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9:30am to 9:55am
Story Corner Otherplace Productions Ltd

A trip to Story Corner is the perfect way start to your Fringe day. Are you sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin. Stories or book readings from guest readers and performers every day to delight, excite and entertain. Babies, toddlers and well-behaved grown-ups welcome.

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

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940s when visiting 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 Brighton Fringe office. Afternoon tours (12:00 - 16:00) are available to book in person on the day.

10:00am to 12:00pm
WARMTH Pop-up Sauna WARMTH BRIGHTON

'WARMTH' is a mobile, wood-fired sauna; dark, timber-lined and löyly filled. Heat up, cool down - the sea is your plunge pool.

Impromptu performances animate the 'WARMTH' sauna, whilst at other times it’s simply a place to relax. Appealing to all the senses, this warm, fragrant haven creates a pocket of Finland on Brighton Beach.

2 hour sessions:
Changing bell tent
Learn the art of making löyly
80c-100c temperature approx
Capacity 6
All sessions are mixed gender
Bring 2 towels (one for sitting on), swimsuit, water bottle and beach shoes
Children under 12

10:00am to 10:55am
The Owl and the Pussycat Kitchen Zoo

'The Owl and the Pussycat' live in a dull and dusty world, so imagine how shocked and surprised they are when a stupendous storm sweeps them out of the window, Splash!, onto an unexpected sea voyage to a curious land. But who will they meet? Which way should they go? And what is a runcible spoon?

A joyful journey for energetic little explorers and their grown-ups. Using puppets and live music, Kitchen Zoo brings to life an unexpected telling of Edward Lear’s 'The Owl and the Pussycat'.

Developed in partnership with ARC and The Witham.

10:15am to 11:05am
Crabby: A Snappy Little Tale of Grumpy Feelings and What To Do About Them Collar & Cuffs Co.

Experience the sights, sounds, smells and characters of the Edwardian seaside in this musical multi-sensory interactive show from award-winning company, Collar & Cuffs Co. When Crabby - a little hermit crab - emerges after a mighty storm she finds her beloved shell home is broken.

Setting off along the sea shore to find a new one, she soon discovers it's not easy getting what you want if you're... well, a bit crabby. Co-produced with an early years SEN consultant, this production helps children and their grown-ups explore tantrums, tempers and frustration through water play.

Touch tours available on request, please email info@juliacollar.co

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

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940s when visiting 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 Brighton Fringe office. Afternoon tours (12:00 - 16:00) are available to book in person on the day.

10:30am to 12:00pm
Notorious Women of Brighton Louise Peskett

Wilful princesses, music hall stars, headstrong courtesans, acrobats and entrepreneurs, Brighton has always attracted women who dare to do things differently. Hear some of their stories and other female claims to fame on this gentle stroll.

10:30am to 11:30am
Signor Baffo OH! Productions

Returning to Brighton Fringe due to popular demand!

There’s chaos in the kitchen when Signor Baffo is left in charge. Expect plates-full of fun, with generous helpings of silliness, mischief and adventure. What's the best way to mix meatballs with spaghetti? How do you make a chicken lay an egg, and how does a sausage roll? All is revealed in the charming culinary chaos of Signor Baffo's kitchen.

“A great show for all ages. Our son enjoyed it so much we are going back again tomorrow!” (Child Friendly Brighton)

Top 10 Show 2015 (Children's Theatre Review)

(Recommended: Fringe Review 2015)

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

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940s when visiting 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 Brighton Fringe office. Afternoon tours (12:00 - 16:00) are available to book in person on the day.

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

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940s when visiting 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 Brighton Fringe office. Afternoon tours (12:00 - 16:00) are available to book in person on the day.

11:00am to 1:00pm
My Apple Dumpling Girl (Evening), We Are All Stories (Daytime) About Face Theatre Company

'My Apple Dumpling Girl' is a powerful small-scale play featuring a beautiful set and puppets (evening). 'We Are All Stories' is a new collection of five plays beautifully presented by the actors and puppets in a magical space created for you (daytime).

About Face perform mainly in Herefordshire but have toured both regionally and nationally. As well as performing plays especially written for the company, About Face also takes a regular programme of workshops and performances. About Face is part of the ECHO charity.

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

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

11:00am to 1:00pm
WARMTH Pop-up Sauna WARMTH BRIGHTON

'WARMTH' is a mobile, wood-fired sauna; dark, timber-lined and löyly filled. Heat up, cool down - the sea is your plunge pool.

Impromptu performances animate the 'WARMTH' sauna, whilst at other times it’s simply a place to relax. Appealing to all the senses, this warm, fragrant haven creates a pocket of Finland on Brighton Beach.

2 hour sessions:
Changing bell tent
Learn the art of making löyly
80c-100c temperature approx
Capacity 6
All sessions are mixed gender
Bring 2 towels (one for sitting on), swimsuit, water bottle and beach shoes
Children under 12

11:00am to 1:00pm
Exploring Senses 'MakerLab Monsters' Exploring Senses CIC

Have you ever watched 'Toy Story' and thought Sid’s mutant toys were kinda cool? Then you’re gonna love ‘MakerLab Monsters’. Learn how to use 3D pens and re-use toys destined for landfill in a draw, cut, stick and sew workshop. Next, photograph and digitally edit your monsters and print them onto your own personalised t-shirt.

The workshop takes place at our new Exploring Senses MakerLab and lasts about 2hrs, with all materials and equipment provided. We can also provide other combined art, craft and digital activities, including 3D scanning, 3D printing, digital, full-colour heat press and silkscreen printing.

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

These amazing tours only happen during Brighton Fringe. A chance to learn about the hidden places, local history and wonderful engineering of Brighton's grade II* listed railway station.

Meet five minutes before the tour at the front of Brighton Station, with permission from Southern Railway.

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

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940s when visiting 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 Brighton Fringe office. Afternoon tours (12:00 - 16:00) are available to book in person on the day.

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

Six walking tours of Embassy Court lasting between an hour and 90 minutes, during which time participants visit a flat, the roof terrace, the small tank museum and walk around parts of the front and rear of the building, The entrance of Embassy Court includes the blue plaque of former resident, Edward Zeff MBE, and Croix de Guerre awarded for his bravery after WW2. We hope that a new mural will be completed for the Embassy Court Hallway.

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

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940s when visiting 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 Brighton Fringe office. Afternoon tours (12:00 - 16:00) are available to book in person on the day.

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

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940s when visiting 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 Brighton Fringe office. Afternoon tours (12:00 - 16:00) are available to book in person on the day.

11:30am to 12:30pm
Marie House of Mirth

'There’s two rules: first, the person you choose must be dead. And second, you have to be dressed up to get in.’

It’s Thursday night in the Prince Arthur and their latest theme night is in full swing. Landlady Liz is run off her feet, whilst husband Barry struggles to get into his new costume. Elsewhere in London, a young woman from Edinburgh steps off a train, determined to make her dreams a reality.

Fast-paced and irreverent, 'Marie' is a darkly comic new play inspired by the life of Mary Queen of Scots, but given a distinctly modern twist.

Winner: Scottish Arts Club Bright Spark Award 2017

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

Experience the potter's wheel and learn a new skill in our friendly and inviting studio. We will show you how and then guide you through the process of making your own pot!

Come alone or with friends – you can even try and capture that Demi Moore & Patrick Swayze 'Ghost' moment if you'd like.

Leave your pot with us to be glazed and fired, then collect it three weeks later or get it posted to you for a small extra charge.

*Please note there are only eight places per session, so if you're coming with friends it's best to book at the same time to avoid disappointment.

11:30am to 12:25pm
The Owl and the Pussycat Kitchen Zoo

'The Owl and the Pussycat' live in a dull and dusty world, so imagine how shocked and surprised they are when a stupendous storm sweeps them out of the window, Splash!, onto an unexpected sea voyage to a curious land. But who will they meet? Which way should they go? And what is a runcible spoon?

A joyful journey for energetic little explorers and their grown-ups. Using puppets and live music, Kitchen Zoo brings to life an unexpected telling of Edward Lear’s 'The Owl and the Pussycat'.

Developed in partnership with ARC and The Witham.

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

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940s when visiting 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 Brighton Fringe office. Afternoon tours (12:00 - 16:00) are available to book in person on the day.

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

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

Audience participation and hilarity guaranteed.

“Highly recommended for kids and adults alike” (The Argus)

“Still the must-see children's show in Brighton Fringe” (FringeReview)

12:00pm to 12:45pm
Mr Pineapple Head Mr Pineapple Head

A family, clown, theatre show. 'Mr Pineapple Head' works in the style of a silent clown, performing physical comedy and slapstick routines to music. Genuinely funny, professional silliness! It's a Brunswick Fringe tradition!

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Breaking the Magicians' Code with Kane & Abel Kane & Abel

Anarchic twin tricksters Kane & Abel will break all the rules of the Magicians' Code of Conduct passed down to them by their grandfather, to prove that it feels great to be bad! Codes broken during the show range from 'never reveal how a trick is done' and 'never perform another magician's trick' to 'never perform when people are eating' and 'never re-enact your birth through escapology'.

"A superb mixture of humour, magic and audience participation - a thoroughly enjoyable experience" (Ed Fringe Review)

"Excellent entertainment ... Brilliant show"(Velvet Box Office)

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Ensonglopedia of Animals John Hinton

4 stars Ensonglopidia is an awkward name – but it's perfectly descriptive of this informative, scientific, musical show. It's the latest production from Fringe favourite John Hinton, best-known for his musical biographies of famous scientists, who this time leads us on an encyclopaedic A-to-Z gallop through the wonders of the animal kingdom. Billed as suitable for children aged 5 and older – but perfectly enjoyable for grown-ups too – it's an hour of unashamed natural-world trivia, bundled up in a series of witty songs. Read the full review.

John Hinton's witty science-themed shows have been a highlight of many past Fringes, so this new vehicle for his musical talents naturally catches the eye. It's a sequel to last year's similarly-named Ensonglopedia of Science, which earned 4* from us in Edinburgh; this time, we're promised a rapid-fire A-Z canter through the animal kingdom, with fascinating facts and an entertaining song for each letter. It's billed as suitable for ages 5 and upwards, but if past form is a guide, unaccompanied grown-ups will find plenty to enjoy as well.

26 animal songs, one for each letter of the alphabet. Learn fascinating facts about extraordinary echinoderms, distressed damselflies, crazy corals, batty beetles and amazing archispirostreptuses. Expect the unexpected and expect it to rhyme.

The brand-new show from John Hinton, multi-award-winning creator of musical comedies about Darwin, Einstein and Curie. Follow-up to the hit show Ensonglopedia of Science (nominated Children's Choice Award, Brighton Fringe '17).

"John Hinton is an absolute joy... This guy could get anyone interested in science" (Adelaide Theatre Guide)

Ages 5-105

Touch tours available on request, please email everything@ensonglopedia.com to book.

This production is part of Brighton Fringe's Arts Industry Showcase, WINDOW.

12:00pm to 12:45pm
Big Berg Laughing Horse Free Festival

What happens when you want to stick the flag into untrodden snow but someone else beats you to it?

Join this opera clown on a confusing journey into man’s fascination with owning every bit of the world, against all the protests of Mother Nature. Expect something like Vaughan Williams on synths, existential crises in the Antarctic seas, floating on drifting icebergs and a profound yearning for toast.

Inspired by the journals, ambitions and adventures of Ernest Shackleton and Robert Scott, Eleanor Westbrook has decided to get in on the adventure-and-conquer lark, 100 years later.

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Bad Clowns: Hostage Bad Clowns Comedy

What happens when a crazed madman takes a comedy show and its audience hostage? Find out in the Bad Clowns' maddest show yet. Full of twists and turns, the terrified actors perform for laughs, pride and their very lives!

A trio of comedic delights made up of close friends John Bond, Christian Dart and Sam Walls. With their blend of unique sketch and improv comedy, the Bad Clowns have performed at various festivals around the UK including the Edinburgh Fringe.

