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10:00am to 10:50am
The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch Pied Piper Theatre Company

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

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

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940's when you visit our original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground. Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Morning tours (10:00-12:00) can be pre-booked via the Fringe office. Afternoon tours (12:00-16:00) are available to book in person on the day.

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 5:00pm
Unity Through Struggle Exploring Senses CIC

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

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

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

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

10:00am to 6:00pm
The Fairy Tale Fair The Open Market

Join The Fairy Tale Fair at Brighton Open Market for a special Saturday market takeover. Over 45 high quality craft and design stalls fill the venue showcasing the makes of local creatives and designers. From one-off artworks to pocket money buys - there will be something for everyone. There will also be magical extras including live singers, performers and craft workshops. Meet the makers behind the creations and explore the market's permanent shops and cafes too. A wonderful day out for all the family. Visit www.thefairytalefair.co.uk for more details.

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

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

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

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940's when you visit our original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground. Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Morning tours (10:00-12:00) can be pre-booked via the Fringe office. Afternoon tours (12:00-16:00) are available to book in person on the day.

10:30am to 12:30pm
How To: Keep it Legal The Independent Theatre Council

Thinking about taking your theatre company further? Join Jackie Elliman, Legal and Industrial Relations Manager at ITC, for a workshop covering all aspects of setting up as a legal entity. Part of Brighton Fringe's Fringe Academy in partnership with the University of Brighton.

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

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940's when you visit our original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground. Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Morning tours (10:00-12:00) can be pre-booked via the Fringe office. Afternoon tours (12:00-16:00) are available to book in person on the day.

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

Come along and learn to throw your own pot on the potters wheel at the Painting Pottery Cafe! Learn a new skill alongside other beginners with one of our fabulous potters in this structured workshop that will teach you how to create a lasting ceramic piece. Our ceramic studio provides a friendly and creative space for you and friends to share a new and hands on experience together during the festival. Pots will be ready to collect 2 weeks later or can be posted for an additional fee. Places are limited so booking ahead is essential. Perfect for a couples outing or just some good old fashioned fun! Spaces are limited to 8 people per session, if booking for group it is advisable to book all your tickets at the the same time. Live audio description available on request. Please email help@paintingpotterycafe.co.uk to book in advance.

10:45am to 11:30am
St Michael and All Angels Church Tours the Cathedral of the Backstreets St Michael & All Angels Church

Guided tours of this magnificent Grade I* listed church - one of the finest Victorian churches in the country. In Simon Jenkins’ book 'England's Thousand Best Churches'. It is in fact, two churches in one, the first designed by G.F. Bodley and built in 1861-62 ‘extended’ by William Burges 30 years later. Noted for its fine architecture, sculpture and woodwork and its magnificent stained glass windows by the pre-Raphaelites, William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones, Ford Madox-Brown, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Philip Webb and Kempe. Free local parking on request. Cooked breakfasts from 08:45.

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

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940's when you visit our original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground. Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Morning tours (10:00-12:00) can be pre-booked via the Fringe office. Afternoon tours (12:00-16:00) are available to book in person on the day.

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 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 2:00pm
Life in the City 2017: An Inclusive City Life in the City

Poetry reading, exhibition, workshop and photography. Reading of selected poems, by the poets on May 20 at 2 pm. Preceded by a workshop at 11 am at a cost of £3 per person (limited places). Open entry Poems on the theme 'An Inclusive City' welcomed, please apply for entry form for poems and workshop to litcbton@gmail.com - Closing date: 1 April 2017. All surrounded by Tony Tree's inspiring photographic images of faith groups in Brighton from 2000 and recently updated. Selected poems will be laminated and hung alongside. Free entry (except workshop) exhibition open Saturdays 11 am - 4 pm

11:00am to 5:00pm
Correspondence: Letters From A Beach Hut The Ark

When was the last time you wrote to someone using pen and paper? This durational artwork invites visitors to a seaside beach hut to write a letter to a person of their choosing - whether a friend, family member, former lover, politician, prisoner, newspaper or personal hero. Writers may keep their letters private or contribute them to our living archive of letters - a place of connection, protest, longing and activism which everyone is welcome to visit and explore. All letters will be posted at the end of the installation, potentially leading to long-term correspondences...

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

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

"DJ Monski Mouse is onto a winner" ***** (Barefoot Review),

"Creates a unique atmosphere and allows friends, parents, carers, grandparents (you name it) to join together by dancing, enjoying the music and relaxing" **** (Three Weeks).

11:00am to 12:00pm
Street Stories Little Green Pig

Put on your headphones and set off on a journey through Brighton's hidden corners accompanied by the fragments, stories and shifting sounds of six people who have experienced homelessness. Created by a group of young writers aged 8 to 11.

Please arrive ten minutes before stated start time and wear weather appropriate clothing!

11:00am to 11:50am
The Tap Dancing Mermaid Pigtails Productions

The Moon has got a story to tell about a tippetty-top tap dancer who he has been watching at night. Marina Skippett creeps out at night to tap dance on the boardwalk to the sounds of the sea. She can’t tap dance at home anymore since her evil aunty banned it, threatening to feed Marina’s dinners to the dog! But then, one magical night, Marina meets a mysterious watery boy swimming alone and her life is never the same again!

With hand-crafted puppets, singing and tap dancing, 'The Tap Dancing Mermaid' is an innovative and exciting one-woman show written and directed by Tessa Bide.

11:00am to 11:55am
A Fool and Three Courses The Good Housekeepers

A short adaptation of Shakespeare's 'King Lear'. A feminist perspective on the problems Lear's daughters face as siblings and royalty, and their relationship with their father. Part narrated through the eyes of the Fool.

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

Tour this iconic 20th century Modernist apartment block on Brighton seafront. Includes views from the 11th floor sun-terrace, the interior of a flat and the collection of historic archive items in areas behind the scenes. Tickets cannot be purchased on the door. Book early to avoid disappointment.

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

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940's when you visit our original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground. Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Morning tours (10:00-12:00) can be pre-booked via the Fringe office. Afternoon tours (12:00-16:00) are available to book in person on the day.

