Judi Love wearing a black ruffled dress against a red background. She's holding a finger in the air as if about to speak.

Take Five with Judi Love

9 Nov 2023

In the past two years, Judi Love has become a household name for her powerhouse personality and totally relatable tales. A favourite on Taskmaster, The Royal Variety Performance, Strictly Come Dancing and Live at the Apollo, Judi was even crowned Masterchef Celebrity Christmas Special champion in 2021.This month, she’s…
Two actors stand onstage, lit by a single spotlight, mid-performance; one wears a black t-shirt and sweatpants with a bandana around their head keeping mid-length brunette hair off their face. The other wears a black dress and brown leggings, their ginger hair pulled back into a low bun. Two onlookers sitting on the floor to the left watch in amusement, lit in a soft red light.

Take 5 with Omeima Mudawi-Rowlings, artist and producer of Flarewave

22 Sep 2023

‘The deaf community is not invisible’ On 30 September Flarewave presents... Deaf Talent Takeover comes to Brighton Dome, featuring live performances from, among others, poet Douglas Ridloff, deaf comedian and performer Amy Murray, comedian Gavin Lilley and comedy superstar John Bishop. The event is…
Photograph of comedian Fatiha El-Ghorri against a blue background

Take 5 with comedian Fatiha El-Ghorri

24 Feb 2023

Up-and-coming stand-up Fatiha El-Ghorri will be taking to the iconic Concert Hall stage in March for the latest instalment of our Live at Brighton Dome series. Never one to hold back, comic Fatiha El-Ghorri is rapidly becoming a ‘one to watch’ i, despite only having been on the circuit for a few years. By tackling…

Take Five with Luisa Omielan

18 Nov 2022

Luisa Omielan returns to Brighton Dome this month with her new stand-up show Ten.Luisa has been creating iconic, one-woman shows for ten years and was the first comedian to receive a BAFTA Breakthrough accolade for stand-up. With a decade of cow impressions, thigh gaps and relationship boat analogies under her…

Take Five with Adam Carver

18 Jul 2022

On 7 August, Fatt Projects bring PALAVER Party, a fabulous afternoon extravaganza for kids and their grown-ups, to Brighton Dome.Adam Carver is the Artistic Director of Fatt Projects, a company making events, parties and performances celebrating queerness, community, empowerment, and championing positive change. We had…

Take Five with Akila Richards

8 Mar 2022

Akila Richards is a Sussex-based award-winning writer, poet and spoken word artist, and one of Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival’s In-House Artists. The scheme supports local artists develop their own creative work and provide input into Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival programming. We spoke to Akila about…

Normanton Street Create a Song Inspired by East Sussex

8 Dec 2021

Brighton band Normanton Street have been commissioned by Brighton Dome and Sound UK to produce a Song for East Sussex, as part of nationwide project A Song For Us, which commemorates the response of local community to the pandemic and celebrates the power of music to bring people together.  Normanton…

Nina Conti Talks About The Dating Show

26 Nov 2021

Could there be anything more contemporary than a comedy show with masks which looks to bring people together? That’s what Nina Conti is aiming to achieve with The Dating Show, which comes to Brighton Dome on Tue 30 Nov.Featuring a gallery of latex masks, a cheeky monkey called Monkey and willing audience members…

An Interview with Nigella Lawson

18 Nov 2021

You can spend An Evening with Nigella Lawson at Brighton Dome on Wed 24 Nov, when she’ll be discussing her latest book, Cook, Eat, Repeat. Here she talks about writing the book in lockdown, what we can expect from the event and answering cooking questions on Twitter.Cook, Eat, Repeat was released on the same…
Photograph of artist and Brighton Dome team member Graham Cameron

Get to Know: Artist and Brighton Dome Team Member Graham Cameron

21 Oct 2021

Over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, Graham Cameron created a series of striking illustrations detailing his experiences of lockdown, the impact of Covid-19 on the arts and his time furloughed from work as a Visitor Services Assistant at Brighton Dome.A free exhibition of his illustrations, The Art of G, will…

A Building Like No Other

13 Oct 2021

Architect Tim Healy, from Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS), has been responsible for overseeing the on-site delivery of the refurbishment of the Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre venues since the project began. We had a catch-up with him to find out why this building is like no other in the country.Tim specialises…

The Private Press Screen Print Past Brighton Festival Covers to Support Our Future

1 Oct 2020

As part of our #BringBackBrightonDome Crowdfunder campaign, we’ve interviewed some of the people who have donated their work or offered their in-kind support to help secure our future re-opening.Gary Parselle is the founder of The Private Press, a screen printing studio in Brighton. Gary looks after every stage…

Brighton Dome Employee Creates Artwork to Support Our Future

25 Sep 2020

As part of our #BringBackBrightonDome Crowdfunder campaign we’ve interviewed some of the people who have donated their work or offered their in-kind support to help secure our future re-opening.Graham Cameron has been a Visitor Services Assistant at Brighton Dome for nearly 20 years. During lockdown Graham has been working…

Interview with Romantics Anonymous Artistic Director Emma Rice

18 Sep 2020

Artistic Director Emma Rice has had a prolific career in theatre, as an actor/director with Kneehigh and further directing with the ENO and Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe (2016-2018). Her new theatre company, Wise Children, have produced the musical Romantics Anonymous, based on the film Les…

