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7:00am to 9:00pm
Free Yoga All Day at Space Yoga Studio Space Yoga Studio

Come stretch, unwind, strengthen and get to know your body more during a day of yoga, meditation and celebration at Brighton's newest and most attractive studio.

Space Yoga Studio welcomes one and all to a day of free yoga classes at the beautifully restored St. Augustine's Centre for the arts, spirituality and well-being.

Classes will be led by Brighton's finest instructors in Space Yoga's huge, contemporary and serene studio. From Vinyasa Flow to Yin, the doors will be open all day with mats, props, tea and smiles provided. Check us out online, and hope to see you there yogis and yoginis!

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.

10:00am to 12:00pm
WARMTH Pop-up Sauna WARMTH BRIGHTON

'WARMTH' is a mobile, wood-fired sauna; dark, timber-lined and löyly filled. Heat up, cool down - the sea is your plunge pool.

Impromptu performances animate the 'WARMTH' sauna, whilst at other times it’s simply a place to relax. Appealing to all the senses, this warm, fragrant haven creates a pocket of Finland on Brighton Beach.

2 hour sessions:
Changing bell tent
Learn the art of making löyly
80c-100c temperature approx
Capacity 6
All sessions are mixed gender
Bring 2 towels (one for sitting on), swimsuit, water bottle and beach shoes
Children under 12

10:00am to 10:50am
Captain Cauliflower and Marvin the Mischievous Moose Mad Etiquette

Come and join the invincible Captain Cauliflower and his faithful companion Marvin on an unforgettable adventure, filled with extreme silliness and unquestionable danger.

Marvin the Mischievous Moose presents Captain Cauliflower with a mystical magic hat that gives him super powers. We then follow his adventures into outer space and deep under the ocean, saving those in peril, but can he beat his arch nemesis, the evil and odorous Onion Man?

"Dan and Neil are highly skilled, hilarious and simply two of the best clowns around" (Manchester Clown Festival)

10:00am to 12:30pm
Greek Mythology Tour of Brighton Classical Association Funded Greek Mythology Tour of Brighton

Join Dr Amanda Potter from the Open University for a tour of Brighton focusing on 20 (ish) objects with links to stories from Greek mythology.

This 90 minute walking tour includes a visit to Brighton Museum & Art Gallery (please bring ID if you are a Brighton resident; admission price included for non-residents), North Laine, Old Steine, and ends with a short bus ride and visit to Hove Museum & Art Gallery (bus fare not included in ticket price).

Associated images will be provided beforehand to print or view on mobile devices. Please wear outdoor clothing.

10:00am to 10:45am
Take Shelter! Downs Junior School

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940s when visiting our original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground.

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space.

Morning tours (10:00 - 12:00) can be pre-booked via the Brighton Fringe office. Afternoon tours (12:00 - 16:00) are available to book in person on the day.

10:00am to 5:00pm
Wordstock Brighton 2018 Bovine Cemetery

A whole day of literary loveliness for you, your kids, your gran; everybody. Think live performances, open mic, workshops, book-fabulous stalls, food, music. All in collaboration with the city's best and brightest; all whirling around in Brighton's wonderful Open Market. Find us on Facebook for the full schedule and how to get involved.

10:00am to 5:30pm
No Laughing Matter; An Introduction to Sitcom Writing Alison Vernon-Smith and Harry Venning

One-day sitcom writing workshop taught by two hugely experienced industry insiders who offer insight and instruction from two perspectives; writing and production.

Harry Venning writer of Radio 4's Clare in the Community and comedy Executive Producer Alison Vernon-Smith show you how to kick down the door of commissioning editors, slap them in the face with a script they can’t ignore and book your seat at the front table at the BAFTAs.

10:00am to 11:30am
Quiet Down There Market Drop-ins Quiet Down There

Free creative-fun for families. Join us in the Open Market every Saturday and let your imagination fly. See what you can make from a range of materials found in and around the market from vegetables to second-hand books!

Find us upstairs in Studio 6 between 10-11.30am, Saturdays throughout May and June, no need to book just drop-in.

10:15am to 11:00am
Take Shelter! Downs Junior School

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940s when visiting our original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground.

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space.

Morning tours (10:00 - 12:00) can be pre-booked via the Brighton Fringe office. Afternoon tours (12:00 - 16:00) are available to book in person on the day.

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.

10:30am to 11:20am
Learn to Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

Experience the potter's wheel and learn a new skill in our friendly and inviting studio. We will show you how and then guide you through the process of making your own pot!

Come alone or with friends – you can even try and capture that Demi Moore & Patrick Swayze 'Ghost' moment if you'd like.

Leave your pot with us to be glazed and fired, then collect it three weeks later or get it posted to you for a small extra charge.

*Please note there are only eight places per session, so if you're coming with friends it's best to book at the same time to avoid disappointment.

10:30am to 11:15am
Take Shelter! Downs Junior School

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940s when visiting our original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground.

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space.

Morning tours (10:00 - 12:00) can be pre-booked via the Brighton Fringe office. Afternoon tours (12:00 - 16:00) are available to book in person on the day.

10:45am to 11:30am
Take Shelter! Downs Junior School

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940s when visiting our original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground.

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space.

Morning tours (10:00 - 12:00) can be pre-booked via the Brighton Fringe office. Afternoon tours (12:00 - 16:00) are available to book in person on the day.

11:00am to 12:00pm
Monski Mouse's Baby Disco Dance Hall Monski Mouse Media

Why toddle when you can dance! Parents and under-5s are let loose on the dance floor in the friendliest of discos. Created by DJ, producer and mum of two, Monski Mouse. Get your disco-dancing-booties on to an eclectic selection of retro hits and funky nursery rhymes.

"Tune after tune perfectly chosen for the youngsters... It's surely the best baby dance party in the city". ******* (Edinburgh Evening News)

"It’s not often you see a load of grown men get down on the floor and meow - but then this was no ordinary gig." (South London Press)

"Absolutely joyous" ***** (Edinburgh Families)

11:00am to 1:00pm
Exploring Senses 'MakerLab Monsters' Exploring Senses CIC

Have you ever watched 'Toy Story' and thought Sid’s mutant toys were kinda cool? Then you’re gonna love ‘MakerLab Monsters’. Learn how to use 3D pens and re-use toys destined for landfill in a draw, cut, stick and sew workshop. Next, photograph and digitally edit your monsters and print them onto your own personalised t-shirt.

The workshop takes place at our new Exploring Senses MakerLab and lasts about 2hrs, with all materials and equipment provided. We can also provide other combined art, craft and digital activities, including 3D scanning, 3D printing, digital, full-colour heat press and silkscreen printing.

11:00am to 11:45am
Take Shelter! Downs Junior School

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940s when visiting our original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground.

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space.

Morning tours (10:00 - 12:00) can be pre-booked via the Brighton Fringe office. Afternoon tours (12:00 - 16:00) are available to book in person on the day.

11:00am to 12:40pm
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.

11:00am to 1:00pm
Equity: Cracking a contract Equity

If you work on a contract, issue a contract or want to do either, then come to this workshop and find out what should be included, what to look out for and how to avoid pitfalls and problems.

11:00am to 1:00pm
WARMTH Pop-up Sauna WARMTH BRIGHTON

'WARMTH' is a mobile, wood-fired sauna; dark, timber-lined and löyly filled. Heat up, cool down - the sea is your plunge pool.

Impromptu performances animate the 'WARMTH' sauna, whilst at other times it’s simply a place to relax. Appealing to all the senses, this warm, fragrant haven creates a pocket of Finland on Brighton Beach.

2 hour sessions:
Changing bell tent
Learn the art of making löyly
80c-100c temperature approx
Capacity 6
All sessions are mixed gender
Bring 2 towels (one for sitting on), swimsuit, water bottle and beach shoes
Children under 12

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.

11:00am to 1:00pm
Brighton Station Tours: Limited Spaces Jackie Marsh-Hobbs

These amazing tours only happen during Brighton Fringe. A chance to learn about the hidden places, local history and wonderful engineering of Brighton's grade II* listed railway station.

Meet five minutes before the tour at the front of Brighton Station, with permission from Southern Railway.

11:00am to 12:30pm
Embassy Court Tours Bluestorm Limited

Six walking tours of Embassy Court lasting between an hour and 90 minutes, during which time participants visit a flat, the roof terrace, the small tank museum and walk around parts of the front and rear of the building, The entrance of Embassy Court includes the blue plaque of former resident, Edward Zeff MBE, and Croix de Guerre awarded for his bravery after WW2. We hope that a new mural will be completed for the Embassy Court Hallway.

11:15am to 12:00pm
Take Shelter! Downs Junior School

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940s when visiting our original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground.

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space.

Morning tours (10:00 - 12:00) can be pre-booked via the Brighton Fringe office. Afternoon tours (12:00 - 16:00) are available to book in person on the day.

11:30am to 12:15pm
Take Shelter! Downs Junior School

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940s when visiting our original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground.

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space.

Morning tours (10:00 - 12:00) can be pre-booked via the Brighton Fringe office. Afternoon tours (12:00 - 16:00) are available to book in person on the day.

11:30am to 12:20pm
Learn to Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

Experience the potter's wheel and learn a new skill in our friendly and inviting studio. We will show you how and then guide you through the process of making your own pot!

Come alone or with friends – you can even try and capture that Demi Moore & Patrick Swayze 'Ghost' moment if you'd like.

Leave your pot with us to be glazed and fired, then collect it three weeks later or get it posted to you for a small extra charge.

*Please note there are only eight places per session, so if you're coming with friends it's best to book at the same time to avoid disappointment.

11:30am to 12:15pm
Nathan & Ida's Hot Dog Stand Nathan & Ida

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

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

11:45am to 12:30pm
Take Shelter! Downs Junior School

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940s when visiting our original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground.

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space.

Morning tours (10:00 - 12:00) can be pre-booked via the Brighton Fringe office. Afternoon tours (12:00 - 16:00) are available to book in person on the day.

