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... 

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... 

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... 

Google Drive

Google Drive

When choosing the most appropriate art form to explain statistical significance, Dan Attfield settled on hip-hop as having the most educational value. He cites his main point of evidence as the success of Hamilton -The Musical... 

Des Kapital: Never Mind the Cossacks!

Des Kapital: Never Mind the Cossacks!

Some people might think that setting the Battle of Stalingrad to Britney Spears’ Baby One More Time is somewhat trivialising the matter. On the other hand, who's to say that the most appropriate tribute to two million deaths isn't a super catchy pop song?Andy Thomas is a History teacher... 

Kids with Beards: Fandango!

Kids with Beards: Fandango!

Fandango, the Kids with Beards allege, means party. I don't think it does actually, it's a type of dance, nonetheless their show certainly is a pretty good party. It's a fast paced sketch show performed by six confident, well timed, engaging performers... 

Any Suggestions, Doctor?: An Improvised Adventure in Space & Time

Any Suggestions, Doctor?: An Improvised Adventure in Space & Time

Taking a much loved pop culture reference point is always a sure fire way to fill seats. It also carries with it the weight of expectation and so can easily be a sure fire way to disappoint... 

Donal Coonan: Mr Grebe Is Taking Your Class Today

Donal Coonan: Mr Grebe Is Taking Your Class Today

Sometimes you stumble on a stand-up so freshly funny that you remember why you started liking unknown comedy shows in the first place. Mr Grebe turns up with a register one day in a bright, badly fitting jacket and explains that the usual teacher is sick... 

BADD

BADD

to know how to recognise the occult in your child? How to be vigilant for signs of Satan? Hoping for practical tips to drive the Devil out? This is the educational lecture for you.Pam, perfectly tailored in a pink pant suit and pearl earrings, is ready to help all those parents and concerned citizens out there who are 'Bothered by Dungeons and Dragons' (BADD), by sharing her research and advice... 

A Ship Of Fools Theatre Company: Welcome to Paradise

A Ship Of Fools Theatre Company: Welcome to Paradise

Have you been more naughty or more nice this year? Are you sure?A company of gentlemanly vagabonds introduce themselves with a reminder to relax before the “Art” starts. Immensely likeable in the first manifestations of their multi-layered characters, the Captain and Raoul are charming clowns, who quickly engage the audience with their warm ups that leave everyone with a smile on their face... 

Sleeping Trees: SCI-FI?

Sleeping Trees: SCI-FI?

'Where are we going Admiral Ox?' asks the starry eyed, young space farmer who is really the secret son of an evil galactic overlord with special powers. 'PLUTOPIA' replies the self styled space explorer Admiral Ox... 

The Elephant Girls

The Elephant Girls

Forget lovable rogues and artful dodgers, this uncomfortable monologue tells the true story of a London awash with criminal gangs in the interwar years. The Bermondsey boys, Battersea boys, City Road boys, Goose Green boys; the list goes on, but with only one girl gang- The Elephant Girls... 

Shit-faced Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

Shit-faced Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

“Swear not by the moon, the inconstant moon, Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.”The Shit-faced formula has been reliably churning out popular shows since 2010 and has become a much loved staple of the Fringe... 

Jonny & The Baptists: Eat The Poor

Jonny & The Baptists: Eat The Poor

There is going to be a lot of trouble for everyone when the Swan Liberation Army finally achieve emancipation and turn the United Kingdom into an totalitarian Swan state.Jonny Donahoe and Paddy Gervers, as Jonny and the, inexplicably plural, Baptists, take two guitars and explore this idea, along with many others in a couple of hours of random, riotous republicanism... 

The Empress and Me

The Empress and Me

Imperial China, with its exotic riches and intrigues, remains as compelling to audiences today as it did in the early part of the 20th century, when the Princess Der Ling toured her tales of courtly opulence across suburban America... 

Drunk With a Pen

Drunk With a Pen

Being read to by another person is one of life's great pleasures, doubly so when it is the author doing the reading. The work on offer here, themed around alcohol, is complicit, quirky and cunningly constructed... 

Mawaan Rizwan: Gender Neutral Concubine Pirate

Mawaan Rizwan: Gender Neutral Concubine Pirate

Quite why Mawaan Rizwan describes himself as a Gender Neutral Concubine Pirate remains a bit of a mystery throughout the show. He prances about the stage and over the audience in a brocade frock coat and skinny jeans with a distinctly piratical air, but there is no actual piracy to see... 

