Today's full programme, more choices & comment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:00am to 6:00pm
Le Facepainting Le Facepainting

A collective of 'French' street theatre face painters! Make sure you look the part and come visit us before a show! Look for the berets!

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 3 hours you’ll get a chocolate box selection of the best foodie hot spots that quirky, independent Brighton has to offer.

You might visit off-the-beaten-track street food stalls, hear about eco-aware sustainable food systems, get down and dirty with the most passionate burger-makers in town, meet food industry revolutionaries and a whole lot more.

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

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

1:00pm to 2:00pm
The Privileged Jamal Harewood

Have you ever seen a polar bear in the flesh? Been close enough to notice just how white these magnificent mammals are? Here is your chance to get up close and personal: remove your shoes, coats and bags, as you are about to encounter the Arctic’s whitest predator, with black skin.

Join a well-trained member of staff as we enter the polar bear’s natural habitat and experience this animal like never before. Be one of the privileged few to say they have petted, played with and fed a polar bear as if you were one of the Arctic keepers.

“Searing and thoughtful” (Lyn Gardner, The Guardian).

Please note: There will be a free audience-led post-show discussion for those who wish to stay.

1:00pm to 1:45pm
Longing, or Exile at Home Jaffa Theatre

An Arab, a Jew, and a new immigrant take a voyage into memory, dramatising their personal stories.

The daughter who returned to Berlin in her fathers’ footsteps, and now longs to go back to Israel, to where her father emigrated to save himself from the Holocaust. The Arab-Israeli uncle who chose to return to his native village, from where he was displaced in the 1948 war, and work his ancestors' land as a hired hand. They meet Telenovella, who dreams of love, without nationality.

Exile is not only a political fate - it can be a state of mind, a cultural and inner exile, imposed or chosen.

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

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

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

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

Be amazed and motivated: This is your MoMent!

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

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

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

Returning for their third year.

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

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

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

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

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

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

2:00pm to 3:30pm
Geoffrey Mead's Clifton & 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 background. This tour looks at building materials and styles, occupations past and present, viewed on a stroll through this fascinating locale.

2:30pm to 3:15pm
Longing, or Exile at Home Jaffa Theatre

An Arab, a Jew, and a new immigrant take a voyage into memory, dramatising their personal stories.

The daughter who returned to Berlin in her fathers’ footsteps, and now longs to go back to Israel, to where her father emigrated to save himself from the Holocaust. The Arab-Israeli uncle who chose to return to his native village, from where he was displaced in the 1948 war, and work his ancestors' land as a hired hand. They meet Telenovella, who dreams of love, without nationality.

Exile is not only a political fate - it can be a state of mind, a cultural and inner exile, imposed or chosen.

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Bisha K Ali: I Don't Bisha K Ali

Three weddings in three months - every girl's dream. Bisha K Ali tells a tale that centres on interracial, intra-religious, inter-disaster marriage. A story with imams, evangelical priests, demons and love. This up-and-coming "badass comedian" (MTV) has fast developed a reputation for "tender, and self effacing" (EdFest Magazine) comedy with bite, and presents this work-in-progress show for the first time at Brighton Fringe.

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

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

3:30pm to 5:00pm
Woodland Tribe Tom Williams

Help create a unique adventure playground! Over the course of Brighton Fringe, children and adults of all ages can use hammers, nails, saws, rope and a huge quantity of wood to co-create the play space of their dreams! Evening sessions include a free drink in the ticket price.

Build a den, help construct the play castle, or make something small to take home. Each session of two hours is a dynamic mix of design and build. There is a maximum of 30 places per session so book early!

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Licence to Laugh Comedy Club Universal Adventurer

Comedy Compilation show of some of the best up and coming comics from the UK Comedy Circuit. Different line-up each day, all hosted by Joe Bains who grew up in the deepest darkest parts of India, and then shipped into the west with no language, culture, looks, social skills or intelligence.

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

Exclusive after hours tours, just on offer as part of the Brighton Fringe in May. A unique opportunity to go of 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 stairs on tour, ticket includes entry to Sea Life Centre.

4:00pm to 4:50pm
The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch Pied Piper Theatre Company

A brand-new storytelling extravaganza to celebrate 40 years of the classic book. Packed full of live music, mayhem, and... mustard!
Original music inspired by Folk of the British Isles, audience participation and all the sights and sounds of the sea bring to to life Ronda and David Armitage's much-loved tale. For children aged 3+ and their families.
The Pied Piper Theatre Company have been producing work for children for over thirty years.
Supported by the encoreinsure.com Brighton Fringe Bursaries, Omnibus and Arts Council England.

4:00pm to 7:00pm
Streamline Taxis: A Social History Since 1936 Streamline Taxis

A social history of Brighton & Hove's largest taxi company, formed by a group of drivers in 1936 using a brand new concept which changed the taxi industry all over England, spreading from Brighton & Hove to Portsmouth, Bristol, Nottingham and as far as Harrogate.

Come and meet some of the drivers from the past in images and voice.

4:00pm to 5:10pm
The Brighton Killers 368 Theatre Company

Hot on the heels of yesterday's Sure Choice, this is another tale of real-life crime in the atmospheric, claustrophobic surrounds of the town hall's Old Police Cells. The cleverly-planned performance sees the audience split into groups to hear the tales of three murders, told by the murderers themselves. Though they lived in different eras and killed for different reasons, perhaps there's more to link them than meets the eye. I bagged the last ticket of a sell-out run last year, so book early this time.

Last year's sell-out success returns to the Old Police Cells as Brighton murderers tell their true stories in the building where one of them tried to flush away the evidence that would condemn him, and another's body was put on display for the morbid delectation of 23,000 members of the public.

"This is a darkly enthralling immersive, immensely enjoyable theatre event." (Broadway Baby).

"What makes this succeed on all levels is the in-depth character studies that bring the Brighton Killers to life." (remotegoat).

