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

VIDEO PREVIEWS: Spring 2015 “Try Before You Buy”

With so much to choose from in our Spring 2015 season, you might need a little help deciding what to book. We’ve compiled a selection of video previews of our upcoming shows and events; browse, enjoy and discover! You can also view our Spring 2015 YouTube Playlist.

Simon Munnery sings Søren Kierkegaard
COMEDY | Wed 11 Feb
“Convention-defying, innovative stuff. Munnery is a must-see,” The Times. A brand new stand-up show from the multi award-winning Simon Munnery.

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White Mink: Electro Swing Speakeasy
MUSIC | Sat 14 Feb
The sounds and styles of the 1920s and 30′s turned on their head and smuggled into the 21st century…

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MyMiniDisco Valentines Special
FAMILY | Sun 15 Feb
A spectacular Valentine’s Ball for both children and adults to get together and ‘get down’.

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Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel
COMEDY | Fri 20 Feb
A comedy play spun in the inimitable style of Jane Austen, “One of the most enjoyable shows on the fringe,” The Guardian.

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So You Can Feel
Are we aware of how others perceive us? Which energy do we emanate through our bodies? Do we need to be liberated? Pieter Ampe will find out.

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Tell Me Love Is Real
THEATRE | Mon 16 Mar
“Crafty, compelling, and heartfelt enough to explode any sense of cheeky irony. Oberzan means every word,” Time Out, New York.

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A haunting investigation into why we tell stories in the face of tragedy, LIPPY was widely acknowledged as the most extraordinary piece of theatre to emerge from Ireland in 2013.

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THEATRE | Thu 26 & Fri 27 Mar
Winners of a Scotsman Fringe First 2014, curious directive’s multimedia sci-fi thriller is a poignant tale of the first human mission to Mars.

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Standby For Tape Back-Up
THEATRE | Sat 04 Apr
By Ross Sutherland. Using nothing but found-footage from one of his granddad’s old videotapes, Ross attempts to draw out his entire life story.

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Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs
FAMILY | Sat 18 Apr
Setting sail for an adventure following a rollicking award winning run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, London Wonderground and Southbank Centre!

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THEATRE | Fri 24 Apr
By Mark Ravenhill. “This ferocious revival is a reminder of how thrilling Ravenhill’s work can be. It also boasts an absolutely killer performance by Olivia Poulet.” ★★★★ Time Out.

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SEASON: Spring 2015 at The Old Market

Welcome to 2015 at The Old Market. Our fourth year of operation, this year is set to be bigger and better than ever. This Spring season – spanning February, March and April 2015 – includes some corking comedy, theatre, music and more.

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Introducing our SPRING 2015 Programme

This season, we’re delighted to present curious directive’s Fringe First Award-winning PIONEER, a multimedia sci-fi thriller. Acclaimed theatre also comes from Ross Sutherland’s charming STANDBY FOR TAPE BACK-UP, and in Olivia Poulet’s performance of Mark Ravenhill’s biting satire, PRODUCT.

GAZ COOMBES and CHARLIE SIMPSON kick off our programme of gigs, early February. Hot tickets for the season include king of pop perversion ARIEL PINK and, fresh from supporting Eric Clapton in 2014, HUNTER & THE BEAR. 4 unique young talents will also join forces for a incredible night of music and beatboxing; DIZRAELI, REEPS ONE, BELLATRIX & REX DOMINO. Still a complete sell-out at every event to date, WHITE MINK ELECTRO SWING SPEAKEASY continues its run of extraordinary premium club nights.

“Top notch comedy night” [Latest 7] LAUGHTERMARKET returns with headliner Zoe Lyons, or for a bespoke comedy experience AUSTENTATIOUS will improvise a Jane Austen novel based on your suggestions. We’re also presenting the brilliant solo shows of SIMON MUNNERY and GINA YASHERE [plus, sign up to our eNewsletter for notifications on any last-minute big-name previews!]

SICK! Festival returns to Brighton, and to TOM with more events than ever. Running 02-25 March, it is dedicated to revealing and debating our most urgent physical, mental and social challenges. Highlights include Pieter Ampe’s solo performance SO YOU CAN FEEL, a profound original work by lighting designer Itai Erdal HOW TO DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY, and Zachary Oberzan’s compelling mystery TELL ME LOVE IS REAL.

See you here soon,

The TOM Team

What’s On: Full Listings   Video Previews: Spring Season