Semi-finalists on Leicester Square Theatre Sketch Off! 2017

"Consistently Funny" (Kingston-upon-Fringe)

12:00pm to 2:00pm
WARMTH Pop-up Sauna WARMTH BRIGHTON

'WARMTH' is a mobile, wood-fired sauna; dark, timber-lined and löyly filled. Heat up, cool down - the sea is your plunge pool.

Impromptu performances animate the 'WARMTH' sauna, whilst at other times it’s simply a place to relax. Appealing to all the senses, this warm, fragrant haven creates a pocket of Finland on Brighton Beach.

2 hour sessions:
Changing bell tent
Learn the art of making löyly
80c-100c temperature approx
Capacity 6
All sessions are mixed gender
Bring 2 towels (one for sitting on), swimsuit, water bottle and beach shoes
Children under 12

12:00pm to 12:50pm
SESKA: Spot the Difference! SESKA

SESKA performs incredibly silly magic tricks, repeats them again but with a crazy added difference... and, when you spot the difference, you win a fab prize! A party atmosphere, hilarious entertainment and a competition all in one. Sells out super-fast so get the tickets now, donutfaces!

When SESKA comes to town, kids laugh out loud, dads f*rt out loud, and mums faint at his feet! Crazier than finding a penguin in your fridge.

"My kids loved him" (Jonathan Ross)
"Children will be spellbound for 50 minutes of silliness" (Broadway Baby)

Nominated for Best Family Show Brighton Fringe 2015

12:00pm to 2:30pm
Silver Jewellery Workshop Silver & Sage

A fun and crafty workshop where you will make a personalised silver pendant to take away with you that day.

No prior experience needed, I will guide you through every process. We will be working with Silver Metal Clay which once fired is 99.9% real fine silver.

During the two to three hours you will learn how to handle the clay, shape, stamp your personalisation, fire and finish your piece.

Refreshments are available from the bar and for larger groups a high tea can be arranged - hello@silverandsage.co.uk. Prior booking is essential. For more info visit our website.

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

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

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.

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

Experience the potter's wheel and learn a new skill in our friendly and inviting studio. We will show you how and then guide you through the process of making your own pot!

Come alone or with friends – you can even try and capture that Demi Moore & Patrick Swayze 'Ghost' moment if you'd like.

Leave your pot with us to be glazed and fired, then collect it three weeks later or get it posted to you for a small extra charge.

*Please note there are only eight places per session, so if you're coming with friends it's best to book at the same time to avoid disappointment.

12:30pm to 2:30pm
Baby Loves Disco's Beach Beats Baby Loves Disco UK

Following our completely sold out Fringe 2017 season, 'Baby Loves Disco' returns to the funkiest bar on the beachfront with the best sea views in Brighton for 2018! Club DJs spin feelgood summer tunes, with dance-floor games, giveaways, selfie booth and play zone.

Dress for a beach party with prizes for the best outfits! Hawaiian shirts, hula skirts or British buckets and spades, either way it's high tides and good vibes.

With kids drinks, healthy snacks, ice lollies, face-painting, crafts and balloons all included, and a licensed bar for mum and dad, it's time to get your beach on, baby!

Non-walking babies go free.

1:00pm to 1:50pm
Miraculous Magic with Danny Lee Grew Danny Lee Grew

Mix stunning magic, baffling illusions and cheeky comedy with a young, energetic, enthusiastic magician and what do you get?
'Miraculous Magic' is a brand-new magical experience for children and is guaranteed to create laughs and gasps. Top magician Danny Lee Grew will turn audience members into princesses and ask them to guess what's inside his sandwich. Mr Ted, the magical teddy bear, makes a special appearance and you will be amazed when Danny performs the world-famous glass and bottle illusion.

1:00pm to 2:35pm
The Maids by Jean Genet Rough Brow Theatre

SADISTIC. SAVAGE. SEDUCTIVE.

Two maids attempt to overthrow their mistress in a callous murder plot that ends in catastrophe. Consumed by hate and obsession, the girls quickly become victims to their own depraved games. Playful, evil and desperate; the girls are unstoppable until they are confronted by a reality that is more frightening than their darkest fantasies. There are no rules when it comes to murder in this new version of the classic Genet play translated by Benedict Andrews and Andrew Upton.

1:00pm to 1:40pm
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 chance to meet with Fringe Society staff who can help advise 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 and have any questions you have answered.

1:00pm to 2:30pm
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 a man decades before women were allowed to practice medicine, a 19th century lesbian diarist, an Edwardian 'drag king' and an early 'same-sex' marriage.

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

1:00pm to 3:00pm
WARMTH Pop-up Sauna WARMTH BRIGHTON

'WARMTH' is a mobile, wood-fired sauna; dark, timber-lined and löyly filled. Heat up, cool down - the sea is your plunge pool.

Impromptu performances animate the 'WARMTH' sauna, whilst at other times it’s simply a place to relax. Appealing to all the senses, this warm, fragrant haven creates a pocket of Finland on Brighton Beach.

2 hour sessions:
Changing bell tent
Learn the art of making löyly
80c-100c temperature approx
Capacity 6
All sessions are mixed gender
Bring 2 towels (one for sitting on), swimsuit, water bottle and beach shoes
Children under 12

1:00pm to 2:00pm
Richard Stainbank: The Wilderness Years Richard Stainbank

Single, jobless and living at home, life isn’t treating Richard Stainbank well. Underemployed and underwhelmed, he finds himself at the home of the Greatest Briton with the National Trust and wonders what Winston would do.

A former Laughing Horse and Chortle Student finalist, Richard brings his debut show to the Brighton Fringe. He has nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. And jokes.

“Lovingly crafted and rewarding to listen to... his set is packed with punchlines and evocative turns of phrase" (Chortle)

"He has taken very easily to stand-up" (London Is Funny)

1:00pm to 2:00pm
Scotland! The Latebloomers

SCOTLAAAAND! A show that takes the audience on a wild ride, with rhythm, body percussion, singing, stomping, clowning and the spirit of Scotland!

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 2018.

In 2017, 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 2018 to be even bigger and better with even more shows, performances, madness and mayhem, all packed in from 5 May to 2 June 2018.

1:00pm to 3:00pm
Stand-Up-Comedy Workshop Jill Edwards Comedy Workshops

Have you ever laughed? Have fun learning how to use some friendly stand-up-comedy basics to boost your writing, performing, stand-up, work presentations, public speaking or - just for fun!

Jill Edwards’ stand-up courses, at Komedia since 2005, are the most established comedy courses in the UK. They have a proven and continuous track record of success. Jill’s graduate list includes award-winning television regulars Jimmy Carr, Shappi Khorsandi, Angela Barnes, Seann Walsh and Romesh Ranganathan.

"People say comedy can't be taught. They could learn a lot from Jill Edwards" (Graduate Jimmy Carr)

1:15pm to 2:15pm
Evelyn Mok: Work in Progress Evelyn Mok

Featured on Channel 4, Comedy Central and BBC's New Talent Hotlist, the award-winning Swedish comedian presents a work in progress that promises to be "uncensored, unapologetic and... wildly refreshing" **** (Broadway Baby).

"Proves herself to have an ambition, originality and wit that augurs well... " (The Times)
"An hour of finely-crafted stand-up" **** (The Skinny)

Winner: Best Comedy Newcomer (The Pleasance Indies Awards)

1:15pm to 2:15pm
Mixed Up Heads Arna Spek

They are mixed up in their heads and hilarious! Three comics are showing you their best 20 minutes at Brighton Fringe Festival this year!

Come and join Lisanne Fridsma (Bath Comedy Festival Finalist), Arna Spek (99 comedy Club Female Bursary winner 2017) and Clive Copeman (BBC Radio 4 New Comedy Act 2017) in their search for identity in this stand-up comedy show.

Hilarious stories, funny anecdotes and misunderstandings. Each comic does 20 minutes of his/her best stories and jokes on what makes their heads so mixed up. Do you dare to join?

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

Experience the potter's wheel and learn a new skill in our friendly and inviting studio. We will show you how and then guide you through the process of making your own pot!

Come alone or with friends – you can even try and capture that Demi Moore & Patrick Swayze 'Ghost' moment if you'd like.

Leave your pot with us to be glazed and fired, then collect it three weeks later or get it posted to you for a small extra charge.

*Please note there are only eight places per session, so if you're coming with friends it's best to book at the same time to avoid disappointment.

1:30pm to 2:25pm
Fix My Brain Two Surnames

Ex-Presidents of the Footlights Dillon (Chortle Student Comedy Award Finalist) and Oli (junior doctor) present a debut show all about friendship, depression and crushing existential dread. Fun!

"Daring and hilarious... an astonishingly honest portrayal that will keep you in stitches from beginning to end" ***** (Varsity)

"A mix of the surreal and the satirical... packed in the punchlines" (Chortle)

"Unnerving yet delightful" (TCS)

"Pitch-perfect" (The Tab)

This project is supported by a Go Think Big Brighton Fringe bursary.

1:30pm to 2:20pm
SESKA: Spot the Difference! SESKA

SESKA performs incredibly silly magic tricks, repeats them again but with a crazy added difference... and, when you spot the difference, you win a fab prize! A party atmosphere, hilarious entertainment and a competition all in one. Sells out super-fast so get the tickets now, donutfaces!

When SESKA comes to town, kids laugh out loud, dads f*rt out loud, and mums faint at his feet! Crazier than finding a penguin in your fridge.

"My kids loved him" (Jonathan Ross)
"Children will be spellbound for 50 minutes of silliness" (Broadway Baby)

Nominated for Best Family Show Brighton Fringe 2015

1:30pm to 3:30pm
Exploring Senses 'MakerLab Monsters' Exploring Senses CIC

Have you ever watched 'Toy Story' and thought Sid’s mutant toys were kinda cool? Then you’re gonna love ‘MakerLab Monsters’. Learn how to use 3D pens and re-use toys destined for landfill in a draw, cut, stick and sew workshop. Next, photograph and digitally edit your monsters and print them onto your own personalised t-shirt.

The workshop takes place at our new Exploring Senses MakerLab and lasts about 2hrs, with all materials and equipment provided. We can also provide other combined art, craft and digital activities, including 3D scanning, 3D printing, digital, full-colour heat press and silkscreen printing.

1:40pm to 2:40pm
Robyn Perkins: Happy?! Laugh Train Home

Are you one of those people who makes bad decisions? This show is for you.

Join exceptionally charismatic Robyn Perkins as she over-analyses her life, her farcical parents, and most of all, her bad decisions. It's an energetic, chatty hour filled with honest and hilarious anecdotes.

"A golden performer whose charisma alone on stage is refreshing." **** (Voice Magazine)

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

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

Brighton's number one, award-winning traditional city walking tour.

Perfect for visitors and residents alike.

90 minutes of fascinating facts about this incredible cosmopolitan city. Discover royal romance, secret tunnels, fishermen’s cottages and more.

Winner: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016, 2017.

2:00pm to 4:00pm
Pavilion Gardens Cafe History Tour 2018 Pavilion Gardens Cafe

Geoffrey Mead will be conducting a special tour dating back over 90 years of cafe and family history. This tour will take place in various locations around the old town including the Royal Pavilion, East Street, The Lanes and the beach.

The price includes tea and a cake at the cafe to finish the tour.

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Olga Koch: Fight, a Work in Progress Hannah Layton Management

In 2014, Olga Koch's father was stopped by authorities on the Russian border, which resulted in the most surreal year in her family's life. This year, the 'Amused Moose National New Comic Award Finalist' will try to dissect this real-life spy drama with nothing but a projector and "a naturally comic mind" (Bruce Dessau).

Finalist: Amused Moose National New Comic Award 2017

Finalist: Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year 2016

Selected for BBC New Comedy Award 2016 and 2017

2:00pm to 5:00pm
Ragroof Tea Dance The Ragroof Players

Roll up for vintage tunes, dazzling dance displays, and whirlwind Instant Dance Classes to ease you onto the floor.

Dress up if you want to, you don’t have to! Suitable for experienced dancers and absolute beginners alike. No dance partners needed, all are welcome.

13 May: 'Flappers a-Go-Go!'. Relive the Roaring Twenties with the Charleston, Black Bottom and All That Jazz. Think Bugsy Malone, the Great Gatsby, and Thoroughly Modern Millie!