"Well-written, atmospheric and blackly comic" (Reviews Hub).

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

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

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

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

5:00pm to 6:30pm
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 7:00pm
Sweet Venues Presents Fringe City at Bartholomew Square Sweet Venues Presents Fringe City at Bartholomew Square

Sweet Venues Presents Fringe City at Bartholomew Square is a free outdoor event in the centre of Brighton taking place on Thursday and Friday afternoons and evenings through out Brighton Fringe 2017, come along for a fantastic showcase of performances from the best of Brighton Fringe, including music, dance, circus, cabaret, magic, comedy and more!

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Frankenstein: Man or Monster Mad Tom Theatre

Is Frankenstein making a man or is he himself a monster? A new interpretation of the 'Frankenstein' story with a comic twist. Frank has multiple personalities, one of which is Victor Frankenstein who has delusions of grandeur. With the help of his other personalities, he builds an experiment to make life but when he finally uses it in a lightning storm a creature really is made. However, the monster has problems too and struggles to find a place to fit in. A one-person-show where each of the characters has a different mental illness based on the testimonies of real people.

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

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

5:00pm to 6:30pm
Woodland Tribe Tom Williams

Help create a unique adventure playground! Over the course of Brighton Fringe, children and adults of all ages can use hammers, nails, saws, rope and a huge quantity of wood to co-create the play space of their dreams! Evening sessions include a free drink in the ticket price.

Build a den, help construct the play castle, or make something small to take home. Each session of two hours is a dynamic mix of design and build. There is a maximum of 30 places per session so book early!

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Fragments From Your Workplace Sofia Rendall

Writer/director Sofia Rendall and a cast of Sussex University students bring you a brand new satirical piece in several parts that each parody business culture and its various inadequacies. Watch as an array of awkward characters negotiate their oppressive working environments in a darkly comic play that rises in absurdity and poignancy. This is sure to be the show that launches your career!

Supported by The Pebble Trust Brighton Fringe Bursary.

"An absolutely hilarious play" (The Badger).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5:30pm to 6:25pm
Princes of Main Princes of Main

Award-nuzzling millennial sketchboys Princes of Main present a new show for 2017. Join these three beautiful nightmares as they test-drive an hour of brand-new sketches for your amusement. Expect general raucousness, lieutenant sketches and admiral fun.
“Fresh, crafty gags for Generation Y” (Time Out).
“Very bloody funny” (Deadline.com).
“Utter genius” (Broadway Baby).
“Fantastic ... tear-inducingly funny” (Young Perspective).

5:30pm to 6:00pm
I Will Carry You Over Hard Times Maarten Zaagman and Falk Hübner

A percussionist performs a musical choreography without instruments, miming movements that are synchronized with sounds - all in thin air. The performer plays marimba, vibraphone, gong, and bass drum, amongst other instruments.

“A mesmerising, absorbing performance that transports you to another dimension.” (Amsterdam Fringe Jury). Winner of the Fringe Spirit Award, Amsterdam Fringe 2016.

5:40pm to 6:40pm
Robyn's Bad Decision Time Robyn Perkins

Everyone has a crazy family. Most have bad relationships. Few justify all passion-driven life decisions with high level scientific research. Laugh through Robyn's unbelievable, yet relatable life stories and discover what happens when you don't think before you act. It's a hilarious hour of chatty, upbeat observational comedy, laced with commentary about today's society.

"Sharp, insightful, touching but above all really, really funny" **** (ThreeWeeks), "Witty and sharp" (Chortle).

English Comedian of the Year Finalist (despite being American).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6:00pm to 7:00pm
The Yanks Are Coming ElAl Productions

This is the fourth show in the series 'Lions Led By Asses' using poetry, song and facts. We shall look at the aftermath of the Somme and Verdun, and facts leading to the US entry in to the war.

We will look at 1917 and the Battles of Ypres and Passchendaele, and life on the home front. We shall sing the usual chorus songs and popular songs of 1917 by Irving Berlin and George M. Cohan and poems by Owen, Sassoon, Robert Graves, Rudyard Kipling and many others.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Under My Thumb CultureClash Theatre & Greenwich Theatre

In a dystopian present, five women are imprisoned for crimes against society. Brought together by a common enemy and facing indefinite incarceration, the one dignity remaining to them is their continuing belief in their own innocence.

The arrival of yet another prisoner seems no surprise, just another woman brought down by the world outside, but is she all that she seems?

“Mesmerising” **** (Broadway Baby),
“Chilling, full of drama, well-acted by the six actors and extremely emotional... a brilliant piece” **** (South London Press),
“A masterpiece” (Maritime Radio).

6:00pm to 7:20pm
Meet Fred Hijinx Theatre

We haven't seen it ourselves yet, but this provocative show with a puppet earned considerable acclaim in Edinburgh last year. The titular Fred is a faceless figure operated by three puppeteers, gradually learning to confront the challenges of life and make his way in the world. But things aren't easy when you need help to move around – and so, Meet Fred draws a telling analogy with real-world attitudes to support and disability. Past reviews praise both its sensitivity and its humour.

Hijinx Theatre in association with Blind Summit.

“Prejudice against puppetry is the only acceptable form of prejudice” (David Sefton, Artistic Director, Adelaide International Festival).

Meet Fred, the two-foot-tall cloth puppet who fights prejudice every day. He just wants to be a regular guy, part of the real world, to get a job and meet a girl, but when threatened with losing his PLA (Puppetry Living Allowance), Fred’s life begins to spiral out of his control.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 sell-out show ‘Meet Fred’ is “sharp, funny and vastly entertaining” (Lyn Gardner, The Guardian).

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Olive and Bosie 368 Theatre Company

Join Lord Alfred Douglas in his prison cell in 1924 as he reflects on his much-publicised relationship with Oscar Wilde and his marriage to his “Princess”, the poet Olive Eleanor Custance.

