Pickman's Model by HP Lovecraft

Pickman's Model by HP Lovecraft

Laying your hands on a cult classic is a daunting task, especially when you are dealing with HP Lovecraft’s much loved gothic fiction. Best known for his unpronounceable Cthulhu mythos, HP Lovecraft also wrote a number of other short stories, one of which is brought to life by The Other Realm Theatre Company... 

Arr We There Yet?

Arr We There Yet?

Ahoy sailor! Have your days been feeling empty and meaningless since the Pirates of the Caribbean films dried out? Now you can board the Red Rubber Duckie pirate ship and feast your eyes on the Head First Acrobats, here with their swashbuckling and death-defying hour of good ol’ pirate mayhem... 

Shit-faced Shakespeare: Hamlet

Shit-faced Shakespeare: Hamlet

Shit-faced Shakespeare is one of those things you either love or hate, a bit like Stilton cheese or anchovies. Enjoying it also requires a certain degree of preparation; namely reaching the correct stage of intoxication, where someone else’s drunken stupor seems like the funniest thing in the world... 

Joe Black - Touch of Evil: A Celebration of Villainy in Song

Joe Black - Touch of Evil: A Celebration of Villainy in Song

Let’s get the review part over and done with; this was going to be a five star review from the moment I saw the title Joe Black - Touch of Evil: A Celebration of Villainy in Song... 

Spiegeltent: Heart of the Fringe Show

Spiegeltent: Heart of the Fringe Show

Tonight was Brighton's chance to show the size of its heart – and its wallet. Heart of the Fringe was a special charity show for Clowns Without Borders presenting two and half hours of the best Fringe performers giving sneak peaks for a good cause... 

Rob Kemp: The Elvis Dead

Rob Kemp: The Elvis Dead

You know those brilliant ideas you get after last orders, and then in the morning you’re like, what was I thinking? This show must have been one of them: “Hey guys, what if we took a cult horror classic, say Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead 2, and performed it with Elvis Presley’s song lyrics, wouldn’t that be awesome?” No matter what conspiracy theorists tell you, Elvis is dead... 

Seaside Sideshow!

Seaside Sideshow!

Come one, come all! Seaside Sideshow invites us to step back into a Victorian-era celebration of music hall, vaudeville and variety; a place occupied by magicians, showgirls and strongmen – all the fun of the fair! Who could resist a bit of a sideshow beside the seaside?On individual merits, the acts were multi-award winning performers... 

WARMTH Pop-up Sauna

WARMTH Pop-up Sauna

It’s the Bank Holiday weekend and the weather is scorchio! Perfect time to hit the beach........so who would have thought I’d actually end up in a converted horsebox next to the i360?! Now I have seen many strange things on Brighton beach, but this is something else... 

Cabaret Boheme: A Night at the Movies

Cabaret Boheme: A Night at the Movies

Sexy provocateur Veronica Blacklace is back with seasoned cabaret talent and fresh faces from her own burlesque school. On a beautiful bank holiday night, the packed Spiegeltent experienced a carousel of wonderment and excitement filled with sultry vocals, gravity defying aerial acrobatics, circus splendour and steaming hot burlesque... 

A Night In... Double-Oh Heaven

A Night In... Double-Oh Heaven

Warning: this review contains numerous cheesy James Bond puns. A Night In… Double-Oh Heaven promised Bond girl burlesque, thrilling danger acts, skilled circus and live renditions of classic 007 themes, served with a dash of titillation and a double measure of glamour... 

Bad Luck Cabaret

Bad Luck Cabaret

What to wear to a cabaret show where the dress code was “dress for the end of the world or the beginning”? Sorry, my supernova outfit is still in the laundry. Luckily, there was plenty of yellow and black warning tape to wrap into... 

BARRERA

BARRERA

Barrera is what a clown AA meeting would look like. Two heartbroken clowns have lost their best friend – a red balloon – in a bang. Being a clown is not easy. Even when grieving, you are expected to be funny... 

