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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 11:30am
Woodland Tribe Tom Williams

Help create a unique adventure playground! Over the course of Brighton Fringe, children and adults of all ages can use hammers, nails, saws, rope and a huge quantity of wood to co-create the play space of their dreams! Evening sessions include a free drink in the ticket price.

Build a den, help construct the play castle, or make something small to take home. Each session of two hours is a dynamic mix of design and build. There is a maximum of 30 places per session so book early!

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
The Ugly Duckling & Other Tales Above Bounds Theatre Collective

On a lake somewhere not far away, a mother duck is sitting on her eggs. But one doesn’t look like the others; it’s a different shape, a brighter colour and is much, much bigger! What will happen when the egg hatches, and what stories will hatch with it?
Join Above Bounds as they explore the most loved Hans Christian Anderson story using songs, shadow puppetry and some of your input to tell this famous tale. Come along on the journey with our Ugly Duck; there’ll be gasps, laughs and a few surprises along the way.

The project is supported by the encoreinsure.com Brighton Fringe Bursaries.

10:45am to 11:45am
The Tale Of The Cockatrice Mumblecrust Theatre / Peafrog Puppetry

Deep in the vaults of an ancient priory, a hideous creature awakens... Brave knights flee in terror! Can a humble nun defeat the beast? Two muddle-headed storytellers use breathtaking puppetry, boisterous and beautiful live music and general tom-foolery to create this dark and winding fable for monster-lovers everywhere and their parents!

"It is hard to find shows that work so well for children and adults alike and I would highly recommend this new and exciting company." (Artistic Director, The Lyric Theatre),

"I like the cockatrice!" (A Young Audience Member).

11:30am to 12:30pm
The Meebles Get The Show On The Road The Meebles Circus

Be different!

Join the Meebles on their madcap adventures in a circus van, racing against time to save the children from all being made the same by Von Zalatan and his virtual obedience factory.

Packed full of songs, surprises, and a big bubble finale!

11:30am to 1:00pm
Woodland Tribe Tom Williams

Help create a unique adventure playground! Over the course of Brighton Fringe, children and adults of all ages can use hammers, nails, saws, rope and a huge quantity of wood to co-create the play space of their dreams! Evening sessions include a free drink in the ticket price.

Build a den, help construct the play castle, or make something small to take home. Each session of two hours is a dynamic mix of design and build. There is a maximum of 30 places per session so book early!

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Defrosted Cat & Nicko

Love that frosty film or hate it, you’ll laugh your stripy socks off at lovable clowns Cat & Nicko and their puppet rock band, "Funny from the moment they strut onto the stage" (Broadway Baby). A fantastic family adventure featuring live music and physical comedy, 'Defrosted' is one big, bonkers blast of fun. Cat plays Bubbles the Mermaid in CBeebies show 'Spot Bots'.
STV's Best Children's Shows at Edinburgh Fringe 2015.
"Silly for all the right reasons" (Fringe Review).

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

12:15pm to 1:05pm
Little Meerkat's Big Panic Collar & Cuffs Co.

Go on an award-winning, magical, musical, multi-sensory adventure in the Kalahari desert with Little Meekat and her friends Elephant and Wise Monkey to find out all about Calm and what to do with very big feelings. Based on the storybook by trauma-parenting expert Jane Evans, this little tale helps everyone to see, hear, smell, taste and feel what's going on in their brains and bodies when emotions become overwhelming. Performances last 20 minutes and are followed by up to 30 minutes of sensory play exploring Calm. Suitable for 0-7s and children/young people with complex needs or disabilities.

12:45pm to 1:15pm
Sink Carl James

'Sink' is based on the human need for control. We constantly find ourselves trying to control and perfect things that we may or may not be able to. The story follows the struggle of one man's life with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). When he loses control, how does he cope? How does he come to terms with the struggles of life and things that are not within his control? How does he communicate this struggle to others? How can he ask for help?

The show combines physical theatre with performance art, occasionally relying on sign language to articulate the feelings that words cannot.

1:00pm to 2:00pm
SpiegelCircus Bosco Speigeltent

Half-term family circus show in the beautiful Spiegeltent with lots of fun and amazing skills hosted by the lovely bunch from High Top Circus with turns from Aussie boys' Head First Acrobats and just a few of our Spiegelly acrobatic friends... A massive hit 2 years running! With the chance to warm-up, play and try out some circus skills yourself an hour before the show with some of the performers! A fast-paced fun show where anything can happen... and probably will!

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.

1:15pm to 2:05pm
Doktor James' Akademy of Evil The Giggle Goose / DBS Productions

Doktor James is sick of living at home and not being taken seriously as a supervillain. He is really, really naughty and he just wants to beat his superhero brother and take over the world. But he is kind of rubbish... he needs your help! Prepare for fiendish tasks as he finds the most mischievous children and trains them up to be real life supervillains.

(Parents allowed)

**** (Fest),

“Represents the best of the fringe” (Primary Times),

James Bennison – Winner of the IYAF Brighton Fringe Stand-Up Comedy Award.

1:25pm to 2:45pm
Philip Pullman's The Ruby In The Smoke Escapade

Working in collaboration with Philip Pullman (creator of His Dark Materials), the bestselling novel comes to life on stage for the first time.

After her father's mysterious death, Sally Lockhart is thrown into the heart of Victorian London, battling unseen forces to uncover the secrets he left behind. Strap yourselves in for a tale of breathtaking intrigue, unforgettable characters and, behind everything, a legendary ruby waiting to be found...

"Must see show" Fringe Review,
***** (ThreeWeeks),
**** (British Theatre Guide),
**** (EdFringe Review),
**** (Broadway Baby).

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Elephant of My Heart: Interactive Children's Workshop Jessica Clements

A wonderfully inventive join-in musical workshop for children.

A nine year old girl recovering from an injury is visited by an elephant and a host of other splendid animals who help her to believe that one day she will fly. Come and play some of the characters and do your bit to guide her to the light at the end of the tunnel.
An uplifting interactive storytelling with songs, physical theatre and plenty of chances to imagine!

"A joyous story filled with hope and the power of imagination - the youngsters were totally engaged and captivated." (British Theatre Guide),

"A truly wonderful piece of children’s theatre" (Musical Theatre Review),

"A colossally inventive and deliciously ensemble play for children." (First Night Reviews),

"Totally magical. My daughter didn't want it to finish" (Susy Puckett, Audience member - Caterham).

www.prosperotheatre.com

Touch tours available. Please email animalofyourheart@yahoo.co.uk to book.

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Arr We There Yet? Head First Acrobats

A rip-roaring and swashbuckling adventure in which three sailors hit the high seas in search of treasure! A scallywag pirate, a muscular sailor and a chef with a seafood allergy make for a hopeless crew, as they fight for the title of Captain aboard the ship. These acrobatic pirates turn ship-life upside down! Walking the plank becomes the high-flying teeterboard, cooking for the crew involves juggling knives and steering the ship spinning upside down in the roue cyr!

