Today's full programme, more choices & comment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:30am to 12:15pm
Children's 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!

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

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

1:00pm to 1:45pm
MoMentum: A Motivational Mind-Reading Experience MoMental

4 stars The premise for MoMentum sounds wacky at first – but it turns out to be an inspiring, uplifting, and gently intriguing show. Styling himself "the MoMentalist", Phil Ainsworth combines two genres not often seen together: motivational speaking, and the branch of stage magic known as mentalism. So, as he explains at the outset, he's on a mission to help us overcome the sticking-points in our lives… but he'll be reading our minds as well. Read the full review.

Experience the power of a live motivational mind-reading show! Combining techniques used by motivational speakers, magicians, and stage mind-readers, Phil Ainsworth is 'The MoMentalist'; inspiring and encouraging audiences to live in the MoMent.

If you want to participate in a show that will not only entertain you, but leave a lasting impression, one that will help you overcome sticking-points and blocks in your life, then the only question you should ask yourself is: "what’s stopping me?"

Be amazed and motivated: This is your MoMent!

Winner of the WMA Stage Magician of the Year Award 2014.

Relaxed performance - Mon 8th.
BSL interpreted performance - Mon 15th.

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

Returning for their third year.

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

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

2:10pm to 3:20pm
Pals Northsouth Theatre

New writing about the Great War, this poignant, funny play follows the story of innocent and enthusiastic men who volunteer their services to Britain after Kitchener's call to arms.

The Pals do their best to keep each other’s spirits up, with trenchant sarcasm and a camaraderie that only comes from knowing one another for years.

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

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

3:30pm to 4:15pm
Mobile The Paper Birds

5 stars Shows in unorthodox spaces are a staple delight of the Fringe, and this year we have Mobile, performed to a tiny audience in a caravan parked up beside the Warren. The caravan doesn't actually go anywhere; the play is about being "socially mobile", and it's based around interviews with a group of men and women who've achieved that much-vaunted goal. Each is wealthier, better-connected, and better-educated than their parents – and each feels a sense of conflict now, proud of their roots yet sensing that somehow they've moved on. Read the full review.

Co-commissioned by Live Theatre/The Marlowe Theatre. A Paper Birds production.

We are taught from a young age to aim high, to reach for the stars, to want more, more than our parents, more than the generations before us, to climb the social ladder. But as we surge forward, what are we leaving behind? And from our ladder in the stars, if we look back, what do we see?

An intimate 40-minute theatre show set in a caravan, based on interviews conducted in communities across the UK.

“Mobile neatly turns the caravan into a magic box where every cupboard and drawer springs a surprise” (The Guardian).

3:40pm to 5:00pm
The Forecast Limbik

4 stars The Forecast is a strange, strange play – but it's that kind of strangeness which goes from being perplexing, to making a kind of sense, to suddenly seeming the most natural thing in the world. It's performed by four women who look like they're hanging in mid-air; mounted on wheeled platforms and thrust into over-size white dresses, their diverse identities are all but stripped away. But as the play shows us, the power of human empathy is far harder to disguise. Read the full review.

In a backyard near you, in the not-too distant future, a clutch of women from far-flung corners of the globe float in mid-air. They have a new job: human garden ornament.

As the reality of what they have signed up for, and who they are literally stuck with becomes clear, what unites and divides them will be paramount as they struggle to endure the ordeal.

Inspired in part by George Saunders' 'The Semplica Girl Diaries', Limbik’s latest show weaves stories, songs, secrets, and shadows into a bold, bonkers prediction for the days ahead.

3:45pm to 4:30pm
A Brief Guide to Tracking the Migration Patterns of the Eurasian Tree Sparrow Underground Atlas Ltd.

I, Marjorie Willmott (MA, PhD, MpDA), invite you to my very interesting and very important introductory lecture.

This will include some projected images and new information.

(Unfortunately the period of time spent attending this lecture will be non-refundable and non-exchangeable).

3:55pm to 4:55pm
The Burning Gadulka Miro Kokenov

With humour and sarcasm, a musician tells a story about his relationship with the Gadulka - an instrument often overlooked and unremarkable in its appearance.

By blaming the Gadulka and undermining its functionality and significance, the Gadulka player reveals the similarities between himself and the instrument. He takes us on a journey through the mysteries and fear we all face on a daily basis.

We encounter a story about foundations, foundations which we inevitably take for granted, until the moment they disappear, and we have the feeling that we are disappearing as well.

4:00pm to 5:00pm
The Last Honeypot Goya Arts

The bizarre tale of the boy Eli Hum, born with a baffling condition: his tummy can only digest honey. But the world has been growing colder, the flowers are wilting, and the bees... the bees are dying. Honey is growing harder to come by and the Hum Family's swarm has gone missing from their hive, and with them Eli's best friend and pet bee Hubert. Can the Hums find the bees in time and can anything be done to save them?

4:00pm to 5:15pm
Eglantyne Ms Chamberlain Presents

3 stars A studied, detailed one-woman production, Eglantyne tells the life story of Eglantyne Jebb – co-founder of the charity Save The Children, and original author of what's now the UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child. In character as Eglantyne, actor Anne Chamberlain takes us back to the early 1900's, talking us through the activist's life story and drawing occasional parallels with her own experiences across the globe in New Zealand. Read the full review.

Inspiring solo play about Eglantyne Jebb, a courageous, passionate, Edwardian human rights activist.

From her idyllic Shropshire childhood, Eglantyne went on to Oxford University, heartbreaks, suffrage rallies, the Balkans, arrest in Trafalgar Square, spiritualism, co-founding Save the Children, and pioneering children's rights.

