Events diary


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Events diary


2015

Friday January 9th
Meisner Workout

Weekly drop-in class designed to flex your Meisner muscles. Run by experts from Brighton Meisner. Suitable for newcomers and experienced alike.

Saturday February 14th                                                                      One Billion Rising

ONE BILLION RISING BRIGHTON is calling for people to take part and raise awareness of violence against women and girls. An evening of speakers, entertainers and professionals

Monday 23rd February
My Dalek Has a Puncture

Enjoy a light-hearted evening with Simon Fisher-Becker, loved by Whovians everywhere as the wonderful Dorium Maldovar.

Monday 9th March                                                                       The Space

The Space explores sound editing and engineering in film and music with eight-time BAFTA-winning sound editor Eddy Joseph and leading music engineer & producer Haydn Bendall  

 

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Theatre & Film


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Theatre & Film


Theatre

Monday 23rd February
My Dalek Has a Puncture

Enjoy a light-hearted evening with Simon Fisher-Becker, loved by Whovians everywhere as the wonderful Dorium Maldovar.

Family favourites


Shows and events suitable for younger visitors and their families

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Family favourites


Shows and events suitable for younger visitors and their families

Exciting shows and events that are perfect for our younger visitors and their families.

5 December 2014 - 17 January 2015 Sleeping Beauty As the nights draw in and the winds turn chill, Emporium bring you a world of winter wonder with their brand new interpretation of timeless classic Sleeping Beauty. A knight, a princess, a witch and a dragon – all are present and correct in a merry mix of myth and magic for all the family from the venue that brought you last year’s yuletide hit Cinders.

5 December 2014 - 17 January 2015
Sleeping Beauty

As the nights draw in and the winds turn chill, Emporium bring you a world of winter wonder with their brand new interpretation of timeless classic Sleeping Beauty. A knight, a princess, a witch and a dragon – all are present and correct in a merry mix of myth and magic for all the family from the venue that brought you last year’s yuletide hit Cinders.

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Cabaret & Music


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Cabaret & Music


Cabaret & Music

Classes & Workshops


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Classes & Workshops


Classes & Workshops

In addition to a fantastic theatre space, great all-day café and wonderful bar, Emporium is the place for lovers and film and theatre to relax, network and get creative.

To support and encourage those creative urges we are building a comprehensive, regular, programme of classes and workshops run by theatre and movie experts, and designed to be enjoyed by professionals and enthusiasts of all ages.

Our workshops give newcomers to The Business opportunities to sneak a peek behind the scenes and learn more about the disciplines involved, while also providing seasoned pros with the facilities to maintain, and fine-tune, their skills. Some classes are repeated regularly as part of our on-going curriculum while other opportunities are 'one-off' (or maybe 'two-off') - with many extraordinary subjects and practitioners contributing to an exciting syllabus.

Meisner Workout
Friday 9th January / 10am / 2 hours / £5

Weekly drop-in class designed to flex your Meisner muscles. Run by experts from Brighton Meisner. Suitable for newcomers and experienced alike.

Past highlights


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Past highlights


November

Thursday 13th - Sunday 16th
Spring Awakening - The Musical

The Rock Musical based on the Frank Wedekind's controversial 1891 play.
Set in late-19th century Germany, Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with poignancy and passion in an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll !

Monday 10th
An Audience With Robin Askwith

The Misty Moon Film Society present a raucous evening of stories about the career of one of Britain's best loved comedy legends of the 70s Robin Askwith as told by the man himself.

Thursday 6th - Saturday 8th
Unwholesome Things

'Pleasingly atmospheric' rehearsed readings of two eerie tales from the pen of celebrated master of the Edwardian short story, William Wymark Jacobs. Two cautionary, supernatural 'curtain raisers' which promise to delight and enthrall.

Saturday 2nd
The Seven Deadly Sins - SOLD OUT!

You are cordially invited to Adam and Eve’s house for dinner… but this dinner party isn’t as prepared as they had planned!
Tom Jackson-Greaves & Polly Motley present this vibrant dance comedy - a sensory explosion of physical dance, an original musical score by popular artist Pete Lyons, projected film, spoken word and delicious costumes.

October

Monday 27th - Friday 31st
Thumbelina

Sing, croak and squeak along in this show for the young and young-at-heart. Meet our pint-sized heroine, a dastardly frog, a miserly mole and a heroic swallow brought to life with song, puppetry and plenty of audience participation!

