Review: Pleasures abound in picture-book opera Pygmalion

Following their outstanding performance of Medicine and Mortality at last year’s Brighton Early Music Festival (BREMF), Ensemble Molière has returned to one of the city’s stages with another creative and highly accomplished offering. Following a successful fundraising campaign, Ensemble Molière has developed Rameau’s 1748 opera Pygmalion, taking the classical tale of a sculptor who falls […]

Folklore and culture explored in Brighton artist’s paintings

[This story was published on February 10 in the Brighton and Hove Independent. Read the original story at brightonandhoveindependent.co.uk/whats-on/arts/folklore-and-culture-explored-in-brighton-artist-s-paintings-1-7817094.] [Image: Elle in her studio] A ‘sense of wonder and curiosity’ informs the work of Brighton artist Elle Sorridente, who is inspired by the natural landscape in her hometown. Coming from a family with a mixed French […]

Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome

[Image: Nameless and Friendless, 1857, Emily Mary Osborn] Hello, friends, Romans, and lovers of the creative, historical, queer, and macabre! Thank you for taking the time to visit my attempted cabinet of curiosities. For anyone who may have stumbled across this blog and might be wondering who I am, my name is Emily, I’m a writer […]

Burlesque and banter in Brighton: Hundred Watt Club review

[This story was published on November 11 on the Brighton and Hove Independent. Read the original story at sussexexpress.co.uk/whats-on/theatre-and-comedy/review-banter-burlesque-and-magic-at-lena-mae-s-risque-variety-show-1-7673912.] Old-school mischief and timeless raunchiness collide at the Hundred Watt Club. Lena Mae Lenman’s variety and burlesque cabaret is always a crowd-pleaser – the November 5 show was the second Club I’ve attended this year and I’m […]

Medicine, mortality and music

[This story was published on November 10 on the Sussex Express website. Read the original story at sussexexpress.co.uk/whats-on/music/review-medicine-and-music-make-an-unlikely-but-effective-duo-1-7674014.]   Medicine and Mortality, Ensemble Moliere, Brighton Friends’ Meeting House, November 5 France, 1725. A Monsieur Valancourt has taken ill. The bells of Sainte Genevieve Abbey sound in the Parisian neighbourhood, and, as the patient’s condition worsens, the […]

Superstitions, old wives’ tales and the Devil: haunted histories at Brighton’s Preston Manor

[This story was published on September 2 in the Brighton and Hove Independent. Read the original story at brightonandhoveindependent.co.uk/superstition-haunted-histories-preston-man] Preston Manor’s current exhibition, Folklore, Magic and Mysteries: Modern Witchcraft and Folk Culture in Britain, is a suitable showcase for a place considered the most haunted in Brighton. Featuring a unique display of artefacts, manuscripts and documents from […]

Thompson Hall’s work revisits ideas of space

This story was published on June 15 in the West Sussex Gazette. Read the original story at westsussextoday.co.uk/news/county-news/thompson-hall-s-work-revisits-ideas-of-space-1-7429983.] Over the last couple of months, Brighton has been awash with arts, music, dance, lights, theatre and comedy as part of the annual Festival and Fringe events. Amongst the many cultural events hosted by Brighton this year is HOUSE 2016, which ran […]