knows how to turn a phrase…” – Marissa Burgess, Chortle (2017) "1 of 9 Hilarious Women to look out for in 2017" - Metro "There's a winning authenticity to her material..." - Steve Bennett, Chortle

Arielle Souma comedian at Women in Sisterhood May Event

Arielle Souma will be joining us on the day at to perform one of her funny sets. Don't miss out!
A force to reckon with. Punchy, blunt, accessible; Arielle Souma performs with a distinctive style
"Arielle Souma is just what the comedy industry needs and should be forced upon every audience until they buckle under her spell" _Franky Boyle. Arielle Souma dominates the stage! Big and bold with bags of sass and nice garnishes _ Steve Bennett, Chortle.

Rebecca How comedian at Women in Sisterhood May Event

Rebecca How offers eloquent, insightful and apologetic insights into the life of someone once described as “Everyone’s favourite Posh Girl”. From royalty to first dates, from horses to handshakes, expect a whirlwind of high energy and relentless story telling. Rebecca had a rush of blood to the head in 2012 (she blames all the Olympic euphoria) and took to the stage for a hat trick of gigs, retired, and then returned to the stage in 2016 having gathered another four years of mishaps to entertain audiences with. A former Funny Women Awards Semi Finalist (2012) and Funny Women ‘One to Watch’ (2016).

Pauline Eyre comedian at Women in Sisterhood May Event

Pauline Eyre Another fantastically funny lady who will get your bellies wobbling with laughter. "She excels as a stand-up and we have recently encouraged her to MC. The result is that this role plays to Pauline’s natural level of warmth and comic ability. She instinctively engages with the audience and creates an environment that is welcoming and fun for them and the other performers. A true skill” says Lynne Parker, Founder and Chief Executive, Funny Women Ltd. "Fabulous, funny and brilliant!" Fitzroy Club “Hilarious jokes, impossible poses from this original act" Heavenly Comedy

Fatiha El-Ghorri comedian at Women in Sisterhood May Event

Fatiha El-Ghorri described as brilliantly funny and not to be missed. 'Forever getting lost on her way to the mosque and finding herself on the open mic circuit smashing Muslim stereotypes'

Esther Manito comedian at Women in Sisterhood May Event

Esther Manito finalist in Bath for new comedian of the year 2017. "We need more gritty reality of the feminine kind and Esther tells it like it is" says Lynne Parker - founder and exciting producer, Funny Women "Esther has a sharply observed and carefully honed stand up comedy set, well written and equally well delivered." Geoff Whiting, Mirth ControlSemi-finalist in Amused moose comedian of the year 2017. Semi-finalist in Leicester Square comedian of the year 2016, and listed as 'one to watch' by funny women 2016.

Sisterhood Music

Rona Topaz singer at Women in Sisterhood May Event

Rona Topaz is a singer, choir leader, actress and songwriter based in London and Berkshire. Theatre credits include Les Miserables (London Palladium) Sweeney Todd (Bridewell), while films include Alien Autopsy, Bright Young Things, Mrs Lees and Her Ladies. Rona is a freelance vocal coach and is currently in rehearsals for Ghost the Musical (Lillian Baylis). As a singer, Rona has supported Billy Bragg, John Cooper Clarke, and is currently working with Jim Paterson from Dexys. Rona Topaz, a strong and inspiring woman whose passions are politics and music - a woman after our own hearts at Sisterhood. Rona will be serenading us with some political content.

Greenness music at Women in Sisterhood May Event

Greenness is the musical project of French singer-songwriter Cess Greenness and British musician and artist Graham Pratt. The psychedelic folk duo have been playing their original songs around France and the UK for four years and are currently recording their debut album. Cess is very active on the feminist scene and curated Brighton's FemFest in March in aid of Sisters Uncut to raise awareness about domestic violence. Greenness also participated in Fallopian Tunes Fest at the Green Door Store in April for abortion rights in Ireland, and Loud Women Fest in September 2016 in London, where The Morning Star described their set as “a revelation, with Cess’ awesome voice superbly complemented by Graham’s distinctive guitar work.”
FemFriday music at Women in Sisterhood May Event

FemFriday is a collective of women making original music, running gigs, festivals, events and fundraisers, releasing collaborative mixtapes and supporting female-fronted bands and solo artists. Started in March 2016 on International Women's day, the FemFriday family has now over 40 members and organises gigs around Brighton and Hove on the first Friday of the month, as well as a two-day festival entitled “FemFest” once a year. FemFriday has been listed in the top ten of women-led music nights by The Girls Are and mentioned in a blog article of contemporary UK feminist magazine The F-Word.

