Today's full programme, more choices & comment

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

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

10:15am to 11:05am
The Elves & The Shoemaker Above Bounds Theatre

When everyone in the house is tucked up in bed, a magical creature lifts its head. With little green fingers and little green toes, pointy ears and a sharp pointed nose, the house elves awaken and look around with glee. What they will make, create or decorate, we will have to wait and see!

Join Above Bounds, who brought you 'The Ugly Duckling & Other Tales' in 2017, for ‘The Elves & the Shoemaker’ - a delightful retelling of a well-loved tale with puppetry, music and a few crafty ideas along the way.

10:30am to 11:20am
Mr Dilly's World of Wonder Mr Dilly's World of Wonder

A feel-good, interactive-theatre storytelling experience like no other! Let Mr Dilly take you on a journey of joy, laughter and fun into a world of wonder, using drama, music and improvisation to bring to life children’s classics, traditional fairy tales and heroic myths! Whatever your age, you can join in the merriment and become part of the action; no two shows are ever the same! Fun for all the family in a high-energy, fast-paced, interactive story extravaganza bringing families and children of all ages together! Get the Happy!

1. Goldilocks and the Three Bears - Mon 28 May 10.30am
2. The Jungle Book - Tues 29 May 12.30am
3. George and the Dragon - Tues 29 May 2pm
4. Jack and the Beanstalk - Weds 30 May 10.30am
5. Perseus and the Gorgon - Weds 30 May 12.30pm
6. Treasure Island - Thurs 31 May 10.30am
7. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Thurs 31 May 12.30am
8. Robin Hood - Friday 1 June 10.30am
9. Thor's Mighty Hammer - Friday 1 June 12.30am

11:00am to 1:00pm
Exploring Senses 'MakerLab Monsters' Exploring Senses CIC

Have you ever watched 'Toy Story' and thought Sid’s mutant toys were kinda cool? Then you’re gonna love ‘MakerLab Monsters’. Learn how to use 3D pens and re-use toys destined for landfill in a draw, cut, stick and sew workshop. Next, photograph and digitally edit your monsters and print them onto your own personalised t-shirt.

The workshop takes place at our new Exploring Senses MakerLab and lasts about 2hrs, with all materials and equipment provided. We can also provide other combined art, craft and digital activities, including 3D scanning, 3D printing, digital, full-colour heat press and silkscreen printing.

11:00am to 12:00pm
Monski Mouse's Baby Cabaret Monski Mouse Media

Join Monski Mouse and friends: Richard Crawley, Amy Gwilliam and London cabaret superstar, Dusty Limits, for a live musical cabaret of nursery classics, originals, puppetry and fun for 0-5s and parents/carers. Come ready to sing-along! All the big topics covered: elephants, fish, worms and the existential ways of the toddler. Bring a cushion (recommended).

Building on six years of playing her hit, early-childhood show, 'Baby Disco Dance Hall', Monski Mouse joins forces with the cream of London contemporary clowning and cabaret to create a brand-new show for her favourite audience in Baby Cabaret.

11:00am to 12:00pm
StoryBox Unleashed StoryBox

Dress up! Create! Play. Interactive storytelling sessions which make you the star of your story.
Mark Locke and Gladrags costume centre combine their skills to help children create instant, interactive stories via dressing-up, role-play, and scenarios of their own choosing all woven together by Mark the storyteller.

Come and lose yourself in your own imagination. Parents go free.

Performances happen 3 times a day at the following times:
11.00-12 pm, 12.30-13.30, 14.00-15.00.

11:30am to 11:50am
Magnus Volk's Electric Train of Thought White Room Theatre

4 stars Magnus Volk's Electric Train Of Thought is a little piece of theatre: only 20 minutes long, performed in a tiny room, for an audience of just a dozen or so. But size isn't everything. There's a lot packed into this miniature package – some local history, some genuine science, and an insight into the character of a late-Victorian pioneer. Read the full review.

The world’s oldest electric railway.

Step back to a time of engineering adventure and ingenuity. Brighton’s great Victorian inventor personally welcomes you back to the future to meet the challenge of making an electric train run along the coast out at sea! A story of passion, invention and triumph.

Plus, your ticket brings you a £1 per person discount to a ride on the remaining Volks’ Railway!

This performance was first seen in the 2010 Brighton Fringe at 'Hendrick's Horseless Carriage of Curiosities'.

Written and devised by Liz Tait and Nicholas Brice, with the support and advice of Ian Gledhill.

***** (FringeReview)

11:30am to 12:45pm
Dancing with The Star! Movin' with Melvin! Movin' Melvin Brown

Tap into health! Legendary Song and Dance Man, Movin' Melvin Brown brings health and happiness to Brighton. An interactive tap dance and workout workshop, fun for all ages and levels. Before you can think, he has you tappin' away!

"Light on his feet, Melvin’s upbeat persona delights his audience" **** (Broadway Baby)

"Watching Melvin tap his way across stage is a joy to behold" (West Australian)

11:45am to 12:35pm
The Elves & The Shoemaker Above Bounds Theatre

When everyone in the house is tucked up in bed, a magical creature lifts its head. With little green fingers and little green toes, pointy ears and a sharp pointed nose, the house elves awaken and look around with glee. What they will make, create or decorate, we will have to wait and see!

Join Above Bounds, who brought you 'The Ugly Duckling & Other Tales' in 2017, for ‘The Elves & the Shoemaker’ - a delightful retelling of a well-loved tale with puppetry, music and a few crafty ideas along the way.

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Amazing Bubble Man Louis Pearl

EXTRA PERFORMANCES ADDED BY POPULAR DEMAND

Louis Pearl has thrilled audiences worldwide for over 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. An Edinburgh Fringe sell-out for 10 years, Louis explores the breathtaking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerised. From square, fog and helium bubbles, giant bubbles, volcanoes, tornadoes and trampolines, to people inside bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and amazed gasps from all ages. New this year, live music by Jet Black Pearl.

12:30pm to 1:20pm
Mr Dilly's World of Wonder Mr Dilly's World of Wonder

A feel-good, interactive-theatre storytelling experience like no other! Let Mr Dilly take you on a journey of joy, laughter and fun into a world of wonder, using drama, music and improvisation to bring to life children’s classics, traditional fairy tales and heroic myths! Whatever your age, you can join in the merriment and become part of the action; no two shows are ever the same! Fun for all the family in a high-energy, fast-paced, interactive story extravaganza bringing families and children of all ages together! Get the Happy!

1. Goldilocks and the Three Bears - Mon 28 May 10.30am
2. The Jungle Book - Tues 29 May 12.30am
3. George and the Dragon - Tues 29 May 2pm
4. Jack and the Beanstalk - Weds 30 May 10.30am
5. Perseus and the Gorgon - Weds 30 May 12.30pm
6. Treasure Island - Thurs 31 May 10.30am
7. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Thurs 31 May 12.30am
8. Robin Hood - Friday 1 June 10.30am
9. Thor's Mighty Hammer - Friday 1 June 12.30am

12:30pm to 12:50pm
Magnus Volk's Electric Train of Thought White Room Theatre

4 stars Magnus Volk's Electric Train Of Thought is a little piece of theatre: only 20 minutes long, performed in a tiny room, for an audience of just a dozen or so. But size isn't everything. There's a lot packed into this miniature package – some local history, some genuine science, and an insight into the character of a late-Victorian pioneer. Read the full review.

The world’s oldest electric railway.

Step back to a time of engineering adventure and ingenuity. Brighton’s great Victorian inventor personally welcomes you back to the future to meet the challenge of making an electric train run along the coast out at sea! A story of passion, invention and triumph.

Plus, your ticket brings you a £1 per person discount to a ride on the remaining Volks’ Railway!

This performance was first seen in the 2010 Brighton Fringe at 'Hendrick's Horseless Carriage of Curiosities'.

Written and devised by Liz Tait and Nicholas Brice, with the support and advice of Ian Gledhill.

***** (FringeReview)

12:30pm to 1:30pm
StoryBox Unleashed StoryBox

Dress up! Create! Play. Interactive storytelling sessions which make you the star of your story.
Mark Locke and Gladrags costume centre combine their skills to help children create instant, interactive stories via dressing-up, role-play, and scenarios of their own choosing all woven together by Mark the storyteller.

Come and lose yourself in your own imagination. Parents go free.

Performances happen 3 times a day at the following times:
11.00-12 pm, 12.30-13.30, 14.00-15.00.

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

Triple-award-winning Irish comedian and scientist Dónal Vaughan brings his hugely popular science and comedy show back to Brighton Fringe. With some brand new tricks and some old favourites too, learn about science using everyday objects and laugh your pants off while you do it. You too can become a science wizard and amaze your family and friends.

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

Winner: 'Beat the Frog World Series' (2016), 'Laughing Horse NATY' (2015), 'Tedfest Comedy Award' (2014).

1:00pm to 2:00pm
Iris Prize: A Celebration of LGBT Film Iris Prize

The Iris Prize Festival, based in Cardiff, celebrates amazing LGBT film and each year awards the largest LGBT short film prize in the world. These winning short films from Iris 2017 are the best of the best, telling fascinating LGBT stories from the UK and beyond.

Lily – Youth Jury Award
Graham Cantwell | Ireland | 22 mins

Eté – Highly Commended, Best British
Gregory Oke | UK | 19 mins

We Love Moses – Best British
Dionne Edwards | UK | 19 mins

Mother Knows Best – Iris Prize
Mikael Bundsen | Sweden | 13 mins

1:00pm to 2:00pm
SpiegelCircus Brighton Spiegeltent

Join us this half-term for a magical, interactive, family circus show in the sky! Journey through the clouds and see what you can find at the beautiful Brighton Spiegeltent, with lots of fun activities and an amazing skilled cast performing aerial, hula-hoop, hand-balancing, music and more!

All ages welcome and encouraged! Arrive an hour before the show if you want to warm-up with us, play and try out some circus skills for yourself. A fast-paced, fun show where anything can happen... and probably will!

1:30pm to 2:20pm
Victorious Tiny Horse Promotions

A celebration of songs written by and inspired by Victoria Wood. Join Hannah Brackenbury (Musical Comedy Awards finalist 2016) as she presents a joyful and poignant musical tribute to the late, great comedian and songwriter, combining well-known favourites plus original material inspired by her work.

1:30pm to 3:30pm
Exploring Senses 'MakerLab Monsters' Exploring Senses CIC

Have you ever watched 'Toy Story' and thought Sid’s mutant toys were kinda cool? Then you’re gonna love ‘MakerLab Monsters’. Learn how to use 3D pens and re-use toys destined for landfill in a draw, cut, stick and sew workshop. Next, photograph and digitally edit your monsters and print them onto your own personalised t-shirt.

The workshop takes place at our new Exploring Senses MakerLab and lasts about 2hrs, with all materials and equipment provided. We can also provide other combined art, craft and digital activities, including 3D scanning, 3D printing, digital, full-colour heat press and silkscreen printing.

1:30pm to 1:50pm
Magnus Volk's Electric Train of Thought White Room Theatre

4 stars Magnus Volk's Electric Train Of Thought is a little piece of theatre: only 20 minutes long, performed in a tiny room, for an audience of just a dozen or so. But size isn't everything. There's a lot packed into this miniature package – some local history, some genuine science, and an insight into the character of a late-Victorian pioneer. Read the full review.

The world’s oldest electric railway.

Step back to a time of engineering adventure and ingenuity. Brighton’s great Victorian inventor personally welcomes you back to the future to meet the challenge of making an electric train run along the coast out at sea! A story of passion, invention and triumph.

Plus, your ticket brings you a £1 per person discount to a ride on the remaining Volks’ Railway!

This performance was first seen in the 2010 Brighton Fringe at 'Hendrick's Horseless Carriage of Curiosities'.

Written and devised by Liz Tait and Nicholas Brice, with the support and advice of Ian Gledhill.

***** (FringeReview)

1:45pm to 2:45pm
Lone Wolf McQuade & Friends # - HASHTAG

'Lone Wolf McQuade & Friends' is a glimpse into the weird and often surreal minds of three stand-up comics who've poured all their hope into this show. Their friendship is on the line. Can you help them survive? Starring Emily 'Lone-Wolf' McQuade, David Ferguson and Phil Green.

2:00pm to 3:45pm
Geoffrey Mead's Clifton and Montpelier Tour Geoffrey Mead

Close to the city centre lies the Victorian suburb of Clifton Hill and Montpelier, a quiet architecturally interesting community with its own geological, geographical and social history. This tour looks at building materials and styles and occupants past and present, viewed on a stroll through this fascinating locale.

