Brighton Insider: Sweet Venues Preview

Back again with two new spaces at the Waterfront Hotel on King’s Road, Sweet Venues promises a line-up of scintillating theatre, eye watering comedy, risqué cabaret and more live music and poetry that you can shake a stick at.

Sweet Venues promises a line-up of scintillating theatre, eye watering comedy and risqué cabaret

Highlights include multiple award-winning Beside the Seaside Productions with Limelight at the Duke Box Theatre, death-defying feats from Daggers MacKenzie tossing blades at St Andrews Church and Rakugo, a 400-year-old Japanese tradition of comic storytelling making its Brighton debut at Sweet Waterfront 1.

Sweet also returns with a multitude of must-see shows with the Duke Box Theatre at The Iron Duke Pub on Waterloo road. Watch out for The Bookbinder, by Trick of the Light Theatre, a dazzling performance of paper art, puppetry and a dark twist on an original fairy tale.

Returning to St Andrews Church (opposite the Duke Box Theatre) one highlight choice is the gritty drama Sparkleshark by Philip Ridley, performed by Brighton’s very own Young Actors Group. Pitching imagination against reality, this tale of nine London school pupils will take audiences on a journey of violence and illusion through the shared experiences of teens who have found themselves stuck on a rooftop.

Finally, new to this year’s Brighton Fringe, Sweet Venues 1 and 2 at the Jury’s Inn Waterfront Hotel have an exciting line-up of seasoned fringe performers along with a selection of first-time players. Whether it’s cabaret and circus from Caspar Thomas: Magic & Mentalism, brand new comedy with Jiggle and Hyde PRESENT: Sketchy Mother Pluckers or straight up theatre in the dark and intense Code of Conduct, you won’t be disappointed with these new additions to Sweet Venues.

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