Today's full programme, more choices & comment

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

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

10:00am to 10:40am
The Three Billy Goats Gruff Garlic Theatre

The simple story of three hungry goats and a grumpy old troll, told with a gentle ecological message. Watch out for the dance of the goats, the flying troll and loads of rubbish!

A magical world of puppets, music, storytelling and singing. Our Swedish troll lives happily under his bridge fishing. He's so shy that nobody knows he's there. When townspeople start to throw rubbish under the bridge and soon there are no more fish in the river. Our troll becomes so hungry that when he sees a goat he tries to eat him. What happens to the troll and how is the river cleaned of all the rubbish?

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

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

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Tours can be pre-booked via Brighton Fringe. A small allocation, including any unsold tickets, will be available to book in person on each open day on a first come basis from 10:00.

10:00am to 11:00am
Music with Mike: The Big Gig Music with Mike

Join Brighton's award-winning Music Mike in an action-packed musical adventure. A highly energetic performance with lots of instruments for the audience to play, movement activities and plenty of dancing!

Your little ones will love playing along whilst exploring different themes and genres of music. This show is aimed at children 2-7 years but Mike's experience, enthusiasm and energy will engage and entertain children of all ages.

"Fun, creative, inspiring - Mike engages with children of all ages in a way that is natural and intuitive" (Yellowave Brighton).

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

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

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Tours can be pre-booked via Brighton Fringe. A small allocation, including any unsold tickets, will be available to book in person on each open day on a first come basis from 10:00.

10:15am to 2:00pm
Wilderness Well-being Walkshop ipse wilderness

A guided walking talking 5 mile well-being journey along South Downs Way from Ditchling Beacon to Black Cap. An immersive, exploratory soul adventure, incorporating mindfulness, self-reflection and facilitated talking exercises linking the emotions to the landscape. An opportunity to journey inside, outside, through honest communication and connection to nature.

"The activities were so helpful, useful and insightful. I really admired the use of the wilderness landscape as a mirror” (previous participant)

Bus transport to and from Brighton included. Wear suitable footwear and bring water.

10:30am to 11:30am
Trash Test Dummies Dummies Corp.

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

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

10:30am to 12:00pm
Notorious Women of Brighton Louise Peskett

Wilful princesses, music hall stars, headstrong courtesans, suffragettes, entrepreneurs: Brighton has always attracted women who dare to do things differently. Hear some of their stories and other female claims to fame on this gentle stroll.

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

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

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Tours can be pre-booked via Brighton Fringe. A small allocation, including any unsold tickets, will be available to book in person on each open day on a first come basis from 10:00.

10:30am to 12:00pm
Pier Pirate Party Brighton Palace Pier

The original family dance party Baby Loves Disco comes to Horatio’s Bar on Brighton Palace Pier for an extra special pirate party! DJ Dub mixing feel-good dance floor fillers with pop classics from the years before parenthood struck right up to the present day. The perfect party for parents, babies, toddlers and young children to enjoy dance floor shenanigans, mummy and daddy dance offs, dance floor games and prizes for the best parent and kids pirate fancy dress.

Suitable for parents of all ages, children aged 0–7 and older siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles all welcome!

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

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

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Tours can be pre-booked via Brighton Fringe. A small allocation, including any unsold tickets, will be available to book in person on each open day on a first come basis from 10:00.

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 12:00pm
Sussex Masonic Centre - Tour Sussex Masonic Centre

Sussex Masonic Center Tours
Come and visit the headquarters of Sussex Masonry.
Everyone welcome .

11:00am to 1:00pm
Herbie's Jazz Breakfast Herbie Flowers with Beach Without Sand

Start every Sunday during Brighton Fringe in the company of our very own living leg-end, bassist Herbie Flowers and his incredible band. Enjoy the superstar talents of the UK's finest jazz musicians up close and personal, and more than a bit of a chat. And probably a tune with a story.

11:00am to 12:00pm
Hey Clay Children's Pottery Festival Messy Nessy Pottery

Join Vanessa Cox Pendray (MA, CE, PDD Ceramics). We will be making pots on the wheel for you to take away. Children can make a hand made pinch bowl if they prefer. There is a sculpture area as well as some model making, along with throwing on the pottery wheels.

You will be allocated a time slot of 1 hour long during the two day event. Bring a picnic and old t-shirt. Cost £3 per child to cover costs of materials. Adult and carers are free.

Kiln facilities can be arranged for a small contribution and collection.

The Crafts Council’s ‘Hey Clay’ is part of the ‘Get Creative' campaign.

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

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

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Tours can be pre-booked via Brighton Fringe. A small allocation, including any unsold tickets, will be available to book in person on each open day on a first come basis from 10:00.

11:00am to 12:30pm
Embassy Court Tours 2019 Bluestorm Limited

Eight walking tours of Embassy Court lasting between an hour and 90 minutes. Participants will visit a flat, the roof terrace, the tank rooms - not a military museum - but a chance to view pictures of the architect, Wells Coates, and the building through its historic transitions. Also includes a 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. A new mural, a near copy of the 1936 original, has been reinstated in the 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 the original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground.

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Tours can be pre-booked via Brighton Fringe. A small allocation, including any unsold tickets, will be available to book in person on each open day on a first come basis from 10:00.

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 recreate that Demi Moore and 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. There are only eight places per session, so if you're coming with friends book at the same time to avoid disappointment. Children under 16 require an adult, no under 12s.

11:30am to 12:10pm
The Three Billy Goats Gruff Garlic Theatre

The simple story of three hungry goats and a grumpy old troll, told with a gentle ecological message. Watch out for the dance of the goats, the flying troll and loads of rubbish!

A magical world of puppets, music, storytelling and singing. Our Swedish troll lives happily under his bridge fishing. He's so shy that nobody knows he's there. When townspeople start to throw rubbish under the bridge and soon there are no more fish in the river. Our troll becomes so hungry that when he sees a goat he tries to eat him. What happens to the troll and how is the river cleaned of all the rubbish?

11:30am to 12:00pm
Peace by the Beach: Free Meditation on Brighton Beach Bodhisattva Kadampa Meditation Centre

Bodhisattva Kadampa Meditation Centre is offering a free meditation on the beach with Buddhist monk, Gen Thekchen. Join over 200 meditators at the West Pier beach for a guided meditation to create an experience of inner peace and calm that we can carry with us into the rest of our day. Everyone welcome! Bring your family and friends.

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

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

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Tours can be pre-booked via Brighton Fringe. A small allocation, including any unsold tickets, will be available to book in person on each open day on a first come basis from 10:00.

11:35am to 12:35pm
Hypnotique Presents: Totally Wired Hypnotique

Hypnotique describes herself as "the country's third-best theremin player", and it's fair to assume the electronic instrument's trademark woo-woo noise will be a major feature of this show. But it promises more than that: a review of the history of electronic music, taking in greats such as Delia Derbyshire (who conjured the original Doctor Who theme) alongside less well-known pioneers. If it follows the pattern of previous shows, expect it to be eccentric but lovable - part lecture, part gig, part comedy.

