Edinburgh Preview: Joe Sutherland

Edinburgh Preview: Joe Sutherland

Very soon after Joe Sutherland took to the stage, it was clear we were in good company: here was someone personable and inclusive, rude and funny with a penchant for great one-liners... 

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... 

The Lehman Trilogy

The Lehman Trilogy

One of the early factors that contributed to the massive success of the Lehman Brothers – the power they had in the US, their huge business growth and its eventual demise – was their understanding of the difference between just selling a product, and actually marketing it so that people understood its value and wanted, needed, to buy more... 

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... 

Edinburgh Preview: Laura Lexx & Sara Barron

Edinburgh Preview: Laura Lexx & Sara Barron

A double bill of excellent comedians: both tackled arguably taboo subjects, both were extremely funny. Laura Lexx’s set began with some highly amusing observations about family holidays, camping and millennials’ experiences vis-à-vis their parents’ at the same life-stage... 

Earthquakes in London

Earthquakes in London

In a lengthy whirlwind of staccato scenes with lento, adagio and presto interludes, Mike Bartlett’s Earthquakes in London combines political intrigue, corporate corruption, personal compromise and environmental campaigning within the context of life in a divided family of three sisters and a father dealing with its past, present and future... 

Knights of the Rose

Knights of the Rose

"Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon" (II Samuel 1:20) is a line that does not appear in Knights of the Rose. It’s surprising really: it would have been a suitable recitation following defeat on the battlefield... 

Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope

Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope

"I come from a time and country where I was treated like a wrong hushed up. And now, eighty long, dark years later, I find myself living in the heart of Manhattan… the moment I finally caught sight of New York for real I wanted it… After that there was nothing for it but to leave England, which is nothing more than a rain-swept Alacatraz, and move to America…" Using the words of the man himself with only a few stylistically consistent linking phrases, Mark Farrelly's Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope delicately and eloquently charts the course of Crisp’s life and is similarly divided into two parts: Naked and Hope... 

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... 

The Play About My Dad

The Play About My Dad

According to its author, Loo Killebrew, The Play About My Dad “should feel quick-moving, and hopefully have a rhythm that is similar to the rhythm of a storm.” That hope is in vain as far as this Jermyn Street Theatre production is concerned... 

Offside

Offside

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." Offside, a Futures Theatre production currently touring the UK, seeks to convey this belief to its audience... 

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... 

Yen

Yen

Gritty Theatre is living up to its name with their current performance of Anna Jordan’s Yen. If you want a dark play that weaves classic tragic love stories with modern themes – Yen is the perfect piece to choose to bring to life... 

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 End of History

The End of History

The End of History is billed as “a moving and funny site-responsive play with music which uses a chance encounter to explore the impact of gentrification on two radically different individuals”... 

Sisterhood

Sisterhood

Set in cell for suspected witches in Medieval Britain, three women question what it means to stand in solidarity with women through exploring the vastness of obstacles hindering both male and female experience... 

Translations

Translations

It can’t be easy creating a programme that justifies the term National given to the theatres on London’s South Bank, when you know that your most frequent visitors of critics and ‘season ticket holders’ will be harsh and loud and hold you personally to account... 

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... 

Artificial Intelligence Improvisation

Artificial Intelligence Improvisation

It's a very difficult thing to talk about Artificial Intelligence Improvisation by Human Machine. I stepped out from the theatre and turned to my showgoing companion and we both just laughed... 

Wratten & Robson: Juxtaposition

Wratten & Robson: Juxtaposition

This is no ordinary stand-up comedy performance. Watching, you will feel part of the performance as you get to know the other members of the audience. What is Dave’s favourite word? Who’s the youngest member of the audience? Why does Steve keep looking at the board on the wall? You will feel like you’re having a night in with some good pals who happen to be hilarious... 

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... 

Notorious Women of Brighton

Notorious Women of Brighton

For so long the history books have been written by men and about men, and Royal Pavilion guide Louise Preskett aims to correct this imbalance with a 90 minute amble through Brighton sharing stories about the pioneering women in this 'golden triangle of women's history'... 

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... 

Camp Be Yourself

Camp Be Yourself

Around 20 minutes before the show started we were told to ‘drink up our apple juice’ and to say bye to our parents before we were taken across the pond to America and aggressively welcomed into summer camp... 

