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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.

1:00pm to 3:30pm
The State of Us Danceability Collective

Fan Dance Theatre Company, Theatre inc. and The Magic Chocolate Show are collaborating as Danceability Collective for Brighton Fringe 2018. The three companies are from Brighton and Chichester and all of us exist to enable performers with disabilities to share their talent and inspire their audiences. Each company are exploring emotions for this show. Join us on our rollercoaster ride as we dip into different feelings, proving that although universal, not everyone experiences emotions in the same way. We use a range of art forms including dance, shadow imagery, theatre, comedy, music and film.

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

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

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

4:00pm to 5:00pm
BRICTT Presents: UNEXPECTED ITEM IN THE BAGGING AREA BRICTT

200 years after Mary Shelley created Frankenstein, the race to replicate humanity still fascinates us. In this era of single-use everything, can we trust ourselves to not to abandon our own creations?

Directed by critically acclaimed Gary Sefton (NT, RSC) and performed by the first cohort from Brighton’s contemporary theatre training school, BRICTT, this new adaptation tackles what it means to be human in this age of technological revolution. BRICTT brings together some of the UK's leading creative professionals to train the next generation of performers.

4:20pm to 5:15pm
BOLSHIE Different Goal

An irreverent and incomplete history of the Russian Revolution in response to a hundred years of bullsh*t. 'BOLSHIE' asks the important questions others have shied away from; who is the best looking revolutionary? What breed was Trotsky’s dog? Was Lenin a frustrated children’s entertainer? What would Bernard Cribbins have said if he’d been there?

Tepid on the heels of 2016’s successful Brighton Fringe debut 'I Demand A Recount!', Different Goal are delighted to be back with a fun-filled, magical, musical, madcap show that may not change the world but will at least be a bit of a change.

5:15pm to 6:15pm
The Beautiful Dance of Life & Death Intelligentsia Productions

Adam Astra, a young rocketeer witnesses a star-girl fall to earth one night and vows to rocket her back among the stars...

No, wait, that's just the story that former dancer, Lucy Dunn, makes up with her bohemian roommate, Will, while she fights to survive a bizarre and terrifying illness... wait, hang on.

Or is it that they are trapped in a hellish underworld and simply hallucinating past lives? In any case, these two friends must learn the steps to dance toward hope or acceptance in this imaginative new work inspired by a true story.

5:30pm to 6:25pm
A Glass Half Empty Giggling Witch Theatre

"Why is it men do that, I wonder? Hold you like you're some baby bird that might break, or fly away, I suppose... "

Female friendship can be more consuming than any romantic love. Bea and Angela, just sixteen, make a pact: no men, no marriage, no children. Now in their thirties, the pair reunite for one evening after 10 years of silence. As conversation unfolds over glasses of wine, the words most important are those left unsaid.

'A Glass Half Empty' is a piece of new writing which addresses the complicated female experience of ageing, beauty standards, and the biological ticking clock.

This project is supported by a Pebble Trust Brighton Fringe bursary.

5:50pm to 7:00pm
My Father Held A Gun My Father Held A Gun

4 stars Sahand Sahebdivani is of Iranian descent, while Raphael Rodan's family is Israeli. Together they tell a series of stories, attempting to answer the question: Why do men make war? Brought up in Amsterdam, the two men are friends, but their journey to adulthood involves understanding their identity through the eyes of their fathers and forefathers. One is a Jew, the other an Arab – and while they try to frame their debate in a European context, their own ethnic and racial heritage may not let them go. Read the full review.

A passionate, storytelling show with live cinematic music about war and peace, acts of heroism, and the love for life. Winner of the Amsterdam Fringe Festival Gold Award 2017. Iranian Sahebdivani and Israeli Rodan combine a great sense of humor with the urge to tell sincere and meaningful stories. By trying to answer the question “why do men make war?”, they take their audience on a trip through space and time. Directed by: Vasile Nedelcu.

"When they start telling a story, the audience is listening so quietly that you could hear a pin drop" **** (Theaterkrant)

6:00pm to 9:00pm
Drawing Circus Drawing Circus

An extravaganza of themed figure-drawing. Come sketch with us as models in circus costume are frozen mid-act for your drawing delight. All abilities are welcome and drawing materials are provided. Two full three-hour sessions, and in the gorgeous vintage Bosco Theatre circus tent!

