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.

10:00am to 10:45am
Behind-the-Scenes Boat Tour of Shoreham Port Shoreham Port

Join Shoreham Port for a unique behind-the-scenes tour from the water, with live commentary and a free ice cream!

Shoreham Port is a thriving commercial port. It specialises in the handling of bulk cargoes and one-off projects and prides itself on excellent customer service. Join the team for a guided port tour by water craft to catch all of the action as you cruise down the canal. Parking will be very limited on the day.

10:15am to 11:05am
Crabby: A Snappy Little Tale of Grumpy Feelings and What To Do About Them Collar & Cuffs Co.

Experience the sights, sounds, smells and characters of the Edwardian seaside in this musical multi-sensory interactive show from award-winning company, Collar & Cuffs Co. When Crabby - a little hermit crab - emerges after a mighty storm she finds her beloved shell home is broken.

Setting off along the sea shore to find a new one, she soon discovers it's not easy getting what you want if you're... well, a bit crabby. Co-produced with an early years SEN consultant, this production helps children and their grown-ups explore tantrums, tempers and frustration through water play.

Touch tours available on request, please email info@juliacollar.co

11:00am to 11:45am
Behind-the-Scenes Boat Tour of Shoreham Port Shoreham Port

Join Shoreham Port for a unique behind-the-scenes tour from the water, with live commentary and a free ice cream!

Shoreham Port is a thriving commercial port. It specialises in the handling of bulk cargoes and one-off projects and prides itself on excellent customer service. Join the team for a guided port tour by water craft to catch all of the action as you cruise down the canal. Parking will be very limited on the day.

12:00pm to 12:45pm
Behind-the-Scenes Boat Tour of Shoreham Port Shoreham Port

Join Shoreham Port for a unique behind-the-scenes tour from the water, with live commentary and a free ice cream!

Shoreham Port is a thriving commercial port. It specialises in the handling of bulk cargoes and one-off projects and prides itself on excellent customer service. Join the team for a guided port tour by water craft to catch all of the action as you cruise down the canal. Parking will be very limited on the day.

1:00pm to 2:00pm
An Intimate Piano Recital Song Maker

In an intimate piano recital Jean Angliviel returns to Brighton Fringe to celebrate the centenary of Claude Debussy. Playing the Preludes Book 2, plus works by Schumann and Chopin.

2:00pm to 2:45pm
Behind-the-Scenes Boat Tour of Shoreham Port Shoreham Port

Join Shoreham Port for a unique behind-the-scenes tour from the water, with live commentary and a free ice cream!

Shoreham Port is a thriving commercial port. It specialises in the handling of bulk cargoes and one-off projects and prides itself on excellent customer service. Join the team for a guided port tour by water craft to catch all of the action as you cruise down the canal. Parking will be very limited on the day.

2:15pm to 3:15pm
Sing-Along Fun with Dave Benson Phillips Mustn't Grumble Media Ltd

The well-known children’s entertainer and TV presenter Dave Benson Phillips ('Playdays', 'Playhouse Disney', 'Fun Song Factory', 'Boj!') performs popular children's songs on his trusty guitar.

Join in with Dave as he sings... 'If You’re Happy and You Know it', 'Dingle Dangle Scarecrow', 'The Bear Went Over the Mountain', 'The Hokey Kokey', and many other musical tunes, plus Dave’s Sing-Along Quiz!

It’s the perfect show for families with young children (under 6s).

The ethic of Dave’s show is very simple... Sing the songs, join in with the actions, and have fun!

2:30pm to 4:00pm
Humanity Dick: A Tale of Beasts and Bullets Seán Leonard

Celebrity duellist, father of animal rights and the RSPCA, infamous cuckold and rolling financial disaster, Irishman 'Humanity Dick' Martin M.P. literally blazed a trail of triumph and tragedy through the Age of Revolution.

This rollicking, hugely entertaining one-man show has been a sell-out, word-of-mouth hit in Ireland since its premiere at the Galway Fringe in 2016, and now comes to the UK for the first time.

An extraordinary true tale of deadly duels, contrary cousins, wayward wives, fiscal fecklessness, the birth of the SPCA and, indeed, a donkey in a courtroom.

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Just Don’t Do It Beside Ourselves Collective

Female sexuality and Christianity: are they as uncomfortable bedfellows as they appear to be?

Join two clowns on a surreal journey into the modern Church’s approach to sex, celibacy and female sexual desire. What happens if we don't act on our physical impulses or when we idolise virginity?

Fusing clown with acapella singing, puppetry and cabaret, this debut show delves into the confusing, the painful & the funny in asking: Is ‘Just Don’t Do It’ the sum of the Church's advice on premarital sex?

3:00pm to 3:50pm
Physics Fan Fiction Fran Day

Theoretical physicist Dr Fran Day takes a break from studying particles that probably don’t exist to take to the stage in a stand-up science comedy spectacular. Fran takes a witty, irreverent, and occasionally surreal look at what theoretical physicists do all day.

Could the Higgs Boson kill us all?

What are the key differences between a supernova explosion and a fork?

And what really goes on at the Large Hadron Collider?

'Physics Fan Fiction' takes a sideways look at the world of theoretical physics, taking in feminism, politics, and the end of the world along the way.

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 3:45pm
Behind-the-Scenes Boat Tour of Shoreham Port Shoreham Port

Join Shoreham Port for a unique behind-the-scenes tour from the water, with live commentary and a free ice cream!

Shoreham Port is a thriving commercial port. It specialises in the handling of bulk cargoes and one-off projects and prides itself on excellent customer service. Join the team for a guided port tour by water craft to catch all of the action as you cruise down the canal. Parking will be very limited on the day.

