FOUR more shows have been declared winners of an Argus Angel after another week of five-star reviews.

Three Brighton Festival offerings and a Brighton Fringe theatrical piece scooped the special award.

Comedy two-hander Backstage In Biscuit Land, at the Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, children’s show Glow at The Old Market and The Company Of Wolves, a promenading theatre adventure at Stanmer Park, were the Festival’s Angel-winning offerings this week.

Brighton Fringe did not miss out on the action with Return 2 Wonderland, at The Barn in Southwick, also landing an Angel.

Theatre critic Barrie Jerram described Return 2 Wonderland as a “sublime trawl through the world of contemporary musical theatre”.

He added: “The production is slick with seamless transitions while the band... never dominates.”

Argus Angels are given to artists and performers at the festival and Fringe in recognition of outstanding work which deserves a wider audience.

Andrew Comben, chief executive of Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival, told The Argus: “We are thrilled to have received three more Argus Angels for three such different shows.

“The success of these shows is testament to the quality and range of the programme this year with Ali Smith as guest director, which we think truly offers something for everyone.”

Backstage In Biscuit Land set tongues wagging in The Argus offices before it even took place. Jess Thom, who suffers from Tourettes syndrome, turns her debilitating condition towards entertainment and something to celebrate.

The audience was advised early on that it was “OK to laugh” and the show went from there.

Our reviewer concluded: “That everyone learned something was just the icing on a wondrously messy cake.”

Another formative experience was Glow, developed with Dr Anna Franklin of the Sussex Baby Lab.

Argus reviewer Laura Gooch said: “Do I know what it’s about? Not really. Can I give you a summary of the plot? Nope.

“But as my young daughter and I entered the warm and welcoming tunnel created in The Old Market, and walked into a soundscape of playful violin plinking and saw gently glowing balloons bobbing about our heads, we looked at each other with excited grins which only grew wider as the performance went on.”

Excitement turned to suspense during The Company Of Wolves, an interactive experience in the woods of Stanmer Park at night.

It was “an eerie and atmospheric place, far better suited to the spine-chilling tale than any theatre could be”, according to Argus writer Emma Yeomans.

She said the cast were superb and paid tribute to the use of dramatic irony as something particularly enthralling.