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9:00am to 4:00pm
Family Guide Cover Competition Exhibition Family Guide Cover Competition Exhibition

Join us in the foyer of Brighton Metropolitan College for an exhibition of all of this year's glorious Brighton Fringe Family Guide cover competition entries.

10:00am to 7:00pm
Unity Through Struggle Exploring Senses CIC

We are a group of young people concerned about our future in the UK, with such dramatic changes happening all around us. Together, through combined arts, crafts, interactive digital artworks and live, hands-on digital workshops, we would like to invite other young people to join the conversation and have a say in our future. This project is co-curated and supported in partnership by Exploring Senses CIC artists.

10:00am to 6:00pm
Children's Area: The Den Otherplace Productions

The Den is a new, purpose-built family-friendly area at The Warren. Bringing together a strong community of children's charities, workshops and local business owners, The Den will provide play facilities and creative projects.

The Den will encompass a beautiful covered play area and a spacious, colourful outdoor space filled with toys and play equipment, providing a safe space for children to play freely as well as a space for creative workshops and local businesses to showcase their products.

10:30am to 11:20am
Florence & Watson & The Sugarbush Mouse ExploSIV Productions

Florence and Watson are honey badgers of a very rare sort.
Singing songs and telling stories is their favourite sport.

Join the funniest, singing, dancing honey badgers you've ever met as they tell you one of their absolute favourite stories.
A multi-award-winning team of theatre-makers brings the magical world of Sugarbush mountain alive in this delightful tale about a little striped mouse who saves the day.
“Hilarious ... a feel good story” (Cultureshock.co.za),
“A wonderful tale ... the audience, both young and old, were in stitches.” (Dispatchlive.co.za),
“Not to be missed!” (10and5.com).

12:00pm to 2:00pm
Personalised Pendant Workshop Silver & Sage

The personalised pendant workshop is a fun experience to create a piece of jewellery to take away with you that day! You don't have to have had any experience with jewellery making before and you will be guided through the processes to help you create what you desire. This will be a fun and relaxing session with demonstrations and one to one support when needed. During the 2 hours you will learn: • How to handle the clay • How to cut it into a shape (I have a selection to choose from) • How to stamp your personalisation on to the item • Method of refining the dry piece • Firing your pieces using a butane torch • How to polish and finish your piece

12:00pm to 12:20pm
The Story of You and I (A Performance Trilogy) Vertical Exchange Performance Collective

Let us unburden you, well at least let us try! 'The Story of You & I' is an intimate, interactive experience that explores the themes of love, loss and regret in three parts. You can experience different episodes of the trilogy across three afternoons, or each evening you can come and binge on them all in one sitting. Come join us, listen, and together we can devour it, we can hold it, we will let it go.

12:00pm to 12:55pm
A Light Classical lunch Classical Folk

Join Classical Folk for a lunchtime concert of beautiful and fun music - Classical, Folk (English and around the world) and gypsy - with a seasoning of parlour songs. Sylvia Akagi (voice and flute), Andrew Wickens (Philharmonia Orchestra, violin), Peter Golden (guitar).
"The whole audience went home with smiles on their faces!" (Hannah Kester, Chequermead Theatre), "utterly absorbing, beautiful" (All Saints, Lindfield), "... a superb concert!" (David Roberts, UNICEF).

12:30pm to 12:50pm
The Story of You and I (A Performance Trilogy) Vertical Exchange Performance Collective

Let us unburden you, well at least let us try! 'The Story of You & I' is an intimate, interactive experience that explores the themes of love, loss and regret in three parts. You can experience different episodes of the trilogy across three afternoons, or each evening you can come and binge on them all in one sitting. Come join us, listen, and together we can devour it, we can hold it, we will let it go.

1:00pm to 1:20pm
The Story of You and I (A Performance Trilogy) Vertical Exchange Performance Collective

Let us unburden you, well at least let us try! 'The Story of You & I' is an intimate, interactive experience that explores the themes of love, loss and regret in three parts. You can experience different episodes of the trilogy across three afternoons, or each evening you can come and binge on them all in one sitting. Come join us, listen, and together we can devour it, we can hold it, we will let it go.

1:00pm to 1:50pm
Broadway Lunchbox New Attitude Theatre Company

Returning for their third year.

'Broadway Lunchbox' is a lunchtime cabaret show, changing every performance, with different performers and different songs running for the entirety of Brighton Fringe.

Daily schedule will be published one month before Brighton Fringe, so check the Broadway Lounge brochure, Bar Broadway app and website for more information.

1:30pm to 1:50pm
The Story of You and I (A Performance Trilogy) Vertical Exchange Performance Collective

Let us unburden you, well at least let us try! 'The Story of You & I' is an intimate, interactive experience that explores the themes of love, loss and regret in three parts. You can experience different episodes of the trilogy across three afternoons, or each evening you can come and binge on them all in one sitting. Come join us, listen, and together we can devour it, we can hold it, we will let it go.

1:30pm to 3:00pm
St. Johns: A Lyrical, Physical, Mystical Venture St Johns College

Learners at St Johns College will be writing and participating in a performance of spoken word, movement and music inspired by things important to them. With Kate Tempest being the guest director of the Brighton Festival this year we decided to take this into consideration and thought it would be a good time to try something a little bit different that will also incorporate more learners - those who like to write as well as perform. We are looking at the genres of Hip-Hop, spoken word and dance, and will be utilising technology with our exciting new immersive theatre.

2:00pm to 3:15pm
Agent of Influence: The Secret Life of Pamela More Fluff Productions

I enjoyed this stylish historic drama at the Edinburgh Fringe last year, and I'll be interested to see how it's developed on its way to Brighton. Based round the fictional life of a 1930's society reporter, it evolves into a tale of wartime intrigue – featuring, among other characters, the abdicated King Edward VIII and his wife Wallis Simpson. The version I saw wasn't perfect, but had plenty of interest and period elegance, and Rebecca Dunn's solo performance was a highlight too.

“Mid-calf, navy blue day dress with pearl buttons by Victor Stiebel. Dove-grey tweed jacket and fox stole by House of Hartnell. Hat by Elsa Schiaparelli. Perfect for luncheons, jaunts around town and spying on fascists.”

Lady Pamela, fashion columnist and socialite, is recruited by MI5 to keep notes on Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII, suspected to be colluding with the German Embassy. But Pamela suddenly realises that what began as an adventure has led to a deadly struggle for power in a world in the shadow of war.

2:00pm to 2:20pm
The Story of You and I (A Performance Trilogy) Vertical Exchange Performance Collective

Let us unburden you, well at least let us try! 'The Story of You & I' is an intimate, interactive experience that explores the themes of love, loss and regret in three parts. You can experience different episodes of the trilogy across three afternoons, or each evening you can come and binge on them all in one sitting. Come join us, listen, and together we can devour it, we can hold it, we will let it go.

2:30pm to 2:50pm
The Story of You and I (A Performance Trilogy) Vertical Exchange Performance Collective

Let us unburden you, well at least let us try! 'The Story of You & I' is an intimate, interactive experience that explores the themes of love, loss and regret in three parts. You can experience different episodes of the trilogy across three afternoons, or each evening you can come and binge on them all in one sitting. Come join us, listen, and together we can devour it, we can hold it, we will let it go.

2:40pm to 3:40pm
Blooming Mankind / Ingenious Purpose

Patrick Sandford's one-man play Groomed was the big success of last year's theatre programme, sweeping the board at the Fringe awards ceremony and earning a cluster of five-star reviews. Based on his own life experience, it was an unflinchingly candid description of childhood abuse, and the impact it has decades on. This year, he promises something a different: a study of what happiness means, recognising that trauma is hard to escape but offering hope in spite of it all.

Patrick Sandford asked 100 people "How do you know when you are happy?"

The answers - provocative, kaleidoscopic, astonishing - jump-started this crazy, optimistic-in-spite-of-everything show. Can we ever really shift our troubles, even our trauma? You must be joking. Can happiness be a key? Well it ain’t always easy but you have to try it on for size.

Patrick's 2016 show 'Groomed' won three major Brighton Fringe awards for theatre. Don't miss this one!

Note: one lucky audience volunteer at each performance will receive a full professional neck massage. No obligation.

3:00pm to 3:20pm
The Story of You and I (A Performance Trilogy) Vertical Exchange Performance Collective

Let us unburden you, well at least let us try! 'The Story of You & I' is an intimate, interactive experience that explores the themes of love, loss and regret in three parts. You can experience different episodes of the trilogy across three afternoons, or each evening you can come and binge on them all in one sitting. Come join us, listen, and together we can devour it, we can hold it, we will let it go.

