Month: May 2017

4 Stars, Brighton, Brighton Fringe, Comedy, Play

Agent of Influence: The Secret Life of Pamela More

Performance: 28/05/17 In a time of pre-war political tension, gone are the days of frothy fashion journalism for Pamela More, a feisty and glamorous Times journalist who stubbornly prioritises haute-couture over Hitler. However, the scandalous abdication crisis of 1936 and the looming possibility of war forces her to look beyond the hats and furs and she is abruptly launched into…read more
4 Stars, Brighton, Brighton Fringe, Play

Lulu

Performance: 18/05/17 If your skirt is too short, you're a slut. If you cover up, you're a prude. If you show just a little, you're a tease. In a world where judgement and blame will follow women around no matter how they choose to live their lives, it is a shame to say that Lulu, a controversial play originally written by Frank Wedekind…read more
5 Stars, Brighton, Brighton Fringe, Comedy, Musical

Urinetown

Performance: 13/05/17 Two decades of drought result in a ban on the use of private toilets, and citizens are forced to pay through the roof to use public amenities, a privilege we currently enjoy in the real world without the excuse of a drought. A classic story of underdog vs. megalomaniac corporation, Urinetown ticks all the musical clichés through witty…read more
Articles, Film, Musical

Clothes Make the Musical: The Costumes that Coloured Les Misérables

It’s a musical that has enjoyed worldwide acclaim on both West End and Broadway stages, and has since seen fresh success on cinema screens through Tom Hooper’s 2012 adaptation. It seems only right that a story written with such painstaking attention to detail should be showcased through costumes that have been created with a similarly perceptive eye, an eye that…read more
3 Stars, Brighton, Brighton Fringe, Cabaret, Dance, Musical, Performance

Two Singular Sensations

Performance: 11/05/17 Statistically, January is the month in which tickets to musicals sell best, largely due to the miserable weather and post-Christmas blues. Two Singular Sensations, in the intimate Purple Playhouse Theatre, proved once again that in these gloomy times, both politically and weather-wise, musical theatre is an excellent antidote. As promised, an evening with great singing and exciting dance…read more
5 Stars, Brighton, Brighton Fringe, Play

Mary and Me

Performance: 06/05/17 Hannah, a 15 year old girl, dies giving birth in a grotto. Sporting a red satchel and scrunchie, she is a girl who is struggling not only with pregnancy, but also against the prying eyes of a small rural village, the weight of her Catholic upbringing and mounting schoolwork. Mary and Me presents a serious premise with a…read more
4 Stars, Brighton, Brighton Fringe, Play

Stones

Performance: 05/05/17 A lengthy incarceration, a war outside of the prison walls, and two forgotten prisoners losing their grip on time and reality, Stones is essentially a slow unravelling of two characters, Jasper and Rose, who become entwined with one another through stories of the past, grief, and hallucinations. Artlandish Production’s usual subtle wit and lyrical prose was apparent from…read more