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Bin and Gone Boxfish Theatre

5 stars Danny Rogers is a likeable, talented, and highly versatile performer… but there's a moment in this touching solo show when he's upstaged by a dustbin. Not just any bin, mind you, but Dusty Bin – the motorized robot mascot of 1980's quiz show 3-2-1. If you're a certain age, the nostalgia of seeing Dusty trundle onto the stage may be the hook that draws you in; but it's the candour of Danny's bittersweet life story which you'll remember at the end. Read the full review.

You'll have to be a certain age to share my excitement about this one – but if you do remember Ted Rogers and TV show 3-2-1, this one-man show features the actual Dusty Bin. Also on stage is Ted's son Danny, who tells a candid personal story about being the son of a TV star – a man whose life, by all accounts, didn't go entirely to plan. It opened earlier this week and I've heard good things on the grapevine, highlighting Danny's humour, openness and personable charm. And you're allowed to take a selfie with the dustbin.

The son of a Saturday night favourite; a father who performed with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope; the son who ended up with nothing, penniless and in care. Famed for quiz show 3-2-1, Ted Rogers was an 80's TV star, with celebrity friends from Thatcher to The Krankies. ‘Bin & Gone’ is the untold story of Ted - the man who played to millions, yet ended his days penniless and out of work.

With personal memories and disarming honesty Ted’s son, Danny, along with Dusty Bin, tells this tale of riches to rags in an intimate show exploring what it means to live in the shadow of a famous father.

4:00pm to 4:45pm
Behind-the-Scenes Boat Tour of Shoreham Port Shoreham Port

Join Shoreham Port for a unique behind-the-scenes tour from the water, with live commentary and a free ice cream!

Shoreham Port is a thriving commercial port. It specialises in the handling of bulk cargoes and one-off projects and prides itself on excellent customer service. Join the team for a guided port tour by water craft to catch all of the action as you cruise down the canal. Parking will be very limited on the day.

4:15pm to 5:15pm
(No) Money in the Bank Thom Bee & Andrew Marsh

Comedians Thom Bee and Andrew Marsh love wrestling and they want you to love it too. Join this enigmatic duo, as well as professional wrestler Balthazar Dark in this surreal exploration into the world of sports entertainment. There'll be the first ever use of tag team comedy, strikes, tables and most importantly, jokes.

4:20pm to 5:20pm
Made of Human Podcast: Live Sofie Hagen

Sofie Hagen brings her successful podcast ‘Made of Human’ to Brighton to record live episodes in front of an audience. ‘Made of Human’ explores how to do life and why it’s so hard to be an adult.

4:30pm to 5:30pm
Creation Song Norse Myths Storytelling Root and Branch Theatre Company

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.

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

Exclusive after hours tours of Brighton's aquarium! A unique opportunity to go off the public route to learn about the remarkable history of the world's oldest operating aquarium. Illustrated talk, followed by a tour of the grade II listed building, going behind the impressive Gothic-style Victorian arcade. There are stairs on tour and the tickets includes entry to Sea Life Brighton.

5:30pm to 6:30pm
Why I Had To Leave The North Simon Topping

The story of me; a misfit, growing up in the north west of England in the 1980s. A funny and touching exploration of masculinity and the great expectations of manliness placed upon my youth by the older generations of the family. Some monkeys learn how to express their feelings more slowly than others. I am that monkey.

Simon is an improv comedy veteran. He has worked and trained with some of the country’s best improv talent including Cariad Lloyd, Rob Broderick and Dylan Emery.

This is his first solo show.

5:40pm to 6:35pm
Oli Bettesworth: Le Fou Roux Oliver Bettesworth

127 years after Van Gogh, the world is ready for another ginger genius (No, Ed Sheeran doesn’t count). An ear-laceratingly funny show about identity, madness, and pubic politics. The Red-Head Revolution starts here.

“A gem. Beautiful language concealing hilarious suckerpunches” (Dan Antopolski)

"Quietly hopeful and brilliantly funny... a treat to spend an hour with" **** (Reviews Hub)

 “A very funny man” (Carl Donnelly)

 “Oli Bettesworth is comedy’s Vincent Van Gogh” (Oli Bettesworth)

5:45pm to 6:55pm
The Start of Something The Drama Wheel

Three women take turns to tell their stories of loss.

Amy's husband has died and she blames herself for it, Emma has lost her husband to another women, and Everlyn has given up all hope of finding love.

The play which begins with the death of happiness becomes about the rediscovery of hope as the lives of the three women intertwine.

5:45pm to 6:45pm
Dry Room Eldarin Yeong Studio

Set in a Magritte-styled surreal 3-wall room, this performance installation explores how isolated individuals, who have experienced childhood trauma, overcome many difficulties in their adulthood and seek for redemption through faith, love and friendship.

It features Italian composer Giovanni Sollima’s most heartbreaking cello piece ALONE. The show gives an intriguing cinematic perspective to a narrative dance piece, by using lighting, live music, and conceptual art.

Premiered at the World Stage Design Quadrennial 2017. Supported by the British Office Taipei and Spanish Chamber of Commerce.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
David Ephgrave: Under Construction Doggett & Ephgrave

The daily-blogging comic presents a work in progress for his new show. Among Daily Telegraph's '20 Funniest One-Liners' and Comedy Central's '35 Funniest Jokes from 2017' at Edinburgh Fringe.

