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Ragnarok: The Weird of the Gods
Published on Thursday, 03 May 2012


Upstairs at Three and Ten (venue website)
5-6, 26-27 May, 3:00pm-4:00pm

 Parental Guidance. Under-17's must be accompanied by an adult.
 Warning: Contains strong language.
 World Premiere.
 2-for-1 tickets for Friends of the Fringe members.

In previous Brighton festivals, local performer John Hinton has delighted our reviewers under various guises. In The Origin of Species, Richard Stamp was enchanted by his gleeful take on Charles Darwin, while Mathilda Gregory found herself hypnotized by Jonny Acecraft of Spalien Acecraft. So we’re rather intrigued to experience his latest regeneration, as Norse god Loki, in his new work Ragnarok: Weird of the Gods.

It’s the story of a terrible crime, and of the gods meeting their end – which on the face of it, sounds more the meat of overblown drama than a comic romp. But Hinton’s got promising form with type of material. We know he has an unfailing knack for poking fun at the preposterous, and the hyperbole of this story could well be right up his silly street. He’s also from Sweden – so epic tales are in his blood.

And it’s a great addition to what is, this year, shaping up to be a very child-friendly festival. It’s an afternoon show billed as suitable for adults and children alike, and based on previous form, it’s bound to be packed full of jaunty musical numbers. With any luck, we’ll get to enjoy something akin to the BBC’s Horrible Histories.

Right now, nothing is more in vogue in popular culture than blood-thirsty Scandinavian crime stories. So why not enjoy the original? In the silliest way possible.

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