Joseph Morpurgo: Hammerhead

Joseph Morpurgo: Hammerhead

I’ve been to more than my fair share of post-show Q&As. I’ve seen tipsy actors trying not to embarrass themselves, conversations chaired by a host who can’t stop fawning over their guests, auteurs trying to shoehorn their prepared anecdote into the answer for any question they’re given and stars bemused after being shuffled from place to place as they come to the end of another long media junket... 

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... 

Carol Cates: Lady Carol

Carol Cates: Lady Carol

If ever there was a show of two halves, this was it. Carol begins by telling us she's bad at starts, and she’s right. In the first half hour there is no flow and the themes she brings to us are too shallow for the length of time she allots to them... 

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... 

Cooked

Cooked

With the teaser image of a banana on a plate and a blurb that includes previous accolades listed on its promotional material, Cooked promises to be a darkly comic rom-com where a new beau on the first date meets the new date's ex who has reluctantly agreed to cook them dinner... 

Don't Worry Be Yoncé (XS)

Don't Worry Be Yoncé (XS)

Have you ever wanted to be Beyoncé? Well, this 45 minute show is a light-hearted attempt to teach you to. Quite literally. There is no more to it than that.So, how’s it done and does it work?Two young women dressed in sexy black trouser suits posture like Queen B on stage and present the show as a glorified lecture... 

Boxman

Boxman

We see homeless people every day in Brighton, on the street and in our parks, trying to build a ‘home’ out of the small number of possessions with which they surround themselves... 

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... 

#BeMoreMartyn

#BeMoreMartyn

Last week was the first anniversary of the Manchester bombings. That night, 22 people were killed and many more were injured at an Ariana Grande concert. One of those 22 was Martyn Hett... 

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... 

Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears

Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears

If you ever wondered what a fantastically dark comedy musical mash-up of the traditional tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and the classic 1998 film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels would be like, then look no further... 

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... 

A Really Really Big Modern Telly

A Really Really Big Modern Telly

Kate Stokes and Claudia Summers have their finger on the pulse with this delightful double bill of comedy plays, interspersed with a few shorter sketches. A modern re-working of the ancient myths of Narcissus and Echo, they skewer our contemporary obsession with celebrity and consumerism... 

Mortified

Mortified

There are two types of children in school: those that are openly weird and those that pretend to be normal to conceal their weirdness. Some people have blanked out all the terribly horrific and embarrassing events which happened to them as a teenager, but thankfully there are others who meticulously documented every thought and feeling they had while dealing with hilariously difficult and awkward situations... 

Love Letters to Rappers

Love Letters to Rappers

Ever find yourself singing along to music on the radio and then realising the lyrics are kind of messed up? Do you know the words to all of Eminem’s songs but some bits you rap just a little quieter than the rest? Then Love Letters to Rappers by The Ugly Girls Club is for you... 

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... 

Eddie and the Slumber Sisters

Eddie and the Slumber Sisters

Sometimes, when it comes to suspending our disbelief, we just have to go with the flow. In Eddie & The Slumber Sisters, for example, it is never explained why the guardian forces monitoring the dreams of children appear to resemble the Andrews Sisters dressed to entertain the US Air Force during World War Two, nor why they have an unseen superior called Charles; how many of this show's intended audience will have even heard of Charlie’s Angels? Yet, to their credit, the much acclaimed director-and-writer team of Gill Robertson and Anita Vettesse run with this USAF-vibe in both staging and front-of-house staffing, and it works... 

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... 

Tape

Tape

Two women are on stage, their mouths are taped shut with broad, black gaffer tape. They are, literally, silenced. This is the opening, and very effective, metaphor for the kind of depressive mental illness they are exploring in Tape, a multimedia show devised by the performers Michelle Barrington and Eleanore Frances... 

Think Outside The Box

Think Outside The Box

A light-hearted, inventive way of exploring the distinctions and limitations of thinking inside the box and thinking outside the box. This show captures the importance of escaping the safety of the rational and the logical, encouraging the creativity and originality that comes with thinking from a new perspective... 

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... 

Lovecraft's Monsters

Lovecraft's Monsters

In the suitably gothic grandeur of the Rialto theatre, David Crawford bounds onto the stage to tell us the tale of H.P Lovecraft. Crawford summons the spirit of the horror writer to craft a performance that is part biographical tale and part dramatic reading of his works... 

