NEWS: Your Chance To Play Live With The Orchestra Of Samples

Ahead of their performance of Orchestra Of Samples this July, Addictive TV’s Graham Daniels and Mark Vidler are inviting contributions from talented musicians.

Orchestra Of Samples is a unique project based on sampling recording sessions filmed with more than 200 musicians around the world, creating a digital supergroup of international artists who have never met.

If you’d like to record a sample to join the global Orchestra Of Samples archive and also play live with Addictive TV at The Old Market on 04 July, here’s what you do:

Send a video clip of yourself singing or playing any musical instrument to: Addictive TV will select the best musician and record a sample of you performing. This sample video will then be added to the global archive of Orchestra of Samples videos [for possible use in the future.]

In addition, Graham and Mark will choose one number from their live set to be performed at The Old Market on 04 July, and invite you to join them on-stage and accompany them playing the track live on the night.

To Submit Your Sample:
Please send your videos to, including your name, e-mail address and contact telephone number.

AWARD: Edinburgh Fringe Stand-Out Show Brought to Brighton Fringe

Ahead of its performance at Brighton Fringe, Julian Caddy and James Turnbull explain how LORRAINE & ALAN earned the Brighton Fringe Award For Excellence.

You may have noticed that LORRAINE & ALAN, upcoming this May, is sporting rather a grandiose-sounding award: “The Brighton Fringe Award For Excellence”. May 2015, however, marks the show’s first visit to Brighton Fringe. So how has it earned such a prestigious honor before even arriving…? We asked JULIAN CADDY, Managing Director of Brighton Fringe and our own JAMES TURNBULL.



JAMES TURNBULL: The idea behind the award is to support a stand out show – chosen at Edinburgh Festival Fringe – to enable it to tour to Brighton Fringe the following May.  The winning performance is hosted by a different venue each year, and this year it’s The Old Market’s turn.



JAMES TURNBULL: As host venue, The Old Market led a selection panel comprised of Richard Jordan (Richard Jordan Productions), Richard Stamp (Director of trusted review site, FringeGuru) and Julian Caddy (MD of Brighton Fringe).  Between us we saw in excess of 200 productions at Edinburgh Festival Fringe. We shortlisted 12 and – after a long discussion – came to the unanimous decision to award Bucket Club’s brilliant Lorraine & Alan.


Lorrraine & Alan, a modern retelling of the selkie myth, features several hundred plastic bottles, © Paul Blakemore

Lorrraine & Alan, a modern retelling of the selkie myth, features several hundred plastic bottles, © Paul Blakemore



JULIAN CADDY: It’s refreshing, creative, original theatre. I’m absolutely delighted that Bucket Club won the award, and certainly look forward to enjoying more of their work for many years to come.

JAMES TURNBULL: For audiences, seeing a new theatre company perform a new script can represent a bit of a gamble. But Bucket Club have created something outstanding, and wholly worthy of audiences’ time. Nel Crouch’s production brings the old selkie myth up-to-date in a wonderfully charming way.



JAMES TURNBULL: They get £500 cash, free Brighton Fringe registration, advertising in the brochure and website, a favourable deal and additional venue support.



JULIAN CADDY: Emerging companies are vital for the future of live performance and they are chronically under-supported. With this in mind, for the past 4 years, Brighton Fringe has been running awards for excellence at Edinburgh Fringe. We are the only UK Fringe to offer something of this kind. It’s a small step but I believe that it’s an important one and I hope that in future we will be able to both maintain and develop it further. Anyone wishing to enter for next year’s award should sign up for the Brighton Fringe newsletter.


The show features live music, song and sound design. Photo © Paul Blakemore

The show features live music, song and sound design. Photo © Paul Blakemore

The award-winning show, LORRAINE & ALAN can be seen here at The Old Market on 21 and 22 May, as part of Brighton Fringe.


