Tonight, we’re gonna party like it’s 1999

The year 1999 was a blooming marvellous one for films. There were lots of hidden gems that you probably didn’t realise were released. So, because we’re such good people, we’ve gone round the office and hand-picked some cracking films that you may or may not realise were released in the final year before we entered the ‘Noughties’ (still can’t stand that name…)

Mark – Marketing Manager
I’m not joking when I say this… South Park is one of the best musicals ever made. It was the catalyst for the likes of Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon, it’s got that trademark South Park humour and the songs are catchy as hell (though I wouldn’t recommend singing any out loud on public transport).

Watch a clip of the film here
Screening at TOM on 10 June – click here for more info

James – Development Manager
As a tech-head, I can’t help but love this film. And with the news of the Mirrorworld coming soon, the film is strangely coming to life sooner rather then later (eek…)

Watch a clip of the film here

Helen – Programmer
It’s just such a classic, isn’t it? (Short and sweet answer from Helen there…)
Watch a clip of the film here

Screening at TOM on 11 June – click here for more info

Andy – Marketing Officer
I love a bit of Paul Thomas Anderson, and this (along with There Will Be Blood) is his best work. Whenever you see a film with a big cast, you normally think, “Ah, they’ve spent the money on the cast and not the script”. This is the exception to the rule – a truly beautiful film. Make sure you’ve got popcorn, it’s a long one!

Watch a clip of the film here

Mikey – TOM’s Film Club Programmer
This is one of those films that often gets overlooked in amongst all of the bigger animations from the likes of Disney and Studio Ghibli. It’s super sweet, a great story and has a surprising voice cast that includes Vin Diesel as the Iron Giant…
Watch a clip of the film here
Screening at TOM on 6 August – click here for more info

Do you want to see any other 1999 cinema classics on the big screen? Drop us an email and we’ll see what we can do –

The year that was and the year to come…

(Pictured: Kiri Pritchard-McLean)

So folks, 2018 is done, end of, finito, no more… and what a year it was.

We’ve had scandals galore, political turmoil, icons falling and cars in space. Here at TOM, we had a great year, chock full of fantastic entertainment.

2019 is looking set to be even bigger, both in the news and here at our wee venue. So to honour the new year, some of our team have hand-picked their favourite shows from last year, and they’ve also picked out what they’re looking forward to most this coming year.

To everyone who supported us in 2018, thank you so so much. The upcoming year is going to be big for TOM, and we hope you’ll join us for the journey.

Much love,
Team TOM x

HELEN – Programmer

Favourite from 2018
“1927 are a company that never cease to amaze. This particular show was with us a few years back, and it was such a treat to have it here again. The way that everything comes together is so exact, it really is a treat for the eyes and ears. I can’t wait to see what they have in store in 2019.”

Looking forward to in 2019
“If you haven’t seen it, watch the trailer. Need I say more? KoKo is a captivating performer and someone who is able to take music and spoken word to another level.”

ROB – Bar Manager

Favourite from 2018
“We didn’t exactly know what to expect with this night. I don’t think many people knew to be honest! But it’s those nights that are often the most magical. The vibe was so unique, the atmosphere was positive, the film and performances were great. Just a top night all round.”

Looking forward to in 2019
“I’m the Bar Manager, so what else was it gonna be? Being able to return to our roots and actually run a market here once again is exciting, and the brews on offer will be second to none.”

LAURA – Box Office Manager

Favourite from 2018
“I loved the TV show, so being able to see it live was a real treat. Maddie Rice held the audience in the palm of her hand from start to finish, and it was the perfect way to get the summer started!”

Looking forward to in 2019
“Kiri’s ability to connect with the audience is what makes her stand out from anyone else working in comedy today. Her material can be somewhat unusual for stand-up (last years’ show was about her wish to mentor vulnerable kids), but that’s what makes her even more intriguing.”

JAMES – Development Manager

Favourite from 2018
“I was extremely proud of everything that took place during the #TOMtech season this past year, but having the Makropol guys in from Denmark was special. It affected audiences in so many different ways, some people were moved to tears, some felt relief. Being a part of that was magic.”

