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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Dead Happy? – The Warren: The Burrow

By: Simon Lovat Reviewer: Simon Topping Standing before the audience in full morning suit is funeral director Francis Putlock. He has been called here as there should be a body in the house for him to take away. Soon realising this is not the case, he surmises we must have summoned him so he can regale us with tales from ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Last Hive – The Warren: The Nest

By: Undercover Theatre Company Reviewer: Simon Topping Last Hive is a clowning piece about the world of the honeybee. Written and performed by the Undercover Theatre Company, aka David Tann and Karen Houge, it is an Anglo-Norwegian produced comedy about the destruction of habitat and the fightback of the bee against their human oppressors, or so the audience are lead ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: In Loving Memory of Pat Riarchy – One Church

By: Clap Back Club Reviewer: Simon Topping The congregation are all gathered in Brighton’s One Church to celebrate the life, or more accurately the death of, Pat Riarchy: father, husband and complete psychopathic narcissist. And as the tiny coffin trundles up the middle of the hall to be placed in position the ceremony begins. Pat, it would seem has touched ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Paul Mayhew-Archer: Incurable Optimist – Komedia Studio

By: Paul Mayhew-Archer Reviewer: Simon Topping Paul Mayhew-Archer, writer on much-loved shows such as the Vicar of Dibley and Mrs Brown’s Boys to name but two, presents to us his first live show. Having been diagnosed with Parkinson's eight years ago Mayhew-Archer’s life has irreversibly changed, but thankfully this does not stop him from seeing the lighter side of life ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Mengele – Rialto Theatre

By: Smokescreen Productions Reviewer: Simon Topping The play starts on a Brazilian beach. Two strangers, a man and women, face each other. The man, who we are soon to find out is Joseph Mengele, has been saved from drowning by a mysterious, questioning woman simply known as Azra. Or has he? Mengele cannot quite get his bearings, something feels wrong, ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Birds: Pluck – Junkyard Dogs: The Dog House

Performers: Amy Spinks and Kate Novak Writers and Directors: Joe Reaney and Will Noble Reviewer: Simon Topping You'd be pushed to find two more likeable performers on the sketch comedy circuit than the members of Birds; Amy Spinks and Kate Novak tread the line of confidence and charm so incredibly well that they very quickly have their audience eating out ...

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Brighton Bites: Coming Home With Me

After an amazing response last year we have once again resurrected our Brighton Bites mini-interviews. These short and snappy Q&As offer an, occasionally witty – often hilarious, insight into the acts strutting, sailing, surfing (insert preferred form of transport here) in to join the line-up of England’s largest arts festival, Brighton Fringe. 2018 was a record-breaking year for the Fringe ...

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