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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.

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

November 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.

November 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.

November 1, 2018

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

October 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.

July 8, 2018

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

July 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.

June 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.

April 12, 2018

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

April 8, 2018

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

March 28, 2018

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

March 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.

February 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.

October 30, 2017

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

October 25, 2017

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

October 21, 2017

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

October 20, 2017

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

September 17, 2017

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

August 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.

March 28, 2017

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

March 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.

January 10, 2017

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

December 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.

November 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.

September 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.

July 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.

June 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.

June 13, 2016
Blackbird | Brighton Source

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

April 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.

April 20, 2016
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