2:00pm to 8:00pm
Abstractionpark 7090: Preparing for Take-Off Brighton Spiegeltent with 7090

Reader beware: today's Bold Choice is bolder than most. I've caught three of Dutch group 7090's previous shows, both in Amsterdam and Brighton, and all were perplexingly wonderful experiences; expect oddball musical instruments, curious art installations, and general creative wackiness (which may or may not have a deeper meaning). This time we're offered a guided tour of a miniature park, with features including a Wailing Pyramid and Balloon Bagpipes; it's free to drop in and it's on all day, so there's no reason not to give it a whirl.

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.

2:00pm to 4:00pm
Adventures of Robin Hood JW Productions

Prepare your family for a thrilling adventure as Robin and his merry band whisk you to Sherwood forest and rise up against the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham! Expect boo-able villains, thigh-slapping songs, narrow escapes and daring escapades! Bring a picnic and enjoy a unique outdoor adventure!

Previous productions: 'The Wind in The Willows' and 'The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio'.

"What family theatre should be... Outstanding" (FringeReview)

"Shimmers with theatrical magic" (The Stage)

"A fun, heart-warming and inclusive production" (Child Friendly Brighton)

Touch tours available on request, please email brightonopenairtheatre@gmail.com to book.

2:00pm to 3:00pm
StoryBox Unleashed StoryBox

Dress up! Create! Play. Interactive storytelling sessions which make you the star of your story.
Mark Locke and Gladrags costume centre combine their skills to help children create instant, interactive stories via dressing-up, role-play, and scenarios of their own choosing all woven together by Mark the storyteller.

Come and lose yourself in your own imagination. Parents go free.

Performances happen 3 times a day at the following times:
11.00-12 pm, 12.30-13.30, 14.00-15.00.

2:10pm to 3:10pm
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!

2:15pm to 3:25pm
#BeMoreMartyn Hope Theatre Company

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

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

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

2:15pm to 3:15pm
Huggers Nik Coppin Productions

The popular family show at festivals worldwide returns with a revolving line-up of performers of all varieties from comedians, musical theatre, poets, magicians, clowns and children's entertainers with fun and laughter for all the family.

"Kept the kids entertained... whizzed past and was perfectly timed for child attention spans!” (Child Friendly Brighton)
“The kids had a great time” (Adelaide Fringe)
“Great show” (The Scotsman)
“Mums and dads are onto a winner with this afternoon of delightfully immature comedy” (Melbourne International Comedy Festival)

2:25pm to 3:25pm
Doktor James' Bad Skemes The Giggle Goose / Sweet Productions

Doktor James is sick of living at home and not being taken seriously as a super villain. He is really bad and he just wants to beat his superhero brother and be voted #1 in the super villain charts! (Bad as in evil by the way, not bad as in rubbish. He definitely isn’t rubbish).
But he can't do it alone.

Are you naughty enough to take over the world? Are you a genius with a lot of plans and inventions? Are you really good at dancing? Doktor James needs your help!

"Family entertainment at its finest" ***** (Broadway Baby)

**** (Fest)

"Represents the best of the Fringe" (Primary Times)

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Be Original! Crumble-tastic Productions

Lorraine Bowen is David Walliams' golden buzzer gal from 'Britain's Got Talent!' With quirky songs, interactive games and creative challenges, her brand-new live show inspires kids (6-11) to make their own original music.

"My kids loved your show - it's amazing" (a delighted mum)

Watch the 'BE ORIGINAL!' trailer to see the fun of the show!

2:30pm to 2:50pm
Magnus Volk's Electric Train of Thought White Room Theatre

4 stars Magnus Volk's Electric Train Of Thought is a little piece of theatre: only 20 minutes long, performed in a tiny room, for an audience of just a dozen or so. But size isn't everything. There's a lot packed into this miniature package – some local history, some genuine science, and an insight into the character of a late-Victorian pioneer. Read the full review.

The world’s oldest electric railway.

Step back to a time of engineering adventure and ingenuity. Brighton’s great Victorian inventor personally welcomes you back to the future to meet the challenge of making an electric train run along the coast out at sea! A story of passion, invention and triumph.

Plus, your ticket brings you a £1 per person discount to a ride on the remaining Volks’ Railway!

This performance was first seen in the 2010 Brighton Fringe at 'Hendrick's Horseless Carriage of Curiosities'.

Written and devised by Liz Tait and Nicholas Brice, with the support and advice of Ian Gledhill.

***** (FringeReview)

2:30pm to 4:00pm
BOY HyperFusion Theatre Company

This is Joe's story. Four friends. A party. A harmless joke that becomes something more sinister. A tragic escalation of events with life-changing consequences for all involved.

'BOY'.
Who am I?
And is that ok?

2:30pm to 3:20pm
Margo & Mr Whatsit PaddleBoat Theatre CIC

5 stars When you grew up, did you have an imaginary friend? I never did – but Sophia, the young girl at the centre of this big-hearted tale, makes up for my omission by having two of them. This funny yet meaningful show is really meant for children, but it's charming and spirited enough to awaken the child in us all; it tackles some huge and difficult topics, yet every moment is filled with magic, ebullience, and joy. Read the full review.

Sophia’s imaginary friend is Mr Whatsit. Wherever Sophia finds herself living, he’s always there with jokes to tell and games to play.

But when Sophia moves into her new foster home, Mr Whatsit finds himself unimagined! Now Sophia has a new imaginary friend – the glamorous, grown-up Margo. Can Mr Whatsit’s playfulness keep him from being unimagined for good? And with her imaginary friends competing against each other, will Sophia manage to find her forever home?

PaddleBoat Theatre present an interactive, make-believe tale where the real and imaginary collide, and friends are never far away.

Touch tours available on request, please email katy@paddleboattheatre.co.uk to book.

2:35pm to 3:25pm
SESKA: Spot the Difference! SESKA

SESKA performs incredibly silly magic tricks, repeats them again but with a crazy added difference... and, when you spot the difference, you win a fab prize! A party atmosphere, hilarious entertainment and a competition all in one. Sells out super-fast so get the tickets now, donutfaces!

When SESKA comes to town, kids laugh out loud, dads f*rt out loud, and mums faint at his feet! Crazier than finding a penguin in your fridge.

"My kids loved him" (Jonathan Ross)
"Children will be spellbound for 50 minutes of silliness" (Broadway Baby)

Nominated for Best Family Show Brighton Fringe 2015

3:00pm to 10:00pm
B.fest 2018 B.Fest / Brighton Youth Centre

B.fest is the Brighton Youth Arts Festival, a festival for young people, by young people. Expect a dynamic week of fun, creativity and innovation. B.fest events include live music, gaming, visual arts, film festival, dance, skate, debates, workshops and much more.

To see the week's programme check out our website.

3:00pm to 4:30pm
Word Jamal Harewood

They’re pretty special. They give a person the opportunity to express themselves. They can be read. They can be heard. They can be spoken. They allow us to communicate. I was always told that it’s not what you say, but how you say it - is this true?

Become the contestant or host in an audience-led game show that put the words we use under a magnifying glass.

Plus optional 30 minute Q&A.

3:00pm to 3:55pm
John Osborne: John Peel's Shed and Other Stories John Osborne

Writer and storyteller John Osborne is back with a trio of shows across the final weekend of the Fringe.

Friday 1 June - 'John Peel’s Shed'. A show about a box of records that once belonged to Radio 1 DJ John Peel.
"I could have listened for hours" ***** (The Independent)
"One of the loveliest things you'll see all year" (The Herald)

Saturday 2 June - 'Circled in the Radio Times'.
"Melts the boundaries between spoken word poetry, storytelling theatre and stand up with its sheer warmth, sensitivity and openness" ***** (Broadway Baby)

Sunday 3 June - 'You're in a Bad Way'. A brand new story about sisters, dementia and Saint Etienne.

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Joe Bains: Curried Mustard Joe Bains

Growing up in the deepest darkest parts of India and then being thrown into the west with no language, culture, personality, looks, or even a clue.

3:00pm to 4:35pm
Candide Brighton College (Drama Department)

Candide is an optimist. A dreamer. He believes that everything is for the best in the best of all possible worlds. But that belief is about to be tested as Candide's comfortable life is overtaken by an endless barrage of misfortune.

As his world collapses around him, the story travels across the centuries to new locations and parallel universes.

How will Candide's optimism fare when it collides with life in the 21st century?

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Junior Jungle Rave Junior Jungle Party

Junior Jungle Party is the antidote to ‘baby raves’. Functioning on the pillars of no Pop, no Diznee, just proper tunes and real ravin' for kids and adults together.

At a Junior Jungle Party you can expect only the finest cuts of Ragga-Jungle (vetted for age appropriate content), all expertly mixed live by Nick Terrific.

You can expect to dance, a lot. MC Rocky Patch will lead the charge, making sure all partygoers are jumpin’ and skankin’. There will be dance-offs and battles. Who will win? The Jungle Cats? Or The Mashup Monkeys?

3:00pm to 9:00pm
Cultureground @ B.fest B.Fest / Brighton Youth Centre

Presenting the best in visual arts, photography, 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 Tuesday 29th May 5.30-7pm

This project is supported by a Go Think Big Brighton Fringe bursary.

3:30pm to 4:30pm
Creation Song Norse Myths Storytelling Root and Branch Theatre Company

3 stars Storyteller Alison Williams-Bailey cuts an impressive figure as she parades into the room, her hair tumbling over the shoulders of her robe, an antler-topped staff clutched in her hand. She's here to share tales of Norse gods and legends – from Yggdrasil, the tree of life, to Ragnarök, the apocalyptic final battle. Her show divides into two parts; the first lives up to the spectacle of her entrance, the second sadly less so. Read the full review.

Stories from the Norse myths and legends with ballad song, galdr chant and ancient Eddic poetry. This performance tells the story of the Vanir tribe of Norse deities and their influence on creation.

It includes a ritual or sacred marriage which was a symbolic representation of the birth of life in the universe. This tradition was sacred to the elder fertility gods with origins in the megalithic era. This is a theatrical storytelling performance and includes song and chant as well as ritual action.

This project is supported by an encoreinsure.com Brighton Fringe bursary.

3:30pm to 3:50pm
Magnus Volk's Electric Train of Thought White Room Theatre

4 stars Magnus Volk's Electric Train Of Thought is a little piece of theatre: only 20 minutes long, performed in a tiny room, for an audience of just a dozen or so. But size isn't everything. There's a lot packed into this miniature package – some local history, some genuine science, and an insight into the character of a late-Victorian pioneer. Read the full review.

The world’s oldest electric railway.

Step back to a time of engineering adventure and ingenuity. Brighton’s great Victorian inventor personally welcomes you back to the future to meet the challenge of making an electric train run along the coast out at sea! A story of passion, invention and triumph.

Plus, your ticket brings you a £1 per person discount to a ride on the remaining Volks’ Railway!

This performance was first seen in the 2010 Brighton Fringe at 'Hendrick's Horseless Carriage of Curiosities'.

Written and devised by Liz Tait and Nicholas Brice, with the support and advice of Ian Gledhill.

***** (FringeReview)

3:55pm to 4:55pm
Other People's Teeth Want the Moon Theatre Company

3 stars Billed as a "romantic crime thriller", Other People's Teeth is the tale of two interlocking relationships. One is conventional rom-com fare: the feisty Joss is dating the geeky Simon, who attempts to woo her with convoluted mathematical reasoning and games of chess. But the other relationship is between Joss and her boss Sol, and that partnership is anything but everyday. Because Sol is a hitman, Joss is his right-hand woman… and Sol isn't about to let the newcomer Simon get in the way. Read the full review.

Balancing work life with a love life is a struggle, but what if your job is killing people?

A hitwoman is trying to reconcile these two aspects of her life. Just starting out in a new profession, she craves the respect of her experienced partner in crime. But when she meets someone who she thinks might be the one, will everything have to change? How much longer can she carry on kicking in other people’s teeth, and lying to a man she’s falling in love with?

One of these relationships can’t last, and before the hitwoman makes her final decision, the situation is going to get deadly.

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

EXTRA PERFORMANCES ADDED BY POPULAR DEMAND

Louis Pearl has thrilled audiences worldwide for over 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. An Edinburgh Fringe sell-out for 10 years, Louis explores the breathtaking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerised. From square, fog and helium bubbles, giant bubbles, volcanoes, tornadoes and trampolines, to people inside bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and amazed gasps from all ages. New this year, live music by Jet Black Pearl.