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Personalised Pendant Workshop Silver & Sage

The personalised pendant workshop is a fun experience to create a piece of jewellery to take away with you that day! You don't have to have had any experience with jewellery making before and you will be guided through the processes to help you create what you desire. This will be a fun and relaxing session with demonstrations and one to one support when needed. During the 2 hours you will learn: • How to handle the clay • How to cut it into a shape (I have a selection to choose from) • How to stamp your personalisation on to the item • Method of refining the dry piece • Firing your pieces using a butane torch • How to polish and finish your piece

3:30pm to 4:30pm
Kuan-Wen and The Closet of Curiosities Kuan-Wen Huang

A Taiwanese gay boy who fled from his tiger mum, trained as an accountant in London, but escaped to "find himself" in Berlin, ended up performing stand-up comedy in English, in Germany.

If you think Kuan-wen is silly and weird enough, come check out the fellow favourite comics Kuan-wen has hand-picked from London's open-mic circuit for you.

Celebrate the the diversity of modern comedy in 2017.

4:30pm to 5:30pm
In the Fuehrer's Face Patricia Hartshorne

One-woman cabaret mix of the comic and the surreal, the poignant and the very dark...

Spend 60 minutes with award-winning performer Patricia Hartshorne - and Adolf Hitler!

Who did get in the Fuehrer's face? Who got up his nose? Who gave him one in the eye?

Discover Donald Duck's musical send-up of the Third Reich, the heroics of a Yorkshire housewife and the duplicity of a dead Welshman. There's a song of the French Resistance, the defiance of a Hollywood icon, the audacity of a Spanish double agent, Eva Braun's wedding dirge - and new light on the toothbrush moustache!

4:30pm to 6:00pm
Aquarium History Tour: Sea Life Brighton Jackie Marsh-Hobbs

Exclusive after hours tours, just on offer as part of the Brighton Fringe in May. A unique opportunity to go of the public route to learn about the past entertainment and the remarkable history of the world's oldest operating aquarium. Illustrated talk, followed by a tour of the grade II listed building, going behind the impressive Gothic-style Victorian arcade. There are limited spaces and stairs on tour, ticket includes entry to Sea Life Centre.

4:30pm to 5:30pm
The Unknown Soldier Grist To The Mill Productions Ltd

5 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2015 If there was one thing I was certain we didn't need this Fringe, it was yet another play about World War One.  But this play is different: partly because actor-playwright Ross Ericson was once a serving soldier, and partly because it picks up the story where other scripts leave off.  The imagery you expect is all there – the claustrophobic billet, the hammering rain, the tales of chest-deep mud – but there's something unfamiliar too, something that doesn't quite add up.  So when it finally dawned on me just what this particular soldier was doing in the Somme, the desensiti Read the full review.

If you think you never want to see another play about World War One, then you want to see this play about World War One.  A powerful one-man performance set in the aftermath of the conflict, it's earned universal acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe, including a five-star review from Fringe Guru.  While there are moments of humour, it’s most notable for capturing the visceral reality of close-quarter combat – and for conveying the true horror of life in the trenches on a comprehensible, individual scale.

Jack stayed on when the guns fell silent, to search amongst the rusty wire and unexploded bombs for those that could never go home. For Jack has a promise to keep and a debt to repay, and as they gather the fallen together in the ever-growing cemeteries, Jack is looking for someone - someone in particular. A story of comradeship, betrayal and loss in a world for ever changed by the carnage of the First World War.

Grist To The Mill brings its Edinburgh Fringe sell-out 5-star show to Brighton Fringe for one last time.

"Strong writing, an original approach and a sensitive performance" (The Stage).

4:30pm to 5:30pm
Hang Yellow Jacket Productions

Set in the near future, where the death penalty has returned with a twist. Shot through with dark humour, 'Hang' dramatises the inadequacy of words, and the impossibility of saying or doing the right thing in extreme circumstances.

Follow one woman's inner turmoil as she comes to a decision that she must live with forever. She is guided by officials for whom squaring the procedural protocols and human sympathy does not come easily.

“Dark, intense and personal, this play is utterly absorbing... ” (ThreeWeeks)

Winner of ‘Best Drama’ at Edinburgh Fringe Derek Awards.

5:00pm to 5:50pm
Candid Wildkind Theatre

What happens when you ask a 6-year-old boy and a 90-year-old woman the same question?

Through the use of real voices, we are on a mission to see what fears are shared among generations and what hopes we can hold onto amidst the immense chaos of modern society.

Experimenting with physical theatre, a loop pedal, and ramshackle instruments, come and listen to us tell our story, their story and, most importantly, your story.

5:00pm to 7:00pm
Sweet Venues Presents Fringe City at Bartholomew Square Sweet Venues Presents Fringe City at Bartholomew Square

Sweet Venues Presents Fringe City at Bartholomew Square is a free outdoor event in the centre of Brighton taking place on Thursday and Friday afternoons and evenings through out Brighton Fringe 2017, come along for a fantastic showcase of performances from the best of Brighton Fringe, including music, dance, circus, cabaret, magic, comedy and more!

5:00pm to 6:10pm
I Love Men Beside The Seaside Productions

Does the perfect man exist, and at age 83, does Lynn Ruth Miller need to find him? Her 70 minute show, autobiographical, takes us on a journey from 1943-2017 (11 years old - 83years young) with a beautiful balance of laughter and pathos and music. Her most recent date at 83 years was aired on Channel 4's 'First Dates'!
Stories woven together with songs composed by the talented Michael Roulston, played by renowned pianist Sarah Bodalbhai.
Don't miss a Brighton and Edinburgh legend!
TO&ST Winner 2014, Leicester Comedy Festival Liberty Award 2015.
"What you see is what you get... we love her for it" (Ben Walters - The Scotsman).

Touch tours available. Please email sophiageorge@icloud.com to book in advance.

5:00pm to 6:20pm
A Clown Fairytale Theatre Degart

Do you like humour, the world of clowns, excesses, beautiful and unlikely stories of love?

With Dandy Danno and Diva G. you will be delighted!

Dandy is very physical. He uses his body and his funny faces to make the audience laugh. His character is funny and awkward. Diva G. is the opposite - serious and realistic.

A visual-comedy show where you can expect everything.

It has already seduced the Pope of the absurd - their director, Jango Edwards.

To see 'A Clown Fairytale' is to forget, even for a few moments, all the negative thoughts.

5:00pm to 7:00pm
Gerry Cottle's WOW! Circus Magique Ltd

Gerry Cottle celebrates 50 years of circus and magic with a big top full of comedy chaos, death defying daredevils, electrifying entertainment from fast and fantastic acts, glitz and glamour with highlights of incredible illusions. The Amazing WOW! Circus: 50 Acts in 100 Minutes.Please note, the performances on Saturday 27th May and 3rd June are of The Circus of Horrors

5:00pm to 6:00pm
The Story of You and I (A Performance Trilogy) Vertical Exchange Performance Collective

Let us unburden you, well at least let us try! 'The Story of You & I' is an intimate, interactive experience that explores the themes of love, loss and regret in three parts. You can experience different episodes of the trilogy across three afternoons, or each evening you can come and binge on them all in one sitting. Come join us, listen, and together we can devour it, we can hold it, we will let it go.

5:30pm to 6:35pm
How to Walk Through Hell Intelligentsia Productions

In this two-hander from the American creative team behind last year's 'Crazy Horse: A Dream of Thunder', Lucy Turner, an ambitious young woman, begins displaying bizarre symptoms of a mysterious and terrifying illness. With the aid of her sole remaining friend, Will Ingram, Lucy must unlock the mystery of her illness before death and madness overtake her.

Will they find a diagnosis and treatment in time? Can they cope with isolation and desperation? Will they navigate a red-tape labyrinth of government medical assistance? And most importantly, how does one walk through hell?

5:40pm to 6:40pm
Ivy Davies: Play Ground To The Moon

"Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground" said Roosevelt.

Ivy Davies has realised she has been living upside down and it's time to turn things around! Join performance poet Ivy as she sets off on her magical journey through time and space, weaving spoken word and song together in this one-woman show.

Ivy has worked with Take That and Diana Ross, and supported Candi Staton in concert. 'Play Ground' is her second adventure as a solo artist, produced by To The Moon.

Ivy's show 'Wonderations' received **** (Female Arts).

@Ivy_Davies @ToTheMoonUK

6:00pm to 6:50pm
All In Embolon Theatre

Embolon Theatre present a new comedy experience at The Warren Main Space. From the makers of award-winning comedy BEARD, comes an interactive comedy show like nothing you've seen before. 1,000 people will have the chance to win big. Don't miss it. 6pm. Come straight from work. Praise for BEARD: 'New architectures for comedy' The Guardian 'One of the most assured comedy performances you're likely to see' The Skinny 'As funny as it is horrifying' VICE 'A genuine masterpiece' Laugh Out London Best Show of the Fringe 2015 This show was created in residence at Camden People's Theatre.

