Last Rehearsal

Last Rehearsal

A new piece of work by a new BAME theatre ensemble The Last Company Theatre, Last Rehearsal is written and directed by Chilean Maria Jose Andrade. Here, three actors are abandoned by their director on the final day of rehearsal of a ‘work’ they have been putting together for months… 

FAUX
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FAUX

The team behind FAUX, presented by Loose-Locked, is large and impressive. It’s a classy show, self-evident from the outset, which tackles an emotive subject: the fur trade. This new production is the result of developing the original show over a year-long period, which may help to explain the universal slickness and professionalism of the performers and the concise and very clever direction… 

Ensonglopedia of British History

Ensonglopedia of British History

I had no idea what to expect from John Hinton’s Ensonglopedia of British History. For a start, why was I surrounded by children? This was surely going to be a massive mistake, but I wasn’t anywhere near an exit so had no choice but to see it through… 

Sary

Sary

We’re in Sussex, somewhere on the Downs, in the 1800s. A young woman, Sary, talks of love tragically lost, of unwanted sexual attentions, and of nature, the chalk hills, the earth… 

Mary Blandy's Gallows Tree

Mary Blandy's Gallows Tree

Based on actual historical events, Mary Blandy’s Gallows Tree is a one-woman play that charts the last hour(s) of Mary Blandy as she awaits the gallows in Oxford Prison in 1752, for the crime of poisoning her father… 

KING LEAR

KING LEAR

Hands up anyone who was bored rigid by studying Shakespeare at school. If you’re one of those who couldn’t understand it, and never knew what was going on, this is the show for you… 

Individual Medley

Individual Medley

There is a long history of female performers and theatre-makers who mine their personal experience to create autobiographical monologues exploring their (female) identity. Katrina Quinn’s Individual Medley is another example… 

Simon Munnery: The Wreath

Simon Munnery: The Wreath

Plays, and other kinds of performance, may have many functions, but stand-up comedy has only one. Essentially, your job is to be funny, and if you’re not then you can be said to have failed… 

Father Of Lies

Father Of Lies

Sweet finish this year’s well-curated Brighton HorrorFest with the interesting Father of Lies, written and originally performed by Sasha Roberts and Tom Worsley. Here, Stephen Griffin and Nathan Jones take the stage as presenters of this piece of ‘true crime’ documentary theatre which tells the strange story of Anselm Neumann, a German priest who purportedly resorted to murder in mysterious circumstances in 1973… 

Unburied

Unburied

It was with some trepidation that I entered the auditorium to see Unburied, presented by Hermetic Arts – not least because their website states, amongst other things, that 'Hermetic Arts is committed to protecting its audience from any entities that may be manifested… 

Fear Itself

Fear Itself

Danse Macabre Productions consists of a trio of graduates of the University of York with a weakness for the horror genre. Their latest offering, Fear Itself, begins innocuously enough as Dr Amelia Greenwood (Natasha Dawson) takes to the stage to deliver a motivational self-help talk on the nature of fear… 

Boxman

Boxman

We see homeless people every day in Brighton, on the street and in our parks, trying to build a ‘home’ out of the small number of possessions with which they surround themselves... 

BOY

BOY

There is a bit of a buzz around BOY. It was first performed as an interactive Theatre-In-Education piece for schools and colleges; now it is a show for adults, and there is even talk of it becoming a musical... 

Hamlet?

Hamlet?

Probably William Shakespeare’s most famous play and possibly his greatest, Hamlet has long been a target for comedy. Tom Stoppard’s 15 Minute Hamlet (1976) set the bar rather high on that score... 

The Ealing Inheritance

The Ealing Inheritance

The Ealing Inheritance is a comic tale of intrigue, gold-digging and dastardly dissimulation reminiscent of many an Ealing comedy - hence the double meaning of the play’s witty title... 

Big Berg

Big Berg

Eleanor Westbrook embodies what I love about the Fringe. Theatre-maker, performer and queen of silliness, she has created a wonderfully surreal and genuinely funny one-woman-show in her offering Big Berg... 

Waiting for Curry

Waiting for Curry

The opening premise of Twilight Theatre’s Waiting for Curry, written and directed by Susanne Crosby, runs thus: Rob and his wife Chris have invited their friends Phil and Sue over to their house for a take-away curry, but it fails to arrive... 

I Married An Alien Card Sharp

I Married An Alien Card Sharp

I’ve always been partial to a bit of prestidigitation. As a child I wanted to be a magician, but I ended up an actor. Is there a difference? Not according to Anton Binder’s one man show, I Married An Alien Card Sharp... 

Brawn

Brawn

We all want to look good, don’t we? Everybody likes to feel attractive. But what if we don’t? What if we see an undersized, unsatisfactory version of our ideal self every time we look in the mirror? What then?Christopher Wollaton tackles this issue head-on in his short one-man play, Brawn... 

The Spark Factory

The Spark Factory

One of a series of seven one-night-stands of experimental theatre, How Disabled Are You? is curated by theatre co-operative Spun Glass Theatre under the heading of The Spark Factory... 

The Laud of The Rings

The Laud of The Rings

The Lord of the Rings (known as LOTR to the mega-fans) is one of my favourite books. So, imagine my delight upon discovering that there is a one-man re-enactment of Frodo’s journey to Mordor on at The Burrow... 

Cinebra: Glenda & Rita

Cinebra: Glenda & Rita

Last time I looked, drag was a minority sport in gay bars, performed by men in frocks belting out mediocre ballads, lip-synching to pop songs, and generally being misogynistic. In those days, the humour derived from being bitchy, or foul-mouthed... 

100 Ways to Tie a Shoe-Lace

100 Ways to Tie a Shoe-Lace

Cognitive dysfunction does not, perhaps, naturally strike us as a rich vein of humour. However, Forget About The Dog’s collectively-written 100 Ways To Tie A Shoe-Lace succeeds in articulating the funny side of suffering a brain insult...