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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

Mad About the Boy

Mad About the Boy

'Mad About the Boy' is a new play with musical interludes by local playwright Edwin Preece. It depicts an incident in the life of Noel Coward who was auditioning actors for his latest Broadway play... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

Love in 'The Harbour' by Eddie Alford

Love in 'The Harbour' by Eddie Alford

A love story set in World War I follows the lives of three Irish air aces of the Royal Flying Corps against the background of great upheaval and change. With dark humour and raw emotion, the fast-paced action-drama moves between Ireland and front-line France, with music and lyrics composed by Danielle Morgan and John Merrigan... 

The Beautiful Dance of Life & Death

The Beautiful Dance of Life & Death

Adam Astra, a young rocketeer witnesses a star-girl fall to earth one night and vows to rocket her back among the stars... No, wait, that's just the story that former dancer, Lucy Dunn, makes up with her bohemian roommate, Will, while she fights to survive a bizarre and terrifying illness... 

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... 

Acting and Creating a Character

Acting and Creating a Character

Come and get your teeth into a refreshing approach to acting with this Stanislavski-inspired technique. Part lecture, part improvisation session, open to all, experienced or not. Based on my regular London workshops at Conway Hall... 

Hymns for Robots

Hymns for Robots

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

Anna

Anna

Story-telling, biography and fantasy with puppetry 

Edith Piaf Live at Nimegue

Edith Piaf Live at Nimegue

Your chance to see a 53-year-old, 82 kilo bloke from Stoke portray the life of a singing legend who died aged 47 weighing just 36kg. Her childhood was traumatic and she sang songs of tragedy... 

The Polished Scar

The Polished Scar

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

The Frow Show

The Frow Show

After a sell-out success at Brighton Fringe 2017, 'The Frow Show' returns with this superb sketch comedy show. Based upon the unique Sussex village of Forest Row, the highly experienced mix of talent in the cast reflect the quirky and dynamic feel of this eccentric English village... 

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... 

Your Bard

Your Bard

Did Will Shakespeare write his plays? Come and meet the man himself and take the lid off a legend in your local. He’ll tell you all about his family, what it’s like on tour and the glory days at the Globe... 

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... 

Ivy Paige: Sex Factor

Ivy Paige: Sex Factor

International showgirl Ivy Paige, star of 'London Cabaret', hostess of an 'Evening of Burlesque', real life Jessica Rabbit and now of course the infamous singing siren on ITV’s 'The Voice'! See for yourself what got the nation so hot under the collar... 

Brexit Blues

Brexit Blues

French cabaret star Oriana Curls, acclaimed 5-star ‘Piaf remembered’ (Edfringe 2017) and singing judge on BBC TV show ‘All together now', contemplates the future with ex-Dexys piano-man Pete Saunders... 

Whaddya Know - We're in Love!

Whaddya Know - We're in Love!

All aboard! Full steam ahead on SS Freedonia for the craziest show at Brighton Fringe. Four musicians with a secret, a girl in a green velvet dress, stowaways, a Mediterranean monarch, and unforgettable swing-era-style songs make Jerry Rulf (The Spudguns) and Brian Mitchell's (The Ministry of Biscuits) madcap tribute to the Marx Bros... 

WordShow

WordShow

Sardonic, wry, satirical, occasionally angry or surprisingly poignant, Greg Byron delivers original poems about life, the universe and everything(ish), plus word portraits and his unique 55 word stories... 

What's Wrong with Monotony?

What's Wrong with Monotony?

What's Wrong With Monotony? sees a dishevelled, defeated writer struggling to put pen to paper, an activity I can confirm takes up more than half of every writer's career.Choosing to hide under his blanket on the sofa instead of tackling the blank page, the writer is ambushed by his three actor friends who are eagerly expecting a new play to rehearse... 

Bite-Size Plays presents: Neverwant

Bite-Size Plays presents: Neverwant

Neverwant... The algorithm of life! A brand new story about a passion that can’t breach the firewall! If everything you’ve ever yearned for is just a constant impending update what’s left to want? Isn’t the definition of freedom a heart without desire? ‘Neverwant’ explores a world where love is nothing more than a bug in the system... 

The Sleeper

The Sleeper

An overnight train, somewhere in Europe. Karina, a very British writer, naively reports a woman sleeping in her bunk. Then she does it again. Forever connected by this simple action, these two women are played and replayed in the mind of a writer who examines the stories we tell each other and how we choose to tell them... 

Glen Richardson: The Human Jukebox

Glen Richardson: The Human Jukebox

Back by popular demand! Call out your favourite tunes and the unmissable Human Jukebox will sing and play them. Glen will be performing every Saturday night throughout the Fringe, in the Rialto’s intimate art deco bar... 