6:00pm to 1:00am
Shiny Town Shiny Town Ltd

Welcome to Shiny Town where extraordinary performance meets an ordinary town. Coming to Brighton Fringe for the first time, this pop-up town in the Brighton Pavilion Gardens features a range of activities and performances. Admission is free before 6pm and £10 after.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Bob Dylan ElAl Productions

Alan Felton and Tim Roycroft will be celebrating Dylan's 76th Birthday and his Nobel Prize Award for Literature. We shall look at his early years of lyrics and music. The programme will include his visits to England and Europe, his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement and Anti Vietnam protest marches and his graduating from Folk to Rock'n'Roll.

All three shows will donate profits to ACT (Actors Children's Trust).

6:00pm to 7:00pm
All Talk: Apples and Snakes and NWS presents... Apples and Snakes

Apples and Snakes and New Writing South team up to present a programme of poetry, spoken word and live literature.

Spoken word shows, stand-up poetry showcases and scratch events will all feature close-up and personal in this bijou venue. Witness the wonder of words and the power of performance as we host some of the best and freshest poets from the South East and beyond.

Each event is different but quality is guaranteed. Please see flyers and posters for details or just turn up and see what happens.
Limited spaces so book early.

6:00pm to 7:10pm
The Brighton Killers 368 Theatre Company

Hot on the heels of yesterday's Sure Choice, this is another tale of real-life crime in the atmospheric, claustrophobic surrounds of the town hall's Old Police Cells. The cleverly-planned performance sees the audience split into groups to hear the tales of three murders, told by the murderers themselves. Though they lived in different eras and killed for different reasons, perhaps there's more to link them than meets the eye. I bagged the last ticket of a sell-out run last year, so book early this time.

Last year's sell-out success returns to the Old Police Cells as Brighton murderers tell their true stories in the building where one of them tried to flush away the evidence that would condemn him, and another's body was put on display for the morbid delectation of 23,000 members of the public.

"This is a darkly enthralling immersive, immensely enjoyable theatre event." (Broadway Baby).

"What makes this succeed on all levels is the in-depth character studies that bring the Brighton Killers to life." (remotegoat).

"Well-written, atmospheric and blackly comic" (Reviews Hub).

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Cracked Tiles Lorenzo Novani

A year ago he inherited his father’s crumbling fast food shop. The sale of the shop now looms but Riccardo isn’t ready to leave as he's just discovered a compelling oddity in the family business records. Perplexed and burning with curiosity, he now has no choice but to revisit family history, asking questions of his father he never would have dared ask before. Do the shop’s grease-stained walls hold the answers?

This dynamic theatre piece by Scots-Italian dramatist Lorenzo Novani blends farcical comedy, poetic storytelling and an unfolding mystery into an unforgettable one-man tour-de-force.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
The Story of You and I (A Performance Trilogy) Vertical Exchange Performance Collective

Let us unburden you, well at least let us try! 'The Story of You & I' is an intimate, interactive experience that explores the themes of love, loss and regret in three parts. You can experience different episodes of the trilogy across three afternoons, or each evening you can come and binge on them all in one sitting. Come join us, listen, and together we can devour it, we can hold it, we will let it go.

6:00pm to 6:40pm
Mano a Mano Mr. Saiqo

Mano a Mano - a physical theatre performance. Two guys meet each other; an orphan full of street knowledge, and a business man who just hit rock bottom. Boxes, rhythms and piddling fights.

6:00pm to 6:50pm
Andy Stedman: Parental Guidance Laughing Horse Comedy

Comedian and singer/songwriter Andy Stedman is a new dad for the first time and, taking this role as extremely seriously as he does, he has written a show dedicated to giving his little son 'advice' on various areas of life.

With a mix of songs, anecdotes and jokes as well as Andy's well-known ability to interact with the audience, expect to go home with more of a smile on your face than with any new found wisdom in life.

6:00pm to 6:50pm
Any Suggestions, Doctor?: An Improvised Adventure in Space & Time Any Suggestions Improv

Jump aboard the TARDIS for a hilarious improvised parody adventure! Our team of highly-trained performers will whisk you away to anywhere in space and time, from when dinosaurs roamed the earth to the futuristic delights of Slough!

Coming off the back of a fantastic Edinburgh Festival Fringe run, the Any Suggestions Improv team have short-circuited Cybermen, matched minds with The Master and defeated deadly Daleks, but now they face their greatest challenge yet: Brighton!

Choose what, where and who as we grab our bag of jelly babies, adjust our bow ties and get ready to run. Allons-y!

6:15pm to 7:00pm
Do You Ever... Tessellate

Do you ever take, observe, choose, desire, curse, think, feel, plan what you
are going to say at your sister's funeral in absolute detail? I want to
know if we have anything in common! There is something, a tic that you
have, that is charming or disgusting. Whatever it is, it's human and we're
curious. 'Do You Ever ... ' explores the awkward moments amongst the
people closest to us, earnest meetings with strangers and the normality of
our weirdest quirks. Looking at the human condition in all its rawness,
from staring at people's faces on the train, to questioning the size of
your fists.

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Jonny Awsum: Honey I Promised The Kid Jonny Awsum: Honey I Promised The Kid

A comedic whirlwind, Jonny has a feel-good brand of musical comedy. The gag-slinging guitar hero - audience members don’t just leave entertained, they leave as fans.
Jonny is on a mission. It's a mission to fulfil a promise he made to his daughter - that one day he'll perform on the legendary stage of the O2 Arena. Can Jonny find a way to deliver on his promise? Come along and find out!
"Jonny's brand of audience participation is second to none... guaranteed to lift your spirits" (Daily Mirror), "pure, unadulterated fun” (Whats On Stage).

6:30pm to 7:30pm
A Ship Of Fools Theatre Company: Welcome to Paradise A Ship of Fools Theatre Company

'Welcome to Paradise' lives somewhere between comedy and the dark side of theatre. Part double act, part Christmas show, part nightmare, it toys with the audience and subverts traditional images of Christmas to reveal the mold under the tree.

It asks the audience to reflect on the cost and consequences their choices have on others less fortunate than ourselves and reminds them of their complicity in some of the horrors of the world.

“I literally pissed myself... the cleverest, darkest, funniest comedy I have ever seen." (Jonny Unknown TFHP).

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Nerdf**ker: A Solo Play with Bad Boundaries Little Black Book Productions

The spectators are early, her lover is late, and the players are due any minute. Not the best time to question what the hell she’s doing here, waiting to get naked in front of a room full of strangers.

Award-winning performer/playwright Cameryn Moore returns to Brighton with her new solo play that digs deep into the heart and crotch of geekdom.

"A performance of absolute painful authenticity and honesty" **** (Edmonton Journal).
"Exquisitely, unflinchingly acted” (Calgary Herald).
**** (Vue Weekly) .
**** (Edmonton Sun) .
**** (gigcity.ca).

6:30pm to 7:30pm
The Performance Iain Gibbons

Iain Gibbons is just as excited to watch ‘The Performance’ as you are, so join him as he sits through the most spectacular, high-production piece of theatre he has ever seen. This Gaulier-trained performer, inspired by the silent clowns, plays the most annoying audience member you could ever wish to sit next to, inexperienced with the expected etiquette of theatre.

“Gibbons expressions [are] warm and full” ***** (New Current),
“The strength in Gibbons’ performance is not so much in the words, but in the acting” **** (LondonTheatre1),
“Hilarious” (Wales Online).

7:00pm to 7:50pm
One Board Man Improvdrinkov

One man, one board, a pen, a musician, a piano, a story. Do you need anything else to create a fully improvised play?

Inspired by members of the audience, a never-before-seen drama is performed through a series of hand-drawn characters brought to life through improvisation and imagination.

A solo, experimental, improvised performance.
One man. One board.
Characters and stories brought to life by the imagination of a small whiteboard and a piano.
Created and performed by John Gallagher.
Improvised music by Mike Fish.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Wood BoxedIn Theatre

I guess you planned to have fun on your spring break. Come back to uni relaxed, refreshed, and ready to take on the rest of the semester. Only this morning, you woke up to find your friend lying dead in the middle of your campsite. Right on top of where the fire used to be. It must have hurt, falling like that; you can see the front of his shirt is burnt on the embers. Well, there go your summer plans.

BoxedIn Theatre presents 'Wood', an exciting piece of new writing about student life and sexuality.