"As smooth as they come" (BBC)
"Devastatingly witty" (EdFest Magazine)
"Ephgrave is a very likeable standup, confident but not cocky, and a lot of fun to spend time with... he’s a natural entertainer" (view from the gods)
"Wonderfully innovative comedy" (Broadway Baby)
"Never a dull hour" (List)

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

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
The Laud of The Rings Josh Gardner

In 2017, Josh Gardner saved Europe by reenacting Frodo’s journey to Mordor. He travelled from Oxford to Istanbul dressed as a hobbit. Mixing documentation, story telling and an anarchic approach to performance, Josh interrogates privilege and migration through the use of the absurd.

The Laud of The Rings is a provocative and moving performance that follows one man’s desperate attempt to live out a fantasy. Venture into a world of silly wigs, plastic feet, Serbian border police and Macedonian opera, as reality and fiction collide in an epic retelling of your favourite book/movie trilogy.

6:10pm to 7:10pm
Woyzeck Squall + Frenzy

A tortured mind, a broken heart, a descent into insanity, jealousy and rage. Büchner’s classic play, 'Woyzeck', remains an unflinchingly relevant commentary on society’s uncaring attitude towards poverty and mental illness.

The story of a man who, by the circumstances of his birth, is driven down the darkest possible path, while those infected with the myopia of privilege feed him the lie that turning aside is a mere matter of moral strength. In this new, dreamlike adaptation, by turns bitterly tragic and absurdly comic, you will witness the unlovely fragments of a shattered life.

6:15pm to 7:10pm
1 Woman, a High-Flyer and a Flat Bottom: Samantha Baines Samantha Baines c/o Hannah Layton Management

Award-winning comedian Samantha Baines (Call the Midwife, The Crown, BBC Radio 4) returns to Brighton after a smash-hit, sell-out Edinburgh Fringe, Soho Theatre runs and a UK tour.

She's exploring the lost women of science. Expect facts, puns and an ear trumpet attached to a whiskey bottle.

"One of the ones to watch" (Evening Standard)

"Very funny" (Beyond The Joke)

"One of the punniest comedians in the land" (Metro).

6:15pm to 7:05pm
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)

6:45pm to 7:35pm
Birds Junior Productions

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Birds - we're Birds.

Join us as we pluck the feather of funny from the raven of wryness and tickle you under the armpit of wit. Expect sharp, snappy, and surreal sketch comedy. With added feathers.

Performed by Amy Spinks and Leila Nashef, this is the sketch duo's debut Fringe hour. But it isn't rubbish. Promise.

"Completely infectious" - Chortle.

FINALISTS Leicester Square Theatre Sketch Off! 2018

6:45pm to 7:45pm
Karen Blott ... Pick 'N' Mix The Caxton Arms

Karen will be challenging stereotypes of older women, motherhood and widowhood and in particular female body images. There will also be support from her guest artists.

6:45pm to 7:45pm
After Mosh Pit

After is clearly an experiment, and experiments can go wrong. But the premise is intriguing: we see the same short script performed twice, once by a real-life mother and daughter and once by a real-life father and son. Each spin through has a separate director and, we're assured, there's been no conferring. It'll be fascinating to see how the dynamics change the tone of the two pieces, and there are some reassuringly familiar names involved: the script's by Craig Jordan-Baker of Beowulf fame, and the father is Tom Dussek, who's earned 5* from us in the past.

A tale of power, parenthood and a rabbit. Set in a post-apocalyptic future where history is lost, this short play is performed twice per show by a mother, Syreeta Kumar (Notes on a Scandal, The Infidel, The Buddha of Suburbia) and her daughter Echo, and by a father, Tom Dussek (Glengarry Glen Ross, Doing What it Says on the Tin, the voice of Gorilla Glue) and his son Dan. Each version of the play has been developed separately by directors Dodger Phillips and Rikki Tarascas .

Written by Craig Jordan-Baker (Beowulf, Tommy O'Quire).

'After' explores what we pass on to our kids; whether they want it or not.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Scotland! The Latebloomers

SCOTLAAAAND! A show that takes the audience on a wild ride, with rhythm, body percussion, singing, stomping, clowning and the spirit of Scotland!

7:00pm to 7:50pm
WATCHING, Ceci n'est pas de Deux Ester Natzijl Productions

"Dutch Season Stand-out Show" (The Argus)

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

"Redefines theatre and dance" ***** (Reviews Hub)

"An experience that lingers long after the performance is over" (Exeunt Magazine)

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Drunk With A Pen Joseph J Clark

Poetry for the drinking classes: Joseph J Clark performs 13.5 poems about drink and drinking. Earnest, endearing, and occasionally exciting poetry from the very bottom of the bottle.

Featuring a support set from Rachel Shorer.

"Performance poetry at its most accessible... a bit like being in the pub with a more interesting raconteur than you can usually rustle up" (Broadway Baby)

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 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 9:30pm
La bohème Heritage Opera

Can you live on love alone?

Heritage Opera, Northwest England’s professional touring opera company, comes to Brighton with Puccini's best-loved opera, which charts the love affair of Rodolfo, a writer, and Mimi, his neighbour, as they eke out a living on the breadline. Life is harsh, and they soon find that you need more than passion to survive. Opera doesn't get more romantic than this!

“... This production was full of sincerity and atmosphere... the acting was top-drawer... a
veritable triumph.” (Michael Cookson, Seen and Heard International 2016)

Sung in English accompanied by piano.

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!

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Anna Morris: Under the Sea (Work in Progress) CatFace Talent

A brand new show from the creator of award-winning wedding comedy 'It's Got to be Perfect'. The critically acclaimed character comic invites you onto Britain's lowest budget cruise ship to meet her new creations. Join your guide Janene as you set sail from Hull to Portsmouth. Meet the on-board entertainers and bring your own life-jacket...

