You Give Me Fever, the Phaedra Cabaret

You Give Me Fever, the Phaedra Cabaret

It is with a plethora of “well”s with which this show must be described: well written, well performed, well timed and very well done. Phaedra, or “Fey” as she prefers to be known, entered the stage in a slinky, bright red dress, with a waterfall of curls, accompanied only by her jazz guitarist and a trolley full of spirits for cocktails... 

Diva Las Vegas

Diva Las Vegas

A round of applause for The Sundaes. This show had everything from glitz and glamour to sassy stage antics, and when coupled with breathtaking vocals and mind blowing costumes, it really encompassed what the Spiegeltent is all about... 

Macblair

Macblair

This is an exceptionally clever show. Taking the familiar story of Macbeth and turning it into the equally familiar story of Tony Blair’s rise to fame in the early ‘90s through the art of rap -among other things- is no mean feat... 

Agamemnon

Agamemnon

To start with the positives, this was a very enthusiastic show. Lines had been learned, movements had been strictly choreographed but this was almost part of the problem. It was clear that a lot of hard work had gone into it by all those involved... 

Ceyda Tanc Youth Dance

Ceyda Tanc Youth Dance

This spectacular cluster of dance pieces not only astounded through the sheer physicality of their presentation, but to produce piece after piece of originally choreographed narrative, so experimental yet clearly owing to Ceyda Tanc’s traditional Turkish folk training, was utterly remarkable... 

Ballistic

Ballistic

This is certainly not a light hearted show. The protagonist could not have been less endearing if he’d tried, an early reference to his twelve year old self masturbating immediately put his audience in an uncomfortable position... 

Melancholy

Melancholy

This show started beautifully and retained its magic right until the very end. It was an absolute joy to watch and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Everything worked and worked remarkably... 

Seven

Seven

For a topic that has become slightly worn in recent years and can easily slip into cliché, this was a very commendable take, using the extremely difficult device of verbatim performance... 

1972: The Future Of Sex

1972: The Future Of Sex

What an incredible performance. This spectacular show had all the right moves – and grooves – to make it one of the Fringe’s best pieces of theatre this year. Set in 1972 and discussing a very popular topic of the day – sex – this show takes you on a journey through awkward first kisses, coming out and lost virginities as the couples tried to make sense of their sexual desires... 

Interview: Melancholy

Interview: Melancholy

Brighton Fringe award winners, Certain Dark Things, invite you to spiral down the stairs to the world of the inventor. Consumed by grief, he undertakes work on his biggest creation yet, his lost wife... 

Interview: Off the Cuff: Crime and Funishment

Interview: Off the Cuff: Crime and Funishment

Brighton’s improvised comedy favourites present an impromptu detective drama, replete with colourful characters and lurid plots. A completely new episode created each night from audience suggestions... 

From the Editor’s desk: Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

From the Editor’s desk: Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience is a firm Fringe favourite and we are glad to see it back for its sixth year for only five nights at The Waterfront Hotel. You’d be barking mad to miss it. 

Hardly Still Walking, Not Yet Flying

Hardly Still Walking, Not Yet Flying

With elements that could have made it great, Hardly Still Walking, Not Yet Flying was sadly let down by others that weren’t quite up to par. Beginning on a positive, the singer had a beautifully delicate voice and their use of a loop pedal was impressive, framing the piece nicely... 

Joan

Joan

Thoroughly entertaining, cleverly written and immaculately performed. These are the words that spring to mind when describing this production. The stage was sparse but the drama was presented with full force... 

Matt Green: Writing to Harvey Keitel

Matt Green: Writing to Harvey Keitel

I hope for Harvey Keitel’s sake that he isn’t aware of this show taking place. What could have been a great subject for an evening of comedy, turned out to be a disappointing performance that consistently fell flat on its face... 

Jane Postlethwaite: Made In Cumbria

Jane Postlethwaite: Made In Cumbria

Jane Postlethwaite’s Made In Cumbria is absolutely hilarious. The audience were in stitches throughout as her characters guided us through a whistle stop tour of the Lake District... 

Interview: Runts

Interview: Runts

As Brighton Fringe gears up for 2016, Broadway Baby offers a preview of the shows, the people and the world that is Brighton Fringe. We’ve been speaking to participants from around the Fringe and asked them to give us an insight into their shows 

Interview: Necessity

Interview: Necessity

As Brighton Fringe gears up for 2016, Broadway Baby offers a preview of the shows, the people and the world that is Brighton Fringe. We’ve been speaking to participants from around the Fringe and asked them to give us an insight into their shows. 