The award-winning company that presented 'In Conversation with an Acid Bath Murderer' and 'Brighton Killers' last year, returns with a fascinating and intimate piece exploring one of the 20th century's most intriguing homosexual writers.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Sajeela Kershi: Paradise Beneath Her Feet! JAMJAR - Jews and Muslims Joined against Racism

A new work-in-progress show from this multi award-winning comedian. Growing up Sajeela was taught that all mothers should be revered, as paradise lay beneath their feet. A difficult concept to understand for a child suffering from a verucca and sweaty, smelly feet. As an adult still no sign of this elusive paradise either beneath or above the planet she, or any other woman she knew, walked on. Just painful ingrowing toenails and the equally painful realisation that as a BAME woman in the 21st century, she was no nearer to entering the level playing field in gender politics that her white privileged feminist sisters appeared to enjoy. WTF? But what about women who choose not to have children? Are they to be punished and denied paradise? Why are women in her culture either angels or devils? Isn't it time we put the needs of ALL women BAE and rid the world of unnecessary buzz acronyms?

Hilarious stand-up and true anecdotes from the crazy multi-cultural world of Winner of AWA (Acronym you can win) Asian Women of Achievement award.
Star of Edinburgh (formerly Perrier) Award winning show (2007).
**** (ThreeWeeks), **** (One4Review), **** (Broadway Baby).

6:00pm to 6:50pm
Silent Disco Walking Tours with Guru Dudu David Naylor

Guru Dudu returns with his hilarious dance-walking tours where 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 00’s.

Spontaneous flash mob dancing through the streets, interpretative dancing around local landmarks and lots of crazy interaction with onlookers. Your inhibitions will quickly melt away.

Warning: cheeks may hurt from smiling! Check www.gurududu.org/brighton for possible extra tours and schedule changes.

6:00pm to 8:00pm
HIP Trip of Brighton: A Psychedelic Wander Kriya Arts

Hip was one of the most talked-about shows at last year's Fringe, thanks to its unusual mix of licensed voyeurism and collective discovery. It told the story of a squat, the diaries its former owner left behind, and the tale of a much-loved woman's life. Last year's show was confined to a theatre, but this time it's a walking tour – visiting places mentioned in the diaries and recalling the Brighton of the Seventies. The original earned 4* from us, so here's hoping the new version is an equal success.

Award-nominated sell-out hit HIP returns as an immersive journey through the streets of 1970s Brighton. HIP explores the true story of Brightonian Anne Clarke. The discovery of Anne's diaries and letters by squatter Jolie Booth, unearthed a huge archive about the city they've lived in and experiences they've shared. Visit places Anne wrote about and learn how her life left an imprint on the city. "A hugely enjoyable, engaging and at times profound reflection on what we create and what we leave behind" (Total Theatre). "Hip is a must see show. Highly recommended" (Fringe Review). ***** (Broadway Baby).

Touch tours and audio description available as needed. Please enquire upon arrival.

6:00pm to 6:55pm
In Debt We Trust Bitter Abode

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

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

6:00pm to 6:50pm
Stand By Your Nan Blossom TC

The original Educating Rita met Buddha of Suburbia and pretended to be an ordinary working class housewife whilst she went on strange spiritual quests, educated herself, and got an art degree at 88. A sitcom in herself, come hear some hilarious tales of my nan and bring your own to share. It's feminism but not as you know it.

Rachel Sambrooks is a stand-up poet, storyteller and comedian.

Finalist – Writer/Performer ‘Aquarius Cafe’, Sitcom Trials at Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh Fringe 2016
semi-finalist, Old Comedian of the Year 2016
BBC Newsjack, BBC World Cup Tapes writer.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Licence to Laugh Comedy Club Universal Adventurer

Comedy Compilation show of some of the best up and coming comics from the UK Comedy Circuit. Different line-up each day, all hosted by Joe Bains who grew up in the deepest darkest parts of India, and then shipped into the west with no language, culture, looks, social skills or intelligence.

6:15pm to 7:15pm
The Alasdair Beckett-King Mysteries HD Management

Alasdair Beckett-King is a legendary comedian, in that there is little historical evidence he exists. But he does exist. He's an award-winning stand-up comedian bringing his debut solo show to Brighton Fringe. Come and see it, please.

"One to Watch" (Time Out),
“Delicious writing and exceptional observations” (Chortle),
“A bold and fresh comedy voice” (The Stage).
As heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra.

6:30pm to 9:00pm
Tea Mixology Workshop Bluebird Tea Co.

Get creative and learn to blend your own teas with Brighton's tea mixologists, Bluebird Tea Co. An evening of tea tasting, tea blending plus unlimited tea cocktails and drinks throughout!

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Hurricane Michael Barbary Ape

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2016 The weather map is hanging there, dominating the back of the stage. If you grew up at the right time, one glance will trigger a sunny glow of nostalgia: a memory of the days when jumpers were in fashion, temperatures were in Fahrenheit, and presenters reminded you to turn off your TV set before you went to bed. One man bestrides the stage in front of the map, poking its symbols, caressing its curves. This man is an icon. This man is Michael Phish. Read the full review.

This quirky one-man play earned 4* from us in Edinburgh last year, and it's a must-see for anyone who remembers the Eighties with nostalgia. An imagined biography of weatherman Michael Fish – the man who notoriously predicted that there wouldn't be a hurricane – it's filled with sly references to 80s's icons, tossed around on a constant breeze of witty wordplay. Actor Russell Layton captures Fish's essence beautifully, striding the stage in front of a giant weather map.

