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AYT Brighton Fringe 2016: Code Of Conduct

AYT Brighton Fringe 2016: Code Of Conduct

Originally published on A Younger Theatre


Awarded 3 1/2 stars

A warm orange spotlight is all that illuminates the actors as they sit upstage. A low, constant background hum from the live guitar is present from the start. Plucked strings, slides and percussive slapping act as the heartbeat for Code of Conduct, dictating pace and tension and adding pathos in poignant passages. Nick Webb’s composition and performance serve to complement Sean McLevy’s direction, in a clever collaboration between production members – throughout the play there is a sense of gentle unease, an undercurrent of trouble that keeps the audience engaged and a little on edge. They are subconsciously in tune with the central unhinged character Adam (Donovan Imber) before the plot even unfolds.
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TRH Brighton Fringe 2016: The Glamour Of Yesteryear

TRH Brighton Fringe 2016: The Glamour Of Yesteryear

Originally published on The Reviews Hub


Awarded 2 stars – Flawed

A title such as The Glamour of Yesteryear immediately conjures up images of black and white film stars, looking flawless in their vintage costumes at the height of Parisian chic. Now there is no question that Chic Bonbons, a five-piece cabaret and burlesque troupe, are incredibly beautiful ladies in spectacular costumes. But, unlike the title suggests, an air of classic Parisian glamour is somewhat missing from this hour-long performance showcase. Glitz it has, star quality not so much.
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AYT Brighton Fringe 2016: 1 In 3

AYT Brighton Fringe 2016: 1 In 3

Originally published on A Younger Theatre


Awarded 3 stars

It’s just nature; it’s just biology; yet it affects so many lives – 1 in 3, in fact. Jeff (David Keogh) and Jasmine (Alice Merivale) are two such individuals. They sit together sharing a room, an appointment for chemotherapy and their emotions. Friendly nurse Sam (Emily-Jane Ashford) is on hand with a warm smile, a cup of tea and a shoulder to cry on. Dr Hall (Laura Ellis) pops in occasionally to break bad news in a stilted and impersonal manner. But ultimately it’s a story of the two sufferers coming to terms with their uncertain futures. Anthony Orme writes and directs a play that remembers the people behind the illness.
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AYT Brighton Fringe 2016: Thorn

AYT Brighton Fringe 2016: Thorn

Originally published on A Younger Theatre


Awarded 4 stars

Paul (Thom Jordan) is a shy, unassuming young man with a story to tell; an injustice to put right. He stands on his soapbox and all but preaches to a congregation. Trust in God. Put your faith in God. God’s power is made perfect in your weakness. All messages that pour forth from Paul as he finds his Pentecostal faith and begins his journey to spread the word of the Lord. Son of a minister; brought up in a small(ish) Australian town, Paul journeys to the big city to ‘find himself.’ The core of this tale is not uncommon – overcoming setbacks to bring peace, love and religion to the world. Paul’s setback is his recurring cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukaemia that he is first diagnosed with as a child. He is weak in body so that his spirit can remain strong to deliver the message. Thorn is a play about Paul’s opportunity to make his mark upon the world.
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AYT Brighton Fringe 2016: Distortion

AYT Brighton Fringe 2016: Distortion

Originally published on A Younger Theatre


Awarded 3 1/2 stars

A play with real potential, Distortion could benefit from being a longer production. Being able to make its points in only 30-40 minutes is impressive, but doesn’t leave enough time to satisfactorily conclude events. What happens when the grown-up Alma (Tania Van Amse) finally confronts Danny (Jeannie Dickenson)? What thoughts must be rushing through her head as after 15 years in prison she is once again confronted with her abuser?
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