Our Highlights for Brighton Fringe 2014

Published On March 20, 2014 | By Celia Mullins | Theatre & Arts Features, Things to do features

Brighton Fringe comes round again and this year it’s bigger and better than ever! With hundreds of shows to choose from with everything from Comedy to Visual Arts and Dance to Kids it can be really hard to decide what to go and see. Here are our highlights to help you decide and be sure to check out our Brighton Fringe 2014 section for previews, reviews and highlights and much more! Click through the tabs below for our main highlights as well as ‘Local Talent’ bursting with the best of Brighton and ‘Most Provocative’ for those shows that are pushing boundaries!


The Bloody Ballad – The Warren: Main House

Brothers Grimm meets Tarantino in this brutal love story set in 1950s America. Murderously sexy, riotously bloody, dark and debauched with rockin’ live music. Gig theatre like you’ve never seen before! Meet Mary, a girl with a troubled past who’s had one hell of a week! Love, betrayal, murder, revenge and all accompanied by her band The Missin’ Fingers. “Utterly unmissable” ***** (The Big Issue) 3rd May – 7.45pm 4th- 6th May – 9pm £10/£8.50/£35 group of 4 —-

MC Cashback Lasagne – Komedia Studio

Winner of Cathedral City’s Global Cheese Awards Rap Champion 2012, Brighton’s own culinary kingpin, MC cashback serves up a smorgasbord of musical recipes, lyrical treats and meaty beats featuring tracks from his latest album `The Dinnersty`. Witness the creation of a delicious home-made lasagne in this hilarious live (w)rap based cookery show. 4th May 9pm, 11th May 8pm, 25th May 7pm, 26th May – 9.30pm £10/£7 —-

Clever Peter: The Dreams Factory – Upstairs at 3 and 10

Stars of their own BBC Radio 4 series, Clever Peter return with a brand- new live show on the road to the Edinburgh Fringe. Clever Peter would like to welcome you to The Dreams Factory. “Terrific.. If they don’t go very far, soon, there’s no such thing as British justice. Clever? Not half” (The Telegraph) 4th May – 1pm £8.50/£7/£6 23rd – 24th May – 8.30pm £8.50/£7 —-

Synchro: The Final Frontier Prince Regent Swimming Pool

The almost  90 strong Brighton Swimming Club and Brighton Dolphin Synchro boldly go where no other swimmers have been! Brighton’s synchro swimmers swim in outer space (well a watery space actually) for their 6th annual synchronized swimming show. An out of this world aquatic experience. 5th May 8pm – £8/£6 —-

hornergbThe Horne Section  Komedia

The first band to ever host ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’ (BBC 2) will be rolling into town with a barnstorming show, providing top-notch musical mayhem for the night. Led by the brilliant comedian and star of ‘8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown’ (Channel 4), Alex Horne, expect this to be a one-off chance to see an unforgettable show! “We can’t recommend The Horne Section highly enough – it’s simply the best late-night show at the [Edinburgh Fringe Festival] and a gigantic heap of fun” (Time Out) 7th May 8pm – £17.50 —-

Major Tom – The Old Market

The true story of how Victoria became a beauty queen after becoming inspired by the struggles of her bassett hound (Major Tom), a star of the amateur dog show circuit. Whilst Victoria became immersed in this new world, Major Tom was widely criticised in the professional circuit. This immersive one woman show examines national characteristics, focusing on the extraordinary in the everyday. “A truly winning comedy, I laughed till I cried,” ***** (The Times). *Nominated* Total Theatre Awards 2013 12th May, 7.30pm £12/£10 —-

Bitch Boxer – The Old Market

Meet Chloe, 21. She likes the simple things in life: cherry sambuca, karaoke and winding her Dad up. Oh, and she’s a boxer. London, 2012. Women step into the Olympic boxing ring for the first time. In a man’s world, can she prove she’s worth the title? Fighting fit from acclaimed sell-out runs in London and Edinburgh, Bitch Boxer is an exhilarating new play by Charlotte Josephine brought to you by award-winning theatre company Snuff Box Theatre. “A terrific little package” (Lyn Gardner, Guardian) 15th May – 7.30pm £12/£10 —-

