Otherplace are a production company specialising in events and festivals. We create and deliver immersive unforgettable experiences for everyone to share and enjoy.
Our team are committed to forward-thinking design, and mindful of environmental impact. We constantly look to innovate in our techniques and style, whilst ensuring our delivery is above and beyond what is expected.
Current events include The Warren, The Electric Arcade, The Warren on the Beach and Brighton Comedy Fringe.
2005 - 2007
THE MARLBOROUGH THEATRE, PRINCES STREET.
Artistic Director Nicola Haydn takes over the Victorian theatre above the historic Kemptown pub. Future directors Tom Arr-Jones and Josh Carr join as the company debuts a strong Brighton Fringe programme. Featuring acts such as Les Infants Terribles, Long Nose Puppets, Daniel Kitson and Lorraine Bowen, the company wins the ‘Spirit of the Fringe’ award in 2006.
The company, now known as Otherplace, moves across Kemptown to set up a brand-new venue above late-night pub the Three and Ten. It becomes one of Brighton’s favourite Fringe venues and wins the best venue award an unprecedented two years in a row. Sarah Millican, Nicholas Parsons, Tim Key, Nish Kumar, Nick Helm, Joe Lycett, James Acaster and Romesh Ranganathan are among the future stars that perform there. The bijou theatre wins the prestigious ‘Chortle Best Comedy Venue in the South’ in 2010, to this day the only time a small venue has ever won the award.
2007 - 2014
UPSTAIRS AT THREE AND TEN, STEINE STREET.
2012 - 2014
THE WARREN AT THE WAGNER HALL.
Bursting at the seams, the company launches the first iteration of the Warren, its pop-up festival site, off West Street, to increase the scale of performance it can bring to the city. As a Great Escape venue, acts from George Ezra to The Klaxons pack out the Main House, and iconic shows from Theatre Ad Infinitum, Vamos and Theatre Re grace the stage. Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare comes to Brighton for the first time, as the company develops its trademark immersive style and The Burrow is born.
The Warren moves to a bigger site just off London Road, and the first of our custom designed venues, Theatre Box, is built, in collaboration with Wild Creations. It’s followed by The Hat and The Den in 2016 and The Blockhouse and The Burrow in 2017 as the site grows and flourishes. Acts such as The Biggest Marionette Circus in the World, Le Gateaux Chocolat, Sirqus Alfon and Foil, Arms & Hog all perform to sell-out crowds.
2015 - 2018
AT ST PETER’S.
2019 - PRESENT
THE WARREN AT VICTORIA GARDENS.
Moving to accommodate the Valley Gardens redevelopment, The Warren expands again to enjoy its busiest year to date. The Nest and The Bunker venues are added, along with The Scrapyard, home to Silent Disco.
Having started out with 20, the programme now features 280 different performing artists/theatre companies, across all genres, totalling nearly 1,500 performances over 32 days. The Warren has grown to be the unofficial hub of Brighton Fringe, THE place to meet friends, see shows, and catch up over a drink or two.
As COVID-19 sweeps the globe, the company postpones the 2020 version of the Warren. As the scale of the pandemic becomes clear, Otherplace decides to design and present a socially distanced venue on Brighton beach.
The Outdoor venue provides a safe environment for performers and audiences alike, hosting acts such as Jimmy Carr throughout August and September. Partnering with Komedia Brighton, The Warren Outdoors is a collaboration between performers, suppliers, venues and arts professionals that breathes life into a devastated industry.
LAUNCH OF THE WARREN OUTDOOR SEASON.
2021 AND BEYOND!
THE ELECTRIC ARCADE.
Originally planned for May 2020, this purpose-built venue on Brighton’s shoreline marks a return to grassroots Fringe activity for the company. With two studio spaces, The Gaiety and The Pit, alongside a larger cabaret stage, the venue stands ready to host a plethora of live entertainment and become a year-round hub for creative activity. Offering affordable rehearsal space, the company aims once again to provide a platform for high-quality performance, and a springboard for new artists to create brand new work and launch their careers.