Purezza’s Vegan Pizza – a Review

PUREZZA’S VEGAN PIZZA – A REVIEW Jake Levy, Brighton. Imagining a pizza without meat was just about tolerable. Imagining a pizza without cheese, too, was just not something I was prepared to entertain. What a silly idea. But on the advice of a very trustworthy Italian, I gave Purezza a go. I left impressed, surprised, […]


4 Princes Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 1RD (map) 01273 273870 Essential Links Visit the Marlborough Theatre web site Find out what’s on Find out more about the venue Get directions to the venue The Marlborough Theatre been part of Brighton’s performing history since c.1791. Built 18 years before the Theatre Royal, it is the […]


Venue Focus: The Latest Music Bar

        Though not strictly a theatre venue, the Latest Music Bar does play host to occasional theatre, regular comedy and cabaret. There are four shows on offer this Fringe but look out for last minute additions as well. Essential Links Visit the Latest Music Bar’s web site Join them on Facebook Here […]


Venue Focus: The Rialto Theatre Brighton

        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. […]


FringeReview Interviews

            Welcome to our audio interviews and podcasts. We talk to those who make and influence fringe theatre and arts.


Photo credit: Tom Giebel “Loo Zihan (Singapore) is an artist working at the intersection of critical theory, performance, and the moving-image. His work emphasises the malleability of memory through various representational strategies. He was awarded the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council of Singapore in 2015. This intimate interactive experience begins in the form of […]


Performance poet Jemima Foxtrot talks with Jo Tomalin about developing and performing one person shows and Above The Mealy-Mouthed Sea

photo credit: Camilla Greenwell Performance poet Jemima Foxtrot talks with Jo Tomalin about developing and performing one person shows and Above The Mealy-Mouthed Sea with Unholy Mess (UK). “Unholy Mess is an award-winning London-based theatre company touring internationally. Using performance poetry and live singing, they create bold new work about important stories of human experience that are […]


Devising a show: Patch and Punnet talk with Jo Tomalin about creating The Adventures of Abhijeet

Photo credit: Andre Chong and Lee Lip Jiang Kris Natarajan, Nisa Syarafana, Astley Xie, and Charmaine Goh of Patch and Punnet talk with Jo Tomalin about creating and devising The Adventures of Abhijeet. “In his desperation to save his dying daughter, Abhijeet is lured to the magical paradise of Singaland! Jeet toils under the scorching […]


Koh Wan Ching, Director of precise purpose of being broken talks with Jo Tomalin about the importance of Movement in Theatre

Photo by Tuckys Photography, Courtesy of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay Koh Wan Ching (Singapore) Director of precise purpose of being broken talks with Jo Tomalin about her background, developing her show and the importance of Movement in Theatre. “precise purpose of being broken is adapted from a collage of texts by playwright and […]


Bhumi Collective members talk to Jo Tomalin about devising their show: yesterday it rained salt

Photo credit: Mark Benedict Cheong Members of Bhumi Collective (Singapore), Soultari Amin Fared (Creative Director) and KayKay Nizam who both perform in yesterday it rained salt, talk to Jo Tomalin about devising the show with playwright Nabila Said and choreographer Norhaizad Adam. “Goodbyes are rarely good. And memories can be tricky things. Azman returns to his island […]


Sharon Frese, Irfan Kasban & Ng Yi-Sheng talk with Jo Tomalin about Ayer Hitam: A Black History of Singapore

Photo Credit: Irfan Kasban Sharon Frese, Irfan Kasban & Ng Yi-Sheng talk with Jo Tomalin about  Ayer Hitam: A Black History of Singapore (Singapore |UK) A Fringe Commission and World Premiere. “In this lecture performance, actress Sharon Frese explores the history and influence of the African diaspora in Singapore. Dredging the archives, she shares images and documents relating to slavery, colonialism, jazz […]


Hanane Hajj Ali, Writer and Performer of Jogging: Theatre in Progress talks with Jo Tomalin about the development of her one woman show

Photo credit: Marwan Tahtah Hanane Hajj Ali, Artist, Activist, Writer and Performer of Jogging: Theatre in Progress talks with Jo Tomalin about her background, the development of her one woman show, touring internationally and in her home country of Lebanon. “JOGGING transgresses the Lebanese Bermuda triangle of taboos: religion, politics, and sex, and presents a radical challenge […]


