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

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

10:00am to 1:00pm
Can Attachment Save Psychoanalysis from Extinction? Professor Jeremy Holmes lecture for Psychotherapy Sussex Psychotherapy Sussex

Psychoanalysis is in retreat as CBT has become the dominant psychotherapeutic paradigm. Does this matter, and if so, how can a 21st Century psychoanalysis emerge? I hope to show how the relational approach and evidence base of contemporary Attachment Theory provides at least some of the answers. The neuroscience of intimate relationships and role of language in therapy are two of the topics I will cover.

Professor Jeremy Holmes MD was for 35 years Consultant Psychiatrist/Medical Psychotherapist at University College London (UCL) and then in North Devon, UK, and Chair of the Psychotherapy Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

10:00am to 12:00pm
WARMTH Pop-up Sauna WARMTH BRIGHTON

'WARMTH' is a mobile, wood-fired sauna; dark, timber-lined and löyly filled. Heat up, cool down - the sea is your plunge pool.

Impromptu performances animate the 'WARMTH' sauna, whilst at other times it’s simply a place to relax. Appealing to all the senses, this warm, fragrant haven creates a pocket of Finland on Brighton Beach.

2 hour sessions:
Changing bell tent
Learn the art of making löyly
80c-100c temperature approx
Capacity 6
All sessions are mixed gender
Bring 2 towels (one for sitting on), swimsuit, water bottle and beach shoes
Children under 12

10:00am to 11:30am
Quiet Down There Market Drop-ins Quiet Down There

Free creative-fun for families. Join us in the Open Market every Saturday and let your imagination fly. See what you can make from a range of materials found in and around the market from vegetables to second-hand books!

Find us upstairs in Studio 6 between 10-11.30am, Saturdays throughout May and June, no need to book just drop-in.

10:30am to 11:30am
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!

10:30am to 11:20am
Learn to Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

Experience the potter's wheel and learn a new skill in our friendly and inviting studio. We will show you how and then guide you through the process of making your own pot!

Come alone or with friends – you can even try and capture that Demi Moore & Patrick Swayze 'Ghost' moment if you'd like.

Leave your pot with us to be glazed and fired, then collect it three weeks later or get it posted to you for a small extra charge.

*Please note there are only eight places per session, so if you're coming with friends it's best to book at the same time to avoid disappointment.

10:30am to 12:00pm
Notorious Women of Hove Louise Peskett

Hove has been home to women whose ideas have shaken up our world - from some of Britain’s first women doctors to suffragettes, from social campaigners to boundary shifting entertainers.

Walk in these women's footsteps, hear their stories, and take in a pioneering women's hospital and game-changing girls' school on this walk with Louise Peskett.

11:00am to 1:00pm
Equity: Fighting for a Fair Fringe Equity

Fringe theatre can be some of the most exciting and rewarding work out there, but all too often it’s unpaid and can price ordinary people out of the industry. Equity’s 'Professionally Made Professionally Paid' campaign has brought over £3million in wages to fringe performers. Have your say and find out more about how you can be part of the campaign - led by Equity Organiser Emmanuel de Lange.

11:00am to 12:00pm
Monski Mouse's Baby Disco Dance Hall Monski Mouse Media

Why toddle when you can dance! Parents and under-5s are let loose on the dance floor in the friendliest of discos. Created by DJ, producer and mum of two, Monski Mouse. Get your disco-dancing-booties on to an eclectic selection of retro hits and funky nursery rhymes.

"Tune after tune perfectly chosen for the youngsters... It's surely the best baby dance party in the city". ******* (Edinburgh Evening News)

"It’s not often you see a load of grown men get down on the floor and meow - but then this was no ordinary gig." (South London Press)

"Absolutely joyous" ***** (Edinburgh Families)

11:00am to 1:00pm
Brighton Station Tours: Limited Spaces Jackie Marsh-Hobbs

These amazing tours only happen during Brighton Fringe. A chance to learn about the hidden places, local history and wonderful engineering of Brighton's grade II* listed railway station.

Meet five minutes before the tour at the front of Brighton Station, with permission from Southern Railway.

11:00am to 1:00pm
WARMTH Pop-up Sauna WARMTH BRIGHTON

'WARMTH' is a mobile, wood-fired sauna; dark, timber-lined and löyly filled. Heat up, cool down - the sea is your plunge pool.

Impromptu performances animate the 'WARMTH' sauna, whilst at other times it’s simply a place to relax. Appealing to all the senses, this warm, fragrant haven creates a pocket of Finland on Brighton Beach.

2 hour sessions:
Changing bell tent
Learn the art of making löyly
80c-100c temperature approx
Capacity 6
All sessions are mixed gender
Bring 2 towels (one for sitting on), swimsuit, water bottle and beach shoes
Children under 12

11:00am to 11:40am
Sourpuss Lori Hopkins

'Sourpuss' is a brand-new theatre production by Lori Hopkins. The performance incorporates puppetry, original music and stunning design.

'Sourpuss' is a very grumpy, ginger cat. When shut out of the house he feels lost and confused, but the beautiful garden soon intrigues him. Watch 'Sourpuss' on his journey of discovery and enjoy learning the secrets of the great outdoors. From buzzing bees to a chirpy robin, stinky rubbish and vibrant flowers, this visual show is a feast for little eyes. This playful adventure for ages 3-8 features string and shadow puppets beautifully crafted by hand.

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.

11:00am to 12:40pm
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.

11:00am to 1:00pm
Flux Writing: A Dance With Your Own (Un)consciousness Bastiaan Vandendriessche - Belgian playwright

What really goes on in our head? Is it true? What we believe to think? Is it beautiful? Is it confronting? And is it honest? What can you learn from your thoughts? They have more to offer than you could imagine. If you try to register them and take them apart, they can tell you a whole new story.

In this workshop Belgian playwright Bastiaan Vandendriessche will teach you some exercises that can inspire you in your own creative writing process. Even if you have the tendency to believe that you are not creative, this can be truly unravelling...

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

11:30am to 11:50am
Magnus Volk's Electric Train of Thought White Room Theatre

The world’s oldest electric railway.

Step back to a time of engineering adventure and ingenuity. Brighton’s great Victorian inventor personally welcomes you back to the future to meet the challenge of making an electric train run along the coast out at sea! A story of passion, invention and triumph.

Plus, your ticket brings you a £1 per person discount to a ride on the remaining Volks’ Railway!

This performance was first seen in the 2010 Brighton Fringe at 'Hendrick's Horseless Carriage of Curiosities'.

Written and devised by Liz Tait and Nicholas Brice, with the support and advice of Ian Gledhill.

***** (FringeReview)

11:30am to 12:20pm
Blank Tiles Dylan Cole

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2017 Memories are all we have in the end; so says our ageing raconteur. But he has Alzheimer’s disease, and is in a bid to record his life story before he forgets everything. In this engaging and funny solo show, writer and performer Dylan Cole becomes Austin Michaels, former Scrabble World Champion. Where once Michaels knew literally thousands of words, now he resorts to writing singular nouns on Post-Its – "granny", "house" – and speaking into a dictaphone to record events he wishes to remember. Read the full review.

This bittersweet solo show offers a novel but resonant take on a topic which affects many of us: the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. It follows a former World Scrabble Champion who's losing his capacity for words, and who's recording as much as he can of his lifetime recollections before it's simply too late to do so. In our 4* review from last year's Edinburgh Fringe, we praised the sensitivity of the script and the ordinary stories it reveals – as well as the minimalist staging, which throws all the light onto the storyteller and the waning power of his mind.

Scrabble World Champion Austin Michaels has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Since then Austin has been attempting to document his memories and greatest achievements before they fade from his mind forever...

“A superbly intelligent one man show... Blank Tiles is verging on a theatrical triumph.” ***** (Ed Fringe Review)

“Funny, clever, engaging and affecting... Incredibly moving” ***** (The Upside News, Australia)

“A seamless balance of humour, pathos and personal expression that is also desperately clever and faultlessly executed” ***** (Great Scott, Australia)

11:30am to 12:20pm
Learn to Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

Experience the potter's wheel and learn a new skill in our friendly and inviting studio. We will show you how and then guide you through the process of making your own pot!

