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9:30am to 10:30am
Disco yoga Brighton Harbour hotel and Spa

Disco Yoga® is a brand new yoga class inspired by a new generation of 'mindful drinkers' as well as those who simply want fitness to be fun and uplifting! It's for people who love to train hard and party hard, disco lovers, yoga aficionados and first timers looking for a new way to unwind and socialise! Our mission is to never take life, disco or yoga too seriously. Disco Yoga® will get you moving, dancing, laughing, chatting and connecting. With love, light and laughter, get ready to groove your way through the week with Disco Yoga®. No experience necessary, all levels welcome. 1st Disco Yoga Class at 9.30am - 10.30am - Followed by a coffee or a smoothies Tickets at £13 Per Person 2nd Disco Yoga Class at 11.30am - 12.30pm- Followed by brunch Tickets at £35 per person (Includes 2 x cocktails per person and a brunch menu)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:00am to 6:00pm
Le Facepainting Le Facepainting

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

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

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

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

Get in touch with Brighton's feminine side on this gentle walking tour with Louise Peskett. Discover an alternative view of the city illustrated by the stories of women soldiers, music-hall stars, rebellious princesses and more of the incredible, outrageous and brilliant women of Brighton's past.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:00am to 4:00pm
Unity Through Struggle Exploring Senses CIC

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

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

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

11:00am to 5:00pm
artrepublic presents: Art Yard Sale artrepublic

Back for 2017! Another fantastic day out for art lovers everywhere. Meet many local and national cutting-edge artists and buy incredible art direct at the artrepublic Art Yard Sale. With loads of stalls, fun activities and entertainment throughout the day, it’s a must-see!

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 1:00pm
Herbie's Jazz Breakfast Herbie Flowers

Start every Brighton Fringe Sunday in the company of our very own living leg-end, bassist Herbie Flowers and his incredible bands. Enjoy the extraordinary 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 11:30am
A Fantastically Weird Reading From Madeleine Swann Madeleine Swann

Aisha's front room doubles as a depression-era cinema, her bedroom a Parisian salon and her study a library from the psychedelic Sixties. Lately though, something dark and menacing has been changing the landscapes and the people in them, leading Aisha to question whether she may be the cause.

Madeleine Swann reads from her latest surreal book, published by Rooster Republic Press. Her novella, 'Rainbows Suck', was published by Portland-based Eraserhead Press. Her short stories have appeared on The Wicked Library podcast, The Other Stories podcast and in various anthologies.

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

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

11:00am to 11:55am
A Fool and Three Courses The Good Housekeepers

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

11:00am to 12:30pm
French & German Immigrants' Contribution to Victorian Brighton Rosalind Eyben

Before World War One most immigrants to Brighton were French and German speakers from the Continent. They included artists, chocolate makers, couturiers, governesses, ladies maids, musicians, photographers, scientists and waiters. Stroll around central Brighton with a local historian looking at where the immigrants lived, loved, prayed, worked - and if you were a waiter - struck for better pay. Learn about their largely unknown but remarkable contribution to the city's vibrant, cosmopolitan history.

11:15am to 12:45pm
Pauline Quirke Academy Pauline Quirke Academy Brighton West

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

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

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

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

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

11:30am to 2:30pm
Disco yoga Brighton Harbour hotel and Spa

Disco Yoga® is a brand new yoga class inspired by a new generation of 'mindful drinkers' as well as those who simply want fitness to be fun and uplifting! It's for people who love to train hard and party hard, disco lovers, yoga aficionados and first timers looking for a new way to unwind and socialise! Our mission is to never take life, disco or yoga too seriously. Disco Yoga® will get you moving, dancing, laughing, chatting and connecting. With love, light and laughter, get ready to groove your way through the week with Disco Yoga®. No experience necessary, all levels welcome. 1st Disco Yoga Class at 9.30am - 10.30am - Followed by a coffee or a smoothies Tickets at £13 Per Person 2nd Disco Yoga Class at 11.30am - 12.30pm- Followed by brunch Tickets at £35 per person (Includes 2 x cocktails per person and a brunch menu)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12:00pm to 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 (and naughty puppets) 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 at Brighton Fringe” (fringereview.co.uk).

