Today's full programme, more choices & comment

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

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

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

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

10:00am to 11:30am
Woodland Tribe Tom Williams

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

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

10:00am to 11:10am
Elliot and the Enormous Sneeze Mouths of Lions

‘Elliot and the Enormous Sneeze’ follows the story of the old man who never (hardly ever) sneezed. Featuring chocolate pudding, live music, magical mucus and ever extendable nose hairs. A fantastic new adventure for children of all ages from the company that brought you ‘Dr Zeiffal, Dr Zeigal and the Hippo That Can Never be Caught'!
Winner: Best Family Show (Buxton Fringe 2016).
Based on the book ‘The Old Man Who Never (Hardly Ever) Sneezed’ by Jesse Allam.

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

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

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

10:30am to 11:20am
The Ugly Duckling & Other Tales Above Bounds Theatre Collective

On a lake somewhere not far away, a mother duck is sitting on her eggs. But one doesn’t look like the others; it’s a different shape, a brighter colour and is much, much bigger! What will happen when the egg hatches, and what stories will hatch with it?
Join Above Bounds as they explore the most loved Hans Christian Anderson story using songs, shadow puppetry and some of your input to tell this famous tale. Come along on the journey with our Ugly Duck; there’ll be gasps, laughs and a few surprises along the way.

The project is supported by the encoreinsure.com Brighton Fringe Bursaries.

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

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

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

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

11:00am to 12:00pm
This Boy Tom JW Productions

A brand-new musical by BBC Bursary winner Natalie Sexton.

Tom, a boy who lost his little brother, Alfie, in a fire a few years ago, is now in secondary school, and dealing with bullying for the burn on his face.

Jessica believes that Tom started the fire and deserves what he gets. Caiden and the boys find nothing funnier than making him feel small.

But is there any truth to what Jessica says? Will new girl Flora see Tom any differently? And is Alfie as far away as we think?

A relevant and contemporary musical story of acceptance, friendship and courage.

11:30am to 12:30pm
Sleeping Beauty & The Ewe's Duty Ripley Theatre

The Super Sheep are back in a new adventure! Shadwell must help three friends (a brave fairy, a reluctant sheep and a bonkers pig) save a Sleeping Beauty. Time travel, show-stopping songs, and a host of crazy characters mark a welcome return for Brighton Fringe favourites, Ripley Theatre. Come join Big Red Riding Hood for a tale of frantic fun and see if our intrepid band can find the Prince in time. Will they be thwarted by evil fairy Gravalada and his sidekick Doug the Wasp? Super Sheep to the rescue!

11:30am to 1:00pm
Woodland Tribe Tom Williams

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

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

11:30am to 12:30pm
The Meebles Get The Show On The Road The Meebles Circus

Be different!

Join the Meebles on their madcap adventures in a circus van, racing against time to save the children from all being made the same by Von Zalatan and his virtual obedience factory.

Packed full of songs, surprises, and a big bubble finale!

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

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

12:15pm to 1:05pm
Little Meerkat's Big Panic Collar & Cuffs Co.

Go on an award-winning, magical, musical, multi-sensory adventure in the Kalahari desert with Little Meekat and her friends Elephant and Wise Monkey to find out all about Calm and what to do with very big feelings. Based on the storybook by trauma-parenting expert Jane Evans, this little tale helps everyone to see, hear, smell, taste and feel what's going on in their brains and bodies when emotions become overwhelming. Performances last 20 minutes and are followed by up to 30 minutes of sensory play exploring Calm. Suitable for 0-7s and children/young people with complex needs or disabilities.

12:45pm to 1:15pm
Sink Carl James

'Sink' is based on the human need for control. We constantly find ourselves trying to control and perfect things that we may or may not be able to. The story follows the struggle of one man's life with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). When he loses control, how does he cope? How does he come to terms with the struggles of life and things that are not within his control? How does he communicate this struggle to others? How can he ask for help?

The show combines physical theatre with performance art, occasionally relying on sign language to articulate the feelings that words cannot.

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

Returning for their third year.

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

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

1:00pm to 2:00pm
SpiegelCircus Bosco Speigeltent

Half-term family circus show in the beautiful Spiegeltent with lots of fun and amazing skills hosted by the lovely bunch from High Top Circus with turns from Aussie boys' Head First Acrobats and just a few of our Spiegelly acrobatic friends... A massive hit 2 years running! With the chance to warm-up, play and try out some circus skills yourself an hour before the show with some of the performers! A fast-paced fun show where anything can happen... and probably will!

1:15pm to 2:05pm
Doktor James' Akademy of Evil The Giggle Goose / DBS Productions

Doktor James is sick of living at home and not being taken seriously as a supervillain. He is really, really naughty and he just wants to beat his superhero brother and take over the world. But he is kind of rubbish... he needs your help! Prepare for fiendish tasks as he finds the most mischievous children and trains them up to be real life supervillains.

(Parents allowed)

**** (Fest),

“Represents the best of the fringe” (Primary Times),

James Bennison – Winner of the IYAF Brighton Fringe Stand-Up Comedy Award.

1:25pm to 2:45pm
Philip Pullman's The Ruby In The Smoke Escapade

Working in collaboration with Philip Pullman (creator of His Dark Materials), the bestselling novel comes to life on stage for the first time.

After her father's mysterious death, Sally Lockhart is thrown into the heart of Victorian London, battling unseen forces to uncover the secrets he left behind. Strap yourselves in for a tale of breathtaking intrigue, unforgettable characters and, behind everything, a legendary ruby waiting to be found...

"Must see show" Fringe Review,
***** (ThreeWeeks),
**** (British Theatre Guide),
**** (EdFringe Review),
**** (Broadway Baby).

1:30pm to 2:30pm
Sleeping Beauty & The Ewe's Duty Ripley Theatre

The Super Sheep are back in a new adventure! Shadwell must help three friends (a brave fairy, a reluctant sheep and a bonkers pig) save a Sleeping Beauty. Time travel, show-stopping songs, and a host of crazy characters mark a welcome return for Brighton Fringe favourites, Ripley Theatre. Come join Big Red Riding Hood for a tale of frantic fun and see if our intrepid band can find the Prince in time. Will they be thwarted by evil fairy Gravalada and his sidekick Doug the Wasp? Super Sheep to the rescue!

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Elephant of My Heart: Interactive Children's Workshop Jessica Clements

A wonderfully inventive join-in musical workshop for children.

A nine year old girl recovering from an injury is visited by an elephant and a host of other splendid animals who help her to believe that one day she will fly. Come and play some of the characters and do your bit to guide her to the light at the end of the tunnel.
An uplifting interactive storytelling with songs, physical theatre and plenty of chances to imagine!

"A joyous story filled with hope and the power of imagination - the youngsters were totally engaged and captivated." (British Theatre Guide),

"A truly wonderful piece of children’s theatre" (Musical Theatre Review),

"A colossally inventive and deliciously ensemble play for children." (First Night Reviews),

"Totally magical. My daughter didn't want it to finish" (Susy Puckett, Audience member - Caterham).

www.prosperotheatre.com

Touch tours available. Please email animalofyourheart@yahoo.co.uk to book.

2:00pm to 2:45pm
Brawn Honest Man Theatre

‘Brawn’ is a portal into the world of a young man named Ryan; a world consumed by image and obsession, where self-worth is measured in muscle mass and where self-improvement becomes self-destruction. A world that is spiralling out of control...

2:00pm to 3:30pm
Woodland Tribe Tom Williams

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

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

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Arr We There Yet? Head First Acrobats

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

2:00pm to 3:00pm
This Boy Tom JW Productions

A brand-new musical by BBC Bursary winner Natalie Sexton.

Tom, a boy who lost his little brother, Alfie, in a fire a few years ago, is now in secondary school, and dealing with bullying for the burn on his face.

Jessica believes that Tom started the fire and deserves what he gets. Caiden and the boys find nothing funnier than making him feel small.

But is there any truth to what Jessica says? Will new girl Flora see Tom any differently? And is Alfie as far away as we think?

A relevant and contemporary musical story of acceptance, friendship and courage.