Come alone or with friends – you can even try and capture that Demi Moore & Patrick Swayze 'Ghost' moment if you'd like.

Leave your pot with us to be glazed and fired, then collect it three weeks later or get it posted to you for a small extra charge.

*Please note there are only eight places per session, so if you're coming with friends it's best to book at the same time to avoid disappointment.

11:30am to 12:30pm
The Ugly Duckling Pericles Theatre Company

The Ugly Duckling is a new adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen tale about the cygnet born into a duck's nest who is mercilessly teased by his siblings, and then begins his journey towards self-discovery.

This performing company are much loved for producing work for children which simultaneously tickles the funny bone of grownups, and this merry adventure draws every age, from babies to octogenarians.

Directed by Vasile Nedelcu.

Original music and songs by David Brett.

12:00pm to 1:00pm
LET'S BUILD A PLANET! The Incredible Rebel All-Stars

Imagine designing your own planet. What colour would the sea be? How many legs would a donkey have? What would the farts smell like? Well now’s your chance to choose! Join a madcap team of World Builders on a hilarious, big-banging adventure. Escape from the sinister Robo-Cops, get lost in an alien forest and bring new light to the universe!

This is an immersive comedy, suitable for ages 3-3000. Come prepared to laugh and play. Extra-terrestrials welcome. Don't forget your thinking cap.

“Stunningly creative” (Fringe Guru)

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

12:00pm to 2:30pm
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.

12:00pm to 2:00pm
WARMTH Pop-up Sauna WARMTH BRIGHTON

'WARMTH' is a mobile, wood-fired sauna; dark, timber-lined and löyly filled. Heat up, cool down - the sea is your plunge pool.

Impromptu performances animate the 'WARMTH' sauna, whilst at other times it’s simply a place to relax. Appealing to all the senses, this warm, fragrant haven creates a pocket of Finland on Brighton Beach.

2 hour sessions:
Changing bell tent
Learn the art of making löyly
80c-100c temperature approx
Capacity 6
All sessions are mixed gender
Bring 2 towels (one for sitting on), swimsuit, water bottle and beach shoes
Children under 12

12:00pm to 12:45pm
A Woman, In Search FILTHpresents

A one-woman show which looks at the complex line between actress and character. As the two become blurred, one cannot exist without the other. So what happens if the two can't stand each other?

With minimalist set and only one microphone to hide behind, she bares all and flirts with us until we won't know where to look.

12:00pm to 4:00pm
Invisible Voices of Brighton & Hove Invisible Voices

Invisible Voices raises awareness of homeless issues in Brighton & Hove. This varies from providing the public with an insight into local causes and consequences, to evoking the raw emotion of actually being homeless. The latter is achieved through the spoken and written word, as well as photography. Contributing artists will perform and read live during the exhibition sessions.

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Sleight of Handsome Freddie Folkston

While away an hour or so as magic meets stand-up comedy. As well as some cunning trickery, Freddie will share his frustrations of modern and not so modern life.

12:30pm to 1:40pm
Pick of the Fringe Otherplace Productions Ltd

Not sure what to see? Don't fret, we've done the work for you and hand-picked this week's top tips.

Shows from across Brighton Fringe will be showcasing snippets of their work to whet your appetite every weekend lunchtime.

Different line-ups every show. All for just a fiver.

12:30pm to 12:50pm
Magnus Volk's Electric Train of Thought White Room Theatre

The world’s oldest electric railway.

Step back to a time of engineering adventure and ingenuity. Brighton’s great Victorian inventor personally welcomes you back to the future to meet the challenge of making an electric train run along the coast out at sea! A story of passion, invention and triumph.

Plus, your ticket brings you a £1 per person discount to a ride on the remaining Volks’ Railway!

This performance was first seen in the 2010 Brighton Fringe at 'Hendrick's Horseless Carriage of Curiosities'.

Written and devised by Liz Tait and Nicholas Brice, with the support and advice of Ian Gledhill.

***** (FringeReview)

12:30pm to 2:00pm
The Glitter Tour of Brighton The Dilemma Girls

The acclaimed Dilemma Girls present their sparkly walking tour of Brighton, complete with treats and interactive regalia. Discover the quirkier spots of the city while your hosts entertain you with fascinating glittery tales.

Your glamorous guides bring to life Brighton’s lesser-known attractions, revealing interesting facts that you won’t find in your average guide book.

This fun and immersive tour explores some of Brighton’s hidden gems with illuminating, glitter-based anecdotes along the way. The glitter used on the tour is biodegradable and environmentally friendly.

12:30pm to 2:10pm
Moana OCR Productions

Join us in our big-screen theatre for a screening of Disney's popular 'Moana'. A unique opportunity to view this uplifting family film in the Victorian surroundings of Brighton's Old Courtroom. Rating: PG

12:30pm to 1:20pm
Learn to Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

Experience the potter's wheel and learn a new skill in our friendly and inviting studio. We will show you how and then guide you through the process of making your own pot!

Come alone or with friends – you can even try and capture that Demi Moore & Patrick Swayze 'Ghost' moment if you'd like.

Leave your pot with us to be glazed and fired, then collect it three weeks later or get it posted to you for a small extra charge.

*Please note there are only eight places per session, so if you're coming with friends it's best to book at the same time to avoid disappointment.

12:45pm to 1:45pm
Science Magic Donal Vaughan Entertainment

Triple-award-winning Irish comedian and scientist Dónal Vaughan brings his hugely popular science and comedy show back to Brighton Fringe. With some brand new tricks and some old favourites too, learn about science using everyday objects and laugh your pants off while you do it. You too can become a science wizard and amaze your family and friends.

"His unique blend of science and comedy has proved popular with audiences" (PubSci London)

Winner: 'Beat the Frog World Series' (2016), 'Laughing Horse NATY' (2015), 'Tedfest Comedy Award' (2014).

1:00pm to 5:00pm
Fringe City Family Picnic Brighton Fringe

Fringe City Family Picnic is a free outdoor event taking place on the 5th and 26th May in the Pavilion Gardens, a showcase of family friendly shows, plus free fun activities for children of all ages.

In 2017, over 100,000 people attended Fringe City during 8 fantastic days of performances, installations, sideshows and surreal walkabout performers. We're expecting this year to be even bigger and better with events from the 4th May to 3rd June 2018.

This event will have live filming from Brighton Fringe partners. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to a steward on the day.

1:00pm to 1:50pm
White Girls Laughing Mirror

In an impulsive act of rebellion against their parents, best friends and recent Drama grads Leah and Eve catch a ferry to Calais to volunteer at the famous refugee camp, 'the Jungle', for the weekend. Two days turns into 10 months, Topshop jeans turn to orange hi-vis, and eventually, Leah and Eve return home to tell you their story in the way they know best: a fast-paced farcical drama. There's Australian accents, Billy Bragg and costume changes aplenty.

'White Girls' is a political comedy drama depicting the complexities of White volunTourism and the refugee crisis.

1:00pm to 2:30pm
Piers & Queers Only in Brighton

Over 200 years of history from a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer perspective, including Regency Dandies, 1950s lesbian and gay life and political activism. We encounter prominent historical figures as well as some extraordinary unsung heroes: a pioneering doctor who passed as a man decades before women were allowed to practice medicine, a 19th century lesbian diarist, an Edwardian 'drag king' and an early 'same-sex' marriage.

***** (Broadway Baby)
"Awesome tour. Highly recommended" ***** (Love Fringe)
"Incredible characters and untold stories" (Gay Star News)

1:00pm to 3:50pm
Brighton Swing Thing Brighton Lindyhoppers

Join the Brighton Swing Community for a special Fringe afternoon of swing music and dancing with a live swing band, DJs, Lindy Hop beginners dance class, Charleston dancers and a dance-off competition.

Swing your thing on the best dance floor in town!

