Today's full programme, more choices & comment

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

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

11:00am to 2:00pm
Brighton Food Tours: The V.I.B. (Very Independent Brighton) Food Tour Brighton Food Tours

The V.I.B (Very Independent Brighton) Food Tour is a celebration of independent Brighton - packed with the eclectic sights and tastes from the unique makers to the unsung heroes of Brighton's indie food and drink scene.

Over approximately three hours you'll get a magical mystery chocolate box selection of the best foodie hot spots that quirky, independent Brighton has to offer. As recommended by The Independent, Coast Magazine and Metro.

Finalists of The Beautiful South Tourism Awards For Excellence 2017.

1:00pm to 2:00pm
Iris Prize: A Celebration of LGBT Film Iris Prize

The Iris Prize Festival, based in Cardiff, celebrates amazing LGBT film and each year awards the largest LGBT short film prize in the world. These winning short films from Iris 2017 are the best of the best, telling fascinating LGBT stories from the UK and beyond.

Lily – Youth Jury Award
Graham Cantwell | Ireland | 22 mins

Eté – Highly Commended, Best British
Gregory Oke | UK | 19 mins

We Love Moses – Best British
Dionne Edwards | UK | 19 mins

Mother Knows Best – Iris Prize
Mikael Bundsen | Sweden | 13 mins

1:00pm to 1:25pm
Square Peg 2headedpigeon Theatre Co.

Award-winning punk-theatre-company, 2headedpigeon, returns to Brighton Fringe with this claustrophobic underdog-adventure, set in a dystopian future.

“More than you dare hope to find at the Fringe” (ThreeWeeks)

“As a comment on soulless consumerism, it’s hard to imagine a more powerful artistic statement” (The Sunday Business Post)

“Punk theatre where you don’t care if things go wrong and neither do the performers” (Everything Theatre)

“Relentlessly inventive and recklessly funny, a show which genuinely has something to say” (WhatsOnStage)

1:30pm to 1:55pm
Square Peg 2headedpigeon Theatre Co.

Award-winning punk-theatre-company, 2headedpigeon, returns to Brighton Fringe with this claustrophobic underdog-adventure, set in a dystopian future.

“More than you dare hope to find at the Fringe” (ThreeWeeks)

“As a comment on soulless consumerism, it’s hard to imagine a more powerful artistic statement” (The Sunday Business Post)

“Punk theatre where you don’t care if things go wrong and neither do the performers” (Everything Theatre)

“Relentlessly inventive and recklessly funny, a show which genuinely has something to say” (WhatsOnStage)

1:40pm to 2:40pm
Karoshi Mel Byron

'Karoshi' is Japanese for death by overwork.

Is work killing you? Does your boss hate you? You are not alone.

In her hit Edinburgh show, 'Karoshi', comedian (and tired worker) Mel Byron shows the many different ways in which work is killing us. Long hours; managers from hell; dysfunctional colleagues - they are all to blame. Yes, it's not you, it's them. In the time it takes you to eat lunch and update your CV (don't let the boss catch you), Mel shows, with anecdotes and fascinating facts, why this is happening and what we can do about it.

2:00pm to 3:45pm
Geoffrey Mead's Clifton and Montpelier Tour Geoffrey Mead

Close to the city centre lies the Victorian suburb of Clifton Hill and Montpelier, a quiet architecturally interesting community with its own geological, geographical and social history. This tour looks at building materials and styles and occupants past and present, viewed on a stroll through this fascinating locale.

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Brighton Rocks Film Festival Brighton Rocks

Brighton Rocks Film Festival - Screenings (Dukes @ Komedia)

Brighton Rocks celebrates films that embody Brighton’s state of mind, attitude and spirit – one that dares to be itself - and that promotes the city as a mecca for artists and creatives from all walks of life.

2 - 3 pm: Screening of Award-Winning Films by Local Filmmakers followed by Q&A
3.10 - 4.20 pm: Screening of Excellent Finalist Films from all Categories
4.30 – 6 pm: Screening of Brighton Rocks Winning Films

2:45pm to 3:45pm
A Puppet Named Desire Stickyback Theatre

Puppets hunting passion... the hard way! Stickyback return after a sell out run at the Camden Fringe with another slice of "beguilingly bizarre" (The Stage) puppet orientated sketch fun. A furry look at that old malady called love through a puppet's perspective.

Best Comedy Award winners Brighton Fringe.

"The funniest piece of shadow puppetry I've seen in a long time!" ***** (Broadway Baby)

3:00pm to 3:50pm
The Jerry Hall Show 50 Eggs

Jerry Hall bursts her way into Brighton Fringe, in this riot of a cabaret developed at Soho Theatre. Hot at her heels are her singing hubby Murdoch, twin sis Terry Hall and many more. Making their debut, expect a hilarious world of madness from comedy duo Kayleigh Cassidy and Danielle Downey (part of 2017 Brighton and Edinburgh's Sold out Fringe show 'Crime Scene Improvisation').

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.

3:10pm to 4:20pm
Brighton Rocks Film Festival Brighton Rocks

Brighton Rocks Film Festival - Screenings (Dukes @ Komedia)

Brighton Rocks celebrates films that embody Brighton’s state of mind, attitude and spirit – one that dares to be itself - and that promotes the city as a mecca for artists and creatives from all walks of life.

2 - 3 pm: Screening of Award-Winning Films by Local Filmmakers followed by Q&A
3.10 - 4.20 pm: Screening of Excellent Finalist Films from all Categories
4.30 – 6 pm: Screening of Brighton Rocks Winning Films

3:45pm to 5:00pm
Marx in Soho by Howard Zinn Iron Age Theatre

2 stars At one point during this lecturing one-man show, the reincarnation of Karl Marx asks: "Is there anything more outrageous than an honest critic?" OK then, Brighton. Prepare to be outraged. This play gives us plenty of facts about Karl Marx's life, but very little nuanced insight, and even less about his fascinatingly prescient political philosophy. Instead, we have an accusatory rant at the world's ills – a crowd-pleasing sermon which will persuade no-one and change nothing. Read the full review.

'Marx in Soho' by Howard Zinn
Starring Bob Weick
Directed by Iron Age Theatre's John Doyle

Karl Marx launches into a passionate, funny, and moving defense of his political ideas in Zinn’s brilliant, timely play, 'Marx in Soho', an excellent introduction to Marx’s life, analysis of society, and passion for radical change. Karl Marx uses current news and events to show how his ideas still resonate and explains a humane alternative to the capitalism that rules our world.

Resist!

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

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

4:00pm to 5:00pm
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.

4:00pm to 5:00pm
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)

4:15pm to 5:15pm
The Gingerbread Man Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company

Imagine being born in an oven and the first person you meet wants to dunk you in his tea!

Come and see the adventure of the deliciously smelling Gingerbread Man and meet the bravest biscuit of all times.

Stuff and Nonsense apply their usual brilliance with a mix of puppetry, live action, great music, humour and a stunning staging of this well-loved classic tale.

