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Thursday, January 16th, 2020

Mat Osman & Philip Hinchcliffe: The Space



Mat Osman is best known as the bass player in Suede, which he co-founded. He grew up in Haywards Heath, near Brighton, where he met the band’s Brett Anderson. Mat wrote some of Suede’s songs, including Attitude and Golden Gun, both on a double A-sided single. Suede’s debut album, released in 1992, won the Mercury Music Prize. Their biggest-selling album is 1996’s Coming Up, which featured singles such as Trash and Beautiful Ones. After Suede broke up in 2003, he composed music for TV shows, including 8 Out of 10 Cats. The band reformed in 2010 for a series of concerts and their most recent album was The Blue Hour, released in 2018. Mat has written for magazines and newspapers, such as The Guardian and The Independent. His first novel, The Ruins, a story of identity, ambition and music, is published by Repeater Books in February 2020.


Philip Hinchcliffe was the producer of Doctor Who from 1975 to 1977, which saw the first sixteen stories of Tom Baker’s time in the title role. This period, of which Philip had a key role in its production, is viewed by many as the best, and the darkest, in the series’ history. His first story was The Ark in Space, broadcast in January 1975, and The Talons of Weng Chiang was the last. Other classic stories that he produced include Genesis of the Daleks, The Seeds of Doom and Pyramids of Mars. Many of those Philip produced, due to close collaborations with writers and script editors, had a distinctly gothic feel. After leaving Doctor Who, he wrote some novels for Target Books, based on some of his TV stories. Later, he produced episodes of Taggart and Rebus, based on Ian Rankin’s books. More recently, Philip wrote Doctor Who audio dramas for production company Big Finish.

This event’s super raffle prizes –
• A selection of Suede-related stuff: This includes a DVD of the acclaimed documentary The Insatiable Ones, directed by Mike Christie, and Suede: Lost in TV, a compilation of the band’s music videos on DVD.
• The Great Escape: A pair of wristbands for this highly popular Brighton-based festival for new music. It takes place from May 13th to the 16th at various venues around the city, showcasing around 500 emerging acts from around the world. The festival began in May 2006, the same time as the first Space event
Depeche Mode: Faith & Devotion: Thanks to Palazzo Editions, a copy of this great new book on the popular band. This is an extensive biography and is packed with superb photos.
• Patti Smith’s Year of the Monkey: Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing, a copy of the legendary singer & musician’s new book. This is an acclaimed memoir and a New York Times bestseller.
Doctor Who: The Target Storybook: Thanks to Penguin and BBC Books, this is a fabulous collection of new stories featuring various incarnations of the Time Lord. Its writers include former Doctor Colin Baker and legendary Doctor Who writer Terence Dicks.
• Genesis of the Daleks: A DVD of this classic Doctor Who story, which was first broadcast in 1975. This two-disc DVD includes some insightful special features
• Galaxy Quest: Marking 20 years since its UK release, a DVD of the popular science fiction comedy drama, which stars Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman
• When Harry Met Cubby: Thanks to The History Press, a copy of this new book on the original James Bond films’ producers, Harry Saltzman and Cubby Broccoli

Doors at 7:10pm, starts at 7:45pm (times may change slightly)

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Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

Wellsbourne Society Special: Brighton Performers

Brighton has a long, glorious tradition of stage performance, from the good old days of the end of pier shows and music hall to the myriad events at Brighton Fringe each year. This evening is dedicated to a handful of the town’s more eccentric, cherished outlandish and forgotten heroes of performance, including Pete McCarthy, Drako Zarzahar, Lulu Adams (the first international female clown), escapologist The Great Omani and conjoined twins, the Hilton Sisters.

Guest speakers for the night include magician Paul Zenon, performer Marisa Carnesky and Gavin Henderson, former director of Brighton Festival.

Your host for the night is Dr David Bramwell

Doors 7.30pm