1:00pm to 3:00pm
WARMTH Pop-up Sauna WARMTH BRIGHTON

'WARMTH' is a mobile, wood-fired sauna; dark, timber-lined and löyly filled. Heat up, cool down - the sea is your plunge pool.

Impromptu performances animate the 'WARMTH' sauna, whilst at other times it’s simply a place to relax. Appealing to all the senses, this warm, fragrant haven creates a pocket of Finland on Brighton Beach.

2 hour sessions:
Changing bell tent
Learn the art of making löyly
80c-100c temperature approx
Capacity 6
All sessions are mixed gender
Bring 2 towels (one for sitting on), swimsuit, water bottle and beach shoes
Children under 12

1:00pm to 5:00pm
Ecotricity – Britain’s greenest energy company Ecotricity

Ecotricity is not your usual energy company. We don’t just supply green energy, we make it too! We use our customers’ energy bills to build new sources of renewable energy – we call it turning ‘bills into mills’. Add to this our frack-free gas promise and you’ve got a truly 21st century energy company. Join us to have some fun at Fringe City, where we’ll be powering The Main Stage with 100% green electricity, Ecotricity’s #GreenBritain.

1:00pm to 2:00pm
Classical Saturdays: Lunchtime Recitals at St Michael's Music at Saint Michael's

Ambrose Page and Friends present 'Celebrating Haydn' - piano and vocal items by Austrian composer Joseph Haydn, interspersed with readings from his letters and diaries. With Sue Mileham, soprano, Janet Hewlett-Davies and Peter Morris, narrators, and Nicola Grunberg, piano (May 19). Parisian pianist Pierre-Bastien Midali: Beethoven Moonlight Sonata, Schubert Impromtus Op. 90/D899, excerpts from Debussy's Preludes, Suite Bergamasque plus L'Isle Joyeuse (May 26). Guitarist Paul Gregory plays Spanish and South American guitar music by Mudarra, Sor, Tarrega, Turina, Torroba, Ponce and Piazzolla (June 2).

1:00pm to 5:00pm
Fringe City Brighton Fringe

Fringe City is a free outdoor event in the centre of Brighton taking place every weekend of Brighton Fringe 2018.

In 2017, over 100,000 people attended Fringe City during seven fantastic days of performances, installations, sideshows, dance-offs, choirs, cabaret, puppetry, children's workshops, acrobatics and surreal walkabout performers.

We’re expecting 2018 to be even bigger and better with even more shows, performances, madness and mayhem, all packed in from 5 May to 2 June 2018.

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)

1:15pm to 2:15pm
Evelyn Mok: Work in Progress Evelyn Mok

Featured on Channel 4, Comedy Central and BBC's New Talent Hotlist, the award-winning Swedish comedian presents a work in progress that promises to be "uncensored, unapologetic and... wildly refreshing" **** (Broadway Baby).

"Proves herself to have an ambition, originality and wit that augurs well... " (The Times)
"An hour of finely-crafted stand-up" **** (The Skinny)

Winner: Best Comedy Newcomer (The Pleasance Indies Awards)

1:15pm to 2:05pm
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.

1:15pm to 2:15pm
Matt Duwell: Snowflake It 'Til You Make It. Matt Duwell/ Laughing Horse Comedy

Matt Duwell is a Snowflake, and he is owning that label (despite thinking labels are pejorative). A show for anyone who has ever been called a Snowflake, a libtard or a remoaner.

Expect jokes about lighthearted subjects such as the polarisation of political discourse, the rise of nationalism as well as more serious subjects like Netflix and Angel Delight.

"Razor sharp ability... the boy's got talent” **** (Mumble Comedy)

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)

1:30pm to 2:30pm
Sin City Impro City Impro

City impro present their brand new show for 2018, where they explore the seven deadly sins through a series of scenes, sketches and songs all made up on the spot. Using suggestions provided by the audience, this is a show full of laughter, fun and silliness.

To be this good, they are going to have to be a little bit bad!

Reviews for City Impro's previous shows at Brighton Fringe:

"A Masterclass in improvised comedy" **** (remotegoat)
"City Impro are incredibly good" **** (Voice Magazine)

1:30pm to 1:50pm
Magnus Volk's Electric Train of Thought White Room Theatre

The world’s oldest electric railway.

Step back to a time of engineering adventure and ingenuity. Brighton’s great Victorian inventor personally welcomes you back to the future to meet the challenge of making an electric train run along the coast out at sea! A story of passion, invention and triumph.

Plus, your ticket brings you a £1 per person discount to a ride on the remaining Volks’ Railway!

This performance was first seen in the 2010 Brighton Fringe at 'Hendrick's Horseless Carriage of Curiosities'.

Written and devised by Liz Tait and Nicholas Brice, with the support and advice of Ian Gledhill.

***** (FringeReview)

1:30pm to 2:20pm
Learn to Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

Experience the potter's wheel and learn a new skill in our friendly and inviting studio. We will show you how and then guide you through the process of making your own pot!

Come alone or with friends – you can even try and capture that Demi Moore & Patrick Swayze 'Ghost' moment if you'd like.

Leave your pot with us to be glazed and fired, then collect it three weeks later or get it posted to you for a small extra charge.

*Please note there are only eight places per session, so if you're coming with friends it's best to book at the same time to avoid disappointment.

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.

1:45pm to 2:35pm
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.

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

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

Perfect for visitors and residents alike.

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

Winner: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016, 2017.

2:00pm to 4:00pm
Brighton Station Tours: Limited Spaces Jackie Marsh-Hobbs

These amazing tours only happen during Brighton Fringe. A chance to learn about the hidden places, local history and wonderful engineering of Brighton's grade II* listed railway station.

Meet five minutes before the tour at the front of Brighton Station, with permission from Southern Railway.

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 4:00pm
WARMTH Pop-up Sauna WARMTH BRIGHTON

'WARMTH' is a mobile, wood-fired sauna; dark, timber-lined and löyly filled. Heat up, cool down - the sea is your plunge pool.

Impromptu performances animate the 'WARMTH' sauna, whilst at other times it’s simply a place to relax. Appealing to all the senses, this warm, fragrant haven creates a pocket of Finland on Brighton Beach.

2 hour sessions:
Changing bell tent
Learn the art of making löyly
80c-100c temperature approx
Capacity 6
All sessions are mixed gender
Bring 2 towels (one for sitting on), swimsuit, water bottle and beach shoes
Children under 12

2:00pm to 5:00pm
Spoken Word Workshop Apples and Snakes

Apples and Snakes and New Writing South present... Dean Atta leads a beginners workshop for all wanting to take the first steps to performing their poetry live on stage. Participants in this afternoon workshop will have the opportunity to share in the evening open mic at 7pm.

There will be some writing exercises but you will mostly work on performance skills. Therefore, you can write a new poem in this workshop or come with a poem you have already written and want to take to the stage.

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Hansel and Gretel Smikle Dance Project

A classic fairytale re-imagined through dance. Lee Smikle Dance Project and Shoreditch Youth Dance Company take you on a heartwarming adventure of sibling friendship, body popping crows and soul-eating witches.

A dark magical production for audiences of all ages.

2:10pm to 3:10pm
Arr We There Yet? Head First Acrobats

A rip-roaring and swashbuckling adventure in which three sailors hit the high seas in search of treasure! A scallywag pirate, a muscular sailor and a chef with a seafood allergy make for a hopeless crew, as they fight for the title of Captain aboard the ship. These acrobatic pirates turn ship-life upside down! Walking the plank becomes the high flying teeterboard, cooking for the crew involves juggling knives and steering the ship spinning upside down in the Roue Cyr!

2:15pm to 3:30pm
Pronoun by Evan Placey The Young Creatives Portsmouth

"I showered. And then the mirror was just there. Suddenly there. Only it had always been there, but I’d, somehow, I’d managed to never look. To never really look."

Josh and Isabella are childhood sweethearts. They were meant to spend their gap year together, they were meant to be together forever. But Isabella has now become a boy.

A play about teenage transgender transition, testosterone, and James Dean.

