Featured shows

  • Thaddeus Bent's Fear-tre of Fear

    Thaddeus Bent, author, story-teller, and fear-monger! Down the back of the sofa of your subconcious lie your deepest fears. In this realm of fluff and nightmares one man walks alone... A collision of stand-up and storytelling that also features a man in a cowl with a guitar and the first air hockey ouuji board. Also, crisps. **** Broadway Baby

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  • Unburied

    In 1978, HTV produced a children's Folk Horror serial called Unburied. The tapes are now missing, presumed destroyed. Join Carrie Marx as she unearths a terrifying mystery, buried in our cultural past. 'Utterly, compulsively gripping. I don't think I've seen a more intelligently crafted show this year.' ***** (The Stage)

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  • The Worm King

    An audio drama performed live and scored, produced by the team behind the podcast series Whisper Through The Static. Chernobyl; a documentary team accompanies a biology expert to an irradiated forest and infamous suicide spot to track down the elusive Professor Grinko, whose dememnted radio broadcasts have spoken of a breakthrough in evolution.

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  • The Raven and Other Nasty Poems

    Paul Voodini's The Raven and Other Nasty Poems brings to life (and Death!) classic Gothic and Victorian poetry of a decidedly macabre nature! Expect to hear tales of ghosts, witches, death, and the terrible fates that await naughty children! Darkly humorous, immersive, and told with a twinkle in the eye, you have never experienced poetry like this before!

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  • The Other Realm Lectures: The Witch Hunts

    The Other Realm Lectures are presented by Adrian Jameson; author and artisitc director of The Other Realm Theatre Company. The Witch Hunts - One of the biggest mass murders in history, you will discover how they started, the reason they spread right across Europe, and their effect on future generations.

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  • The Other Realm Lectures: The Devil

    The Other Realm Lectures are presented by Adrian Jameson; author and artistic director of The Other Realm Theatre Company. The Devil - One of the most iconic characters in religious history, you will discover where he came from, his influences on culture, and his relevance today.

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  • The Boo-tique Cinema

    Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of the festival, we'll be screening classic (and some more obscure!) horror movies, with each main feature preceded by a brand new short horror film by a local film-maker. See the classics, support local talent, and maybe discover the next Hitchcock...

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  • Talking to the Dead - A Séance

    Is it possible to communicate with the dead? Magicians Griffin and Jones intend to find out. Using techniques from Victorian séance rooms, they invite you to join them in an unforgettable journey into the unknown. Will you face your fears and join them as they peer into the great beyond and ask the question: Is anybody there? Sceptics and believers welcome.

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  • Sary

    "They call me witch. A teeth-gnasher. A shape-shifter. Ah, when a man says a woman turns into a hare, it means - she were too quick for him!" Based on the 19th century Sussex tale of Ol' Sary Weaver, this piece of English Eerie explores themes of female sexuality, ageing, and loss as kinds of alchemy.

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  • Quintessence

    Several hundred years in the future, a combination of cataclysmic events results in th eextinction of the human race as we know it. Programmed with the complete works of Shakespeare as a guide to the nature of the human soul, what could go wrong when AI decides to recreate humanity?

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  • Phantasmagorical

    Join the merry macabre Miss Sylvia Sceptre for a Victorian adventure among the spirits. Audiences will be laughing and shivering in equal measure as Sylvia performs spooky mindreading and Victorian Spirit Theatre. Does she possess the gift of second sight or is it just female hysteria? Sylvia is a character created by performance artist and member of The Magic Circle, Careena Fenton.

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  • Nursery Crimes

    An exploration into the dark origins of nursery rhymes and fairy stories that will change your perceptions of childhood innocence forever! Carefully researched and innovatively presented, this is a unique show blending performance magic and storytelling to weave a tale of murder, toture, cannibalism, and most definitely not happy ever after.

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  • Mistress to the Midnight

    One from the vaults... come witness a live stage show spoof of the classic British horror film. A respectable young lawyer is drawn to a house of promises unkept and bodies disinterred. The clocks are ticking, a woman is waiting, and the baby's been crying in the cellar for decades. Join award-winning Dirty White Boys and darkly witty Jacob Lovick for an evening guaranteed to be thrilling, chilling, and funny as hell.

