Today's full programme, more choices & comment

9:00am to 4:00pm
Family Guide Cover Competition Exhibition Family Guide Cover Competition Exhibition

Join us in the foyer of Brighton Metropolitan College for an exhibition of all of this year's glorious Brighton Fringe Family Guide cover competition entries.

10:00am to 7:00pm
Unity Through Struggle Exploring Senses CIC

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

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

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

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

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

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

Returning for their third year.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Be amazed and motivated: This is your MoMent!

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

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

2:10pm to 3:20pm
Pals Northsouth Theatre

New writing about the Great War, this poignant, funny play follows the story of innocent and enthusiastic men who volunteer their services to Britain after Kitchener's call to arms.

The Pals do their best to keep each other’s spirits up, with trenchant sarcasm and a camaraderie that only comes from knowing one another for years.

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

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

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

5:15pm to 6:15pm
The Cocktail Pianist Mike Hatchard

4 stars The Cocktail Pianist is one of those wonderfully sneaky shows you only find at the Fringe – one which tricks you into thinking that it's nothing particularly special, then slowly reveals the solid talent under a seemingly-flaky veneer. The talent in this case belongs to performer Mike Hatchard, who's not only a fine actor but an impressive pianist as well; the veneer is his character Bernard, who spends his life as a jobbing musician tinkling the ivories at the Luton Skyport Hotel. Read the full review.

Mike Hatchard performs the story of Bernard Halfpen - the almost invisible pianist at the Luton Skyport Hotel. As he plays his anodyne melodies, he reveals a dark past, and how he might have been a great concert pianist had fate not had other plans.

The original score reflects how Bernard overcomes an illogical fear of numbers, untimely seductions, too much education, a dabble into alcoholism, and an entirely understandable inability to cope with the pressure of piano competitions.

Always musically compelling, frequently amusing, but often deeply serious and tender.

5:25pm to 6:25pm
Sweetmeat Adjective Productions

Sigmund and Christian meet, and slot together like puzzle pieces. Their friends don’t understand, but that’s fine. They only need each other. Aching for an impossible closeness, and in thrall to morbid passions, they decide to push their relationship past a final, irreversible boundary.

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 6:40pm
Ivy Davies: Play Ground To The Moon

"Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground" said Roosevelt.

Ivy Davies has realised she has been living upside down and it's time to turn things around! Join performance poet Ivy as she sets off on her magical journey through time and space, weaving spoken word and song together in this one-woman show.

Ivy has worked with Take That and Diana Ross, and supported Candi Staton in concert. 'Play Ground' is her second adventure as a solo artist, produced by To The Moon.

Ivy's show 'Wonderations' received **** (Female Arts).

@Ivy_Davies @ToTheMoonUK

6:00pm to 7:00pm
David Ephgrave: All Work, No Progress Doggett & Ephgrave

At thirty-six, David is still unable to function in society. In his latest show, the comic, actor, blogger and pauper uses a projector and a mic to navigate us through the minutiae of his awkward, awkward life.


"David Ephgrave is as smooth as they come" (BBC),
"He's a natural entertainer" (View From the Gods),
"Wonderfully innovative comedy" (Broadway Baby),
"Ephgrave is a very likeable stand-up, confident but not cocky, and a lot of fun to spend time with" (View From The Gods),
"An eye for the bizarre, the sinister and the downright ridiculous" (Camden Voyeur).

6:00pm to 7:00pm
When Love Grows Old Close Quarter Productions

Two poignant comedies about love in older age: in ‘Romance of the Century’, an elderly couple, once the most glamorous couple in the world, are awaiting the arrival of a royal visitor for tea; and in ‘The Weatherman’, two elderly men try to remember the joys of love, and someone else’s name...

‘The Weatherman’ was a winner in the Pint-Sized Plays competition 2014. Giles Cole has twice won the Sussex Playwrights annual Playwriting Award.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
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.

6:15pm to 7:05pm
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.

6:20pm to 7:20pm
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).

6:45pm to 7:35pm
When My Time Comes Dark Lantern Theatre

It’s the Swinging Sixties. The line between criminals and celebrities has been blurred. Anyone can be someone, even in Rochdale. Griffiths has been waiting all his life for his big chance, and when it comes, he’s going to take it.

The tale of a loner determined to make his mark. A real-life story told with humour and compassion.

“Engaging, ingenious and sneakily powerful. Easily one of the best-performed one-actor shows at the Fringe this year.” (Audience Reviewer, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014).

6:45pm to 8:05pm
Bard's Bitches Emul8 Theatre Company

By Heather Alexander. Who is Shakespeare's biggest bitch? Thespian pros rub shoulders with desperate amateurs, as an audition for the RAC Theatre Company is being held at a local school hall whilst a special lecture is scheduled for the students. Luvvies, school staff and students bitch and bicker, leaving the audience to decide who is the Bard's biggest bitch. An Emul8 Theatre Company Production Starring Heather Alexander and Jane Brooman Directed by Tina Pelini

7:00pm to 7:55pm
In Debt We Trust Bitter Abode

Fusing stand-up, cabaret and live documentary, we go on a journey through that most deceptively fascinating of subjects - debt!