12:00pm to 12:45pm
Mr Pineapple Head Mr Pineapple Head

A family, clown, theatre show. 'Mr Pineapple Head' works in the style of a silent clown, performing physical comedy and slapstick routines to music. Genuinely funny, professional silliness! It's a Brunswick Fringe tradition!

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Breaking the Magicians' Code with Kane & Abel Kane & Abel

Anarchic twin tricksters Kane & Abel will break all the rules of the Magicians' Code of Conduct passed down to them by their grandfather, to prove that it feels great to be bad! Codes broken during the show range from 'never reveal how a trick is done' and 'never perform another magician's trick' to 'never perform when people are eating' and 'never re-enact your birth through escapology'.

"A superb mixture of humour, magic and audience participation - a thoroughly enjoyable experience" (Ed Fringe Review)

"Excellent entertainment ... Brilliant show"(Velvet Box Office)

12:00pm to 2:00pm
WARMTH Pop-up Sauna WARMTH BRIGHTON

'WARMTH' is a mobile, wood-fired sauna; dark, timber-lined and löyly filled. Heat up, cool down - the sea is your plunge pool.

Impromptu performances animate the 'WARMTH' sauna, whilst at other times it’s simply a place to relax. Appealing to all the senses, this warm, fragrant haven creates a pocket of Finland on Brighton Beach.

2 hour sessions:
Changing bell tent
Learn the art of making löyly
80c-100c temperature approx
Capacity 6
All sessions are mixed gender
Bring 2 towels (one for sitting on), swimsuit, water bottle and beach shoes
Children under 12

12:00pm to 1:00pm
LET'S BUILD A PLANET! The Incredible Rebel All-Stars

Imagine designing your own planet. What colour would the sea be? How many legs would a donkey have? What would the farts smell like? Well now’s your chance to choose! Join a madcap team of World Builders on a hilarious, big-banging adventure. Escape from the sinister Robo-Cops, get lost in an alien forest and bring new light to the universe!

This is an immersive comedy, suitable for ages 3-3000. Come prepared to laugh and play. Extra-terrestrials welcome. Don't forget your thinking cap.

“Stunningly creative” (Fringe Guru)

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

12:00pm to 4:00pm
Invisible Voices of Brighton & Hove Invisible Voices

Invisible Voices raises awareness of homeless issues in Brighton & Hove. This varies from providing the public with an insight into local causes and consequences, to evoking the raw emotion of actually being homeless. The latter is achieved through the spoken and written word, as well as photography. Contributing artists will perform and read live during the exhibition sessions.

12:00pm to 12:45pm
Big Berg Laughing Horse Free Festival

What happens when you want to stick the flag into untrodden snow but someone else beats you to it?

Join this opera clown on a confusing journey into man’s fascination with owning every bit of the world, against all the protests of Mother Nature. Expect something like Vaughan Williams on synths, existential crises in the Antarctic seas, floating on drifting icebergs and a profound yearning for toast.

Inspired by the journals, ambitions and adventures of Ernest Shackleton and Robert Scott, Eleanor Westbrook has decided to get in on the adventure-and-conquer lark, 100 years later.

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.

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Harriet Braine's Apocalibrary Harriet Braine

A work-in-progress musical comedy show from 2016's Funny Women winner. Trump has decided that literally breaking the internet is the only way he can stop people being mean to him. Braine, as government-appointed Apocalibrarian, must now answer enquiries from frightened and confused members of the community (i.e. idiots).

Praise for Harriet Braine's act: "If you like musical comedy with a twist Harriet will have you howling” (Metro)
“A song from Harriet Braine that perfectly articulated our feelings about Tracey Emin: who knew we needed one?” (The Latest)

12:00pm to 2:30pm
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.

12:30pm to 1:20pm
Learn to Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

Experience the potter's wheel and learn a new skill in our friendly and inviting studio. We will show you how and then guide you through the process of making your own pot!

Come alone or with friends – you can even try and capture that Demi Moore & Patrick Swayze 'Ghost' moment if you'd like.

Leave your pot with us to be glazed and fired, then collect it three weeks later or get it posted to you for a small extra charge.

*Please note there are only eight places per session, so if you're coming with friends it's best to book at the same time to avoid disappointment.

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.

12:30pm to 1:40pm
Pick of the Fringe Otherplace Productions Ltd

Not sure what to see? Don't fret, we've done the work for you and hand-picked this week's top tips.

Shows from across Brighton Fringe will be showcasing snippets of their work to whet your appetite every weekend lunchtime.

Different line-ups every show. All for just a fiver.

1:00pm to 2:00pm
Classical Saturdays: Lunchtime Recitals at St Michael's Music at Saint Michael's

Ambrose Page and Friends present 'Celebrating Haydn' - piano and vocal items by Austrian composer Joseph Haydn, interspersed with readings from his letters and diaries. With Sue Mileham, soprano, Janet Hewlett-Davies and Peter Morris, narrators, and Nicola Grunberg, piano (May 19). Parisian pianist Pierre-Bastien Midali: Beethoven Moonlight Sonata, Schubert Impromtus Op. 90/D899, excerpts from Debussy's Preludes, Suite Bergamasque plus L'Isle Joyeuse (May 26). Guitarist Paul Gregory plays Spanish and South American guitar music by Mudarra, Sor, Tarrega, Turina, Torroba, Ponce and Piazzolla (June 2).

1:00pm to 2:10pm
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)

1:00pm to 5:00pm
Fringe City Brighton Fringe

Fringe City is a free outdoor event in the centre of Brighton taking place every weekend of Brighton Fringe 2018.

In 2017, over 100,000 people attended Fringe City during seven fantastic days of performances, installations, sideshows, dance-offs, choirs, cabaret, puppetry, children's workshops, acrobatics and surreal walkabout performers.

We’re expecting 2018 to be even bigger and better with even more shows, performances, madness and mayhem, all packed in from 5 May to 2 June 2018.

1:00pm to 2:00pm
Slipskin Sami Stone

4 stars What exactly does "slipskin" mean? Sami Stone's touching show – part stand-up, part storytelling, part lament for things lost – does advance several suggestions. But the true definition is saved till the very end… a fitting sign-off for a story about words and their meanings, the things we teach our children, and how simple pleasures can often be best. Read the full review.

Sami Stone is a comedian from Earth who shares a love of the planet with wordplay, fairytale imagery and dark wit. Stone re-imagines moments in our lives where there are no words to describe, by borrowing from other cultures and creating new ones.

Swap your broadband for broad beans and reconnect with nature in this "Intelligent yet wonderfully silly" (Montreal Gazette) hour of stand-up. Lose yourself in the long grass of Stone's imagination.

Bring love, bring hope, bring a dictionary.

"Touched with poignancy" (FringeReview)
"A dry kinda Fleabag" (The Stand)
"Darkly Wonderful" (Time Out)

1:00pm to 2:30pm
Piers & Queers Only in Brighton

Over 200 years of history from a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer perspective, including Regency Dandies, 1950s lesbian and gay life and political activism. We encounter prominent historical figures as well as some extraordinary unsung heroes: a pioneering doctor who passed as a man decades before women were allowed to practice medicine, a 19th century lesbian diarist, an Edwardian 'drag king' and an early 'same-sex' marriage.

***** (Broadway Baby)
"Awesome tour. Highly recommended" ***** (Love Fringe)
"Incredible characters and untold stories" (Gay Star News)

1:00pm to 4:00pm
Big Band: Swingin' at the Spiegel Brighton Jazz Mafia

Straight No Chaser big band combine with Swing Patrol dancers for a Lindy Hop dance spectacular.

Swing out to this all-star 18 piece band formed from the cream of the Brighton jazz scene as they recreate the iconic sound of 1940s dance music: Count Basie, Duke Ellington and vintage Rat Pack classics from Ella and Frank.

Learn some fun and informal dance moves with the beginners Lindy Hop class from the international award-winning Swing Patrol teachers. Then take to the dance floor and party the afternoon away at this amazing Brighton Fringe venue!

1:00pm to 3:00pm
WARMTH Pop-up Sauna WARMTH BRIGHTON

'WARMTH' is a mobile, wood-fired sauna; dark, timber-lined and löyly filled. Heat up, cool down - the sea is your plunge pool.

Impromptu performances animate the 'WARMTH' sauna, whilst at other times it’s simply a place to relax. Appealing to all the senses, this warm, fragrant haven creates a pocket of Finland on Brighton Beach.

2 hour sessions:
Changing bell tent
Learn the art of making löyly
80c-100c temperature approx
Capacity 6
All sessions are mixed gender
Bring 2 towels (one for sitting on), swimsuit, water bottle and beach shoes
Children under 12

1:00pm to 2:00pm
City Impro by the Sea City Impro

A rip-roaring rollercoaster of laughter, where six improvisers race from one game to another at a thousand smiles an hour making everything up as they go along. Using suggestions provided by you, an epic series of improvised comedy games, sketches and songs are created in this comedy show where there's just enough time to catch your breath.

Following 3 sold-out shows at Brighton Fringe 2017, City Impro return for more laughs and more fun in 2018.

"A Masterclass in improvised comedy" **** (remotegoat)

"Incredibly good" **** (Voice Magazine)

1:00pm to 1:15pm
Human Sized Mario Karts V's Star Wars PLAYAstation

Ready are you?

This May the force will be strong as Playastation brings you Human Sized Mario Karts V Star Wars

The pedal grand prix where Jedi's and Sith Lords compete alongside plumbers, and princess' in a galaxy far far way.

Will you form a rebel alliance? Can the empire strike back? And have you underestimated the power of the dark side of the track?

Compete in three lap race to the chequered flag where the winner takes Maul. (Full costumes provided)

Make the most of the power ups around the track. High five a Jedi and they'll use the force to give you a speed boost but beware of storm troopers armed with bananas.

