They’ve ignored my press release! There could be a number of reasons why your press has been not responded to by potential reviewing publications. Some of these are outside of your control, others may be down to you. Reasons why you haven’t been replied to could be: – your sending email address has been […]


So, Brighton Fringe 2019 comes to an end and I am not going to name drop or specifically hyperlink – partly because I can’t be arsed and mainly because this isn’t about this show or that show; it is about the Fringe beast as a whole. There has been some very reflective work – some […]


BREXIT – You cannot predict the future

As we’re about to stage our second performance here in Brighton I’m writing this final post from an undisclosed location of the city. The day seems to be blessed with a warm summer sun, people are out on the beach or sipping a drink in the many bars scattered along the seafront and I have […]


          Paul Levy talks to acrobat Adam McMahon about Railed. “From the creators of the smash hit ‘Elixir’ (winner of Best Circus and physical theatre award at Adelaide Fringe 2018). Welcome to ‘Railed’, a western-themed circus spectacular, combining the trademark physical talents, finely chiseled bodies and hilarious comic timing of the […]


          Paul Levy talks to Faynia Williams from Brighton Theatre about Mozzz! “A highly topical, 5* tour-de-force from Festival Best Production Award Winners, director/designer Faynia Williams and actor/playwright Richard Crane. “A one-day-old male mosquito looks forward to joining the mile-high club. He invites you to donate a sip of your blood […]


            Paul Levy talks to performer Beth Hodd about Coming Home With Me. “A night exploring the grimy underbelly of a girls’ night out. The perils of creepy dudes, lad culture, and general unwanted attention face almost every girl when partying, so why aren’t we talking about it?  Using verbatim […]


BREXIT – In England even God speaks English

When I wrote my last post I was killing time in the north of France. Today I’m in the opposite side of the country i.e. in Cannes waiting to enter inside a conference room at the Cannes Film Festival. One wonders what the effects of Brexit will be on cinema, apart from theatre. Who knows, maybe […]


                  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).                   […]


BREXIT – That’s the French Parliament

So….I’m back at the keyboard after a few intense days. Today I’m in France warming up for yet another show which I took to Brighton Fringe in 2016. Indeed these past 3 weeks I’ve been in France quite a lot touching different cities and regions: Tours, Besançon and the small town of Longwy, where I […]


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 […]


BREXIT at Brighton Fringe – Darth Vader for PM

So here I am on a Wednesday afternoon turning into evening in less than an hour staring blankly at my computer screen. What on earth shall I write about? I ask myself. I mean, let’s face it, in theory I should write about our new show coming to Brighton Fringe at the end of the […]


Brighton’s Burger Brothers – a Review

Most stories of people’s favourite burgers are probably quite unlikely to feature Brighton. More likely are tales of that legendary burger devoured and forever imprinted in memory from various states in America. I, too, had it not been for a visit to Burger Brothers, would be in this category. I have many a fond memory […]


Step lightly, step carefully and watch what you pack

Most of the large Fringe venues are close to each other, within 10-15 minutes walking distance. The Brighton Spiegeltent, The Warren, Sweet Venues, Junkyard Dogs, Komedia and The Rialto can all be easily strolled to. Do take care you don’t get run over, by a car or a bike. Also sort your tickets in advance […]


            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 […]


Dance and Physical Theatre at Brighton Fringe 2019

  Dance and Physical theatre is one of those categories that doesn’t really work. As a result a lot of physical theatre gets listed in other categories such as comedy or theatre. Here are a few of our recommendations to help you find your way through the mire. What would you like to see? I […]


Our Recommendations for Day One at Brighton Fringe 2019

Brighton Fringe 2019 swings officially into action today and, unsurprisingly, there is far too much to choose from. Here are a few of our recommendations to help guide you through the vast amount of choice. That said, our recommendations are just a small part of plenty of other shows well worth seeing. So, what do […]


The Other Venues: Our Guide to the Real Fringe at Brighton Fringe

There are many smaller venues at Brighton Fringe each year. You may not find bars, or a burger for a tenner. But you will find site-specific shows, shows and events in cafes, in houses and even deep underground. Here are some of our recommendations… I want to see… … something exprimental, some shadow theatre. Then […]


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 […]


It’s rehearsal week!

