Let’s Go Fly a Kite – at the theatre!

Let’s Go Fly a Kite, JW Productions. The Old Market, Hove The critically acclaimed family show Let’s Go Fy a Kite comes to the Old Market for one night only, on Saturday 11 August. Directed by Natalie Sexton, writer and director of This Boy Tom which was a hit of this...
Posted On 30 Jul 2018 at 11:30 am

A Handbag?! Oscar Wilde classic comes to BOAT

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, JW Productions There’ll be cucumber sandwiches for tea at Brighton Open Air Theatre this week – and handbags at dawn too – as Oscar Wilde’s much-loved classic opens on Wednesday (1 August). The fearsome Lady...
Posted On 30 Jul 2018 at 10:58 am

Penguin enchants at Ropetackle****

Long Nose Puppets: Penguin, from the children’s book by Polly Dunbar. Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham. Polly Dunbar’s warm and funny modern classic is brought to life by a talented trio from Long Nose Puppets, of whom Dunbar is a founding member. The story is padded...
Posted On 24 Jul 2018 at 7:48 pm

A Lucky Dip – Shakespeare’s Globe on Tour Charms with Audience’s Choice

Shakespeare’s Globe on Tour: Twelfth Night Brighton Open Air Theatre, 12 July 2018 A rosy glow in the summer air; an expectant thrum from the excited and tightly packed audience perched on timber-and-astroturf tiered seating; and the smell of a hundred picnic dinners. We...
Posted On 14 Jul 2018 at 2:48 pm

Brighton theatre veteran takes to the skies for adrenalin-fuelled fundraiser

The chairman of Brighton’s oldest amateur theatre company has skydived 15,000ft to launch a half-a-million-pound fundraising campaign. The money is needed to modernise the building in Clarence Gardens near Churchill Square. Felicity Clements jumped out of a plane in the skies...
Posted On 01 Jul 2018 at 11:54 pm

Brighton Festival Review: Brownton Abbey*****

Brownton Abbey, Brighton Dome Concert Hall, 25 May 2018. Last week I went to Tarik Elmoutawakil and Rob Jones’ Brownton Abbey at Brighton Dome: a night that promised to be a “performance party [where] celestial beings from queer dimensions… transform Brighton Dome into a...
Posted On 06 Jun 2018 at 12:48 pm

Brighton Festival Review: The String Quartet’s Guide to Sex and Anxiety***

The String Quartet’s Guide to Sex and Anxiety is a strange and bewildering piece. Part concert, part dramatic reading, it blurs the lines of what you expect ‘theatre’ to deliver. Set amongst hundreds of music stands and a back wall made up to stacked chairs, it feels as though we...
Posted On 06 Jun 2018 at 12:41 pm

Brighton Fringe Review: The Tale of the Cockatrice *****

The Tale Of The Cockatrice By Mumblecrust Theatre, The Blockhouse Theatre, The Warren, 2nd and 3rd June This show is great! An unexpected discovery towards the end of the festival, and what a treasure from Mumblecrust Theatre returning for the second time to Brighton Fringe with...
Posted On 02 Jun 2018 at 3:37 pm

Brighton Fringe Review: Hamlet? *****

Hamlet? By Bloody Bawdy Villains; The Warren – Blockhouse “In this production of Hamlet I’m going to play Hamlet and I’m going to do all the soliloquies and it will be really good.” –Damien Warren Smith, Artistic Director of Artistry & Direction. I went to review this...
Posted On 02 Jun 2018 at 3:25 pm

Brighton Fringe Review: The Fabulous Bäckström Bros. *****

The Fabulous Bäckström Brothers, The Old Market, Hove. Thursday 31st May 2018. http://theoldmarket.com/shows/fabulous-backstrom-brothers/ I’ll begin at the beginning. Where it all began… At least I would if I could express on paper just how brilliantly funny this brand new...
Posted On 02 Jun 2018 at 3:12 pm

Brighton Fringe Review: Big Brighton Fringe Festival Ceilidh *****

Big Brighton Fringe Festival Ceilidh 2018 By Brighton Ceilidh Collective BHASVIC, 1st June 2018 I am a sucker for a ceilidh and this city-based group (with real Celts in their midst) always deliver. The irrepressible Brighton Ceilidh Collective gather during the fringe for an...
Posted On 02 Jun 2018 at 2:56 pm

Brighton Fringe Review: Guru Dudu’s Silent Disco Walking Tours *****

https://www.brightonfringe.org/whats-on/guru-dudus-silent-disco-walking-tours-125379/ “There’s a special device in your silent disco headsets that auto-tunes your voice so it sounds exactly like the original; so when you’re singing out loud just go for it, it’ll...
Posted On 30 May 2018 at 10:41 pm

