A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

When I first heard that TrueStory Theatre would be back with a one man production of A Christmas Carol I felt in parts excited and uneasy. 

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

What is magic, really? Is it an evil enchantress who can freeze a person in ice? Is it a crow who can talk? Or is it seeing dozens of little faces light up with joy? The Snow Queen… 

Hansel and Gretel? (A Postmodern Pantomime)

Hansel and Gretel? (A Postmodern Pantomime)

Outdoor theatre? In December? Yes, it’s happening! Brighton Open Air Theatre (BOAT) have launched their first ever Christmas programme with a bang as Hansel and Gretel? A Postmod… 

What to Watch in Brighton this Christmas

What to Watch in Brighton this Christmas

As Brighton and Hove leaves lockdown and enters Tier 2, socially distanced live performances are back on the cards. 

Séance

Séance

It’s Halloween evening at the Brighton Open Air Theatre and what better time for a séance? Even if it has to be a socially distance séance – there’s no hand holding or grou… 

Back on the BOAT

Back on the BOAT

COVID-19 has severely disrupted the entire industry. 

Post Covid-19: What Now?

Post Covid-19: What Now?

Since the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis has caused the world to shut down, the theatre industry has gone dark, at least at first sight. 

Ask Me Anything

Ask Me Anything

It’s embarrassing recalling your teenager years, isn’t it? Awkward crushes, cringe-worthy fashion choices and dramatic mood swings; most of us are very happy to leave those yea… 

Witch Hunt

Witch Hunt

If you go down to the woods today, you’re in for a BIG surprise. 

Interview with Catherine Bohart: A Comedians Life on the Megabus

Interview with Catherine Bohart: A Comedians Life on the Megabus

Comedian Catherine Bohart, star of 8 out of 10 Cats and The Mash Report, talks to us about ways to keep smiling despite the news, how to make your run at Edinburgh Fringe a success... 

Roots

Roots

We’ve reached the end of the decade and entered the ‘20s again. 

The Haunted Ballroom

The Haunted Ballroom

Billed as a Halloween cabaret extravaganza, The Haunted Ballroom was a loose mix of disco style party and cabaret acts from renowned London based performers Black Cat Cabaret, who … 

Woman! Pilot! Pirate?

Woman! Pilot! Pirate?

A charming mixture of mime and music, Woman! Pilot! Pirate? is the endearing tale of Emmy, who believes that Amelia Earhart’s disappearance is nothing more than a conspiracy and … 

The John Rowe Show

The John Rowe Show

Direct from Australia, John Rowe brings his sofa-based entertainment show to the Edinburgh Fringe. 

Monsoon Season

Monsoon Season

You've probably heard plenty of stories about lucky couples who fall in love, get married and live happily-ever-after. 

Rock'n'Roll Girls

Rock'n'Roll Girls

When so many songs written by men are condescending (Wake Up Little Susie), dangerously demeaning (Blurred Lines) or darn right creepy (Every Breath You Take) towards women, it is … 

Brandy

Brandy

It might be true that Brandy was first performed in 2010 at South London Theatre, but it’s still impossible not to view this production through the lens of Yorgos Lanthimos’ 20… 

Rodgers with a D – The Tommy Rodgers Centenary Celebration

Rodgers with a D – The Tommy Rodgers Centenary Celebration

If you’re one of the many people who visit the Fringe from far flung parts of the world (hello Londoners daring to go past the M25) it’s easy to forget amongst all the clamour … 

Ed MacArthur: Humoresque

Ed MacArthur: Humoresque

Starting your hour of stand up with an audio recording of a very sweet sounding child called Albert introducing you on stage might be considered cheating. 

The Winter's Tale

The Winter's Tale

Staging The Winter’s Tale in the middle of the summer might seem to be an unusual choice, but as we huddled in the wind blasted Brighton Open Air Theatre it seemed pathetic falla… 

Blueprint Medea

Blueprint Medea

This is Medea, but not as you know her. Transported from ancient Greece into 21st century London, this Medea is a fierce Kurdish soldier turned asylum seeker. Blueprint Medea tackles complex issues, focusing on how easily the truth can be refracted by differences in perspective… 

Grant Busé: Touché Busé

Grant Busé: Touché Busé

Grant Busé is blessed with classical good looks, musical talent and a flair for making things funny. However, he wants you to believe he’s unlucky. It’s the Busé curse, you see… 

Dave Chawner: C'est La Vegan

Dave Chawner: C'est La Vegan

Tickets for Dave Chawner: C’est La Vegan apparently went like hot cakes (or should that be like Greggs' vegan sausage rolls?) and as everyone packed into the bijou upstairs room of Sweet @ the Welly Chawner apologised if he needed to refer to his notes as he hadn’t performed this show for a while… 

As a Tiger in the Jungle

As a Tiger in the Jungle

On a still springtime evening, there are few better things to do than to take a trip to the Brighton Open Air Theatre. Surrounded by floral fragrances and accompanied by a chorus of songbirds as the sun began to set, the centre of the amphitheatre was filled by a metal circus structure that resembled a giant’s playground… 

PULP

PULP

How hard is it to say ‘I love you’ when you truly mean it? For Sam, it’s very hard. Growing up around strong, stoic, stereotypically ‘manly’ men has made it impossible for him to say ‘I love you’ to those who mean the most to him… 