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Boxman Flugelman Productions

There are more than 60 million displaced people on our planet... people who have no home. Ringo is one of them. He is a survivor, a child soldier displaced from his homeland, sheltering in a cardboard box in an inner city park. He lives in plain sight but is invisible to the city around him. Inside his makeshift home Ringo lives a life rich with stories and songs of a childhood far away, a family tragically lost and the complicated promise of a new beginning... Flugelman Productions with StoneCrabs Theatre presents this intimate and deeply moving one-man play by Australian playwright Daniel Keene, directed by Edwina Strobl.

4:00pm to 5:00pm
This Boy Tom JW Productions

A life-affirming story of acceptance, courage and friendship. Tom starts at a new school and is met with bullying, but, with new girl Flora’s arrival is it time for something new?

The 2016 Brighton Fringe hit returns.

"Another 'Matilda' in the making" ***** (GScene)

"A polished performance from a professional troupe of talented young actors, directed by Natalie Sexton." "A life-affirming musical about injustice and morality." "Essential viewing for 10-16 yr olds" ***** (The Latest)

Written and directed by Natalie Sexton.

This project is supported by an encoreinsure.com Brighton Fringe bursary.

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Brighton Queen of Slaughtering Places 368 Theatre Company

4 stars Murders, and murderers, seem to fascinate us all. We can't get enough of true-crime stories – the more gothic and grisly the better. A couple of centuries ago, we'd have scratched that itch by attending public hangings; in this more enlightened age, we simply go to Fringe shows. Brighton, Queen of Slaughtering Places is well aware of that irony, gently critiquing its own genre even as it tells a satisfyingly bloodstained tale. Read the full review.

Over the course of the last few Fringes, playwright Nigel Fairs has all but cornered the market for local tales of true crime. His scripts are always popular, balancing chilling detail and character-based insight – and the intimate, atmospheric setting of the Town Hall's old police cells adds an extra frisson, too. This time, he's tackling three real-life local murder cases, each of them involving a body in a packing trunk; we're promised a story that's historically accurate, but also has a twist in the tale. On previous form, it should be a sure-fire winner.

On 17th June 1934, a dead woman's torso was discovered in a trunk at Brighton station. The murder was never solved... until now! Come down into the darkly atmospheric police cells below Brighton Town Hall to hear the murderer tell their story...

Written by the award-winning Nigel Fairs ('In Conversation with an Acid Bath Murderer'), this is the sequel to last year's sell-out 'Brighton Killers', described as "a darkly enthralling immersive, immensely enjoyable theatre event" (Broadway Baby) and "well-written, atmospheric and blackly comic" (The Reviews Hub).

4:15pm to 5:00pm
Don't Worry Be Yoncé (XS) Performance Kollektiv Pony Camp

Diva, queen, sex bomb, mother, business woman, wife, feminist – #FLAWLESS.

She is everything.
She has everything.
So why not become her?

Let Us Upgrade U: 'Don't Worry Be Yoncé (XS)' is an easy, step-by-step tutorial (beginner/intermediate/advanced) on how everyone can become Queen B.

Liberté, Egalité, Be Yoncé: Because everyone deserves to be Bey.

This productions is part of Brighton Fringe's Dutch & Flemish Season 2018.

4:30pm to 5:25pm
Painted Love Two Foolish

With Marc Almond as your spiritual guide, what could possibly go wrong?

From the team that brought you 'Get Fit With Bruce Willis', 'Painted Love' follows a washed up singer-songwriter as he tries to summon up the spirit of Marc Almond to resurrect his career. His wife wants his money, his agent wants a hit, the landlady’s grandchildren won’t shut up, and a spirit from the undead wants his soul.

His solution? Find the sacred amulet of songwriting – once held by Marc – in the house where Marc once lived, and hope that painting will bring his wife back.

Featuring the songs of 'Soft Cell' and Marc Almond.

4:30pm to 5:30pm
Serena Flynn: Prune Serena Flynn

Serena Flynn’s ex cheated on her with webcam girls. She doesn’t want to go on about it or anything. She’s just made a whole show about it. She’s totally fine.

Anarchic, grotesque and a bit nuts; this oversexed, outspoken bouffon playfully parodies gender performance and ridicules her own heartbreak.

4:30pm to 5:30pm
The Tale Of The Cockatrice Mumblecrust Theatre

Mumblecrust Theatre return with their Brighton Fringe 2017 double award-winning show! Deep in the vaults of an ancient priory, a hideous creature awakens. A deadly cockatrice is born! Bold knights flee in terror... Can a humble nun defeat the beast? Two muddle-headed storytellers use breathtaking puppetry, spine-tingling live music and general tom-foolery in this dark and winding fable for monster-lovers young and old!

Winners: ‘Best Newcomer to Brighton Fringe’ and ‘Best of Brighton Fringe: Children and Families Award’

“A genuine work of art” ***** (Voice Magazine)
**** (Broadway Baby)

Touch tours available on request, please email admin@mumblecrust.com to book.

4:55pm to 6:05pm
On the Tracks Lucy C Hayward

4 stars Part psychological thriller, part social commentary, On The Tracks is a gripping two-hander exploring the secrets we do and don't choose to share. It's set in the break-room of an anonymous railway station; two shunters, Robert and Ted, are about to start their shift. If you don't know what a shunter does, then all will be explained. But this isn't really about the railways; it's about how little we truly know the people we see every day, and how unspoken forces can quietly buckle a mind. Read the full review.

Robert and Ted are shunters. They work together on a small country railway station at night. There seems to be nothing unusual about this evening but a lot has happened over the last few years and tonight something has changed. It is only when conversation turns to the darker side that it becomes clear how little they know about each other and can start uncovering the unsavoury truths.

A sixty minute stage play with a touch tour and audio description absorbed within the script, so every performance is accessible for blind and visually impaired audiences.

5:00pm to 6:45pm
Geoffrey Mead's London Road Tour Geoffrey Mead

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

This project is supported by a Brighton Lions bursary.

5:15pm to 6:15pm
Falkland: The War the World Forgot Tasty Monster Productions

3 stars In 1982, a voice-over tells us, "a tiny island went to war… but nobody noticed". A controversial claim maybe, but certainly – when it comes to Fringe theatre – the Falklands conflict remains relatively unexplored. Set mainly on a remote farm on these remote islands, Falkland: The War The World Forgot aims to show the impact of the war, both on local people and the servicemen sent to liberate them. It also places the events in historical context, stretching back to the Troubles in Northern Ireland and even the Blitz in London. Read the full review.

It's a "bold" choice because it's a relatively unproven script, but Tasty Monster Productions have impressed our reviewers with previous shows up in Edinburgh. This time, they're tackling the Falklands War – which has been oddly overlooked by theatre-makers in general – telling the stories of both islanders and soldiers, against the backdrop of the events of 1982. It's not, they say, political or militaristic, but a reminder of how war can change and entangle ordinary lives. Preview showings in Pittsburgh and Orlando have been well-received.

Under the starry blanket of night, two unlikely friends, a young soldier and a curmudgeonly farmer, find new camaraderie as the big show plays out in the theatre of war around them. Bitter conflict, questionable politics and moral debate engage us in a traumatic but necessary journey through the lives of the two men, their families, and the many twists and turns they encounter on the road to redemption. Inspired by real events and real people, incorporating archival news, historical photography, and multimedia, 'Falkland' highlights and honours the extraordinary actions of ordinary people.

5:30pm to 6:00pm
Rebekka Turner: Rice T*ts Rebekka Turner

A cultural camp calamari of a character stand-up comedy show. Rebekka is proud to bring her debut solo 30 minute show to Brighton Fringe and thrilled to be supported by The Pebble Trust Brighton Fringe Awards. Perfect for anyone who enjoys their comedy with a weird or sharp edge to it!

'Rice T*ts' is inspired by the drag queen trick of putting rice into tights to create fake boobs. An early evening aperitif show with an eccentric and eclectic mix of impressions, word play and stories exploring food, pop culture and awkwardness... and other stuff!

5:30pm to 6:30pm
The DredgeLand Podcast Spectacular Plinth Productions

Lunatic comedy double act John Dredge and Andy Harland present a manic hour of radio comedy weirdness, to be broadcast in simulcast with local radio titans Hove FM 95.3. Come along and thrill at our largely incomprehensible radio features such as the fun family game show for all the family, 123321.

There is also a free (yes, free!) DredgeLand badge for all audience members and weirdos, plus some great prizes and plinths galore.

Do write in: DredgeLand always likes to hear from their listeners, though at a safe distance. Need more info? Simply go to Ceefax page 187.4

#Plinth

5:30pm to 6:25pm
Pibroch Tales Port Dance Theatre Project

2 stars There's one thing I dearly wish I'd known before going into Pibroch Tales: you are supposed to find it funny. I guess the opening is clue enough, with its sense of solemn ritual marred by noisy clattering and clumsy moves. But I think I was entitled to be confused: the flyer promises "a vibrant blend of storytelling, dance, comedy and bagpipe music", and what I actually got was something approaching a pastiche of high art. Read the full review.

Two men enter a forest... a vibrant blend of bagpipe music, storytelling, dance, and comedy, amid sharp-humoured interaction with the audience. This Scottish one-man show skips through a jigsaw of three different tales; each excerpt illuminating a different scene.

"Animated storytelling with both humour and charm" (Maria Hardcastle)

"There’s a kind of enchantment... dry, droll, deadpan, featuring kilted Gordon Douglas Raeburn as both compere and performer... Pythonesque" (Sanjoy Roy for Resolution)

Audience members said "quirky, funny and accessible" and "a funny voyage into Scottish bizarre"

5:40pm to 6:40pm
Alex Martini is Mad About Food Alex Martini

Are you passionate about food, yet in love with Britain at the same time? This show is for you!
The craziest Italian, Alex Martini, brings you his debut solo show 'Mad About Food'. Alex knows a lot about food, and like most Italians, he's not afraid to shout it out loud.

Constantly in and out of stereotype, this show will leave you wanting more.

Sprinkled all over with an abundance of satire, to keep it tangy and spicy.

Leave your prejudices at home and bring along a full-bodied sense of humour. Just make sure it is a bit dry.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Brighton’s Singing Barber Peter Joannou The Something For The Weekend Show

Brighton’s singing barber, Peter Joannou, performs his latest song 'From Ma Window', from his first floor shop window in The Lanes in the 'Something For The Weekend' show.

Who will be his guest? Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Perry Como, Matt Monro, Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley... ?

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Antling Pepper Productions

What happens when a forty something single woman rediscovers her childhood crush on an 80s pop icon? A liberation from pissed-off boredom and an awakening of sexual fantasies. Sometimes fierce, sometimes sad but all encased with a feisty sense of humour.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Scott Lavene Harry Farmer presents

Born in Essex, Scott Lavene was raised on power ballads, punk and swearing. In bands since his teens, scratching out a pound note on with dead end jobs in various towns. Always moving, sunny side down, trying to find something to cling to. In London during the late noughties, the behaviour became darker, the songs got better and there came a sniff from some major labels and a stint in New York including playing at CBGB’s.

The songs are stories, tragic and funny, catchy, honest and passionate. They keep you on your toes, as will Scott Lavene if you keep your eyes on him.

6:00pm to 12:00am
The Spire Festival Bar The Spire

Step into Brighton’s most atmospheric bar. Experience unusual art, curious performance and live music every night at 9pm whilst sipping the perfect festival cocktail - and it's all for free! Kemptown's newest Brighton Fringe venue located in the glorious St Marks Chapel opens its doors every Friday, Saturday and Bank Holiday Sunday.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Caspar Thomas: More Magic & Mentalism Caspar Thomas

Magician Caspar Thomas isn't a typical showman, but after spending a few minutes in his wittily self-deprecating company you'll feel that you've made a new friend. If it's true to the spirit of his previous show – which we reviewed a couple of years ago – you can expect an unashamedly traditional magic routine executed to perfection, often triggering that pleasing sense that something literally impossible has just happened before your eyes. Our 2016 review praised an unexpectedly funny, crowd-pleasing show, for those who remember the golden age of magic on TV.

Caspar returns to Brighton to perform more new and classic (invented by some of the greatest magicians of the last 120 years) stand-up, interactive, before your very eyes sleight of hand magic and mentalism! No suspicious looking boxes. No stooges. No assistants (glamorous or otherwise).

