Brighton Fringe Festival 2019 presents:

FFFB picture managerReady to get your groove on? Dig out your mini skirt, don your tonics or amp up the flower power as our annual Fundraiser takes to the Fringe, celebrating Gladrags’ 25th Birthday! Swing into the sixties and come ready for live music and entertainment, along with the magical Gladrags blend of interactive fun, all included in your ticket.

Saturday 4th May 2019, 7pm – 1am
New Venture Theatre & Bar 
Bedford Place Brighton BN1 2PT

Create lasting memories in our Pop-Art Photo Booth: pick costumes and props from our extensive Wardrobe of Wonders and create your own works of art.

Book into the Sugartown Pop-Up Salon: get the finishing touches to your 60s look with our swish hair and beauty stylists.

Shimmy through a Locomotion Dance Lesson: get to grips with 60s dance crazes before strutting your stuff to 60s rock and mersey beats with live band Compulsive Behaviour, followed by soul, motown and psychodelic rock from DJ Steffee.

Stock up at out themed bar and be sure to snap up a treat at our live auction:
Top Lot, An Astounding Seven-Day Beach Getaway in the South of France!
Other prizes to bid for include: Royal Box for four at The Theatre Royal
Four tickets to The Lord Chamberlain’s Men 2019 national summer tour

60’s garb is strongly encouraged and you can hire from Gladrags at 40% discount. From Mod to Flower Child, and everything in between, we have plenty to choose from.
If clothing is your thing, browse our retro thrift store on the night for vintage delights.

Tickets £15/ £12 concessions, available direct from Gladrags or ticketsource

25th Birthday Vintage Sale!

Also at New Venture Theatre, 1pm to 3pm

Vintage and Retro clothing, jewellery and fabric. Delve for treasures amongst specially selected items from our costume and textiles collection, a bargain-hunters dream!

100% of proceeds will come to Gladrags, helping us to provide costumes to community groups, schools and health & wellbeing projects at subsidised rates, as well as run our own projects within communities experiencing disadvantage, including storytelling and dress-up activities, sewing workshops and reminiscence sessions.


Fast Forward Flashback 2018!

Guests were swept off their feet again, with a magical evening of 1920’s entertainment, held at The New Venture Theatre! It was a night of flapper fabulous fun and we raised £2800, ensuring we could reach more schools and community groups experiencing disadvantage with our subsidised costume hire service and outreach projects.

Our lovely guests were captured in all their 1920’s glam in our very own Wardrobe Of Wonders! A unique dress up experience, guests were styled with the help of our talented W.O.W stylists Sarah-Mary, Anna and Maisie. Photos were taken by the amazing Helen Bonnick on the night. 

To view more images from the W.O.W photobooth, click here!

HUGE thank you to all who made the event magical, be it through performance and other exciting contributions, by setting up the event and running it, or by coming along and gifting us both your funds and your delightful company. Further thanks to…  kitty boo cropped

Professional hair and beauty stylists:  Carol Hart and Anne Matthewswho produced amazing hairstyles and beautiful make-up looks. 

Seasoned swing duo Mostly Harmless: Keith Ellis and Mike the Mic (Harry’s Tricks).

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Charlie Taylor from
Go Experience, lead our guests through different dance moves of the 20’s!

DJ Lindy Lizzie of Sussex Swing  for keeping the party going. 

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 West End performer extrodinaire
Mark Inscoe created a true Cab Calloway style interactive performance.

The night was a huge success, below are some more images which we think really capture the atmosphere of the evening.

However, if you did miss out this year the only way to really experience the spirit of Fast Forward Flashback is to join us next year!

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Read on to see the fun that was had the year before…..

Fast Forward Flashback 2017

A dazzling night of 1950s entertainment, held at New Venture Theatre! We raised £2018 for Gladrags, helping us to fund the projects we run within communities experiencing disadvantage and contributing specifically to the following:

  • Sew-Easy skill-building workshops across six weeks, with children with special educational and emotional needs at Moulsecoomb Primary School and Coombe Road School 
  • A ‘What We Wore’ dress-up day and three memorabilia-lead reminiscence sessions with the 50 + Young at Heart group at The Bridge Community Centre
  • Three Storybox sessions, bringing interactive story-making and role-play to children attending Chomp Club, the lunch club for families struggling to feed everyone at home during the school holidays

Deluxe Gladrags 1950’s photo booth with costumes and props galore

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Exquisite harmonies from the perfectly pitched The Four Skins

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Stylish express retro hair and make-up in Kitty Boo‘s pop-up vintage salon

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Sensational Rock & Roll lesson with ‘Go Experience’

Hair-raising Hula hooping surprises from Hannah Khan

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Hawaiian Cocktails, Limbo competition

and stomping 50’s tracks with a twist from DJ Mac from Transformer

For more photos view: Photo Booth and Party photos

FAST FORWARD FLASHBACK 2015: A party through the decades from 1921 to 2021

F F Flashback 2014. Anna + sis

Guests picked a look from our vintage dress-up rails, after visiting Kitty Boo’s Pop-up Hair & make-up Salon

The Gladrags 21st Birthday Charity Event – We did it! We loved it! So did everyone else!

We raised a grand total of £2105 which ensured we were able to honour our commitment to running 21 creative projects and events to communities in deprived areas of Sussex!!


“We had so much fun with props and costumes, and having my hair and make-up done, I felt so treated. It was so original, I can’t wait for the next one as there’s nothing else similar in Brighton.” Chele Verrechie (2nd from right), Fast Forward Flashback 2015.

You can find the exquisite photos of the night here taken by Romain Ley Photography