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Creative Café Brighton Brighton & Hove City Council

Professional development workshops for artists. This is the third in a series of provocations running alongside the development of a new Cultural Framework for the city. Creative Café Brighton is being delivered in partnership with Brighton Fringe and consultant, Jenni Lewin-Turner who is the lead on the Inclusion strand within the Cultural Framework. This is part one of a two part series of workshops to support inclusion within the arts. The following workshops will be run on the evening by Industry experts:

Accessing & applying for funding
How to be a producer
Working Internationally

On the evening you will be able to participant in one of the above workshops, come prepared with questions. The feedback given will shape the future programme of workshops.

6:00pm to 8:00pm
A Brighton & Hove Cultural Framework Event: Debate & Provocation #4 'Do Festivals Support Artists?' Brighton & Hove City Council

Please note, this event is now called 'Creative Cafe Brighton'.

Full details and link to book tickets here:
www.brightonfringe.org/whats-on/creative-caf%C3%A9-brighton-125548/

6:00pm to 6:55pm
Fix My Brain Two Surnames

Ex-Presidents of the Footlights Dillon (Chortle Student Comedy Award Finalist) and Oli (junior doctor) present a debut show all about friendship, depression and crushing existential dread. Fun!

"Daring and hilarious... an astonishingly honest portrayal that will keep you in stitches from beginning to end" ***** (Varsity)

"A mix of the surreal and the satirical... packed in the punchlines" (Chortle)

"Unnerving yet delightful" (TCS)

"Pitch-perfect" (The Tab)

This project is supported by a Go Think Big Brighton Fringe bursary.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
There Was a Ship Brian Mander

A performance within a sculptural installation of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' by the artist Brian Mander. The sculpture can be viewed independently during regular opening times (Monday - Saturday, 10am-1pm and 2pm-4:30pm).

This project is supported by a Brighton Lions bursary.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Go Slay Dragons Smith - The Creative Foundry

'Go Slay Dragons' tells tales of love, adventure and existential despair, probably with too much swearing.

A Dan in a park experiences a nearby choir seemingly singing his darkest thoughts. Heartbreak turns to joy as a Dan meets the musical loving woman of his dreams. Then, a lost document and a ring set our hairy-footed, suburban Dan on a quest across the sea.

Join Dan Cardwell somewhere between stand-up and storytelling, in this quest for love and adventure. With music, musicals and an arguable bunch of characters, in tales all demonstrably true, and Dan Cardwell should know. They're all him.

6:15pm to 7:15pm
The Very Well-Fed Caterpillar Red Biscuit Theatre Company

The Very Hungry Caterpillar just couldn't stop eating. He grew and grew until, when all his friends began turning into butterflies, a cocoon that would fit him couldn't be made! To comfort himself, he continued to eat. He developed a taste for raw red meat.

Red Biscuit Theatre brings you an adult twist on the beloved children's story with a high-octane devised tale, bursting full of relentless energy, multi-rolling and a handful of homemade props. Five performers take to the stage to become clocks, chairs, doors, portals and all manner of zany characters for your entertainment.

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Passionate Machine Rosy Carrick

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Everyone writes instructions to their future selves. But what happens if the future starts writing back? Rosy Carrick is about to find out...

Featuring a diverse cast of real-life characters including David Bowie, Vladimir Mayakovsky and Rocky Balboa, and set against the questionable theoretical framework of all your favourite time travel movies, this solo performance blends fact and fiction to create an exhilarating story about letting go, having the courage to take the untrodden path, and finding yourself – literally.

6:15pm to 8:00pm
Heroes Exploding Whale

A new play by Bebe Barry and Tony Barry.

A coming-of-age story set in the summer of 1972 to the soundtrack of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.

The humdrum lives of Joe and Billie are changed forever after witnessing David Bowie performing Starman for the first time on Top of the Pops. Determined to attend Bowie’s upcoming London gig, the friends leave home on what becomes a roller coaster ride of self discovery where the lines between hero worship and friendship become blurred.

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Year Without Summer Cast Iron Theatre

May 1816. Claire Clairmont invites lover Byron to Lake Geneva with her step-sister, Mary Godwin. Passions run high, ghost stories are shared. History has forgotten Claire, but without her, Mary might never have conceived of her defining work: 'Frankenstein'.

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)

6:30pm to 7:45pm
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!

6:55pm to 7:45pm
Ben Fogg: RIPE Shaven Ape Ltd.

The man they call ‘Daddy Fatsacks’ returns with the single greatest event, not just in comedy but in modern socio-political history. Fogg smashes the sadness from our lives like a maverick stallion riding a runaway mine cart. Remember the Suez crisis? This is bigger. Remember Watergate? This is wetter. Remember all the lyrics to Billy Joel’s ‘We Didn’t Start The Fire’? Then you need to leave the house right now. Book tickets, you deserve it.