Music In the Dark – The Warren Burrow

Acoustic guitar duo JP & Xochitl bring you their unique and haunting sounds: a fusion of Arabic, Spanish and Gypsy music. The sequences in the dark will wow your senses. An experience you will want to relive! Much more than a performance, Music in the Dark is about feeling sound in its purity. Evocative and intimate but also fiery and passionate, JP & Xochitl’s music eludes definition and sets you off on a refreshing journey; a journey of self-discovery 16th – 18th May – 8pm £8/£6.50 —-

Kevin Eldon and some Colleagues – Brighthelm Church and Community Centre

Ireland’s OCD cuddly teddy bear, Christian Talbot, hosts an afternoon of stand-up comedy in aid of The Neuro Foundation (www.nfauk.org) featuring comedy legend Kevin Eldon in a rare live performance. PLUS: 2013 Edinburgh Comedy Best Newcomer John Kearns / Award-winning anti-comedian Edward Aczel / Critic’s choice Pete Johansson / Comedian’s comedian Benny Boot and a very special guest – check Facebook event page for announcements. Photo courtesy of Idil Sukan/Draw HQ 17th May – 1.30pm £12/£10 —-

Killing RogerKilling Roger – The Warren: Main House

Using stunning life-sized puppetry and original live music, ‘Killing Roger’ is a moving yet humorous tale of an old man and a boy at opposite ends of their lives. “Magnificent” ***** (Fringe Guru) “Beautiful script, phenomenal puppetry, and stunning live music” ***** (Three Weeks) “A puppet master-class” (The Independent for ‘The Girl With No Heart’) 17th – 18th May – 5.45pm 19th May – 7pm £10/£8.50/£30 Family —-

Ernest and the Pale Moon – The Old Market

Inspired by Poe and Hitchcock, ‘Ernest’ is a noir horror, blending live music, inventive design and physical storytelling into a thrilling experience. Ernest spends his days watching the beautiful Gwendoline. Upon seeing her with another man he’s thrown into a jealous rage and driven to murder, sending him on a spiralling descent into madness. From the award-winning creators of ‘The Trench’ and ‘The Terrible Infants’. “Gloriously gothic” (Telegraph) 21st – 22nd May – 7.30pm £12/£10 —-

The Beta Males – Upstairs at Three and Ten

The Chortle Award – nominated stars of Radio 4’s `Sketchorama` return with a fast-paced hour packed with slick sketches, loveable anti-heroes and sweetly sharp writing. Big stories. Epic adventures. Brand new characters. “A slick, hilarious sketch show… Genius” (The Sunday Times) “Elegantly written and exquisitely performed… one of the most exciting, gloriously funny acts out there” **** (Time Out) 23rd May – 7pm/24th – 25th May 1pm £7.50/£6 —-

Shit-Faced Shakespeare – The Warren: Main House

An entirely serious Shakespeare play… with an entirely shit- faced actor. Take a professional cast of classically trained actors one 60- minute adaptation of a Shakespeare classic and add a randomly assigned drunken actor to the mix. The result is the most raucous Shakespearean performance you’ll ever witness! “Genuinely Hilarious” (The Guardian) 23rd May 9pm – £12.50/£11, 24th May 7.15pm –  £12.50/£11, 25th May 9pm – £11.50/£10,  26th – 28th May 9pm – £10/£8.50/£35 Group of 4, 27th May 9pm £12.50/£11/£6.25/ 241 offer), 29th May 9pm – £11.50/£10/£40 Group of 4, 30th May 9pm – £12.50/£11 —-

Mike Wozniak: Master of Disguise – The Burrow at The Warren

Mike Wozniak is a British comedian, writer, actor and voice-artist. He has performed at destinations all over the world including Australia, New Zealand and Ipswich. You may know him from Channel 4’s `Man Down` and BBC 2’s `It’s Kevin`. Wozniak previews his new show ahead of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Subversive and surreal wit from the stand-up and actor. “Just could be the new comedy hero” (Time Out) 24th – 26th May 3.30pm –  £7.50/£6 —-

Scroobius Pip & Hollie McNish – Komedia

Hammer & Tongue presents a Brighton Fringe special, feat. Scroobius Pip & Hollie McNish, plus the Open Poetry Slam – sign up on the door for a slot! Hosted by Rosy Carrick & Mike Parker. “Technically and poetically, Pip’s spoken word is mind- blowing, manipulating rhythm with truly impressive precision.. Not just a spoken word artist and social commentator, but a spectacularly smart one” ***** (Three Weeks Magazine) 28th May 8pm – £10/£8 —-

