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

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

10:30am to 11:20am
The Walrus and The Carpenter TheatreRotto Productions

Join the Walrus and Carpenter, with some eager Oysters, on their hunt for a gourmet picnic spot!

These comical characters, along with a capricious Maid with Mop, make entertaining company for all ages. There are also cameo appearances by updated twins - Tweedledum and Tweedledee.

Expect hilarity, eye-watering recitation, song and slapstick from TheatreRotto puppets and players in a salty combination of theatre and haute cuisine. With live music accompaniment.

11:00am to 2:00pm
Sussex Food Tours Sussex Food Tours

This gourmet food tour takes you through the historical and cultural heart of Brighton. Fun and informative with all food, snacks, desserts and beverages (alcoholic and non), entertainment, sightseeing and guiding included in ticket price.

We will be running two different Brighton-themed food tours so please check our website for dates and more details:

- Vegetarian Brighton Tour
- Great Sussex/British Food Tour

11:00am to 12:00pm
SpiegelActive Brighton Spiegeltent

Family fun with dance and movement. A brand new Spiegel event for 2019 mashing-up your own dance moves to all the great tunes with different guest taster activities each day: Streetfunk, Yoga, Pilates, Zumba. Kids, take your grown-ups along to strut their funky moves in the beautiful Spiegeltent. With YouJuice organic juices, ginger shots and energy balls.

11:30am to 12:25pm
Microbodyssey Tatwood Puppets

They’re all around us but we cannot see them. Come and discover the extraordinary world of microbes - the invisible organisms that shape our planet. Join your larger-than-life tour guide Brenda and friendly and forgetful lab assistant Charles as they unearth miniature monsters and curious creatures in hidden worlds much closer than you might think. A visual theatre experience for both adults and children that features puppetry, shadow theatre and an original score, 'Microbodyssey' is an unforgettable journey into the microscope that makes science captivating and fun.

11:35am to 12:35pm
Hypnotique Presents: Totally Wired Hypnotique

Hypnotique describes herself as "the country's third-best theremin player", and it's fair to assume the electronic instrument's trademark woo-woo noise will be a major feature of this show. But it promises more than that: a review of the history of electronic music, taking in greats such as Delia Derbyshire (who conjured the original Doctor Who theme) alongside less well-known pioneers. If it follows the pattern of previous shows, expect it to be eccentric but lovable - part lecture, part gig, part comedy.

What happens when eccentricity meets electricity? What connects the invention of the light bulb to the Berlin techno scene? Take a tour with Hypnotique (Britain’s third best theremin player) to explore the weird and wonderful past, present, and future of electronic music.

In this multimedia music show, meet the genius and ingenious who made possible any sound you can imagine ­– like Bob Moog, Delia Derbyshire, and Kraftwerk, as well as today’s pioneers pushing the audio envelope.

Top 10 Weirdest Edinburgh Fringe Shows (Time Out)
"High entertainment factor" (The Herald)

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Sh*t Socialist Chris Tavner

Chris Tavner presents his new stand-up show about his life of being a socialist activist. Well, we say activist, that depends on what time he gets up. Chris will explore lessons learned from his experience in the context of Brexit, Trump and Corbynmania, working through his own contradictions and hypocrisies along the way. A show for the many.

“Likeable and funny” (City Life).

12:00pm to 12:55pm
Eliza von Poppins presents... A Practically Perfect Guide to Living What Would Julie Do?

Do you want to know how to solve your problems and become practically perfect in every way? Whenever you are in a stew, just ask "What would Julie Andrews do?"

Eliza von Poppins shows you the seven steps to practical perfection in an interactive, showtune-fuelled life-coaching session: "Becoming who you want to be is as simple as 'do-re-mi'" ...until that pesky parrot umbrella starts talking!

"If you’re looking for some self-help and positivity in your life, look no further than to this cabaret gem" ***** (West End Wilma)

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Amazing Bubble Man Louis Pearl

Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences for 30 years with the art, magic, science of bubbles. An Edinburgh Fringe favourite, he sells out every year. Louis explores the dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy, artistry, audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep all ages mesmerised. From square bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, volcanoes, tornados and trampolines to people in bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all.

12:10pm to 1:10pm
Time Flies Al Dente Theatre Company

David and Sam know every story ever told. Unfortunately, they are a little vague when it comes to the facts. For an hour, they will stop time and share with you some incredible characters lost in history. We can't promise facts. We can't even promise to make it to the end of the show. But we can promise an anarchic, comedic kaleidoscope of songs, sketches and silliness to put a smile on everyone’s face.

12:15pm to 1:15pm
Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival Iris Prize

Iris Prize brings outstanding LGBT+ film from around the world to Brighton. The five programmes of short films on offer feature award-winners from the annual Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival, alongside moving depictions of queer intimacy, explorations of gender, and a timely selection of LGBT+ stories for young people. These diverse short films from twelve countries offer an honest window into modern queer life, representing the very best of current LGBT+ filmmaking.

The five programmes are: Intimacy; Gender & Family; Iris Prize – International; Iris Prize – Best British; Iris Prize – Youth.

12:30pm to 1:30pm
And Before I Forget I Love You, I Love You Pip Utton Theatre

Any show from Pip Utton - acknowledged master of solo theatre - deserves your attention, and this new script about Alzheimer’s earned multiple 5* write-ups at last year's Edinburgh Fringe. It's the story of a man who's lost his wife to dementia, and who sees the signs of the condition developing in his own mind too; reviews praised the subtlety of the portrayal, the rawness and the dread, and the occasional moments of humour which humanise the difficult but vital theme.

Award-winning performances of Adolf, Bacon, Chaplin, Maggie and Churchill have taken Pip around the world. He and his brother watched their mum deteriorate and die from Alzheimer's. This moving performance is about its devastating effects on the sufferer, family, friends and carers. It's a journey of love, laughter, and tears.

“An incredibly powerful piece of theatre, that celebrates life.” ????? (Fringe Review)

“One of the most moving, human performances I have ever seen at the Fringe.” ????? (Broadway Baby)

"I don’t often give 5 stars but Utton leaves me no choice” ????? (Theatre Extra)

12:30pm to 2:30pm
Baby Loves Disco's Beach Beats Baby Loves Disco UK

Baby Loves Disco returns to the funkiest bar on the beachfront with the best sea views in Brighton, for our bank holiday specials! Club DJs spin feel-good summer tunes, with dancefloor games, giveaways and play zone. Dress for a beach party with prizes for the best outfits! Hawaiian shirts, hula skirts or British buckets and spades, either way its high tides and good vibes. With kids drinks, snacks, ice lollies, face-painting, crafts and balloons all included, and a licensed bar for mum and dad, it's time to get your beach on, baby!

12:30pm to 1:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

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

Not sure what to see? Don't fret, we've done the work for you and hand-picked this week's top tips. Theatre, comedy, dance and cabaret 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. Hosted by Michael Fabbri.

"Startlingly insightful" (The Guardian)

Including our sell-out (2017 and 2018) 'Launch Night Special' and a brand new end of festival celebration show.

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

The sell-out science, comedy and family magic show is back for its third year in Brighton. Join triple award-winning comedian and scientist Donal Vaughan as he performs amazing tricks using only things found around the house, to show how magical science can be. Along with some old favourites, there will be some brand-new tricks, including a giant air cannon and some bubble science.

Always exciting and sometimes very messy, learn about science and laugh your pants off while you do. All the tricks can be performed by you when you go home.

12:45pm to 1:45pm
13 Sylvia Sceptre

13 is the latest show from "dark mistress of magic" Sylvia Sceptre, whose previous work scored 4* from me in Edinburgh last year. Sceptre taps into a particular strand of Victoriana - the fascination with clairvoyance, and with contact with the dead - and she accompanies her slightly-spooky illusions with plenty of character and wit. Last year's show was a lot of fun, and showed plenty of promise for the future too; so here's hoping there's even more to enjoy this time round.

13 is a show with magic and mind reading performed by Miss Sylvia Sceptre. Sylvia is a character direct from Victorian London, a time travelling magician who performs magic with a dark twist. Expect thrilling stories, spine tingling experiences and sensational magic.

"Supremely entertaining" ***** (London Pub Theatre)
"Entertaining, polished and recommended" **** (Fringe Guru)
"An intriguing experience to remember" **** (ThreeWeeks)

1:00pm to 1:50pm
Are There Female Gorillas? Klein Blue

Girl and Gorilla live, handcuffed, in a world of patriarchal gaze. Girl is shaved; Gorilla is hairy. This is a problem - one which they can't solve easily. Blending absurdist comedy, spoken word, games, gorilla facts and new writing, this show is experimental in form and activist in message.

Klein Blue bring this hugely popular show to Brighton, to break apart the taboo of female body hair with clown-like playfulness and infectious energy.

"The experimental piece is jam-packed with quirky ideas... sizzles with energy and is a relevant, punchy piece of theatre" **** (Underdog Reviews)

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

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

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

1:00pm to 2:15pm
Beat Stories in Theatre Productions in association with Ki M'Aime Me Suive and Scènes Plurielles

Alfie lives with his little brother, Hugo, Mum and Bernard. Alfie is not like the other kids, but that's only a problem for other people: his irritated parents, the bullying classmates and the exasperated teachers. Alfie doesn't care as long as he can play his drums. He turns his everyday routine into a life bursting with wonder and music. The funny and moving story of an extraordinary mind gone rogue.

The Molière Award nominated smash-hit show premieres in the UK. ***** (Le Parisien).