Photographer Jamie Macmillan’s Top 5 Brighton Dome Gigs

22 Apr 2020

Jamie Macmillan is a freelance event and portrait photographer and regular at Brighton Dome. We look back at some of his favourite gigs at Brighton Dome. IDLES IDLES are a band very close to my heart and were actually the opening act at the very first gig I got to shoot, at Concorde 2 back in 2016. I’d been lucky…

Interview: Freelance Photographer Jamie Macmillan

21 Apr 2020

Jamie Macmillan is a freelance event and portrait photographer based in Brighton. We caught up with him to find out more about his work and to take a look back at some of his favourite moments at Brighton Dome.What do you love about your job?I love capturing the energy and the atmosphere of the night. The happy faces in…

Wrestling with Brighton Dome's Sporting Past

30 Mar 2020

Forget The Rock and Hulk Hogan, Brighton Dome has it’s own legendary wrestlers – Francis ‘the Cornish Wonder’ Gregory and John ‘Italian’ Devalto. We've enjoyed delving into our extensive archives and stumbled across quite a surprise – in addition to our past lives as a stable, military hospital and postal…

Get to know: Poet Joelle Taylor

24 Jan 2020

This March, we present spoken word showcase Trope in partnership with leading spoken word and poetry organisation Apple and Snakes. Headlining Trope is award-winning poet, playwright and author Joelle Taylor. Joelle has performed her poetry internationally and is host and editor of Out-Spoken…
Brighton Dome Concert Hall after its 1867 transformation by architect Philip Lockwood

Heritage Talk: Women in Entertainment with Louise Peskett

14 Jan 2020

Louise Peskett joins us on Fri 7 Feb for a lunchtime talk delving into the history of women entertainers who have appeared in some of Brighton’s much-loved venues, including our very own Concert Hall. We speak to Louise to find out more about the notorious women of Brighton and what to expect from her talk. Hi…

Get to know: Performance Poet Francesca Beard

27 Sep 2019

This October, we present spoken word showcase Trope in partnership with leading spoken word and poetry organisation Apple and Snakes. Headlining Trope is Francesca Beard, a London-based performance poet who has been called 'The Queen of British performance poetry'. We catch up with Francesca to find out…

Introducing: Brighton-based singer Amber Burgoyne

27 Sep 2019

This October, we present spoken word showcase Trope in partnership with leading spoken word and poetry organisation Apple and Snakes. Headlining Trope is performance poet Francesca Beard along with Brighton talent, performance poet Connor Byrne, writer and host Rosy Carrick and singer-songwriter…
Lou Sanders in Live at Brighton Dome

Get to know: Stand Up Comedian Lou Sanders

27 Sep 2019

Lou Sanders is a rising star of the comedy world. Best known for being champion of 2019’s Taskmaster and her regular TV appearances on QI, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Hypothetical and her recent appearance in Aisling Bea’s sitcom This Way Up. Returning from Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Lou Sanders is set to start…
Ella Morris Brighton Dome commission for Brighton & Hove Pride 2019 Artwork

Brighton Dome Unveils Public Artwork for Pride 2019

26 Jul 2019

A new public artwork celebrating the LGBTQ+ community is being unveiled to celebrate Brighton & Hove Pride 2019. The illustration has been commissioned by Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, following an open call to local artists to create a mural on the building’s New Road hoardings. The large-scale…
Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Living Dangerously: An Interview with Sir Ranulph Fiennes

10 Apr 2019

'The world’s greatest living explorer’ Sir Ranulph Fiennes brings his live show Living Dangerously to Brighton Dome this July. In this interview Sir Ranulph talks about the show, climate change and what's next...You’re heading out on tour, what will you be talking about?I’ll be talking about my life:…
The Goose Who Flew at Brighton Dome

The Goose Who Flew - Interview with performer Amber-Rose May

5 Apr 2019

Amber-Rose May is a performer and theatre maker who specialises in creating thought provoking and magical theatre for young people, allowing them to explore and understand important topics. In her new one-woman show The Goose Who Flew, for ages 3-7, she plays a range of quirky characters, using simple puppetry to…

Introducing: Theatre Maker and Performer Conrad Murray

19 Mar 2019

Theatre maker and performer Conrad Murray brings Denmarked to Brighton Dome this April. Denmarked is an autobiographical performance sharing tales from the council estate of dodgy best friends, that rite of passage - your first arrest, dinner with your social worker and the Christmas dad went prison. Conrad’s…
Subira Trope

Introducing: Spoken Word Artist Subira Wahogo

6 Feb 2019

This Spring, we present a spoken word showcase Trope in partnership with leading spoken word and poetry organisation Apple and Snakes. Trope will feature top UK artists, local musicians, a poet in residence, poetry film and an open mic.Each Trope has a theme and this time round we’re tackling ‘Hope’.…
Comeidan Ray Bradshaw presents Deaf Comedy Fam at Brighton Dome

Interview: Ray Bradshaw

1 Feb 2019

Two-time Scottish Comedian of the Year finalist, Ray Bradshaw brings Deaf Comedy Fam to Brighton. Full of hilarious, revealing stories about growing up with deaf parents, Deaf Comedy Fam, is the first comedy show performed simultaneously in both spoken English and British Sign Language – which happens to be…

Introducing: Interview with Yamato Drummer Gen Hidaka

7 Jan 2019

Back by popular demand the world-renowned Taiko drummers, Yamato bring their high-energy and immersive show Jhonetsu (Passion) to Brighton Dome. The 12-strong troupe have captivated audiences across the globe, demonstrating their immense skill in the traditional art of Taiko drumming and epitomising the Japanese…
Asia O'Hara and Kameron Michaels Christmas Queens at Brighton Dome

