Venue Focus at Brighton Fringe: The Purple Playhouse Theatre


36 Montefiore Road, Hove,East Sussex,BN3 6EP

A  theatre with café/bar, fully accessible and a 10 minute walk from the Seven Dials. There’s a small but interesting choice of shows on this Fringe.

The Purple Playhouse Theatre is a true Fringe venue – accessible but not slap bang in the centre of the city. It stages a handful of shows, often new and local work.

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 The Wasp

If you are looking for a “twisting, taut psychological drama”, then see The Wasp. It is an amateur production which has its original premiere at the Hampstead Theatre in 2015. “Heather has made a success of her life. Carla is out of cash and she is willing to take part in an unusual proposition. The two women meet up for the first time since leaving school and the intrigue and manipulation begins. ” To find out more about the company, visit their wrb site here. The same company also is staging The Beautiful Mary Day, billed as “a moving and emotional one-act monologue”. “Rachel will never forget Mary Day, the damaged local legend. They met as teenagers. Mary never asked for any help, but Rachel wanted to save Mary, to protect her. Back then, Rachel struggled to cope with her own problems.”

Ariel Theatre Company (a drama academy) bring two pieces on the same night, ‘#YOLO’ and ‘Tomorrow I’ll Be Happy’ to the Fringe, after a sell out run in 2018. “In ‘#YOLO’ Jack has it all laid out in front of him. But when he gets blind-sided by a revelation about his health, he gets propelled into an adult world before he’s had a chance to enjoy his youth. When a stranger comes to a crumbling seaside town looking for his friend, he discovers that he was killed in a homophobic hate crime. As the secrets of the past come spilling out, in ‘Tomorrow I’ll be Happy’, we learn that all is not as it first seems.”

London-based The Wretched Strangers offer us Eartbound after their production of Media at the Fringe last year. “Four lonely souls in an economically depressed mining town, left without social net and support, share dreams and regrets with a silent witness, hoping to regain their pride. Timely and confronting issues of class and migration, Earthbound, by Quebecois playwright Carole Fréchette, narrates with dark humour a tragedy for ordinary folk.”

 Truth Will Out

Troubador Theatre offer us “Secrets. Lies. Truths. The friendship of six students appears somewhat fragile.”

In Truth Will Out, “Ash reveals a truth about himself and Emma, but is there something going on between Jack and Chloe? Olivia and Jack appear to know each other, although Jack swears they have never met. Ash thinks he knows what is going on, but does he? A final truth emerges that shocks us all. The consequences are catastrophic. Essentially, the message is this: that no matter how hard we try to keep secrets hidden, especially dark ones, the truth will always come out in the end.”

So a neat selection of different pieces of theatre are on offer at The Purple Playhouse Theatre at this year’s Brighton Fringe, a chance to get away from more central, noisier venues.


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