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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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: May Festivals 2015 “It’s A Wrap” – Awards, Reviews & Tweets

Last month here at The Old Market we hosted four incredible festivals covering music, theatre, comedy and club nights. We were thrilled to host a whole range of sell out shows. Here’s a summary of how it all went…


Argus Angel Award: BLACK IS THE COLOR OF MY VOICE [Apphia Campbell, Gilded Balloon Productions]
Apphia Campbell’s sold out run was widely praised by audiences both for her engaging narrative and stunning vocals. Having picked up awards and accolades worldwide, the show was described by The Argus as “sweet, soulful and moving,” ★★★★★ and was awarded a coveted Argus Angel Award [read full review]. Keep an ear out for Apphia’s future shows…


Argus Angel Award: VERSES VERSUS VERSES [Adventure Poetry]
Adventure Poetry’s night of ‘Brighton v London, Poets v MCs’ arrived The Old Market with a bang. A full evening of performances included the likes of  Michael Parker, Robin Lawley and The Spoken Herd whom The Argus praised for their “celebration of linguistic inventiveness, wit and inclusiveness,” ★★★★★ [read full review].



LORRAINE & ALAN [Bucket Club]
Bucket Club’s LORRAINE AND ALAN received a glowing 5 stars from The Latest  –  they called it “magical, heart-warming and heart-breaking,” ★★★★★ [read full review].

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Sam Green’s sell out ‘live documentary’ with musical accompanied was described by BN1 Magazine as an “utterly fascinating” ★★★★★ performance full of charm. [read full review].


HUNDRED WATT CLUB: Burlesque & Cabaret [Lena Mae]
If you missed Hundred Watt Club, never fear, they will back with us on Saturday 10 October. “Full of glitter and sequins, Hundred Watt Club delivers a gorgeous night of camp beauty,” wrote Fringe Review [read full review].



SEASON: Summer 2015 at The Old Market

Welcome to SUMMER 2015 at The Old Market, Hove.

Once the May festivals draw to a close, there’s still lots to look forward to; we’ve shows and events throughout JUNE, JULY and AUGUST. We’re also hosting a number of preview performances, as various talented companies spend their Summer developing brand new shows here at TOM.

Read our SEASON HIGHLIGHTS below, browse the brochure, watch video previews or see our full What’s On page.




Trygve Wakenshaw’
s award cabinet must be fit to bursting. Beautiful, strange, idiotic, captivating, his physical comedy shows have sold out numerous international festivals and London runs. He’s “blissfully funny,”★★★★★ Time Out.

This July, on two consecutive dates, we’re thrilled to host both KRAKEN [23 JUL] and a preview of Trygve’s new show NAUTILUS [24 JUL]. You can see both with a combo ticket; great value at just £15!



Having filmed recording sessions with more than 200 musicians in over 20 countries worldwide, Addictive TV bring their incredible musical compendium ORCHESTRA OF SAMPLES [04 JUL] to Hove. Fusing all manner of instruments and styles, the show creates a virtual supergroup of international artists who’ve never met, but play together on screen.

YOUR SAMPLES REQUIRED: Brighton & Hove musicians are being invited to join Orchestra Of Samples’ global archive, with the bonus opportunity to play live with Addictive TV here at The Old Market; applications are open now for that.



Following an amazing initial reception for its Spring debut, we’ve another THE OLD MARKET PRESENTS [29 JUL], again presenting a phenomenal line-up of local bands; VELS TRIO, ANNACA + more TBA.

Returning to us for a fourth year, with an increasing bank of accolades to its name, Brighton & Hove Big Band are this year joined by Brighton & Hove Youth String Ensemble for their SUMMER SOUNDS [14 JUL] concert.

Other gigs upcoming include Lisa Abbott and 10-piece band with KATE BUSH’S HOUNDS OF LOVE [13-14 JUN], a farewell tour for LUNA [30 JUL], flamenco from Cadiz PUNTA DEL BOQUERON [10 JUL] and from Australia’s Blue Mountains THE SPOOKY MEN’S CHORALE [02 AUG].



In TOM’s Bar, we’re excited to welcome back 3 gigs of TOM’S EDINBURGH COMEDY PREVIEWS [JUN-JUL] which, once again, are completely FREE [well… the deal is: Think it’s funny? Pay some money!] See TANIA EDWARDS + CHRIS KENT [22 Jun], PAT CAHILL & STEPHEN BAILEY [06 JUL] and JOEY PAGE + HOLLY BURN [27 JUL] – RSVP free now to guarantee entry.

Also in TOM’s Bar, a mini-series of performance, projection and exhibitions; TOM’S LIVE SHED [Jun, Jul & Aug], with an emphasis on new and developing work by local, up-and-coming artists.



Younger audiences, particularly those who enjoyed Shoe Baby and Penguin, will love Long Nose PuppetsFLYAWAY KATIE [23 AUG]. The show is an inspiring flight of fancy about the power of imagination based on the popular children’s book by Polly Dunbar with music by Tom Gray of Gomez.


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Lizzie Franks and Philippa Herrick, in association with The Production Exchange, will be presenting a staged read/sing- through of a brand new musical based on the epic novel by Victor Hugo, TOILERS OF THE SEA [26 JUN].

Take the Space [who brought us STELLA: A Story Of Women, Their Men and Astronomy for Brighton Fringe 2013], are inviting stories and contributions for a new project in their WHITE FEATHER BOXER SYMPOSIUM [29 JUN].

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REVIEWS: ★★★★★ for Apphia Campbell’s Nina Simone Portrayal

Ahead of her debut performance at Brighton Fringe this month, see what the critics have said about Apphia Campbell, whose show BLACK IS THE COLOR OF MY VOICE is inspired by the life of Nina Simone…

★★★★ The Times
“Campbell may wear Simone’s trademark head wrap and sing some of her best-known songs, but her performance goes beyond mere impersonation… Top honors belong to Campbell’s moving portrayal,”

★★★★★ Broadway Baby
“Apphia Campbell is nothing short of sensational. She brings the stories and the characters to life in front of you in a way that makes you feel like you’ve just watched a cast of seven or eight. And she can really sing: she’s bitter, colourful, quiet, roaring, intense, distant and reflective. She will make you cheer for her, smile with her and then sting your eyes with tears.”

★★★★★ ScotsGay, Edinburgh Fringe
“Apphia Campbell has talent in spades. She delivers a powerful, heartfelt performance that deals with a time not that long ago, when black women were not welcome to freely mix with white people… Campbell is electrifying to watch but long after the show, it’s her singing that will stay in the mind. It’s just beautiful to hear Simone’s songs in Campbell’s stunning voice. My God when she tears into, ‘I put a spell on you’ I thought the audience would never stop clapping… This a stunning piece of theatre that has been one of my own Fringe highlights.”

FringeReview: Recommended Show
The favourites are all there with a show stopping “Feeling Good” to bring down the rafters. It’s worth it alone just to hear her voice. Go, See, Enjoy.

“Warm in the soul… we cannot help but smile, feeling empowered and positively charged. If there were only one thing for us to carry out from the show, it would be “know who you are and be that person,” no matter what challenges life has in store for us.”


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