Bach Cello Suites & Beethoven Cello Sonatas Complete

Bach Cello Suites & Beethoven Cello Sonatas Complete

The pews were almost full; swathes had come out to enjoy the mellow sounds of that beautiful instrument, the cello. Unfortunately for a friend and me, cello enthusiasts include women with very large hairdos... 

Around the World in 8ish Routines

Around the World in 8ish Routines

Before the show had even started, there was a show. Pre-empting the performance inside, Brighton-based Maracatu drumming and dance troupe were a riot of sound and colour outside the pool... 

Bossa Tango: Latin American Piano Recital

Bossa Tango: Latin American Piano Recital

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this recital. From the photo of a smartly dressed Johan in a tie and hat I thought 4pm might be a little early for such a formal do.Johan walked in wearing said hat, but immediately took it off, leaving it on the piano for the whole performance... 

Aidan Killian: Saving Julian Assange

Aidan Killian: Saving Julian Assange

The Blue Man basement was quiet, and velvety. The well-dressed audience sipped wine, or tea. When Aidan came to the stage, he punctured the atmosphere with his Irish accent and torn jeans... 

Shit-faced Showtime

Shit-faced Showtime

I assumed this show would be a pant-wetter. It was. Having seen a University of Sussex Drama Society version of Shit-faced Shakespeare (ending in ruined props and reputations), I was keen to see another ‘shit-faced’ show... 

Bach Violin Sonatas & Partitas & Beethoven & Mozart Stringtrios

Bach Violin Sonatas & Partitas & Beethoven & Mozart Stringtrios

It was chilly in the church. However, the warm lighting gave the place a festive feel. This was an intimate event. There were echoes from the stone walls, and the wooden chairs squeaked as dust landed... 

A Dash Through Dickens!

A Dash Through Dickens!

I’ll try not to crack ‘What the Dickens?’ jokes, but this show left me feeling like a slug on tranquilizers. It was just so fast. This ‘dash’ through Dickens shouldn’t have come as a surprise... 

War of Words

War of Words

The bog roll projector screen was novel. Sellotaped to the faux-brick wall behind the stage, it looked ready to be blasted away by Colin Chadwick’s wordy wit. He gave us a friendly introduction to his Luddite-esque polemic against the evils of the internet, before bravely firing away, slandering technology and websites we make use of every day... 

The Universal Recipe

The Universal Recipe

Members of the audience buzzed in and out of the Bee’s Mouth downstairs theatre. We were sipping drinks while trying to work out who was there to watch and who was to perform in the show, which sought to illuminate how to tell the perfect story through the work of three stand-ups - Tim Ballantine, Andy Kallstrom and Haydn Griffith-Jones... 

Orkestra Del Sol

Orkestra Del Sol

Orkestra del Sol are mesmerising. I felt light-headed by the end of the gig. First we were dazed by the sheer amount of metal on stage. When the brassy, shiny shock subsided I noticed the red turbaned violinist in the corner... 

The Shakespeare Heptet Fringe Show

The Shakespeare Heptet Fringe Show

As a Bard-olator, I was keen to see this show. Something somewhat Shakespearean on a Saturday always goes down well at an intimate venue… and washes down nicely with a pint and some North African food... 

Flash of Tango and the Devil's Baroque

Flash of Tango and the Devil's Baroque

Contradicting the title, the Devil’s Baroque dance came first. The troupe appeared wearing full-length capes with sultry gazes. The Fringe brochure is not wrong when it talks of ‘hot-blooded jealousy’, in the Devil’s Baroque the dancers acted out seemingly random acts of violence from the slightest glance or touch from their co-performers... 

Dead in the Water: A Musical Tragicomedy

Dead in the Water: A Musical Tragicomedy

This is one of the oddest true stories you will ever hear. A musical re-enactment of a wartime deal between an Army General and a Welsh tramp. One of them (you can guess who) becomes ‘dead in the water’, gaining a title and expensive headstone in the process... 

Chamber Music at the Weekend

Chamber Music at the Weekend

Chamber Music had a small turn out in beautiful St Nicholas’ Church. There was plenty of pew space in which to find the perfect view of the performers. I sat to the left to watch the pianist’s hands... 

Sex With Animals

Sex With Animals

Ryan the Lion’s flying pants landed on my head. Thus, I was initiated into Sex with Animals. With a background in experimental theatre, Ryan Good is refreshingly unconventional. Nobody knows what to make of Ryan the Lion’s feline foreplay... 

Jam Tarts Choir

Jam Tarts Choir

A mass of pink and red strode onto the stage. Perhaps the Jam Tarts were dressed to match the conductor’s impressive pink meringue dress, which swirled and puffed about, keeping time for the choir... 

Twonkey's Private Restaurant

Twonkey's Private Restaurant

This show is mind-boggling from start to finish. Mr Twonkey (AKA Paul Vickers) dressed up, messed up and fessed up to looking a bit homeless. It was a dialectic of the believably unbelievable... 

11 Things to do Before you Die

11 Things to do Before you Die

This trio’s cutesy introduction, complete with Velcro and cardboard cut-out numbers, was charming. Dan Curtis, wide-eyed, lanky blonde, began in a dead-pan sulk and immediately stood out as the guerniest of ‘Making Faces’...