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

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

2:15pm to 3:15pm
Griffin and Jones: Slapdash Magic Griffin and Jones

Griffin and Jones are pioneers of slapdash magic!

These award-winning idiots have become famous for their quick banter, tight chemistry, contagious energy, and jaw-dropping, show-stopping wizardry! Join them for more quick tricks, crazy inventions, and outrageous stunts.

"Very funny magicians" (Paul Zenon), "Bizarre, hilarious and anarchic" (Magic Night), "The banter and chemistry of a punk rock Morecambe and Wise" (BlueMoonRevue.net), "Professional tricksters at the top of their game" (Surrey Advertiser).

2:15pm to 3:15pm
Macbeth The Pocket Oxford Theatre Company

Embarking on a tale of ambition, blood and murder of their own, Mac and Lady Mac build a fast food empire. With a healthy dose of nutritional advice thrown in, who knew a story of witches, ghosts and murder could be this much fun?!
Pocket Oxford Theatre’s madcap extravaganzas are the perfect introduction to the Bard’s timeless stories. With plenty of audience participation, as well as key lines from the original text, they are noisy, fast-paced and cool for kids – making Shakespeare something not to be afraid of!
Sold-out Brighton Fringe 2014 and 2015.
“It’s a hoot” ***** (The Argus).

2:15pm to 3:15pm
Science Magic Donal Vaughan Entertainment

Triple award-winning Irish comedian and scientist Dónal Vaughan brings his science, magic and comedy show to Brighton Fringe. Always exciting, sometimes messy, learn about science and laugh your pants off while you do it.
And the best part? You can do all the tricks at home using everyday household items. You too can become a science wizard and amaze your family and friends.
Winner: 2016 Beat the Frog World Series
Winner: 2015 Laughing Horse NATY
Winner: 2014 Tedfest Comedy Award

"His unique blend of science and comedy has proved popular with audiences" (PubSci London).

2:30pm to 3:00pm
BARRERA Mr. Saiqo

BARRERA is the story of two clowns in mourning. After the death of their best friend, the clowns try to continue living, but what is the point? They still do their performance with card tricks and balloons, but all the glitter and glamour seems far gone. It’s a tough job, but the best they can do is blunder on, through drunken dancing and buckets full of tears, each mishap plunging the audience further into mirth, memory, and pathos.

2:35pm to 3:35pm
(Non) Violent Communication Susan Earl Ltd

Do you ever wonder why life is so perfect or why it's so easy to get on with other people? No?

In this brand new show, actress and comedian Susan Earl (Red Dwarf, So Awkward, Perrin) helps us to see the funny side of our rocky relationships.

Taking us on a pyschological journey into the drama triangle, she introduces some hilarious new characters, while sharing her own insights about motherhood, love and divorce.

If you've tried mindfulness and still think that "hell is other people" then this is the show for you!

"Wickedly funny" (The Scotsman).

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

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

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Junior Jungle Rave Junior Jungle Party

Junior Jungle Party is the antidote to ‘baby raves’. Functioning on the pillars of no Pop, no diznee, just proper tunes and real ravin' for kids and adults together.

At a Junior Jungle Party you can expect only the finest cuts of Ragga-Jungle (vetted for age appropriate content), all expertly mixed live by Nick Terrific.

You can expect to dance, a lot. MC Rocky Patch will lead the charge making sure all partygoers are jumpin’ and skankin’. There will be dance-offs and battles. Who will win? The Jungle Cats? Or The Mashup Monkeys?

3:15pm to 4:15pm
The Grimmest of Grimm Tales Avva Laff! Productions

Did you know the Brothers Grimm collected together over 200 different stories? Why do we only ever hear about Cinders and Snow White? Were the others too scary? Too gruesome? Or a bit rubbish?
In this brand new family comedy with music and comedy for ages 5+, The Story Squad introduce a whole new cast of weird and wonderful characters. Meet Godfather Death, Hans my Hedgehog and a deceased chicken in an irreverent, comic quest to re-tell some of the lesser known tales from the Grimm’s collection of fantastical fables.
“Witty staging... lots of charisma... quality storytelling” (Three Weeks).

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

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

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

3:30pm to 4:30pm
Huggers Nik Coppin

With a revolving and changing line-up of magicians, comedians, street performers, musical theatre and variety acts, this internationally-popular show is great for all the family to enjoy together.

"Music, comedy and magic kept the kids entertained... whizzed past and was perfectly timed for child attention spans... My eight-year-old absolutely loved it!" (Child Friendly Brighton, UK),

"The kids had a great time" (Adelaide Fringe),

"Great show" (The Scotsman, Edinburgh Fringe).

3:45pm to 4:35pm
Know Brexit Euclid Applications Ltd

“The UK has voted out... 48% scream and shout... Will the Union end up dead? Is economic ruin where we head? Brexit plans remain unclear... Who knows where we go from here... ”

Enjoy a humorous and entertaining look at the Brexit options, our future relationship with the EU, and what it all means for the UK.

Geoffrey Brown returns after presenting 'Knowing EU' at Brighton Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe 2016, and at Adelaide Fringe 2017.

“Clever mixing of humour with a stream of enlightening facts” (Fringe Review).

“Engaging, informative, diverse and often surprising” (Outlier Review).

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Moondial Em-Lou Productions

Even before she came to Belton, Minty had known she was a witch, or something very much like it. When she uncovers a time portal (the ‘Moondial’ in the grounds of Belton House) she meets Tom the sickly kitchen boy, and Sarah, a girl whose family think her birthmark makes her the ‘Devil's child’. Ghosts, an evil governess, the terrifying Miss Raven and time itself must be overcome to save the children of the past. Based on the best-selling children's book, from a Brighton Fringe Award-winning company, ‘Moondial’ is a creepy, chilling and uplifting play for adults and children alike.

4:00pm to 4:50pm
Ganesha! Ganesha! Paper Cup Fables

Revered in India for centuries, known as the Lord of beginnings, the remover of obstacles and the one who is worshipped first... He is Ganesha! The god with the elephant head. When his mother Parvati is lonely she creates a child from the earth, but the boy turns out to be more powerful than anyone expected. A timeless tale of gods and goddesses, innocence, war, wisdom and knowledge. Classic characters from Indian legends are brought to life through table top and shadow puppetry, with live music. Mythological theatre suitable for everyone aged 7 years+

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

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

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

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

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

4:00pm to 8:00pm
Pavillion 7090 Brighton Spiegeltent with 7090

Reader beware: today's Bold Choice is bolder than most. I've caught two of Dutch group 7090's previous shows, and both were perplexingly wonderful experiences; expect oddball musical instruments, curious art installations, and general creative wackiness (which may or may not have a deeper meaning). I've no idea what they have lined up for this year's free show, but the unpredictability is part of the fun – and they're decent actors as well as excellent physical comedians, building characters you can’t help loving.

7090 are the hosts of a playground full of music, films and installations. It offers a warm place to their strange, obscure but mainly curious takes on life. 7090 are called "the Bermuda Triangle of performing arts". We have no idea what this means, but it sure sounds like fun!

Touch tours are available before each performance. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early, and ask upon arrival.

4:05pm to 5:05pm
Escape: A Magic Show Broken Soul Productions

Luke Robson is fairly new on the Fringe magic circuit, but I enjoyed his show last year and I'll be interested to see how it's developed since then. He's got a dapper, comfortingly traditional persona, and offers a range of well-executed classic tricks – all linked together by a simple storyline about historical escapes. The rapport with the audience is good and the magic's always entertaining. Billed as suitable for ages 12 and up, it would be a good choice for curious teenagers this half-term.

Escape the mundane and the everyday and see the world through the eyes of a magician.

Luke Robson takes you on a journey back in time, featuring escapes throughout history. Including curious characters such as Mackenzie, the man who played cards with the Devil himself; Jack Sheppard, the 18th century jail-breaker, and the legendary Houdini, who escaped from more than just his straitjacket.

Classic conjuring and storytelling, with a combination of laughs, thrills, and chills. Returning with new mysteries and surprises after a successful 2016 Fringe debut.

