Hip hop, poignant ballet
and a Fringe favourite

Ballet performance and hip hop legends are on the calendar for Brighton Dome’s summer programme.

Spokesman Chris Challis said: “Fresh from collaborating with Sinead O’Connor, Rumer and Hercules & Love Affair and having his music featured in the award-winning film Weekend, singer songwriter John Grant (June 27) heads to the south coast in support of his solo album.

“On the opposite side of the musical spectrum, Wu-Tang Clan’s Method Man will join forces with Def Squad’s Redman for an exclusive Brighton Dome show (July 13).

“Undersea adventures are offered with The Little Mermaid (June 29) as Ballet Theatre UK present their dramatic re-telling of the Hans Christian Andersen favourite.

“When the Little Mermaid falls in love with a human Prince, she gives up everything to win his love.

“Determined to pursue her love onto the shore, she makes a bargain with an evil Sea Witch, but it comes at a heavy price.

“Ballet Theatre UK’s charming and poignant ballet explores the nature of longing, how making choices have lasting consequences and how goodness can be rewarded in unexpected ways.”

Chris added: “Award-winning performer Bryony Kimmings will join forces with her 11-year-old niece Taylor to present the final date of their world-wide smash-hit show Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model (July 3).

“In an audacious, provocative protest against flagrant global attempts to sexualise and commodify childhood for profit, Bryony and Taylor decided to play the global tween machine at its own game by inventing dinosaur-loving, bike riding, tuna pasta-eating, alternative pop star Catherine Bennett.

“One of the biggest hits at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe, it is a tale of hopeless protection, blind fury, 11-year-old brains and taking on the world with your family that explores what it really takes to be a Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model for of the 21st-century child.”

Also coming up, comedian, writer and performer Amy Lamé hosts the likes of The Caezars, The Two Wrongies, Lorraine Bowen, The Drakes, a dozen Lesley Ash clones and many more Duckie present Mods Versus Rockers (August 2), an evening of music, dance, performance and choreography in homage to the infamous battles fought in Brighton nearly 50 years ago.”

Elsewhere, Brighton Dome continues its commitment to local talent with SPECTRUM (July 5, August 10), a live music scheme that cultivates, develops and showcases the city’s burgeoning musical talent, Chris said.

July also marks the return to Brighton Dome of Miss Represented (July 18-19), a creative collective made up of aspiring young women and artists from the local area who will present a brand new, cross-art performance that looks to explore the relationships between forgiveness, facebook and friendship.

Log on to brightondome.org to find out more.