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LE GATEAU CHOCOLAT
Drag, Cabaret, Opera and Theatre Artist

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Voted by Time Out London as one of its Top 10 Cabaret Stars, Le Gateau Chocolat is a one-man, larger-than-life musical phenomenon, wrapped in dazzling sequinned lycra.

Le Gateau Chocolat’s work spans drag, cabaret, opera, musical theatre, children’s theatre and live art. His bewitching baritone has been heard in previous works Le Gateau Chocolat (2011), I ❤ Chocolat (2012), In Drag (2013 Royal Festival Hall commission) and BLACK (2014 Homotopia commission), which toured with music ensemble Psappha in 2017.

Le Gateau Chocolat most recently appeared in Wagner’s Tannhauser, starring Stephen Gould, which opened the 108th Bayreuth Festival in 2019 and attracted headlines around the world for the reaction to his participation as a drag artist of colour.

After postponing Gateau’s new orchestral piece PANDORA in Brighton Festival 2020, Gateau will make his Brighton Dome Premiere at this year’s Festival with the world premiere of LIMINAL.

ROB LUIS
DJ and Music Producer

Robert Luis is the founder, co-owner and A&R for Tru Thoughts the record label based in Brighton, England. He has worked with and introduced a whole host of acts into the musical world, signing Quantic, Bonobo, Belleruche and Alice Russell and releasing their debut albums, as well as signing the likes of Nostalgia 77, Werkha, Hidden Orchestra, Zed Bias, Moonchild, Anchorsong, Rhi, Rodney P, Wrongtom, Harleighblu, Flowdan, Lakuta and Hot 8 Brass Band.

 

SUHAYLA EL-BUSHRA
Writer

Suhayla is a screenwriter and playwright. Her plays have been performed at The National Theatre, The Royal Court, The Kiln and The Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, and she is under commission from Chichester Festival Theatre, The Bridge Theatre and ETT. She has written for TV shows Hollyoaks and Ackley Bridge, and is currently working on a feature film script with the BFI. She has lived in and around Brighton for 25 years and has run writing workshops for New Writing South, Little Green Pig and Brighton People’s Theatre. She often writes for and about young people, and has recently started writing book and lyrics for musicals, which she loves.

CHARLOTTE VIVIAN
Marketing specialist

Charlotte is a marketing expert who has over 15 years of experience working in venues as Box Office Manager, Marketing Manager and Venue Manager (Edinburgh Festival). She has worked at Dv8 Sussex a creative college as Head of Marketing & Communications and  currently works as a freelance producer with Big Egg Films and with Komedia Productions as Development Director, working on projects aimed for children & young people and developing work with new artists.

My favourite moment of the project was meeting with an artist and learning along the way about different techniques and ideas made me expand my knowledge and creative outlook on things.

Faith, participant

VICTORIA MELODY
Independent Performance Artist

Victoria makes theatrical shows, performances and films. She spends time with different communities and becomes an active participant in their rituals as research for her work. In the past she has become a pigeon racer, northern soul dancer, championship dog handler, beauty queen, funeral director, police officer and stand-up comedian. A performance artist can mean lots of different things but it is often made by people from a visual art background who work across lots of different creative disciplines (e.g. film, music, theatre, visual art) Performance art can happen anywhere, in any type of venue or setting and for any length of time. The actions of an individual or a group at a particular place and in a particular time make up the work.

JARLATH RICE
Photographer and Film Maker

Jarlath is an artist and educator with over 30yrs of experience in the arts working in the area of performance, video and photography. For the past 4yrs he has been based in Brighton teaching media production at DV8 Sussex and BHASVIC. He works as a facilitator with Brighton Youth Centre organising an annual film festival for B’Fest and running workshops for young video makers.

MADELEINE FLYNN
Audio Conceptual Artist

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Madeleine Flynn is an Australian artist who creates unexpected situations for listening. She has a long term collaborative practice with Tim Humphrey. Their work is driven by a curiosity and questioning about listening, site, ecologies, technologies and communities, and seeks to evolve and engage with new processes and audiences, through public and participative interventions.

Their highly awarded practice intertwines local, national and international relationships. They are in high demand as creative collaborators across artforms and industries. Current commissions include Witness Stand for Perth International Arts Festival, relay//country remembers her names for MONAFOMA, and how much time do we have? for the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. New things bubbling away with the Science Gallery and ArtsHouse  Australia, Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Scotland, TPAC Taiwan and the Kinosaki International Arts Centre, Japan. They continue to stay connected to their art kin.