11:00am to 11:30am
Open Day at the Brighton Buddhist Centre Brighton Buddhist Centre

We're opening the doors of Brighton Buddhist Centre! If you've ever wondered what goes on, come along and have a look around. We will be running meditation and Buddhism taster sessions. Tea and cake will be available.

11:15am to 12:30pm
Tap Into Health (TIH): Movin’ With Melvin! Movin' Melvin Brown

Tap into health! A rare, unmissable opportunity to dance with one of the world’s most engaging performers. Dubbed one of the last great song and
dance men of American tradition, it’s impossible not to shake your hips when in the presence of Movin’ Melvin Brown. He takes participants through a low-impact, high-energy fun workout, teaching you to Tap to music and workout at the same time. Melvin says: "if you can walk, you can Tap!" All ages and levels welcome!

"Light on his feet, Melvin’s upbeat persona delights his audience" **** (BroadwayBaby).

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

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940's when you visit our original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground. Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Morning tours (10:00-12:00) can be pre-booked via the Fringe office. Afternoon tours (12:00-16:00) are available to book in person on the day.

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 12:20pm
Kidocracy Sukie Productions

‘Kidocracy’ is an interactive theatre show for children aged 6+, presented by Keith Farnan ('Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow'). Appearing as his alter-ego, Brehon, an ancient Irish know-it-all, the show begins when children are told they are being given an island to rule. In just under an hour, they must elect leaders, write anthems, come up with rules that rock and deal with all sorts of crises because running the world isn’t just all fun, fun, fun: there’s stuff to be done as well.
“Artful, satirical ... with a lightness of touch and a hefty helping of roguish Celtic charm” (Sunday Times).

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

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940's when you visit our original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground. Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Morning tours (10:00-12:00) can be pre-booked via the Fringe office. Afternoon tours (12:00-16:00) are available to book in person on the day.

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!

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

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940's when you visit our original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground. Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space. Morning tours (10:00-12:00) can be pre-booked via the Fringe office. Afternoon tours (12:00-16:00) are available to book in person on the day.

12:00pm to 12:30pm
Open Day at the Brighton Buddhist Centre Brighton Buddhist Centre

We're opening the doors of Brighton Buddhist Centre! If you've ever wondered what goes on, come along and have a look around. We will be running meditation and Buddhism taster sessions. Tea and cake will be available.

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

12:00pm to 1:30pm
Piers & Queers Only in Brighton

Over 200 years of history from a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer perspective including Regency Dandies, 1950s lesbian and gay life and political activism. We encounter prominent historical figures as well as some extraordinary unsung heroes: a pioneering doctor who passed as 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).

12:00pm to 12:45pm
The Whos, The Whats, The Whens, The Whys Alice Burden

Who? A rotating bill of 'hot, 'new' 'comedians'. What? A free stand-up show (or what our therapist calls 'very good progress'). When? The Quadrant: May 6, 13, 20, 12:00 (45 mins). Why? Good question.

12:00pm to 1:30pm
Experiencing Hard times with Maarten Zaagman and Falk Hübner Maarten Zaagman and Falk Hübner

A fascinating opportunity to learn the mime choreography technique behind the award-winning performance ‘I Will Carry You Over Hard Times’. Open to all, we research musical material, arranging, and recording. We then devise improvised arrangements to experience first hand how this unique work is created. Fringe Spirit Award-winners, Amsterdam Fringe 2017.

12:30pm to 2:30pm
Baby Loves Disco's Beach Beats Baby Loves Disco UK

Following our legendary Brighton Fringe 2016 appearance, the original family dance party returns for more day-clubbing, this time at the funkiest bar on the beachfront with the best sea views in Brighton! Club DJs spin feelgood summer tunes, with dance floor games, giveaways, selfie booth and play zone. Dress for a beach party! Hawaiian shirts, hula skirts or British buckets and spades, either way it’s high tides and good vibes. With kids drinks, healthy snacks, ice lollies, face painting, crafts and balloons all included, and a licensed bar for mum and dad, it's time to get your beach on!

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

Not sure what to see? Don't fret, we've done the work for you and hand-picked this week's top tips. Shows from across Brighton Fringe will be showcasing snippets of their work to whet your appetite every weekend lunchtime. Different line-ups every show. All for just a fiver.

12:30pm to 1:20pm
Hidden Mother The Off-Off-Off-Broadway Company

This play still needed a little development when we saw it in Buxton, but it's had a almost a year to grow since then. A two-hander with themes of fantasy and madness, it has an intelligent script and a cleverly layered plot: set in mental hospital on the brink of closure, it explores themes around the loss of refuge and the end of maternal safety. Imagined alter-egos – including a Russian cabaret singer – add colour to the performance. The company's earned multiple 4* reviews from us in the past.

In her mind Diana is a glamorous singer-raconteuse at a Petrograd nightclub, and Leon her accompanist. In reality the pair are patients in a British mental hospital heading for closure. When not singing traditional Folk songs or reminiscing about her life as a Russian aristocrat felled by the Revolution, Diana is forced through psychoanalysis to confront her real memories and scars from a life with an unstable mother. What will happen to this fragile human being when the doors of her only sanctuary look set to close forever? What of her only friend?
“A quirky little gem” **** (The Reviews Hub).

12:45pm to 1:45pm
Etherwave: Adventures With The Theremin Hypnotique

The theremin is the creepy-sounding electronic instrument you'll hear on the soundtrack to many a sci-fi or horror film, played without physical contact by moving your hands through an electric field. Part lecture, part gig, part comedy, this unusual show explores the theremin's repertoire and gives a witty run-down of the instrument's history. I caught an earlier version in Edinburgh – and while the theremin's a hands-off instrument, it's worth getting your hands on a ticket.

Notorious performer Hypnotique tells her personal story about the world’s first electronic instrument (from 1920s Russia) and it's influence on music today – including Led Zeppelin, Kraftwerk and Portishead.