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  • Father of Lies

    Making a Murderer meets Rosemary's Baby... Father of Lies tells the chilling true story behind a mysterious, unsolved murder in West Germany, 1973. This is a thrilling horror show about haunted priests, jealous widowers, and satanic cults. Sell-out shows at Edinburgh Fringe 2017-18, London Horror Festival 2017, and VAULT Festival 2018. 'Compulsively gripping... A genuinely unique pieve of theatre' **** (The Stage)

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  • Love, Death, and the Devil's Son

    Ushering in the seasons of mists, Jason will be performing original horror stories from across the world: Dream Eaters from Japan, black necromantic magic from Iceland, and a reimagining of the Orpheus myth set between the worlds of the steaming swamps of the Southern States and those of the Voodoo Gods.

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  • Friteskreem (A Niteskreen Production)

    The world's most terrifying homage to ITV Nightscreen returns to the South Coast, packed with slides, synthesisers, and scariness. Be afraid. Be very afraid. Please. 'More than a bit unique and unusual' (Bunbury)

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  • Foo Foo Fighters: Gothic Horror

    Come to Castle Jackula for a macabre and sexy alternative cabaret show with burlesque and variety acts, centred around a horror theme, with each performer interpreting the best villains and monsters from classic horror literature, film, and history.

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  • Doktor James' Skary Stories

    Doktor James loves Halloween, it's the one night he doesn't try to take over the world. Instead he gets ready to trick or treat EVERYONE! Come and join him in your spookiest costumes with your naughtiest tricks and help him eat so many sweets his tummy hurts! With giant monsters, vampire doktors, and cake-loving ghosts helping him terrorise the city, this year will be the evilest Halloween ever! ***** (Fringe Guru)

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  • Fear Itself

    Do you want to rid your life of fear? Then let Dr. Amelia Greenwood free you from the ghosts of your past. There's nothing to be afraid of... A one-woman motivational talk gone horror, "Les Enfants Terribles' 2018 Award Nominees, Danse Macabre Productions bring you Fear Itself, a TED Talk meets Stephen King **** (EdFringe Review)

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  • Extreme Improv Halloween Mayhem

    Do you like scary movies? Halloween Mayhem is the horror-themed improv comedy show where your dream nightmares will all come true! Based entirely on your suggestions, the extreme improvisers will make up scary scenes, songs, and stories! Want to see Freddy vs Jason vs Trump? Or find out what Jigsaw does at the weekend? You'll die with laughter!

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  • Bitter Sweets: Ugly Tales for Beautiful Souls

    Cast Iron Theatre returns to Brighton HorrorFest with their hugely popular night of spooky storytelling from local writers. Expect darkness, mischief, and ghoulish fun! Sit back, relax, and get uncomfortable.

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  • Doktor James’ Kristmas Karol

    T'was the night before Christmas, a plan was unfurled To help Doktor James to take over the world With his minion's help, and through some fun games His mother and twin would respect Doktor James "Family entertainment at its finest." ★★★★★ Broadway Baby

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  • subsist

    The world ended two years ago, consumed by a plague of the walking dead. Now four strangers struggle together to survive, but has that effort cost their own humanity? Classic horror with a modern twist.

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  • Cast Iron Podcast: Live!

    Join Cast Iron's Andrew Allen and Michelle Donkin for this must-see chat show with the unique artists and indie businesses of Brighton! Click through below or check our website and social media for guest announcements!

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  • Lava Elastic

    From the people who brought you ‘A...live at the Nightingale,’ everything Marianna Harlotta’s ever done, and the first Lava Elastic... here’s the second one! For more information on which magnificent comedy and variety performers will be on our bill each month follow us on @Elegentsia.

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  • Iron Clad Improv

    It doesn’t matter if you are a total beginner, or have more experience, our drop-in sessions are perfect for you, looking at all manner of things from short-form games to long-form world building and story-telling… £7 per session, loyalty cards available.

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What’s on

october, 2018

20oct5:15 pm- 7:15 pmLove, Death, and the Devil's Son20th of October, 17:15City:Brighton

20oct6:00 pm- 6:45 pmThe Raven and Other Nasty Poems19th - 21st of October, 18:00City:Brighton

20oct7:30 pm- 10:30 pmThe Boo-tique Cinema18th - 20th, 25th - 27th of October, 19:30City:Brighton

20oct8:00 pm- 9:00 pmMistress to the Midnight20th - 21st of October, 20:00City:Brighton

20oct10:00 pm- 11:00 pmFoo Foo Fighters: Gothic Horror18th-20th of October, 22:00City:Brighton

21oct6:00 pm- 6:45 pmThe Raven and Other Nasty Poems19th - 21st of October, 18:00City:Brighton

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