Warning: Stand-up of this quality will change you; prepare to feel truly alive.

(Ben Fogg - Almost winner, Best Newcomer 2017)

7:00pm to 8:45pm
The Lady Boys of Bangkok: Wonder Women Tour Exchange Events Ltd

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

7:00pm 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 7:50pm
Mixed Race White Bloke Francis Foster

Francis Foster is a unique man who hails from Caracas and Wigan via South London. This show will explore race, cultural identity, and top level banter.

Francis also came third in the New Act Of The Year Awards, and supported Eddie Izzard on tour.

7:00pm to 9:30pm
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.

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Baba Brinkman: Rap Guide to Climate Chaos Harry Farmer presents

Canadian rapper Baba Brinkman is known for taking on unexpected topics: from the Canterbury Tales to evolution, to the nature of consciousness itself. He's won a prestigious Fringe First award in Edinburgh, normally reserved for more traditional pieces of theatre, yet is consistently rated highly by comedy reviewers as well. Described as "intelligent and info-rich" by The Stage, this particular show appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015; it's a fluidly-rhyming guide not just to real hard science, but to history and environmental politics too.

A hit off-Broadway and at the Paris Climate Conference, Baba Brinkman’s hip-hop manifesto on global warming politics and economics offers a twist on the world’s hottest topic.

"This show could change your life. An absolute fringe must-see" **** (Edinburgh Reporter)
“Smart, funny, and invigorating” **** ( Times of London)

14+ (under 16s to be accompanied by an adult)

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Larry Dean: Work in Progress Chambers Touring Ltd

An hour of new material by award-winning comedian and 'Live at the Apollo' star, Larry Dean. Enjoy "confessional storytelling at its finest" (The Herald) from one of UK comedy’s brightest talents.

"Unexpected and excellent" **** (The Sunday Times)

"Has the easy charm of an arena comic and the high joke rate too" (The Guardian)

"Superb timing... deserves much success" **** (The Daily Mirror)

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)

7:30pm to 8:30pm
She Wolf Jo Bain Presents

4 stars "The history plays are super-boring," complains Queen Margaret of Anjou. And she should know: Shakespeare wrote her into four of them, including one scene – in Richard III – set when the real Margaret was dead. This quick-witted, irreverent one-woman shows aims to reclaim her true life story, and uses it to make adroit and important points about women's experiences in our own day. Read the full review.

Cersei Lannister is a character based on Queen Margaret of Anjou. This woman was a badass. Or was she?

Was she pure conniving evil to the core? Or was that fake news spread by Shakespeare's mainstream media?

Premiering at Melbourne Fringe in 2017 to critical acclaim, in ‘She Wolf’ Gillian English "takes the big guns on and leaves us laughing as she chips away at false idols." (Plus Ones).

"She is alive, full of wit, sarcasm, royally thick venom and French smelling intrigue." (Weekend Notes)

7:30pm to 8:30pm
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.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Katharine Ferns: Between One Ferns (Work in Progress) Katharine Ferns

Canadian comedian Katharine Ferns is relentlessly funny with her confessional and brutally honest storytelling style of comedy. With seemingly sweet and innocent charm, Katharine finds dark comedy in her observations on relationships, family, mental illness, feminism and her past misadventures.

"Perky, charismatic performer with an acute sense of irony" (Chortle)

"Observant and witty, Katharine Ferns is a modern, 21st century woman, who throws herself into life and consequently her jokes." **** (The Wee Review)

"Salty-sweet, savagely honest, brutally funny." (The Scene Magazine)

7:45pm to 9:10pm
Brainville at Night The Dot Collective

A stylish adventure into the film noir-ish world of Ingrid's memories and imagination. So what if the doctors tell her she lacks insight and the ability to empathise? Labels like "front-temporal dementia" never meant anything to her anyway. She carries the love, excitement and romance within her.

The Dot Collective is delighted to bring their acclaimed production to Brighton for Dementia Awareness Week. Featuring music, movement and projection this is the most original love story you will see this year.

"a brave, positive work" (The Guardian)

Writer: Alexander Moschos, Director: Matthew Parker

8:00pm to 9:00pm
The Fannytasticals Fannytasticals

Brighton’s sell-out female comedy troupe present their rude and raucous topical humour.

A cabaret style show including songs, skits, sketches and general musings on life, love and the universe from a range of female perspectives.

Their original, bold and powerful material takes audiences on a journey into the wilderness of the female psyche, and leaves them gasping for breath. An evening without inhibition.

