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

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

12:30pm to 1:30pm
Wan In Wan Oot Mama Koogs

3 stars One in, one out: it's a rule that works for busy nightclubs, not generally for life. But this heartwarming two-hander tackles both ends of life's journey, as central character Leanne says goodbye to her ageing grandmother and sees the birth of her own longed-for baby, too. It's a gently humorous and very watchable family story, with a few stand-out emotional scenes. Read the full review.

Miss Mckay is with child, having been artificially inseminated by the sperm of her wife's best pal, and she's very worried about the size of her baby’s head.

Miss Mckay's wife wishes there were no such thing as bloody Dr. Google.

Mrs Mckay Senior is "On Her Wey Oot". She is telling death to "F**k Off". She is telling the nurses to "F**k Off", and she is having a wee laugh at the expense of the "wumman in the bed next to her".

A play about the extraordinariness of ordinary family history, memories, and what happens to families when those we love come into our lives, and when they leave.

1:10pm to 2:10pm
Amadeus comes to Lunch at the Chapel Royal LCCR

Mozart masterpieces performed in the wonderful acoustics and historic setting of the Chapel Royal. Tuesdays. 8th: St Paul's String Quartet with Ann Beilby (viola) - String Quintet G minor K 516. 15th: Ensemble Reza with Steve Dummer (Clarinet) - Clarinet Quintet in A K 581. 22nd: Lana Trotovsek (violin), Yoko Misumi (piano) - Violin Sonata K547 and Tartini Devil's Trill Sonata. Our concerts are normally well attended. Seats are unreserved. Please arrive early.

1:10pm to 2:00pm
Organ Music at St. Bart's Brighton Organists' Association

Lunchtime recitals on Tuesdays by distinguished local organists on the fine organ at St. Bartholomew's Church. May 8: Anthony Wilson, May 15: Nicholas Houghton, May 22: Michael Maine, May 29: Richard Dawson and Ryan Hepburn.

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

Exclusive after hours tours of Brighton's aquarium! A unique opportunity to go off the public route to learn about the remarkable history of the world's oldest operating aquarium. Illustrated talk, followed by a tour of the grade II listed building, going behind the impressive Gothic-style Victorian arcade. There are stairs on tour and the tickets includes entry to Sea Life Brighton.

4:20pm to 5:10pm
All Work, No Play Sweet Productions

3 stars All Work No Play is visibly a work in progress: it runs for just 30 minutes, is a little light on storyline, and could certainly do with tightening here and there. But it's an entertaining, diverting way to spend half an hour, and a promising Fringe debut for solo performer Alexander Grieve. Drawing on elements of clowning with a dash of physical theatre, Grieve evokes a monotonous office and a burgeoning romance – and throws in some witty meta-theatrics too. Read the full review.

A new piece of devised work making its debut at this year’s Brighton Fringe.

We all have to work. If you are really lucky, you will love your job. Well, good for you. But if you don’t, you will more than likely slog through the work day, chained to your desk cubicle, having the life sucked out of you as you toil away the hours whilst wishing for something more.

Orc longs for a better life outside the shackles of mediocrity, but there’s a voice that keeps holding him back.

However, Orc is on the clock, and he doesn’t have long until his time is up.

4:20pm to 5:10pm
Maria Shehata - Pretty Little (Work In Progress) Maria Shehata

Egyptian-American comedian Maria Shehata follows up her debut show 'Wisdomless' with stand up and storytelling about her life in London and what happened after she whimsically moved from LA. Winner of Best Comedian at the Hollywood Festival of New Cinema and Best Comedy at the Miami Web Fest. Maria was voted one of the 5 best new acts of the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe by The 99 Club.

“Shehata is warm and witty and lights up the whole room.” **** (Simply Stage)

“Uniquely open and honest... a performer to watch out for.” **** (Broadway World)

4:45pm to 5:40pm
Tales BAIT

This is a show about the stories which make us. A punk feminist quest to explode the tales which trap us. It’s about sex and love and power and choosing. About knowing where and when you begin because you choose to begin there. It’s about the girls we were and the women we will become.

