every seven years

every seven years

For many it will be impossible to see writer/director Jack Fairey’s every seven years at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre and not be reminded of the groundbreaking sociological T… 

The Comedy of Errors/La Commedia degli Errori

The Comedy of Errors/La Commedia degli Errori

Mistaken identity, two sets of twins and lots of frivolity is what makes this unique bi-lingual production of Shakespeare's classic comedy The Comedy of Errors. 

The Game of Love and Chance

The Game of Love and Chance

As if so-called ‘Freedom Day’ had not generated enough excitement on Monday 19th July, the Arcola Theatre had its planned reopening that evening and showcased its fabulous new … 

Two Worlds No Family

Two Worlds No Family

Writer/Director Ben Reid has made a stunning professional debut at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre, Kentish Town, with his play Two Worlds No Family, originally written as his final y… 

Mr and Mrs Nobody

Mr and Mrs Nobody

A wonderfully entertaining evening of laughter and fine acting is currently to be found in Keith Waterhouse’s Mr and Mrs Nobody, staged by Gabriella Bird in her directorial debut… 

Helium

Helium

The Space on the Isle of Dogs continues its practice of supporting new talent with Helium, an original work by Grumble Pup Theatre, a fledgling company founded in the Black Country… 

Last Will and Testament of Henry Van Dyke

Last Will and Testament of Henry Van Dyke

Two men, two different approaches to creating a good play. 

Pink Mango does 'The Birth of Venus'

Pink Mango does 'The Birth of Venus'

Hayley May Muirhead and Molly Dooner under the company name of Pink Mango Comedy, bring a show that is zany, bizzare, upbeat and sexually empowering for any females watching. 

Be More Chill

Be More Chill

I had very little idea of what this show was about, except that it had a bit of a cult following after its run on (and off) Broadway. 

Exile

Exile

Exile at the Southwark Playhouse, by JoMac Productions Limited & Blue Heart Theatre, is an interestingly constructed piece consisting of two life-crisis monologues by individu… 

Elf Lyons - Swan

Elf Lyons - Swan

Elf Lyons made a welcome return to the stage with a high-octane, hilarious performance of her 2017 Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show Swan. 

Petrichor

Petrichor

The smell produced when rain falls on dry ground, usually experienced as being pleasant, is the definition given to the word petrichor by the Cambridge Dictionary. 

Multiverse Musical

Multiverse Musical

Multiverse Musical is a show with a twist. 

Impromptu Shakespeare

Impromptu Shakespeare

Impromptu Shakespeare had all the right ingredients for a good night out, as well as a genuine love for William Shakespeare's language, plays and the characters involved. 

The Importance of Being... Earnest?

The Importance of Being... Earnest?

Have you ever wanted to be in an Oscar Wilde play? Even if it's just for a few minutes? With The Importance of Being. 

The Tragedy of Dorian Gray

The Tragedy of Dorian Gray

Blue Devil Productions closed the Rialto Theatre’s Brighton Fringe season last week with a two-act production,The Tragedy of Dorian Gray; their first full-length play. 

Staircase

Staircase

The Southwark Playhouse has been transformed into an authentic 1960’s barbershop for the revival of Charles Dyer’s hit play Staircase, by Two’s Company and Karl Sydow in asso… 

Retrogression: A Horror Play

Retrogression: A Horror Play

An escape room style experience with a paranormal twist, Retrogression is about a ghost who scares visitors to the Brighton Toy Museum and needs to be released. 

The Burlesque Imposter

The Burlesque Imposter

Fanny Dent was a woman on a mission - to see where she fits in (if at all) into the world of burlesque. 

Bad Nights and Odd Days

Bad Nights and Odd Days

The Greenwich Theatre reopened last week with the inspired programming of four short plays by Caryl Churchill. 

Heads or Tails

Heads or Tails

The topic of death is so incredibly subjective, with reactions ranging from resignation and acceptance to angst and fearfulness. 

Warhol: Bullet Karma

Warhol: Bullet Karma

Garry Roost’s one-hander, Warhol: Bullet Karma, at the Rialto Theatre, as part of the Brighton Fringe, explores aspects of the artist’s life through encounters with various peo… 

Geoff Robb: The Music of Trees

Geoff Robb: The Music of Trees

Throughout lockdown, many of us have enjoyed reconnecting with the natural world. 