Christmas Queens: RuPaul's Drag Race's Asia O'Hara & Kameron Michaels answer your questions

28 Nov 2018

Stars of RuPaul's Drag Race will perform in our Concert Hall as part of Christmas Queens; a fierce, over the top holiday spectacular featuring crowned winners Bob the Drag Queen as your hostess with the mostess, and 'drop dead genius' (Entertainment Weekly) Sharon Needles.Expect a hilarious night of showstopping…
Kate Rusby at Brighton Dome

Interview: Kate Rusby at Christmas

27 Nov 2018

Proud to call herself a folk singer, Kate Rusby’s expressive vocals never fail to connect the emotional heart of a song to that of her audience. Ahead of her much-anticipated festive concert this Tue 4 Dec, Kate talks touring, South Yorkshire and her own Christmas traditions.Your Christmas concerts are one…

We spoke to James McVinnie ahead of his performances at Brighton Dome

26 Sep 2018

On Tue 2 Oct, James McVinnie will be playing two concerts at Brighton Dome. His afternoon performance (2pm) will feature a programme of classical compositions, while his evening performance will see James performing work from the influential composer Philip Glass.Have you ever performed on Brighton…
Park Life

Miss Represented alumni tackle the city’s parks

29 Aug 2018

Evie Martin and Caitlin Smith have been part of Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival’s flagship Creative Learning project Miss Represented for several years, touring their show Can You See Me Now in 2017. Moving on now, they have set up a resident-run parks project in Whitehawk, to create better facilities…

A marathon of fast & furious young musical talent

14 Aug 2018

We spoke to Bec Britain, the project manager behind Music Marathon, to find out more about this unusual community fundraising event that we can all get involved with. What was the inspiration behind Music Marathon? Where did the idea come from?It was a suggestion from our very committed Parents and Friends Association…

SPECTRUM: Interview with Strange Cages

18 Apr 2018

Brighton's Strange Cages are one of the country's most vivid live acts, a band that have made strides in their short existence gaining support from the likes of Clash, Fred Perry and Q Magazine. We caught up with Drummer Ellis ahead of their performance at the Spectrum all day Festival this weekend. When did…

SPECTRUM: Interview with Breathe Panel

16 Apr 2018

Breathe Panel have crafted a unique sound based around the intuitive songwriting partnership of Josh Tyler and Nick Green.Recalling thoughtful days spent outdoors, Nick's vocals wash across bright, shimmering guitars and intricate drum patterns to create something beautifully expansive yet highly introspective. They're…

SPECTRUM: Interview with Porridge Radio

13 Apr 2018

Porridge Radio were not only selected by The Guardian as favourites to watch in 2018, but were named 'the greatest band in the world' by Everett True on the strength of half a song. Band leader and singer/songwriter Dana Margolin tells us more about this unique 5-piece. When did you start writing music?When I…

SPECTRUM: Interview with One Eyed Jacks

12 Apr 2018

Find out more about One Eyed Jacks, seven musicians creating soulful melodies with punchy rhythms and funky harmonies.In our newest SPECTRUM interview series, we talk to the one of the hottest live bands in Brighton today. When did you start writing music?We started writing together not long after meeting at…

SPECTRUM: Interview with Dark Horses

11 Apr 2018

Taking their cues from an expansive array of sources, Dark Horses blend psychedelia, rock and electronica with moving image, monochrome lighting and photography.We had a chat with the band ahead of their performance at SPECTRUM's upcoming day festival. When did you start writing music?We started writing together in…

SPECTRUM: Interview with DITZ

10 Apr 2018

Careening out of Brighton at a ferocious pace, DITZ combine feedback oddness with hardcore inspired riffs.  When did you start writing music?Cal, Caleb and Jack started writing music in their teenage years, although we starting writing collectively as a band in rehearsal roomsHow did you meet?We all met at university…

SPECTRUM: Interview with Normanton Street

6 Apr 2018

Normanton Street have quickly amassed a loyal following of fans around the world. In anticipation of SPECTRUM's upcoming day festival, we had a chat with the group about their unique fusion of soul, hip-hop and spoken word.When did you start writing music?It was around five years ago when we first met up with Phoebe…

SPECTRUM: Interview with Babii

5 Apr 2018

Babii (ex Us Baby Bear Bones) is one girl, using every limb available to make ethereal yet tough electronic music. Despite the serious tone of the lyrics, Babii still has an essence of playfulness when it comes to the sounds and textures that decorate her songs.When did you start writing music?When I was a smaller…

SPECTRUM: Interview with Murmur

4 Apr 2018

We caught up with George, lead singer of Murmur, one of the unique acts featuring in the upcoming SPECTRUM day festival. The four piece's massive sound is all about rumbling, fuzzy bass lines, guitar filled choruses and socially conscious lyrics.When did you start writing music?Ben and I have been writing all…

SPECTRUM: Interview with Chloé Bodur

3 Apr 2018

In anticipation of SPECTRUM's upcoming day festival, we sat down with Chloe Bodur, a 19-year-old singer/songwriter who fuses elements of neo-soul, jazz and pop to create an utterly distinctive style. When did you start writing music?My Mum claims that I was already making up my own songs in the bath when I was a toddler.…

