WINDOW is Brighton Fringe’s Arts Industry showcase created to develop and encourage artists ready for the next step in their career. It is a platform for high quality, ready to tour, new work to be highlighted during the first days of Brighton Fringe, from 4 – 10 May 2018.With the buzz of activity in one of the UK’s most popular cities, both established and emerging artists have the perfect opportunity to showcase their work whilst also developing their professional networks. WINDOW is marketed to visiting Arts Industry Professionals, through the Arts Industry Service at Brighton Fringe. The visiting AIPs come from diverse backgrounds, but include: Venue Programmers, Festival Programmers, Development Agencies, Talent Agents, Freelance Producers and Directors, Casting Agents and Film & TV producers.
Selected events in the 2018 WINDOW Showcase:
- Me & My Bee, ThisEgg
- Ensonglopedia of Animals, John Hinton
- Land of the Three Towers: Vol II, You Should See The Other Guy
- Luke Rollason's Planet Earth, Bright Buoy Productions
- The Sleeper, Anima Theatre Company
- Form, Rendered Retina
- S/he/it Happens, Miranda Porter
- Gender Euphoria, James Lorien Macdonald
- Fast, Digital Drama
- Witt 'n Camp: SWAG, Witt 'n Camp
Full details below...
Me & My Bee
Me & My Bee by ThisEgg
6 - 7 May
Komedia Main Space
A new family-comedy. Climate change is massive. Bees aren’t?
Our fuzzy little friends need our help and so we’re launching a political party disguised as a party party, disguised as a show. Multi-award-winning theatre company, ThisEgg, invites you to save the world - one bee at a time. A new family-comedy with live music.
Devised and Performed by Joe Boylan, Josie Dale-Jones and Greta Mitchell, this is an imaginative piece of comic theatre charged with vitality and immediacy.
"A rarity... deliciously eccentric” (The Guardian)
Land of the Three Towers: Vol II
Land of the Three Towers: Vol II by You Should See The Other Guy
9, 10, 11, 12 May
Exeter Street Hall
How can we resist social cleansing? Made by women who’ve experienced homelessness, and housing activists from Focus E15 Campaign, this unique ensemble show uses real words, song and civil disobedience to take a creative look at the London housing “crisis” and what we can do about it. Let’s occupy four empty council flats for a start...
"Experimental, lyrical and poetic. A true act of revolution in an indifferent age. Theatre by the community, for the community’’ ***** (International Times)
FREE Workshops! ‘Art of Resistance’, ‘Campaign Toolkit’, ‘Make a Protest Song’
Ensonglopedia of Animals
Ensonglopedia of Animals by John Hinton
6, 13, 27 May 2, 3 June
The Old Courtroom
26 animal songs, one for each letter of the alphabet. Learn fascinating facts about extraordinary echinoderms, distressed damselflies, crazy corals, batty beetles and amazing archispirostreptuses. Expect the unexpected and expect it to rhyme.
The brand-new show from John Hinton, multi-award-winning creator of musical comedies about Darwin, Einstein and Curie. Follow-up to the hit show Ensonglopedia of Science (nominated Children's Choice Award, Brighton Fringe '17).
"John Hinton is an absolute joy... This guy could get anyone interested in science" (Adelaide Theatre Guide)
Luke Rollason's Planet Earth
4, 5, 6, 7 May
The Warren: Theatre Box
Oceans have risen. Forests have fallen. So have BBC budgets. But one intern will transform a hopeless world with a little imagination - and a lot of office supplies. Luke Rollason brings back the animal kingdom in this “hugely entertaining” (Chortle) one man nature documentary.
Nature's weirdos return to the Brighton Fringe following sell out performances at the Edinburgh Fringe, VAULT Festival and Leicester Square Theatre.
"A hilariously fun hour of clowning" (Broadway Baby).
Nominated for the ONCA Green Curtain Sustainability Award. ONCA called the show "a great piece of improbably hilarious clowning... enchanting audiences to feel with and for the more-than-human world."
5, 6, 7 May
An overnight train, somewhere through Europe. Karina, a very British writer, naively reports a woman sleeping in her bunk. Then she does it again. Forever connected by this simple action, these two women are played and replayed in the mind of a writer who examines the stories we tell each other and how we choose to tell them. This provocative and poignant new play weaves together the real testimony of Syrian refugees and the personal experience of writer Henry C Krempels.
"The best thing in Edinburgh” (The London Review of Books)
“An exceptional piece of theatre-making" (The Scotsman)
S/he/it Happens by Miranda Porter
7, 17, 25 May
A one-person, gender-messing clown-show exploring the violence of assimilation through slapstick, wit, and some surprising new friends. A curious clown is stuck within the gender binary. Armed with not much more than a pair of boxers, they set out on a violently hilarious attempt to fit, one way or another.
Is it really rewriting the rules if you haven't read the rulebook?
Miranda has drawn on their own experience of dysphoria with their body and negotiating a non-binary identity, and the result is a subtly trans, warm-hearted hilarious show.
5, 6, 7 May
The Warren: The Hat
We have all been bored, trapped in monotony. We have all dreamt of escape. Our minds construct fantastic worlds to break us out of routine, taking us to our own private paradise. But eventually we have to come back. We always have to come back.
20,000 paper balls, three performers and office equipment create wonderful vistas in a stunning visual voyage through what it means to be bored. Performers portray office workers happily oppressed by routine, except one. Winner of the Les Enfants Terribles Award 2017.
"Pure clowning gold" (The Scotsman)
"Enthralling" (Edinburgh Guide)
Gender Euphoria by James Lorien Macdonald
8, 9 May
'Gender Euphoria' is James Lorien MacDonald's second solo stand-up show, and this time he's taking on as many aspects of gender as will fit in his chaotic, mesmerising brain. These are not the dick jokes you're used to. To begin with, he's a transgender, gay immigrant in Finland.
From the joys of fake-it-til-you-make-it masculinity, to the things you can (or should never) do with a detachable penis, expect a load of stories so hilarious they simply must be true. If, by the end of the show, you aren't questioning your own gender and sexuality, you must be truly immune.
10, 11 May
Purple Playhouse Theatre
Washington State, 1910. Doctor Linda Hazzard opens her sanatorium to the public. The public do not always survive... 'Fast' is a dark, psychological drama questioning how far you would go to find the perfect cure. The doors are open and the doctor will see you now...
Witt 'n Camp: SWAG
10, 12 May
The Warren: The Blockhouse
Following their hit, sell out shows in Brighton and Soho, this outrageous double act present 'SWAG' - an hour of musical comedy, character stand up and burlesque. Don’t miss this unforgettable, award nominated duo. They're "the dog's f***ing b***ocks" (Mike Bradwell, The Bush Theatre).
“Witt ’n Camp are genius!” (Geraldine James, OBE)
“Hilarious! Sparklingly original” (Jennie Buckman, BBC, The National)
“Fantastically funny. My ribs are aching with laughter” (@SharonFJones)
“Just saw Witt ’n Camp and it was mind-blowing good. See it INSTANTLY” (@axiscarthage)
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