Today's full programme, more choices & comment

9:00am to 4:00pm
Family Guide Cover Competition Exhibition Family Guide Cover Competition Exhibition

Join us in the foyer of Brighton Metropolitan College for an exhibition of all of this year's glorious Brighton Fringe Family Guide cover competition entries.

10:00am to 6:00pm
Children's Area: The Den Otherplace Productions

The Den is a new, purpose-built family-friendly area at The Warren. Bringing together a strong community of children's charities, workshops and local business owners, The Den will provide play facilities and creative projects.

The Den will encompass a beautiful covered play area and a spacious, colourful outdoor space filled with toys and play equipment, providing a safe space for children to play freely as well as a space for creative workshops and local businesses to showcase their products.

10:00am to 5:00pm
Unity Through Struggle Exploring Senses CIC

We are a group of young people concerned about our future in the UK, with such dramatic changes happening all around us. Together, through combined arts, crafts, interactive digital artworks and live, hands-on digital workshops, we would like to invite other young people to join the conversation and have a say in our future. This project is co-curated and supported in partnership by Exploring Senses CIC artists.

10:30am to 11:20am
Florence & Watson & The Sugarbush Mouse ExploSIV Productions

Florence and Watson are honey badgers of a very rare sort.
Singing songs and telling stories is their favourite sport.

Join the funniest, singing, dancing honey badgers you've ever met as they tell you one of their absolute favourite stories.
A multi-award-winning team of theatre-makers brings the magical world of Sugarbush mountain alive in this delightful tale about a little striped mouse who saves the day.
“Hilarious ... a feel good story” (Cultureshock.co.za),
“A wonderful tale ... the audience, both young and old, were in stitches.” (Dispatchlive.co.za),
“Not to be missed!” (10and5.com).

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 3 hours you’ll get a chocolate box selection of the best foodie hot spots that quirky, independent Brighton has to offer.

You might visit off-the-beaten-track street food stalls, hear about eco-aware sustainable food systems, get down and dirty with the most passionate burger-makers in town, meet food industry revolutionaries and a whole lot more.

12:00pm to 1:30pm
Storyland Author Readings Storyland Press

Brighton's Storyland Press is a place where the story comes first, regardless of genre or where it sits on the commercial/literary spectrum. A great opportunity to hear Storyland's three founding authors read from their novels and short stories - some set in our favourite city-by-the-sea!

There will be a Q&A and some great competitions too. Come along and meet the authors: Amazon best-seller Shani Struthers, Corinna Edwards-Colledge and V K McGivney. Enjoy great writing, a cuppa and relax in the fantastic surroundings of Jubilee Library. £1 from each book sale will be donated to the Martlets.

12:00pm to 12:20pm
The Story of You and I (A Performance Trilogy) Vertical Exchange Performance Collective

Let us unburden you, well at least let us try! 'The Story of You & I' is an intimate, interactive experience that explores the themes of love, loss and regret in three parts. You can experience different episodes of the trilogy across three afternoons, or each evening you can come and binge on them all in one sitting. Come join us, listen, and together we can devour it, we can hold it, we will let it go.

12:30pm to 12:50pm
The Story of You and I (A Performance Trilogy) Vertical Exchange Performance Collective

Let us unburden you, well at least let us try! 'The Story of You & I' is an intimate, interactive experience that explores the themes of love, loss and regret in three parts. You can experience different episodes of the trilogy across three afternoons, or each evening you can come and binge on them all in one sitting. Come join us, listen, and together we can devour it, we can hold it, we will let it go.

12:30pm to 1:30pm
Going South Andrew Craig

Brace yourselves for a very special afternoon of musical frivolity, as this fabulous all-female trio unleash upon you their zany mix of comedy and stunning harmonies.

An act unlike any other, where Opera meets West End and topical and irreverent humour abounds. Their incredible vocals and musicianship are guaranteed to make you leave wanting more. Put simply, a class act – utterly loveable.

1:00pm to 1:20pm
The Story of You and I (A Performance Trilogy) Vertical Exchange Performance Collective

Let us unburden you, well at least let us try! 'The Story of You & I' is an intimate, interactive experience that explores the themes of love, loss and regret in three parts. You can experience different episodes of the trilogy across three afternoons, or each evening you can come and binge on them all in one sitting. Come join us, listen, and together we can devour it, we can hold it, we will let it go.

1:00pm to 1:50pm
Broadway Lunchbox New Attitude Theatre Company

Returning for their third year.

'Broadway Lunchbox' is a lunchtime cabaret show, changing every performance, with different performers and different songs running for the entirety of Brighton Fringe.

Daily schedule will be published one month before Brighton Fringe, so check the Broadway Lounge brochure, Bar Broadway app and website for more information.

1:15pm to 2:15pm
Jazz for Lunch: Julie Roberts and Michael Hinton Julie Roberts and Michael Hinton

A new relaxing
lunchtime concert. Following last year's "sold-out" success, another
opportunity to enjoy the mellow voice of Julie Roberts with the superb
piano accompaniment of Michael Hinton. Sensitive, moving, insightful,
witty, gritty – whatever the feeling or style – Julie and Michael have
shown themselves to be impressive and captivating interpreters of some
of the best songs from the jazz/blues era to the present day. This year
they are joined by legendary bass player, Herbie Flowers. Their CD is
Songs for Keeps.

1:30pm to 1:50pm
The Story of You and I (A Performance Trilogy) Vertical Exchange Performance Collective

Let us unburden you, well at least let us try! 'The Story of You & I' is an intimate, interactive experience that explores the themes of love, loss and regret in three parts. You can experience different episodes of the trilogy across three afternoons, or each evening you can come and binge on them all in one sitting. Come join us, listen, and together we can devour it, we can hold it, we will let it go.

2:00pm to 3:15pm
Agent of Influence: The Secret Life of Pamela More Fluff Productions

I enjoyed this stylish historic drama at the Edinburgh Fringe last year, and I'll be interested to see how it's developed on its way to Brighton. Based round the fictional life of a 1930's society reporter, it evolves into a tale of wartime intrigue – featuring, among other characters, the abdicated King Edward VIII and his wife Wallis Simpson. The version I saw wasn't perfect, but had plenty of interest and period elegance, and Rebecca Dunn's solo performance was a highlight too.

“Mid-calf, navy blue day dress with pearl buttons by Victor Stiebel. Dove-grey tweed jacket and fox stole by House of Hartnell. Hat by Elsa Schiaparelli. Perfect for luncheons, jaunts around town and spying on fascists.”

Lady Pamela, fashion columnist and socialite, is recruited by MI5 to keep notes on Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII, suspected to be colluding with the German Embassy. But Pamela suddenly realises that what began as an adventure has led to a deadly struggle for power in a world in the shadow of war.

2:00pm to 2:20pm
The Story of You and I (A Performance Trilogy) Vertical Exchange Performance Collective

Let us unburden you, well at least let us try! 'The Story of You & I' is an intimate, interactive experience that explores the themes of love, loss and regret in three parts. You can experience different episodes of the trilogy across three afternoons, or each evening you can come and binge on them all in one sitting. Come join us, listen, and together we can devour it, we can hold it, we will let it go.

2:00pm to 3:30pm
Geoffrey Mead's Clifton & 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 background. This tour looks at building materials and styles, occupations past and present, viewed on a stroll through this fascinating locale.

2:30pm to 2:50pm
The Story of You and I (A Performance Trilogy) Vertical Exchange Performance Collective

Let us unburden you, well at least let us try! 'The Story of You & I' is an intimate, interactive experience that explores the themes of love, loss and regret in three parts. You can experience different episodes of the trilogy across three afternoons, or each evening you can come and binge on them all in one sitting. Come join us, listen, and together we can devour it, we can hold it, we will let it go.

2:40pm to 3:40pm
Blooming Mankind / Ingenious Purpose

Patrick Sandford's one-man play Groomed was the big success of last year's theatre programme, sweeping the board at the Fringe awards ceremony and earning a cluster of five-star reviews. Based on his own life experience, it was an unflinchingly candid description of childhood abuse, and the impact it has decades on. This year, he promises something a different: a study of what happiness means, recognising that trauma is hard to escape but offering hope in spite of it all.

Patrick Sandford asked 100 people "How do you know when you are happy?"

The answers - provocative, kaleidoscopic, astonishing - jump-started this crazy, optimistic-in-spite-of-everything show. Can we ever really shift our troubles, even our trauma? You must be joking. Can happiness be a key? Well it ain’t always easy but you have to try it on for size.

Patrick's 2016 show 'Groomed' won three major Brighton Fringe awards for theatre. Don't miss this one!

Note: one lucky audience volunteer at each performance will receive a full professional neck massage. No obligation.

3:00pm to 3:20pm
The Story of You and I (A Performance Trilogy) Vertical Exchange Performance Collective

Let us unburden you, well at least let us try! 'The Story of You & I' is an intimate, interactive experience that explores the themes of love, loss and regret in three parts. You can experience different episodes of the trilogy across three afternoons, or each evening you can come and binge on them all in one sitting. Come join us, listen, and together we can devour it, we can hold it, we will let it go.

3:25pm to 3:45pm
Wacht! Hiske Eriks

A comedy without words for anyone who has ever felt the urge to break free from the daily grind, or dreamed of doing things differently. Be a fly-on-the-wall as a bored security guard goes in search of stimulus and adventure. You’ll never walk through a museum without a grin again. “Laugh-out-loud funny. The perfect playful interlude for all festival goers.” (News24).

3:30pm to 4:30pm
Kuan-Wen and The Closet of Curiosities Kuan-Wen Huang

A Taiwanese gay boy who fled from his tiger mum, trained as an accountant in London, but escaped to "find himself" in Berlin, ended up performing stand-up comedy in English, in Germany.

