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9:00am to 1:00pm
Creative Writing Workshop Work, Write, Live

This workshop is for anyone trying to start or finish a writing project. Led by experienced tutors from the University of Brighton, this event will help to kick-start your motivation and self-belief, and help you to set writing goals. Includes one-to-one tutorials.

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.

11:00am to 12:00pm
Baby Laughs Otherplace Productions Ltd

New parent? You're probably in need of a laugh. Bring your baby to special daytime showings of our evening programme, so you can sit back and enjoy some of our best shows. Suitable for adults with babies under 12 months, featuring cabaret, comedy and theatre shows.

Featured shows include:

Privates (9 May)
What Doesn't (Blah Blah) Makes You Stronger (16 May)

11:00am to 2:00pm
Sussex Food Tours Sussex Food Tours

This gourmet food tour takes you through the historical and cultural heart of Brighton. Fun and informative with all food, snacks, desserts and beverages (alcoholic and non), entertainment, sightseeing and guiding included in ticket price.

We will be running two different Brighton-themed food tours so please check our website for dates and more details:

- Vegetarian Brighton Tour
- Great Sussex/British Food Tour

12:15pm to 1:15pm
Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival Iris Prize

Iris Prize brings outstanding LGBT+ film from around the world to Brighton. The five programmes of short films on offer feature award-winners from the annual Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival, alongside moving depictions of queer intimacy, explorations of gender, and a timely selection of LGBT+ stories for young people. These diverse short films from twelve countries offer an honest window into modern queer life, representing the very best of current LGBT+ filmmaking.

The five programmes are: Intimacy; Gender & Family; Iris Prize – International; Iris Prize – Best British; Iris Prize – Youth.

1:00pm to 2:15pm
Ernie's Incredible Illucinations by Alan Ayckbourn St John's College

Ernie Fraser is a dreamer with a difference. Ernie's fantasies have the habit of turning into reality! Concerned about his 'illucinations', Ernie's mum and dad bring him to the doctor... but what happens if the illucinations turn out to be real? Penned with young people in mind, this one-act romp is performed by the students of St John's College for young adults with learning disabilities.

2:00pm to 2:50pm
For Fox Sake Bread&Circuses

'For Fox Sake' is a fifty-minute montage of media, catapulting its audience from the newsroom floor, straight through the airwaves and on to the small-screens of every true American household. There they will find the mix of uncomfortable truths, complete lies and contradictions which produce the "fair and balanced" reporting of Fox.

When the cameras stop rolling and the lights come up, who knows of the boundary between fiction and reality?

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Une Vie en Rose Adrien Mastrosimone

Adrien Mastrosimone presents 'Une Vie en Rose: The Life and songs of Edith Piaf'.

The French countertenor sings the songs of Edith Piaf and tells her life story. He shares with us how it relates to his life when he was growing up as a gay man in the South of France.

Adrien joins the classical voice to a jazz trio to breathe a new life into these iconic songs. Winner of the Award of Best Music Performance at the Buxton Fringe Festival in 2018, 'Une Vie en Rose' has already sold out many performances in London and Buxton.

2:15pm to 3:15pm
Canvas & Rum NorthSouthTheatre

Inspired by real events and set during the 1800s, 'Canvas & Rum' is a maritime theatre piece sailing between the South Sea whalers and the historical Falmouth packet ships. Influenced by tales such as ‘Moby Dick’ and old ships' logs, we sail amongst maritime historical figures and events. Throughout the voyage you will encounter seductive sirens, drunken sailors, ladies of Rio, seasick sailors and shanties for all to join in. Do you have the stomach to join us on our voyage?

2:30pm to 4:30pm
Conscious Light documentary film Adidam UK

"Conscious Light" is an award-winning documentary film on the extraordinary life of Adi Da Samraj, one of the great spiritual realizers of our time. Drawing on an extensive archival collection of film, photography and audio recordings as well as interviews with students who lived with Adi Da, Conscious Light takes the viewer on a journey from Adi Da’s birth through his thirty-six years of teaching to the legacy and relationship that remains after his passing. The film draws viewers into a direct experience of Adi Da’s realization of Reality. We look forward to seeing you there!

3:00pm to 6:00pm
Sussex Food Tours Sussex Food Tours

This gourmet food tour takes you through the historical and cultural heart of Brighton. Fun and informative with all food, snacks, desserts and beverages (alcoholic and non), entertainment, sightseeing and guiding included in ticket price.

We will be running two different Brighton-themed food tours so please check our website for dates and more details:

- Vegetarian Brighton Tour
- Great Sussex/British Food Tour

3:30pm to 4:30pm
Sisterson Foods Junkyard Dogs

3 stars “People always ask me, what’s it like inside your head?” So runs the strapline for Sisterson Foods, which I can best describe as an hour-long video montage crossed with an epic beat poem. None of us can ever fully answer a question like that one, but by the end of the show we do have an inkling of what it’s like to be the eponymous Max Sisterson - and of the conflicting, often destructive, voices within his own brain. Read the full review.

People always ask me, “What’s it like inside your head?” Well... it’s easier if I show you. Using spoken-word poetry, home video footage and a hip-hop-inspired soundtrack, 'Sisterson Foods' is a brutally honest testimonial of a young man’s continual struggle with mental health. Full Pelt Theatre present 'Sisterson Foods' in their Brighton Fringe debut. An exploration of life, love, loss and fear. Sylvia Plath to the sound of The Streets.

“A mixed media work framed by a piece of epic rap poetry... deeply personal but speaks to a wider audience.” (The Stage)

3:35pm to 4:35pm
Nobody Likes You When You're 33 (No) Money in the Bank

Thom Bee and Andrew Marsh don’t know what to do now their 20s are over. They’re getting old, damn it. But they’re not going to worry about it, not now, because one thing keeps this duo young. The angst-ridden world of pop-punk.

'Nobody Likes You When You’re 33' is a show that takes their favourite music, and distorts it through a new lens, focusing on all the small things, to how these two can be their own worst enemy, to the misery business that is ageing.

You better make damn sure you join Thom and Andrew on this bizarre musical voyage.

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Trash Test Dummies Dummies Corp.

Best Children's Presentation winners at Adelaide Fringe 2016 and 2015, and runners-up for Children's Choice Award 2016, the Trash Test Dummies are as full of laughs as their bins are full of surprises. "Delightfully intelligent, highly entertaining" ****½ (Herald Sun).

With sell-out seasons and rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe, this side-splitting slapstick routine takes household wheelie bins to new heights, and delivers a dump-truck full of hilarity! "Circus show perfect for families" ***** (Edinburgh For Kids).

4:30pm to 6:00pm
Aquarium History Tour: Sea Life Brighton Jackie Marsh-Hobbs

Exclusive after-hours tour, on offer as part of Brighton Fringe in May. A unique opportunity to go off 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 tickets include entry to Sea Life Centre. There are stairs and dark areas.

4:45pm to 5:45pm
Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival Iris Prize

Iris Prize brings outstanding LGBT+ film from around the world to Brighton. The five programmes of short films on offer feature award-winners from the annual Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival, alongside moving depictions of queer intimacy, explorations of gender, and a timely selection of LGBT+ stories for young people. These diverse short films from twelve countries offer an honest window into modern queer life, representing the very best of current LGBT+ filmmaking.

The five programmes are: Intimacy; Gender & Family; Iris Prize – International; Iris Prize – Best British; Iris Prize – Youth.