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

1:15pm to 2:15pm
Sleight of Handsome Freddie Folkston

While away an hour or so as magic meets stand-up comedy. As well as some cunning trickery, Freddie will share his frustrations of modern and not so modern life.

1:15pm to 1:30pm
Human Sized Mario Karts V's Star Wars PLAYAstation

Ready are you?

This May the force will be strong as Playastation brings you Human Sized Mario Karts V Star Wars

The pedal grand prix where Jedi's and Sith Lords compete alongside plumbers, and princess' in a galaxy far far way.

Will you form a rebel alliance? Can the empire strike back? And have you underestimated the power of the dark side of the track?

Compete in three lap race to the chequered flag where the winner takes Maul. (Full costumes provided)

Make the most of the power ups around the track. High five a Jedi and they'll use the force to give you a speed boost but beware of storm troopers armed with bananas.

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

1:15pm to 1:55pm
Kelsey de Almeida: I'm Very Different People (Work in Progress) Kelsey de Almeida

Winner of South End Comedy Festival's 'Best Newcomer' competition 2017, Kelsey is one of the youngest working comedians in the UK. Having supported Stephen K Amos on three UK Tours and Abandoman on their 2017 UK tour, as well as being a circuit regular, this is a chance to see Kelsey really sink his teeth into a longer show.

This show is about growing up in a society he doesn't feel a part of. A constant outsider. And exploring his life and views and what makes him and us all different. But maybe that's okay?

"Blown away by his funny. Catch him now, he's got it" (Stephen K Amos)

1:30pm to 3:30pm
Exploring Senses 'MakerLab Monsters' Exploring Senses CIC

Have you ever watched 'Toy Story' and thought Sid’s mutant toys were kinda cool? Then you’re gonna love ‘MakerLab Monsters’. Learn how to use 3D pens and re-use toys destined for landfill in a draw, cut, stick and sew workshop. Next, photograph and digitally edit your monsters and print them onto your own personalised t-shirt.

The workshop takes place at our new Exploring Senses MakerLab and lasts about 2hrs, with all materials and equipment provided. We can also provide other combined art, craft and digital activities, including 3D scanning, 3D printing, digital, full-colour heat press and silkscreen printing.

1:30pm to 1:45pm
Human Sized Mario Karts V's Star Wars PLAYAstation

Ready are you?

This May the force will be strong as Playastation brings you Human Sized Mario Karts V Star Wars

The pedal grand prix where Jedi's and Sith Lords compete alongside plumbers, and princess' in a galaxy far far way.

Will you form a rebel alliance? Can the empire strike back? And have you underestimated the power of the dark side of the track?

Compete in three lap race to the chequered flag where the winner takes Maul. (Full costumes provided)

Make the most of the power ups around the track. High five a Jedi and they'll use the force to give you a speed boost but beware of storm troopers armed with bananas.

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

1:30pm to 2:20pm
Garry Starr Performs Everything PLAGUE OF iDiOTS

Nothing is sacred this Fringe as 'Garry Starr' tears through artistic genres with little regard for personal safety and even less regard for art.

A hilarious new physical comedy about over-ambition and underachievement from 'Plague of Idiots' frontman Damien Warren-Smith and Cal McCrystal, "Britain's funniest director" (The Guardian).

Disgraced actor Garry Starr is going it alone. Following his recent dismissal from the Royal Shakespeare Company due to ‘artistic differences’ he is determined to defy his critics by performing every genre of art in under 60 mins.

Relaxed performances: Please note that although this event will not be providing special adjustments, we welcome audience members who wish to express themselves with sound and movement and get very involved vocally. If you have any queries, please contact damien.warrensmith@gmail.com.

1:30pm to 2:20pm
Learn to Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

Experience the potter's wheel and learn a new skill in our friendly and inviting studio. We will show you how and then guide you through the process of making your own pot!

Come alone or with friends – you can even try and capture that Demi Moore & Patrick Swayze 'Ghost' moment if you'd like.

Leave your pot with us to be glazed and fired, then collect it three weeks later or get it posted to you for a small extra charge.

*Please note there are only eight places per session, so if you're coming with friends it's best to book at the same time to avoid disappointment.

1:40pm to 2:30pm
Bear North Brainfruit

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

A comic combo including a dancing bear - yep, probably the only show in the Fringe to have one. Created by multi-award-winning comedian and director Roy Hutchins - recent winner of the ‘Best ensemble production’ at the Wellington Fringe for ‘Fiery Tongues’. This new show conjures up cajun folk n’ blues on bears, beavers, bugs and buffalos. Sue Bradley (Perrier winner for her work with Pookiesnackenburger) is on fiddle, Dr Blue’s on guitar, Roy’s on synth and we’re proud to introduce the golden voice of Caitlin Mckeon and the dancing talents of her brother Tom - aka THE BEAR

1:45pm to 2:00pm
Human Sized Mario Karts V's Star Wars PLAYAstation

Ready are you?

This May the force will be strong as Playastation brings you Human Sized Mario Karts V Star Wars

The pedal grand prix where Jedi's and Sith Lords compete alongside plumbers, and princess' in a galaxy far far way.

Will you form a rebel alliance? Can the empire strike back? And have you underestimated the power of the dark side of the track?

Compete in three lap race to the chequered flag where the winner takes Maul. (Full costumes provided)

Make the most of the power ups around the track. High five a Jedi and they'll use the force to give you a speed boost but beware of storm troopers armed with bananas.

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

2:00pm to 4:00pm
The Midnight Gang Heartbreak Productions

A David Walliams best seller.

Drum roll, please... Heartbreak invites you to join them for the grand opening of The Lord Funt Hospital Playground, a spectacular new play area for the convalescent child. Tom and his friends will be there too, but you might know them best as 'The Midnight Gang'.

When everyone else is sleeping sweetly, they gather in the middle of the night in the name of magic, mischief, and memory-making. Join Heartbreak and the gang on this crucial mission to overcome our greatest fears and uncover the magic ingredient to a fantastic friendship.

If no tickets are available here please check the venue directly on:
www.brightonopenairtheatre.co.uk

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

2:00pm to 3:30pm
Equity: Making the most out of the Union Equity

Equity represents over 43,000 members across the industry. Union membership brings with it a lot of individual and collective benefits and this session will help you get the best out of them. If you are already a member, or not yet a member, come along and find out more about what the Union offers and make sure you are not missing out.

2:00pm to 2:15pm
Human Sized Mario Karts V's Star Wars PLAYAstation

Ready are you?

This May the force will be strong as Playastation brings you Human Sized Mario Karts V Star Wars

The pedal grand prix where Jedi's and Sith Lords compete alongside plumbers, and princess' in a galaxy far far way.

Will you form a rebel alliance? Can the empire strike back? And have you underestimated the power of the dark side of the track?

Compete in three lap race to the chequered flag where the winner takes Maul. (Full costumes provided)

Make the most of the power ups around the track. High five a Jedi and they'll use the force to give you a speed boost but beware of storm troopers armed with bananas.

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

2:00pm to 3:30pm
A Brighton Story: The Original City Tour Brighton City Walks

Brighton's number one, award-winning traditional city walking tour.

Perfect for visitors and residents alike.

90 minutes of fascinating facts about this incredible cosmopolitan city. Discover royal romance, secret tunnels, fishermen’s cottages and more.

Winner: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016, 2017.

2:00pm to 4:00pm
WARMTH Pop-up Sauna WARMTH BRIGHTON

'WARMTH' is a mobile, wood-fired sauna; dark, timber-lined and löyly filled. Heat up, cool down - the sea is your plunge pool.

Impromptu performances animate the 'WARMTH' sauna, whilst at other times it’s simply a place to relax. Appealing to all the senses, this warm, fragrant haven creates a pocket of Finland on Brighton Beach.

2 hour sessions:
Changing bell tent
Learn the art of making löyly
80c-100c temperature approx
Capacity 6
All sessions are mixed gender
Bring 2 towels (one for sitting on), swimsuit, water bottle and beach shoes
Children under 12

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.

2:10pm to 3:10pm
Arr We There Yet? Head First Acrobats

A rip-roaring and swashbuckling adventure in which three sailors hit the high seas in search of treasure! A scallywag pirate, a muscular sailor and a chef with a seafood allergy make for a hopeless crew, as they fight for the title of Captain aboard the ship. These acrobatic pirates turn ship-life upside down! Walking the plank becomes the high flying teeterboard, cooking for the crew involves juggling knives and steering the ship spinning upside down in the Roue Cyr!

2:15pm to 3:15pm
Huggers Nik Coppin Productions

The popular family show at festivals worldwide returns with a revolving line-up of performers of all varieties from comedians, musical theatre, poets, magicians, clowns and children's entertainers with fun and laughter for all the family.

"Kept the kids entertained... whizzed past and was perfectly timed for child attention spans!” (Child Friendly Brighton)
“The kids had a great time” (Adelaide Fringe)
“Great show” (The Scotsman)
“Mums and dads are onto a winner with this afternoon of delightfully immature comedy” (Melbourne International Comedy Festival)

2:15pm to 3:25pm
Anna Emul8 Theatre Company

Written and directed by Heather Alexander.

"Oft in danger, never afraid". This was Anna Brassey’s life motto as she travelled the world on a Victorian steam clipper. Her journal, 'A Voyage in the Sunbeam' made her experiences famous and established her as a popular Victorian writer. But who was the very private woman behind the public image? Puppetry, drama, song and film contribute to revealing how Anna and her servant, Bessie, survive as they negotiate prejudice and personal tragedy.

Anna Brassey: mother, explorer, curator, campaigner, pioneer - a woman ahead of her time.

2:15pm to 2:30pm
Human Sized Mario Karts V's Star Wars PLAYAstation

Ready are you?

This May the force will be strong as Playastation brings you Human Sized Mario Karts V Star Wars

The pedal grand prix where Jedi's and Sith Lords compete alongside plumbers, and princess' in a galaxy far far way.

Will you form a rebel alliance? Can the empire strike back? And have you underestimated the power of the dark side of the track?

