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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.

12:30pm to 1:15pm
Stabat Mater Tonal Eclipse

We are delighted to bring alive this exquisite masterpiece for all music lovers. Composed in 1736 by Pergolesi, in the final weeks of his life, this sentimental and highly ornamented 'Stabat Mater' is performed by Timi Mohai (soprano), Jean-Pierre Brzechwa (countertenor) and Joe Ward (pianist).

Suggested donation of £3.50 on the door, to be shared with the church building appeal fund.

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

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

Perfect for visitors and residents alike.

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

Winner: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016, 2017.

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Joe Bains: Curried Mustard Joe Bains

Growing up in the deepest darkest parts of India and then being thrown into the west with no language, culture, personality, looks, or even a clue.

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

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

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

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

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

5:00pm 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 6:45pm
MANIFEST Urban Interface Dance UK

A truthful story for all dream-chasers, choreographed by Matthew Harding (Artistic Director, Urban Interface Dance UK.)

Dancers turn inner feelings into stunning physicality, working with a range of forms to reveal and express the trials and tribulations of life.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is no shark...

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

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

A new play by Bebe Barry and Tony Barry.

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

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

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Adele Cliff: Sheep (Work in Progress) Laughing Horse

Adele Cliff, Dave's Top 15 Funniest Jokes of the Fringe 2017 and 2016, brings her brand-new show 'Sheep' to Brighton! Packed with gags, anecdotes and fun, this work-in-progress show is sure to amuse. Full of great new jokes to wow ewe all, flock in for some of the best comedy to be herd.

"I find her really annoying to watch, as I'm constantly kicking myself for not having thought of those gags first" (Gary Delaney)

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.

6:40pm to 7:40pm
Whaddya Know - We're in Love! The Foundry Group

All aboard! Full steam ahead on SS Freedonia for the craziest show at Brighton Fringe. Four musicians with a secret, a girl in a green velvet dress, stowaways, a Mediterranean monarch, and unforgettable swing-era-style songs make Jerry Rulf (The Spudguns) and Brian Mitchell's (The Ministry of Biscuits) madcap tribute to the Marx Bros. and Hope & Crosby a must-see musical comedy. Starring David Mounfield ('Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show' R4).

Awards for previous Foundry Group shows include an Argus Angel (2014) Best Theatre Production (Buxton Fringe 2011) & FringeGuru Editor's Choice (2011)

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)

6:45pm to 8:00pm
Quiz Night: The Musical East of the City Theatre Company

Half quiz night, half musical, this 2017 sell-out is back, with a new quiz.

Join two friends-with-benefits as they attempt a crucial heart-to-heart during a pub quiz. Will this intimate, original, musical portrait distract you from the serious quiz-ness of playing for the pot? Sparkly host Bruce Foresight asks the questions. No Googling allowed!

"With funny upbeat songs, wonderful musicianship and good performances from all the cast... "(Reviews Hub)

6:45pm to 7:45pm
The Fall of Byron Montrose; Poet, Gentleman, Lover Jim Campbell

Blackadder meets Milton Jones. Pun-filled comedy storytelling with breaks for bad poetry. The sellout Edinburgh Fringe show comes to Brighton Fringe. In a cavalcade of wordplay, poetry and opium, meet Byron Montrose, the 19th Century's lost romantic poet. Hear the tale of his adventures as he struggles with love, lust and laudanum.

'The Fall of Byron Montrose' is the debut show of Ben Macpherson, a rising star in the Nottingham comedy scene. The show has sold out across the country to audiences who were left howling.

"Like a Spike Milligan book... delightfully different" (Notts Comedy Review)

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

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

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

(Ben Fogg - Almost winner, Best Newcomer 2017)

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Yuriko Kotani: Overwork in Progress Yuriko Kotani

Winner of the BBC New Comedy Award 2015 and Time Out's One to Watch, UK-based Japanese comedian Yuriko Kotani brings you wonderfully offbeat stories with her rug-pulling punchlines and bizarre observations as work-in-progress.

As seen on Russell Howard's 'Stand Up Central' and 'Pls Like' (BBC3)

"Leftfield rising star" (Time Out)

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

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

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Black White with a Hash Brown Joe Bains

A tale of three colours.

The show starts as pristine white in Bethnal Green and devolves to brown in Whitechapel, finally complete blackness in the heart of Leyton; it looks at ourselves and at society through our filters of colour.

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.

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Dan Evans: In Progress Dan Evans

Come and watch as award-winning, stand-up comedian, and much credited writer Dan Evans releases 53 minutes of his latest entertainment into the wild. Your only job is to be there on time and to face the right way.

"A favourite with audiences as well as with his notoriously hard-to-please comedic peers" (The Guardian)

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Leonard Bernstein at 100 MOOT - music of our time

May 9: Bernstein 'Three Meditations from "Mass"', Benjamin Britten Sonata in C, Op.65, Aaron Copland 'Waltz & Celebration from"Billy the Kid"' for cello & piano - Anna Litvinenko.

