The year that was and the year to come…

(Pictured: Kiri Pritchard-McLean)

So folks, 2018 is done, end of, finito, no more… and what a year it was.

We’ve had scandals galore, political turmoil, icons falling and cars in space. Here at TOM, we had a great year, chock full of fantastic entertainment.

2019 is looking set to be even bigger, both in the news and here at our wee venue. So to honour the new year, some of our team have hand-picked their favourite shows from last year, and they’ve also picked out what they’re looking forward to most this coming year.

To everyone who supported us in 2018, thank you so so much. The upcoming year is going to be big for TOM, and we hope you’ll join us for the journey.

Much love,
Team TOM x


HELEN – Programmer

Favourite from 2018
THE ANIMALS AND CHILDREN TOOK TO THE STREETS
“1927 are a company that never cease to amaze. This particular show was with us a few years back, and it was such a treat to have it here again. The way that everything comes together is so exact, it really is a treat for the eyes and ears. I can’t wait to see what they have in store in 2019.”

Looking forward to in 2019
KOKO BROWN: WHITE
“If you haven’t seen it, watch the trailer. Need I say more? KoKo is a captivating performer and someone who is able to take music and spoken word to another level.”

ROB – Bar Manager

Favourite from 2018
LOST IN VAGUENESS
“We didn’t exactly know what to expect with this night. I don’t think many people knew to be honest! But it’s those nights that are often the most magical. The vibe was so unique, the atmosphere was positive, the film and performances were great. Just a top night all round.”

Looking forward to in 2019
TOM’S BEER FEST
“I’m the Bar Manager, so what else was it gonna be? Being able to return to our roots and actually run a market here once again is exciting, and the brews on offer will be second to none.”

LAURA – Box Office Manager

Favourite from 2018
FLEABAG
“I loved the TV show, so being able to see it live was a real treat. Maddie Rice held the audience in the palm of her hand from start to finish, and it was the perfect way to get the summer started!”

Looking forward to in 2019
KIRI PRITCHARD-McLEAN
“Kiri’s ability to connect with the audience is what makes her stand out from anyone else working in comedy today. Her material can be somewhat unusual for stand-up (last years’ show was about her wish to mentor vulnerable kids), but that’s what makes her even more intriguing.”

JAMES – Development Manager

Favourite from 2018
DOOM ROOM
“I was extremely proud of everything that took place during the #TOMtech season this past year, but having the Makropol guys in from Denmark was special. It affected audiences in so many different ways, some people were moved to tears, some felt relief. Being a part of that was magic.”

Looking forward to in 2019
RACHEL PARRIS
“I can’t wait to get tickets for this (the marketing team tell him it’s sold out). Right then, better check out the other comedy coming up…”

MARK – Marketing Manager

Favourite from 2018
OLD STOCK: A REFUGEE LOVE STORY
“From the first moment I heard Ben Caplan’s voice, I was hooked. Then, the story kicked in – a moving tale of love through hard times. It worked on so many levels, the cast were incredible and setting the entire show in a shipping container was so clever.”

Looking forward to in 2019
TOM’S FILM CLUB
“Yeah, I’m kind of cheating, but… oh well. Starting of with one of my favourite
anime’s of all time in Your Name, this season looks like the strongest yet. We’ve just announced the Korean thriller Burning as well, which I can’t wait to see!”

“My world was tumbling into the unknown…”

This October, we’re really excited to welcome Dom Coyote back to TOM, who will be presenting his new show We Can Time Travel here on 30 October. To get a glimpse into Dom’s mind, read on to learn more about the show, the man, and the reason to climb a mountain…

What is WCTT about?
We Can Time Travel is a theatrical, time travelling odyssey with loads of songs, electronic instruments and live looping. It’s a gig and it’s a story, in a basement in central London. A story for anyone who can let their imagination run wild. A story about time. How complicated it is. It’s about memory, about loss and about hope. It’s totally intimate and immersive and full of music.. I’ve been an artist with Kneehigh Theatre for a long time, and they instilled in me the natural balance of music and storytelling.