Nabilah Said talks with Jo Tomalin about her work and plays ANGKAT: A Definitive, Alternative, Reclaimed Narrative of a Native and yesterday it rained salt

   Photo Credits: left + centre – Courtesy of the artist; (right) Mark Benedict Cheong Nabilah Said (Singapore) talks with Jo Tomalin about her plays ANGKAT: A Definitive, Alternative, Reclaimed Narrative of a Native and yesterday it rained salt. “Said is a playwright, arts writer and poet. Her plays have been presented in Singapore and London by […]


Audio Interviews at Singapore Fringe Festival

Here you will find audio interviews at Singapore Fringe Festival: 11. Loo Zihan talks to Jo Tomalin about the development of his Queer Objects installation and his new performance lecture Catamite, an interactive one person show (Singapore). Photo credit: Tom Giebel More here 10. Performance poet Jemima Foxtrot talks with Jo Tomalin about developing and performing one […]


A New TV Series bound for Amazon Prime with the Community at its Heart: Paul Levy talks to Warren Dudley, Graham Precey and Mark Beaumont about Seaside Town

A brand new comedy series from Newhaven Film Co. Seaside Town by Warren Dudley premieres on Sunday 18th November 2018. (You can book tickets for the unmissable premiere here and here). Paul Levy caught up with Warren (who also wrote the screenplay for highly acclaimed The Bromley Boys), and producers Graham Precey and Mark Beaumont […]


Emma Plotkin talks to Grainne O Carroll founding member of the group Dance Among Other Things. Their newest play is called The PeopleSway. O Carroll delves into the process of creating a promenade show, the importance of bringing communities together and why art is needed in Dublin now, more than ever. “A devised, immersive movement-theatre piece […]


  Jo Tomalin talks to Neil Arthur James (aka Dandy Darkly) about how to Fringe! Many performers want to perform at other fringes around the world, and in this 18 minute conversation Neil shares his recent experiences and helpful tips for others planning to perform at fringe festivals in North America and the Edinburgh Fringe. […]


Jo Tomalin talks to Joan Chaplick about how and why she developed her solo performance Put a Little Shimmer in Your Life. “Retired professional athlete meets single San Franciscan woman age 40+. He’s looking for freedom- she’s wants commitment. Somehow- it results in an amazing adventure of friendship, fame and fur. (Did I mention he’s a […]


Jo Tomalin talks to Kel’ Wil’ (aka Kellita) about her solo show I K(no)W and Showgirl Awakening “The lengths one woman will go to to NOT say no. And what happens when she starts saying it. Tale complete with international pooping in pants scenes, shimmy dance and redemption.” Listen to our interview with Kel’ Wil’ about […]


Birth, Death, Science and Religion: Jo Tomalin talks to Comedian Bill Santiago about The Immaculate Big Bang. “Sparked by the death of his father and birth of his daughter, Comedian Bill Santiago goes in search of answers and laughs at the border of science and religion, exploring the comic nature of the cosmic quest for […]


Union Machinist and Air Transport Mechanic Tells Her Story! Jo Tomalin talks to Kathleen Denny about creating her solo show – Tolerance?! “Sometimes a gal just has to do something! Like when she walks into work and Miss September is NOT demonstrating a specialized machining technique. With humor, Kathleen Denny shares this timely tale from […]


  Magical Therapy: Jo Tomalin talks to Sheila Rubin – writer, performer and therapist – about healing through magic, and Saun-Toy Trotter, director of Transformation. Rubin describes her show as Self-Revelatory Performance, a form of drama therapy and theatre. “Once upon a time, two sisters desperately hide their secret Cat Stevens album Tea for the Tillerman […]


  It’s Important to Write That Story! Jo Tomalin talks with Evelyn Jean Pine about creating her solo performance and The Mermaid’s Tears – with advice for anyone who has an idea of a story to tell. “A to-do list for eager young female entrepreneurs from a housecleaner-turned-tycoon who builds her empire by creating opportunities […]


“My Preferred Pronoun Is We is the hilarious story of Lyralen Kaye’s decision to move to Canada immediately in November of 2016…and her complete ignorance about what it would take to get all her personalities over the border. Combining storytelling, stand-up comedy and physical theater, this show is a roller coaster of immigration struggles, long […]


