Rialto Theatre

 

 

 

 

1 Dyke Road, Brighton BN1 3FE

Box Office: 01273 725230



The Rialto has firmly established itself as a theatre venue in Brighton, with a diverse programme year-round, and a packed programme of comedy, cabaret, literature and theatre in May.

Locally produced work, touring shows and plenty of new writing abound this Fringe.



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AUDIO INTERVIEW: Paul Levy talks to Roger Kay and Lauren Varnfield from The Rialto Theatre Brighton

 



I want to see … at The Rialto Theatre

Our easy, intuitive way to find a show at The Rialto Theatre at Brighton Fringe.

I want to see…

… some Kafka. Then see Franz Kafka: Apparatus

… some solo Shakespeare in a pub. Then see Your Bard

… an acclaimed piece of theatre about Myra Hindley. Then see Myra

… some sketch comedy. Then see The Frow Show

… some spoken word, fresh from Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringes. Then see Wordshow

… a re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic love story combining cabaret, historical events and live music. Then see Antony and Cleopatra

… a  madcap tribute to the Marx Bros. Then see Whaddya Know – We’re in Love!

… a new play about an incident in the life of Noel Coward. Then see Mad About the Boy

… a new play, inspired by real events, about the Falklands War. Then see Falkland – the war the world forgot

… some early evening theatre, a tale of power, parenthood and a rabbit. Then see After

…  horror writer H. P. Lovecraft battling his unrelenting demons and shaping them into brilliant weird fiction. Then see Lovecraft’s Monsters

We’ll be adding more recommendations in the run up to, and during the Fringe.



Link Collage

Here’s a different way to find a show at The Rialto Theatre

We’ve chosen a few intriguing images from the programme that grabbed us.

Click on an image that draws you and you’ll find a show – then get booking…

  

  

  

We’ll be adding more recommendations in the run up to, and during the Fringe.



Keyword Chaos

“Whether you’re after a relaxing lager or fancy a reminiscent Babycham, The White Oak is the pub for you. Here you’ll find that the bitter is never off and there’s plenty of it.”

“In a small house loft, packed in hundreds of cereal boxes, lies the lifetime work of Delia Derbyshire – the unsung genius behind the Doctor Who theme tune and trailblazer of electronic music”

“Your chance to see a 53 year old, 82 kilo bloke from Stoke portray the life of a singing legend who died aged 47 weighing just 36kg.”

“Bitter conflict, questionable politics and moral debate engage us in a traumatic but necessary journey through the lives of the two men, their families, and the many twists and turns they encounter on the road to redemption.”

“A brand new story about a passion that can’t breach the firewall! If everything you’ve ever yearned for is just a constant impending update what’s left to want? Isn’t the definition of freedom a heart without desire?”

We’ve selected evocative phrases from the The Rialto Theatre programme.

Click on the ones that intrigue you and you might just find the show you need to see…

We’ll be adding more recommendations in the run up to, and during the Fringe.



INTERVIEW

Writer and Performer, Nicholas Collett talks about Your Bard

What’s the theme of your show?

An intriguing new take on Shakespeare – the man and the playwright – including the “lost” years.

What’s new or unique about the show?

Written in Seaside, Florida in residency as part of “Escape To Create”, “Your Bard” offers a chance to meet Will Shakespeare in the informal surroundings of the pub. He’ll tell you about his life on the road as an apprentice actor, his family, the glory days at the Globe. You’ll meet Kit Marlowe, Queen Elizabeth the First and Ned Alleyn. Did he write all those plays? Really? Come and find out…

How did the show come into being?

The product of 35 years of performing and producing Shakespeare. A celebration for 2016 to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. An actor’s view of the work of a fellow actor/writer. An offer to counter the many cynical voices who support De Vere, Bacon and others with less justification than the evidence for Shakespeare. It was written in Florida during an “Escape To Create” residency, pulling together thoughts that had been milling around for the whole of my professional career.

Describe one of your rehearsals.

It’s a solo show so it’s quite intensive and detailed. Gavin Robertson, my director, will take a section where I know the text pretty well. We’ll go through in detail, plotting moves and connections from one bit to the next.Transitions are crucial when you are alone onstage and it’s important to have clear links from one section to the next. After detailed work and notes we’ll run it and then when we’re happy move on to another section.

How is the show developing?

There have been a few small changes since it opened in 2016, but nothing major. What has developed is my ability to play the “score” of the show – the pacing, light and shade.

How has the writer been involved?

He has been there all the time!! The most difficult thing is to edit in performer mode, but I’m getting better at it nowadays.

How have you experimented?

There are a couple of bits of non-threatening audience participation and I’ve tried various things to make these work in an optimum fashion.

Where do your ideas come from?

Well, this one came from my wife. I had written and toured 2 solo shows and wanted a global icon for the next one. My wife said “You’ve been working with him for 30 years – do Shakespeare!” She came up with the title too. In terms of the writing, I already knew the ingredients. The problem was what to leave out.

How do your challenge yourself or yourselves?

Finding the balance between truth and entertainment.

What are your future plans for the show

It’s toured on 3 continents so far. It’d be nice to add another one.