"Caspar’s sleight of hand and mentalism is of a standard rarely seen anywhere, and never attempted by the current generation of magicians. Phenomenal!" (Jerry Sadowitz)
"A master of the sleight of hand... he had them eating, almost literally, out of his hand" (FringeReview)

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Go Slay Dragons Smith - The Creative Foundry

'Go Slay Dragons' tells tales of love, adventure and existential despair, probably with too much swearing.

A Dan in a park experiences a nearby choir seemingly singing his darkest thoughts. Heartbreak turns to joy as a Dan meets the musical loving woman of his dreams. Then, a lost document and a ring set our hairy-footed, suburban Dan on a quest across the sea.

Join Dan Cardwell somewhere between stand-up and storytelling, in this quest for love and adventure. With music, musicals and an arguable bunch of characters, in tales all demonstrably true, and Dan Cardwell should know. They're all him.

6:00pm to 6:55pm
Kevin Quantum: Vanishing Point Everyday Miracle Productions

I saw scientist-magician Kevin Quantum at the Edinburgh Fringe a couple of years ago, and was instantly won over by his abundant charisma and engaging charm. His act back then was visually striking, mixing conjuring illusions with real-world science and building to a stunning finale. This new show's about the power of invisible forces; we're promised forays into physics and psychology, and a death-defying escape illusion to drive the point home. With the vintage setting of the Bosco theatre tent added to the mix, it's hard to see how this one can fail.

Following award-winning, sell-out performances in Edinburgh and Adelaide and receiving a ‘High Commendation Award’ (Adelaide 2017), Kevin makes his Brighton premiere with a brand new show. Enter a zone where the rules of nature are bent and broken... impossible illusions and disappearances brought to you by the magician-scientist hybrid tutored by Penn & Teller.

"Epic stunts" (Broadway Baby)

"Astonishing" ***** (Edinburgh Evening News)

"Will leave you picking your jaws off the floor" **** (Advertiser)

"Incredible feats of levitation" **** (All Edinburgh Theatre)

6:00pm to 7:00pm
There Was a Ship Brian Mander

A performance within a sculptural installation of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' by the artist Brian Mander. The sculpture can be viewed independently during regular opening times (Monday - Saturday, 10am-1pm and 2pm-4:30pm).

This project is supported by a Brighton Lions bursary.

6:00pm to 6:50pm
Guru Dudu's Silent Disco Walking Tours Guru Dudu Productions

I've never actually been on Guru Dudu's headphone disco tours, but they've become a familiar sight in Brighton and, especially, Edinburgh. Looking for all the world like a 1980's breakfast-TV exercise coach, Guru Dudu leads a party-loving crowd around the streets of the city, playing tunes and calling out moves through wifi-connected headsets. No skill is required, just a willingness to have a go – and being in a big group must make it easier to shed any inhibitions about dancing in public. It's a surreal sight as a spectator… and looks a lot of fun to take part in, too.

Sold out at Edinburgh Fringe 2017!

Guru Dudu returns with his hilarious dance-walking tours of spontaneous flash mob dancing through the streets, interpretative dancing around local landmarks and lots of crazy interaction with onlookers. Everyone wears headphones (supplied) and can hear the fun commentary from Guru Dudu and the dance mix of uplifting favourites from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s.

Wear comfortable footwear and preferably come empty handed (no bags, etc)

Tickets available at door if headphones available.

Check out our website for additional pop-up events with Guru Dudu.

Warning: cheeks may hurt from smiling!

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Morning is Red 368 Theatre Company

2 stars First World War drama Morning is Red holds a lot of promise. For one thing, it's staged in the evocative subterranean setting of the Town Hall's Old Police Cells – which ably represent a spartan, run-down, front-line hospital. And the set-up is poignant: an eager young soldier, wounded on his very first day of battle, shares a ward with a jaded army officer who's seen more than enough of war. Read the full review.

New scripts don't normally count as Sure Choices – but this one feels very safe indeed. Featuring two hospitalised soldiers looking back on World War One, it's the latest script from writer Nigel Fairs, best known for his 5* masterpiece Conversation With An Acid Bath Murderer. Like much of Fairs' recent work at the Fringe, it's performed in the atmospheric Old Police Cells Museum, which is both an evocative venue and a fascinating destination in its own right. Time will tell – but the ingredients are all there for a haunting and memorable hour.

Two soldiers lie wounded in hospital, sharing very different experiences of the trenches. One was shot on the first day of the War, the other on the last. As they become closer, a heart-breaking truth about them both gradually becomes apparent...

'Morning is Red' is an intimate, moving new play from the award-winning writer/director team Nigel Fairs ('In Conversation with an Acid Bath Murderer', 'My Gay Best Friend', 'The Appeal of Silence') and Louise Jameson ('Doctor Who', 'Eastenders', 'Tenko', 'Bergerac'), presented in the hugely atmospheric cells.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Hansel and Gretel Smikle Dance Project

A classic fairytale re-imagined through dance. Lee Smikle Dance Project and Shoreditch Youth Dance Company take you on a heartwarming adventure of sibling friendship, body popping crows and soul-eating witches.

A dark magical production for audiences of all ages.

6:10pm to 7:00pm
Tits, Teeth & Twat The Creative Performance Company

Mid-life crisis? Forget that! Join us, two twenty-one year olds, as we dissect issues that have resulted in our quarter-life crisis. Are you confused by the Kardashians? Sick of seeing glitter in inappropriate places? Outraged by the price of pizza? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the show for you!

Making its Brighton debut, Tits, Teeth & Twat makes no apologies for its lack of filter. Sit back and watch as our bums jiggle, bingo wings bounce and thighs chafe.

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Pet Hates The Company

With his ferocious dark humour, award-winning comedian Amadeus Martin delivers his sharp witted take on retro Lucozade, emergency text messages, why women marry prisoners, pen pal disputes and more.

Amadeus may occasionally be obscene, so if you’re easily offended, be sure to come along.

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

It's a comedy bonanza!

A brand-new stand-up comedy selection from Laughing Horse. An exciting mixed bag of comedians, with top headliners and the best up-and-coming performers selected from shows all around the Fringe.

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

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

6:15pm to 7:25pm
Movin' Melvin Brown: Chuck Berry Lives! Movin' Melvin Brown

Award-winning entertainer and rhythm & blues legend returns to Brighton with his homage to the king of rock'n'roll, Chuck Berry. Superb originals combined with Chuck Berry classics in a magical journey performed by Movin' Melvin & The Rock'n'Roll Showband!

Hits such as 'Little Sixteen', 'Memphis', 'You Never Can Tell' and 'Johnny B Goode' mixed with dance and tap routines of the kind that have won Brown a faithful following worldwide. Bring your dancing shoes!

"Exceptional" ***** (The Scotsman)
"Singing, tapping, shaking entertainment machine" **** (Time Out)

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Ida Barr: Granarchist Christopher Green

Join the world's only hip hop pensioner and star of 'Artificial Hip Hop' for an unique game of bingo that is a multi-award-winning Fringe favourite. Expect big prizes, big laughs, communal sing-a-longs and shared joy.

"Leg-crossingly funny and occasionally heartbreakingly moving" (The Times)

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Vanessa Purple Theatre

No one talks about the parents. Your only child is getting married to someone of the same sex. Oh God, what will Grandad say? We are all so busy being there for our kids, we don’t think to examine how WE feel about it. Yes, we are happy for them, that they have found love and are secure, but it’s not what we saw when they were born. We saw grandchildren and wedding dresses and, dare someone say, a normal life? This beautiful and tender examination of one mother’s thoughts as she approaches her gay son’s wedding reminds us that families aren’t perfect. But love certainly is. A must see show.

Touch tours available on request, please email samantha@purpletheatre.co.uk to book.

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Griffin and Jones: Trickorice Allsorts Griffin and Jones / Sweet Productions

4 stars It can be so frustrating, reviewing magic shows. The very best thing about this one – the thing which utterly fooled and confounded me, the thing which made me gasp with delight – is the one thing I absolutely mustn't reveal. But I can safely tell you that Trickorice Allsorts is one of the most outright-enjoyable magic shows I've seen in years: packed to bursting with high-quality illusions, and topped up by unforced comic banter. Read the full review.

The pioneers of slapdash magic are back with another mishmash of magical mayhem! These award-winning idiots have become famous for their fast banter, tight chemistry, contagious energy, and show-stopping wizardry.

"Machine-gun patter" ****1/2 (Reviews Hub)

"You must see the show!" **** (Broadway Baby)

"Very funny magicians" (Paul Zenon)

"Bizarre, hilarious, and anarchic" (Magic Night)

6:30pm to 7:25pm
Good Kids: Blank Canvas Good Kids

Cult sketch-comedy cowboys 'Good Kids' descend on Brighton Fringe for another hour of wicked-ass mayhem. Put your phone in your pocket and your giggle boots on cause this one's the big one.

"Fantastically original material that shows a great creative talent" ***** (The Metropolist)

"Good Kids are a total blast!" **** (Fringe Guru)

"A cleverly scripted piece that is very entertaining" **** (Liverpool Sound and Vision)

"A really fab sketch show" (Joe Lycett)

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Bon Ami All In Theatre

4 stars If you believe the programme blurb, Bon Ami is about social isolation, loneliness, and the risks of living alone. Which is sort-of true, but that sounds so very heavy; I'd prefer to spin it around. Bon Ami is a sharp artistic parody, a hilarious physical comedy, and – most importantly – a joyful celebration of friendship in all its many forms. Read the full review.

Back in 2014, All In Theatre picked up the Latest 7 Comedy Award for their show Love Sick, a joyful, creative, and wilfully ridiculous take on human partnership. This year's show sounds more sombre at first, with the programme blurb highlighting the impact of loneliness in society. But they promise something "beautiful, silly and very funny" – and on past form, their mix of clowning and physical comedy should be both hilarious and heart-warming. In a world of Twitter followers and Facebook likes, perhaps this will remind us why we still need real-life friends.

We are more connected than ever but are we feeling more alone?
Social isolation, living alone and loneliness equals a 30% higher risk of early death. All In Theatre use their unique style of clowning and physical comedy to tell a story about the importance of friendship.

Winner: Best Comedy Show (Brighton Fringe 2014)
"This work is startlingly clever and profoundly idiotic, deeply mature and brilliantly infantile” (Tim Crouch)
“Utterly brilliant comic minds” (view from the gods)
“One of the ten comedy acts to watch” (The Guardian)

6:40pm to 7:40pm
The Conjuring Club Hubble Bubble Productions

A world of wizardry hidden inside the spellbinding Toy Museum. Discover close up magic in corners and conjure up imagination in our immersive, interactive club where the impossible seems possible. Buy tickets and receive a password to gain entry into our magical world. Family fun for everyone who can keep a secret. The company who bought you last year’s Fringe sell out show Spin: A Skatepark Adventure.

"Remarkably original, finely acted drama... well worth four stars, going on five" **** (The Scotsman)

"Real gem of the festival" ***** (Broadway Baby)

The Scotsman Best of the Fest

Touch tours available on request, please email lvrogers@gmail.com to book.

6:45pm to 7:45pm
The Maydays Present: The Fringe Show The Maydays

The Maydays invite you to tear up the Fringe in the name of comedy! You choose performances or events from the Fringe Guide and then delight as these award-winning improvisers give it their own unique twist, creating each show before your very eyes.

Wonder what this year's Chekhovian Mime Act or Bavarian Heavy Metal Band will look like?
Wonder no more - see the Fringe done Maydays-style in an evening of music, comedy and utter playfulness!

"I can't recommend this show enough. Sometimes inspired, always great, occasional laceratingly funny, and at times deeply affecting." *****(Fringe Guru)

6:45pm to 7:45pm
Lovecraft's Monsters David Crawford

David Crawford is no stranger to the Brighton Fringe, with his literary homage Poe's Last Night earning 4* from us last year. A consummate performer, he brought familiar tales and poems chillingly to the stage, using parallels to Edgar Allen Poe's real life to guide us through the complexities of his work. This time, he's turning his attention to another iconic horror writer; extracts from some of Lovecraft's stories will be interspersed with a portrayal of the author's own inner demons. Hopefully, he'll deliver the same combination of faithfulness and insight we praised in 2017.

Watch horror writer H. P. Lovecraft battle his unrelenting demons and shape them into brilliant weird fiction.