Looking forward to in 2019
“I can’t wait to get tickets for this (the marketing team tell him it’s sold out). Right then, better check out the other comedy coming up…”

MARK – Marketing Manager

Favourite from 2018
“From the first moment I heard Ben Caplan’s voice, I was hooked. Then, the story kicked in – a moving tale of love through hard times. It worked on so many levels, the cast were incredible and setting the entire show in a shipping container was so clever.”

Looking forward to in 2019
“Yeah, I’m kind of cheating, but… oh well. Starting of with one of my favourite
anime’s of all time in Your Name, this season looks like the strongest yet. We’ve just announced the Korean thriller Burning as well, which I can’t wait to see!”

“My world was tumbling into the unknown…”

This October, we’re really excited to welcome Dom Coyote back to TOM, who will be presenting his new show We Can Time Travel here on 30 October. To get a glimpse into Dom’s mind, read on to learn more about the show, the man, and the reason to climb a mountain…

What is WCTT about?
We Can Time Travel is a theatrical, time travelling odyssey with loads of songs, electronic instruments and live looping. It’s a gig and it’s a story, in a basement in central London. A story for anyone who can let their imagination run wild. A story about time. How complicated it is. It’s about memory, about loss and about hope. It’s totally intimate and immersive and full of music.. I’ve been an artist with Kneehigh Theatre for a long time, and they instilled in me the natural balance of music and storytelling.

What inspired you to create this piece?
When Trump got into power, I was on tour and my relationship was in trouble. My world was tumbling into the unknown. I wanted to make something immediate. About how to cope with turbulent times. I rang my friend Rich Rusk, the most brilliant director I know, and told him I wanted to make something new. He suggested The Time Machine by HG Wells. It felt perfect. The idea of going back in time and changing past events, or tumbling forward to see what might become of us was hugely appealing. our imaginations got fired up and the Time Machine became the springboard to We Can Time Travel. 

What can audiences expect when they see WCTT?
Loads and loads of music, an epic story in a beautiful, intimate space, awesome musical gadgets and analogue synthesisers, to be taken to the edge of time and back, a surprising amount of gags, and a dying sun, casting out a melody through time.

Can you tell us more about gig-theatre?
For me personally, gig theatre is quite simply a cross between a music gig an a piece of theatre. It’s very different to musical theatre. There are instruments on stage and it is completely direct address. So I mean no forth wall. It works well with storytelling and standup for that reason. We are all in a room together, experiencing something. It doesn’t feel like a play. Music is at the heart of it, but everything on stage is filled with meaning, every instrument has some place in the imagined world you are creating.

How does WCTT use time travel to reflect on the present?
The character in We Can Time Travel, (who is called Dom and is basically me but a bit weirder) is obsessed with time travel. He works out how to do it and he goes back in time and forward in time but he can’t change anything, he can’t even be seen, he is an observer, a ghost, unseen, unheard. He tries to get back to his present, but he can’t, he’s lost in time. It’s a metaphor really, I use this device to explore apathy, and disengaging from reality. The show is a provocation to anyone that sees it. To grab the present, to look up and speak up, to hold hands and tell someone you love them before it’s too late.

Having travelled time, what advice do you have for everyone in the present?
Well I haven’t managed to alter any of my behaviours yet, but here is my personal plan – stop scrolling on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, help a stranger, ring an old friend, climb a mountain, get a bike, notice the seasons change. Life is fleeting, every moment becomes the past immediately Life is so quick. So grab the present moment tight, it is the most precious thing there is.

If you could travel anywhere in time, where would you go and why?
I would either go and visit the druids and find out what the hell was going on with stone henge (my guess is ancient stone computer) or way into the future to see what might become of us strange humans.

We Can Time Travel is on Tuesday 30 October at TOM – tickets are available here.

To find out more about Dom and his work, be sure to check out his website by clicking here.

“Nothing is off limits…”

Ahead of her visit to TOM this October, Canadian comedy maestro Mae Martin spoke to BN1 Magazine about all things Brighton, Canadian humour, comedy’s role in politics… and Bette Midler…

Are you looking forward to returning to Brighton?
I LOVE BRIGHTON. I had the best jacket potato of my LIFE in Brighton. I still think about it.