Interview: HUSH from SPECTRUM

20 Feb 2018

In anticipation of this month's upcoming edition of SPECTRUM, Brighton Dome sits down with HUSH, one of the unique acts featuring in the February Showcase:When did you start writing music?Thomas (Guitarist and Songwriter): I started writing for this project in 2015 but it wasn't until last October that I started writing…
SPECTRUM at Brighton Dome

Interview: Lebeaux from SPECTRUM

9 Feb 2018

In anticipation of this months upcoming edition of SPECTRUM, Brighton Dome sits down with Lebeaux, one of the unique acts featuring in the February Showcase.When did you start writing music? For as long as I can remember! The earliest memory I have is with me and my Monsters Inc. notepad. I used to write tune after…
Isle of CC at Brighton Dome

Interview: Isle Of CC from SPECTRUM

2 Feb 2018

In anticipation of this months upcoming edition of SPECTRUM, Brighton Dome sits down with Isle of CC, one of the unique acts featuring in the February Showcase:When did you start writing music?I did a little when I was in secondary school, but never showed anyone because I was embarrassed. I starting writing again when…
Oliver Dimsdale from Dear Esther Live

Interview: Oliver Dimsdale from Dear Esther Live

23 Jan 2018

Brighton Dome sat down with Oliver Dimsdale, star of BBC’s He Knew He Was Right, who will be performing in Dear Esther Live on 2 Feb as The Narrator. How did you get involved in Dear Esther Live?I played one of the main characters in [The Chinese Room’s] Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture, so I auditioned for Dear…
Selina Thompson's Race Cards at Brighton Dome

Race Cards review: 'An important journey through identity politics'

19 Dec 2017

Journalist Jessica Rings reflects on Selina Thompson’s challenging and provocative exhibition.Selina Thompson’s Race Cards makes even the most open minded of us feel ignorant as she takes us on an important journey through identity politics with her 1000 questions about race.The exhibition is 'a good old…

The Big Christmas Singalong! interview: 'Music allows me to express myself and is a distraction from the negative stuff in my head.'

7 Dec 2017

Hear the uplifting stories of two people helped by the Choir With No Name, who are bringing The Big Christmas Singalong! to Brighton Dome on Fri 15 Dec. Following a barnstorming performance from their London choirs at Brighton Dome last Christmas, The Choir with No Name - an organisation running choirs…

Selina Thompson interview: ‘As a queer black woman I am often expected to educate people on race, class and gender. Enough! Time for you to think for yourself.’

4 Dec 2017

Journalist Jessica Rings speaks to the artist behind Race Cards, the immersive installation about identity politics, and what to expect from her show which explores the notion of 'playing the race card'.Could you explain where the idea for Race Cards came from?The idea of race cards came from the commonly used phrase:…
Air Play at Brighton Dome

Air Play interview: 'Brighton Dome gives us a chance to return to our circus tent roots, performing with the audience surrounding us'

30 Nov 2017

We spoke to Christina Gelsone about the flying sculptures, bespoke "in the round" staging & world class silent comedy of her Christmas show: Air PlayWhere did the idea and inspiration for Air Play come from?In 2010, we saw Daniel Wurtzel’s air sculptures in a video, and we were entranced. Our job, as modern…
Storytelling Army returns to Brighton Dome

Storytelling Army returns

22 Nov 2017

After taking over the streets for Brighton Festival, the Storytelling Army are back under one roof on 6th December with more epic stories from the people of the city. Stef O’Driscoll, Artistic Director of nabokov Theatre Company, who worked with the Festival and local partners Cascade Recovery Cafe, The Clocktower…

5 minutes with... Margaret Cho

22 Nov 2017

Spend five minutes with 'savage comic' Margaret Cho and discover more about what you can expect from her latest show Fresh Off the Bloat.If someone hasn’t seen you perform before, what should they expect?I am a savage comic with a lot of experience having spent nearly 35 years on the job!You’ve described Fresh…
Orchestra 360

Orchestra 360 - A Parent's Perspective

14 Nov 2017

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival and Brighton & Hove Music & Arts (BHMA) have united to create a city-wide hub for creative and cultural learning. Brighton & Hove Music & Arts provides music and arts education and performance opportunities for all children and young people across the city,…
Sexy at Brighton Dome

Interview: “I think our attitudes to sex and bodies need to get out of this weird dichotomy of pornographic obsession and residual Victorian prudishness.”

6 Nov 2017

We spoke to Vanessa Kisuule ahead of her show Sexy, a funny, fretful and fearless dive into the seriousness and silliness of sexiness through comedy, spoken word, dance and various states of undress.Where did the idea and inspiration come from?In all honesty, I have been obsessed with this topic my whole life and…

Interview: GoGo Penguin on re-scoring cult film Koyaanisqatsi

9 Oct 2017

Jazz electronica trio GoGo Penguin have re-scored Godfrey Reggio’s cult film Koyaanisqatsi. Pianist Chris Illingworth tells us about the creative process, and following (or not) in Philip Glass’ footsteps.How did it come about that you chose to re-score Koyaanisqatsi?There's a great arts venue in Manchester…

Interview: Rob Luis, co-owner of iconic Brighton label Tru Thoughts

16 Sep 2017

Iconic Brighton record label Tru Thoughts turned eighteen in 2017 and we are celebrating with a big birthday party, featuring two stages of funk, soul, tropical and electronic music. Co-owner and founder Rob Luis tells us more about the label, past, present and future.What can audiences expect from the October 18th…
Joel Dommett at Brighton Dome

