It’s our favourite time of year here on the South Coast as festival month kicks off. There’s palpable excitement in the air as everyone scrambles for sell-out shows and the tents and structures go up around town for Brighton Festival and Brighton Fringe events. We’re going to a few shows which we’ll review on our Facebook page, but here’s a preview of five we love the look of so you can bag yourself tickets.
We love all the free events happening around town. The Children’s Parade, which kicks off the festival tomorrow, is a joy to behold and we have really enjoyed Weekend Without Walls, an afternoon of outdoor entertainment, in the past, so looking forward to seeing what’s in store this year.
Children’s Parade, 6 May, 10.30am, Kensington Street to Marine Parade. All ages.
Weekend Without Walls, 13 and 14 May, 11am-5pm, Easthill and East Brighton Parks. All ages.
Helen Cresswell’s Moondial was one of my favourite books as a child, so I’m looking forward to introducing Alfie to the spooky story about time-travelling Minty and her Victorian friends at Em-Lou Productions’ interpretation of the tale.
The Warren, 30 May-3 Jun, 4pm, £11(£9.50); Student £8.50; Family Ticket £36. Recommended age 7+.
The 26 Letters strand of the festival focuses on children’s literature and always attracts great authors. This year, we’ll be watching Julian Clary talk about his crazy hyena family, The Bolds, meeting creepy crawlies as MJ Leonard talkd about her latest book, Beetle Queen, and drawing tapirs and flamenco dancing with Mango and Bambang creators Polly Faber and Clara Vuillamy.
26 Letters, various venues across the city, 12-27 May. Various prices and age recommendations.
Oyster Boy. Based on the weird and wonderful Tim Burton poem about a boy with an oyster shell for a head, Haste Theatre‘s award-winning production promises comedy, music, dance, puppetry and physical theatre.
The Warren (Studio 2) 6-7, 13-14 May, 1pm. £9.50 (£8) Family Ticket £32. Recommended age 8+.
Who doesn’t love The Wind in the Willows? We’re going en masse to see Ratty, Mole, Toad, Badger et al at Box Tale Soup‘s stage version of Kenneth Graeme’s much-loved tale, featuring handmade puppets and an original score.
The Warren, 4 Jun, 4pm, £10(£8.50); Family Ticket £34. Recommended age 4+.
Photograph by Hazel Varah