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|Where:||Preston Park demonstration garden , The Ride, Preston Park, Brighton BN1 6HN (UK).|
|Date:||19 May, 2013|
|Time:||11:00 — 14:00|
|Come and swap or buy seedlings for your garden! Have you got some spare seedlings you’d like to swap for some new and different varieties? Or perhaps you had the best intentions to sow some seeds but just didn’t get around to it? Join us for the swap and sale, plus seedbomb making and composting activities by our vegetable garden in Preston Park.This event is organised jointly by the Food Partnership’s Harvest project and BHOGG (Brighton & Hove Organic Gardening Group).Part of the Brighton Festival Fringe.|
Dr Mariann Lloyd-Smith — International expert on toxics and contamination and advisor to the anti-fracking movement in Australia
Tony Janio B&H Council Conservative environment lead
Howard Johns — founder of Southern Solar and expert in local energy solutions
Tony Bosworth — Friends of the Earth Energy Campaigner
Fracking for shale gas is one of the hottest environmental issues of the moment. Experience from the US has raised concerns about contamination of water resources and air pollution. Proposals for shale gas drilling in the UK have led to vigorous local opposition,but the Government is determined to press ahead. Its supporters say shale gas is a key part of our energy future , but what will be its impact on the local environment, on tackling climate change and on energy bills
See lively introduction of the Dangers of Fracking
FOE’s report on Fracking is here: http://www.foe.co.uk/resource/briefings/shale_gas.pdf
AND A STORY NOT OF CUCKFIELD SUSSEX BUT OF COOK’S VALLEY USA AND THEIR EXPERIENCE OF FRACKING
This story is the first installment of Truthout’s Fracking Road Trip series on the wide-reaching impacts of the fracking industry.
The bluffs rise up gently from the rolling hills and farmlands of Wisconsin’s Chippewa County. For years, the bluffs stood silent as small farming communities grew around them. The bluffs are too steep to farm and most of the trees in the area grow on the tops of bluffs and around their rolling slopes and steep faces. It’s unusually cold for April and trees stand as silhouettes against a layer of snow.
This scene is quickly interrupted at the intersection of two county roads in the small township of Cooks Valley. A large bluff behind a farm has disappeared. The bluff has been blasted, churned up and turned into giant piles of sand. The sand will soon be trucked off to a processing plant, loaded back into trucks or perhaps onto a waiting train and then shipped to oil and gas fields in other states.
The sand will be mixed with water and chemicals and forced deep underground to break up rock and release precious fossils fuels. This isn’t the kind of sand you find at the beach; it’s silica, or “frack sand,” a carcinogenic dust and a key ingredient in the hydraulic fracking process which has facilitated a nationwide natural gas boom and, according to opponents, an ongoing environmental crisis. Silica particles are uniquely shaped and prop open fractures in the underground rock to free the oil or gas.
Cooks Valley may be far from the oil and gas fields, but like the rural neighborhoods in states where fracking rigs and gas pipelines have replaced pastures, the frack industry’s demand for natural resources has pitted neighbor against neighbor and turned this once tight-knit community upside down.
In the Shadow of the Mine
Jane Sonnentag is a busy woman. Several children bounce around her humble kitchen as she holds her youngest child and laughs as she recalls her father advising her not to marry a farmer. She did not take his advice, and now Sonnentag and her husband Louis are raising seven children on their 160-acre farm nestled between the rising bluffs of Cooks Valley. Sonnentag has lived in the area all her life and her family has farmed there for generations. Her farm, she says, is a “little piece of heaven.” But Sonnentag’s farm is not as heavenly as it used to be.
Since 2011, when a massive, out-of-state energy firm won a permit to set up shop in their neighborhood, the Sonnentags have lived in the shadow of a 234-acre frac-sand mine located on the bluffs behind their farm and home. Sonnentag explains that as many as 400 trucks, laden with silica sand or wastewater from a sand-processing plant, may roll past their home in a day. “I’ve got 400 trucks and seven kids and a yard this size … it’s not fun, you know, being by a stop sign, really,” says Sonnentag. “It’s like David verses Goliath, except I don’t have a slingshot.”