7:00pm to 7:45pm
Out and About in Brighton and Beyond 5D Theatre

Comedy sketch show featuring contemporary characters in Brighton and beyond. Returning to Brighton Fringe, Valerie Dent and Tim Burness revisit a range of colourful personalities and introduce some new faces. Observational comedy and political satire. Come and see Dave and Donna on another stag and hen night, and take a fresh look at the world around us. Approximately 45 minutes long.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Couples+Pairs Blue Heart Theatre

In their Brighton Fringe debut, Irish company Blue Heart Theatre are bringing this entertaining evening of short plays by exciting new writers, with live music between the plays reflecting and commenting on the action. The themes of love and relationships are explored in all their pain and glory: searching for love, finding love and losing it are all covered in a series of ten-minute plays, which are chosen each night by the audience from a list, but with only their titles to go on!

Swipe right to accept, Swipe left to reject!

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Benny Hill's PostScript Theatre

Allan runs a drag bar in Spain. Not very successfully. His concerns about paying the lease on his escape from the mundane, 9-to-5 rat race he left behind in Blighty leave him questioning whether he will be able to keep his Costa del Dreams alive. Could the unexpected arrival of a blast from his past change all that or simply make matters worse?

PostScript Theatre presents an award-winning, bitter-sweet, camp comedy in one-act about the ups, downs, ins and outs of seeking a life that is not always greener. Contains strong language and Polari. Bona!

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Ensonglopedia of Science John Hinton

John Hinton's witty science-themed shows have been a highlight of many past Fringes, so this new vehicle for his musical talents naturally catches the eye. While previous shows explored the lives of individual scientists, this new one promises a canter through the alphabet, with a song explaining a scientific principle attached to each letter. If past form is a guide, it'll offer an accessible insight into some genuinely brainy topics, and a lot of quirky humour too. For ages 7 and upwards.

A song about science for every letter of the alphabet. Expect atoms, Big Bangs, cells and plenty more. Expect the unexpected. And expect it to rhyme.

This is the brand-new show by John Hinton, writer and performer of the multi-award-winning 'Scientrilogy of Musical Comedies' about Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and Marie Curie. Peer-reviewed by actual real life scientists.

“John Hinton is an absolute joy... this guy could get anyone interested in science” (Adelaide Theatre Guide), "Science can rarely have been so fascinating and never so much fun" (The Stage).

7:00pm to 9:00pm
The Odditorium: Bosco Theater Dr David Bramwell

If you live in Brighton, the chances are you already know about David Bramwell – purveyor of curiosities and champion of intelligent talk, thanks to his regular salon the Catalyst Club. His Fringe events are now an equally revered institution: part mind-expanding lectures, part entertainment, with a typically offbeat set of topics selected for the ever-changing agenda. They’re hosted in either the mirrored Spiegeltent or the 100-year-old Bosco theatre tent, themselves both fascinating venues.

Dr. Bramwell’s counterculture night returns with more fascinating events. Blondie's Gary Lachman on Colin Wilson (11th), Magick and Music with Graham Duff (17th), Odditorium book night (25th), The Haunted Moustache with Dr.Bramwell (31st). Also see The Odditorium:Spiegeltent events.

7:00pm to 8:45pm
The Lady Boys of Bangkok: Who Runs the World Tour Exchange Events Ltd

Hotter, cheekier, funnier than ever: the country's number one touring cabaret show The Ladyboys of Bangkok return with a Bang in 2017 with their lavish new production 'Who Runs the World!' The Lady Boys of Bangkok is a cabaret like no other cabaret, performed by gorgeous showgirls like no other showgirls- they are all male Thai nationals. So what are you waiting for? Book now for a night you'll never forget with The Lady Boys of Bangkok. The party like no other party with girls like no other girls, a night like no other night!

7:00pm to 7:55pm
The Cult of Comedy presents... The Cult of Comedy

An hour of entertainment from musicians, clowns and wordmongers of all flavours, local and international, showcasing the best Brighton Fringe has to offer.

"... a smorgasbord of different voices finding the funny in new places... in the assured and comedically strong hands of Zehra, Cult Of Comedy is a welcome addition to the list of Fringe comedy nights, with a feel and tone all of its own" (The Latest).

7:00pm to 7:50pm
Lambs to the s-Laughter Lamb Comedy Productions

Lambs to the s-Laughter showcases the very best of new comedy talent from around the UK. We share our favourite new acts with you in this hour of new material from up-and-coming comedians. 6 for the price of 1 - what more could you want?
You could be saying in a few years to come that you saw them here (in our award-winning venue), first.

7:05pm to 8:05pm
Decide-A-Quest Theatre of a Thousand Names Or…

I saw this cheerily ramshackle show at the Vault Festival earlier this year, and can vouch for both its humour and geeky nostalgic charm. A riff on the Choose Your Own Adventure books many of us remember from our youth, it sees a pair of robed storytellers embark on a classic fantasy quest… with the audience regularly voting to decide which path they follow. It's funny, energetic, and more thoughtful than at first it seems. And Nigel Farage gets punched in the face.

A high-energy comedy reworking of classic game books such as ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ and ‘Find Your Fate’.

Embark upon a Quest to find the Yeti and use your deciding powers to guide your avatar, ‘You’.

But decisions have unpredictable consequences! Where will 'You' find himself? The jungle, outer space, Vegas, or a portaloo round the back of a charming mountainside restaurant called ‘Yakkedy-Yak’? Who knows?

Join us on a fantastical voyage through a vast character-filled comedy cosmos; featuring Terry Gilliam-esque animated sequences and a stuffed prop box.

And even our own theme tune!

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Wayward: a Surreal Musical Cabaret Cat Loud

In this slightly surreal, politically-charged musical cabaret, seemingly wholesome Scottish lass Cat Loud is still on the prowl for her next big adventure. A chance encounter with a white rabbit after dark entices her into a secret speakeasy, the playground of subversive mythical figures with mischief in mind. One sip of Mother’s Ruin and her life takes a turn for the wicked in this politically-charged quest for empowerment and community.

Following the trail blazed by the likes of Camille O’Sullivan, Bette Midler and Lady Rizo, Cat Loud’s blend of storytelling and song is comic and heartfelt, entertaining and poignant. She puts her soulful and humorous stamp on an unlikely collection of contemporary and classic songs, straddling the genres of Blues, Folk, Jazz and Pop from her favourite wayward girls and other artists who capture the spirit of sexual rebellion and hard-won self-awareness and freedom.

7:15pm to 8:15pm
By Myself Addy Van Der Borgh

Known for his highly imaginative and hilarious writing, and as a natural born performer, Addy brings a new show of his unique style of comedy to Brighton Fringe. He has appeared on almost every major stand-up show on TV, and many of the comedy festivals around the world.

Total sell-out Adelaide Fringe 2016 and Edinburgh Festival 2016.

"Van der Borgh has funny bones, he was born to make people laugh" (Edinburgh Evening News), "Natural born clown" (Daniel Kitson), “He has great jokes in there” (Chris Rock).

7:20pm to 8:20pm
The Missing Special Pretty Villain Productions Ltd

4 stars Early on in this intricately-constructed, time-shifting play, we hear two characters discussing movies: the kind of movies where they pull the rug out from under you, revealing that you've misunderstood what you've been seeing all along. There's a similar gambit waiting for you in The Missing Special, but there's more to this show than a clever trick. It's an interesting riddle, a rewarding character study… and a parable on the way we behave towards others too. Read the full review.

We've recently awarded 4* to this intricate, gently riddling play, the latest from reliable Brighton-based producers Pretty Villain. It's the story of a mathematician called Rufus, his relationships with the people who matter to him… and a crime he uncovers, which threatens to engulf him. There's a lot of humour and some stylistic sharpness, held together by strong performances from the four-member cast. This solid piece of theatre both intrigues and entertains.

Brighton writer Richard Hearn’s comedy/drama asks the question “If you could replay a key moment in your life, what would you do differently?” 'The Missing Special' won the Rialto’s 2016 new writing competition and this is its world premiere. Produced and directed by Pretty Villain Productions themselves.

2014, 2015 and 2016 Brighton Fringe award-winners.

“Brilliant” (Plays International).
“Thoroughly professional” (Fringe Review).
“High quality” ***** (The Argus).
“Tragedy and comedy intertwine magically” (Broadway Baby).

7:30pm to 8:35pm
Fran & Leni Old Trunk

1976. Fran and Leni meet in a North London comp.
Three years later they are The Rips, girls with guitars, bored of playing nice.

“I was the punk. I was born punk. But she was my rock. The only one I ever
had.”

Music, sex, tits and spitting. Two very different girls escape a life of sugar and spice. A full-throttle tale of lifelong friendship that hit hard with Latitude and Edinburgh festival audiences. By award-winning writer Sadie Hasler. Directed by Sarah Mayhew.

"Profanity meets poetry... " (The Stage), "effortlessly delivered and full of life" (The F Word).

Featuring original music.