Compete in three lap race to the chequered flag where the winner takes Maul. (Full costumes provided)

Make the most of the power ups around the track. High five a Jedi and they'll use the force to give you a speed boost but beware of storm troopers armed with bananas.

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Dave: A Work in Progress On The Edge Comedy

Despite his best intentions, Dave Fensome is getting older. If you've ever accidentally got older, and been unhappy about it, this is the show for you. Join acclaimed local comedian Dave Fensome as he presents the work in progress of his debut hour. Confronting the big issues like how dating apps can save your marriage, losing your working-class roots, what you can learn from music festivals and how technology has lost its way.

"Dave Fensome’s material is energetic and relatable. Even if you’re in denial about your innermost paranoia, you’ll enjoy this show. Don’t miss it." (Brighton Source)

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Chores Cluster Arts Pty Ltd

Chores is the story of two typical young rascal boys playing in their messy bedroom. Suddenly, mother's alarming screams rattle the boys back in to acrobatic action. A generous serve of comedy and chaotic acrobatics accompanies every attempt at cleaning their room and doing their chores. Heaps of fun for both kids and adults!

"A brilliant rollercoaster of antics, humour and acrobatics ... a feel good hour of brothers working together - enjoyed as much by the parents as the children" (Jeannie Merritt, Duty Officer, Byron Bay Theatre 2017).

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Lolly Jones: Work in Progress Laughing Horse Free Festival

Join Lolly and special guest(s) in an hour of stand up & character comedy. In a change to the original listing, this show will feature Theresa May comedy burlesque and stand up from other top billed comics. As seen on Comedy Central, BBC3 and Channel 4. Top 10 Best Shows of 2017 - Funny Women awards.” “Hilarious” (The Avant Garde), “Raucously funny” (Fringebiscuit), “Lolly is a proper punk... a blast to spend an hour with” (The Scotsman)”.

2:30pm to 2:45pm
Human Sized Mario Karts V's Star Wars PLAYAstation

Ready are you?

This May the force will be strong as Playastation brings you Human Sized Mario Karts V Star Wars

The pedal grand prix where Jedi's and Sith Lords compete alongside plumbers, and princess' in a galaxy far far way.

Will you form a rebel alliance? Can the empire strike back? And have you underestimated the power of the dark side of the track?

Compete in three lap race to the chequered flag where the winner takes Maul. (Full costumes provided)

Make the most of the power ups around the track. High five a Jedi and they'll use the force to give you a speed boost but beware of storm troopers armed with bananas.

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

2:30pm to 2:45pm
Brighton School of Samba Brighton School of Samba

The Brighton School of Samba is the city's first and only traditional Samba School. BSS was formed in May 2007 as a non-profit organisation The School brings a taste of the vibrant Rio Carnival to the streets of Brighton and beyond.

2:30pm to 3:20pm
Learn to Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

Experience the potter's wheel and learn a new skill in our friendly and inviting studio. We will show you how and then guide you through the process of making your own pot!

Come alone or with friends – you can even try and capture that Demi Moore & Patrick Swayze 'Ghost' moment if you'd like.

Leave your pot with us to be glazed and fired, then collect it three weeks later or get it posted to you for a small extra charge.

*Please note there are only eight places per session, so if you're coming with friends it's best to book at the same time to avoid disappointment.

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Going South Andy Craig

Brace yourselves for a very special afternoon of musical frivolity, as this fabulous duo unleash upon you their zany mix of comedy and stunning harmonies.

An act unlike any other, where Opera meets West End and topical and irreverent humour abounds. Their incredible vocals and musicianship are guaranteed to make you leave wanting more. Put simply, a class act – utterly loveable.

2:45pm to 3:00pm
Human Sized Mario Karts V's Star Wars PLAYAstation

Ready are you?

This May the force will be strong as Playastation brings you Human Sized Mario Karts V Star Wars

The pedal grand prix where Jedi's and Sith Lords compete alongside plumbers, and princess' in a galaxy far far way.

Will you form a rebel alliance? Can the empire strike back? And have you underestimated the power of the dark side of the track?

Compete in three lap race to the chequered flag where the winner takes Maul. (Full costumes provided)

Make the most of the power ups around the track. High five a Jedi and they'll use the force to give you a speed boost but beware of storm troopers armed with bananas.

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

2:45pm to 3:45pm
Space Doctor StraightUp Productions

1 star There are some one-star reviews which actually sell tickets: which make a show sound so unique, so iconic in its badness, that you can't resist going to see it. This might, just might, be one of those. Space Doctor is truly terrible, but it's the kind of terrible of which cults are made. Read the full review.

Time travel, space ships, scary monsters, evil aliens, sexy assistants, demented fans. It can only be 'Space Doctor'! After 40 years out in the wilderness, Britain’s favourite television time traveller is back.

Passionate fans of the cult 1970s sci-fi show ‘Space Doctor’ have gathered in Brighton for a convention to finally hear from an ageing panel of cast and crew, including Space Doctor himself, Mervyn Pestle. Amidst the discussion and re-enactment of Space Doctor’s most “celebrated” moments, the crowd gets far more than it bargained for when the show’s horrific truths are revealed.

3:00pm to 5:30pm
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.

3:00pm to 4:00pm
The Big Fat Running Show Follow Through Productions

RUNNING CAN BE FUN[NY]...

A comedy show for runners, wannabe runners, non runners and anyone who's ever done a brisk walk.

One billion pairs of running shoes were bought last year. Andrea and Nicola have at least two pairs each of those and they run in them quite regularly.

Over a series of running adventures and to their surprise, they discovered they were actually enjoying themselves: once they stopped worrying about improving or achieving a PB.

3:00pm to 4:15pm
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!

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.

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Dave Chawner: Mental D2 Events

Award-winning comedian Dave Chawner premieres his new show about mental health (rather than mental illness).

As seen on BBC, ITV and Channel 4
As heard on BBC Radio 1, Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live

***** (Arts Award Voice)
***** (Bunbury Magazine)
**** (The List)
**** (EdFest Magazine)
**** (ThreeWeeks)
**** (Broadway Baby)
**** (Ed Fringe Review)
**** (Voice Magazine)

"This is one comic you have to make the effort to see" (The Scottish Herald)
"His upbeat delivery and candid confessions make for an enjoyable, and sometimes enlightening, hour" (Steve Bennet)

3:00pm to 5:00pm
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

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Neil O'Rourke & Patrick Spicer: Cool Dude Island Neil O'Rourke & Patrick Spicer

Rising stand-up comedians Neil O'Rourke (Irish Comedian of the Year 2017 Finalist) and Patrick Spicer (Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2018 Nominee) are the (p)residents of the coolest island off the coast of Brighton: Cool Dude Island (DISCLAIMER: Island may be conceptual).

"What he lacks in swagger – and possibly friends – he more than makes up for in delightful punchlines and entertaining yarns" (Chortle)
"Gloriously, wonderfully silly" (Angel Comedy)

3:00pm to 5:00pm
WARMTH Pop-up Sauna WARMTH BRIGHTON

'WARMTH' is a mobile, wood-fired sauna; dark, timber-lined and löyly filled. Heat up, cool down - the sea is your plunge pool.

Impromptu performances animate the 'WARMTH' sauna, whilst at other times it’s simply a place to relax. Appealing to all the senses, this warm, fragrant haven creates a pocket of Finland on Brighton Beach.

2 hour sessions:
Changing bell tent
Learn the art of making löyly
80c-100c temperature approx
Capacity 6
All sessions are mixed gender
Bring 2 towels (one for sitting on), swimsuit, water bottle and beach shoes
Children under 12

3:00pm to 3:15pm
Human Sized Mario Karts V's Star Wars PLAYAstation

Ready are you?

This May the force will be strong as Playastation brings you Human Sized Mario Karts V Star Wars

The pedal grand prix where Jedi's and Sith Lords compete alongside plumbers, and princess' in a galaxy far far way.

Will you form a rebel alliance? Can the empire strike back? And have you underestimated the power of the dark side of the track?

Compete in three lap race to the chequered flag where the winner takes Maul. (Full costumes provided)

Make the most of the power ups around the track. High five a Jedi and they'll use the force to give you a speed boost but beware of storm troopers armed with bananas.

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

3:15pm to 3:30pm
Human Sized Mario Karts V's Star Wars PLAYAstation

Ready are you?

This May the force will be strong as Playastation brings you Human Sized Mario Karts V Star Wars

The pedal grand prix where Jedi's and Sith Lords compete alongside plumbers, and princess' in a galaxy far far way.

Will you form a rebel alliance? Can the empire strike back? And have you underestimated the power of the dark side of the track?

Compete in three lap race to the chequered flag where the winner takes Maul. (Full costumes provided)

Make the most of the power ups around the track. High five a Jedi and they'll use the force to give you a speed boost but beware of storm troopers armed with bananas.

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

3:30pm to 3:45pm
Human Sized Mario Karts V's Star Wars PLAYAstation

Ready are you?

This May the force will be strong as Playastation brings you Human Sized Mario Karts V Star Wars

The pedal grand prix where Jedi's and Sith Lords compete alongside plumbers, and princess' in a galaxy far far way.

Will you form a rebel alliance? Can the empire strike back? And have you underestimated the power of the dark side of the track?

Compete in three lap race to the chequered flag where the winner takes Maul. (Full costumes provided)

Make the most of the power ups around the track. High five a Jedi and they'll use the force to give you a speed boost but beware of storm troopers armed with bananas.

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

3:30pm to 4:30pm
The True Confessions of Perkins and Iles Laugh Train Home

Join Robyn Perkins, English Comedian of the Year finalist, and Sarah Iles, "Left the room quaking with laughter" as they divulge stories from their crazy, surreal and bizarre lives.

These two charming acts (over) share stories, creating a fun and upbeat hour of real-life stand-up. A perfect afternoon, packed with hilarious anecdotes. Reserve your space online, or just show up on the door.

