Today's full programme, more choices & comment

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

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

10:15am to 11:05am
You, The Loo, and Nappy-Nappy Noos Collar & Cuffs Co.

Going to the toilet: one of life's mysteries... especially if you're only just learning what it's about, or maybe find it a bit scary. Two little aliens arrive from another planet and have to learn all about toilets, hand-washing, wiping and... the dreaded hand dryer!

Suitable for children getting ready to leave nappies behind, or for older children who may find toilets and hygiene a bit difficult, especially due to sensory processing needs.

A multi-sensory, musical, and interactive show from award-winning Collar & Cuffs Co. Relaxed performances and part-signed in Makaton. Involves toilet humour!

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

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

The V.I.B (Very Independent Brighton) Food Tour is a celebration of independent Brighton - packed with the eclectic sights and tastes from the unique makers to the unsung heroes of Brighton's indie food and drink scene.

Over approximately three hours you'll get a magical mystery chocolate box selection of the best foodie hot spots that quirky, independent Brighton has to offer. As recommended by The Independent, Coast Magazine and Metro.

Finalists of The Beautiful South Tourism Awards For Excellence 2017.

12:00pm to 6:00pm
The Job Centre The Job Centre

A satirical and farcical immersive theatrical experience based on a visit to that wonderful and familiar world of The Job Centre; enter through the heavily guarded G4Life manned doors into a world of bureaucratic madness as you literally jump through hoops in a hope to gain wholesome employment.

For the past four years The Job Centre has been on hand to provide the citizens of Boomtown Festival with everything they need to continue their lifelong careers of claiming benefits, but as with any successful public service we are now expanding!

Long have the frivolities at Brighton Fringe gone unchecked and unregulated, but no more! The Job Centre will be there to ensure forms are filled, work books are completed and sanctions have been imposed.

The Job Centre, here for your benefits.

12:15pm to 1:15pm
Jazz for Lunch: Julie Roberts and Michael Hinton Julie Roberts and Michael Hinton

Relax and enjoy Julie's warm, expressive voice with Michael's superb piano interpretations. Classic songs and rediscovered gems from the jazz and blues era, from Latin to intimate Chanson. Sensitive, moving, insightful, witty, gritty - whatever the feeling, whatever the style, Julie and Michael have shown themselves to be impressive and captivating presenters of great songs.

“Exquisite!” (Jim Burlong, jazz journalist)
“Wonderful!” “What a voice!” “Brilliant!” (Audience comments)

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

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

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

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

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

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

1:00pm to 2:00pm
Iris Prize: A Celebration of LGBT Film Iris Prize

The Iris Prize Festival, based in Cardiff, celebrates amazing LGBT film and each year awards the largest LGBT short film prize in the world. These winning short films from Iris 2017 are the best of the best, telling fascinating LGBT stories from the UK and beyond.

Lily – Youth Jury Award
Graham Cantwell | Ireland | 22 mins

Eté – Highly Commended, Best British
Gregory Oke | UK | 19 mins

We Love Moses – Best British
Dionne Edwards | UK | 19 mins

Mother Knows Best – Iris Prize
Mikael Bundsen | Sweden | 13 mins

2:00pm to 3:45pm
Geoffrey Mead's Clifton and Montpelier Tour Geoffrey Mead

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. This tour looks at building materials and styles and occupants past and present, viewed on a stroll through this fascinating locale.

2:00pm to 7:00pm
Connecting Places: Our Untold Stories Brighton & Hove BME Heritage Network

“Talking about place, where we belong, is a constant subject for many of us” (bell hooks).
The museum’s collections provide the backdrop for a unique programme of performance, exhibition, still and moving imagery and interactive conversations exploring our hidden and interwoven histories.

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

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

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Brighton Queen of Slaughtering Places 368 Theatre Company

4 stars Murders, and murderers, seem to fascinate us all. We can't get enough of true-crime stories – the more gothic and grisly the better. A couple of centuries ago, we'd have scratched that itch by attending public hangings; in this more enlightened age, we simply go to Fringe shows. Brighton, Queen of Slaughtering Places is well aware of that irony, gently critiquing its own genre even as it tells a satisfyingly bloodstained tale. Read the full review.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4:30pm to 5:25pm
Clean Mean Eating Machine Worst Absurd

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

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

Greggs is strictly banned.

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

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

Leyla Josephine is the former UK Spoken Word Slam Champion.

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

4:45pm to 5:40pm
Tales BAIT

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

5:00pm to 6:45pm
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.

This project is supported by a Brighton Lions bursary.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5:30pm to 6:00pm
Rebekka Turner: Rice T*ts Rebekka Turner

A cultural camp calamari of a character stand-up comedy show. Rebekka is proud to bring her debut solo 30 minute show to Brighton Fringe and thrilled to be supported by The Pebble Trust Brighton Fringe Awards. Perfect for anyone who enjoys their comedy with a weird or sharp edge to it!

'Rice T*ts' is inspired by the drag queen trick of putting rice into tights to create fake boobs. An early evening aperitif show with an eccentric and eclectic mix of impressions, word play and stories exploring food, pop culture and awkwardness... and other stuff!

5:30pm to 6:40pm
Efemera Footprint Project and CASA Festival

Two women have a story to tell. They may have the courage to share it with you, they may not. Based on real accounts of violence against women in England and Brazil, this is verbatim theatre with a twist, where fiction and reality blur. A humorous and powerful love letter to theatre and women.

