The EA in May; the team behind The Warren launch new programme at permanent seafront venue. The production company behind much-loved Brighton Fringe site The Warren today announce the full May programme for its permanent seafront venue The Electric Arcade.
While The Warren is not returning to this year’s Fringe, fans of the Victoria Gardens site will find the same great festival atmosphere down at the Electric Arcade, a year-round venue tucked away under the Brighton Zip on Madeira Drive.
The low-lit venue, decked out in the same quirky décor as its big sister, is home to two indoor performance spaces - The Gaiety, which seats up to 60 people and The Pit, which can accommodate nearly 50, as well as a buzzy bar. This intimate space – reminiscent of production company Otherplace’s original Fringe theatre Upstairs at Three and Ten – makes an ideal setting for the stand-up comedy, small-scale theatre, music and family shows for which Otherplace is best known.
This year’s programme will see the Electric Arcade host more than 200 performances from 48 companies every day and evening from now until June 6. Highlights include:
The Iris Prize – the world’s largest LGBTQ+ short film festival - returning for the 7th year.
Plankton - a seaside comedy drama featuring donkeys, deckchairs and a deadly monster terrorising the shore, featuring award-winning comedian and actor Alice Marshall.
New Parent Club – special daytime showings of the venue’s evening programme, from comedy to theatre, where babies under 12 months are welcome.
Privates: Their Best Show and Yet; the latest outrageous offering from the absurd sketch favourites.
Arresting dance work Traces, which explores how trauma is played out in the body.
Dreammaker; the return of the enchanting interactive family film experience.
Drag Queens Vs Zombies; think Dawn of the Dead meets Ru Paul’s Drag Race, with drag queens Kate Butch and Crudi Dench.
Nicola Haydn, Otherplace’s artistic director, says they are excited to be bringing live entertainment to the seafront. “The underground feel of the venue makes it feel like you’ve stumbled on a secret hangout yet we’re just a stone’s throw from Brighton’s famous Palace Pier. We’re really proud of the programme we’ve put together and are looking forward to welcoming old friends and new acts audiences are going to love. This feels like a return to our roots but at the same time it’s something new. We can’t wait to get going.” The Electric Arcade is open every day and The EA in May Festival Programme runs through to Mon 6th June.
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