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

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

10:30am to 5:30pm
Flourish Brighton Hyman Fine House

Come and join our interactive, free arts event for people of all ages.

We will have photography, fancy dress, gardening, cookery, art, 'creationlace' and music; taking place throughout the day.

We will also be showcasing creative work from the residents of Hyman Fine House, care home.

This event is suitable for people living with dementia and their carers.

Touch tours available on request, please email ncarson@jcare.org to book.

2:15pm to 4:15pm
Live Music in Theatre: Creating and Playing Music for a Theatre Piece My Father Held A Gun

How can we enhance the impact of a theatre play with live music? An interactive workshop where participants are welcome to bring their own compositions to play or improvise. Guillermo Celano is a composer and improvisor who won the North Sea Jazz Composition Award 2013; Iman Spaargaren is a multi reed player and composer.

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

2:30pm to 4:15pm
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.

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 5:00pm
De Fuut Bastiaan Vandendriessche - Belgian playwright

Winner of 'Best International Award' at Amsterdam Fringe 2017, Bastiaan Vandendriessche tells a Lolita-like story - a monologue of a charming persona with improper, dark desires.

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

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Brighton Queen of Slaughtering Places 368 Theatre Company

4 stars Murders, and murderers, seem to fascinate us all. We can't get enough of true-crime stories – the more gothic and grisly the better. A couple of centuries ago, we'd have scratched that itch by attending public hangings; in this more enlightened age, we simply go to Fringe shows. Brighton, Queen of Slaughtering Places is well aware of that irony, gently critiquing its own genre even as it tells a satisfyingly bloodstained tale. Read the full review.

Over the course of the last few Fringes, playwright Nigel Fairs has all but cornered the market for local tales of true crime. His scripts are always popular, balancing chilling detail and character-based insight – and the intimate, atmospheric setting of the Town Hall's old police cells adds an extra frisson, too. This time, he's tackling three real-life local murder cases, each of them involving a body in a packing trunk; we're promised a story that's historically accurate, but also has a twist in the tale. On previous form, it should be a sure-fire winner.

On 17th June 1934, a dead woman's torso was discovered in a trunk at Brighton station. The murder was never solved... until now! Come down into the darkly atmospheric police cells below Brighton Town Hall to hear the murderer tell their story...

Written by the award-winning Nigel Fairs ('In Conversation with an Acid Bath Murderer'), this is the sequel to last year's sell-out 'Brighton Killers', described as "a darkly enthralling immersive, immensely enjoyable theatre event" (Broadway Baby) and "well-written, atmospheric and blackly comic" (The Reviews Hub).

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

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

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

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

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

5:15pm 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 6:30pm
Take Your Shoes Off and Behave Chloe Petts and Lulu Popplewell

We’ve all had childhoods. I know I have. This is an exploration of Chloe Petts and Lulu Popplewell's very own rise to adulthood. In an hour of stand-up, see these two members of the Soho Young Company explore nostalgia, relics and pink prom dresses. A coming-of-age story where no-one comes of age. Please come (of-age). Watch us leave our shoes on and misbehave.

Seems a shame to waste our remaining word limit: You alright? How's Nanna?

"Take your shoes off and behave!" (Mrs Popplewell)

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.

5:40pm to 6:30pm
Richard Todd: Toddymandias, Todd of Todds Richard Todd

A living statue watches as a vandal tags her. An artist draws the same image over and over with indomitable zeal. A small-town-convenience shopkeeper eschews convenience to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams. A comedian plans to conquer Brighton Fringe. Fools? Maybe! Dreamers? Certainly! Pension Plans? Probably not. Let's go meet them!

In a celebration of the human spirit, Chortle's "One-to-Watch 2018", Richard Todd, prods hope's perpetually moribund body with the indubitable stick of logic and asks: "Why won't it die?".

"Painfully funny" **** (The Scotsman)

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
David Ephgrave: Under Construction Doggett & Ephgrave

The daily-blogging comic presents a work in progress for his new show. Among Daily Telegraph's '20 Funniest One-Liners' and Comedy Central's '35 Funniest Jokes from 2017' at Edinburgh Fringe.

