Bearing North with Sue Bradley

Welcome to the reflections of Sue Bradley. Brighton based Sue is a musician, performer, yoga teacher and eating psychologist. Here you can find her reflections on all things Fringe.


Hosted by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society and FringeReview, The Rialto Theatre was the venue for this annual and rather helpful talk, discussion and Q&A about taking a show to the world’s largest Arts festival, the Edinburgh Fringe. Alan Gordon, a theatremaker himself and wide man from the Edfringe Society joined us online along with […]


                  What are we going to do about the Arts in Brighton and Hove? That was the question posed by FringeReview’s Paul Levy and Brighton Spiegeltent’s Adrian Bristow. (You can read Paul’s thoughts going into the event here).                   […]


As people descend at 6pm on the Brighton Spiegltent as we approach the midpoint of Brighton Fringe 2019 for a gathering exploring the question “what is to be done about the Arts in Brighton and Hove?” I wonder why we keep asking this question year after year after year. It could be that there is […]


Paul Levy talks to Sam Chittenden from Different Theatre about Sary and Clean. “Different Theatre create intimate work with a strong theatricality. Past shows include ‘Metamorphosis’, ‘Sary’, and ‘So You Say’”. In this interview, Sam talks about where her ideas and creative impulses come from and how she makes her theatre. Sary       […]


    Paul Levy talks to Adam Potrykus about The Nordic Season at Brighton Fringe 2019 at The Old Market “Fancy some Daddy Issues from Sweden? Intergalactic adventures from Norway? Your most secret desires from Finland? Virtual reality theatre from Iceland? A performance lecture from Denmark? Or maybe some Scandinavian burlesque, dance, folk song, site specific […]


              Paul Levy talks to Lucy Pickering about Cellophane Flowers – The Beatles Revisited which returns to Brighton Fringe after sellout shows in 2018. “After a sell-out show last year, Cellophane Flowers are back. Alex Eberhard, Lucy Pickering and Rachel Myer will take you on a fabulous journey through […]


          Paul Levy talks to Naomi Paul about Despite Everything, Price (Still) Includes Biscuits. Naomi brings her acclaimed show to the Brighton Fringe after success in Edinburgh and around the UK. “Naomi Paul returns to Brighton Fringe with her satirical 4-star solo show. Enjoy original songs, topical stories and Jewish humour. […]


          Paul Levy talks to roleplay game fan and show maker David McIver about Teleport. “Come! Escape into the Kingdoms of Ashgorn, where you can level up, complete quests, defeat monsters and watch a very cheeky young man doing some really stupid character comedy. That’s right my friends, it’s another big […]


  Paul Levy talks to Luke Olfield from locally based Unmasked Theatre. Unmasked Theatre bring two shows to this year’s Brighton Fringe. Further Education is their own creation,  a winner from the highly successful Brighton Scratch Night at Rialto Thatre. “1985: Frank the miner likes doing his job and reading the Sun. Unfortunately, Maggie is after […]


          One Beautiful, Enormous, Historical Flat Pack? Paul Levy talks to Izzy Tyndall Bristow and Sam Rush about Brighton Spiegeltent at Brighton Fringe 2019. This perennial Brighton Fringe hub goes up quicker than you might think. This year it is as packed as ever with Fringe varety. Paul Levy caught up […]


            Paul Levy talks to co-author and director Amy Whitington from Gauntlet Theatre about devised theatre piece My Life Closed Twice which she co-wrote with writer and performer Joseph Hand. “After being diagnosed with schizophrenia aged 20, Joe’s life becomes a cacophony of visions, voices and questionable media stereotypes. From the […]


Paul Levy talks to Guy Lloyd about his new solo comedy show, Guy Lloyd: Radio Blah Blah which premieres at Brighton Fringe 2019. Combining stand-up, storytelling, film, character acting and plenty of truthful reflection, Guy Lloyd talks about how he made this very personal fringe show. I saw a preview of this at the Marwood […]


Brighton Venue Focus: The Old Market

11a Upper Market Street, Hove, BN3 1AS (map) Box Office: 01273 201 801 The Old Market is a leading arts venue in the city of Brighton and Hove. Their rich programme covers all genres and the quality is consistently high with plenty of original and ground-breaking work on offer. This year it looks more innovative […]


Brighton Venue Focus: Komedia

            In recent years Komedia has been one of Brighton’s foremost comedy, cabaret and music venues. There’s a smattering of theatre in their studio space from time to time. In May, the programme blends regular nights with Fringe-specific offerings. What you get at Komedia is quality, variety and plenty of […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


   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 2019

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 […]


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’ […]


Going Down the Rabbit Hole: Emma Plotkin talk to Writer and Director Billie Aken-Tyers about Your Alice

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, […]


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 […]