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

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

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

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

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

10:00am to 5:00pm
Unity Through Struggle Exploring Senses CIC

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

11:00am to 5:00pm
Good Grief... Living with Loss Martlets Hospice

A day offering people the opportunity to step into our experiences of living with loss and bereavement. This will be through a number of agencies who work with bereaved adults and children, families and friends, offering information and advice, with a selection of demonstrations showing, in the afternoon, creative ways of working and living with the loss of a loved one and with time to talk and remember those close to us who have died. You do not have to be bereaved to attend this event.

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

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

12:30pm to 1:15pm
12.30pm Wednesday Lunchtime Recitals St Nicholas' Church Lunchtime Recitals

45-minute concerts in Brighton's beautiful Mother Church. May 10: Clarinet solo project - Luca Luciano. May 17: Frank Bridge and Vaughan Williams music for viola and piano - Katharina von Colson and Michael Freyhan. May 24: American Classics - Soprano Valeria Guidotti and Kemp Duo perform music by Gershwin, Copland and Bernstein (part of the 'LISTEN AMERICA!' series). May 31: 20th-Century Guitar Music: Toru Takemitsu and Gilbert Biberian - Patrick Avery.

City center location: Only 2 minutes walking distance from Churchill Square. Walk up the hill from Costa Coffee opposite Metro Bank.

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

Returning for their third year.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Be amazed and motivated: This is your MoMent!

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

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

2:00pm to 4:00pm
Alfie Lantern Theatre

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

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

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

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

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

Winner of Trip Advisor 'Certificate of excellence' 2016.

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

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

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Richard III (a one-woman show) Brite Theater

4 stars I was only expecting to review this show, not to play a part in it – but this is no ordinary production of Richard III. We the audience are each warmly greeted by Richard of Gloucester, hanging name-cards around our necks, thus assigning us roles and seats. Soon we are all assembled as the Royal Court of London, sitting horseshoed around Richard's wooden table. Stickers marked 'DEAD' are ominously arranged along the table's edge. Read the full review.

This stripped-back version of Richard III has been making waves for the past couple of years – but if, like me, you haven't seen it yet, then you shouldn't miss this chance. The king is played by a woman, brandishing an iPhone and dressed in a sharp business suit; the audience are cast in minor roles, occasionally to be stickered with the single word DEAD. No less a publication than the New York Times has praised the performance, highlighting actor Emily Carding's "Tilda Swinton-esque flair".

Richard III. An audience. Anything can happen. All the world is a stage. What part will you play? Pushing the boundaries of Shakespearean Performance, Brite Theater have re-imagined Richard III as a bold and engaging one-woman show. The fourth wall has been utterly obliterated, as you the audience take on the other roles at Richard's party in this intimate, exciting and moving production. Let Richard entertain you... but will you survive? This multi-award- winning Shakespeare adaptation has toured internationally, including London, Edinburgh, Prague, Rome, Verona, Iceland, and New York.

5:00pm to 6:10pm
I Love Men Beside The Seaside Productions

Does the perfect man exist, and at age 83, does Lynn Ruth Miller need to find him? Her 70 minute show, autobiographical, takes us on a journey from 1943-2017 (11 years old - 83years young) with a beautiful balance of laughter and pathos and music. Her most recent date at 83 years was aired on Channel 4's 'First Dates'!
Stories woven together with songs composed by the talented Michael Roulston, played by renowned pianist Sarah Bodalbhai.
Don't miss a Brighton and Edinburgh legend!
TO&ST Winner 2014, Leicester Comedy Festival Liberty Award 2015.
"What you see is what you get... we love her for it" (Ben Walters - The Scotsman).

Touch tours available. Please email sophiageorge@icloud.com to book in advance.

