As we enter the most eagerly awaited month on Brighton’s cultural calendar, Brighton Fringe kicks off today for a month of otherworldly shows. We have compiled a weekly guide of our suggestions of ones to watch in a sea of thousands of acts.
With four ukuleles and penchant for dark comedy, Polly Clamorous takes their latest show HERSTORY; a musical compendium that chronicles the tales of some of the most enigmatic and misrepresented women in history, to the Brighton shores. Through ages and cultures get up close and personal with Lilith; Adam’s first wife who preferred to be on top; Freddie Oversteegen, a teenager who resisted the Nazis with a bicycle and a pistol; and Nelly Bly, the fierce young journalist who feigned insanity in order to write a crushing exposé on the mistreatment of patients at the infamous Blackwell Island Asylum. HERSTORY brings these stories together, as well as many more, to transcend the edicts of history in this adequately historically-accurate romp through the ages.
The Warren: The Nest Thurs 2 – Sat 4 May at 18.10
The Remarkable Friendship of Molly and Munch
Molly is an eight-year-old genius and Munch is a giant talking dinosaur. Molly brought her once stuffed toy dinosaur to life and ever since they have been singing and dancing their way into the hearts of everyone they meet. This production is full of original music, storytelling and audience participation. You’ll find out how everything began, as well as experiencing a few of their favourite pastimes. A sensational show designed for the entire family and it features a giant talking dinosaur.
The Warren: The Hat, Sat 4 – Sun 5 May, 10.00; Mon 6 May, 10.00 and 16.00
How Disabled Are You?
Tommy asks three disabled people, who receive benefits and have no performance background to take the stage and read a script for the first time in front a live audience. Winner of our Fringe Bursary, How Disabled Are You explores real attitudes towards those who claim benefits and have disabilities that aren’t always visible to many people.
Junkyard Dogs: The Doghouse; Fri 3 May – Sat 4 May 16.30, Fri 17 May – Sat 18 May 16.30
Railed is a western-themed circus spectacular, combining the trademark physical talents, finely chiselled bodies and hilarious comic timing of the Head First Acrobats. Prepare yourself for when bare-chested circus meets bare-knuckled bar fights. A racy, heart-stopping display of the finest acrobatics by the most ridiculous storytellers in the circus. Leave your expectations at home, come to the wrong side of the tracks, and let the Head First Acrobatics boys steal your hearts.
Brighton Spiegeltent, Sat 4 May – Mon 6 May 19.00, Mon 20 May – Tues 28 May 19.00, Thurs 30 May – Sat 1 June 19.00
Tomatoes Tried To Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life
Don’t miss your chance to catch this inspirational, humorous and internationally toured one-man show. The production received three awards at the New York City Frigid Fringe Festival in March. Tomatoes Tried To Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life is a story of a multi-cultural boyhood, a meteoric rise to the boardroom and the startling news that changed life forever. Thus, a banjo-picking storyteller was created with a message of resilience, hope and perseverance.
The Warren: The Nest, Fri 3 May – Mon 6 May 13.40
From the Cradle to the Bin
Strap in Brighton, for A Ship of Fools is sailing to the Warren. That’s right, your favourite mischief-makers are back and ready to take you on a hilarious, raucous and uncomfortable voyage aboard the leaky vessel of a broken care system. From the Cradle to the Bin is a comedy brimming with humanity, wild imagery, and twisted takes on well-known songs. This brilliant bouffon clown show pulls no punches and is guaranteed to have you laughing out loud one minute and squirming in your seat the next. Welcome to Happy Valley Care Homes. We care… so you don’t have to.
The Warren: The Blockhouse, Thurs 2 – Sun 5 May 18.15