Brighton Fringe

Please browse below to find out more about our 2019 programme!


Saturday, 4 May at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm | Sunday, 5 May at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm | Monday, 6 May at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm

Following their successful production of Jean Anouilh’s Medea during Brighton Fringe 2018, the Wretched Strangers return to the Purple Playhouse Theatre this year with Earthbound, an original work by Quebecois playwright Carole Frechette.

Four lonely souls in an economically depressed former mining town share their hopes, desires, pains and regrets with a silent witness, Violet. Left without a social net and support, they confide in her to regain their lost pride and humanity. Timely, relevant, speaking to current angsts and confronting issues of class, gender and migration, the play presents with dark humour and tenderness a tragedy for ordinary folks.

Cost: £10.00 (full price) / £8.00 (concessions)

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Truth Will Out

Saturday, 18 May at 7:30 pm | Sunday, 19 May at 7:30 pm

Secrets. Lies. Truths. The friendship of six students appears somewhat fragile. Ash reveals a truth about himself and Emma, but is there something going on between Jack and Chloe? Olivia and Jack appear to know each other, although Jack swears they have never met. Ash thinks he knows what is going on, but does he? A final truth emerges that shocks us all. The consequences are catastrophic. Essentially, the message is this: that no matter how hard we try to keep secrets hidden, especially dark ones, the truth will always come out in the end.

Cost: £8.50 (full price) / £7.50 (concessions)

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#YOLO and 
Tomorrow I’ll Be Happy

Friday, 24 May at 7:30 pm | Saturday, 25 May at 7:00 pm | Sunday, 26 May at 6:30 pm

After their sell-out Brighton Fringe 2018 run at the Purple Playhouse Theatre, Ariel Company Theatre are back with a double-bill of two hard-hitting and contemporary plays. In #YOLO Jack has it all laid out in front of him. But when he gets blind-sided by a revelation about his health, he gets propelled into an adult world before he’s had a chance to enjoy his youth. When a stranger comes to a crumbling seaside town looking for his friend, he discovers that he was killed in a homophobic hate crime. As the secrets of the past come spilling out, in Tomorrow I’ll Be Happy, we learn that all is not as it first seems.

Cost: £15.00

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The Beautiful Mary Day

Friday, 31 May at 6:00 pm | Saturday, 1 June at 6:00 pm | Sunday, 2 June at 6:00 pm

Rachel will never forget Mary Day, the damaged local legend. They met as teenagers. Mary never asked for any help, but Rachel wanted to save Mary, to protect her. Back then, Rachel struggled to cope with her own problems. The Beautiful Mary Day is a moving and emotional one-act monologue with its world premiere performances at this year’s Brighton Fringe.

Cost: £4.00 (full price) / £2.00 (concessions)

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The Wasp

Friday, 31 May at 8:00 pm | Saturday, 1 June at 8:00 pm | Sunday, 2 June at 8:00 pm

A twisting, taut psychological drama. Heather has made a success of her life. Carla is out of cash and she is willing to take part in an unusual proposition. The two women meet up for the first time since leaving school and the intrigue and manipulation begins. The Wasp by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm had its original production at the Hampstead Theatre in January 2015.

“Riveting from start to finish” (Plays to See)

This is a new amateur production at the Brighton Fringe.

Cost: £5.00 (full price) / £3.00 (concessions)

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