Antony and Cleopatra

Antony and Cleopatra

I had expected more passion and more punch from Unmasked Theatre's rendition of the classic Shakespearean play Antony and Cleopatra. But it was a young and inexperienced cast and the audience was full of friends, supporting the actors on stage... 

MOTHER

MOTHER

An inspired slice of sketch comedy served up by Laura Curnick and Jack Mosedale, MOTHER is brimming with great ideas and executed by two fantastic comedic talents that should be on everyone’s radar... 

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... 

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

The University of Brighton’s Drama Society served up laughs in their rendition of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Set on a tropical island, the stage was adorned with beach chairs and Hawaiian flowers and actors were dressed in floral shirts and summer shorts... 

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... 

10 Steps To Happiness

10 Steps To Happiness

The majority of us can probably admit to turning to Google to answer life’s more trivial questions from time to time. This is exactly what Yvette May found herself doing when she came to the realisation that although happiness is a seemingly uncomplicated emotion, very few of the people around her had managed to find it... 

Are Strings Attached?

Are Strings Attached?

Are Strings Attached? is a one-man show dedicated to eradicating the negative perception of graffiti, inspiring young people to follow their dreams and addressing the consequences of pushy parenting... 

Pussy Liquor presents Disco Pussy

Pussy Liquor presents Disco Pussy

For queers and their allies who like their cabaret feminist, political, patriarchy-smashing, sex positive, riot grrl and kick ass, Pussy Liquor is most definitely the night for you... 

Tom and Bunny Save the World: The Musical

Tom and Bunny Save the World: The Musical

Tom and Bunny Save the World is a folk musical. A folk musical, but with zombies. Think Once and Shaun of the Dead. We follow, or rather, chase after, the tough and independent Bunny as she, the anxious, wimpy Tom and their gaggle of eccentric friends try to travel up north from London to lovely Yorkshire in the middle of a zombie apocolypse... 

My Father Held A Gun

My Father Held A Gun

A stunningly simple yet immersing and thoughtful performance, My Father Held a Gun attempts to answer the question: Why do men go to war?Storytelling duo Israeli Raphael Rodan and Iranian Sahand Sahebdivani have some very insightful takes on this question... 

Cinebra: A History Of Horror

Cinebra: A History Of Horror

Dark and dramatic, tension-packed, teen-angst parody. Seventeen-year-old BFFs Sophie and Megan present a seminar about horror movies.The art-deco style Rialto Theatre was a perfect venue; on entry to the performance space, an appropriately spooky atmosphere was created using gothic organ music and flickering lights... 

BRICTT Presents: UNEXPECTED ITEM IN THE BAGGING AREA

BRICTT Presents: UNEXPECTED ITEM IN THE BAGGING AREA

What if Frankenstein’s monster were transported to our modern-day technological world and treated with the same fear and disgust he encountered in the original story? Not so hard to imagine... 

Marx in Soho by Howard Zinn

Marx in Soho by Howard Zinn

Walking into the Rialto Theatre felt like being transported back to a more gothic age. Small walkways and a dimly lit room with a bar in it set the scene for the play we were about to walk into... 

Invisible Voices of Brighton & Hove

Invisible Voices of Brighton & Hove

The Cascade Coffee Shop is at the centre of a drive to help rehabilitate and reintegrate the homeless population of Brighton through the Cascade Creative Recovery organisation. Using the written and spoken word, photography, and art as a tool for communication, the organisation aims to help the vulnerable members of the community share their stories... 

Knightmare Live 2017

Knightmare Live 2017

Welcome, watchers of illusions, to a review that shall dispel your confusion. Based on the esteemed television show that ran on CITV from 1987 to 1994, Knightmare Live pits our brave audience/dungeoneers against the wits and puzzles of an evil Lord... 

One Can Not Be Too Careful

One Can Not Be Too Careful

Gallery Lock In is a makeshift gallery space tucked away in the backstreets behind the beachfront. A converted garage on a residential street corner, this low-key setting suited the theme of the exhibition... 

The Cult of K*NZO

The Cult of K*NZO

The first thing to say about this show is that it made me re-think my (fairly nebulous) relationship with high-end fashion labels. The second thing to say is that it’s timely – right on the politico-cultural trend... 