This is the 5th show from Anna Morris, star of Channel 4's 'Lee & Dean' and viral YouTube series, 'Georgina's Wedding Blogs'.

"Morris has the X Factor" ***** (Edinburgh Guide)
"A master of character comedy" (British Comedy Guide)
**** (The Stage)

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Vesper Walk Vesper Walk

Vesper Walk, led by piano-duetting sisters, presents original songs in this quirky celebration of womanhood and midlife.

As teenagers they wanted to be Spice Girls. Now at 45 they still do. They don’t know if they’ll ever get to live their dreams, but they’re sure they have Girl Power, whatever that is. Wading through middle aged mundanity, Vesper Walk may not be Spice Girls, but at least they’re well seasoned women, whose songs explore the joys and pains of ambition and ageing.

Their music has a variety of influences, including alternative, theatrical, comedy, cabaret and prog rock.

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 8:30pm
Morning is Red 368 Theatre Company

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 8:30pm
Tomas Ford: Craptacular Tomas Ford

International cabaret sex god Tomas Ford (Crap Music Rave Party) reaches for international stardom with his biggest, dumbest pop extravaganza yet. Think Kylie, Madonna and Bieber in a unique mix of stadium spectacular and hostage situation.

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 8:30pm
Matt Price : Frequently Anxious Man Laughing Horse Comedy

Friendly Cornish Giant Matt Price was going out with a woman. The only problem is that she wasn't going out with him. Matt was blissfully unaware of this and spent a year or so of his life looking like the world's worst stalker. The incident triggered a memory from his childhood that he has never heard anyone else talk about. Now he finds the whole experience, as bleak as it sometimes was, to be very funny.

Find out why he pretended to like Death Metal, why he loves bad performance-poetry and how a five-foot-one Glaswegian woman saved his life.

"Fearlessly funny" **** (The Scotsman)

7:30pm to 11:30pm
Kemptown Carnival: The Resonators + Barnacles Ensemble & Guests Kemptown Carnival

Join us for a night of deep psychedelic bass and high energy from the mighty nine-piece dub/reggae phenomenon, The Resonators.

Positive vibes, infectious grooves and exquisite, soulful melodies. Taking us through the night, reggae legend Roots Garden will be spinning tunes to feed the heart and soul. More special guests to be announced. The acts on this dub-heavy night are helping to raise funds for the much loved Kemptown Carnival - Brighton's longest running free, community, street-arts festival.

For more info please go to our website: www.kemptowncarnival.com

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Subira Subira Wahogo

Subira, in Swahili, means patience. Something Subira Wahogo is quickly running out of. Join them for a night of spoken word poetry about being queer, black and angry. Weaving together the personal and political, through experiences and imaginations, spoken with rage, softness, and laughter. Witness patience at its end, queerness in its multitudes and blackness at its fullness. If you like poetry about punching people, yelling at racists, and having lots of feelings, come through!

"I don't even like poetry but that was great" (Some guy one time)

This project is supported by an Irene Mensah Brighton Fringe bursary.

7:30pm to 8:50pm
EAST by Steven Berkoff Snowdrop Productions

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2016 Playwright Steven Berkoff described East as “a scream or a shout of pain” – and certainly, this portrayal of the East End of his childhood is a brutal and uncompromising one.  But still, this is an entertaining and enjoyable production, thanks both to Berkoff’s writing and the slickly-delivered efforts of a talented ensemble.  The end result might tend more towards comedy than darkness, but the five characters’ stories still prove thought-provoking and, sometimes, poignant. Read the full review.

This entertaining version of Steven Berkoff's East had its debut back in 2016, and it was impressive and engaging when we reviewed it then. Berkoff described his script as "a scream or shout of pain", and there are certainly visceral moments in this production – but I remember it most for its choreographed visual set-pieces, and larger-than-life characterisation. At 90 minutes it's a little longer than your average Fringe show, but combining rich writing and slick performance, it's well worth clearing your schedule for.

1970's London. Mike, Les and Sylv are fighting for their youth. Filling their days with sex and violence, they battle both the boredom they fear and the inevitable future they see in their parents, ultimately finding that history is doomed to repeat itself.

Berkoff’s roller-coasting invention of poetic violence, excitement and boundless vitality hones in on the lives and loves of the underclasses and the spiked social injustices which continue to divide the have and have-nots, consigning the poorest to invisibility until they explode in rage.

***** (The Argus)
***** (Reviews Hub)

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Off The Cuff: Crime and Funishment Off The Cuff

Back by popular demand following 2016 and 2017's sell-out shows!

Brighton’s improvised comedy favourites present a hilarious impromptu detective drama, packed with colourful characters and lurid plots. Each performance brings a completely new episode, all inspired by audience suggestions, charting the latest cryptic case of Detective Funishment! Prepare to be amused and awed in equal measure by this spontaneous and unique take on the classic TV 'whodunnit?'

“Classic comedy gold” ***** (Latest 7)
"A completely satisfying, inventive tale" (Broadway Baby)
"Get ready for some belly laugh!" (XYZ)

7:30pm to 9:00pm
Last Orders Micronian Theatre Productions

Micronian Theatre make their return to the stage with their first original two-act play and debut at Brighton Fringe, fundraising for our charities, The Clock Tower Sanctuary and the Dogs Trust.

An ordinary Friday night at the pub turns into anything but ordinary, as the paths of friends and strangers cross. As drinks are shared secrets are exposed, shattering dreams and destroying lives. Who has blood on their hands?

