Mike Aiken

Mike lives in Brighton. This is a full time occupation. He’s also a researcher, writer and activist. Any time left over he spends hanging around cafes and pubs listening to people on their phones. He loves theatre that pokes into difficult places. You won’t find him on Facebook.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream Review

Open air theatre in Brighton with Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. Accessible. Tight acting. Mythic set. Scottish Gaelic music. Beautifully enacted.

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My Father Held a Gun co

Brighton Fringe Review: My Father Held a Gun

High-class storytelling. Massively compelling. Peace and justice and falling in love. Multiple stories. Live guitar and sax.

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Brighton Fringe Preview: Fix My Brain

We caught the rehearsals of a seriously funny play about depression, co-written by a junior doctor. Coming to The Warren this weekend.

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It’s No Job For A Nice Jewish Girl Review

A one-woman show drawing on Jewish British humour. It’s comedy, stand up, and voracious storytelling.

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$elfie$, Sat 25th November

Black Queer movement. $elfie$ confronts our taste for violence and extreme desire through dance, choreography and drama.

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Brighton Horrorfest Is Here

Brighton Horrorfest brings you spooky tales and storytelling for adults and kids, walking tours, workshops, puppets and interactive immersive theatre.

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Are Strings Attached Review

Theatre in your own front room. A man with a can. Becoming a star. Graffiti and the meaning of life.

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Shoot The Sissy Review

Physical, operatic, tragic theatre. Queer eye candy. A story of the pain, vulnerability and power of a self-deconstructing Sissy.

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88 London Road | Brighton Source

Brighton Theatre To Close: What Next?

Brighton theatre 88 London Road – formerly The Emporium – is due to close in early 2017. Artistic Director, James Weisz, tells us what comes next.

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Crystal’s Vardo Review

Theatre, storytelling, historical reconstruction and political education about Romany people’s history and the racism Gypsies and Travellers face today.

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Windmill Young Actors

Brighton Fringe Review: About A Revolution

Lenin and revolution today. Agitprop and personal testimony from young people about change. Audience participation. Drama between Brecht and Boal.

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Metamorphosis Review

This is Kafka’s Metamorphosis from the women’s perspective. Classic writing, exquisite acting and a spellbound audience. It’s great theatre.

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I’d Be Lost Without It Review

Our digital lives explored through immersive theatre, via fake news and invented personalities. Wet Picnic brought tough questions about digital mass hysteria to The Old Market.

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Keep The Greys Pub Shining

Friends of the Greys bid to save famous Brighton pub. Community Shares Buy-Out plan launched for The Greys.

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Trojan Women Review

Women in war. Women in resistance. A people facing destruction. Post-nuclear. Greek tragedy in the 21st century.

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Digital Tattoo Review

Multi-media theatre, art-film, modern dance, audience questions. Indelible selfies. The right to be forgotten. Gritty and beautiful. Take your phone.

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Stand Up For Our NHS | Brighton Source

Stand Up For Our NHS Benefit Gig, Fri 10th Feb

A host of great local performers line up behind the campaign to save the NHS including Jo Neary, Attila the Stockbroker, Robb Johnson and Mark Brailsford from The Treason Show.

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Lovesong, Fri 20th – Sat 28th July

Ingenious contemporary play by Abi Morgan, at New Venture Theatre. Two young lovers look at their past and present. Delicate, intimate and emotional.

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Brighton Fringe Review: Antony And Cleopatra

The Profumo affair as Shakespearean romantic tragedy. This crafty reworking has it all: politics, love, sex and song. Plus a Conservative government on the rocks.

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A Pro Of Nothing Review

A showcase of short drama from Andrew Allen at Cast Iron Theatre. Comedy and tragedy. Pinteresque. Made in Brighton.

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Dracula The Bloody Truth

Laughing At Dracula

‘Dracula The Bloody Truth’ is horrific theatre. A Transylvanian spoof that mixes farce and slapstick into Dracula’s tale. Faultless bad acting for comic perfection.

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Horror is Brighton’s Other Realm

The Other Realm Theatre Company brings horror at Halloween. Classy horror. Lovecraft’s ‘Pickman’s Model’ adapted by Adrian Jameson.

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The Looker: The Lost Village Tour

Brighton-based author writes post-apocalyptic tale. Magic masks and torchlight. Dream-like journey through the twilight of industrial Britain. Horse-drawn theatre on tour.

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Medea Electronica | Brighton Source

Medea Electronica Review

Electronica meets Greek tragedy in a northern town. Gig and drama mash-up by local group. Woman leads on revenge, betrayal and taboo. Original soundtrack.

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Clean House

Staying clean. Women with a passion for jokes. Theatre that’s serious and surreal. Magical realism mixing joy with death.

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