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

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

10:00am to 12:00pm
Sussex Birth Day University of Sussex

Talking about Birth Matters.
Why is it so difficult to talk about matters of childbirth? What can we do to make it better?
A lively, accessible discussion between audience and panel with participants from Oneworldbirth, Psychology Sussex, Royal College of Midwives, NHS and University of Sussex . Plus a photo exhibition: 'Newly Born Faces of Brighton & Hove’.
Free Activities for children (up to 20 children) will be provided so you can relax and join in the discussion!

To reserve a free childcare place, please e-mail Tanja: T.Staehler@sussex.ac.uk

10:00am to 10:45am
Pat-a-Cake Baby Long Nose Puppets

“Cake-mixing, baking and eating fuel, this zingy, high-energy story as a restless baby sets about a night-time adventure.” (Guardian).
Are you ready? Grab a spoon! Because it’s pat-a-cake time!
Pitter-patter – get the butter! Glitzy-glossy – whisk in sugar! Jokey-yolky – add the eggs!
Long Nose Puppets offer up a marvellous moonlit show full of riotous rhyme, zany puppets and spiffy special cake; all iced with music and songs by Tom Gray. Little children will feel stuffed to the brim with magic.
‘Pat-a-Cake Baby’ is based on the book written by Joyce Dunbar.

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

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

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

10:00am to 11:30am
Woodland Tribe Tom Williams

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

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

10:30am to 12:00pm
Notorious Women of Hove History Women Brighton

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.

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

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

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

10:30am to 11:30am
Ingo's War Ditto Theatre Company

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

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

Come along and learn to throw your own pot on the potters wheel at the Painting Pottery Cafe! Learn a new skill alongside other beginners with one of our fabulous potters in this structured workshop that will teach you how to create a lasting ceramic piece. Our ceramic studio provides a friendly and creative space for you and friends to share a new and hands on experience together during the festival. Pots will be ready to collect 2 weeks later or can be posted for an additional fee. Places are limited so booking ahead is essential. Perfect for a couples outing or just some good old fashioned fun! Spaces are limited to 8 people per session, if booking for group it is advisable to book all your tickets at the the same time. Live audio description available on request. Please email help@paintingpotterycafe.co.uk to book in advance.

10:45am to 11:30am
St Michael and All Angels Church Tours the Cathedral of the Backstreets St Michael & All Angels Church

Guided tours of this magnificent Grade I* listed church - one of the finest Victorian churches in the country. In Simon Jenkins’ book 'England's Thousand Best Churches'. It is in fact, two churches in one, the first designed by G.F. Bodley and built in 1861-62 ‘extended’ by William Burges 30 years later. Noted for its fine architecture, sculpture and woodwork and its magnificent stained glass windows by the pre-Raphaelites, William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones, Ford Madox-Brown, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Philip Webb and Kempe. Free local parking on request. Cooked breakfasts from 08:45.

11:00am to 11:55am
A Fool and Three Courses The Good Housekeepers

A short adaptation of Shakespeare's 'King Lear'. A feminist perspective on the problems Lear's daughters face as siblings and royalty, and their relationship with their father. Part narrated through the eyes of the Fool.

11:00am to 1:00pm
Professionally Made, Professionally Paid Equity

The current situation of low and no pay in many parts of our industry is very damaging, and a hot topic for everybody whether the work is live or recorded. Funnily enough, not at all of the issues are about money. Other things such as hours, health and safety, cancellations and more are all areas of confusion and have caused contention. Join Equity organiser Will Holmes to get some clarity and to find out about Equity's work in this area.

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

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

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

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

11:00am to 12:00pm
Margo Piano Musical Show Margo Piano Academy

A musical story for children where each character is a musical instrument . In this educational show, a one-man-band tells the story of Margo Piano and plays some instruments when characters appear in the story: Oscar Guitar, Marion Percussion, etc.

Margo Piano is a young girl who lives near the sea and she has a big dream: she would like to sail away on a boat to discover the islands in the middle of the sea. But there is one big problem - water scares Margo Piano. This is because, once, when she was a baby, she slipped in her bath.
In this story, she's going to try to make her dream a reality, with her friends Oscar Guitar (a funny little hamster who is really groovy) and Marion Percussion (a very dynamic little girl who loves doing sport).

11:00am to 12:30pm
Embassy Court Tour Bluestorm Limited

Tour this iconic 20th century Modernist apartment block on Brighton seafront. Includes views from the 11th floor sun-terrace, the interior of a flat and the collection of historic archive items in areas behind the scenes. Tickets cannot be purchased on the door. Book early to avoid disappointment.

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 12:00pm
Monski Mouse's Baby Disco Dance Hall Monski Mouse

Why toddle when you can dance! Parents and under-5s are let loose on the dance floor in this friendliest of discos. Created by Adelaide’s own 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.

"DJ Monski Mouse is onto a winner" ***** (Barefoot Review),

"Creates a unique atmosphere and allows friends, parents, carers, grandparents (you name it) to join together by dancing, enjoying the music and relaxing" **** (Three Weeks).

11:15am to 12:00pm
Pat-a-Cake Baby Long Nose Puppets

“Cake-mixing, baking and eating fuel, this zingy, high-energy story as a restless baby sets about a night-time adventure.” (Guardian).
Are you ready? Grab a spoon! Because it’s pat-a-cake time!
Pitter-patter – get the butter! Glitzy-glossy – whisk in sugar! Jokey-yolky – add the eggs!
Long Nose Puppets offer up a marvellous moonlit show full of riotous rhyme, zany puppets and spiffy special cake; all iced with music and songs by Tom Gray. Little children will feel stuffed to the brim with magic.
‘Pat-a-Cake Baby’ is based on the book written by Joyce Dunbar.

11:30am to 1:00pm
Woodland Tribe Tom Williams

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

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

12:00pm to 2:00pm
Personalised Pendant Workshop Silver & Sage

The personalised pendant workshop is a fun experience to create a piece of jewellery to take away with you that day! You don't have to have had any experience with jewellery making before and you will be guided through the processes to help you create what you desire. This will be a fun and relaxing session with demonstrations and one to one support when needed. During the 2 hours you will learn: • How to handle the clay • How to cut it into a shape (I have a selection to choose from) • How to stamp your personalisation on to the item • Method of refining the dry piece • Firing your pieces using a butane torch • How to polish and finish your piece

12:00pm to 1:30pm
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 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).

12:00pm to 12:45pm
A Taste of Planet Caramel Planet Caramel

Free caramel wafer for every audience member!
A monolithic sketch comedy trio, formed when three kinds of caramel (David, Richard and Alex) collided at speed. Held together by the gravity of fast-paced sketches, death-defying stunts and the natural clinginess of hot sugar, they orbit a meringue. Collectively they are the Scottish sketch comedy scene.
“Glimmers of comedy genius” (ThreeWeeks), “Truly impressive” (TV Bomb), “At times terrifying, predominantly brilliant” (The Student), “Becoming a staple ingredient in the Edinburgh comedy scene” (The Skinny).

