Owls

Owls

On the roof of multi-storey car park, two strangers collide. 20-year-old Anna (Kate Austen) wants to jump, but is stopped by a hapless security guard (David House). Owls surprises you with its honest humour and approach to its subject matter... 

Barry Humphries Weimar Cabaret

Barry Humphries Weimar Cabaret

Ernst Krenek, Erich Korngold, Frank Schreker, Erwin Schulhoff and Mischa Spoliansky were not household names in the late 1940s when a young Barry Humphries in Melbourne, Australia came across a stack of sheet music in his local bookstore published some twenty years earlier in Vienna, Austria by the distinguished Universal Edition... 

Matthew Bourne's Cinderella

Matthew Bourne's Cinderella

Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella does what all modern adaptations of traditional stories should do: it turns it into something new, something pulsing with relevance for the new setting... 

Margo & Mr Whatsit

Margo & Mr Whatsit

Exciting, emotional and, most importantly, entertaining, Margo and Mr Whatsit is the tale of eight-and-a-half-year-old Sophia and her imaginary friend Mr Whatsit, an inseparable duo until the time comes for Sophia to grow up and take on a new, more mature imaginary friend – Margo... 

Julie

Julie

A face and its value. A book and its cover. A gifthorse and its mouth. Sit any of these ‘couples’ together in the audience at The National and you’re risking a repeat of the fight that took place during a preview for this modernised version of Strindberg’s Julie - missing the ‘Miss’ must mean modern... 

Two by Jim Cartwright

Two by Jim Cartwright

Clueless Theatre makes a remarkable company debut with a production of Jim Cartwright’s Two. As they point out, this is a minimalist production: “No scenery, no props, no sound effects – just the cast, the audience and the script”... 

The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds

There have been many adaptations of the book War Of The Worlds by H. G. Wells, the ultimate sci-fi tale of Martians coming to invade Earth. Orson Welles, Jeff Wayne and Steven Spielberg have all famously turned at their hand at it, but at this year's Brighton Fringe the award-winning performance group The Pantaloons presented their very own unique adaptation of this famous piece of literature... 

Tina C's 20:20 Vision

Tina C's 20:20 Vision

Tina C is the American multi-award winning country music singer and comedy alter ego of the English comedy writer Christopher Green. Brighton Spiegeltent was packed full with followers of Tina C as this character has built up a cult following in the comedy world over the years and the busy audience showed she has plenty of pulling power... 

Joe Wells: I Hope I Die Before I Start Voting Conservative

Joe Wells: I Hope I Die Before I Start Voting Conservative

Joe Wells returns with his unique brand of acerbic political humour about how we all grow increasingly right wing as we age. Flexing the old English degree, Wells parodies James Joyce’s Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man by starting out as a young comedian with jokes from the left and ending as a parody of an embittered and aging conservative complaining about young people... 

Face to Face

Face to Face

You are invited to witness a series of intimate moments of vulnerability and loathing between two broken individuals seeking closure from a murder nine years ago. Upon finding out her father’s killer is going to be released from prison early, Emma (Florence Williams) visits him to decide for herself whether the remorse shown in his plea was genuine... 

Mbuzeni

Mbuzeni

Part of the inherent challenge for Noel Jordan and the Imaginate team when putting together their annual Edinburgh International Children's Festival is their very diverse potential audience: after all, the theatrical needs of toddlers and pre-school children can hardly be more different than those for young adults... 

Expedition Peter Pan

Expedition Peter Pan

"Grow up, mature, and come back when you have something to contribute!" It's not the most sympathetic way to address a young audience; nevertheless, it succinctly shows us the 'eat or be eaten' attitude of Eric (Lennart Monaster), who is one of five business-suited adults suddenly dropped into a strange world of bedside furniture and night-lights in this production of Expedition Peter Pan... 

Serena Flynn: Prune

Serena Flynn: Prune

Crawling out from the wreckage of a nasty breakup comes the grotesque figure of Prune. Clad in a bulging purple costume and face paint, Flynn rampages through the tragicomedy of her previous relationship with a surreal flair... 

Mao That's What I Call Music!

Mao That's What I Call Music!

Everyone had a favourite subject at school taught by their favourite teacher. Mine was history. My history teacher really wanted to be a folk singer so he sang songs about his subject... 

Ensonglopedia of Animals

Ensonglopedia of Animals

Did you know that you share 50% DNA with the humble banana? Unicorns do exist (well, kind of) in the shape of the narwhal and that the Portuguese man o' war is not one creature but actually several, working together in perfect unison to make a colonial organism?These, and a truck-load of other fascinating facts about the critters with which we share our world, are enthusiastically imparted by John Hinton in his hour-long Ensonglopedia of Animals... 

This Boy Tom

This Boy Tom

An original musical about school bullying with only children in the cast might not seem a first choice for top Fringe viewing, but it absolutely is. The production buzzes with energy from beginning to end, the show oozes talent from the young cast, the music is original and the choreography is tight... 

Brighton Queen of Slaughtering Places

Brighton Queen of Slaughtering Places

Since the very first tales were told around a fire, it has been human nature to enjoy a good story - especially when the story is full of murder, gore and tabloid-friendly salacious details... 

Professional Breakup Artist

Professional Breakup Artist

Annabelszki’s warming and funny performance allows an insight into the world of her lesbian love life. With her previous tour in 2017, including performances at Women in Comedy Festival, L Fest and Lesbian Lives Conference, this comedic journey will have you laughing along to the energetic host... 