On the 15th October 1987, the absent father of all storms was about to vent apocalyptic fury upon the south-east corner of the Kingdom of United. In a televised address to the nation, celebrity weatherman and rising national treasure, Michael Phish, relays a different forecast.
Why did this critically acclaimed winning titan of meteorology foresee its arrival, but choose to tell a different story?
Welcome to this world exclusive. The truth behind the Great Storm of 1987.
Shake the hand of the man that shook the meteorological establishment.
Is the BBC fit for purpose? You decide!

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Comedy Sans Frontieres Laughtermarket Productions

Stand-up comedy in support of Medécins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders).

An hour of comedy with a different guest or two each night. Comedy Sans Frontieres takes a look at the upside-down world we live in, with big laughs and the occasional gasp for audiences. It promises to be socially conscious (tick), morally motivated (tick), and clever (mmm, not always). Mostly it's just very silly. Comedy Sans Frontieres supports the charity MSF, donating some of the ticket price to their work in war-torn regions and areas of natural disaster. The show is hosted by Comedy Sans Frontieres founder, Sami Stone.
"Well crafted jokes, touched with poignancy'"(Fringe Review).
Compilation shows from the archive have featured the likes of Sara Pascoe, Katherine Ryan, Robin Ince, Marcus Brigstocke, Nick Helm, Simon Munnery and Josie Long to name a few.

For further precise programming details see 'Junkyard Dogs' website or facebook page.

7:00pm to 7:55pm
The Cult of Comedy presents... The Cult of Comedy

An hour of 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" (The Latest).

7:00pm to 7:50pm
Tracey Tracey Nicola Cross Comedy

Debut show from character comedian, Nicola Cross. Join lovable outsider Tracey as she spends her birthday party alone. Physical comedy that is “equally heartbreaking as it is funny” ***** (Ginger Wig). Nicola is a graduate of prestigious clown school Ecole Philippe Gaulier. She appeared in Sally Phillips' 'Smack the Pony' and 'Dances with Dogs'.

7:00pm to 9:00pm
Faulty Towers The Dining Experience Interactive Theatre International

Chaos ensues as soon as you arrive at this fully immersive show where you dine, served by Basil, Sybil and Manuel. Join them for lashings of laughter, spontaneity and plenty of participation, along with a 3-course meal.

A blend of ingenious comedy, unique theatrical script and improvisation, this multi-sensory experience is perfect for comedy fans, theatre fanatics or anyone who fancies a dinner they’ll never forget.

With critics hailing this internationally acclaimed 5 star show as "Brilliant" (Argus) it’s no wonder it sells out all over the world. It is not to be missed!

7:00pm to 8:30pm
An Dhá: Supertigers An Dhá

Follow multi-award-winning fiddle/cello duo An Dhá as they prowl through an Urban Folk music jungle, hunting perfection and exploring the wilderness of the Celtic tradition. Hear original compositions and traditional Scottish tunes, together in a fusion of sounds influenced by Jazz and grounded in classical virtuosity.

An Dhá means ‘The Two’ in Gaelic; two musicians, Fiddle and Cello, on a journey exploring life and music together.

"[An Dhá] play with bite, with craft, and with soul, the music coming from some vital wellspring within them." (Fringe Review).

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

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

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

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

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

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

Choose life.

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

7:00pm to 8:30pm
Only in Brighton! Only in Brighton

A fact-filled walk celebrating our unique city. Discover what connects ABBA to the Portuguese Revolution. A stained wall to a worldwide brand. Mount Everest to Tesco's in Hove. A 19th century vegetarian. Britain's oldest clown. A same-sex wedding in 1923.

"Thoughtful and captivating" ***** (Love Fringe), "Funny, entertaining and well-informed" **** (Latest 7).

7:00pm to 7:50pm
Jane Postlethwaite: The House Lamb Comedy Productions

Jane Postlethwaite (Funny Women and Squawker Award finalist 2015) brings her multi-character, one-woman show, 'The House', to Brighton. Following a sell-out run at Lamb Comedy and Edinburgh Fringe in 2016, Jane invites you to meet a handful of new dark and surreal characters, each with a secret to hide, all connected to 'The House'.
*****(Comedy Coroner), "A darkly funny show" (Funny Women), "Neat plot, five well-rounded characters. Wonderfully daft and dark" (The List).

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Frontal Lobotomy Jeu Jeu la Foille

Bold, witty, and surreal, burlesque maverick Jeu Jeu la Foille fuses original beat poetry with the tormented lullabies of Tom Waits, punctuated with scientific accounts of perhaps the biggest error of judgment in medical history - the transorbital lobotomy. Dreamlike, passionate and sometimes ridiculous, a dance through the woozy mythology, skewed narrative and embellished truths in the melancholic, irreverent world of Waits, with a unique blend of form and style. Expect gruff puppetry, beatnik burlesque, and a toy shop orchestra of musical reprobates.

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

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

7:00pm to 9:00pm
Refugee Film Festival University of Brighton

Art projections, feature films, documentaries and accompanying talks including film-makers exploring the experiences of refugees. Hosted by Migrant and Refugee Solidarity (M A R S) at the University of Brighton. What are the rights of refugees? Which communities have provided shelter and offered support? What needs to change to solve the refugee 'crisis'? See the films (programme on our website) and join the debate.

7:10pm to 8:10pm
Blooming Mankind / Ingenious Purpose

Patrick Sandford's one-man play Groomed was the big success of last year's theatre programme, sweeping the board at the Fringe awards ceremony and earning a cluster of five-star reviews. Based on his own life experience, it was an unflinchingly candid description of childhood abuse, and the impact it has decades on. This year, he promises something a different: a study of what happiness means, recognising that trauma is hard to escape but offering hope in spite of it all.

Patrick Sandford asked 100 people "How do you know when you are happy?"

The answers - provocative, kaleidoscopic, astonishing - jump-started this crazy, optimistic-in-spite-of-everything show. Can we ever really shift our troubles, even our trauma? You must be joking. Can happiness be a key? Well it ain’t always easy but you have to try it on for size.