5:00pm to 7:00pm
Gerry Cottle's WOW! Circus Magique Ltd

Gerry Cottle celebrates 50 years of circus and magic with a big top full of comedy chaos, death defying daredevils, electrifying entertainment from fast and fantastic acts, glitz and glamour with highlights of incredible illusions. The Amazing WOW! Circus: 50 Acts in 100 Minutes.Please note, the performances on Saturday 27th May and 3rd June are of The Circus of Horrors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5:40pm to 6:40pm
Ivy Davies: Play Ground To The Moon

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

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

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

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

@Ivy_Davies @ToTheMoonUK

6:00pm to 6:50pm
Adam Scott Vincent: The Scared and Lonely Tour (work in progress) Adam Vincent

Adam Scott Vincent is a core writer of Channel 4’s award-winning satirical show 'The Last Leg'. He was a semi-finalist in NBC’s 'Last Comic Standing' and is a regular Brighton Fringe favourite.

"Hilariously irreverent... Vincent is undeniably one of the more talented comedians I have seen at the Fringe" (Broadway Baby), "This Australian gem forced to live in Bedford where he can’t escape the clutches of marriage, children and monthly payments to the man... ultimately, it’s delivered with compassion. You will feel the laughs the day after" (The Bullman blog).

6:00pm to 6:50pm
Poe's Last Night David Crawford

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

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

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

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Generation Why Teatro En Vilo

Three performers from the UK, Italy and Spain that belong to the so called Generation Y, are confronted onstage with a simple but controversial question: what do you want for your future?

This game turns into a dare, an invocation or an exorcism and a contemporary ritual where the expectations and fears of a generation are unveiled.

Combining autobiography, grotesque and physical comedy, 'Generation Why' invites us to imagine new possibilities for the times to come.

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

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

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

6:15pm to 7:05pm
Luisa Omielan. The INTERLUDE..Politics for Bitches / What Would Mary Magdalene Do?! Big Love Productions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6:45pm to 7:45pm
Abi Roberts: Anglichanka Bawls Out Comedy

Anglichanka (Englishwoman in Russian) is an exhilarating comedy show about living in the Soviet Union in the 90s and returning after 18 years as the first UK comic to perform comedy in English and Russian. Find out about the consequences of drinking hardcore vodka, studying Opera and gay rights in Russia. Learn what we need to know about Putin and a nation described as "a riddle wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma".

"Comedy genius" ***** (GQ),
***** (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine),
***** (Edinburgh Fringe Review),
***** (Three Weeks),
**** (Fringebiscuit),
**** (TV Bomb).

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Don Quixote Northbrook College

Unlike its brasher Scottish counterpart, the Brighton Fringe grew out of the local creative community… and this "riotous retelling" of Don Quixote ticks a couple of enticing boxes. It's run by Performing Arts degree students at Sussex's Northbrook College, and it's hosted at BOAT – the open-air theatre funded and built as a memorial to a Brighton-based playwright, Adrian Bunting. Billed as suitable for all ages, it features a large cast and – intriguingly – a "disappearing donkey".

"But... your grace?" said Sancho, "What you see over there aren't giants, but windmills."
"Obviously," replied Don Quixote, "you don't know much about adventures.”

The self-styled knight errant may be mad, but the maddest thing of all is to see life as it is and not as it should be. Mad? Maybe. Right? Possibly.

A riotous retelling of 'Don Quixote' for all ages. Music, comedy, and 14 performers fighting to ride Rocinante the horse and the disappearing donkey.

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

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

If you live in Brighton, the chances are you already know about David Bramwell – purveyor of curiosities and champion of intelligent talk, thanks to his regular salon the Catalyst Club. His Fringe events are now an equally revered institution: part mind-expanding lectures, part entertainment, with a typically offbeat set of topics selected for the ever-changing agenda. They’re hosted in either the mirrored Spiegeltent or the 100-year-old Bosco theatre tent, themselves both fascinating venues.