What happens when eccentricity meets electricity? What connects the invention of the light bulb to the Berlin techno scene? Take a tour with Hypnotique (Britain’s third best theremin player) to explore the weird and wonderful past, present, and future of electronic music.

In this multimedia music show, meet the genius and ingenious who made possible any sound you can imagine ­– like Bob Moog, Delia Derbyshire, and Kraftwerk, as well as today’s pioneers pushing the audio envelope.

Top 10 Weirdest Edinburgh Fringe Shows (Time Out)
"High entertainment factor" (The Herald)

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

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

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Tours can be pre-booked via Brighton Fringe. A small allocation, including any unsold tickets, will be available to book in person on each open day on a first come basis from 10:00.

12:00pm to 2:00pm
Acting and Creating a Character Julian Caddy

Come and get your teeth into a refreshing approach to acting with this Stanislavski-inspired technique. Part lecture, part improvisation session, open to all, experienced or not. Based on my regular London workshops at Conway Hall. "Amazing insights in to the art of acting", "Excellent guidance and useful feedback" (past students).

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

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

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

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

12:00pm to 1:00pm
The Tim Bat Trick Show Tim Bat

Gentleman Juggler and unwitting clown Tim Bat performs his impressive repertoire of amazing tricks with aplomb. But when the props get the upper hand, frantic hilarity ensues. There’s plenty for adults to enjoy and the kids have a really good laugh, egging Tim on to ever greater heights of silliness! Audience participation and hilarity guaranteed.

“Highly recommended for kids and adults alike” (The Argus). “Still the must-see Children's show in Brighton Fringe” (Fringe Review).

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Hey Clay Children's Pottery Festival Messy Nessy Pottery

Join Vanessa Cox Pendray (MA, CE, PDD Ceramics). We will be making pots on the wheel for you to take away. Children can make a hand made pinch bowl if they prefer. There is a sculpture area as well as some model making, along with throwing on the pottery wheels.

You will be allocated a time slot of 1 hour long during the two day event. Bring a picnic and old t-shirt. Cost £3 per child to cover costs of materials. Adult and carers are free.

Kiln facilities can be arranged for a small contribution and collection.

The Crafts Council’s ‘Hey Clay’ is part of the ‘Get Creative' campaign.

12:00pm to 2:00pm
Circus Extreme Extreme Stunt Show

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

12:00pm to 12:45pm
Acaprov Acaprov

3 stars The ten-strong cast of Acaprov have some difficulty fitting both their numbers and their enthusiasm on a four foot square stage. But they don’t let the space restrictions impede them in constructing a new, improvised, a capella musical for every show. Read the full review.

Hamilton meets Pitch Perfect: Spontaneously Improvised!

From one of the minds behind multiple Fringe sell-out, smash hit CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation comes a new kind of musical: beatboxers, rappers, actors, singers and body percussionists improvise a one time world of heartfelt connections, laugh out loud adventures, fist pumping triumphs and soul-shaking songs - all 100% a capella.

Please note that whilst the mid-day shows are open to all ages, the late show at 23.30 on the 18th of May is 18+.

12:00pm to 1:00pm
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 5:00pm
Fringe City Brighton Fringe

Fancy a show but not sure what you're in the mood for? Get a taste of Brighton Fringe at our Fringe City festival showcase! Expect crazy cabaret, tremendous theatre, live music, comedy, circus, dance, acrobatics and more. Visit our website for full line-up details.

Fringe City is supported by the National Lottery Communities Fund and Sussex Masonic Charities.

12:10pm to 1:10pm
PULP Hitchhiker Collective

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

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

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

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

12:15pm to 1:00pm
Motherhood (Work in Progress) Tara Newton-Wordsworth

Brand new comedy 'Motherhood' is a hilarious exploration of life as a new parent. Stand-up comedian Tara Newton-Wordsworth muses on marriage, the joys and challenges of having two children under two, and how everything has changed. This show isn’t simply about babies, it’s about life at its very core - who we are. The journeying to find ourselves and not just exist under a label like ‘mum’ or ‘woman’ or ‘breatharian’.

Her work has been described as "Very talented and very of the moment" (Stephen Fry) and "One of the most hilarious shows you will ever see..." ????? (The Sun)

12:15pm to 1:00pm
Take Shelter! Downs Junior School

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

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Tours can be pre-booked via Brighton Fringe. A small allocation, including any unsold tickets, will be available to book in person on each open day on a first come basis from 10:00.

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

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

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

12:30pm to 4:30pm
Hove Park Community Festival Friends of Hove Park

A free two day interactive arts festival suitable for all ages. Take part in creative workshops, sculpture trail, demonstrations and after dark torch lit lantern parade in conjunction with Same Sky. Sat 18th May, 12:00 - 16:00 Lantern parade 20:00 - 22:00. Sun 19th May 12:30 - 16:00.

Includes:

Art demonstrations and interactive workshops
Graffiti workshops
Lantern making workshops and night time parade
Art exhibitions
Story telling and illustration
Digital art
Picnic with entertainers (Sunday)
Great food available
Much more.....

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 recreate that Demi Moore and 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. There are only eight places per session, so if you're coming with friends book at the same time to avoid disappointment. Children under 16 require an adult, no under 12s.

12:30pm to 1:15pm
Take Shelter! Downs Junior School

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

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Tours can be pre-booked via Brighton Fringe. A small allocation, including any unsold tickets, will be available to book in person on each open day on a first come basis from 10:00.

12:30pm to 1:30pm
Sussex Masonic Centre - Tour Sussex Masonic Centre

Sussex Masonic Center Tours
Come and visit the headquarters of Sussex Masonry.
Everyone welcome .

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. Theatre, comedy, dance and cabaret 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. Hosted by Michael Fabbri.

"Startlingly insightful" (The Guardian)

Including our sell-out (2017 and 2018) 'Launch Night Special' and a brand new end of festival celebration show.

12:45pm to 1:30pm
Take Shelter! Downs Junior School

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

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Tours can be pre-booked via Brighton Fringe. A small allocation, including any unsold tickets, will be available to book in person on each open day on a first come basis from 10:00.

12:45pm to 1:45pm
On The Edge Comedy On The Edge Comedy

'On The Edge' is a Brighton institution. Bringing the best in new comic talent to the UK all year round. Our Fringe specials are always extra special. We've hosted everyone from brand new acts to household names, so you never know who might drop in! We hand pick all our acts so join us for a bill of guaranteed brilliance, showcasing some of the best performers from around Brighton Fringe and beyond! Our show is Pay What You Want so you can sample some of the best stand up the Fringe has to offer and help plan out what shows you simply can't miss!

1:00pm to 2:00pm
Oh I Do Like to Be Beside the C(ity Impro)side City Impro

Six improvisers take to the Brighton seaside for an hour of improvised scenes, sketches and songs, where everything is made up on the spot based on suggestions provided by you. Join City Impro for a stroll along the promenade of games and be prepared to laugh along, along, along!

City Impro return to the Brighton Fringe for a fourth year in a row, with a brand new show for 2019 that's silly, fun and never to be repeated again.

