February 2009


Upstairs at Three and Ten, Steine Street, Brighton, Saturday February 14

terry_saunders_sun1_jpg_displayTerry Saunders hosts a night of comedy and chat based on his ‘Sitting on a Rug’ format, in which a line-up of comedians gather onstage to share jokes and anecdotes.

The audience will not be seated on rugs. Nor, it is hoped, will they be snogging.

But if you like your comedy cosy, Saunders and friends invite you to “wrap yourselves in a blanket of mirth” for this Valentine’s special.

Starts 8pm, tickets £7/£5. Call 07786 984900 or book online at www.otherplaceproductions.co.uk.


Theatre Royal, New Road, Brighton, Monday February 16 to Saturday February 21

Long-running Broadway production Little Shop of Horrors sings and dances its way into the Theatre Royal next week.

Starring Clare Buckfield, Alex Ferns and former Doctor Who Sylvester McCoy, it tells the story of hapless florist’s assistant Seymour, who unwittingly aids man-eating plant Audrey II towards global domination in exchange for promises of fame, fortune and love.

With score by the song writing team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, this spoof sci-fi sensation is fun for the whole family.


7.45pm, matinees Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm. Tickets £19 to £32. Call 01273 764400 or book online at www.ambassadortickets.com.


Komedia, Gardner Street, Brighton, Tuesday and Wednesday tour_09

Comedian Mark Watson has never been one for taking it easy.

He has broken records at the Edinburgh Festival with his 24- and 36-hour shows. Since then, he has acquired a fair amount of fame, thanks to appearances on BBC2’s Mock the Week and Dave’s Argumental, as well as his cult Radio 4 show Mark Watson Makes the World Substantially Better. But that is not to say he is resting on his laurels.

Last year he completed a 100-date tour of Australia and New Zealand, winning Best Show at the Adelaide and Sydney Comedy Festivals along the way, trained under Al Gore as a Climate lecturer and wrote a book called Crap at the Environment.

This show sees Watson trying to make sense of his whirlwind life and career in his fast-talking yet endearingly bemused way.

Starts 8pm, tickets £14. Call 0845 293 8480 or order online at www.komediabrighton.ticketsolve.com.


Pavilion Theatre, New Road, Brighton, Thursday February 19 to Sunday March 1

missjason1Featuring a host of popular drag acts and top male NRG dance recording artist Jason Prince, Brighton’s alternative panto is returning to the Pavilion Theatre for the seventh year running.

Brighten up February by recapturing some of that seasonal glamour with Brian Ralfe’s unique all-singing, all-dancing take on the classic fairy-tale. But leave the kids at home – this one is definitely adults only.

A collection for HIV care centre charity The Sussex Beacon will take place after the show.

Shows at 5pm and 8pm (no shows on February 23, no 5pm show on February 19 or 25). Tickets £16. Call 01273 709709.



Ink_d Gallery, North Road, Brighton, until February 28.

Ink_d is kicking off 2009 with Life, Death and Other Colours, an exhibition of painting, interior design and limited edition prints from Brighton multimedia artist Ben Allen.

Allen describes his influences as “comic book art, Japanese graphics, typography, physical communication, nature and the human condition.” The result is an energetic blend of punk and Pop Art.

The exhibition continues upstairs, where visitors are encouraged to relax in Allen’s boudoir installation, showcasing his quirky and colourful interior design collection.

Describing the creative process, Allen said: “My work is representative of taking layers of time, recreating something that you can’t have control over, but in a controlled manner. I take all the pieces and make my own world.”


Open from 10am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday. Visit http://www.ink-d.co.uk for more details.


Pavilion Theatre, New Road, Brighton, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

stephenclark1Aspiring West-End stars can head to the Pavilion Theatre this weekend for a chance to create and star in their own production.

Beginners and seasoned performers alike can put themselves in the capable hands of Olivier Award-winning playwright and director Stephen Clark and movement and improvisation tutor Debra Stych, from the London International School of Performing Arts.

The workshop, which will be based on the theme ‘in the pub’, culminates in a performance of the production on Sunday night at the same venue.

Workshop: Friday 6pm to 10pm, Saturday 10am to 10pm, Sunday 10am to 6pm, tickets £40 (Adults 15+). Performance: Sunday 7pm (doors 6.15pm), entrance £3. Call 01273 709709.