Today's full programme, more choices & comment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2:00pm to 3:15pm
Planetary escape: Earth's on a mission Wolfson Theatre Unlimited

It’s 2069 and Earth has fallen into a state of decay and destruction due to catastrophic climate change. Three friends embark on a dangerous journey into space to find a new home on another planet. They encounter strange beings, each with their own unique perspective on living well. Will the travellers return to earth, or join the Aliens to find a new way of life?
This fantasy adventure is performed by the Students of St Johns SEN College. It is an imaginative exploration of our personal responsibility in the face of climate change.

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Joe Bains: Curried Mustard Joe Bains

Growing up in the deepest darkest parts of India and then being thrown into the west with no language, culture, personality, looks, or even a clue.

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Morning is Red 368 Theatre Company

New scripts don't normally count as Sure Choices – but this one feels very safe indeed. Featuring two hospitalised soldiers looking back on World War One, it's the latest script from writer Nigel Fairs, best known for his 5* masterpiece Conversation With An Acid Bath Murderer. Like much of Fairs' recent work at the Fringe, it's performed in the atmospheric Old Police Cells Museum, which is both an evocative venue and a fascinating destination in its own right. Time will tell – but the ingredients are all there for a haunting and memorable hour.

Two soldiers lie wounded in hospital, sharing very different experiences of the trenches. One was shot on the first day of the War, the other on the last. As they become closer, a heart-breaking truth about them both gradually becomes apparent...

'Morning is Red' is an intimate, moving new play from the award-winning writer/director team Nigel Fairs ('In Conversation with an Acid Bath Murderer', 'My Gay Best Friend', 'The Appeal of Silence') and Louise Jameson ('Doctor Who', 'Eastenders', 'Tenko', 'Bergerac'), presented in the hugely atmospheric cells.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4:35pm to 5:35pm
Hopeless Leyla Josephine

Leyla Josephine is hopeless. She’s had enough. She's been staying in bed all day, refusing to watch the news, eating full Viennettas at 1pm. She’s been struggling through these difficult times. 'Hopeless' examines human suffering through quick-fire poetry and dark comedy. Watch as Leyla Josephine tries to find hope in the utterly hopeless.

Leyla Josephine is the former UK Spoken Word Slam Champion.

"This show has a real poignancy and it is obvious when it hits the audience, who, rightfully so, gave it a standing ovation at the end" ***** (Broadway Baby)

4:45pm to 5:40pm
Tales BAIT

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

5:00pm to 7:00pm
Circus Vegas The European Entertainment Corporation Ltd

A first for Brighton and a first for the Fringe
Never before seen in a circus big top, all the traditional elements but with added thrills, glamour and spectacle that you would expect when you think of Vegas.
The lions and tigers may be gone but they have been replaced with human daring, skill and incredible excitement.
A show of tension and an edge of your seat suspense, see the high wire performers, with no safety devices whatsoever, the amazing stunts of the sky wheel duo.
The lady who changes attire in the blink of an eye and the glamour of the Vegas dancers.
A show for everyone with that special American showbiz glitz

5:05pm to 6:15pm
Hymns for Robots Noctium

4 stars Synthesised music is so commonplace these days, it's hard to imagine how wondrous – miraculous – it must at first have seemed. What was it like to experience a new sound, found nowhere in nature, which no living creature had ever heard before? Hymns for Robots, a loose biography of famous musician Delia Derbyshire, successfully captures that sense of awe and magic… and delivers plenty of humour too, in a quirky, offbeat and stylish production. Read the full review.

No Fringe schedule would be complete without at least one show that’s ever so slightly out-there. So may I present Hymns For Robots: a loose biography of electronic composer Delia Derbyshire (most famous for her work on the Doctor Who theme). Featuring on-stage oscilloscopes, tin cans as telephones, and an actor painted to look like she's on black-and-white TV, it's a stylised show but also an informative one – which successfully captures the sense of wonder at the birth of a new artistic form. It's already picked up four stars from us here in Brighton.

