It's that time of year again, folks. Where has the time gone? Next week is the start of Brighton Festival and Brighton Fringe, and the city will be filled with all manner of artistic, theatrical, musical and other events for a month.
Brighton Fringe is the largest arts festival in England and one of the largest fringe festivals in the world. Brighton Festival is the more 'grown up' celebration of all the same things as the fringe: music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature and debate. The Festival's guest director this year is choreographer Hofesh Shechter, who follows in the footsteps of Michael Rosen, Vanessa Redgrave, Aung San Suu Kyi, Brian Eno and Anish Kapoor.
Here are the more magical and mystical offerings this year:
'Tom and Lydia met by the sea, where all the good stories start.' A fairytale exploring the symbiosis between humans and the sea, and the relationship between a fisherman and a ventriloquist from Reaction Theatre Makers.
The Girl and The Goat
Synaes Theatre explore sexuality and the edges between imagination and reality as a girl discovers the mysteries of nature, her body and social expectation. Along the way she meets fantastical creatures, but can she be sure what is real?
For Children & Inner Children
Hansel & Gretel
Teapot Theatre Company uses music, games and storytelling to enchant viewers young and old...
WishWorks' production of the classic tale is interrupted by a fox who wants to join in. What will the bears think about it?
Storytime in the Spiegeltent
Sometime Soon and Herringbone Arts tell magical stories for children of all ages.
Atlas Movement Theatre tell the Victorian classic through storytelling, physical theatre, puppetry and original music.
Toto Tales present Starbird, who loves her little chicks and teaches them to light up the night sky. But when a greedy hunter enters the magical forest, things begin to change...
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Box Tale Soup's production promises extraordinary characters, handmade puppets and, intriguingly, 'strange contraptions'...
'A Furry Tale': A Wolf's Journey
Shambolic SideShow invite you to join Wolf on a journey filled with fire, magic, circus, flying faeries, and Bollywood dancing dwarves...
Hugo and Josephine
A lonely girl makes friends with the wild boy who lives in the woods (*although this film is rated 'U' it is in Swedish, so be mindful of the fact it will have subtitles!)
I Believe in Unicorns
An play based on the book by Michael Morpurgo, with an invitation for children to swap a book afterwards.