Show Calendar

Can you share your dances with us?

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Are you the first on the dance floor or do you watch from the side? Is there a song you can’t resist moving to? What was your first dance? When did you last dance? Do you have a dance that only happens when no-one else is watching? Do you dance with your dog? Or in the kitchen while you’re waiting for the kettle to boil? Is there a movement or ritual you do every day that has become like a choreographed dance?

We all have dances that we carry with us, and Quarantine, an award-winning theatre company from Manchester, would like to hear about yours for a project at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts.


This autumn Quarantine are bringing their show Wallflower to Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Brighton on the 23 and 24 November 2018.

Wallflower is a show about dancing. The people on stage are trying to remember every dance they’ve ever danced. Some of them are professional dancers, some of them are not. Spanning a lifetime of music, fashion, politics, friendships, parties, love and loss, Wallflower is a show about how dancing can shape our lives.

Alongside this tour of Wallflower, Quarantine are inviting local people to share their own remembered dances. These will be exhibited in ACCA alongside the performances and uploaded at to create an online map of remembered dances across the UK.

How to take part?

We now have updated dates for taking part as follows:

• Sign up for a slot to meet Quarantine on 13 - 17 November 2018 in Brighton. This meeting will take approximately one hour and you can register your interest this by emailing or calling 01273 678 822.

• Answer some questions about your remembered dance

• Show some of your chosen dance while a photographer documents this to create a portrait of you.

  • Slots are limited so will be allocated accordingly!

In exchange for sharing a dance, Quarantine will arrange two free tickets for you to see Wallflower at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Brighton on the 23 - 24 November 2018. Bring a friend, your mum, your neighbour, or perhaps someone you love to dance with…

totallyradio x The Quietus at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

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Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts present an explosive double bill this week from Gaika and Gazelle Twin (Thursday 11 October) as part of our Brighton Digital Festival programme.

Join totallyradio and The Quietus for a special ticket holders only live podcast recording with the artists at ACCA ahead of the show. The event will be chaired by tQ journalist Tara Joshi.

Spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis for those attending the show only. The capacity is strictly limited so arrive at 6pm for a 6.15pm-6.45pm broadcast ahead of the gig - spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis upon arrival at the venue.

Experimental yet catchy, Gaika’s work is uncompromising; intent on expanding and exploring the ideas of what contemporary Black British music is.

Meanwhile, ACCA welcomes Gazelle Twin back to Brighton for what will be an electrifying performance of their new album, Pastoral. Expect a masquerade-like use of costume, toying with anonymity and bewitching audiences by masking the surface.

For tickets for the show and a chance to attend this special event visit here.

Platform B x Attenborough Centre live broadcast this weekend on campus

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As part of Brighton Digital Festival 2018 - and in celebration of the full launch of Platform B on 105.5 FM and DAB digital radio - the radio station is going on the road. They will be in our venue this Saturday (6 October) at 2.45pm broadcasting live as part of a Brighton-wide broadcast tour.

Platform B is Brighton’s first ever youth-led radio station broadcasting online since 2016 with a studio based at the Green Door Store, an acclaimed music venue underneath Brighton railway station. Directed by next generation DJs, producers and presenters, this not-for-profit radio station is re-imagining and diversifying the traditional sound of radio.

On Saturday, the Brighton & Hove Fringe Bus will host a fully mobile pop-up broadcast and engage with young people from diverse backgrounds across the city. Broadcasting live from various venues using 4G technology, there will be DJs, live MCs and a talk shows discussing topics including mental health, digital activism, the housing crisis and gender politics.

Nats Spada, station manager of Platform B said; “For many 15 to 25 year olds, radio lacks the vibrancy and interactivity of the social media platforms they use every day. Radio is ready for a 21st century reboot and the possibilities are limitless. Over the past couple of years, Platform B has been empowering young people through a passion for music and telling stories of their own lives. It has helped them develop new skills and provides experiences which open up new pathways to employment. By taking Platform B on the road, we hope to reach more young people across the city and get them involved in reimagining radio.”

The day will consist of:

Stop One - Midday - The Grenadier with The Hangleton and Knoll Project Youth Team

Stop Two - 1.15pm - The Level with AudioActive (live MCs)

Stop Three - 2.45pm - Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

This event has been made possible with support from Brandwatch, Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company and a grassroot award from Brighton Digital Festival.

