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

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

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

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

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

- Vegetarian Brighton Tour
- Great Sussex/British Food Tour

11:00am to 2:00pm
The V.I.B. (Very Independent Brighton) Food Tour Brighton Food Tours

Join the award-winning V.I.B Food Tour to get down and dirty with a selection of Brighton’s best independent food producers and street-food vendors.

Hear the stories, passions and politics behind their food and, best of all, try some tasty samples...

Ticket price includes approx. 7 stops and tasters. Specific dietary requirements can be catered for but must be requested at least 7 days in advance by email to: hello@brightonfoodtours.com.

Recommended by The Independent, Great British Food Magazine and Metro.

12:00pm to 12:50pm
Eleanor Colville: Google Me A Bang Tidy Production

Our internet searches reveal more about us than we like to admit. We search our fears, our crushes and our flu symptoms (self diagnosis: plague), but can you decipher a character just from what they Google?

Join Eleanor Colville as she browses through browsers and searches histories for an hour of characters, sketches and some real dark-web material.

As seen and heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra and BBC Three. “Undoubtedly a comic to keep an eye on. Catch her while you have the chance” (Broadway Baby).

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

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

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

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

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

1:00pm to 2:00pm
The Promised Land Rhiannon Brace

Rhiannon is 13, fears being possessed by the devil and has a recurring dream about the end of the world. She is not like her classmates; she doesn't go to parties, there's no pop music or make-up or Christmas trees in her world. She can recite the Bible, the Ten Commandments and the twelve sons of Jacob. Despite her fears, she is beginning to find her voice and her own identity and secretly loves peering at the twinkly Christmas lights in wintery windows.

1:30pm to 2:30pm
The Scrapyard Sessions Otherplace Productions Ltd

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

1:40pm to 2:40pm
Have You Heard About Guy? One-Eared Dog Productions

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

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

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

1:45pm to 2:45pm
The Depression Cure Show Joymaker Productions

Warning: Anti-depressant. Dosage: To be taken once in 24 hours. Lost your dreams, your mind or your will to live? Drawing on life experience, Jonathan Winfield prescribes the serious answers and joyful silliness that makes life worthwhile, in a show to help you tickle the belly of apathy, tweak the nose of despair, and laugh at life’s difficulties.

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

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

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

2:00pm to 3:10pm
My Greatest Period Ever Lucy Peach

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

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

2:00pm to 3:30pm
Geoffrey Mead's Clifton and Montpelier Tour Geoffrey Mead

Brighton’s the only Fringe we know with a “Tours” section in its programme, and it's fun to take the chance to explore the city’s promenades and alleyways. For a gimmick-free walkabout and a focus on unembellished history, look no further than Geoffrey Mead – whose encyclopaedic knowledge of Brighton’s past is matched by an eye for approachable human stories. He has two tours in this year’s programme; this one investigates the peaceful Victorian terraces spreading north-west from the Rialto.

Close to the city centre lies the Victorian suburb of Clifton Hill and Montpelier; a quiet, architecturally-interesting community with its own geological, geographical and social history background. This tour looks at building materials and styles, occupations past and present, viewed on a stroll through this fascinating locale.

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

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

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Love Lab Animate

In a society of screen dwellers, can we connect to more than just the wifi? Love Lab, a new dating show claims to have the answer... but how will they fair under the microscope of an international audience?

Black Mirror meets Love Island in this dark, funny new play.

"Compelling, insightful, relevant"(A Younger Theatre)

"Love Lab is a very enjoyable play that will make you reflect about the real meaning of love and, somehow, life." **** (London Theatre Reviews)

"A well rounded, thought provoking production. One of the most exciting plays on at the Camden Fringe." ****(London Pub Theatre)

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

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

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

- Vegetarian Brighton Tour
- Great Sussex/British Food Tour

3:10pm to 4:10pm
Trip Guttersnipe Theatre

Lucy’s met people who know what the world needs. Well, she’s emailed them. Far from home and fresh out of Carmex, she scrambles through smog.

Something clicks.

A one-woman, coming-of-rage satire, ricocheting between polluted canals, digital marketing agencies and the frontiers of a violent foreign war-zone.

'Trip' was long-listed for the Theatre503 Playwriting Award and was the winner of the Stockwell Playhouse One Act Play Festival 2018. “A truly thrilling piece of theatre” (The Stage)

Praise for Guttersnipe Theatre’s 'Moonface':
***** (Broadway Baby)
**** (The List)

3:15pm to 4:00pm
Lisa Klevemark Waits for the Green Man (Before Crossing the Street) Lisa Klevemark

Lisa is always on time. She doesn't spend money unnecessarily. She follows the rules. She is very boring. This is unfortunate, as she is a comedian. Instead of fireworks, expect hi-vis jackets. Instead of innuendos, expect unbiased information about state-funded porn. Instead of clever gags about dating apps, expect to learn about Martin Luther. And expect to ask yourself; "why did I laugh at that?"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4:00pm to 4:20pm
A Box in the Desert Huldufugl

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

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Lorn and Order Lorna Shaw

Critically-acclaimed comedian Lorna Shaw (Plebs, Newsjack) lays down the law in this brand new hour of stand-up and storytelling. While the world is in the grip of true crime stories Lorna is on hold to the council. Caught in the midst of her own hilarious true crime epic she is forced to fight for justice with every fibre of her only suit jacket. A show about battling bureaucracy, breaking laws and hiding from the TV licence man.