“Written with wit and buoyancy, and delivered in fine style."

“Studied and heartfelt portrayal ... engaging, informative and very entertaining”.

Written and performed by Anne Chamberlain, directed by KC Kelly.

4:15pm to 5:00pm
Mobile The Paper Birds

5 stars Shows in unorthodox spaces are a staple delight of the Fringe, and this year we have Mobile, performed to a tiny audience in a caravan parked up beside the Warren. The caravan doesn't actually go anywhere; the play is about being "socially mobile", and it's based around interviews with a group of men and women who've achieved that much-vaunted goal. Each is wealthier, better-connected, and better-educated than their parents – and each feels a sense of conflict now, proud of their roots yet sensing that somehow they've moved on. Read the full review.

Co-commissioned by Live Theatre/The Marlowe Theatre. A Paper Birds production.

We are taught from a young age to aim high, to reach for the stars, to want more, more than our parents, more than the generations before us, to climb the social ladder. But as we surge forward, what are we leaving behind? And from our ladder in the stars, if we look back, what do we see?

An intimate 40-minute theatre show set in a caravan, based on interviews conducted in communities across the UK.

“Mobile neatly turns the caravan into a magic box where every cupboard and drawer springs a surprise” (The Guardian).

4:20pm to 5:20pm
Correct Me if I'm Wrong CP Productions

Claire does not contain the following ingredients: slugs, snails, puppy dog tails, sugar, spice or things (nice).

Why not join her on a spiffing adventure into gender and impress all your chums with your newfound knowledge and vocabulary. Wow your workmates with amusing and fun facts about your body and what society thinks of you.

No ice cream available but a badge with your choice of pronoun absolutely free with every show.

"That was excellent" (Kate Copstick),
"Transgender Comic in Chief" **** (The Latest),
"Brilliant, such a mesmerising presence upon stage" **** (Broadway Baby).

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

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

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

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

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Father God Palmer Presents

'Father God' is a family sitcom based on the Holy Trinity in the preceding 3,000 years before Jesus came to earth. It is a hilarious voyage through the Old Testament as told by God themselves. At its heart, it's about how a single dad (God) manages two teenagers (also God) finding their way in a universe they also created. It's written by former Latest 7 columnist and comedy writer, Tasha Dhanraj. This performance will be the directing debut of ArtsEd trained actress, Eleanor Palmer. "Genuinely funny and notably intelligent... Dhanraj's gentle satire was a delectable treat" (Cherwell)

5:10pm to 6:10pm
Fall of Duty Behind The Lines

3 stars For the last few years, Behind The Lines have been carving out a very specific, but very successful niche for themselves – exploring the golden age of music-hall, bringing stars of the past back to life. This year's show follows the same familiar pattern, but there's one crucial difference from what's come before. Because this time round, regular Ali Child is joined on stage by her real-life son Harry… and this time round, the performer they celebrate is a man. Read the full review.

Behind The Lines earned 4* from us for each of their past two productions - All The Nice Girls and yesterday's Sure Choice, Deep In The Heart Of Me. This one sounds a bit different though: a mother-and-son collaboration, it's a semi-autobiographical show tackling war, non-conformism, elections – and an old-time forces sweetheart. It remains to be seen what this all adds up to, but on past form we can expect an unconventional story whose tenderness belies a sharper edge.

1916. An actor falls from the sky in Northern France. A hundred years on, can Sue and her son Jack, 20, escape political turmoil and an addiction to infinite warfare? Four people thrust together by war, song, reality, and escapism, but pulled apart by a century.

The true story of Basil Hallam and Forces’ sweetheart, lesbian, Elsie Janis, recreating ‘Gilbert the Filbert the Knut with the ‘k’’.

Nominated for Best LGBTQ+ Show Brighton Fringe 2016 for ‘Deep in The Heart of Me’, “incredibly enjoyable, endearing, utterly believable” (Arts Award Voice), "The sweetest of Fringe treats" (Fringe Guru).

5:30pm to 6:40pm
Protect and Survive TBC Audio

4 stars If you remember the Eighties, you probably remember Protect and Survive – a notoriously grim government pamphlet telling citizens what to expect during a nuclear war. This intelligently-constructed play recreates some of that Cold War terror, and reminds us of a truth we seem in danger of forgetting: that there are still weapons against which we cannot protect, and wars which we cannot survive. Read the full review.

With the Fringe settling into a comfortable rhythm, it's a good time to take a risk on something (relatively) unknown. I've plumped for Protect And Survive, whose title references a notorious handbook on enduring nuclear war; themed around a role-play simulation for an attack on the UK, it aims to remind us that the threat of nuclear Armageddon is still very real. The producer previously worked on Threads, a famously bleak post-apocalyptic drama filmed at the height of the Cold War.

1984. The doomsday clock stands at 23:57. Five strangers take part in exercise ‘HOT SEAT’, a role-play simulation for a pre- and post-nuclear attack on the UK. In 2017, the doomsday clock, once again, reads 23:57 and the game becomes reality!

"Unchecked climate change, global nuclear weapons modernizations, and outsized nuclear weapons arsenals pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity.” (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 2016).

Inspired by the BBC film 'Threads'. From the producer of Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean’s ‘Mirrormask’ & 'Luna'.

5:30pm to 6:30pm
Get Fit With Bruce Willis Two Foolish

Disco flirts with 'Die Hard' in new comedy drama 'Get Fit With Bruce Willis' – or 'How Jimmy Somerville Saved My Life'.

