Ten Things to see in East Sussex, Friday to Thursday, November 23-29

Kevin Bridges
Kevin Bridges

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

1. The Fish Brothers Festival.

Saturday, November 24, 6pm, Lewes Con Club, 139 High Street, Lewes, 01273 473076. The first Fish Brothers Festival takes place at Lewes Con Club on Saturday. Appearing at the event will be Madchester legend Bez on maracas who will also be guest DJ. Tragic Roundabout will also play alongside Cooper & Blonde and One-legged Nookie versus Baby David. Find out more about the event at lewesconclub.com. People can buy tickets at www.wegottickets.com.

2. Frost Fair.

More than 30 craftspeople from across the UK will converge on the newly restored Hay Barn at Charleston near Lewes for the first-ever Frost Fair on November 24 and 25. With the barn decorated in greenery, Christmas trees and holly wreaths for sale and with plenty of local produce to sample, plus Rathfinny wines, mince pies and hot chocolate, this will be a chance for visitors to see what Charleston has to offer. The fair is open from 11 am to 5pm. Admission £5. To book, call 01323 815150.

3. Shakespeare in Love.

Until November 24, Chichester Festival Theatre, www.cft.org.uk. From £10. This adaptation of the multi award-winning film is a witty and beautiful homage to love, art and the theatre. A spokesperson said: “Young Will Shakespeare has writer’s block. The deadline for his new play – a comedy called Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter – is fast approaching. He’s struggling to finish the first line of a sonnet and he’s in dire need of inspiration. Then he meets the beguiling Viola de Lesseps...”

4. Pelican Assembly and Louis May.

Sunday, November 25. Free, 3.30pm, Lewes Con Club, 139 High Street, Lewes, 01273 473076. Double-bill. Pelican Assembly offer original songs taken from French circus folklore, marching bands, jazz, swing and a hint of bossanova. Louis May has been a gigging musician for the past 19 years. He is primarily a guitarist and songwriter in indie bands like The Lieutenant’s Mistress, Idle Talk, Hands Make Fire and most recently Knife Club.

5. Julie Roberts and Michael Hinton.

November 25, 11.30am-1pm, Hassocks Hotel. A relaxed morning with a fresh selection of great jazz and blues standards. Reserve your tickets by emailing daverob246@gmail.com or calling 01273 965036. Food and drinks available. Music lovers can turn up without pre-booking but if you would like to have a roast lunch you will need to book in advance by phoning Chris on 01273 842 113. Julie and Michael’s 2018 CD is only available at concerts.

6. Kevin Bridges – The Brand New Tour.

November 27-29, £31.50, 8pm, Brighton Dome, 01273 709709. Scotland’s biggest comedy export, Kevin Bridges, is back with his hotly anticipated live stand-up tour. Kevin said: “It’s been three years since my last tour, three tough years of watching the world fall apart thus, I’ve decided, I need to get out of the house more and lend a hand in saving it. With amusing anecdotes and witty observations I’m sure I can save the world or at least provide a decent enough night out.”

7. Horace Andy.

With The Dub Asante Band featuring Matic Horns, plus special guest Jah 9 with The Dub Treatment Band. Tuesday, November 27, £16.50-£18, 7pm, Komedia, 44-47 Gardner Street, Brighton, 0845 293 8480. Horace Andy was born in 1951 in Kingston, Jamaica. Andy, also known as ‘Sleepy’, has become an enduring voice on the Jamaican music scene. His signature early 1970s hit ‘Skylarking’ defined his ability to deliver songs of black determination and social commentary.

8. John Cale.

Plus Kristin McClement. Thursday, November 29, £36.50, 7pm, De la Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill, 01424 229111, www.dlwp.com. A spokesperson said: “As an original founding member of The Velvet Underground and producer of Patti Smith and The Stooges, among others, John Cale’s career has been creative, innovative and boundary breaking in equal measure. We are delighted to welcome him for this rare UK appearance and his first at the De La Warr Pavilion.”

9. Whitney – Queen of the Night.

Thursday, November 29. From £30.90, 7.30pm, Theatre Royal, Brighton, 0844 871 7650. Whitney – Queen of The Night is a stunning celebration of the music and life of one of the greatest singers of our time, Whitney Houston. The award-winning production features a sensational line-up of musicians, taking audiences on a rollercoaster ride through three decades of classic hits, which include ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’, ‘One Moment In Time’ and ‘I’m Every Woman’.

10. Pro Musica.

The Lewes-based chamber choir, directed by Ray Maulkin and Kathryn Sargent, presents its Christmas concert at St. Andrew’s Church, Alfriston on December 2 (7pm). It features Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’, as well as ‘Totus Tuus’ by Henryk Gorecki and ‘O Magnum Mysterium’ by Morten Lauridsen, as well as some of Bob Chilcott’s Christmas music and audience carols. Tickets £12 (under 14s free) from geoffdellis@yahoo.co.uk. Visit promusica.org.uk.