Brighton Fringe: Final Week

We talk to Julian Caddy, Brighton Fringe MD at the Hendrick’s Library of Delightfully Peculiar Writings and Damian Barr, Curator and Host of the venue, then we take a look at all the Cultural Olympiad’s Dip Your Toe project and all its bathing machines.

Brighton Fringe: The week ahead…

So it seems that Brighton is well and truly swimming in gin, and apparently we can’t stop talking about it. Why, only last night I headed over to the Hendrick’s Library of Delightfully Peculiar Writings to take in a poetry slam, and a gin or two!

The Jolly Folly of Polly the Scottish Trolley Dolly and Other Mini-Marvels, Brighton Fringe, Brighton

In a tiny upstairs theatre, a man in a wig and kimono asks us to imagine we’re in the Albert Hall. We never discover his name though, in his role in a glittering production of Madame Butterfly, he is known as “Second Japanese villager on the left”.

Mother’s Ruin at Brighton Fringe

With one week to go, whichever direction I happen to be walking seems to involve a pause at the Hendrick’s Library of Delightfully Peculiar Writings for a gin and tonic.  It is a habit to which I have been happy to succumb, and how.

Brighton Fringe: Is literature the new rock ‘n’ roll?

First thing’s first, literature is quite clearly not the new rock ‘n’ roll, just as pink is not the new black and Olly Murs is not the new John Lennon.

What I learnt at the Fringe

There are a number of things to be learned at Brighton Fringe; how to survive solely on Wotsits and beer for example, and how exactly one pronounces ‘Steine’ (if you still think it rhymes with ‘wine’, you’re not done yet).

Interiors, Brighton Festival

There’s domestic drama at Brighton's Theatre Royal where the stage is filled with a large window, behind which twinkles an invitingly lit dining room. This is the setting for Interiors, first seen at Edinburgh’s Traverse in 2009 and now, thankfully, revived.

Domestic, Brighton Festival

Strange things are happening in The Basement, Brighton’s buzzy home for avant-garde theatre.

Tea with Terrorists, Brighton Fringe

Tea with Terrorists is the alarming title of Sameena Zehra’s one-woman show and while she does eventually get round to the extraordinary true story of how she once sipped Darjeeling on her porch with a band of armed outlaws, it’s the ramble around her family tree in the preceding hour that really engages.

Brighton Fringe: Museums and cafes and bathtubs, oh my!

The phrase ‘site-specific’ is in danger of becoming as overused in Fringe programmes as ‘locally-sourced’ is on menus, and nearly as open to interpretation.

Brighton Fringe: Big Red Vans, Pop-up Theatres and Forts

Over the next few days I shall endeavour to visit as many new Brighton Fringe venues as I can, and what better way to start it than a visit to The Big Red Van, located just seconds from my office.

Variety is the spice of Brighton Fringe

At last. The abject misery of a month’s rain in a week gave way to beautiful sunshine. Just in time for the thousands that gathered at Fringe City to see the Saturday afternoon outdoor entertainment, joined this weekend by all the trendy music types attending the Great Escape.

Variety is the spice of Brighton Fringe

The abject misery of a month’s rain in a week gave way to beautiful sunshine. Just in time for the thousands that gathered at Fringe City to see the Saturday afternoon outdoor entertainment.

A World I Loved, Brighton Festival

Among the many heartening aspects of last year’s Arab uprisings was the visible role of women in the protests. These women might easily have looked to the writings of Wadad Makdisi Cortas for inspiration.

Brighton Fringe: Week 2: Family Fun

We chat to Julian Caddy about the hundreds of shows for families at Brighton Fringe this year, before having a look at The Hurly Burly - Brighton Fringe's first ever family dedicated venue.

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