Dr. Bramwell’s counterculture night returns with more fascinating events. Blondie's Gary Lachman on Colin Wilson (11th), Magick and Music with Graham Duff (17th), Odditorium book night (25th), The Haunted Moustache with Dr.Bramwell (31st). Also see The Odditorium:Spiegeltent events.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Ahtuf Kontrol AHTUF KONTROL

Improvised music accompanying improvised contemporary dance.
Family Turner-Lee explores emotions with electronic samples and retro synths, guitars and percussion. This accompanies modern contemporary dance and movement as the Turner-Lees work together with their hearts and memories. A stirring and thought-evoking event not to be missed.

7:00pm to 8:30pm
La Llorona, the Weeping Woman Writing Our Legacy

Come experience 'La Llorona, The Weeping Woman', a modern ghost story set in and around the grounds of Preston Manor and associate church. This magical, realist, site-specific performance will incorporate live actors, video, live music, ritual and theatre and promises a unique retelling of the Mexican myth. Each show will feature a Mexican market selling food, drinks and products (cash only), and our Saturday night show will feature a very special late night fiesta! La Llorona will be performance spectacle like no other as her spirit is brought back from the dead... Don't miss out!

7:00pm to 8:00pm
This Boy Tom JW Productions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:00pm to 8:15pm
Trainspotting King's Head Theatre & IYFT presented by James Seabright

There can't be many of us who haven't seen Trainspotting – and this live version features all the film's most iconic images (yes, including the worst toilet in Scotland). It claims to be closer to the original book than the movie, but the familiar visceral grossness is still there… and with the audience mixed in among the actors, it's up close and personal this time. It's not for the faint of heart, then, but it's earned acclaim for previous runs – and if reviews are a guide, chimes well with the zeitgeist.

This acclaimed production recaptures the passion and controversy of the famous novel and hit film, repackaging it into an immersive show. The audience is literally part of the show, including the notorious 'Worst Toilet in Scotland' scene.

'Trainspotting' is the story of Mark Renton and his friends living through the Edinburgh heroin scene of the 80s. This is a no-holds-barred, immersive, in-yer-face theatre production: this is your ticket to a ride you won’t soon forget.

Choose life.

"A big fat hit. Just don’t sit near the toilet!" (NME),
"I was shocked - and I wrote the f***ing thing!" (Irvine Welsh).

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

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

7:00pm to 7:55pm
Borderline PSYCHEdelight

A comedy about a tragedy.

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

Our trailer is here: https://vimeo.com/196265928

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

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

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

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

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Matt Green: New Show Matt Green

Matt returns to Brighton for the ninth year running with a show bursting with new jokes, new ideas and absolutely no nudity. No one wants to see that. It's a work-in-progress, so who knows what it will feature? There will probably be a story about getting a massage on holiday. That's a good one. "Really funny" **** (The Scotsman), "Classic stand up expertly delivered" **** (Broadway Baby).

7:30pm to 8:30pm
In the Chips Because of the Cheese Screaming Banana

Kate Winslet soaking wet, porcelain thrones and dancing sausages. This two women show asks the big, important questions in life such as "what did canned vegetables have to do with the harvest festival?" This is Screaming Banana's Brighton Fringe début and what better way to do so than with a show that is intelligent, provocative, colourful and funny?

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

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

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

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

7:30pm to 9:30pm
Gerry Cottle's WOW! Circus Magique Ltd

Gerry Cottle celebrates 50 years of circus and magic with a big top full of comedy chaos, death defying daredevils, electrifying entertainment from fast and fantastic acts, glitz and glamour with highlights of incredible illusions. The Amazing WOW! Circus: 50 Acts in 100 Minutes.Please note, the performances on Saturday 27th May and 3rd June are of The Circus of Horrors

7:30pm to 9:00pm
Single Martin Huxter & Rebecca Shortall

Rebecca has appeared on numerous BBC3 comedy shorts and was a Brighton Comedy Festival Squawker Awards Finalist in 2015 and a 2016 Funny Women Regional Finalist. Now she's bringing you a half hour that covers politics, sexuality, pop culture and being a straight up smash pit of a nasty woman Martin has performed all across America, including Portland's famous Helium comedy club. He regularly frequents New York's comedy scene and has appeared on RT as a correspondent! A recent resident of Brighton, Martin gives his take on the collective consciousness hurtling towards a state of Singularity

