12th January 2021
Brighton Fringe has announced that Fringe this year will take place in June instead of May. With the vaccine rollout continuing apace, we believe this to be a very positive move. It will increase the chances for us to have a festival that is more 'normal' than if earlier in the year. Dates are now 28th May - 27th June. We will be keeping a close eye on developments over the coming few months. To learn more, visit the Brighton Fringe Website.
20th July 2020
With deep regret, Blue Devil Productions has taken the decision to withdraw ‘The Tragedy of Dorian Gray’ from the postponed Brighton Fringe in October 2020.
‘The Tragedy of Dorian Gray’ will now open in Brighton Fringe, May 2021.
It has been a very difficult decision to make, but we believe it is the right choice given the present circumstances. The current restrictions and ongoing uncertainty mean that we would not be able to present the show to the standard we would wish. Also, the safety of our cast and patrons is paramount to us.
A huge thanks to all of you who bought tickets, Brighton Fringe will now get in touch with you offering the option to donate the value of the ticket to the production (thank you in advance to anyone who chooses this option, it really would help in this very difficult time for independent theatre), or to receive a voucher to the value of your purchase that you can redeem next year once the May Fringe box office is open, Fringe will also be offering refunds on tickets should you so wish.
Wednesday, 18th December 2019
Very nice to see Dorian Gray highlighted as The Argus announces tickets on sale for Fringe 2020 https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/18107812.tickets-selected-brighton-fringe-shows-going-sale/
Tickets for The Geminus at Tristan Bates as part of Camden Fringe are now on sale. There are two box offices you can use, either direct from the theatre at: https://www.tristanbatestheatre.co.uk/whats-on/the-geminus or from the Camden Fringe box office at: https://cam.tickets.red61.com/performances.php?eventId=3113:5205
is now available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle formats. To get your copy, go to https://www.amazon.co.uk/Geminus-Secret-Sharer-Joseph-Conrad/dp/0992644534/
Blue Devil is delighted that The Geminus has been nominated for the New Writing South / Brighton Fringe Award for Best New Play.
Beth Watson from Broadway Baby gave The Geminus a 4 star review calling it, "Lusty and raw" and "A daring take on a classic tale" She later tweeted that (it is), "great to see LGBT love stories represented on stage like this" Beth Watson specialises in reviewing LGBT themed plays, so her review means a great deal to us at Blue Devil.
Read her full review here: https://broadwaybaby.com/shows/the-geminus/743722
Susan McFie of Hasting Independent Press said, "This is a true homage to the essence of Joseph Conrad".
Read the full review here: https://www.hastingsindependentpress.co.uk/reviews-opinion/the-geminus/
Sascha Cooper of Remote Goat gave The Geminus a glowing review. She said, "Not only is The Geminus extremely well written and directed, but the attention to costume detail is precise. A show that is not to be missed and is also a highlight of the fringe."
Read the full review here: https://www.remotegoat.com/uk/review/14301/adventures-on-the-geminus-ahoy/
Jo Griffiths of London Pub Theatres gave Apparatus a stirling review. She said, "A polished and committed piece of work. The dark humour was cleverly layered and the whole production was absurdly Kafkaesque. The Officer, played by Emily Carding, was mesmerising. An outstanding performance."
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Paul Ackroyd of Remote Goat gave Apparatus a four star review saying, "This is a compelling piece of theatre" - read the full review here:
Stephen Vowles of Boyz Magazine came to review Apparatus on Tuesday evening and here it is - so pleased to get a 4-star review on our first night!
Well done to Emily, Luis, Maximus, Matt and director, Ross!
Ross was interviewed by My Theatre Mates about his inspiration and approach to tackling Kafka's In The Penal Colony and turning it into Apparatus. Read it here: MyTheatreMates-Interview
Sunday, 11th November 2018
Tickets for Apparatus at London's award winning White Bear Theatre are now on sale. First night is Tuesday 8th January for 3 weeks. Shows are every evening at 7pm (except Mondays) and at 4pm on Sunday afternoons.
We are thrilled to be part of this wonderful theatre's winter programme and what better way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first publication of Kafka's prophetic short story, In The Penal Colony by staging Ross Dinwiddy's reimagining of this great piece of literature?
You can buy your tickets by following the link https://www.whitebeartheatre.co.uk/WhatsOn/Franz-Kafka---Apparatus
Saturday, 27th October 2018
Blue Devil recently collaborated with Unmasked Theatre, Pretty Villain Productions and The Rialto Theatre on The Brighton Scratch Nights showing 9 extracts, from 9 new plays across 3 nights. The prize being the opportunity to be picked up for full production for Brighton Fringe 2019, there was a lot to play for. After reading through 130+ script submissions, it was whittled down to the final 9. Ross and Rich choose Mission Creep by emerging new writer, Bee Scott to be looked after by us. Ross directed and put together a brilliant cast of Brighton based actors, Christine Kempell, Kitty Rose Newbury and John Black. Ben Baeza was Ross's excellent Assistant Director.
We are thrilled to announce that Mission Creep won the audience vote on each of the evenings it was programmed and was named the overall winner. In addition to this, Christine Kempell won the award for Best Performance. So, a resounding success for Bee, Christine and all involved.