Blues and Burlesque 70s Soireé

Blues and Burlesque 70s Soireé

70s themed Cabaret with saucy, sexy live original music. After sell-out runs in London, Edinburgh, Adelaide, Perth and Brighton now back at the Rialto Theatre. Music from ex Dexys piano-man Pete Saunders, plus comedy and Burlesque from Lady Beau Peep and Bruise Violet. 

Myra

Myra

"You couldn’t hate me more than I hate myself. I have asked God for his forgiveness, but I couldn’t ask for yours, for how can I ever expect you to forgive me when I cannot forgive myself" Few have attracted such notoriety or public loathing as the Moors murderers... 

Franz Kafka: Apparatus

Franz Kafka: Apparatus

You are cordially invited to a most unusual, mechanically achieved execution - death by means of a complex machine designed and constructed in a nightmare. Tragedy, comedy, horror and the absurd intermingle in this dramatic labyrinth of cruelty, obsession and madness... 

Being Brahms

Being Brahms

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  • London Fringe
  • Multiple Venues
  • 24th Mar - 5th May 2018

Anton does his best but it’s a heartless, tough old world out there – what with the Nazis, internment, a loveless marriage and a son he can’t communicate with. Being 19th century romantic composer Johannes Brahms is a much better option... 

Half Baked

Half Baked

It’s rare when the title of a show manages to effectively review itself. Unfortunately, this is the case for Half Baked. As the very first show from new Brighton-based theatre company Covert Accomplice, you might not expect a fully polished performance... 

Slooshy Wordshow

Slooshy Wordshow

A chair, a poetry book, a man, and a bottle of water to wet his whistle – other than these there is no set and the stage is bare.In his Slooshy Wordshow Greg Byron departs from physical theatre for the evening to give a performance of spoken word poetry, ranging in theme from science and quantum physics, to Brexit, to memory, to what it might be like to be a woman, and even on this particular evening, just 24 hours after the terrorist attack at London Bridge, to the Manchester bombing... 

God's Waiting Room

God's Waiting Room

An end of life comedy, exploring themes of status, dynamics, and changing relationships in the light of parental loss. A poignant and compassionate comedy. A hit at last year's Camden Fringe, now embarking on an Arts Council tour this summer. 

Bones

Bones

As the audience files into the dark Rialto theatre space, a lonely figure paces across the stage, dressed in baggy tracksuit bottoms, a grubby white T-shirt and baseball hat, angrily drinking a pint of lager and staring with hatred at a pram... 

Blue/Orange

Blue/Orange

With the election and the possible demise of the National Health Service just around the corner, Pretty Villain Productions could not have picked a better time to showcase Joe Penhall's satire of a crumbling and dysfunctional psychiatric hospital... 

Tennessee Williams' 27 Wagons Full of Cotton

Tennessee Williams' 27 Wagons Full of Cotton

Summer in the south is aggressively hot and stiflingly humid. There is no escape from it. It dominates life and determines its pace. Creating that heavy air is essential to the successful staging of any Williams' text and Fox and Hounds Theatre Company has created a triumph in Tennessee Williams' 27 Wagons Full of Cotton by doing just that from the outset... 

Tennessee Williams Double: Ivan's Widow & Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen

Tennessee Williams Double: Ivan's Widow & Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen

Written by Williams in the period before his death, Fox and Hound take on two of his most difficult one act plays. Using their understanding of Williams’ intentions and writing style, the company select a traditional approach to reconstructing the harsh realities their characters are presented with, mostly retaining the audience’s attention in doing so, although occasionally making the meaning behind certain actions unclear... 

Dark Matter & Angeleta and Etelvina

Dark Matter & Angeleta and Etelvina

Two striking and contrasting puppetry shows form a double bill that explores the journey of dementia patients at the end of their life. 'Dark Matter' dives into the hallucinatory mind of an elderly astrophysicist, who is trying to make sense of his scattered life... 

New York Stories

New York Stories

I wasn’t sure what I was expecting to see when I arrived at the Rialto Theatre. New York Stories appealed to me, primarily due to my love of Yankee accents, and boy, they didn’t disappoint! The stage was set plainly; three stools and a projector screen set above the stage... 

Fake Hip Gnosis

Fake Hip Gnosis

'Fake Hip Gnosis' speaks to that camp desire to believe in earnest in those things our intellect tells us are ridiculous. We reveal the links between trance induction techniques, body enhancement practices, and the shamanistic rituals of the North American Kickapoo tribe... 

Motherhood: (Un)speakable, (Un)spoken

Motherhood: (Un)speakable, (Un)spoken

Unflinchingly honest journey to every mum. Contemporary theatre for audiences of today, followed by a chat. "Hidden gem" (Fringe Review). "This is... outstanding devised theatre... 