In this multimedia talk and music performance, expect tall tales of espionage, spooky soundtracks, and her encounters with Amazonians, Bob Moog and Simon Cowell.

Hypnotique studied the theremin with Lydia Kavina, grand-niece of its inventor Leon Theremin. She's performed with The Heliocentrics, Gong and TV's James May’s 20th Century.

Time Out's Top 10 Weirdest Shows, Edinburgh Fringe 2016.

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

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

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

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

Be amazed and motivated: This is your MoMent!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1:00pm to 1:30pm
Open Day at the Brighton Buddhist Centre Brighton Buddhist Centre

We're opening the doors of Brighton Buddhist Centre! If you've ever wondered what goes on, come along and have a look around. We will be running meditation and Buddhism taster sessions. Tea and cake will be available.

1:00pm to 1:45pm
Check Out My Shirt Outset Dance

We wear the consequences of our decisions like a bad shirt.

Join two performers on a journey through an unfamiliar world as they navigate what it means to be faced with life defining decisions. Through bold physicality and a nod to fashion faux pas, Outset Dance will show you the alternative route.

1:00pm to 3:00pm
Faulty Towers The Dining Experience Interactive Theatre International

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

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

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

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 4:00pm
Big Band: Jumpin' at the Spiegel Straight No Chaser

Straight No Chaser Big Band combine with JATS swing dance aces Sam and Gabi for a Lindy Hop dance spectacular.

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

Learn some fun and informal dance moves with the beginners Lindy Hop class from the internationally awarding winning Jumpin' At The Seaside teachers. Then take to the dance floor and party the afternoon away at this amazing fringe venue!

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

Fringe City is a free outdoor event in the centre of Brighton taking place every weekend of Brighton Fringe 2017. In 2016, over 100,000 people attended Fringe City during seven fantastic days of performances, installations, sideshows, dance-offs, choirs, cabaret, puppetry, children's workshops, acrobatics and surreal walkabout performers. We’re expecting 2017 to be even bigger and better with even more shows, performances, madness and mayhem, all packed in from 5 May to 4 June 2017.

1:00pm to 2:00pm
Playback Impro A Drunken Sailor/ Laughing Horse

'Playback Impro' plays back moments and stories from the audience. "A real standout from all the stand-up, this is comic improvisation theatre-style. Four actors each take it in turn to direct a narrative supplied by the audience. It can be anything from a mundane event on the way to the theatre to a traumatic childhood experience. The interaction is fun, compelling and very imaginative. And the quick-witted troupe step into your story, giving it a genre and treatment in seconds - making it very slick. A show that will keep you coming back for another unrepeatable performance." (The Mirror).

1:00pm to 2:00pm
Beethoven Piano Sonatas & Violin Sonatas with Raija Walker & Ellie Blackshaw Music at Saint Michael's

St Michael's is delighted to welcome the return of pianist Raija Walker and violinist Ellie Blackshaw. Raija will perform Beethoven's Pathetique and Waldstein Sonatas. Raija then returns one week later with violinist Ellie to perform Beethoven's Violin Sonata in A, Op. 30, nr. 1 and his last Violin Sonata in G, Op. 96. Beethoven's Pathetique piano sonata is one of his most well known works for the serenity of its slow movement. His Waldstein Sonata broke new ground in regard to piano technique and colour. The 2 violin sonatas are well contrasted in character. Free local parking available on request.

1:00pm to 2:00pm
Street Stories Little Green Pig

Put on your headphones and set off on a journey through Brighton's hidden corners accompanied by the fragments, stories and shifting sounds of six people who have experienced homelessness. Created by a group of young writers aged 8 to 11.

Please arrive ten minutes before stated start time and wear weather appropriate clothing!

1:15pm to 2:15pm
A Bit of Magic with Stu & Friends Stu Turner

Bringing together the best comedy, magic and cabaret acts at Brighton Fringe, following last year’s sell out shows, comedy magician Stu Turner hosts a smorgasbord of variety.

London based Stu's offbeat act is sometimes silly, sometimes surreal, but always baffling and highly entertaining.

Stu has performed all over the UK, as well as being a regular in London's West End, and looks forward to bringing some of his favourite acts to Brighton.

Come along to laugh, gasp, and be amazed at this fabulous hour of fun.

1:30pm to 2:30pm
Bug Camp Broken Silence Theatre

Being a grown-up sucks, so Lola is off to Bug Camp, armed with strawberry laces and Metallica frontman James Hetfield, and neither her best frenemy Jas, nor her arch nemesis Aleine can stop her. But where does that leave her grownup daughter Tilly? And what happens when hiding in the past is no longer an option?

Bug Camp is a joyful new play about the collision of imagination, memory and loss, written by Paul Macauley. A winner of the Tobacco Factory Theatre’s Script Space Scheme, it is staged by award-winning new writing company Broken Silence Theatre.

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!

1:40pm to 2:40pm
Heidi Regan and Will Rowland Present: Some Comedy in a Venue Heidi Regan and Will Rowland

Will and Heidi are two thoughtful, principled stand-ups who will do anything to get a laugh, including dropping all principles. Cerebral, silly, surreal and sibilant stand-up from two rising stars, one the winner of 'So You Think You’re Funny' 2016, and the other who should be commended for his persistence.

"Confidence in her writing that was not misplaced... " (Steve Bennett, Chortle),
"Extremely witty, clever and well-executed" **** (Broadway Baby).

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 2:30pm
Open Day at the Brighton Buddhist Centre Brighton Buddhist Centre

We're opening the doors of Brighton Buddhist Centre! If you've ever wondered what goes on, come along and have a look around. We will be running meditation and Buddhism taster sessions. Tea and cake will be available.

2:00pm to 3:00pm
The Love of Stationery Lisa Maria Berg

“I collect bags of sugar from cafes and restaurants I'm in. I have a big collection. Often I forget that I've taken them with me home and somehow, if you apply time and pressure, they have the tendency to explode ... “
'The Love of Stationery' is a one-woman dark comedy exploring the innermost thoughts of 'Woman'- a collector of common things. She works in a stationery shop. Orderly displays of writing materials, and collecting irregular verbs, are her keenest passions. But one day an attractive man walks in to buy an eraser... and it’s love at first sight.
At least for her.
Plans are devised to land this man, to make him hers. Her dreams are shattered though when he is spotted talking to Deanne... funnier, smarter and more beautiful than Woman. Deanne cannot win. She cannot.
Looks like Woman has some erasing of her own to do...

