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Friday 10 May 2019

Brighton Festival 2019 Review: Dead Dog In A Suitcase @ Theatre Royal Brighton

Kneehigh's Production of Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) at Theatre Royal Brighton was to an extent engaging in semi-unusual ways. 

Based on the classic The Beggars Opera, a parody in itself of Italian operatic styles and format, the company didn't fail to attempt something new in bringing modern rock, jazz and rap music in intensive bursts. 

It seems Kneehigh's efforts were in transporting the production towards what is popular with our current audience, though it felt there was still more it could have done. 

Veering on a radicalisation, I waited for the abstract to take control, but felt its safety in what it had found, a format with intervals of musical chaos. 

Perhaps with more understanding of the company's motives and sources of inspiration, it would have been better appreciated. 


Kneehigh's slapstick comedy felt limited and dated and the performances of some lacking the energy you might find in a newer piece. 

It was easy to sense that the cast knew this one only too well. 

If you are looking for a slightly unusual morality tale within a safe theatrical experience then this is your bag. I, however, will be looking elsewhere. 

Brighton Festival 2019 runs until Sunday 26th May. For more details CLICK HERE.

by: Billie Eliot Turner




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