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Brighton 2010: Reviews Archive

These are archived reviews from the Brighton Fringe in May 2010.  We keep archived reviews online as a courtesy to performers, and to help members of the public researching the history of a show. 

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Lyrix Organix: Emergence
Published on Wednesday, 02 June 2010

The terms “eclectic” and “collective” are used so often in these festival circles that they lose their power, but I can think of none more fitting to describe the set-up of Lyrix Organix.  They describe it as improv-hip-hop-theatre (hyphens my own). Perhaps, then, a career as a reviewer is not for me; but don't hold this against such a fantastically diverse, vibrant, intelligent troupe.

Published on Tuesday, 25 May 2010

I’m excited.  I’m ridiculously excited.  I’m as excited as I was when I first discovered Belt Up, and that makes me very excited indeed.  Oneohone Theatre’s self-titled 101 is imperfect, quixotic and more than a little risky; but it’s the kind of risk young theatre-makers should take, and it was nothing less than a privilege to walk the high-wire with them.

Brighton Goes Gospel in Concert
Published on Monday, 24 May 2010

Brighton Goes Gospel is a highly-regarded local institution, now entering its tenth year.  Each December they put on a Christmas show, as well as a "grand concert" for the Fringe – this year at Roedean School – which I was lucky enough to attend.

Bane: Part Two
Published on Sunday, 23 May 2010

I wouldn’t ordinarily have chosen to see this – I didn’t see Bane: Part One, and in any case a ‘film noir parody’ was not likely to be my kind of thing. But I was at this great venue on Friday, and was struck by their promise that this would be ‘one of the best performances of the festival’; it was some claim, and I was tempted along.

Max and Ivan
Published on Sunday, 23 May 2010

I used to be on the writing team for a comedy show which involved one of the cast getting naked almost every month. The one thing we all knew was that you didn’t want to be the author of the sketch that came directly after the 'naked' sketch, because it would be completely lost as the audience composed themselves. Well, Max and Ivan also have a 'naked' sketch. It's very funny. And they also have a very cute way of dealing with the 5 minutes of shocked reaction that follows it.

The World's Wife
Published on Sunday, 23 May 2010

Before ‘curtain up’, I often ask myself what exactly I am there to review. This is a case in point because – being a fan of award-winning poet Carol Ann Duffy – I consider that I’m reviewing not the poetry but this performance of it; yet I’m keen for Mephisto Theatre Company to do the work justice.

Dancing On Your Grave
Published on Saturday, 22 May 2010

I’ve seen the names of The Cholmondeleys and The Featherstonehaughs before, and didn’t know how to say them (Chumleys and Fanshaws apparently).  Having crossed this pronunciation barrier, I could then only expect the unexpected from their billing – under ‘dance and physical theatre’ – as a music hall artistes’ tour through purgatory. This was not an easy choice for the last Friday night of the Fringe! But I got a lot more than I bargained for, with musician / songwriters Steve Blake and Nigel Burch as heart and soul of the performance. (In passing, how come the choreographer got a mention in the blurb, but not them?)

No Straightjacket Required
Published on Friday, 21 May 2010

At the beginning of his show, Mackenzie Taylor asks the audience if we all know what it's about – and when we nod he double-checks, 'You all know it's about my mental illness and suicide attempt?' We nod again, he laughs, and he explains that he wanted to check nobody thought it was a Phil Collins retrospective.

Here Comes The Bride
Published on Thursday, 20 May 2010

Some ideas are just so right, they’re practically destined to succeed.  At St Andrew’s Church in Hove, Beside The Seaside Productions have found a magnificent venue – but what should they stage in a church?  Well, of course: a wedding.

Frisky and Mannish's School of Pop
Published on Wednesday, 19 May 2010

If you've seen Frisky and Mannish before, you won't be surprised to hear that they left the Komedia audience breathless on Sunday. A cabaret phenomenon with a growing reputation, to see them is to adore them. They are an act that you introduce friends to and those friends are always delighted. They are a joy.

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These are archived reviews of shows from Brighton 2010.  We keep our archives online as a courtesy to performers, and for readers who'd like to research previous years' reviews.