Platform B is Brighton’s first ever youth-led radio station, broadcast online at since 2016. Platform B challenges the formal infrastructure of traditional radio, using a pop-up model to move the studio into public spaces, cafes, clubs, youth centres and major events including The Great Escape Festival.

Every aspect of the project is managed and implemented by young adults. It offers access and personal development opportunities to young people, schools, colleges and community groups. Platform B aims to become a place for bold experiments in music, spoken word, political debate and other forms of expression. Anyone who would like to get involved should go to

The Messy Edge

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Laurence Hill, Director of Brighton Digital Festival and curator of The Messy Edge, wrote his thoughts on the upcoming conference for us. The Messy Edge is Brighton Digital Festival’s in house conference which takes place at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts and is supported by us and the Sussex Humanities Lab. Join us for the event on Friday 28 September. The full line up and tickets for the conference can be found here.

The underpinning of the Messy Edge remains the same as it was in 2017. We cannot build a better future on the deeply flawed foundations of the present. Digital technology is not something that we can use to paper over the cracks, despite what futurists and ‘technochauvanists’ (Meredith Broussard) would have us believe. We cannot ignore the complicated, messy and ugly facts of our current social realities. The Messy Edge is not about technophobia either, we believe in the power that digital has to make better futures for everyone. The house position is, officially, critical optimism.

This year we are examining in/visibility and vulnerability in digital spaces and their echoes in the world.

I started by questioning the idea of the ‘right to be forgotten’, to have search results erased, not to be tracked across the internet and be targeted by ads in ways that seem occult-like in their ability to read your mind or to have overheard your conversations. There are many interesting and important implications in that, and they may well be touched on during the conference but it struck me that you have to be visible before you can demand the right to be forgotten.

Many people are not represented online in meaningful ways, they fight to be heard in spaces that were not designed for them and against systems that have been built to exclude them - this is as true online as it is off. Visibility brings affirmation for marginalised groups but equally, it increases vulnerability.

The tensions around in/visibility and vulnerability are something that I’m interested in and helped to shape the lineup of this year’s conference.

We have speakers exploring surveillance, immigration, vulnerable communities, access to knowledge, representation and the erasure of the line between knowledge and action. We’re exploring fundamental shifts in human behaviour and the slow gif movement.

Our speakers are historians, artists, activists, designers and academics but the Messy Edge is not solely an arts conference, nor is it an academic one - it is designed for everybody - which is why we try and keep the cost as low as possible. Pay What You Decide tickets are available.

The impact of digital is universal, our world, our lives, our behaviours are being shaped by it. It acts on us in ways that are obvious and some that are less so. It’s a tool that has unlimited potential but it’s mostly not being shaped by us, or often, for us and we all need to understand that.”

ACCA Digital discount bundles now available!

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To kick off the new season we are pleased to share with you a special ticket offer for our Brighton Digital Festival music programme.

Join us for Max Cooper, Suzanne Ciani, Martin Messier, Gaika, Gazelle Twin and James Holden from 4 - 12 October with the following special deals:

  • 10% discount when you buy two tickets for two different shows
  • 15% discount when you buy three tickets for three different shows
  • 20% discount when you buy four tickets for four different shows
  • 25% discount when you buy five tickets for five different shows

Max Cooper and Architecture Social Club present Aether (Friday 5 – Saturday 6 October) a digital installation that plays on our relationship to the forms, sounds and colours all around us. London-based Max Cooper has carved out a unique position for himself as an artist, merging electronic music, visual art and science through installations, live audio-visual and immersive sound experiences. A live performance by Max within the work takes place on Thursday 4 October and his latest album will be released this summer to coincide with the ACCA events.

Five-time Grammy award nominated composer, electronic music pioneer, and neo-classical recording artist, Suzanne Ciani, is one of the most renowned female composers in the world. She comes from Los Angeles to ACCA to perform on Monday 8 October. Following two sold out shows at Café OTO last year (her first ever performances in London), ACCA has invited Suzanne back for her latest shows in the UK. Suzanne will be sharing a double bill with Martin Messier. The Canadian artist will perform FIELD, a mesmerising audio-visual work using the electromagnetic fields of our environment, from which noise and light compositions emerge.

