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9:30am to 9:55am
Story Corner Otherplace Productions Ltd

A trip to Story Corner is the perfect way start to your Fringe day. Are you sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin. Stories or book readings from guest readers and performers every day to delight, excite and entertain. Babies, toddlers and well-behaved grown-ups welcome.

10:00am to 10:55am
Pirate Pearl and the Big Blue Monster! Little Blue Monster Productions

Pirate Pearl lives aboard the good ship Mirabel with her crusty old Grandpa Bert. One day, she finds a little blue monster hiding aboard. But little monsters grow into big greedy monsters, and this one is hungry! With songs, puppets and lots of mishaps, this fantastic family show will have you singing along, dancing in the aisles and laughing 'til your sides split.

Praise for previous shows:
"Excellent fun" (The Guardian)
"Packs charm in bucket loads" (The Stage Online).

10:15am to 11:10am
Sunshine Stickyback Theatre

The inexplicable friendship of Mr Sea and Mr Sand.

All Mr Sand wanted to do was relax and enjoy the simple pleasures of the sea air on his skin and the sunshine on his face. What he didn't know, was that he would soon have to share the beach with someone else. Let's just say, Mr Sand's day was about to be turned upside down and inside out. Caught up in the whirlpool of Mr Sea's chaos, Mr Sand does everything he can to get a bit of peace and quiet.

This interactive clowning spectacle is fun for all the family. Join in and enjoy this small adventure with a huge heart.

10:30am to 12:00pm
Notorious Women of Brighton Louise Peskett

Wilful princesses, music hall stars, headstrong courtesans, suffragettes, entrepreneurs: Brighton has always attracted women who dare to do things differently. Hear some of their stories and other female claims to fame on this gentle stroll.

10:35am to 11:20am
The Red Balloon Lucky Dog Theatre Productions

Based on the classic 1956 short film by Albert Lamorisse, the award-winning Lucky Dog bring their brand new show to Brighton Fringe. Equally charming, funny, and touching, this adaptation is suitable for all the family.

Pascal lives a lonely life with his mother in Paris. On his way to school one day, he finds a red balloon and together they discover the true meaning of friendship. Lucky Dog are always a Fringe favourite, and have been playing to full houses and had 5-star reviews since 2013.

10:45am to 11:30am
Katie Pritchard: Hysterical Histories Katie Pritchard

Join freelance historical tour guide, Katie Pritchard, on this high-octane tour of her favourite people in history. Katie will bring history to life LIVE before your very eyes with some super catchy music, her VERY high budget hand-made costumes, and some death-defying feats of actory. Fun for ages 5-105.
"Inventive and Hilarious" (Broadway Baby).

11:00am to 5:00pm
artrepublic Presents: Art Yard Sale artrepublic

Back for 2019! Another great day out for art lovers everywhere. Meet many local and national cutting-edge artists and buy exclusive art direct at the artrepublic 'Art Yard Sale'. With loads of stalls, fun activities and entertainment throughout the day. It's a great way to end this year's Fringe!

11:00am to 1:00pm
Herbie's Jazz Breakfast Herbie Flowers with Beach Without Sand

Start every Sunday during Brighton Fringe in the company of our very own living leg-end, bassist Herbie Flowers and his incredible band. Enjoy the superstar talents of the UK's finest jazz musicians up close and personal, and more than a bit of a chat. And probably a tune with a story.

11:00am to 12:15pm
This Noisy Isle Spun Glass Theatre

A treasure-hunt show giving 7-11 year-olds an adventure through a strange, magical new world.

You've washed up on a new shore...

Can you navigate through this world where nothing is quite what it seems and sprites hide around every corner? Where do you belong?

Discover your own magical powers in this truly interactive family experience. Join us for a mission which will lead you through puzzles, meeting mysterious characters and steering your team through the choppy seas to search for your new home.

Come prepared for the elements as this adventure takes place outdoors!

11:00am to 2:00pm
Sussex Food Tours Sussex Food Tours

This gourmet food tour takes you through the historical and cultural heart of Brighton. Fun and informative with all food, snacks, desserts and beverages (alcoholic and non), entertainment, sightseeing and guiding included in ticket price.

We will be running two different Brighton-themed food tours so please check our website for dates and more details:

- Vegetarian Brighton Tour
- Great Sussex/British Food Tour

11:00am to 12:00pm
Sussex Masonic Centre - Tour Sussex Masonic Centre

Sussex Masonic Center Tours
Come and visit the headquarters of Sussex Masonry.
Everyone welcome .

11:00am to 12:30pm
Embassy Court Tours 2019 Bluestorm Limited

Eight walking tours of Embassy Court lasting between an hour and 90 minutes. Participants will visit a flat, the roof terrace, the tank rooms - not a military museum - but a chance to view pictures of the architect, Wells Coates, and the building through its historic transitions. Also includes a walk around parts of the front and rear of the building.

The entrance of Embassy Court includes the blue plaque of former resident, Edward Zeff, MBE and Croix de Guerre, awarded for his bravery after WW2. A new mural, a near copy of the 1936 original, has been reinstated in the hallway.

11:15am to 12:30pm
This Noisy Isle Spun Glass Theatre

A treasure-hunt show giving 7-11 year-olds an adventure through a strange, magical new world.

You've washed up on a new shore...

Can you navigate through this world where nothing is quite what it seems and sprites hide around every corner? Where do you belong?

Discover your own magical powers in this truly interactive family experience. Join us for a mission which will lead you through puzzles, meeting mysterious characters and steering your team through the choppy seas to search for your new home.

Come prepared for the elements as this adventure takes place outdoors!

11:30am to 12:45pm
This Noisy Isle Spun Glass Theatre

A treasure-hunt show giving 7-11 year-olds an adventure through a strange, magical new world.

You've washed up on a new shore...

Can you navigate through this world where nothing is quite what it seems and sprites hide around every corner? Where do you belong?

Discover your own magical powers in this truly interactive family experience. Join us for a mission which will lead you through puzzles, meeting mysterious characters and steering your team through the choppy seas to search for your new home.

Come prepared for the elements as this adventure takes place outdoors!

11:30am to 12:20pm
Learn to Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

Experience the potter's wheel and learn a new skill in our friendly and inviting studio. We will show you how and then guide you through the process of making your own pot! Come alone or with friends; you can even try and recreate that Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze 'Ghost' moment if you'd like.

Leave your pot with us to be glazed and fired, then collect it three weeks later or get it posted to you for a small extra charge. There are only eight places per session, so if you're coming with friends book at the same time to avoid disappointment. Children under 16 require an adult, no under 12s.

11:30am to 12:25pm
Beauty and the Beast Jellyfish Theatre Company

On his way home through the forest, Beauty's father picks her a rose in the enchanted palace gardens. That turns out to be a VERY big mistake.

High-energy magical retelling of de Beaumont's story about being brave and finding friends in surprising places (with lots of laughing and joining in). For children aged 4 -7 and their friends and families.

"Captivates the attention of the young ones, who are visibly amazed" (Everything Theatre).
"My kids loved it" (Audience member).
"Perfect for inspiring young minds" (Tim Crowther).

11:45am to 1:00pm
This Noisy Isle Spun Glass Theatre

A treasure-hunt show giving 7-11 year-olds an adventure through a strange, magical new world.

You've washed up on a new shore...

Can you navigate through this world where nothing is quite what it seems and sprites hide around every corner? Where do you belong?

Discover your own magical powers in this truly interactive family experience. Join us for a mission which will lead you through puzzles, meeting mysterious characters and steering your team through the choppy seas to search for your new home.

Come prepared for the elements as this adventure takes place outdoors!

11:50am to 12:35pm
The Laurel & Hardy Radio Show Lucky Dog Theatre Productions

It's becoming a bit of a trend just now: recreations of old-style radio shows, performed by actors with microphones in front a live audience. The nostalgic aura and much-loved characters add up to a sure-fire success, and in this case there are added grounds for confidence: Lucky Dog Theatre, who've made something of a specialism of Laurel & Hardy homages over the past few years. More than mere impersonation, the two principal actors invariably inhabit the roles with wit, warmth and sensitivity. It never fails.

Lucky Dog are now quite a Brighton Fringe fixture, constantly presenting different Laurel & Hardy material every year. Brand new for 2019, the award-winning duo return with a supporting cast to help recapture the magic of the best-loved comedy team of all time.

Stan and Ollie recorded several unique sketches on the radio for US troops, but these were never broadcast. Presented in a live recording setting, this will be the first time they have been performed professionally since the 1940s. It’s the closest you’ll get to seeing the original pair in action.

12:00pm to 5:00pm
Fringe City Brighton Fringe

Fancy a show but not sure what you're in the mood for? Get a taste of Brighton Fringe at our Fringe City festival showcase! Expect crazy cabaret, tremendous theatre, live music, comedy, circus, dance, acrobatics and more. Visit our website for full line-up details.

Fringe City is supported by the National Lottery Communities Fund and Sussex Masonic Charities.

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Squeezebox and Beats Jet Black Pearl

The untamed and inimitable Jet Black Pearl from the port of Amsterdam spent many years in the south of France before settling in Portland, Oregon in 2014. She has performed on more than a thousand stages all over the world. Intelligently zany, her songs sound like a mad hatter's European gypsy tea party with a hip hop attitude. She creates grooves and mesmerizing layers of flute, plastic bottles, vocal percussion and harmonies while squeezing one hot accordion.

12:00pm to 12:50pm
The Silliad: Improvised Myths and Legends The Silliad

Why do geese fly south for the winter? Why does it always rain on a bank holiday? What's really inside an Oreo?

You suggest the question, and watch as the myth of its origin comes to life!

From the roaring thunder of Mount Olympus to the frozen tundra of Scandinavia, it's 'Horrible Histories' meets 'Clash of the Titans' meets 'Whose Line is it Anyway?'!

If you love improv, this is not a show to myth!

12:00pm to 1:15pm
This Noisy Isle Spun Glass Theatre

A treasure-hunt show giving 7-11 year-olds an adventure through a strange, magical new world.

You've washed up on a new shore...

Can you navigate through this world where nothing is quite what it seems and sprites hide around every corner? Where do you belong?

Discover your own magical powers in this truly interactive family experience. Join us for a mission which will lead you through puzzles, meeting mysterious characters and steering your team through the choppy seas to search for your new home.

Come prepared for the elements as this adventure takes place outdoors!

12:10pm to 1:10pm
Captain Breadbeard's Bready Brilliant Comedy Cookbook Captain Breadbeard

The only fast-paced pun-tastic bready-brilliant absurd sketch comedy show about a sailor with a beard made of bread that you knead to see this year!

Have you taken the time to consider the dangers that people with floury facial fuzz encounter every day? If not, then you’re in luck... Captain Breadbeard will take you on a magical and energetic journey of enlightenment. Ciabatta be there!

12:15pm to 1:15pm
Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival Iris Prize

Iris Prize brings outstanding LGBT+ film from around the world to Brighton. The five programmes of short films on offer feature award-winners from the annual Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival, alongside moving depictions of queer intimacy, explorations of gender, and a timely selection of LGBT+ stories for young people. These diverse short films from twelve countries offer an honest window into modern queer life, representing the very best of current LGBT+ filmmaking.

The five programmes are: Intimacy; Gender & Family; Iris Prize – International; Iris Prize – Best British; Iris Prize – Youth.