What Doesn't Kill You [blah blah] Stronger

What Doesn't Kill You [blah blah] Stronger

This isn’t a show about death, oh no. It’s a show about near death experiences. Written by Tyler Jacob Jones and with music by Robert Woods, What Doesn’t Kill You [Blah Blah] Stronger is a cabaret of comedic songs inspired by (sometimes grotesque, sometimes unbelievable and always incredible) true stories of survival… 

The Birth of Death directed by Yael Karavan

The Birth of Death directed by Yael Karavan

How many near death experiences have you had? One audience member in The Birth of Death directed by Yael Karavan claimed 10 or 11, which is as impressive as it is shocking. Death comes to us all one day and yet in Britain we’re often pretty reserved when it comes to talking about it… 

Bad Chemist

Bad Chemist

Award-winning Oxford research chemist Peter Rook is a stickler for scientific detail. While many of us are happy to live our lives blissfully unaware as to how our mobile phones actually work, or exactly which chemical reactions are causing all the pretty colours in our fireworks displays, throughout his life Peter has refused to engage with the world without understanding the scientific theory behind it first… 

Top of the Flops

Top of the Flops

At any Fringe you’ll be able to find at least one crooner showcasing some of history’s best show tunes – One Day More, There’s No Business Like Show Business, anything from West Side Story – you’ve heard it all before… 

A Trans Fairy Tale

A Trans Fairy Tale

Once upon a time there was a fairy godmother. Except, this fairy godmother is more likely to say ‘bibbity-bobbity-f-you’ than turn a pumpkin into a silver carriage. She’s not magical, she doesn’t really care about her spoilt princess clients and she wakes up with her wild hair, her nightgown inside out and blowing raspberries… 

Not Just The Companion

Not Just The Companion

Imagine if women weren’t just stuck playing Juliet and Desdemona and Lady Macbeth over and over again. What if, beyond those most famous roles, they wouldn’t have to play countless mothers and sisters and lovers: sometimes nameless, more often simply shapeless… 

Nursery Crimes

Nursery Crimes

Ring a ring o’ roses, a pocket full of posies…Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water…No matter how many years it’s been since you last sang these nursery rhymes, I’m sure you can easily sing the rest… 

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story

The packed audience at The Old Market leant in expectantly towards an ordinary looking closed shipping container dominating the stage, oblivious to the surprises enclosed inside. All of a sudden, a bearded man with wild hair and even wilder eyes floats above the container as if blown in by the wind… 

Dracula

Dracula

Under the bright light of a full moon, we were drawn towards the eerie tower of The Spire, an old deconsecrated Victorian church in Kemptown that is currently playing host to one of the world’s most infamous monsters: Dracula… 

Honey's Happening

Honey's Happening

It’s 1968 and the world is about to change. At least, the world in Grange Park is about to change and it’s all thanks to Honey Child’s Happening. This immersive and interactive comedy personally invites you to enter Honey’s garish and heavily-patterned living room... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

Do Animals Have Chins? Songwriter John Hinton Reveals The Surprising Truth

Do Animals Have Chins? Songwriter John Hinton Reveals The Surprising Truth

Do you ever find yourself singing The Bare Necessities? Or breathily repeating David Attenborough’s iconic narration? If so, the Ensonglopedia of Animals is the show for you. 

Last Night at the Circus

Last Night at the Circus

It was a balmy Sunday evening at the end of another warm and sunny weekend and many in the audience seem to have to enjoyed the weekend (and perhaps the wine) a bit too much by the time they squeezed into their seat for Last Night at the Circus... 

Clean Mean Eating Machine

Clean Mean Eating Machine

Yes, I’m a millennial. Yesterday I was in Shoreditch and had a charcoal and coconut soft serve presented in an Instagrammable black cone. I’ve waited over an hour for brunch at a hot spot in NYC’s East Village... 

Marie

Marie

We meet landlady Liz as she hosts another Historical Night. It’s in-between darts and karaoke on her pub’s weekly events calendar and has been an unexpected success. Elsewhere, unlucky Marie is new to London... 

Humanity Dick: A Tale of Beasts and Bullets

Humanity Dick: A Tale of Beasts and Bullets

An outspoken politician. Married to Eliza. Alive at the time of the American Revolution. Renowned duelist. No, this is not about Alexander Hamilton, but his Irish equivalent: Richard Martin... 

What We Leave Behind

What We Leave Behind

Death is the only truly universal subject. Yet on stage we so often only see it as the customary end to a Shakespearean tragedy or a punch line to a particularly distasteful joke. It is rare that we experience theatre talking about death in a down-to-earth and, well, normal way... 

The Jurassic Parks

The Jurassic Parks

I have a confession to make. A VCR viewing of Jurassic Park at too tender an age in the mid-90s left me somewhat scared of dinosaurs. Therefore, it was with some trepidation that I joined a cheerful audience abandoning a sunny, pleasant evening in Brighton to be warmly greeted by the Park family instead... 

Blooming Surprise

Blooming Surprise

If you’ve ever struggled to catch a flight while clumsily carrying too many suitcases and bags, there’s lots to smile at here. During this one-woman physical performance, we follow a solo traveller who encounters love, loss and friendship without even leaving the airport... 

Lamb Chops

Lamb Chops

Now in their second year at the Brighton Fringe, Lamb Comedy Productions present an evening of selected highlights, delivered by acts from across their programme. A pick ‘n’ mix selection is a great way to taste a variety of acts without going the whole hog or should that be lamb? Yet, by its very nature, it is unlikely to please everyone all of the time...