An ageing Jimmy Somerville impersonator sells his soul to the devil – in the shape of a Yorkshire granny – in return for fame, sex, and money. But his wife, tired of being ignored, is finding love and lust in the arms of a hunky office junior. Desperate for success, he gives himself a week to get fit like Bruce Willis.

In the end he realises he has to stand up for himself – with the help of Jimmy Somerville and Doctor Seuss.

5:40pm to 6:40pm
Oli Bettesworth: Sunshine & Lollipops (& a Creeping Sense of Existential Terror) Oli Bettesworth

Visit "the shadowy lowlands of Oli Bettesworth’s psyche" (Chortle) as, hurtling unjustly past 30, he wrestles to make sense of the cruel apathy of a vast meaningless universe (and his own rapidly expanding gut). Weary and anxious beyond his years, he mixes confessional storytelling, deadpan absurdism and explosive vitriol in an honest, hilarious and sometimes painful stand-up show which asks: why can’t everyone love you as much as you hate them?

"A gem. Beautiful language concealing hilarious suckerpunches" (Dan Antopolski), "Bitterly funny" (Jon Aird, BBC Comedy).

6:00pm to 7:00pm
David Ephgrave: All Work, No Progress Doggett & Ephgrave

At thirty-six, David is still unable to function in society. In his latest show, the comic, actor, blogger and pauper uses a projector and a mic to navigate us through the minutiae of his awkward, awkward life.

Work-in-progress.

"David Ephgrave is as smooth as they come" (BBC),
"He's a natural entertainer" (View From the Gods),
"Wonderfully innovative comedy" (Broadway Baby),
"Ephgrave is a very likeable stand-up, confident but not cocky, and a lot of fun to spend time with" (View From The Gods),
"An eye for the bizarre, the sinister and the downright ridiculous" (Camden Voyeur).

6:00pm to 6:45pm
Mobile The Paper Birds

5 stars Shows in unorthodox spaces are a staple delight of the Fringe, and this year we have Mobile, performed to a tiny audience in a caravan parked up beside the Warren. The caravan doesn't actually go anywhere; the play is about being "socially mobile", and it's based around interviews with a group of men and women who've achieved that much-vaunted goal. Each is wealthier, better-connected, and better-educated than their parents – and each feels a sense of conflict now, proud of their roots yet sensing that somehow they've moved on. Read the full review.

Co-commissioned by Live Theatre/The Marlowe Theatre. A Paper Birds production.

We are taught from a young age to aim high, to reach for the stars, to want more, more than our parents, more than the generations before us, to climb the social ladder. But as we surge forward, what are we leaving behind? And from our ladder in the stars, if we look back, what do we see?

An intimate 40-minute theatre show set in a caravan, based on interviews conducted in communities across the UK.

“Mobile neatly turns the caravan into a magic box where every cupboard and drawer springs a surprise” (The Guardian).

6:00pm to 7:00pm
The Unknown Soldier Grist To The Mill Productions Ltd

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

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

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

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

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

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Mozzz! Brighton Theatre

Mozzz! A week in the life of an undercover mosquito.
A highly topical, witty, sexy monodrama from festival award-winners, director/designer Faynia Williams and actor/playwright Richard Crane.
A one-day-old male mosquito looks forward to joining the mile-high club and mating in the air. He invites you to donate just a sip of your blood to nurture his children. But there's a war on and the most dangerous species on earth is dying by the million. Can science stop the carnage? Whose side is our Mozzz on?
World premiere from Brighton's most exciting theatre company. Crane and Williams turn the impossible into an art.

6:00pm to 7:10pm
BLINDFOLD: The Night of the Hunt THE.AM.A - Theater for People with Disabilities

The hunt is on! In the absurd maze of society, who is the hunter? The prey cannot run, nor hide, enslaved in the arrogance of a system that devalues human nature and thrives in the deprivation of hope. A fear-producing industry relentlessly divides us into those producing and those consuming fear.

THE A.M.A. – A professional group of disabled actors from Greece touring under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Tourism and the National Tourism Board (EOT) . The battle to conquer all that is "different", and to combat prejudice within ourselves is the ultimate hunt!

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

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

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

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

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

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

6:15pm to 7:05pm
Luisa Omielan. The INTERLUDE..Politics for Bitches / What Would Mary Magdalene Do?! Big Love Productions

A work in progress from Luisa Omielan. My third show is gonna be called Famous with a Baby but clearly here I am writing my own website copy, so consider this the interlude, before the finale. This is just a little boring show talking all about Politics as I believe it is my right, to have an opinion on something I know absolutely nothing about! ***** Most of them for my last two.

6:15pm to 7:25pm
Great Train Robbery Scratchworks Theatre Company

It's a "bold" choice because we haven't reviewed it ourselves, but this all-female comic caper comes recommended by those I trust. It's a high-energy musical romp, performed with minimal props and set, which sees a four-member cast playing over a dozen roles in a highly-fictionalised account of the notorious 1960's robbery. The company's previous show Nel earned plaudits at last year's Edinburgh Fringe, and I'd say this train-themed shenanigan is building a similar head of steam.

In the early hours of Thursday 8th August 1963, the heist of the century is under way. Signals are scrambled, phone lines cut and millions of pounds of cash stolen. Five days later the first clues are found, the gang is busted and the rest is history.

But what about the ones that got away?

“Totally captivating” (Beaford Arts).

“The show was a marvel to behold. Great Train Robbery is a must-see” (Plymouth Herald).

Join the unlikely female four as they leave behind their kitchen-sink lives and embark on a madcap adventure of mischief and mayhem. Using a raucous combination of physical theatre, live music and clowning, award-winning Scratchworks will uncover the truth about history’s forgotten women.