Reviews for City Impro's previous shows:
"A masterclass in improvised comedy" **** (remotegoat)
"Incredibly good" **** (Voice Mag)

1:00pm to 2:30pm
Piers and 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 1:50pm
Weight/Wait Caldonia & Katharine

A "completely engaging" and "emotionally intelligent", upbeat dance theatre duet that explores the mental and physical ‘weight’ of our thoughts and inner voice through raw, physical movement, dark humour, original text and lively music. The audience are taken on a journey through Karen’s first counselling session; "it reveals the fragility of the human condition" (Arts for Health).

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wk9VzKEVU9A&t=3s

Supported by Arts Council England, Arts for Health & Spin Arts.
Photo: Danilo Moroni.

1:00pm to 1:45pm
A Cosmologist's Guide to Life and Love Julian Mayers

A funny, poignant and uplifting account of what cosmology, and those who study it, have to say about the more earthly matters of life and love. This Sunday lunchtime illustrated talk will take you from the soul to the solar system (and beyond) to make you laugh, cry, and go "Oooh, that’s interesting".

It will answer questions such as: How far would you have to travel to find yourself in an infinite universe? What were the chances of being born? And can studying the universe resolve Brexit? Julian Mayers is a part-time astrophysicist, BBC radio comedy producer, writer and filmmaker.

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

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

1:00pm to 2:30pm
Sound Sculptures and Giant Percussion Music Workshops Ben Gates Sound Sculptures

Sound Sculpture and Giant Percussion Workshops

This fun music workshop is divided up into two sections. ‘Sound Orchestra’ which uses giant percussion instruments and sound sculptures as a music ensemble and ‘Make and Play’ which uses colourful tubes and musical parts to create unique giant sound sculptures. Harmonic, visually exciting, fun and totally accessible.

1:00pm to 2:00pm
Sussex Dance Network Dance Trail Sussex Dance Network

Back for its fifth year, the Sussex Dance Network ‘Dance Trail’ presents new short works by local choreographers and dancers exploring the theme outside/inside.
Set along Brighton's hidden gems of green city and urban city space, and highlighting the new landscapes of our changing city, it continues to create unexpected, unique and exciting contemporary dance for outdoor locations.
Travel the trail with the dancers as they negotiate space, exploring, testing - who are we, where do we stand, how do we choose? Are we looking 'inside-out or outside-in'?

1:15pm to 2:10pm
Gerry Carroll: Crock or Gold Gerry Carroll

He's 66 and he has his own leprechaun, but is Gerry a crock, or is he gold? He'll let you decide. In his third Brighton show the one-time 'Angel of the Month' winner explains how 'Send in the Clowns' is his story. Or is it 'Death of a Clown'? Lunchtimes at the Temple or 2pm at the Kennel, Gerry will be explaining. Expect attempts at songs, eating bananas, Irish dancing and maybe a crock of gold. Having done stand-up and clown around London for five years, Gerry's focusing more on clown. It's enjoyable, funny and makes a great early afternoon break.
Two words: Velcro trousers.

1:15pm to 2:00pm
Take Shelter! Downs Junior School

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

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Tours can be pre-booked via Brighton Fringe. A small allocation, including any unsold tickets, will be available to book in person on each open day on a first come basis from 10:00.

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 recreate that Demi Moore and 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. There are only eight places per session, so if you're coming with friends book at the same time to avoid disappointment. Children under 16 require an adult, no under 12s.

1:30pm to 2:15pm
Take Shelter! Downs Junior School

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

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Tours can be pre-booked via Brighton Fringe. A small allocation, including any unsold tickets, will be available to book in person on each open day on a first come basis from 10:00.

1:30pm to 2:30pm
Hey Clay Children's Pottery Festival Messy Nessy Pottery

Join Vanessa Cox Pendray (MA, CE, PDD Ceramics). We will be making pots on the wheel for you to take away. Children can make a hand made pinch bowl if they prefer. There is a sculpture area as well as some model making, along with throwing on the pottery wheels.

You will be allocated a time slot of 1 hour long during the two day event. Bring a picnic and old t-shirt. Cost £3 per child to cover costs of materials. Adult and carers are free.

Kiln facilities can be arranged for a small contribution and collection.

The Crafts Council’s ‘Hey Clay’ is part of the ‘Get Creative' campaign.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1:45pm to 2:30pm
Take Shelter! Downs Junior School

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

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Tours can be pre-booked via Brighton Fringe. A small allocation, including any unsold tickets, will be available to book in person on each open day on a first come basis from 10:00.

2:00pm to 3:30pm
Brighton Rock Tour Jill & Mark

Come and discover the locations, inspirations and drama behind Graham Greene's iconic tale of gangland murder, doomed romance and Catholicism. We will visit the prime locations featured in both the book and the 1948 film. Follow in the footsteps of Graham Greene himself and join us for a drink afterwards in Brighton's oldest pub.

2:00pm to 5:00pm
Northern Soul All-Afternooner Too Darn Soulful

Your chance this season to keep the faith and polish up our dance floor with Northern Soul dancing, returning to the beautiful Brighton Spiegeltent. Sells out well in advance every year so don't forget your tickets... Do we love it? Yes we do! We're gonna dance till teatime.

2:00pm to 4:00pm
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.

2:00pm to 3:40pm
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists Townsend Theatre Productions

Neil Gore brings this witty, humorous and absorbing classic book to life in his one-man Magic Lantern show. Based on the famous book by Robert Tressell, it features political conjuring, music and songs echoing life in the building trades of Edwardian England.

2:00pm to 3:15pm
Here We Are Again Wired Theatre

4 stars “Here we are again, happy as can be, all good pals and jolly good company.” So runs a cheery song from the 1930’s, which I remember learning on my grandmother’s knee; you’ll hear it - and a handful of other music-hall classics - at intervals during this offbeat and rewarding play. But the lyrics carry a heavy irony, for the warring couple at the heart of the script are anything but pals… and husband Andrew is far from happy, spiralling into a world of guilty fantasy and pitiful self-destruction. 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 they count as a sure bet all the same. The latest show is the conclusion to a trilogy, about a philandering psychologist losing his own grip on reality; expect an unusual and creative production, with plenty to talk about afterwards.

In the final part of Wired Theatre’s darkly comic trilogy, the ageing psychotherapist believes certain people want to destroy him. His life is spinning out of control again!

Can he overcome this vortex of disaster and save his marriage or is he hurtling towards inevitable self-destruction? The story so far uncovered a web of deception.

Now the quiet house in Hove becomes the site for more surprising revelations. This original devised promenade performance offers another provocative, immersive experience.

2:00pm to 2:50pm
Kotuku and Moon Child: Family Puppet Theatre Birdlife Productions

Maori believes that seeing a Kotuku/White Heron will bring you good fortune but what if you get kidnapped by a bad one? Hopefully your adventure turns out better than expected and some really cool stuff happens on the way! Birdlife Productions use masks, puppetry and their hall mark low-tech and handmade aesthetic to communicate a story without spoken word but rather through visual imagery and the power of music. Created in New Zealand, this story has grown from a fascination with myths and fairy tales and was shaped and inspired by the New Zealand landscape – its light, colours and bird life.

