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BRIGHTON FESTIVAL: Cooped – Worthing Pavilion Theatre.

Director: Cal McCrystal Reviewer: Simon Topping 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of Spymonkey, the UK's leading physical comedy ensemble. Based in Brighton they comprise a core creative ensemble of five leading international artists - artistic directors Toby Park, Petra Massey and Aitor Basauri, and associate artists Stephan Kreiss and designer Lucy Bradridge. In celebration of this passing of time, in ...

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BRIGHTON FESTIVAL: Backbone – Brighton Dome

Creators: Gravity and Other Myths Reviewer: Simon Topping Award-winning, internationally renowned, Australian circus company, Gravity and Other Myths (GOM) enter the stage looking like a very cool advert for GAP (other clothing manufacturers are available). Since their inception in 2009, Adelaide’s ten-strong performance group have rocketed to acclaim with a series of disarmingly accomplished ensemble works. Their work, Backbone, tests ...

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LAUNCH: Guest Director Rokia Traoré announces Brighton Festival 2019 program

England's largest annual curated multi-arts festival is back. In its 53rd year, the Brighton Festival is this year guest directed by Malian singer-songwriter, Rokia Traoré and promises to be a celebration of multi-cultural story telling, with a key focus on dance and music. Traoré herself is bringing three exclusive performances to Brighton. A mix of Malian storytelling and music, structured ...

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Minefield – Northern Stage, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Writer: Lola Arias Director: Lola Arias  Reviewer: Anna Ambelez Minefield? It certainly is, a minefield of real raw intimate personal revelations. Argentinian artist Lola Arias worked with six veterans from the 1982 Argentinian War to produce this multi-media show. It begins with each veteran introducing himself giving details of when and how he joined up. As these are not actors ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Natalie Palamides – Laid

Woman with messy face being dragged into audience

Writer: Natalie Palamides Director: Dr. Brown Reviewer: Simon Topping A sad egg figure nestles in the hay on stage next to a table, chair and fully functioning hot plate griddle. The floor is covered in plastic sheeting resembling a murder room in Showtime original crime drama, Dexter and a hesitant audience inches into the theatre not quite knowing what to ...

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NEWS: Brighton Bookworms encouraged to join city-wide reads

By GLEN PEARCE Bookworms in Brighton are being encouraged to get reading ahead of this May's Brighton Festival. Organisers have today [9 January 2016] announced the titles for the city-wide City Reads, with Sharon Duggal's The Handsworth Times being selected for adults and A.F. Harrold's Fizzlebert Stump The Boy Who Ran Away from the Circus (and Joined the Library) being chosen ...

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Brighton Festival: The Bear – Brighton Studio Theatre, Brighton

Writer: Improbable &Angela Clerkin Music: Nick Powell Director: Lee Simpson Reviewer: Hannah Rowlands [rating: 4]   One of the most common themes in the novels of American writer John Irving is the constant appearance of a bear. He claims no great meaning behind the use of bears, as for him growing up in America, they are commonplace. Wild bears are ...

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Brighton Festival: The Disappearances Project – Brighton Dome Studio, Brighton

Devised by: Irving Gregory, Paul Prestipino, Yana Taylor and David Williams Co-directed by: Yana Taylor and David Williams Original Composition: Paul Prestipino Reviewer: Hannah Rowlands [Rating: 4]   ‘To share a horrible story is important’, these words, delivered questioningly by an actor were originally made by one of the several family and friends of missing persons who shared their experiences ...

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