2:00pm to 4:00pm
The Art and Fun of Acting and Dancing through Puppetry Ester Natzijl Productions

In this workshop we will use the basic technique of puppetry and combine that with acting and dancing.
How do you bring a puppet or object alive?
How do we create the character of the puppet/object and how do we give it its voice/sound and movements? And what is the character of the material?
We will work in disappearing behind the puppet or interacting with the puppet.

(We will make use of hand puppets and different materials and there will be life-size professional foam puppets and a marionette to give examples.)

2:00pm to 3:30pm
Woodland Tribe Tom Williams

Help create a unique adventure playground! Over the course of Brighton Fringe, children and adults of all ages can use hammers, nails, saws, rope and a huge quantity of wood to co-create the play space of their dreams! Evening sessions include a free drink in the ticket price.

Build a den, help construct the play castle, or make something small to take home. Each session of two hours is a dynamic mix of design and build. There is a maximum of 30 places per session so book early!

2:15pm to 3:15pm
Macbeth The Pocket Oxford Theatre Company

Embarking on a tale of ambition, blood and murder of their own, Mac and Lady Mac build a fast food empire. With a healthy dose of nutritional advice thrown in, who knew a story of witches, ghosts and murder could be this much fun?!
Pocket Oxford Theatre’s madcap extravaganzas are the perfect introduction to the Bard’s timeless stories. With plenty of audience participation, as well as key lines from the original text, they are noisy, fast-paced and cool for kids – making Shakespeare something not to be afraid of!
Sold-out Brighton Fringe 2014 and 2015.
“It’s a hoot” ***** (The Argus).

2:15pm to 3:15pm
Science Magic Donal Vaughan Entertainment

Triple award-winning Irish comedian and scientist Dónal Vaughan brings his science, magic and comedy show to Brighton Fringe. Always exciting, sometimes messy, learn about science and laugh your pants off while you do it.
And the best part? You can do all the tricks at home using everyday household items. You too can become a science wizard and amaze your family and friends.
Winner: 2016 Beat the Frog World Series
Winner: 2015 Laughing Horse NATY
Winner: 2014 Tedfest Comedy Award

"His unique blend of science and comedy has proved popular with audiences" (PubSci London).

2:15pm to 3:15pm
Griffin and Jones: Slapdash Magic Griffin and Jones

Griffin and Jones are pioneers of slapdash magic!

These award-winning idiots have become famous for their quick banter, tight chemistry, contagious energy, and jaw-dropping, show-stopping wizardry! Join them for more quick tricks, crazy inventions, and outrageous stunts.

"Very funny magicians" (Paul Zenon), "Bizarre, hilarious and anarchic" (Magic Night), "The banter and chemistry of a punk rock Morecambe and Wise" (BlueMoonRevue.net), "Professional tricksters at the top of their game" (Surrey Advertiser).

2:30pm to 3:00pm
BARRERA Mr. Saiqo

BARRERA is the story of two clowns in mourning. After the death of their best friend, the clowns try to continue living, but what is the point? They still do their performance with card tricks and balloons, but all the glitter and glamour seems far gone. It’s a tough job, but the best they can do is blunder on, through drunken dancing and buckets full of tears, each mishap plunging the audience further into mirth, memory, and pathos.

2:35pm to 3:35pm
(Non) Violent Communication Susan Earl Ltd

Do you ever wonder why life is so perfect or why it's so easy to get on with other people? No?

In this brand new show, actress and comedian Susan Earl (Red Dwarf, So Awkward, Perrin) helps us to see the funny side of our rocky relationships.

Taking us on a pyschological journey into the drama triangle, she introduces some hilarious new characters, while sharing her own insights about motherhood, love and divorce.

If you've tried mindfulness and still think that "hell is other people" then this is the show for you!

"Wickedly funny" (The Scotsman).

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

3:00pm to 4:00pm
High Top Circus Showcase Bosco Speigeltent

Join our students for a fantastical cabaret showcase from High Top Circus workshops and our special guests. Our young up-and-coming acts will thrill you with fabulous performances from aerialists, hoopers, jugglers, acrobats and more... we can't wait to see!

3:15pm to 4:15pm
The Grimmest of Grimm Tales Avva Laff! Productions

Did you know the Brothers Grimm collected together over 200 different stories? Why do we only ever hear about Cinders and Snow White? Were the others too scary? Too gruesome? Or a bit rubbish?
In this brand new family comedy with music and comedy for ages 5+, The Story Squad introduce a whole new cast of weird and wonderful characters. Meet Godfather Death, Hans my Hedgehog and a deceased chicken in an irreverent, comic quest to re-tell some of the lesser known tales from the Grimm’s collection of fantastical fables.
“Witty staging... lots of charisma... quality storytelling” (Three Weeks).

3:30pm to 5:00pm
Woodland Tribe Tom Williams

Help create a unique adventure playground! Over the course of Brighton Fringe, children and adults of all ages can use hammers, nails, saws, rope and a huge quantity of wood to co-create the play space of their dreams! Evening sessions include a free drink in the ticket price.

Build a den, help construct the play castle, or make something small to take home. Each session of two hours is a dynamic mix of design and build. There is a maximum of 30 places per session so book early!

3:30pm to 4:30pm
Huggers Nik Coppin

With a revolving and changing line-up of magicians, comedians, street performers, musical theatre and variety acts, this internationally-popular show is great for all the family to enjoy together.

"Music, comedy and magic kept the kids entertained... whizzed past and was perfectly timed for child attention spans... My eight-year-old absolutely loved it!" (Child Friendly Brighton, UK),

"The kids had a great time" (Adelaide Fringe),

"Great show" (The Scotsman, Edinburgh Fringe).

3:45pm to 4:35pm
Know Brexit Euclid Applications Ltd

“The UK has voted out... 48% scream and shout... Will the Union end up dead? Is economic ruin where we head? Brexit plans remain unclear... Who knows where we go from here... ”

Enjoy a humorous and entertaining look at the Brexit options, our future relationship with the EU, and what it all means for the UK.

Geoffrey Brown returns after presenting 'Knowing EU' at Brighton Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe 2016, and at Adelaide Fringe 2017.

“Clever mixing of humour with a stream of enlightening facts” (Fringe Review).

“Engaging, informative, diverse and often surprising” (Outlier Review).

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Dark Matter Dark Matter

People say your whole life flashes in front of your eyes before you die but what happens when you have dementia? Where does the brain go before we die? Alfi, an elder astrophysicist with dementia guides us into his universe, a world of star constellations. Dark matter theory and black holes merge in a race against the clock to distinguish fantasy from reality and discover meaning.The show will be followed by a 15min Q&ATouch tour available before the performance. No need to book, but if you would like more information please contact info@vertebrarts.com

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Moondial Em-Lou Productions

Even before she came to Belton, Minty had known she was a witch, or something very much like it. When she uncovers a time portal (the ‘Moondial’ in the grounds of Belton House) she meets Tom the sickly kitchen boy, and Sarah, a girl whose family think her birthmark makes her the ‘Devil's child’. Ghosts, an evil governess, the terrifying Miss Raven and time itself must be overcome to save the children of the past. Based on the best-selling children's book, from a Brighton Fringe Award-winning company, ‘Moondial’ is a creepy, chilling and uplifting play for adults and children alike.

