Ten Things to see in East Sussex, Friday to Thursday, November 16-22

Elis James and John Robins. Picture by Adam Lawrence
Elis James and John Robins. Picture by Adam Lawrence

Wondering what do over the next seven days? Here are ten of the best events.

1. John Smith.

Friday, November 16, 8pm, £15, Unitarian Church, Brighton, loutpromotions.co.uk. John will headline the Unitarian Church following the release of his album Hummingbird. John said: “Ever since my teenage epiphany at the altar of folk music, hearing Nick Drake, Bert Jansch and John Renbourn for the first time, I have been a devotee. The six strings of my guitar have granted me access to a sacred space between things, the interweaving sensations that allow us that gentle buzz on hearing a good folk song.”

2. Alice Fraser.

Headlining Comedy Seaford. Friday, November 16, 8pm (doors 7pm), £9.90, Seaford Head Golf Club, Southdown Road, Seaford, 01323 890139. Award-winning Australian comedian Alice Fraser stars at a superb evening of stand-up. With host Julie Jepson, plus Cheekykita and Jade Gebbie. Tickets available from Seaford Tourist Information Centre. Find out more at comedyseaford@outlook.com. Food will be available. This event is for over 18s only.

3. Laura Lexx – Trying.

November 17, £8-£10, 7pm, Komedia, 44-47 Gardner Street, Brighton, 0845 293 8480. A spokesperson said: “After spending 2017 trying to get through therapy, trying the patience of everyone and trying unsuccessfully for a baby, Laura returns to challenge stigmas and laugh in the face of things we’ve been silent about for too long.” Laura is a Chortle Best Compere Nominee 2016 and 2017, and also an Amused Moose Award Nominee. Visit www.lauralexx.co.uk.

4. The Comedy About A Bank Robbery.

Until Nov. 17, £12-£36, 7.45pm, Theatre Royal, Brighton, 0844 871 7650. A diamond has been entrusted to the city bank, an institution so corrupt that even the security guards are on the take. Damian Lynch stars in a show that comes from the same stable as The Play That Goes Wrong. “There are elements of The Play That Goes Wrong in this,” he said. “But it is a different beast. It has the slapstick elements that they are known for, but this is much more a character driven and plot driven piece.”

5. Lewes Hard of Hearing Support Group.

November 19, 10.30am-12pm, Lewes House of Friendship. This is a chance to meet other hard of hearing people and to make new friends in a relaxed and welcoming environment and to learn from their personal experience of living with hearing loss. It’s also an ideal opportunity to learn some useful communication skills that will help to reduce the feeling of isolation. Free refreshments and raffle. To find out more call East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre on 01323 722505.

6. Ladies Of The Blues.

Monday, November 19, £10, 7.30pm, Komedia, 44-47 Gardner Street, Brighton, 0845 293 8480. This gig features: Lee Ainley’s Blues Storm, a unique vocal pairing of mother and daughter Lee and Tori Ainley; The Zoe Green Band, a force to be reckoned with who always leave audiences wanting more; and Eliana Cargnelutti, a guitar player/singer songwriter from North Italy. A spokesperson said: “Blues enthusiasts, live music lovers and aspiring musicians are in for a very special treat.”

7. Elis James and John Robins.

November 20, £17.50, 8pm, and November 21, Komedia, 0845 293 8480. The Holy Vible Book Tour. A spokesperson said: “Join Elis and John for a live reading from their debut book The Holy Vible. Over the course of the reading we will deal with topics such as shame, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci and also give a rare glimpse into the off-air world of commercial digital indie radio’s most un-produceable presenters. The book will be on sale and they will stay to sign copies.”

8. Music From The Heart.

Wednesday, November 21, £7-£11, 7.30pm, De la Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, 01424 229111. East Sussex Music. Music from the Heart will include more than 300 musicians and singers and will feature bands, choirs and ensembles. The evening’s concert will be an opportunity for East Sussex Music to celebrate the high levels of achievement of students aged 5-18 from schools and colleges across the Hastings and Rother area. Find out more about the concert at www.dlwp.com.

9. Live On Mars.

Nov 22, £22.50, 8pm, Komedia. Alex Thomas is looking forward to his first home-town gig with his David Bowie celebration. Following a UK tour back in 2017, he’s back on the road with Live On Mars, promising the very best of Bowie, his music, his artistry, his style and his showmanship. Alex said: “I myself am a fan, and I hope that comes across. The really important thing is that it should be tastefully and respectfully done, but also that you get across the energy and the exuberance of Bowie.”

10. The Levellers.

Thursday, November 22, £30.50, 7pm, Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton, 01273 709709. 30th Anniversary Celebration, plus support. The Levellers continue their 30th anniversary celebrations with a UK headline tour following the release of their Top 20 album, We The Collective, earlier this year, which saw the band transform classic tracks into new acoustic arrangements, resulting in their highest chart position in 20 years and widespread critical acclaim.