Feminism for Chaps

Feminism for Chaps

‘Why can’t I be an ‘equalist’?’ my partner asked me for the umpteenth time on our way to Andrew Watts’ work in progress Feminism for Chaps. 

An Evening of Americana Music

An Evening of Americana Music

I greatly admire Union Music Store’s mission to bring their home-grown acts to the masses – a labour of love and angst warding off cynics like me, to be sure. 

Red Bastard

Red Bastard

In the immortal words of Kanye West, ‘no one man should have all that power’. 

Thief by Liam Rudden

Thief by Liam Rudden

I was relieved when Sailor (Matt Robertson) ran onstage starkers, as I was pretty sure that the stage adaptation of Magic Mike wouldn’t require the pen and soggy bit of paper I… 

Abigoliah Schamaun is Working on It

Abigoliah Schamaun is Working on It

With a title too ripe to ignore, Abigoliah is definitely working on it. 

The Bloody Ballad

The Bloody Ballad

Little Mary is sugar and spice, with a side of vice. 

50 Shades of Scarlet

50 Shades of Scarlet

After taking a long and most likely raucous roadtrip from Hull, the Scarlet’s bawdy songs and skits were a welcome burst of sun on an otherwise dour day. 

The God Particle

The God Particle

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman in her mid-thirties with a PhD in quantum physics must be in want of a husband. 

Crimes Against Humanities Teachers

Crimes Against Humanities Teachers

Sussex teachers turned out in force after rolling about in catnip for this topical show which features frustrated educator Andy Thomas on the verge of chucking it all in. 

Failure (Other Opportunities for Non-Linear Success)

Failure (Other Opportunities for Non-Linear Success)

I was impressed by the summary this show boasts, breezily claiming to encapsulate the bulky genres of contemporary dance, comedy and social commentary in a neat hour. 

The Boy Friend

The Boy Friend

Ah, I always enjoy watching the English parody the French. 

Scottish Falsetto Socks – In Space

Scottish Falsetto Socks – In Space

Let’s see, how can I describe this one? There are a couple of socks that like to sing (up high, mind). 

How Bruce Springsteen Changed My Life

How Bruce Springsteen Changed My Life

We were repeatedly warned, by the man himself, that Sarfraz Manzoor is not, nor will he ever be, a comedian. 

Miss Givings

Miss Givings

Damn that Shelly Hopkins. 

The Great I Am

The Great I Am

Arthur, a doctor sheltering in a besieged city, wants to do ‘something useful. 

Shit-Faced Shakespeare

Shit-Faced Shakespeare

Someone was plied with Echo Falls and Premium French Lager before curtains up - and it ain’t Puck (though I’d pay to see him have a crack at it later on in the run). 

Boogie Woogie Troop

Boogie Woogie Troop

First things first: if you’re not the Stones, you should start on time. 

Cubana Bop Play West Side Story

Cubana Bop Play West Side Story

Since West Side Story was my first ever pocket-money album purchase, I am unbelievably, unreasonably touchy about its treatment onstage and off. 

Faust

Faust

With voices and instruments merging in an arresting tableau, DumbWise’s production of Faust was a visual and aural onslaught. 

The Last Tuesday Society: The Magician

The Last Tuesday Society: The Magician

Backed by ethereal, moody themes produced by the aptly titled Ragged Ragtime Band, Rex Ingram’s silent film version of The Magician was brought up from the vault to revel in the … 

Deckchairs

Deckchairs

With a name like Femme Fatale Theatre, I went in expecting some hard-hitting feminist, or at least femme-friendly, fare. 

Midnight at The Boar's Head

Midnight at The Boar's Head

First of all, there were no handmade puppets. 

Three Balls and a New Suit

Three Balls and a New Suit

I sit here, chastised, after trying to prove to myself that I could still juggle using eggs filled with jelly beans. 

The Revolution Will Be Sexual

The Revolution Will Be Sexual

From the moment the Sally Bowles-esque Bernadette Byrne and creepy Lautrecian cross-dresser Victor Victoria hit the tiny stage, I had four questions in mind. 

The Sussex Harmonisers in Concert

The Sussex Harmonisers in Concert

Like a bit of ragtime? Classic tunes from 1912? Henry Mancini ballads in four-part harmony? You’d be in luck with the animated stylings of the Sussex Harmonisers, a nearly 50-…