What inspired you to create this piece?
When Trump got into power, I was on tour and my relationship was in trouble. My world was tumbling into the unknown. I wanted to make something immediate. About how to cope with turbulent times. I rang my friend Rich Rusk, the most brilliant director I know, and told him I wanted to make something new. He suggested The Time Machine by HG Wells. It felt perfect. The idea of going back in time and changing past events, or tumbling forward to see what might become of us was hugely appealing. our imaginations got fired up and the Time Machine became the springboard to We Can Time Travel. 

What can audiences expect when they see WCTT?
Loads and loads of music, an epic story in a beautiful, intimate space, awesome musical gadgets and analogue synthesisers, to be taken to the edge of time and back, a surprising amount of gags, and a dying sun, casting out a melody through time.

Can you tell us more about gig-theatre?
For me personally, gig theatre is quite simply a cross between a music gig an a piece of theatre. It’s very different to musical theatre. There are instruments on stage and it is completely direct address. So I mean no forth wall. It works well with storytelling and standup for that reason. We are all in a room together, experiencing something. It doesn’t feel like a play. Music is at the heart of it, but everything on stage is filled with meaning, every instrument has some place in the imagined world you are creating.

How does WCTT use time travel to reflect on the present?
The character in We Can Time Travel, (who is called Dom and is basically me but a bit weirder) is obsessed with time travel. He works out how to do it and he goes back in time and forward in time but he can’t change anything, he can’t even be seen, he is an observer, a ghost, unseen, unheard. He tries to get back to his present, but he can’t, he’s lost in time. It’s a metaphor really, I use this device to explore apathy, and disengaging from reality. The show is a provocation to anyone that sees it. To grab the present, to look up and speak up, to hold hands and tell someone you love them before it’s too late.

Having travelled time, what advice do you have for everyone in the present?
Well I haven’t managed to alter any of my behaviours yet, but here is my personal plan – stop scrolling on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, help a stranger, ring an old friend, climb a mountain, get a bike, notice the seasons change. Life is fleeting, every moment becomes the past immediately Life is so quick. So grab the present moment tight, it is the most precious thing there is.

If you could travel anywhere in time, where would you go and why?
I would either go and visit the druids and find out what the hell was going on with stone henge (my guess is ancient stone computer) or way into the future to see what might become of us strange humans.

We Can Time Travel is on Tuesday 30 October at TOM – tickets are available here.

To find out more about Dom and his work, be sure to check out his website by clicking here.

“Nothing is off limits…”

Ahead of her visit to TOM this October, Canadian comedy maestro Mae Martin spoke to BN1 Magazine about all things Brighton, Canadian humour, comedy’s role in politics… and Bette Midler…

Are you looking forward to returning to Brighton?
I LOVE BRIGHTON. I had the best jacket potato of my LIFE in Brighton. I still think about it.

What kind of dialogue would you like with your Brighton audience; is there anything you’re hoping they don’t ask?
Nothing is off limits. I want them to put all sorts of questions in my bucket (I don’t know why that sounds like a euphemism). The only questions I find difficult are ones related to niche British politics and referencing people I don’t know.

What’s the funniest experimental gig you’ve ever done?
I did one where a girl from the audience came on stage and we reenacted my recent break up, with her playing my ex. At the end of it I felt like we’d really shared something. Not sure how she felt. 

You’ve been living in the UK for seven years now – do Brits have better humour than Canadians? How?
It’s just different! Audiences are more vocal. And self deprecation reigns supreme. I love it. Canadian humour is pretty close to British, though. Closer than American for sure.

How do your life experiences influence your comedy?
Most of my comedy is really personal and quite uncomfortably exposing, so I’d say yes, massively.

Your BBC Radio 4 series, ‘Mae Martin’s Guide to 21stCentury Sexuality’, explores the millennial generation’s sexual revolution and its developing attitudes in relation to gender. What makes these issues such a rich source of comedy?
Everything is shifting and changing all the time so it’s an interesting thing to track and explore. Also it’s so universal – we ALL have a sexuality, and an identity, and nothing could be more human.