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... 

Bug Camp

Bug Camp

We are told in the blurb that being a grown up sucks. To emphasise this point, the leading lady Lola bounds onto the stage acting like a totally convincing eight year old, with a deliciously husky voice, gesticulating wildly and sporting a Metallica t-shirt... 

Poet of the Impossible

Poet of the Impossible

Not just a magician but a 'poet of the impossible', Scots-Italian conjurer and writer, Lorenzo 'Renz' Novani, weaves verbal wizardry and magic into 50 thought provoking and wonder-filled minutes that offer a glimpse of the magicians secretive mind, take you on a journey into magic’s mysterious past, and most importantly, present impossibilities that defy explanation and gravity... 

Cracked Tiles

Cracked Tiles

A year ago he inherited his father’s crumbling fast food shop. The sale of the shop now looms but Riccardo isn’t ready to leave as he's just discovered a compelling oddity in the family business records... 

Poe's Last Night

Poe's Last Night

A name as loaded with dark, romantic foreboding as Poe's Last Night incurs comparison with the titles of Poe's own works; it suggests mystery, a locked room of buried secrets. Beginning at the end of a difficult life, this one man show promises revelation to match the Bostonian poet's writings... 

Cinebra: A History Of Horror

Cinebra: A History Of Horror

Meet Megan and Sophie. They really like movies. They also like Tumblr, Lon Chaney, Debbie Gibson, the Ben & Jerrys’ stand at the Odeon, and each other. After meeting in Year 4, the pair became best friends (the BFF-necklace wearing kind), cementing their friendship with a mutual passion for movies, especially of the horror variety... 

The Missing Special

The Missing Special

Brighton writer Richard Hearn’s comedy/drama asks the question “If you could replay a key moment in your life, what would you do differently?” 'The Missing Special' won the Rialto’s 2016 new writing competition and this is its world premiere... 

The Frow Show

The Frow Show

After 3 sell-out runs in its native town of Forest Row in East Sussex, The Frow Show comes down the M23 to take the Brighton Fringe. A highly experienced mix of talent in the cast reflect the quirky and dynamic feel of this eccentric English village through a slick blend of well-observed sketches breathing life into brilliant characters and musical numbers that use real musicians... 

Doing What It Says On The Tin

Doing What It Says On The Tin

An emotional yet comedic performance from Tom Dussek on Sunday evening at the charming Rialto Theatre.The show opened with an outburst of swearing – yes, this performance is not advised for the prudish viewer – as Tom burst onto the stage, dressed head to toe in typical builder attire: a grey hoodie, plain tee and steel toe capped boots, having a conversation with ‘an old bat’, for whom he is fixing a sash window for, on his old school ‘brick’ mobile phone... 

Maisie Adam: Living On The Edge - LIVE

Maisie Adam: Living On The Edge - LIVE

'Living On The Edge - LIVE' is the new one-woman stand-up comedy show from Maisie Adam, "one of the UK's most exciting up-and-coming young comedians" (Ditto Theatre). The show's eclectic mix of anecdotal and observational material is both relatable and laughable... 

Acting and Creating a Character

Acting and Creating a Character

Come and get your teeth into a refreshing approach to acting with this Stanislavski-inspired technique. Part lecture, part improvisation session, open to all, experienced or not. Based on my regular London workshops at Conway Hall. 

A Murder of Ravens

A Murder of Ravens

A brilliant weaving-together of vocals, poems, music, song and performance takes the audience on a breathtaking trip in the company of a series of angry, disaffected, bored, vengeful, murderous, powerful, touching, funny, wise women... 

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Something Wicked This Way Comes

A courtroom in hell. Shakespeare's Prospera (The Tempest) presides as Macbeth and Goneril (King Lear) battle each other for a chance at redemption.  An allegory of modern times, 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' shines a light on the obsessive pursuit of power and the destruction of the Old World order. 

Living With George

Living With George

One Summer evening in 1952, a 21-year-old Margaret Williams enters a dance hall. 65 years on, she recalls her life, her marriage and her choice in 'Living with George'. A poignant period piece about marriage, sex and relationships in the 1950s... 

Double Whammy

Double Whammy

Next to Normal spin words, music, vocals and their sweet, sweet moves into sketch forms every damn day (after their day jobs). Now they’re bringing it all to Brighton Fringe. You like Opera? You’re in (G)luck... 

Open Sky present Scorched

Open Sky present Scorched

“There’s some pain you can’t grit your teeth through”, is something said by the sole performer in Scorched as he reflects on his time during WWII. Certainly, this is a line that you are frequently reminded of as you continue to watch the show... 