What kind of dialogue would you like with your Brighton audience; is there anything you’re hoping they don’t ask?
Nothing is off limits. I want them to put all sorts of questions in my bucket (I don’t know why that sounds like a euphemism). The only questions I find difficult are ones related to niche British politics and referencing people I don’t know.

What’s the funniest experimental gig you’ve ever done?
I did one where a girl from the audience came on stage and we reenacted my recent break up, with her playing my ex. At the end of it I felt like we’d really shared something. Not sure how she felt. 

You’ve been living in the UK for seven years now – do Brits have better humour than Canadians? How?
It’s just different! Audiences are more vocal. And self deprecation reigns supreme. I love it. Canadian humour is pretty close to British, though. Closer than American for sure.

How do your life experiences influence your comedy?
Most of my comedy is really personal and quite uncomfortably exposing, so I’d say yes, massively.

Your BBC Radio 4 series, ‘Mae Martin’s Guide to 21stCentury Sexuality’, explores the millennial generation’s sexual revolution and its developing attitudes in relation to gender. What makes these issues such a rich source of comedy?
Everything is shifting and changing all the time so it’s an interesting thing to track and explore. Also it’s so universal – we ALL have a sexuality, and an identity, and nothing could be more human.

Do you think comedy should play a role in politics?
Comedy has a rich history of social commentary and subversion, so it absolutely must play a role in reflecting the world back at us and bridging divisions and misunderstandings. I wish I was better at political comedy but I leave it to people who it’s their specialty.

You started performing when you were 13. How did those early experiences shape the comic you are today?
I had a tumultuous adolescence in and around comedy clubs and those experiences absolutely inform who I am today. One positive thing is that I was able to experiment with different comedy styles and genres and attitudes before the era of youtube, and get it all out of my system relatively early so that in my twenties I knew who I was on stage more clearly. 

If you didn’t do stand-up, what else do you think you’d be doing?
I have no other qualifications and never went to school so I’d probably be pretty screwed. But probably music! Or I’d like to be Bette Midler’s personal assistant.

Do you have any more exciting projects lined up for the future?
I have a Netflix stand up special coming out in January 2019, and exciting stuff to announce in the coming months, too!

The Mae Martin Experiment is on Wednesday 17 October at TOM – tickets are available here.

For more lovely interviews and content like this, check out our friends at BN1 Magazine here.

TOMtech 2018 is here!

Now in it’s fourth year, TOMtech is our in-house programme of performances using new technologies. Not content with the traditional artforms (we still love them – have you seen our packed autumn season?) we are leading the way forward with new forms of storytelling, immersive entertainment and cultural experiences that take your breathe away.

This year, we are showcasing virtual reality experiences that illustrate the best of what is possible in this medium. Carefully selected from festivals, artists and design studios both here and around the globe, these vary from the enchanting to the extreme. As you look through, be sure to reference our rating symbols to know what will suit you best.

It is not all VR though. Opening the programme this year, we are delighted to welcome the beamer community into the building to adorn our walls with light powered art.

Beyond the public events, we are running a course for theatre makers to learn how to create immersive content and developing our own multi-user production (thats under wraps, for now…)

TOMtech allows us to dream on what the entertainment of the future will be. Over the last few years our VR shows and events have seen sold out crowds coming to the venue to try the latest experiences. 2018 is no different. This year’s programme includes the chance to have a 1-2-1 biology lesson with Sir David Attenborough at the Natural History Museum, a heart-stopping journey beyond the grave (in Doom Room) and a unique view on the relationship between twins thrown apart by one night.

Pop-Up Brighton and TOMtech

14-15 Sep

Bring Your Own Beamer has been wow-ing crowds in Brighton for six years. Launching our TOMtech programme with two nights of projector powered digital art expect to find the building transformed in to a digital wonderland.

Alongside the open sessions – join Pop-Up Brighton for parties, workshops, masterclasses and talks. Check online for schedule.