Gerry Cottle's WOW! Circus

Gerry Cottle's WOW! Circus

Gerry Cottle has been making British circus history ever since he ran away to join the circus at the age of 15. He has been responsible for numerous wow moments in the arena, most notably in the 90s with the Circus of Horrors and the Moscow State Circus... 

Griffin and Jones: Slapdash Magic

Griffin and Jones: Slapdash Magic

Griffin and Jones – the self-proclaimed Ant & Dec of this comedy price range – delivered an action-packed hour of illusions, stunts and magical life hacks. We learned how to store endless quantities of white powder in small plastic bags, what not to do with household bleach and how to smuggle a straitjacket through customs... 

Jack and I: The Jack the Ripper Musical

Jack and I: The Jack the Ripper Musical

On the hottest day of the year, the Warren was worlds apart from the shady alleyways of Victorian London. But it’s amazing what a fog machine and some well-placed spotlights can do to transport you into a different era... 

The Gin Whore Tour

The Gin Whore Tour

Pardon me, but The Gin Whore Tour may have affected my ability to form coherent sentences. Alas, I must dry, I mean try! There I was, together with a handful of brave – or plain thirsty – people, sipping my way through the history of the juniper berry, and it wasn’t even 1pm... 

Unusual Subtext

Unusual Subtext

If you thought Brighton Fringe had been a little short in supply of freaks this year, then these five guys from London are set to prove you wrong. Their dark comedy of bizarre feats, poses the question: who are the real freaks? The performers? Or the audience watching them?In an era when Marvel continues to prevail, playing at superheroes or villains, feels a bit too familiar and these performers certainly look as though they’ve attended a Comic Con or two... 

Tenors Unlimited:The Rat Pack of Opera

Tenors Unlimited:The Rat Pack of Opera

The atmospheric Spiegeltent was bursting at the seams as the three tenors took the stage and the audience with their sunny, easy-going manner. The acoustics were great, spirits were high and the tenors top-notch... 

Hysterical

Hysterical

Hysterical is a dark comedy exploring the boundaries of mental health and wellbeing in today’s corporate reality, where work-life balance often equals yoga, medication and therapy... 

Casual Violence: Slow Fade To Bleak

Casual Violence: Slow Fade To Bleak

It’s Friday the 13th and I am about to be trapped inside a slightly claustrophobic metal container with an unsuspecting audience by a group who call themselves Casual Violence, waiting for an evening of unprecedented acts of horror to follow... 

Derek Ryan: The Slaughterhouse Rules

Derek Ryan: The Slaughterhouse Rules

Death. Perhaps not the most obvious topic for an hour long comedy show, but that's what Derek Ryan's chosen. As time passes by, it's started weighing more heavily on Derek's mind. Hailing from Ireland, a nation obsessed with death so he tells us, he’s been called the late Derek Ryan ever since his very long overdue birth... 

Tales of Sin

Tales of Sin

Tales of Sin proclaims malice, seduction, lust and vengeance, so count me in! This six for the price of one variety show, spans a wide spectrum of genres – musical, opera, verse, classical and physical theatre – while leading us on a downward spiral to the depths of the underworld... 

Operation Love Story

Operation Love Story

Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy regains girl, and they live happily ever after. It’s a plot-line as old as the world itself but Spun Glass Theatre present a new twist on this classic trope in an anti-romantic comedy about love and loneliness in the big city... 

Ghost Sex

Ghost Sex

I love ghost stories but I have never heard one quite like this. Ghost sex is a tragicomic story of love and loss and the thin line between what’s real and what’s imaginary... 

The Lady Boys of Bangkok - Forever Yours... x Tour

The Lady Boys of Bangkok - Forever Yours... x Tour

This was my first close encounter with the Lady Boys; I’ve never been to Bangkok, but I’ve seen The Hangover II. That doesn’t quite make me an expert, but I’m pretty sure that the Lady Boys are much more Vegas than Bangkok... 