12:15pm to 1:30pm
This Noisy Isle Spun Glass Theatre

A treasure-hunt show giving 7-11 year-olds an adventure through a strange, magical new world.

You've washed up on a new shore...

Can you navigate through this world where nothing is quite what it seems and sprites hide around every corner? Where do you belong?

Discover your own magical powers in this truly interactive family experience. Join us for a mission which will lead you through puzzles, meeting mysterious characters and steering your team through the choppy seas to search for your new home.

Come prepared for the elements as this adventure takes place outdoors!

12:30pm to 1:20pm
Learn to Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

Experience the potter's wheel and learn a new skill in our friendly and inviting studio. We will show you how and then guide you through the process of making your own pot! Come alone or with friends; you can even try and recreate that Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze 'Ghost' moment if you'd like.

Leave your pot with us to be glazed and fired, then collect it three weeks later or get it posted to you for a small extra charge. There are only eight places per session, so if you're coming with friends book at the same time to avoid disappointment. Children under 16 require an adult, no under 12s.

12:30pm to 1:30pm
Master Your Movement Sherise Strang

A guided improvisation dance workshop to get in touch with your inner and authentic movement. Reconnect with the voice inside and express yourself through movement. A way to discover new possibilities in your body and connect them on a physical and mental level. During this workshop we will search for a pure way of expressing yourself.

12:30pm to 1:45pm
This Noisy Isle Spun Glass Theatre

A treasure-hunt show giving 7-11 year-olds an adventure through a strange, magical new world.

You've washed up on a new shore...

Can you navigate through this world where nothing is quite what it seems and sprites hide around every corner? Where do you belong?

Discover your own magical powers in this truly interactive family experience. Join us for a mission which will lead you through puzzles, meeting mysterious characters and steering your team through the choppy seas to search for your new home.

Come prepared for the elements as this adventure takes place outdoors!

12:30pm to 1:40pm
Pick of the Fringe Otherplace Productions Ltd

Not sure what to see? Don't fret, we've done the work for you and hand-picked this week's top tips. Theatre, comedy, dance and cabaret shows from across Brighton Fringe will be showcasing snippets of their work to whet your appetite every weekend lunchtime.
Different line-ups every show. All for just a fiver. Hosted by Michael Fabbri.

"Startlingly insightful" (The Guardian)

Including our sell-out (2017 and 2018) 'Launch Night Special' and a brand new end of festival celebration show.

12:30pm to 1:30pm
Jack Harris and Rajiv Karia: The Squeeze Horace Productions

Squeeze in with two talented up-and-coming comedians. A teacher by trade, Jack (Amused Moose finalist 2018), “Funny bones” (Chortle) tells you how to deal with everything a classroom can throw at you. Difficult questions. Problem pupils. Chairs. Rajiv, “The gem of the night” (Intermission Bristol), delivers subversive takes on the day-to-day world. From conspiracy theories to the confusing worlds of hipsters and vegans, or even just life as a slacker in his twenties, Rajiv has a fresh perspective on it. Join them for an hour of subversive stand-up, gleeful gags and of course, teacher training.

12:30pm to 1:30pm
Sussex Masonic Centre - Tour Sussex Masonic Centre

Sussex Masonic Center Tours
Come and visit the headquarters of Sussex Masonry.
Everyone welcome .

12:30pm to 1:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

12:45pm to 1:45pm
Science Magic Donal Vaughan Entertainment

The sell-out science, comedy and family magic show is back for its third year in Brighton. Join triple award-winning comedian and scientist Donal Vaughan as he performs amazing tricks using only things found around the house, to show how magical science can be. Along with some old favourites, there will be some brand-new tricks, including a giant air cannon and some bubble science.

Always exciting and sometimes very messy, learn about science and laugh your pants off while you do. All the tricks can be performed by you when you go home.

12:45pm to 1:45pm
On The Edge Comedy On The Edge Comedy

'On The Edge' is a Brighton institution. Bringing the best in new comic talent to the UK all year round. Our Fringe specials are always extra special. We've hosted everyone from brand new acts to household names, so you never know who might drop in! We hand pick all our acts so join us for a bill of guaranteed brilliance, showcasing some of the best performers from around Brighton Fringe and beyond! Our show is Pay What You Want so you can sample some of the best stand up the Fringe has to offer and help plan out what shows you simply can't miss!

12:45pm to 2:00pm
This Noisy Isle Spun Glass Theatre

A treasure-hunt show giving 7-11 year-olds an adventure through a strange, magical new world.

You've washed up on a new shore...

Can you navigate through this world where nothing is quite what it seems and sprites hide around every corner? Where do you belong?

Discover your own magical powers in this truly interactive family experience. Join us for a mission which will lead you through puzzles, meeting mysterious characters and steering your team through the choppy seas to search for your new home.

Come prepared for the elements as this adventure takes place outdoors!

1:00pm to 2:30pm
Four Thieves Vinegar FourTails Company

4 stars According to Wikipedia, Four Thieves Vinegar is a mix of vinegar and spices, believed in mediaeval times to offer protection from the plague. Matthias Richards, a 17th-century apothecary, has no truck for such superstitions; as the Great Plague of London begins to grip the city, he’s convinced his meticulous experiments have revealed a groundbreaking cure. There’s just one problem… his formula calls for gold. And right now, Matthias is locked up in a debtor’s prison. Read the full review.

A Black Comedy about the Black Death, by Christine Foster.

In the sweltering summer of 1665, the Plague sweeps through London. Three prisoners in Newgate Prison, believing they are doomed, indulge in drunkenness and debauchery. One of them, a young alchemist, believes he has a cure and begs his cellmates to help him make it.

Unfortunately the missing ingredient is gold, something they have no hope of obtaining without making good use of the only currencies they have at their disposal: sex, wit and lies.

1:00pm to 2:00pm
Breaking the Magicians' Code with Kane & Abel Kane & Abel

Britain’s bad boys of magic return to Brighton to commit more crimes against the art of magic. Codes broken during the show include: never reveal the secret behind a trick, never perform another magician's trick, never repeat a trick and never perform with food or animals.

"Seriously impressive" (BBC Radio)
"Full of surprise and fun that’ll leave you impressed and in stitches" **** (This is Radelaide)
"Both shine individually as magicians and comedians" **** (Broadway Baby)
"Excellent entertainment" (Velvet Box Office)

1:00pm to 2:15pm
This Noisy Isle Spun Glass Theatre

A treasure-hunt show giving 7-11 year-olds an adventure through a strange, magical new world.

You've washed up on a new shore...

Can you navigate through this world where nothing is quite what it seems and sprites hide around every corner? Where do you belong?

Discover your own magical powers in this truly interactive family experience. Join us for a mission which will lead you through puzzles, meeting mysterious characters and steering your team through the choppy seas to search for your new home.

Come prepared for the elements as this adventure takes place outdoors!

1:00pm to 2:20pm
#BeMoreMartyn Hope Theatre Company

#BeMoreMartyn trended on Twitter in the hours after the announcement of Martyn Hett's death at the Manchester Arena bombing in May 2017 – but what does it mean?

Hope Theatre Company asked eight of Martyn's closest friends and created a unique piece of verbatim theatre using their words. They give a remarkable insight into an extraordinary young man, who transformed each and every one of them.

Martyn’s friends take us on a journey from the cobbles of Canal Street to his legendary Eurovision parties, celebrating Deirdre Barlow, Mariah Carey and Michelle McManus along the way.

1:00pm to 2:00pm
The Poetry of Planes HeartsArts

Flip bottles and fly paper planes as Kay Walton takes you on an interactive and fun, science-inspired poetic journey for 7-13 year olds inside the fabulous Brighton Toy and Model Museum. Cold, hard facts side by side with red-hot concepts with only poetry for insulation. See creative poetry animations made by Brighton University students for primary school Rap’n’Rhyme poets and bring your own science rap/rhyme to share/perform if you would like to be a Spoken Science Star (optional).

1:15pm to 2:10pm
Gerry Carroll: Crock or Gold Gerry Carroll

He's 66 and he has his own leprechaun, but is Gerry a crock, or is he gold? He'll let you decide. In his third Brighton show the one-time 'Angel of the Month' winner explains how 'Send in the Clowns' is his story. Or is it 'Death of a Clown'? Lunchtimes at the Temple or 2pm at the Kennel, Gerry will be explaining. Expect attempts at songs, eating bananas, Irish dancing and maybe a crock of gold. Having done stand-up and clown around London for five years, Gerry's focusing more on clown. It's enjoyable, funny and makes a great early afternoon break.
Two words: Velcro trousers.

1:30pm to 2:20pm
Learn to Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

Experience the potter's wheel and learn a new skill in our friendly and inviting studio. We will show you how and then guide you through the process of making your own pot! Come alone or with friends; you can even try and recreate that Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze 'Ghost' moment if you'd like.

Leave your pot with us to be glazed and fired, then collect it three weeks later or get it posted to you for a small extra charge. There are only eight places per session, so if you're coming with friends book at the same time to avoid disappointment. Children under 16 require an adult, no under 12s.

1:30pm to 2:15pm
Stephen Catling vs Himself and Other Monsters Stephen Catling

A raggedy Northerner who absolutely refuses to listen to all those warnings about monsters and abysses tries to fight his way through hellish hoards of horrors. He fights them on the beaches and in the streets! In his kitchen! He shall never surrender! But at what cost will victory come? Will he be able to hold onto his humanity?

"Disgusting, horrifying, never disappointing" (Kyle Wallace, G&B comedy)
"Engaging, otherworldly and endearingly morose with an edge as sharp as his tongue" (Sam Rhodes Comedy Explosion)

1:30pm to 2:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

1:45pm to 2:35pm
Hot Mess: Bezzie Mates Hot Mess

Fresh from their Soho Theatre transfer, 'Hot Mess' return to Brighton Fringe with their debut Edinburgh show. Max and Anna filmed themselves writing silly sketches for a year to make sure they didn't miss a trick. See their funniest ideas from the last 12 months and get a peek behind the curtain of their intense friendship. They spend a lot of time together; like, too much. Finalists, Leicester Square Theatre Sketch Off! 2018.
"Hot Mess pump up the pace with fast sketches... the two actors supporting and flowing with each other beautifully" (Chortle).

1:45pm to 2:45pm
The Depression Cure Show Joymaker Productions

Warning: Anti-depressant. Dosage: To be taken once in 24 hours. Lost your dreams, your mind or your will to live? Drawing on life experience, Jonathan Winfield prescribes the serious answers and joyful silliness that makes life worthwhile, in a show to help you tickle the belly of apathy, tweak the nose of despair, and laugh at life’s difficulties.

1:45pm to 2:45pm
The Scrapyard Sessions Otherplace Productions Ltd

The fringe of the Fringe, full of wonder and whimsy. Drop into The Scrapyard at The Warren and find a hidden gem. Featuring spoken word, comedy, music and cabaret; remarkable performers presenting storytelling and comedy in all its forms.

2:00pm to 3:30pm
The Jungle Book JW Productions

Mowgli swings from one wild adventure to another with his friends Baloo the Bear and Bagheera the Panther as he learns the law of the Jungle. Danger is never far away; Shere Khan the Tiger is on the prowl...

Picnics welcome, but beware of those pesky monkeys - they'll eat anything!

From the makers of 'Wind in The Willows' 2017, 'Swallows & Amazons' 2018, 'Peter Pan' 2018, 'The Adventures of Robin Hood' 2018 and 'The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio' 2017.