4:15pm to 5:15pm
The Woman Who Shed Her Skin Lama Theater

A woman single-mindedly pursues her physical image at the expense of her inner self. When that self desperately rises up to take control, no quarter will be given.

In an age of seemingly endless cosmetic obsession, ‘The Woman Who Shed Her Skin’ reveals a story of the obsessive pursuit of the unattainable: female perfection.

Two actresses, a dancer and a digital goddess portray a woman at war with herself as she struggles to define her identity.

4:30pm to 5:20pm
Bones Gritty Theatre

Mark, 19, cares for his drug-addict mum and her baby. He has to make a choice that could change things forever, as he is living a life he never signed up for. But how far will he go? A poignant, emotionally charged monologue about trying to find your place in a world that doesn’t want you. Mark's tale will chew you up, spit you out, and make you wonder why you cared in the first place.

Shortlisted for Brighton Fringe Award 2015. "Funny, upsetting, shocking, very, very moving... a must see" (Ed Fringe Review), "Utterly convincing... ambitious, impressive, and humbling" (Broadway Baby).

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 6:15pm
A Remarkable Person Johnsen & Johnsen produksjoner

3 stars The play begins with a funeral; the funeral of a celebrated writer, loved by many, eulogised as the "remarkable person" of the title. We hear from those whose lives she touched, whether directly or through the power of her work. But things aren't quite as we seem. As we witness scenes from earlier in the writer's career, we come to doubt the truth of what we're observing. Is this really her memorial… and are these really her friends? Read the full review.

This critically-acclaimed, award-winning Norwegian (but performed in English) play philosophises: Do we humans really have a deep need for an identity, or is this need utter nonsense?

For her ability to convey deeply existential material in a humorous and crystal clear way, and for her courage to be politically incorrect, the playwright was awarded First Priority by the Norwegian Centre for New Play-writing.

"Really fascinating" **** (Broadway Baby), "Think Stoppard at his funniest, Ayckbourn at his sharpest, Frayn at his peak" ***** (British Theatre Guide).

5:00pm to 6:00pm
What's Love Got To Do With It? The Big Comedy Show

From National Bulgarian TV to the London stage, we present a musical sketch comedy show taking a unique look at the lives of people who are either in or starting relationships, often with an unexpected twist.
Some are weird, some are mundane, but everything is based on real events or inspired by stories.
Come and witness the shameful reality of "love".
Featuring an all-star cast from the Royal Academy of Music with original material, familiar tunes and unexpected surprises.
What's love got to do with it... ?
You've got to see it to believe it!

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

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

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Ben Fogg: How I Won Best Newcomer 2017 Shaven Ape Ltd.

"A second once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the greatest living comic of every generation. Ben Fogg delivers a technically perfect, pant-wetting, heart-warming, pole-stiffening watermelon of a show. He delights and inspires us all, like a hill-top wizard battling a sadness dragon. Like comedy? See it done properly for once." (Ben Fogg, winner, Best Newcomer 2017).

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

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

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

5:00pm to 8:00pm
Cultureground @ B.fest B.Fest / Brighton Youth Centre

Presenting the best in art, sculpture, debate and creative workshops, Cultureground is the interactive gallery that showcases young people’s work from across the city. View, talk or make, Cultureground asks you to challenge your perceptions of how we categorise 'youth' art. Private View Event: Tuesday 30th May 17:30-19:00.

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

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

5:30pm to 6:50pm
Blink by Phil Porter Peppered Wit Productions

3 stars From the minute Jonah (Rob Hall) begins to tell the “true story” of how he and Sophie (Tara Lacey) met and fell in love, I was hooked by the premise and wanted to know more about the characters. The intricate narrative cleverly sets the scene, and weaves the actors' storylines together through a series of coincidences and twists of fate. Read the full review.

Peppered Wit’s five star production is unconventional, quirky, and voyeuristic.

A funny, delicate love story, cleverly weaving themes of loneliness, bereavement, and consensual stalking(!) into the intimate and engaging story of Jonah, Sophie, and a fox called Scruffilitis. Their relationship is dysfunctional, darkly funny and unexpected - in more ways than one!

Written by award-winning playwright, Phil Porter.

“Superb performances... Raw, real and utterly brilliant” (Views from the Gods, Camden Fringe 2016).

5:30pm to 6:20pm
1 Woman, a High Flyer and a Flat Bottom: Samantha Baines (WIP) Samantha Baines

Award-winning comedian Samantha Baines ('The Crown', 'Sunny D', BBC Radio) is exploring the lost women of science. Expect puns, facts and an ear trumpet attached to a whiskey bottle. “One of the ones to watch” (The Evening Standard), “Mind-blowing” (Huffington Post), “One of the best comedians on the circuit” (Comedy Coroner), “Genius” (The Mumble), “Baines is a brilliant performer” (Broadway Baby), “Fabulous” (BBC Science Focus), “Mile-a-minute jokes” (Ed Festivals Mag), “Multi-faceted talent to watch out for” (Arts Award Voice).

5:35pm to 6:35pm
Killer Cells Avant Cymru

5 stars For anyone who has struggled to have a child, Killer Cells is a must-see show. It’s a true story of life, loss, resilience and hope; its humour and authenticity is demonstrated in the love that the characters show each other, and the isolation of each person’s private pain. Writer and director Sarah Lewis tackles the play with great sensitivity, wit and insight – something that's only possible because it is her story. The knowledge that actors in the play have also suffered miscarriages and the loss of a child gives them the power to speak directly to your heart. Read the full review.

A story of optimism and resilience.
This multimedia play follows women who are going through recurrent miscarriage, breaking the taboo, and starting important conversations about an issue that affects 1 in 3 women.

The show has filmed and live elements and has had great reviews from its run at Edinburgh Fringe 2016 and from performances at The Park and Dare Theatre

"Hard hitting, raw and bloody brilliant".

5:40pm to 6:40pm
Mixed Race White Bloke Francis Foster

Francis Foster is a ridiculous man who hails from the exotic lands of Venezuela and Wigan. In this show he tells tales about what it's like to be half Latino growing up in south London and spending Christmas in Caracas (murder capital of the world). Expect swearing (mainly in Spanish) and to learn a little bit about Venezuela and how to make the perfect hallaca.
Francis, as well as being a bit foreign, is also bloody good at comedy and has supported Eddie Izzard on tour and was runner up in the New Act of the Year Show 2015.

5:45pm to 6:30pm
Dot. Dot. Dot. The Creative Performance Company

‘Dot. Dot. Dot.’ is a new absurdist play featuring two young female protagonists, following and exploring the dysfunctional relationship that they share. Their world is a simplistic and isolated setting in which they continuously battle between innocence, cruelty, wants and needs, as they question their life together.

Drawing inspiration from Samuel Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot’, the two muddle through their unstable network of support and neglect as they struggle to understand each other and themselves. All they have ever known – and ever will know - is being together, can that be enough?

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

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

6:00pm to 6:50pm
Price (still) Includes Biscuits Naomi Paul

Satirical, witty and topical. With Jewish humour, original songs and biscuits, Naomi Paul brings her four-star show to Brighton. From lingerie to libraries, Birmingham to the Balkans, the personal to the political. Enjoy the surreal journey; sometimes poignant, always funny and ultimately uplifting.

"The comic timing here is sublime." (Fringereview.co.uk),
"Terrific deadpan delivery of material... topical and relevant. Audiences loved it!" (Pulse Ensemble Theatre),
"Articulate, dry sense of humour." ( Leicester Comedy Festival),
**** (British Theatre Guide, 2015),
**** (Edinburgh 49, 2016).

6:00pm to 7:00pm
The Accidental Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Tobacco Tea Theatre Company

When Sherlock Holmes unknowingly murders his own client, the game is on to track down the criminal mastermind who did it - Holmes himself! But does Watson’s rent have anything to do with this accident? Has this case been secretly planned by a narrative genius? And could Moriarty’s hunger for new detective fiction fuel a global terror plot of unimaginable proportions?

Satire maestros Tobacco Tea bring you this witty and absurd take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation for the third year running. Expect extraordinary plot twists, metafiction, twisted logic and “almost unparalleled entertainment!”

