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) 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.

NEW SEASON NOW ON SALE: Winter 2016-17

Bowie, Beardyman and Bedouin tents. Our Winter season is now on sale, and we can’t wait…

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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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SEASON: Spring 2016 at The Old Market

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Spring 2016

Welcome to SPRING 2016 at TOM, designed to get you back on your feet following the excesses of the holiday season. We hope we’ll see you soon, as you emerge into the light of Spring (and back down into our bar, hopefully).

The TOM Team

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Laugh away the post-Christmas doldrums with some of TOM’s favourites

Simon Munnery: And Nothing But [5 Feb]
“One of the funniest, most original comedians of the past twenty years” The Guardian
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Tony Law: Frillemorphesis [10 Feb]
“Chaos has rarely been so finely constructed and this much fun” ★★★★ The Times
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Festival Of The Spoken Nerd vs Professor Elemental [18 Feb]
Festival Of The Spoken Nerd are doing a special one off show with Professor Elemental for Brighton Science Festival. “Gleefully geeky… impossible to resist, whatever your level of scientific knowledge” Edinburgh Reporter
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Laughtermarket [23 Mar]
Last but certainly not least, Laughtermarket is back in TOM’s Bar with headliner Cheeky Kita and support from Darren Walsh, Fraser Geesin, Bryony No, Ben Carter, Graeme Collard, Josh Dillon and resident M.C. Sami Stone
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Le Navet Bete
Dick Tracy [11-12 Mar]
Indulge in some silly slapstick comedy with Le Navet Bete’s Dick Tracy. “Hilarious and utterly engaging; if all theatre was this good we wouldn’t need TV” BBC
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For more Theatre, see Women’s Voices (below).
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Gabby Young And Other Animals [19 Feb]
The talented musician and her band bring their unique perspective and inimitable style to The Old Market.
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Hiatus Kaiyote [28 Apr]
Grammy-nominated Hiatus Kaiyote are joining us in April. “Hiatus Kaiyote is making beautiful, imaginative music. There’s a reason they’ve gone from posting their debut album to a Bandcamp page to getting shout-outs from Prince in a little more than a year” The Washington Post
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Women’s Voices 

We’re celebrating International Women’s Day with groundbreaking theatre, song and sound-art over three consecutive Tuesdays in March.

Broken Leg Theatre & The Old Market
Three Generations Of Women & Singer-songwriter Ellie Ford [15 Mar]
Three Generations Of Women is a story of the horrors of moving back in with your mum in your 30s, of finally appreciating the best piece of advice your grandmother ever gave you, and of extraordinary family secrets held across the generations.  Followed with a set by alternative folk artist Ellie Ford.
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Kate Darach & Verity Standen in association with Tobacco Factory Theatres
Moon Tales & Mmm Hmmm [22 Mar]
Moon Tales portrays 13 eloquent, darkly funny portraits of the female experience. Mmm hmmm is a playful, poignant musical journey that holds a magnifying glass up to snapshots of everyday life.
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Gilded Balloon & The Old Market
Echoes & singer-songwriter Such Small Hands [29 Mar]
Echoes explores the similarities between the Islamist adventurers of today and early Victorian pioneers. Followed by electro-folk/pop artist Such Small Hands.
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Tom Dale Company & MOKO Dance
Digitopia: A Dancing Digital Wonderland [7 Apr]
Especially created for kids aged 5+ and their families by Tom Dale Company & MOKO Dance “A fascinating integration of live dance and digital technology…” The Herald (I Infinite)
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Swallowsfeet2016 [5-6 Mar]
Swallowsfeet Festival returns to fill every nook and cranny of The Old Market with dance, performance and installation. You won’t look at our venue in the same way again!
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VIDEO: Where is Golem going?

Our very own Steve McNicholas created this trailer for 1927’s show, Golem (★★★★★ The Times, The Telegraph, Financial Times, London Evening Standard) using artwork and animation from the show itself. As well as featuring stylized locations in Brighton and Hove, the clip also contains some blink-and-you’ll-miss-it references to well-known golems in film history.

Golem will be here from Tuesday 29th December 2015 until Saturday 16th January 2016. Find out more and book

We’d like to say thanks to 1927 for providing the artwork and animation elements from Golem.