"Expect off-beat brilliance” **** (The Times).
"Some of the sharpest, most imaginative new writing” (Guardian).
“Best Jokes of the Fringe 2017” (Evening Standard).

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

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

4:20pm to 4:40pm
A Box in the Desert Huldufugl

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

4:30pm to 5:25pm
How Disabled Are You? The Queer Historian

Tommy asks three disabled people, who claim benefits, with no performance background to take the stage and read a script for the first time in front of you, the live audience. What happens when disabled people are stripped of their voice and confronted with opinions filled with pent up aggression, violence and The Daily Mail? This is a show that explores real attitudes towards those who claim benefits, who drink out of Sports Direct mugs and have disabilities that aren’t always visible to the eye. “It’s important that voices and stories such as Tommy’s are heard in theatre” (A Younger Theatre)

4:30pm to 5:30pm
Max Norman: How to be a Pirate Asparagus Productions

Step aboard a ship for an adventure of ludicrous comedy and nonsense storytelling with an explosive salt spoon of a pirate who's lost on a quest and needs your help, only he doesn’t know what for. Along the journey he'll give you a taste of what it really takes to swash and buckle (even though he's terrified of the water, overly sensitive and takes everything literally.) Dive into another world of playfulness, nostalgia and all things nautical as this sea-dodging idiot tries to overcome his greatest adversary: himself!

4:30pm to 5:30pm
Ensonglopedia of British History John Hinton

3 stars The Ensonglopedia of British History is the latest in a series of encylopedia-themed musical shows, from singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist John Hinton. Like its predecessors, it’s built around a quickfire A-Z format - with each letter the jumping-off point for a cleverly-worded, fact-filled song. The improbable target this time is to cover the past 40,000 years of British history (though the first 37,500 are despatched by the end of the letter A), so we’re clearly in for a rapid romp through both familiar and unfamiliar stories from our islands’ past. Read the full review.

For the past few years, John Hinton's informative "Ensonglopedias" have been a fixture of the Brighton Fringe. In each instalment, the multi-talented and slightly-deranged Hinton takes a gallop through an A-Z of a particular topic; there are songs, costumes, audience interactions, and of course the suspense of wondering what on Earth he'll choose when he comes to the letter "X". Previous outings have had a loose scientific theme, but this time he turns to history; expect a few quirky insights, and plenty of family-friendly fun.

The entire history of Britain in 26 comic songs – from Albion to austerity, from Boudica to Brexit, from coast to coast. John Hinton's multi-award-winning musical comedy shows have delighted audiences internationally. With our country’s tapestry unravelling, John weaves his way through its patchwork past and lets his inner Singer do its worst.
Praise for previous Ensonglopedias:
“Infectiously fun, genuinely clever, & impossible to dislike... Brilliant" *****(Brighton & Hove News)
"Gloriously intricate lyrics...Hinton's hit the right note again" ****(Fringe Guru)
“Outstanding” (Fringe Review)

4:40pm to 5:00pm
A Box in the Desert Huldufugl

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

4:40pm to 5:30pm
Kate & Ilyssa Present: The Best Ritual KATE & ILYSSA

A raucous, two-woman comedy of idiots! Following sold-out shows in New York, this Gaulier-trained clown duo will guide you through their version of a sacred ritual for spiritual enlightenment.

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

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

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

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

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

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Silent Disco with Boogie Shoes Seaside Special Boogie Shoes Silent Disco Tours

Sold out at Edinburgh Fringe 2018, Boogie Shoes Silent Disco presents our 'Cheeky Seaside Special' tour of Brighton. We'll have plenty of singing and dancing along the way. Each participant wears headphones tuned to the same station pumping uplifting classics, oldies and today's hits. Live commentary and music all led by your hosts the Boogie Shoes Crew. All salty dogs and bathing beauties welcome. Travel light, bring a drink and wear suitable footwear for walking. Babies in slings, no buggies. Headphones provided, spare tickets at the venue.

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

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

5:00pm to 6:30pm
Geoffrey Mead's London Road Tour Geoffrey Mead

London Road is an area rapidly regenerating after years of inner city decline. New businesses have moved in, with improvements to the Open Market and The Level, new housing at the Co-op, New England and on Ditchling Road, and a general feeling of urban regrowth. The physical geography, historic nature of the buildings and layout of the former farmland bubbles through into the 21st century scene. This tour takes in history and landscape, past industry and present day housing.

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

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

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

5:00pm to 5:45pm
Neil O'Rourke: Thump (Work in Progress) Neil O'Rourke

A work in progress show from Neil O'Rourke, Finalist of Irish Comedian of the Year, New Comedian of the Year, and So You Think You're Funny.
"What he lacks in swagger – and possibly friends – he more than makes up in delightful punchlines and entertaining yarns" (Steve Bennett, Chortle).
"Genuine, uncontrived quirkiness ... an eye for the absurd" (Julia Chamberlain, Chortle).

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

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

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

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

5:00pm to 5:20pm
A Box in the Desert Huldufugl

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

5:00pm to 5:30pm
Imago Mosaikteatern

'Imago' is a tragicomic physical theatre piece with a simplicity that focuses on the actors specific skills and personalities. A white rectangle marked on the floor and four chairs. Five performers bring the audience through images of co-existence and exclusion, loneliness and compassion. The recognition of elementary human conditions make us seem more the same than different.

