Now There’s A Funny Thing is a Heritage Lottery project investigating the history of popular entertainment in Brighton since 1960, which we had discovered was a subject that was very scantily recorded. We scoured archives and interviewed 20 people – entertainers, artists, historians and enthusiasts and got a wealth of information together.
We shared our findings through a number of events and are now editing it all together into a booklet.
Online interviews with the likes of The Two Wrongies, Boogaloo Stu and Spymonkey’s very own Toby Park and The Booklet of Entertainments to follow shortly…
500 copies of the booklet will be available through the Brighton Central Library in Jubilee Square. And you will soon be able to view it on here…
Watch this space!
The research of neuropsychologist Dr. Weeks suggests that people who live their lives without worrying what others think are more likely to be healthier and live longer than the rest of us. Social commentators have suggested that eccentrics provide evidence for well functioning societies, which can accept and respond to new and challenging ideas. So, not only can we learn from people who defy convention – they are good for us!
We created a performance project to celebrate such people, scouring Britain for the most eccentric communities, talking to people on the streets, measuring their eccentricity levels and developing bespoke tours in each place that included hilarious performances, a creative audio experience, and gently encouraged people to have glorious fun in public places.
The project was initially created in Brighton by Red Herring and subsequently developed with Time Wont Wait, touring across the UK, with greater opportunities for people to take part – in our research, in satellite workshops and as performers.