2:15pm to 3:15pm
Huggers Nik Coppin Productions

The popular family show at festivals worldwide returns with a revolving line-up of performers of all varieties from comedians, musical theatre, poets, magicians, clowns and children's entertainers with fun and laughter for all the family.

"Kept the kids entertained... whizzed past and was perfectly timed for child attention spans!” (Child Friendly Brighton)
“The kids had a great time” (Adelaide Fringe)
“Great show” (The Scotsman)
“Mums and dads are onto a winner with this afternoon of delightfully immature comedy” (Melbourne International Comedy Festival)

2:25pm to 3:25pm
Doktor James' Bad Skemes The Giggle Goose / Sweet Productions

Doktor James is sick of living at home and not being taken seriously as a super villain. He is really bad and he just wants to beat his superhero brother and be voted #1 in the super villain charts! (Bad as in evil by the way, not bad as in rubbish. He definitely isn’t rubbish).
But he can't do it alone.

Are you naughty enough to take over the world? Are you a genius with a lot of plans and inventions? Are you really good at dancing? Doktor James needs your help!

"Family entertainment at its finest" ***** (Broadway Baby)

**** (Fest)

"Represents the best of the Fringe" (Primary Times)

2:30pm to 3:20pm
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.

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Andy Quirk's Got First World Problems Andy Quirk

East London's premier rapper of first-world problems, Andy quirk, and his backup dancer Anna J, bring fist-pumping therapy for modern living to the masses. Join their crew in railing against the inconsequential irks of modern living!

"Delivers with infectious enthusiasm... demolishing any walls of self-consciousness... he’s even got a backing dancer with moody sass to help build the atmosphere" (Chortle)

"Interaction with the crowd is excellently handled... it translates perfectly from page to stage with superb timing and an ability to switch music genre with ease" ***** (Bunbury Magazine)

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Ishi Khan-Jackson: I'mMigrant 2 Funny Comedy

A fun comedy show about migration, belonging and identity. Ishi was born in Zambia, has Indian roots and loves her home in Britain. Does that make her BriZamdian?

Join the playful adventure, that is 'Ishi Khan-Jackson: I'mMigrant!'.

Expect silliness, fun and energetic Bollywood dancing. 

This show is suitable for migrants, non-migrants and strawberries.

2:30pm to 3:30pm
The War of the Worlds The Pantaloons

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)

2:30pm to 2:50pm
Magnus Volk's Electric Train of Thought White Room Theatre

The world’s oldest electric railway.

Step back to a time of engineering adventure and ingenuity. Brighton’s great Victorian inventor personally welcomes you back to the future to meet the challenge of making an electric train run along the coast out at sea! A story of passion, invention and triumph.

Plus, your ticket brings you a £1 per person discount to a ride on the remaining Volks’ Railway!

This performance was first seen in the 2010 Brighton Fringe at 'Hendrick's Horseless Carriage of Curiosities'.

Written and devised by Liz Tait and Nicholas Brice, with the support and advice of Ian Gledhill.

***** (FringeReview)

2:30pm to 3:20pm
Learn to Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

Experience the potter's wheel and learn a new skill in our friendly and inviting studio. We will show you how and then guide you through the process of making your own pot!

Come alone or with friends – you can even try and capture that Demi Moore & Patrick Swayze 'Ghost' moment if you'd like.

Leave your pot with us to be glazed and fired, then collect it three weeks later or get it posted to you for a small extra charge.

*Please note there are only eight places per session, so if you're coming with friends it's best to book at the same time to avoid disappointment.

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 10:00pm
B.fest 2018 B.Fest / Brighton Youth Centre

B.fest is the Brighton Youth Arts Festival, a festival for young people, by young people. Expect a dynamic week of fun, creativity and innovation. B.fest events include live music, gaming, visual arts, film festival, dance, skate, debates, workshops and much more.

To see the week's programme check out our website.

3:00pm to 5:30pm
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.

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Neil O'Rourke & Patrick Spicer: Cool Dude Island Neil O'Rourke & Patrick Spicer

Rising stand-up comedians Neil O'Rourke (Irish Comedian of the Year 2017 Finalist) and Patrick Spicer (Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2018 Nominee) are the (p)residents of the coolest island off the coast of Brighton: Cool Dude Island (DISCLAIMER: Island may be conceptual).

"What he lacks in swagger – and possibly friends – he more than makes up for in delightful punchlines and entertaining yarns" (Chortle)
"Gloriously, wonderfully silly" (Angel Comedy)

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Karen Blott ... Pick 'N' Mix The Caxton Arms

Karen will be challenging stereotypes of older women, motherhood and widowhood and in particular female body images. There will also be support from her guest artists.

3:00pm to 3:50pm
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!

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Dave Chawner: Mental D2 Events

Award-winning comedian Dave Chawner premieres his new show about mental health (rather than mental illness).

As seen on BBC, ITV and Channel 4
As heard on BBC Radio 1, Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live

***** (Arts Award Voice)
***** (Bunbury Magazine)
**** (The List)
**** (EdFest Magazine)
**** (ThreeWeeks)
**** (Broadway Baby)
**** (Ed Fringe Review)
**** (Voice Magazine)

"This is one comic you have to make the effort to see" (The Scottish Herald)
"His upbeat delivery and candid confessions make for an enjoyable, and sometimes enlightening, hour" (Steve Bennet)

3:00pm to 5:00pm
WARMTH Pop-up Sauna WARMTH BRIGHTON

'WARMTH' is a mobile, wood-fired sauna; dark, timber-lined and löyly filled. Heat up, cool down - the sea is your plunge pool.

Impromptu performances animate the 'WARMTH' sauna, whilst at other times it’s simply a place to relax. Appealing to all the senses, this warm, fragrant haven creates a pocket of Finland on Brighton Beach.

2 hour sessions:
Changing bell tent
Learn the art of making löyly
80c-100c temperature approx
Capacity 6
All sessions are mixed gender
Bring 2 towels (one for sitting on), swimsuit, water bottle and beach shoes
Children under 12

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.

3:00pm 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 9:30pm
Electroacoustic Experiments Dulcet Tones

Join us for an afternoon and evening of immersive audiovisual experiments. Expect improvised orchestral duos, live projection mapping, and immersive sound-worlds. Previous performances have been shown at Brighton's 'Stockhausen Festival'. Performances start from 6pm with an interactive installation being set from 3pm.

3:30pm to 4:30pm
City Impro by the Sea City Impro

A rip-roaring rollercoaster of laughter, where six improvisers race from one game to another at a thousand smiles an hour making everything up as they go along. Using suggestions provided by you, an epic series of improvised comedy games, sketches and songs are created in this comedy show where there's just enough time to catch your breath.

Following 3 sold-out shows at Brighton Fringe 2017, City Impro return for more laughs and more fun in 2018.

"A Masterclass in improvised comedy" **** (remotegoat)

"Incredibly good" **** (Voice Magazine)

3:30pm to 3:50pm
Magnus Volk's Electric Train of Thought White Room Theatre

The world’s oldest electric railway.

Step back to a time of engineering adventure and ingenuity. Brighton’s great Victorian inventor personally welcomes you back to the future to meet the challenge of making an electric train run along the coast out at sea! A story of passion, invention and triumph.

Plus, your ticket brings you a £1 per person discount to a ride on the remaining Volks’ Railway!

This performance was first seen in the 2010 Brighton Fringe at 'Hendrick's Horseless Carriage of Curiosities'.

Written and devised by Liz Tait and Nicholas Brice, with the support and advice of Ian Gledhill.

***** (FringeReview)

3:45pm to 4:45pm
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)

3:45pm to 4:45pm
Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre: The New Show Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre

Earth’s Funniest Footwear are back for their 10th brand new show. Following their sell-out 'Shakespeare', 'Socks In Space' and 'Minging Detectives', they take on a brand new target in songs, sketches, socks & violence. What’s the subject? You’ll find out on the night.

