Momma Was a Bad Mutha

Momma Was a Bad Mutha

Momma was a Bad Mutha's flyer touts it as 'the universal story of a young girl's untimely coming of age amidst her momma's weekend house parties.’ While it is not a stipulation of theatrics or literature to be relatable to be enjoyable, this performance may have little or no resonance with its UK audience... 

The God Box: A Daughter's Story

The God Box: A Daughter's Story

The God Box is a show which is well worth seeing. This one woman show is heartfelt, well acted, engaging and supplemented with great production. A simple collection of props allows Mary Lou Quinlan the support a single performer needs without crowding the stage... 

St Joan

St Joan

St Joan, an original production by the London based Pascal Theatre Company, is a brilliant, challenging show. Much original theatre lacks a complex, erudite script at its core. Even many great, original performances lack the courage to present a piece which could, in channelling avant-garde tendencies, potentially alienate their audience... 

Shirley and Shirley: Late Night Lock In

Shirley and Shirley: Late Night Lock In

Like any sketch show there is often a sense that the evening may play out something like lucky dip. Some characters or stories are topical, current and therefore very funny. Others just don’t hit the mark, they may fly over an audience’s head, or simply not be very amusing... 

Britannia Waves the Rules

Britannia Waves the Rules

Britannia Waves the Rules, presented by Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre, is a brilliant play. The pop-up 'state of the art amphitheatre' of Roundabout @ Summerhall is the perfect setting for this dynamic, physical piece... 

American Impressionism: A New Vision

American Impressionism: A New Vision

American Impressionism: A New Vision runs throughout the entirety of the fringe and can provide a blissful escape from the flyering and madness of the Royal Mile. The walk to the hosting Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art takes one into the recesses of the West End of Edinburgh far away from the bustle of the city centre... 

The Rooftops Of Paris

The Rooftops Of Paris

The Rooftops of Paris fell far short of my expectations.Harshest criticism must go to the actual written piece itself. The work, which considers young love and dreams of financial independence within the looming arrival of the Irish housing crash, is riddled with lazy characterisation and a complete mish-mash of styles... 

Autumn Fallin'

Autumn Fallin'

Autumn Fallin' plays out much like its flyer would suggest. The piece posits itself as a 'whirlwind Manhattan romance' that is 'suitable for anyone who's ever loved'. And that is precisely what it is; no false advertising here... 

Greater Expectations

Greater Expectations

Greater Expectations was an exciting play to attend. The piece, consisting of four small fifteen minute vignettes, was highly comedic and topical. Tuppence Films, founded by Maude Hirst and Sophia Jackson, both of whom are involved in Greater Expectations themselves, attempts to create a ‘stronger voice for women in film, TV and theatre’ by challenging ‘preconceptions and expectations while exploring sometimes difficult and unusual subject matter... 

Haydn's Nelson Mass

Haydn's Nelson Mass

Any event hosted in Brighton's idiosyncratic St Bartholomew's Church is bound to have an element of grandeur to it. The dominating building, rising out behind London Road like a modern manifestation of Noah's Ark played host to this year’s Sussex Chorus Summer Concert... 

The Rain That Washes

The Rain That Washes

The premise of this show, delivered by the North London theatre company Chickenshed, is both stirring and foreboding. Stirring as it promises to tell a true story within the fight for Zimbabwean independence, and foreboding because it takes the form of the notoriously varied 'one man show' format... 

King & Country World War 1 Opera

King & Country World War 1 Opera

The King and Country World War I Opera is a show presented in a rather strange format at the Brighton Fringe Festival. We were warned that the work is still under some sort of 'production' and that it is only 'semi-staged', yet the cast is a collection of trained professional singers... 

Traditional African Acrobatics

Traditional African Acrobatics

Traditional African Acrobatics by Fanti Acrobatics was a show which left me upbeat yet intensely frustrated.Apart from the performers themselves, everything about this work felt unprofessional and under rehearsed... 

Stanley Simmonds

Stanley Simmonds

The Foundry Gallery is playing host to a retrospective of British artist Stanley Simmonds throughout the fringe. The recent fire at the Phoenix Estate had threatened the location of the exhibition, luckily the Foundry was left almost entirely intact and only a small number of paintings have been placed in nearby Lewes House... 

Barb Jungr: Hard Rain

Barb Jungr: Hard Rain

Barb Jungr is obviously a seasoned performer. From the moment the lights were dimmed and she stepped onto the small stage in the Komedia she exuded confidence and charisma. The songs given in this performance were a varied collection of pieces from musical giants Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan... 

Lions Led by Asses 1914-1918

Lions Led by Asses 1914-1918

If there is an unquestionable 5 star element to this performance it has to be its location. Hannah House, or more technically Fringe Venue 490, is a small and homely garden flat deep in Regency Hove... 

After Dark Lewes Ghost Walk

After Dark Lewes Ghost Walk

This is not your typical childish ghost walk filled with tales of ghouls, beasties and ghostly little girls in their pyjamas. At the opening of the expedition we are warned by our tour guide Malcom Campbell - an enthusiast in the supernatural - to approach everything he recounts with a decidedly open mind...