GALLERY: White Mink – Brighton’s Best Electro-Swing Speakeasy

Since moving to The Old Market in 2012, White Mink’s Electro-Swing Speakeasy themed nights have been a firm favourite amongst Brighton’s  vintage community. Returning every few months, these specially curated nights sell out well in advance. Haven’t experienced a White Mink night before? Here’s a little of what to expect…

White Mink nights are a blend of live, sexy and spectacular acts, including Flash Mob Jazz…


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Compere and DJ Nick Hollywood… (check out his magical music here)

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Empress Stah - JK


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And lots more…

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Sometimes, there’s even a little ‘prohibition era’ style gambling 




While a ‘Dress Code’ is not strictly enforced, creativity is highly encouraged: 

“We very strongly believe that dressing up will significantly add to your enjoyment of our events while adding to the ambience for everyone else. Please make an effort. You will be rewarded…”

James Kendall




So what are you waiting for? Dig out your pearls and feathers and get booking, only a limited number of tickets are left for February’s ‘Valentines Massacre’ edition…



Next on: Saturday 14th February, 8:00pm – 2:00am.

Full Info & Tickets

All photos © James Kendall and White Mink.

GALLERY: In Rehearsal with A Farewell To Arms

This November we welcome award winning theatre company Imitating The Dog to The Old Market, to re-tell one of the greatest love stories of the twentieth century using video projection, stage design and original music. Here we take a sneaky look at what the rehearsals are looking like on this stage adaptation of one of Ernest Heminway’s most popular books.


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A Farewell To Arms

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Saturday 29 November
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Image credits: Ed Waring


PAGE TO STAGE: Kill The Beast Adapt “Dr Who” Story


Tom Baker is best known as the longest standing Doctor Who to date, but throughout his long career (he’s 80 now!) he also tried his hand at being a Monk, a Sailor, and a children’s author. In 1991 he published his ‘grotesque masterpiece’ The Boy Who Kicked Pigs.

The book follows the story of scoundrel Robert Caligary, whose obsession with kicking pigs leads to chaos in his home and the neighbourhood and, his ultimate demise. Since first publication, it’s been translated into 4 languages and delighted readers across the world. Closer to home, a new stage adaptation from “scorchingly talented young company” [Time Out] Kill The Beast is soon to arrive in Hove…


“One day, it was in the summer, Robert was alone in the front room watching Postman Pat again and suddenly he was struck with the desire to kick a pig.”

Now about to tour the country for the second time, The Boy Who Kicked Pigs has received critical acclaim, including ★★★★★ reviews from Whats On Stage and the British Theatre Guide. Their adaptation is highly stylised, featuring bespoke costumes by Nina Scott, and beautiful projections by Bryan Woltjen. Live music underscores the show, and the movement of its ensemble cast are carefully choreographed.

“The characters – doused in grey and bent out of shape – feel like they’ve been violently wrenched from Baker’s novel.”  Time Out

Video: The Boy Who Kicked Pigs

14-15 OCTOBER, 2014

Tom Baker’s The Boy Who Kicked Pigs is here Tuesday 14th – Wednesday 15th at 7:30pm. Find out more about the show and book your tickets here.

The Boy Who Kicked Pigs: INFO & TICKETS



PHOTO STORY: Marshmallow Laser Feast

Marshmallow Laser Feast (MLF), the incredible digital lighting design studio behind U2’s epic ‘Invisible’, return to The Old Market following a development period here over the summer. They’ll be presenting The Measures Taken as part of the Brighton Digital Festival 2014.

In advance of the show, we look at their eye-defying portfolio to date.

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In January 2014 they collaborated with music video director Mark Romanek to create U2’s epic video for ‘Invisible’, filmed inside an air-craft hanger.


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Marshmallow Laser Feast designed an interactive course made entirely out of light for this insane commercial with the Brooklyn Brothers and Logan. Four of the world’s top drivers – Ken Block, Marc Basseng, Adrian Zaugg and Augusto Farfus pushed their skills and their nerves to the limit guided through the darkness by MLF’s minimalistic kinetic lighting design.


A giant interactive forest, it comprises of musical “trees” made of steel rods and lasers. 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 through a surround sound setup.



Memex is a A 3D study of mortality exploring photogrammetry. In collaboration with Analog, FBFX and the band Duologue, this project is the beginning of a deeper study into filmmaking for the virtual reality environment.


For the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors Showcase 2012 MLF created NDSQuadA troupe of 16 quadrotors (flying robots) dance to and manipulate sound and light. Video:

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Now, commissioned by the Royal Opera House, they have created The Measures Taken in collaboration with the Alexander Whitely Dance Company,  a dance piece exploring our interdependency with modern technology.

“When we look to technology to deliver us from accidents, from choice and even from mortality we are asking from it something it cannot give: a deliverance from the conditions that make us human. We are seeking from technology… salvation from ourselves.” John Gray.


