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The Idiot Brain, Dome Studio (Brighton Festival) – Review

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Pros: Interesting discussion, led by smart, funny presenters Cons: More of a book promotion than a performance The Idiot Brain is billed as a light-hearted look at the psychology of superstition, the neuroscience of sleep, how tall people are more intelligent, and why a glass of wine might improve our memory. I anticipated a performed approach to the subject not unlike that in Ruby Wax’s ongoing tour Sane New World. A serious subject, approached in an engaging and intelligent way, but ...

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Shakespeare Untold, Dome Studio (Brighton Festival) – Review

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Pros: An imaginative new perspective on well-known stories Cons: Risks being patronising at times In a combined production from Shakespeare’s Globe and Seabright Productions, Shakespeare Untold introduces us to the worlds of Romeo & Juliet and somewhat obscurely Titus Andronicus, through the fictitious peripheral characters of the Capulet’s party planner, and the Emperor of Rome’s head chef. At two hours long, complete with interval, Shakespeare Untold is a fringe festival exception but the audience are never restless, not even for a ...

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Belonging(s), Kings House (Brighton Festival) – Review

Belonging(s)

Pros: Great work from the props and production people and a real cryptic puzzle to solve. Cons: Over-long. Cold. Belonging(s), from Tilted Productions, is a big, ambitious and clever promenade dance show. It starts underground and ends on the beach, looking out to sea. It has nine performers at its heart, but incorporates more than twenty local participants who duck in and out of the action. It takes two objects, the vinyl record and the cardboard box, brings out every one ...

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Rosie Wilby: The Conscious Uncoupling, Sweet Dukebox (Brighton Festival) – Review

Credit: Everything Theatre

  Pros: Rosie’s monologues reflecting on how she met her ex are beautifully heartfelt. Cons: It is not a completely polished show, but this is part of its charm. Sweet Dukebox, located in the Iron Duke pub, was the first stop on my day of theatre at the Brighton Fringe Festival. A walk along the beach to the venue made a nice change from dashing around London, and the venue was a lovely traditional pub with friendly staff and a small ...

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