BLOG: New Work In Development This Summer

From a fizzling Shakespeare adaptation to an immersive Oculus Rift performance, there’s loads in creation here at The Old Market this Summer. We’re opening our doors to numerous companies, artists and performers, providing them with space to develop new work.

You’ll be able to see exclusive previews at various stages, or book now to see final performances in our Autumn Season. Here’s a summary of what’s going on:

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TOM’s Edinburgh Comedy Previews
LIVE PREVIEWS: Throughout June & July [FREE!]
A firm Summer favourite, throughout June and July, we’re once again inviting great comedy acts to showcase the best they’ve got before heading up North to the Festival Fringe. All awaits them: packed houses; showers of awards; TV fame… But for now, all they aspire to achieve is your laughter.

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Toilers of the Sea
LIVE PREVIEW: Friday 26 June [Just £5]
Inspired by traditional folk music from the British Isles, Toilers of the Sea is a new original musical based on the epic novel by Victor Hugo. The showing will be a staged read/sing-through of the show, a culmination of a development workshop hosted by The Old Market.

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Romeo & Juliet
SEE IT: 23-24 September [Now Booking]
In August 2013, New Mutiny stormed Edinburgh Fringe with this explosive one hour production. The Times called it a “fizzling adaptation… Shakespeare for the OMG generation? Yes, yes, a thousand times yes, when it is as good as this,” awarding it a highly-coveted ★★★★★’s!

This Summer New Mutiny are spending some time with us to develop Romeo & Juliet further and prepare the show for touring. It’s a truly magical introduction to Shakespeare for children, schools, and families, ideal for ages 5-12. Book Now, and stay tuned for updates too.


The Cube
SEE IT: September 2015 [Brighton Digital Festival]
Circa69 is working with Amoeba Design and Amsterdam Film Academy on a new theatre piece for the Oculus Rift virtual reality platform. Here at The Old Market we got to experience a trial of The Cube last week; it completely blew us away – incredibly immersive and deftly crafted. We can’t wait to share it with you this September, as part of our Brighton Digital Festival line-up.

Here’s a taster:

The work is funded by Arts Council England and LDD Research Group with additional support from Cambridge Junction.


The Old Market Presents
SEE IT: Wednesday 29 July [Just £8]
Last but not least, we’re also platforming another set of incredible local musical talents in July’s The Old Market Presents. On the bill are blues-rock psyche-soul artist/producer Z-Star [Best Live Act, Brighton Music Awards], eclectic instrumentalists with jazz and progressive influences VELS TRIO and South African born singer/songwriter ANNACA, plus more to come.