7:30pm to 8:45pm
Not the Horse Naughty Corner Productions

After its sell-out run at Edinburgh Fringe 2016, Naughty Corner Productions presents their multi-award winning hilarious crime farce 'Not The Horse', in associative residency with theSpaceUK. With an all new cast, 'Not The Horse' opens on Tony, a 20 something "scouser" who finds himself in deep sh*t! Horse sh*t, to be precise. After losing an illegal horse racing bet with a notorious group of London gangsters, Tony and his friends find themselves desperately searching for a plan to come up with £250,000 in just four days. Written and directed by Mike Dickinson.

7:30pm to 9:30pm
BSMS Medic Revue BSMS Medic Revue

BSMS Medic Revue 2017

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Steve Lee: Sit Down Stand Up! Steve Lee

46 years in showbiz. Two unpublished novels. Two TV scripts. One filmed in five languages. Festivals in Japan, Italy, and Hong Kong. Tales of a life well lived with a glass of brandy and live pianist. Probably unsuitable for the under 18s - so kids lie about your age and get an education!

7:30pm to 9:30pm
Gerry Cottle's WOW! Circus Magique Ltd

Gerry Cottle celebrates 50 years of circus and magic with a big top full of comedy chaos, death defying daredevils, electrifying entertainment from fast and fantastic acts, glitz and glamour with highlights of incredible illusions. The Amazing WOW! Circus: 50 Acts in 100 Minutes.Please note, the performances on Saturday 27th May and 3rd June are of The Circus of Horrors

7:30pm to 8:40pm
Ghost Walk of the Lanes Ghost Walk of the Lanes

The Fringe programme’s Tours section is always fun to dip into, and this gleefully melodramatic circuit of Brighton’s labyrinthine Lanes is even more entertaining than most. Playing firmly for laughs, not scares, your black-caped guide packs plenty of storytelling into a comparatively short walk, as you wave back and forth through the secret squares and hidden alleyways of the old town. Take note, however, this is no place for cynics: it’s a whole lot more enjoyable if you “ooh” and “aah” along.

A 70 minute tour in the company of either Silas, Jasper or Ebenezer, visiting eight sites, around Brighton's most haunted quarter. All storytellers perform in full Victorian attire.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
One Man and his Dog Historical Interpretation

A dog is man’s best friend, and is for life. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, or can you? What happens when the old dog does indeed change his spots and starts a new and different life? Does it matter how old the old dog is? After all, does age hamper one’s ability to make a change? Are the consequences different when one makes a life change in later years?

Follow the dark and humorous story of one man and his dog exploring a new life and love. Follow his partner through the foreseeable and not so foreseeable consequences.

7:30pm to 8:40pm
The Brighton Killers 368 Theatre Company

Hot on the heels of yesterday's Sure Choice, this is another tale of real-life crime in the atmospheric, claustrophobic surrounds of the town hall's Old Police Cells. The cleverly-planned performance sees the audience split into groups to hear the tales of three murders, told by the murderers themselves. Though they lived in different eras and killed for different reasons, perhaps there's more to link them than meets the eye. I bagged the last ticket of a sell-out run last year, so book early this time.

Last year's sell-out success returns to the Old Police Cells as Brighton murderers tell their true stories in the building where one of them tried to flush away the evidence that would condemn him, and another's body was put on display for the morbid delectation of 23,000 members of the public.

"This is a darkly enthralling immersive, immensely enjoyable theatre event." (Broadway Baby).

"What makes this succeed on all levels is the in-depth character studies that bring the Brighton Killers to life." (remotegoat).

"Well-written, atmospheric and blackly comic" (Reviews Hub).

7:30pm to 8:40pm
Time Please it's not us

'Time Please' is a darkly-comic play, set in a run-down pub in a deprived neighbourhood. The grimness offset by the misplaced optimism of barman Steve and the epic sarcasm of his feisty wife, Cath. Enter Keith Goodman, shambolic and drunk, with a planet-size chip on his shoulder. Off his head on booze and pills, he's determined the world should know his woes. Chock-full of wild conspiracy theories, he has hatched a plan to get his story heard, and so begins the lock-in like no other.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Simon Caine: Laughter Is The Best Placebo Simon Caine

My life is a constant search for emotional and electrical outlets. If you can relate, this is the show for you.

Simon Caine brings his second hour-long show as a work-in-progress to Brighton Fringe. The show doesn't massively have a theme, which in itself is the theme.

“That was awesome. I liked it... I don’t know why. But it was great. I’ll have you back” (Mike Manera, Piccadilly Comedy Club, 2016).
“What you’re doing is great... the problem is nobody understands it.” (Iain Coyle, Dave TV Comedy Commissioner, 2016).
“The Martin Luther King Jr of comedy.” (Broadway Baby).

7:45pm to 9:45pm
Lulu New Venture Theatre

3 stars Lulu is about a wild young woman who is very attractive, but abused and lost. Her attraction is both her greatest strength and her biggest problem. Her past is murky and deprived; her father is cruel and vindictive, so she finds herself at a very young age alone in the world, not knowing who to trust or how to be a woman. Read the full review.

A new theatrical adaptation of Frank Wedekind's seminal classic, "Lulu", by Scott Roberts. This play follows the life of a passionate young woman whose true nature - one of sexual candour and freedom - leads her on a journey into the moral hypocrisy of bourgeois society and, ultimately, to her tragic destruction. In a world where a sexual predator can be elected President, there is no better time to highlight this new breed of misogyny, and the double standards confident women face every day.

7:45pm to 8:55pm
Macbeth: A Tale of Sound and Fury 6FootStories

A riotous and playful reinvention of Macbeth, that puts the witches at the centre of this dark and bloody tragedy.
Three gnarly fortune tellers live amongst the rats in an old junk yard, apart from decent society. Eager to teach the selfish world of man a lesson, they prepare a fortune reading that will destroy a throne and everything around it.
Performed by just three actors with a junk yard set full of props, the major roles are swapped between them as they hurtle through the witches’ prophecy using storytelling, live music and physical theatre.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
An Evening of Gypsy Violin & Piano Duo

This year Sophia and Amoret will be roaming through Europe, discovering the story of Gypsy music. They will be exploring how it influenced classical composers such as Ravel, Bizet and Brahms, and uncovering the explosive gypsy classics, for which they will also be joined by a guest guitarist.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
'Sweethearts' and 'The Hooligan' by W. S. Gilbert The Foundry Group

Two masterly and unfairly neglected short plays by W. S. Gilbert, England's leading 19th Century dramatist. 'Sweethearts', a cynical comic masterpiece with timeless observations on the sexes, and 'The Hooligan', a brutal, yet blackly comic study of a condemned man's final minutes that was a sensation at its debut in 1911. Performed by: LLoyd Ryan-Thomas (Nominee - Best Actor, Brighton Festival Awards 2014) Emma Wingrove (Bite-Size Breakfast) Nick Bartlett (Gangs of New York) David Mounfield (Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show). Directed by Brian Mitchell (Argus Angel winner 2014)

8:00pm to 9:30pm
And Another Thing! Suzisworld

Enjoy an evening of new poetry by Suzanne Smith as she muses on being a middle-aged mamma who's addicted to rosé. After an interval, which may include gin, try your hand at her interactive quiz, 'Poetry, Prose or Song'! With special guests...

Touch tours available with advanced notice. Please email suzisworld@googlemail.com to book.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Georgie Morrell: A Poke in the Eye Georgie Morrell

One woman. One eye. And her (sort of) blind life...

The debut stand-up show from comic Georgie Morrell comes to Brighton after sell-out show at Soho Theatre! Georgie tells the story of how she went blind but now she can see! Do your other senses really get stronger? Is it wrong to crack onto your doctor? Will I get a new eye that shoots lasers? Just some of the many questions our heroine answers whilst telling us how she went blind but now she can see... literally! Being disabled is her excuse to do exactly what she wants, say what she wants and live her one-eyed life as she wants!

8:00pm to 10:30pm
Comic Boom Komedia & Jill Edwards Comedy Workshops

It's Komedia's sell-out monthly night of exciting new comedy without the gamble. One of our fantastic MCs hosts a friendly, fast-paced, quality night featuring a top headline comic and "catch 'em while you can" rising stars of the comedy circuit.

Last Thursday of every month... put it in your diaries!

"When Comic Boom is on there is nowhere else to be: it puts the world in a comedy nutshell." (Latest 7).

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Sleeping Trees: WESTERN? Sleeping Trees

Sleeping Trees return to lovingly destroy yet another film genre.
'WESTERN' is a sordid tale, from the sandy depths of the Wild West. Follow unlikely hero Harry Sudds as a simple trip to the bank quickly descends into the worst day of his life. Before he knows it Harry is confronted by native Indians, talking wasps and one of the most majestic tumbleweeds ever seen in the west.
With a rip roaring live musical score, The Sleeping Trees bring their fast, physical, comic style to one of the most well loved film genres of all time.
"The birth child of Monty Python and the League of Gentlemen" (Time Out).

