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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
Seska: Quack Quack Bang! SESKA

Crazier than finding a penguin in your fridge... Bang! Turbo-charged Seska throws buckets of happiness into the air, in this brilliantly inventive magical show for all ages. Entertaining crowds from Mumbai to Trinidad, Seska is also a firm favourite at Camp Bestival.

Sold out Brighton Fringe for the past 5 years and nominated for Best Family Show 2015. It's super-hilarious magic, if you miss this you are absolute donut-faces! Click-click! For the healthiest sugar rush available...

10:00am to 10:45am
Take Shelter! Downs Junior School

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940s when visiting the original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground.

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Tours can be pre-booked via Brighton Fringe. A small allocation, including any unsold tickets, will be available to book in person on each open day on a first come basis from 10:00.

10:00am to 11:00am
End Times: An Immersive Adventure 2headedpigeon Theatre Co.

Escape room meets theatre in this apocalyptic adventure. Award-winning fringe veterans 2headedpigeon have nuked the fourth wall to invite you into an interactive experience like no other. Immerse yourself in a truly unique venue: a secret bunker hidden beneath an ordinary Brighton home. Can you solve the puzzles, untangle the plot and save the world? Can you even save yourselves?

"Relentlessly inventive and recklessly funny" (WhatsOnStage)

"More than you dare hope to find on the fringe" (ThreeWeeks)

"One of this year's star turns" (Sunday Business Post)

Access:

This site-specific performance takes place in a genuine underground bunker and therefore may be inaccessible to those with mobility difficulties. In particular, the venue is accessed by a steep staircase. Some areas of the venue feature reduced head height, uneven floors and narrow doorways.

However, Nether Regions are committed to making the shows as accessible as possible within the constraints of this unique performance space. If you would like to discuss access requirements with the team, please contact them via their website: http://www.2headedpigeontheatre.moonfruit.com/say-hello-to-us/

10:15am to 2:00pm
Wilderness Well-being Walkshop ipse wilderness

A guided walking talking 5 mile well-being journey along South Downs Way from Ditchling Beacon to Black Cap. An immersive, exploratory soul adventure, incorporating mindfulness, self-reflection and facilitated talking exercises linking the emotions to the landscape. An opportunity to journey inside, outside, through honest communication and connection to nature.

"The activities were so helpful, useful and insightful. I really admired the use of the wilderness landscape as a mirror” (previous participant)

Bus transport to and from Brighton included. Wear suitable footwear and bring water.

10:15am to 12:45pm
Greek Mythology Tour of Brighton Classical Association Funded Greek Mythology Tour of Brighton

Join Dr Amanda Potter from the Open University for a tour of Brighton focusing on 20 objects with links to stories from Greek mythology.

This 2.5 hour walking tour includes a visit to Brighton Museum and Art Gallery (please bring ID if you are a Brighton resident; admission price included for non-residents), North Laine, Old Steine and ends with a bus ride and visit to Hove Museum and Art Gallery (bus fare not included).

The tour involves a significant amount of standing and walking outdoors. See website for associated images to download beforehand to print or view on mobile devices.

10:15am to 11:00am
Take Shelter! Downs Junior School

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940s when visiting the original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground.

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Tours can be pre-booked via Brighton Fringe. A small allocation, including any unsold tickets, will be available to book in person on each open day on a first come basis from 10:00.

10:30am to 6:00pm
Brighton Buddhist Centre: Open Day 2019 Brighton Buddhist Centre

The Brighton Buddhist Centre Open Day is a great opportunity to explore Buddhism and meditation in the heart of Brighton. The day will be characterised by a warm and open atmosphere allowing people to explore the activities of the day at their leisure. As part of the open day there will be various talks on Buddhism and also guided meditations. There will also be a chance to explore Buddhism's relationship to the arts with music, poetry and much more. The day will start at 10:30 and end at 18:00. Lunch will be at 13:00 - 14:00.

10:30am to 11:30am
Arr We There Yet? Head First Acrobats

LIMITED RUN! Sold out in 2016, 2017 and 2018, and back by public demand, the rip-roaring and swashbuckling adventure in which three sailors hit the high seas in search of treasure! A scallywag pirate, a muscular sailor and a chef with a seafood allergy make for a hopeless crew, as they fight for the title of Captain aboard the ship. These acrobatic pirates turn ship-life upside down! Walking the plank becomes the high flying teeterboard, cooking for the crew involves juggling knives and steering the ship spinning upside down in the roue cyr!

10:30am to 11:20am
Learn to Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

Experience the potter's wheel and learn a new skill in our friendly and inviting studio. We will show you how and then guide you through the process of making your own pot! Come alone or with friends; you can even try and recreate that Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze 'Ghost' moment if you'd like.

Leave your pot with us to be glazed and fired, then collect it three weeks later or get it posted to you for a small extra charge. There are only eight places per session, so if you're coming with friends book at the same time to avoid disappointment. Children under 16 require an adult, no under 12s.

10:30am to 12:30pm
The Subversive Sussex Walk The Cowley Club

Discover the underdog history of Brighton with a radical ramble around the city centre. Behind the Georgian facades of the seafront has alway lain another town entirely.

Hear the history of how local people fought back: squatting, strikes, rebellions, mutiny, sabotage, and smuggling! The butcher who tried to cleave the cabinet; the chimney sweep who fought for Brighton’s poor.

Finishing up in Brighton’s own anarchist cafe/bar. All money raised goes to Mutual Aid vegan food bank.

10:30am to 11:15am
Take Shelter! Downs Junior School

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940s when visiting the original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground.

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Tours can be pre-booked via Brighton Fringe. A small allocation, including any unsold tickets, will be available to book in person on each open day on a first come basis from 10:00.

10:35am to 11:20am
The Red Balloon Lucky Dog Theatre Productions

Based on the classic 1956 short film by Albert Lamorisse, the award-winning Lucky Dog bring their brand new show to Brighton Fringe. Equally charming, funny, and touching, this adaptation is suitable for all the family.

Pascal lives a lonely life with his mother in Paris. On his way to school one day, he finds a red balloon and together they discover the true meaning of friendship. Lucky Dog are always a Fringe favourite, and have been playing to full houses and had 5-star reviews since 2013.

10:45am to 11:30am
Take Shelter! Downs Junior School

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940s when visiting the original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground.

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Tours can be pre-booked via Brighton Fringe. A small allocation, including any unsold tickets, will be available to book in person on each open day on a first come basis from 10:00.

11:00am to 12:00pm
Baby Bambinoes Brighton Spiegeltent

Family fun dancing and socialising for 0 - 5s and their grown-ups. Baby disco tunes, action songs, parachute games and bubbles for some good old-fashioned fun. Meet and Greet high fives, warm-up dances, boogie tunes, tiny tots dance off, mum vs dad boogie-off. With baby chill and changing places.
Help your baby to respond to music using their bodies. For younger babies this may be just bouncing to the music in arms or on the mats and older ones will want to throw their own shapes.

11:00am to 1:00pm
Brighton Station Tours: Limited Spaces Jackie Marsh-Hobbs

These amazing tours only happen during Brighton Fringe. A chance to learn about the hidden places, local history and wonderful engineering of Brighton's Grade II* listed railway station. Meet five minutes before the tour at the front of Brighton Station, with permission from Southern Railway.

11:00am to 11:45am
Take Shelter! Downs Junior School

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940s when visiting the original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground.

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Tours can be pre-booked via Brighton Fringe. A small allocation, including any unsold tickets, will be available to book in person on each open day on a first come basis from 10:00.

11:00am to 2:00pm
The V.I.B. (Very Independent Brighton) Food Tour Brighton Food Tours

Join the award-winning V.I.B Food Tour to get down and dirty with a selection of Brighton’s best independent food producers and street-food vendors.

Hear the stories, passions and politics behind their food and, best of all, try some tasty samples...

Ticket price includes approx. 7 stops and tasters. Specific dietary requirements can be catered for but must be requested at least 7 days in advance by email to: hello@brightonfoodtours.com.

Recommended by The Independent, Great British Food Magazine and Metro.

11:00am to 2:00pm
Sussex Food Tours Sussex Food Tours

This gourmet food tour takes you through the historical and cultural heart of Brighton. Fun and informative with all food, snacks, desserts and beverages (alcoholic and non), entertainment, sightseeing and guiding included in ticket price.

We will be running two different Brighton-themed food tours so please check our website for dates and more details:

- Vegetarian Brighton Tour
- Great Sussex/British Food Tour

11:15am to 12:00pm
Take Shelter! Downs Junior School

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940s when visiting the original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground.

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Tours can be pre-booked via Brighton Fringe. A small allocation, including any unsold tickets, will be available to book in person on each open day on a first come basis from 10:00.

11:30am to 12:20pm
Be Not Afeard: A Sensory Telling of Shakespeare's The Tempest Collar & Cuffs Co.

Be not afeard. The isle is full of noises, sounds, and sweet airs that give delight and hurt not. How do we help our children grow the skills to be confidently curious about their world at a time when anxiety and overwhelm affect so many? Multi award-winning Collar & Cuffs return for a fifth year at the Fringe to explore this challenge with a sensory musical version of The Tempest suitable for 0-7s and fully inclusive for those with special and/or complex needs. Expect a twangling, painty, touchy, feely, smelly, and magical adventure delivered with their signature warmth. Signed and Relaxed.

11:30am to 12:25pm
Death of a Hunter And Tomorrow Theatre Company

4 stars The hunter of the title is Ernest Hemingway, the American author who’s celebrated for his larger-than-life exploits as much as he is for his novels. As a journalist, he was famously in the thick of the Spanish Civil War, while as an 18-year-old he was injured on the front line of World War I. He lived in Paris, in Florida, and controversially in Cuba; he was fascinated by bullfighting, and by hunting and fishing too. But now we find Hemingway at home, surrounded by props calling out the elements of his public persona. There’s a tiger’s head, a typewriter… and a gun. Read the full review.

Unable to write anymore, Ernest Hemingway fights his last and loneliest battle as he tries to find the courage to commit suicide. He confronts his demons, questions old certainties and comes face to face with the ghosts of his past.

Clinically, precisely, harrowingly and in real time, radical German playwright Rolf Hochhuth explores the final hour in the life of an American icon.

'Death of a Hunter' received its U.K. premiere at the Finborough Theatre in April 2018.

“A detailed and complex portrait of a tortured genius ... Dehn is transfixing as Hemingway” **** (The Upcoming)

11:30am to 12:15pm
Take Shelter! Downs Junior School

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940s when visiting the original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground.

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Tours can be pre-booked via Brighton Fringe. A small allocation, including any unsold tickets, will be available to book in person on each open day on a first come basis from 10:00.

11:30am to 12:20pm
Learn to Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

Experience the potter's wheel and learn a new skill in our friendly and inviting studio. We will show you how and then guide you through the process of making your own pot! Come alone or with friends; you can even try and recreate that Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze 'Ghost' moment if you'd like.

Leave your pot with us to be glazed and fired, then collect it three weeks later or get it posted to you for a small extra charge. There are only eight places per session, so if you're coming with friends book at the same time to avoid disappointment. Children under 16 require an adult, no under 12s.

11:45am to 12:30pm
Take Shelter! Downs Junior School

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940s when visiting the original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground.

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Tours can be pre-booked via Brighton Fringe. A small allocation, including any unsold tickets, will be available to book in person on each open day on a first come basis from 10:00.

11:50am to 12:35pm
The Laurel & Hardy Radio Show Lucky Dog Theatre Productions

It's becoming a bit of a trend just now: recreations of old-style radio shows, performed by actors with microphones in front a live audience. The nostalgic aura and much-loved characters add up to a sure-fire success, and in this case there are added grounds for confidence: Lucky Dog Theatre, who've made something of a specialism of Laurel & Hardy homages over the past few years. More than mere impersonation, the two principal actors invariably inhabit the roles with wit, warmth and sensitivity. It never fails.

Lucky Dog are now quite a Brighton Fringe fixture, constantly presenting different Laurel & Hardy material every year. Brand new for 2019, the award-winning duo return with a supporting cast to help recapture the magic of the best-loved comedy team of all time.

Stan and Ollie recorded several unique sketches on the radio for US troops, but these were never broadcast. Presented in a live recording setting, this will be the first time they have been performed professionally since the 1940s. It’s the closest you’ll get to seeing the original pair in action.

12:00pm to 1:00pm
End Times: An Immersive Adventure 2headedpigeon Theatre Co.

Escape room meets theatre in this apocalyptic adventure. Award-winning fringe veterans 2headedpigeon have nuked the fourth wall to invite you into an interactive experience like no other. Immerse yourself in a truly unique venue: a secret bunker hidden beneath an ordinary Brighton home. Can you solve the puzzles, untangle the plot and save the world? Can you even save yourselves?

"Relentlessly inventive and recklessly funny" (WhatsOnStage)

"More than you dare hope to find on the fringe" (ThreeWeeks)

"One of this year's star turns" (Sunday Business Post)

Access:

This site-specific performance takes place in a genuine underground bunker and therefore may be inaccessible to those with mobility difficulties. In particular, the venue is accessed by a steep staircase. Some areas of the venue feature reduced head height, uneven floors and narrow doorways.

However, Nether Regions are committed to making the shows as accessible as possible within the constraints of this unique performance space. If you would like to discuss access requirements with the team, please contact them via their website: http://www.2headedpigeontheatre.moonfruit.com/say-hello-to-us/

12:00pm to 3:00pm
A Silver Jewellery Workshop Silver & Sage

The workshop is a fun tutor guided experience to create a personalised piece of real silver jewellery to take away with you that day - made entirely by you and gift box and silver chain included.

Refreshments:
Tea, coffee, drinks and a selection of snacks are available from the bar, as the workshop is held in a studio above the pub The Round Georges Brighton. Prior booking is essential, for more information and images please visit: www.silverandsage.co.uk.

12:00pm to 5:00pm
Family Picnics Brighton Fringe

Calling all picnickers; Brighton Fringe's wildly popular family picnics are back for 2019! Join us every Saturday in May as we take over Pavilion Gardens with more free family entertainment than you can shake a stick at. With family-friendly performances, games and activities there's something for all ages and interests.

12:00pm to 12:50pm
Mary Blandy's Gallows Tree Lita Doolan Productions

Mary Blandy hanged in 1752 at Oxford Castle for the murder of her father. She claimed that her lover, Captain Cranstoun, had tricked her into feeding her father arsenic. She believed it was a love potion that would allow them to be married. In spite of her religious beliefs she would not repent, claiming innocence. Hear her story.

New play written and performed by multi-award-winning writer Lita Doolan ('Storm' Oxford Playhouse).

"Gripping and dark" **** (Whatsonstage)

"Unnerving quality" **** (Breaking the Fourth Wall for 'Time for Tea')

'Camden New Journal' pick of Fringe, 2018

12:00pm to 12:50pm
Joe Wells: Please Please Please Don't Make Me Do Political Comedy Joe Wells

Joe used to do political comedy but recently the news has become so horrible that he can't bear to do it any more.

