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A late addition to the BOAT schedule with some well known comedians. "A great night of comedy compered by local favourite, Krater Comedy’s resident MC, STEPHEN GRANT with: MILTON JONES (Mock the Week, Live at The Apollo, McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow) ANGELA BARNES (Mock the Week, Stand Up For The Week, Newsjack, The News Quiz) SIMON EVANS (Stand Up For The Week, McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, The News Quiz) *Show will run for approx 80mins with no intervals to aid social distancing *Lineups are subject to change I suppose I should include a warning that this is comedy for grown ups! Tickets available from BOAT online (£15 +b/f) at https://www.brightonopenairtheatre.co.uk/event/stand-up-comedy-at-boat-with-milton-jones-angela-barnes-and-simon-evans/ This is an outdoor venue so be prepared to bring blankets / fleeces waterproofs / hats / sunblock as required by the vagaries of the British Summer. Some form of cushion or seat is advisable. Feel free to bring a picnic as I can get peckish mid-show
A chance for a leisurely Sunday afternoon in the sun with Jazz? - who knows! "Charlotte Glasson is proud to present the annual ‘Sunday in the Park with Jazz’ Event at Brighton Open Air Theatre. We have 2 wonderful bands for you ‘Fat Tuesday 2nd Line band,’ and Terry Packs ‘Bonsai Trees.’ Each band will play a one hour set. Born of the wild sea pounding against the weird, wild and wonderful Hastings based FT2L is a Sussex anomaly. A tasty straight up Louisiana 7 piece greasy chicken dinner o deep fried party jams and a completely mobile Treme style brass band bust up a sticky gumbo of flashy flaming old school classics. Choo-Choo chugging brass bombastic bass drum ra-ta-tat-tastic snare and the often imitated but recently fumigated master of megaphone ceremony – the good reverend Dr Savage. Bonsai Trees is a new project that has evolved from Trees, the brainchild of Brighton based bassist and composer Terry Pack. Expect an eclectic mix of contemporary groove based compositions alongside more experimental jazz. The band will feature the cream of local jazz musicians. " Entry by donation - they are taking cash donations in buckets - all other payments are by contactless card only. NB PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT, SO PLEASE DON'T RSVP UNLESS YOU HAVE A TICKET. https://www.brightonopenairtheatre.co.uk/event/sunday-in-the-park-with-jazz-3/ Doors open from 1pm, show starts at 2pm BECAUSE OF COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS, WE'LL HAVE TO MEET OUTSIDE IF WE WANT TO SIT TOGETHER. THEREFORE - MEET OUTSIDE THE DYKE ROAD PARK CAFE AT 1 PM. AT 1.15, WE'LL GO AND GET IN THE QUEUE TO GET INTO THE THEATRE. ONCE INSIDE, THEY'LL SHOW US TO OUR (SOCIALLY DISTANCED) SEATS. IF YOU ARRIVE ANY LATER, YOU'LL STILL BE ABLE TO GET IN, BUT YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO SIT WITH THE GROUP. PS DON'T FORGET TO BRING (AND WEAR) A FACE-MASK! - AND THE ONLY LOOS ARE THE (POSH) PORTALOOS BY THE CAFE. Bring a picnic or just some wine. Be prepared for any weather, wet or dry, or even sunny. It can get chilly later in the evening, so a fleece or rug (or both!) is advisable and - BRING A CUSHION - the fake grass seating tends to get harder the longer you sit on it - and it retains moisture if it's been raining earlier!
Since its opening in 2015 BOAT has gone from strength to strength and is now well established as part of Brighton and Hove’s cultural landscape. This, its 6th year, gives us the opportunity to socialise IRL (In Real Life) at last!!! Join me for Mike Leigh's classic show - should be a humdinger - my first real play since lockdown!!! Doors open from 1 pm, show starts at 2 pm BECAUSE OF COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS, WE'LL HAVE TO MEET OUTSIDE IF WE WANT TO SIT TOGETHER. THEREFORE - MEET OUTSIDE THE DYKE ROAD PARK CAFE from 1 PM. AT 1.15, WE'LL GO AND GET IN THE QUEUE TO GET INTO THE THEATRE. ONCE INSIDE, THEY'LL SHOW US TO OUR (SOCIALLY DISTANCED) SEATS. IF YOU ARRIVE ANY LATER, YOU'LL STILL BE ABLE TO GET IN, BUT YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO SIT WITH THE GROUP. PS DON'T FORGET TO BRING (AND WEAR) A FACE-MASK! - AND THE ONLY LOOS ARE THE (POSH) PORTALOOS BY THE CAFE. Bring a picnic - there's a very reasonably priced licensed bar there - and I think they also sell ice-creams and coffee now! All payments are via contactless card - but they are still taking bucket donations in cash, so bring any loose change! Be prepared for any weather, don't forget to wrap up warm!!! I mean it - PLEASE bring a fleece, a rug - or preferably both! (It sometimes gets chilly later!) And definitely/maybe a CUSHION to sit on - the fake grass seating tends to get harder the longer you sit on it - and it retains moisture if it's been raining earlier! Waterproofs/ brolly/ sunscreen/ a hat / whatever!! I'm going to the matinee show, but this show is on for about 10 days, so if you'd like to host a performance as an event at another time, please get in touch and I'll schedule it for you. "Laurence is work stressed and his braying wife Beverley, is not helping the situation. She has invited Ange and Tone over for drinks, fags and cheesy pineapples, as well as Sue, their distressed neighbour whose teenage daughter Abigail is having a party. Tone’s better looking than Laurence and Beverley is sexier than Ange. Sue’s been sick and Ange gets drunk. Laurence is getting hot under the collar… Do you remember Starsky & Hutch, Demis Roussos, Sex Pistols, platforms and flares, and the Silver Jubilee? Mike Leigh’s witty & classic 1977 black comedy Abigail’s Party was voted number 66 in the National Theatre’s poll of the best 100 plays of the 20th Century. A suburban satire on the aspirations and tastes of the emerging middle class in Britain in the 1970’s…" Book your ticket (£15/£12 + b/f) at https://www.brightonopenairtheatre.co.uk/event/abigails-party/ NB because of seriously reduced capacity, ALL shows are likely to sell out quickly! For the time being, I won't be collecting £1 Meetup fee from any non-members on the day.
As a change from fiction, and as we're properly in holiday mode now, we've chosen Sandi Toksvig's new memoir, "Between the Stops: The View of My Life from the Top of the Number 12 Bus". It's currently available (2nd August) as an e-book for only 99p (a bargain reduction from the published price of £20!!) "This long-awaited memoir from one of Britain's best-loved celebrities - a writer, broadcaster, activist, comic on stage, screen and radio for nearly forty years, presenter of QI and Great British Bake Off star - is an autobiography with a difference: as only Sandi Toksvig can tell it. 'Between the Stops is a sort of a memoir, my sort. It's about a bus trip really, because it's my view from the Number 12 bus (mostly top deck, the seat at the front on the right), a double-decker that plies its way from Dulwich, in South East London, where I was living, to where I sometimes work - at the BBC, in the heart of the capital. It's not a sensible way to write a memoir at all, probably, but it's the way things pop into your head as you travel, so it's my way'." If you'd like to suggest a book for our next meeting, (likely date 13th September), please message me or comment. Your book choice must be easily available as an e-book on Amazon for £4 or less and have 400 pages or less. Use this link to join:- https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87014922537?pwd=ZWlwVEFGNjRVdU43QWNnbjFwWUZvdz09 The password, if you need it, is:-[masked]