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Mr Danger's Really Safe Show Sam Quinn

Mr Danger is a damaged former daredevil who learnt his lesson the hard way. That lesson being: Don’t try to jump a motorcycle over 20 double decker buses with a bag on your head.

Fusing character comedy, clowning, storytelling and puppetry, Mr Danger performs his incredible, mind-bogglingly inane stunts with the bravado of Evel Knievel, and the mental tenacity of a shell-shocked guinea pig.

Follow him now on a journey to rediscover his self-confidence, as he rejects his old Master, the radical Captain Bang, recreates past glories, and attempts to pull off the ultimate stunt.

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

12:15pm to 1:35pm
Power Story Blooming Ludus

3 stars Billed as a "theatre game", Power Story is one part political activism, one part Mad Hatter's Tea Party, and one part Sim City – all set inside the Crystal Maze. We enter the bare performance space to find an intriguing pile of boxes stacked on the floor; we're cast as guests at a country town's bicentennial celebrations, sometime in the middle of this century. But there's a problem. Electricity is rationed, the lights are going out… and worst of all, in the frenetic Mayor's eyes, runaway climate change means there's nowhere left to grow any tea. Read the full review.

“Power concedes nothing without demand” (Frederick Douglass).
In December 2015, days after the Paris climate summit, the UK government issued 159 new licenses for fracking in an attempt to decrease the country’s dependency on imported energy. Local councils have already rejected some proposals yet the government has decided not to recognize their decisions by changing the legal process of energy development.
‘Power Story’ is a participatory theatre game exploring where we source our energy, and how the choices we make ultimately affect our relationship to our environment and each other.

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

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 1:30pm
Going South Andrew Craig

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

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

12:45pm to 2:15pm
The Gin Whore Tour The Gin Whore

Historical tales of hooch and harlots, paired with the very best gins in this slightly naughty one-woman show.

This 90-minute show covers the history of gin, from its origins in genever liquor to the modern gin renaissance. Hear about famous hookers and their links to the juniper-flavoured spirit. Learn about the production of gin – including historical styles, and modern techniques – and enjoy a tasting of four gins, two tonics. You’ll even get a professional tasting glass to take home!

There’ll be tips on becoming a modern gin whore - from where to drink, to the trouble you’ll have dating, and how to become a professional ‘Old Tom’.

1:00pm to 2:00pm
Playback Impro A Drunken Sailor/ Laughing Horse

'Playback Impro' plays back moments and stories from the audience. "A real standout from all the stand-up, this is comic improvisation theatre-style. Four actors each take it in turn to direct a narrative supplied by the audience. It can be anything from a mundane event on the way to the theatre to a traumatic childhood experience. The interaction is fun, compelling and very imaginative. And the quick-witted troupe step into your story, giving it a genre and treatment in seconds - making it very slick. A show that will keep you coming back for another unrepeatable performance." (The Mirror).

1:00pm to 4:00pm
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, beginners Lindy Hop dance class, Charleston dancers and a dance-off competition. Swing your thing on the best dance floor in town!

1:00pm to 3:00pm
The Wedding Reception Imagination Workshop

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

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

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

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

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

Fringe City Family Picnic is a free outdoor event taking place on the 6th of May and 27th of May in the Pavilion Gardens. The picnic is a showcase of family friendly shows, plus free fun activities for children of all ages. In 2016, 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 2017 to be even bigger and better with even more shows, performances, madness and mayhem all packed in from 5 May to 4 June 2017.

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

1:00pm to 6:00pm
Bramble FM Shiny Town Ltd

Ostensibly a local radio station broadcasting on 69.9FM, the Bramble FM caravan hosts a surreal and hilarious Rock roadshow fronted by Maureen Clarke and Lesley Beauchamp.

With a thumping soundtrack of world-class music provided by their legendary stable of DJs, these two architects of idiocy present absurdly popular regular features, eclectic dance moves and in-the-moment improvisation.

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

Returning for their third year.

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

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

1:00pm to 2:00pm
Bach Toccata Beethoven's Tempest Sonata & Nocturnes by Chopin with Pierre-Bastien Midali piano Music at Saint Michael's

Duo Spianato [now renamed Duo Terra Nova], Pierre and Elodie, impressed our audience last year, and so we are delighted to welcome back one of the young French pianists for a solo recital this Brighton Fringe. Pierre-Bastien Midali will perform a keyboard Toccata by Bach, Beethoven's inspired 'Tempest' piano sonata and a selection of Nocturnes by Frederic Chopin. The piano Pierre will be playing is the church's Yamaha C7 grand, which has recently undergone tonal improvements by master piano technician Tony Croft. Complimentary local parking available on request. Please contact the church for details.

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 2017. In 2016, 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 2017 to be even bigger and better with even more shows, performances, madness and mayhem, all packed in from 5 May to 4 June 2017.

1:15pm to 2:05pm
Doktor James' Akademy of Evil The Giggle Goose / DBS Productions

Doktor James is sick of living at home and not being taken seriously as a supervillain. He is really, really naughty and he just wants to beat his superhero brother and take over the world. But he is kind of rubbish... he needs your help! Prepare for fiendish tasks as he finds the most mischievous children and trains them up to be real life supervillains.

(Parents allowed)

**** (Fest),

“Represents the best of the fringe” (Primary Times),

James Bennison – Winner of the IYAF Brighton Fringe Stand-Up Comedy Award.

1:15pm to 2:00pm
David McIver: Stop It David We Are Having Too Much Fun David McIver

David McIver is one of the most fun guys around these days. Come and have a look at the things he has thought of using his imagination. Expect props, silly characters and stupid nonsense from this idiot. "Charming and playful... delightfully ridiculous" (Chortle). Selected for the BBC New Comedy Award. As heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra.

1:30pm to 2:30pm
Gratiano Grist To The Mill Productions Ltd

Bassanio has been murdered and, under suspicion, Gratiano is forced to revisit his Fascist past. He was never the hero – just a minor character, the plucky comic relief – but he never thought he played the villain.

Set in post war Italy this challenging sequel to William Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice' explores the politics of prejudice in the modern age, and asks just how Mussolini managed to use democracy to turn a people against themselves.

***** (British Theatre Guide), **** (ThreeWeeks).

From the team behind 'The Unknown Soldier'.

1:30pm to 2:30pm
Catching the Ghost Extant Theatre Company

"I remember lying on my roof, utterly bewildered and for the first time sensed the ghost. Felt him separate from my body. The ghost of the Chris that didn’t break, that didn’t lose his sight."

Follow the journey of Chris, a young man who must suddenly confront his struggle with sight loss in a whole new light. Told with honesty, dark humour, music, and occasionally just falling over for a cheap laugh.

This is a new play by emerging actor-musician Chris Campion. Developed and produced by Extant, the UK's leading performing arts company of visually impaired artists.

