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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. 

We've picked seven of the very best shows for our Editor's Choice awards this year.  Read about our winners >>



 
Keepers
Published on Thursday, 13 May 2010

It’s a difficult one, Keepers.  In this partly-historical tale of early-1800’s lighthouse men, I saw much I knew I ought to admire: strong performance, innovative atmospherics, and a subtly-developed twist in the tale.  Even now, part of my brain tells me that I must have loved it – but for a reason I can’t put my finger on, it never quite managed to draw me in.

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Off The Cuff present: Cuff TV
Published on Thursday, 13 May 2010

As I was leaving Upstairs at Three And Ten and pondering my review of this show, an overheard snatch of conversation as good as did the job for me.  “They were nervous at the beginning, weren’t they?” asked a woman of her companion.  “Much better later on,” agreed the man, before they headed off into the night.

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Big Bite-Size'd Brunch/Tea Party
Published on Thursday, 13 May 2010

I’ve a confession to make: this was the first time I’d seen Bite-Size Theatre, despite their elevation to the status of Fringe Institution over the last couple of years.  Of course, I’d heard all about their popular smorgasbord of back-to-back ten-minute plays, but the traditional Bite-Size Breakfast slot is just a bit too early for me.  So I was relieved to see this year’s programme timed at 11.30; and I was treated to some civilized entertainment fitting for the civilized hour.

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Uncanny Valley
Published on Thursday, 13 May 2010

An electronic bell-tower, a theremin-playing robot and a possessed ventriloquist’s doll.  It can mean only one thing: Jenny and Sarah Angliss, the gadget-mad musical sisters otherwise known as Spacedog, have taken over the stage.

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I Found My Horn
Published on Wednesday, 12 May 2010

I recommend you book tickets now for this hugely entertaining, funny and engaging play, which Brighton is privileged to see performed again twice on 23 May.

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Paul Ricketts - Cutter's Choice
Published on Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Cutter's Choice is a distinctive and extraordinary show. Sub-titled A Personal and Political Black Hair-Story, Ricketts's deceptively simple premise – a short romp through his life in haircuts – reveals a fascinating story about social change and racial integration over the last thirty years of British history.

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Dido Craves
Published on Tuesday, 11 May 2010

This isn’t the review I thought I’d write, ten minutes in.  Stuffed with all the elegance of a stranded walrus into the most uncomfortable seat on the Fringe, I found myself – like the mythical Aeneas – entirely lost at sea.  But as I snapped my notebook shut and gritted my teeth against the expected hour of pain, something rather wonderful took over; I learned to let the images and language wash through me, and quite forgot my suffering body as this simplest of all productions gradually reeled me in.

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Havisham
Published on Tuesday, 11 May 2010

I was completely bewitched by this inventive and persuasive production, which caught me in its spell from the moment I entered the theatre to the very last second of the play.  I might have held my breath all the way through, so intense was the angst which pervaded.  Built around the character from Dickens’ Great Expectations, it was a perfect reflection of the irrecoverable depth of heartbreak Miss Havisham suffered – and my gaze never shifted from the fantastic scene of the crime.

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The Secret Garden
Published on Tuesday, 11 May 2010

I’m a huge fan of site-specific theatre – that rather pretentious umbrella term for anything which takes place away from a conventional stage.  So I was excited at the thought of this trip to Misselthwaite Manor, evoked for the Fringe with elegant simplicity in the basement of a townhouse in Brunswick.  And thanks to a strong cast, including two first-class child actors, my tour through the world of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic novel was a memorable one.

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Frightmare: Tales of Horror and Hysteria
Published on Monday, 10 May 2010

Often, the real test of a Fringe show's resilience is size. How well can the show cope when everything is squeezed? Micro budgets mean micro venues, micro casts, micro sets. And, more than everything, the scale of the Fringe can mean micro audiences too. I was once told the unwritten rule that if there are more punters than cast the show must go on; after midnight on a Saturday night there were only 5 of us asking to be entertained – but the cast numbered just 2, and they certainly gave us a show.

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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.