Preview: Brighton Fringe Festival 2012

England’s largest fringe festival is back, with a hugely exciting and eclectic line-up announced by incoming director, Julian Caddy.

Running alongside Brighton festival 2012, Brighton Fringe Festival is a showcase of art and culture, which will run from 5th-27th May. Brighton will play host to a plethora of cultural events from theatre to dance, photography to literature and with Citroen as the leading sponsor, this festival promises to outflank the last.

2012’s Fringe Festival will have over 675 events housed in over 191 venues across Brighton, including this year’s stand out fringe experience, ‘Dip Your Toe’; Brighton Fringe’s response to the cultural Olympiad’s ‘The Boat Project’. Six custom built Victorian bathing machines will be placed in iconic locations around the city, and each will be the venue for a series of original performances by South East artists.

This year’s festival moves further in to the international arena, with around 30 small companies from outside the UK participating in the merriment.

The first ever family dedicated pop-up venue, The Hurly-Burly will take up residence in the gardens of St Peter’s Church, where child friendly shows including puppetry and theatre will take place.

Following the success of this year’s Oscar-winning silent movie “the Artist”, comedy silent movies with live music, and audience participation will be shown on May 13th and May 27th.

Venues for performances include elaborate show tents, sports fields, church basements, underground clubs, flats, an acupuncture clinic and even someone’s bathroom.

The cabaret programme looks set to stun this year, featuring award-winning ‘Bourgeois’ and ‘Maurice’, Lynn Ruth Miller and BBC Radio 1’s King of Cabaret, Des O’ Connor. There will even be a Charles Dickens cabaret to celebrate the novelist’s bi-centenary. The highly popular ‘Lady Boys of Bangkok’ will return to play two highly entertaining shows every day for the duration of the festival.

Theatre will play a prominent role in the programme, an exciting adaptation of  Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ run alongside creations of Wilde, Sondheim and Pinter and Wesker.

Last but not least, Brighton’s free outdoor showcase of performances, Fringe City, will take place every Saturday throughout May. Highlights from last year included sideshows, roaming choirs, acrobatic balloonists and surreal walkabout performers.

Brighton Fringe Festival is certainly one event this year that cannot be missed.  For more information about the festival, visit www.brightonfringe.org

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