The Enthusiasts

Victoria Melody is passionate about other people’s passions. In The Enthusiasts, audiences are invited into two extraordinary communities for an intimate auditory experience. Taking place at two secret locations across Brighton, these site-specific events uncover communities on the brink of change as their traditional methods clash with new ways of thinking. Join Victoria on this unique adventure into the secret and the sacred.

In Pigeon Fanciers, audiences enter the quiet realm of Britain’s pigeon racers. With a history stretching back to the nineteenth century, British pigeon racing has been in steady decline for several decades. Sequestered away in Brighton’s pigeon lofts, these enthusiasts have built their lives around the love for their birds. This audio experience combines documentary and drama as audiences meet the real-life characters keeping pigeon fancying aloft. Elsewhere, Funeral Directors introduces us to Brighton’s death positivity community. Meet the characters concerned with dismantling the taboos around talking about death. For several years, Victoria has embedded herself in this most un-British of British communities, learning their behaviours, rituals and skills. Join Victoria on this audio journey around Brighton’s funeral parlours, finding light where others see only darkness.

Farnham Maltings Logo
Brighton Festival
Arts Council England

Thank You’s

Brighton Pigeon Racing Club and the UK pigeon racing community
Modern Funeral 
Li Mills
Companion Voices
Gitte Monis 
Jess May 
Louisa Parsons
Katie Costello 

And to the countless others who have taken the time to talk to me about pigeons and funerals.

Creative Team

Created and Performed – Victoria Melody


Commissioned by Brighton Festival. Supported by Arts Council England and produced by Farnham Maltings.