The Erebus Project

The Erebus Project

The Erebus Project has an interesting premise. Sam, an Aspergic Ph.D. student, is developing a computer programme to eavesdrop on a person’s thoughts. But what if the subject is then wired up at the point of death? Will this reveal whether there is an afterlife? Thus arises The Erebus Project, Erebus being the primordial Greek God of darkness who is associated with death... 

Louise Reay: Eraserhead

Louise Reay: Eraserhead

Recently there was a bit of publicity in the papers about Louise Reay.She was being sued by her ex-husband who was seeking £30,000 in damages and an injunction stopping her talking about him in her show... 

Doppel Dietrich

Doppel Dietrich

Marlene Dietrich was born in Germany in 1924 and became a huge movie star in America back in the days of the Studio System. She was a strong independent woman. She answered to no one and even said "NO" to a request from Adolf Hitler - if you think strong, independent women are only a recent thing then you are very wrong... 

ARTWORKS

ARTWORKS

The newly refurbished St Augustine’s Centre has been playing host to a huge variety of shows and events: artists working on their pieces live, plays and music performances, screen-printing classes, and even yoga – many of which take place inside the new three story building which has been constructed inside the church... 

In Search of Myself

In Search of Myself

Mental health is a topic often uncomfortable or awkward to address directly, especially when tackling very personal experiences. Although as a society we are taking a huge step forward in terms of encouraging discussions around mental health, negative stereotypes and the stigma of living with a mental health illness still needs to be eradicated... 

Better

Better

Like, I suspect, many other members of the audience, I found myself identifying with Better as described in the Fringe guide. To paraphrase, a lost 30-something-year-old chews the fat with her been-there-done-that 50-year-old female friend, both analysing whether the other woman actually has it 'better'... 

There Was a Ship

There Was a Ship

Located inside the hulking monolith that is St Bartholemew’s church, the veritable belly of the beast, is a wacky art installation by sculptor and spoken word artist Brian Mander... 

Art of Printmaking: Open Studio

Art of Printmaking: Open Studio

The Art of Printmaking exhibition features the art of those involved with the Fine Art Printmaking and Photography Cooperative. On the day I visited, six artists’ works were featured, including Angela Cowan, who was watching over the open studio space... 

Efemera

Efemera

The Warren's aptly named Theatre Box (it’s a converted shipping container) hosted this year’s final Fringe performance of Efemera. A two-woman show, starring writer Gael Le Cornec and Rosie MacPherson and an audience of around 25, made for an intimate performance, which suited the sensitive subject matter... 

Circus'sission: Those That Made the Cut!

Circus'sission: Those That Made the Cut!

Featuring a Game of Thrones themed homoerotic adagio, a gyrating hula hooper and even a flash of full-frontal nudity, Circus’sission is the definition of a circus stripped. Within the black and red confines of the Bosco Theatre, a variety of stand-alone performers engage and amuse the audience with their particular circus skill, whilst the affable compère, Cal Harris, lubricates the act changes with Ozzie charm and some bodily fluids... 

Last Night at the Circus

Last Night at the Circus

It was a balmy Sunday evening at the end of another warm and sunny weekend and many in the audience seem to have to enjoyed the weekend (and perhaps the wine) a bit too much by the time they squeezed into their seat for Last Night at the Circus... 

Circus Vegas

Circus Vegas

It is a little disconcerting plunging into the darkness of a Big Top on a sunny afternoon, two hours after a Royal Wedding but, with a show which includes both drum majorettes and Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Circus Vegas seems to be continuing the Special Relationship... 

Wordstock Brighton 2018

Wordstock Brighton 2018

Brighton’s lively Open Market played host to the Wordstock festival this Saturday. The central courtyard was lined with vintage clothing, bookstores, plant shops, and even a pottery studio complete with an ageing, but, lovely dog... 

Quiz Night: The Musical

Quiz Night: The Musical

There comes an awkward point in some friendships when going to the pub is no longer quite enough entertainment. The banter has run thin and the stories are recycled. Enter the pub quiz... 

Only in Brighton!

Only in Brighton!

Brighton doesn't really need its ego stroking, but a little indulgence now and then can't hurt, which I think is the philosophy the city is built on. Beginning the tour by mulling over what makes Brighton just that little bit different (yes, I'm looking at you, the father pushing a pram while riding a unicycle on the seafront) it was clear the tour was going to be amusing, tongue in cheek, and filled with quirky stories... 