SEASON: April-May 2015 at The Old Market

Welcome to APRIL & MAY FESTIVALS at The Old Market, Hove. Browse through the full programme here, view everything live on our what’s on page, the calendar, or *NEW* in our video previews feature.


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Before the Festivals begin, this April we’re proud to announce our first ever THE OLD MARKET PRESENTS, celebrating incredible local musical talent. This time NORMANTON STREET headline, joined by Time For T, Jouis and Yonaka. In the same week, four incredible rappers / poets / beatboxers / musicians come together for GHOST LIGHTS: DIZRAELI, REEPS ONE, BELLATRIX & REX DOMINO, unique and sure to be stunning!

Our theatre programme begins with Show And Tell’s charming STANDBY FOR TAPE BACK-UP [pic, above], where Ross Sutherland attempts to piece together his grandad’s entire life story through old video takes. There’s also Mark Ravenhill’s Hollywood thriller PRODUCT starring Olivia Poulet [The Thick Of It] at the end of April.


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MayFestivalsThe Old Market operates all year-round, but May festivals are a particularly special time for us. This year we have shows from BRIGHTON FESTIVAL, guest directed by Ali Smith, BRIGHTON FRINGE, England’s largest arts festival, THE GREAT ESCAPE, Europe’s leading festival for new music, and we’re exhibiting work by ARTISTS OPEN HOUSES’ cover artist.

The Brighton Fringe 2014 Award for Excellence [chosen from performances at Edinburgh Fringe] went to LORRAINE & ALAN, and we’re hosting two performances of this delightful show here in Hove. A modern re-telling of the Selkie myth, it fuses sound design, song and several hundred plastic bottles to create a lo-fi, thoroughly engaging theatrical experience. A highlight of our Fringe music programme is smooth jazz vocalist JARROD LAWSON, whose London dates have already sold out, making his appearance at The Old Market a hot ticket. And singing Nina Simone, Apphia Campbell’s acclaimed BLACK IS THE COLOR OF MY VOICE [pic, above] will be a theatrical, musical treat.

Comedy fans will be glad to know that FESTIVAL OF THE SPOKEN NERD and GO 8 BIT! are returning for a geeky comedy double-bill following acclaimed individual performances last year. They’re ideal for curious minds! Headlining this month’s LAUGHTERMARKET is BBC-regular Paul McCaffrey, who will be joined by an as-ever stonking line up of stand-up acts. Plus, SIMON EVANS trials a brand new show here in TOM’s Bar.

Within both Brighton Festival and Brighton Fringe, family audiences are well catered for at The Old Market. JAMES CAMPBELL’S COMEDY 4 KIDS returns for a fourth year, undoubtedly to the delight of his fans (both young and grown-up!)  Firm local favourites Al Start and Nicola Bloom also return, this time with THREE EXCELLENT LITTLE PIGS, featuring handmade puppets, audience participation and cheeky storytelling.

Our programme even expands beyond festivals. Widely regarded as one of the best, and friendliest, club nights around, THE CRAIG CHARLES FUNK AND SOUL SHOW comes to The Old Market for the first time this May. We’re also hosting the 12th Annual VERSES VERSUS VERSES: BRIGHTON V LONDON POETS V MCS featuring freestyling funkateers, The Spoken Herd. Brilliant burlesque and cabaret from HUNDRED WATT CLUB returns to The Old Market for a second outing, with more to come. We’re also pleased to welcome progressive heavy rock legends URIAH HEEP.

See you here this April & May!

The TOM Team

NEWS: SICK! Festival 2015 Begins

SickFestival_CMYK-WhiteBGSICK! Festival kicks off at The Old Market this week, beginning with So You Can Feel in which Pieter Ampe explores the connection between social and emotional energy and individual emancipation.

ZACHARY OBERZAN - TELL ME LOVE IS REAL - PThe festival, now in its third year, is dedicated to revealing and debating our most urgent physical, mental and social challenges. This year it expands across venues in both Brighton and Manchester.