A show that leaves us rooting for the underdog, while vowing to buy our stationary online in future...

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 3:30pm
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.

2:00pm to 4:00pm
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

2:00pm to 3:30pm
A Brighton Story 90 Minute City Tour www.brightoncitywalks.com

Brighton's most popular 90 minute traditional city walking tour. Perfect for visitors and residents alike. Discover secret tunnels, lost Royal romances, Jack the Ripper's favourite pub and much more on this acclaimed city tour.

Winner of Trip Advisor 'Certificate of excellence' 2016.

2:00pm to 2:50pm
Learn To Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

Come along and learn to throw your own pot on the potters wheel at the Painting Pottery Cafe! Learn a new skill alongside other beginners with one of our fabulous potters in this structured workshop that will teach you how to create a lasting ceramic piece. Our ceramic studio provides a friendly and creative space for you and friends to share a new and hands on experience together during the festival. Pots will be ready to collect 2 weeks later or can be posted for an additional fee. Places are limited so booking ahead is essential. Perfect for a couples outing or just some good old fashioned fun! Spaces are limited to 8 people per session, if booking for group it is advisable to book all your tickets at the the same time. Live audio description available on request. Please email help@paintingpotterycafe.co.uk to book in advance.

2:15pm to 3:15pm
Worst Birthday Ever D2 Events

Poor Lewis just wanted to enjoy a Happy Birthday, but things just went from bad to worse. Nelson and Dave will do their best to cheer him up with songs, interactive games and lots of fun, eventually.

2:15pm to 3:05pm
The Tap Dancing Mermaid Pigtails Productions

The Moon has got a story to tell about a tippetty-top tap dancer who he has been watching at night. Marina Skippett creeps out at night to tap dance on the boardwalk to the sounds of the sea. She can’t tap dance at home anymore since her evil aunty banned it, threatening to feed Marina’s dinners to the dog! But then, one magical night, Marina meets a mysterious watery boy swimming alone and her life is never the same again!

With hand-crafted puppets, singing and tap dancing, 'The Tap Dancing Mermaid' is an innovative and exciting one-woman show written and directed by Tessa Bide.

2:25pm to 3:25pm
Neurovision: Boom-Bang-A-Brexit! Eccentronic

Remember Brighton Fringe 2013? Music comedy duo Eccentronic tried to write the UK’s song for Eurovision by identifying what it means to be British, while musing on how we can co-exist as part of Europe (mainly with songs about public transport networks). Oh, how we laughed...

Don’t panic! They’re back to solve this Brexistential crisis with new songs and electro mashups on board the Brexit bus, via Kraftwerk, ABBA, and Nine Inch Nails.

Can they wow you, the jury, and save the UK from ‘nil points’, and a new Waterloo? Unleash the Neurovision hit machine!

**** (Time Out).

2:30pm to 4:50pm
Urinetown: The Musical Brighton Little Theatre

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

2:30pm to 3:30pm
John Hastings: Works! Laughing Horse

John Hastings is a fence-sitting former drag queen. He will yell. He will shout. He will be proving the following people right.
"This fast-growing comic is a pleasure to watch" **** (Times), "Hastings' bold dramatic delivery is what really stands out when he is hammering a point home" ***** (Mirror), "Well crafted" **** (Herald), "This charming, lovable comic is truly engaging and well worth checking out" **** (Three Weeks), **** (Herald), **** (Fest).

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Super Hamlet 64: Parody DLC Edward Day

Armed with an ocarina, a ukulele and a thirst for revenge, Lecoq-trained Edward Day battles four decades of videogame nostalgia in an explosion of Shakespeare, live music and 16-bit ridiculousness, but can Ophelia defeat the zombie hordes and save Hamlet once and for all?

‘Super Hamlet 64: Parody DLC’ is a one-person, physical theatre, spoken word mix of Shakespearean tragedies and videogaming with clowning, mime, live music, retro animation and video projection, exploring mental health and our addiction to technology.

3:00pm to 5:00pm
HIP Trip of Brighton: A Psychedelic Wander Kriya Arts

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

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

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

3:00pm to 3:50pm
Learn To Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

Come along and learn to throw your own pot on the potters wheel at the Painting Pottery Cafe! Learn a new skill alongside other beginners with one of our fabulous potters in this structured workshop that will teach you how to create a lasting ceramic piece. Our ceramic studio provides a friendly and creative space for you and friends to share a new and hands on experience together during the festival. Pots will be ready to collect 2 weeks later or can be posted for an additional fee. Places are limited so booking ahead is essential. Perfect for a couples outing or just some good old fashioned fun! Spaces are limited to 8 people per session, if booking for group it is advisable to book all your tickets at the the same time. Live audio description available on request. Please email help@paintingpotterycafe.co.uk to book in advance.

3:00pm to 3:50pm
Silent Disco Walking Tours with Guru Dudu David Naylor

Guru Dudu returns with his hilarious dance-walking tours where everyone wears headphones (supplied) and can hear the fun commentary from Guru Dudu and the dance mix of uplifting favourites from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00’s.

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

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

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 4:00pm
Fragments From Your Workplace Sofia Rendall

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

Supported by The Pebble Trust Brighton Fringe Bursary.

"An absolutely hilarious play" (The Badger).

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

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

3:00pm to 4:00pm
New York Stories Pretty Villain Productions Ltd

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

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

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

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).

3:30pm to 4:30pm
The Monks of Umami: Radiodyssey JET Productions

On February 22nd 1952, 50 strangers gathered in the vaults of BBC Stoke to hear a groundbreaking new comedy act. ‘Umami’ were unheard of at the time but amongst the crowd were a 7-year-old John Cleese, the entire cast of the Goon Show and a starry-eyed Vladimir Putin. What they heard that night changed their lives forever as they listened to the most influential hour of radio comedy ever produced. Unfortunately, BBC Stoke forgot to record the performance so it has only been whispered about in comedy circles ever since. Until now.