Can You Put This in the Bin for Me?

Can You Put This in the Bin for Me?

I have the greatest admiration for stand-up comedians. Anyone who can place themselves on a stage, isolated in the spotlight and try to coax a chuckle, a giggle or ultimately a full-throated guffaw out of an unforgiving, expectant crowd is certainly brave and maybe even slightly unhinged... 

Anna

Anna

The past is littered with magnificent women who deserve to be remembered and Anna Brassey is one of them: curator, collector, philanthropist, photographer, founder member of St John’s Ambulance and inveterate traveller... 

Clean Mean Eating Machine

Clean Mean Eating Machine

Yes, I’m a millennial. Yesterday I was in Shoreditch and had a charcoal and coconut soft serve presented in an Instagrammable black cone. I’ve waited over an hour for brunch at a hot spot in NYC’s East Village... 

Big Berg

Big Berg

Eleanor Westbrook embodies what I love about the Fringe. Theatre-maker, performer and queen of silliness, she has created a wonderfully surreal and genuinely funny one-woman-show in her offering Big Berg... 

Waiting for Curry

Waiting for Curry

The opening premise of Twilight Theatre’s Waiting for Curry, written and directed by Susanne Crosby, runs thus: Rob and his wife Chris have invited their friends Phil and Sue over to their house for a take-away curry, but it fails to arrive... 

Hymns for Robots

Hymns for Robots

Hymns for Robots is a play about the life of Delia Derbyshire, played by Jessie Coller, the uncredited mind behind the Doctor Who theme tune and the mother of electronic music. This eccentric piece follows the equally eccentric Delia’s career and life... 

How to Cope with Embarrassment

How to Cope with Embarrassment

Embarrassment is an inconvenience I imagine most people can relate to; we all have an experience we look back at through cringey glasses and would much rather forget about. In How to Cope With Embarrassment we are told the story of a 42 year old ‘Lady in Red’ named Lucy, whose life has been totally dictated by humiliation, due to an angry and embarrassed witch deciding to curse her with the affliction from birth till her 43rd year... 

Courtney Act: Under the Covers

Courtney Act: Under the Covers

If you’re familiar with Courtney Act you’ll know there are many strings to her bow; on RuPaul’s Drag Race we witnessed a formidable competitor, who sang, danced and modelled her way to the top three of her season... 

Connecting Places: Our Untold Stories

Connecting Places: Our Untold Stories

A celebration of Brighton’s diversity, Connecting Places: Our Untold Stories, organised by the Brighton and Hove BME Heritage Network, is an opportunity for everyone to hear the authentic voices of some of Brighton’s communities... 

About A Revolution

About A Revolution

The latest production from Windmill Young Actors attempts to explore the spirit of revolution and a multitude of ambitious ideas with varying degrees of success. Sadly, it struggles with tonal inconsistency and creating a unified vision for the performance... 

A Brave Face

A Brave Face

Vamos Theatre, in co-production with Mercury Theatre, have created a truly gorgeous piece of mask theatre looking at the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. A Brave Face looks at the life of one young man, as he sets off to Afghanistan, and his subsequent problems re-adjusting to civilian life... 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

The intention of Shakespeare’s plays is writ large under the titles. Macbeth is a tragedy; Henry V a history and A Midsummer Night’s Dream arguably his best comedy. One could worry that Lazarus Theatre’s trademark Brechtian treatment may suck all the fun out of it, but set aside those concerns... 

Morning is Red

Morning is Red

Morning is Red begins as an analysis of the human psyche when affected by the terrors of life on the Front Line, depicted though the the exchange of stories between three characters serving in World War I... 

Under the Skin

Under the Skin

Two parallel time periods of 1944 and 1991 create a story little known to the public, but none-the-less, one that suggests a need for love in the cruellest places. With even the characters questioning “How can one love someone in such hell”, the all-female cast present the ghosts of past and present... 

Spurious

Spurious

Written by Allan Williams and directed by Harry Benefield, Spurious explores themes of family and identity through three generations of women falling pregnant at 18, while examining each period’s outlook on young and single motherhood... 

Heimatmann

Heimatmann

Heimatmann, featuring just two performers, John Casey and Jessie Waterfield, tells the story of Georg Elser. Elser was a German man who failed to assassinate Adolf Hitler – but only by a matter of minutes... 