5:00pm to 6:00pm
The Secret Comedy Club: Fringe Comedy Hub Artista

We have over 80 professional comedy acts who applied to Artista Cafe & Gallery. This will be a Fringe Comedy Hub run by The Secret Comedy Club. We will have comedy on 6 days per week from 5pm until 11pm daily (3pm start on weekends). Check our website for full listings and tickets for these full Brighton Fringe shows.
Here are just some of the many acts that will be doing their 1 hour shows with us (in no particular order):
Steve Bugeja
Stephen Carlin
Sara Barron
Radu Isac
Adele Cliff
Al Lubel
Daphna Baram
Sanj Surati
Daniel Muggleton
Gary Tro
John Pendal
Ali Woods
Katie Pritchard

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Taboo Theaterkollektiv Iriden

A fictitious talk show with a live audience, featuring a guest from the afterlife. Impossible? Maybe exactly as impossible as the image of the ideal woman, a topic that the play seeks to address.

The highlight of the evening: Käthe Petersen, a seemingly selfless social worker who was active between the years 1932 and 1966 in Germany. Behind the facade of medals lies a bottomless pit.

Against the backdrop of the historical figure of Käthe Petersen, concepts such as sexual self-determination and the ideal woman are put up for discussion.

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Kate Smurthwaite: Clit Stirrer Kate Smurthwaite

The award-winning feminist, atheist, polyamorous comedian and writer for Have I Got News For You, puts away all those years of coquettishness and gets off the fence. Kate has sworn, flashed her hairy armpits at Eamonn Holmes, shown up in pyjamas, called a Daily Mail columnist “Dad” and shouted at a nun all on live TV. That’s when she’s not insulting organised religion or the monarchy.

But is she the one with the problem? Lots of angry men with very poor grammar on the internet think so. Kate lifts the lid on her reputation as a provocatrice extraordinaire and asks: where did it all go wrong?

5:00pm to 5:50pm
Kotuku and Moon Child: Family Puppet Theatre Birdlife Productions

Maori believes that seeing a Kotuku/White Heron will bring you good fortune but what if you get kidnapped by a bad one? Hopefully your adventure turns out better than expected and some really cool stuff happens on the way! Birdlife Productions use masks, puppetry and their hall mark low-tech and handmade aesthetic to communicate a story without spoken word but rather through visual imagery and the power of music. Created in New Zealand, this story has grown from a fascination with myths and fairy tales and was shaped and inspired by the New Zealand landscape – its light, colours and bird life.

5:00pm to 7:00pm
Circus Extreme Extreme Stunt Show

Merging modern and contemporary styles with extreme stunts and classic clown escapades, audiences will be amazed by the jam-packed Circus Extreme with show-stopping performances that will have you on the edge of your seat.

5:10pm to 6:10pm
Wolf Tamer Savage Heart Productions

Rachel has lost her hero. Her uncle Neil has died unexpectedly. To make sense of her loss, she revisits the stories Neil told her as a child, of his adventures around the world. An autobiographical, often humorous, exploration of grief and the power of storytelling, 'Wolf Tamer' sheds new light on the darkest times in our lives and is a story of courage and survival.

"One of the most powerful, moving productions I have seen this year" (Jon Lewis, Newbury Weekly News)

"A very moving account of a dark experience interlaced with innocent joy and humour" (Audience feedback)

5:30pm to 6:40pm
Mr Brightside Nick Gilbert

Mr Brightside is a man. Mr Brightside is a Good Man. At least, he thinks he is... As a famous TV personality, hosting a hit show in front of a live audience is a piece of cake. But tonight something is very wrong. Battling clueless puppets, unsavoury kid’s toys and a pissed off mirror, can Mr Brightside keep the show going before he totally loses control?

A hilarious, honest and cutting dark clown comedy, Mr Brightside asks: what does it mean to be a man in 2019?

“Mesmerises” (Broadway Baby)
“Sharp and utterly hilarious” (Exeunt Magazine)
“Nick Gilbert is unfailingly funny” (Croydon Citizen)

5:30pm to 6:30pm
Right of Entitlement Hags Ahoy

Cleo is a strange girl.

Happy at home, happy at school.

So what's her beef?

And why the graffiti?

A play concerned with fairness, class, education and social mobility.

6:00pm to 11:00pm
Southwestsiide Takeover SouthWestsiide Takeover

Join us, SouthWestsiide, Brighton's finest all skool hip-hop party band at the Round Georges for our debut Brighton Fringe takeover! Teaming up to deliver an urban soundscape and new platform for local and exciting talent.

Showcasing local talent and promoting the party! Expect to see an eclectic mix of hip-hop, spoken word, reggae, country, blues and much more. A programme full of local talent and spontaneous acts we aim to bring the party to the fringe.

Something for everyone!

6:00pm to 11:00pm
The Spire Festival Bar The Spire

A festival oasis in the heart of Kemptown, an atmospheric bar stocked by the best local suppliers where you can discover experimental art, unusual performances and out of the ordinary music from 9pm. Each visit to The Spire will be a unique experience and it's all totally free of charge.

6:00pm to 7:30pm
What's to be done with the Arts in Brighton? Beach Without Sand Ltd

What's to be done with the Arts in Brighton?
Or Where Are We Now where Are We Now?
A discussion at the Spiegeltent on the state of the arts and culture in Brighton and Hove - and what for the future?
Hosted by Paul Levy of Fringe Review
Writer, facilitator, conversifier and collusion breaker
With Brighton arts makers, events leaders and influencers, venues, tourism and leisure stakeholders, Council members, Council officers and ...
All are welcome.

6:00pm to 6:20pm
A Box in the Desert Huldufugl

A playful, thought-provoking solo experience in VR, about being trapped inside an invisible box in an endless desert. A voice in your head is trying to help you get out, whilst, outside the box, a friendly guardian is trying to convince you to remain inside, safe and protected from the dangers of the outside world. So who will you trust and listen to as reality starts to break down around you? Only one audience member per time slot. You must arrive 5 minutes before your slot is due to begin. Latecomers may not be admitted.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Christian Brighty is Grandad in Grandad: Grandad’s Grandad-themed Family Reunion Bright Buoy Productions

Sporting a ridiculous inflatable suit, ill-fitting wig and grey beard, the “hilarious” (The List) Christian Brighty brings to life a man you wish was dead. An hour of silly character comedy about everyone’s favourite grandad, Grandad. Member of the award-winning Weirdos Comedy Club.

“Talent and quick wit” (The Scotsman).
"Hugely talented" (Time Out).
"Massive fun... If you feel the need for a little crazy in your life... they would be the people to provide it" (Kate Copstick).
TimeOut 'One To Watch' and Best Newcomer Musical Comedy Awards as part of Fair & Square.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
David Ephgrave's New Bits Doggett & Ephgrave

The daily blogging comic presents a work in progress for his new show. Among the Daily Telegraph 20 Funniest One-Liners, plus Comedy Central, i Newspaper, Scotsman and Edinburgh Evening News best jokes lists.

''David Ephgrave was smooth as they come'' (BBC)

''Ephgrave is a refreshingly down to earth comedian... devastatingly witty'' (EdFestMag)

"Ephgrave is a very likeable stand-up, confident but not cocky, and a lot of fun to spend time with... a natural entertainer." (View From The Gods)

"Has an eye for the bizarre, the sinister and the downright ridiculous" (Camden Fringe Voyeur)

6:10pm to 7:10pm
Have You Heard About Guy? One-Eared Dog Productions

Set in a dingy two-bed flat in London, 'Have You Heard About Guy?' is the story of Frank and George, two struggling actresses living in a pre-#MeToo world.