Currently Nominated for two LUKAS awards: Theatre production of the year and performing artist of the year (for writer/actress Gaël Le Cornec)

5:30pm to 6:15pm
Alpha Mums Gone Wrong Alpha Mums

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

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

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

5:40pm to 6:40pm
Alex Martini is Mad About Food Alex Martini

Are you passionate about food, yet in love with Britain at the same time? This show is for you!
The craziest Italian, Alex Martini, brings you his debut solo show 'Mad About Food'. Alex knows a lot about food, and like most Italians, he's not afraid to shout it out loud.

Constantly in and out of stereotype, this show will leave you wanting more.

Sprinkled all over with an abundance of satire, to keep it tangy and spicy.

Leave your prejudices at home and bring along a full-bodied sense of humour. Just make sure it is a bit dry.

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

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

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

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Refugee Festival University of Brighton

What challenges are refugees facing? And what can we do about it all? MARS is organising a series of events on refugeedom in and out of the UK today. Readings of poetry and tales, discussions, art events and educational seminars will combine under three different thematic Fridays:
1# Telling 4/5
2# Listening 11/5
3# Taking Action 18/5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Dark-as-hell” (Fringe Guru)

***** (Albie Media)

**** (Broadway Baby)

6:00pm to 7:00pm
There Was a Ship Brian Mander

A performance within a sculptural installation of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' by the artist Brian Mander. The sculpture can be viewed independently during regular opening times (Monday - Saturday, 10am-1pm and 2pm-4:30pm).

This project is supported by a Brighton Lions bursary.

6:00pm to 7:15pm
A Brave Face Vamos Theatre

Afghanistan: 2009. Ryan is there to see the world, learn a trade, get a life. Training's complete, combat is a buzz. But on one particular hot and desperate tour of duty, Ryan sees things he can’t talk about, to anyone. And when he returns home, the trouble really begins.

'A Brave Face' explores post-traumatic stress, an unseen and often unrecognised injury of war, and the impact it can have on even the closest of families. With compassion and fearlessness, Vamos brings its trademark, wordless, full mask style to a story that needs to be told.

6:00pm to 12:00am
The Spire Festival Bar The Spire

Step into Brighton’s most atmospheric bar. Experience unusual art, curious performance and live music every night at 9pm whilst sipping the perfect festival cocktail - and it's all for free! Kemptown's newest Brighton Fringe venue located in the glorious St Marks Chapel opens its doors every Friday, Saturday and Bank Holiday Sunday.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Morning is Red 368 Theatre Company

2 stars First World War drama Morning is Red holds a lot of promise. For one thing, it's staged in the evocative subterranean setting of the Town Hall's Old Police Cells – which ably represent a spartan, run-down, front-line hospital. And the set-up is poignant: an eager young soldier, wounded on his very first day of battle, shares a ward with a jaded army officer who's seen more than enough of war. Read the full review.

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

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

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

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Jim Campbell: What Would ... And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead Do? Jim Campbell

Award-nominated comic Jim Campbell has been busy with a chart-topping podcast, an acclaimed book and his personal life exploding. Everyone was right though; it’s good for material. Now he returns with a new show in which he charts his attempts to find love... and destroy it (then put it back together).

Warning: quality of jokes may compromise structural integrity of roof.

“Charmingly fresh... Campbell's company will leave you entertained and enlightened” **** (The List)

"Exquisitely written, punchline-driven material... A future star" (Chortle)

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

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

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

Edinburgh Fringe sell-out in 2017.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It's a comedy bonanza!

A brand-new stand-up comedy selection from Laughing Horse. An exciting mixed bag 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!

6:15pm to 7:15pm
David Mills: Focus People! David Mills

Focus people! Stand-up comic David Mills is back with another free hour of sharp and hilarious rants. Known for his razor wit and biting humour, Mills takes on modern life with his signature wicked invective. Bracing comedy for adults.

"Like the sharp-suited love child of Larry Grayson and Dave Allen, Mills combines laid-back storytelling with acerbic wit" (Broadway Baby)

"A superior act. Mills is an archduke of comedy with the emphasis on ‘arch'" (Chortle)

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

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

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

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

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Borderline Millennial Kuan-wen

What if you were born on a cut-off point of two generations? What if no one really knows what that bloody cut-off point is? Kuan-wen finds himself jumping on the bandwagon of baby-boomer-bashing, but sides with management moaning about the "snowflake" generation at work. He doesn't fully trust Jeremy Corbyn but neither does he support the uncool Tory. He's just about managing new tech and social media.

This is a show by a neither-nor guy when it comes to generation generalisation, who isn't sure if he is unlucky, opportunistic or just indecisive. Oh, from a foreigner's perspective.

6:45pm to 7:45pm
Dan Fardell: Joke Furniture Land Dan Fardell

Discover the magic of a show named at the last possible moment, by joining acclaimed local comic Dan Fardell in his second full length Brighton show 'Joke Furniture Land' (work in progress), the follow-up to 2015s capacity-crowded 'At Least 100 Jokes'. Buses, dog shaming, the metric system, no topic is out of bounds - except, probably, furniture.

"Writing with the efficiency of the slickest American comic" (Chortle)

"One of the best new joke writers I've seen in ages. He has so many lines that make me think 'I wish I'd thought of that'" (Romesh Ranganathan)

7:00pm to 8:00pm
The Impossible, Improbable & Unlikely Adventure Of... SharkhelpingFish

4 stars This lively, uncomplicated, perfectly delightful show is just the thing to round off a fun day at the Fringe. The venue is a guest house – if I understood it right, some of the performers actually live there – but the action's spread across the globe, from the depths of the sea to the edge of space. In a small group of up to six people, you'll move from room to room to meet a procession of charismatic characters, each of whose lives is intertwined with a figure known only as the Explorer. Read the full review.

