We're Going On A Bear Hunt

We're Going On A Bear Hunt

After extensive touring, We're Going on a Bear Hunt settles in the daytime slots at the Lyric, Shaftesbury Avenue this month. Based on the much loved Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury book, Bear Hunt is an affectionate little show which manages to pad out the five minute read-it-out-loud story to 55 minutes of gentle but energetic fun... 

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

Two complete round trips of the Inigo Jones-designed St Paul's Church in Covent Garden are needed to cycle through Iris Theatre's new, blood-soaked production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, the audience moving around with the action through the nooks and crannies of the old graveyard (now a restful garden) and in and out of the church itself... 

Bridge to an Island

Bridge to an Island

"When I was very young, I had a dream that I could step inside any book and become part of the story." So says our narrator (Rosanna Wood), a young girl sitting on a large packing trunk in the middle of the stage, before she becomes mute for almost the rest of the play... 

Best of Punched

Best of Punched

This show, now an annual event at The Old Market, purports to bring together the best of Brighton's puppetry scene. I've got to say that if this is the best, I would be truly scared to see the lot that didn't make the cut, as this (for the most part) is a stillbirth of a show; an unfunny, uninteresting, unedifying mess... 

The Wordcatcher

The Wordcatcher

It's not often that I walk out of a theatre baffled, perplexed and a little angry, but that's how I felt when I left Smoking Apples' new production, The Wordcatcher. Was I angry at myself for not 'getting it', or at them for 'not letting me get it'? Having had a good ponder, I'm still none the wiser... 

Piers and Queers

Piers and Queers

"Ah dear Brighton. Piers, queers and racketeers," said Noel Coward of the LGBT capital of Britain. Blue Badged guide Ric Morris is our relaxed and informative host for this 80 minute linear walk along Brighton seafront from pier to pier, discovering as we go the queer history of the city... 

Faulty Towers the Dining Experience

Faulty Towers the Dining Experience

Manuel is looking confused. Already. Meester Fawlty has asked him to collect the glasses. "Si," he says as he marches off and denudes all the dinner guests of their spectacles. It's started, and we're not even in the dining room yet: we're still in the spacious bar of the Thistle Hotel... 

Bitch Boxer

Bitch Boxer

Chloé is locked out in Leytonstone in only her jimjams. Finding a neighbour in, she tackles the fences between their garden and her own. No problem. Her upper body strength is excellent, what with her being a boxer'n'all... 

Albert’s Boy

Albert’s Boy

Playwrights do seem to love Albert Eistein. I can see why, but I can't see why this play, an early work by This House (National Theatre) writer James Graham, has been resurrected by Fight & Hope Theatre for this year's Fringe... 

Morgan & West: Clockwork Miracles

Morgan & West: Clockwork Miracles

Magicians, time travellers, and all-round spiffing chaps, Morgan and West are two fellows of the Victorian era who have somehow landed up in the Komedia Studio for the next few nights where I'm pleased to say they are most welcome... 

5 Down, 20 Across at Bom-Bane's

5 Down, 20 Across at Bom-Bane's

Jane Bom-Bane's house/cafe/art gallery is a legendary Brighton hangout for anyone with an interest in the different. Her god-knows-how-many-storeyed Georgian house just off St James' Street is crammed full of interesting and unusual things for young and old alike to explore... 

Zombie Science: Worst Case Scenario

Zombie Science: Worst Case Scenario

Oh dear. The twenty-somethings in the audience weren't happy. They'd come expecting blood and guts and a good dose of horror kitsch, but all they got was fundamentally a show for schoolchildren... 

I Look: I Divine

I Look: I Divine

Interweaving three separate but related stories, Mark Kydd's new autobiographical performance tells, first and foremost, the tale of his growing up gay. That he has an older brother who is also gay is the hook on which the trio of stories hang... 

3 Days off Jesus

3 Days off Jesus

A comedy reviewer's nightmare is an atypical gig. By that I mean one that either goes down so badly with the audience that you can't get a grip on the material for hearing the pin drop with a thud, or one that goes down so well that you find the material slipping away as the guffaws drown it out... 

Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang

Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang

'Carry On meets Hilary Mantel' is such a genius promotional tag line that it's difficult to resist being drawn through the doors to this Reformation Rumble. OK, so it doesn't quite have the absurd humour of the Carry Ons, nor hit the literary heights of Mantel, but it's a nice little piece and well worth a look... 

A Puppet Named Desire

A Puppet Named Desire

Let me introduce you to Blue the Puppet, Alamanda the Awkward Prawn, Toilet Duck Man, and Malcolm and Miranda, the Outsized Cushion Couple. They're an odd assortment of characters to put together, but put together they are, and work well they do, as another famous puppet would say... 

Beasts

Beasts

Onto the stage bursts an Oxford-boater chappy, a Miles Jupp-a-like, and a guy who's wandered in from the production of Abigail's Party playing next door. The talk soon turns to shaved nipple areas of course, for these men are Beasts a... 

Tea for Two

Tea for Two

One looks like a children's TV presenter: all big beaming smiles and thumbs ups, with show tunes always just bubbling under. The other? How can I put this? Well, he looks like a horse... 

Cold Comfort

Cold Comfort

From the moment the man pulls the trousers off the corpse lying in the coffin and puts them on himself, you realise this play is going to be irreverent. Set in an old-fashioned sitting room, Cold Comfort is a one-man piece by Irish contemporary playwright Owen McCafferty... 

Holocene

Holocene

"As well as being born gay, I was also born scared. Thanks God!" cries the yellow-kagooled and barefoot young man on stage, a man obsessed with volcanos and all things geological. His mum was a geography teacher, you see... 

Blue Remembered Hills

Blue Remembered Hills

Dennis Potter's small but disturbing play which intrudes on seven children larking about on a wartime summer's day is now a staple of community theatre. Deceptively simple in plot, it explores the cruel games, complex friendships, and moral dilemmas that childhood throws up as well as reminding us, simply, that memory is a funny, trick-playing beast... 

The Bowler Debates

The Bowler Debates

Sir Ian Bowler, Tory MP for Buckland and Ruttington, is angry and more than a little confused. His chequered past is catching up with him, his doctor's prescribed antidepressants and, oh, it turns out he had a small hand in the death of Margaret Thatcher... 

Adventure/Misadventure

Adventure/Misadventure

If you added together all the moments in your life when you felt totally free, totally happy, how many minutes would it add up to? And why are we always chasing these moments but never quite catching them? Nick Field's new odyssey, 'Adventure/Misadventure', explores these questions with a beautifully unfolding tale of travel and wanderlust... 

clArSe

clArSe

cLaRse, one of the free bits of the Brighton Fringe Fest, is tucked away in a room above the Temple Bar in Western Road. The poster features the instantly recognisable silhouettes of Cleese, Barker and Corbett in the 'Class Sketch' from The Frost Report... 

The Lady Boys of Bangkok

The Lady Boys of Bangkok

I've lived in or near Brighton for decades now. I like to go out and see things. I love a bit of camp. So quite how I'd missed the Lady Boys of Bangkok til last night I'll never know... 

Belvedere

Belvedere

Belvedere, written by Ana-Maria Bamberger, is a short play that so wants to be an existential Russian short story that it hurts, and is so slight that if you took away the rather good set, it would blow away... 

Better Days

Better Days

What is a community centre for and, indeed, what makes up a community in the first place are the themes explored by Mayem Productions in their latest devised piece Better Days. Five very different but equally damaged men have come to value their use of a small space in the local community centre where they spend their time writing angry, whimsical and downright nutty poetry which they then shout at each other...