"Space age comedy to knock your socks off" **** (Daily Record)

"Had every single audience member... laughing until they cried." ***** (Edinburgh Evening News)

"For sheer energy and laughs per hour, these comic stockings are the biz, denier miss it." **** (The Scotsman)

(Under 16’s to be accompanied by an adult)

3:45pm to 4:45pm
Stranger Friends Sunjai Arif

Come on a journey to the upside down and meet some of Sunjai's weird and wonderful friends. Sunjai (Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year 2017 and South Coast Comedian of the Year 2016 runner up) has been touring the country, making friends with some of the best up and coming alternative acts on the circuit, and he wants you to meet them too.

This show will make you lean forward with excitement and anticipation for what will happen next.

"An excellent performer" (Voice Magazine)

"Truly entertaining" (Dorset Echo)

**** (Theatre Bath)

3:45pm to 4:45pm
Now THAT'S What I Call A Game Show! Stu Turner

Think you know game shows? Think again, as this new show comes to Brighton, that will make you laugh like a child. Comedy meets game show, meets improv, as fun host Stu Turner brings two teams of comics picked from the Fringe each day. Their skills and wit will be pitted against each other with new hysterical round.

With Stu Turner overseeing the proceedings, you’ll get to laugh, cheer and decide who gets crowned winners in this crazy show! Enjoy audience participation, prizes, and non-stop laughs in this fun-packed hour of entertainment.

You'll never laugh so much at a game show!

4:00pm to 5:15pm
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.

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Upside Down & Inside Out Akro Kraks

Two English gentlemen (or are they?) pull surprises out of the hat (and the audience). A half-hour extravaganza of acrobatics, comedy, clown, contortion and juggling stunts. Laugh, cry and gasp!

A cabaret with a cast of two, this family-friendly show has some surprisingly risqué moments that the kids don't notice, but mum and dad do!

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Nathan Lang: The Stuntman Momentum Artist Management

Nathan Lang (Pinhead from Neighbours) tells the high-energy, surreal tale of 'The Stuntman' through clowning, characters, physical comedy and real onstage stunts... Evel Knievel meets Wile E. Coyote in Technicolor! Debut solo show from the host of London's beloved alternative comedy night Lost Cabaret, and half of sketch comedy duo Jon & Nath.

"A hilariously credible creation" (Time Out)

"His eyes gleam with an absorbing mischief" (The Stage)

"Electric, hilarious" (WhatsOnStage)

"Wickedly funny" (The Public Reviews)

"Contains the funniest moment I've seen all Fringe" ****(The Mumble)

4:00pm to 5:00pm
De Fuut Bastiaan Vandendriessche - Belgian playwright

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

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

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

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

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

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

4:00pm to 6:00pm
WARMTH Pop-up Sauna WARMTH BRIGHTON

'WARMTH' is a mobile, wood-fired sauna; dark, timber-lined and löyly filled. Heat up, cool down - the sea is your plunge pool.

Impromptu performances animate the 'WARMTH' sauna, whilst at other times it’s simply a place to relax. Appealing to all the senses, this warm, fragrant haven creates a pocket of Finland on Brighton Beach.

2 hour sessions:
Changing bell tent
Learn the art of making löyly
80c-100c temperature approx
Capacity 6
All sessions are mixed gender
Bring 2 towels (one for sitting on), swimsuit, water bottle and beach shoes
Children under 12

4:15pm to 5:00pm
MANIFEST Urban Interface Dance UK

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

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

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.

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

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

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

4:30pm to 5:30pm
The Kurious Kabinet of Dr Katterfelto Do Science Ltd

Two centuries ago the showman, scientist and charlatan 'Doctor' 'Professor' 'Colonel' Gustavus Katterfelto, claimed inventor of the 'solar' microscope and the aerostat was renowned for his proetic, stenographic, balensical and caprimantic delights.

Since then his exploits have fallen into the dust of collective forget.

Armed with strange and wonderful equipment and equipped with exotic specimens, he ushered in the age of discovery.

See insects the size of dogs, marvel at the levitating balloon, tremble before the demonic cat.

Great wonders! Strange wonders! Unearthly wonders! Hidden wonders!

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)

4:30pm to 5:50pm
Always, With a Love That's True Wired Theatre

4 stars I always enjoy Wired Theatre's unconventional site-specific work – partly because they're so willing to break theatrical rules, and partly because they invariably surprise me with something different and new. Set in a real house in Hove, with scenes in the lounge, hallway, kitchen and conservatory, this one certainly preserves Wired's reputation for performing in unusual spaces. But after years presenting shows which hop back and forth in history, this time they gave me the one thing I least expected: a traditional linear storyline. Read the full review.

Wired Theatre are long-standing Brighton Fringe regulars, and have made a name for themselves staging creative site-specific works in unusual places – this time, a normal house in Hove. Their shows are always quirky, and sometimes demand your concentration, but following a long run of recent successes I'll rank them a sure bet for this year. Their latest show is a sequel to last year's And Love Walked In, a time-jumping tale about a psychologist losing his own grip on reality; expect an unusual and creative production, with plenty to talk about afterwards.

Love is undying. Death is just around the comer. Listen, time’s passing. Who knows what’s beyond the grave? The ageing psychotherapist, troubled and insecure, cannot trust his wife, his clients or himself in this darkly comic sequel to last year’s sell-out show.

Wired Theatre returns to the quiet house in Hove in this original, entertaining, promenade production which presents, in close-up, lives trapped on a rollercoaster ride towards an inevitable end.

Provocative, tantalising and often mysterious, Wired ‘s work aims to create exciting theatre in a non-theatrical location.

4:30pm to 5:30pm
A Serious Play About World War II Willis & Vere

This is one Bold Choice which really could go either way. The company's previous pastiche, The Starship Osiris, was an unquestioned hit last year – but it's a lot easier to build hilarity around a Star Trek parody than it is around "the memoirs of a Holocaust survivor". The joke is really about the pretentiousness of theatre and the (supposed) incompetence of these particular theatre practitioners, but they're walking a tightrope all the same. Positive reviews from an earlier run at London's Vault Festival suggest that they've got it right.

Winner Vault Festival Comedy Award 2017
Winner of the IYAF: Best of Brighton Fringe Comedy Award in 2017

After the success of their five-star, award-winning farce 'The Starship Osiris', Willis & Vere have surprised critics by turning their back on comedy to adapt the memoirs of a Holocaust survivor. As always hecklers will be forcibly removed from the venue.

“Hilarious” ***** (ThreeWeeks)
“Hilarious” ***** (Broadway Baby)
“Superb” ***** (LondonTheatre1)

4:30pm to 6:15pm
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!

4:45pm to 5:45pm
Dave Chawner: Mental D2 Events

Award-winning comedian Dave Chawner premieres his new show about mental health (rather than mental illness).

As seen on BBC, ITV and Channel 4
As heard on BBC Radio 1, Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live

***** (Arts Award Voice)
***** (Bunbury Magazine)
**** (The List)
**** (EdFest Magazine)
**** (ThreeWeeks)
**** (Broadway Baby)
**** (Ed Fringe Review)
**** (Voice Magazine)

"This is one comic you have to make the effort to see" (The Scottish Herald)
"His upbeat delivery and candid confessions make for an enjoyable, and sometimes enlightening, hour" (Steve Bennet)

5:00pm to 7:00pm
WARMTH Pop-up Sauna WARMTH BRIGHTON

'WARMTH' is a mobile, wood-fired sauna; dark, timber-lined and löyly filled. Heat up, cool down - the sea is your plunge pool.

Impromptu performances animate the 'WARMTH' sauna, whilst at other times it’s simply a place to relax. Appealing to all the senses, this warm, fragrant haven creates a pocket of Finland on Brighton Beach.

2 hour sessions:
Changing bell tent
Learn the art of making löyly
80c-100c temperature approx
Capacity 6
All sessions are mixed gender
Bring 2 towels (one for sitting on), swimsuit, water bottle and beach shoes
Children under 12

5:00pm to 6:15pm
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!

