Nadia Shireen, Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Julia Donaldson

The Wonder-ful World of Brighton Festival: Week 2

We have idyllic islands, magical miniatures, inspired illustrators and more coming up this week, 13-19 May. Take a look...

The Wonder Brothers

On 19 May at Brighton Girls, this year’s Guest Director Frank Cottrell-Boyce introduces young readers to his magically mischievous new book, The Wonder Brothers. Learn more about the book’s inspiration and tips and tricks for superb storytelling from the multi award-winning author himself, with perhaps a little magic sprinkled in along the way...

Frank is joined by The Wonder Brothers’ award-winning illustrator and this year’s Festival programme cover artist, Steven Lenton, who will be drawing live at the event. Ages 7-11.

The Island of Brilliant

The warm sands and glittering sea of The Island of Brilliant await you on 19 May in the Concert Hall. Frank Cottrell-Boyce and podcast partner, Oscars Book Prize 2024 shortlisted illustrator and children’s author Nadia Shireen, record a live episode with special guest, the one and only world-famous author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson!

The tremendous trio will be sharing fantastical tales about what it takes to create unforgettable stories. Includes a meet and greet and book signing after the event. Ages 7+.

The Melancholy of the Tourist

Oligor y Microscopía bring their UK premiere of The Melancholy Of The Tourist to the new creative space Anita’s Room for delightfully intimate performances running 15-26 May. The Spanish-Mexican theatre makers masterfully combine light and shadow, slide projectors, miniature handmade contraptions and pulleys in their theatre piece to explore how tourists interact with and impact their holiday destinations. Ages 11+.

Coming soon... Carnesky’s Showwomxn Sideshow Spectacular

It’s coming… Brighton performance maker Marisa Carnesky's Showwomxn Sideshow Spectacular is a huge, outdoor circus extravaganza and the Festival finale coming to Elder Place, Brighton for 14 non-stop shows across the bank holiday weekend, 25-26 May.

See a cast of 33 aerialists, wrestlers, glass walkers, drag kings, sword climbers, contortionists, unicyclists, hair hangers and more perform breathtaking stunts across 9 stages (plus a wrestling ring!) in a celebration of British seaside variety. Book your slot today and get ready to roll up to the most extraordinary show in town! Suitable for the family.

Melancholy Of The Tourist is supported by The Pebble Trust and co-produced by Oligor y Microscopia, Iberescena, Temporada Alta, Grec Barcelona, Le Parvis, Patronato Municipal de les Artes Escenicas y de la Imagen de Zaragoza, Pyrenart.Interreg Porctefa

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