6:00pm to 10:00pm
Fringe City Night Brighton Fringe

Join us for our one-off Fringe City night-time special, celebrating the Brighton Fringe finale weekend. Come down to New Road for an evening of live outdoor entertainment, showcasing the best from Brighton Fringe 2017. Cabaret, live music, circus, acrobatics, theatre and comedy will be on offer, plus much more.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Rob Deb: A Marvel Comic Laughing Horse Comedy

From behind the comic shop counter, Rob Deb will regale all you fanboys and girls about all that is Marvel from his stall. "The Lenny Bruce of scifi" (The Skinny). Come and join his Merry Marvel Marching band. #marvel #ghostrider #daredevil #spiderman #gotg2 #drstrange #blade #teamcap #deadpool #antman #falcon #capmarvel #blackwidow #ironman #warmachine #avengers #blackpanther #inhumans #agentcarter #punisher #hulk #squirrelgirl #gwenpool #venom #carnage #marvelzombies #atlas #shehulk #magneto #doctordoom #spragg # #illuminati #cabal #rocketraccoon #groot #wolverine #moonknight #secretwars

6:00pm to 6:50pm
Ganesha! Ganesha! Paper Cup Fables

Revered in India for centuries, known as the Lord of beginnings, the remover of obstacles and the one who is worshipped first... He is Ganesha! The god with the elephant head. When his mother Parvati is lonely she creates a child from the earth, but the boy turns out to be more powerful than anyone expected. A timeless tale of gods and goddesses, innocence, war, wisdom and knowledge. Classic characters from Indian legends are brought to life through table top and shadow puppetry, with live music. Mythological theatre suitable for everyone aged 7 years+

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Tennessee Williams Double: Ivan's Widow & Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen Fox and Hound Theatre Company

4 stars The first short play in this hour-long double-bill, Ivan’s Widow is a graphic exploration of abuse of power – in this case between a counsellor/psychiatrist, and a bereaved widow who simply could not come to terms with her husband's death. Tennessee Williams, the playwright, is self-assured and sophisticated in his portrayal of a woman longing to come home to her husband: drinking and driving to escape the torment of life without him. Read the full review.

1. Attempting to cope with her husband's death, the widow seeks answers from her psychiatrist, a cold, predatory and promiscuous man with a seemingly genuine concern for his patient. The widow struggles to differentiate between fantasy and reality, but whose truth is real?

2. 1930s New York and a couple find themselves in a cycle of deprivation. With ravaged appearances, the scene between them is one of eternal repetition where emotional content is worn out and they live in the acceptance of something hopelessly inalterable.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Daddy Day: Bert Hana 7090

'Daddy Day' is a perfectly pitched, meticulously performed work that stretches the limits of theatre and leaves one reeling. A family slideshow with a bloodcurdling ending... Daddy Day won the Dioraphte Amsterdam Fringe Award 2009. Part of the Pavillion 7090 season supported by Performing Arts Fund NL.

6:00pm to 1:00am
Shiny Town Shiny Town Ltd

Welcome to Shiny Town where extraordinary performance meets an ordinary town. Coming to Brighton Fringe for the first time, this pop-up town in the Brighton Pavilion Gardens features a range of activities and performances. Admission is free before 6pm and £10 after.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
All Talk: Apples and Snakes and NWS presents... Apples and Snakes

Apples and Snakes and New Writing South team up to present a programme of poetry, spoken word and live literature.

Spoken word shows, stand-up poetry showcases and scratch events will all feature close-up and personal in this bijou venue. Witness the wonder of words and the power of performance as we host some of the best and freshest poets from the South East and beyond.

Each event is different but quality is guaranteed. Please see flyers and posters for details or just turn up and see what happens.
Limited spaces so book early.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Sexiety Gehring en Ketelaars

Sex: we (almost) all do it, but we hardly talk about it.

How do you keep sexual desire burning in a long term relationship? Where do our ideas about sex come from? Theatre company Gehring and Ketelaars share, together with journalist Gian van Grunsven, new insights about what sexuality is and can be. Sexiety is a playful and inspiring crossover between theatre and journalism.

"A very entertaining, provocative and surprising theatrical conference" **** (Theaterkrant).

6:00pm to 7:00pm
The Jellyfish Trap: Satie in 3D 7090

A musical narrative based on Erik Satie's play of the same name. A cavalcade of characters and explosions in an absurd ceremony with intimate encounters, interspersed with Satie's original stage music. 3D glasses will be handed out at the beginning of the show. Part of the Pavillion 7090 season supported by Performing Arts Fund NL.

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Mad About the Boy A Rush of Laughter

Stephanie talks about mental health problems and boys for an hour, but it's totally funny, she promises, and won't be as awkward as you think it will. From a late start (she barely even met a boy till she was 17), through her "well I know boys now so I'd better touch them all" phase, and a number of failed relationships, Stephanie tells us what it's like to try to have meaningful and not so meaningful relationships when you're a bit of a nutcase.

Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Finalist 2015
"Eye wateringly honest... a jovial, baby faced performing [with] devastating technique" (Chortle).

6:15pm to 7:05pm
WATCHING, Ceci n'est pas de Deux Ester Natzijl Productions

A solo-duet created by Flying Solo and Amsterdam Fringe 2015 award-winner Ester Natzijl and performed by Esmee van Liere. A mesmerizing mix of puppetry, theatre, and dance, that provides different views of what a relationship can be. Carving out a tender, entrancing performance of horror and humour, with an animated and sometimes extremely evil avatar.

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Spilt Milk Presents... Spilt Milk

Spilling, dripping and leaking comedy from every angle, come and join Spilt Milk, a brand-new sketch group, for their exciting show, packed with original new comedy writing.

Formed at Soho Young Company, this comedy collective writes and performs in different combinations to create an eclectic mix of witty sketches. Having recently completed Soho Theatre’s Sketch Course, this group of fledgling comedians are excited to blow your socks off and make sure you leave with nothing to cry over!

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

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

6:45pm to 7:30pm
The Fool, The Champ and The Bandito The Creative Performance Company

Join us on a journey where we will explore the effects of laughter, alcohol and the random s**t three actors can come up with. Of course, we can't forget to comment on politics and social events, so don't worry, it's not all for the hell of it. Be there or be at the pub, either is good!

BA(Hons) Acting and Creative Performance students, from the University Centre Colchester, in their final year of study present a series of devised pieces as part of The Creative Performance Company.

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

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

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

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

7:00pm to 8:30pm
The Maydays Present: The Fringe Show The Maydays

Turn up, tear out and laugh lots as we give other fringe shows a unique makeover! Taking the Brighton Fringe brochure as their inspiration, The Maydays create an entirely new show every night. You, the audience, choose performances and events from the Brighton Fringe guide to inspire us. Wonder what this year's Chekhovian Mime Act or Bavarian Heavy Metal Band will look like? The Maydays will create their own version with our award-winning formula! "I can't recommend this show enough. Sometimes inspired, always great, occasional laceratingly funny, and at times deeply affecting." (Fringe Guru)

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

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

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

7:00pm to 7:50pm
Iguana Mum Sindhu Vee

Wish big, wish high, but be careful what you wish for. That’s what marriage and kids have taught Sindhu (rhymes with Hindu; convenient because she is one). The 2016 BBC New Comedy Award finalist talks about power, Vikings, mothering, Wall Street, benign dictatorship and love... all the key building blocks of family life. Oh, and a hilarious story about “going a little bit” to prison.

"Searingly funny and completely truthful” (Gurinder Chadha), “Excellent” (Broadway Baby).

NATYS finalist 2016, Funnywomen Awards finalist 2013.

7:00pm to 7:50pm
Julie Jepson: Randomonium Lamb Comedy Productions

Lamb Comedy are beside themselves with excitement to be welcoming Barcelona's No.1 star, Juanita Martinez Conchitez Fernandez, in a Brighton Fringe first. Also featuring Shannon Crabsticks, The Irish-ish mermaid with shipping forecast Tourettes. Expect the unexpected in this World Premiere created by Brighton's favourite comic. It's pandemonium in a random fashion... it's Randomonium.
"Had us shrieking with laughter. Exceptional. *****" (Latest7), "Animated, hugely watchable, likeable and very funny" (BBC Radio Manchester).

