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10:00am to 8:00pm
Children's Area: The Den Otherplace Productions

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

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

10:00am to 12:00pm
Woodland Tribe Woodland Tribe

Help create a unique adventure playground! Over the course of Brighton Fringe, children and adults of all ages can use hammers, nails, saws, rope and a huge quantity of wood to co-create the play space of their dreams! Evening sessions include a free drink in the ticket price.

Build a den, help construct the play castle, or make something small to take home. Each session of two hours is a dynamic mix of design and build. There is a maximum of 30 places per session so book early!

10:00am to 5:00pm
Folklore, Magic and Mysteries: Modern Witchcraft and Folk Culture in Britain Doreen Valiente Foundation

A unique display of magical artefacts! In 2013 Doreen Valiente made history by
being the first witch to be honoured with a blue plaque on her Brighton
home and this is the first time her tools have gone on display. Including
items from Druidry, Heathenry and British Folklore, this exhibition is
free with entrance to Preston Manor. Attend real pagan rites in the walled
garden at Preston Manor during Fringe! Watch this site for tickets to
these family-friendly events - walk away with a real spell

12:00pm to 2:00pm
Woodland Tribe Woodland Tribe

Help create a unique adventure playground! Over the course of Brighton Fringe, children and adults of all ages can use hammers, nails, saws, rope and a huge quantity of wood to co-create the play space of their dreams! Evening sessions include a free drink in the ticket price.

Build a den, help construct the play castle, or make something small to take home. Each session of two hours is a dynamic mix of design and build. There is a maximum of 30 places per session so book early!

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

A Musical Mash Up: West End and Broadway in under 50 minutes. A different show each week.

1:00pm to 2:00pm
CLUE ROOM GAME - Lady Chastity's Reserve Handmade Mysteries Ltd

Looking for something totally different?
Get down to Lady Chastity’s Reserve at the Black Lion Pub. This immersive experience challenges you and friends with an hour of hilarious clue solving as you attempt to win Chastity's fabled aphrodisiac wine.

Described as 'The Crystal Maze on crystal meth', this team game (for 2-6 players).
Will you solve the clues in time to discover the fabled wine?
Win and wet your whistle, or lose and wet your pants.

1:00pm to 1:35pm
BackStories Beautiful Confusion Collective

A bar stool. An office chair. An apartment. Muscle memory and tension, present and past.
Physical theatre meets contemporary dance in a solo performance viewed from behind.
Beautiful Confusion Collective’s BackStories invites you to consider what you hide behind you and what you reveal when you walk away.
“Fitfully mysterious magic” (Keith Watson, Resolution! 2015 review).
“A virtuosic interplay of muscular tension and release” (Viktor Cech, A2, Prague).

1:15pm to 2:10pm
Jazz for Lunch: Julie Roberts and Michael Hinton Julie Roberts and Michael Hinton

Jazz for Lunch - Julie Roberts and Michael Hinton.
Enjoy Julie’s mellow voice and Michael’s superb accompaniment on grand piano in a relaxed programme of jazz and Latin standards.
Julie is a sophisticated interpreter of songs who has worked with many great musicians over the past ten years. Working with Michael is an exciting collaboration for Julie which audiences are responding to with great enthusiasm. Read more on Julie’s website: www.julierobertsmusic.co.uk

2:00pm to 2:50pm
Curses A&O Physical Theatre

A series of curses. But what does it mean to submit? What is gained, or lost, in resistance? And who is responsible for the infliction in the first place? A physical-visual-textual mashup, ‘Curses’ explores how we respond to the everyday and extraordinary burdens we find ourselves lumbered with.
This exciting new collaboration between choreographer Fabrizio Amanajas and dramaturg Will Osmond promises to be funny, moving and thought-provoking in equal measure

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

The Clifton Hill and Montpelier area is a charming, inner-city architectural gem that is the essence of Brighton style. This walk takes in the geography, architecture and social history of the area.

2:00pm to 2:20pm
The Thermos Museum The Thermos Museum

1 star I hadn’t known quite what to expect from this half-hour promenade show.  It’s listed as a comedy, is clearly themed on vacuum flasks – and according to the blurb on the Brighton Fringe website, involves “twelve suitcases [which] unfold to reveal numerous astonishing displays”.  Hmm.  That’s not quite what actually happens. Read the full review.

The Thermos Museum is a comedic but edifying experience. Twelve suitcases
unfold to reveal numerous astonishing displays. However, the public are
not free to reign; visitors are escorted around the museum by a mysterious
and disenchanted tour guide. Digression seems to rule over flask
information. Truths are blurred. The exhibits are presented in themed
tableaux, such as 'Thermos at War' (featuring audio-visual effects), and
the uniquely educational 'Flasks of the World'.

2:20pm to 3:20pm
CLUE ROOM GAME - Lady Chastity's Reserve Handmade Mysteries Ltd

Looking for something totally different?
Get down to Lady Chastity’s Reserve at the Black Lion Pub. This immersive experience challenges you and friends with an hour of hilarious clue solving as you attempt to win Chastity's fabled aphrodisiac wine.

Described as 'The Crystal Maze on crystal meth', this team game (for 2-6 players).
Will you solve the clues in time to discover the fabled wine?
Win and wet your whistle, or lose and wet your pants.

2:30pm to 3:25pm
Learn to Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

Feeling inspired after watching 'The Great Pottery Throw Down'?

Experience the magical sensation that is making a pot on the potter's wheel. Our studio assistants will show you how and guide you through making your own pot!

Leave your pot to be glazed and fired. Collect it three weeks later or have it posted to you.

Children MUST be 8yrs+.

2:45pm to 3:50pm
Boy Stroke Girl Golden Age Theatre Company

3 stars It starts with a meeting in a coffee shop: a shared table, the discovery of shared interests, swapped phone numbers and a nervous first date.  It’s an everyday story of the uncertain path to love – following the likeable Peter, as he courts a potential partner known only as Blue.  And like all burgeoning relationships, this one has its secrets… but it’s a larger secret than most.  For Blue is androgynous, and won’t tell Peter whether they’re actually a boy or a girl. Read the full review.

Can you fall in love with someone without knowing their gender?

Peter finds out when he falls for the sexually ambiguous ‘Blue’.

Their relationship poses a challenge to Peter’s identity, forcing him to face some difficult questions: To what extent do we all conform to narrow culturally defined stereotypes, to label and to pigeon-hole ourselves? Are these labels a form of straight jacket, by adapting to them do we compromise our true nature and can we defy the ultimate label of gender?

3:00pm to 3:20pm
The Thermos Museum The Thermos Museum

1 star I hadn’t known quite what to expect from this half-hour promenade show.  It’s listed as a comedy, is clearly themed on vacuum flasks – and according to the blurb on the Brighton Fringe website, involves “twelve suitcases [which] unfold to reveal numerous astonishing displays”.  Hmm.  That’s not quite what actually happens. Read the full review.

The Thermos Museum is a comedic but edifying experience. Twelve suitcases
unfold to reveal numerous astonishing displays. However, the public are
not free to reign; visitors are escorted around the museum by a mysterious
and disenchanted tour guide. Digression seems to rule over flask
information. Truths are blurred. The exhibits are presented in themed
tableaux, such as 'Thermos at War' (featuring audio-visual effects), and
the uniquely educational 'Flasks of the World'.

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Woodland Tribe Woodland Tribe

Help create a unique adventure playground! Over the course of Brighton Fringe, children and adults of all ages can use hammers, nails, saws, rope and a huge quantity of wood to co-create the play space of their dreams! Evening sessions include a free drink in the ticket price.

Build a den, help construct the play castle, or make something small to take home. Each session of two hours is a dynamic mix of design and build. There is a maximum of 30 places per session so book early!

3:30pm to 4:25pm
Learn to Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

Feeling inspired after watching 'The Great Pottery Throw Down'?

Experience the magical sensation that is making a pot on the potter's wheel. Our studio assistants will show you how and guide you through making your own pot!

Leave your pot to be glazed and fired. Collect it three weeks later or have it posted to you.

Children MUST be 8yrs+.

3:40pm to 4:40pm
CLUE ROOM GAME - Lady Chastity's Reserve Handmade Mysteries Ltd

Looking for something totally different?
Get down to Lady Chastity’s Reserve at the Black Lion Pub. This immersive experience challenges you and friends with an hour of hilarious clue solving as you attempt to win Chastity's fabled aphrodisiac wine.

