And the wait is finally over. If you’ve been twiddling your thumbs since the end of August, stop twiddling. Brighton Fringe is about to begin. I will of course be coming to Brighton myself, and I will be posting reviews of anything I find that’s good, but by the time I write my review, it will have probably have finished. So, as usual, my list of pre-fringe recommendations based on previous performances. This year, I am taking a leaf out of Fringeguru’s book and dividing my recommended plays into “safe choices” and “bold choices”. Safe choices are plays where – provided the description of the play appeals to you – I am confident you’ll either like it or love it. Bold choices are plays where I’m less sure how they’ll turn out, and it might not work out,l but you might also be one of the first to see the next great thing from Brighton.
Yet again, usual caveats: this is not a comprehensive guide of what to see. I only know about a fraction of the stuff on offer in Brighton. There will be plenty of excellent plays that I’ve never heard of next month. If you want a list recommendations that tries to cover the entire fringe, those are on their way from sites such as Fringeguru (see also here) and FringeReview. Where possible, I will highlight here where my recommendations are also recommended elsewhere. If I’ve missed a recommendation from another (reputable) review site, let me know and I’ll add this. Continue reading