5:40pm to 6:30pm
The Invention of Lesbianism Cerys Bradley

A one-hour solo show about the history of LGBTQ+ language, written and performed by Cerys Bradley. It is a frank and funny history of lesbianism through the ages, looking at the evolution of language and how it has been weaponised, both by and against, the community.

Cerys Bradley is a part-time comedian and full-time gay, who uses stand-up comedy to talk about the LGBTQ+ community and its incredible history. They have performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, the Green Man Festival, and with Dr Jiggs Bowson and her Charming Science Friends.

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

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

6:00pm to 6:50pm
Brawn Honest Man Theatre

A portal into the world of a young man named Ryan: a world consumed by image and obsession, where self-worth is measured in muscle mass and where self-improvement becomes self-destruction. A world that is spiralling out of control...

"A captivating and thought-provoking piece of theatre" ***** (Broadway Baby)
"Wollaton’s performance packs a punch" ***** (Reviews Hub)

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Waiting for Gandalf Mankind

Returning to Brighton after a 4*-rated run in 2016, now with an eye-catching name listed as director, this dark-as-hell one-man play makes uncomfortable but rewarding viewing. Telling the life story of an obsessive and socially-awkward Lord Of The Rings fan, the script slowly turns from gentle humour to something far more disturbing, as the reasons for the man’s introspection are gradually revealed. Of course, I won't give away that twist – but the fact it's directed by Patrick Sandford, hugely acclaimed for his own show Groomed, is quite a big clue.

Meet Kevin Brook, self-confessed fanatic of all things 'Lord of the Rings'. On the eve before 'Gandalf' signs the official movie companion to 'The Two Towers', he sits outside Fenwicks, waiting. He talks about his life-long devotion, friends who don't understand him, family who never had time for him. But what's the real reason for his obsession with Tolkein? Why must he take his mind away from the harsh realities of life? An uncomfortable truth is about to be revealed.

“Dark-as-hell” (Fringe Guru)

***** (Albie Media)

**** (Broadway Baby)

6:15pm to 7:15pm
The O.S. Map Fan Club Helen Wood

4 stars I love to look at Ordnance Survey maps: the iconic plans of the British countryside, which have served as faithful guides to generations of walkers. It's a form of geekdom I'm proud to admit to, and the nicest thing about this warm-and-fuzzy show was that it proved I'm not the only one. On the night I attended, the Dukebox was full of navigators of all ages – united by our readiness to laugh at jokes involving contours, and cheer at a shelf stacked with Landranger sheets. Read the full review.

Join Ordnance Survey enthusiast, Helen Wood, for a humorous exploration of the much-loved, fold-out, paper map. Take a fascinating, laughter-filled, virtual ramble with Explorer map 168, and celebrate the simple beauty of Britain’s inspiring national treasure. O.S. fanatics, O.S. curious and O.S sceptics are all welcome at the O.S. Map Fan Club.

Edinburgh Fringe sell-out in 2017.

"Warm and engaging ... fun and touching." **** (West End Wilma)

"Joyful, friendly show steeped in ‘Great British Bake Off’ values" (ThreeWeeks)

6:15pm to 7:05pm
Northern Power Blouse: Up Your Promenade Laughing Horse Free Festival

Saunter down the promenade with Northern Power Blouse for a show full of sketches, songs and larger than life characters, all set by the glamorous northern seaside.

Between them, Cassie Atkinson, Kat Butterfield and Charlotte Pearson, have written for BBC Radio 4, Russ Abbot, Comic Relief and were finalists for 'BAFTA Rocliffe' and 'Funny Women' writing awards.

So why not join them by the seaside, beside the sea!

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Heimatmann 11:87 Theatre Company

For love of his homeland, one man came within minutes of saving 60 million souls destined to perish in WWII. Premiere of 'Heimatmann', written and played by John Casey with German folk songs sung by Jessie Waterfield.

6:30pm to 8:00pm
Notorious Women of Hove Louise Peskett

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

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

6:45pm to 7:30pm
Alpha Mums Gone Wrong Alpha Mums

Joann Condon, Ayshea Bravo and Leonie Rachel are alpha-mums gone wrong.
Instead of putting a wash on or doing the kids’ bedtime, they’re down the pub performing a new sketch show full of satire, parodies and character comedy.