 Jo Tomalin talks to Neil Arthur James about Southern Gothic Storytelling and creating Dandy Darkly’s All Aboard! “New York City’s critically acclaimed satirist and cult horror raconteur, Dandy Darkly, returns to the Fringe for another horrific, hysteric, late-night frolic. Join Dandy aboard the infamous Gaybird Steamer for the smartest, sleaziest ride of your life. Enjoy a drippin’ […]


Emma Plotkin talks to Billie Aken-Tyers about Your Alice.  An imaginative and intimate exploration of Alice, Wonderland, and the people behind the characters, Billie talks about the processing of developing a show seven years in the making. “On the Golden Afternoon, Charles Dodgson (pen name Lewis Carroll) tells his child muse, Alice, her favourite story […]


Stand up on the free fringe: Kate Saffin talks to comedian Joel Sanders

Kate Saffin finds comedian Joel Sanders out on the street flyering for his stand up show, Angry Boater. He shares some of the ups and downs of doing comedy on the free fringe and possibly convinces some new Edinburgh arrivals to come to his show… Listen to our interview with comedian Joel Sanders


Emma Plotkin talks to Nikki Muller and Jason Rosario about developing Definition of Man “A sexier, more violent Waiting for Godot, Definition of Man is a physicalised post-apocalyptic decreation myth that won Best in Dance and Physical Theatre and Ripest Show at the 2017 Hollywood Fringe. Drawing from Kenneth Burke’s essay of the same name, the show […]


  Emma Plotkin talks to with Abigail Zealey Bess, director of Leviticus about developing and bringing their show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  “Leviticus It is the mid-90s, the dot-com millionaires are kings… Austin and his wife Jess host a dinner party to celebrate the upcoming nuptials of friends Robert and Stacia. Austin and Robert are estranged […]


Paul Levy talks to Anders Lee about Dummy. “Diagnosed at a young age with an autistic spectrum disorder, Midwestern American comedian Anders Lee brings his signature, sincere and plainspoken manner to the stage as he recounts struggles with school, work and dating while being ‘on the spectrum’. Through funny, heartwarming and thought-provoking stories, Lee dives […]


              Paul Levy talks to writer Eddie Coleman from Nerd2 Productions about Fan Girl. “Geraldine is a lonely young secretary living with her invalid and overbearing mother. Her only respite is a hit American television show loosely based on the life of Zenobia, a third-century Syrian Queen. Using her life […]


          Writing, Directing, Adapting: Paul Levy talks to Nick Hennegan. Nick is involved in adapting three shows at the Fringe – adaptations from original classic texts.  Hamlet – Horatio’s Tale, A Christmas Carol, Henry V – Lion of England. How do you adapt classic work? Where does the adapter stop and the writer […]


Writing a Play about War: Paul Levy talks to Peter Maddern about Kokoda

              Paul Levy talks to writer Peter Maddern about Kokoda. “With the Japanese army rampaging through the South Pacific in 1942, the battle to save Australia is being fought along New Guinea’s infamous Kokoda track by a motley militia of poorly trained young Australians plucked off the streets of […]


              Jo Tomalin talks to Naomi Paul about Despite Everything, Price Still Includes Biscuits. “Satirical and hilarious. She’s back! Deadpan humourist Naomi Paul returns to the Fringe with her one-woman show Despite Everything, Price Still Includes Biscuits. With her dry Jewish humour, Naomi comments on political issues, shares personal […]


Jo Tomalin talks to Johnny Autin, Creative Director and choreographer of Autin Dance Theatre and the cast of Queer Words: Bethany Slinn. Joshua Toft-Wild and Oliver Sale about developing their show. “Queer Words: stand-up comedy meets dance theatre! Performed by an all-LGBTQ cast of three exceptional performers, Queer Words is a bold, provocative, and multidisciplinary […]


Jo Tomalin talks to David Block, musician and sound designer, about working with Alyona Ageeva PoslesLov Physical Theatre Company,  creating music for Sky Labyrinths and (Some)Body. “I looked up in the skies. The Sky river changed its bed’ (Hattori Ransetsu). Once in a lifetime Sky Labyrinths open to everyone, but not everyone risks entering. These […]


