Running alongside – but separate to – the programmed Brighton Festival that’s been a fixture of city life since the late Sixties, Brighton Fringe’s open-access policy attracts upwards of 700 shows made by local, national and international companies and features performers at every stage of their professional development.
It has been an emotional journey. The three weeks of intense activity that make up England’s largest arts festival are finally coming to an end.
THE finish line for the Brighton Fringe is in sight, and as ever, it’s with a mixture of sadness and relief that we stagger towards it.
IF there are a lot of green-faced people limping around Brighton today, I think we know who to blame. Culinary architects Bompas & Parr rolled into the city last night, bringing with them a cavalcade of ponies, poetry and flaming pineapples.
SOMEONE call Equity; let alone not being actors, some of the stars of this year’s Fringe aren’t even human. From polar bears to mermaids, chippy socks to 50ft women, puppets are being used in increasingly inventive ways in Brighton venues.
So it seems that Brighton is well and truly swimming in gin, and apparently we can’t stop talking about it. Why, only last night I headed over to the Hendrick’s Library of Delightfully Peculiar Writings to take in a poetry slam, and a gin or two!
There were some great poems on show, covering everything from [...]
With 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.
First thing’s first, literature is quite clearly not the new rock ‘n’ roll, just as pink is not the new black and Olly Murs is not the new John Lennon.
There are a number of things to be learned at Brighton Fringe; how to survive solely on Wotsits and beer for example, and how exactly one pronounces ‘Steine’ (if you still think it rhymes with ‘wine’, you’re not done yet).
The phrase ‘site-specific’ is in danger of becoming as overused in Fringe programmes as ‘locally-sourced’ is on menus, and nearly as open to interpretation.
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