Under Milk Wood

Under Milk Wood

A question taken from the 2020 English Literature GCSE exam that never was. 

Jerk

Jerk

If you took the E4 teen drama Skins and combined it with Disney’s Inside Out, the by-product would be something similar to that of Jerk. 

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

St Ann's Well Gardens in Hove was the perfect idyllic setting for Drama Impact's version of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. 

 Shedding A Skin

Shedding A Skin

The Soho Theatre launched its post-lockdown summer season this week with Shedding A Skin, written and performed by Amanda Wilkin, the 2020 winner of the Verity Bargate Award. 

Rebel Boob

Rebel Boob

When it comes to a somewhat frightening topic like cancer, many of people seem to automatically shut down emotionally when talking about it, almost denying it exists. 

Hold Me Close

Hold Me Close

From dance routines dating back to childhood, to embarrassing anecdotes relating to their PE teacher, Hold Me Close is a wonderful montage of Sophie and Jade’s friendship. 

Jekyll & Hyde: A One-Woman Show

Jekyll & Hyde: A One-Woman Show

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is one of Robert Louis Stevenson's most popular novels. 

Duty

Duty

Duty is both fabulously simple and incredibly clever, shining the light on complex issues with deep and sympathetic understanding yet offering no glib answers. 

Jack the Ripper: My Life as a Suspect

Jack the Ripper: My Life as a Suspect

Whenever we think of Jack the Ripper, immediately we think back to Whitechapel and his gruesome victims. 

Fern Hill and Other Dylan Thomas

Fern Hill and Other Dylan Thomas

Having studied Dylan Thomas at university, fallen in love with Richard Burton's classic interpretation of Under Milk Wood and having a strong Welsh family connection, I was exc… 

Frills and Spills

Frills and Spills

You can’t say that Frills and Spills descends into chaos so much as embraces it from the get-go. 

Mayhem at the Cabaret Voltaire

Mayhem at the Cabaret Voltaire

The apologetic opening to Mayhem at the Cabaret Voltaire, explaining the failure of the actors to turn up, might seem out of place in any standard piece of theatre, but then it wou… 

Liz and Jessie's Undiscovered Country

Liz and Jessie's Undiscovered Country

A family comedy show with a twist, Liz and Jessie's Undiscovered Country follows Liz and Jessie as they set out to explore places in the UK that may have had a connection to th… 

Vampire's Ball Ultimate Halloween Party Live!

Vampire's Ball Ultimate Halloween Party Live!

Zany, spooky, fun! That is the way to describe Vampire's Ball Ultimate Halloween Party Live! Although it was on Zoom, and they were up against time lags on the extremely odd oc… 

Ghislaine|Gabler

Ghislaine|Gabler

Looking to portay the idea of someone who is trapped both mentally and physically in a cell, Ghislaine/Gabler follows our protagonist as she tries to justify her involvement in a c… 

I am Echoborg Online

I am Echoborg Online

Is artificial intelligence here to save us or to destroy us? Is the future more like Cameron’s Terminator or Spielberg’s A. 

Cinebra: Glenda & Rita

Cinebra: Glenda & Rita

Glenda and Rita are two black and white stars from the 30s and 40s, who are trying to fit into a modern world of technicolour, personal labels, and what it really means to be a sta… 

A Mutineer’s Guide to Modern-Day Piracy

A Mutineer’s Guide to Modern-Day Piracy

Whether we care to admit it or not, in some way, shape or form, we are all intrigued by pirates. 

Truth Be Told

Truth Be Told

Meet Liv (Lauren Gardner), Hannah (Elly Datson) and Gigi (Neve Ricketts): three women navigating their twenties. 

Trestle

Trestle

The Jack Studio Theatre in Brockley has opened its doors for the first time in fifteen months with a wonderfully heart-warming production of Stewart Pringle’s Trestle. 

Aidan Goatley: 12 Films Of Christmas

Aidan Goatley: 12 Films Of Christmas

If you're looking for a show that could make Scrooge himself engage with Christmas spirit in June, then Aiden Goatley: 12 Films of Christmas is for you. 

Clean: The Musical

Clean: The Musical

Running through different eras of history, Clean - The Musical wiped the floor with its heartfelt, touching overlapping of stories of seven women who lived in Roundhill, Brighton. 

