A Word With Abigail and Emma – The Duo Behind The Award-Winning “Enter The Dragons”

Ahead of their short run of Enter the Dragons with us next month, we spoke with Abigail and Emma (of A&E comedy) about the show and what inspired them to write it. 

Enter the Dragons won “Best of the Brighton Fringe 2017”.

What’s the show about? The show takes the classic mythological quest and re-imagines it for the older modern woman. Banished from the land of the young, our “protagonist” must now negotiate a weird landscape, populated by strange creatures and weird sisters. Expect fantastical costumes, ridiculous puppetry and extreme wigs. Imagine the W.I. run by the Mighty Boosh.

What inspired you to write the show? We felt that there was a lot of negativity about getting older. We know lots of funny, dynamic and stylish women over the age of 45, but we couldn’t see women like that represented anywhere. We wanted to write the show we would like to see: funny, ridiculous, surreal and that explores and celebrates getting older with optimism and joyful dissent.

What do you hope audiences take away from the show? We hope our audiences, whatever their age or gender, come away having had a really good laugh and maybe shed a tear too. If they are inspired to embrace getting older, worry less, wear what ever they like, stop apologizing, behave badly and kick ageing up the arse then that’s fantastic.

Which older women inspire you? There are so many amazing, uncompromising older women who are tearing up the rule-book on ageing. Patti Smith rocks our world. We’re a little bit obsessed with Frances McDormand. Her performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri just blew us away. Also very inspired by the wave of older fashionistas, like Iris Apfel and Accidental Icon who are totally owning their own style.

Who is the show aimed at? We’re all ageing all the time so we hope the show has a broad appeal. Even if you are not an older woman you know one: your mother, your aunt, your wife. Lots of young people have come up after the show and said how reassuring it was to hear a positive view of ageing.

What plans do you have for the show in the future? We were chuffed to have won the Broadway Baby Bobby award for best show in Brighton Fringe last year, so this year we’re taking the show to The Pleasance at Edinburgh Fringe, which is going to be intense but so much fun. A national autumn tour is also on the cards.

Do you consider yourself to be a feminist? If so, what does feminism mean to you?
Absolutely we’re feminists! To us, the definition of feminism is simply working towards equality: political, economic, social and personal. It seems ridiculous that any human being wouldn’t want that! If we could achieve a balanced, equal society we wouldn’t need to label ourselves anymore.

What’s making you angry, excited or calm for 2018?
Angry: The infinitely infantile Trump, the slow motion car-crash that is Brexit, there’s a lot to be angry about. It’s especially infuriating when women are told they shouldn’t be angry, that they should “calm down, dear” and not make a fuss! Anger when used wisely is a powerful force for change. With the emergence of The Time’s Up movement, there’s a sense that hard won, and long overdue change is going to come. It feels like a very energizing and inspiring time and that now is a pivotal moment.

Excited: We are so thrilled to be taking the show to The Edinburgh Fringe. Performing our show and inspiring other women to kick aging right up the arse really is exciting!

Calm: Herbal tea and mindfulness; only joking! Not giving a f**k about the small stuff, and a large gin and tonic.

If you’re after tickets, and in our (albeit biased) opinion you definitely should be, then you can get them here

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.

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.

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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Listen to Hiatus Kaiyote Now 
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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.

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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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