12:00pm to 12:45pm
First World Problems Vs Powerpointless Andy Quirk

Andy Quirk and Andy Onions go halves on a uniquely energetic and entertaining comedy show. Andy Quirk, East London’s premier rapper of First World problems, invites you to be part of his crew for a session of fist-pumping therapy for modern living. Meanwhile, Andy Onions uses Powerpoint in ways you never thought possible, with the silliness turned up to 11.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Returning for their third year.

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

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

1:00pm to 1:50pm
Learn To Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

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

1:00pm to 1:30pm
A Fantastically Weird Reading From Madeleine Swann Madeleine Swann

Aisha's front room doubles as a depression-era cinema, her bedroom a Parisian salon and her study a library from the psychedelic Sixties. Lately though, something dark and menacing has been changing the landscapes and the people in them, leading Aisha to question whether she may be the cause.

Madeleine Swann reads from her latest surreal book, published by Rooster Republic Press. Her novella, 'Rainbows Suck', was published by Portland-based Eraserhead Press. Her short stories have appeared on The Wicked Library podcast, The Other Stories podcast and in various anthologies.

1:00pm to 2:15pm
Deep in The Heart of Me Behind The Lines

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2016 This sweetest of Fringe treats is, at its core, a straightforward love story: a holiday romance set on a Greek island, which we earnestly hope will survive the return to the rains and stresses of England.  It really doesn’t matter that the island is Lesbos, and the adorable couple we’re cheering for are a pair of gay women.  But for Janet and Rosie, the path to true love isn’t a smooth one… because it’s taken Janet a lifetime to accept her sexuality, and she has a husband and two teenage kids back home. Read the full review.

This partly-autobiographical love story has obvious LGBT appeal, but its themes are universal enough to reach and touch anyone. It tells the tale of a holiday romance, and of the long road travelled by protagonist Janet as she learns in her fifties to accept her sexuality. Punctuated by show-tunes, it's pleasingly schmaltzy on the surface, but the script doesn't shy from sexual frankness – nor does it disguise the hard choices that confront Janet on the way. It earned 4* from us on its debut last year.

A 'Shirley Valentine' tale for the 21st century with songs from the Rat Pack repertoire, ‘Sway’, ‘Let’s Fall in Love’ and ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’.

“Incredibly enjoyable, endearing, utterly believable... induces a constant stream of laughter from the audience... Hilarious script, witty, and very often heartbreaking, the play feels warm, layered, and captivating.” (Arts Award Voice).

"The sweetest of Fringe treats... Very touching, very simple, heart-rendingly delivered" (Fringe Guru).

**** Nominated for Best LGBTQ+ Show Brighton Fringe 2016.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have you ever laughed? Have fun learning how to use some friendly comedy basics to boost your writing, performing, 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.

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

Bringing together the best comedy, magic and cabaret acts at Brighton Fringe, following last year’s sell out shows, comedy magician Stu Turner hosts a smorgasbord of variety.

London based Stu's offbeat act is sometimes silly, sometimes surreal, but always baffling and highly entertaining.

Stu has performed all over the UK, as well as being a regular in London's West End, and looks forward to bringing some of his favourite acts to Brighton.

Come along to laugh, gasp, and be amazed at this fabulous hour of fun.

1:30pm to 2:30pm
Something Wicked This Way Comes Curious Cloud Productions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner of Trip Advisor 'Certificate of excellence' 2016.

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

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

2:00pm to 4:00pm
Middle Street Synagogue Middle Street Synagogues

Discover Brighton's Grade II* Synagogue (Thomas Lainson 1875). An opulent jewel in Brighton's architectural crown. Superb metalwork and stained glass. Sumptuous interior décor evolved over 40 years. Interior almost unchanged since 1915. Many artefacts donated by members of leading Anglo-Jewish families including Sassoons and Rothschilds. One of Britain's top 10 Synagogues. European Routes of Jewish Heritage nominated.

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

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

2:00pm to 4:00pm
Brighton Station Tours: Limited Spaces Jackie Marsh-Hobbs

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

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

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

2:00pm to 3:00pm
This Boy Tom JW Productions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ragroof take you to LaLaLand (14 May) in our very own City of Stars for an afternoon of Hollywood musical delights: American Smooth, Foxtrot, Jive, & all that jazz. South American Way (4 June) channels the spirit of Carmen Miranda & Don Ameche in an afternoon of vintage Latin classics. Returning for an 11th year, the legendary Ragroof Tea Dance features a DJ for discerning dancers, fabulous dance displays, & the trademark Instant Dance Classes. Everyone gets the chance to trip the light fantastic. All welcome, experienced dancers & absolute beginners alike. Tea & cake available to buy on the day.