Frank is the despondent daughter of acting royalty; George will do anything it takes to make it as an actress - regardless of her own personal health and safety.

As they suffer through humiliating commercial auditions, sleazy industry professionals, empty bank accounts, family pressures and jealousy, their drama school peer, Guy, is enjoying a meteoric rise to success. Directed by Jo Billingham.

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Boris Rex Falling Sparrow

3 stars I’m sorry to say I’m underwhelmed by Falling Sparrow’s production of Boris Rex, a satirical treatment of Boris Johnson’s political career. It’s not clear to me from the play how Boris appeals to the public, and why he is popular. His wit and his individuality don’t come across at all. Instead, playwright Charlie Dupré presents Boris as a puppet without substance, manipulated by Jacob Rees-Mogg and Michael Gove who exploit his ambition. The result is a two-dimensional Boris Johnson, lacking the layers one may expect to see in a complex protagonist. Read the full review.

The last thing any of us want in our lives right now is more Boris Johnson, but this latest show from Fringe regular Charlie Dupré should be worth making an exception for. Last year, Dupré's audcaious MacBlair told the story of the Iraq War in the style of Macbeth; now, Boris's journey is charted with reference to Julius Caesar and Richard III. It sounds more angry and activist this time round, but you can still expect - as our 4* review of MacBlair put it - a "genuinely substantial, genuinely Shakespearean satire".

'"Why I can smile... and bumble while I smile."

The story of Boris Johnson as a Shakespearean tragicomedy follows its mendacious anti-hero from the boorish days of Oxford University - right through to a blood-soaked General Election - to spin a murky tale of ambition, back-stabbing and ultimately, a national catastrophe.

"Witty, satirical script...Talented, energetic ensemble." **** (The Scotsman)

"Do you like politics? Do you know your Shakespeare? Then you're going to love Macblair." **** (Fringe Guru)

6:15pm to 7:10pm
ish... Georgie Jones

How do I be a woman? How will I know if I’ve fallen in love? What shape should my eyebrows be? Can your virginity grow back? Can putting a tampon in kill you?!

Set to a 90s pop and hip-hop soundtrack, 'ish...' revisits first times, second chances, push-up bras and waxing disasters in order to figure out the things we thought we would have known by now.

"Charming and touching, laced with warmth and hilarity at every turn" (LondonTheatre1)

"A warm, witty and engaging monologue that genuinely connects with the audience" (The Reviews Hub)

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Aaaaaaaargh! It's a Bonanza of Comedy from Around the Fringe Laughing Horse Comedy

It's a comedy Bonanza!

Back for a second year in Brighton, this stand-up comedy selection is an exciting pack of comedians, with top headliners and the best up-and-coming performers selected from shows all around the Fringe.

See a bundle of comics visiting Brighton from the international comedy circuit, alongside a selection of great acts from around the UK and the very best in hilarious new and local talent.

It's different at every show. You'll see something you weren't expecting, something new and maybe something extraordinary!

The perfect start to your Fringe night!

6:20pm to 6:40pm
A Box in the Desert Huldufugl

A playful, thought-provoking solo experience in VR, about being trapped inside an invisible box in an endless desert. A voice in your head is trying to help you get out, whilst, outside the box, a friendly guardian is trying to convince you to remain inside, safe and protected from the dangers of the outside world. So who will you trust and listen to as reality starts to break down around you? Only one audience member per time slot. You must arrive 5 minutes before your slot is due to begin. Latecomers may not be admitted.

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.

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Coming Home with Me Girl Code Theatre

A night exploring the grimy underbelly of a girls’ night out. The perils of creepy dudes, lad culture, and general unwanted attention face almost every girl when partying, so why aren’t we talking about it?

Using verbatim testimony and drawing from real news stories, we explore how this affects us all. The subject matter is dark and deeply human, but is tackled in an entertaining and hopeful way, making this a performance everyone will enjoy.

Expect stupid dancing and patriarchy-dismantling from Brighton-based theatre company, Girl Code.

Winner of the Pebble Trust Brighton Fringe Award.

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Ade Foiadelli: Comfortably Dumb Ade Foiadelli

Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

That pretty much sums up the show.

The idiot is Ade Foiadelli, who has been accused of using logic that "defines good, opinionated, stand-up" (Chortle), as well as charged with being "an enthusiastic and charming comedian" (Broadway Baby). He also writes his own blurb for web listings like this but loses the will to refer to myself in the third person by the end of it.

Come along, I'd love to meet you.

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Dark Side of Harun Harun Musho'd

Harun Musho'd's second solo stand-up show compares life and events in the 70s to today. Including terrorism, conspiracy theories, referendums, US presidents and the dark side of management.

"Musho'd has the makings of a great comedian" **** (views from the Gods).
"When so many newer comics are Stewart Lee wannabes, at least this bears comparison to the original" (Chortle).
"A likeable and funny comic" (Reviews Hub), **** (Creek FM).

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Despite Everything, Price Still Includes Biscuits Naomi Paul

Naomi Paul returns to Brighton Fringe with her satirical 4-star solo show. Enjoy original songs, topical stories and Jewish humour. Set sail on a surreal journey; poignant, funny and ultimately uplifting. With biscuits, of course.

"A fine comic celebration of modern Britain" (British Theatre Guide).
"A sprinkling of nicely observed Victoria Wood-style songs adds to the charm" (Ludlow Fringe).
"Terrific deadpan delivery of material that is topical and relevant. Audiences loved it!" (Pulse Ensemble Theatre).
**** (British Theatre Guide).
**** (Edinburgh49).

6:35pm to 7:30pm
Stealth Aspies Stealth Aspies

An intimate and enlightening show exploring autism in a light-hearted and truthful way, combining verbatim testimonies with original poetry. Share a glimpse of real autistic subculture, starkly contrasting its media representation, presented through the lens of adults who live the autism experience everyday.

"The sense of community in the room is unmistakable – slang and inside jokes explode in a collective glee, and empathy buzzes in the air. Here no one need be anything other than themselves" **** (A Younger Theatre)

6:40pm to 7:00pm
A Box in the Desert Huldufugl

A playful, thought-provoking solo experience in VR, about being trapped inside an invisible box in an endless desert. A voice in your head is trying to help you get out, whilst, outside the box, a friendly guardian is trying to convince you to remain inside, safe and protected from the dangers of the outside world. So who will you trust and listen to as reality starts to break down around you? Only one audience member per time slot. You must arrive 5 minutes before your slot is due to begin. Latecomers may not be admitted.

6:45pm to 7:45pm
Andrew Steiner: Life is Weird The Caxton Arms

Andrew Steiner has French-kissed trees, studied under a Zen Master in Japan and trained kick-boxing in Thailand. With a heady mixture of precision jokes, juicy details and improvised lyrical prose he makes audiences feel like they're tripping right along with him. Also, he's a Jew from New York; the title is accurate.

6:45pm to 7:45pm
Mr B: Dandinista Scottish Comedy Agency

A Brighton regular, self-styled "gentleman rhymer" Mr B is a doyen of chap-hop – which, in the unlikely event you've never encountered it before, is rap done in a posh accent. He's been around for ten years, in fact, and this new show promises to launch him into his second decade with the aid of some new songs, a huge moustache, a three-piece suit and a banjolele. The retro-styled observational humour is hilarious at times, but our past reviews have also highlighted his command of his musical craft – and naturally, also, his "superbly crisp enunciation".