1:00pm to 2:10pm
Clean Different Theatre / Sweet Productions

4 stars A friend of mine summed up Clean better than I ever can. “It’s like a Woman’s Hour podcast in a garden,” he said. “Which is lovely.” He was right on every count, I think: there is indeed a documentary aspect to the Sam Chittenden’s script, which sees a varied group of women speak directly to the audience as they share their memories of a particular place and time. It is, magnificently, performed in a garden, an old laundry drying ground tucked between houses in Roundhill. And it is indeed lovely - though in a bittersweet, thoughtful kind of way. Read the full review.

Sam Chittenden’s ‘Clean’ tells the tales of 7 women in the Laundry Hill area of Brighton from 1870-2020. It explores local history, mental illness, abuse, sexuality, suffrage, & sistership. It highlights what has changed - and hasn’t - in 150 years.

With original live music, ‘Clean’ is staged in what was once a drying field of the Mayo Laundry.

Doors 30 mins before shows.

Different Theatre create intimate work with a strong theatricality. Past shows include ‘Metamorphosis’, ‘Sary’, and ‘So You Say’.

"Magical story-telling & a poetic serenity in the face of the dark” (Fringe Review).

1:00pm to 2:00pm
The Poetry of Planes HeartsArts

Flip bottles and fly paper planes as Kay Walton takes you on an interactive and fun, science-inspired poetic journey for 7-13 year olds inside the fabulous Brighton Toy and Model Museum. Cold, hard facts side by side with red-hot concepts with only poetry for insulation. See creative poetry animations made by Brighton University students for primary school Rap’n’Rhyme poets and bring your own science rap/rhyme to share/perform if you would like to be a Spoken Science Star (optional).

1:00pm to 2:00pm
SpiegelCircus Beach Without Sand Ltd

Join us this half term for a magical, interactive, family circus show in the sky! Journey through the clouds and see what you can find at the beautiful Brighton Spiegeltent, with lots of fun activities and an amazing skilled cast performing aerial, hula-hoop, hand-balancing, music and more!

All ages welcome and encouraged! Arrive an hour before the show if you want to warm-up with us, play and try out some circus skills for yourself. A fast-paced, fun show where anything can happen... and probably will!

1:15pm to 2:10pm
Gerry Carroll: Crock or Gold Gerry Carroll

He's 66 and he has his own leprechaun, but is Gerry a crock, or is he gold? He'll let you decide. In his third Brighton show the one-time 'Angel of the Month' winner explains how 'Send in the Clowns' is his story. Or is it 'Death of a Clown'? Lunchtimes at the Temple or 2pm at the Kennel, Gerry will be explaining. Expect attempts at songs, eating bananas, Irish dancing and maybe a crock of gold. Having done stand-up and clown around London for five years, Gerry's focusing more on clown. It's enjoyable, funny and makes a great early afternoon break.
Two words: Velcro trousers.

1:30pm to 2:30pm
Between Us Between Us

Boy meets girl. But then what?

'Between Us' is a bittersweet play that tells the inside story of one couple’s relationship. Completely improvised from audience suggestion, we discover what makes us fall in love and what makes us fall apart.

“This is live theatre taken to a whole new level” ***** (Sheffield Review)
“Genuinely funny whilst delivering real emotional depth and audience connection. Why does anyone bother writing plays at all when, as Rachel and Alex showed, you can entertain so successfully on the spot?” **** (Broadway Baby)

1:30pm to 2:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

1:40pm to 2:40pm
Revelations Charlie Mulliner

"I went to bible camp to meet boys and I met a man. His name was Jesus."

Ten years on and desperate to escape the millennial cliché of living at home, Rebecca plunges into an evangelical masquerade with a return to bible camp - older, wiser and way less a virgin. She begins to remember a time when life was simpler - before lonely nights on Tinder and existential doubt - a time of sun, certainty and the holy spirit. But how much masturbating on a toilet is she willing to sacrifice for the sweet caress of community? A one woman play about f*cking up, fitting in and finding satisfaction on your knees. Charlie Mulliner trained at RWCMD and Ecole Philippe Gaulier. She has performed on the West End and across the UK.

1:40pm to 2:40pm
Old Movies Saved My Life Mel Byron

Sometimes the best education comes from the most unexpected places. Growing up in the 70s and 80s, Mel Byron learnt everything she knows from films of the 30s and 40s. Everything about life, frocks, and especially, love. Whilst her schoolmates snuck into Burnley’s night clubs – underage – she dreamt of drinking champagne on a luxury liner with Cary Grant. If you’re a fan of those black and white classics, join Mel for an affectionate look at the films that shaped her teenage years and the years beyond. You don’t even have to like old movies, but you might win a prize if you do!

1:45pm to 2:45pm
The Scrapyard Sessions Otherplace Productions Ltd

The fringe of the Fringe, full of wonder and whimsy. Drop into The Scrapyard at The Warren and find a hidden gem. Featuring spoken word, comedy, music and cabaret; remarkable performers presenting storytelling and comedy in all its forms.

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Amazing Bubble Man Louis Pearl

Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences for 30 years with the art, magic, science of bubbles. An Edinburgh Fringe favourite, he sells out every year. Louis explores the dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy, artistry, audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep all ages mesmerised. From square bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, volcanoes, tornados and trampolines to people in bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all.

2:00pm to 3:00pm
The Seven Ages and the Dance of Life and Death The Seven Ages

For Jacques, the journey from cradle to grave is fraught with the negative voices of our culture; but, in our show, Jacques finally gets to see the possibility of hope and life-force in the face of certain death.

Entertaining. Thought-provoking. Funny. With music, dance, drama and drumming.

2:00pm to 3:15pm
Here We Are Again Wired Theatre

4 stars “Here we are again, happy as can be, all good pals and jolly good company.” So runs a cheery song from the 1930’s, which I remember learning on my grandmother’s knee; you’ll hear it - and a handful of other music-hall classics - at intervals during this offbeat and rewarding play. But the lyrics carry a heavy irony, for the warring couple at the heart of the script are anything but pals… and husband Andrew is far from happy, spiralling into a world of guilty fantasy and pitiful self-destruction. Read the full review.

Wired Theatre are long-standing Brighton Fringe regulars, and have made a name for themselves staging creative site-specific works in unusual places – this time, a normal house in Hove. Their shows are always quirky, and sometimes demand your concentration, but following a long run of recent successes they count as a sure bet all the same. The latest show is the conclusion to a trilogy, about a philandering psychologist losing his own grip on reality; expect an unusual and creative production, with plenty to talk about afterwards.

In the final part of Wired Theatre’s darkly comic trilogy, the ageing psychotherapist believes certain people want to destroy him. His life is spinning out of control again!

Can he overcome this vortex of disaster and save his marriage or is he hurtling towards inevitable self-destruction? The story so far uncovered a web of deception.

Now the quiet house in Hove becomes the site for more surprising revelations. This original devised promenade performance offers another provocative, immersive experience.

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Sam Savage: TRY Savage Productions

How do you fit into a chaotic high-flying world when all you have ever really wanted from life is a smaller forehead and some biscuits? And what happens when you are ready to fight for your dreams but refuse to remove your slippers?

"Funny Bones" (Latest 7).
"Upbeat and endearing" (Chortle).
"Excellent" (ThreeWeeks).

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Hurricane Michael 2 The Barbary Ape

It's the tail end of the 1980's.

Still in his bunker, celebrity weatherman Michael Phish has finally completed a video recording of the truth behind his failed weather forecast of the great storm of 1987.

It is now the end. The beginning of the end. Certainly the end of the beginning. How now brown cow?

This show contains known Gnomes and unknown Gnomes.

2:10pm to 3:05pm
Amazing Adventures of Her Majesty at 90+ Carole Shaw

Affectionate comedy on the world’s longest-serving monarch. A powerful, colourful lady head of state who decides to reveal her 'all' to her people, taking us on a riotous ride into hitherto unseen aspects of her life. Join the singing, dancing Queen for tea, cake and more than you bargained for. This old grey mare definitely ain't what you thought she was. Free Battenberg cake and Duchy Original biscuits, courtesy of Princes Philip and Charles, at every performance.

2:15pm to 3:15pm
Huggers Comedy World Productions

Huggers returns! With an ever-changing selection of performers chosen from the best acts around the Fringe. With a host keeping the laughs going with jokes, fun competitions and prizes, there's no better show for fun with all the family.

"Laughing and smiling until our cheeks hurt" **** (Rip It up)
"Great show" **** (The Scotsman)
"An enjoyable hour of varied family fun" **** (Broadway Baby)
"Perfectly timed for child attention spans, it left the kids wanting more - my eight-year-old absolutely loved it!" **** (Child Friendly Brighton).

2:25pm to 3:25pm
The Clinic 4 Kidz Josh McAuley

Are your parents annoying you? School getting you down? Is your sister a pain?

Come see your drag-ony aunt Gloria and let her and some super funny comedians solve all your problems. We've got comedy, great advice, and ridiculous prizes to give you. Yes, you. Probably. Definitely not your parents. You.

2:30pm to 3:30pm
The Desk by Frank Foucault (Work In Progress) Laughing Horse Free Festival

Thump. James Corden hears a thump underneath his chat-show desk. Thump. It's the evening before the start of his American talk-show career. Thump. This is not a stand-up show. Thump. But it's written, performed and created by my stand-up comedy persona. Thump. I understand that’s probably confusing. Thump. I hope you enjoy it. Thump. Thump. Love. Thump. Thump. Ego. Thump. Thump. Death. Thump. Thump. Sex. Thump. Thump. The Desk. (work in progress)

“A tiny work of comic genius” (The Scotsman)

“Stupidly funny” (Chortle)

“Bizarre and daring” **** (Broadway Baby)

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Trash Test Dummies Dummies Corp.