Described as 'The Crystal Maze on crystal meth', this team game (for 2-6 players).
Will you solve the clues in time to discover the fabled wine?
Win and wet your whistle, or lose and wet your pants.

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Kemp Duo Play Piano Duet Favourites MOOT - music of our time

Beautiful relaxing music for piano duets by Bach, Mozart and Schubert. Plus Ravel's 'Mother Goose Suite', short pieces by Poulenc and Stravinsky and one or two surprises performed by exciting duo Zhanna Kemp and Norman Jacobs on St Nicholas Church's new Steinway grand piano. Music for all the family!

Crossing Boundaries: Music at the Edge series event

4:00pm to 5:00pm
The Brighton Killers 368 Theatre Company

Four of Brighton's most notorious killers tell you their true-life stories in the police cells below the town hall in a new play written by the award-winning Nigel Fairs. This is a chilling tour you will never forget!

4:00pm to 5:00pm
The Biggest Marionette Circus in the World Part II Klinika Lalek

It’s the marionettes themselves which are huge, in this bizarre but loveable puppet show – back for a second year in the garden of the Warren.  The elephant, giraffe and (genuinely quite scary) lion are billed as life-sized, and having seen them in action at Fringe 2015, we wouldn’t dispute that claim.  It was all a bit bonkers last time – and a few of the details seemed to get lost in translation from the company’s native Polish – but for sheer bravura spectacle, this one towers over all competition.

The return of Brighton Fringe 2015’s biggest hit. Life-sized elephant, giraffe and lion marionettes come to The Warren! The animals will greet you outside and lead you in to enjoy a breath-taking puppetry show to delight all ages.

4:00pm to 7:00pm
Streamline Taxis: A Social History Streamline Taxis

A social history of Brighton and Hove's largest taxi company, formed by a group of drivers in 1936 using a brand new concept which changed the taxi industry all over England, spreading from Brighton and Hove to Portsmouth, Bristol, Nottingham and as far as Harrogate.

Come and meet some of the drivers from the past in images and voice.

4:30pm to 5:25pm
Learn to Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

Feeling inspired after watching 'The Great Pottery Throw Down'?

Experience the magical sensation that is making a pot on the potter's wheel. Our studio assistants will show you how and guide you through making your own pot!

Leave your pot to be glazed and fired. Collect it three weeks later or have it posted to you.

Children MUST be 8yrs+.

4:30pm to 5:25pm
Shakespeare's Avengers Assembleth: Age of Oberon Drake's Drummers Theatre Company

This is a “bold” choice because it mashes up Bardic prose with Marvel’s Avengers – and such a thing clearly won’t be everyone’s cup of tea.  But at the Edinburgh Fringe last year, our resident Shakespeare geek was thoroughly won over by this irreverent, endearing romp, which combines side-splitting humour with a genuine sensitivity for the most respected plays in the English canon.  It’s corny, silly and utterly hilarious, and a thoroughly unexpected treat for fun-loving Shakespeare fans.

Ever wondered what would happen if Shakespeare was kidnapped by a crazed fairy king in an enchanted forest? Well, wonder no more. Shakespeare's greatest characters must band together in a new-look avengers roster. With the fate of the Bard and his mystical infinity quill in the balance, can Shakespeare's heroes put aside their differences and save their creator from the evil machinations of Oberon, Lord of Midsummer? **** (Broadway Baby); **** (Fringe Guru)

4:45pm to 5:55pm
Aphrodite in Flippers bold & saucy theatre company

3 stars The stage is set for the arrival of Georgie (Georgina Roberts), whose fortieth birthday is today. Her best friends Vicki (Vicki Manderson) and Sarah (Sarah Goddard) are determined that Georgie will celebrate with them… but she has other ideas. For her, this big birthday equals a mid-life crisis, the planting of a large seed of doubt about whether there is any point to life from here on. After all, she argues, dreams that haven't yet been fulfilled will probably now never happen. Read the full review.

Today is Georgie’s 40th birthday, her friends spy something strange lodged in her ear. Its discovery propels the three women on a surreal, darkly comic journey through their (extra)ordinary world.
This is a world premiere by bold & saucy for people who don’t always do as they’re told.

“The company is superb” (Time Out )

Audiences on our work:
“Bizarre, exciting. Very imaginative. Unexpected."
“Brilliant – both in its concept and execution.”
“Loved the unexpectedness of it."

5:00pm to 6:30pm
Geoffrey Mead's London Road Tour Geoffrey Mead

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

London Road is a rapidly changing area, rich in historical detail. This tour looks at past and present landscapes around the area.

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Runts Hungry Wolf Visionary Youth Theatre

4 stars Youth theatre can often feel a little too earnest, a little too zealous – but from the first minute, the Hungry Wolf company proved beyond doubt that they were the exception to that rule. This is a group of extremely talented and versatile performers, who’ve created an engaging and absorbing piece of theatre. Read the full review.

Award-winning writer, Izzy Tennyson’s brutal reality check - conflict and violence at a provincial state all-girls school. Fresh new writing, visceral, uncompromising and shocking. A shot in the arm for Fringe theatre. "Game changer" (The New Current); "Theatre at it's best" (British Theatre Guide). Directed by Juliet Knight ('White Boy', Soho Theatre, National Youth Theatre).

5:00pm to 5:55pm
Altered Minds, Altered Realities Augustus Stevens

“Heart thumping... pulse racing... each breath an effort... ”

In a touching, funny, heart-warming story, Augustus plays six extraordinary people who get on with life in a world that does not understand them. They may be living in altered realities but they are just as human as you and me.

As seen on BBC1.

5:00pm to 5:30pm
Brazil: Encounter of Cultures Maracatu Cruzeiro do Sul

Brighton-based percussion and dance group, Maracatu Cruzeiro do Sul, brings you a colourful and exciting array of dances and sounds from the North East of Brazil with a British touch.

5:20pm to 6:05pm
Distortion Little Red Chair Theatre Company

'Distortion' switches rapidly from reality to memory, taking you through a young girl's history to allow you to decide what really happened to little 9-year-old Alma.

A story of both the abuser/ abused, showing the cognitive distortions which underlie sexual offending and the resulting trauma caused to a victim.

Combining emotive text, abstract dance and video footage, Distortion lets your imagination run wild but brings you back to reality when it hurts the most.

5:40pm to 6:30pm
Derek Ryan: The Slaughterhouse Rules Derek Ryan

Dying is easy... Irish comedian Derek Ryan has a respectable amount of near-death experience. He spent years employed in abattoirs and graveyards. He’s past the half-way mark, despite several near misses, so he’s pretty much more dead than alive. And he’s from a country obsessed with the subject. In this, his third solo show, he presents his own light-hearted take on the one show to which we're all invited: the Big D. It's much, much cheerier than it sounds.

6:00pm to 7:10pm
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Oliver Taheri Productions

3 stars Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is a highly personal, autobiographical show – standing somewhere in the middle ground between theatre, comedy and reportage. Alone on the stage, but conjuring a range of characters to illustrate her tale, Rebecca Crookshank tells the story of her younger life: how she came from a military family, joined the Royal Air Force at the age of 17, and quickly built a promising career as a radar controller. Yet she chose to leave the Forces, and she’s an actor now. The difficult story of how she got from there to here is surely the motivation for this challenging show. Read the full review.

"Happy birthday Crookshank, how ‘bout a cup of SUCK IT THE F**K UP!?"

With over 5 million views on Channel 4 News and fresh from a five star run at Edinburgh Fringe.

Based on the true story of ex-Airwoman Crookshank’s time serving in the R.A.F. Charting her journey from basic training to the Falkland Islands. A heart-warming tale of courage and survival.

Best New Play, Best New Production, Best Actress and Best Director - Broadway World Award nominations.

Warning: Contains Penguins.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Brighton's Singing Barber Peter Joannou Brighton's Window - Brighton's Singing Barber

Brighton's Singing Barber Peter Joannou will be entertaining you from his upstairs window in The Lanes with his show 'Next Please!"Specialising in The Great American Songbook.Out now, his new song 'ILLUSION' available on iTunes. Event donations go to Cancer Research UK.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Normally Abnormal Laughing Horse

Award-winning stand-up Dave Chawner takes an hilarious look at identity, recovery and life after eating disorders.