Both Perkins, "Exceptionally charismatic", and Iles, "A deeply astute comedy storyteller", were given five stars in Brighton, 2017 from VoiceMag.

3:45pm to 4:00pm
Human Sized Mario Karts V's Star Wars PLAYAstation

Ready are you?

This May the force will be strong as Playastation brings you Human Sized Mario Karts V Star Wars

The pedal grand prix where Jedi's and Sith Lords compete alongside plumbers, and princess' in a galaxy far far way.

Will you form a rebel alliance? Can the empire strike back? And have you underestimated the power of the dark side of the track?

Compete in three lap race to the chequered flag where the winner takes Maul. (Full costumes provided)

Make the most of the power ups around the track. High five a Jedi and they'll use the force to give you a speed boost but beware of storm troopers armed with bananas.

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

3:45pm to 4:45pm
Malcolm Head's List Malcolm Head

Paul Foot's support act and Pleasance Reserve 2015 winner Malcolm Head brings his debit solo hour to the Brighton Fringe. You can expect poems, drums, the well-known game age bingo, crowdwork, lulls and much, much more - all neatly displayed and organised on his list, so there can be no surprises.

''One of my favourite comedians'' (Paul Foot)

''A unique performer and a Stand favourite'' (Eva Mackay, The Stand)

"I've never seen him to be honest'' (Many influential comedy figures)

3:45pm to 5:45pm
Edith Piaf Live at Nimegue Andrew Farr Performs

Your chance to see a 53-year-old, 82 kilo bloke from Stoke portray the life of a singing legend who died aged 47 weighing just 36kg. Her childhood was traumatic and she sang songs of tragedy. But Piaf loved to laugh. This affectionate re-telling of her life and re-imagining of her last ever filmed concert in 1962 tries not to lose sight of the laughter.

3:45pm to 4:45pm
Now THAT'S What I Call A Game Show! Stu Turner

Think you know game shows? Think again, as this new show comes to Brighton, that will make you laugh like a child. Comedy meets game show, meets improv, as fun host Stu Turner brings two teams of comics picked from the Fringe each day. Their skills and wit will be pitted against each other with new hysterical round.

With Stu Turner overseeing the proceedings, you’ll get to laugh, cheer and decide who gets crowned winners in this crazy show! Enjoy audience participation, prizes, and non-stop laughs in this fun-packed hour of entertainment.

You'll never laugh so much at a game show!

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Amazing Bubble Man Louis Pearl

EXTRA PERFORMANCES ADDED BY POPULAR DEMAND

Louis Pearl has thrilled audiences worldwide for over 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. An Edinburgh Fringe sell-out for 10 years, Louis explores the breathtaking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerised. From square, fog and helium bubbles, giant bubbles, volcanoes, tornadoes and trampolines, to people inside bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and amazed gasps from all ages. New this year, live music by Jet Black Pearl.

4:00pm to 5:00pm
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.

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

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

4:00pm to 4:15pm
Human Sized Mario Karts V's Star Wars PLAYAstation

Ready are you?

This May the force will be strong as Playastation brings you Human Sized Mario Karts V Star Wars

The pedal grand prix where Jedi's and Sith Lords compete alongside plumbers, and princess' in a galaxy far far way.

Will you form a rebel alliance? Can the empire strike back? And have you underestimated the power of the dark side of the track?

Compete in three lap race to the chequered flag where the winner takes Maul. (Full costumes provided)

Make the most of the power ups around the track. High five a Jedi and they'll use the force to give you a speed boost but beware of storm troopers armed with bananas.

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

4:00pm to 5:15pm
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'.

4:00pm to 6:00pm
WARMTH Pop-up Sauna WARMTH BRIGHTON

'WARMTH' is a mobile, wood-fired sauna; dark, timber-lined and löyly filled. Heat up, cool down - the sea is your plunge pool.

Impromptu performances animate the 'WARMTH' sauna, whilst at other times it’s simply a place to relax. Appealing to all the senses, this warm, fragrant haven creates a pocket of Finland on Brighton Beach.

2 hour sessions:
Changing bell tent
Learn the art of making löyly
80c-100c temperature approx
Capacity 6
All sessions are mixed gender
Bring 2 towels (one for sitting on), swimsuit, water bottle and beach shoes
Children under 12

4:00pm to 5:20pm
EAST by Steven Berkoff Snowdrop Productions

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2016 Playwright Steven Berkoff described East as “a scream or a shout of pain” – and certainly, this portrayal of the East End of his childhood is a brutal and uncompromising one.  But still, this is an entertaining and enjoyable production, thanks both to Berkoff’s writing and the slickly-delivered efforts of a talented ensemble.  The end result might tend more towards comedy than darkness, but the five characters’ stories still prove thought-provoking and, sometimes, poignant. Read the full review.

This entertaining version of Steven Berkoff's East had its debut back in 2016, and it was impressive and engaging when we reviewed it then. Berkoff described his script as "a scream or shout of pain", and there are certainly visceral moments in this production – but I remember it most for its choreographed visual set-pieces, and larger-than-life characterisation. At 90 minutes it's a little longer than your average Fringe show, but combining rich writing and slick performance, it's well worth clearing your schedule for.

1970's London. Mike, Les and Sylv are fighting for their youth. Filling their days with sex and violence, they battle both the boredom they fear and the inevitable future they see in their parents, ultimately finding that history is doomed to repeat itself.

Berkoff’s roller-coasting invention of poetic violence, excitement and boundless vitality hones in on the lives and loves of the underclasses and the spiked social injustices which continue to divide the have and have-nots, consigning the poorest to invisibility until they explode in rage.

***** (The Argus)
***** (Reviews Hub)

4:00pm to 4:55pm
Owen Roberts: I let a six year old write my show BEASTS

After a severe case of writer's block, Owen has thrown caution to the wind and decided to let a six year old child write his show for him. Kids are funny, right? What could possibly go wrong?

She can't spell, she can't focus for more than 3 minutes, and her ideas are wildly unrealistic to say the least.

From a cross dressing police officer's adventures in Africa, to a man eating foot that lives under the sea, this is a show is about how children think and how difficult it is to work with them.

From one of the people who brought you BEASTS "A tsunami of silliness" **** (Telegraph)

4:15pm to 5:15pm
Karen Blott ... Pick 'N' Mix The Caxton Arms

Karen will be challenging stereotypes of older women, motherhood and widowhood and in particular female body images. There will also be support from her guest artists.

4:15pm to 4:30pm
Human Sized Mario Karts V's Star Wars PLAYAstation

Ready are you?

This May the force will be strong as Playastation brings you Human Sized Mario Karts V Star Wars

The pedal grand prix where Jedi's and Sith Lords compete alongside plumbers, and princess' in a galaxy far far way.

Will you form a rebel alliance? Can the empire strike back? And have you underestimated the power of the dark side of the track?

Compete in three lap race to the chequered flag where the winner takes Maul. (Full costumes provided)

Make the most of the power ups around the track. High five a Jedi and they'll use the force to give you a speed boost but beware of storm troopers armed with bananas.

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

4:20pm to 5:15pm
Rob Deb: A Stand Up Guy Robin Deb

Bi-cultural, demi-sexual, 42 year old Londoner WLTM varied audience with GSOH to tell jokes of a politically irreverent nature. Likes: comic books, 80s horror and second edition Dungeons and Dragons. Dislikes: social media, bureaucracy and watching 'Love Island' with the sound up.

Rob Deb is a circuit regular, and described as "the Lenny Bruce of sci-fi" (The Skinny), "If you don’t like zombies or role playing you will be bored" (Chortle), and "an Irish Indian comedian for the kind of people who eat curries while downing Guinness" (Edinburgh Student News).

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.

4:30pm to 5:25pm
Henry Café: It's Gameshow Time! Henry Café

The game show where celebrities compete to become UN Goodwill Ambassadors. Celebrities include JK Rowling, Jennifer Lopez and Eddie Redmayne. Watch out for goblins! Interactive character comedy from Henry Café.

"Baffling but really kind of wonderful" **** (List)

"Hysterical and bizarre" (Barcelona Connect)

"Time well spent indeed" **** (ThreeWeeks)

**** (Broadway Baby)

4:30pm to 5:50pm
Always, With a Love That's True Wired Theatre

4 stars I always enjoy Wired Theatre's unconventional site-specific work – partly because they're so willing to break theatrical rules, and partly because they invariably surprise me with something different and new. Set in a real house in Hove, with scenes in the lounge, hallway, kitchen and conservatory, this one certainly preserves Wired's reputation for performing in unusual spaces. But after years presenting shows which hop back and forth in history, this time they gave me the one thing I least expected: a traditional linear storyline. Read the full review.

Wired Theatre are long-standing Brighton Fringe regulars, and have made a name for themselves staging creative site-specific works in unusual places – this time, a normal house in Hove. Their shows are always quirky, and sometimes demand your concentration, but following a long run of recent successes I'll rank them a sure bet for this year. Their latest show is a sequel to last year's And Love Walked In, a time-jumping tale about a psychologist losing his own grip on reality; expect an unusual and creative production, with plenty to talk about afterwards.

Love is undying. Death is just around the comer. Listen, time’s passing. Who knows what’s beyond the grave? The ageing psychotherapist, troubled and insecure, cannot trust his wife, his clients or himself in this darkly comic sequel to last year’s sell-out show.

Wired Theatre returns to the quiet house in Hove in this original, entertaining, promenade production which presents, in close-up, lives trapped on a rollercoaster ride towards an inevitable end.

Provocative, tantalising and often mysterious, Wired ‘s work aims to create exciting theatre in a non-theatrical location.

4:30pm to 4:45pm
Human Sized Mario Karts V's Star Wars PLAYAstation

Ready are you?

This May the force will be strong as Playastation brings you Human Sized Mario Karts V Star Wars

The pedal grand prix where Jedi's and Sith Lords compete alongside plumbers, and princess' in a galaxy far far way.

