Austentatious

Austentatious

It is a truth that should be universally acknowledged; you do not need to possess an extensive understanding of the books of Jane Austen to fully enjoy Austenatious. This is intelligent improvisational comedy at its very best but can be appreciated by anyone... 

Emma Sidi: Faces of Grace

Emma Sidi: Faces of Grace

Emma Sidi’s one-woman show Faces of Grace is absolutely bonkers. But if you happen to think absolutely bonkers is a good thing (which this reviewer does) then you will absolutely love it... 

The Big Lie

The Big Lie

If the thought of watching a one woman play about a Kurdish refugee turned lawyer helping to broker a major arms deal for a Swedish law firm doesn’t thrill you then think again, as The Big Lie is a little gem... 

Siblings: Acting Out

Siblings: Acting Out

Is the comedy gene something you can inherit from your parents? If so then Siblings: Acting Out sisters Maddy and Marina Bye have been blessed with it in spades. If you didn’t know, they are the daughters of comedian, writer, producer, author (and other notable achievements), Ruby Wax and her equally talented hubby Ed Bye... 

Martin Lingus

Martin Lingus

Martin’s overbearing mother dies leaving him homeless, helpless and unfortunately hopeless. Although she is dead, her sneering presence and voice are heard throughout the piece and actor Clive Marlowe switches between her character, Martin, and his many female conquests in this hour-long, one-man show... 

After

After

Set in an apocalyptical world, After feels like a theatrical experiment on many levels. This is how the first production meeting may have gone: 'OK, there’s one script but it’s only half an hour long... 

Space Doctor

Space Doctor

Have you ever turned up at a party to find yourself surrounded by people you didn’t know who all seemed to be united by an in-joke you didn’t get? That was my Space Doctor experience... 

One Woman Alien

One Woman Alien

"In theatre no-one can hear you scream" unless you head down to the Sweet Dukebox this Fringe to see One Woman Alien, billed as a one hour (standard Fringe fair) one woman (for obvious reasons) one cult movie (Alien) with a stuffed cat... 

Bones

Bones

As the audience files into the dark Rialto theatre space, a lonely figure paces across the stage, dressed in baggy tracksuit bottoms, a grubby white T-shirt and baseball hat, angrily drinking a pint of lager and staring with hatred at a pram... 

The Starship Osiris

The Starship Osiris

It should be compulsory for discerning audiences to attend at least one Fringe show every year that is totally bonkers, and if it were, then The Starship Osiris would be a fine choice... 

Olive and Bosie

Olive and Bosie

The cramped prison cell under Brighton’s Town Hall once more plays host to 368 Theatre Company’s trilogy of jail-based plays, which includes the sad tale of Olive and Bosie... 

Couples+Pairs

Couples+Pairs

Each performance of Blue Heart Theatre’s relationship based plays features five short dramas where the company chooses the first three and the audience the last two. The four-piece cast’s capacity to perform any one of these plays from the pick of a hat is impressive, although the promised interactive audience participation is an anti climax: two audience members quietly rummage in the hat and choose the last two plays - if the choice is going to be part of the performance, let the whole audience be part of the process... 

Bug Camp

Bug Camp

We are told in the blurb that being a grown up sucks. To emphasise this point, the leading lady Lola bounds onto the stage acting like a totally convincing eight year old, with a deliciously husky voice, gesticulating wildly and sporting a Metallica t-shirt... 

Olive & Bosie

Olive & Bosie

The cramped prison cell under Brighton’s Town Hall once more plays host to 368 Theatre Company’s trilogy of jail-based plays, which includes the sad tale of Olive and Bosie.Lord Alfred Douglas is the infamous “golden haired youth” who was unwittingly instrumental in the ruination of Oscar Wilde... 

Bad Dad

Bad Dad

From the slapstick physical beginning of this self-penned one-man monologue, through to the show’s philosophical conclusion, the laughs come thick and fast in Bad Dad.Chris Dingli does his energetic best to convince the audience why is he is deserving of the title: he never wanted a child to begin with... 

Get Fit With Bruce Willis

Get Fit With Bruce Willis

The premise of Get Fit With Bruce Willis promises a fun-packed frivolous hour of disco, Jimmy Somerville songs, fitness and a Faustian pact with the devil but sadly fails to live up to expectations... 

Living Between Lies

Living Between Lies

Everybody lies. We all know that. Exploring what happens when those lies catch up with us forms the basis for Underfoot Theatre Company’s powerfully dramatic, sometimes disturbing and occasionally amusing play... 

Swan Bake

Swan Bake

What do you get when an impressionable young writer moves into a London squat with a couple of crack addict ballerinas and a pack of rats? Swan Bake! This mash-up of song, dance, theatre and puppetry is definitely not a show for kids... 

This Is Always The Result

This Is Always The Result

Gus Watcham hurries onto the stage as Kathy, looking frazzled, determined and slightly deranged. It takes a while for the words to start flowing but when they do, we find out Kathy has a lot to say, and it’s all directed at her art tutor, who she has an enormous crush on... 

Rosie Wilby: The Conscious Uncoupling

Rosie Wilby: The Conscious Uncoupling

We’ve all been dumped. Rosie Wilby establishes this from the get-go and those afraid to admit it have come to the wrong show. Mixing theatre, storytelling, spoken word and gentle comedy, the show takes a retrospective look at Rosie’s real life relationship and why she has chosen to exhume it for in-depth analysis... 

Golem

Golem

Golem is an intense experience that proves being taken out of the normal fringe comfort zone of cabaret or comedy is what makes Brighton such an interesting and diverse festival... 

In Conversation with an Acid Bath Murderer

In Conversation with an Acid Bath Murderer

There can’t be a more perfect setting for In Conversation With An Acid Bath Murderer than the bowels of Brighton’s Town Hall, where 368 Theatre Company takes full advantage of the Old Police Cells Museum to stage this riveting production... 

Brighton Insider: The Rialto Theatre

Brighton Insider: The Rialto Theatre

It’s the second year for the Rialto Theatre at the Brighton Fringe but it’s already gaining a reputation as a home for local talent. Originally built as a school for poor girls, these days it’s establishing itself as a place for rich theatre. 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Local thespians in Brighton may be familiar with the Academy of Creative Training (ACT), which strives to offer instruction to the ordinary individual who dreams of a life on the stage... 

The Herbal Bed

The Herbal Bed

The Herbal Bed is a cunning cloth-capped caper, skillfully shaped around a real life event in the summer of 1613.Peter Whelan’s play is set during the reign of James I, when puritanical principles are beginning to propagate like the herbs in the titular apothecary garden...