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10:00am to 1:00pm
Plant Sale Sussex Chrysanthemum & Dahlia Society

All the annual plants, vegetable plants and shrubs that you may need.

10:00am to 5:00pm
Unity Through Struggle Exploring Senses CIC

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

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

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

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

10:00am to 11:30am
Woodland Tribe Tom Williams

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 6:00pm
Le Facepainting Le Facepainting

A collective of 'French' street theatre face painters! Make sure you look the part and come visit us before a show! Look for the berets!

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

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940's when you visit our original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground. Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Morning tours (10:00-12:00) can be pre-booked via the Fringe office. Afternoon tours (12:00-16:00) are available to book in person on the day.

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

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940's when you visit our original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground. Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Morning tours (10:00-12:00) can be pre-booked via the Fringe office. Afternoon tours (12:00-16:00) are available to book in person on the day.

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

Come along and learn to throw your own pot on the potters wheel at the Painting Pottery Cafe! Learn a new skill alongside other beginners with one of our fabulous potters in this structured workshop that will teach you how to create a lasting ceramic piece. Our ceramic studio provides a friendly and creative space for you and friends to share a new and hands on experience together during the festival. Pots will be ready to collect 2 weeks later or can be posted for an additional fee. Places are limited so booking ahead is essential. Perfect for a couples outing or just some good old fashioned fun! Spaces are limited to 8 people per session, if booking for group it is advisable to book all your tickets at the the same time. Live audio description available on request. Please email help@paintingpotterycafe.co.uk to book in advance.

10:30am to 11:20am
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show MEI Theatrical

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by author/illustrator Eric Carle has
delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969
selling more than 43 million copies worldwide.Eric's well-known
books captivated readers with his iconic colorful hand painted tissue
paper collage illustrations and destinctively simple stories,
introducing generations of children to a bigger, brighter world - and to
their first experience of reading itself.The timeless classic
has made its way off the page and onto the stage.Created by
Jonathan Rockefeller, the critically acclaimed production of 'The Very
Hungry Caterpillar Show' features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets,
faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle stories, The Artist Who Painted a
Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the
star of the show - The Very Hungry Caterpillar.“Bedazzling! Will
mesmerise audiences!” – The New York Times***** -
Time Out, New York“We rate it FIVE SMILES!” – Newsday

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

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940's when you visit our original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground. Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Morning tours (10:00-12:00) can be pre-booked via the Fringe office. Afternoon tours (12:00-16:00) are available to book in person on the day.

10:30am to 12:30pm
How to: Rural Tour National Rural Touring Forum

The village hall, church and school are focal points for rural life and afford a familiar, informal space in which local people can enjoy the arts. Join members of the National Rural Touring Forum to learn how to tour your show to rural communities. Informal presentation and discussion followed by Q&A.

10:30am to 12:00pm
Notorious Women of Hove History Women Brighton

Hove has been home to women whose ideas have shaken up our world - from some of Britain’s first women doctors to suffragettes, from social campaigners to boundary shifting entertainers.

Walk in these women's footsteps, hear their stories, and take in a pioneering women's hospital and game-changing girls' school on this walk with Louise Peskett.

10:45am to 11:30am
St Michael and All Angels Church Tours the Cathedral of the Backstreets St Michael & All Angels Church

Guided tours of this magnificent Grade I* listed church - one of the finest Victorian churches in the country. In Simon Jenkins’ book 'England's Thousand Best Churches'. It is in fact, two churches in one, the first designed by G.F. Bodley and built in 1861-62 ‘extended’ by William Burges 30 years later. Noted for its fine architecture, sculpture and woodwork and its magnificent stained glass windows by the pre-Raphaelites, William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones, Ford Madox-Brown, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Philip Webb and Kempe. Free local parking on request. Cooked breakfasts from 08:45.

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

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940's when you visit our original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground. Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Morning tours (10:00-12:00) can be pre-booked via the Fringe office. Afternoon tours (12:00-16:00) are available to book in person on the day.

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 11:55am
A Fool and Three Courses The Good Housekeepers

A short adaptation of Shakespeare's 'King Lear'. A feminist perspective on the problems Lear's daughters face as siblings and royalty, and their relationship with their father. Part narrated through the eyes of the Fool.

11:00am to 12:00pm
Monski Mouse's Baby Disco Dance Hall Monski Mouse

Why toddle when you can dance! Parents and under-5s are let loose on the dance floor in this friendliest of discos. Created by Adelaide’s own DJ, producer and mum of two, Monski Mouse. Get your disco-dancing-booties on to an eclectic selection of retro hits and funky nursery rhymes.

"DJ Monski Mouse is onto a winner" ***** (Barefoot Review),

"Creates a unique atmosphere and allows friends, parents, carers, grandparents (you name it) to join together by dancing, enjoying the music and relaxing" **** (Three Weeks).

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

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940's when you visit our original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground. Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Morning tours (10:00-12:00) can be pre-booked via the Fringe office. Afternoon tours (12:00-16:00) are available to book in person on the day.

11:00am to 12:00pm
The Last Honeypot Goya Arts

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

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

The V.I.B (Very Independent Brighton) Food Tour is a celebration of independent Brighton - packed with the eclectic sights and tastes from the unique makers to the unsung heroes of Brighton’s indie food and drink scene.

Over approximately 3 hours you’ll get a chocolate box selection of the best foodie hot spots that quirky, independent Brighton has to offer.

You might visit off-the-beaten-track street food stalls, hear about eco-aware sustainable food systems, get down and dirty with the most passionate burger-makers in town, meet food industry revolutionaries and a whole lot more.

11:00am to 12:30pm
Embassy Court Tour Bluestorm Limited

Tour this iconic 20th century Modernist apartment block on Brighton seafront. Includes views from the 11th floor sun-terrace, the interior of a flat and the collection of historic archive items in areas behind the scenes. Tickets cannot be purchased on the door. Book early to avoid disappointment.

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

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940's when you visit our original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground. Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Morning tours (10:00-12:00) can be pre-booked via the Fringe office. Afternoon tours (12:00-16:00) are available to book in person on the day.

11:30am to 1:00pm
Making the Most of the Edinburgh Fringe Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe attracts media and arts professionals from all over the globe. If you’re bringing a show to Edinburgh, don’t miss this event where our expert panel will give you their top tips on getting it noticed. From making connections with arts industry professionals, to creating a press release that will attract the media’s attention, this is the place to find out how to achieve the goals you’ve envisioned for your show. Presented by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society.

11:30am to 12:15pm
Children's Sing-Along Fun with Dave Benson Phillips Mustn't Grumble Media Ltd

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

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

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

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

11:30am to 1:00pm
Woodland Tribe Tom Williams

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!

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

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940's when you visit our original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground. Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Morning tours (10:00-12:00) can be pre-booked via the Fringe office. Afternoon tours (12:00-16:00) are available to book in person on the day.

11:30am to 12:20pm
Kidocracy Sukie Productions

‘Kidocracy’ is an interactive theatre show for children aged 6+, presented by Keith Farnan ('Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow'). Appearing as his alter-ego, Brehon, an ancient Irish know-it-all, the show begins when children are told they are being given an island to rule. In just under an hour, they must elect leaders, write anthems, come up with rules that rock and deal with all sorts of crises because running the world isn’t just all fun, fun, fun: there’s stuff to be done as well.
“Artful, satirical ... with a lightness of touch and a hefty helping of roguish Celtic charm” (Sunday Times).

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

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940's when you visit our original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground. Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Morning tours (10:00-12:00) can be pre-booked via the Fringe office. Afternoon tours (12:00-16:00) are available to book in person on the day.

12:00pm to 12:45pm
The Whos, The Whats, The Whens, The Whys Alice Burden

Who? A rotating bill of 'hot, 'new' 'comedians'. What? A free stand-up show (or what our therapist calls 'very good progress'). When? The Quadrant: May 6, 13, 20, 12:00 (45 mins). Why? Good question.

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

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

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Mr Danger's Really Safe Show Sam Quinn

Mr Danger is a damaged former daredevil who learnt his lesson the hard way. That lesson being: Don’t try to jump a motorcycle over 20 double decker buses with a bag on your head.

Fusing character comedy, clowning, storytelling and puppetry, Mr Danger performs his incredible, mind-bogglingly inane stunts with the bravado of Evel Knievel, and the mental tenacity of a shell-shocked guinea pig.

Follow him now on a journey to rediscover his self-confidence, as he rejects his old Master, the radical Captain Bang, recreates past glories, and attempts to pull off the ultimate stunt.

Touch tours are available before each performance. Please ask at the venue, and arrive at least 15 minutes early.

12:00pm to 1:30pm
Piers & Queers Only in Brighton

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

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

12:15pm to 1:35pm
Power Story Blooming Ludus

3 stars Billed as a "theatre game", Power Story is one part political activism, one part Mad Hatter's Tea Party, and one part Sim City – all set inside the Crystal Maze. We enter the bare performance space to find an intriguing pile of boxes stacked on the floor; we're cast as guests at a country town's bicentennial celebrations, sometime in the middle of this century. But there's a problem. Electricity is rationed, the lights are going out… and worst of all, in the frenetic Mayor's eyes, runaway climate change means there's nowhere left to grow any tea. Read the full review.