Support for Frankie Boyle, Stephen K Amos and Alexei Sayle. Writer for Have I Got News For You.

"Some of the most surprising and thought-provoking material coming from any comedian" (The Guardian)
"Bold, cutting and, at times, ruthless" (Brighton Argus)
"A genuine hidden treasure of the fringe... clever, insightful and funny, well structured jokes are set up and delivered intelligently and candidly" (Chortle)

This is a work in progress show.

12:00pm to 5:00pm
Fringe City Brighton Fringe

Fancy a show but not sure what you're in the mood for? Get a taste of Brighton Fringe at our Fringe City festival showcase! Expect crazy cabaret, tremendous theatre, live music, comedy, circus, dance, acrobatics and more. Visit our website for full line-up details.

Fringe City is supported by the National Lottery Communities Fund and Sussex Masonic Charities.

12:00pm to 1:00pm
The Scrapyard Sessions Otherplace Productions Ltd

The fringe of the Fringe, full of wonder and whimsy. Drop into The Scrapyard at The Warren and find a hidden gem. Featuring spoken word, comedy, music and cabaret; remarkable performers presenting storytelling and comedy in all its forms.

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Captain Cauliflower and Marvin the Mischievous Moose Mad Etiquette

Come and join the invincible superhero Captain Cauliflower on an unforgettable adventure, filled with extreme silliness and unquestionable danger. We then follow his adventures into outer space and deep under the ocean, saving those in peril, but can he beat his arch nemesis, the evil and odorous Onion Man?

???? "A riotous clowning comedy for little ones that makes adults giggle as much as children. Captain cauliflower and Marvin the Mischievous Moose" (Fest). "A slick, fast-paced show for young children and families with lots of fun and giggles.. Brilliantly done." (Child Friendly Brighton).

12:15pm to 1:15pm
Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival Iris Prize

Iris Prize brings outstanding LGBT+ film from around the world to Brighton. The five programmes of short films on offer feature award-winners from the annual Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival, alongside moving depictions of queer intimacy, explorations of gender, and a timely selection of LGBT+ stories for young people. These diverse short films from twelve countries offer an honest window into modern queer life, representing the very best of current LGBT+ filmmaking.

The five programmes are: Intimacy; Gender & Family; Iris Prize – International; Iris Prize – Best British; Iris Prize – Youth.

12:15pm to 1:00pm
Take Shelter! Downs Junior School

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940s when visiting the original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground.

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Tours can be pre-booked via Brighton Fringe. A small allocation, including any unsold tickets, will be available to book in person on each open day on a first come basis from 10:00.

12:30pm to 1:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

12:30pm to 1:15pm
Take Shelter! Downs Junior School

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940s when visiting the original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground.

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Tours can be pre-booked via Brighton Fringe. A small allocation, including any unsold tickets, will be available to book in person on each open day on a first come basis from 10:00.

12:30pm to 1:20pm
Learn to Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

Experience the potter's wheel and learn a new skill in our friendly and inviting studio. We will show you how and then guide you through the process of making your own pot! Come alone or with friends; you can even try and recreate that Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze 'Ghost' moment if you'd like.

Leave your pot with us to be glazed and fired, then collect it three weeks later or get it posted to you for a small extra charge. There are only eight places per session, so if you're coming with friends book at the same time to avoid disappointment. Children under 16 require an adult, no under 12s.

12:30pm to 1:40pm
Pick of the Fringe Otherplace Productions Ltd

Not sure what to see? Don't fret, we've done the work for you and hand-picked this week's top tips. Theatre, comedy, dance and cabaret shows from across Brighton Fringe will be showcasing snippets of their work to whet your appetite every weekend lunchtime.
Different line-ups every show. All for just a fiver. Hosted by Michael Fabbri.

"Startlingly insightful" (The Guardian)

Including our sell-out (2017 and 2018) 'Launch Night Special' and a brand new end of festival celebration show.

12:45pm to 1:45pm
Friday Night Love Poem CrossLine Theatre

Kate is discovering what it really means to be a wife in her close-knit Christian community. Mia is beginning to push her boundaries at school, pleasing the boys as an easy route to popularity. Cecilia, caught in the throws of her first love, is battling with the question "am I ready yet?". All three girls are fighting to find their own way of being sexual and empowered.

CrossLine Theatre returns to Brighton Fringe, following their 4-star production of 'Cream Pie', with a new drama about young women and their sexual coming-of-age moments.

12:45pm to 1:45pm
On The Edge Comedy On The Edge Comedy

'On The Edge' is a Brighton institution. Bringing the best in new comic talent to the UK all year round. Our Fringe specials are always extra special. We've hosted everyone from brand new acts to household names, so you never know who might drop in! We hand pick all our acts so join us for a bill of guaranteed brilliance, showcasing some of the best performers from around Brighton Fringe and beyond! Our show is Pay What You Want so you can sample some of the best stand up the Fringe has to offer and help plan out what shows you simply can't miss!

12:45pm to 1:30pm
Take Shelter! Downs Junior School

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940s when visiting the original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground.

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Tours can be pre-booked via Brighton Fringe. A small allocation, including any unsold tickets, will be available to book in person on each open day on a first come basis from 10:00.

1:00pm to 1:45pm
Colin Chadwick: Quick Thinker Colin Chadwick

Irish comedian Colin Chadwick is a quick thinker, but not a quality thinker. Whether he's trying to outsmart a computer or perform CPR, his brain supplies ideas by quantity rather than quality. As seen on RTÉ2 and BBC Three.

"His quirky punchlines come thick and fast" **** (Broadway Baby).
"The Irishman offers an off-kilter approach to everyday situations and is able to condense his peculiar ideas into sharp punchlines" (Chortle).
"An expert in setting up one-liners" (Arts Award Voice).

1:00pm to 1:50pm
The Poseidon Conjecture The Bosun's Delight

A narrative sketch show set on a low-budget cruise ship. It follows a crop of odd yet strangely familiar characters in a tale of greed, faux decadence, and near certain disaster.

This is the third hour-long show from sketch group 'The Bosun's Delight', who have been together since 2015, performing at festivals including Camden Fringe, Greater Manchester Fringe, Henley Fringe, and Guildford Fringe. They comprise performers from the worlds of improv, music, and repertory theatre.

1:00pm to 2:00pm
Tales from the British Isles The Wandering Bard

The Wandering Bard is an ensemble that merges qualities of early music with delights of immortal folk music.

Inspired by the traditions of bards, the ensemble tells stories during the performances.

Their programme 'Tales From the British Isles' consists of narratives ranging from court to countryside, with all walks of life explored through music and storytelling. Come to hear, among others, the horrors of Henry VIII's wives, the exploits of a saucy sailor, and the friendship between two of England's finest composers.

1:00pm to 2:30pm
Piers and Queers Only in Brighton

Over 200 years of history from a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer perspective, including Regency Dandies, 1950s lesbian and gay life and political activism. We encounter prominent historical figures as well as some extraordinary unsung heroes: a pioneering doctor who passed as a man decades before women were allowed to practice medicine, a 19th century lesbian diarist, an Edwardian 'drag king' and an early 'same-sex' marriage.

***** (Broadway Baby)
"Awesome tour. Highly recommended" ***** (Love Fringe)
"Incredible characters and untold stories" (Gay Star News)

1:00pm to 2:00pm
The Death Show Antonia Beck and Lucy Nicholls

Death. A bit grim, isn't it? Morbid, macabre and even unmentionable, but does it have to be that way?

A funny, surreal, reflective and unashamedly honest show about death. Join Lucy and Antonia on a journey of discovery, contemplation and courage. Celebrate your own mortality, laugh, cry, stick two fingers up at the Grim Reaper and discover why talking about death is actually life-affirming.

“both fun and life-affirming" (Weekend Notes)
"...a beautifully balanced story of hope, humour and fear" (Birmingham Review)

1:15pm to 2:00pm
Take Shelter! Downs Junior School

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940s when visiting the original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground.

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Tours can be pre-booked via Brighton Fringe. A small allocation, including any unsold tickets, will be available to book in person on each open day on a first come basis from 10:00.

1:15pm to 2:10pm
Gerry Carroll: Crock or Gold Gerry Carroll

He's 66 and he has his own leprechaun, but is Gerry a crock, or is he gold? He'll let you decide. In his third Brighton show the one-time 'Angel of the Month' winner explains how 'Send in the Clowns' is his story. Or is it 'Death of a Clown'? Lunchtimes at the Temple or 2pm at the Kennel, Gerry will be explaining. Expect attempts at songs, eating bananas, Irish dancing and maybe a crock of gold. Having done stand-up and clown around London for five years, Gerry's focusing more on clown. It's enjoyable, funny and makes a great early afternoon break.
Two words: Velcro trousers.

1:30pm to 2:20pm
Learn to Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

Experience the potter's wheel and learn a new skill in our friendly and inviting studio. We will show you how and then guide you through the process of making your own pot! Come alone or with friends; you can even try and recreate that Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze 'Ghost' moment if you'd like.

Leave your pot with us to be glazed and fired, then collect it three weeks later or get it posted to you for a small extra charge. There are only eight places per session, so if you're coming with friends book at the same time to avoid disappointment. Children under 16 require an adult, no under 12s.

1:30pm to 2:15pm
Take Shelter! Downs Junior School

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940s when visiting the original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground.

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Tours can be pre-booked via Brighton Fringe. A small allocation, including any unsold tickets, will be available to book in person on each open day on a first come basis from 10:00.

1:30pm to 2:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

1:30pm to 2:30pm
DRESSING UP DIETRICH Patricia Hartshorne

Have wig, will Dietrich... Patricia Hartshorne brings Marlene to life before your eyes. Watch her switch from mere mortal to Hollywood icon - and back again. No smoke, no mirrors. Just a suitcase - and an okay pair of legs...

From cross-dresser to international diva. See how she manages to create the image of Dietrich, through the use of just a few props and costumes - and the all-important wig! And you may discover a few of Marlene's secrets as well...

“Uncannily like Dietrich” **** (Broadway Baby)
“Gets under the skin of Marlene” **** (The Stage)

1:40pm to 2:40pm
Captain Breadbeard's Bready Brilliant Comedy Cookbook Captain Breadbeard

The only fast-paced pun-tastic bready-brilliant absurd sketch comedy show about a sailor with a beard made of bread that you knead to see this year!

Have you taken the time to consider the dangers that people with floury facial fuzz encounter every day? If not, then you’re in luck... Captain Breadbeard will take you on a magical and energetic journey of enlightenment. Ciabatta be there!

1:45pm to 2:30pm
Oleg Olenchenko Packs Up His Things Slipshod Theatre

In 2014, Eastern Ukraine sits on a knife edge. A troubled university student is forcibly evicted from his home by a soldier claiming to be defending him from fascists. They say all is fair in love and war, but who gets to decide what's fair anymore?

This brand new original and insightful devised piece tackles one of the most emotive and politically-sensitive issues in the world today. Uniquely based on truths and stories directly from the mouths of the people who spend their everyday lives in this complicated corner of the world.

1:45pm to 2:30pm
Take Shelter! Downs Junior School

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940s when visiting the original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground.

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Tours can be pre-booked via Brighton Fringe. A small allocation, including any unsold tickets, will be available to book in person on each open day on a first come basis from 10:00.

2:00pm to 3:00pm
End Times: An Immersive Adventure 2headedpigeon Theatre Co.

Escape room meets theatre in this apocalyptic adventure. Award-winning fringe veterans 2headedpigeon have nuked the fourth wall to invite you into an interactive experience like no other. Immerse yourself in a truly unique venue: a secret bunker hidden beneath an ordinary Brighton home. Can you solve the puzzles, untangle the plot and save the world? Can you even save yourselves?

"Relentlessly inventive and recklessly funny" (WhatsOnStage)

"More than you dare hope to find on the fringe" (ThreeWeeks)

"One of this year's star turns" (Sunday Business Post)

Access:

This site-specific performance takes place in a genuine underground bunker and therefore may be inaccessible to those with mobility difficulties. In particular, the venue is accessed by a steep staircase. Some areas of the venue feature reduced head height, uneven floors and narrow doorways.

However, Nether Regions are committed to making the shows as accessible as possible within the constraints of this unique performance space. If you would like to discuss access requirements with the team, please contact them via their website: http://www.2headedpigeontheatre.moonfruit.com/say-hello-to-us/

2:00pm to 2:50pm
My Life Closed Twice Gauntlet Theatre

After being diagnosed with schizophrenia aged 20, Joe’s life becomes a cacophony of visions, voices and questionable media stereotypes. From the noise appears a young woman in a red hoodie who holds his hand and helps him, in spite of everything, to carry on.

Based on the real life experiences of writer and performer Joseph Hand, and winner of the Gothenburg Fringe 'Hot Potato Award' 2018, this life-affirming play meets the taboos surrounding mental illness head-on, and is an antidote to the fear and misunderstanding surrounding psychosis and mental illness.

2:00pm to 3:30pm
Geoffrey Mead's Clifton and Montpelier Tour Geoffrey Mead

Brighton’s the only Fringe we know with a “Tours” section in its programme, and it's fun to take the chance to explore the city’s promenades and alleyways. For a gimmick-free walkabout and a focus on unembellished history, look no further than Geoffrey Mead – whose encyclopaedic knowledge of Brighton’s past is matched by an eye for approachable human stories. He has two tours in this year’s programme; this one investigates the peaceful Victorian terraces spreading north-west from the Rialto.

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

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Faye Treacy is a Work in Progress Faye Treacy

As seen on BBC Three and heard on Radio Four, Faye Treacy is back with a new work in progress show. "One of the most unique performances you'll see at the Fringe this year... simultaneously childish, genius and inescapably memorable." **** (1/2) (ShortCom), "Bucket full of comedic talent... Original, engaging and clearly comfortable in front of a large audience, Faye is one to watch for the future." (Lynne Parker, CEO Funny Women).

2:00pm to 2:50pm
Hurricane Force Jan Pigs In Residence

'Hello, so if you’re watching this then I’m already dead'

Jan’s life didn’t turn out the way it was supposed to. It has just been one fundamental error after another. But before she ends it she has some questions to answer.
How was she supposed to know dating the chief of police’s son would get her framed for pushing a herd of sheep off a cliff? Who knew she would accidentally disable her dog because she won a competition run by Ferrero Rocher? Why would you deliver a years supply of hazelnut chocolatey balls all at once? Who has that kind of space? Why is there such a craze for magnetic teeth?

2:00pm to 3:30pm
Absolutely Brighton: The Original City Tour Brighton City Walks

Award-winning, 90 minute city tour. Perfect for visitors and residents alike. Discover secret tunnels, lost royal romances, Jack the Ripper's favourite pub and much more.

TripAdvisor 'Certificate of Excellence' award-winner 2016, 2017, 2018.
"Fascinating walking tour", "Excellent guide", "Terrific introduction to Brighton", "Interesting and fun tour" (TripAdvisor reviews)

2:00pm to 3:00pm
The Family Blimp Beach Without Sand Ltd

The Klump Company throw open their front door and cordially invite you in to meet The Family Blimp.

