From Tea Dances to Rock n Roll, Bring Your Stories to Life for Our Heritage Project
Were you mesmerised by Pink Floyd’s first performance of Dark Side of the Moon? Did you sneak into David Bowie’s infamous 1973 Ziggy Stardust gig as a teenager? Have you got a special memory of taking part in Brighton Festival Children’s Parade? Or did you ever perform on the Brighton Dome stage?
Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival want to record your memorable stories as part of a new heritage project, I Was There to capture our history for future generations.
Delivering the project is Sussex-based organisation, Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage, who will be training a team of volunteers to conduct oral history interviews with participants.
The interviews and collection of memorabilia will be archived for future generations, and selected stories will be presented in an online exhibition and feature in a public programme of tours and talks at Brighton Dome.
Kate Richardson, Participatory Interpretation Manager, Brighton Dome said:
“We’d love to hear people’s unique recollections or from anyone who has a special connection to Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival – whether it was 50 years ago or more recently. We’re keen to speak to audience members recounting how they felt about seeing their favourite artist or witnessing a sporting event; performers and participants who took part in a show, as well as former employees who can tell us what it was like working behind the scenes.”
Since being converted into a performance venue 150 years ago, Brighton Dome’s three stages have seen a dazzling array of illustrious artists and musical icons such as Patti Smith, Beyoncé, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix, as well as hosting tea dances, wrestling matches and graduation ceremonies. And since 1967, Brighton Festival has brought thousands of international artists to the city with Guest Directors including Anish Kapoor, Laurie Anderson and Kate Tempest.
The interviews will take place between February and July 2020 and will be conducted by trained oral historians.
A member of our interview team will be in touch to organise where and when the recording should take place, at a time and place convenient to you.
Each interview will take approximately 1 to 1.5 hours.
The recordings and edited transcripts will be archived.
Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival will have the rights to use archived material as a resource.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund is supporting the oral history project as part of their contribution towards the refurbishment of Brighton Dome’s Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre.
If you are interested in taking part or have any questions, please email email@example.com
We are delighted to be working with Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival to deliver a new project starting in January 2020 to capture memories of events, performance and shows at Brighton Dome over the years.
Graduations, tea dances, roller derbies, pop icons, Suffragette protests, cutting-edge art, silent discos, hairdressing championships, tear-jerking theatre, fierce debates and Eurovision winners. We’ve seen it all.
‘And since being converted into a performance venue 150 years ago, our stages have been graced with a dazzling array of illustrious artists, writers, dancers, musicians, actors and directors – from Harold Pinter to Maya Angelou, Muddy Waters, Ella Fitzgerald and Stevie Wonder to David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Leonard Cohen and all the late Dancing Queens in between.’
As a volunteer, you will plan and hold interviews to creatively re-tell moving memories from Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival visitors.
This work will end up being part of an exciting story-telling project about one of the most vital arts centres in heart of Brighton & Hove, and the memories collected will be shared with generations to come.
Volunteers will: • receive all training and equipment will be provided • receive expenses • need to be aged 18+ • need to commit to the project until July 2020 • need to attend a two hour research session once a month • need to attend one day training sessions on 25th January 2020 and another date in April.
