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Brighton Fringe 2014 programme launch and an early doors selection

~ Brighton Fringe 2014 ~
In Brighton you know spring has arrived not just because of the number of people sat on the beach when the sun comes out, but because the Brighton Fringe and Festival programmes are launched!

Already available online (since 26 Feb), the printed brochure will be available around town from 5 March 2014.  Containing details of 720 events at 186 different venues and spaces, it will again be running for the slightly longer period of 3 May to 1 June 2014 (yay!).

The events are organised and performed by a diverse mix of over 3,000 people, from artists, comedians, musicians and singers, to writers, thinkers and the odd buffoon.  In the Comedy section alone there are over 200 shows.

Performr app

Now in its third year (and my favourite pop-up venue), The Warren will be back, this time hosting over 70 shows in 3 performance spaces.  If you can, I highly recommend you check it out, here's a link to The Warren at St Paul's church programme. Another great venue is The Marlborough Theatre, which this year has a programme of 30 events, including their first-ever Street Party on the first Saturday of May.  With an outdoor stage providing snippets of alt music and off-beat theatre, food available from Brighton's street diner and booze from the pub all we need is a bit of sunshine to make it absolutely perfect.

In true Brighton Fringe style there will be some unusual performances, including Flush at The Old Market’s toilet; a Victorian-style bathing machine on New Road hosting a new one-on-one relay play, called Host by Tim Crouch; a miniature replica of the iconic Tate Modern, believed to be the world's smallest temporary art gallery, housing 60 of the UK's most talented yet disabled / marginalized artists at Tight Modern on the seafront and Performr, an app based on Grindr will lead audiences to Pink Fringe performances.
I am a Poetato

Spiegeltent will be back at the Old Steine with a large number of shows of different genres from spoken word to music, and Fringe City, will be showcasing performances on New Road every Saturday 1 - 5 pm.

Brand new this year and supported by Arts Council England, WINDOW is Brighton Fringe’s Arts Industry showcase programme created to develop and encourage artists ready for the next step in their career. WINDOW events are new works created in the last year and selected by a panel of industry experts.  There are twenty shows available with such curious titles as The Sleeping Trees' Treeology, The Fundamental Interconnectedness of Everyone with an Internet Connection and Invisible Giant.

2014 will also see a standalone Family Guide for the first time, this year there are over 200 child-friendly events listed (and counting)!  John Hegley will be performing I am a Poetato at Komedia; there will be a new play based on stories by Rudyard Kipling, called Just So; The Fishing Museum’s Fringe of Fun will have puppet shows and treasure hunts; Thumbelina, winner of Fringe Review’s outstanding theatre award in 2013 will be back and the Family Picnic in Pavilion Gardens will return on Saturdays too. The Family Guide will be published on 7 March and will be available in The Argus, The Primary Times, Brighton Fringe Box Office and at information points. There will also be more events for older children listed on the Brighton Fringe website.

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