Best Children's Presentation winners at Adelaide Fringe 2016 and 2015, and runners-up for Children's Choice Award 2016, the Trash Test Dummies are as full of laughs as their bins are full of surprises. "Delightfully intelligent, highly entertaining" ****½ (Herald Sun).

With sell-out seasons and rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe, this side-splitting slapstick routine takes household wheelie bins to new heights, and delivers a dump-truck full of hilarity! "Circus show perfect for families" ***** (Edinburgh For Kids).

2:30pm to 3:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Definitely Louise Bethany Heath

From the comfort of her room, an excitable, irrepressible young woman muses on life, love, friendship and loss.

A solo play about finding your way in the modern world.

"High comedy, witty one-liners and prescient observations about the potential dangers of social
media" (The Fine Times Recorder).

"Electrifying" **** (Theatre Bath).

2:45pm to 3:40pm
The Bubble Show The Highland Joker

Join Mr. Bubbles with his extraordinary soap bubbles in all shapes and sizes! Enjoy bouncy bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, smoke bubbles, square bubbles, giant bubbles and even fire bubbles! Interactive and suitable for all ages, 'The Bubble Show' is a unique blend of magic, storytelling and Bubble-Art! Actor, storyteller and Guinness World Record Winner, The Highland Joker is one of the top Bubbles artists in the world, coming to Brighton with his award-winning performance! Join us as we journey together through the realms of Bubbland!

3:00pm to 3:55pm
Roisin Crowley Linton: Teenage Kicks Stamptown

WINNER: Stamptown Newcomer Award, 2018

Roisin Crowley Linton makes her Brighton debut with a unique blend of achingly honest poetry, side-splitting stand-up and personal storytelling.

Teenagers are weird. Being a teenager is weird. Working with teenagers is weird. Especially when you split work at a youth club by day and perform comedy, poetry and burlesque by night. This time we’re talking about growing up in Newcastle, how hard it is to be sexy and how the kids are alright.

“A tiny wicked wordsmith... Some of the most impressive poetry and one-liners to be found” **** (EdFestMag)

3:00pm to 5:30pm
MyMiniDisco: Star Wars and Superheroes myminidisco

MyMiniDisco: 6th May - 'Star Wars' fancy dress - DJ Soul of Man (Finger Lickin')
27th May - 'Superheroes' - DJs Elle 'J' Small & Molly Pop (Funk the Format)

Brighton’s No.1 family friendly disco. "Cool music for cool kids" back for 2019. Daytime clubbing fun for kids and adults too, MyMiniDisco has been running for 10 years at a heap of major festivals; Wilderness, Love Supreme, Camp Bestival.

Performing from the super-sized ghetto blaster playing party mashups, bootlegs of funk, disco, hip hop and rave faves. Giant balloons, bubbles, hula hoop show, super-sized ghetto blaster DJ booth, prizes and more. SOLD OUT 7 years running!

3:00pm to 10:00pm
B.fest 2019 B.Fest / Brighton Youth Centre

B.fest is the Brighton Youth Arts Festival and is run by young people aged 13-19 years, and for young people. B.fest is a week full of gigs, exhibitions, theatre, comedy, skateboarding, workshops, and much more. Come and celebrate, and support the next generation of creative talent. Events happen across Brighton and Hove.

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Jack Cherry and Friends from the Fruit Bowl Jack Cherry

'Jack Cherry and Friends from the Fruit Bowl' is a romp of bizarre happenings that explore the completely fabricated lives of the colourful and controversial. In a series of absurdist and satirical monologues tied together with music and 'interpretative dance' this show takes you on a journey from talking pineapples to the biblical and back.

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Rob Deb: Old Comedian of the Year Finalist 2018 Robin Deb

June 25th 2018 - weight was 22 stone. September 25th - 16 stone and 7 pounds. A remarkable story of diet and determination, except I’m typing this as of 19th December and I'm still at 16 stone.

Given when you’re seeing this I may have bloated. If you come on the first night, I’ll have taken my mum to see Christy Moore the night before. Because I’m eating fewer sweets, I’ll be giving financial advice on how to save money while living with three generations in one house.

"Slick" (Chortle).
"The Lenny Bruce of sci-fi" (The Skinny).

3:00pm to 6:00pm
Sussex Food Tours Sussex Food Tours

This gourmet food tour takes you through the historical and cultural heart of Brighton. Fun and informative with all food, snacks, desserts and beverages (alcoholic and non), entertainment, sightseeing and guiding included in ticket price.

We will be running two different Brighton-themed food tours so please check our website for dates and more details:

- Vegetarian Brighton Tour
- Great Sussex/British Food Tour

3:00pm to 3:50pm
Guru Dudu's Silent Disco Walking Tours Guru Dudu Productions

Guru Dudu returns to his beloved Brighton this year with a few special guest tour guides and special events – see gurududu.org for details.
Enjoy his hilarious dance-walking tours of spontaneous flash mob dancing through the streets, interpretative dancing around Brighton landmarks and lots of crazy interaction with onlookers. Everyone wears headphones (supplied) and can hear the fun commentary from Guru Dudu and the dance mix of uplifting favourites from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s. Wear comfortable footwear and preferably come empty handed (no bags, etc). Tickets also at door if not sold out.

Check out some special themed tours this year:

Queen - Fri 6pm, May 3, 17, 31.
Abba - Fri 6pm, May 10, 24
90's - Sat 6pm, May 4, 11, 18, 25, Jun 1
60's - Mon 3pm, May 6 & 27
70's - Mon 4.30pm, May 6 & 27
80's - Mon 6pm, May 6 & 27
Sundays 3pm - with special guest tour guides

All other tours run as classic format: 70's, 80's, 90's, 00's mix

3:00pm to 4:00pm
The Poetry of Planes HeartsArts

Flip bottles and fly paper planes as Kay Walton takes you on an interactive and fun, science-inspired poetic journey for 7-13 year olds inside the fabulous Brighton Toy and Model Museum. Cold, hard facts side by side with red-hot concepts with only poetry for insulation. See creative poetry animations made by Brighton University students for primary school Rap’n’Rhyme poets and bring your own science rap/rhyme to share/perform if you would like to be a Spoken Science Star (optional).

3:10pm to 4:10pm
The Good Russian Enchanted Would

Andrew Byron is an actor who has spent most of his career playing Russians. They’re invariably the ‘bad guys’ and usually end up dead (He was shot in the head in 'Killing Eve' and vaporised in 'Doctor Who').

But this story is about a Russian you don’t see on your screens: Innokenty Afanasievich is honest, decent and simple. He is a dreamer, seeking his fortune in the West.

"I am going to the land of the Shakespeare and the Bananarama". But the past that he is so desperate to leave behind is now threatening to catch up with him.

3:15pm to 4:05pm
Nutty Noah: You Might Die! Komedia Entertainment Ltd

You could get squashed by an elephant that’s out of control, or you could come and see the latest ‘death-defying' show from Nutty Noah. Featuring magic, music and (not so) dangerous stunts, this show will make you feel alive!

Oscar (Noah’s son), has had numerous operations for a brain tumour and his bravery in face of uncertainty is the inspiration for the show. His sense of humour has been key to helping him through his treatment and he invites you to join him at poking your tongue out at death and stamping on the foot of St Peter.

As seen on CBBC's BAFTA Award Winning 'The Slammer'.

3:15pm to 4:15pm
Don't Bother Bróccán Tyzack-Carlin

A stand-up poetry show about dead dogs, chocolate and nostalgia. Bróccán Tyzack-Carlin presents a semi-coherent exploration of nothing in particular, using some words that rhyme and some more that don't. You're allowed to search for Higher Meaning in this hour of comedy and spoken word, but it's probably easier if you don't bother.

Bróccán is the winner of Manchester Word War 2018, a Hammer & Tongue National finalist 2019, and and an alumnus of the multi award-winning Durham Revue. ***** (Bunbury Magazine)

3:30pm to 4:30pm
Griffin and Jones: Surprisingly Good Magicians Griffin and Jones / Sweet Productions

Despite the modest title, there'll be nothing surprising about another hour's fine entertainment from Griffin & Jones. Their magical double-act combines high-quality illusions with unforced comic banter; they have a joyful rapport with each other, and that good-natured enjoyment spreads out into the audience, too. Their tricks are multi-layered and, even if you've seen a lot of stage magic, there'll probably be something fresh and confounding; this new show could still have some rough edges, but past form's enough to make it a Sure Choice.

The pioneers of slapdash magic are back with another mishmash of magical mayhem! Join them in a world where the jokes come thick and fast, anything is possible, and nothing is quite what it seems. These award-winning idiots have become famous for their fast banter, tight chemistry, contagious energy, and showstopping wizardry.

"Machine gun patter" ****1/2 (Reviews Hub)
"You must see the show!" **** (Broadway Baby)
"The perfect Fringe magic show" **** (Fringe Guru)

3:30pm to 4:30pm
Impromptu Shakespeare Impromptu Shakespeare Ltd

Bursting with love, poetry, comedy, tragedy, mistaken identity and everything in-between. Impromptu Shakespeare brings you an entirely new and unique Shakespeare play inspired by audience suggestions to delight Shakespeare nerds and newbies alike. Featuring a cast of leading theatrical and comedic improvisers, they've performed five critically acclaimed runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and two at the Bristol Shakespeare Festival.

"Sublime... side-splittingly hilarious" ***** (Broadway Baby).
"Chaotic, riotous fun" ***** (PlaysToSee).
"Ingenious and very funny" (Will Gompertz, BBC Arts Editor).