Written by Mike Black.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Tight 5 Showcase Mystery Meat Club

Fast-paced, club-style stand-up comedy, featuring four of the best new stand-up talents from the South East. All the acts take part in a weekly show throughout the year, where comics are forced to write five minutes of new material each week. This is them doing their best stuff.

7:45pm to 8:55pm
The Sorrowful Tale of Sleeping Sidney Barely Human Puppets

4 stars It's one of the stranger stories from Brighton's chequered past: a spate of poisonings in 1871, tracked in the end to strychnine-laced chocolates. And this gothic comedy of a puppet show is fittingly dainty and sweet; performed with miniature glove puppets on an adorable fold-out set, it's full of knowing humour, yet still does justice to the grotesque historical tale. Read the full review.

A grotesque, darkly comic Victorian story of obsessive love, murder, and confectionery. Seven lavish glove-puppets and one narrator-puppeteer bring you this tale inspired by the real Brighton Chocolate Cream Poisoner of 1871: sugary, but certainly not sweet!

"Gloriously gothic and surprisingly funny" (Exeunt Magazine)

7:45pm to 10:05pm
King Charles III Brighton Little Theatre

Queen Elizabeth II is dead. After a lifetime of waiting, her son ascends to the throne. A future of power. But how to rule?

Mike Bartlett’s controversial and critically-acclaimed King Charles III explores the people beneath the crown, the unwritten rules of our democracy and the conscience of Britain’s most famous family.

This intriguing and inspired political drama, offers a timely examination of contemporary Britain, with a true Shakespearean form.

7:45pm to 9:10pm
Standard:Elite Hidden Track Theatre

There are two types of ticket.
Everyone gets a Standard ticket.
You have to earn an Elite ticket.

Together we're going to tell a story... of a girl from Lowground spun from spider web, and a boy from Highground carved out of clouds.

Standard:Elite is a playful, interactive theatre experience about class, privilege and social mobility that's accessible and, above all, fun.

There are two types of ticket. There aren't two types of people.

Winner of the GM Fringe Award for Best New Writing 2016.

"Fantastically entertaining" (Now Then magazine)
"All-round delightful" (State of the Arts)

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 11:00pm
Fringe Sessions 2018 Fiddler's Elbow

Live music night featuring a selection of Brighton's finest song-writers and musicians. Artists include: Warsaw Radio, Paul Murray, Edd Mann, Night House, Della Lupa, Kev Minney plus more.

Dates: May 3 / 10 / 24 / 31. Doors 8pm. Free Entry

8:00pm to 11:30pm
Wolf Safari Other Spaces

Wolf Safari is a participatory wandering outdoor performance that invites you to experience Brighton through the eyes of a wolf.

What is it like to be wild?

Wolf Safari is an extended collective exercise in which the participants encounter each other as wolves at night in an urban environment. The transformation is based on a simple set of behavioral patterns borrowed from wolves and adapted for humans. The participants howl in the night, search each other, create a pack and go for hunting an animal of prey.

Welcome to the Wild Side!

Please bring comfortable shoes!

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

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Lear's Daughters Suitcase Theatre

A mother asks her daughters, “Which of you shall we say doth love us most?”. Old jealousies re-surface and insecurities grow. A re-imagining of King Lear, exploring the stories of Goneril, Regan and Cordelia, giving a voice to their thoughts, feelings and desires.

(The performance is on a boat and dependent on weather may cause motion sickness)

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Comedy Rocket ‘Best Of The Fest’ Ali Macfarlan

Comedy Rocket brings you a fantastic show with a selection of the most exciting and diverse comedy performers and some big names thrown in!

Resident host, Ali ‘Out There’ Macfarlan, will have you believing that this is the most fun you could ever have in space.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Aaaaand Relax... It's Darren & Co It Is What It Is

Ben Elliott and James Pryor are the two buffoons that make up surreal sketch outfit, Darren & Co.

They're back at Brighton Fringe with their new one-hour show that touches on the controversial and banality of life.

Character-based sketch comedy at its best... forget yourself for an hour, 'Aaaaand relax... It's Darren & Co'.

"Pure Fringe Comedy" **** (Voice Magazine)

8:00pm to 8:45pm
Katie Pritchard: Tsunamiramirami Katie Pritchard

Like the most watery of weather conditions, Katie Pritchard is washing over the surf boards of comedy, crashing into the sandbanks of genre and dropping a sturdy wave onto the beach house of musicality.

"Sometimes surreal, often unusually perceptive, and always original and entertaining" **** (Female Arts Magazine)

Winner: Hilarity Bites 2016
Finalist: Musical Comedy Awards 2017

Touch tours available on request, please email katie@katiepritchard.co.uk to book.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Rope Pretty Villain Productions Ltd

3 stars Patrick Hamilton's Rope may be a classic script, but it's also a rather bizarre one. Two upper-class students commit a brutal murder: not for gain, or any other kind of motive, but simply to demonstrate their own superiority. They've hidden the body in a packing chest, and invited some friends round for tea. They're using the chest to lay out the buffet. Is this really a good idea? Read the full review.

Two students murder a fellow student as an expression of their intellectual superiority. They hide the body in a chest and proceed to host a party for his friends and family, at which the chest containing his corpse is used to serve a buffet. The play, later adapted by Alfred Hitchcock, is loosely based on a true murder case. 2014, 2015 and 2016 Brighton Fringe award-winners.