2:00pm to 4:00pm
Pavilion Gardens Cafe History Tour 2017 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 large cake at the cafe to finish the tour.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

**** (Time Out).

2:30pm to 3:50pm
And Love Walked In Wired Theatre

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

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

2:30pm to 3:45pm
Lamb Chops Lamb Comedy Productions

Confused about which comedy show to see? Lamb Chops is the answer! At 2016's award winning 'Best Venue' you can devour meaty cutlets of comedy acts performing across the Fringe. MC'd by Brighton's favourite comics with a new line up every weekend, & featuring our favourite funniest people in all the world, ever! This is your Sunday afternoons sorted!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2:30pm to 4:30pm
New Note Orchestra and Guests New Note Orchestra

New Note Orchestra and Guests. New Note Orchestra is the Sex Pistols of the classical world due to its punk ethos and attitude. It believes that, with a bit of encouragement, anyone can write great music. The musicians in the orchestra all compose together to create truly beautiful and eclectic sound-scapes that take you on a musical journey. Due to their open-door policy they have an offbeat mix of instrumentalists which adds to the ambiance of the pieces. NNO is an orchestra made up of people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Its main ethos is to inspire people to write music and stay sober.

NNO will be showcasing a brand-new piece which has been written with Conductor Conall Gleeson, Deputy Head at the School of Media, University of Brighton. It will blend newly-composed music with old movie footage of Brighton to create a multi media experience.

NNO will be inviting some well-known guests to join them. Please see their website for more details: www.newnote.co.uk or contact molly@newnote.co.uk

3:00pm to 3:55pm
Default Friends Horace

Sibling-sketch-comedy-duo Horace are back and they’ve got some questions. Who’s the best child? Why does Dad not eat yellow sweets? And why does Mum keep referring to car parks as par carks? A new hour chock-full of silly sketches and character comedy. Nominated: Brighton Fringe Audience Choice Award 2016.

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Harp, Guitar and Poetry Saltwater Productions

Welcome to the most fascinating compilation of 2017.
Magdalena Reising is an international artist, singer and composer. She plays harp and is currently working on the Queen Elizabeth on her second cruise around the world.
Charles Antony is a popular performance poet who has collaborated with international musicians to produce stunning collections which will rock you.
Shane Hill is a well loved Jazz guitarist making a thrilling return to Brighton.
Don't miss this opportunity to chill with the best of the Fringe.

3:00pm to 4:30pm
An Dhá: Supertigers An Dhá

Follow multi-award-winning fiddle/cello duo An Dhá as they prowl through an Urban Folk music jungle, hunting perfection and exploring the wilderness of the Celtic tradition. Hear original compositions and traditional Scottish tunes, together in a fusion of sounds influenced by Jazz and grounded in classical virtuosity.

An Dhá means ‘The Two’ in Gaelic; two musicians, Fiddle and Cello, on a journey exploring life and music together.

"[An Dhá] play with bite, with craft, and with soul, the music coming from some vital wellspring within them." (Fringe Review).

3:00pm to 3:50pm
Poe's Last Night David Crawford

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3:00pm to 3:30pm
A Fantastically Weird Reading From Madeleine Swann Madeleine Swann

Aisha's front room doubles as a depression-era cinema, her bedroom a Parisian salon and her study a library from the psychedelic Sixties. Lately though, something dark and menacing has been changing the landscapes and the people in them, leading Aisha to question whether she may be the cause.

Madeleine Swann reads from her latest surreal book, published by Rooster Republic Press. Her novella, 'Rainbows Suck', was published by Portland-based Eraserhead Press. Her short stories have appeared on The Wicked Library podcast, The Other Stories podcast and in various anthologies.

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

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

3:00pm to 4:00pm
About an hour About an hour

Join Jules, Catherine and Roz for about an hour of stand-up comedy. Find out why Jules hates falconry, why Catherine will never write a novel and why Roz likes getting older. Many other important topics will be covered. As heard on BBC Radio and Radio 4Extra.

"Original ideas and witty lines" (Chortle),
"Very cleverly written with some great jokes" (Notts Comedy Review),
"Charming persona and well honed gags" (Latest 7).