3:30pm to 5:30pm
Baby Loves Disco's Beach Beats Baby Loves Disco UK

Following our legendary Brighton Fringe 2016 appearance, the original family dance party returns for more day-clubbing, this time at the funkiest bar on the beachfront with the best sea views in Brighton! Club DJs spin feelgood summer tunes, with dance floor games, giveaways, selfie booth and play zone. Dress for a beach party! Hawaiian shirts, hula skirts or British buckets and spades, either way it’s high tides and good vibes. With kids drinks, healthy snacks, ice lollies, face painting, crafts and balloons all included, and a licensed bar for mum and dad, it's time to get your beach on!

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 5:00pm
La Llorona, the Weeping Woman Writing Our Legacy

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

3:30pm to 4:30pm
Kuan-Wen and The Closet of Curiosities Kuan-Wen Huang

A Taiwanese gay boy who fled from his tiger mum, trained as an accountant in London, but escaped to "find himself" in Berlin, ended up performing stand-up comedy in English, in Germany.

If you think Kuan-wen is silly and weird enough, come check out the fellow favourite comics Kuan-wen has hand-picked from London's open-mic circuit for you.

Celebrate the the diversity of modern comedy in 2017.

3:45pm to 4:40pm
How to be Good at Everything Next Best Thing

Do you lack basic skills? Do you want to be good at everything? Then you should watch 'How to be Good at Everything'. Expertly hosted by knowledgeologist, Katie Davison, and Jay Bennett, her friend, you will learn how to be good at everything*.

This show will change your life. For about fifty minutes.

*No refunds for those too stupid to learn how to be good at everything in fifty minutes.

"Bennett and Davison’s characters are cringingly obnoxious, frighteningly unhinged and consistently well-observed" (Broadway Baby),
"A force to be reckoned with" (Arts Award Voice.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Exclusive after hours tours, just on offer as part of the Brighton Fringe in May. A unique opportunity to go of the public route to learn about the past entertainment and the remarkable history of the world's oldest operating aquarium. Illustrated talk, followed by a tour of the grade II listed building, going behind the impressive Gothic-style Victorian arcade. There are limited spaces and stairs on tour, ticket includes entry to Sea Life Centre.

4:00pm to 5:00pm
The Yanks Are Coming ElAl Productions

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

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

4:00pm to 4:50pm
Learn To Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

Come along and learn to throw your own pot on the potters wheel at the Painting Pottery Cafe! Learn a new skill alongside other beginners with one of our fabulous potters in this structured workshop that will teach you how to create a lasting ceramic piece. Our ceramic studio provides a friendly and creative space for you and friends to share a new and hands on experience together during the festival. Pots will be ready to collect 2 weeks later or can be posted for an additional fee. Places are limited so booking ahead is essential. Perfect for a couples outing or just some good old fashioned fun! Spaces are limited to 8 people per session, if booking for group it is advisable to book all your tickets at the the same time. Live audio description available on request. Please email help@paintingpotterycafe.co.uk to book in advance.

4:00pm to 4:55pm
Fred Strangebone's Freakshow Honky Bonk Presents

Fred Strangebone, comedian, poet and quiet loner, comes to Brighton Fringe with his "hilarious and heart-warming" show. He invites you to a sideshow tent of unsettling curiosities. Peel back the flapping canvas door and behold the freaks within.
A one-man variety show of character comedy, clowning and spine-chilling verse.
“Comedy genius” (London Pub Theatres),
“The beauty of comedy is that everybody in the room is having a great time” (A Younger Theatre),
“More laughs than a hyena on nitrous oxide” (Horror Hothouse),
“Uniquely wonderful” (The Play’s the Thing).

4:00pm to 4:55pm
Hummingbird Tooth+Nail Theatre Company

Edith Cole worked a dead-end job in a funeral parlour.
Ralph Conti worked wealthy widows for a quick buck.
Neither expected to fall in love.
But once they did, they just kept on falling.

Inspired by the true story of the ‘Lonely Hearts Killers’, a pair of latter-day Macbeths who gripped the imagination of 1950s America, 'Hummingbird' is dark, compelling physical theatre.

Award-winning, Lecoq-trained Tooth+Nail blend acrobatics and action with a striking visual style to tell a deviously touching tale of love and murder.

"A sepia-toned doomed romance... Immaculate." **** (The Scotsman)

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

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

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

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

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

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

4:00pm to 5:00pm
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.

4:15pm to 5:05pm
1 Woman, A Dwarf Planet and 2 Cox: Samantha Baines Samantha Baines c/o Hannah Layton Management

Award-winning comedian Samantha Baines ('The Crown', BBC Radio, 'Call the Midwife') brings her smash-hit, five-star show to Brighton, after a twenty-eight show sell-out run in Edinburgh. Sam needs space... The final frontier one. It’s science meets funny. There will be puns, there will be facts, there’ll even be Cox (Brian). “One of the best comedians on the circuit” ***** (Comedy Coroner), “A fantastic show” (Ed Festivals Mag), “Genius” **** (The Mumble), “Multi-faceted talent” **** (Arts Award Voice), “Fabulous” (BBC Science Focus), “One hour of brilliant comedy” **** (Funny Women).

4:20pm to 5:20pm
Immigrant Diaries for Refugees - Sajeela Kershi & Guests Comic Angels

Immigration, migrants, the refugee crisis; hot divisive topics of debate that have been blamed for Brexit, Trump, rise of hate crimes in the past year. How many are there? Why are they coming here? What do they want? And who exactly are these 'bloody foreigners’ anyway? Immigrant Diaries is a chance to come and hear some of those who chose to live and work on this marvelously multi-cultural island. True stories, from the world of entertainment and beyond, provide a a much-needed positive antidote to negative anti-immigration/refugee rhetoric. This popular, critically-acclaimed award-winning show returns for the 5th year. 50% profits for refugees. togetherforbetterdays.org
Statistics don't tell the story, people do.
Winner of Argus Angel Award for artistic excellence (2015).

