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Brighton Fringe is England’s largest arts festival and one of the largest fringe festivals in the world. Taking place every May across Brighton and Hove, the open access festival sees over 900 events take place in over 170 venues.

Alongside the productions, Brighton Fringe offers a range of professional development workshops, mentoring and bursaries.

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For more information visit www.brightonfringe.org

BRIGHTON FRINGE: Decide-A-Quest – Sweet Dukebox

Decide A Quest

Reviewer: Simon Topping Creators Edwin Wright and Tim Dawkins have come up with a brilliant idea for interactive theatre. Based on the Choose Your Own Adventure and Find Your Fate books that most thirty and forty somethings remember from their childhoods, Decide-A-Quest (like Knightmare Live) taps directly into the rich vein of 1980s nostalgia. Here the audience gets to choose ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: My Feminist Boner – The Warren Studio 3

Sarah Blanc in My Feminist Boner

Writer: Sarah Blanc Director: Sarah Blanc Reviewer: Sophie Huggins Wrapped in a leopard print dressing gown, with toes glistening in red nail varnish and a masked head deep in a steam machine, Sarah Blanc, as herself, puts the crazy in modern day beauty crazes in this delightfully spirited comedy. “I’m not a feminist I’m more a middle of the road ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Dangled – The Warren Studio 2

Rob van Vuuren

Writer: Louis Viljoen Performer: Rob van Vuuren Reviewer: James Napleton Profane and maniacal, Dangled is a full-throttled exposition of a deviant inner psyche. The script, created by writer Louis Viljoen, is an adaptation of the short story Diary of a Madman by 19th-century Russian author Nikolai Gogol. The scene opens to a man writing at his desk that then puts ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Blocked – Sweet Dukebox


Director: Scott Le Crass Reviewer: Sophie Huggins A blank stage except for a microphone, stool and bottle of water can only mean one thing: a stand-up show. However, Blocked attempts to twist with the audience’s expectations of a comedy routine, but whether this is successfully carried out is uncertain. The one performer – Laura Curnick, with presence and charisma, plays comedienne ...

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Brighton Fringe: Hang – Sweet Waterfront 1

Writer: Debbie Tucker Green Director: Kevin Russell Reviewer: James Napleton Hang is an engaging, dialogue-focused drama that unfolds in almost Kafkaesque loops of misdirection and mystery. The entire performance is staged in a meeting room with an unnamed woman and two agents one red and one blue. Set in the near future the woman has come to confirm her decision ...

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Brighton Fringe: Performancegate – The Marlborough Theatre


Artists: Jodie Rowe and Eugenie Arrowsmith Reviewer: James Napleton A one-night performance art show, Performancegate takes its audience into the strange realms of conceptual performance and returns them a little blustered. The show is broken up into two parts. The first section is an autobiographical performance where Eugenie goes through an old suitcase full with some of her grandmothers’ possessions. She ...

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Brighton Fringe: Under My Thumb – The Warren Studio 2

Under My Thumb

Writer: Cassiah Joski-Jethi Director: James Haddrell Reviewer: James Napleton This dystopia explores the life of six women who have become imprisoned for crimes against a militantly patriarchal society. The play takes place in the cell of five women who have been inmates together for several months. Under the guidance of one inmate, they have begun training by putting their bodies ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Woolly: The Morose Merino – The Warren Studio 3

Reviewer: Simon Topping Used to great effect in The Full Monty; Leave your Hat on blasts out of the venues’ speakers. Alexander Cofield, AKA Woolly, seductively thrusts on to the stage and subjects the audience to a most unusual striptease. More a shearing than a strip, this revealing of the flesh is unlike anything encountered in the aforementioned British film ...

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