Suitable for 3+. No scary bits – just don't turn up hungry! Now run, run, as fast as you can, you need to get tickets to catch this Gingerbread Man!

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.

4:20pm to 5:20pm
The Silent House Iran Saye Theatre

Benjamin and Shiva have lived in a refugee camp for two years whilst they work towards completing their citizenship applications. They're very friendly and intimate, but there is something between them that gradually changes the shape of their relationship.

In the biblical Book of Job, the hero demands that God explain himself in regard to the tests to which he puts him. He accuses God of remaining silent in the face of the human "Why?".

Join us to ask the "whys" about our world: about humanity, war, violence and existence, and passionately make the world a better place through art.

4:30pm to 6:00pm
Brighton Rocks Film Festival Brighton Rocks

Brighton Rocks Film Festival - Screenings (Dukes @ Komedia)

Brighton Rocks celebrates films that embody Brighton’s state of mind, attitude and spirit – one that dares to be itself - and that promotes the city as a mecca for artists and creatives from all walks of life.

2 - 3 pm: Screening of Award-Winning Films by Local Filmmakers followed by Q&A
3.10 - 4.20 pm: Screening of Excellent Finalist Films from all Categories
4.30 – 6 pm: Screening of Brighton Rocks Winning Films

4:30pm to 5:25pm
Sasha Ellen: No Man's Land Sasha Ellen

In 2010 the island of Herm declared a state of emergency. Helicopters went up. Divers went down. It was all Sasha’s fault. A stand-up show of how Sasha brought a part of the world to a complete halt. A tale of an engagement, a missing person and a near catastrophe which explores love, loss and the pitfalls of drinking.

Sasha's shows have transferred to Soho Theatre and Soho Playhouse in New York.

“Rife with cheeky humour... upfront and witty” **** (Broadway Baby)

"Genuinely fresh" **** (The Scotsman)

“Honest, hilarious and horrifying... the comedy future looks good for Ellen” (Canal-St)

4:45pm to 5:35pm
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.

5:00pm to 6:45pm
Geoffrey Mead's London Road Tour Geoffrey Mead

London Road is an area rapidly regenerating after years of inner city decline. New businesses have moved in, with improvements to the Open Market and The Level, new housing at the co-op, New England and on Ditchling Road and a general feeling of urban regrowth. The physical geography, historic nature of the buildings and layout of the former farmland bubbles through into the 21st century scene. This tour takes in history and landscape, past industry and present day housing.

This project is supported by a Brighton Lions bursary.

5:15pm to 6:15pm
Stand and Deliver Tobacco Tea Theatre Company

In 1736 two dandy highwaymen plan the heist of the century. Can they steal the taxidermy lobster and save Britain from the nefarious schemes of a corrupt political establishment?

Witty, fast-paced, over-the-top action-comedy about finding your true self and defying your masters, from the makers of 'The Accidental Adventures of Sherlock Holmes'.

***** (Theatre Bath)

5:30pm to 6:20pm
Too Young to Stay In - Too Old to Go Out Scarlet Cherub

In his new show Nigel Osner casts a quizzical eye over life’s challenges for those, shall we say, just that little bit older. Going out, love, holidays - even the gym! He does this in a series of original songs and stories by male and female characters.

Nigel was nominated for excellence in new writing at the Buxton Fringe 2016 for his previous show 'Angel to Vampire!’

"Tremendously talented and very entertaining" (The Scotsman)

"Go and see this unique show" (FringeReview)

"His sweet and funny characters will stay with you afterwards like old friends" (Buxton Fringe Review)

5:30pm to 6:20pm
MOTHER MOTHER COMEDY

This is 'MOTHER'.
Who is Mother?
Sh. No talking when Mother is talking.

Comedy duo Laura Curnick and Jack Mosedale present 'MOTHER', a hilarious, fast-paced, character-based sketch show that they've absolutely written all of by the time this has been published.
All of it.

5:30pm to 6:00pm
Rebekka Turner: Rice T*ts Rebekka Turner

A cultural camp calamari of a character stand-up comedy show. Rebekka is proud to bring her debut solo 30 minute show to Brighton Fringe and thrilled to be supported by The Pebble Trust Brighton Fringe Awards. Perfect for anyone who enjoys their comedy with a weird or sharp edge to it!

'Rice T*ts' is inspired by the drag queen trick of putting rice into tights to create fake boobs. An early evening aperitif show with an eccentric and eclectic mix of impressions, word play and stories exploring food, pop culture and awkwardness... and other stuff!

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 12:00am
The Spire Festival Bar The Spire

Step into Brighton’s most atmospheric bar. Experience unusual art, curious performance and live music every night at 9pm whilst sipping the perfect festival cocktail - and it's all for free! Kemptown's newest Brighton Fringe venue located in the glorious St Marks Chapel opens its doors every Friday, Saturday and Bank Holiday Sunday.

6:00pm to 7:15pm
The Final Offensives 1918 ElAl Productions

Alan Felton presents the last in the series 'Lions Led by Asses' in which, by means of song, poetry and facts, he covers the final months of World War 1, culminating in an uneasy armistice on 11th November 1918.

Both the Allies and Germany were on their knees at the end of 1917 after Ypres and Passchendaele, but it was the addition of the USA in the shape of men and munitions that swayed the war in favour of the Allies.

This project is supported by a Brighton Lions bursary.

6:00pm to 10:00pm
It's not a phase, mom! Greater Brighton Metropolitan College

Graduate exhibition by Brighton Metropolitan Creative Music Production degree students. An eclectic variety of live performances, installations and audiovisual art over two evenings at The Rose Hill.

This free event will heighten your audiovisual senses with a unique collection of final work ready to be discovered.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
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).

6:00pm to 6:50pm
Guru Dudu's Silent Disco Walking Tours Guru Dudu Productions

I've never actually been on Guru Dudu's headphone disco tours, but they've become a familiar sight in Brighton and, especially, Edinburgh. Looking for all the world like a 1980's breakfast-TV exercise coach, Guru Dudu leads a party-loving crowd around the streets of the city, playing tunes and calling out moves through wifi-connected headsets. No skill is required, just a willingness to have a go – and being in a big group must make it easier to shed any inhibitions about dancing in public. It's a surreal sight as a spectator… and looks a lot of fun to take part in, too.

Sold out at Edinburgh Fringe 2017!

Guru Dudu returns with his hilarious dance-walking tours of spontaneous flash mob dancing through the streets, interpretative dancing around local landmarks and lots of crazy interaction with onlookers. Everyone wears headphones (supplied) and can hear the fun commentary from Guru Dudu and the dance mix of uplifting favourites from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s.

Wear comfortable footwear and preferably come empty handed (no bags, etc)

Tickets available at door if headphones available.

Check out our website for additional pop-up events with Guru Dudu.

Warning: cheeks may hurt from smiling!

