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The Events – Mercury Theatre Studio, Colchester

Writer: David Greig Director: Dan Sherer Reviewer: Michael Gray First seen in 2013, and inspired at least in part by the Anders Breivik massacre of the year before, David Greig's powerful piece has been revived many times since. Dan Sherer's production in the Mercury Studio is intensely visceral, its impact enhanced by the intimacy of the staging. James Cotterill's set ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Griffin & Jones: Slapdash Magic – Sweet Waterfront 2

Writers and performers: Griffin & Jones Reviewer: Glen Pearce In a crowded marketplace, it takes something special to make magicians stand out from the crowd. For every show-stopping Derren Brown there is a plethora of wannabe slight of hand artists that merge into one. Not so Griffin and Jones, self confessed pioneers of slapdash magic. While the duo may eschew ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Collapse – Sweet St Andrew’s Church

Writers and Performers: Karlijn Hamer and Mathijs de Valk Reviewer: Glen Pearce One has to pity poor Cassandra. Given prophetic powers and foretelling the destruction of her beloved Troy she was ignored. Gifted with the knowledge to save her city but unable to drove her mad. It’s a madness captured vividly in Karlijn Hamer and Mathijs de Valk’s musical duet, ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Moondial – The Warren

Writer: Helen Cresswell Adaptor and Director: Peter Darney Music: Luke Isom Reviewer: Glen Pearce Adapting a well-loved novel for the stage is challenging when that novel involves ghosts, time travel and a hefty dose of supernatural it becomes an even more challenging task. Helen Cresswell’s Moondial, in this adaptation by Peter Darney, is an ambitious attempt. As young Minty comes ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Daddy Day: Bert Hana – Brighton Spiegeltent

Writer and Performer: Bert Hana Reviewer: Glen Pearce There's a sense of trepidation for audience members attending Bert Hana's award-winning Daddy Day as we're led along the streets of Brighton to an unspecified venue. On arrival, into an event room at a nearby hotel, we're greeted by Hana, asked our names and offered a drink. As paper tumblers of lemonade ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: WATCHING, ceci n’est pas de deux – The Warren

Creator: Ester Natzijl Performer: Esmee van Lierre Reviewer: Glen Pearce There's something mesmerising about good puppetry that makes you forget you are watching an artificial creation and in Ester Natzjil's haunting Watching, ceci n'est pas de deux we witness a defining moment in dance, drama and puppetry. Originally performed by Natzijl herself, the piece is now performed by Esmee van ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Play Time – The Warren: Studio 2

Writers and performers: Matt Zeqiri and Oliver Neck Director: Sarah Thomas Reviewer: Glen Pearce "Out of the mouths of babes," the saying goes but what if our nine-year-old selves had adult heads on their small shoulders? That's some Of Mice Theatre explore in their offbeat but charming comedy Play Time. Young Elton, aged nine is something of the school loner, nerdish ...

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