With comedy vignettes (laughs), appearances from historical figures (laughs), and hard core social anthropology (no laughs - but hey! Learning is fun!) we’ll explore the historical relationship of debt within social institutions such as marriage, friendship, slavery, law, religion, war and, our old pal, austerity. Yay! All laid out more clearly than the Government's Brexit strategy, we'll journey through the past in order to find out how the name of £$£$ we ended up here!

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

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

7:00pm to 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 7:55pm
Borderline PSYCHEdelight

A comedy about a tragedy.

PSYCHEdelight presents a satire of the Calais Jungle, devised by an ensemble of refugee and European performers. After two sold-out runs in London, Borderline goes on tour to meet the UK. First stop: Brighton!
“High comedy amidst the poignance ... Powerful ... Important” (Huffington Post).

Our trailer is here:

The refugees in the show come from Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan and Palestine.
PSYCHEdelight creates theatre that is socially engaged and provides drama workshops as a place of expression and integration.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Model Organisms Cast Iron Theatre

4 stars A woman stands alone on the stage, under a stuttering light. She's dressed in a jumpsuit, labelled with a number; she's escaped from somewhere – a prison, or something else? She's a bereaved mother, a victim of abuse, the owner of an unbroken spirit. She's also, in a sense, a weapon. Model Organism is the story of how she got there. Read the full review.

She can save the human race. She must not be allowed to leave. When humanity is brought to the brink and society is stripped away, only the fittest will survive.

Cast Iron Theatre produces original short and full length plays throughout the year. Brighton based, they nurture new talent and promote exciting new writing.

7:00pm to 7:50pm
Sofie Hagen tells some stories and tries out some jokes Sofie Hagen

Sofie Hagen is a Danish feminist comedian, who once badmouthed a cop - not on purpose. She also won a literary competition when she was 14 because she was the only one who submitted a story to the local paper. She is going to try out some material and some jokes and just have a cool, good time with a cool, good audience. No pricks allowed. Be a nice person. Love each other.

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Mark Cram: Pipe-Bomb Laughing Horse Comedy

Mark Cram has had enough. He’s had enough of explaining his sexuality, justifying his choices, competing with his brother and being just another spoke on the wheel. Who cares that other comedians are more famous? Who cares that all his friends are getting married. Who cares that his family doesn't understand him? It all comes to a head in this award-winning act’s explosive hour of stand-up comedy. Brace yourself for a 'Pipe Bomb'.

Bedford Comedian of the Year 2013.

You Must be Joking: Newbury New Act of The Year 2013 finalist.

Last Minute Comedian of the Year 2013 finalist.

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Ceyda Tanc Youth Dance Ceyda Tanc Dance Company

Ceyda Tanc Dance - cutting edge and dynamic contemporary dance, works with influences of Ceyda's traditional Turkish folk dance heritage. Ceyda's interests lie in challenging traditional gender representation in a contemporary context. Youth company and guests.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:30pm to 8:20pm
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).

7:30pm to 9:20pm
Jonny & The Baptists: Eat The Poor Supporting Wall

Three-quarters of MPs are millionaires. A third of the country lives below the poverty line. Whatever your politics, Jonny & the Baptists think it's worth talking about.

A riotously funny modern epic about inequality, revolution and betrayal from acclaimed musical comedians Jonny & the Baptists – stars of Radio 4’s 'The Now Show' and BBC 'Live at Television Centre'.

**** "Wickedly amusing" (The Times),
**** "Broad, daft & punchy" (The Guardian),
**** "Seriously funny" (The Stage).

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Dead Puppet Society Stickyback Theatre

The award-winning team that brought you 'A Puppet Named Desire' and 'Puppetgeist' return with mayhem, masks, and sock monsters. Witty, weird, Wordsworth?

"Beguilingly bizarre" (The Stage),
"Seriously funny" ***** (Broadway Baby).

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).

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

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

8:00pm to 9:10pm
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).

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Tez Ilyas: Teztify (WiP) UTC Artist Management

“Ilyas has a slickness more reminiscent of US comics, and the gags to back it up, though his most prized asset could yet be his bold, subversive streak” (The Guardian).

“Radiantly entertaining” (The Times).

Fresh from his first nationwide tour (‘Made in Britain’), rising star Tez Ilyas is back at Brighton Fringe with a brand-new offering. Armed with his trademark uncompromising approach, don’t miss this silly, smart and subversive show, jam-packed with LOLs.

Star of BBC Radio 4’s /TEZ Talks' and BBC Two’s 'Live from the BBC'.

***** (The Mirror), **** (The Times).

8:00pm to 9:20pm
Lingua Franca Ensemble: Ephemera Lingua Franca Ensemble

Lingua Franca Ensemble 'Ephemera' album launch concert.

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 10:00pm
Laughing Horse Pick of the Fringe Laughing Horse Comedy

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

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

8:30pm to 9:30pm
Seven Crazy Bitches Seven Crazy Bitches

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2017 All the stage’s a stage, as Holly Morgan might once have said. Seven Crazy Bitches is Morgan's one-woman show – though it's a one-woman show which also has a man in it. Despite the silly title, the concept behind this show is an entertaining whistle-stop tour through the Seven Ages of (Wo)man, the essence of each portrayed for us in the cabaret style of modern song. Read the full review.

