What is the Freedom Season?

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The Freedom Season is a programme of events that are accessible to a range of audiences with access needs, including those with physical and invisible disabilities. 

The season also showcases and supports the work of Deaf and disabled participants. 

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Accessible Venue Partners

Venues that actively accommodate audience needs and programme events produced and performed by disabled participants. 

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Accessible Events

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By Purple Theatre

03 June 2018 14:00 - 15:00

No one talks about the parents. Your only child is getting married to someone of the same sex. Oh God, what will Grandad say? We are all so busy being there for our kids, we don’t think to examine how WE feel about it. Yes, we are happy for them, that they have found love and are secure, but it’s not what we saw when they were born. We saw grandchildren and wedding dresses and, dare someone say, a normal life? This beautiful and tender examination of one mother’s thoughts as she approaches her gay son’s wedding reminds us that families aren’t perfect. But love certainly is. A must see show.
Touch tours available on request, please email samantha@purpletheatre.co.uk to book.

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The State of Us
By Danceability Collective

21 May 2018 13:00 - 15:30
22 May 2018 19:00 - 21:30

Fan Dance Theatre Company, Theatre inc. and The Magic Chocolate Show are collaborating as Danceability Collective for Brighton Fringe 2018. The three companies are from Brighton and Chichester and all of us exist to enable performers with disabilities to share their talent and inspire their audiences. Each company are exploring emotions for this show. Join us on our rollercoaster ride as we dip into different feelings, proving that although universal, not everyone experiences emotions in the same way. We use a range of art forms including dance, shadow imagery, theatre, comedy, music and film.

Touch tours available on request, please email fandancetheatrecompany@gmail.com to book.

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By Subira Wahogo

07 May 2018 19:30 - 20:30
10 May 2018 19:30 - 20:30

Subira, in Swahili, means patience. Something Subira Wahogo is quickly running out of. Join them for a night of spoken word poetry about being queer, black and angry. Weaving together the personal and political, through experiences and imaginations, spoken with rage, softness, and laughter. Witness patience at its end, queerness in its multitudes and blackness at its fullness. If you like poetry about punching people, yelling at racists, and having lots of feelings, come through! "I don't even like poetry but that was great" (Some guy one time)

This project is supported by an Irene Mensah Brighton Fringe bursary.

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Stealth Aspies: Autistic People Speak Out
By Stealth Aspies

22 May 2018 20:30 - 21:20
23 May 2018 20:30 - 21:20
24 May 2018 20:30 - 21:20
26 May 2018 20:30 - 21:20
27 May 2018 20:30 - 21:20

The Stealth Aspies Company - the world's first performance collective entirely run by autistic adults. Formed in 2016 by Paul Wady of the 'Guerilla Aspies' solo show (now in its fourth year of converting audiences). Janine Booth (originator of the Labour party neurodiversity manifesto), Alain English, Sarah Saeed and Paul Wady read and personally reflect upon the stories of NeuroAtypical people.

Some just diagnosed. Some in the closet. All living lives where many around them have no idea of their true natures. Autistic people actually speaking. Will you listen to us?

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Singing Hands Summer Spectacular
By Singing Hands

07 May 2018 11:00 - 11:50

Singing Hands bring their unique blend of Makaton and musical fun to Brighton Fringe for the very first time! The Singing Hands show will be an interactive, multi-sensory, Makaton-signed experience featuring many of the much-loved songs from the Singing Hands DVDs and CDs. Join in as they jump like kangaroos in Australia, wade through the jungle in Africa looking for wild animals or as they go on a day trip to the Zoo and the Farm! Suzanne and Tracy will include some up-tempo pop songs themed around the concepts of friendship and happiness – so come and sing, sign, dance and experience their unique show!

Designed to be fully-inclusive, this event can be enjoyed by children of ALL ages and abilities.

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On the Tracks
By Lucy C Hayward

28 May 2018 16:55 - 18:05
29 May 2018 16:55 - 18:05
30 May 2018 16:55 - 18:05
31 May 2018 16:55 - 18:05
1 June 2018 16:55 - 18:05
2 June 2018 16:55 - 18:05

Robert and Ted are shunters. They work together on a small country railway station at night. There seems to be nothing unusual about this evening but a lot has happened over the last few years and tonight something has changed. It is only when conversation turns to the darker side that it becomes clear how little they know about each other and can start uncovering the unsavoury truths.
A sixty minute stage play with a touch tour and audio description absorbed within the script, so every performance is accessible for blind and visually impaired audiences.

Touch tours available on request, please email lucy.c.hayward@gmail.com to book.

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Massaoke's Club La La
By Massaoke Ltd 

11 May 23:00 - 12 May 2018 03:00
25 May 23:00 - 26 May 2018 03:00

A live rock band, big-screen lyrics, and a room full of party-goers singing and dancing their hearts out together to the greatest rock and pop anthems of all time. One of the hottest tickets at the Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringes over the past few years, Massaoke returns to Komedia to get Brighton singing, dancing and jumping along to the ultimate rock and pop anthems. With glitter cannons, lip-sync battles and infinite air guitars, Massaoke is an exhilarating club night you’ll never forget. Bring the noise!

