I’m A Phoenix, Bitch

Bryony Kimmings, the groundbreaking solo artist who famously traced her own sexual history on stage in pursuit of an STI’s origin, is back with her first new show in nearly a decade, I’m A Phoenix, Bitch. The provocatively-titled piece of “theatre-cum-social...
Posted On 07 Oct 2018 at 12:31 pm

Hard-hitting new play POT tackles gang culture and care-leavers

Acclaimed writer and actress Ambreen Razia (Murdered by my Father, BBC Three) brings her hard-hitting drama POT to Brighton next week, showing at Dorothy Stringer school. A story of Britain’s forgotten children, care-leavers adrift and at the mercy of gang culture, the play...
Posted On 28 Sep 2018 at 2:32 pm

You’ll Have the Time of Your Life – Dirty Dancing comes to Brighton this week!

The iconic 1980’s Dirty Dancing arrives on stage in Brighton this week. Much loved and – surprisingly – critically acclaimed (at least initially) in its film format this show will be highly anticipated by many. ‘It’s quite a daunting role to take on because...
Posted On 21 Sep 2018 at 12:27 pm

Review: The Habit of Art, Theatre Royal

Centred around a meeting between the poet WH Auden and composer Benjamin Brittan in the halls of Oxford University, ‘The Habit of Art’ weaves seamlessly between humour and lines that come straight from the souls of the muses. Auden argues that “Poetry gives voice to the...
Posted On 17 Sep 2018 at 2:16 pm

Prepare to get triggered in the Doom Room!

Do you consider yourself a brave theatre-goer? Do you enjoy performance that makes you a participant rather than a mere spectator? Are you undaunted by a trigger warning list which includes: violence, heights, nudity, sharks, unknown fluid consumption, underwater submersion and...
Posted On 14 Sep 2018 at 2:36 pm

It’s cut-price Treason on the pier

The Treason Show is back on the Palace Pier in Brighton with some cut-price ticket offers for students and 999 personnel. And the cast, led by the show’s founder and director Mark Brailsford, have the usual suspects in their sights in a series of songs and skethches. Donald...
Posted On 12 Sep 2018 at 2:23 pm

Award-winning Hip-Hop Theatre ‘Skin’ Comes to Town for One Night Only

201 Dance Co. present a fusion of hip-hop, contemporary dance and hard-hitting theatre for one night only at The Old Market this friday (07/09/18). An award-winning show, fresh from an international sell-out tour, Skin tells the story of one boys journey to find an identity...
Posted On 05 Sep 2018 at 7:10 pm

Get Out of the City and Into the Trees

A new family festival, Into the Trees, from the team behind the hugely popular Elderflower Fields, is offering families a chance to explore, relax and get wild in beautiful Sussex woodland this September. From mountain-boarding to mud-pie making, tree-climbing to kayaking, the...
Posted On 29 Aug 2018 at 11:51 am

The Play That Goes Wrong

The Play That Goes Wrong. Theatre Royal Brighton, 28 August 2018 The touring Mischief Theatre production of the West End hit opened to riotous approval in Brighton last night. The frenetic production, directed by Mark Bell – whose background in Lecoq-trained bouffon-ery shone...
Posted On 29 Aug 2018 at 11:43 am

Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales

There was a moment in Tiddler and Other Stories where I looked over at my four year old who transfixed by the action on stage. He was mouthing along with the words “Once there was a fish and his name was Tiddler. He wasn’t much to look at with his plain grey scales.” And...
Posted On 21 Aug 2018 at 7:51 am

KidTalk: Let’s Go Fly a Kite

Review: Let’s Go Fly A Kite, JW Productions. The Old Market, Hove. 11 Aug 2018 On Saturday evening I went to see a play called ‘Let’s Go Fly a Kite’. The show was about two children who loses there [sic] kite and go on a adventure to get it back. The cast...
Posted On 18 Aug 2018 at 9:52 pm

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