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Kevin, King of Egypt Rob Gee

Escaped psychiatric patient Kevin Haggerty is not pleased about his diagnosis, even less pleased about being on a section of the Mental Health Act and distinctly upset about being told he is not the reincarnation of an Egyptian pharaoh. On his way to Egypt, via the Tesco Express, he stumbles across the nemesis to his plans: Millie; a 6-year-old with a mouth like a sandblaster.

Together they embark on a journey that will change both their lives forever.

“Hilarious” ***** (London Pub Theatres), “A mind-roasting bipolar joy-ride” ****½ (Victoria Times). Winner: Best Solo Show, Victoria Fringe.

6:30pm to 7:20pm
Mine Put the Book Down

Put The Book Down make their Brighton Fringe debut with their critically acclaimed, searing new one-woman play.
“She loves him. Isn’t that what parents do? She does love him. She doesn’t really have much choice. Then they tell her what he’s done. Is it still possible to love someone like that?”
‘Mine’ is an intense one-woman monologue, examining what a parent must overcome when their child is arrested for something unspeakable. Written to highlight the importance of a tragic events, often forgotten victims, it explores the notions of guilt, shame, courage and good parenting.
Put the Book Down are an emerging theatre company based in the East Midlands. ‘Mine’ is the company’s first scripted play, written and produced by Doug Deans and performed by Maisie Barlow.

6:30pm to 7:25pm
Imaginauts Imaginauts

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

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Re: Production White Slate Theatre

What does it mean to be a woman? What’s your job? Do you have children? You can have a career and children, can’t you? Will you at least freeze your eggs? Don’t you ever feel like something is missing?

A scientist, on the cusp of a new IVF discovery, is faced with difficult decisions about her own fertility. Through this intimate story, award-winning White Slate Theatre explores the choices and options women have in contemporary society when weighing up careers, motherhood, and where self-worth is found.

On the company: "A hidden gem, serious players of serious theatre” (Fringe Review).

6:45pm to 7:30pm
Mobile The Paper Birds

5 stars Shows in unorthodox spaces are a staple delight of the Fringe, and this year we have Mobile, performed to a tiny audience in a caravan parked up beside the Warren. The caravan doesn't actually go anywhere; the play is about being "socially mobile", and it's based around interviews with a group of men and women who've achieved that much-vaunted goal. Each is wealthier, better-connected, and better-educated than their parents – and each feels a sense of conflict now, proud of their roots yet sensing that somehow they've moved on. Read the full review.

Co-commissioned by Live Theatre/The Marlowe Theatre. A Paper Birds production.

We are taught from a young age to aim high, to reach for the stars, to want more, more than our parents, more than the generations before us, to climb the social ladder. But as we surge forward, what are we leaving behind? And from our ladder in the stars, if we look back, what do we see?

An intimate 40-minute theatre show set in a caravan, based on interviews conducted in communities across the UK.

“Mobile neatly turns the caravan into a magic box where every cupboard and drawer springs a surprise” (The Guardian).

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Good People, Bad Day LoveHart Productions

A black comedy about three flatmates who struggle with the repercussions of their friend Emma's actions, after she knocks out the man who she believes has come round to fix their boiler. Emma soon has an unconscious Danny on her hands and the flatmates have the dilemma of what to do with him.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
The Odditorium: Bosco Theater Dr David Bramwell

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

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

7:00pm to 8:40pm
The Life & Death of Puppet King Richard II BowerBird Prague

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

7:00pm to 7:30pm
Woman not fish Helen Pengelly-Johnson

Helen is the only insecure woman in the world trying to navigate through this thing called life. When she was young, she thought by the time she was in her 50s she would be an adult with a proper job, a home owner and in a stable relationship. She has had all of these at some point in her life but not necessarily at the same time.
She shares her experiences of modern dating and life in general. In her own words: "It's just lucky I have a crazy life really. This stuff writes itself!"
Helen has been performing comedy (unintentionally, mostly) since she was 11 when it usually got her into trouble.

7:00pm to 7:50pm
Cheekykita: Somewhere in the Ether Lamb Comedy Productions

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

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

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

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

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Katsura Sunshine: Rakugo! Pointblank Promotions

Hilarious. Charming. Traditional. Universally funny and yet so very Japanese.

The 2016 official Edinburgh Fringe Sell-Out Show from Japan is coming to Brighton!

Canada's very own. Japan’s adopted son. Katsura Sunshine brings the art of Rakugo (Japanese storytelling) to Sweet Venues!

Heading for London’s West End and New York's Off-Broadway later this year, don’t miss Sunshine and his Japanese world.

Come for an hour of laughter, and leave with a piece of Japan in your heart!

7:00pm to 9:00pm
94 Strings Harp Duo: From Bach to the Beach Boys Alexandra King

Captivating harp duo, 94 Strings, is a collaboration between Sussex-based harpists Alexandra King and Fiona Hosford. With decades of experience between them, they explore all kinds of music from Bach to the Beach Boys.

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

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

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Cordes Nuptiales: Nuptial Ropes circoPitanga

Sensitive and passionate melodrama, which intelligently integrates circus, theatre, poetry and innovative techniques.

It's love versus gravity... an aerial romance told through the art of acrobatics!

Look out for Swiss company circoPitanga's street shows on the Old Steine and New Road during Fringe City!