1:40pm to 2:35pm
The Holey Truth Jake Howie

From being raised as a Scientologist in the ‘burbs of New Zealand, to the peculiar and pensive realities of sexuality, Reading Comedy Festival New Act of the Year 2015 winner, Jake Howie, is looking for his own version of the holy truth. From an overzealous mother to meeting the foreign man of his dreams, Jake explores his search with a warm, engaging vibrancy and an irreverent flair that is drenched in naughtiness. But what is the holy truth? Only one thing is for sure - when searching for the truth, you come across holes.

2:00pm to 2:50pm
Planet Earth III Luke Rollason

‘Planet Earth III’ is a low-budget, one-man nature documentary set in a future where our worst predictions came true. Following ecological collapse, thousands of endangered species are extinct, including the BBC. But one plucky (and unpaid) intern isn’t giving up the fight – and right on programming schedule, he’s going to give us a third series. Armed with obsolete office supplies and a surreal imagination, the angler fish, the hummingbird, the chameleon and more are brought back to life by the “impressive, in a very bizarre way” (LondonTheatre1) clown Luke Rollason.

2:00pm to 3:30pm
Woodland Tribe Tom Williams

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

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

2:00pm to 8:00pm
B.fest @ The Level B.Fest / Brighton Youth Centre

B.fest launches a week of gigs, exhibitions, comedy, skate and much more. B.fest is run by young people who attend Brighton Youth Centre. This launch event will give you a taste of what B.fest has in store. Outside, outrageous and jam-packed with outstanding music, comedy, performance and much more. Featuring Poets v MCs Youth Team. Don’t miss the only dedicated festival all-dayer for young people.

2:00pm to 3:00pm
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!

2:00pm to 4:00pm
Gerry Cottle's WOW! Circus Magique Ltd

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

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

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

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

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

2:00pm to 8:00pm
Pavillion 7090 Brighton Spiegeltent with 7090

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

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

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

2:00pm to 3:30pm
A Brighton Story 90 Minute City Tour www.brightoncitywalks.com

Brighton's most popular 90 minute traditional city walking tour. Perfect for visitors and residents alike. Discover secret tunnels, lost Royal romances, Jack the Ripper's favourite pub and much more on this acclaimed city tour.

Winner of Trip Advisor 'Certificate of excellence' 2016.

2:00pm to 2:50pm
Learn To Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

Come along and learn to throw your own pot on the potters wheel at the Painting Pottery Cafe! Learn a new skill alongside other beginners with one of our fabulous potters in this structured workshop that will teach you how to create a lasting ceramic piece. Our ceramic studio provides a friendly and creative space for you and friends to share a new and hands on experience together during the festival. Pots will be ready to collect 2 weeks later or can be posted for an additional fee. Places are limited so booking ahead is essential. Perfect for a couples outing or just some good old fashioned fun! Spaces are limited to 8 people per session, if booking for group it is advisable to book all your tickets at the the same time. Live audio description available on request. Please email help@paintingpotterycafe.co.uk to book in advance.

2:00pm to 3:48pm
Sing-a-long Mamma Mia OCR Productions

Come and sing your heart out in this special viewing of the west-end hit turn film. Greek style mezze included in the ticket price. Prizes for fancy dress. Rating PG.

2:00pm to 3:30pm
Geoffrey Mead's Clifton & Montpelier Tour Geoffrey Mead

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

2:00pm 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.

2:15pm to 3:15pm
Better Together Acá Theatre

Friendship is a loving, colourful, and magical mess! ‘Better Together’ follows three clowns – Tropizo, Squiggle and Doa – on an energetic and imaginative ride towards becoming best friends. But how do you become real friends in a modern world? Watch the clowns overcome their differences, cast aside the distractions of modern technology, and discover the strength of togetherness. The show is a visual treat, consisting of acrobatics, slapstick and physical comedy.

2:15pm to 3:15pm
Worst Birthday Ever D2 Events

Poor Lewis just wanted to enjoy a Happy Birthday, but things just went from bad to worse. Nelson and Dave will do their best to cheer him up with songs, interactive games and lots of fun, eventually.

2:15pm to 2:35pm
Brighton School of Samba Brighton School of Samba

The Brighton School of Samba is the city's first and only traditional Samba School. BSS was formed in May 2007 as a non-profit organisation and we are celebrating our 10th anniversary this year. The School brings a taste of the vibrant Rio Carnival to the streets of Brighton and beyond.

2:30pm to 3:20pm
The Ruffian on the Stair Blue Devil Theatre

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

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

2:30pm to 3:30pm
purged Catharsis

“There’s a special kind of comfort in thinking it could all end in silence.”

You are now twenty nine. A few weeks ago you attempted to stay twenty nine forever. You failed. Now words fail you. But you have to attempt to explain anyway.

Catharsis in association with Underfoot presents a heady, physical account of euphoria, redemption and extremity.

This is a story about the fragments of time that hide between words. The things on the fringes of your consciousness. A compelling tale without an ending told to whoever’s around to hear it.

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Sagar Mega Drive Caroline of Brunswick

Fiona Sagar, (The Groundlings, Funny Women Best show nominee, Edinburgh 2016), debuts at Brighton Fringe with characters from her 2016 Edinburgh show 'Entitled' along with brand new characters. “A talented impressionist, completely morphs into an array of hilariously self-indulgent characters.” **** (Fringe Biscuit), "Fiona Sagar had me laughing like a drain. A brilliant comic performer! Fiona catches the current zeitgeist of obsessional and entitled to a tee." (Logan Murray), "Funny, dark and beautiful. Someone destroy her." (Viv Groskop).

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

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

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

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

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

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

3:00pm to 3:45pm
Super Cally Fragile Lipstick The Blue Man

Forty something years into a lifetime of looking great but feeling fake, Cally Beaton is ready to come out about her double life in her hilarious brand new show, Super Cally Fragile Lipstick.

Accomplished and insecure; perky yet prone to crying; sophisticated and so not; a woman who wears lipstick and a testosterone patch, Cally emerges from the birth canal of her very own personal Venn diagram to muse amusingly on how being Super and Fragile can be OK.

And very, very funny. Just in case you didn't get that bit.

3:00pm to 5:00pm
HIP Trip of Brighton: A Psychedelic Wander Kriya Arts

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

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

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

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Personalised Pendant Workshop Silver & Sage

The personalised pendant workshop is a fun experience to create a piece of jewellery to take away with you that day! You don't have to have had any experience with jewellery making before and you will be guided through the processes to help you create what you desire. This will be a fun and relaxing session with demonstrations and one to one support when needed. During the 2 hours you will learn: • How to handle the clay • How to cut it into a shape (I have a selection to choose from) • How to stamp your personalisation on to the item • Method of refining the dry piece • Firing your pieces using a butane torch • How to polish and finish your piece

3:00pm to 3:50pm
Double Whammy Next To Normal HQ

Next to Normal spin words, music, vocals and their sweet, sweet moves into sketch forms every damn day (after their day jobs). Now they’re bringing it all to Brighton Fringe.
You like Opera? You’re in (G)luck.
Shakespeare? (Ot)hello!
Jazz? Dizzie Gill-yes-pie.
Silent Film? Buster believe it.
Ballet? Gis-hell yes!
And punchlines for days.
'Double Whammy' is a sketch show for people who love all things creative, and they love it done well (just ignore the puns)... specifically by an Aussie classical singer and a comedian from Guildford.
It’s like nothing you’ve seen before... but in a good way.