Do you think comedy should play a role in politics?
Comedy has a rich history of social commentary and subversion, so it absolutely must play a role in reflecting the world back at us and bridging divisions and misunderstandings. I wish I was better at political comedy but I leave it to people who it’s their specialty.

You started performing when you were 13. How did those early experiences shape the comic you are today?
I had a tumultuous adolescence in and around comedy clubs and those experiences absolutely inform who I am today. One positive thing is that I was able to experiment with different comedy styles and genres and attitudes before the era of youtube, and get it all out of my system relatively early so that in my twenties I knew who I was on stage more clearly. 

If you didn’t do stand-up, what else do you think you’d be doing?
I have no other qualifications and never went to school so I’d probably be pretty screwed. But probably music! Or I’d like to be Bette Midler’s personal assistant.

Do you have any more exciting projects lined up for the future?
I have a Netflix stand up special coming out in January 2019, and exciting stuff to announce in the coming months, too!

The Mae Martin Experiment is on Wednesday 17 October at TOM – tickets are available here.

For more lovely interviews and content like this, check out our friends at BN1 Magazine here.

TOMtech 2018 is here!

Now in it’s fourth year, TOMtech is our in-house programme of performances using new technologies. Not content with the traditional artforms (we still love them – have you seen our packed autumn season?) we are leading the way forward with new forms of storytelling, immersive entertainment and cultural experiences that take your breathe away.

This year, we are showcasing virtual reality experiences that illustrate the best of what is possible in this medium. Carefully selected from festivals, artists and design studios both here and around the globe, these vary from the enchanting to the extreme. As you look through, be sure to reference our rating symbols to know what will suit you best.

It is not all VR though. Opening the programme this year, we are delighted to welcome the beamer community into the building to adorn our walls with light powered art.

Beyond the public events, we are running a course for theatre makers to learn how to create immersive content and developing our own multi-user production (thats under wraps, for now…)

TOMtech allows us to dream on what the entertainment of the future will be. Over the last few years our VR shows and events have seen sold out crowds coming to the venue to try the latest experiences. 2018 is no different. This year’s programme includes the chance to have a 1-2-1 biology lesson with Sir David Attenborough at the Natural History Museum, a heart-stopping journey beyond the grave (in Doom Room) and a unique view on the relationship between twins thrown apart by one night.


Pop-Up Brighton and TOMtech
BRING YOUR OWN BEAMER (BYOB)

14-15 Sep

Bring Your Own Beamer has been wow-ing crowds in Brighton for six years. Launching our TOMtech programme with two nights of projector powered digital art expect to find the building transformed in to a digital wonderland.

Alongside the open sessions – join Pop-Up Brighton for parties, workshops, masterclasses and talks. Check online for schedule.

TICKETS & MORE INFORMATION


Makropol and TOMtech
DOOM ROOM
20-30 Sep

A boundary-defying live VR experience from Danish collective, Makropol. You are invited to put on a blindfold and begin a guided meditation where you are transported to the afterlife. Technological wizardry combine with heart-stopping live performance in this remarkable work. WATCH THE TRAILER HERE.

Contains scenes of an extreme nature that some audiences may find disturbing. Please see website for trigger warnings BEFORE booking.  

TICKETS & MORE INFORMATION


TOMtech
VR PARLOUR

20-30 Sep

A 10-day curated installation that invites you to enjoy some the finest immersive works the world has to offer.  Your ticket covers guaranteed slots on the three main exhibits below and overleaf, curated for small groups over one-hour sessions. Programme includes:

HOLD THE WORLD WITH DAVID ATTENBOROUGH (Sky VR/Factory42/Natural History Museum)

A unique one-on-one encounter with a digitally realised Sir David Attenborough, in which he teaches you how to examine remarkable specimens from the Natural History Museum’s collection.  Go behind the scenes to areas usually closed off to the public to get up close with a stegosaurus, a trilobite, dragonfly, blue whale and a pterosaur. WATCH THE TRAILER HERE.