May 16: Bernstein Clarinet and Violin Sonatas, Igor Stravinsky 'Three pieces for Clarinet', Morton Feldman 'For Aaron Copland', David Rakowski 'Anniversary' (UK premiere) - Rachel Gorman, Steve Dummer.

May 23: Bernstein 'Halil' for flute, piano & percussion, Messiaen 'Le Merle Noir' - Rebecca Griffiths, Daniel Lauro, Norman Jacobs.

May 30: Songs by Bernstein, Sondheim, Weill - Mehreen Shah, Zhanna Kemp.

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
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 9:00pm
Grace Eyre Street Purple Playhouse Theatre

Following a successful debut in 2017, we'll be taking another trip to 'Grace Eyre Street' to meet some new characters!

A showcase of live short performances made by artists with learning disabilities from Brighton, Hove and beyond will be punctuated by intervals when people can explore a visual art exhibition and enjoy a drink from the bar.

This project is supported by the BN1 Magazine bursary.

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 9:15pm
Twelfth Night Brighton University Drama Society

“If music be the food of love, play on... ”
It’s summer in the city, and two twins have been separated in a shipwreck. Determined to make a success of her life in this strange place, Viola must stop mourning her brother, cut her hair, and act as manservant for the love-sick count. On the beach, tensions are running high between the heiress Olivia’s staff, and reputations are at stake in the fight for the Lady’s affections. Join Brighton University Drama Society as we add a splash of colour to Shakespeare’s iconic comedy.

7:30pm to 9:35pm
If I Catch Alphonso, Tonight! Miles Jenner

If I Catch Alphonso, Tonight!
Billy Merson took London Music Halls by storm in1909. The following year he wrote 'The Spaniard that Blighted my Life' to sing in pantomime at Brighton's Theatre Royal. The song would both make and break him. This new musical play recalls his turbulent life and contains extracts from sixteen of his comic songs. It is the story of a man who constantly found himself on the ropes but always bounced back. He was the inspiration for future generations of comedians and his legacy lives on.
Miles Jenner plays Billy Merson and is accompanied by Roger Roser on the piano.

7:30pm to 8:20pm
Garry Starr Performs Everything PLAGUE OF iDiOTS

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

'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 of 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 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')

7:45pm 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 8:45pm
Cast a Dark Shadow: Carla Lippis Carla Lippis with Brighton Spiegeltent

Lou Reed and Nancy Sinatra hand-in-hand on a desert death trip; the angelic tones of Connie Francis drifting through the fevered dreams of David Lynch - Carla Lippis brings her critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe show to Brighton. Lending her formidable voice to both originals and re-contextualised classics, she fuses the tropes of rock n' roll performance with the lyricism of theatre. Backed by an ensemble who specialise in the unorthodox, the dark and the evocative, Lippis' menacing stage persona leaves audiences reeling. “From the emotional delivery to the vocal technique to the musical ambition, it’s all turned up to 11 ... . a wild ride.” **** (The Scotsman).

7:45pm to 9:00pm
The MET Musical Theatre Showcase 2018 Northbrook MET

An energy packed performance by the Musical Theatre Degree students at Northbrook MET. The showcase includes some of musical theatre's finest numbers from a range of composers and styles, from traditional to contemporary.

With music from composers such as Pasek and Paul, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Stephen Sondheim, and dances in a variety of styles from Tap to Contemporary. Last year's show received rave reviews so come and watch these talented students before they forge a path into West End shows, following graduates before them.

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 10:00pm
Love in 'The Harbour' by Eddie Alford The Harbour Theatre Company

Popular among Brighton’s Irish diaspora, The Harbour Theatre Company have had both hits and misses at recent Fringes. This year’s show sounds promising, though: commemorating the centenary of the Royal Air Force, it traces a love story between a Catholic Republican’s daughter and a WW1 air ace, with action shuttling between Shannon Harbour and the front-line in France. It's a substantial show in Fringe terms, clocking in at two hours long, and hopefully it’ll have the same sense of likeable nostalgia which earned the company an Argus Angel back in 2011.

A love story set in World War I follows the lives of three Irish air aces of the Royal Flying Corps against the background of great upheaval and change. With dark humour and raw emotion, the fast-paced action-drama moves between Ireland and front-line France, with music and lyrics composed by Danielle Morgan and John Merrigan. At the centenary of the end of the Great War and the formation of the RAF, the play reminds us of the personal stories behind conflict that still endures today.

8:00pm to 9:30pm
Flamenco with Alma Gitana Claudia Aurora

Alma Gitana return to Brighton for an evening of flamenco dance and music. Experience the breathtaking momentum of this group, the speed and power of the feet stomping of Lourdes, the raw captivation of the flamenco guitar of Andres, the amazing vocals of Javier and how it all melts together in a magical and passionate performance. Alma Gitana are quickly earning a reputation in the Flamenco and World Music scene with sell-out shows, rave reviews and testimonials about the groups passion and quality.

