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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
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 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...

10:15am 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.

10:15am 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.

10:30am 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 11:15am
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
Sussex Masonic Centre - Tour Sussex Masonic Centre

Sussex Masonic Center Tours
Come and visit the headquarters of Sussex Masonry.
Everyone welcome .

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

11:00am 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 1:00pm
Herbie's Jazz Breakfast Herbie Flowers with Beach Without Sand

Start every Sunday during Brighton Fringe in the company of our very own living leg-end, bassist Herbie Flowers and his incredible band. Enjoy the superstar talents of the UK's finest jazz musicians up close and personal, and more than a bit of a chat. And probably a tune with a story.

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 12:15pm
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 12:25pm
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 12:20pm
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 12:20pm
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 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 12:40pm
Into the Hole Things Fall Art

In this performance installation inspired by Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi, visitors are immersed in a satirical world of abusive borders, power and greed. Designed and devised by three emerging practitioners from the MFA Scenography at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, this multimedia event combines diapers, slang and tiaras.

12:00pm to 1:00pm
The Tim Bat Trick Show Tim Bat

Gentleman Juggler and unwitting clown Tim Bat performs his impressive repertoire of amazing tricks with aplomb. But when the props get the upper hand, frantic hilarity ensues. There’s plenty for adults to enjoy and the kids have a really good laugh, egging Tim on to ever greater heights of silliness! Audience participation and hilarity guaranteed.

“Highly recommended for kids and adults alike” (The Argus). “Still the must-see Children's show in Brighton Fringe” (Fringe Review).

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Mr Pineapple Head Mr Pineapple Head

A family, clown, theatre show. 'Mr Pineapple Head' works in the style of a silent clown, performing physical comedy and slapstick routines to music.

Genuinely funny, professional silliness! It's a Brunswick Fringe tradition!

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 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 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.

12:15pm 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.

12:15pm 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.

12:30pm 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 1:40pm
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.

12:30pm to 1:30pm
Sussex Masonic Centre - Tour Sussex Masonic Centre

Sussex Masonic Center Tours
Come and visit the headquarters of Sussex Masonry.
Everyone welcome .

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.

12:45pm 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 1:45pm
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 1:30pm
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
A Cosmologist's Guide to Life and Love Julian Mayers

A funny, poignant and uplifting account of what cosmology, and those who study it, have to say about the more earthly matters of life and love. This Sunday lunchtime illustrated talk will take you from the soul to the solar system (and beyond) to make you laugh, cry, and go "Oooh, that’s interesting".

It will answer questions such as: How far would you have to travel to find yourself in an infinite universe? What were the chances of being born? And can studying the universe resolve Brexit? Julian Mayers is a part-time astrophysicist, BBC radio comedy producer, writer and filmmaker.

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)

1:00pm to 1:40pm
Into the Hole Things Fall Art

In this performance installation inspired by Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi, visitors are immersed in a satirical world of abusive borders, power and greed. Designed and devised by three emerging practitioners from the MFA Scenography at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, this multimedia event combines diapers, slang and tiaras.

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 2:00pm
The Poetry of Planes HeartsArts

Flip bottles and fly paper planes as Kay Walton takes you on an interactive and fun, science-inspired poetic journey for 7-13 year olds inside the fabulous Brighton Toy and Model Museum. Cold, hard facts side by side with red-hot concepts with only poetry for insulation. See creative poetry animations made by Brighton University students for primary school Rap’n’Rhyme poets and bring your own science rap/rhyme to share/perform if you would like to be a Spoken Science Star (optional).

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 2:30pm
FREAK Ratchet Theatre Company Ltd

'FREAK' tells the often painfully frank stories of Leah and Georgie, as they come to terms with their sex lives. Georgie is 30 and in a downwards spiral, having just quit her job, broken up with her long-term boyfriend and taken a job at a strip club. Leah is 15 and is nervously anticipating her “first time”, and spends her time practicing different sexual positions on the double bed which the two share.

As these two deeply personal and, at times, very bittersweet monologues finally interlock, the play finds a natural finale, though it’s not one that either would have anticipated...

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
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.

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 2:30pm
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)

1:30pm 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.