“Power concedes nothing without demand” (Frederick Douglass).
In December 2015, days after the Paris climate summit, the UK government issued 159 new licenses for fracking in an attempt to decrease the country’s dependency on imported energy. Local councils have already rejected some proposals yet the government has decided not to recognize their decisions by changing the legal process of energy development.
‘Power Story’ is a participatory theatre game exploring where we source our energy, and how the choices we make ultimately affect our relationship to our environment and each other.

12:30pm to 1:30pm
Re: Production White Slate Theatre

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

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

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

12:30pm to 1:00pm
Herman the Genial German: Herman's Half Hour Herman the Genial German

'Herman's Half Hour' is Herman's hotly-anticipated Brighton Fringe debut show to take to other festivals in the UK and abroad.

It includes tried and tested material honed since starting out in 2004. A compilation of stand-up, cabaret/satire and a kraut-pleasing interactive song. A coming together of rising stand-up star ‘Herman the genial German’ and character creation ‘Foreign Man’, featuring a Gordon Ramsey impression and a slice of bacon. Also revealing a German conspiracy that has been going on unnoticed in the UK since WW2.

"Das ist gut!" (Herman's Mum).

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

Not sure what to see? Don't fret, we've done the work for you and hand-picked this week's top tips. 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.

12:45pm to 1:45pm
Etherwave: Adventures With The Theremin Hypnotique

The theremin is the creepy-sounding electronic instrument you'll hear on the soundtrack to many a sci-fi or horror film, played without physical contact by moving your hands through an electric field. Part lecture, part gig, part comedy, this unusual show explores the theremin's repertoire and gives a witty run-down of the instrument's history. I caught an earlier version in Edinburgh – and while the theremin's a hands-off instrument, it's worth getting your hands on a ticket.

Notorious performer Hypnotique tells her personal story about the world’s first electronic instrument (from 1920s Russia) and it's influence on music today – including Led Zeppelin, Kraftwerk and Portishead.

In this multimedia talk and music performance, expect tall tales of espionage, spooky soundtracks, and her encounters with Amazonians, Bob Moog and Simon Cowell.

Hypnotique studied the theremin with Lydia Kavina, grand-niece of its inventor Leon Theremin. She's performed with The Heliocentrics, Gong and TV's James May’s 20th Century.

Time Out's Top 10 Weirdest Shows, Edinburgh Fringe 2016.

1:00pm to 2:00pm
City Impro by the sea City Impro

A rip-roaring rollercoaster of laughter where six improvisers make everything up on the spot as they race from one game to another. Join us for an adrenaline-fuelled improvised comedy show where there's just enough time to catch your breath. The show will be silly, the show will be fun and it will never ever be repeated again.

City Impro return to Brighton Fringe following their 2016 show which was recommended by Time Out, The London Evening Standard and Arts Award Voice.

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

Returning for their third year.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Be amazed and motivated: This is your MoMent!

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

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

1:00pm to 2:15pm
Hats Off to Laurel and Hardy Lucky Dog Theatre Productions

The award-winning true story of the lives of the best-loved comedy duo of all-time.

Uncannily similar to Stan and Ollie, and including live and film recreations, expect to laugh your socks off before having your heart broken.

Often sold out, this is the fourth year of this show playing Brighton Fringe. The next best thing to seeing the real-life comedians in person.
***** (RemoteGoat), ***** (Fringe Review), ***** (Love Fringe), ***** (Buxton Fringe Review) **** (FringeGuru), **** (Reading Post).

1:00pm to 4:00pm
Brighton Swing Thing Brighton Lindyhoppers

Join the Brighton Swing Community for a special Fringe afternoon of swing music and dancing with a live swing band, DJs, beginners Lindy Hop dance class, Charleston dancers and a dance-off competition. Swing your thing on the best dance floor in town!

1:00pm to 5:00pm
Fringe City Brighton Fringe

Fringe City is a free outdoor event in the centre of Brighton taking place every weekend of Brighton Fringe 2017. In 2016, over 100,000 people attended Fringe City during seven fantastic days of performances, installations, sideshows, dance-offs, choirs, cabaret, puppetry, children's workshops, acrobatics and surreal walkabout performers. We’re expecting 2017 to be even bigger and better with even more shows, performances, madness and mayhem, all packed in from 5 May to 4 June 2017.

1:00pm to 2:00pm
Oyster Boy Haste Theatre

Follow the tale of Italian ice-cream sellers Jim and Alice, who fall in love strolling along the beach in a 1950s whirlwind romance. However, all is not as sweet as it seems when their lives are turned upside down by the birth of Sam, a boy with an oyster-shell-shaped head!

Based on the short poem by Tim Burton, this bittersweet tale reminds us of the delicacy of life and introduces us to a range of larger-than-life characters who are sure to entertain and delight.

‘Oyster Boy’ is a multi-award-winning, international production mixing physical storytelling, clown, live singing, dance and puppetry.

1:00pm to 2:00pm
Beethoven Piano Sonatas & Violin Sonatas with Raija Walker & Ellie Blackshaw Music at Saint Michael's

St Michael's is delighted to welcome the return of pianist Raija Walker and violinist Ellie Blackshaw. Raija will perform Beethoven's Pathetique and Waldstein Sonatas. Raija then returns one week later with violinist Ellie to perform Beethoven's Violin Sonata in A, Op. 30, nr. 1 and his last Violin Sonata in G, Op. 96. Beethoven's Pathetique piano sonata is one of his most well known works for the serenity of its slow movement. His Waldstein Sonata broke new ground in regard to piano technique and colour. The 2 violin sonatas are well contrasted in character. Free local parking available on request.

1:00pm to 1:45pm
Mobile The Paper Birds

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

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

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

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

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

1:15pm to 2:15pm
A Bit of Magic with Stu & Friends Stu Turner

Bringing together the best comedy, magic and cabaret acts at Brighton Fringe, following last year’s sell out shows, 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.

1:15pm to 2:15pm
Die Die Die Old People Die Ridiculusmus

Indie theatre legends David Woods and Jon Haynes of 'Ridiculusmus' as two
crustaceous elders putting off death in a snail paced farce. Bring a
picnic. Touch tour available. Please ask upon arrival.

1:30pm to 2:30pm
Hidden Voices Zap Art

Exhibition and public screening of digital stories created by children and young people with family members or loved ones in prison. A series of short, first person films which express personal experiences and give an insight into the issues facing children and young people and the impact of imprisonment on families.

'Hidden Voices' is produced by Zap Art in partnership with Sussex Prisoners' Families, University of Brighton, DigiTales, Salvation Army Housing Association (Newhaven Foyer), supported through funding from People's Postcode Trust and BBC Children in Need.

1:30pm to 2:20pm
Double Whammy Next To Normal HQ

Next to Normal spin words, music, vocals and their sweet, sweet moves into sketch forms every damn day (after their day jobs). Now they’re bringing it all to Brighton Fringe.
You like Opera? You’re in (G)luck.
Shakespeare? (Ot)hello!
Jazz? Dizzie Gill-yes-pie.
Silent Film? Buster believe it.
Ballet? Gis-hell yes!
And punchlines for days.
'Double Whammy' is a sketch show for people who love all things creative, and they love it done well (just ignore the puns)... specifically by an Aussie classical singer and a comedian from Guildford.
It’s like nothing you’ve seen before... but in a good way.

1:40pm to 2:40pm
Heidi Regan and Will Rowland Present: Some Comedy in a Venue Heidi Regan and Will Rowland

Will and Heidi are two thoughtful, principled stand-ups who will do anything to get a laugh, including dropping all principles. Cerebral, silly, surreal and sibilant stand-up from two rising stars, one the winner of 'So You Think You’re Funny' 2016, and the other who should be commended for his persistence.

"Confidence in her writing that was not misplaced... " (Steve Bennett, Chortle),
"Extremely witty, clever and well-executed" **** (Broadway Baby).

1:45pm to 2:30pm
Mobile The Paper Birds

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

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

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

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

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

2:00pm to 3:00pm
We Are What We Eat Nourished By Nature

Once upon a time, you were just a cell in your mother’s womb. Then you became 2 cells and those cells kept multiplying until you became 37 trillion cells, each with a distinct purpose. But why do some thrive and others become diseased? Nutrition is key! The food you eat determines your health, mood and performance because your cells use it to function. Today, tomorrow or 20 years from now, your nutrition is worth your attention and time. Come along to learn some simple, long-lasting health tips.

2:00pm to 2:50pm
Learn To Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

Come along and learn to throw your own pot on the potters wheel at the Painting Pottery Cafe! Learn a new skill alongside other beginners with one of our fabulous potters in this structured workshop that will teach you how to create a lasting ceramic piece. Our ceramic studio provides a friendly and creative space for you and friends to share a new and hands on experience together during the festival. Pots will be ready to collect 2 weeks later or can be posted for an additional fee. Places are limited so booking ahead is essential. Perfect for a couples outing or just some good old fashioned fun! Spaces are limited to 8 people per session, if booking for group it is advisable to book all your tickets at the the same time. Live audio description available on request. Please email help@paintingpotterycafe.co.uk to book in advance.