"Outstanding, what family theatre should be!" (Fringe Review)

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Amazing Bubble Man Louis Pearl

Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences for 30 years with the art, magic, science of bubbles. An Edinburgh Fringe favourite, he sells out every year. Louis explores the dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy, artistry, audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep all ages mesmerised. From square bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, volcanoes, tornados and trampolines to people in bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all.

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Pete Strong: Greenfinch (Work in Progress) Bottomless Blue Pool

Pete Strong just wants to be happy. But can he be happy? Join him in his new work in progress show as he tries to find joy in the little things, with poems about love, drinking, working, bits of furniture and the aching feeling that maybe nothing really matters too much except living in the moment.

“His laconic and often surreal poetry was a treat” (Broadway Baby).
“Cathartically funny” (Chortle).
“Warped charm” (The Argus).
"Absolutely shameful" (Voice Mag).

2:00pm to 4:15pm
Pavilion Gardens Cafe History Tour 2019 Pavilion Gardens Cafe

Geoffrey Mead will be conducting a special tour dating back over 90 years of cafe and family history. During this tour you will be taken to various locations around the old town including the Royal Pavilion, East Street, The Lanes and Brighton beach. The price includes tea and a large cake at the cafe to finish the tour.

2:00pm to 3:15pm
Here We Are Again Wired Theatre

4 stars “Here we are again, happy as can be, all good pals and jolly good company.” So runs a cheery song from the 1930’s, which I remember learning on my grandmother’s knee; you’ll hear it - and a handful of other music-hall classics - at intervals during this offbeat and rewarding play. But the lyrics carry a heavy irony, for the warring couple at the heart of the script are anything but pals… and husband Andrew is far from happy, spiralling into a world of guilty fantasy and pitiful self-destruction. Read the full review.

Wired Theatre are long-standing Brighton Fringe regulars, and have made a name for themselves staging creative site-specific works in unusual places – this time, a normal house in Hove. Their shows are always quirky, and sometimes demand your concentration, but following a long run of recent successes they count as a sure bet all the same. The latest show is the conclusion to a trilogy, about a philandering psychologist losing his own grip on reality; expect an unusual and creative production, with plenty to talk about afterwards.

In the final part of Wired Theatre’s darkly comic trilogy, the ageing psychotherapist believes certain people want to destroy him. His life is spinning out of control again!

Can he overcome this vortex of disaster and save his marriage or is he hurtling towards inevitable self-destruction? The story so far uncovered a web of deception.

Now the quiet house in Hove becomes the site for more surprising revelations. This original devised promenade performance offers another provocative, immersive experience.

2:00pm to 4:00pm
Brighton Station Tours: Limited Spaces Jackie Marsh-Hobbs

These amazing tours only happen during Brighton Fringe. A chance to learn about the hidden places, local history and wonderful engineering of Brighton's Grade II* listed railway station. Meet five minutes before the tour at the front of Brighton Station, with permission from Southern Railway.

2:00pm to 5:00pm
Ragroof Tea Dance Dorothy's Shoes

Three hours of dancing delights featuring music from the 1920s to 1950s, vintage costumes, glorious displays, and Dorothy’s Shoes’ trademark instant dance classes. All welcome, no partners needed.
Tea and cakes will of course be served.

Top Hat & Tails: fabulous partner dancing inspired by Fred and Ginger: exhilarating quicksteps and whirling waltzes as we whizz you back to the heyday of Hollywood glamour.

Cuba Libre: a hot date in Havana! Cuban rhythms, featuring Cha Chas, Mambos and Boleros made popular by the Buena Vista Social Club. Loud shirts and tight skirts.

2:00pm to 3:15pm
Son of an African Mixed Blessings Theatre Group

In 1868, a rescued 10-year-old African slave boy, Tommy, is whisked away to Brighton to a lodging house and the home comforts of Eliza and Henry Thompson who become his guardians. It is here he meets their illegitimate great-niece, 11-year-old Mary, stigmatised by her shameful birth and slow mind.

Watching their respective stories told though short monologues, acting and game play, we are witnesses to a brief but powerful friendship that will transcend race, religion and rigid social norms of Victorian England.

Winner of the coveted Irene Mensah Memorial Award 2018.

2:10pm to 3:05pm
Amazing Adventures of Her Majesty at 90+ Carole Shaw

Affectionate comedy on the world’s longest-serving monarch. A powerful, colourful lady head of state who decides to reveal her 'all' to her people, taking us on a riotous ride into hitherto unseen aspects of her life. Join the singing, dancing Queen for tea, cake and more than you bargained for. This old grey mare definitely ain't what you thought she was. Free Battenberg cake and Duchy Original biscuits, courtesy of Princes Philip and Charles, at every performance.

2:15pm to 3:15pm
Huggers Comedy World Productions

Huggers returns! With an ever-changing selection of performers chosen from the best acts around the Fringe. With a host keeping the laughs going with jokes, fun competitions and prizes, there's no better show for fun with all the family.

"Laughing and smiling until our cheeks hurt" **** (Rip It up)
"Great show" **** (The Scotsman)
"An enjoyable hour of varied family fun" **** (Broadway Baby)
"Perfectly timed for child attention spans, it left the kids wanting more - my eight-year-old absolutely loved it!" **** (Child Friendly Brighton).

2:25pm to 3:25pm
The Clinic 4 Kidz Josh McAuley

Are your parents annoying you? School getting you down? Is your sister a pain?

Come see your drag-ony aunt Gloria and let her and some super funny comedians solve all your problems. We've got comedy, great advice, and ridiculous prizes to give you. Yes, you. Probably. Definitely not your parents. You.

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Ricky Riddlegang and the Riddle Gang Benjamin Alborough // Peracals Productions

Join hip teen detective, Ricky Riddlegang, and his trusty Riddle Gang as they solve the mystery of the haunted manor and put the perpetrator to death. Spectres, suspects and shenanigans abound as the Gang delve into an enigma that threatens to devour them all.

***** (West-End Wilma)

**** (Broadway Baby)

**** (Fringe Review)

**** (Remote Goat)

**** (IThankYouTheatre)

**** (LondonTheatre1.com)

**** (Spy In The Stalls)

**** (Everything Theatre)

**** (Secret Theatre Ldn)

2:30pm to 3:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

2:30pm to 3:20pm
Ogg 'n' Ugg 'n' Dogg Theatre Fideri Fidera

The mind-boggling tale of how a long time ago in a place we now call Yorkshire, two young hunter gatherers palled up with their mortal enemies the wolves, and together invented man's best friend; the dog. Expect rapster wolves, flying meat bones, prowling sabre-toothed tigers, tasty slugs, and lots and lots of scary howls in the night. A hilarious new comedy from the same creative team that won the 2018 Primary Times Best Children’s Show Award. Perfect festival entertainment for kids and big kids of all ages!

2:30pm to 3:20pm
Learn to Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

Experience the potter's wheel and learn a new skill in our friendly and inviting studio. We will show you how and then guide you through the process of making your own pot! Come alone or with friends; you can even try and recreate that Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze 'Ghost' moment if you'd like.

Leave your pot with us to be glazed and fired, then collect it three weeks later or get it posted to you for a small extra charge. There are only eight places per session, so if you're coming with friends book at the same time to avoid disappointment. Children under 16 require an adult, no under 12s.

2:30pm to 3:25pm
Pirate Pearl and the Big Blue Monster! Little Blue Monster Productions

Pirate Pearl lives aboard the good ship Mirabel with her crusty old Grandpa Bert. One day, she finds a little blue monster hiding aboard. But little monsters grow into big greedy monsters, and this one is hungry! With songs, puppets and lots of mishaps, this fantastic family show will have you singing along, dancing in the aisles and laughing 'til your sides split.

Praise for previous shows:
"Excellent fun" (The Guardian)
"Packs charm in bucket loads" (The Stage Online).

2:30pm to 3:30pm
SHIFT Barely Methodical Troupe

The company who brought you smash hits 'BROMANCE' and 'KIN' return with 'SHIFT'. Packed with a dazzling array of tricks and fun, SHIFT will challenge everything you thought you knew about gravity and physical achievement.

One of the UK’s hottest circus companies 'Barely Methodical Troupe' are at the forefront of a new kind of physical performance, creating highly entertaining shows that mix the show-stopping acrobatics of circus with the emotional punch of theatre.

"You will struggle to believe your eyes" ?????(Theatre Weekly)
"Truly outstanding" ?????(Theatre Reviews)

2:30pm to 3:25pm
Becky Brunning: Action Antihero (Work in Progress) Becky Brunning

Becky Brunning: Funny Women Finalist, daredevil, Broadchurch actor, helmet owner, brings her new nigh-octane show to Brighton after her debut hour 'Beaming' stormed* Edinburgh Fringe in 2017.

"Her comedy insinuates itself, forcing its way inexorably through the cracks in her audience's defences and flourishing there" (Broadway Baby)

**** (Australia Times)

*at least caused a bit of weather

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Two the Power of Three Theatre Handmade

'Two the Power of Three' is Theatre Handmade's explosive new play. It dives into the lives of three young women as they do their best to grow up and out of what they have come from. It explores how we love, lie to and lust after the people we are closest to, and how hard it can be to remember who we once were.

Following a sell out run of 'Di & Viv & Rose (in an hour)', Handmade Theatre return with this challenging and funny play about womanhood, sexuality and betrayal.

2:45pm to 3:45pm
Ensonglopedia of British History John Hinton

3 stars The Ensonglopedia of British History is the latest in a series of encylopedia-themed musical shows, from singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist John Hinton. Like its predecessors, it’s built around a quickfire A-Z format - with each letter the jumping-off point for a cleverly-worded, fact-filled song. The improbable target this time is to cover the past 40,000 years of British history (though the first 37,500 are despatched by the end of the letter A), so we’re clearly in for a rapid romp through both familiar and unfamiliar stories from our islands’ past. Read the full review.

For the past few years, John Hinton's informative "Ensonglopedias" have been a fixture of the Brighton Fringe. In each instalment, the multi-talented and slightly-deranged Hinton takes a gallop through an A-Z of a particular topic; there are songs, costumes, audience interactions, and of course the suspense of wondering what on Earth he'll choose when he comes to the letter "X". Previous outings have had a loose scientific theme, but this time he turns to history; expect a few quirky insights, and plenty of family-friendly fun.

The entire history of Britain in 26 comic songs – from Albion to austerity, from Boudica to Brexit, from coast to coast. John Hinton's multi-award-winning musical comedy shows have delighted audiences internationally. With our country’s tapestry unravelling, John weaves his way through its patchwork past and lets his inner Singer do its worst.
Praise for previous Ensonglopedias:
“Infectiously fun, genuinely clever, & impossible to dislike... Brilliant" *****(Brighton & Hove News)
"Gloriously intricate lyrics...Hinton's hit the right note again" ****(Fringe Guru)
“Outstanding” (Fringe Review)

3:00pm to 3:50pm
Guru Dudu's Silent Disco Walking Tours Guru Dudu Productions

Guru Dudu returns to his beloved Brighton this year with a few special guest tour guides and special events – see gurududu.org for details.
Enjoy his hilarious dance-walking tours of spontaneous flash mob dancing through the streets, interpretative dancing around Brighton landmarks and lots of crazy interaction with onlookers. Everyone wears headphones (supplied) and can hear the fun commentary from Guru Dudu and the dance mix of uplifting favourites from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s. Wear comfortable footwear and preferably come empty handed (no bags, etc). Tickets also at door if not sold out.

