How we got here
The night was put together originally in 2017 by Sarah Saeed, performer, singer and promoter alongside the turbulence of her own 'unravelling' due to a late diagnosis of Aspergers (and new awareness of her ADHD) at the age of 38. She felt a strong urge to put together a comedy/performance night with a different atmosphere to many other nights out there on the circuit...mainly a night that is approachable and fun for all kinds of performers especially those who are 'differently wired' (neurodivergent) so they have an opportunity to gig without being put off by the (terrifying for some) prospect of hecklers and overly unkind rooms.
So...Lava Elastic is mostly not heckler friendly, and is popular with audiences and acts alike for being a really enjoyable gig (for those onstage) and an unpredictable but chilled blast of a night for audiences.
The night wouldn’t be the same without the support and willingness of Sweet Venues, Brighton also who have been Lava Elastic’s home since the start and who have supported Sarah in the vision (particularly with support from Sarah Johnson, Sweet Venues).
The night is on monthly but every now and then does a little foray elsewhere for example Autism Arts Festival earlier this year at Kent University...the aim ultimately is to make comedy and comedic performance more open and accessible to newer kinds of acts and audiences.