3 June: 'Spanish Fiesta - Ole!'. An afternoon of Hispanic Tangos, Habaneras and Paso Dobles. Discover your inner matador or Sevillian dancer in a spotty dress!

Cake available to buy on the day. Please only consume food bought on the premises at this event.

www.ragroofplayers.co.uk

2:00pm to 2:40pm
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 chance to meet with Fringe Society staff who can help advise 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 and have any questions you have answered.

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

An amazing, three-hour, outdoor, family-friendly, old-school, Hip-Hop, Funk and Soul block party.

Featuring: Top DJs From 1BTN FM, MCs, live graffiti by Dan Lish, B-Boys & Girls, outdoor crafts, kids' games, licenced bar and more.

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

TotRockinBeats: In Association With Child-Friendly Brighton.

2:00pm to 4:00pm
WARMTH Pop-up Sauna WARMTH BRIGHTON

'WARMTH' is a mobile, wood-fired sauna; dark, timber-lined and löyly filled. Heat up, cool down - the sea is your plunge pool.

Impromptu performances animate the 'WARMTH' sauna, whilst at other times it’s simply a place to relax. Appealing to all the senses, this warm, fragrant haven creates a pocket of Finland on Brighton Beach.

2 hour sessions:
Changing bell tent
Learn the art of making löyly
80c-100c temperature approx
Capacity 6
All sessions are mixed gender
Bring 2 towels (one for sitting on), swimsuit, water bottle and beach shoes
Children under 12

2:00pm to 2:30pm
The Space Inbetween The Inexplicable Theatre

Enter a cosmic world of fallen dreams set in the idyllic ambiance of St Augustine's Chapel. Inspired by the unknown, The Space In-between is an experimental visual performance piece bringing together a harmony of dance, theatre, 3d sound, installation & music.

The piece is being performed by a diverse group of artists, created & directed by The Inexplicable Theatre as research & development for our next production following a sell out run of The House of Dreams at The Spire in 2017.

2:10pm to 3:10pm
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!

2:15pm to 3:15pm
Huggers Nik Coppin Productions

The popular family show at festivals worldwide returns with a revolving line-up of performers of all varieties from comedians, musical theatre, poets, magicians, clowns and children's entertainers with fun and laughter for all the family.

"Kept the kids entertained... whizzed past and was perfectly timed for child attention spans!” (Child Friendly Brighton)
“The kids had a great time” (Adelaide Fringe)
“Great show” (The Scotsman)
“Mums and dads are onto a winner with this afternoon of delightfully immature comedy” (Melbourne International Comedy Festival)

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

Chores is the story of two typical young rascal boys playing in their messy bedroom. Suddenly, mother's alarming screams rattle the boys back in to acrobatic action. A generous serve of comedy and chaotic acrobatics accompanies every attempt at cleaning their room and doing their chores. Heaps of fun for both kids and adults!

"A brilliant rollercoaster of antics, humour and acrobatics ... a feel good hour of brothers working together - enjoyed as much by the parents as the children" (Jeannie Merritt, Duty Officer, Byron Bay Theatre 2017).

2:30pm to 4:30pm
1984 New Venture Theatre

4 stars Based on George Orwell’s famed novel, 1984 is a compelling piece of theatre about an oppressive regime in a fictional super-state called Oceania – where big brother is watching you all the time and loyalty to the Party is paramount. The central question for protagonist Winston Smith and his sweetheart Julia is – whom should they trust? Read the full review.

In George Orwell's 1984, people live under ignorant oppression in Oceania, a place where the Party scrutinises human actions with the ever-watchful eye of Big Brother. Defying a ban on individuality, Winston Smith dares to express his thoughts in a diary and pursue a relationship with the mysterious Julia.

These criminal deeds bring Winston to the attention of the opposition and O’Brien, who then must reform the nonconformist. 1984 has never been more relevant and is compelling as it is terrifying, introducing the watchwords for life without freedom: Big Brother is watching you.

Please note that smoking, strobe lighting and a smoke machine is is use throughout this performance.

2:30pm to 3:50pm
Always, With a Love That's True Wired Theatre

4 stars I always enjoy Wired Theatre's unconventional site-specific work – partly because they're so willing to break theatrical rules, and partly because they invariably surprise me with something different and new. Set in a real house in Hove, with scenes in the lounge, hallway, kitchen and conservatory, this one certainly preserves Wired's reputation for performing in unusual spaces. But after years presenting shows which hop back and forth in history, this time they gave me the one thing I least expected: a traditional linear storyline. Read the full review.

Wired Theatre are long-standing Brighton Fringe regulars, and have made a name for themselves staging creative site-specific works in unusual places – this time, a normal house in Hove. Their shows are always quirky, and sometimes demand your concentration, but following a long run of recent successes I'll rank them a sure bet for this year. Their latest show is a sequel to last year's And Love Walked In, a time-jumping tale about a psychologist losing his own grip on reality; expect an unusual and creative production, with plenty to talk about afterwards.

Love is undying. Death is just around the comer. Listen, time’s passing. Who knows what’s beyond the grave? The ageing psychotherapist, troubled and insecure, cannot trust his wife, his clients or himself in this darkly comic sequel to last year’s sell-out show.

Wired Theatre returns to the quiet house in Hove in this original, entertaining, promenade production which presents, in close-up, lives trapped on a rollercoaster ride towards an inevitable end.

Provocative, tantalising and often mysterious, Wired ‘s work aims to create exciting theatre in a non-theatrical location.

2:30pm to 3:25pm
What We Leave Behind Erin Bolens

How do we remember those who have died? Why are we so attached to their stuff? Have you ever pictured your own funeral? Erin has. She's pictured yours too. Not everyone will be in black and at least one person will just be there for the buffet.

Using words, wit and warmth, poet Erin Bolens explores our relationship with legacy, loss and funeral tunes.

"A wordscape of vivid, emotive imagery. Will you cry with laughter or with sadness? Both." (The Upcoming)

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Sleight of Handsome Freddie Folkston

While away an hour or so as magic meets stand-up comedy. As well as some cunning trickery, Freddie will share his frustrations of modern and not so modern life.

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

Experience the potter's wheel and learn a new skill in our friendly and inviting studio. We will show you how and then guide you through the process of making your own pot!

Come alone or with friends – you can even try and capture that Demi Moore & Patrick Swayze 'Ghost' moment if you'd like.

Leave your pot with us to be glazed and fired, then collect it three weeks later or get it posted to you for a small extra charge.

*Please note there are only eight places per session, so if you're coming with friends it's best to book at the same time to avoid disappointment.

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Joe Wells: I Hope I Die Before I Start Voting Conservative Joe Wells

Received opinion says we become more right-wing as we get older. Joe Wells (support for Frankie Boyle and Alexei Sayle) is determined to grow up without selling out. Joe's third solo stand-up hour after the critically acclaimed ‘Night of The Living Tories’ and ‘10 Things I Hate About UKIP’.

"Some of the most surprising and thought-provoking material coming from any comedian" (The Guardian)
"Recommended" (Heat)
**** (Broadway Baby)
**** (Chortle)

Writer for ‘Have I Got News For You’ (BBC One) and ‘The Revolution Will Be Televised’ (BBC Three)

2:45pm to 3:35pm
Miraculous Magic with Danny Lee Grew Danny Lee Grew

Mix stunning magic, baffling illusions and cheeky comedy with a young, energetic, enthusiastic magician and what do you get?
'Miraculous Magic' is a brand-new magical experience for children and is guaranteed to create laughs and gasps. Top magician Danny Lee Grew will turn audience members into princesses and ask them to guess what's inside his sandwich. Mr Ted, the magical teddy bear, makes a special appearance and you will be amazed when Danny performs the world-famous glass and bottle illusion.

3:00pm to 4:00pm
A Song of Plague Lost in the Fog

4 stars On one side of the stage, an apothecary's surgery the size of a doll's house; on the other, a higgledy-piggledy stack of buildings. We're in London, it's 1665, and – the narrator tells us – a stranger has come from the sea. It's the plague, of course, and before the hour is out, a starburst of red crosses have appeared on the doors of the city. Tracing two characters, a doctor and his daughter, A Song Of Plague is a haunting piece of puppetry which successfully evokes a distant place and time. Read the full review.

1665, Death arrives in London. Rats flood the city and a sinister shadow haunts the streets. A combination of live original music, puppetry and transformation tell an intimate tale of plague, family and sacrifice when Death steps foot on the shores of the Thames.

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Just Don’t Do It Beside Ourselves Collective

Female sexuality and Christianity: are they as uncomfortable bedfellows as they appear to be?

Join two clowns on a surreal journey into the modern Church’s approach to sex, celibacy and female sexual desire. What happens if we don't act on our physical impulses or when we idolise virginity?

Fusing clown with acapella singing, puppetry and cabaret, this debut show delves into the confusing, the painful & the funny in asking: Is ‘Just Don’t Do It’ the sum of the Church's advice on premarital sex?

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

I've never actually been on Guru Dudu's headphone disco tours, but they've become a familiar sight in Brighton and, especially, Edinburgh. Looking for all the world like a 1980's breakfast-TV exercise coach, Guru Dudu leads a party-loving crowd around the streets of the city, playing tunes and calling out moves through wifi-connected headsets. No skill is required, just a willingness to have a go – and being in a big group must make it easier to shed any inhibitions about dancing in public. It's a surreal sight as a spectator… and looks a lot of fun to take part in, too.

Sold out at Edinburgh Fringe 2017!

Guru Dudu returns with his hilarious dance-walking tours of spontaneous flash mob dancing through the streets, interpretative dancing around local landmarks and lots of crazy interaction with onlookers. Everyone wears headphones (supplied) and can hear the fun commentary from Guru Dudu and the dance mix of uplifting favourites from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s.

Wear comfortable footwear and preferably come empty handed (no bags, etc)

Tickets available at door if headphones available.

Check out our website for additional pop-up events with Guru Dudu.

Warning: cheeks may hurt from smiling!

3:00pm to 4:00pm
The Twelve Days Of Christmas Matt Roseblade

'The Twelve Days of Christmas' is an unseasonal romp through the gifts of a generous but impractical lover. Just what does one do with 10 lords a-leaping? They're bound to eat all the swans...

Topics covered include partridge xenophobia, drummer abuse, the WWI trenches, a farmyard living under a reign of terror, why you can't eat swans and the problem of supplying sexually-relieved amphibia to a prominent member of the Royal Family.

Matt Roseblade follows up last years 3-star show 'Dignity Off' with his debut solo hour.

3:00pm to 3:40pm
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 chance to meet with Fringe Society staff who can help advise 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 and have any questions you have answered.

3:00pm to 4:30pm
The Glitter Tour of Brighton The Dilemma Girls

The acclaimed Dilemma Girls present their sparkly walking tour of Brighton, complete with treats and interactive regalia. Discover the quirkier spots of the city while your hosts entertain you with fascinating glittery tales.

Your glamorous guides bring to life Brighton’s lesser-known attractions, revealing interesting facts that you won’t find in your average guide book.

This fun and immersive tour explores some of Brighton’s hidden gems with illuminating, glitter-based anecdotes along the way. The glitter used on the tour is biodegradable and environmentally friendly.

3:00pm to 3:55pm
Rum in the Gravy Boat Fluid Motion Theatre Company

“Thought-provoking and important play. First class lesson in using theatre to explore serious subjects in a playful and accessible way.” (British Theatre Guide)

“Told with a considerable amount of bravery. Leigh's performance is captivating.” (Newbury Weekly News)

Playful and energetic, yet moving and raw, this is a story about sexual awakenings, plastic microphones, an alcoholic mother and alopecia.

Based on the actor's own life and developed through Fluid Motion's unique autobiographical style, this is a personal account into how theatre can make sense of the past.

3:00pm to 4:30pm
An Dhá: Folk Traditions Old & New An Dhá

Folk tunes and stories inspired by the Scottish, Irish and English folk music traditions come alive with the immaculate fiddle and cello mastery of An Dhá. Their performances are "lively, fun and entertaining to all" with "gorgeous" airs and "upbeat" reels infused with "jazz-inspired flair" (Brighton Source and Afterdark Magazine, 2017).