Will you form a rebel alliance? Can the empire strike back? And have you underestimated the power of the dark side of the track?

Compete in three lap race to the chequered flag where the winner takes Maul. (Full costumes provided)

Make the most of the power ups around the track. High five a Jedi and they'll use the force to give you a speed boost but beware of storm troopers armed with bananas.

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

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)

4:35pm to 5:35pm
Hamlet (An Experience) Brite Theater / Sweet Production

Emily Carding's one-woman version of Richard III was a highlight of my Fringe last year, not just because of the gender inversion but because of the creative way it brought the audience into the storytelling. Hamlet (An Experience) sounds like it goes even further; casting us as actors arriving at Elsinore, Hamlet will ask us to recreate the events of his life and help him unpick their meaning. Carding is a spellbinding performer and, if it's like Richard III, the interactions will be both rewarding and entertaining.

After breaking new ground and touring the world with their multi award-winning 'Richard III (A One Woman Show)', Brite Theater are making Shakespeare even more immersive with this new production of 'Hamlet' directed by Kolbrun Bjort Sigfusdottir.

Emily Carding plays Hamlet and you, the audience, are the players arriving at Elsinore. Hamlet needs your help to take on the roles of his friends and family and resolve the great questions of life. Journey through the play together and become immersed in the story like never before.

4:45pm to 5:45pm
Dave Chawner: Mental D2 Events

Award-winning comedian Dave Chawner premieres his new show about mental health (rather than mental illness).

As seen on BBC, ITV and Channel 4
As heard on BBC Radio 1, Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live

***** (Arts Award Voice)
***** (Bunbury Magazine)
**** (The List)
**** (EdFest Magazine)
**** (ThreeWeeks)
**** (Broadway Baby)
**** (Ed Fringe Review)
**** (Voice Magazine)

"This is one comic you have to make the effort to see" (The Scottish Herald)
"His upbeat delivery and candid confessions make for an enjoyable, and sometimes enlightening, hour" (Steve Bennet)

4:45pm to 5:00pm
Human Sized Mario Karts V's Star Wars PLAYAstation

Ready are you?

This May the force will be strong as Playastation brings you Human Sized Mario Karts V Star Wars

The pedal grand prix where Jedi's and Sith Lords compete alongside plumbers, and princess' in a galaxy far far way.

Will you form a rebel alliance? Can the empire strike back? And have you underestimated the power of the dark side of the track?

Compete in three lap race to the chequered flag where the winner takes Maul. (Full costumes provided)

Make the most of the power ups around the track. High five a Jedi and they'll use the force to give you a speed boost but beware of storm troopers armed with bananas.

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

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 6:00pm
Coffee: Power & Obsession Flat White Opera

Flat White Opera presents a double bill of music all about coffee. Featuring JS Bach's Coffee Cantata and a new composition written by composer Chris Cresswell.

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Catherine Bohart: Work in Progress Chambers Management

Catherine Bohart is the bisexual, OCD daughter of a Catholic deacon and she’s got a hell of a lot to say about it. An hour of new material from a rising comedy star.

BBC New Talent Hotlist 2017
BBC New Comedy Award Finalist
Writer for BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show, The News Quiz and Frankie Boyle’s New World Order for BBC2
Pleasance Comedy Reserve 2017

"A comic with distinctive voice and a story you’d like to hear." (Chortle)
"Pretty much the perfect comedy package" (Beyond The Joke)

5:00pm to 6:00pm
John Pendal: Family John Pendal

John Pendal returns with a preview of his new solo stand-up comedy show 'Family'.

His first two shows, 'International Man of Leather' and 'How to Escape From Stuff', went on to tour Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Edmonton, Melbourne and Rome.

"Fringe brilliance" ***** (Broadway Baby)

"Engaging and hilarious throughout" **** (EdFest Magazine)

"An extremely important and funny show ... definitely not to be missed!” **** (Arts Award Voice)

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Aaron Simmonds and (Literal) Support Act Laughing Horse Free Festival

A stand-up comedy show from a comedian that cannot stand up.

Aaron Simmonds (BBC New Comedian of the Year finalist 2017) is bringing his stand-up show to Brighton.

The show will be about his life as a wheelchair user and as an idiot who makes bad decisions in life. It will also feature a hand-picked hilarious guest comedian to make you laugh as well as carry his wheelchair upstairs.

“His routine unfolded with great, measured skill. A class act.” (Chortle)

“Hilarious stories from a unique perspective.” (Covent Garden Comedy Cellar)

5:00pm to 7:00pm
The Angel & The Fiend Farleys & House Gallery Ltd

"I looked like an angel, but was a fiend inside." Lee Miller (1907-1977, New York)

Vogue model, Surrealist photographer, WWII correspondent, Lee Miller is one of the most recognised figures in 20th century photography. Unknown to even her most intimate friends, her glamorous life masked her inner torment. The highs and lows of Lee Miller's turbulent life are explored in this dramatised reading, with dialogue sourced from archive material and first-hand conversations, set to her powerful images. Written by Antony Penrose.

5:00pm to 5:15pm
Human Sized Mario Karts V's Star Wars PLAYAstation

Ready are you?

This May the force will be strong as Playastation brings you Human Sized Mario Karts V Star Wars

The pedal grand prix where Jedi's and Sith Lords compete alongside plumbers, and princess' in a galaxy far far way.

Will you form a rebel alliance? Can the empire strike back? And have you underestimated the power of the dark side of the track?

Compete in three lap race to the chequered flag where the winner takes Maul. (Full costumes provided)

Make the most of the power ups around the track. High five a Jedi and they'll use the force to give you a speed boost but beware of storm troopers armed with bananas.

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

5:00pm to 7:00pm
WARMTH Pop-up Sauna WARMTH BRIGHTON

'WARMTH' is a mobile, wood-fired sauna; dark, timber-lined and löyly filled. Heat up, cool down - the sea is your plunge pool.

Impromptu performances animate the 'WARMTH' sauna, whilst at other times it’s simply a place to relax. Appealing to all the senses, this warm, fragrant haven creates a pocket of Finland on Brighton Beach.

2 hour sessions:
Changing bell tent
Learn the art of making löyly
80c-100c temperature approx
Capacity 6
All sessions are mixed gender
Bring 2 towels (one for sitting on), swimsuit, water bottle and beach shoes
Children under 12

5:15pm to 5:30pm
Human Sized Mario Karts V's Star Wars PLAYAstation

Ready are you?

This May the force will be strong as Playastation brings you Human Sized Mario Karts V Star Wars

The pedal grand prix where Jedi's and Sith Lords compete alongside plumbers, and princess' in a galaxy far far way.

Will you form a rebel alliance? Can the empire strike back? And have you underestimated the power of the dark side of the track?

Compete in three lap race to the chequered flag where the winner takes Maul. (Full costumes provided)

Make the most of the power ups around the track. High five a Jedi and they'll use the force to give you a speed boost but beware of storm troopers armed with bananas.

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

5:30pm to 5:45pm
Human Sized Mario Karts V's Star Wars PLAYAstation

Ready are you?

This May the force will be strong as Playastation brings you Human Sized Mario Karts V Star Wars

The pedal grand prix where Jedi's and Sith Lords compete alongside plumbers, and princess' in a galaxy far far way.

Will you form a rebel alliance? Can the empire strike back? And have you underestimated the power of the dark side of the track?

Compete in three lap race to the chequered flag where the winner takes Maul. (Full costumes provided)

Make the most of the power ups around the track. High five a Jedi and they'll use the force to give you a speed boost but beware of storm troopers armed with bananas.

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

5:30pm to 6:30pm
SEXXES Mamoru Iriguchi

Fancy a rollercoaster, time-travel ride about sex and gender? Come see SEXXES. From the ancient past, where our hermaphrodite ancestors enjoyed the amazing, gender-free life, to the present time, where harsh binary sometimes seems to be dominating. And what could the future hold? Heavily-equipped with his DIY digital devices, Mamoru Iriguchi helps teenagers (literally and figuratively) swim in the incredibly fluid ocean of gender.

"Utterly hilarious, while touching on serious themes, it was a masterclass in... media-heavy performance art" (Exeunt Magazine)

5:30pm to 6:15pm
From the Cradle to the Grave Falmer Concerts, St. Laurence Church

6 May: Adoration, Love, Loss & Celebration, Lucinda Houghton, Soprano, Sara Gourlay, Mezzo-Soprano, Howard Beach - Piano. Supporting Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity. 12 May: From the Cradle to the Grave 'Belladonna' - Sue Mileham, soprano, Jane Plessner, clarinet and Nicola Grunberg, piano present a journey from innocence to experience in nature in all its forms with music by Mozart, Spohr, Cooke, Bliss, Greaves and McFarren. 19 May: Guitar Duo, Jon Rattenbury and Brian Ashworth.
26 May: 'Unfenced' - Sally Wilson and Sam Brennan, vocals, Liz Woodhouse, vocals and Piano, Jane Peckham, bass and Barney Guy, drums present music from The Great American Songbook.

5:30pm to 6:30pm
Last Night at the Circus Jane Postlethwaite

After the success of 'Made in Cumbria' and 'The House' Jane returns with a brand new multimedia comedy show set in a dark dystopian circus world.

"Absolutely hilarious" **** (Broadway Baby)

"Darkly funny" **** (Funny Women)

"Wonderfully daft and dark" (List)

"Bloody brilliant. Loneliness and breakdown has never been funnier!" (Julian Caddy, Brighton Fringe)

"Fascinating & compelling" (FringeReview)

Latest Comedy Award and Audience Choice Award nominee (Brighton Fringe 2016)
Funny Women Awards finalist & Brighton Comedy Festival Squawker Award finalist (2015)

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.

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.

5:45pm to 6:00pm
Human Sized Mario Karts V's Star Wars PLAYAstation

Ready are you?

