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Mother’s Ruin at Brighton Fringe

Hendrick Library 0014 Mothers Ruin at Brighton FringeWith one week to go, whichever direction I happen to be walking seems to involve a pause at the Hendrick’s Library of Delightfully Peculiar Writings for a gin and tonic.  It is a habit to which I have been happy to succumb, and how.

Now in their second year, Hendrick’s already feels part of the very fabric of Brighton Fringe. Nestled snugly beside Brighton’s own Library, It boasts a brilliant programme of, well, delightfully peculiar shows – from Dickensian Cabaret, comic séance, live taxidermy, all the way to an exclusive Literary Feast with Bompas and Parr.

For lovers of gin, literature or indeed both, Genteel Tipple through Gin in Literature takes the audience from the origins of gin and its influence on society and writers in particular through the ages. Oh, and you are also supplied with a great deal of gin as you join them on your journey.

Bringing us back to earth with a crash, the multiple award-winning Fleeto and Wee Andy at the Nightingale offered an uncompromising look at knife crime in modern-day Glasgow.  Fleeto in particular stood out. Told in strong Glaswegian dialect, it seamlessly blends gritty reality with a more classical theatrical style. It’s a mother’s ruin with a whole different dimension.

This week culminates with the sight of all 6 of the Dip Your Toe Bathing Machines assembled along Madeira Drive to greet the Lone Twin boat as part of the Cultural Olympiad. Quite apart from being a unique chance to catch all the shows in succession, it promises to be the photo opportunity of Brighton Fringe so far.

And every Festival needs a grand finale party – this year will see two of the biggest ever. The Hanging Gardens of Brighton on the Old Steine will be a three-day music spectacular, featuring headliners such as Alabama 3 the Go! Team and Ska Cubano.  If that wasn’t enough, the Jubilee weekend will belong to Fatboy Slim at the Amex Stadium for the Big Beach Bootique.

I’m exhausted just thinking about it all.

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