Chauntecleer and Pertelotte

Chauntecleer and Pertelotte

A bawdy tale of inter-species intrigue in the farmyard.Chauntecleer the rooster is accustomed to the pick of the flock, due to his amazing sexual, er … powers. When he chooses Pertelotte however, she will only oblige if they are married... 

A Fistful of Snow

A Fistful of Snow

A Fistful of Snow is a wacky but delightful comedy, written and performed by one man, Danny Alder. It’s about an Australian writer, set in arctic Norway, but there’s a local connection as he - and the production - are haunted by Nick Cave, in a variety of ways... 

Bane

Bane

The listing describes this as ‘A One-Man Comedic Film-Noir Parody’. I can’t argue with that; its comedic, very noir, a shameless parody, and it’s done by one man. But that’s an understatement, Bane is a tour-de-force... 

Oedipus

Oedipus

Oedipus is doomed by twists of fate (and the Greek propensity to believe prophesy) to kill his Father and marry his Mother, but then to discover the truth and suffer the consequences... 

4:48 Psychosis

4:48 Psychosis

This was not my evening. After a nightmare at the day job, I cycled the length of Brighton (and Hove) against a hurricane, repaid the hospitality of my hosts by knocking over my complimentary glass of wine, and had a couple of girls next to me giggling helplessly from the start of a show which has previously been called a 75-minute suicide note... 

The Silents

The Silents

The Silents interweaves three intimate stories of personal transformation: a dedicated researcher gives it all up to climb mountains, a trapped housewife finds her little piece of magic on the way to the launderette, and a troubled office worker returns to his childhood home to rediscover the magic he has lost in his adult life... 

Eurovision

Eurovision

1966, Copenhagen, The Eurovision Song Contest. You’re behind the scenes with the British entrant Didi, her manager and song-writing team. The sugary pop princess is an immature neurotic who doesn’t understand the love she sings about so glibly, the rest of the team are discovering all they hate about each other, and they’re running the risk of sabotaging their chances in the competition... 

Whale Riding Weather

Whale Riding Weather

This company have come all the way from Canada with their production, and I’m glad they did. Lyle is a man in severe decline, drinking himself to death watched by his young lover, Auto, who cannot leave him... 

Red

Red

The rear wall of this theatre is a bare brick chimney-breast, a gift for the tone of this piece – spare and austere, suggesting a war-torn country perfectly. Red is sitting motionless against it in a dirt yard as the audience arrive, projecting perfectly the air of a recently-returned, war-damaged boy... 

Bite-Sized: Sunday Lunch Hour Menu

Bite-Sized: Sunday Lunch Hour Menu

A collection of six 10-minute plays all presented in an hour. An ambitious project from Bite-Size, but one they pulled off admirably with quick-fire presentation, and rapid changes from one mood to another... 

Tom-Tom Club

Tom-Tom Club

What a box of delights! Jaw-dropping acrobatics, superb DJ-ing, stunning beat-boxing, intricate drumming, and enthusiastic, up-tempo presentation and compering.I wasn’t a huge fan of beat-boxing before seeing this show, but as with the acrobatics and drumming, the skill and dedication is so obvious you just have to admire it totally... 

Like Caged Birds

Like Caged Birds

The basement of this old house contains the servant’s quarters, which are in the process of restoration as a heritage centre. They are the setting for a site-specific performance of life below stairs, drawn in part from the diary of a footman and acting butler of the period, who visited Brighton with his employer...