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Co-founder of FringeGuru and self-confessed Festival geek, Richard Stamp came to Edinburgh on a six-month assignment and never quite got round to moving back.  In his ten years enjoying theatre in the city, he's been chased by ghosts, abducted by the army and watched Macbeth on a motorbike.  He denies sleeping with a Fringe programme under his pillow. Richard will be blogging from the Edinburgh Fringe later in August.  For now, here's his blog from the Brighton Fringe in May.

FringeGuru's Editor's Choices for Brighton 2010
Published on Sunday, 30 May 2010

The last few acts of the Brighton Fringe have played themselves out, and all eyes are starting to look to Edinburgh.  But before we head north, we've some important business to complete... because, for the first time, we're bringing our Editor's Choice awards to Brighton.  It's a pleasure and an honour to be able to recognize those shows that left the strongest impression on our reviewing team.

Curious Fringe: The Band in the Egg
Published on Friday, 14 May 2010

If you've walked along Brighton seafront over the last week, you can't have missed the giant egg sitting next to the West Pier.  Inside you'll find three members of The Myst, the Sussex-based band who've made the egg their temporary home.

Curious Fringe: Residence Pop-Up Restaurant
Published on Thursday, 13 May 2010

In Brighton in May, you can add a Fringe twist to almost everything you do.  In this audio blog, I drop into the Residence Pop-Up Restaurant, for a spot of lunch with a touch of artistic flair.

Curious Fringe: Before I Sleep and Abie Philbin Bowman
Published on Wednesday, 12 May 2010

It's a two-parter audio blog from me today, recorded as I make my way to my one and (likely) only official Festival event: "Before I Sleep" in the now-defunct Co-Op building.  In a first for me, I give my immediate reactions right after stepping out of the show.

Curious Fringe: The Go-Game
Published on Tuesday, 11 May 2010

In this new audio blog from the Brighton Fringe, I'll be seeking out the unusual, the creative and the easily-missed around and about the city this May.  It's a chance to get out from the theatres and comedy clubs, and try to catch that spark of unconstrained creativity which defines the Fringe for me.

Why you should never send press releases as PDFs
Published on Tuesday, 13 April 2010

I'm posting this blog as a follow-up to a conversation on Twitter, when Chris Cooke from ThreeWeeks kicked off a campaign to send one simple message to the world: NEVER SEND PRESS RELEASES AS PDFs.  It's advice you've probably heard before - but after I'd repeated Chris's rallying cry, a few people tweeted back to ask me why.  Fair question.  Let me explain.

Guest Review: Don't Take The Drugs
Published on Wednesday, 17 March 2010

I'm in Edinburgh at the moment, preparing for the much-awaited launch of the Edinburgh International Festival programme - but at this time of year, the real action is down in Brighton.  Our reviewer Fiona Russell took the chance to catch up with some pre-Fringe comedy last weekend, thanks to a first-anniversary show from local group, Casual Violence.

Belt Up announce Edinburgh line-up
Published on Tuesday, 23 February 2010

In the second part of my interview with the young, York-based theatre company Belt Up, the group's four founders - Alexander, Dominic, James and Jethro - share their plans for the Edinburgh Fringe this year.  Apart from a few cryptic hints on their blog, they've been tight-lipped about their much-anticipated third Fringe season, so I'm delighted they've chosen FringeGuru to unveil their programme for 2010.

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This is an archived column from Brighton 2010.  We keep our archives online as a courtesy to those we've featured, and for readers who'd like to research previous years' reviews.