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Peter Antoniou: 'Psychic' Comedian Peter Antoniou / DBS Productions

Fringe regular Peter Antoniou isn't really psychic, as he'd be the very first to tell you. But he does achieve a few impossible-seeming insights in this funny, warm-hearted show – which I caught here in Brighton last year. You can expect to have your mind read and, if you want, your questions about the future (sort-of) answered, all in a spirit of kindness and fun. And Antoniou is a loveable, purposefully geeky figure; I don't have to be psychic to know you'll enjoy an hour of his company.

If you could ask a psychic a question what would it be?

Fresh off his sell-out international tour, and with sell-out runs in London's West End, let 'Psychic' comedian Peter Antoniou peer inside your head, fondle your frontal lobe, and tickle your funny bone. If you have a question about your past, present, or future, all you need to do is think about it and Peter will have an answer for you...

“His ad-libs are fast and sharp... a balance between humour and astonishment” (The Scotsman).

“Witty and mischievous... exceptionally good” (Chortle).

"Phenon-mentally good" (Kerrang).

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Wood BoxedIn Theatre

I guess you planned to have fun on your spring break. Come back to uni relaxed, refreshed, and ready to take on the rest of the semester. Only this morning, you woke up to find your friend lying dead in the middle of your campsite. Right on top of where the fire used to be. It must have hurt, falling like that; you can see the front of his shirt is burnt on the embers. Well, there go your summer plans.

BoxedIn Theatre presents 'Wood', an exciting piece of new writing about student life and sexuality.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Africa Entsha Brighthelm Trading Ltd

Africa Entsha, a smart, slick a cappella five-piece who reached a global audience in 2010 performing at the World Cup opening ceremony.

Africa Entsha are distinct from the other African music shows that have stormed the Fringe in recent years in that they freely blend western pop elements of the male vocal harmony tradition into their performance. Making for a diverse set which draws on the vibrancy of 1950s Doo-Wop, the all-singing, all-dancing presentation of the 1960s soul groups and the more saccharine tendencies of the modern R&B outfits as much as the soft, healing invocations and exhilarating spirit of their own tribal cultures.

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

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

7:00pm to 8:00pm
One Man Two Ghosts Farce Forward

After breakthrough performances at Edinburgh Fringe and Camden Fringe 2016, international clown company Farce Forward present their debut show – a unique and chaotic vision of Blithe Spirit. From the team behind Lost Cabaret, this is Noel Coward as you’ve never seen him before – complete with slapstick, mime and outrageous dance numbers. What plays out is a hilarious, unpredictable, joyfully irreverent farce told by three complete idiots. “A wonderfully inventive and mischievous clown troupe. Refreshing and very funny” Cal McCrystal (Physical Comedy Director of One Man Two Guvnors). “One of the most original and talented trios in Britain” John Fleming (founder of the Malcolm Hardee Comedy Awards).

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Ida Barr: Never Heard The Like Christopher Green

Brighton's Favourite, as faded yet not jaded as a seaside pier, Ida Barr returns!
This former music hall singer used to be quite the shining star, known for her two big hits, 'Oh You Beautiful Doll' and 'Everybody’s Doin’ It'. Now she's embracing a whole new musical genre which she's christened 'Slipped Disco' or 'Artificial Hip-Hop'. To great acclaim, she has launched her new album, 'Get Old or Die Tryin’', and she invites you to join her for an old fashioned, New Wave sing-along. Ida’s going to be mashing up Rhianna with Dan Leno, Omi with Noel Coward and Marie Lloyd with Eminem. Believe us, you ain’t heard nothin' like it.

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Nik Coppin: Globetrotter Nik Coppin

Nik Coppin returns with some new hilarious anecdotes and jokes from his many shows and journeys around the world. A well travelled stand-up comedian, his comedic exploits have taken him to the far reaches of the USA, Canada, all over Europe, Southeast Asia, New Zealand and Australia.

"Fast and funny... Sweetly, wildly hilarious" **** (Adelaide Fringe).

"The crowds loved him from the second he started!" **** (Comedy Club Asia, Singapore).

"Imaginative and hilarious... delivers at breakneck speed... irresistible charisma. The audience were smitten and in stitches." ***** (Comedy Club Cambodia).

7:20pm to 8:30pm
Jokes And Their Relation To The Unconscious Alex Sergeant

Do you struggle to tell the difference between your ego and your superego?
University lecturer turned stand-up comedian, Alex Sergeant, has the answer.

Guiding his audiences through some of the more hilarious aspects of the life and work of Sigmund Freud, Alex provides his unique take on a set of ideas that have helped to shape over a century’s work of intellectual thought. Poking fun at the Oedipus complex and avoiding Freudian slips along the way, the show offers an evening's entertainment for the comedy fan who wants to think about why we laugh, whilst laughing and thinking.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Who Do You Think You Are? Barbara Brownskirt. Karen McLeod

'Who Do You Think You Are? Barbara Brownskirt' is a darkly funny, pathos-fuelled show inspired by the TV show of similar name by writer and performance artist Karen McLeod.

Shrouded in iconic anorak, knees bulging from pop socks, Barbara Brownskirt is the unsuccessful lesbian Poet-in-Residence at the 197 bus stop, Penge. We meet her, unlucky-in-love, as she tries to find out who she is and why? Share the highs and lows as she explores the past through absurd poetry and film.

Themes of false identities and aloneness thread through this show. Fans of Rik Mayall and Tim Key will love it .

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

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

7:30pm to 9:30pm
Blue/Orange Pretty Villain Productions Ltd

Award-winning Joe Penhall's sardonic comedy, set in a London psychiatric hospital. One day before release, an enigmatic patient claims to be the love child of an African dictator. 'Blue/Orange' is a modern masterpiece, exploring what it means to be ill in the mental health system.

Winner: Evening Standard Award (2000), London Critics' Circle Theatre Award (2000), Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play (2001).

Pretty Villain are 2014, 2015 and 2016 Brighton Fringe award-winners . “Brilliant” (Plays International), “Thoroughly professional” (Fringe Review), ***** “High quality” (The Argus).

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Help! I Think I Might Be Fabulous Alfie Ordinary

Alfie Ordinary debuted his first ever full length solo show to a sold-out Marlborough Theatre audience as part of Brighton Fringe 2016, and subsequently won the International Touring Bursary in a unanimous decision from The Pebble Trust. He has since toured the show around the UK and Europe and last summer performed it on the legendary Royal Vauxhall Tavern stage.

“Side-splittingly funny, extraordinary and of course, fabulous” (Brighton Argus Review).

In 'Help! I Think I Might Be Fabulous' Alfie challenges the norm and questions what it really means to be a man in a hilarious and heart warming tale that explores pride, shame and masculinity. In a society where boys are told to wear trousers and girls are told to wear skirts, Alfie teaches how to come to terms with being Fabulous.
The show sees Alfie, the son-of-a-drag queen, discussing his time at Madame LeCoq's Preparatory School For Fabulous Boys, specifically his friendship with Jon. Alfie helps Jon through song and puppetry, challenging the norm, questioning what it really means to be a man, and encouraging Jon to be himself with the help of Whitney Houston and Bette Middler. Exploring pride, shame and masculinity.

7:30pm to 8:50pm
The Tempest This is my Theatre

For twelve years Prospero, the rightful duke of Milan, has dwelt on an island after his brother Antonio betrayed him and cast him adrift in a small boat. For twelve years he has plotted revenge on those who overthrew him.

Thought to be Shakespeare's final work, 'The Tempest' is brought to life in this one-act adaptation, full of drama, romance, comedy and magic, performed in the beautiful setting of "little" St Peter's.

After successful tours of 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'A Christmas Carol' in 2016, This is my Theatre is back and set to create a storm this Brighton Fringe!