1:45pm 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 5:00pm
Ragroof Tea Dance Dorothy's Shoes

Three hours of dancing delights featuring music from the 1920s to 1950s, vintage costumes, glorious displays, and Dorothy’s Shoes’ trademark instant dance classes. All welcome, no partners needed.
Tea and cakes will of course be served.

Top Hat & Tails: fabulous partner dancing inspired by Fred and Ginger: exhilarating quicksteps and whirling waltzes as we whizz you back to the heyday of Hollywood glamour.

Cuba Libre: a hot date in Havana! Cuban rhythms, featuring Cha Chas, Mambos and Boleros made popular by the Buena Vista Social Club. Loud shirts and tight skirts.

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 4:15pm
Pavilion Gardens Cafe History Tour 2019 Pavilion Gardens Cafe

Geoffrey Mead will be conducting a special tour dating back over 90 years of cafe and family history. During this tour you will be taken to various locations around the old town including the Royal Pavilion, East Street, The Lanes and Brighton beach. The price includes tea and a large cake at the cafe to finish the tour.

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Pete Strong: Greenfinch (Work in Progress) Bottomless Blue Pool

Pete Strong just wants to be happy. But can he be happy? Join him in his new work in progress show as he tries to find joy in the little things, with poems about love, drinking, working, bits of furniture and the aching feeling that maybe nothing really matters too much except living in the moment.

“His laconic and often surreal poetry was a treat” (Broadway Baby).
“Cathartically funny” (Chortle).
“Warped charm” (The Argus).
"Absolutely shameful" (Voice Mag).

2:00pm to 4:00pm
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.

2:00pm to 5:00pm
TotRockinBeats: Old-School Block Party TotRockinBeats CIC

Back by popular demand for the second year running! TotRockinBeats throw down an amazingly funky, three hour, outdoor, family-friendly, hip-hop, funk and soul block party.

Imagine the type of old-school, New York block party that gave birth to the hip-hop culture in the 70s. Then mix in a wealth of kids entertainment and craft, a live art exhibition, a licensed bar and set it in a beautiful, outdoor amphitheatre in Hove on a Sunday afternoon.

Featuring: top DJs, MCs, live graffiti, B-Boys and Girls, outdoor crafts, kids entertainment, a licensed bar and more.

2:00pm to 2:40pm
Into the Hole Things Fall Art

In this performance installation inspired by Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi, visitors are immersed in a satirical world of abusive borders, power and greed. Designed and devised by three emerging practitioners from the MFA Scenography at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, this multimedia event combines diapers, slang and tiaras.

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 4:00pm
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.

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.

2:00pm to 3:15pm
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.

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.

2:15pm 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).

2:30pm 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 3:30pm
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 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
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 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.

2:30pm 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
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 4:30pm
Middle Street Synagogue Open Days Middle Street Synagogue

This exquisitely sumptuous, Grade II* listed, sacred jewel is Brighton's second most important building after the Pavilion and its best kept secret. Designed by Thomas Lainson in 1874, it is now probably the most beautiful and one of the last remaining cathedral-synagogues in England.

Come along to discover and enjoy it during Brighton Fringe. We'll be open for tours and talks on Sunday afternoons and holding special, inclusive Wednesday lunchtime Jewish history and culture themed events. More details will be posted on the Facebook page Middle Street Synagogue from early spring.

2:45pm to 3:45pm
Ensonglopedia of British History John Hinton

3 stars The Ensonglopedia of British History is the latest in a series of encylopedia-themed musical shows, from singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist John Hinton. Like its predecessors, it’s built around a quickfire A-Z format - with each letter the jumping-off point for a cleverly-worded, fact-filled song. The improbable target this time is to cover the past 40,000 years of British history (though the first 37,500 are despatched by the end of the letter A), so we’re clearly in for a rapid romp through both familiar and unfamiliar stories from our islands’ past. Read the full review.

For the past few years, John Hinton's informative "Ensonglopedias" have been a fixture of the Brighton Fringe. In each instalment, the multi-talented and slightly-deranged Hinton takes a gallop through an A-Z of a particular topic; there are songs, costumes, audience interactions, and of course the suspense of wondering what on Earth he'll choose when he comes to the letter "X". Previous outings have had a loose scientific theme, but this time he turns to history; expect a few quirky insights, and plenty of family-friendly fun.

