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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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Fridays, When It Rains
Published on Wednesday, 19 May 2010

With this play, Iambic Arts promised a chilling ghost story and a psychological drama. I certainly didn’t walk into an eerie atmosphere: the theatre was cosy, and a warm Friday-night buzz of anticipation pervaded as attendees brought glasses of wine to their seats, all of which were taken. But suspense was generated by the stage set being hidden from audience view by black drapes, and I looked forward to being drawn in, ‘riveted and fascinated’.

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Otherwise
Published on Tuesday, 18 May 2010

This is an excellent and ambitious production – and far better than its blurb suggests. On the face of it, this was not going to be original; the story is set in a police cell, and the main character, Harry, doesn’t remember why he’s there or what happened the night before. When the play opened with Harry sat opposite a police officer in interview, I anticipated the focus would be on the interview itself, maybe even as a vehicle for a statement on police powers. Wrong!

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My Life As A Footnote
Published on Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Epic poetry is an acquired taste, but I'm a fan. I went to see Dave Cohen's lunchtime show precisely because it was billed as an hour-long performance poem – and well aware that such a thing would be enough to send other people running.

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The Short & Girlie Show
Published on Monday, 17 May 2010

The Short and Girlie team are well aware of all the stereotypes around lesbians lacking of a sense of humour. The blurb for their show reads “Lesbians, doing comedy… are you having a laugh?” This six-woman improv troupe attempts to prove those assumptions wrong, and they certainly achieve that – but the show still left me wanting something more.

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Above Below
Published on Sunday, 16 May 2010

So here’s a witty thing.  A few doors down the road from The Secret Garden, the much-talked-about immersive play I reviewed earlier this week, there’s a rival site-specific performance staged in a rival Regency townhouse.  Above Below has a very different story, and a very different approach to the space it’s in; but in its own way I enjoyed it just as much as its more-vaunted neighbour.

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Bob Slayer's Punk Rock Chat Show
Published on Sunday, 16 May 2010

I don't quite know what to say about this show, as I effectively didn't see it.  I was at the venue, it was the right time, but Mr Slayer (in his own words) couldn't be bothered.

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Spalien Acecraft: Back on Grolid Sound
Published on Sunday, 16 May 2010

Spalien Acecraft are going all-out for the label “space oddity”. Their thoroughly entertaining show is so out of this world that it’s hard to know where to start.

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Grit Lit: Tales from the Edge
Published on Saturday, 15 May 2010

Stories and storytelling must be one of the oldest forms of entertainment. But can watching writers read aloud compete with the more glittery, in-your-face brashness that Brighton Fringe has to offer? With a bill of seven writers on offer, Grit Lit was my chance to find out if this pared-down simplicity could cut it.

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Are There More of You?
Published on Friday, 14 May 2010

I started this show rather harried.  The venue is listed as being on Gardner Street, but the entrance is actually on the considerably less salubrious Regent Street.  By the time I was taking my seat in the Iambic Arts Theatre's little black box of a venue, I was grateful to have made it; glad that, after a while wandering bewildered looking for a sign for venue 99, I hadn't just given up.

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EXPRESSO by Theatre 21
Published on Friday, 14 May 2010

As an hour or so of entertainment this performance was amusing, if not thought-provoking.  The five performers were confident and there were some very good performances (names were listed on the flyer but individuals were not identifiable), but it’s still hard to recommend it over any other show.  I’d say it was reminiscent more of an end-of-term performance than a professional-quality play.

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FROM OUR ARCHIVES

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.