Check out some special themed tours this year:

Queen - Fri 6pm, May 3, 17, 31.
Abba - Fri 6pm, May 10, 24
90's - Sat 6pm, May 4, 11, 18, 25, Jun 1
60's - Mon 3pm, May 6 & 27
70's - Mon 4.30pm, May 6 & 27
80's - Mon 6pm, May 6 & 27
Sundays 3pm - with special guest tour guides

All other tours run as classic format: 70's, 80's, 90's, 00's mix

3:00pm to 4:00pm
The Poetry of Planes HeartsArts

Flip bottles and fly paper planes as Kay Walton takes you on an interactive and fun, science-inspired poetic journey for 7-13 year olds inside the fabulous Brighton Toy and Model Museum. Cold, hard facts side by side with red-hot concepts with only poetry for insulation. See creative poetry animations made by Brighton University students for primary school Rap’n’Rhyme poets and bring your own science rap/rhyme to share/perform if you would like to be a Spoken Science Star (optional).

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Hurricane Michael 2 The Barbary Ape

It's the tail end of the 1980's.

Still in his bunker, celebrity weatherman Michael Phish has finally completed a video recording of the truth behind his failed weather forecast of the great storm of 1987.

It is now the end. The beginning of the end. Certainly the end of the beginning. How now brown cow?

This show contains known Gnomes and unknown Gnomes.

3:00pm to 4:00pm
The F*ck Around Joe Foster

Join Joe Foster (Winner of South Coast Comedian of the year 2015) and Phil Jerrod (Winner Best Debut Show Leicester 2015) for a right royal f*ck around. Two of Brighton’s best stand-up comedians in a room under a pub working up new material. It’s going to be loose, anarchic and funny as f*ck, plus there’s a bar so you know, at least you can have a pint.
"Reassuringly Confident" (The List).
“Casual brilliance” (The Guardian).

3:00pm to 3:55pm
Sophie Duker: Venus (Work in Progress) Sophie Duker

Sophie Duker is not a goddess. But she's got it. Yeah, baby, she's got it. She's your Venus, she's your fire at your desire. Work in progress hour from "a sparky proposition" (The Independent), and creator of 2018 sell-out show 'Diet Woke'. Star of Channel 4's 'Riot Girls', as seen on Comedy Central and BBC Three.

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Kissing Annie Lennox A Rude Awakening

Not a tribute act, but an act of attribution. Androgynous Annie catches Jo’s eye and helps her through tough days. Is Annie the only person who really sees Jo? And as Jo isn’t kissing Annie, who is? A one woman show about taping the top 40, men’s shoes and Annie Lennox posters. A Rude Awakening return with their third show.

"Beautifully acted, sensitively directed and very thoughtfully put together" **** (Fringe Guru)

"Makes an often beautifully controlled script feel spontaneous" **** (The Stage)

"Jo Merriman puts on a dazzling performance... " ****(Three Weeks)

3:00pm to 6:00pm
Sussex Food Tours Sussex Food Tours

This gourmet food tour takes you through the historical and cultural heart of Brighton. Fun and informative with all food, snacks, desserts and beverages (alcoholic and non), entertainment, sightseeing and guiding included in ticket price.

We will be running two different Brighton-themed food tours so please check our website for dates and more details:

- Vegetarian Brighton Tour
- Great Sussex/British Food Tour

3:00pm to 7:00pm
7090: Kwat Toet Sop 7090 with Brighton Spiegeltent

It sounds faintly rude to me, but "Kwat Toet Sop" actually means Quirky Soup, and Dutch collective 7090 are promising an afternoon of oddball happenings to round off Brighton Fringe. Centred on the Spiegeltent, we're promised priests on hoverboards, an impossible performance from a marching band, and a cleansing ritual involving both bubbles and strawberry jam. 7090 have a chequered history in Brighton - some of their work's been mind-blowing, some less than stunning - but it's free to watch, so there's no reason not to drop by.

BOOM! Have no fear, 7090 is here.
The (in)famous collective from Amsterdam is back in action.
Pop-up happenings from their world and your imagination, like a child will explode with unrestrained possibilities for adventure.
Abstract priests going around the church, fanfares parading in and around the gardens and a washing happening for a fresh start: What more do you need?

3:10pm to 4:00pm
MOTHER: CHARACTER ASSASSINATION MOTHER COMEDY

Jack Mosedale and Laura Curnick are MOTHER. Bringing their unique brand of character-based comedy to Brighton Fringe, join MOTHER for an unapologetic hour of low-brow, high-camp sketch comedy. Tactless HR Managers, a live Charles Dickens experience and the high glamour of Jane McDonald all coalesce in a buffet of trashy treasure. It’s an “inspired slice of sketch comedy” **** (Broadway Baby) that’s guaranteed to be over in approx. 50 minutes. Mother knows best.

3:15pm to 4:15pm
Addicted to Fun Jane Hill

Jane used to be fun. By fun, she means drunk. She’s been sober for 15 years but still misses the buzz of that first, second, third, fourth, fifth drink. A frank and funny show about anxiety, sex, alcohol and that time she nearly vomited over Noddy Holder.

"Comedy gold... throughout, she holds the room in the palm of her hand, with a stream of laughs only interrupted by knowing nods through the set-ups, erupting into laughs again at punchlines. The audience enjoyed her so much they almost forgot to drink their pints" ***** (One4Review).
"An empowering experience" (BroadwayBaby).

3:15pm to 4:15pm
The Scrapyard Sessions Otherplace Productions Ltd

The fringe of the Fringe, full of wonder and whimsy. Drop into The Scrapyard at The Warren and find a hidden gem. Featuring spoken word, comedy, music and cabaret; remarkable performers presenting storytelling and comedy in all its forms.

3:30pm to 4:30pm
Griffin and Jones: Surprisingly Good Magicians Griffin and Jones / Sweet Productions

Despite the modest title, there'll be nothing surprising about another hour's fine entertainment from Griffin & Jones. Their magical double-act combines high-quality illusions with unforced comic banter; they have a joyful rapport with each other, and that good-natured enjoyment spreads out into the audience, too. Their tricks are multi-layered and, even if you've seen a lot of stage magic, there'll probably be something fresh and confounding; this new show could still have some rough edges, but past form's enough to make it a Sure Choice.

The pioneers of slapdash magic are back with another mishmash of magical mayhem! Join them in a world where the jokes come thick and fast, anything is possible, and nothing is quite what it seems. These award-winning idiots have become famous for their fast banter, tight chemistry, contagious energy, and showstopping wizardry.

"Machine gun patter" ****1/2 (Reviews Hub)
"You must see the show!" **** (Broadway Baby)
"The perfect Fringe magic show" **** (Fringe Guru)

3:30pm to 4:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

3:30pm to 4:30pm
The Secret Comedy Club: Fringe Comedy Hub Artista

We have over 80 professional comedy acts who applied to Artista Cafe & Gallery. This will be a Fringe Comedy Hub run by The Secret Comedy Club. We will have comedy on 6 days per week from 5pm until 11pm daily (3pm start on weekends). Check our website for full listings and tickets for these full Brighton Fringe shows.
Here are just some of the many acts that will be doing their 1 hour shows with us (in no particular order):
Steve Bugeja
Stephen Carlin
Sara Barron
Radu Isac
Adele Cliff
Al Lubel
Daphna Baram
Sanj Surati
Daniel Muggleton
Gary Tro
John Pendal
Ali Woods
Katie Pritchard

3:30pm to 4:30pm
Ian Smith: Work in Progress Ian Smith

Multi-award-winning comedian Ian Smith (BBC Three's 'Sweat the Small Stuff', Dave's 'The Magic Sponge') returns to Brighton with a work in progress of his sixth solo show. It's about love and stress, but don't worry, there's also a bit about Kalashnikovs and a story about a pigeon eating some mushy peas.

Amused Moose Comedy Award and ThreeWeeks Editors' Award winner 2017.

"Catch him now before his inevitable jump to the big time" (The Telegraph).

"A riot of sprightly silliness" (Chortle).

***** (The Mirror).
***** (ThreeWeeks).
**** (Chortle).
**** (Metro).
**** (The Skinny).

3:30pm to 4:20pm
Learn to Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

Experience the potter's wheel and learn a new skill in our friendly and inviting studio. We will show you how and then guide you through the process of making your own pot! Come alone or with friends; you can even try and recreate that Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze 'Ghost' moment if you'd like.

Leave your pot with us to be glazed and fired, then collect it three weeks later or get it posted to you for a small extra charge. There are only eight places per session, so if you're coming with friends book at the same time to avoid disappointment. Children under 16 require an adult, no under 12s.

3:45pm to 4:45pm
Mitch Benn: Doing it on Purpose IMWP

Do you know what you're doing? And if so, why? Does anybody? Yes - Mitch Benn does. He’s back, with guitar in hand, a spring in his step, a bee in his bonnet and he's giving a piece of his mind (there’s enough of it to go round). He's come to ask searching questions and eat biscuits. And he's all out of biscuits.

“The country’s leading musical satirist” (The Times).

“Song after song of exquisitely crafted satire” (The Scotsman).

“Well crafted, well sung, his songs are just plain funny” (The Guardian).

3:45pm to 4:45pm
Daniel Muggleton: Nothing Personal Get Comedy Ltd

Daniel Muggleton is an Australian stand-up comedian. He's performed around the world and supported Alex Williamson, Steve Hofstetter and Neel Kolhatkar on tour. This is a new show that contains opinions that will (probably) be considered offensive in 10 years, at the moment though, they're bang on. If you disagree: sorry, nothing personal.

Daniel's debut album 'Let Me Finish' was released in 2017, with the follow up 'Let's Never Hang Out' released in January 2018 - both by US producers Comedy Dynamics; Daniel is the first Australian comedian they have distributed.

3:55pm to 4:45pm
Drawn and Quartered Cry Havoc Theatre Company

5 stars As we take our seats for this finely-wrought two-hander, the stage is shrouded in darkness - and there’s a big surprise in store for us once the lights come on. The entire back wall is covered with a stunning abstract mural; in front of it stands a woman, freeze-framed in open-mouthed horror, like a reveal from a home-makeover show gone terribly wrong. The problem, we soon learn, isn’t just what’s appeared on on the walls of her living room, but also the man who’s responsible. Read the full review.

There's a review on the way for this one, but we've seen enough already to make it today's Sure Choice. A thoughtful, sometimes intense two-hander, Drawn and Quartered studies the fallout from a failed relationship - set against the literal backdrop of a giant abstract mural, immortalising the couple's shared life. The script demands your attention as it traverses emotional highs and lows, and your perspectives will change as you learn more about what makes the couple tick. It's a powerful and credible performance, which offers lots to think about but presents no easy answers.

Michael and Ana have had no communication for six months. Hearing Michael’s painting career is on the downslide, Ana takes pity on him and hires him to paint the studio apartment they shared for four years, to prepare it to sell. She leaves for a couple of days to find he has indeed painted. But not the colour she left.

A beautiful portrayal of a relationship with moments that everyone will recognise. Maggie Bofill is one of the founder members of Labyrinth Theatre company in New York, and together with Claudine Sinnett from Cry Havoc Theatre Company, this production is one not to miss.