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Matt Price: The Weed Fairy Laughing Horse Comedy

A David and Goliath story about a life coach, a pensioner and a skateboard. In July 2016, 70-year-old David (my Dad) was arrested for his choice of gardening. It all started five generations ago in 1860 with a feud that has dragged on and on and on. This show is a true story about knowing when to let go and learning to dance like nobody is watching, even though they definitely are. It will feature criminals, a pensioner and possibly a skateboard. “Fearlessly funny” **** (The Scotsman).

7:30pm to 10:30pm
Broken Biscuits Idle Eye

Idle Eye (spoken word/comedy) and Jenny Vegas (comedy) welcome you to 'Broken Biscuits', a four-act variety event comprising the very best of spoken word, music, character comedy, short animations and a guest compere. Pack a brush!

'Broken Biscuits' started in April 2016 as a vehicle to promote the satirical Idle Eye book 'Amateur of Life and Death'. Since then, it has become a collaborative, four-act variety event (including regulars/co-organisers Idle Eye and Jenny Vegas) that combines spoken word, comedy and music. Dan Laidler’s animated mini-series 'Windy’s Farm' has also become a feature, and the night is hosted by a guest compere. Performers to date have included Lorraine Bowen, Joanna Neary, Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer, David Quantick, Jules Oliver, Jenny Lockyer, Helen Thorn, Kate Tym and many more.

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:30pm to 8:40pm
Two Singular Sensations Elevation Productions

"We are what we are, because of the musicals!" You're invited to join West End duo Edwin and Emma as they share some of their favourite songs from the musicals. Expect a showbiz evening with great singing, exciting dance, live music and a few stories thrown in which will leave you smiling from ear to ear.

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

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

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

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

7:30pm to 8:15pm
Mobile The Paper Birds

5 stars Shows in unorthodox spaces are a staple delight of the Fringe, and this year we have Mobile, performed to a tiny audience in a caravan parked up beside the Warren. The caravan doesn't actually go anywhere; the play is about being "socially mobile", and it's based around interviews with a group of men and women who've achieved that much-vaunted goal. Each is wealthier, better-connected, and better-educated than their parents – and each feels a sense of conflict now, proud of their roots yet sensing that somehow they've moved on. Read the full review.

Co-commissioned by Live Theatre/The Marlowe Theatre. A Paper Birds production.

We are taught from a young age to aim high, to reach for the stars, to want more, more than our parents, more than the generations before us, to climb the social ladder. But as we surge forward, what are we leaving behind? And from our ladder in the stars, if we look back, what do we see?

An intimate 40-minute theatre show set in a caravan, based on interviews conducted in communities across the UK.

“Mobile neatly turns the caravan into a magic box where every cupboard and drawer springs a surprise” (The Guardian).

7:30pm to 8:40pm
Open Sky present Scorched Turtle Key Arts

5 stars A red triangular handle hangs from a red pull-cord, dangling beside a chair. It can mean just one thing: we’re in a care home, and the man we see staring at the TV is nearing the end of his life. But it’s been quite a life. As he shares and acts out his reminiscences, we learn of lovers in Cairo and in Northumbria; of battles at the county fair, and among the desert sand; and of the escaped Luftwaffe pilot he tracked for two sleepless days, amidst the scorching heat of the Sahara. Read the full review.

1941. Egypt. WWII. An escaped German officer. A two day chase across the brutal Sahara. A triumphant capture. A hero’s return.

1991. England. Jack reigns from the armchair of his rest home, a local legend. Decorated veteran of Tobruk. Former river warden, boxer, horse whisperer, boat builder, charmer, prolific father and husband to a very unhappy wife. Memories are, by his own hand, tattooed on his body, but dementia is eroding his mind. As the Gulf War rages, the past drags him back to the scorched sands.

Open Sky uses new writing and visual physical theatre.

Touch tour available before the performance on Thursday 11th May. Please email ali@turtlekeyarts.org.uk to book.

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

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

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

7:30pm to 9:00pm
From Muses to Music: The Sonnets by The Shakespeare Heptet The Shakespeare Heptet/Pimpinella Productions

Blending many influences, The Shakespeare Heptet’s distinct sound is alluring and wholly contemporary, providing a stunning soundtrack to the sonnets. Beautiful harmonies, compelling rhythms and the melding of 12 and 6 string guitars underscoring Shakespeare’s exquisite poetry.

7:40pm to 8:35pm
Wet Bread Sheer Drop Theatre

Adele can’t work out how the Tories are in power – everyone she knows voted Labour, and don’t get her started on Brexit. It would be much better if the rest of the country just agreed with her. Wielding placards and shouting slogans, she’s dedicated her life to putting things right (not Right). But the moral high ground can be lonely with just your outrage for company.

A fast-paced, hilarious show by BBC Trans Comedy Award winner Tom Glover, and producers of 'Valhalla' (Theatre503 Playwriting Award winner) and 'Dirty Promises' (Off West End Award nominated, Best Director).

8:00pm to 8:50pm
Sex Addiction: The Lecture The Queer Historian

For the last five years, Tommy has been trying to recover from an addiction that people struggle to class as an addiction. Join Tommy as he questions his own struggles and why society thinks they know what an addict is.

"It's incredibly important that voices and stories such as Tommy's are heard in theatre." (A Younger Theatre),
"The Queer Historian does not only have an incredibly wide range of talents, but he is also able to bring a deeply personal experience in front of an audience in a heartfelt way" (Arts Award Voice).

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

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

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

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Off the Cuff: Crime and Funishment Off The Cuff

Back by popular demand following last year’s sell-out shows at Brighton Fringe and Camden Fringe!

Brighton’s improvised comedy favourites return to present another series of impromptu detective dramas packed with colourful characters, lurid plots and hilarious escapades. A completely new episode is created each night from audience suggestions, making for a truly unique comedy experience. Prepare to be amused and awed by this spontaneous take on the classic TV whodunit from a group with over a decade’s experience of inventive, raucously funny shows.