7:30pm to 8:40pm
Ghost Walk of the Lanes Ghost Walk of the Lanes

The Fringe programme’s Tours section is always fun to dip into, and this gleefully melodramatic circuit of Brighton’s labyrinthine Lanes is even more entertaining than most. Playing firmly for laughs, not scares, your black-caped guide packs plenty of storytelling into a comparatively short walk, as you wave back and forth through the secret squares and hidden alleyways of the old town. Take note, however, this is no place for cynics: it’s a whole lot more enjoyable if you “ooh” and “aah” along.

A 70 minute tour in the company of either Silas, Jasper or Ebenezer, visiting eight sites, around Brighton's most haunted quarter. All storytellers perform in full Victorian attire.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Bad Master Muriel Comedy

Muriel Comedy, creators of viral videos 'If Tube Lines Were People' and 'The Great British Political Bakeoff' bring you their offbeat brand of peculiar characters, political satire and pop culture parody in the world premiere of 'Bad Master.'

“Technology is a good servant, but a bad master.”

'Bad Master' is a multi-media comedy show blending recorded and live sketch to spoof the world of internet videos. From big-budget music videos to homemade vlogs, trailers for summer blockbusters to poorly-made infomercials, Muriel takes on the YouTube watching culture one sketch at a time.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Simon Caine: Laughter Is The Best Placebo Simon Caine

My life is a constant search for emotional and electrical outlets. If you can relate, this is the show for you.

Simon Caine brings his second hour-long show as a work-in-progress to Brighton Fringe. The show doesn't massively have a theme, which in itself is the theme.

“That was awesome. I liked it... I don’t know why. But it was great. I’ll have you back” (Mike Manera, Piccadilly Comedy Club, 2016).
“What you’re doing is great... the problem is nobody understands it.” (Iain Coyle, Dave TV Comedy Commissioner, 2016).
“The Martin Luther King Jr of comedy.” (Broadway Baby).

7:30pm to 8:30pm
New York Stories Pretty Villain Productions Ltd

A wonderful piece of storytelling - two wise-crackin’, fast-talkin’ Damon Runyon 1930s short stories, performed by Ian Shaw, Duncan Henderson and David Mounfield. The first tale is a comedy built around an eating contest, the second studies the relationship between a half blind cat and a mobster holed up in a derelict hide out.

Pretty Villain are 2014, 2015 and 2016 Brighton Fringe award-winners.

"Brilliant” (Plays International).
“Thoroughly professional” (Fringe Review).
“high quality” ***** (The Argus).

7:30pm to 11:00pm
Avery*Sunshine & Yakul Ina Dittke & Associates

US Soul vocalist Avery*Sunshine is, without a doubt, one of the most dynamic voices on the creative music scene, known for her invigorating live performances and compelling, revealingly honest song writing. Avery has gained many UK fans following performances on Jools Holland, the Love Supreme festival and also opening for Gregory Porter on his recent UK tour. She is supported by brand new Brighton based Future Soul/Hip-Hop band, channeling grooves from the world of J Dilla and D’Angelo.

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

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

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

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Woof Woof Meow Meow Laughing Horse

'Woof Woof Meow Meow' is a stand up comedy show brought to you by pet-loving funny guys Simone Belshaw and James Sarek. As we are sure you have gathered from the title, this is a show dedicated to cats and dogs. As part of the project, Simone and James will be raising funds for local animal charities and creating awareness about animal welfare. Half of all proceeds from every show will be going to a nominated charity or shelter.