Patrick's 2016 show 'Groomed' won three major Brighton Fringe awards for theatre. Don't miss this one!

Note: one lucky audience volunteer at each performance will receive a full professional neck massage. No obligation.

7:15pm to 8:10pm
Ellie Taylor: Work In Progress CatFace Talent

Star of 'Live at the Apollo', 'Mock the Week' and Radio 4’s 'The Now Show', tries out some new jokes for an hour or so. If she's written enough new jokes that is. If not, she might have to drag some comedy pals along to bulk it out a bit. Or she may not. Or she may just hook her laptop up to a projector so we can all watch Hollyoaks.

“Radiates natural charisma... blessed with great flair” (Guardian),

“Smart, self mocking, and telegenic. It’s hard to see what’s going to get in Taylor’s way” (Scotsman).

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

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

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

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

7:30pm to 10:00pm
Bach's Sonatas & Partitas for solo Violin & Chamber music for String Trio & Guitar Music at Saint Michael's

We welcome violinist Benedict Cruft along with his fine Cruft-Robertson-Pleeth String Trio and guest guitarist, Paul Gregory. The Bach: Saturday is the Partitas in E and D minor and the Sonata in A minor. Sunday is the G minor and C major Sonatas and the B minor Partita. Friday 19th is the 3 Beethoven Op. 9 Trios and a Trio movement by Schubert. Friday 26th is the Schubert B flat string Trio, his G major Guitar Quartet with Paul Gregory and Beethoven's Op. 8 Serenade. Friday the 2nd is a Bach Organ Sonata in arrangement, Beethoven's Op. 3 Trio and the Mozart Divertimento in E flat. Free parking is available.

7:30pm to 8:25pm
Man of a 1000 Farces Bosco Speigeltent

Prepare for a schlock'n'roll explosion of magic, sideshow, physical comedy and a new high in lowbrow. Let this international man of misery take you on a psychedelic freak-out.

"A marvellous routine, a brilliant magician" (Nicholas Parsons).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Olive and Bosie 368 Theatre Company

Join Lord Alfred Douglas in his prison cell in 1924 as he reflects on his much-publicised relationship with Oscar Wilde and his marriage to his “Princess”, the poet Olive Eleanor Custance.

The award-winning company that presented 'In Conversation with an Acid Bath Murderer' and 'Brighton Killers' last year, returns with a fascinating and intimate piece exploring one of the 20th century's most intriguing homosexual writers.

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

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

7:30pm to 10:00pm
Carnesky's Finishing School: Brighton Fringe Graduation Night Carnesky's Finishing School

Described as an esoteric St Trinian’s for the queer cabaret generation, Carnesky’s Finishing School has been helping people discover and hone their creative talent since 2010. Artist and headmistress Marisa Carnesky has helped launch a whole new generation of bold, transgressive performers onto London’s mercurial alternative cabaret/performance art scene and is now bringing her legendary school to Brighton Fringe, the spiritual home of radical stagecraft.

Fresh from an acclaimed 3-month Soho residency, Carnesky’s Finishing School occupies a unique space in which emerging and novice performers receive a level of support, guidance and mentoring that is simply is not accessible elsewhere.

The resulting 'Graduation Night' show, hosted by Marisa Carnesky, will include solo performances created over a 5-day course, special guest performances from former students, an alternative stage school disco and countless other delights.

Join us for what has in recent years established itself as one of the performance art world's most exciting and unpredictable showcases.

Come and witness the results of this intensive performance art journey! Watch talent as it becomes emergent in front of your very eyes! Gasp at the originality and scope of cabaret's latest pretenders!

If you are interested in booking a place on the course, please visit www.carnesky.com for details.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Stuart Black: Flea Circus Stuart Black

Shakespeare said the world is a stage and we are all players. Does that ring true for you? Stuart Black uses his twisted and razor-sharp humour to examine the world we live in, and look back at his life of alcohol and drug-fuelled adventures. His conclusion?... It’s more of a Flea Circus.

What the press say:
"Comic-philosopher" (Londonisfunny.co.uk),
"Pitch black but spectacularly smart" (The List).

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

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

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

3 stars Lulu is about a wild young woman who is very attractive, but abused and lost. Her attraction is both her greatest strength and her biggest problem. Her past is murky and deprived; her father is cruel and vindictive, so she finds herself at a very young age alone in the world, not knowing who to trust or how to be a woman. Read the full review.

A new theatrical adaptation of Frank Wedekind's seminal classic, "Lulu", by Scott Roberts. This play follows the life of a passionate young woman whose true nature - one of sexual candour and freedom - leads her on a journey into the moral hypocrisy of bourgeois society and, ultimately, to her tragic destruction. In a world where a sexual predator can be elected President, there is no better time to highlight this new breed of misogyny, and the double standards confident women face every day.

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

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

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Licence to Laugh Comedy Club Universal Adventurer

Comedy Compilation show of some of the best up and coming comics from the UK Comedy Circuit. Different line-up each day, all hosted by Joe Bains who grew up in the deepest darkest parts of India, and then shipped into the west with no language, culture, looks, social skills or intelligence.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Simon Plotkin is Gerald Galbraith: Troubadour Simon Plotkin Productions

The critically acclaimed Edinburgh sell-out comes to Brighton Fringe.

What do you do when your singing partner vanishes? Twee Scottish children’s entertainer Gerald ‘Wee Gerry Hoots’ Galbraith grew a beard and went full art-folk. Can he achieve the greatness he thinks he already has? Join Gerald for an evening of poetry and songs from his new album 'Troubadour' and hear his story.

The palpably unique, possibly moving but definitely ridiculous character comedy solo debut from Simon Plotkin.

“A stirring, occasionally troubling dissemination of one man’s collapse in the face of public disdain and personal woe. Plotkin has the tension spot on” (The List).

“I don’t know what that was but I thoroughly enjoyed it” (Mike Wozniak).