"As smooth as they come" (BBC)
"Devastatingly witty" (EdFest Magazine)
"Ephgrave is a very likeable standup, confident but not cocky, and a lot of fun to spend time with... he’s a natural entertainer" (view from the gods)
"Wonderfully innovative comedy" (Broadway Baby)
"Never a dull hour" (List)

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Morning is Red 368 Theatre Company

2 stars First World War drama Morning is Red holds a lot of promise. For one thing, it's staged in the evocative subterranean setting of the Town Hall's Old Police Cells – which ably represent a spartan, run-down, front-line hospital. And the set-up is poignant: an eager young soldier, wounded on his very first day of battle, shares a ward with a jaded army officer who's seen more than enough of war. Read the full review.

New scripts don't normally count as Sure Choices – but this one feels very safe indeed. Featuring two hospitalised soldiers looking back on World War One, it's the latest script from writer Nigel Fairs, best known for his 5* masterpiece Conversation With An Acid Bath Murderer. Like much of Fairs' recent work at the Fringe, it's performed in the atmospheric Old Police Cells Museum, which is both an evocative venue and a fascinating destination in its own right. Time will tell – but the ingredients are all there for a haunting and memorable hour.

Two soldiers lie wounded in hospital, sharing very different experiences of the trenches. One was shot on the first day of the War, the other on the last. As they become closer, a heart-breaking truth about them both gradually becomes apparent...

'Morning is Red' is an intimate, moving new play from the award-winning writer/director team Nigel Fairs ('In Conversation with an Acid Bath Murderer', 'My Gay Best Friend', 'The Appeal of Silence') and Louise Jameson ('Doctor Who', 'Eastenders', 'Tenko', 'Bergerac'), presented in the hugely atmospheric cells.

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Trishelle: Out of Order Katie O'Brien

'Out of Order' is a show about addiction, abstinence and being an “addict”. A provocative, playful and funny story about drugs and being 20 years “clean” told by Katie and her very drunk friend, Trishelle. Together they explore why we love to get high, addictions and the identity of being “clean”. Is she really clean? Isn't everyone addicted to something? Is abstinence important? #SoberDrunk

"Character comedy at its very best – brave, committed, brilliantly performed and completely hilarious." ***** (To Do List)

"Side-splittingly funny... tantamount to a work of genius. " ***** (Everything Theatre)

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 7:15pm
Space Doctor StraightUp Productions

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

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

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

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Unbelievable! Unbelievable!

Valerio Sarà is an Italian eccentric who has toured his unique brand of surreal stand-up comedy across the UK. He was born in Naples, a city where even driving a car is a pleasurable chaos and an adventurous challenge! His experience of the city's variety and flavours lends a magnificent punch to his set.

6:30pm to 8:00pm
The Privileged Jamal Harewood

This is a tricky one to explain, since almost everyone who's seen it agrees it's best to know very little before you go in. Ostensibly, it's a chance to meet a man dressed as a polar bear – but the fact it's called The Privileged, and that the bear is described as "white with black skin", might give you a clue about the true underlying theme. It's a highly interactive show, with the audience driving most of what happens, and it's certainly not for those who don't want to feel uncomfortable or challenged. Nonetheless, reviews from earlier runs are overwhelmingly positive.

Have you ever seen a polar bear in the flesh? Been close enough to notice just how white these magnificent mammals are? Here is your chance to get up close and personal: remove your shoes, coats and bags, as you are about to encounter the Arctic’s whitest predator, with black skin.

Join a well-trained member of staff as we enter the polar bear’s natural habitat and experience this animal like never before. Be one of the privileged few to say they have petted, played with and fed a polar bear as if you were one of the Arctic keepers.

“Searing and thoughtful” (The Guardian)

There will be a free audience-led post-show discussion for those who wish to stay

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
Dick Branson's Welth Seminar Comedy Bubble

Want to learn how to be an entrepreneur? How to get funding, grow your business and exit a millionaire? Follow 'Dragon's Den'-reject Dick Branson’s coaching and you’ll fail miserably. Just like him. Guest speaker/Swiss person Fran Kissling’s teachings probably won’t help either. The show, like Dick's business empire, is a work in progress.

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
Four Apples and Snakes

Apples and Snakes and New Writing South presents... Sea Sharp, Connor Byrne, Josh Jones and Dillon Jaxx are four fresh voices with unique flavours that have concocted intoxicating new work for you to taste. Distilled by theatre director and performance artist Nick Field, this event will be a heady brew of potent poetry and spirited spoken word.

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 7:50pm
James Dean is Dead! (Long Live James Dean) Em-Lou Productions

James Dean. Hollywood’s hottest star steps out of his crashed car and looks back on his short life. A timely look at how the Hollywood powerful use sex, drugs and power to make and break careers.