7:30pm to 8:20pm
Amy Howerska. Progress (Work Inn) CWTCH Comedy

A work-in-progress show from your very own Welsh-wonder, Amy Howerska. 2016 saw her popping up all over the shop from Radio 4 to Channel 4. Now fresh from sell-out, five-star Edinburgh and Perth Fringes, Amy attempts to pull yet another hour of stand-up out of her arse, whilst trying not to have a nervous breakdown. This show will be themed around whatever jokes Amy is doing that are not making her die inside #uplifting.

7:30pm to 8:40pm
Ray's Cafe Morpheus Theatre

We Can Be, LadyG cuts Gaga down to size, with migrant resilience and 'Yes We Can Be Happy, Initiate' and so a company taking inspiration from Jean Findlay and TSEliot which produced work at Edinburgh Festival winning multiple awards is on Fringe, first time with real life stories, to laugh and cry. Wasn't Moses our greatest legislator and also migrant?

7:30pm to 9:00pm
American Piano Music: Joel Sachs (USA) MOOT - music of our time

Renowned American pianist and conductor Joel Sachs (Juilliard School, New York) performs piano music by three of America's greatest composers: Charles Ives' First Piano Sonata, pioneering works by Henry Cowell, including 'Tiger', and two late works by Aaron Copland: 'Night Thoughts (Homage to Ives)' and 'Two Piano Pieces'. Part of the 'Listen America!' series.

City Centre Venue Location: Only 2 minutes walking distance from Churchill Square. Walk up the hill from Costa Coffee opposite Metro Bank.

7:30pm to 9:30pm
Layale Chaker & Sarafand Ensemble Samai Productions

Led by Lebanese violinist Layale Chaker, The Sarafand Ensemble brings you a concert of new original musical compositions where Western classical and contemporary music, Jazz, and Arabic Maqam music interact and transcend musical boundaries, leading us into newfound colours and musical landscapes.

7:30pm to 10:30pm
Sweet Charity The Brighton Academy Limited

In association with the acclaimed Stephen Mear, Matthew Bourne, Bill Deamer and Carole Todd, alongside star of stage, screen and music, David Essex, and current West End leading man Killian Donnelly, The Brighton Academy offer you the very best training in musical theatre and acting. For the first time they will perform during Brighton Fringe.

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

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

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

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

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

7:45pm to 9:45pm
Guilty of Love - Alan Turing Passion Oxford Music Theatre Limited

This semi-staged professional show is set in the same form as Christ's Passion.

It tells the tragic story of Alan Turing – a WW2 hero who broke the 'Enigma' codes at Bletchley Park and helped win the War but was prosecuted for homosexuality in 1952, He died tragically in 1954 at the age of 41 of cyanide poisoning and was granted a Royal Pardon in 2013.

The production is serious, tragic, but told with humour and humanity, with stunning new lyrics and music by established writing partnership Jane Bramwell and Michael Brand.

Directed by David Kettle
Features Resound Male Voices

More information at www.oxfordmusictheatre.co.uk

7:45pm to 8:45pm
Split Tamar Broadbent and Emma Pritchard

“I know it feels gross and weird but it’s actually really cool. We’re grown up women now. We can do anything. And no one bleeds to death out of their fanny. Otherwise it would have been on Casualty."

Charlotte and Ellie meet on their first day of secondary school. A friendship begins. Spanning 8 years and set to a millennium soundtrack, 'Split' brings to life the pages of your diary you hoped your mum would never find.

Written and performed by Tamar Broadbent and Emma Pritchard, it's a comedy about gel pens, friendship and finding out who you are through the eyes of another.

7:45pm to 9:20pm
The Effect by Lucy Prebble Brighton Little Theatre

Hearts racing. Minds reeling. Knees buckling. Connie and Tristan have palpable chemistry; or is it a side effect of a new super-antidepressant? They are volunteers in a clinical trial, but their sudden and illicit romance forces the supervising doctors to face-off over the ethical consequences of their work. From Lucy Prebble, “one of the UK’s hottest new playwrights” (The Telegraph), 'The Effect' takes on our pill-popping culture with humour and scintillating drama.

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

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
Licence to Laugh Comedy Club Universal Adventurer

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

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Kitten Killers: Stallions Kitten Killers

Kitten Killers is a funny, sweaty, messy, political and absurd sketch trio who combine the silly and dirty with the surreal.

Fresh from their run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Brighton Fringe Best Comedy Show nominees are bringing their critically acclaimed show ‘Stallions’ to Brighton.

“Witty and Sharp” (The Argus), “Outrageously funny” **** (Fourthwall Magazine), “Weird and wonderful sketch show” **** (Ed Fringe Review), “Kitten Killers are surely on the road to small screen success” **** (Remote Goat), **** (Arts Award Voice), **** (Reading Post), **** (Theatre Bubble), **** (Female Arts).

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

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

8:00pm to 9:30pm
Tricyclic Transform Melanie Menard

Solo musical cabaret exploring genderqueer identity with songs and drag. Miss Liliane, "biologically-challenged drag-queen", has penis envy and that makes her slightly unhinged! Join them round the gender wheel as they try on alternate personas by performing iconic torch songs. From heart-wrenching Jazz diva standards to the p***ed-off ladies of gritty Blues and Brecht. From the broken men protest songs of Johnny Cash, Scott Walker and Jacques Brel, to the empowering queer anthems of Marc Almond and Boy George, with sprinkles of 'Victor Victoria' and 'La Cage aux Folles'.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
'Sweethearts' and 'The Hooligan' by W. S. Gilbert The Foundry Group

Two masterly and unfairly neglected short plays by W. S. Gilbert, England's leading 19th Century dramatist. 'Sweethearts', a cynical comic masterpiece with timeless observations on the sexes, and 'The Hooligan', a brutal, yet blackly comic study of a condemned man's final minutes that was a sensation at its debut in 1911. Performed by: LLoyd Ryan-Thomas (Nominee - Best Actor, Brighton Festival Awards 2014) Emma Wingrove (Bite-Size Breakfast) Nick Bartlett (Gangs of New York) David Mounfield (Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show). Directed by Brian Mitchell (Argus Angel winner 2014)

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Casual Violence: The Grot In The Grotto Casual Violence! Comedy

A confirmed favourite of ours, dark-as-hell comedy group Casual Violence are back in Brighton with their weirdly unseasonal Christmas show The Grot In The Grotto. They say it's a "strange, sinister and extremely silly" hour of story-based sketches, and if previous work's a guide it'll be profoundly uncomfortable yet hilarious all the same. As our 5* review for a previous show put it, their work is grotesque but strangely affecting – always threatening an unexpected twist of the comic knife.

Triple award-winning sketch villains and stars of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Sketchorama’ return to Brighton with a ghoulish new nightmare blend of sketch comedy, live music and pure evil.

At the time of writing this marketing copy, we fully intend to use this new show to ruin every future Christmas you’ll ever have. Be warned. Then be mildly curious about it. Then let that curiosity fester. Let it distract you from your day job, from your lover, from your slumber. Then buy a ticket and come watch us.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Huldebiet: a Dramatic Concert 7090 & Bert Hana

Through the use of film projection, plays, and music by Justyna Ponikowska, 7090 and Hana present a concert about the malleability of meaning. The press: "A fascinating experience. Remarkable and absurd, but also poetic stillness and vulnerability in a most intriguing way. Did we mention silly?"

8:00pm to 8:50pm
Ian Lane: If You Lived Here You'd Be Ian Lane By Now Lamb Comedy Productions

This show is about two things: home and the body. What is home? What is the body? What if you don't feel at home in your body? What if there's nobody home? Veteran homebody Ian Lane (New Comedian of the Year finalist 2014) investigates by looking at lop-sided cats, onion grenades, vengeful left hands, and how the offside rule makes you late for work.
"Inventive, cliche-phobic comedy that makes a strong impression" (Chortle), "Friendly absurdism, delivered in a recognisable stand-up style" (One4Review), "Extremely good" (NottsComedyReview).

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Louder: Apples and Snakes and NWS presents... Apples and Snakes

Apples and Snakes and New Writing South team up to present a programme of poetry, spoken word and live literature.

Spoken word shows, stand-up poetry showcases and scratch events will all feature, close-up and personal in this bijou venue. Witness the wonder of words and the power of performance as we host some of the best and freshest poets from the South East and beyond.