Martin Lingus

Martin Lingus

Martin’s overbearing mother dies leaving him homeless, helpless and unfortunately hopeless. Although she is dead, her sneering presence and voice are heard throughout the piece and actor Clive Marlowe switches between her character, Martin, and his many female conquests in this hour-long, one-man show... 

After

After

Set in an apocalyptical world, After feels like a theatrical experiment on many levels. This is how the first production meeting may have gone: 'OK, there’s one script but it’s only half an hour long... 

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... 

The Ealing Inheritance

The Ealing Inheritance

The Ealing Inheritance is a comic tale of intrigue, gold-digging and dastardly dissimulation reminiscent of many an Ealing comedy - hence the double meaning of the play’s witty title... 

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... 

Another Fine Mess

Another Fine Mess

Another Fine Mess is a one act play about a Laurel and Hardy tribute act. Phil, played by Philip Goudal, and Steve, played by Daryl Bennett, live and work together with Steve’s recently moved in girlfriend Meg, played by Kirstie Lilleystone... 

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... 

The Morning After the Life Before

The Morning After the Life Before

24th May 2015 was the day that Ireland became the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote. It was a great moment in LGBT+ history. That a country with a deeply homophobic religious framework could vote for equality in this way was truly inspiring... 

Blue Sky Thinking

Blue Sky Thinking

Grab a mediocre coffee from the vending machine and make your way into the all-too-familiar world of the office worker. It’s not exciting, but then again… how can it be? Blue Sky Thinking follows Penny’s transition from a creative into a corporate robot as she takes up an office job to pay off debt accumulated by her boyfriend, Rob... 

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... 

Victorious

Victorious

Driving home from Victorious last night (Hannah Brackenbury’s one-woman Victoria Wood tribute show) I wondered: if Wood could have chosen someone to celebrate and showcase her work, and demonstrate its influence on future comedians, who would it be? I’m pretty sure Hannah Brackenbury would have been on her shortlist... 

Stand and Deliver

Stand and Deliver

It's 1736, George II is on the throne, witchcraft laws are being appealed and the British Empire was starting to take shape. It's also the age of the highwayman; thieves who terrorised the roads on horseback and with pistols, ready to cry out "stand and deliver, your money or your life!" Its this lone ranger figure, improbably romanticised over the years, which is the focus of Tobacco Tea Theatre Company's Stand and Deliver... 

Herbie's Jazz Breakfast

Herbie's Jazz Breakfast

Herbie Flowers’ Jazz Breakfast was nothing like I had anticipated. With a ticket reading 6+, I was expecting a family-oriented brunch with smooth jazz playing in the background. Instead, I stood in a winding line with no one under the age of 40 present, besides myself, preparing to enter a circus-like tent to enjoy a boisterous jazz concert... 

Culpeper's Medicine Garden

Culpeper's Medicine Garden

In beautiful May sunshine, a large group of us gathered at the Coach House to join herbalist Sara Jane Glendinning and musician Jo Burke for a walk up Whitehawk Hill.Before we set off, Sarah Jane explained that the walk was inspired by the 17th century radical herbalist Nicholas Culpepper... 

Vibrantly Lieu: Welcome to the PVC Shopping Channel

Vibrantly Lieu: Welcome to the PVC Shopping Channel

'Get yourself an oil-based boyfriend'. If there was ever a piece of advice to take forward into the remainder of 2018, this would be one of the best.Written by and starring Gemma Jones, Vibrantly Lieu: Welcome to the PVC Shopping Channel tells the sloppy-drunk rise, fall and rise again of Neve, a young woman desperate to become a shopping channel star... 

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... 

Passing On

Passing On

With a plotline exploring important topics like same-sex parenting, surrogacy and genetic history I had high hopes for Passing On. Unfortunately, these were not met, and I was disappointed by this production... 

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... 

Murdered by Murder

Murdered by Murder

The scene is set. It’s Christmas Eve at Drenchblood Heights, the home of the gentile Lady Titan (Genevieve-vieve!) and her rambunctious husband, Lord Titan, and they’re waiting for the invited guests of their murder mystery party to arrive... 

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... 

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, the 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... 

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...