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Brighton Fringe: The West Pier, Sussex County Cricket Ground, Hove, May 30

12:30pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014

Although it was interesting to see the writer’s characters come to life on stage in Fellow Traveller Theatre Company’s adaptation of Patrick Hamilton’s The West Pier, it was the introductory debate which stayed in the mind.

Brighton Fringe: Opera Naked, Chapel Royal, Brighton, June 1

12:00pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014

The title suggested we might be given an interpretation of Opera Buffa but there wasn’t a nude in sight. The four singers instead exposed their souls and expressed feelings about their art.

Brighton Fringe: The Post War Orchestra, St Nicholas Church, Brighton, May 31

9:50am Tuesday 3rd June 2014

The idea behind the Post War Orchestra is intriguing. The brainchild of artist Hilary Champion, the "orchestra" (actually a band of six multi-instrumentalists) performs on deactivated weapons and military equipment - guitars and flutes forged from rifles and a lyre constructed from a Second World War steel helmet.

Brighton Fringe: John Hegley, Komedia, Brighton, May 31

9:43am Tuesday 3rd June 2014

Comic poet John Hegley was awarded 9-and-a-99/100th out of 10 according to one nine-year-old audience member after his hilarious show at the Komedia.

Brighton Fringe: Buddhism: Is It Just For Losers?, Marlborough Theatre, Brighton, May 28

8:00am Saturday 31st May 2014

MATT Rudkin’s head is full of rational thought. The only way to get rid of it is to explore the world of alternative therapy.

Brighton Fringe: B.O.A.T Benefit Zincbar, Spiegeltent, May 23

5:23pm Friday 30th May 2014

The Spiegeltent played host to a memorably fine night of comedy on May 23 in a special fundraising event. The Brighton Open Air Theatre (B.O.A.T.) was the ambitious dream of local theatre-maker Adrian Bunting, whose sad death last year left behind a strong legacy.

Brighton Fringe: Lucid Dreaming, Spiegeltent, May 28

5:19pm Friday 30th May 2014

Face your fears, turn your nightmares into success stories, improve your sporting abilities…. fulfil sex fantasies that are better left out of the 'real world'.

Brighton Fringe: What If Women Ruled The World, The Old Courtroom, May 29

5:11pm Friday 30th May 2014

The audience at The Old Courtroom spilled out of the seats and on to the stairs, eager to hear the distinguished panel assembled by The Institute of Development Studies to discuss – What If Women Ruled The World? Professor Andrea Cornwall chaired, debating the threats to women if they choose to enter politics and what the results of a balance of power might be.

Brighton Fringe: Greater Expectations, Unitarian Church, May 29

5:09pm Friday 30th May 2014

Four plays by four female writers were staged in 60 minutes, featuring seven actresses and one man, with four directors.

PATRICK HAMILTON’S THE WEST PIER

The Argus: Abbiegale Duncan and Callum Cameron

5:10pm Friday 30th May 2014

DESCRIBED by Graham Greene as “the best book written about Brighton”, The West Pier isn’t just a splendid evocation of the city between the wars.

Brighton Fringe: Knee Deep, Spiegeltent, Old Steine, until May 31

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11:19am Wednesday 28th May 2014

Take three boxes of half a dozen eggs. Line them up along a bench. Balance on the bench and walk across the eggs. The successful recipe for encapsulating an audience in one not- so-easy step.

Brighton Fringe: Hamlet, All Saints Church, Lewes, until May 28

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11:16am Wednesday 28th May 2014

This small cast of youthful and vibrant actors, presented by Gin & Tonic productions, brings a fresh and intense energy to the timeless Shakespearian play.

Brighton Fringe: Florence Foster Jenkins, The Warren Main House, Brighton, until May 29

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11:13am Wednesday 28th May 2014

As Florence Foster Jenkins sings it's hard to believe such a horrible noise can come out of such a glamorous and statuesque woman.

Brighton Festival: Breakin' Convention, Brighton Dome Concert Hall, May 27

The Argus: Brighton Festival: One, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, May 3

11:11am Wednesday 28th May 2014

This high-energy festival of hip hop dance theatre, showcasing performers from across the world and just down the road, was a joy from start to finish.

Brighton Fringe: James Campbell, The Old Market, May 27

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11:06am Wednesday 28th May 2014

Kids' comedian James Campbell is a legend in our family. We’ve seen him four times now and every time he provides a great show for adults and children alike.

Brighton Fringe: Not About Heroes, New Venture Theatre, until May 31

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3:51pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

Nothing can mitigate the horror of war but rare human spirits burn more brightly amidst the carnage. Art and passion can be forged from hardship and suffering, as in Stephen MacDonald’s play about the loving friendship between First World War poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfrid Owen.

Brighton Festival: Opening Night, Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, May 25

The Argus: Brighton Festival: One, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, May 3

3:48pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

This stimulating show was surprising in so many ways. Not least because each time you started to think you had finally “got it”, something would change your mind.