Monday 13th - Friday 24th - run extended
Taking Steps

A fast moving, rib-tickling revival of Alan Ayckbourne's only farce.
Set over three floors of The Pines - a haunted Victorian brothel - with all three floors compressed on to one, and staged in the round.

Friday 10th & Saturday 11th
Honest

One night of Freedom. A locked cemetery. Three players. No rules.
Direct from Salisbury Playhouse this play from Theatre6, co-producers of the West End hit The Scottsboro Boys, takes a hard look at the fragility of youth. Contains adult themes, strong language and scenes of a violent nature. Recommended age 13+

September

Thursday 18th
Lament for Lorca -
 SOLD OUT

A 110 minute spectacular of Flamenco, narration and dramatic poetry in Spanish and English. Cancion Gitana create a Flamenco dance theatre performance of a kind very rarely seen on UK stages.

Wednesday 17th
The Gift of the Gab - rehearsed reading

Coming to Emporium in February 2015, The Gift of the Gab is a play set in Brighton, written by a Brightonian - Simon David Eden - inspired by characters the playwright encountered during a very valuable misspent youth in the late 1970s.

Saturday 13th
It's Only A Way I've Got

An hilarious and eclectic cabaret programme with Fenton Gray accompanied by Charles Miller at the piano, featuring songs by Noel Coward, Ivor Novello, Gilbert & Sullivan, Charles Miller and many more.
An exclusive pre-London appearance before transferring to the St. James' Theatre Studio

August

Sunday 31st
Timey Wimey II

Emporium are incredibly excited to be hosting this all day celebration of Doctor Who with Guest of Honour Janet Fielding, who played Tegan Jovanka.

Friday 15th
Guerilla Fashion III

Emporium is thrilled to be supporters of, and hosts to, Guerrilla Fashion Brighton III, Brighton's premier exhibition for undiscovered talent and the hottest designers in the city.

July

Tuesday 1st - Sunday 22nd
Into The Woods

An ambivalent Cinderella. A blood-thirsty Little Red Riding-hood. A Prince Charming with a roving eye and a witch who... raps? They're all here in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's magical fairy tale blend. This highly acclaimed, sell-out production was co-produced by Chocolate Box Theatre and Emporium.

May / June

Wednesday 14th May - Sunday 22nd June
Entertaining Mr. Sloane

50th anniversary production of Joe Orton's domestic drama of lusty landladies and leather-clad psychopaths.

April / May

Friday 9th & Saturday 10th May
Fake Bush: Divastation

What a treat!
Emporium favourite, Miss Fake Bush, has been gently coaxed (using a cunning technique involving a Sherbet Dib-Dab tied to a ball of wool) out of semi-retirement to create a special show for her Emporium guests. Four performances only. Don't miss out!

Tuesday 8th April - Saturday 10th May
Endgame

Possibly Samuel Beckett's bleakest of black comedies.
Three generations, trapped together with nowhere to escape, attempt to make sense of their co-dependant situation.

March

Sunday 23rd
The A to Z of Musicals

To launch, and celebrate, the collaboration between Emporium and Chocolate Box Theatre we present The A to Z of Musicals: a one-off gala concert evening exploring the world of Musical Theatre, featuring a plethora of West End musical performers.

10th - 15th
Didn't You Used to be Derek Jacobi?

Douglas Roberts used to be the Milky Bar Kid. When he gets his first West End job and discovers that not only has he got his own dressing room (with a fridge) but that he's in a cast with Sir Derek Jacobi and an actress from Crossroads, he thinks he's died and gone to heaven!

February 2014

Tuesday 4th - Saturday 22nd
Ashes To Ashes  /  Silence

Lost In Space & Emporium present a double bill of Nobel-winning playwright Harold Pinter’s extraordinary ‘memory’ plays. Written over a quarter of a century apart, the plays reflect his continued fascination with the themes of time, memory, love and violence.


November 21st 2013 - January 4th 2104
Cinders

Full of colourful characters, thrilling theatrical effects and sumptuous costumes Cinders is the perfect escape from the Winter weather for all the family.

Emporium's first panto garnered 5-star reviews, many sell-out performances and was praised for being 'traditional', 'fantastic' and 'full of the true spirit of pantomime'.


