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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Blocked – Sweet Dukebox

Blocked

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

Performancegate

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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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Trainspotting Live – Sweet King Alfred’s

Writer: Irvine Welsh Adaptor: Harry Gibson Director: Adam Spreadbury-Maher with Greg Esplin Reviewer: Sophie Huggins Met with the immediate scent of sweat, the sound of heavy trance and the feel of no sleep, this show is set to immerse all of your senses in a heartbeat. This is Trainspotting Live at its finest and even before it begins there is ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Hurricane Michael – The Warren Studio 3

Writer and performer: Russell Layton Director: Simon Hudson Reviewer: James Napleton In 1987 the BBC weather program broadcast that there was a meteorological disaster heading this way, it was called Hurricane Michael… Phish. A blur of punning, wordplay and parody Hurricane Michael is a frenzied one-man comedy that follows this meteorological maverick through his greatest achievements and biggest disaster. Michael ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: The Love of Stationery – The Warren Theatre Box

Reviewer: Simon Topping As the lights hit the stage, we are introduced to a very odd individual. A woman, prepared for any eventuality, stands before us with a cycle helmet on (just in case a gargoyle falls on her head), a vacuum cleaner (called Henry) in her hands, a toilet roll belt round her waist and mounds of sugar in ...

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