Come join us this Thursday for a free lunchtime heritage and literary event for the Dr BlightyIndian Soldiers project, part of Brighton Festival. This is a lunchtime event. Feel free to bring your own lunch, and Temptations cafe in the library will also be open for lunches and refreshments. They will serve a specially made Indian Chai drink to accompany the event. Thursday 12th May 12-1.30pm, Jubilee Library, Jubilee Square, Brighton
Dr Blighty Brighton Festival lunchtime event (Free) –
The event includes:
* A talk with Artistic Director of Nutkhut, Ajay Chhabra who discusses Dr Blighty, an ambitious new project inspired by an untold story of the First World War, remembering an unexpected episode in Brighton’s history when the Royal Pavilion Estate became a military hospital for wounded Indian soldiers. * Author of new novel Belonging, Umi Sinha will read from her book chronicling the darkest days of the British Raj to the aftermath of the First World War. The story is a compelling and finely wrought epic of love and loss, of race and ethnicity, of homeland – and of belonging. * Q&A session with event audience and speakers * This will be followed by an author book signing – copies of her new book will be available at the event, or bring your own copy. All welcome! With thanks to Brighton and Hove Libraries and Information Service for their support. (with thanks to Brighton and Hove Libraries and Information Service for their support)
Strike a Light is organising this free lunchtime event for the Dr Blighty project, Brighton on Thursday 12th May 12-1.30pm (with thanks to Brighton and Hove Libraries and Information Service for their support) Dr Blighty Brighton Festival lunchtime event (Free) – Talk and Q & A with Artistic Director of Nutkhut, Ajay Chhaabra who discusses Dr Blighty, an ambitious new project inspired by an untold story of the First World War, remembering an unexpected episode in Brighton’s history when the Royal Pavilion Estate became a military hospital for wounded Indian soldiers. Author of new novel Belonging, Umi Sinha will read from the book moving from the darkest days of the British Raj through to the aftermath of the First World War. The story is a compelling and finely wrought epic of love and loss, of race and ethnicity, of homeland – and of belonging. This will be followed by an author book signing. All welcome Free, Jubilee Library, 12-1.30pm Thursday 12th May 2015
This is a lunchtime event and the library cafe will be open for lunches and refreshments at the same time.
Strike a Light is engaging with community groups across the city to promote the project, research this period of history and gather information, meeting with key WWI projects including Gateways to the First World War and East Sussex in WWI. We are setting up free creative and heritage activities with groups such as the Black and Minority Ethnic Elders, alongside Indian themed activities with artist Jane Lyster, setting up public talks with Co-Artistic Director Ajay Chhabra of Nutkhut, and attend Dhavinder Dhillon’s plaque unveiling, which honours Subedar Mir Dast, a Indian soldier who received the Victoria Cross, at the Indian Gate by the Royal Pavilion. Events are being planned currently, so do follow our blog for further updates. Dr Blighty outreach workshop dates with Strike a Light – Brighton and Hove
Brighton and Hove Hindu Women’s Group – Wednesday 20thApril (2pm)
Memories Past Group – Tuesday 3rd May (2pm)
BME Elders session – Thursday 5th May 12pm.
Metamorphosis Art Group – Friday 6th May (2- 3pm)
Gujurati Cultural Group – Tuesday 10th May (8.30pm).
Brighton and Hove U3A session (with Jo Palache of Brighton Museum) – Wednesday 11th May (2.30pm). Venue: Jubilee Library, Jubilee Street, Brighton, open to all
Diya making Artists workshops
Brighton and Hove Hindu Women’s Group – Wednesday 27th April (2pm).
Jewish Care dementia session – Thursday 5th May (3-5pm).
BME Elders session – Thursday 12th May (12pm).
Brighton and Hove U3A session – Thursday 12th May (3pm).