FINALLY! I get to work on my show! It’s rehearsal week, first three days at my house, then off to St Gabriel’s Pimlico for two workshop performances. It’s all about getting Honey’s Happening in tip-top condition for Brighton Fringe and beyond, working with a new Director, Oliver Senton, and a new co-star Rhiannon Vivian. What […]


Sketch Comedy at Brighton Fringe

  There’s a lot of sketch comedy at this year’s Fringe. Here’s our guide… I want to see… a sketch show full of heart, songs and massive, massive shoulder pads. Then see Northern Power Blouse … very late night sketch comedy, fast-paced sketches and a banging playlist. Then see Hot Mess: Dirty Stop Outs … an […]


Improvised Theatre at Brighton Fringe

   If you are thinking “Whose Line is it Anyway”, the Channel 4 improv TV comedy game show that is still improv-ing on to this day, then you are usually well served at Fringe Festivals. From the usual audience suggestion format for a range of scenes, stories, songs and so on performed unscripted before you […]


In no particular order, here are five comedy shows that should be highlights of the Brighton Fringe comedy programme. All Things Brighton Beautiful The Warren: The Nest, 6-7, 31 May, 1-2 June 19:40, 22 May 21:10, £10 or Under 26s £8.50. After picking up a gong at last year’s Brighton Fringe Awards for her homage […]


Comedy at Brighton Fringe 2019 – Back For Good

De ja vu or firm favourites returning to Brighton Fringe 2019? Victoria Nangle picks out a few tried and tested comedy successes, shows that already have a following and have audiences coming back for more each time. Shit-Faced Shakespeare/Shit-Faced Showtime The Warren: The Hat, Shakespeare: 6-22 May, Showtime: 23-30 May, 21:45, various prices For years […]


The Week or So Before

This one one of my favourite Brighton cafes. Can you guess where it is.Here in the week or so before Brighton Fringe, I am at a preview show. Preview week, or Week Zero as it is known at the humungous Edinburgh Fringe is normal fare. In Brighton preview shows are a lot rarer. What are […]


Comedy – Work-in-Progress shows Every year the Brighton Fringe benefits from its position several months shy of the biggest arts showcase in the world ­– the Edinburgh Fringe’s August – and stocks up on works in progress from the great and the good of comedy. This is a chance to see the half-formed shows, a […]


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 Fringe Venue Focus: The Old Courtroom

The Old Courtroom is a uniqe venue at the Fringe. With home made cakes and cookies on offer, alongside a programme that includes film, theatre and music, it is well worth a visit. “Caan, Dev, Luke & Tony welcome you to the Old Courtroom” Essential Links Visit the Old Courtroom web site Find out what’s […]


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 […]


Free Fringe at Brighton Fringe

Laughing Horse comedy, pioneers and stalwarts of free fringe are back with a packed schedule in 2019. You only pay on the way out. So it goes… This is affordable, free-spirited, fresh fringe. Essential Links Visit the Laughing Horse Brighton web site and browse the shows Find a venue See what’s on at the Caroline […]


Brighton Fringe Venue Focus: The Warren

  Otherplace run The Warren each ear at Brighton Fringe, offering a vast amount of theatre, comedy, music and much more. Essential Links Fine out more about Otherplace here Browse this year’s programme Check out the venues Join them on Facebook Follow them on Twitter View them on Instagram I want to see… at The […]


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 […]


Brighton Fringe Venue Focus: Brighton Spiegeltent

Old Steine Pleasure Gardens Brighton BN1 1GY “Discover cabaret, comedy, circus, theatre, dance, spoken word, music and Family programmes that are out of this world!” Brighton Spiegeltent takes up the challenge to fill the Old Steine with cabaret, comedy, circus and music delight. But there’s much, much more with shows for children. live literature and film on […]


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. […]


            Here is Tom’s first guest blog post for FringeReview Tom, founder of Tom Corradini Teatro,  brings Brexit to Brighton Fringe. One country, one family. United in blood, divided in spirit. June 2016. A few days before the Brexit referendum. A father and son debate their stance on the vote. […]


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, […]


Creative Highs and Campervans

It’s a bit of a cliché that performers live just for those few moments on stage. There are many highs, which admittedly include a massive laugh followed by thunderous applause but much as we love and need our audiences, it’s not always about you. A great rehearsal is a thousand times more fun than a […]