3:00pm to 4:00pm
AY | NA Ceyda Tanc Dance

Ceyda Tanc Dance is a contemporary dance company led by Artistic Director and Choreographer, Ceyda Tanc.

The company produce cutting-edge, dynamic contemporary dance works with influence of traditional Turkish folk dance, the dance style of Tanc’s heritage. Utilising virtuoso movements of the male Turkish dancers on female bodies, a unique movement vocabulary is created, which conveys striking shapes and an emotive and sensual energy.

3:00pm to 4:15pm
Afternoon Recital with Helen Burford Helen Burford

Pianist/composer/musical-explorer Helen Burford performs a programme of global exotica and new commissions for solo piano, toy piano and Indian santoor.

3:30pm to 4:30pm
The Monks of Umami: Radiodyssey JET Productions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4:00pm to 5:15pm
Coming Clean: Life As A Naked House Cleaner Fracas Studios

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

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

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

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

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

4:00pm to 6:20pm
Urinetown: The Musical Brighton Little Theatre

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

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

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

4:00pm to 4:50pm
Walsh & Simmons: Punel Show Lamb Comedy Productions

Ever pundered what shows like 'Mock the Week', 'Have I Got News For You', 'QI', or 'Never Mind the Buzzcocks' would be like if they were just puns? Punder no longer. Darren Walsh (BBC iWonder, Dave's Joke of the Fringe) and Mark Simmons (The Mirror's Joke of the Fringe) join forces. 'Punel Show' is an experimental mock up TV pilot focused on puns and general silliness. Special guests to be announced every day. ***** (Bunbury Magazine).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4:20pm to 5:20pm
Miranda Kane: Crossbones (WIP) Miranda Kane

Welcome to Crossbones Graveyard: last resting place of The Winchester Geese. Miranda Kane tells the story of the women who were prostituted by the church and buried in unhallowed ground, as well as many others like them throughout history.
This is a funny, fascinating tour of some of the past's of the most infamous sex-workers, with tales the history books would prefer to be kept on the top shelf...
"Kane is a thoroughly engaging raconteur and exuberant host" (The List), "Miranda is warm, charming and extremely funny... a great storyteller and is fantastic at engaging with her audience" (FD2D.com).

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

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

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

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

4:30pm to 5:30pm
Caspar Thomas: More Magic & Mentalism Caspar Thomas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As seen on BBC, ITV and Channel 4.

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

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

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

5:00pm to 7:00pm
Acting and Creating a Character Julian Caddy

Come and get your teeth into a refreshing approach to acting with this Stanislavski-inspired technique. Part lecture, part improvisation session, open to all, experienced or not. Based on my regular London workshops at Conway Hall.

5:00pm to 5:50pm
Fish Finger Fridays Fish Finger Fridays

Big and tall sketch mates Fish Finger Fridays bring their stripped back sketches and casual musings to Brighton Fringe. Join best buds Anna, Ollie and Rajiv for an hour of irreverent, satirical and offbeat sketch comedy. "Bursting with energy, wit and genius comic timing" (Broadway Baby), **** (EdFringe Review).

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

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

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

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

5:00pm to 6:20pm
And Love Walked In Wired Theatre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5:30pm to 6:30pm
Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre Do Shakespeare Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6:00pm to 7:45pm
The Lady Boys of Bangkok: Who Runs the World Tour Exchange Events Ltd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Muofhe, African Love Story Maipfi Arts

After Muofhe’s thriving musical career in her region in the northern province of Venda in south Africa, she has decided it's time to introduce her African rhythms to the rest of Africa and the World.
After her band was formed in 2015, selecting the most skilled young African Jazz and Folk instrumentalists in the land, they embarked on a tour to showcase their music.
They decided to combine both her albums filled with stories of love and retell the African Love Story that began under a Mutshikili tree in the land called Mukula, well known for their sweet potatoes and sweet talkers.
The production takes you from the depths of Venda tradition and African ways of conquering the one you love through the traditional songs and Jazz delight that will leave you mesmerised.
The music’s theme starts from the migrant working days back in the 1980s to the radical millennia. It packs the history of African love and its core elements.
There are 10 songs providing you with an hour of African rhythms, storytelling and soulful sounds. This nine-piece band will leave you enchanted and craving for more.

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

Get ready to laugh at the regular comedic odd couple.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Hidden gem" (Fringe Review).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But what about the ones that got away?

“Totally captivating” (Beaford Arts).