If you think Kuan-wen is silly and weird enough, come check out the fellow favourite comics Kuan-wen has hand-picked from London's open-mic circuit for you.

Celebrate the the diversity of modern comedy in 2017.

3:30pm to 5:00pm
Woodland Tribe Tom Williams

Help create a unique adventure playground! Over the course of Brighton Fringe, children and adults of all ages can use hammers, nails, saws, rope and a huge quantity of wood to co-create the play space of their dreams! Evening sessions include a free drink in the ticket price.

Build a den, help construct the play castle, or make something small to take home. Each session of two hours is a dynamic mix of design and build. There is a maximum of 30 places per session so book early!

4:00pm to 5:10pm
The Brighton Killers 368 Theatre Company

Hot on the heels of yesterday's Sure Choice, this is another tale of real-life crime in the atmospheric, claustrophobic surrounds of the town hall's Old Police Cells. The cleverly-planned performance sees the audience split into groups to hear the tales of three murders, told by the murderers themselves. Though they lived in different eras and killed for different reasons, perhaps there's more to link them than meets the eye. I bagged the last ticket of a sell-out run last year, so book early this time.

Last year's sell-out success returns to the Old Police Cells as Brighton murderers tell their true stories in the building where one of them tried to flush away the evidence that would condemn him, and another's body was put on display for the morbid delectation of 23,000 members of the public.

"This is a darkly enthralling immersive, immensely enjoyable theatre event." (Broadway Baby).

"What makes this succeed on all levels is the in-depth character studies that bring the Brighton Killers to life." (remotegoat).

"Well-written, atmospheric and blackly comic" (Reviews Hub).

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Licence to Laugh Comedy Club Universal Adventurer

Comedy Compilation show of some of the best up and coming comics from the UK Comedy Circuit. Different line-up each day, all hosted by Joe Bains who grew up in the deepest darkest parts of India, and then shipped into the west with no language, culture, looks, social skills or intelligence.

4:00pm to 7:00pm
Streamline Taxis: A Social History Since 1936 Streamline Taxis

A social history of Brighton & Hove's largest taxi company, formed by a group of drivers in 1936 using a brand new concept which changed the taxi industry all over England, spreading from Brighton & Hove to Portsmouth, Bristol, Nottingham and as far as Harrogate.

Come and meet some of the drivers from the past in images and voice.

4:00pm to 8:00pm
Pavillion 7090 Brighton Spiegeltent with 7090

Reader beware: today's Bold Choice is bolder than most. I've caught two of Dutch group 7090's previous shows, and both were perplexingly wonderful experiences; expect oddball musical instruments, curious art installations, and general creative wackiness (which may or may not have a deeper meaning). I've no idea what they have lined up for this year's free show, but the unpredictability is part of the fun – and they're decent actors as well as excellent physical comedians, building characters you can’t help loving.

7090 are the hosts of a playground full of music, films and installations. It offers a warm place to their strange, obscure but mainly curious takes on life. 7090 are called "the Bermuda Triangle of performing arts". We have no idea what this means, but it sure sounds like fun!

Touch tours are available before each performance. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early, and ask upon arrival.

4:15pm to 5:00pm
Late To The Party Parker Barker Productions

'Late to the Party' is an autobiographical romp on a mid-life diagnosis of ADHD and Dyslexia in two women. The new knowledge forces a journalist for the Times (ADHD-er) and a Contemporary Dancer (Dyslexic) to rewrite their history, review some of the mayhem in their lives, and face themselves. A world premiere at the Brighton Fringe, the performance uses music, dance, and physical theatre, to express the best and worst of having a neurological difference, and to celebrate the idea that 'knowing is better'.

4:15pm to 5:15pm
Ingo's War Ditto Theatre Company

Ingo was a very nervous dog. He was always afraid of the dark, loud noises, and did not like meeting new people. Owned and cherished by a young girl living in the city of London, life for Ingo is as easy as pie. Yet as war looms once more and the Blitz becomes a very immediate danger, the girl and her dog are evacuated to the country. But when Ingo is left on the train, he is suddenly plunged into an adventure that tips his steady world upside down. He experiences the struggles from many angles of wartime. Ingo is lost and found and lost again, as he wonders what it means to be brave and discovers courage he never knew he had.

4:30pm to 5:30pm
Hang Yellow Jacket Productions

Set in the near future, where the death penalty has returned with a twist. Shot through with dark humour, 'Hang' dramatises the inadequacy of words, and the impossibility of saying or doing the right thing in extreme circumstances.

Follow one woman's inner turmoil as she comes to a decision that she must live with forever. She is guided by officials for whom squaring the procedural protocols and human sympathy does not come easily.

“Dark, intense and personal, this play is utterly absorbing... ” (ThreeWeeks)

Winner of ‘Best Drama’ at Edinburgh Fringe Derek Awards.

4:30pm to 5:30pm
In the Fuehrer's Face Patricia Hartshorne

One-woman cabaret mix of the comic and the surreal, the poignant and the very dark...

Spend 60 minutes with award-winning performer Patricia Hartshorne - and Adolf Hitler!

Who did get in the Fuehrer's face? Who got up his nose? Who gave him one in the eye?

Discover Donald Duck's musical send-up of the Third Reich, the heroics of a Yorkshire housewife and the duplicity of a dead Welshman. There's a song of the French Resistance, the defiance of a Hollywood icon, the audacity of a Spanish double agent, Eva Braun's wedding dirge - and new light on the toothbrush moustache!

4:30pm to 5:30pm
The Empress and Me Grist To The Mill Productions Ltd

3 stars For a small-scale solo production, The Empress And Me packs some sumptuous visual punch. Telling the life story of Princess Der Ling, a Chinese courtier from the turn of the twentieth century, the lacquered screen at the back of the stage is instantly evocative of a faraway land. In front of it stands Der Ling herself – resplendent in to-us-exotic finery – topped off by what is, even by Brighton standards, a truly extraordinary hat. Read the full review.

Grist To The Mill are best known for their World War One drama The Unknown Soldier, but they also have a long-standing heritage bringing East Asian stories to the British stage. This one-woman show tells the story of Lizzie Yu, who was raised in nineteenth-century France but suddenly found herself returned to the Forbidden City. I saw the team's previous work Diao Chan, and was impressed by how it melded an intriguing but unfamiliar culture with reference points accessible to all.

Lizzie Yu, daughter of a Chinese Diplomat and Eurasian mother, was raised in France to be every bit the Victorian Lady, but when her father is recalled home she suddenly finds herself living in the Forbidden City, entangled in the politics of the Chinese Court and lady in waiting to the infamous Empress Cixi.

The amazing true story of the Princess Der Ling who, following her unique experience of life at the Manchu court and close relationship with the Empress Dowager, became an international celebrity.

From the team behind 'The Unknown Soldier' and 'Gratiano'.

5:00pm to 6:30pm
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.

5:00pm to 6:00pm
The Story of You and I (A Performance Trilogy) Vertical Exchange Performance Collective

Let us unburden you, well at least let us try! 'The Story of You & I' is an intimate, interactive experience that explores the themes of love, loss and regret in three parts. You can experience different episodes of the trilogy across three afternoons, or each evening you can come and binge on them all in one sitting. Come join us, listen, and together we can devour it, we can hold it, we will let it go.

5:00pm to 6:30pm
Woodland Tribe Tom Williams

Help create a unique adventure playground! Over the course of Brighton Fringe, children and adults of all ages can use hammers, nails, saws, rope and a huge quantity of wood to co-create the play space of their dreams! Evening sessions include a free drink in the ticket price.

Build a den, help construct the play castle, or make something small to take home. Each session of two hours is a dynamic mix of design and build. There is a maximum of 30 places per session so book early!

5:00pm to 7:00pm
Sweet Venues Presents Fringe City at Bartholomew Square Sweet Venues Presents Fringe City at Bartholomew Square

Sweet Venues Presents Fringe City at Bartholomew Square is a free outdoor event in the centre of Brighton taking place on Thursday and Friday afternoons and evenings through out Brighton Fringe 2017, come along for a fantastic showcase of performances from the best of Brighton Fringe, including music, dance, circus, cabaret, magic, comedy and more!

5:00pm to 7:00pm
Gerry Cottle's WOW! Circus Magique Ltd

Gerry Cottle celebrates 50 years of circus and magic with a big top full of comedy chaos, death defying daredevils, electrifying entertainment from fast and fantastic acts, glitz and glamour with highlights of incredible illusions. The Amazing WOW! Circus: 50 Acts in 100 Minutes.Please note, the performances on Saturday 27th May and 3rd June are of The Circus of Horrors

5:00pm to 6:20pm
A Clown Fairytale Theatre Degart

Do you like humour, the world of clowns, excesses, beautiful and unlikely stories of love?

With Dandy Danno and Diva G. you will be delighted!

Dandy is very physical. He uses his body and his funny faces to make the audience laugh. His character is funny and awkward. Diva G. is the opposite - serious and realistic.

A visual-comedy show where you can expect everything.

It has already seduced the Pope of the absurd - their director, Jango Edwards.

To see 'A Clown Fairytale' is to forget, even for a few moments, all the negative thoughts.

5:00pm to 5:50pm
Candid Wildkind Theatre

What happens when you ask a 6-year-old boy and a 90-year-old woman the same question?

Through the use of real voices, we are on a mission to see what fears are shared among generations and what hopes we can hold onto amidst the immense chaos of modern society.

Experimenting with physical theatre, a loop pedal, and ramshackle instruments, come and listen to us tell our story, their story and, most importantly, your story.