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

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

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

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

5:20pm to 5:40pm
A Box in the Desert Huldufugl

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

5:30pm to 6:30pm
Andrew Steiner: Life is Weird The Caxton Arms

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

5:30pm to 6:30pm
Richard Soames: Let's Make a Movie Richard Soames

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2018 Join film buff and childhood auteur Richard Soames, as a he makes a movie in just one hour from inside what looks suspiciously like a shipping container. It may not be a Hollywood studio, but the result is a thoroughly imaginative show which keeps the pace high from start to finish. Read the full review.

This imaginative, playful show - which earned 4* from us on its Edinburgh run - literally does see the enthusiastic Richard Soames arm himself with a camcorder, and produce a short movie in the space of an hour. Inspired by youthful adventures with his brother, it's both a nostalgic appreciation of home movies and a geeky exploration of the finer points of film production. The result is a fast-paced interactive show which, our Edinburgh review said, has the whole audience laughing along.

One man. One hour. One second-hand camcorder.

Co-writer of Edfringe Best Newcomer Award nominated show 'The Story Beast', “charming storyteller” (Chortle) Richard Soames returns to Brighton with his critically acclaimed Edinburgh show and makes an entire movie in sixty minutes.

“A thoroughly imaginative show with an endearing heart to it, this show will have you laughing” (Fringe Guru)
“You will laugh, you will cry. Just like in a good film!” (DarkChat)
“An endlessly enjoyable hour" (The List)
“An original show that kept us laughing throughout and a little astounded at the end” (Voice)

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

Cleo is a strange girl.

Happy at home, happy at school.

So what's her beef?

And why the graffiti?

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

5:40pm to 6:00pm
A Box in the Desert Huldufugl

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

6:00pm to 7:30pm
Immersive European Sauna Bathing Experience Beach Box Sauna Spa

Let us take you on a sauna journey...
Pack your swim gear; we're off to experience the spa rituals of Europe, all from the comfort of your sauna bench on Brighton Beach.
This will fire-up your senses; it’s going to be hot, aromatic and steamy.
We’ll return you home on cloud nine.

Beach Box Brighton is a popular, year-round, wood-fired, public beach sauna spa.
Our Sauna #1 is in a converted horse trailer. This Fringe we'll have a 2nd larger show sauna to immerse you in guided sauna experiences from across Europe.

Bring 2 towels and beach shoes

For the full itinerary head to our website.

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

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

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

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

6:00pm to 7:00pm
FAUX Loose-Locked

The proprietor of a vintage clothing shop finds her beliefs challenged when the items she is selling begin to come to life. Through puppetry, song and stories of the fur trade, the show aims to prompt more questions than provide answers, with honesty and humour.
This is in response to the increasing number of cases of real fur being sold as fake on British high-streets, as well as a rise in popularity of all fur, fake and real. With a small cast as a host of colourful characters, FAUX is a show that explores a multi-faceted issue in a way that is comical, tragic, accessible and entertaining.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Jools Constant: Sexy Modern Fables Purple Door Management

Jools takes you on a journey through the crazier moments of a life lived without a second thought. Part stand-up comedy, part storytelling, the show includes highlights such as 'Bi-Polar Gigolo' and 'Man with a Gun.'

With over 2,500 performances as a comedian under his belt, you are in safe hands with this extraordinary raconteur. Diagnosed with bi-polar disorder 20 years ago suddenly everything made sense to him and explained many of his less well thought out adventures in life. Embracing his condition, he has used it to full effect as an entertainer and storyteller internationally.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Something for everyone!

6:00pm to 6:50pm
Guru Dudu's Silent Disco Walking Tours Guru Dudu Productions

Guru Dudu returns to his beloved Brighton this year with a few special guest tour guides and special events – see gurududu.org for details.
Enjoy his hilarious dance-walking tours of spontaneous flash mob dancing through the streets, interpretative dancing around Brighton landmarks and lots of crazy interaction with onlookers. Everyone wears headphones (supplied) and can hear the fun commentary from Guru Dudu and the dance mix of uplifting favourites from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s. Wear comfortable footwear and preferably come empty handed (no bags, etc). Tickets also at door if not sold out.

Check out some special themed tours this year:

Queen - Fri 6pm, May 3, 17, 31.
Abba - Fri 6pm, May 10, 24
90's - Sat 6pm, May 4, 11, 18, 25, Jun 1
60's - Mon 3pm, May 6 & 27
70's - Mon 4.30pm, May 6 & 27
80's - Mon 6pm, May 6 & 27
Sundays 3pm - with special guest tour guides

All other tours run as classic format: 70's, 80's, 90's, 00's mix

6:10pm to 7:10pm
James McNicholas: The Boxer BEASTS

James’ grandad was World Middleweight Champion. By contrast, James’ school PE teacher once told him he was so unfit he’d be dead by the time he was 23. This is a story about a boxer, told by a man who has never boxed.

Solo debut from one third of critically-acclaimed sketch act BEASTS. One of the stars of BBC's Horrible Histories with a dramatic retelling of his own family legend.

Directed by Tom Parry.

“Pure, unabashed silliness” **** (Metro)

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

It's a comedy Bonanza!

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

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

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

The perfect start to your Fringe night!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner of the Pebble Trust Brighton Fringe Award.

