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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:15am to 11:05am
You, The Loo, and Nappy-Nappy Noos Collar & Cuffs Co.

Going to the toilet: one of life's mysteries... especially if you're only just learning what it's about, or maybe find it a bit scary. Two little aliens arrive from another planet and have to learn all about toilets, hand-washing, wiping and... the dreaded hand dryer!

Suitable for children getting ready to leave nappies behind, or for older children who may find toilets and hygiene a bit difficult, especially due to sensory processing needs.

A multi-sensory, musical, and interactive show from award-winning Collar & Cuffs Co. Relaxed performances and part-signed in Makaton. Involves toilet humour!

Touch tours available on request, please email info@juliacollar.com to book.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:00am to 12:40pm
Culpeper's Medicine Garden At The Coach House

Join herbalist Sara Jane Glendinning and musician Jo Burke for a herbal walk with folklore and songs, celebrating local plants of Sussex inspired by the works of 17th Century herbalist, Nicholas Culpeper.

Choose a morning walk on Whitehawk Hill exploring our surroundings and the healing properties of local plants, or Culpepers’ medicine garden at the Coach House.

Experience the world of plants through the eyes of Culpeper. Explore some herbal remedies with folklore and song. Learn ancestral knowledge to bring back home to your medicine chest.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:00am to 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12:00pm to 2:30pm
Silver Jewellery Workshop Silver & Sage

A fun and crafty workshop where you will make a personalised silver pendant to take away with you that day.

No prior experience needed, I will guide you through every process. We will be working with Silver Metal Clay which once fired is 99.9% real fine silver.

During the two to three hours you will learn how to handle the clay, shape, stamp your personalisation, fire and finish your piece.

Refreshments are available from the bar and for larger groups a high tea can be arranged - hello@silverandsage.co.uk. Prior booking is essential. For more info visit our website.

12:00pm to 12:50pm
SESKA: Spot the Difference! SESKA

SESKA performs incredibly silly magic tricks, repeats them again but with a crazy added difference... and, when you spot the difference, you win a fab prize! A party atmosphere, hilarious entertainment and a competition all in one. Sells out super-fast so get the tickets now, donutfaces!

When SESKA comes to town, kids laugh out loud, dads f*rt out loud, and mums faint at his feet! Crazier than finding a penguin in your fridge.

"My kids loved him" (Jonathan Ross)
"Children will be spellbound for 50 minutes of silliness" (Broadway Baby)

Nominated for Best Family Show Brighton Fringe 2015

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Bad Clowns: Hostage Bad Clowns Comedy

What happens when a crazed madman takes a comedy show and its audience hostage? Find out in the Bad Clowns' maddest show yet. Full of twists and turns, the terrified actors perform for laughs, pride and their very lives!

A trio of comedic delights made up of close friends John Bond, Christian Dart and Sam Walls. With their blend of unique sketch and improv comedy, the Bad Clowns have performed at various festivals around the UK including the Edinburgh Fringe.

Semi-finalists on Leicester Square Theatre Sketch Off! 2017

"Consistently Funny" (Kingston-upon-Fringe)

12:00pm to 6:00pm
The Job Centre The Job Centre

A satirical and farcical immersive theatrical experience based on a visit to that wonderful and familiar world of The Job Centre; enter through the heavily guarded G4Life manned doors into a world of bureaucratic madness as you literally jump through hoops in a hope to gain wholesome employment.

For the past four years The Job Centre has been on hand to provide the citizens of Boomtown Festival with everything they need to continue their lifelong careers of claiming benefits, but as with any successful public service we are now expanding!

Long have the frivolities at Brighton Fringe gone unchecked and unregulated, but no more! The Job Centre will be there to ensure forms are filled, work books are completed and sanctions have been imposed.

The Job Centre, here for your benefits.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Audience participation and hilarity guaranteed.

“Highly recommended for kids and adults alike” (The Argus)

“Still the must-see children's show in Brighton Fringe” (FringeReview)

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

Following our completely sold out Fringe 2017 season, 'Baby Loves Disco' returns to the funkiest bar on the beachfront with the best sea views in Brighton for 2018! Club DJs spin feelgood summer tunes, with dance-floor games, giveaways, selfie booth and play zone.

Dress for a beach party with prizes for the best outfits! 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, baby!

Non-walking babies go free.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ready are you?

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

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

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

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

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

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1:00pm to 2:10pm
Efemera Footprint Project and CASA Festival

Two women have a story to tell. They may have the courage to share it with you, they may not. Based on real accounts of violence against women in England and Brazil, this is verbatim theatre with a twist, where fiction and reality blur. A humorous and powerful love letter to theatre and women.

Currently Nominated for two LUKAS awards: Theatre production of the year and performing artist of the year (for writer/actress Gaël Le Cornec)

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

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

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

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

1:00pm to 2:15pm
My Big Fat Geeky Wedding Random Acts Theatre Company

Forget that little shindig that's happening in Windsor – this weekend's big wedding is over in Hove. Random Acts' oddball immersive specials are a fixture in my Fringe schedule; in the past we've had shows in cars, museums, and the breakfast room of a hotel. This time, we're guests at a wedding, where Sarah may – or may not – be tying the knot with the man of her dreams. Random Acts' shows are never meant to be taken too seriously and the edges are sometimes rough, but if you get into the spirit they're always good fun.

Little do we know just what might emerge in this festivity of two hearts coming together as one... You are cordially invited to the wedding ceremony of Sarah and the man of her dreams... or is he?

What secrets and lies will be revealed as the day unfolds in this very unusual celebration uniting two families in marital bliss. Wear the most garish hat and worst-taste attire from your wardrobe and join us for this very special day!

Be prepared for much merriment and audience participation in this interactive piece of devised theatre, where anything can happen and it most probably will!

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

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

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

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

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

1:00pm to 2:30pm
POST Foreign Actions Productions

3 stars Post is a piece of innovative, interactive theatre, set around a Portuguese dinner table and hosted by Xavier de Sousa. His parents are among "the returned": migrants who had made their home in other countries for a generation or two, but are then returned to Portugal, a land unknown to them. He poses a variety of questions about national identity and invites his guests to answer them. From the moment we set foot in the theatre, de Sousa effortlessly puts us at ease, with a kind word for each guest or a question by means of introduction. Read the full review.

If you just want to sit in a darkened theatre, this isn't the show for you; Post is as much a discussion as a play. Tackling issues of national identity, Xavier De Sousa – who's of Portuguese descent – talks to and with his audience, as he prepares a meal live on-stage. The mood, reviewers say, is of a party at a friend's house, when people really get to know each other and insights can be shared. Not everyone loved it, and there's always a risk in picking a show as out-there as this one – but whatever happens, it'll be one of the more unusual experiences of this year's Fringe.

What the f*ck is national identity? And what exactly constitutes a ‘nation’? And why the hell are so many ready to die for it?

We live in an ever-shifting political and geographical landscape. Some believe we are heading towards a world without borders, without countries or nations. At the same time, many others vouch for protectionism and more borders.

After a sold-out run at the Marlborough, Xavier brings 'POST' back to Brighton and invites you to join him at the table, eat yummy Portuguese food, drink potent Cachaça, get merry, make new friends and challenge what exactly makes a ‘nation’.

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

1:00pm to 2:30pm
Jon Long: Troubadour HD Management

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ready are you?