They're taking the mickey out of modern life and fuelling their frustrations into funnies.
2018 may be the year of the Suffragettes' centenary celebrations, but these women are still juggling more balls than drunken seals.

So why not be good boys and girls, come and watch their show - it will help keep them off the gin.

6:45pm to 8:15pm
A Pocketful of Dreams Varndean Studio Theatre Company

A selection of stories and short plays created by Varndean College BTEC Performing Arts students. Honest, provocative theatre exploring how we might look to the past with an eye on the future.

This is Varndean College's 13th consecutive year at Brighton Fringe.

Varndean College offer a wide range of drama, theatre and performing arts courses.

6:45pm to 7:45pm
Dave Bailey: Say Something! Junkyard Dogs Backyard Theatre

Multi-awarding-winning Comedian Dave Bailey has something to say. In an age when everyone has an opinion on everything, come and listen to Dave tell you why you're all wrong, because sometimes it's better to listen.

Canterbury International Arts Festival Comedy Competition Winner 2017
Comedy Cafe New Act Winner 2015
"Bailey is the one to watch" (The Argus)
"Totally killed it as our show headliner. It was awesome and our Strangers loved you!" (The Poetry Café)

6:45pm to 7:45pm
The Polished Scar Pretty Villain Productions Ltd

4 stars I'm sure you know the Philip Larkin poem: the one about how your parents mess you up, because their parents did the same to them. Never has that process been laid out more clearly than it is in The Polished Scar, written and performed by Duncan Henderson. This is a one-man display of acting virtuosity, with a couple of interesting themes to explore. Read the full review.

We are all brothers and sisters, all born good, all born innocent. Duncan Henderson asks: What makes some people more equal than others? Where is the shift? Why do some strive for leadership, desire power, control and riches? These are our leaders of men, our shining examples.

What does it take to shape such a leader? Who carries the scars? What is the cost and who pays? You are invited to attend the making of a man in the image of the leader. The man who can send his troops into battle, who can privatise, who can siphon public funds into pockets of his friends.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
P Soup-Stained Arts

Imagine if every side of the pillow was the cold side. Take a step out of your own reality and into the clogs of someone who believes the glass isn't just half-full, but overflowing.

A solo-performance of physical and verbal story-telling, presenting a week in the life of the lovable lunatic we walk past on the street; briefly delving into the inner-workings of this familiar stranger.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Yuriko Kotani: Overwork in Progress Yuriko Kotani

Winner of the BBC New Comedy Award 2015 and Time Out's One to Watch, UK-based Japanese comedian Yuriko Kotani brings you wonderfully offbeat stories with her rug-pulling punchlines and bizarre observations as work-in-progress.

As seen on Russell Howard's 'Stand Up Central' and 'Pls Like' (BBC3)

"Leftfield rising star" (Time Out)

7:00pm to 8:30pm
La Clique Spiegeltent International Pty Ltd

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

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

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

7:00pm to 7:55pm
In Search of Myself Distracting Cats Productions

Jim and Eve before, during, and after, a manic episode. Eve has to deal with the highs and lows of a mood she has no control over, delusions that change her personality, and the state of her mental health, while struggling with depression. Jim has to deal with the sharp memories and feelings connected to what happened, what she did, and what she said in the moments he couldn’t recognise her, and the way he has just made it worse.

"An incredibly important piece... powerful piece of theatre" (The Reviews Hub)

7:00pm to 8:15pm
Brighton Voices: Are Rights Universal? University of Brighton

A panel discussion followed by Q&A - specially curated for the Brighton Fringe 2018
In the current climate when the rights of some of us have started to be eroded, the impact could affect all of us, regardless of circumstance, background or status. Growing numbers of people are disadvantaged by complex issues such as estranged adults affected by issues of sexuality, ethnicity and so-on. Our rights are interdependent and interrelated - so now, more than ever, we should stand together. Join experts and campaigners for a lively debate on the topic of rights for all in today's society.

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

Cordes Nuptials is about a naive couple preparing for the most important moment, their wedding. But the rush and destination involve them in a cluster of buffoonish events. Only her mischievousness and his strength bring them to a ... happy end?

'Cordes Nuptiales', a performance of contemporary circus, physical theatre, high aerial flights and risky balances.

