Intense drama in Victorian Brighton

Betsy: Wisdom of a Brighton Whore
Betsy: Wisdom of a Brighton Whore

This May’s Brighton Fringe sees the return of an award-nominated play about Brighton’s hidden past.

Once The Prince Regent began frequenting Brighton, the market for prostitution took a sudden upturn.

Betsy: Wisdom of a Brighton Whore combines a gripping plot from award-winning writer Jonathan Brown, passionate acting from Brighton-bred Eleanor Dillon Reams and a central atmospheric venue, the Friends’ Meeting House, for an intense drama set in Victorian Brighton.

As Jonathan explains, the one-woman play centres around Betsy who, after being expelled from St Mary’s Home for Penitent Women for her brazen irreverence, is thrust into an unknown world where she discovers she can still make a living from her body.

Soon she becomes confidant and concubine to local dignitary George Bintshaft.

But, after subsequently bearing a child, she finds herself in grave danger.

Something Underground Theatre Company, who in 2012 Won the Best New Play Award at The Brighton Fringe have created what Jonathan promises will be another visceral, shocking and tender play, blending the brutality of street life with the deep instinctual tenderness of a maternal woman on the edge.

Performances are May 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31.

Tickets are available from the Fringe box office on 01273 917272 or online at