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Faye Treacy is a Work in Progress Faye Treacy

As seen on BBC Three and heard on Radio Four, Faye Treacy is back with a new work in progress show. "One of the most unique performances you'll see at the Fringe this year... simultaneously childish, genius and inescapably memorable." **** (1/2) (ShortCom), "Bucket full of comedic talent... Original, engaging and clearly comfortable in front of a large audience, Faye is one to watch for the future." (Lynne Parker, CEO Funny Women).

2:00pm to 4:15pm
Pavilion Gardens Cafe History Tour 2019 Pavilion Gardens Cafe

Geoffrey Mead will be conducting a special tour dating back over 90 years of cafe and family history. During this tour you will be taken to various locations around the old town including the Royal Pavilion, East Street, The Lanes and Brighton beach. The price includes tea and a large cake at the cafe to finish the tour.

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

Award-winning, 90 minute city tour. Perfect for visitors and residents alike. Discover secret tunnels, lost royal romances, Jack the Ripper's favourite pub and much more.

TripAdvisor 'Certificate of Excellence' award-winner 2016, 2017, 2018.
"Fascinating walking tour", "Excellent guide", "Terrific introduction to Brighton", "Interesting and fun tour" (TripAdvisor reviews)

2:15pm to 3:15pm
Huggers Comedy World Productions

Huggers returns! With an ever-changing selection of performers chosen from the best acts around the Fringe. With a host keeping the laughs going with jokes, fun competitions and prizes, there's no better show for fun with all the family.

"Laughing and smiling until our cheeks hurt" **** (Rip It up)
"Great show" **** (The Scotsman)
"An enjoyable hour of varied family fun" **** (Broadway Baby)
"Perfectly timed for child attention spans, it left the kids wanting more - my eight-year-old absolutely loved it!" **** (Child Friendly Brighton).

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

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

2:15pm to 3:00pm
Take Shelter! Downs Junior School

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

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Tours can be pre-booked via Brighton Fringe. A small allocation, including any unsold tickets, will be available to book in person on each open day on a first come basis from 10:00.

2:30pm to 3:15pm
Take Shelter! Downs Junior School

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

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Tours can be pre-booked via Brighton Fringe. A small allocation, including any unsold tickets, will be available to book in person on each open day on a first come basis from 10:00.

2:30pm to 4:30pm
Middle Street Synagogue Open Days Middle Street Synagogue

This exquisitely sumptuous, Grade II* listed, sacred jewel is Brighton's second most important building after the Pavilion and its best kept secret. Designed by Thomas Lainson in 1874, it is now probably the most beautiful and one of the last remaining cathedral-synagogues in England.

Come along to discover and enjoy it during Brighton Fringe. We'll be open for tours and talks on Sunday afternoons and holding special, inclusive Wednesday lunchtime Jewish history and culture themed events. More details will be posted on the Facebook page Middle Street Synagogue from early spring.

2:30pm to 5:00pm
Being Limitless TV: An Audience with ... Being Limitless TV

Being Limitless TV: An Audience with...

An invitation to conscious-thought leaders, visionaries, influencers and entrepreneurs from the world of TV, film, theatre, music, the arts, sciences, health and personal development to collaborate with us in the creation of a consciousness-expanding global network fostering humanitarian spirit, peace and enlightenment around the world.

Join us in the expansive spirit of collaboration and explore with us the notion of transformation and 'Being Limitless: How to Live Your Limitless Life' with founder Josephine Tyrrell and her legendary guests.

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Trash Test Dummies Dummies Corp.

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

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

2:30pm to 4:30pm
Edith Piaf Live at Nimegue Andrew Farr Performs

This two-hour tribute to the legend that is Edith Piaf scored multiple five-star reviews last year, and has already picked up equal plaudits on its return. It's the personal story of one man's near-lifelong obsession with Piaf, told alongside the tale of her own life and punctuated by songs from her repertoire. Later, Andrew Farr transforms himself to become Piaf on stage - a waning, frail Piaf in her final filmed performance. Reviews praised the voice and portrayal, but also the balance between anguish and joy.

What compels a 76 kg, 55 year old bloke from Stoke to tell the story of a singing legend who died at the age of 47, weighing just 39 kg?

All will be revealed in this affectionate retelling of the life of Edith Piaf and re-imagining of her last filmed concert. Piaf's childhood was traumatic and she sang songs of tragedy, but she loved to laugh. This show tries not to lose sight of the laughter.

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Daniel Audritt: Trying to be Good (Work in Progress) Laughing Horse

Award-winning comedian, writer and co-creator of Comedy Central's Modern Horror Stories, Daniel Audritt brings a work in progress of his debut hour, to the Brighton Fringe. Having written for 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Mock the Week, Comic Relief, The News Quiz, Dead Ringers, Takeshi's Castle, NewsJack and many more, this punchline-heavy stand-up hour questions love, relationships, masculinity and how to be a better man. "A winning wit" (Bruce Dessau: Beyond the Joke)

Winner: Dave's Best Joke of the Fringe 2018, 4th place.

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 recreate that Demi Moore and 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. There are only eight places per session, so if you're coming with friends book at the same time to avoid disappointment. Children under 16 require an adult, no under 12s.

2:30pm to 4:00pm
The Cheeky Chappie JW Productions

Jamie Kenna stars as Max Miller in this critically-acclaimed production about Brighton's best-loved comedian. This funny and moving play explores the life of a man who made millions laugh during the golden days of variety.

"This is a gem of a play" (The Stage)

"I’d give my last farthing to see this again. This is a very fine production that has made members of the Max Miller Appreciation Society proud. It is staged lovingly and respectfully with a script that shows the light and dark side of this comedy legend. It’s highly recommended!" (Fringe Review)

2:30pm to 4:30pm
Hysteria by Terry Johnson New Venture Theatre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Hey Clay Children's Pottery Festival Messy Nessy Pottery

Join Vanessa Cox Pendray (MA, CE, PDD Ceramics). We will be making pots on the wheel for you to take away. Children can make a hand made pinch bowl if they prefer. There is a sculpture area as well as some model making, along with throwing on the pottery wheels.

You will be allocated a time slot of 1 hour long during the two day event. Bring a picnic and old t-shirt. Cost £3 per child to cover costs of materials. Adult and carers are free.

Kiln facilities can be arranged for a small contribution and collection.

The Crafts Council’s ‘Hey Clay’ is part of the ‘Get Creative' campaign.

2:45pm to 3:30pm
Take Shelter! Downs Junior School

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

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Tours can be pre-booked via Brighton Fringe. A small allocation, including any unsold tickets, will be available to book in person on each open day on a first come basis from 10:00.

3:00pm to 3:50pm
Guru Dudu's Silent Disco Walking Tours Guru Dudu Productions

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

Check out some special themed tours this year:

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

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

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Jack Harris and Rajiv Karia: The Squeeze Horace Productions

Squeeze in with two talented up-and-coming comedians. A teacher by trade, Jack (Amused Moose finalist 2018), “Funny bones” (Chortle) tells you how to deal with everything a classroom can throw at you. Difficult questions. Problem pupils. Chairs. Rajiv, “The gem of the night” (Intermission Bristol), delivers subversive takes on the day-to-day world. From conspiracy theories to the confusing worlds of hipsters and vegans, or even just life as a slacker in his twenties, Rajiv has a fresh perspective on it. Join them for an hour of subversive stand-up, gleeful gags and of course, teacher training.