"Makes you laugh as well as think" (BroadwayBaby.com )

"Sharp, insightful, touching, but above all really, really funny" (ThreeWeeks)

"A capable comic who is able to hold a room'' (The List)

"Enables an audience to let their guard down and be receptive to ideas they perhaps hadn't thought about." (The Skinny)

As seen on BBC, ITV and Channel 4.

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Woodland Tribe Woodland Tribe

Help create a unique adventure playground! Over the course of Brighton Fringe, children and adults of all ages can use hammers, nails, saws, rope and a huge quantity of wood to co-create the play space of their dreams! Evening sessions include a free drink in the ticket price.

Build a den, help construct the play castle, or make something small to take home. Each session of two hours is a dynamic mix of design and build. There is a maximum of 30 places per session so book early!

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Traditional African Acrobatics Fanti Acrobats International

Fanti Acrobats Int. from Ghana, West African is a group that promotes African culture and acrobatics. This group has toured intensively within the country and various parts of African countries, Asia and Europe, including the UK. The group has won many awards and has been credited with many records.
Come watch the hottest and unique African traditional acrobatics and cultural dance, contortion, lowest limbo in the world, pan-spinning, fire-breathing, a man in a bowl and more.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
The Six-Five Special ElAl Productions

Alan Felton and Tim Roycroft will give an insight into Skiffle, a form of entertainment influenced by American and British folk and jazz music that encouraged do-it-yourself music in the young, and the growth of Rock 'n' Roll. The title of this entertainment is one of the first big Skiffle hits and the first TV programme on the BBC in 1957. This programme was specially for the youth of Britain, giving publicity to, and opportunities for, new and established groups.

6:00pm to 7:10pm
Worst Case Scenario WCS

An expert juggler, an acrobat and dancer, a musician and inventor, and a brave warrioress present an archive of 23 thoughts about conflict, collected over a single year. Everything you see on stage is real.

The show brings an unique point of view of personal and daily conflicts while dealing with bigger issues that emerge from living in the Middle East.

'Worst Case Scenario' premiered in Acco Fringe Festival 2015 in Israel, winning 3 awards.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
In Conversation with an Acid Bath Murderer 368 Theatre Company

5 stars Before I saw this mesmerising play, I’d only vaguely heard of John George Haigh – the 1940’s serial killer who dissolved his victims’ bodies in acid, in the mistaken belief that destroying the corpse would preclude a charge of murder.  This well-travelled production, which returns to Brighton Fringe after an absence of five years, certainly fills in the details of the notorious real-life tale.  But it’s more than a documentary: it’s an engaging character study, and despite its hideous subject matter it proves deceptively watchable, too. Read the full review.

Join John George Haigh in his cell, the night before he is hanged in 1949. Written by Nigel Fairs and directed by Louise Jameson, this terrifying true story won an Argus Angel Award in 2011. "A fascinating journey through the killer's mind" (Eastern Daily Press).

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Chick Ass Comedy Laugh Train Home

London's 'Laugh Train Home' host Robyn Perkins **** (ThreeWeeks), (English Comedian of the Year Finalist), Sarah Iles, (Comedy Network Award winner) and Ria Lina (***** Mumble Comedy), "fearless, provocative and very funny" (Scotsman) are joined by their favourite award-winning comics for an hour of stand-up, comedic storytelling, and musical comedy.

6:30pm to 7:25pm
Andrea Hubert: Some work. Some progress Faceless Productions

When you see the joy on a small child's face as he's about to press the button to call the lift, you realise that your adult life will never offer you that same level of joy ever again -unless, of course, you press it for him. Join Andrea Hubert (BAFTA Rocliffe Comedy Writing winner 2013) as she muses on the pros of antidepressants, the cons of girls schools, and why it's totally alright that life is meaningless.

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Garden How Small. How Far.

This entertaining, visually-rich show was shortlisted for an award in Edinburgh last year, and should transplant equally successfully to Brighton.  A one-woman play, it’s a story of disconnection with the modern world and of tender love for a pot plant.  It tackles some serious themes – loneliness, isolation, possibly mental illness – but it’s most memorable for the playful tricks concealed around its set, which see an office and a flat slowly transform into the garden of the title.

At Insignia Asset Management, Lucy is in charge of the photocopier, printer, scanner, shredder & binder. She’s the only person in the office who knows how to clear a paper jam. But how does this fit into The Grand Scheme of Things? One day she rescues the office pot plant & life alters. In her flat, 24 floors up, she begins to cultivate her own personal wilderness. Shortlisted for the Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence 2015 at Edinburgh Fringe. "Quietly revolutionary” **** (The Scotsman)

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Confessions of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl Rebecca Perry Productions

The Redheaded Coffee Shop Girl is the creation of actor Rebecca Perry, who scored five stars from us for this production at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe.  Making an adventure out of her alter ego’s mundane work as a barista, she builds hilarious characters from the coffee shop’s outwardly nondescript regulars – thanks to her exuberant performance, and sharp powers of observation.  It’s not a big-budget show, but according to our reviewer last year, it’s one that restores your faith in serendipity.

Anthropology graduate Joanie is stuck working as a barista. Determined to use her vocational skills, she reports on her customers as if she were Jane Goodall, bushwhacking through the jungle to study chimps! Hilarity ensues with jazzy tunes, co-worker showdowns and a romance!

"Impeccable comic timing & faultless delivery" ***** (The Nouse UK)
'Nothing short of stunning *****' (Fringe Guru)
Best Musical 2014(BroadwayWorld.com) Sold out at Toronto, NYC (2014) and Edinburgh (2015) Fringes

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Best Boy Best Boy

Double act Best Boy return to the Brighton Fringe to delight the South coast with an hour of side-splitting sketches. Material heard on BBC Radio 4. “Inspirational flair ... a pleasingly macabre dark side” (Chortle). Finalists of So You Think That’s Funny Best New Sketch Act 2015. Golden Jester semi-finalists 2015.

"Reminds us of Billy Connolly and Blackadder" (Views From The Gods).

6:45pm to 7:35pm
Cream Pie CrossLine Theatre

Physical comedy, object theatre and tacky music reveal the misogyny, oppression, and just plain awful sex seen in mainstream porn today. Featuring verbatim interviews with the porn-consuming public.

Cream Pie explores the impact that internet porn has had on the millennial generation and our understanding of sexual relationships and acts. What is happening to our sex lives now that so much pornographic stimulus is around us? Is porn helping or harming our sexual experiences?

6:45pm to 7:45pm
The Girl Who Fell In Love With The Moon The Human Zoo

"It wasn't a particularly spectacular night, as she sat stargazing in her room... " Join this tattered troupe as Luna's tragic tale unravels for the first time. But why tonight? A Tim Burton-esque patchwork of puppetry, poetry, movement and live music stitched together with The Human Zoo's explosive visual imagination. Award-winning, five-star company. "This is certainly a must-see show." ***** (British Theatre Guide), "Breathlessly inventive and thoroughly entertaining" **** (The List )

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Bromance Barely Methodical Troupe

This three-man modern circus show is back in Brighton, after a successful run last year – and it’s been wowing critics and collecting awards pretty much wherever it’s gone on tour.  Built around the topic of male friendship, the jumps, flips and spins are interspersed with humour and storytelling, performed with plenty of drama and bravado.  Reviewers have praised the group’s chemistry and energy, but also the show’s believable treatment of some gently thought-provoking themes.

Relationships are the heart of Bromance: handshakes become handstands and backslaps become backflips. Audacious and exhilarating, and with a great soundtrack, this is a tour-de-force of cutting edge physical heroics, wittily exploring male companionship and its limits.
Britain’s hottest young acrobats mix their enjoyable personal chemistry and humour with exceptional skills in parkour, B-boying, tricking, hand-to-hand acrobatics and Cyr wheel.
“Astonishing circus skills” (Time Out) ****

7:00pm to 8:00pm
The Cult of Comedy presents... Sameena Zehra

"a smorgasbord of different voices finding the funny in new places... with a feel and tone all of its own" (The Latest)
An eclectic mix of comedians.
A different line-up every night.
Food and drink.
A chilled out room.
An hour of unadulterated fun.
Join the Cult.
Seriously.
Do it.

