Friday 26th May: Okay, that’s it. All packed. Off to Brighton tomorrow.
Before I get too stuck into Brighton, one last look back at the north-east. I will aim to get my new list of what’s worth watching up shortly, but before then, I am going to wholeheartedly recommend The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. I don’t make recommendations of Newcastle Theatre Royal or other big theatres, where the big budgets often go into flashy staging rather than good stories, but this one is exceptional. Many good reasons to watch this, but the main one off the top of my head is that the director, Marianne Elliott, is the one responsible for War Horse, and the staging here is just as good, if not better. It begins on Tuesday and has a two-week run. I can’t get the Newcastle Theatre Royal website to work right now, so for further information you can read this page instead.
Bed time. 6 a.m. start tomorrow. Bugger.
Thursday 25th May: So with my journey to Brighton looming imminently, I can stop talking about other reviews and look at my own. So, a reminder of the ground rules:
Every play I see is eligible for review. If it’s good, or it has potential, it will get a review here in the live coverage for immediate reaction, and a more considered review when I do my roundup. Beyond that, I do not make any attempt to select notable plays and what I see is entirely decided by what I want to see as a punter.
However, you are welcome to invite me to review your play, and if you supply me with a press ticket, I will normally prioritise seeing you over other plays. If I get a large number of requests I may have to say no to some reviews, but I do not expect that to happen in Brighton. (It may happen in Edinburgh, and I’ve set some categories of things I won’t review there, but I’ll talk about that closer to the time.) Please be aware, however, that you get no other favours for supplying a press ticket. I might decide you’re great, and if you’re really good I might bang on about you for years to come, but you won’t get better feedback just because I got a free ticket. That’s the summary. If you want the full rules, they are here and here.
A reminder that I’m around 27th-30th. (I’m returning to Durham on the 31st but I won’t have time to see things before then.) Regardless of what you do, I hope you give me a lot of reasons to be positive over those four days.
Wednesday 24th May: Right, where were we?
Grist to the Mill are coming back with their final showing of The Unknown Soldier and Gratiano, one each. Gratiano got a Highly Recommended from Fringereview earlier in the month, but I’d heard nothing from The Unknown Soldier until yesterday when a review came through quite a while after their most recent performance. Normally this would be no big deal is this play is already drowning in praise from Edinburgh, but this one is a 4* from The Independent. Now, that is something. Reviews from the broadsheets (or websites formerly circulating as broadsheets) at the Brighton Fringe are virtually unheard of, with most looking at Brighton Festival. Very big deal to get their attention, let alone the good review.
Changing the subject a little, another successful show that’s left the Brighton Fringe is Mobile and that is now coming to Sunderland on Friday and Saturday. There are details here, but I’d advise getting a move on because two of the twelve showings are already sold out and another two are going fast.
And it’s not long until I’m coming now. Saturday’s not that far off. Oh heck. Continue reading