"Funny and poignant, The Immigrant Diaries should be available on prescription" ***** (Argus)
"catch it at all costs" ***** (Remote Goat).
*****(Fresh Air Fringe)
***** (Asian Culture Vulture)
**** (Broadway Baby)
**** (Latest7)
**** (one4review)
**** (A Younger Theatre)
**** (Arts Award Voice)

Sold out shows, Brighton, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London West End, London Southbank Festival Hall, Leicester, WOMAD, House of Lords.

4:30pm to 5:50pm
And Love Walked In Wired Theatre

Wired Theatre are long-standing Brighton Fringe regulars, and have made a name for themselves staging creative site-specific works in unusual places. They take big risks which don't always pay off, but whatever happens, you can expect a quirky but meaningful show which gives you plenty to talk about. This year's production is hosted in a normal house on a "quiet street" in Hove, and explores whether it's possible to fall in love with more than one person at the same time.

How many times can you fall in love? How many people can you love at the same time? These questions arise when certain uninvited guests call, disrupting the comfortable lives of an aging psychotherapist and his charming wife. Confusion, delight and anxiety ensue. Can reason overcome insane passion or will the fragile bubble of marital bliss burst in this quirky, original production by old Fringe favourites? The outcomes can be witnessed in close-up in a quiet house, in a quiet street in Hove. This Brighton based company aims to present devised work that will challenge and amuse audiences.

4:30pm to 5:20pm
Poe's Last Night David Crawford

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

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

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

4:45pm to 5:45pm
C'est La Vegan Laughing Horse Comedy

Award-winning comic Dave Chawner premieres his new show about turning vegan.

Looking at the origin of food, ideas and views he explores how much choice there is with so few options.

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

As featured in The Guardian, The Independent and The Observer.

As seen on BBC, ITV and Channel 4.

5:00pm to 7:00pm
The Angel and The Fiend Lee Miller Archives

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

A muse, model, photographer and one of the first female war correspondents during WWII. Post war she married Surrealist artist Roland Penrose and settled at Farley Farm, Muddles Green, E. Sussex, which is now the home of the Lee Miller Archives.

The highs and lows of Lee Miller's turbulent life are explored in 'The Angel and The Fiend', a dramatised reading of words, edited from original text or dialogue where possible by the characters and set to a continuous projection of images.

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

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

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

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

5:00pm to 6:15pm
Mocks, Shocks and Two Smoking Coffee Cups Random Acts Theatre Company

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

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

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

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

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

5:00pm to 6:30pm
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
James Bennison: How to be a Winner James Bennison

James Bennison. Comedian. Winner.
As well as being an award-winning comedian, James has also won every game show in existence. Now you too can learn how to be a winner.
Do you have what it takes to win a Jamesified version of every show from the 80s (to current day) and be awarded the James Bennison Trophy for Winning?
"... a most enjoyable slice of nonsense." (Steve Bennett, Chortle), "... highly entertaining, utterly engaging" **** (Fringe Guru), "... great geeky revelry" **** (Arts Awards Voice).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5:30pm to 6:45pm
The 19th Century: Beethoven and Others St Laurence Church, Falmer

Music of the 19th century: the Laplace String Trio: Andrew Biggs - Violin, Beatrice Sales - Viola, NickCooper - Cello, with Sue Mileham - Soprano, Jane Money - Mezzo-Soprano, Tim Wilcox - Tenor and Andrew Robinson - Baritone and Hugh O'Neal - Piano come together to celebrate the bi-centenary of St. Laurence Church at Falmer with music from around 1817, including Beethoven's settings of folk song from the British Isles, Beethoven String Trio Op.9 and other works tbc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6:00pm to 7:10pm
The Brighton Killers 368 Theatre Company

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hijinx Theatre in association with Blind Summit.

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

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

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

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

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

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

6:00pm to 6:50pm
Spin: A Skatepark Adventure Hubble Bubble Productions

A new inclusive urban sports show including parkour runners, skateboarders, BMX riders, acrobats and dancers. Featuring Rick Rodgers, the disabled stuntman from the Paralympic 'Yes I can' advert. Daredevil stunts, adrenaline fuelled fun with big beats and box jumps. Filled with anticipation, determination and exhilaration. Pushing the boundaries, testing what is humanly possible. Previous press for Hubble Bubble Productions: The Scotsman Best of the Fest: "a remarkably original, finely acted drama... well worth four stars and going on five." **** (The Scotsman), "a real gem of the festival" ***** (Broadway Baby). Touch tours and audio description available on request. Please email Hubblebubbleproductions@gmail.com to book.

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

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

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

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

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

Guru Dudu returns with his hilarious dance-walking tours where everyone wears headphones (supplied) and can hear the fun commentary from Guru Dudu and the dance mix of uplifting favourites from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00’s.

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

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

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

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

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

6:00pm to 7:10pm
The Elephant Girls Parry Riposte Productions

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2016 The Elephant Girls is a one-woman show written and performed by Margo MacDonald. MacDonald plays Maggie Hale, a career criminal and an enforcer for the all-female Forty Elephants gang, which terrorised London for over a hundred years from the late 18th Century until the 1950s. This play takes place in 1937, a decade after the heyday of the Elephants, in a London pub. Read the full review.

In Edinburgh, we described this one-woman show as "brilliantly written and exceptionally performed", telling a "rich and intriguing" true historical tale. It's the story of the Elephant Gang: a forty-strong all-female criminal enterprise, which terrorised London for over a hundred years. Set in the thirties, the play fictionalises genuine narratives to explain why the Elephants drew together and stuck together – setting their crimes in the context of an age when women had few options in life.

"The most notorious girl gang Britain’s ever seen." (Gangs of London). Devious and daring; they stole from the rich and gave to themselves. The riveting story of the all-woman gang which terrorized London for over 100 years, told by Maggie Hale - the gang's suit-wearing, bloody-knuckled, girl-chasing “enforcer”. You won't be able to look away.