For generations, mom-and-pop–sized mines in Wisconsin have supplied silica for a variety of purposes, ranging from water filtration to road paving. But in recent years, the industry has grown exponentially as the fracking boom in other states such as North Dakota, Ohio and Pennsylvania has increased the demand for silica across the country. Big mining and energy companies have swooped into rural communities like the Sonnentag’s to expand existing mines and break ground on massive new ones, turning Wisconsin’s western bluffs into giant piles of sand and its rural towns into centers of sand shipment and processing. There are now 70 active mines operating in Wisconsin, along with dozens of processing facilities. Three mines, each more than 100 acres in size, are currently operating within miles of Sonnentag’s home in Cooks Valley, a small township of less than 1,000 people.
EOG Resources, a massive energy firm and former Enron subsidary (known at the time as Enron Oil and Gas), operates the mine near the Sonnentags’ home. The company’s local office told Truthout to contact its Houston office for comments on the mine and its impacts on nearby farms, but a representative there failed to respond to several inquiries.
When EOG Resources was blasting apart the bluffs, Sonnentag says, the shock would shake her house. Once a blast knocked her to the floor. At times, dust from the mining operations would invade their farm. EOG Resources would dispatch a couple of water trucks every hour to wet down the dust and keep it out of the air, but the effort was “like taking a thimble to a dust bowl.” With dust blowing in the wind and hundreds of trucks passing their house everyday, the Sonnentags became increasingly concerned about their health. “There were not a lot of days we could go outside, because we have two kids who have asthma,” Sonnentag says.
Silica dust is a known carcinogen and has been linked to lung disease and cancer among workers, and the federal government has set limits on silica exposure for the workplace — but has not set limits on public exposure. The frack sand industry in Wisconsin routinely assures the public that airborne silica poses no proven dangers to the public, but without any federal or state regulation of exposure, the industry’s assurances do little to ease Sonnentag’s mind. What if silica is the next asbestos, she wonders? Her family never signed up to be “test dummies.” And what about the water? Pointing toward the mine, Sonnentag says that EOG Resources is currently trucking wastewater from its sand-processing plant, where the sand is treated with water and chemicals, and dumping it back into the mine. “I always thought my kids would want to live here long after we’re gone, but now I don’t know. There might not be any air to breath and water to drink.”
Regulators Stretched Thin
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) regulates sand mines as “nonmetallic mines,” a class that includes the small gravel pits and limestone mines that have long operated throughout the state. Tom Woletz, the DNR point person on frack sand, tells Truthout that DNR has regulated sand mines in this way for years, but now the frack-sand rush has brought much larger mines to the state. “The fugitive dust, that is a potential problem, and that’s what people are concerned about,” Woletz says.
DNR requires mine operators to monitor silica dust emissions and report them to the state, but DNR officials rarely visit the mines in person. Federal funding requires the agency’s limited staff to focus on major sources of air pollution such as large metallic mines.
“Some of these mines are never going to see a DNR air inspector at all unless there is a complaint,” says Woletz. “We could use more people on the ground to make sure that these people are doing the appropriate things.” A state budget proposal could add two more compliance officers to the DNR staff, and Woletz says DNR could always use more people. But much of the responsibility to keep silica out of the air in rural neighborhoods falls on the industry, he says, and DNR can’t always be there to hold its hand. “There’s some really good [operators] out there, and there’s some that have a ways to go,” he says.
In 2012 alone, the DNR issued violations to at least 15 frack-sand operators in the state, according to state records.
Under state rules, a mine located near a child care center or a neighborhood operates under the same pollution standards as a mine located in the middle of a forest, according to Woletz. In many cases, it’s up to the county or local government to regulate trucking, mine locations and land use. With some residents supporting local measures to protect their homes and farms and other residents eager to cash in on the sand rush, local controversies over sand mine regulation have created brutal divisions in communities that would otherwise be models of Midwestern neighborliness.
“There are family members up in Chippewa County that may never talk to each other again, ever,” Woletz admits.
That’s a familiar story to Sonnentag, who was involved in a local push to regulate the sand mines in Cooks Valley under a local ordinance that was opposed by local landowners, including her neighbors. “Sand has dictated everything in this town … pitted neighbor against neighbor,” she says. The best man at her wedding will no longer talk to her. He wanted to start a mine on his land, Sonnentag says, and saw her family and other supporters of the ordinance as standing in his way.
“It’s unfortunate, because he’s no closer to getting that mine started than I am to becoming a vegetarian,” Sonnentag says with a grin.
