Review: Oh What a Lovely War

Musically directed by Ellie Verkerk the six-strong cast play instruments throughout. They’re a phenomenal team, singing beautifully a capella or in solo. With six young actors mostly fresh out of drama school absolutely at the top of their first game, we’re treated to acting both hungry to prove and yet touched by the world they’ve entered. This is an outstanding production.

Review: Child of Sunday

A touching and tender way to beginf a day at the Fringe.

Review: Broadway Diva

A magical journey through classic musical theatre show tunes

Review: The Imitator

Julián Fontalvo imitates the voices 70 famous singers as he tells his life story.

Review: Des Kapital

Revolutionary songs sung by a lusty audience in the heart of Hove. A revolution in itself. If you’ve any sympathy, antipathy or subversive sense of humour towards a way at laughing at history’s atrocities, and thinking there must be a better way - this is the show for you.

Review: Rocky Horror Show

The most lucid-voiced Rocky I’ve seen and on balance strongest cast for a long time. Two great reasons to return, or adventure for your first awakening on Planet Transexual.

Review: Fruit Flies Like a Banana

No banana could fly as fast as these three virtuoso performers in this must see show as they combine virtuoso musicianship with acrobatics and dance

Review: Rebel

You may not know where you are going, but they promise it won’t be boring… and they deliver

Review: Wild Onion

Cabaret with onions - a match made in heaven!

Review: The Wrong Planet

There’s a great act struggling out of this blissfully baggy monster.

Review: The Tempest

Café Voltaire in ruffs invokes a magical Tempest.

Review: Tom Lehrer

Another sovereign tribute. Stefan Bednarczyk brings Tom Lehrer swaggering out of retirement.  

Review: Branching Out

Three very fine and one outstanding work, Scratches – the best kind of play on depression, self-harm, black holes. Because it’s screamingly funny and deeply connected to why we do theatre.

Review: Sitting Pretty

When you see this show return, it’ll be outstanding, and in the frame for awards.

Review: Living Newspaper #6

Like all the Royal Court’s Living Newspaper series, we need this. Watch what this does with the future

Review: Hysteria

An effective cabaret style run at the issues facing women in the 21st century with a popular theatrical style of the previous century which entertains is unsure of itself.

Review: Paul Zenon: Trust Me!

Three shows rolled into one - a master standup, a master storyteller and a master magician

Review: 100% Cotton

Jake Thakeray meets Victoria Wood in an hour of delightfully risqué comedic songs.

Review: The Dots

Chaotic comedy cabaret - a tour-de-force performance, combining brilliant vocals and genuinely funny routines.

Review: Kit and McConnel

Another bit of beguiling badinage and ballads from two doyens of the Fringe.

Review: All Aboard

All aboard for a wild and wacky journey through the vicissitudes of life

Review: Splintered

Highly effective and gripping Caribbean LGBTQI+ storytelling that effectively reminds us that all rights are to be treasured and campaigned for

Review: Square Rounds

Proud Haddock have delivered their own stamp on Harrison’s verse-play, and it’s mostly thrilling

Review: Dandy Darkly’s All Aboard!

Deliciously provocative, cynical, creative, poignant, entertaining, uplifting, impactful show. Do not miss it!

Review: Accordion Fight Show

The bizarre burlesque of a man in leather thong playing accordion - mostly with other clothes on

Review: Casting Off

Three generations of women 'Cast Off' all stereotypes of what they can, should and be able to do.

Review: Amanda Palmer

A cabaret style evening of piano and ukulele driven songs and stand-up comedy

Review: Dandy Darkly’s Myth Mouth

Wickedly mischievous, creative, joyous, boisterous, lyrical, brash, poetic, funny and entertaining show!

Review: Elsa

Isobel Rogers delights as she becomes someone Elsa.

Review: Carabet

Wonderfully wacky sketch comedy with an absurdist twist.

Review: These Trees Are Made Of Blood

A necessary piece of theatre, the band are superb; a couple of numbers will take residence in your ear. Theatrically it’s almost achieved too, and if it feels slightly clunky it’s that the brilliant conceit of political trickery can’t be sustained over the sombre facts the second act introduces us to. The end’s overwhelming. Two audience members sat quietly weeping together and could not move for minutes after. Others sat stunned.

Review: Souvenir

Uproarious “kamikaze cabaret” history of Brighton Theatre Royal told through song and amusing anecdotes.

Review: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Lenny Henry’s magnificent, physically menacing deserves his place alongside Henry Goodman’s at least. If the cabaret and audience-rich production mightn’t replicate that production’s chill, it’s of its time, serves as a timely marker of a new nadir of western degradation. That gives it permanent Brechtian relevance.

Review: David Hoyle

A Compelling and Heart Wrenching Explosion of Love

Review: Fall of Duty

Not so much another First War narrative but a parallel rediscovery of singalong music, song and dance, stars and tears in their eyes. Tightness of video, the engagement of audience and extremely well-counterpointed denouement makes this a memorable show. And did I mention the Childs can sing?

Review: Tina C’s President -C

Witty, wonderful and warming politics meets drag queen meets country a tent on an intersection.

Review: The Shakespeare Revue

A consummate delight in this now rarest of forms; a tight song-and-dance of words. New material sizzles, inserted towards the end, the whole box of Bards from Bernard Levin’s Quoting Shakespeare to McKee’s arrangement of Shakespeare lines for a musical lights-out dances on the edge of hilarity before falling headlong into it.

Review: The Entertainer

Gawn Granger carries the memory of greatness and it’s this elusive elixir Archie, consummately but seedily played by Branagh, which stands in for those lost ideals Osborne’s first great character Jimmy Porter grasped at. It’s the toppling of Archie Rice’s own inner idol, or failure to do so, that sends this absorbing production out whistling into the dark.