As recent winners of the prestigious Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Competition, An Dhá will take you on a journey exploring age-old traditions, original compositions and the stories behind them.

"A Stunning Duo" (BBC Radio Scotland)

3:00pm to 5:30pm
Silver Jewellery Workshop Silver & Sage

A fun and crafty workshop where you will make a personalised silver pendant to take away with you that day.

No prior experience needed, I will guide you through every process. We will be working with Silver Metal Clay which once fired is 99.9% real fine silver.

During the two to three hours you will learn how to handle the clay, shape, stamp your personalisation, fire and finish your piece.

Refreshments are available from the bar and for larger groups a high tea can be arranged - hello@silverandsage.co.uk. Prior booking is essential. For more info visit our website.

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Soul Circus The Musical (Buried Treasure) Soul Circus

Following our 2016 sell-out, smash-hit show, come with us on our next adventure: pirates, mermaids and the search for buried treasure told through original live music, poetry and song. Fighting negative thoughts and low self-esteem to find the truth and the golden treasure hidden in us all. Do you ever feel invisible? Are you taking flowers to the graveyard of your dreams? Let us fill you with love and courage for the adventure ahead. Get ready to run away (sail away) with the Soul Circus, have fun and think deep... it's soul work!

Touch tours available on request, please email elspethfurini@yahoo.co.uk to book.

3:00pm to 5:00pm
WARMTH Pop-up Sauna WARMTH BRIGHTON

'WARMTH' is a mobile, wood-fired sauna; dark, timber-lined and löyly filled. Heat up, cool down - the sea is your plunge pool.

Impromptu performances animate the 'WARMTH' sauna, whilst at other times it’s simply a place to relax. Appealing to all the senses, this warm, fragrant haven creates a pocket of Finland on Brighton Beach.

2 hour sessions:
Changing bell tent
Learn the art of making löyly
80c-100c temperature approx
Capacity 6
All sessions are mixed gender
Bring 2 towels (one for sitting on), swimsuit, water bottle and beach shoes
Children under 12

3:30pm to 4:30pm
Loose Brie Solve Everything Loose Brie

Martin and Phil have always felt like they were supposed to do something very important with their lives. Now they've finally figured out what it is. They're going to solve everything. All of it. The whole shebang. In an hour. It can't be that hard, right?

"Niche and nasty fun... a promising twosome" (London Evening Standard)

So You Think Your Funny Sketch Finalists 2017

"I laughed - a lot" **** (Mumble)

As seen on Comic Relief

3:30pm to 4:20pm
Learn to Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

Experience the potter's wheel and learn a new skill in our friendly and inviting studio. We will show you how and then guide you through the process of making your own pot!

Come alone or with friends – you can even try and capture that Demi Moore & Patrick Swayze 'Ghost' moment if you'd like.

Leave your pot with us to be glazed and fired, then collect it three weeks later or get it posted to you for a small extra charge.

*Please note there are only eight places per session, so if you're coming with friends it's best to book at the same time to avoid disappointment.

3:30pm to 5:30pm
Baby Loves Disco's Beach Beats Baby Loves Disco UK

Following our completely sold out Fringe 2017 season, 'Baby Loves Disco' returns to the funkiest bar on the beachfront with the best sea views in Brighton for 2018! Club DJs spin feelgood summer tunes, with dance-floor games, giveaways, selfie booth and play zone.

Dress for a beach party with prizes for the best outfits! Hawaiian shirts, hula skirts or British buckets and spades, either way it's high tides and good vibes.

With kids drinks, healthy snacks, ice lollies, face-painting, crafts and balloons all included, and a licensed bar for mum and dad, it's time to get your beach on, baby!

Non-walking babies go free.

3:30pm to 6:30pm
The Naked Comedy Workshop Deanna Fleysher

Be more than funny. Be loved. In this action-packed workshop, we will connect with the joy of being honest, present and hilarious without speech. We will explore how to make more powerful connections to our audience. We will see how funny you can be without thinking or trying. We will laugh a lot.

This workshop is ideal for performers age 15+ who are funny, are convinced they're not funny, or who want to laugh at others being funny. Come dressed to move! Workout wear, no jeans. Deanna Fleysher is a comedy artist, teacher and the alter ego of Butt Kapinski.

3:45pm to 4:45pm
Stranger Friends Sunjai Arif

Come on a journey to the upside down and meet some of Sunjai's weird and wonderful friends. Sunjai (Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year 2017 and South Coast Comedian of the Year 2016 runner up) has been touring the country, making friends with some of the best up and coming alternative acts on the circuit, and he wants you to meet them too.

This show will make you lean forward with excitement and anticipation for what will happen next.

"An excellent performer" (Voice Magazine)

"Truly entertaining" (Dorset Echo)

**** (Theatre Bath)

3:45pm to 4:45pm
Ahem... You Can't Go Around Doing Stuff Like That! Hiccups

Join Zelem Saydullaev (Squawker Finalist 2015 , South Coast Comedian of the Year Semi Finalist 2016 ) and Johnny Wardlow (as heard on BBC Radio 4 & BBC Radio 2) for an hour of sensational lies, mind-blowing madness and wholesome nonsense as they show you the best way to misbehave without getting incarcerated, sectioned, disowned or deported.

Two of Brighton's/Chechnya's best loved and most feared comedians plan to hold you captive with an hour of salient silliness, ridiculous tales of daring balderdash, comfortable chairs and, hopefully, a functioning microphone.

Come or you won't be there.

4:00pm to 4:30pm
The Space Inbetween The Inexplicable Theatre

Enter a cosmic world of fallen dreams set in the idyllic ambiance of St Augustine's Chapel. Inspired by the unknown, The Space In-between is an experimental visual performance piece bringing together a harmony of dance, theatre, 3d sound, installation & music.

The piece is being performed by a diverse group of artists, created & directed by The Inexplicable Theatre as research & development for our next production following a sell out run of The House of Dreams at The Spire in 2017.

4:00pm to 6:00pm
WARMTH Pop-up Sauna WARMTH BRIGHTON

'WARMTH' is a mobile, wood-fired sauna; dark, timber-lined and löyly filled. Heat up, cool down - the sea is your plunge pool.

Impromptu performances animate the 'WARMTH' sauna, whilst at other times it’s simply a place to relax. Appealing to all the senses, this warm, fragrant haven creates a pocket of Finland on Brighton Beach.

2 hour sessions:
Changing bell tent
Learn the art of making löyly
80c-100c temperature approx
Capacity 6
All sessions are mixed gender
Bring 2 towels (one for sitting on), swimsuit, water bottle and beach shoes
Children under 12

4:00pm to 4:50pm
Meeting at 33 Hannah Samuels in association with Second Circle Theatre

Alcoholics recovery meetings are happening all around us, all the time. While the people in those rooms never chose to be there, they are privy to some remarkable personal storytelling.

Created through extensive anonymous interviews with addicts and retold verbatim, 'Meeting at 33', offers a unique opportunity to experience a recovery meeting.

Unveiling a subject that is too frequently taboo through hope and humour, light and shade, we invite you to consider the universal addictive tendencies which live within all of us.

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Proxy Face to Face

After the 2016 Argus Award-winning 'And the Rope Still Tugging Her Feet', Caroline Burns Cooke returns with Munchausen, murder and living by proxy. Based on a true story, Gypsy is imprisoned in a world of fantasy, invalided and infantilised by her mother Dee Dee, until her online Prince Charming offers a way out.

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

Exclusive after hours tours of Brighton's aquarium! A unique opportunity to go off the public route to learn about 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 stairs on tour and the tickets includes entry to Sea Life Brighton.

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Nathan Lang: The Stuntman Momentum Artist Management

Nathan Lang (Pinhead from Neighbours) tells the high-energy, surreal tale of 'The Stuntman' through clowning, characters, physical comedy and real onstage stunts... Evel Knievel meets Wile E. Coyote in Technicolor! Debut solo show from the host of London's beloved alternative comedy night Lost Cabaret, and half of sketch comedy duo Jon & Nath.

"A hilariously credible creation" (Time Out)

"His eyes gleam with an absorbing mischief" (The Stage)

"Electric, hilarious" (WhatsOnStage)

"Wickedly funny" (The Public Reviews)

"Contains the funniest moment I've seen all Fringe" ****(The Mumble)

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Neil O'Rourke & Patrick Spicer: Cool Dude Island Neil O'Rourke & Patrick Spicer

Rising stand-up comedians Neil O'Rourke (Irish Comedian of the Year 2017 Finalist) and Patrick Spicer (Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2018 Nominee) are the (p)residents of the coolest island off the coast of Brighton: Cool Dude Island (DISCLAIMER: Island may be conceptual).

"What he lacks in swagger – and possibly friends – he more than makes up for in delightful punchlines and entertaining yarns" (Chortle)
"Gloriously, wonderfully silly" (Angel Comedy)

4:00pm to 5:00pm
The Looker Sabotage Theatre

2 stars Don't take career advice from a pigeon. That's the main message I've carried away from The Looker, a show which – I'm not ashamed to admit – I simply didn’t understand. Blending live actors, puppetry, and mask work, it's heavy on striking images but vexingly light on meaning. Read the full review.

Things move so fast these days, it’s easy to get lost. Lost in time. Lost in ourselves. To cope with this feeling, Vida writes letters to herself in the future. Sometimes she leaves voice messages.

One day the future calls her back.

Vida is catapulted into a quest for freedom, on which she meets mystical and surreal new friends. A fresh and darkly comic tale of self-discovery combining theatre, puppets, masks and live music.

"One of the most profound, truthful, cosmic and heartfelt narratives I've ever come across." (Jane, audience member 2017)

"A young company worth your attention" (FringeReview)

4:15pm to 5:15pm
(No) Money in the Bank Thom Bee & Andrew Marsh

Comedians Thom Bee and Andrew Marsh love wrestling and they want you to love it too. Join this enigmatic duo, as well as professional wrestler Balthazar Dark in this surreal exploration into the world of sports entertainment. There'll be the first ever use of tag team comedy, strikes, tables and most importantly, jokes.

4:15pm to 6:15pm
Persuasion Theatre6

Theatre6’s world premiere of Jane Austen’s final novel, Persuasion, adapted for the stage by acclaimed playwright Stephanie Dale and directed by Theatre6's award winning Kate McGregor.

Anne Elliot was young and in love. Engaged to the dashing but poor naval officer, Commander Wentworth, her ambitious family tore them apart. Years later, the tables have turned and a chance encounter could lead Anne towards the true love she has yearned for or a life forever alone.

Filled with live music, drama, laughter and romance from a cast of actors and musicans, Theatre6’s Persuasion is not to be missed.

“A rewarding, haunting evening” (The Telegraph)

4:20pm to 5:20pm
Will Rowland Will Rowland

Silly, surreal stand-up comedy from spicy boy Will Rowland.

The first third is devoted to proclaiming that he is a popular guy with plenty of friends. The second is a discussion of truth in comedy, which involves some backtracking. The third section is devoted to the telling of a wonderful joke, before finishing with a rousing sing-song, to the delight of all.

Finalist: New Comedian of the Year 2017
Third Place Max Turner Prize 2017

"Playful... intellectual... jokes about his washing machine" (Chortle)

4:30pm to 5:30pm
The Laurel & Hardy Cabaret Lucky Dog Theatre Productions

The award-winning Lucky Dog have been playing their successful biopic 'Hats Off to Laurel & Hardy' since 2013. This, however, is a bumper package of Stan and Ollie’s routines and songs from stage, screen, and record which you won’t find elsewhere.

Featuring some classic re-created movie sequences, along with some hilarious (and rare) sketches which the boys performed on tour in the 1940s and 50s (including here in Brighton).

You will be transported back to a more innocent time, yet be amazed at how current their comedy remains.

4:30pm to 5:20pm
Learn to Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

Experience the potter's wheel and learn a new skill in our friendly and inviting studio. We will show you how and then guide you through the process of making your own pot!

Come alone or with friends – you can even try and capture that Demi Moore & Patrick Swayze 'Ghost' moment if you'd like.

Leave your pot with us to be glazed and fired, then collect it three weeks later or get it posted to you for a small extra charge.