Makropol and TOMtech
20-30 Sep

A boundary-defying live VR experience from Danish collective, Makropol. You are invited to put on a blindfold and begin a guided meditation where you are transported to the afterlife. Technological wizardry combine with heart-stopping live performance in this remarkable work. WATCH THE TRAILER HERE.

Contains scenes of an extreme nature that some audiences may find disturbing. Please see website for trigger warnings BEFORE booking.  



20-30 Sep

A 10-day curated installation that invites you to enjoy some the finest immersive works the world has to offer.  Your ticket covers guaranteed slots on the three main exhibits below and overleaf, curated for small groups over one-hour sessions. Programme includes:

HOLD THE WORLD WITH DAVID ATTENBOROUGH (Sky VR/Factory42/Natural History Museum)

A unique one-on-one encounter with a digitally realised Sir David Attenborough, in which he teaches you how to examine remarkable specimens from the Natural History Museum’s collection.  Go behind the scenes to areas usually closed off to the public to get up close with a stegosaurus, a trilobite, dragonfly, blue whale and a pterosaur. WATCH THE TRAILER HERE.

IS ANNA OK? (BBC/Aardman Animations)

A true story of twins thrown apart by one night.  Step into their shoes and a beautifully illustrated world, explore memories through objects, and uncover what happened from both perspectives.

EMPIRE SOLDIERS (Metro-Boudot-Dodo)

Empire Soldiers tells the compelling stories of the forgotten Caribbean and South Asian soldiers of World War 1.  Hear the captivating stories of the battlefield as you are joined by a returning soldiers and share the emotional experience of the return home. As the journey continues to the present day, focus turns to the resulting changes of the last 100 years, and the impact of migration on the world today.

TICKETS AND MORE INFORMATION (See all three above for one price)

Hatsumi VR
20-23 Sep

Scientists and meditation gurus alike have sung the praises of mindfulness as a technique we can harness to improve our mental wellbeing. Whilst living in an age of hyper-connectivity often perpetuates mental distress, perhaps we can use technology as a tool to connect with ourselves, regulate our emotions and regain control over our minds and bodies.  Join us for an hour-long journey through three immersive experiences, inviting you to breathe, embody and visualise mindfulness.


TOMtech and MakeReal
4-7 Oct

One of the most popular events during Brighton Digital Festival, vrLAB brings together immersive experiences and experiments from the world of arts, gaming, documentary/film and … well, wherever we can find interesting things to share! Pick your slot time and explore the latest technological advancements from our digital mavericks.


For full listing information, to book tickets or find out more, visit the venue’s main site via

TOMtech is funded by Arts Council England through National Lottery Project Grants and supported by Sheffield Doc/Fest, Make [Real], Virtual Umbrella, BBC and Pop Up Brighton. TOMtech is part of Brighton Digital Festival the UKs largest exploration of digital culture. Check out the programme here.


We’re a bit in love!

Ahead of Britney Spears headlining Brighton & Hove Pride – Official Page on 4 August, 201 Dance Company have created a dance video to her track “Gimme More” – featuring loads of classic Brighton landmarks. They’re here with their new show 201 Dance Company: Skin on Fri 7 Sep, and you’re not going to want to miss it!

Tickets for the show are available by clicking here, and you can watch the video in full by clicking here






Festivals ’18 – Team TOM’s picks…

With Festivals season lurking around the corner, we’re getting a wee bit giddy to say the least. So to celebrate, some members of the TOM Team have picked out what they are most excited about this season and why…

Helen (Programmer)
The Fabulous Backstrom Brothers is sure to be a giggle! Spymonkey’s outrageous and brilliantly disruptive influence on even the most highbrow art forms is a complete joy to behold. I can’t wait to see how director Toby Parks works with two Finnish opera singing brothers in this musical cabaret that is billed as Richard Wagner meets Johnny Cash in a Ring of Fire!!