In a small house loft, packed in hundreds of cereal boxes, lies the lifetime work of Delia Derbyshire - the unsung genius behind the Doctor Who theme tune and trailblazer of electronic music. Join Noctium as they explore this unique tale of the mother of modern music. Using strange sounds and weird wobbulations, Noctium brings you a sonic experience your ears won’t believe.

'Hymns for Robots' mixes Noctium’s unique heightened performance style of drama, comedy and expressionism with use of analogue and digital music to bring you an extraordinary life that was almost forgotten.

5:40pm to 6:35pm
Paul Savage: Performative Wokeness Paul Savage

Paul Savage spent last year trying to be better. In response, his girlfriend cheated on him with his flatmate. What's the point of doing good if no one notices?

The award-winning comedian (Top 10 Jokes of Edinburgh Fringe 2017: The Guardian, Daily Mirror, Shortlist, Esquire, The Week) explores it all with jokes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Classic Joke Club Ben Van der Velde

Join our handpicked curators of comedy as they share classic jokes handed down to them by their family. Chickens, doctors, elephants, Englishmen, Irishmen and Scotsmen all welcome to walk into this bar. Discover the definitive answers behind the number of people required to change a light bulb, what to do with errant mothers-in-law and why three representatives of the British Isles are always getting into such unexpected scrapes.

6:00pm to 7:15pm
About A Revolution Windmill Young Actors

Russia 1917: What does it take to make a revolution? A century after the October Revolution, could it happen here? Abi is living on the streets, her child taken from her. Can she spark a revolt to end decades of injustice, or is she just dreaming? A dynamic physical ensemble explodes onto the stage with political passion, rigorously questioning the emotions, ideas and anger that can fuel a popular revolt. Like! Angry face! Me too! Take to the streets!

Inspired by revolutionary art, historical speeches and the voices of young people today. Where is the spirit of revolution?

WINNER Fringe Review Outstanding Theatre Award, Brighton Fringe 2017

6:00pm to 7:15pm
A Terrible Beauty ElAl Productions

Alan Felton and Tim Roycroft, in song, poetry and drama, present an entertainment depicting the Irish rebellions and famines from the Vikings to 1937. The performance also covers the part that the women of Ireland played in these events.

This is an update on the entertainment that Tim and Alan performed six years ago titled 'The Wind That Shook the Barley'.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Brighton Queen of Slaughtering Places 368 Theatre Company

Over the course of the last few Fringes, playwright Nigel Fairs has all but cornered the market for local tales of true crime. His scripts are always popular, balancing chilling detail and character-based insight – and the intimate, atmospheric setting of the Town Hall's old police cells adds an extra frisson, too. This time, he's tackling three real-life local murder cases, each of them involving a body in a packing trunk; we're promised a story that's historically accurate, but also has a twist in the tale. On previous form, it should be a sure-fire winner.

On 17th June 1934, a dead woman's torso was discovered in a trunk at Brighton station. The murder was never solved... until now! Come down into the darkly atmospheric police cells below Brighton Town Hall to hear the murderer tell their story...

Written by the award-winning Nigel Fairs ('In Conversation with an Acid Bath Murderer'), this is the sequel to last year's sell-out 'Brighton Killers', described as "a darkly enthralling immersive, immensely enjoyable theatre event" (Broadway Baby) and "well-written, atmospheric and blackly comic" (The Reviews Hub).

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

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

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

“Dark-as-hell” (Fringe Guru)

***** (Albie Media)

**** (Broadway Baby)

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

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

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

Edinburgh Fringe sell-out in 2017.

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

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

6:15pm to 7:05pm
La Niña Barro Fronteiras Theatre Lab

A devised piece based on a collection of poems by Spanish writer Marta Massé, about a girl made of clay. In this intimate, meditative, and lyrical experience, the audience is invited to follow the Clay Girl's journey from her creation to achieving self-awareness, pondering about the things that shape us all as humans.

La Niña Barro combines physical theatre, poetry, and traditional Zimbabwean music played live to tap into myths of creation and primal human instincts to bring this tale to life.