*Please note there are only eight places per session, so if you're coming with friends it's best to book at the same time to avoid disappointment.

4:30pm to 5:30pm
Eyecon Georgie Morrell

Brand new work in progress show from BBC Audio Award nominee Georgie Morrell in association with The New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich. As seen and heard on BBC Radio 4, 5Live, BBC ouch and Channel 5.

"Inspirational... One suspects there’s much more to Morrell than this one show. A seat on Graham Norton’s sofa surely awaits." **** ½ (The Reviews Hub)

"Remarkable comic" **** (London Pub Theatres 1)

4:30pm to 5:30pm
C.S.I: Crime Scene Improvisation The Chandeliers

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

The improvised murder mystery comedy is back! Following sold-out runs at Edinburgh Fringe 2017/2016 and Brighton Fringe 2017/2016, 'CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation' returns to Brighton creating a 100% brand-new who-dunnit 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.

"Innovation and top-tier entertainment" ***** (The Wee Review)

"A spectacular must see" ***** (Bunbury Magazine)

"Spontaneous mastery" **** (Fringebiscuit)

4:45pm to 5:45pm
Dave Chawner: Mental D2 Events

Award-winning comedian Dave Chawner premieres his new show about mental health (rather than mental illness).

As seen on BBC, ITV and Channel 4
As heard on BBC Radio 1, Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live

***** (Arts Award Voice)
***** (Bunbury Magazine)
**** (The List)
**** (EdFest Magazine)
**** (ThreeWeeks)
**** (Broadway Baby)
**** (Ed Fringe Review)
**** (Voice Magazine)

"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, and sometimes enlightening, hour" (Steve Bennet)

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Aaron Simmonds and (Literal) Support Act Laughing Horse Free Festival

A stand-up comedy show from a comedian that cannot stand up.

Aaron Simmonds (BBC New Comedian of the Year finalist 2017) is bringing his stand-up show to Brighton.

The show will be about his life as a wheelchair user and as an idiot who makes bad decisions in life. It will also feature a hand-picked hilarious guest comedian to make you laugh as well as carry his wheelchair upstairs.

“His routine unfolded with great, measured skill. A class act.” (Chortle)

“Hilarious stories from a unique perspective.” (Covent Garden Comedy Cellar)

5:00pm to 7:00pm
WARMTH Pop-up Sauna WARMTH BRIGHTON

'WARMTH' is a mobile, wood-fired sauna; dark, timber-lined and löyly filled. Heat up, cool down - the sea is your plunge pool.

Impromptu performances animate the 'WARMTH' sauna, whilst at other times it’s simply a place to relax. Appealing to all the senses, this warm, fragrant haven creates a pocket of Finland on Brighton Beach.

2 hour sessions:
Changing bell tent
Learn the art of making löyly
80c-100c temperature approx
Capacity 6
All sessions are mixed gender
Bring 2 towels (one for sitting on), swimsuit, water bottle and beach shoes
Children under 12

5:00pm to 6:20pm
Always, With a Love That's True Wired Theatre

4 stars I always enjoy Wired Theatre's unconventional site-specific work – partly because they're so willing to break theatrical rules, and partly because they invariably surprise me with something different and new. Set in a real house in Hove, with scenes in the lounge, hallway, kitchen and conservatory, this one certainly preserves Wired's reputation for performing in unusual spaces. But after years presenting shows which hop back and forth in history, this time they gave me the one thing I least expected: a traditional linear storyline. Read the full review.

Wired Theatre are long-standing Brighton Fringe regulars, and have made a name for themselves staging creative site-specific works in unusual places – this time, a normal house in Hove. Their shows are always quirky, and sometimes demand your concentration, but following a long run of recent successes I'll rank them a sure bet for this year. Their latest show is a sequel to last year's And Love Walked In, a time-jumping tale about a psychologist losing his own grip on reality; expect an unusual and creative production, with plenty to talk about afterwards.

Love is undying. Death is just around the comer. Listen, time’s passing. Who knows what’s beyond the grave? The ageing psychotherapist, troubled and insecure, cannot trust his wife, his clients or himself in this darkly comic sequel to last year’s sell-out show.

Wired Theatre returns to the quiet house in Hove in this original, entertaining, promenade production which presents, in close-up, lives trapped on a rollercoaster ride towards an inevitable end.

Provocative, tantalising and often mysterious, Wired ‘s work aims to create exciting theatre in a non-theatrical location.

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Darren Walsh: Massive Punt Darren Walsh

Join Darren Walsh (UK's first Pun Champion, BBC's iWonder, Dave's Joke of the Edinburgh Fringe) on a round-the-world flight, jam-packed with onboard entertainment such as video sketches, one-liners, jingles and general nonsense.

"Unstoppable tsunami of stupid puns" (Chortle)

"A tall guy with a big talent for short jokes" (The Stage)

"Punbelievable!" ***** (The Mirror)

**** (Sunday Express)

**** (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine)

Top 10 Jokes of the Edinburgh Fringe in The Guardian, The Mirror and The Scotsman.

5:00pm to 6:45pm
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.

This project is supported by a Brighton Lions bursary.

5:15pm to 6:15pm
Martin Lingus Mullaney Productions

Time is running out for Martin Lingus. He needs to find a lady. A lady with a house. But his boyish charm isn’t working like it used to.

This one-man show is a dark comedy about love, inner demons and period features.

5:30pm to 6:30pm
The Imagicarium of Mr Dickens Quids In Theatre Company

2 stars Here's a true fact: alongside his rather more famous writing career, Charles Dickens was an enthusiastic amateur magician. This one-man show, from Fringe regulars Quids In, uses that fact as a jumping-off point for their trademark combination of theatre and stage magic. Alone on the stage, Kreestan Sennakie presents a series of Dickensian figures, and performs a trick in character as each one. Read the full review.

Quids In Theatre Company have become a favourite of mine over the last few Brighton Fringes. Combining theatre, stage magic, and sometimes music, a few of their shows work better than others – but all of them are interesting. This time round, we're promised an audience with a series of Dickensian characters, who'll illustrate their lives with conjuring tricks for our education and amusement. If previous form's a guide, this should be an enjoyable hour - with skilful magic and quality acting combining to tell a convincing story.

Imagine if you could sit down in Fagin's den or share a rum with Bill Sykes while he mesmerises you with cards. This innovative and highly original production allows you to do just that!

Awarded five stars at Edinburgh Fringe, actor and magician Chris Begg (Kreestan Sennakie) brings a range of Dickens characters to life with immaculate skill and breathtaking magic.

"At times both creepy and comical, even horrifying and darkly entertaining, Sennakie appeals to both the believers and sceptics" (The Graveyard Shift, BroadwayBaby)

5:30pm to 6:30pm
Why I Had To Leave The North Simon Topping

The story of me; a misfit, growing up in the north west of England in the 1980s. A funny and touching exploration of masculinity and the great expectations of manliness placed upon my youth by the older generations of the family. Some monkeys learn how to express their feelings more slowly than others. I am that monkey.

Simon is an improv comedy veteran. He has worked and trained with some of the country’s best improv talent including Cariad Lloyd, Rob Broderick and Dylan Emery.

This is his first solo show.

5:30pm to 6:20pm
Meeting at 33 Hannah Samuels in association with Second Circle Theatre

Alcoholics recovery meetings are happening all around us, all the time. While the people in those rooms never chose to be there, they are privy to some remarkable personal storytelling.

Created through extensive anonymous interviews with addicts and retold verbatim, 'Meeting at 33', offers a unique opportunity to experience a recovery meeting.

Unveiling a subject that is too frequently taboo through hope and humour, light and shade, we invite you to consider the universal addictive tendencies which live within all of us.

5:30pm to 7:30pm
Doppel Dietrich Patricia Hartshorne

Glamour, talent and a penchant for men's clothing. Humorous and haunting taste of Marlene Dietrich, through the life, loves and songs of this bisexual Hollywood legend.

Award-winning performer Patricia Hartshorne doubles as Marlene, entertaining with anecdotes and Dietrich classics including: 'Lili Marleen', 'Die Fesche Lola', 'Falling in Love Again', 'La Vie en Rose', 'Boys in the Back Room', 'Where Have All the Flowers Gone', and many more.

Are you up for some 'doppel strength' Dietrich? Meet the woman who answered to nobody - not even Adolf Hitler!

5:30pm to 6:20pm
WATCHING, Ceci n'est pas de Deux Ester Natzijl Productions

"Dutch Season Stand-out Show" (The Argus)

A solo-duet created and performed by Flying Solo and Amsterdam Fringe award-winner Ester Natzijl. A mesmerising mix of puppetry, theatre and dance that provides different views of what a relationship can be. The performance carves a tender, entrancing portrayal of horror and humour, with an animated and sometimes extremely evil avatar.

"Redefines theatre and dance" ***** (Reviews Hub)

"An experience that lingers long after the performance is over" (Exeunt Magazine)

5:45pm to 7:00pm
My Apple Dumpling Girl (Evening), We Are All Stories (Daytime) About Face Theatre Company

'My Apple Dumpling Girl' is a powerful small-scale play featuring a beautiful set and puppets (evening). 'We Are All Stories' is a new collection of five plays beautifully presented by the actors and puppets in a magical space created for you (daytime).

About Face perform mainly in Herefordshire but have toured both regionally and nationally. As well as performing plays especially written for the company, About Face also takes a regular programme of workshops and performances. About Face is part of the ECHO charity.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Soul Circus The Musical (Buried Treasure) Soul Circus

Following our 2016 sell-out, smash-hit show, come with us on our next adventure: pirates, mermaids and the search for buried treasure told through original live music, poetry and song. Fighting negative thoughts and low self-esteem to find the truth and the golden treasure hidden in us all. Do you ever feel invisible? Are you taking flowers to the graveyard of your dreams? Let us fill you with love and courage for the adventure ahead. Get ready to run away (sail away) with the Soul Circus, have fun and think deep... it's soul work!

Touch tours available on request, please email elspethfurini@yahoo.co.uk to book.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Dance Trail 2018 Brighton Dance Network

Back for its fourth year Brighton dance Network's promenade performance leads audiences through a new series of dance occurrences crafted for a chosen part of the city.

This year's trail focuses on the seafront area and invites the audience to view this iconic Brighton location with fresh eyes.

6:00pm to 6:30pm
The Space Inbetween The Inexplicable Theatre

Enter a cosmic world of fallen dreams set in the idyllic ambiance of St Augustine's Chapel. Inspired by the unknown, The Space In-between is an experimental visual performance piece bringing together a harmony of dance, theatre, 3d sound, installation & music.

The piece is being performed by a diverse group of artists, created & directed by The Inexplicable Theatre as research & development for our next production following a sell out run of The House of Dreams at The Spire in 2017.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Creation Song Norse Myths Storytelling Root and Branch Theatre Company

3 stars Storyteller Alison Williams-Bailey cuts an impressive figure as she parades into the room, her hair tumbling over the shoulders of her robe, an antler-topped staff clutched in her hand. She's here to share tales of Norse gods and legends – from Yggdrasil, the tree of life, to Ragnarök, the apocalyptic final battle. Her show divides into two parts; the first lives up to the spectacle of her entrance, the second sadly less so. Read the full review.

Stories from the Norse myths and legends with ballad song, galdr chant and ancient Eddic poetry. This performance tells the story of the Vanir tribe of Norse deities and their influence on creation.

It includes a ritual or sacred marriage which was a symbolic representation of the birth of life in the universe. This tradition was sacred to the elder fertility gods with origins in the megalithic era. This is a theatrical storytelling performance and includes song and chant as well as ritual action.

This project is supported by an encoreinsure.com Brighton Fringe bursary.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Simon Jablonski: Love Laughing Horse Free Festival

An extremely funny yet entirely unerotic journey that begins in a public toilet.

6:00pm to 8:00pm
WARMTH Pop-up Sauna WARMTH BRIGHTON

'WARMTH' is a mobile, wood-fired sauna; dark, timber-lined and löyly filled. Heat up, cool down - the sea is your plunge pool.

Impromptu performances animate the 'WARMTH' sauna, whilst at other times it’s simply a place to relax. Appealing to all the senses, this warm, fragrant haven creates a pocket of Finland on Brighton Beach.

