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BRIGHTON FRINGE: The Life and Death of Puppet King Richard II – ONCA

Man in crown with wooden spoon puppets

Director: Gregory Gudgeon Reviewer: Simon Topping We are lead down into a dark, atmospheric, garden called the ONCA cave.  The theatre stage before us is miniature and as the sound of chiming bells disappears, a man, face painted in clay, and head adorned with a crown, launches into Shakespeare. The action taking place is between two glove puppets. There have ...

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Bridget Christie: Because You Demanded It – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Lizz Clark Early on in her set, speeding off on a sideways train of thought, the award-winning comic starts to sashay and stride around the stage like an extra from a Ministry of Silly Walks sketch. Knees flailing and arms akimbo, she hams up an East End accent and strings lots of long words together without saying very much. ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: They Built It. No One Came – The Warren Studio 2

Three men in white shirts dark background

Writer: Callum Cameron  Director: Lucy Wray Reviewer: Glen Pearce We think of cult leaders as charismatic individuals, able to convince people to leave their everyday lives through the sheer power of their convictions. What, though, if your community leaders are, frankly, just dull? That's the problem facing Tobias and Alexander. They've created the perfect community, Humbleton, a rural idyll where ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: The Establishment: Eton Mess – The Warren Theatre Box

Two men in bowler hats

Performers: Dan Lees and Neil Frost Reviewer: Glen Pearce Regardless of which side you were on, the Brexit referendum ended up creating some heightened views of what it exactly means to be British. Many arguments were raged over so-called 'British traditional values' many of which in practice never actually existed. Now comedians Dan Lees and Neil Frost offer us a ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: The Picture of Dorian Gray – The Warren Studio 2

Woman with distorted face looking through an empty picture frame

Directed by Mark Collier Reviewer: Simon Topping  Written by Oscar Wilde in 1890 and his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, is a haunting story of debauchery and scandal in high society.  It tells of a young man, Dorian Gray, painted by his friend in his youth, who sinks deeply into a frivolous lifestyle of selfish abandon, seemingly unchanged ...

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Best of BE Festival – Circomedia, Bristol

Two men with fluorescent strip lights

Companies: Oliver Zahn, Sotterraneo & Compagnie Philippe Saire Reviewer: Becca Savory Fuller Three groundbreaking performance companies. One night. Best of BE Festival takes three radically different performances from companies across Europe and leaves us open-mouthed. Drawing across dance, performance, physical theatre and live art, the genre-bending selection of pieces presents an exciting picture of European theatre arts today. We begin ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Being Hueman Being – The Warren TheatreBox

man reaching to camera

Performer: Luke Nowell Reviewer: Glen Pearce All human life is here, and while Luke Nowell's life is certainly bizarre, it's no less engaging. Mixing mime, clowning, physical theatre and outright surrealism, it's hard to define exactly what Nowell is portraying but it's nevertheless gripping. Glad in a gold morphsuit and fishnet shorts, Nowell cuts a comic figure even before the ...

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