6:00pm to 7:00pm
The War of the Worlds The Pantaloons

4 stars Let's get one thing straight to begin with: this comic canter through The War Of The Worlds has nothing to do with Jeff Wayne. There's music, yes, performed live on stage, and a nod or two to lines of dialogue made famous by the iconic rock-opera. But this is actually a surprisingly faithful treatment of HG Wells' original novel, in a show which balances high-spirited playfulness with a sincere and often sensitive story. Read the full review.

Look on in abject terror as The Pantaloons invade the stage in this funny yet faithful adaptation of H G Wells sci-fi classic. They use musical instruments, puppetry and, um, enthusiasm to recreate deadly heat-rays, giant fighting machines, squidgy tentacled Martians and interplanetary warfare on an epic scale. The chances of success? A million to one...

“Part alternative rock band, part thespian... wholly charming.” (The Times)

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 6:55pm
Pelican Pelican

Pelican is a brand new whirlwind comedy by the critically acclaimed Pelican (makers of The Cat Man Curse). Blending surreal narratives with playful and interactive comedy, Pelican is mad cap, uplifting and hugely entertaining.

"A wonderland of absurd sketches and characters, tied together with the thread of a wonderfully eccentric story." ***** (A Younger Theatre)
"A joy to watch" **** (The List)
"Wildly funny" ***** (Broadway Baby)
"Thrives off ingenuity and playfulness" ***** (Ed Fringe Review)

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

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

6:15pm to 7:15pm
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
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.

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Aaaaaaaargh! It's a Bonanza of Comedy from Around the Fringe Laughing Horse Comedy

It's a comedy bonanza!

A brand-new stand-up comedy selection from Laughing Horse. An exciting mixed bag of comedians, with top headliners and the best up-and-coming performers selected from shows all around the Fringe.

See a bundle of comics visiting Brighton from the international comedy circuit, alongside a selection of great acts from around the UK and the very best in hilarious new and local talent.

It's different at every show. You'll see something you weren't expecting, something new and maybe something extraordinary!

6:30pm to 7:25pm
Franz Kafka: Apparatus Blue Devil

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

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

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

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

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

6:30pm 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.

6:45pm to 7:45pm
Dan Fardell: Joke Furniture Land Dan Fardell

Discover the magic of a show named at the last possible moment, by joining acclaimed local comic Dan Fardell in his second full length Brighton show 'Joke Furniture Land' (work in progress), the follow-up to 2015s capacity-crowded 'At Least 100 Jokes'. Buses, dog shaming, the metric system, no topic is out of bounds - except, probably, furniture.

"Writing with the efficiency of the slickest American comic" (Chortle)

"One of the best new joke writers I've seen in ages. He has so many lines that make me think 'I wish I'd thought of that'" (Romesh Ranganathan)

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 9:00pm
Chasing Rabbits EIAG Music

Brighton-based singer and songwriter, Rachel de Cock, launches her new album, 'Chasing Rabbits', with an evening of some of the most evocative pop ballads of all time; celebrating great songwriters including Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, Annie Lennox, Tori Amos, Amy Winehouse, David Bowie, John Lennon, Nick Cave, Radiohead and many more. The performance will have informal seating, include a 20 minute interval and have refreshments served throughout.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Pals The Black Dove

Simone Belshaw (South Coast Comedian Finalist 2017) and William Stone (Max Turner Finalist 2018) are just two ordinary lads looking for friendship in a crazy world. Come hang out with them at this interactive show hosted by a phone (voiced by Jen Ives) hear some of William's whimsical one-liners and some offbeat fables from Simone. Come as strangers, leave as PALS!

William Stone - "Belting gags. Highly recommended" Angela Barnes (Radio4 Newsjack, Live at the Apollo). Simone Belshaw - "Brilliantly offbeat, often surreal and always original" - Funny Women.

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
Land of Lost Content Apples and Snakes

Apples and Snakes and New Writing South present ... Henry Madd recounts his experiences growing up in Dulowl, a quaint market town of polite smiles and pleasant scenery with a pub owned by a melancholy bear ... but beneath the surface the hopes of the inhabitants are mired in addiction, mental illness and backwards local politics.

7:00pm to 8:25pm
Only in Brighton! Only in Brighton

What connects Abba and the Portuguese Revolution? Mount Everest and a supermarket in Hove? A stained wall and the genesis of a worldwide retail brand? What's the story behind a same-sex wedding in 1923? Britain's 'most useless' monarch? And why is my charming Regency property damp and crumbling?

Discover the real spirit of Brighton in a lively, funny and informative quest to uncover what makes this city unique - and a little bit weird.

Winner of 'Unique Experience of the Year for Brighton' 2017 Luxury Travel Guide Awards

7:00pm to 9:30pm
Silver Jewellery Workshop Silver & Sage

A fun and crafty workshop where you will make a personalised silver pendant to take away with you that day.

No prior experience needed, I will guide you through every process. We will be working with Silver Metal Clay which once fired is 99.9% real fine silver.

During the two to three hours you will learn how to handle the clay, shape, stamp your personalisation, fire and finish your piece.

Refreshments are available from the bar and for larger groups a high tea can be arranged - hello@silverandsage.co.uk. Prior booking is essential. For more info visit our website.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Professional Breakup Artist Annabelszki

Share the highs, lows, and downright hilarity of the eternal scramble to seek, find, and inevitably lose, the woman of your dreams. Be taken by the hand and gently guided through the ridiculous scenarios that the search for love, Ms Right, or just a good hard... can entail.

An authentic narrative, exploring the contemporary minefield of lesbian love, lust, dating, and break-ups. An energetic, comedic and poetic voyage.

Brighton-based performance artist Annabelszki delivers a fusion of stand-up, audience interaction, improv, and comedic poetry.

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

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

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Maggie Macall PostScript Theatre

Back to Broadway!

Come and meet those dancing feet (there will be very little dancing) and sing 'All That Jazz' (no saxophones feature in this show) as you listen to Maggie regale you with stories of her time in the theatre and on camera, all whilst listening to some classic tunes from her glittering career.

For musical-theatre lovers, this is not to be missed!

7:00pm to 8:15pm
Daniel Sloss: NOW MZA

Latest smash-hit show from Scotland’s internationally acclaimed, award-winning comedian. Star of ‘Conan’ (a record 7 appearances), Daniel is one of the biggest ticket sellers at the Edinburgh Fringe (10 sold out years), has performed 2 solo New York off-Broadway seasons, and released a DVD, plus gave a ‘Tedx’ Talk whilst aged 19.

“Funny, intelligent and charming” **** (Edinburgh Evening News)

“Dirty, sweet and clever” (New York Times)

“Deliciously dark stand-up” **** (Mail on Sunday)

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 8:30pm
Culpeper's Medicine Garden At The Coach House

Join herbalist Sara Jane Glendinning and musician Jo Burke for a herbal walk with folklore and songs, celebrating local plants of Sussex inspired by the works of 17th Century herbalist, Nicholas Culpeper.

Choose a morning walk on Whitehawk Hill exploring our surroundings and the healing properties of local plants, or Culpepers’ medicine garden at the Coach House.

