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The Brighton Fringe is here again!  Running throughout May, England's largest arts gathering is going from strength to strength, drawing together the city's already-vibrant cultural scene and cementing its position among the leading Festivals of the world.  Informal and manageable, all events are within easy striking distance of London - or if you're coming from further afield, Gatwick's a short train ride away.

The Brighton Fringe is four weeks long this year.  In a change from previous festivals, events run from 4 May right through to 2 June - taking in both May's bank holidays, as well as school half-term.



 
I Look: I Divine
Published on Thursday, 23 May 2013
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3 stars

Marlborough Theatre (venue website)
Theatre
21-24 May, 7:30pm-8:30pm
Reviewed by Ben Aitken

 Warning: Contains strong language.
 Warning: Contains flashing lights.
 Suitable for age 16+ only.

Mark Kydd’s one-man, semi-autobiographical show is a taut and lucid piece of storytelling that concerns the trials and traumas of two pairs of gay brothers: one from either side of the Atlantic, one from either side of fiction.

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The Life & Adventures of Billy The Kid
Published on Thursday, 23 May 2013
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2 stars

The Nightingale (venue website)
Theatre
21-22 May, 9:00pm-10:00pm
Reviewed by Darren Taffinder

 World Premiere.
 Parental Guidance. Under-17's must be accompanied by an adult.

To be honest, I have no idea what to say about The Life & Adventures of Billy the Kid. It’s a bit like trying to review Airplane! after watching heavy versions of Hamlet for a month. Was it good? I’m not really sure if good or bad, or even relevant. Some of it was awful. Some of it was really funny. Some of it was a complete mess. Did I laugh throughout? Yes, but that might say more about me than the show.

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In Extremis
Published on Wednesday, 22 May 2013
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3 stars

The Old Courtroom (venue website)
Theatre
17, 19 May, 1-2 Jun, 7:00pm-7:45pm; 18 May, 7:00pm-7:45pm, 7:30pm-8:20pm; 30-31 May, 7:30pm-8:20pm
Reviewed by Darren Taffinder

 Suitable for age 16+ only.

In Extremis by Neil Bartlett is about Oscar Wilde’s visit to a palm reader, a few days before the start of his libel trail. At times it left me feeling like a non-Trekkie at a Star Trek convention, though admittedly, on the spectrum of Wilde obsessives I’m somewhat on the low end. I recently visited his grave in Paris – which was a lot grander than I was expecting – but otherwise, my knowledge begins and ends with the Stephen Fry film.

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You and Me
Published on Wednesday, 22 May 2013
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4 stars

The Nightingale (venue website)
Theatre
17-19 May, 9:00pm-10:00pm
Reviewed by Darren Taffinder

You and Me starts with a bang, or rather, a fart. It might be my inner twelve-year-old coming out – but if you can’t laugh at a good fart joke, then something must be wrong with you. At its heart this is a deeply human show, and after all, you can’t get any more human than flatulence.

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Well-Behaved Women Rarely Make History
Published on Wednesday, 22 May 2013
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3 stars

Upstairs at Three and Ten (venue website)
Theatre
17-19 May, 1:00pm-1:45pm
Reviewed by Mathilda Gregory

 Warning: Contains strong language and nudity.
 Suitable for age 16+ only.

This is an interesting one-woman show, performed by the versatile and confident Caroline Curran. The simple premise is to present a glimpse into the lives of some notorious women, who illustrate the Marilyn Monroe quote which gives the show its title. The first of these is Marilyn herself, the second Mo Mowlam, and the third is murderer Aileen Wuornos.

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Someone else's shoes
Published on Tuesday, 21 May 2013
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4 stars

The Old Market (venue website)
Theatre
10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31 May, 2 Jun, 5:30pm-6:30pm, 7:00pm-8:00pm, 8:30pm-9:30pm
Reviewed by Richard Stamp

 Warning: Contains strong language.
 World Premiere.
 Suitable for age 16+ only.

Here’s a creative, funny, upbeat gem of a show – a show which you, the audience, very much help to put on. The setup’s simple enough: present yourself to the box office at The Old Market and wait to be collected by a slightly officious “tour guide”, who kits you out with an MP3 player and despatches you on a guided walk round Hove. But that’s just the jumping-off point for a wacky, wonderful hour of tomfoolery, which sees you play a pivotal role in a comedic tale of mystery.

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Albertís Boy
Published on Tuesday, 21 May 2013
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1 stars

Marlborough Theatre (venue website)
Theatre
18-19, 25-27 May, 4:00pm-5:20pm
Reviewed by Alice de Cent

 Parental Guidance. Under-17's must be accompanied by an adult.

An aging Albert Einstein is troubled by his distant relationship with his son, and an all-too-present guilt about creating the atom bomb. Add in a missing cat, and it’s no wonder he’s having trouble explaining everything in the universe. When his friend Peter arrives to stay, newly returned from the Korean War, Albert’s pacifism is put to the test by the highly-visible effects of a prolonged conflict.

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This Time Next Year
Published on Tuesday, 21 May 2013
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4 stars

Varndean School Car Park (venue website)
Theatre
11, 18 May, 12:00pm-1:00pm, 1:30pm-2:30pm, 3:00pm-4:00pm, 4:30pm-5:30pm, 6:00pm-7:00pm
Reviewed by Richard Stamp

 World Premiere.
 Suitable for age 18+ only.

Another year, another assignation in the back of a stranger’s Citroen. This Time Next Year is the third of Random Acts Theatre Company’s unconventional annual forays to the Brighton Fringe – which see four short plays staged in the front seats of four parked cars, performed to audiences of just two people in the rear. It was, as ever, an enjoyable and refreshing experience, which proved once again that small-scale close-up theatre can be as effective as a grand spectacle on a distant stage.

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