8:20pm to 9:20pm
Daphna Baram: Sugarcoating Daphna Baram

A Middle Eastern Mary Poppins gets diabetes from her spoonful of sugar, becomes British, and negotiates with her body as insulin and Brexit go down. Just as Daphna Baram finally falls in love with her big magnificence, she's told she must indulge it less – or part with her toes. Just as she receives the coveted red EU passport, her new compatriots denounce Europe. The betrayal of the flesh and treachery of hope never seemed so bittersweet.

"Masterful" ***** (Bunbury Magazine)

"Wonderful and hilarious" **** (Broadway Baby)

"Illuminating, poignant" (The List)

8:25pm to 9:25pm
Mr D’s Tales of Myth and Legend The Other Realm Theatre Company

3 stars Mr D doesn't fit my stereotyped idea of a storyteller. For a start, the outfit's all wrong: he comes with bright red shoes, a swirly-patterned shirt, and an equally irreverent attitude to the stories he's going to tell. Together with his right-hand woman, Ebony Nightshade – who should really have equal billing in the title, since she has an equal role in the performance – he tells a quick-fire collection of stories from around the UK and Ireland, in a rough-and-ready but entertaining show. Read the full review.

Come on a journey back in time as Mr D regales you with fabulous tales of ghosts, monsters, the Devil, and more. Storytelling and theatre combine to bring these myths and legends to life in a fast, funny and noisy hour-long show. An array of props and a bit of help from the audience will make this a night to remember!

8:30pm to 9:30pm
Many Trump Refugees in One Body Another Country Productions

A panicked run to Canada...
A partner who only wants to keep her job at Harvard..
And a secret you never wanted to tell...
What could possibly go wrong?

Many Trump Refugees in One Body is the hilarious story of Lyralen Kaye’s surprising prescience about Trump... and her absolute ignorance about what it takes to immigrate to Canada. Combining storytelling, physical theatre and stand-up comedy, this all-too-true story is a roller coaster of immigration challenges, long-term marriage comedy, and coming face-to-face with the need to accept yourself... while you wait to see if you get in.

8:30pm to 9:30pm
Third Wheel Kathryn Mather

Two Northerners and a Southerner, a power couple and a singleton, two 'comedians' and a 'comedienne'. Come and work out which of these three are getting lucky, which will only eat food sourced from the River Thames and which of them drinks gravy. Nothing cool has three wheels. Except us.

8:30pm to 10:00pm
The Treason Show: Festival Special Treason Productions

Brighton’s much-loved resident satirists with their unique brand of topical comedy, all wrapped up in Brighton Fringe award-winner Mark Brailsford's festival package. Written by a team of over 30 writers and now in it’s record-breaking 18th year, this is one festival show you can’t miss.

“Brighton is rightly very proud of this company” (The Argus)

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
Will Mars: Candid Cafe Will Mars

Whilst working on a half-hour comedy special, Will realised that stand-up was no longer the most important thing in his life. Could he ever be the same again?

As seen on FOX's 'Showtime at the Apollo' (US), BBC's 'Stand-up for Comic Relief' and as a finalist on Season 8 of NBC Comcast's 'Trial by Laughter' (US).

"Damn that dude is funny!" (Steve Harvey, Showtime at the Apollo)

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Blondes on Bicycles Sara Mason

'Blondes on Bicycles' is a two handed stand-up comedy show starring Charmaine Davies and Sara Mason, which includes sketch and song. This is the premiere of a new collaboration between these charismatic and entertaining women.

An endearing and amusing take on 21st century womanhood, from sexual preferences to recipes, philosophy to adolescent angst, children to pets, these two bare it all and bear with it... it's hard being a Goddess these days, isn't it?

9:00pm to 10:55pm
We Are The Lions Mr Manager Townsend Productions

We Are The Lions, Mr. Manager!’ is the remarkable story of Jayaben Desai, the inspirational leader of the 1976-78 Grunwick Strike.

She brought the issue of workplace exploitation and racism to the fore, and challenged the perception of Asian women being inherently passive and docile. She not only stood up for workers’ rights and against oppression with selfless dedication but, with her steadfast resolve, she turned the dispute into a national movement for human rights and dignity, inspiring future generations.

"A powerful story, powerfully told" **** (The Observer)

9:00pm to 10:00pm
The Spark Factory Spun Glass Theatre

Now the opening weekend's died down, it's a chance to branch out and try something genuinely different and new. Which is exactly the role of Spark Factory, a venture from locally-based Spun Glass Theatre, which offers the stage to a different mentored experimental work each night. This is early-stage material, and not all of it will work – if the truth be told, the one I caught last year was a dud – but whatever happens you get the thrill of discovery, and there's potential for high reward. And you'll know you're supporting a local cooperative, as well.

Spun Glass Theatre present 'The Spark Factory': a powerhouse of new, bold and daring performance ideas. The curated programme this year includes spoken word, puppetry, dance, music and new writing.

Seven different artists perform on seven different nights. See our website for the full programme.

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Notflix CatFace Talent

Movies with 100% more singing, 99% more women and a live band. 'Notflix'. Because everything is better as a musical.

Five-star, total sell-out at Edinburgh Fringe 2016/17 and Vaults Festival 2017
Musical Comedy Award and Laughing Horse New Act of the Year Semi-Finalists

"Pick of the Fringe 2016/17" (The Sunday Times, Evening Standard, Marie Claire and Elle Magazine)
"Roaringly funny and incredibly talented" ***** (Broadway Baby)
"A captivatingly well-improvised musical... spontaneous, surprising and delightful" **** (Fringebiscuit)

(Under 16’s to be accompanied by an adult)

9:00pm to 10:30pm
Fast Digital Drama

Washington State, 1910. Doctor Linda Hazzard opens her sanatorium to the public. The public do not always survive... 'Fast' is a dark, psychological drama questioning how far you would go to find the perfect cure. The doors are open and the doctor will see you now...

