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
5 Stars, London, Musical, West End

Les Misérables

Performance: 22/04/17 For those unfamiliar with the story of Les Misérables, some spoilers may lie below. '...so long as ignorance and misery remain on earth, books like this cannot be useless.' Victor Hugo, 1862. So begins Les Misérables, the epic novel by equally epic French author, Victor Hugo. Now in its 32nd year, the musical adaptation of Les Misérables is still attracting millions of…read more
4 Stars, Alternative, Brighton Fringe

4D Cinema

Mamoru Iriguchi performs live, rigged up with a screen around his face and a projector above his head. Iriguchi explores the relationship between recorded material and live performance, while calling on Hollywood stars of the past. In discussing, using, and wearing technology, Iriguchi truly embodies his subject matter. In this unique, hour-long performance Iriguchi takes the audience through the turbulent…read more
4 Stars, Brighton Fringe, Play, Shakespeare

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The course of true love doesn’t run smooth for long in this Shakespearian comedy. As Duke Theseus and Hippolyta prepare for their wedding, Egeus, an Athenian citizen arrives with a predicament: His daughter Hermia won’t marry the man he intends for her, Demetrius, and instead has fallen for Lysander. Demetrius himself has baggage; he used to love Hermia’s friend Helena…read more