Em-Lou Productions previous work includes the multiple award-winning 5 Guys Chillin’ (Brighton Fringe Award, Best LGBT play Edinburgh Festival, 2 Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival Awards) and has been performed in Sydney, Canada and Off-Broadway. Also Frank Sent Me : **** (Scotsman) Moondial and Signal Failure: **** (Scotsman) which transferred to SoHo Playhouse for a 6 week Off-Broadway run.

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 7:55pm
Sameena Zehra's Cult of Comedy On The Cusp

An hour of pure entertainment from musicians, clowns, and wordmongers of all flavours, local and international, showcasing the best Brighton Fringe has to offer.

"... a smorgasbord of different voices finding the funny in new places... in the assured and comedically strong hands of Zehra, 'Cult Of Comedy' is a welcome addition to the list of Fringe comedy nights, with a feel and tone all of its own" (Latest)

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
The Tap Pack The Tap Pack Pty Ltd

With successes in Edinburgh, Beijing, Berlin and London, this high-energy, tap comedy show gives a modern twist to the classic Rat Pack.

Dressed in slick suits and equipped with sharp wit, they infuse tap dance with swing music and witty banter. The Tap Pack is pure entertainment. They bring a new, invigorating energy to a timeless style.

7:15pm to 8:15pm
1000 Years Hour Show Anthony King

History; Comedy; Songs. Featuring themes along a 1000 year timeline (1066-2066). Easy, fun, educational, quizzes + present and future too. And find out "Who owns the bones?"

Fun, education, music and laughs. See website for details!

The show starts with Kings and Queens which you can read along to. All the monarchs from 1066 appear in order along with other historical events. Then we explore the timeline. Who really owns the bones of Richard III? Did King John's 'Taster' hate him? What happens when an archer runs out of arrows? Who's the 13 Day Queen? Is David Icke for real?

7:30pm to 8:20pm
Adriano Fettucini's Random Acts Adriano Fettucini

Adriano Fettucini is random, his juggling acts are random, his songs are informative, but random.

Renowned on the UK cabaret circuit for his bizarre juggling acts, adept in the manipulation of unusual objects including hat, cane, gloves, spectacles, cigar boxes, plates, knives and even babies! His ukulele skills are impressive and coupled with his interest in bizarre creatures, his songs are sure to leave you reaching for the nearest encyclopedia! Join him as he navigates his way through various acts and songs, selected at random on the spot.

No balls or clubs will be juggled during this show!

7:30pm to 9:30pm
BSMS Medic Revue BSMS Medic Revue

We're back! The Medic Revue returns for its 12th year! Written, cast and crewed solely by students at BSMS, the show will take you through an exploration of medicine and the NHS in a way that will leave you laughing for hours!

Containing comedy sketches, songs and videos accessible to all, we'll leave you wondering why we didn't pursue comedy instead...

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
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 8:30pm
ForniKATEress Kate Smurthwaite

Award-winning TV and radio regular Kate Smurthwaite presents her hilariously honest show about open relationships and her own non-monogamous lifestyle.

"Edgy and funny, Kate deals with what would be considered hard hitting topics with an openness and ease that is fabulous to behold. The whole show is beautifully written, sensitive and totally immersive" (Bunbury Magazine)

"One of the wittiest gunslingers I've ever seen" (The Spectator)

"She is gloriously mobile as she stalks the stage, mind and mouth effortlessly working in a whirlwind of ideas and joke lines" (Morning Star)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Sex and Puppets Wondering Hands Theatre

An evening of orgasmic delight as we bring together four amazing acts and a sizzlingly hot host to guide us through drag, burlesque and puppetry about getting down and dirty. Featuring original scenes from the Sex and Puppets* show as well as performances from three other mind blowing guest artists. Sex and Puppets is a verbatim cabaret about sex featuring every kind of puppet! See snippets of the show as well as new, original and experimental work from three other artists.
*Please note the Sex and Puppets Cabaret replaces the Sex and Puppets show in the same slot due to unforeseen circumstances.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Morning is Red 368 Theatre Company

2 stars First World War drama Morning is Red holds a lot of promise. For one thing, it's staged in the evocative subterranean setting of the Town Hall's Old Police Cells – which ably represent a spartan, run-down, front-line hospital. And the set-up is poignant: an eager young soldier, wounded on his very first day of battle, shares a ward with a jaded army officer who's seen more than enough of war. Read the full review.