Having moved from France to a quintessentially British village, the Blimp family are in for a rather warm welcome.

Physical theatre, the grotesque and a lick of the absurd come together as the Blimps attempt to meet the demands of their newfangled community. When a mysterious talking picnic hamper is delivered to their front door, the Blimps decide the best thing to do is to follow its demands.

Let’s play home sweet home!

2:00pm to 3:40pm
Closer The Rialto Theatre

Four lives intertwine over the course of four and a half years in this densely-plotted, stinging look at modern love and betrayal. Their lives are permanently altered when two of them have a passionate affair. We explore and delve into the brutal anatomy of modern romance, where a quartet of strangers meet, fall in love, and become caught up in a web of sexual desire and jealousy, often drawing out deep human isolation, vulnerability and destructiveness.

Directed by Lauren Varnfield (“electric” – Plays International)
Pretty Villain are Brighton Fringe Award Winners 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018.

2:00pm to 4:00pm
The Milkman’s on His Way K-Squared Productions

"Growing up gay, as a teenager, just when everyone else is becoming involved with the opposite sex, you're alone in having to hide your feelings. It's impossible to talk to anyone. It's not something you want to blurt out to your parents, your teachers or the boy you fancy. The only salvation is to find people like yourself. And that's a big step."

In the early 1980s, this coming-out novel broke new ground as a positive image of growing up gay. During the Section 28 debates, it was accused of 'glorifying' gay sex. This adaptation brings David Rees' book to the stage for the first time.

2:00pm to 5:00pm
Ragtime Razzle Dazzle MyCharleston

Dance to the sound and rhythm of 1920s Hot Jazz at the 'Ragtime Razzle Dazzle'. MyCharleston and their ragtime band will get you dancing everything from the Charleston to the Black Bottom through live music and lessons. With mesmerising performances from our flappers, and competitions throughout the afternoon, this is your chance to dress up and dance!

2:00pm to 3:00pm
When Trees Could Speak Brambledash Theatre

Fern the Folklorogist lives in the woods and has secrets and stories to tell. Join Fern for an immersive and magical storytelling adventure about trees, friendship and the importance of nature in our lives. Funny and heart-warming with original songs and puppets.

From Forest School theatre company Brambledash, in association with the Sussex Wildlife Trust.

"Fran Moulds is immensely engaging...leaves you totally delighted" (The Guardian)

The event will take place in a woodland, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear, and bring folding chair if required. Free parking available.

2:15pm to 3:15pm
Huggers Comedy World Productions

Huggers returns! With an ever-changing selection of performers chosen from the best acts around the Fringe. With a host keeping the laughs going with jokes, fun competitions and prizes, there's no better show for fun with all the family.

"Laughing and smiling until our cheeks hurt" **** (Rip It up)
"Great show" **** (The Scotsman)
"An enjoyable hour of varied family fun" **** (Broadway Baby)
"Perfectly timed for child attention spans, it left the kids wanting more - my eight-year-old absolutely loved it!" **** (Child Friendly Brighton).

2:15pm to 3:00pm
Take Shelter! Downs Junior School

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940s when visiting the original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground.

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Tours can be pre-booked via Brighton Fringe. A small allocation, including any unsold tickets, will be available to book in person on each open day on a first come basis from 10:00.

2:30pm to 3:20pm
Learn to Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

Experience the potter's wheel and learn a new skill in our friendly and inviting studio. We will show you how and then guide you through the process of making your own pot! Come alone or with friends; you can even try and recreate that Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze 'Ghost' moment if you'd like.

Leave your pot with us to be glazed and fired, then collect it three weeks later or get it posted to you for a small extra charge. There are only eight places per session, so if you're coming with friends book at the same time to avoid disappointment. Children under 16 require an adult, no under 12s.

2:30pm to 3:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Chores Cluster Arts Pty Ltd

Chores is the story of two typical young rascal boys playing in their messy bedroom. Suddenly, Mother's alarming screams rattle the boys back in to acrobatic action. A generous serve of comedy and chaotic acrobatics accompanies every attempt at cleaning their room.

"Hilarity ensues with this laugh-out-loud slapstick comedy" ***** (Advertiser, Adelaide).
"After watching Chores I really want a toilet paper gun now" ***** (WeekendNotes.com).

2:30pm to 3:15pm
Take Shelter! Downs Junior School

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940s when visiting the original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground.

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Tours can be pre-booked via Brighton Fringe. A small allocation, including any unsold tickets, will be available to book in person on each open day on a first come basis from 10:00.

2:30pm to 3:10pm
Gut Buddies Gut Buddies Theatre

Karl is a parasitic worm who spent a lot of time looking for his ideal habitat. He finally found it in a corner of the intestines where he can survive undisturbed... at least until today. Brian is a white blood cell. It is his first day of work. A faithful servant of the body, but also a curious creature with a generous heart, he is supervised and directed by the omnipotent brain, manifesting itself as a telephone. In a world threatened by the problem of coexistence and compliance, is it still possible to be 'Gut Buddies'?

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Bad Chemist Martin Stewart

4 stars Do you know the periodic table? Or at least what the periodic table is? Distinguished chemist Dr Peter Rook knows it off by heart - and it’s his life’s work to explore its mysteries. This funny, quietly touching show - staged as a mock lecture, but in truth an accomplished piece of theatre - sees the likeable middle-aged scientist explore a chemical conundrum, and the even-greater riddle of how to find happiness. Pay attention at the start. There will be a test later on. Read the full review.

Working in his lab late one night, award-winning Oxford research chemist Peter Rook stumbles across a mysterious box, the opening of which makes him question everything he's ever held to be true and threatens to lose him his job, his reputation and even his mind. Can he work out what's going on before his own universe (or maybe even the entire universe) implodes? A comic sci-fi storytelling drama. Reviews for Martin Stewart's previous shows: "Superbly energetic and engaging" (Sci-fi Bulletin), "Bittersweet comedy laden with depth and substance" (The Upcoming) "Beautifully human" (The Scotsman)

2:30pm to 4:30pm
Return to the Forbidden Planet Brighton Little Theatre

Join Captain Tempest and his fearless crew on their journey into hyperspace... and beyond! This musical bursts with red hot Rock 'n' Roll hits, including 'Great Balls of Fire', 'Good Vibrations', 'Teenager in Love', 'The Young Ones' and 'The Monster Mash'.

So fasten your seat belts, set your ray guns to stun and get ready for a cosmic adventure of meteoric proportions! Bob Carlton’s smash hit West End musical takes the 1956 film, with plot taken from Shakespeare’s 'The Tempest', raids the Bard’s other plays at will (and not always verbatim) and sets it to a score of great pop hits.

2:30pm to 3:30pm
The Turbulent Priest STAC

Eight hundred and fifty years ago Thomas Becket was famously murdered by four knights in Canterbury Cathedral. The Turbulent Priest follows the extraordinary story of Thomas and King Henry II; their bromance, bust-ups and betrayals. In short, plenty to sing and joke about.

James Cary (Miranda, Bluestone 42, Another Case of Milton Jones) and James Sherwood (The Now Show, I Guess That’s Why They Call it the News) previously collaborated on 'A Monk’s Tale', which toured UK in 2017 with 99 shows in total, including a long run at the Edinburgh Fringe.

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Ahab; or What if Moby Dick Were Stand-up Comedy Jonny Gillam

Moby Dick: a book, a play, an episode of Star Trek, 12 movies, and a fish. Now, it’s been adapted into a stand-up comedy show by niche idiot; Jonny Gillam. Expect hubristic rants, musings on the minutiae of technical objects and Dick jokes.

FAQ:
Isn’t this a stupid idea?
Yes.

Will I like the show even if I haven’t read Moby-Dick?
Not having read Moby-Dick won’t impede your enjoyment of the show any more than it would impede your enjoyment of reading Moby-Dick. It is stand-up though, so it helps if you like stand-up.

2:30pm to 5:00pm
Being Limitless TV: An Audience with ... Being Limitless TV

Being Limitless TV: An Audience with...

An invitation to conscious-thought leaders, visionaries, influencers and entrepreneurs from the world of TV, film, theatre, music, the arts, sciences, health and personal development to collaborate with us in the creation of a consciousness-expanding global network fostering humanitarian spirit, peace and enlightenment around the world.

Join us in the expansive spirit of collaboration and explore with us the notion of transformation and 'Being Limitless: How to Live Your Limitless Life' with founder Josephine Tyrrell and her legendary guests.

2:45pm to 4:15pm
Up Your Prana Ideas & Words Ltd

A fast, hard-hitting comedy featuring six characters at the same yoga centre, all eaten up with secrets. A new receptionist arrives after the manager’s disappearance to find the centre in chaos. She unearths the reasons behind the manager’s fall from grace - but is herself defeated by her own demons.

A darkly comic exploration of love, betrayal, overarching ambition and unlikely friendships. Starring Kate Dyson and Anna Tymoshenko.

2:45pm to 3:30pm
Take Shelter! Downs Junior School

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940s when visiting the original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground.

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Tours can be pre-booked via Brighton Fringe. A small allocation, including any unsold tickets, will be available to book in person on each open day on a first come basis from 10:00.

3:00pm to 3:50pm
Guru Dudu's Silent Disco Walking Tours Guru Dudu Productions

Guru Dudu returns to his beloved Brighton this year with a few special guest tour guides and special events – see gurududu.org for details.
Enjoy his hilarious dance-walking tours of spontaneous flash mob dancing through the streets, interpretative dancing around Brighton landmarks and lots of crazy interaction with onlookers. Everyone wears headphones (supplied) and can hear the fun commentary from Guru Dudu and the dance mix of uplifting favourites from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s. Wear comfortable footwear and preferably come empty handed (no bags, etc). Tickets also at door if not sold out.

Check out some special themed tours this year:

Queen - Fri 6pm, May 3, 17, 31.
Abba - Fri 6pm, May 10, 24
90's - Sat 6pm, May 4, 11, 18, 25, Jun 1
60's - Mon 3pm, May 6 & 27
70's - Mon 4.30pm, May 6 & 27
80's - Mon 6pm, May 6 & 27
Sundays 3pm - with special guest tour guides

All other tours run as classic format: 70's, 80's, 90's, 00's mix

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Pete Nash: Where's My Money? Difflex

Five years ago, Pete Nash was about to board a plane to Silicon Valley to sell his business for seven figures. Today, he's performing a Fringe show about it called 'Where's My Money?' Find out what happened with this hour of feel-good, cathartic stand-up.

“Watch this space, he’s something else” (Tom Parry, Pappy's).
“Totally barmy... infectious joy on stage... it's compelling” (The Stand, Newcastle).

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Confusingly Celtic Aidan McCaffery / Darius Tabai

Who are you and where do you come from? Come and watch an hour of stand-up comedy and storytelling as Aidan McCaffery and Darius Tabai struggle to reconcile themselves with their complicated pasts.

The two friends bring you a combination of old and new ideas in two half-hour sections of authentic heartfelt comedy.

Aidan McCaffery:
David Nobbs Memorial Comedy Writing Competition 2018 winner.
“One of the most promising new acts on the circuit." (Max Dickins).

Darius Tabai:
"Superb funny storyteller" (Angel Comedy).
"Deliciously dark" (Rock the Attic).

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Circus Extreme Extreme Stunt Show

Merging modern and contemporary styles with extreme stunts and classic clown escapades, audiences will be amazed by the jam-packed Circus Extreme with show-stopping performances that will have you on the edge of your seat.

3:00pm to 6:00pm
Sussex Food Tours Sussex Food Tours

This gourmet food tour takes you through the historical and cultural heart of Brighton. Fun and informative with all food, snacks, desserts and beverages (alcoholic and non), entertainment, sightseeing and guiding included in ticket price.

We will be running two different Brighton-themed food tours so please check our website for dates and more details:

- Vegetarian Brighton Tour
- Great Sussex/British Food Tour

3:15pm to 4:15pm
The Scrapyard Sessions Otherplace Productions Ltd

The fringe of the Fringe, full of wonder and whimsy. Drop into The Scrapyard at The Warren and find a hidden gem. Featuring spoken word, comedy, music and cabaret; remarkable performers presenting storytelling and comedy in all its forms.

3:15pm to 4:00pm
Take Shelter! Downs Junior School

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940s when visiting the original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground.

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Tours can be pre-booked via Brighton Fringe. A small allocation, including any unsold tickets, will be available to book in person on each open day on a first come basis from 10:00.

3:30pm to 4:30pm
a Bit Weird (Work in Progress) Sallyann Fellowes

'a Bit Weird' is the brand new show by Sallyann Fellowes. Its how she’s been described a lot, a real big lot. Weird is good. We are all weird we just don’t let it out often enough. Do you like ghosts, aliens and things that go bump in the night? Come and embrace your inner weird.

3:30pm to 4:10pm
The Noise Maker Socially Awkward Theatre Company

Explore the misadventure of Kate and Robin, two dim-witted chums, as they try to put up with their noisy neighbour. The only way to stop him is to embrace the psychedelic after-effects of a bag of M&Ms and choose between their head and their heart. Turns out graduation isn't as glamorous as they planned.

3:30pm to 4:30pm
The Secret Comedy Club: Fringe Comedy Hub Artista

We have over 80 professional comedy acts who applied to Artista Cafe & Gallery. This will be a Fringe Comedy Hub run by The Secret Comedy Club. We will have comedy on 6 days per week from 5pm until 11pm daily (3pm start on weekends). Check our website for full listings and tickets for these full Brighton Fringe shows.
Here are just some of the many acts that will be doing their 1 hour shows with us (in no particular order):
Steve Bugeja
Stephen Carlin
Sara Barron
Radu Isac
Adele Cliff
Al Lubel
Daphna Baram
Sanj Surati
Daniel Muggleton
Gary Tro
John Pendal
Ali Woods
Katie Pritchard

3:30pm to 4:30pm
Robyn Perkins: Just In Case (Work in Progress) Robyn Perkins

On 14 August 2018, Robyn Perkins ???? (Voice Magazine) participated in a dating show in front of a live audience. Her experience led to her exploring human morality and the social constructs of present day dating, with a scientific twist.
Robyn is known for her “confident, charming and relatable personality” (Edinburgh Festivals), which allows her to delve into complex and uncomfortable territory.
“Hilariously unapologetic.” ???? (EdFest)
"Brilliantly witty with some fantastic stories along the way. Highly recommend." ???? (Fringe Biscuit)
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3:30pm to 4:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

3:40pm to 4:40pm
Bin & Gone Boxfish Theatre

5 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2018 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.

Admittedly, a show featuring variety turns and an animatronic dustbin won't be to everyone's taste. But if you're old enough to remember 3-2-1 - and particularly its host Ted Rogers - there's definite nostalgia value in this touching personal memoir, told by Rogers' real-life son Danny. It's a bittersweet tale of meteoric success and equally dramatic downfall, infused by universal themes of familial love and the need to feel close to those you have lost. The narrative can be painful, but the show in the end is joyful... and yes, the actual Dusty Bin makes a brief appearance too.