5:30pm to 6:35pm
How to Walk Through Hell Intelligentsia Productions

This play comes from the same stable as last year's Crazy Horse – an impressive, expansive show which scored 4* from us for its powerful storytelling. This one's a two-hander, inspired by real-life events, telling the story of an ambitious young woman whose life is blighted by a mysterious and intractable illness. If it matches last year's success, it'll be worth seeing – and it's directed by Nicholas Collett, who's earned enviable plaudits for his own work The Six-Sided Man and Nelson.

In this two-hander from the American creative team behind last year's 'Crazy Horse: A Dream of Thunder', Lucy Turner, an ambitious young woman, begins displaying bizarre symptoms of a mysterious and terrifying illness. With the aid of her sole remaining friend, Will Ingram, Lucy must unlock the mystery of her illness before death and madness overtake her.

Will they find a diagnosis and treatment in time? Can they cope with isolation and desperation? Will they navigate a red-tape labyrinth of government medical assistance? And most importantly, how does one walk through hell?

5:40pm to 6:30pm
Chicken Soup Crusader Daphna Baram

In this unsafe space, with Brexit looming and Trump trumpeting, Daphna Baram attempts to clear us all a path. The Middle Eastern Mary Poppins, armed with a semi-automatic umbrella, a tub of Jewish penicillin and a spoonful of hummus, will lead you safely to shore - if you don't drown laughing.
"Masterful" ***** (Bunbury Publishing),
"Extremely sharp, caustic sense of humour... wicked streak" (Views From The Gods),
"Illuminating and poignant take on tough subjects... fresh and enlightening" (The List),
"Wonderful and hilarious" **** (Broadway Baby).

6:00pm to 6:50pm
Silent Disco Walking Tours with Guru Dudu David Naylor

Guru Dudu returns with his hilarious dance-walking tours where 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 00’s.

Spontaneous flash mob dancing through the streets, interpretative dancing around local landmarks and lots of crazy interaction with onlookers. Your inhibitions will quickly melt away.

Warning: cheeks may hurt from smiling! Check www.gurududu.org/brighton for possible extra tours and schedule changes.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Cracked Tiles Lorenzo Novani

A year ago he inherited his father’s crumbling fast food shop. The sale of the shop now looms but Riccardo isn’t ready to leave as he's just discovered a compelling oddity in the family business records. Perplexed and burning with curiosity, he now has no choice but to revisit family history, asking questions of his father he never would have dared ask before. Do the shop’s grease-stained walls hold the answers?

This dynamic theatre piece by Scots-Italian dramatist Lorenzo Novani blends farcical comedy, poetic storytelling and an unfolding mystery into an unforgettable one-man tour-de-force.

6:00pm to 8:00pm
HIP Trip of Brighton: A Psychedelic Wander Kriya Arts

Hip was one of the most talked-about shows at last year's Fringe, thanks to its unusual mix of licensed voyeurism and collective discovery. It told the story of a squat, the diaries its former owner left behind, and the tale of a much-loved woman's life. Last year's show was confined to a theatre, but this time it's a walking tour – visiting places mentioned in the diaries and recalling the Brighton of the Seventies. The original earned 4* from us, so here's hoping the new version is an equal success.

Award-nominated sell-out hit HIP returns as an immersive journey through the streets of 1970s Brighton. HIP explores the true story of Brightonian Anne Clarke. The discovery of Anne's diaries and letters by squatter Jolie Booth, unearthed a huge archive about the city they've lived in and experiences they've shared. Visit places Anne wrote about and learn how her life left an imprint on the city. "A hugely enjoyable, engaging and at times profound reflection on what we create and what we leave behind" (Total Theatre). "Hip is a must see show. Highly recommended" (Fringe Review). ***** (Broadway Baby).

Touch tours and audio description available as needed. Please enquire upon arrival.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
The Story of You and I (A Performance Trilogy) Vertical Exchange Performance Collective

Let us unburden you, well at least let us try! 'The Story of You & I' is an intimate, interactive experience that explores the themes of love, loss and regret in three parts. You can experience different episodes of the trilogy across three afternoons, or each evening you can come and binge on them all in one sitting. Come join us, listen, and together we can devour it, we can hold it, we will let it go.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
The Jellyfish Trap: Satie in 3D 7090

A musical narrative based on Erik Satie's play of the same name. A cavalcade of characters and explosions in an absurd ceremony with intimate encounters, interspersed with Satie's original stage music. 3D glasses will be handed out at the beginning of the show. Part of the Pavillion 7090 season supported by Performing Arts Fund NL.

6:00pm to 6:50pm
Any Suggestions, Doctor?: An Improvised Adventure in Space & Time Any Suggestions Improv

Jump aboard the TARDIS for a hilarious improvised parody adventure! Our team of highly-trained performers will whisk you away to anywhere in space and time, from when dinosaurs roamed the earth to the futuristic delights of Slough!

Coming off the back of a fantastic Edinburgh Festival Fringe run, the Any Suggestions Improv team have short-circuited Cybermen, matched minds with The Master and defeated deadly Daleks, but now they face their greatest challenge yet: Brighton!

Choose what, where and who as we grab our bag of jelly babies, adjust our bow ties and get ready to run. Allons-y!

6:00pm to 10:00pm
Project Knockdown Access to Music Brighton

An inventive and brilliant celebration of Access to Music Brighton as it faces closure. Our home, Enterprise Point, is about to be knocked down, bringing to an end 14 years of important creative education. Led by the Creative Media class, the final group of students to pass through the doors will showcase their short films, music videos and photography, and consider the closure through several (interactive) artworks. Including live music performances and immersive theatre works (experience being a student!), 'Project Knockdown' will make sure Access to Music goes out with a bang.

6:00pm to 6:50pm
All In Embolon Theatre

Embolon Theatre present a new comedy experience at The Warren Main Space. From the makers of award-winning comedy BEARD, comes an interactive comedy show like nothing you've seen before. 1,000 people will have the chance to win big. Don't miss it. 6pm. Come straight from work. Praise for BEARD: 'New architectures for comedy' The Guardian 'One of the most assured comedy performances you're likely to see' The Skinny 'As funny as it is horrifying' VICE 'A genuine masterpiece' Laugh Out London Best Show of the Fringe 2015 This show was created in residence at Camden People's Theatre.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Alex Kealy: Too Early To Say Alex Kealy

Comedian and vertebrate Alex Kealy presents his second comedy show.

There now follows a reading from The Book of Press Quotes, please be seated:
“Hilarious... fresh, insightful and original... a name to watch” (Fringe Guru),
"Ferociously quick-witted... flawless script" (EdFringe Review),
“A fascinating hour... marvellous stand-up” (The Skinny),
“Sure to be a hit... clever and original... Kealy’s style worked a treat” (Broadway Baby),
"Top Jokes of Edinburgh 2016" (Huffington Post and Scotsman).

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Bob Dylan ElAl Productions

Alan Felton and Tim Roycroft will be celebrating Dylan's 76th Birthday and his Nobel Prize Award for Literature. We shall look at his early years of lyrics and music. The programme will include his visits to England and Europe, his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement and Anti Vietnam protest marches and his graduating from Folk to Rock'n'Roll.

All three shows will donate profits to ACT (Actors Children's Trust).

6:00pm to 1:00am
Shiny Town Shiny Town Ltd

Welcome to Shiny Town where extraordinary performance meets an ordinary town. Coming to Brighton Fringe for the first time, this pop-up town in the Brighton Pavilion Gardens features a range of activities and performances. Admission is free before 6pm and £10 after.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Circled in The Radio Times John Osborne

‘Circled in The Radio Times’ is the new storytelling show from John Osborne (creator of ‘John Peel’s Shed’ and Sky 1 ‘After Hours’). A beautiful new storytelling show about how finding an old collection of copies of The Radio Times leads to him piecing together the life of someone he barely knew, and looks at the changing nature of the way all of us watch television.

“Sits somewhere between Daniel Kitson and Tom Wrigglesworth, I could have listened for hours” (The Independent).

“John Osborne's story left me and my children spellbound” (Stewart Lee, about Radio 4's 'Don't Need The Sunshine').

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Olive and Bosie 368 Theatre Company

Join Lord Alfred Douglas in his prison cell in 1924 as he reflects on his much-publicised relationship with Oscar Wilde and his marriage to his “Princess”, the poet Olive Eleanor Custance.

The award-winning company that presented 'In Conversation with an Acid Bath Murderer' and 'Brighton Killers' last year, returns with a fascinating and intimate piece exploring one of the 20th century's most intriguing homosexual writers.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Licence to Laugh Comedy Club Universal Adventurer

Comedy Compilation show of some of the best up and coming comics from the UK Comedy Circuit. Different line-up each day, all hosted by Joe Bains who grew up in the deepest darkest parts of India, and then shipped into the west with no language, culture, looks, social skills or intelligence.

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Simon Caine: Laughter Is The Best Placebo Simon Caine

My life is a constant search for emotional and electrical outlets. If you can relate, this is the show for you.

Simon Caine brings his second hour-long show as a work-in-progress to Brighton Fringe. The show doesn't massively have a theme, which in itself is the theme.

“That was awesome. I liked it... I don’t know why. But it was great. I’ll have you back” (Mike Manera, Piccadilly Comedy Club, 2016).
“What you’re doing is great... the problem is nobody understands it.” (Iain Coyle, Dave TV Comedy Commissioner, 2016).
“The Martin Luther King Jr of comedy.” (Broadway Baby).