Boogie Shoes Silent Disco Walking Party Brighton Seaside Special

Boogie Shoes Silent Disco Walking Party Brighton Seaside Special

Brighton got their boogie shoes on as they danced around Brighton with Boogie Shoes Silent Disco Walking Party under the guidance of our ship's captain Mama Roo and her shipmat… 

Fiction Romance

Fiction Romance

Antonio is a very interesting character in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. 

Words Without Consent

Words Without Consent

Katie Rice and Ellen Patterson are two performers on a mission to highlight how womxn are portrayed in today's world, as well as specifically within the political environment. 

Watson: The Final Problem

Watson: The Final Problem

Following on from his success at the Brighton Fringe with Waiting for Hamlet, a two-hander with Nicholas Collett, Tim Marriott returns to the Rialto Theatre with a solo show that i… 

Divorced, Beheaded, Survived: An Audience with King Henry VIII

Divorced, Beheaded, Survived: An Audience with King Henry VIII

Period music greets loyal subjects as they enter the Friends Meeting House to attend Divorced, Beheaded, Survived: An Audience with King Henry VIII, written and directed by John Wh… 

Ross Kamp: Seeing Queerly

Ross Kamp: Seeing Queerly

Seeing Queerly was a comedy show that presented a different take to life during and after lockdown, as well as dating. 

Blood, Glorious Blood!

Blood, Glorious Blood!

Blood Glorious Blood was not just your normal one woman show. 

The Sensemaker

The Sensemaker

Beethoven’s Ode to Joy is anything but that when played ad nauseam on a loop while you are kept on hold by a robotic voice saying, “All our operators are currently busy. 

Diary of an Expat

Diary of an Expat

Diary of an Expat makes a striking impression even before Cecilia Gragnani enters the stage for her solo play at the Rialto Theatre, directed by Katharina Reinthaller. 

LEGS

LEGS

It was interesting to see a show that presented the possibility that we take our bodies very much for granted. 

Sing For Better Health!

Sing For Better Health!

Singing has been proven over time to be beneficial for mindfulness and wellbeing - and not just for the professionals. 

Bard in the Yard: The Scottish Play

Bard in the Yard: The Scottish Play

The Scottish Play is a solo performance written by Victoria Gartner, founder and artistic director of Will & Co which produces plays about Shakespear, under the umbrella title … 

The Vertical Hour by David Hare

The Vertical Hour by David Hare

The burst of applause did not mark the end of the performance. 

Henry Churniavsky: Lockdown Diaries 2020-2021... Any End?

Henry Churniavsky: Lockdown Diaries 2020-2021... Any End?

Let’s admit it – Zoom calls are not ideal for stand-up comedy. 

Make-up

Make-up

One day perhaps someone will write a play about a drag queen where, beneath the frock and below the wig, above the high heels and under the layers of slap exists a man who is happy… 

Lone Flyer

Lone Flyer

The Jermyn Street Theatre continues its Footprints Festival with Lucy Betts’ acclaimed production of Ade Morris’s Lone Flyer, which was first staged at The Watermill Theatre la… 

The Cloak of Visibility

The Cloak of Visibility

Amy cannot socialise with the other mums after the school run because she is needed in the office. 

Chamberlain: Peace in our Time

Chamberlain: Peace in our Time

History is brought to life, and the man behind one of the most famous speeches in British history is revealed in this delightful two-hander, Chamberlain: Peace in our Time, from Se… 

An Intervention

An Intervention

Juicy Lime Productions presents Mike Bartlett’s 2014 play An Intervention, as part of the Brighton Fringe at the Sweet Room, Old SteineTwo characters, identified in the script on… 

After All These Years

After All These Years

After All These Years is a trilogy of plays courtesy of Close Quarter Productions and Theatre Reviva! in association with Holofcener Ltd. 

Drama King

Drama King

Unless you have studied the history of theatre it's easy to imagine that performances on stage have always been very much as they are today. 

Hugs, Tears and Replacement Bus Services

Hugs, Tears and Replacement Bus Services

Hugs, Tears & Replacement Bus Services by Nod at The Fox is a 16-minute fully audio production complete with the dialogue fully subtitled to allow those who are hearing impaire… 

An Evening With Professor Edvard von Goosechaser

An Evening With Professor Edvard von Goosechaser

Professor Edvard Von Goosechaser is the leading 17th Century monsterologist promising to entertain us with his Anglo-Saxon insult-based humour. 

