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PREVIEW: Pride @ The Iron Works

Brian Butler July 12, 2021

Just as we settle down after Brighton Festival and Fringe seasons, there’s news this week of a brand new and exciting programme of events that kicks off an all- year-round season from the organisers of Brighton Pride.

Next month sees a season of cabaret, comedy and live music , celebrating LGBTQ+ culture and diversity, and based at the new venue The Ironworks in Cheapside, Brighton.

The venue boasts performance space, tv studios, and meeting rooms and is next to Pride’s offices.

Highlights include:

3 August: Musical comedy performer Hannah Brackenbury returns to Brighton with her award-winning Victoria Wood tribute show, including the famous Ballad of Barry and Freda.

5 August: And Now That’s What I  Call Bingo !  A musical bingo game show featuring the best of Pride anthems, hosted by Drag Prince Alfie Ordinary.

6 August: Paul Diello presents Epicene – a gender-blending tribute to iconic women in music.

8 August: The Glory. Jonny Woo and Rudi Douglas lead a sing-along of top Gay pop songs, featuring Mz Kimberley and Mahatma Khandi.

12 August: Madeleine MacMahon stars in Alto-Holic – comedy, songs and stories showing the highs and lows of her alto vocal range.

13 August: Glamrou aka Amrou Al Khadi, the established film-maker, performer and author joins BBC radio host Kathy Caton for a sit-down interview, joined by Trans activist Fox Fisher.

15 August: Miss Hope Springs continues her Brighton appearances this year with another chance to see “ I’ve Been Around” , her creator Ty Jeffries’  dark and comic look at the  jaded cabaret star’s disastrous life in Berlin, Paris and Dungeness.

Paul Kemp, director of Brighton Pride told Scene: “ we were hugely grateful to the Culture Recovery Fund Grants Programme that allowed us to continue our planning for in-person Pride events this year and to develop a fuller year-round diverse culture programme”.

Part of the proceeds of ticket sales will go to the Rainbow Fund to distribute to local Queer  charities and community groups . The season is sponsored by Tesco.

Look out for my second preview of the remaining season. Meanwhile go to brightonpride.org for ticket details

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