The entire history of Britain in 26 comic songs – from Albion to austerity, from Boudica to Brexit, from coast to coast. John Hinton's multi-award-winning musical comedy shows have delighted audiences internationally. With our country’s tapestry unravelling, John weaves his way through its patchwork past and lets his inner Singer do its worst.
Praise for previous Ensonglopedias:
“Infectiously fun, genuinely clever, & impossible to dislike... Brilliant" *****(Brighton & Hove News)
"Gloriously intricate lyrics...Hinton's hit the right note again" ****(Fringe Guru)
“Outstanding” (Fringe Review)

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 4:10pm
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.

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
BHOOMA: Helen Anahita Wilson Golden Girl Records

Critically-acclaimed pianist and composer, Helen Anahita Wilson, returns to the Fringe to perform her debut solo album, BHOOMA. This transcendental, multi-sensory concert showcases her unique collection of Asian-inspired music in a very special and specifically-created musical performance space.

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

3:00pm to 3:40pm
Into the Hole Things Fall Art

In this performance installation inspired by Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi, visitors are immersed in a satirical world of abusive borders, power and greed. Designed and devised by three emerging practitioners from the MFA Scenography at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, this multimedia event combines diapers, slang and tiaras.

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
The Poetry of Planes HeartsArts

Flip bottles and fly paper planes as Kay Walton takes you on an interactive and fun, science-inspired poetic journey for 7-13 year olds inside the fabulous Brighton Toy and Model Museum. Cold, hard facts side by side with red-hot concepts with only poetry for insulation. See creative poetry animations made by Brighton University students for primary school Rap’n’Rhyme poets and bring your own science rap/rhyme to share/perform if you would like to be a Spoken Science Star (optional).

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Jack Harris and Rajiv Karia: The Squeeze Horace Productions

Squeeze in with two talented up-and-coming comedians. A teacher by trade, Jack (Amused Moose finalist 2018), “Funny bones” (Chortle) tells you how to deal with everything a classroom can throw at you. Difficult questions. Problem pupils. Chairs. Rajiv, “The gem of the night” (Intermission Bristol), delivers subversive takes on the day-to-day world. From conspiracy theories to the confusing worlds of hipsters and vegans, or even just life as a slacker in his twenties, Rajiv has a fresh perspective on it. Join them for an hour of subversive stand-up, gleeful gags and of course, teacher training.

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).

3:15pm 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 4:10pm
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 4:20pm
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.

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 4:30pm
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 4:25pm
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
Daniel Muggleton: Nothing Personal Get Comedy Ltd

Daniel Muggleton is an Australian stand-up comedian. He's performed around the world and supported Alex Williamson, Steve Hofstetter and Neel Kolhatkar on tour. This is a new show that contains opinions that will (probably) be considered offensive in 10 years, at the moment though, they're bang on. If you disagree: sorry, nothing personal.

Daniel's debut album 'Let Me Finish' was released in 2017, with the follow up 'Let's Never Hang Out' released in January 2018 - both by US producers Comedy Dynamics; Daniel is the first Australian comedian they have distributed.

4:00pm to 5:00pm
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.

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)

4:00pm to 4:40pm
Into the Hole Things Fall Art

In this performance installation inspired by Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi, visitors are immersed in a satirical world of abusive borders, power and greed. Designed and devised by three emerging practitioners from the MFA Scenography at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, this multimedia event combines diapers, slang and tiaras.

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)

4:15pm to 5:15pm
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)

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
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 5:20pm
Nick Elleray: Big Nick Energy (Work in Progress) Nick Elleray

Nick Elleray, "quality downbeat comedy" (Chortle), is known for his dry, bleak musings on the dark and squalid aspects of life. But the times we live in are too grim, so he's trying a new approach and looking for joy wherever he can find it.

Can a miserable old leopard change his washed-out spots? Probably not. But it'll be fun to watch him try.

"Brilliant, astute observational comedy about middle-aged life" (Adam Bloom).
"A fine variety of cracking good jokes" (ThreeWeeks).
"Time and money spent on Nick Elleray is time and money well spent. He’s great" (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine).

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 5:20pm
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.

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 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 5:20pm
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

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
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
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 6:15pm
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.