Camille O'Sullivan: Brel

Camille O'Sullivan: Brel

There aren’t enough superlatives in the English language to describe the great Camille O’Sullivan and her incredible interpretation of the songs of Jacques Brel. Her fierce performance of some of his best loved songs were more than just an ode to the Belgian singer songwriter, her unique style and schizophrenic leap between her many on-stage personas made this an unmatchable performance... 

Dusty Limits: Grin

Dusty Limits: Grin

For one sensational night only, cabaret legend Dusty Limits graced the stage of a very chilly Republic venue on Brighton’s seafront. With an opening number that cried for him to be aborted before he was born, it became immediately apparent that this was no ordinary show... 

Brighton Insider - Sellotape Sisters by Lee Mattinson

Brighton Insider - Sellotape Sisters by Lee Mattinson

1966. Legendary soap opera Sellotape Sisters (pretensions of Downton, production values of Crossroads) is being cancelled. With no ideas left for the final episode, the writers' raid the actors' private lives for storylines... 

Interview: BODIED

Interview: BODIED

As Brighton Fringe gears up for 2016, Broadway Baby offers a preview of the shows, the people and the world that is Brighton Fringe. We’ve been speaking to participants from around the Fringe and asked them to give us an insight into their shows. 

Brighton Insider - HYSTERICAL

Brighton Insider - HYSTERICAL

With their award-winning show opening this weekend at The Warren's Main Stage, we've been talking to Artistic Director Karis Halsall to find out what HYSTERICAL is all about 

Stockhausen's 'Inori' with Alain Louafi

Stockhausen's 'Inori' with Alain Louafi

Stockhausen’s Inori is an incredibly intense show. From an academic point of view it is brilliant and aurally it’s aesthetic is astounding. However, this is not a show for Brighton Fringe... 

Echoes

Echoes

Floating down from Scotland, the Gilded Balloon, one of Edinburgh Fringe’s biggest venues, has brought a show of such magnitude onto its unsuspecting Brighton audiences that the gauntlet has well and truly been laid down... 

Road to the Fringe - Captain Morgan and the Sands of Time

Road to the Fringe - Captain Morgan and the Sands of Time

Our panel of judges were unanimous in voting Captain Morgan as the winner of the 2015 Broadway Baby Bobby award at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe. Described as the most fun you have ever seen with two actors on a bare stage, the this sensational show hits Brighton Fringe for the first time... 

Interview: Decameron

Interview: Decameron

As Brighton Fringe gears up for 2016, Broadway Baby offers a preview of the shows, the people and the world that is Brighton Fringe. We’ve been speaking to participants from around the Fringe and asked them to give us an insight into their shows. 

Groomed
BOBBY WINNER

Groomed

Groomed is an incredibly difficult show to watch but such a necessary one. The subject matter is abuse; abuse of a child and the effect that has had on his life. Harrowing to watch at times, it is full of pain but also bravery and is incredibly inspiring to watch... 

Road to the Fringe - Memories of a Lullaby with Saras Feijoo

Road to the Fringe - Memories of a Lullaby with Saras Feijoo

Memories of a Lullaby is a one woman show about Saras' experiences growing up in Venezuela. Corruption cases, the sound of gunshots and the palpable fear of death contrast with the beautiful country, her friends, family and the Caribbean sea. 

Interview: An Old Fashioned Girl

Interview: An Old Fashioned Girl

A beautiful show incorporating theatre, live music and song. Both a nostalgic look back at the golden age of radio, and an exploration of love, life and female identity. We've been talking to Kluane Saunders to find out more. 

​Interview: Nietzsche, women and I

​Interview: Nietzsche, women and I

A comedy about German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and his troubled relationship with women wowed audiences at the Leicester Comedy Festival. Giacinto Palmieri tells us a little bit more about his abstract show. 

​Brighton Insider- Cabaret and Circus

​Brighton Insider- Cabaret and Circus

Roll up! Roll up! Roll up those lacy stockings and take a sneak peek into the debaucherous and downright entertaining world of Brighton Fringe cabaret and circus. Ranging from the exquisite to the downright ludicrous, this year’s daring divas and death defying acrobatics will keep you enthralled for the entire month-long festival. 

