Periplum 451 photo 1 Ray Gibson

The funding question: oops what a palaver

May 30th, 2015 by

Social media is currently a-buzz with links to, and comments on, an article in the online edition of the Telegraph newspaper by Douglas McPherson entitled A critic’s plea: stop all arts funding now. The article’s standfirst is ‘In twenty years I can’t think of one publicly funded show that was any good – while every […]

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Edinburgh Fringe 2014

August 14th, 2014 by

Edinburgh! So here I am sitting in the courtyard of Summerhall – the Fringe’s hippest and happening-est venue. It has grown even bigger this year – more food and drink franchises,  more exhibition spaces, more theatre shows. I’ve just seen The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland (snazzy title!) by previous TT Award winning company Ridiculsmus, […]

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Welcome in the Mighty May

May 6th, 2014 by

  OK, first weekend done… I’m sure you know, but in case you don’t: the Brighton Festivals (that is, the Festival, the Fringe, House, the Open Houses, and various stray programmes that get tacked on, such as the Caravan showcase) amount to the biggest arts festival in England, second only in the UK to the […]

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Royal & Derngate's Flathampton, Brighton Festival

Ding Ding – Half Time at Brighton Festival

June 3rd, 2013 by

So here we are, half way through May, and therefore half way through theBrighton Festival, which runs 4 – 26 May (although the Fringe is cheekily marching on till 2 June this year). So far, I’ve stayed focused on the main festival. In the past 10 days, I’ve schmoozed in the glorious Regency Town House […]

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NoFit State Circus, Bianco


June 3rd, 2013 by

The Bangkok Ladyboys have taken up residence on Grand Parade, the Famous Spiegel Garden is sparkling away on the Old Steine, there’s a crashed planeapparently made out of withies and tissue paper sticking out of the ground next to St Peter’s church, a shipping container or two on the seafront, Brighton’s taxi drivers getting into gear for their […]

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