Bad Dad

Bad Dad

From the slapstick physical beginning of this self-penned one-man monologue, through to the show’s philosophical conclusion, the laughs come thick and fast in Bad Dad.Chris Dingli does his energetic best to convince the audience why is he is deserving of the title: he never wanted a child to begin with... 

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... 

Gratiano

Gratiano

Bassanio has been murdered and, under suspicion, Gratiano is forced to revisit his Fascist past. He was never the hero – just a minor character, the plucky comic relief – but he never thought he played the villain... 

Stones

Stones

A lengthy incarceration, a war outside of the prison walls, and two forgotten prisoners losing their grip on time and reality, Stones is essentially a slow unravelling of two characters, Jasper and Rose, who become entwined with one another through stories of the past, grief, and hallucinations... 

The Intimate Strangers: Mister Bond

The Intimate Strangers: Mister Bond

Hit dark sketch comedy show featuring a host of weird and wonderful characters, culminating in a big James Bond finale. Material heard on BBC Radio 4. "A thing of beauty, smart, funny and original" **** (Remotegoat), **** (Edfringe Review), **** (ThreeWeeks). 

At the Junction Cafe

At the Junction Cafe

Homegrown Buckle Collective hits Brighton Fringe with a new, experimental black comedy At times moving, at times hilarious, 'At the Junction Cafe' is a battle of the generations that explores relationships, memory and human communication in a highly innovative way... 

The Unknown Soldier

The Unknown Soldier

Jack stayed on when the guns fell silent, to search amongst the rusty wire and unexploded bombs for those that could never go home. For Jack has a promise to keep and a debt to repay, and as they gather the fallen together in the ever-growing cemeteries, Jack is looking for someone - someone in particular... 

Gypsy Unveiled

Gypsy Unveiled

The famous musical 'Gypsy' captured everyone's hearts when it was released. But do we know the real Gypsy Rose Lee? Crimson Horse Theatre relaunches in this year's Brighton Fringe with 'Gypsy Unveiled', a new show that explores the reality behind her unusual childhood, an unstable mother, the relationships that helped her become a star, her three husbands, gangster connections and more... 

The Writers' Bloc

The Writers' Bloc

Soviet Russia, 1937. Deflecting public attention away from his deadly purges, Joseph Stalin commissions a great book to be written. Five great writers are placed in a room with an infinite supply of vodka, cigarettes and fear... 

The Writers' Bloc

The Writers' Bloc

Soviet Russia, 1937. In an effort to deflect public attention away from the deadly purges of his enemies, Joseph Stalin commissions a great book to be written. Five of Russia’s greatest writers are placed in a room with an infinite supply of vodka, cigarettes and fear... 

Living Between Lies

Living Between Lies

Everybody lies. We all know that. Exploring what happens when those lies catch up with us forms the basis for Underfoot Theatre Company’s powerfully dramatic, sometimes disturbing and occasionally amusing play... 

My Dear Miss Terry

My Dear Miss Terry

The word 'Dear' within the title of this production from Jean Rogers is exactly the right word for the intimate relationship that is evoked from the love letters sent between Irish literary genius George Bernard Shaw (Paddy O'Keeffe) and adored English actress Dame Ellen Terry (Jean Rogers)... 

The Treason Show

The Treason Show

The Treason Show takes the news, parodies it, adds music and makes it irreverently entertaining. Full of humour from start to finish, it sprints from one sketch to the next with a sprinkling of gags in-between... 

Would Like To Meet

Would Like To Meet

A show aimed squarely at the date-night crowd that’s silly and fun, providing its mainly female audience with plenty of laughs in this charming production. Those firmly used to spending their Fridays watching Sex and the City will feel right at home in this scattershot spin on a romantic comedy... 

The Grouch Who Couldn't Steal Christmas

The Grouch Who Couldn't Steal Christmas

The lean, green, Christmas-hating machine runs wild in this year’s holiday season production from The Fertile Theatre Company. This traditional Christmas fare provides the necessary ingredients for children’s entertainment although parents might wish for something more substantial... 

Contact order

Contact order

Inspired by true events, "Contact Order" explores the story of Mark as he tries to protect his parental rights. Join us on an interactive journey of theatre, improvisation, debate and storytelling as we explore issues of discrimination. 

Vlad the Impaler

Vlad the Impaler

With playwright Richard Crane, of National Theatre and Royal Court fame, being accompanied by director Faynia Williams (National Theatre Mongolia & Romania) and not forgetting backing from the Romanian Cultural Institute, this production certainly promised a lot and a lot did it deliver... 

Changing Partners

Changing Partners

Deadpan's hot new comedy ‘Changing Partners' follows the mayhem of a cast struggling to keep their show together on its last night of performance. Can this petulant cast of characters hold it together?