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

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

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

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

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

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

1:15pm to 2:15pm
Evelyn Mok: Work in Progress Evelyn Mok

Featured on Channel 4, Comedy Central and BBC's New Talent Hotlist, the award-winning Swedish comedian presents a work in progress that promises to be "uncensored, unapologetic and... wildly refreshing" **** (Broadway Baby).

"Proves herself to have an ambition, originality and wit that augurs well... " (The Times)
"An hour of finely-crafted stand-up" **** (The Skinny)

Winner: Best Comedy Newcomer (The Pleasance Indies Awards)

1:15pm to 2:10pm
Clean Mean Eating Machine Worst Absurd

Join avocado advocates Clean Eaters Anonymous as they seek support for their dangerous obsession with keeping it clean and green.

This debut full length show from Worst Absurd blends high energy physical comedy, clowning and a whole lot of kale in a satirical exploration of our clean eating fixation. Armed with a selection of pre-prepared vegetables and a tantalising soundtrack that M&S could only dream of, expect smashed avocados, £6 matcha lattes and to seriously reconsider that last #cleaneating Instagram.

Greggs is strictly banned.

1:30pm to 2:15pm
Oskar's Amazing Adventure Theatre Fideri Fidera

An original, heartwarming play for young children and their families, full of good humour, adventure and song.

Fun-loving little Swiss puppy Oskar, snowbound in the little house on top of the mountain for weeks and desperate for a game, goes out into the forest to find a friendly animal to play with. Children, feel free to come along dressed up as favourite animal character.

"Outstanding. This was my own pre-schooler’s first ever live show and I am so massively grateful to Theatre Fideri Fidera for making it such a positive and memorable experience for us both" ***** (Edinburgh 49)

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

Ready are you?

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

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

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

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

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

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

1:30pm to 2:20pm
SESKA: Spot the Difference! SESKA

SESKA performs incredibly silly magic tricks, repeats them again but with a crazy added difference... and, when you spot the difference, you win a fab prize! A party atmosphere, hilarious entertainment and a competition all in one. Sells out super-fast so get the tickets now, donutfaces!

When SESKA comes to town, kids laugh out loud, dads f*rt out loud, and mums faint at his feet! Crazier than finding a penguin in your fridge.

"My kids loved him" (Jonathan Ross)
"Children will be spellbound for 50 minutes of silliness" (Broadway Baby)

Nominated for Best Family Show Brighton Fringe 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1:40pm to 2:30pm
Shame PStrongCo

Ever felt ashamed? Ever wanted the ground to swallow you whole? You're not alone. Join poet and comedian Pete Strong as he explores the history of shame: his own, the shame of being a man, and simply the shame of being alive. Self-loathing, but with jokes, poems and the odd song. Honest!

“Walking a fine emotional line, cathartically funny” (Chortle)
“Warped charm” (The Argus)
“An act well worth seeing” (Broadway Baby)

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

Ready are you?

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

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

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

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

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

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

2:00pm to 4:00pm
Brighton Station Tours: Limited Spaces Jackie Marsh-Hobbs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Your chance this season to keep the faith and polish up our dance floor with Northern Soul dancing, returning for the second time at Brighton Spiegeltent. Early sell-out for the last 3 years... Do we love it? Yes we do! We're gonna dance till teatime...

2:00pm to 4:00pm
Pavilion Gardens Cafe History Tour 2018 Pavilion Gardens Cafe

Geoffrey Mead will be conducting a special tour dating back over 90 years of cafe and family history. This tour will take place in various locations around the old town including the Royal Pavilion, East Street, The Lanes and the beach.

The price includes tea and a cake at the cafe to finish the tour.

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

A David Walliams best seller.

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

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

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

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

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

Ready are you?

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

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

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

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

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

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

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

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

Perfect for visitors and residents alike.

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

Winner: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016, 2017.

2:00pm to 4:00pm
From Bears to Books and Beyond Brighton Toy and Model Museum

Jane Hissey is the author and illustrator of over 25 'Old Bear' books and creator of the BAFTA-award-winning TV series. Jane will introduce some of her original artwork and talk about her 30 years of writing and illustrating for children and explain how her books were brought to the screen with stop-frame model animation, a rare opportunity to see some of the original models from the television series. Children will be able to draw their favourite toy with Jane Hissey's guidance and ask questions over a drink and a piece of cake.

2:00pm to 4:00pm
Circus Vegas The European Entertainment Corporation Ltd

A first for Brighton and a first for the Fringe
Never before seen in a circus big top, all the traditional elements but with added thrills, glamour and spectacle that you would expect when you think of Vegas.
The lions and tigers may be gone but they have been replaced with human daring, skill and incredible excitement.
A show of tension and an edge of your seat suspense, see the high wire performers, with no safety devices whatsoever, the amazing stunts of the sky wheel duo.
The lady who changes attire in the blink of an eye and the glamour of the Vegas dancers.
A show for everyone with that special American showbiz glitz

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

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

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

Written and directed by Heather Alexander.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ready are you?

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

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

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

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

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

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Sleight of Handsome Freddie Folkston

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

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

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

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

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Ishi Khan-Jackson: I'mMigrant 2 Funny Comedy

A fun comedy show about migration, belonging and identity. Ishi was born in Zambia, has Indian roots and loves her home in Britain. Does that make her BriZamdian?

Join the playful adventure, that is 'Ishi Khan-Jackson: I'mMigrant!'.

Expect silliness, fun and energetic Bollywood dancing. 

This show is suitable for migrants, non-migrants and strawberries.

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

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

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

2:30pm to 3:50pm
Always, With a Love That's True Wired Theatre

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ready are you?

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

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

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

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

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

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ready are you?

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

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

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

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

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

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

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

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

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

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

3:00pm to 5:30pm
Silver Jewellery Workshop Silver & Sage

A fun and crafty workshop where you will make a personalised silver pendant to take away with you that day.

No prior experience needed, I will guide you through every process. We will be working with Silver Metal Clay which once fired is 99.9% real fine silver.

During the two to three hours you will learn how to handle the clay, shape, stamp your personalisation, fire and finish your piece.

Refreshments are available from the bar and for larger groups a high tea can be arranged - hello@silverandsage.co.uk. Prior booking is essential. For more info visit our website.

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

Ready are you?

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

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

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

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

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

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Louise Reay: Eraserhead Louise Reay

The first show in Edinburgh was banned ... and lawyers told her to can the second show. How will the third show fare?

'Eraserhead' is the third instalment of award-winning comedian Louise Reay’s provocative trilogy on power and oppression. It’s a free country, isn’t it? Currently facing legal proceedings, Louise explores issues of free expression, censorship and oppression in modern Britain.

Winner- Adelaide Fringe Best Emerging Artist 2017 (weekly)
Nominee - Best Comedy Brighton Fringe 2017
Nominee - Edinburgh Fringe Groundbreaker Award 2016
"Louise Reay can legitimately claim to be unique." The Independent

This project is supported by an Irene Mensah Brighton Fringe bursary.

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

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

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

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

3:00pm to 4:00pm
The Twelve Days Of Christmas Matt Roseblade

'The Twelve Days of Christmas' is an unseasonal romp through the gifts of a generous but impractical lover. Just what does one do with 10 lords a-leaping? They're bound to eat all the swans...

Topics covered include partridge xenophobia, drummer abuse, the WWI trenches, a farmyard living under a reign of terror, why you can't eat swans and the problem of supplying sexually-relieved amphibia to a prominent member of the Royal Family.

Matt Roseblade follows up last years 3-star show 'Dignity Off' with his debut solo hour.