November 2013

Sunday 17th
1, 2, 3 Little Pigs

It's A Dangerous World Out There! 
And if you’re a little pig it’s even worse, particularly if you’ve just left home and there’s a big hungry Wolf looking for you…

With a brilliant array of silly effects and tricks, Krazy Kat Theatre Company continue on their mission to delight and amuse with super puppets and lively music, and as always feature fully integrated Sign Language.


October 2013

Wednesday 23rd - Saturday 16th November
Emporiumacabre

Following in the tradition of the notorious Grand Guignol Emporium's resident repertory company present a theatrical anthology of things that go bump in the night and lurk under beds to set your pulse, and imagination, racing.

Wednesday 16th - Saturday 19th
Fishskin Trousers

Using just the power of words and storytelling, Fishskin Trousers weaves together the haunting tales of three lost people from different eras, united by the common setting of the fishing village of Orford in Suffolk, its castle and its mysterious island, Orford Ness.

Presented by Lubkinfinds in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre 

Monday 7th - Saturday 12th
The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock

By David Rudkin  Directed by Jack McNamara
New Perspectives in a co-production with Curve Theatre, Leicester

An evening in the head of the Master of Suspense.  A unique and haunting character study and an unprecedented journey into the mind of one our most fascinating cultural icons.

Tuesday 1st - Saturday 5th
The Stories of Shakey P

Charlie Dupré gives Shakespeare's stories a riveting contemporary slant by re-imagining the Bard as a playground battle rapper.


September 2013 

Sunday 15th
The Silent Movie Experience

Experience silent movies like never before in this thrilling blending of film, live music and chaotic action.

Great fun for the whole family (aged 6 and up).


August 2013

Friday 2nd
Icon! Featuring Immodesty Blaize

Glittering gala evening starring Europe's top burlesque queen, Immodesty Blaize.


July 2013 

Friday 26th & Saturday 27th 
My Gay Best Friend

Louise Jameson and Nigel Fairs star in this Argus Angel 2012 winner that mixes high camp with melancholy reflections on friendships and the childhood dramas that haunt us all.

Friday 26th & Saturday 27th
Trouser Wearing Characters

Acclaimed writer and performer RoseCollis unbuttons her Trouser-Wearing Characters, in what is possibly the first original, one-woman cabaret-style musical show ever performed by a British author.

Delightfully decadent and debauched - Adelaide Theatre Guide.

Saturday 27th 
The Dotty Spotty-sox Show

Join Dotty Spotty-Sox for her interactive fun-filled family show full of marvellous magic, clumsy clowning and silly shenanigans that will keep children of all ages and their grown-ups giggling and shrieking with delight. 

Tuesday 23rd - Thursday 25th
Dusty Limits -  Post Mortem

If you died today, what would people say about you? More importantly... what would you say about yourself?
Dusty Limits, described as 'The Trailblazer' of contemporary cabaret, brings his award-nominated comic musical obituary, 'Post-Mortem', to Emporium for three nights only.

***** Time Out


June 2013

 Friday 28th
Liz Green -  Live Score to Visuals

Revisit the visceral thrills of live-score cinema with Liz Green as she accompanies her own stop-motion short films.
Eccentric and rather magical” 4/5 The Guardian live review

Thursday 27th & Friday 28th
Best of the Fest - A Puppet Named Desire

Puppets hunting passion ... the hard way!

Brighton Festival 'Best New Comedy' award winners, Stickyback, return after a sell out run at the Camden Fringe,  with another slice of "beguilingly bizarre" puppet orientated sketch fun. A furry look at that old malady called love through a puppet's perspective.

Wednesday 26th & Thursday 27th
Best of the Fest - The Brighton Film Quartet

Do you like the soundtracks from films like “Amelie” or “The Piano”? Are you partial to a bit of Einaudi or Nyman? Then you’ll love this.

Classical meets cinematic in this exciting and unusual combo of piano, clarinet, cello and violin.

Thursday 13th - Saturday 15th
Best of the Fest - Seven Studies in Salesmanship

Part of Emporium's 'Best of The Fest' mini-season and starring Heather Urquhart, winner of The Latest's 2013 Best Female Performer award.
Seven short plays, each very different, together forming the ideal introduction and user’s manual to the high-octane world of Salesmanship, covering every angle from the hard sell to celebrity endorsement.