5th – 27th September 2020
Welcome to FringeReview’s coverage of The Warren’s unique and Brighton beach-based outdoor season.
With an outdoor stage, gorgeous weather and carefully designed and delivered social distancing, tables of six (prebooked) can enjoy a host of comedy, theatre and other genres for all ages as we all continue to emerge from lockdown with our appetite for arts firmly intact.
Visit the Warren web site here.
Browse the programme and book tickets here.
I want to see … at the Warren
Your indispensable guide from FringeReview, the Good Fringe Guide.
We are delighted to being back our quirky and hugely useful show-finding tool for finding a show to see at the Warren during August and September.
I want to see…
… a morning weekend show for all the family. Then see. Al Start’s Go Kid Music Club: Tall Tales (9th Aug 10m)
… the music of Amy Winehouse. Then see Back to Black: The Music of Amy Winehouse
… some comedy clown edutainment for all the family. Then see Blue Planet III
… a musical show about Carole King and James Taylor, an Edinburgh Fringe hit . Then see The Carole King and James Taylor Story
… some improvised Shakespeare. Then see Impromptu Shakespeare. (“littered with sharp asides and cleverly rhymed, improv iambic pentameter, very redolent of the Bard’s style but most definitely not from any of his works.” FringeReview)
… a standup comedy legend. Then see Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny
… a Brighton monthly comedy club favourite, a late night mix of established comedians and hand-picked rising comedy stars. Then see Komedia Presents – Comic Boom Comedy Club
… some afternoon family storytelling theatre, a stunning new adaptation of Grimm’s most magical tales. Then see Little Grimm Tales
… a solo show in the morning for all the family, with fabulous frocks and stories about being who you are and loving who you want! Then see Mama G’s Story Time Roadshow
… a totally improvised musical comedy. Then see Notflix
… twin tricksters performing magic and comedy inspired by clichés surrounding twins. Then see SPLIT EGG: A Magic Show About Being Twins
… an afternoon family magic show. Then see SESKA – NoodleDoodle
… a lunchtime pop tribute. all your favourite pop divas as the greatest female stars of today appear on the same stage for the first time ever. Then see Pop Divas Live
… some physical comedy, an adventure as big as life itself. Then see Privates: A Sperm Odyssey
… a cult comedy Shakespeare show. Then see Shit-faced Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
… an interactive award-winning clown show that is fun for all the family. Then see Sunshine
… a multi-award-winning late afternoon musical biography. Then see The Aretha Franklin Story
… some late night comedy. Then see The Late Show
… your favourite hits from the musicals – a delightful evening of cabaret on Brighton seafront performed by an ensemble of seasoned West End Stars. Then see West End on Sea
… a late afternoon show for all the family – the unexpected, with magic to astonish the entire family. Then see Tom Brace: Eat, Sleep, Amaze, Repeat
… some family-friendly comedy in the afternoon – One show. Three actors. All the Greek myths. Then see Unmythable.
Mama G’s Storytime Roadshow arrives in Brighton!
Mama G is out of lockdown and on her way to Brighton!
With the future of pantomime hanging in the balance there has never been greater need for a one-pantomime dame show! Full of all the sparkles, hilarity and outrageousness you expect – but with a beautiful message too.
About the show
Mama G’s Story Time Roadshow promises fifty minutes of stories and songs that celebrate being who you are and loving who you want.
Audiences can bring the whole family to meet Mama G’s cast of colourful creations: a confused horse, feuding fairies, a fashionista dinosaur, bonfires lit with dancing, airport trumpet players and soldiers in frocks! Mama G’s stories will have everyone laughing, thinking and loving in equal measure, with bucket loads of joining in and sharing in the theme of being YOU! There will be a different combination of stories at each show, so audiences can keep coming back until they’ve heard them all!
The show ran in London last year and has toured the UK twice. This will be its first visit to Brighton and Mama G is delighted to be back in town, helping bring live theatre back to this most wonderful of cities.
About Mama G and Petite Pantos
Mama G’s Story Time Roadshow is Produced by Petite Pantos. It is performed and written by Robert Pearce (The Glenn Miller Story with Tommy Steele, Honk! Rainbow Live!) and is Directed by Amée Smith.
Panto dame Mama G first came to life, at the Cowley Café, during the 2018’s Brighton Fringe. Since then she has been all over the UK (and visited Canada and Texas) telling stories to children and their families, about being who you are and loving who you want. She has been proving very popular and has told stories for the South Bank Centre, HSBC, Disney, ZSL London Zoo, Pride in London and Camp Bestival, as well as theatres, schools, libraries, museums, bookshops, nurseries and pretty much anywhere else that will have her. In 2020 she had been booked to perform at Glastonbury and the Edinburgh International Book Festival, as well as presenting this show in the West End… but, well, we all know what got in the way of that!
During the pandemic, Mama G has been keeping up appearances with twice weekly Facebook lives, virtual pride appearances, bespoke online story times for libraries and schools and hosting and organising her very own digital family pride!
That being said… she is thrilled to have been invited to get back in front of an actual live audience again and bring her unique storytelling show to the Warren’s new beachside home!
Petite Pantos was founded in 2016 and produces theatre for young audiences and their families with a focus on inclusiveness and embracing & celebrating differences with the motto “Be who you are and love who you want”
Creating and performing “traditional pantos with a twist” they ensure all the joy of panto also includes a message of social and political importance. The company has focused on bringing panto to new audiences in venues not regularly used as performance spaces and in communities without regular access to arts or representation in arts.
Booking info, dates and times can be found here.
Blue Planet III – Unique family comedy returns to Brighton
The Brighton and Edinburgh Fringes may have been cancelled, but Brighton Fringe favourite The Warren is bringing back live entertainment with a purpose-built 300-seat outdoor theatre and comedy venue on the beach. The award-winning physical comedy trio Privates are topping the bill with two of their critically acclaimed, sell-out shows – Privates: A Sperm Odyssey and Blue Planet III. Other shows programmed include comedy magicians Kane and Abel, and Kommedia’s Crater Comedy Club, featuring top standups Suzi Ruffell, Andy Parsons, Dane Baptiste, Marcus Brigstocke and Milton Jones.
Privates: A Sperm Odyssey performed to packed houses at the SOHO Theatre last year with its tale of three sperm on an adventure as big as life itself. These plucky Privates must survive basic training, hostile white blood cells and the most dramatic ejaculation sequence ever seen onstage to be the first to fertilise the egg and become a beautiful baby. It’s Saving Private Ryan meets a year 9 sex education lesson you will never forget.
Blue Planet III is the award-nominated aquatic adventure for all ages – a homemade nature documentary made by two idiots at the BBC. Put on your polar ice caps and climb aboard to save the seas!
A family comedy show featuring swashbuckling swordfish, hammerhead and spannerhead sharks, wailing whales and nasty things that lurk at the bottom of the sea... “Take the kids, take the parents, they will all have a laugh” said The Scotsman
About the performers
Privates are Luke Rollason, Christian Brighty and Tom Curzon, three students of the legendary clown school L'Ecole Philippe Gaulier. Their previous show Luke Rollason's Planet Earth III performed sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and at the SOHO Theatre, as well as at festivals across the UK.
Booking info, dates and times here
We’ll be adding previews and interviews so check back regularly.