New scripts don't normally count as Sure Choices – but this one feels very safe indeed. Featuring two hospitalised soldiers looking back on World War One, it's the latest script from writer Nigel Fairs, best known for his 5* masterpiece Conversation With An Acid Bath Murderer. Like much of Fairs' recent work at the Fringe, it's performed in the atmospheric Old Police Cells Museum, which is both an evocative venue and a fascinating destination in its own right. Time will tell – but the ingredients are all there for a haunting and memorable hour.

Two soldiers lie wounded in hospital, sharing very different experiences of the trenches. One was shot on the first day of the War, the other on the last. As they become closer, a heart-breaking truth about them both gradually becomes apparent...

'Morning is Red' is an intimate, moving new play from the award-winning writer/director team Nigel Fairs ('In Conversation with an Acid Bath Murderer', 'My Gay Best Friend', 'The Appeal of Silence') and Louise Jameson ('Doctor Who', 'Eastenders', 'Tenko', 'Bergerac'), presented in the hugely atmospheric cells.

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).

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Comedy Rocket ‘Best Of The Fest’ Ali Macfarlan

Comedy Rocket brings you a fantastic show with a selection of the most exciting and diverse comedy performers and some big names thrown in!

Resident host, Ali ‘Out There’ Macfarlan, will have you believing that this is the most fun you could ever have in space.

8:00pm to 8:45pm
Katie Pritchard: Tsunamiramirami Katie Pritchard

Like the most watery of weather conditions, Katie Pritchard is washing over the surf boards of comedy, crashing into the sandbanks of genre and dropping a sturdy wave onto the beach house of musicality.

"Sometimes surreal, often unusually perceptive, and always original and entertaining" **** (Female Arts Magazine)

Winner: Hilarity Bites 2016
Finalist: Musical Comedy Awards 2017

Touch tours available on request, please email katie@katiepritchard.co.uk to book.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
George Egg: DIY Chef Badge Farm Foundation

George Egg's previous sell-out shows explored his life on the road in hotel rooms, and the creative ways he made a decent meal while he was there. This time, he's in is own garden shed, using tools such as a shovel and paint-stripper to whip up tasty culinary surprises. He cooks live on stage, sharing the results with the audience at the end – and by all accounts, his creations are surprisingly tasty. We didn't review the show ourselves in Edinburgh, but our colleagues at The Wee Review awarded it five stars, and they don't give out many of those.

A comedy show with real food, cooked live, using power tools. And the audience get to eat it at the end. Total sell-out at Edinburgh Fringe 2017.

A health scare sees George banished from the family kitchen, but relocated to the shed, imagination and resourcefulness leads him to build an improvised kitchen there instead.

During an inventive evening of stand-up, live cooking and comedy lecture, George prepares a breakfast, a lunch and a dinner. And then you eat it.

"Brilliantly funny" (The Observer)

"The wonderfully talented George Egg is genuinely unique" (The Independent)

8:00pm to 9:00pm
My Divorce Runneth Me Over Joe Bains

Joe, Jack and Kelv look at life in the divorced lane from arranged to deranged and ending up at the Amethyst anniversary.

8:00pm to 11:00pm
Fringe Sessions 2018 Fiddler's Elbow

Live music night featuring a selection of Brighton's finest song-writers and musicians. Artists include: Warsaw Radio, Paul Murray, Edd Mann, Night House, Della Lupa, Kev Minney plus more.

Dates: May 3 / 10 / 24 / 31. Doors 8pm. Free Entry

8:00pm to 9:00pm
I Married An Alien Card Sharp Anton Binder Magic

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

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

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

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

This project is supported by a Brighton Lions bursary.

8:00pm to 8:50pm
Bus Boy Rorschach Beast

Written by Izzy McDonald (dir. Girl in the Wood) and directed by Geordie Crawley (writ. Girl in the Wood), 'Bus Boy' tells the story of Jerry, a young woman stuck in transition, and how her life changes irrevocably when she meets 'Bus Boy' on a trip to Rottnest. Through secret sharing and grand theft auto, both realise dreams they never thought would come true, and confront past events they wish had stayed buried.

In Bus Boy's debut season at The Blue Room Theatre Summer Nights 2017 program, it took home the prestigious Martin Sims Award, The Fringe World Theatre Award and Best Emerging Artist.

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

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

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

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

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

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Aaaaand Relax... It's Darren & Co It Is What It Is

Ben Elliott and James Pryor are the two buffoons that make up surreal sketch outfit, Darren & Co.

