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BRIGHTON FRINGE: The Rap Guide to Consciousness – The Warren Studio 2

Man with blue sky background

Writer: Baba Brinkman Reviewer: Simon Topping Two chairs, two microphones and one white, middle-class, Canadian rapper adorn the stage along with a screen displaying imagery of synapses. In this simple fashion, The Rap Guide to Consciousness begins.  This is a journey into our minds.  What makes us conscious?  Do we need a brain to be sentient?  Do we have free ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Agamemnon – The Warren Studio 2

young woman with blood on her face

Writer: Steven Berkoff Director: Tanushka Marah Reviewer: James Napleton A whirlwind of war, love and death: Windmill Young Actors’ Agamemnon sees Steven Berkoff’s play performed to fabulous effect. The play is an adaptation of the work of Greek playwright Aeschylus and it follows the victory and tragic aftermath of the Trojan War as Agamemnon returns home to Greece. One of ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Moribund – And the Meaning of Death, Spiegeltent: Bosco

Man and woman sitting on grave

Written by: Rosie Kohl and George Collie Reviewer: Simon Topping A young Eleanor Hush (Rosie Kohl), stands before us, pale-faced and swathed in black lace. She finds herself at her own funeral, with no memory of how she got there. Presiding over the service is Driscoll Bleak (George Collie), funeral director and laconic guide to the post-mortem world. Will she ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: The Forecast – Sweet Venues St Andrews Church

Three women in white dresses and on stilts. One soldier

Director: Ben Samuels Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts Inspired by George Saunders’ short story The Semplica Girls Diaries and developed in collaboration with Olivier Award-winning writer Bola Agbaje, Limbik’s The Forecast is all kinds of brilliant. One of the 10 selected shows for WINDOW 2017, Brighton Fringe’s arts industry showcase for high-quality new work. Set in a dystopian future, we see four ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Cabaret From The Shadows – The Warren

Two men, three women in bizarre clothes

Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts One of the 10  shows selected for WINDOW 2017 Brighton Fringe’s Arts Industry Showcase, Cabaret From The Shadows dives into the mind of its audience. Exploring their deepest, darkest thoughts, no matter how weird or unpleasant they might be. Created by Liverpool-based company Teatro Pomodoro, the show is a mix of physical theatre, live music, abstract performance ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Broadway Lunchbox – Bar Broadway

Bald man singing into microphone

Performer: Jason Thorpe Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts New Attitude Theatre Company presents Broadway Lunchbox, a different show every lunch time at Bar Broadway. One such lunchtime offering comes from Jason Thorpe, as he takes to the stage to perform a medley of his favourite Broadway hits. Clearly a talented and experienced performer, Thorpe exudes charisma between songs as he gives the audience ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: The Brexorcist – Brighton Spiegletent

Theresa May as a zombie

Writer and Director: Sam Hewitt Reviewer: Simon Topping The planet is safe, there is no need to worry about that, we are reassured. It’s just the people on it that are in trouble. This is The Brexorcist, a musical exploration of the evils that surround us including the indulgence of retail therapy, globalisation, money, power, prejudice, liberalism and the political ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Pickman’s Model – Sweet Dukebox

blavk and white image of a stone well

Writer: HP Lovecraft Adaptor: Adrian Jameson Reviewer: James Napleton Are great artists inspired or insane? With Richard Upton Pickman the distinction isn’t clear. The story is written by cult horror writer H P Lovecraft and follows a middle-class Bostonian, Thurber, who recalls several meetings with Pickman to a friend. He became intrigued when Pickman was thrown out of the Boston ...

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