SEASON: Winter 2015-16 at The Old Market

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Winter 2015-16 

Here’s a sneak preview of WINTER 2015-16 at TOM, a season stuffed full of fantastic festive nights out. Why not treat yourself to the best gigs, club nights with a twist, mind-bogglingly imaginative theatre, and much more? Go on, you’ve been good…ish.

Have a merry one,

The TOM Team

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Tue 29 Dec – Sat 16 Jan

‘Anyone interested in the theatre should see this company now’ The Observer

1927's Golem

Like a giant graphic novel burst into life, 1927 invites audiences to take a step through the looking glass into a dark and fantastical tale of an extraordinary ordinary man.

‘Imagine Metropolis crossed with Monty Python and you will have a flavour of Paul Barritt’s extraordinarily inventive visuals and animations that make your eyes dance with pleasure and sometimes surprise.’ The Guardian

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Finger and Thumb Theatre
The Ugly Duckling
Sun 27 Dec – Sun 3 Jan

A brand-new Christmas treat for the wee ones from the creators of Brighton Festival sell-out show Small Fables.

The Ugly Duckling

This beautiful and entertaining show features the trademark hand shadow puppetry of Drew Colby, live cello music and clever use of everyday objects.

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Club Click
The Soul of Dirty Disco
Sat 12 Dec, 9pm – 2am

After a sold-out spectacular at the Speigeltent in May, Club Click are throbbing with excitement to announce their festively funky debut at The Old Market this December…

Club Click

Zip up your tinsel jumpsuits, strap on those fur- lined platforms and slide down our chimney for a seasonal dusting of Seventies glamour, glittering divas, cabaret chic and dirty disco dancing at the legendary Studio 54… by the sea.

Find out more

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The Old Market Presents
Sat 12 Dec, 9pm – 2am

Celebrating the very best that Brighton’s music scene has to offer, The Old Market presents another phenomenal line up of local bands.

Prince Vaseline

Join us for mesmerising folk from Lutine, fuzzy psychedelia from Prince Vaseline (pictured), Grasshopper and more acts TBA.

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An improvised Jane Austen novel
Fri 29 – Sat 30 Jan, 8pm

“One of the most enjoyable shows on the fringe,” The Guardian


A comedy play spun in the style of Jane Austen – and based entirely on audience suggestions.

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SEASON: Autumn 2015 at The Old Market

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Welcome to The Old Market this Autumn 2015, a season full of delights, surprises and top quality entertainment. Whether you’re a regular visitor to The Old Market or have yet to discover us, we’re sure you’ll find loads to explore and enjoy this Autumn.

We look forward to welcoming you here soon!

The TOM Team



Immerse yourself in a virtual reality world; Circa69’s THE CUBE [12-13, 19-20 & 26-27 Sep] is a short one-on-one performance that’s sure to blow your mind. Creator of The Cube Simon Wilkinson also leads a fascinating free talk on the psychology of attention and the creation of immersive performance [07 Sep].

Out of doors – and also free – is an event by ‘projection-mapping superheros’ Shared Space & Light, whose TALKING POSTS [17-22 Sep] will be positioned out on the streets near The Old Market. These lampposts are not what they seem…!

Other highlights of the programme include: Adam Buxton’s inimitable BUG [02 Sep], in which he selects an array of tasty musical video treats to titillate and delight; Ready Salted Code’s digitally-driven dance show [data]storm [13 Sep], which uses big data and wearable tech to unpick computer science through ballet; AddictiveTV’s ORCHESTRA OF SAMPLES [19 Sep], live mixing an international ‘supergroup’ of 200+ musicians who’ve never met; and, for toddlers, we’re bringing over Imaginart from Catalonia to present their outstanding immersive experience, SENSACIONAL [26-27 Sep] [well worth watching their brilliant video for a flavour of the fun!]


Love, Laughs, Power and Superheros frame our sparkling new theatre season…

Dark puppetry pioneers Green Ginger tackle the grotesque in OUTPOST [28-29 Sep], their brand new production about nationalism, leadership and the terrible consequences of using another man’s toilet. Acclaimed writer Gary McNair delivers a sucker punch blow with his deconstruction of the darker side of stand up comedy in his hit show DONALD ROBERTSON IS NOT A STAND UP COMEDIAN [05 OCT], brought to us by Show and Tell.