3:30pm to 4:30pm
Dr Jones Funny Bones Over The Lyne

Dr Jones Funny Bones is coming to Brighton with a show for the whole family. Enjoy a fun and educational show about the human body with Dr Jones, a real life doctor and comedian. With songs, competitions, silly props and of course jokes!

3:30pm to 5:30pm
Baby Loves Disco's Beach Beats Baby Loves Disco UK

Baby Loves Disco returns to the funkiest bar on the beachfront with the best sea views in Brighton, for our bank holiday specials! Club DJs spin feel-good summer tunes, with dancefloor games, giveaways and play zone. Dress for a beach party with prizes for the best outfits! Hawaiian shirts, hula skirts or British buckets and spades, either way its high tides and good vibes. With kids drinks, snacks, ice lollies, face-painting, crafts and balloons all included, and a licensed bar for mum and dad, it's time to get your beach on, baby!

3:30pm to 4:40pm
Clean Different Theatre / Sweet Productions

4 stars A friend of mine summed up Clean better than I ever can. “It’s like a Woman’s Hour podcast in a garden,” he said. “Which is lovely.” He was right on every count, I think: there is indeed a documentary aspect to the Sam Chittenden’s script, which sees a varied group of women speak directly to the audience as they share their memories of a particular place and time. It is, magnificently, performed in a garden, an old laundry drying ground tucked between houses in Roundhill. And it is indeed lovely - though in a bittersweet, thoughtful kind of way. Read the full review.

Sam Chittenden’s ‘Clean’ tells the tales of 7 women in the Laundry Hill area of Brighton from 1870-2020. It explores local history, mental illness, abuse, sexuality, suffrage, & sistership. It highlights what has changed - and hasn’t - in 150 years.

With original live music, ‘Clean’ is staged in what was once a drying field of the Mayo Laundry.

Doors 30 mins before shows.

Different Theatre create intimate work with a strong theatricality. Past shows include ‘Metamorphosis’, ‘Sary’, and ‘So You Say’.

"Magical story-telling & a poetic serenity in the face of the dark” (Fringe Review).

3:30pm to 4:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

3:45pm to 4:45pm
Laughs and Tricks with Stu Turner Stu Turner

Chuckle. Gasp. Shrug! If you like a barrel of laughs and a bag of tricks, spend an hour with comedy magician Stu Turner.

Stu blends comedy, magic and absolute nonsense in this free show. Often silly, sometimes surreal and always baffling, Stu is regularly seen on stage in London’s West End. He has supported Bob Monkhouse, appeared on TV alongside Des O’Connor, and performed at the legendary London Palladium.

In 'Laughs and Tricks', Stu Turner brings comedy, magic and a horse's head to the Brighton Fringe. Drop in to find out why.

3:55pm to 4:45pm
Drawn and Quartered Cry Havoc Theatre Company

5 stars As we take our seats for this finely-wrought two-hander, the stage is shrouded in darkness - and there’s a big surprise in store for us once the lights come on. The entire back wall is covered with a stunning abstract mural; in front of it stands a woman, freeze-framed in open-mouthed horror, like a reveal from a home-makeover show gone terribly wrong. The problem, we soon learn, isn’t just what’s appeared on on the walls of her living room, but also the man who’s responsible. Read the full review.

There's a review on the way for this one, but we've seen enough already to make it today's Sure Choice. A thoughtful, sometimes intense two-hander, Drawn and Quartered studies the fallout from a failed relationship - set against the literal backdrop of a giant abstract mural, immortalising the couple's shared life. The script demands your attention as it traverses emotional highs and lows, and your perspectives will change as you learn more about what makes the couple tick. It's a powerful and credible performance, which offers lots to think about but presents no easy answers.

Michael and Ana have had no communication for six months. Hearing Michael’s painting career is on the downslide, Ana takes pity on him and hires him to paint the studio apartment they shared for four years, to prepare it to sell. She leaves for a couple of days to find he has indeed painted. But not the colour she left.

A beautiful portrayal of a relationship with moments that everyone will recognise. Maggie Bofill is one of the founder members of Labyrinth Theatre company in New York, and together with Claudine Sinnett from Cry Havoc Theatre Company, this production is one not to miss.

4:00pm to 4:55pm
Just These, Please Just These, Please

Charming sketch group seek friendly audience for their Brighton debut. Looking to share one hour of passion followed by a lifetime of mutual appreciation. Twenty-five cleverly crafted sketches in 55 minutes from an ensemble with chemistry that would impress your old A-Level teacher. What do you want from comedy? Just These, Please.

"Brilliant, very funny" (Christopher Biggins), "Staggeringly talented" (Lucy Porter), "Pitch perfect performances in this tight, hilarious hour of sketch comedy" (Beyond The Joke).

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Arr We There Yet? Head First Acrobats

LIMITED RUN! Sold out in 2016, 2017 and 2018, and back by public demand, the 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!

4:15pm to 5:15pm
Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams Bibi and Bichu Ltd

Circus Abyssinia was a hot ticket at the Edinburgh Fringe a couple of years ago, and has a clutch of four- and five-star reviews to show off from its international tour since then. The show's narrative is built around two Ethiopian boys who dream of becoming jugglers - mirroring the inspiring real-life tale of the troupe's two founders. But it's the energy and physicality of the performance which reviews highlight most, with acrobatics, aerial work and clowning among the highlights.

Circus Abyssinia weaves the dreams of its cast through heart-stopping feats of acrobatic daring. Inspired by real-life jugglers Bibi and Bichu, the show tells the tale of two young Ethiopian brothers who dreamed of the circus in a country without one. When the boys make a wish upon the moon they are joined by a host of high-flying figures - some enchanting, others menacing, but all of them circus ‘dreamers’, who together awaken an incredible new Ethiopian tradition.

"Sensational entertainment" **** (The Times)
"One of the best acts ever seen... fun for all the family" ***** (Mail on Sunday)

4:20pm to 5:15pm
Overpriced Zeitgeist Scriptstuff Entertainment

Vaguely anti-establishment poetry for the postmodern Bohemian. Includes politics, immigration, consumerism, and the search for cultural diversity, plus an important rant about poor grammar in 80s pop songs. Mike Took is the kind of guy who deliberately enters B&Q through the exit which is clearly marked “To enter use other door”.

“The row in front of me seemed to be having a good time” (EdFringeReview)

“Real writing talent, a charismatic and energetic performer” (EdFringeReview)

**Warning!** Show contains 33 profanities and one use of the word “Knobhead”.

4:30pm to 5:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

4:30pm to 5:30pm
Blue Planet III Bright Buoy Productions

Two idiots at the BBC are making another Blue Planet, but how do you know what a fish is if you've never left your office? Put on your polar ice caps and climb aboard an adventure to save the oceans! Featuring swashbuckling swordfish, hammerhead and spannerhead sharks, wailing whales and nasty things that lurk at the bottom of the sea, in this children’s comedy show by the “hugely talented” (Chortle) Luke Rollason and the “hilarious” (The List) Christian Brighty.

“David Attenborough meets clowning” (Broadway Baby).
"Take the kids, take the parents, you will all have a laugh" (The Scotsman).

4:30pm to 5:30pm
Summertime Slaughter Dirty White Boys and Alice Marshall

Welcome to Plankton-on-Sea, your classic British seaside town: donkeys, deckchairs and a deadly monster terrorising the shore. Written and performed by award-winning double act, Dirty White Boys (Best New Act, London SketchFest 2016), and the incredible character comedian Alice Marshall (as featured on Comedy Central and BBC Radio 4).

Grab a bag of cockles and try to avoid bloodshed on the beach for this silly, sinister sketch show. Think 'League of Gentlemen' meets 'Jaws' by way of 'Summer Holiday'!
"Spectacularly and compellingly funny" (The List).

4:30pm to 5:20pm
Guru Dudu's Silent Disco Walking Tours Guru Dudu Productions

Guru Dudu returns to his beloved Brighton this year with a few special guest tour guides and special events – see gurududu.org for details.
Enjoy his hilarious dance-walking tours of spontaneous flash mob dancing through the streets, interpretative dancing around Brighton landmarks and lots of crazy interaction with onlookers. Everyone wears headphones (supplied) and can hear the fun commentary from Guru Dudu and the dance mix of uplifting favourites from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s. Wear comfortable footwear and preferably come empty handed (no bags, etc). Tickets also at door if not sold out.

Check out some special themed tours this year:

Queen - Fri 6pm, May 3, 17, 31.
Abba - Fri 6pm, May 10, 24
90's - Sat 6pm, May 4, 11, 18, 25, Jun 1
60's - Mon 3pm, May 6 & 27
70's - Mon 4.30pm, May 6 & 27
80's - Mon 6pm, May 6 & 27
Sundays 3pm - with special guest tour guides

All other tours run as classic format: 70's, 80's, 90's, 00's mix

4:30pm to 5:25pm
Viggo The Viking The Other Theatre

It's a Bold Choice because it's a brand-new show, but Gaulier-trained clown Viggo Venn has impeccable pedigree. Our 5* review for his previous show praised its "steady stream of surprising and sometimes hysterical ideas"; he's a charming, endearing performer, keen to engage with the audience and unafraid to expose his own vulnerability. This new show sees him in the persona of the world's worst Viking, facing mythical enemies as he tries - and fails - to launch a raid on Brighton.

WINNER: Best Comedy Brighton Fringe 2016
NOMINEE: Best Comedy Brighton Fringe 2017

From the deep forests and tall mountains of Norway comes Gaulier-trained clown Viggo Venn (Zach & Viggo) with a new, funny and totally silent comedy show!

