Just before the Marlborough team rub our tired eyes and prepare to fall into a tinselled heap on the office floor, we wanted to do a little recap of our year. Cue nostalgic music and hazy focus…
It’s been a mad one, and my god we are knackered, but we’re also humbled and delighted to have spent 2015 working with some of our very favourite performers and running some of our most ambitious projects to date.
Our tiny theatre has seen the likes of CHRISTEENE, Penny Arcade, David Hoyle, DARKMATTER and M Lamar do their thing, and we were overjoyed to work with Brighton Dome to host Justin Vivian Bond. We collaborated with The Spire for shows by Panti Bliss and Scottee, as well as it being the holiest of venues for a damn good fundraiser with our best mates Traumfrau, with entertainment provided by the inimitable Sh!t Theatre and Double Pussy Clit F*ck. We also worked with the truly inspiring Brighton Trans*pride team and commissioned video artist Evan Ifekoya to create this video response to our Long Table discussion on gender, hosted by the amazing Lois Weaver.
Rosie Powell captured our first Traumfrau hook up of the year with this beautiful video, featuring the very brilliant Foxy and Husk, Rachel Mars, Krishna Istha, Susannah Hewlett and Steve Nice. We spent the Summer dancing in the street, hosting two memorable street parties for the Brighton Fringe launch weekend and Brighton Pride.
Our most successful Brighton Fringe festival ever saw over 3000 people come through the building to witness a stonking line up including Miss Behave, House of Bakewell and Susannah Hewlett, as well as Eggs Collective and Kate O’Donnell courtesy of our partnership with the lovely folk up at Contact Manchester.
We officially launched our residency programme with artists Eilidh MacAskill and Rosana Cade this summer, followed by Harry Clayton-Wright in the autumn. Emma Frankland, Evan Ifekoya, Made In China, Mars.tarrab, Victoria Melody, Seth Kriebel and Christopher Brett Bailey also spent time by the sea working on new projects.
In the chilly months we presented our second season of curated work featuring the likes of Stacy Makishi, Project O and GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN. Dialogue Theatre Club facilitated some inspiring post show chats in the bar and Stacy and the ‘van shared some of their wisdom in workshops for local students.
We wrapped up the year with Camp as Christmas, a festive blow out in The Spire with the formidable Scottee and a line up as delectable and diverse as a box of Quality Street (minus the gross Turkish Delight one.)
Festive thanks go to – our audiences, our steering group, our partner venues, Arts Council England, Brighton & Hove City Council, Laines Pub Company, The Marlborough Pub staff and the bloody lovely artists we’ve worked with.
2016 – we’re coming for you…
Happy Christmas friends!
Love from all at Marly towers x
P.S. Need some present inspiration for your favourite queer? How about tickets to see Kate Bornstein – On Men, Women and the Rest of Us, a co-production with Brighton Dome and Pink Fringe in Feb 2016?!
Top image: Jayde Adams and Ginger Johnson at the Marlborough Pride Street Party © Sharon Kilgannon