Andy (Marketing Officer)
I can’t wait to see Hammerhead, the latest offering from Joseph Morpurgo. He is famed for his razor sharp wit and immense talent for improvisation – if you’ve ever seen his performances as part of the Jane Austen inspired improv group Austentatious then you’ll know how good he is. If you haven’t seen him, he’s unlike any other comic act on the circuit so well worth a watch. I can’t wait (but I’m going to have to…)

Tanya (Operations Manager)
Ooo, there’s a lot I want to see this season! All of the Finnish Season, Benjamin Zephaniah, Fleabag… but I’m probably most looking forward to The Lovers Circus. This is a new venture for us, a really exciting one! There’s going to be some fantastic music throughout the night (love The Turbans particularly) and a variety of entertainment including poetry, VR, workshops and more. Loads to keep you busy partying into the night!

Mark (Marketing Manager)
Just recently, I made my first visit to TOM’s Film Club and had a wonderful evening, so I’m eager to see the next offer – the Nick Cave Double Bill. The atmosphere at the club screenings is unlike any other cinema I’ve been to, so relaxed and welcoming, and I think I’m the only person in my family who hasn’t seen either of these films. Even so, the family are coming with me to see them again! I’m particularly looking forward to One More Time With Feeling, Andrew Dominik is a great director (Chopper anyone?)

Emily (Finance Assistant)
It’s got to be Fleabag. There is sooo much hype for this show, it’s won loads of awards, it’s selling out everywhere it goes (we’re on course for a similar outcome here!) and I loved the BBC3 series. Imagine Miranda, but a really, REALLY bleak version. I think everyone has those moments of social anxiety that they can relate to, and this show breaks it all down in a filthy, yet somehow charming way.

These are just some of our opinions. There’s a lot more on offer, including DollyWould by the wonderfully named Sh!t Theatre (pictured below), David Shrigley’s Problem in Brighton, a collaborative concert with Sarah Jane Morris and Antonio ForcioneThe Great Escape Festival and more, so we’re sure they’ll be something for everyone.

Have a look at our full lineup here, and we’ll see you very soon!

Team TOM x

Hurrah! Pre/Post show meal offers this Xmas!

Get delicious discounts off your Christmas meal with your Cinderella and the Beanstalk tickets…


If you like your panto with a twist, Cinderella and the Beanstalk is the show for you – a fast-paced, bare-knuckled comedy penned by the multi-award winning trio Sleeping Trees and directed by Tom Attenborough. 

To ensure your festive night out goes with a bang, we’ve teamed up with four great restaurants to give you money off your food bill. All you need to do is present your Cinderella and the Beanstalk tickets upon arrival. Discounts are valid between Thu 14 Dec – Sat 6 Jan, and terms and conditions apply at each restaurant – see below for all the details. Happy yule tide everyone!


102-105 Western Road, Hove // // 01273 725495 // 150m from The Old Market

Get 10% off your food bill at SIX with your Cinderella and The Beanstalk tickets. Offer applies to advanced bookings only, up to a maximum of 6 people. Book here or by phone. Taking influence from abundant country fields in Europe, SIX combines the freshest ingredients with a passion for bringing out inherent flavours in a contemporary approach to cuisine.

Fatto A Mano
65-67 Church Rd, Hove BN3 2BD, Hove // // 01273 325400 // 800m from The Old Market

Open everyday from midday – 10pm, Fatto A Mano is a fast-paced eatery, serving up delicious wood-fired Neapolitan pizza. Kids eat for free at Fatto A Mano, making it the perfect place to take the family before or after the matinee show. For group bookings over 6 people, reserve your table by phone, or if there are less than 6 of you, just turn up.

La Choza
105 Western Road, Brighton // // 320m from The Old Market

Present your ticket on the day of the show to claim 10% off your food bill at La Choza, Western Rd. Valid for lunch or a pre-show dinner and subject to availability. Offer valid on food only and excludes Friday and Saturday evenings after 7pm. Please note Christmas is a very busy time of year, so advanced booking is highly recommended by email, phone or online bookingLa Choza serves authentic slow-cooked Mexican street food. Recommended by The Guardian and named one of the UK’s best ‘cheap eats’ in the Observer Food Monthly awards, the menu includes fresh tacos, burritos and quesadillas.