I Married An Alien Card Sharp

I Married An Alien Card Sharp

I’ve always been partial to a bit of prestidigitation. As a child I wanted to be a magician, but I ended up an actor. Is there a difference? Not according to Anton Binder’s one man show, I Married An Alien Card Sharp... 

Police Cops In Space

Police Cops In Space

Forget Spaceballs, there is a new sci-fi comedy champion in town. This sold-out show from lauded comedy trio The Pretend Men, explodes onto the stage and doesn’t slow down until the final moment... 

Rattle Tales

Rattle Tales

Rattle Tales was started by a collective of eleven Brighton based writers who wanted to bring new writing to the stage. It’s now well-established in Brighton and Hove, a place where you can meet many writers who, with little prompting, will tell you about the stories they are not managing to find the time to write... 

Tales

Tales

As the audience wandered into the Sweet Dukebox theatre for the start of Tales Michelle Madsen and Lizzy Margereson of BAIT were already standing by the seats, welcoming people warmly and having a little sashay to Grace Jones’s Slave the Rhythm... 

The Polished Scar

The Polished Scar

Are leaders born or are they raised? The latter would seem to be the case in Duncan Henderson’s excellent one man play The Polished Scar. On a minimal set, with only a table and a chair to create a myriad of scenes, the play opens with an MP addressing the House of Commons... 

The O.S. Map Fan Club

The O.S. Map Fan Club

On paper – cartographical paper by preference – this is the sort of show that is the heart of fringe theatre. A quirky, solo performance with dozens of slightly Blue Peteresque props and a niche theme... 

The Field Street Monologues

The Field Street Monologues

What happens behind closed doors? How much do you really know about your neighbours? Is that knowledge you're better left without? The Field Street Monologues consists of six monologues exploring exactly those things... 

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... 

Antigone Alone

Antigone Alone

The story of Antigone comes from three surviving plays written by Sophocles in the 5th century BC. It is considered important for a number of reasons, the key one perhaps that it addresses how state power and laws are often at loggerheads with individual morality and ethics... 

Waiting for Gandalf

Waiting for Gandalf

This isn’t the gentle comedy romp through the Lord of the Rings that many may believe from the title. Presented by the Brighton based charity, Mankind, Waiting for Gandalf is a powerful performance about the burdens that some of us carry... 

Brawn

Brawn

We all want to look good, don’t we? Everybody likes to feel attractive. But what if we don’t? What if we see an undersized, unsatisfactory version of our ideal self every time we look in the mirror? What then?Christopher Wollaton tackles this issue head-on in his short one-man play, Brawn... 

The Boy Who Gave His Heart Away by Cole Moreton

The Boy Who Gave His Heart Away by Cole Moreton

"Make a fist with your hand and place it roughly where you think your heart should be," Cole Moreton instructs us at the start of his set, The Boy Who Gave His Heart Away... 

P

P

The audience enters The Warren's Theatre Box to find the actor sitting on a minimally dressed stage, carefully cutting up and arranging slices of fruit on a platter. Once finished, she introduces herself as Leila Herandi, the performer, and warns us that she is definitely not the character she will be portraying... 

Caitlin

Caitlin

Caitlin is a theatrical portrait of Dylan Thomas’ wild wife, Caitlin Macnamara, and features Caitlin herself telling the story of their volatile and passionate relationship. This compelling one-woman show tracks Caitlin’s life from being a young dancer and meeting Dylan, to his death and her reaction to it... 

Always, With a Love That's True

Always, With a Love That's True

Wired Theatre follow on from their show last year, And Love Walked In, with this new sequel, Always, With a Love That's True. A wonderful piece of Fringe theatre performed under the direction of Sylvia Vickers, you certainly don't need to have seen the previous show to appreciate the brilliance of this one... 

A Beginner's Guide to Bondage

A Beginner's Guide to Bondage

Fifty Shades of Grey was the bestselling book that gripped the world with its stories about Mr Grey and his sexual appetite for pain and pleasure. I found no pleasure in the book and after several chapters gave up... 

Pippin

Pippin

Amateur company Sedos promise at the start of the show they have Magic To Do and boy do they deliver. With honeyed-vocals and a sublime design, their production of Pippin pleases on every level... 