8:00pm to 8:55pm
Franz Kafka: Apparatus Blue Devil

5 stars This taut and engrossing new play, an original adaptation of Franz Kafka's In The Penal Colony, sees a cosmopolitan traveller arrive on an isolated prison island. He's there as a guest – to learn about the eponymous "apparatus", a complex device overseen by a proud and protective officer. The officer speaks of the apparatus with reverential devotion, and she talks in the same tones about her now-dead mentor: the former commandant, the inventor of the apparatus, and the father of this authoritarian regime. Read the full review.

You are cordially invited to a most unusual, mechanically achieved execution - death by means of a complex machine designed and constructed in a nightmare. Tragedy, comedy, horror and the absurd intermingle in this dramatic labyrinth of cruelty, obsession and madness.

Starring Emily Carding
'Richard III - A One-Woman Show'
***** (Broadway Baby)
***** (remotegoat)
**** (The Stage)
**** (New York Times)
Winner BOBBY AWARD Edinburgh Fringe

Written and directed by Ross Dinwiddy
**** (Fringe Guru)
**** (remotegoat)
**** (Voice Magazine)
Nominated Best Newcomer Brighton Fringe Awards

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Blue Sky Thinking Pop Heart Productions

Spreadsheets, filing cabinets, and photocopiers. Penny has traded a life of creativity for a world of water coolers, cubicles, and plastic plants.

'Blue Sky Thinking' is the story of a woman seduced by the fluorescent strip lights of the corporate machine, opting into a world of pensions, health benefits, and promotions.

From Pop Heart Productions, the producers of the sell-out 2017 show 'Am I F#*kable?'.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
BRICTT Presents: UNEXPECTED ITEM IN THE BAGGING AREA BRICTT

200 years after Mary Shelley created Frankenstein, the race to replicate humanity still fascinates us. In this era of single-use everything, can we trust ourselves to not to abandon our own creations?

Directed by critically acclaimed Gary Sefton (NT, RSC) and performed by the first cohort from Brighton’s contemporary theatre training school, BRICTT, this new adaptation tackles what it means to be human in this age of technological revolution. BRICTT brings together some of the UK's leading creative professionals to train the next generation of performers.

8:20pm to 9:20pm
David McIver is a Nice Little Man David McIver

Wow, it's time for the debut hour of comedy from hot ticket and nice friend David McIver! That's right girls and boys, your special little man is all grown up and raring to do some of his high-spirited absurdist nonsense and silly characters.

"A refreshing breath of air in every sense." **** (Broadway Baby)

"Unique, silly... a fascinating blend of high nonsense." **** (The Mumble)

Selected for the BBC New Comedy Award 2017.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8:30pm to 9:30pm
Leebo Luby: Farucchio Peru Is Extraordinaire Teatro Pomodoro

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

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

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

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Frank Foucault: Shoes Frank Foucault

Frank was told it was a good idea to do a theme show, so he's doing it about shoes. I imagine that he's beginning to regret this decision.

"A tiny work of comic genius" (The Scotsman)
"Stupidly funny" (Chortle)

Nominated for 'Magners New Act of the Year 2015'
Chortle Student Comedy Awards Finalist

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Bisha K Ali's Life is A Work In Progress Get Comedy in association with Dabster Productions

Bisha K Ali brings a work in progress show to Brighton Fringe. As heard on The Guilty Feminist, BBC Asian Network and seen on BBC 3, this rising star of the UK circuit makes the political personal with her original, inventive voice. Come for the jokes, stay for the heartbreak. Sell-out show 2017.

9:00pm to 10:45pm
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!

9:00pm to 9:55pm
Will Dalrymple: Man to Man StraightUp Productions

Nothing interesting has ever happened to gay comedian Will Dalrymple. So, he's made up a fictional gay life for his debut stand-up hour instead. The result is 'Man to Man', an outrageous, explicit, and acclaimed parody gay literotica novel. Think '50 Shades of Gay'.

“Never have I seen such a stylish middle finger pointed at homophobia and general misfortune.” ***** (Broadway Baby)

“Very well written... horrifyingly funny." **** (Ed Fringe Review)

"The clear highlight is Dalrymple's reading... some of the most depraved disgusting filth I've heard in my life... hysterical." (ThreeWeeks)

9:00pm to 10:05pm
Passing On Blue Heart Theatre

Tom and Brian have decided they want to be parents. With the help of their friend Rachel, they decide to take the plunge. But their plans are thrown into complete disarray when a reluctant Tom is pushed by Brian to find out about his own birth mother, and what he discovers threatens to blow their relationship apart.

A new play by Sean Denyer, staged by award-winning Irish companies, Blue Heart Theatre and Acting Out. 'Passing On' explores ideas of family, family history, and how sometimes you can't escape the past when it's built into your DNA.