6:30pm to 7:30pm
The Performance Iain Gibbons

Iain Gibbons is just as excited to watch ‘The Performance’ as you are, so join him as he sits through the most spectacular, high-production piece of theatre he has ever seen. This Gaulier-trained performer, inspired by the silent clowns, plays the most annoying audience member you could ever wish to sit next to, inexperienced with the expected etiquette of theatre.

“Gibbons expressions [are] warm and full” ***** (New Current),
“The strength in Gibbons’ performance is not so much in the words, but in the acting” **** (LondonTheatre1),
“Hilarious” (Wales Online).

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Nerdf**ker: A Solo Play with Bad Boundaries Little Black Book Productions

The spectators are early, her lover is late, and the players are due any minute. Not the best time to question what the hell she’s doing here, waiting to get naked in front of a room full of strangers.

Award-winning performer/playwright Cameryn Moore returns to Brighton with her new solo play that digs deep into the heart and crotch of geekdom.

"A performance of absolute painful authenticity and honesty" **** (Edmonton Journal).
"Exquisitely, unflinchingly acted” (Calgary Herald).
**** (Vue Weekly) .
**** (Edmonton Sun) .
**** (gigcity.ca).

6:45pm to 7:45pm
The Starship Osiris Willis & Vere

Despite a cast that despise him, the arrogant actor, writer and director George Vere endeavours to bring you his debut "sci-fi masterpiece".

A new comedy from Willis & Vere.

The 21st Top Rated Show at the Edinburgh Fringe out of 3,000.

Shortlisted for the Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence 2016.

“One of the funniest shows running at the Fringe!”
***** (ThreeWeeks)

“[The Starship Osiris] is of incredibly high calibre.”
***** (Broadway Baby)

“The Play That Goes Wrong with a fuck-ton more swearing.”
***** (The Chocolate Ocelot)

Sell-out show in Leeds 2016.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Benny Hill's PostScript Theatre

Allan runs a drag bar in Spain. Not very successfully. His concerns about paying the lease on his escape from the mundane, 9-to-5 rat race he left behind in Blighty leave him questioning whether he will be able to keep his Costa del Dreams alive. Could the unexpected arrival of a blast from his past change all that or simply make matters worse?

PostScript Theatre presents an award-winning, bitter-sweet, camp comedy in one-act about the ups, downs, ins and outs of seeking a life that is not always greener. Contains strong language and Polari. Bona!

7:00pm to 7:45pm
Out and About in Brighton and Beyond 5D Theatre

Comedy sketch show featuring contemporary characters in Brighton and beyond. Returning to Brighton Fringe, Valerie Dent and Tim Burness revisit a range of colourful personalities and introduce some new faces. Observational comedy and political satire. Come and see Dave and Donna on another stag and hen night, and take a fresh look at the world around us. Approximately 45 minutes long.

7:00pm to 9:15pm
Allo Allo Comedy Dining The Poplars

Dining invitation, pop along to this 'umble café for a night to remember as Rene juggles the Gestapo, The Resistance, his secret affairs and his wife, Edith. A hilarious comedy dinner show not to be missed!

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Ensonglopedia of Science John Hinton

John Hinton's witty science-themed shows have been a highlight of many past Fringes, so this new vehicle for his musical talents naturally catches the eye. While previous shows explored the lives of individual scientists, this new one promises a canter through the alphabet, with a song explaining a scientific principle attached to each letter. If past form is a guide, it'll offer an accessible insight into some genuinely brainy topics, and a lot of quirky humour too. For ages 7 and upwards.

A song about science for every letter of the alphabet. Expect atoms, Big Bangs, cells and plenty more. Expect the unexpected. And expect it to rhyme.

This is the brand-new show by John Hinton, writer and performer of the multi-award-winning 'Scientrilogy of Musical Comedies' about Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and Marie Curie. Peer-reviewed by actual real life scientists.

“John Hinton is an absolute joy... this guy could get anyone interested in science” (Adelaide Theatre Guide), "Science can rarely have been so fascinating and never so much fun" (The Stage).

7:00pm to 7:55pm
The Cult of Comedy presents... The Cult of Comedy

An hour of 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" (The Latest).

7:00pm to 8:45pm
The Lady Boys of Bangkok: Who Runs the World Tour Exchange Events Ltd

Hotter, cheekier, funnier than ever: the country's number one touring cabaret show The Ladyboys of Bangkok return with a Bang in 2017 with their lavish new production 'Who Runs the World!' The Lady Boys of Bangkok is a cabaret like no other cabaret, performed by gorgeous showgirls like no other showgirls- they are all male Thai nationals. So what are you waiting for? Book now for a night you'll never forget with The Lady Boys of Bangkok. The party like no other party with girls like no other girls, a night like no other night!

7:00pm to 10:00pm
Only Fools & 3 Courses Waterfront Hotel

You are invited as Marlene and Boycie's guests at their Gala Dinner. Things, however, don't go quite to plan with Del Boy, Uncle Albert and Rodney on the guest list - not to mention Trigger! A fantastic night's entertainment for all 'Only Fools' fans, with a three course meal included.

7:00pm to 7:50pm
One Board Man Improvdrinkov

One man, one board, a pen, a musician, a piano, a story. Do you need anything else to create a fully improvised play?

Inspired by members of the audience, a never-before-seen drama is performed through a series of hand-drawn characters brought to life through improvisation and imagination.

A solo, experimental, improvised performance.
One man. One board.
Characters and stories brought to life by the imagination of a small whiteboard and a piano.
Created and performed by John Gallagher.
Improvised music by Mike Fish.

7:00pm to 9:00pm
Refugee Film Festival University of Brighton

Art projections, feature films, documentaries and accompanying talks including film-makers exploring the experiences of refugees. Hosted by Migrant and Refugee Solidarity (M A R S) at the University of Brighton. What are the rights of refugees? Which communities have provided shelter and offered support? What needs to change to solve the refugee 'crisis'? See the films (programme on our website) and join the debate.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Couples+Pairs Blue Heart Theatre

In their Brighton Fringe debut, Irish company Blue Heart Theatre are bringing this entertaining evening of short plays by exciting new writers, with live music between the plays reflecting and commenting on the action. The themes of love and relationships are explored in all their pain and glory: searching for love, finding love and losing it are all covered in a series of ten-minute plays, which are chosen each night by the audience from a list, but with only their titles to go on!

Swipe right to accept, Swipe left to reject!

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Comedy Sans Frontieres Laughtermarket Productions

Stand-up comedy in support of Medécins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders).

An hour of comedy with a different guest or two each night. Comedy Sans Frontieres takes a look at the upside-down world we live in, with big laughs and the occasional gasp for audiences. It promises to be socially conscious (tick), morally motivated (tick), and clever (mmm, not always). Mostly it's just very silly. Comedy Sans Frontieres supports the charity MSF, donating some of the ticket price to their work in war-torn regions and areas of natural disaster. The show is hosted by Comedy Sans Frontieres founder, Sami Stone.
"Well crafted jokes, touched with poignancy'"(Fringe Review).
Compilation shows from the archive have featured the likes of Sara Pascoe, Katherine Ryan, Robin Ince, Marcus Brigstocke, Nick Helm, Simon Munnery and Josie Long to name a few.

For further precise programming details see 'Junkyard Dogs' website or facebook page.

7:00pm to 7:50pm
Julie Jepson: Randomonium Lamb Comedy Productions

Lamb Comedy are beside themselves with excitement to be welcoming Barcelona's No.1 star, Juanita Martinez Conchitez Fernandez, in a Brighton Fringe first. Also featuring Shannon Crabsticks, The Irish-ish mermaid with shipping forecast Tourettes. Expect the unexpected in this World Premiere created by Brighton's favourite comic. It's pandemonium in a random fashion... it's Randomonium.
"Had us shrieking with laughter. Exceptional. *****" (Latest7), "Animated, hugely watchable, likeable and very funny" (BBC Radio Manchester).

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Wood BoxedIn Theatre

I guess you planned to have fun on your spring break. Come back to uni relaxed, refreshed, and ready to take on the rest of the semester. Only this morning, you woke up to find your friend lying dead in the middle of your campsite. Right on top of where the fire used to be. It must have hurt, falling like that; you can see the front of his shirt is burnt on the embers. Well, there go your summer plans.

BoxedIn Theatre presents 'Wood', an exciting piece of new writing about student life and sexuality.

7:00pm to 8:30pm
Only in Brighton! Only in Brighton

A fact-filled walk celebrating our unique city. Discover what connects ABBA to the Portuguese Revolution. A stained wall to a worldwide brand. Mount Everest to Tesco's in Hove. A 19th century vegetarian. Britain's oldest clown. A same-sex wedding in 1923.

"Thoughtful and captivating" ***** (Love Fringe), "Funny, entertaining and well-informed" **** (Latest 7).

7:05pm to 8:05pm
Decide-A-Quest Theatre of a Thousand Names Or…

I saw this cheerily ramshackle show at the Vault Festival earlier this year, and can vouch for both its humour and geeky nostalgic charm. A riff on the Choose Your Own Adventure books many of us remember from our youth, it sees a pair of robed storytellers embark on a classic fantasy quest… with the audience regularly voting to decide which path they follow. It's funny, energetic, and more thoughtful than at first it seems. And Nigel Farage gets punched in the face.

A high-energy comedy reworking of classic game books such as ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ and ‘Find Your Fate’.

Embark upon a Quest to find the Yeti and use your deciding powers to guide your avatar, ‘You’.

But decisions have unpredictable consequences! Where will 'You' find himself? The jungle, outer space, Vegas, or a portaloo round the back of a charming mountainside restaurant called ‘Yakkedy-Yak’? Who knows?

Join us on a fantastical voyage through a vast character-filled comedy cosmos; featuring Terry Gilliam-esque animated sequences and a stuffed prop box.