8:00pm to 8:50pm
Mediocre as F**k Gavin Lind

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the most mediocre of them all?

In his 2016 debut show, Gavin shared the story of his struggle to accept the reality of his own mediocrity. Now that he is committed, his quest to embrace mediocrity scales new heights. Gavin explores more of life's inescapable clichés, as well as the many quirks and contrarieties of human nature. He looks into the absurdity of privilege with tales of the good, the bad, and (especially) the ugly, in his unique dark philosophical way.

Standing head and shoulders among the rest, he is mediocre as f**k.

8:00pm to 9:15pm
Junkyard Five Junkyard Dogs Backyard Theatre

Come and enjoy some of the South Coast's finest comedy talent, in Junkyard Five, as five hilarious women do comedy in Kemptown.
Not to be missed, each of these comics bring a completely unique and side-splitting 10 minutes to this incredible evening.
Ali Macfarlan, Karen Blott, Katherine Atkinson, Rebekka Turner and Sarah Charsley complete our brilliant line up.
A glorious night of quick wit, sparkling one-liners, and story-telling to knock you off your seats!

8:00pm to 9:30pm
Unpopular Culture Glue Gun '91

Famous poet Chris Parkinson presents poetry, politics, paranoia and anthropomorphism, complete with fish demons, grammar nazi's and performing seals.

Plus support from The Eating Habits of Politicians.

Winner of Best Literature (Brighton Fringe 2014).

"Too many poems" (Fringe Guru).

8:00pm to 8:50pm
Donal Coonan: Mr Grebe Is Taking Your Class Today Lamb Comedy Productions

Mr Grebe (AKA Donal Coonan, **** (The List)) is a supply teacher on the verge of existential collapse. His rollercoaster all-subjects lesson features essential wisdom drawn from his bumpy life. Witness human snooker balls (Science), a tango lesson with an easel (Art) and a glimpse into the internal life of a piece of loft insulation (Philosophy). This show is not for the OFSTED inspectors. But it is for you.
"A gloriously daft comic performance with a bit of heart and a lot of laughs" ***** (Fringe Guru).

8:00pm to 10:00pm
Bom-Bane's Musical History of 24 George St, Brighton & Other Shows Bom-Bane Family Players

An original musical & gastromonical journey from the 5th Century settlement of Boerthlelm's Tun to Brighton in 1795, with affectionate portraits of the colourful inhabitants of 24 George St from its construction to present day Bom-Bane's. Also see www.bom-banes.com for Jane B-B solo, Rosie Brown (orig. jazzy folk), Kate Daisy Grant (orig. folk-pop songs), Daisy Jordan (puppetry), Jo Neary (kids' alternative comedy/puppets), Nick Pynn (composer/multi-instrumentalist), Velvettes (close harmony trio/songs from 20s to 60s & room to dance!), 'Memorial' (local poets perform new version of the Iliad)Also see www.bom-banes.com for Velvettes (close harmony trio/songs from 20s to 60s & room to dance!) 4th, Nick Pynn (composer/multi-instrumentalist) 5th; Kate Daisy Grant (orig. folk-pop songs) 6th, Jo Neary (kids' alternative comedy/puppets) 6th, 7th, 13th & 14th, Jane B-B solo 11th, Daisy Jordan (puppetry) 12th, Local poets as The Blue Lotus Cafe: music, poetry and song 14th & 15th, Rosie Brown (orig. jazzy folk) 16th

8:00pm to 9:00pm
GIANT The Human Zoo Theatre Company

Tommy, 22, lives with three generations of his family. They’ve learnt to ignore the strange things his nan says over dinner, and the bizarre rumblings coming from the attic.
Horribly honest clowns and questionable cabaret acts ignite the stage with Human Zoo’s trademark live music, puppetry, poetry and movement.
‘GIANT’ is an explosive, absurd and visceral adventure into ‘adulting’... Could Tommy’s nan know more than meets the eye?
“Witty, winsome and inventive. It is rare to find such a generous ensemble as The Human Zoo” **** (The Stage).

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Louder: Apples and Snakes and NWS presents... Apples and Snakes

Apples and Snakes and New Writing South team up to present a programme of poetry, spoken word and live literature.

Spoken word shows, stand-up poetry showcases and scratch events will all feature, close-up and personal in this bijou venue. Witness the wonder of words and the power of performance as we host some of the best and freshest poets from the South East and beyond.

Each event will be different but quality is guaranteed. Please see website for full details or just turn up and see what happens.
Limited spaces so book early.

8:15pm to 10:45pm
Poetry and Jazz Layer Cake with John Harvey and the John Lake Band John Lake Band

Jazz and Poetry Layer Cake
A delicious serving of modern original Jazz and poetry created by the award-winning author John Harvey (author of the bestselling Charlie Resnick series) inter-layered by the sensational sounds of the John Lake Band. The evening will be a layer cake of music written by John Lake as recorded on his band's albums 'Up on the Downs' and 'Wave of Translation' followed by an intense layer of performance-Jazz-laced poetry by John Harvey from his published works 'Out of Silence', 'Ghosts of a Chance' and 'Bluer Than This' - sometimes the two intermingle to form a mouth-watering combination to entertain and please the audience.

8:15pm to 8:30pm
ARCO by The Dream Engine in collaboration with Kala Phool Shiny Town Ltd

A stunning acrobat suspended beneath a free standing arch performs to an original live score performed by Matt Constantine (Strings/Keyboards) and Trevor Walker (Trumpet).

Part of Shiny Town in the Brighton Royal Pavilion Garden

8:20pm to 9:15pm
Sameena Zehra: How Not to Steal a Llama Sameena Zehra

No Llamas (Dalai or otherwise) were harmed in the making of this show.

Nominee NZ 'Best in Fringe' 2016
"Ballsy, intelligent and searing." (Radio Adelaide)
"Combines warmth with political passion." **** (Scotsgay)
"Fluency, intensity and vivacity" **** (The Age, Melbourne).

Bringing her caustic wit and absurd mind to a four day trek up Machu Picchu, Sameena explores the physical and metaphorical nature of human journeys, the borders we cross and the walls that we build.

8:30pm to 9:25pm
Accidents Happen to Sasha Ellen Sasha Ellen

At the tender age of three, Sasha Ellen accidentally killed a kitten. And she hasn’t stopped murdering since. A stand-up show about mishaps, misunderstandings and general screw-ups. Sasha is a delight – butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth. Just don’t ask her to cat sit.
Disclaimer: No animals were harmed in the making of this show. Intentionally.
Sasha is part of the Soho Theatre Young Company and has had two sell-out Edinburgh shows, one of which transferred to the Soho Playhouse in New York.
“Genuinely fresh” **** (The Scotsman), “Cheeky humour... upfront and witty” **** (Broadway Baby).

8:30pm to 9:25pm
Are Strings Attached? Yama Theatre Productions

Your home is the venue when DOG, former graffiti legend, comes to your house for a consultation in this darkly comic grown-up reworking of Pinocchio. Prepare to be delighted and confounded and to have your credulity tested to the max in this thrilling exploration of aspiration and the Big Question of existence itself! High class theatre as up close as you'll ever get. "If I had to pick one show that encapsulates what the Fringe is all about, I might well pick this on"( Fringeguru 2013). Book in advance. Invite your friends. BN1, BN2 and BN3 only.

8:30pm to 9:25pm
Museumpiece Arna Spek

Arna Spek (BBC Radio 4 New act competition, Leicester Square theatre New act semi final 2016) is ready to make you laugh! Join her for a hilarious 30 minute stand-up comedy show about how she belongs in a Museum. In fact, she already is a true museum piece. Stories of dangerous awkwardness and hilarious observations will come flying at you! Can Arna survive in 21st century Britain? It is a question that might be more literal than she wants it to be. A show about enjoying this modern society.

8:30pm to 9:30pm
Hiccups Hiccups

Ben Carter (Laughing Horse 2014 semi-finalist, SYTYF 2015 semi-finalist) Johnny Wardlow (as heard on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 2) and Zelem Saydullaev (Squawker 2015 finalist, South Coast Comedian of the Year 2016 semi-finalist) invite you to cure your hiccups with an hour of ground-shattering truths, sensational lies and mind-blowing nonsense. Guaranteed to make you come!

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

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

"A cracking comedy selection" ***** (Cream of the Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe), "A fantastic night of comedy" **** (Three Weeks, Edinburgh Fringe), "Kept the crowd well entertained" **** (Rip It Up, Adelaide), "A Strong show of fresh comedy" **** (Argus, Brighton).