9:15pm to 10:15pm
Baba Brinkman: Rap Guide to Climate Chaos Harry Farmer presents

Canadian rapper Baba Brinkman is known for taking on unexpected topics: from the Canterbury Tales to evolution, to the nature of consciousness itself. He's won a prestigious Fringe First award in Edinburgh, normally reserved for more traditional pieces of theatre, yet is consistently rated highly by comedy reviewers as well. Described as "intelligent and info-rich" by The Stage, this particular show appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015; it's a fluidly-rhyming guide not just to real hard science, but to history and environmental politics too.

A hit off-Broadway and at the Paris Climate Conference, Baba Brinkman’s hip-hop manifesto on global warming politics and economics offers a twist on the world’s hottest topic.

"This show could change your life. An absolute fringe must-see" **** (Edinburgh Reporter)
“Smart, funny, and invigorating” **** ( Times of London)

14+ (under 16s to be accompanied by an adult)

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!

9:30pm to 10:30pm
One Woman Alien Cast Iron Theatre

In theatre, no one can hear you scream: one hour, one woman, one cult movie!
Returning from the success of her award-nominated Edinburgh Fringe show, 'Cacophony', the “impossible to forget” (The List) Heather-Rose Andrews tackles the classic horror alone (with a cat).

9:45pm to 10:45pm
10 Steps To Happiness Happenings Theatre Company

We’re born, we go to nursery, school, college and sometimes university. We're taught to work, not how to be happy. A better job? A boyfriend? A holiday? Failing that I decided to search the internet: How to be happy? Easy! Follow these 10 steps to a happier life starting today. First step, figure out what is wrong... oh, errm... An innovative, honest, touching, comedic show about life and happiness.

"Yvette was outstanding, her comedic timing was faultless" (Broadway Baby)

Winner: The Pebble Trust Award
Runner up: Audience Choice Award Brighton Fringe 2017

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

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

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

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

An always remember to enjoy Shakespeare responsibly!

9:50pm to 10:50pm
Are Strings Attached? Yama Theatre Productions

4 stars On paper, it sounds like Are String Attached? tackles an impossible mish-mash of themes: graffiti spraying, professional tennis, and time at drama school. But we learn soon enough that these disparate forms of self-expression fulfil a common need – to be seen, to be respected, to be top dog. Billed as a "fictional autobiography", Simon Lovat's one-man play is both a gentle reflection on what matters in life, and a fascinating insight into what drives certain people to do the things they do. Read the full review.

It's hard to know exactly what to expect from this one-man show about graffiti, tennis and Pinocchio. It's a weird-sounding combination, but reviews last year were good – emphasising the detailed script, and physical intensity of the performance. There's a big difference this time round: it's moved from being a travelling show, performed in your own home, into a conventional Fringe theatre. We'll have to see how it's changed by that transition, but it's certainly intriguing, and actor Simon Lovat has earned four-star reviews from us in the past.

What do you get if you cross Bjorn Borg with Banksy? You get a one man show about DOG, graffiti legend and former tennis pro, who hates his dad and has serious issues with Jiminy Cricket. And he’s here to throw a massive piece on your living room wall. But is his heart really in it? Shouldn’t fame be more fun than this?

Prepare to be delighted and confounded and to have your credulity tested to the max in this exhilarating, darkly comic play inspired by Pinocchio, that asks the Big Question. A sell-out in Brighton Fringe 2017: “The acting is physical and astounding” (Brighton Source).

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Fabulon Winter Theatre Company

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

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

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.

10:15pm to 11:15pm
Sing Me a Joke, Titus TITUS COMEDY

A one-man musical comedy show taking stand-up to the next level. A knockabout combination of spoken jokes, funny songs and nonverbal piano-involved moments.

Stories of my life poured into the Churn of Comedy, ground up and served hot, with mirth on the side for your delight. All based on 20 years' experience of entertainment, 15 years of marriage, 10 years as a father of 3.

To be scoffed up... not at. Don't think twice, don't miss!

10:30pm to 11:30pm
Spilt Milk Presents... Spilt Milk

Spilt Milk are back in Brighton and they’re milkier than ever! After a great run at Brighton Fringe 2017 they are returning to Brighton to spread the love and calcium.

This year exciting sketch comedy group Spilt Milk are bringing their weird brand of silliness and fun to The Warren for 3 nights only. Come and join them for hilarious sketches, absurd accents and some questionable dancing!

Nominated for the International Youth Arts Festival: Best of Brighton Fringe Comedy Award 2017.