And even our own theme tune!

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Laughing Stock Laughing Stock

Laughing Stock is a character-based sketch comedy foursome “yin-yanged to perfection”(The Mumble). Sketches are interwoven with a rich tapestry of music, dance, mime and song in order to tell tales of irreverence and irregularity. After a brilliant run at The Underbelly in Edinburgh last year, Laughing Stock can claim “perhaps the best sketch show at the Fringe” (Fringe Biscuit) and “one of the best sketch comedy shows I have ever seen” (Broadway Baby), ***** (Fringe Biscuit), **** ( EdFringe Review, "Highly Recommended Show" (Fringe Review).
Winner – SketchFest 2015 Audience Choice Award.

7:15pm to 8:10pm
Ben Van der Velde: Sidekick Ben Van der Velde

Some people are life's heroes; leading men and women full of swash, buckle and derring-do. Others are happy to stand at the side and hold their jackets. This is a show about the men and women who pick up the pieces whilst the main man is busy humping the heroine after the credits have rolled.

"Sharp and crafty gag-smith" (Chortle),
"Wonderfully improvised riffs" (Edinburgh Festival Magazine),
"One of the highest jokes-per-hour count" ***** (Reviews Hub).

7:20pm to 8:20pm
The Missing Special Pretty Villain Productions Ltd

4 stars Early on in this intricately-constructed, time-shifting play, we hear two characters discussing movies: the kind of movies where they pull the rug out from under you, revealing that you've misunderstood what you've been seeing all along. There's a similar gambit waiting for you in The Missing Special, but there's more to this show than a clever trick. It's an interesting riddle, a rewarding character study… and a parable on the way we behave towards others too. Read the full review.

We've recently awarded 4* to this intricate, gently riddling play, the latest from reliable Brighton-based producers Pretty Villain. It's the story of a mathematician called Rufus, his relationships with the people who matter to him… and a crime he uncovers, which threatens to engulf him. There's a lot of humour and some stylistic sharpness, held together by strong performances from the four-member cast. This solid piece of theatre both intrigues and entertains.

Brighton writer Richard Hearn’s comedy/drama asks the question “If you could replay a key moment in your life, what would you do differently?” 'The Missing Special' won the Rialto’s 2016 new writing competition and this is its world premiere. Produced and directed by Pretty Villain Productions themselves.

2014, 2015 and 2016 Brighton Fringe award-winners.

“Brilliant” (Plays International).
“Thoroughly professional” (Fringe Review).
“High quality” ***** (The Argus).
“Tragedy and comedy intertwine magically” (Broadway Baby).

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Olive and Bosie 368 Theatre Company

Join Lord Alfred Douglas in his prison cell in 1924 as he reflects on his much-publicised relationship with Oscar Wilde and his marriage to his “Princess”, the poet Olive Eleanor Custance.

The award-winning company that presented 'In Conversation with an Acid Bath Murderer' and 'Brighton Killers' last year, returns with a fascinating and intimate piece exploring one of the 20th century's most intriguing homosexual writers.

7:30pm to 9:10pm
Jack and I: The Jack the Ripper Musical Punchline Theatre

Punchline Theatre’s five-star dark comedy musical makes its Brighton Fringe premiere!
1888, and Inspector Abberline is faced with the seemingly impossible task of satisfying his boss, the media, the public, his wife and his own peace of mind. Oh, and there’s an equally impossible killer on the loose - most inconvenient. In the depravity of Victorian London, where nothing is what it seems, how do you find a needle in a haystack?

7:30pm to 8:40pm
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: it’s a whole lot more enjoyable if you “ooh” and “aah” along.

A 70 minute tour in the company of either Silas, Jasper or Ebenezer, visiting eight sites, around Brighton's most haunted quarter. All storytellers perform in full Victorian attire.

7:30pm to 8:20pm
Broken Air Third Knock Theatre

Cornish landscape artist Peter Lanyon’s untimely death after a gliding accident in 1964 is inspiration for this imaginative piece of physical theatre. A visceral, heartfelt celebration of Lanyon’s lust for life and mischievous sense of humour, balanced precariously between reality and fantasy, life and death, a cliff edge and a hospital bed.

7:30pm to 10:00pm
Bach's Sonatas & Partitas for solo Violin & Chamber music for String Trio & Guitar Music at Saint Michael's

We welcome violinist Benedict Cruft along with his fine Cruft-Robertson-Pleeth String Trio and guest guitarist, Paul Gregory. The Bach: Saturday is the Partitas in E and D minor and the Sonata in A minor. Sunday is the G minor and C major Sonatas and the B minor Partita. Friday 19th is the 3 Beethoven Op. 9 Trios and a Trio movement by Schubert. Friday 26th is the Schubert B flat string Trio, his G major Guitar Quartet with Paul Gregory and Beethoven's Op. 8 Serenade. Friday the 2nd is a Bach Organ Sonata in arrangement, Beethoven's Op. 3 Trio and the Mozart Divertimento in E flat. Free parking is available.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
The Sorries The Sorries

With guitars, bodhrans and mandolin in hand, The Sorries sing, play and banter their way through a selection of traditional songs from Scotland and beyond. After 8 years of delighting packed audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe, the kilted duo take their show for a weekend at the seaside.
"Deliciously infectious... riotous fun" ***** (Three Weeks), "Authentic, lively and hugely, hugely enjoyable" ***** (Broadway Baby), "... their dry wit perfectly placed... a must for lovers of Scots songs." **** (Edinburgh Spotlight).

7:30pm to 9:30pm
The Wild & Friends The Wild PRODUCTIONS

The Wild is a three piece Americana/Alternative Folk band from Sussex, aged between 16 and 17, playing all original material uniquely arranged and utilising the many instruments the boys play, ranging from the electric guitar to a banjo to a viola, accompanied by warming vocals. Playing with the band are singer-sonwriters Zoe Zori and Charlie Clark, as well as Rock band Twenty Minutes LATE, plus a special guest artist. In their first Brighton Fringe performance, The Wild & Friends hope to bring you an evening of brand-new sound from young and talented musicians, a real treat for any aural connoisseur.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Stuart Black: Flea Circus Stuart Black

Shakespeare said the world is a stage and we are all players. Does that ring true for you? Stuart Black uses his twisted and razor-sharp humour to examine the world we live in, and look back at his life of alcohol and drug-fuelled adventures. His conclusion?... It’s more of a Flea Circus.

What the press say:
"Comic-philosopher" (Londonisfunny.co.uk),
"Pitch black but spectacularly smart" (The List).

7:30pm to 9:30pm
The Wedding Reception Imagination Workshop

An unbeatable theatrical dining experience where you become guests at a wedding reception to remember.

Kate and Will are expecting a small family gathering to celebrate their wedding. Little do they know that Kate’s parents have planned a surprise reception never to forget.

Cue uninvited guests, misbehaving family, secrets better left in the closet and, of course, a side-splitting piece of well-scripted and improvised theatre. It is no wonder critics hail the show as "hilariously funny and completely endearing" (Reviews Hub).

From the company behind 'Faulty Towers The Dining Experience'.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Steve Lee: Sit Down Stand Up! Steve Lee

46 years in showbiz. Two unpublished novels. Two TV scripts. One filmed in five languages. Festivals in Japan, Italy, and Hong Kong. Tales of a life well lived with a glass of brandy and live pianist. Probably unsuitable for the under 18s - so kids lie about your age and get an education!

7:30pm to 8:35pm
Fran & Leni Old Trunk

1976. Fran and Leni meet in a North London comp.
Three years later they are The Rips, girls with guitars, bored of playing nice.

“I was the punk. I was born punk. But she was my rock. The only one I ever
had.”

Music, sex, tits and spitting. Two very different girls escape a life of sugar and spice. A full-throttle tale of lifelong friendship that hit hard with Latitude and Edinburgh festival audiences. By award-winning writer Sadie Hasler. Directed by Sarah Mayhew.

"Profanity meets poetry... " (The Stage), "effortlessly delivered and full of life" (The F Word).

Featuring original music.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Tony Roberts: Card Magic Monski Mouse Media Company

Exceptionally clean tricks with wickedly naughty jokes from this award-winning magician. Tony's iconic storytelling style belies his deft sleight of hand, producing baffling illusions while charming his audience with laughter. Understated, ingenious, and hilarious, he will blow your socks off! **** (RipItUp.com.au).

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

BSMS Medic Revue 2017

7:30pm to 9:30pm
Gerry Cottle's WOW! Circus Magique Ltd

Gerry Cottle celebrates 50 years of circus and magic with a big top full of comedy chaos, death defying daredevils, electrifying entertainment from fast and fantastic acts, glitz and glamour with highlights of incredible illusions. The Amazing WOW! Circus: 50 Acts in 100 Minutes.Please note, the performances on Saturday 27th May and 3rd June are of The Circus of Horrors

7:30pm to 8:40pm
Time Please it's not us

'Time Please' is a darkly-comic play, set in a run-down pub in a deprived neighbourhood. The grimness offset by the misplaced optimism of barman Steve and the epic sarcasm of his feisty wife, Cath. Enter Keith Goodman, shambolic and drunk, with a planet-size chip on his shoulder. Off his head on booze and pills, he's determined the world should know his woes. Chock-full of wild conspiracy theories, he has hatched a plan to get his story heard, and so begins the lock-in like no other.

