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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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 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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

Cinebra: Glenda & Rita

Cinebra: Glenda & Rita

Last time I looked, drag was a minority sport in gay bars, performed by men in frocks belting out mediocre ballads, lip-synching to pop songs, and generally being misogynistic. In those days, the humour derived from being bitchy, or foul-mouthed... 

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... 

BA Theatre Arts Graduate Shows

BA Theatre Arts Graduate Shows

Bringing us four short scenes, Puck’s Players – consisting of Bill Poulton, Phillip Lee and Aaron Thaddeus Lee – were able to exhibit outstanding versatility as performers, displaying skill in areas ranging from slapstick to Shakespeare, in a memorable graduate show that will hopefully lead them to interesting careers... 

The Looker

The Looker

The Looker is the surreal, dark yet playful story of Vida: a young woman who yearns to break free from the call centre and take control of her life.Stepping into the heat and shade of the Bosco Theatre in Brighton’s Old Steine, there’s a definite sense of breaking away from reality... 

Bin and Gone

Bin and Gone

People of a certain age will remember Ted Rogers hosting the quiz show 3-2-1 on Saturday nights. It ran for ten years, between 1978 to 1988, with an audience of 14 million viewers. It had cryptic clues that were almost impossible to solve... 

The Jurassic Parks

The Jurassic Parks

I have a confession to make. A VCR viewing of Jurassic Park at too tender an age in the mid-90s left me somewhat scared of dinosaurs. Therefore, it was with some trepidation that I joined a cheerful audience abandoning a sunny, pleasant evening in Brighton to be warmly greeted by the Park family instead... 

Brighton School of Samba

Brighton School of Samba

Fancy experiencing a taste of the Rio Carnival in the streets of Brighton this month? The Brighton School of Samba can give you just that. Based on the traditional structure of the Rio Samba Schools, the Brighton School of Samba showcases traditional bateria and dance in the true Brazilian carnival style... 

2 Voices + 1 Sound

2 Voices + 1 Sound

A mysterious atmosphere vibrates through the small room in Manchester Street’s Latest Music bar as two women take to the stage and where flowers lie scattered beneath their feet. Nav Vilain’s floor-length red gown contrasts nicely with partner Rain Heron's black veil dress as unusual and intriguing sounds boom from the overhead speakers... 

100 Ways to Tie a Shoe-Lace

100 Ways to Tie a Shoe-Lace

Cognitive dysfunction does not, perhaps, naturally strike us as a rich vein of humour. However, Forget About The Dog’s collectively-written 100 Ways To Tie A Shoe-Lace succeeds in articulating the funny side of suffering a brain insult... 

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... 

Sophia Walker: Around The World In Eight Mistakes

Sophia Walker: Around The World In Eight Mistakes

It is a familiar setting: a small stage, a requisite black backdrop and a single chair. Over the next 45 minutes, however, this generic setting transforms into eight different global locations with the power of Sophia Walker’s theatre skills and absorbing tale... 

Bourgeois & Maurice: Style Over Substance - A 10-Year Retro Speculative

Bourgeois & Maurice: Style Over Substance - A 10-Year Retro Speculative

If you like cabaret which is sprinkled with a liberal dusting of political satire, the Bourgeois and Maurice Retro Speculative could be the show for you. Celebrating ten years as a duo, they deliver a hilarious, and at times poignant, thought-provoking musical comedy set... 

Between Us

Between Us

There's something particularly British about wanting to curl up and die a little upon hearing the dreaded words ‘audience participation’. It was therefore with a sense of trepidation that I took my seat for Between Us... 

Rocky Horror

Rocky Horror

Let's do the time warp again! Join host Stephanie von Clitz for a unique opportunity to watch this cult classic in the Victorian surroundings of Brighton's Old Courtroom. Don't forget the rice and newspapers... 

Gut

Gut

“In my day, we trusted people. We knew there were some bad apples but we thought most people were good.” So says Morven, grandmother of unseen three-year-old Joshua, in genuine frustration to his mother Maddy who, during the course of Frances Poet’s Gut, becomes increasingly neurotic about even the merest possibility that he was sexually molested by some unknown male stranger that Morven unthinkingly allowed to take Joshua into the supermarket cafe toilets... 

Legally Blonde

Legally Blonde

Legally Blonde (based on the movie of the same name) tells the story of Elle Woods, a party girl who decides to go to Harvard Law School to convince her ex-boyfriend that she can be serious... 

Secret Life of Humans

Secret Life of Humans

David Byrne’s The Secret Life of Humans is a captivating insight in to what it means to be part of human civilisation. Reflecting on the 'ascent of man' - to the complex, interconnected world we live in today... 

Passing Places

Passing Places

A road movie, according to Wikipedia, is “a film genre in which the main characters leave home on a road trip,” during which “the hero changes, grows or improves over the course of the story”... 