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Adam Vincent: Semi-detached (Work in Progress) Adam Vincent

See this award-nominated (Best Comedy, Buxton Fringe 2017) Australian stand-up, now living in Bedford, who played to full houses throughout his Edinburgh Fringe run (2017). See the man who writes for Channel 4’s award-winning flagship show, The Last Leg (not the leg jokes). See how family demands, societal expectations and unfulfilled joys are ruining his life (true).

"Makes me laugh louder and more inappropriately than most people I know” (Adam Hills)

"One of those rare comedians who make it all look so easy" (The Age)

"Recklessly honest and entirely relatable" (Chortle)

"He's okay" (Wife)

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Pet Hates The Company

With his ferocious dark humour, award-winning comedian Amadeus Martin delivers his sharp witted take on retro Lucozade, emergency text messages, why women marry prisoners, pen pal disputes and more.

Amadeus may occasionally be obscene, so if you’re easily offended, be sure to come along.

7:30pm to 9:00pm
Geoff Robb - Original Spanish & Celtic Guitar + Vocal Explosion Find a Performer Ltd

Geoff Robb is a guitarist and composer whose music blends his classical training with his love of Spanish and Celtic music.

His well-crafted and deeply-moving compositions will take you on a journey from Spain and Latin America to Ireland and Scotland, and his background and training in healing will transport you away.

"Very talented – makes the guitar sound like 2 guitars and a piano" (BBC Southern Counties)

Support from Vocal Explosion Brighton, who are a choral ensemble with a powerful, distinct and global sound, singing bespoke compositions by their musical director Juliet Russell.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Susan Harrison is a Bit Weepy Susan Harrison

'Susan Harrison is a Bit Weepy'

The latest multi character show from award-winning character comedian, Actress and Improviser, Susan Harrison. Brand new characters inspired by heartbreak and performed with joy.

It’s funnier than it sounds...

“First Class comic acting” (The Guardian)
“A fantastic character comedian” (Chortle)
“Smart and original absurdist comedy” (ThreeWeeks)
“Remarkable ease, brilliant comic timing and a sense of authenticity” (The List)
“One of the most entertaining hours of the festival” (British Comedy Guide)

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Stick Some Shoes On Harry Farmer presents

From our first dates, sexual frustration, sexual tension, Tinder, insecurities, boredom, to marriage. We’ve all gone through it, but do we ever come out of it? Did we really marry our soulmate? Join us for a hilarious, fast-paced, poignant hour following a set of characters facing the joys and challenges of being in and out of love in your 30s.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Rob Thomas: Callback Intentionally Blank

An hour of creative stand-up from multiple comedy-award finalist Rob Thomas. The rubber-faced raconteur gives us his quirky take on drum and bass, dictionaries and comedy itself as he tries to learn from his past and shape the future. Clever, contemporary, physical and musical comedy.

"Best performer on the night, superior physical presence" (Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke)
"Very strong payoffs" (Chortle)
"Relentless physicality" (Yorkshire Times)
"Engaging oddball" (Evening Standard's Critic's Choice)

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Cinebra: Glenda & Rita Cinebra

Award-winning comedy duo, the makers of "adorkable" Sophie and Megan in 'A History of Horror' return with their latest addition to the Cinebra anthology with another "cleverly written" and "magically performed" full-length original show.

Glenda & Rita are two actresses from the golden era of cinema, immortalised in black and white and struggling to find work in this brutal, unforgiving technicolour world. From "Knowing your Onions" to "The Professional Blues", Glenda & Rita will take you on a monochrome journey from their Hollywood hey-day to their miserable flat in Lancing.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Ben McCarthy: Nevermind Ben McCarthy Comedy

After sold out festival runs and a sold-out international tour, coming to Brighton Fringe is Ben McCarthy's brand new show 'Nevermind'.

'Nevermind' is a fun stand-up comedy show which features something for everyone and includes storytelling of Ben's tours and life as a travelling stand-up comedian; dark, observational and relatable humour and everything in between, day-to-day life and personal stories in, well... nevermind that.

This is something for everyone in the show, join Ben as he takes you on the road to 'Nevermind'.

Touch tours available on request, please ben-mccarthy.j@hotmail.com to book.