Each event will be different but quality is guaranteed. Please see website for full details or just turn up and see what happens.
Limited spaces so book early.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
BADD Hermetic Arts

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2017 Resplendent in pastel-pink trouser suit, Pam welcomes us to her seminar.  We're in a church hall, somewhere in small-town America; judging by that suit, it must be the 1980's.  And we're there because we're concerned parents – worried about a godless game that's sweeping the nation's youth.  We're the "good BADD", Pam reassures us… we're Bothered About Dungeons & Dragons. Read the full review.

BADD stands for Bothered About Dungeons & Dragons, but don't worry – you don't have to have played the iconic storytelling game to enjoy the show. Presented as a seminar for concerned parents, and set in a church hall somewhere in small-town America, it sees our pastel-trouser-suited hostess earnestly warn about the godless game's threat to the nation's youth. Earning 4* from us in London, it's beautifully characterised, occasionally poignant, and very, very funny.

The 1980s. America is gripped by Satanic Panic. Secret rituals and devilish practices are taking place across the country, destroying the lives of the American youth. But the most diabolically terrifying threat of all is Dungeons and Dragons: viewed by many as a gateway to corruption, violence, and Satan!

You're invited to attend this inaugural meeting of B.A.D.D. (Bothered About Dungeons and Dragons) to learn how best to protect your children from the clutches of the occult.

A darkly comic presentation on the multitude of Satanic threats hidden in seemingly innocuous everyday objects and media.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
The Little Creepers Manic Arts Limited

The Little Creepers by Charlotte Bell is a debut show that explores the trials and tribulations of a teenage girl with schizophrenia in the 21st century. Jenny is an eighteen year old girl who worries about boys, sex and the beast that she sees. This play follows Jenny through her journey to try and conquer her fears and tell her mother about the things she sees, but as most people do - Jenny gets distracted.
'Little Creepers’ is very funny and dry, and at the same time shocking and genuinely original." Peter Wynne-Wilson, theatre creator

Touch tours available. Please email manicartsbirmingham@gmail.com to book in advance.

8:15pm to 8:30pm
ARCO by The Dream Engine in collaboration with Kala Phool Shiny Town Ltd

A stunning acrobat suspended beneath a free standing arch performs to an original live score performed by Matt Constantine (Strings/Keyboards) and Trevor Walker (Trumpet).

Part of Shiny Town in the Brighton Royal Pavilion Garden

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

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

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

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

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

8:30pm to 9:30pm
The Jest The Jest

Sketch comedy in the year 2017. Come on guys, let’s be honest... it’s dead, isn’t it? Well don’t worry, because comedy quintet The Jest is back with an hour of sharp and witty sketches to show Brighton Fringe that yeah, you’re probably right.

Following the 2015 visit, The Jest is back at The Warren with an hour of delightfully dark material that belies its middle class innocence. Winners of the 2016 Leicester Square Theatre Sketch Off.

“The Jest could just be the next big thing in sketch comedy” ***** (Everything Theatre),
“Intelligent, inventive and deliciously absurd” **** (The List).

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

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

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

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

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Nathan Cassidy: The Man in the Arena The Rat Pack Productions Ltd

Malcolm Hardee Award Nominee and Best Show Winner Buxton Fringe Nathan Cassidy explores bravery in a volatile world. Cassidy at his brave and honest best. No gimmicks, no f***ing about, no prisoners.

"A great comedian" **** (Broadway Baby), "The audience loved it... one of the greats" **** (Mumble Comedy, Edinburgh 2016), "The entire second row is pissed... and there are only two rows" (Chortle).

As Obama said after Trump’s victory, "We lick our wounds, we brush ourselves off, we get back in the arena." Get back in the arena with Nathan Cassidy!

8:45pm to 9:15pm
Collapse Karlijn Hamer and Niels Kuiter

Amsterdam Fringe 2016 Award winner. A hypnotic, entrancing musical performance looking for the character Cassandra. This Trojan prophet foresaw the collapse of her city, but she was not heard, and it drove her to madness. “A captivating, poetic performance by a mesmerising duo, guiding you from light to dark, giving goosebumps along the way.” (Amsterdam Fringe 2016 Awards Jury).

Compositions /performance: Karlijn Hamer
Compositions / live-electronics: Mathijs De Valk
Coaching: Floor van Leeuwen, Paul Koek, Nicole Beutler
Text: Wislawa Szymborska.

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

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

9:00pm to 9:15pm
ARCO by The Dream Engine in collaboration with Kala Phool Shiny Town Ltd

A stunning acrobat suspended beneath a free standing arch performs to an original live score performed by Matt Constantine (Strings/Keyboards) and Trevor Walker (Trumpet).

Part of Shiny Town in the Brighton Royal Pavilion Garden

9:00pm to 10:45pm
A Night In... Double-Oh Heaven Pussy Galore Productions

After two sell-out years, Double-Oh Heaven is back with a bang! Bond Girl burlesque, thrilling danger acts, skilled circus and show-stopping live renditions of classic 007 themes, all served with a dash of titillation and a double measure of glamour! Prepare to come away both shaken and stirred!

9:00pm to 10:00pm
A Jealous Lassie's Karma Derek McLuckie

'A Jealous Lassie's Karma' is a collection of mad cap poems, songs, skits and
socio-political observations, all performed with linguistic relish, by the
'terrifically energetic' Derek McLuckie. (The Glezga Poof, 2016) Derek
morphs from dead Glezga neddy lassie's into Marilyn Monroe's grotesquely
glamorous assassin. Using vivid language and outrageous characters, Derek
explores squalor, sex, and the gay man's idolatry of dead Hollywood stars:
with punky songs he celebrates a broo sanctioned Goff Mum. Derek's work is
fast paced, fun packed, campy, slapstick, highkicking, Dadaistic, with
undercurrents of Bette Davis and chunks of Dead Monroe thrown into the
cultish Judy deep throat Garland mix. Previous work includes: Night
Sullied Flesh, Sadie Wan Fags Lucky Bag Bingo, Twisted Night Tales, Touch
My Tent Pole, Dear Green Place (BBC Comedy Scotland), Nights at the Circus
and Commissioned. Derek appears regularly @Duckie and Latitude
"Outstanding funny" The Herald "With this talent, McLuckie's as lucky as
as his name." The List. Touch tours available. Please email
derekmcluckie1@hotmail.co.uk to book in advance.

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

This is how your night at Brighton Fringe ends: not with a whimper, but a bang! Join the hottest up-and-coming acts from all across Brighton Fringe for our late night revue.

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

9:00pm to 9:50pm
Joe Jacobs: Ripe Lamb Comedy Productions

Religion, rap, Pogs, sexism, Gaviscon, mental illness, success, commitment and coffee coasters. Join Joe as he tries to make sense of all this and more prior to his best-before date. A show combining stand-up comedy, live Rap music and a failed attempt to gain exposure resulting in all of Scotland wanting to kill him. (https://youtu.be/5M2nhsjcjac)
Comedy Gladiators 2016 winner and Leicester Square New Comedian Of The Year finalist 2015.

9:15pm to 10:15pm
Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer: The Chap-Hop Decade Scottish Comedy Agency

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

Mr.B returns to his Brighton Fringe home at the Komedia for a show celebrating a decade of Chap-Hop. Hail the Chap! Mr.B began his Chap-Hop career in 2007 when he decided to bring elements of his previous incarnations (UK rapper, jump-up breaks producer, banjolele maverick and dandy) together to create a genre. Mr.B has garnered millions of views on YouTube and his media appearances have included Rapping for Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight, playing live on BBC Radio One for Rob DaBank and Nick Grimshaw, on Radio Two and Steve Lamacq, 6Music.

9:25pm to 9:55pm
Trade Winds Polytoxic

The sun has set and across the shimmery water two majestic figures serenely move. This is 'Trade Winds', an evocative performance installation depicting the journey of two women from different cultures. This stunning collaboration by Australian dance-theatre company Polytoxic and contemporary Pacific visual artist, Samuel Tupou is a magical event for the whole family. Two performers literally dance on the water and as they move they become giant screens illuminated by a world of exquisite animated projections.