Yes Queens

Yes Queens

Whenever we hear the term 'Yes Queen', these days what automatically pops into our heads is the popular association with RuPaul's Drag Race. 

Waiting for Hamlet

Waiting for Hamlet

Waiting for Hamlet has itself been waiting for some time. 

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

There seems to be a resurgence of interest in the adaptability of works by Robert Louis Stevenson for the stage, with productions popping up in many quarters. 

Broken Link

Broken Link

It’s been five years since Ellie’s death. 

Agent November Online Escape Room: Virtual X-Caper

Agent November Online Escape Room: Virtual X-Caper

Oh no, Agent November is captured and held prisoner by the evil mastermind Marty Orri. 

Why I Am an Avocado

Why I Am an Avocado

The title of the show and the name of the company drew me to this production. 

A Highly Suspect Murder Mystery

A Highly Suspect Murder Mystery

Bring together the work of Jane Austen and the modern world of dating together to create a murder mystery with a twist you get An Austentatious Murder. 

BAIT with Live Score by Gwenno and Georgia Ellery

BAIT with Live Score by Gwenno and Georgia Ellery

What a relief to be sitting in an actual theatre watching something where no one mentions the 'C word', unless it's Cornwall that is. 

About The Garden

About The Garden

Take yourself away from the busy seafront streets and you’ll find About the Garden, a charming and quirky production staged in 4 Rigden Road’s garden, in the heart of Hove. 

A Matter of Time

A Matter of Time

Anjali Singh has created a show that is a fusion of a Ted Talk, comedy and musical theatre, to depict how much time changes in the blink of an eye. 

Forever Plaid

Forever Plaid

On February 9th 1964 four young men were on their way to perform their first major concert as ‘Forever Plaid’. 

Between Two Waves

Between Two Waves

Between Two Waves by Australian playwright Ian Meadows interweaves an urgent call to recognise the world’s impending climate crisis and the troubled smaller world of a young clim… 

Shakespeare (She/Her)

Shakespeare (She/Her)

Those who know of William Shakespeare will probably recognise several of his intricate plots. 

Ancient Antics: Mock the Greek

Ancient Antics: Mock the Greek

Mock the Greek was a show that sent up the myths and legends of Greece. 

Notflix

Notflix

Notflix was a musical experience with a twist. 

Big Quiffy Bingo

Big Quiffy Bingo

Big Quiffy Bingo was a show that was full of glitz and glamour, thanks to the host of the evening Boogaloo Stu. 

A Red Square

A Red Square

Everything about A Red Square is different. 

There's A Ghost In My House

There's A Ghost In My House

Reality and fiction fuse in this interesting piece focusing on the paranormal world, as a TV editor called Sam struggles to accept where the lines of reality lie when asked to chan… 

Sparkly Bird

Sparkly Bird

How do you live after your sister dies by her own hand? You mourn. 

Lionel and Cindy: The Greatest Love Story

Lionel and Cindy: The Greatest Love Story

Char Brockes and Jack O'Neill (Ava Cardo) brought the Rialto Theatre to life with their unique styles of drag and slapstick comedy, in order to explore the theme of Romantic Co… 

Greek mythology creative writing online workshop

Greek mythology creative writing online workshop

Despite some technical issues with the Brighton Fringe website, this Greek Mythology Creative Writing Workshop run by Amanda Potter (from the Open University) was a good way to get… 

Touch Hunger

Touch Hunger

During both lockdowns, everyone experienced something being taken away that we possibly have taken a lot for granted. 

Open Return

Open Return

Throughout our lifetime we meet hundreds of different people. 

The Late Show

The Late Show

The Late Show was a comedy night that lit up The Warren with much needed silliness, laughter and joy with the return of live shows. 

No Strings Attached

No Strings Attached

On the 27th May something remarkable happened. 

The Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van

The Brighton Open Air Theatre was full of joy, not just because of theatre starting again after recent uncertain times, but due to The Lady in the Van being the opening show of the… 

THIS IS REALITY 2000

THIS IS REALITY 2000

In July 2000 we found ourselves glued to our screens as series one of UK’s Big Brother aired for the first time and proved to be a major hit. 

The Signalman

The Signalman

Adapted from Charles Dickens’ eerie and twisty short story, The Signalman weaves a spooky yarn about ghosts and trains (but no ghost trains).