Instructions for Correct Assembly

Instructions for Correct Assembly

If The Royal Court’s reputation for producing work that’s a little ahem, “arty” has put you off making a visit recently for fear of Death by Pretension, then the enjoyable and easily accessible Instructions For Correct Assembly may be the show to help you brush those fears aside... 

The Service

The Service

I went in expecting to hate FacePlant's The Service. Adverts for the show promise 'clowning', 'singing hymns', and 'consecrating the sacred cabbage', which together seemed like the worst way possible to spend a Tuesday night... 

The Birds And The Beats

The Birds And The Beats

Grant Busé wants to talk about sex and he’s determined that we should join in the conversation. The Birds and the Beats is part show, part lecture and part conversation where Busé invites us to ask and answer questions about sex education, sexual experiences and manages to create a genuine intimate atmosphere where it feels safe to talk about one of the most taboo subjects... 

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice

If theatre is home to lies that impart truths, then this Actors Touring Company’s production of Roland Schimmelpfennig’s Winter Solstice (translated by David Tushingham) makes no attempt to suspend our disbelief; the cast of six are dressed casually and, for the most part, sit around a group of tables on an “undressed” stage, covered with the detritus of paper cups, bottles of water, nibbles and scrap paper typical of any theatrical or television read-through... 

Assassins

Assassins

Could you kill a President? That’s what a fairground proprietor asks in this 1990s genre-busting Sondheim musical that explores both the real-life and imagined motives why nine people in the USA pointed a gun at their Commander In Chief... 

No Frills Cabaret

No Frills Cabaret

Circus is changing; different art forms are being encompassed into the genre and many shows are far removed from the classic days of traditional circus, crossing the line into performance art, physical theatre and dance... 

Lord Of The Flies

Lord Of The Flies

William Golding’s seminal tale of children going feral when left to their own devices on a Pacific island gets a trademark Lazarus Theatre treatment on this their second production during their year-long residency in Greenwich... 

Arj Barker - We Need To Talk

Arj Barker - We Need To Talk

At the start of the show there’s a lot of emphasis on switching off and putting away our mobile phones. We get at least two announcements and then, as he arrives on stage, Barker spends a few moments ensuring the last few folks with digital screens lighting up their faces put their devices in a pocket... 

The Man In The Mail

The Man In The Mail

Inspired by some lesser known writings of the great novelist, poet and playwright, Jules Verne, The Man in the Mail tells the story of a lovelorn fellow who decides to send himself by freight to China in order to pursue his paramour... 

PO PO MO CO

PO PO MO CO

Some shows at Fringe are reviewed because the artistes or their producer approaches you and requests that you come along to see their show. If one has time and is so inclined, you get along and review accordingly but most often, especially during Fringe, you have to politely decline due to an already full calendar... 

Idris Stanton - The Last King of Vaudeville

Idris Stanton - The Last King of Vaudeville

As one quarter of the amazing Pants Down Circus and one half of hit children’s show The Circus Firemen, Idris Stanton has absolutely earned the right to put his name above the title of this tribute to Vaudeville... 

Fuego Carnal

Fuego Carnal

Returning to Adelaide for the third time, Fuego Carnal is a combination of traditional circus, cabaret and spectacular fire performance. In a tent that’s open to the stars, we are dazzled by an incredible array of performances... 

Michelle Braiser & Laura Frew: Double Denim Adventure Show

Michelle Braiser & Laura Frew: Double Denim Adventure Show

Like Morecambe and Wise smashed together with the two best Spice Girls (Sporty and Scary), Michelle Brasier and Laura Frew have created a brand-new show that easily puts to rest any worries that their success last year could have been a one-off... 

GINGZILLA: Glamonster VS The World

GINGZILLA: Glamonster VS The World

As we wait to enter the Speigel Zelt at Gluttony, Gingzilla is out front, working the crowd. I don’t get close enough to hear what’s being said but she’s clearly the centre of attention and this is obviously her favourite place to be... 

6 Quick Dick Tricks: A Dirk Darrow Investigation

6 Quick Dick Tricks: A Dirk Darrow Investigation

It was hot in the Speakeasy at Gluttony. The kind of hot that makes you wish for a cold beer and some warm companionship. I’d been sent by my editor to check out a Private Investigator that had been making some waves among the showbiz set... 

LAURIE BLACK: LIVE

LAURIE BLACK: LIVE

The apocalypse is here! No-one is sure how it started or what’s going to happen but luckily, Laurie Black has gathered us in the safe environs of La Boheme to wait out the worst of it... 

Elixir

Elixir

There’s weird science going on in the Octagon at Gluttony; three scientists are attempting to create elixirs that will improve on humanity and perhaps even grant superpowers. Willing to test experimental drugs on themselves (and mostly each other), it can only lead to a bad end scientifically but a fantastic and fun hour for the audience... 