An Introduction to Unmasked Theatre

Here at Unmasked Theatre we’re preparing two productions for this year’s Brighton Fringe. It’s all pretty manic, with carpets covered in flyers, scripts piled precariously on most of our furniture and a growing collection of bizarre props accumulating in airing cupboards. The two shows we’ve chosen this year could scarcely be more different and we […]


Brighton Fringe Venue Focus: Sweet Venues in Brighton

        Sweet Venues, a stalwart venue at the Edinburgh Fringe hosts venues in Brighton as well with new spaces and plenty of theatre, cabaret, comedy and music. And the good news is that Sweet isn’t only in Brighton for the Fringe. Some of its venues here are now year-round Sweet venues. Sweet! […]


An attempt at gritty reality

“I can’t believe how much WORK goes into making a show. I mean before you got into this, I thought performers just rocked up, did their stuff and went home”. My eyes narrow, as husband adds hurriedly…”I mean I knew there was SOME extra work involved…..” The truth is, when I started, I had no […]


Exploring the Human Condition at Brighton Fringe

There may be a dearth of political shows at fringe festivals (including Brighton Fringe) but there is no shortage of create work across all genres examining, exploring, describing and portraying what it i to be human, to be alive, the struggle of life, of staying well, sane and purposeful. Many fringe shows ask deep, quirky […]


Venue Focus at Brighton Fringe: Junkyard Dogs

At the Brighthelm Centre on North Road for the Fringe. Junkyard Dogs is now an established and proper Fringe venue. theatre, comedy and other genres, and this year it has moved. They now offer a new space at the Brighhelm Centre on North Road as well. Check out The Howler here. Look at the Doghouse […]


Happy April Fool’s Day!

And why not start this blog with a celebration of The Fool, otherwise known as the Patron Saint of Fringe Artists? He’s the young chap in fancy garb and yellow boots on Card 0 of the Tarot Deck – with which I assume many Brighton residents are familiar. Open armed, he stands on a cliff […]


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 […]


Getting Political at Brighton Fringe

Political theatre and art making is often woefully lacking at Fringe  festivals. I have always assumed and hoped that the Arts is a disruptive influence on politics in society. Sadly not. Once again there are very fews shows attempting to explore and address political questions, let alone disrupt or protest. But there are a few… […]


Brighton Fringe Keyword Chaos

We trawl through the Fringe programme, previews and press releases and are pulling out phrases and sentences that intrigue, inspire and interest us. We link that to the performers’ track records of work. So, use your intuition and click on a phrase that piques your own curiousity and perhaps you’ll find a show you want […]


Classic Writers and Theatre at Brighton Fringe 2019

If you are looking for classic writers and plays at Brighton Fringe, there are plenty to choose from this year. From modern to ancient, I am impressed with some of the offerings. Some are new on the Fringe, others are making a return, and more than a few are stopping off from other Fringes, particularly […]


I want to see … some history at Brighton Fringe 2019

I want to see… some history at Brighton Fringe 2019               Those of you interested in history, from most points on the timeline if posterity have plenty of choice at this year’s Fringe. History is often explored through theatre, musicals and comedy, as well as talks and a bit […]


The FringeReview Brighton Fringe Link Collage

  A different way to explore Brighton Fringe, our Link Collage contains shows we recommend presented in the form of images. All of the images are taken from the Fringe programme. If you are tired of words, words, words, take a more visual approach. These are shows we have seen, or companies whose work we highly […]


                  Paul Levy guides you through the Brighton Fringe jungle. The Brighton Fringe Programme is huge. Hopefully publications such as Fringe Review help you to navigate your way through it. Even then it can feel overwhelming what to see, especially if you are on a limited budget […]


The Nordic Season at the Brighton Fringe

The international “seasons” which have become a staple of the larger Fringe festivals certainly involve a bit of international travel for some of the heads of those festivals. Is it all self-indulgent, or something more? the exchanges have certainly seen some fine and diverse fringe work arrive on our shores that would have probably not […]


Legends and Icons at Brighton Fringe 2019

Paul Levy offers some highlights and recommendations for shows that explore and celebrate icons and legends. Fringe Theatre has always been curious, celebratory and a fair bit opportunistic. Legends from entertainment, the arts and history are explored across the genres, to some success and occasional disaster. Here are a few of our highlights.   In […]