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Gameplay is abandoned as video game Dear Esther is performed live in Brighton to a musical score by an award-winning composer

AN innovative live audio-visual performance of video game Dear Esther that’s coming to the Brighton Dome in February promises “an experience like no other”. Dear Esther, created by indie studio The Chinese Room and originally released in 2012, abandons traditional gameplay in favour of atmosphere, rich storytelling and extraordinary art, proving videogames are capable of the same musical, narrative and artistic expression as film, visual art, literature and classical music. The play-through of the game takes place on screen, accompanied by live narration and a live performance of BAFTA-winning composer Jessica Curry’s powerful score. The story is brought to...

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Kodo bangs the drum for Japanese traditions

By Diane Parkes AS Japan’s Kodo drummers tour the UK including Brighton this month, there will be no doubting their skill as performers – but few in the audience will realise the strict training regime that saw them become consummate artists. In fact, the performers undertake two years at the Kodo Apprentice Centre on the Japanese island of Sado where they literally live their art all day and every day. Using traditional taiko drums, which are made of wood and animal hide, the company, which renamed from Kodo to Kodo Taiko Performing Arts Ensemble in 2012, has wowed audiences...

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Gigs give a break from domestic life, says comedian and new father Jon Richardson, who’s on his Old Man tour

By Brian Donaldson THE stand-up Jon Richardson is chatting to me from a rather unusual location. He reveals that “I’m currently in the Aldi car park in Clevedon.” Who said that the life of a comedian isn’t non-stop glamour? Still, Jon admits that being on a nationwide tour in places such as Clevedon with his brilliant new show, called Old Man, is a blessed relief from his full-on domestic life. He is a very proud new father – but things have been understandably frantic at home. Jon, one of the finest stand-ups in the land, laughs that “Gigs have...

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Mary Berry cooks with the Duchess of Richmond and Gordon at Goodwood as she tours the Sussex estate for her new TV series

BAKING guru Mary Berry has unearthed the secrets of food and cooking at the Sussex stately home and estate Goodwood during a visit for her TV series Mary’s Berry’s Country House Secrets. The former judge on the BBC’s The Great British Bake Off cooks with Susan, Duchess of Richmond and Gordon and mother to the current Duke, creates a dish that celebrates the 12,000-acre estate’s heritage and legacy, collects eggs, shears sheep, explores Goodwood Home Farm, including its butchery, and visits Goodwood motor circuit in an episode to be broadcast on December 13. She also takes to the butler’s...

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Family-run company scoops top award for drink based on 150-year-old Mellow Ginger recipe

A PORTSLADE couple have won their first award for one of their handmade non-alcoholic drinks based on a 150-year-old recipe. Chris and Rosemary Knox have not stopped smiling since they won the food and drink industry’s highest accolade for their Gran Stead’s Reduced Sugar Fiery Ginger Wine at the Good Choice! Quality Food Awards 2017, which took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Mayfair. “We have been shortlisted twice before, but this is the first time we have won and we are over the moon,” says Chris. “We can’t wait to put the winning logo on our labels.”...

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