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Amazing Bubble Man Louis Pearl

Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences for 30 years with the art, magic, science of bubbles. An Edinburgh Fringe favourite, he sells out every year. Louis explores the dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy, artistry, audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep all ages mesmerised. From square bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, volcanoes, tornados and trampolines to people in bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all.

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Going South Going South

Brace yourselves for a very special afternoon of musical frivolity, as this fabulous duo unleash upon you their zany mix of comedy and stunning harmonies.

An act unlike any other, where opera meets West End and topical and irreverent humour abounds. Their incredible vocals and musicianship are guaranteed to make you leave wanting more. Put simply, a class act – utterly lovable.

4:00pm to 4:55pm
Song of the Sisters King Sisters

Joske, Annelie and Marthe Koning combine storytelling, movement and song to portray the universal dynamic of the family. A stunning, personal tale, which also takes you effortlessly down your own memory lane.
"The chemistry between the three sisters is sparkling, from which speaks love, but also struggle and rivalry. We were overwhelmed by goosebumps." (Amsterdam Fringe Jury).

4:15pm to 5:15pm
Electric ILA Productions

Baby wipes, glitter and cans at the ready, Joni and Scarlett head off on their respective weekends. From two walks of life and residing on two sides of the festival, the pair unexpectedly meet in the neon fields of Irish music festival, Electric Picnic. Hysterically riotous and soul-stirring, 'Electric' probes our innate prejudices and preconceived notions of who we are, while taking you on the session of a lifetime!

Festival season is upon us, let's get this party started!

"smart, funny, utterly engaging..." ***** (TheArtsReview)
"a play not to be missed..." **** (The Reviews Hub)

4:15pm to 5:15pm
Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams Bibi and Bichu Ltd

Circus Abyssinia was a hot ticket at the Edinburgh Fringe a couple of years ago, and has a clutch of four- and five-star reviews to show off from its international tour since then. The show's narrative is built around two Ethiopian boys who dream of becoming jugglers - mirroring the inspiring real-life tale of the troupe's two founders. But it's the energy and physicality of the performance which reviews highlight most, with acrobatics, aerial work and clowning among the highlights.

Circus Abyssinia weaves the dreams of its cast through heart-stopping feats of acrobatic daring. Inspired by real-life jugglers Bibi and Bichu, the show tells the tale of two young Ethiopian brothers who dreamed of the circus in a country without one. When the boys make a wish upon the moon they are joined by a host of high-flying figures - some enchanting, others menacing, but all of them circus ‘dreamers’, who together awaken an incredible new Ethiopian tradition.

"Sensational entertainment" **** (The Times)
"One of the best acts ever seen... fun for all the family" ***** (Mail on Sunday)

4:30pm to 5:20pm
Guru Dudu's Silent Disco Walking Tours Guru Dudu Productions

Guru Dudu returns to his beloved Brighton this year with a few special guest tour guides and special events – see gurududu.org for details.
Enjoy his hilarious dance-walking tours of spontaneous flash mob dancing through the streets, interpretative dancing around Brighton landmarks and lots of crazy interaction with onlookers. Everyone wears headphones (supplied) and can hear the fun commentary from Guru Dudu and the dance mix of uplifting favourites from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s. Wear comfortable footwear and preferably come empty handed (no bags, etc). Tickets also at door if not sold out.

Check out some special themed tours this year:

Queen - Fri 6pm, May 3, 17, 31.
Abba - Fri 6pm, May 10, 24
90's - Sat 6pm, May 4, 11, 18, 25, Jun 1
60's - Mon 3pm, May 6 & 27
70's - Mon 4.30pm, May 6 & 27
80's - Mon 6pm, May 6 & 27
Sundays 3pm - with special guest tour guides

All other tours run as classic format: 70's, 80's, 90's, 00's mix

4:30pm to 5:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

4:30pm to 5:20pm
Learn to Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

Experience the potter's wheel and learn a new skill in our friendly and inviting studio. We will show you how and then guide you through the process of making your own pot! Come alone or with friends; you can even try and recreate that Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze 'Ghost' moment if you'd like.

Leave your pot with us to be glazed and fired, then collect it three weeks later or get it posted to you for a small extra charge. There are only eight places per session, so if you're coming with friends book at the same time to avoid disappointment. Children under 16 require an adult, no under 12s.

4:30pm to 5:30pm
Steve McNeil: Video Games (Work in Progress) Steve McNeil

The creator of (and team captain on) 'Dara O'Briain's Go 8 Bit' bangs on about video games for an hour. It might be some adapted bits from his forthcoming book about the history of video games (Hey! Listen!). It might be some anecdotes about his TV show. It might even involve playing games if he's not written enough stuff. No idea. He's not started work on it yet. First work in progress. Quality will be either variable, or consistently poor.

4:30pm to 5:30pm
Mustard Doesn't go with Girls Bric à Brac Theatre

When the children of Bow-on-Tie start mysteriously disappearing, Abigail decides to investigate further. She embarks on a music-filled adventure to uncover the town’s secrets, topple the cabinet of treacherous animals in charge and prove that girls are made of more than just sugar and spice. Catch this original tale from “witty and inventive” (The Stage) international Lecoq trained company, Bric à Brac.

Using an original score, slick movement and strong characters, this production seeks to poke fun at fairy tales from the past whilst creating new storylines for the young generation of today.

4:30pm to 5:20pm
Nick Elleray: Big Nick Energy (Work in Progress) Nick Elleray

Nick Elleray, "quality downbeat comedy" (Chortle), is known for his dry, bleak musings on the dark and squalid aspects of life. But the times we live in are too grim, so he's trying a new approach and looking for joy wherever he can find it.

Can a miserable old leopard change his washed-out spots? Probably not. But it'll be fun to watch him try.

"Brilliant, astute observational comedy about middle-aged life" (Adam Bloom).
"A fine variety of cracking good jokes" (ThreeWeeks).
"Time and money spent on Nick Elleray is time and money well spent. He’s great" (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine).

4:40pm to 5:40pm
Frankenstein in the Bin Theatre in The Bin

Fred Strangebone has created a monster... Inspired by the greatest horror story of all time with help from a grotesque, buffoon assistant and the contents of a very disturbing dustbin!

A solo horror show with character comedy, clowning and delightful unpleasantness.
Written and performed by Ben Whitehead, who returns to Brighton Fringe after 2017's 'Freakshow'.

“Comedy Genius” **** (London Pub Theatres).
“Character driven comedy at its best” **** (Broadway Baby).

4:45pm to 5:45pm
Dave Chawner: Mental Dave Chawner

After a hugely successful run at last year's Brighton Fringe, 'Mental' returns. This is a show about mental health (rather than mental illness). As seen on BBC, ITV and Channel 4. As heard on BBC Radio 1, Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live.

"Thank goodness for Dave; he tells his invaluable story with humour and tongue-in-cheek charm...hilariously entertaining" (Mail On Sunday).

"Quirky, moving and hilarious" (Indy 100).

***** (ArtsAward).
***** (Bunbury Magazine).
**** (List).
**** (EdFestMag.com).
**** (ThreeWeeks).
**** (BroadwayBaby.com).
**** (EdFringeReview.com).
**** (VoiceMag.uk).

4:45pm to 5:45pm
Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival Iris Prize

Iris Prize brings outstanding LGBT+ film from around the world to Brighton. The five programmes of short films on offer feature award-winners from the annual Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival, alongside moving depictions of queer intimacy, explorations of gender, and a timely selection of LGBT+ stories for young people. These diverse short films from twelve countries offer an honest window into modern queer life, representing the very best of current LGBT+ filmmaking.

The five programmes are: Intimacy; Gender & Family; Iris Prize – International; Iris Prize – Best British; Iris Prize – Youth.

5:00pm to 6:30pm
Geoffrey Mead's London Road Tour Geoffrey Mead

London Road is an area rapidly regenerating after years of inner city decline. New businesses have moved in, with improvements to the Open Market and The Level, new housing at the Co-op, New England and on Ditchling Road, and a general feeling of urban regrowth. The physical geography, historic nature of the buildings and layout of the former farmland bubbles through into the 21st century scene. This tour takes in history and landscape, past industry and present day housing.

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Comedy World of Sports Laughing Horse Comedy & Laughing Panda Productions

Brits and comedians are big sports fans, but what is the world’s greatest sport? Rugby union or league? Proper football or that American version? Is the Olympics just people running in circles? Can darts be a sport if you do it whilst holding a beer in your hand? But what about synchronised swimming, curling and other lesser known sports? Even extreme ironing!

This is an interactive comedy game show where comedians pit their wits, comedy and sporting skills against each other, defend the sport they love and try to win challenges from audience and host to find the best sport.

GAME ON!

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Jack Stark: Tea, Bee, Sea Jack Stark

Full-time idiot Jack Stark hasn’t written this show. A story about procrastination and panic.

Jack Stark is a new persona from the artist behind the cabaret clown Kiki Lovechild, who has trained with the masters of clowning, including Gaulier and de Castro, and toured variety halls for 14 years.

“A wonderful clown that smacks of the black and white films of old. His physicality is simple and fluid, and his enjoyment of what he does shines through brightly” (The Metropolist).
“He fills us all with wonder, laughter, and love. His is a unique work of art" (Fringe Review).

5:00pm to 6:00pm
The Secret Comedy Club: Fringe Comedy Hub Artista

We have over 80 professional comedy acts who applied to Artista Cafe & Gallery. This will be a Fringe Comedy Hub run by The Secret Comedy Club. We will have comedy on 6 days per week from 5pm until 11pm daily (3pm start on weekends). Check our website for full listings and tickets for these full Brighton Fringe shows.
Here are just some of the many acts that will be doing their 1 hour shows with us (in no particular order):
Steve Bugeja
Stephen Carlin
Sara Barron
Radu Isac
Adele Cliff
Al Lubel
Daphna Baram
Sanj Surati
Daniel Muggleton
Gary Tro
John Pendal
Ali Woods
Katie Pritchard

5:00pm to 6:15pm
Here We Are Again Wired Theatre

4 stars “Here we are again, happy as can be, all good pals and jolly good company.” So runs a cheery song from the 1930’s, which I remember learning on my grandmother’s knee; you’ll hear it - and a handful of other music-hall classics - at intervals during this offbeat and rewarding play. But the lyrics carry a heavy irony, for the warring couple at the heart of the script are anything but pals… and husband Andrew is far from happy, spiralling into a world of guilty fantasy and pitiful self-destruction. Read the full review.

Wired Theatre are long-standing Brighton Fringe regulars, and have made a name for themselves staging creative site-specific works in unusual places – this time, a normal house in Hove. Their shows are always quirky, and sometimes demand your concentration, but following a long run of recent successes they count as a sure bet all the same. The latest show is the conclusion to a trilogy, about a philandering psychologist losing his own grip on reality; expect an unusual and creative production, with plenty to talk about afterwards.

In the final part of Wired Theatre’s darkly comic trilogy, the ageing psychotherapist believes certain people want to destroy him. His life is spinning out of control again!

Can he overcome this vortex of disaster and save his marriage or is he hurtling towards inevitable self-destruction? The story so far uncovered a web of deception.

Now the quiet house in Hove becomes the site for more surprising revelations. This original devised promenade performance offers another provocative, immersive experience.