Local treasure Mr.B returns to his Fringe home at the Komedia for another hour of chap-hop, featuring exclusive new ditties from his latest long player Dandinista. Expect Surreal hip-hop, internet nostalgia piano ballads, beatboxed R’n’B classics, banjolele wig-outs and a song about the etiquette of waiting rooms.?Or not. Expect the unexpected. Or don’t.?

"Sublime Genius" (The Independent).
"Controversial" (The Daily Mail).
"Unfathomably Popular" (Latest 7).

7:00pm to 8:45pm
The Lady Boys of Bangkok: The Greatest Showgirls Tour Exchange Events Ltd

Those dazzling divas are back, coming of age and celebrating 21 years with 'The Greatest Show Girls Tour'! The entertainment soars from start to finish with infectious, showstopping performances that'll bring you to your feet time and time again. The glamour of Hollywood and the glitz of Vegas in a mesmerising spectacle fulfilling dreams for everyone. A chance to luxuriate in a vibrant, euphoric bubble of laughter, beauty, splendour and music. A complete celebration of individuality and pride in saying “This is Me”, undeniably you’ll agree that the lady boys are the greatest showgirls!

7:00pm to 8:00pm
The Untimely Death Of Jack Chooselove Peyvand Khorsandi

Journalist Peyvand Khorsandi never intended to become an obituaries editor at The Independent, nor did he intend to work for the Daily Mail. In his first full length stand-up show, the journalist looks at how he got to middle age packed only with immense experience of online dating.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
The Adventures of Butt Boy and Tigger Out Cast Theatre

The filthiest love story on the Fringe: Butt Boy and Tigger meet in a chatroom late one night.

From the wicked pen of Australian playwright Steven Dawson comes an outrageous but ultimately moving roller-coaster ride through the world of on-line chatting. Two boys leap from one orgasmic, underpants-bursting adventure to the next! Until one asks the unthinkable: “Can we meet?”

Polished, funny and moving.

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

Born and raised in Japan, Yuriko Kotani now lives in the UK. Using her unique perspective, she tells stories of her experiences and thoughts as a work in progress.

Winner of the BBC New Comedy Award 2015 and the Brighton Comedy Festival Squawker Award 2015.

As seen on Russell Howard's Stand Up Central and Pls Like (BBC Three).
"Leftfield rising star" (Time Out).

7:00pm to 8:00pm
I am a Camera Blue Devil Productions Ltd

Is Sally Bowles a sophisticated thrill-seeker or vulnerable innocent abroad? She’s certainly a fascinating mass of contradictions.

'I am a Camera' is the play that 'Cabaret' is based on, adapted by John Van Druten from the work of Christopher Isherwood. It is a rich picture of the heartbreaking pathos, wicked comedy and divine decadence of 1931 Berlin. But soon the carefree indulgence must end as the Nazis smash their way to power.

Chris and Sally's adventure in a city at a unique turning point in history is a profound and deeply resonating story, yet sexy and funny in the face of it all.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Forgotten Dialogue Penultimate

What do you find in the crevices of your conversations? Where do your words end up after countless accumulation? A piece of experimental physical theatre exploring real words and their relationship to the space. How far can we say that our words are our own...

Centred on the safety of confinement, and inspired by the anonymity an individual has within a public toilet cubicle, Forgotten Dialogue explores how words can find freedom within four walls, but what happens when we leave our words behind. Two entities physically embodying the varying layers of dialogue; the freedom and constraints.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
25/The Decriminalisation Monologues Acting Out

'25/The Decriminalisation Monologues' consists of two short plays. In 'The Special Friend', Mark moves from 1980s London to rural Ireland for love but, when tragedy strikes, finds he basically has no rights. Whilst in 'I Know What You Are', Moira finds her career threatened by blackmail. Does she just submit to it? Or fight back?

Funny, sad, angry and inspiring, these stories chart the struggles and challenges for gay and lesbian people in Ireland at a time when to be gay was to be a criminal. Acting Out were winners of the National GALA Award for Irish Arts and Literature 2017.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
I Wouldn't Date Me Either Jonathan Duffy

Imagine if you suddenly found yourself single and the last time your were in that situation the iPhone didn't exist. Jono Duffy experienced exactly that in 2015. Like a mole-woman emerging from an underground cellar, he spent almost three years learning how dating works in a technological world where the rules aren’t clear, the market is over saturated and the chlamydia is rampant.

In 'I Wouldn’t Date Me Either' this Australian-born, Iceland-based comedian will share his experiences, dating disasters and sexual mishaps.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Sezar Alkassab: Work in Progress Sezar Alkassab

As heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra, Scottish stand-up comedian Sezar Alkassab brings his new work in progress show to Brighton Fringe. His comedy style brings audiences together through his unique perspective, silly stories, friendly audience engagement and laughter.

"Confident... can deliver a wide range of comedy... can adapt his set to meet the needs of his audience" (The Comedy App)
"Great material... strangely refreshing... funny" (Cheeky Monkey Comedy Club, Birmingham)
"He is a talented and exciting artist to program" (Festival Angaelica)

7:00pm to 7:20pm
A Box in the Desert Huldufugl

A playful, thought-provoking solo experience in VR, about being trapped inside an invisible box in an endless desert. A voice in your head is trying to help you get out, whilst, outside the box, a friendly guardian is trying to convince you to remain inside, safe and protected from the dangers of the outside world. So who will you trust and listen to as reality starts to break down around you? Only one audience member per time slot. You must arrive 5 minutes before your slot is due to begin. Latecomers may not be admitted.

7:00pm to 11:00pm
Crystalz Tavern Brownton Abbey

There’s a proverbial sh*t-storm raging out here, but inside Crystalz Tavern exists a secret cabaret party that stops for nothing.

A throbbing neon lighthouse guiding you to a space of safety, away from the jagged rocks of late stage capitalism. A speakeasy that heals the wounded and holds the oppressor to account. Featuring a shifting constellation of the UK's best live art/cabaret performers and guest DJs.

Resist man-made monsters like broflakes and binaries at our cabaret of camaraderie, with artist rebels and allies that refuse to go down quietly; in heels, in binders and in solidarity!

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Battle of the Superheroes: The Great Superhero Debate Comedy World Productions

Many comedians converge once more in Brighton to find out who is the greatest superhero. With a mixture of stand-up, improvisation, interactive debate and prizes, this fun-filled show can be enjoyed by geeks and non-geeks alike.

Be part of this interactive, fun (but deadly serious!) comedy debate as a host and 3 to 4 of the best comedians from around the Fringe converge in a verbal war of words to find out who is the greatest of them all.

"A Super Fun Night" **** (Clothesline)
"Ridiculous fun" **** (Rip It Up)

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Circus'Cision: Those That Made the Cut! Head First Acrobats

Limited run! A Head First inside-out, up-and-down-under, mish-mash variety of circus stars, Spiegel legends and the hottest Fringe acts. Hosted by our favourite Aussie circus boys with a rotating cast, guests showcase their weirdest, most hilarious talents, with incredible acrobatics from Head First Acrobats. A little raunchy, a lot of fun!