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Circus Extreme Extreme Stunt Show

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

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Alex Cofield: Supernova Alexander Cofield

Faced with the grim reality of a life of seclusion in the genteel English countryside, Alex’s dreams of youthful urban living seem light years away, and when a nefarious village plot is revealed there may be no chance of escape.

A comedic concerto; Supernova is the critically-acclaimed, funk-fuelled hip-hopera from Melbourne Fringe Comedy Award nominee Alex Cofield, as he raps his way out of routine, rural life and shoots for the stars beyond.

“This is quality rapping” ***** (One4Review).
“A masterclass in storytelling” ***** (The Upside News).
**** (The Scotsman).
**** (Great Scott).

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

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

Something clicks.

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

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

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

3:15pm to 4:15pm
Leslie Ewing-Burgesse Exists! (Work in Progress) Leslie Ewing-Burgesse

Leslie Ewing-Burgesse did a show last year about being imaginary, and realised along the way that it was a massive manifestation of all her insecurities!! Hooray!! Now she's trying to accept that she might actually be real, and face the horrid truth of being a genuine human in a terrifying world. Through the means of extreme silliness, obviously. She doesn't know how to take things seriously!! Work in progress.

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

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

3:15pm to 4:00pm
Take Shelter! Downs Junior School

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

Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Tours can be pre-booked via Brighton Fringe. A small allocation, including any unsold tickets, will be available to book in person on each open day on a first come basis from 10:00.

3:30pm to 4:30pm
Hey Clay Children's Pottery Festival Messy Nessy Pottery

Join Vanessa Cox Pendray (MA, CE, PDD Ceramics). We will be making pots on the wheel for you to take away. Children can make a hand made pinch bowl if they prefer. There is a sculpture area as well as some model making, along with throwing on the pottery wheels.

You will be allocated a time slot of 1 hour long during the two day event. Bring a picnic and old t-shirt. Cost £3 per child to cover costs of materials. Adult and carers are free.

Kiln facilities can be arranged for a small contribution and collection.

The Crafts Council’s ‘Hey Clay’ is part of the ‘Get Creative' campaign.

3:30pm to 4:30pm
Robyn Perkins: Just In Case (Work in Progress) Robyn Perkins

On 14 August 2018, Robyn Perkins ???? (Voice Magazine) participated in a dating show in front of a live audience. Her experience led to her exploring human morality and the social constructs of present day dating, with a scientific twist.
Robyn is known for her “confident, charming and relatable personality” (Edinburgh Festivals), which allows her to delve into complex and uncomfortable territory.
“Hilariously unapologetic.” ???? (EdFest)
"Brilliantly witty with some fantastic stories along the way. Highly recommend." ???? (Fringe Biscuit)
???? (Voice Magazine)
???? (ThreeWeeks)

3:30pm to 4:30pm
The Secret Comedy Club: Fringe Comedy Hub Artista

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

3:30pm to 6:10pm
Sing-a-Long: Mary Poppins OCR Productions

Its supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

3:30pm to 4:20pm
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 recreate that Demi Moore and 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. There are only eight places per session, so if you're coming with friends book at the same time to avoid disappointment. Children under 16 require an adult, no under 12s.

3:30pm to 4:30pm
LADYLIKES: Top Secret House Party! LADYLIKES

'Top Secret House Party!' is the debut comedy hour from LADYLIKES, the hottest new sketch duo in town. Everyone loves a party, so what’s the worst that can happen? Join us for a party unlike any other, as we take you through the world of hen-do nightmares, office party creeps, misguided kids' entertainers and the magical realm of the escape room. So, dust off your glad rags (there isn't really a dress code), BYOB (from the bar, obvs) and gear up for an hour of wacky characters, outlandish scenarios and a good pinch of satire straight from your two BFFS-to-be!

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

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

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

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

3:40pm to 4:40pm
What Would Aaron Sorkin Do? Christian Talbot and Dan Cardwell

You were sort of friends when you were young, and then sometime in the 90s, you’re both at Uni and you bond over your love of 'The West Wing', walking and talking your way down life's own Pennsylvania Avenue, until you inevitably fall out over a girl.

Years later, there’s been lives and careers and wives and babies, and attempts at babies, and a hundred things in between. You could decide it’s not worth the time and just think, "What’s next?" or you could ask yourself, "What would Aaron Sorkin do?”

A play about friendship, life and the terrifying feeling of trying to make sense of it all.

3:45pm to 4:45pm
Mitch Benn: Doing it on Purpose IMWP

Do you know what you're doing? And if so, why? Does anybody? Yes - Mitch Benn does. He’s back, with guitar in hand, a spring in his step, a bee in his bonnet and he's giving a piece of his mind (there’s enough of it to go round). He's come to ask searching questions and eat biscuits. And he's all out of biscuits.

“The country’s leading musical satirist” (The Times).

“Song after song of exquisitely crafted satire” (The Scotsman).

“Well crafted, well sung, his songs are just plain funny” (The Guardian).

3:45pm to 4:45pm
Daniel Muggleton: Nothing Personal Get Comedy Ltd

Daniel Muggleton is an Australian stand-up comedian. He's performed around the world and supported Alex Williamson, Steve Hofstetter and Neel Kolhatkar on tour. This is a new show that contains opinions that will (probably) be considered offensive in 10 years, at the moment though, they're bang on. If you disagree: sorry, nothing personal.

Daniel's debut album 'Let Me Finish' was released in 2017, with the follow up 'Let's Never Hang Out' released in January 2018 - both by US producers Comedy Dynamics; Daniel is the first Australian comedian they have distributed.

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

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

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

4:00pm to 4:50pm
Kotuku and Moon Child: Family Puppet Theatre Birdlife Productions

Maori believes that seeing a Kotuku/White Heron will bring you good fortune but what if you get kidnapped by a bad one? Hopefully your adventure turns out better than expected and some really cool stuff happens on the way! Birdlife Productions use masks, puppetry and their hall mark low-tech and handmade aesthetic to communicate a story without spoken word but rather through visual imagery and the power of music. Created in New Zealand, this story has grown from a fascination with myths and fairy tales and was shaped and inspired by the New Zealand landscape – its light, colours and bird life.

4:15pm to 5:10pm
What Doesn't Make the Cut Project Female

A dynamic new dance production exploring the impact of social media on the young female generation and how it effects the perception of themselves and others in the world. The pressures of today’s omnipresent social media is analysed through seven central characters representing some of the stereotypes that young people identify with. Performed by the highly talented Project Female Dance Company, the piece reflects on the aspects of peoples lives that they keep secret from their online profile in their attempts to present the most 'perfect' versions of themselves to the world...

4:15pm to 5:15pm
Extreme Improv Sparky Buddy Productions

'Extreme Improv' is the competitive improv comedy show which is taking the world by storm!

Comedian David Pustansky and the Extreme Improv team go to comedic war to crown the Extreme Improv Champion! Based entirely on audience suggestions, see the cast of funny humans battle with comedy to create scenes, songs and stories in brand new improv games with "extreme twists" created specifically for Extreme Improv!