Take a journey, following the impossible steps of an eccentric explorer, through improbable terrains to unlikely encounters, in this walk-through immersive theatre experience through a 150-year-old guest house.

Groups of six max per adventure, running every 15 mins from the start time. You may be joined by other explorers.

7:00pm to 8:30pm
Culpeper's Medicine Garden At The Coach House

Join herbalist Sara Jane Glendinning and musician Jo Burke for a herbal walk with folklore and songs, celebrating local plants of Sussex inspired by the works of 17th Century herbalist, Nicholas Culpeper.

Choose a morning walk on Whitehawk Hill exploring our surroundings and the healing properties of local plants, or Culpepers’ medicine garden at the Coach House.

Experience the world of plants through the eyes of Culpeper. Explore some herbal remedies with folklore and song. Learn ancestral knowledge to bring back home to your medicine chest.

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

A tale of three colours.

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:00pm to 9:30pm
Silver Jewellery Workshop Silver & Sage

A fun and crafty workshop where you will make a personalised silver pendant to take away with you that day.

No prior experience needed, I will guide you through every process. We will be working with Silver Metal Clay which once fired is 99.9% real fine silver.

During the two to three hours you will learn how to handle the clay, shape, stamp your personalisation, fire and finish your piece.

Refreshments are available from the bar and for larger groups a high tea can be arranged - hello@silverandsage.co.uk. Prior booking is essential. For more info visit our website.

7:00pm to 9:30pm
A Musical History of 24 George St, Brighton - and Other Shows The Bom-Bane Family Players

Jane Bom-Bane is a well-known figure in Brighton, both for her magnificently wacky restaurant – which comes complete with mechanical tables – and her eclectic musical shows. This year’s event is a reprise of a 2011 hit, which tells the story of the building itself and the many people who've lived there over the years. The tale unfolds over a meal (included in the ticket price) and, if it's like last time, waiters and waitresses will dip in and out of character to entertain you with a song. Capacity's obviously limited, so book ahead.

By popular demand! Original musical journey from 400 AD Boerthelm's Tun to present day Bom-Bane's, with portraits of all the colourful inhabitants along the way. Meal included. See www.bom-banes.com/brighton-fringe-2018/ and for other May shows: Nick Pynn 3,5; Kate Daisy Grant 4,5; Rachel Blackman/Foz: The Sparkling Darkness 6,7; Becca Dyer 8; Prof Hawley's 60s Acoustic Jukebox Sing-along 11; Los Bonobos 13; Silver Swans 15; Jo Neary 17, 31; I’m This I’m That play Moondog 21; George Egg/Jon Hicks 22; Eliza Skelton & Band 24. All £8/£18 with food. Eves 8pm days 3pm. Festifood'n'Film £7.77 each

7:00pm to 8:25pm
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.

Winner of 'Unique Experience of the Year for Brighton' 2017 Luxury Travel Guide Awards

7:00pm to 9:00pm
Come Rhyme With Me New Writing South

Enjoy a night of rhyming, rice and peas with Dean Atta and Deanna Rodger alongside a menu of performers chosen for their wit, wisdom and ability to move you. Warmly welcoming audiences from all walks of life to a feast of the finest poets, lyricists and musicians, plus a delicious Caribbean dinner.

Appetisers: Open Mic
There are six 3 minute slots only - arrive early to secure your spot on the mic.
Starter: Daisy Behagg
Main course: Potent Whisper
Dessert: Usaama Minahs

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Schutte the Unromantic Katy Schutte

A comic solo show written and performed by Funny Women finalist, Katy Schutte (Happily Never After/Knightmare Live/Who Ya Gonna Call?).

Katy is not a romantic. This is the story of her trying to find love despite freezing up at chocolates, serenades and thoughtful surprises. For the record, Katy is perfectly happy to put Baby in a corner.

Who Ya Gonna Call? ***** (ThreeWeeks)

Happily Never After **** (Breaking the Fourth Wall)

Knightmare Live ***** (Edinburgh Reviews)

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

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

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

7:15pm to 8:15pm
The Impossible, Improbable & Unlikely Adventure Of... SharkhelpingFish

4 stars This lively, uncomplicated, perfectly delightful show is just the thing to round off a fun day at the Fringe. The venue is a guest house – if I understood it right, some of the performers actually live there – but the action's spread across the globe, from the depths of the sea to the edge of space. In a small group of up to six people, you'll move from room to room to meet a procession of charismatic characters, each of whose lives is intertwined with a figure known only as the Explorer. Read the full review.

Take a journey, following the impossible steps of an eccentric explorer, through improbable terrains to unlikely encounters, in this walk-through immersive theatre experience through a 150-year-old guest house.

Groups of six max per adventure, running every 15 mins from the start time. You may be joined by other explorers.

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Matt Hutson & Rob Copland: Pack It In You Two It's A Doozy

A split bill musical/absurdist stand up comedy show.

Matt Hutson, 2016 Frog and Bucket World Series Finalist and Musical Comedy Awards 2017 Finalist, has his own unique blend of musical comedy that is equal parts hilarious and emotional.

"It’s proper songwriting, not a cheap lyric swap." (Chortle)

Rob Copland, a regular face at Camden Comedy's Friday Night Show 'The Rat Pack', has been making a name for himself on the London circuit as an energetic, absurdist comedian who's convention challenging approach to live comedy has earned him a reputation as a uniquely silly performer.

