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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.

Human cloning. Gail Louw's adaption of David Daniel's book. Theatre that explores complex social, moral and scientific issues. Writing and acting of distinction.

Nov 5, 2019

A brand new festival of theatre brings over a dozen one-person shows to Lewes mixing comedy and social drama with historical themes and local tales.

Oct 8, 2019

Brighton's Two Piers celebrated 40 years of co-operative living at a party with speakers including Caroline Lucas, Helen Russell and Alexandra Phillips.

Sep 29, 2019

Hollingdean Skatepark is reimagined as a battleground for gang rivalry in a brilliant youth version Shakespeare's tragedy.

Aug 2, 2019

Brighton's rising rents are just one reason why many are looking to live a little differently. We went on a tour of local housing co-operatives to see how they work.

Jul 15, 2019

This one-person play draws from verbatim interviews with a Stonewall survivor, London drag artist and AIDs activist. It's subversive, accessible and not PC.

Jun 30, 2019

What do you do when the director backs out at the last minute? Four actors deconstruct theatre in this subversively funny Brighton Fringe show.

May 27, 2019

Two women meet with a mission. Site-specific, outdoor, physical theatre in a tent. Produced by Dogma Theatre Company for Brighton Fringe. Tension and laughs.

May 22, 2019

Brighton Fringe brings the Russian classic Tolstoy novella and sets it in contemporary England - putting angst, authenticity and avoidance under the spotlight.

May 20, 2019
The Father by Florian Zeller,

Feeling forgetful? Are they stealing your watch? A play about memory and personality. Dementia enacted with humour and sensitivity.

Mar 19, 2019

Glasgow's FK Alexander scrapes and stamps on stage, with unnerving percussion. It's performance art exploring love and lovelessness in recovery.

Mar 15, 2019

Two women in an adapted tale of a Sussex folktale from the 19th century. A tale of wisdom, Wicca and persecution. Top class theatre.

Nov 3, 2018

Theatre as comedy, or comedy as therapy? La La's comedic show about group therapy hit most of the right beats at Rialto Theatre.

Nov 2, 2018

What if placebos really work? Seven dancers backed by sounds from viola to electronica. Artists collaborate with scientists in a sinister dance experiment.

Nov 1, 2018

A professional woman, happily married, wonderful children. It all goes wrong amid plenty of laughs. No-one is happy now. Great theatre.

Oct 31, 2018
Sarah Slator This Is My Theatre

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

Jul 8, 2018

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

Jul 6, 2018

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

Jun 20, 2018
My Father Held a Gun co

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

May 24, 2018
Windmill Young Actors

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

May 17, 2018

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.

May 15, 2018

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

Apr 12, 2018

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

Apr 8, 2018

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

Mar 28, 2018

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

Mar 9, 2018
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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.

Feb 28, 2018
Dracula The Bloody Truth

'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.

Oct 30, 2017

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

Oct 25, 2017

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

Oct 21, 2017

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

Oct 20, 2017

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

Sep 17, 2017

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

Aug 11, 2017

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.

May 16, 2017

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

May 9, 2017

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

May 9, 2017
Medea Electronica | Brighton Source

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.

Mar 28, 2017

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

Mar 27, 2017
Stand Up For Our NHS | Brighton Source

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.

Jan 10, 2017

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

Dec 6, 2016
88 London Road | Brighton Source

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

Nov 30, 2016
Brief Hiatus | Brighton Source

We spoke to one of the directors of Brighton's newest theatre company to hear about their plans to give the city a shot of affordable and subversive drama.

Sep 20, 2016
Kirsty Elmer | Brighton Source

We chatted to the director of 'Love And Information' - a funny and poignant play about relationships and technology showing this week at Brighton's New Venture Theatre.

Jul 15, 2016
Something Street | Brighton Source

A crazy narrator takes you on decade-hopping trip through the lives of terrace residents in this new immersive theatre show on Brighton beach.

Jun 27, 2016
Living Between Lies | Brighton Source

Four women and four different worlds, all bound together by lies. This dazzling one act play is seriously funny.

Jun 13, 2016
Blackbird | Brighton Source

David Harrower’s acclaimed play comes to Brighton - edgy theatre about punishment and remorse, challenge and taboo.

Apr 21, 2016
East | Brighton Source

Stephen Berkoff’s play ‘East’ hits Brighton. It’s physical theatre in your face. Shakespeare meets the C-word. Raw class.

Apr 20, 2016
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