With live shows across the UK, USA, Europe, and Japan, and the Extreme Improv Podcast rocking the airwaves, we bring the battle to Brighton as part the 2019 No Limits World Tour!

4:30pm to 5:40pm
Bufo Bufo The Awkward Silence

Transporting you to Chicago in 1927, The Awkward Silence present a fast-paced, whip-smart comedy about friendship, power and greed. A dismembered corpse. Questions but no answers. An ancient and mysterious book. Patterns. Whispers from the shadows. Ciphers. Riddles. Short sentences. Too many? Possibly.

Who really runs the city? What is the pattern to the obscene murders? And what does 'Narkle' mean? Smelling something fishy, freelance journalist Brad Donovan tackles the biggest story of his career. But might it be his last...?

***** (The New Current).
**** (Chortle).
**** (Broadway Baby).

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

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

4:30pm to 5:30pm
Fiona Sagar: Work in Progress Fiona Sagar

Fiona Sagar (Funny Women Best Show nominee 2016 and 2017, The Groundlings Comedy Theatre, LA) returns to Brighton Fringe with a new work in progress character comedy show.

"A talented impressionist, completely morphs into an array of hilariously self-indulgent characters" **** (Fringebiscuit)
"Brilliant. I loved the ad lib. Still makes me laugh. Very memorable." (Zara Janjua, STV)
"Naturally funny." (Bryony Kimmings)
"Her range is really impressive... a very good hour in the company of an excellent performer" (Wee Review)

4:30pm to 5:20pm
Guru Dudu's Silent Disco Walking Tours Guru Dudu Productions

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

Check out some special themed tours this year:

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

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

4:30pm to 5:20pm
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 recreate that Demi Moore and 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. There are only eight places per session, so if you're coming with friends book at the same time to avoid disappointment. Children under 16 require an adult, no under 12s.

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

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

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

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

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

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

After a hugely successful run at last year's Brighton Fringe, 'Mental' returns. This is a 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.

"Thank goodness for Dave; he tells his invaluable story with humour and tongue-in-cheek charm...hilariously entertaining" (Mail On Sunday).

"Quirky, moving and hilarious" (Indy 100).

***** (ArtsAward).
***** (Bunbury Magazine).
**** (List).
**** (EdFestMag.com).
**** (ThreeWeeks).
**** (BroadwayBaby.com).
**** (EdFringeReview.com).
**** (VoiceMag.uk).

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

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

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

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

5:00pm to 6:15pm
Here We Are Again Wired Theatre

4 stars “Here we are again, happy as can be, all good pals and jolly good company.” So runs a cheery song from the 1930’s, which I remember learning on my grandmother’s knee; you’ll hear it - and a handful of other music-hall classics - at intervals during this offbeat and rewarding play. But the lyrics carry a heavy irony, for the warring couple at the heart of the script are anything but pals… and husband Andrew is far from happy, spiralling into a world of guilty fantasy and pitiful self-destruction. 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 they count as a sure bet all the same. The latest show is the conclusion to a trilogy, about a philandering psychologist losing his own grip on reality; expect an unusual and creative production, with plenty to talk about afterwards.

In the final part of Wired Theatre’s darkly comic trilogy, the ageing psychotherapist believes certain people want to destroy him. His life is spinning out of control again!

Can he overcome this vortex of disaster and save his marriage or is he hurtling towards inevitable self-destruction? The story so far uncovered a web of deception.

Now the quiet house in Hove becomes the site for more surprising revelations. This original devised promenade performance offers another provocative, immersive experience.

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

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

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Aaron Twitchen: Can't Stop a Rainbow... Aaron Twitchen

Sun, sea and stand-up. A comedy holiday special all about friendship, love and wine from Luisa Omielan tour support, Aaron Twitchen. Never let anyone try to keep you down; they can’t stop a rainbow if they can’t find the end of it. “Positive, fun, feelgood” (The Skinny).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5:40pm to 6:35pm
One More Cup of Coffee, and Then We'll Save the World Majk Stokes

Majk Stokes is a singer-songwriter, poet, environmentalist, Quaker and self-confessed caffeine-addict. His show combines two of his biggest passions, coffee and the environment, taking in everything from relationships and root vegetables to science fiction and superheroes. His style is perhaps best described as a blend of Tom Lehrer, Bob Dylan, Bill Bailey and Billy Bragg - but without quite so many B's. Small prizes will be available for people who can share ideas and stories about how they're helping to save the world.

“A very versatile and individual songwriter” (Stagewhispers, Australia).

6:00pm to 7:45pm
The Lady Boys of Bangkok: The Greatest Showgirls Tour Exchange Events Ltd

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

6:00pm to 6:55pm
Kevin Quantum: Anti-Gravity Quantum Productions

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

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

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

6:00pm to 7:00pm
The Naked Stand Up: Naked Truth Glory Pearl

Join 'The Naked Stand Up', Miss Glory Pearl, for a provocative and hilarious night of stand-up, comic verse and other nonsense as she appraises the human body; its joys, its frustrations and its stubborn resistance to perfection.

Glory rides roughshod over the modern obsession with our physical selves in search of self-acceptance and a decent rhyme to explore the complex and frankly ridiculous ways we relate to and treat our bodies. If you’ve ever looked in the mirror and sighed, this show is for you.

"Funny and genuine... feel-good comedy at its best" (Broadway Baby).

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

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

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

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Alex Kealy: Forge Alex Kealy

After last year's "storming show" (The Sunday Times), political comedian and "rising star of the British stand-up scene" (The List) Alex Kealy presents a new hour of comedy about changing your mind. At least, that's what he thinks when writing this in December.

“This is clever comedy... you come out feeling like you’ve done yourself some internal damage from laughing so much.” **** (Short Com)
“Hilarious... fresh, insightful, and original... a great hour of cerebral stand-up” **** (Fringe Guru)
“This is intelligent, informative, funny stuff from an important voice” (ThreeWeeks)

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

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

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

Directed by Tom Parry.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It's a comedy Bonanza!

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

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

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

The perfect start to your Fringe night!

6:30pm to 8:00pm
Bright City Nights St Peter's Brighton

An immersive evening of art, music and encounter in one of Brighton's most iconic buildings. The night is led by Bright City, a family of musicians, dancers, producers, visual artists and actors from across the city.

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

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

6:30pm to 7:20pm
Guru Dudu's Silent Disco Walking Tours Guru Dudu Productions

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

Check out some special themed tours this year:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner of the Pebble Trust Brighton Fringe Award.

6:30pm to 8:10pm
Those Magnificent Men The Foundry Group

I saw a production of this witty script way back in 2011, and can attest to its flurry of sneaky one-liners and isolated moments of outright silliness. But the story it's telling is a thoughtful one: tackling professionalism and friendship, competition and goodwill, celebrity and reality – and the liberties writers sometimes take when they appropriate another person’s life story and good name. This Fringe-scale production features the playwright, and the reports I've heard suggest it's filled with lo-fi charm.