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

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

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

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

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Joaquin & Gillian Strike Drum Productions

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

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

7:30pm to 8:40pm
The Woman Who Conceived The Pill Brass Tacks Theatre

It's 1918, and a woman who adores men is dreaming of 'a pill taken like aspirin' to free women sexually and choose when to have children. But contraception is illegal in the USA and science doesn’t have the knowledge.

What’s a girl to do? Battle the establishment, of course! And hire scientists! Oh and don’t forget to seduce men like HG Wells! Protest, tragedy, laughter, love and pills entwine to craft a compelling solo show spanning Mrs Sanger’s extraordinary life.

You will never forget her, she’s 'The Woman Who Conceived the Pill'.

7:30pm to 11:20pm
Cate Ferris, Catgod & The Galleons The Galleons

The Galleons host an eclectic selection of their favourite bands. All have been featured on BBC 6 Music, and in 2018 will be building on an impressive list of festivals, gigs and reviews.

Much loved Brighton musician Cate Ferris uses a mixture hi and low tech to build wonderfully unique songs.

Oxford musical collective Catgod describe influences ranging from Massive Attack to John Martyn. Their beautifully soulful sound is perhaps one of the few that can genuinely be described as genre bending.

The Galleons wander a line between folk & indie stopping to visit blues, rock and sometimes prog on the way.

Touch tours available on request, please email thegalleonsband@mail.com to book.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
The Impossible, Improbable & Unlikely Adventure Of... SharkhelpingFish

4 stars This lively, uncomplicated, perfectly delightful show is just the thing to round off a fun day at the Fringe. The venue is a guest house – if I understood it right, some of the performers actually live there – but the action's spread across the globe, from the depths of the sea to the edge of space. In a small group of up to six people, you'll move from room to room to meet a procession of charismatic characters, each of whose lives is intertwined with a figure known only as the Explorer. Read the full review.

Take a journey, following the impossible steps of an eccentric explorer, through improbable terrains to unlikely encounters, in this walk-through immersive theatre experience through a 150-year-old guest house.

Groups of six max per adventure, running every 15 mins from the start time. You may be joined by other explorers.

7:30pm to 8:40pm
Coldstream: Critical Threat Printers Playhouse Productions.

It's 2017, Operation Temperer has put UK troops on UK streets. Concert attacks, terrorists in white vans running over civilians. This is a very new frontline. Members of parliament needing results. This play explores the military political agenda and its ramifications, in an hour-long, emotional and tension-packed production.

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:30pm to 9:25pm
Bach: Sonatas & Partitas for Violin Solo + Chamber Music: String Trio & Guitar Music at Saint Michael's

Violinist Benedict Cruft and J.S. Bach: 6 Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo (May 5 & 6). The Cruft-Robertson-Pleeth String Trio: Bach/Mozart Adagio and a Fugue for violin, Hyacinthe Jadin Trio and Beethoven's Op.3 Trio (May 18). Then with Paul Gregory, guitar: Vivaldi Guitar Concerto and Cello Sonata, Purcell Fantazia and Mozart Divertimento in Eb (May 25). Beethoven 3 String Trios Op.9 and his 'Eyeglasses Duo' for viola and cello (June 1). Talented French composer Hyacinthe Jadin may be new to listeners; he died in Paris in 1800 at the age of just 24. The young Beethoven wrote his Op.3 at the same age.

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

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

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

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

7:30pm to 8:25pm
The Prophetic Visions of Bethany Lewis Laura Elmes Productions

"Think Avenue Q"; "a foul-mouthed answer to the Muppets"; "like an episode of South Park"… reviews from this show's Edinburgh run give a fairly clear picture of what to expect. The eponymous Bethany Lewis is an everyday Londoner who discovers she can see the future, but the plot isn't the point of this one: it's all about silliness, satire, and larger-than-life characterisation. Critics praised the goofy humour and laugh-a-minute pace. Travelling to Brighton with an award under its belt, it ought to sit well in raucous atmosphere of the Spiegeltent.

WINNER of the Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence in association with Brighton Spiegeltent

A tale of deranged fans and A-list rivalries. Debauched parties, and an affair that shocked the nation. In this no-holds-barred exclusive, Beth guides her audience through the secret world of fame, and the events that would change her life forever.

“Funny, furry and filthy” (Graham Norton)

**** “The UK’s foul-mouthed answer to The Muppets ... deserves great acclaim” (To Do List)

**** “A raucous, hilarious time” (Broadway Baby)

**** “Hilarious” (EdFringeReview)

7:30pm to 9:00pm
The Manifestation of Trim Tab Jim Trim Tab Productions

3 stars This campaigning rock opera is a tricky show to review – in fact, it's a tricky show to get your head around. It's overflowing with big concepts, from the possibility that we're all living inside a computer simulation to a sinister suggestion of deep-state interference in political life. It's built around some fascinating ideas, and features some strident, provocative songs; but it's also a tangle of thoughts and themes, from which it's hard to pull out any specific message. Read the full review.

This new show is the sequel to The Reincarnation Of Trim Tab Jim, which earned a four-star review from us back in 2015. An unashamedly loud and passionate rock opera, nobody could accuse that last show of ducking big topics: destiny, judgement and the Angel of Death all played a role. The titular Trim Tab Jim is named after the tiny rudder which can move a mighty boat – and the underlying lesson was that we should all be accountable for making the world a better place. It was agitprop with a strident beat, and hopefully this second incarnation offers more of the same.