Brighton Festival Young Poets’ Winning Words

Peacock Poetry Prize winners announced The winners of the Peacock Poetry Prize 2018 – an annual creative writing competition produced by Brighton Festival and Brighton, Hove & Sussex Sixth Form College (BHASVIC) and supported by Lulu.com – have been announced. The...
Posted On 30 May 2018 at 4:31 pm

Brighton Fringe Review: The Gingerbread Man *****

The Gingerbread Man By Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company The Hat, The Warren 27th May This new show from the theatre company Stuff and Nonsense was quite frankly the best thing I’ve seen in the Brighton Fringe this year. Although this show was aimed at ages 3 plus, it was quite...
Posted On 30 May 2018 at 4:02 pm

Brighton Fringe Review – And the Devil Will Drag You Under****

And the Devil Will Drag You Under – Desmond O’ Connor. Spiegeltent, Old Steine Brighton, 26th May 2018 Saturday night at the Spiegeltent and an expectant Brighton crowd are seated and then greeted by, well…. The Devil. A Devil that blows flames out of his...
Posted On 30 May 2018 at 3:54 pm

BOAT ‘Punks Picnic’ Charity Event raises £2500 for local children

What a terrific idea it was to hold a ‘Punks Picnic’ at Brighton Open Air Theatre (BOAT) located in Dyke Road Park, Brighton & Hove on Bank Holiday Sunday. The weather was simply perfect. It was an event for the whole family with people aged from 2 to 72 years old in...
Posted On 28 May 2018 at 6:45 pm

Brighton Festival review: Creation (Pictures for Dorian) *****

https://brightonfestival.org/event/13570/creation_pictures_for_dorian/ Creation (Pictures for Dorian), Gob Squad. The Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts I’m lucky. The prime years of my youth are behind me now but I’m ageing well. At least that’s what I’d like to believe....
Posted On 25 May 2018 at 3:06 pm

Brighton Fringe Review: Anna

Anna – Emul8 Theatre Co., Rialto Theatre, 20th May Having worked in the Hastings area some time back, I’d heard often of the inspiring protagonist of this show, Annie (Baroness) Brassey, a titled lady adventurer oft found in vast undiscovered areas in foreign lands in her...
Posted On 25 May 2018 at 2:54 pm

‘Hymns for Robots’ a play about Delia Derbyshire creator of the Doctor Who theme tune

‘Hymns for Robots’ – The Rialto, Brighton 16.5.18 Wednesday 16th May turned out to be a rather fascinating if not busy day for some of the Brighton & Hove News review team. It all began with this – a splendid play featuring Jessie Coller and Charles Craggs, which...
Posted On 23 May 2018 at 4:58 pm

Brighton Fringe Review: Garry Starr Performs Everything*****

Garry Starr, the disgruntled actor who has been kicked out of the Royal Shakespeare company due to ‘artistic differences’, sets himself a tough task: to save theatre by performing vignettes that showcase all genres of theatre all in under 60 minutes. From the outset, Damien...
Posted On 23 May 2018 at 1:33 pm

Courageous and Joyful Performance Party ‘Brownton Abbey’ hits the Festival this Friday

https://brightonfestival.org/event/13583/brownton_abbey/ Brighton Dome Concert Hall, 25 May This Friday’s upcoming Brownton Abbey at Brighton Dome promises to be a very special night: a “performance party (where) celestial beings from queer dimensions will transform Brighton Dome...
Posted On 23 May 2018 at 11:10 am

Brighton Fringe Review: About a Revolution

About a Revolution – Windmill Young Actors. The Warren, 17 May. These bright young actors took on a challenging topic with verve and aplomb as they embarked on a revolutionary tour of 1917, 2017, and everything in between. The sincerity of anger at a political climate in...
Posted On 22 May 2018 at 4:26 pm

KidTalk – Fringe Review: About a Revolution*****

About A Revolution, Windmill Young Actors. The Warren, 17 May. The show created an immersive experience with the placing of the actors making you really feel part of the show. It portrays a stunning account of revolutions throughout history, for example, the Russian revolution...
Posted On 22 May 2018 at 4:24 pm

Brighton Fringe Review – Tales

Tales, BAIT. Sweet Dukebox The blandly ambiguous title of this piece of devised theatre from new company BAIT gave no clue as to what to expect. On entering the tiny theatre space we are greeted by the two performers, smiling and nodding, at once friendly and wincingly fake. The...
Posted On 22 May 2018 at 4:18 pm

Strange and beautiful experience to be had at The String Quartet’s Guide to Sex and Anxiety

https://brightonfestival.org/event/13557/the_string_quartets_guide_to_sex_and_anxiety/ A ground-breaking fusion of theatre and classical music awaits at Brighton Festival’s flag-ship show this week. Sex, anxiety and music have been central to Calixto Bieito’s career...
Posted On 22 May 2018 at 1:09 pm