Brighton Rocks! The 2014 Fringe Programme is Launched.
  • By Pete Shaw
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  • 27th Feb 2014
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  • Brighton Fringe

The printed brochure will be available from Weds 5 March when tickets go on general sale, but you can start browsing the online programme for the Brighton Fringe now at brightonfringe.org.

One of the Victorian-style bathing machines is returning to New Road with a new one-on-one relay play ‘Host’

Ever-growing venue The Warren will be hosting over 70 shows this year in 3 performance spaces and The Marlborough Theatre will have 30 events, including their first-ever Street Party on the first Saturday of May. Comedy is also a big theme this year with over 200 shows.

In true Brighton Fringe spirit there will some unusual performances, Flush in The Old Market’s toilet and Performr, an app based on Grindr that will lead audiences to Pink Fringe performances.

Returning for this year is the Spiegeltent at the Old Steine with a larger number of shows of different genres from spoken word to music, and one of the Victorian-style bathing machines is returning to New Road with a new one-on-one relay play‘Host’ written by Tim Crouch for The Nightingale theatre. There will also be the return of Tight Modern on the seafront: a miniature replica of the iconic Tate Modern. Believed to be the world's smallest temporary art gallery, housing 60 of the UK's most talented yet disabled/marginalized artists and Fringe City, the free public showcase on New Road at weekends.

Brand new for 2014 is the standalone Family Guide, which is an expansion on the success of increasing Brighton Fringe by a week to incorporate the half-term in 2013. This attracted so many events and shows for the whole family that the Brighton Fringe programme currently has over 200 child-friendly events listed (and counting)! Just some of the family highlights are - John Hegley performing I am a Poetato at Komedia, Just So – a new play based on stories by Rudyard Kipling, The Fishing Museum’s Fringe of Fun – puppet shows and treasure hunts, Thumbelina, winner of Fringe Review’s outstanding theatre award in 2013 and the Family Picnic in Pavilion Gardens will return on Saturdays 3 too.The printed Family Guide with over 150 event listings will be published on 7 March and is available in The Argus, The Primary Times, Brighton Fringe Box Office and information points. More events for older children will be listed on the Brighton Fringe website.

Julian Caddy, Managing Director of Brighton Fringe says: “I'm delighted that Brighton Fringe continues to attract the depth, breadth and quality of work that it does. There is, truly, something for everyone. For our part, we continue to work at supporting artists and helping develop careers, including professional advice, financial help and the promotion of work to theatres, events and festivals across the country and overseas. Ultimately, the principal beneficiaries are the audiences, who will be spoilt for choice again this May.

Brighton Fringe is also extending its work within the community for 2014, working with youth groups, The Pebble Trust and the Tarner Community Group, to afford the members the creative opportunity to be part Brighton Fringe, as either part of a performance or the Brighton Fringe Urban Artfest, which will see some of street-arts biggest names come together to provide tuition and create an exhibition to be part of the Fringe finale.

Also brand new for this year and supported by Arts Council England, WINDOW is Brighton Fringe’s Arts Industry showcase programme created to develop and encourage artists ready for the next step in their career. WINDOW creates a platform for high quality, new work to be highlighted during the first days of Brighton Fringe (2-7 May 2014) and offer audiences the opportunity to get the first look at productions that are destined for great things in the future.

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