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Edinburgh’s Sweet Venues expands to Brighton Fringe

Brighton Fringe general manager Julian Caddy. Photo: James Kendall Brighton Fringe general manager Julian Caddy. Photo: James Kendall
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Edinburgh venue operator Sweet will run a programme at the Brighton Fringe for the first time this year.

The 2016 fringe, which with 900 shows will be the largest in its history, will also host a new pop-up venue on Brighton beach with a focus on circus and cabaret.

Sweet, which was launched in 2003 and already runs four venues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, will present shows at the Brighton fringe across four different locations.

Brighton Fringe general manager Julian Caddy said Sweet Venues’ involvement in the fringe would strengthen the ties between Brighton and Edinburgh but was also a marker of Brighton’s independent growth.

“There is a synergy between Edinburgh and Brighton anyway so it feels like a natural step that Edinburgh producers and venues should be taking notice of what’s going on down in Brighton. I think there is an Edinburgh-centric perspective on things and I think that Brighton Fringe is coming of age quite a lot,” he told The Stage.

The 2016 Brighton Fringe, which runs from May 6 to June 5, will comprise 165 venues across the town including new beachside venue Republic. Circus, cabaret, comedy and family shows will be staged in the pop-up spiegeltent – which has a capacity of 700 – including a three-week run of all-male burlesque show Briefs.

It comes as the fringe announces its festival programme, which includes Police Cops – which won an ensemble award at The Stage Awards for Acting Excellence at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015.

Daniel Bye’s Going Viral, and Runts by Izzy Tennyson will also run at the festival, alongside Gods Are Fallen and All Safety Gone from Greyscale Theatre.

Cabaret performers include Meow Meow, Adrienne Truscott, Bourgeois and Maurice, and Camille O’Sullivan, while the festival will also include comedy, music, spoken word and dance programmes.

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