It’s May, which can only mean one thing: the Brighton Festival has landed. Feeling a little confused by the dizzying array of shows on offer? We’ve scoured the Brighton Festival Fringe brochure from cover to cover and come up with our top picks.
Max & Ivan Are: Con Artists
This show has won five-star reviews from The Guardian and i newspapers, as well as an Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2011, so it must be good, right? Described as a ‘razor-sharp narrative sketch comedy heist blockbuster’, Max & Ivan Are: Con Artists is one not to miss.
25 & 26 May, Upstairs at The Three and Ten, 10pm, £8.50. Map.
Eau Eau 7
Witness a synchronised swimming extravaganza from Brighton Swimming Club celebrating 50 years of James Bond, with an Olympic twist. Sounds like a crazy combo, but we’ve always been fascinated by sychronised swimmers so we’ll be donning our swimming hat and nabbing a front row seat for this aquatic adventure.
12 May, Prince Regent Swimming Pool, 8pm, £8. Map.
St Ann’s Well Garden Spring Festival
We love this friendly, compact community festival organised by the Friend’s of St Ann’s Well Gardens, now in its fourth year. There’s great food, workshops, Red Mutha kid’s rave, nature trails, live music, roller disco, skate park, market stalls and a peaceful retreat with massages. Just pray for sunshine.
19 May, St Ann’s Well Gardens, 11am, Free. Map.
When Mr Green comes back from holiday to find Mr White in his house it’s the start of an enchanting adventure. Performed by Cbeebies Patrick Lynch, Snow Play is a family-friendly performance that will enthrall grown ups as well as the little ones.
17-20 May, The Warren, 11am, £6. Map.
Hendrick’s Laboratory of Unusual Libations
Learn how to make Martini cocktails with a little help from Hendrick’s British Ambassador, Duncan McRae. A deliciously interactive tutorial with complimentary cocktails included as part of the ticket price. What’s not to like?
25 May, Hendrick’s Library of Delightfully Peculiar Writings, Jubilee Square, 4.15pm, £15. Map.
These gigs have sold-out for the past four years, so get your tickets early. Ska Toons brings its 20-piece big band to town, with old-skool ska, funk, soul and lots of dancing. Sounds like our kind of night.
19 May, Concorde 2, 7pm, £12. Map.
Brighton’s Long Lost Cinemas Guided Walk
Brighton was once known for its majestic cinemas, the most notable being the Regent Cinema on North Street, now the site of the less-than-majestic Boots. Brighton’s beautiful long lost cinemas are brought to life on this fascinating tour by Brighton City Walks.
Various dates, Royal Albion Hotel, 11am, £6. Map.
Beach Party Animal
Get yourself down to The Old Market for a glance at Brighton’s oblivious, unconventional public. Observe private moments in public places with Beach Party Animal, a 20-minute film portrait of British eccentricity. 10 spaces every half an hour.
Various dates & times, The Old Market, Free. Map.
Out of the Box
A dazzling display of visual art, courtesy of Ink Spot Press, and artists including Rachel Eardley, John Dilnot, Hannah Locke and Thomas Buchanan. Box Art as you’ve never seen it before in this vibrant printmaking studio off the Lewes Road.
8-27 May, Ink Spot Press, 10am, Free. Map.
Check www.brightonfringe.org for exact dates, times and prices.