An Arts Industry showcase taking place in the first week of Brighton Fringe, WINDOW comes to venues across the city on Fri 5 – Thurs 11 May. Ten events from the Fringe programme are chosen by an outside panel of experts following a separate application process. Eligible events must be new work, have performance dates within the first week of Brighton Fringe, and be ready to tour. The aim of this is to develop and encourage artists for the next step in their career. The season is promoted to arts industry professionals from different sectors across the arts, through Brighton Fringe’s Arts Industry Service. This year’s WINDOW judges were senior figures from South East Dance, First and Foremost Talent Agency, Creative Arts East and many more.
The shows chosen carry a wide variety. If you’re up for a mix of theatre, dark comedy and live music, head down to The Warren Main House for Cabaret from the Shadows by Teatro Pomodoro. Running Fri 5 – Weds 10 May, this show contains anarchic characters who will shock you as they reveal the depths of your psyche. On Mon 8 – Sun 14, Behind the Lines’ Fall of Duty heads to Sweet Waterfront. This moving performance is about four people who are pushed together by war, song, reality and escapism, but are pulled apart by a century. At The Old Market on Sun 7 May, Focus Group* by TOOT and Ovalhouse will be coming to entertain audiences. A silly comedy with a dark heart, exploring the absurdity of modern life and consumer culture with humanity and humour.
For an uplifting and hilarious comedy, check out Network Diagnostics by the Octopus Soup Theatre from Fri 5 – Sun 7 May at Sweet Dukebox. Kate and Tadgh have not left their rooms for a very long time. To make a living, they look for work on a dubious website called “Hablo Hot and Heavy”. Bound to entertain your evening this show is not to be missed. Oliver in the Overworld by the Krazy Kat Theatre Company will be on at Spiegeltent: Bosco on Sun 7 May. A musical for 3-7 year olds and families, it showcases mastery of visual storytelling and bristles with creativity and humour.
With stories told from the armchair of Jack’s care home, Scorched by Turtle Key Arts uses new writing, physical theatre, period music, puppetry and projection to create a journey of remembrance. Inspired by true stories from the life of writer Lisle Turner’s grandfather, this show will be held at the Rialto Theatre from the Tues 9 – Sat 13 May. Shell Shock by Smokescreen Productions will be coming to Sweet St Andrews on Fri 5 – Sun 7 May. This show is an emotional rollercoaster of a soldier’s story of coping with PTSD. Sweet St Andrews also hosts The Forest from Mon 8 – Sun 14 May, by Limbik. This show weaves stories, songs, and secrets. Based in a backyard near you, in the not-too distant future, a clutch of woman from far-flung corners of the globe float in mid-air. They have a new job: human garden ornament.
If you’d like a weird but comedic show about a troupe of insects, be sure not to miss Terabac, Terabac, at the Purple Playhouse Theatre on Sat 6 – Sun 7 and Sun 28 May. With fantastical hybrid costumes, hovering words and buzzing soundscapes, this show is sure to keep you engaged. Written by BBC Trans Comedy Award winner Tom Glover, Sheer Drop Theatre’s fast-paced, hilarious Wet Bread takes place on the Tues 9 – Sun 14 May at Sweet Waterfront. Adele can’t work out how the Tories are in power – everyone she knows voted Labour – and don’t get her started on Brexit.