LUCY CRAN
Fine Artist

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Lucy Cran is a visual artist working with sculpture, performance and participation. Often involving other people in the making process as well as the reception of her work, she creates sculptures for events, performances and workshops that are designed to prompt tactile and imaginative exploration. Her work asks questions about the experience of interacting physically with sculpture and about the nature of the sculptures that produce it. What makes people want to touch, hold or move with a sculpture? How do forms, surfaces and colours combine to invite interaction?  

Alongside this, she runs Leap Then Look, a collaborative arts organisation with artist Bill Leslie. They work with galleries, arts organisations, schools and universities to produce innovation participatory projects, workshops, training and events that explore interdisciplinary arts practice, play, experimentation and collaboration.

 

RIFA THORPE-TRACEY
Digital Events Producer

Rifa is an events organiser, coach, producer and advocate for inclusivity in tech. Rifa launched SheSays Brighton and curates Spring Forward Festival. A former late night radio DJ, she organised and hosted The Story Conference 2019; sits on the board at Marlborough Theatre and previously ran Talent 2018 careers festival for Wired Sussex. Rifa has side hustles in meditation and yoga, as well as co-hosting the Refigure weekly arts podcast. Rifa has mentored creative start-ups such as Cult Milk, Pop Up Brighton and Cannibal Hymns record label.

FERN BERREEN
Milliner

After meeting Sean Barett, the milliner for Titanic, Alice in Wonderland and Elizabeth the Golden age and stalking him around my university for 2 days I  decided I should really get a life. Of course, starting out with anything new never pays for the bills and for about 9 years I’ve been doing Fern Berreen Millinery on the side. Now after moaning bout how I hate life and just want to  make peoples heads look fabulous, my Mr pushed me over the cliff and here I am!

Fern Berreen Millinery constructs ‘One-off’, eye-catching pieces, to wow and impress is totally what we do best. Everything is hand sewn, made in house with love, creativity and buckets of sass. We create headdresses for fabulous people; Showgirls, burlesque, boylesque, drag, cabaret also catwalks, editorials, weddings, glamorous costume parties, regattas, festivals and carnivals.Some of our clients and commissions include Hampton Court Palace, Lion King The Musical, Missy Fatale, Serafina Hart, Dita Von Teese, Italia Vogue, National Youth Theatre, The Dublin Playhouse, Whitehall London, Cow Events.

ADAM SHELDON
Film Maker

Adam is a Director at Big Egg Films. They are a full-service video production company. They love beautiful images and are excited by new ways of telling stories. Adam’s background progressed from performing, to producing and ultimately to directing, filming and editing.

Big Egg Films work closely with different organisations in Brighton in order to offer internships and work experience opportunities to people from underrepresented backgrounds, including people with special needs, mental health issues, or just in need of a second chance.

ANNE COLVIN
Dance Artist

Anne Colvin is a freelance dance artist based in Brighton. She is a choreographer (someone who decides with dancers how, when and where they move and what the soundtrack is) and a dance educationalist (someone who helps people learn about themselves and their bodies through movement). She makes lots of different dance events happen from large scale outdoor shows to creative dance workshops and projects for children, young people and adults with and without disabilities.

It has been really useful reflecting on my own career path while talking with the older student. Working with the younger children has been very funny with them coming up with very amusing ideas for making music.

Ed, Artist

CONRAD MURRAY
Theatre Maker, Beatboxer and Rapper

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Conrad Murray is a theatre maker, beatboxer and rapper . He believes that collaboration is a craft, and likes to work in different settings and communities to create memories, experiences and performance. 
He is a founder and AD of the award winning BAC Beatbox Academy which won the Off West, Total theatre and Pick of the fringe in Adelaide.

His work has led him to perform around the UK and internationally, with his show  ‘Frankenstein’ being adapted for the BBC. He was musical director on Hip Hop musical Crongton Knights (with Pilot) which got top 10 Guardian show of 2020, and was recently featured in The Stage’s 100 list. 

He is currently writing a book for Methuen Drama about Hip hop theatre called Beatbox & Elements.