A Fractured Community
Sleet is turning the snow to ice outside of Sonnentag’s house, but her kitchen, busy with young children arranging pots and pans on the floor, is warm and cozy. Sonnentag chats with Victoria Trinko, who lives a few miles up the road on a small farm located across the street from a frack sand mine. The two women are discussing the local politics surrounding the ordinance they fought for years to put in place in order to regulate the sand mine operations.
“It’s really split our community apart,” Trinko says.
Earlier that morning, Trinko had returned to her home after volunteering at a Sunday pancake breakfast. She says the turnout was good considering the cold weather and a bit of friendly competition from another pancake breakfast at a local church. She takes a seat in her living room, where she has agreed to be interviewed by Truthout. A picture of her daughter, who is now studying abroad, hangs above the mantle. The conversation quickly turns to sand.
Trinko is the Cooks Valley Board clerk and kept notes on the battle over the ordinance, which was first drawn up and passed in 2008 after residents learned that sand mines might open in the neighborhood. The ordinance addressed noise from blasting, hours of operation, silica dust control and the number of trucks allowed to rumble down the roads.
Landowners who wanted to lease their properties to mining companies or open their own mines quickly hired a lawyer and sued the town to defeat the ordinance. It amounted to a “zoning ordinance” and was not properly filed with the county, they argued, and a local judge agreed.
“So we appealed,” Trinko says, “and that made them all angry.”
What followed was three years of litigation and showdowns in the local town hall. At one point, the town board was accused of embezzlement; at another, the pro-mining landowners tried to take over the board and dismiss Cooks Valley’s village powers, which, under state law, grant the township the authority to pass ordinances.
“It’s gotten really, really nasty,” Trinko says.
Neighbors have sued neighbors, and Trinko herself was sued (along with two board supervisors) over open records laws. Meanwhile, the town board continued to appeal the challenge to the mining ordinance, which eventually landed at the Wisconsin Supreme Court. As clerk, Trinko had been keeping notes throughout the whole fiasco, and eventually, she had to hand them over to the highest court in the state.
“I was very proud of myself, I guess, or satisfied, that my paperwork held up in the [Wisconsin] Supreme Court,” Trinko says with a smile.
In 2012, the Wisconsin Supreme Court reversed an appeals court decision and ruled in favor of the Town of Cooks Valley, and the township was finally allowed to begin enforcing the regulations it originally passed in 2008. As the battle over the ordinance wove its way through the courts, however, three mines were established in Cooks Valley, including those near the Trinko and Sonnentag farms. To date, the township has only completed the permitting process for one mine under the ordinance. A draft permit prepared by the township for the EOG Resources mine includes mandatory air monitoring and a $112,500 fee to be paid to the Sonnentag family, so they can build a new house, across the street and farther away from the mine’s trucking route.
For Trinko, the matter of sand mining continues to be a big part of daily life. As town clerk, she receives permit notices and posts them in public places such as the local bar. But there are more personal issues as well. In 2011, after the mines began digging into the bluffs, Trinko said she could “chew on dust” when working outside her house. Soon she would have a sore throat, but not the cold that usually accompanies it. She says the symptoms disappear when she travels to visit relatives in other states.
Trinko now believes she has developed asthma from living near the sand mines. She saw a breathing specialist who told her that the breathing problems were related to her living environment, but the specialist refuses to go on the record with reporters due to the ongoing controversy.
Trinko says her daughter is worried the air pollution may be shortening her life, but she wants to stay on her farm. It has been in her family since her father bought it in 1936. Trinko points out the window to a bluff rising beyond the next pasture.
“That bluff … that’s where my dad grew up,” Trinko says. Frack-sand mining and processing continues nearby, and another facility in the area is under development. “It would be very sad to see all the trees disappear. Plus, I am breathing this stuff.”
Every year the UK burns enough food as fuel to feed 10 million people. The use of food crops as biofuels is driving hunger and landgrabs. This is madness in a world where one in eight people already go hungry.
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Radio Free Brighton’s Maria McEvoy examines the issues around the hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay with consultant neurologist and human rights campaigner David Nicholl, Joy Hurcombe of the Save Shaker Aamer Campaign, Clara Gutteridge Human rights lawyer formally with reprieve.org and her fellow RFB reporter Missie, who is working with young people from Priory School amnesty group who are joining the campaign. Listen here
Update: Brighton & Hove MP Caroline Lucas called for the Prime Minister David Cameron to personally intervene and phone President Obama now to secure the release of Shaker back to the UK and his family. Watch the video at bit.ly/104K63
Read on if you want to find out more about this story
FORMER GUANTANAMO CHIEF PROSECUTOR LAUNCHES FAST-GROWING ONLINE PETITION TO CLOSE GUANTANAMO
- Col. Morris Davis, former Chief Prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay from 2005 to 2007, launches petition on Change.org calling on President Obama to take concrete steps to close Guantanamo Bay Detention Center.