This production is part of Brighton Fringe's Arts Industry Showcase, WINDOW.

9:00pm to 10:00pm
LadyFace Lucy Farrett

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2017 LadyFace is in situ awaiting our arrival, swigging Fanta and eating Hula Hoops from her fingers as retro music plays. Clad in leotard, tutu and silver cowboy boots – and with a cardboard box on her head – it's a joyously childlike scene. This box, together with a cardboard sign and washing airer stacked with more cardboard boxes, are the first nod to her refuse-based props and set. It's a sweet and sour mixture of girly fluffiness and everyday earthiness, which complement one another. Read the full review.

A white-knuckle ride on a character-comedy carousel from chameleon woman-host LadyFace aka Lucy Farrett, said to be “funny” (Neil Gaiman) and “mesmerising” (The Scotsman).

So roll up, roll up and take a journey through her multi-faced person world! The Mighty Boosh/Victoria Wood lovechild of solo character comedy.

Edinburgh Fringe 2017 Reviews:
"Leftfield and unhinged creations with impeccable delivery." **** (The List)

"Lucy Farrett is a real talent." **** (The Wee Review)

"Playful and fun throughout." **** (Fringe Guru)

"Clearly much promise." (Highly Recommended: FringeReview)

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

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

The Marlborough Theatre is known for its strong LGBT+ programme, and Gypsy Queen looks like a fine continuation of that heritage. The story of two boxers, each struggling – in different ways – to understand their own sexuality, it's picked up strong reviews from earlier runs; critics have highlighted its tight plotting, array of believable characters, and ultimately hopeful message. With homophobia in sport still a depressingly relevant topic, this tried-and-tested show is sure to do well on its short run in Brighton.

Can two men raised to fight ever learn to love?

The story of ‘Gorgeous’ George O’Connell: traveller, bare-knuckle fighter, hero to his people and Gypsy King. George leaves this life behind and enters the world of professional boxing, which puts him on a collision course with his roots, his identity and his greatest fear.

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

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)

9:15pm to 10:15pm
Dick Branson's Welth Seminar Comedy Bubble

Want to learn how to be an entrepreneur? How to get funding, grow your business and exit a millionaire? Follow 'Dragon's Den'-reject Dick Branson’s coaching and you’ll fail miserably. Just like him. Guest speaker/Swiss person Fran Kissling’s teachings probably won’t help either. The show, like Dick's business empire, is a work in progress.

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

French cabaret star Oriana Curls, acclaimed 5-star ‘Piaf remembered’ (Edfringe 2017) and singing judge on BBC TV show ‘All together now', contemplates the future with ex-Dexys piano-man Pete Saunders. New takes on chansons and some brilliant original songs in this light-hearted look at a serious subject.

9:30pm to 10:20pm
Richard Todd: Toddymandias, Todd of Todds Richard Todd

A living statue watches as a vandal tags her. An artist draws the same image over and over with indomitable zeal. A small-town-convenience shopkeeper eschews convenience to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams. A comedian plans to conquer Brighton Fringe. Fools? Maybe! Dreamers? Certainly! Pension Plans? Probably not. Let's go meet them!

In a celebration of the human spirit, Chortle's "One-to-Watch 2018", Richard Todd, prods hope's perpetually moribund body with the indubitable stick of logic and asks: "Why won't it die?".

"Painfully funny" **** (The Scotsman)

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Last Orders at the Dog and Dumplings Boogaloo Stu

Boogaloo Stu and Flick Ferdinando’s dark comedy ‘Last Orders At The Dog And Dumplings’ is an uproarious and merciless exposé of the cold-blooded takeover striking our communities in the name of regeneration.

Faced with imminent closure, publicans Kevin and Babs Chisholm from The Dog and Dumplings take on the big boys in this musical tale of a busy boozer doing battle with dodgy developers. As the wrecking ball swings ever closer, could Kev and Babs end up under clingfilm in their own meat raffle, or will they make mincemeat of the developers?

Directed by David Bernstein and Ed G

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Metamorphosis Different Theatre

4 stars You know Kafka's Metamorphosis, of course; the tale of a man called Gregor, who wakes up one morning to find he's become an insect. But do you really know the story? What about the other characters – do you know anything of their lives? This clever, free-handed, but ultimately faithful adaptation is narrated by Gregor's sister Grete… drawing parallels with her own metamorphosis from girl into woman, and offering an interesting interpretation of Gregor's transformation as well. Read the full review.

Kafka's Metamorphosis is a Fringe favourite, and with its tale of a man becoming an insect, it's particularly suited to physical interpretation. But this version is different, because the focus is on Grete – sister to Gregor Samsa, the man who famously undergoes the transformation. Reviews of an earlier performance in Brighton are encouraging, suggesting that the script draws parallels between Gregor's metamorphosis and the changes experienced by the adolescent Grete… and all the while, the outside world is transforming, too.

One morning as Greta Samsa was waking from anxious dreams she discovered that in bed she had changed.

Bringing a female perspective on Franz Kafka’s classic tale Metamorphosis, this lyrical and physical one-woman show explores how Greta navigates the shifting dynamics of the family household, and her inner transformation from child to woman.

Featuring the “classily brilliant” Heather-Rose Andrews ('Fannytasticals', 'Cacophony') and written/directed by Sam Chittenden ('So You Say' - “A small gem of inward acrobatics”; 'Moving Slowly' - “haunting & heartening”; 'Underworlds' - “perfectly constructed").