Jo Tomalin talks to performers and co-creators Sally Boon and Neil Broughton, and Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy, Centre for Food Policy, Department of Sociology, School of Arts & Social Sciences, City, University of London about political comedy, food, Brexit and Drowning Not Waving. “A DJ. A raver. A professor of Food Policy. A […]


Performing and writing about serious subjects – Jo Tomalin talks to Matthew Roberts about this experience and developing his latest show, Canoe. Interview 2 of 2 with Matthew Roberts. “Fatherhood. A fatal canoe accident. ‘Who are we now, we don’t have kids? A couple come face-to-face with the powerlessness of parenthood. For Director/Dramaturg Struan Leslie, […]


A debut solo play: Kate Saffin talks to Rosie Fleeshman about Narcissist in the Mirror

Kate Saffin talks to Rosie Fleeshman about her portrayal of life as a millenial.  She describes her difficulties finding work after drama school and and how that led her to start writing and performing spoken word pieces. Travelling and meeting other millenials experiencing similar frustrations started the journey towards this, her solo debut play, which […]


Dancing Through Life – Luke Tudball chats with Movin’ Melvin Brown Melvin is a man who never seems to stop moving – appropriately perhaps considering his nickname. FringeReview managed to catch up with him for a chat at Brighton Fringe and Luke Tudball talked with him about his life, his charity work, his inspirations, and […]


Welcome to Cristina’s Brain: Cristina Lark about Caution: Paul Levy talks to Cristina Lark about Deadline Ahead – A Comedy About Procrastination

              Paul Levy talks to Cristina Lark about Deadline Ahead – A Comedy About Procrastination. Cristina talks about where the idea for this solo show came from, as well as her fairly solo writing and development process. “Devised, new-writing comedy unlike any other. With this mix of different character […]


  Jo Tomalin talks to Neil Arthur James about Gothic Storytelling and creating Dandy Darkly’s All Aboard! “New York City’s critically acclaimed satirist and cult horror raconteur, Dandy Darkly, returns to the Fringe for another horrific, hysteric, late-night frolic. Join Dandy aboard the infamous Gaybird Steamer for the smartest, sleaziest ride of your life. Enjoy a […]


Jo Tomalin talks to Ailin Conant, Artistic Director of Theatre Témoin about their devising process based on research and developing their latest show Feed “Welcome to the stimulating world of Feed, where emotions are the currency, and your passions and fantasies will be indulged… for a price. Témoin return, bringing their vibrant visual style to […]


Jo Tomalin talks to Samantha Miles (Writer and Performer) and Simon Panay (Director) about developing a devised and compact family show – to tour on a low budget and The Search for a Black-Browed Albatross, produced by their company The Backpack Ensemble. “Coat? Check. Tent? Check. A father’s lifelong ambition to complete? Check. Charlie is about […]


Jo Tomalin talks to Yu Chia Huong, Director/Producer/Puppet maker, and puppeteer/mask performers Celine Yen Leh Tsang, Zailyn Cuevas, and Brenda Liz Lopez about creating a children’s Show:  A Cockroach and Furry Blurry Fluffy Things. “A sad and lonely cockroach climbs out from a cardboard box; she doesn’t know where she is and there in front […]


  Jo Tomalin talks to Alyone Ageeva from Physical Theatre PosleSlov about building Bridges between countries through Contemporary Russian art and their two new shows (Some)Body and Sky Labyrinths: “‘I looked up in the skies. The Sky river changed its bed’ (Hattori Ransetsu). Once in a lifetime Sky Labyrinths open to everyone, but not everyone […]


In this first of two interviews, Jo Tomalin talks to Matthew Roberts about writing and producing a one man show, and his latest show, Canoe. “Fatherhood. A fatal canoe accident. ‘Who are we now, we don’t have kids? A couple come face-to-face with the powerlessness of parenthood. For Director/Dramaturg Struan Leslie, diversity is the name […]


              Guest interviewer Daniel Cainer (Whose   talks to director Kate Valentine from Digital Drama about Fast. “Washington State, 1910. “Doctor” Linda Hazzard opens her sanatorium to the public. The public do not always survive… Fast by Kate Barton is a new dark psychological drama based on true events. Complex, […]


            Paul Levy talks to Robert Peacock about The Wee Review. The Wee Review, once known as TV Bomb,  is ‘Scotland’s online arts and culture magazine’. Editor, Robert Peacock shares his vision of the magazine, tells about its role at the Edinburgh Fringe, the ethos for reviewing and how he […]