Touch tours available on request, please email info@fronteirastheatrelab.com to book.

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

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

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Trishelle: Out of Order Katie O'Brien

'Out of Order' is a show about addiction, abstinence and being an “addict”. A provocative, playful and funny story about drugs and being 20 years “clean” told by Katie and her very drunk friend, Trishelle. Together they explore why we love to get high, addictions and the identity of being “clean”. Is she really clean? Isn't everyone addicted to something? Is abstinence important? #SoberDrunk

"Character comedy at its very best – brave, committed, brilliantly performed and completely hilarious." ***** (To Do List)

"Side-splittingly funny... tantamount to a work of genius. " ***** (Everything Theatre)

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Dom Mackie's Poor Life Choices Dom Mackie

Dom Mackie, with support from Harrison Salter, present stand up that will leave you in constant stitches.

Dom Mackie: Runner up of the 'Gosport Gong Show' and dominating the British comedy circuit, Dom's self-deprecating humour and stories have always left the audience wanting more afterwards.

Harrison Salter: Performed in Germany, America and the UK, Harrison is an up and rising comedian that people enthusiastically enjoy. With over 300 gigs under his belt, the only way for him is up.

6:30pm to 7:30pm
The Polished Scar Pretty Villain Productions Ltd

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

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

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

6:45pm to 7:35pm
S/he/it Happens Miranda Porter

Gender exploration, physical exasperation, breast manipulation. Stuck between the gender binary and armed with only a pair of boxers and a photo of a male model, one individual sets out on a violently hilarious attempt to fit.

A one-person gender-messing physical comedy exploring gender expression and identity through slapstick and wit. Drawing upon the performer's own experience of dysphoria and identity, the result is a subtly trans, hilarious and warmhearted performance.

This production is part of Brighton Fringe's Arts Industry Showcase, WINDOW.

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

Celebrating 20 diamante decorated years, the Lady boys ‘Wonder Women’ tour takes the UK's number one cabaret show to a new level. With some of your favourites from the last 20 glorious years re-imagined, added to new scenes of spectacular costumes, choreography and of course hilarious comedy! The glamour of Hollywood and the glitz of Las Vegas, with more songs and big-scale musical production numbers than you could point a perfumed glove at. A cabaret like no other cabaret, performed by girls like no other girls!

7:00pm to 7:55pm
Under the Skin Tik-sho-ret Theatre Company

'Under the Skin' tells one of the lesser-known stories of the Second World War. The play depicts the love affair between Nazi officer Anneliese Kohlmann and one of her female Jewish prisoners in Neuengamme Concentration Camp.  The play is based on the Belsen trial protocol of Kohlmann and on Holocaust survivors’ testimonies. It alternates between two time periods in order to tell the timeless story of a Holocaust survivor haunted by the ghosts of her past.

One of Time Out's 10 Must-See Shows at Camden Fringe.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Black White with a Hash Brown Joe Bains

A tale of three colours.

The show starts as pristine white in Bethnal Green and devolves to brown in Whitechapel, finally complete blackness in the heart of Leyton; it looks at ourselves and at society through our filters of colour.

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

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

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

7:00pm to 7:55pm
Sameena Zehra's Cult of Comedy On The Cusp

An hour of pure entertainment from musicians, clowns, and wordmongers of all flavours, local and international, showcasing the best Brighton Fringe has to offer.

"... a smorgasbord of different voices finding the funny in new places... in the assured and comedically strong hands of Zehra, 'Cult Of Comedy' is a welcome addition to the list of Fringe comedy nights, with a feel and tone all of its own" (Latest)

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Courtney Act: Under the Covers Courtney Act Inc

Courtney has been under the covers with many, but not usually in front of a live audience. It's time to get tucked in with all your favourite songs that have been covered in one way or another by all your favourite artists.

Lay back and enjoy the caress of those romantic satin sheets as she strips some songs down and flips others on their back to show you just how gender-fluid and genre-fluid a great song can be!