Experience the world of plants through the eyes of Culpeper. Explore some herbal remedies with folklore and song. Learn ancestral knowledge to bring back home to your medicine chest.

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

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

7:00pm to 9:30pm
A Musical History of 24 George St, Brighton - and Other Shows The Bom-Bane Family Players

Jane Bom-Bane is a well-known figure in Brighton, both for her magnificently wacky restaurant – which comes complete with mechanical tables – and her eclectic musical shows. This year’s event is a reprise of a 2011 hit, which tells the story of the building itself and the many people who've lived there over the years. The tale unfolds over a meal (included in the ticket price) and, if it's like last time, waiters and waitresses will dip in and out of character to entertain you with a song. Capacity's obviously limited, so book ahead.

By popular demand! Original musical journey from 400 AD Boerthelm's Tun to present day Bom-Bane's, with portraits of all the colourful inhabitants along the way. Meal included. See www.bom-banes.com/brighton-fringe-2018/ and for other May shows: Nick Pynn 3,5; Kate Daisy Grant 4,5; Rachel Blackman/Foz: The Sparkling Darkness 6,7; Becca Dyer 8; Prof Hawley's 60s Acoustic Jukebox Sing-along 11; Los Bonobos 13; Silver Swans 15; Jo Neary 17, 31; I’m This I’m That play Moondog 21; George Egg/Jon Hicks 22; Eliza Skelton & Band 24. All £8/£18 with food. Eves 8pm days 3pm. Festifood'n'Film £7.77 each

7:00pm to 8:00pm
The Impossible, Improbable & Unlikely Adventure Of... SharkhelpingFish

4 stars This lively, uncomplicated, perfectly delightful show is just the thing to round off a fun day at the Fringe. The venue is a guest house – if I understood it right, some of the performers actually live there – but the action's spread across the globe, from the depths of the sea to the edge of space. In a small group of up to six people, you'll move from room to room to meet a procession of charismatic characters, each of whose lives is intertwined with a figure known only as the Explorer. Read the full review.

Take a journey, following the impossible steps of an eccentric explorer, through improbable terrains to unlikely encounters, in this walk-through immersive theatre experience through a 150-year-old guest house.

Groups of six max per adventure, running every 15 mins from the start time. You may be joined by other explorers.

7:15pm to 8:15pm
The Impossible, Improbable & Unlikely Adventure Of... SharkhelpingFish

4 stars This lively, uncomplicated, perfectly delightful show is just the thing to round off a fun day at the Fringe. The venue is a guest house – if I understood it right, some of the performers actually live there – but the action's spread across the globe, from the depths of the sea to the edge of space. In a small group of up to six people, you'll move from room to room to meet a procession of charismatic characters, each of whose lives is intertwined with a figure known only as the Explorer. Read the full review.

Take a journey, following the impossible steps of an eccentric explorer, through improbable terrains to unlikely encounters, in this walk-through immersive theatre experience through a 150-year-old guest house.

Groups of six max per adventure, running every 15 mins from the start time. You may be joined by other explorers.

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?

7:15pm 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.

7:30pm to 9:00pm
Tribal Remix Presents: Migrations Tribal Remix

A belly dance showcase presenting incredible talent from around the world. Incorporating elements of Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Indian and Flamenco dance, this style is truly unique and colourful.

The show features pioneers Jill Parker (United States) and Tjarda Van Straten (Netherlands), alongside many more local and international performers.

'Migrations' is part of the Tribal Remix festival, now in its 7th year; it will be the last ever edition of this fusion belly dance festival. Don't miss it!

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 8:30pm
The Impossible, Improbable & Unlikely Adventure Of... SharkhelpingFish

4 stars This lively, uncomplicated, perfectly delightful show is just the thing to round off a fun day at the Fringe. The venue is a guest house – if I understood it right, some of the performers actually live there – but the action's spread across the globe, from the depths of the sea to the edge of space. In a small group of up to six people, you'll move from room to room to meet a procession of charismatic characters, each of whose lives is intertwined with a figure known only as the Explorer. Read the full review.

Take a journey, following the impossible steps of an eccentric explorer, through improbable terrains to unlikely encounters, in this walk-through immersive theatre experience through a 150-year-old guest house.

Groups of six max per adventure, running every 15 mins from the start time. You may be joined by other explorers.

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 8:20pm
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 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
25 Years of Stand-Up Laughing Horse Comedy & Vladimir McTavish

Scottish comedy-award-winner and BAFTA nominee Vladimir McTavish celebrates a quarter-century in the business with an hour-long show featuring some brand-new topical gags, some old favourites from the back catalogue and some hilarious anecdotes about life backstage.

From BBC's 'Live Floor Show' and Channel 4's 'Frankie Boyle's Tramadol Nights'

"One of the finest acts on the Scottish comedy circuit" (The Guardian)

"Inspired comedy brilliance" (The Australian Stage)

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
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).

7:30pm to 9:00pm
The Manifestation of Trim Tab Jim Trim Tab Productions

3 stars This campaigning rock opera is a tricky show to review – in fact, it's a tricky show to get your head around. It's overflowing with big concepts, from the possibility that we're all living inside a computer simulation to a sinister suggestion of deep-state interference in political life. It's built around some fascinating ideas, and features some strident, provocative songs; but it's also a tangle of thoughts and themes, from which it's hard to pull out any specific message. Read the full review.

This new show is the sequel to The Reincarnation Of Trim Tab Jim, which earned a four-star review from us back in 2015. An unashamedly loud and passionate rock opera, nobody could accuse that last show of ducking big topics: destiny, judgement and the Angel of Death all played a role. The titular Trim Tab Jim is named after the tiny rudder which can move a mighty boat – and the underlying lesson was that we should all be accountable for making the world a better place. It was agitprop with a strident beat, and hopefully this second incarnation offers more of the same.

Trim Tab is on a mission to fulfil a promise he made to the Angel of Death. If only he could remember what it was... A psychiatrist takes a keen interest in him and goes out of her way to help him fulfil his potential. But all is not as it seems – indeed, reality itself may not be as it seems... Praise for THE REINCARNATION OF TRIM TAB JIM:

“Lion-hearted... Destined for greatness!” (Fringe Review)
“A slick performance with a great message” (Fringe Guru)
“Unique, compelling musical theatre” (Fringe Review) “Simply stunning” (BN1 Magazine)

Bar opens 7pm.

www.trimtabjim.com

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 9:25pm
Bach: Sonatas & Partitas for Violin Solo + Chamber Music: String Trio & Guitar Music at Saint Michael's

Violinist Benedict Cruft and J.S. Bach: 6 Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo (May 5 & 6). The Cruft-Robertson-Pleeth String Trio: Bach/Mozart Adagio and a Fugue for violin, Hyacinthe Jadin Trio and Beethoven's Op.3 Trio (May 18). Then with Paul Gregory, guitar: Vivaldi Guitar Concerto and Cello Sonata, Purcell Fantazia and Mozart Divertimento in Eb (May 25). Beethoven 3 String Trios Op.9 and his 'Eyeglasses Duo' for viola and cello (June 1). Talented French composer Hyacinthe Jadin may be new to listeners; he died in Paris in 1800 at the age of just 24. The young Beethoven wrote his Op.3 at the same age.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Caspar Thomas: More Magic & Mentalism Caspar Thomas

Magician Caspar Thomas isn't a typical showman, but after spending a few minutes in his wittily self-deprecating company you'll feel that you've made a new friend. If it's true to the spirit of his previous show – which we reviewed a couple of years ago – you can expect an unashamedly traditional magic routine executed to perfection, often triggering that pleasing sense that something literally impossible has just happened before your eyes. Our 2016 review praised an unexpectedly funny, crowd-pleasing show, for those who remember the golden age of magic on TV.