5:00pm to 7:00pm
The Angel & The Fiend Farleys & House Gallery Ltd

"I looked like an angel, but was a fiend inside." Lee Miller (1907-1977, New York)

Vogue model, Surrealist photographer, WWII correspondent, Lee Miller is one of the most recognised figures in 20th century photography. Unknown to even her most intimate friends, her glamorous life masked her inner torment. The highs and lows of Lee Miller's turbulent life are explored in this dramatised reading, with dialogue sourced from archive material and first-hand conversations, set to her powerful images. Written by Antony Penrose.

5:00pm to 6:00pm
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)

5:00pm to 6:00pm
The Ayahuasca Diaries Benji Waterstones

Shrink and stand-up Benji Waterstones heads to Peru in search of ayahuasca, a healing hallucinogenic so strong that just one dose has been likened to 15 years of therapy. So, is it the magic pill he craves? The psychological penicillin to save the NHS? A funny and moving account of one self-help junkie’s search for happiness.

“Perfect and hilarious” (Buzzfeed)
“A stand-out show” (John Fleming)

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.

5:00pm to 6:00pm
What's it all about, eh? The Musical (Work in Progress) Hassan Dervish

This is a jam-packed musical comedy performance of fun storytelling rhymes set to an original soundtrack. Hassan Dervish’s act features a range of characters and stories of modern life that everyone will be able to identify with, including the hits ‘Horse in an Uber’ and ‘Excel Spreadsheet’.

He will resonate with fans of comedy who go along with something silly and catchy.

Semi-Finalist: Amused Moose 2016
Finalist: Comedy Virgins Max Turner Prize 2017
As heard on Talk Radio hosted by Iain Lee

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Darren Walsh: Massive Punt Darren Walsh

Join Darren Walsh (UK's first Pun Champion, BBC's iWonder, Dave's Joke of the Edinburgh Fringe) on a round-the-world flight, jam-packed with onboard entertainment such as video sketches, one-liners, jingles and general nonsense.

"Unstoppable tsunami of stupid puns" (Chortle)

"A tall guy with a big talent for short jokes" (The Stage)

"Punbelievable!" ***** (The Mirror)

**** (Sunday Express)

**** (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine)

Top 10 Jokes of the Edinburgh Fringe in The Guardian, The Mirror and The Scotsman.

5:30pm to 6:15pm
From the Cradle to the Grave Falmer Concerts, St. Laurence Church

6 May: Adoration, Love, Loss & Celebration, Lucinda Houghton, Soprano, Sara Gourlay, Mezzo-Soprano, Howard Beach - Piano. Supporting Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity. 12 May: From the Cradle to the Grave 'Belladonna' - Sue Mileham, soprano, Jane Plessner, clarinet and Nicola Grunberg, piano present a journey from innocence to experience in nature in all its forms with music by Mozart, Spohr, Cooke, Bliss, Greaves and McFarren. 19 May: Guitar Duo, Jon Rattenbury and Brian Ashworth.
26 May: 'Unfenced' - Sally Wilson and Sam Brennan, vocals, Liz Woodhouse, vocals and Piano, Jane Peckham, bass and Barney Guy, drums present music from The Great American Songbook.

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 6:30pm
Max & Ivan: Work in Progress Max & Ivan / Dawn Sedgwick Management

Black-belt grandmasters of narrative-sketch comedy take to the live stage in a whirlwind hour of new ideas and never-before-seen characters.

"Astonishing: fast-paced and unflaggingly funny" ***** (The Times)
"Truly outstanding individual performances" ***** (Edinburgh Evening News)
"Phenomenal range of talent" ***** (The Mirror)
"First-rate comic acting" **** (The Scotsman)
"Max & Ivan are the real deal" **** (The Guardian)
"Immaculate" **** (The Sunday Times)
"Max & Ivan ooze class" **** (Chortle)
"Undoubtedly superstars of tomorrow" (GQ)

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 7:00pm
Hansel and Gretel Smikle Dance Project

A classic fairytale re-imagined through dance. Lee Smikle Dance Project and Shoreditch Youth Dance Company take you on a heartwarming adventure of sibling friendship, body popping crows and soul-eating witches.

A dark magical production for audiences of all ages.

6:00pm to 6:55pm
Carabet Lobster Quadrille Theatre

Welcome to 'Carabet', a tour-de-force of character-based lunacy. Using clown, physical comedy and improvisation, this trio of international Gaulier-trained comedians take you on an absurd journey.

"Those prepared to leave reality should look no further" (The List)
"Inventive, hilarious and very engaging" 'Recommended' (FringeReview)

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Robot vs Hurricane: An hour of alternative stand-up from Nicholas Everritt and Pete Nash Difflex

Strap in for a strikingly alternative show from two of the most original acts rising through the UK stand-up scene: 'The Robot' Nicholas Everritt and Pete 'The Hurricane' Nash.

Nick Everritt is a trained improviser and qualified actuary who is taking the stand-up world by storm with his robotic delivery.

High energy crackpot Pete 'The Hurricane' Nash riffs everything from absurd stories to mooning the crowd.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Battle of the Superheroes: The Great Superhero Debate Nik Coppin Productions

The international hit show returns with more great comedians in a mixture of stand-up comedy and debate to find out who the best superhero is!

Whether you are a Marvel or DC fan, or don't care either way, this is a hilarious hour of entertainment for geeks and non-geeks to enjoy in equal measure.

"Super fun" **** (Clothesline, Adelaide Fringe 2015)
"You're in for a treat... intimate, fun, and enjoyable" **** ½ (Adelaide Fringe 2017)

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 8:00pm
WARMTH Pop-up Sauna WARMTH BRIGHTON

'WARMTH' is a mobile, wood-fired sauna; dark, timber-lined and löyly filled. Heat up, cool down - the sea is your plunge pool.

Impromptu performances animate the 'WARMTH' sauna, whilst at other times it’s simply a place to relax. Appealing to all the senses, this warm, fragrant haven creates a pocket of Finland on Brighton Beach.

2 hour sessions:
Changing bell tent
Learn the art of making löyly
80c-100c temperature approx
Capacity 6
All sessions are mixed gender
Bring 2 towels (one for sitting on), swimsuit, water bottle and beach shoes
Children under 12

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 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)

6:00pm to 7:15pm
The MET Musical Theatre Showcase 2018 Northbrook MET

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

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

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 6:50pm
WATCHING, Ceci n'est pas de Deux Ester Natzijl Productions

"Dutch Season Stand-out Show" (The Argus)

A solo-duet created and performed by Flying Solo and Amsterdam Fringe award-winner Ester Natzijl. A mesmerising mix of puppetry, theatre and dance that provides different views of what a relationship can be. The performance carves a tender, entrancing portrayal of horror and humour, with an animated and sometimes extremely evil avatar.

"Redefines theatre and dance" ***** (Reviews Hub)

"An experience that lingers long after the performance is over" (Exeunt Magazine)

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Not Somewhere Else Monki Business

Monki’s debut performance colours outside the lines of the conventional circus genre.

In just an hour, he manages to conjure up a uniquely personal universe in which he combines double pole acrobatics with spoken word, live music, video and a touch of madness.

Monki is a character all on his own. He shares funny, sometimes moving, moments of his frustrations and fears about the way in which we live together.

'Not Somewhere Else' is an intimate and raw solo show that offers a look in to Monki’s chaotic and intriguing world.

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

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Brighton’s Singing Barber Peter Joannou The Something For The Weekend Show

Brighton’s singing barber, Peter Joannou, performs his latest song 'From Ma Window', from his first floor shop window in The Lanes in the 'Something For The Weekend' show.

Who will be his guest? Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Perry Como, Matt Monro, Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley... ?

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

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

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

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

6:00pm to 7:00pm
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, er, deaths. But with long-held grudges, egos on a knife-edge and somewhat dubious motives, the mystery becomes not the murder mystery, but the murder. Mystery.

The award-nominated show from double-act LoveHard featuring a live score by Nick Charlesworth.

“The sort of show that makes you excited about the Fringe again” ***** (Broadway Baby)

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

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

6:15pm to 7:05pm
Paul Wade: Mortal (Work in Progress) Paul Wade

Do you struggle to fit in in an ever-changing world? Does the speed of change make you feel old before your time? Then you know how Paul feels. Join him as he exposes his thoughts, fears and vulnerabilities and makes everyone feel a bit better about just being themselves.

"One of the most promising new comedians around" (The Herts and Essex Observer)

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Viggo Venn: Pepito Stamptown

5 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2017 Viggo Venn is endearing: he's unique, provoking in his audience an almost child-like sense of curiosity and wonder. We're all asking what he will produce next, in this surreal world of salad attire and playful punchlines. And in The Life Of Pepito, his debut solo show, he duly delivers a steady stream of surprising and sometimes hysterical ideas. Read the full review.

Nominated for Best Comedy Award (Brighton Fringe 2017)
Norwegian champion of Theatresports 2015

After full runs at Edinburgh, Adelaide and Prague Fringe, award-winning Norwegian comedian Viggo Venn returns to Brighton with a better version of last year's show! If you like absurd comedy then you'll really enjoy it. Otherwise maybe don't come. Directed by Jonny Woolley, music by David Zucker.

"My cheeks were aching with laughter" ***** (Fringe Guru)
"I laughed so much my face hurt" **** 1/2 (The Latest)
"Most importantly... Norwegian" **** (Broadway Baby)
"Spot-on comic timing" **** (730 Review)

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
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.

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

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

A tale of three colours.

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

7:00pm to 8:45pm
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
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

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 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 9:30pm
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)

7:00pm to 8:20pm
Always, With a Love That's True Wired Theatre

4 stars I always enjoy Wired Theatre's unconventional site-specific work – partly because they're so willing to break theatrical rules, and partly because they invariably surprise me with something different and new. Set in a real house in Hove, with scenes in the lounge, hallway, kitchen and conservatory, this one certainly preserves Wired's reputation for performing in unusual spaces. But after years presenting shows which hop back and forth in history, this time they gave me the one thing I least expected: a traditional linear storyline. Read the full review.

Wired Theatre are long-standing Brighton Fringe regulars, and have made a name for themselves staging creative site-specific works in unusual places – this time, a normal house in Hove. Their shows are always quirky, and sometimes demand your concentration, but following a long run of recent successes I'll rank them a sure bet for this year. Their latest show is a sequel to last year's And Love Walked In, a time-jumping tale about a psychologist losing his own grip on reality; expect an unusual and creative production, with plenty to talk about afterwards.

Love is undying. Death is just around the comer. Listen, time’s passing. Who knows what’s beyond the grave? The ageing psychotherapist, troubled and insecure, cannot trust his wife, his clients or himself in this darkly comic sequel to last year’s sell-out show.

Wired Theatre returns to the quiet house in Hove in this original, entertaining, promenade production which presents, in close-up, lives trapped on a rollercoaster ride towards an inevitable end.

Provocative, tantalising and often mysterious, Wired ‘s work aims to create exciting theatre in a non-theatrical location.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Spoken Word Open Mic Special Apples and Snakes

An evening of poetry and performance poetry with special guests, Phonetic and Dean Atta. Featuring open mic for you to share your words on the Writer’s Place stage. Sign up for a slot at the door on the night.

Phonetic is a unique rising star of Brighton’s vibrant hip-hop scene and has recently toured nationally supporting Rag’n’Bone Man.

Dean Atta has performed across the UK and internationally and has been commissioned to write poems for BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, Dazed & Confused, Keats House Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and Tate Modern.

7:00pm to 7:55pm
A Modern Guide to Heroism & Sidekickery Michelle Zahner

A superhero story that refuses to read like a comic book. Michelle Zahner joyfully mixes comedy, poetry and movement to work out how being a “superhero” in the “real world” really works.

How do you rescue people from depression, or a broken friendship? How do you fight a cyclone, or a rabid llama, or the patriarchy? What do you call a boy damsel? And shouldn’t there be a villain somewhere? With limited powers and more responsibility than she wants, she finds herself dealing with media hype, impossible expectations, protest groups and sponsorship deals.

Batman never had to deal with this s**t.

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 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
It's All My Mother's Fault! (Work in Progress) Romina Puma

Romina Puma comes back and is darker than ever! It’s a show about love, or the lack of it, a show about a child longing to be cared for by her mother while having to care for her, and about selfishness as a last means of survival... What’s not to laugh about?

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 9:30pm
'Bassett' and 'The Grandfathers' Ariel Company Theatre

Ariel Company Theatre are proud to make their Brighton Fringe debut.

In 'Bassett', the supply teacher has gone a bit nuts, doing a runner and locking the pupils in. Tensions are high today, a day when a repatriation of fallen British soldiers is happening along the high street - as it has many times before through this quiet Wiltshire town. And this one is more personal than most. National service ended in the UK over fifty years ago, but young people worldwide are still conscripted into the armed forces.

'The Grandfather' follows nine young soldiers as they train to defend their nation.

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
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
The Tap Pack The Tap Pack Pty Ltd

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

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

7:15pm to 11:45pm
Mister Frank's Cotton Club Mister Frank's

The famous Mister Frank presents a debauched prohibition themed night of live music, immersive theatre, Charleston lessons, dancing and plenty of drinking!

Meet at the Warren Box Office for your passage to the most talked about secret location at Brighton Fringe. Be sure to look the part for this amazing 1920s themed evening.

[N.B. Bus to secret location will leave promptly.]

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

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

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

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

7:30pm to 9:15pm
Flutes at St Michael's: Sussex Flutes Flute Quintet + The Brunswick Duo Music at Saint Michael's

The Sussex Flutes' flute quintet (Anne Hodgson, Victoria Hancox, Sue Gregg, Marielle Way and Nicole Le Clercq) play Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saens and much more. The group will also play some of their own arrangements.

Established in 2009, Sussex Flutes include the whole flute family from piccolo to bass flute, which gives their recitals great variety (May 11).

The Brunswick Duo play J.S. Bach 6 Flute Sonatas on the modern flute with piano.

The intense sonatas in E and B minors contrast with the innocent radiance of the sonatas in C and A majors. Also included: Sonatas in Eb and E majors (May 26).

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

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

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

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

7:30pm to 8:30pm
The Morning After the Life Before Gúna Nua

May 24th 2015, as 62% of Ireland is #hungoverforequality, Ann gets a text from her brother which brings the reality of a new Ireland into sharp focus, a personal tale of Ireland before and after Marriage Equality. Gúna Nua presents the internationally acclaimed and multi-award-winning 'The Morning After The Life Before', light hearted and playfully told, performed by Ann Blake and Lucia Smyth and directed by Paul Meade. Be prepared for music, cake and equality.

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 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 8:50pm
Stories of the Sword: The Second Stab Sussex Sword Academy

So much history, so little time. 'Stories of the Sword' is returning for a second stab, with characters old and new to take you through the real-life tales of some more of history's famous duellists. People such as Pirate Queen Gráinne O'Malley, Prize Fighter James Figg and the unstoppable Lord Edward Sackville will feature. Using martial swordplay, film, narration and live action, their stories will be explored and the inspiration for The Three Musketeers revealed.

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
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 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 9:00pm
The Manifestation of Trim Tab Jim Trim Tab Productions

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 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)

7:45pm to 9:45pm
When the Wind Blows Brighton Little Theatre

With Donald's finger twitching on the nuclear button and Kim Jong Un flexing his ballistic muscles, who knows 'When the Wind Blows'? Raymond Briggs' darkly disturbing comedy follows Hilda and Jim Bloggs as they try to construct a nuclear fall-out shelter, armed only with a government pamphlet, a screwdriver, emergency rations and a protractor from their son's old school geometry kit. But will their makeshift shelter save them from the powers that be?

7:45pm to 8:45pm
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 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 9:00pm
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.

8:00pm to 10:30pm
Round Georges Jazz Festival The Round Georges Jazz

Every Saturday during the month we will be providing you with incredible, outstanding and inspiring musicians delivering an energetic array of jazz for all ears. With the likes of Terry Pack's Trees, Stevie Watts, The Sussex Jazz Orchestra and more, all for free.