“Classic comedy gold” ***** (Latest 7).

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Nature Knows Best TICTAC Theatre

In a delightfully funny series of two person plays, ‘Nature Knows Best’ by Devonshire playwright Nick Discombe, takes a look at love and life through the eyes of a Seagull duo, a couple of seahorses and a pair of sheep. Each play very humorously portrays man's effect on the natural world and the creatures in it.

Join Zoe and Wayne's great escape in 'Sheep Mount', take to the skies with Arthur and Joyce in 'Seagull Heaven', then see conventional roles in a relationship shift in 'Seahorse Ride' as Horace carries Gertie's babies.

8:00pm to 10:00pm
Epicene Paul Diello Music

Award-winning musician Paul Diello invites you to his gender-blending celebration of iconic women in music. Join the Brighton-based avant-garde performer and his band on a colourful camp cabaret extravaganza as they reimagine classic female songs originally performed by legendary singers such as Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell and PJ Harvey to name but a few. Dance, sing, laugh and cry as Paul interweaves his journey of childhood out-castings and social misfittery into well-loved compositions. Every sense will be tantalised in this outrageous, rainbow-coloured romp.

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

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

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Rap Guide to Consciousness Soho Playhouse Inc

Called "astonishing and brilliant" by the NY Times, Baba Brinkman's 'Rap Guide' series of Hip Hop theatre shows have thrilled audiences since 2009, when 'Rap Guide to Evolution' won a Fringe First Award in Edinburgh and was a hit off-Broadway and around the world. In his latest "peer-reviewed rap" production, Baba explores the study of consciousness, the how and why behind your thoughts and perceptions. Mixing cutting-edge research with comedy and mind-bending rap storytelling, Baba takes you through the twists and turns of the only organ it's better to donate than receive: the human brain.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Foil, Arms and Hog: DoomDah-ish Foil Arms & Hog

Irish comedy, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, you racist. Ireland's top comedy trio. Sold out Edinburgh Fringe 2009-2016. Over ten million hits on YouTube. Brighton Fringe favourites Foil, Arms and Hog present DoomDah-ish, their show from Edinburgh Fringe 2016 with the odd new sketch thrown in.
***** (Irish Times),
**** (The Times),
***** (Irish Examiner),
***** (Edinburgh Festivals),
"Very funny" (Rowan Atkinson),
"An effervescent hour of fast-paced gags, fizzing with energy, invention and great lines" (Chortle),
"Quite simply, a sensation" (Edinburgh Festivals).

8:00pm to 8:55pm
Rubber Ring Velvet Trumpet Theatre Company

“I’m sixteen. I don’t know whether I like boys or girls. I live in Sheringham. I’m fucked. Well I’m not actually, that is the problem."

Jimmy is sixteen, sexually confused and stuck in Sheringham, the seaside town they forgot to bomb. When Morrissey comes to London, Jimmy flees to the city to try and find his hero and himself.

Velvet Trumpet presents work that is bittersweet and above all funny. It is proud to present this witty five-star debut play by windswept Norfolk playwright James McDermott.

8:00pm to 9:30pm
The Noise Next Door: Uproar! CKP

Witness the astonishing comedy sensation live! 'The Noise Next Door' are causing a commotion with their fourth nationwide tour - an anarchic evening of side-splitting jokes, jaw-dropping characters, and mind-blowing songs. Join the quickest wits in comedy as they transform audience suggestions into a fantastic, fresh new entertainment experience every single night.

As seen on BBC1, BBC3, ITV1 and ITV2.
As heard on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 4.

"Hilarious... A superior kind of chaos" (The Daily Telegraph), "Immaculately well executed" (The Times), "Comedy gold" (The Guardian).

8:00pm to 10:00pm
Studio 9 Orchestra: Tribute to Kenny Wheeler Brighton Unitarian Church

The 19-piece Studio 9 Orchestra pays tribute to the late composer, arranger and trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, with an evening of beautiful arrangements written for alarge Jazz ensemble. With music that redefines what the Jazz big band can sound like, the band will feature songs from the great composer, together with pieces by Radiohead, Herbie Hancock, Maria Schneider and others. Featuring Red Gray on vocals, and with our guest musical director Martijn Van Galen at the helm, this will be a unique evening of music with emotion, scope and passion.

8:00pm to 8:50pm
AGM: Unfinished Business Lamb Comedy Productions

Steve Adams, Colin Galletly and Johnny Murph return as the entity: AGM. The 'Audience Choice: Best Show Winners 2016' return to Lamb with even more jokes, stories and gags. It shouldn't be possible to cram this many jokes into 50 minutes. Steve will bring you up to date with his continued fight against the mishaps & misfortunes that come his way. One liner specialist Colin whips up a blizzard of jokes from the surreal to the downright silly. Johnny, the mild mannered man of mirth, may be one sandwich short of a picnic, but he's on a diet. For an evening of good humour, join our AGM!

8:00pm to 12:00am
Folk Off Sessions Fiddler's Elbow

Following on from the success of the last three years, the Folk Off Sessions return to the Fiddler's Elbow located on Boyces street for another Brighton Fringe. This free, live music showcase featuring a selection of Brighton's finest song-writers, bands and musicians really is not to be missed. The artists will be performing their original material live in one of Brighton's favourite back-street old-style pubs, full of character with a wide selection of beers, spirits, ciders and what is said to be Brighton's best pint of Guinness. Food menu served till 9pm. www.facebook.com/folkoffsessions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8:30pm to 9:25pm
Angel to Vampire! Sweet Venues

Nigel Osner reveals a lifetime of yearnings through original songs and stories by characters ranging from an angel to a vampire.