4:00pm to 8:00pm
Pavillion 7090 Brighton Spiegeltent with 7090

Reader beware: today's Bold Choice is bolder than most. I've caught two of Dutch group 7090's previous shows, and both were perplexingly wonderful experiences; expect oddball musical instruments, curious art installations, and general creative wackiness (which may or may not have a deeper meaning). I've no idea what they have lined up for this year's free show, but the unpredictability is part of the fun – and they're decent actors as well as excellent physical comedians, building characters you can’t help loving.

7090 are the hosts of a playground full of music, films and installations. It offers a warm place to their strange, obscure but mainly curious takes on life. 7090 are called "the Bermuda Triangle of performing arts". We have no idea what this means, but it sure sounds like fun!

Touch tours are available before each performance. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early, and ask upon arrival.

4:05pm to 5:05pm
Escape: A Magic Show Broken Soul Productions

Luke Robson is fairly new on the Fringe magic circuit, but I enjoyed his show last year and I'll be interested to see how it's developed since then. He's got a dapper, comfortingly traditional persona, and offers a range of well-executed classic tricks – all linked together by a simple storyline about historical escapes. The rapport with the audience is good and the magic's always entertaining. Billed as suitable for ages 12 and up, it would be a good choice for curious teenagers this half-term.

Escape the mundane and the everyday and see the world through the eyes of a magician.

Luke Robson takes you on a journey back in time, featuring escapes throughout history. Including curious characters such as Mackenzie, the man who played cards with the Devil himself; Jack Sheppard, the 18th century jail-breaker, and the legendary Houdini, who escaped from more than just his straitjacket.

Classic conjuring and storytelling, with a combination of laughs, thrills, and chills. Returning with new mysteries and surprises after a successful 2016 Fringe debut.

5:00pm to 6:30pm
Woodland Tribe Tom Williams

Help create a unique adventure playground! Over the course of Brighton Fringe, children and adults of all ages can use hammers, nails, saws, rope and a huge quantity of wood to co-create the play space of their dreams! Evening sessions include a free drink in the ticket price.

Build a den, help construct the play castle, or make something small to take home. Each session of two hours is a dynamic mix of design and build. There is a maximum of 30 places per session so book early!

5:00pm to 6:15pm
A Remarkable Person Johnsen & Johnsen produksjoner

3 stars The play begins with a funeral; the funeral of a celebrated writer, loved by many, eulogised as the "remarkable person" of the title. We hear from those whose lives she touched, whether directly or through the power of her work. But things aren't quite as we seem. As we witness scenes from earlier in the writer's career, we come to doubt the truth of what we're observing. Is this really her memorial… and are these really her friends? Read the full review.

This critically-acclaimed, award-winning Norwegian (but performed in English) play philosophises: Do we humans really have a deep need for an identity, or is this need utter nonsense?

For her ability to convey deeply existential material in a humorous and crystal clear way, and for her courage to be politically incorrect, the playwright was awarded First Priority by the Norwegian Centre for New Play-writing.

"Really fascinating" **** (Broadway Baby), "Think Stoppard at his funniest, Ayckbourn at his sharpest, Frayn at his peak" ***** (British Theatre Guide).

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 8:00pm
Cultureground @ B.fest B.Fest / Brighton Youth Centre

Presenting the best in art, sculpture, debate and creative workshops, Cultureground is the interactive gallery that showcases young people’s work from across the city. View, talk or make, Cultureground asks you to challenge your perceptions of how we categorise 'youth' art. Private View Event: Tuesday 30th May 17:30-19:00.

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
Ben Fogg: How I Won Best Newcomer 2017 Shaven Ape Ltd.

"A second once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the greatest living comic of every generation. Ben Fogg delivers a technically perfect, pant-wetting, heart-warming, pole-stiffening watermelon of a show. He delights and inspires us all, like a hill-top wizard battling a sadness dragon. Like comedy? See it done properly for once." (Ben Fogg, winner, Best Newcomer 2017).

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Goggles ThisEgg

"Lovely young work... deceptively funny" Lyn Gardner Two performers. Two pairs of goggles. A fish tank. When our pet fish, Sunny & Boo, die, we realise that our friendship is in crisis. Goggles is a show we're making for them. We think about whether we love each other as much as Sunny & Boo had loved each other. We think about whether it would be possible to love each other more. We think that might be too much, but then we think about living without one another. Goggles is a new quirky comedy from multi-award winning theatre company ThisEgg. It is about fish, friends and keeping afloat.

5:30pm to 6:50pm
Blink by Phil Porter Peppered Wit Productions

3 stars From the minute Jonah (Rob Hall) begins to tell the “true story” of how he and Sophie (Tara Lacey) met and fell in love, I was hooked by the premise and wanted to know more about the characters. The intricate narrative cleverly sets the scene, and weaves the actors' storylines together through a series of coincidences and twists of fate. Read the full review.

Peppered Wit’s five star production is unconventional, quirky, and voyeuristic.

A funny, delicate love story, cleverly weaving themes of loneliness, bereavement, and consensual stalking(!) into the intimate and engaging story of Jonah, Sophie, and a fox called Scruffilitis. Their relationship is dysfunctional, darkly funny and unexpected - in more ways than one!

Written by award-winning playwright, Phil Porter.

“Superb performances... Raw, real and utterly brilliant” (Views from the Gods, Camden Fringe 2016).

5:35pm to 6:35pm
Killer Cells Avant Cymru

5 stars For anyone who has struggled to have a child, Killer Cells is a must-see show. It’s a true story of life, loss, resilience and hope; its humour and authenticity is demonstrated in the love that the characters show each other, and the isolation of each person’s private pain. Writer and director Sarah Lewis tackles the play with great sensitivity, wit and insight – something that's only possible because it is her story. The knowledge that actors in the play have also suffered miscarriages and the loss of a child gives them the power to speak directly to your heart. Read the full review.

A story of optimism and resilience.
This multimedia play follows women who are going through recurrent miscarriage, breaking the taboo, and starting important conversations about an issue that affects 1 in 3 women.

The show has filmed and live elements and has had great reviews from its run at Edinburgh Fringe 2016 and from performances at The Park and Dare Theatre

"Hard hitting, raw and bloody brilliant".

5:40pm to 6:40pm
Mixed Race White Bloke Francis Foster

Francis Foster is a ridiculous man who hails from the exotic lands of Venezuela and Wigan. In this show he tells tales about what it's like to be half Latino growing up in south London and spending Christmas in Caracas (murder capital of the world). Expect swearing (mainly in Spanish) and to learn a little bit about Venezuela and how to make the perfect hallaca.
Francis, as well as being a bit foreign, is also bloody good at comedy and has supported Eddie Izzard on tour and was runner up in the New Act of the Year Show 2015.

5:45pm to 6:30pm
Just Broken The Creative Performance Company

If you are only half of who you are, would there still be enough of you to be the same as you were? Mary suffers with demons in her life, day in, day out. John wants affection.

An original piece of drama exploring an unstable relationship at breaking point. Is anyone in this world normal?

