A perfect piece of fringe theatre. Writer/actor Jonathan Brown takes you on a complex, funny and harrowing journey through disparate and depressed lives brought together by a local boozer. Landlord Bernie is selfish and ignorant – and, like most of his punters, worships alcohol like a god. He is portrayed brilliantly by Brown, who plays with equal plausibility and pathos his neglected son, brash wife, lust interest and various drunken regulars. Brown has a terrific eye for social observation and his one man show is a profoundly moving piece of theatre. If you’re only going to see one play this festival, you’d be hard pressed to beat this.
Brighton Town Hall, 10 May (until 15 May)