With the Bank Holiday Weekend behind us and the vision of catching small trout from a woodland stream now a fading memory it was time to focus on the issues of work, well if going to a performance at The Famous Spiegel Garden qualifies as work.
In the late afternoon sun we drove towards the lush green South Downs and onwards to Brighton, there we were to meet an old friend of mine, Julian who has put together this year’s Brighton Fringe, an event covering cabaret, comedy, dance, film, literature, music, theatre, visual arts and workshops. The key attraction this year is The Spiegeltent and the acclaimed show La Clique. Though another event this coming Saturday caught my attention, this being both Charles Rangeley-Wilson and John Andrews musing on the delights of fishing, the allure of the rivers and the glories of the English landscape. Author and conservationist Charles Rangeley-Wilson will discuss his new book – Silt Road – The Story of a Lost River in the Brighton Dome Founders Room at 3pm.
As the sun started drop low in the sky it was still bright enough to illuminate the stained glass of The Spiegeltent, this magnificent structure located at The Old Steine was to house an evening of music, cabaret, circus and the curious. The first act on stage, well, on top of a piano was Mikelangelo & The Black Sea Gentlemen with their signature sound of Balkan melodies and European Kabaret – an infectious fusion that plumbs the depths of sophisticated irreverence. This act Captained by Mikelangelo’s extraordinary, sonorous vocals and his crew sail their ship through oceans of tragic comedy, storms of melodrama and waves of eccentricity, this is an act not to miss nor is La Clique, with its array of dangerously charismatic characters who are sexy, funny, outrageous and unforgettable. If you find it all too much you can chill out in the Spiegel Garden with an Aperol Spritz.
If you are looking for something to brighten your year then you should head south before the 2nd June and indulge your senses at the Brighton Fringe and Festival. http://www.brightonfringe.org but make sure you book a ticket for The Spiegeltent. http://www.spiegltent.net