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Silent Disco with Boogie Shoes Seaside Special Boogie Shoes Silent Disco Tours

Sold out at Edinburgh Fringe 2018, Boogie Shoes Silent Disco presents our 'Cheeky Seaside Special' tour of Brighton. We'll have plenty of singing and dancing along the way. Each participant wears headphones tuned to the same station pumping uplifting classics, oldies and today's hits. Live commentary and music all led by your hosts the Boogie Shoes Crew. All salty dogs and bathing beauties welcome. Travel light, bring a drink and wear suitable footwear for walking. Babies in slings, no buggies. Headphones provided, spare tickets at the venue.

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Stephen Buchanan: Sheltered Stephen Buchanan

Winner of the prestigious BBC New Comedy Award 2018 and Scottish Comedian of the Year 2018. Buchanan is one of the most promising young comedians to emerge from Scotland in recent years. Expect an hour of sharp, offbeat observational comedy as he explores his experiences of living at home with a refugee. As heard on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio Scotland.

"Skilful, personal and pitch perfect stand-up" ***** (The Wee Review).

"His material was tight and assuredly delivered" (The Scotsman).

"His career's going places" (Chortle).

"Truly hilarious... a 5-star performance" (BuzzFeed).

6:30pm to 7:30pm
The Secret Comedy Club: Fringe Comedy Hub Artista

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6:45pm to 7:30pm
Stylophone Wonderland Plus Stylophobia

Finalist of London's Old Comedian of the Year 2018 and successful 'Britain's Got Talent' nominee, Stylophone Maestro Stylophobia puts on a post-apocalyptic rock and pop festival for the survivors of the aforesaid Apocalypse featuring the only instruments left: three Stylophones and a guitar, plus some strange pictures, animals and objects found in the rubble. Moderately Mad Max capers.

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

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

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

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

7:00pm to 8:00pm
FREAK Ratchet Theatre Company Ltd

'FREAK' tells the often painfully frank stories of Leah and Georgie, as they come to terms with their sex lives. Georgie is 30 and in a downwards spiral, having just quit her job, broken up with her long-term boyfriend and taken a job at a strip club. Leah is 15 and is nervously anticipating her “first time”, and spends her time practicing different sexual positions on the double bed which the two share.

As these two deeply personal and, at times, very bittersweet monologues finally interlock, the play finds a natural finale, though it’s not one that either would have anticipated...

7:00pm to 7:45pm
Nathan & Ida's Hot Dog Stand Nathan & Ida

Nathan and Ida Hardwerker have left the old country to build a better life for themselves in the New World. With nothing but a will to succeed and a secret recipe for sauce, they discover love, dice with danger and tangle with villains to create the hottest hot dog in town. Will Coney Island learn to love their bun-pups? Will their nemesis, Feltman, get his hands on the secret recipe? Will love conquer all? Find out in this award-winning carnival of side-splitting comedy and tear-jerking romance.
***** (Views from the Gods),
Best Comedy,Buxton Fringe 2018,
Best Performance, Swindon Fringe 2018.

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Alasdair Beckett-King: The Interdimensional ABK HD Management

Leicester Mercury Comedian of The Year 2017, Alasdair Beckett-King returns to this timeline with a dimension-hopping stand-up comedy show. "A singular and truly distinct act, Alasdair Beckett-King creates his own multi-faceted world" (The Scotsman).

Winner Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2017 & NATYs New Act of The Year 2014.
Amused Moose Finalist: Comedy Awards 2017.

***** (EdFestMag).
**** (The Scotsman).
**** (Fest).
**** (One4Review).
****(Voice).
**** (ThreeWeeks).

7:00pm to 8:20pm
Only in Brighton! Only in Brighton

What connects Abba and the Portuguese Revolution? Mount Everest and a supermarket in Hove? A stained wall and the genesis of a worldwide retail brand? What's the story behind a same-sex wedding in 1923? Britain's 'most useless' monarch? And why is my charming Regency property damp and crumbling?

Discover the real spirit of Brighton in a lively, funny and informative quest to uncover what makes this city unique - and a little bit weird.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
The Pigeon that Swam the Channel Yvo Luna

August 14th 2018, Columbus Webb was the first pigeon to swim the Channel at the age of only two and a half weeks. A woman swimming around the Brighton Palace Pier swam over to investigate what she thought was a plastic bag floating in the water.

The author and performer of ‘Luna’s History of Madness’ presents more true stories in her new, quirky and heart-warming one-woman show about animals, autism, friendship, and trying (or not) to fit in. Some optional audience participation. From her beach studio, with film, poems and site-specific art.

Warning: this show may contain birds.

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

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

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

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

7:00pm to 8:15pm
Ernie's Incredible Illucinations by Alan Ayckbourn St John's College

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:00pm to 9:00pm
Ladies and a Gentleman Ladies and a Gentleman

Dömur og herra, Ladies and a Gentleman, is a burlesque group with its base in Kramhúsið Dance Studio in Reykjavik where they studied Burlesque with the mother of the Icelandic Cabaret scene, Margrét Erla Maack, and guest professors such as Jezebel Express, Maine Attraction, Chris Harder, Gal Friday and Peekabo Pointe to name but a few.

The group consists of performers of different ages and backgrounds who share a passion for entertaining and exploring various topics whilst challenging stereotypical ideas about beauty and sensuality. Audiences express feelings of great happiness and warmth.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Krent Tablowski: I Can Make You Make Yourself Better at Public Speaking in Front of People Krentertainment Entertainment Inc.