IS ANNA OK? (BBC/Aardman Animations)

A true story of twins thrown apart by one night.  Step into their shoes and a beautifully illustrated world, explore memories through objects, and uncover what happened from both perspectives.

EMPIRE SOLDIERS (Metro-Boudot-Dodo)

Empire Soldiers tells the compelling stories of the forgotten Caribbean and South Asian soldiers of World War 1.  Hear the captivating stories of the battlefield as you are joined by a returning soldiers and share the emotional experience of the return home. As the journey continues to the present day, focus turns to the resulting changes of the last 100 years, and the impact of migration on the world today.

TICKETS AND MORE INFORMATION (See all three above for one price)


Hatsumi VR
NOÖSPHERE: MINDFULNESS IN A HYPER-CONNECTED WORLD
20-23 Sep

Scientists and meditation gurus alike have sung the praises of mindfulness as a technique we can harness to improve our mental wellbeing. Whilst living in an age of hyper-connectivity often perpetuates mental distress, perhaps we can use technology as a tool to connect with ourselves, regulate our emotions and regain control over our minds and bodies.  Join us for an hour-long journey through three immersive experiences, inviting you to breathe, embody and visualise mindfulness.

TICKETS & MORE INFORMATION


TOMtech and MakeReal
VRLAB
4-7 Oct

One of the most popular events during Brighton Digital Festival, vrLAB brings together immersive experiences and experiments from the world of arts, gaming, documentary/film and … well, wherever we can find interesting things to share! Pick your slot time and explore the latest technological advancements from our digital mavericks.

TICKETS & MORE INFORMATION


For full listing information, to book tickets or find out more, visit the venue’s main site via www.theoldmarket.com/tomtech

TOMtech is funded by Arts Council England through National Lottery Project Grants and supported by Sheffield Doc/Fest, Make [Real], Virtual Umbrella, BBC and Pop Up Brighton. TOMtech is part of Brighton Digital Festival the UKs largest exploration of digital culture. Check out the programme here.

WELCOME TO BRIGHTON, MISS SPEARS

We’re a bit in love!

Ahead of Britney Spears headlining Brighton & Hove Pride – Official Page on 4 August, 201 Dance Company have created a dance video to her track “Gimme More” – featuring loads of classic Brighton landmarks. They’re here with their new show 201 Dance Company: Skin on Fri 7 Sep, and you’re not going to want to miss it!

Tickets for the show are available by clicking here, and you can watch the video in full by clicking here

 

 

 

 

 

Festivals ’18 – Team TOM’s picks…

With Festivals season lurking around the corner, we’re getting a wee bit giddy to say the least. So to celebrate, some members of the TOM Team have picked out what they are most excited about this season and why…


Helen (Programmer)
The Fabulous Backstrom Brothers is sure to be a giggle! Spymonkey’s outrageous and brilliantly disruptive influence on even the most highbrow art forms is a complete joy to behold. I can’t wait to see how director Toby Parks works with two Finnish opera singing brothers in this musical cabaret that is billed as Richard Wagner meets Johnny Cash in a Ring of Fire!!


Andy (Marketing Officer)
I can’t wait to see Hammerhead, the latest offering from Joseph Morpurgo. He is famed for his razor sharp wit and immense talent for improvisation – if you’ve ever seen his performances as part of the Jane Austen inspired improv group Austentatious then you’ll know how good he is. If you haven’t seen him, he’s unlike any other comic act on the circuit so well worth a watch. I can’t wait (but I’m going to have to…)


Tanya (Operations Manager)
Ooo, there’s a lot I want to see this season! All of the Finnish Season, Benjamin Zephaniah, Fleabag… but I’m probably most looking forward to The Lovers Circus. This is a new venture for us, a really exciting one! There’s going to be some fantastic music throughout the night (love The Turbans particularly) and a variety of entertainment including poetry, VR, workshops and more. Loads to keep you busy partying into the night!