Caspar returns to Brighton to perform more new and classic (invented by some of the greatest magicians of the last 120 years) stand-up, interactive, before your very eyes sleight of hand magic and mentalism! No suspicious looking boxes. No stooges. No assistants (glamorous or otherwise).

"Caspar’s sleight of hand and mentalism is of a standard rarely seen anywhere, and never attempted by the current generation of magicians. Phenomenal!" (Jerry Sadowitz)
"A master of the sleight of hand... he had them eating, almost literally, out of his hand" (FringeReview)

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)

7:45pm to 8:45pm
The Impossible, Improbable & Unlikely Adventure Of... SharkhelpingFish

4 stars This lively, uncomplicated, perfectly delightful show is just the thing to round off a fun day at the Fringe. The venue is a guest house – if I understood it right, some of the performers actually live there – but the action's spread across the globe, from the depths of the sea to the edge of space. In a small group of up to six people, you'll move from room to room to meet a procession of charismatic characters, each of whose lives is intertwined with a figure known only as the Explorer. Read the full review.

Take a journey, following the impossible steps of an eccentric explorer, through improbable terrains to unlikely encounters, in this walk-through immersive theatre experience through a 150-year-old guest house.

Groups of six max per adventure, running every 15 mins from the start time. You may be joined by other explorers.

7:45pm to 9:00pm
Clueless Theatre Presents: Two by Jim Cartwright Clueless Theatre

Whether you’re after a relaxing lager or fancy a reminiscent Babycham, The White Oak is the pub for you. Here you’ll find that the bitter is never off and there’s plenty of it. Sit back, grab a drink and watch as a blend of characters appear before your very eyes. The landlord and landlady offer a warm welcome with a sinister twist, as they present their eclectic customers; from the weird and wonderful, to the serious and cynical.

7:45pm to 8:45pm
The Man of a Thousand Farces Eluxifer

'The Man of a 1000 Farces' is the new touring show from that international man of misery, Johnny MacAulay. It is a one hour psychedelic mind flip of magic, character sketches, sideshow and quickchange mayhem.

MacAulay started performing with 'Cirque Archaos', 'La fura del Baus', 'Mutoid Waste' and has continued touring and gigging internationally eleven months of the year. He hasn't studied with Gaulier.

"Your show was amazing, I loved it even though it made me puke." (Tasha, Booker Blackpool)

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?

8:00pm to 11:00pm
SuperHappyLand Take Over Superhappyland

'Super Happy Land' is the reimagining of 70s children’s favourite ‘Tiswas’ relocated to
The Round George’s'.

A night of marvellous anarchic danger with music, audio, visuals, cross dressing and marvellously eclectic comics hosted by the unstoppable Kayo.

Super Happy Land Summer of Mayhem SHL Definition: Mayhem (noun). Wilful and deliberate cause of laughter of a person; resulting in dangerous fits of laughter and loss of bladder control i.e. "I p****d myself Laughing".

Headliners: Richard Perry + support 4th, Kelsey de Almeida + support 11th, 18th & 25th.

Comedy Open Mic Night 1st June

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.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
The Handsome Weeping Boys & Friends The Handsome Weeping Boys

Fired in the kiln of the Free Association's long-form improv training, this band of reprobates have become regulars on the London improv circuit and have been 3-time champions at the FA's 'Cage Match' improv team battle.

Joining The HWB as the '& Friends' will be another top London improv team from the same Free Association melting pot. Now these two teams join forces to bring their hour of chaos to Brighton Fringe, where just one word from the audience sparks off two 30-minute displays of mad monologues, off-the-wall scenes and bonkers characters.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Bully Beef Twobit Productions

3 stars "Bully beef" is a type of canned meat: flesh encased in metal. So there's grim humour in the title of this newly-written play, set inside a prototype British tank stranded between the front lines of the First World War. The crew, trapped inside, can't leave their iron prison; but the German army sense the chance to commandeer this frightening new war-machine, and daren't risk deploying heavy fire. The stage is set for a deadly stand-off, where the nature of duty is hotly debated, and passions both inside and outside the tank run high. Read the full review.

From the makers of the horror/sci-fi podcast 'Whisper Through the Static' comes a new play inspired by true events. September 1916, the Somme, a British tank breaks down during an advance and now the crew, fresh from training, must endure five nights in no man's land. Besieged from without and unravelling from within.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Viv Groskop: Vivalicious Viv Groskop

Following the success of 'Say Sorry to the Lady' (2015), 'Be More Margo' (2016) and 'Anchorwoman' (2017) at The Stand comes a brand new show from Viv Groskop, star of BBC1's 'This Week' and BBC Radio 4's 'It’s Just a Joke, Comrade'.

In this age of therapy and reinvention, Viv's new work-in-progress is about being the best version of yourself you can be. In Viv’s case - her most Vivalicious self. Or does there come a time when you should just give up and accept you are not that great a human being and never will be?

"Fresh and original" (Sara Pascoe)
"Viv is brilliant" (Jo Brand)

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Sass, Sex and Surrealness King Sammy Silver

How can one be sassy, sexy and surreal? The trans masc bear cub of the drag scene, Sammy Silver shows you exactly how through talk, song, video and dance.

His sibling rival, Sally is probably going to make an appearance or two... they are never too keen on Sammy in the spotlight.

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

8:00pm to 9:00pm
The Impossible, Improbable & Unlikely Adventure Of... SharkhelpingFish

4 stars This lively, uncomplicated, perfectly delightful show is just the thing to round off a fun day at the Fringe. The venue is a guest house – if I understood it right, some of the performers actually live there – but the action's spread across the globe, from the depths of the sea to the edge of space. In a small group of up to six people, you'll move from room to room to meet a procession of charismatic characters, each of whose lives is intertwined with a figure known only as the Explorer. Read the full review.

Take a journey, following the impossible steps of an eccentric explorer, through improbable terrains to unlikely encounters, in this walk-through immersive theatre experience through a 150-year-old guest house.

Groups of six max per adventure, running every 15 mins from the start time. You may be joined by other explorers.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
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.

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 10:30pm
Krater Comedy Club Komedia Ltd

Award-winning comedy with top international and UK comedians. Brighton’s best night out.