Influencer. Sociologist. Inventor. Life coach. Twitter. Nike athlete. Facebook. CEO. PROUD American. Most importantly? I'm the guy who's gonna change it all for you. Everything. All of it. My name is Krent Tablowski. The Tabby Cat. And you best believe kitty's got claws. You're welcome. #GetKrent #ICMYMYBAPSIFOP

As seen on TED Talks.

7:30pm to 8:00pm
Square Peg 2headedpigeon Theatre Co.

Award-winning punk theatre company present a dystopian underdog adventure, performed in a secret bunker beneath an ordinary Brighton home. Expect surprise moments of clowning and technicolour visuals in this immersive solo show about being a misfit at the end of the world.

“More than you dare hope to find at the Fringe” (ThreeWeeks)

“As a comment on soulless consumerism, it’s hard to imagine a more powerful artistic statement” (The Sunday Business Post)

“Relentlessly inventive and recklessly funny, a show which genuinely has something to say” (WhatsOnStage)

Access:

This site-specific performance takes place in a genuine underground bunker and therefore may be inaccessible to those with mobility difficulties. In particular, the venue is accessed by a steep staircase. Some areas of the venue feature reduced head height, uneven floors and narrow doorways.

However, Nether Regions are committed to making the shows as accessible as possible within the constraints of this unique performance space. If you would like to discuss access requirements with the team, please contact them via their website: www.2headedpigeontheatre.moonfruit.com/say-hello-to-us/

7:30pm to 9:10pm
Benedict Cruft, Violin: a Series of Four Concerts at St. Michael's Music@St. Michael's

London based violinist Benedict Cruft once again surveys all of Bach's solo violin music and over two evenings. George Robertson, viola and Anthony Pleeth, cello join Benedict for a further two evenings of exciting chamber music with music by Bach, Schubert and Beethoven. The Bach will be an arrangement for string trio of his 6 organ sonatas and they work extremely well on strings. The Schubert will be his string trio in B flat and the Beethoven his Serenade Op.8 and trio Op.9 both in D major. Do join us for some exceptional music making.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Bright Raven HOAX

4 stars You can’t put Bright Raven in a pigeonhole. On the one hand, it’s an evident pastiche - a parody of self-absorbed performance art, and its practitioners’ conviction that their inscrutable work will somehow change humanity. But on the other hand, it’s a genuinely thoughtful metaphor for our species' potential fate, and it takes you on a rewarding personal journey too. Let me try to explain. Read the full review.

Bright Raven. She’s here to stir things up.
She’s starting a cult-clown-creature revolution. A shake up for these turbulent times. A storm in
teacup. A collective washing of the brain. And she wants YOU to join.
Accompanied by a live electronic soundscape, performed by HOAX’s Flavia Bertram made with
Stephen Sobal (ALL IN) and supported by Anna-Helena McLean (MOON FOOL), Bright Raven is a comedic induction into a NEW WORLD ORDER.
(**Terms and conditions may apply.)

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

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

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

7:30pm to 9:00pm
Immersive European Sauna Bathing Experience Beach Box Sauna Spa

Let us take you on a sauna journey...
Pack your swim gear; we're off to experience the spa rituals of Europe, all from the comfort of your sauna bench on Brighton Beach.
This will fire-up your senses; it’s going to be hot, aromatic and steamy.
We’ll return you home on cloud nine.

Beach Box Brighton is a popular, year-round, wood-fired, public beach sauna spa.
Our Sauna #1 is in a converted horse trailer. This Fringe we'll have a 2nd larger show sauna to immerse you in guided sauna experiences from across Europe.

Bring 2 towels and beach shoes

For the full itinerary head to our website.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Alternative Comedy Cabaret Difflex

Fancy an alternative variety show? Then they don't get much better than this! Four award-winning break through acts playing in an intimate venue and all for free!

7:30pm to 9:30pm
A Steady Rain Far-Kit Promotions.com

"What Is True Friendship???"

This gritty, witty piece explores complex relationships formed on the tough streets of Chicago. With biting dialogue and a rainbow of emotions, we journey with the two friends and a host of other characters on a fateful journey of love and life.

'A Steady Rain' by Keith Huff
Arts Council multiple-award-winning production

7:30pm to 8:30pm
A Night at the Musicals The Glory with Beach Without Sand

A tortured love letter to the glorious genre of musical theatre. High glamah, intense assholism, divine costumes and raggedy choreography are guaranteed in a night you’ll never forget. "Expect Les Mis in three minutes, take-offs of Hair and Wicked and mucho, mucho fun!" (Time Out).

Le Gateau Chocolat and Jonny Woo will drag you through the back catalogue of fabulous musicals for a raucous night of ballsy ballads, delightful duets and slaughtered show tunes. From Gypsy to Grease, Annie to The Lion King – no show is safe.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:30pm to 8:20pm
Guru Dudu's Silent Disco Walking Tours Guru Dudu Productions

Guru Dudu returns to his beloved Brighton this year with a few special guest tour guides and special events – see gurududu.org for details.
Enjoy his hilarious dance-walking tours of spontaneous flash mob dancing through the streets, interpretative dancing around Brighton landmarks and lots of crazy interaction with onlookers. Everyone wears headphones (supplied) and can hear the fun commentary from Guru Dudu and the dance mix of uplifting favourites from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s. Wear comfortable footwear and preferably come empty handed (no bags, etc). Tickets also at door if not sold out.