7:00pm to 8:30pm
Only in Brighton! Only in Brighton

What connects Abba and the Portuguese Revolution? Mount Everest and a supermarket in Hove? A stained wall and the genesis of a worldwide retail brand? What's the story behind a same-sex wedding in 1923? Britain's 'most useless' monarch? And why is my charming Regency property damp and crumbling?
Discover the real spirit of Brighton in a lively, funny and informative quest to uncover what makes this city unique - and a little bit weird.

7:00pm to 9:00pm
The Wedding Reception Interactive Theatre International

5 stars It's the perfect setting for a wedding reception: we're sipping drinks on the patio, as the sun comes down over the immaculately mown county cricket ground. We've all been invited to the 'after do' of the nuptials between Kate and Will… and if you imagine your worst nightmare of a wedding reception going wrong, then you'll have an idea of what to expect from this immersive dinner show. Relatives from hell, catering hiccups and bad dad dancing are just the tip of the iceberg for our unfortunate happy couple. Read the full review.

Will and Kate’s dream is for an intimate wedding, but Kate’s mum has other plans! You are cordially invited to their wedding reception - a 2 hour comedy that’s highly immersive and highly improvised. Featuring award-winning performers, this outstanding new show is "hilarious!" (BN1 Magazine) – and, in true wedding reception style, even includes a sit-down dinner, with cake! Join the party. It’s a roller-coaster journey full of fun, frolics... and more than a few surprises!

7:00pm to 7:50pm
Mercutio Loves Romeo www.popgunproductions.co.uk

The story follows Merc, the new girl at a Brighton nightclub, who finds herself unexpectedly reacquainted with a long lost lover, who only ever knew her as a man. The fulfillment of all her desires are in sight, but are they obtainable? Mercutio Loves Romeo is an immersive theatre play, set in-situ at a Brighton nightclub and the set provides the audience with interactive opportunities.
May 8th ticket inc. Q&A after the show (30mins). June 4th ticket inc. entry to wrap party.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
John Robertson's The Dark Room CatFace Talent

You awake to find yourself in a Dark Room! You, the audience must choose an option: will you A) Find The Light Switch B) Cry For Help c) Go North? Come & play the world's only live-action text based adventure game! It’s a choose your own adventure! Choose it! After 4 million YouTube hits, 10 crowd-surfs, 4 death threats and sell-out shows from Edinburgh Fringe to Australia, the cult hit comes to Brighton! ***** (Fringe Review), ***** (Skinny), *****(ThreeWeeks) "Not to be missed" (The Guardian)

7:00pm to 8:30pm
Bom-Banimals Bom-Bane Family Players

Weave up, down and around around our imaginary menagerie with the Bom-Bane Family Players, as you've never seen or heard them before! Original song, music, automata, puppetry and culinary delight for singles, couples, families, parties, or groups. Performances/food by Jane Bom-Bane, Eliza Skelton, Martin Peters, Kate Daisy Grant/Jo McDonaugh, with puppetry by Raven Kaliana and animart by Tom Walker. Site-specific performances and lunching/dining experience in an award-winning venue.

7:00pm to 8:40pm
The Lady Boys of Bangkok - Forever Yours... x Tour Exchange Events Ltd

The Ladyboys are back with a show like no other show, performed by girls like no other girls

It’s a night of pure escapism, releasing audiences from the humdrum of everyday life in a euphoric bubble of laughter, glamour, glitz and music. With more songs and musical production numbers than you could shake a sequined hip to! this is one cabaret production that is quite simply too good to miss. The show may only last a night but the memories will be Forever Yours..x

7:00pm to 7:50pm
Fardell & Perry: 110% X-treem Total Adrenaline Lamb Comedy Productions

Rich Perry (Chortle Student, and SYTYF finalist) joins Dan Fardell "One of the best new joke writers I've seen in ages" (Romesh Ranganathan) for this brand new show.
No show-offy performance skills here; both just love good jokes.
They have no real agenda, other than making you laugh.
If that suits you, please come along.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Casual Violence: Slow Fade To Bleak Casual Violence! Comedy

Fringe Guru has long been a fan of sketch group Casual Violence, and their skewed, surrealist, dark view of the world.  As our 2010 review put it, their parade of characters bawdy and benighted is certainly grotesque – but it’s also at times strangely affecting, always threatening an unexpected twist of the comic knife.  Often commended for the comic originality of their writing, the troupe here present a show in development, but one that’s already picked up positive write-ups on earlier previews.

Multi-award-winning sketch villains and stars of BBC Radio 4 return to Brighton to “mix 'Game of Thrones', 'The League of Gentlemen' and Roald Dahl, to create dark, twisted and silly skits” (The Sunday Times) in an extremely silly hour of fresh new nightmare comedy.

Expect a big, theatrical blend of menace, monsters, mayhem, written by James Hamilton (staff writer on Cartoon Network’s BAFTA winning ‘The Amazing World of Gumball’) and your expectations will probably be met.

7:00pm to 7:45pm
G Under Two Floorboards

Like 'Waiting for Godot' on speed, this hilarious and moving new show revealing the dramas that transpire when an old TV actress from Hi-De-Hi and a young classical actor get together and stage their own play. Confronting issues of age, gender and prejudice.

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Bourgeois & Maurice Tim Whitehead Management

Following sell-out shows last year, award-winning musical satirists Bourgeois & Maurice are back with a brand new show celebrating and skewering life's absurdities.
"Witheringly sharp and pointedly British’" **** (The Independent)

7:30pm to 9:00pm
Kemp Duo Play Piano Duet Favourites MOOT - music of our time

Beautiful relaxing music for piano duets by Bach, Mozart and Schubert. Plus Ravel's 'Mother Goose Suite', short pieces by Poulenc and Stravinsky and one or two surprises performed by exciting duo Zhanna Kemp and Norman Jacobs on St Nicholas Church's new Steinway grand piano. Music for all the family!

Crossing Boundaries: Music at the Edge series event

7:30pm to 8:20pm
Jacob Hatton: Fantasist Lamb Comedy Productions

"Narnia isn't real. You're not related to 'Puss' from Puss in Boots." Join Jacob for an evening of stand-up and sketches with one very confused man. In collaboration with the Soho Young Theatre Company, and directed by Scott Barnett, catch one of the UK's rising improv comedy stars in his first solo show.

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

Four of Brighton's most notorious killers tell you their true-life stories in the police cells below the town hall in a new play written by the award-winning Nigel Fairs. This is a chilling tour you will never forget!

7:30pm to 10:00pm
Only Fools & 3 Courses Waterfront Hotel

You are invited as Marlene & Boycie's guests at their Gala Dinner. Things, however, don't go quite to plan with Del Boy, Uncle Albert & Rodney on the guest list - not to mention Trigger! A fantastic nights entertainment for all Only Fools fans, with a three course meal included.

7:30pm to 8:40pm
BabbittBabbittBabbittBabbittBabbitt Ashworth & Rattenbury Guitars

Guitars, video, computer music and improvised live art combine in a multi-sensory celebration of Milton Babbitt's centenary. Experience how your musical awareness changes as Babbitt's' Soli e Duettini' is performed five times in different ways. Heard once, this fascinating serialist sound world suggests a richness that is not immediately revealed. Come with open ears and discover how repetition can create sonic magic and take you to surprising places.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Robyn Perkins [is a] Work In Progress Laugh Train Home

Robyn Perkins **** (ThreeWeeks) is the only American to become an English Comedian of the Year Finalist. Her debut show bounces between her father-issues and issues with her fatherland. Laugh along as she explores her family, her country, her 1st boyfriend (at age 34) and what happens when you don't think before you act.
Plus, every day a new guest act. "A likeable, confident American. Witty and sharp." (Chortle) "Sharp, insightful, touching, but above all really, really funny" (ThreeWeeks)

7:30pm to 9:15pm
Glengarry Glen Ross Pretty Villain Productions Ltd

3 stars Though it’s now best-known as a feature film, Glengarry Glen Ross was originally a Pulitzer-Prize-winning stage play.  This new production, from well-regarded local company Pretty Villain, is a faithful treatment of David Mamet’s script – bringing out its themes of dog-eat-dog competition, and of aggressive masculinity untrammelled by humanity.  Set in a real-estate agency somewhere in Chicago, it charts the corrosive effects of a mercenary culture, where everyone’s job is always on the line and salesmen will stop at nothing to gain an edge on their peers. Read the full review.