“Gritty, powerful, and excellently crafted.” ***** (Capital Critics Circle).
“Ferocious, charismatically intense” ***** (CBC Manitoba).
***** (Winnipeg Free Press).
**** (Broadway Baby).
**** (Fringe Guru).

Critics’ Pick and Best Actress (Capital Critics Circle 2015)

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 7:00pm
I'm The Hero of This Story Roxanne Carney

CTRL ALT DEL: Restart, Repeat, Restart, Repeat... Really? Again? Why isn’t it working?

This is about not knowing where you belong.

After taking a massive leap of faith and deciding to move home, Roxanne believed she had sussed it out . At every turn along a stretched out path, Roxanne found obstacles. Social, political and misogynist ones. It can’t just be a coincidence; they’ve got to be linked.

Roxanne blends theatre, spoken word and music in an unapologetically feminist show.

This is a work in progress. Supported by The Junction and The Marlborough Theatre.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:00pm to 9:30pm
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).

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

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

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

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

Choose life.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:00pm to 8:20pm
And Love Walked In Wired Theatre

Wired Theatre are long-standing Brighton Fringe regulars, and have made a name for themselves staging creative site-specific works in unusual places. They take big risks which don't always pay off, but whatever happens, you can expect a quirky but meaningful show which gives you plenty to talk about. This year's production is hosted in a normal house on a "quiet street" in Hove, and explores whether it's possible to fall in love with more than one person at the same time.

How many times can you fall in love? How many people can you love at the same time? These questions arise when certain uninvited guests call, disrupting the comfortable lives of an aging psychotherapist and his charming wife. Confusion, delight and anxiety ensue. Can reason overcome insane passion or will the fragile bubble of marital bliss burst in this quirky, original production by old Fringe favourites? The outcomes can be witnessed in close-up in a quiet house, in a quiet street in Hove. This Brighton based company aims to present devised work that will challenge and amuse audiences.

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
Comedy Sans Frontieres Laughtermarket Productions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:00pm to 8:40pm
The Life & Death of Puppet King Richard II BowerBird Prague

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

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Spectacular Sisters Sha Wylie Wonders

A joyously humorous celebration of what it is to be a sister. Reminiscences from the early days of walkie-talkie dolls, contented turn-taking rides on a very little portly pony, and youth club punch ups. Marriage, children and middle age intervening along the way. And finally, arriving at the sisters' shared journey to a blissfully dotty old age. (Speak for yourself, sister says!) Along the way, Sha Wylie, with "her inimitable warmth" (Latest 7), will look at the experiences of other more famous and certainly more sensational sisters.

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:00pm to 10:00pm
Only Fools & 3 Courses Waterfront Hotel

You are invited as Marlene and Boycie's guests at their Gala Dinner. Things, however, don't go quite to plan with Del Boy, Uncle Albert and Rodney on the guest list - not to mention Trigger! A fantastic night's entertainment for all 'Only Fools' fans, with a three course meal included.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:15pm to 8:10pm
Ben Van der Velde: Sidekick Ben Van der Velde

Some people are life's heroes; leading men and women full of swash, buckle and derring-do. Others are happy to stand at the side and hold their jackets. This is a show about the men and women who pick up the pieces whilst the main man is busy humping the heroine after the credits have rolled.

"Sharp and crafty gag-smith" (Chortle),
"Wonderfully improvised riffs" (Edinburgh Festival Magazine),
"One of the highest jokes-per-hour count" ***** (Reviews Hub).

7:30pm to 9:00pm
Enter The Dragons A&E Comedy

The archetypal Hero’s journey is reframed for the mature woman in this frank, fearless and funny take on female ageing. Banished from the land of the young, our protagonist navigates a hazardous landscape beset by riddles and obstacles.

Written and performed by "great classic clown duo" Emma Edwards and Abigail Dooley. Expect ridiculous costumes, stupid characters, naff puppetry and plenty of wigs. Directed by Toby Park, designed by Lucy Bradridge (both Spymonkey).

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Fight or Flight Productions

“I can’t know you in one hundred and forty.”
“Try”

The average person will speak 123,205,750 words in a lifetime. "Lemons" imagines a world with a limit; a world where we are forced to say less.

In a play that thrives on contrasts, we are made to question relationships, silence, and the fragility of language; what we want to say, how we say it, and more importantly how we don’t.

In a year saturated with questionable politics and censored thoughts, Fight or Flight presents Sam Steiner’s exploration of free speech and democracy with hope for the future and a wary eye on the present.

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

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

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

7:30pm to 9:30pm
Duo Maddalena: A Feast of Medieval Music Lucy Green

In the beautiful, atmospheric church of St Nicholas, dating back to 1091, Duo Maddalena recreate the soundscape of medieval France, England and Spain. Music by Troubadours and Trobairitz such as the Comtessa Beatrice de Dia are intertwined with lute-songs by Binchois, up-beat dances by Machaut, a contemporary setting of a Trobairitz poem, and a range of serious, humorous and devotional anonymous pieces. We enjoy meeting audience members - do come and chat with us over a glass of wine in the interval!

7:30pm to 9:30pm
Festival Tchaikfest Sussex Symphony Orchestra

An evening of the incredibly powerful music of Tchaikovsky. Three of his most famous and well-loved works, played live, transporting the listener to places one rarely dares to go. This concert will leave the audience completely fulfilled, having experienced every emotion from joy to despair, a concert not to be missed!
Mark Andrew James and the Sussex Symphony will be doing what they do best, putting their hearts and souls into performing the music of a composer they adore along with one of the most exciting soloists in the country today, a winning combination.