Take Shakespeare's 'Seven Ages of Man'. Put it in a variety of cheap wigs. Teach it the juke box of a regional gay bar. Then roll it in a whole lot of glitter. Join The Diva on a Budget as she 'guides' you through the Seven Ages of Woman. Pit stops include seduction tips via Kate Bush, an interview with the woman who lived in Prince's head and finding out just how many 2p pieces a man can insert up his foreskin. This is Standing Up Cabaret on a Budget as you've never seen it before. Because The Diva's pretty sure she just invented it... 'Highly Commended' Vault Festival Awards

8:30pm to 9:30pm
Guy Wah: Professional Arsehole ZLS Theatre

'Professional behaviour': a series of actions deemed acceptable in the workplace.

Also: a term used to justify inhumane behaviour and enable idiots to maintain positions of power.

Guy looks at how our reliance on professional behaviour is eroding our humanity, and how our progress as a society has been dumbed-down in the name of professionalism. Featuring songs, sketches and examples of real life idiocy. Warning: may contain politics.

Relaxed performances Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun.

8:35pm to 9:20pm
Terror Australis Leah Shelton

Terror Australis is a grindhouse cabaret edgier than a serial killer's machete.

Performed by psycho-siren Leah Shelton (Polytoxic), this f***ed-up outback Contiki tour is a frothing hot mess of black comedy, anti-burlesque and Hills-Hoist-pole-dance.

Trapped inside a sweltering pulp film mash-up, Shelton trawls through the roadkill of the Australian national identity to reveal a litany of brutality and paranoia, drenched in sweat and beer.

Come Down Under to a sunburnt country where cars rule, hitchhiking kills and dingoes eat babies.

Winner: Innovation Award, Adelaide Fringe 2016.

8:45pm to 9:35pm
Underworlds Different Productions

In this tapestry of storytelling, poetry and monologues from the afterlife, Arachne the weaver spins tales of darkness, death and feminine mystique.

As she leads us through many kinds of underworld, characters including Eurydice, Cathy Earnshaw (Wuthering Heights), Cleopatra and a black widow get a chance to set the record straight.

One woman show written and performed by Sam Chittenden.

8:45pm to 9:35pm
Fried Mind Show: David Terrence Laughing Horse Comedy

A light-hearted mind-reading show with amazing and impossible mind stunts! No dead relatives will be contacted throughout the evening, however they may be interrupted with the laughter as the show is peppered with comical moments.

David Terrence is a Brighton-based comedian and magician and is bringing to Brighton Fringe for the first time a chance to witness the impossibilities and deception that has allowed David to perform and travel all around the world performing his shows.

"Totally excellent. The whole package is here" (UK Cabaret Magazine),
"Very slickly executed" (The Stage).

9:00pm to 10:30pm
You Give Me Fever, the Phaedra Cabaret LynchPin Productions Theatre Company

It’s one for my baby and one more for the road in this cocktail of Jazz standards and storytelling. A new take on an old tragedy, with a twist.

Playwright/director Jack Lynch returns to Brighton Fringe after bringing 'Emily Dickinson & I: The Journey of a Portrayal' which continued to tour the UK, Europe and North America to great critical acclaim.

West End actress and singer Pippa Winslow ('The Sound of Music', 'The Phantom of the Opera') will be appearing as 'Fey'. Her last solo cabaret garnered five-star reviews. Guitarist James Shannon accompanies on Jazz guitar.

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

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

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Spark Factory Spun Glass Theatre

Seven brave and bold artists constructing the next big thing in theatre.

Discover a multitude of ground-breaking theatre stunts and delve into the forefront of theatre experimentation.

Spun Glass Theatre (The Argus Angel Award Winners 2013) curates the Factory: risky and daring ideas performed for one night only. Full daily programme available at:

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').

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Am I F#*kable? Pop Heart Productions

Questioning what it means to be desired in a culture obsessed with beauty and technology. ‘Am I F#*kable?’ explores how these ideas impact our relationships, self-worth and well-being. Do our own insecurities influence our place in a superficial world? Pop Heart Productions’ dark and funny show devised from a single idea returns after sell-out performances at last year’s Brighton Fringe. ‘Am I F#*kable?’ continues to delve deeper, probing the very nature of what it means to be human in the 21st century.

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 11:05pm
Life ExploSIV Productions

Life is a hilarious high-energy rant from multi-award-winning South African cult comedic phenomenon Rob van Vuuren. Join the Comics Choice Breakthrough Act award winner as he hurls headlong into a sidesplitting frenetic fury that seamlessly blends the mundane, the surreal, the absurd and the downright annoying.
Life is a personal unpacking of Van Vuuren's deep distaste for motivational speakers, his daily struggle to get his 5-year-old to school on time, his troublesome addiction to podcasts, his loathing of public toilet design flaws and so much more.
"Comic genius" (Mail and Guardian).

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.