Hurrah! Pre/Post show meal offers this Xmas!

Get money off your Christmas meal with Cinderella and The Beanstalk tickets…

 

Looking for a festive night out this Christmas?

We’ve recently announced our panto for 2017, Cinderella and The Beanstalk, a fast-paced, bare-knuckled comedy treat for anyone who likes their panto with a twist. Written by multi-award winning trio The Sleeping Trees and directed by Tom Attenborough, Grandson of the late great Richard Attenborough.

To ensure your festive night out is a real banger, we’ve teamed up with four local restaurants to give you a discount off your food bill, all you need to do is present your theatre tickets upon arrival. Discounts are valid between Thu 14 Dec – Sat 6 Jan and terms and conditions apply at each restaurant, see below for all the details. Happy yule tide everyone.

 

SIX
102-105 Western Road, Hove // www.sixbrighton.com // 01273 725495 // 150m from The Old Market

Get 10% off your food bill at SIX with your Cinderella and The Beanstalk tickets. Offer applies to advanced bookings only, up to a maximum of 6 people in your party. Book here or by phone.
Taking influence from abundant country fields in Europe, SIX combines the freshest ingredients with a passion for bringing out inherent flavours in a contemporary approach to cuisine.

La Choza
105 Western Road, Brighton //www.lachoza.co.uk //
320m from The Old Market

Present your ticket on the day of the show to claim 10% off your food bill at La Choza, Western Rd. Valid for lunch or a pre-show dinner and subject to availability. Offer valid on food only and excludes Friday and Saturday evenings after 7pm.
Please note Christmas is a very busy time of year, so advanced booking is highly recommended by email, phone or online booking.
La Choza serves authentic slow-cooked Mexican street food. Recommended by The Guardian and named one of the UK’s best ‘cheap eats’ in the Observer Food Monthly awards, the menu includes fresh tacos, burritos and quesadillas.

Fatto A Mano
65-67 Church Rd, Hove BN3 2BD, Hove // www.fattoamanopizza.com // 01273 325400 // 800m from The Old Market

Open everyday, midday – 10pm, Fatto A Mano is a fast-paced eatery, serving up delicious wood-fired Neapolitan pizza. Kids eat for free at Fatto A Mano, making it the perfect place to take the family before or after the matinee show. For group bookings over 6 people, reserve your table by phone or if there are less than 6 of you, just turn up.

Bottom’s Rest
Conquer House, 16 Lower Market St, Hove BN3 1AT // 01273 733513
// 10m from The Old Market

Enjoy food and drinks in Bottom’s Rest, a cosy, hidden gem of a pub, tucked away just behind the venue. Present your Cinderella and The Beanstalk ticket on the day of the show and get 10% off your food bill.  Subject to availability, please note Christmas is a very busy time of year, so advanced booking is highly recommended. To secure your booking, call Bottom’s Rest or email: bottomsrest@gmail.com.
Offer excludes: Tuesday 241 burger offer, Wednesday curry night, Thursday wing night, and Sunday roasts. Children under 18 welcome until 8pm.

WILDER STORIES: SERIES 2 – A CALL FOR STORIES

Do you have a story to tell?

Earlier in the year we launched a brand new podcast series called Wilder Stories.  We invited storytellers from all disciplines to spin their yarns –  with each podcast having a unique theme.

The first podcasts were recorded in front of a live audience during Brighton Fringe and were hosted by poet-musician Chris T-T and scored by Todd Jordan.  After the success of these we’re searching for participants for the next round, with the natural environment our inspiration.

The chosen themes for Wilder Stories series 2 will be;  THE SEA, THE HILLS, and THE WOODS.

If you have a suitable short story, poem, essay or song then we’d like to hear from you! This time, we’ll be recording each story on the move – so can meet you at a chosen location to hear your story, or you can come to us.

How to apply:

– Indicate whether your submission is a story, poem, essay, narrative song or something else entirely.
– Let us know which theme your piece is inspired by (the sea, hills or woods).
– It should be no longer than 5 minutes in length.

Send a transcript or a link to a recording with the subject line: WILDER STORIES 2 + SEA/HILLS or WOOD
to james [at] theoldmarket.com

You can apply to more than one, if you would like to.

The deadline for submissions is Fri 15 Sep and we will let you know by Wed 20 Sep.

Wilder Stories is produced by The Old Market with LoFi Arts and hosted by CJ Thorpe.

Autumn season launch – #TOMtech, TOM’s Film Club and more!

Brighton Digital Festival begins in September and we’re serving up our biggest #TOMtech season ever.

A Technology Takeover?

Throughout Autumn, we’ll be hosting workshops, events and meet-ups that will explore how new technologies are changing the creative landscape, with one burning question – how can the latest developments in tech improve how we experience culture?