Trim Tab is on a mission to fulfil a promise he made to the Angel of Death. If only he could remember what it was... A psychiatrist takes a keen interest in him and goes out of her way to help him fulfil his potential. But all is not as it seems – indeed, reality itself may not be as it seems... Praise for THE REINCARNATION OF TRIM TAB JIM:

“Lion-hearted... Destined for greatness!” (Fringe Review)
“A slick performance with a great message” (Fringe Guru)
“Unique, compelling musical theatre” (Fringe Review) “Simply stunning” (BN1 Magazine)

Bar opens 7pm.

www.trimtabjim.com

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Adam Hess Adam Hess

I have grown two inches this year and I have no idea why. I don't even really like doing stand-up. I'm just going around the country doing shows in the hope that a scientist will be in the audience and offer me an explanation. My doctor doesn't believe me, and fair enough tbh, but it's honestly true. This year I did stand-up on a TV show called 'Tonight at the Palladium'.

"For high quality gags per minute there is no better comedian" (The Independent)
"I've seen few shows that are funnier" (The Times)

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

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

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

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

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

"An accomplished comic.” (Time Out)

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

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

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

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Morning is Red 368 Theatre Company

2 stars First World War drama Morning is Red holds a lot of promise. For one thing, it's staged in the evocative subterranean setting of the Town Hall's Old Police Cells – which ably represent a spartan, run-down, front-line hospital. And the set-up is poignant: an eager young soldier, wounded on his very first day of battle, shares a ward with a jaded army officer who's seen more than enough of war. Read the full review.

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

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

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

7:45pm to 8:45pm
The Impossible, Improbable & Unlikely Adventure Of... SharkhelpingFish

4 stars This lively, uncomplicated, perfectly delightful show is just the thing to round off a fun day at the Fringe. The venue is a guest house – if I understood it right, some of the performers actually live there – but the action's spread across the globe, from the depths of the sea to the edge of space. In a small group of up to six people, you'll move from room to room to meet a procession of charismatic characters, each of whose lives is intertwined with a figure known only as the Explorer. Read the full review.

Take a journey, following the impossible steps of an eccentric explorer, through improbable terrains to unlikely encounters, in this walk-through immersive theatre experience through a 150-year-old guest house.

Groups of six max per adventure, running every 15 mins from the start time. You may be joined by other explorers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Tom and Bunny Save the World: The Musical Fat Rascal Ltd

Who doesn't like a good old-fashioned zombie apocalypse? This loveable musical comedy pastiches many genres – road-trip movie, war memoir, and of course horror – and mixes in some very British riffs on regional rivalries, too. When we saw it at the Vault Festival in London, we praised the catchy, funny songs, and its pleasingly unexpected ending; the array of practical and intelligent female characters is gently subversive too. Upbeat and energetic, this is an entertaining romp to kick-start your Fringe weekend.

As 2018 falls to a zombie apocalypse, Tom and Bunny begin their perilous journey to Yorkshire in a quest for sanctuary and a proper cup of tea. From the creators of the award-winning sell-out hit, 'Buzz: A New Musical', comes a gender-stereotype destroying, black and bloody comedy with a live folk soundtrack. Join Tom and Bunny as they discover what it is to be British in a crisis.

Winner of the Best New Writing Award, Edinburgh Fringe (Fairy Powered Productions)
Nominated for the Les Enfants Terribles Award

“This production was the best I’ve seen all year” ***** (A Dork in York)

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Cards Against Humanity: The Shame Show Junkyard Dogs Backyard Theatre

The Shame Show invites you to get involved in a dark game show based on the world-famous, politically-incorrect party-game, Cards Against Humanity. Leave your sensitivities at the door. Not for the light-hearted, faint-hearted or big-hearted. There will be prizes. Very bad prizes.

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

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

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Sex & Pugs & Rock & LOLS FrogDog Productions

Three regulars from the comedy circuit bring you an hour of stand-up tackling life’s most important issues: sex, dogs and music - there’ll be jokes about other stuff too. All delivered with lashings of LOLS. With Katherine Atkinson (Funny Women regional finalist) Sarah Charsley (from the acclaimed sketch group The Fannytasticals) and Ben Carter (SYTYF semi-finalist, Laughing Horse semi-finalist).

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

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

8:00pm to 9:15pm
My Big Fat Geeky Wedding Random Acts Theatre Company

Forget that little shindig that's happening in Windsor – this weekend's big wedding is over in Hove. Random Acts' oddball immersive specials are a fixture in my Fringe schedule; in the past we've had shows in cars, museums, and the breakfast room of a hotel. This time, we're guests at a wedding, where Sarah may – or may not – be tying the knot with the man of her dreams. Random Acts' shows are never meant to be taken too seriously and the edges are sometimes rough, but if you get into the spirit they're always good fun.

Little do we know just what might emerge in this festivity of two hearts coming together as one... You are cordially invited to the wedding ceremony of Sarah and the man of her dreams... or is he?

What secrets and lies will be revealed as the day unfolds in this very unusual celebration uniting two families in marital bliss. Wear the most garish hat and worst-taste attire from your wardrobe and join us for this very special day!

Be prepared for much merriment and audience participation in this interactive piece of devised theatre, where anything can happen and it most probably will!

8:00pm to 9:00pm
The Impossible, Improbable & Unlikely Adventure Of... SharkhelpingFish

4 stars This lively, uncomplicated, perfectly delightful show is just the thing to round off a fun day at the Fringe. The venue is a guest house – if I understood it right, some of the performers actually live there – but the action's spread across the globe, from the depths of the sea to the edge of space. In a small group of up to six people, you'll move from room to room to meet a procession of charismatic characters, each of whose lives is intertwined with a figure known only as the Explorer. Read the full review.