3:00pm to 4:30pm
Children’s Concert Sussex Symphony Orchestra

What an afternoon we have in store for younger people, along with their parents.

The timeless classic of Peter and the Wolf, where Peter has an adventure in the forest where he comes across all sorts of creatures, including a fearsome wolf. All creatures are depicted by instruments in the orchestra which goes to make up an extremely endearing and uplifting tale.

The second work is Tubby the Tuba, a tale of a young tuba.

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

RUNNING CAN BE FUN[NY]...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ready are you?

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

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

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

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

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

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

3:30pm to 4:20pm
Learn to Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

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

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

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

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

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

Following our completely sold out Fringe 2017 season, 'Baby Loves Disco' returns to the funkiest bar on the beachfront with the best sea views in Brighton for 2018! Club DJs spin feelgood summer tunes, with dance-floor games, giveaways, selfie booth and play zone.

Dress for a beach party with prizes for the best outfits! 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, baby!

Non-walking babies go free.

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

Ready are you?

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

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

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

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

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

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

3:30pm to 4:15pm
Oskar's Amazing Adventure Theatre Fideri Fidera

An original, heartwarming play for young children and their families, full of good humour, adventure and song.

Fun-loving little Swiss puppy Oskar, snowbound in the little house on top of the mountain for weeks and desperate for a game, goes out into the forest to find a friendly animal to play with. Children, feel free to come along dressed up as favourite animal character.

"Outstanding. This was my own pre-schooler’s first ever live show and I am so massively grateful to Theatre Fideri Fidera for making it such a positive and memorable experience for us both" ***** (Edinburgh 49)

3:30pm to 5:30pm
Acting and Creating a Character Julian Caddy

Come and get your teeth into a refreshing approach to acting with this Stanislavski-inspired technique. Part lecture, part improvisation session, open to all, experienced or not.

Based on my regular London workshops at Conway Hall.

"Amazing insights in to the art of acting", "Excellent guidance and useful feedback" (past students).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ready are you?

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

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

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

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

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

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

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

EXTRA PERFORMANCES ADDED BY POPULAR DEMAND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ready are you?

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

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

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

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

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

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Neil O'Rourke & Patrick Spicer: Cool Dude Island Neil O'Rourke & Patrick Spicer

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

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

4:15pm to 5:15pm
Your Mighty Cousin Your Mighty Cousin

We all have that cousin... Witness Will Blok, Jimmy Graham and Louis Dawson-Jones portray a variety of your distant relatives (probably) in this funny, silly, third generation once-removed sketch comedy show! Alumni of Bristol Revunions.

"Intelligent writing" **** (Ed Fringe Review)

"Impressive energy and creativity" **** (Broadway Baby)

"Incredibly quick-witted" (Bristol Post)

4:15pm to 5:15pm
Knightmare Live 2017 Kilimanjaro Live

If you’re the right age for cult TV show Knightmare to have formed a part of your childhood, then you’ll surely feel an irresistible draw to this affectionate but irreverent stage version. The format’s had a shake-up since we last reviewed it, but we confidently expect the core elements to stay the same: hapless helmet-clad contestants, low-budget scenery – and plenty of witty banter between the fabulously wicked Lord Fear and our quick-witted host, the legendary Treguard. You're invited to bring weird props to feature in the quest.

Enter, stranger! 'Knightmare Live' is back and offers you the chance to wear the iconic helmet of justice and take part in the Greater Game. Multiple dungeoneers will be required to take on Lord Fear’s catacombs of evil in a mostly improvised quest. Every show is different, every room a new challenge. Please bring quest items for us to use in the show, the weirder the better.

Fancy your chances? Email newtreguard@gmail.com and swear fealty to the dungeon master himself, Treguard.

Critically acclaimed comedy stage adaption of the cult TV classic.

"A genuinely original and hilarious hour of dungeoneering" (Broadway Baby)

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

Ready are you?

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

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

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

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

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

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

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

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

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

4:20pm to 5:10pm
All Work, No Play Sweet Productions

3 stars All Work No Play is visibly a work in progress: it runs for just 30 minutes, is a little light on storyline, and could certainly do with tightening here and there. But it's an entertaining, diverting way to spend half an hour, and a promising Fringe debut for solo performer Alexander Grieve. Drawing on elements of clowning with a dash of physical theatre, Grieve evokes a monotonous office and a burgeoning romance – and throws in some witty meta-theatrics too. Read the full review.

A new piece of devised work making its debut at this year’s Brighton Fringe.

We all have to work. If you are really lucky, you will love your job. Well, good for you. But if you don’t, you will more than likely slog through the work day, chained to your desk cubicle, having the life sucked out of you as you toil away the hours whilst wishing for something more.

Orc longs for a better life outside the shackles of mediocrity, but there’s a voice that keeps holding him back.

However, Orc is on the clock, and he doesn’t have long until his time is up.

4:30pm to 5:20pm
Learn to Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

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

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

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

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

4:30pm to 5:30pm
Tom and Bunny Save the World: The Musical Fat Rascal Ltd

Who doesn't like a good old-fashioned zombie apocalypse? This loveable musical comedy pastiches many genres – road-trip movie, war memoir, and of course horror – and mixes in some very British riffs on regional rivalries, too. When we saw it at the Vault Festival in London, we praised the catchy, funny songs, and its pleasingly unexpected ending; the array of practical and intelligent female characters is gently subversive too. Upbeat and energetic, this is an entertaining romp to kick-start your Fringe weekend.

As 2018 falls to a zombie apocalypse, Tom and Bunny begin their perilous journey to Yorkshire in a quest for sanctuary and a proper cup of tea. From the creators of the award-winning sell-out hit, 'Buzz: A New Musical', comes a gender-stereotype destroying, black and bloody comedy with a live folk soundtrack. Join Tom and Bunny as they discover what it is to be British in a crisis.

Winner of the Best New Writing Award, Edinburgh Fringe (Fairy Powered Productions)
Nominated for the Les Enfants Terribles Award

“This production was the best I’ve seen all year” ***** (A Dork in York)

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

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

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

"Hysterical and bizarre" (Barcelona Connect)

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

**** (Broadway Baby)

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

Ready are you?

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

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

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

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

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

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

4:35pm to 5:35pm
Hopeless Leyla Josephine

Leyla Josephine is hopeless. She’s had enough. She's been staying in bed all day, refusing to watch the news, eating full Viennettas at 1pm. She’s been struggling through these difficult times. 'Hopeless' examines human suffering through quick-fire poetry and dark comedy. Watch as Leyla Josephine tries to find hope in the utterly hopeless.

Leyla Josephine is the former UK Spoken Word Slam Champion.

"This show has a real poignancy and it is obvious when it hits the audience, who, rightfully so, gave it a standing ovation at the end" ***** (Broadway Baby)

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

Ready are you?

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

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

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

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

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

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ready are you?

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

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

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

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

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

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Brighton’s Singing Barber Peter Joannou The Something For The Weekend Show

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Coffee: Power & Obsession Flat White Opera

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

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

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

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

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

5:00pm to 6:20pm
Always, With a Love That's True Wired Theatre

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

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

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

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

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

5:00pm to 6:45pm
Geoffrey Mead's London Road Tour Geoffrey Mead

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

This project is supported by a Brighton Lions bursary.