“A night full of fun and side-splitting laughter. I didn’t want it to end” (The Latest)

“THE place in Brighton to catch stand-up comedy” (The Independent)

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Sex & Pugs & Rock & LOLS FrogDog Productions

Three regulars from the comedy circuit bring you an hour of stand-up tackling life’s most important issues: sex, dogs and music - there’ll be jokes about other stuff too. All delivered with lashings of LOLS. With Katherine Atkinson (Funny Women regional finalist) Sarah Charsley (from the acclaimed sketch group The Fannytasticals) and Ben Carter (SYTYF semi-finalist, Laughing Horse semi-finalist).

8:00pm to 8:50pm
Guru Dudu's Silent Disco Walking Tours Guru Dudu Productions

I've never actually been on Guru Dudu's headphone disco tours, but they've become a familiar sight in Brighton and, especially, Edinburgh. Looking for all the world like a 1980's breakfast-TV exercise coach, Guru Dudu leads a party-loving crowd around the streets of the city, playing tunes and calling out moves through wifi-connected headsets. No skill is required, just a willingness to have a go – and being in a big group must make it easier to shed any inhibitions about dancing in public. It's a surreal sight as a spectator… and looks a lot of fun to take part in, too.

Sold out at Edinburgh Fringe 2017!

Guru Dudu returns with his hilarious dance-walking tours of spontaneous flash mob dancing through the streets, interpretative dancing around local landmarks and lots of crazy interaction with onlookers. Everyone wears headphones (supplied) and can hear the fun commentary from Guru Dudu and the dance mix of uplifting favourites from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s.

Wear comfortable footwear and preferably come empty handed (no bags, etc)

Tickets available at door if headphones available.

Check out our website for additional pop-up events with Guru Dudu.

Warning: cheeks may hurt from smiling!

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 9:00pm
Akin Omobitan & Lew Fitz: The Neighbours Are Worried Omobitan & Fitz

Ever worried about noises coming from next door?

You’re invited to meet the neighbours.

Akin Omobitan, Max Turner Prize 2017 winner and Leicester Square Comedian of the Year finalist 2017

"Engaging performance... freshly funny" (The Scotsman)

"As a newcomer he's ticking lots of boxes" (Chortle)

Flatmates, friends with a lot to explain.

8:00pm to 10:00pm
Bloco Branco Live Bloco Branco

Bloco Branco is an 11-piece explosive blend of traditional Brazilian Samba meets contemporary guitar and sax-filled festival vibes. With a strong local following and a history of energetic sold-out shows, Bloco Branco are guaranteed to put a smile on your face and get you dancing. Truly one not to be missed at this year’s Brighton Fringe.

8:15pm to 9:15pm
The Impossible, Improbable & Unlikely Adventure Of... SharkhelpingFish

4 stars This lively, uncomplicated, perfectly delightful show is just the thing to round off a fun day at the Fringe. The venue is a guest house – if I understood it right, some of the performers actually live there – but the action's spread across the globe, from the depths of the sea to the edge of space. In a small group of up to six people, you'll move from room to room to meet a procession of charismatic characters, each of whose lives is intertwined with a figure known only as the Explorer. Read the full review.

Take a journey, following the impossible steps of an eccentric explorer, through improbable terrains to unlikely encounters, in this walk-through immersive theatre experience through a 150-year-old guest house.

Groups of six max per adventure, running every 15 mins from the start time. You may be joined by other explorers.

8:30pm to 9:30pm
Alice Marshall: The Strike RBM Comedy in association with A-List Entertainment

The winner of the 2017 Brighton Fringe Best Comedy Award returns with her brand new show, full of Alice's signature weird and wonderful characters. Join Maria, the world's angriest air stewardess, as she welcomes you on board a flight that leads straight to the 5th dimension. Expect returning favourites and brand new faces in this multimedia galavant to the other side...

As featured on Comedy Central UK, BBC Radio 4 and BBC 4 Extra.

"Alice Marshall is a master of character comedy" ***** (Broadway Baby)
"She's the one you'll be glad you saw before she got big. See this show" ***** (ShortCom)

8:30pm to 10:30pm
Doppel Dietrich Patricia Hartshorne

Glamour, talent and a penchant for men's clothing. Humorous and haunting taste of Marlene Dietrich, through the life, loves and songs of this bisexual Hollywood legend.

Award-winning performer Patricia Hartshorne doubles as Marlene, entertaining with anecdotes and Dietrich classics including: 'Lili Marleen', 'Die Fesche Lola', 'Falling in Love Again', 'La Vie en Rose', 'Boys in the Back Room', 'Where Have All the Flowers Gone', and many more.

Are you up for some 'doppel strength' Dietrich? Meet the woman who answered to nobody - not even Adolf Hitler!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8:30pm to 9:30pm
The Impossible, Improbable & Unlikely Adventure Of... SharkhelpingFish

4 stars This lively, uncomplicated, perfectly delightful show is just the thing to round off a fun day at the Fringe. The venue is a guest house – if I understood it right, some of the performers actually live there – but the action's spread across the globe, from the depths of the sea to the edge of space. In a small group of up to six people, you'll move from room to room to meet a procession of charismatic characters, each of whose lives is intertwined with a figure known only as the Explorer. Read the full review.

Take a journey, following the impossible steps of an eccentric explorer, through improbable terrains to unlikely encounters, in this walk-through immersive theatre experience through a 150-year-old guest house.

Groups of six max per adventure, running every 15 mins from the start time. You may be joined by other explorers.

8:30pm to 9:20pm
Eddie Summers: Rocket Fuel! EDDIE SUMMERS

Explosive Eddie's looking for one lucky new flatmate. Could you cope with the energy bomb? Expect toast, kissing, rap, cat whiskers, violence, flirting with an apple crumble, and a giant rabbit!

''A uniquely brilliant high-octane comedian!'' 'Highly Recommended' (FringeReview)

''Genuinely joyful, wonderfully absurd'' (Reviews Hub)

''A supremely confident performer, infectious energy, crazily random / disconcertingly normal'' (FringeReview)

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Revillationships Paul Revill

Paul Revill, Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year 2014, returns to Brighton Fringe with a work in progress hour of comedy.

With a marriage date set, a dog rescued and a death in the family, it’s time to look at relationships!

"This bright sparky chappy was a real quick witted geezer." ***** (Arts in Leicestershire)

“Steals the show” **** (ThreeWeeks)

“There’s a notable charm in the gag delivery that shows skill with a punchline. The show is an argument for Revill's decision to be a comedian, and it's a convincing one." (Fest 2017)

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Juliet Meyers: Bikes & Dogs & Rock & Roll Evil Bastard Corp

Juliet, writer on The Sarah Millican Television Programme and 8/10 Cats, performs her work-in-progress show about loving/cursing both her rescue dog and her spur of the moment decision to go on an adventure holiday .

She explores the joys of far-flung travel, confidence issues, group dynamics and trying to rid the world of Boris Johnson and scones.

Her dog is in the show with her to act as usher, 'exhibit A' and the 'other person' in short sketches.