Please check our Facebook page for specific events.

8:00pm to 10:00pm
Electric Cabaret 1970s Revue Electric Cabaret Company

Time travel to 1970s Brighton's top 'nite spot' and enjoy a Tequilla Sunrise or two at the bar in the secret Bedford Ballroom (complete with original 70s chandeliers), as we take a hilarious look at what we thought was super chic back in the decade that style forgot.

Featuring our Foxy Disco Diva, Roller Girl, Excessive Elvis, Disco Inferno Fire Show, Punk Rock Mayhem, High Kicking GoGo Showgirls and more.

Win authentic retro prizes in our glitzy 70s game show, all followed by a very large helping of Boogie Wonderland on the dance floor!

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

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

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

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

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Ben Carter: How to Approach People and Make Friends GOT HAM comedy

Join local comedian Ben Carter on his debut hour, as he desperately attempts to boost his social circle, whether dressed as the lonely front half of a pantomime camel or a lousy flat-earther. Expect music, energy and a whole load of new friends. No mingling whilst I'm performing.

8:00pm to 2:00am
The Lovers Circus with The Turbans StrangeWood Productions

Roll up for a springtime seaside carnival of pure delight as StrangeWood Productions and TOM present an immersive night of foot-stomping revelry.

International musical adventurers, The Turbans, headline a night of creativity and celebration with poetry, acoustic music, circus entertainment, VR, interactive art and dance.

The Turbans bind together music from ‘manywhere’, igniting audiences with the bacchanalian spirit of the Eastern Mediterranean. Drawing on the rich cultural heritage of both the Levantine and Balkan regions, they create original music for the 21st century.

8:00pm to 10:00pm
Epicene Paul Diello Music

After three sold-out shows, five-star reviews and a nomination for LGBT Brighton Fringe award in 2017, Paul Diello returns with a new, updated version of 'Epicene'. Watch as Diello interweaves his journey of childhood out-castings and social misfittery into well loved female compositions by artists such as Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, Björk and Annie Lennox, to name a few.

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

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
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 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
Slipskin Sami Stone

Sami Stone is a comedian from Earth who shares a love of the planet with wordplay, fairytale imagery and dark wit. Stone re-imagines moments in our lives where there are no words to describe, by borrowing from other cultures and creating new ones.

Swap your broadband for broad beans and reconnect with nature in this "Intelligent yet wonderfully silly" (Montreal Gazette) hour of stand-up. Lose yourself in the long grass of Stone's imagination.

Bring love, bring hope, bring a dictionary.

"Touched with poignancy" (FringeReview)
"A dry kinda Fleabag" (The Stand)
"Darkly Wonderful" (Time Out)

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

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

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

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

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

"Brilliantly funny" (The Observer)

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

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

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

8:00pm to 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.

8:15pm to 10:15pm
Funny Women: Brighton Nights Funny Women Ltd

The UK's leading female comedy community 'Funny Women' host a night of fabulous female comedy talent in Brighton’s best comedy venue, Komedia Brighton, featuring a mix of established and new acts, plus alumni from our acclaimed Funny Women Awards.

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 9:20pm
Stealth Aspies: Autistic People Speak Out Stealth Aspies

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

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

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

8:30pm to 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.

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Laughs with Tricks Stu Turner

Comedy magician Stu Turner and comedian and ventriloquist Phil Reid come together for an hour of stand-up, magic, and variety.

Stu's off-beat act is sometimes silly, sometimes surreal, but always baffling and highly entertaining.

Phil is a warm, vibrant and cheeky chap, with a natural storytelling ability, who will tickle your funny bone whether you're young or old.

Come and enjoy an hour of hysterical comedy, clever magic, and all round fun!

"Thoroughly entertaining show" (Henley Herald)

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.

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)

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Michael Mooney: Wave Machine Bin Lid Company

Michael Mooney hails from Glasgow but has been living in Brighton for 15 years. Join Michael on a wavey adventure exploring Brighton hedonism, southern wetness, colourful relationships, love, and his attempt to graduate from being a scared wee boy under the facade of masculinity. The format is straight-talking, free, stand-up. Absurd laughter and connection for all those inclined.

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
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 10:30pm
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
The Gloop Show Oozing Gloop

Oozing Gloop, the world's premiere autistic, green, drag-queen/queer alchemist, is here to help you survive the 21st century, champion the communist hypothesis and put on the ol’ razzle dazzle! The communist hypothesis being that one class' labour need not be subordinated to others' ownership, and it can change!

9:00pm to 11:00pm
Glen Richardson: The Human Jukebox The Rialto Theatre

Back by popular demand! Call out your favourite tunes and the unmissable Human Jukebox will sing and play them. Glen will be performing every Saturday night throughout the Fringe, in the Rialto’s intimate art deco bar. Free entry!

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Jon & Nath Like to Party Jon & Nath

Jon & Nath return with last year's sell-out show, now with more slaps, more sketches and a more high-tech Groovematic 3000. Mischievous charm, crackling satire, outrageous impressions, very real slapstick and the hottest Jehovah's Witness act in town!

"Comic brilliance!" **** (Theatre Reviews)

"Tightly written, suitably anarchic, and compulsive viewing" (Latest Brighton)

"Visceral, surprising and contagiously silly... Flight of the Conchords meets The Pajama Men" (London Sketchfest)

Finalists: Sketchfest 2016
Semi-Finalists: Leicester Square Theatre Sketch Off 2017

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

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

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

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

9:00pm to 10:00pm
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 10:15pm
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.

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

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

9:30pm to 10:30pm
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 10:50pm
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
Kerplunk! Clutching at straws and trying to keep hold of their marbles

Two of Brighton's well established talents question their life choices in a must see show. "Effortlessly amusing and highly watchable" Josh Dillon teams up with cheeky Northerner Julie Jepson, 2017 Brighton Fringe Comedy Award nominee.

Housed at Brighton Fringe 2017s winner of 'Best Venue' in a prime-time Saturday night spot. Not to be missed.

"Intelligent stand-up that is instantly engaging. Truly fabulous." (BBC)
"Exceptional, five stars." (Latest Magazine)

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.

9:40pm 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 10:50pm
Well Done Marek Platek

A solo alternative comedy show. Laughing at nonsense.

Gaulier graduate Marek Platek presents his flavour of comedy, filled with general mayhem, audience participation and being an idiot. If you like strange, weird and the absurd, then well done. You've made it.

”Strange, witty and probably quite familiar” (Buzzcuts)

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Bodily Ian Lane

Ever wondered how to get the most out of that desolate obelisk that is your body? Using paint, placards and xylophone sticks, Ian Lane takes you on an annotated, colour-coded and possibly misleading 60 minute tour of all the hidden features, cheat codes and Easter Eggs you never noticed within your body in this work-in-progress fusion of stand-up comedy and live body art.

"Inventive, cliché-phobic comedy that makes a strong impression for its creativity... the hit rate is high for a comedian who doesn’t seek sanctuary in the safety of the familiar" (Chortle)

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)

10:15pm 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
Beasts Ben Carter

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

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

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

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

10:30pm to 12:30am
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)

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 2:00am
Club Click: Miami Meltdown Club Click

Booty queens and hip hustlers pack your bags and fly down with us to Coconut Grove, Miami for a tropical night of sultry glamour, cabaret chic and dirty disco dancing.

Club Click presents its racy residents: Cutting Luce, Local Honey and Desert Ivan Discs, Disco diva DilEmma Kilbey and her hip swivelling dancers - The Hot Pockets.

Enter the soul train boogiedown, with prizes for best dressed and best dancers.

11:15pm to 12:15am
Fabulon Winter Theatre Company

Gaulier trained duo Hanna Winter and Julia Masli present a ridiculous world of 'Fabulon' where they are the confused inhabitants. Combining physical comedy, visual imagery and clown, they invite you to experience this world as they discover it with childlike wonder.

'Fabulon' is making its UK debut after a month-long run at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in Australia.

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)

11:30pm 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)

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.