Interview: Joel Dommett

14 Sep 2017

Comedian and star of I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here Joel Dommett, talks about touring, his stint in the jungle, and other extreme physical challenges, ahead of his show at Brighton Dome.Joel Dommett is mid-way through his huge national tour. Is he knackered? Not really. ‘Essentially, I’m doing two hours work…

Lara Rix-Martin curator of our SPECTRUM Brighton Digital Festival special on launching her own record label Objects Ltd

4 Sep 2017

Our Brighton Digital Festival special edition of SPECTRUM is curated by Lara Rix-Martin the founder of Objects Limited, a record label in its second year, that only releases music by those who identify as female or non-binary. Here she tells us more about the label.I started Objects Limited with the aim to give…
Tap Factory at Brighton Dome

Interview: Vincent Pausanias, choreographer and creator of international hit Tap Factory

30 Aug 2017

Tap Factory is an international hit show featuring urban tap dance, percussion, comedy and acrobatics Tap Factory was created by choreographer and Artistic Director Vincent Pausanias, who wanted to create a show that would showcase the magic of rhythm at its highest possible technical level. Performed by some…

Interview: Barbara Vijayakumar of Kala Chethena Kathakali Company

23 Aug 2017

The Kala Chethena Kathakali Company founded by Kalamandalam Barbara Vijayakumar and her husband Kalamandalam Vijayakumar has been bringing the ancient South Indian dance drama Kathakali to UK audiences for 30 years. Ahead of their Brighton shows, Barbara describes her colourful journey to India and to Kathakali,…

Yoga teacher Dionne shares her morning practice routine ahead of Rise and Shine in the Royal Pavilion Gardens

22 Aug 2017

Creative coach, yoga and meditation teacher, DJ, writer, and spacemaking event maker Dionne, will lead a free early morning yoga session in the Royal Pavilion Gardens set to live Indian classical music for the first of our two Rise and Shine events. Here Dionne shares her own morning yoga routine.People often…

Interview: Russell Howard

17 Jul 2017

Russell Howard tells Mark Wareham what it means to become the first UK comic to play China, to break Frank Sinatra’s and Manilow's record for consecutive nights at the Albert Hall. In his most political show yet, he explains how one comic intends to pull us all back together in the wake of Trump and Brexit.Where…

Interview: We hear from the Archaeologists carrying out excavations at the newly-found Quaker burial site

7 Jul 2017

Following the exciting discovery of a 200-year-old Quaker Burial site during the Corn Exchange redevelopment, we spoke to some of the team from Archaeology South East who are carrying out the excavations, Darryl Palmer (Assistant Director, Head of Fieldwork & Survey), Garrett Sheehan, and Dr Paola Ponce.Can…

Interview: Root Experience's Simon Magnus on Hidden Project and The Hubbub

3 Jul 2017

Simon Magnus, artistic director of arts charity Root Experience gives us an insight into Hidden Project, which explores people’s experiences of living with a hidden condition, ahead of The Hubbub an interactive art installation showcasing the project and Hidden Project Conversation Day.What inspired Hidden…
Gabriel Iglesias at Brighton Dome

Interview: Gabriel Iglesias reflects on 20 years in stand-up comedy

29 Jun 2017

American comedian Gabriel Iglesiasbrings his storytelling talents to bear on British audiences with the Fluffymania World Tour. He tells Brian Donaldson what we can expect.The numbers which revolve around hugely successful comedian Gabriel Iglesias are nothing short of mind-boggling: his social media presence can…

United Nations Orchestra makes its UK debut at Brighton Dome

26 Jun 2017

Conductor and artistic director of the United Nations Orchestra Antoine Marguier spoke to The Argus reporter Josh Walton about their forthcoming concert.Musicians from over 20 countries will take a break from international diplomacy to play together as an orchestra in the UK for the first time.Employees working…

Spotlight on...KIN

6 Apr 2017

Ben Duke, director of KIN, the new show from the UK's hottest circus company Barely Methodical Troupe, gives us a taste of what to expect.Can you tell us what your show is about?I could if you forced me but words don’t really capture it that accurately. If I had to describe the show in a sentence or be subjected to a…
Danza Contemporánea de Cuba in Matria Etnocentra

Choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa turns up the heat

7 Mar 2017

By Diane ParkesChoreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, one of three choreographers for Danza Contemporánea de Cuba, tells us about her career and passion for dance.Annabelle Lopez Ochoa has worked with top dance companies across the globe – and yet she says there is something special about Danza Contemporánea de Cuba.Which…

Q&A with Nyla Levy, performer in The Diary of a Hounslow Girl

7 Mar 2017

We find out how Nyla Levy feels about taking over writer Ambreen Razia’s role in The Diary of a Hounslow Girl, coming to Brighton in March.How did you meet Ambreen? It’s funny actually, quite serendipitous…! I had met Ambreen a couple of years ago by chance at Oval station as she was going to Ovalhouse to work…
The Diary of A Hounslow Girl at Brighton Dome

Q&A with Ambreen Razia - writer of The Diary of a Hounslow Girl

6 Mar 2017

Ambreen Razia tells all about The Diary of a Hounslow Girl, coming to Brighton at the end of March, and the inspiration behind the show.What exactly is a ‘Hounslow Girl’?Apparently just like a Chelsea Girl and an Essex Girl, we also have a Hounslow Girl, which is the name for the stereotype of young British Muslim…
Naomi's Wild & Scary