7:30pm to 8:45pm
Not the Horse Naughty Corner Productions

After its sell-out run at Edinburgh Fringe 2016, Naughty Corner Productions presents their multi-award winning hilarious crime farce 'Not The Horse', in associative residency with theSpaceUK. With an all new cast, 'Not The Horse' opens on Tony, a 20 something "scouser" who finds himself in deep sh*t! Horse sh*t, to be precise. After losing an illegal horse racing bet with a notorious group of London gangsters, Tony and his friends find themselves desperately searching for a plan to come up with £250,000 in just four days. Written and directed by Mike Dickinson.

7:45pm to 9:45pm
Lulu New Venture Theatre

3 stars Lulu is about a wild young woman who is very attractive, but abused and lost. Her attraction is both her greatest strength and her biggest problem. Her past is murky and deprived; her father is cruel and vindictive, so she finds herself at a very young age alone in the world, not knowing who to trust or how to be a woman. Read the full review.

A new theatrical adaptation of Frank Wedekind's seminal classic, "Lulu", by Scott Roberts. This play follows the life of a passionate young woman whose true nature - one of sexual candour and freedom - leads her on a journey into the moral hypocrisy of bourgeois society and, ultimately, to her tragic destruction. In a world where a sexual predator can be elected President, there is no better time to highlight this new breed of misogyny, and the double standards confident women face every day.

7:45pm to 9:00pm
Simon Warner's Viva Hypnosis Simon Warner

“Incredibly Funny!” (SG Fringe), “Redefining Comedy Hypnotism” (British Comedy Guide).
Get ready to be transported to the hypnotic glitz and glamour of fabulous Las Vegas where you get the chance to be the star of the show. Fully loaded with dancers, dazzling lights, full-stage projections, music and, of course, hilarious hypnotic humour.
We guarantee you'll never have seen a hypnosis show quite like this. Get ready for the most exhilarating hypnotic ride of your life!
“If you have ever wondered what it’s like to be hypnotised on stage then this show is one of the best chances you’ll ever get.” (SG Fringe).

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Licence to Laugh Comedy Club Universal Adventurer

Comedy Compilation show of some of the best up and coming comics from the UK Comedy Circuit. Different line-up each day, all hosted by Joe Bains who grew up in the deepest darkest parts of India, and then shipped into the west with no language, culture, looks, social skills or intelligence.

8:00pm to 10:00pm
Bom-Bane's Musical History of 24 George St, Brighton & Other Shows Bom-Bane Family Players

An original musical & gastromonical journey from the 5th Century settlement of Boerthlelm's Tun to Brighton in 1795, with affectionate portraits of the colourful inhabitants of 24 George St from its construction to present day Bom-Bane's. Also see www.bom-banes.com for Jane B-B solo, Rosie Brown (orig. jazzy folk), Kate Daisy Grant (orig. folk-pop songs), Daisy Jordan (puppetry), Jo Neary (kids' alternative comedy/puppets), Nick Pynn (composer/multi-instrumentalist), Velvettes (close harmony trio/songs from 20s to 60s & room to dance!), 'Memorial' (local poets perform new version of the Iliad)Also see www.bom-banes.com for Velvettes (close harmony trio/songs from 20s to 60s & room to dance!) 4th, Nick Pynn (composer/multi-instrumentalist) 5th; Kate Daisy Grant (orig. folk-pop songs) 6th, Jo Neary (kids' alternative comedy/puppets) 6th, 7th, 13th & 14th, Jane B-B solo 11th, Daisy Jordan (puppetry) 12th, Local poets as The Blue Lotus Cafe: music, poetry and song 14th & 15th, Rosie Brown (orig. jazzy folk) 16th

8:00pm to 9:30pm
Unpopular Culture Glue Gun '91

Famous poet Chris Parkinson presents poetry, politics, paranoia and anthropomorphism, complete with fish demons, grammar nazi's and performing seals.

Plus support from The Eating Habits of Politicians.

Winner of Best Literature (Brighton Fringe 2014).

"Too many poems" (Fringe Guru).

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Sorry: Harald Austbø 7090

The Viking warrior, the HubbaBubba Gum-chewing slut and the Hermit have placed the sign 'Do Not Disturb' on the door of the hotelroom. They live in my head and I'll give you a peek through wood, strings and horsehair. With sonorous tones, lightly strumming guitar skills and a clicking human beatbox.

8:00pm to 10:30pm
Krater Comedy Club Komedia

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
Sleeping Trees: SCI-FI? Sleeping Trees

We haven't reviewed this particular show before, but we're long-standing fans of comedy-theatre trio Sleeping Trees. Their well-plotted, tightly-executed escapades always deliver a procession of witty characters, plus series of comic twists – and the whole thing's matched by a live accompaniment performed by musicians on stage. This latest show was well-received in Edinburgh last year, with reviewers praising its nerdy charm, physical energy, and celebration of familiar sci-fi tropes.

The Sleeping Trees complete their live movie trilogy in true intergalactic fashion: 'SCI-FI'?
Follow the intergalactic journey of the unlikeliest of heroes, happy-go-lucky farmer Charlie Sprog and his one very simple mission: Save the universe from total destruction.

"A blockbuster hour of cleverly scripted fast laughs and energetic comedy" **** (The List).

8:00pm to 8:50pm
Mediocre as F**k Gavin Lind

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the most mediocre of them all?

In his 2016 debut show, Gavin shared the story of his struggle to accept the reality of his own mediocrity. Now that he is committed, his quest to embrace mediocrity scales new heights. Gavin explores more of life's inescapable clichés, as well as the many quirks and contrarieties of human nature. He looks into the absurdity of privilege with tales of the good, the bad, and (especially) the ugly, in his unique dark philosophical way.

Standing head and shoulders among the rest, he is mediocre as f**k.

8:00pm to 9:30pm
Tricyclic Transform Melanie Menard

Solo musical cabaret exploring genderqueer identity with songs and drag. Miss Liliane, "biologically-challenged drag-queen", has penis envy and that makes her slightly unhinged! Join them round the gender wheel as they try on alternate personas by performing iconic torch songs. From heart-wrenching Jazz diva standards to the p***ed-off ladies of gritty Blues and Brecht. From the broken men protest songs of Johnny Cash, Scott Walker and Jacques Brel, to the empowering queer anthems of Marc Almond and Boy George, with sprinkles of 'Victor Victoria' and 'La Cage aux Folles'.

8:00pm to 8:50pm
Donal Coonan: Mr Grebe Is Taking Your Class Today Lamb Comedy Productions

Mr Grebe (AKA Donal Coonan, **** (The List)) is a supply teacher on the verge of existential collapse. His rollercoaster all-subjects lesson features essential wisdom drawn from his bumpy life. Witness human snooker balls (Science), a tango lesson with an easel (Art) and a glimpse into the internal life of a piece of loft insulation (Philosophy). This show is not for the OFSTED inspectors. But it is for you.
"A gloriously daft comic performance with a bit of heart and a lot of laughs" ***** (Fringe Guru).

8:00pm to 9:40pm
The Life & Death of Puppet King Richard II BowerBird Prague

King Richard faces a big reckoning in a little cell. The golden boy is tarnished now, friendless and alone. He can’t stop crying or talking, in his ragged prison walls. Did he go, or was he pushed? Is he just a puppet? Voices, choices, gilded loam or painted clay - who was pulling his strings? And if the King isn’t in command then who is?! Gregory Gudgeon (The Lion King, Shakespeare's Globe, Complicité & RSC) is the King who can't stop playing. Also featuring Lucas Augustine. Puppets by Jitka Davídková and Brigitte Dörner. BowerBirdPrague are delighted to appear in the exciting new site-specific Cave at Onca Gallery. Previews: “An astonishing staging, thrilling and mesmerising.” Guy Roberts, artistic director Prague Shakespeare Company. “Brilliant." Steve Gove, founder director, Prague Fringe Festival. Wheelchair accessible. Touch tours available 45 minutes before the performance. For a Touch Tour email PuppetRichard2@gmail.com

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Georgie Morrell: A Poke in the Eye Georgie Morrell

One woman. One eye. And her (sort of) blind life...

The debut stand-up show from comic Georgie Morrell comes to Brighton after sell-out show at Soho Theatre! Georgie tells the story of how she went blind but now she can see! Do your other senses really get stronger? Is it wrong to crack onto your doctor? Will I get a new eye that shoots lasers? Just some of the many questions our heroine answers whilst telling us how she went blind but now she can see... literally! Being disabled is her excuse to do exactly what she wants, say what she wants and live her one-eyed life as she wants!

8:00pm to 8:50pm
Silent Disco Walking Tours with Guru Dudu David Naylor

Guru Dudu returns with his hilarious dance-walking tours where 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 00’s.

Spontaneous flash mob dancing through the streets, interpretative dancing around local landmarks and lots of crazy interaction with onlookers. Your inhibitions will quickly melt away.

Warning: cheeks may hurt from smiling! Check www.gurududu.org/brighton for possible extra tours and schedule changes.

8:15pm to 8:30pm
ARCO by The Dream Engine in collaboration with Kala Phool Shiny Town Ltd

A stunning acrobat suspended beneath a free standing arch performs to an original live score performed by Matt Constantine (Strings/Keyboards) and Trevor Walker (Trumpet).

Part of Shiny Town in the Brighton Royal Pavilion Garden

8:15pm to 9:15pm
Urges Ben Carter and James McDonnell

Do you like jokes? Do you like chaos? Do you like air? Do you like songs? Do you like being shouted at? Do you like tomatoes? Do you like hair? Do you like human men? Come along then. If you want.

8:30pm to 9:25pm
Museumpiece Arna Spek

Arna Spek (BBC Radio 4 New act competition, Leicester Square theatre New act semi final 2016) is ready to make you laugh! Join her for a hilarious 30 minute stand-up comedy show about how she belongs in a Museum. In fact, she already is a true museum piece. Stories of dangerous awkwardness and hilarious observations will come flying at you! Can Arna survive in 21st century Britain? It is a question that might be more literal than she wants it to be. A show about enjoying this modern society.