Comic book action comes fizzing to life with Panic Lab’s dynamic adventure show R.I.O.T. [13-14 OCT] – expect lots of Lycra and laughs! The laughs keep coming, with Paines Plough’s critically acclaimed, heart-wrenching and poignant EVERY BRILLIANT THING [19 & 20 OCT], a life affirming show about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love.

Finally, macabre favourites Kill The Beast bring us another award winning tale promising hilarity, mayhem and mystery: HE HAD HAIRY HANDS [3 NOV].

Crossing musical boundaries: an eclectic programme of music and premium club nights…

Premium club nights are a speciality here at The Old Market; live music, performance and party blend into unforgettable experiences. Having stormed yet another Glastonbury Festival, and sold out 2013-14 here at TOM, COPPERDOLLAR: THE BACK OF BEYOND [29-31 OCT] returns this Halloween and Mexican Day of the Dead. We’ve also two dates of WHITE MINK: ELECTRO SWING SPEAKEASY [02 OCT, 04 DEC], named Mixmag’s #02 party in the UK.

Audio-visual samples of 200+ international artists come together in ORCHESTRA OF SAMPLES [19 SEP], forming a ‘digital supergroup’ who’ve never met but play together on screen. Also fusing formats, in his new show BEARDYMAN: ONE ALBUM PER HOUR [21-22 OCT], the legendary musician and comedian improvises a whole album live, based on your suggestions.

More gigs this season include: SHURA [30 SEP]; SWEET BABOO [01 OCT]; SLEAFORD MODS [06 OCT]; THE ENID [20 NOV]; NICK PYNN AND KATE DAISY GRANT [22 NOV]; ALBERT HAMMOND JR [26 NOV]; and many more.



Presenting the best live comedy of the year. This year’s programme at The Old Market includes  multi-award-winning musician and comedian BEARDYMAN [21-22 Oct], verbose, organised chaos from JASON BYRNE [16 OCT], plus RICHARD HERRING [23 Oct], QI’s JOHN LLOYD [17 OCT] and more.

Probably the largest celebration of historical female composers the country has ever seen, including a work from Francesca Caccini [05, 07 & 08 Nov].

Showcasing deep jazz from leading artists from the US, Europe and the UK.
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October – November
2015 marks the 10th anniversary of City Reads and makes it the longest running ‘big read’ in the UK! This year’s book is Matt Haig’s The Humans. Wrapping up the festival [Sun 01 Nov], we’re hosting a day of events including HUMAN POETRY with Vanessa Kisuule, Dean Atta and Jackie Kay, and later, author MATT HAIG himself, in conversation with Alex Clark. 

A colourful kaleidoscope of treats for all the family this Autumn…

Shakespeare for the OMG generation; New Mutiny’s explosive production of Romeo and Juliet [23-24 SEP] guarantees a truly magical introduction to Shakespeare for children, schools, and families. Featurning a beautiful original score composed by the cast and a unique framing to this classic tale.

International trailblazers Imaginart provide a sensory spectacular digital landscape for toddlers to explore, bursting with colour and joy, in their show SENSACIONAL [26-27 SEP]. The spectacle continues with Panic Lab’s colourful comic book adventure for all the family in R.I.O.T. [13 & 14 OCT]. Kid Carpet brings more quirky rock ‘n’ roll theatre to the half term break with his moving show about the horrors and excitement of the first day in a new house – KID CARPET AND THE NOISY NEIGHBOURS [26-27 OCT]. Another Julia Donaldson favourite comes to life in Scamp Theatre’s inimitable style; wit, drama and wedding bells a plenty in THE SCARECROW’S WEDDING [14 & 15 NOV].

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BLOG: New Work In Development This Summer

From a fizzling Shakespeare adaptation to an immersive Oculus Rift performance, there’s loads in creation here at The Old Market this Summer. We’re opening our doors to numerous companies, artists and performers, providing them with space to develop new work.