The Little Soldiers  The Warren: Main House

Amidst the wonders of the circus, an impossible dream appears. Two brothers fight over a beautiful tightrope walker, as she leads them above and below themselves into other imagined lands. “Theatre Re’s unimaginable beauty created theatre the way theatre is meant to be.” ***** (The New Current). Nominated for two Offies and the Brighton Fringe Emerging Talent Award at Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 28th – 29th, 31st May – 7.30pm £12/£10 —-

yesnomaybeYes No Maybe – The Marlborough Theatre

Whether we see it or not, possibility exists in every moment… A compelling piece of physical theatre exploring our everyday encounters and the subtle yet explosive impact that they have on our lives. This scrapbook show combines devised storytelling with physical movement. Paperfeet is a brand new physical theatre company dedicated to creating new, truthful and exciting productions that are accessible to all people. “The Spirit of The Fringe” (Jessica Cheetham, The Argus) 30th – 31st May, 1st June 6pm – £7.50/£5 —-

The Post- War Orchestra – St Nicholas Church

Make Music Not War: Imagining an era when violent conflicts have ceased, The Post War Orchestra transforms deactivated weapons and other military equipment into musical instruments. Come and hear the unique and inspiring sound of a Concerto for a Sonar Generator, guitars and flutes made from rifles and a lyre made from a WW2 steel helmet. “Incredibly poetic & beautiful…” (renowned conductor Charles Hazlewood). Plus support from Brighton’s local Kora group The Sound Warriors. 31st May – 7.30pm £10/£5 Under 25’s —-

Sky Lounge –  Embassy Court Roof Terrace

The year is 1963. You are cordially invited to enjoy a cocktail and the best view in Brighton, with the ghosts of some of our former residents. Early 60’s dress optional. Ticket includes one cocktail 31st May, 1st June 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm £8.50/£7.50 —-

The Spiegeltent and SpeigelPub

The Speigeltent is the jewel in the crown of the Old Steine pleasure Gardens. The antique mirrored dancehall will provide a magical setting for a rich and varied programme of contemporary performance, live music, spoken word and cabaret from Brighton and the world. This years Speigeltent will host 122 different artists, acts or groups, 100 performances and  1 specially commissioned world premiere. The Spiegelpub will be open throughout, serving the finest drinks meals and refreshments, it’s the best beer garden in town with an on site Fringe box office, fun and games and free entertainment on the Green Room stage. The Spiegeltent is the ultimate cabaret and music salon.  For the duration of the festival at Old Steine Gardens 2 May- 1 June Free

Crimplene Millionaire- Marlborough Theatre

White Dog Poo! Angel Delight! Chicken in a basket! Orville the Duck! All of this- and much, much more. You are invited to play the Crimplene Millionaire board game; with a roll of the dice your host, the crimplene- clad light entertainer Derek Daniels, rolls back the years to a world of 70s glitz and razzmatazz. Win Crimplene Millionaire and you could enter the 1980s with loadsamoney! Crimplene Millionaire is supported by Arts Council England, The Nightingale Theatre and Applause Rural Touring. “sexperimental-theatre-cum-big-money-gameshow” 1 May 8pm 2-3 May 10.15pm £9 (£7) —-

Invisible Giant- The Warren: Main House

If plastic could talk, what story would it tell? Award- winning Feral Theatre present the story of being made of rubbish, who grows inexorably larger, it’s life shaped by what we discard. With a powerful fusion of physical theatre, music and inventive puppetry, we follow its journey to understand where it comes from. But can it face where it’s going? 3,5,1,29 May 4pm £9 (£7.50, £28 Family) —-

beowulfrealBeowulf- The Duke-box Theatre

Our contemporary version of the epic, `Beowulf` combines table-top and shadow puppetry, live music and poetry. A Saxon poet performs his tale in verse, bringing the story to life with a memorable cast of puppet characters, each with their own unique voice and style. They debate, dance and battle their way through a story about bravery, fame and humanity. Awarded ideas Tap Brighton Fringe Award 2014. “An excellent, modern, family- friendly tale… The Saxon storytellers would be proud.” (The Argus) 3,10,11 May 3.45pm 20 May 8pm £8 (£7) —-