This May the force will be strong as Playastation brings you Human Sized Mario Karts V Star Wars

The pedal grand prix where Jedi's and Sith Lords compete alongside plumbers, and princess' in a galaxy far far way.

Will you form a rebel alliance? Can the empire strike back? And have you underestimated the power of the dark side of the track?

Compete in three lap race to the chequered flag where the winner takes Maul. (Full costumes provided)

Make the most of the power ups around the track. High five a Jedi and they'll use the force to give you a speed boost but beware of storm troopers armed with bananas.

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
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).

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Robot vs Hurricane: An hour of alternative stand-up from Nicholas Everritt and Pete Nash Difflex

Strap in for a strikingly alternative show from two of the most original acts rising through the UK stand-up scene: 'The Robot' Nicholas Everritt and Pete 'The Hurricane' Nash.

Nick Everritt is a trained improviser and qualified actuary who is taking the stand-up world by storm with his robotic delivery.

High energy crackpot Pete 'The Hurricane' Nash riffs everything from absurd stories to mooning the crowd.

6:00pm to 8:00pm
WARMTH Pop-up Sauna WARMTH BRIGHTON

'WARMTH' is a mobile, wood-fired sauna; dark, timber-lined and löyly filled. Heat up, cool down - the sea is your plunge pool.

Impromptu performances animate the 'WARMTH' sauna, whilst at other times it’s simply a place to relax. Appealing to all the senses, this warm, fragrant haven creates a pocket of Finland on Brighton Beach.

2 hour sessions:
Changing bell tent
Learn the art of making löyly
80c-100c temperature approx
Capacity 6
All sessions are mixed gender
Bring 2 towels (one for sitting on), swimsuit, water bottle and beach shoes
Children under 12

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Brighton’s Singing Barber Peter Joannou The Something For The Weekend Show

Brighton’s singing barber, Peter Joannou, performs his latest song 'From Ma Window', from his first floor shop window in The Lanes in the 'Something For The Weekend' show.

Who will be his guest? Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Perry Como, Matt Monro, Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley... ?

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 10:30pm
Fringe City Night Brighton Fringe

Join us for our one-off Fringe City night-time special. Come down to New Road for an evening of live outdoor entertainment, showcasing the best from Brighton Fringe 2018. Cabaret, live music, circus, acrobatics, theatre and comedy will be on offer, plus much more.

6:00pm to 6:15pm
Human Sized Mario Karts V's Star Wars PLAYAstation

Ready are you?

This May the force will be strong as Playastation brings you Human Sized Mario Karts V Star Wars

The pedal grand prix where Jedi's and Sith Lords compete alongside plumbers, and princess' in a galaxy far far way.

Will you form a rebel alliance? Can the empire strike back? And have you underestimated the power of the dark side of the track?

Compete in three lap race to the chequered flag where the winner takes Maul. (Full costumes provided)

Make the most of the power ups around the track. High five a Jedi and they'll use the force to give you a speed boost but beware of storm troopers armed with bananas.

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

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 8:00pm
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

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
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
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 6:30pm
Human Sized Mario Karts V's Star Wars PLAYAstation

Ready are you?

This May the force will be strong as Playastation brings you Human Sized Mario Karts V Star Wars

The pedal grand prix where Jedi's and Sith Lords compete alongside plumbers, and princess' in a galaxy far far way.

Will you form a rebel alliance? Can the empire strike back? And have you underestimated the power of the dark side of the track?

Compete in three lap race to the chequered flag where the winner takes Maul. (Full costumes provided)

Make the most of the power ups around the track. High five a Jedi and they'll use the force to give you a speed boost but beware of storm troopers armed with bananas.

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

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)

6:15pm 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
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 7:10pm
1 Woman, a High-Flyer and a Flat Bottom: Samantha Baines Samantha Baines c/o Hannah Layton Management

Award-winning comedian Samantha Baines (Call the Midwife, The Crown, BBC Radio 4) returns to Brighton after a smash-hit, sell-out Edinburgh Fringe, Soho Theatre runs and a UK tour.

She's exploring the lost women of science. Expect facts, puns and an ear trumpet attached to a whiskey bottle.

"One of the ones to watch" (Evening Standard)

"Very funny" (Beyond The Joke)

"One of the punniest comedians in the land" (Metro).

6:30pm to 6:45pm
Human Sized Mario Karts V's Star Wars PLAYAstation

Ready are you?

This May the force will be strong as Playastation brings you Human Sized Mario Karts V Star Wars

The pedal grand prix where Jedi's and Sith Lords compete alongside plumbers, and princess' in a galaxy far far way.

Will you form a rebel alliance? Can the empire strike back? And have you underestimated the power of the dark side of the track?

Compete in three lap race to the chequered flag where the winner takes Maul. (Full costumes provided)

Make the most of the power ups around the track. High five a Jedi and they'll use the force to give you a speed boost but beware of storm troopers armed with bananas.

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

6:30pm to 7:30pm
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.

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.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
The Cult of K*NZO Paula Varjack

Paula fell in love with high-fashion imagery at an early age; she grew up in a house where her mum had subscriptions to multiple fashion magazines. High fashion is an art-form built on exclusivity. People who love art, but can’t afford to buy it, can view it in a gallery.

People who love high fashion, but can’t afford to buy it, may feel uncomfortable even walking into a high-fashion store. While social inequality is rising, the luxury industry thrives. A multi-media performance about a frustrated relationship with high fashion, and how it relates to entitlement, exclusion and territory.

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 9:30pm
Krater Comedy Club Komedia Ltd

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

“A night full of fun and side-splitting laughter. I didn’t want it to end” (The Latest)

“THE place in Brighton to catch stand-up comedy” (The Independent)

7:00pm to 8:15pm
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!

7:00pm to 9:00pm
The Midnight Gang Heartbreak Productions

A David Walliams best seller.

Drum roll, please... Heartbreak invites you to join them for the grand opening of The Lord Funt Hospital Playground, a spectacular new play area for the convalescent child. Tom and his friends will be there too, but you might know them best as 'The Midnight Gang'.

When everyone else is sleeping sweetly, they gather in the middle of the night in the name of magic, mischief, and memory-making. Join Heartbreak and the gang on this crucial mission to overcome our greatest fears and uncover the magic ingredient to a fantastic friendship.

If no tickets are available here please check the venue directly on:
www.brightonopenairtheatre.co.uk

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

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 7:55pm
In Search of Myself Distracting Cats Productions

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

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

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

A tale of three colours.

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

7:00pm to 7:50pm
Another Fine Mess PostScript Theatre

Stephen and Phil dream of being 'Laurel and Hardy', but the closest they can get is their tribute act to the screen stars. Meg, Stephen’s girlfriend, tries to keep the two friends in line during a rehearsal, but their personal problems threaten to undo everything they’ve worked for.

In this touching, one-act play, PostScript Theatre cleverly weaves classic scenes from 'Laurel and Hardy' favourites such as 'Way Out West' (1937), 'Thicker than Water' (1935) and 'Blotto' (1930), into the complex relationship between Stephen, Phil and Meg as they prepare for another performance.

7:00pm to 9:00pm
Sweeter Things CKP & ROAR Global alongside IAM

After a successful run of 'Sweet Things' at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017, Helen Bauer (BBC3 and Comedy Central) and Micky Overman (Funny Women and Leicester Square Finalist 2016) are back at Junkyard Dogs with 'Sweeter Things', a two hour stand-up extravaganza that is: 'Helen Bauer Yellow Flower’ and ‘Micky Overman: Role Model’.

Helen is an energetic over-sharer whilst Micky is disarmingly honest with a thinly veiled layer of darkness underneath. Let each of them take you on a journey that includes family, life, love, food, mistakes and a whole host of feelings.

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 8:20pm
Always, With a Love That's True Wired Theatre

4 stars I always enjoy Wired Theatre's unconventional site-specific work – partly because they're so willing to break theatrical rules, and partly because they invariably surprise me with something different and new. Set in a real house in Hove, with scenes in the lounge, hallway, kitchen and conservatory, this one certainly preserves Wired's reputation for performing in unusual spaces. But after years presenting shows which hop back and forth in history, this time they gave me the one thing I least expected: a traditional linear storyline. Read the full review.

Wired Theatre are long-standing Brighton Fringe regulars, and have made a name for themselves staging creative site-specific works in unusual places – this time, a normal house in Hove. Their shows are always quirky, and sometimes demand your concentration, but following a long run of recent successes I'll rank them a sure bet for this year. Their latest show is a sequel to last year's And Love Walked In, a time-jumping tale about a psychologist losing his own grip on reality; expect an unusual and creative production, with plenty to talk about afterwards.

Love is undying. Death is just around the comer. Listen, time’s passing. Who knows what’s beyond the grave? The ageing psychotherapist, troubled and insecure, cannot trust his wife, his clients or himself in this darkly comic sequel to last year’s sell-out show.

Wired Theatre returns to the quiet house in Hove in this original, entertaining, promenade production which presents, in close-up, lives trapped on a rollercoaster ride towards an inevitable end.

Provocative, tantalising and often mysterious, Wired ‘s work aims to create exciting theatre in a non-theatrical location.

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 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 8:45pm
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!

7:15pm to 11:45pm
Mister Frank's Cotton Club Mister Frank's

The famous Mister Frank presents a debauched prohibition themed night of live music, immersive theatre, Charleston lessons, dancing and plenty of drinking!

Meet at the Warren Box Office for your passage to the most talked about secret location at Brighton Fringe. Be sure to look the part for this amazing 1920s themed evening.

[N.B. Bus to secret location will leave promptly.]

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
Courtney Act: Under the Covers Courtney Act Inc

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

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

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

7:15pm to 8:15pm
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.

7:30pm to 9:40pm
Stunning Shostakovitch Sussex Symphony Orchestra

The extraordinary Sussex Symphony Orchestra conducted by their charismatic and dynamic founder, Mark Andrew James, present an evening of some of the most powerful music ever written, by an extraordinary member of one of the most influential music dynastic families, Shostakovitch.