Brighton Festival: The Brighton and Sussex Medical School Debate – Dementia, Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, May 24

The Argus: Brighton Festival: One, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, May 3

3:43pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

It’s the scourge of the 21st century. Dementia cannot be reversed. In the face of this diagnosis and relatives or friends eclipsed by the disease, we feel impotent. We want to do something.

Brighton Festival: Metamorphosen, The Old Municipal Market, Circus Street, Brighton, May 24

The Argus: Brighton Festival: One, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, May 3

3:40pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

Entering the graffiti-covered backstreet entrance of the old municipal market we might have been mistaken for the attendees of a sick warehouse rave were it not for the lack of boggle-eyed boisterousness and instead, a large presence of good quality sensible coats.

Brighton Festival: New Writing South Annual Lecture - Lynn Barber, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, May 2

The Argus: Brighton Festival: One, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, May 3

3:37pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

Lynn Barber began her lecture for Brighton New Writing South by explaining that she never attended lectures and rarely gave them.

Brighton Festival: 26 Letters – Nicola Davies, Brighton Dome Founders Room, May 24

The Argus: Brighton Festival: One, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, May 3

3:34pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

Zoologist and children’s author Nicola Davies says she has loved animals all her life. Her books focus on exciting animals like elephants and lions but she also writes about the people who live alongside these magnificent creatures.

Brighton Festival: Emmylou Harris, Brighton Dome Concert Hall, May 2

The Argus: Brighton Festival: One, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, May 3

3:32pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

Emmylou Harris sang new life into an old hit in stunning style when she revisited her superb and re-released Wrecking Ball album before an enthralled Dome audience.

Brighton Fringe: Circles, The Warren Main House, May 26

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12:58pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

As a theme sibling rivalry is well-used, but it’s one fittingly reused for obvious reasons: just about everyone can relate to it, yet it holds an aura.

Brighton Fringe: Jo Neary vs Dyball And Kerr, Komedia Studio Bar, Gardner Street, May 26

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12:54pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

From swingers in Portslade to Disney Pixar execs staying in the Moulsecoomb Valley, Jo Neary and comedy duo Dyball And Kerr combined forces to create their own twisted version of Brighton.

Brighton Festival: Spies: Fact And Fiction, Brighton Dome Concert Hall, May 25

The Argus: Brighton Festival: One, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, May 3

12:46pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

When a journalist, author, politician and the former head of MI5 gather for a talk, there is only one person everyone wants to hear from – and so was the case with this talk, billed as a chance for the four guests to speak about their new books and whether the spies of fiction would cut it in the real world.

ARGUS ANGEL WINNER Brighton Fringe: Om Nom Nom Nominous, The Marlborough, May 24

The Argus: ARGUS ANGEL WINNER Brighton Fringe: The Crucible, Clermont Church, May 16

12:45pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

Besuited five-piece Casual Violence are the masterminds behind Om Nom Nom Nominous, a refreshed collection of sketches that gained them roars of praise from the reviewers at last year’s Edinburgh Festival.

Brighton Festival: Dark And Stormy - Brighton Rock, Dukes At Komedia, May 25

The Argus: Brighton Festival: One, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, May 3

12:43pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

Hailed as the first British crime thriller, Brighton Rock was released in 1947.

Brighton Fringe: Cassetteboy vs DJ Rubbish, Spiegeltent, May 24

The Argus: ARGUS ANGEL WINNER Brighton Fringe: The Crucible, Clermont Church, May 16

12:43pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

YouTube mash-up masters Cassetteboy are more commonly found in front of their computers, painstakingly splicing together clips of The Apprentice or MasterChef to make famous people sound silly.

Brighton Festival: Dark And Stormy - Murder On Sea, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, May 25

The Argus: Brighton Festival: One, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, May 3

12:41pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

Is there anywhere in the country outside London as closely linked to crime as Brighton?

Brighton Fringe: The Tiger Lillies, Spiegeltent, Steine Gardens, May 24

The Argus: ARGUS ANGEL WINNER Brighton Fringe: The Crucible, Clermont Church, May 16

12:40pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

The Tiger Lillies is a world of death, debauchery and drink powered by effortlessly amazing musicianship and Martyn Jacques's unforgettable voice.

ARGUS ANGEL WINNER Brighton Festival: I Believe In Unicorns, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, May 25

The Argus: ARGUS ANGEL WINNER Brighton Festival: Murikamification, Brighton Dome Cafe Bar, May 3

12:39pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

I Believe In Unicorns is a magical and captivating show celebrating the joy of stories and books in an beautifully performed, multi-layered and surprising show.

Brighton Fringe: Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare,The Warren, May 23

The Argus: ARGUS ANGEL WINNER Brighton Fringe: The Crucible, Clermont Church, May 16

12:38pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

In case you haven’t heard about Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare, the concept is pretty simple.  A group of experienced, trained actors put on an hour-long adaptation of a Shakespearean classic whilst one of them gets sh*t-faced.

Brighton Fringe: All Found And Up For Action!, St Barnabas' Vicarage, Hove, May 26

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12:51pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

Women’s suffrage, with glamourised rebellion against oppression, is a topic ripe for dramatization. It was strange, then, to find Wired Theatre’s devised production so emotionally unaffecting.