Leather Lungs: Son of a Preacher

Leather Lungs: Son of a Preacher

Leather Lungs, aka Jason Chasland, has something of a following in his home country of New Zealand and with good reason. His four-octave range means that he can hit the notes that other cabaret performers can only dream of and he’s a hilarious and charming presence on stage... 

Charlie Caper & Malin Nilsson: Minor Miracles

Charlie Caper & Malin Nilsson: Minor Miracles

The initial impression of this show is that it’s going to be an hour of magic with a bit of banter and it’s exactly that but it’s also wonderful. Many of the tricks on display are old classics; the ball and cup routine, rope trick, linking rings, and the bottle and glass switch routine made famous by the legendary Tommy Cooper but, like Cooper, Caper and Nilsson have made these routines their own unique spectacle... 

The Displaced

The Displaced

The line between circus and physical theatre has been blurring for years now and The Displaced is a magnificent example of how the two art-forms are merging. A cast of seven circus performers have collaborated to create a beautiful performance piece that aches with expression and emotion... 

Big Tops & Tiny Tots Circus Show

Big Tops & Tiny Tots Circus Show

With seats at the back reserved for the adults, the children are encouraged to sit on the floor right up against the stage for this lovely show that aims to educate and entertain in equal measure... 

Justin Matson: Fatter Than You Think

Justin Matson: Fatter Than You Think

Many stand-up comedians like to be super punchy in their comedy. It’s all about the laughs per minute and working the audience to hone their wit and establish their prowess as masters of comedy... 

Victoria Falconer: Oxymoron

Victoria Falconer: Oxymoron

As one half of the excellent EastEnd Cabaret and a founding member of the awesome Fringe Wives Club, Victoria Falconer is already considered an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist with excellent comic chops and an innate ability to steal a show so the only surprise is that it’s taken her this long to star in her own solo cabaret... 

H G Wells' The Time Machine

H G Wells' The Time Machine

While not even Herbert George Wells’s own first dalliance with the concept of time travel, his 1895 novella The Time Machine has nevertheless become pretty much the definitive text on the subject – one television Time Lord notwithstanding... 

The Circus Firemen

The Circus Firemen

There’s mischief going on in the Cornucopia at Gluttony and it’s not coming from the packed-out audience of children and accompanying adults. On the stage, Angus and Matilda, the titular firemen are throwing beach balls at folk and generally messing around as they wait for the cue to start the show... 

The Last Bordello

The Last Bordello

Perhaps it was tempting fate, but David Leddy’s decision to call his latest work The Last Bordello now comes with a certain irony, given that it could well prove to be his final production under the “Fire Exit” banner – thanks to the company controversially losing its modest, yet vital, funding from Creative Scotland... 

Monsteria

Monsteria

Featuring an all-female cast of three, this is most definitely not your granddad’s idea of circus. This is a fusion of performance art, dance, and physical theatre with elements of circus skills used to challenge our expectations of what circus can be... 

Tabarnak

Tabarnak

Cirque Alfonse return to Adelaide with their newest show and it’s a very different beast to their last hit, BARBU. Set in a sanctuary-like space set with pews and random clutter, the mixed cast are dressed in white, apparent monks or celebrants in this tabernacle of circus... 

Welcome to the Music Hall

Welcome to the Music Hall

The Old Married Couple may be married but they’re certainly not old. Playing Dixieland jazz with a vaudevillian twist, there’s more than just the music to entertain. Their dynamic is a classic one; the mischievous husband being reined in by the slightly condescending wife, but it’s done with a knowing wink and a certain sexual frisson... 

The Belle's Stratagem

The Belle's Stratagem

Writer and director Tony Cownie has established a particular niche at Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre, taking potentially overlooked 18th century comedies (like Carlo Goldoni's The Venetian Twins) or modern works inspired by them (Liz Lochhead’s Thon Man Moliere) and giving them a distinctly Scottish twist... 

The Match Box

The Match Box

The central metaphor running through Frank McGuinness’s 2012 monologue The Match Box is almost breath-taking in its simplicity; it’s that all of us, all of our lives, are ultimately as brief, and unknowable in their duration, as a struck match... 

Rita, Sue and Bob Too

Rita, Sue and Bob Too

It’s 36 years since Andrea Dunbar’s breakthrough play announced the all-too-brief flowering of a new writing talent – “a genius straight from the slums,” as the Mail on Sunday snobbishly described her... 

It's Behind You!

It's Behind You!

Alan McHugh has played in enough pantomimes down the years to ensure It’s Behind You! reeks of authenticity, albeit the heightened theatrics of the genre. Set in the cramped dressing room of some impoverished provincial theatre – the star on the door is cut out of yellow paper – this two-hander proves to be a more subtle character piece than you might first expect, given the opening clash of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and a rubber chicken...