3:00pm to 3:50pm
Silent Disco Walking Tours with Guru Dudu David Naylor

Guru Dudu returns with his hilarious dance-walking tours where everyone wears headphones (supplied) and can hear the fun commentary from Guru Dudu and the dance mix of uplifting favourites from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00’s.

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

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

3:00pm to 3:50pm
The Ahhgee Crow-Barred in Material Emporium Extravaganza.org AhhGee Productions

The Ahhgee Crow-Barred in Material Emporium Extravaganza.org

Just over two years ago this troublesome threesome were banished to online chokey. Since then they have tried to cope the best they can, helped around the place, snitched on inmates and podcasted weekly.
Lord of the internet manor has allowed these plucky warriors day release for good behaviour this May and they are choosing to spend it with you. Consider this a conjugal visit but rather than any mucky business they’re bringing sketches, daftness, one mega star appearance and most importantly a quiz.

@AhhGeeProd

3:00pm to 4:00pm
The Lions Roar and Other Stories The Daisy Potato Collective

Award-winning children's theatre company brings you a collection of short stories that will entertain and delight young audiences. Join Mr Fizzywinkle and Chazaro as they explore the jungle and find out how the elephant got its trunk, why the warthog is so ugly, why the crow is black, and most importantly how the lion got its roar. Puppetry, storytelling, songs and lot of fun to be had: explorers wanted!

3:00pm to 3:50pm
Learn To Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

Come along and learn to throw your own pot on the potters wheel at the Painting Pottery Cafe! Learn a new skill alongside other beginners with one of our fabulous potters in this structured workshop that will teach you how to create a lasting ceramic piece. Our ceramic studio provides a friendly and creative space for you and friends to share a new and hands on experience together during the festival. Pots will be ready to collect 2 weeks later or can be posted for an additional fee. Places are limited so booking ahead is essential. Perfect for a couples outing or just some good old fashioned fun! Spaces are limited to 8 people per session, if booking for group it is advisable to book all your tickets at the the same time. Live audio description available on request. Please email help@paintingpotterycafe.co.uk to book in advance.

3:15pm to 4:15pm
The Grimmest of Grimm Tales Avva Laff! Productions

Did you know the Brothers Grimm collected together over 200 different stories? Why do we only ever hear about Cinders and Snow White? Were the others too scary? Too gruesome? Or a bit rubbish?
In this brand new family comedy with music and comedy for ages 5+, The Story Squad introduce a whole new cast of weird and wonderful characters. Meet Godfather Death, Hans my Hedgehog and a deceased chicken in an irreverent, comic quest to re-tell some of the lesser known tales from the Grimm’s collection of fantastical fables.
“Witty staging... lots of charisma... quality storytelling” (Three Weeks).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Celebrate the the diversity of modern comedy in 2017.

3:30pm to 4:25pm
Extra-Curricular Alice Devlin

A stand-up show for those who love the ‘special skills’ section of a CV.

Alice did her Bronze in the Duke of Edinburgh Award. She’s also taken contemporary dance classes, attempted hula-hooping, and there was that one time when she was 11 and she won 3rd prize in a Nando’s drawing competition. Basically, she’s spent a lot of time trying to make her CV look impressive. Now she’s a grown-up (apparently) it’s time to seriously question her extra-curricular choices whilst trying to make a career out of them. Oh, and she accidentally left off her degree on the list of achievements.

3:30pm to 4:30pm
Huggers Nik Coppin

With a revolving and changing line-up of magicians, comedians, street performers, musical theatre and variety acts, this internationally-popular show is great for all the family to enjoy together.

"Music, comedy and magic kept the kids entertained... whizzed past and was perfectly timed for child attention spans... My eight-year-old absolutely loved it!" (Child Friendly Brighton, UK),

"The kids had a great time" (Adelaide Fringe),

"Great show" (The Scotsman, Edinburgh Fringe).

3:45pm to 4:45pm
Miranda Kane's Flying Penis Miranda Kane

Miranda has been trying to get a flying penis for four years, but every year it eludes her. Find out her theories on why one of these golden treasures will never be in her grasp, and what she can do to put right what once went wrong...

Funny stories of disappointment, never fitting in, and an addiction to validation.

"Kane is a thoroughly engaging raconteur and exuberant host" (The List).

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Bob Dylan ElAl Productions

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

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

4:00pm to 5:00pm
The Beta Males Go Solo: The Story Beast & Richard Soames The Story Beast & Richard Soames

The Foster’s Edinburgh Best Newcomer Award-nominated 'Story Beast' (“a bearded force of nature” (Guardian)) and critically-acclaimed “charming storyteller” (Chortle), Richard Soames returns to Brighton with brand new material.

Praise for 'The Story Beast':
“One of the wonders of the Fringe” (The Mirror),
“A thing of wonder” (Fest),
“White hot brilliance” (Time Out),
“Bit loud for me” (Richard Soames).

Praise for Richard Soames:
“Excellent” (Sunday Times),
“Oozing likeability” (The Skinny),
“Gleefully dark” (Time Out),
“Does a lot of the admin” (The Story Beast).

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

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

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

4:00pm to 4:50pm
Individual Medley Katrina Quinn

What happens when you move a 12-year-old girl from Basingstoke to a remote
corner of Southern Africa? Join Katrina on an energetic, poetic journey as
she discovers boys, boobs, crossing borders and boarding school in Zambia.
Oh, and she'll give you some swimming lessons (on dry land) - because
that's the one thing that makes any sense. A debut one-woman show about
the awkward joys of learning to feel at home in your body and in the new
(or old) places you find yourself.

4:00pm to 4:40pm
Upside Down and Inside Out Akro Kraks

Two English gentlemen (or are they?) pull surprises out of the hat and out of the audience. A short and sweet delight of a traditional circus show of acrobatics, comedy, clown, contortion and juggling stunts. Laugh, cry and gasp! With Edwin and Emilia a circus duo from Spain.

4:00pm to 5:20pm
I AM BEAST Sparkle and Dark Theatre Company

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2015 Struggling to cope with a devastating loss, Ellie retreats into a fantasy world – imagining herself as superhero Blaze, on a mission to rescue her idol Silver from the clutches of Doctor Oblivion. But what happens when her imagination begins to take control, and crosses over into real life? With I Am Beast, Sparkle and Dark have produced a dazzling theatrical spectacle, with a comic book aesthetic, a tender story, and their trademark life-size puppetry. Read the full review.