Prize-winning David Mamet play depicts the actions, ruthlessness and desperation of Chicago estate agents, who engage in unethical, illegal acts, selling undesirable property to hapless prospective buyers, taking bribes and stealing leads. 2014 and 2015 Brighton Fringe award winners.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Break Yourself Ira Brand

Break Yourself is a new piece about the performance of identity and gender. It is about the relationship
between power and desire, the complex landscape of male and female sexual desire, and the desire to be someone else. And Bruce Springsteen.

A risky, dishonest, headfirst, wholehearted, and perhaps slightly desperate attempt to try and be something we have never been before.

7:30pm to 9:00pm
Stories of the Sword: The Second Stab Sussex Sword Academy

So much history, so little time... Stories of the Sword is returning for a
second stab, with characters old and new to take you through the real-life
tales of some more of history's famous duellists. People such as Pirate
Queen Gráinne O'Malley, Prize Fighter James Figg and the unstoppable Lord
Edward Sackville. Using real swordplay, film, narration and live action
their stories will be explored and the inspiration for the Three
Musketeers revealed.

7:30pm to 8:50pm
Chopin Liszt & Rachmaninoff Performed by Julia Wallin St Michael & All Angels Church

Pianist Julia Wallin from the Royal Academy of Music performs a selection of Chopin's Etudes and Nocturnes, Liszt's 2nd Ballade in b minor, Rachmaninoff's Moment Musicaux and Sibelius's Five Pieces Op. 75. Free parking available for this concert. Please contact Adam Leclercq via the church website for details: www.saintmichaelsbrighton.org.

7:30pm to 8:45pm
Secret Innuendos Random Acts Theatre Company

Welcome to The Claremont Hotel, where strangers come and strangers go and some may stay for longer. People you might not be able to forget. Unfortunately. So, will a chance meeting with a stranger over a boiled egg and toasted soldiers lead to a fairy tale ending or a breakfast date with disaster?

7:30pm to 9:30pm
It's Bound to be Right on the Night Actually Gay Men's Chorus

“Actually” Gay Men’s Chorus are celebrating their 10-year anniversary with performances dating back to the very beginning.

After their phenomenal concert with the London Gay Symphony Orchestra at the Brighton Dome in January, come and join them as guests from the past appear through the magic of Dr Who. “It’s Bound to be Alright on the Night!”

#Actually10

7:30pm to 8:15pm
Polly by Seth Jones Lantern Theatre

Benjamin, a down-on-his-luck toymaker, loves his latest creation a little too much. When he created Polly, it was to help and guide children who didn't have the confidence to confide in their parents or guardians, but, after his own personal setbacks, he looks to Polly for advice. But her initial charms turn for the worst. A show about aspirations, dreams and loneliness. Fast-paced, soaked in black comedy and, at times, heart-wrenchingly sad. Reviewers say "twisted & demented and so energetic".

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Tony Roberts Magic Show Monski Mouse Media Company

Spectacular storytelling close-up card magic from this award winning magician, and member of London’s Magic Circle. Tony Roberts’ iconic storytelling style, belies his deft sleight of hand, producing baffling illusions, while charming his audience with laughter. Understated and ingenious, captivating and hilarious. Using a big screen to amplify the action live from the card table watch world-class card mastery unfold before your eyes. Nominated for ‘Best Cabaret’ Award Brighton Fringe 2015.

7:40pm to 8:55pm
Necessity Broken Silence Theatre

3 stars There’s something of the sit-com about the set-up to Necessity: two next-door-neighbour couples, one rich and one poor, whose lives are filled with entertaining domestic disharmony and supressed social ill-grace.  That’s fair enough – it is, on one level, a witty comic play – but as the arresting prologue makes clear, there’s a sharp edge to the storyline, too.  A letter meant for one couple has been mis-delivered to the other, and the secrets it contains cast a long shadow over everyone’s hopes for long-term bliss. Read the full review.

Mish and Patrick have withstood redundancy, career dissatisfaction and the housing market, to settle into the tiny starter home that is their happily ever after.
But a letter arrives creating an impossible decision for the couple, one that forces them to confront the legacies of things left unsaid and what it is they really need.
Necessity is a compelling new play, by writer and director Paul Macauley, about our need to hold onto ideals and what we create in the world when our needs go unmet.

7:45pm to 9:45pm
Broken Glass by Arthur Miller New Venture Theatre

Sylvia Gellburg is stricken by a mysterious paralysis for which her doctor can find no cause. He realises she is obsessed by the news from Germany. It’s 1938. The Kristallnacht. However it’s what he learns of her relationship with her husband that crystallises the two seemingly unrelated situations. This powerful drama holds you from the start.

7:45pm to 9:15pm
East Emporium Theatre

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

'East' is a play of boundless vitality and a roller-coaster invention of
poetic violence and excitement. Centered around a couple of razor-happy,
randy yobs of almost total moral repellence but absolute physical charm,
Berkoff masterminds a totally unique theatrical experience, with language
that sea-saws from the elegance of Shakespearian verse to the downright
shatteringly profane.

7:45pm to 8:45pm
It's Okay, I'm Dealing With It The Hiccup Project

5 stars Physical comedy and dance are stupendous companions when they work – and Chess Dillon-Reams and Cristina MacKerron have the energy and the intelligence to make it work here. Their dance is skilled, their timing is spot-on, and their comedy is, well, hilarious. It’s a fantastic mixture. Read the full review.

Dance-theatre duo The Hiccup Project made an explosive debut last year, with their first-ever show May-We-Go-Round winning a slew of awards from critics – and strong support from audiences, too.  Energetic, comic and refreshingly raw, their work mixed together styles and genres, into a slightly unhinged but thoroughly enjoyable whole.  Let’s hope for more of the same this time round, with a show based on “perfect smiles and stiff upper lips”, painful events and vulnerabilities.

Award winning, dance-theatre duo present their new show; an honest, raw & humorous insight into how we cope with our imperfections and vulnerabilities.
Cristina & Chess both knocked out their front teeth in traumatic accidents. In a culture preoccupied with perfect smiles and keeping a stiff upper lip, how do we deal with painful experiences? We laugh, we cry and we try to distract ourselves.
But don’t worry it’s okay, we’re dealing with it.
“Outstanding” (FringeReview)
www.thehiccupproject.com

7:45pm to 9:15pm
Bom-Banimals Bom-Bane Family Players

Weave up, down and around around our imaginary menagerie with the Bom-Bane Family Players, as you've never seen or heard them before! Original song, music, automata, puppetry and culinary delight for singles, couples, families, parties, or groups. Performances/food by Jane Bom-Bane, Eliza Skelton, Martin Peters, Kate Daisy Grant/Jo McDonaugh, with puppetry by Raven Kaliana and animart by Tom Walker. Site-specific performances and lunching/dining experience in an award-winning venue.

7:45pm to 8:45pm
Rachel Parris: Best Laid Plans Rachel Parris

Rachel Parris ('Austentatious', 'The IT Crowd', 'Murder In Successville') returns to Brighton Fringe with her new musical comedy show about not having it all. No house, husband, child, wage? No problem. Rachel is an award-winning comic whose songs are played on BBC Radio 4 and BBC 6 Music.

"One sometimes doubts that Britain's got talent, but Parris has it in spades" (The Guardian)
"A gifted performer" (The Times)
"Gleefully dark" (Latest 7)

7:45pm to 9:55pm
One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean Brighton Little Theatre

Falling trousers, flying fish heads, star-crossed lovers and cross-dressing mobsters are just some of the delights that await you in this West End/Broadway smash hit. Set in 1960s Brighton, the play focuses on Francis Henshall, an easily confused bat-man-come-butler who becomes separately employed by two men, Roscoe Crabbe, a local gangster and Stanley Stubbers, an upper class criminal. This is a recipe for near disaster for Francis, but a fine evening’s entertainment for you.

7:45pm to 9:00pm
New Writing South presents... New Writing South

Join us at The Writers' Place for a selection of spoken word, poetry and short fiction shining a light on brilliant new writing. We're also putting open mic slots and literary-themed cocktails on the menu.

