Music & Entertainment with Joe Fuller
1 Craig David returns with his biggest arena tour in 15 years. He’ll be playing hits from new album ‘Following My Intuition’ and will be bringing 21 year old singer songwriter Lauren Faith with him, who has provided vocals and co-writing on some recent tracks.
Brighton Centre, 22 March, 6.30pm, From £39.05
2 The programme for Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra’s season finale looks great, with Scriabin’s second symphony from 1901 headlining the bill. Martin Roscoe will perform Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor and the third work is Kodály’s Dances of Galanta, which features themes based on folk tunes.
Concert Hall, Brighton Dome, 2.45pm, £6-£37
3 Playwright Sir Terence Rattigan lived on Marine Parade for some time since he was drawn to Brighton’s liberal attitude. Rattigan’s play The Deep Blue Sea is believed to be inspired by the suicide of his former lover, which was a loss he was sadly unable to publicly mourn.
New Venture Theatre, 17-25 March, £8/£9
4 SICK! Festival strives to be an antidote to the physical, mental and social challenges of life. You should look up the whole programme but I’ve picked out Daughters of the Curry Revolution by Afreena Islam. The show will explore what it means to be her father’s daughter in the context of the anti-immigration rhetoric she is surrounded by.
ACCA, 22 March, 5.30pm or 7.30pm, £4-£7
Comedy with Victoria Nangle
5 Shappi Khorsandi marks 40 years since she arrived in this country by reclaiming patriotism and declaring her love for her adopted land in ‘Oh My Country: From Morris Dancing To Morrissey’. Sharp wit and a twinking mischief about her has ensured this gig has sold out, but do check for any return tickets.
Ropetackle, Wednesday 22 March, 8pm, £15
6 A couple of years ago a young Glaswegian lad made waves with his debut show about coming out to his characterful family and was nominated for the Edinburgh Best Newcomer Award. Now Larry Dean is on the road with his first tour. People have said he’s changed, he’s had his first break-up, he’s primed for introspection – as perfectly encapsulated in ‘Farcissist’.
Komedia, Wednesday 22 March, 8pm, £8
Arts with Brighton’s Arty
7 The revered landscape painter John Constable may have denounced Brighton beach as “only Piccadilly… by the seaside”, bemoaning the vulgarity of “Ladies dressed and undressed – Gentlemen in morning gowns and slippers on… all mixed together in endless and indecent confusion”.
But there’s no denying his fascination with the city he called home from 1824-28. And the body of work he produced during his residency will be celebrated in a gorgeous new exhibition at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery from 8 April. Can’t make it? Then pick up a copy of the covetable tome ‘Constable and Brighton’ that accompanies the show.