1969 Show and Abbey Road

1969 Show and Abbey Road

The Brighton Beach Boys gave a fairly electric rendition of some of the greatest and most celebrated musical bangers from the year 1969, as well as the Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’. There were some pretty frustrating sound quality problems, particularly in the first half, but the band overcame them valiantly and what they lacked in sound precision they made up for in vivacity and some amusingly wacky moments of spectacle... 

The Graduate-an adaptation for the stage

The Graduate-an adaptation for the stage

This stage adaption of the book and film was experimental, wacky and creative – a cocktail which at times proved highly successful and at other times fell completely flat. In the words of Mr... 

Sunday Lunch in 2063

Sunday Lunch in 2063

This was the event to wrap up all of the weird, wacky and wonderful treats that the Hendrick’s Carnival of Knowledge had put on over the past five days. It catered for its audience in every which way – we all knocked back the provocative conversation, delectable - though shocking – nibbles, and... 

Unusually Useful Contents of Kitchen Cupboards

Unusually Useful Contents of Kitchen Cupboards

If you weren’t lucky enough to venture to the wacky venue, Hendrick’s Carnival of Knowledge was situated in a gentleman’s beautiful seafront home – straddling the border between Brighton and Hove... 

Spiegel Supper Club

Spiegel Supper Club

Broadway Baby doesn’t often get the chance to turn restaurant critic, but as Sam’s of Brighton have added their pre-show Supper Club at the Spiegeltent to the official Fringe programme, who are we to overlook the chance to review it? The meal was an exquisite array of dishes in a warm and friendly setting – a truly pleasant experience... 

A Tchaikovsky Gala Concert

A Tchaikovsky Gala Concert

An impressive and beautiful rendition of Tchaikovsky’s music, performed with great talent by the Sussex Symphony Orchestra. The performance itself was emotionally evocative whilst the experience was quaint and warming – an ideal combination... 

The Pardoner’s Tale

The Pardoner’s Tale

This was a weird and wacky take on the old Chaucerian tale which left itsaudience members altogether bemused. The cast of three young men and onewoman, as well as a musical accomplice, fused the old with the new in whatwas at times exciting, but at others disconcerting and fractured... 

La Clique

La Clique

This is a wild and wacky experience of burlesque, cabaret and circus. It had me on tenter-hooks, smiling, clapping and screaming throughout. A spectacle for the eyes and ears and an insight into the trans body, homoeroticism and the human form... 

Sister Acts

Sister Acts

On the whole, the show was quite amateur and left a lot to be desired. Premise: A two woman cabaret charting the life of two sisters who livetogether in England and their transsexual and immigrant experiences... 

Major Jack Union's Victorian Monster-Hunting Tea

Major Jack Union's Victorian Monster-Hunting Tea

Entering a room full of trays of sandwiches, scones, cakes and ‘tea’ which turned out to be minty cocktails in tea-cups (it is sponsored by Hendricks after all) held a whole lot of potential... 

Naked Homo Live!

Naked Homo Live!

Naked Homo Live! is set in a members’ only gay club, with an intimate audience of around twenty people, and one naked – completely hairless – performer. It is a piece of undeniably unique theatre and a genuine pleasure to watch... 

What would Beyonce do?

What would Beyonce do?

A stand up comedy show with a unique twist. Fiery Luisa Omielam frames all her jokes and anecdotes with thoughts about Beyoncé’s swagger. All the sad portrayals of Omielam's life are juxtaposed with references to Beyoncé, who is – let’s be honest – a lot of women’s secret idol... 

Peter Straker's BREL

Peter Straker's BREL

Peter Straker has one of those recognisable faces ‘off the telly’ having been a regular on the original Dr Who and the 1985 series Connie. But Straker's also a man with a pretty successful music career spanning the 1970s, in which he released a clutch of singles and four albums – two of which were produced by close personal friend, Freddie Mercury... 

Vivascope

Vivascope

Another Dip Your Toe show, another trip into a bizarre fictional world in a Victorian bathing machine. This time a twenty minute experince centred around a camera obscura. For those who have never heard of one of those, it’s basically a clever optical device which projects an image of the surroundings on to a screen... 

Twelfth Night or What You Will

Twelfth Night or What You Will

For those not familiar with this Shakespearian classic, it opens with a shipwreck which leaves a brother and sister stranded on the coast of an island called Illyria. Viola, the lead, disguises herself as a boy... 

1912

1912

1912 is a fairly unsuccessful attempt to reinvent old magic shows from the early 20th Century. The two performers, Sam Prior and Richard Sanders, never quite commit to the 1912 setting... 

Lost Props

Lost Props

The sweetness and innovation of this young children’s puppet show was overshadowed by some of the flaws in its production. The actors made it clear that it was their first ever production of the show so, despite its early shortcomings, it’s very likely to improve as they grow into it... 

Puppet Paramour

Puppet Paramour

Picture an intimate little room with white curtains all around you. There’s a small round table separating you from a man in tight multi-pastel coloured lycra and elevated electric blue hair... 

Bank On Music

Bank On Music

An ambient evening of harp music and vocals which was enjoyable, but not exceptional. Seated in a classy restaurant, our music was dished up alongside chips steak and wine. Magdalena, the half Scottish, half Polish, harpist and singer, performed well... 

Bourne ImprovABLES: Hilarious Improvised Comedy Show

Bourne ImprovABLES: Hilarious Improvised Comedy Show

A fun, eclectic group of amateur comedians took to the stage with an endearing, though not hilarious, improvised comedy set. The cast were a mix of Bournemouth locals whose casual attitude meant that what they lacked in quality they made up for in charm...