Mark (Marketing Manager)
Just recently, I made my first visit to TOM’s Film Club and had a wonderful evening, so I’m eager to see the next offer – the Nick Cave Double Bill. The atmosphere at the club screenings is unlike any other cinema I’ve been to, so relaxed and welcoming, and I think I’m the only person in my family who hasn’t seen either of these films. Even so, the family are coming with me to see them again! I’m particularly looking forward to One More Time With Feeling, Andrew Dominik is a great director (Chopper anyone?)


Emily (Finance Assistant)
It’s got to be Fleabag. There is sooo much hype for this show, it’s won loads of awards, it’s selling out everywhere it goes (we’re on course for a similar outcome here!) and I loved the BBC3 series. Imagine Miranda, but a really, REALLY bleak version. I think everyone has those moments of social anxiety that they can relate to, and this show breaks it all down in a filthy, yet somehow charming way.


These are just some of our opinions. There’s a lot more on offer, including DollyWould by the wonderfully named Sh!t Theatre (pictured below), David Shrigley’s Problem in Brighton, a collaborative concert with Sarah Jane Morris and Antonio ForcioneThe Great Escape Festival and more, so we’re sure they’ll be something for everyone.

Have a look at our full lineup here, and we’ll see you very soon!

Team TOM x

Interview with Robin Hood composer and performer Callum McIntyre

This half-term, we welcome back New Mutiny Theatre Company with the world premiere of a new staging of Robin Hood. We spoke to Callum McIntyre – company founder, composer and actor who plays the title role of Robin – about why this new adaptation promises to be a such a swashbuckling experience.


Can you tell us a little bit about New Mutiny Theatre Company and how you formed?

The company first formed in 2013. We all met at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and in our second year one of our projects was to create an hour-long adaptation of Romeo and Juliet to perform to families and schools around the southwest. We had so much fun making the show that we decided to take it up to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe that year. It was so well-received that we thought we might be on to something, From that point our mission was simple: to reimagine classic stories for family audiences, and to present them in a challenging and engaging way. Thanks to the faith shown in us by The Old Market, we have been able to establish the company and keep making work that excites us!


This is New Mutiny’s second full length production, following your very well-received debut, Romeo & Juliet. Why did you decide to adapt Robin Hood?

After starting with Shakespeare for our first production, we really wanted to look at classic tales. One of the main reasons we chose Robin Hood was the characters. There are some fantastic and richly drawn characters that we think we know well, and yet also know very little. When we looked back at the old tales and legends of Robin Hood we found that we had so much scope to play with these characters.


Live original music is a key part of this production. Can you tell us more about it, and how you work with musicians and composers when creating a new show?

Music is such an important part of storytelling. We like to take inspiration from the music we ourselves enjoy, and to work it into every show we produce. As well as playing Robin, I am also the company’s resident composer, and I’ve been able to create the music for the show in the rehearsal room as the action is being shaped. However, like all of our work, everything we create is done as a group: the process of creating the music is always very open and fluid. It relies on all of the performers to collectively shape something that is really exciting!


What can audiences expect to take away from seeing this production?

Our version of Robin Hood is about lots of things: friendship, growing up, responsibility, family and justice to name a few – audiences can expect the show to explore all these ideas and more. But ultimately we believe theatre should be fun. Our shows grow out of a sense of play, and Robin Hood is no exception. Expect beautiful music, exciting action and lots of silliness.


This is your second time performing at The Old Market. What do you like about the venue, and performing in Brighton & Hove?

Much like Brighton & Hove, The Old Market is beautiful: the space is warm and versatile, the setting is gorgeous, and most importantly, the people are brilliant. The staff at TOM work tirelessly to ensure everyone who enters the venue – whether audience or performer – has the best possible experience. They are passionate about what they do, and it shows. So why do we keep coming back? That’s easy: because it feels like home.


If there’s one character in the show you identify with, who would it be and why?

