Brighton Fringe: Top 10 Hidden Gems

Last week saw 10 shows that will be selling out shortly, this week brings 10 shows that might be currently flying under the radar, but not for very much longer.

creating delightful fairy-tale worlds with family friendly story-telling, this is perfect weekend fair

Bug Camp, The Rialto 20-23 May

Since 2013, Broken Silence Theatre have been dedicated to new writing and garnered strong reviews for their work (previous reviews here and here).Bug Camp is premiering at Brighton Fringe and given the company’s past record has potential to be a gem.

Dot. Dot. Dot.  The Stroop Effect  The Fool, The Champ and The Bandito Just Broken, The Warren: Studio 3, 30 May – 2 June

Bravely bringing four separate devised pieces to Brighton Fringe, final year students from the University of Colchester will have their work cut out for them. Always interesting to see the next generation try their hand out.

Father God, Broadway Lounge 10-12 May

Comedy writer Tasha Dhanraj’s sitcom based on a single dad (God) and his two unruly teenagers finding their way in the universe. Father God started life in 2014 but has since been updated and re-written.

Lulu, New Venture Theatre, 18-27 May

Her name is Lulu and she’s nothing but trouble. German playwright, Frank Wedekind wrote the explicit coming-of-ageSpring Awakening which caused such scandal that Wedekind fled to Paris, where he met the woman who was the inspiration for this misogynistic masterpiece. A new adaptation from the excellent team at New Venture Theatre.

Oyster Boy, The Warren: Studio 2, 6-7 & 13-14 May

Having first come across Haste Theatre in 2015’sThe Hideout(read our review here), they’re returning to Brighton Fringe with the multi-award winningOyster Boy. Creating delightful fairy-tale worlds with family friendly story-telling, this is perfect weekend fair.

Donal Coonan: Mr Grebe Is Taking Your Class Today, [email protected] Man, 25-27 May

Supply teachers get about as much respect as comedians so Donal Coonan is a brave man to do both. Mr Grebe is a supply teacher who ends up teaching all manner of subjects in this solo show.

Duker & Henderson: Soph Opera, [email protected] Man, 26-27 May & 2-3 June

Individually, Sophie Duker and Sophie Henderson have been finalists in Funny Women & So You Think You’re Funny? Together, who knows what they might be capable of. Hopefully they’ll be Soph-unny… apologies.

Guy Wah: Professional Arsehole, Sweet Waterfront 2: 15-12 May

As the artistic director of the growing Brighton & Hove Grown Festival, Guy is a familiar face in Brighton and has a good eye for picking shows that will appeal. He brings he solo work discussing how professional behaviour helps idiots stay in positions of power to Sweet.

Passpawt, Sweet Dukebox: 5-8 May

Many years ago I toured the USA with the Acro-Cats, a performing cat troupe that left no doubt as to the ability of cats to do absolutely anything except what they were meant to. Linda has discovered a similar advertising scam in her cute, loving, friendly cat that’s anything but.

Stones, The Rialto, 5-8 May

New writing from Katy Matthews, who garnered 4 stars for last year’sUn-Titled(read the review here), Stones provides an insight into the mind’s ability to create both heaven & hell in this philosophical prison play.

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