5:00pm to 7:30pm
A Musical History of 24 George St, Brighton - and Other Shows The Bom-Bane Family Players

Jane Bom-Bane is a well-known figure in Brighton, both for her magnificently wacky restaurant – which comes complete with mechanical tables – and her eclectic musical shows. This year’s event is a reprise of a 2011 hit, which tells the story of the building itself and the many people who've lived there over the years. The tale unfolds over a meal (included in the ticket price) and, if it's like last time, waiters and waitresses will dip in and out of character to entertain you with a song. Capacity's obviously limited, so book ahead.

By popular demand! Original musical journey from 400 AD Boerthelm's Tun to present day Bom-Bane's, with portraits of all the colourful inhabitants along the way. Meal included. See www.bom-banes.com/brighton-fringe-2018/ and for other May shows: Nick Pynn 3,5; Kate Daisy Grant 4,5; Rachel Blackman/Foz: The Sparkling Darkness 6,7; Becca Dyer 8; Prof Hawley's 60s Acoustic Jukebox Sing-along 11; Los Bonobos 13; Silver Swans 15; Jo Neary 17, 31; I’m This I’m That play Moondog 21; George Egg/Jon Hicks 22; Eliza Skelton & Band 24. All £8/£18 with food. Eves 8pm days 3pm. Festifood'n'Film £7.77 each

5:00pm to 7:00pm
Circus Vegas The European Entertainment Corporation Ltd

A first for Brighton and a first for the Fringe
Never before seen in a circus big top, all the traditional elements but with added thrills, glamour and spectacle that you would expect when you think of Vegas.
The lions and tigers may be gone but they have been replaced with human daring, skill and incredible excitement.
A show of tension and an edge of your seat suspense, see the high wire performers, with no safety devices whatsoever, the amazing stunts of the sky wheel duo.
The lady who changes attire in the blink of an eye and the glamour of the Vegas dancers.
A show for everyone with that special American showbiz glitz

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

Ready are you?

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

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

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

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

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

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

5:30pm to 6:30pm
Lost Voice Guy: Inspiration Porn Andrew Roach Talent

Inspirational internet memes are everywhere these days and Lost Voice Guy is sick of being an unintentional porn star.

Come and see why the BBC New Comedy award winner, and star of BBC Radio 4 and BBC Three, is not your inspiration, and why he thinks these stupid memes are bollocks. Lost Voice Guy can't talk but he isn't silent and his comedy will leave you speechless.

As seen on The One Show (BBC One)

“A wonderful comedian” (Matt Lucas)

"Laugh-out loud funny" **** (The Independent)

"Candid and inspiring... consistently hilarious" **** (Broadway Baby)

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

Ready are you?

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

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

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

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

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

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

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

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

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

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

"Wonderfully daft and dark" (List)

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

"Fascinating & compelling" (FringeReview)

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

5:30pm to 7:30pm
Doppel Dietrich Patricia Hartshorne

Glamour, talent and a penchant for men's clothing. Humorous and haunting taste of Marlene Dietrich, through the life, loves and songs of this bisexual Hollywood legend.

Award-winning performer Patricia Hartshorne doubles as Marlene, entertaining with anecdotes and Dietrich classics including: 'Lili Marleen', 'Die Fesche Lola', 'Falling in Love Again', 'La Vie en Rose', 'Boys in the Back Room', 'Where Have All the Flowers Gone', and many more.

Are you up for some 'doppel strength' Dietrich? Meet the woman who answered to nobody - not even Adolf Hitler!

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

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

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

5:40pm to 6:30pm
The Invention of Lesbianism Cerys Bradley

A one-hour solo show about the history of LGBTQ+ language, written and performed by Cerys Bradley. It is a frank and funny history of lesbianism through the ages, looking at the evolution of language and how it has been weaponised, both by and against, the community.

Cerys Bradley is a part-time comedian and full-time gay, who uses stand-up comedy to talk about the LGBTQ+ community and its incredible history. They have performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, the Green Man Festival, and with Dr Jiggs Bowson and her Charming Science Friends.

5:40pm to 6:35pm
Fiona Sagar: Working Progress Fiona Sagar

Fiona Sagar (Funny Women Best Show Nominee 2016, The Groundlings Comedy Theatre, LA) returns to Brighton Fringe with her new character comedy show.

"A talented impressionist, completely morphs into an array of hilariously self-indulgent characters" **** (Fringebiscuit)

"Fiona Sagar had me laughing like a drain. A brilliant comic performer! Fiona catches the current zeitgeist of obsessional and entitled to a tee" (Logan Murray)

"Funny, dark and beautiful. Someone destroy her" (Viv Groskop)

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

Ready are you?

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

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

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

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

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

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

6:00pm to 7:15pm
Marx in Soho by Howard Zinn Iron Age Theatre

2 stars At one point during this lecturing one-man show, the reincarnation of Karl Marx asks: "Is there anything more outrageous than an honest critic?" OK then, Brighton. Prepare to be outraged. This play gives us plenty of facts about Karl Marx's life, but very little nuanced insight, and even less about his fascinatingly prescient political philosophy. Instead, we have an accusatory rant at the world's ills – a crowd-pleasing sermon which will persuade no-one and change nothing. Read the full review.

'Marx in Soho' by Howard Zinn
Starring Bob Weick
Directed by Iron Age Theatre's John Doyle

Karl Marx launches into a passionate, funny, and moving defense of his political ideas in Zinn’s brilliant, timely play, 'Marx in Soho', an excellent introduction to Marx’s life, analysis of society, and passion for radical change. Karl Marx uses current news and events to show how his ideas still resonate and explains a humane alternative to the capitalism that rules our world.

Resist!

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Battle of the Superheroes: The Great Superhero Debate Nik Coppin Productions

The international hit show returns with more great comedians in a mixture of stand-up comedy and debate to find out who the best superhero is!

Whether you are a Marvel or DC fan, or don't care either way, this is a hilarious hour of entertainment for geeks and non-geeks to enjoy in equal measure.

"Super fun" **** (Clothesline, Adelaide Fringe 2015)
"You're in for a treat... intimate, fun, and enjoyable" **** ½ (Adelaide Fringe 2017)

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

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

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

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

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Jim Campbell: What Would ... And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead Do? Jim Campbell

Award-nominated comic Jim Campbell has been busy with a chart-topping podcast, an acclaimed book and his personal life exploding. Everyone was right though; it’s good for material. Now he returns with a new show in which he charts his attempts to find love... and destroy it (then put it back together).

Warning: quality of jokes may compromise structural integrity of roof.

“Charmingly fresh... Campbell's company will leave you entertained and enlightened” **** (The List)

"Exquisitely written, punchline-driven material... A future star" (Chortle)

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

Ready are you?

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

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

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

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

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

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Knightmare Live 2017 Kilimanjaro Live

If you’re the right age for cult TV show Knightmare to have formed a part of your childhood, then you’ll surely feel an irresistible draw to this affectionate but irreverent stage version. The format’s had a shake-up since we last reviewed it, but we confidently expect the core elements to stay the same: hapless helmet-clad contestants, low-budget scenery – and plenty of witty banter between the fabulously wicked Lord Fear and our quick-witted host, the legendary Treguard. You're invited to bring weird props to feature in the quest.

Enter, stranger! 'Knightmare Live' is back and offers you the chance to wear the iconic helmet of justice and take part in the Greater Game. Multiple dungeoneers will be required to take on Lord Fear’s catacombs of evil in a mostly improvised quest. Every show is different, every room a new challenge. Please bring quest items for us to use in the show, the weirder the better.

Fancy your chances? Email newtreguard@gmail.com and swear fealty to the dungeon master himself, Treguard.