7:20pm to 7:40pm
A Box in the Desert Huldufugl

A playful, thought-provoking solo experience in VR, about being trapped inside an invisible box in an endless desert. A voice in your head is trying to help you get out, whilst, outside the box, a friendly guardian is trying to convince you to remain inside, safe and protected from the dangers of the outside world. So who will you trust and listen to as reality starts to break down around you? Only one audience member per time slot. You must arrive 5 minutes before your slot is due to begin. Latecomers may not be admitted.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Geoff Robb: The Music of Trees Find a Performer Ltd

Geoff Robb was the winner of the 2018 Brighton Fringe Live Music Award for his solo show. His beautiful meditative compositions blend his classical training and background in healing with his love of Spanish and Celtic music.

He has performed to audiences all over the UK and Europe at venues ranging from Buckingham Palace to Glastonbury Festival and his new compositions are inspired by the trees of Sussex.

If you enjoy beautiful acoustic guitar music then don't miss this award-winning show.

“Very talented, makes the guitar sound like 2 guitars and a piano” (BBC Southern Counties)

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Alex Cofield: Supernova Alexander Cofield

Faced with the grim reality of a life of seclusion in the genteel English countryside, Alex’s dreams of youthful urban living seem light years away, and when a nefarious village plot is revealed there may be no chance of escape.

A comedic concerto; Supernova is the critically-acclaimed, funk-fuelled hip-hopera from Melbourne Fringe Comedy Award nominee Alex Cofield, as he raps his way out of routine, rural life and shoots for the stars beyond.

“This is quality rapping” ***** (One4Review).
“A masterclass in storytelling” ***** (The Upside News).
**** (The Scotsman).
**** (Great Scott).

7:30pm to 8:50pm
Macbeth This is my Theatre

5 stars Don’t be late to Preston Old Church: you’ll find the doors sealed against you, the actors and the audience closeted within. There, among the fading frescos of a beautiful but damaged building, a cast of just five people tells the tale of Macbeth. It’s a fitting metaphor for the fate of Shakespare’s most notorious tyrant - trapped in a decaying, shrinking world, surrounded by enemies and demons of his own making. Read the full review.

A Fringe isn't a Fringe without at least one Macbeth. This one comes from Sussex-based company This Is My Theatre, who specialise in performing in churches, and are visiting Brighton's Preston Old Church during an extensive tour of the South-East. Their one-act adaptation promises live choral song, and - since this is the Scottish Play - traditional Celtic music too. We haven't seen this company before, but reviews are good, the venue is delightful... and you certainly can't fault the script. A pretty safe bet, I feel.

“By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.”

We return in 2019 with our telling of Shakespeare’s haunting tragedy, Macbeth. The play’s original language combines with traditional Scottish Gaelic, choral song and live music in this beautiful adaptation.

“An intelligent, imaginative adaptation which brought something altogether new to my favourite Shakespeare play.” (Audience)

“I never thought Macbeth would make me cry. A beautiful and powerful performance.” (Audience)

“The Gaelic music and vocal harmonies were completely spellbinding.” (Audience)

7:30pm to 8:45pm
Ghost Walk of the Lanes Ghost Walk of the Lanes

'Ghost Walk of the Lanes' is a 75 minute tour of Brighton's oldest and most haunted quarter where hardly a street or lane does not have a spectral connection. Join Silas, Jasper or Ebenezer, all suitably dressed in full Victorian attire, and hear tales of hideous apparitions, poltergeists, gruesome murders and wandering spirits.

Tours also embrace much of the history of The Lanes. Stories are all based on long-established accounts of hauntings but are delivered with a good deal of comic respite.

7:30pm to 8:45pm
The Power of Love: Talk and Meditation Bodhisattva Kadampa Meditation Centre

There is no greater power than love to heal our own heart of hurt and resentment from the past, vastly improve all our relationships and to bring true happiness into our world. Join us as senior meditation teacher, Kadam Bridget Heyes explains, step-by-step, practical meditation techniques to harness the amazing power of the mind of love.

K. Bridget is the UK National Spiritual Director of the NKT and principal teacher at Nagarjuna KMC. She is known for her powerful teachings, compassionate heart, and presents profound ideas in a way that are easy to practice and integrate in to daily life.

7:40pm to 8:00pm
A Box in the Desert Huldufugl

A playful, thought-provoking solo experience in VR, about being trapped inside an invisible box in an endless desert. A voice in your head is trying to help you get out, whilst, outside the box, a friendly guardian is trying to convince you to remain inside, safe and protected from the dangers of the outside world. So who will you trust and listen to as reality starts to break down around you? Only one audience member per time slot. You must arrive 5 minutes before your slot is due to begin. Latecomers may not be admitted.

7:40pm to 8:40pm
PULP Hitchhiker Collective

Sam can’t quite find the words to explain it. But then again, he’s never tried before. Sure, on the outside he seems happy; just like any other lad. But with dad gone, the truth’s getting harder to swallow.

It’s time for Sam to fight his demons, he just wishes he knew how.

'PULP' is a new, autobiographical piece of theatre exploring our experiences with grief, toxic masculinity, and what it means to be a man.

Presented by Hitchhiker Collective (Exeter Phoenix Associate Artists for 2019).

7:45pm to 8:45pm
The Scrapyard Cinema Otherplace Productions Ltd

An eclectic and exciting array of films playing throughout the festival. Selected and put together by guest curators and collaborators. Shorts, independent features, documentaries, music videos and a sprinkling of old classics. See website for line-ups.

7:45pm to 9:45pm
Return to the Forbidden Planet Brighton Little Theatre

Join Captain Tempest and his fearless crew on their journey into hyperspace... and beyond! This musical bursts with red hot Rock 'n' Roll hits, including 'Great Balls of Fire', 'Good Vibrations', 'Teenager in Love', 'The Young Ones' and 'The Monster Mash'.

So fasten your seat belts, set your ray guns to stun and get ready for a cosmic adventure of meteoric proportions! Bob Carlton’s smash hit West End musical takes the 1956 film, with plot taken from Shakespeare’s 'The Tempest', raids the Bard’s other plays at will (and not always verbatim) and sets it to a score of great pop hits.

7:45pm to 9:05pm
The Man Without a Past New Perspectives

The lives of an eclectic community living in abandoned shipping containers are thrown upside down when a mysterious man arrives. With no memory of former life, a daily serving of soup begins to nourish his heart and soul until the rediscovery of his past puts his new life in jeopardy. Jack McNamara cleverly adapts this Cannes Grand Prix award-winning film comedy by one of Finland's greatest modern storytellers. Featuring a soundtrack from Songs of Praise to sultry jazz, this part-melancholic love story, part-deliciously-deadpan comedy takes you on one man's journey from anonymity to salvation.

7:45pm to 9:45pm
Circus Extreme Extreme Stunt Show

Merging modern and contemporary styles with extreme stunts and classic clown escapades, audiences will be amazed by the jam-packed Circus Extreme with show-stopping performances that will have you on the edge of your seat.

7:50pm to 8:45pm
The Yank is a Manc! My Ancestors and Me Hopwood DePree

In a fish-out-of-water comedy of errors, Hopwood DePree tells the true story of how he gave up Tinseltown to save his 600-year-old British ancestral pile. Expect family history, culture clashes, community spirit and plenty of calamities in an uplifting multi-media stand-up show.

While researching his ancestry online, Hopwood stumbles upon Hopwood Hall. Built by his ancestors in 1426, the 60-room mansion is now falling down. Swapping sunny LA for rainy Rochdale, Hopwood meets the locals. At last they’ve found an heir to save the Hall! But he’s not quite the heir they had in mind...

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Magwitch RGR Productions

"I've been done everything to, pretty much, except hanged. I've been locked up as much as gold bullion."