5 minutes with... Naomi Wilkinson

3 Mar 2017

Children’s TV presenter Naomi Wilkinson gives us her best tips, advice and stories about her encounters with various animals before she brings her Naomi's Wild & Scary tour to Brighton this April.What are the best things about working in children’s TV?I love that no two days are the same. I get to travel…

Interview: Stewart Lee

23 Feb 2017

Acclaimed stand-up Stewart Lee talks about Brexit, the BBC, and why he is still going strong after 28 years on the comedy circuit.How are you Stewart?I’m ok, but I got bitten by a spider during the previews of this new show and ended up in hospital for a week. They knew what it was at A&E immediately – a false…
Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra conductor and cellist Thomas Carroll and great great great great uncle, Frederick Delius

Preview: Delius's relative, cellist Thomas Carroll conducts Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra

27 Jan 2017

Peter Back previews the next BPO concert: The Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra brings the light, colour and vibrancy of the Mediterranean to the Dome on Sunday afternoon with a performance of Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony. Written in a sunny room on the Piazza di Spagna in Rome, and completed in Naples, the work…
Femi Martin - How to Die of a Broken Heart at Brighton Dome

5 minutes with...Femi Martin

20 Jan 2017

Writer and performer Femi Martin gives us the low-down on her first solo theatre show How to Die of a Broken Heart where she shares some of her most embarrassing and painful experiences, but with plenty of laughs along the way.How and where will the show be staged?The show will be in the Founders Room on 25th…

Interview: Christopher Moore, Artistic Director of Ballet Theatre UK

22 Dec 2016

Alice in Wonderland, a magical ballet based on Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass, is brought to Brighton Dome this festive season by Ballet Theatre UK. Artistic Director Christopher Moore gives us the low-down on what it takes to create a new ballet and the work that goes on…
FLIT at Brighton Dome

feat. Flit

27 Oct 2016

A visually rich production that explores themes of migration through darkly atmospheric songs and breathtaking stop-motion animation with Martin Green (Lau), Adrian Utley (Portishead), Dominic Aitchison (Mogwai), Becky Unthank (The Unthanks), Adam Holmes and Whiterobot.Martin Green is well known for musical experimentation…
John Carpenter at Brighton Dome

feat. John Carpenter

18 Oct 2016

Horror’s most striking director, composer and performer John Carpenter haunts Brighton Dome this week with his Live Retrospective.The theme to Halloween (1978) is instantly recognisable – tense, jittering piano paired with low, sinister synths, a sense of dread creeping up the hairs on the back of your neck.…
Tighten Our Belts at Brighton Dome

Spotlight on…Tighten Our Belts

13 Oct 2016

Honest, powerful and tender, Tighten Our Belts is a show about the cost of austerity for people in Brighton and Hove created by Brighton People’s Theatre - a brand new theatre company comprised of non-professional actors working in collaboration with professional theatre-makers. Director Naomi Alexander talks to us about…
Josh Widdicombe at Brighton Dome

5 minutes with... Josh Widdicombe

7 Oct 2016

In this guest interview James Rampton delves into Josh's success, The Last Leg and upcoming tour What Do I Do Now...Josh Widdicombe has a flourishing TV career. He co-presents the award-winning C4 programme, The Last Leg, one of the most popular comedy shows on television. He has also made memorable appearances on…

5 minutes with... Sue Perkins

7 Sep 2016

The comedian, broadcaster and co-host of The Great British Bake Off, gives the low-down on her new tour Live! in Spectacles, coming to Brighton Dome in September.What prompted you to hit the road with your new tour, “LIVE! in Spectacles”?It’s a good time to look back on my life so far. I fully intend to live to the…
Sue Perkins at Brighton Dome

5 minutes with... Sue Perkins

23 Aug 2016

Ahead of her upcoming show Sue Perkins Live! in Spectacles, spend five minutes with Sue as she answers a few questions on her memoir and latest tour...What prompted you to hit the road with your new tour,  LIVE! in Spectacles?It’s a good time to look back on my life so far. I fully intend to live to the…
Photo by Peter Prior

Brighton Dome Heritage: Sitting in the Stalls - you’re sitting in the Stables!

18 Aug 2016

A brief history of Brighton Dome Concert Hall Next time you're visiting Brighton’s famous 'Dome' (now our Concert Hall) to see a show try to arrive early. Take your seat in the stalls, relax and take a moment to imagine these surroundings as the home of Prince George's horses. That's right, not much longer than 200 years…

How to be.... An Event Photographer

13 Apr 2016

Last year we brought you Q+As on how to be A Theatre Producer and A Production Manager. Now, with the help of Simon Callaghan Photography, you can find out how to take brilliant, professional-looking photographs, even if you're an amateur! Here are my top 5 tips to hugely improve your event photography.Whether…

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival producer wins national award

29 Jan 2016

Music producer Laura Ducceschi announced as winner of the £10,000 Arts Foundation fellowship for the Producer of Live Music category supported by PRS for Music Foundation.Last night at London’s 20th Century Theatre, special guest Sebastian Faulks announced Laura Ducceschi as the winning producer in this category supported…
Flown at Brighton Dome

Flown in Photos

15 Dec 2015

Have a peek backstage as Pirates of the Carabina prepare to open Flown, a beautifully bonkers Christmas circus show, here this Sat 19 Dec - Sun 27 Dec at Brighton Dome.
Flown at Brighton Dome