The son of a Saturday night favourite. A father who performed with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope and the son who ended up with nothing, penniless, and in care.

Famed for quiz show '3-2-1', Ted Rogers was an 80s 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 bankrupt 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.

3:45pm to 4:45pm
Shrink Laughing Horse Comedy

By 2020 depression will be the biggest first world problem, but how does this rise affect the mental health work force? Award-winning comedian and NHS psychiatrist Benji Waterstones shares thoughts from his training. Hear about neurosis, low mood and attachment problems, with stories about his patients too. N.B. Exact details changed to preserve patient confidentiality (and to make them funnier).

Brighton Fringe Best Newcomer Nominee 2018.
Shortlisted for BBC New Comedy Award 2018.
**** (Arts Award Voice).
"Perfect and hilarious" (Buzzfeed).

4:00pm to 5:00pm
End Times: An Immersive Adventure 2headedpigeon Theatre Co.

Escape room meets theatre in this apocalyptic adventure. Award-winning fringe veterans 2headedpigeon have nuked the fourth wall to invite you into an interactive experience like no other. Immerse yourself in a truly unique venue: a secret bunker hidden beneath an ordinary Brighton home. Can you solve the puzzles, untangle the plot and save the world? Can you even save yourselves?

"Relentlessly inventive and recklessly funny" (WhatsOnStage)

"More than you dare hope to find on the fringe" (ThreeWeeks)

"One of this year's star turns" (Sunday Business Post)

Access:

This site-specific performance takes place in a genuine underground bunker and therefore may be inaccessible to those with mobility difficulties. In particular, the venue is accessed by a steep staircase. Some areas of the venue feature reduced head height, uneven floors and narrow doorways.

However, Nether Regions are committed to making the shows as accessible as possible within the constraints of this unique performance space. If you would like to discuss access requirements with the team, please contact them via their website: http://www.2headedpigeontheatre.moonfruit.com/say-hello-to-us/

4:00pm to 5:30pm
Aquarium History Tour: Sea Life Brighton Jackie Marsh-Hobbs

Exclusive after-hours tour, on offer as part of Brighton Fringe in May. A unique opportunity to go off 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 tickets include entry to Sea Life Centre. There are stairs and dark areas.

4:00pm to 5:00pm
We Are Not Shellfish Sabotage Theatre

Leah gets in trouble at school when she fights a boy who is squashing ants. She is sent to talk with a Special Octopus to help her work through her angry feelings. Leah and the Octopus become friends, and hatch a plan to steal a boat and sail to Calais.

Narrated by Leah’s goldfish, Bertie and Cassandra, 'We are not Shellfish' is a magical coming of age story about the imagination, courage and resilience of a girl with an ambition to change the world.

"Heartfelt, anarchic theatre at its best" (Queer Puppets Cabaret)

"Funny, subversive, deeply philosophical and beautiful" (Fringe Review)

4:00pm to 4:55pm
Map Man Bright Buoy Productions

'Map Man' charts the monumental tale of a lonely giant, told by a man who loves pretending to be bigger than he is. It’s a helter skelter tale of lost and found, of mountain tops and caverns deep beneath ground. The epic odyssey of an idiot in breathtaking free-fall, accompanied by a duck on the violin.

Joyful, bewildering, and bursting out of its boots. Come say a big hello to the debut solo show from Gaulier-trained clown Tom Curzon.

“Strong" (The Panoptic)

"Stirring" (Daily Info)

"Stellar" (The Cherwell)

4:15pm to 5:15pm
CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation The Chandeliers

No one knows who the killer is, not even the cast!

The improvised comedy murder mystery is back! Following a sold-out run at Brighton Fringe 2017/2018, 'CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation' returns to Brighton with a 100% brand-new who-dunnit show to solve an outlandish murder invented by the audience.

Someone’s kicked the bucket. But who, what and how? The choice is yours, the problem is theirs.

"Innovation and top-tier entertainment" ***** (The Wee Review).
"A spectacular must-see" ***** (Bunbury Magazine).
"Spontaneous mastery" **** (Fringebiscuit).

4:20pm to 5:10pm
Fred Ferenczi's Attic of Desolate Fulfillment Ferenczi PLC

Leicester Comedy Festival Silver Comedian 2018, Fred Ferenczi, was described by Bruce Dessau as like a cross between a slow-burn Count Arthur Strong and Simon Munnery. This show has been performed to acclaim throughout 2018 at festivals and clubs such as London's renowned Angel Comedy.

“You were truly fantastic. Such a great act.” (Pope Lonergan).
“Without doubt the most marvellous and memorable act I have ever seen” (Ian Hall).
“Ferenczi... could become quite the cult. He’s a dopey old duffer who you could imagine as one of the villagers in ‘The Vicar of Dibley’” (Steve Bennett, Chortle).

4:30pm to 5:20pm
Northern Power Blouse Northern Power Blouse

Join 'Northern Power Blouse' for a sketch show full of heart, songs and massive, massive shoulder pads. Between them, Cassie Atkinson, Kat Butterfield and Charlotte Pearson have written for Radio 4 and Russ Abbott, been finalists for BAFTA and the Funny Women writing awards and have popped up on E4 and ITV.

4:30pm to 5:30pm
Amazing Stories of Blues and Soul Ken Wood and the Mixers

Oww! I feel good! The sensational story of soul, from the pounding R'n'B of the 1940s to the smoldering sounds of Stax and Motown. In this hit show from 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, a dynamic seven-piece band take you on a laughter-laced quest to find the roots of soul music and recreate the spirit of the legendary singers and foot-stomping soul classics that sound-tracked a generation. This fast-paced show combines anecdotes, humour and the songs of Otis Redding, James Brown and many more.

"Energetic, fun, uplifting. Left with smiles and our feet tapping" (Audience review).

4:30pm to 5:30pm
Diary of an Expat Paper Smokers

'Diary of an Expat' is a solo show directed by Katharina Reinthaller ('Labels', Fringe First Winner 2015), telling the comic story of the encounter between modern migrant Cecilia and London - a contemporary El Dorado craved by generations of young Europeans.

When she arrived in the UK from Italy nine years ago, with a suitcase full of hopes, dreams and bags of pasta, Cecilia’s mission began: trying to become British whilst remaining deeply Italian. She started her exciting life abroad with thrilling adventures, a successful career and a vibrant urban lifestyle... kind of.

4:30pm to 5:30pm
Owen Roberts: Anglerfish Owen Roberts

What is love? It’s a mystery. People often ask me what is life’s greatest mystery? So I tell them, it’s the Loch Ness Monster. But then they ask me what’s life’s second greatest mystery? And I say, oh that’s love. This show is about love, and also a little bit about the Loch Ness monster.
“Laughs other comedians dream of” (The Guardian).
“Pure comedy magic” (The Skinny).
A brand new show from one-third of critically-acclaimed sketch group BEASTS. "A tsunami of silliness" (The Telegraph).

4:30pm to 5:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

4:30pm to 7:00pm
Sing-a-Long: Mamma Mia! OCR Productions

Calling all dancing queens! Come and sing-a-long to the original smash hit film!

4:30pm to 5:20pm
You're in a Bad Way John Osborne

The writer, theatre-maker and creator of cult Edinburgh hit 'John Peel's Shed' has a new storytelling show. When their dad is diagnosed with dementia, two sisters choose very different ways to deal with the news. John Osborne has made six half-hour storytelling shows for BBC Radio 4 as well as writing for television and the stage. This is an early chance to see his brand new show. Praise for 'John Peel's Shed': "Beautifully-written, funny and poignant.” ***** (The Scotsman).

4:30pm to 5:45pm
Here We Are Again Wired Theatre

4 stars “Here we are again, happy as can be, all good pals and jolly good company.” So runs a cheery song from the 1930’s, which I remember learning on my grandmother’s knee; you’ll hear it - and a handful of other music-hall classics - at intervals during this offbeat and rewarding play. But the lyrics carry a heavy irony, for the warring couple at the heart of the script are anything but pals… and husband Andrew is far from happy, spiralling into a world of guilty fantasy and pitiful self-destruction. Read the full review.

Wired Theatre are long-standing Brighton Fringe regulars, and have made a name for themselves staging creative site-specific works in unusual places – this time, a normal house in Hove. Their shows are always quirky, and sometimes demand your concentration, but following a long run of recent successes they count as a sure bet all the same. The latest show is the conclusion to a trilogy, about a philandering psychologist losing his own grip on reality; expect an unusual and creative production, with plenty to talk about afterwards.

In the final part of Wired Theatre’s darkly comic trilogy, the ageing psychotherapist believes certain people want to destroy him. His life is spinning out of control again!

Can he overcome this vortex of disaster and save his marriage or is he hurtling towards inevitable self-destruction? The story so far uncovered a web of deception.

Now the quiet house in Hove becomes the site for more surprising revelations. This original devised promenade performance offers another provocative, immersive experience.

4:35pm to 5:50pm
Stiv in his own Write Silver Sombrero Pictures

Stephen Don's one-man show has him reading his long short story which is about a violent young man with a penchant for Japanese films and samurai swords. Stephen is an actor who has appeared on the West End stage and also played the part of Stiv in the acclaimed 'Game of Thrones' series. In recent years, Stephen has gone behind the camera lens to make his own films. In 2013, he wrote, produced, and directed a low-budget feature film called 'Faraway', which was screened at the Belfast Film Festival. Stephen is currently seeking funding for a WWII-inspired story called 'Road to Defiance'.

4:45pm to 5:45pm
Dave Chawner: The Pursuit of Happiness Dave Chawner

Dave is a number 1 bestselling author, he has presented for BBC, written for the Guardian, The Telegraph, Metro and Cosmopolitan and even got an award at The Houses Of Parliament for his 2015 show... but is he happy? This show explores what it means to be happy.
"Thank goodness for Dave; he tells his invaluable story with humour and tongue in cheek charm... hilariously entertaining" (Mail On Sunday).

4:45pm to 5:45pm
Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival Iris Prize

Iris Prize brings outstanding LGBT+ film from around the world to Brighton. The five programmes of short films on offer feature award-winners from the annual Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival, alongside moving depictions of queer intimacy, explorations of gender, and a timely selection of LGBT+ stories for young people. These diverse short films from twelve countries offer an honest window into modern queer life, representing the very best of current LGBT+ filmmaking.

The five programmes are: Intimacy; Gender & Family; Iris Prize – International; Iris Prize – Best British; Iris Prize – Youth.

4:45pm to 5:45pm
DUPed AMBERGRIS

The 2018 Scotsman Fringe First Award-winning play written and performed by John McCann and directed by Erasmus Mackenna.
Ian Richard Kyle Paisley was once a young, firebrand, fundamentalist preacher from the heart of Ulster’s Bible Belt. He toured towns and villages booming populist, sectarian politics in increasingly incendiary times; a bogeyman or bellwether for generations to come.

Based upon interviews conducted by John in the Spring of 2018, ‘DUPed’ explores the continuing influence of Ian Paisley’s Democratic Unionist Party on those who oppose extreme religious and social conservatism.

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Scattering Salt Jake the Dog

4 stars Scattering Salt is the story of two lovers, affectionately known to each other as Horse and Cart. Horse is here, with us in the room, an abandoned tiled chamber below Brighton Town Hall; Cart is somewhere else. But her essence is present, captured on video… and she’s reaching out to us through a mirror, which walks and talks and is played by a woman in a reflective dress. Read the full review.

Year after year, some of the Fringe's most memorable shows have been found in the historic police cells underneath Brighton's Town Hall. The characterful setting lends an extra frisson to any show, and Scattering Salt is primed to exploit it: we're promised a hallucinatory rite, a poetic dance party... and a mermaid song. We don't know quite what to expect, but it sounds intriguing and memorable; a classic Bold Choice to open your ledger this May.

''Scattering Salt' is a performance and ritual, a ghost story and an installation.

It's the story of two separated souls, one who left too early, and one who is always late. There are mirrors, mermaids, dance breaks and haunting. Created for an underground space that's close to the sea, the show is set in the Police Cells Museum, creating the perfect ambience for spectators looking for a deeply reflective and immersive theatrical experience.

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Maisie Adam: Work in Progress PBJ Management

Winner of So You Think You're Funny? 2017 and Amused Moose National New Comic 2018, Maisie Adam presents a work in progress of her second Edinburgh show. Her debut hour, 'Vague', earned her a nomination for Best Newcomer at last year's Edinburgh Comedy Awards and this work in progress promises more witty observations delivered with her signature charm, hilarious physicality and sharp wit. As seen on ITV2's The Stand-Up Sketch Show, BBC Three and Sky Arts Urban Myths.

"Go see Maisie Adam now and have bragging rights for years to come” (The Herald)
"Maisie Adam is phenomenal" (The Scotsman)

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Silent Disco with Boogie Shoes Seaside Special Boogie Shoes Silent Disco Tours

Sold out at Edinburgh Fringe 2018, Boogie Shoes Silent Disco presents our 'Cheeky Seaside Special' tour of Brighton. We'll have plenty of singing and dancing along the way. Each participant wears headphones tuned to the same station pumping uplifting classics, oldies and today's hits. Live commentary and music all led by your hosts the Boogie Shoes Crew. All salty dogs and bathing beauties welcome. Travel light, bring a drink and wear suitable footwear for walking. Babies in slings, no buggies. Headphones provided, spare tickets at the venue.

5:00pm to 6:00pm
The Secret Comedy Club: Fringe Comedy Hub Artista

We have over 80 professional comedy acts who applied to Artista Cafe & Gallery. This will be a Fringe Comedy Hub run by The Secret Comedy Club. We will have comedy on 6 days per week from 5pm until 11pm daily (3pm start on weekends). Check our website for full listings and tickets for these full Brighton Fringe shows.
Here are just some of the many acts that will be doing their 1 hour shows with us (in no particular order):
Steve Bugeja
Stephen Carlin
Sara Barron
Radu Isac
Adele Cliff
Al Lubel
Daphna Baram
Sanj Surati
Daniel Muggleton
Gary Tro
John Pendal
Ali Woods
Katie Pritchard

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Geeks, Stand Up! Laughing Horse Comedy and Laughing Panda Productions

It’s 2019 and the geeks have inherited the earth!

Geek culture is emerging from TV and movies, but there was a time you'd be ashamed to be one. However, now you should be ashamed if you're not! It's time for the geeks to step out and stand up at Brighton Fringe!

Some of the funniest comedians from around the Fringe laugh, joke and talk passionately about their favourite geek passions. And geekery is anything you're really passionate about.

With an A-Team of revolving acts talking excitedly about their beloved subjects. A good show, comedy it will be. As Yoda might say.