What are your favourite shows, and why?

I have a soft spot for “Crusoe” by Gavin Robertson. I directed it. I honestly think it’s genius writing and he plays it very well.

Show dates, times and booking info

14, 15, 16 May at 9.15 pm
Rialto Theatre

Book here

Company web site: http://www.nicholascollett.com



INTERVIEW

Writer and director Billy Knowelden from Bite-Size Plays talks about Neverwant

What’s the theme of your show?

In the near future one man strives to find true love a world where wants and needs are catered for by the algorithm of all powerful consumer corporations.

What’s new or unique about the show?

It’s a tongue in cheek take on the popular dystopian vision. It seeks to raise questions about hopes as well as fears for the future.

How did the show come into being?

It is based on ideas from previous works performed in Edinburgh last year. After favorable reactions from audiences and critics, it builds and expands on themes from these shows.

Describe one of your rehearsals.

A cast of five and I would meet in a hall in north London to talk through the plot and then walk through the world of NeverWant. The script is the foundation upon which we have built. We strive to make it an engaging and enjoyable story with universal themes told by relatable multifaceted characters.

How is the show developing?

It’s coming to life. Rehearsals are nearly complete and sets and costume are coming together.

How has the writer been involved?

The writer is the director… me.

How have you experimented?

We are using multiroling for many of the parts. We are deconstructing the mechanics of set changes to include the audience in the process of world building and character switches.

Where do your ideas come from?

Life.

How do your challenge yourself or yourselves?

Brevity is the soul of wit. How can we tell a deep and meaningful story in the most effective and elegant way? It is always my goal to engage the brain and the emotions and make people laugh.

What are your future plans for the show ?

After 3 performances in Brighton, we will be taking the show to the Edinburgh Fringe to the Pleasance Bunker at 2pm for the month of August.

What are your favourite shows, and why?

I love shows that can make me laugh, cry and think. My literary heroes are Charlie Brooker and Douglas Adams.

Show dates, times and booking info:

5th, 6th and 7th of May. 12.30pm at the Rialto Theatre.

Company web site: http://www.bite-size.org.uk

Book here



INTERVIEW

Co-Founding Artistic Director Luke Tudball from Tasty Monster Productions talks about Falkland – The War The World Forgot

What’s the theme of your show?

Falkland is the story of the people of the Falkland Islands during the Falklands War in 1982 from the viewpoint of a shepherd, his wife, and a young British soldier they befriend. It is a commemoration of the bravery, courage, and sacrifice of the islanders and honours the memory of the hundreds of soldiers who lost their lives.

What’s new or unique about the show?

This is the story of a war but the war is not the main player. This is a story about history but history is not the main subject. This is an epic story told by two people in sixty minutes with little to no set or props. Music, video, and lighting become a huge part of the storytelling and for us the inclusion of such a large amount of media was certainly new. This is also a story that has not really been told before. There have been productions which portray the soldiers in their conflict and so on, but we are telling the story of the islanders, the un-enlisted residents, shepherds and shopkeepers.

How did the show come into being?

2017 was the 35th anniversary of the Falklands conflict and we wanted to commemorate the memory with the stories of the people involved as this was a fight that many have forgotten. While researching some of the personal anecdotes of the islanders, the journals of the survivors, and the news media of the time, we came across a number of compelling narratives that we felt had to be brought to the attention of the world.

Creating the show became a process of weaving these reminiscences into an original story creating a journey for Gideon, Helen, and Fitz to take, while honoring the real people and real events concerned. Later, we added archival radio and news footage as well as photography and pop culture references to really transport the audience back to the 1980s and the world of the play.

Describe one of your rehearsals.

Rehearsals with Tasty Monster are always fun – even when we are working on such seemingly heavy subject matter. We are a two-person team and work on all aspects of the show so the performances that we create really do seem very organic. We concentrate on the storytelling and the physical movement of the show most often comes naturally.

We love to explore new ways of bringing the characters and narrative to life and this is the first show we have involved such a large amount of media so that has been a great challenge and a great joy to see it become integral to the show. Often we are still workshopping the show as we are rehearsing it and this was no exception. This approach adds to the organic nature of the storytelling allowing us to adjust elements of the narrative, blocking, and more even after the show has begun performances.

How is the show developing?

Because of the nature of our work our show is always developing. Every performance shows us a new nuance or a different angle to explore with the characters and the storytelling. It’s a lot of fun to try new things and we are excited whenever we discover adjustments for the audience to experience. Talking with patrons is always amazing for us as we learn so much from their feedback – especially the many veterans who have shared their own memories.

How has the writer been involved?

Heather is the writer of the show as well as performs in it so she has been actively involved throughout the process. Personally, I love to work with writers, especially on new work, because the creation of the piece feels so much more a part of you in the end. You can literally see ideas of yours appear in the script or on the stage and that gives a wonderful anchor to the performance and a lovely heritage going forward.

How have you experimented?

Our process is an ongoing experiment. All our work is fluid and we try not to set any of our ideas in stone. There are things which have to be set of course, lighting, sound cues, and so on, but we never want to get to a stage where we couldn’t find another way of looking at something or another approach to the story.

