Viva Brighton Issue #81 November 2019

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What’s the most memorable piece of theatre that

you’ve ever seen? I can still recall every detail

of Before I Sleep – the unforgettable reimagining

of Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard – expansively

played out by masters of immersive theatre

dreamthinkspeak in the shell of the grand old

Co-op department store on London Road in May

2010. Truly extraordinary! And, more recently,

Kneehigh’s bawdy and brilliant adaptation of Tristan

& Yseult; my personal highlight of the 2017 Festival.

Wonderful, life-affirming stuff.

There’s nothing quite like going to the theatre to

transport you from the daily grind (and we live in

grinding times). So, as the nights draw in and all

about is gloomy, we’ve slipped behind the velvet

curtain and sought out some of the dream weavers

who make it all happen.

Like Brighton People’s Theatre – the truly inclusive

theatre company who are making sure that everyone

gets to see (or be in) the show, regardless of

their means. We meet the prop makers at Plunge

Creations who can make just about anything you can

dream of. (Or at least give it a very good go.) We go

rummaging at Gladrags – a costume store that serves

the whole community, as well as visiting the state-ofthe-art

Production Hub at Glyndebourne. We look

back fifty years to the opening of the experimental

Gardner Arts Centre, celebrate its recent reinvention

as ACCA and look forward to the imminent opening

of a new performance space in Circus Street. And

Adam Bronkhorst goes backstage at some of our

smaller theatres for his 60th(!) instalment of The

Way We Work.

Now, places please everybody. It’s time to get on with

the show.

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