Personally I think I identify most with Tuck: a bit grumpy and curmudgeonly, but ultimately an alright bloke. Also I’m a big fan of a good meat pie with gravy…

New Mutiny Theatre Company’s production of Robin Hood premieres at The Old Market from Fri 6 – Sat 17 February 2018. More info & tickets >

A big welcome to the cast & crew of Cinderella and the Beanstalk

We’re over the moon to welcome the company of Cinderella and the Beanstalk to The Old Market this week, as we prepare for our opening performance on Thursday night. We’ve untangled the fairy lights, donned our festive jumpers, and put the sprouts on a gentle simmer. Look out Christmas, we’re coming to get you!

Cinderella and the Beanstalk is the panto to end all pantos, described by What’s On Stage as “the most fun you’ll have this Christmas… does for pantomime what the Reduced Shakespeare Company did for the Bard, only better.” 

Three seemingly unstoppable performers – Tom Gordon, Dami Olukoya and Adam Robertson, together with musician extraordinaire Shamira Turner – recreate over 60 characters from more than a dozen classic stories. With Cinderella, Prince Charming, the Fairy Godmother, the scheming Rumpelstiltskin, and Jack’s pregnant cow all in the fray, there’s anarchy up the beanstalk in this fast-paced family comedy where the laughs come at breakneck speed!

Created by the comedy trio Sleeping Trees with director Tom Attenborough, composer Mark Newnham and associate director Carla Kingham, Cinderella and the Beanstalk was a big audience and critical hit when it premiered at London’s Theatre503 in 2014. Get your laughing gear around this irresistible slice of panto pandemonium at The Old Market this Christmas.

Meet the cast

 

 

Tom Gordon  Jack, Prince Charming, the Ugly Sisters and more

Tom trained at LAMDA and is as an actor, producer, director and founding member of film collective Good Shout. He recently played Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice at The Courtyard in Hereford, and looks forward to the release of his seventh short film Jak the Lad. Other theatre credits include: City Stories (59E59 NYC; Wilton’s Music Hall), Long Story Short (Charing Cross Theatre; Pleasance Islington), Hay Fever, Fallen Angels (Frinton Summer Theatre), Fair Em (Union Theatre), and The Wind in the Willows (Latitude Festival). Screen credits include: Our Shining Sword (Tin Hat Productions), The Jitterman, The Package, The Tour, Dissociative (Raedar Films) and Temporary Accommodation (Jackson Films).

Dami Olukoya  Fairy Godmother, Rumpelstiltskin, Magic Cow and more

Dami graduated from Guildford School of Acting with the Sir John Gielgud award. Most recently Dami made her National Theatre debut in its acclaimed production of Jane Eyre.  Other theatre credits include: All or Nothing the Musical (Rock N Roll Productions); Sen in The Waiting Game (Kazzum); The Angel of Death in The Passion (Oxford Castle); The Mercer in The Knave in Grain (The Globe), Lila in Theremin (Actors Centre) and Othello in Othello excerpt (The Globe/ Sam Wanamaker festival). Dami is also a skilled voiceover artist having worked for The BBC, ITV, Coca Cola, Nivea and many others.

Adam Robertson  Cinderella, Merlin, the Genie and more

Adam is a performer, facilitator and general theatre guy from Harlow, Essex. He is one third of Milk Presents, an associate company of Derby Theatre and The Bush. Performing credits for Milk Presents include: BULLISH, Self Service, A Real Man’s Guide to Sainthood and Bluebeard: A Fairytale for Adults. Other credits include: Live from Television Centre (BAC & BBC), How Not to Live in Suburbia (Annie Siddons), La Boite Noir & The Incredible Book Eating Boy (Bootworks Theatre Company).

Shamira Turner  Musician

Shamira is an actor, musician and theatre-maker; co-director of She Goat; and a founding member of Little Bulb Theatre. Credits include Orpheus (Royal Opera House Linbury Studio, Brisbane Festival, Salzburg Festival), Operation Greenfield (Soho Theatre), Crocosmia, The Marvellous and Unlikely Fete of Little Upper Downing, Sporadical, Goose Party, and Squally Showers (National Theatre Shed). Shamira played Robert 1927’s Golem (Young Vic; Trafalgar Studios; international tour), which enjoyed a hugely successful run at The Old Market in 2015. In 2018 Shamira will be performing in Pilot Theatre & Bryony Lavery’s new production Brighton Rock.