9:30pm to 10:20pm
Siblings Bezoomny Theatre

Bound by blood and ambition, character comedians and real-life sisters Maddy and Marina Bye set sail on their maiden voyage. Following Marina's graduation from Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Maddy's graduation from the Parisian theatre and clown school Ecole Philippe Gaulier, their hotly anticipated debut show is a cacophony of sketch, clowning, intensely serious drama school trained acting and a whole lot of synchronised dance. Hop aboard for a raucous journey into the absurdity of the all too familiar world. Suitable for anyone who has or has seen a sister.

"Watch out for these gals" - Jennifer Saunders

"If you go to see these hilarious sisters you are inadvertently endangering their young lives because , frankly, we don't need another funny double act do we?!?! No we don't. Laugh and I will end them... " - Dawn French

"Sisters are doing it for themselves, and by it I mean being REALLY FUNNY. I love these girls." - Miranda Hart

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

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

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Blues and Burlesque Blues and Burlesque

After last year’s sell-out run, the Blues and Burlesque are back with a new show. Once again, songs and piano playing from ex-Dexys jazz reprobate Pete Saunders are upstaged superbly by the show’s extraordinary hostess Lady Beau Peep ... you can call her mistress! By day she’s busy with school runs and tupperware parties, by night she indulges her bondage fantasies and some of yours! Come prepared for good laughs, some great songs and completely gratuitous undressing from their burlesque guests.

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Des Kapital: Never Mind the Cossacks! Andyland Productions

Communist crooner Des Kapital (‘Gulag’s Got Talent’, 'The ex-Soviet Republic Factor’) is ‘glasnost all over’ to present the history of the Soviet Union using the music of Taylor Swift (‘Blank State’) Ed Sheeran (‘Sinking Out Loud’) Katy Perry (‘Perestroika Hurls’) Robbie Williams (‘Engels’) Madonna (‘Lands were Virgin’) and many more!

Hilarious and weirdly educational, entertaining and tragic. The whole history in one hour.

With comedian and history teacher Andy Thomas.

“He’s good. What’s his name? And address?" (V. Putin).

9:45pm to 10:55pm
Jerry Sadowitz + Card Tricks Farbissener Limited

Taking time out of his busy schedule of swearing and screaming, Sadowitz will, for two nights, do card tricks with even less entertainment value. Can you afford to miss it?!

Jerry Sadowitz is best known as the most offensive stand-up comedian in the world, but he is also one of the best close-up magicians, inventing tricks and presentations that other better-known magicians incorporate in their acts.

In this show, he will try as hard as he can to keep the level of offence to a minimum and showcase his magic skills so as to increase his demograph (haha). However, if you cover your ears, you’ll still get a great magic show.

10:00pm to 10:50pm
Duker & Henderson: Soph Opera Lamb Comedy Productions

Two of the UK's best new comics, Sophie Duker (Funny Women finalist 2015) and Sophie Henderson (SYTYF? finalist 2016) ride into Brighton for an unrelentingly hilarious hour of subversive sass. When modern life has more twists and turns than the latest episode of Eastenders, 'Soph Opera' is just the tonic you need to get through the horror show of 2017. A must see.
"A sparky proposition" (The Independent),
"Consistently funny" (Chortle).

10:00pm to 11:10pm
Trygve Wakenshaw: Nautilus Dont Be Lonely Productions

Nominated: Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award, 2015.
This 75 minute tour-de-force of high-octane mime comedy is the widely lauded follow-up to cult sell-out physical comedies 'Kraken' and 'Squidboy'.
Mad, risqué and uniquely eccentric, this is award-winning and internationally acclaimed idiot Trygve Wakenshaw’s most ambitious work to date.
“So magical, so delightfully playful. Wakenshaw leaves his audience slack-jawed with admiration.” **** (The Scotsman)

10:00pm to 10:55pm
Sexual Fears of a Modern Day Virgin Rant and Rave Theatre Company CIC

Kids these days! No one knows what they’re up to. Well, we do and we’re willing to let you in on the secret. What if I told you that you know nothing about sex? You don’t even know what a virgin is. Would you believe me? We have two couples, one singleton, and 50 minutes to show you how. Let us guide you through the cheeky, romantic and eventful lives of our five characters as they lose their virginities - for the second time.

10:00pm to 10:55pm
Google Drive Dan Attfield

In 2008, Google used search trends to predict flu outbreaks. In 2017, Dan Attfield uses the same data to predict the apocalypse. Join him on a musical comedy journey of correlation, confidentiality and criminal piglets.

As featured on BBC One, BBC Radio 4 and E4 with Hip-Hop improvisers Abandoman and YouTube sketch team The RH Experience.

Semifinalist - Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian 2016.
Finalist - Max Turner Prize 2017.
“Lethal levels of laughter” ***** (Three Weeks), “Sheer brainpower and comedic instinct” ***** (TenEighty Magazine).

10:00pm to 10:50pm
Tennessee Williams' 27 Wagons Full of Cotton Fox and Hound Theatre Company

3 stars Tennessee Williams’ plays may be dark, and to some extent dated, but he still has the power to shock and enthral. Here, Fox and Hound Theatre Company produce a one-act play which is an affront to femininity in a male dominated world. Written in 1946 but set in 1930, the play is a period piece about life in the cotton fields of America’s Mississippi Delta. Read the full review.

In 1930s Mississippi, a cotton gin mysteriously burns down. In difficult financial times it appears that the rules of business are different. Do two wrongs make a right? A dysfunctional relationship is at the centre of this disturbing look at abuse and how one woman may find a silver lining in a desperate situation. This play deals with the social and economic climate of a country coming out of recession, and transcends this with the still relevant issues of mental health, domestic abuse and rape. "Seemingly fragile people are the strong people really". Classic Tennessee Williams.

10:00pm to 10:00am
Imaginary Porno Charades DBS Productions

Oh, all right then. I've been primly ignoring it for years, but it's time I acknowledged the success of Imaginary Porno Charades – a cult hit at both the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringes, which does pretty much exactly what it says on the tin. Two gender-mixed teams of comedians take turns to mime imagined titles for dodgy movies, all overseen by a witty host in a spirit of naughty fun. It attracted packed houses in Edinburgh… and this special all-night edition is twelve! hours!! long!!!

Following last year's all-night session, Brighton begs for more!

A 12-hour marathon of unstoppable panel show mayhem - if the captains and host can last that long!

A variety of performers from across Brighton Fringe form teams throughout the night to charade their audiences good and hard. With porno puns, sexy signals, and outrageous observations to keep you up all night, this is a game show that's strictly adult - and if we find any prizes, we'll give you one...

***** (TVBomb)

Drop in at any point throughout the night and stay as long as you like!

10:05pm to 10:20pm
ARCO by The Dream Engine in collaboration with Kala Phool Shiny Town Ltd

A stunning acrobat suspended beneath a free standing arch performs to an original live score performed by Matt Constantine (Strings/Keyboards) and Trevor Walker (Trumpet).

Part of Shiny Town in the Brighton Royal Pavilion Garden

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:30pm to 11:30pm
The Girl From Oz Courtney Act Inc

Courtney Act, takes you over the rainbow and down under in her new show: The Girl from OZ! Chock full of hits and high notes, you will leave this show realizing there's no place like her home! "Coy, funny, sexy, classy, and thoroughly up-beat... Courtney is something fresh and inspiring." - Manhattan Digest

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

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

11:15pm to 12:15am
David Sheeran - I Am Donut: Work In Progress Laughing Horse Free Festival

Skyfall, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Ghost, The Godfather, Citizen Kane, Beauty and the Beast, Notting Hill, 50 Shades Darker and Beetlejuice are just some of the DVDs President Trump will give Theresa May on his first state visit to the UK (probably). Luckily, these DVDs will also be among the many films spoofed in 'I am Donut'.

'I am Donut' is a comical and critical look at the way Hollywood helps shape everyone's worldview - including Donald Trump's.

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

The legendary late show returns.

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

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

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

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

12:00am to 12:00am
Barbara Merkriti

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

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