Bottom’s Rest
Conquer House, 16 Lower Market St, Hove BN3 1AT // 01273 733513 // 10m from The Old Market

Enjoy food and drinks in Bottom’s Rest, a cosy, hidden gem of a pub, tucked away just behind the venue. Present your Cinderella and The Beanstalk ticket on the day of the show and get 10% off your food bill.  Subject to availability, please note Christmas is a very busy time of year, so advanced booking is highly recommended. To secure your booking, call Bottom’s Rest or email
Offer excludes: Tuesday 241 burger offer, Wednesday curry night, Thursday wing night, and Sunday roasts. Under 18s are welcome until 8pm.


Do you have a story to tell?

Earlier in the year we launched a brand new podcast series called Wilder Stories.  We invited storytellers from all disciplines to spin their yarns –  with each podcast having a unique theme.

The first podcasts were recorded in front of a live audience during Brighton Fringe and were hosted by poet-musician Chris T-T and scored by Todd Jordan.  After the success of these we’re searching for participants for the next round, with the natural environment our inspiration.

The chosen themes for Wilder Stories series 2 will be;  THE SEA, THE HILLS, and THE WOODS.

If you have a suitable short story, poem, essay or song then we’d like to hear from you! This time, we’ll be recording each story on the move – so can meet you at a chosen location to hear your story, or you can come to us.

How to apply:

– Indicate whether your submission is a story, poem, essay, narrative song or something else entirely.
– Let us know which theme your piece is inspired by (the sea, hills or woods).
– It should be no longer than 5 minutes in length.

Send a transcript or a link to a recording with the subject line: WILDER STORIES 2 + SEA/HILLS or WOOD
to james [at]

You can apply to more than one, if you would like to.

The deadline for submissions is Fri 15 Sep and we will let you know by Wed 20 Sep.

Wilder Stories is produced by The Old Market with LoFi Arts and hosted by CJ Thorpe.

Autumn season launch – #TOMtech, TOM’s Film Club and more!

Brighton Digital Festival begins in September and we’re serving up our biggest #TOMtech season ever.

A Technology Takeover?

Throughout Autumn, we’ll be hosting workshops, events and meet-ups that will explore how new technologies are changing the creative landscape, with one burning question – how can the latest developments in tech improve how we experience culture?

We’ll be posing this question and many others to artists, tech wizards and everyone in between during the festival, with some of the findings being podcasted and blogged on the #TOMtech site.

To start the season off, we’re more than a little bit excited that cutting-edge design studio Marshmallow Laser Feast are bringing their interactive musical laser installation Forest to the venue for two weeks, from Tue 29 August.

Made of steel rods and lasers, the installation invites you to play, tap, shake, and pluck the musical ‘trees’. 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 in surround sound. As well as Forest, there’ll be other immersive virtual reality experiences to explore, all part of the MLF retrospective: Habitats

Check out the video below to hear and see the Forest in action.

As well as Habitats, other ground-breaking VR experiences include the sensual journey Frogman, the first full length piece of VR theatre, which uses binaural sound to take you into the heart of the coral reef. The sumptuous WHIST takes you on a journey into the unconscious mind. And vrLAB returns to showcase yet more virtual reality experiences following a sell-out run last year.

Elsewhere, there’s cutting edge automated performance in Macondo and REMOTE where you, the audience, steer the show.

TOM’s Film Club continues…

We’ve got some real corkers coming up for our AUTUMN season. Including The Love Witch, a special #TOMtech and Brighton Digital Festival screening of Ex_Machina and the supernatural horror, Under the Shadow.

We’ve introduced a bundle offer where you can buy tickets for two films for £10, or a season pass for all films for just £24! Individual tickets are still priced at £6 each.

Want to know more about the rest of the season? Film Club creator, Michael McDermott talks to Culture Calling about the origins of the club and what films are coming up.



A show to get your teeth in to this Halloween…

We’re super excited to announce the return of Exeter based comedy troupe, Le Navet Bete. They’ll be bringing the funny this Halloween with their very own take on Bram Stoker’s classic novel, Dracula.

The troupe are no stranger to TOM, with last year’s rendition of Dick Tracy and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (2015), both hailed by the critics. Dracula: The Bloody Truth promises to have the vampires back in the ground and will leave you flying high! Check out the full length trailer below for more giggles, you can fang us later…