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

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

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Stuart Black: Flea Circus Stuart Black

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Cultural Echo Broken Perspectives

Cultural Echo is the debut theatre work from young company Broken Perspectives. The show follows two young men who attempt to explore, reminisce and re-appropriate their childhood memories of home in a now gentrified London. They find out that home isn't what it used to be, and their ownership of their local culture has changed. One of them is pretty angry about it, the other is pretty chilled.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Sellotape Richard Todd

'Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad.' Hear hear Dostoevsky! Like a piece of forsaken sellotape stuck on a wall, the neurotic ditherer Todd clings to nothing but his place on the earth.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:00pm to 9:25pm
Chopin-Godowsky 12 etudes Op 10 for the left hand & Bach-Brahms Chaconne with Stefan Warzycki piano Music at Saint Michael's

St Michael's is pleased to welcome the return of pianist Stefan Warzycki. He is gifted enough to be able to present to us the opportunity to experience an extremely rare performance of all 12 Op. 10 Chopin-Godowsky left-hand studies [hardly ever performed in concert on account of their great difficulty] interspersed with Brahms's noble piano arrangement of  the Bach D minor Chaconne and works by Federico Mompou and Frank Bridge. Leopold Godowsky was one of history's most brilliant pianists, who harnessed the ability to reshape and reform existing works. Free parking available on request.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:30pm to 8:20pm
Troy Hawke Laughing Horse Comedy

Milo McCabe returns to Brighton Fringe with his impeccable 1930's throwback creation 'Troy Hawke'.

This naive yet upbeat modern day Errol Flynn traverses his way through the minefield of modern life, finding beauty at every turn, be it Waitrose, Wetherspoons or Poundland.

Amused Moose Best Show Finalist, 2011, 2013.
GQ Top Ten Edinburgh show.

"Near perfect character comedy" ***** (New Current)
"Undeniably funny" **** (Chortle)
"Beautifully written and performed" **** (The List)
"One of this year's best comedy performers" **** (Edfest Mag)
"Perfectly written jokes" **** (Broadway Baby)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:30pm to 8:40pm
Off the Top Soho Playhouse Inc

Science rapper Baba Brinkman (Rap Guide to Evolution) teams up with neuroscientist Dr. Heather Berlin (host of 'Science Goes to the Movies' on PBS) to explore the brain basis of improvisation and comedy. A married couple in real life, Baba and Heather bring you the latest science while putting their odd-couple relationship under the microscope. Learn how a rapper seduces a scientist, how hard it is to solve a math problem while rapping, and how your subconscious mind influences your daily thoughts and feelings.

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

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

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

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

7:30pm to 9:00pm
Strode's College Evening of New Performance Strode's College

An evening of new and exciting work from students nearing the end of their acting training at Strode's College. Inspired by leading contemporary theatre practitioners, these aspiring performers from Surrey have devised a series of plays that aim to provoke, stimulate and entertain modern audiences especially for Brighton Fringe 2017.

7:30pm to 9:00pm
Scott Gibson: Life After Death GB Festivals Ltd.

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

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

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

7:30pm to 8:15pm
Doing What It Says On The Tin Tom Dussek Ltd

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2013 A torrent of industrial language erupts from somewhere around the corner, and a burly carpenter hauls a window-frame onto the stage. With a hammer in his hand and the f-word never far from his lips, actor-playwright Tom Dussek gets straight down to work – straight into his monologue, straight into his anecdotes, and straight into a fine impersonation of Brian Blessed. What follows is a well-constructed hour of humour and poignancy, and an able riposte to anyone who’s ever caught themselves looking down on the humble working man. Read the full review.

I four-starred this funny, poignant one-man show back in 2013, so I'm delighted to see it return for this revival run. The ever-reliable Tom Dussek – known for Beowulf and The Tale of Tommy O'Quire – plays a hard-working joiner, physically strong yet powerless to improve his life, haunted by the knowledge his labour builds houses he will never be able to own. The theme's more relevant than ever, and the press release suggests the script's had a Brexit update this year. Do be warned: it's the sweariest play I've ever seen at the Fringe – which makes it very sweary indeed.

Putting his foot on the bottom of society's ladder so that everyone else can climb up, building what he'll never own, this Hercules in a Transit's side of the fence is muddy, cold and hard. But his life and loves, insights and skills, are as funny as they are sobering.