2:00pm to 3:30pm
A Brighton Story 90 Minute City Tour www.brightoncitywalks.com

Brighton's most popular 90 minute traditional city walking tour. Perfect for visitors and residents alike. Discover secret tunnels, lost Royal romances, Jack the Ripper's favourite pub and much more on this acclaimed city tour.

Winner of Trip Advisor 'Certificate of excellence' 2016.

2:00pm to 3:00pm
C.S.I: Crime Scene Improvisation The Chandeliers

No one knows who the killer is; not even the cast!
Following a sell-out run at last year’s Brighton and Edinburgh Fringes, CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation are back, creating a 100% brand-new whodunit every show to solve an outlandish murder invented by the audience.
Someone’s kicked the bucket. But who, what and how? The choice is yours.
Help the CSI identify the victim and what caused their grizzly death. Then grab your detective hats and prepare to laugh as you meet the suspects and ultimately choose whodunit.

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Comedy Club 4 Kids Comedy Club 4 Kids Ltd

Since 2005, the Comedy Club 4 Kids has been getting the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit to do their thing for an audience of children (aged 6+) and their families... but without the rude bits! It's just like a normal comedy club, but it's on in the day, kids are allowed in, and thus there is a higher than usual chance of heckles like "why is that your face!?" "A highlight for children in recent years, giving them a taste of some of the biggest names in comedy... with the fun, rowdy feel of a real comedy club" (The Guardian), "An essential treat" (Fest Magazine), "Absolutely hilarious" (The Yorkshire Times), "The ethos is just right" (The Daily Telegraph), "The perfect way to entertain the whole family" (ThreeWeeks), "All in all this show was great" (The Scotsman), "Comedy Club 4 Kids has stand-up sets from grown-up, high-quality acts who perform their usual sets, just without the swearing or rude bits" (The Independent).

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

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

2:00pm to 3:30pm
Woodland Tribe Tom Williams

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!

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Arr We There Yet? Head First Acrobats

A 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!

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Undercover Refugee Karen Houge

The two Gaulier graduated, award-winning actors Karen Houge and David Tann present a satire based on Karen’s journey following Syrian refugees. Travelling with the mafia, being taken by police and sentenced in court. The show reveals refreshing stories from the refugee trail of police, mafia, volunteers and refugees far from the image often presented in the media.

2:15pm to 3:05pm
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show MEI Theatrical

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by author/illustrator Eric Carle has
delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969
selling more than 43 million copies worldwide.Eric's well-known
books captivated readers with his iconic colorful hand painted tissue
paper collage illustrations and destinctively simple stories,
introducing generations of children to a bigger, brighter world - and to
their first experience of reading itself.The timeless classic
has made its way off the page and onto the stage.Created by
Jonathan Rockefeller, the critically acclaimed production of 'The Very
Hungry Caterpillar Show' features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets,
faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle stories, The Artist Who Painted a
Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the
star of the show - The Very Hungry Caterpillar.“Bedazzling! Will
mesmerise audiences!” – The New York Times***** -
Time Out, New York“We rate it FIVE SMILES!” – Newsday

2:15pm to 3:15pm
Worst Birthday Ever D2 Events

Poor Lewis just wanted to enjoy a Happy Birthday, but things just went from bad to worse. Nelson and Dave will do their best to cheer him up with songs, interactive games and lots of fun, eventually.

2:25pm to 3:25pm
Neurovision: Boom-Bang-A-Brexit! Eccentronic

Remember Brighton Fringe 2013? Music comedy duo Eccentronic tried to write the UK’s song for Eurovision by identifying what it means to be British, while musing on how we can co-exist as part of Europe (mainly with songs about public transport networks). Oh, how we laughed...

Don’t panic! They’re back to solve this Brexistential crisis with new songs and electro mashups on board the Brexit bus, via Kraftwerk, ABBA, and Nine Inch Nails.

Can they wow you, the jury, and save the UK from ‘nil points’, and a new Waterloo? Unleash the Neurovision hit machine!

**** (Time Out).

2:30pm to 4:50pm
Urinetown: The Musical Brighton Little Theatre

It's the not-so-distant future. A terrible water shortage and 20-year drought have led to a government ban on private toilets and a proliferation of paid public toilets, owned and operated by a single megalomaniac company. If the poor don’t obey the strict laws prohibiting free urination, they’ll be sent to the dreaded and mysterious Urinetown. It is time for the poor to revolt, led by a brave young hero, fighting tooth and nail for the freedom to pee “wherever you like, whenever you like, for as long as you like, and with whomever you like.”

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Jessica Fostekew: You Know What I Did Last Summer Jessica Fostekew

A brand-new show in preview from Jessica Fostekew. Regular host of BBC R4 Extra’s ‘The Comedy Club’ and of the BBC Radio Comedy Award 2015 and 2016, Jess starred in the 2017 BBC1 drama, ‘Three Girls’. She writes for 'Mock the Week', 'Have I Got News For You' and the amazing ‘Standard Issue Magazine’.

This time last year, one comedian did two fat, massive things. One of them nearly killed a baby. Her baby. But it’s the other one she’s mainly fussed about. What? It’s the funnier one. Rest assured, it’s shameful. A story of horror at sea. Horror and unlimited frozen yogurt.

2:30pm to 3:40pm
Buzz: A New Musical Fat Rascal Theatre Ltd

Winner of the 2016 Stella Wilkie Award and the 2016 Eddies Award, BUZZ is a hilarious musical journey through the history of the vibrator and a brutally honest story of a singleton’s quest to fall back in love with herself. Join us as we finally uncover the untold struggle for women’s sexual independence throughout the ages.

"Bridget Jones meets Miranda Hart ... you should sell your own Grandma to get tickets" ***** (Theatre Bubble).

***** (Musical Theatre Review).
***** (London Theatre 1).
***** (Ed Fringe Review).
***** (Hiskind Magazine).
***** (Last Minute Theatre Tickets).

2:30pm to 3:15pm
Mobile The Paper Birds

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

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

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

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

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

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Mozzz! Brighton Theatre

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

3:00pm to 3:50pm
Learn To Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

Come along and learn to throw your own pot on the potters wheel at the Painting Pottery Cafe! Learn a new skill alongside other beginners with one of our fabulous potters in this structured workshop that will teach you how to create a lasting ceramic piece. Our ceramic studio provides a friendly and creative space for you and friends to share a new and hands on experience together during the festival. Pots will be ready to collect 2 weeks later or can be posted for an additional fee. Places are limited so booking ahead is essential. Perfect for a couples outing or just some good old fashioned fun! Spaces are limited to 8 people per session, if booking for group it is advisable to book all your tickets at the the same time. Live audio description available on request. Please email help@paintingpotterycafe.co.uk to book in advance.

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

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

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Bisha K Ali: I Don't Bisha K Ali

Three weddings in three months - every girl's dream. Bisha K Ali tells a tale that centres on interracial, intra-religious, inter-disaster marriage. A story with imams, evangelical priests, demons and love. This up-and-coming "badass comedian" (MTV) has fast developed a reputation for "tender, and self effacing" (EdFest Magazine) comedy with bite, and presents this work-in-progress show for the first time at Brighton Fringe.

3:00pm to 5:00pm
HIP Trip of Brighton: A Psychedelic Wander Kriya Arts

Hip was one of the most talked-about shows at last year's Fringe, thanks to its unusual mix of licensed voyeurism and collective discovery. It told the story of a squat, the diaries its former owner left behind, and the tale of a much-loved woman's life. Last year's show was confined to a theatre, but this time it's a walking tour – visiting places mentioned in the diaries and recalling the Brighton of the Seventies. The original earned 4* from us, so here's hoping the new version is an equal success.

Award-nominated sell-out hit HIP returns as an immersive journey through the streets of 1970s Brighton. HIP explores the true story of Brightonian Anne Clarke. The discovery of Anne's diaries and letters by squatter Jolie Booth, unearthed a huge archive about the city they've lived in and experiences they've shared. Visit places Anne wrote about and learn how her life left an imprint on the city. "A hugely enjoyable, engaging and at times profound reflection on what we create and what we leave behind" (Total Theatre). "Hip is a must see show. Highly recommended" (Fringe Review). ***** (Broadway Baby).

Touch tours and audio description available as needed. Please enquire upon arrival.

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Living With George Unmasked Theatre

One Summer evening in 1952, a 21-year-old Margaret Williams enters a dance hall. 65 years on, she recalls her life, her marriage and her choice in 'Living with George'.
A poignant period piece about marriage, sex and relationships in the 1950s.

Written by Jayne Woodhouse and produced by Unmasked Theatre ('The Writers’ Bloc', 'Romeo and Juliet').

3:00pm to 4:48pm
Sing-a-long Mamma Mia OCR Productions

Come and sing your heart out in this special viewing of the west-end hit turn film. Greek style mezze included in the ticket price. Prizes for fancy dress. Rating PG.

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

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

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

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

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

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

3:30pm to 4:30pm
Huggers Nik Coppin

With a revolving and changing line-up of magicians, comedians, street performers, musical theatre and variety acts, this internationally-popular show is great for all the family to enjoy together.

