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Brighton Fringe Festival 2014 expands with more free shows

Luisa Omielan, whose show Am I Right Ladies?! is included in the Brighton Fringe line-up
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This year’s Brighton Fringe Festival – which runs from May 3 to June 1 – has increased its number of free shows and events by 5% with fringe audiences paying nothing for almost a third of the programme.

The festival has also maintained its additional week of performances that it introduced last year, with a more family-focussed schedule over half term.

Meanwhile there has been an increase in the number of venues and events, both by around 5%, compared to the same time in 2013, with around 720 shows and events across 205 venues planned so far.

Brighton Fringe will also stage around 40 works in the Famous Spiegeltent, which returned to the city’s festivals last year after a seven-year absence.

Productions featuring in the 2014 fringe programme include emerging comedian Luisa Omielan’s new work Am I Right Ladies?! – the follow up to her show What Would Beyonce Do?! which had four sold-out runs at the Soho Theatre in London – and The Bloody Ballad, a show based on an old folk tale about a girl who gets betrayed by her lover and then goes on a revenge killing spree, by theatre company Gagglebabble.

Brighton Fringe managing director Julian Caddy said: “A few things have contributed to an increase in free events. Our new arts industry showcase, Window, is an Arts Council England supported event. It’s meant we can put together some more specific, professional, focussed events that will be largely free. There is also a larger quantity of the comedy shows that are free this year.”