Critically acclaimed comedy stage adaption of the cult TV classic.

"A genuinely original and hilarious hour of dungeoneering" (Broadway Baby)

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

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

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

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

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

Celebrating 20 diamante decorated years, the Lady boys ‘Wonder Women’ tour takes the UK's number one cabaret show to a new level. With some of your favourites from the last 20 glorious years re-imagined, added to new scenes of spectacular costumes, choreography and of course hilarious comedy! The glamour of Hollywood and the glitz of Las Vegas, with more songs and big-scale musical production numbers than you could point a perfumed glove at. A cabaret like no other cabaret, performed by girls like no other girls!

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Waiting for Gandalf Mankind

Returning to Brighton after a 4*-rated run in 2016, now with an eye-catching name listed as director, this dark-as-hell one-man play makes uncomfortable but rewarding viewing. Telling the life story of an obsessive and socially-awkward Lord Of The Rings fan, the script slowly turns from gentle humour to something far more disturbing, as the reasons for the man’s introspection are gradually revealed. Of course, I won't give away that twist – but the fact it's directed by Patrick Sandford, hugely acclaimed for his own show Groomed, is quite a big clue.

Meet Kevin Brook, self-confessed fanatic of all things 'Lord of the Rings'. On the eve before 'Gandalf' signs the official movie companion to 'The Two Towers', he sits outside Fenwicks, waiting. He talks about his life-long devotion, friends who don't understand him, family who never had time for him. But what's the real reason for his obsession with Tolkein? Why must he take his mind away from the harsh realities of life? An uncomfortable truth is about to be revealed.

“Dark-as-hell” (Fringe Guru)

***** (Albie Media)

**** (Broadway Baby)

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

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

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

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

"Very funny" (Beyond The Joke)

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

6:15pm to 7:05pm
Nik Coppin: Shark (Work in Progress) Nik Coppin Productions

He told a silly joke one night at a show in Australia and the events thereafter were rather confusing. Watch the globetrotting stand-up comedian analyse those events, jokes and comedy to hilarious effect.

There is no shark...

"Amazingly funny stories... wickedly clever insights... super funny, super fun and charisma up the wazoo" **** ½ (Melbourne Comedy Festival)
"Fast and funny... the audience loved it... sweetly, wildly hilarious" **** (Adelaide Fringe)
"Fast paced, witty, fun and amazing, all without any pretension" **** 1/2 (Melbourne Comedy Festival)

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Gráinne Maguire: I Call My Vagina the Psychopath Test Laughing Horse Comedy

Gráinne Maguire (as heard on Radio 4's The Now Show, More Money Than Sense and Breaking The News, writer for The Last Leg and 8/10 Cats) brings her new show to the Brighton Fringe.

“Original and unpredictable. A delightful, incisive hour of truth and madness” **** (Fringe Guru)

“A definite must see performance from a comic at the top of her game - one of the finest political stand-up shows at this year’s Fringe” **** (Edinburgh Festivals)

“Sharp, incisive, and smartly satirical” **** (The Wee Review)

"Sarcastically and scabrously hilarious” (Chortle)

**** (British Theatre Guide)

6:15pm to 6:30pm
Human Sized Mario Karts V's Star Wars PLAYAstation

Ready are you?

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

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

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

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

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

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

6:15pm to 7:15pm
The O.S. Map Fan Club Helen Wood

4 stars I love to look at Ordnance Survey maps: the iconic plans of the British countryside, which have served as faithful guides to generations of walkers. It's a form of geekdom I'm proud to admit to, and the nicest thing about this warm-and-fuzzy show was that it proved I'm not the only one. On the night I attended, the Dukebox was full of navigators of all ages – united by our readiness to laugh at jokes involving contours, and cheer at a shelf stacked with Landranger sheets. Read the full review.

Join Ordnance Survey enthusiast, Helen Wood, for a humorous exploration of the much-loved, fold-out, paper map. Take a fascinating, laughter-filled, virtual ramble with Explorer map 168, and celebrate the simple beauty of Britain’s inspiring national treasure. O.S. fanatics, O.S. curious and O.S sceptics are all welcome at the O.S. Map Fan Club.

Edinburgh Fringe sell-out in 2017.

"Warm and engaging ... fun and touching." **** (West End Wilma)

"Joyful, friendly show steeped in ‘Great British Bake Off’ values" (ThreeWeeks)

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Better Better

Better. Two Women. One Objective. To work who has it Better.
Rebecca is floundering through her thirties, attempting to balance her feminist ideals with getting a boyfriend and appeasing all his desires.
Pauline has blasted into her 50’s with an ever stronger feminist resolve, whilst juggling the demands of her husband, career, a brace of teenagers and the menopause. As far as Pauline’s concerned, floundering through your thirties looks like a lot of fun.
In one hour they’ll take you from horses, handshakes and horrendous dates to marriage, mansplaining and the menopause.

6:30pm to 8:30pm
Going Dutch Adur Concert Band

Concert band extravaganza. Local Adur Concert Band hosts Muziekvereniging Volharding Steenbergen from Holland for a joint concert to raise the roof with brass, woodwind and percussion. Each band will play a varied programme of show and film themes, marches, pop medleys and favourite tunes. An exciting finale will include all 70 musicians!

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

Ready are you?

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

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

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

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

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

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

6:45pm to 7:00pm
Human Sized Mario Karts V's Star Wars PLAYAstation

Ready are you?

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

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

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

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

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

Rumours of Fettboy Slim pitcrewing are just that.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Schutte the Unromantic Katy Schutte

A comic solo show written and performed by Funny Women finalist, Katy Schutte (Happily Never After/Knightmare Live/Who Ya Gonna Call?).

Katy is not a romantic. This is the story of her trying to find love despite freezing up at chocolates, serenades and thoughtful surprises. For the record, Katy is perfectly happy to put Baby in a corner.

Who Ya Gonna Call? ***** (ThreeWeeks)

Happily Never After **** (Breaking the Fourth Wall)

Knightmare Live ***** (Edinburgh Reviews)

7:00pm to 8:00pm
It's All My Mother's Fault! (Work in Progress) Romina Puma

Romina Puma comes back and is darker than ever! It’s a show about love, or the lack of it, a show about a child longing to be cared for by her mother while having to care for her, and about selfishness as a last means of survival... What’s not to laugh about?

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Maggie Macall PostScript Theatre

Back to Broadway!

Come and meet those dancing feet (there will be very little dancing) and sing 'All That Jazz' (no saxophones feature in this show) as you listen to Maggie regale you with stories of her time in the theatre and on camera, all whilst listening to some classic tunes from her glittering career.

For musical-theatre lovers, this is not to be missed!

7:00pm to 8:25pm
Only in Brighton! Only in Brighton

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

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

Winner of 'Unique Experience of the Year for Brighton' 2017 Luxury Travel Guide Awards

7:00pm to 7:55pm
Heidi vs Sharks: Work in Progress Heidi Regan

Heidi Regan, winner of BBC New Comedy Award 2017 and So You Think You’re Funny? 2016, explores our increasingly confusing world via the medium of shark films.

Warning: If you don't like footage of sharks biting people there will be a minute or two of this so you can come and close your eyes for those bits or else avoid the show entirely. The footage is much more silly than scary, but you might be really scared of sharks... although not scared enough to avoid a show with 'sharks' in the title.

Hey, people are complicated. No judgement here. No judgement, but lots of sharks!