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

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

7:45pm to 8:45pm
Trouble with Men Hidden Bell

Three remarkable short plays about modern male homosexuality: a farce about stereotypes and unrequited love; a drama about a date going very wrong; a transcontinental love story about a naive Brit and a closeted Syrian. Reece Mahdi, Freddie Wintrip and William McGeough excel in three strikingly theatrical slices of contemporary gay life.

8:00pm to 9:30pm
Fado with Claudia Aurora Red Orange Arts Agency

Claudia Aurora and her band return to Brighton for an evening of soulful Fado music.
Fado lies at the heart of the Portuguese soul, deeply expressive yet highly lyrical. It could be the world oldest urban Folk music, arriving perhaps as a dance from Africa, or maybe form the sad songs of homesick sailors.
Whatever its origins, its themes are constant – destiny, betrayal in love, loss, longing and yearning that can’t be satisfied.

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

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

“Radiantly entertaining” (The Times).

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

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

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

8:00pm to 11:00pm
Moulettes MOULETTES

Special Spiegeltent show from female-fronted Prog/Art Rock ensemble in celebration of their 4th Album, 'Preternatural'. Somewhere between Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Tune Yards, Björk and The Unthanks. Great songcraft, vocal harmony and multi-instrumental virtuosity on custom made cello, guitar, auto-harp, synths and drums.

8:20pm to 9:15pm
Juliet Meyers: The Dog and Other Global Irritations Evil Bastard Corp

Juliet Meyers (Writer on 'Sarah Millican TV Programme', '8/10 Cats' and 'News Quiz') returns with her show about her clingy rescue dog, unconditional love and being a wolf. Last year Juliet proclaimed he had ruined her life (even though he's for keeps. Dammit.). Since then, there's been a whole lot of global news/poo so, in this newer in-progress version, she vents about that too.
Show contains Actual Dog in the Room.
"A sharp mind, a consummate performer. Hilarious too." **** (Three Weeks), **** "Devilish social commentary" (Scotsman), "Insightful" (GQ).
Thrice featured in Top 100 Jokes at Edinburgh Fringe.

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

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

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

8:30pm to 10:30pm
Stand Up & Slam! Chatback Comedy Club

Stand-up comedy: poetry’s idiot relation, right? Performance poetry: comedy’s boring cousin, yes? Let's find out.

After a sell-out show at last year's Brighton Fringe, this five star show is back! Six phenomenal acts go head to head for your approval as poetry and comedy collide with unexpected and hilarious results. Our resident team captains are joined by the most exciting comedy and poetry acts from around the UK. We’re mashing up the two art forms in an epic battle of spoken word. Who wins? You decide...

"Witty, fast paced, and most importantly funny" (Fringe Review).

8:30pm to 9:30pm
Motherlogues Forked Theatre

A raw and honest portrayal about motherhood. Whether it's being a Mum, or dealing with one, this collaborative project will present a series of monologues sourced and written by the women who perform them. The strong female collective will work together in the week leading up to the show openly discussing their relationships they have with their own mothers/step mothers/mother figures, as well as being mothers themselves, and will then form monologues from these to deliver. 'Motherlogues' promises to be a wonderful array of funny, heart-warming, sad, but above all, honest stories that appeal to all audience members.

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

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

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

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

Relaxed performances Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun.

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

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

8:30pm to 9:30pm
Quiz Night: The Musical East of Brighton Musical Theatre Co.

Every Wednesday night is 'Quiz Night' at Brighton Fringe this year! An intimate, original musical portrait of two friends (with benefits) as they try to avoid discussing real life, brought to you by almost legendary East of Brighton musical theatre pairing, Jenny Alborough (director) and Adrian Reilly (composer).
Join Simon and Claire down the pub as they attempt this crucial heart-to-heart during an actual pub quiz - put your quiz hats on and you too can play for the pot. No Googling allowed!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Innovation Award, Adelaide Fringe 2016.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One woman show written and performed by Sam Chittenden.