Viggo The Viking is the dumbest viking in the world. As he tries to invade Brighton, he will face dragons and fail.

4:40pm to 5:40pm
An Adult Dr Seuss Geoff Allnutt

An Adult Dr Seuss is a one-man-show by performance poet Geoff Allnutt, AKA The Speech Painter. It takes the work and world of Dr Seuss and re-imagines them for adults using the rhythms and tongue-twisting alliteration of Seuss’s classics to create a show of mind-altering poetry.
Along the way we meet a cast of original characters distorted and lost in a grown up world, where The Twat in the Flat can’t stop ingesting vast quantities of narcotics and the The Grinch has somehow transformed into David Lynch and an A-Z of Ted will tell of the often bizarre creations of Theodor Geisel AKA Dr Seuss.

4:45pm to 5:45pm
Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival Iris Prize

Iris Prize brings outstanding LGBT+ film from around the world to Brighton. The five programmes of short films on offer feature award-winners from the annual Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival, alongside moving depictions of queer intimacy, explorations of gender, and a timely selection of LGBT+ stories for young people. These diverse short films from twelve countries offer an honest window into modern queer life, representing the very best of current LGBT+ filmmaking.

The five programmes are: Intimacy; Gender & Family; Iris Prize – International; Iris Prize – Best British; Iris Prize – Youth.

4:45pm to 5:45pm
Dave Chawner: The Pursuit of Happiness Dave Chawner

Dave is a number 1 bestselling author, he has presented for BBC, written for the Guardian, The Telegraph, Metro and Cosmopolitan and even got an award at The Houses Of Parliament for his 2015 show... but is he happy? This show explores what it means to be happy.
"Thank goodness for Dave; he tells his invaluable story with humour and tongue in cheek charm... hilariously entertaining" (Mail On Sunday).

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Comedy World of Sports Laughing Horse Comedy & Laughing Panda Productions

Brits and comedians are big sports fans, but what is the world’s greatest sport? Rugby union or league? Proper football or that American version? Is the Olympics just people running in circles? Can darts be a sport if you do it whilst holding a beer in your hand? But what about synchronised swimming, curling and other lesser known sports? Even extreme ironing!

This is an interactive comedy game show where comedians pit their wits, comedy and sporting skills against each other, defend the sport they love and try to win challenges from audience and host to find the best sport.

GAME ON!

5:00pm to 6:15pm
Here We Are Again Wired Theatre

4 stars “Here we are again, happy as can be, all good pals and jolly good company.” So runs a cheery song from the 1930’s, which I remember learning on my grandmother’s knee; you’ll hear it - and a handful of other music-hall classics - at intervals during this offbeat and rewarding play. But the lyrics carry a heavy irony, for the warring couple at the heart of the script are anything but pals… and husband Andrew is far from happy, spiralling into a world of guilty fantasy and pitiful self-destruction. Read the full review.

Wired Theatre are long-standing Brighton Fringe regulars, and have made a name for themselves staging creative site-specific works in unusual places – this time, a normal house in Hove. Their shows are always quirky, and sometimes demand your concentration, but following a long run of recent successes they count as a sure bet all the same. The latest show is the conclusion to a trilogy, about a philandering psychologist losing his own grip on reality; expect an unusual and creative production, with plenty to talk about afterwards.

In the final part of Wired Theatre’s darkly comic trilogy, the ageing psychotherapist believes certain people want to destroy him. His life is spinning out of control again!

Can he overcome this vortex of disaster and save his marriage or is he hurtling towards inevitable self-destruction? The story so far uncovered a web of deception.

Now the quiet house in Hove becomes the site for more surprising revelations. This original devised promenade performance offers another provocative, immersive experience.

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Bear North Brainfruit

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2018 A show with a dancing bear might sound barbaric… but relax, this particular bear wants to dance. There it stands at the side of the stage, the broadest of smiles on its big brown head, elegantly shimmying its big brown paws in time to Cajun folk songs. The songs are provided by a trio of musicians, who come from Brighton but tell us they're somehow in Canada, and a travelling poet has also tagged along. Oh – and did I mention that the bear is wearing a cheerful summery dress? Read the full review.

It's hard to explain what makes Bear North so charming. It's a fantastical, whimsical musical journey, featuring a smiling bear in a summery dress - which sways and shimmies throughout the show, just because it likes to dance. The Cajun-inspired soundtrack's provided by a trio of local musicians, and a poet comes along for the ride as well; there are loose themes of outdoor life and the healing power of nature. But really it's about the joy of a free spirit, and of singing, dancing and telling stories for no reason at all.

‘Twin Peaks’ meets ‘The Singing Ringing Tree’. Wonderfully absurd, with a dancing buffalo, wolf and grizzly bear. Conceived in a dream by multi-award-winning performer, Roy Hutchins, this utopian vision is whimsical, comic and moving. Journey through a landscape filled with log cabins, forests, mountains and magical waterfalls, drawn through clever riffs and augmented fiddle playing, harmonies and dance.

"Songs of lakes, firesides, and bears. An impossible odyssey." Highly Recommended. (Fringe Review).
“The tables were turned and it was me who danced to Bear North’s tune” **** (Fringe Guru).

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Silent Disco with Boogie Shoes Seaside Special Boogie Shoes Silent Disco Tours

Sold out at Edinburgh Fringe 2018, Boogie Shoes Silent Disco presents our 'Cheeky Seaside Special' tour of Brighton. We'll have plenty of singing and dancing along the way. Each participant wears headphones tuned to the same station pumping uplifting classics, oldies and today's hits. Live commentary and music all led by your hosts the Boogie Shoes Crew. All salty dogs and bathing beauties welcome. Travel light, bring a drink and wear suitable footwear for walking. Babies in slings, no buggies. Headphones provided, spare tickets at the venue.

5:15pm to 6:05pm
Remind Me Again Why I Need A Man Two Foolish

When you’re used to holding the whip hand, Death can be an unwelcome distraction.

Karen Summers has the ideal life as a dominatrix. Her customers fear her, business is booming, and the chief of police is one of her clients. But when purple-suited Death pops by to summon her to the afterlife, she has to re-examine her life choices. She has an hour to persuade Death that once again, she holds the whip hand. Who needs a man?

From the team that brought you 'Get Fit With Bruce Willis' and 'Painted Love', featuring the songs of Annie Lennox and Eurythmics.

5:30pm to 6:25pm
After Today Stage D’Or

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2018 Bill Grundy sits swinging in a swivel chair, swigging from a hip flask and reflecting on the wreckage of his life. If you've heard of Grundy at all, it'll be because of the Sex Pistols: he's the hapless besuited interviewer who inexplicably goaded them into a flurry of obscenities, live on 1970's teatime TV. The episode cost him his job and his career, and we see him now – deliciously, hilariously – reduced to presenting a show called Close Up On Castles, a lunchtime filler which is clearly just as pointless as it sounds. Read the full review.

If the name "Bill Grundy" means anything to you, it'll be because of the Sex Pistols - whose expletive-laden live interview on Grundy's Today programme ended the TV host's career. This deliciously sardonic show, which earned 4* from us on its Edinburgh run, explores Grundy's wilful self-destruction and the ironic possibility that he helped promote the very group he so disdained. It's a sharply-written, witty performance - which does inspire a small amount of sympathy for a man whose own arrogance destroyed him.

Bill Grundy's fall from grace due to that interview with the Sex Pistols on Thames TV's 'Today' programme and what he did next.

We meet TV presenter Bill Grundy three years after his profanity-littered, car-crash interview with the Sex Pistols live on tea-time TV in 1976. An erudite, driven man, but with a huge self-destructive streak, Bill struggles to keep his career going. He reflects on how his career turned from being the era’s Paxman into a 70s Partridge, how he inadvertently kick-started a cultural movement he abhors and why that 'Today' interview continues to haunt him.

5:30pm to 6:30pm
Family Secrets The House of Improv

Following a sell-out run in Oxford, 'Family Secrets' is a night of comedy and chaos as a family inspired by your suggestions has an entirely improvised reunion. Expect revelations, closets and skeletons, long lost relatives and everything in-between.

It’s all a secret until the night, but one thing is for sure: this is a reunion you don’t want to miss. After all, nothing is quite as funny as family.
“Terrific, sharp wit” (Daily Info).

5:30pm to 6:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

5:30pm to 6:30pm
Raphael Wakefield: Wengerball Raphael Wakefield

"When I die, I will go to heaven and God will ask, "What have you done with your life?" And the only answer I will have is, "I tried to win football matches." He will say, "Is that it?" And I will tell him, "It's not as easy as it looks."

Rising character comedy star Raphael Wakefield arrives with his debut hour: the epic tale of Arsène Wenger's rise and fall - and why it matters. Major themes include integrity, sacrifice and absolutely shocking defending Jeff.

As heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra's Newsjack.

5:30pm to 6:30pm
Tales from the Elsewhere LoveHard

Welcome to Hopeville. Just a sleepy mid-west town of picket fences, backs slapped slightly too hard by farmhands, and where everyone knows everyone's secrets. Population; rapidly dwindling.

When three young whippersnappers stumble across a box of cassette tapes, leading them to the deadly secret at the centre of the town's openly suspicious abandoned laboratory, they are left asking; what is the cause of the disappearances? Why does everyone slap each other's backs quite so hard? And just what is the Elsewhere? Will they find out? Yes. Obviously.

Two men. 67 characters. This is LoveHard.