"Devilish." **** (The Scotsman)

"Laugh out loud show that resonates" **** (Chortle)

"Smart. Very funny!" (The Independent)

8:45pm to 9:45pm
The Impossible, Improbable & Unlikely Adventure Of... SharkhelpingFish

4 stars This lively, uncomplicated, perfectly delightful show is just the thing to round off a fun day at the Fringe. The venue is a guest house – if I understood it right, some of the performers actually live there – but the action's spread across the globe, from the depths of the sea to the edge of space. In a small group of up to six people, you'll move from room to room to meet a procession of charismatic characters, each of whose lives is intertwined with a figure known only as the Explorer. Read the full review.

Take a journey, following the impossible steps of an eccentric explorer, through improbable terrains to unlikely encounters, in this walk-through immersive theatre experience through a 150-year-old guest house.

Groups of six max per adventure, running every 15 mins from the start time. You may be joined by other explorers.

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Michael Fabbri: Dessert Warrior Michael Fabbri

Mr Fabbri, Star of Radio 4’s Dyslexicon, has graced the global comedy circuit for many years and is back in Brighton... well he lives in Brighton, but he's also back with a new stand-up show. Do come.

“An absolutely superb circuit headliner" (London Is Funny)

"Exceptionally funny, extremely sharp, hugely enjoyable” (The Scotsman)

"Startlingly insightful” (The Guardian)

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 9:50pm
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!

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

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

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

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

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Barbecue: The Musical Daniel Searle and Heather Minor

Britain is on the brink of nuclear war - how would you spend what might be your last afternoon on Earth?

Somewhere in middle-class suburbia, a small group has decided to press on with their plans of a traditional British barbecue in the back garden.

Featuring original songs, including one sung by a man dressed as a wasp, 'Barbecue: The Musical' follows the group as they repeatedly fail to light the barbecue, then subsequently burn some sausages while trying to stop Graham the next-door neighbour from inviting himself over. What better way to spend your last hours?

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Can You Put This in the Bin for Me? Bin Lid Company

After a sell-out run at the 2017 Brighton Fringe, ‘Can You Put This in the Bin for Me?’ returns for the 2018 festival. Distinctively charming Charmaine Davies and intriguing Glaswegian Michael Mooney bring you an hour of fun-packed, engaging comedy. The format of the show is straight-talking free stand-up, with each comic lasting around 30 minutes.

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Golden Girls OCR Productions

Catch-up with Beatrice, Betty, Rue and Estelle as you’ve never seen them before, in the highlights of the iconic 80s sitcom The Golden Girls.

9:00pm to 10:00pm
The Impossible, Improbable & Unlikely Adventure Of... SharkhelpingFish

4 stars This lively, uncomplicated, perfectly delightful show is just the thing to round off a fun day at the Fringe. The venue is a guest house – if I understood it right, some of the performers actually live there – but the action's spread across the globe, from the depths of the sea to the edge of space. In a small group of up to six people, you'll move from room to room to meet a procession of charismatic characters, each of whose lives is intertwined with a figure known only as the Explorer. Read the full review.

Take a journey, following the impossible steps of an eccentric explorer, through improbable terrains to unlikely encounters, in this walk-through immersive theatre experience through a 150-year-old guest house.

Groups of six max per adventure, running every 15 mins from the start time. You may be joined by other explorers.

9:15pm to 10:15pm
The Impossible, Improbable & Unlikely Adventure Of... SharkhelpingFish

4 stars This lively, uncomplicated, perfectly delightful show is just the thing to round off a fun day at the Fringe. The venue is a guest house – if I understood it right, some of the performers actually live there – but the action's spread across the globe, from the depths of the sea to the edge of space. In a small group of up to six people, you'll move from room to room to meet a procession of charismatic characters, each of whose lives is intertwined with a figure known only as the Explorer. Read the full review.

Take a journey, following the impossible steps of an eccentric explorer, through improbable terrains to unlikely encounters, in this walk-through immersive theatre experience through a 150-year-old guest house.

Groups of six max per adventure, running every 15 mins from the start time. You may be joined by other explorers.

9:15pm to 10:15pm
The Incomplete Works of Dolan, Parsons & Emslie Joseph Emslie

Joseph Emslie, Amused Moose New Comic Finalist 2017, Kate Dolan, "Lets loose her one liners perfectly" (Broadway Baby), and Joseph Parsons, "High energy, perfectly crafted punchlines" (Barry Ferns), are three of the UK's most exciting talents.

You can see them trying to separate the wheat from the chaff and create their new shows.

9:15pm to 10:05pm
Isobel Rogers: Elsa Isobel Rogers

Half-hearted waitress Elsa works in a cafe, eavesdropping on overly-earnest coffee chats, regretful memories of the night before, and exhausting tales of the rat race, as she struggles to make sense of a world that doesn’t feel like her own. In this comedy cabaret, Isobel Rogers seamlessly transitions between character comedy, hilarious satirical songs, and off-the-cuff stand-up to transform into characters who conceal their truth. With her unique lyrical songwriting, Rogers finds deeper meaning in our everyday obsessions and aspirations, asking us to question what it means to be a young woman.

9:30pm to 10:30pm
The Impossible, Improbable & Unlikely Adventure Of... SharkhelpingFish

4 stars This lively, uncomplicated, perfectly delightful show is just the thing to round off a fun day at the Fringe. The venue is a guest house – if I understood it right, some of the performers actually live there – but the action's spread across the globe, from the depths of the sea to the edge of space. In a small group of up to six people, you'll move from room to room to meet a procession of charismatic characters, each of whose lives is intertwined with a figure known only as the Explorer. Read the full review.

Take a journey, following the impossible steps of an eccentric explorer, through improbable terrains to unlikely encounters, in this walk-through immersive theatre experience through a 150-year-old guest house.

Groups of six max per adventure, running every 15 mins from the start time. You may be joined by other explorers.

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 10:20pm
S/he/it Happens Miranda Porter

Gender exploration, physical exasperation, breast manipulation. Stuck between the gender binary and armed with only a pair of boxers and a photo of a male model, one individual sets out on a violently hilarious attempt to fit.

A one-person gender-messing physical comedy exploring gender expression and identity through slapstick and wit. Drawing upon the performer's own experience of dysphoria and identity, the result is a subtly trans, hilarious and warmhearted performance.

This production is part of Brighton Fringe's Arts Industry Showcase, WINDOW.

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Circus'sission: Those That Made the Cut! Head First Acrobats

3 stars The atmosphere was lively for this variety show, and the compère made it seem as if we'd been invited to a party – a party which included, amongst other things, acrobats, magicians, comedians, and lots of hoops of various sizes. The programme is different each night, but it's always hosted by acrobats from Aussie company Head First. Read the full review.

A variety mash-up of circus superstars, Spiegeltent legends and the hottest acts of this year's Brighton Fringe. Presented by your favourite Aussie acrobats, the boys from Head First. With a rotating cast each night, different fringe artist guests get to showcase their best, weirdest and most hilarious talents, backed up by the incredible acrobatics and comedy of the Head First Acrobats.