Friday 6 May: Catherine Ireton, Sally Jenkinson and Neil Noon.
Friday 13 May: Mick Jackson, Fergus Evans and Catherine Smith.
Friday 20 May: Cecilia Knapp and Jasmine Sharif.
Friday 27 May: Come Rhyme With Me. Join us to celebrate the return of Brighton’s tastiest spoken word night with Dean Atta and Deanna Rodger!

Visit www.newwritingsouth.com/events for full line-up.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Police Cops This Theatre

A deserving award-winner at Edinburgh last year, Police Cops is a breakneck riot of action, stuffed to bursting-point with wisecracks, slapstick and surrealism. Parodying every cop-movie cliché you can possibly imagine, it opens with an overwrought death scene – then follows the story of a bereaved man on a mission to become “the best damn police cop ever”.  The Edinburgh incarnation was as flawless as it was energetic, and the laugh-per-minute count is as high as you’ll find anywhere this year.

Returning from two sell-out runs at Soho Theatre, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015, The Police Cops are back in town.

Winner of ‘The Stage award for acting excellence – Best Ensemble’, ‘Brighton Fringe award for excellence’ and ‘The Pulse Festival Suitcase award’, Police Cops is This Theatre’s adrenaline-fuelled, three-man cop parody featuring supercharged physical theatre, cinematic style and uncompromising facial hair.

8:00pm to 8:50pm
Dave Bailey: Beige Against The Machine Lamb Comedy Productions

'Beige Against The Machine', brought to you by comedian Dave Bailey. If you want to escape all the horrible stuff for about an hour and see a lower middle/upper working class comedian complain about those little insignificant daily annoyances that most people simply don't see & almost certainly don't allow to fester & ruin their days and lives... then this is the show for you.
"Bailey is the one to watch" (The Argus)
"Enjoyable, engaging, with clear talent... good show" (Three Weeks)

8:00pm to 8:55pm
Swan Bake Second Sons

“I’m really angry at my parents for letting me follow my dreams, because now I can’t get a job.” A boldly original comedy with a multi-role cast of three which splices stand-up, puppetry, shouty songs, and dancey bits to tell the story of a drug addicted ballerina, hence Swan 'Bake'. Get it? No? Oh. Not suitable for people who complain about things. Or kids. Or anyone who wears chinos. We hate chinos.
"Theatre that takes you by the horns" (Actors Awareness).

8:00pm to 9:30pm
'Would You Rather?' mobile gameshow The Dilemma Girls

With a sparkle of one-of-a-kind outlandish glamour, the Dilemma girls host this unique walk-about performance, inviting you to take part in the mobile game show 'Would You Rather?'. Our non-intrusive and hilariously delightful team are presented in full costume with usherette trays full of questions, props and regalia. Free to participate and prizes are awarded to the best contestants.

8:00pm to 9:10pm
Birthday in Suburbia The Upstairs Brigade

A kaleidoscope of mundanity and the surreal, 'Birthday in Suburbia' invites its audience to follow the descent of an average man into an extraordinary, ridiculous personal crisis.
Inspired by the film, 'It’s a Wonderful Life', Birthday in Suburbia combines a rich mixture of clown and dark comedy.

The show combines spoken English with expressive and gestural body language, including elements of international sign language.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
The Star Factory If You Think You're Hard Enough

Enthused? Inspired? Vibing? If you love Brighton Fringe why not become part of it? Loquacious Luvvie or Lounge Lizard, it could be you on stage making mediocre scripts something great... Or at least unique. Take immersive theatre to new depths. Come to entertain, or just be entertained!
www.cahag.org

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Groomed Mankind / Ingenious Purpose

5 stars Patrick Sandford’s Groomed addresses an extraordinarily difficult subject – and the fact that it is always watchable, even at its most intense, is a real achievement. Sandford tackles the story of his own abuse by a male teacher intelligently, emotionally and unflinchingly. It helps that he is a very accomplished actor, with a rich voice reminiscent of David Attenborough, and this measured detachment enables an almost forensic unfolding of the arc of his abuse and its impact on his life. At the same time though, you never lose contact with the man on the stage: a warm, feeling, very human being. Read the full review.

Three extraordinary stories: A betrayed schoolboy, a Japanese soldier and the inventor of the saxophone. Life enhancing theatre can transform past wounds that so many share. This show’s emotional power has gripped audiences in Norway, UK and USA. Intelligent. Unmissable. ‘one of the most moving pieces I have ever seen. I left the theatre educated and entertained – a most rare experience... ’ Sandi Toksvig.

8:00pm to 11:00pm
South Coast Soul Revue Live at The Brunswick South Coast Soul Revue

One of the most exciting live acts in the South - this 8-piece soul and funk band, now in its 8th year, just keeps getting better.

South Coast Soul Revue play a thrilling mix of classic and contemporary tracks – you're guaranteed to be dancing your socks off to their super-tight guitars, drums, bass, and horn section; fronted by outstanding male and female vocals.

First-timers will be blown away, and if you've seen them before, you know you're in for another wonderful night.

8:00pm to 9:10pm
Somewhere Under The Rainbow : The Liza Minnelli Story Biscuits For Breakfast Theatre Company

Award-winning, "one woman wonder" (whatsbeenseen.co.uk) starring West End performer, Sharon Sexton. Set in the intimacy of her dressing room, Liza invites the audience to step beyond the footlights, as she recounts tales, memories & secrets that make up a fascinating career.
Join Liza as she belts her way through her most famous hits like you've never heard them before. Including Mein Herr, Maybe This Time, Some People. "A flawless piece of theatre" (Westend Wilma) "A tour de force" (TPR)

8:00pm to 10:00pm
Mediterranean and Middle Eastern folk music from Oudolin Oudolin

Hastings-based Oudolin will be bringing you authentic music from a range of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern countries including Egypt, Syria, Greece, Lebanon, Turkey and Moorish Spain. Featuring the oud, violin, guitar, tsouras, percussion and vocals.

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

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 9:30pm
Sister's of Avalon: Lullabies for Lovers and Sinners Evey-Theodosia Hammond

The performance starts where the video "Night circus" stops. At the end of the tunnel. It is all about the journey of my inner self, as the tunnel symbolises the unconscious internal self. Inside its darkness, I had only one weapon to fight with, My light. My light was my childhood captured in songs. This show symbolises the middle point between death and dream, neverland and everland, my boy and my girl. As a transgender I had to kill the boy inside me so that I can give birth to the woman.

8:20pm to 9:20pm
I Demand a Recount! Different Goal

One year on from "the closest election in modern times". 'I Demand a Recount!' Tackles the issues that just can't wait until GE2020...
Is Beyonce to blame for voter apathy?
Is The House of Commons a bit like Wilkos?
Could a game of British Bulldog aid constitutional reform?
Offering a madcap mix of music, magic and mentalism, David Thorpe's I DEMAND A RECOUNT! is the only one-man show that gives you the chance to have your mind read, elect a new government and win a substantial cash prize!

8:30pm to 9:20pm
Elsie Diamond: The Sensible Dresser Elsie Diamond

Elsie Diamond, international burlesque performer, compere and singer, presents her one woman show, inspired by her day job - a dresser in the unpredictable world of costume. A comic, sexy and heartfelt piece told through spoken word, song and striptease. With her vintage looks, a voice from a bygone era and exquisite costuming, Elsie transports you effortlessly through different eras whilst maintaining her very modern sense of humour. "Not to miss" (Readers Digest)

8:30pm to 9:45pm
A Cottage on Dartmoor with Live Score Brighton Buddhist Centre

This tense and atmospheric silent feature was directed by Anthony Asquith in 1929. While touching on the themes of loneliness, lust and mental illness, ‘A Cottage on Dartmoor’ is ultimately about both the joys and savagery of love. Beautifully restored, the film will be presented with a live score, composed and performed by acclaimed pianist, Joss Peach. Now a little-known gem, this sophisticated thriller draws comparisons to Hitchcock: You will be on the edge of your seat throughout!

8:30pm to 9:20pm
Jane Postlethwaite: Made In Cumbria Lamb Comedy Productions

3 stars Solo character comedy is an incredibly difficult genre to pull off. It’s something of a halfway house between stand-up and sketch comedy, and often tests the bounds of credulity – not least because in real life, it’s rare for one person addresses themselves uninterrupted to an audience.  But here it makes a kind of sense: Jane Postlethwaite’s characters are all fun caricatures of Cumbrian natives who, presumably through isolation or something in that Lake District water, have become rather batty. Read the full review.