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Maisie Adam: Living On The Edge - LIVE Maisie Adam

'Living On The Edge - LIVE' is the new one-woman stand-up comedy show from Maisie Adam, "one of the UK's most exciting up-and-coming young comedians" (Ditto Theatre). The show's eclectic mix of anecdotal and observational material is both relatable and laughable. Taken from personal experiences of being a young Yorkshire lass attempting to 'adult' in the big wide world, 'Living On The Edge' explores the classic faux pas of a Brit abroad, the bizarre rituals of the playground, and the fascinating spectacle that is Theresa May's body posture.

9:00pm to 10:00pm
The Room in the Elephant Inconvenient Spoof

This provocative comedy begins with two young men struggling to come up with ideas for a show they are performing the following week. They decide that the show will be an exact re-creation of their current conversation. A third, older performer arrives and says this sounds like "some awful, self- referential bullshit" and they tell him "And you'll say that in the actual show!" Following the logic of this premise leads to conversations about art, ambition, evolution and masculinity, and shifting realisations about where and when the show is actually set, and who these men really are.

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Smut Slam Cabaret: where sex and storytelling collide Little Black Book Productions

The finest filth at Brighton Fringe, told by the people who lived it. Hosted by Cameryn Moore, this storytelling cabaret , based on the smash circuit of 'Smut Slam' open mics - boasts a rotating programme of real-life sex stories, plus sexy clowns, dirty music, burlesque babes, and Njoy sex toys, aww yeah.

There are currently nine monthly 'Smut Slam' locations around North America and four in the UK: London, Manchester, Bristol, and Brighton. All 'Smut Slams' have the same goal: creating an encouraging, fun, open space where audiences of all types and amounts of sexual experience feel welcome.

9:00pm to 9:55pm
Frank Sanazi's 'Songs From The Bunker' Pete Cunningham

Frank Sanazi brings his comedy war machine to Brighton for an attack on the South Coast, with his Iraq Pack buddy Saddami Davis Jnr.

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

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

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

As seen on BBC3's 'Live at the Electric' and BBC Radio 4's 'Sketchorama', 'The Twins Macabre' is a dark character-comedy duo like no other. Maurice and Ivy Macabre are 10-year-old psychic siblings who have a penchant for finger painting and murder. Having run away from the circus, (which mysteriously burnt down causing their parents to perish... ) the pair conjure the souls of the damned through twisted sketches and songs. Come and witness the phantasmagorical feats of the twins as they relive their circus days.

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

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

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

9:45pm to 11:15pm
Folk It The Greys Presents

Singer/songwriter Sylvie Lewis curates acoustic concerts with musicians and wordsmiths from around the globe. Acts include Kathryn Williams, Michelle Stodart (The Magic Numbers), Gareth Dickson, Chris Redmond, Sean Taylor, Sharon Lewis, Crack*A*Jack Crow, and more. Intimate, listening-room style shows often with wistful, witty banter.May 10th -Kathryn Williams - With 13 studio albums & a Mercury prize nomination, she's one of our favourite Northern songbirds&Michelle Stodart - Magic Numbers sweetheart wields her rock-solid melodies, haunting songs and powerful stage presenceMay 17th -Chris Redmond - Fresh from Tongue Fu, this risk taking, inspiring wordsmith won't leave until he's got to the truth.&Sharon Lewis - Formerly of the duo Pooka, Sharon is revered for her haunting vocals and poignant lyrics.May 24th -Gareth Dickson - "an artist of real originality... . haunting" - The Wire magazine.&Crack*A*Jack*Crow -Brendan & Anjuli are flowers in bloom - their cool, mellifluous tunes float through the air like butterflies.May 31st -Sean Taylor - "Articulate, compelling... brilliant"(Four Stars) MOJO Magazine&Sylvie Lewis "quirky and smart and such a delight to listen to." - Performing Songwriter Magazine

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

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

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

10:00pm to 11:05pm
Life ExploSIV Productions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12:00am to 12:00am
Barbara Merkriti

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

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