We’ll be posing this question and many others to artists, tech wizards and everyone in between during the festival, with some of the findings being podcasted and blogged on the #TOMtech site.

To start the season off, we’re more than a little bit excited that cutting-edge design studio Marshmallow Laser Feast are bringing their interactive musical laser installation Forest to the venue for two weeks, from Tue 29 August.

Made of steel rods and lasers, the installation invites you to play, tap, shake, and pluck the musical ‘trees’. Interacting with the trees causes them to swing and oscillate, creating vibrating patterns of light and sound. Each tree is tuned to a specific tone, creating harmonious sounds spatialised and played in surround sound. As well as Forest, there’ll be other immersive virtual reality experiences to explore, all part of the MLF retrospective: Habitats

Check out the video below to hear and see the Forest in action.

As well as Habitats, other ground-breaking VR experiences include the sensual journey Frogman, the first full length piece of VR theatre, which uses binaural sound to take you into the heart of the coral reef. The sumptuous WHIST takes you on a journey into the unconscious mind. And vrLAB returns to showcase yet more virtual reality experiences following a sell-out run last year.

Elsewhere, there’s cutting edge automated performance in Macondo and REMOTE where you, the audience, steer the show.

TOM’s Film Club continues…

We’ve got some real corkers coming up for our AUTUMN season. Including The Love Witch, a special #TOMtech and Brighton Digital Festival screening of Ex_Machina and the supernatural horror, Under the Shadow.

We’ve introduced a bundle offer where you can buy tickets for two films for £10, or a season pass for all films for just £24! Individual tickets are still priced at £6 each.

Want to know more about the rest of the season? Film Club creator, Michael McDermott talks to Culture Calling about the origins of the club and what films are coming up.

 

 

A show to get your teeth in to this Halloween…

We’re super excited to announce the return of Exeter based comedy troupe, Le Navet Bete. They’ll be bringing the funny this Halloween with their very own take on Bram Stoker’s classic novel, Dracula.

The troupe are no stranger to TOM, with last year’s rendition of Dick Tracy and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (2015), both hailed by the critics. Dracula: The Bloody Truth promises to have the vampires back in the ground and will leave you flying high! Check out the full length trailer below for more giggles, you can fang us later…

May is wilder than you know…

Are you sitting comfortably? We’ve been busy sharing our own stories down in the basement, to warm up for our brand new storytelling night Wilder Stories

Story Mash #wilderstories

The TOM team and friends spinning yarns.


At the heart of any arts festival is the sharing of stories, so we’ve brought together artists, academics, musicians, poets and raconteurs for three nights in May during Brighton Fringe, to share their stories with us. Wilder Stories: Rhapsodies in Colour promises bold, beautiful, grotesque and intricate story-telling, with each night inspired by a different hue: Blue (Sun 7 May), Red (Sun 21 May) and Green (Sun 28 May).

Included in the evening line-up so far are 2017 Aesthetica Creative Writing Award winner, Christina Sanders (BLUE), musician Nick Harper (RED) and Brighton based musician and writer, Cess Greenness (GREEN).

Wilder Stories will mark the launch of a live podcast series, hosted by poet-musician-activist Chris T-T, and scored by Todd Jordan. Tickets are just £5, and £3 each if you buy a ticket for more than one Wilder Stories event. To get the ball rolling, we got together to share some of our favourite tales in front of the camera.

Pale Blue Dot - Carl Sagan

Here’s our rendition of an excerpt from scientist Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot. Written in 1994, Sagan was inspired to write after urging the crew of Voyager 1 to take an image of Earth during a mission on February 14, 1990. As the spacecraft travelled to the fringes of the solar system, engineers turned around to take a photograph. The resulting image, with the earth a speck less than 0.12 pixels in size, became known as the ‘pale blue dot‘.  Sagan’s writing asserts the sheer vastness of space, and our undeniably-small place within it.

‘Pale Blue Dot’ the image is part of the first ever ‘portrait’ of the solar system taken by Voyager 1 (NASA/JPL) / Artwork by Hannah Broadway for Wilder Stories – Rhapsodies in Colour: BLUE

Check out the full info for Wilder Stories:
BLUE, 7 MAY
RED, 21 MAY
GREEN, 28 MAY

As part of TOM’s venue pledge, we are working with community groups across the city to promise that for every ticket bought for this specially curated series of live-lounge podcasts, we will donate a ticket to someone who can’t afford to go to the theatre.

Share your story with us in May as part of Wilder Stories…

Wilder Stories: Rhapsodies in Colour

We’re looking for people to read their stories, poems, monologues, transcripts, and narrative songs at each of our Wilder Stories nights, each themed around a colour: Blue (Sun 7 May), Red (Sun 21 May) or Green (Sun 28 May).