5:00pm to 5:45pm
Putting it Back Together Jack Wheeler

Putting it Back Together: Proust, Alzheimers and Dr Dre all feature in a show about how memory is subjective, how no-one truly remembers anything and how we all put things back together differently.

5:10pm to 6:00pm
Caliban's Codex Fetch Theatre / Sweet Productions

3 stars The scrappy urban garden at the back of Sweet forms the perfect backdrop to this immersive outdoor show. To us it looks untamed, perhaps a little squalid; but our opinion of it doesn’t matter, because this is Caliban’s home. Until, that is, Prospero came, and in freeing the garden’s creatures from one form of servitude merely condemned them to another. Now, twelve years after the events of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, it’s Caliban’s turn to tell the story. Read the full review.

Actor Emily Carding is perhaps best-known for her one-woman Richard III, a creative triumph that stayed faithful to Shakespeare's text while bringing the audience into the heart of the story. Last year saw an innovative interactive Hamlet, and this year it's The Tempest which gets a makeover - with an epilogue set 12 years after the end of the play, promising a new perspective on the much-maligned character of Caliban. Expect an intense and unconventional performance, hosted in the Sweet Werks garden.

"There is no welcome here for you, your kind. Mankind, for there is nothing kind in man."

'Caliban's Codex' is a new monologue by the writer John Knowles, created with Emily Carding ('Richard III' - Brite Theater).

In the twelve years since Prospero's departure, Caliban has painstakingly sifted through the ashes of the books of magic, slowly piecing together a way to save his island from mankind's abuse.

Inspired by 'The Tempest', and the rhythms of iambic pentameter, this one-woman show explores loss, abuse and magic, and is a disturbing insight into Caliban's world view.

5:30pm to 6:15pm
Belladonna Falmer Concerts, St. Laurence Church

11 May: Belladonna Trio (Sue Mileham, soprano, Jane Plessner, clarinet, Nicola Grunberg, piano) 'Romantic and Resolute', Including Meyerbeer 'Hirtenlied', Crussell 'From Ganges Beauteous Strands', Mccabe 'Three Folksongs', Mozart and Spohr.

18 May: Sophia Bartlette, 'The Gypsy Violin'.

25 May: Anthony Hawgood, Tenor, Trevor Alexander, Baritone, Peter Crockford, Piano: “Doppelganger - Art Song in English”

1 June: Sussex Flutes.

5:30pm to 6:30pm
A Self Help Guide to Being in Love with Jeremy Corbyn Jess Green

When BBC Slam Champion, Jess Green joined the Labour Party at university she doubled the number of members who met weekly in the Liverpool Philharmonic pub. Since then she's stuck by them through the downfall of Tony Blair, the disappointment of Gordon Brown and the monolith of Ed Miliband. After a decade of keeping her membership card hidden, she's fallen head over heels in love with Jeremy Corbyn and his raw socialist magnetism. If only everyone else agreed. Jess Green's new, rousing, lyrical and humorous show follows the success of her first 5 star show, Burning Books.

5:30pm to 6:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

5:40pm to 6:40pm
Will Rowland: Cocoon Will Rowland

New Comedian of the Year finalist presents a show about isolation. A one-man show, obviously.

"Playful... intellectual" (Chortle).
Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year 2017 finalist.
Max Turner Prize 2017 finalist.

5:45pm to 6:45pm
The Ballad of Sarah Callaghan Sarah Callaghan

The Ballad of Sarah Callaghan

Award-winning comedian Sarah Callaghan, fresh from hugely successful tours of Australia and New Zealand, returns to Brighton with a powerhouse mash-up of comedy and poetry about gangs, fitting right in and feeling left out. Everyone seems to have a gang; her peers, family, politicians, terrorists. Where’s hers?

"Sharp and funny... no impersonations or corny artificial persona - just a young lady-geezer talking funny for an hour. Damn the industry needs more of that" **** (The Music, Australia).
"Fiercely impressive and quite stunning" **** (Scotsman).

6:00pm to 6:55pm
Fix My Brain Fix My Brain

A gag-packed storytelling sketch show about what happens when your brain won't let you be happy, starring a real life doctor and a real life sad person. As seen on BBC Three and heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra. Shortlisted for Brighton Fringe Best Newcomer 2018.

"Used dark humour, perfectly-timed punchlines and satirical self-deprecation to a delightful extreme" ***** (Voice).
"Daring and ingenious... astonishingly honest... will keep you in stitches from beginning to end" ***** (Varsity).
"This deceptively simple comedy bromance has a lot going for it" (GScene).

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

Brighton’s singing barber Peter Joannou and The Something For The Weekend Show. From his window on The Lanes he sings classic songs from The Great American Songbook and introduces special guests including Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and many more...

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

Guru Dudu returns to his beloved Brighton this year with a few special guest tour guides and special events – see gurududu.org for details.
Enjoy his hilarious dance-walking tours of spontaneous flash mob dancing through the streets, interpretative dancing around Brighton landmarks and lots of crazy interaction with onlookers. Everyone wears headphones (supplied) and can hear the fun commentary from Guru Dudu and the dance mix of uplifting favourites from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s. Wear comfortable footwear and preferably come empty handed (no bags, etc). Tickets also at door if not sold out.

Check out some special themed tours this year:

Queen - Fri 6pm, May 3, 17, 31.
Abba - Fri 6pm, May 10, 24
90's - Sat 6pm, May 4, 11, 18, 25, Jun 1
60's - Mon 3pm, May 6 & 27
70's - Mon 4.30pm, May 6 & 27
80's - Mon 6pm, May 6 & 27
Sundays 3pm - with special guest tour guides

All other tours run as classic format: 70's, 80's, 90's, 00's mix

6:00pm to 7:30pm
Everywhere Windmill Young Actors

This award-winning ensemble brings you folk tales of olden times from Japan, Germany, Australia, Iraq, Russia and Nigeria. Meet Baba Yaga, A Little Beggar, A Princess, A Guinea Fowl, A Flirty Fish and many more. Live music and a joyful ensemble of 20 young actors age 14- 17 makes this a magical experience for all the family.

"A sensory assault from beginning to end." *****

"The cast delivered a captivation performance, impassioned and spirited. The fact that these actors are young is irrelevant."

"I can’t recall a piece of theatre as gripping as this." *****

6:00pm to 7:20pm
KING LEAR Oddbodies

4 stars This isn’t at all the show I was expecting, as I took my seat in the Warren. The blurb says it’s a one-man King Lear, told from the perspective of the Fool; and on a purely factual level, that statement is perfectly true. But it’s not so much a performance of Lear as it is a study guide; it’s a plot summary, illustrated by selected scenes, with often-ironic commentary thrown in. And performer Paul Morel delivers the whole thing with easy-going craic, as though it’s a tall tale he’s telling one night down the pub. Read the full review.

Armed with only a drum, guitar, knife and chair, this inventive, irreverent and highly accessible one-man adaptation of KING LEAR is presented from the point of view of his long suffering and ever-loyal fool. The bastard Edmund, haughty Goneril, poor deluded Gloucester, oily Oswald, sweet Cordelia, mad Tom – all the characters from this sad and sorry tale brought to glorious life before your very eyes.

Adapted & performed by Paul Morel and directed by John Mowat with all of Oddbodies’ trademark physical ingenuity and visual flair - a funny, fast-paced and ultimately heartbreaking production.

6:00pm to 11:00pm
The Spire Festival Bar The Spire

A festival oasis in the heart of Kemptown, an atmospheric bar stocked by the best local suppliers where you can discover experimental art, unusual performances and out of the ordinary music from 9pm. Each visit to The Spire will be a unique experience and it's all totally free of charge.

6:00pm to 10:00pm
Fringe City Night Brighton Fringe

Party with us all evening at this one-off 'Fringe City Night' extravaganza! Join the night creatures, the weird and the wonderful in a celebration showcase of the very best of Brighton Fringe. Prepare to be dazzled!

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Circus Extreme Extreme Stunt Show

Merging modern and contemporary styles with extreme stunts and classic clown escapades, audiences will be amazed by the jam-packed Circus Extreme with show-stopping performances that will have you on the edge of your seat.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Jools Constant: Sexy Modern Fables Purple Door Management

Jools takes you on a journey through the crazier moments of a life lived without a second thought. Part stand-up comedy, part storytelling, the show includes highlights such as 'Bi-Polar Gigolo' and 'Man with a Gun.'

With over 2,500 performances as a comedian under his belt, you are in safe hands with this extraordinary raconteur. Diagnosed with bi-polar disorder 20 years ago suddenly everything made sense to him and explained many of his less well thought out adventures in life. Embracing his condition, he has used it to full effect as an entertainer and storyteller internationally.

6:00pm to 7:10pm
The Death of Ivan Ilyich Unmasked Theatre

Ivan Ilych doesn’t give dying a passing thought. He's had a nice life. But one day, death announces itself to him and, to his huge surprise, he is brought face to face with his own mortality. An exploration of the life unlived, Unmasked Theatre presents a modern, highly physical adaptation of Tolstoy’s lesser known masterpiece.

After 2 previous successful years ('Antony and Cleopatra': Best of Brighton Fringe Award, IYAF 2018; 'The Writers’ Bloc': Nominated for Best New Play, 2017) Unmasked Theatre returns with haunting live sound and sharp prose.

6:00pm to 11:00pm
Southwestsiide Takeover SouthWestsiide Takeover

Join us, SouthWestsiide, Brighton's finest all skool hip-hop party band at the Round Georges for our debut Brighton Fringe takeover! Teaming up to deliver an urban soundscape and new platform for local and exciting talent.

Showcasing local talent and promoting the party! Expect to see an eclectic mix of hip-hop, spoken word, reggae, country, blues and much more. A programme full of local talent and spontaneous acts we aim to bring the party to the fringe.

Something for everyone!

6:10pm to 7:00pm
MOTHER: CHARACTER ASSASSINATION MOTHER COMEDY

Jack Mosedale and Laura Curnick are MOTHER. Bringing their unique brand of character-based comedy to Brighton Fringe, join MOTHER for an unapologetic hour of low-brow, high-camp sketch comedy. Tactless HR Managers, a live Charles Dickens experience and the high glamour of Jane McDonald all coalesce in a buffet of trashy treasure. It’s an “inspired slice of sketch comedy” **** (Broadway Baby) that’s guaranteed to be over in approx. 50 minutes. Mother knows best.

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

It's a comedy Bonanza!

Back for a second year in Brighton, this stand-up comedy selection is an exciting pack of comedians, with top headliners and the best up-and-coming performers selected from shows all around the Fringe.

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

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

The perfect start to your Fringe night!

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Antigone Alone Portrait Productions

Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, having defied the law and buried her brother’s body, can now expect to die. Last year’s solo success presents Antigone as a defiant upholder of morality over political expediency - a still relevant tale. ‘MUST SEE SHOW - Joanna Lucas held us gripped. A powerful, unforgettable performance. Mesmerising. And what a story! The Oedipus legend in a masterful retelling.’ (fringereview.co.uk) ‘Michael McEvoy’s writing is fluid, coherent, engaging; Antigone strong, stubborn, difficult, uncompromising... alternately furious, indignant, nostalgic, funny.’ (broadwaybaby.com)

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Split.5 James Bloor

Hello! / This is a one-person show \ In it are pairs of characters speaking to each other / You have to piece together their interactions because I can only do one at a time \ Thanks! / Profit from ticket sales going to the incredible CLIC Sargent \ Thank you!

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Paul Cox: Unattended Paul Cox

Paul Cox has been cutting his teeth on the London and UK comedy circuit since 2015. He has chosen the Brighton Fringe as the perfect festival to showcase his first solo work in progress show, 'Unattended'.

His likeable stage presence and sharp observations of life caught between the working and middle classes has led to him being compared to Micky Flanagan by Beyond The Joke.

This show has only one mission, to make people laugh.

Accolades include New Act of the Year Finalist 2018 and South Coast Comedian of the Year Finalist 2017.

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Silent Disco with Boogie Shoes Seaside Special Boogie Shoes Silent Disco Tours

Sold out at Edinburgh Fringe 2018, Boogie Shoes Silent Disco presents our 'Cheeky Seaside Special' tour of Brighton. We'll have plenty of singing and dancing along the way. Each participant wears headphones tuned to the same station pumping uplifting classics, oldies and today's hits. Live commentary and music all led by your hosts the Boogie Shoes Crew. All salty dogs and bathing beauties welcome. Travel light, bring a drink and wear suitable footwear for walking. Babies in slings, no buggies. Headphones provided, spare tickets at the venue.

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Tiptree: No One Else’s Damn Secret But My Own Headpictures

Who was James Tiptree Jr.? A CIA official? An “ineluctably masculine” sci-fi writer? Or a 61-year-old woman from Virginia? She was, in fact, all these things, and it began with a jar of marmalade. Alice Sheldon led a life of exploration and experimentation, all the while struggling with depression, sexual confusion and gender bias. Some found her frustrating and difficult, many more loved her. Winner of numerous awards, she had one named for her too, or rather for her alter ego: James Tiptree Jr. Award for works of fiction that explore gender.

"Wonderfully engaging" (Stroud Theatre Reviews).

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Torpedo Patrick Carmody & Riggs

Patrick Carmody and Riggs (Laughing Horse New Act Of The Year Semi Finalist 2018, So You Think You Are Funny Semi Finalist 2018) are firing unexpected comedy missiles aimed directly at your exposed undercarriage. Expect fast-paced jokes and outrageous anecdotes in this whirlwind debut double from two of the most promising new voices emerging from the vibrant local comedy scene.

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Stand-up with Janine Harouni (Please Remain Seated) Junkyard Dogs

Winner of the 2018 Laughing Horse New Act of the Year, Janine Harouni brings you a hilarious hour of stand-up comedy about standing up for what you believe in, even if you have to do it really, really nicely.

Seen and heard on BBC Three, Comic Relief, Comedy Central and BBC Radio 4.

"The 2018 Laughing Horse title is in a safe, and funny, pair of hands." (Steve Bennett, Chortle).
**** (Evening Standard).
**** (Skinny).

6:30pm to 7:30pm
CircoPitanga: Circus circoPitanga

A performance of contemporary circus, physical theatre, high aerial flights and risky balances.

Welcome to '*CIRCUS*' the fantastic and chaotic world of a small independent circus from the 1920s! A black and white acrobatic film, a vintage and glamorous high-flying show in a surreal world full of fleas, flakes, acrobatics and surprises...

Louis Cyr, now director of a small circus, has lost all his strength and no longer knows what to do to save the show. Furthermore, instead of cooperating properly, his lovely assistant Miss Lilly tends to be creating extra trouble... unless?

6:30pm to 7:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

6:45pm to 7:45pm
Joe McArdle is: Theo McCabe Beach Comet

The award-winning co-creators of smash hit fringe comedies 'Vampire Hospital Waiting Room' and 'Apocalypse Cruise Ship Love Affair' bring their debut split hour of stand-up comedy to Brighton Fringe, topped off with a riotous improvised finale.

