Director: Roger Kay (Pretty VillainProductions)
Roger has a degree in business management, which, following a career in the corporate world, he has used to run various local businesses, specialising in property management. He has a life-long passion for performing arts, which culminated in his co-founding Pretty Villain Productions. With Roger as producer, Pretty Villain performed The House of Bernarda Alba, Life x 3, Underneath The Lintel, The Crucible and Reno. The Crucible won an award at the Brighton Fringe 2014, was Pretty Villain’s acclaimed debut at its new permanent home of The Rialto. Roger has travelled India and Europe extensively, especially Italy, where he lived in the late 1980’s. Other interests include languages, sport and music.
Director : Lauren Varnfield
Lauren trained at The Oxford School of Drama and has worked professionally in television and theatre. For many years she has had a strong desire to set up and lead an exciting, innovative and passionate theatre company whose main objective is to produce high quality, professional and truthful work. Pretty Villain Productions are continually going from strength to strength, already having had the pleasure of working with so many creative and talented people in the industry. She is confident that The Rialto is the perfect platform to showcase their own work as well as being home to other thriving, bold, exciting, and talented performers from every creative arena. She strives to make sure that the high quality, hard work and values conveyed on stage resonate throughout every aspect of the venue itself, making The Rialto a very exciting and special place to be.
Operations Manager: Alec Bruce
Alec has been a professional bartender for the last six years, working in Soho and Notting Hill before coming to Brighton. Having been trained by some of the best bartenders in the world, he enjoys bringing that expertise to Bacall's at the Rialto, and in a larger role as Operations Manager, he immensely appreciates being able to support the variety of events and people that come through the theatre and bar. In time away, he enjoys writing, with several novels in the works, as well as performance pieces and beat poetry. A previous life as a frontman for several bands led to him being involved in the creative industries, and he finds himself in one of the best places to continue doing so.
The Rialto opened in 2014. Set in a gloriously gothic grade II listed building; we’ll be showcasing the best of local talent in the form of cutting-edge new plays, music and comedy.
We hope to develop into a community hub that everyone can enjoy, with regular workshops, exhibitions and various group activities. Our space is available for hire with a reduced rate for charitable organisations. Our upstairs theatre is the perfect performance space, complete with high-end professional lighting and quality sound. Our downstairs studio houses an extensive bar serving an array of beverages. Punters can also enjoy regular music slots from Brighton’s top cabaret circuit. Situated in the heart of the city, it’s perfect for those who desire a civilised night out in a sophisticated and cultural environment.
As the theatre is a Grade 2 listed building, planning law does not allow us to build a lift, so disabled access is limited, although we will try to accommodate disabled customers where possible. At a later date when we hope to have developed a DDA option that doesn’t break the Grade 2 listed building regulations and subject to planning, we aim to be able to accommodate wheelchair uses. However, we regret that at this point in time, as it is a Grade 2 listed building, we are unable to provide this yet.
The Rialto Theatre is located at 11 Dyke Road, Brighton, BN1 3FE