Land of the Three Towers: Vol II

Land of the Three Towers: Vol II

There is a housing crisis in this country. And it’s something that is not discussed enough in the mainstream media. Wel, how about this then? Not just discussion, but action too. Plus an inclusive approach to theatre... 

Creation Song Norse Myths Storytelling

Creation Song Norse Myths Storytelling

I’m happy to admit that my knowledge of Norse mythology is patchy, but becoming more familiar with what was advertised as a fusion of "ballad song, galdr chant and ancient Eddic poetry" seemed like an opportunity worth taking up... 

Bright City

Bright City

We are standing outside, on a chilly Sunday evening, waiting for the doors of St. Peter’s to open to Bright City. As we are let in, we are immediately welcomed and given a drink – everyone is so kind, and this is something I can’t stress enough... 

We Are The Lions Mr Manager

We Are The Lions Mr Manager

Monday 23rd August 1976. The UK is in the grip of a heatwave. Whilst the management bully at the Grunwick Film Processing Plant sings and cavorts to Mungo Jerry’s In The Summertime, Jayaben Desai and her colleagues are forced to work in the factory basement where there are no windows or air conditioning... 

The Maids by Jean Genet

The Maids by Jean Genet

First performed in 1947, Jean Genet’s The Maids was inspired by the true story of sisters Christine and Léa Papin, who murdered their employer and her daughter. However, this version, directed by Ben Alexander, was based on the muscular adaptation by Benedict Andrews and Andrew Upton where the language – vitriolic and fierce – is brought right up to date... 

Rum in the Gravy Boat

Rum in the Gravy Boat

A play about mental health and growing up with an alcohol-dependent mother. Admittedly, a fairly hard sell for a Friday afternoon. For just 55 minutes, Rum in the Gravy Boat packs a lot in - actor Leigh Johnstone's whole childhood, to be exact... 

EAST by Steven Berkoff

EAST by Steven Berkoff

Berkoff's East is one of the most powerful examinations of the white working class culture in England. Set in London's East End, the characters are heavily stereotyped and yet they move us, make us laugh, help us understand the sterile nature of their lives and pose the question: why do we as a nation continue to see their talents wasted?First performed at Edinburgh Fringe in 1975, this revived Snowdrop Production has already achieved acclaim at the Brighton Fringe in 2016 and this current run clearly shows why... 

Marie

Marie

We meet landlady Liz as she hosts another Historical Night. It’s in-between darts and karaoke on her pub’s weekly events calendar and has been an unexpected success. Elsewhere, unlucky Marie is new to London... 

Kemptown Carnival: The Resonators + Barnacles Ensemble & Guests

Kemptown Carnival: The Resonators + Barnacles Ensemble & Guests

A quick Google search defines the word resonator as something that “produces a deep, full, reverberating sound.” This certainly chimes with the performance given by The Resonators at this year's Brighton Fringe... 

Just Don’t Do It

Just Don’t Do It

'I’m frightened', my proudly-feminist husband says while reading a Google-searched summary of Just Don’t Do It as we sit waiting for the start of the show. 'What of?' I query... 

Humanity Dick: A Tale of Beasts and Bullets

Humanity Dick: A Tale of Beasts and Bullets

An outspoken politician. Married to Eliza. Alive at the time of the American Revolution. Renowned duelist. No, this is not about Alexander Hamilton, but his Irish equivalent: Richard Martin... 

Fast

Fast

An iconic performance by all involved in the unnerving Fast. Part of the Brighton Fringe’s Arts Industry showcase, WINDOW, it’s an unmissable performance if you want to be captivated by disturbance, chilling sensations and shocking outcomes... 

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... 

5 Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist

5 Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist

Craigslist, for those unfamiliar, is a site where people can advertise jobs, sell things and also meet people for 'casual encounters' – which basically means no strings attached sex, so I was unsure what to expect from the one man show 5 Encounters On A Site Called Craigslist by Sam Ward... 

The Manifestation of Trim Tab Jim

The Manifestation of Trim Tab Jim

Taking a pew in the beautiful St. Nicholas Church - the oldest in Brighton, with features dating back to the 10th Century, the last thing you might expect to see is a large computer screen dominating the altar area... 

