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4:41pm Monday 28th May 2012
4:11pm Monday 28th May 2012
Hell, observes our chest-baring dandy of a devil incarnate in this fire-and-brimstone single act fringe epic, is to be found in the pub on a Friday night, in the drunken moments where 21st century damsels and dukes bid sleazily for one another's attention.
1:22pm Monday 28th May 2012
Confusion is normal. Act first and reflect later. You can change the world if you want to. Help is at hand to stay sane. These were just some of the nuggets of advice espoused by three authors here representing the London-based School Of Life, which has recently published its “How to…” guides.
1:20pm Monday 28th May 2012
1:18pm Monday 28th May 2012
You play Bach your way and I'll play him his, was Wanda Landowska's celebrated riposte to criticism of her harpsichord interpretation. But every musician plays Bach his way today, because everybody can. Yet blood is still spilt in argument over Bach on period keyboards or modern pianos. Richard Egarr's contribution to the debate was a fine, full-blooded performance of Book l of the 48 Preludes and Fugues on what he described as the Aston Martin of harpsichords.
12:53pm Monday 28th May 2012
12:52pm Monday 28th May 2012
12:50pm Monday 28th May 2012
War Sum Up, a multimedia opera of traditional Japanese poetry and contemporary manga graphics, wasn’t really a pleasant experience. But then at the heart of the performance lies some fairly dark and unpleasant themes.
12:48pm Monday 28th May 2012
12:23pm Monday 28th May 2012
On the last weekend of Brighton Festival and Fringe, everyone in the city was ready to party. New company Babylon kicked off the festivities with The Hanging Gardens Of Brighton, a new small festival, one of several preview events around the country ahead of their debut full-size festival in August.
12:21pm Monday 28th May 2012
It was a blistering hot Sunday afternoon and Varndean school shimmered in the heat. In the playground were four vehicles – the set. An audience of two were tucked into the back seat of each car and waited, windows obscured by black paper studded with pinpricks of light, enough air swirling around from the open boots to keep things cool.
12:30pm Monday 28th May 2012
Comedy pair Lizzy Mace and Juliette Burton are on a mission – to find love in the manner of a romantic comedy. But unlike the heroines of every rom com ever made, these two ladies don't have a tear-jerking soundtrack, immaculate hair or a guaranteed Prince Charming after 90 minutes.
12:28pm Monday 28th May 2012
12:23pm Monday 28th May 2012
Guilt, guilt and more guilt. Fashion designer Samantha is talking to dummies again (three of them her mannequins), and knocking back whisky waiting for the phone to ring. It doesn’t, and there’s no escaping the self-recrimination that comes with desiring her best friend’s man. Writing cheques out to charities in response to begging letters isn’t having the desired effect of assuaging her guilt. So it carries on.
12:20pm Monday 28th May 2012
It’s hard to be boundlessly energetic in a room as hot as an oven, but Doug Segal managed it. Mind-reader, comedian and all-round winning stage presence, Segal kept the audience applauding and astounded throughout his 60-minute show.
12:19pm Monday 28th May 2012
In the wake of the 2011’s awards-show darling The Artist, the mode of silent cinema has received a bit of an awareness boost of late. The Silent Movie Experience at the Komedia Studio provided another cinematic education, this time one that’s perfect for the kids.
12:17pm Monday 28th May 2012
12:16pm Monday 28th May 2012
We don’t usually sit around recalling our mistakes. You can’t just unsend an email sent to the wrong person, and we often spend our lives trying to forget these things ever happened. This performance by Hannah Jane Walker and Chris Thorpe was designed to tempt skeletons from the cupboard and offer redemption.
12:15pm Monday 28th May 2012
This delightful show of “physical theatre” celebrated the Olympics – in unlikely fashion. While national patience runs thin before London 2012 has really started, Rachael Savage and Vamos Theatre “bring a little bit of magic” back, yet no Olympic torch in sight.
11:54am Monday 28th May 2012
A group of random people meets every Tuesday. The only thing they have in common is they are all dying. Since they don’t have to skirt around the C word here to cater for other people’s awkwardness, they can each be as open and honest as they want about the effects of the illness now in control of their lives.
11:55am Monday 28th May 2012
11:52am Monday 28th May 2012
Samuel Beckett’s one-man play hauntingly evokes how time and age makes us strange to ourselves. Aidan Stephenson’s one-off performance captured this achingly well, shading between slapstick and quiet tragedy.
11:47am Monday 28th May 2012
11:44am Monday 28th May 2012
12:22pm Friday 25th May 2012
Brighton’s Tanglehead Productions won an Audience Choice Award for their debut at last year’s Fringe, a site-specific version of Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest at this alternative health centre.
