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Seven Things to Look Out For at the Brighton Festival 2015

From May 2nd the Brighton Festival will once again take over its vibrant seaside home town for three weeks, this year guest-directed by acclaimed writer Ali Smith. As the biggest, curated, mixed arts festival in England, its run is jam-packed with events and performances of all kinds – so what should you be looking out for this year?

  1. The Company of Wolves
    Where? Stanmer Park
    When? May 7th-9th
    Set in the forest at night, venture into the trees and choose your own path as the story of a young girl with a red cloak unfolds along your route. Based upon the short stories of Angela Carter, expect dark and twisted adventures within the woods – and remember to bring your own torch.
  1. Romeo and Juliet
    Where? Brighton Open Air Theatre
    When? May 13th –16th
    What better way to spend a (hopefully) sunny May afternoon than lounging in a park watching an open air performance of Shakespeare’s most famous, yet tragic, love story? This production by the Globe Theatre on Tour embraces the idea of Elizabethan travelling players and even encourages the audience to bring along a picnic for the performance.
  1. 451
    Where? Preston Barracks
    When? May 16th
    This outdoor – and entirely free – performance is inspired by Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, the novel which details a society where books are banned and burnt. ‘Immersive sound and sensory theatre’ will be used to depict Bradbury’s world which has proven prophetic given the rise of our surveillance society.
  1. Kate Tempest with George the Poet and Hollie McNish
    Where? Corn Exchange
    When? May 14th
    Playwright, novelist, poet and recording artist Kate Tempest will be reading from her latest collection of poetry, as well as performing live music with her band. She is appearing at the Brighton Festival alongside special guests George the Poet, famous for his political poetry, and Hollie McNish, the UK’s slam poetry champion in 2009.
  1. Carol Ann Duffy
    Where? Brighton Dome Concert Hall
    When? May 5th
    Britain’s first female Poet Laureate, whose poetry has addressed issues as wide ranging as Freud’s wife and the discovery of Richard III’s body, will appear in Brighton for this year’s festival. Even better, she’s to be accompanied by LiTTLe MACHiNe, an acoustic band whose ‘classic and obscure’ music draws on the poetic canon
  1. Carousel
    Where? The Level
    When? May 22nd-23rd
    Featuring a real carousel at its centre, this performance follows characters after a fairground closes for the night in a merging of gypsy-inspired dance, music and drama. Staged outdoors, the allure of this piece is only made greater by the fact that it’s another of the festival’s free events.
  1. Fleeting
    Where? Brighton beach, between the piers
    When? May 24th
    As the festival ends Brighton’s West Pier will be home to a ‘murmation of starlings’. The installation on the beach will combine fire, sound, dance and nature, and play with the festival’s theme of migration. Celebrate the end of the city’s carnival of the arts by relaxing by the sea and absorbing one final performance.

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