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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.

11:00am to 2:00pm
Sussex Food Tours Sussex Food Tours

This gourmet food tour takes you through the historical and cultural heart of Brighton. Fun and informative with all food, snacks, desserts and beverages (alcoholic and non), entertainment, sightseeing and guiding included in ticket price.

We will be running two different Brighton-themed food tours so please check our website for dates and more details:

- Vegetarian Brighton Tour
- Great Sussex/British Food Tour

11:00am to 5:00pm
Good Grief... Living with Loss Martlets hospice

The Good Grief event is for anyone who has ever experienced loss or for those who would simply like to understand more about grief.  

Open to everyone, the day is being held as part of Brighton Fringe to mark Dying Matters Week.  It is intended to bring the difficult subject of bereavement out into the community to encourage people to feel more comfortable with talking about it. 

Visitors will be able to meet with people from local support groups as well as counsellors and volunteers from the hospice's own bereavement service. 

12:00pm to 2:00pm
Middle Street Synagogue Open Days Middle Street Synagogue

This exquisitely sumptuous, Grade II* listed, sacred jewel is Brighton's second most important building after the Pavilion and its best kept secret. Designed by Thomas Lainson in 1874, it is now probably the most beautiful and one of the last remaining cathedral-synagogues in England.

Come along to discover and enjoy it during Brighton Fringe. We'll be open for tours and talks on Sunday afternoons and holding special, inclusive Wednesday lunchtime Jewish history and culture themed events. More details will be posted on the Facebook page Middle Street Synagogue from early spring.

12:15pm to 1:15pm
Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival Iris Prize

Iris Prize brings outstanding LGBT+ film from around the world to Brighton. The five programmes of short films on offer feature award-winners from the annual Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival, alongside moving depictions of queer intimacy, explorations of gender, and a timely selection of LGBT+ stories for young people. These diverse short films from twelve countries offer an honest window into modern queer life, representing the very best of current LGBT+ filmmaking.

The five programmes are: Intimacy; Gender & Family; Iris Prize – International; Iris Prize – Best British; Iris Prize – Youth.

2:00pm to 2:45pm
Bed Among the Lentils by Alan Bennett library theatre touring company

4 stars Bed Among The Lentils is one of Alan Bennett’s ‘Talking Heads’ monologues, and its power lies in Bennett’s ability to capture a series of voices within one speaker. For me, the most entertaining aspect of the play is Susan’s healthy disregard for her husband, Jeffrey, and his “fan club” - who pretend to be in love with God but are actually in love with him, their vicar. Read the full review.

Alan Bennett sealed his reputation as the master of observation with ‘Talking Heads’, his award-winning series of 12 monologues.

One of the best known of this series, 'Bed Among the Lentils' features Susan, a frustrated vicar's wife with a fondness for sherry, who distracts herself from her ambitious husband and his doting parishioners by conducting an affair with a local grocer, Ramesh Ramesh.

“Darkly comic, tragically poignant and wonderfully uplifting, the series is widely regarded as a modern classic“ (The Times).

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

Award-winning, 90 minute city tour. Perfect for visitors and residents alike. Discover secret tunnels, lost royal romances, Jack the Ripper's favourite pub and much more.

TripAdvisor 'Certificate of Excellence' award-winner 2016, 2017, 2018.
"Fascinating walking tour", "Excellent guide", "Terrific introduction to Brighton", "Interesting and fun tour" (TripAdvisor reviews)

2:10pm to 3:00pm
All Work, No Play Awk The Clown / Sweet Productions

4 stars Awk The Clown rushes onto the stage, and collapses - literally - behind an office desk. He’s late for work, it seems; he has a report to write, page after page of soul-destroying tedium, a harsh-ticking metronome reminding him of the deadline ahead. There should be more to life than this. There is more to life than this. And over the course of fifty speechless but playful minutes, Awk will do his very best to find it. Read the full review.

I saw this show as a work-in-progress at last year's Fringe, and though it was rough around the edges it held a lot of potential. Drawing on elements of clowning with a dash of physical theatre, the show evokes a burgeoning romance in a monotonous office; the scenario is recognisable and realistic, though the details are sometimes surreal. It was a confident performance with moments of both intensity and tenderness, and I'm hopeful this fully-developed version will realise the clear promise of the original.

We all have to work. Awk longs for a better life outside the shackles of mediocrity, but there’s something that keeps holding him back. Awk is on the clock, and he doesn’t have long until his time is up.

All Awk wants is to impress you and to be loved. He's quite happy if you laugh at him, not with him, as long as he gets the attention he desperately craves. So come and join Awk as he returns for a second year of Brighton Fringe adventures. He may even sing you a little song to say thank you!

3:00pm to 6:00pm
Sussex Food Tours Sussex Food Tours

This gourmet food tour takes you through the historical and cultural heart of Brighton. Fun and informative with all food, snacks, desserts and beverages (alcoholic and non), entertainment, sightseeing and guiding included in ticket price.

We will be running two different Brighton-themed food tours so please check our website for dates and more details:

- Vegetarian Brighton Tour
- Great Sussex/British Food Tour

3:25pm to 4:40pm
GROOMED Mankind & Ingenious Purpose

4 stars Groomed is the painfully honest telling of writer and performer Patrick Sandford’s abuse at the hands of David Moorby, one of his primary school teachers. It weaves a complex narrative from myth, historical anecdote and personal experience, to speak important truths about shame and the complexities of abuse. With added saxophone music. Read the full review.

Three times winner at Brighton Fringe 2016, 'GROOMED' is rebooted and back.

How can a truth be told? A betrayed schoolboy, a Japanese soldier and the inventor of the saxophone. Three extraordinary stories are brought together to show how, when a secret is spoken, it can save your life. This show’s emotional power has gripped audiences in Norway, UK and the USA. Intelligent and unmissable.

"One of the most moving pieces I have ever seen. I left the theatre educated and entertained – a most rare experience..." (Sandi Toksvig)
***** Broadway Baby
**** The Guardian
**** Financial Times

3:30pm to 4:30pm
Attendance Mandatory Hubert Mayr & Martin Durchov

A Bulgarian and an Austrian walk into a Fringe Festival. Would you like to hear the punchline to this? Join Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year finalists Martin Durchov and Hubert Mayr for their debut hour of comedy. That's an order since, much like an appointment with the Home Office, attendance is mandatory.

Finalist - Leicester Square New Comedian of The Year 2018.
Semi-/Finalist - So You Think You're Funny? 2018.
Winner - The Blackout @ Up The Creek Comedy Club.
"Hilarious. Easily the funniest Bulgarian." (Luke Toulson).
"Plenty of black humour." (Chortle).

3:30pm to 4:30pm
Crime Scene Illusion Tracy Wise

4 stars Tracy Wise doesn’t match the stereotype of a showy stage magician. As she strides out of the wings in a no-nonsense trouser suit, she’s every inch the DI from a hard-boiled crime thriller; and of course, that’s exactly the persona she’s aiming to convey. Crime Scene Illusion is a clever genre mash-up, which combines well-executed magic tricks with a satisfying detective back-story, in an impressive hour of crime-themed chicanery. Read the full review.

A unique and innovative performance combining the worlds of forensic investigation, psychological magic, and storytelling. Interactive, engaging, and entertaining.

Join the Crime Scene Illusionist, Tracy Wise, as she guides you on a journey through a world where magic can be murder!

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Trash Test Dummies Dummies Corp.

Best Children's Presentation winners at Adelaide Fringe 2016 and 2015, and runners-up for Children's Choice Award 2016, the Trash Test Dummies are as full of laughs as their bins are full of surprises. "Delightfully intelligent, highly entertaining" ****½ (Herald Sun).

With sell-out seasons and rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe, this side-splitting slapstick routine takes household wheelie bins to new heights, and delivers a dump-truck full of hilarity! "Circus show perfect for families" ***** (Edinburgh For Kids).

4:30pm to 6:00pm
Aquarium History Tour: Sea Life Brighton Jackie Marsh-Hobbs

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

4:30pm to 5:30pm
Blue Planet III Bright Buoy Productions

Two idiots at the BBC are making another Blue Planet, but how do you know what a fish is if you've never left your office? Put on your polar ice caps and climb aboard an adventure to save the oceans! Featuring swashbuckling swordfish, hammerhead and spannerhead sharks, wailing whales and nasty things that lurk at the bottom of the sea, in this children’s comedy show by the “hugely talented” (Chortle) Luke Rollason and the “hilarious” (The List) Christian Brighty.

“David Attenborough meets clowning” (Broadway Baby).
"Take the kids, take the parents, you will all have a laugh" (The Scotsman).

4:30pm to 5:30pm
Mating In Captivity Flo Taylor Productions

It's Annie and Rob's wedding night but Jacob, Rob's ex, needs a place to crash. After a drunken, post-wedding-ceremony phone call, and despite Annie’s pleas for privacy, Jacob manages to wrangle a night at Rob's place where he assumes he won't be doing much sleeping. How much can happen in a single night as trust is lost and gained, corners are fought and skeletons are dragged kicking and screaming from closets? Mating in Captivity is a fast and frenetic screwball comedy that asks: how much can you really know about yourself if you've never tried butt stuff?

4:45pm to 5:45pm
Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival Iris Prize

Iris Prize brings outstanding LGBT+ film from around the world to Brighton. The five programmes of short films on offer feature award-winners from the annual Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival, alongside moving depictions of queer intimacy, explorations of gender, and a timely selection of LGBT+ stories for young people. These diverse short films from twelve countries offer an honest window into modern queer life, representing the very best of current LGBT+ filmmaking.

The five programmes are: Intimacy; Gender & Family; Iris Prize – International; Iris Prize – Best British; Iris Prize – Youth.

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Pena's 'Unconventional' Gig United Collaboration Project

Alutepena Hughes-John (Pena) is a singer/songwriter that shares her songs about different aspects of her life. Pena's songs range from energetic and quirky, to lamentful and thought-provoking. Accompanied by her ukulele, a female George Formby she isn't, her voice incorporates a mixture of Nene Lovich, Bjork, with a tiny bit of Toyah and Skunk Anansie.

With a mixture of live music, antidote and video, this one woman show will be her first time for this Brighton Fringe 'Virgin'. Audience participation welcome!

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Bloody Mary: In Service to the True God BCB Productions

2 stars As the audience file in for Bloody Mary, we are presented with a woman in 16th century regal finery, reading a modern newspaper and standing before a banner of recent headlines about Brexit. It’s an arresting and intriguing opening image, presenting the play’s central premise that little has changed in Britain over the intervening 500 years. Read the full review.

Rape, beheadings, burnings, and religious persecution run rife. Speeches made by the Conservative government weave through a text that explores damnation and salvation through the eyes of Mary Tudor. ‘Wolf Hall’ meets ‘Talking Heads’.

"Byrnes cleverly weaves into this character from long ago a thread of authoritarianism, received patriarchal certainty, and quasi-religious soundbiting, which has its analogue in much of contemporary politics" (The Scotsman)

"Bernie C. Byrnes’ clever script provided parallels with more recent characters in British history... right up-to-date" (Pauper’s Press)

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Adam Flood and Blake AJ: Joke Boys Joke Boys

Stand-up comics Blake AJ and Adam Flood unpack the funnies in an hour-long show split between them. One has an afro, the other is a cheeky Northerner, but they both have a zest for jest, a thirst for mirth, and a brand new subscription to a thesaurus app.

"Quirky, charming and breathtakingly funny” (Scott Capurro, Perrier Award Winner).

“Infectiously funny” (Oxford Comedy Festival).

Amused Moose New Comic Semi-Finalist 2018, Laughing Horse New Act Semi-Finalist 2018, South East New Comedian Finalist 2018.

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

Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences for 30 years with the art, magic, science of bubbles. An Edinburgh Fringe favourite, he sells out every year. Louis explores the dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy, artistry, audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep all ages mesmerised. From square bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, volcanoes, tornados and trampolines to people in bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all.

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Oestrojen Jen Ives

Jen is a transsexual, but she’s flipping well sick of talking about it. In her debut stand up hour, Jen tries not to talk about it for about 60 minutes.

'Laughing Horse 2018 Runner Up.' 'Leicester Square New Comedian Quarter Finalist 2018.' 'Funny Women Semi Finalist 2017.'

“She’s easy-going and gregarious with a touch of self-deprecation that adds to her confidence rather than detracts from it... witty gags. Great company...” (Steve Bennett, Chortle)

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Mozzz! Brighton Theatre

A highly topical, 5* tour-de-force from Festival Best Production Award Winners, director/designer Faynia Williams and actor/playwright Richard Crane.

A one-day-old male mosquito looks forward to joining the mile-high club. He invites you to donate a sip of your blood to nurture his children. But there's a war on and the most dangerous species on earth is dying by the million. Can science stop the carnage? Whose side is our Mozzz on? Brighton's most exciting theatre company returns home after international work across the arts/science divide.

5:10pm to 6:10pm
The Golden Child William Desmond

William Desmond has always considered himself 'The Golden Child'. If you tell yourself you can ride a horse, or down a pint while juggling 5 balls, or play the piano blindfolded then it must be true, right? Will can do all these things.

Will has always been the person that wanted to be the best at everything. Join the newest golden child of comedy cabaret, for an hour of musical theatre, original songs, and other mediocre performances.

As a jack of all trades, but master of none, Will explains why being good at everything often isn’t the answer.

5:40pm to 6:35pm
One More Cup of Coffee, and Then We'll Save the World Majk Stokes

Majk Stokes is a singer-songwriter, poet, environmentalist, Quaker and self-confessed caffeine-addict. His show combines two of his biggest passions, coffee and the environment, taking in everything from relationships and root vegetables to science fiction and superheroes. His style is perhaps best described as a blend of Tom Lehrer, Bob Dylan, Bill Bailey and Billy Bragg - but without quite so many B's. Small prizes will be available for people who can share ideas and stories about how they're helping to save the world.

“A very versatile and individual songwriter” (Stagewhispers, Australia).

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Bitesize Chekhov Animate

Three one-act plays performed within one hour - this is Chekhov as you have never seen him before! Animate presents some of the writer’s lesser-known works to a 21st century audience.

'The Dangers Of Tobacco’ - a man's fragile self-esteem is unpicked whilst giving a public lecture.
'The Proposal' - a hypochondriac attempts to woo a less than appealing maiden.
‘Swan Song’ - the tragic tale of an ageing actor as he comes to terms with the end of his career, and indeed, life.

“Absolutely entrancing... funny, engaging, poignant and utterly delightful” ***** (One4Review)

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Divinely Bette: Bette-er Than Ever Another Laurel Production

Divinely Bette is coming back with a brand new show!

With a whole new set list of the classic Bette variety (including 'From a Distance', 'Under The Boardwalk', and more!) as well as jokes and banter from the Divine Miss M herself, Divinely Bette will delight and titillate!

Star of stage, screen, cabaret, comedy, and anything else she tries her hand at, The Divine Miss M entertains all audiences. So will this show!

"A great night out" (West End Wilma)
“Undeniably fun” (Broadway Baby)

6:15pm to 7:10pm
Showmanship BoonDog Theatre

“People will pay to believe that anything is possible”

1935. Dust Bowl America. As the worst recorded dust storm in history is about to hit, a tinpot circus rolls into town. Fortune-teller Myra Collins is plying her trade, for there is trade to be done. People are desperate for the smallest sign of hope. But these are desperate times, and hope comes at a price. A darkly funny psychological thriller, laced with poignancy and devilry, by multi award-winning BoonDog.

“A masterclass” **** (Edinburgh Guide)
“Sassy, thoughtful and darkly witty” **** (The List)
“Tour-de-force” **** (Broadway Baby)

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Andy Field's Funeral CKP and InterTalent Group Present

“Completely brilliant” ***** (Voice Mag)

“For an hour of hilarious escapism, look no further” **** (Edinburgh Festivals)

“Stellar puns, great one liners” **** (Fest Mag)

“A great show for an escape to the surreal, and laughing without always knowing or caring quite why” **** (The Skinny)

Creator and star of The Andy Field Experience podcast for BBC Radio 1

Chortle Student Comedy Award Winner
BBC New Comedy Award Finalist
Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of The Year Finalist

As seen/heard on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 4, Comedy Central and ITV2

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Dragprov Revue Tight Five Comedy

We didn't manage to catch this one ourselves on its Edinburgh run last year, but the word on the street was good. This gender-switched double act - a man playing a woman and a woman playing a man - tell the fictionalised story of their lives through speech and song, with the added twist of improvised segments based on audience suggestions. Reviews highlighted the chemistry between the pair, the excellent musicality, and the sharp (and sometimes dark) wit.

Christian Adore and Eaton Messe are the drag double act of Francesca Forristal and Ed Scrivens. Using your suggestions, this lovable soft-boy and sassy queen will create dazzling songs, sketches and raps. RuPaul's glamour meets 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' style improv comedy. With smash-hit shows from the Edinburgh Fringe, serving you wit as sharp as their contours, jinks as high as their brows, memories that will stick with you longer than last night's glitter, we present 'Dragprov Revue'.

6:30pm to 7:30pm
The Secret Comedy Club: Fringe Comedy Hub Artista

We have over 80 professional comedy acts who applied to Artista Cafe & Gallery. This will be a Fringe Comedy Hub run by The Secret Comedy Club. We will have comedy on 6 days per week from 5pm until 11pm daily (3pm start on weekends). Check our website for full listings and tickets for these full Brighton Fringe shows.
Here are just some of the many acts that will be doing their 1 hour shows with us (in no particular order):
Steve Bugeja
Stephen Carlin
Sara Barron
Radu Isac
Adele Cliff
Al Lubel
Daphna Baram
Sanj Surati
Daniel Muggleton
Gary Tro
John Pendal
Ali Woods
Katie Pritchard

6:30pm to 7:15pm
We Apologise for the Inconvenience Room 5064 Productions

3 stars The show opens with an entertaining introduction by The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, with graphics and voiceover in the style of the 1980s TV show. It explains that Douglas Adams has been imprisoned in a hotel room by his agent, not to be released until he has completed his fourth book. The video clip contains multiple in-jokes and references that will be pleasing to Adams aficionados. Read the full review.

It’s 1984 and the author of 'The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy', Douglas Adams, is in trouble. Famously bad with deadlines, Adams has been sequestered away in a London hotel by his publisher to finish his new book, which is already months late. But with a whole universe of distractions – including a talking plastic duck who seems to know a worrying amount about him – finishing the book seems infinitely improbable...

"What fun! Excellent writing, very much in Douglas’s vein, and very convincingly reconstructing his thought processes" (Simon Jones - Arthur Dent)

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Patrick Spicer: Now I've Seen Anything (Work in Progress) Patrick Spicer

Patrick Spicer delivers a work in progress of his first solo show to Brighton fringe. In doing so, he temporarily gains the approval of himself. Expect 45 minutes of offbeat stand-up from a confident new comedic voice, presenting a mixture of anecdotes, silliness, and thinly veiled requests to be liked.

In the last year Patrick has been nominated for the prestigious 'Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year', performed in comedy clubs and festivals across the UK and written and starred in online comedy for the BBC.

"Gloriously, wonderfully silly" (Angel Comedy).

6:30pm to 9:30pm
A Silver Jewellery Workshop Silver & Sage

The workshop is a fun tutor guided experience to create a personalised piece of real silver jewellery to take away with you that day - made entirely by you and gift box and silver chain included.

Refreshments:
Tea, coffee, drinks and a selection of snacks are available from the bar, as the workshop is held in a studio above the pub The Round Georges Brighton. Prior booking is essential, for more information and images please visit: www.silverandsage.co.uk.

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Good Grief Swallows Theatre

A summer's day at the Lido, an event not to be spoken of. Can the pieces of a fractured family be put back together? When Sam invites his mother and sister to share a meal, their memories may not be what he expects.

Humour and poignant drama combine in this play by award-winning author Edwin Preece (International Playwriting Festival, Cornwall One-Act Play Competition), which was performed to acclaim at Steyning Festival 2018.

Awarded a Brighton Lions Bursary for 2019, Swallows Theatre were runners-up in the Audience Choice Award on their last visit to Brighton Fringe in 2015.

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Stand-up with Janine Harouni (Please Remain Seated) Junkyard Dogs

Winner of the 2018 Laughing Horse New Act of the Year, Janine Harouni brings you a hilarious hour of stand-up comedy about standing up for what you believe in, even if you have to do it really, really nicely.

Seen and heard on BBC Three, Comic Relief, Comedy Central and BBC Radio 4.

"The 2018 Laughing Horse title is in a safe, and funny, pair of hands." (Steve Bennett, Chortle).
**** (Evening Standard).
**** (Skinny).

6:35pm to 7:30pm
EUAN ChewBoy Productions

We've lost Euan. Euan's gone. No one can know that Euan's gone cus we're sposed to be looking after Euan. And if the boss finds out then she ain't gonna be happy. So we gotta find Euan. Which is all fine, if anyone actually knew what Euan was...

“Downright bewildering, but also bloody brilliant. Most companies don’t have the courage to introduce themselves with something as quirky as this” (viewsfromthegods).

ChewBoy Productions’ five-star, madcap play is back, delving deep into what we'd do to save our own skins in the most bizarre situations.

#WhereIsEuan

7:00pm to 11:00pm
Joke Week Heritage Portfolio

West Beach Bar & Kitchen at the BAi360 are proud to partner Joke Club Ltd to bring a week of comedy to Brighton Fringe. Kicking off on Saturday 18 May and closing on Friday 24 May, with doors opening at 7pm each evening. Our evenings will be packed full of stand-up comedy with some well-known headline acts as well as introducing some new faces to our city's incredible Fringe.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
10 Things I Hate About Taming of the Shrew Gillian English

'10 Things I Hate About Taming of the Shrew' will take you back to the good old days, when we worried about Y2K, wore butterfly clips in our hair and became total babes the minute we took off our glasses. And the even older days where we worried about the plague, wore massive wigs, and women weren't allowed to be on stage anyway.

***** (The Age).

7:00pm to 8:00pm
A Long Way Down Dogma Theatre Company

Eva and Billie found each other; searching for someone to commit suicide with. Complete strangers, they travel away together with nothing but a pack of cards and the clothes they are wearing. Join them in their tent as they spend their last night on Earth together, beginning to appreciate the beauty of nature and of each other's company. Might there be something to live for after all?

Directed by Brendan Lucia and devised by the Company, A Long Way Down is a dark comedy which tackles head on the controversial subject of double suicide.

7:00pm to 9:00pm
Alpha St Peter's Brighton

Alpha is for anyone who's curious. This interactive film series is designed to explore questions of life, faith and meaning. No question is out of bounds.

Each of the sessions include food, live music, a film and discussion.

#TryAlpha

7:00pm to 8:30pm
Paradise Rocks The Devil's Party Theatre Co.

I know no more about this one than I've read on their website, but it's out-there enough to earn a Bold Choice for its concept alone. It's Milton's Paradise Lost re-located to 1960's Hawaii, and re-imagined as a rock musical; the story of humankind's first temptation is mirrored in the loss of the American Dream. It could go either way, but a video on YouTube confirms they know how to rock and have some catchy original tunes. Worth a punt on what's otherwise a pretty quiet Tuesday.

Succumb to sweet temptation in this spectacular re-imagining of John Milton's seventeenth century epic poem as an all-singing, all-dancing, Elvis-in-Hawaii musical. Travel with Danny Morningstar and his band of high school hellcats to tropical Club Eden where holiday camp heir Adam and his innocent sweetheart Eve are spending their first summer together. What unruly passions will the spark of Rock'n'Roll awaken in Paradise? Audiences are calling this new musical from Simon Indelicate ('Book of Job: the Musical', 'The Indelicates'), a slicked-back monster of a show and wonderfully entertaining.

Audience members are permitted to bring their own alcohol to the venue at no extra cost.

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

Those dazzling divas are back, coming of age and celebrating 21 years with 'The Greatest Show Girls Tour'! The entertainment soars from start to finish with infectious, showstopping performances that'll bring you to your feet time and time again. The glamour of Hollywood and the glitz of Vegas in a mesmerising spectacle fulfilling dreams for everyone. A chance to luxuriate in a vibrant, euphoric bubble of laughter, beauty, splendour and music. A complete celebration of individuality and pride in saying “This is Me”, undeniably you’ll agree that the lady boys are the greatest showgirls!

7:00pm to 8:00pm
The Geminus Blue Devil Productions Ltd

3 stars In the dying days of the Victorian age, British ship the Geminus lies becalmed in some far-off sea. Alone on the deck, the captain hears a splash; a half-drowned man climbs aboard. He’s escaped from another vessel anchored nearby, where he’d been imprisoned for killing a sailor for insubordination during a storm. The captain recognises a kindred spirit and - notwithstanding the man’s apparent crimes - hides him within his own cabin until he can safely put him ashore. Read the full review.

A vivid and compelling voyage of self-discovery through perilous, exotic waters. Joseph Conrad’s 'The Secret Sharer' is retold as a dark romance. Young Captain George Hotson is feeling the intense strain and the isolation of his new command. But he’s about to find solace in an encounter with a fugitive called Leggatt - a handsome and enigmatic stranger with blood on his hands.

An exciting new play from the critically acclaimed Blue Devil Productions.
Written and Directed by Ross Dinwiddy. Produced by Rich Bright.
Starring John Black, Rick Yale, Ben Baeza, Robert Cohen and Christine Kempell

7:00pm to 7:45pm
Bed Among the Lentils by Alan Bennett library theatre touring company

4 stars Bed Among The Lentils is one of Alan Bennett’s ‘Talking Heads’ monologues, and its power lies in Bennett’s ability to capture a series of voices within one speaker. For me, the most entertaining aspect of the play is Susan’s healthy disregard for her husband, Jeffrey, and his “fan club” - who pretend to be in love with God but are actually in love with him, their vicar. Read the full review.

Alan Bennett sealed his reputation as the master of observation with ‘Talking Heads’, his award-winning series of 12 monologues.

One of the best known of this series, 'Bed Among the Lentils' features Susan, a frustrated vicar's wife with a fondness for sherry, who distracts herself from her ambitious husband and his doting parishioners by conducting an affair with a local grocer, Ramesh Ramesh.

“Darkly comic, tragically poignant and wonderfully uplifting, the series is widely regarded as a modern classic“ (The Times).

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Railed Head First Acrobats

From the creators of the smash hit 'Elixir' (winner of Best Circus and physical theatre award at Adelaide Fringe 2018).

Welcome to 'Railed', a western-themed circus spectacular, combining the trademark physical talents, finely chiselled bodies and hilarious comic timing of the Head First Acrobats.

Prepare yourself for when bare chested circus meets bare knuckle bar fights. A racy, heart-stopping display of the finest acrobatics by the most ridiculous storytellers in the circus.

Leave your expectations at home, come to the wrong side of the tracks, and let the HFA boys steal your hearts.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Izzy Mant: Polite Club (Work in Progress) Izzy Mant

TV comedy producer Izzy (Peep Show, Toast of London, Harry & Paul) has been pathologically tactful all her life. But tonight, that changes... Come help Izzy conquer her politeness addiction, and reclaim RUDE.

If you’ve ever smiled through a car-crash date, apologised for your boss’s mistakes, or gone to a sex party just out of good manners, join the club. Izzy’s run away from conflict and crashed headlong into mistaken identity, public disgrace and the Zimbabwean ambassador.

The first rule of Polite Club is: You do not talk about Polite Club. Unless someone asks you nicely. Not for Review

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Amadeus Martin: A History of Pet Hates A Boy From Clapham

Amadeus Martin has arrived home to find his pet dog, Pluto, on the table with his memory stick containing the new material for his Brighton Fringe show in its mouth, chewed up. The dog is staring at Amadeus. Amadeus has two choices; get the dog or write another show. Amadeus could not reach Pluto, now under the sofa, so had to write this show, a list of his ‘pet hates’; starting with Pluto.

With his ferocious, dark humour award-winning comedian Amadeus Martin delivers a sharp-witted take on things he hates including banning sugar in food and emergency texts.

7:15pm to 8:00pm
Dream of a King Resistance Theatre Company Ltd

4 stars Martin Luther King is an acknowledged giant, who received the Nobel Peace Prize for his extraordinary leadership of the civil rights movement in America. The play is set on the night of his assassination in a Tennessee hotel room on 4 April 1968. Read the full review.

4 April 1968. Four years after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for his dynamic leadership of the Civil Rights movement, Martin Luther King was assassinated.
Set on the night of his shooting in a Tennessee motel room, this new solo play explores the extraordinary man behind the legend.
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy" Martin Luther King, Jr.
Written and performed by Christopher Tajah. Directed by Bernie C.Byrnes.

OFFIES NOMINATION: Best Male Performance in a play.

7:30pm to 8:25pm
Dead Happy? Yama Theatre Productions

Meet mild-mannered Francis Putlock: funeral director, raconteur, guru? He has seen many things, and done worse, but is he alive or dead? Are we slaves to past actions, or do they make us stronger? Simon Lovat’s surprising and poignant 2013 solo show returns to Brighton Fringe. Once again, death is on the menu. Are you hungry?

“A brilliant creation” **** (Fringe Guru)

Praise for Lovat’s acting:
“A masterclass in character development” (FringeReview)
“The acting is physical and astounding” (Source)

7:30pm to 8:45pm
Ghost Walk of the Lanes Ghost Walk of the Lanes

'Ghost Walk of the Lanes' is a 75 minute tour of Brighton's oldest and most haunted quarter where hardly a street or lane does not have a spectral connection. Join Silas, Jasper or Ebenezer, all suitably dressed in full Victorian attire, and hear tales of hideous apparitions, poltergeists, gruesome murders and wandering spirits.

Tours also embrace much of the history of The Lanes. Stories are all based on long-established accounts of hauntings but are delivered with a good deal of comic respite.

7:30pm to 9:30pm
A Steady Rain Far-Kit Promotions.com

"What Is True Friendship???"

This gritty, witty piece explores complex relationships formed on the tough streets of Chicago. With biting dialogue and a rainbow of emotions, we journey with the two friends and a host of other characters on a fateful journey of love and life.

'A Steady Rain' by Keith Huff
Arts Council multiple-award-winning production

7:30pm to 8:30pm
As a Tiger in the Jungle Cirkus Xanti/Ali Williams productions

Three performers from Nepal ask questions about life, love, poverty and greed. Using spoken word, movement, circus and ceremony, they tell the story of how, against all odds, they survived childhood and created their own destiny. An inspiring, authentic, raw and heart-warming performance about life and circus, entertainment and reflection.

Produced through an international partnership between Artistic Directors from nofitstate (Wales) and Cirkus Xanti (Norway).

"As a Tiger in the Jungle is a brave, sad, and beautifully staged production that shines with an inner fire" (Circus Diaries)

Supported by the Brighton Fringe South East Dance Bursary.

Information about the show for visually impaired can be heard<b> <a href="https://asatiger.com">here</a> </b>

7:30pm to 8:20pm
George Contingency Theatre

George has been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet with the mysterious J. He says goodbye to his mother, packs his bag, gets a haircut and sets off for the big city. This surrealist, pitch-black piece of physical theatre is an insight into the ways the millennial generation deals with the side effects of ambition. We are more comfortable, yet more insecure than we’ve ever been. As George leaves his home and makes his way through the city, Contingency Theatre’s visually stunning choreography and live music transports the audience into a dystopia that feels all too familiar...

7:30pm to 8:20pm
Milo McCabe as Troy Hawke in 'Troy Hawke - 1001 Moments with Troy Hawke 2' Troy Hawke

The nation’s favourite 1930’s throwback comedian Troy Hawke returns for another wonderful hour of observations, scrabble based conspiracy and authentic emotion (the real thing this time). As seen on ITV's Benidorm, BBC3's Live at the Electric and C5's Blue Go Mad in Ibiza.

British Fringe Guide Top Recommended Shows of 2017, 2018.
***** "Character comedy that is near perfection" (New Current).
***** "Comic genius" (Scotsgay).
**** "Spectacular character... razor sharp wit laced with a touch of the surreal" (Fest).
**** "Undeniably funny" (Chortle).

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Alice-India: WIP, or, War and Peace Alice-India

Dropped on the wrong planet in 1994, Alice-India dissects the crisis that took over her life by letting it run riot in public. Alice invites the audience to join her on a journey of open vein and anarchic whimsy. This is Alice-India's first solo stand-up show.

Alice-India is a Funny Women One to Watch and LST New Comedian of the Year quarter-finalist 2018.
"Bold, dominant and subversive" (Objectively Funny)

Having shared stages with Sara Pascoe, Jack Whitehall, Hal Cruttenden and Darren Harriott, Alice is a refreshing and wild new talent on the scene.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams Bibi and Bichu Ltd

Circus Abyssinia was a hot ticket at the Edinburgh Fringe a couple of years ago, and has a clutch of four- and five-star reviews to show off from its international tour since then. The show's narrative is built around two Ethiopian boys who dream of becoming jugglers - mirroring the inspiring real-life tale of the troupe's two founders. But it's the energy and physicality of the performance which reviews highlight most, with acrobatics, aerial work and clowning among the highlights.

Circus Abyssinia weaves the dreams of its cast through heart-stopping feats of acrobatic daring. Inspired by real-life jugglers Bibi and Bichu, the show tells the tale of two young Ethiopian brothers who dreamed of the circus in a country without one. When the boys make a wish upon the moon they are joined by a host of high-flying figures - some enchanting, others menacing, but all of them circus ‘dreamers’, who together awaken an incredible new Ethiopian tradition.

"Sensational entertainment" **** (The Times)
"One of the best acts ever seen... fun for all the family" ***** (Mail on Sunday)

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Jack Cherry and Friends from the Fruit Bowl Jack Cherry

'Jack Cherry and Friends from the Fruit Bowl' is a romp of bizarre happenings that explore the completely fabricated lives of the colourful and controversial. In a series of absurdist and satirical monologues tied together with music and 'interpretative dance' this show takes you on a journey from talking pineapples to the biblical and back.

7:40pm to 8:40pm
Anti-Depressed? Happenings Theatre Company and Pop Heart Productions

Happenings Theatre Company and 5 times sell-out Pop Heart Productions present the world premiere of their new collaboration. ARE YOU OK? Mindfulness app or drunk every weekend? Fuck the pain away or yoga getaway? Medicate or meditate? An unfiltered look at the vicious cycle of being human. Poignant and so darkly funny it hurts. This immersive session IS IN PROGRESS.

Winner: Pebble Trust Award (Brighton Fringe, 2017)

Praise for previous work, Blue Sky Thinking:
"Excellent, honest and hilarious" ***** (Broadway Baby)

7:45pm to 9:45pm
Hysteria by Terry Johnson New Venture Theatre

Sigmund Freud meets Salvador Dali, and the result is comedy chaos. The serious world of real life and death, the world of art, science and the human mind is swept up in the crazy world of theatrical farce. Terry Johnson’s brilliant creation achieves a rare balancing act. Alarming subjects and events are filtered through high-jinks comedy entertainment. It’s a play that’s always sparkling and witty, often descending into low farce, but somehow it is also thought-provoking and deeply touching. A modern classic and a great experience. It makes you laugh, think and feel, often at the same time.

7:45pm to 8:45pm
The Scrapyard Sessions Otherplace Productions Ltd

The fringe of the Fringe, full of wonder and whimsy. Drop into The Scrapyard at The Warren and find a hidden gem. Featuring spoken word, comedy, music and cabaret; remarkable performers presenting storytelling and comedy in all its forms.

7:50pm to 8:50pm
He Shot, He Scored Off the Fence Theatre Company CIC

It’s the mid-1970s, Alan Mullery is the new manager of Brighton & Hove Albion after another failed promotion attempt. Twenty year-old Peter Ward breaks the Albion’s goalscoring record, earning his place in the hearts and history of the club; Wardie Wonderland is still sung on the terraces when Brighton answer Sussex’s call.

Using humour and pathos, this new one-man play tells the story of four supporters as they follow their beloved Seagulls through the momentous season of 1976/77. Laugh out loud and cry into your football scarf. A show for anyone who’s ever followed a team, and their dreams.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Witch-Hunt A&E Comedy

The hell-broth’s boiling and bubbling! Get your coven ready, it’s time to hunt! We’ll be conjuring up weird sisters, over-familiars, DIY enchantments and 'the best' predators in this surreal, hilariously dark and twisted tale.

Directed by Cal McCrystal.

Winner: Best show, Brighton Fringe 2017.

Top pick, Guardian, Edinburgh Fringe 2018 (Enter the Dragons).

***** (Funny Women)
*****(ThreeWeeks)
*****(Broadway Baby)
*****(The Skinny)

"Totally unapologetic, brilliantly outrageous. A flawless show" (Three Weeks)

“Uproariously funny and unexpectedly uplifting " (Funny Women)

8:00pm to 8:45pm
Louise Atkinson: Sounds Good, Looks a Mess (Work in Progress) Louise Atkinson

Amused Moose National New Comic finalist and So You Think You're Funny? semi-finalist 2018 comes to Brighton. "A strong flavour of Victoria Wood" (Bruce Dessau), "Can certainly breathe life into her story, with a keen eye for detail" (Steve Bennett). This year, Louise aims to talk about how to be able to be allowed to perform at a very prestigious gig, she must adjust her appearance. Having the same level of knowledge on fashion as Janet Krankie, Louise asks her friends to assist her in this quest, to very little success.

8:00pm to 10:30pm
Brighton's Big Fat Literary Olympics Bovine Cemetery

Know your Austen from your Auster? Or couldn't spot a novel from a shovel? You're both welcome. This is a literary pub quiz with a mighty difference. Prepare for Chaucerian challenges, Twain-tastic team tasks and more Poe-propelled punnery than you can shake a spear at. Bring a team of 2-5 and come get your quill on for £3 a head. Expect prizes. Expect surprises.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Man in the Blue Box Matthew Edwards

It is the year 2030 and our hero encounters a crack in the fabric of space and time. Faced with one of the toughest decisions in his life, does he go back to a traumatic and devastating past life, or does he dive into a future that could be fabricated? Stay tuned as our hero comes face-to-face with the scariest thing in the whole universe... death!

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Simone Belshaw: Goblin and Fiends Simone Belshaw

'Goblin and Fiends' is a work in progress piece from South Coast New Comedian finalist, and Funny Women Awards Regional Finalist Simone Belshaw. Simone brings her unique brand of silly surreal comedy to explore themes of idiocy, social failures and woodland creatures all with a delightful undertone of cynicism and mirth.

Think of a troll, but you know, classier.

Each night will also include a very special guest/fiend comic, local to Brighton, doing something new and possibly stupid.

"Hugely watchable" (Voice Mag).
"Brilliantly offbeat" (Funny Women).

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Mocking Birds Fat Kat Comedy

Join Fatiha El-Ghorri (2017 Funny Women Awards Regional Finalist, 2017 Max Turner Finalist) and Katherine Atkinson (2017 Funny Women Awards Regional Finalist) for an hour of stand up as Fatiha smashes Muslim stereotypes and challenges you to re-think what you think you know about Islam and Muslims, and Katherine offers up an acerbic, sideways view of motherhood... if she can be bothered "A comedian so deadpan she makes Jack Dee look like Timmy Mallett” (Steve Bennett, Chortle).

"Fatiha delivers cracking lines with a wicked glint in her eye, one of the funnest acts on the scene" (Funny Women)

8:00pm to 8:50pm
Guy Wah: Triggered Guy Wah

In a world where people lose their shit over everything from politics to pineapple on pizza, Guy wonders if we’ve lost track of what makes us human. Come and join him on his race to the bottom. Suitable for social justice wankers and gammon-faced shitweasels alike.

8:20pm to 9:20pm
Bitch and Nerd Emily Woods & Elie Kraft

One is a bitch. The other is a nerd.

Join Emily Woods (as seen on Shaw TV) and Elie Kraft (Chortle Student Comedy Award finalist) for an hour of jokes about family, being ugly, and dildos.