Next week SICK! Festival brings three shows to The Old Market. How To Disappear Completely explores end of life through the lens of renowned lighting designer, Itai Erdal, after his mother was diagnosed with lung cancer. What Tammy Needs To Know About Getting Old And Having Sex discovers the thoughts, feelings and perspectives of our local oldies on sex. Rauw/Raw tackles the child’s inner conflict between the wish to maintain childhood innocence and the inevitable push into reality.

Later in the month, Lippy should not be missed as it is classed as one of the most extraordinary pieces of theatre to come out of Ireland in 2013. Tell Me Love is Real has been described by Time Out, New York as “crafty, compelling, and heartfelt enough to explode any sense of cheeky irony.”

Finally, our last show will be Victor, an intimate portrait of a man and a child as they depict their complex relationship through dance.

SICK! Festival doesn’t end there, with a huge amount more going on across both Brighton & Hove and also Manchester. For all the details, see

NEWS: Labour Leader Ed Miliband Visits The Old Market

In the run up to the general election in May, Ed Miliband visited The Old Market for a ‘People’s Question Time’ event.

Mr Miliband [“call me Ed”] was introduced by Peter Kyle, Hove’s Labour candidate. After a short opening speech, Ed spent 45 minutes answering questions from the invited audience.

Miliband handled the un-solicited questions admirably, taking 3–6 questions at a time, before responding with a level of care that seemed to impress the audience, comprised of both labour, undecided and opposition voters. The swift pace of questioning allowed Miliband to cover a wide variety of topics, including housing, the NHS and the ways in which we can support young people vocationally in the future with guaranteed apprenticeships.

Those who weren’t in attendance might have seen the event covered on ITV’s Meridian news, in The Argus newspaper or across social media.

The Old Market’s directors Steve McNicholas and Luke Cresswell were “delighted” that Labour chose The Old Market to host Ed Miliband’s visit to Hove, “particularly in light of his recent statements on the importance of arts and culture in society.”

Hove’s Labour candidate Peter Kyle also declared himself a regular audience member, having visited The Old Market a number of times. In a Facebook post, he said “I hope many of the attendees will be returning for one of your shows soon!”


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CHRISTMAS TIME: Opening Hours & Family Info


Merry Christmas from The TOM Team! We’re changing our hours over Christmas. From 24 Dec – 04 Jan, box office will only open on performance dates, as follows:

The Boy Who Never Grew Up
Sunday 28 December: 10:15am – 2:15pm [shows 11am & 2pm]
Monday 29 December: 10:15am – 2:15pm [shows 11am & 2pm]
Tuesday 30 December: 10:15am – 2:15pm [shows 11am & 2pm]
Wednesday 31 December: 10:15am – 2:15pm [shows 11am & 2pm]
[NO SHOW ON NEW YEAR’s DAY, box office closed]
Friday 02 January: 10:15am – 2:15pm [shows 11am & 2pm]

At these times, you’ll also be able to book tickets for other upcoming shows.

Normal opening hours resume: Monday 05 January. See our normal opening hours

TOM’s BOX OFFICE ONLINE: Book Tickets 24/7.


DSCN0493Coming to see The Boy Who Never Grew Up this Christmas time? We aim to ensure your whole family has a great visit to The Old Market.

  • Enjoy your visit, take your time; The Old Market is open 45min before show start times, and the bar stays open afterwards too.
  • TOM’s Bar serves juices, snacks, chocolates and ice creams, as well as our usual stock of hot and cold drinks.
  • A baby change facility, and separate accessible toilet are available.
  • Great views from any seat, even for small visitors.
  • We are on numerous bus routes, and a family saver ticket can get you here from just £9 for 5 people (details on

SEASON: Winter 2014-15 at The Old Market

The Old Market, Brighton & Hove, proudly present our WINTER PROGRAMME, covering November and December 2014, and January 2015. The programme features a fantastic range of live music, special events, stunning theatre and – of course – some great Christmas treats.