- Over 75,000 sign onto Col. Davis’ petition in less than 24 hours, following President Obama’s vow in a press conference on Tuesday to renew efforts to close Guantanamo Bay.
WASHINGTON, DC – Colonel Morris Davis, who was the Chief Prosecutor for Terrorism Trials at Guantanamo Bay from 2005 to 2007, has launched a rapidly growing petition on Change.org calling on President Obama to fulfill his promise to close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center.
As the Chief Prosecutor for Terrorism Trials at Guantanamo Bay. Col. Davis personally prosecuted Osama Bin Laden’s driver Salim Hamdan, David Hicks, and Omar Khadr. Davis stepped down from his post due to disagreement over the use of certain interrogation techniques. Since leaving his post at Guantanamo, Davis has become one of the prison’s most outspoken critics. On Tuesday, he started a Change.org petition calling on Obama to fulfill past promises to close the detention facility and to transfer the 86 detainees cleared for release.
“As the Chief Prosecutor for the Terrorism Trials at Guantanamo Bay, I saw many things that I regret seeing. Since its beginning Guantanamo has been costly, inefficient, and morally wrong,” said Col. Morris Davis, who launched the campaign on Change.org. “Now there are over 100 inmates on hunger strike to protest their current situation. Obama must uphold the promise that he made on Tuesday and close Guantanamo Bay Detention Center before someone dies.”
In less than 24 hours, over 75,000 people have signed onto the petition, and it has been covered in the Guardian, BBC, and The Huffington Post.
The petition is part of a growing grassroots movement around the issue. Witness Against Torture has coördinated people around the country to fast in solidarity with the hunger strike, hundreds of letters have been written to the prisoners, and hundreds of phone calls have been made to the Department of Defense, White House, and US Military’s Southern Command.
As of May 1, over 100 inmates out of 166 total prisoners were on hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay. The hunger strike began with a few men in February in protest of current prison conditions, and it is estimated that 21 are currently being force fed.
“Col. Davis is using Change.org’s tools to successfully connect with thousands of people who support his petition to close Guantanamo Bay,” said Emilia Gutierrez, campaign manager at Change.org. “It’s clear his campaign is resonating with people.”
Journalists interested in setting up an interview should use the contact details at the top of the page.
Live signature totals from Col. Davis’ petition:
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And from journalist Andy Worthington: Free Shaker Aamer from Guantánamo
86 cleared prisoners remain in Guantánamo, out of 166 prisoners in total, and although President Obama faces hurdles in Congress when it comes to releasing prisoners, and has also contributed to the failure to close Guantánamo, as he promised on taking office in January 2009, by backing down when faced with criticism, there is no fundamental obstacle to the release of Shaker Aamer. His ongoing imprisonment is deplorable and unforgivable, and both the American and British governments ought to be profoundly ashamed that he is still held.For Shaker Aamer’s story, see:
Also see my archive here:
Please sign the e-petition to the British government here (UK citizens and residents only):
There is also an international petition here that anyone can sign:
Also see the website of the Save Shaker Aamer Campaign:
Freya is a member of the Brighton Amnesty International group (she appeared on Mike Fischer’s show in the past) and is currently studying for an MA in Human Rights at the University of London. Her programme features interviews with representatives from Brighton-based charities, Age UK and Assert and the national organisation, the British Institute of Human Rights. LISTEN HERE or on wednesday 11am
Scott, studying Linguistics, and Rob, studying Film & Screen, come together for their first radio show. Two charming students let loose on the airwaves. Covering everything from films to news, the Brighton university students mix wit and charm whilst doing their best not to swear and offend. LISTEN HERE TO THEIR LATEST SHOW
Councillor Pete West came in to talk about the Biosphere Project.
Together we will create a world-class environment, that is economically successful and enjoyed by all – forever
The ‘HERE HERE’ campaign seeks to bring people and nature closer together, in the Brighton & Hove and Lewes Downs area, through becoming a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.Info http://biospherehere.org.uk/what-on-e… After a successful 12 week public it has been decided to extend the public consultation on the Biosphere bid until 22 May.
