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Revenants – Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Writer: Nichola McAuliffe Director: Patrick Sandford Reviewer: Stephen Bates The fascination of screen and stage writers with all things House of Windsor shows no signs of abating, so there is little surprise in finding that a central figure in Nichola McAuliffe’s new play is our present Queen’s grandmother. Much more surprising is the discovery that the key themes of this ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Blooming – Sweet Dukebox

Lauren O'Dair and Patrick Sandford in Blooming

Writer: Patrick Sandford with Lauren O’Dair Performers: Patrick Sandford and Lauren O’Dair Reviewer: Glen Pearce There’s a myth, Patrick Sandford tells us at the start of Blooming, that a rose begins its life with its thorns on the inside but as it blooms it pushes those thorns outwards. It’s may be horticulturally incorrect but it’s a powerful metaphor not only ...

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INTERVIEW – Patrick Sandford on the cathartic power of theatre

Older Man and figurine

Patrick Sandford has had an illustrious career as one of the country’s most respected directors and Artistic Directors and is about to return to Brighton Fringe with the debut of his new play Blooming, which follows the success of his moving autobiographical play Groomed at the festival last year and will shortly be opening at London’s Soho Theatre. Taking a break ...

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NEWS: Record breaking number of shows announced for Brighton Fringe

A record breaking 970 shows have been announced today [22 February 2017] for this year’s Brighton Fringe festival, which runs across Brighton and Hove from 5 May to 4 June 2017. The month-long festival, England’s largest open access arts festival, will also see more than 300 world premieres and over 100 international shows perform. Theatre highlights including the return to ...

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BRIGHTON ROCKS: Our Brighton Fringe Picks – 21-22 May

It’s midway weekend at Brighton Fringe. Already the festival has seen over 2,000 performances but there’s still much, much more to come. It’s the weekend so plenty of opportunities to cram your diaries and see as many shows as you can. Here are five more picks from us on what to see this weekend (21-22 May 2016). Patrick Sandford – ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Groomed – Sweet Waterfront


Writer: Patrick Sandford Director Nancy Meckler Reviewer: Ruby Isla Cera Marle The nature of the Fringe, is you never really know what you’re going to see or what impact if any, a production will have on you. You don’t expect to watch Groomed, written and performed by Patrick Sandford with a lump in your throat, a knot in your stomach ...

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Educating Rita – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Patrick Sandford Reviewer: Michael Gray   In our celebrity-sated, 15-minutes-of-fame fixated world, is education still seen as the road to personal fulfilment and life-changing cultural freedom? Rita first burst into Frank’s study thirty-five years ago. Wisely, this first-rate revival, directed by Patrick Sandford for the Mercury Theatre’s Made in Colchester strand, sets the action in the ...

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Hedda – Sutton House, London

Writer: Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Katherine Tozer Director: Patrick Sandford Reviewer: Mary Halton Arriving at Sutton House for Palimpsest’s Hedda is somewhat of a confusing experience. At once part of and party to the narrative, one is treated both as a house guest and an audience member for an odd interval, while being encouraged to look around the house. Various ...

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