"Music, comedy and magic kept the kids entertained... whizzed past and was perfectly timed for child attention spans... My eight-year-old absolutely loved it!" (Child Friendly Brighton, UK),

"The kids had a great time" (Adelaide Fringe),

"Great show" (The Scotsman, Edinburgh Fringe).

3:30pm to 5:30pm
Pauline Quirke Academy Pauline Quirke Academy Brighton West

PQA is a weekend performing arts Academy providing tuition for children and young people from 4-18 years. Students spend three hours with us every Saturday morning, rotating through hour-long sessions in Comedy and Drama, Musical Theatre and Film and Television. Build your child's confidence in our all-singing, all-dancing musical theatre workshop, suitable for 6-15 year olds. 4-5 year olds can also join in the fun in our Poppets class designed to encourage young children to develop their performance and communication skills as they create and explore stories and songs.

3:30pm to 5:00pm
Woodland Tribe Tom Williams

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 4:30pm
The Monks of Umami: Radiodyssey JET Productions

On February 22nd 1952, 50 strangers gathered in the vaults of BBC Stoke to hear a groundbreaking new comedy act. ‘Umami’ were unheard of at the time but amongst the crowd were a 7-year-old John Cleese, the entire cast of the Goon Show and a starry-eyed Vladimir Putin. What they heard that night changed their lives forever as they listened to the most influential hour of radio comedy ever produced. Unfortunately, BBC Stoke forgot to record the performance so it has only been whispered about in comedy circles ever since. Until now.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This will include some projected images and new information.

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

3:45pm to 4:35pm
Luisa Omielan. The INTERLUDE..Politics for Bitches / What Would Mary Magdalene Do?! Big Love Productions

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

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

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

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

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

4:00pm to 4:50pm
Learn To Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

Come along and learn to throw your own pot on the potters wheel at the Painting Pottery Cafe! Learn a new skill alongside other beginners with one of our fabulous potters in this structured workshop that will teach you how to create a lasting ceramic piece. Our ceramic studio provides a friendly and creative space for you and friends to share a new and hands on experience together during the festival. Pots will be ready to collect 2 weeks later or can be posted for an additional fee. Places are limited so booking ahead is essential. Perfect for a couples outing or just some good old fashioned fun! Spaces are limited to 8 people per session, if booking for group it is advisable to book all your tickets at the the same time. Live audio description available on request. Please email help@paintingpotterycafe.co.uk to book in advance.

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Owen Roberts: The man who ate too many raisins BEASTS

What is the meaning of life? Do aliens exist? And how many is too many raisins? This show will answer a maximum of one of these questions. An hour of comedy from one third of the critically acclaimed sketch group Beasts. "Delightfully entertaining" **** (The Telegraph). As seen on BBC3, BBC Radio 4, and Comedy Central.

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Licence to Laugh Comedy Club Universal Adventurer

Comedy Compilation show of some of the best up and coming comics from the UK Comedy Circuit. Different line-up each day, all hosted by Joe Bains who grew up in the deepest darkest parts of India, and then shipped into the west with no language, culture, looks, social skills or intelligence.

4:00pm to 7:00pm
Streamline Taxis: A Social History Since 1936 Streamline Taxis

A social history of Brighton & 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 & Hove to Portsmouth, Bristol, Nottingham and as far as Harrogate.

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

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Amazing Bubble Man Louis Pearl

Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences worldwide for over 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. An
Edinburgh Fringe sell-out for the last 10 years, Louis explores the breathtaking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerised. From square bubbles, fog and helium bubbles, giant bubbles, volcanoes, tornadoes and trampolines, to people inside bubbles. The Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and amazed gasps from all ages.
New this year, live music by Jet Black Pearl.

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

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

4:00pm to 4:45pm
Perfection In Progress Lightline

You don't have to be perfect... but you are! Organic juice drunk, clever books read, cool documentaries seen, supplements sipped, South American medicine adventure done, Yoga in India, burnt a man in the desert, coconut oil expert, tie-died hair, eye-gazed, meditated, happy thoughts, tantric raisin sharing, pages written, ecstatically danced. Phew are we there yet? An extremely silly and skillful look at a human trying to be perfect. Expect full belly laughs as this generous woman exposes the lengths we go to pretend that we are not merely simply human. Come and let it all hang out.

4:00pm to 5:10pm
The Brighton Killers 368 Theatre Company

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

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

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

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

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

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Little Wing Banyan Tree Theatre Group

Little Wing finds herself alone in the forest with a trio of warring dragons. Can she stop them to keep the flames of her world alive? Enter a fantastical world of captivating puppets and songs in this enchanting coming-of-age tale.

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

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

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

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

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

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

4:15pm to 5:05pm
Mine Put the Book Down

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

4:20pm to 5:20pm
Bethnal Green Lucky Dog Theatre Productions

This is a story that's been waiting to be told: the disaster at Bethnal Green underground station, the worst loss of British civilian life in the whole of World War Two. 173 people were crushed to death on a deceptively short stairway, fleeing an air-raid warning which turned out to be a false alarm. This is a brand-new script, but Lucky Dog Productions have an excellent record at the Fringe, most notably for their impeccably-researched Laurel and Hardy tribute Hats Off.

This award-winning company bring the harrowing and factual account of the largest civilian disaster of World War II, The Bethnal Green Tube Disaster, into horrifying focus.

With the backing of The Stairway To Heaven Foundation, and using first-hand accounts, you will be taken right into the terror of 3rd March 1943 when 173 men, women, and children lost their lives when they were crushed to death on an East End shelter staircase during an air raid.

4:20pm to 5:20pm
Immigrant Diaries for Refugees - Sajeela Kershi & Guests Comic Angels

Immigration, migrants, the refugee crisis; hot divisive topics of debate that have been blamed for Brexit, Trump, rise of hate crimes in the past year. How many are there? Why are they coming here? What do they want? And who exactly are these 'bloody foreigners’ anyway? Immigrant Diaries is a chance to come and hear some of those who chose to live and work on this marvelously multi-cultural island. True stories, from the world of entertainment and beyond, provide a a much-needed positive antidote to negative anti-immigration/refugee rhetoric. This popular, critically-acclaimed award-winning show returns for the 5th year. 50% profits for refugees. togetherforbetterdays.org
Statistics don't tell the story, people do.
Winner of Argus Angel Award for artistic excellence (2015).

"Funny and poignant, The Immigrant Diaries should be available on prescription" ***** (Argus)
"catch it at all costs" ***** (Remote Goat).
*****(Fresh Air Fringe)
***** (Asian Culture Vulture)
**** (Broadway Baby)
**** (Latest7)
**** (one4review)
**** (A Younger Theatre)
**** (Arts Award Voice)

Sold out shows, Brighton, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London West End, London Southbank Festival Hall, Leicester, WOMAD, House of Lords.

4:30pm to 5:30pm
Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre Do Shakespeare Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre

Virtually a cult classic in Edinburgh, this act delivers exactly what its title claims: two Scottish-voiced sock puppets, performing in a tiny tartan-clad theatre.  The show always tackles its subject-of-the-year with cheesy songs, groan-worthy puns and an impressive array of sock-based "costume changes".  This is a re-run for 2016's show, marking Shakespeare's 400th anniversary, and its treatment of the classic texts is sure to offer plenty of intelligent yet very silly humour.

Earth's funniest footwear return with their hit show of songs, sketches, socks and violence, taking on The Bard himself. Howl at their Hamlet, roar at their Romeo and Juliet, and peer into their Coriolanus. Plus all the usual satirical nonsense from the Two Gentlesocks Of Verrucca. "The unparalleled pinnacle of comedy puppetry" ***** (Venue), "Had every single audience member... laughing until they cried." ***** (Edinburgh Evening News), "One of the truly great comic inventions of our time" ***** (Theatre Bath).

4:30pm to 5:30pm
Something Wicked This Way Comes Curious Cloud Productions

A courtroom in hell. Shakespeare's Prospera (The Tempest) presides as Macbeth and Goneril (King Lear) battle each other for a chance at redemption.  An allegory of modern times, 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' shines a light on the obsessive pursuit of power and the destruction of the Old World order.

4:30pm to 5:50pm
And Love Walked In Wired Theatre

Wired Theatre are long-standing Brighton Fringe regulars, and have made a name for themselves staging creative site-specific works in unusual places. They take big risks which don't always pay off, but whatever happens, you can expect a quirky but meaningful show which gives you plenty to talk about. This year's production is hosted in a normal house on a "quiet street" in Hove, and explores whether it's possible to fall in love with more than one person at the same time.

How many times can you fall in love? How many people can you love at the same time? These questions arise when certain uninvited guests call, disrupting the comfortable lives of an aging psychotherapist and his charming wife. Confusion, delight and anxiety ensue. Can reason overcome insane passion or will the fragile bubble of marital bliss burst in this quirky, original production by old Fringe favourites? The outcomes can be witnessed in close-up in a quiet house, in a quiet street in Hove. This Brighton based company aims to present devised work that will challenge and amuse audiences.

4:45pm to 5:45pm
C'est La Vegan Laughing Horse Comedy

Award-winning comic Dave Chawner premieres his new show about turning vegan.