Councillor Pete West St Peter’s & North Laine ward Chair of Environment & Sustainability Committee
Member of Policy & Resources Committee
Member of Transport Committee
Member of the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) (BHCC appointee)
Member of SDNPA Resource & Performance Committee
Sussex-born, Pete is a father of three young children. He has an MA in Engineering with Business Management.
A warm welcome to this inspirational group of young people who recently visited the Foreign and Commonwealth Office demanding answers as to why our government has, as yet, been unable to secure the return of Shaker Aamer, British resident cleared for release, from Guantanamo Bay. They will be bringing human rights issues to our attention each week with their new radio show. Listen here to our introductory interview with them
Supply & Demand presents
Make Tea, Not War
at The Warren
The World said no. 36 million of us took to the streets. The largest ever protest in history. The Iraq War still went ahead. Could we have done anything differently? Inventive, bold, and multi-disciplinary, three characters find surprising ways of re-thinking the art of protest. A darkly comic piece that invites the audience to consider the possibility of change.
- See more at: http://boxoffice.brightonfringe.org/event.aspx?evId=5112#sthash.81obmNZG.dpu
MAY 14th 6pm
MAY 27th, 28th 9pm
Petitioning Paul Marchant
.@Primarkjobs @Mango @Matalan: ensure safety for workers & compensate victims of building collapse
On 22 May, Free University Brighton (FUB), the community-led initiative offering education ‘for love, not money’, officially launches. Hosted by The Blind Tiger Club, the launch party, like the project itself, promises something for all: inspirational speakers, speed learning, live music and more.
Among the speakers are Brighton MP, Caroline Lucas, award-winning local author John O’Donoghue and noteworthy academics who will offer alternative perspectives on education and the blossoming free university movement. Local bands Red Diamond Dragon Club and Funge will be playing exciting fusions of hip-hop, electro, folk, jazz, funk and grunge. If that isn’t enough to tickle your taste buds, have a go at speed learning, heady and chaotic like speed dating without the disappointment.
Organiser of the launch, Ali Ghanimi, set up FUB in response to cuts in adult and higher education. She said “This is about reclaiming education and making it accessible to all of us. ”
Free courses, talks and workshops are being made available in public spaces, such as libraries and cafes, thereby placing education in the heart of the community. Students are invited to choose what they want to learn using the website’s ‘wish list’ in the hope those teachers will come forward. The menu will be diverse, from academic to practical. Current courses range from criminology to using Twitter and from economics to reading music.
The response to FUB has been consistently positive. Says Ghanimi, “There’s an increasing concern about what’s happening to education and people love the concept of creating our own, alternative system.”
1. The launch party is on Wed 22 May, from 7pm – late at The Blind Tiger Club, 52–54 Grand Parade, Brighton.
2. For further information on Free University Brighton, contact Ali Ghanimi
3. Free University Brighton’s motto is ‘education for love not money’. This is to emphasise the value of education and the universal love of learning as well as reminding us that education can only be accessible to all if it is free.
4. As well as putting on it’s own educational events, Free University Brighton will be actively promoting any other free learning events across the city.
5. This is a resource for the whole community. We welcome and encourage anyone to get involved by offering to teach, run and host educational events for free.
6. Website: www.freeuniversitybrighton.org Twitter: @FreeUniBrighton
Listen here to Brighton University Drama Society’s excellent adaptation of this wonderful Discworld Novel. By Terry Pratchett
Adapted for stage by Stephan Briggs
Directed by Chloe Senior
Asst Director: Alex Huetson. Thanks to Oli Chase from Under the Bridge Studios for recording the event
Original artwork :Catherine Faulkner. Sound Design: Nikita Alvaro.
|Death comes to us all. When he came for Mort, he offered him a job.The Brighton University Drama Society humbly invites you to their production of ‘Mort’. Based on the much loved fourth book in Terry Pratchett’s award winning Discworld series and adapted for the stage by Stephen Briggs. This mortally funny dark fantasy comedy follows the tale of how one hopeless boy (who cannot find his bum with both hands) gets an unexpected apprenticeship which doesn’t go quite according to plan. There will be witches, wizards and a flying majestic white steed named Binky, this is one production you don’t want to miss.Performed at Sallis Benney Theatre
58–67 Grand Parade, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 0JY
19th — 21th April
This week we welcome back Matt Peacock our local composer and pianist playing some of his own compositions. The music is influenced by film which is where he aims to take it. We love his playing and hope you will too.If you can’t wait for Sunday 10am and 10pm LISTEN HERE Recorded at Under the Bridge Studios
Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, Cllr Jason Kitcat, accepting the One Planet Living status for the city from BioRegional’s Chief Executive, Sue Riddlestone OBE. (BioRegional is the accrediting body).