What We Leave Behind

What We Leave Behind

Death is the only truly universal subject. Yet on stage we so often only see it as the customary end to a Shakespearean tragedy or a punch line to a particularly distasteful joke. It is rare that we experience theatre talking about death in a down-to-earth and, well, normal way... 

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... 

Lolbot Wars

Lolbot Wars

It’s ten o’clock on a Friday night in Brighton and Temple Bar is buzzing. Some of us have come here specificaly to catch Lolbot Wars: a comedy show based loosely around the structure of Robot Wars... 

Rope

Rope

Nietzsche’s notion of the Übermensch receives one scant mention towards the end of Patrick Hamilton's Rope, yet it is the driving force that underpins the play. Although easily classified as a thriller, the traditional tension of a murder mystery is displaced in Rope... 

Woyzeck

Woyzeck

Having spent three months eating only peas, it comes as no surprise that the eponymous central character in Woyzeck appears in a state of both physical frailty and mental instability... 

Fringe Sessions 2018

Fringe Sessions 2018

Unfortunately, I was only able to see the first two acts of Fringe Sessions due to time constraints, which was so disappointing as there was so much talent. It was just so lovely to see some locals performing in such a cosy little venue... 

Nine Night

Nine Night

There’s little to evoke more anxiety and dread than the phrase ‘Traditional Family Christmas’. Three words that used individually may suggest happiness, take on a whole new meaning with the memories that come when strung together... 

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... 

The Spark Factory

The Spark Factory

One of a series of seven one-night-stands of experimental theatre, How Disabled Are You? is curated by theatre co-operative Spun Glass Theatre under the heading of The Spark Factory... 

Last Orders at the Dog and Dumplings

Last Orders at the Dog and Dumplings

Kevin and Babs Chisholm run The Dog and Dumplings pub along with a mute parrot and a lesbian cat. Little do they know that a developer has just bought the place and intends to develop the premises... 

Persuasion

Persuasion

As guilty pleasures go, a dose of Austen is probably as guilt free as they come. Frequently re-adapted and re-consumed she may be, but her works remain as comforting as a mug of tomato soup and a fleece dressing gown... 

Drunk With A Pen

Drunk With A Pen

Joseph J Clark is a poet on a mission. Time is precious to this man as time is words and the very second the audience are seated, in this black, curtained-off venue inside Sweet Werks 2, he commences his set... 

The Lives They Left Behind

The Lives They Left Behind

Inspired by the fascinating discovery of neglected suitcases, this talented young ensemble join together to present stories of the real patients of Willard Psychiatric Centre.Miskin Theatre doesn’t waste any time introducing the audience to the harsh divide between the staff and the psychiatric patients at Willard; the staff cold and restrained and the patients displaying a range of thoughts and varying degrees of hope, each clearly understanding their character and their journey... 

The Laud of The Rings

The Laud of The Rings

The Lord of the Rings (known as LOTR to the mega-fans) is one of my favourite books. So, imagine my delight upon discovering that there is a one-man re-enactment of Frodo’s journey to Mordor on at The Burrow... 

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... 

Secrets from Within the Human Body

Secrets from Within the Human Body

So to the campus at Sussex University on a mellow May evening and specifically to a lecture theatre in the Brighton and Sussex Medical School for an hour long talk delivered by Dr Claire Smith, Head of Anatomy; Dr Andrew Dilley, Senior Lecturer of Anatomy; and Ms Catherine Hennessy, Teaching Fellow of Anatomy... 

Gypsy Queen

Gypsy Queen

Meet ‘Gorgeous’ George O’Connell (Rob Ward) and Dane ‘The Pain’ Samson (John Askew), two hard as nails boxers both raised by their traditionalist fathers to defend themselves and their names... 

Dave Benson Phillips: Christ, I Thought He Was Dead!

Dave Benson Phillips: Christ, I Thought He Was Dead!

Dave Benson Phillips used to be on children’s TV all the time. Most of us remember him from the classic show Get Your Own Back where kids could get to gunge their parents or teachers... 

Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis

"One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in bed he had been changed into a monstrous verminous bug": So begins Franz Kafka’s classic tale of middle-class moribundity, which has been transformed into a one-woman show by Different Theatre... 

The Start of Something

The Start of Something

Sweet Werks' studio is a well-suited venue for The Start of Something. It’s a very intimate space which worked well as the three characters relive a painful part of their lives...