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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Mary And Me – The Warren Studio 2

woman with statue of virgib nary in background

Writer: Irene Kelleher Director: Belinda Wild Reviewer: Glen Pearce Fringe offerings frequently tend to verge on the side of comedy and so it is refreshing to see Wild Productions tackle a much more serious offering, with their showing of Mary And Me. Inspired by real events in rural Ireland in the 1980s, when a 15-year-old girl died after giving birth ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Odjo: King of the Ocean – Sweet Waterfront 2

Written by: Ed Summers Reviewer: Simon Topping Odjo, a man raised by elephants, until the circus is shut down, roams the waves having fallen asleep in a small fishing boat that came loose from its moorings some time ago. A journalist, asked to write an exploitative article about this simple man of the sea, decides to go against his editor's ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Stones – Rialto Theatre

graphic of an eye with bars in front

Writer: Katy Matthews Director: Judey Bignell Reviewer: Glen Pearce The mind is a strange beast. Are we in control of our minds or are we prisoners of them? It's a subject that forms the central paradox in Katy Matthew's Stones, performed at Brighton Fringe by Artlandish Productions. A prisoner sits hooded and chained in a cell, his brothers apparently having ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Shell Shock – Sweet (St Andrew’s Church)

Angry man pointing at camera

Writer: Tim Marriott adopted from the novel by Neil Blower Director: Tim Marriott Reviewer: Glen Pearce The after-effects on our service personnel have provided a rich source for playwrights recently. Shows such as The Two Worlds of Charlie F and Pink Mist highlight the trauma that continues long after the return from the front. For author Neil Blower, however, the subject ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Natalie Palamides – Laid

Woman with messy face being dragged into audience

Writer: Natalie Palamides Director: Dr. Brown Reviewer: Simon Topping A sad egg figure nestles in the hay on stage next to a table, chair and fully functioning hot plate griddle. The floor is covered in plastic sheeting resembling a murder room in Showtime original crime drama, Dexter and a hesitant audience inches into the theatre not quite knowing what to ...

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Imbalance – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Imbalance

Creators: Joli Vyann & Jonathan Lunn Choreographer: Jonathan Lunn Reviewer: Glen Pearce As debate continues about the etiquette of, and some audience’s seemingly inability to, switching off social media while watching theatre, it's perhaps timely that the Joli Yvann company explore our obsession of our online virtual addiction. As the auditorium lights fade a couple are sat at a table, ...

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Jose Agudo Silk Road – Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich

Jose Agudo Silk Road

Choreographer: Jose Agudo Guest Choreography: Rafael Amargo & Nahid Siddiqui Score: Bernard Schimpeisberger and Giuliano Moderaelli Reviewer: Glen Pearce Those expecting a Spanish senorita resplendent with a fan and a pair of castanets will leave Jose Agudo’s flamenco inspired Silk Road somewhat disappointed. For Andalusian-born Agudo, Flamenco is clearly a passion but here he uses it as a starting point ...

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Spamalot – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Spamalot

Writer: Eric Idle Music: John Du Prez with Eric Idle Director: Daniel Buckroyd Musical Director: Carlton Edwards Choreographer: Ashley Nottingham Reviewer: Michael Gray Is this what a definitive Spamalot would look like? This perennially popular show, originally a Python spin-off, has found success on Broadway and in the West End, not to mention on the am-dram scene, as this very ...

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