2 hour sessions:
Changing bell tent
Learn the art of making löyly
80c-100c temperature approx
Capacity 6
All sessions are mixed gender
Bring 2 towels (one for sitting on), swimsuit, water bottle and beach shoes
Children under 12

6:00pm to 7:45pm
The Lady Boys of Bangkok: Wonder Women Tour Exchange Events Ltd

Celebrating 20 diamante decorated years, the Lady boys ‘Wonder Women’ tour takes the UK's number one cabaret show to a new level. With some of your favourites from the last 20 glorious years re-imagined, added to new scenes of spectacular costumes, choreography and of course hilarious comedy! The glamour of Hollywood and the glitz of Las Vegas, with more songs and big-scale musical production numbers than you could point a perfumed glove at. A cabaret like no other cabaret, performed by girls like no other girls!

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

I've never actually been on Guru Dudu's headphone disco tours, but they've become a familiar sight in Brighton and, especially, Edinburgh. Looking for all the world like a 1980's breakfast-TV exercise coach, Guru Dudu leads a party-loving crowd around the streets of the city, playing tunes and calling out moves through wifi-connected headsets. No skill is required, just a willingness to have a go – and being in a big group must make it easier to shed any inhibitions about dancing in public. It's a surreal sight as a spectator… and looks a lot of fun to take part in, too.

Sold out at Edinburgh Fringe 2017!

Guru Dudu returns with his hilarious dance-walking tours of spontaneous flash mob dancing through the streets, interpretative dancing around local landmarks and lots of crazy interaction with onlookers. Everyone wears headphones (supplied) and can hear the fun commentary from Guru Dudu and the dance mix of uplifting favourites from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s.

Wear comfortable footwear and preferably come empty handed (no bags, etc)

Tickets available at door if headphones available.

Check out our website for additional pop-up events with Guru Dudu.

Warning: cheeks may hurt from smiling!

6:00pm to 7:00pm
The Boy Who Gave His Heart Away by Cole Moreton Harry Farmer presents

4 stars Cole Moreton narrates a touching, true story about two boys, Marc McCay and Martin Burton, who both become seriously ill and the impact this had on their two families. It’s based on a radio programme and a book with the same name, written by Moreton – who is a broadcaster, interviewer and journalist. Read the full review.

Cole Moreton is a writer and broadcaster exploring who we are and what we believe in. His Radio 4 series 'The Boy Who Gave His Heart Away' won Best Writing at the World’s Best Radio Awards in New York. Cole now tells this deeply moving true story live on stage.

Interviewer of the Year in 2016, he has written for 'The Guardian', 'The Independent', 'The Times', and 'The Mail on Sunday'.

A resident of Sussex and father of four, Cole admits he was squeamish about organ donation until his mind was completely changed by meeting the families in this story. It’s also a testament to the wonder that is the NHS.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Jacob Hatton: Ozymandias Jacob Hatton

Friends! Countrymen! Lend me your ears! For you stand now amongst kings.

Epic Comedy for Kings (also lady Kings). Stand-up and sketches for Emperors and madmen from up and coming surrealist and wild-man Jacob Hatton (BBC Radio 4, Soho Theatre Young Company). Come for sagas of great men, heroic deeds, knights, wizards, love and er... Old Macdonald. Comedy for the brave, chivalrous and true. Also for pretty much anyone else.

"The hour flew past... I can't wait to see what he does next" (Edinburgh Fringe Audience Review)

"In touch with the human psyche" (Broadway Baby)

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Robot vs Hurricane: An hour of alternative stand-up from Nicholas Everritt and Pete Nash Difflex

Strap in for a strikingly alternative show from two of the most original acts rising through the UK stand-up scene: 'The Robot' Nicholas Everritt and Pete 'The Hurricane' Nash.

Nick Everritt is a trained improviser and qualified actuary who is taking the stand-up world by storm with his robotic delivery.

High energy crackpot Pete 'The Hurricane' Nash riffs everything from absurd stories to mooning the crowd.

6:10pm to 7:10pm
Woyzeck Squall + Frenzy

A tortured mind, a broken heart, a descent into insanity, jealousy and rage. Büchner’s classic play, 'Woyzeck', remains an unflinchingly relevant commentary on society’s uncaring attitude towards poverty and mental illness.

The story of a man who, by the circumstances of his birth, is driven down the darkest possible path, while those infected with the myopia of privilege feed him the lie that turning aside is a mere matter of moral strength. In this new, dreamlike adaptation, by turns bitterly tragic and absurdly comic, you will witness the unlovely fragments of a shattered life.

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Aside Effect Laughing Horse Free Festival

A stand-up comedy show about a man (Winter Foenander) who finds himself in a perpetual state of madness. Follow his path of silliness as he attempts to retrace his steps back to humanity.

"Pace, energy, delivery... a machine gun of improvisation blended exquisitely with well honed material” (Luton Comedy Club)

6:15pm to 7:10pm
The Last Straw People Show

An anonymous man and woman, confined in a space, are trying to pin down the facts. Any facts. Hurried along by a relentless modern world, stricken by disasters, how do we know where to focus? How do we know what’s true?

With the facts lying shredded on the ground, this darkly comic show shines a light on our confusion at jargon and excess in today’s complex world. The Last Straw challenges audiences to consider the absurdity of modern communication and how we can survive together?

People Show is England's longest running and first ever experimental theatre company first formed in 1966.

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Gráinne Maguire: I Call My Vagina the Psychopath Test Laughing Horse Comedy

Gráinne Maguire (as heard on Radio 4's The Now Show, More Money Than Sense and Breaking The News, writer for The Last Leg and 8/10 Cats) brings her new show to the Brighton Fringe.

“Original and unpredictable. A delightful, incisive hour of truth and madness” **** (Fringe Guru)

“A definite must see performance from a comic at the top of her game - one of the finest political stand-up shows at this year’s Fringe” **** (Edinburgh Festivals)

“Sharp, incisive, and smartly satirical” **** (The Wee Review)

"Sarcastically and scabrously hilarious” (Chortle)

**** (British Theatre Guide)

6:30pm to 7:25pm
Franz Kafka: Apparatus Blue Devil

5 stars This taut and engrossing new play, an original adaptation of Franz Kafka's In The Penal Colony, sees a cosmopolitan traveller arrive on an isolated prison island. He's there as a guest – to learn about the eponymous "apparatus", a complex device overseen by a proud and protective officer. The officer speaks of the apparatus with reverential devotion, and she talks in the same tones about her now-dead mentor: the former commandant, the inventor of the apparatus, and the father of this authoritarian regime. Read the full review.

You are cordially invited to a most unusual, mechanically achieved execution - death by means of a complex machine designed and constructed in a nightmare. Tragedy, comedy, horror and the absurd intermingle in this dramatic labyrinth of cruelty, obsession and madness.

Starring Emily Carding
'Richard III - A One-Woman Show'
***** (Broadway Baby)
***** (remotegoat)
**** (The Stage)
**** (New York Times)
Winner BOBBY AWARD Edinburgh Fringe

Written and directed by Ross Dinwiddy
**** (Fringe Guru)
**** (remotegoat)
**** (Voice Magazine)
Nominated Best Newcomer Brighton Fringe Awards

6:30pm to 10:30pm
Allons Danser Songware Ltd

Allons Danser is a good-time dance for everyone, steeped in the traditions of Cajun music and French joie de vivre: two step, swing, jive, jitterbug, waltz or whatever you like, take to the floor and let go. All the way from the deep south of the USA, Cajun music is dance music, whether played in the dancehall, during Mardi Gras, on the back porch or in the Spiegeltent!

Dance lessons included (come early) and featuring live music from acclaimed international Cajun band Rough Chowder!

6:45pm to 7:45pm
Wratten & Robson: Juxtaposition Wratten & Robson

Juxtaposition is a show about how one man's misery can be another man's joy.

Martin Wratten (South Coast Comedian of the Year 2017, Hastings Fringe Newcomer of the Year 2017) and Ben Robson (GOAT Comedy and a bloody nice guy) combine to bring you an hour of comedy so fun, you'll be lucky if your jaw doesn't fall off.

Lively and deadpan styles collide in this work in progress show.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Pals The Black Dove

Simone Belshaw (South Coast Comedian Finalist 2017) and William Stone (Max Turner Finalist 2018) are just two ordinary lads looking for friendship in a crazy world. Come hang out with them at this interactive show hosted by a phone (voiced by Jen Ives) hear some of William's whimsical one-liners and some offbeat fables from Simone. Come as strangers, leave as PALS!

William Stone - "Belting gags. Highly recommended" Angela Barnes (Radio4 Newsjack, Live at the Apollo). Simone Belshaw - "Brilliantly offbeat, often surreal and always original" - Funny Women.

7:00pm to 9:00pm
The Odditorium Dr David Bramwell

If you live in Brighton, the chances are you already know about David Bramwell – purveyor of curiosities and champion of intelligent talk, thanks to his regular salon the Catalyst Club. His Fringe events are now an equally revered institution: part mind-expanding lectures, part entertainment, with a typically offbeat set of topics selected for the ever-changing agenda. They’re hosted this year in the 100-year-old Bosco theatre tent, itself a fascinating (if spartan) venue. The programme is massively varied, so check the full listings for day-by-day details.

Join Dr Bramwell for another five fascinating events: 'Singalong-a-Wickerman', Daisy Campbell's 'Pigspurt's Child', Ken Campbell's 10th anniversary tribute night, Mark Vernon on Ancient Greek philosophy and Dr David Luke on psychedelic plants.

Sun 13 May: Mark Vernon 'All you Need to Know About Ancient Greek Philosophy to Live Well'
Wed 16 May: Daisy Campbell's new solo show, 'Pigspurts Child'
Sun 20 May: 'The Ken Campbell Anniversary Show'
Tues 22 May: 'Singalong-a-Wickerman'
Wed 30 May: Dr David Luke 'Breaking Convention's'

7:00pm to 8:25pm
Only in Brighton! Only in Brighton

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

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

Winner of 'Unique Experience of the Year for Brighton' 2017 Luxury Travel Guide Awards

7:00pm to 8:00pm
James Cary: James and John STAC

John 3:16 is the verse to end all verses apparently. Christians use that verse on billboards and t-shirts, hoping to catch the attention of unbelievers. James Cary, comedy writer and Christian, wonders why the Church’s attempts at evangelism seem so clumsy, doomed to fail and yet somehow in keeping with the stories of unlikely heroes in the Bible.

James Cary is an award-winning comedy writer who has co-written the first two series of Miranda and nine BBC Radio 4 series with Milton Jones. He also created 'Hut 33' and 'Think the Unthinkable' (BBC Radio 4), and co-created 'Bluestone 42' for BBC3.

Touch tours available on request, please email office@standrewshove.org to book.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Bumper Blyton: The Improvised Adventure The Make 'Em Up's

4 stars From the first moment of this improvised show, you sense the presence of dear old Enid Blyton. All of the actors are dressed in suitable adventure attire – knee-length shorts, long white socks and smart tank tops. Oh, and the audience are all of a certain age! Jonah Fazel bounces onto the stage, larger than life, and introduces the clever way the performance will unfold. There are two large dice with suggestions from the audience attached. Once rolled onto the stage, they are used as material for the story. Read the full review.

The picnic hamper’s packed, so cast yourself back to the 1940s when you could delight in lashings of ginger beer, a mouth full of tongue sandwich or get your lips round a nice spotted dick! In this riotous improvised spoof of the nation's most beloved author, the all-star cast spin an entirely new adventure for grown-ups using audience suggestions and inspiration from the Blyton classics! Featuring an Eton mess of all-star comedians from across the Fringe.

"Delightfully silly" **** (ThreeWeeks)
"They're phenomenal" **** (remotegoat)
"Pick of the Fringe" (Daily Record)

7:00pm to 8:05pm
Honey Reaction Theatre Makers

2 stars Honey is the last of a series of three plays exploring the relationship between the self and other environments. I watched the first part Fishhead back in 2014, and loved it – so I was excited about seeing this follow-up work. Sadly however, I was disappointed. Read the full review.

Just like a jar of honey, this new play has sweetness, richness and depth.