Looking at the origin of food, ideas and views he explores how much choice there is with so few options.

"This is one comic you have to make the effort to see" (The Scottish Herald),
"His upbeat delivery and candid confessions make for an enjoyable... hour" (Chortle).

As featured in The Guardian, The Independent and The Observer.

As seen on BBC, ITV and Channel 4.

5:00pm to 7:00pm
The Angel and The Fiend Lee Miller Archives

"I looked like an angel, but was a fiend inside." Lee Miller (1907-1977, New York).

A muse, model, photographer and one of the first female war correspondents during WWII. Post war she married Surrealist artist Roland Penrose and settled at Farley Farm, Muddles Green, E. Sussex, which is now the home of the Lee Miller Archives.

The highs and lows of Lee Miller's turbulent life are explored in 'The Angel and The Fiend', a dramatised reading of words, edited from original text or dialogue where possible by the characters and set to a continuous projection of images.

5:00pm to 5:55pm
Jon & Nath Like To Party Jon & Nath

Sketchfest finalists Jon & Nath are back with their all-new comedy show. Mischievous charm, crackling satire, outrageous impressions, very real slapstick and the hottest Jehovah's Witness act in town! A relentless assortment of instant classics from two best friends who can't stand each other. "Visceral, surprising and contagiously silly... Flight of the Conchords meets The Pajama Men with some Aussie sauce" Adam Dahrouge (Creative Producer, London Sketchfest). "Smooth, intelligent and very funny" Beat Magazine (Australia). FINALISTS Sketchfest ''Best New Act" 2016. SEMI-FINALISTS Leicester Square Sketch Off 2017. Featured on Radio 4 Extra (Newsjack).

5:00pm to 6:00pm
James Bennison: How to be a Winner James Bennison

James Bennison. Comedian. Winner.
As well as being an award-winning comedian, James has also won every game show in existence. Now you too can learn how to be a winner.
Do you have what it takes to win a Jamesified version of every show from the 80s (to current day) and be awarded the James Bennison Trophy for Winning?
"... a most enjoyable slice of nonsense." (Steve Bennett, Chortle), "... highly entertaining, utterly engaging" **** (Fringe Guru), "... great geeky revelry" **** (Arts Awards Voice).

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

London Road is an area rapidly regenerating after years of inner city decline. New businesses have moved in, with improvements to the Open Market and The Level, new housing at the Co-op, New England and on Ditchling Road and a general feeling of urban regrowth. The physical geography, historic nature of the buildings and layout of the former farmland bubbles through into the 21st century scene. This tour takes in history and landscape, past industry and present day housing.

5:00pm to 6:30pm
Woodland Tribe Tom Williams

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

5:30pm to 6:25pm
The Wedding Guest Shoepak Productions

‘The Wedding Guest’ is a solo character comedy chronicling the ups and downs of Juan Domínguez, a thick-moustached general, and J’VaAnN, a lovesick poet, as they pine for the love of one woman: Leela.

The show is written and performed by Raphael Perahia, and directed by Shea Wojtus (‘MorbidAbnormalMe’). **** (Broadway Baby), **** (Fringe Guru).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5:40pm to 6:30pm
Chicken Soup Crusader Daphna Baram

In this unsafe space, with Brexit looming and Trump trumpeting, Daphna Baram attempts to clear us all a path. The Middle Eastern Mary Poppins, armed with a semi-automatic umbrella, a tub of Jewish penicillin and a spoonful of hummus, will lead you safely to shore - if you don't drown laughing.
"Masterful" ***** (Bunbury Publishing),
"Extremely sharp, caustic sense of humour... wicked streak" (Views From The Gods),
"Illuminating and poignant take on tough subjects... fresh and enlightening" (The List),
"Wonderful and hilarious" **** (Broadway Baby).

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

Bassanio has been murdered and, under suspicion, Gratiano is forced to revisit his Fascist past. He was never the hero – just a minor character, the plucky comic relief – but he never thought he played the villain.

Set in post war Italy this challenging sequel to William Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice' explores the politics of prejudice in the modern age, and asks just how Mussolini managed to use democracy to turn a people against themselves.

***** (British Theatre Guide), **** (ThreeWeeks).

From the team behind 'The Unknown Soldier'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

6:00pm to 7:00pm
The Girl in the Grate Cathianne Hall

Lucy Green dreamt her life would turn out like the spangly title sequence of a ‘Girl About Town’ sitcom. It didn’t. But if she can work a comic mishap to her advantage, it might not be too late...

Join writer Cathianne Hall to find out why sometimes you have to get stuck to get unstuck.

"Cathianne Hall is a magician with words and Images." (The Scotsman).

6:00pm to 6:55pm
Dignity Off Sunjai Arif

Get ready to laugh at the regular comedic odd couple.

Matt is 50 and well presentable with his feet firmly planted on the ground.
Sunjai is 30 and far from presentable with his head way up in the clouds.

Marvel at the eloquence of Matt’s spoken word as he turns the likes of body waxing, dolphin sex, and death by prostitute into sheer poetry.

Feel the joy and excitement as Sunjai shows you the world through his eyes, you’ll lean forward in your chair not knowing what he’ll do next.

Watch them battle it out in the ultimate face off to decide who has the most (or least) self-respect.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
All Cashed In Quids In Theatre Company

4 stars I'll 'fess up right away: I've never been that interested in Johnny Cash. I do at least recognise the singer's name – which means I'm better-educated than Greg, the Glaswegian lead character in this engaging and spirited two-hander. But I've always assumed I wouldn't be a fan, and the biggest compliment I can pay this show is to say that within the first ten minutes it had changed my mind. Read the full review.

Aberdeen-based Quids In Theatre have become regulars at the Brighton Fringe – and when I reviewed their last show, Fool, I commented on actor Jamie Rodden's powerful singing voice. So it's exciting to see them return with All Cashed In, a tribute to country star Johnny Cash, which presumably offers plenty more opportunities to hear Rodden perform. Details are thin on the ground, but our colleagues at Fringe Review rated it a "Hidden Gem" at last year's Edinburgh Fringe.

What happens when your life seems to mirror that of your musical hero? Greg Moncur is convinced his obsession with Johnny Cash is influencing what happens in his life. Coincidence? Or is there a master plan? Find out in this light-hearted comedy, incorporating live performance of some of Johnny Cash's greatest tracks; an original tribute to The Man in Black.

"Hidden gem" (Fringe Review).

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Caspar Thomas: More Magic & Mentalism Caspar Thomas

Magician Caspar Thomas isn't a typical showman – but after spending a few minutes in his wittily self-deprecating company, you'll feel that you've made a new friend. If last year's show is a guide, you can expect an unashamedly traditional magic routine executed to perfection, often triggering that pleasing sense that something literally impossible has just happened before your eyes. An unexpectedly funny, crowd-pleasing show for those who remember the golden age of magic on TV.

Following successful runs at Brighton Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe 2015 and 2016, Caspar returns to Brighton to perform more close-up, interactive, before-your-very-eyes sleight of hand magic and mentalism. No suspicious-looking boxes. No TV editing. No stooges. No assistants (glamorous or otherwise). "Caspar's sleight of hand and mentalism is of a standard rarely seen anywhere, and never attempted by the current generation of magicians. Phenomenal!" (Magician and comedian Jerry Sadowitz).

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Comedy Happy Hour: The Chat Show Laughing Horse Comedy

This show is the perfect way to start off your night at Brighton Fringe, as you spend an hour in the company of genial Scottish comedian Vladimir McTavish and guests in an early evening soiree that brings you highlights of four Fringe shows.

Each night, a selection of Fringe performers will appear, with interesting chat about themselves and their shows, along with some show excerpts. There's stand-up, some cabaret, plenty of unexpected silliness, and maybe even a song or two along the way.

"Gleefully indulgent. Highly Appealing" **** (Guardian),
"Scotland's top Satirical Stand-up" **** (Morning Star).

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Licence to Laugh Comedy Club Universal Adventurer

Comedy Compilation show of some of the best up and coming comics from the UK Comedy Circuit. Different line-up each day, all hosted by Joe Bains who grew up in the deepest darkest parts of India, and then shipped into the west with no language, culture, looks, social skills or intelligence.

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

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

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

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

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

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

6:00pm to 6:50pm
Spin: A Skatepark Adventure Hubble Bubble Productions

A new inclusive urban sports show including parkour runners, skateboarders, BMX riders, acrobats and dancers. Featuring Rick Rodgers, the disabled stuntman from the Paralympic 'Yes I can' advert. Daredevil stunts, adrenaline fuelled fun with big beats and box jumps. Filled with anticipation, determination and exhilaration. Pushing the boundaries, testing what is humanly possible. Previous press for Hubble Bubble Productions: The Scotsman Best of the Fest: "a remarkably original, finely acted drama... well worth four stars and going on five." **** (The Scotsman), "a real gem of the festival" ***** (Broadway Baby). Touch tours and audio description available on request. Please email Hubblebubbleproductions@gmail.com to book.

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

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

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

But what about the ones that got away?

“Totally captivating” (Beaford Arts).