              Paul Levy talks to Assistant Producer Molly Merwin (amidt the noise of a stapler attaching favourable reviews in the show’s Flyers) about Dangerous Giant Animals, which is written and performed by Christina Murdock. “A kick. A scream. A tantrum. With a disabled sister, what’s allowed? What’s forbidden? Dangerous […]


Bringing New Work to Edinburgh: Donald C Stewart talks to Jenna May Hobbs of White Slate Theatre

Since their debut in 2014, White Slate Theatre, a female led company out of Canterbury, has brought three shows up to Edinburgh, their latest being Re: Production. White Slate is a collaborative effort between playwright Jenna May Hobbs and Director Suzanna Ward. Here Jenna talks of how the company began, developed and finds itself back at Edinburgh with a new […]


Writer, Kat Woods, past winner of a FringReview Outstanding Theatre Award for Belfast Boy, talks to Paul Levy about a new autobiographical piece, KillyMuck. “Inspired by real events, Killymuck is a housing estate built on a paupers graveyard in 1970s Ireland. Niamh navigates life through the parameters of growing up, with the trials and tribulations […]


Jo Tomalin talks to Miro Kokenov about The Burning Gadulka, written by Rayko Baychev – and his experiences performing in theatre and a Solo Storytelling show. “Following a series of failures at music festivals, a Bulgarian musician faces a midlife crisis. Is his lifelong love affair with his instrument, the gadulka, about to be challenged […]


            Paul Levy talks to Rosy Carrick about Passionate Machine. How do you explore time travel through theatre? How can a play involving time travel help a theatremaker to tell their own story? “Remember P.E. kit. Cancel Free Trial. Call mum. Everyone writes instructions to their future selves. But what […]


As part of the Women of the Fringe Networking Event 2018 Luke Tudball chats to Valentina, Producer of Onstage Dating, about live dating events, audience interaction and producing at the Fringe. “Bron is going on first dates. Live onstage. Featuring a different person each night, this hilarious and award-winning show has thrilled at festivals all […]


  Luke Tudball talks with members of the company of Your Alice at the Women of the Fringe event about Fantasy, Reality, Personal Relationships, and Translating Classic Literature for the Edinburgh Fringe. “On the Golden Afternoon, Charles Dodgson (pen name Lewis Carroll) tells his child muse, Alice, her favourite story for the last time. Your […]


Luke Tudball catches up with the company of Social Media Suicide – a new solo comedy show in the Free Festival Fringe and talks about marketing, online presence, and Instagram parties. “@izzybaby1991: ‘You’re invited to a very special 27th birthday party. One I promise you won’t forget!’ Social Media Suicide is a dakly comic one-woman […]


              Paul Levy talks to Stephen Linstead about Black Snow. “A screening of multi award-winning film Black Snow, about the legacy of Britain’s biggest ever mining disaster (Barnsley, 1866), and how a community absorbed that heritage into their lives today. This uplifting show, with songs, laughter, some tears, is a […]


Luke Tudball and Heather Bagnall from Tasty Monster Productions talk to guest interviewer Joanne Allan from Theatraverse, whose own show, Monsieur Somebody, is at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018,  about Falkland – The War the World Forgot Listen to our interview with Luke Tudball and Heather Bagnall about Falkland – The War the World Forgot  


              How do you make award-winning Solo Theatre: Paul Levy talks to actor and playwright Joanne Hartstone about That Daring Australian Girl and The Girl Who Jumped Off the Hollywood Sign. Joanne is back at the Fringe with a new show, and also brings back her successful show from 2017. […]


Joanne Allan talks with Jo Tomalin about developing bilingual plays, directing them and Monsieur Somebody, their latest production. “What’s the biggest lie you’ve ever told? The biggest secret you’ve ever kept? Claude the fraud is a deliciously despicable Frenchman that we love to hate, hate to love… But who could possibly love Claude? An absurdly […]


Ben Pettitt-Wade, Artistic Director of Hijinx Theatre talks about his inclusive company since he started it and how it continues developing today. “Paris. 1650-ish. Impotence is illegal. When a member of the aristocracy is accused of being less than upstanding, his wounded pride leads him towards a monumental and very public flop. But can a […]