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 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 7:00pm
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.

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 5:40pm
Into the Hole Things Fall Art

In this performance installation inspired by Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi, visitors are immersed in a satirical world of abusive borders, power and greed. Designed and devised by three emerging practitioners from the MFA Scenography at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, this multimedia event combines diapers, slang and tiaras.

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 6:25pm
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.

5:30pm 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.

6:00pm to 6:40pm
Into the Hole Things Fall Art

In this performance installation inspired by Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi, visitors are immersed in a satirical world of abusive borders, power and greed. Designed and devised by three emerging practitioners from the MFA Scenography at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, this multimedia event combines diapers, slang and tiaras.

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 7:45pm
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!

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Alex Kealy: Forge Alex Kealy

After last year's "storming show" (The Sunday Times), political comedian and "rising star of the British stand-up scene" (The List) Alex Kealy presents a new hour of comedy about changing your mind. At least, that's what he thinks when writing this in December.

“This is clever comedy... you come out feeling like you’ve done yourself some internal damage from laughing so much.” **** (Short Com)
“Hilarious... fresh, insightful, and original... a great hour of cerebral stand-up” **** (Fringe Guru)
“This is intelligent, informative, funny stuff from an important voice” (ThreeWeeks)

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 6:45pm
WATCHING, Ceci n'est pas de Deux Ester Natzijl Projects

"Dutch Season Stand-out Show" (The Argus) returns to Brighton Fringe. Another chance to experience a mesmerising mix of puppetry, theatre and dance, carving a tender, entrancing performance of horror and humour, with an animated and sometimes extremely evil avatar.

South East Dance Award 2018 Shortlisted Show.
"Redefines theatre and dance" ***** (Reviews Hub).

For more information, please visit www.esternatzijl.com

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
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
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
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 7:25pm
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.

6:30pm to 7:20pm
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

6:30pm to 7:30pm
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

6:30pm to 8:00pm
Bright City Nights St Peter's Brighton

An immersive evening of art, music and encounter in one of Brighton's most iconic buildings. The night is led by Bright City, a family of musicians, dancers, producers, visual artists and actors from across the city.

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 7:30pm
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
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.

6:30pm to 8:10pm
Those Magnificent Men The Foundry Group

I saw a production of this witty script way back in 2011, and can attest to its flurry of sneaky one-liners and isolated moments of outright silliness. But the story it's telling is a thoughtful one: tackling professionalism and friendship, competition and goodwill, celebrity and reality – and the liberties writers sometimes take when they appropriate another person’s life story and good name. This Fringe-scale production features the playwright, and the reports I've heard suggest it's filled with lo-fi charm.

100 years ago, British aviation heroes Alcock and Brown flew non-stop over the Atlantic into history. Their amazing story, told in Mitchell and Nixon's hit comedy, comes to the Fringe in this much-loved production by Argus Angel winners The Foundry Group. Starring David Mounfield ('Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show' - Radio 4) and Brian Mitchell (The Ornate Johnsons, BBC Radio 4) who endeavour to tell the epic tale with just cardboard, two stools and some left-over props .

"Wonderfully entertaining - the makings of a West End hit." (The Times)
"Spiffing perfection" (The Telegraph)

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 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 7:40pm
Into the Hole Things Fall Art

In this performance installation inspired by Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi, visitors are immersed in a satirical world of abusive borders, power and greed. Designed and devised by three emerging practitioners from the MFA Scenography at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, this multimedia event combines diapers, slang and tiaras.

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
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 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 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).

7:15pm 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.

7:25pm to 9:15pm
Virginia Woolf's Orlando adapted by Sarah Ruhl Marvellous Machine Theatre Company

“I’m sick to death of this particular self. I want another.”

Orlando: poet, lover, adventurer. After an encounter with a traveller woman, Orlando is transformed forever. With live music, comedy and movement, join us in a joyful queer romp through history as we travel from the court of Queen Elizabeth I to 20th Century London, via Constantinople and the high seas.