Icons (Preview)

Icons (Preview)

Brighton Fringe 2016 is here: bigger, better and fringier than ever! And who could be better to kick things off at the Warren than Le Gateau Chocolat, the powerhouse baritone wrapped in lycra and the only artist who can pull off both Wagner and Xanadu... 

Casting the Runes

Casting the Runes

Let’s see: an alchemist receives a bad book review and enacts his revenge by first driving the reviewer mad and then making him commit suicide. This does not look good for me. Luckily there are many positive things to say about this adaptation of the classic ghost story by M... 

VarietyVille

VarietyVille

Britain’s got some talent and it’s right here at the Spiegeltent. Not often can you can say that a show suits all ages, shapes and sizes. This is one of those rare treats. The comedy troupe Slightly Fat Features brings a new generation of variety back with a storm... 

Opera Naked: Singers' Lives Laid Bare

Opera Naked: Singers' Lives Laid Bare

Warning: this operatic cabaret contains no nudity in spite of its name. In Opera Naked, singers bare their lives and souls, not their bodies. Keeping it simple is the theme here; no posh opera house, no grand orchestra, no fancy props or costumes, no massive choirs... 

Peter Antoniou in 'Comedium'

Peter Antoniou in 'Comedium'

To be or not to be? That is yet again the question. Can one man be a comedian and a psychic medium – a comedium? Peter Antoniou certainly gives it a go. This psychic comedian has the makings of a great performance at his fingertips... 

Get Lost Lancelot

Get Lost Lancelot

How does a hazelnut end up in a walnut tree? Who wins the duel between a Mexican bandit and an American cowboy? And most importantly: does it hurt more to be hit by an imaginary stone than an invisible one? All will be revealed during this fast and furious 55 minute comedy rampage... 

Playback Impro

Playback Impro

Five actors in their pyjamas create a show from audience anecdotes, bringing them to life with their expressions, postures and words. The idea of playback impro is simple: audience members tell stories and which the actors reflect back to them in a particular style... 

Rob Deb: 20th Anniversary Edition

Rob Deb: 20th Anniversary Edition

Twenty years is a long time. Especially in the comedy circuit where you must reinvent yourself over and over again. This blurb states that after twenty years in comedy, Rob Deb begins to question the place in a recession for a caped comedian... 

The Moscow State Circus

The Moscow State Circus

There’s no circus like the Moscow State Circus. The mystical centre of Moscow's cultural and artistic quarter Park Gorkogo (Gorky Park) is the backdrop for their new European tour... 

Is He a Bit Simon Jay?

Is He a Bit Simon Jay?

I’ve never actually met Simon Jay. It’s a pity really. But I’ve met his mother, wife, sister, vicar and work colleagues. All in all, I’ve met over twenty people who influenced his life one way or another... 

Happy Clap Trap

Happy Clap Trap

Claptrap, as in absurd or nonsensical talk, sounds like a perfect starting point for an interesting Fringe night. That was what I expected entering the Spiegeltent on a blustery Tuesday evening... 

Bourgeois & Maurice: Sugartits

Bourgeois & Maurice: Sugartits

Is there anything these two can’t do? I doubt it. In their own words “darker and slicker than a BP oil spill”, Bourgeois & Maurice are a musical cabaret duo with style as sharp as their wit... 

The New Ten Commandments

The New Ten Commandments

Have you ever wanted to play God? The New Ten Commandments is probably the closest you’ll ever get. Entering the world of the LDD Research Group, you will soon discover that moral laws are not universal, but a human creation designed to make life as good as it can be for as many people as possible... 

Beauty’s Legacy

Beauty’s Legacy

The sci-fi comedy/drama Beauty’s Legacy is a futuristic version of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. It is a story of love, lost and – well, lust. Examining our obsession with appearance and self-improvement, the play makes some weighty comments on contemporary culture... 

Original Festival Ghost Walk

Original Festival Ghost Walk

It was a dark and stormy night in Brighton. We gathered around at the Pavilion gardens waiting anxiously for something to happen. Deep from the shadows came an old man, seemingly from another era...