The Bumper Guide To Online Shows At Brighton Fringe
Image Credit: RECKŌNING “Te Waiata Paihere Wairua - The Sounds of Woven Souls” by Beat Entertainment

For the first time, online performances have burst into the Brighton Fringe programme. From digital concerts, to innovative Zoom plays, musicals and more, here's our pick of some of the most interesting online shows that will challenge your perception of online theatre forever.

Find the online Brighton Fringe show that's right for you.

Theatre

Petrichor aims to take online viewing to another level with a full VR experience. Enter a dystopian reality, where nothing bad ever happens, but nothing good does either. With brilliant special effects, they stretch the medium to its limits in this experimental and immersive work.

Chesterfield, nestled in the quiet Derbyshire countryside, is much like any other market town, except that its church has a distinctive crooked spire. Join John, a carpenter who has come to Chesterfield to work on the spire, as death and intrigue follow this cursed project. The Crooked Spire – Windless Edition, based on the novel by Chris Nickson, is an online medieval murder-mystery musical that combines traditional tunes with contemporary idioms.

An Evening With Professor Edvard Von Goosechaser, 17th-century monsterologist (who somehow has access to the internet for this online show), will educate and entertain you through ghost stories and creepy tales, featuring demon-possessed poodles, ghostly armies, witches, wizards, monsters, and...cheese.

Food is such a large part of culture and life, that when Jenny and Frank’s daughter Sophie develops an eating disorder, they can’t understand why. OnComm commended Putney Theatre Company present Devil’s Food Cake, an online performance following a family's journey through therapy together.

A Mighty Fall From Grace might be Jake Thompson’s debut play, but it’s already won best play at a showcase event at the Lowry theatre in Salford in 2019. Reworked into an online show, this one hander tells the story of a diehard Bradford Bulls fan whose mental health deteriorates in tandem with the decline of his beloved club. Thompson combines his hard hitting subject matter with light-hearted comedic moments to explore schizophrenia and working class northern life.

It’s been a year since George Floyd was killed. But has it marked a turning point for change? Or it is another false dawn? What has changed for Black and Brown communities since? These questions are explored in Under Heaven’s Eyes, the new powerful solo performance from writer, performer and director of OFFIE Nominated Dream of a King, Christopher Tajah.

Am I A Terrible Person? For many living with mental health issues and neurodiversity, this question may be just another in a long line of intrusive thoughts. Uncompromising and autobiographical, this online event is a darkly comic and raw look at the mind of someone living with OCD and depression, and the stigma these conditions can bring.

Broken Link is the first OnComm Nominee of 2021. The play tells the story of four friends from a small town who meet every year to remember their closest friend, Ellie, who sadly committed suicide four years ago. It’s now 2020 and due to the pandemic their yearly meet is forced to be held on Zoom when an unexpected visitor joins the call: Ellie. Designed for Zoom as an immersive theatre experience, this bone-chilling play hopes to shock you with its story of betrayal.

You’ll have probably heard of Jane Eyre, but what of her creator’s own love story? Charlotte Brontë Snares the Suitor tells the real life story of Charlotte’s romance with Arthur Bell Nicholls, a local curate. In this comedy interpretation, the family servant Tabby has to become the matchmaker as the tempestuous would-be lovers finally make their way to a happy ending.

Ghislaine|Gabler takes Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and uses it as a framework to analyze socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, the partner of the late Jeffrey Epstein, financier and convicted sex offender. By exploring the way these two women are uncannily similar, this formidable performance looks to explore what makes one person a victim, and another a monster.

Musicals & Cabaret

Discover the stories of the Brighton women of laundry hill area in Clean: The Musical. Giving voices to women from 1880 to 2021, with a musical twist, this online performance puts a spotlight on themes of suffrage, sexuality, abuse, and even the smallpox outbreak in 1950, which draws lines with our current Covid-19 pandemic.

Live and online, direct from Estonia, Dicey-Online is different every performance as multidisciplinary artist Dan le Man runs through a cabaret act like no other.

Music

A powerful exploration of Indigenous experiences, RECKŌNING “Te Waiata Paihere Wairua - The Sounds of Woven Souls” is a cross cultural, multi-art form performance, which brings together original song writing and personal experiences from Aotearoa, New Zealand and Te Whēnua Moemoeā (Land of the Dreamtime) Australia in this atmospheric recorded performance.

Watch out for all our reviews - both online and in person - and be sure to recommend your favourite Brighton Fringe shows by tweeting us at @BroadwayBaby.

Related Listings

Ghislaine|Gabler

Ghislaine|Gabler

Smart. 

An Evening With Professor Edvard von Goosechaser

An Evening With Professor Edvard von Goosechaser

The tradition of telling ghost stories reaches back many centuries and we’re keeping that custom alive with a visit from everyone’s favourite 17th-century monsterologist, Profe… 

Broken Link

Broken Link

First OnComm Nominee of 2021! Four friends from a small town meet every year to remember their closest friend, Ellie, who committed suicide four years ago. 

AM I A TERRIBLE PERSON?

AM I A TERRIBLE PERSON?

AM I A TERRIBLE PERSON? is an uncompromising, autobiographical, & darkly comic look into the mind of someone living with OCD and Depression. 

Petrichor

Petrichor

A MATCHBOX production Created by Jonnie Riordan, Jess Williams and Ben Walden Immersive Theatre in Virtual Reality. 

Charlotte Brontë Snares the Suitor

Charlotte Brontë Snares the Suitor

A comedy that tells the story of Charlotte Brontë’s romance with Arthur Bell Nicholls. 

Clean: The Musical Online

Clean: The Musical Online

Based on the winner of Brighton Fringe 2019’s Best New Play, ‘Clean: The Musical’ tells the tales of women of laundry hill area, Brighton since 1870 and is a rousing celebration … 

Devil's Food Cake

Devil's Food Cake

From the team behind ‘The Plague Thing’ and ‘Stranded’ for [email protected] at Edinburgh Fringe 2020 (both winners of OnComm commendations). 

Under Heaven's Eyes

Under Heaven's Eyes

‘Under Heaven’s Eyes’ is a 60 minute solo word play that asks if the killing of George Floyd marks a turning point for real change or just another false dawn? Despite the global ou… 

The Crooked Spire - Windlass Edition

The Crooked Spire - Windlass Edition

Filmed in Autumn 2020, with support from Arts Council England, this 40 minute video tells the story of John, a carpenter who comes to Chesterfield to work on the new spire. 

RECKŌNING “Te Waiata Paihere Wairua - The Sounds of Woven Souls”

RECKŌNING “Te Waiata Paihere Wairua - The Sounds of Woven Souls”

Winner of 4 Melbourne Fringe Awards. 

Dicey-Online

Dicey-Online

‘Dicey-Online’ is a live, online, one-man cabaret show directed by chance. 

A Mighty Fall from Grace

A Mighty Fall from Grace

Jake Thompson is a West Yorkshire based actor/writer, who’s debut play ‘A Mighty Fall from Grace’ tells a gritty, relatable story, about the demise of the Bradford Bulls rugby leag… 

Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. We don't want your money to support a hack's bar bill at Abattoir, but if you have a pound or two spare, we really encourage you to support a good cause. If this article has either helped you discover a gem or avoid a turkey, consider doing some good that will really make a difference.

You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
Donate to Mama Biashara now

Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Donate to Theatre MAD now

Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £600,000 to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now