Apparatus script published & available on Amazon

Franz Kafka - Apparatus is now available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle formats. To get your copy, go to 


Apparatus wins Highly Commended

Sunday, 3rd June 2018


Delighted that Apparatus won Highly Commended in the Best Design for Print category in the Brighton Fringe Awards 2018.

Another 4 Star Review for Apparatus from Brighton Moon

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.'


Thank you to Embroidered Patches

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.

4 Star Review for Apparatus from The Stage

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."


5 Star Review for Apparatus from Fringe Guru

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.

Apparatus in The Argus again

Thursday, 4th May 2018


Pleased to be included in The Guide's Brighton Fringe feature, lovely quick question and answer piece.

Apparatus shortlisted for Best New Play

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.

Apparatus in The Argus

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.

Great piece in Fringe Review on Rialto Brighton and featuring Franz Kafka - Apparatus

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!


Franz Kafka - Apparatus one of Fringe Review's pick's of Brighton Fringe 2018

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.


Brighton Fringe 2018 tickets are on sale now

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! 

We'll be at The Rialto this year

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. 

Our Next Production

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.

Our Director On Latest TV

Wednesday, 7th June 2017

Friday, 3rd March 2017

Brighton Fringe 2017 Tickets Now on Sale

Book your tickets now for Ruffian on the 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
Entertained by

Mr Orton


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.

Ross Dinwiddy's new play based on Kafka's 'In the Penal Colony'.

You are cordially invited to a most unusual, mechanically achieved execution - death by means of a complex machine designed and constructed in a nightmare. Tragedy, comedy, horror and the absurd intermingle in this dramatic labyrinth of cruelty, obsession and madness.

First Performances at:

The Rialto Theatre

11 Dyke Road



01273 725 230

MAY 2018

4th 6.30pm

13th 6.30pm

21st 8.00pm

22nd 8.00pm

25th 6.30pm

26th 6.30pm

Get Tickets

The Brighton Fringe on-line boxoffices is now open.

You can book tickets for Franz Kafka - APPARATUS on the links below. (NOW CLOSED)


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