BA(Hons) Acting and Creative Performance students, from the University Centre Colchester, in their final year of study present a series of devised pieces as part of The Creative Performance Company.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Sexiety Gehring en Ketelaars

Sex: we (almost) all do it, but we hardly talk about it.

How do you keep sexual desire burning in a long term relationship? Where do our ideas about sex come from? Theatre company Gehring and Ketelaars share, together with journalist Gian van Grunsven, new insights about what sexuality is and can be. Sexiety is a playful and inspiring crossover between theatre and journalism.

"A very entertaining, provocative and surprising theatrical conference" **** (Theaterkrant).

6:00pm to 7:00pm
The Accidental Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Tobacco Tea Theatre Company

When Sherlock Holmes unknowingly murders his own client, the game is on to track down the criminal mastermind who did it - Holmes himself! But does Watson’s rent have anything to do with this accident? Has this case been secretly planned by a narrative genius? And could Moriarty’s hunger for new detective fiction fuel a global terror plot of unimaginable proportions?

Satire maestros Tobacco Tea bring you this witty and absurd take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation for the third year running. Expect extraordinary plot twists, metafiction, twisted logic and “almost unparalleled entertainment!”

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
Rob Deb: A Marvel Comic Laughing Horse Comedy

From behind the comic shop counter, Rob Deb will regale all you fanboys and girls about all that is Marvel from his stall. "The Lenny Bruce of scifi" (The Skinny). Come and join his Merry Marvel Marching band. #marvel #ghostrider #daredevil #spiderman #gotg2 #drstrange #blade #teamcap #deadpool #antman #falcon #capmarvel #blackwidow #ironman #warmachine #avengers #blackpanther #inhumans #agentcarter #punisher #hulk #squirrelgirl #gwenpool #venom #carnage #marvelzombies #atlas #shehulk #magneto #doctordoom #spragg # #illuminati #cabal #rocketraccoon #groot #wolverine #moonknight #secretwars

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 7:00pm
Daddy Day: Bert Hana 7090

'Daddy Day' is a perfectly pitched, meticulously performed work that stretches the limits of theatre and leaves one reeling. A family slideshow with a bloodcurdling ending... Daddy Day won the Dioraphte Amsterdam Fringe Award 2009. Part of the Pavillion 7090 season supported by Performing Arts Fund NL.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
The Jellyfish Trap: Satie in 3D 7090

A musical narrative based on Erik Satie's play of the same name. A cavalcade of characters and explosions in an absurd ceremony with intimate encounters, interspersed with Satie's original stage music. 3D glasses will be handed out at the beginning of the show. Part of the Pavillion 7090 season supported by Performing Arts Fund NL.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Tennessee Williams Double: Ivan's Widow & Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen Fox and Hound Theatre Company

4 stars The first short play in this hour-long double-bill, Ivan’s Widow is a graphic exploration of abuse of power – in this case between a counsellor/psychiatrist, and a bereaved widow who simply could not come to terms with her husband's death. Tennessee Williams, the playwright, is self-assured and sophisticated in his portrayal of a woman longing to come home to her husband: drinking and driving to escape the torment of life without him. Read the full review.

1. Attempting to cope with her husband's death, the widow seeks answers from her psychiatrist, a cold, predatory and promiscuous man with a seemingly genuine concern for his patient. The widow struggles to differentiate between fantasy and reality, but whose truth is real?

2. 1930s New York and a couple find themselves in a cycle of deprivation. With ravaged appearances, the scene between them is one of eternal repetition where emotional content is worn out and they live in the acceptance of something hopelessly inalterable.

6:15pm to 7:05pm
WATCHING, Ceci n'est pas de Deux Ester Natzijl Productions

A solo-duet created by Flying Solo and Amsterdam Fringe 2015 award-winner Ester Natzijl and performed by Esmee van Liere. A mesmerizing mix of puppetry, theatre, and dance, that provides different views of what a relationship can be. Carving out a tender, entrancing performance of horror and humour, with an animated and sometimes extremely evil avatar.

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Mad About the Boy A Rush of Laughter

Stephanie talks about mental health problems and boys for an hour, but it's totally funny, she promises, and won't be as awkward as you think it will. From a late start (she barely even met a boy till she was 17), through her "well I know boys now so I'd better touch them all" phase, and a number of failed relationships, Stephanie tells us what it's like to try to have meaningful and not so meaningful relationships when you're a bit of a nutcase.

Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Finalist 2015
"Eye wateringly honest... a jovial, baby faced performing [with] devastating technique" (Chortle).

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Spilt Milk Presents... Spilt Milk

Spilling, dripping and leaking comedy from every angle, come and join Spilt Milk, a brand-new sketch group, for their exciting show, packed with original new comedy writing.

Formed at Soho Young Company, this comedy collective writes and performs in different combinations to create an eclectic mix of witty sketches. Having recently completed Soho Theatre’s Sketch Course, this group of fledgling comedians are excited to blow your socks off and make sure you leave with nothing to cry over!

6:45pm to 7:30pm
The Stroop Effect The Creative Performance Company

What is the difference between reality and belief? What is the difference between being awake and asleep? Brace yourself for an epic physical theatre piece; entrance yourself into a lucid dream state. Sweet dreams...

BA (Hons) Acting and Creative Performance students from the University Centre Colchester, in their final year of study present a series of devised pieces as part of The Creative Performance Company.

6:45pm to 8:00pm
Obama & Me Sylvia Arthur

4 stars Obama and Me is among most compelling solo shows I've ever seen. It's a political play from Sylvia Arthur, a black Brit, documenting her struggle for freedom of movement and racial equality. She already has an agent for a half-written book on the subject – but in frustration at the slow pace of writing, the scale of her endeavour and her own lack of time, she wrote a play as well. Read the full review.

“I am a cog in the wheel of free movement. I am my ancestors’, my contemporaries’, and my descendants’ wildest dreams.”

While Barack Obama is fulfilling his American Dream as the first black president of the United States, Sylvia Arthur, a black Brit, is in Brussels in pursuit of the European version.

Working at the political heart of Europe, tasked with promoting freedom of movement, she zigzags the continent proselytising the benefits of a borderless union.

But as the President faces resistance to his agenda, so does she as nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny and racism sweep through Europe, and the world, and dreams begin to crumble.

7:00pm to 7:50pm
We Are Ian In Bed With My Brother

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2017 Ian is a talking lightbulb. Faceless dancers, with multi-coloured flashing-light shoes, move at individual pace behind a projection screen; only their arms, legs and feet are visible. As they slowly synchronise, we are being transported back to 1989, a time before these performers were even born. Read the full review.

Ian is a talking lightbulb. But that's not even the biggest quirk in this high-octane rave of a show, which made waves at the Edinburgh Fringe and earned 4* from us in London this year. The mood's set mostly through dance – which you're very much invited to join in – and narrated by Ian, who lived through the highs and lows of Thatcher's 1980s. With echoes of drug culture and more than a hint of anger, it's a pulsating trip through a decade.