Emily has spent the last two years between Canada and England, and has established herself as a stellar new comedian quickly rising up in both scenes. Elie brings a keen eye for observation, filled with self-deprecating charm, and "cuts an intriguing low-status persona" (Chortle).

8:30pm to 9:30pm
George Egg: Movable Feast (Work in Progress) Badge Farm Foundation

More invention. More instruction. More ingredients. George Egg (The Anarchist Cook) returns with a brand new show of culinary innovation, absurd comedy and a bit of chaos. Total sell-outs for the last four years at both Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe. As heard on BBC Radio 4's 'Loose Ends' and seen on Channel 4's 'An Extra Slice'.

"A hilarious show with surprisingly good food" (The Times).
"Brilliantly funny" (The Observer, Jay Rayner).

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
Ross & Rachel Pretty Villain Productions Ltd

4 stars This isn’t the play I expected it to be, from the cutesy Friends-inspired title and the hint of romance in the storyline. I should have read the blurb more carefully: they bill it as “dark and uncompromising”, and they’re certainly not wrong. I won’t give away exactly what happens, but I can safely reveal that the story takes a startling turn - and that we’re soon in for a disquieting tale of possessiveness and false-heartedness, set against a backdrop of escalating tragedy. Read the full review.

What happens when two friends who were always meant to be together, get and stay together? No one told them life was gonna be this way. “Look at all those couples out there. Which one will leave. Which one is cheating on the other ?” This is the one that rubbishes the very idea of 'the one'. A dark, uncompromising play about the myths of modern love.

Featuring Joanna Rosenfeld
Directed by Sam Chittenden
Pretty Villain are Brighton Fringe Award Winners 2014, 2015, 2106 and 2018

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Gareth Cooper: Comedy Songs Gareth Cooper

Award-winning musical comedian and West End song-writer, Gareth Cooper, rocks up to Brighton Fringe with an hour of his annoyingly catchy songs. That are also really funny.

Praise for Gareth's previous work:
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????? British Comedy Guide - "I left grinning from ear to ear"
????? Broadway Baby - "Bloody marvellous"
???? The List - "Silly songs [that] will buzz around your head for months.....endlessly fun"

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Imaginauts Imaginauts

The fast paced Sci-Farce returns to The Warren for a second year. Two unlikely heroes fall through an adventure to other worlds and other dimensions to try and save the Earth. A high-energy comedy where four actors play all the roles and your imagination is the limit.

9:00pm to 10:30pm
Solve-along-a-Murder-She-Wrote presents Solve-Along-A-Murder-She-Wrote

Pit your wits against JB Fletcher at this interactive screening of the classic 'Murder, She Wrote' episode, 'Birds of a Feather'. Hosted by super-fan Tim Benzie, the night features games, prizes and audience participation, with special permission from NBC Universal Television. Can you solve the crime before Cabot Cove’s best amateur sleuth?

Solve-along-a-Murder-She-Wrote features:
• Race to solve to the crime, with a Whodunnit Poll taken every ‘commercial break’
• A sing-a-long to the theme tune with new lyrics!
• A Cabot Cove quiz and raffle!
• Clips and biographies of the campy guest stars!

9:00pm to 11:00pm
Hypernova Laurie Black

A unique cocktail: a live rock band collides with stars of the alternative stage, served up in the avant-garde surroundings of the Speigeltent. Put your screens away and disconnect to reconnect with live entertainment in 360 degrees. All live, all human (almost), all nova! Dress for the end of the world, or the beginning of the next one.

Presented by award-winning Laurie Black (Bad Luck Cabaret, La Clique) and Brighton Spiegeltent. Starring David Ryder Prangley (Rachel Stamp, Adam Ant), My Bad Sister, Naomi Wood and more...

This is the real life. No refunds, no rewinds. *Winky face emoji*

9:10pm to 10:00pm
All Things Brighton Beautiful Tiny Horse Promotions

Award-winning musical comedy performer Hannah Brackenbury reflects on 10 years as a Brightonian in this heartfelt and hilarious musical tribute to her adopted city. Featuring original comedy songs, poems and parodies.

Winner: Broadway Baby Bobby Award (Brighton Fringe, 2018).

"This comedian is a class act... when you have talent like this there’s no need for glitzy adornments" (Broadway Baby).
“This Brightonian songstress has been described as Victoria Wood and Tim Minchin’s lesbian love child... and her songs are both bloody funny and beautifully touching" (Latest 7 Magazine).

9:15pm to 10:15pm
Unknown and Humourless Wayne Lawrence

A comedic commentary on the social, financial and health struggles growing up on a council estate in Birmingham in the 70s and 80s. Wayne's story highlights issues that for many are just as relevant today, so what has really changed?

There is always humour to be found in your adversities... but not everyone is a comedian.

9:15pm to 10:15pm
The Hunters of Ghost Hall Most Curious Productions

Two ghost hunters from a TV show explore a spooky mansion. Two treasure hunters seek shelter in the very same place. They are unaware of each other. What happens next? Who finds what?

This brand new play, written and directed by Tristan Wolfe, features an exciting, engaging and funny cast. Featuring an original score by Adam House.

No ghostly ethereal beings are harmed during the show.

9:15pm to 10:00pm
Valhalla Allix James

Natalie and Alice have been travelling to the planet Valhalla for what feels like an eternity... and without any music! As they race through space, they come to realise that all is not as it seems on the spaceship Valkyrie.

Comedy sci-fi drama that enjoyed a successful run at the White Bear Theatre, Kennington this January. After the success of 'Dark in The Water' (Summer 2018) comes an innovative new sci-fi by Allix James.

9:25pm to 10:25pm
Bondage Queen Sings the Hits JoJo Bellini / Sweet Productions

A cabaret show that takes you from the salacious to the sublime. With 80s music and saucy stories of kinky escapades beyond your naughtiest imaginings. Your loins will stir as you sing, laugh, and experience the unbridled sass that is JoJo Bellini.

**** (Broadway Baby)
**** (The Wee Review)
**** (ThreeWeeks)

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Stoned, Stupid, and Stuck (A Californian Fairytale) Sweaty Palms Productions

The plan was simple: steal the drugs, sell the drugs and get out of town. Sequoyah and Rose are tired of living second-rate lives in the watered-down ghost town they call home. Following the guidance of the mysterious (and possibly hallucinated) Chicken Lady, our heroes come face to face with the real problems of their town. As these women stagger through their misadventure they meet a host of talking animals and a mysterious hermit that help them come to terms with the town they live in.