Interview: Shaena Brandel on Pirates of the Carabina's Flown

8 Dec 2015

In our latest podcast, Pirates of the Carabina's Shaena Brandel discusses the spectacular show Flown ahead of its Christmas 2015 run at Brighton Dome.
The Flaming Lips, Brighton Festival 2013

How to be…. A Production Manager

18 Nov 2015

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival’s Production Manager Andy Furneaux discusses his role for #LoveTheatreDayWhat does your role entail? Under the Head of Production and Deputy Head of Production, I lead a team in the pre-production of all events that come to the spaces at Brighton Dome. As well as this I am responsible…
Laurence Rickert Ted x Brighton Dome 2015

5 minutes with... TEDxBrighton's Laurence Rickard

8 Oct 2015

TEDxBrighton caught up with this year's host Laurence Rickar. Larry (as he would prefer you all to call him) is a BAFTA-winning comedy writer and actor, probably best known for his work on the hit BBC sketch show Horrible Histories and the Sky 1 fantasy comedy Yonderland.What are you doing right now?I'm on a train, which…

'There’s a lot of drama inside cells' - Shobana Jeyasingh interview

28 Sep 2015

The choreographer discusses her double bill Material Men and Strange BloomsOver the course of her highly individual choreographic career, south Indian-born Artistic Director Shobana Jeyasingh has created work for a variety of venues and contexts including theatres, outdoor and indoor sites and on film. Ahead of her Brighton…
Avenue Q Do Brighton

Video: Avenue Q Do Brighton

10 Sep 2015

We sent the rather cheeky and adorable residents of Avenue Q for a day out around our fair city.See what our felted friends make of Brighton’s i360, the nudist beach and seagulls… Avenue Q The Musical is coming to Brighton Dome from Tue 22 to Sat 26 Sep. Click here to find out more and book. 
Duckie at Brighton Dome

‘It’s clubbing, but clubbing with content’

23 Jul 2015

Duckie co-creator Simon Casson and Artistic Director of Border Force Joshua Sofaer discuss the experimental club night’s latest show.Experimental performance and arts collective Duckie have been blurring the boundaries between theatre, nightclubs and ‘arty show business’ for the last twenty years. Whether it is parties…

Hauntings, Strange Smells, Roller Skating and ABBA

22 Jun 2015

In their exciting two hundred year existence our venues have seen a lot. Enjoy this brief kiss and tell about Brighton Dome's colourful history and heritage.Some believe that we are situated on the site of a Saxon cemetery, which could explain some of the alleged paranormal activity and strange sightings within these…
Otherworld at Brighton Dome

Participants at Brighton Dome’s Umbrella Club enjoy underwater adventure

9 May 2015

The Umbrella Club - Brighton Dome’s membership club for children and young people with life-limiting conditions and their siblings and carers – completed its second full season of performances with an awe-inspiring underwater adventure – in Otherworld, an interactive show designed for all children and young people…

Behind-the-scenes with Ultima Vez/ Wim Vandekeybus

29 Jan 2015

In 1987 What the Body Does Not Remember, the debut work from Wim Vandekeybus and Ultima Vez, stunned the world of dance. Almost three decades later and with a new cast, the show still stands as one of the most exciting pieces of dance ever made. See it here at Brighton Dome this February. Watch the trailer for this…
Photo: Emma Kauldhar/Dance Europe

Finding the Christmas Spirit with Ballet Theatre UK

16 Dec 2014

A Christmas CarolEnjoy a sneak peek behind-the-scenes of this classic story retold through the magic of balletBallet Theatre UK’s interpretation of the classic tale brings a host of colourful characters vividly to life, from Ebenezer Scrooge, the miser impervious to Christmas cheer, to the three spirits who help him…

Keeping it in the family - behind-the-scenes of Timber!

15 Dec 2014

Get to know Cirque AlfonseThe family that plays together, chops wood together and performs death-defying feats together... stays together.Family performers Cirque Alfonse head to Brighton Dome this January. Including phenomenal feats of agility and strength, Timber! stars the whole family from 66-year-old grandad…

An interview with earsthetic artist in residence Sarah Nicolls

2 Dec 2014

Experimental pianist and earsthetic’s first artist in residence Sarah Nicolls discusses the creation of her ‘Inside-Out Piano’ and the development of her new piece Moments of Weightlessness, which pushes the boundaries of what a piano can do…How did you get into experimental piano playing and composition?I started…

In the Studio: A behind-the-scenes glimpse into the Park rehearsal room

3 Nov 2014

In the Studio / Park is a series of videos commissioned by Jasmin Vardimon Company and produced by the company’s Associate Director Guy Bar-Amotz. The series includes eight short videos offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the Park rehearsal room through the eyes of rehearsal director Vinicius Salles. Throughout…

Cheerleading, Americana and what it means to be a winner - Action Hero bring it on in Hoke’s Bluff

28 Oct 2014

An interview with Action Hero's Gemma PaintinPaying homage to the trite story-lines, inspiring locker room speeches and cheap sentimentality of American teen sports movies, Action Hero’s new show Hoke’s Bluff challenges the audience to explore what it means to be a winner (on the inside). We caught up with one half…

Hot off the press: Brighton Dome presents its first ever issue of feat.