 

Meet the creative team

 

Sleeping Trees  Writers (pictured)

Formed at University of Chichester in 2009, the multi-award-winning comedy trio Sleeping Trees have been described as ‘the birth child of Monty Python and The League of Gentlemen’ (Time Out). They’ve made nine full-length shows to date, and have just finished an extensive UK tour of Sleeping Trees at the Movies: a trilogy of shows parodying gangster, spaghetti western and science fiction movies. Cinderella and the Beanstalk is one of three Sleeping Trees shows performing in the Southeast this Christmas, including Scrooge and the Seven Dwarves at Theatre503, and the adults-only Sleeping Trees and the Chocolate Factory at Battersea Arts Centre.

Tom Attenborough  Director

Tom works as a freelance theatre director in and around London. His first job was as an Assistant Director to Rachel Chavkin on The American Capitalism Project. Since then his career has included work at the National Theatre, Minerva Theatre Chichester, Almeida Theatre, MCS Oxford, The Old Vic, Menier Chocolate Factory, Hampstead Theatre, Theatre Royal Bath, and the West End including: The Shape of Things (The Gallery Soho), The Mountaintop (Derby LIVE), Port Authority (Southwark Playhouse), The President and the Pakistani (Waterloo East Theatre); Cinderella and the Beanstalk (Theatre503); Step 9 (of 12) (Trafalgar Studios); Abigail’s Party (Theatre Royal Bath), The Wasp (Hampstead Theatre & West End transfer), The Whipping Man (Theatre Royal Plymouth) and Dinner with Friends (Park Theatre). In 2016 Attenborough also directed a major UK tour of Noel Coward’s Private Lives, as well as the regional premiere of Untold Stories by Alan Bennett. In March 2017, Attenborough directed the West End debut of Tony award winner Stephen Karam’s play Speech and Debate at London’s Trafalgar Studios.

Mark Newnham  Composer

Mark trained as an actor-musician at Rose Bruford College. Theatre credits include: Dave Davies in Sunny Afternoon (UK Tour); Cookie in Return to the Forbidden Planet (UK Tour); Eric Wimp in Bananaman The Musical (Southwark Playhouse); Young John Lennon in Lennon (Royal Court, Liverpool); Steve Marriott in All or Nothing (The Vaults, London); Oxy in Oxy and the Morons (New Wolsey, Ipswich); Simple Simon in Jack and the Beanstalk, Les in Bouncers, Craze in A Passionate Woman (Queens Theatre, Hornchurch); Freddy in Up in the Attic (Floods of Ink); William Watson in Horrible Christmas (Birmingham Stage Company); Jamie in Last Five Years (Brighton Fringe); John Lennon/Hells Angel in Hot Stuff (Oldham Collesium); George in A Real Mans Guide to Sainthood (Milk Presents…); Mischief Maker/Composer in The Curators Daughter (Trailblaze Theatre); Jamal in Moon and Genie, Underwater Boy in Scrub a Dub (Half Moon Theatre); Sebastian, Trinculo and Boatswain in Tiny Tempest (Mini Mall Theatre Company).

Carla Kingham  Associate Director

Credits include: Isaac Came Home from the Mountain (Theatre503), No Place Like Hope (Old Red Lion); Sea Fret (Old Red Lion, HighTide Festival); You’re Human Like the Rest of Them (Finborough); Bi (Rich Mix); After the Heat We Battle for the Heart (VAULT Festival); No Border (Theatre503, Oxford Playhouse, Nuffield Theatre). Associate Direction: Les Misérables (Wermland Opera House, Sweden); Lotty’s War (UK Tour). Assistant Direction: Sex With Strangers (Hampstead Theatre). Carla is a script reader for Theatre503 and The Bush.

