As Christmas is coming I thought it would be nice to do something fetive, and you can't get more festive than the Christmas Carol. I had high hopes as this production as it was put on by the people who did the play about the Trunk Murders over the summer, and I wasn't disappointed. Taking place in one of the small function rooms in the Old Ship Hotel, this play is marvellous demonstration of hat you can do with very minimal props and a LOT of imagination.
With seats on two sides of the room and the action taking place in the middle, the play starts off in the pitch dark. If fact apart from two benches and two stepladders, the darkness is the main piece of scenery in the play. It conceals a lot of things and is a usuitable backdrop for a ghost filled night. The actors are great. Mr Scrooge is suitably scared by his visions and the three ghosts each have their own distinct style. The way the director cuts between some scenes is almost cinematic and you could almost say that some of the sound effects are in surround sound. Most chilling.
This is the second production by the Brighton Theatre Collective and it looks like they will become a name to watch out for. The play is on every day until the 10th Jan, except xmas eve and new years eve. I got my tickets form the Dome box office.
Upstairs at the Three and Ten is a venue that I had heard about but hadn't got round to visiting yet. So when I saw that Richard Herring was appearing there this week I thoughtI would give it a go. The Three and Ten itself is a pub hidden away down the bottom of St James St in Kemptown. It is very small and cosy downstairs and the performance space upstairs is probably the smallest I have seen. It is a narrow room with a stage down one end and room for maybe 50 people to sit in front.
The event itself was billed as Brian Gittins plus Friends, Brian being a local comedian and the MC for the evening. Him and his sidekick came on to warm everyone up with a vaguely surreal Vic Reeves'ish act. The first act on was Jo Enright who I had seen on TV before and thought was very funny. She lives in Hove at the moment do there was a fair amount of local material.
The best bit was when Brian introduced Richard Herring. Richard came out and was about to start his act when Brian proceeded to invite three audience members up onto the stage, gave them rubber monster masks and then lead then in a rousing version of the Hokey Cokey. Throw in a skipping Cd and a chap in a penguin mask and you have a very strange sight. Richard himself was a bit bemused by all this and rounded off the evening with a very rude set.