#50 on the We Love Brighton list is luckily... Find Somewhere to Crash.
We have been up to a lot over the last couple of days, but mostly setting up for our show and making sure we have all the set pieces we need for our cluttered arty stage design. Also, the long flights over and trying to get straight into doing constructive work have made us a little sleepy. Thus, number 50 is a blessing for the sake of this blog!
Brighton truly does have some lovely places to stay. With our budget we managed to find a sweet flat 200m away from our venue - so perfect for transporting all our gear that we brought over or purchased here. For a full list see further below. Anyway, we scored bigtime. We climb up a couple of flights of squeezy stairs into a spacious flat that fits all of us and all of our belongings easily. We threw Robert into the closet bunk-bed room, because he snores something chronic at times! Tyler has a room to share with any houseguests who are kind enough to join us... Cass Kotchie being the first to stay, who helped us wonderfully with our tech and helping us all relax. Tamara and Erin sharing a twin room with way more space than their rooms shared during the eastern states tour last year - with their own beds this time, so very happy. The kitchen and living room are both beautiful and very comfortable, and the owner even left us a little booklet on the history of Brighton and the house, making for an interesting read. We'll tell you a little about that...
In 1841, apparently the place was owned by this dude Thomas Cook. He lived here with his wife Jane and four female "servants/guests". Now I don't know, but it sounds like he could have been a bit of a gigolo...
The next residents in 1861 had a similar thing going, with the couple hosting two "lady" houseguests, along with a cook and a housemaid - yeah yeah, we know what is going on here. St George's Place of prostitution!
Then in 1891, the property was divided, and the top two floors (where we are staying) were the property of Jane Smith and her "husband" plus their five children. Now the reason why we cast a raised eyebrow over the "husband" is because he doesn't appear on the census. Scandal? Maybe it had something to do with Ms Fanny Fry who lived downstairs! All we can say is by 1901, Fanny Fry was the "lodging house keeper" who had a 16yr old girl named Daisy working for her, and three female lodgers over the age of 55. Madame much?
Luckily we fit right in here, though obviously the most we charge for services is a ticket to the show (nice planning Rob) or a really good cup of coffee.
Talking about coffee, Tyler isn't doing a coffee album this time (can't rely on coffee in a country of tea drinkers), but we have already found some of the best spots just up the road from us. Moksha is just a hop and a jump down the stairs, and Small Batch around the corner. Both recommended by Erin and Tyler, the hardcore coffee snobs. Tamara is in health-freak heaven with Iydea and Infinity just round the corner and another health food supermarket just 50m away. We don't know she'll have any influence on Rob though, who has already demolished a whole packet of pre-packed chocolate croissants within two days.
Our location is also perfect for shopping, right around the corner from North Laine and a skip away from The Lanes where we plan to lose a few hours (and may have already).
Anyway, enough on our second topic ticked off our list from We Love Brighton.
1st May was also our opening night (not important at all compared to ticking things off this list) and went down a treat. Keep an eye on our posts on facebook and twitter for what folks are saying about the show.
We've added a double bass wall feature to really draw the eye and complement the decor.
Brought over: Double Bass and stand, cymbal and stand, chimes and stand, three keyboards and one stand, four flutes, a clarinet, a saxiphone, a drum, mallets and brushes, a trumpet, an harmonica, a shaker, all the costumes and props! (Thanks to Lexi at Leederville Flight Centre for negotiating our excess baggage deal)
Bought here (yay for supporting local op shops): three tables, two hatstands, a stool, four chairs.