George Egg: Anarchist Cook, Upstairs at Three and Ten

If you like food, you’ll like this. Internationally acclaimed comedian George Egg is also a rather fanatical self-taught cook with a somewhat anarchic approach to making meals.  Being frankly more obsessed with culinary matters than comedic ones, and dissatisfied with the quality and cost of takeaways and room-service meals while touring the stand-up comedy clubs of the UK, George embarks on a project to take matters into his own capable hands. “Hugely entertaining” (The Guardian). 12, 14, 15 May 9.30pm £8.50 (£7) —-

Casual Violence: Om Nom Nom Nominous- Marlborough Theatre

Award- winning, Brighton-born sketch villains will fling their darkest, weidest, strangest bits at you for an hour. One sell-out, best-of show from Edinburgh Fringe 2013, reinvigorated by new material and an extra `Nom` in the title. ***** “Dark, twisted ad superb… your kidneys will hurt from laughing” (The Skinny) 24-26 May 9pm £10(£9) —- 

Abigoliah Schamaun is Working on It – Caroline of Brunswick

Hailing from New York, Schamaun makes her Brighton Fringe debut. After tearing it up at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Glasgow International Comedy Festival; she brings with her a slew of dirty jokes and outrageous stories. “Unapologetically upfront, her shocking escapades and adventures are guaranteed to draw shrieks of laughter from the whole audience” ***** (ThreeWeeks). 6-7 May 7.45pm £5/£4 —-

Memoirs of a Slutsky– Marlborough Theatre

Burlesque artist, storyteller and comedienne Zoe Charles – founder of the award-winning burlesque school The Cheek of It! – gives us a guided tour behind the glamour. We travel back in time to a small suburban town in the late 80s: three mums, two dads, eight kids, five cats, three gerbils, two rabbits and one council house! A charming, cheeky and downright hilarious tale of a girl in search of normal and finding naughty. 9-11 May, 7.20pm £9.50 (£7.50)

rbresizeRed Bastard- Komedia Mainspace

Could this five-star, dangerous, seductive comedy monster literally change your life? Experience the madness of New York’s Crown Prince of comedy. Anything can happen in this absurd master class where Red Bastard lures his “students” into raw conversation, rewards, traps and catch 22s, encouraging risk and personal discovery. Contains nudity and strong language. “Very, very funny” New York Times, “A Volcanic Tour de Force” (LA Theatre Review), “A staggering theatrical coup” (Metro) 16 May 5pm, 17 May 3pm, 18 May 4pm, 19-20 May 8pm £15 (£12.50)

Sex with Animals  Marlborough Theatre

In his Edinbugh Fringe 2013 sell out expedition through animal’s often hilarious, occasionally profound sexual habits, Ryan Good (Neo-Futurist, NY Innovative Theatre Award Winner) as Ryan the Bisexual Lion shows we are all perverted, loving confused creatures who makes ridiculous faces when we orgasm. Rarr. “David Attenborough meets Eddie Izzard on Grindr” (NY Post) “Obscenely good and swashbucklingly erudite” ***** (Broadway Baby) 22 – 25 May 10.15pm £8  (£6) 

Duwayne – The Old Market

He survived Stephen Lawrence’s killers. Can he survive the Met? Traumatised by his best friend’s murder, Duwayne Brooks was treated as a potential criminal instead of a witness. He faced years of torment by those who should have been on his side. Harassed by police on trumped up charges and hounded incessantly over the years, Duwayne faced the impossible struggle of challenging what life appeared to have in store. Based on fact, this new play by Gail Louw reveals the truth behind the headlines. 26-28 May 8pm £14 (£12) —-

La Bouche in Watch my lips & Baby Lame – Marlborough Theatre

Exploding drag, gender, queer shame and otherness, La Bouche is a human barely understood, born into a universe where conformity is key. Using mask, lip-sync, song and dance La Bouche invites you to laugh, dance, cry and scream for acceptance. Baby Lame arrives with a debauched mix of songs, animation, tight dance routines and audience participation. Think MTV’s ‘My Super Sweet 16’ on crack, mixed with ‘Honey Boo Boo’, ‘The Exorcist’ and a sprinkling of Whitney Houston’s ashes (RIP!) 30-31 May, 10.15pm £10 (£8) 

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