Check out some special themed tours this year:

Queen - Fri 6pm, May 3, 17, 31.
Abba - Fri 6pm, May 10, 24
90's - Sat 6pm, May 4, 11, 18, 25, Jun 1
60's - Mon 3pm, May 6 & 27
70's - Mon 4.30pm, May 6 & 27
80's - Mon 6pm, May 6 & 27
Sundays 3pm - with special guest tour guides

All other tours run as classic format: 70's, 80's, 90's, 00's mix

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:45pm to 9:45pm
Hysteria by Terry Johnson New Venture Theatre

Sigmund Freud meets Salvador Dali, and the result is comedy chaos. The serious world of real life and death, the world of art, science and the human mind is swept up in the crazy world of theatrical farce. Terry Johnson’s brilliant creation achieves a rare balancing act. Alarming subjects and events are filtered through high-jinks comedy entertainment. It’s a play that’s always sparkling and witty, often descending into low farce, but somehow it is also thought-provoking and deeply touching. A modern classic and a great experience. It makes you laugh, think and feel, often at the same time.

7:45pm to 8:45pm
Split.5 James Bloor

Hello! / This is a one-person show \ In it are pairs of characters speaking to each other / You have to piece together their interactions because I can only do one at a time \ Thanks! / Profit from ticket sales going to the incredible CLIC Sargent \ Thank you!

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

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

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

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

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

8:00pm to 10:30pm
Krater Comedy Club Komedia Ltd

Award-winning comedy with top international and UK comedians. Brighton’s best night out.

“A night full of fun and side-splitting laughter. I didn’t want it to end” (The Latest).
“THE place in Brighton to catch stand-up comedy” (The Independent).

8:00pm to 8:50pm
Maddie Campion: Truly Maddie Deeply Maddie Campion

What connects an unusual psychic reading, life in Mississippi and skateboarders? The spooky, sexy debut hour from Maddie Campion!
"Very inventive and dry writer" **** (Funny Women), shortlisted for the BBC New Comedy Award, as heard on Radio 4 Extra.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Bear North Brainfruit

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2018 A show with a dancing bear might sound barbaric… but relax, this particular bear wants to dance. There it stands at the side of the stage, the broadest of smiles on its big brown head, elegantly shimmying its big brown paws in time to Cajun folk songs. The songs are provided by a trio of musicians, who come from Brighton but tell us they're somehow in Canada, and a travelling poet has also tagged along. Oh – and did I mention that the bear is wearing a cheerful summery dress? Read the full review.

It's hard to explain what makes Bear North so charming. It's a fantastical, whimsical musical journey, featuring a smiling bear in a summery dress - which sways and shimmies throughout the show, just because it likes to dance. The Cajun-inspired soundtrack's provided by a trio of local musicians, and a poet comes along for the ride as well; there are loose themes of outdoor life and the healing power of nature. But really it's about the joy of a free spirit, and of singing, dancing and telling stories for no reason at all.

‘Twin Peaks’ meets ‘The Singing Ringing Tree’. Wonderfully absurd, with a dancing buffalo, wolf and grizzly bear. Conceived in a dream by multi-award-winning performer, Roy Hutchins, this utopian vision is whimsical, comic and moving. Journey through a landscape filled with log cabins, forests, mountains and magical waterfalls, drawn through clever riffs and augmented fiddle playing, harmonies and dance.

"Songs of lakes, firesides, and bears. An impossible odyssey." Highly Recommended. (Fringe Review).
“The tables were turned and it was me who danced to Bear North’s tune” **** (Fringe Guru).

8:00pm to 8:55pm
Kevin Quantum: Anti-Gravity Quantum Productions

I saw scientist-magician Kevin Quantum at the Edinburgh Fringe a couple of years ago, and was instantly won over by his abundant charisma and engaging charm. His act back then was visually striking - mixing conjuring illusions with real-world science, and building to a stunning finale. This is a different show, but it's built from the same formula: this time bending the rules of gravity, we're promised floating tables, flying people and a host of special effects. Reviews from Edinburgh and Adelaide confirm it's another winner.

Following award-winning, sell-out performances in Edinburgh and Adelaide, the magician-scientist hybrid returns. Enter a space where the rules of gravity are bent and broken. Impossible illusions and levitations brought to you by the magician tutored by Penn & Teller. Having spent half of his adult life studying physics and half studying magic, Magic Circle member Kevin explores the exotic space where science and magic meet. Magic is real. And he’ll prove it to you.

"Part science, part comedy, part magic, all genius" ***** (Cream Magazine)
Winner: Best Magic Award (Adelaide Fringe 2018)

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Steve Vertigo: Murmuration; Word on the Tweet Steve Vertigo

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

8:00pm to 8:30pm
Unnatural RO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8:00pm to 8:45pm
The Luncheon The[a] Company

A two-hander encompassing a series of devised, scripted and improvised sketches that take place over a lunch. This bizarre and quixotic piece is an ever-changing play that continues to grow.

A conversation during a meal’s whole ceremony. Just one meal. And in that meal all their previous conversations. Like a cinematic track-shot, a sequence of events is shown but not necessarily adopting a linear order or using the space unidirectional. ‘The Luncheon’ aims to explore the scent of the simple and the ordinary to show it in a unique dynamic abstract way.