The presentation took place at the sustainable housing project on the Bristol Estate yesterday (19÷4). Supporters of the project were also present.
More information about OPL city status:
Brighton & Hove City Council has already introduced ’10 One Planet Living principles’ to help plan, deliver, develop and communicate sustainability messages. These principles have led to a wide range of achievements including:
· 1400 loft insulations; 1100 cavity wall insulations; 1500 heating improvements; and 150 solar hot water heating systems installed in recent years
· Trialled communal recycling for 3,200 households with 70% increase in recycling by weight collected – now being rolled out to most of the city
· Introducing pool bikes for council business journeys totalling 1,300 miles in the first year
· A highly successful Food Partnership and a hundred local food projects in the city
· A re-established Fair Trade Steering Group in the city which organises regular Fair Trade events
· Becoming a Living Wage employer and supporting the city campaign to sign up other employers
Making buildings more energy efficient and delivering all energy with renewable technologies.
Reducing waste, reusing where possible, and ultimately sending zero waste to landfill.
Encouraging low carbon modes of transport to reduce emissions, reducing the need to travel.
Using sustainable healthy products, with low embodied energy, sourced locally, made from renewable or waste resources.
Local and sustainable food
Choosing low impact, local, seasonal and organic diets and reducing food waste.
Using water more efficiently in buildings and in the products we buy; tackling local flooding and water course pollution.
Land use and wildlife
Protecting and restoring biodiversity and natural habitats through appropriate land use and integration into the built environment.
Culture and community
Reviving local identity and wisdom; supporting and participating in the arts.
Equity and local economy
Creating bioregional economies that support fair employment, inclusive communities and international fair trade.
Health and happiness
Encouraging active, sociable, meaningful lives to promote good health and well being.
One Brighton – One Planet Living Project with BioRegional
One Brighton’ is the first new development to embody the principles of ‘One Planet Living’, a joint initiative of BioRegional and the World Wildlife Fund, intended to enable the creation of sustainable communities, with Brighton & Hove City Council, as the Planning Authority. One Brighton is a mixed development in the New England Quarter comprising 172 residential units. Locally it will serve as an exemplar of sustainability helping to raise the bar for future developments.
Brighton Rep Theatre has been set up by Matt Lloyd Davies and Sally
Davis to fill what we see as a void in the Brighton and Hove Arts
Community, specifically Brighton Theatre.
Rep theatre nowadays is disappearing country wide and we wanted to
Brighton and Hove has a touring house, presenting pre and post West
End Tours. We felt we needed a theatre where local actors, directors
and writers could work continually without having to always travel to
London. A space presenting our own productions, using local theatre
professionals, of which there are thousands in Sussex.
We are working local company Drink in Brighton to create an intimate
40 seat pub theatre in the basement at The Globe bar, Middle Street,
Brighton. The venue will be ours exclusively for the duration of the
fringe. We aim to create a relaxed environment that will appeal to
regular theatre goers and to people who see shows less frequently. The
space will be used differently for each play making to most of the
We hope this will grow to re-establish Repertory Theatre within
Brighton and Hove which is a thriving, arts loving community. Giving
work to local artists and technicians and adding to the arts scene:
Brighton Rep Theatre
We are presenting 3 plays over the course of the fringe with a total
of 30 shows with local actors. Each play is showing throughout the
month with cross casting.
• Bash by Neil Labute
• Small World by Ray Anthony (premier)
• Custard Capers by Whizz Bang Pop (children’s show)
• Bash Sunday 5th May 7.00pm
• Small World Tuesday 7th May 7.00pm
• Custard Capers Saturday 11th May 12.00pm
We welcome all coverage, reviews and feedback. We would love to hear
your thoughts so we can continue this project after the fringe to the
best of our ability and in collaboration with local media. Individual
press releases will follow. Full dates can be found on our website.
Sally Davis, Peter Sundby, Helen Pepper-Smith, Derek Horsham, Joanna
Oastler, Mark Healey, Amy Sutton.
Directors & Producers
Matthew Lloyd-Davies & Sally Davis