Metamorphosis Art Group – Friday 13th May (2-4pm), Mezzanine bar, The Dome
Going to see Culture Together (from Fabrica gallery) – Tuesday 24th May (11-1pm)
To find out more, and how to participate at sessions free of charge, please contact Strike a Light by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07727 006538
Strike a Light is pleased to announce joining a new collaboration for Brighton Festival with lead companyNutkhut. The ambitious, large-scale, immersive outdoor experienceDr Blighty recalls Brighton’s WWI wartime history, bringing the experiences of Indian soldiers – and the locals who came to care for them – movingly back to life via an immersive walk-through installation across the Royal Pavilion Estate. Inspired by letters the soldiers sent back home to India, the event will seek to capture the essence of the hospital and those who recuperated here. Strike a Light will be delivering the community outreach section of this project between March and May. More than a million men travelled from India to fight for the Allies during the First World War, their collective experiences constituting one of military history’s great untold stories. Between 1914 and 1916, over 2000 Indian soldiers wounded on the Western Front would be brought to a temporary hospital housed in Brighton’s Royal Pavilion. Strike a Light will be engaging with community groups across the city to promote the project, research this period of history and gather information, meet with key WWI projects includingGateways to WWI and East Sussex in WWI, set up free creative and heritage activities with groups such as the Black and Minority Ethnic Elders, alongside Indian themed activities with artist Jane Lyster, setting up public talks with Co-Artistic Director Ajay Chhabra of Nutkhut, and attend Dhavinder Dhillon’s plaque unveiling, which honours Subedar Mir Dast, a Indian soldier who received the Victoria Cross, at the Indian Gate by the Royal Pavilion. To join in with the programme of activities, see here. Nutkhut says: ‘Thousands of letters were written from the Western Front back home to wives, mothers, daughters and sisters, and it’s the emotion within these letters that Dr Blighty is trying to bring into the public domain. They, alongside the propaganda and the censorship, give us an insight into the lives of these young men, and give these many anonymous soldiers a voice. The project will essentially tell a 100-year-old story, and make it a contemporary one for new audiences.’ See a short film about the project here: https://vimeo.com/152312685 We are pleased to be able to deliver a community strand to this new project and happy to engage with Nutkhut, a world class creative organisation to work on this commission in Brighton this spring. To find out more, and how to participate, please contact Strike a Light by email: email@example.com or call 07727 006538
The Dr Blighty project team will be holding some voice recordings in the Music Room at the Royal Pavilion on the evening of Thursday 10 March (5.30pm – 10.30pm) and are looking for some older voices to record as part of this. It would also mean free entry to this part of the Pavilion during that time, in the beautiful Music Room. Those being recorded wouldn’t need to be present the whole time (unless you wanted to be) but would be needed for about half an hour each. These recordings will be part of the Dr Blighty theatre performance as a recording on the following dates: 24 – 29 May 2016 Brighton Festival Royal Pavilion Garden Brighton BN1 1EE You can see more about this free performance here: http://www.nutkhut.co.uk/projects/dance-and-performance/dr-blighty If you’d like to be involved, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brighton Festival Volunteer Opportunities – WAYS TO GET INVOLVED Please sign up or ask questions by emailing Natasha Padbury: email@example.com or call: 07966 880 290
FLEETING Company: And Now Show Date: Evening of Sunday 24th May 2015 Location: The Beach Between the Piers Website: http://brightonfestival.org/event/5957/fleeting/
And Now: Are looking for a large number of volunteers to take part in the finale installation event for Brighton Festival. Ideally the volunteers would have some dance, movement, performance experience but this is not essential. The participants must be 16 or over. The event is a large scale fire installation with choreographed performed punctuations taking place on the beach near the West Pier.
Rehearsals: • 4pm – 7pm Sun 17th May in the Corn Exchange, Brighton Dome – workshop for group leaders and volunteer participants in early May • Saturday 23rd May afternoon and all evening on the beach rehearsals • Sunday 24th May afternoon rehearsals then the “show’ in the evening on the beach Date of Performance: Evening of 24th May • Volunteer participants would need to commit to attending the rehearsals and being there for the ‘show‘
Activity: The performance elements will be simple and carried out in a ‘follow the leader’ type way. It may involve carrying and manipulating a simple prop. It is outside so performers must be willing to work in all weather, and be physically fit as there will be movement on shingle. It will involve moving as an ensemble, a chorus on the shingle beach, up and down the banks and along paths created within the installation. It may involve making some noise, spoken word, a chatter or murmur rather than clearly spoken narrative. Please note that the performance takes place at outdoors and at night which can be physically demanding.
Contact: There will be professional performance direction, stage management and experienced show crew and a volunteer coordinator to manage communications and welfare with all performers. What the festival brochure says about the event:
Fleeting: A one-off festival commission Ever witnessed a murmuration of starlings over the West Pier? Shape-shifting without borders or boundaries as thousands of chattering individuals move as one? Like the precarious pier that’s gradually being reclaimed by the sea, it’s a magnificent expression of the impermanence of our world. Fleeting is a punctuated installation on the beach created by And Now: who specialise in creating unexpected visual experiences. And Now often use fire to connect with people, drawing on its universal cultural presence, symbolic strength and power to focus and inspire. As daylight fades, hundreds of individual points of fire are lit to create swathes of glowing light. Move closer; is that the sound of erosion, of rusting perhaps? Or maybe this is what progression sounds like? Is it the sound of birds in flight, or of time passing? Is it the sound of the shifting, ever-changing population, maybe you can hear memories of migration? Evoking a sense of calm and contemplation, Fleeting is at once a tribute to the West Pier, the people of Brighton and Hove and the transforming power of nature – a fitting finale to Brighton Festival 2015.
