When: 1st – 31st May 2015
Where: Brighton, East Sussex
£: Ticket prices vary depending on the event. Some events are free
What is it?
This year’s Brighton Fringe takes place from 1st to 31st May 2015 with over 750 events. The event acts as a springboard for both new and established artists across a diverse range of art forms, and will this year showcase 233 world premieres.
Two internationally acclaimed cabaret artists, Camille O’Sullivan, original star of La Clique, and Tina C, comic creation of the multi-award winning Christopher Green, will be at this year’s fringe.
Royal Court Young Writer, Tim Cook, returns to premiere new work, Crushed. Other theatrical offerings will include Wildspark’s The Bombing of the Grand Hotel, a visceral new play which tells the real-life story of the unlikely relationship between bomber Pat Magee and Jo Berry, whose father was killed in the blast. Also at the Brighton Fringe will be Black is the Colour of My Voice, Apphia Campbell’s hit one-woman show inspired by the life of Nina Simone. The Bucket Club’s Lorraine & Alan, a modern re-telling of the Selkie myth, with live electronic sound design, song and several hundred plastic bottles, makes a much-anticipated appearance.
Comedy comes courtesy of more than 200 acts, including sketch-sensations BEASTS, John Hegley, Radio 4 favourite John Osborne and Mock the Week’s Zoe Lyons. Rising talent Tom Allen, hotly tipped Tom Deacon, and The Christeene Machine, a punk cabaret star from the USA, also appear. Around 25 satirical performances will take place, pre and post general election. These include an alternative cabaret for the politically jaded from Bourgeois & Maurice, written in the first 48 hours after the polls close.
A total of 56 international productions will appear including a concert from the Soweto Spiritual Singers, and I Am Not Antigone from the Netherland’s Idreman Foundation. Audiences can also see life-sized elephant and giraffe puppets at the Biggest Marionette Circus in the World, a UK premiere from Poland.
Graphic novelists and creators of comics will present a series of events at the Sallis Benney Theatre. The legendary Andie Airfix, who has created some of the most memorable music designs of the last 30 years, makes a welcome return.
As ever, this vast celebration of all things creative boasts a massive array of quirky experiences including Brighton’s Singing Barber, who serenades audience members as he styles their hair. There will also be Pint Sized Plays, performed across Brighton pubs, a musical about Doctor Who, and a rock n’ roll roller derby. Those feeling brave can try their hand at Crimplene Millionaire, Boogaloo Stu’s board game experience extraordinaire. Why not join the Great Superhero Debate, spend some time in a beach hut with fading shopping channel star Chris Titmas or immerse yourself in a fully sensory, technicolour musical offering from You Cry Wolf?
A total of 172 venues will host Brighton Fringe events including the ever-popular Spiegeltent, which returns to the Old Steine, Sussex Country Cricket Club, where a wedding reception with a difference will be performed. Otherplace Productions celebrates 10 years of Brighton Fringe with its biggest programme yet. The flourishing Brighton-based production company has now taken up residency in The Basement, one of Brighton’s leading arts venues; and is relocating its large-scale, pop-up Fringe venue, The Warren, to the grounds of St Peter’s Church in the heart of the city.
More than 50 family shows are on offer including the Brighton Fringe family picnic, served up in the stunning Pavilion Gardens on the two bank holiday Saturdays. The ever popular Fringe City, a free showcase of theatre, art installations, interactive performances, puppetry, poetry, and live music, will take place each weekend.
More info: www.brightonfringe.org