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

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

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

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

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

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

**** (Reviews Hub)

7:45pm to 9:45pm
1984 New Venture Theatre

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

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

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

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

7:45pm to 8:45pm
Antigone Alone Portrait Productions

3 stars Plays built on Greek myths are intimidating for many – but there's really nothing to fear from Antigone Alone. It's clear, accessible, and engaging; a strong solo performance of an easy-to-follow script. It focuses, as the title suggests, on the story of Antigone, whose brothers fought for control of Thebes in days of legend. The winning man refused to allow his defeated brother to be buried… blocking his way to the afterlife, and forcing Antigone to take matters into her own hands. Read the full review.

Creon, King of Thebes, has decreed that Polynices’ body must lie, unburied, where he fell in battle. The penalty for disobeying is death. His niece has defied the law and buried her brother’s body. What made her do it? Will Creon rescind his decree?

This gripping new solo play presents Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, as a defiant upholder of morality over political expediency, and of human rights over the demands of the state. Antigone is played by Joanna Lucas. Playwright Michael McEvoy’s solo shows on Van Gogh, Orwell, Machiavelli, Dickens, and Shakespeare have been seen around the world.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
I Married An Alien Card Sharp Anton Binder Magic

I did the one-handed shuffle he’d shown me, which I’d spent a year practising. "In a poker game that’ll get you killed” he snarled, “you’re giving away the secret!”

I just did card tricks, but uncle Sidney, US airman, was a hustler.

“Magic isn’t about showing off. It’s about the effect you create, bending the laws of the universe. You don’t want them to think you have skills!”

Award-nominated performance artist Anton Binder returns to Brighton Fringe with his latest devised piece, a mix of drama and close-up illusion. Like Derren Brown directed by David Lynch.

This project is supported by a Brighton Lions bursary.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
I Am Somebody Sirqus Alfon

A unique combination of beatboxing, clowning, chaos and comedy and lasers!
The irrepressible Sirqus Alfon represent a high-tech genre entirely of their own.
Overall Pick of the Fringe winner at Adelaide Fringe Festival 2017.

"A high-octane, electro clown ride through a bizarre post-internet world of pop culture, music, light and video" (The Adelaide Review)

"Sirqus Alfon is a breath of fresh air. It's innovative, it's clever, it's unique, and it's downright entertaining" (Channel 44)

This project is supported by the Pebble Trust Brighton Fringe International Touring bursary.

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

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

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

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

8:15pm to 9:15pm
Jake Baker: Work in Progress Jake Baker has a company now?

Up-and-coming comedian Jake Baker (twice nominated for the BBC New Comedy Award) brings his first solo hour to Brighton. Expect beguiling stories and big belly laughs as he examines success, failure, identity and pork pies.

"Definitely endearing" (Chortle)
"Imaginative and original" (The Scotsman)

8:20pm to 9:20pm
Alex Petrovic, Fiona Ridgewell, Graeme Collard Alex Petrovic / Fiona Ridgewell / Graeme Collard

Alex Petrovic (BBC New Comedy Awards, Radio 2, Radio 4 Extra), Fiona Ridgewell (Comedy Knights Finalist 2016, Golden Jester Finalist 2015), and Graeme Collard (Comedy Fun House Gong Show Winner) are three exciting new stand-up comedians bringing you an awesome hour of stand-up comedy!

Between them they have an impressive list of achievements and accolades including competition finals, successful podcasts, and have gigged with some of the biggest names in comedy.

"An entertaining way of looking at things" 'Alex Petrovic' (Chortle)

8:30pm to 9:20pm
Big Dumb Cats Childish Productions

Two word texts, a cat with no name, blood where it shouldn't be and a fashion show to die for. We are shaped both by our experiences and how we get through them.

Come share in some of the stories which have made Daniel John Smith the human he now appears to be, as he grapples with acceptance of himself, death, the future, and a nice warm jacket.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8:30pm to 9:25pm
Stupid Cupid Unrestricted View

Ever feel confused about Love? Where to find it and keep it? Do you think you touch yourself too often? Meet Cupid in training as she tests the waters with her flashy love skills. Side effects may include feelings of lust, unwelcome singing, inaccurate nostalgia and something we call 'neighbour fingers'...
If Love is a drug, meet the dealer

“Liz McMullen is a bubbly and endearing performer who gives us her all in Stupid Cupid” (Vancouver Fringe)
“Insightful & Delightful” (Two Cents & Two Pence, Vancouver)

Liz McMullen is Stupid Cupid and wherever more love is needed, you'll find her!