For each of these specially curated live-lounge podcasts, we’re inviting storytellers: musicians, writers, academics and artists from across the city to share a story with us. Hosted by local singer/songwriter Chris T-T with a live score from Todd Jordan, each night is inspired by a different hue.

Each submission should be loosely themed around the colour selected (it could be a feeling evoked by, or an association with, for example) and no longer than five minutes. You will also agree to being recorded for our Wilder Stories podcast series, which may get broader airtime.

How to apply:

– Indicate whether your submission is a story, poem, monologue, transcript, narrative song, or something else
– Indicate which date/colour you are applying for
– Either send us a transcript, description of your submission or a link to a recording of your submission
– You can apply for more than one date/colour
– Please send the above information in an email with the subject line ‘Wilder Stories Submission’ to helen (at) theoldmarket.com by Fri 31 Mar.

The submission deadline is Fri 31 Mar, and we’ll let you know if you’ve been selected by Sun 9 Apr.

Staff highlights from 2016 & picks for 2017

2016 is nearly over, and although we’ve lost national treasures and witnessed countless political U-turns, it hasn’t been all bad – at TOM we found bliss in the performing arts.

So, for all you list-lovers out there, here’s a round up of highlights from the year that saw TOM host over 160 events and go digital (#TOMTech). Our wonderful team also share what they’re chomping at the bit to see in 2017. Enjoy.

Tanya  – Operations Manager

2016: BROMANCE
“Hmmmmm…. theatre like this is a must for feel good endorphins.
Amazing acrobatics, laugh out loud wit, strength and grace from the performers. Just pure pleasure from start to finish.”

2017:  THRIVE
“I am really looking forward to Thrive in March – an interesting promenade piece for, and about, young adults dealing with emotional trauma.
I’m curious to see how this will address sensitive issues and how young adults react to them. It’s great that a promenade piece has been created where young adults have an opportunity to become completely immersed in the action. I will definitely be bringing my teenage daughter – if her school doesn’t bring their group along!”

Date & Time: Sat 4 Mar, 6pm & 8pm

Laura – Box Office Manager

2016: GOLEM
“My 2016 highlight was 1927’s production of Golem. It was just the sort of theatrical experience I needed to wash away those January blues. I loved its clever mix of the visual, the emotional and the lyrical. I adore seeing productions that pay so much attention to detail. It blended the wickedly absurd and darkly comical with some real Kafka-esque existentialism thrown in for good measure. Wonderful.”

2017: NEAR GONE
“I’m looking forward to a lot of shows in 2017, but the one that keeps saying ‘come watch me’ and won’t leave me alone is Near Gone by Two Destination Language. I’m intrigued by its Balkan flavour and fusion of emotion, words and languages, and its internal story of survival and the power of the human spirit. It sounds beautiful.”

Date & Time: Wed 29 – Fri 31 Mar, 8pm

Sam – Marketing Manager

2016: DICK TRACY
“There have been so many highlights, but my absolute favourite show has to be Dick Tracy (March 2016), a ludicrous day-glo slapstick adaptation of the classic comic strip, featuring Exeter’s favourite physical comedy troupe Le Navet Bete. I can honestly say I’ve never laughed so much before, and my friend sitting behind me laughed so hard she spilt her wine all over my head. Needless to say we’re now Le Navet Bete fangirls and we can’t wait for their return to TOM in 2017… watch this space!”

2017: POLICE COPS
“To continue the theme, I have to say I need light relief more than ever after the 2016 we’ve had, so I’m most looking forward to more physical comedy silliness. This hilarious genre parody from up-and-coming company The Pretend Men has had sell out runs around the world, won numerous awards and picked up five star reviews like nobody’s business, but to be honest, it had me at the name – which will resonate with many Simpsons fans out there: Police Cops. What’s not to love?”

Date & Time: Wed 22 – Thu 23 Feb, 8pm

James – Development Manager – #TOMtech

2016: vrLAB
“During September’s Brighton Digital Festival, we launched #TOMtech – a programme that celebrates artists who use emerging technologies.  A highlight for me was vrLAB – a four day event featuring 25 different virtual reality experiences.  From the magical woodland world of In The Eyes of The Animal to the intensively high octane racing game, Radial-GvrLAB took over the whole building! The tech team completely re-purposed the venue in an extraordinary way and we think it was a first for a UK arts venue! So cutting edge.”

2017: #TOMtech
“#TOMtech continues for 2017 with new shows, experiences and labs.  One very exciting event will see the return of the excellent Marshmallow Laser Feast, completely re-imagining our venue as a natural habitat with a digital twist.  It’s all under wraps until we launch next year, but I can guarantee you will not believe you are in the same The Old Market.  I can’t wait.”

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