Abel Magwitch is a convict and millionaire from Britain's penal colonies in Australia. He's returned to England with a wallet full of money and some scores to settle. Charles Dickens' villain from 'Great Expectations' comes to The Crown pub in Kemptown.

A new show from a multi-award winning team, featuring Ross Gurney-Randall (previous shows include 'Big Daddy v Giant Haystacks', 'An Audience with Henry VIII').

8:00pm to 8:55pm
Sary Different Theatre / Sweet Productions

5 stars A toe-tapping track is playing as we take our seats for Sary: a folkish tune, set to a modern beat. It’s a fitting accompaniment for this stunning two-hander, which is faithful to its nineteenth-century setting yet tells its story in a distinctly contemporary style. It begins with a woman planning her own funeral - though it’s not a Christian burial she seems to have in mind. As the eponymous Sary speaks of her longing to return to the earth, we begin to understand her: she’s at home in nature, comfortable in solitude… and the people in the village think that she’s a witch. Read the full review.

A feminist-folk-horror based on the 19th century Sussex tale of 'Ol’ Sary Weaver'.

"They call me witch. A teeth-gnasher. A shape-shifter. When a man says a woman turns into a hare, it means she were too quick for him!"

Written by Sam Chittenden, this piece of English Eerie explores themes of female sexuality, ageing and loss as kinds of alchemy.

“Different Theatre Productions spell magical storytelling and a poetic serenity in the face of the dark... such gentleness of spirit, and a tender regard for difference and solitude. It’s another gem.” (Fringe Review).

8:00pm to 8:20pm
A Box in the Desert Huldufugl

A playful, thought-provoking solo experience in VR, about being trapped inside an invisible box in an endless desert. A voice in your head is trying to help you get out, whilst, outside the box, a friendly guardian is trying to convince you to remain inside, safe and protected from the dangers of the outside world. So who will you trust and listen to as reality starts to break down around you? Only one audience member per time slot. You must arrive 5 minutes before your slot is due to begin. Latecomers may not be admitted.

8:00pm to 8:30pm
Unnatural RO

Humans and AI, what will our relationship be like 100 years from now?

'Unnatural' takes a look at the possible scenario of us vs tech, we turned away from one another and let our deepest fears and desires be exploited by our social medias, who knew more about us than our own families. This one man play sewn together with spoken word and a projector will challenge you philosophically and make you grateful for our bodies and minds.

8:00pm to 9:25pm
Hello, Who's Calling? The Harbour Theatre Company

Popular among Brighton’s Irish diaspora, The Harbour Theatre Company invariably present a new piece of theatre each Fringe, and they score more hits than misses. This year’s show sees action split between rural Ireland and suburban Brighton, with telephone exchanges - and more metaphorical crossed wires - the common theme. Set in the 1970s, hopefully it’ll have the same sense of likeable nostalgia which earned the company an Argus Angel back in 2011.

The Harbour Theatre Company, Argus Angel Award-winners, present a comedy set 1970s Ireland and Brighton.

It opens in a rural Irish post office where the postmistress listens to all the calls and interrupts as she feels fit. She knows everybody's business and is the front of all gossip. The action then moves to a Brighton telephone exchange where hilarious complaints and crossed wires are the order of the day. Finally there's a nod to contemporary communication! Communication, and lack of it, creates the comic situations.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
8 States of Kate Pinch of Salt Productions

"When I was three I declared to my Mum that I was going to marry David Bowie or become an actress..."

Through hilarious songs and stories of heartbreak and triumph, stand-up comedian and actress Kate McGann navigates her way from childhood to her 30s, from a cabaret compère to a dating show disaster. You'll be treated to a night bursting with comedy and songs whilst Kate regales you with tales of her hilarious and ridiculous life and loves.

"A fine turn by Kate McGann, you'll never eat crumpets the same way again!" (FringeReview)

8:00pm to 9:00pm
The Johnny Cash Story Night Owl Shows

Following sell-out shows and standing ovations at Edinburgh Fringe, 'The Johnny Cash Story' premieres at Brighton Fringe to take you on an incredible journey through the career of the 18-time Grammy winner. Immerse yourself in the world of the Man in Black in this groundbreaking 'show-umentary' format. Powerful renditions of Folsom Prison, Ring Of Fire, Man In Black and Hurt delivered by Jamie Rodden, whose Cash interpretations have won over critics and audiences all over Europe.

“Powerful and compelling singer” (Fringe Guru).
“Highly recommended for all lovers of music” **** (Scots Gay).

8:00pm to 9:00pm
It's OK to Laugh! Its OK To Laugh

Looking for piercing political satire? Comedic insights into the meaning of life? Then you are barking up the wrong tree my friends. However if you want 50 minute of jokes and general silliness then you have come to the right place! The “G” in the 2016 Brighton Fringe Audience Choice Award winning 'AGM Comedy', Colin Galletly’s first one man show will provide a blizzard of one liners, gags, and the occasional groan inducing pun, that will leave you laughing and trying to remember them to pass of too friends and family as your own! And just remember, no matter what, It’s OK to Laugh.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Graeme Collard Comedi-van Graeme Collard Ltd

After a number of years performing stand-up comedy around the country Graeme Collard will travel almost a mile from his house to debut his hour show. Expect plenty of jokes, observations and general silliness from this local, van-driving comic. South Coast Comedian of the Year Finalist 2018. "He left the audience grinning" (Brighton Fringe Review). Work in Progress.

8:00pm to 12:00am
Fringe Sessions 2019 Fiddler's Elbow

Intimate live music showcase featuring a selection of Brighton's finest musicians and songwriters. Hosted and curated by BBC 6 Music featured act Warsaw Radio.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Helen Bauer: Work in Progress CKP and InterTalent Group Present

Ultimate babe and hotly-tipped new stand-up comedian, Helen Bauer, presents a work in progress show of her new thoughts, feelings and emotions on pretty much everything. Every thought is over-thought and then has alcohol thrown on it.

“I don’t think I stopped laughing for the entire half hour Helen was on stage. An incredibly likeable comic who takes anecdotal comedy to another level.” (Funny Women).

As heard and seen on BBC Radio 4, BBC Three and Comedy Central UK. Leicester Mercury New Comedian of The Year and BBC New Comedy Award Finalist 2018.

8:15pm to 9:15pm
Brodi Snook: Work in Progress Mick Perrin Worldwide Ltd

Fast-rising Australian comedian and general smart-arse Brodi Snook takes a break from her career as a foot model (selling photos of her toes to foot perverts for cash) and having panic attacks in train station toilets to return to Brighton Fringe with a brand new work in progress. So You Think You’re Funny and Foster’s Golden Jester finalist, as heard on BBC4 Extra and TalkRadio.

"Vulgar, candid and drier than a popcorn fart" (BN1 Magazine).

8:15pm to 9:20pm
Betrayal by Harold Pinter Pretty Villain Productions Ltd

4 stars “There’s not much more to be said on that subject - betrayal,” says one character to another halfway through this play. It’s a cocky joke from playwright Harold Pinter, who says plenty on the subject throughout his tense and engrossing script. But it’s true that this particular form of betrayal - an extra-marital affair - isn’t the freshest of plot devices. So Pinter adds a twist, which must have seemed groundbreaking on the play's debut 40 years ago: telling the story backwards. Read the full review.

Betrayal is Pinter’s tale of a 7 year romantic triangle between husband, wife and their best man. This modern classic, semi-autobiographically based on Pinter and Joan Bakewell’s clandestine affair, weaves and integrates different permutations of betrayal relating to both the affair and other aspects of their lives.

