Top 15 Brighton Fringe Theatre Shows 2016
It’s here! The most talked about and exciting time for theatre every year – the Brighton Fringe! Here is our guide to the top pick of Brighton Fringe theatre shows 2016.
This verse play by the wonderful Steven Berkoff, deals with growing up and rites of passage in London’s rough East End and looks deep into the heart of young people. It centres around 2 people of entirely questionable morals and behaviour yet an undeniable charm.
The unusual nature of the language allows Berkoff to give us moments of beautiful verse, alongside absolute profanity, and this is an energetic and powerful production. 18+ only.
Date : Fri 6th – Sat 21st May
Time/Price : 7pm | £15
Brought to you by Truant Company, this is a story of homophobia and bullying from award winning playwright, Billy Cowan.
A teacher finds herself in a difficult situation when she believes her student is being bullied because he is gay. She wants to help and it seems this issue runs deeper than just concern – has she experienced the same thing or does she have an ulterior motive for wanting to help. With 5 star reviews, the critics say: ‘Do not miss!’
Date : Fri 6th – Sun 8th May
Time/Price : 7:30pm | £7.50 – £9.50
David Mamet’s fantastic play is brought to you by Pretty Villain Productions Ltd, Brighton Fringe award winners in 2014 and 2015.
This is one of my favourite plays so comes highly recommended! Depicting a sordid, unethical and illegal world of four desperate Chicago estate agents, taking advantage of prospective buyers who are none the wiser, this is based on Mamet’s own experience. This Pulitzer Prize and Tony award winning play is one not to be missed!
Date : Sat 7th – Sun 8th May, Wed 11th – Sat 14th May
Time/Price : 3pm & 7:30pm | £8 – £10
Inspired loosely by The Red Shoes, this crazy, wonderful show is brought to you by Sole Rebel Tap. Co-created and performed by Hannah Ballard and Lexi Bradburn, the company have explored new ways of tapping and have so far gone down a storm!
Here they bring you ‘bonkers and brilliant’ adult fairytales all through the medium of tap dance, with some healthy competition between the two performers thrown in!
Date : Sat 7th – Sun 8th May, Fri 3rd – Sun 5th June
Time/Price : 2:45pm | £8 – £9.50
Our good friends over at BLT now bring you this fantastically funny, critically acclaimed play. The story of Francis Henshall, a simple man, employed by two men – a local gangster and an upper class criminal.
What ensues is a hilarious, slapstick, crazy, disaster that is sure to provide you with a wonderful evening’s entertainment.
Date : Sat 7th – Sat 14th May
Time/Price : 7:45pm (Matinees at 2:30 on 7th & 14th | £9 – £10
Coming to you from Behind The Lines, this is the incredibly touching story of old Variety stars, Gwen Farrar and Norah Blaney and their lesbian romance.
Described as ‘a significant piece of lesbian history’, this musical piece has been received with huge critical acclaim previously and promises to be an intriguing and enlightening afternoon at the theatre.
Date : Sun 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th May & Sun 5th June
Time/Price : 4:45pm | £8
A return for X & Co., pop star Xnthony was on a mission in 2015 to take his star act all the way to Eurovision 2016, representing his homeland – Ireland. However, it didn’t quite go to plan and he won’t be appearing at Eurovision this year.
Undeterred though, Xnthony and his backing singers, The Penny Slots, are back with a whole new lineup of songs to entertain and persuade you to support their campaign to get to Eurovision….one day! A hilarious, super camp and fun filled romp!
Date : Mon 9th – Thurs 12th May
Time/Price : 10pm | £8.50 – £11
Presented by Brighton Blonde Productions, this is a dark comedy, exploring what one young woman does when she finds herself with no job, no money and no love.
The piece is written by Peter Kenny and directed by and features Apollo friend, Beth Symons and is their Fringe debut. See where your imagination can take you as you discover what our protagonist decides to make of her glass of nothing.
Date : Tues 17th – Thurs 19th May
Time/Price : 8:30pm | £7.50 – £9
Presented by The Amateurs, and based on Saint-Exupery’s ‘The Little Prince’, this is a musical adaptation that will stun both adults and children alike.
When a plane crashes in the Sahara Desert and the pilot is unsure what to do next, he is approached by a little boy who changes his life forever. Set to beautiful music, take a trip across a magical land with the little prince.
Date : Fri 20th – Sun 22nd May
Time/Price : 3pm & 7:30pm | £12 – £15
A special recommendation from us, this production is directed by regular Apollo director, Richard Lindfield and features regular Apollo director, Conor Baum and Apollo performer and student, Max Bower!
Coming to you from the award winning writing team at Beside The Sea Productions, this is just a normal open mic night at The Iron Duke pub….until it isn’t anymore! An evening or fantastic live music as well as a wonderful play – definitely a must see! 18+ only.
Date : Mon 16th – Sun 22nd May
Time/Price : 8pm | £6.50 – £8.50
Set in 1972 (unsurprisingly) and brought to you by The Wardrobe Ensemble, this is a hilarious piece of theatre exploring why sexual encounters were so much easier back in the 70s.
Telling the story of the class of ’72 and also featuring some of the best 70s nostalgia, including space hoppers, this will be not only a great night out at the theatre but also a trip down memory lane for anyone who was growing up back then!
Date : Fri 27th – Sat 28th May
Time/Price : 7:30pm | £12.50
Em-Lou Productions bring you this totally honest, funny and emotional piece of theatre exploring and exposing the chill-out-chem-sex scene.
This is a frank and brutal look into the drug-fuelled, hedonistic world or Grindr and the ease of achieving instant gratification. Described as ‘confronting’ and ‘beautiful’, this is one not be missed. 18+ only.
Date : Sun 29th May – Wed 1st June
Time/Price : 9:30pm | £8 – £11
Presented by the Windmill Young Actors, this is the story of a young orphan boy who escapes his homeland and joins the circus.
Based on the book by Jane Rey this is an original stage adaptation and is filled with music, puppetry, dance and poetry as Ahmed’s life is changed forever when a friend is born from a beautiful golden age. An inspiring tale for both adults and children.
Date : Mon 30th May
Time/Price : 12:30pm | £9.50
If your child is anything like mine, they will love all things pirate!! This swashbuckling adventure comes from Head First Acrobats, and tells the story of a pirate, a sailor and a chef all competing to be Captain of the ship! Featuring high flying teeterboard, knife juggling and lots of upside down antics, this is fun for all the family!
Date : Sun 29th May – Sun 5th June
Time/Price : 1pm | £6 – £8
One for the little ones, Story Pocket Theatre bring you a wonderful collection of the some of the best loved and lesser known fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm, including Hansel & Gretel, Beauty & The Beast, Rumpelstiltskin, and many more!
This company use physical theatre, clowning, puppetry and music to stun and entertain both adults and children alike in what promises to be a magical morning of theatre.
Date : Fri 3rd – Sun 5th Jun
Time/Price : 11am | £7 – £9
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Cover photo of ‘A Pocketful of Grimms’ by DavidWickhamPhotography