Brighton Lights – What to do in the city: w/c Tuesday 9th May
Music & Entertainment with Joe Fuller
1 Benjamin Appl performs a range of work from Schubert, Brahms, Britten and many more with James Baillieu backing on piano. I saw this duo at the Festival a few years ago and it was the most memorable, affecting, beautiful solo singing voice I’ve ever heard. If you book one Festival show, make it this astonishing baritone.
Theatre Royal, 15 May, 7.30pm, £10-£15
2 Jon Boden from hugely popular folk band Bellowhead is embarking on his first ever solo tour. Boden will perform fiddle, guitar, concertina, stompbox and will sing all folky too, interpreting traditional songs so any ballad or storytelling fans could well be at home here. Support comes from Laura Hockenhull with Ben Paley.
Komedia, 10 May, 7.30pm, £22.50
3 The endearingly titled Father God is a theatrical family sitcom based on the Holy Trinity in the 3,000 years before Jesus came to earth. Written by former Latest 7 columnist and comedy writer Tasha Dhanraj, this should be a funny treat.
Broadway Lounge, 10-12 May, 5pm, £6/£8
4 House of Alchemy will take over pop-up venue No Walls Gallery as part of Brighton Fringe this week. Opposite the Dome, the gallery will premiere the work of over 20 international artists, showcasing ‘Visionary Art’, which portrays psychedelic or spiritual themes.
114 Church Street, 10-15 May, 10am-6pm, www.alchemy.house
Comedy with Victoria Nangle
5 After his recent mega tour as David Brent & Foregone Conclusion, the launch of Special Correspondence on Netflix, and hosting the Golden Globes for the fourth time – Ricky Gervais is back with his first stand up tour in seven years, humbly named: Humanity. Here for two nights before taking the show to NYC, you can expect the usual close-to-the-bone stuff from the toothy grinner.
Brighton Centre, Tues 9 – Wed 10 May, 7.30pm, from £36.25
6 The winner of 2016’s Edinburgh Best Newcomer Award, Scott Gibson’s debut show ‘Life After Death’ shares his tale of three weeks that changed his life – when he returned from a stag weekend only to have his brain explode with a massive haemorrhage. Described as darkly hysterical, and gathering plaudits and praise like your favourite black jumper picks up white hairs.
Komedia, Fri 12 – Sun 14 May, various times, £10
Arts with Brighton’s Arty
7 Make sure you don’t miss ‘Transcendence’ at Kellie Miller Arts in the South Lanes. This new show includes a collection of landscape paintings by Alice Sheppard Fidler, whose latest work is full of drama inspired by the Gloucestershire countryside and celebrates the painted surface rather than focusing on depicting realistic images.
These are complemented perfectly by organic formed ceramic sculptures by Sarah Villeneau and wonderful, playful and wistful figures by Elizabeth Price, using a visual language of gesture and stance to express a state of mind or a moment in a narrative. Until 29 May.