5:40pm to 6:35pm
Anna and Sarah: Would Rather Do a Sudoku Anna Dominey and Sarah Mann

Sarah Mann (BBC New Comedian finalist 2018, So You Think You're Funny runner-up 2017) and Anna Dominey (Bath New Act semi-finalist 2018) are the opposite of party people. They would both choose being at home with a nice cup of tea and a Sudoku puzzle over pretty much anything else. They've performed comedy throughout the UK and beyond, and are now bringing their chortle-filled tales of misanthropic bafflement to Brighton. Come and witness their playfully disdainful look at how tiring it is just to live in the world these days.

5:45pm to 6:45pm
Fiona Sagar: Work in Progress Fiona Sagar

Fiona Sagar (Funny Women Best Show nominee 2016 and 2017, The Groundlings Comedy Theatre, LA) returns to Brighton Fringe with a new work in progress character comedy show.

"A talented impressionist, completely morphs into an array of hilariously self-indulgent characters" **** (Fringebiscuit)
"Brilliant. I loved the ad lib. Still makes me laugh. Very memorable." (Zara Janjua, STV)
"Naturally funny." (Bryony Kimmings)
"Her range is really impressive... a very good hour in the company of an excellent performer" (Wee Review)

6:00pm to 6:50pm
Stealing the Show: The Improvised Heist Comedy Stealing The Show

Move over Oceans 8, 11, 12 and 13. There's a new game in town! 'Stealing The Show' is a criminal comedy caper made up from your suggestions. What will we steal? How will we steal it? It's all up to you!

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Jo Burke: Peculiar Jo Burke

‘Peculiar’ is Jo Burke's triumphant return to the comedy circuit following the success of her last show and comedy book ‘iScream’. Check out her five-star, rave reviews on Amazon and download her book.

Join her on a whirlwind tour of the baffling things life has thrown at her.

"A terrific force to be reckoned with" (Everything Theatre).

"Had the audience in stitches from start to finish" (Edinburgh Reporter).

"Highly recommended show" (Brighton Fringe Review).

She's also written three successful children's books available via her website.

6:10pm to 7:00pm
Artificial Intelligence Improvisation Improbotics

Here's one for the geeks: an improvised comedy show, where one of the stars is a robot. As far as we can tell from reviews of previous outings, there's no trickery involved - as well as the two human performers, there really is a computer with an AI brain, listening and contributing to the banter as best it can. To quote our colleagues at Broadway Baby: "It sounds exceptionally strange. It is exceptionally strange." But it sounds kind-of unmissable, too.

An improv comedy show and a live Turing test science experiment: an actual artificial intelligence-based chatbot tries to pass as human as it sends lines to one of the improvisers via an earpiece. Our impossible and hilarious challenge is to justify physical and emotional lines that make no sense at all.

Featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New Scientist.
**** (Edmonton Fringe, 2018)
“I will stick with artificial stupidity” (Colin Mochrie, Edinburgh Fringe 2017)
“This could be revolutionary” (Broadway Baby, Brighton Fringe 2018)

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

It's a comedy Bonanza!

Back for a second year in Brighton, this stand-up comedy selection is an exciting pack of comedians, with top headliners and the best up-and-coming performers selected from shows all around the Fringe.

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

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

The perfect start to your Fringe night!

6:15pm to 7:20pm
Lights! Planets! People! Molly Naylor & Company

Renowned space scientist Maggie Hill is giving a lecture about her career, to inspire young women to work in science. She's also attending her first therapy session, in order to overcome some debilitating anxiety. Both events force Maggie to discuss her greatest achievements and biggest regrets. 'Lights! Planets! People!' is an intimate and exhilarating story about communication, both interpersonal and intergalactic.

Written and directed by Molly Naylor (BBC Radio 4, Sky One)
Performed by Karen Hill
Commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre, Southampton Nuffield Theatres and Norwich Arts Centre.

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Jacob Hatton: Remake Jacob Hatton

Jacob Hatton tries to make sense of our world by remaking your favourite stories (with no respect for the originals) in a blistering hour of adventurous, hypnagogic stand-up. Those who cherish tradition, beware. Those who want a bloody good laugh, do not miss. As heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra, Soho Theatre Young Company.

"Buzzing to watch" **** (Mumble Comedy).
"Attuned to the human psyche" (Broadway Baby).
"Endorphin milking titterfest" (Mumble Comedy).
"Blessings be upon him" (Three Weeks).

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Silent Disco with Boogie Shoes Seaside Special Boogie Shoes Silent Disco Tours

Sold out at Edinburgh Fringe 2018, Boogie Shoes Silent Disco presents our 'Cheeky Seaside Special' tour of Brighton. We'll have plenty of singing and dancing along the way. Each participant wears headphones tuned to the same station pumping uplifting classics, oldies and today's hits. Live commentary and music all led by your hosts the Boogie Shoes Crew. All salty dogs and bathing beauties welcome. Travel light, bring a drink and wear suitable footwear for walking. Babies in slings, no buggies. Headphones provided, spare tickets at the venue.

6:30pm to 7:20pm
Guru Dudu's Silent Disco Walking Tours Guru Dudu Productions

Guru Dudu returns to his beloved Brighton this year with a few special guest tour guides and special events – see gurududu.org for details.
Enjoy his hilarious dance-walking tours of spontaneous flash mob dancing through the streets, interpretative dancing around Brighton landmarks and lots of crazy interaction with onlookers. Everyone wears headphones (supplied) and can hear the fun commentary from Guru Dudu and the dance mix of uplifting favourites from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s. Wear comfortable footwear and preferably come empty handed (no bags, etc). Tickets also at door if not sold out.

Check out some special themed tours this year:

Queen - Fri 6pm, May 3, 17, 31.
Abba - Fri 6pm, May 10, 24
90's - Sat 6pm, May 4, 11, 18, 25, Jun 1
60's - Mon 3pm, May 6 & 27
70's - Mon 4.30pm, May 6 & 27
80's - Mon 6pm, May 6 & 27
Sundays 3pm - with special guest tour guides

All other tours run as classic format: 70's, 80's, 90's, 00's mix

6:30pm to 9:30pm
A Silver Jewellery Workshop Silver & Sage

The workshop is a fun tutor guided experience to create a personalised piece of real silver jewellery to take away with you that day - made entirely by you and gift box and silver chain included.

Refreshments:
Tea, coffee, drinks and a selection of snacks are available from the bar, as the workshop is held in a studio above the pub The Round Georges Brighton. Prior booking is essential, for more information and images please visit: www.silverandsage.co.uk.

6:30pm to 7:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

6:30pm to 9:00pm
All Men Must Sing: A Parody of Ice & Fire The Long & Short Of It Productions

“Wait, what was that whole last part about copyright? I don't feel like I got that... "
“You know what they say, Jon: ‘In the game of creative copyright infringement, you either win - or you die’... ”

Created by local Brighton theatre company The Long & Short Of It Productions, 'All Men Must Sing' is a full-length musical comedy inspired by the hit TV drama. Following its 2016 performance, the play has been re-imagined and resurrected, and is back with an original score, puppetry, fourteen-part-harmonies, murder, and more!

Get ready... A PARODY IS COMING.

6:30pm to 7:30pm
The Beautiful Dance of Life & Death Erin R Hartnett Productions

Can a young astronaut and a fallen star save a former dancer who is fighting a bizarre illness and her bohemian roommate? Or will they be captured and tortured with no end in sight? In this imaginative new drama, based on a true story, two friends fight to dance the steps towards hope.

6:30pm to 8:00pm
Jonathan Powell, Piano: Two Concerts at St. Michael's Music@St. Michael's

The brilliant British pianist Jonathan Powell returns in a colourful programme of works by Granados: his Goyescas and Szymanowski: his Masques, Metopes and Mazurkas. Jonathan is a true master of his instrument and we are delighted he is returning to give a piano recital for us again. Gifted young soprano Betty Makharinsky joins Jonathan on the second May bank holiday Monday to sing songs from Russia, Poland and France including music by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Ravel and Szymanowski. Unmissable concerts. Please note the differing start times of these two concerts.

6:35pm to 7:25pm
Father of Lies Sweet Productions

'Making a Murderer' meets 'Rosemary's Baby'... 'Father of Lies' tells the chilling true story behind a mysterious, unsolved murder in West Germany, 1973. A thrilling horror show about haunted priests, jealous widowers, and satanic cults. Sell-out shows at Edinburgh Fringe 2017-18, London Horror Festival 2017, Brighton HorrorFest 2018, and VAULT Festival 2018.

“Compulsively gripping... genuinely unique” **** (The Stage)
“Devastating” ***** (LondonPubTheatres)
“Remarkable” ***** (Horror Hothouse Review)
**** (The Wee Review)
**** (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine)
**** (LondonTheatre1.com)

7:00pm to 8:20pm
Only in Brighton! Only in Brighton

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

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

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Railed Head First Acrobats

From the creators of the smash hit 'Elixir' (winner of Best Circus and physical theatre award at Adelaide Fringe 2018).

Welcome to 'Railed', a western-themed circus spectacular, combining the trademark physical talents, finely chiselled bodies and hilarious comic timing of the Head First Acrobats.

Prepare yourself for when bare chested circus meets bare knuckle bar fights. A racy, heart-stopping display of the finest acrobatics by the most ridiculous storytellers in the circus.

Leave your expectations at home, come to the wrong side of the tracks, and let the HFA boys steal your hearts.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Dave Chawner: C'est La Vegan Dave Chawner

Award-winning comic Dave Chawner delivers his show about veganism.
Exploring the origin of food, ideas, and views, to understand where things come from.