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Mind Show: Unboxing David Terrence Mind Reader

Come and have your mind fried, and witness David Terrence conduct the live unboxing of a comedy, mind-reading show, demonstrating all the likely ingredients of a mind-blowing show including telepathy, thought control and of course the big final prediction! The show is light-hearted and peppered with comical moments.

"Funny and impressive mind-reading" (Voice Magazine)

"An enjoyable hour, with a lovable host" (Broadway Baby)

"Totally excellent. The whole package is here and the appeal will no doubt be broad, industry-wide." (UK Cabaret)

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Aside Effect Laughing Horse Free Festival

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

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

8:45pm to 10:20pm
The Maids by Jean Genet Rough Brow Theatre

SADISTIC. SAVAGE. SEDUCTIVE.

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

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Duo Bogof: It's a Kinda Magic! Duo Bogof

The Duo Bogof aren’t simply magicians, they are cinemagicians! Equipped with their trusty video camera, a few magic props and the belief that anything is possible, The Duo Bogof weave an illusion of theatrics, split-second timing and cinematic loop the loop whilst just about maintaining a civil working relationship post their divorce.

"Insanely clever... truly original and funny" (Scotsgay)
"... a hilarious and and brilliantly clever act of timing and tricks of the lens" (Broadway Baby)
“The Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee of tech-savvy performance art" (Time Out)

9:00pm to 9:50pm
Smells Like Dean Spirit Dean Hendry

Dean's life is like Bake Off, but all the ovens are broken. Just add a Scottish accent, a large dollop of 37 years' worth of shame, sprinkle generously some vulnerability, add a pinch of gay and bon appetit! But what he lacks in self-esteem he makes up for in spirit. If the spirit is the seat of emotions and character, Dean’s spirit actually needs to take a seat and shut its cake hole.

9:00pm to 9:45pm
Pickman's Model by HP Lovecraft The Other Realm Theatre Company

2 stars This disappointing adaptation of an HP Lovecraft story aims for creepy horror, but ends up more soulless than terrifying. The tale involves a painter, the eponymous Pickman, who's been kicked out of a New England art club; which isn't all that surprising, since he keeps drawing ghoulish figures feasting on human flesh. An English visitor called Thurber is entranced by Pickman's talent, and follows him to a tumbledown building in the oldest part of Boston. Down in the cellar, he finds a deep dark well… Read the full review.

We didn't review it ourselves last year, but Lovecraft horror Pickman's Model was broadly acclaimed elsewhere. The story surrounds an artist, the eponymous Pickman, who gains notoriety for his ghoulish drawings; it's narrated by an acquaintance of Pickman's, who's haunted by what his researches reveal. Last year's reviews praised the intelligent adaptation of Lovecraft's original plot, and the attention to detail lavished on the props and staging. At 45 minutes it's quite a brief piece, but for fans of Lovecraft or horror in general it sounds like mandatory viewing.

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

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

(Highly Recommended: Fringe Review)

**** (Reviews Hub)

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

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

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

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

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

9:15pm to 10:15pm
Your Bard Nicholas Collett Productions

Cheekily billed as featuring "additional material by Will Shakespeare", this one-man play gives a familiar question – did he really write his own work? – a novel twist. Pitched as a battle between a naysayer academic and the Bard himself, it's the latest work from local actor-playwright Nicholas Collett, whose previous historically-themed work has tackled (among other topics) the life of Horatio Nelson. Reviews from the rural touring circuit suggest it's an enjoyable play, highlighting Shakespeare's human side as well as the quality of his writing.

Did Will Shakespeare write his plays? Come and meet the man himself and take the lid off a legend in your local. He’ll tell you all about his family, what it’s like on tour and the glory days at the Globe. There’s no fourth wall here – we’re all in this together! Ladies and gentlemen, raise your glasses – 'You're Bard'!