Take a journey, following the impossible steps of an eccentric explorer, through improbable terrains to unlikely encounters, in this walk-through immersive theatre experience through a 150-year-old guest house.

Groups of six max per adventure, running every 15 mins from the start time. You may be joined by other explorers.

8:00pm to 11:00pm
SuperHappyLand Take Over Superhappyland

'Super Happy Land' is the reimagining of 70s children’s favourite ‘Tiswas’ relocated to
The Round George’s'.

A night of marvellous anarchic danger with music, audio, visuals, cross dressing and marvellously eclectic comics hosted by the unstoppable Kayo.

Super Happy Land Summer of Mayhem SHL Definition: Mayhem (noun). Wilful and deliberate cause of laughter of a person; resulting in dangerous fits of laughter and loss of bladder control i.e. "I p****d myself Laughing".

Headliners: Richard Perry + support 4th, Kelsey de Almeida + support 11th, 18th & 25th.

Comedy Open Mic Night 1st June

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

Winner of Nordic Fringe Network Award at Brighton Fringe 2017.

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

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

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

8:15pm to 9:15pm
The Impossible, Improbable & Unlikely Adventure Of... SharkhelpingFish

4 stars This lively, uncomplicated, perfectly delightful show is just the thing to round off a fun day at the Fringe. The venue is a guest house – if I understood it right, some of the performers actually live there – but the action's spread across the globe, from the depths of the sea to the edge of space. In a small group of up to six people, you'll move from room to room to meet a procession of charismatic characters, each of whose lives is intertwined with a figure known only as the Explorer. Read the full review.

Take a journey, following the impossible steps of an eccentric explorer, through improbable terrains to unlikely encounters, in this walk-through immersive theatre experience through a 150-year-old guest house.

Groups of six max per adventure, running every 15 mins from the start time. You may be joined by other explorers.

8:20pm to 9:05pm
Nick Elleray: It's Been Emotional (Work in Progress) Nick Elleray

The 'Mellow Thunder From Down Under' returns to Brighton with a stand-up comedy show that'll be thoughtful, silly, and thoughtfully silly.

Winner of the Leicester Square Theatre Old Comedian Of The Year 2017

"An under-appreciated purveyor of quality downbeat comedy" (Chortle)

"An engaging stand-up with an inventive mind" (The List)

"Definitely an act that left the audience wanting more" (Bruce Dessau)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8:30pm to 9:30pm
The Story Beast & Richard Soames The Story Beast & Richard Soames

The Foster’s Edinburgh Best Newcomer award-nominated 'Story Beast', “a bearded force of nature” (The Guardian) and critically-acclaimed “charming storyteller” (Chortle), Richard Soames returns to Brighton with brand new material.

Praise for 'The Story Beast':
“One of the wonders of the Fringe” (The Mirror)
“A thing of wonder” (Fest)
“White hot brilliance” (Time Out)
“Bit loud for me” (Richard Soames)

Praise for Richard Soames:
“Excellent” (The Sunday Times)
“Oozing likeability” (The Skinny)
“Gleefully dark” (Time Out)
“Does a lot of the admin” (The Story Beast)

8:30pm to 10:30pm
Doppel Dietrich Patricia Hartshorne

Glamour, talent and a penchant for men's clothing. Humorous and haunting taste of Marlene Dietrich, through the life, loves and songs of this bisexual Hollywood legend.

Award-winning performer Patricia Hartshorne doubles as Marlene, entertaining with anecdotes and Dietrich classics including: 'Lili Marleen', 'Die Fesche Lola', 'Falling in Love Again', 'La Vie en Rose', 'Boys in the Back Room', 'Where Have All the Flowers Gone', and many more.

Are you up for some 'doppel strength' Dietrich? Meet the woman who answered to nobody - not even Adolf Hitler!

8:30pm to 9:30pm
The Impossible, Improbable & Unlikely Adventure Of... SharkhelpingFish

4 stars This lively, uncomplicated, perfectly delightful show is just the thing to round off a fun day at the Fringe. The venue is a guest house – if I understood it right, some of the performers actually live there – but the action's spread across the globe, from the depths of the sea to the edge of space. In a small group of up to six people, you'll move from room to room to meet a procession of charismatic characters, each of whose lives is intertwined with a figure known only as the Explorer. Read the full review.

Take a journey, following the impossible steps of an eccentric explorer, through improbable terrains to unlikely encounters, in this walk-through immersive theatre experience through a 150-year-old guest house.

Groups of six max per adventure, running every 15 mins from the start time. You may be joined by other explorers.

8:30pm to 9:20pm
Eddie Summers: Rocket Fuel! EDDIE SUMMERS

Explosive Eddie's looking for one lucky new flatmate. Could you cope with the energy bomb? Expect toast, kissing, rap, cat whiskers, violence, flirting with an apple crumble, and a giant rabbit!

''A uniquely brilliant high-octane comedian!'' 'Highly Recommended' (FringeReview)

''Genuinely joyful, wonderfully absurd'' (Reviews Hub)

''A supremely confident performer, infectious energy, crazily random / disconcertingly normal'' (FringeReview)

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Juliet Meyers: Bikes & Dogs & Rock & Roll Evil Bastard Corp

Juliet, writer on The Sarah Millican Television Programme and 8/10 Cats, performs her work-in-progress show about loving/cursing both her rescue dog and her spur of the moment decision to go on an adventure holiday .

She explores the joys of far-flung travel, confidence issues, group dynamics and trying to rid the world of Boris Johnson and scones.

Her dog is in the show with her to act as usher, 'exhibit A' and the 'other person' in short sketches.

