We've got a guest blog for you this week, as Elizabeth from Brighton Dome offers you a festive round-up of all the fantastic events coming up. Read on for news of Squonkaphones, Plumpets and Kitchen Tymps! Over to you Elizabeth...
Christmas treats for everyone at Brighton Dome
Celebrations are in full swing at Brighton Dome and there is a packed programme of events to suit everyone this December.
The Lost and Found Orchestra
At the top of the tree is a breathtaking show from the award-winning creators of STOMP – The Lost and Found Orchestra. Bursting with energy and creativity this is a performance which will delight the whole family and is a real alternative to a trip to a traditional pantomime.
Those inventive STOMPers have replaced all the traditional instruments found in an orchestra with strange and beautiful music makers made from flower pots, traffic cones and bits of plumbing. Across a six month period, instruments like Squonkaphones, Plumpets and Kitchen Tymps were invented from scratch and an entire score composed.
Steve McNicholas, composer and co-director said: “It’s like a Dr. Seuss orchestra and it’s a big cast – we’ve got 22 people – so it’s a much, much bigger show than STOMP. It’s a big celebration really.”
It sounds like great fun and as the show broke box office records when it played at Sydney Opera House it’s probably a good idea to book your tickets early.
The Lost and Found Orchestra will be performing their exhilarating mix of magic and music between 20 and 29 December, including several matinee shows.
Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus
Brighton Gay Men’sChorus always get great reviews and have won nationwide fame following their appearances on BBC TV’s Last Choir Standing.
You can catch the boys on Saturday 15 December when they perform Christmas classics alongside rock and pop favourites in a joyous festive evening. The concert will help raise funds for the Sussex Beacon Urgent Appeal.
Hans Christian Anderson’s 'The Nightingale'
I’ve come over all nostalgic and got tickets to see Hans Christian Anderson’s fairytale The Nightingale.
The story is all about the true values of Christmas; love, friendship and the pleasure of the simple things in life. It will be performed using a mixture of puppets, masks, animation and music by Lancashire-based theatre company Horse + Bamboo.It’s suitable for children of all ages from four years up and this big kid cannot wait!
The Treason Show
If you enjoy something much more grown-up then Brighton’s legendary satirists The Treason Show might be more to your taste. Between Christmas and New Year they will be casting a critical eye over the bankers, politicians and celebrities who made the headlines in 2012 and making them the targets of their wicked wit.
Featuring songs and sketches with a topical twist, the show runs from the 27 to the 31 December it could be just the thing to brighten your post-Christmas slump with some bright and sharp humour.
New Year's Eve Viennese Concert
If you fancy something more elegant and traditional to bid farewell to 2012 then the Viennese Concert on the afternoon of New Years Eve is a charming choice.
Featuring popular classics such as Blue Danube and the Tritsch Tratsch Polka this delightful programme by Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra will have you waltzing your way into a very happy New Year.
For more details and to book tickets visit brightondome.org or call 01273 709 709.