Featuring Lovecraft's masterpieces 'Shadow Over Innsmouth', 'Night Gaunts' and more, performed by American actor David Crawford of 'Dawn of the Dead'.

6:45pm to 7:45pm
Dan Fardell: Joke Furniture Land Dan Fardell

Discover the magic of a show named at the last possible moment, by joining acclaimed local comic Dan Fardell in his second full length Brighton show 'Joke Furniture Land' (work in progress), the follow-up to 2015s capacity-crowded 'At Least 100 Jokes'. Buses, dog shaming, the metric system, no topic is out of bounds - except, probably, furniture.

"Writing with the efficiency of the slickest American comic" (Chortle)

"One of the best new joke writers I've seen in ages. He has so many lines that make me think 'I wish I'd thought of that'" (Romesh Ranganathan)

7:00pm to 8:00pm
AGM Comedy AGM Comedy

Brighton Fringe 2016 Audience Choice award-winners Steve Adams, Colin Galletly and Johnny Murph return from their sell out 2017 run as the entity that is: AGM Comedy.

Another year older and still none the wiser, they will perform 50 minutes filled with jokes, stories, gags and puns. Do you want searing political satire? Deep insights into the human psyche? A glimpse of the meaning of life? Then sadly you are looking in the wrong place! However If you want silliness, good humour and laughs then join AGM Comedy!

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Pamela's Palace Imagination Workshop

Pamela is the hard-won queen of a buzzing hair and beauty salon. But behind the glamour, secrets and lies that threaten to bring the walls of her suburban palace crumbling down.

Pamela and her girls bring you all the drama of a Mike Leigh, with the sparkle and humour of ‘Strictly Ballroom’, and a free glass of bubbly! A brilliantly funny and bitter sweet interactive comedy that celebrates the vulnerability and strength of everyone trying to make their way in a noisy and unforgiving world.

Pamela’s Palace is the Brighton Fringe debut from the crew behind'The Faulty Towers Dining Experience': "Outstanding" (FringeReview)

7:00pm to 9:30pm
A Musical History of 24 George St, Brighton - and Other Shows The Bom-Bane Family Players

Jane Bom-Bane is a well-known figure in Brighton, both for her magnificently wacky restaurant – which comes complete with mechanical tables – and her eclectic musical shows. This year’s event is a reprise of a 2011 hit, which tells the story of the building itself and the many people who've lived there over the years. The tale unfolds over a meal (included in the ticket price) and, if it's like last time, waiters and waitresses will dip in and out of character to entertain you with a song. Capacity's obviously limited, so book ahead.

By popular demand! Original musical journey from 400 AD Boerthelm's Tun to present day Bom-Bane's, with portraits of all the colourful inhabitants along the way. Meal included. See www.bom-banes.com/brighton-fringe-2018/ and for other May shows: Nick Pynn 3,5; Kate Daisy Grant 4,5; Rachel Blackman/Foz: The Sparkling Darkness 6,7; Becca Dyer 8; Prof Hawley's 60s Acoustic Jukebox Sing-along 11; Los Bonobos 13; Silver Swans 15; Jo Neary 17, 31; I’m This I’m That play Moondog 21; George Egg/Jon Hicks 22; Eliza Skelton & Band 24. All £8/£18 with food. Eves 8pm days 3pm. Festifood'n'Film £7.77 each

7:00pm to 8:40pm
The Fabulous Bäckström Brothers Fabulous Bäckström Brothers

UK premiere of the Finnish international musical-comedy hit, combining opera, pin-sharp musical variety and stomach-crampingly funny physical comedy, directed by Spymonkey’s Toby Park and Aitor Basauri.

Baritone Jouni Bäckström has invited his brother Petri to spend some quality time cruising across the States, as only opera-singing brothers can, on the famous Route 66. Petri has other ideas - in order to rehearse his big role as Siegfried, he has brought his pianist Jukka Nykänen with him, who is working on his magnum opus The God Particle. Richard Wagner meets Johnny Cash in a Ring of Fire.

This production is part of Brighton Fringe's Finnish Season 2018.

7:00pm to 8:25pm
Only in Brighton! Only in Brighton

What connects Abba and the Portuguese Revolution? Mount Everest and a supermarket in Hove? A stained wall and the genesis of a worldwide retail brand? What's the story behind a same-sex wedding in 1923? Britain's 'most useless' monarch? And why is my charming Regency property damp and crumbling?

Discover the real spirit of Brighton in a lively, funny and informative quest to uncover what makes this city unique - and a little bit weird.

Winner of 'Unique Experience of the Year for Brighton' 2017 Luxury Travel Guide Awards

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Escape From Matt Banks (WIP) Matt Banks

An hour of maximum warp, work in progress, nonsense from a deeply troubled idiot.

In 1977, the US President Matt Banks crashes into Matt Banks, who is now a giant maximum-security prison. A convicted bank robber, Matt Banks, is sent in to rescue him. Will Matt Banks be able to rescue Matt Banks from Matt Banks? I doubt it.

Expect jokes about insects, Noel Edmonds, and a dancing clock who’s asking for trouble.

"Matt Banks is exactly the sort of idiot I like watching on stage" (Brian Gittins)
"Strange nonsense indeed, with a strong seam of originality, presented with a weird charm" (Chortle)

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Black White with a Hash Brown Joe Bains

A tale of three colours.

The show starts as pristine white in Bethnal Green and devolves to brown in Whitechapel, finally complete blackness in the heart of Leyton; it looks at ourselves and at society through our filters of colour.

7:00pm to 8:35pm
Candide Brighton College (Drama Department)

Candide is an optimist. A dreamer. He believes that everything is for the best in the best of all possible worlds. But that belief is about to be tested as Candide's comfortable life is overtaken by an endless barrage of misfortune.

As his world collapses around him, the story travels across the centuries to new locations and parallel universes.

How will Candide's optimism fare when it collides with life in the 21st century?

7:00pm to 7:55pm
Sameena Zehra's Cult of Comedy On The Cusp

An hour of pure 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" (Latest)

7:00pm to 9:00pm
Adventures of Robin Hood JW Productions

Prepare your family for a thrilling adventure as Robin and his merry band whisk you to Sherwood forest and rise up against the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham! Expect boo-able villains, thigh-slapping songs, narrow escapes and daring escapades! Bring a picnic and enjoy a unique outdoor adventure!

Previous productions: 'The Wind in The Willows' and 'The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio'.

"What family theatre should be... Outstanding" (FringeReview)

"Shimmers with theatrical magic" (The Stage)

"A fun, heart-warming and inclusive production" (Child Friendly Brighton)

Touch tours available on request, please email brightonopenairtheatre@gmail.com to book.

7:00pm to 8:45pm
The Lady Boys of Bangkok: Wonder Women Tour Exchange Events Ltd

Celebrating 20 diamante decorated years, the Lady boys ‘Wonder Women’ tour takes the UK's number one cabaret show to a new level. With some of your favourites from the last 20 glorious years re-imagined, added to new scenes of spectacular costumes, choreography and of course hilarious comedy! The glamour of Hollywood and the glitz of Las Vegas, with more songs and big-scale musical production numbers than you could point a perfumed glove at. A cabaret like no other cabaret, performed by girls like no other girls!

7:00pm to 9:30pm
Silver Jewellery Workshop Silver & Sage

A fun and crafty workshop where you will make a personalised silver pendant to take away with you that day.

No prior experience needed, I will guide you through every process. We will be working with Silver Metal Clay which once fired is 99.9% real fine silver.

During the two to three hours you will learn how to handle the clay, shape, stamp your personalisation, fire and finish your piece.

Refreshments are available from the bar and for larger groups a high tea can be arranged - hello@silverandsage.co.uk. Prior booking is essential. For more info visit our website.

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Kevin Precious Unholier Than Thou: The Non-Believing Religious Studies Teacher (Work in Progress) Barnstormers Comedy

Kevin Precious is a former Religious Studies teacher. He's also a non-believer who attends his local Humanist group. 'Unholier Than Thou' features jokes and stories about teaching Religious Studies as a non-believer, being a Humanist, the God-Shaped Hole and little bits, here and there, relating to the Philosophy of Religion.

"Kevin Precious hosted the proceedings. working the audience with skill, and peppering his patter with local references" (The Argus)
"Kevin's stage charisma and poise set him head and shoulders above the previous acts" (The Times)

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Morning is Red 368 Theatre Company

2 stars First World War drama Morning is Red holds a lot of promise. For one thing, it's staged in the evocative subterranean setting of the Town Hall's Old Police Cells – which ably represent a spartan, run-down, front-line hospital. And the set-up is poignant: an eager young soldier, wounded on his very first day of battle, shares a ward with a jaded army officer who's seen more than enough of war. Read the full review.

New scripts don't normally count as Sure Choices – but this one feels very safe indeed. Featuring two hospitalised soldiers looking back on World War One, it's the latest script from writer Nigel Fairs, best known for his 5* masterpiece Conversation With An Acid Bath Murderer. Like much of Fairs' recent work at the Fringe, it's performed in the atmospheric Old Police Cells Museum, which is both an evocative venue and a fascinating destination in its own right. Time will tell – but the ingredients are all there for a haunting and memorable hour.

Two soldiers lie wounded in hospital, sharing very different experiences of the trenches. One was shot on the first day of the War, the other on the last. As they become closer, a heart-breaking truth about them both gradually becomes apparent...

'Morning is Red' is an intimate, moving new play from the award-winning writer/director team Nigel Fairs ('In Conversation with an Acid Bath Murderer', 'My Gay Best Friend', 'The Appeal of Silence') and Louise Jameson ('Doctor Who', 'Eastenders', 'Tenko', 'Bergerac'), presented in the hugely atmospheric cells.

7:30pm to 8:25pm
Ella Woods: Wing Defence Ella Woods

A comedy show about sport by someone who hated it.

Ella has been twice nominated for BBC New Comedy Awards, heard on BBC Radio 2 and 4Extra, and was the ‘Best Cricket Bowler in Sussex' (3rd place, Girls under-12s, 2000). She is also part of Soho Theatre's Comedy Lab.

Ella grew up just outside Brighton, and spent a lot of PE lessons "running" along the Downs. She's thrilled to be performing at Brighton Fringe, least of all so that her old PE teacher can come and see what she’s getting up to now.

7:30pm to 8:45pm
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: wilful over-acting is part of the fun, and it’s a whole lot more enjoyable if you “ooh” and “aah” along.

'Ghost Walk of the Lanes' is a 75 minute tour of Brighton's oldest and most haunted quarter where hardly a street or lane does not have a spectral connection. Join Silas, Jasper of Ebenezer, all suitably dressed in full Victorian attire, and hear tales of hideous apparitions, poltergeists, gruesome murders and wandering spirits.

Tours also embrace much of the history of The Lanes. Stories are all based on long-established accounts of hauntings but are delivered with a good deal of comic respite.

7:30pm to 8:20pm
Nik Coppin: Shark (Work in Progress) Nik Coppin Productions

He told a silly joke one night at a show in Australia and the events thereafter were rather confusing. Watch the globetrotting stand-up comedian analyse those events, jokes and comedy to hilarious effect.

There is no shark...

"Amazingly funny stories... wickedly clever insights... super funny, super fun and charisma up the wazoo" **** ½ (Melbourne Comedy Festival)
"Fast and funny... the audience loved it... sweetly, wildly hilarious" **** (Adelaide Fringe)
"Fast paced, witty, fun and amazing, all without any pretension" **** 1/2 (Melbourne Comedy Festival)

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Bosh & Babbs Beyond Retro

Join comedy duo Bosh & Babbs (Jessica Boshier & Kylie Babbington) as they take over Beyond Retro with a brand new sketch experience filled with their outlandish characters premiering at Brighton Fringe.

Each ticket includes a one-hour post-show Bosh & Babbs smash hits disco, starting your night off with your favourite 90s/00s pop hits!

7:30pm to 8:30pm
MoMent-Us! MoMental

The self-styled "MoMentalist" Phil Ainsworth combines two genres not often seen together: motivational speaking, and stage magic. It doesn't immediately sound like a promising combination, but our review of his show last year praised both aspects of his work. He shares simple, verifiable techniques you can apply to life's problems – and he performs some impressive mind-reading tricks too. Even better, he's a genuinely likeable performer, on a warm-hearted mission to make the world a slightly happier place for us all.

The world's only motivational mind-reader returns to Brighton Fringe, but this year, it's momentous! Dangerous stunts and death-defying spectacles performed for your entertainment, Phil attempts to stay 'in the moment', and read your mind to avoid career-ending injuries, or even death!