The Upside Down music at Women in Sisterhood May Event

The Up Side Down create progressive pop in both a full band and piano/vocal-duo setting. With a vast range of influences including The Beatles, ABBA, James Blake and Jeff Buckley, they combine elements of classic songwriting with modern experimentation. Featuring Megan Devereux ( and Ebony Grace ( on vocals.

Wolhemian singer at Women in Sisterhood May Event

Wolhemian - 19 year old Spanish songwriter, I will play some covers and original songs, my style is kind of a mix, chill, jazzy, indie!

LosFeliz singer at Women in Sisterhood May Event

LosFeliz is the Brighton based alt-folk singer-songwriter Lucy Powell who specialises in melancholia, chamber like vocals & reverb guitar. Due to release her debut album 'Ancestry' on 16th June 2017 on Union Music Store's label, LosFeliz has been performing intimate sets around the South coast and is  due to start a UK and European tour. LosFeliz likes to focus on the art of recording, all songs on the album have been recorded in a rural chapel in Wales that her ancestors built and the album is somewhat a peace offering to family old and found. LosFeliz is music to be listened to mostly in the dark, and will take you to a place where nostalgia and intimacy live harmoniously. More details here:  Music link:

Sisterhood Workshops

How to be a Funny Woman – by Funny Women

Funny Women workshop at Women in Sisterhood May Event

Comedy experts, Funny Women, will show you how easy it is to be funny. Funny Women has been setting the female comedy bar high for 14 years with a monthly night at Komedia Brighton and the Funny Women Awards. Find out how using humour can be empowering in both your professional and personal life and get some advice on how to develop material, improvise, move your body and perform with confidence.

Drama workshops for the kids

Poppy Kay workshop at Women in Sisterhood May Event

Poppy Kay
has been working in Youth Theatre for over 12 years, facilitating a drama club as part of Brighton and Hove’s Youth Service for 6 years, and then working freelance in London for a wide variety of youth theatres and arts organisations. Poppy now lives in East London and works at the arts hub Hoxton Hall as a Youth Arts Officer, running weekly drama workshops for ages 7 to 19 years. Poppy strongly believes that theatre is an excellent way to develop self awareness and expression, creativity and self confidence. Poppy’s drama workshops are suitable for all levels of ability and will involve learning new drama skills and having lots of fun too.

Face painting

Face painting for kids at Women in Sisterhood May Event

Yoga for kids

Sisterhood Speakers

Kate Shepherd Cohen speaker at Women in Sisterhood May Event

It’s Time to Talk about Periods - The creative power and potential of the menstrual cycle. Why do we still struggle to talk about the ‘P’ word? Kate Shepherd Cohen looks at the destructive effects of suppressing the menstrual cycle - from the effect on relationships, PMT, the economy, and preventing women and society from fulfilling their true potential.

Lesley Page Kate speaker at Women in Sisterhood May Event

Head Midwife for England - Professor Lesley Page CBE will talk to us about midwifery and her work as President of the Royal College of Midwives

Domestic Abuse Survivor

Writer and Abuse Survivor

Labour Women's Group

Women's Equality Party

Sisterhood Food

Provided by the Real Junk Food Project on a pay-as-you-feel basis, there will meat and veg options. 

Sisterhood Drink

Well! It is an event after all. A bar will be available from 12 pm serving alcoholic and soft drinks.

Sisterhood, One Church, Gloucester Road, Brighton BN1 4AA

Saturday 27 May 2017 10am - 5pm, donations on the door in aid of RISE UK

Look forward to seeing you there

Sarah xx

Sarah Agnew
Blogger, Modern Bric a Brac

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