Read or Download, Via or right here:

Introducing our Winter 2014-15 Programme

This season’s TOM’s Programme (our own, hand-picked, highly recommended shows) includes imitating the dog’s incredible adaptation of Hemingway’s A FAREWELL TO ARMS. We’re also thrilled to present Mark Bruce Company’s terrifying, South Bank Award-winning, DRACULA; a Christmas antidote, perhaps?

This Christmas there’s something for you, and younger audiences too. The team behind long-running sell-out club night WHITE MINK bring us WHITE CHRISTMAS. And following the success of Pinocchio (2013) comes THE BOY WHO NEVER GREW UP, inspired by JM Barrie’s Peter Pan – tickets from just £6.00!

Also included in The Old Market’s WINTER programme are: following a week of development, 1927 present a preview of their new show GOLEM; Dementia Care Matters present a stunning and emotive performance, NAOMI’S FLIGHT; 2013’s Herald Angel Award-winning stand up show SEAN HUGHES: PENGUINS; and NORDIC GIANTS’ last Brighton gig before relocation to Europe, featuring claustrophobic cinema clatter and epic short films. Even then, we’re only scratching the surface. For the complete picture, see our WHAT’S ON: ALL UPCOMING SHOWS page.

See you here soon!

The TOM Team

NEWS: Apply Now For Brighton Fringe 2015 at TOM

Want to perform in Brighton Fringe 2015? Complete this application form to apply for a slot in The Old Market’s 2015 Brighton Fringe programme.

What is Brighton Fringe?

Brighton Fringe ( is the largest arts festival in England, and one of the largest fringe festivals in the world; what makes it exceptional is that it is set in an iconic city with unique cultural heritage. It sets out to stimulate, educate and entertain a wide audience by providing a showcase for diverse arts forms. It takes place every May and for the third year, 2015 sees Brighton Fringe running for 4 weeks (1-31 May). For more on Brighton Fringe, check our the step-by-step guide or download the Brighton Fringe Participants’ FAQs.

How does the application process work?

To perform in Brighton Fringe, participants first need to secure a slot at a venue. Here at The Old Market, during May, we host a wide range of events, some of which are submitted as part of Brighton Fringe. All Brighton Fringe events at The Old Market are curated by us. By submitting the application form below, you ensure consideration for this process. Aside from Brighton Fringe’s overall deadline, there is no specific date range for this process, but early submissions are appreciated.

Is your show a match for The Old Market?

There are 100s of venues who participate in Brighton Fringe, so before you submit your application for a slot here, we ask you to check that The Old Market is a good fit for your show. To find out more about our organisation and what we do, try our about us pages, or artistic mission statement – our Brighton Fringe programme is curated by us, so we are like to choose shows which best fit our ethos. Technically, our Main House is flexible and can accommodate a range of formats, but see our hire pages and spaces for an overview.

What deal will we be on?

We set up deals on an event-by-event basis. If you have a preferred arrangement, please specify this in your application. Otherwise this can be discussed further down the line.

When will I hear back?

May is always our most contested month for bookings, and therefore it is often difficult to confirm Brighton Fringe slots until later into 2014, or even early 2015. Filling out the application form below gives us all the information we need to begin placing your show, but we will of course get in touch if it looks like a suitable option. We regret that we cannot respond to all applications: please be assured though that all submissions through this form will be reviewed.

** PLEASE NOTE ** Completing this application form does NOT constitute a booking with The Old Market, and no submission should be made to Brighton Fringe until you have heard back with a confirmed place.

Brighton Fringe 2015 Application Form

Complete the online application, either by filling out the form below, or the same form hosted on Google Docs.