"Devilish." **** (The Scotsman)

"Laugh out loud show that resonates" **** (Chortle)

"Smart. Very funny!" (The Independent)

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Jody Kamali: Hotel Yes Please Jody Kamali

Need a hotel? Then book a room at Hotel Yes Please, a shambolic hotel managed by Fernando, a clueless dimwit with different ideas of how to run a hotel. Cheap rooms, a chef who shouldn't be a chef and a terrible Murder Mystery event... it's all here and more in Hotel Yes Please. All rooms on suit. Bad and Brakfast included. Donations yes please.

Expect a feast of character comedy and physical clowning from one of the most exciting comedians on the alternative comedy circuit.

"Brilliant, original, visual comedy" (Harry Hill)

"Kamali is hugely inventive, warm and engaging" (Total Theatre)

8:45pm to 9:45pm
The Impossible, Improbable & Unlikely Adventure Of... SharkhelpingFish

4 stars This lively, uncomplicated, perfectly delightful show is just the thing to round off a fun day at the Fringe. The venue is a guest house – if I understood it right, some of the performers actually live there – but the action's spread across the globe, from the depths of the sea to the edge of space. In a small group of up to six people, you'll move from room to room to meet a procession of charismatic characters, each of whose lives is intertwined with a figure known only as the Explorer. Read the full review.

Take a journey, following the impossible steps of an eccentric explorer, through improbable terrains to unlikely encounters, in this walk-through immersive theatre experience through a 150-year-old guest house.

Groups of six max per adventure, running every 15 mins from the start time. You may be joined by other explorers.

9:00pm to 10:00pm
The Impossible, Improbable & Unlikely Adventure Of... SharkhelpingFish

4 stars This lively, uncomplicated, perfectly delightful show is just the thing to round off a fun day at the Fringe. The venue is a guest house – if I understood it right, some of the performers actually live there – but the action's spread across the globe, from the depths of the sea to the edge of space. In a small group of up to six people, you'll move from room to room to meet a procession of charismatic characters, each of whose lives is intertwined with a figure known only as the Explorer. Read the full review.

Take a journey, following the impossible steps of an eccentric explorer, through improbable terrains to unlikely encounters, in this walk-through immersive theatre experience through a 150-year-old guest house.

Groups of six max per adventure, running every 15 mins from the start time. You may be joined by other explorers.

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

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

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

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

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

(Highly Recommended: Fringe Review)

**** (Reviews Hub)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Can You Put This in the Bin for Me? Bin Lid Company

After a sell-out run at the 2017 Brighton Fringe, ‘Can You Put This in the Bin for Me?’ returns for the 2018 festival. Distinctively charming Charmaine Davies and intriguing Glaswegian Michael Mooney bring you an hour of fun-packed, engaging comedy. The format of the show is straight-talking free stand-up, with each comic lasting around 30 minutes.

9:00pm to 9:55pm
Mark Bittlestone: Pity Laughs StraightUp Productions

In 2014 Mark Bittlestone came out as gay, as if being an orphan wasn't funny enough!

Which is worse? Losing both your parents in awful circumstances or being gay? Sadly, Mark Bittlestone doesn't have the luxury of choice. Join gay orphan Mark Bittlestone for his debut hour of laughs based on a lifetime of horrible tears.

"The first true gem of the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe" ***** (Broadway Baby)

"You couldn’t help but laugh, no matter how guilty you felt for doing so" **** (Ed Fringe Review)

"Shockingly intimate, brilliantly crafted, whole-heartedly funny" ***** (The Tab)

9:15pm to 10:15pm
The Impossible, Improbable & Unlikely Adventure Of... SharkhelpingFish

4 stars This lively, uncomplicated, perfectly delightful show is just the thing to round off a fun day at the Fringe. The venue is a guest house – if I understood it right, some of the performers actually live there – but the action's spread across the globe, from the depths of the sea to the edge of space. In a small group of up to six people, you'll move from room to room to meet a procession of charismatic characters, each of whose lives is intertwined with a figure known only as the Explorer. Read the full review.

Take a journey, following the impossible steps of an eccentric explorer, through improbable terrains to unlikely encounters, in this walk-through immersive theatre experience through a 150-year-old guest house.

Groups of six max per adventure, running every 15 mins from the start time. You may be joined by other explorers.

9:15pm to 10:30pm
You Can't Watch This Play (Again) Something Underground Theatre Co.

Inspired by The Fool, Now, (& Death?).

Multi-award-winner, Jonathan Brown, takes you on a wildly subversive, newly-discovered-each-performance journey, with live musical score (David Molz) and in-the-moment plunges into worlds you’ve been told 'do not exist!' (and to shut up about them).

"Just peering over the dizzying edge of Brown’s sad, funny, mad world is a rush.” (The Stage)
“We are very lucky to have an actor like Jonathan Brown on our doorstep” (Britt Forsberg)

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

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

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

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

Ever wanted to tell someone how you really feel?

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

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

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

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

9:30pm to 10:30pm
The Impossible, Improbable & Unlikely Adventure Of... SharkhelpingFish

4 stars This lively, uncomplicated, perfectly delightful show is just the thing to round off a fun day at the Fringe. The venue is a guest house – if I understood it right, some of the performers actually live there – but the action's spread across the globe, from the depths of the sea to the edge of space. In a small group of up to six people, you'll move from room to room to meet a procession of charismatic characters, each of whose lives is intertwined with a figure known only as the Explorer. Read the full review.

Take a journey, following the impossible steps of an eccentric explorer, through improbable terrains to unlikely encounters, in this walk-through immersive theatre experience through a 150-year-old guest house.