The sweet dreams Courtney spins will leave you pillow-fighting and pillow-biting.

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Marc Burrows: Mind your Head Marc Burrows

Journalist, musician and stand-up Marc Burrows presents a personal trek through his mental health history, including his time in a psychiatric ward, suicide attempts, depression and bipolar diagnosis.But with jokes. Lots of them. A bittersweet, life-affirming show, part storytelling, part stand-up.

****(The New Kid)

"A festival highlight... a confident and seasoned performer" *****(remotegoat)

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Brighton Queen of Slaughtering Places 368 Theatre Company

Over the course of the last few Fringes, playwright Nigel Fairs has all but cornered the market for local tales of true crime. His scripts are always popular, balancing chilling detail and character-based insight – and the intimate, atmospheric setting of the Town Hall's old police cells adds an extra frisson, too. This time, he's tackling three real-life local murder cases, each of them involving a body in a packing trunk; we're promised a story that's historically accurate, but also has a twist in the tale. On previous form, it should be a sure-fire winner.

On 17th June 1934, a dead woman's torso was discovered in a trunk at Brighton station. The murder was never solved... until now! Come down into the darkly atmospheric police cells below Brighton Town Hall to hear the murderer tell their story...

Written by the award-winning Nigel Fairs ('In Conversation with an Acid Bath Murderer'), this is the sequel to last year's sell-out 'Brighton Killers', described as "a darkly enthralling immersive, immensely enjoyable theatre event" (Broadway Baby) and "well-written, atmospheric and blackly comic" (The Reviews Hub).

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Ben Van der Velde: Sidekick Ben Van der Velde

Get ready for the comedy ride of your life as Ben spins thrillers, self-help books, romances and fairy tales out of thin air, his own mind and the audience in front of him.

Top 50 jokes of the Edinburgh Fringe (Scotsman, Huffington Post, iNews)

“Wonderfully improvised riffs showcasing his impressive spontaneity and sharp tongue.” (EdFest Magazine)

“On flights of fancy, he pushes ideas to extremes and displays a crackling, spontaneous energy in which we’re swept up.” (Fest)

"An accomplished comic.” (Time Out)

"A master of audience interaction." (The Huffington Post)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Lucy Hopkins: Le Foulard Lucy Hopkins

Touring the world and winner of awards, artistic sensation Le Foulard comes to the charming seaside town of Brighton to be performed in a tent.

Making a mockery of artistic pretension and a glorious celebration of all of our creative juices, Le Foulard is a brilliant existential comedy dressed up as artistic physical theatre.

Starring a medley of characters, overwhelmed by a love of a show-stopping song and performed using only a scarf. This, ladies and gentlemen, is an art show, made with love by an idiot.

“A woman flailing about onstage with a veil has never been so brilliant” ***** (Broadway Baby)

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Dominic Holland: The Glory Year Dom Holland

A veteran stand-up with countless TV appearances to his name Dominic Holland is a 50 year old everyman making hilarity from his life which reflects the lives of his audience, because his experiences of life and parenthood are yours. Apart from the fact that his eldest son is Tom Holland, who plays Spider-Man in the new Marvel films. This is, of course, not very normal but it's fun to hear from the, by comparison, struggling old man.

So come along and laugh at yourself in the hands of a man who knows his game.

**** Ed Fringe 2017 in The Mail, Times, Guardian, Standard, Scotsman and Herald

7:30pm to 8:45pm
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: wilful over-acting is part of the fun, and it’s a whole lot more enjoyable if you “ooh” and “aah” along.

'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 of 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 8:30pm
Joaquin & Gillian Strike Drum Productions

Keeping the tradition of Northern Folk alive for the folk of other bits of Britain, Barnsley’s most famous folk duo Joaquin & Gillian bring their never-ending tour to Brighton Fringe! Andrew Armfield and Fiona McGarvey improvise folk songs and tales of old right in front of your folk-loving eyes. Watch in disbelief and delight as they create catchy tunes on the spot based on your suggestions also known as your favourite songs from J&G's folktastic back catalogue.

