An unmissable extravaganza!
Due to the uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic many organisations are finding new creative ways to host their events. This is the case with the famous Brighton & Hove Pride. After 2021’s parade and the festival had to be cancelled earlier this year, they have decided to launch Pride in August at the Ironworks Studios. This month-long event, supported by Tesco, will include a series of small events supporting LGBTQ artists and the wider community. This exciting festival will include show-stopping cabaret, comedy, theatre, dance, film, activism, and politics, which will take place live from the Ironworks Studios in central Brighton.
The program of Pride at the Ironworks is as follows:
19th of August: An Evening with Heather Peace
Heather chats to BBC broadcaster Kathy Caton about her life, music and activism before taking to the stage for a live intimate gig in Act 2. During the gig, Heather’s wonderful album Hey Mayhem was received with great acclaim upon release and hit no.10 in the independent artist’s chart.
20th of August: Eliza Legzdina
Latvian-born superstar Eliza Legzdina with unorthodox roots in Opera and poetry. The release of Eliza’s debut EP saw Clash Magazine hail her as an “Icon-In-Waiting” and was featured on the soundtrack to the hit TV show ‘I May Destroy You’. Eliza’s recent single with Lau.ra, Wicked, is on all streaming platforms, playlisted on Dance Party Spotify.
21st of August: The Bitten Peach
Don’t miss the UK’s only gender-diverse pan-Asian cabaret collective. This unique show includes cabaret, burlesque, drag, music, aerial, and dance. The Bitten Peach is the UK’s only gender-diverse Pan-Asian cabaret collective, made up of over 100 performers and creatives of Asian descent who work in a variety of artistic, nightlife genres. This includes drag, burlesque, dance, comedy, music, and circus.
22nd of August: Ben Papworth’s Ben Will I be famous?
Pianist, singer, MD-Extraordinaire Ben Papworth presents his show packed with: show tunes, camper, belting and wine. Ben Papworth regularly collaborates with the hottest cabaret acts such as Davina de Campo, Keith Ramsey and Velma Celli. A lively and thrilling performance you do not want to miss.
23rd of August: Girli
Milly Toomey, known as Girli, is a London-based singer, songwriter and rapper and performs music about feminism, sexuality, queer culture, and mental health. Girli has recently launched the new EP, Ex Talk and was recently described by The Guardian as “PC Music, bubblegum pop, pop-punk and rap, each one treading a line between catchy and deliberately discomforting.”
26th of August: lan Elmslie’s Old Boyfriends
An astonishing musical show featuring a selection of original songs, composed and performed by Ian Elmslie reflecting on past loves and the lessons learned. The musical styles range from vaudeville to jazz, country and western to Irish ballad, musical theatre to disco. Expect a memorable and emotional evening full of shared experiences alongside upbeat songs.
27th of August: Willy Hudson’s ‘Buttom’
Willy Hudson is a performer and writer from Devon who likes to confront social hang-ups with autobiographic storytelling, comedy, a fusion of theatrical form and lively soundtracks. Join Willy for a queer coming-of-age remix, for an unforgettable pleasant night full of laughs.
28th of August: Cinebra’s 50 Years of Pleasant Pictures
The outstanding musical-comedy duo is back. The makers of ‘A History of Horror’, and ‘Glenda & Rita’ are back with their third addition to the Cinebra anthology with the “50 Years of Pleasant Pictures”. This is an astonishing play that showcases the two main characters recall their fondest memories and achievements from living in Hollywood in the 1970s.
29th of August: Boogaloos Stu’s ‘Big Quiffy Bingo’
Hosted by local Brighton hero Boogaloo Stu alongside some special guests for a bingo experience filled with, fun, filth and flashmob dances. In addition to this, one can expect from the non-stop nonsense, outrageous games, scandalous works of art, poetry slams, hilarious prizes and of course some very intense and competitive bingo. Will you be the winner of Stu’s gift hamper?
Brighton & Hove Pride has raised almost one million pounds for local LGBTQ+ and HIV charities, community groups, social impact organisations and cultural activities in Brighton & Hove, helping to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of people in our communities. To make the cultural programme accessible to all members of the community, Pride will be offering some discounted tickets for every performance. Likewise, every ticket sold for ‘Pride at the Ironworks’ will include a charity donation to The Brighton Rainbow Fund, which will helps make a difference to the lives of people in the LGBTQ+ communities in Brighton and Hove.
Tickets are on sale now at brighton-pride.org