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:00pm to 7:55pm
In Search of Myself Distracting Cats Productions

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

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

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Stuart Mitchell: Morals GDM Productions

Stuart made his debut at the Edinburgh Fringe, with his show 'Dealt a Bad Hand' at The Pleasance Courtyard. The show received critical acclaim and sell-out audiences. The show recently toured venues throughout Scotland.

2017 saw Stuart follow in the footsteps of Dara O’Briain and Paul Merton by being hand-picked to perform in the 'Best of the Edinburgh Fest' showcase at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. Most recently he’s become the longest running panellist on BBC Radio Scotland's 'Breaking the News'.

"A work of genius” ***** (Daily Record)

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Courtney Act: Under the Covers Courtney Act Inc

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

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

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

7:30pm to 10:00pm
Strode's College Strode's College

An evening of new and exciting work from students nearing the end of their acting training at Strode's College. Inspired by leading contemporary theatre practitioners, these aspiring performers from Surrey have devised a series of plays that aim to provoke, stimulate and entertain modern audiences especially for Brighton Fringe 2018.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Katharine Ferns is in Stitches Katharine Ferns

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

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

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

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Joaquin & Gillian Strike Drum Productions

Keeping the tradition of Northern Folk alive for the folk of other bits of Britain, Barnsley’s most famous folk duo Joaquin & Gillian bring their never-ending tour to Brighton Fringe! Andrew Armfield and Fiona McGarvey improvise folk songs and tales of old right in front of your folk-loving eyes. Watch in disbelief and delight as they create catchy tunes on the spot based on your suggestions also known as your favourite songs from J&G's folktastic back catalogue.

"The best musical improv hour you've never heard of... absolutely, you must go" (A Pint and a Play)

7:30pm to 8:25pm
The Prophetic Visions of Bethany Lewis Laura Elmes Productions

"Think Avenue Q"; "a foul-mouthed answer to the Muppets"; "like an episode of South Park"… reviews from this show's Edinburgh run give a fairly clear picture of what to expect. The eponymous Bethany Lewis is an everyday Londoner who discovers she can see the future, but the plot isn't the point of this one: it's all about silliness, satire, and larger-than-life characterisation. Critics praised the goofy humour and laugh-a-minute pace. Travelling to Brighton with an award under its belt, it ought to sit well in raucous atmosphere of the Spiegeltent.

WINNER of the Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence in association with Brighton Spiegeltent

A tale of deranged fans and A-list rivalries. Debauched parties, and an affair that shocked the nation. In this no-holds-barred exclusive, Beth guides her audience through the secret world of fame, and the events that would change her life forever.

“Funny, furry and filthy” (Graham Norton)

**** “The UK’s foul-mouthed answer to The Muppets ... deserves great acclaim” (To Do List)

**** “A raucous, hilarious time” (Broadway Baby)

**** “Hilarious” (EdFringeReview)

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Notflix CatFace Talent

Movies with 100% more singing, 99% more women and a live band. 'Notflix'. Because everything is better as a musical.

Five-star, total sell-out at Edinburgh Fringe 2016/17 and Vaults Festival 2017
Musical Comedy Award and Laughing Horse New Act of the Year Semi-Finalists

"Pick of the Fringe 2016/17" (The Sunday Times, Evening Standard, Marie Claire and Elle Magazine)
"Roaringly funny and incredibly talented" ***** (Broadway Baby)
"A captivatingly well-improvised musical... spontaneous, surprising and delightful" **** (Fringebiscuit)

(Under 16’s to be accompanied by an adult)

7:30pm to 1:00am
Crown's Sunday Session Skrew Loose Booking

The Crown's Sunday Session is a monthly live-music event showcasing the very best folk, blues and indie/rock music from around the Brighton area and further afield. Expect top-shelf and intimate performances brought to you by Skrew Loose Booking.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Stick Some Shoes On Harry Farmer presents

From our first dates, sexual frustration, sexual tension, Tinder, insecurities, boredom, to marriage. We’ve all gone through it, but do we ever come out of it? Did we really marry our soulmate? Join us for a hilarious, fast-paced, poignant hour following a set of characters facing the joys and challenges of being in and out of love in your 30s.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Tom Mayhew's Funeral (Previews) Quiet Boy Sshh

Tom Mayhew, Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Nominee 2017, invites you (and all your friends) to his funeral! It's a work-in-progress of his funeral, though, so some of the jokes might die.

"A fantastic alternative comic mind" (Broadway Baby)

"Obvious writing talent" (Chortle)

7:45pm to 9:00pm
Antony and Cleopatra Unmasked Theatre

3 stars According to the blurb, this off-the-wall version of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra is inspired by the Profumo Affair. I'm not sure I'd have realised that if they hadn't told me, but it's an evocative milieu all the same: amidst the seething tensions of 1960's London, Mark Antony is a political leader, and Cleopatra a dancer in a high-class nightclub. Antony's fascination with Cleo is stirring up scandal – and his political rivals sense the opportunity to take him down. Read the full review.

London 1963: a summer of parties and elections. Cabaret star Cleopatra catches the eye of the people's candidate, Marc Antony, setting in motion events that will change the nature of British politics forever. Inspired by the Profumo scandal, Unmasked Theatre present a dazzling re-imagining of Shakespeare's classic love story combining cabaret, historical events and live music.

Unmasked Theatre, The Writers Bloc (Nominated for Best New Play, Brighton Fringe 2017), and Cream return to Brighton Fringe following a sellout show in 2017.

7:45pm to 8:45pm
Antigone Alone Portrait Productions

3 stars Plays built on Greek myths are intimidating for many – but there's really nothing to fear from Antigone Alone. It's clear, accessible, and engaging; a strong solo performance of an easy-to-follow script. It focuses, as the title suggests, on the story of Antigone, whose brothers fought for control of Thebes in days of legend. The winning man refused to allow his defeated brother to be buried… blocking his way to the afterlife, and forcing Antigone to take matters into her own hands. Read the full review.

Creon, King of Thebes, has decreed that Polynices’ body must lie, unburied, where he fell in battle. The penalty for disobeying is death. His niece has defied the law and buried her brother’s body. What made her do it? Will Creon rescind his decree?

This gripping new solo play presents Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, as a defiant upholder of morality over political expediency, and of human rights over the demands of the state. Antigone is played by Joanna Lucas. Playwright Michael McEvoy’s solo shows on Van Gogh, Orwell, Machiavelli, Dickens, and Shakespeare have been seen around the world.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Jon Mcleod Music Showcase at Artista Artista

Singer/songwriter, Jon McLeod, brings his original acoustic compositions to Artista Cafe & Gallery. The perfect and intimate setting to hear the melodic, soulful and heartfelt songs of a pensive observer, with a unique voice and guitar, playing. A must-see for fans of Elliott Smith and Nick Drake.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
The Establishment: Le Bureau De Strange Mad Etiquette

Side-splitting, stiff upper-lipped hilarity from critically-acclaimed duo Dan Lees and Neil Frost.

"This is silliness as an art form" (The Scotsman)
"A fast-paced, multidimensional masterclass in comedy" (Edfest Magazine)
"One of the most outrageously funny hours imaginable" (British Theatre Guide)

8:00pm to 10:10pm
Brighton Beach Boys perform The Beatles "White Album" Brighton Beach Boys

The Brighton Beach Boys perform The Beatles 'White Album'.

Following from Sgt Pepper and Magical Mystery Tour, the Brighton Beach Boys return to celebrate the 50th anniversary of another classic album.