100 years ago, British aviation heroes Alcock and Brown flew non-stop over the Atlantic into history. Their amazing story, told in Mitchell and Nixon's hit comedy, comes to the Fringe in this much-loved production by Argus Angel winners The Foundry Group. Starring David Mounfield ('Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show' - Radio 4) and Brian Mitchell (The Ornate Johnsons, BBC Radio 4) who endeavour to tell the epic tale with just cardboard, two stools and some left-over props .

"Wonderfully entertaining - the makings of a West End hit." (The Times)
"Spiffing perfection" (The Telegraph)

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

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

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

6:45pm to 7:45pm
One Flew Over the Kyriacou's Nest (Work in Progress) Kallis Kyriacou

Welcome inside the mind of endearing oddity Kallis Kyriacou.

Half Greek-Cypriot, fully silly, Kallis’ debut hour-in-progress is an uplifting mix of surrealism, storytelling and satire.

A life-enhancing flight of fancy, where omelettes are miracles, dads are monosyllabic and disappointment has never been funner.

Parented by movies, perplexed by reality, Kallis’ unique take on life will have you remembering his name, even if you can’t spell it.

'Kallis is a lovable misanthrope with a weird, hilarious outlook on life. A lot of fun to watch.’ (Maria Shehata).

7:00pm to 7:50pm
Tropez! Nathan & Ida

A failed cat-burglar and a struggling gigolo form an unlikely pair, taking aim at the top of St-Trop! Among chic jet-setters and glitterati these underdogs plan to pull off a daring jewel heist. Award-winning comedy duo Nathan & Ida present a fast-paced, screwball adventure about love, friendship and dreams on the fabulous French Riviera. C'est si bon, indeed!

"These performers have it all" (Fringey Bits).
"...exuberant character comics" (Buxton Fringe).
"[They] tumble with the energy and grace of a couple of accomplished clowns headlong through their story" (Daily Info).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:00pm to 11:00pm
Joke Week Heritage Portfolio

West Beach Bar & Kitchen at the BAi360 are proud to partner Joke Club Ltd to bring a week of comedy to Brighton Fringe. Kicking off on Saturday 18 May and closing on Friday 24 May, with doors opening at 7pm each evening. Our evenings will be packed full of stand-up comedy with some well-known headline acts as well as introducing some new faces to our city's incredible Fringe.

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

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

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

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

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Cat Loud: To The End of the World Cat Loud with Beach Without Sand

Cat Loud is an award-winning cabaret performer and jazz singer from a remote Scottish island. In her cabaret work, she blends comedic storytelling and confession with her trademark dusky vocals, and is a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe.
As a jazz musician, she can usually be found singing what she calls 'Sad Girl Music'; her show 'Torch Songs' celebrates standards and contemporary classics about heartbreak and loneliness, with a few rare optimistic love songs thrown in for necessary light relief.
The show tours in October.

7:15pm to 8:05pm
Zahra Barri's Special Zahra Barri

Zahra’s never stood in front of a mirror and taken a selfie. Nor has she intentionally made herself look like a dog on Instagram. She doesn’t think she’s special so why does everyone else think they are? “Edgy and very funny" (Cheeky Monkey Comedy), "A buzzy fluffball of comedy unafraid to take risks, a cute puppy with a surprising snarl" (Mumble Comedy). As seen on BBC iPlayer and BBC Radio 4.

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

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

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Bitesize Chekhov Animate

Three one-act plays performed within one hour - this is Chekhov as you have never seen him before! Animate presents some of the writer’s lesser-known works to a 21st century audience.

'The Dangers Of Tobacco’ - a man's fragile self-esteem is unpicked whilst giving a public lecture.
'The Proposal' - a hypochondriac attempts to woo a less than appealing maiden.
‘Swan Song’ - the tragic tale of an ageing actor as he comes to terms with the end of his career, and indeed, life.

“Absolutely entrancing... funny, engaging, poignant and utterly delightful” ***** (One4Review)

7:30pm to 1:30am
SKREW LOOSE BOOKING FRINGE SHOWCASES Skrew Loose Booking

Skrew Loose Booking is a Brighton based live music company focused on showcasing upcoming and established talent from Brighton and further afield. Previously running events with Brighton Fringe 18, Brighton Festival and The Great Escape Festival; Skrew Loose will once again be showcasing top shelf Folk, Rock and Indie acts as part of this year's Brighton Fringe 2019.

7:30pm to 9:00pm
Strode's College Final Performance Strode's College

Strode's College Performing Arts students will be performing Extremism by Anders Lustgarten.

A group of students get locked in a classroom after they have taken their classmate Jamal away for performing an extremist act. Watch as the students reveal how quickly mindsets can change whilst under the influence of each other.

A play about fear, friendship and the creeping polarisation of our society.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Truth Will Out Troubadour Theatre

4 stars Truth Will Out charts the lives of six students, during an evening that begins with light-hearted banter but ends up with the discovery of much more sinister truths. Plot and pace are good and tension builds as the story unfolds. Read the full review.

Secrets. Lies. Truths. The friendship of six students appears somewhat fragile.

Ash reveals a truth about himself and Emma, but is there something going on between Jack and Chloe? Olivia and Jack appear to know each other, although Jack swears they have never met. Ash thinks he knows what is going on, but does he?

A final truth emerges that shocks us all. The consequences are catastrophic. Essentially, the message is this: that no matter how hard we try to keep secrets hidden, especially dark ones, the truth will always come out in the end.

7:40pm to 8:35pm
Last Hive Undercover Theatre Company

Matrix; with honeybees. A comedy set in a world of destruction and disappearing bees.
A honeybee goes into the world to save the hive for his Queen. Will he save the world and get the girl, or be radicalised on the way? Come on down to the insect underworld to find out...

"Hilariously silly, enjoyable for all!" **** (Deadline News)

Previously nominated for Brighton Fringe's Best of Theatre Award.
Previously awarded 'Highly Recommended Show' by FringeReview

Created by international duo David Tann and Karen Houge.
Produced by Undercover Theatre Company.

7:45pm to 9:00pm
Criminal Ralph Jones and Joel Gatehouse

Criminal is an anarchic night of improvised murder mystery that has hosted performers including Josie Lawrence, Rachel Parris, and Miles Jupp. Join a lineup of wonderful comedy talents as they solve a murder in front of your eyes.

The hideous murder that needs investigating is that of Gerard Branson. Our comics are Sally Hodgkiss ("There is something of the young Victoria Wood about Sally Hodgkiss", British Theatre Guide), Max Dickins (****, The Times), Joel Gatehouse, and Alexander Fox ("Excellent" ,Jack Dee).

"Improv doesn't get better than this" ***** (The Wee Review)
**** (The 730)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8:00pm to 8:55pm
Showmanship BoonDog Theatre

“People will pay to believe that anything is possible”

1935. Dust Bowl America. As the worst recorded dust storm in history is about to hit, a tinpot circus rolls into town. Fortune-teller Myra Collins is plying her trade, for there is trade to be done. People are desperate for the smallest sign of hope. But these are desperate times, and hope comes at a price. A darkly funny psychological thriller, laced with poignancy and devilry, by multi award-winning BoonDog.