A little bit raunchy, a little bit weird, and a whole lot of fun.

9:30pm to 10:50pm
Blues and Burlesque 70s Soireé Blues and Burlesque

70s themed Cabaret with saucy, sexy live original music. After sell-out runs in London, Edinburgh, Adelaide, Perth and Brighton now back at the Rialto Theatre.

Music from ex Dexys piano-man Pete Saunders, plus comedy and Burlesque from Lady Beau Peep and Bruise Violet.

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).

9:40pm to 10:30pm
Life is a Caba-Rach Rachel Sambrooks

Feel-good stand-up show on how to love life even when it’s rubbish. From Rachel Sambrooks, writer/performer finalist Sitcom Trials 2016, semi-finalist Old Comedian of the Year 2016/2017, finalist Birmingham New Act competition, finalist Laughing Horse Big New Act competition, comedy writer with credits on BBC’s 'Newsjack' and 'World Cup Tapes'.

“Warm, earthy and innovative” (We Are Most Amused, Northampton)
“Brilliant” (BBC Radio 5 Live)

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.

9:45pm 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!

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

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

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

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

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

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Caustic Comedy Nights Caustic Comedy Events

The name itself ‘Caustic Comedy’ is based on a particular form of humour: comedy that is acerbic, cutting-edge, even cruel or insulting but always amusing, indeed, corrosive and burning as the word ‘caustic’ itself suggests.

May 4
8.00 PM show:
Aidan Goatley
Lynn Ruth Miller(US)
Simon Caine
President Obonjo(LR)

LATE SHOW
10.00 PM show:
[MC] Aidan Goatley
Simon Caine
President Obonjo(LR)
Ray Badran(AU)

May 8 - LATE SHOW
10.00PM show:
[MC] Will Duggan
Lynn Ruth Miller(US)
Jürgen Strack(DE)
Will Franken(US)

May 15 - LATE SHOW
10.00PM show:
[MC] Will Duggan
Becky Fury
Jürgen Strack(DE)
Will Franken(US)

May 20 - LATE SHOW
10.00PM show:
Sarah Callaghan's Solo Show

May 25 - LATE SHOW
10.00PM show:
Will Franken’s Solo Show

May 31 - LATE SHOW
10.00PM show:
Will Franken’s Solo Show

Jun 3
8.00 PM show:
Will Franken’s Solo Show

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
Getting Away Scott Free Scott Adams

Coming off the back of an international tour of Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Scott is bringing his new 2018 show to you wonderful people of sunny Brighton. A funny and warm story on how much of a numpty he truly is!

"A stylishly observational act" (ThreeWeeks)

"A barrage of quick-fire jokes" (Voice Magazine)

"Just on the right side of edgy" (Scene Mag 2016)

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)

10:15pm to 11:15pm
Shaggers Nik Coppin Productions

Following yet more sell-out shows at festivals and theatres worldwide, the hit show returns with yet more great comedians with hilarious material based around that most noble of pursuits - shagging!

"Some well-picked, mischievous and unburdened comedy!" ***** (Voicemag, Brighton Fringe 2017)

"A tour de force of mischievous laughter-filled comedy" ***** (Arts-In-Leicestershire)

"Excellent" ***** (Edfringe.com)

"Utterly hilarious" **** 1/2 (Perth Fringe)

"The best a festival has to offer... cannot recommend it highly enough" **** (Melbourne Comedy Festival)

10:30pm to 11:30pm
The Sweet Release Sweet Productions

This is how your night at the Fringe ends: not with a whimper, but a bang! Join the hottest up-and-coming acts from all across Brighton Fringe for our late night revue. With new and established acts, and local and international performers heating up our evenings, as well as theme nights galore, 'The Sweet Release' is the perfect climax to a day of shows at Brighton Fringe.

Check out our Twitter feed and website to find out which new Fringe acts will be at Sweet throughout the festival.

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.

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).

11:00pm to 12:00am
Vibrantly Lieu: Welcome to the PVC Shopping Channel Gemma Jones

A short comedy play based on the realities of modern dating and the less-than-glamorous truth of the beauty industry. Neve Turner has always wanted to present on the shopping channel PVC. She finally gets her big break working with skincare brand, Vibrantly Lieu. However, just before her TV debut, she gets dumped by her 'boyfriend'*. Neve chooses to repress her feelings with an age old fail safe: wine. Will her unusual sales technique pay off?

*4 dates, 5 sleepovers

11:00pm to 2:00am
Guilty Pleasures Guilty Pleasures

An unashamedly glorious all-singing, all-dancing renouncement of Pop music and an antidote to modern day clubbing fatigue. In eight short years it’s become one of the biggest events and movements of the music scene. Prepare for a big, wild and glamorous night! Very early sell-out.

11:00pm to 3:00am
Massaoke's Club La La Massaoke Ltd

A live rock band, big-screen lyrics, and a room full of party-goers singing and dancing their hearts out together to the greatest rock and pop anthems of all time. One of the hottest tickets at the Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringes over the past few years, Massaoke returns to Komedia to get Brighton singing, dancing and jumping along to the ultimate rock and pop anthems. With glitter cannons, lip-sync battles and infinite air guitars, Massaoke is an exhilarating club night you’ll never forget. Bring the noise!

"The euphoria of a mass karaoke sesh with your mates – on steroids" (Metro)

11:15pm to 12:15am
Rob Oldham: Fellow PBJ Management

Rob Oldham is going to do an hour of stand-up.

At Edinburgh last year he bagged the Amused Moose Breakthrough Comic Award with his "quirky, offbeat sensibilities that distil into smart jokes that rarely sound like anyone else’s" (Chortle).

‘Fellow’ looks at the political and the personal, and how each one gets in the way of the other. To do this, the show combines political stand-up, surreal monologues set to music, absurd set pieces, and ambient grumbling.

"Smart and silly, timely and accessible, Rob Oldham is an exciting young comic with diamond ability" (Broadway Baby)

11:15pm to 12:15am
On The Edge Comedy On The Edge Comedy

On the Edge Comedy is a Brighton stand up institution. Running year-round it brings the best new acts to the Caroline of Brunswick. We've also got a reputation for big names dropping in, to try new stuff. This year we're running throughout Brighton Fringe with fantastic handpicked line-ups, and possibly a few surprise guests! Expect top-quality acts in a fun late night environment!

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.

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 12:30am
LJ DA FUNK in... When will these fascist bastards be lined up and f**king shot? LJ DA FUNK

Remember when Nazis were only found in Germany, Austria, and Clacton-on-Sea? Well now they're in the White House, Downing Street, and Clacton-on-Sea. Join lefty libtard snowflake saviour of mankind LJ DA FUNK as he fists all those fascist f**kers in the face with his funny!

Winner: Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year
Finalist: Laughing Horse New Act of the Year
Winner: Pegasus Comedy Act of the Year
Finalist: Jaunty Lark

"There's a fine line between genius and insanity. LJ DA FUNK has crossed that line and kicked it to death" (The List)