Every audience gets a new experience.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Silent Disco with Boogie Shoes Seaside Special Boogie Shoes Silent Disco Tours

Sold out at Edinburgh Fringe 2018, Boogie Shoes Silent Disco presents our 'Cheeky Seaside Special' tour of Brighton. We'll have plenty of singing and dancing along the way. Each participant wears headphones tuned to the same station pumping uplifting classics, oldies and today's hits. Live commentary and music all led by your hosts the Boogie Shoes Crew. All salty dogs and bathing beauties welcome. Travel light, bring a drink and wear suitable footwear for walking. Babies in slings, no buggies. Headphones provided, spare tickets at the venue.

8:00pm to 8:45pm
Chain Twobit Productions

3 stars Chain is an activist play, but not in the usual sense: rather than agitating for a particular point of view, it’s the story of the activists themselves. Peter Gardiner’s script follows a group of young men and women who see an urgent need for change in the world - and who, despairing at conventional politics, commit themselves to covert action which disrupts the powerful forces they oppose. They score some successes, but not everything goes to plan, and soon they face both the threat of discovery and the pressure of conflict from within. Read the full review.

From the team that brought you 2018's award winning 'Bully Beef' comes 'Chain', a contemporary play with audio drama interludes.

A group of anti-war activists commit themselves to radical new tactics. When they lead to consequences none of them could have foreseen, it pushes their beliefs to the edge and threatens to tear the group apart.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
The Secret Comedy Club: Fringe Comedy Hub Artista

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

8:00pm to 10:15pm
Round Midnight: The Magic & Music of Thelonious Monk Brighton Jazz Mafia

A stellar jazz sextet performs a musical tribute to the jazz composer and pianist, Thelonious Monk. In this celebration of his unique style and musical voice, pianist Joss Peach takes the role of Monk with vocals from Sara Oschlag. Mark Bassey (trombone) and Alex Bondonno (sax) lead the audience through the musical story of Monk’s life, from band sidekick to the front page of Time Magazine.

This all-star band re-ignites the magic of one of the greatest jazz composers, keeping alive the wonderful music of Monk. Hardened jazz fan or not, this evening will entertain and delight.

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

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

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

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

8:15pm to 9:20pm
Adam Hess Adam Hess

As seen on lots of the sorts of shows that everyone's heard of but never watched (Stand up Central, Live at the Comedy Store, Tonight at the Palladium etc.) Adam Hess is back with an even better show, he hopes. He hasn't written it yet but he knows he has to become a bit more mainstream to get those big TV dollars so expect a far more reasoned chap this year.
"I've seen few shows that are funnier" (Times).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8:30pm to 9:40pm
Mr Brightside Nick Gilbert

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

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

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

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

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

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

"A cracking comedy selection" ***** (Cream of the Fringe).
"A fantastic night of comedy" **** (ThreeWeeks).
"Kept the crowd well entertained" **** (Rip It Up).
"A Strong show of fresh comedy" **** (The Argus).

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

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

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

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Win. Lose. Delete. Chris Stringman

Brand new comedian Chris Stringman ran away from England to escape his gambling addiction. But a month later they were reunited. Author of ‘Win. Lose. Repeat’, unsurprisingly based on his life and the perils of gambling, Chris explores what it’s like to have a gambling habit. Yeah, that sounds fun!

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

Bron is going on first dates. Live onstage!

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

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

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

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

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

9:00pm to 9:55pm
PÖJJ Presents: PÖJJ PÖJJ

Sketch comedy hat-trick 'PÖJJ' return to Brighton Fringe. They bring with them a hilarious new hour full of sketches, words and seemingly impossible acrobatics*. "Wonderfully funny... if you see any comedy act this year, see this one" **** (British Theatre Guide).

*Acrobatics have been deemed too impossible to appear.

9:00pm to 10:45pm
The Lady Boys of Bangkok: The Greatest Showgirls Tour Exchange Events Ltd

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

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Nathan Roberts: Saboteur The Black Dove

'Saboteur' is an anecdotal, multimedia stand-up show from movie obsessive Nathan Roberts. With his much-anticipated debut hour, the BBC New Comedy Award-nominated comedian tells the shocking story of his disastrous attempts to live his life like the main character in a rom-com after meeting ‘The One.’ 'Saboteur' is an innovative and inventive show that explores how much movies influence how we see ourselves and make sense of our nonsensical lives.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9:30pm to 10:30pm
The Lol Word The Lol Word

Like comedy? Like queer folk? Then you’ll love this mixed bill of sketch and stand-up stars who are rising through the comedy ranks faster than you can say Ellen DeGeneres.

Featuring BBC New Comedy Award semi-finalists, Funny Women finalists and SketchFest finalists.

As seen on BBC Three and at Bestival and London Pride.

“Smart, insightful, hilarious, completely relatable” (DIVA).

"Cool and relevant" (The Skinny).

“Lesbians” (ScotsGay).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Une Vie en Rose Adrien Mastrosimone

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

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

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

9:30pm to 11:00pm
In or Out? With Der Wunderlich Revue Der Wunderlich Revue

Which way do you swing? Are you for pulling out or re-entering?

Join the mass debate with Brighton’s legendary all-male cabaret burlesquers, Der Wunderlich Revue: Johnny MacAuley, Size Zero Albino, Team MUD Cheerleaders, Count Adriano Fettucini, Mick Wunderlich and more.

