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Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts partners with Brighton Festival in May

The Gabriels follows one imperfect American family in real time, tracking their lives throughout the turbulent election year of 2016.

The Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (ACCA) is partnering with Brighton Festival as a co-producer on multiple events in the 2017 festival, which runs from 6-28 May.

The venue on the University of Sussex campus will host a wide range of international dance, theatre and poetry during the Brighton Festival, including the UK premiere of The Gabriels – a trilogy of plays written around the US Presidential election in 2016. The programme also includes a debate on the future of democracy involving politicians, academics and journalists.

Laura McDermott, Creative Director of the ACCA, said: “The programme of events at ACCA for Brighton Festival 2017 reflects our commitment to a diverse and international year-round programme across the art forms.

“We are particularly proud to host the UK premiere of Richard Nelson’s topical trilogy of plays about the US election, The Gabriels.

“Meanwhile, with The Democracy Debate, we aim to provide a space for critical reflection, with brilliant and engaging thinkers, who will be considering the global political moment in which we find ourselves.”

Sun 7 and Mon 8 May, 7.30pm
Joan Clevillé Dance: Plan B for Utopia
Plan B for Utopia is a playful dance theatre work by Dundee-based company Joan Clevillé Dance. Charismatic performers Solène Weinachter (Scottish Dance Theatre, Gecko) and John Kendall (balletLORENT) explore the notion of utopia and the role that imagination and creativity can play as a driving force for change in our personal and collective lives.
£15, Under 26s £10, Festival Standby £10
Touch tour Sun 7 May, 5.30pm
Audio described Sun 7 May, 7.30pm

Tue 9 and Wed 10 May, 8pm
Kat Francois:
Raising Lazarus
Raising Lazarus tells the true story of Kat Francois’ relative Private Lazarus Francois from Grenada, who joined the British West Indies Regiment in 1915 to fight for Britain in the First World War. her In her critically acclaimed one-woman play, poetry slam champion Francois charts this young soldier’s journey from the Caribbean first to the Sussex coast, then on to Egypt and East Africa.
£15, Under 26s £10, Festival Standby £10
Plus post-show discussion Tue 9 May

Sat 13 May, 7.30pm
Democracy Debate: What Comes Next?
Following the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump, the rise of the right in Europe and the refugee crisis, Western societies are looking more polarised than ever. Is the system capable of tackling the real economic and environmental threats we face? And what comes next? Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee chairs a panel of top thinkers and politicians to debate the future of our political system including Caroline Lucas, Green party MP for Brighton Pavilion; Diane James, formerly UKIP leader elect and now independent MEP for the South East; New Statesman columnist and author Laurie Penny; University of Sussex Vice-Chancellor, Adam Tickell; and David Runciman, of the University of Cambridge.
With BSL

Sun 14 May, 7.30pm
Probe: Now You See It
Antonia Grove, artistic director of Brighton-based dance theatre company Probe, presents her brand-new solo: co-directed with Sue MacLaine, the piece is full of evocative imagery that features a searing central performance by Antonia herself. Now You See It portrays a woman contemplating her past and reconsidering her strategies for survival. A dialogue between wonder and reason, reality and imagination, small ideas and mammoth consequences, this powerful performance marries straight-talking dance with storytelling, anecdotes and a little bit of magic.
£15, Under 19s £10, Festival Standby £10

The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family
History, money, politics, art and culture are all on the table in this moving three-play cycle about a family celebrating, remembering and waiting for the world to change. Each of the three plays, by Richard Nelson, can be enjoyed individually, and you can also watch all three in one glorious sitting over a weekend. The Gabriels is supported by University of Sussex.
Play 1: Hungry
Tue 23 May, 8pm
Sat 20, Sun 21 & Sat 27 May, 1.30pm
£22, Under 26s £17.50, Festival Standby £10 per show
Play 2: What Did You Expect?
Wed 24 May, 8pm
Sat 20, Sun 21 & Sat 27 May, 4.15pm
£22, Under 26s £17.50, Festival Standby £10 per show
Play 3: Woman of a Certain Age
Thu 25 May, 8pm
Sat 20, Sun 21 & Sat 27 May, 7.30pm
£22, Under 26s £17.50, Festival Standby £10 per show
The Gabriels Trilogy:
See all three plays in one day
Sat 20, Sun 21 & Sat 27 May, 1.30pm, 4.15pm and 7.30pm
£60, Under 26s £48

Fri 26-Sun 28 May, 2pm and 7pm
Yinka Kuitenbrouwer
: One Hundred Homes
How do we define what makes a ‘home’? Belgian theatre maker Yinka Kuitenbrouwer visited over 100 people to find out – from newborns to pensioners, natives to immigrants, farmers to squatters. With the help of snapshots, quotes and a plate of biscuits, Yinka recalls her encounters in tellingly encyclopedic detail. Taking place at The Bevy (the UK’s first community-owned estate pub) in Bevendean, One Hundred Homes won rave reviews at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe. This is part of ACCA’s off-site artistic programme.

ACCA’s café-bar will be open during performance times during Brighton Festival. ACCA is a fully accessible venue.


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Posted on behalf of: Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts
Last updated: Wednesday, 15 February 2017


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