Brighton Festival: Philharmonia Orchestra, Brighton Dome Concert Hall, May 24

The Argus: Brighton Festival: One, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, May 3

12:37pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

The ghost of Leonard Bernstein was in evidence throughout Saturday night's concert at the Dome, but it served only to inspire and energise, never to intimidate.

Brighton Fringe: Dave Griffiths, Caroline of Brunswick, May 23

The Argus: ARGUS ANGEL WINNER Brighton Fringe: The Crucible, Clermont Church, May 16

12:36pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

This show is funny. Not because Griffiths is a comedian (he is but this is not really stand-up), and not because his strange but true story is actually funny. But one has to laugh or cry at the story he tells.

Brighton Fringe: Jacques Brel: Une Vie A Mille Temps, The Warren Main House, May 25

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12:34pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

Anyone planning to bring a figure as iconic as Belgian superstar Jacques Brel to life on stage is setting themselves a true challenge.

Brighton Fringe, Die Roten Punkte: Kunst Rock, May 23

The Argus: ARGUS ANGEL WINNER Brighton Fringe: The Crucible, Clermont Church, May 16

12:34pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

German siblings Otto and Astrid Rot want to be punk rockers. If they can learn to get along.

Dark And Stormy: Natalie Haynes and Lindsey Davis, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, May 24

The Argus: Brighton Festival: One, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, May 3

12:34pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

Eight minutes before start time the two writers discovered they were both from Birmingham, even went to the same school, and both studied classics at Oxford.

Brighton Fringe: The Big Bite-Sized Breakfast, Latest Music Bar, May 25

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12:32pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

It's a rather strange concept – about 80 people quaffing down croissants and coffee in a seated spectatorial setting prior to watching five bite-sized plays.

Much Ado About Nothing, St Nicholas Rest Garden, Brighton, May 22

The Argus: Brighton Festival: One, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, May 3

5:10am Monday 26th May 2014

Brighton Festival: Much Ado About Nothing, St Nicholas Rest Garden, Brighton, May 22 It chucked it down for a short while and Beatrice got a face full of dirty washing water.

The Last Five Years, The Warren, until May 24

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6:10pm Friday 23rd May 2014

Packing cases and boxes surround a double bed, split down the middle. Above each half a clock face – one going forward, the other backwards. And that’s how this musical goes.

Brighton Festival: Twisted Angels, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, May 22

The Argus: Brighton Festival: One, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, May 3

6:03pm Friday 23rd May 2014

An irony of modern times is that while communication goes wild we are hungry for news of what’s really going on in the world; this wonderful event proved that poetry is where truth lies.

Brighton Fringe: Tina C, Spiegeltent, May 22

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6:01pm Friday 23rd May 2014

Audience participation is a great thing if it works, and it certainly did here – perhaps not surprising considering who was on stage.

Brighton Festival: Flown, Theatre Royal Brighton, until tonight, call 01273 709709

The Argus: Brighton Festival: One, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, May 3

5:54pm Friday 23rd May 2014

Controlled anarchy or organised chaos – either of those terms apply to Pirates Of The Carabina’s Brighton Festival show.

ARGUS ANGEL Brighton Festival: Sinué, Brigjton Dome Concert Hall, May 21

The Argus: Brighton Festival: One, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, May 3

5:50pm Friday 23rd May 2014

Depending on your point of view, this slice of daring circus-play was either scary or so much fun you found yourself wishing you could join the crew of five acrobats as they negotiated their way nimbly around a gigantic stack of hoops.

Brighton Festival: Tomorrow, Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, May 21

The Argus: Brighton Festival: One, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, May 3

5:46pm Friday 23rd May 2014

The most frightening part of ageing is the fear of having wasted time. In this sense, Vanishing Point’s Tomorrow proved a valuable lesson.

Pick Of The Fringe, The Quadrant, May 21

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10:31am Friday 23rd May 2014

Comedy can be a savage beast, so you need a forgiving crowd.

ARGUS ANGEL WINNER Brighton Festival, Sinue: Circus Feria Musica, Brighton Dome Concert Hall, until May 22

The Argus: Brighton Festival: One, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, May 3

11:23am Thursday 22nd May 2014

Depending on your point of view, this slice of daring circus-play was either scary or so much fun that you found yourself wishing you could join the crew of five acrobats as they negotiated their way nimbly around the gigantic stack of hoops that formed the centre-piece of the action.

Brighton Festival, Tavener Supernatural Songs, All Saint's Church, Hove, May 21

The Argus: Brighton Festival: One, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, May 3

11:19am Thursday 22nd May 2014

This was an evening of music deeply imbued with religious sentiment. But the irreligious need not have been put off - the music stood powerfully on its own two feet.

Brighton Fringe: The Jam Tarts, The Old Market, May 20

The Argus: Chap-hop pioneer Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer plays two nights at Brighton Fringe

1:57pm Wednesday 21st May 2014

The Jam Tarts are celebrating their tenth anniversary. So exuberant and joyful were the 55 faces of the predominantly orange-clad singers, they could easily have been mistaken for Dutch football fans watching Holland win the World Cup.



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