Award-nominated sell-out hit HIP returns to the Brighton Fringe this year as an immersive journey through the streets of 1960s & 1970s Brighton. As part of this journey artists Jolie Booth and Sinna One have rebooted the famous Unicorn Bookshop mural on Gloucester Road.
HIP explores the true story of Brightonian Anne Clarke. The discovery of Anne's diaries and letters by ex-squatter Jolie Booth, unearthed a huge archive about the city they've both lived in and experiences they've shared. Returning to the Brighton Fringe this year as an interactive experience; HIP Trip of Brighton: A Psychedelic Wander, is part theatrical experience, part walking tour, part pub crawl. HIP Trip of Brighton starts at the Clock Tower every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout May, visiting the places Anne wrote about and reveals how her life left an imprint on the city.
Sponsored by Brighton and Hove Council, as part of this event, the famous Unicorn Bookshop mural is being rebooted above the infamous shop. Once the counterculture hotspot for Brighton's hippie scene, Anne Clarke worked in the bookshop in the 1960's for the larger than life proprietor Bill Butler. The Unicorn Bookshop boasted the first ever shop front mural in the country and many have argued was the beginning of the UK's thriving street art scene. Originally painted by the psychedelic artist John Upton in 1967, his modern day counterpart, Sinna One - the Brighton street artist responsible for the Prince Albert's dead rock stars mural - has paid homage to John Upton's original masterpiece with a modern day twist.
"As soon as I saw the old photo of the Unicorn Bookshop I said to Jolie, that looks like Lady Rainicorn." - a part unicorn/part rainbow character from the animation hit series Adventure Time. "Straight away I suggested we recreate the original design on the front of the shop, but with an updated version."
Sinna One is already renowned around the streets of Brighton for his colorful Adventure Time BT box designs and the shop mural will add to the colorful character of the city, welcoming tourists from the train station into the vibrant North Laine.
There will be a special opening ceremony in the coming weeks for the mural at 50 Gloucester Road, on the site of the original Unicorn Bookshop, now Allen and Sons Quality Repairs at, where light refreshments will be served. Watch this space for more information.
HIP Trip of Brighton aims to appeal to audiences both younger and older. It hopes to introduce younger Brighton audiences to the city's rich and diverse history as a centre for the country's counter culture movements, whilst also celebrating with older Brighton audiences their and victories achievements
"A hugely enjoyable, engaging and at times profound reflection on what we create and what we leave behind" (Total Theatre).
"Hip is a must see show. Highly recommended" (Fringe Review). ***** (Broadway Baby).
HIP Trip of Brighton: A Psychedelic Wander
By Kriya Arts
Meets at the Clock Tower
6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 May 15:00
5, 12, 19, 26 May 18:00
To book tickets visit www.marlboroughtheatre.org.uk or call 01273 273870