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

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

"A cracking comedy selection" ***** (Cream of the Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe), "A fantastic night of comedy" **** (Three Weeks, Edinburgh Fringe), "Kept the crowd well entertained" **** (Rip It Up, Adelaide), "A Strong show of fresh comedy" **** (Argus, Brighton).

8:30pm to 9:30pm
Dave Benson Phillips: Christ, I Thought He Was Dead! Mustn't Grumble Media Ltd

Do you remember Dave Benson Phillips?

If you were a child in Britain from the 80s to the early 00s, there’s a fair chance you watched him on TV... 'Playdays', 'Playhouse Disney', 'Fun Song Factory', 'Get Your Own Back!' to name but a few!

He was all over children’s TV... then suddenly, he wasn’t. An internet death hoax that worked a little too well halted Dave’s career.

Now starring in his brand-new show which is part cabaret, part Q&A, some children’s songs, some audience participation, and possibly some gunge...

*(If Dave does die before you see this show then it will be cancelled!)

8:30pm to 10:30pm
Femme Fatale Show: Cabaret & Burlesque Night Grosvenor Casino Brighton

Join us for a show-stopping night of music and dance, as we shimmy through the hits of 'Chicago', 'Cabaret' and 'Sweet Charity', before turning up the heat for our classic burlesque show. The music will continue so you can dance the night away.
Show and dine packages available.

8:30pm to 9:30pm
A Ship Of Fools Theatre Company: Welcome to Paradise A Ship of Fools Theatre Company

'Welcome to Paradise' lives somewhere between comedy and the dark side of theatre. Part double act, part Christmas show, part nightmare, it toys with the audience and subverts traditional images of Christmas to reveal the mold under the tree.

It asks the audience to reflect on the cost and consequences their choices have on others less fortunate than ourselves and reminds them of their complicity in some of the horrors of the world.

“I literally pissed myself... the cleverest, darkest, funniest comedy I have ever seen." (Jonny Unknown TFHP).

8:30pm to 9:25pm
Helen Duff: When The Going Gets Duff Helen Duff

Master of shamelessly silly yet socially conscious clowning, Helen Duff returns with a bold, subversive and very funny new stand-up show about life as a fully exposed idiot.

“Absolutely shameless, boldly ridiculous, embarrassingly funny” **** (Australia Times),
“Quick witted and supremely empowered... a formidable comic” **** (The Scotsman).

8:30pm to 9:25pm
Are Strings Attached? Yama Theatre Productions

Your home is the venue when DOG, former graffiti legend, comes to your house for a consultation in this darkly comic grown-up reworking of Pinocchio. Prepare to be delighted and confounded and to have your credulity tested to the max in this thrilling exploration of aspiration and the Big Question of existence itself! High class theatre as up close as you'll ever get. "If I had to pick one show that encapsulates what the Fringe is all about, I might well pick this on"( Fringeguru 2013). Book in advance. Invite your friends. BN1, BN2 and BN3 only.

8:35pm to 9:35pm
Fannytasticals Fannytasticals

"The most vaginal-based fun I’ve had in one night."

Brighton’s sell-out female comedy troupe present lewd, crude, and rude topical humour. Expect hilarious, original material including parody songs, satire, skits and sketches, and general musings on life, love, and the universe from a range of female perspectives. It promises to be an evening without inhibition. Wear an extra TENA Lady just in case.

Men welcome.

"Absolutely amazing! Laughed all the way through. These guys should be on tour!"

"Thank you for my achey smiley face!"

"Flipping hilarious!"

8:40pm to 9:50pm
The Elephant Girls Parry Riposte Productions

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2016 The Elephant Girls is a one-woman show written and performed by Margo MacDonald. MacDonald plays Maggie Hale, a career criminal and an enforcer for the all-female Forty Elephants gang, which terrorised London for over a hundred years from the late 18th Century until the 1950s. This play takes place in 1937, a decade after the heyday of the Elephants, in a London pub. Read the full review.

In Edinburgh, we described this one-woman show as "brilliantly written and exceptionally performed", telling a "rich and intriguing" true historical tale. It's the story of the Elephant Gang: a forty-strong all-female criminal enterprise, which terrorised London for over a hundred years. Set in the thirties, the play fictionalises genuine narratives to explain why the Elephants drew together and stuck together – setting their crimes in the context of an age when women had few options in life.

"The most notorious girl gang Britain’s ever seen." (Gangs of London). Devious and daring; they stole from the rich and gave to themselves. The riveting story of the all-woman gang which terrorized London for over 100 years, told by Maggie Hale - the gang's suit-wearing, bloody-knuckled, girl-chasing “enforcer”. You won't be able to look away.

“Gritty, powerful, and excellently crafted.” ***** (Capital Critics Circle).
“Ferocious, charismatically intense” ***** (CBC Manitoba).
***** (Winnipeg Free Press).
**** (Broadway Baby).
**** (Fringe Guru).

Critics’ Pick and Best Actress (Capital Critics Circle 2015)

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Amadeus Martin: Binge Thinking The Company

Binge Thinking: An excessive amount of thinking in a short period of time or thinking too quickly.

Because everyone is different it is not easy to say exactly how much thinking in one session adults can consume before it counts as binge thinking. Statistically, accidents and injuries increase five-fold after an extended period of binge thinking. As a guideline, women should not think more than eight times in any one session, and men should not think unless a woman is present to assist.

With his ferocious dark humour, bold award-winning, stand-up comedian Amadeus Martin delivers his sharp-witted take on pen pal disputes, old school Lucozade, fundraising and much more. Amadeus may occasionally be obscene, so if you’re easily offended, do make sure to come along.

"Blends intellectual sparkle with off-the-cuff twists. Definitely worth seeing" (Fringe Review).

9:00pm to 10:00pm
The Sweet Release Sweet Venues

This is how your night at Brighton 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.

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

9:00pm to 9:15pm
ARCO by The Dream Engine in collaboration with Kala Phool Shiny Town Ltd

A stunning acrobat suspended beneath a free standing arch performs to an original live score performed by Matt Constantine (Strings/Keyboards) and Trevor Walker (Trumpet).

Part of Shiny Town in the Brighton Royal Pavilion Garden

9:00pm to 10:45pm
Cabaret Boheme: A Night at the Movies Veronica Blacklace

Warning: this show is not for the faint-hearted.

Veronica Blacklace and company return for the fourth consecutive year to present you with their new, talent-filled spectacle. Phenomenal vocals surround a visual masterpiece of gravity defying aerial, circus splendour and burlesque sensuality, all tied together by the soundtrack of movie magic.

9:00pm to 11:00pm
King of the Fringe: Best Of K I N G D O M

Join us for some drag king cabaret by the seaside as we celebrate the bois from previous King of the Fringe competitions. Past winners Sammy Silver, Benjamin Butch and George Faithless will be lip-syncing, hip-thrusting and lyric-twisting for your pleasure alongside some other crowd favourites and special guests.

"Macho mayhem" ***** (The Argus).
"The sexiest, raunchiest, explicitly perverted, fun, talented night in town" (Roni, Traumfrau).

9:00pm to 10:45pm
The Lady Boys of Bangkok: Who Runs the World Tour Exchange Events Ltd

Hotter, cheekier, funnier than ever: the country's number one touring cabaret show The Ladyboys of Bangkok return with a Bang in 2017 with their lavish new production 'Who Runs the World!' The Lady Boys of Bangkok is a cabaret like no other cabaret, performed by gorgeous showgirls like no other showgirls- they are all male Thai nationals. So what are you waiting for? Book now for a night you'll never forget with The Lady Boys of Bangkok. The party like no other party with girls like no other girls, a night like no other night!

9:00pm to 10:30pm
Ross And Doug Present Scenes From The Life And Death Of Lord Haw Haw, Britain's Most Patriotic Traitor R&D Productions

I think this wins the prize for the longest title in the Fringe programme, but that's not the reason I've picked it out: that's because it's a collaboration between Doug Devaney (last seen on these pages earning 4* for The Angina Monologue) and multiple award-winner Ross Gurney-Randall. I'm told it's a comedy with a steely edge, based around the complex national identity of William Joyce – an American-born Irishman, famously hanged for spreading German propaganda during the Second World War.

Funny. Political. Ends with a hanging.

9:00pm to 9:50pm
Cheekykita: Somewhere in the Ether Lamb Comedy Productions

Cheekykita's dream... where anything can happen.
A surreal absurd place that's a little bit upside down.
One of the strangest acts you're ever likely to see, this one-woman character comedian has drawn similarities to 'The Mighty Boosh' and Spike Milligan.
"A work of genius." *****'(Funny Women),
"Like Alice in Wonderland on Adderall, Cheekykita is curious, shambolic and kind of magical" (The List),
"She's a genius" (Manchester Wire),
"It is the silliest, maddest, funniest hour I have ever spent and it is fantastic." *****(Fringe Review).

9:00pm to 10:10pm
Gypsy Queen Hope Theatre Company

Can two men raised to fight ever learn to love?

The story of ‘Gorgeous' George O’Connell. A bare-knuckle fighter and traveller, who enters the world of professional boxing, putting him on a collision course with his roots, his identity and his greatest fear.

In the opposite corner, gay boxer Dane ‘The Pain’ Samson, the young pretender and son of a boxing legend, is fighting his own battles that lead to a tragedy that neither could predict.

‘Gypsy Queen’ is the story of two fighters who discover the greatest challenge lies outside the ring.