You’ll be able to see exclusive previews at various stages, or book now to see final performances in our Autumn Season. Here’s a summary of what’s going on:

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TOM’s Edinburgh Comedy Previews
LIVE PREVIEWS: Throughout June & July [FREE!]
A firm Summer favourite, throughout June and July, we’re once again inviting great comedy acts to showcase the best they’ve got before heading up North to the Festival Fringe. All awaits them: packed houses; showers of awards; TV fame… But for now, all they aspire to achieve is your laughter.

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Toilers of the Sea
LIVE PREVIEW: Friday 26 June [Just £5]
Inspired by traditional folk music from the British Isles, Toilers of the Sea is a new original musical based on the epic novel by Victor Hugo. The showing will be a staged read/sing-through of the show, a culmination of a development workshop hosted by The Old Market.

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Romeo & Juliet
SEE IT: 23-24 September [Now Booking]
In August 2013, New Mutiny stormed Edinburgh Fringe with this explosive one hour production. The Times called it a “fizzling adaptation… Shakespeare for the OMG generation? Yes, yes, a thousand times yes, when it is as good as this,” awarding it a highly-coveted ★★★★★’s!

This Summer New Mutiny are spending some time with us to develop Romeo & Juliet further and prepare the show for touring. It’s a truly magical introduction to Shakespeare for children, schools, and families, ideal for ages 5-12. Book Now, and stay tuned for updates too.


The Cube
SEE IT: September 2015 [Brighton Digital Festival]
Circa69 is working with Amoeba Design and Amsterdam Film Academy on a new theatre piece for the Oculus Rift virtual reality platform. Here at The Old Market we got to experience a trial of The Cube last week; it completely blew us away – incredibly immersive and deftly crafted. We can’t wait to share it with you this September, as part of our Brighton Digital Festival line-up.

Here’s a taster:

The work is funded by Arts Council England and LDD Research Group with additional support from Cambridge Junction.


The Old Market Presents
SEE IT: Wednesday 29 July [Just £8]
Last but not least, we’re also platforming another set of incredible local musical talents in July’s The Old Market Presents. On the bill are blues-rock psyche-soul artist/producer Z-Star [Best Live Act, Brighton Music Awards], eclectic instrumentalists with jazz and progressive influences VELS TRIO and South African born singer/songwriter ANNACA, plus more to come.


A selection of videos previewing some of the finest shows in our upcoming season. Find something you like, then see it live here at The Old Market. Watch them all here, or on our YouTube Playlist


MUSIC | Saturday 04 July, 7:30pm
A digital supergroup of international artists who never met, Addictive TV’s Orchestra Of Samples integrates audio and visual technologies into “a thrilling live show,” Huffington Post.

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See the very best Edinburgh Fringe comedy before Edinburgh Fringe has even begun. TOM’s Edinburgh Comedy Previews invites acclaimed and upcoming acts to showcase brand new material.

MON 22 JUNE, 8:00pm: Tania Edwards & Chris Kent
MON 06 JULY, 8:00pm: Pat Cahill & Stephen Bailey
MON 27 JULY, 8:00pm: Joey Page & Holly Burn

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A phenomenal line-up of local bands

MUSIC | Wednesday 29 July, 7:30pm Doors
Celebrating the very best that Brighton’s music scene has to offer, The Old Market presents another phenomenal line up of local bands. In this video, check out Vels Trio, an instrumental band, originally from the shores of Brighton.

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KRAKEN & NAUTILUS [Trygve Wakenshaw]

Award-winning idiot Trygve Wakenshaw presents his acclaimed physical comedy, Kraken, and previews brand new material in Nautilus. Trygve [pronounced “trig-vee”] has been described by The Independent as “reminiscent of the young Jim Carrey… rubber-faced, loose-limbed and wondrously expressive.” See for yourself…

COMEDY | Kraken: Thursday 23 July, 8:00pm

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COMEDY | Nautilus: Friday 24 July, 8:00pm

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Featuring: Brighton & Hove Big Band

MUSIC | Tuesday 14 July, 7:45pm
Featuring classic swing numbers from the 30s and 40s through to contemporary funk and soul – Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Miles Davis, Theolonius Monk and Stevie Wonder – something for everyone! Brighton & Hove Youth Big Band features talented young jazz musicians from across the City and the band’s two accomplished young vocalists.

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