"The euphoria of a mass karaoke sesh with your mates – on steroids" (Metro)

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Harry Hay: Founder of the Radical Faeries
By Philip Taylor

08 May 2018 19:30 - 21:30

Presented in association with Eyes Wide Open Cinema, a queer film strand based in Brighton: www.eyeswideopencinema.co.uk Harry Hay, a pioneer of what has become the modern queer/sexual minorities movement, was born in Worthing, Sussex in 1912 but spent most of his life in the USA. In 1950, he founded a homophile group called the Mattachine Society. He was a co-founder, in 1979, of the Radical Faeries, a movement affirming gayness as a spiritual calling.
Joey Cain, a San Francisco-based community activist and independent historian, was a close associate of Harry Hay and in 2012 organized a New York conference celebrating his life. Joey will introduce the film 'Hope Along the Wind: The Life of Harry Hay.'.

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Grace Eyre Street
By Purple Playhouse Theatre

23 May 2018 19:30 - 21:00
30 May 2018 19:30 - 21:00

Following a successful debut in 2017, we'll be taking another trip to 'Grace Eyre Street' to meet some new characters! A showcase of live short performances made by artists with learning disabilities from Brighton, Hove and beyond will be punctuated by intervals when people can explore a visual art exhibition and enjoy a drink from the bar.

This project is supported by the BN1 Magazine bursary.

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Good Grief ...... Living With Loss 
By The Martlets Hospice

16 May 2018 11:00 - 17:00

'Good Grief... Living with Loss' is a supportive drop-in event for anyone interested in or effected by bereavement and loss. The event is part of Dying Matters Week 2018 and offers an opportunity to learn about the work of the Martlets Hospice, as well as other local and national providers of bereavement care and support.

There will be a mix of activities, information stalls and other opportunities including 'Soulful Singing in Grief' a free workshop which will run between 13:30 - 16:00.

From One Heart to Another
By The Theatre Shed

06 May 2018 14:00 - 15:00

The human heart. We can put it in the strangest places, hoping it’s looked after by whoever finds it. Kia is about to find out just how big hers is. A lot to hand over. She needs help. She’s fed up and bored with the world. She’s growing up too fast, but who can help? 'From One Heart to Another' looks at the exciting adventures a child can experience when challenged and when asked to really question how they see their life. Through a whirlwind of imagination and expression, Kia may end up realising just how important her heart is and the choices she makes with it.

Touch tours available on request, please email brightonopenairtheatre@gmail.com to book.

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Drawing Circus
By Drawing Circus

14 May 2018 18:00 - 21:00
21 May 2018 18:00 - 21:00

An extravaganza of themed figure-drawing. Come sketch with us as models in circus costume are frozen mid-act for your drawing delight. All abilities are welcome and drawing materials are provided. Two full three-hour sessions, and in the gorgeous vintage Bosco Theatre circus tent!

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Come Rhyme With Me
By New Writing South

18 May 2018 19:00 - 21:00

Enjoy a night of rhyming, rice and peas with Dean Atta and Deanna Rodger alongside a menu of performers chosen for their wit, wisdom and ability to move you. Warmly welcoming audiences from all walks of life to a feast of the finest poets, lyricists and musicians, plus a delicious Caribbean dinner.
Appetisers: Open Mic There are six 3 minute slots only - arrive early to secure your spot on the mic.
Starter: Daisy Behagg
Main course: Potent Whisper
Dessert: Usaama Minahs

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Brainville at Night
By The Dot Collective

21 May 2018 19:45 - 21:10
22 May 2018 19:45 - 21:10
23 May 2018 19:45 - 21:10

A stylish adventure into the film noir-ish world of Ingrid's memories and imagination. So what if the doctors tell her she lacks insight and the ability to empathise? Labels like "front-temporal dementia" never meant anything to her anyway. She carries the love, excitement and romance within her. The Dot Collective is delighted to bring their acclaimed production to Brighton for Dementia Awareness Week. Featuring music, movement and projection this is the most original love story you will see this year.
"a brave, positive work" (The Guardian)
Writer: Alexander Moschos, Director: Matthew Parker.

By Purple Theatre

03 June 2018 15:30 - 17:00

Are you black or white... girl or boy... straight or gay? Well? Or doesn’t it matter? Oh, it matters! Purple Theatre are dedicated to exploring the world of race and gender neutrality, the ‘no man’s land’, as it were, of identity. 'Boxes' drops you energetically into the world of two people who, faced with the task of organising a loved one’s affairs after their death, discover a wealth of information about their family and themselves. Featuring music, movement and sharp dialogue, the two polar personalities clash as they realise they are very different and exactly the same. Strap yourself in.
Touch tours available on request, please email samantha@purpletheatre.co.uk to book.

This project is supported by an encoreinsure.com Brighton Fringe bursary.

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Aqua Decadance
By Brighton Swimming Club

12 May 2018 19:45 - 21:00

Join the synchronised swimmers of Brighton as we celebrate our 10th year performing at Brighton Fringe. With guest swimmers from Horsham and Portsmouth, we will create a visual feast for you with 100 swimmers of all ages taking part. A celebration of 10 years with 10 decades of music from the 1920s to the current day. A great family-friendly show suitable for everyone.

For our loyal fans who come along to see us every year - we have a new start time of 19:45 as the show is packed full of even more synchro!

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