Festival season has well and truly arrived in sunny (…ish?) Brighton, and this year’s Festival brings 23 days of creative fabulosity to the town. We know you’re all busy folk so rather than wade through the program yourselves, we’re giving you a primer on PLATF9RM's pick of the best shows.
The Guilty Feminist - Sunday 28th May, 19.30 - Theatre Royal
If you’re a feminist but wrestle with the fact you still read Daily Mail stories about Kim Kardashian’s bum, then this will be for you. A live recording of the hugely popular podcaststarring comedian Deborah Frances-White and Jessica Fokestew, it promises plenty of chair-squirmy moments for the lads.
The Rap Around - Saturday 27th May, 16.00 - Marlborough Theatre
Mykki Blanco is one of the most distinctive artists in the music biz: a cross-dressing, HIV-positive rapper known for the fierceness of his rapping and the fearlessness of his outlook. This free styling and rap-writing workshop he’s running with UK rapper Dizraeli is for all the aspirant Stormzys.
Boy’s Don’t - Sunday 21st May, 14.00 and 16.00 - The Spire
Boy’s Don’t is a spoken word piece that, through the stories told by the acting ensemble, seeks to examine the cultural and psychological constructs that still exist for young males in 2017. Aimed at families, it promises to be the proverbial achterbahn of emotions.
Kate Tempest - Sunday 26th May, 20.30 - Brighton Dome
Over the last few years Brighton Festival curator Kate Tempest has evolved into one the UK’s most important cultural figures. A poet, rapper, playwright and author, she’ll be bringing the best of her critically-devoured Let The Eat Chaos record.
Breakin’ Convention - Tuesday 30th May, 19.30 / Wednesday 31st May 1500- Brighton Dome
If you’re dancing style is more b-boy that bolero, get yourself to Breakin’ Convention which claims to be the world’s biggest festival of hip-hop dance theatre. Don’t forget your hi-tops.
Rich Hall’s Hoedown - Sunday 21st May, 20,00 - Theatre Royal
To many, Rich Hall will be known as ‘that miserable American who always looks he’s having a bad time on Q.I’ but he’s also a champion of scattergun, absurdist irony. For this show he also gets his mates along to play some music, so you’ll get some gags to go with the laughs.
Casus Circus’ Driftwood - Thursday 11th - Friday 13th May, 19.30 / Saturday - Sunday 14th May, 14.00 - Theatre Royal
There are three types of people can’t be trusted on this earth: people who don’t like puppies, people who don’t like crisps, and people who don’t like the circus. Australian circus group Casus Circus is a bit more cerebral than your average Barnam & Baileys offering; it’s silent for a start.
For The Birds - Saturday 6th - Sunday 28th May - Secret Woodland Location
If you prefer to get your art fix outdoors rather than in, this immersive sound and light installation should interest you. Take a 2km walk through a secret Sussex location and submerge yourself in this living, breathing, glowing celebration of avian existence.
Bernie Sanders - Thursday 1st June, 20.30 - Brighton Dome Concert Hall
In amongst a fascinating festival program that will challenge and delight its attendees, Bernie’s name stood out above the rest. His show, Our Revolution: A Future To Believe In, reflects on his agonizing battle for the Democratic nomination and how we can all positively affect our future.
Bearing in mind the leftie nature of our great city, don’t be surprised to see him carried out on shoulders.