Come and explore a patchwork of life in the Welsh mountains, where bees, bomb disposal and autism are all wrapped-up in folk music to squeeze your senses.
 
As wonderful as any bee’s waggle-dance, Honey’s intimate story weaves together the lives of a young man, his mother, her tattoo-artist sister and those that want to love them.

"Theatre is more, much more, than story. It's aesthetic ground is the making of pattern and pattern-within-pattern. Reaction Theatre Makers' work comes with much artistry." (Theatre Wales)

7:00pm to 7:55pm
Heidi vs Sharks: Work in Progress Heidi Regan

Heidi Regan, winner of BBC New Comedy Award 2017 and So You Think You’re Funny? 2016, explores our increasingly confusing world via the medium of shark films.

Warning: If you don't like footage of sharks biting people there will be a minute or two of this so you can come and close your eyes for those bits or else avoid the show entirely. The footage is much more silly than scary, but you might be really scared of sharks... although not scared enough to avoid a show with 'sharks' in the title.

Hey, people are complicated. No judgement here. No judgement, but lots of sharks!

7:00pm to 7:40pm
Esther Manito: But I've Got One (Work in Progress) Esther Manito

Esther Manito, a finalist on 'So You Think You're Funny? 2017' and heard on BBC radio 4 Extra, is working on her first solo show. "We need more gritty reality of the feminine kind and Esther tells it like it is!" (Lynne Parker, Founder and Producer of Funny Women). Esther is so over expectations and hiding what she's thinking, because deep down... deep, deep down, some of you lot are thinking the same thing.

"Esther has a lot of hair and a lot of talent" (Beyond the Joke)

"An assured and adept performer" (Chortle)

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Drunk With A Pen Joseph J Clark

Poetry for the drinking classes: Joseph J Clark performs 13.5 poems about drink and drinking. Earnest, endearing, and occasionally exciting poetry from the very bottom of the bottle.

Featuring a support set from Rachel Shorer.

"Performance poetry at its most accessible... a bit like being in the pub with a more interesting raconteur than you can usually rustle up" (Broadway Baby)

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Anna Morris: Under the Sea (Work in Progress) CatFace Talent

A brand new show from the creator of award-winning wedding comedy 'It's Got to be Perfect'. The critically acclaimed character comic invites you onto Britain's lowest budget cruise ship to meet her new creations. Join your guide Janene as you set sail from Hull to Portsmouth. Meet the on-board entertainers and bring your own life-jacket...

This is the 5th show from Anna Morris, star of Channel 4's 'Lee & Dean' and viral YouTube series, 'Georgina's Wedding Blogs'.

"Morris has the X Factor" ***** (Edinburgh Guide)
"A master of character comedy" (British Comedy Guide)
**** (The Stage)

7:30pm to 1:00am
Crown's Sunday Session Skrew Loose Booking

The Crown's Sunday Session is a monthly live-music event showcasing the very best folk, blues and indie/rock music from around the Brighton area and further afield. Expect top-shelf and intimate performances brought to you by Skrew Loose Booking.

7:30pm to 8:25pm
Troy Hawke! Laughing Horse Comedy

I am back in Brighton to give you my take on things you never knew you didn't know about. It will be mellifluous and undeniably funny. But don't take my word for it...

"Undeniably funny" **** (Chortle)

"Character comedy that is near perfection" ***** (New Current)

"Perfectly written jokes" **** (Broadway Baby)

"Spectacular character... razor sharp wit laced with a touch of the surreal" **** (Fest)

"Beautifully written characters" **** (The List)

"One of the year’s best comedy acts... will outgrow his venue in no time" **** (Edfest Mag)

7:30pm to 8:50pm
EAST by Steven Berkoff Snowdrop Productions

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2016 Playwright Steven Berkoff described East as “a scream or a shout of pain” – and certainly, this portrayal of the East End of his childhood is a brutal and uncompromising one.  But still, this is an entertaining and enjoyable production, thanks both to Berkoff’s writing and the slickly-delivered efforts of a talented ensemble.  The end result might tend more towards comedy than darkness, but the five characters’ stories still prove thought-provoking and, sometimes, poignant. Read the full review.

This entertaining version of Steven Berkoff's East had its debut back in 2016, and it was impressive and engaging when we reviewed it then. Berkoff described his script as "a scream or shout of pain", and there are certainly visceral moments in this production – but I remember it most for its choreographed visual set-pieces, and larger-than-life characterisation. At 90 minutes it's a little longer than your average Fringe show, but combining rich writing and slick performance, it's well worth clearing your schedule for.

1970's London. Mike, Les and Sylv are fighting for their youth. Filling their days with sex and violence, they battle both the boredom they fear and the inevitable future they see in their parents, ultimately finding that history is doomed to repeat itself.

Berkoff’s roller-coasting invention of poetic violence, excitement and boundless vitality hones in on the lives and loves of the underclasses and the spiked social injustices which continue to divide the have and have-nots, consigning the poorest to invisibility until they explode in rage.

***** (The Argus)
***** (Reviews Hub)

7:30pm to 9:30pm
Bright City Bright City Collective

Bright City is a family of artists at St Peter's, Brighton that consists of musicians, producers, dancers and visual artists from across the city. This open-house event combines all four expressions to create an immersive, reflective space inside one of Brighton's most iconic buildings, St Peter's Church. www.brightcityuk.com

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Steve Lee Performs an Indecent Act Steve Lee

If you missed Steve’s Fringe debut ‘Sit Down Stand Up’ last year, you now have the opportunity of missing this brand new show as well! Tales of a life well-lived with possible nudity, naughty words, and live music. Who could ask for anything more? Well, Steve will ask for a brandy!

In showbiz for 47 years, with two TV scripts for Disney under his belt, a dozen shows written for family audiences, and you’ve never heard of him? Now’s your chance to find out why! Book early to ensure disappointment!

Supporting the MS Society.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Off The Cuff: Crime and Funishment Off The Cuff

Back by popular demand following 2016 and 2017's sell-out shows!

Brighton’s improvised comedy favourites present a hilarious impromptu detective drama, packed with colourful characters and lurid plots. Each performance brings a completely new episode, all inspired by audience suggestions, charting the latest cryptic case of Detective Funishment! Prepare to be amused and awed in equal measure by this spontaneous and unique take on the classic TV 'whodunnit?'

“Classic comedy gold” ***** (Latest 7)
"A completely satisfying, inventive tale" (Broadway Baby)
"Get ready for some belly laugh!" (XYZ)

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Ladies Marmalade Arielle Souma

Ladies Marmalade is a reminder that comedy is more than what you see on TV. Storytelling and stand up with sex, music and loads of jokes.

These wonderful women couldn't be any more different, yet both are very funny and empowering!

Arielle Souma: 2017 NATYS Finalist, 2016 SYTYF Finalist. "A tsunami of compelling attitude, raining some heavy punchlines with her blunt, accessible style".

Victoria Howden is a theatre fan with a wide impressive range of vocal.

"A must see for all comedy lovers". Fun evening ahead. Do not miss!

**** (Reviews Hub)

7:45pm to 8:55pm
The Sorrowful Tale of Sleeping Sidney Barely Human Puppets

4 stars It's one of the stranger stories from Brighton's chequered past: a spate of poisonings in 1871, tracked in the end to strychnine-laced chocolates. And this gothic comedy of a puppet show is fittingly dainty and sweet; performed with miniature glove puppets on an adorable fold-out set, it's full of knowing humour, yet still does justice to the grotesque historical tale. Read the full review.

A grotesque, darkly comic Victorian story of obsessive love, murder, and confectionery. Seven lavish glove-puppets and one narrator-puppeteer bring you this tale inspired by the real Brighton Chocolate Cream Poisoner of 1871: sugary, but certainly not sweet!

"Gloriously gothic and surprisingly funny" (Exeunt Magazine)

7:45pm to 9:15pm
Cry, Blueberry Richard Canal

November, 1932. Blueberry, a clown on vaudevillian Broadway, wrestles with life-long guilt, fleeing from his pain both into performance and sex. His addictive escapes have finally lost him his wife right as he loses his employment. He enters his dressing-room for the last time, confesses to the audience and confronts his memories, mistakes and misdeeds - either to their conclusion, or his own.

Poetic, heartfelt and honest, 'Cry, Blueberry' is a new magical-realist solo play praised with four stars at the Camden Fringe as one "to revere and respect" and "a strong and bold piece of theatre."

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

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

“A night full of fun and side-splitting laughter. I didn’t want it to end” (The Latest)

“THE place in Brighton to catch stand-up comedy” (The Independent)

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Unhinged Unhinged Productions

We are Unhinged, a five piece female/male stand-up group. We offer a variety of acts from a variety of backgrounds. Taking you on a comedic journey from Israel, through Lebanon to London. Via parenthood, singledom and good old fashioned desperation. Our unique mix offers something for all audiences.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Butt Kapinski Deanna Fleysher

'Butt Kapinski' invites you to co-star in a murder mystery. This fully-immersive ride is riddled with sex, sin and subterfuge. If you hate audience participation, this show is for you. If you love audience participation, this show is for you.

"This is not audience participation, this is immersive comedy like you have never experienced. And we love it” (Scotsman)

"Fleysher’s performance is like no other: hilarious, yes, but she also manages to make everybody present want to be her best friend in this unique form of immersive theatre." (EdFest Magazine)

8:00pm to 9:00pm
The Fannytasticals Fannytasticals

Brighton’s sell-out female comedy troupe present their rude and raucous topical humour.

A cabaret style show including songs, skits, sketches and general musings on life, love and the universe from a range of female perspectives.

Their original, bold and powerful material takes audiences on a journey into the wilderness of the female psyche, and leaves them gasping for breath. An evening without inhibition.

8:00pm to 8:50pm
Guru Dudu's Silent Disco Walking Tours Guru Dudu Productions

I've never actually been on Guru Dudu's headphone disco tours, but they've become a familiar sight in Brighton and, especially, Edinburgh. Looking for all the world like a 1980's breakfast-TV exercise coach, Guru Dudu leads a party-loving crowd around the streets of the city, playing tunes and calling out moves through wifi-connected headsets. No skill is required, just a willingness to have a go – and being in a big group must make it easier to shed any inhibitions about dancing in public. It's a surreal sight as a spectator… and looks a lot of fun to take part in, too.

Sold out at Edinburgh Fringe 2017!

Guru Dudu returns with his hilarious dance-walking tours of spontaneous flash mob dancing through the streets, interpretative dancing around local landmarks and lots of crazy interaction with onlookers. Everyone wears headphones (supplied) and can hear the fun commentary from Guru Dudu and the dance mix of uplifting favourites from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s.

Wear comfortable footwear and preferably come empty handed (no bags, etc)

Tickets available at door if headphones available.

Check out our website for additional pop-up events with Guru Dudu.

Warning: cheeks may hurt from smiling!

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Caitlin WLTM Productions

5 stars I'm ashamed to say that I'd never heard of Caitlin Macnamara; ashamed, because this engrossing one-woman play is an hour-long rebuke for that oversight. The wife of poet Dylan Thomas, blamed by some for feeding his self-destructive reliance on revelry and alcohol, Mike Kenny's 2004 script urges us at last to see Caitlin in her own right. Speaking directly to us as she swigs from a bottle of whisky, she tells a story of poverty, betrayal, lust and abuse – yet also of love and fellowship. Read the full review.

Before the poet Dylan Thomas drank himself to death at the age of 39, he and his wife Caitlin binged and brawled their way all around the bars of Britain in the 1930s and 40s. In this one-woman show, Caitlin tells the story in her own brutally honest words, about her stormy but passionate, booze-fuelled and infidelity-riddled marriage to the tragic genius and her own unfulfilled ambitions.

"He had his poetry. He was a poet. You will have heard of him. And Caitlin Macnamara? Chances are that if you’ve heard of me. It’s because I married him."

8:20pm to 9:20pm
Stella Graham: Uncivilized Stella Graham

What do you do when you're no longer in control of steering the ship? How many times can you be wrong before you finally get it? Can a phone app make you less of a ticking time bomb? Do I need a lawyer?

Join Stella in a hilarious fight she thinks she can win.