1989. Manchester. A frenzy of drugs, beats and bucket hats. Illegal raves. Acid parties. Just jumping up and down in a field and throwing two fingers to Thatcher... Remember it?
Because we don’t. We weren’t even born. But Ian was. And Ian does remember. We’ve got f**k all now (Ian tells us). So, we’re going back to 1989. We’re gonna neck a brown biscuit. We’re gonna get off our peanuts. We’re gonna bounce around like idiots. And Ian’s going to show us how. We’re mad fer it. Let’s party.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Peter Antoniou: 'Psychic' Comedian Peter Antoniou / DBS Productions

Fringe regular Peter Antoniou isn't really psychic, as he'd be the very first to tell you. But he does achieve a few impossible-seeming insights in this funny, warm-hearted show – which I caught here in Brighton last year. You can expect to have your mind read and, if you want, your questions about the future (sort-of) answered, all in a spirit of kindness and fun. And Antoniou is a loveable, purposefully geeky figure; I don't have to be psychic to know you'll enjoy an hour of his company.

If you could ask a psychic a question what would it be?

Fresh off his sell-out international tour, and with sell-out runs in London's West End, let 'Psychic' comedian Peter Antoniou peer inside your head, fondle your frontal lobe, and tickle your funny bone. If you have a question about your past, present, or future, all you need to do is think about it and Peter will have an answer for you...

“His ad-libs are fast and sharp... a balance between humour and astonishment” (The Scotsman).

“Witty and mischievous... exceptionally good” (Chortle).

"Phenon-mentally good" (Kerrang).

7:00pm to 8:00pm
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.

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.

7:00pm to 7:50pm
Price (still) Includes Biscuits Naomi Paul

Satirical, witty and topical. With Jewish humour, original songs and biscuits, Naomi Paul brings her four-star show to Brighton. From lingerie to libraries, Birmingham to the Balkans, the personal to the political. Enjoy the surreal journey; sometimes poignant, always funny and ultimately uplifting.

"The comic timing here is sublime." (Fringereview.co.uk),
"Terrific deadpan delivery of material... topical and relevant. Audiences loved it!" (Pulse Ensemble Theatre),
"Articulate, dry sense of humour." ( Leicester Comedy Festival),
**** (British Theatre Guide, 2015),
**** (Edinburgh 49, 2016).

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 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 8:00pm
Africa Entsha Brighthelm Trading Ltd

Africa Entsha, a smart, slick a cappella five-piece who reached a global audience in 2010 performing at the World Cup opening ceremony.

Africa Entsha are distinct from the other African music shows that have stormed the Fringe in recent years in that they freely blend western pop elements of the male vocal harmony tradition into their performance. Making for a diverse set which draws on the vibrancy of 1950s Doo-Wop, the all-singing, all-dancing presentation of the 1960s soul groups and the more saccharine tendencies of the modern R&B outfits as much as the soft, healing invocations and exhilarating spirit of their own tribal cultures.

7:00pm to 7:55pm
Harun Musho'd: Harun With a View Happy Hour Comedy Club

Harun Musho'd's stand-up comedy explores his own identity, weaving politics and history into the story of his family and their antics. Religion is another theme explored, leaving no religion untouched. Possibly not a show for sensitive souls (or indeed anyone who believes they have a soul, sensitive or not), but "If... you want to find out more about this fascinating story, you'll have to watch Musho'd. Enjoy!"

"This is a fun, lively show, and Musho'd has the makings of a great comedian. I would highly recommend it" **** (Views from the Gods).

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Nik Coppin: Globetrotter Nik Coppin

Nik Coppin returns with some new hilarious anecdotes and jokes from his many shows and journeys around the world. A well travelled stand-up comedian, his comedic exploits have taken him to the far reaches of the USA, Canada, all over Europe, Southeast Asia, New Zealand and Australia.

"Fast and funny... Sweetly, wildly hilarious" **** (Adelaide Fringe).

"The crowds loved him from the second he started!" **** (Comedy Club Asia, Singapore).

"Imaginative and hilarious... delivers at breakneck speed... irresistible charisma. The audience were smitten and in stitches." ***** (Comedy Club Cambodia).

7:15pm to 8:15pm
La Voix’s Red Hot Globe Trot LV Events

Show:
La Voix is a woman on a mission - To bring back the glamour! In this hilarious one-woman show, La Voix will take you on a journey exposing, analysing and satirically delivering an evening of Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, Shirley Bassey, Cher and many more! La Voix delivers dazzlingly precise sound-alike performances along with an abundance of Laughter and the chance to be up close with La Voix herself. It'll be an evening of live diva anthems, fun, and spontaneity and hilarious stories of La Voix’s travels across the globe!

Hot trotting it to BRIGHTON get ready for the chanteuse that is LA VOIX

Artist:
La Voix is a vivacious performer. Semi Finalist on Britain’s Got Talent, Finalist of Ru Pauls Drag Race UK and most recently made a cameo appearance in the Absolutely Fabulous Movie this is one lady you don’t want to miss!

7:20pm to 8:30pm
Jokes And Their Relation To The Unconscious Alex Sergeant

Do you struggle to tell the difference between your ego and your superego?
University lecturer turned stand-up comedian, Alex Sergeant, has the answer.

Guiding his audiences through some of the more hilarious aspects of the life and work of Sigmund Freud, Alex provides his unique take on a set of ideas that have helped to shape over a century’s work of intellectual thought. Poking fun at the Oedipus complex and avoiding Freudian slips along the way, the show offers an evening's entertainment for the comedy fan who wants to think about why we laugh, whilst laughing and thinking.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Macho Macho Igor Vrebac

Bosnian-Dutch artist Igor Vrebac draws inspiration from Instagram after-workout selfies, Turkish wrestling and the idea of bromance in his new physical performance 'Macho Macho' to question the objectified "men’s world" we are living in today. What’s behind those Calvin Klein six packs? What does a billboard with beer-drinking bearded giants on it tell us? When can a man show his vulnerable side?

The machos welcome you to their arena where they fight stereotypes about, with, and for men. Since language is not a problem in this performance, it is even accessible for your queer chihuahua. Woof!

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Help! I Think I Might Be Fabulous Alfie Ordinary

Alfie Ordinary debuted his first ever full length solo show to a sold-out Marlborough Theatre audience as part of Brighton Fringe 2016, and subsequently won the International Touring Bursary in a unanimous decision from The Pebble Trust. He has since toured the show around the UK and Europe and last summer performed it on the legendary Royal Vauxhall Tavern stage.

“Side-splittingly funny, extraordinary and of course, fabulous” (Brighton Argus Review).

In 'Help! I Think I Might Be Fabulous' Alfie challenges the norm and questions what it really means to be a man in a hilarious and heart warming tale that explores pride, shame and masculinity. In a society where boys are told to wear trousers and girls are told to wear skirts, Alfie teaches how to come to terms with being Fabulous.
The show sees Alfie, the son-of-a-drag queen, discussing his time at Madame LeCoq's Preparatory School For Fabulous Boys, specifically his friendship with Jon. Alfie helps Jon through song and puppetry, challenging the norm, questioning what it really means to be a man, and encouraging Jon to be himself with the help of Whitney Houston and Bette Middler. Exploring pride, shame and masculinity.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Who Do You Think You Are? Barbara Brownskirt. Karen McLeod

'Who Do You Think You Are? Barbara Brownskirt' is a darkly funny, pathos-fuelled show inspired by the TV show of similar name by writer and performance artist Karen McLeod.