They're back at Brighton Fringe with their new one-hour show that touches on the controversial and banality of life.

Character-based sketch comedy at its best... forget yourself for an hour, 'Aaaaand relax... It's Darren & Co'.

"Pure Fringe Comedy" **** (Voice Magazine)

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
Three M Egos Star Artist PR

'Three M Egos' features three diverse comedians, all in one show. Matt Bragg, Mandy McCarthy and Max Wall, bring their own skewed look at life from three different points of view. All three comedians are established comedy circuit regulars and can be seen in some of the finest comedy clubs in the country.

Matt Bragg is a cool, calm and dry comedian, with a warmth and charm to put audiences at ease.

Mandy McCarthy is a fun-loving comic with observational skills beyond compare.

Max Wall is as funny as he is honest and as emotional as he is funny. Be prepared to laugh and cry.

8:15pm to 10:15pm
Matthew Gest's Boogie Troop Matthew Gest's Boogie Troop

Blues and boogie piano.

The trio groove, swing and shuffle their way through an intoxicating mix of original tunes, covers, rock'n'roll classics and the occasional rag. Influenced by the New Orleans piano sounds of Fats Domino, Dr John, Professor Longhair and James Booker, the show is relentlessly energetic, appealing not just to blues and jazz fans, generating feel-good vibes, dancing and ultimately fun.

Matthew has performed at the world famous Ronnie Scotts and international blues festivals, and toured with a number of international number one-artists.

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

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

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

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

"Illuminating, poignant" (The List)

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

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

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

Touch tours available on request, please email bigeggtheatre@gmail.com 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)

8:30pm to 9:20pm
Stealth Aspies: Autistic People Speak Out Stealth Aspies

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

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

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

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Blondes on Bicycles Sara Mason

'Blondes on Bicycles' is a two handed stand-up comedy show starring Charmaine Davies and Sara Mason, which includes sketch and song. This is the premiere of a new collaboration between these charismatic and entertaining women.

An endearing and amusing take on 21st century womanhood, from sexual preferences to recipes, philosophy to adolescent angst, children to pets, these two bare it all and bear with it... it's hard being a Goddess these days, isn't it?

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)

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

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

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

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

9:00pm to 10:05pm
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.

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Miss Disney's Magic Songbook Miss Disney

Love Disney? Love singalongs?

Feel the magic with Miss Disney's very own fairy-tale show. With her magic songbook, Miss Disney will take you from the forests of Snow White through the frosty mountains of Frozen to the tropical beaches of Moana in a world of make believe which will thrill and inspire Disney fanatics of all ages.

Leave the real world behind and let Miss Disney transport you to infinity and beyond on a magical singalong adventure. Full of imagination where you can wish upon a star, be part of her world and make dreams that you wish come true, with a hint of diva and sass.

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

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

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

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

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

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

9:00pm to 11:00pm
And the Devil Will Drag You Under Desmond O'Connor

Now in its 10th triumphant year, 'And The Devil May Drag You Under' is the cult hit of Brighton Fringe. Bringing together some of the finest cabaret talent on offer at Brighton Fringe, this is the show where the acts compete for their mortal souls.

Join the devil himself (Desmond O'Connor) as the recently deceased entertainers show you what they've got, before you, the audience, decide if they go to heaven or hell.

Starring Frisky & Mannish, Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, Kitty Bang Bang (Limbo), Beau Sargent (The Box), Symone (La Soiree) and many, many more.

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Ghost Sexxx Ema Boswood

if u like someone nd they dont text u back after u’ve had sex dw cos they must just b a ghost x

'Ghost Sexxx' is a performance which parodies paranormal techniques in an attempt to reach through to the other side, the ‘other side’ being the people who have ghosted Ema in the past.

The show takes a comedic look at the newly-coined term ‘ghosting’, which means when a person you’re dating simply stops replying to your texts/calls. Ema carries out a seance, tells a ‘ghost story’ and has a sexorcism, all the while taking a refreshing and ridiculous look at the experience of rejection.

9:15pm to 10:00pm
Alpha Mums Gone Wrong Alpha Mums

Joann Condon, Ayshea Bravo and Leonie Rachel are alpha-mums gone wrong.
Instead of putting a wash on or doing the kids’ bedtime, they’re down the pub performing a new sketch show full of satire, parodies and character comedy.

They're taking the mickey out of modern life and fuelling their frustrations into funnies.
2018 may be the year of the Suffragettes' centenary celebrations, but these women are still juggling more balls than drunken seals.