"The best musical improv hour you've never heard of... absolutely, you must go" (A Pint and a Play)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:45pm to 9:00pm
Antony and Cleopatra Unmasked Theatre

3 stars According to the blurb, this off-the-wall version of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra is inspired by the Profumo Affair. I'm not sure I'd have realised that if they hadn't told me, but it's an evocative milieu all the same: amidst the seething tensions of 1960's London, Mark Antony is a political leader, and Cleopatra a dancer in a high-class nightclub. Antony's fascination with Cleo is stirring up scandal – and his political rivals sense the opportunity to take him down. Read the full review.

London 1963: a summer of parties and elections. Cabaret star Cleopatra catches the eye of the people's candidate, Marc Antony, setting in motion events that will change the nature of British politics forever. Inspired by the Profumo scandal, Unmasked Theatre present a dazzling re-imagining of Shakespeare's classic love story combining cabaret, historical events and live music.

Unmasked Theatre, The Writers Bloc (Nominated for Best New Play, Brighton Fringe 2017), and Cream return to Brighton Fringe following a sellout show in 2017.

7:45pm to 9:45pm
Circus Vegas The European Entertainment Corporation Ltd

A first for Brighton and a first for the Fringe
Never before seen in a circus big top, all the traditional elements but with added thrills, glamour and spectacle that you would expect when you think of Vegas.
The lions and tigers may be gone but they have been replaced with human daring, skill and incredible excitement.
A show of tension and an edge of your seat suspense, see the high wire performers, with no safety devices whatsoever, the amazing stunts of the sky wheel duo.
The lady who changes attire in the blink of an eye and the glamour of the Vegas dancers.
A show for everyone with that special American showbiz glitz

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Unbelievable! Unbelievable!

Valerio Sarà is an Italian eccentric who has toured his unique brand of surreal stand-up comedy across the UK. He was born in Naples, a city where even driving a car is a pleasurable chaos and an adventurous challenge! His experience of the city's variety and flavours lends a magnificent punch to his set.

8:00pm to 10:20pm
Covent Garden Double Bill Eluxifer

'Man of 1000 Farces', returns after last years Spiegeltent: Bosco sell-out performances, to present his award-winning comedy magic show. He fills the theatre, with a bombardment of Vaudeville characters, clowning illusions, mask, puppetry and sideshow.

'Circus & Other Time Wasters!' is a collection of utterly unnecessary feats that will excite and delight. Australian Corey Picket has devoted his useless life, mastering tricks and skills that are guaranteed to enthral and entertain. This show will take you from juggling and balance to cartoonesque physical comedy and big circus stunts.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
My Divorce Runneth Me Over Joe Bains

Joe, Jack and Kelv look at life in the divorced lane from arranged to deranged and ending up at the Amethyst anniversary.

8:00pm to 8:55pm
Clean Mean Eating Machine Worst Absurd

Join avocado advocates Clean Eaters Anonymous as they seek support for their dangerous obsession with keeping it clean and green.

This debut full length show from Worst Absurd blends high energy physical comedy, clowning and a whole lot of kale in a satirical exploration of our clean eating fixation. Armed with a selection of pre-prepared vegetables and a tantalising soundtrack that M&S could only dream of, expect smashed avocados, £6 matcha lattes and to seriously reconsider that last #cleaneating Instagram.

Greggs is strictly banned.

8:00pm to 8:45pm
Katie Pritchard: Tsunamiramirami Katie Pritchard

Like the most watery of weather conditions, Katie Pritchard is washing over the surf boards of comedy, crashing into the sandbanks of genre and dropping a sturdy wave onto the beach house of musicality.

"Sometimes surreal, often unusually perceptive, and always original and entertaining" **** (Female Arts Magazine)

Winner: Hilarity Bites 2016
Finalist: Musical Comedy Awards 2017

Touch tours available on request, please email katie@katiepritchard.co.uk to book.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Aaaaand Relax... It's Darren & Co It Is What It Is

Ben Elliott and James Pryor are the two buffoons that make up surreal sketch outfit, Darren & Co.

