Sub-basement, Old Police Cell Museum

Horlicks and Armageddon

Sub-basement, Old Police Cell Museum Brighton, BN1 1JA, UK




For the Brighton Festival Fringe 2013.


In a sub-basement refuge, deep under the streets of Brighton, I’ll be using live electronic music, automata and spoken word to recall the secret lives of Britain’s self-styled nuclear survivalists. In the 1980s, while most of us lived in fear of Armageddon, this small band of enthusiasts prepared for nuclear war with relish, as though it was an extended, underground caravanning holiday.

A surprising, strangely moving and sometimes darkly funny show, incorporating rarely seen documents from the National Archives. From National Theatre composer Sarah Angliss (thereminist from Spacedog), with a guest appearance from Colin Uttley. Directed by Emma Kilbey.


“Like discovering a dusty old box in the attic (possibly marked Pandora)”
Nione Meakin, The Argus

“Haunting music”
The Evening Standard

“Some pain is cocooned in Sarah Angliss’ music,
electronic dongs of the kind that madden as they are supposed to soothe”
Susannah Clapp, The Observer

20:00: 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15 May 2013
Tickets £8.50 (concs. £6.50)