Brighton Reviews

Brighton review: Dr Brooke Magnanti @ Brighton Science Festival (Sallis Benney Theatre), 9 Feb 2012

“This is how a prostitute dresses,” says Dr Brooke Magnanti, walking on stage at Brighton Uni’s Sallis Benney lecture theatre in a smart black dress, beige jacket and matching stiletto heels. “This is exactly what I would have worn to work.” This is as close as she gets to discussing her time as call-girl diarist [...]

Brighton review: Simon Evans @ the Dome, 12 October 2012

Brighton review: Simon Evans @ the Dome, 12 October 2012

“Hello, how are we tonight, ok? You don’t sound too sure…” Simon Evans is wasting time. He’s only got an hour to present the 90-minute show he’s been touring the country with. Get started! As he explains, he’s ditched a bit of the material, but not half an hour’s worth. “I might just speak too [...]

Review: Greg Davies @ Brighton Dome, 11 October 2012

Elizabeth Hughes gets her funny bone tickled at Brighton Comedy Festival. What do middle-aged men, a bonsai tree and a flip chart have in common? Answer; They all featured in Greg Davies’ hilarious new stand-up show ‘The Back of My Mum’s Head’ at Brighton Dome on Thursday night (11 October). The huge Concert Hall was [...]

Brighton review: Jon Richardson @ the Dome, 7 October 2012

“This is the stupidest start to a gig I’ve ever done,” said Jon Richardson during a bizarre five-minute skit on blinking. He’d asked people to shout out if they were in love. More women than men did so, and an audience member suggested “men are too lazy”. “Too lazy to go ‘uuuuh’? Ok, everyone, just [...]

Brighton review: Tim Key @ The Brighton Comedy Festival

Brighton review: Tim Key @ The Brighton Comedy Festival

Tim Key’s Masterslut show – a cunning link of the words ‘Mastermind’ (or Masterchef, they both work) and Slut – proved that this poet-come-stand-up is a must-see-act on the comedy scene. His show was the highlight of the Brighton Comedy Festival so far, and it really will be hard to trump. Key’s avant garde approach [...]

Brighton Review: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra @ Brighton Dome, Saturday 22 September 2012

Brighton Review: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra @ Brighton Dome, Saturday 22 September 2012

Elizabeth Hughes enjoys a varied and inspirational programme by one of the UK’s most exciting orchestras. DVOŘÁK – The Noon Witch MAX BRUCH – Violin Concerto BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral” Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra served up a feast of memorable moments in Brighton Dome on Saturday night. Conductor Rory Macdonald (pictured) was animated when [...]

Brighton review: Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer @ Brighton Dome, Saturday 1 September

Brighton Review: Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer @ Brighton Dome, Saturday 1 September

Elizabeth Hughes reviews a unique show which charmed children of all ages at Brighton Dome. Global warming, floods, love and death are unusual themes for children’s entertainment on a Saturday afternoon. But these were the topics dealt with in an unusual and charming stage show at Brighton Dome at the weekend. Australian, Tim Watts presented [...]

Brighton theatre review: Vita and Virginia @ Iambic Arts Theatre – 31 August 2012

Brighton theatre review: Vita and Virginia @ Iambic Arts Theatre - 31 August 2012

Elizabeth Hughes reviews a love story which won the hearts of the audience. It’s not easy for just two actors to engage an audience throughout an intense play in a tiny, cramped theatre when even the set remains unchanged for two hours. But actresses Valerie Dent and Tamar K. Karpas did this with style on [...]

Brighton review: The Heath Quartet @ Clifton Montpelier Powis Festival 21 July 2012

Brighton review Heath Quartet CMP Festival

Brighton and Hove Free Press contributor Elizabeth Hughes enjoys the end of one festival and the start of another at St Nicolas Church, Brighton. The Heath Quartet provided one of the finales to three weekends of literature, film and music at this year’s Clifton Montpelier Powis Festival. The concert was also the start of a [...]

Brighton review: Wild Beasts @ The Haunt 14 July 2012

Brighton review Wild Beasts @ The Haunt 14 July 2012

Brighton and Hove Free Press contributor Paul Lacey gives us his thoughts on Wild Beasts’ Brighton gig at The Haunt on Saturday 14 July 2012. I’ve wanted to catch Wild Beasts for the last couple of years and was excited to see they would be gracing Brighton with a one-off show before performing at the [...]

Brighton review: Kimya Dawson @ The Haunt – 10 July 2012

Brighton review: Kimya Dawson @ The Haunt - 10 July 2012

Kimya Dawson left the stage in tears after what has to have been one of the most incredibly raw yet warm shows I have been to in a long time. She had not had the best of evenings prior to the show; firstly struggling to get in touch with her five-year-old daughter who is on [...]

Brighton review: Clifton Montpelier Powis Festival opening weekend

Brighton review Clifton Montpelier Powis Festival 6 – 22 July 2012

Brighton and Hove Free Press contributor Elizabeth Hughes discovers authors old and new at the opening weekend of the Clifton Montpelier Powis Festival in Brighton. Good literary events expand our horizons and encourage us to pick up books and read authors we have never considered before. That’s exactly what happened to me at the Clifton [...]

Brighton preview: Straight Up 2012 @ Brighton Dome 14 July 2012

Street Funk Straight Up 2012 Brighton

Brighton and Hove Free Press contributor Elizabeth Hughes previews Streetfunk’s hip hop youth dance showcase Straight Up 2012 at the Brighton Dome on Saturday 14 July 2012. Lovers of urban dance and music or anyone looking for real entertainment and inspiration should head along to Brighton Dome on Saturday (14 July). Straight Up, the annual [...]

Brighton preview: Wild Beasts @ The Haunt 14 July 2012

Brighton preview Wild Beasts @ The Haunt 14 July 2012

Brighton and Hove Free Press contributor Paul Lacey previews the upcoming Brighton gig from Wild Beasts at The Haunt on Saturday 14 July 2012. The magical musical weirdness of Wild Beasts comes to Brighton for their only scheduled UK date outside of the festival circuit at The Haunt on Saturday 14 July. In this warm-up [...]

Brighton review: Dandy Dick @ Theatre Royal Brighton until Saturday 7 July

Brighton review: Dandy Dick @ Theatre Royal Brighton until Saturday 7 July

Brighton and Hove Free Press contributor Elizabeth Hughes asks ‘have you heard the one about the vicar and the racehorse?’ as she checks out Dandy Dick at Brighton’s Theatre Royal – on until Saturday 7 July 2012. Dandy Dick staged an excellent debut for the newly formed Theatre Royal Brighton Productions company this week. The [...]