***** “Utterly brilliant” (PlaysToSee).
***** “A trip to comedy Heaven” (GingerWig).
***** “A sensation” (RemoteGoat).
***** “The laughs are almost constant” (LastMinuteTheatreTickets).
***** “The most amusing and consistently executed comedy at the entire fringe” (The Student).

7:00pm to 7:50pm
Odette: Baby Daddy! Marina Margarita

Perth Fringe World Best Comedy nominee Odette is the fun, feisty, incredibly fertile cleaning lady everybody loves to love!

Join her for an hour of soap opera silliness as she shakes her booty to win the heart of immaculately coiffed super star Ridge. Yes, Odette is going for gold and she wants you to come too!

"Marina is a brilliant actress, a fantastic singer and a complete master of the mop!" ***** (Mumble Comedy).
"Come on down and see this excellent comedian in all of her glorious action" **** (Fourth Wall Media).

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Thrown Living Record Productions

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2018 Thrown by Jodi Gray takes live recording and hypnotic sound design to explore coming of age, childhood memory and the very state of recollection itself. Dream-like, sensory, and unnerving, Thrown is an interesting addition to storytelling on stage, though perhaps an addition which could be pushed further. Read the full review.

Thrown is a visceral, spectral piece of theatre, experienced from an unusual perspective and in a novel, unnerving way. On stage, the solo actor addresses a mannequin of a human head; sitting in the audience, wearing headphones, you'll hear the monologue inside your own skull, as though you were in the model's place. The theme is around childhood memory and coming of age; our 4* review in Edinburgh did comment that the vignettes are a little hard to link together and understand, but the acting is strong, and the total effect is cleverly intriguing.

As the memories of former patients collide violently with her own, a child psychologist attempts to record what she’s spent her whole life trying to forget. But when time begins to loosen its grip, and her recording equipment begins to argue back, we hear the inner workings of a mind on the brink of collapse.

Did you hear it? When you went from yourself? Just so I can listen out for it. I want to know what sound it makes.

Winner of the Brighton Fringe Excellence Award 2018
**** The Scotsman
***** EdFringeReview
**** Fringe Guru

7:00pm to 8:15pm
Here We Are Again Wired Theatre

4 stars “Here we are again, happy as can be, all good pals and jolly good company.” So runs a cheery song from the 1930’s, which I remember learning on my grandmother’s knee; you’ll hear it - and a handful of other music-hall classics - at intervals during this offbeat and rewarding play. But the lyrics carry a heavy irony, for the warring couple at the heart of the script are anything but pals… and husband Andrew is far from happy, spiralling into a world of guilty fantasy and pitiful self-destruction. Read the full review.

Wired Theatre are long-standing Brighton Fringe regulars, and have made a name for themselves staging creative site-specific works in unusual places – this time, a normal house in Hove. Their shows are always quirky, and sometimes demand your concentration, but following a long run of recent successes they count as a sure bet all the same. The latest show is the conclusion to a trilogy, about a philandering psychologist losing his own grip on reality; expect an unusual and creative production, with plenty to talk about afterwards.

In the final part of Wired Theatre’s darkly comic trilogy, the ageing psychotherapist believes certain people want to destroy him. His life is spinning out of control again!

Can he overcome this vortex of disaster and save his marriage or is he hurtling towards inevitable self-destruction? The story so far uncovered a web of deception.

Now the quiet house in Hove becomes the site for more surprising revelations. This original devised promenade performance offers another provocative, immersive experience.

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

Those dazzling divas are back, coming of age and celebrating 21 years with 'The Greatest Show Girls Tour'! The entertainment soars from start to finish with infectious, showstopping performances that'll bring you to your feet time and time again. The glamour of Hollywood and the glitz of Vegas in a mesmerising spectacle fulfilling dreams for everyone. A chance to luxuriate in a vibrant, euphoric bubble of laughter, beauty, splendour and music. A complete celebration of individuality and pride in saying “This is Me”, undeniably you’ll agree that the lady boys are the greatest showgirls!

7:00pm to 8:15pm
Damien Lantern Theatre

5 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2016 Damien is one of Fringe 2016’s hidden treasures: a 40-year-old script, a masterful solo performance, and a story that’s both shocking and inspirational. It tells the real-life tale of Father Damien de Veuster, a Catholic priest – and now a saint – who lived in a community of leprosy sufferers on a remote island in Hawaii. Cruelly exiled by their government, the lepers of Molokai endured a lawless and impoverished existence, cut off even from the comforts of religious faith. Cut off, that is, until a young Flemish priest named Damien came along. Read the full review.

Returning to Brighton after a short but successful run in 2016, Damien is a meaty and thoughtful piece of theatre based on a shocking but inspirational real-life tale. It's the story of a priest who lived among an island colony of leprosy-sufferers; it charts his journey from naive enthusiasm, through self-doubt, to anger at the world's ills. Our 5* review from 2016 cited sole actor Daniel Finlay's expansive, convincing performance, enhanced by the evocative detail of the set and design.

"Damien is one of the Fringe's hidden treasures: a 40-year-old script, a masterful solo performance and a story that’s both shocking and inspirational. The real-life tale of Father Damien, a priest who lived in a community of leprosy sufferers on a remote island in Hawaii. Cruelly exiled by their government, the lepers endured a lawless and impoverished existence, cut off even from the comforts of religious faith. Cut off, that is, until a young Flemish priest named Damien came along. Daniel Finlay’s tour-de-force performance spans the full range of human emotion" ***** (Fringe Guru).

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Heidi Regan: On Time (Work in Progress) Heidi Regan

Heidi Regan, winner of BBC New Comedy Award 2017 and So You Think You're Funny 2016, presents a work in progress of her new show. After tackling international trade deals and life via the medium of shark films in 2018, this year she has simplified to looking at time travel.

Tired of immature stand up like ‘Your Mama’ jokes? Come see some more existential pondering on the nature of time and human existence, like ‘Why has Heidi put on a bit of weight recently? Because every time I have sex with one of your great-great-grandparents and inadvertently become your ancestor, they give me a cookie.’

7:00pm to 8:20pm
Only in Brighton! Only in Brighton

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

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

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Harvey Greenfield is Running Late Cracking Comedy

A frantic, comedic story about a man trying to please everyone. Meet Harvey Greenfield - a successful, bright, mid-thirty-something who just doesn't have the ability to say no. In demand for the first time in his life, Harvey is running out of time...is it possible to please everyone, all of the time? And at what cost to his family and his health?

Award-winning writer and performer Paul Richards explores our need to please, and why sometimes it's healthy to just stop, sit in a shed, eat biscuits and pretend to be Meat Loaf.

7:00pm to 10:00pm
Mammy's Boys Comedy Dining

Mammy’s Boys are back in town... "THAT'S NICE”

Get ready for an uproarious night on the lash with the mother of all comedy — Mrs Agnes Brown.

Agnes and Winnie are spending a quiet night in Foley’s bar, waiting for Agnes’ children to return from a trip to Spain. When Dermot, Rory, Mark and Cathy arrive, they come with surprising news about their late father.

An outrageous evening full of surprises and belly laughs, featuring all your favourite characters from the hit sitcom, as Buster himself might say, “You’d have to be eejit to miss it.”

7:00pm to 8:00pm
The Untimely Death Of Jack Chooselove Peyvand Khorsandi

Journalist Peyvand Khorsandi never intended to become an obituaries editor at The Independent, nor did he intend to work for the Daily Mail. In his first full length stand-up show, the journalist looks at how he got to middle age packed only with immense experience of online dating.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Smashing Annabelszki

Can one woman single-handedly smash the hetero-patriarchy? Well, maybe with a little help from the audience. Confront your unconscious bias as we embark upon a queer, feminist and irreverent exploration of contemporary society. Expect stand-up, sketch comedy, spoken word, subverted song lyrics and audience interaction.

Annabelszki returns after a successful 2018 run of ‘Professional Breakup Artist’.

"An outrageous contribution to stand-up comedy." **** (Broadway Baby).
"Unites all our queer hearts together in a fun, thought-provoking, laugh-until-your-stomach-hurts evening." (DIVA).

7:00pm to 11:00pm
Crystalz Tavern Brownton Abbey

There’s a proverbial sh*t-storm raging out here, but inside Crystalz Tavern exists a secret cabaret party that stops for nothing.

A throbbing neon lighthouse guiding you to a space of safety, away from the jagged rocks of late stage capitalism. A speakeasy that heals the wounded and holds the oppressor to account. Featuring a shifting constellation of the UK's best live art/cabaret performers and guest DJs.

Resist man-made monsters like broflakes and binaries at our cabaret of camaraderie, with artist rebels and allies that refuse to go down quietly; in heels, in binders and in solidarity!

7:00pm to 8:00pm
The Pigeon that Swam the Channel Yvo Luna

August 14th 2018, Columbus Webb was the first pigeon to swim the Channel at the age of only two and a half weeks. A woman swimming around the Brighton Palace Pier swam over to investigate what she thought was a plastic bag floating in the water.

The author and performer of ‘Luna’s History of Madness’ presents more true stories in her new, quirky and heart-warming one-woman show about animals, autism, friendship, and trying (or not) to fit in. Some optional audience participation. From her beach studio, with film, poems and site-specific art.

Warning: this show may contain birds.

7:00pm to 9:30pm
Krater Comedy Club Komedia Ltd

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

“A night full of fun and side-splitting laughter. I didn’t want it to end” (The Latest).
“THE place in Brighton to catch stand-up comedy” (The Independent).

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Scattering Salt Jake the Dog

4 stars Scattering Salt is the story of two lovers, affectionately known to each other as Horse and Cart. Horse is here, with us in the room, an abandoned tiled chamber below Brighton Town Hall; Cart is somewhere else. But her essence is present, captured on video… and she’s reaching out to us through a mirror, which walks and talks and is played by a woman in a reflective dress. Read the full review.

Year after year, some of the Fringe's most memorable shows have been found in the historic police cells underneath Brighton's Town Hall. The characterful setting lends an extra frisson to any show, and Scattering Salt is primed to exploit it: we're promised a hallucinatory rite, a poetic dance party... and a mermaid song. We don't know quite what to expect, but it sounds intriguing and memorable; a classic Bold Choice to open your ledger this May.

''Scattering Salt' is a performance and ritual, a ghost story and an installation.

It's the story of two separated souls, one who left too early, and one who is always late. There are mirrors, mermaids, dance breaks and haunting. Created for an underground space that's close to the sea, the show is set in the Police Cells Museum, creating the perfect ambience for spectators looking for a deeply reflective and immersive theatrical experience.

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Jessica Fostekew: Power Bungalow (Work in Progress) Jessica Fostekew

Power Bungalow is a new show all about strength. Great big, sexy, powerful, sometimes embarrassing, hench-ass strength. Jess is regular co-host of mega-podcast (50+ million downloads) 'The Guilty Feminist', creator and host of 'The Hoovering' podcast and as seen in the award-winning BBC sitcom 'Motherland'. Jess will be in the next series of Cuckoo on BBC/ Netflix and in two forthcoming feature films: 'Greed' from Michael Winterbottom and 'Official Secrets' from Gavin Hood. "Wears her smarts on her sleeve, great stuff" (The Guardian). Work in progress.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
The Turbulent Priest STAC

Eight hundred and fifty years ago Thomas Becket was famously murdered by four knights in Canterbury Cathedral. The Turbulent Priest follows the extraordinary story of Thomas and King Henry II; their bromance, bust-ups and betrayals. In short, plenty to sing and joke about.

James Cary (Miranda, Bluestone 42, Another Case of Milton Jones) and James Sherwood (The Now Show, I Guess That’s Why They Call it the News) previously collaborated on 'A Monk’s Tale', which toured UK in 2017 with 99 shows in total, including a long run at the Edinburgh Fringe.

7:30pm to 8:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Gareth Southgate Ate My Credit Card Treason Productions

Simon (played by Mark Brailsford) is definitely not going to Russia. No way. Or that’s what he tells anyone who will listen. After vowing to no longer let his passion for following the England football team rule his life, Simon has a dilemma. Go to Russia and possibly witness England lifting the World Cup? Or ruin his life? Again.

From the award-winning pair, writer Paul Hodson ('Brighton 'Til I Die' and 'Meeting Joe Strummer') and The Treason Show's Mark Brailsford ('Southern Fail' and 'The Lad Himself') comes a one-man play about obsession and how to let football ruin your life.

7:30pm to 11:30pm
Let The Music Take You: Sober Rave LTMTY

A fun space to connect with music and dance! DJs playing vinyl only, hosted by Nin Warrior guesting local legends.
4th May: Tom Luka (Missing People/ Code South) and Jakespeare (Code South). 11th May: Sista-Matic (Astral Beats) and Missing Lincoln (Bust the Box/1 BTN).
26th May: Pavv (Southpoint) + TBC.
Music policy: strictly genre-mixing. DJs will be mixing a fulfilling wave of vibes from ambient, funky, urban, deep, uplifting, dark, light, soulful, driving, playful, hard, old skool, new skool. Think 5 rhythms/free dance/house party/night club in a church. It’s a no-brainer. See you there.

7:30pm to 8:20pm
Guru Dudu's Silent Disco Walking Tours Guru Dudu Productions

Guru Dudu returns to his beloved Brighton this year with a few special guest tour guides and special events – see gurududu.org for details.
Enjoy his hilarious dance-walking tours of spontaneous flash mob dancing through the streets, interpretative dancing around Brighton landmarks and lots of crazy interaction with onlookers. Everyone wears headphones (supplied) and can hear the fun commentary from Guru Dudu and the dance mix of uplifting favourites from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s. Wear comfortable footwear and preferably come empty handed (no bags, etc). Tickets also at door if not sold out.

Check out some special themed tours this year:

Queen - Fri 6pm, May 3, 17, 31.
Abba - Fri 6pm, May 10, 24
90's - Sat 6pm, May 4, 11, 18, 25, Jun 1
60's - Mon 3pm, May 6 & 27
70's - Mon 4.30pm, May 6 & 27
80's - Mon 6pm, May 6 & 27
Sundays 3pm - with special guest tour guides

All other tours run as classic format: 70's, 80's, 90's, 00's mix

7:30pm to 9:00pm
Two Violin Recitals at St. Michael's: Ellie Blackshaw then Andrew Roberts Music@St. Michael's

Much-loved local violinist Ellie Blackshaw pairs up with London based pianist David Elwin to perform the rarely heard 1932 violin and piano sonata by Frank Bridge. This mature, troubled and at times dark work together with Beethoven's lyrical last violin/piano sonata op. 96 in G major form the basis of a programme not to be missed!
We then delight in welcoming talented violinist Andrew Roberts and our ever-popular pianist here Rachel Fryer to play beautifully lyrical works by Suk and Rautavaara as well as the Beethoven's joyful Spring sonata and the rhapsodic violin sonata of Debussy.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
SLEUTH Could you be a detective? ZoieLogic Dance Theatre

Detective Miller needs your help! Set in 1950s Britain, in a world of shifting shadows and rising crime. Step into a world of intrigue and adventure, where you, the audience, must guide a tough, hard-boiled detective through the shady streets, seeking out answers. Every choice he faces is yours to make, and whatever you decide will change the way the story is told. A show packed with dynamic movement, storytelling, high stakes and tricky characters, where you, the audience, are truly in control.