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The Measures Taken will be at The Old Market Friday 26th September 2014 as part of Brighton Digital Festival 2014. Find out more and book tickets here. 


PHOTO STORY: Waterloo Archway & Gardens

Here at The Old Market, we are incredibly lucky to be neighboured by an award-winning community garden, and the impressive Grade II listed Waterloo Archway. Expanding on our history of The Old Market, we thought we would take a look at the past and present of Waterloo Archway and its garden.

The Waterloo Arch

As we’ve seen, The Old Market didn’t last long in its retail capacity; by the mid 1800s its usage was firmly established as a stables and riding academy. It’s greatest success, however, came under the direction of Alfred Du Pont from 1870.

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Du Pont’s Riding Academy earned national acclaim, and its popularity necessitated expansions to the original building. Yet, entering from Waterloo street to the East, its students may have been underwhelmed by the building’s facade.

In 1877, addressing this problem, Du Pont constructed the Waterloo Arch – render over brick, with crafted detail – offering his clients a significantly more impressive arrival.

By the early 1900s, The Old Market’s equestrian heyday had passed and the Waterloo Arch no longer welcomed riders. Instead, it became the entrance way for a steel structure housing a smokery for ham and bacon. Various ownerships and modifications left this building by the 1980s ramshackle, grimy and full of asbestos.


Local residents called for the arch’s restoration, and Hove council eventually managed to secure the plans and finance to do so, with a grand re-opening in 1986.

Waterloo Street Community Garden

With the Arch restored and the steel structure removed, Waterloo street was left with a clean but distinctly uninspiring path to The Old Market. A garden, many suggested, would be an ideal addition to the area. Early attempts, though, were underwhelming.

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In the early 2000s, under the guidance of Bill Cowell and Peggy Thomas, grander plans were proposed. (Find more detail on the WSCG website.) For the past 7 years, under the management of the WSCG, the garden has blossomed, even earning a coveted “City In Bloom” prize.

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The WSCG say “we are looking to create and maintain a pleasant environment for the residents to get to know their neighbours, exchange ideas and make friends. Most people in this central location in Hove do not have an outside space to relax in and so they use the garden as an extension of their homes.”

Donations to the community garden are greatly appreciated; you can donate here.

Next time you visit us here at The Old Market, make sure to stop by this wonderful, peaceful and historic spot!

Sources and Interesting Links:
Waterloo Street Community Garden
Building Opinions
Portslade History on Waterloo Street
MyBrightonAndHove on Waterloo Arch

GALLERY: The Drawing Circus 2013 Timelapse

In October 2013, The Drawing Circus and Magpie Magazine presented an evening of live music and life drawing with performances from Mary Hampton, Collectress and Julie Fossaert. This video compresses the entirity of “The Garden Of Earthly Delights”, from start to finish, into just 1 minute of footage.


PHOTOSTORY: The making of The Paper Cinema Odyssey

A photo story of The Paper Cinema’s Odyssey, performing at TOM The Old Market September 2013. 

Transported in suitcases, Odyssey is a feature film created from paper. Minute paper puppetry is projected live onto screen. The Paper Cinema’s enchanting (and economical) concept grew from the music scene, and a desire to create a suitable visual accompaniment. Then “when we started using the filmic elements with the camera, it became its own film” remembers artistic director Nic Rawling.

>> 2004 saw the first ever Paper Cinema performance, but the Odyssey show (opened in 2012) is the company’s first ‘feature film’. 


Audiences “don’t know where to look”, describes Quinta (who plays violin and saw.) On stage there are “puppeteers making this amazing animation; people are really fascinated by that. And then you’ve got musicians on the other side with an array of instruments.”


Odyssey’s entire performance is underscored by live musical accompaniment. “It’s about creating this language that is the link between music, sound and live animation” explains musical director Christopher Reed. “With the paper we can make this synergy or synthesis where we can tell a story without having any dialogue. We can convey a lot of emotion and movement.”


Christopher continues: “I was thinking of the musical score as a ballet score, and the specific movements correspond with specific pieces of music. There’s still room for improvisation within that, it’s very delicate but also very tightly executed.”
>>  The Paper Cinema have performed worldwide, from London to Glasgow, Tokyo to Paris.


Odyssey is The Paper Cinema’s first ‘feature film’. “It is about taking the whole narrative drive, the complete three act structure.” Contrary to some adaptations, Nic Rawling’s company have been careful to take “an interest in the whole family’s story arc.”
>> FACT: The Paper Cinema’s Odyssey will be performed for the 100th time at TOM The Old Market this September.


Interested to find out how The Paper Cinema works? Christopher describes audiences’ curiosity. “After shows, people want to come up and see the puppets and see how it all works. Our process is just out there, and as an audience member you see the process as well as the result.”