Groups of six max per adventure, running every 15 mins from the start time. You may be joined by other explorers.

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Circus'sission: Those That Made the Cut! Head First Acrobats

3 stars The atmosphere was lively for this variety show, and the compère made it seem as if we'd been invited to a party – a party which included, amongst other things, acrobats, magicians, comedians, and lots of hoops of various sizes. The programme is different each night, but it's always hosted by acrobats from Aussie company Head First. Read the full review.

A variety mash-up of circus superstars, Spiegeltent legends and the hottest acts of this year's Brighton Fringe. Presented by your favourite Aussie acrobats, the boys from Head First. With a rotating cast each night, different fringe artist guests get to showcase their best, weirdest and most hilarious talents, backed up by the incredible acrobatics and comedy of the Head First Acrobats.

A little bit raunchy, a little bit weird, and a whole lot of fun.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An always remember to enjoy Shakespeare responsibly!

10:00pm to 10:50pm
Niteskreen Niteskreen

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

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

Come see what happened next.

10:00pm to 11:00pm
William Andrews: Willy Teamwonderful

Hi, It’s been a while. I wrote a new show and it’s good – at least *I* think it is. There is always a chance I’m completely deluded and should just give up and get a job making kitchen doors, because I’m good at making kitchen doors - unless I’m completely deluded on both fronts [sic]. I really don’t know what i’d do then – lifeguard maybe? Don’t let that put you off, it hasn’t me. Ask around. I’m cult. It’s sits somewhere between stand-up and theatre – super visual, with tons of ideas to keep it fast and on it’s toes. Hamish Macdougall is directing, and he’s incredible. Come. Do.

Touch tours available on request, please email will@teamwonderful.co.uk to book.

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Mixed Up Heads Arna Spek

They are mixed up in their heads and hilarious! Three comics are showing you their best 20 minutes at Brighton Fringe Festival this year!

Come and join Lisanne Fridsma (Bath Comedy Festival Finalist), Arna Spek (99 comedy Club Female Bursary winner 2017) and Clive Copeman (BBC Radio 4 New Comedy Act 2017) in their search for identity in this stand-up comedy show.

Hilarious stories, funny anecdotes and misunderstandings. Each comic does 20 minutes of his/her best stories and jokes on what makes their heads so mixed up. Do you dare to join?

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Feral R Dumbrell

Rob has lived off the grid in a caravan in a field for eight years. At 44 he’s now starting to worry he’ll never get back on the grid with everyone else, but does he want to to? Relationships are stressful, the world is going crazy and besides, how else can he afford to go swimming in the Arctic?

There is also the real possibility, looking back on his life, that Rob has never really been on the grid! After all, how many people spent their 21st birthday on the Turkish-Iranian border in the middle of a war zone?

Hopefully he’ll either figure it out or not worry about it!

10:15pm to 11:15pm
Shaggers Nik Coppin Productions

Following yet more sell-out shows at festivals and theatres worldwide, the hit show returns with yet more great comedians with hilarious material based around that most noble of pursuits - shagging!

"Some well-picked, mischievous and unburdened comedy!" ***** (Voicemag, Brighton Fringe 2017)

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

"Excellent" ***** (Edfringe.com)

"Utterly hilarious" **** 1/2 (Perth Fringe)

"The best a festival has to offer... cannot recommend it highly enough" **** (Melbourne Comedy Festival)

10:30pm to 11:30pm
The Sweet Release Sweet Productions

This is how your night at the Fringe ends: not with a whimper, but a bang! Join the hottest up-and-coming acts from all across Brighton Fringe for our late night revue. With new and established acts, and local and international performers heating up our evenings, as well as theme nights galore, 'The Sweet Release' is the perfect climax to a day of shows at Brighton Fringe.

Check out our Twitter feed and website to find out which new Fringe acts will be at Sweet throughout the festival.

10:30pm to 11:20pm
Brodi Snook: Babe Brodi Snook

Brighton's favourite Australian import Brodi Snook takes a break from her career as a foot model (selling photos of toes to foot perverts for cash) and having panic attacks in train station toilets to debut her solo show. Laser sharp writing and cerebral smart-arsery. Come along, babe.

As heard on BBC4 Extra (BBC New Act Competition) and TalkRadio.

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.

11:15pm to 12:15am
On The Edge Comedy On The Edge Comedy

On the Edge Comedy is a Brighton stand up institution. Running year-round it brings the best new acts to the Caroline of Brunswick. We've also got a reputation for big names dropping in, to try new stuff. This year we're running throughout Brighton Fringe with fantastic handpicked line-ups, and possibly a few surprise guests! Expect top-quality acts in a fun late night environment!

11:15pm to 12:15am
Aside Effect Laughing Horse Free Festival

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

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

11:30pm to 12:30am
LJ DA FUNK in... When will these fascist bastards be lined up and f**king shot? LJ DA FUNK

Remember when Nazis were only found in Germany, Austria, and Clacton-on-Sea? Well now they're in the White House, Downing Street, and Clacton-on-Sea. Join lefty libtard snowflake saviour of mankind LJ DA FUNK as he fists all those fascist f**kers in the face with his funny!

Winner: Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year
Finalist: Laughing Horse New Act of the Year
Winner: Pegasus Comedy Act of the Year
Finalist: Jaunty Lark

"There's a fine line between genius and insanity. LJ DA FUNK has crossed that line and kicked it to death" (The List)

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

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

With special guest DJs, fancy dress nights, takeovers and more. Everyone's favourite headphone party comes to Brighton's favourite Fringe night out.

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

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

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