Released in November 1968, The Beatles offers a soundtrack to the end of the sixties.  Soon rechristened “The White Album” this album strains to contain its fragmentary splinters, and spiky musicality. Featuring songs as varied as "Back in the U.S.S.R." and “Blackbird”, to "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps”.

Fully seated show. No support. Lovely bar!

8:20pm to 9:20pm
Alex Petrovic, Fiona Ridgewell, Graeme Collard Alex Petrovic / Fiona Ridgewell / Graeme Collard

Alex Petrovic (BBC New Comedy Awards, Radio 2, Radio 4 Extra), Fiona Ridgewell (Comedy Knights Finalist 2016, Golden Jester Finalist 2015), and Graeme Collard (Comedy Fun House Gong Show Winner) are three exciting new stand-up comedians bringing you an awesome hour of stand-up comedy!

Between them they have an impressive list of achievements and accolades including competition finals, successful podcasts, and have gigged with some of the biggest names in comedy.

"An entertaining way of looking at things" 'Alex Petrovic' (Chortle)

8:30pm to 9:30pm
The Story Beast & Richard Soames The Story Beast & Richard Soames

The Foster’s Edinburgh Best Newcomer award-nominated 'Story Beast', “a bearded force of nature” (The Guardian) and critically-acclaimed “charming storyteller” (Chortle), Richard Soames returns to Brighton with brand new material.

Praise for 'The Story Beast':
“One of the wonders of the Fringe” (The Mirror)
“A thing of wonder” (Fest)
“White hot brilliance” (Time Out)
“Bit loud for me” (Richard Soames)

Praise for Richard Soames:
“Excellent” (The Sunday Times)
“Oozing likeability” (The Skinny)
“Gleefully dark” (Time Out)
“Does a lot of the admin” (The Story Beast)

8:30pm to 12:30am
Pussy Liquor presents Disco Pussy Pussy Liquor

London cabaret collective Pussy Liquor are on a road trip from the Big Smoke to the Brighton Spiegeltent and... it's our birthday! Due to this exceptional occasion, we’re throwing a party dedicated to our two favourite things; disco and pussy.

Here's what to expect: a hedonistic tour-de-force of girl-power queer cabaret; led by the fiercest of felines Lilly Snatchdragon (#1 The Burlesque Top 50: 21st Century Burlesque Magazine), a raucous disco dance party for you to get down and dirty to, outrageous clothing, glitter galore and a trash-bag team of entertainers to give your week a happy ending!

8:30pm to 9:20pm
Big Dumb Cats Childish Productions

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

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

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

A selection of the very best in stand-up comedy at Brighton Fringe.

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

"A cracking comedy selection" ***** (Cream of the Fringe)

"A fantastic night of comedy" **** (ThreeWeeks)

"Kept the crowd well entertained" **** (Rip It Up)

"A Strong show of fresh comedy" **** (The Argus)

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

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

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

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

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

"Thoroughly entertaining show" (Henley Herald)

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Jody Kamali: Hotel Yes Please Jody Kamali

Need a hotel? Then book a room at Hotel Yes Please, a shambolic hotel managed by Fernando, a clueless dimwit with different ideas of how to run a hotel. Cheap rooms, a chef who shouldn't be a chef and a terrible Murder Mystery event... it's all here and more in Hotel Yes Please. All rooms on suit. Bad and Brakfast included. Donations yes please.

Expect a feast of character comedy and physical clowning from one of the most exciting comedians on the alternative comedy circuit.

"Brilliant, original, visual comedy" (Harry Hill)

"Kamali is hugely inventive, warm and engaging" (Total Theatre)

9:00pm to 9:45pm
Pickman's Model by HP Lovecraft The Other Realm Theatre Company

2 stars This disappointing adaptation of an HP Lovecraft story aims for creepy horror, but ends up more soulless than terrifying. The tale involves a painter, the eponymous Pickman, who's been kicked out of a New England art club; which isn't all that surprising, since he keeps drawing ghoulish figures feasting on human flesh. An English visitor called Thurber is entranced by Pickman's talent, and follows him to a tumbledown building in the oldest part of Boston. Down in the cellar, he finds a deep dark well… Read the full review.

We didn't review it ourselves last year, but Lovecraft horror Pickman's Model was broadly acclaimed elsewhere. The story surrounds an artist, the eponymous Pickman, who gains notoriety for his ghoulish drawings; it's narrated by an acquaintance of Pickman's, who's haunted by what his researches reveal. Last year's reviews praised the intelligent adaptation of Lovecraft's original plot, and the attention to detail lavished on the props and staging. At 45 minutes it's quite a brief piece, but for fans of Lovecraft or horror in general it sounds like mandatory viewing.

The Other Realm brings Lovecraft’s classic short story to the stage.

Pickman is an artist of extraordinary talent, but his gruesome paintings are born of a terrible secret. A dark and shocking tale that reveals the boundary between an artist’s genius and insanity...

(Highly Recommended: Fringe Review)

**** (Reviews Hub)

This is The Other Realm’s fourth Brighton Fringe, following the highly successful ‘I Love Luci’ in 2015, and ‘Which is Witch?’ in 2016.

9:00pm to 12:00am
The Odditorium Dr David Bramwell

If you live in Brighton, the chances are you already know about David Bramwell – purveyor of curiosities and champion of intelligent talk, thanks to his regular salon the Catalyst Club. His Fringe events are now an equally revered institution: part mind-expanding lectures, part entertainment, with a typically offbeat set of topics selected for the ever-changing agenda. They’re hosted this year in the 100-year-old Bosco theatre tent, itself a fascinating (if spartan) venue. The programme is massively varied, so check the full listings for day-by-day details.

Join Dr Bramwell for another five fascinating events: 'Singalong-a-Wickerman', Daisy Campbell's 'Pigspurt's Child', Ken Campbell's 10th anniversary tribute night, Mark Vernon on Ancient Greek philosophy and Dr David Luke on psychedelic plants.

Sun 13 May: Mark Vernon 'All you Need to Know About Ancient Greek Philosophy to Live Well'
Wed 16 May: Daisy Campbell's new solo show, 'Pigspurts Child'
Sun 20 May: 'The Ken Campbell Anniversary Show'
Tues 22 May: 'Singalong-a-Wickerman'
Wed 30 May: Dr David Luke 'Breaking Convention's'

9:00pm to 10:30pm
La Clique Spiegeltent International Pty Ltd

If I've got my sums right, this is La Clique's fifteenth year on the festival circuit – and they've consistently picked up four- and five-star reviews for their spicy mix of circus, cabaret, vaudeville and burlesque. You can expect a show that's a little bit racy, a little bit subversive, and crammed with a lot of variety – as a series of acts takes their turn in the spotlight, accompanied by a live house band. Tickets aren't cheap in Fringe terms, but you get ninety minutes of solid entertainment, and the bedrock of a good night out.

The international sensation 'La Clique' returns to Brighton after far too many moons... with an amazing lineup and seven-piece band. Far more than the original indescribably bizarre cabaret sideshow spectacular; 'La Clique' keeps pushing the boundaries of new vaudeville and subversion with a show that is every bit live concert as adult variety show. From the subterranean world of circus, comedy, cabaret, variety, magic, burlesque and subversive performance clubs.

"What a show... sexy and saucy, glitzy and glittery, naughty and... " (Edinburgh Review Christmas 17)
"Turns up the heat... a triumph!" (The Stage)

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

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

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

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

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

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

9:15pm to 10:10pm
Waiting for Curry Twilight Theatre

Ever wanted to tell someone how you really feel?