Shrouded in iconic anorak, knees bulging from pop socks, Barbara Brownskirt is the unsuccessful lesbian Poet-in-Residence at the 197 bus stop, Penge. We meet her, unlucky-in-love, as she tries to find out who she is and why? Share the highs and lows as she explores the past through absurd poetry and film.

Themes of false identities and aloneness thread through this show. Fans of Rik Mayall and Tim Key will love it .

7:30pm to 8:40pm
Ray's Cafe Morpheus Theatre

We Can Be, LadyG cuts Gaga down to size, with migrant resilience and 'Yes We Can Be Happy, Initiate' and so a company taking inspiration from Jean Findlay and TSEliot which produced work at Edinburgh Festival winning multiple awards is on Fringe, first time with real life stories, to laugh and cry. Wasn't Moses our greatest legislator and also migrant?

7:30pm to 8:20pm
Amy Howerska. Progress (Work Inn) CWTCH Comedy

A work-in-progress show from your very own Welsh-wonder, Amy Howerska. 2016 saw her popping up all over the shop from Radio 4 to Channel 4. Now fresh from sell-out, five-star Edinburgh and Perth Fringes, Amy attempts to pull yet another hour of stand-up out of her arse, whilst trying not to have a nervous breakdown. This show will be themed around whatever jokes Amy is doing that are not making her die inside #uplifting.

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 9:30pm
Blue/Orange Pretty Villain Productions Ltd

Award-winning Joe Penhall's sardonic comedy, set in a London psychiatric hospital. One day before release, an enigmatic patient claims to be the love child of an African dictator. 'Blue/Orange' is a modern masterpiece, exploring what it means to be ill in the mental health system.

Winner: Evening Standard Award (2000), London Critics' Circle Theatre Award (2000), Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play (2001).

Pretty Villain are 2014, 2015 and 2016 Brighton Fringe award-winners . “Brilliant” (Plays International), “Thoroughly professional” (Fringe Review), ***** “High quality” (The Argus).

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 8:20pm
Broken Air Third Knock Theatre

Cornish landscape artist Peter Lanyon’s untimely death after a gliding accident in 1964 is inspiration for this imaginative piece of physical theatre. A visceral, heartfelt celebration of Lanyon’s lust for life and mischievous sense of humour, balanced precariously between reality and fantasy, life and death, a cliff edge and a hospital bed.

7:45pm to 9:15pm
Musical Bingo It's Unknown Entertainment

It’s just like regular bingo, but instead of shouting out numbers we play songs! Each round takes on a different theme of song choices, these could be based on either a decade, genre or just a quirky random topic.
Unique cards are handed out whilst one of our fabulously entertaining hosts introduces the rules and the prizes.
Then, it’s over to the DJs Rapture and Jonny Unknown as they spin a quick fire medley of tunes while players simply mark 'em off their bingo cards accordingly. Prizes are won for one, two and three lines, and finally the Grand Prize: The Full House! Oh, and if that wasn’t enough excitement already, then you can also expect some other little twists along the way, like the "multi-choice mystery boxes", and the chance to gamble your grand prize winnings on the Killer Question. What will you decide to do?

7:45pm to 9:20pm
The Effect by Lucy Prebble Brighton Little Theatre

Hearts racing. Minds reeling. Knees buckling. Connie and Tristan have palpable chemistry; or is it a side effect of a new super-antidepressant? They are volunteers in a clinical trial, but their sudden and illicit romance forces the supervising doctors to face-off over the ethical consequences of their work. From Lucy Prebble, “one of the UK’s hottest new playwrights” (The Telegraph), 'The Effect' takes on our pill-popping culture with humour and scintillating drama.

7:45pm to 8:40pm
Sami & Jim Mountain Comedy

Join psychic Shaman Mountain and his trusty apprentice Soil on a trans-dimensional journey in search of Soil’s lost voice. Follow the spiritualist duo as they meet demons, gods and the Galactic Janitor in the ultimate journey to enlightenment.

7:45pm to 9:45pm
Guilty of Love - Alan Turing Passion Oxford Music Theatre Limited

This semi-staged professional show is set in the same form as Christ's Passion.

It tells the tragic story of Alan Turing – a WW2 hero who broke the 'Enigma' codes at Bletchley Park and helped win the War but was prosecuted for homosexuality in 1952, He died tragically in 1954 at the age of 41 of cyanide poisoning and was granted a Royal Pardon in 2013.

The production is serious, tragic, but told with humour and humanity, with stunning new lyrics and music by established writing partnership Jane Bramwell and Michael Brand.

Directed by David Kettle
Features Resound Male Voices

More information at www.oxfordmusictheatre.co.uk

8:00pm to 9:00pm
BADD Hermetic Arts

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2017 Resplendent in pastel-pink trouser suit, Pam welcomes us to her seminar.  We're in a church hall, somewhere in small-town America; judging by that suit, it must be the 1980's.  And we're there because we're concerned parents – worried about a godless game that's sweeping the nation's youth.  We're the "good BADD", Pam reassures us… we're Bothered About Dungeons & Dragons. Read the full review.

BADD stands for Bothered About Dungeons & Dragons, but don't worry – you don't have to have played the iconic storytelling game to enjoy the show. Presented as a seminar for concerned parents, and set in a church hall somewhere in small-town America, it sees our pastel-trouser-suited hostess earnestly warn about the godless game's threat to the nation's youth. Earning 4* from us in London, it's beautifully characterised, occasionally poignant, and very, very funny.

The 1980s. America is gripped by Satanic Panic. Secret rituals and devilish practices are taking place across the country, destroying the lives of the American youth. But the most diabolically terrifying threat of all is Dungeons and Dragons: viewed by many as a gateway to corruption, violence, and Satan!

You're invited to attend this inaugural meeting of B.A.D.D. (Bothered About Dungeons and Dragons) to learn how best to protect your children from the clutches of the occult.

A darkly comic presentation on the multitude of Satanic threats hidden in seemingly innocuous everyday objects and media.

8:00pm to 10:30pm
Kakande West African Drummers Batafon Arts

Nominated for best music at Brighton Fringe 2016. Ali Bangoura, from Guinea, with his troupe of Brighton-based drummers, is bringing the excitement and dynamic energy of Africa to Brighton Fringe for a second year. Traditional rhythms, song and dance are used to depict the hidden world of African heritage.

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 9:00pm
Kitten Killers: Stallions Kitten Killers

Kitten Killers is a funny, sweaty, messy, political and absurd sketch trio who combine the silly and dirty with the surreal.

Fresh from their run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Brighton Fringe Best Comedy Show nominees are bringing their critically acclaimed show ‘Stallions’ to Brighton.

“Witty and Sharp” (The Argus), “Outrageously funny” **** (Fourthwall Magazine), “Weird and wonderful sketch show” **** (Ed Fringe Review), “Kitten Killers are surely on the road to small screen success” **** (Remote Goat), **** (Arts Award Voice), **** (Reading Post), **** (Theatre Bubble), **** (Female Arts).