“A masterclass” **** (Edinburgh Guide)
“Sassy, thoughtful and darkly witty” **** (The List)
“Tour-de-force” **** (Broadway Baby)

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

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

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

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

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

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

8:00pm to 9:00pm
APAPAlypse Now: Childproofing for the End of Days JB Carter/Philip Alexander

JB Carter, American, Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year 2017 finalist, shortlisted for BBC New Comedy Award 2018, as heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra, and Northern Irishman, Philip Alexander, have brought children into this world. Now? Really? Couldn’t they have picked a better time?

Should they start digging bunkers, or just switch off their newsfeeds, put down their medical journals and get busy being papas?

Two comedians, half an hour each to make the apocalypse as child-friendly as possible.

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

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

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Dance Like No One's David Callaghan Share the Words Productions

A new stand-up show from Comedian David Callaghan.

"One of my highlights of the Fringe" **** (Scotsman)
"Far more original than many big comedy names" **** (EdFestMag)
"He really hits the mark, and scores" **** (TheReviewsHub)
"Callaghan does an excellent job... very funny routines" (Chortle)
"Smart, rich, hilarious storytelling, underpinned by some fantastic jokes, give the really gifted comedian a rightful place as one of the freshest emerging talents" (NarcMagazine)

8:15pm to 9:15pm
ADHDave On The Edge Comedy

Join acclaimed local comic Dave Fensome on a darkly comic journey through his life, re-framed through an ADHD diagnosis aged 42. Touching on relationships, mental health, career choices and ageing, this is above all a very funny show as Dave re-evaluates everything and looks to the future. He also takes aim at all those who have wronged him, and proudly shouts "I told you so!" To be honest, this was not the mid-life crisis he was expecting! It's been said that Dave Fensome has a unique comic mind. If you don't believe him, you can ask his doctor.

8:20pm to 9:20pm
Bitch and Nerd Emily Woods & Elie Kraft

One is a bitch. The other is a nerd.

Join Emily Woods (as seen on Shaw TV) and Elie Kraft (Chortle Student Comedy Award finalist) for an hour of jokes about family, being ugly, and dildos.

Emily has spent the last two years between Canada and England, and has established herself as a stellar new comedian quickly rising up in both scenes. Elie brings a keen eye for observation, filled with self-deprecating charm, and "cuts an intriguing low-status persona" (Chortle).

8:30pm to 9:30pm
Ross & Rachel Pretty Villain Productions Ltd

4 stars This isn’t the play I expected it to be, from the cutesy Friends-inspired title and the hint of romance in the storyline. I should have read the blurb more carefully: they bill it as “dark and uncompromising”, and they’re certainly not wrong. I won’t give away exactly what happens, but I can safely reveal that the story takes a startling turn - and that we’re soon in for a disquieting tale of possessiveness and false-heartedness, set against a backdrop of escalating tragedy. Read the full review.

What happens when two friends who were always meant to be together, get and stay together? No one told them life was gonna be this way. “Look at all those couples out there. Which one will leave. Which one is cheating on the other ?” This is the one that rubbishes the very idea of 'the one'. A dark, uncompromising play about the myths of modern love.

Featuring Joanna Rosenfeld
Directed by Sam Chittenden
Pretty Villain are Brighton Fringe Award Winners 2014, 2015, 2106 and 2018

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
Keith Farnan: Things Fall Apart Sukie Productions

Irish comedian Keith Farnan (Michael Mcintyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Showtime’s Live from Amsterdam) brings us a stand-up show that celebrates failure and loss and incompetence and bad luck and how all these things make the world a better place.

“Brilliant, thought-provoking and laugh out loud funny” (Time Out)

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

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

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

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

Bron is going on first dates. Live onstage!

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

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

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

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

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

*Acrobatics have been deemed too impossible to appear.

9:00pm to 10:00pm
The Odditorium Dr David Bramwell

If you live in Brighton, the chances are you already know about David Bramwell – purveyor of curiosities and champion of intelligent talk, thanks to his regular salon the Catalyst Club. His weekly Fringe events are turning now into an equally revered institution: part mind-expanding lectures, part entertainment, with a typically offbeat set of topics selected for the ever-changing agenda. They’re hosted in the 100-year-old Bosco theatre tent, which is itself a fascinating venue.

Four fascinating theatre and spoken word events on themes ranging from psychogeography, folk horror and the gothic in music to futurology. Curated by David Bramwell.

8th May: 'Unburied'. Gripping theatre plundering 70s folk horror.
15th May: 'The Future Starts Here', with John Higgs, Salena Godden, Jo Neary.
19th May: 'The Cult Of Water'. Dr Bramwell’s dreamy, candle-lit journey in search of the supernatural secrets of our rivers.
29th May: 'The Gothic In Music', with Jon Klein, Simon Price, Ian Trice.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9:30pm to 10:30pm
When Julie Met John Brighton Arts Lab

This new play from Brighton Arts Lab (the edge-dwellers that brought you The Brexorcist) takes the transcript of a public confrontation in Christchurch, streamed live on Facebook, as source material. The script is a verbatim reproduction of what was said and done by the people involved.

When Julie met John asks much needed questions concerning the legal and moral responsibility of our online selves and it re-humanises the 'other' to examine new power relations. The play takes a close look at the darkness of human nature and, as you might imagine, that’s quite funny.

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

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

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Meryl O'Rourke : Vanilla Meryl & R.E. O'Rourke & Laughing Horse Festivals

New show from stand up and BBC’s New World Order writer. In her youth, Meryl was called all sorts of fruity names and revelled in what she considered terribly bad behaviour. This side of the millennium it seems that behaviour would be considered quaint. With her daughter tobogganing into puberty and the menopause coursing through her veins, Meryl questions what her kids are being sold, while wanting to buy a bag for herself. A show about not being who everyone thinks you are, and wishing possibly you were.

***** (British Comedy Guide).
***** (New Current).
'Pick of the Week' (The Times).

9:40pm to 10:40pm
Odd Socks Ingrid Dahle

An hour of ‘Odd Socks’ mixed with really funny, award-winning Ingrid stuff. Where do all the odd socks go? Ingrid sometimes lies and says she has a Netflix special, then stops talking to the people she said that to.

Sounds like your kinda thing?
Of course it does!
Cause baby you’re a firework (in progress)
Come on show ’em what you're worth
Make ’em go “Oh, oh, oh!”
As you shoot across the sky-y-y.

(No serious issues dealt with. Totes hilare.)

"You’re the best!" (Benedict Dahle)
“Fast rising comedian” (Sunday Times)
“Bags of energy” (The List)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:30pm to 11:30pm
Extreme Improv Sparky Buddy Productions

'Extreme Improv' is the competitive improv comedy show which is taking the world by storm!

Comedian David Pustansky and the Extreme Improv team go to comedic war to crown the Extreme Improv Champion! Based entirely on audience suggestions, see the cast of funny humans battle with comedy to create scenes, songs and stories in brand new improv games with "extreme twists" created specifically for Extreme Improv!

With live shows across the UK, USA, Europe, and Japan, and the Extreme Improv Podcast rocking the airwaves, we bring the battle to Brighton as part the 2019 No Limits World Tour!

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

J is hiding in the toilet at a gay club.

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

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

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

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

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

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