Athena Kugblenu: Reality Check

Athena Kugblenu: Reality Check

Bubbling with energy and wit, Athena Kugblenu shares with us her opinions and musings on just about every topic you might need to navigate life as a British millennial. Her material gallops through Indian wedding preparations; dating with dreadlocks; gross misconduct at work and the price of sperm... 

Waiting for Gandalf

Waiting for Gandalf

Being bustled and barged out of the way on entering the theatre was a novel experience as a bucket hat, backpack and zip up hoody darted past the queue to desperately claim his space at the front... 

Come Fly With Me...

Come Fly With Me...

Playful pink lighting, red velvet drapes, glittery fixtures and wooden circus seats - entering the Brighton Spiegeltent screams ‘Showtime!’ Come Fly With Me is a charming, cheeky dose of spectacle hosted by Brighton's Les Femmes Circus... 

Helen

Helen

Although you may well have some early misgivings, Helen is a show to persevere with. Re-imagining the myth of Helen of Troy as an ageing beauty during the fall of her dictator husband's regime, it could depict any modern day insurgency although inevitably it draws parallels with Syria... 

Simon & Garfunkel: Through The Years

Simon & Garfunkel: Through The Years

Pulling up a stool in front of the intimate, softly lit stage down in the basement of Komedia, reminiscent of so many NYC music venues, the audience and I settled in to enjoy the iconic songs of Simon & Garfunkel... 

Broken Glass by Arthur Miller

Broken Glass by Arthur Miller

Written when he was nearly 70 years old, Arthur Miller's Broken Glass, had been in his mind's development ever since his marriage to Marilyn Monroe ended shortly before her death in 1962... 

The Brighton Killers

The Brighton Killers

'Brighton looks like a town helping the police with their enquiries' quotes our white-coated guide at the top of the stairs in Brighton Town hall and raises a laugh as she introduces us to our venue... 

Wake

Wake

Wake is an original new work written and directed by Kevin Wilson who has brought his company over from the Isle of Wight for their first ever Fringe and indeed first foray off the Island... 

HIP

HIP

Gathering the audience in the street and lining them up against a wall may be a slightly alarming start, but Jolie Booth proceeds to weave a visualisation so utterly convincing, that by the time she leads you up the stairs into the theatre you truly believe that you are creeping into her newly cracked squat... 

Stamp

Stamp

Stamp is a ridiculous, riotous ripping up of the rule book for examining gender binaries. Someone should really tell them that shows seeking to question the nature of men and women and then educate us on our own social constructs need to be a lot angrier, more self-satisfied and duller... 

Naked Boys Reading: La Femme

Naked Boys Reading: La Femme

Ascending the back stairs of the Marlborough to be greeted by the towering and magnificently coiffed Dr Sharon Husbands, doesn't quite give an accurate taste of what follows. Her light, breezy and gently dirty compering would sit well in any number of traditional cabaret, drag and glamour nights but what she actually introduces, and has produced, is a far more novel invention... 

Made in Cumbria

Made in Cumbria

Postlethwaite is a likeable stage presence whose manifestation of five deliciously dark women creates some very funny moments. She clearly has great fun bringing to life some fairly pitiable but relatable characters and this entirely self written solo show is neatly bookended to form an entertainingly worthwhile hour... 

The Sessions

The Sessions

This live re-staging of The Beatles at Abbey Road Studios is a monumentally ambitious endeavor and musically, it achieves magnificently.Attempting to create a perfect “sound-a-like” experience of the recording process at the iconic Studios, the show documents the entire musical journey of the “fab four” from the Beatlemania of 1963, through the experimental years, to the bittersweet close down of Hey Jude... 

The Perfect Murder

The Perfect Murder

Any production of The Perfect Murder, Peter James' bestselling novella set in Brighton, was always going to generate interest in its hometown. Throw in one of popular cultures most beloved TV couples, Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace, and it would have required a severe weather warning to whittle down the crowds at the door... 

King Charles III

King Charles III

Mike Bartlett's beautifully worded imagining of a constitutional crisis without a constitution invites us to witness the starkness of the Royal Family stripped bare whilst presenting them as pseudo Shakespearean characters in this outstanding production...