8:40pm to 9:50pm
The Elephant Girls Parry Riposte Productions

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2016 The Elephant Girls is a one-woman show written and performed by Margo MacDonald. MacDonald plays Maggie Hale, a career criminal and an enforcer for the all-female Forty Elephants gang, which terrorised London for over a hundred years from the late 18th Century until the 1950s. This play takes place in 1937, a decade after the heyday of the Elephants, in a London pub. Read the full review.

In Edinburgh, we described this one-woman show as "brilliantly written and exceptionally performed", telling a "rich and intriguing" true historical tale. It's the story of the Elephant Gang: a forty-strong all-female criminal enterprise, which terrorised London for over a hundred years. Set in the thirties, the play fictionalises genuine narratives to explain why the Elephants drew together and stuck together – setting their crimes in the context of an age when women had few options in life.

"The most notorious girl gang Britain’s ever seen." (Gangs of London). Devious and daring; they stole from the rich and gave to themselves. The riveting story of the all-woman gang which terrorized London for over 100 years, told by Maggie Hale - the gang's suit-wearing, bloody-knuckled, girl-chasing “enforcer”. You won't be able to look away.

“Gritty, powerful, and excellently crafted.” ***** (Capital Critics Circle).
“Ferocious, charismatically intense” ***** (CBC Manitoba).
***** (Winnipeg Free Press).
**** (Broadway Baby).
**** (Fringe Guru).

Critics’ Pick and Best Actress (Capital Critics Circle 2015)

8:45pm to 9:45pm
John Hastings: Works! Laughing Horse

John Hastings is a fence-sitting former drag queen. He will yell. He will shout. He will be proving the following people right.
"This fast-growing comic is a pleasure to watch" **** (Times), "Hastings' bold dramatic delivery is what really stands out when he is hammering a point home" ***** (Mirror), "Well crafted" **** (Herald), "This charming, lovable comic is truly engaging and well worth checking out" **** (Three Weeks), **** (Herald), **** (Fest).

8:45pm to 9:45pm
James Veitch: Game Face MHA Talent

5 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2016 Gentle, fresh, entertaining, quirky and very, very funny, I'd happily have stayed through at least another hour of Game Face. James Veitch brings a kind of devious pedantry to the world of comedy. He plays what could be described as pranks – but the kind of pranks that come to fruition when mischievous boys grow up, learn advanced IT skills and develop a sense of irony. For these pranks are imaginative, witty and often hilarious, especially when illustrated by a PowerPoint presentation and some seriously geeky graphs. Read the full review.

This screamingly funny, geeky hour of comedy earned 5* from us at the Edinburgh Fringe, and appears now in Brighton for one night only. The mischievous but disarmingly gentle Veitch talks us through a series of pranks he's played in real life – often targeting large corporations or online scammers. The message behind his antics is that we shouldn't forget how to play; our review called him "an antidote to the traumas and terrors of the world", a comment that's sadly piquant today.

Responsible for the most popular TED Talk of 2016, James Veitch brings his hilarious new show GAME FACE - with more geeky comedy about life, love and enabling Bluetooth. A glorious show of esoteric, anarchic and unashamedly Powerpoint-fuelled comedy from the Independent's 'One to watch'. Expect Donkey Kong, ducks and online dating as James fearlessly (& somewhat inadvisedly) battles the mundane and pointless bureaucracies of the modern world. At the end of 2015, James filmed a TED Talk which went on to become the fastest ever to reach over two million views in the history of TED. Currently at 11m views and climbing, the talk sees James narrate a hilarious, weeks-long exchange with an email spammer who offered to cut him in on a hot deal. Following the success of the first, James has also recently recorded a second web series with Mashable, documenting his scam-revenge exploits. "A posh boy with few real world friends" Kate Copstick, The Scotsman "screamingly funny" Fringe Guru

9:00pm to 10:10pm
Gypsy Queen Hope Theatre Company

Can two men raised to fight ever learn to love?

The story of ‘Gorgeous' George O’Connell. A bare-knuckle fighter and traveller, who enters the world of professional boxing, putting him on a collision course with his roots, his identity and his greatest fear.

In the opposite corner, gay boxer Dane ‘The Pain’ Samson, the young pretender and son of a boxing legend, is fighting his own battles that lead to a tragedy that neither could predict.

‘Gypsy Queen’ is the story of two fighters who discover the greatest challenge lies outside the ring.

9:00pm to 10:30pm
Ross And Doug Present Scenes From The Life And Death Of Lord Haw Haw, Britain's Most Patriotic Traitor R&D Productions

Funny. Political. Ends with a hanging.

9:00pm to 9:15pm
ARCO by The Dream Engine in collaboration with Kala Phool Shiny Town Ltd

A stunning acrobat suspended beneath a free standing arch performs to an original live score performed by Matt Constantine (Strings/Keyboards) and Trevor Walker (Trumpet).

Part of Shiny Town in the Brighton Royal Pavilion Garden

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Smut Slam Cabaret: where sex and storytelling collide Little Black Book Productions

The finest filth at Brighton Fringe, told by the people who lived it. Hosted by Cameryn Moore, this storytelling cabaret , based on the smash circuit of 'Smut Slam' open mics - boasts a rotating programme of real-life sex stories, plus sexy clowns, dirty music, burlesque babes, and Njoy sex toys, aww yeah.

There are currently nine monthly 'Smut Slam' locations around North America and four in the UK: London, Manchester, Bristol, and Brighton. All 'Smut Slams' have the same goal: creating an encouraging, fun, open space where audiences of all types and amounts of sexual experience feel welcome.

9:00pm to 10:40pm
The Life & Death of Puppet King Richard II BowerBird Prague

King Richard faces a big reckoning in a little cell. The golden boy is tarnished now, friendless and alone. He can’t stop crying or talking, in his ragged prison walls. Did he go, or was he pushed? Is he just a puppet? Voices, choices, gilded loam or painted clay - who was pulling his strings? And if the King isn’t in command then who is?! Gregory Gudgeon (The Lion King, Shakespeare's Globe, Complicité & RSC) is the King who can't stop playing. Also featuring Lucas Augustine. Puppets by Jitka Davídková and Brigitte Dörner. BowerBirdPrague are delighted to appear in the exciting new site-specific Cave at Onca Gallery. Previews: “An astonishing staging, thrilling and mesmerising.” Guy Roberts, artistic director Prague Shakespeare Company. “Brilliant." Steve Gove, founder director, Prague Fringe Festival. Wheelchair accessible. Touch tours available 45 minutes before the performance. For a Touch Tour email PuppetRichard2@gmail.com

9:00pm to 9:50pm
Cheekykita: Somewhere in the Ether Lamb Comedy Productions

Cheekykita's dream... where anything can happen.
A surreal absurd place that's a little bit upside down.
One of the strangest acts you're ever likely to see, this one-woman character comedian has drawn similarities to 'The Mighty Boosh' and Spike Milligan.
"A work of genius." *****'(Funny Women),
"Like Alice in Wonderland on Adderall, Cheekykita is curious, shambolic and kind of magical" (The List),
"She's a genius" (Manchester Wire),
"It is the silliest, maddest, funniest hour I have ever spent and it is fantastic." *****(Fringe Review).

9:00pm to 10:45pm
Cabaret Boheme: A Night at the Movies Veronica Blacklace

Warning: this show is not for the faint-hearted.

Veronica Blacklace and company return for the fourth consecutive year to present you with their new, talent-filled spectacle. Phenomenal vocals surround a visual masterpiece of gravity defying aerial, circus splendour and burlesque sensuality, all tied together by the soundtrack of movie magic.

9:15pm to 10:15pm
Belongings Anthony Ayton

Anthony Ayton, mid-forties, middle-class ex-criminal lawyer, raised in the East End of London before attending a public boarding school, a comprehensive, and finally a grammar school, asks himself the question; "Where and with whom do I belong?"

9:25pm to 9:55pm
Trade Winds Polytoxic

The sun has set and across the shimmery water two majestic figures serenely move. This is 'Trade Winds', an evocative performance installation depicting the journey of two women from different cultures. This stunning collaboration by Australian dance-theatre company Polytoxic and contemporary Pacific visual artist, Samuel Tupou is a magical event for the whole family. Two performers literally dance on the water and as they move they become giant screens illuminated by a world of exquisite animated projections.

9:30pm to 10:20pm
Siblings Bezoomny Theatre

Bound by blood and ambition, character comedians and real-life sisters Maddy and Marina Bye set sail on their maiden voyage. Following Marina's graduation from Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Maddy's graduation from the Parisian theatre and clown school Ecole Philippe Gaulier, their hotly anticipated debut show is a cacophony of sketch, clowning, intensely serious drama school trained acting and a whole lot of synchronised dance. Hop aboard for a raucous journey into the absurdity of the all too familiar world. Suitable for anyone who has or has seen a sister.