Kane Husbands
Artistic Director

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Kane Husbands is Artistic Director of The PappyShow theatre company dedicated to diverse approaches to visual narratives, with movement training at the heart of their practice. For the company he has directed ‘BOYS’, ‘GIRLS’, ‘CARE’ and ‘Wait til the End.’ Associate for ‘National Youth Theatre’, ‘Squint Theatre’ and ‘The North Wall’. He choreographed the London Olympic, Paralympic and Glasgow Commonwealth Team Welcoming Ceremonies.

As movement director he has worked on, ‘Butterfly Lion’ for Chichester’s Minerva Theatre, ‘Last King of Scotland’ for Sheffield Crucible, ‘One Night in Miami’ for Nottingham Playhouse. He continues to work and freelance for National Theatre, Old Vic New Voices, Sheffield Crucible, Rose Bruford College, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, National Youth Theatre, King Abdulaziz Centre  for World Culture, National Theatre Scotland, Kiln Theatre and others. He is a lecturer at University Arts London, St Mary’s University and University West London.

 

JOE McALISTER
Computational Artist

Joe’s work focuses on themes encompassing artificial intelligence, metadata and embodied interaction, taking a particular interest in how technology can be used to aid progressive discussion. These subjects are approached using a variety of mediums, both new and old, creating coherent pieces that seamlessly blend technology with art. He has received commissions and awards from established universities including Goldsmiths, University of London and Kings College, London. Directed and collaborated on works backed by leading studios and institutions across Europe, including Arts Council England, Goethe-Institut, European Commission, Research Councils UK, Museum of London and The Cabinet Office.

They have shown me what it’s like to be a teenager and a 9 year old in contemporary society. Working with young people has helped me to see my practice with fresh eyes. Inevitably this will lead to me making work that is more relevant to young people in the future.

Victoria, Artist

MEGAN BAY DORMAN
Television and Live Event Producer

Megan has worked in television for eight years, and has also been producing live literary events for the last three years. She produces documentaries and factual entertainment for all the major broadcasters, with credits including RTS Award shortlisted Saving Lives At Sea (BBC 2), Giles Coren: My Failed Novel (Sky Arts), The Dog Hotel (Watch), Food Unwrapped (Channel 4) and Secrets of the Brain (Insight). Previously she had experience in radio as a Presenter and/or Producer at BBC Sussex, Future Radio and Livewire (as well as short placements at BBC Radio 1 and Xfm), and voiced award-winning jingles. For the past three years she has also been producing large live literary events with talent such as Graham Norton, Mary Beard, David Nicholls, Jojo Moyes, Kirsty Wark and more, as well as producing the Salon’s podcasts and developing a series for YouTube.

JOE NEWMAN
Musician, Producer and Singer

Bristol born, Brighton based instrumentalist, producer and DJ, J-Felix is flying the flag for modern Funk and UK Soul He’s made multiple EP’s and remixes over the years both on Tru-Thoughts and Midnight Riot Records and attracted remix work for the likes of Hot 8 Brass Band, Amp Fiddler, Werkha and Wrongtom and The Ragga Twins as well as production work for a multitude of artists and band including Ibibio Sound Machine and Harleighblu. He also performs with a full live band and holds down various DJ residencies across Brighton and London.

ED BRIGGS
Musician / Composer / Scientist

Ed’s background is in composing music for theatre and film as well as performing in several ensemble and solo settings. Most recently he has been working on a practice led PhD on music and the public understanding of science.

He composes using a variety of electroacoustic and traditional methods, including homemade electronics, improvisation, generative process based music, digital programming, alongside traditional instruments and scoring techniques.

 

 

 

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PREMA MEHTA
Lighting Designer

Prema is a Lighting Designer for drama and dance productions, and installations. A lighting designer is someone who works with the director (the person who decides what the overall event looks like and what it says to an audience) to tell a story with light. They decide what the lights look like in the performance space and work with technicians to make sure they use the right lights, in the right places at the right time.

More info about Prema and Stage Sight 

 

LOUISE BLACKWELL
Producer

For Louise, being a producer means she works with artists when they first have a creative idea and helps them make it a reality by bringing it to an audience. This can mean undertaking all sorts of roles but definitely includes getting a creative team together, raising and managing the money, finding the right spaces and places to show the work and making sure people come and see it.

www.louiseb.co.uk