“A piece of pure theatre magic” (Bay Life)

“The charismatic Collett commands the room in a truly intimate and engaging performance” (The Pitch, Kansas City)

“Lively and engaging... full of humour” (Metropolis, Kansas City)

9:15pm to 10:10pm
Waiting for Curry Twilight Theatre

Ever wanted to tell someone how you really feel?

Four friends, two couples, and a lot of history. Too much wine flows as they wait for their takeaway, and they share more than intended... including a past that two of them knew nothing about...

An evening where everything comes out of the woodwork: secrets, longings and jealousies. An evening that changes them and their friendships forever.

"An excellent play and cast needing wider circulation" 'Highly Recommended' (Fringe Review)

"Brilliant – funny and clever", "More people need to see this!" (Audience feedback)

9:30pm to 10:30pm
The Twins Macabre: Slay Twins Macabre

Meet Maurice and Ivy Macabre, the world’s most prolific ten-year-old killers with a penchant for finger painting and murder. Born and raised in a travelling Freakshow, the Twins address with audience with Vaudevillian flare, hosting a devilish spectacle of twisted sketches and original comedy songs. In this new show ‘Slay’, The Twins have been found guilty of hundreds of unimaginable murders... yet instead of being locked up, they have skyrocketted to an insane level of fame and celebrity! The tykes bring their creepiness to the world of social media, reality TV and tiny handbag dogs. A fast-paced performance intertwined with VT projections and music by Harvey Robinson. Prepare for: Comedy. Horror. Sass.

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

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

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

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

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

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

An always remember to enjoy Shakespeare responsibly!

10:00pm to 10:50pm
Niteskreen Niteskreen

In days of yore, British people would know it was time to go to bed when the TV stopped showing programmes, and started showing still images of the programmes they were going to show in the future, accompanied by music to make them feel like they were in an elevator that they needed to get out of.

But one man didn’t go to bed when that happened.
No, he watched the pictures.
He listened to the music. And he got ideas.

Come see what happened next.

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

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

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

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Obitchuary Yes Mama!

In 2017, they won the Brighton Fringe Audience Choice Award. In 2018, they are dead... but as they always used to say "twas better to have lived and died than never to have lived at all". Maybe some stars just shine too brightly. Maybe they're not actually dead? Heck, maybe they're alive? Ah no, they really are dead. But what if they are aren't? But really they are. Please join us in celebrating the lives of Cara and Alex. Black clothing and loud sobbing encouraged. Quiche provided.

"Side-splittingly funny" **** (Broadway Baby)

10:00pm to 11:00pm
65, a Nun and a Frog Gerry Carroll

This is a solo show about male nuns and being 65. Because sometimes Grandad knows best. Think about looking forward 65 years back in 1952, what's better now than it was then? Bringing his second show to Brighton, Gerry says, "I spent 60 years scared that they would laugh at me. Now I'm terrified that they won't. I've been doing stand-up and clown for four years, and I'm doing a mad show about myself".

It's an original and hilarious take on life, told in clown, stand-up and song. Gerry performs regularly on the open-mic circuit in London, and in clown shows. There are some bad jokes.

10:15pm to 11:15pm
Rory Jones: Return of the Wizword Rory Jones

From the questionable mind of Rory Jones (All-Ireland Poetry Slam Champion 2015) comes a debut show of galactic proportions.

Combining spoken word, comedy, music and a positively brazen disregard for convention, 'Return of the Wizword' is poetry Jim, but not as we know it. Expect a turbo-charged poetic adventure of wit and wonder in a quest for the elusive, legendary Wizword.

10:30pm to 11:30pm
Angus Dunican: The Vanity Project Cardboard Robot

Inspired by collecting stories for a eulogy, Angus looks at our evolving public selves, how our friends police who they think we should be, and thwart our attempts to try on new faces. Are we maturing nicely or messing with a winning formula?

Charismatic and assured, Angus's playful take on the myths we build throughout our adulthood will make you see your relationships in a new light.

Finalist, Amused Moose Laugh Off 2013, Leicester Square New Comedian 2015 and Comedy Gladiators winner 2017.

"Astute and well-written turns of phrase" **** (List)
"An unstoppable storyteller" ***** (Voice Magazine)