They're back at Brighton Fringe with their new one-hour show that touches on the controversial and banality of life.

Character-based sketch comedy at its best... forget yourself for an hour, 'Aaaaand relax... It's Darren & Co'.

"Pure Fringe Comedy" **** (Voice Magazine)

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Comedy Rocket ‘Best Of The Fest’ Ali Macfarlan

Comedy Rocket brings you a fantastic show with a selection of the most exciting and diverse comedy performers and some big names thrown in!

Resident host, Ali ‘Out There’ Macfarlan, will have you believing that this is the most fun you could ever have in space.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Cabaret From The Shadows Teatro Pomodoro

Winner of Nordic Fringe Network Award at Brighton Fringe 2017.

A fresh and shameless show with an eclectic mix of theatre, dark comedy and live music, featuring charmingly anarchic characters who will leave your mouth agape as they reveal the depths of your psyche.

They’ll play with your thoughts, chew them up and spit them out in the form of cabaret that pulls you through a crazy hall of mirrors into a disturbing world far more familiar than you may like to admit.

**** (Broadway Baby)
**** (North West End)
Highly Recommended Show (FringeReview)

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

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

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

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

8:30pm to 9:15pm
Nathan & Ida's Hot Dog Stand Nathan & Ida

Nathan and Ida Hardwerker leave the old country to build a better life for themselves in the New World: taking with them nothing but a will to succeed and a secret recipe for sauce. Encountering villains and vaudevillians, they go on a surreal journey through life, love, death and danger as they chase their dream of opening the greatest hot dog stand Coney Island has ever seen!

A feast of physical comedy served with generous helpings of clowning, mime, dance and a pinch of puppetry (with hints of the classic cartoons).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Blondes on Bicycles Sara Mason

'Blondes on Bicycles' is a two handed stand-up comedy show starring Charmaine Davies and Sara Mason, which includes sketch and song. This is the premiere of a new collaboration between these charismatic and entertaining women.

An endearing and amusing take on 21st century womanhood, from sexual preferences to recipes, philosophy to adolescent angst, children to pets, these two bare it all and bear with it... it's hard being a Goddess these days, isn't it?

9:00pm to 9:55pm
Frank Sanazi: Stuck in ze Bunker with You Peter Perke Productions

Frank Sanazi returns to Brighton with a chance to see his smash hit Edinburgh show 'Stuck in ze bunker with You'.

Along with his faithful partner Diva Braun, Frank shares with you his last few hours in the bunker through songs and hilarious anecdotes.

“He will leave you in stitches. The jokes are relentless” **** (EdFest Magazine)

“Genuinely funny... The best bunker experience one could have. Go along for some raucous laughs, great punchlines” (Broadway Baby)

9:00pm to 9:55pm
Will Dalrymple: Man to Man StraightUp Productions

Nothing interesting has ever happened to gay comedian Will Dalrymple. So, he's made up a fictional gay life for his debut stand-up hour instead. The result is 'Man to Man', an outrageous, explicit, and acclaimed parody gay literotica novel. Think '50 Shades of Gay'.

“Never have I seen such a stylish middle finger pointed at homophobia and general misfortune.” ***** (Broadway Baby)

“Very well written... horrifyingly funny." **** (Ed Fringe Review)

"The clear highlight is Dalrymple's reading... some of the most depraved disgusting filth I've heard in my life... hysterical." (ThreeWeeks)

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

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

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

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

9:00pm to 11:00pm
Cabaret Boheme: Cinematic Spectacular Veronica Blacklace

Warning: this show is not for the faint-hearted.

Veronica Blacklace and company return for the fourth consecutive year to present you with their new, talent-filled spectacle. Phenomenal vocals surround a visual masterpiece of gravity-defying aerial, circus splendour and burlesque sensuality, all tied together by a soundtrack of movie magic.

