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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Waiting for Gandalf – Sweet Werks 1

Writer: Adrian Marks Reviewer: Simon Topping It is 2003 as the audience join the queue to meet Gandalf for the upcoming signing of the official movie companion to The Two Towers, due to take place the following day.  Front of the line is Kevin Brook, self-confessed fanatic of all things Lord of the Rings, a seemingly unassuming young man in ...

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BRIGHTON BITES: Bumper Blyton: The Improvised Adventure

Back once again by popular demand for 2018, our Brighton Bites Q&As offer an, occasionally witty - often hilarious, insight into the acts donning their flip-flops and shades (or high-heels and lippy) to join the line-up of England's largest arts festival, Brighton Fringe. With 2017 boasting almost 1000 events across 160+ venues and 2018 promising more than 300+ free events ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Blue Sky Thinking – Sweet Dukebox

Creators: Pop Heart Productions    Reviewer: Simon Topping The venue is decorated in post-it notes, with anti-slogan business-speak like: Orange is NOT the new black and Business-Fart. Among the notes on stage are a single office desk and a couple of chairs. As the show begins we meet Penny, a writer of plays and a creative whirlwind, forced to apply for ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Elf Lyons – Swan, Brighton Komedia

Creator: Elf Lyons Reviewer: Simon Topping Elf Lyons’ show Swan is too good to miss. Entering the stage in a parrot costume, bought from eBay for too much money, along with several other ill-advised purchases and speaking Franglish like a combination of Officer Crabtree from Allo Allo, with a pinch of Stanley Unwin, Lyons is already delighting the crowd. The night, we ...

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PREVIEW: Swinging back in time for the Swinging 60s Experience media launch

They say that, if you remember the Swinging 60s, you weren’t really there. However, perhaps the more pertinent question is whether the era itself, as it has been mythologised, was ever really there. Now, 37 years after Liverpool introduced its highly successful Magical Mystery Tour, London has its own bus tour, Swinging 60s Experience, setting out to find some answers, ...

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BRIGHTON BITES: Juuso Kekkonen – Queer Homo

Back once again by popular demand for 2018, our Brighton Bites Q&As offer an, occasionally witty - often hilarious, insight into the acts donning their flip-flops and shades (or high-heels and lippy) to join the line-up of England's largest arts festival, Brighton Fringe. With 2017 boasting almost 1000 events across 160+ venues and 2018 promising more than 300+ free events ...

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BRIGHTON BITES: Teatteri Takomo – Dark Side of the Mime

Back once again by popular demand for 2018, our Brighton Bites Q&As offer an, occasionally witty - often hilarious, insight into the acts donning their flip-flops and shades (or high-heels and lippy) to join the line-up of England's largest arts festival, Brighton Fringe. With 2017 boasting almost 1000 events across 160+ venues and 2018 promising more than 300+ free events ...

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