9:30pm to 10:30pm
The Secret Comedy Club: Fringe Comedy Hub Artista

We have over 80 professional comedy acts who applied to Artista Cafe & Gallery. This will be a Fringe Comedy Hub run by The Secret Comedy Club. We will have comedy on 6 days per week from 5pm until 11pm daily (3pm start on weekends). Check our website for full listings and tickets for these full Brighton Fringe shows.
Here are just some of the many acts that will be doing their 1 hour shows with us (in no particular order):
Steve Bugeja
Stephen Carlin
Sara Barron
Radu Isac
Adele Cliff
Al Lubel
Daphna Baram
Sanj Surati
Daniel Muggleton
Gary Tro
John Pendal
Ali Woods
Katie Pritchard

9:30pm to 10:30pm
The Feminazis Curious Dispute Theatre Company

Sick of the lack of progression in today's society regarding feminist issues, Sal and Libby decide to sort it out the only sensible way they can think of: by starting a terrorist organisation.

Their first target is ‘A’, a YouTuber in the Incel community who preaches hatred against women. They imprison him in an abandoned warehouse, only they’ve forgotten their murder weapon. Desperate, they call Libby's dim-witted brother, Freddie. However, when he arrives and recognises his idol ‘A’, things go downhill rapidly.

How far can you go for a good cause before the goodies become the baddies?

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Jake Baker: Work in Progress Jake Baker has a company now?

After the success of his debut last year at the Brighton Fringe, Jake presents his highly-anticipated second show. An exploration of moral quandaries and how our ethical ideals can be hard to put into practice. Expect plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and memorable stories.

The Edinburgh Reporter - 'Endearingly offbeat, with great comic timing and an engagingly whimsical mind.’ ****

9:30pm to 10:30pm
ART Attack Laughing Horse

Up-and-coming comedians Alex Mason, Riggs, and Tom Smith have come together to present ‘ART Attack’; an hour of stand-up which, like the classic TV show, deals with a wide range of important issues such as wolves, supermarket crime and self-help.

9:30pm to 10:00pm
Rebekka Turner: Like a Porcelain Doll with a Chainsaw Rebekka Turner

'Porcelain Doll with a Chainsaw' was an audience reaction to an early Rebekka performance and explains her rather well. Awkward on the outside but firing on all cylinders on stage, Rebekka brings her weird and wonderful 30 min show with even more jokes and nonsense! A porcelain doll might be fragile but with added turbocharge she’ll cut you down with wit and chaotic energy.

Brighton Fringe regular and Pebble Trust award-winner Rebekka continues her kooky and erratic commentary on gender, pop culture and social awkwardness with the usual quirky quick fire stories, puns and wordplay.

9:40pm to 10:25pm
The Acquaintances Laura McMahon

Three people who don’t really know each other have come together for a one-hour show of stand-up and musical comedy. Jamie Finn, Erynn Tett (Laughing Horse New Act of the Year finalist 2018), and Laura McMahon (Get Up Stand Up New Act of the Year finalist 2018).

9:45pm to 10:45pm
Badass Be Thy Name POLICE COPS

4 stars Badass Be Thy Name is the latest offering from the boys that brought us the Police Cops series, the high-octane comedic shows that mash genres with all the fun and vim of a 90s DJ - whilst still maintaining a linear storyline. Police Cops and Police Cops In Space have landed well with both audiences and critics, in both Brighton and in Edinburgh… so there's no small amount of pressure on Badass Be Thy Name on what we later discover is its inaugural performance. Read the full review.

Hot off the back of a total sell-out run at Edinburgh Fringe, Soho Theatre London and 59E59 Theater New York; multi award-winning company 'POLICE COPS' bring you the world premiere of their latest comedy blockbuster.

Manchester 1999. A gritty Northern kitchen-sink drama turns into a vampire slaying horror epic. Complete with a 90s rave soundtrack, supercharged physical comedy and more vampires than you can shake a stake at.

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I paid £12... I would have paid £13.” (Dara O’Briain)

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

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

Is this a lager I see before me? The Brighton Fringe – Best Comedy – Award Winners are back for another round of heavy drinking and mild Shakespeare. Featuring the finest classically trained professional performers and one fully inebriated cast member we guarantee that no two nights are ever the same.

Having toured the world, broken America and sold out the West End we’re finally ready to return to a tent in a field in Brighton.

This year we are taking on the feared “Scottish play” which actors dare not mention the name of lest theyMACBETH!!! We’re doing Macbeth. It’s Macbeth... Macbeth.

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Caitlin Cook: Death Wish Caitlin Cook

Since she was seventeen, Caitlin Cook has lived her life by a code: if something scares her, she has to do it. Join her for a raucous hour of stand-up comedy, storytelling, musical comedy, and a bit of bathroom stall graffiti art to discover why.

Caitlin Cook is a Los Angeles-born, Brooklyn-based comedian. Not your conventional stand-up, Caitlin combines witty one-liners and scintillating storytelling with hilariously irreverent musical comedy and projected visuals. She has taken the stage all across the US, Canada, Europe, and Oceania at top-tier venues, comedy clubs, festivals, and fringes.

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Jack Tucker: Comedy Standup Hour Stamptown

WINNER: Best Comedy - Brighton Fringe (Zach & Viggo)

Fresh off sold-out shows in New York, London and LA, the bad boy of comedy Zach Zucker returns to Brighton with a brand new hour of absurdist, stand-up comedy! Most of the time Zach is funny. This show received 9 standing ovations, 14 walkouts and 3 police complaints at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe.

"Ridiculous, hilarious, and genius - a must see" ****½ (Kryztoff)
"It is impossible to not become a super fan of this hugely talented human clown" **** (Broadway Baby)

10:15pm to 11:15pm
Divinely Bette: Bette-er Than Ever Another Laurel Production

Divinely Bette is coming back with a brand new show!

With a whole new set list of the classic Bette variety (including 'From a Distance', 'Under The Boardwalk', and more!) as well as jokes and banter from the Divine Miss M herself, Divinely Bette will delight and titillate!

Star of stage, screen, cabaret, comedy, and anything else she tries her hand at, The Divine Miss M entertains all audiences. So will this show!

"A great night out" (West End Wilma)
“Undeniably fun” (Broadway Baby)

10:30pm to 11:30pm
Comic Without a Cause Peter Hose

Peter Hose is a respectable adult, and it’s tearing him apart! He doesn’t know what to do anymore, but he’s gotta do something. In his debut comedy show, Peter shares his attempts to live it up and feel he belongs someplace.

10:30pm to 11:20pm
Dumped Emily Howarth

A one-woman, musical, comedy shit-storm about the first time your heart gets smashed into a million tiny pieces, and the songs that make you feel less alone with your crazy, crazy break-up thoughts. This show unpacks the beautiful, pathetic and empowering break-up song genre highlighting the good, bad and the most pitiful. Part stand-up, part music performance and part emotional unraveling, ‘Dumped’ is about surviving through song.

10:40pm to 11:40pm
The Scrapyard Sessions Otherplace Productions Ltd

The fringe of the Fringe, full of wonder and whimsy. Drop into The Scrapyard at The Warren and find a hidden gem. Featuring spoken word, comedy, music and cabaret; remarkable performers presenting storytelling and comedy in all its forms.