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

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

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

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

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

(Highly Recommended: Fringe Review)

**** (Reviews Hub)

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

9:15pm to 10:15pm
The Frow Show Mr

After a sell-out success at Brighton Fringe 2017, 'The Frow Show' returns with this superb sketch comedy show. Based upon the unique Sussex village of Forest Row, the highly experienced mix of talent in the cast reflect the quirky and dynamic feel of this eccentric English village.

Through a slick blend of well-observed sketches they breathe life into brilliant characters and musical numbers that actually use real musicians. A good ol'fashioned sketch-comedy with clever observational humour, passing comment on what the term 'alternative lifestyle' really means in this ever-changing world.

9:15pm to 10:15pm
Dick Branson's Welth Seminar Comedy Bubble

Want to learn how to be an entrepreneur? How to get funding, grow your business and exit a millionaire? Follow 'Dragon's Den'-reject Dick Branson’s coaching and you’ll fail miserably. Just like him. Guest speaker/Swiss person Fran Kissling’s teachings probably won’t help either. The show, like Dick's business empire, is a work in progress.

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

Ever wanted to tell someone how you really feel?

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

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

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

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

9:20pm to 10:20pm
Covent Garden Double Bill Eluxifer

'Man of 1000 Farces', returns after last years Spiegeltent: Bosco sell-out performances, to present his award-winning comedy magic show. He fills the theatre, with a bombardment of Vaudeville characters, clowning illusions, mask, puppetry and sideshow.

'Circus & Other Time Wasters!' is a collection of utterly unnecessary feats that will excite and delight. Australian Corey Picket has devoted his useless life, mastering tricks and skills that are guaranteed to enthral and entertain. This show will take you from juggling and balance to cartoonesque physical comedy and big circus stunts.

9:30pm to 10:20pm
Richard Todd: Toddymandias, Todd of Todds Richard Todd

A living statue watches as a vandal tags her. An artist draws the same image over and over with indomitable zeal. A small-town-convenience shopkeeper eschews convenience to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams. A comedian plans to conquer Brighton Fringe. Fools? Maybe! Dreamers? Certainly! Pension Plans? Probably not. Let's go meet them!

In a celebration of the human spirit, Chortle's "One-to-Watch 2018", Richard Todd, prods hope's perpetually moribund body with the indubitable stick of logic and asks: "Why won't it die?".

"Painfully funny" **** (The Scotsman)

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Laurie Black: Live Laurie Black

The revolution will not be televised, it will be live. In her debut solo show, Laurie Black (Bad Luck Cabaret, Rogue Romantic, Sweatshop) is armed with an arsenal of songs, original and otherwise, and a synth, to take a stand against all this bullshit. Bring your hand-grenade hearts and get ready for the ultimate ultraviolet riot.

As seen at Adelaide Fringe (AU), Newcastle Fringe (AU) and Sydney (AU).

9:40pm to 10:35pm
Let Them Eat Jake: Work in Progress Jake Howie Productions

Creating your own kingdom is what life’s all about – one where you can live by your own rules, make your own choices, and be the person you truly are. Unfortunately, creating your own kingdom seems impossible when you’re not born into a dazzling world of riches. So join Jake as he searches to create his very own Queendom with a foreign lover, a misguided view of spirituality, and a whole lot of cake. If you don’t fit into the constraints of the kingdom, then free yourself into the Queendom!

9:45pm to 10:45pm
A Berlin Kabaret! Sphinx Theatre

This is a "bold" choice because it's a revival of a show last seen four years ago – but back then, it scooped both an Argus Angel and the Latest 7 award for the year's best cabaret. Evoking the age of the Weimar Republic, it was sometimes dark and often political, incorporating anti-war satire as well as some familiar, crowd-pleasing songs. The quality of the performances was consistently strong, while reviews highlighted the striking visuals and polished choreography. I enjoyed it a lot back in 2014; let's hope the same magic works again this year.

Brighton Fringe winner of Best Cabaret and Argus Angel awards, 'A Berlin Kabaret' returns! Lady Gaga meets Brecht in this walk on the wild side of the 20th century avant-garde. A vibrant presentation of lyrical anti-war songs reflecting on the current refugee crisis, fragmentation of society, in the search for sanctuary and solidarity.