"This is one comic you have to make the effort to see" (The Scottish Herald).
"His upbeat delivery and candid confessions make for an enjoyable... hour" (Chortle).
As featured in The Guardian, The Independent and The Observer.
As seen on BBC, ITV & Channel 4.

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

Those dazzling divas are back, coming of age and celebrating 21 years with 'The Greatest Show Girls Tour'! The entertainment soars from start to finish with infectious, showstopping performances that'll bring you to your feet time and time again. The glamour of Hollywood and the glitz of Vegas in a mesmerising spectacle fulfilling dreams for everyone. A chance to luxuriate in a vibrant, euphoric bubble of laughter, beauty, splendour and music. A complete celebration of individuality and pride in saying “This is Me”, undeniably you’ll agree that the lady boys are the greatest showgirls!

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Camille: National Treasure Grove Studios

The spirit of French sculptress Camille Claudel has been awakened by an influx of interest in her work. Now, she wants to tell her story from her own point of view.

Growing up surrounded by strange landscapes that would later feed into her artistic work. Her younger brother, the playwright Paul Claudel, who put her on a pedestal before turning into her most ruthless enemy. And Rodin, the great sculptor. Teacher, lover and constant source of inspiration. The man who ultimately destroyed her. Camille tells all, including the truly awful - the last thirty years of her life, spent in an asylum.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Icons Pretty Villain Productions Ltd

The "Icons" of Jack Klaff's self-penned script aren't all positive ones: the publicity features Gandhi and Einstein, but also Stalin and Hitler. It's none too easy to uncover any details for this one-man show, which has been reworked for this run at the Rialto, but Klaff is an impressive performer and the format is an intriguing one. Although the twelve "icons" are all men, we're promised that their stories will be told by women, asking whether the world has learned anything from the horrors and dramas of the twentieth century.

During the 20th Century, the human race hung by a slender thread. Jack Klaff's play takes 12 influential males of C20 and recounts matters such as the atomic bomb, WW2 and the Cuban missile crisis. Featuring Hitler, Stalin, Einstein, Kennedy and Gandhi, their stories are told by the women that knew them, offering funny insights and devastating indictments. But as C21 unravels, have the lessons been learnt?

“The best thing I have seen in years” (Sunday Times).

“The best exponent of the solo show in this country” (The Independent).

Brighton Fringe Award Winners 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Nik Coppin: Shark Comedy World Productions

Following more sell-out performances in Europe, Asia and Australia, the UK-based global comedian returns with a new show in which he analyses jokes, comedy and audience reactions all to hilarious effect.

"Amazingly funny stories... super fun and charisma up the wazoo... awesome!" **** 1/2 (Funny Tonne, Melbourne International Comedy Festival)

"Fast and funny... the audience loved it... sweetly, wildly hilarious" **** (Rip It Up, Adelaide Fringe)

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Jack Gleadow: Mr Saturday Night RBM Comedy

Fresh from Edinburgh Festival as part of the prestigious Pleasance Comedy Reserve, this multi-award-winning comedian brings his debut show to Brighton Fringe. Jack is one of the most exciting new stand-ups on the comedy circuit, so come and enjoy his diverse show featuring stories, props, videos, music and more in this unique one-man variety show.

Winner: Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year, 2018.
Winner: Amused Moose National New Comic of the Year, 2017.
Winner: Hull Comedian of the Year, 2016.
“An absolute natural” (Chortle).
“Laugh Out Loud Funny” (Scotsman).

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Stella Graham: Sneaky Little Bitch Stella Graham

Stella's caught in a tug of war between two angry ladies, Mother Nature and her real mother. Who is the greater force, her mother who can explode into a violent eruption at any moment, or Mother Nature who wants her to procreate? Both can't use an iPad. Neither witch has a snooze button.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
The Seven Ages and the Dance of Life and Death The Seven Ages

For Jacques, the journey from cradle to grave is fraught with the negative voices of our culture; but, in our show, Jacques finally gets to see the possibility of hope and life-force in the face of certain death.

Entertaining. Thought-provoking. Funny. With music, dance, drama and drumming.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
MIND Your Rhymes Spit the Ink

Three confused minds, one rather long acronym! Brighton-based trio, Spit the Ink, deliver a fantastic mix of comedy, poetry and spoken word in their Fringe debut.
This is a charity event with profits going to MindOut, supporting the mental health needs of Brighton's LGBTQ+ community.

7:30pm to 8:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Barry and Sian: Exposed Act 1 Productions

Award-winning comedy sketch duo 'Barry and Sian' (Aka BS) - off the back of their sold out Christmas Special 'Oh Holy Shite' - comes 'Exposed'! It's not just the sun you need to be afraid of... A summer explosion of sketch and song! So grab a cocktail, slather on some fun cream and soak up the comedic rays! Start your summer as you mean to go on - out of pocket; slightly hung over and a little disappointed!

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Bubble and Squeeze Louis Pearl

Appearing in the vintage Bosco tent for one night only, Bubble and Squeeze is fittingly one of a kind. It combines structures made from bubbles with feisty accordion playing, and cheeky songs; smoke and lighter-than-air gases help the bubble sculptures shine. There's harmless innuendo and improvised skill, and plenty of surprises along the way. When we reviewed it in Edinburgh last year, we felt the separate components still needed to coalesce, but it's had time to develop since then and, at its best, it was magical.

The Amazing Bubble Man with accordion diva, Jet Black Pearl (Squeezebox and Beats) with a new stunning spectacle of bubble-based entertainment with cabaret-style theatre and music for a grown-up audience. Smoke and bubbles with grooves and loops of vocal percussion and harmonies while squeezing one hot accordion. Music fun!

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Family Values Fat Pigeon

Comedy stalwart Gary G Knightley and miscellaneous wart Dan C Cadey in a comedy about the ones they love and sincerely blame.

Jokes will be peddled, game shows will be ripped off, and funny friends and fridge magnets will be wheeled out (that's a big magnet) to keep audiences entertained by any means necessary.

7:40pm to 8:30pm
Vicki and Pat in Fuerteventura Duck Decanter Productions

Meet Vicki and Pat, two 30-somethings who meet by the pool on an all-inclusive holiday in Fuerteventura. Through sharp, well-observed writing and a pop-filled 90s soundtrack, this hilarious sketch-style piece explores female friendships, relationships and what the rules really are on all-inclusive buffets!

Best New Writing nominee (Buxton Fringe 2018)
"Light hearted and fabulously witty" **** (WestEndWilma)
“Benidorm-come-Carry On barrel of laughs that tugs at your heart strings in all the right places... Ones to watch” **** (LondonTheatre1)

7:45pm to 9:45pm
The Pride Brighton Little Theatre

The powerful debut play from Alexi Kaye Campbell, winner of an Olivier Award, the Critics' Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright, and the John Whiting Award for Best New Play.

Alternating between 1959 and 2019, 'The Pride' examines changing attitudes to sexuality, looking at intimacy, identity and the courage it takes to be who you really are. The 1959 Philip is in love with Oliver, but married to Sylvia. The 2019 Oliver is addicted to sex with strangers. Sylvia loves them both.

Contains some sexual scenes and a small amount of nudity.

7:45pm to 8:45pm
The Scrapyard Sessions Otherplace Productions Ltd

The fringe of the Fringe, full of wonder and whimsy. Drop into The Scrapyard at The Warren and find a hidden gem. Featuring spoken word, comedy, music and cabaret; remarkable performers presenting storytelling and comedy in all its forms.

7:50pm to 8:50pm
He Shot, He Scored Off the Fence Theatre Company CIC

It’s the mid-1970s, Alan Mullery is the new manager of Brighton & Hove Albion after another failed promotion attempt. Twenty year-old Peter Ward breaks the Albion’s goalscoring record, earning his place in the hearts and history of the club; Wardie Wonderland is still sung on the terraces when Brighton answer Sussex’s call.

Using humour and pathos, this new one-man play tells the story of four supporters as they follow their beloved Seagulls through the momentous season of 1976/77. Laugh out loud and cry into your football scarf. A show for anyone who’s ever followed a team, and their dreams.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Silent Disco with Boogie Shoes Seaside Special Boogie Shoes Silent Disco Tours

Sold out at Edinburgh Fringe 2018, Boogie Shoes Silent Disco presents our 'Cheeky Seaside Special' tour of Brighton. We'll have plenty of singing and dancing along the way. Each participant wears headphones tuned to the same station pumping uplifting classics, oldies and today's hits. Live commentary and music all led by your hosts the Boogie Shoes Crew. All salty dogs and bathing beauties welcome. Travel light, bring a drink and wear suitable footwear for walking. Babies in slings, no buggies. Headphones provided, spare tickets at the venue.

8:00pm to 9:15pm
An Evening of Gypsy Returns Violin and Guitar Duo

Acoustic Gypsy duo (aka Sophia and Seb) are back following their excellent 2017 debut. Join their Romany journey through Europe, delving back into the story of Gypsy. A sorcerous brew of Gypsy-influenced classical pieces by composers such as Ravel, Sarasate and Brahms mixed up with Gypsy-jazz classics. Expect the soul to be stirred.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Electric ILA Productions

Baby wipes, glitter and cans at the ready, Joni and Scarlett head off on their respective weekends. From two walks of life and residing on two sides of the festival, the pair unexpectedly meet in the neon fields of Irish music festival, Electric Picnic. Hysterically riotous and soul-stirring, 'Electric' probes our innate prejudices and preconceived notions of who we are, while taking you on the session of a lifetime!

Festival season is upon us, let's get this party started!