Four friends, two couples, and a lot of history. Too much wine flows as they wait for their takeaway, and they share more than intended... including a past that two of them knew nothing about...

An evening where everything comes out of the woodwork: secrets, longings and jealousies. An evening that changes them and their friendships forever.

"An excellent play and cast needing wider circulation" 'Highly Recommended' (Fringe Review)

"Brilliant – funny and clever", "More people need to see this!" (Audience feedback)

9:15pm to 10:15pm
Beasts Ben Carter

They’re raw.
They’re wild.
They're asleep 16 hours a day.

For Adam, money’s tight. So tight he’s had to go out and find a job. And beg his girlfriend to take it. As for Currer, he was the first person in his family to go to university - and not graduate.

Low on status and high on gags, 'Beasts' is a stand-up show from two of London’s best new acts, who regularly perform at the Comedy Store, Up the Creek and Top Secret Comedy Club.

Come along and roar with laughter – and save Adam and Currer from extinction.

9:30pm to 10:40pm
Cinebra: A History Of Horror Cinebra

The award-winning show returns! Sophie and Megan invite you to their seminar. Tensions are running high between the 'adorkable' duo since Megan has befriended the most popular girl in college.

As the seminar progresses through scares and song, a threatening supernatural force begins to rear its head. As Sophie and Megan's own horror narrative begins to unravel, they wonder who will be the 'Final Girl'?

A multimedia frenzy featuring live scares and unforgettable songs, this show is a unique, heart-wrenching, hybrid horror/musical comedy that leaves you convulsing in terror and delight!

9:45pm to 10:45pm
A Berlin Kabaret! Sphinx Theatre

This is a "bold" choice because it's a revival of a show last seen four years ago – but back then, it scooped both an Argus Angel and the Latest 7 award for the year's best cabaret. Evoking the age of the Weimar Republic, it was sometimes dark and often political, incorporating anti-war satire as well as some familiar, crowd-pleasing songs. The quality of the performances was consistently strong, while reviews highlighted the striking visuals and polished choreography. I enjoyed it a lot back in 2014; let's hope the same magic works again this year.

Brighton Fringe winner of Best Cabaret and Argus Angel awards, 'A Berlin Kabaret' returns! Lady Gaga meets Brecht in this walk on the wild side of the 20th century avant-garde. A vibrant presentation of lyrical anti-war songs reflecting on the current refugee crisis, fragmentation of society, in the search for sanctuary and solidarity.

Capturing the political turmoil of the Weimar Republic, witty and rebellious, these songs still resonate powerfully. Five star performers sing songs of resistance, love and exile reminding us that “those who don’t learn from history are condemned to repeat it.”

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

This one’s the guiltiest of all pleasures, but it’s a true pleasure all the same. In case the phenomenon’s passed you by, it delivers exactly what it says on the tin: a classically-trained cast, a Bardic script, and an actor who’s (allegedly) rather the worse for wear. The ensuing scene-stealing antics are played for all the comedy they’re worth, with results which – whenever I’ve seen it in the past – have left me helpless with laughter. This year it's Hamlet getting the treatment, and it's safe to assume Denmark is in for a few creative surprises.

Shit-faced Shakespeare® is the genuinely hilarious combination of an entirely serious Shakespeare play with an entirely Shit-faced actor. What could possibly go right? With a single genuinely inebriated cast member chosen each night, no two shows are ever the same in this raucous, riotous, rampage through Shakespeare’s greatest work: 'Hamlet'.

This multi-award winning, interactive, cult-hit show has already ‘entertained’ over 170,000 audience members across the globe (although never actually inside it).

An always remember to enjoy Shakespeare responsibly!

10:00pm to 10:50pm
Niteskreen Niteskreen

In days of yore, British people would know it was time to go to bed when the TV stopped showing programmes, and started showing still images of the programmes they were going to show in the future, accompanied by music to make them feel like they were in an elevator that they needed to get out of.

But one man didn’t go to bed when that happened.
No, he watched the pictures.
He listened to the music. And he got ideas.

Come see what happened next.

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Caustic Comedy Nights Caustic Comedy Events

The name itself ‘Caustic Comedy’ is based on a particular form of humour: comedy that is acerbic, cutting-edge, even cruel or insulting but always amusing, indeed, corrosive and burning as the word ‘caustic’ itself suggests.

May 4
8.00 PM show:
Aidan Goatley
Lynn Ruth Miller(US)
Simon Caine
President Obonjo(LR)

LATE SHOW
10.00 PM show:
[MC] Aidan Goatley
Simon Caine
President Obonjo(LR)
Ray Badran(AU)

May 8 - LATE SHOW
10.00PM show:
[MC] Will Duggan
Lynn Ruth Miller(US)
Jürgen Strack(DE)
Will Franken(US)

May 15 - LATE SHOW
10.00PM show:
[MC] Will Duggan
Becky Fury
Jürgen Strack(DE)
Will Franken(US)

May 20 - LATE SHOW
10.00PM show:
Sarah Callaghan's Solo Show

May 25 - LATE SHOW
10.00PM show:
Will Franken’s Solo Show

May 31 - LATE SHOW
10.00PM show:
Will Franken’s Solo Show

Jun 3
8.00 PM show:
Will Franken’s Solo Show

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Bodily Ian Lane

Ever wondered how to get the most out of that desolate obelisk that is your body? Using paint, placards and xylophone sticks, Ian Lane takes you on an annotated, colour-coded and possibly misleading 60 minute tour of all the hidden features, cheat codes and Easter Eggs you never noticed within your body in this work-in-progress fusion of stand-up comedy and live body art.

"Inventive, cliché-phobic comedy that makes a strong impression for its creativity... the hit rate is high for a comedian who doesn’t seek sanctuary in the safety of the familiar" (Chortle)

10:00pm to 11:00pm
65, a Nun and a Frog Gerry Carroll

This is a solo show about male nuns and being 65. Because sometimes Grandad knows best. Think about looking forward 65 years back in 1952, what's better now than it was then? Bringing his second show to Brighton, Gerry says, "I spent 60 years scared that they would laugh at me. Now I'm terrified that they won't. I've been doing stand-up and clown for four years, and I'm doing a mad show about myself".

It's an original and hilarious take on life, told in clown, stand-up and song. Gerry performs regularly on the open-mic circuit in London, and in clown shows. There are some bad jokes.

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Mawaan Rizwan: Twerk in Progress PBJ Management

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

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

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

"Enchanting, playful and sexy" (Scotsgay)

10:15pm to 11:15pm
A Beginner's Guide to Bondage Sara Mason

A funny, naughty romp through the world of BDSM and fetish. Have you seen '50 Shades Of Grey'? Are you fetish curious? Do you ever feel like a change from vanilla sex? Mistress Venetia answers enquiries and books BDSM sessions. Dressed in leather, stockings and killer heels, she reveals all about her weird and wonderful clients.

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

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

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

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

"Startlingly insightful” (The Guardian)

12:30am to 1:30am
Ishi Khan-Jackson: I'mMigrant 2 Funny Comedy

A fun comedy show about migration, belonging and identity. Ishi was born in Zambia, has Indian roots and loves her home in Britain. Does that make her BriZamdian?

Join the playful adventure, that is 'Ishi Khan-Jackson: I'mMigrant!'.

Expect silliness, fun and energetic Bollywood dancing. 

This show is suitable for migrants, non-migrants and strawberries.