Note: The audience sits on backless cushioned stools that rotate to see the action.

7:30pm to 9:10pm
Closer The Rialto Theatre

Four lives intertwine over the course of four and a half years in this densely-plotted, stinging look at modern love and betrayal. Their lives are permanently altered when two of them have a passionate affair. We explore and delve into the brutal anatomy of modern romance, where a quartet of strangers meet, fall in love, and become caught up in a web of sexual desire and jealousy, often drawing out deep human isolation, vulnerability and destructiveness.

Directed by Lauren Varnfield (“electric” – Plays International)
Pretty Villain are Brighton Fringe Award Winners 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Freya and Will in discussion with ABBA Freya and Will

Freya and Will in discussion with ABBA: a 50 minute comedy show in which two comedians host the prodigious pop ensemble in a hilarious and revealing interview. In the unlikely event ABBA are unable to appear, Will and Freya will perform some stand-up.

7:30pm to 8:45pm
Ghost Walk of the Lanes Ghost Walk of the Lanes

'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 or 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 8:00pm
Square Peg 2headedpigeon Theatre Co.

Award-winning punk theatre company present a dystopian underdog adventure, performed in a secret bunker beneath an ordinary Brighton home. Expect surprise moments of clowning and technicolour visuals in this immersive solo show about being a misfit at the end of the world.

“More than you dare hope to find at the Fringe” (ThreeWeeks)

“As a comment on soulless consumerism, it’s hard to imagine a more powerful artistic statement” (The Sunday Business Post)

“Relentlessly inventive and recklessly funny, a show which genuinely has something to say” (WhatsOnStage)

Access:

This site-specific performance takes place in a genuine underground bunker and therefore may be inaccessible to those with mobility difficulties. In particular, the venue is accessed by a steep staircase. Some areas of the venue feature reduced head height, uneven floors and narrow doorways.

However, Nether Regions are committed to making the shows as accessible as possible within the constraints of this unique performance space. If you would like to discuss access requirements with the team, please contact them via their website: www.2headedpigeontheatre.moonfruit.com/say-hello-to-us/

7:30pm to 8:25pm
Off the Cuff's Chaotic Biopic Off The Cuff

Following three sell-out Fringe runs with hit show 'Crime and Funishment' and more than a decade of acclaimed and raucously funny performances, Brighton's improvised comedy revolutionaries return with a brand new show! Join them as they delve into the secret lives of celebrities, creating a unique biopic documentary each night on stage, all based on your suggestions. What did David Bowie do before Ziggy? Was Marilyn Monroe really an alien? What's Her Majesty’s hidden hobby? They'll reveal all, with a heap of laughter & anarchy thrown in for good measure!
"Classic comedy gold" ***** (Latest 7).

7:40pm to 8:35pm
F*ck Polite! Pole Vault

‘Fuck Polite!’ is a daring piece of new writing tackling major social issues of belonging.

Post-Brexit, Daisy unexpectedly arrives in her family home in Poland the night before Christmas. She has been absent for the last 9 years, and having struggled to find her place in the UK, she is now returning in the hopes of reuniting with her family and the home she once knew. Awaiting her is Helena, her older sister, and a sequence of events that begin with a simple family dispute but slowly unravel to reveal a shocking family secret which will change their lives forever.

7:45pm to 10:45pm
Lonely Disco: Catgod, Patch and The Giant, The Galleons The Galleons

Lonely Disco have a record for spotting amazing new artists from across the UK. Their Fringe special presents three acts, loosely described as indie-folk, but who all bring something very different to the table. All have been featured on 6Music, building on an impressive list of festivals, gigs and reviews.
Catgod's sound, somewhere between Massive Attack and John Martyn, has been highly praised by the music press.
Patch & The Giant are a big warm folky hug of a band. Full of energy and with the tunes to match.
The Galleons beautiful, direct songs paint stunning landscapes of dark and light.

7:45pm to 9:45pm
Return to the Forbidden Planet Brighton Little Theatre

Join Captain Tempest and his fearless crew on their journey into hyperspace... and beyond! This musical bursts with red hot Rock 'n' Roll hits, including 'Great Balls of Fire', 'Good Vibrations', 'Teenager in Love', 'The Young Ones' and 'The Monster Mash'.

So fasten your seat belts, set your ray guns to stun and get ready for a cosmic adventure of meteoric proportions! Bob Carlton’s smash hit West End musical takes the 1956 film, with plot taken from Shakespeare’s 'The Tempest', raids the Bard’s other plays at will (and not always verbatim) and sets it to a score of great pop hits.

7:45pm to 8:45pm
Aquatic Superheroes Brighton Swimming Club

KAPOW! The synchronised swimmers of Brighton are back for their 11th SUPER show. Participants aged 7 to 70+, with guests from Horsham and Leeds, will display superhero antics in this synchronised swimming spectacular. WHACK! this date in your diary to be sure not to miss this SMASHing event! A great family-friendly show suitable for everyone.

7:45pm to 9:45pm
The Scrapyard Cinema Otherplace Productions Ltd

An eclectic and exciting array of films playing throughout the festival. Selected and put together by guest curators and collaborators. Shorts, independent features, documentaries, music videos and a sprinkling of old classics. See website for line-ups.

7:45pm to 8:30pm
Pole Circus Gemini Pole Studio

Is pole dancing supposed to be strong or sexy? Join Gemini Studio in a charming, ridiculous, acrobatic soul-search into whether we should be strutting in heels or flexing those guns.

7:50pm to 9:00pm
Timpson: The Musical Gigglemug Theatre

Musicals tackling improbable topics are a staple diet at the Fringe, but there isn't always substance behind the amusing title. Timpson, though, arrives in Brighton after a successful Edinburgh run, earning positive reviews across the board for its cheery absurdity and ridiculous humour. A riff on Romeo & Juliet crossed with an origin story for the high-street shoe chain, it's intentionally hammy and determinedly over-the-top, with a dash of musical parody thrown in. It's not exactly subtle - but it sounds like a lot of fun.

Two warring houses. One ancient grudge. A whole lot of shoes.

Can the warring houses of Montashoe and Keypulet be united by a pair of star-crossed lovers? Journey to Victorian London where Monty Montashoe and Keeleigh Keypulet - two inventors bursting with ambition - strive to break free from the confines of their parents and follow their dreams all the way to the 50th annual ‘Invention Convention’!

Sponsored by Timpson Ltd. themselves, Gigglemug Theatre’s debut musical explaining the origins of the high street cobbler’s, 'Timpson' is guaranteed hilarity for any 'quality service person'.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Festival Classics www.rrcs.org.uk

Parry 'I was Glad'.
Hummel 'Mass in Bb'.
Gjeilo 'The Ground' (from Sunrise Mass).
Vaughan Williams 'Five Mystical Songs'.
Various 'Spirituals for Choirs'.
Chilcott 'Ophelia, Caliban, and Miranda'.

Popular classics amidst stunning surroundings featuring Parry’s electrifying 'I Was Glad', Hummel’s acclaimed 'Mass in Bb', Vaughan Williams’ much-loved 'Five Mystical Songs', and Gjeilo’s 'The Ground' (from Sunrise Mass). In addition, a selection of spirituals and a jazzy twist on Shakespearean characters by Chilcott.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) Silent Uproar

This cabaret musical features catchy tunes, sequins, and tinsel... but also depression and attempted suicide. We didn't catch it ourselves in Edinburgh, but reviews praised its honesty, resistance to cliche, and poignant humour; the upbeat tone serves to release the tension from a difficult, unflinching storyline. Expect to be affected, moved, and educated, but expect to have a smile on your face too. The music is scored by Matthew Floyd Jones, of Frisky & Mannish fame.

A hilarious cabaret musical about depression that sings and throws glitter about how it’s OK to not be OK.

Written by Olivier winner Jon Brittain ('Rotterdam , Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho'), music by Matthew Floyd Jones (Frisky & Mannish). It’s a joyful, buoyant, gleeful, slightly silly, sugar-coated, unrelenting and completely super happy show!

Except for the bits about depression.

"A Super Happy Story is Superb" (Lyn Gardner, The Guardian)
***** (What’s On Stage)
***** (Three Weeks)
***** (Musical Theatre Review)
***** (British Theatre Guide)
***** (The Reviews Hub)

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Steve Bugeja: Work in Progress Steve Bugeja

Steve Bugeja, as seen on 'Love Island Aftersun', Russell Howard's 'Stand Up Central', Radio 4's 'Fresh From The Fringe', ITV's 'The Zoe Ball Show' and BBC Three's 'Top 10', presents a work in progress show.

Steve is writing a new show and needs to test it on a friendly, supportive audience. The jokes and stories will be brand new, some will be great and some won't. Come along and help him.

His previous four solo shows have received rave reviews, garnering a combined 30 4/5 star reviews across the board.

8:00pm to 8:55pm
I am Not Victoria Wood Pepita Productions / Julia Knight

In this new solo play, written and performed by Julia Knight, we meet Maddie North. She used to perform as a Victoria Wood tribute act. Maddie has a suitcase full of props and memories, but are they holding her back? This touching, funny, and entertaining show sees Maddie revisiting her successful career and paying tribute to one of the UK’s most loved comedians. Warning: contains funny songs, berets, and references to macaroons.

“It’s Alan Bennett meets Victoria Wood meets Big Brother’s diary room!” (Audience feedback).

8:00pm to 9:00pm
SUCH GOOD BOYS!! James McDonnell and Ben Carter

Come and see James McDonnell; "A breath of fresh air" (We Love Brighton) and Ben Carter; "A force of Nature" (Chortle). Two of Brighton's best musical comedians on their best behaviour; Guaranteed!! Expect chaos, expect great comedy songs but most of all expect such goooood boys.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Silent Disco with Boogie Shoes Seaside Special Boogie Shoes Silent Disco Tours

Sold out at Edinburgh Fringe 2018, Boogie Shoes Silent Disco presents our 'Cheeky Seaside Special' tour of Brighton. We'll have plenty of singing and dancing along the way. Each participant wears headphones tuned to the same station pumping uplifting classics, oldies and today's hits. Live commentary and music all led by your hosts the Boogie Shoes Crew. All salty dogs and bathing beauties welcome. Travel light, bring a drink and wear suitable footwear for walking. Babies in slings, no buggies. Headphones provided, spare tickets at the venue.

8:00pm to 8:50pm
Dave Green: Guest Bed Dave Green

Dave grew up with two beds in his bedroom and he never knew why. ‘Guest Bed’ is a comedy and storytelling show about what it is like to grow up in a family as an only twin. At times unsettling and often darkly amusing, ‘Guest Bed’ is a tale of betrayal and regret not to be forgotten.

“A keen eye for the absurd” (TheWeeReview.com).
Time Out’s 'One to Watch'.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Win. Lose. Delete. Chris Stringman

Brand new comedian Chris Stringman ran away from England to escape his gambling addiction. But a month later they were reunited. Author of ‘Win. Lose. Repeat’, unsurprisingly based on his life and the perils of gambling, Chris explores what it’s like to have a gambling habit. Yeah, that sounds fun!

8:00pm to 8:50pm
Cards Against Humanity, The Shame Show Junkyard Dogs Productions.

Following on from a sold-out run at Brighton Fringe 2018, The Shame Show returns with its dark game show based on the world famous, politically incorrect party game; Cards Against Humanity.

Leave your sensitivities at the door. Not for the light-hearted, faint-hearted or big-hearted.

There will be prizes. Very bad prizes.

8:00pm to 10:00pm
The Milkman’s on His Way K-Squared Productions

"Growing up gay, as a teenager, just when everyone else is becoming involved with the opposite sex, you're alone in having to hide your feelings. It's impossible to talk to anyone. It's not something you want to blurt out to your parents, your teachers or the boy you fancy. The only salvation is to find people like yourself. And that's a big step."

In the early 1980s, this coming-out novel broke new ground as a positive image of growing up gay. During the Section 28 debates, it was accused of 'glorifying' gay sex. This adaptation brings David Rees' book to the stage for the first time.

8:15pm to 9:15pm
Nick Horseman: The Rhyme Scheme Nick Horseman

Over the past year, Nick 'Horse' Horseman has got married, survived a 6.9 magnitude earthquake that killed 450 people and given up his day job to become the biggest rap superstar of all time. This is his story, told through gags, bangin' hip-hop tunes and sweet visuals. Horse was previously half of musical double-act 'Horse & Louis', who were Musical Comedy Awards runners-up 2010, BBC New Comedy Award semi-finalists 2011 and have appeared on BBC Radio 2 and 4.

"An excellent hour of comedy" **** (British Comedy Guide).

"Very funny" **** (ThreeWeeks).

8:20pm to 9:10pm
Maria Shehata: Work in Progress Maria Shehata

The follow-up to her debut Edinburgh show 'Wisdomless', multi award-winning comedian Maria Shehata expands on her transatlantic move for love and life after it fell apart.

“Uniquely open and honest, a performer to watch out for” (Broadway World).
“I love Maria Shehata. She is funny on and off stage” (Bill Burr).

8:30pm to 9:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

8:30pm to 9:30pm
The Scrapyard Sessions Otherplace Productions Ltd

The fringe of the Fringe, full of wonder and whimsy. Drop into The Scrapyard at The Warren and find a hidden gem. Featuring spoken word, comedy, music and cabaret; remarkable performers presenting storytelling and comedy in all its forms.

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
Bad Clowns: Cult Classic (Work in Progress) Bad Clowns Comedy

An interactive (work in progress) experience in which the audience find themselves in the hands of three friendly faces of a horrific, demonic cult. Join Sam, Christian and John as they race to educate the modern masses, save the believers and secure their place at the right-hand side of an ancient murderous god. With rituals, sacrifice and laughs aplenty, the bad clowns hope to either save or eternally damn your souls. Do you dare to join?

***** "A slick, briskly-paced and wonderfully anarchic production" (LondonTheatre1).

**** "A fast-paced hour of delectable silliness" (ThreeWeeks).

9:00pm to 10:45pm
The Lady Boys of Bangkok: The Greatest Showgirls Tour Exchange Events Ltd

Those dazzling divas are back, coming of age and celebrating 21 years with 'The Greatest Show Girls Tour'! The entertainment soars from start to finish with infectious, showstopping performances that'll bring you to your feet time and time again. The glamour of Hollywood and the glitz of Vegas in a mesmerising spectacle fulfilling dreams for everyone. A chance to luxuriate in a vibrant, euphoric bubble of laughter, beauty, splendour and music. A complete celebration of individuality and pride in saying “This is Me”, undeniably you’ll agree that the lady boys are the greatest showgirls!