Straight and searing, honest and moving, rude and funny, this one-man tragicomedy written and performed by Tom Dussek is about struggle, wisdom, dignity and swearing. Lots of swearing.

"Moving, thoughful and hilarious" (The Argus).
"Superb" (Fringe Guru).

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

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

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

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

“It wasn’t a particularly spectacular night, as she sat stargazing in her room ... ”

Join this tattered troupe as Luna’s tragic tale unravels for the first time. But why tonight?

A Tim Burton-esque patchwork of puppetry, poetry, movement and live music stitched together with The Human Zoo’s explosive visual imagination. ‘The Girl Who Fell in Love With The Moon’ sets out to explore humanity’s eternal fascination with the skies through the eyes of this playful and dynamic ensemble.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Slap and Tickle Liz Aggiss

"A machine gun of visual joy” (SeeingDance)

This dark, ribald, physical commentary is created and performed by Liz Aggiss, a “maverick, anarchic, indomitable and fearless performance artist... [with] refreshing irreverence” (Theatre
Bubble), who litters the stage in a disorientating display of interpretations and received contradictions about women, girls, mothers and pensioners. It’s a feminist soup which lurches from spoken word to expressionist movement, music hall to radio nostalgia, costume change to prop manipulation.

Come on everybody, let's have a party!

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

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

8:00pm to 10:00pm
Epicene Paul Diello Music

Award-winning musician Paul Diello invites you to his gender-blending celebration of iconic women in music. Join the Brighton-based avant-garde performer and his band on a colourful camp cabaret extravaganza as they reimagine classic female songs originally performed by legendary singers such as Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell and PJ Harvey to name but a few. Dance, sing, laugh and cry as Paul interweaves his journey of childhood out-castings and social misfittery into well-loved compositions. Every sense will be tantalised in this outrageous, rainbow-coloured romp.

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

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

8:20pm to 9:20pm
Charmian Hughes-Soixante Mirth Charmian Hughes

What if you met your younger self? Answer - a comedy trip where stand-up meets time travel.
"Joyous fun!" **** (Funny Women), "Genuinely enjoyable" (Kate Copstick), ‘"lovely" (Bruce Dessau).
Edfest audiences said: ‘"Insightful, crazy!" (James Alan), "Inventive, extremely funny!" (Wilf Hashmi), "Roaring with laughter!" (Cath Powell), "Blasts off into hyper-mirth’"(Tom McKewan).
Nominated Best Comedy Buxton Fringe. Charmian’s 6th solo show. Glastonbury festival M.C.
"Charming ribaldry" (The Guardian), "Like Josie Long’s mum"(Chortle), "Obviously talented" (The Daily Telegraph).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner, Rising Star: The Media Eye, 2016.

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

Directed by Jonny Woolley.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

With Charly Sommers and Russell Shaw
Directed by Sam Chittenden.

8:45pm to 9:35pm
Harriet Kemsley: Freak MHA Talent

Harriet's back with her third and possibly best show yet. She's had a busy year appearing in Jo Brand's new Channel 4 show 'Damned', opening for Isy Suttie on tour, launching a viral online series called 'Women's News' and flying to Montreal to tape a set for 'Just For Laughs' comedy festival.

"A very funny new stand up" (Time Out).

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

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

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

9:00pm to 10:30pm
Soundscape: Brighton Film Quartet Brighton Film Quartet

Soundscape – a concert of sheer escapism with this extraordinary piano quartet. Stunning big-screen visuals mixed by live VJ create a breathtaking backdrop to the quartet’s hauntingly beautiful cinematic music and soundtrack. Classical meets minimalism, with an unexpected twist. Lose yourself on a mesmerising journey of the senses. From ethereal landscapes to sublime colourscapes, from orchestral accents, pulsing drumbeats to traces of triphop... nothing comes close for sheer evocative beauty and electric atmosphere. A hit last year at the Royal Pavilion and Brighton Fringe, a must see!

9:30pm to 10:15pm
Yuriko Kotani: Work In Progress Yuriko Kotani

Winner of the BBC Radio New Comedy Award 2015 and Brighton Comedy Festival Squawker Award 2015, Yuriko Kotani (Time Out’s One to Watch) brings you a work-in-progress show.

As seen on ‘Russell Howard’s Stand-Up Central’.

“Leftfield rising star” (Time Out).