OCTOBER: The Old Market’s Month of Comedy

This October the Brighton Comedy Festival returns for its thirteenth year and bringing us a huge selection of the worlds funniest comedy acts, but before the festival even begins, we have a trio of Britan’s very best comedians…

Here are our highlights:



TIM KEY: Single White Slut
Tues 07 October, 8pm
Star of Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown climbs back into his poetry overalls to lean against his mic and make you laugh for another 70 mins.Now charming, he will recollect simple tales of love, gaze dead-eyed at the ladies, recite verse and do basic talking.


Wednesday 08 October
Winner of five major comedy awards. 24-hour-show luminary. Novelist. Watson (host of BBC’s We Need Answers, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Mock The Week regular and star of cult Radio 4 series Mark Watson Makes The World Substantially Better) returns to the road with his darkest, most personal show yet. Luckily, it’s also his funniest.


DANNY BHOY: Please Untick This Box
Thursday 09 October
Danny Bhoy brings his natural gift for story telling and razor sharp wit to The Old Market celebrating the ultimate social media tool – word of mouth.
“One of the most sparkling wits in the world” The Montreal Gazette 



Briefs: The Second Coming
Thursday 16 – Saturday 18 October, 9:30pm
Described as an Aussie ‘Cirque du Soleil’ meets ‘Ru Paul’s Drag Race’, the award-winning all male, all vaudeville, all trash brat-pack land in Brighton with their cult variety hit.

“Knowingly wacky, wildly skilful neo-vaudevillian” ★★★★★ The Times
“It’s an eye-popping spectacle that is both fabulously sexy and seriously clever.”  ★★★★★ Time Out


TONY LAW: Enter The Tonezone
Friday 17 October, 7:30pm.
The completely insane Canadian comedian Mr Tony Law is striding back out on tour this Autumn with a brand new show. Dive into the zone of Tone for a brand new show of life-affirming, life-changing comedy from the multi award-winning nonsense-maker.


More From Brighton Comedy Festival…

Saturday 18 October, 7:30pm
The critically acclaimed stage adaption of the cult TV classic returns to Brighton Comedy Festival following sell-outs at Edinburgh and nationwide.

Thursday 23 October, 8:45pm
Comedian, journalist, novelist and activist Rob Newman makes a hotly anticipated return to comedy with his first complete show in 7 years.

ROBIN INCE: In and Out of his Mind
Thursday 23 October, 7:30pm.
After dabbling in Darwin and cleaning out Schrodinger’s Cat, Robin now delves into his mind and possibly your mind too.


RICHARD HERRING: Lord of the Dance Settee
Friday 24 October, 7:30pm
After covering weighty issues like death, love, religion and spam javelins, “The King of Edinburgh” [List] is in a frivolous mood with this show about daftness  and how Herring’s whole career is a failed attempt to top a piece of visual slapstick comedy he came up with at 16.

Friday 24 – Saturday 25 October, 9:30pm
Following an Edinburgh Fringe sell-out, the Argus Angel award-winning musical extravaganza returns to Brighton!

Saturday 25 October, 7:30pm
Top comedians are lawyers, prosecuting and defending charges set against you in a brand new improvised show,  “All rise for some proper off-the-rails anarchic humour and wit…”

NEWS: The Old Market goes Digital

Brighton Digital Festival 2014

Artists across the country are embracing ever more complex use of digital tools to enhance their work. New partnerships wit the digital sector are flourishing. To mark Brighton Digital Festival 2014, we at The Old Market have pulled together a selection of events to showcase the diversity on offer. It is our biggest programme for the festival yet.
Take a look at our full BDF programme below. 

“Theatre hasn’t exactly been at the front of the pack when it comes to embracing digital into performance. However, more and more are finding the ambition & partnerships to create challenging, exciting work that takes these new tools and puts them to use. Brighton Digital Festival is a springboard for a whole season of work showcasing performances integrating technology at The Old Market.” Loretta Sacco, Artistic Director, The Old Market.

5 very different shows with one thing in common: Technology. From state of the art light shows and dance to comedians putting the dot com back into comedy, The Old Market has something for everyone this Brighton Digital Festival.
Take a look at our full BDF programme here: