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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.

1:10pm to 2:00pm
Organ Music at St. Bart's Brighton Organists' Association

Lunchtime recitals on Tuesdays by distinguished local organists on the fine organ at St. Bartholomew's Church. May 8: Anthony Wilson, May 15: Nicholas Houghton, May 22: Michael Maine, May 29: Richard Dawson and Ryan Hepburn.

1:10pm to 2:10pm
Amadeus comes to Lunch at the Chapel Royal LCCR

Mozart masterpieces performed in the wonderful acoustics and historic setting of the Chapel Royal. Tuesdays. 8th: St Paul's String Quartet with Ann Beilby (viola) - String Quintet G minor K 516. 15th: Ensemble Reza with Steve Dummer (Clarinet) - Clarinet Quintet in A K 581. 22nd: Lana Trotovsek (violin), Yoko Misumi (piano) - Violin Sonata K547 and Tartini Devil's Trill Sonata. Our concerts are normally well attended. Seats are unreserved. Please arrive early.

2:15pm to 4:15pm
Autobiographical Storytelling: A Performance Art Form My Father Held A Gun

A playful and dynamic workshop that starts by provoking a memory from your life. Then, using simple storytelling techniques, witness your memory grow into a meaningful and engaging story. Hosted by award-winning company My Father Held a Gun (Gold Award-winner at Amsterdam Fringe 2017).

This workshop is part of Brighton Fringe's Dutch & Flemish Season 2018.

4:00pm to 5:00pm

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.

4:30pm to 6:00pm
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.

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Amazing Bubble Man Louis Pearl


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.

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 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.

6:00pm 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 10:00pm
Menstronauts Are Go Go! Carnesky Productions Ltd

Join theatre artist and academic Marisa Carnesky for a five-day performance workshop to learn about the lost cultural heritage of our menstrual cycles and the important role menstruation has to play in human culture. Learn about menstruation and the politics that seek to contain, control and tax our bodily cycles. Be part of the creation of new taboo breaking performance work staged at the end of the workshop.

Workshops are for women and gender non binary people 18+. For more details visit our website.

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 7:15pm
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 7:05pm
Northern Power Blouse: Up Your Promenade Laughing Horse Free Festival

Saunter down the promenade with Northern Power Blouse for a show full of sketches, songs and larger than life characters, all set by the glamorous northern seaside.

Between them, Cassie Atkinson, Kat Butterfield and Charlotte Pearson, have written for BBC Radio 4, Russ Abbot, Comic Relief and were finalists for 'BAFTA Rocliffe' and 'Funny Women' writing awards.

So why not join them by the seaside, beside the sea!

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 7:05pm
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.


6:30pm to 8:00pm
Notorious Women of Brighton Louise Peskett

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

6:45pm to 7:45pm
Baba Brinkman: Canterbury Tales Remixed Harry Farmer presents

Baba Brinkman’s gritty re-telling of Chaucer’s classic Tales has been critically acclaimed the world over, with the 'Wife of Bath' and 'Pardoner' seeming perfectly at home next to Nicki Minaj and Jay-Z.

“A comedy masterpiece!” ***** (Plays to See)
"Unashamedly fun... a five star experience and a hell of a good time" ***** (Edinburgh Uncovered)

Suitable for 14+ (under 16s with an adult)

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 7:50pm
Another Fine Mess PostScript Theatre

Stephen and Phil dream of being 'Laurel and Hardy', but the closest they can get is their tribute act to the screen stars. Meg, Stephen’s girlfriend, tries to keep the two friends in line during a rehearsal, but their personal problems threaten to undo everything they’ve worked for.

In this touching, one-act play, PostScript Theatre cleverly weaves classic scenes from 'Laurel and Hardy' favourites such as 'Way Out West' (1937), 'Thicker than Water' (1935) and 'Blotto' (1930), into the complex relationship between Stephen, Phil and Meg as they prepare for another performance.

7:00pm to 8:30pm
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)

7:00pm to 9:00pm
The Odditorium Dr David Bramwell

If you live in Brighton, the chances are you already know about David Bramwell – purveyor of curiosities and champion of intelligent talk, thanks to his regular salon the Catalyst Club. His 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'

7:00pm to 8:00pm
AJ Roberts: The Council Flat Baby and the Rise of the Village Kid AJ Roberts

'So You Think You're Funny?' and 'Amused Moose Laugh Off' finalist AJ Roberts debuts his solo show. Hilarious tales of childhood, family life, and the transition from living on a council estate to a middle class, leafy village in the country. Funny stories, witty one-liners and brilliant observations.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
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.

7:00pm to 9:30pm
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 to book.

7:00pm to 8:15pm
Home Solo - How to Survive the Future Double Bill presented by Beach Without Sand

Two female soloists exploring intimacy and freedom and how to be human.

'Home Solo' - Hayley Matthews/Hej Jones, composer is an intimate performance that weaves together contemporary dance with spoken word and original live music and song, in an epic tale of feeling at home in your own skin.

'How to Survive the Future' - Tess Letham takes a journey through a collection of funny, tragic and beautiful scenes derived from deep personal experiences. A powerful tale of human fragility and an anxious search for identity when faced with vast uncertainties in life; the wavering complexity of love and grave concern for what the future holds.

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.

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Adam Vincent: Semi-detached (Work in Progress) Adam Vincent

See this award-nominated (Best Comedy, Buxton Fringe 2017) Australian stand-up, now living in Bedford, who played to full houses throughout his Edinburgh Fringe run (2017). See the man who writes for Channel 4’s award-winning flagship show, The Last Leg (not the leg jokes). See how family demands, societal expectations and unfulfilled joys are ruining his life (true).

"Makes me laugh louder and more inappropriately than most people I know” (Adam Hills)

"One of those rare comedians who make it all look so easy" (The Age)

"Recklessly honest and entirely relatable" (Chortle)

"He's okay" (Wife)

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Matt Green: These People! Matt Green

Matt's been doing stand up for 15 years and he's got pretty good at it. Come and hear his thoughts about the current state of the world. Spoiler alert: he's not keen. Featuring stories about becoming Irish, going viral with JK Rowling, standing up to street crime and trying not to argue about Brexit.

"Really funny" **** (The Scotsman)

"Why someone as funny as this isn't doing the Apollo, or having a Radio Four series of his own, is a bit of a mystery. Maybe one day. Let's hope so." **** (Theatre Bath)

7:30pm to 8:30pm
The Big Fat Running Show Follow Through Productions


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 10:00pm
The Fretful Federation Mandolin Orchestra The Fretful Federation Mandolin Orchestra

We don’t cover music much here at Fringe Guru, but there’s something irresistibly Fringe-like about the Fretful Federation. A favourite of mine for many years, they’re an entire orchestra made (almost) entirely of mandolins: did you know there’s a deeper-voiced version called a mandola? The repertoire’s a joyful mix, combining re-cast classical favourites with newer works – and this year, thanks to a guest appearance from an American ensemble, a focus on music from the USA. The venue, St George’s Church, is lovely too, with elegant details and a few treasures to admire.

The Fretful Federation is an orchestra plucked from the Brighton area playing all manner of fretted instruments. We play a colourful mix of Baroque and Classical works, contemporary and traditional mandolin orchestra music. With a guest appearance from the New American Mandolin Ensemble.

Contemporary classical music for plucked string instruments, reflecting folk, jazz and world music influences. In 2013 the American guitarist/ mandolinist/ conductor Mark Davis formed a ground-breaking new group of professional musicians to perform original contemporary music for plucked strings. The 7-member New American Mandolin Ensemble is comprised of three mandolins, two classical guitars, ‘liuto cantabile’ and string bass. While the New American Mandolin Ensemble champions the best of international composers for this medium, the group has a special interest in promoting works from the USA, as well as works reflecting jazz, folk and world influences.

Something for everyone!

7:30pm to 8:30pm
DollyWould Sh!t Theatre and Show And Tell

One Dolly is an iconic country singer; the other Dolly is a cloned sheep. Both feature in DollyWould, which earned sell-out audiences and positive reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe last August. It's the latest show from the two-handed Sh!t Theatre, whose previous work has tackled subjects including unemployment benefits and medical research; this one, we're told, is more gleefully silly, a genuine homage to a star they both love. There's an edge to it though, according to reviews – about how female performers are often defined by looks and class, not talent.

Oh look, Sh!t Theatre are back. Known for their multi award-winning, politically-conscious, sell-out shows: 'What is it this time?', 'Oh, is it Unemployment?', 'Is there a crisis?', 'Did the Government do Something Wrong Again?' Now, it’s a show about Dolly Parton "we f*cking love her". Sh!t Theatre present their bold new show about country legend Dolly Parton, cloning, branding, immortality and death.

"An icon is unpacked, satirised and worshipped all at once – gleefully scrappy and frequently silly." **** (The Stage)
**** (Sunday Times)
**** (Time Out)

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
I Want You To Admire Me/But You Shouldn't Dirty Rascals

You are invited to the ultimate test of brains, brawn, and brilliance. Our three contestants will battle it out to win the title of 'Most Admirable Person'. Their friends and families certainly think they’re admirable. The real question is, do you?

Join our wonderful studio audience to cheer, clap, and drag your favourite competitor over the finish line. This is gameshow entertainment as you’ve never seen it before.

“What an enthralling and engaging piece of theatre this is.” ***** (London Theatre 1 on 'Thlides')

“Haunting and and intense” **** (remotegoat on 'Of Nymphs and Men')

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 9:45pm
When the Wind Blows Brighton Little Theatre

With Donald's finger twitching on the nuclear button and Kim Jong Un flexing his ballistic muscles, who knows 'When the Wind Blows'? Raymond Briggs' darkly disturbing comedy follows Hilda and Jim Bloggs as they try to construct a nuclear fall-out shelter, armed only with a government pamphlet, a screwdriver, emergency rations and a protractor from their son's old school geometry kit. But will their makeshift shelter save them from the powers that be?

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
I Married An Alien Card Sharp Anton Binder Magic

I did the one-handed shuffle he’d shown me, which I’d spent a year practising. "In a poker game that’ll get you killed” he snarled, “you’re giving away the secret!”

I just did card tricks, but uncle Sidney, US airman, was a hustler.

“Magic isn’t about showing off. It’s about the effect you create, bending the laws of the universe. You don’t want them to think you have skills!”

Award-nominated performance artist Anton Binder returns to Brighton Fringe with his latest devised piece, a mix of drama and close-up illusion. Like Derren Brown directed by David Lynch.

This project is supported by a Brighton Lions bursary.

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

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.

8:00pm 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?'.

8:15pm to 9:15pm
Jake Baker: Work in Progress Jake Baker has a company now?

Up-and-coming comedian Jake Baker (twice nominated for the BBC New Comedy Award) brings his first solo hour to Brighton. Expect beguiling stories and big belly laughs as he examines success, failure, identity and pork pies.

"Definitely endearing" (Chortle)
"Imaginative and original" (The Scotsman)

8:20pm to 9:20pm
Daphna Baram: Sugarcoating Daphna Baram

A Middle Eastern Mary Poppins gets diabetes from her spoonful of sugar, becomes British, and negotiates with her body as insulin and Brexit go down. Just as Daphna Baram finally falls in love with her big magnificence, she's told she must indulge it less – or part with her toes. Just as she receives the coveted red EU passport, her new compatriots denounce Europe. The betrayal of the flesh and treachery of hope never seemed so bittersweet.

"Masterful" ***** (Bunbury Magazine)

"Wonderful and hilarious" **** (Broadway Baby)

"Illuminating, poignant" (The List)

8:30pm to 9:25pm
Bummer and Lazarus Big Egg Theatre

An absurd comedy that blends slapstick, nonsense, and existentialism. This is the tale of two inseparable friends, renowned killers, and the most welcome faces on the streets of California.

Bummer is an old and wise curmudgeon, a battle hero in his younger years. Lazarus is young and desperate, an empty brain ready to be filled. Under the careful tutelage of his best friend, Lazarus will learn everything; from physiology to ontology, fact to fiction, life to death. The pair are trapped, and are beginning to starve. If they don’t escape soon they will surely die. Also, they are both dogs.

Touch tours available on request, please email to book.

8:30pm to 9:30pm
Elf Lyons: Swan Dawn Sedgwick Management

The giraffe-limbed clown and raconteur is delighted to bring her Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated show to Brighton Fringe: a one woman production of 'Swan Lake'. In an hour. (Yes, really). Matthew Bourne would be proud. Think big. Think weird. It’s going to be fun. And sexy. Yeah, let’s throw that word in there too.

Graduate of L’Ecole Philippe Gaulier.

Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee for ‘Best Show’ 2017

BBC New Talent Hot List 2017

"Elf Lyons has more creativity in her first five minutes than half the other comics here have in their entire show" (Scotsman)

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 9:20pm
Stealth Aspies: Autistic People Speak Out Stealth Aspies

The Stealth Aspies Company - the world's first performance collective entirely run by autistic adults. Formed in 2016 by Paul Wady of the 'Guerilla Aspies' solo show (now in its fourth year of converting audiences).

Janine Booth (originator of the Labour party neurodiversity manifesto), Alain English, Sarah Saeed and Paul Wady read and personally reflect upon the stories of NeuroAtypical people.

Some just diagnosed. Some in the closet. All living lives where many around them have no idea of their true natures. Autistic people actually speaking. Will you listen to us?

8:45pm to 9:45pm
David Callaghan: Dead Man's Chest Share the Words Productions

Comedian David Callaghan brings his newest interactive technological comedy adventure. Bring your smartphones and stupid heads.

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

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Adam Hess Adam Hess

I have grown two inches this year and I have no idea why. I don't even really like doing stand-up. I'm just going around the country doing shows in the hope that a scientist will be in the audience and offer me an explanation. My doctor doesn't believe me, and fair enough tbh, but it's honestly true. This year I did stand-up on a TV show called 'Tonight at the Palladium'.

"For high quality gags per minute there is no better comedian" (The Independent)
"I've seen few shows that are funnier" (The Times)

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
Baba Brinkman's Rap Guide to Consciousness HDtouring Ltd

Fringe First winner and "peer-reviewed rapper" Baba Brinkman explores the scientific study of consciousness in his latest hip-hop comedy. Baba's brain consists of roughly 90 billion neurons with trillions of connections, and none of them has any clue that he exists. And yet those cells come together to produce a steady stream of ill rhymes, laughs, and mind-blowing scientific findings.

"Will make your brain buzz" (Evening Standard)

"Hilarious and touching - utterly unique" (Broadway Baby)

"Engaging and humorous - sends synapses racing" (The Reviews Hub)

9:00pm to 9:55pm
Mark Bittlestone: Pity Laughs StraightUp Productions

In 2014 Mark Bittlestone came out as gay, as if being an orphan wasn't funny enough!

Which is worse? Losing both your parents in awful circumstances or being gay? Sadly, Mark Bittlestone doesn't have the luxury of choice. Join gay orphan Mark Bittlestone for his debut hour of laughs based on a lifetime of horrible tears.

"The first true gem of the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe" ***** (Broadway Baby)

"You couldn’t help but laugh, no matter how guilty you felt for doing so" **** (Ed Fringe Review)

"Shockingly intimate, brilliantly crafted, whole-heartedly funny" ***** (The Tab)

9:00pm to 10:00pm
The Dress Rehearsal Felix and Sam

More camp than a row of pink tents! This on-screen/off-screen couple fight for the limelight as well as deciding who wears the trousers. Delve into the lives of this dazzling duo bringing you a show full of sparkling stupidity, music, comedy and costumes galore!

"A proper, classic cabaret show" (Buzz Magazine)

9:00pm to 10:10pm
Cat Loud: To the End of the World Cat Loud

It’s the eve of the apocalypse and Cat is making her way home.

Delivering cynical humour and slaying a killer set of songs from the likes of Nina Simone, Cat Power and Adele, Cat tries to make sense of how we ended up like this and set her world to rights, before it’s too late.

'To the End of the World' is a brand new satire about love, regret, resistance and the enduring search for community and belonging from a distinctive voice in hybrid gig-theatre performance, returning to Brighton Spiegeltent after runs of previous work at the Edinburgh Fringe and VAULT Festival.

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.

9:30pm 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).

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Arielle Souma: Souma Untitled Arielle Souma

The first solo show of the "ferociously funny" Arielle Souma! Finalist of prestigious competitions like the NATYS, SYTYF, Frog and Bucket's WorldSeries, Funny Women Awards. Arielle says it as it is, which makes her stories absolutely hilarious.

Don't be shy to laugh about relationships, sex, lemonade and, basically, the world going mad.

"Arielle Souma is just what the comedy industry needs" (Frankie Boyle)

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Bad Luck Cabaret Laurie Black

Laurie Black's back in town to taunt the gods of bad luck. Joined by a variety of performers including (but not limited to) burlesque, cabaret and music.

You're invited to a glitzy, glam and dangerous night out! Dress for the end of the world, or the beginning. Get ready to smash some mirrors. The best in alternative cabaret.

As seen at Adelaide Fringe (AU), Perth Fringe World (AU), Newcastle Fringe (AU) and Edinburgh Festival Fringe (UK)

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Finding Yourself Offside Most Curious Productions

Finding Yourself Offside is a play tackling the issues of coming out as gay from two different perspectives. There are two guys in seperate therapy, they do not know each other but both have very different issues with being open about their sexuality. One of them is a professional footballer, so coming out for him proves to be a whole different ball game (pun intended!).

"..really enjoyed the play! Funny, engrossing, thought provoking drama with great performances!.." Philippa Hammond - Sussex Playwrights

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
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

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
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.

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.