His Festive Overture, Piano Concerto No 2 and Symphony No. 5 are all huge audience favourites, each work full of memorable tunes and unforgettable moments. Each work gives the orchestra opportunities to show what it does best, inspire and delight in its quality of sound and excitement.

An unmissable concert!

7:30pm to 8:30pm
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).

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 9:30pm
Bach: Goldberg Variations Rachel Fryer Piano + pre-concert talk Music at Saint Michael's

Pianist Rachel Fryer plays the Aria and 30 Variations that make up J.S. Bach's immense Goldberg Variations. Rachel will give a short talk about the work at 7:30pm. A drinks interval follows the talk. The Bach concert starts at around 8:15pm. This iconic piece of Bach has featured in a number of movies including 'The Silence Of The Lambs' and 'Quantum Of Solace'. First published in 1741 and a masterly demonstration of variation form. The plangent opening Aria theme inspires Bach's ever inventive mind to gradual, ever increasing invention; the dance rhythms of the suites, toccatas, French ouvertures and fugues.

www.saintmichaelsbrighton.org

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

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

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

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

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

7:30pm to 8:30pm
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 8:45pm
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)

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 8:30pm
Katharine Ferns is in Stitches Katharine Ferns

Canadian comedian Katharine Ferns (MTV, ichannel) takes you on a comedic journey about the visible and invisible scars of surviving mental illness, domestic violence, and drug addiction — with some feminism thrown in for comic relief.

"It is a pitch perfect performance and a beautifully-written, perfectly-paced comedy script. Absolutely wonderfully done. A perfect Fringe show. Laughs. Tears." (John Fleming)

"Brutally honest from the start, this show just goes to prove you can make comedy out of tragedy... moving, witty and sincere.” **** (North West End)

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 8:30pm
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.

7:45pm 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 8:45pm
Police Cops In Space The Pretend Men

If you're hoping for a fun, uncomplicated night out, then look no further than this. The award-winning original Police Cops was a fast-paced, high-energy pastiche of a 1970's crime series; this sequel offers more of the same, but in the future. Occasionally poignant but mostly just silly, it's one to enjoy with friends and a beer or two: expect a preposterous plot, gleefully stereotyped characters, and plenty of physical hijinks. It packed out a good-sized venue at the Edinburgh Fringe last year, and I'm sure it'll go down a storm here as well.

Following 3 sell out runs at Soho Theatre, multi award-winning comedy trio The Pretend Men return with their critically acclaimed EdFringe 2017 sell-out show 'POLICE COPS IN SPACE'; an 80s 'Low-Fi Sci-Fi' set in the most dangerous place on Earth... Space.

Sammy Johnson, the last POLICE COP on Earth, must team up with Alien fighter pilot Ranger as they embark on an intergalactic adventure to find Earth, avenge his father and become the best damn POLICE COP IN SPACE.

“Farce at its most intelligent” **** (GQ Magazine)
“Big, consistent laughs... it’s not just funny, it’s exhilarating” (The Guardian)

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 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 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
Ben Carter: How to Approach People and Make Friends GOT HAM comedy

Join local comedian Ben Carter on his debut hour, as he desperately attempts to boost his social circle, whether dressed as the lonely front half of a pantomime camel or a lousy flat-earther. Expect music, energy and a whole load of new friends. No mingling whilst I'm performing.

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
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 11:00pm
The Blues Corporation Live Blues Corporation

Get set for another hot performance by the legendary Brighton-based nine-piece. Funky, blues and soul, with original material and arrangements of classics including James Brown, Big Joe Turner, Donnie Hathaway, Otis Rush and much, much more. Full horn section and harmonica for that really big sound. These rare appearances are often a sell-out so book early!

8:00pm to 10:30pm
Round Georges Jazz Festival The Round Georges Jazz

Every Saturday during the month we will be providing you with incredible, outstanding and inspiring musicians delivering an energetic array of jazz for all ears. With the likes of Terry Pack's Trees, Stevie Watts, The Sussex Jazz Orchestra and more, all for free.

Please check our Facebook page for specific events.

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.

8:15pm 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 9:30pm
Le Fil - 24/7 Live LE FIL

Join British-Chinese pop artist, Le Fil, as he, she or it explores a 24/7 world of gay-straight men, desire and objectification through a fusion of gender-bending performance art, hip-thrusting dance, twisted autobiography and kaleidoscopic music from his 'Nightlife' EP .

This pop-gig-with-extras opens its doors to cruising toilets, bad romances and the modern constructions of gender that package us up for consumption. Armed with killer hooks and queer looks, Le Fil is ready to smash gender stereotypes one song at a time.

Try before you buy folks, it’s open 24/7... how will you have yours?

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 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 9:20pm
Big Dumb Cats Childish Productions

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

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

8:45pm 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.

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Laughs with Tricks Stu Turner

Comedy magician Stu Turner and comedian and ventriloquist Phil Reid come together for an hour of stand-up, magic, and variety.

Stu's off-beat act is sometimes silly, sometimes surreal, but always baffling and highly entertaining.

Phil is a warm, vibrant and cheeky chap, with a natural storytelling ability, who will tickle your funny bone whether you're young or old.

Come and enjoy an hour of hysterical comedy, clever magic, and all round fun!

"Thoroughly entertaining show" (Henley Herald)

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 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 11:00pm
Glen Richardson: The Human Jukebox The Rialto Theatre

Back by popular demand! Call out your favourite tunes and the unmissable Human Jukebox will sing and play them. Glen will be performing every Saturday night throughout the Fringe, in the Rialto’s intimate art deco bar. Free entry!

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Jon & Nath Like to Party Jon & Nath

Jon & Nath return with last year's sell-out show, now with more slaps, more sketches and a more high-tech Groovematic 3000. Mischievous charm, crackling satire, outrageous impressions, very real slapstick and the hottest Jehovah's Witness act in town!

"Comic brilliance!" **** (Theatre Reviews)

"Tightly written, suitably anarchic, and compulsive viewing" (Latest Brighton)

"Visceral, surprising and contagiously silly... Flight of the Conchords meets The Pajama Men" (London Sketchfest)

Finalists: Sketchfest 2016
Semi-Finalists: Leicester Square Theatre Sketch Off 2017

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 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
Michael Mooney: Wave Machine Bin Lid Company

Michael Mooney hails from Glasgow but has been living in Brighton for 15 years. Join Michael on a wavey adventure exploring Brighton hedonism, southern wetness, colourful relationships, love, and his attempt to graduate from being a scared wee boy under the facade of masculinity. The format is straight-talking, free, stand-up. Absurd laughter and connection for all those inclined.

9:15pm to 10:25pm
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'.

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

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

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

9:15pm to 10:15pm
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 10:10pm
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 11:00pm
Jon Long: Troubadour HD Management

Debut hour from award-winning new comedian Jon Long (Musical Comedy Awards Audience Favourite 2016, Winner of Comedy Store King Gong 2015). Jon is out to entertain you and to do so he'll be employing all the tricks of the troubadour trade.

"Clever gags and witty songs... delivered with laser-guided timing" (Bruce Dessau)

Touch tours available on request, please email jonmarklong@yahoo.co.uk to book.

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.

9:30pm 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.

9:40pm 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
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!

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.”

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
Mawaan Rizwan: Twerk in Progress PBJ Management

Fresh off a UK tour supporting Simon Amstell, Mawaan Rizwan is back with a work-in-progress show. A surreal concoction of confessional stand up, absurd dance and trippy songs. From sexuality to daddy issues to Missy Elliot. It's all covered.

Mawaan’s YouTube videos have been viewed over 18 million times. He also stars in ITV series Next of Kin, and the BAFTA-winning BBC drama Murdered By My Father.

“A mischievous performer, with a no-holds-barred physicality & high wattage charm" (The Guardian)

"Enchanting, playful and sexy" (Scotsgay)

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Robin Morgan: Honeymoon So Comedy by arrangement with Troika

The second hour show from Robin Morgan, writer for 'Have I Got News For You', 'The News Quiz' and 'The Now Show', warm-up for 'The Graham Norton Show' and tour support for Ellie Taylor.

“A phenomenal comic” (Broadway Baby)
“Intelligent and hilarious. I highly recommend” (Joe Lycett)

**** (The Sunday Times)
**** (Broadway Baby)

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 12:30am
Krater Comedy Club Komedia Ltd

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

“A night full of fun and side-splitting laughter. I didn’t want it to end” (The Latest)

“THE place in Brighton to catch stand-up comedy” (The Independent)

10:30pm to 11:30pm
Michael Fabbri: Dessert Warrior Michael Fabbri

Mr Fabbri, Star of Radio 4’s Dyslexicon, has graced the global comedy circuit for many years and is back in Brighton... well he lives in Brighton, but he's also back with a new stand-up show. Do come.

“An absolutely superb circuit headliner" (London Is Funny)

"Exceptionally funny, extremely sharp, hugely enjoyable” (The Scotsman)

"Startlingly insightful” (The Guardian)

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!

The legendary Saturday night at the O2 Academy Islington comes to town.

11:15pm to 12:15am
Fabulon Winter Theatre Company

Gaulier trained duo Hanna Winter and Julia Masli present a ridiculous world of 'Fabulon' where they are the confused inhabitants. Combining physical comedy, visual imagery and clown, they invite you to experience this world as they discover it with childlike wonder.

'Fabulon' is making its UK debut after a month-long run at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in Australia.

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 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)

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 12:30am
Leebo Luby: Farucchio Peru Is Extraordinaire Teatro Pomodoro

A riotously surreal concoction of clown, kitsch and nonsense that embraces one idiot's ridiculous dream of international stardom.

Devised in collaboration with Aitor Basauri and co-produced by Brighton Fringe 2017 award-winning company Teatro Pomodoro (**** for Cabaret from the Shadows, BroadwayBaby)

Leebo Luby trained at Ecole Philippe Gaulier and is a founding member of Teatro Pomodoro.

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)