“Tremendously talented and very entertaining... Osner’s songs are well-turned, amusing and evocative... a pleasure to see a performer of such distinctive ability" (The Scotsman).

“Hugely talented... all the songs were finely crafted and heartfully delivered... Go and see this unique show” (Fringe Review).

“A show of angelic bite, 'Angel to Vampire!' taps into a still pumping vein of light entertainment, injecting in some marvelous modern wit” (The Grumpy Gay Critic).

8:30pm to 9:15pm
Mobile The Paper Birds

5 stars Shows in unorthodox spaces are a staple delight of the Fringe, and this year we have Mobile, performed to a tiny audience in a caravan parked up beside the Warren. The caravan doesn't actually go anywhere; the play is about being "socially mobile", and it's based around interviews with a group of men and women who've achieved that much-vaunted goal. Each is wealthier, better-connected, and better-educated than their parents – and each feels a sense of conflict now, proud of their roots yet sensing that somehow they've moved on. Read the full review.

Co-commissioned by Live Theatre/The Marlowe Theatre. A Paper Birds production.

We are taught from a young age to aim high, to reach for the stars, to want more, more than our parents, more than the generations before us, to climb the social ladder. But as we surge forward, what are we leaving behind? And from our ladder in the stars, if we look back, what do we see?

An intimate 40-minute theatre show set in a caravan, based on interviews conducted in communities across the UK.

“Mobile neatly turns the caravan into a magic box where every cupboard and drawer springs a surprise” (The Guardian).

8:35pm to 9:25pm
So You Say Different Productions

When ex-lovers meet after a gap of many years, what can we believe about the stories they tell?

'So You Say' explores the divergence of the stories we tell about events and shared experiences. Do these unreliable narratives arise from differing perspectives, self deception, or downright dishonesty?

A fast-paced journey through the past and the present. Funny, shocking, and bittersweet.

With Charly Sommers and Russell Shaw
Directed by Sam Chittenden.

8:45pm to 12:25am
Fiesta Fringe Town Of Cats

Brighton meets Bristol for an evening of brassy skanks, intense grooves, conscious lyricism and wild rhythm.
Head down to Sticky Mike's Frog Bar on Middle Street for a hip-shaking knees-up as three bands take the stage and provide all the essentials for a night of moving and shaking.

Line Up:
Town of Cats - South Coast providers of that classic 'Funky Hip-Hop Latino Ska Dub Afro-beat Jazz Reggae' sound. With their infectious musical energy whipped up with wild performance and lyrical adventures, Town of Cats get even the stiffest necks bouncing.

Mount Nakara - Brothers and sisters from Bristol serve up echo-riddled, sub-driven, immersive live Dub. Beautifully epic songs that move through you taking mind and body on a journey of deep groove and good vibrations.

King Porter Stomp - With Afro Funk horns, Dub Reggae rhythms, melodic hooks and conscious rap, King Porter Stomp fuse musical genres creating their own refreshingly unique sound. King Porter Stomp are inspirational players with a vibrant and energetic live show that leaves audiences entertained, enlivened and enlightened!
Doors: 8:45pm

9:00pm to 9:50pm
Joe & Liam are Friends and Conquistadors Lamb Comedy Productions

A double bill from: Joe Hart (SYTYF finalist, Tickled Pig winner, as seen on BBC Trending) and Liam Webber (Best New Act nominee, Midlands Comedy Awards).
Tech-savvy gay nerd Joe is a comedic wizard. He brings his musings of modern and ancient life with a video game twist.
“Comedy Gold” (The Scotsman).
Liam is a high-octane character comedian who’ll whisk you away on a whirlwind of vignettes, sketches, and frankly tenuous leaps of thought destined to leave you laughing/ crying/ astonished/ confused/ all of the above. "An extraordinary performer" (The Scotsman).

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Cinebra: A History Of Horror Cinebra

Movie lovers Sophie and Megan invite you to their seminar! After a vintage shopping trip with the most popular girl in college, Megan has acquired a haunted necklace. As the seminar progresses through scares and song, a threatening supernatural force begins to rear its head. As Sophie and Megan’s own horror narrative begins to unravel, they wonder who will be the final girl? A multimedia frenzy featuring live scares and unforgettable songs, this show is a unique, heart-wrenching, hybrid horror/musical comedy that leaves you convulsing in terror and delight!

9:00pm to 10:30pm
David Hoyle Tim Whitehead Management

Post-drag, post-gender, impossible to beat, performance avalanche and avant-garde legend David Hoyle returns for an unmissable evening of high comedy, sound, vision, paint and song.

"There is nothing quite like it: bold and unique, electrifying and disarmingly humane." (Time Out).

9:00pm to 10:40pm
A Touch of Mrs Robinson Fiona Coffey Cabaret

Is it wrong to behave badly? Can you be sexy without disgracing yourself? A touch of Mrs Robinson is a new musical cabaret inspired by the woman who seduced The Graduate and became a legend in her own leopard print. With her fabulous live band, using slinky jazz numbers and Sixties pop songs from artists such as Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield, Burt Bacharach and the Kinks, Fiona Coffey explores Mrs Robinson's story from college girl, to embittered 50s housewife, to suburban swinger. It's a witty, provocative and uplifting show that asks: "Could a touch of Mrs Robinson change your life?"