Jane Postlethwaite brings her sell-out solo show 'Made in Cumbria' back to Brighton Fringe. She'll introduce you to a selection of dark female characters welcoming you into their unique world. Funny Women & Squawker Awards Finalist 2015.
"Surprisingly dark Cumbrian observational commentary" (Latest Magazine)
"Bloody brilliant. Loneliness & breakdown has never been funnier!" (Julian Caddy MD, Brighton Fringe)
''Fascinating & compelling. A wonderfully entertaining experience'' (Fringe Review)

8:30pm to 10:00pm
Bom-Banimals Bom-Bane Family Players

Weave up, down and around around our imaginary menagerie with the Bom-Bane Family Players, as you've never seen or heard them before! Original song, music, automata, puppetry and culinary delight for singles, couples, families, parties, or groups. Performances/food by Jane Bom-Bane, Eliza Skelton, Martin Peters, Kate Daisy Grant/Jo McDonaugh, with puppetry by Raven Kaliana and animart by Tom Walker. Site-specific performances and lunching/dining experience in an award-winning venue.

8:30pm to 9:30pm
101 Things to Do Before You Die Making Faces

Fast-paced, hilarious sketch comedy from Making Faces. Come and achieve your life’s dreams. (Catchy songs incl.)
Making Faces (“exuberant joy” - Chortle) host the Time Out-recommended sketch night, Facelift. You can swim with dolphins, find love, or publish a book with Book Farm. Follow your heart on a journey of self-fulfilment, looking at 101 ways guaranteed to bring you happiness before you die.
“Cry-with-laughter great” (Londonist ). “Exhilarating and animated sketch” **** (Three Weeks).

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

A selection of the very best stand-up comedy at Brighton Fringe, selected from comics appearing in shows all around the Festival. A fantastically funny mix of top headliners and the best newcomers, with five different comics daily.

A sell-out show at festivals worldwide, including Edinburgh, Brighton, Singapore, Melbourne, Adelaide & Perth.

"Cracking Comedy Selection" ***** (Cream of the Fringe )
"A Fantastic Night of Comedy" **** (ThreeWeeks)
"Extraordinary" **** (Herald Sun, Aus.)

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Dirt James Cairns

Three estranged friends get back together for the funeral of a fourth. Their friend might be dead, but their friendship is still kicking.

“The performance of the festival” (Western Australian, World Fringe, Perth)

“Thrilling lines, ringing ironies, hilarious gags ... it changed my life.” (The Argus)

“One of the funniest actors in the country.” (The Sunday Times)

8:45pm to 9:45pm
The Lamellar Project Pursued By A Bear Productions

It is the near future. Our eco-system is under attack. Two scientists from either side of the Atlantic are thrown into a new kind of war that threatens to engulf the planet and tear their relationship apart.  Told using film, theatre and a live video link to Philadelphia, this chilling international production sees science fiction meet eco-activism, in a gripping story of love and betrayal. A new play by Grant Watson, directed by Helena Bell.

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Anti-White PC Manginas Activate! Laughing Horse Free Festival

Dick Coughlan thought he was a good guy. That was until he met the Internet and soon found out he was actually an evil, ball-less, genocidal, race-traitorous bastard!
Now, after 7 years, even he doesn't know. This is his bizarre journey deep into the weirdest, darkest and funniest recesses of the Interwebs.
"Undeniably Funny." ****(BroadwayBaby)
"Passionate & Hilarious" (Paul Sinha)
"The man is a killer" (Reginald D. Hunter)

9:00pm to 9:50pm
Sheraz Yousaf: The Pursuit of Manlyness Lamb Comedy Productions

What if you were taught how to be a man? But you weren't yet a man. So you untaught yourself, and then you learned again from someone else, and they were also wrong.
So you decided to read a book about it. And then look on the internet. And then went to something where there were other men. And they told you how to be a man. What kind of man would you be?
"A confident and extremely likeable performer with a wealth of unique and endearing humour" (Dave Arnold Nights)

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

Brighton favourite Camille is back with her critically-acclaimed new show, singing the songs of one of her greatest inspirations Jacques Brel, the master of emotional storytelling in song.
"A masterclass in living a lyric - mesmerising" ***** (Mail on Sunday)

9:00pm to 10:30pm
Marijana's Milk Tray PBJ Management

Marijana (Gabby Best), the qualified yoga and pilates teacher, is a voice of reason and beauty in an otherwise mad and unkempt world. Catch her eclectic cabaret of guests, including the best sketch, character and stand-up in Marijana's Milk Tray.

9:00pm to 10:00pm
The Daily Grind Laurie Brown

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A darkly comic solo show aiming to cruise, confide and query the complexities of love, sex and the internet age. 'The Daily Grind' explores technology, now prevalent every day in our lives through mobile phones.

It looks at the consequences and impact on health and wellbeing that the deluge of dating apps, image sharing and instant communication - now an accepted and expected part of how we connect with others – has on our lives.

9:00pm to 10:40pm
The Lady Boys of Bangkok - Forever Yours... x Tour Exchange Events Ltd

The Ladyboys are back with a show like no other show, performed by girls like no other girls

It’s a night of pure escapism, releasing audiences from the humdrum of everyday life in a euphoric bubble of laughter, glamour, glitz and music. With more songs and musical production numbers than you could shake a sequined hip to! this is one cabaret production that is quite simply too good to miss. The show may only last a night but the memories will be Forever Yours..x

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Pat Cahill: Panjandrum PBJ Management

All in for all!

Slip into Pat’s bunker and whoof away your blues with this stupid wartime hero. Featuring such music hall standards as ‘Girl in da club’ and ‘Toffanaqueeffteeyay’. If you're feeling like the whole world’s against you, come on down and realise that yes, yes it is!

One of Time Out Comedy’s top 10 shows of 2015.

"Simply an hour of joyful nonsense." **** (Time Out)

"One of the strangest and most delightful shows on the fringe." **** EdfestMag.

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Michael Fabbri: Owls of Destruction Michael Fabbri

Michael performs his new stand-up show. Jokes, stories and general rambling. Star of Radio 4's 'Dyslexicon'.
"An absolutely superb circuit headliner" (London Is Funny)
“Exceptionally funny... extremely sharp... hugely enjoyable” (The Scotsman)
“Startlingly insightful” (The Guardian)

9:15pm to 10:45pm
Bom-Banimals Bom-Bane Family Players

Weave up, down and around around our imaginary menagerie with the Bom-Bane Family Players, as you've never seen or heard them before! Original song, music, automata, puppetry and culinary delight for singles, couples, families, parties, or groups. Performances/food by Jane Bom-Bane, Eliza Skelton, Martin Peters, Kate Daisy Grant/Jo McDonaugh, with puppetry by Raven Kaliana and animart by Tom Walker. Site-specific performances and lunching/dining experience in an award-winning venue.

9:20pm to 10:20pm
Andy and Sarah's Rantomime Andyland Productions & Frogdog Productions

Every Christmas, comedians and buddies Andy Thomas (‘Crimes Against Humanities Teachers’) and Sarah Charsley (‘Ghost Sex’) continue their family tradition and meet to mime a rant, which the other must guess. Then they have to do it for real. It saves money on therapy! All of life’s major issues come out! Love, death, family, work, cats. No stone is left unturned. No turn is left unstoned. This year, they’re doing it just for you. Look behind you! The rantomime is about to begin.

9:30pm to 10:20pm
Notflix Waiting For The Call

Terrible plots, awful characters, illogical twists. Waiting For The Call presents 'Notflix', the most horrible, least recommended, original movies from audience suggestion. Could it get any worse? Actually yes. It's improvised. And a musical.'Notflix'. The worst movies ever made, worsened with music. Funny Women and Laughing Horse New Act of the Year Semi Finalists 2015 and the Sunday Times and Elle Magazine pick of the Edinburgh Fringe.

9:30pm to 10:45pm
Tales of Sin Sofa Production

Do you dare to follow us as we set our curse on a downward spiral exploring malice, seduction, lust and vengeance?
Experience sinister deeds, sensual seductions and ruthless betrayals, before finally descending to the underworld.