With Duncan Henderson ('The Polished Scar': FringeReview Brighton Fringe Award Winner 2018), Neil James ('Rope') and Sophie Dearlove ('The Missing Special'). Director Roger Kay ('Glengarry Glen Ross').

Pretty Villain are Brighton Fringe Award Winners 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018.

8:20pm to 9:20pm
I, Tom Mayhew (Work in Progress) Tom Mayhew

Tom was unemployed for three years from the age of 18. This is a story of rejections, the Jobcentre, being working-class, and fighting for your place in the world. With lots of jokes.

"It's a fascinating brain he's got in there, with as much of this distinctive hour spent trying to solve the riddle of Mayhew as it is him making you laugh." (Chortle).

"Mayhew’s charmingly awkward persona hides a fantastic alternative comic mind. His jokes are sharp, never predictable and consistently land." (Broadway Baby).

"His content is from the heart; spellbinding, raw and telling.” (Kate Copstick).

8:30pm to 9:20pm
Archie Henderson: Jazz Emu Archie Henderson

Remember that incredible song that blew the roof off at Jen's house party 2012? Neither does Archie, really, but he’ll be damned if we can’t piece it back together. The multi-award-winning comedian brings a new hour of sharp and original musical comedy to Brighton. Because nostalgia used to be cool.

Winner of IYAF Best of the Brighton Fringe Comedy Award 2018.
Finalist, So You Think You're Funny 2017.
Best Newcomer, Musical Comedy Awards 2017.
Second place, Musical Comedy Awards 2018.
Shortlisted for BBC New Comedy Award 2018.
“Immense talent and fantastic energy” ***** (EdFestMag).

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).

8:45pm to 9:45pm
David Tsonos: Walking the Cats David Tsonos

Canadian comedy veteran David Tsonos has had pet cats for the last 20 years, from the early days of Mittens to his new cat Mitzy, come watch him as he deals with problems of adoption, veterinarians, catnappings and murder. David will use his storytelling and 20 years of stand-up abilities to regale the audience with all his adventures in cat ownership. Whether you’re a cat person or a dog person this show will make you laugh until you can laugh no more. (Well maybe a little more.)

“David has a wealth of jokes and off the cuff remarks” (Chortle)

9:00pm to 10:05pm
Onstage Dating Bron Batten

Bron is going on first dates. Live onstage!

Watch from the safety of your seat or volunteer to be part of the action as Bron takes modern romance to the next level- all in front of the audience.

This award-winning sell-out show has toured all over Australia, New Zealand and the UK, thrilling crowds with it's hilariously poignant perspective into the world of online dating.

"The perfect date night" (The Times)
"Funny, clever and intimate a must see" ***** (Fringe Biscuit)
"Hilarious... Not to be missed" **** (ThreeWeeks)
"Superb" (News NZ).

9:00pm to 10:50pm
Cabaret Boheme: Stage and Screen! Veronica Blacklace

This is no ordinary night at the movies! Veronica Blacklace and Chris Hide introduce Cabaret Boheme's brand new 'Stage and Screen!' Using classic music from Hollywood and Broadway, they provide stunning live vocals to surround a visual masterpiece of gravity defying aerial, circus splendour and burlesque sensuality.

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Isa Bonachera: The Great Emptiness Isa Bonachera

Any sensible person would look at the night sky and see the horrible purgatory of the cosmos. Not Isa. Isa's been obsessed with outer space all her life, and she decided from an early age that she wanted to do one thing and one thing only; become an astronaut. For twenty years she did everything she could to stay on track. And one day she just stopped dreaming of space. Using a planetarium projector, Isa will take you on a guided tour of the cosmos and her broken dreams.

9:10pm to 10:00pm
Fright Wig: Essential Tremors Fright Wig

Alan Bennett meets Hammer Horror. Fright Wig offer a slice of life carved with a rusty machete.

A world where right-wing bloggers meet mythical ends, birds hatch from broken hearts and midnight ghouls feast on jogger's rumps. Where grisly revenge is enacted in crowded aquariums and mundane office blocks.

Through a series of highly amusing monologues, sketches and grotesque performances, this trio of fearless horrornauts will take you by the hand and drag you laughing and screaming into the abyss, exploring the worst aspects of modern Britain on the way down.

9:15pm to 10:00pm
Valhalla Allix James

Natalie and Alice have been travelling to the planet Valhalla for what feels like an eternity... and without any music! As they race through space, they come to realise that all is not as it seems on the spaceship Valkyrie.

Comedy sci-fi drama that enjoyed a successful run at the White Bear Theatre, Kennington this January. After the success of 'Dark in The Water' (Summer 2018) comes an innovative new sci-fi by Allix James.

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Absent Saskia Preston

A work in progress show from professional clothes-wearer Saskia Preston. In this blurb, Saskia will hint that she's a really cool and self-aware model by saying ''professional clothes-wearer'' but really the only thing that's definitely true is that she's a French missionary married to Meghan Markle. This can't be discussed in the show for national security reasons but there will be jokes about dads, mums, friends, girlfriends, dogs and mice instead. Mostly one liners. And occasionally jokes that are longer than 30 seconds. As heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra, writer for The News Quiz and The Now.

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Laurie Black: Space Cadette Laurie Black

Join alien babe cabaret queen Laurie Black and her spaceship-synth for the journey of a lifetime to be the first woman to set foot (stiletto heel) on the moon! Adelaide Fringe's Emerging Artist 2018, host of Bad Luck Cabaret and legendary La Clique: expect hilarious original songs and quirky covers. Old school piano meets electronic synths'n'beats in this feminist neo-cabaret. Come get away from it all on the moon...

"Amanda Palmer better watch her back" (Broadway Baby)
"????? One helluva fearless and incredibly talented artist" (AAE)
"A triumph of contemporary alternative cabaret" (Kryztoff)

9:30pm to 10:40pm
My Greatest Period Ever Lucy Peach

Lucy Peach is a folk singer from Fremantle WA, with a parallel career as a Sex Ed teacher. Inspired by Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks, her menstrual cycle and her convict ancestors, 'My Greatest Period Ever' is her latest work featuring live illustrations by her husband Richard Berney. After she took Australia by storm, women across the country are rejoicing. Now period power is Brighton-bound for a long awaited UK debut. This show is for anyone with a menstrual cycle or anyone who knows someone with one.

Winner: WAM Award for Folk Act of the Year 2016
"A jewel in WA's musical crown" (The West)

9:30pm to 10:30pm
The Secret Comedy Club: Fringe Comedy Hub Artista

We have over 80 professional comedy acts who applied to Artista Cafe & Gallery. This will be a Fringe Comedy Hub run by The Secret Comedy Club. We will have comedy on 6 days per week from 5pm until 11pm daily (3pm start on weekends). Check our website for full listings and tickets for these full Brighton Fringe shows.
Here are just some of the many acts that will be doing their 1 hour shows with us (in no particular order):
Steve Bugeja
Stephen Carlin
Sara Barron
Radu Isac
Adele Cliff
Al Lubel
Daphna Baram
Sanj Surati
Daniel Muggleton
Gary Tro
John Pendal
Ali Woods
Katie Pritchard

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Haunted Jane Postlethwaite and Steph Bradshaw

Multi-comedy award finalist Jane Postlethwaite ('Made in Cumbria' and 'Last Night at the Circus') has teamed up with fellow Cumbrian comedian Steph Bradshaw to bring you a deliciously dark comedy show.