This latest show from Sparkle and Dark, best known for their challenging play Killing Roger, contrasts the difficult subject of bereavement in early life with an energising visual style. It's a superhero story with a difference – told against a backdrop of comic-strip panels and punctuated by life-size puppetry, but exposing a tender story with lessons for youngsters and adults alike. It earned 4* from us in Buxton in 2015, and I hear it's been refined and expanded since then.

What happens when the wildest parts of our imagination take control? After her mother dies, Ellie escapes to a flickering world of comic book superheroes and bewitching strangers. As the walls of her new world crumble, Ellie must face the truth behind her fantasies. Following the acclaimed success of ‘Killing Roger’, Sparkle and Dark return with ‘I AM BEAST’, an award-winning, visually stunning exploration of the power of grief and childish imagination, using UV landscapes, original live music and unique life-sized puppetry.
“Sparkle and Dark's storytelling has class and power” (The Independent).

4:00pm to 4:50pm
Learn To Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

Come along and learn to throw your own pot on the potters wheel at the Painting Pottery Cafe! Learn a new skill alongside other beginners with one of our fabulous potters in this structured workshop that will teach you how to create a lasting ceramic piece. Our ceramic studio provides a friendly and creative space for you and friends to share a new and hands on experience together during the festival. Pots will be ready to collect 2 weeks later or can be posted for an additional fee. Places are limited so booking ahead is essential. Perfect for a couples outing or just some good old fashioned fun! Spaces are limited to 8 people per session, if booking for group it is advisable to book all your tickets at the the same time. Live audio description available on request. Please email help@paintingpotterycafe.co.uk to book in advance.

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

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

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

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

4:15pm to 5:15pm
Abi Roberts: Anglichanka Bawls Out Comedy

Anglichanka (Englishwoman in Russian) is an exhilarating comedy show about living in the Soviet Union in the 90s and returning after 18 years as the first UK comic to perform comedy in English and Russian. Find out about the consequences of drinking hardcore vodka, studying Opera and gay rights in Russia. Learn what we need to know about Putin and a nation described as "a riddle wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma".

"Comedy genius" ***** (GQ),
***** (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine),
***** (Edinburgh Fringe Review),
***** (Three Weeks),
**** (Fringebiscuit),
**** (TV Bomb).

4:15pm to 5:45pm
The Gin Whore Tour The Gin Whore

Historical tales of hooch and harlots, paired with the very best gins in this slightly naughty one-woman show.

This 90-minute show covers the history of gin, from its origins in genever liquor to the modern gin renaissance. Hear about famous hookers and their links to the juniper-flavoured spirit. Learn about the production of gin – including historical styles, and modern techniques – and enjoy a tasting of four gins, two tonics. You’ll even get a professional tasting glass to take home!

There’ll be tips on becoming a modern gin whore - from where to drink, to the trouble you’ll have dating, and how to become a professional ‘Old Tom’.

4:20pm to 5:20pm
Immigrant Diaries for Refugees - Sajeela Kershi & Guests Comic Angels

Immigration, migrants, the refugee crisis; hot divisive topics of debate that have been blamed for Brexit, Trump, rise of hate crimes in the past year. How many are there? Why are they coming here? What do they want? And who exactly are these 'bloody foreigners’ anyway? Immigrant Diaries is a chance to come and hear some of those who chose to live and work on this marvelously multi-cultural island. True stories, from the world of entertainment and beyond, provide a a much-needed positive antidote to negative anti-immigration/refugee rhetoric. This popular, critically-acclaimed award-winning show returns for the 5th year. 50% profits for refugees. togetherforbetterdays.org
Statistics don't tell the story, people do.
Winner of Argus Angel Award for artistic excellence (2015).

"Funny and poignant, The Immigrant Diaries should be available on prescription" ***** (Argus)
"catch it at all costs" ***** (Remote Goat).
*****(Fresh Air Fringe)
***** (Asian Culture Vulture)
**** (Broadway Baby)
**** (Latest7)
**** (one4review)
**** (A Younger Theatre)
**** (Arts Award Voice)

Sold out shows, Brighton, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London West End, London Southbank Festival Hall, Leicester, WOMAD, House of Lords.

4:30pm to 5:50pm
And Love Walked In Wired Theatre

Wired Theatre are long-standing Brighton Fringe regulars, and have made a name for themselves staging creative site-specific works in unusual places. They take big risks which don't always pay off, but whatever happens, you can expect a quirky but meaningful show which gives you plenty to talk about. This year's production is hosted in a normal house on a "quiet street" in Hove, and explores whether it's possible to fall in love with more than one person at the same time.

How many times can you fall in love? How many people can you love at the same time? These questions arise when certain uninvited guests call, disrupting the comfortable lives of an aging psychotherapist and his charming wife. Confusion, delight and anxiety ensue. Can reason overcome insane passion or will the fragile bubble of marital bliss burst in this quirky, original production by old Fringe favourites? The outcomes can be witnessed in close-up in a quiet house, in a quiet street in Hove. This Brighton based company aims to present devised work that will challenge and amuse audiences.

4:30pm to 6:15pm
The Lady Boys of Bangkok: Who Runs the World Tour Exchange Events Ltd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4:30pm to 6:00pm
Motherhood: (Un)speakable, (Un)spoken Joanna Rosenfeld with AboutFace Theatre Company and the Authentic Artist Collective

Unflinchingly honest journey to every mum. Contemporary theatre for audiences of today, followed by a chat.

"Hidden gem" (Fringe Review).

"This is... outstanding devised theatre... ",
"It could hardly be bettered, and is unique in its ambition"
“Stunning and thought provoking portrayal of the ‘other side’ of motherhood”
“Inspiring - honest - real”
“I was moved. I laughed. I cried”
(Audience comments).

Devised and performed by Joanna Rosenfeld.
Devised and directed by Kath Burlinson.
Dramatury by Lou Cope.
Design by Ellan Parry.
Music composed by Sioned Jones.
Produced by Tessa Howell.

5:00pm to 6:30pm
Geoffrey Mead's London Road Tour Geoffrey Mead

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

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

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

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

5:00pm to 5:55pm
Pelican Pelican

'Pelican' is a whirlwind hour of narrative comedy that’s “wildly funny” (BroadwayBaby) and “thrives off ingenuity and playfulness” (EdFringeReview). Written and performed by Gaulier-trained ex-Footlights Sam, Jordan and Guy, Pelican uses sketch, clown and physical theatre to create a joyful world with an "infectious energy" (TCS). When a TV actor, famous for portraying a hot-shot lawyer, and a dispirited real-life solicitor, find themselves implicated in a web of bizarre crimes, they must work together to solve a mystery that's as playful and surreal as it is funny.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A visual-comedy show where you can expect everything.

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

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

5:00pm to 6:00pm
What's Love Got To Do With It? The Big Comedy Show

From National Bulgarian TV to the London stage, we present a musical sketch comedy show taking a unique look at the lives of people who are either in or starting relationships, often with an unexpected twist.
Some are weird, some are mundane, but everything is based on real events or inspired by stories.
Come and witness the shameful reality of "love".
Featuring an all-star cast from the Royal Academy of Music with original material, familiar tunes and unexpected surprises.
What's love got to do with it... ?
You've got to see it to believe it!

5:00pm to 6:00pm
James Bennison: How to be a Winner James Bennison

James Bennison. Comedian. Winner.
As well as being an award-winning comedian, James has also won every game show in existence. Now you too can learn how to be a winner.
Do you have what it takes to win a Jamesified version of every show from the 80s (to current day) and be awarded the James Bennison Trophy for Winning?
"... a most enjoyable slice of nonsense." (Steve Bennett, Chortle), "... highly entertaining, utterly engaging" **** (Fringe Guru), "... great geeky revelry" **** (Arts Awards Voice).

5:30pm to 6:25pm
Accidents Happen to Sasha Ellen Sasha Ellen

At the tender age of three, Sasha Ellen accidentally killed a kitten. And she hasn’t stopped murdering since. A stand-up show about mishaps, misunderstandings and general screw-ups. Sasha is a delight – butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth. Just don’t ask her to cat sit.
Disclaimer: No animals were harmed in the making of this show. Intentionally.
Sasha is part of the Soho Theatre Young Company and has had two sell-out Edinburgh shows, one of which transferred to the Soho Playhouse in New York.
“Genuinely fresh” **** (The Scotsman), “Cheeky humour... upfront and witty” **** (Broadway Baby).

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

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

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

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

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

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

5:45pm to 6:50pm
Mrs. Oscar Wilde Lexi Wolfe

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2016 What was it like to be Oscar Wilde’s wife?  He’s one of history’s most celebrated gay men, so you might be surprised at the question.  But he was married – for fourteen years – to an independently-minded woman named Constance Lloyd; and this one-woman play seeks to redress the balance, telling the tale of their lives together entirely through Constance’s eyes.  Through a fictionalised series of letters to her brother Otho, we follow the couple’s romance, parenthood, and ultimate parting – and while Oscar’s electric personality is never present, it’s always felt. Read the full review.

The fact there even was a Mrs Oscar Wilde may surprise some, and this play seeks to redress that balance by telling the story of Wilde's life entirely through his wife Constance's eyes. It's a nicely nuanced production, celebrating Constance's independent spirit while recognising the constraints of her era – and our hindsight knowledge of how Wilde's story ends adds a pleasing sense of portent too. Our 4* review from Buxton Fringe highlighted both a subtle script and compelling acting.

Constance Lloyd is rarely remembered in literary history. A feminist, a writer and a mother, she is mostly remembered as the wife of one of the most infamous Victorians, Oscar Wilde. From her childhood days, suffering at the hands of her abusive mother, to blossoming into a young woman of society, Constance's story is intriguing and varied. She had her own income, she brought up her two small children almost single-handedly and was one of the most well-known faces and names among the celebrities of London in the late 1800s. Written and performed by award winner Lexi Wolfe.

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

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

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

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

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Daddy Day: Bert Hana 7090

'Daddy Day' is a perfectly pitched, meticulously performed work that stretches the limits of theatre and leaves one reeling. A family slideshow with a bloodcurdling ending... Daddy Day won the Dioraphte Amsterdam Fringe Award 2009. Part of the Pavillion 7090 season supported by Performing Arts Fund NL.

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

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

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

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

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

6:00pm to 6:50pm
Spin: A Skatepark Adventure Hubble Bubble Productions

A new inclusive urban sports show including parkour runners, skateboarders, BMX riders, acrobats and dancers. Featuring Rick Rodgers, the disabled stuntman from the Paralympic 'Yes I can' advert. Daredevil stunts, adrenaline fuelled fun with big beats and box jumps. Filled with anticipation, determination and exhilaration. Pushing the boundaries, testing what is humanly possible. Previous press for Hubble Bubble Productions: The Scotsman Best of the Fest: "a remarkably original, finely acted drama... well worth four stars and going on five." **** (The Scotsman), "a real gem of the festival" ***** (Broadway Baby). Touch tours and audio description available on request. Please email Hubblebubbleproductions@gmail.com to book.

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

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

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

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

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Macbeth The Pocket Oxford Theatre Company

Embarking on a tale of ambition, blood and murder of their own, Mac and Lady Mac build a fast food empire. With a healthy dose of nutritional advice thrown in, who knew a story of witches, ghosts and murder could be this much fun?!
Pocket Oxford Theatre’s madcap extravaganzas are the perfect introduction to the Bard’s timeless stories. With plenty of audience participation, as well as key lines from the original text, they are noisy, fast-paced and cool for kids – making Shakespeare something not to be afraid of!
Sold-out Brighton Fringe 2014 and 2015.
“It’s a hoot” ***** (The Argus).

6:00pm to 6:55pm
Give Two Ships Ships Comedy

Ships! a.k.a. Michelle and Cathy bring you their debut show, 'Give Two Ships'. This is a show. A sketch show, to be precise. And it might make you laugh. Hopefully intentionally. Probably intentionally. We're gonna say definitely intentionally.

This is a show about idiots. Cleverly drawn and lovingly quartered.

Come with us as we weave a 45 minute tale, a 50 minute tale - a 45 to 50 minute tale of love, death, family, cowboys and games.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Battle of the Superheroes: The Great Superhero Debate Laughing Panda Productions

A variety of comedians come together to find out who is the greatest superhero of them all.

With a mixture of stand-up comedy and interactive debate, this hilarious show can be enjoyed by geeks and non-geeks in equal measure.

An immensely fun (but deadly serious) hour with a compere and chosen comedians from around Brighton Fringe in an endeavour to find out who is the greatest of them all.

"Even if you know nothing about superheroes, as I did, it is immensely funny. A Super fun night!" **** (Clothesline, Adelaide Fringe).

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

Guru Dudu returns with his hilarious dance-walking tours where everyone wears headphones (supplied) and can hear the fun commentary from Guru Dudu and the dance mix of uplifting favourites from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00’s.

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

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

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

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

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

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

6:15pm to 7:05pm
Lucy Pearman: WIP & a Cabbage Lucy Pearman

"Traditionally, unmarried girls were sent into the veg garden to choose the 'perfect' cabbage." (Anon).
Lucy Pearman presents a work in progress at this years Brighton Fringe. Expect playful nonsense and a talking cabbage. "Brilliantly playful..marks Lucy out as something rather special" (Laugh Out London), "Lucy Pearman is so very endearing to watch and an integral feature of pioneering new comedy in a big way" (Funny Women).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A new comedy from Willis & Vere.

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

Shortlisted for the Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence 2016.

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

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

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

Sell-out show in Leeds 2016.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swipe right to accept, Swipe left to reject!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:00pm to 9:30pm
Krater Comedy Club Komedia

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

“A night full of fun and side-splitting laughter. I didn’t want it to end” (The Latest), “THE place in Brighton to catch stand-up comedy” (The Independent).