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

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

6:15pm to 7:05pm
Lucy Pearman: WIP & a Cabbage Lucy Pearman

"Traditionally, unmarried girls were sent into the veg garden to choose the 'perfect' cabbage." (Anon).
Lucy Pearman presents a work in progress at this years Brighton Fringe. Expect playful nonsense and a talking cabbage. "Brilliantly playful..marks Lucy out as something rather special" (Laugh Out London), "Lucy Pearman is so very endearing to watch and an integral feature of pioneering new comedy in a big way" (Funny Women).

6:30pm to 8:00pm
Scott Gibson: Life After Death GB Festivals Ltd.

Winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer 2016; this show tells the story of the three weeks that changed Scott’s life forever. On returning from a stag weekend in Blackpool, Scott’s brain exploded – he had suffered a massive brain haemorrhage. So he did what any self respecting Glaswegian man would do and went back to bed for four days.

A darkly hysterical, inspiring show delivered with the trademark filthy charisma that Scott is known for.

"A natural gifted storyteller" (Frankie Boyle), ***** (The Mirror), **** (The Guardian), **** (The Skinny), **** (The List).

6:30pm to 9:15pm
Pauline Quirke Academy Pauline Quirke Academy Brighton West

PQA is a weekend performing arts Academy providing tuition for children and young people from 4-18 years. Students spend three hours with us every Saturday morning, rotating through hour-long sessions in Comedy and Drama, Musical Theatre and Film and Television. Build your child's confidence in our all-singing, all-dancing musical theatre workshop, suitable for 6-15 year olds. 4-5 year olds can also join in the fun in our Poppets class designed to encourage young children to develop their performance and communication skills as they create and explore stories and songs.

6:30pm to 7:25pm
Dave Edwards: Looking for Love! Edwards Inc

Join Dave Edwards as he gives advice concerning how to navigate the messy world of modern-day dating. Edwards is a cult performer, regularly performing at Brian Gittins’ monthly night ‘Gittins to Know You’.

Dave Edwards is a cult performer on the alternative comedy scene having appeared alongside Harry Hill, Adam Buxton and John Kearns while appearing at Brian Gittins’ monthly night ‘Gittins to Know You’ and co-hosting Brian’s legendary podcasts.

“The funniest character comedy you’ve yet to see” (Colin Hoult, ‘Murder in Successville’/‘Derek’), “Always funny, always surprising” (David Earl, ‘Derek’/Brian Gittins).

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Comedy Sans Frontieres Laughtermarket Productions

Stand-up comedy in support of Medécins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders).

An hour of comedy with a different guest or two each night. Comedy Sans Frontieres takes a look at the upside-down world we live in, with big laughs and the occasional gasp for audiences. It promises to be socially conscious (tick), morally motivated (tick), and clever (mmm, not always). Mostly it's just very silly. Comedy Sans Frontieres supports the charity MSF, donating some of the ticket price to their work in war-torn regions and areas of natural disaster. The show is hosted by Comedy Sans Frontieres founder, Sami Stone.
"Well crafted jokes, touched with poignancy'"(Fringe Review).
Compilation shows from the archive have featured the likes of Sara Pascoe, Katherine Ryan, Robin Ince, Marcus Brigstocke, Nick Helm, Simon Munnery and Josie Long to name a few.

For further precise programming details see 'Junkyard Dogs' website or facebook page.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Bryony Twydle: Twaddle PigWig Productions

Bryony Twydle (New Comedian of the Year 2016 semi-finalist, Funny Women 2015 semi-finalist, BBC Radio 4’s ‘Sketchorama’, one fifth of award-winning sketch group The Jest) brings her debut solo show to Brighton. Watch as she pushes her warped, arrogant, self-obsessed characters to their breaking points – and pushes the audience’s boundaries too.
“Great material, sharp comic timing, fleshed-out characterisation ... comic gold” ***** (Views from the Gods),
“Impressively dynamic and effortlessly charismatic. She will surely only go from strength to strength” **** (LondonTheatre1).

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Spectacular Sisters Sha Wylie Wonders

A joyously humorous celebration of what it is to be a sister. Reminiscences from the early days of walkie-talkie dolls, contented turn-taking rides on a very little portly pony, and youth club punch ups. Marriage, children and middle age intervening along the way. And finally, arriving at the sisters' shared journey to a blissfully dotty old age. (Speak for yourself, sister says!) Along the way, Sha Wylie, with "her inimitable warmth" (Latest 7), will look at the experiences of other more famous and certainly more sensational sisters.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
This Boy Tom JW Productions

A brand-new musical by BBC Bursary winner Natalie Sexton.

Tom, a boy who lost his little brother, Alfie, in a fire a few years ago, is now in secondary school, and dealing with bullying for the burn on his face.

Jessica believes that Tom started the fire and deserves what he gets. Caiden and the boys find nothing funnier than making him feel small.

But is there any truth to what Jessica says? Will new girl Flora see Tom any differently? And is Alfie as far away as we think?

A relevant and contemporary musical story of acceptance, friendship and courage.

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

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

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

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

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

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

A fact-filled walk celebrating our unique city. Discover what connects ABBA to the Portuguese Revolution. A stained wall to a worldwide brand. Mount Everest to Tesco's in Hove. A 19th century vegetarian. Britain's oldest clown. A same-sex wedding in 1923.

"Thoughtful and captivating" ***** (Love Fringe), "Funny, entertaining and well-informed" **** (Latest 7).

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

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

7:00pm to 8:20pm
And Love Walked In Wired Theatre

Wired Theatre are long-standing Brighton Fringe regulars, and have made a name for themselves staging creative site-specific works in unusual places. They take big risks which don't always pay off, but whatever happens, you can expect a quirky but meaningful show which gives you plenty to talk about. This year's production is hosted in a normal house on a "quiet street" in Hove, and explores whether it's possible to fall in love with more than one person at the same time.

How many times can you fall in love? How many people can you love at the same time? These questions arise when certain uninvited guests call, disrupting the comfortable lives of an aging psychotherapist and his charming wife. Confusion, delight and anxiety ensue. Can reason overcome insane passion or will the fragile bubble of marital bliss burst in this quirky, original production by old Fringe favourites? The outcomes can be witnessed in close-up in a quiet house, in a quiet street in Hove. This Brighton based company aims to present devised work that will challenge and amuse audiences.

7:00pm to 7:50pm
Julie Jepson: Randomonium Lamb Comedy Productions

Lamb Comedy are beside themselves with excitement to be welcoming Barcelona's No.1 star, Juanita Martinez Conchitez Fernandez, in a Brighton Fringe first. Also featuring Shannon Crabsticks, The Irish-ish mermaid with shipping forecast Tourettes. Expect the unexpected in this World Premiere created by Brighton's favourite comic. It's pandemonium in a random fashion... it's Randomonium.
"Had us shrieking with laughter. Exceptional. *****" (Latest7), "Animated, hugely watchable, likeable and very funny" (BBC Radio Manchester).

7:00pm to 10:00pm
UK Subs sotd

This legendary Punk band continues to represent the true spirit of Punk Rock. From the birth of British Punk, the now equally legendary Charlie Harper 71 years young, still touring worldwide, they maintain that true spirit of Punk Rock continuing to inspire each subsequent generation of fans. There has never been any division of fan and band with the Subs, and Charlie’s unrelenting love of his audience and music shines through the U.K. Subs continues to entertain, enlighten and enthuse like a vintage wine – the U.K. Subs just get better and better.

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

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

7:00pm to 9:30pm
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).

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Darkroom Diaries Johan Goossens

Dutch comedian Johan Goossens is looking for love in all the wrong places. Dive with him into the darkrooms of Amsterdam. "Are you safe?" "Yes I am safe." "Ok great. Then we don't need a condom... " Have you ever had this conversation? Then this show is for you. About poppers, PREP and to rim or not to rim. For all gays, and for straights with a strong stomach.

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

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

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

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

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Chick Ass Comedy Laugh Train Home

Robyn Perkins **** (ThreeWeeks), Sarah Iles, (Comedy Network Award winner) and Ria Lina ***** (Mumble Comedy). "Fearless, provocative and very funny" (Scotsman). Come together for an hour of hilarious comedy.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Stuart Black: Flea Circus Stuart Black

Shakespeare said the world is a stage and we are all players. Does that ring true for you? Stuart Black uses his twisted and razor-sharp humour to examine the world we live in, and look back at his life of alcohol and drug-fuelled adventures. His conclusion?... It’s more of a Flea Circus.

What the press say:
"Comic-philosopher" (Londonisfunny.co.uk),
"Pitch black but spectacularly smart" (The List).

7:30pm to 9:30pm
The Dove in Spring: American Chamber Music in Recital Panizza/Ward-Caddle Productions

Soaring soprano tones, passionate cello and sumptuous piano lines intermingle in this recital featuring Anna Bolton (soprano), Esther Ward-Caddle (cello) & Nicole Panizza (piano) performing Ned Rorem's 'Last Poems of Wallace Stevens', Aaron Copland song selection, Samuel Barber's Sonata Op. 6 & Villa Lobos’ ‘Pequena Suite’for Cello & Piano. Poems read by Jane Richards.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Prelude to a Coat Stefanie Mueller

"Elisabeth left me a note in her coat - I met her shortly after her death." In her first solo show 'Prelude to a Coat', Stefanie Mueller (Associate Director, Hoipolloi) investigates and dissects the choices we make and how these are often provoked by seemingly insignificant events that only in hindsight reveal their importance. It is about examining crossroads in our lives, It is about the moment of decision-making, It is about Elisabeth wearing trousers, It is about me becoming a foreigner. It's about - well, look what you've got in your pocket and ask how and why it got there...