If that wasn’t enough, Phil will also be teaching you how to overcome your self-limiting beliefs, achieve your goals in life, and push through your sticking points. This will be your 'MoMent-Us' Experience!

7:30pm to 9:00pm
The Manifestation of Trim Tab Jim Trim Tab Productions

3 stars This campaigning rock opera is a tricky show to review – in fact, it's a tricky show to get your head around. It's overflowing with big concepts, from the possibility that we're all living inside a computer simulation to a sinister suggestion of deep-state interference in political life. It's built around some fascinating ideas, and features some strident, provocative songs; but it's also a tangle of thoughts and themes, from which it's hard to pull out any specific message. Read the full review.

This new show is the sequel to The Reincarnation Of Trim Tab Jim, which earned a four-star review from us back in 2015. An unashamedly loud and passionate rock opera, nobody could accuse that last show of ducking big topics: destiny, judgement and the Angel of Death all played a role. The titular Trim Tab Jim is named after the tiny rudder which can move a mighty boat – and the underlying lesson was that we should all be accountable for making the world a better place. It was agitprop with a strident beat, and hopefully this second incarnation offers more of the same.

Trim Tab is on a mission to fulfil a promise he made to the Angel of Death. If only he could remember what it was... A psychiatrist takes a keen interest in him and goes out of her way to help him fulfil his potential. But all is not as it seems – indeed, reality itself may not be as it seems... Praise for THE REINCARNATION OF TRIM TAB JIM:

“Lion-hearted... Destined for greatness!” (Fringe Review)
“A slick performance with a great message” (Fringe Guru)
“Unique, compelling musical theatre” (Fringe Review) “Simply stunning” (BN1 Magazine)

Bar opens 7pm.

www.trimtabjim.com

7:30pm to 9:00pm
POST Foreign Actions Productions

3 stars Post is a piece of innovative, interactive theatre, set around a Portuguese dinner table and hosted by Xavier de Sousa. His parents are among "the returned": migrants who had made their home in other countries for a generation or two, but are then returned to Portugal, a land unknown to them. He poses a variety of questions about national identity and invites his guests to answer them. From the moment we set foot in the theatre, de Sousa effortlessly puts us at ease, with a kind word for each guest or a question by means of introduction. Read the full review.

If you just want to sit in a darkened theatre, this isn't the show for you; Post is as much a discussion as a play. Tackling issues of national identity, Xavier De Sousa – who's of Portuguese descent – talks to and with his audience, as he prepares a meal live on-stage. The mood, reviewers say, is of a party at a friend's house, when people really get to know each other and insights can be shared. Not everyone loved it, and there's always a risk in picking a show as out-there as this one – but whatever happens, it'll be one of the more unusual experiences of this year's Fringe.

What the f*ck is national identity? And what exactly constitutes a ‘nation’? And why the hell are so many ready to die for it?

We live in an ever-shifting political and geographical landscape. Some believe we are heading towards a world without borders, without countries or nations. At the same time, many others vouch for protectionism and more borders.

After a sold-out run at the Marlborough, Xavier brings 'POST' back to Brighton and invites you to join him at the table, eat yummy Portuguese food, drink potent Cachaça, get merry, make new friends and challenge what exactly makes a ‘nation’.

Touch tours available on request, please email xavdesousa@gmail.com to book.

7:30pm to 8:45pm
You Can't Watch This Play (Again) Something Underground Theatre Co.

Inspired by The Fool, Now, (& Death?).

Multi-award-winner, Jonathan Brown, takes you on a wildly subversive, newly-discovered-each-performance journey, with live musical score (David Molz) and in-the-moment plunges into worlds you’ve been told 'do not exist!' (and to shut up about them).

"Just peering over the dizzying edge of Brown’s sad, funny, mad world is a rush.” (The Stage)
“We are very lucky to have an actor like Jonathan Brown on our doorstep” (Britt Forsberg)

7:30pm to 9:00pm
Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens Showdown Theatre Arts

Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens’, a dramatic, powerful and emotionally intense piece inspired by the AIDS memorial quilt and celebrates those who have lost their lives to AIDS. A series of heart-rending monologues and songs representing the stories of 30 individuals from all walks of life including those who contracted the virus from various sources and also of friends and family members dealing with the loss, told in free verse with a blues, jazz and rock score.

Performed by an international cast from Showdown Theatre Arts and Baltimore School for the Arts.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Sass, Sex and Surrealness King Sammy Silver

How can one be sassy, sexy and surreal? The trans masc bear cub of the drag scene, Sammy Silver shows you exactly how through talk, song, video and dance.

His sibling rival, Sally is probably going to make an appearance or two... they are never too keen on Sammy in the spotlight.

This project is supported by a Pebble Trust Brighton Fringe bursary.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Harriet Kemsley's New Show United Agents

Harriet’s back in Brighton and she's brushed her hair specially. You might have seen her TV series on VICELAND 'Bobby and Harriet Get Married', in Channel 4 sitcom ‘Damned’ or as an awkward waitress in 'Doctor Foster'.

"A quirky, refreshingly charming comedian at the dawn of her TV career" (Radio Times)

**** (The Scotsman)
**** (EdFest Magazine)
**** (Broadway World)
**** (Voice Magazine)

7:30pm to 9:25pm
Bach: Sonatas & Partitas for Violin Solo + Chamber Music: String Trio & Guitar Music at Saint Michael's

Violinist Benedict Cruft and J.S. Bach: 6 Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo (May 5 & 6). The Cruft-Robertson-Pleeth String Trio: Bach/Mozart Adagio and a Fugue for violin, Hyacinthe Jadin Trio and Beethoven's Op.3 Trio (May 18). Then with Paul Gregory, guitar: Vivaldi Guitar Concerto and Cello Sonata, Purcell Fantazia and Mozart Divertimento in Eb (May 25). Beethoven 3 String Trios Op.9 and his 'Eyeglasses Duo' for viola and cello (June 1). Talented French composer Hyacinthe Jadin may be new to listeners; he died in Paris in 1800 at the age of just 24. The young Beethoven wrote his Op.3 at the same age.

7:45pm to 8:40pm
BODYMAP: Glitta Supernova The Glitta Supernova Experience

Cult pioneer of sexual performance art, Glitta Supernova has thrived independently, producing originality for over 20 years. One of Australia’s key underground culture shakers and creator of Australia’s first burlesque club 'Gurlesque'. Working class Dutch roots, with an anti-establishment message that wants to reach in and shake you.

This is outsider art without trying to be, this is what happens when an original 80s punk makes it through the vortex into 2018. Satirical, personal, political storytelling packed with puns, pussy and possibilities.

Experience the iconoclastic visionary of tits and art.

8:00pm to 10:30pm
Krater Comedy Club Komedia Ltd

Award-winning comedy with top international and UK comedians. Brighton’s best night out.

“A night full of fun and side-splitting laughter. I didn’t want it to end” (The Latest)

“THE place in Brighton to catch stand-up comedy” (The Independent)

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Tits in Space LoveHart Productions

'Tits in Space' - are they idiots or are they boobs? A sketch show involving two idiots, some space, emails, death, plankton, voiceovers, and boob hats.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Cooked Unmasked Theatre

A darkly-funny rom-com by Natalie Audley. Henry and Brett live together and used to be an item. Now, Brett has a date with a younger student, Adam. All is well until Brett is called away on business, leaving Henry and Adam to see what they have in common, if anything. Directed by Richard Evans-Thomas.

One of the winners of last year's Rialto Theatre Scratch Night, 'Cooked' is Unmasked Theatre's second offering at this year's Brighton Fringe. Previous company credits include the smash hit 'The Writers' Bloc' (shortlisted for Best New Play, Brighton Fringe 2017), 'Hove, Actually' and 'Cream'.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Viv Groskop: Vivalicious Viv Groskop

Following the success of 'Say Sorry to the Lady' (2015), 'Be More Margo' (2016) and 'Anchorwoman' (2017) at The Stand comes a brand new show from Viv Groskop, star of BBC1's 'This Week' and BBC Radio 4's 'It’s Just a Joke, Comrade'.

In this age of therapy and reinvention, Viv's new work-in-progress is about being the best version of yourself you can be. In Viv’s case - her most Vivalicious self. Or does there come a time when you should just give up and accept you are not that great a human being and never will be?

"Fresh and original" (Sara Pascoe)
"Viv is brilliant" (Jo Brand)

8:00pm to 9:00pm
My Divorce Runneth Me Over Joe Bains

Joe, Jack and Kelv look at life in the divorced lane from arranged to deranged and ending up at the Amethyst anniversary.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Goodbye Rosetta Hungry Wolf Visionary Youth Theatre

Hungry Wolf VYT return to Brighton Fringe with another original piece of cutting-edge theatre. Keisha and Mo are foster sisters, they are also the misfits. When Mo’s depression makes the ground give way from under her, Keisha struggles to understand the illness that seems to be devastating the lives of the people she loves.

Goodbye Rosetta is a fast-paced and warm-hearted look at the lives of a group of teenagers on the verge of adulthood, trying to come to terms with the challenges that mental health can put in the way of embracing what the future – and the stars – have in store.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Cards Against Humanity: The Shame Show Junkyard Dogs Backyard Theatre

The Shame Show invites you to get involved in a dark game show based on the world-famous, politically-incorrect party-game, Cards Against Humanity. Leave your sensitivities at the door. Not for the light-hearted, faint-hearted or big-hearted. There will be prizes. Very bad prizes.

8:00pm to 11:00pm
Big Brighton Fringe Festival Ceilidh 2018 Brighton Ceilidh Collective

I'm on record describing a previous incarnation of this event as “the most awesomely fun thing ever”, so it’s clearly a shoo-in for today’s Sure Choice. The ultimate participation event, a ceilidh is a Celtic social dance, with a caller to guide you through the steps and music on the fiddle and accordion. You don’t need a partner to go with, and no experience or finesse is required – though if you are a knowledgeable stripper of the willow, you’ll find yourself learning some less familiar dances too. It's sold out in past years, so book ahead.

Join the irrepressible Brighton Ceilidh Collective for an evening of raucous nonsense and ceilidh dancing. We're more about ceilidh attitude than the perfect moves. Ceilidh means party in Gaelic, and that's exactly what we'll do.

Even if you have two left feet and have never ceilidh'd before, you'll soon be whirling round the dance floor. There's no such thing as getting it wrong, with ceilidh we call it free-styling!

Fabulous live band, excellent caller and cash bar.

“The most awesomely fun thing ever” (Fringe Guru)

8:00pm to 11:00pm
SuperHappyLand Take Over Superhappyland

'Super Happy Land' is the reimagining of 70s children’s favourite ‘Tiswas’ relocated to
The Round George’s'.

A night of marvellous anarchic danger with music, audio, visuals, cross dressing and marvellously eclectic comics hosted by the unstoppable Kayo.

Super Happy Land Summer of Mayhem SHL Definition: Mayhem (noun). Wilful and deliberate cause of laughter of a person; resulting in dangerous fits of laughter and loss of bladder control i.e. "I p****d myself Laughing".

Headliners: Richard Perry + support 4th, Kelsey de Almeida + support 11th, 18th & 25th.

Comedy Open Mic Night 1st June

8:00pm to 9:30pm
Three M Egos Star Artist PR

'Three M Egos' features three diverse comedians, all in one show. Matt Bragg, Mandy McCarthy and Max Wall, bring their own skewed look at life from three different points of view. All three comedians are established comedy circuit regulars and can be seen in some of the finest comedy clubs in the country.

Matt Bragg is a cool, calm and dry comedian, with a warmth and charm to put audiences at ease.

Mandy McCarthy is a fun-loving comic with observational skills beyond compare.

Max Wall is as funny as he is honest and as emotional as he is funny. Be prepared to laugh and cry.

8:00pm to 9:30pm
Boxes Purple Theatre

Are you black or white... girl or boy... straight or gay? Well? Or doesn’t it matter? Oh, it matters! Purple Theatre are dedicated to exploring the world of race and gender neutrality, the ‘no man’s land’, as it were, of identity. 'Boxes' drops you energetically into the world of two people who, faced with the task of organising a loved one’s affairs after their death, discover a wealth of information about their family and themselves. Featuring music, movement and sharp dialogue, the two polar personalities clash as they realise they are very different and exactly the same. Strap yourself in.

Touch tours available on request, please email samantha@purpletheatre.co.uk to book.