8:00pm to 9:20pm
Movin' Melvin Brown presents 'Me and Otis' Movin' Melvin Brown

The multi-award-winning entertainer with sold-out performances brings back his sensational soul show. "The best musical experience" ****½ (RipItUp.com.au). Melvin does Otis Redding's soul and more: an extravaganza of song, dance, tap and soulful funk! Following a huge success at Sydney Opera House's guest appearance for Club Swizzle, Melvin's been described as a "singing, tapping, tail-feather-shaking entertainment machine" **** (Time Out). Featured artist at Oprah Winfrey's birthday party, Melvin has appeared alongside Stevie Wonder, James Brown and Lionel Richie. "Exceptional, sheer brilliance" ***** (Scotsman)

8:00pm to 9:40pm
The Life & Death of Puppet King Richard II BowerBird Prague

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

8:00pm to 8:50pm
Silent Disco Walking Tours with Guru Dudu David Naylor

Guru Dudu returns with his hilarious dance-walking tours where 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 00’s.

Spontaneous flash mob dancing through the streets, interpretative dancing around local landmarks and lots of crazy interaction with onlookers. Your inhibitions will quickly melt away.

Warning: cheeks may hurt from smiling! Check www.gurududu.org/brighton for possible extra tours and schedule changes.

8:00pm to 8:50pm
Sooz Kempner: Sooz on Film Lamb Comedy Productions

Cinephile comedian Sooz (Funny Women Variety Award winner) really wants to win an Oscar and in this brand new stand-up show for movie fans, she’ll make the case for how she can.
"Fantastically funny... this is a woman who belongs on the stage" (Chortle), "Just brilliant and one not to be missed" ***** (West End Wilma).

8:00pm to 9:15pm
Mocks, Shocks and Two Smoking Coffee Cups Random Acts Theatre Company

Ever since I first discovered them several years ago, Random Acts' oddball immersive specials have been a fixture in my Fringe schedule. The style and topic changes from year to year: in the past we've had shows in cars, museums, and the breakfast room of a hotel. It's never meant to be taken too seriously and the edges are sometimes rough, but if you get into the spirit it's always good fun. And if you like, there are usually light-hearted opportunities for the audience to get involved in the show.

It's a new term and welcome to the Claremont School of Life where many a member of staff has plenty to say about their working day. Be prepared to witness ups and downs, tears and tantrums, the pain and glory of a group of people united only by counting down the days until the next holiday! And who exactly was the mysterious 'Mr Nobody' that broke the switch on the hot water urn and forgot to feed the gerbil over the holidays? All will be revealed in this interactive and fast moving fiasco, with a surprise or two along the way!

8:00pm to 9:15pm
Coming Clean: Life As A Naked House Cleaner Fracas Studios

Coming Clean: Life As A Naked House Cleaner is an immersive theatre show about sexual fantasy- it's also funny and true and asks us to look at our own vulnerabilities. This piece of new writing comes from Ethan Mechare who takes you through his stories as a naked house cleaner when he moved to London from Los Angeles. Are you ready to get cleansed?

8:00pm to 10:00pm
Bom-Bane's Musical History of 24 George St, Brighton & Other Shows Bom-Bane Family Players

An original musical & gastromonical journey from the 5th Century settlement of Boerthlelm's Tun to Brighton in 1795, with affectionate portraits of the colourful inhabitants of 24 George St from its construction to present day Bom-Bane's. Also see www.bom-banes.com for Jane B-B solo, Rosie Brown (orig. jazzy folk), Kate Daisy Grant (orig. folk-pop songs), Daisy Jordan (puppetry), Jo Neary (kids' alternative comedy/puppets), Nick Pynn (composer/multi-instrumentalist), Velvettes (close harmony trio/songs from 20s to 60s & room to dance!), 'Memorial' (local poets perform new version of the Iliad)Also see www.bom-banes.com for Velvettes (close harmony trio/songs from 20s to 60s & room to dance!) 4th, Nick Pynn (composer/multi-instrumentalist) 5th; Kate Daisy Grant (orig. folk-pop songs) 6th, Jo Neary (kids' alternative comedy/puppets) 6th, 7th, 13th & 14th, Jane B-B solo 11th, Daisy Jordan (puppetry) 12th, Local poets as The Blue Lotus Cafe: music, poetry and song 14th & 15th, Rosie Brown (orig. jazzy folk) 16th

8:15pm to 9:15pm
Urges Ben Carter and James McDonnell

Do you like jokes? Do you like chaos? Do you like air? Do you like songs? Do you like being shouted at? Do you like tomatoes? Do you like hair? Do you like human men? Come along then. If you want.

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

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

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

8:30pm to 9:25pm
Alice Marshall: Blood Vicious Productions

Critically-acclaimed comedy actress and character comedian Alice Marshall returns to Brighton Fringe with ‘Blood’, the follow-up to her smash-hit 2016 debut show ‘Vicious.’ With her signature collection of weird and wonderful characters who are silly, sexy and smart in equal measure, Alice takes a long, hard look at the darker side of humanity.
“My only hope is that Alice Marshall gets her own TV show. She’s the one you’ll be glad you saw before she got big. See this show” ***** (Short Com),
“A raised revolutionary fist towards the future of smart female comedy. Astonishing” ***** (Female Arts).

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

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

8:30pm to 9:25pm
Museumpiece Arna Spek

Arna Spek (BBC Radio 4 New act competition, Leicester Square theatre New act semi final 2016) is ready to make you laugh! Join her for a hilarious 30 minute stand-up comedy show about how she belongs in a Museum. In fact, she already is a true museum piece. Stories of dangerous awkwardness and hilarious observations will come flying at you! Can Arna survive in 21st century Britain? It is a question that might be more literal than she wants it to be. A show about enjoying this modern society.

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

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

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

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

Relaxed performances Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun.