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

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

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

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

Open Sky uses new writing and visual physical theatre.

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

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

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

7:30pm to 8:25pm
Elixir Head First Acrobats

Back once more after two sell-out runs, Elixir is a thoroughly modern circus show set during a good old-fashioned zombie apocalypse. Cast as scientists seeking the antidote which will save mankind, the three-man Aussie crew vault, tumble and clown their way through an impressive acrobatic routine – which delivers a fair amount of comedy knockabout too. A sci-fi soundtrack and numerous homages to the likes of Thriller complete the knowingly contemporary vibe.

'Elixir' is circus like you have never seen before - uninhibited by cliché or expectation, subversive and hilarious at the same time.

Acrobats fly five metres into the air on the teeterboard, spin upside down on the mesmerising roue cyr wheel, perform incredible one-arm handstands on wobbling canes and balance on nothing but their heads on a swinging trapeze.

'Elixir' is an incredible display of acrobatics and physical comedy, tied together with an eccentric narrative. Sell out shows 2015 and 2016!

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

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

7:30pm to 10:00pm
Bach's 6 Cello Suites & Beethoven's 5 Cello Sonatas & Variations Music at Saint Michael's

St Michael's welcomes back Pavlos Carvalho to perform Bach's Cello Suites, over two evenings. The evergreen Suite in G, and the Suites in D minor and D are performed on the Friday, with the Suites in C, E flat and C minor on Saturday. Pavlos will then return to perform Beethoven's Cello Sonatas and Variations with pianist Louisa Lam. The Sonatas in F and G minor along with the F and G major Variations are performed on the Saturday, with the Sonatas in A, C and D along with the E flat Variations performed on the Sunday. Extraordinary performers, extraordinary music. Complimentary local parking available.

7:30pm to 9:30pm
Alfie Lantern Theatre

"Sexual intercourse began in nineteen sixty-three” wrote Philip Larkin, and 'Alfie', written in 1963, feels as relevant today as it did then.

Alfie loves women, apparently, in the same way as pussy-grabbing Donald Trump does. And women love them back, apparently? This stylish production revisits Bill Naughton's classic play of sexual politics - when women were 'birds', 'asking for it' and needed a good slap to keep them in their place. But are things so very different now?

Starring Steve Harris and produced by the award-winning team behind 5 star shows 'Screaming Inside' (Argus Angel), and 'Contraction and Fr Damien'.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
In Conversation with an Acid Bath Murderer 368 Theatre Company

5 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2016 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.

This mesmerising, unsettling two-hander scored 5* from us last year, thanks to its masterful characterisation and clever lightness of touch. The story it tells feels implausibly gothic, yet it's absolutely true – the tale of John George Haigh, the 1940's serial killer who notoriously destroyed his victims' bodies in acid. With plenty of Sussex local colour and a few moments of genuine suspense, it's dark, visceral, yet bleakly humorous. It's a small venue, so be sure to book ahead.

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).
"A beautifully written script and central performance." (The Argus).
"There can’t be a more perfect setting... a riveting production." (Broadway Baby).
"A masterclass in characterisation - and an exemplar of factual drama done well." (Fringe Guru).

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:30pm to 10:30pm
Slim Chance sotd

Slim Chance is a tight band of good friends, which has evolved around three original members of Ronnie's Lane's band - Steve Bingham, Charlie Hart and Steve Simpson. They are now regularly joined by Brendan O'Neill, Billy Nicholls, and Geraint Watkins, and together they deliver a unique and entertaining show, both joyous and of a high musical calibre. The Slim Chance extended family consists of a host of wonderful musicians whose contributions will always be greatly appreciated.

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

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

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

7:30pm to 8:50pm
The Tempest This is my Theatre

For twelve years Prospero, the rightful duke of Milan, has dwelt on an island after his brother Antonio betrayed him and cast him adrift in a small boat. For twelve years he has plotted revenge on those who overthrew him.

Thought to be Shakespeare's final work, 'The Tempest' is brought to life in this one-act adaptation, full of drama, romance, comedy and magic, performed in the beautiful setting of "little" St Peter's.

After successful tours of 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'A Christmas Carol' in 2016, This is my Theatre is back and set to create a storm this Brighton Fringe!

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

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

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

7:30pm to 10:00pm
Can't Take My Eyes Off You Rainbow Chorus

If you thought a night with the Rainbow Chorus couldn't get any better, then get ready for a departure from our usual concerts as we roll out an evening of songs from the familiar, the not so familiar to the downright quirky as the marvellous beautiful-sounding and often hilarious Yorkshire-based, lesbian a capella singing group, the Deep C Divas join the fun for one night only!

BSL (British Sign Language) Interpreted.

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

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

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

7:45pm to 10:05pm
Urinetown: The Musical Brighton Little Theatre

It's the not-so-distant future. A terrible water shortage and 20-year drought have led to a government ban on private toilets and a proliferation of paid public toilets, owned and operated by a single megalomaniac company. If the poor don’t obey the strict laws prohibiting free urination, they’ll be sent to the dreaded and mysterious Urinetown. It is time for the poor to revolt, led by a brave young hero, fighting tooth and nail for the freedom to pee “wherever you like, whenever you like, for as long as you like, and with whomever you like.”

7:45pm to 8:45pm
The Girl Who Fell in Love With The Moon The Human Zoo Theatre Company

“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. ‘The Girl Who Fell in Love With The Moon’ sets out to explore humanity’s eternal fascination with the skies through the eyes of this playful and dynamic ensemble.

‘The Girl Who Fell in Love With The Moon’ has enjoyed a UK wide and international tour and is a five-star, award-winning production.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8:00pm to 9:15pm
Coming Clean: Life As A Naked House Cleaner Fracas Studios

Coming Clean: Life As A Naked House Cleaner is an immersive theatre show about sexual fantasy- it's also funny and true and asks us to look at our own vulnerabilities. This piece of new writing comes from Ethan Mechare who takes you through his stories as a naked house cleaner when he moved to London from Los Angeles. Are you ready to get cleansed?

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

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

8:00pm to 9:00pm
A Synchronisation of Transportation Brighton Swimming Club

Swim swim swim - we get around. Who would have thought walking, flying, riding, pedalling, driving, diving, surfacing and sailing could be squeezed into one show? Come on down to our synchronised swimming extravaganza to be amazed at the routines and moves we use to get from A-to-B swimmingly. Brighton Swimming Club, Brighton Dolphin Synchro, BSC Horsham Flamingos and guests invite you to their 9th annual show.

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

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

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

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Licence to Laugh Comedy Club Universal Adventurer

Comedy Compilation show of some of the best up and coming comics from the UK Comedy Circuit. Different line-up each day, all hosted by Joe Bains who grew up in the deepest darkest parts of India, and then shipped into the west with no language, culture, looks, social skills or intelligence.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8:30pm to 9:25pm
Viggo Venn: The Life of Pepito Stamptown

Winner, Rising Star: The Media Eye, 2016.

Award-winning Gaulier-trained comedian Viggo Venn performs the UK premiere of his debut solo show ‘The Life of Pepito’ at Brighton Fringe! Through clown, characters and physical comedy, Venn gives us a glimpse into the life of Pepito - a man who works in a cookie factory, only to discover he’s actually a character in a play.

Directed by Jonny Woolley.

“Venn shines like the police-light taped to his head” (Theater in the Now, NY).

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

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

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

8:30pm to 10:30pm
Edana Minghella Quartet presents From Ella to Elvis Edana Minghella Jazz

Two nights at The Verdict for Edana Minghella’s quartet. With 'From Ella to Elvis', Edana brings her unique style to beautiful songs of love and longing from Jazz standards to contemporary classics. Her second album, 'All or Nothing', was launched last year to wide acclaim. Based on Billie Holiday’s repertoire, it showcases Edana’s great strengths: raw emotion and a capacity to touch her audience deeply. Prepare to be moved! (With Mark Edwards, piano; Pete Maxfield, double bass; Lee Goodall, saxophone.)

“An extraordinary artist with a beautiful & distinctive voice.” (Devizes Arts).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

With Charly Sommers and Russell Shaw
Directed by Sam Chittenden.

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Reality Check Laughing Horse Comedy

Athena Kugblenu has watched, listened and looked for a long time, and now she's grown tired of the conventions of the left wing press. 'Reality Check' is the hotly anticipated debut hour from an adroit comic who's found her voice and isn't afraid to use it. Issues including politics, class, immigration and heritage will be explored in a way that encompasses, rather than isolates, highlights rather than diminishes and relentlessly challenges stereotype. "An intelligent set that managed to be both easily accessible and playful and still say something serious" (Bruce Dessau).

9:00pm to 10:00pm
OUT Rachael Young

OUT is about shape shifting; to be black enough, straight enough, Jamaican enough...