“A masterful adaptation... a splendid piece of theatre” (Daily Info)

"Witty, inspiring, moving, musically smashing. I'm uplifted by the whole experience - buzzing in fact!" (audience)

7:30pm to 1:30am
SKREW LOOSE BOOKING FRINGE SHOWCASES Skrew Loose Booking

Skrew Loose Booking is a Brighton based live music company focused on showcasing upcoming and established talent from Brighton and further afield. Previously running events with Brighton Fringe 18, Brighton Festival and The Great Escape Festival; Skrew Loose will once again be showcasing top shelf Folk, Rock and Indie acts as part of this year's Brighton Fringe 2019.

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 8:25pm
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).

7:30pm to 8:30pm
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).

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Jack Cray: The Fittest Guy on the Street Jack Cray

"Everyone is allowed to lose their minds JUST ONCE, and it's okay"

I've learnt first hand that our brains are insanely powerful. Their complexities are magical, but what happens when it all goes wrong?

Come and join me for a meander through my life living with epilepsy; the Ancient Greeks, fruit and veg aisles and an overly keen actor join me on this adventure. Losing your mind is tough, so any ounce of humour that can be taken from it should be savoured and enjoyed!

Feel free to bring bananas. Those found to be in possession of coconut will be swiftly ejected.

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.

7:45pm to 8:45pm
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.

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
APAPAlypse Now: Childproofing for the End of Days JB Carter/Philip Alexander

JB Carter, American, Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year 2017 finalist, shortlisted for BBC New Comedy Award 2018, as heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra, and Northern Irishman, Philip Alexander, have brought children into this world. Now? Really? Couldn’t they have picked a better time?

Should they start digging bunkers, or just switch off their newsfeeds, put down their medical journals and get busy being papas?

Two comedians, half an hour each to make the apocalypse as child-friendly as possible.

8:00pm to 8:40pm
Into the Hole Things Fall Art

In this performance installation inspired by Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi, visitors are immersed in a satirical world of abusive borders, power and greed. Designed and devised by three emerging practitioners from the MFA Scenography at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, this multimedia event combines diapers, slang and tiaras.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
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

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.

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

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

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

8:00pm to 9:00pm
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 8:55pm
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).

8:15pm to 9:15pm
ADHDave On The Edge Comedy

Join acclaimed local comic Dave Fensome on a darkly comic journey through his life, re-framed through an ADHD diagnosis aged 42. Touching on relationships, mental health, career choices and ageing, this is above all a very funny show as Dave re-evaluates everything and looks to the future. He also takes aim at all those who have wronged him, and proudly shouts "I told you so!" To be honest, this was not the mid-life crisis he was expecting! It's been said that Dave Fensome has a unique comic mind. If you don't believe him, you can ask his doctor.

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 9:40pm
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.

8:30pm to 9:30pm
Keith Farnan: Things Fall Apart Sukie Productions

Irish comedian Keith Farnan (Michael Mcintyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Showtime’s Live from Amsterdam) brings us a stand-up show that celebrates failure and loss and incompetence and bad luck and how all these things make the world a better place.

“Brilliant, thought-provoking and laugh out loud funny” (Time Out)

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
Cressida Wetton: Crewless, a Work in Progress Cressida Wetton

Cress wouldn’t wish her rented bedsit on anyone, narrowboats always looked so romantic and she’s ready for an off-grid adventure!

Join her as she develops a stand-up comedy show about turning a narrowboat into a home, adapting to a new rustic way of life and still making it into the office every morning!

"Captivating presence, great response" (The Stand)
"Cressida Wetton is original, charming and very funny! (Dave Thompson)
Funny Women New Act Competition 2018 Regional Finalist
BBC New Comedy Award 2017 Heat runner up
So You Think You’re Funny 2015 Semi finalist

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Michael Fabbri: Rebooted Michael Fabbri

This Brighton local gigs across the UK and all over the world, but can't resist the yearly pull of performing a new show just a gentle stroll from his front door.

“Exceptionally funny, extremely sharp, hugely enjoyable” (The Scotsman).
“Startlingly insightful” (The Guardian).

9:00pm to 9:40pm
Into the Hole Things Fall Art

In this performance installation inspired by Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi, visitors are immersed in a satirical world of abusive borders, power and greed. Designed and devised by three emerging practitioners from the MFA Scenography at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, this multimedia event combines diapers, slang and tiaras.

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).