5:00pm to 6:00pm
BREXIT Tom Corradini Teatro

One country, one family. United in blood, divided in spirit.

June 2016. A few days before the Brexit referendum. A father and son debate their stance on the vote. They are united in blood but divided in spirit. The two characters argue their respective positions while digressing on the essence of what being British and European really means to them. The debate turns from surreal to grotesque until both of them cast their vote...

A show about freedom, loss and identity with elements of mime and physical theatre, premiered at the 2018 Avignon Theatre Festival.

5:15pm to 6:05pm
Remind Me Again Why I Need A Man Two Foolish

When you’re used to holding the whip hand, Death can be an unwelcome distraction.

Karen Summers has the ideal life as a dominatrix. Her customers fear her, business is booming, and the chief of police is one of her clients. But when purple-suited Death pops by to summon her to the afterlife, she has to re-examine her life choices. She has an hour to persuade Death that once again, she holds the whip hand. Who needs a man?

From the team that brought you 'Get Fit With Bruce Willis' and 'Painted Love', featuring the songs of Annie Lennox and Eurythmics.

5:30pm to 6:30pm
Pelican: Fisk Pelican

Whirlwind comedy by the critically acclaimed Pelican (makers of 'The Cat Man Curse'). Benny Hawk, the world’s greatest tennis player, must find out who killed his partner, Bjorn Fisk, before it’s too late... Fresh from a run at the Soho Theatre, Pelican’s hotly anticipated follow-up show is not to be missed. "A wonderland of absurd sketches and characters, tied together with the thread of a wonderfully eccentric story" ***** (A Younger Theatre), "A joy to watch" **** (List), "Wildly funny" ***** (Broadway Baby).

5:30pm to 6:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

5:30pm to 6:30pm
One Flew Over the Kyriacou's Nest (Work in Progress) Kallis Kyriacou

Welcome inside the mind of endearing oddity Kallis Kyriacou.

Half Greek-Cypriot, fully silly, Kallis’ debut hour-in-progress is an uplifting mix of surrealism, storytelling and satire.

A life-enhancing flight of fancy, where omelettes are miracles, dads are monosyllabic and disappointment has never been funner.

Parented by movies, perplexed by reality, Kallis’ unique take on life will have you remembering his name, even if you can’t spell it.

'Kallis is a lovable misanthrope with a weird, hilarious outlook on life. A lot of fun to watch.’ (Maria Shehata).

5:30pm to 6:30pm
I'd Had Enough So I Killed Him Sherise Strang

A dance/physical theatre solo, inspired by the life of poet and writer Maya Angelou, a woman who fought her whole life for black women, as an activist and feminist. A search for being, seeing and wanting to be seen. A search for identity, security and strength. A search for confession, for conviction, for judgement. Washing all the dirt off to get to the core, to make it visible.

6:00pm to 7:45pm
The Lady Boys of Bangkok: The Greatest Showgirls Tour Exchange Events Ltd

Those dazzling divas are back, coming of age and celebrating 21 years with 'The Greatest Show Girls Tour'! The entertainment soars from start to finish with infectious, showstopping performances that'll bring you to your feet time and time again. The glamour of Hollywood and the glitz of Vegas in a mesmerising spectacle fulfilling dreams for everyone. A chance to luxuriate in a vibrant, euphoric bubble of laughter, beauty, splendour and music. A complete celebration of individuality and pride in saying “This is Me”, undeniably you’ll agree that the lady boys are the greatest showgirls!

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Samantha Pressdee: Covered Love Muffin Productions

The only thing batshit crazier than Sammie was the welfare state supposed to be helping her! Getting your needs met in austerity Britain is like a game of Russian roulette. Will she beat the system? Work in progress.

"Excellent storytelling and very funny" **** (One4Review)
"A fascinating insight into a world many people only glimpse and may just fire up your social conscience" (Chortle)
"Startlingly honest" **** (Bunbury Magazine)
"A socio-political and cultural butterfly" **** (Mumble Comedy)
"Free-thinking, hard-hitting and anarchic, but delivered with a twinkle in the eye" (Fringepig)

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Notflix Austin Talent

Movies with 100% more singing, 99% more women and a live band. Five star sell-out show Edinburgh Fringe 2016-2018 and VAULT Festival 2016-2018. Netflix combines the taste profiles of 98 million users to create a perfectly ideal viewing experience. Notflix combines the taste profiles of a room full of theatre-goers to create a brilliantly hilarious and completely improvised viewing experience: a full musical. The all-female cast uses audience suggestions of recently watched films to create a brand new, fully improvised, one-night-only musical! Because everything is better as a musical!

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Scottish Falsetto Socks: Roll Up! Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre

Virtually a cult classic in Edinburgh, the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre delivers exactly what its title claims: two Scottish-voiced sock puppets, performing in a tiny tartan-clad theatre. The show always tackles its subject-of-the-year with cheesy songs, groan-worthy puns and an impressive array of sock-based "costume changes". This time we're promised a circus theme, crossed with a little music-hall; it's a brand-new show but, if their Twitter account is anything to go by, the jokes are as lovably terrible as always.

Winners of the The Bath Comedy Fest Best Joke Award 2018, Socks return with a new comedy hour in a circus-esque style.

The award-winning Socks are back with an hour of fire-breathing, tightrope-walking, juggling, magic and burlesque. Probably. New show, circus and music hall-style. Did we mention we won an award? (Bath Comedy Festival Best Joke Award 2018. You heard.)

"Space-age comedy to knock your socks off" **** (Daily Record).

"Had every single audience member... laughing until they cried." ***** (Edinburgh Evening News).

6:00pm to 7:00pm
James Bran: Hack Momentum Artist Management

Technology is making life easier, but at what cost? Join James Bran on a comedic exploration of convenience addiction; a sidesplitting look at the value of personal data, and a hilarious take on the destruction of democracy in the face of Big Tech. Most importantly, is it possible to hack comedy?

"Edgy entertainment you'd be silly to miss" **** (Three Weeks)
"Guaranteed to have you in stitches" **** (Broadway Baby)
"Proper well funny" **** (Mumble Comedy)
"Bleak... Tortured... Needing therapy... Moustache" *** (Three Weeks)

6:00pm to 7:00pm
The Beautiful Mary Day Eugene Doyen Presents

Rachel will never forget Mary Day, the damaged local legend. They met as teenagers. Mary never asked for any help, but Rachel wanted to save Mary, to protect her. Back then, Rachel struggled to cope with her own problems.

The Beautiful Mary Day is a moving and emotional one-act monologue with its world premiere performances at this year’s Brighton Fringe.

6:00pm to 7:10pm
amendments: A Play on Words Middle-Weight Theatre Company

John Chesterton works in a world where political correctness is paramount.
Fear of offending an increasingly sensitive populous is widespread, and any language deemed inappropriate or discriminatory is strictly forbidden to the company's "no" list.

Rapidly, words vanish and phraseology begins to disappear from people's vocabulary, and while all around him conform, John seems to be the only one asking: if this censoring continues, will he soon be inhabiting a world where there is nothing left to say?

Strong language may (or may not) be used in this production...

6:10pm to 7:05pm
Intolerable Side Effects Claire Parry

A millennial rabbit wants to find love, but she’s having some serious problems with her contraception and her confidence...

Diane, a young rabbit and keen to do what rabbits do best (yes, sex, although she does also love wiggling her cotton tail), is also keen not to have a litter. Diane finds herself in the GUM clinic being advised to take ‘Celery’ as a form of ‘vegetation separation’. However, Celery causes some bizarre and unpleasant side effects for Diane, who finds that it hinders her dating and sex-life significantly more than it helps.

6:15pm to 7:10pm
Will Penswick: Nørdic(k) StraightUp Productions

Full-time detective. Part-time performer. Full-time Scandinavian. Will Penswick is 'Pætur Pætursson' from the Faroe Islands. A detective in the Tórshavn (that's the capital city). Police like his father and his father before him, a troubled, semi-legendary DJ, Pætur is going toe-to-toe with Scandinavia's most dangerous criminals and he needs your help... Because there's no crime like snow crime.

"You will be in for a comic treat" **** (PlaysToSee).
"Hard not to love...Brilliant" **** (Radio Ha-Ha).
**** (BroadwayBaby).

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Aaaaaaaargh! It's a Bonanza of Comedy from Around the Fringe Laughing Horse Comedy

It's a comedy Bonanza!

Back for a second year in Brighton, this stand-up comedy selection is an exciting pack of comedians, with top headliners and the best up-and-coming performers selected from shows all around the Fringe.

See a bundle of comics visiting Brighton from the international comedy circuit, alongside a selection of great acts from around the UK and the very best in hilarious new and local talent.

It's different at every show. You'll see something you weren't expecting, something new and maybe something extraordinary!

The perfect start to your Fringe night!

6:30pm to 7:20pm
Guru Dudu's Silent Disco Walking Tours Guru Dudu Productions

Guru Dudu returns to his beloved Brighton this year with a few special guest tour guides and special events – see gurududu.org for details.
Enjoy his hilarious dance-walking tours of spontaneous flash mob dancing through the streets, interpretative dancing around Brighton landmarks and lots of crazy interaction with onlookers. Everyone wears headphones (supplied) and can hear the fun commentary from Guru Dudu and the dance mix of uplifting favourites from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s. Wear comfortable footwear and preferably come empty handed (no bags, etc). Tickets also at door if not sold out.

Check out some special themed tours this year:

Queen - Fri 6pm, May 3, 17, 31.
Abba - Fri 6pm, May 10, 24
90's - Sat 6pm, May 4, 11, 18, 25, Jun 1
60's - Mon 3pm, May 6 & 27
70's - Mon 4.30pm, May 6 & 27
80's - Mon 6pm, May 6 & 27
Sundays 3pm - with special guest tour guides

All other tours run as classic format: 70's, 80's, 90's, 00's mix

6:30pm to 7:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

6:30pm to 7:30pm
The Secret Comedy Club: Fringe Comedy Hub Artista

We have over 80 professional comedy acts who applied to Artista Cafe & Gallery. This will be a Fringe Comedy Hub run by The Secret Comedy Club. We will have comedy on 6 days per week from 5pm until 11pm daily (3pm start on weekends). Check our website for full listings and tickets for these full Brighton Fringe shows.
Here are just some of the many acts that will be doing their 1 hour shows with us (in no particular order):
Steve Bugeja
Stephen Carlin
Sara Barron
Radu Isac
Adele Cliff
Al Lubel
Daphna Baram
Sanj Surati
Daniel Muggleton
Gary Tro
John Pendal
Ali Woods
Katie Pritchard

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Further Education Unmasked Theatre

4 stars It’s the middle of the 1980’s. Margaret Thatcher is at the height of her power; but she’s threatened by an industrial dispute, a year-long coal-miners’ strike which threatens to bring her government to its knees. As the quarrel grows ever uglier, striking miners travel far from their home-towns, picketing the lorries moving stockpiled coal. Frank is one such miner, and he’s found himself a billet with a sympathetic group of students - who offer him a sofa in the flat they share. But the students are modern feminist thinkers, and Frank… well, Frank isn’t. Read the full review.

1985: Frank the miner likes doing his job and reading the Sun. Unfortunately, Maggie is after his job and his new housemates definitely don't like him reading the Sun. In a riotous clash of class, morals and feminism, very traditional Frank finds himself bunking down with three very modern students at the heart of the picketing wars.