“If you're a TV executive, drop what you're doing and go see her now” (The Skinny)

“Fun and original... self-assured, likeable and, crucially, funny” (Broadway Baby)

8:30pm to 9:30pm
JoJo Bellini: Agents Provocateurs thejomarsh

A one-woman cabaret about history's greatest female spies. Brassy, bombastic bombshell blasts brilliant ballads about the wicked women of World Wars One and Two. Soldier boys slain - stabbed by stillettos! Mata Hari rides again! The microphone was hidden in her purse! A celebration of history, subterfuge, and the women who did it. Remember - the most dangerous dagger is covered with blood and perfume.

**** (Broadway Baby)
**** (ThreeWeeks)

8:30pm to 9:30pm
Third Wheel Kathryn Mather

Two Northerners and a Southerner, a power couple and a singleton, two 'comedians' and a 'comedienne'. Come and work out which of these three are getting lucky, which will only eat food sourced from the River Thames and which of them drinks gravy. Nothing cool has three wheels. Except us.

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

A selection of the very best in stand-up comedy at Brighton Fringe.

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

"A cracking comedy selection" ***** (Cream of the Fringe)

"A fantastic night of comedy" **** (ThreeWeeks)

"Kept the crowd well entertained" **** (Rip It Up)

"A Strong show of fresh comedy" **** (The Argus)

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

Following last year's sell-out performances, vocalist Edana Minghella returns with 'From Ella to Elvis': gorgeous songs of love and longing from jazz standards to contemporary classics. With a voice that has "depth and gravitas that only experience could bring" (London Jazz News), Edana and her incredibly talented band enthral with a night of beautiful song that will surprise and move you. With Mark Edwards (piano), Pete Maxfield (bass) and Lee Goodall (saxophone).

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

“Flawless, stylish and captivating” (The Argus)

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Will Mars: Candid Cafe Will Mars

Whilst working on a half-hour comedy special, Will realised that stand-up was no longer the most important thing in his life. Could he ever be the same again?

As seen on FOX's 'Showtime at the Apollo' (US), BBC's 'Stand-up for Comic Relief' and as a finalist on Season 8 of NBC Comcast's 'Trial by Laughter' (US).

"Damn that dude is funny!" (Steve Harvey, Showtime at the Apollo)

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Sean McLoughlin: Living Well Is The Best Revenge Sean McLoughlin / PBJ Management

The battle for happiness has been won but there were casualties. New hour of stand-up from an "impassioned and uniquely brilliant talent" (The List) and Ricky Gervais tour support.

Star of Russell Howard's 'Stand-Up Central', 'Live At The Comedy Store' and 'Brexit Stage Left' on VICELAND.

**** (The Scotsman)

**** (Chortle)

**** (The Skinny)

"The best comedian you haven't heard of" (Time Out)

9:00pm to 10:30pm
La Clique Spiegeltent International Pty Ltd

If I've got my sums right, this is La Clique's fifteenth year on the festival circuit – and they've consistently picked up four- and five-star reviews for their spicy mix of circus, cabaret, vaudeville and burlesque. You can expect a show that's a little bit racy, a little bit subversive, and crammed with a lot of variety – as a series of acts takes their turn in the spotlight, accompanied by a live house band. Tickets aren't cheap in Fringe terms, but you get ninety minutes of solid entertainment, and the bedrock of a good night out.

The international sensation 'La Clique' returns to Brighton after far too many moons... with an amazing lineup and seven-piece band. Far more than the original indescribably bizarre cabaret sideshow spectacular; 'La Clique' keeps pushing the boundaries of new vaudeville and subversion with a show that is every bit live concert as adult variety show. From the subterranean world of circus, comedy, cabaret, variety, magic, burlesque and subversive performance clubs.

"What a show... sexy and saucy, glitzy and glittery, naughty and... " (Edinburgh Review Christmas 17)
"Turns up the heat... a triumph!" (The Stage)

9:00pm to 10:00pm
LadyFace Lucy Farrett

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2017 LadyFace is in situ awaiting our arrival, swigging Fanta and eating Hula Hoops from her fingers as retro music plays. Clad in leotard, tutu and silver cowboy boots – and with a cardboard box on her head – it's a joyously childlike scene. This box, together with a cardboard sign and washing airer stacked with more cardboard boxes, are the first nod to her refuse-based props and set. It's a sweet and sour mixture of girly fluffiness and everyday earthiness, which complement one another. Read the full review.

A white-knuckle ride on a character-comedy carousel from chameleon woman-host LadyFace aka Lucy Farrett, said to be “funny” (Neil Gaiman) and “mesmerising” (The Scotsman).

So roll up, roll up and take a journey through her multi-faced person world! The Mighty Boosh/Victoria Wood lovechild of solo character comedy.

Edinburgh Fringe 2017 Reviews:
"Leftfield and unhinged creations with impeccable delivery." **** (The List)

"Lucy Farrett is a real talent." **** (The Wee Review)

"Playful and fun throughout." **** (Fringe Guru)

"Clearly much promise." (Highly Recommended: FringeReview)

Touch tours available on request, please email lucyfarrett@gmail.com to book.

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Anna Nicholson: NICKNACKS STAC

Meet the nominees for woman of the year. From the teenager who wants to save the world, to an it-girl blogger giving the 'best' advice, to a bra saleswoman stirring up the next generation. Who will win?

'NickNacks' also known as 'Woman of the Year' is the debut show by Anna Nicholson (Comedy Virgins winner), developed with BBC sitcom writer James Cary (Bluestone 42, Miranda). Anna recently starred in James' show 'A Monk’s Tale', critically acclaimed by The Times and The Guardian.

9:00pm to 10:55pm
We Are The Lions Mr Manager Townsend Productions

We Are The Lions, Mr. Manager!’ is the remarkable story of Jayaben Desai, the inspirational leader of the 1976-78 Grunwick Strike.

She brought the issue of workplace exploitation and racism to the fore, and challenged the perception of Asian women being inherently passive and docile. She not only stood up for workers’ rights and against oppression with selfless dedication but, with her steadfast resolve, she turned the dispute into a national movement for human rights and dignity, inspiring future generations.

"A powerful story, powerfully told" **** (The Observer)

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Ivy Paige: Sex Factor Blues and Burlesque

International showgirl Ivy Paige, star of 'London Cabaret', hostess of an 'Evening of Burlesque', real life Jessica Rabbit and now of course the infamous singing siren on ITV’s 'The Voice'! See for yourself what got the nation so hot under the collar. Find out about her life behind the scenes and what really happens!

Sultry singing voice, killer curves, lightning wit.

With original songs and some interesting covers accompanied by Pete Saunders on piano.

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Metamorphosis Different Theatre

4 stars You know Kafka's Metamorphosis, of course; the tale of a man called Gregor, who wakes up one morning to find he's become an insect. But do you really know the story? What about the other characters – do you know anything of their lives? This clever, free-handed, but ultimately faithful adaptation is narrated by Gregor's sister Grete… drawing parallels with her own metamorphosis from girl into woman, and offering an interesting interpretation of Gregor's transformation as well. Read the full review.

Kafka's Metamorphosis is a Fringe favourite, and with its tale of a man becoming an insect, it's particularly suited to physical interpretation. But this version is different, because the focus is on Grete – sister to Gregor Samsa, the man who famously undergoes the transformation. Reviews of an earlier performance in Brighton are encouraging, suggesting that the script draws parallels between Gregor's metamorphosis and the changes experienced by the adolescent Grete… and all the while, the outside world is transforming, too.

One morning as Greta Samsa was waking from anxious dreams she discovered that in bed she had changed.

Bringing a female perspective on Franz Kafka’s classic tale Metamorphosis, this lyrical and physical one-woman show explores how Greta navigates the shifting dynamics of the family household, and her inner transformation from child to woman.

Featuring the “classily brilliant” Heather-Rose Andrews ('Fannytasticals', 'Cacophony') and written/directed by Sam Chittenden ('So You Say' - “A small gem of inward acrobatics”; 'Moving Slowly' - “haunting & heartening”; 'Underworlds' - “perfectly constructed").

9:40pm to 10:40pm
Life In Progress Rob Dumbrell

When life fell apart, Rob moved into a caravan. Finding happiness is a complex affair for Rob including helping lovesick earwigs, slapping sharks, and discovering the meaning of life.

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

This one’s the guiltiest of all pleasures, but it’s a true pleasure all the same. In case the phenomenon’s passed you by, it delivers exactly what it says on the tin: a classically-trained cast, a Bardic script, and an actor who’s (allegedly) rather the worse for wear. The ensuing scene-stealing antics are played for all the comedy they’re worth, with results which – whenever I’ve seen it in the past – have left me helpless with laughter. This year it's Hamlet getting the treatment, and it's safe to assume Denmark is in for a few creative surprises.

Shit-faced Shakespeare® is the genuinely hilarious combination of an entirely serious Shakespeare play with an entirely Shit-faced actor. What could possibly go right? With a single genuinely inebriated cast member chosen each night, no two shows are ever the same in this raucous, riotous, rampage through Shakespeare’s greatest work: 'Hamlet'.

This multi-award winning, interactive, cult-hit show has already ‘entertained’ over 170,000 audience members across the globe (although never actually inside it).

An always remember to enjoy Shakespeare responsibly!

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Bonqrz Laughing Horse Comedy

Bonkers stand-up comedy show about making extremely bad decisions for happiness.

“Comedy genius or someone who should be sectioned, go see for yourself” (Erkan Mustafa, Roland from 80s TV show Grange Hill)
“It’s an exhilarating, perplexing experience; exactly what a Fringe show should be” (Marissa Burgess, The List)

10:00pm to 10:55pm
Whose Tweet Was it Anyway? Eat My Powder Productions

Team captains Phil Jerrod and Sean McLoughlin go head to head in the funniest twitter battle since Donald Trump vs Kim Jong Un. The only difference being that they've both got tiny red buttons which just operate a buzzer. UN Peacekeeper/quizmaster Neil Dagley and the boys will be joined by four high profile guests every night. See website for line-ups.

Phil Jerrod: "Casual Brilliance" (The Guardian)
Sean McLoughlin: **** “One brilliant punchline after another” (The List)
Neil Dagley: **** "Hilarious" (The Skinny)

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Pop Ditz Pernilla Holland

Pop Ditz is a contemporary clown and character comedy show about pop culture, obsessions and freedom of expression performed by a very ditsy Norwegian. A patchwork of visual surrealism, observations and idiocy through comedy, music and movement. Join in and become POP DITZED!

"Zestfully accomplished" **** (The Stage)
"Hilarious" (Time Out)
"Sheer ludicrous fun" (The List)

#SissyThatWalk #yolo #TheresaMayGIF #MAGA #cactus #love #SpiceUpYourLife #tbt #overit #cool #fashion #pop #cat #ilovemycat #lovecats #snow #scandi #brunost #jeans # #what #twat #PopDItz

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Lolbot Wars Sockface Productions

This is 'Lolbot Wars'.

Back from its smash-hit run at Edinburgh Fringe 2017, for four nights in Brighton, four comics are going to battle to the death with words, wits and weapons. Armed only with their words and insults, their wits and improv, and an array of weapons including water guns, lightsabers, swords, nerf guns, mallets, silly string and different lineups on every show, every occurrence of 'Lolbot Wars' will be a unique experience.

Let the wars begin!

10:15pm to 11:15pm
A Beginner's Guide to Bondage Sara Mason

A funny, naughty romp through the world of BDSM and fetish. Have you seen '50 Shades Of Grey'? Are you fetish curious? Do you ever feel like a change from vanilla sex? Mistress Venetia answers enquiries and books BDSM sessions. Dressed in leather, stockings and killer heels, she reveals all about her weird and wonderful clients.

10:30pm to 11:30pm
Russell Arathoon: The Curious Incidents of the Gay in the Night-Time Russell Arathoon

Stand-up comedy from Manchester-born comedian, Russell Arathoon.
Russell gives his take on modern life, his move from Manchester to the Royal Borough of Chelsea, his best mate, 'big fat Sarah' and no subject is safe.
One-liners and hilarious stories, all in his unique and not-so-innocent style.