9:30pm to 10:30pm
A Comedian's Guide to Sigmund Freud Alex Sergeant

Do you struggle to tell the difference between your ego and superego? University lecturer turned stand-up comedian Alex Sergeant has the answer. Guiding his audiences through the theories of Sigmund Freud, Alex promises a comedy show that pokes fun at your Oedipus complex and avoids Freudian slips.

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Witt 'n' Camp Witt 'n' Camp

'Witt ‘n’ Camp' brings to Brighton sixty minutes of mad vocals, dancing, joy, seduction, escapology, partial nudity and wish fulfilment. The show blends theatre, cabaret and musical comedy into one mad fun fest.

'Witt ‘n’ Camp' most recently featured at 'The Giant’s Gala' (hosted by David Schwimmer) and the 'Wifi4Refugees Fundraiser' (alongside James McAvoy).

“Witt ‘n’ Camp are genius” (Geraldine James, OBE, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Gandhi).

“The dog’s f***ing b***ocks” (Mike Bradwell, Hull Truck, the Bush Theatre).

“Hilarious! Sparklingly original” (Jennie Buckman, BBC, National Theatre).

9:40pm to 10:40pm
Knackered Lunch Daniel Searle

Daniel Searle takes you through a poetic journey through several of the terrible lunches he's made in his office kitchen - covering bad sandwiches, overgrown pasta parcels, attempts at eating a roast dinner with a plastic spoon, using too much pickle, and his utter contempt of salad vegetables.

Sometimes literary, mostly childish and quite purposefully a bit gross, the show is a combination of stand-up comedy, poetry, and a really unhelpful cookery book.

9:45pm to 10:45pm
Shit-faced Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet Magnificent Bastard Productions

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

Once again Shit-faced Shakespeare returns to its seaside home of Brighton with another all-new show for 2017: 'Romeo and Juliet'!
Featuring a cast of professional actors, one of Shakespeare’s most beloved classics and a single, completely rat-arsed performer every night... What could possibly go right?
The award-winning, smash-hit, international sell-out, occasionally well-reviewed show is back for its fifth straight year at Brighton Fringe and is bigger, bolder, bawdier and more drunken than ever.

10:00pm to 11:00pm
A Pessimist's Guide to Being Happy Matt Duwell/ Laughing Horse Comedy

Are you, have you been or do you know a pessimist? Are you, have you been, or do you want to be happy? This is the stand-up comedy show for you! Matt Duwell is happy and he is ill-equipped to deal with it. Come and watch as he tries to overcome his pessimism and his ability to mess everything up with the help of some newly-learned positivity, the power of love and an overly cheerful washing machine.

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

Winner: Rising Star, The Media Eye, 2016.

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

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

“Zoolander meets Borat” (The Reviews Hub).

“Unforgettably pretentious” (Steve Bennett, Chortle).

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

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

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

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

10:15pm to 11:15pm
Anti-White PC Mangina Rises! Laughing Horse Free Festival

Dick Coughlan thought he was a good guy. That was until he met the internet and soon found out he was actually an evil, ball-less, genocidal, race-traitorous bastard! Now, after seven years, even he doesn't know. This is his bizarre journey deep into the weirdest, darkest and funniest recesses of the interwebs.

"Undeniably funny" **** (Broadway Baby),
"Passionate and hilarious" (Paul Sinha),
"The man is a killer" (Reginald D. Hunter).

10:30pm to 11:45pm
A Murder of Ravens A Moveable Feast Collective

A brilliant weaving-together of vocals, poems, music, song and performance takes the audience on a breathtaking trip in the company of a series of angry, disaffected, bored, vengeful, murderous, powerful, touching, funny, wise women. Contemporary music supported by bass and percussion, masterful lyrics, unique and original songs held together by a strong stage presence and an ability to plumb the depths and reach the heights both physically and vocally make this an unforgettable evening. Not for the faint-hearted but leaving audiences gripped shouting for more. Unmissable!

12:00am to 12:00am
Barbara Merkriti

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

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

12:30am to 1:30am
Tinder Live James Bennison

Award winning comedian James Bennison has finally completed Tinder (at its highest difficulty setting) and wants to help his friends find love too.
Come and watch as we invite the best single comedians in Brighton to surrender their Tinder accounts to us for one hour with the sole purpose of trying to convince a member of the public to come to the venue for a date before the end of the show.
You the audience decide what their profile will say. You decide which way to swipe. You decide on the opening chat up line.
'Tinder Live'. You're going to super like it!