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Mocketh The Weak Curious Cloud Productions

2 stars I’ll say this much for Mocketh The Weak: it’s got a brilliantly expressive title. At one glance, you know what you’re in for; and sure enough, we’re cast as the audience in a TV studio, witnessing the filming of two episodes of a hypothetical Shakespearean panel game. A twisted cross between Elizabethan genius and modern trash, it’s filled with Bardic barbs, period banter and frilly ruffs. Read the full review.

Curious Cloud presents ‘Mocketh The Weak’, the game-show that pits wicked wits against hapless saps. Jesters battle it out to see who can make the best sport from the most love-struck loons you’re likely to see. Who wins? You choose. It’s Shakespeare, but not as you know it, as ‘Argumental’ meets 'Jeremy Kyle'... with a ruff. Reviews for previous Curious Cloud shows: “Great electricity in performance, it buzzed throughout” (Remotegoat.com); “An imaginative and clever idea” (A Younger Theatre).

9:30pm to 10:30pm
The Sweet Release Sweet Venues

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

9:40pm to 10:40pm
Myles and Dan's Complete Shambles Myles and Dan

Myles and Dan present their debut hour of disorganised double-act sketch comedy. Battling through their lack of professionalism and their mutual hatred, they will persevere in the name of entertainment.

As they belittle each other, refuse to complete punchlines and squeeze the life out of already worn-out comedic situations, expect absurd sketches with a healthy dose of bickering and awkwardness. And a mannequin.

9:45pm to 10:45pm
Shit-faced Showtime: The Pirates of Penzance Magnificent Bastard Productions

Shit-faced Showtime® is the all new, all singing, all dancing, all drinking show from Magnificent Bastard Productions. This original show combines the very best of harmonious Broadway with a healthy dose of fermented barley.
Featuring classic tunes and highly unpredictable behaviour, Shit-Faced Showtime® is guaranteed to leave you gasping for a chaser.
“The wildest, most unpredictable night of theatre I’ve ever had.” **** (Musical Theatre Review)

10:00pm to 10:50pm
How Eva Von Schnippisch Single-Handedly Won WW2 Ware It's At Productions

The WW2 official secrets act is over – and Eva is ready to set the record straight. Germany’s greatest underground cabaret star turned into Britain’s No.1 spy and was given the toughest mission of all: infiltrate to the top. Armed only with a ukulele and the power of song, Eva tells a comedic story of love, frankfurters, the other Eva . . . and de-bunks the bunker story once and for all. Time to burn your history books...

10:00pm to 11:00pm
LJ Da Funk's Anti-Fascist Counter-Terrorist Comedy Orgy LJ DA FUNK

LJ Da Funk (New Comedian of the Year 2015 WINNER) presents the most hilarious fusion of sex and politics since David Cameron f**ked that pig.

Expect devilishly dark satire with a peppering of expletive-riddled raunch, like Ian Hislop run amok on hormone injections.

"Relished every minute of it, an infectiously enjoyable quality." Steve Bennett (Chortle)
"Deceptively Clever" Bruce Dessau (Evening Standard)

10:00pm to 11:30pm
Aaaaaaand... It Is What It Is It Is What It Is

Born in the grim shadow of Brighton Pier, the 'It Is What It Is... ' comedy-collective are here to bring you mirth, levity and so much more. Stand-up and sketch comedy at its best, delivered to you by an eclectic quintet of dysfunctional humans. They do funny, so you don't have to (you're welcome). Starring: Darren & Co (James Pryor and Ben Elliott), Will Allen, Emmanuelle Martin and Will Rankin.

10:15pm to 11:15pm
A Bit of Magic with Stu & friends Stu Turner

Bringing together the best magic, comedy, and cabaret acts at Brighton Fringe, comedy magician Stu Turner hosts a smorgasbord of variety. London-based Stu's offbeat act is sometimes silly, sometimes surreal, but always baffling, and highly entertaining. Stu has performed all over the UK, as well as being a regular in London's West End, and looks forward to bringing some of his favourite acts to Brighton.
Come along to laugh, gasp, and be amazed, at this fabulous hour of fun.

10:15pm to 11:15pm
Shaggers Laughing Panda Productions

The hugely popular show returns to Brighton and brings you a line-up of great comedians to make you laugh about the cheeky subject of sex.

Shaggers has entertained audiences for many years all over the world with the hilarious misadventures of comedians in and out of the bedroom.

"The perfect way to close a night at The Fest" ***** (Funny Tonne, Melbourne)

“A brilliant tour-de-force of laughter-filled mischievous comedy.” ***** (Arts-In-Leicester)

10:30pm to 11:20pm
Stud Eilidh MacAskill

Tell, me about it, Stud.

Well, Dr. Freud tells me I'm missing something and I think he's right.

He tells me that until I get over it and turn my desire for that missing thing into a desire for a baby, I'm gonna be in deep shit. He also tells me he doesn't really get chicks...

A new performance about penis envy, masculinity, horses and DIY.

11:00pm to 2:00am
Guilty Pleasures Guilty Pleasures

An unashamedly glorious all-singing, all-dancing renouncement of pop music and an antidote to modern day clubbing fatigue. In eight short years it’s become one of the biggest events and movements of the music scene. Prepare for a big, wild and glamorous night! Very early sell out.

11:00pm to 11:55pm
Blues and Burlesque Blues and Burlesque

"Highlight of this year's fringe, an extraordinary fusion of blues comedy and burlesque" **** (Heckler Adelaide Aus). Live, original music cabaret show created by former Dexys' piano man Pete Saunders and his extraordinary team . Coming to Brighton after sell-out shows in Edinburgh, Perth and Adelaide.

11:00pm to 12:20am
The Late Show Otherplace Productions

Fancy more Fringe? Join us for the best in laid-back, late-night entertainment at The Warren. Every Tuesday we host a Fringe pub quiz, and Wednesday to Sunday, there’ll be all kinds of fun (planned and impromptu) in store, with comedy, cabaret, music and all manner of fabulous Fringe fare.

Featuring the Fringe pub quiz every Tuesday. Discounts if you have a ticket to a Fringe event that day, and free entry to all performers and venue staff.

11:15pm to 12:00am
The FunkSmugglers: Mead Dreams TheFunkSmugglers

3 guys + 1 drum + 1 loop pedal = funkin' carnage
Join The Funk Smugglers as they introduce you to your new favourite drink - Mead.
Ancient drink of the Celtic Kings and Babylonians, it's about to become your go to beverage for classy nights out on the razz.
It's the Bunratty Mead Annual Shareholders Conference and you are invited to attend the hottest event in the premium drinks and beverages calendar.

11:30pm to 1:00am
Iris Prize Film Festival/Love Bites Iris Prize

Programmes of award-winning short films from the Internationally acclaimed festival.

6/7/12/13/14/19/20/21/26/27/28/29 May; 2/ 3/ 4 June:
BEST OF IRIS 2015 : A collection of the winners and runners-up from the 2015 Prize. The Iris 2015 slogan was 'Watch Films, Party Nightly, Repeat.'

8/10/11/15/17/18/22/24/25/30 May; 1 June:
LOVE BITES: A selection of LGBT short films celebrating love from the Iris Prize archive, including programmes addressing sub-themes pertinent to an LGBT audience.

11:30pm to 12:30am
Improv Deathmatch City Impro

An adrenaline-fuelled improvised comedy show where two teams go head to head to battle to see who can make the audience laugh hardest and be crowned the winner. It's like 'Whose Line is it Anyway?' but where the points do matter! Following a sold-out run at the 2015 Camden Fringe and recommended by both the Evening Standard and Time Out in 2015, join the teams of fantastically funny improvisers to see who will deliver the knockout blow and be crowned Deathmatch Champions 2016.

11:30pm to 12:15am
Look How Much Friends We Are! Mister Bus

Mister Bus will be bringing its special brand of surreal sketch comedy to Brighton Fringe! That's a long train journey and we don't even like each other that much. Join us for an hour of yogurt science, a world record attempt at fish puns, tyrannosaurus civil rights, the sexual awakening of a cash machine and many more! Come with Britain's most diverse sketch group (one of us isn't from London).

12:00am to 12:15am
(The Boy with) Green Hair Poems Merkriti

A light broadcasts from Mars. At first it falters, is interfered with, then it becomes clear. It is The Boy With Green Hair, anti-war. A short film.