Brighton Festival at TOM Announces Full Line-Up, Summer 2012


Last May, TOM – The Old Market opened its newly-refurbished doors for the first time. One year on, the venue has seen a fantastic program of events from theatre to gigs, comedy to cabaret.

Brighton Festival at TOM – The Old Market provides two fantastic shows for young folk and their grown-ups; the touching and poetic puppetry of Cloud Man, and rock 'n' roll musical Kid Carpet & The Noisy Animals. Sky Arts set up the cameras for a live broadcast of The Book Show With Mariella Frostrup. Finally, conclude your whole Brighton Festival on the last Saturday with an all-swinging, all-dancing Festival Ceilidh.

Brighton Fringe is best begun with our 20-minute film portrait of Brighton eccentricity, Beach Party Animal; it's completely free, and screened regularly. Following that, dive into Naïve Dance Masterclass's expert physical tomfoolery, Nick Pynn's award-winning one-man 'avant-folk' orchestra, and a newly extended version of award-winning puppet show The Table: New And Improved! If you've room for more, The Department of Unreliable Memoirs provides a playful encounter for a single audience member, and James Campbell's Comedy 4 Kids proves that young audiences needn't miss a good giggle. Regular photography night in TOM's Bar Miniclick moves into the main space for a special event, and TOM's Bar will also host a range events itself.

Full event details are listed below. Alternatively, view the full program online.

EVENT FRINGE, Throughout May 2012

Liz Agiss and Joe Murray present the short film:

Free 20-minute film portrait of British eccentricity in Brighton.

Over 24 hours during Brighton's high season, where land meets sea and people come to see and to be seen, we observe private moments in public places. Performers blend seamlessly with Brighton's oblivious, unconventional public. A 20-minute film portrait of British eccentricity. Free entrance. 10 spaces every half hour.

Dates: 05-06, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27 May 2012
Every Half-Hour: 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, 16:30, 17:00, 17:30, 18:00, 18:30, 19:00, 19:30
Tickets: Free. 10 spaces each performance.
Available: On the door, at TOM's Bar.

MUSIC FRINGE, Saturday 05 May 2012

Choral concert of new music directed by MJ Paranzino. Now in its 9th year.

An innovative concert premiering original choral music, interspersed with well-loved classics, arranged and directed by MJ Paranzino, the renowned composer and musical director, and performed by her three community choirs, with over 200 adult voices, in a thrilling multi-media event!

A choral concert of new music directed by MJ Paranzino. Performed by MJ's Choirs: The Brighton City Singers, The South London Choir & The West London Choir.

For the past 9 years, MJ has invited composers to submit original choral pieces based on a theme. Composers rarely get the opportunity to hear their works performed and this is a wonderful way for musicians and their audiences to support the arts. For 2012, the theme is based on the Olympics, held in the UK in August.

MJ's local choir The Brighton City Singers, as well as her London choirs, The South London Choir and The West London Choir – 200 voices in total! – will perform new commissioned choral works, interspersed with well-loved classics, in a thrilling multi-media event.

Time: 19.30.
Tickets: £8.00 (£6.00 concession).
Available: TOM's Box Office online or on 01273 201 801.

THEATRE FRINGE, Throughout May 2012

A playful encounter for a single audience member.

Make an appointment with two helpful hostesses to retrieve a half-forgotten moment from a past you may have had. Re-visit the time you saved your city from a freak flood, invented Scientology, or ruined that child's party! The D.U.M offers a playful encounter for a single audience member. All you have to do is turn up and play along…

Company: Stillpoint ( in association with The Nightingale

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