8:35pm to 9:20pm
Blocked Pure Fluke Theatre

A black comedy about the silence society imposes on the infertile, and how a famous comedian's act unravels as she cannot bear to not bear a child.

“Curious and effective... skilfully written and handled” (There Ought To Be Clowns).

“Comic gem... genuine laugh out loud moments” (Grumpy Gay Critic).

“Snappy dialogue and wonderful characters” (Camden Fringe Review).

8:45pm to 10:00pm
Trainspotting King's Head Theatre & IYFT presented by James Seabright

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

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

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

Choose life.

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

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Robin Morgan: Free Man So Comedy by arrangement with Troika

The utterly hilarious and utterly heartwarming debut hour of stand-up from Robin Morgan (Writer of 'Have I Got News For You', 'Newzoids', 'The News Quiz' and the 'Now Show'). A hit at last year's Edinburgh Fringe - come and see why.

One true story. In December 2014. Robin planned to propose to his girlfriend. What happened next, he didn't expect.

"Both a phenomenal comic and storyteller. A very charming set and hugely uplifting" (Broadway Baby).

**** (Sunday Times), **** (Broadway Baby), **** (DarkChat), ****½ (NE Theatre Guide).

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Tom Ward: Work In Progress CKP

Tom Ward (Comedy Central / BBC Worldwide / Radio 4 Extra) is back! After a hugely successful debut hour at Edinburgh 2016 he returns to Brighton for a work-in-progress of his follow-up, provisionally titled 'Asides and Besides'. Join him as he takes the scattered nuts and bolts of his brain and attempts to find the right screws to attach them to. Expect lots of words and thoughts, for very little money.

“Fine jokes and star presence... a star in the making.” (TimeOut)

"Equal parts hilarious and bizarre... one of the most impressive, distinctive acts around." (Bruce Dessau - Beyond the Joke).

9:00pm to 10:45pm
The Lady Boys of Bangkok: Who Runs the World Tour Exchange Events Ltd

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

9:00pm to 10:00pm
The Frow Show 3KG

After 3 sell-out runs in its native town of Forest Row in East Sussex, The Frow Show comes down the M23 to take the Brighton Fringe. A 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 breathing life into brilliant characters and musical numbers that use real musicians. Good ol'fashioned sketch comedy, done well. A fantastically entertaining show that won't disappoint.

Touch tours available. Please email mikesengelow@gmail.com to book.

9:00pm to 10:00pm
One in Four The CHANCE Collective

A newly-devised piece exploring issues of mental health. A sympathetic yet playful look at three different stories and perspectives currently affecting an ever-growing number of sufferers around the world. Using text, movement, music and autobiographical experience, The CHANCE Collective presents its debut production.

Ticket sales will be donated to Oakleaf Enterprise, a charity providing vocational training and support for people with mental illnesses.

9:00pm to 10:00pm
The Sweet Release Sweet Venues

This is how your night at Brighton 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.

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

9:00pm to 10:30pm
La Llorona, the Weeping Woman Writing Our Legacy

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

9:00pm to 9:50pm
Gould & McCarthy: Death, Goths, Kittens & Other Cute Things Lamb Comedy Productions

Brighton comics Vicky Gould and Joe McCarthy join forces to bring you an hour of quirky off-beat humour.

Joe presents 'Laugh After Death' AKA 'Putting The Fun Into Funeral'; a half-hour of comedy for anyone that's lost somebody, contemplated the death of somebody or is thinking of dying at some point in the future.

Character comic Vicky showcases her musical musings as Russian goth Veruska, who hates everyone and everything except for Robert Pattinson. Also featuring a heartbroken crazy cat-lady whose wardrobe choices are worth the ticket money alone... As heard on BBC New Comedy Awards.

9:30pm to 10:30pm
The Maydays present: Happily Never After The Maydays

Award-winning improv theatre company 'The Maydays' presents 'Happily Never After', a twisted, dark musical tale inspired by fairy tales, Gothic themes and the warped imagination of Tim Burton (director: ‘Sleepy Hollow’, ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’, ‘Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children’).
Created from the seed of your suggestions, 'The Maydays' will take you on a unique journey, weaving a Gothic tale that’s different every time. With a bespoke, improvised soundtrack for every show, this will be a truly creepy and fantastical experience.
“Hilarious!” (Colin Mochrie, Whose Line Is it Anyway?).

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Even God Knew I Was GAY Jilberto Soto

In case you were wondering...

Jilberto is a Seattle-based comic who has brought his talents to London. He is a corporate professional snob during the day and just a snob at night. His sexual and racial (Mexican) comedic style have often been referred to as personal yet embarrassing by his older brother.

What about the show...

This show will immerse the audience explaining my move from Seattle to London, with the exploration of a gay dating struggle for a Catholic Mexican. Overall, it’s the journey to find what acceptance means within one self.

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Circus'sission: Those That Made The Cut! Brighton Spiegeltent with Head First Acrobats

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.

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

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

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

9:45pm to 11:00pm
SpokeEasy Big In Parts Theatre Company

Do you remember a time when we all SpokeEasy? A time before every movement, word and thought was watched? Before cameras in trees?

Come! Follow the signs for The Yellow Canary, a retro cabaret set in a near future with peculiar wanton acts that tell the story of how we got from there to here. Bring your lovers (if you're sure they're not informers), buy a drink, settle back, hear the band, see the dancers! Roll dice and take your chances : but be warned, the Yellow Canary is on the lookout for something, and she'll sing if she has to.

(Includes contraband speech and genuine bootleg objects).

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Zach & Viggo: Dream Team Stamptown

Winner: Best Comedy Award, Brighton Fringe, 2016.
Winner: Critics Choice Award, Brighton Fringe, 2016.

After a successful tour across Europe, Australia and the US, Norwegian-American comedy duo Zach & Viggo return to Brighton for the premiere of their brand-new show, ‘Dream Team’! Directed by Jonny Woolley.

