Theatre round-up part 2

  • The modern re-telling of Beowulf is back following a sell-out run at last year’s Brighton Fringe. Tweaked to work with a smaller cast, the show features table-top and shadow puppetry, live music, and poetry. Atomic Force Productions also have a show for younger audiences, The Tale of Tommy O'Quire.
  • Forget what you think you know about notorious female spy Mata Hari. One-woman show 7 Veils: An Evening with Mata Hari is a playful, contemporary and irreverent retelling of some of the key events in her life (whether they really happened or not), and a surprising untangling of the historical baggage associated with her name.
  • A look at nostalgia, celebrity, life and love is to be had in Crimplene Millionaire, as a has–been TV game show host of the 70s tries to revive his career with a comeback for himself and his glamorous assistant (and increasingly frustrated wife) Bev.
  • Shortlisted for Best Children’s show at Brighton Fringe 2014 Goldifox is back. In it, the storyteller is interrupted by a naughty puppet who wants to be part of the show but in spite of the mischievousness, dancing and mess the young audience makes sure everyone gets to sleep on the right bed.
  • Award-winning, all female company Haste Theatre present the story of Theseus and the Minotaur as you have never seen it before. The Hideout uses clowning, live music, tap dance and physical comedy in this 1920s set story of gods of ancient Greece playing with the lives of the little people below.
  • Edith, Elizabeth and I is a witty, moving and fast-paced one woman show inspired by the life and works of modernist poet Edith Sitwell. It takes the form of a story about a woman trying to put on a play about her heroines and discovering that telling the sales of others has its pitfalls.
  • Question: where will you find an alcoholic cheese loving pope, a jazz prophet and a lonely cowboy with only a goldfish for a friend? Answer: in absurdist comedian Dan Lees's show Brainchild. This award-winning show explores the big questions with clowning, eccentric dance and musical mayhem.
  • Female new writing company, The Thelmas, brings Lotta Quizeen back to Brighton in new show Pull Your Socks Up Britain!. A domestic goddess of a different kind, now she has an empty nest, Lotta is set to put the country to rights—a troubled nation can be sorted like an unruly sock drawer.