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

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

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

7:30pm to 9:00pm
Single Martin Huxter & Rebecca Shortall

Rebecca has appeared on numerous BBC3 comedy shorts and was a Brighton Comedy Festival Squawker Awards Finalist in 2015 and a 2016 Funny Women Regional Finalist. Now she's bringing you a half hour that covers politics, sexuality, pop culture and being a straight up smash pit of a nasty woman Martin has performed all across America, including Portland's famous Helium comedy club. He regularly frequents New York's comedy scene and has appeared on RT as a correspondent! A recent resident of Brighton, Martin gives his take on the collective consciousness hurtling towards a state of Singularity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:30pm to 9:40pm
Bach's Goldberg Variations with a pre concert talk by Rachel Fryer piano Music at Saint Michael's

We are pleased and delighted to be welcoming the return of Pianist Rachel Fryer performing the Goldberg Variations. Rachel will give a pre-performance talk about this great work from 19:30pm which will be followed by an interval, with the performance starting at approximately 20:15pm. This monumental 80 minute work will then be performed in its entirety and without a break. The plangent opening aria theme inspires Bach's ever inventive mind to gradual, ever increasing invention: the dance rhythms of the suites, toccatas, French overtures and fugues. Complimentary parking is available on request.

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

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

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

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

7:45pm to 8:45pm
Wake Up & Deirdrealize I Am Nincompoop

Deirdre Me is on a mission to show the world how awesome it is, one person at a time, starting with you. Hailing all the way from Texas-Tennessee, Deirdre is more magnanimous than Gandhi, sexier than chocolate and hotter than the sun. Armed with an artillery of brash, offensive charm and outlandish opinions, she is always ready to open fire in pursuit of your awesomeness.

From a first-class, Gaulier-trained idiot comes a ridiculous, improvised character show, guaranteed to take you on the most thrilling roller coaster ride of your life.

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

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

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

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

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

8:00pm to 2:00am
Smiler & Stollar's Rock'n'Roll Circus Smiler & Stollar with Beach Without Sand

A 1950’s style extravaganza inspired by the Rolling Stones’ 1968 show of the same name. Chrissy Boy The Ringmaster will take you to dizzy heights with headline act from Germany Marcel Bontempi & Ira Lee; and British band comprising of Graham Murphy on guitar, Nick Gilroy on double bass and Roger Van Niekerk on drums; plus support from Brighton’s The Wampus Cats and guest singers Lew Lewis and Charlie Thompson!DJ’s Sharky, Sonny Rocket, Neil Sick and wild circus acts Honor Mission and her unfeasibly large snake, Rooster Magic, Simone Jane Piper Dusk till Dawn Dance, Colin Hilton Ash & Ben Coupland cowboy shootout, Madame Esmeralda telling fortunes and more brought to you on and off the stage over 6 hours to take you to the wild era of rockin’ music and outrageous shenanigans!

8:00pm to 10:40pm
Superhappyland Comedy Superhappyland

'Super Happy Land' is the re-imagining of 70’s children’s favourite ‘Tiswas’ relocated to a pub basement. Music, audio, visuals, cross dressing and seven eclectic comics hosted by the unstoppable Kayo.
It’s a night of marvellous anarchic danger that means anything could happen and most likely only once.
At 'Super Happy Land' you don't just come for the comedy, you also come to party.
Comedy harder! Party harder!

8:00pm to 8:55pm
Woolly: The Morose Merino Alexander Cofield

Sarcastic, satirical and hilariously self-deprecating, Woolly is a sheep with serious issues! But he wasn’t always so... Woolly.

Witness the tale of how one sexually frustrated, 20-something Brit dealt with rejection in the most absurd way possible: by running away to a shearing shed in South Australia. What emerged was more sheep than man. Now he’s out, and he’s looking for ewe!

Nominated for Best Comedy at Melbourne Fringe 2016, this one-sheep show will get you laughing within two shakes of a lamb’s tail! Don’t miss this chance to become part of Woolly’s debut UK flock.

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

Guru Dudu returns with his hilarious dance-walking tours where everyone wears headphones (supplied) and can hear the fun commentary from Guru Dudu and the dance mix of uplifting favourites from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00’s.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8:30pm 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Relaxed performances Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun.

8:30pm 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).

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

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

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

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

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

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Reality Check Laughing Horse Comedy

Athena Kugblenu has watched, listened and looked for a long time, and now she's grown tired of the conventions of the left wing press. 'Reality Check' is the hotly anticipated debut hour from an adroit comic who's found her voice and isn't afraid to use it. Issues including politics, class, immigration and heritage will be explored in a way that encompasses, rather than isolates, highlights rather than diminishes and relentlessly challenges stereotype. "An intelligent set that managed to be both easily accessible and playful and still say something serious" (Bruce Dessau).

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

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

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

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

Choose life.

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

9:00pm to 9:50pm
James Bone's TOWNIES Bone Idle Productions

The Townie Tavern is like any regular suburban pub except, in this place, regulars include a new-age traveller, an old-skool raver and a disgraced ex-Met police chief. With each of them trying to work out their raison d'être, it makes for an interesting night in the saloon bar.

Character comedy show from James Bone.

"Had people in stitches" (Croydon Citizen).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

After 3 sell-out runs in its native town of Forest Row in East Sussex, The Frow Show comes down the M23 to take the Brighton Fringe. A highly experienced mix of talent in the cast reflect the quirky and dynamic feel of this eccentric English village through a slick blend of well-observed sketches breathing life into brilliant characters and musical numbers that use real musicians. Good ol'fashioned sketch comedy, done well. A fantastically entertaining show that won't disappoint.

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

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Sophie Willan: Edinburgh Preview Sophie Willan

In this highly anticipated follow up to her 2016 smash hit debut 'On Record', this exciting new voice and force to be reckoned with is back with another bold and original show.

"Deeply moving and incredibly funny" ***** (The Herald).

"An exciting new force in British stand up" ***** (London is Funny).

"Wise, confessional and bloody funny" **** (The List).

"Sophie Willan was born to do this" **** (Beyond The Joke).

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

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

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

9:00pm to 10:45pm
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!

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

In case you were wondering...

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

What about the show...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Includes contraband speech and genuine bootleg objects).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:30pm to 12:30am
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).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The legendary late show returns.

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

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

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

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

12:00am to 12:00am
Barbara Merkriti

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

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