Expect the unusual; men stripping, cheerleading, pole-dancing, miming, singing and being silly, and the return of the pole-ing station.

If you haven't seen Der Wunderlich Revue before, prepare to be amazed, amused and appalled. If you have seen the show before, put it all behind you and come back for more.

9:40pm to 10:30pm
Sonia Aste: Made in Spain 2 Sonia Aste

Sonia Aste is a Spaniard living in the UK who believes "cultural differences are like Sangria, a mix that leaves a headache, but we always ask for more."

After sell-out shows at the Brighton Fringe 2018, this energetic Spaniard comes back with her highly-anticipated sequel. British, Spanish, and EU connections come together in a funny, fun-filled fiesta! ¡Olé!

Sold out shows Edinburgh Fringe 2018.

"Sprinkle of Spanish summer, shimmering performance" **** (Mumble Comedy).
"Uplifting, hilarious show about UK/Spanish connections" (Oxford Daily).
As heard on BBC Radio Surrey.

9:40pm to 10:40pm
I am a Camera Blue Devil Productions Ltd

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

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

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

9:45pm to 10:45pm
2100: A Space Novelty Cut Mustard Theatre

'2100: A Space Novelty' makes full use of physical comedy that goes beyond any regular comedy show and takes audiences on an epic space adventure leaving them wanting a sequel! With elements of mime, vocal sound effects, live music, origami spaceships and multilingual characters, this is a space show like no other. With a cast from diverse cultural backgrounds, let these highly trained hilarious actors entertain you.

Cut Mustard Theatre has been nominated for 'Best Performance' at Prague Fringe 2018 and won the 'Pick of the Fringe Award' at Norway Fringe Festival 2018.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Hari Kanth: This Train Terminates Here Hari Kanth

A comedy show about definitely not wanting children... I think? The second stand-up hour from Hari Kanth: a 2014 BBC 'New Comedy Award' finalist, a 2012 'Chortle Student Comedy Award' finalist, and the presenter of BBC 'Brit’s Socially Awkward Situations.'

Previous praise: "Refreshingly intelligent stand-up, that also manages to be achingly funny." (Young Perspective), "So bloody good." (The Skinny), "A welcome offbeat, slightly geeky sensibility." (Bruce Dessau).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:15pm to 11:15pm
Shaggers Comedy World Productions

Following more sell-out performances all over the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia, the hit show returns with a revolving line-up of hilarious comedians of all varieties, genders and sexual orientations with material based around that most noble of the arts - shagging!

"The perfect way to close a night at the festival" ***** (Melbourne Comedy Festival)

"A tour de force of laughter-filled mischievous comedy" ***** (Arts in Leicestershire)

"Some well-picked, mischievous and unburdened comedy" ***** (Voice)

"Excellent" ***** (Edfringe)

"Utterly hilarious" ****½ (Fringe World Perth)

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

J is hiding in the toilet at a gay club.

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

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

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

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

10:30pm to 11:30pm
4 Player 4 Players

Press start, and join 4 players on a comedy adventure. Player 1: Jack is trying to grow as a person, but mainly just grow. Player 2: Bursting with energy, Sophie is ready to share her love of laminating and interesting critters. Player 3: Jade wants every dog to like her and to find a house share that doesn't end in disaster. Player 4: James's stepdad doesn't really understand him being gay, but his wife's relaxed about it. Disclaimer: No references to video games in this show, we just liked the name. *Laughter conditions apply*.

10:40pm to 11:30pm
Niteskreen Niteskreen

British comedy's premiere and only homage to ITV's 'Nightscreen' returns to Brighton.

"My friend had a nap, I had a very nice time" (Daniel Kitson)
"More than a bit unique and unusual" (Bunbury)

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

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

10:45pm to 11:45pm
Sleeping Beauty Reality Research Center

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

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

10:45pm to 11:45pm
Laura-Doe's Vaudeville of the Vulva Laughing Beaver Productions

Ever confused a Volvo and a vulva? A G-string and a G-spot? Dripping with tongue-in-cheek humour, award-winning sex geek Laura-Doe’s canny characters and unusually vocal velvet vulvae illuminate and entertain on the fertile topic of female genitalia. Taking the baton from the Vagina Monologues, Vaudeville of the Vulva leads us, giggling and squealing, to a deeper appreciation of this much-maligned body part. The show is funny, sexy and wise, yet involves no nudity. Expect juicy jokes and lusty singalongs. Learn while you laugh!

"An exceedingly clever woman on a mission" (Nimbin GoodTimes)

11:00pm to 2:00am
Guilty Pleasures Guilty Pleasures

An unashamedly glorious all-singing, all-dancing renouncement of Pop music and an antidote to modern day clubbing fatigue. In eight short years it’s become one of the biggest events and movements of the music scene. Prepare for a big, wild and glamorous night! Very early sell-out.

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

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

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

11:30pm to 12:30am
Let's Summon Demons Katy Schutte

Is it wise to ask the questions you always wanted to ask?

'Let's Summon Demons' is a semi-immersive folk horror play in the round. It examines our attitudes to ritual, to revenge and to the uprising of female power. Can community lead to mob mentality? What are ghosts and demons and do they come from below or from within? If you stare into the abyss, can you come back?

Join our coven for one night to encounter comedy, folk horror and - perhaps - some demons.

11:30pm to 12:50am
Macbeth This is my Theatre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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