This project is supported by an encoreinsure.com Brighton Fringe bursary.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
The Kurious Kabinet of Dr Katterfelto Do Science Ltd

Two centuries ago the showman, scientist and charlatan 'Doctor' 'Professor' 'Colonel' Gustavus Katterfelto, claimed inventor of the 'solar' microscope and the aerostat was renowned for his proetic, stenographic, balensical and caprimantic delights.

Since then his exploits have fallen into the dust of collective forget.

Armed with strange and wonderful equipment and equipped with exotic specimens, he ushered in the age of discovery.

See insects the size of dogs, marvel at the levitating balloon, tremble before the demonic cat.

Great wonders! Strange wonders! Unearthly wonders! Hidden wonders!

8:00pm to 8:50pm
Guru Dudu's Silent Disco Walking Tours Guru Dudu Productions

I've never actually been on Guru Dudu's headphone disco tours, but they've become a familiar sight in Brighton and, especially, Edinburgh. Looking for all the world like a 1980's breakfast-TV exercise coach, Guru Dudu leads a party-loving crowd around the streets of the city, playing tunes and calling out moves through wifi-connected headsets. No skill is required, just a willingness to have a go – and being in a big group must make it easier to shed any inhibitions about dancing in public. It's a surreal sight as a spectator… and looks a lot of fun to take part in, too.

Sold out at Edinburgh Fringe 2017!

Guru Dudu returns with his hilarious dance-walking tours of spontaneous flash mob dancing through the streets, interpretative dancing around local landmarks and lots of crazy interaction with onlookers. Everyone wears headphones (supplied) and can hear the fun commentary from Guru Dudu and the dance mix of uplifting favourites from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s.

Wear comfortable footwear and preferably come empty handed (no bags, etc)

Tickets available at door if headphones available.

Check out our website for additional pop-up events with Guru Dudu.

Warning: cheeks may hurt from smiling!

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Sex & Pugs & Rock & LOLS FrogDog Productions

Three regulars from the comedy circuit bring you an hour of stand-up tackling life’s most important issues: sex, dogs and music - there’ll be jokes about other stuff too. All delivered with lashings of LOLS. With Katherine Atkinson (Funny Women regional finalist) Sarah Charsley (from the acclaimed sketch group The Fannytasticals) and Ben Carter (SYTYF semi-finalist, Laughing Horse semi-finalist).

8:05pm to 9:15pm
Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears The Wardrobe Theatre

The silver-tongued Goldilock can see that her days of selling moody goods on the cobbled streets of East End London are numbered. But when circumstances leave her on the run from a pack of bears and badly indebted to a notorious gangster, will our young heroine be able to raise the needed ‘bees and honey’ in time and avoid doing porridge?

An original alternative comedy - an ill-fated fusion of the classic fairytale with 1998’s cult cockney caper to create something new, exciting, smart and very, very funny.

"Clever, silly and uproarious!" **** (Reviews Hub)

8:20pm to 9:20pm
Alex Petrovic, Fiona Ridgewell, Graeme Collard Alex Petrovic / Fiona Ridgewell / Graeme Collard

Alex Petrovic (BBC New Comedy Awards, Radio 2, Radio 4 Extra), Fiona Ridgewell (Comedy Knights Finalist 2016, Golden Jester Finalist 2015), and Graeme Collard (Comedy Fun House Gong Show Winner) are three exciting new stand-up comedians bringing you an awesome hour of stand-up comedy!

Between them they have an impressive list of achievements and accolades including competition finals, successful podcasts, and have gigged with some of the biggest names in comedy.

"An entertaining way of looking at things" 'Alex Petrovic' (Chortle)

8:30pm to 9:20pm
Eddie Summers: Rocket Fuel! EDDIE SUMMERS

Explosive Eddie's looking for one lucky new flatmate. Could you cope with the energy bomb? Expect toast, kissing, rap, cat whiskers, violence, flirting with an apple crumble, and a giant rabbit!

''A uniquely brilliant high-octane comedian!'' 'Highly Recommended' (FringeReview)

''Genuinely joyful, wonderfully absurd'' (Reviews Hub)

''A supremely confident performer, infectious energy, crazily random / disconcertingly normal'' (FringeReview)

8:30pm to 9:30pm
Meadow by Meadow Hannah Moss

I know very little about Meadow by Meadow, a one-woman comedy cabaret which follows a self-described "ultra-feminine, ultra-sassy" woman on a journey of self-discovery. But it deserves attention because of what performer Hannah Moss has done before. Her previous show So It Goes was a five-star highlight of the Fringe in 2014 – a near-silent, physical, visual exploration of teenage grief. This production sounds very different, but shares the themes of coming to understand yourself in the face of life's hard knocks.

Meadow has a flair for the fabulous. She puts the "oh" in “oh my god” and the "ding" in demanding.

After her lifestyle vlog went viral (“people just LOVE hearin’ about my life!”) and her boyfriend dumped her (“we will talk about that later... in depth”), Meadow saw something she could do with her fame and heart break... “bring people together, innit! #usingfameforgain #givin #charity #community”

With stories of fame, heart break and her dog Choo Choo, this sparkling new show mixes character comedy with mime, singing and sequins.

8:30pm to 10:30pm
Doppel Dietrich Patricia Hartshorne

Glamour, talent and a penchant for men's clothing. Humorous and haunting taste of Marlene Dietrich, through the life, loves and songs of this bisexual Hollywood legend.

Award-winning performer Patricia Hartshorne doubles as Marlene, entertaining with anecdotes and Dietrich classics including: 'Lili Marleen', 'Die Fesche Lola', 'Falling in Love Again', 'La Vie en Rose', 'Boys in the Back Room', 'Where Have All the Flowers Gone', and many more.

Are you up for some 'doppel strength' Dietrich? Meet the woman who answered to nobody - not even Adolf Hitler!

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

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

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

"A cracking comedy selection" ***** (Cream of the Fringe)

"A fantastic night of comedy" **** (ThreeWeeks)

"Kept the crowd well entertained" **** (Rip It Up)

"A Strong show of fresh comedy" **** (The Argus)

8:45pm to 9:45pm
For Worse Bleecker and LaGuardia

When Sara Barron was 11 years old she wrote a 64-page play. The last 60 pages of this play are, in effect, porn.

Yes.
That's right.
A porn.

This is to say that there exists in the world a full-length porn script written by an accidental, feminist, 11-year-old auteur. One who - it bears mention - knows nothing about sex.

As it happens, Sara's not 11 anymore. She's 38. And she wants to get this play up on its filthy, little feet.

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Sean McLoughlin: Living Well Is The Best Revenge Sean McLoughlin / PBJ Management

The battle for happiness has been won but there were casualties. New hour of stand-up from an "impassioned and uniquely brilliant talent" (The List) and Ricky Gervais tour support.

Star of Russell Howard's 'Stand-Up Central', 'Live At The Comedy Store' and 'Brexit Stage Left' on VICELAND.

**** (The Scotsman)

**** (Chortle)

**** (The Skinny)

"The best comedian you haven't heard of" (Time Out)

9:00pm to 11:00pm
Kakande Drummers Batafon Arts

Come and join in the fun with the longest-running African Drumming group in Brighton. The Guinean master drummer, Ali Bangoura, will be performing with his fantastic group of drummers for the third year running.

Enjoy the energetic, vibrant traditional music of West Africa.

Come and dance your socks off.

9:00pm to 9:50pm
Camp Be Yourself BOX. Theatre Company

Welcome to Camp Be Yourself, for those of you that can’t be yourself in real life, you camp be yourself here! Close your eyes. We’re not in England anymore, we’re in a small remote town on the east coast of America. Say, New Hampshire? Maine? The Adirondacks? A place full of nature, friendship, and bug juice. This summer American camp counsellors, Emily and Betsy, will help you figure out life, while trying their darndest not lose their campers, or their minds. This surreal two-woman comedy blurs the lines between reality and fantasy, exploring the mental unrest of being an 'adult'.

9:00pm to 10:30pm
La Clique Spiegeltent International Pty Ltd

If I've got my sums right, this is La Clique's fifteenth year on the festival circuit – and they've consistently picked up four- and five-star reviews for their spicy mix of circus, cabaret, vaudeville and burlesque. You can expect a show that's a little bit racy, a little bit subversive, and crammed with a lot of variety – as a series of acts takes their turn in the spotlight, accompanied by a live house band. Tickets aren't cheap in Fringe terms, but you get ninety minutes of solid entertainment, and the bedrock of a good night out.

The international sensation 'La Clique' returns to Brighton after far too many moons... with an amazing lineup and seven-piece band. Far more than the original indescribably bizarre cabaret sideshow spectacular; 'La Clique' keeps pushing the boundaries of new vaudeville and subversion with a show that is every bit live concert as adult variety show. From the subterranean world of circus, comedy, cabaret, variety, magic, burlesque and subversive performance clubs.

"What a show... sexy and saucy, glitzy and glittery, naughty and... " (Edinburgh Review Christmas 17)
"Turns up the heat... a triumph!" (The Stage)

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Brighton: Symphony of a City with Voyage to the Moon Sussex University

A sparkling cinematic portrait of Brighton, in all its bohemian and campaigning glory, that darts between past and present, featuring a rare chance to enjoy a live performance of the music by Brighton Sinfonietta. ‘Father Neptune' is dunked in a raucous 1951 ritual, 1930s marchers celebrate the Soviet Union. Today’s residents parade at Pride and commemorate Gaza and this day-in-a-life culminates in astounding puppetry and the winter festival, 'The Burning of the Clocks'. Composer: Ed Hughes, Director: Lizzie Thynne, 48 Minutes.
With Voyage to the Moon, (Georges Méliès’, 13 minutes, 1902)

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Can You Put This in the Bin for Me? Bin Lid Company

After a sell-out run at the 2017 Brighton Fringe, ‘Can You Put This in the Bin for Me?’ returns for the 2018 festival. Distinctively charming Charmaine Davies and intriguing Glaswegian Michael Mooney bring you an hour of fun-packed, engaging comedy. The format of the show is straight-talking free stand-up, with each comic lasting around 30 minutes.

9:00pm to 10:30pm
BOY HyperFusion Theatre Company

This is Joe's story. Four friends. A party. A harmless joke that becomes something more sinister. A tragic escalation of events with life-changing consequences for all involved.

'BOY'.
Who am I?
And is that ok?

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Tina C's 20:20 Vision Christopher Green

Tina C is the multi-award-winning country music singer who went from white trash almost to the White House. In her sensational autobiography 'Complete and Utter Country' she outlined her two failed bids for the presidency. In this new show she reflects on being John the Baptist to Trump’s Jesus Christ, which is something she is not pleased about.

How much does Donald J. owe to Tina C?

She gave the world the idea that deluded self-made billionaires should rule instead of politicians, and she's not missing out next time. Come and witness a woman whose time has come!

9:05pm to 10:05pm
A Really Really Big Modern Telly Stokes & Summers

"Gone are the days of leaving the house to be entertained. We’ve got something new, something the dusty stage and movie theatre can’t offer, and best of all, it now stars you".

A double bill of comedy plays simultaneously celebrating and condemning modern life, sandwiched in sketches. An 80s re-imagining of the myth of Narcissus, and a contemporary fable, blending live theatre and projection, questioning what happens when the consumer becomes the consumed...

"Move over French and Saunders; Stokes and Summers are in town!" (Highly Recommended: Fringe Review)

9:15pm to 10:15pm
Wratten & Robson: Juxtaposition Wratten & Robson

Juxtaposition is a show about how one man's misery can be another man's joy.

Martin Wratten (South Coast Comedian of the Year 2017, Hastings Fringe Newcomer of the Year 2017) and Ben Robson (GOAT Comedy and a bloody nice guy) combine to bring you an hour of comedy so fun, you'll be lucky if your jaw doesn't fall off.

Lively and deadpan styles collide in this work in progress show.

9:15pm to 10:25pm
The Woman Who Conceived The Pill Brass Tacks Theatre

It's 1918, and a woman who adores men is dreaming of 'a pill taken like aspirin' to free women sexually and choose when to have children. But contraception is illegal in the USA and science doesn’t have the knowledge.

What’s a girl to do? Battle the establishment, of course! And hire scientists! Oh and don’t forget to seduce men like HG Wells! Protest, tragedy, laughter, love and pills entwine to craft a compelling solo show spanning Mrs Sanger’s extraordinary life.

You will never forget her, she’s 'The Woman Who Conceived the Pill'.