7:00pm to 10:00pm
Another Brighton Invisible Voices

4 stars Cascade Creative Recovery has teamed up with Invisible Voices to put on a stellar show about homelessness, addiction, and how to beat it. Appearing first, the Cascade Recovery Choir is hugely popular and clearly enjoy themselves – but for me the drama in the second half stole the show. There were two plays: Elephant in the Room performed by the Cascade Drama Group, and Fit for Work Assessment which was the brainchild of Still Human UK. Like Craig Neesam’s poetry, the dialogue fizzed with wit and humour that I did not expect. Read the full review.

Cascade Creative Recovery and Invisible Voices of Brighton and Hove bring to stage a variety of people who represent vulnerable communities in our city. Their voices will be heard in this Brighton Fringe show with strong local roots: an evening of music, song and drama performance. The themes are hope, change and reality, and the show will offer you a glimpse into another perspective on Brighton. (This is a non-profit event, all funds raised will go to housing and recovery charities).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Zhivago Theater The Event Tutor

A breathtaking theatre show that offers a window to the soul of Russia’s turbulent past. It's the time of revolution, Zhivago, and censored art.

A time when Russia has two faces: Pasternak and Stalin. Both are a benchmark of that specific period. One is humane, the other cruel. One is spiritual and sensible and the other is suspicious and jealous. Two opposites, two extremes; as contradictory as the time they lived in.

Live music written and performed by award-winning musicians Irena Filippova and Hans Visser accompanied by unique footage and images from Russia.

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

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

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

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

7:00pm to 8:20pm
And Love Walked In Wired Theatre

Wired Theatre are long-standing Brighton Fringe regulars, and have made a name for themselves staging creative site-specific works in unusual places. They take big risks which don't always pay off, but whatever happens, you can expect a quirky but meaningful show which gives you plenty to talk about. This year's production is hosted in a normal house on a "quiet street" in Hove, and explores whether it's possible to fall in love with more than one person at the same time.

How many times can you fall in love? How many people can you love at the same time? These questions arise when certain uninvited guests call, disrupting the comfortable lives of an aging psychotherapist and his charming wife. Confusion, delight and anxiety ensue. Can reason overcome insane passion or will the fragile bubble of marital bliss burst in this quirky, original production by old Fringe favourites? The outcomes can be witnessed in close-up in a quiet house, in a quiet street in Hove. This Brighton based company aims to present devised work that will challenge and amuse audiences.

7:00pm to 7:50pm
Jane Postlethwaite: The House Lamb Comedy Productions

Jane Postlethwaite (Funny Women and Squawker Award finalist 2015) brings her multi-character, one-woman show, 'The House', to Brighton. Following a sell-out run at Lamb Comedy and Edinburgh Fringe in 2016, Jane invites you to meet a handful of new dark and surreal characters, each with a secret to hide, all connected to 'The House'.
*****(Comedy Coroner), "A darkly funny show" (Funny Women), "Neat plot, five well-rounded characters. Wonderfully daft and dark" (The List).

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

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

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

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

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

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

And even our own theme tune!

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

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

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

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

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

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Baby Carla's Bad Girl Rumble: Carla Lippis Civil Disobedience

Serge Gainsbourg in sequins brandishing a flick-knife; Duane Eddy brawling on with the Shangri-Las; Connie Francis fresh from juvy hall with only vengeance on her mind. The rebel-rousing twang of surf colliding with the hip-shaking go-go grooves of European Yé-Yé. Fresh from recording and touring with cult favourites Sacri Cuori, and collaborations with Calexico, M Ward and Tom Waits' right hand man Marc Ribot, Baby Carla makes her Brighton debut with a mix of original material and remixed classics. 'A knockout' (Australian), 'Divine' (Rolling Stone), 'Vocal powerhouse' (ArtsReview.com.au) 'Lippis is like something straight out of a Tarantino film and oozes an impressively brooding sensuality. Her music, a melange of styles - Western, old school Italian, cabaret, swing - is divine and an absolute pleasure to listen to. Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

7:30pm to 9:00pm
Enter The Dragons A&E Comedy

The archetypal Hero’s journey is reframed for the mature woman in this frank, fearless and funny take on female ageing. Banished from the land of the young, our protagonist navigates a hazardous landscape beset by riddles and obstacles.

Written and performed by "great classic clown duo" Emma Edwards and Abigail Dooley. Expect ridiculous costumes, stupid characters, naff puppetry and plenty of wigs. Directed by Toby Park, designed by Lucy Bradridge (both Spymonkey).

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

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

7:30pm to 10:30pm
Sacred Music Sessions Sahaja Yoga Brighton

Music can nurture us, music can uplift us. Music can clear us of negative emotions and help us overcome hurdles. Music, the most subtle of artistic expressions and meditation, the most subtle of human experiences.. they go hand in hand. This is an evening of Indian classical and devotional music presented by Sahaja Yoga Brighton. Included in the programme will be a guided meditation session to show us the divine connection we all share.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BSMS Medic Revue 2017

7:30pm to 10:00pm
Sgt. Pepper/Magical Mystery Tour Brighton Beach Boys

New Venue for the premier of a brand new show specially created for 2017.
Come and celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of The Beatles albums, ‘Sgt. Pepper’ and ‘Magical Mystery Tour', with the award winning Brighton Beach Boys & Psychedelic Love Orchestra. Everything from 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' through to 'All You Need Is Love'.

Please note the change of venue, existing tickets all valid for the new concert.

More details at http://www.brightonbeachboys.com
Follow the band at http://www.facebook.com/BtnBeachBoys

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

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

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

7:30pm to 9:10pm
The Life & Death of Puppet King Richard II BowerBird Prague

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

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

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

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

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

7:30pm to 8:40pm
Ghost Walk of the Lanes Ghost Walk of the Lanes

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

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

7:30pm to 9:30pm
Blue/Orange Pretty Villain Productions Ltd

Award-winning Joe Penhall's sardonic comedy, set in a London psychiatric hospital. One day before release, an enigmatic patient claims to be the love child of an African dictator. 'Blue/Orange' is a modern masterpiece, exploring what it means to be ill in the mental health system.

Winner: Evening Standard Award (2000), London Critics' Circle Theatre Award (2000), Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play (2001).

Pretty Villain are 2014, 2015 and 2016 Brighton Fringe award-winners . “Brilliant” (Plays International), “Thoroughly professional” (Fringe Review), ***** “High quality” (The Argus).

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

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

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

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

7:30pm to 10:00pm
Bach's 6 Cello Suites & Beethoven's 5 Cello Sonatas & Variations Music at Saint Michael's

St Michael's welcomes back Pavlos Carvalho to perform Bach's Cello Suites, over two evenings. The evergreen Suite in G, and the Suites in D minor and D are performed on the Friday, with the Suites in C, E flat and C minor on Saturday. Pavlos will then return to perform Beethoven's Cello Sonatas and Variations with pianist Louisa Lam. The Sonatas in F and G minor along with the F and G major Variations are performed on the Saturday, with the Sonatas in A, C and D along with the E flat Variations performed on the Sunday. Extraordinary performers, extraordinary music. Complimentary local parking available.