"Unmissable 5 star show" (Comedy coroner).
"A darkly funny show" (Funny Women).
"Absolutely hilarious" (Broadway Baby).
Heard on BBC Radio 4/BBC Radio Cumbria.

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Sh*t Scripts: Bad Manors Real Good (content)

Inspired by 'The Play That Goes Wrong' and the podcast 'My Dad Wrote a Porno', 'Sh*t Scripts: Bad Manors' is a larger than real-life script written by Annie's ex-boyfriend Zach when he was 15.

Zach has since given up on writing and today is a 30-year-old office worker. In a celebration of forgotten creativity, and a commitment to the impossible, Real Good (content) will stage a fully-realised production of Zach's 'Bad Manors'.

If you've ever created anything (or not), this show is for you.

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Huge Davies: Work In Progress CKP and InterTalent Group Present

Fresh from his appearance on 'Comedy Central at the Comedy Store', Huge Davies is preparing for his first hour. Combining his dark humour, surreal material and one-of-a-kind customised keyboard, Huge has quickly risen to become one of the most exciting, unique new acts in the UK. "Priceless" (Chortle) "Dark" (Independent) "Scene-stealing" (Telegraph) "Musical" (Broadway Baby) "Perfect" (The Stand) "Appalling" (celebrityradio). As seen performing at Latitude, Bestival, Comedy Central Live, Uttrecht International Comedy Festival and Kilkenny Festival. As seen on Comedy Central's 'Ones To Watch'.

9:40pm to 10:25pm
The Acquaintances Laura McMahon

Three people who don’t really know each other have come together for a one-hour show of stand-up and musical comedy. Jamie Finn, Erynn Tett (Laughing Horse New Act of the Year finalist 2018), and Laura McMahon (Get Up Stand Up New Act of the Year finalist 2018).

9:45pm to 10:45pm
Shit-faced Shakespeare: Macbeth 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, when I saw it a while back, I’d fully expected to disapprove of all this – but I found myself as helpless with laughter as I’ve been for many years.

Is this a lager I see before me? The Brighton Fringe – Best Comedy – Award Winners are back for another round of heavy drinking and mild Shakespeare. Featuring the finest classically trained professional performers and one fully inebriated cast member we guarantee that no two nights are ever the same.

Having toured the world, broken America and sold out the West End we’re finally ready to return to a tent in a field in Brighton.

This year we are taking on the feared “Scottish play” which actors dare not mention the name of lest theyMACBETH!!! We’re doing Macbeth. It’s Macbeth... Macbeth.

9:45pm to 10:45pm
The Maydays present: Happily Never After The Maydays

A twisted musical tale inspired by Tim Burton and The Brothers Grimm. Starting with your suggestion, these award-winning improvisers weave a fantastical tale dripping with black comedy, gut-clenchingly playful characters and haunting live music that’s different every time.

Following sell-out shows across Europe, this deliciously dark hit returns to The Warren for a second year.

"Fantastic! Improvisational theatre at its best!" ***** (Broadway Baby).
"Certainly worthy of Burton" (Chortle).
"Hilarious!" (Colin Mochrie).

10:00pm to 11:00pm
The OCD Files Cue Fanfare

The OCD Files "maps" my life as a sufferer of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Whether you suffer from Mental Health issues or not, the OCD Files is a show not be missed. It's funny and I need to say that three more times! It's funny! It's funny! It's funny!

"Fab night.", "Brill", "Brilliant. Absolutely fab", "Went down a storm", "Magnificent. Still chuckling on route home."

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Karaoke Saved My Life Scott Swinton

Scotty D, just a city boy, born and raised in South Detroit, will take you on a Journey, showing how karaoke has saved his life and could save yours (and maybe even save the world) too. Through stories, songs, and a bit of dancing, we’ll demonstrate the healing power of karaoke. Don’t stop believing!

“A fascinating character with some terrific stories” (Manhattan Digest)

“He’s like a disco-themed Steve Martin. An unusual take on storytelling cabaret ... a brilliant idea. For those who are itching to grab the mic and belt out a power ballad, you’ll have a great night” (Broadway Baby)

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Sleeping Beauty Reality Research Center

'Sleeping Beauty' is a participatory performance that approaches sexuality through power and role play. The performance offers an opportunity to carry out fantasies with a 'sleeping' person. The participant can choose to be either the sleeper or the visitor, and bring accessories or props to their liking.

*This is a one-to-one experience where tickets are not bookable in advance. Customers are invited to register their interest in participating by calling The Old Market Box Office team on 01273 201 801. Registration of interest is on a first-come, first served basis. On the night of the event, customers will be invited to talk with the company about the performance. Once permission has been given by the company, customers will then be allowed to purchase their ticket from the Box Office. Please note that the company reserve the right to refuse admission and that registering interest does not guarantee entry.

10:00pm to 2:00am
Fringe Club: A Silent Disco Otherplace Productions Ltd

The legendary Fringe Club returns to the Warren in 2019 with it's own version of the legendary night out, A Silent Disco. With special guest DJs, fancy dress nights, takeovers and more. Everyone's favourite headphone party comes to Brighton's favourite Fringe night out.

SAT 26TH MAY: SuperCharged Brighton's #1 and longest running underground clubbing event presents its sister brand Treatment Brighton whose DJs continue their return and will be spinning the best of vocal, uplifting House and Dance music! DJs Pedro Sedso Boy Hudson

SUN 27TH MAY: Boom Bap Brothers (Funk and Hip Hop) vs DJ SMUDGE Smudge has DJ'd for over 30 years, mostly in the Brighton area but with his own record shop and record label he has been in demand all over. He specialises in Hip hop and drum and bass but has wide musical knowledge and taste. His musical style would be described as noisy but accessible and opens the listener up to new musical avenues.

10:30pm to 11:25pm
Crabmeat Joshua Dean Perry

J is hiding in the toilet at a gay club.

Maybe because of what he just saw on the dance floor.
Or maybe because he’s being chased by a crab... and this is one cranky crustacean.

As panic bubbles to the surface, J recounts the events that led to his most recent breakup and the toilet in which he's cowering. All the while the Crab is snipping at his heels, primed with insults and eager to take him down.

A darkly comic exploration of the cause and effect of minority stress, 'Crabmeat' will ask the question: got crabs?

One of ESLondon's Top 15 Things to See at Camden Fringe 2018

10:30pm to 11:30pm
Steve Vertigo: Murmuration; Word on the Tweet Steve Vertigo

Ex rave-DJ turned stand-up, Steve's second time at Brighton Fringe see his honed-and-toned show ramping up for Edinburgh in the summer. In a confused and data-drenched world, how can we see the truth of anything and hold on to what's important? A daft but sharp romp through quantum theory, alternate realities, future humans, sciencing, big data, AI, love and a murmuration.

10:40pm to 11:40pm
The Scrapyard Sessions Otherplace Productions Ltd

The fringe of the Fringe, full of wonder and whimsy. Drop into The Scrapyard at The Warren and find a hidden gem. Featuring spoken word, comedy, music and cabaret; remarkable performers presenting storytelling and comedy in all its forms.

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

The legendary "slightly soiled bear pit of a show" returns. Join us for the best late-night entertainment every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and bank holiday Sunday of the Fringe. Featuring stand-up, sketch, cabaret and a range of fabulous hosts.

"A great place to wind up at the end of a festival night out... Engaging, fun and you get plenty of value in a gently rowdy night's entertainment!" (G Scene).