Photography: Darragh McLoughlin

The Wonder-ful World of Brighton Festival: Week 3

Circus, Family, LGBTQIA+, Outdoor, Theatre, Announcements, Outdoor, Theatre, Family, Circus, Visual arts

In our final week 20-26 May, we have beguiling physical theatre, Shakespeare reimagined and a death-defying outdoor spectacle...


Photography: Susana Chicó

From 23-25 May at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Italian street artist Andrea Salustri combines contemporary circus, choreography and physical theatre in his ‘exquisitely beautiful’ show, Materia. Watch as Andrea effortlessly manipulates panels and spheres of the seemingly everyday material into an entrancing life of its own.

Grand Soft Day

Photography: Anita Murphy

Celebrate the wonder of the every-day with the colourful, musical and fun-filled children’s theatre show, Grand Soft Day, 25-26 May at the Corn Exchange - from award-winning Irish theatre company Branar, who brought Festival audiences the ‘twinkly eyed, beautifully crafted’ You’ll See.

The Night Alphabet

Photography: Roman Manfredi

Multi-award-winning poet and playwright Joelle Taylor performs a live reading of her mesmerising debut novel championing women's resilience, The Night Alphabet, directed by acclaimed theatre maker Neil Bartlett. Don’t miss the post-show conversations where Joelle reveals more about the writing and performance process of her new work. Studio Theatre, 25 May.

The Land Acknowledgement Or As You Like It

Photography: Dahlia Katz

From 21-23 May in the Studio Theatre, experience a radical retelling of a Shakespeare classic in The Land Acknowledgment or As You Like It. From Toronto comes the adventurous Crow’s Theatre and extravagant writer and performer, Cliff Cardinal, who unveils and explores the reconciliation process between Indigenous communities and colonial settlers in Canada with his trademark ‘brutally funny and honest’ style.

Carnesky’s Showwomxn Sideshow Spectacular

Photography: Claire Leach

Grab your friends and family and join us for the Festival finale: Carnesky’s Showwomxn Sideshow Spectacular. Come on down to the huge ground-breaking, breath-taking, death-defying outdoor spectacle 25-26 May at Brighton's Elder Place Corridor and see a jaw-dropping cast of aerialists, contortionists, illusionists, hair-hangers, glass-walkers, wrestlers and more bring old seaside entertainment back to life right in front of your eyes.

Materia is Co-produced by PERPLX. Made in partnership with Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts.

Grand Soft Day and You'll See are supported by Culture Ireland.

The Land Acknowledgement or As You Like It is supported by The Pebble Trust and Canada Council For The Arts.

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