27 Oct 2014

Brighton Dome are proud to release - a very limited run - of our first ever music & culture magazine, featuring loads of extra content for our most dedicated, music-lovin’, bar-hugging, gig-going, arty-party audience, with a pure aim of giving you an insight into our venues and the artists we’re proud to present…
Peaches at earsthetic 2013

Songkick Shine A Spotlight On Our Music Programming - An Interview With Laura Ducceschi

20 Oct 2014

Brighton Dome are chuffed to have been chosen by music hub Songkick for a feature article as part of their Venue Spotlight series. They interviewed our Music Producer Laura Ducceschi about how we set about providing ‘one of the most expansive and bountiful event schedules in the UK’ Included in the interview…

The Works: Artist Opportunity Autumn-Winter 2014

3 Sep 2014

Are you an artist focused on cross-art form and interdisciplinary exploration?Do you have a work that is new and in development, that you’d like to test on audiences in a dedicated space with full technical support?The Works is an ongoing series dedicated to developing work by people like you: theatre makers, dancers,…

Read it anywhere! Our Autumn - Winter 2014 brochure is out now!

4 Aug 2014

Our latest brochure is out - it's slick, it's streamlined, it's jam-packed with amazing events and best of all it's readable almost anywhere!We'd love you to take it for a test run and see just how readable it really is. So... just where will you read yours? Take and share a picture of our new brochure and/or you…

Wrestling with Brighton Dome's Sporting Past

3 Aug 2014

Forget the Rock and Hulk Hogan, Brighton Dome has it’s own legendary wrestlers – Francis ‘the Cornish Wonder’ Gregory and John ‘Italian’ Devalto. With the next in the series of Brighton Dome Discovery Tours on the horizon we've  taken the opportunity to delve into our extensive archives and stumbled…

Duckie: Mods Versus Rockers Interview

15 Jul 2014

We spent some time with Duckie co-founder Simon Casson to see what these brilliant purveyors of mischief, music, dance and performance had in store for their upcoming trip to Brighton for Pride and their latest clubbing extraganza.So just what is Duckie: Mods versus Rockers? Is it a club? Is it a contest? Is…

Behind the Scenes: Costume Design for The Energy Show

10 Jun 2014

The Energy Show is an explosive (literally!) theatre show for families. It explores the different forms of energy through spectacular experiments live on stage. Expect rockets, fireballs and explosions and some pretty splendid costumes and set! Here at Brighton Dome on Wed 18 Jun.The Energy Show is staged in a Steampunk…

Barry's Angels

4 Apr 2014

Barry and Gay Fearn, patrons and long standing supporters of Brighton Dome and Festival, recently made a gift to refurbish the beautiful bells and trumpets that surround the angels on the organ screen in the Brighton Dome Concert Hall. Gay made this gift as a surprise to Barry to mark his 80th birthday. She wanted to do…

Come and face your Waterloo on the Brighton Dome Stage

6 Mar 2014

Don’t miss this chance to perform on the world-famous Brighton Dome stage and be part of a video installationOn 6th April 1974 ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest at Brighton Dome with their performance of Waterloo. To celebrate 40 years since their victory on Thu 27 Mar we are offering the rare opportunity to perform…

Patron's backstage and rooftop tour: a rare glimpse behind the scenes

11 Feb 2014

One of the most rewarding ways that Brighton Dome is able to give back to its generous supporters is by enabling them to have a unique and intimate relationship with the venue.Patrons of Brighton Dome are provided with rare opportunities to gain an insight into the history and working life of the building, unseen by the…

Exploring CAVATINA: Haydn, Schubert and the Youth of Today

29 Jan 2014

By Alastair CooperTo describe my experience of classical music as limited would be generous. It would be more honest to describe myself as woefully ignorant to anything beyond my experience of pre-pubescent piano lessons and the build up to Champions League football. I can’t differentiate Bach from Brahms or Beethoven…

Guest blog: Behind the scenes with Spirit of Gravity at earsthetic

31 Dec 2013

We were really pleased to be asked to play as part of earsthetic at Brighton Dome, the opportunity to appear on such a great bill wasn't to be passed up. It also meant we could work with Bartosz Dylewski to get some cracking visuals in place. Unfortunately, for various reasons I couldn't get to any of the other…
Brighton Festival Children's Parade 2013

Behind the scenes at Brighton's Children's Parade launch

20 Nov 2013

We thought you'd like to get an insight into the world of Brighton Festival planning from our Head of Creative Learning at Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, Pippa Smith. Here she tells us just what it’s like to work with local teachers on the iconic Brighton Festival Children’s Parade:What…

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at Brighton Dome

28 Oct 2013

We thought you may enjoy a few photos from our recent Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds show. It was a pretty spectacular night, but you don't have to just believe what we say - take a look at the photos, by the wonderful Victor Frankowski, and read on to see what the critics thought...'Magnetic as ever. At the end of this…

TEDxBrighton at Brighton Dome

25 Oct 2013

We’re feeling pretty honoured to be hosting TEDxBrighton.Many of you will have indulged in a TED video at some point in your lives, their insightful, eclectic range of videos will have informed many an on and off-line discussion.If you’ve not heard about TED or TEDx before then here’s a little bit more about their…
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

A night with production in Brighton Dome Concert Hall

25 Oct 2013

Our Director of Development, Barbara Macpherson, took some time with our production team finding out just what it’s like to do a changeover in our Concert Hal l- from a seating to standing show. This is a big job, which involves working through the night and a huge amount of effort and skill. Read on to find out just…