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From Ibiza To The Norfolk Broads (8 – 11 Jan)

“Berry’s play is that rarest of things: A Fringe play which exceeds all expectations”
Time Out Magazine: Critic’s Choice

From Ibiza To The Norfolk Broads

This season, we’re marking what would have been David Bowie’s 70th birthday, and the anniversary of his untimely passing with From Ibiza To The Norfolk Broads, a powerful story about a Bowie fanboy. And following the successful launch of our new series TOM’s Film Club, we’re planning some Bowie-themed film screenings around the same time. Watch this space for updates. More info


Beardyman and the Dream Team (16 Nov)

Beardyman and the Dream Team

Last year, multi-award winning musician and comedian Beardyman brought his sell-out show One Album Per Hour to TOM for two wildly successful nights. And now Beardyman’s back. But this time, he’s bringing a mind-blowing supergroup of some of the world’s best freestyle musicians and vocalists along for the ride, including one of the world’s best drummers, Emre Ramazanoglu, world female beatbox champ Bellatrix on beatbox, double bass and electric bass, Rob Lewis on cello, UK Slam Poet champ Disraeli, and LeeN on freestyle vocals (Beardy considers him to be the best freestyle MC in the whole wide world!). More info and book


The Magic Lamp (28 Dec – 2 Jan)

“This 50-minute show has a mesmerising illusory quality… It’s soothingly compelling – a harmonious shadow play of magic and myth”
★★★★★ Time Out

The Magic Lamp

Be transported to far off lands with a truly magical alternative to pantomime, and an ideal family treat. Taking a traditional Iraqi variant and using an ancient Middle Eastern version of the text, Indefinite Articles approach Aladdin in a unique way. Played out in a Bedouin tent with a set filled with billowing silken drapes, this bewitching shadow play is told using light, paper and oil. More info and book


Club Click: The Soul Of Dirty Disco – Yule Groove (10 Dec)

Club Click

Zip up your tinsel jumpsuits, strap on those fur-lined platforms and slide down our chimney as Club Click returns following two wildly-successful sell-out nights for a seasonal dusting of Seventies glamour, glittering divas, and dirty disco dancing at the legendary Studio 54… by the sea. More info and book


TOM’s Film Club

TOM's Film Club

We’re film buffs here at The Old Market, so earlier this year we decided to start our very own film club. This season, we’ve got one of the undisputed world masterpieces of cinema, a cult Christmas classic, and two David Bowie films as part of our David Bowie Season. View all TOM’s Film Club films

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NEW SEASON: Autumn 2016

This season, as well as our usual menu of theatre, comedy, music and special events, we’ve created a brand new programme called #TOMtech, where we ask theatre makers and tech experts what entertainment looks like right at the edge of new technology.


Adam Buxton’s BUG: David Bowie Special (#TOMtech)
Thu 8 Sep, 7:30pm
Adam Buxton presents a very special BUG show celebrating some of David Bowie’s incredible music video and other on-screen appearances.
More Info & Tickets

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vrLAB (#TOMtech)
Fri 16 – Sat 18 Sep, various times
Taking over the whole building, this is your chance to get hands on with the new generation of virtual reality content. With over 15 different experiences join us for a three-hour session and be one of the first people to experience a world unlike no other.
More Info & Tickets

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Full #TOMtech listings


The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz
Wed 5 – Fri 7 Oct. 7:30pm
Looking for something the whole family can enjoy? The South-West’s much loved physical comedy theatre company Le Navet Bete are back this season with their sell out successful take on the classic tale, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
More Info & Tickets

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Soul Casserole & Club Click
Sat 29 Oct, 9pm
Soul Casserole and Club Click come together for a night of dirty disco, freaky funk and sweet soul, plus live music from the sensational 10-piece band The Soul Steppers.
More Info & Tickets

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The Boy With Tape On His Face is TAPE FACE
Thu 10 – Sat 12 Nov, 7:30pm
Stand-up comedy with no talking, drama with no acting and punch lines with no words. Tape Face is currently wowing the judges and audiences in America’s Got Talent.
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Lake Street Dive + Basia Bulat
Sun 13 Nov
Lake Street Dive return to Europe following sold-out Dublin and London shows, and performances on Later… with Jools Holland and The Late Late Show.
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Full Autumn Listings


 

 

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