Where do your ideas come from?

I’ve always been somebody that loves a good story and a compelling character. The ideas come from a lot of places. Things that happen in my life, places I go, people I meet. Everything can be an inspiration. The idea for Falkland actually came from a children’s book ‘The Tin Pot Foreign General and the Old Iron Woman’ which I remember reading at a young age. The story mirrors the conflict in the Falklands and is beautifully illustrated which inspired me to one day create something using it as inspiration.

How do your challenge yourself or yourselves?

I am definitely not someone who shies away from challenges and I look for similar qualities in others. Luckily, I’m married to an amazing woman who challenges and inspires me on a daily basis. As well as being a director and performer, I am also a carpenter and mentor, teacher and producer, and this year have taken on another new role – that of campaign treasurer – as Heather is running for office in the Maryland House of Delegates. I have always wanted to make a mark on the world and I try to wake up every day and make a difference in somebody’s life whether that’s through theatre, mentorship, or some other avenue.

What are your future plans for the show ?

After Brighton Fringe, Falkland will be traveling back to the United States for performances in New York City at the East To Edinburgh Festival before returning across the pond this August for a run at Edinburgh Fringe. We also hope to bring the show to communities across the US and the UK in the future.

What are your favourite shows, and why?

I love shows that challenge how I look at the world, inspire my inner voice, and/or amaze my artistic eye. I have been thrilled to see wonderful musicals, hard-hitting dramas, thought-provoking storytelling, and heart-wrenching physical performances. I love puppetry and poetry, improv and art. To me it is an amazing gift to be able to see live performance of any kind and inspiring to witness storytellers whatever their medium engaging the hearts and minds of audiences of all ages, races, backgrounds, and demographics. I hope to be able to harness that excitement and that energy and bring it to my own narrative both on and off the stage.

Show dates, times and booking info: VENUE: The Rialto Theatre, 11 Dyke Road, Brighton BN1 3FE

PERFORMANCES (60 minutes):
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 – 5:15 pm
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 – 5:15 pm
Thursday, May 31, 2018 – 5:15 pm
Friday, June 1, 2018 – 5:15 pm
Saturday, June 2, 2018 – 5:15 pm
Sunday, June 3, 2018 – 5:15 pm
TICKETS: £10 (£8 Concessions, £6 Students). Group tickets available upon request.

Book here or here

Find the Facebook event page here – https://www.facebook.com/events/136844953642776/

Company web site: http://www.TastyMonsterProductions.com/



PREVIEW

The Polished Scar

A bare stage, one man, a table and chair. Duncan Henderson, renowned Brighton actor (New York Stories, Glengarry Glen Ross, Underneath the Lintel, Hangman) is not shy, nor is he pulling punches in this, his first writer/performer one man show, The Polished Scar. With surgeon-like precision, he goes straight to the heart of the making of our elite. Children abandoned to hostile environments, bullying, abuse, boarding school survival, old boys clubs, manipulation, misogyny, suicide; a normal day at the office in Westminster.

Duncan Henderson digs into the psyche of our nation and asks uncomfortable and important questions about how we make our leaders, the reliance on elitism to educate those who represent us and our willingness to accept it. He shows us the effects of this kind of education and let’s us meet the result.

However, here we see the cracks, the limitations and the failings. The missing limbs and hidden scars, the inhumane expectations to function, no matter what.

This is by no means glib fun with a happy ending, but this is necessary.

The Polished Scar is Duncan Henderson’s second one man show. His first, Underneath the Lintel was Barry Hewlett-Davies’, The Argus Pick of the Year 2013 and earned him runner-up for best Brighton Fringe actor.

Directed by Joanna Rosenfeld, creator and performer of one woman shows, ‘Unspeakable, Unspoken’ Meditations on Motherhood, Close Ups and Exiled.

Performances: 5th May, 15.45, 15th & 16th May 18.45 and 17th, 18th and 19th May 18.30 at The Rialto Theatre, 11 Dyke Rd

Book here



INTERVIEW

Composter Peter Saunders talks about Blues and Burlesque 70s Soireé

What’s the theme of your show?

Think 70s suburban sitcom with live music swingers parties and nibbles.

What’s new or unique about the show?

Nibbles , no other show does cheese cubes with pineapple or silver skinned onions

How did the show come into being?

Pete is a child of the 70s who never grew up.

Describe one of your rehearsals.

We always wear 70s clothes for rehearsals , there’s tears laughter,
moments of genius and a lot of valium.

How is the show developing?

It’s going from strength to strength , we are a great team and it moves on with each performance.

How has the writer been involved?

Writer is in the show and creates songs around the performers .

How have you experimented?

With drugs extensively ,sexually not enough.

Where do your ideas come from?

Watching daytime TV

How do your challenge yourself or yourselves?: I try unsuccessfully to eat kale and control my drinking.

What are your future plans for the show ?

We want to do a national tour.

What are your favourite shows, and why?

I love the Tomas Ford Craptacular, hes a genius.

Show dates, times and booking info:

24,25,26 May
1,2,3,June

Rialto Theatre

Company Web site: http://www.bluesandburlesque.co.uk/

Book here