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Kiki Mellék: Law of Attraction Jo Calderwood

Hello darlings - Oohoo bibshkis! Plastic-fantastic Kiki Mellék has arrived and is simply winning at life! And she's sharing her perfectly, pert pearls of wisdom with you lucky darlings... Come and celebrate all things fabulous and shimmy those blues away at a self-help, cabaret seminar like no other.

Directed by Alexander Luttley (Pi the Mime), Jo Calderwood’s hugely successful Edinburgh Fringe debut now comes to Brighton (Winner: Spare Rib Superstar 2017, Runner-Up: Burlesque Idol 2017) Expect burlesque, songs and a sassy philosophy from a true force of (enhanced) nature... Let's hava Kiki!

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Songs of Smut and Sparkle Marcia D'Arc

Join Marcia for a show of original comedy parodies of popular songs, performed live at her furry, pink stage piano. Marcia’s songs amuse with a veritable dictionary of smutty terms and references, illuminated by witty anecdotes from her domestic life and her admittedly somewhat exaggerated career in show business. With her dynamic vocal range and disarming stage presence, Marcia’s show went down a storm at its debut at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018. The 2019 show has evolved to include new naughtily nuanced numbers and titillating titbits from this lewd yet lovable character.

9:00pm to 10:30pm
Camille O'Sullivan sings Cave Tim Whitehead Management

‘Queen of the Edinburgh Festival’ (BBC) and original star of Olivier award winning La Soirée.

“An artist at the top of her game pushing herself to be better and trusting us to keep up. It’s thrilling to watch.” ***** (The Scotsman).

“Hypnotic” ***** (The Independent).

“When she sings it's as though her breath is soaked in paraffin - one spark, and the whole room would ignite.” (The Daily Telegraph).

“Ravishing... a superb performer and great singer... the star is her singing voice: a deep, sultry instrument that might have been created to express desolate love”
***** (The Guardian).

9:10pm to 10:10pm
Anti-Depressed? Happenings Theatre Company and Pop Heart Productions

Happenings Theatre Company and 5 times sell-out Pop Heart Productions present the world premiere of their new collaboration. ARE YOU OK? Mindfulness app or drunk every weekend? Fuck the pain away or yoga getaway? Medicate or meditate? An unfiltered look at the vicious cycle of being human. Poignant and so darkly funny it hurts. This immersive session IS IN PROGRESS.

Winner: Pebble Trust Award (Brighton Fringe, 2017)

Praise for previous work, Blue Sky Thinking:
"Excellent, honest and hilarious" ***** (Broadway Baby)

9:15pm to 10:05pm
The Blood Tales Silver Moon Theatre Co.

Re-mystifying the most misunderstood phenomena of a woman's body by telling the true tales about our blood.

This one-woman show will transport you into the mystical landscape of woman's blood through the lens of a hilariously funny witch. Mixing the sacred with the profane, ‘The Blood Tales’ will change what you thought about women's menstrual blood, forever. The show transforms the outworn tales of shame and disgust into ones of beauty and power, creating a field of magic that ripples into the political as well as the spiritual, offering the promise of a new paradigm, as seen from the moon.

9:30pm to 10:30pm
The Establishment: Le Bureau De Strange Mad Etiquette

Side-splitting, stiff upper-lipped hilarity from critically-acclaimed duo Dan Lees and Neil Frost. The Establishment’s unique and infectiously funny style will plunge you into a world of the absurd and leave your ribs well and truly tickled.

"This is silliness as an art form" (The Scotsman).
"A fast-paced, multidimensional masterclass in comedy" (Edfest Magazine).
"One of the most outrageously funny hours imaginable" (British Theatre Guide).

9:30pm to 10:20pm
Quintessence Emily Carding / Sweet Productions

4 stars If you had to define what it means to be human, where would you turn for examples? To the Complete Works of Shakespeare, maybe. And in the far-future world of Quintessence, those plays are all that remains; humankind is extinct, wiped out by an environmental catastrophe of its own making, survived only by androids created in civilisation’s dying days. The robots’ mission is to reboot the human race, and their prime directive is to ensure at all costs that the newly-restored species thrives. Needless to say, this doesn’t go entirely to plan. Read the full review.

Emily Carding, best-known for performing radical interpretations of Shakespeare, has two new shows running daily this week. On Monday, we showcased Caliban's Codex; this time it's Quintessence, which daringly promises to merge Bardic verse with a sci-fi storyline. Developed in collaboration with the London Science Museum, it's set in a post-apocalyptic society, run by a powerful AI programmed with the Complete Works of Shakespeare. Predictable? No. Intriguing? Absolutely.

A combination of cataclysmic events results in the extinction of the human race, leaving behind an AI being programmed to recreate humanity when the time is right, with the complete works of Shakespeare as a guide to the human spirit. Humanity must thrive... but at what cost?

This original sci-fi storytelling show was inspired by Mary Shelley's ‘Frankenstein’, and will leave you wondering who the real monster is.

Originally created in collaboration with the London Science Museum, written and performed by award-winning actor Emily Carding (‘Richard III (a one woman show)’).

9:30pm to 10:40pm
My Greatest Period Ever Lucy Peach

Lucy Peach is a folk singer from Fremantle WA, with a parallel career as a Sex Ed teacher. Inspired by Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks, her menstrual cycle and her convict ancestors, 'My Greatest Period Ever' is her latest work featuring live illustrations by her husband Richard Berney. After she took Australia by storm, women across the country are rejoicing. Now period power is Brighton-bound for a long awaited UK debut. This show is for anyone with a menstrual cycle or anyone who knows someone with one.

Winner: WAM Award for Folk Act of the Year 2016
"A jewel in WA's musical crown" (The West)

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Liam Withnail: Homecoming (Work in Progress) 1989

Brand new hour of thoughtful and hilarious stand up from the celebrated comic. Nominated Best Comedy Show 2018 Edinburgh Fringe. Winner 2018 Scottish Comedy Award. Finalist English and Scottish Comedian of The Year.

Praise for Liam Withnail:
"One of the most complete and affirming shows I’ve seen this year." ????? (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine).
"Slick, Fast Paced Banter" ???? (The Skinny).
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"Comedy at its Best" (Wow247).
"Fantastic writing... an important story, told with humour, humility and style." (The Scotsman).

9:30pm to 10:30pm
I'm A 7: Work in Progress Sikisa

From South London, Barbadian citizen Sikisa presents her work-in-progress show about being a work in progress. Being seen as a real-life superhero by the people around her, Sikisa explores the brutal but funny truth about her life and herself in which she justifies calling herself a seven! The real question is, are you also a seven?

"She exudes a lively energy" (Steve Bennett, Chortle.co.uk).
"a rawness to her soul-searching, but an almost elfin delight in the way she relates it" (Mumble).

9:30pm to 10:30pm
The Secret Comedy Club: Fringe Comedy Hub Artista

We have over 80 professional comedy acts who applied to Artista Cafe & Gallery. This will be a Fringe Comedy Hub run by The Secret Comedy Club. We will have comedy on 6 days per week from 5pm until 11pm daily (3pm start on weekends). Check our website for full listings and tickets for these full Brighton Fringe shows.
Here are just some of the many acts that will be doing their 1 hour shows with us (in no particular order):
Steve Bugeja
Stephen Carlin
Sara Barron
Radu Isac
Adele Cliff
Al Lubel
Daphna Baram
Sanj Surati
Daniel Muggleton
Gary Tro
John Pendal
Ali Woods
Katie Pritchard

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Pope’s Addiction Clinic Pope Lonergan

An Alcoholics Anonymous-style comedy show where comedians and audience members bear the fruit of confession. The worst, the most abject, the most private and perverted aspects of our lives turned into funny and shameless stories for your viewing pleasure. We'll ensure comedy and catharsis.

"Laid out bare, but contained within these four walls, the stories are awkward, humiliating, awful and hilarious, occasionally shocking but deeply compelling” (i newspaper).

9:40pm to 10:40pm
Doctor Scott is Psycho-Active Keith Scott

Drug law reform activist Dr Keith Scott’s wacky trip into the world of the psychoactive drugs we use and the psychotic drug laws that try to stop us using. He describes how being given a recreational drug when he was an infant set him off on a drug-consuming journey that left him completely unscathed - but with a desire to know why Drugs-R-Us.

Scott uses comedy to expose the tragedies, stupidities, and evils of the ironically-named War on Drugs that was declared by the United Nations – an institution created specifically to prevent war!

9:45pm to 10:40pm
Top of the Flops Closed Out Of Town Productions

George Heyworth (Bourgeois & Maurice) teams up with pianist and Tragic Homosexuality Consultant Matthew Poxon to poke about in the dankest corners of musical theatre’s history. Together the pair recreate brilliant numbers from long-forgotten flops, in an act of showbiz grave robbing. A nuanced meditation on failure, disappointment and fabulous toe-tapping melodies.

9:45pm to 10:45pm
Shit-faced Shakespeare: Macbeth Magnificent Bastard Productions

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

Is this a lager I see before me? The Brighton Fringe – Best Comedy – Award Winners are back for another round of heavy drinking and mild Shakespeare. Featuring the finest classically trained professional performers and one fully inebriated cast member we guarantee that no two nights are ever the same.

Having toured the world, broken America and sold out the West End we’re finally ready to return to a tent in a field in Brighton.

This year we are taking on the feared “Scottish play” which actors dare not mention the name of lest theyMACBETH!!! We’re doing Macbeth. It’s Macbeth... Macbeth.

10:00pm to 11:00pm
I Predict a WYATT! Much Laughter

Sam Wyatt is recording the pilot for his new Saturday night game show; 'I Predict A WYATT!' But with so much on the line will he be able to keep it together?

Two contestants, four games and only one host, 'I Predict a Wyatt!' is a well-polished cheesy grin game show with the hallmarks of Saturday night television for all the family! However what goes on off-camera certainly isn’t! A warm-up act that doesn’t show, a mother as a director, a tech that doesn’t know his ar*e from his elbow and one host who is trying to hold everything together whilst his last chance falls into chaos around him.

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Ciarán Dowd: Padre Rodolfo BEASTS

Winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer 2018. Rodolfo is back! Fighting his own and some actual demons.
“The funniest show you will see this year” ???? (Telegraph).

"Comedy of the most ridiculous variety" ???? (Guardian)

Ciarán is a character comedian and member of the critically acclaimed sketch group BEASTS. As seen on Drunk History (Comedy Central), Josh (BBC One) and Game Face (E4).

10:00pm to 2:00am
Fringe Club: A Silent Disco Otherplace Productions Ltd

The legendary Fringe Club returns to the Warren in 2019 with it's own version of the legendary night out, A 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.

SAT 26TH MAY: SuperCharged Brighton's #1 and longest running underground clubbing event presents its sister brand Treatment Brighton whose DJs continue their return and will be spinning the best of vocal, uplifting House and Dance music! DJs Pedro Sedso Boy Hudson

SUN 27TH MAY: Boom Bap Brothers (Funk and Hip Hop) vs DJ SMUDGE Smudge has DJ'd for over 30 years, mostly in the Brighton area but with his own record shop and record label he has been in demand all over. He specialises in Hip hop and drum and bass but has wide musical knowledge and taste. His musical style would be described as noisy but accessible and opens the listener up to new musical avenues.

10:15pm to 12:15am
The Scrapyard Cinema Otherplace Productions Ltd

An eclectic and exciting array of films playing throughout the festival. Selected and put together by guest curators and collaborators. Shorts, independent features, documentaries, music videos and a sprinkling of old classics. See website for line-ups.

10:15pm to 11:15pm
Shaggers Comedy World Productions

Following more sell-out performances all over the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia, the hit show returns with a revolving line-up of hilarious comedians of all varieties, genders and sexual orientations with material based around that most noble of the arts - shagging!

"The perfect way to close a night at the festival" ***** (Melbourne Comedy Festival)

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

"Some well-picked, mischievous and unburdened comedy" ***** (Voice)

"Excellent" ***** (Edfringe)

"Utterly hilarious" ****½ (Fringe World Perth)

10:30pm to 12:30am
Krater Comedy Club Komedia Ltd

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

“A night full of fun and side-splitting laughter. I didn’t want it to end” (The Latest).
“THE place in Brighton to catch stand-up comedy” (The Independent).

10:30pm to 11:15pm
How to Make Friends in Hollywood Bloody Livid Theatre Company

For almost sixty years, Hollywood superstar Lindsey Ordell has been drinking too much, smoking too much and over indulging in an endless parade of sexual conquests... Now she has decided to put her scandalous life to print.

Sandra Cave is her ambitious new personal assistant who tells us Lindsey's story as it intertwines with her own in this hilarious, raunchy and occasionally touching tale...

A one-woman show about scandal, fame and love.

10:40pm to 11:35pm
It's Britney, Bitches! Ashby Ryder Creative Management

'It's Britney, Bitches!' is a new verbatim piece about the fans of international superstar Britney Spears. LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE! This show follows the story of fans of Britney along with some of your favourite songs. Stories of coming out, addiction and abuse and most importantly, Britney Spears.

10:45pm to 11:45pm
Laura-Doe's Vaudeville of the Vulva Laughing Beaver Productions

Ever confused a Volvo and a vulva? A G-string and a G-spot? Dripping with tongue-in-cheek humour, award-winning sex geek Laura-Doe’s canny characters and unusually vocal velvet vulvae illuminate and entertain on the fertile topic of female genitalia. Taking the baton from the Vagina Monologues, Vaudeville of the Vulva leads us, giggling and squealing, to a deeper appreciation of this much-maligned body part. The show is funny, sexy and wise, yet involves no nudity. Expect juicy jokes and lusty singalongs. Learn while you laugh!

"An exceedingly clever woman on a mission" (Nimbin GoodTimes)

11:00pm to 2:00am
Polyglamorous Polyglamorous

POLYGLAMOROUS is the new queer dance party on everybody's lips! Usually tucked under the arches of Brighton seafront with a dress code of a different colour each night, Polyglamorous are now bringing their homo-chromatic club night to the Spiegeltent for ONE NIGHT ONLY!

Playing pop and queer anthems all night with drag hosts and a selection of Brightons best LGBTQ+ DJ's.

Dress in GOLD, be glamorous and see you on the dance floor!

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

The legendary "slightly soiled bear pit of a show" returns. Join us for the best late-night entertainment every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and bank holiday Sunday of the Fringe. Featuring stand-up, sketch, cabaret and a range of fabulous hosts.

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

11:30pm to 12:30am
Richard Wheatley is Blindingly Obvious Richard Wheatley

Fresh from debut runs at Edinburgh Fringe 2017 and 2018, and unveiling his new show at this year's Leicester Comedy Festival, Richard is now looking to make his mark on the seafront at Brighton Fringe. Funny, fast and friendly, Richard mixes anecdotes from a unique life with off-the-cuff audience interaction for high energy hilarity. Mostly clean, always funny, Richard prefers quick and clever wordplay over simple vulgarity.

An hour with Britain’s funniest blind theoretical physicist turned stand-up comedian is never dull, especially as he promises to keep the maths jokes to a minimum.