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Brighton Fringe Picks for 2016

Like many people in Brighton I have been ploughing through the huge Brighton Fringe magazine, deciding what to go to this year. As far as comedy, music, shows was concerned no obvious choices. So no Lady Boys of Bangkok or Moscow State Circus! Apart from the family section I’m trying to step out of my normal safe choices and have a lucky dip at interesting looking options and see if I can find some gems. Its so difficult when reading through the listings as it seems half of the acts have won awards, been runners up in something or other! Remember as well as the magazine you can search and filter at the Brighton fringe website as well as the Fringe app which you can download for free on your phone.
So here are my six choices for Brighton Fringe 2016. What are your choices this year? Comment at the bottom of this post.
If you are participating in the Fringe this year and want me to review your show then please let me know.

Comedy

Forget Me Not: The Alzheimer’s Whodunnit

brighton fringe forget me nowJim’s wife a patient on a dementia ward has died and Jim smells a rat. He’s an ex detective who is determined to solve this murder. However he also has dementia which might just make it interesting!
See page 63 in the Fringe magazine
Venue: Komedia Studio
Dates: 25th and 27th May
Cost: £8 (£6)
Fringe website: forget-me-not-alzheimers-whodunnit
Performers website: www.robgee.co.uk

10 Things I Hate About UKIP

jow wells brighton fringeJoe Wells believes you should treat everyone with kindness, but that’s not easy when some of them vote UKIP. This is a show about learning to love the people whose politics you hate.

See page 17 in the Fringe magazine.
Venue: Caroline of Brunswick
Dates: 21st May
Cost: £5 (£3)

Fringe website: 10-things-i-hate-about-ukip
Performers website: www.joewells.org.uk

Music

Herbie’s Jazz Breakfast

herbie flowersHerbie Flowers is a Jazz bassist legend and every Sunday, 11am at the Spiegeltent he will be playing with his bands and entertaining the audience. Someone I have never seen, have heard of and must check him out! Looking at his bio he wrote Grandad which got him an Ivor Novello award, was in T.Rex, LSO, toured with David Bowie, Lou Reed and ABBA.
See page 80 in the Fringe Magazine
Venue: Spielgeltent
Dates: 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th May, 5th June
Cost: £12 (£10)
Fringe website: herbies-jazz-breakfast

Visual Arts

Sky Lounge: Embassy Court Sun Terrace

Embassy Court is celebrating its 80th birthday. So this year you are going back to 1936 and the first residents have moved in. Join them for a cocktail and the best view in Brighton from their sun terrace. 1930 dress code is optional.

See page 122 in the magazine
Dates: 21st, 22nd May
Cost: £9 (£8)
Fringe website: sky-lounge-embassy-court-sun-terrace

 

Family

Children’s Area: The Den

the_denThis year, The Warren location at St Peters Church has a childrens area called The Den. It is a family friendly area where there will be workshops, activities and performances throughout the festival. I’m going to be taking my son there a few times!

See page 57 in the Fringe Magazine
Venue: The Warren (St Peters Church)
Dates: Duration of festival
Cost: Free

Fringe website: childrens-area-den
The Warren website: www.otherplacebrighton.co.uk

Tours

A Walk through Homelessness in Brighton and Hove

Brighton and Hove like a lot of cities has its contrasts, from the very rich to the very poor. First Base is a day centre for people experiencing homelessness today. Join them for a heritage trail through the city and visit First Base’s day centre.
See page 118 in the Fringe Magazine
Dates: 16th, 17th May
Cost: Free
Fringe website walk-through-homelessness-brighton-hove