9:15pm to 10:05pm
Isobel Rogers: Elsa Isobel Rogers

Half-hearted waitress Elsa works in a cafe, eavesdropping on overly-earnest coffee chats, regretful memories of the night before, and exhausting tales of the rat race, as she struggles to make sense of a world that doesn’t feel like her own. In this comedy cabaret, Isobel Rogers seamlessly transitions between character comedy, hilarious satirical songs, and off-the-cuff stand-up to transform into characters who conceal their truth. With her unique lyrical songwriting, Rogers finds deeper meaning in our everyday obsessions and aspirations, asking us to question what it means to be a young woman.

9:30pm to 10:50pm
Blues and Burlesque 70s Soireé Blues and Burlesque

70s themed Cabaret with saucy, sexy live original music. After sell-out runs in London, Edinburgh, Adelaide, Perth and Brighton now back at the Rialto Theatre.

Music from ex Dexys piano-man Pete Saunders, plus comedy and Burlesque from Lady Beau Peep and Bruise Violet.

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Circus'sission: Those That Made the Cut! Head First Acrobats

3 stars The atmosphere was lively for this variety show, and the compère made it seem as if we'd been invited to a party – a party which included, amongst other things, acrobats, magicians, comedians, and lots of hoops of various sizes. The programme is different each night, but it's always hosted by acrobats from Aussie company Head First. Read the full review.

A variety mash-up of circus superstars, Spiegeltent legends and the hottest acts of this year's Brighton Fringe. Presented by your favourite Aussie acrobats, the boys from Head First. With a rotating cast each night, different fringe artist guests get to showcase their best, weirdest and most hilarious talents, backed up by the incredible acrobatics and comedy of the Head First Acrobats.

A little bit raunchy, a little bit weird, and a whole lot of fun.

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Tom Ward: Work in Progress CKP

Chortle Best Newcomer Winner 2017, Tom Ward, returns with his difficult third album.

Looking for immortality through comedy, sex, love and not thinking, join a man increasingly exposed as the things that distracted him fall away one by one... and sit back as he tries to recapture the buzz that came free with being young, dumb and full of dreams.

"A unique and genuinely exciting talent" (The Herald)

"Fine jokes and star presence" (Time Out)

9:40pm to 10:35pm
It Never Rains: 2016 in Review Daniel Searle

Despite accidentally catching cancer, lunch poet Daniel Searle was one of the few people to not die in 2016. Through a series of spoken word pieces he looks back at the year in which a series of icons passed away, people voted for chaos in various forms, and he massively crapped himself after realising for the first time that he wasn't actually immortal, despite being as ginger as Highlander.

A comic reflection on death and the destruction of unity, art, and society, with occasional bouts of maudlin introspection and self-pity, this is one for all the family.

9:45pm to 10:45pm
Joseph Morpurgo: Hammerhead Show and Tell

5 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2017 Joseph Morpurgo is unlike other comedians. Every year he marks himself out with wildly inventive shows that keep the audience gripped from start to finish. Each show follows the same basic format: a flawed character telling his story using excellent multimedia effects, but so far they have all been wildly, inventively different in every other regard. Read the full review.

Joseph Morpurgo presents his masterpiece: a boundary-smashing, 9-hour adaption of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Or is it?

Outlandishly funny multimedia comedy and new voodoo from the distinguished mind of the 2015 Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, three-time 2016 Chortle Award winner and BBC Radio Four star Joseph Morpurgo, featuring surreal set-pieces, vivid comic writing, subliminal pulse signals – and monsters.

"Uproariously funny – you could watch it twice and not stop laughing." **** (The Guardian)

9:45pm to 10:30pm
Don't Worry Be Yoncé (XS) Performance Kollektiv Pony Camp

Diva, queen, sex bomb, mother, business woman, wife, feminist – #FLAWLESS.

She is everything.
She has everything.
So why not become her?

Let Us Upgrade U: 'Don't Worry Be Yoncé (XS)' is an easy, step-by-step tutorial (beginner/intermediate/advanced) on how everyone can become Queen B.

Liberté, Egalité, Be Yoncé: Because everyone deserves to be Bey.

This productions is part of Brighton Fringe's Dutch & Flemish Season 2018.

10:00pm to 11:30pm
Imaginary Porno Charades Sweet Productions

Oh, all right then. I've been primly ignoring it for years, but it's time I acknowledged the success of Imaginary Porno Charades – a cult hit at both the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringes, which does pretty much exactly what it says on the tin. Two teams of comedians take turns to mime invented titles for dodgy movies, and – in a new twist – it's kick-ass cabaret star Jo-Jo Bellini who's in the host's chair. This obviously isn't a show for the easily offended, but I've heard enough praise from both men and women to know that it's a night of irreverent ribald fun.

90 minutes of unstoppable panel show mayhem. You’ll be glad they can last that long! Featuring teams of performers from across Brighton Fringe, all of them ready to charade their audiences good and hard. With porno puns, sexy signals, and outrageous observations to keep you up all night, this is a game show that’s strictly adult – and if we find any prizes, we’ll give you one...

"One of the best late night shows at the Fringe" ***** (The Wee Review)

10:00pm to 10:55pm
Whose Tweet Was it Anyway? Eat My Powder Productions

Team captains Phil Jerrod and Sean McLoughlin go head to head in the funniest twitter battle since Donald Trump vs Kim Jong Un. The only difference being that they've both got tiny red buttons which just operate a buzzer. UN Peacekeeper/quizmaster Neil Dagley and the boys will be joined by four high profile guests every night. See website for line-ups.

Phil Jerrod: "Casual Brilliance" (The Guardian)
Sean McLoughlin: **** “One brilliant punchline after another” (The List)
Neil Dagley: **** "Hilarious" (The Skinny)

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Josh Glanc: Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chamedian Josh Glanc

Winner: Best Comedy Fringe World 2017
Winner: Best Comedy Adelaide Fringe Weekly 2017

After huge comedy award wins, sold out shows at Melbourne Comedy Festival and Edinburgh, Josh Glanc finally brings his "surreal and superb character comedy" (Australia Times) to Brighton. Don't miss this exhilarating mash-up of sketch, physical stupidity and song.

"Bizarre, provocative, random, clever ... go see him" ****½ (The Advertiser)
"This is great comedy, and a lot of fun" (The Clothesline)
"One of the funniest and surprisingly touching shows you’ll find"
**** (Fest Magazine)

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

Is it possible to communicate with the dead? Magicians Griffin and Jones intend to find out. Using techniques from Victorian séance rooms, they invite you to join them in an unforgettable journey into the unknown. Will you face your fears and join them as they peer into the great beyond and ask the question, "Is anybody there?"

Sceptics and believers welcome.

Sold out Brighton Fringe 2016 and 2017.

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Getting Away Scott Free Scott Adams

Coming off the back of an international tour of Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Scott is bringing his new 2018 show to you wonderful people of sunny Brighton. A funny and warm story on how much of a numpty he truly is!

"A stylishly observational act" (ThreeWeeks)

"A barrage of quick-fire jokes" (Voice Magazine)

"Just on the right side of edgy" (Scene Mag 2016)

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Mixed Up Heads Arna Spek

They are mixed up in their heads and hilarious! Three comics are showing you their best 20 minutes at Brighton Fringe Festival this year!

Come and join Lisanne Fridsma (Bath Comedy Festival Finalist), Arna Spek (99 comedy Club Female Bursary winner 2017) and Clive Copeman (BBC Radio 4 New Comedy Act 2017) in their search for identity in this stand-up comedy show.

Hilarious stories, funny anecdotes and misunderstandings. Each comic does 20 minutes of his/her best stories and jokes on what makes their heads so mixed up. Do you dare to join?

10:15pm to 11:15pm
Shaggers Nik Coppin Productions

Following yet more sell-out shows at festivals and theatres worldwide, the hit show returns with yet more great comedians with hilarious material based around that most noble of pursuits - shagging!

"Some well-picked, mischievous and unburdened comedy!" ***** (Voicemag, Brighton Fringe 2017)

"A tour de force of mischievous laughter-filled comedy" ***** (Arts-In-Leicestershire)

"Excellent" ***** (Edfringe.com)

"Utterly hilarious" **** 1/2 (Perth Fringe)

"The best a festival has to offer... cannot recommend it highly enough" **** (Melbourne Comedy Festival)

10:30pm to 11:30pm
The Sweet Release Sweet Productions

This is how your night at the Fringe ends: not with a whimper, but a bang! Join the hottest up-and-coming acts from all across Brighton Fringe for our late night revue. With new and established acts, and local and international performers heating up our evenings, as well as theme nights galore, 'The Sweet Release' is the perfect climax to a day of shows at Brighton Fringe.

Check out our Twitter feed and website to find out which new Fringe acts will be at Sweet throughout the festival.

10:30pm to 11:25pm
Jilberto Soto: Butterfly Jilberto Soto

Questions often arise if Butterfly is about Jilberto coming out of his cocoon and spreading his wings... No, that’s gay. It’s obviously about the hit 1997 classic Mariah Carey album 'Butterfly' so it’s even gayer. In all honesty, it’s a show that revolves around the butterfly effect, how the smallest change can make the biggest difference.

11:00pm to 2:00am
Friday Night Spiegel with Gypsy Disco Brighton Spiegeltent with Beach Without Sand

Our last Friday night dancing at the legendary Spiegeltent this season. We’ll be polishing up the mirror ball for our special guests Gypsy Disco! Returning to Brighton for ONE NIGHT ONLY to tease your senses and massage your ego.

After playing in amazing places such as Portugal, France, Romania & Poland, the Gypsy Disco family return to their spiritual hometown for a night of pure euphoria.

Head honcho Jared will be on the decks playing sounds of Latin, Klezmer & Balkan Brass music. Expect a wondrous array or circus performers, burlesque dancing & mind-altering illusions!

With glitter & face paint stalls, come dressed up to celebrate their arrival and expect loads of fun!

11:15pm to 12:15am
Rufus & Vendetta's Never Have I Ever... Rhymes with Purple

It’s the scandalous drinking game that reveals all the dark secrets about you and your friends. Learn (and admit) the things that shouldn’t come up in polite conversation.

Will you reveal your darkest secrets to a room full of drunken strangers? Will you earn the right to wear the 'Crown of Scandal' or clutch the 'Sceptre of Mystery'?

Hosted by Rufus Tee “Godfather of Scottish Cabaret” (Time Out London) and Vendetta Vain “Somewhere between a crack addict and a blow-up doll” (The Scotsman), plus special guests.

11:15pm to 12:15am
Everybody's Crazy... Or Maybe It's Just Me! Tasty Monster Productions

When no one else can help, there's only one thing to do. Help yourself... to the wine!

Three generations of mental illness is one hell of a party! From planning grandma’s murder to failed suicides, covert operations and street-side brawls; our family puts the fun in the dysfunctional world of depression, dementia and disorder. Mental illness sucks. Let’s find a way to laugh about it.

A quirky and comic look at the things we like to shut away behind closed doors.

A unique look at family, relationships, and the journey of life, written and performed by Heather Bagnall.

#InterventionPartay

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

The "slightly soiled bearpit of a show" (G Scene) returns. Join us for the best late-night entertainment every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Bank Holiday Sundays of the Fringe. Featuring stand-up, sketch, clowns and cabaret and a range of fabulous hosts.

"A great place to wind up at the end of a festival night out, it's engaging, fun and you get plenty of value in a gently rowdy nights entertainment!" (G Scene)

11:30pm to 12:30am
LJ DA FUNK in... When will these fascist bastards be lined up and f**king shot? LJ DA FUNK

Remember when Nazis were only found in Germany, Austria, and Clacton-on-Sea? Well now they're in the White House, Downing Street, and Clacton-on-Sea. Join lefty libtard snowflake saviour of mankind LJ DA FUNK as he fists all those fascist f**kers in the face with his funny!

Winner: Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year
Finalist: Laughing Horse New Act of the Year
Winner: Pegasus Comedy Act of the Year
Finalist: Jaunty Lark

"There's a fine line between genius and insanity. LJ DA FUNK has crossed that line and kicked it to death" (The List)

11:30pm to 2:00am
Fringe Club: A Silent Disco Otherplace Productions Ltd

The legendary Fringe Club returns to the Warren in 2018 with it's own version of the legendary night out, Silent Disco.

With special guest DJs, fancy dress nights, takeovers and more. Everyone's favourite headphone party comes to Brighton's favourite Fringe night out.