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Huldebiet: a Dramatic Concert 7090 & Bert Hana

Through the use of film projection, plays, and music by Justyna Ponikowska, 7090 and Hana present a concert about the malleability of meaning. The press: "A fascinating experience. Remarkable and absurd, but also poetic stillness and vulnerability in a most intriguing way. Did we mention silly?"

8:00pm to 8:50pm
Ian Lane: If You Lived Here You'd Be Ian Lane By Now Lamb Comedy Productions

This show is about two things: home and the body. What is home? What is the body? What if you don't feel at home in your body? What if there's nobody home? Veteran homebody Ian Lane (New Comedian of the Year finalist 2014) investigates by looking at lop-sided cats, onion grenades, vengeful left hands, and how the offside rule makes you late for work.
"Inventive, cliche-phobic comedy that makes a strong impression" (Chortle), "Friendly absurdism, delivered in a recognisable stand-up style" (One4Review), "Extremely good" (NottsComedyReview).

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 9:00pm
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.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Sorry: Harald Austbø 7090

The Viking warrior, the HubbaBubba Gum-chewing slut and the Hermit have placed the sign 'Do Not Disturb' on the door of the hotelroom. They live in my head and I'll give you a peek through wood, strings and horsehair. With sonorous tones, lightly strumming guitar skills and a clicking human beatbox.

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
The Greatest Liar in all the World Familia De La Noche

Following the story of 'The Liar', a broken down, two-bit mentalist act who has reached the end of his tether and threatens to finish it all. His company of glamorous and not-so-glamorous assistants manage to distract him from his imminent demise and convince him to tell the story of his infamous origins.
Familia de la Noche’s hilarious mix of clowning, puppetry, music and shadow play tells a story of extraordinary encounters, curious characters and lost love.
“Flawless” ***** (ThreeWeeks).
“What it would be like to stroll through the inside of Tim Burton’s and Terry Gilliam’s minds” (SuchSmallPortions.com).

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
Garrett Millerick: New Car Smell Garrett Millerick

I’m coming down to Brighton to do a couple of work-in-progress shows*. I say work-in-progress, I will have just got back from Australia so it’ll most likely be fairly worked out.

If you came to see me at Blue Man or Komedia last year can you come again? You guys were top notch audiences. With the exception of those estate agents that drank too much and tried to ‘help’. If that was you, please stay away from all festival shows; they aren't for you.

‘"t’s full on, but brutally funny with it" (Steve Bennett, Chortle).

*If I can get a train.

8:30pm to 9:30pm
Thelma Gina George

Written and performed by Gina George, this one-woman show explores the power of idolisation and isolation within a grandmother, mother and daughter relationship. Is three really a crowd? Through powerful spoken word, tender (and not so tender) musical moments, and with a dollop of Geordie dialect, this show will tickle your good spots!

Pilot night at Belgrade audience members 2016:
"Absolutely amazing, hilarious and poignant!"
"Really touched me, excellently written and executed!"
"I'd love to watch it for the whole night."
"Why aye lass - fecking brilliant! Happy, sad... the best kind."
"We need more actresses, writers and female comics like this one!"
"So much control, all emotions covered!"
"Extremely mature acting!"
"Owns the stage."
"Wonderful mix of physical performance, song and poetry to tell the story."
"Great use of dialect to distinguish moments, great voice, good use of comic timing especially with extended audience members."
"I love you. Give me your babies."
"A wonderfully touching and humorous piece. Such lovely observations, expertly written, with a really nice mix of music, performance and poetry... you're bound for BIG things!"

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 9:30pm
Jim Holland: Shoegazing Jim Holland

Polite, comedy-maverick Jim Holland in a funny show about shoes, shyness, and love, where Fred Astaire meets Metallica. Words! Music! Dance?

"Genuine charm" (The Scotsman), "Nice" (The List), "Excellent Shoes" (The New Current), "Nervous" (The Argus), "I cried with laughter" (Seann Walsh).

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).

8:30pm 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.

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Steve Bugeja: Summer Camp - Work In Progress Steve Bugeja

Steve Bugeja, as seen on 'Russell Howard's Stand Up Central', Radio 4's 'Fresh From The Fringe' and BBC 3's 'Top 10', is working on a new show and you can come watch him create it. Steve will be testing out new jokes and stories. Some will be great and will make it into the final show, and some won't. Come along and help him in this creative process.

9:00pm to 10:00pm
A Jealous Lassie's Karma Derek McLuckie

'A Jealous Lassie's Karma' is a collection of mad cap poems, songs, skits and
socio-political observations, all performed with linguistic relish, by the
'terrifically energetic' Derek McLuckie. (The Glezga Poof, 2016) Derek
morphs from dead Glezga neddy lassie's into Marilyn Monroe's grotesquely
glamorous assassin. Using vivid language and outrageous characters, Derek
explores squalor, sex, and the gay man's idolatry of dead Hollywood stars:
with punky songs he celebrates a broo sanctioned Goff Mum. Derek's work is
fast paced, fun packed, campy, slapstick, highkicking, Dadaistic, with
undercurrents of Bette Davis and chunks of Dead Monroe thrown into the
cultish Judy deep throat Garland mix. Previous work includes: Night
Sullied Flesh, Sadie Wan Fags Lucky Bag Bingo, Twisted Night Tales, Touch
My Tent Pole, Dear Green Place (BBC Comedy Scotland), Nights at the Circus
and Commissioned. Derek appears regularly @Duckie and Latitude
"Outstanding funny" The Herald "With this talent, McLuckie's as lucky as
as his name." The List. Touch tours available. Please email
derekmcluckie1@hotmail.co.uk to book in advance.

9:00pm to 12:00am
Poets v MCs Brighton v Bristol Poets v MCs

For 14 years the poets and rappers of Brighton have been locked in an epic struggle. And the first half of this show continues this battle, supported by the poets and rappers of our lively sister city Bristol. But, in the second half, Brighton PoetsvMCs team will stand together (temporarily) for the honour of their city. They beat a team from London in 2015, conceded to Edinburgh in 2016. Bristol's finest wordsmiths should be worthy adversaries.

No.1 in Metro’s Brighton must-see events. Winner, Argus Angel Award for Artistic Excellence. “Heart-warming, impressive, brilliant to behold” (The Source).

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 10:45pm
A Night In... Double-Oh Heaven Pussy Galore Productions

After two sell-out years, Double-Oh Heaven is back with a bang! Bond Girl burlesque, thrilling danger acts, skilled circus and show-stopping live renditions of classic 007 themes, all served with a dash of titillation and a double measure of glamour! Prepare to come away both shaken and stirred!

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
Eshaan Akbar: Work In Progress CKP

2016 Piccadilly Comedian of the Year, Eshaan Akbar, brings his work-in-progress show 'Eshaan Who? Akbar!' to Brighton Fringe. Fresh from supporting Dane Baptiste on his national tour and appearing on the BBC Asian Network Comedy Night, he explores what it means to strive for success in a middle-class British-Asian household. Did reading Thatcher's 'Path To Power' aged 12, later pursuing a career in Bollywood dancing and then banking really set him on the path to success?