(Under 16s to be accompanied by an adult)

8:00pm to 9:00pm
The Return of Reuxberre Bereré Reuxberre Bereré

Careering from his glittering ex-career as an incomparably successful composer-performer on Broadway, Reuxberre Bereré spends just one preciously distilled hour showcasing his greatest hits in an attempt to restore his former resplendence whilst reminiscing on a life both, thwarted and triumphant in equal measure.
'Enchanting.' **** (The Independent),
'Quite simply a joy to watch.' ****( TIME OUT CRITICS CHOICE ),
'Devilishly charming.' **** (The Stage),
Off West End Nominated,
'Polished to Perfection. ' ***** (Reviews Hub),
'A frisson of Naughtiness.' **** (Broadway Baby),
'Steals scenes like John Barrowman on Speed.' (What’s on Stage).

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 9:30pm
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 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8:45pm to 9:45pm
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
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

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Joe Black - Touch of Evil: A Celebration of Villainy in Song Joe Black

Celebrating the musical numbers of the finest villains, evil doers, baddies and the downright despicable.

Infamous cabaret miscreant Joe Black invites you to indulge in the glorious and mysteriously lime green hues of the dark side and find out why it feels so good to be bad.

Joined by their terminally bewildered henchwoman Friedrich Hollandaise on piano, Joe Black will celebrate the baddest in the land.

So be prepared you poor unfortunate souls and trust in me, as we connect to our friends on the other side.

Mirror mirror on the wall... Who’s the most evil one of all?

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 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 10:30pm
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 9:55pm
Will Dalrymple: Man to Man StraightUp Productions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9:30pm 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 11:00pm
Never Mind the Royal Wedding - Here's Some Bollocks from Der Wunderlich Revue Der Wunderlich Revue

A firm rite of the Queens, the boys from Der Wunderlich Revue have been peddling their own unique brand of chaos, smut, nudity and stupidity for ten years.

Expect more of the same, sort of completely different - cabaret, comedy, magic, circus, striptease and, of course, men cheerleading.

If you haven't seen Der Wunderlich Revue before, prepare to be amazed and appalled. If you have seen the show before, put it all behind you and come back for more.

With Johnny MacAuley, Size Zero Albino, Mick Wunderlich, Team MUD Cheerleaders, Mr Danny Ash and special guests. Hosted by Professor Elemental.

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
Blackpool Milla Virtanen & Jaakko Toivonen

Dance performance 'Blackpool' takes the audience on a journey to the tough world of competitive ballroom dancing and reveals the rugged everyday life to be found behind the glamour.

The performance smells like self-tanning lotion and rasps like a suede sole shoe brush. Old wounds that have already healed are reopened, poked fun at and shared, uncensored, with the audience.

Choreographers Milla Virtanen and Jaakko Toivonen are both former Finnish national ballroom dance champions and experiences from their ballroom dance youth and the Blackpool Dance Festival serve as inspiration for the work.

This production is part of Brighton Fringe's Finnish Season 2018.

9:40pm to 10:30pm
Shame PStrongCo

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

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

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 10:55pm
Dan Attfield: Futureproof Dan Attfield

The first human to live to a thousand years old has allegedly already been born.
Musical comedian Dan Attfield (Abandoman, Amusical, The RH Experience) is determined to make sure it's him.

"Extremely funny and clever" **** (Broadway Baby)
"Lyrically inventive and incredibly amusing" **** (Edinburgh Festival)

10:00pm to 11:00pm
For Worse Bleecker and LaGuardia

When Sara Barron was 11 years old she wrote a 64-page play. The last 60 pages of this play are, in effect, porn.

That's right.
A porn.

This is to say that there exists in the world a full-length porn script written by an accidental, feminist, 11-year-old auteur. One who - it bears mention - knows nothing about sex.

As it happens, Sara's not 11 anymore. She's 38. And she wants to get this play up on its filthy, little feet.

10:00pm to 11:00pm
James Barr: Thirst Trap GL Talent

2018 dating is a disaster so it’s time to let the crazy out!

MTV presenter, comedian and co-host of the UK’s leading LGBTQ+ award-nominated podcast ‘A Gay and a NonGay’, James Barr unleashes a hilariously desperate attempt to finally meet ‘the one’, and you’re all invited!

Join James as he dishes the dirt on his brutally honest and hilarious dating life and Tinder-style swipes of the audience to find his way up-the-aisle. A 60 minute make-out session, also featuring a host of stories from his awkward Z-List celebrity thirst. With massive apologies to Justin Bieber...

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.

10:30pm to 11:30pm
Beasts Ben Carter

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

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

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

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