- May 17, 2016
Precious few words, and so much to see, so here are three great shows this week for your consideration.
The Marian Consort have been acclaimed for their expressive storytelling by The Sunday Times and Sinfini Music, so they should be the perfect group to accompany the tumultuous story of Carlo Gesualdo. The Renaissance composer wrote some exquisite music (stream ‘Tristis est anima mea’ if you want a taste) but was also a murderer, having killed his first wife and her lover after discovering some infidelity. Brighton Early Music Festival co-founder Clare Norburn will be recounting the story in a dramatic monologue this Friday while the Marian Consort perform his choral music, melding drama and music in an enticing evening at Brighton Festival.
(Breaking The Rules, Fri 20 May, All Saints Church, 7.30pm)
New Zealand company Trick of the Light Theatre have scooped a swarm of awards for The Bookbinder, which sees an old man telling an apprentice a story, told through pop-up book to puppetry, with storytelling and live action chucked in for good measure. The dark fairytale had a sell out run in Edinburgh and this Brighton Fringe show is the first stop on their UK tour so you can impress your friends in a told-you-so kind of way, while actually enjoying a good show too.
(The Bookbinder, 22-28 May, Sweet Dukebox, 3pm)
Finally, the semi-autobiographical interactive show Now Listen To Me Very Carefully, which chaotically recreates the movie Terminator 2. Creator Andy Roberts estimates that he’s seen the film about 238 times (it guided him through his adolescence) so this Fringe show utilises stand-up comedy, storytelling and participation to explore the blockbuster’s integral role in his life. (23-24 May, Komedia, 8pm)