“Absurd, creative, enjoyable and unique - a true fringe highlight” ***** (The Latest).

“Your new favourite double act” ****.5 (Steve Bennett, Chortle).

“Everyone is a little bit in love with them” **** (The Scotsman).

“It’s good... Wait, I don’t know these guys” (Dr. Brown).

10:00pm to 10:50pm
Darren Walsh: S'PUN Lamb Comedy Productions

Fresh from winning Dave's 'Joke of the Fringe', Darren Walsh set to work on 'S’Pun', the follow-up to 2015’s 5 star show 'Punderbolt', cramming in even more animations, videos and sound effects.
Darren brought this show to Edinburgh Fringe in 2016, but broke his arm cycling with a deckchair. This year, he's going to perform it with two arms. Darren made the Top 10 Jokes of the Fringe in The Guardian, The Mirror and The Telegraph.
"Unstoppable tsunami of stupid puns." (Chortle), "The most pun you can have with your clothes on." (Mirror), **** (Sunday Express), **** (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine).

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Sean McLoughlin: You Can't Ignore Me Forever Sean McLoughlin

Heal your wounds with another hour of stand-up from "The best comedian you haven't heard of yet" (Time Out), "One brilliant punchline after another... a comedian who is in complete control" **** (The List), "At once hilarious and painfully revelatory" **** (Chortle), "blindsides you out of nowhere" **** (Shortcom), "A terrifically intense, eloquent hour of comedy" (The Independent), ***** (Threeweeks), **** (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine), **** (Broadway Baby).

As seen on Russell Howard's 'Stand-Up Central' and 'Comedy Central Live At The Comedy Store'. Support act for Ricky Gervais and Katherine Ryan.

10:00pm to 10:50pm
Odjo: King of the Ocean ODJO

Odjo. A beautiful idiot – raised by performing elephants.

Our reporter spent three months living at sea with an idiot fisherman named Odjo. He witnessed bizarre martial arts practices, unruly animal impressions and unhealthy absurdities that reduced him to tears of laughter.

Narrated by the multi-award winning Trygve Wakenshaw.

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

The worldwide hit show returns with a revolving line-up of great comedians from around the Fringe with hilarious material based around that most noble of pursuits, shagging!

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

"Spectacular... amazing" ***** (Melbourne Comedy Festival).

"Excellent" ***** (www.edfringe.com).

"Utterly hilarious" ****½ (The West Australian, Perth Fringe World).

"The show had me laughing from start to finish... one of the best value comedies I’ve seen at this year’s fringe" **** (Broadway Baby).

10:30pm to 11:30pm
Petrushka Crimson Horse Theatre

Petrushka loves the Dancer... the Dancer loves the Moor... the Moor loves himself! In a world where puppets move without strings, who will win the girl and craved freedom? Crimson Horse Theatre relaunches in this year's Brighton Fringe Festival by returning to the original dark Russian folk tale that toured the fairgrounds in the Victorian Era, long before Stravinski's ballet. This five handed performance gives the tale of Petrushka a new lease of life. Will the evil Puppet Master have his wicked way and get his desired power? Is the Grinning Terror all he seems? And will Petrushka finally find his voice? Directed and adapted by Sascha Cooper

11:00pm to 2:00am
Club De Fromage Club De Fromage

Started by ex-gangster Fat Tony and now run by his half-wit son, Slow Alfie, this is the club that time forgot.

Bring your dancing shoes (you will need them) and let Slow Alfie and the Club de Fromage performers entertain you on a bumpy trip through the musical decades!

We're on every Saturday at the O2 Academy Islington.

11:00pm to 11:50pm
Happy Hour Heather Shaw & Olga Koch

You heard Heather Shaw and Olga Koch on BBC Radio. You saw them in the 'So You Think You're Funny' semi-finals, and now they present a high octave hour of comedy based around the one thing that unites the British people: discount booze. There will be one-liners, there will be overly personal anecdotes and, most importantly, there will be shots! Many people like to party but only the chosen few really know how.

11:15pm to 12:15am
Haven't a Clue..! Stu Turner

Think you know charades? Think again! After two sell-out years, 'Haven’t a Clue..!' returns for a third year, only this time in the late night slot for an X-rated version!

In this crazy, hilarity-filled hour, comedy meets game show meets improv, as 2 teams of Brighton Fringe comics, pit their skills and wit against each other with this hysterical twist on the classic.

With host Stu Turner overseeing the proceedings, you’ll get to laugh and cheer at the pure filth, and decide who gets crowned winners in this crazy game show!

You'll never look at charades the same way again!

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

The legendary late show returns.

11:30pm to 12:30am
LJ DA FUNK in... Last Brexit to 'ooklyn LJ DA FUNK

Abrasive satire for Guardian-readers disguised as sensationalist whimsy for Sun-readers so as not to alienate the proletariat. Blasting Brexit head-on with all the vitriol of Nigel Farage at a multicultural jamboree, Alabama's most dangerous export tackles the new order of British and world fascism with his raucous wit and bombast. Imagine Ian Hislop on crack.

Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year winner.
LaughingHorse New Act of the Year finalist.

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

12:00am to 12:00am
Barbara Merkriti

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

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

12:30am to 1:25am
A Beginners Guide To Bondage Sara Mason

A funny, naughty romp through the world of fetish. Have you seen '50 Shades of Grey'? Are you fetish-curious? Do you ever feel like a change from vanilla sex? Mistress Venitia, in her dungeon, answers enquiries on her twenty phones, and books BDSM sessions. Dressed in a catsuit and thigh boots, she books the weird and wonderful clients who want to act out their fantasies. Using video and pictures to show the equipment and instruments used, Mistress has several racy sketches for her two slaves to demonstrate and play. The slaves have plenty of opportunities for bravado and buffoonery.