Company: Periplum Show Dates: Saturday 16th May 2015 Preston Barracks Website: http://brightonfestival.org/event/5863/451/
Periplum: Are looking for 12 local volunteer performers plus 2 volunteer assistants to help assist the pyrotechnicians during the performance (No previous pyrotechnic experience is required and full training will be given) who can be community members and/or student performers of 18 years old and above.
Rehearsals: Friday 15th May 6pm -Volunteers arrive on site 10pm – Tech dress rehearsal 11.15pm – Vols leave site Date of Performance: Saturday 16th May 5pm -Vols arrive on site 10pm-10:45 Show 11.15pm Vols leave site
Activity: Periplum trains the volunteers into the performance/steward role through an on-site briefing and rehearsals. It is vital that all the volunteers attend the dress rehearsal the night before the first performance in order to learn their role and carry it out safely. All volunteers should wear appropriate footwear and dark trousers made of natural fibres. Please note that the performance takes place at outdoors and at night which can be physically demanding.What the festival brochure says about the event:
Co-Commissioned by Brighton Festival Inspired by Ray Bradbury’s visionary novel Fahrenheit 451, this incendiary outdoor performance recounts the story of a society in which books are banned and firemen are employed to burn them. Bradbury’s classic text has proven prophetic, reflected in the rise of the ipad, surveillance, interactive media, the televised pursuit of fugitives, and the continuing radical power of the written word.
451 combines immersive sound and sensory theatre to depict a dystopic society where literature is outlawed and acts of violence are rewarded. As we witness a rise in monitoring and attacks on freedom of expression we might even believe that there could be a future where books may once again hold a secret knowledge…
Show Dates: Thursday 7th – Saturday 9th May Location: Stamner Park Website: http://brightonfestival.org/event/5847/the_company_of_wolves/
Burn the Curtain: Are looking for a 1 stage manager assistant 16 years + Rehearsals: Afternoons and evening (times TBC) Tues 5th – Thurs 7th May Date of Performances: 6pm – 11pm 7th – 9th May
Activity: Assist the company stage manager to deliver site, prop and costume tasks. This is an exciting opportunity to get hands on experience with a site specific outdoor show. Please note that the performance takes place at outdoors and at night which can be physically demanding. Working on shows of this nature and role can demanding, challenging yet very rewarding. There will be lifting/shifting/guarding etc so must be physically capable. What the festival brochure says about the event:
Based on stories by Angela Carter A promenade theatre adventure for walkers and runners. ‘One beast, and only one, howls in the woods at night.’ A young girl puts on her red cloak and heads into the forest, watched by unseen eyes. She begins to run, and so the hunt begins. Run or walk with us, and help to sniff out those who are hairy on the inside…
Burn the Curtain (The Adventures of Don Quixote by Bicycle, Brighton Festival 2013) turns Angela Carter’s macabre imagination into a spine-tingling outdoor experience. The tale unfolds as you progress along the route, which will be between two and five miles long, depending on which path you take. You can choose to be fleet of foot or eagle-eyed; to pick up the pace or tread carefully. But stray from the path for one instant, and the wolves will eat you. Choose to be a Runner or a Walker and remember that some of the action will take place in the dark, so please bring a torch or head torch. Please wear suitable footwear and dress appropriately for the weather. Please note this event is not wheelchair accessible.
Please sign up for all/any of these events or ask questions by emailing Natasha Padbury: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 07966 880 290
Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is a community interest company. We focus on exploring life stories and history through creative projects. Based in Brighton, Strike a Light works with and for the wider community across Sussex