9:00pm to 9:50pm
Joe Jacobs: Ripe Lamb Comedy Productions

Religion, rap, Pogs, sexism, Gaviscon, mental illness, success, commitment and coffee coasters. Join Joe as he tries to make sense of all this and more prior to his best-before date. A show combining stand-up comedy, live Rap music and a failed attempt to gain exposure resulting in all of Scotland wanting to kill him. (https://youtu.be/5M2nhsjcjac)
Comedy Gladiators 2016 winner and Leicester Square New Comedian Of The Year finalist 2015.

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 10:30pm
Des Kapital: Never Mind the Cossacks! Andyland Productions

Communist crooner Des Kapital (‘Gulag’s Got Talent’, 'The ex-Soviet Republic Factor’) is ‘glasnost all over’ to present the history of the Soviet Union using the music of Taylor Swift (‘Blank State’) Ed Sheeran (‘Sinking Out Loud’) Katy Perry (‘Perestroika Hurls’) Robbie Williams (‘Engels’) Madonna (‘Lands were Virgin’) and many more!

Hilarious and weirdly educational, entertaining and tragic. The whole history in one hour.

With comedian and history teacher Andy Thomas.

“He’s good. What’s his name? And address?" (V. Putin).

9:30pm to 10:45pm
Trygve Wakenshaw: Nautilus Dont Be Lonely Productions

Nominated: Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award, 2015.
This 75 minute tour-de-force of high-octane mime comedy is the widely lauded follow-up to cult sell-out physical comedies 'Kraken' and 'Squidboy'.
Mad, risqué and uniquely eccentric, this is award-winning and internationally acclaimed idiot Trygve Wakenshaw’s most ambitious work to date.
“So magical, so delightfully playful. Wakenshaw leaves his audience slack-jawed with admiration.” **** (The Scotsman)

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Blues and Burlesque Blues and Burlesque

After last year’s sell-out run, the Blues and Burlesque are back with a new show. Once again, songs and piano playing from ex-Dexys jazz reprobate Pete Saunders are upstaged superbly by the show’s extraordinary hostess Lady Beau Peep ... you can call her mistress! By day she’s busy with school runs and tupperware parties, by night she indulges her bondage fantasies and some of yours! Come prepared for good laughs, some great songs and completely gratuitous undressing from their burlesque guests.

9:30pm to 10:25pm
Imaginauts Imaginauts

Friends' fantastical journey through the depths of their imagination in this multi-roling, fast-paced farce. No adventure too big, no dungeon too dark. Come laugh at this young, home-grown, Brightonian theatre company's swan dives into their first Brighton Fringe.

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Bad Luck Cabaret Laurie Black Inc

Laurie Black taunts the gods of bad luck in her debut Brighton Fringe show. Joined by a variety of performers including (but not limited to) burlesque, cabaret and music.

You're invited to a glitzy, glam and dangerous night out! Dress for the end of the world, or the beginning. Get ready to smash some mirrors. The best in alternative cabaret.

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.

10:00pm to 10:50pm
Tennessee Williams' 27 Wagons Full of Cotton Fox and Hound Theatre Company

3 stars Tennessee Williams’ plays may be dark, and to some extent dated, but he still has the power to shock and enthral. Here, Fox and Hound Theatre Company produce a one-act play which is an affront to femininity in a male dominated world. Written in 1946 but set in 1930, the play is a period piece about life in the cotton fields of America’s Mississippi Delta. Read the full review.

In 1930s Mississippi, a cotton gin mysteriously burns down. In difficult financial times it appears that the rules of business are different. Do two wrongs make a right? A dysfunctional relationship is at the centre of this disturbing look at abuse and how one woman may find a silver lining in a desperate situation. This play deals with the social and economic climate of a country coming out of recession, and transcends this with the still relevant issues of mental health, domestic abuse and rape. "Seemingly fragile people are the strong people really". Classic Tennessee Williams.

10:00pm to 10:55pm
Google Drive Dan Attfield

In 2008, Google used search trends to predict flu outbreaks. In 2017, Dan Attfield uses the same data to predict the apocalypse. Join him on a musical comedy journey of correlation, confidentiality and criminal piglets.

As featured on BBC One, BBC Radio 4 and E4 with Hip-Hop improvisers Abandoman and YouTube sketch team The RH Experience.

Semifinalist - Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian 2016.
Finalist - Max Turner Prize 2017.
“Lethal levels of laughter” ***** (Three Weeks), “Sheer brainpower and comedic instinct” ***** (TenEighty Magazine).

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Mark Lester Steps In Perfect Rags

The world's going to hell in a handcart, with climate change, extremism and cliches like 'going to hell in a handcart'. Enter South West London's favourite songwriter (possibly), to sort things out (possibly) with catchy tunes and tortuous rhymes.

Mark, who has been compared to Noel Coward, Max Miller and - for some reason - Morrissey, muses on cold remedies, fizzy drinks, middle-aged lust and more.

Mark has performed several times at the Camden and Wandsworth Fringes. This is his Brighton debut.

"A most enjoyable performance - relaxed, convivial, and the songs are good too." (Camden Voyeur).

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Eleanor Conway: Work In Progress Oxygen Entertainment

Follow up to Eleanor's critically acclaimed debut show...
"Reminiscent of early Graham Norton (albeit sexier)" **** (The List),
"Conway is chaotic and electric" ****(The Skinny),
"A charm and energy you just can't learn... " ****(Broadway Baby).

10:00pm to 10:55pm
Sexual Fears of a Modern Day Virgin Rant and Rave Theatre Company CIC

Kids these days! No one knows what they’re up to. Well, we do and we’re willing to let you in on the secret. What if I told you that you know nothing about sex? You don’t even know what a virgin is. Would you believe me? We have two couples, one singleton, and 50 minutes to show you how. Let us guide you through the cheeky, romantic and eventful lives of our five characters as they lose their virginities - for the second time.

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 11:15pm
Séance DBS Productions

The exclusive and intimate event returns to Brighton after its 2013-16 sell-out Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe runs.

Twelve guests join Peter Antoniou for a thrilling and shocking adventure into the world of spirit contact. Modern techniques and the heritage of Victorian spiritualism combine to explore something that might just take you into the unknown. Forget what you have seen in horror films, experience a seance first hand.

This show is not for the faint-hearted, or the easily offended.

10:15pm to 11:15pm
Dylan Gott: Cool Guy, Lots of Friends Gag Reflex Ltd

World-travelled Canadian comedian, Dylan Gott (JFL42, Canadian Comedy Awards, iChannel), performs an hour of hilarious stand-up comedy that blends skilled storytelling with observations and some penis jokes that has left audiences all over the globe loling and even lmfaoing.

10:30pm to 11:30pm
The Girl From Oz Courtney Act Inc

Courtney Act, takes you over the rainbow and down under in her new show: The Girl from OZ! Chock full of hits and high notes, you will leave this show realizing there's no place like her home! "Coy, funny, sexy, classy, and thoroughly up-beat... Courtney is something fresh and inspiring." - Manhattan Digest

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!

11:30pm 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.