​Brighton Insider - Dance and Physical Theatre

​Brighton Insider - Dance and Physical Theatre

Numerous award-winning companies will be joining us again at this year at Brighton Fringe in the ever astounding Dance and Physical Theatre category. Body politics and the political body will be presented with pure physical finesse emerging and international expertise that will scintillate audiences across the festival. 

Road to the Fringe - Through the eyes of a technician

Road to the Fringe - Through the eyes of a technician

Ever wondered who works behind the scenes at Brighton Fringe? We've been talking to sound designer and technician Daniel Stevens to find out what he's been up to this festival. 

Brighton Insider - MorbidAbnormalMe

Brighton Insider - MorbidAbnormalMe

We are Shea and Nora! Two Canadian gals who fell into deep creative love in France at Ecole Philippe Gaulier. We play, share, and understand each other in our lives, rehearsals, and onstage in a way that we want to share with an audience along with the story of MorbidAbnormalMe. 

Brighton Insider - Help! I think I Might Be Fabulous

Brighton Insider - Help! I think I Might Be Fabulous

A protégé of David Hoyle and Dickie Beau, Alfie Ordinary is about to dive in head first with his inaugural solo performance Help! I think I Might Be Fabulous. The son of a drag queen, Alfie is far from ordinary and he wants to tell you why... 

Interview: Madame Señorita: ¿Who are Tú?

Interview: Madame Señorita: ¿Who are Tú?

As Brighton Fringe gears up for 2016, Broadway Baby offers an insight into the shows, the people and the world that is Brighton Fringe. We’ve been speaking to participants from around the Fringe and asked them to give us an insight into their shows. 

Road to the Fringe - The Marlborough Theatre

Road to the Fringe - The Marlborough Theatre

A key Brighton Fringe venue, The Marlborough is located in one of the oldest public houses in the city. It's also home to the Pink Fringe, an organisation dedicated to artistic work from the queer and LGBT community. 

Brighton Insider - The Marked

Brighton Insider - The Marked

As puppetry becomes ever more popular with Fringe goers around the world, we decided to speak to London-based Theatre Temoin to find out more about their gritty tale of trouble and strife, as we eagerly await their performance at The Warren this weekend. 

Road to the Fringe - Through the eyes of a producer

Road to the Fringe - Through the eyes of a producer

A well seasoned Brighton-Fringer, Rosie Blackwell-Sutton certianly has her hands full this year producing her own show as well as marketing three interestnig performances. Don't just take our word for it though, read on to find out how best to survive the Fringe, plus a little insider info about a well known festival director of ours... 

Brighton Insider: Garden

Brighton Insider: Garden

Working 9 to 5 is no way to make a living for Lucy, a disillusioned officer worker from London. Nominated for Brighton Fringe Award for Theatrical Excellence at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015, Garden comes to Brighton Fringe for the first time. 

Road to the Fringe - Lamb Comedy

Road to the Fringe - Lamb Comedy

For this year’s Brighton Fringe, Broadway Baby Editor Beth Troakes has been on the hunt to for the insider information as our performers, venue mangers, programmers, press teams and technicians prepare for the start of what’s looking to be our best ever yet Brighton Fringe... 

Brighton Insider: The Warren

Brighton Insider: The Warren

Back to inhabit the grounds of St Peter’s church, this festival within a festival will play host to a whopping 162 shows this Fringe and here at Broadway Baby we are completely spoilt for choice! 

Brighton Insider: Sweet Venues Preview

Brighton Insider: Sweet Venues Preview

Back again with two new spaces at the Waterfront Hotel on King’s Road, Sweet Venues promises a line-up of scintillating theatre, eye watering comedy, risqué cabaret and more live music and poetry that you can shake a stick at. 

​Brighton Insider: Workshops

​Brighton Insider: Workshops

Don’t let the performers have all the fun this Fringe! If you want to join in on the action Brighton Fringe has an excellent line-up of workshops, from creative to family-fun. 

Punning Linguist

Punning Linguist

Heart-wrenching, harrowing, ill-fated, anguished; these words would not at all be out of place in a review of a Shakespearian tragedy but alas, this was no evening of star crossed lovers and unrequited affection but an unfortunate attempt at a night of stand-up comedy... 