A second explosive double bill comes from Gaika and Gazelle Twin(Thursday 11 October). Experimental yet catchy, Gaika’s work is uncompromising; intent on expanding and exploring the ideas of what contemporary Black British music is. Meanwhile, ACCA welcomes Gazelle Twinback to Brighton for what will be an electrifying performance of their new album, Pastoral. Expect a masquerade-like use of costume, toying with anonymity and bewitching audiences by masking the surface.

James Holden and the Animal Spirits bring the final gig of the Brighton Digital Festival season at ACCA on Friday October 12. Holden’s latest live set up includes his custom-made modular synthesizer system coupled with an unlikely supporting cast of brass, wind and live percussion. The expansive and transformative psychedelic journey of The Animal Spirits is certainly Holden’s most ambitious work to date – but also his most direct and accessible.

Tickets are subject to availability and at the discretion of the vendor. Tickets need to be booked in a single transaction. This offer runs until 7pm on Friday 12 October.

See you there!

The Marlborough Theatre on their Queer Heroes season

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This Autumn, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts have some stimulating partnerships with the Marlborough Pub & Theatre across their Queer Heroes season. We spoke to Programme Co-ordinator Ema Boswood on the collaboration and what’s planned for you to experience both here and at their own space.

Could you tell us more about the curatorial decisions behind these shows? What are you bringing and what are the highlights?

We’re so excited to be continuing our partnership with ACCA and are presenting a series of exciting new performance events as part of our Queer Heroes season, in which we are interested in championing work that celebrates and explores all the queer icons that have paved the way before us. As part of this season, we will be showcasing artist Rachael Young’s new show Nightclubbing (8 November), which is an ode to Grace Jones’ seminal 1981 album of the same name. This performance is a brilliant and explosive meeting of visceral live music and intergalactic visions, beginning a revolution that Grace Jones laid the foundations for.

We’re also thrilled to be returning to ACCA for another evening of Thinking Queer (7 November), following on from the brilliant success of last year’s. This event will be a vibrant night in ACCA’s beautiful cafe with a relaxed atmosphere, packed full of reflection, resistance, poetics and power to celebrate the work of trailblazing writer, thinker and activist Audre Lorde.

Why Audre Lorde for the second series of Thinking Queer? What can we expect this time?

Audre Lorde has long been an inspiration and an icon for us at The Marlborough, and her words are just as relevant today a climate of division, misogynistic presidents and with white supremacy on the rise. Throughout her work, Audre Lorde discusses the importance of speaking out against injustice, famously saying ”Your silence will not protect you”. As producers we understand that queer art is a political act and that we have a responsibility to showcase this important work. Audre Lorde is the perfect queer icon to reflect and amplify this message as she continues to unite and inspire us.

On the night there will be performers that we know and love presenting work influenced by Audre, as well as two new artists selected from a call out presenting performances that we have never seen before, which is exciting for us as we love to uncover new artists to support.

How do these projects link in with your Queer Heroes programme? Anything else our readers shouldn’t miss?

One thing that is absolutely unmissable is a new show from Lucy McCormick that’s been co-commissioned by us and ACCA and will be happening at the Marlborough on 9 November. If you’ve seen Lucy before, you’ll know why we’re so excited about it. Lucy’s work is outrageous, hilarious, important, messy and ingenious, packed full of pop culture references and unforgettable dance routines. This time we’re told to expect candy 4 all/party gamez/life skillz/dancin gurlz/absolute tunz and crying. We can’t wait.

Pay What You Decide tickets for the events at ACCA are available.

ACCA Conversations: Max Cooper

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We are pleased to present a series of digital music and installation works for Brighton Digital Festival. On October 4-6 Max Cooper will be here with Aether, a collaboration with Architecture Social Club. The large scale work installation plays on our relationships to sound, colour and form. A live show takes place within the work on October 4. Max told us a little bit about the piece and what audiences can expect to experience during a visit.

What were your inspirations that allowed for the creation of the kinetic installation of Aether?