BOY

BOY

There is a bit of a buzz around BOY. It was first performed as an interactive Theatre-In-Education piece for schools and colleges; now it is a show for adults, and there is even talk of it becoming a musical... 

Stick By Me

Stick By Me

Andy Manley is undoubtedly one of the treasures of Scotland’s current theatrical landscape, all the more so given his seemingly innate (but presumably hard-learned) skill in holding the attention of the youngest, most restless of audiences... 

Gretel and Hansel

Gretel and Hansel

Fairy tales survive because they can be constantly retold, uncovering new depths and relevancies to the world today. Thus Suzanne Lebeau's reimagining of Hänsel und Gretel – the story of two young children who, abandoned in the forest by impoverished parents, manage to outwit a cannibalistic witch living in a cottage made out of confectionary – finds fresh gold by shifting the narrative focus onto Gretel, and building up her sibling rivalry with The Little Brother... 

Candide

Candide

Brighton College have taken on a demanding task with their production of Mark Ravenhill’s Candide, first performed by the RSC in 2013. The original Candide was an excoriating, Enlightenment satire mocking the philosopher Leibniz’s idea that we live in 'the best of all possible worlds’, a position known as optimism... 

Hamlet?

Hamlet?

Probably William Shakespeare’s most famous play and possibly his greatest, Hamlet has long been a target for comedy. Tom Stoppard’s 15 Minute Hamlet (1976) set the bar rather high on that score... 

She Wolf

She Wolf

Queen Margaret of Anjou is back from the dead and she is angry. 'Sooo angry.' Specifically with that ‘white dude’ Shakespeare for portraying her (‘non-consensually’) in the history plays Henry VI, Part 1–3, and Richard III as so evil that she makes Lady Macbeth look like a kitten... 

Will Penswick: Dank Verse

Will Penswick: Dank Verse

The premise for Will Penswicks’ show is simple. Imagine the world’s most deluded poet, no doubt encouraged by his well meaning Granny, and a car wreck candidate at a Britain’s Got Talent audition and give them their own show... 

Falkland: The War the World Forgot

Falkland: The War the World Forgot

Falkland opens with a projected collage of imagery from the time of the Falkands war – punk rock, Brezhnev, Pacman, the Brixton riots, the wedding of Charles and Diana. This is what the UK was thinking about... 

Square Peg

Square Peg

'Is anyone here for Square Peg?', a person dressed in a white protective boiler suit and hard hat asked. A group of us in the Junkyard Dogs café shuffled to our feet and we were told to come through... 

Heroes

Heroes

Starting with the iconic moment when David Bowie came on Top of the Pops performing Ziggy Stardust, Heroes is a coming of age story of three friends trying to see David Bowie in concert... 

The Gingerbread Man

The Gingerbread Man

If you want a wonderful retelling and reimagining of the classic tale, told by two talented performers on a deliciously simple, yet complex, set, then look no further. This is a children’s show that holds the audience and builds the story in the imagination of both young and old... 

White Girls

White Girls

If you’re looking for a thought-provoking Fringe Show, White Girls, by Madeleine Accalia, could fit the bill. A play produced by the Laughing Mirror Theatre Company, White Girls opens a Pandora’s box of self-reflection about immigration, and our personal responsibility for our fellow human beings, that resonates long after you’ve left the show... 

Shit-faced Showtime: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Shit-faced Showtime: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

“Well, that was much better than the Hamlet one,” an audience member noted to her friend as we filed out at the end of Shit-Faced Showtime: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Magnificent Bastard’s production of Hamlet had not been particularly well-received at this year’s Fringe, so I was somewhat cautious about how the showtime version would pan out... 

Rocky Horror

Rocky Horror

Rocky Horror, a timeless cult classic. It didn’t take long to get into the spirit of the film after being welcomed by a number of the cast at the door clad with fishnets and feather-boas pushing you towards the snacks and drinks... 

Marcel Lucont's Cabaret Fantastique

Marcel Lucont's Cabaret Fantastique

Marcel Lucont's Cabaret Fantastique featured not a single person in character, and was all the better for it. Lucont, the demur Frenchman spearheading the event, was so entrenched in his bizarre persona that it doesn't bear thinking about the confused man who lies beneath... 

Clueless Theatre Presents: Two by Jim Cartwright

Clueless Theatre Presents: Two by Jim Cartwright

What's your tipple? Pint of lager and a packet of cheese and onion crisps? How about an evening being transported to the White Oak pub where you will meet an eclectic mix of characters portraying the best and worst sides of society?We meet 14 characters all played by two actors, Debbie Griffiths and Piers Newman, who seamlessly switch from the pub landlords to the various frequenters of the pub... 

Bus Boy

Bus Boy

Set on an island best known for its adorable marsupial inhabitants, Bus Boy is a sweet play about two very different people becoming friends. Jerry is on a holiday to Rottness Island with her partner... 

Brighton Rocks Film Festival

Brighton Rocks Film Festival

Brighton has long been a home for artists, creators and the alternative. The Brighton Rocks Film Festival hopes to capture the spirit of the city and become the UK’s premier destination for underground and independent film... 

BSMS Medic Revue

BSMS Medic Revue

The doctor (to be) will see you now... Emulating the doctors that they would soon become, the BSMS Medic Review, a troupe of multi-talented Brighton and Sussex Medical School students, started their comedy show ten minutes late... 

George Egg: DIY Chef

George Egg: DIY Chef

You’ve been invited into George Egg’s shed. No, you’re not here to sand down that dresser you bought from Lewes Flea Market. He actually wants to cook you breakfast, lunch and dinner... 

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... 

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... 

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, the 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... 

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...