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
Shit-faced Shakespeare: Hamlet Magnificent Bastard Productions

This one’s the guiltiest of all pleasures, but it’s a true pleasure all the same. In case the phenomenon’s passed you by, it delivers exactly what it says on the tin: a classically-trained cast, a Bardic script, and an actor who’s (allegedly) rather the worse for wear. The ensuing scene-stealing antics are played for all the comedy they’re worth, with results which – whenever I’ve seen it in the past – have left me helpless with laughter. This year it's Hamlet getting the treatment, and it's safe to assume Denmark is in for a few creative surprises.

Shit-faced Shakespeare® is the genuinely hilarious combination of an entirely serious Shakespeare play with an entirely Shit-faced actor. What could possibly go right? With a single genuinely inebriated cast member chosen each night, no two shows are ever the same in this raucous, riotous, rampage through Shakespeare’s greatest work: 'Hamlet'.

This multi-award winning, interactive, cult-hit show has already ‘entertained’ over 170,000 audience members across the globe (although never actually inside it).

An always remember to enjoy Shakespeare responsibly!

9:50pm to 10:50pm
The Erebus Project Mulling Over Productions

4 stars The best concepts in science fiction aren't the showy ones, but the ones which serve as jumping-off points for a believable human story. So it is with The Erebus Project – which ostensibly is about a near-future technology for reading dying people's minds. But in reality, this quiet yet powerful four-hander is about the value of companionship; about how some losses needn't be forever, and how important it is to talk things through before it's time to say goodbye. Read the full review.

Sam wants to know if there is an afterlife and thinks he can prove it. Can he convince Aurora, a terminal patient, to take part in his science experiment? Should her doctor and daughter let her participate? Will it even work?

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Nicoletta Wylde is Afraid of the Dark Babble Ghanoush Productions

What happens to our minds when the lights go out? 'Nicoletta Wylde is Afraid of the Dark' is a semi-autobiographical storytelling spoken word show about living with night terrors.

Set in the backdrop of the therapist’s office, Wylde brings her unique brand of surreal and bloody prose-performance to a journey through the monsters in the dark and just how much it takes to vanquish them.

“Heart-piercing spoken word” (Hook Magazine)
“Dark and obscure... always mesmerising” (The Independent Voice)

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Lolbot Wars Sockface Productions

This is 'Lolbot Wars'.

Back from its smash-hit run at Edinburgh Fringe 2017, for four nights in Brighton, four comics are going to battle to the death with words, wits and weapons. Armed only with their words and insults, their wits and improv, and an array of weapons including water guns, lightsabers, swords, nerf guns, mallets, silly string and different lineups on every show, every occurrence of 'Lolbot Wars' will be a unique experience.

Let the wars begin!

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Witt 'n Camp: SWAG Witt 'n Camp

Following their hit, sell-out shows in Brighton and Soho, this outrageous double-act present 'SWAG' - an hour of musical comedy, character stand-up and burlesque. Don’t miss this unforgettable, award nominated duo. They're "the dog's f***ing b***ocks" (Mike Bradwell, The Bush Theatre).

“Witt ’n Camp are genius!” (Geraldine James, OBE)
“Hilarious! Sparklingly original” (Jennie Buckman, BBC, The National)
“Fantastically funny. My ribs are aching with laughter” (@SharonFJones)
“Just saw Witt ’n Camp and it was mind-blowing good. See it INSTANTLY” (@axiscarthage)

This production is part of Brighton Fringe's Arts Industry Showcase, WINDOW.

10:00pm to 10:45pm
How to Cope with Embarrassment Two Pale Ladies

The Two Pale Ladies, and their way too pale mate have teamed up to present How to Cope with Embarrassment, an “exquisitely awkward” cabaret of karaoke, live art and comedy, stomping through genres and styles to echo the fickle and erratic nature of embarrassment.

What is embarrassment? Why do we experience embarrassment, and how the hell are you supposed to cope with it?

The Two Pale Ladies chatted to mates, family, strangers and each other to work out how to cope with embarrassment. The answer, laugh it off.

"Exquisitely awkward... a real masterpiece of comic timing" (Euston Street Diaries)

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

10:15pm to 11:15pm
Radu Isac: One Romanian Answering Questions Radu Co

Radu started comedy in 2006 in Bucharest and was known as Romania's comedian’s comedian. In 2015, he moved to London to be known as an open mic comedian. After about 18 months, eight competition finals and a BBC appearance, Radu was proud to call himself the poorest professional comic on the UK circuit.

This show isn't an immigrant's tale, Radu just happens to be Romanian. Come see him walk the fine line between having a unique point of view and being pigeonholed as a one note comedian.

"Certainly impressive" (Beyond The Joke)
"Plenty of edge" (Chortle)

10:30pm to 11:30pm
Russell Arathoon: The Curious Incidents of the Gay in the Night-Time Russell Arathoon

Stand-up comedy from Manchester-born comedian, Russell Arathoon.
Russell gives his take on modern life, his move from Manchester to the Royal Borough of Chelsea, his best mate, 'big fat Sarah' and no subject is safe.
One-liners and hilarious stories, all in his unique and not-so-innocent style.

10:30pm to 11:30pm
BIG FAT GAY Martin J Dixon

For the first time at Brighton Fringe, Martin brings you 'BIG FAT GAY'. This is comedy about being gay and fat and totally fine as well. In his usual candid and heinous style, Martin is vicious and foul but desperate to be liked. His unfiltered internal monologue is liked by adults of all ages and persuasions, so long as up-the-butt stuff doesn’t offend you.

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.

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)