In a country seeking to eradicate his livelihood, Frank must decide how he would like to be remembered once the line is inevitably drawn.

Award-winning Brighton company Unmasked Theatre returns with a winner from the highly successful Brighton Scratch Night.

6:30pm to 7:30pm
The Beautiful Dance of Life & Death Erin R Hartnett Productions

Can a young astronaut and a fallen star save a former dancer who is fighting a bizarre illness and her bohemian roommate? Or will they be captured and tortured with no end in sight? In this imaginative new drama, based on a true story, two friends fight to dance the steps towards hope.

6:30pm to 8:00pm
Two Recitals at St. Michael's: Lonarc Oboe Trio then Philip Robinson, Tenor Music@St. Michael's

3 top professional oboists come together to play for us on the first May bank holiday Monday. The 3 oboists: Joseph Sanders, Owen Dennis and Judith Proctor will play music by Josef Triebensee, Johann Wenth, Beethoven, Anton Wranitsky along with a charming medley of U.S. love songs arranged by James Horan.
Closing our Fringe series are two tremendous vocalists singing operetta arias and duets including music from the wonderful Lehar as well as music by Verdi and Gershwin. Philip and Helen will be accompanied by the pianist Warren Shattles.

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Action Figure Archive with Steve McLean Steve McLean

Join Steve as he takes a fun look at the toys of his childhood. You might be surprised how they look through adult eyes. Rediscover your faves, from He-Man, Transformers, Star Wars and many more (about three more).

The hit show of the Edinburgh Fringe 2018 comes to Brighton. ''A hilarious walk down memory lane''/Top 10 Best Shows of the Edinburgh Fringe (The Glasgow Herald), ''A fun examination of nostalgia and nerdiness''/Top 10 Best Shows of the Edinburgh Fringe for Every Taste (Wired Magazine), "Geeks and nerds unite in this fun show"/Top Ten Geeky Edinburgh Fringe Shows (The Geek List).

6:35pm to 7:25pm
Father of Lies Sweet Productions

'Making a Murderer' meets 'Rosemary's Baby'... 'Father of Lies' tells the chilling true story behind a mysterious, unsolved murder in West Germany, 1973. A thrilling horror show about haunted priests, jealous widowers, and satanic cults. Sell-out shows at Edinburgh Fringe 2017-18, London Horror Festival 2017, Brighton HorrorFest 2018, and VAULT Festival 2018.

“Compulsively gripping... genuinely unique” **** (The Stage)
“Devastating” ***** (LondonPubTheatres)
“Remarkable” ***** (Horror Hothouse Review)
**** (The Wee Review)
**** (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine)
**** (LondonTheatre1.com)

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Ian Lane: Paperweight Ian Lane

Paperweight. Spatula. Cushioned tea tray. Chicken lattice. Which weapon would you protect your house with? In this work in progress multimedia stand-up comedy show, Ian Lane considers how the military techniques of the SAS can be applied to managing an orderly and domestically fulfilling family household.

New Comedian of The Year Finalist 2014. Two-time BBC Radio New Comedy Award semi-finalist. **** "His visual aids are exquisite works of comedic gold" (One4Review), "Inventive, cliche-phobic comedy that makes a strong impression for its creativity" (Chortle).

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Körper (Body) NEON

Körper questions the unconscious way most of us live our lives. We all have our own different rituals which serve to reaffirm our idea of self and nurse our ego, but we rarely stop to consider what we actually base our choices on. Are we really in control of who we grow up to be? What made us who we are, and what happens if we don’t conform to the expectations of society?

7:00pm to 7:50pm
Daniel Nils Roberts: The History of the World in 1 Hour Daniel Nils Roberts

An absurd multimedia pelt through the history of everything. Fresh from taking London's West End by storm in smash-hit, 'Austentatious', character-peddler Daniel attempts to cram the entirety of recorded time into just one show. Will he cover it all? No. But it's going to be one hell of a ride.

Perth Fringe World Best Comedy nominee 2016 and 2017.
As heard on BBC Radio 4 and 6.
"Devastatingly funny" **** (Fest).
"Sheer genius" **** (The Scotsman).
"So funny that it seems like Roberts is just showing off" **** (Broadway Baby).

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Matt Price: Broken Hooters and Geezers with Shooters Laughing Horse Comedy

Matt Price was asked to work on a writing project with a former criminal. From day one, he was out of his depth. On the surface, at six foot three and twenty stone, Matt looks as though he may blend into the criminal underworld quite well, until he blows his cover by speaking.

"A genuine, ordinary guy spinning some yarns, extraordinary in their telling". ???? (Chortle).
"Storytelling comedy, necessitates a level of honesty I like. And Price is one of the best at it around." (Scotland on Sunday).
“I don't understand why he isn't better known” ????? (One4Review).

7:30pm to 1:30am
SKREW LOOSE BOOKING FRINGE SHOWCASES Skrew Loose Booking

Skrew Loose Booking is a Brighton based live music company focused on showcasing upcoming and established talent from Brighton and further afield. Previously running events with Brighton Fringe 18, Brighton Festival and The Great Escape Festival; Skrew Loose will once again be showcasing top shelf Folk, Rock and Indie acts as part of this year's Brighton Fringe 2019.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Do the Thing: The Made Up Musical Do the Thing

The 2018 critically-acclaimed Brighton Fringe sell-outs return! Join 'Do the Thing' for an unmissable high-risk, high-lunacy, highly (well, entirely) improvised musical. Two men do all the singing and acting. One man does all the music. You do all the laughing. Your suggestions are turned into a rollicking musical with a plethora of characters and a host of catchy songs performed for one night only by an in-advisably small cast (two) and orchestra (one).
“The whole evening is a joy... the height of good, silly nonsense” **** (The Reviews Hub).

7:30pm to 8:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Bollywood and Birmingham to Berlin and Brexit Dharmander Singh

"Growing up, I was too brown for the white kids and the wrong kind of brown for the brown kids. That's when I first questioned my identity". Join international stand-up comedian Dharmander Singh as he goes on a journey to discover his identity, roots, and nationality through funny stories and observations about being named after a Bollywood legend, living and trying to belong in 80s Birmingham, and the challenges and pleasures of being a sun-kissed Brummie in Berlin.

7:30pm to 10:00pm
Bent Double Komedia Ltd

A gay-friendly, irreverent night of fun and frolics, hosted by Zoe Lyons ('Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow' and 'Mock The Week'). Featuring three top stars of stand-up.

Winner of Best Comedy Club Night (Chortle Awards).
Critics' Choice (The Times).

7:40pm to 8:30pm
All Things Brighton Beautiful Tiny Horse Promotions

Award-winning musical comedy performer Hannah Brackenbury reflects on 10 years as a Brightonian in this heartfelt and hilarious musical tribute to her adopted city. Featuring original comedy songs, poems and parodies.

Winner: Broadway Baby Bobby Award (Brighton Fringe, 2018).

"This comedian is a class act... when you have talent like this there’s no need for glitzy adornments" (Broadway Baby).
“This Brightonian songstress has been described as Victoria Wood and Tim Minchin’s lesbian love child... and her songs are both bloody funny and beautifully touching" (Latest 7 Magazine).

7:45pm to 10:15pm
All Men Must Sing: A Parody of Ice & Fire The Long & Short Of It Productions

“Wait, what was that whole last part about copyright? I don't feel like I got that... "
“You know what they say, Jon: ‘In the game of creative copyright infringement, you either win - or you die’... ”

Created by local Brighton theatre company The Long & Short Of It Productions, 'All Men Must Sing' is a full-length musical comedy inspired by the hit TV drama. Following its 2016 performance, the play has been re-imagined and resurrected, and is back with an original score, puppetry, fourteen-part-harmonies, murder, and more!

Get ready... A PARODY IS COMING.

7:50pm to 8:50pm
He Shot, He Scored Off the Fence Theatre Company CIC

It’s the mid-1970s, Alan Mullery is the new manager of Brighton & Hove Albion after another failed promotion attempt. Twenty year-old Peter Ward breaks the Albion’s goalscoring record, earning his place in the hearts and history of the club; Wardie Wonderland is still sung on the terraces when Brighton answer Sussex’s call.

Using humour and pathos, this new one-man play tells the story of four supporters as they follow their beloved Seagulls through the momentous season of 1976/77. Laugh out loud and cry into your football scarf. A show for anyone who’s ever followed a team, and their dreams.

7:55pm to 8:55pm
Guy Lloyd: Radio Blah Blah Filthy Gigdog

In August of last year, radio presenter Guy Lloyd was sacked after thirteen years of broadcasting his decidedly average show. A career that included doing Reiki on a mentally disturbed parrot live on air, interviewing the stars backstage at Glastonbury, desperate appearances on 'Britain’s Got Talent' and 'Come Dine With Me' and broadcasting live from a real estate in Hove. From starting out on hospital radio to spending an evening with John Lydon, this is the full, uncut story of Guy’s rise and fall from showbiz stardom. A show about love, loss, grief and how great hair, gets you everywhere.

8:00pm to 9:40pm
Joanna Neary: Wife On Earth Joanna Neary

TV and radio comic and award winning actress Joanna Neary returns with her full length new show, including her best loved comedy characters and special guests for a double bill of hilarity.

Joanna's repressed housewife Celia (Radio 3's The Verb) is joined by a host of characters to present a comedy show about relationships, packed with original true stories, stand up, songs and dance. Will it end in divorce, Bjork? Or polygamy? Plus special guests.

"Character comedy of the highest order" List
"So inspired and beautifully executed" Telegraph
"Neary has impeccable comic instincts" Chortle

8:00pm to 9:00pm
The Frow Show 3KG

After a sell-out success at Brighton Fringe 2017, 'The Frow Show' returns with this superb sketch comedy show. Based upon the unique Sussex village of Forest Row, the highly experienced mix of talent in the cast reflect the quirky and dynamic feel of this eccentric English village.

Through a slick blend of well-observed sketches they breathe life into brilliant characters and musical numbers that actually use real musicians. A good ol' fashioned sketch-comedy with clever observational humour, passing comment on what the term 'alternative lifestyle' really means in this ever-changing world.

8:00pm to 10:30pm
The Last Hurrah Brighton Spiegeltent with Streetfunk

Well here we are. We made it, everyone – the very last night of the Brighton Fringe. And to see us out with a flourish, the Spiegeltent have laid on a two-and-a-half-hour show: featuring cabaret, circus and music from across their programme, it should be a hedonistic way to say farewell to the Fringe for another year. And it's goodbye from Fringe Guru as well: thanks to everyone who's followed our recommendations on our website or on Twitter, and to all the performers who've accommodated us in their shows. We'll do it all over again in 2020!

The very last splash of magic and sparkle this season with some of the amazing acts of our Spiegel family, including spots from Head First Acrobats, Amazing Bubble Man, Cabaret Bohème and many more! Our unique and intimate night to celebrate the end of Brighton Spiegeltent 2019 - a party to end all parties with an extra sprinkle of glitter!

8:00pm to 9:30pm
The Wasp Eugene Doyen Presents

A twisting, taut psychological drama. Heather has made a success of her life. Carla is out of cash and she is willing to take part in an unusual proposition. The two women meet up for the first time since leaving school and the intrigue and manipulation begins.

'The Wasp' by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm had its original production at the Hampstead Theatre in January 2015.

