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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Scott Gibson: Life After Death – Komedia Studio

Bald man with beard looking angry

Reviewer: Simon Topping Scott Gibson schleps on to the stage. He is a big, bearded, bear of a man, from Glasgow. Friendly and foulmouthed, Gibson quickly endears himself to the crowd. On his first trip to Brighton, he is surprised at the politeness of our homeless people and how anyone can afford to live here anyway. Winner of the Edinburgh ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: The Burning Gadulka – Sweet Venues Dukebox

Writer: Rayko Baychev Director: Milena Aneva Reviewer: James Napleton For those who don’t know the hardship of being a Gadulka player in the 21st Century Miro Kokenov is here to educate. The Burning Gadulka is a witty, charming and emotive performance exploring the view of a musician in a Bulgaria folk orchestra. It is a lonely life. Kokenov is painfully aware of ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: The Treason Show  – Festival Special, The Warren

Four people in front of an image of Theresa May

Directed by: Mark Brailsford Reviewer: Simon Topping Brighton’s legendary Treason Show is back for its 17th festival special. Written by a team of over 40 writers, as the audience settles down, we look forward to a funny night of parody songs, topical gags and satirical bite. The two female and two male performers bounce onto the stage and immediately spring ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Foil, Arms and Hog: Doom Dah-ish – The Warren

Three men in black shirts

Written by: Foil, Arms and Hog Reviewer: Simon Topping From the moment Foil, Arms and Hog begin the preamble into their show the audience instinctively know they are in a safe pair of comedy hands. Ireland’s foremost sketch comedy trio are a confident and likeable bunch from the off. Before the skits begin we are gently jibed for our awfully ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Correct Me If I’m Wrong – Blue Man

Woman looking startled at photographers

Writer: Claire Parker Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts Claire Parker is a transgender woman and though Correct Me if I’m Wrong she would like to take you on a journey into gender, pronouns and her story of self-discovery. Before the show, everyone is presented with a cardboard box and told to delve within to retrieve a pronoun badge. If you’re happy with what ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Cinebra- A History of Horror – The Rialto

CINEBRA: A History of Horror

Reviewer: Simon Topping Sophie and Megan, two seventeen year students with a mutual love of 1980s pop icon Debbie Gibson, share their love of the history of horror with us in a slide presentation they have lovingly researched and written together. Declaring themselves as best friend in song: “Just two girls in a shopping mall, with a mutual love of ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Quiz Night:The Musical – The Verdict

TITLE TEXT: Quiz Night The Musical

Written by: Adrian Reilly Reviewer: Simon Topping The basement at The Verdict is hot with all the bodies packed into it. We are waiting to start a quiz night with a difference; Quiz Night: The Musical. The action is centred around Simon and Claire, an on-off couple, trying to avoid talking about their feelings (or lack of feelings) for each ...

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