So why not be good boys and girls, come and watch their show - it will help keep them off the gin.

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

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

9:30pm to 10:30pm
I Married An Alien Card Sharp Anton Binder Magic

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

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

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

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

This project is supported by a Brighton Lions bursary.

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.

9:30pm 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)

9:40pm 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
Shit-faced Showtime: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Magnificent Bastard Productions

Shit-faced Showtime is the all-singing, all-dancing, all-drinking phenomenon from the professional piss-heads behind Shit-faced Shakespeare.
Featuring a cast of professionally trained musical theatre performers, classic show tunes, complex choreography and one entirely shit-faced actor every night ... What could possibly go right?
Shit-faced Showtime roars back to Brighton Fringe with an all new show for 2017, 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'. It’ll be wicked!

9:45pm to 10:45pm
Baba Brinkman: Darwinizm HDtouring Ltd

Baba Brinkman’s unique “peer reviewed rap” combines comedy, science, and hip-hop in a live show that the New York Times calls “astonishing and brilliant”. In Darwinizm Baba reveals the hidden forces that shape us, from DNA to digital memes.

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
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...

10:00pm 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.

Yes.
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.

10:15pm to 11:15pm
Radu Isac: One Romanian Answering Questions Radu Co

Radu started comedy in 2006 in Bucharest and was known as Romania's comedian’s comedian. In 2015, he moved to London to be known as an open mic comedian. After about 18 months, eight competition finals and a BBC appearance, Radu was proud to call himself the poorest professional comic on the UK circuit.

This show isn't an immigrant's tale, Radu just happens to be Romanian. Come see him walk the fine line between having a unique point of view and being pigeonholed as a one note comedian.

"Certainly impressive" (Beyond The Joke)
"Plenty of edge" (Chortle)

10:30pm to 11:20pm
Nigel Ng: Malaysian Sensation (Work In Progress) Off The Kerb Productions Ltd.

Nigel Ng is from Malaysia. Join him as he observes and adopts your Western ways (he just started recycling!). Winner, Amused Moose Laugh Off 2016 and nominated Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year. Nigel was selected to be part of the prestigious Pleasance Comedy Reserve at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017. "Slick, has natural funnybones" (Chortle). "Brilliant... Go see him" (One4Review).

10:30pm to 11:30pm
Haver Dino Egg Creative

Megan Shandley (Scottish Variety Award Nominee 2017, Funny Women Regional Finalist 2016, 2017) and Wis Jantarasorn (Scottish Comedian of the Year Semi-Finalist 2016) present a home grown hour; could this be two Scotch roasters on the cusp of greatness?

Fresh from runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, VAULT Festival, Leicester Comedy Festival and Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

"Megan effortlessly combines the joy of personal anecdotes with topical observation" (Funny Women)

"Wis is the next big thing, incredibly funny and very likeable" (Breakneck Comedy)

As seen on BBC and STV.

11:00pm to 1:00am
Sophisticated Mischief: Thursday Late Brighton Spiegeltent with Sophisticated Mischief

Sophisticated Mischief DJs Nick T (TG, Merkaba My Brighton, Below Lucky Voice) and Peter von Sleaze (TG, Cabaret Boheme, Below Lucky Voice) play the best old and new music vibes, from Motown to Ghetto Funk, and jump up Jive RnB to Electro Swing.

Everything from 60s dive bar grinders to the smoothest of smooth lounge core crooners with a sprinkle of 70s crime scene Jazz, wacka wacka porno Funk, cool mod grooves and storming Soul.

Dress up and bring your air saxophones, trumpets and mambo shoes!

11:30pm to 1:00am
The Late Show Otherplace Productions Ltd

The "slightly soiled bearpit of a show" (G Scene) returns. Join us for the best late-night entertainment every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Bank Holiday Sundays of the Fringe. Featuring stand-up, sketch, clowns and cabaret and a range of fabulous hosts.

"A great place to wind up at the end of a festival night out, it's engaging, fun and you get plenty of value in a gently rowdy nights entertainment!" (G Scene)

11:30pm to 2:00am
Fringe Club: A Silent Disco Otherplace Productions Ltd

The legendary Fringe Club returns to the Warren in 2018 with it's own version of the legendary night out, Silent Disco.

With special guest DJs, fancy dress nights, takeovers and more. Everyone's favourite headphone party comes to Brighton's favourite Fringe night out.