Thirst of The Salt Mountain

Thirst of The Salt Mountain

Taking on Romanian playwright Marin Sorescu’s Thirst of the Salt Mountain was never going to be an easy task and unfortunately, on this occasion, Squall + Frenzy weren’t quite up to the challenge... 

Stitch It!
BOBBY WINNER

Stitch It!

There aren’t enough positive accolades in the English language to describe how utterly magnificent this piece of physical theatre is. Inbal Nelly Lewis Fichman is absolutely triumphant in her solo presentation of a work that is so intricate and complex... 

David Hoyle

David Hoyle

For those who haven’t seen David Hoyle perform before, throw out your preconceptions and definitely expect the unexpected; for David is not your typical drag queen, and I’m sure he’d disagree with this label to begin with... 

All Creatures: Art Exhibition by Graham Carter

All Creatures: Art Exhibition by Graham Carter

An absolutely wonderful exhibition presented by Ink_d Gallery, on North Road, of Graham Carter’s “Alphamals” is family friendly and a highlight of this Fringe’s visual art category... 

Vlad the Impaler

Vlad the Impaler

With playwright Richard Crane, of National Theatre and Royal Court fame, being accompanied by director Faynia Williams (National Theatre Mongolia & Romania) and not forgetting backing from the Romanian Cultural Institute, this production certainly promised a lot and a lot did it deliver... 

And The Devil May Drag You Under

And The Devil May Drag You Under

Unfortunately, I had slightly misled myself in preparation for this show. Having skimmed the brief catalogue description, eyeing up names such as Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer and Sarah Louise Young (Cabaret Whore), I wish I had taken a little longer to read it properly as I would have realised that these were their previous guests and certainly not the ones who were performing tonight... 

Dead At Last, No More Air

Dead At Last, No More Air

This was by far one of the most outstandingly bizarre pieces of theatre I have ever seen; I am still not entirely sure what I actually witnessed, but I know that I liked it. This is definitely not one for the faint-hearted, the language is complex, intentionally delivered in hasty manner while the sexual innuendos and all out depravity astound... 

FishHead

FishHead

Don’t let the title put you off. This is not a show about fish guts or an upside mermaid but an absolutely charming tale of friendship through adversity and using nothing but a couple of perspex boxes as its set, truly was a triumph... 

About a Heist

About a Heist

At least the actors learned their lines well (which you kind of expect from an actor), so this isn’t really much of a compliment but it’s always good to start on a positive. The show opens with the fairly common scenario of finding a new housemate and the trials and tribulations of embarking upon this... 

Tatterhood and Kebab.

Tatterhood and Kebab.

Expect the unexpected? It turns out if you arrive completely unprepared, armed with just the title of the show at hand and no prior expectations at all, that is when you will see the unexpected... 

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

If rock musicals fronted by nearly-transgender, furiously lamenting drama queens are your thing, then this is definitely the show for you and if they aren’t, I highly recommend seeing it anyway... 

Krapp's Last Tape

Krapp's Last Tape

A marvellously vulgar performance of Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape was performed upstairs at The Lectern last night, by the absolutely faultless Aidan Stephenson. The play opened with an old man lying slumped in his chair, lights down and in silence... 

No Man's Land

No Man's Land

A play littered with second guessing, false pretences and a lot of alcohol would be the most apt generalisation of Brighton Little Theatre’s- or should that be Harold Pinter’s- No Man’s Land... 

A Little Nonsense

A Little Nonsense

“A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men”. This closing comment of Juncture Theatre’s A Little Nonsense- swiped from none other than the master of nonsense himself, Roald Dahl- is a perfect summation of this hilariously intense and at points, quite violent, evening of theatre... 

Kin

Kin

Following a journey into intense relationships, friendship and loss, this tale of two cities remarkably takes place within just one setting, London. The stage itself is empty; nothing but the black walls and floor of the Nightingale Theatre, yet their actions illuminate the space, inviting us to share in their intimate story... 

Wild Horses

Wild Horses

Tucked away in its own little world of mayhem, Wild Horses, hosted by West Hill Community Centre may well be one of the strangest experiences of this year’s Fringe. If strange is to your taste then you will revel in its mania, but for those of a more conservative nature – well, those who prefer at least a hint of narrative and coherence in their theatre pieces – will find this multi-art, ultra interdisciplinary, not forgetting the so-called promenade performance, a little unsettling...