Months of planning, countless lists, thousands of flyers and Brighton Fringe 2016 is about to get underway. Each week during the Fringe we’ll be picking our ‘Top Five’ recommendations to see that week. From the mainstream to the bizarre, we’ll be encouraging you to try new shows as well as revisiting old favourites.
Here, we select five shows you should see on the opening weekend (Friday 6 – Sunday 8 May 2016)
There’s nothing like some crazy comical capering to kick off your festival, and American comic duo Zach and Viggo’s Thunderflop is the perfect start. Sold out shows in New York and Los Angeles herald the Brighton debut for the physical comedy duo.
Clad in spandex, the duo offer a surreal trip into the a world filled with inappropriate characters, depravity and pure idiocy. The perfect way to lose your inhibitions as your begin your Brighton Fringe Journey!
6-8 May 20:00 The Warren: Theatre Box
It’s hard to escape the fact that this year sees the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Death. Up and down the country his plays are being performed in various styles, but Brighton Fringe is probably the only place you’ll find a Julius Caeser complete with, what the press release describes as vegan fetishwear.
Witness Theatre’s provocative interpretation sees Rome as a fetish club, where people play for power and sex is politics. It sold out in 2015 and returns to Brighton Fringe for a second run.
6, 8, 30 May, 1, 5 Jun 21:30 7, 31 May, 2-4 Jun 21:30 – The Warren: Studio 3
The joy of festivals such as Brighton Fringe is discovering local talent performing in their local community. Brighton based Behind The Lines return to the fringe with their musical All The Nice Girls.
This romantic musical less the story of forgotten Variety stars Gwen Farrar and Norah Blaney and gathered rave reviews and award nominations on its previous outings.
8, 15, 22, 29 May, 5 Jun 16:45 – Sweet Waterfront
There’s always a wide range of offers at Brighton Fringe but nobody else seems to be combining comedy, leek &broccoli soup and Tom Jones. Fringe going can be hard work so JoJo Bellini will entertain you with big-band show tunes, Tom Jones and food!
There’s not many show that feed your stomach as well as your senses but JoJo will whip you up supper (aforementioned soup and Welsh Cakes for desert) while belting out songs from the Valleys.
6 – 8 May &4 &5 June 18:30 The Warren: Studio 3
We’ve had snow recently so what else to expect in Brighton than a Yeti! Award-winning cult duo EastEnd Cabaret unleash their newest comic creation, Yeti’s Demon Dive Bar! A fun-filled comedy set in a bar run by a Yeti – what else!
Expect plenty of tequila-fuelled high-energy, bizarre characters, relentlessly catchy songs and the story of the strangest little dive bar in town. The cool bar could end up being the hottest ticket in town!
6-7 May 21:30 Brighton Spiegeltent: Bosco
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