Brighton Festival 2021

30 / 03 / 21

Brighton Festival returns to the city from 1st May with acclaimed British and Ethiopian poet, playwright, and broadcaster, Lemn Sissay MBE as guest director.

An annual celebration of art and culture, Brighton Festival is known for presenting artistic work in new and interesting ways. 2021 will continue to showcase a wide range of art forms, including visual art and installation, classical and contemporary music, theatre and comedy, film and literature and plenty of family-friendly activities to keep children and young people busy.

Events on Dukes Lane

Following the latest government guidance on when lockdown restrictions can be eased, events will take place online, in unusual outdoor pop up locations and from 17th May, live performances will open for socially distanced audiences in venues across the city.

Yolk and Aliens 
Set within a personal memory shop, we invite you to experience a truly unique journey from Jane Horrocks.

Co-created by Jane Horrocks, Molly Vivian, Francesca Levi and Camilla Clarke

Combining a collection of archive material from VHS home footage to diary recordings the team has created a memory shop full of treasures and horrors. We follow the formative years of Molly (Jane’s daughter) and the latter years of Barbara (Jane’s mum). A combination of innocence and Alzheimer’s. This jumble of memories invites the audience to try and piece together their own story and what it really means.

When: 17th May – 31st May (closed Wednesday)

Where: 8 Dukes Lane, Brighton BN1 1BG

What: Visual Film

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House Mother Normal – Online
A digital installation inspired by BS Johnson’s celebrated novel, directed by Tim Crouch.

Friend (if I may call you friend), these are also our friends.

Ron, Rosetta, Ivy, Charlie, Gloria, Sarah, Sioned and George. Under the watchful eye of House Mother, eight residents of the strangest care home recall their pasts and narrate their terrifying present: the twitcher, the song, the Christmas Crackers, the Pass the Parcel, and Ralphie’s ‘long, probing, red tongue’. Nine faces. Nine voices orchestrated into a spoken-word symphony of old age and absurdism.

In the early 1970s, BS Johnson was at the forefront of the English literary avant-garde. Marking its fiftieth anniversary this year, his celebrated novel House Mother Normal is given the equivalent of a digital remastering by Brighton artist and ‘the country’s pre-eminent experimental playwright’ (The Stage), Tim Crouch.

This event will be available to experience at Dukes Lane.

When: 17th May – 31st May

Where: 6 Dukes Lane

What: Visual arts, film, theatre

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