Marlborough Productions – A new chapter for Brighton’s queer cultural innovators
Marlborough Productions, the company behind the Marlborough Pub & Theatre’s cultural program has announced that it has ceased management of the Brighton venue. The company will instead, present their performances, parties and community gatherings at alternative venues and spaces in Brighton and Hove. One of the featured venues will be The Spire, Kemptown’s Grade II listed, deconsecrated church. Touring projects will also be developed.
Tarik Elmoutawakil and David Sheppeard became co-Artistic Directors of Marlborough Productions in 2008. Since then, the company has supported the careers of hundreds of LGBTQ artists, including Travis Alabanza, Emma Frankland, Lucy McCormick, Harry Clayton-Wright, and Rachael Young.
Marlborough Productions has also hosted international and established performers including Justin Vivian Bond, Big Freedia, Mykki Blanco, Bette Bourne, David Hoyle, Le Gateau Chocolat, Scottee, KUCHENGA, Lorraine Bowen and Kate Bornstein amongst others, working with key local partners including Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts and Brighton Dome & Festival.
The organisation also expanded their Trans Pride and Brighton Pride events, and actively explored the intersection between the LGBTQ community and people-of-colour.
While Marlborough Productions’ 2020 live program is currently on hold, the company is delivering cultural and community projects online.
The current online projects include:
- Radical Rhizomes: Brighton & Hove’s social network for queer trans & intersex people of colour
- Brighton LGBTQ History Club: Monthly talks exploring the city’s hidden queer heritage
- A new digital commission from performance artist Harry Clayton-Wright
- A series of internationally focused, digital events exploring queer creativity and resilience through the pandemic
- Seed commissioning opportunities for LGBTQ artists
- A digital version of Brownton Abbey
Main Image: David Sheppeard and Tarik Elmoutawakil, photo by Rosie Powell