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6 – 28 May 2017

Now over for 2017. Check back soon for 2018 dates


Brighton Festival had a rich programme of theatre on offer in 2017.

“Brighton Festival is an annual celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and family events – taking place in venues both familiar and unusual across Brighton & Hove for three weeks every May.”

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Our Brighton Festival Top Ten was…

For the Birds

(Countryside location)

All month

Hot 8 Brass Band

The Dome

6th May

Under the Skin

The Dome

7th May

Preston Bill

The Spire

10th May

Ocean Wisdom, The Four Owls & Jam Baxter

The Dome

12th May

Box Clever

The Spire

Sunday 14th May (2pm or 7pm)

Democracy Debate: What comes next?

Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

13th May

An evening with Picador poetry

Theatre Royal

19th May

Boys Don’t

The Spire

21st May


Woodvale Cemetery

27th May

(Courtesy of our regular Festival reviewer, Alice Booth)

FringeReview Festival Must See

FringeReview must see is the Hiccup Project’s May We Go Round? We gave this an outstanding review at the Brighton Fringe in 2015. It plays 25th May at 8pm at The Spire.

PREVIEWS for 2017
Dom Coyote presents:

Songs for the End of the World

by Dom Coyote and the Bloodmoneys

A blend of theatre, gig and apocalypse comes to a near-future post-brexit, austerity Britain

16th May, Theatre Royal Brighton (as part of Brighton Festival)
PRESS NIGHT: Tuesday 16th May, 8pm Theatre Royal Brighton

Inspired by Philip K Dick’s post-apocalyptic novel Dr. Bloodmoney, the star-gazing world of Ziggy Stardust and 1950s rock n’ roll Dom Coyote and the Bloodmoneys return with their high octane gig-theatre. This unique story of conformity and survival inspired by mid-century pop culture and dystopian science fiction straddles the line between gig and theatre with performers appearing as both musicians and characters.

Dom Coyote is a regular collaborator with Kneehigh Theatre, performing alongside his multi-instrumentalist band the Bloodmoneys whose members have toured and recorded with artists including Beth Orton, Scissor Sisters, Gary Numan, Goldfrapp, Beth Gibbons and Tinie Tempah. Songs for the End of the World returns for spring dates following the success of their 2016 premiere at Vaults festival, which was awarded a Vault Festival Origins Award for Outstanding Achievement.

As New Global Inc. capitalise on the suffering of the vulnerable, the Free Radicals are planning a new type of existence, and while some predict Biblical Armageddon, many are simply preparing for the end. When the apocalypse does actually arrive, astronaut Jim Walters is left suspended in orbit, broadcasting his songs for the end of the world back to a silent Earth, where the few remaining survivors must fight for their future.
These tour dates coincide with the release of the Songs for the End of the World album, now available on Bandcamp, Soundcloud and iTunes.

Dom Coyote says: “It’s like going to a gig in a parallel universe…a band playing their hearts out for the end of the world, and it’s never been more relevant as the incredible political events of the last year unfold before our eyes.”

Dom Coyote has performed and written music for some of the world’s most exciting theatres and companies, from sold out runs at the RSC to ritual theatre and dance across South Africa. He’s a co-founder of Folk in a Box, Britain’s smallest venue (as seen on Shed of the Year) and one third of Anglo/Swedish alt-folk band Vena Portae (published by Domino). His most recent credits include The Borrowers (Sherman), The Story Fishers (National Theatre), Caucasian Chalk Circle (Unicorn) and Night Before Christmas (West Yorkshire Playhouse). He brings together co-writer/designer Michael Vale (RSC, National Theatre, Kneehigh), co-writer Tom Penn, (Little Bulb, Rash Dash), musician/performer Milly Blue (Basement Jaxx, Scissor Sisters) composer/musician Ted Barnes (Dead Man’s Shoes, Beth Orton) and drummer, Amanda Dal (Saints Patience and Low Totem).

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Running Time: 1 hour | Suitable for ages: 12+

Songs for the End of the World Album can be found here
Created by Dom Coyote and Michael Vale
Written by Dom Coyote, Michael Vale and Tom Penn

Dom Coyote (Vocals, Electric Guitar), Milly Blue (Vocals, Jen Synth, Ukelele), Ted Barnes (Banjo, Guitar, Metalaphon, Melodica), Amanda Dal (Vocals, Drums), John Biddle (Vocals, Piano)

Dates, times and venues

15 May South Street Arts, Reading
21 South Street, Reading, RG1 4QU
£12 – £8.50 | 8pm
0118 960 6060 |

16 May Theatre Royal Brighton
New Rd, Brighton, BN1 1SD
£19.15 – £13.15 | 8pm
0844 871 7650 |