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BRIGHTON FRINGE: The Brexorcist – Brighton Spiegletent

Theresa May as a zombie

Writer and Director: Sam Hewitt Reviewer: Simon Topping The planet is safe, there is no need to worry about that, we are reassured. It’s just the people on it that are in trouble. This is The Brexorcist, a musical exploration of the evils that surround us including the indulgence of retail therapy, globalisation, money, power, prejudice, liberalism and the political ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Pickman’s Model – Sweet Dukebox

blavk and white image of a stone well

Writer: HP Lovecraft Adaptor: Adrian Jameson Reviewer: James Napleton Are great artists inspired or insane? With Richard Upton Pickman the distinction isn’t clear. The story is written by cult horror writer H P Lovecraft and follows a middle-class Bostonian, Thurber, who recalls several meetings with Pickman to a friend. He became intrigued when Pickman was thrown out of the Boston ...

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Waiting For God – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

older man and woman sitting on a bed

Writer: Michael Aitkens Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Paul Couch There’s an inherent danger in adapting a long-running television programme for the stage:  the small-screen characters, often portrayed by actors who loom large in the cultural psyche, become so imprinted on our minds that their stage counterparts often disappoint. ‘Allo ‘Allo, Dad’s Army, Heartbeat, Last of the Summer Wine, and even ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Lazarus – The Warren Studio 3

Lazarus

Writer & Performer: Luke Martin Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts Luke Martin wants to tell you the story of his life. Chronicling right from the very beginning with his conception, through his childhood moving around Europe with his parents, to his university career and the moment that changed everything. Just before Martin was due to start his training with the Navy he ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Blindfold: The Night of the Hunt – Sweet Venues Waterfront 1

Man and woman behind bars wearring face harnesses

Writer & Director: Sofia Stavrakaki Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts Written and directed by Sofia Stavrakaki, Blindfold: The Night of the Hunt explores power and what it means to be different in a world that is seemingly out to get you, and is performed by THE.AM.A, a group of professional disabled actors from Greece. An empty stage is set, two performers enter. ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Eglantyne – Sweet Venues Waterfront 1

Woman in Edwardian hat and jacket

Writer: Anne Chamberlain Director: KC Kelly Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts Eglantyne Jebb was an extraordinary woman. Unfortunately, she was an extraordinary woman that has been overlooked by history. Anne Chamberlain’s one woman show, Eglantyne, sets about putting that right and shining a light on a woman whose legacy can still be seen changing millions of lives around the world today. Written and ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Pals – Sweet Venues Waterfront 1

Two soldiers

Writer & Director: Jason Gerdes Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts Cornwall-based theatre company North South Theatre bring their touching World War 2 piece Pals to the Brighton Fringe. A tale of comradeship, Pals sees three young friends sign up as new recruits after Kitchener’s push in the first years of the Second World War. We follow the three young soldiers from signing ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: The Poetry We Make – The Marlborough Theatre

The Poetry We Make

Writer: Jaswinder Blackwell-Pal Director: Edwina Strobl Reviewer: Glen Pearce She may revel in the nickname the 'Backwoods Barbie' but like much of Dolly Parton, it is a front, a carefully painted image of wigs, makeup and of course that counter-levered chest. Behind the image is a woman in charge of a multi-million-Dollar industry with legendary business acumen. It's no wonder ...

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