9:25pm to 9:55pm
Trade Winds Polytoxic

The sun has set and across the shimmery water two majestic figures serenely move. This is 'Trade Winds', an evocative performance installation depicting the journey of two women from different cultures. This stunning collaboration by Australian dance-theatre company Polytoxic and contemporary Pacific visual artist, Samuel Tupou is a magical event for the whole family. Two performers literally dance on the water and as they move they become giant screens illuminated by a world of exquisite animated projections.

9:30pm to 10:20pm
The Ruffian on the Stair Blue Devil Theatre

4 stars If you hadn't picked it up from the 1960's music, a glimpse at the impressive period set would instantly anchor this play in time. A lesser-known script by Joe Orton, The Ruffian On The Stair belongs to an age when a man was the king of his castle – even if the castle's a bedsit, and the king is barely scraping through. The ruffian of the title comes later; we first meet the bristle-moustached, square-shouldered Mike, a middle-aged ex-boxer who's kept tolerably in shape, the very image of self-conscious masculinity. Read the full review.

A young man says he's just looking for a place to stay, but he's got sex, violence and revenge on his mind. When Mike and Joyce open their door to Wilson, they're letting in so much more than a handsome stranger. This new production of Joe Orton's deliciously dark comedy marks not only the 50th anniversary of his untimely death, but also the 50th anniversary of the play's first staging at the Royal Court Theatre and the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Great Britain. Directed by Ross Dinwiddy and produced by Ian Howarth.

9:30pm to 10:25pm
You Can't Polish a Turd Kelly Convey

After making the journey from tracksuit-wearing chav to high-flying city exec, from shopping in Wilkinsons to buying brioche in Waitrose, Kelly Convey shares why she’s come to realise that you should never forget your roots, they’re the very things that make you strong.

“There’s a winning authenticity to her material” (Steve Bennett, Chortle).
“1 of 9 Hilarious Women to look out for in 2017” (Metro).
Leicester Comedy Festival Comedian of the Year nominee 2017.
SYTYF 2016 finalist.
Funny Women 2016 semi-finalist.
Leicester Square New Comedian 2016 semi-finalist.

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Circus'sission: Those That Made The Cut! Brighton Spiegeltent with Head First Acrobats

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 10:20pm
The Idiot's Guide to the World WiseCrackers

‘The Idiot’s Guide to the World’ is a clown show that explores a variety of physical comedy genres. Using puppetry, mime, multi-roling, bouffon and live music, we tell original stories, with humour, irony and fun.
Stories include an epic one-man Western, an exploration of Donald Trump’s childhood, an office worker with extraordinary powers and a never-ending bag of crisps. There is an onstage costume rail, a redneck musician, bubble machines, water pistols, glitter cannons, the Eiffel tower, plenty of audience interaction, improvisation and above all laughter.

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!

10:00pm to 10:55pm
Smurthwaite on Masculinity Kate Smurthwaite

Left-wing, highbrow, feminist, atheist comedian Kate Smurthwaite finally takes on the issue right at the very heart of women’s rights: men. And she’s taken "getting inside the subject" to a new level – performing the whole show in drag as her male alter-ego Milo Standards!

From cage fighting to dating, the football terraces to the House of Lords, Smurthwaite will be asking what men in the 21st century are up to and more importantly – why?!

“Hilarious ... a powerhouse of observational wit” (Spectator).

“Comedy that cuts through the crap” (ThreeWeeks).

10:00pm to 10:50pm
Odjo: King of the Ocean ODJO

Odjo. A beautiful idiot – raised by performing elephants.

Our reporter spent three months living at sea with an idiot fisherman named Odjo. He witnessed bizarre martial arts practices, unruly animal impressions and unhealthy absurdities that reduced him to tears of laughter.

Narrated by the multi-award winning Trygve Wakenshaw.

10:00pm to 10:50pm
Poet of the Impossible Lorenzo Novani

Not just a magician but a 'poet of the impossible', Scots-Italian conjurer and writer, Lorenzo 'Renz' Novani, weaves verbal wizardry and magic into 50 thought provoking and wonder-filled minutes that offer a glimpse of the magicians secretive mind, take you on a journey into magic’s mysterious past, and most importantly, present impossibilities that defy explanation and gravity. Expect audience involvement. Prepare to be spellbound.

"Whatever he does, the audience is engrossed and the final few seconds are almost a miracle" (Fringe Review 2016).

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Wisebowm: The Struggle Is Real Offkey Creatives

A comedy rap musical about urban poet Wisebowm, a working class guy who falls in love with a middle class girl, so goes gluten free and gets into yoga and pilates to win her heart. It's not easy being well deep, intelligent and well humble all at the same time, but someone has to do it. Covering important topics such as his addiction to gluten, it's no surprise that Wisebowm is on his way to becoming an urban poet superstar. He loves his fans almost as much as he loves himself.

Directed by: Chris Head.
**** (Fringe Guru).

10:00pm to 10:50pm
Duker & Henderson: Soph Opera Lamb Comedy Productions

Two of the UK's best new comics, Sophie Duker (Funny Women finalist 2015) and Sophie Henderson (SYTYF? finalist 2016) ride into Brighton for an unrelentingly hilarious hour of subversive sass. When modern life has more twists and turns than the latest episode of Eastenders, 'Soph Opera' is just the tonic you need to get through the horror show of 2017. A must see.
"A sparky proposition" (The Independent),
"Consistently funny" (Chortle).

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Blooming Mankind / Ingenious Purpose

Patrick Sandford's one-man play Groomed was the big success of last year's theatre programme, sweeping the board at the Fringe awards ceremony and earning a cluster of five-star reviews. Based on his own life experience, it was an unflinchingly candid description of childhood abuse, and the impact it has decades on. This year, he promises something a different: a study of what happiness means, recognising that trauma is hard to escape but offering hope in spite of it all.

Patrick Sandford asked 100 people "How do you know when you are happy?"

The answers - provocative, kaleidoscopic, astonishing - jump-started this crazy, optimistic-in-spite-of-everything show. Can we ever really shift our troubles, even our trauma? You must be joking. Can happiness be a key? Well it ain’t always easy but you have to try it on for size.

Patrick's 2016 show 'Groomed' won three major Brighton Fringe awards for theatre. Don't miss this one!

Note: one lucky audience volunteer at each performance will receive a full professional neck massage. No obligation.

10:05pm to 10:20pm
ARCO by The Dream Engine in collaboration with Kala Phool Shiny Town Ltd

A stunning acrobat suspended beneath a free standing arch performs to an original live score performed by Matt Constantine (Strings/Keyboards) and Trevor Walker (Trumpet).

Part of Shiny Town in the Brighton Royal Pavilion Garden

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

The worldwide hit show returns with a revolving line-up of great comedians from around the Fringe with hilarious material based around that most noble of pursuits, shagging!

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

"Spectacular... amazing" ***** (Melbourne Comedy Festival).

"Excellent" ***** (www.edfringe.com).

"Utterly hilarious" ****½ (The West Australian, Perth Fringe World).

"The show had me laughing from start to finish... one of the best value comedies I’ve seen at this year’s fringe" **** (Broadway Baby).

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 11:50pm
Happy Hour Heather Shaw & Olga Koch

You heard Heather Shaw and Olga Koch on BBC Radio. You saw them in the 'So You Think You're Funny' semi-finals, and now they present a high octave hour of comedy based around the one thing that unites the British people: discount booze. There will be one-liners, there will be overly personal anecdotes and, most importantly, there will be shots! Many people like to party but only the chosen few really know how.

11:15pm to 12:15am
LoveHard: Murdered By Murder LoveHard Productions

1934. Devon. Six old friends. Exposition. A small get-together at the household of Lord and Lady Titan, Drenchblood Heights. Reason: A Murder Mystery Party. It promises to be the night of their lives. By which we mean: the night of their deaths.

The duo LoveHard is delighted to be returning to Brighton with this brand new show.

‘Best Show’ finalists – Barry Awards, Edinburgh 2016

Free Theatre Award 2016 winners – Ginger Wig and Strolling Man.

“One of the most entertaining shows I have seen... impossible not to enjoy." **** (Broadway Baby, 2016), **** (Fringe Biscuit, 2016).

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

The legendary late show returns.

11:30pm to 12:30am
LJ DA FUNK in... Last Brexit to 'ooklyn LJ DA FUNK

Abrasive satire for Guardian-readers disguised as sensationalist whimsy for Sun-readers so as not to alienate the proletariat. Blasting Brexit head-on with all the vitriol of Nigel Farage at a multicultural jamboree, Alabama's most dangerous export tackles the new order of British and world fascism with his raucous wit and bombast. Imagine Ian Hislop on crack.

Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year winner.
LaughingHorse New Act of the Year finalist.

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

12:00am to 12:00am
Barbara Merkriti

Barbara Graham's case is a shocking miscarriage of justice and a declaration should be made by the Governor of the State of California to rectify this injustice, which stands to this day. This treatise proves her innocence. Read by David de Pinna LLB.

Barbara was convicted for the murder of Mable Monahan in 1953 and executed in 1955. The murder took place in Burbank, California.

12:30am to 1:25am
A Beginners Guide To Bondage Sara Mason

A funny, naughty romp through the world of fetish. Have you seen '50 Shades of Grey'? Are you fetish-curious? Do you ever feel like a change from vanilla sex? Mistress Venitia, in her dungeon, answers enquiries on her twenty phones, and books BDSM sessions. Dressed in a catsuit and thigh boots, she books the weird and wonderful clients who want to act out their fantasies. Using video and pictures to show the equipment and instruments used, Mistress has several racy sketches for her two slaves to demonstrate and play. The slaves have plenty of opportunities for bravado and buffoonery.