9:00pm to 10:00pm
John Robertson: The Dark Room Austin Talent

Deeply surreal and perennially popular, The Dark Room is lo-fi game show – whose malevolent host seems inspired by a mix of Chris Tarrant and Brian Blessed. Over the course of the hour, volunteers embark on a multiple-choice quest to escape the titular Dark Room, directed and often hindered by a “disembodied head” on the stage. Host John Robertson plays off the audience, infusing his often-insulting patter with enough wit and energy to divert any possible offence. A profoundly strange, but surprisingly compulsive show.

"Watching audiences attempt to tackle the challenge and fail is one of the funniest sights around, don’t miss it" (Daily Telegraph)

YOU AWAKE TO FIND YOURSELF IN A DARK ROOM! The audience is trapped in a retro video game with the merciless overlord of improv, John Robertson - escape and win £1000... but fail, and be brutally murdered by the rest of the crowd!

Will you: a) Find the light switch? b) Go North? Abandon hope?
Winner Argus Angel Award 2014
"Not to be Missed" (The Guardian)
"You must see this show" ***** (British Comedy Guide)
"Genuinely, irresistibly dangerous" **** (The Stage)

9:15pm to 10:15pm
Andrew Steiner: Life is Weird The Caxton Arms

Andrew Steiner has French-kissed trees, studied under a Zen Master in Japan and trained kick-boxing in Thailand. With a heady mixture of precision jokes, juicy details and improvised lyrical prose he makes audiences feel like they're tripping right along with him. Also, he's a Jew from New York; the title is accurate.

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.

9:15pm to 11:15pm
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.

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Meryl O'Rourke : Vanilla Meryl & R.E. O'Rourke & Laughing Horse Festivals

New show from stand up and BBC’s New World Order writer. In her youth, Meryl was called all sorts of fruity names and revelled in what she considered terribly bad behaviour. This side of the millennium it seems that behaviour would be considered quaint. With her daughter tobogganing into puberty and the menopause coursing through her veins, Meryl questions what her kids are being sold, while wanting to buy a bag for herself. A show about not being who everyone thinks you are, and wishing possibly you were.

***** (British Comedy Guide).
***** (New Current).
'Pick of the Week' (The Times).

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 10:20pm
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 10:30pm
Cinebra: Glenda & Rita Cinebra

Award-winning comedy duo, the makers of 'adorkable' Sophie and Megan in 'A History of Horror', return with their latest addition to the Cinebra anthology with another "cleverly written" and "magically performed" original show.

Glenda and Rita are two actresses from the golden era of cinema, immortalised in black and white and struggling to find work in this brutal, unforgiving technicolor world. From 'Knowing your Onions' to 'The Professional Blues', Glenda and Rita will take you on a monochrome journey from their Hollywood hey-day to their miserable flat in Lancing.

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
What Doesn't Kill You [blah blah] Stronger Holland St Productions

A river guide gets swallowed by a hippopotamus and survives. A British stewardess makes it through not one, not two, but three shipwrecks, including the maiden voyage of the ill-fated Titanic. An Alabama housewife gets hit by a meteorite and lives to tell the tale!

These true stories and more make up 'What Doesn't Kill You [blah blah] Stronger'; a love letter to misfortune, and a tribute to those unlucky (or lucky?) souls who managed to escape it. A unique and hilarious experience not to be missed.

Winner: Martin Sims Award Fringe World 2018
Winner: The West Australian Arts Editor Award 2018

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 11:30pm
La Luna Kriya Arts

A ritualistic celebration of each moon phase throughout the marvellous month of May. The dark moon welcomes in the festival, setting our intentions for the month ahead. With the waxing moon we'll builds these dreams, reaching juicy fruition at the full moon. And then... With the waning moon... We will reflect. Each is a stand alone ceremony or you could come to all four.

10:30pm to 11:15pm
Stylophone Wonderland Plus Stylophobia

Finalist of London's Old Comedian of the Year 2018 and successful 'Britain's Got Talent' nominee, Stylophone Maestro Stylophobia puts on a post-apocalyptic rock and pop festival for the survivors of the aforesaid Apocalypse featuring the only instruments left: three Stylophones and a guitar, plus some strange pictures, animals and objects found in the rubble. Moderately Mad Max capers.

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.