Challenging homophobia and transphobia within Caribbean communities, OUT is a conversation between two bodies, reclaiming dance-hall and celebrating queerness amongst the bittersweet scent of oranges.

A defiant act of self-expression that smashes through the silence, summoning voices and re-enacting movements in a chaotic mash-up of remembrance and reinvention.

OUT is kindly supported by The Marlborough, The Yard, IBT, Arts Council England, Curve Leicester, South East Dance and Greenwich University.

9:00pm to 10:45pm
The Lady Boys of Bangkok: Who Runs the World Tour Exchange Events Ltd

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

9:00pm to 10:35pm
Sing-a-long Rocky Horror OCR Productions

Lets do the time warp again! Join in with this cult classic in our big screen auditorium and don't forget the rice and newspapers. Fishnets at the ready...

9:00pm to 10:00pm
The Sweet Release Sweet Venues

This is how your night at Brighton 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.

Check out our Twitter feed and website to find out which new fringe acts will be at Sweet throughout the festival.

9:00pm to 10:50pm
Cirque Du Cabaret: Gala Show Cirque du Cabaret

One of the UK’s longest running cabaret companies 'Cirque Du Cabaret' debuts in Brighton Fringe 2017 with a brand new show. Expect some cheap thrills, bone chilling chills and a big dollop of sauce from the Cirque crew.

Circus, burlesque-striptease and cabaret show hosted by Cirque's resident MC, the multi-talented Miss Marelena (AKA Abi Collins).

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

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

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Living With George Unmasked Theatre

One Summer evening in 1952, a 21-year-old Margaret Williams enters a dance hall. 65 years on, she recalls her life, her marriage and her choice in 'Living with George'.
A poignant period piece about marriage, sex and relationships in the 1950s.

Written by Jayne Woodhouse and produced by Unmasked Theatre ('The Writers’ Bloc', 'Romeo and Juliet').

9:00pm to 9:50pm
James Bone's TOWNIES Bone Idle Productions

The Townie Tavern is like any regular suburban pub except, in this place, regulars include a new-age traveller, an old-skool raver and a disgraced ex-Met police chief. With each of them trying to work out their raison d'être, it makes for an interesting night in the saloon bar.

Character comedy show from James Bone.

"Had people in stitches" (Croydon Citizen).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9:30pm to 10:40pm
Werewolf: Live Moonshot Games

If you've ever played the parlour game Werewolf, then you'll know what to expect from this panel show. If you haven't, think murder-mystery crossed with Big Brother: contestants drawn from the audience trade accusations and vie for loyalty, while an unseen assassin bumps them off, one by one, during the night. I saw an early version of this show at the Vault Festival in London, and it was a lot of fun watching the secret machinations unfold. Jon Gracey, formerly of the Beta Males, hosts.

A hidden role game a la Secret Hitler or The Resistance, Werewolf is a classic of deduction and bluffing. Players are either werewolves or villagers. Your goal? Wolves must kill villagers; villagers must kill wolves.

Werewolf is traditionally played with mates in a living room, but Jon Gracey off of sketch tits The Beta Males (***** Three Weeks/Broadway Baby/Spoonfed/Fringe Guru/Skinny/Time Out) has created a theatrical gaming experience like no other.

Come and participate in a huge, live extravaganza as player or spectator – some of YOU will be playing on stage, fighting for your lives!

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Circus'sission: Those That Made The Cut! Brighton Spiegeltent with Head First Acrobats

A variety mash-up of circus superstars, Spiegeltent legends and the hottest acts of this year\'s Brighton Fringe. Presented by your favourite Aussie acrobats, the boys from Head First. With a rotating cast each night, different fringe artist guests get to showcase their best, weirdest and most hilarious talents, backed up by the incredible acrobatics and comedy of the Head First Acrobats. A little bit raunchy, a little bit weird, and a whole lot of fun.

10:00pm to 10:50pm
Darren Walsh: S'PUN Lamb Comedy Productions

Fresh from winning Dave's 'Joke of the Fringe', Darren Walsh set to work on 'S’Pun', the follow-up to 2015’s 5 star show 'Punderbolt', cramming in even more animations, videos and sound effects.
Darren brought this show to Edinburgh Fringe in 2016, but broke his arm cycling with a deckchair. This year, he's going to perform it with two arms. Darren made the Top 10 Jokes of the Fringe in The Guardian, The Mirror and The Telegraph.
"Unstoppable tsunami of stupid puns." (Chortle), "The most pun you can have with your clothes on." (Mirror), **** (Sunday Express), **** (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine).

10:00pm to 10:55pm
Zach Zucker: Human Person Stamptown

Winner: Rising Star, The Media Eye, 2016.

After a four-month run across the Australian festival circuit, award-winning, LA-based comedian Zach Zucker premieres his debut solo show ‘Human Person’ at Brighton Fringe! Directed by Jonny Woolley.

“Zach is the kind of character you might find on SNL” (Great Scott, AU).

“Zoolander meets Borat” (The Reviews Hub).

“Unforgettably pretentious” (Steve Bennett, Chortle).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:15pm to 11:15pm
Shaggers Nik Coppin

The worldwide hit show returns with a revolving line-up of great comedians from around the Fringe with hilarious material based around that most noble of pursuits, shagging!

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

"Spectacular... amazing" ***** (Melbourne Comedy Festival).

"Excellent" ***** (www.edfringe.com).

"Utterly hilarious" ****½ (The West Australian, Perth Fringe World).

"The show had me laughing from start to finish... one of the best value comedies I’ve seen at this year’s fringe" **** (Broadway Baby).

10:15pm to 11:30pm
Nicole Henriksen is Makin' It Rain Nicole Henriksen

After sell-out shows and rave reviews across Australia, and following a buzzing Edinburgh Fringe run in association with Underbelly Untapped, alternative comedian Nicole Henriksen finally brings her award-nominated, unflinching, and cheeky theatre debut to Brighton, for the first time.

'Makin' it Rain' is a frank look behind the scenes of life as a high-class tease, as well as an examination of our society's relationship with sexuality, gender and image. It'll answer the questions you're too afraid to ask and have you thinking up some of your own.

10:30pm to 12:30am
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).

10:30pm to 11:20pm
Poe's Last Night David Crawford

4 stars Pretty much everything I know about Edgar Allen Poe, I know from watching Fringe shows. The author's trademark combination of darkness and mystery is an irresistible draw for theatre-makers – and I've lost count of the number of times I've witnessed a re-mix of Poe's canon. But although Poe's Last Night does fall into that familiar pattern, it also offers something surprisingly rare: an opportunity to hear some of his work, abridged but unmolested, delivered by a consummate performer. Read the full review.

Our scheduled Sure Choice has been cancelled today, so here's a late substitute: a show we picked up as a 4* highlight earlier this Fringe. Edgar Allen Poe's stories are a source of fascination for many theatre-makers… but David Crawford's one-man show stands out, thanks to its powerful and respectful treatment of the source material. It's a chance to hear work like The Raven performed as Poe intended it – and to learn a little more about the author's own troubled life story, too.

American actor David Crawford portrays Edgar Allan Poe in his final desperate hours on the streets of Baltimore. As he fights his demons, Poe performs several of his finest works, including 'The Raven' and 'The Cask of Amontillado'. Critics in Edinburgh called it "storytelling at its very best" (Edinburgh Guide), "superb writing and mesmerizing performance" (TV Bomb), "brilliant" and "faultlessly delivered" (Albie Media).

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

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

11:00pm to 2:00am
Saturday Night Spiegel Bosco Speigeltent

Saturday night late dancing at the legendary Spiegeltent. Sophisticated Mischief hosting the decks with Nick T and Peter Von Sleaze and special guest tunesmiths playing wicked Saturday night tunes. With Spiegel friends and family and joined by the March of the Mermaids gals shaking a tail fin. Heaps of fun for just a fiver!

11:15pm to 12:15am
Haven't a Clue..! Stu Turner

Think you know charades? Think again! After two sell-out years, 'Haven’t a Clue..!' returns for a third year, only this time in the late night slot for an X-rated version!

In this crazy, hilarity-filled hour, comedy meets game show meets improv, as 2 teams of Brighton Fringe comics, pit their skills and wit against each other with this hysterical twist on the classic.

With host Stu Turner overseeing the proceedings, you’ll get to laugh and cheer at the pure filth, and decide who gets crowned winners in this crazy game show!

You'll never look at charades the same way again!

11:30pm to 12:30am
LJ DA FUNK in... Last Brexit to 'ooklyn LJ DA FUNK

Abrasive satire for Guardian-readers disguised as sensationalist whimsy for Sun-readers so as not to alienate the proletariat. Blasting Brexit head-on with all the vitriol of Nigel Farage at a multicultural jamboree, Alabama's most dangerous export tackles the new order of British and world fascism with his raucous wit and bombast. Imagine Ian Hislop on crack.

Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year winner.
LaughingHorse New Act of the Year finalist.

"There's a fine line between genius and insanity. LJ DA FUNK has crossed that line and kicked it to death" (The List).

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

The legendary late show returns.

12:00am to 12:00am
Barbara Merkriti

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

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