Sunday, 7th October 2018
Blue Devil is excited to announce our 2019 production. Watch the video to find out more and let us know what you think.
Franz Kafka - Apparatus is now available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle formats. To get your copy, go to http://amzn.eu/ig1ShoQ
Sunday, 3rd June 2018
Delighted that Apparatus won Highly Commended in the Best Design for Print category in the Brighton Fringe Awards 2018.
Thursday, 17th May 2018
So pleased to have received another 4 star review for Apparatus, this time from Brighton Moon.
'This is Kafka at his darkest and each shadow has been brought to life by Ross Dinwiddy. A fringe gem, one that is not to be missed.'
Thursday, 17th May 2018
Thanks must go to Embroidered Patches for the wonderful breast badges they supplied us with for the uniforms. They realised the design perfectly. Check out their services by following the link here and see below for a photo of their work. https://www.embroidered-patches.co.uk/
Monday, 14th May 2018
We are delighted to receive a 4 star review from The Stage (Paywall).
"A striking central performance. This is a genuinely stomach-turning piece of political theatre – and will put you off rice-pudding for life."
Thursday, 10th May 2018
We are all thrilled and humbled to have recieved a 5-star review from Fringe Guru, some wonderful words of praise for our talented cast and writer/director.
Thursday, 4th May 2018
Pleased to be included in The Guide's Brighton Fringe feature, lovely quick question and answer piece.
Monday, 30th April 2018
Apparatus, Ross Dinwiddy's new adaptation of In The Penal Colony, is shortlisted for the Best New Play Award at Brighton Fringe 2018. We are thrilled to receive this early recognition.
Friday, 16th March 2018
We are thrilled to have been selected in the 21 must see shows playing at Brighton Fringe this May in The Argus. Our very own Emily Carding's one woman Hamlet also features.
Tuesday, 13th March 2018
Here is a lovely piece about Rialto Brighton with an interview with the great Roger Kay and Lauren Varnfield about the various shows on during Fringe 2018 and a recommendation to see Apparatus!
Thursday, 25th January 2018
We are really excited that Fringe Review have selected Franz Kafka - Apparatus as one of their recommended shows in their 'Keyword Chaos' article.
Friday, 15th December 2017
Early tickets for Brighton Fringe 2018 are on sale now.
You can grab your tickets for Blue Devil's latest production Franz Kafka- Apparatus by hitting the button below!
Friday, 1st December 2017
We are so excited to have chosen The Rialto Theatre as our venue for 'Apparatus'; a beautifully restored gothic building in the centre of Brighton with a theatre that perfectly combines space and intimacy. There is a great bar which is perfect for drinks both before and after the play and the Rialto team are lovely people.
Wednesday, 15th November 2017
We are delighted to announce our 2018 production.
FRANZ KAFKA – APPARATUS by Ross Dinwiddy, a new play based on the writing of Kafka.
APPARATUS will be produced in 3 different versions – on stage, on film and in print. We couldn’t be more excited by this script and presenting it in different media during the coming year - we can’t wait to share it with audiences. The stage version will premiere at the Brighton Fringe in May 2018.
Wednesday, 7th June 2017
Friday, 3rd March 2017
Brighton Fringe 2017 Tickets Now on Sale
Book your tickets now for Ruffian on the Stair. https://www.brightonfringe.org/box-office/shows/view/ruffian-stair
Monday, 19th December 2016
We Have Our Perfect Venue
Having looked at a number of theatre spaces around Brighton, we’re delighted to have chosen The Lantern Theatre as our venue for 'The Ruffian on the Stair'. This intimate theatre in the heart of Brighton is perfect for the atmosphere we wish to create for Orton’s deadly serious comedy. Conveniently located in Rock Place, Kemp Town, a pebble’s throw from the pier, it is right in the centre of all the Fringe action and close to the Spiegeltent. They have a great bar on-site so you can enjoy a drink before and after the performances and they are very lovely people too.
Friday, 25th November 2016
Blue Devil will be presenting Joe Orton’s 'Ruffian on the Stair' as our 2017 production. It will be premiered at Brighton Fringe.
Orton first wrote this play whilst serving six months in prison for defacing library books. It was originally conceived for the stage, but become his first produced play via BBC Radio. However, Orton was never happy with the broadcast and radically reworked it for staging at The Royal Court Theatre in 1967. The strict confines of what was acceptable at the BBC left behind.
Our production will mark not only the 50th anniversary of that event, but also the 50th anniversary of Orton’s murder by his partner, Kenneth Halliwell.
Monday, 24th October 2016
Blue Devil at Brighton Fringe
Blue Devil Theatre will be taking part in (5th May – 4th June). Brighton Fringe is England’s largest arts festival and one of the largest fringe festivals in the world. Fringe 2016, broke records in the number of shows and events and 2017 promises to be even more exciting. To take a look at the highlights from last year watch the video below.
We are really excited to be part of this major event in Brighton’s calendar and we hope to see you here - there’s no better way to kick off the summer in our fantastic city by the sea.