7:30pm to 8:50pm
How Eva Von Schnippisch Won WWII Ware It's At Productions

The WWII official secrets act is over and Eva is ready to set the record straight. Germany’s greatest underground cabaret star transformed into Britain’s No.1 spy and was given the toughest mission of all: infiltrate to the top. Eva tells a hilariously filthy and perfectly delivered action-packed story of love, betrayal, Frankfurters, the ‘other’ Eva... and de-bunks the bunker story once and for all in a joyful night of hilarious anti-fascist feminist propaganda. It’s time to burn your history books.

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

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

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

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

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

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Huldebiet: a Dramatic Concert 7090 & Bert Hana

Through the use of film projection, plays, and music by Justyna Ponikowska, 7090 and Hana present a concert about the malleability of meaning. The press: "A fascinating experience. Remarkable and absurd, but also poetic stillness and vulnerability in a most intriguing way. Did we mention silly?"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Jacob Hatton: True Brit Jacob Hatton

Fitzroy. Fastnet. Shannon. Good.

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Local Croydon boy becomes mild weather reporter.

Join Jacob Hatton (BBC Radio 4 Extra, Soho Theatre Young Company) on a voyage of discovery, exploring Britain, class, life, death and the Shipping Forecast.

“Very funny” (John Kearns), “Please leave the premises” (Met Office), “The hour flew past ... I can’t wait to see what he does next” (Edinburgh Fringe audience review).

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

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

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

Guru Dudu returns with his hilarious dance-walking tours where everyone wears headphones (supplied) and can hear the fun commentary from Guru Dudu and the dance mix of uplifting favourites from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00’s.

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

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

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

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

Plus support from The Eating Habits of Politicians.

Winner of Best Literature (Brighton Fringe 2014).

"Too many poems" (Fringe Guru).

8:00pm to 10:30pm
Osibisa Tribal OLO Productions

Osibisa first exploded onto the music scene in 1971 and is seen by many as the godfather of today’s UK-Afrobeat scene. Frontman Gregg Kofi Brown is best known for work with Youssou Ndour, Benjamin Zephania, Lauryn Hill, Bomb the Bass and Sting. Gregg Kofi Brown and Osibisa have supported Santana on his European tour. Other members of the 'Tribal' lineup have worked with Manu Dibango, Courtney Pine, Adele and the Jazz Warriors.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Part of Shiny Town in the Brighton Royal Pavilion Garden

8:30pm to 10:30pm
Edana Minghella Quartet presents From Ella to Elvis Edana Minghella Jazz

Two nights at The Verdict for Edana Minghella’s quartet. With 'From Ella to Elvis', Edana brings her unique style to beautiful songs of love and longing from Jazz standards to contemporary classics. Her second album, 'All or Nothing', was launched last year to wide acclaim. Based on Billie Holiday’s repertoire, it showcases Edana’s great strengths: raw emotion and a capacity to touch her audience deeply. Prepare to be moved! (With Mark Edwards, piano; Pete Maxfield, double bass; Lee Goodall, saxophone.)

“An extraordinary artist with a beautiful & distinctive voice.” (Devizes Arts).

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

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

8:30pm to 10:00pm
Funny Women Of Brighton Funny Women Ltd.

Brightonians unite! Funny Women showcases some of the best female comedy talent Brighton has to offer at its longest running venue. Catch these local ladies performing live at Komedia before they take on the world!

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

Do you remember Dave Benson Phillips?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8:35pm to 9:35pm
Fannytasticals Fannytasticals

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

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

Men welcome.

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

"Thank you for my achey smiley face!"

"Flipping hilarious!"

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is how your night at Brighton Fringe ends: not with a whimper, but a bang! Join the hottest up-and-coming acts from all across Brighton Fringe for our late night revue.

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

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

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

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

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

Funny. Political. Ends with a hanging.

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

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

Part of Shiny Town in the Brighton Royal Pavilion Garden

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

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

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

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

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

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Kwame Asante: Open Arms CKP Ltd

Between moving to a new city, starting a new career and gaining new responsibilities, Kwame has had to embrace a lot of changes. He’s been doing his best to process it all, but could do with your help!
This show sees him work through a collection of his best observations and anecdotes from his recent transitions. Listeners, nodders, smilers and laughers, all will be welcomed with open arms!

9:00pm to 11:00pm
Gerry Cottle's WOW! Circus Magique Ltd

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

9:15pm to 10:15pm
Belongings Anthony Ayton

Anthony Ayton, mid-forties, middle-class ex-criminal lawyer, raised in the East End of London before attending a public boarding school, a comprehensive, and finally a grammar school, asks himself the question; "Where and with whom do I belong?"

9:15pm to 10:25pm
Gypsy Queen Hope Theatre Company

Can two men raised to fight ever learn to love?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9:30pm to 10:25pm
The Petting Zoo presents ZooTube The Petting Zoo

The Petting Zoo (“Improv supergroup” Time Out) presents 'ZooTube', where the good, the bad and the downright bizarre of the world of online videos is merrily ransacked to provide inspiration for hilarious scenes and sketches.

Deadpan "how-to" demonstrations, obscure adverts, uninvited Rick Astley music promos, shoddy shopping channels, amateur fan fiction and inevitable cat videos will all be fair game as The Petting Zoo mines the dustier corners of YouTube.

So join improv’s finest purveyors of cutting-edge, high-tech, onstage ‘content’ (they’ve got a laptop and a projector) as they welcome you to Improv 2.0 (whatever that means).

9:45pm to 10:45pm
Shit-faced Showtime: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Magnificent Bastard Productions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Part of Shiny Town in the Brighton Royal Pavilion Garden

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:30pm to 12:30am
Krater Comedy Club Komedia

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

“A night full of fun and side-splitting laughter. I didn’t want it to end” (The Latest), “THE place in Brighton to catch stand-up comedy” (The Independent).

11:00pm to 11:50pm
Happy Hour Heather Shaw & Olga Koch

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

11:00pm to 2:00am
Club Click: The Soul of Dirty Disco Club Click

Booty queens and hip hustlers let your freak flag fly at our dazzling evening of sumptuous glamour, glittering divas, cabaret chic and dirty disco dancing.
Club Click presents:
Our racy residents: Cuttin’ Luce, Local Honey and Desert Ivan Discs .
Disco diva DilEmma Kilbey and her hip-swivelling dancers - Hot Pockets. Plus very special guest DJ, Brighton’s own Boogaloo Stu.
Enter The Soul Train Boogiedown with trophies for best-dressed
and best dancers.

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

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

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

‘Best Show’ finalists – Barry Awards, Edinburgh 2016

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

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

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

The legendary late show returns.

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

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

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

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

12:00am to 12:00am
Barbara Merkriti

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

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