"Watch out for these gals" - Jennifer Saunders

"If you go to see these hilarious sisters you are inadvertently endangering their young lives because , frankly, we don't need another funny double act do we?!?! No we don't. Laugh and I will end them... " - Dawn French

"Sisters are doing it for themselves, and by it I mean being REALLY FUNNY. I love these girls." - Miranda Hart

9:30pm to 10:20pm
The Idiot's Guide to the World WiseCrackers

‘The Idiot’s Guide to the World’ is a clown show that explores a variety of physical comedy genres. Using puppetry, mime, multi-roling, bouffon and live music, we tell original stories, with humour, irony and fun.
Stories include an epic one-man Western, an exploration of Donald Trump’s childhood, an office worker with extraordinary powers and a never-ending bag of crisps. There is an onstage costume rail, a redneck musician, bubble machines, water pistols, glitter cannons, the Eiffel tower, plenty of audience interaction, improvisation and above all laughter.

9:30pm to 11:00pm
A Dirtier Weekend with Der Wunderlich Revue Der Wunderlich Revue

Join Brighton's favourite (almost) all-male cabaret and burlesquers for a dirtier weekend of stripping, pole-dancing, cheerleading (of course), nudity, stupidity, magic, music and mayhem.

With special guests, new acts and previous performers such as Count Adriano Fettucini, Team MUD Cheerleaders, Size Zero Albino, Professor Elemental, Bitter Pill, Mick Wunderlich, Tilly Twist and more.

Leave your inhibitions (and your pants) at home.

9:40pm to 10:40pm
John Pendal: How To Escape From Stuff John Pendal

Before John became a comedian he spent ten years as an amateur escape artist.
Not the magic trick kind, where you know how you're going to get out, but the "get tied up by anyone and give it a go" kind.
His success rate was 5 out of 6. Here are some of the things he learned as a result.

This is a work-in-progress second hour of solo stand-up comedy from John Pendal. His first show, 'International Man of Leather', has been performed in Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Melbourne and across the UK.

9:45pm to 10:45pm
Shit-faced Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet Magnificent Bastard Productions

This one’s the guiltiest of all pleasures, but it’s a true pleasure all the same.  In case the phenomenon’s passed you by, it delivers exactly what it says on the tin: a classically-trained cast, a Bardic script, and an actor who’s rather the worse for wear.  The ensuing scene-stealing antics are played for all the comedy they’re worth by the sober members of the crew.  I confess, I’d fully expected to disapprove of all this – but in the event, I found myself as helpless with laughter as I’ve been for many years.

Once again Shit-faced Shakespeare returns to its seaside home of Brighton with another all-new show for 2017: 'Romeo and Juliet'!
Featuring a cast of professional actors, one of Shakespeare’s most beloved classics and a single, completely rat-arsed performer every night... What could possibly go right?
The award-winning, smash-hit, international sell-out, occasionally well-reviewed show is back for its fifth straight year at Brighton Fringe and is bigger, bolder, bawdier and more drunken than ever.

10:00pm to 10:50pm
Poet of the Impossible Lorenzo Novani

Not just a magician but a 'poet of the impossible', Scots-Italian conjurer and writer, Lorenzo 'Renz' Novani, weaves verbal wizardry and magic into 50 thought provoking and wonder-filled minutes that offer a glimpse of the magicians secretive mind, take you on a journey into magic’s mysterious past, and most importantly, present impossibilities that defy explanation and gravity. Expect audience involvement. Prepare to be spellbound.

"Whatever he does, the audience is engrossed and the final few seconds are almost a miracle" (Fringe Review 2016).

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Ed Aczel's 'Foreign Policy' Little Wander

"Britain’s greatest living anti- comedian" (The Guardian) wades headlong into the thorny issue of foreign policy.
Ever thought that maybe your relationship with your next-door neighbour is in fact a foreign policy? No? Well that’s lesson number 1 from deadpan critic’s favourite, Ed Aczel. If we all practised good manners, what a lovely world we would live in. Join Ed to see how this relates to the current global maelstrom, whatever that is.

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Samantha Pressdee: Work in Progress Love Muffin Productions

A bitter-sweet tale of political awakening. With nothing left to lose but everything to fight for, Samantha followed Russell Brand onto the frontline of the revolution - a council estate in Barnet. An adventure through the Neverland of anarchy where squatters, families and activists unite in a battle to cover basic needs. There's no place like home.

“The most endearing political activist I have ever met” (Kate Copstick, The Scotsman), “Hits a rich vein of dark humour, nicely crafted jokes with sharp timing.” (The Times), “A compelling performer with a funny, well written set.” (One4Review).

10:00pm to 11:15pm
Five Card Stud O'Mara Productions Ltd.

If the clients play nice, male escorting can be a pretty sweet gig. Problem is, Elliot doesn't always play nice... What service will Ace, our 'Five Card Stud', be expected to perform when confronted by his past?

Following its Old Red Lion directed reading and workshop with the Old Vic Workrooms, join Ace and Elliot’s evening as it unfolds in two different ways: one where the client is an older man, one as a woman.
Discover how gender changes the transaction, the truth behind the games they play, and what can and cannot be said in this battle of the sexes.

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Seven Crazy Bitches Seven Crazy Bitches

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2017 All the stage’s a stage, as Holly Morgan might once have said. Seven Crazy Bitches is Morgan's one-woman show – though it's a one-woman show which also has a man in it. Despite the silly title, the concept behind this show is an entertaining whistle-stop tour through the Seven Ages of (Wo)man, the essence of each portrayed for us in the cabaret style of modern song. Read the full review.

Take Shakespeare's 'Seven Ages of Man'. Put it in a variety of cheap wigs. Teach it the juke box of a regional gay bar. Then roll it in a whole lot of glitter. Join The Diva on a Budget as she 'guides' you through the Seven Ages of Woman. Pit stops include seduction tips via Kate Bush, an interview with the woman who lived in Prince's head and finding out just how many 2p pieces a man can insert up his foreskin. This is Standing Up Cabaret on a Budget as you've never seen it before. Because The Diva's pretty sure she just invented it... 'Highly Commended' Vault Festival Awards

10:05pm to 10:20pm
ARCO by The Dream Engine in collaboration with Kala Phool Shiny Town Ltd

A stunning acrobat suspended beneath a free standing arch performs to an original live score performed by Matt Constantine (Strings/Keyboards) and Trevor Walker (Trumpet).

Part of Shiny Town in the Brighton Royal Pavilion Garden

10:15pm to 11:05pm
It's My Funeral and I'll Throw Glitter if I Want To Isobel Marmion

After a (tiny) mental breakdown, Isobel has decided to take her upcoming untimely death into her own hands and throw her own funeral, skeptics be damned! An intimate look at mental illness and the fear of dying alone, but in like, an uplifting, funny way.

The show discusses living with mental illness and loneliness whilst celebrating life, glitter and trashy dancing to 80s music.

"Armed with glitter and streamers galore, Marmion’s beautifully emotional script and goofy awkward energy help to make this a heartwarming and super enjoyable show" (Aussie Theatre).

11:00pm to 1:00am
Sophisticated Mischief: Thursday Late Brighton Spiegeltent with Sophisticated Mischief

Sophisticated Mischief DJs Nick T (TG, Merkaba My Brighton, Below Lucky Voice) and Peter von Sleaze (TG, Cabaret Boheme, Below Lucky Voice) play the best old and new music vibes, from Motown to Ghetto Funk, and jump up Jive R&B to Electro Swing. Everything from 60s dive bar grinders to the smoothest of smooth lounge core crooners with a sprinkle of 70s crime scene Jazz, wacka wacka porno Funk, cool mod grooves and storming Soul. Dress up and bring your air saxophones, trumpets and mambo shoes!

11:00pm to 12:00am
About an hour About an hour

Join Jules, Catherine and Roz for about an hour of stand-up comedy. Find out why Jules hates falconry, why Catherine will never write a novel and why Roz likes getting older. Many other important topics will be covered. As heard on BBC Radio and Radio 4Extra.

"Original ideas and witty lines" (Chortle),
"Very cleverly written with some great jokes" (Notts Comedy Review),
"Charming persona and well honed gags" (Latest 7).

11:30pm to 1:00am
The Late Show Otherplace Productions

The legendary late show returns.

12:00am to 12:00am
Barbara Merkriti

Barbara Graham's case is a shocking miscarriage of justice and a declaration should be made by the Governor of the State of California to rectify this injustice, which stands to this day. This treatise proves her innocence. Read by David de Pinna LLB.

Barbara was convicted for the murder of Mable Monahan in 1953 and executed in 1955. The murder took place in Burbank, California.