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

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

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

9:15pm to 10:00pm
Mobile The Paper Birds

5 stars Shows in unorthodox spaces are a staple delight of the Fringe, and this year we have Mobile, performed to a tiny audience in a caravan parked up beside the Warren. The caravan doesn't actually go anywhere; the play is about being "socially mobile", and it's based around interviews with a group of men and women who've achieved that much-vaunted goal. Each is wealthier, better-connected, and better-educated than their parents – and each feels a sense of conflict now, proud of their roots yet sensing that somehow they've moved on. Read the full review.

Co-commissioned by Live Theatre/The Marlowe Theatre. A Paper Birds production.

We are taught from a young age to aim high, to reach for the stars, to want more, more than our parents, more than the generations before us, to climb the social ladder. But as we surge forward, what are we leaving behind? And from our ladder in the stars, if we look back, what do we see?

An intimate 40-minute theatre show set in a caravan, based on interviews conducted in communities across the UK.

“Mobile neatly turns the caravan into a magic box where every cupboard and drawer springs a surprise” (The Guardian).

9:30pm to 10:30pm
AART TV Live Broadcast! Andy Bridge

New Zealand’s finest Mikey the Aartist returns to Brighton Fringe for the launch of AART TV Live with special guest artists Jim Parkyn (Aardman Animations) and George Egg (Anarchist Cook 2).

“Surprising profundity and endless giggles” **** (Three Weeks), “Life affirming and very entertaining” **** (Broadway Baby), “Bob Ross on Acid vs Look Around You” **** (Shortcom).

As featured in ‘Best of the Fringe 2015’ The Skinny, Edinburgh Fringe.

Journey into the what, where, how and now of AART, with New Zealand’s favourite artist Mikey. AART is an art workshop like no other!

9:30pm to 11:05pm
The Treason Show: Festival Special Treason Productions

No one does satire quite like Brighton’s very own 'The Treason Show'. With the tool of ridicule the weapon of choice, these smiling assassins will have you laughing all night at the powers that be with their trademark slick and always topical comedy, accompanied by hilarious parody songs.
Brighton’s very own long-running, smash-hit satirical comedy show. Now in its record-breaking 17th year, this Brighton institution is a must-see show and regularly sells out, so early booking is advised.
“Savagely funny – fantastically silly” (The Guardian).

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Last Orders At The Dog & Dumplings Boogaloo Stu

Boogaloo Stu’s dark comedy 'Last Orders At The Dog & 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 & 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?

9:30pm to 10:30pm
JoJo Bellini: Crash-Bang Cabaret! thejomarsh

After the roaring success of JoJo Bellini’s ‘Kitchen Cabaret’ at Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe in 2016, the salacious songstress brings to Brighton a brand-new, and much naughtier, cabaret performance.
You are invited to take a look behind the scenes of the cabaret queen that is JoJo Bellini. Who is this woman? Where has she come from? How can someone recover from such a crippling car accident? Why is she touching me? Why Isn’t she touching me?!
Is this love?! Yes. Yes it is. So sit back and indulge in the unbridled naughtiness that is JoJo Bellini.

9:30pm to 10:20pm
LAID Natalie Palamides

A one-woman show directed by Dr. Brown and written/performed by Natalie Palamides.

A woman who lays an egg every day is faced with a tumultuous decision: will she raise her egg or will she eat it? Join her on her melodramatic journey of motherhood/breakfast, and find out exactly what it takes to be a well-fed mother.

Natalie was named one of the New Faces of Comedy at the 2016 'Just for Laughs' Festival in Montreal, is the voice of Buttercup on the PowerPuff Girls and is a performer at Upright Citizens Brigade.

“You could peg Natalie Palamides as the second coming of Kristen Wiig” (The Comedy Bureau).

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

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

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

10:00pm to 11:00pm
WMD Makes Everything Better WMD Comedy

WMD Comedy is a three man sketch troupe with an online following for making strange and wonderful content.

In their brand new live show, you can find out about the conception of the Soviet flag, what to do when your friend won't give up his moustache, and how to escape a maze with a deranged maze-man and an idiot.

This fantastic sketch show combines elements of stand-up, theatre, live music, and film to deliver scenes that are both uniquely funny and memorably visual.

WMD is the show that makes you think "Wow, that was awesome".

10:10pm to 10:55pm
Pickman's Model by HP Lovecraft The Other Realm Theatre Company

The Other Realm brings Lovecraft’s classic short story to the stage for the first time.

Pickman is an artist of extraordinary talent, but his gruesome paintings are borne of a terrible secret. A dark and shocking tale that reveals the boundary between an artist’s genius and insanity...

This is The Other Realm’s third Brighton Fringe, following the highly successful ‘I Love Luci’ in 2015, and ‘Which is Witch?’ in 2016.

10:15pm to 11:15pm
Anti-White PC Mangina Rises! Laughing Horse Free Festival

Dick Coughlan thought he was a good guy. That was until he met the internet and soon found out he was actually an evil, ball-less, genocidal, race-traitorous bastard! Now, after seven years, even he doesn't know. This is his bizarre journey deep into the weirdest, darkest and funniest recesses of the interwebs.

"Undeniably funny" **** (Broadway Baby),
"Passionate and hilarious" (Paul Sinha),
"The man is a killer" (Reginald D. Hunter).

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

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

11:00pm to 12:00am
Lazarus Luke Martin

After having a nearly fatal illness, he thought things would be different ... they weren’t. In frustration Luke has taken to the road to find meaning in his experience. Join him on his way as he discusses Little Mix, drinking, not drinking and more.

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

The legendary late show returns.

12:00am to 12:00am
Barbara Merkriti

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

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