Capturing the political turmoil of the Weimar Republic, witty and rebellious, these songs still resonate powerfully. Five star performers sing songs of resistance, love and exile reminding us that “those who don’t learn from history are condemned to repeat it.”

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

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

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

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

An always remember to enjoy Shakespeare responsibly!

10:00pm to 10:45pm
How to Cope with Embarrassment Two Pale Ladies

The Two Pale Ladies, and their way too pale mate have teamed up to present How to Cope with Embarrassment, an “exquisitely awkward” cabaret of karaoke, live art and comedy, stomping through genres and styles to echo the fickle and erratic nature of embarrassment.

What is embarrassment? Why do we experience embarrassment, and how the hell are you supposed to cope with it?

The Two Pale Ladies chatted to mates, family, strangers and each other to work out how to cope with embarrassment. The answer, laugh it off.

"Exquisitely awkward... a real masterpiece of comic timing" (Euston Street Diaries)

This project is supported by a Go Think Big Brighton Fringe bursary.

10:00pm to 10:50pm
Niteskreen Niteskreen

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

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

Come see what happened next.

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Nicoletta Wylde is Afraid of the Dark Babble Ghanoush Productions

What happens to our minds when the lights go out? 'Nicoletta Wylde is Afraid of the Dark' is a semi-autobiographical storytelling spoken word show about living with night terrors.

Set in the backdrop of the therapist’s office, Wylde brings her unique brand of surreal and bloody prose-performance to a journey through the monsters in the dark and just how much it takes to vanquish them.

“Heart-piercing spoken word” (Hook Magazine)
“Dark and obscure... always mesmerising” (The Independent Voice)

10:00pm to 11:00pm
For Worse Bleecker and LaGuardia

When Sara Barron was 11 years old she wrote a 64-page play. The last 60 pages of this play are, in effect, porn.

Yes.
That's right.
A porn.

This is to say that there exists in the world a full-length porn script written by an accidental, feminist, 11-year-old auteur. One who - it bears mention - knows nothing about sex.

As it happens, Sara's not 11 anymore. She's 38. And she wants to get this play up on its filthy, little feet.

10:15pm to 11:15pm
Radu Isac: One Romanian Answering Questions Radu Co

Radu started comedy in 2006 in Bucharest and was known as Romania's comedian’s comedian. In 2015, he moved to London to be known as an open mic comedian. After about 18 months, eight competition finals and a BBC appearance, Radu was proud to call himself the poorest professional comic on the UK circuit.

This show isn't an immigrant's tale, Radu just happens to be Romanian. Come see him walk the fine line between having a unique point of view and being pigeonholed as a one note comedian.

"Certainly impressive" (Beyond The Joke)
"Plenty of edge" (Chortle)

11:00pm to 1:00am
Sophisticated Mischief: Thursday Late Brighton Spiegeltent with Sophisticated Mischief

Sophisticated Mischief DJs Nick T (TG, Merkaba My Brighton, Below Lucky Voice) and Peter von Sleaze (TG, Cabaret Boheme, Below Lucky Voice) play the best old and new music vibes, from Motown to Ghetto Funk, and jump up Jive RnB to Electro Swing.

Everything from 60s dive bar grinders to the smoothest of smooth lounge core crooners with a sprinkle of 70s crime scene Jazz, wacka wacka porno Funk, cool mod grooves and storming Soul.

Dress up and bring your air saxophones, trumpets and mambo shoes!

11:30pm to 2:00am
Fringe Club: A Silent Disco Otherplace Productions Ltd

The legendary Fringe Club returns to the Warren in 2018 with it's own version of the legendary night out, 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.

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

The "slightly soiled bearpit of a show" (G Scene) returns. Join us for the best late-night entertainment every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Bank Holiday Sundays of the Fringe. Featuring stand-up, sketch, clowns and cabaret and a range of fabulous hosts.

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