The starting point from my side was wanting to find a new visual language to communicate with, and wanting to bring the visual element of my live shows away from a screen at the edge of a room and into the audience, so they could really interact with the visual experience close up. Live music is a visceral experience with the low frequencies in particular having a strong physical effect, so I wanted some of that, something beautiful and n-dimensional which the audience can almost touch. Architecture Social Club came up with this great design and we then set about building the content and live show.

Would you describe yourself as being a more visual or a more aural person? How do you think that sound and image intertwine in Aether?

I’m more of a visual thinker, I always see my music as structural entities, they have particular form and colour. That’s why I’ve always had a strong focus on working with visual artists for each release, and now why I build visual stories and aesthetic in parallel with my writing process, so everything is as tightly integrated as possible. With Aether, we have a very specific, and very unusual visual language, well suited to the sorts of sound design experiments I enjoy, and also well suited to tightly synced rhythm and glitch, and of course, perhaps most importantly, something extremely beautiful for those moments of musical peace which are so important in what I do.

Does the performance and the installation for Aether differ? Do they have a dialogue or can they stand by themselves?

Each are stand-alone presentations. The install version is more ambient and slowly evolving, more reflective, as it’s designed for solo-viewing, being an installation. Whereas for the live version we have a group dynamic, plus the required flexibility of my interaction with the audience which can be rendered visually. In practice this means more extreme changes for more extreme moments in live context, more variation in content, more rhythm and sync sections, more of a gig feel.

Who are the electronic music artists that you listen to today?

I’m not sure if it counts as electronic strictly, but I’ve been obsessing over Bing & Ruth’s last LP recently, plus Lusine’s last has been a regular, and Helios’ new release is the most exciting thing just arrived, I’m a big long time fan of Helios.

Why come to the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts to present your work? What are you looking forward to about this show and installation?

It’s a beautiful space and a pleasure to be working with people who are interested in trying new and exciting things musically, visually and artistically. I’m most looking forward to how we can adapt the system to the new space, and what doors that opens up creatively. The whole project is a big experiment, so every time we do it we discover and learn new things.

Call out for volunteers for Total Theatre Magazine project

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Total Theatre Magazine are putting together a small team of volunteers to work on the second phase of the creation of the Total Theatre Archive, a major project on which they are working with us, The Keep at the University of Sussex and Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance (London).

They have completed phase one and the full collection of 25 years of print magazines have been scanned and converted to PDFs.

In the next phase of the process there are two main tasks:

1.Extracting text from the PDFs using OCR (optical character recognition) programmes.

2.Data entry of the text onto the new Total Theatre Magazine archive website, which is being created and managed by MES. This involves using a Content Management System that is easy to master.

Volunteers can work on one or other or both of these tasks, depending on their skills. Volunteers will need access to a computer that they can use for the project. No specialist software is needed.

Total Theatre are now recruiting volunteers and student placements to work with them from September 2018 onwards, with the start dates and number of days of volunteer work to be agreed between Total Theatre Magazine and the volunteer. They are proposing volunteers will work one day a week for a five to six week period between September and December.

Contact editor Dorothy Max Prior by email to

Please send a brief CV and a short covering letter, in which you tell them about:

  • Skills and experiences you can offer the project
  • Skills and experiences you’d like to learn or develop volunteering on this project
  • How you feel this volunteer placement would help you in your personal development, studies or career

More about the Total Theatre Archive project:

Total Theatre Magazine has, for over 30 years, celebrated and supported theatre and performance in the UK – in particular, forms given little attention by mainstream media, libraries, or archives, such as: experimental theatre, physical and visual theatre, street theatre and outdoor arts, contemporary circus, puppetry and animation, performance art, hybrid performance, feminist and queer/LGBT theatre. The print magazine encompassed 100 issues over 25 years. Thanks to a grant from the National Lottery Our Heritage fund this archive will be preserved for everyone to engage with, all content provided free to view. The new Total Theatre Archive website will be launched in 2019. The current site can be viewed at

Editor Dorothy Max Prior and Web Editor John Ellingsworth will be working with members of the magazine’s editorial team and volunteers to scan, upload and tag content, creating a fully searchable website that will be a valuable resource for scholars, journalists, artists, students, and anybody interested in Britain’s alternative theatre and performance history. Once the website is built, Total Theatre Magazine will be working with writers, editors and leading arts professionals to create new content that will reflect upon and interact with the archive.

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