Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Trunks @ Old Ship Hotel

Last night I went to see Trunks at the Old Ship Hotel in Brighton. It is a play by Stephen Plaice based on the 1930s trunk murders that took place in Brighton and caused quite a scandal at the time. the play is performed in the Paganinni Ballroom in the Old Ship Hotel. This is a lovely little ballroom that is accessed from the side of the hotel and via a nice sweeping staircase.

The play itself is great. It is the first show by the Brighton Theatre Collective who are a collective of local actors and actresses. With a cast of twelve you actually get proper crowd scenes with the stage bustling full of people. The main actors and actresses were very good with Mancini, the charming murderer and Violet the worn down prostitute worthy of praise. The story is sort of played in flashback with the murderer, casually conversing with his dead (and resigned to it) victim.

With most Am' Dram' productions you get used to it being two people and a couple of boxes on stage but this was much more exciting. The scene where Mancini the murderer and his new floozy go to a dance hall was especially good. You could sense his paranoia as they danced around while everyone discussed the murders. The lights and bubbles gave it a suitably dream like feel. There was also a nice number of costume changes amongst the cast.

It finishes on Friday so get in quick.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Home Wanted For Local Art

A seriously ill artist from Brighton is looking for someone to leave his life's work to in his will. Brain tumour sufferer Brian Fogarty, 66, fears that his 40 paintings will end up being dumped and his books will go out of print. He said he would love to leave his collection to someone who would be able to display his work.

Much of his work is predicated on the assumption that whatever it is that drives him to create it's not far removed from the vital life force that drives other outlaws to drink, drugs, murder, madness, suicide, or a life of crime.

If you can help out then please contact the author.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Brighton City Festival Announced

23rd to 25th October this year sees Brighton come alive with the Brighton City Festival 08. It is aanother music festival that takes place around town and this one actually has some big names in its line up. For a start there is Underworld at the Brighton Centre. The Wailers will be playing their Exodus album in its entirety (sadly without Bob Marley) and DJ Yoda will be doing his good time party music thing. More acts to be announced soon.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Win a Signed Pic of Kylie

Local artist Merv is raffleing off a signed picture of pop princess Kylie Minogue in order to raise money for a Brighton hospital. Tickets cost £2 with all profits going to The Rocking Horse Charity. This is a charity that helps sick children in Brighton and Sussex.