“Riveting from start to finish” (Plays to See)

This is a new amateur production at the Brighton Fringe.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Sara Barron: The Coconut (Work in Progress) Bleecker and LaGuardia

The "reigning queen of New York’s live storytelling scene" (Jon Ronson) and host of US live show The Moth, Sara’s debut stand up hour garnered 5* reviews and earned her a nomination for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards. With her sophomore effort, Barron aims to dissect the fundamental decency – or lack thereof – inherent to of all us. Are we actually good, or do we rather perform goodness, only to crack under the pressure when it comes to all manner of genuine sacrifice?

"Filthy and fearless... debuts don't get much bolder than this" **** (The Telegraph). 

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Utopia: Under Construction Utopia: Under Construction

This hilarious comedy show endeavours to build a new utopia, in just one hour! Three of the South West’s best comedians will pull together to reinvent a greater society, but they can’t do it alone!

You’re invited to the construction site of a new utopia. So don your hard-hat and get ready for a riotous site tour; hammering away at the big questions, telling jokes, and building a brave new world! Can it be done? Or will it just be late and over budget? Book now and find out!

An evening of fun, friendly, satirical hilarity not to be missed!

8:15pm to 9:15pm
Herbert Hoof: The Monsterer!! Sam Jacobsen

Ever wanted to hunt monsters like Bigfoot, or the Mongolian Death Worm? Professor Herbert Hoof is the best Monsterer this side of Loch Ness, and he's here to teach you all the tricks of the trade! Ask him anything you like! Just don't ask to see his tax records, because erm... they're haunted...

Surreal character comedy from Sam Jacobsen, one third of the One-Eyed Men. "Weird, wonderful and really, really funny" (The Skinny)

8:30pm to 9:15pm
Sullied Kristi-Leigh Gresse

Sullied: to damage the purity or integrity of...

What do we do in a world where human tolerance and experience is so conditioned to endure abuse, suffering and pain. Using dance and spoken word this piece dives deep into the world of rape culture, sexuality, gender identity, race polarisation and religion. Sullied challenges us to deconstruct the politics around our bodies and interrogates the effects that patriarchal ideologies, rape and misogyny has on the human psychic.

Gold Ovation Award winner at the National Arts Festival South Africa 2018.

8:30pm to 9:30pm
Stepdads Bright Buoy Productions

The first step to having fun... is 'Stepdads'. Get ready for an activity-filled weekend with two men who wish they were your dad (but who are glad he went to prison). Who needs a father figure when you can have two? Hey, what's with all these 'where's my real dad' faces? Strap in for the trip of a lifetime with the men who make your mum happy! A surreal fever dream of a double-act filled with songs, stupidity and the sanctity of marriage. We guarantee to erase your memories of childhood and replace them with better ones. From Tom Curzon and Luke Rollason.

"Hugely entertaining" (Chortle).

8:30pm to 9:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

8:30pm to 10:00pm
Laughing Horse Pick of the Fringe Laughing Horse Comedy

A selection of the very best in stand-up comedy at Brighton Fringe.

A succulent smorgasbord of fantastically funny stand-up comedy headliners alongside the best in fresh new talent, with five different comics selected daily from shows all around Brighton Fringe. Sell-out shows at festivals worldwide including Melbourne, Adelaide and Edinburgh.

"A cracking comedy selection" ***** (Cream of the Fringe).
"A fantastic night of comedy" **** (ThreeWeeks).
"Kept the crowd well entertained" **** (Rip It Up).
"A Strong show of fresh comedy" **** (The Argus).

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Where are you Really From? Lubna Kerr

Lubna Kerr is confused about her identity. Born in Pakistan, raised in Glasgow, married a man from Lanarkshire, has two Welsh children and lives in Edinburgh. Last year she made her first visit to Brighton and fell in love. A pharmacist who now thinks laughter is the best medicine. Lubna explores her identity as a Scottish Pakistani Muslim women living in a world dominated by fat, blonde, white men. As seen on Still Game, Scot Squad, Armchair Detectives and (soon) Two Doors Down. Pharmacist, actress, comedian, writer, social entrepreneur and mother. Which hat fits? Where is she really from?

9:00pm to 9:55pm
Grant Busé: Touché Busé Grant Busé

Dealing with life's blows one prick at a time. Australian comic Grant Busé is set to satirically serenade Brighton with his “ingenious comedy music" ***** (Tulpa). There will be no parrying of Busé's disarming charm, sharp wit and hit tunes as he duels with all the big issues like responsibility, blame, death and astrology.

Winner: Best Cabaret Award, Adelaide Fringe.
Nominated: Best Cabaret, Fringe World Festival. "Top 10 Comedy Shows You Must See at Edinburgh Fringe 2018" ***** (The Scotsman), “Smart as anything coming from Tim Minchin and equally as politically woke" **** (Broadway Baby).

9:10pm to 10:10pm
All Aboard! At Termination Station. Lilly Burton

A comedy cabaret (or summin’ like that) that asks the question: Have you ever just closed your eyes and hoped that it’ll all just go away?

This is a bracing, booming and brash exploration of pro-choice. Too far gone to hide, join Lilly on an upside-down “nuttified” conquest through song, dance and self-reflection.

A warm and wacky misadventure, this show is for the boy who never knew, for the girl who never said and for anyone who didn’t ask about ABORTION.

9:15pm to 10:10pm
Mark & Haydn: Llaugh (pron. Claugh) StraightUp Productions

Sketch comedy double act Mark & Haydn have been described as “brilliant” by their guardian. They bring their fast-paced, gag-filled show, 'Llaugh', (pron. Claugh) to Brighton.

Leicester Square Theatre Sketch-off finalists 2019. Max Turner Prize runner-up 2018. Yellow Comedy Young Comedian runner-up 2018. Chortle Student Comedy finalist 2017.

“An undeniably funny show from some very talented writers.” **** (ThreeWeeks)
“First true gem of the 2017 Fringe.” *****(Broadway Baby)
“A raucous and entertaining night out” **** (TCS)
**** (EdFringe Review)
****(The Wee Review)

9:15pm to 10:00pm
Whiskey and Mÿlk Stephen Catling

Straight out of London comes a collision of worlds, as American-styled comic David Anthony Whiskey (quarter-finalist, Leicester Square New Comedian 2018) and raggedy Northerner Stephen “Mÿlk” Catling (as recommended by the Londonist; Camden Fringe 2018) bring their experimental double-act, which came at a cost of one’s life and another's sanity.

David tries, through stand-up, to engage the audience in an open discussion on personal relationships, politics and society. Mÿlk is more concerned with ancient rituals to consort with ageless gods.

A battle of questionably good vs definitely evil.

9:15pm to 10:15pm
Des Kapital: I'm Loving Engels Instead Andyland Productions

Des (winner Gulag’s Got Talent, Ex-Soviet Republic Factor, No Voice, Strictly Pooling, Dancing on Siberian Ice) story-sings the history of world Communism (Korea, Vietnam, Cuba, Russia, China, Eastern Europe) in his hilarious interactive cult karaoke show, using the music of Robbie, Elvis, The Beatles, Astley (“Brezhnever Gonna Give You Up”), ABBA, Taylor, The Smiths, Bowie (“Stazi”), and lots more. Simply Red! (no ‘Simply Red’).

Sell-out shows at Brighton and Edinburgh Fringes 2017/18.
Entertaining and weirdly educational. Latecomers purged.
**** (Fringe Review).

9:30pm to 10:20pm
"I'm Just a Little Bit OCD" Universal perspective

Have you ever thought "Wow, I could push that person in front of that train". As Grace returns from University, she finds Tilly, her younger sister, a shell of her former self. Tapping, washing, checking, speaking to herself, trying to keep the bad thoughts away. From discovery to diagnosis and finally recovery, Tilly finds out what it's really like to have OCD. Dismantling the myth that OCD is a just a quirky personality trait, a short play incorporating stand-up comedy, physical theatre and real life experiences.

9:30pm to 10:30pm
The Secret Comedy Club: Fringe Comedy Hub Artista

We have over 80 professional comedy acts who applied to Artista Cafe & Gallery. This will be a Fringe Comedy Hub run by The Secret Comedy Club. We will have comedy on 6 days per week from 5pm until 11pm daily (3pm start on weekends). Check our website for full listings and tickets for these full Brighton Fringe shows.
Here are just some of the many acts that will be doing their 1 hour shows with us (in no particular order):
Steve Bugeja
Stephen Carlin
Sara Barron
Radu Isac
Adele Cliff
Al Lubel
Daphna Baram
Sanj Surati
Daniel Muggleton
Gary Tro
John Pendal
Ali Woods
Katie Pritchard

9:45pm to 10:45pm
Baba Brinkman's Rap Guide to... Rap Guide Media LLC

Baba Brinkman’s Rap Guide Series began in 2009 with Fringe First Winner 'Rap Guide to Evolution', “Astonishing and brilliant” (NY Times), now making its Brighton debut (26/27 May). Baba’s follow-up show, 'Rap Guide to Consciousness', “Awe-inspiringly good" ? ? ? ? ? (Broadway Baby), is back by popular demand (28/29 May). And the world premiere of his latest, ‘Rap Guide to Culture’ (30 May - 2 June) celebrates the unique ability of our species to acquire and transfer useful new information, ultimately culminating in the 'Rap Guide' phenomena itself. Science. Hip-hop. Laughs. Enlightenment.

10:00pm to 10:50pm
Eddie Summers' School of Burglary Eddie Summers

Relentlessly energetic Eddie leads us through the physical demands of cutting alarm systems, dealing with dangerous dogs and blowing bank safes... but he's terrible at it! Prop/stand-up/absurdist burglary as taught by an idiot.

"The man's a monster" (Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator).
"Hilariously unique" (Cath Mattos, World Fringe).
"His mini-explosions of wild banter remind me of early Rik Mayall" (Northern Echo).

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Talking to the Dead: A Séance Griffin and Jones / Sweet Productions

Is it possible to communicate with the dead? Griffin and Jones intend to find out. Face your fears, and join them for an intimate, fully immersive experience as they use techniques from Victorian séance rooms to peer into the Great Beyond, and ask the question "Is anybody there?”.

Don't believe in ghosts? Neither did we.
Sceptics and believers welcome.

Sold out Brighton Fringe 2016, 2017, 2018, Guildford Fringe 2016, 2017, 2018, and Edinburgh Fringe 2018.

10:30pm to 11:30pm
The Biscuit Barrel The Biscuit Barrel

Following their outrageous debut of 58 sketches, with sold-out performances in Edinburgh and Brighton, Biscuit Barrel roll out a whole new hour of hyperactive hysteria! Guaranteed to be one of the fastest sketch shows this year, the gags come quick, daft, and not for the easily upset.
“Fast, slick and very funny” ***** (The Derek Awards).
The Special Merit Award 2018 winner.

10:40pm to 11:30pm
Working Classy Women Fiona Clift

One woman, Fiona Clift, presents many women. Go on "a magic bus ride" with spoken-word artist Dessert Storm, be transported to 90s Ireland with celebrated antipodean monologist Janice Bruce McHeath as she auditions for the Riverdance, join the revolution with community theatre director, Terry.

Oh, and Joanna Lumley drops in too to "do her sexy thing" and some cleaning. Fiona Clift brings them all to life in this hilarious comedy monologue full of working classy women.

"Fiona Clift is mental and I can never wait to see what character she's going to do next!" (An anonymous MC).