5:26pm Thursday 24th May 2012
Four authors who have recently had books published by Sceptre read from their novels, before an open discussion with the host, Dr Katy Shaw, senior lecturer in English Literature at the University of Brighton.
5:29pm Thursday 24th May 2012
The forensic-style white all-in-one handed to me as I entered the faux-Victorian tent-come-library was an odd but strangely apt way to start a night of decadence. Before me lay a chamber heavy with a fog, into which I was ushered to discover it was in fact food architects Bombas And Parr’s cloud cocktail chamber – a heady steam bath of gin concoction.
5:28pm Thursday 24th May 2012
The Festival Fringe serves up a second helping of the work of Stephen Sondheim. This compilation is a songfest with a storyline, albeit a thin one. Set within a framework of a cocktail party, given by a wealthy businessman and his society wife, it examines their relationship along with that of one of his young employees and his girlfriend.
3:14pm Thursday 24th May 2012
David Greig’s latest production for Brighton Festival follows a group of academics gathered in Kelso, Scotland, to determine why the Border Ballad is neither border nor ballad. Though it’s a suitable question for pedants more bothered with post-structuralism than life and love, there is nothing fusty or parochial about the storytelling.
11:37am Wednesday 23rd May 2012
11:34am Wednesday 23rd May 2012
The Last Tuesday Society: Crowley Cinematography, Hendricks Library Of Delightfully Peculiar Writings, Brighton, May 22
11:32am Wednesday 23rd May 2012
After a game of spot the goth, New Jersey author and mysticism specialist (also, bizarrely, ex-member of rock band Blondie) Gary Lachman introduced a capacity crowd to the cinematic influence of legendary occultist, the “Great Beast” Aleister Crowley.
11:29am Wednesday 23rd May 2012
11:20am Wednesday 23rd May 2012
It’d be difficult to disagree with the motives and messages of this Festival event. In a series of short lectures, Richard Jolly, from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, and Stephany Griffiths-Jones, from Columbia University, forensically critiqued the global financial crisis and, more pertinently, dissected what they argued were the ill-advised austerity messages being adopted to tackle it.
11:16am Wednesday 23rd May 2012
Hearing her recent album and the first couple of songs at the Dome, you wouldn’t have been prepared for the sustained and infectious energy that quickly followed Fatoumata Diawara’s performance on Tuesday night.
12:03pm Tuesday 22nd May 2012
10:31am Tuesday 22nd May 2012
Why did an evening that promised to be awash with glittering moments, offer just a few glimpses of inspiration? Here, after all, was a highly accomplished stage-full of musicians and vocalists, presenting material from the pen of a woman dubbed by Richard Thompson as “the greatest female artist of her generation”.
10:34am Tuesday 22nd May 2012
10:33am Tuesday 22nd May 2012
10:30am Tuesday 22nd May 2012
A song needs a singer. A song does not exist in isolation, neither can it leap off the printed page. In order to come alive, it needs a singer of natural talent, preferably with the secure technique that comes from years of work and training; a singer who is able to inhabit the song, and to own it so completely that it can be given back to an audience, enhanced and enlivened through that singer's personality.
10:28am Tuesday 22nd May 2012
The Cardinall’s Musick is a group of singers, directed by Andrew Carwood, dedicated to performing Renaissance music. At the moment they are touring the country giving programmes exclusively devoted to the sacred music of William Byrd, one of that era’s greatest composers.
2:49pm Monday 21st May 2012
The show, Babushkin Sekret, has a story thread through it, which attempts to highlight the historical context and significance of Russia’s circuses. It is based on the legend of the “12 Chairs”, which were seized from a rich family by the Bolsheviks during the Russian Revolution in the early 1900s as part of its Communist expropriation of possessions.
1:15pm Monday 21st May 2012
1:13pm Monday 21st May 2012
12:01pm Monday 21st May 2012
James Vincent McMorrow puts the success of his debut album, Early In The Morning, down to a period of self-imposed seclusion. Yet crowds walking away from his latest gig felt something quite different to the desolation of a lonely Irish beach-house.
11:58am Monday 21st May 2012
From its origins in a west London pub, 5x15 has developed a cult following, which makes it more than a glorified book talk. It has one of those titles that would make a certain wood preservative manufacturer happy, the concept is exactly as it says on the ticket: five speakers talk without a script for 15 minutes each.
11:57am Monday 21st May 2012
Live_Transmission Scanner And Heritage Orchestra Rework Joy Division, Brighton Dome Concert Hall, May 18
11:55am Monday 21st May 2012
11:52am Monday 21st May 2012
“You don’t know where you’re going, till you know where you came from,” recounts Charlie Fairbanks. And so begins a journey through the life of Charlie, born in Texas, growing up in a country expanding and looking beyond its own planet.
11:54am Monday 21st May 2012
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