The Marlborough Theatre and Pink Fringe present: The Alternative Summer Season – Queer and LGBT Theatre in Brighton
27th June – 30th July 2014
This season celebrate muddled identities and explore social media narcissism as The Marlborough and Pink Fringe Present The Alternative Summer Season.
Brighton’s award-winning home for unconventional theatre, together with Pink Fringe – year-round purveyors of Queer and LGBT Theatre in Brighton – present a programme of red hot fringe theatre including seven Edinburgh previews.
What could be more alternative in summer than tennis?! Award-winning Jamie Wood kicks off the season by reliving a fateful Wimbledon match and a pivotal moment in his childhood. As well as a cathartic ritual, ‘Beating McEnroe’ (27th June) is a funny and moving performance about the consuming desire to be like other people. **** ‘brilliantly bonkers. A vital dose of joy’- (Fest)
While Louise Orwin’s controversial show ‘Pretty Ugly’ (30th July) explores the recent worldwide trend of teenage girls posting videos on YouTube asking viewers to rate their looks. Featuring a live YouTube experiment, some Britney, and childhood toys, the show has received international media attention and is previewing here before Edinburgh. ‘Pretty Ugly feels genuinely urgent and deeply necessary. It demands, and deserves, to be seen.’ ***** (Exeunt)
Also delving into our digital existence, our favourite dancing queens Figs in Wigs return to the Marlborough Theatre with ‘Show Off’ (16th July), examining how social media has bred a new form of narcissism. Masquerading as a variety show this desperately glitzy number continually reinvents itself to satisfy even the most depleted of attention spans.
Funny feminist duo, Sh!t Theatre also return, in ‘Guinea Pigs on Trial’ (5th – 6th July) the comedic result of a year trying to sell their bodies to medical science in an attempt to cure an empty piggy bank. No empty piggy banks here though! Tickets are no more than £6.50, discounted double bill tickets are available, and catch competitions on Twitter: @pinkfringeuk @marlytheatre
More excellent shows explore identity, independence, survival and love throughout July, using music, animation, bicycles dressed as horses, blue suede shoes, Mel Gibson [Details below] There’s also a triple bill of exciting new queer commissions presented in-development, featuring Lucy Hutson, Evan Ifekoya and DeNada Dance – ‘Transforming Stories’ (28th – 29th July).
Find out more at www.pinkfringe.org.uk, pick up a programme in the pub and check out the link below for a digital copy which includes full listings.
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