FEA­TURED DAY OUT BRIGHTON FRINGE AND FES­TI­VAL Drop ev­ery­thing and head to the coast for fes­ti­val fun

The Jewish Chronicle - - Life / Travel -

THE 45th Brighton Fes­ti­val – the largest in Eng­land – brings a wealth of clas­si­cal and pop­u­lar mu­sic, theatre, dance, cir­cus, vis­ual arts and film, as well as some great out­door events to the city, with a good dol­lop of Jewish her­itage.

The Jerusalem Quar­tet and pi­anist Alexan­der Mel­nikov lead the clas­si­cal mu­sic pro­gramme at the Corn Ex­change, part of the Dome Cen­tral com­plex, where you can also see pi­anist Steven Os­borne.

Pi­anist Katha­rina Wolpe, will be among the mu­si­cians giv­ing lunchtime recitals at Brighton Dome’s Pav­il­ion Theatre. There is even a con­cert given by the Ha­gen Quar­tet at Glyn­de­bourne.

At the his­toric Theatre Royal nearby, Spy­mon­key present their com­edy Oedipussy, whilst out­doors at Black Rock Frauke Re­quardt and David Rosen­berg present Mo­tor Show, a large-scale out­door dance per­for­mance.

A free event at Black Rock is Generik Vapeur’s Water­litz, a mix of aerial bal­let and an­ar­chic street theatre whilst Dream­thinks­peak present a med­i­ta­tion on Ham­let, The Rest is Si­lence at the Malt­house Es­tate Ware­house, Shore­ham.

Alain de Bot­ton dis­cusses Uses of Re­li­gion for Non-be­liev­ers at the Corn Ex­change, where you can also see Faber So­cial, a mix­ture of words and mu­sic fea­tur­ing Orange Prizewin­ning novelist Linda Grant.

There is Cir­cus Klezmer at the Theatre Royal, with a quar­tet of klezmer play­ers ac­com­pa­ny­ing an en­sem­ble of ac­ro­bats, trapeze artists, and jug­glers.

Among the pop stars is Africa Ex­press Sound Sys­tem, who en­ter­tain the Dome’s Con­cert Hall and there’s an ex­ten­sion of the Fes­ti­val to May 29 for Breakin’ Con­ven­tion 2012, bring­ing a hip-hop dance theatre there.

An ex­hi­bi­tion cel­e­brates the 50th an­niver­sary of the Univer­sity of Sus­sex cam­pus at Arts A, Room 109 with Sir David Spence, and Brighton Palermo Remix at the Re­gency Town House by David Batch­e­lor. This makes a colour­ful link be­tween Si­cil­ian fes­ti­val decor and Re­gency ar­chi­tec­ture.

The guest Artis­tic Di­rec­tor is Vanessa Red­grave, and though con­tro­ver­sial, she is a great ac­tress.

The chil­dren’s pro­gramme in­cludes Ailie Co­hen Pup­pet Maker’s Cloud Man, a story to be seen at The Old Mar­ket, a nearby arts venue (which also hosts The Book Show res­tau­rant, Equi­lib­rium, is great and Fawsley is one of the best places to ex­pe­ri­ence af­ter­noon tea. My wife loved the tea menu sec­tion “for our younger guests”. Bess’s Brasserie, has a wider menu and a great se­lec­tion of veg­e­tar­ian op­tions.

The new Spa com­plex, with an in­door and out­door pool, is run by Grayshott and is free for all guests.

Ther pri­vate cinema also, free to guests, seats about 30 peo­ple.

The rooms are set in clus­ters, on sev­eral floors, so there is lit­tle out­side noise.

The grounds are lovely and jus­tify time to wan­der around and see the won­der­ful view through the mead­ows to the river. with Mariella Frostrup), and an Enid Bly­ton Book Quiz at the Sal­lis Ben­ney Theatre.

The Opera Group present Fire, a free but tick­eted event at the Dorset Gar­dens Peace Park, based on texts from the 6th cen­tury Jewish poet, Yan­nai.

Also free is Trol­leys, C-12 Dance Theatre & Shaun Parker’s bal­let for five shop­ping trol­leys, at Brighton Ma­rina. Street theatre is also free.

Brighton Fes­ti­val Fringe has at least 670 events, in­clud­ing Lynn Ruth Miller’s Ap­proach­ing 80, Hay­den Co­hen’s Age of the Geek, Moon­light Theatre’s take on Berkoff, Putting It To­gether, a Sond­heim Re­vue by Sus­sex Univer­sity Mu­si­cal Theatre So­ci­ety, Blonde Poi­son, the true story by Gail Louw, of Stella Gold­schlag who was forced to be­tray fel­low Jews to the Nazis, and A Gersh­win Song by Max Gorman.

And as usual Brighton’s his­toric Syn­a­gogue in Mid­dle Street will be open for guided tours.

Among the painters tak­ing part in the Open House Scheme are Orna Sch­neer­son, Leeor Agsmon-fruin and Har­vey Daniels.

At nearby Charleston, Han­nah Roth­schild presents “All That Jazz” and pho­tog­ra­pher An­nie Lei­bovitz goes on “Pil­grim­age”.

Brighton Fringe is ex­pand­ing to take in the Le­ices­ter Square Theatre from May 1 to June 10. It in­cludes Sadie and the Faded Ladies, the chil­dren’s group Birdy and the dark-com­edy theatre pro­duc­tion of All Fin­gers and Thumbs. Tel: 08448733433 More in­for­ma­tion: www.brighton­fes­ti­val.org and brighton­fringe.org

Cir­cus Klezmer

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