"smart, funny, utterly engaging..." ***** (TheArtsReview)
"a play not to be missed..." **** (The Reviews Hub)

8:00pm to 9:15pm
Vulvarine: A New Musical Fat Rascal Theatre

The critically-acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe hit. Bryony Buckle is astoundingly average. Her days are filled with mind-numbing office work, thinking about lunch and lusting after Orson Bloom from IT. Following a dose of hormone therapy gone wrong and a well-timed bolt of lightning, Bryony gains superhero abilities and a brand new persona; Vulvarine, saviour of womankind. Where is all the tampon tax going? Who is The Mansplainer, what is his evil plan?

Grab your tights, your Spanx and your most supportive sports bra. It’s hero time.

"A masterclass in musical theatre" ***** (Edinburgh Guide).

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Utopia: Under Construction Utopia: Under Construction

This hilarious comedy show endeavours to build a new utopia, in just one hour! Three of the South West’s best comedians will pull together to reinvent a greater society, but they can’t do it alone!

You’re invited to the construction site of a new utopia. So don your hard-hat and get ready for a riotous site tour; hammering away at the big questions, telling jokes, and building a brave new world! Can it be done? Or will it just be late and over budget? Book now and find out!

An evening of fun, friendly, satirical hilarity not to be missed!

8:15pm to 9:15pm
Adele Cliff: Work in Progress Adele Cliff

A brand new hour of comedy from hilarious stand-up Adele Cliff. Dave's Funniest Jokes of the Fringe 2018, 2017 and 2016.

"No doubt, she's a nifty writer" (Chortle).
“It’s rare to see a female comedian who specialises in one-liners and Adele does this with great accomplishment. The skill of joke writing coupled with her likeable stage persona, mean that Adele is a very promising comic talent. Her material is consistently intelligent, witty and, most importantly, very funny.” (Lynne Parker, Founder of 'Funny Women')

8:20pm to 9:20pm
50% Canadian, 100% Crazy, Let's Laugh Let's Giraffe

Show about family, taking risks, and embracing change. Michelle's a Canadian who unexpectedly fell into the world of comedy. She went to university and worked full-time, then one day was brought into the lunch room and laid off. The company was closing and she was out of a job! She thought, "If you can be disappointed being practical, why not struggle with doing something you love?" She used her severance package to try a new challenge, and that led her to her second city, the rest as they say, is history! Let's laugh together.

8:30pm to 9:30pm
Josh Berry: Voice Thief RBM Comedy

Described by Rob Brydon as a "remarkable new talent" and by Jon Culshaw as "absolutely superb", Josh Berry is fast achieving worldwide recognition for his impressions, racking up millions of views across social media. Josh makes his Brighton Fringe debut, direct from his sold-out run at Edinburgh Fringe.
As seen on Michael McIntyre's Big Show (BBC1) and heard on Radio 4’s Dead Ringers, Radio 4Extra’s Newsjack and BBC1’s Tracey Ulman Breaks The News.
“Commendable... a solid debut” (The Wee Review).

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

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

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

"A cracking comedy selection" ***** (Cream of the Fringe).
"A fantastic night of comedy" **** (ThreeWeeks).
"Kept the crowd well entertained" **** (Rip It Up).
"A Strong show of fresh comedy" **** (The Argus).

8:30pm to 10:30pm
Edith Piaf Live at Nimegue Andrew Farr Performs

This two-hour tribute to the legend that is Edith Piaf scored multiple five-star reviews last year, and has already picked up equal plaudits on its return. It's the personal story of one man's near-lifelong obsession with Piaf, told alongside the tale of her own life and punctuated by songs from her repertoire. Later, Andrew Farr transforms himself to become Piaf on stage - a waning, frail Piaf in her final filmed performance. Reviews praised the voice and portrayal, but also the balance between anguish and joy.

What compels a 76 kg, 55 year old bloke from Stoke to tell the story of a singing legend who died at the age of 47, weighing just 39 kg?

All will be revealed in this affectionate retelling of the life of Edith Piaf and re-imagining of her last filmed concert. Piaf's childhood was traumatic and she sang songs of tragedy, but she loved to laugh. This show tries not to lose sight of the laughter.

8:30pm to 9:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Cabaret Hour Phil Reid, Stephen Owen and Stu Turner

Comedy impressionist Stephen Owen, comedian and ventriloquist Phil Reid and comedy magician Stu Turner come together for a fabulous hour of entertainment. Steve’s mimicry hilariously covers the world of sport and entertainment. Phil is a warm and vibrant comedian with a natural storytelling ability. Stu's magic is silly, surreal and highly entertaining.

This three man variety show combines stand-up comedy, hilarious magic, ventriloquism and impressions. The trio work around the country in comedy clubs, cabaret and theatre and can’t wait to bring their hour of silliness and fun to Brighton.

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Laugh Island City Impro

Sexy, sizzling and single improvisers look for laughs and love in the Brighton Fringe’s hottest show. Every few minutes, the improviser's couple up and attempt to make each other (and the audience) laugh through a series of silly games in an attempt to stay in the show. Those not in a couple risk losing their place in the Laugh Island villa. Join host Charlie Cack as they get all the exclusive reactions to the games and the groans, and see who becomes the Laugh Island winners.

An improvised comedy show of sketches, scenes, songs and suntans. Being funny was never so sexy!

9:00pm to 10:15pm
Gals Aloud TuckShop

FIERCE, FUNNY, FABULOUS!

Gals Aloud are the ultimate drag tribute to the best girl band of this millennium... Girls Aloud!

Direct from smash hit seasons at the Underbelly Festival, Manchester, and Christmas in Leicester Square, Nadine, Cheryl, Kimberley, Nicola and Sarah are back, as you've never seen them before, in a show packed full of the biggest hits from their classic solo singles, hilarious TV appearances, plus the return of the one and only; Javine!

9:10pm to 10:10pm
Tom & Ollie: Spain Tom & Ollie Comedy

"Genuinely hilarious" (Inter:Mission) two-person double-act Tom & Ollie present their new sketch fiesta. 'Spain' is a laugh armada of comedy tapas* inspired by the likes of Peter Serafinowicz, 'The Day Today' and Mitchell & Webb, in which you will learn literally nothing about the nation of Spain. We considered calling the show Tom & Olé but thought better of it.

Winner: Chortle Student Award (2016), Finalists: Leicester Square Sketch Off (2017)
“Completely deserved the resounding applause!” ***** (Epigram)
“The sheer comic invention of it is worth the entry price alone” (ShortCom)

*BYOT

9:15pm to 11:15pm
The Scrapyard Cinema Otherplace Productions Ltd

An eclectic and exciting array of films playing throughout the festival. Selected and put together by guest curators and collaborators. Shorts, independent features, documentaries, music videos and a sprinkling of old classics. See website for line-ups.

9:15pm to 10:15pm
Des Kapital: I'm Loving Engels Instead Andyland Productions

Des (winner Gulag’s Got Talent, Ex-Soviet Republic Factor, No Voice, Strictly Pooling, Dancing on Siberian Ice) story-sings the history of world Communism (Korea, Vietnam, Cuba, Russia, China, Eastern Europe) in his hilarious interactive cult karaoke show, using the music of Robbie, Elvis, The Beatles, Astley (“Brezhnever Gonna Give You Up”), ABBA, Taylor, The Smiths, Bowie (“Stazi”), and lots more. Simply Red! (no ‘Simply Red’).

Sell-out shows at Brighton and Edinburgh Fringes 2017/18.
Entertaining and weirdly educational. Latecomers purged.
**** (Fringe Review).

9:30pm to 10:30pm
David Tsonos: Professional Auditioner David Tsonos

Canadian stand-up comic David Tsonos has been auditioning for acting roles for 20 years. From adverts, TV series, and feature films, he has auditioned in Vancouver, Toronto, L.A. and London. He has auditioned for major TV shows such as X-Files and Battlestar Galactica, he has auditioned for movies you have never heard of and Hollywood blockbusters. Through the bad and the even worse, David shows what the out-of-work actors' life is really like. He shows you just what it takes to not make it in the acting business. To some this will be educational, to others shocking, but to all a good laugh.

9:30pm to 10:30pm
The Establishment: Le Bureau De Strange Mad Etiquette

Side-splitting, stiff upper-lipped hilarity from critically-acclaimed duo Dan Lees and Neil Frost. The Establishment’s unique and infectiously funny style will plunge you into a world of the absurd and leave your ribs well and truly tickled.

"This is silliness as an art form" (The Scotsman).
"A fast-paced, multidimensional masterclass in comedy" (Edfest Magazine).
"One of the most outrageously funny hours imaginable" (British Theatre Guide).

9:40pm to 10:40pm
50% Canadian, 100% New Beginnings, Let's Laugh Again Let's Giraffe

Michelle's second solo show and sequel to '50% Canadian, 100% Crazy, Let's Laugh'. The curve balls have continued and she has found herself in a new city, with a new business, and a new hobby. It is not easy starting over, but it is exciting.

After the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018, Michelle met a man in a cave, who was a professional poker player. She expressed interest in running her own venue for the festival in a few years, and he said, "Why not this August?" Instead of heading back home, Michelle made a split second decision to stay in the UK, and find a venue. Join her on her new journey.

9:45pm to 10:45pm
Shit-faced Showtime: Oliver with a Twist Magnificent Bastard Productions

From the pissheads behind hit show Shit-Faced Shakespeare comes this cockney knees-up musical extravaganza. 'Oliver with a Twist' is Dickens' classic tale of the boy who asked for more, with booze glorious booze. Featuring West End hits and highly unpredictable behaviour. With one cast member who’s gotta sink a bottle or two before curtain-up, what could possibly go right? So down your gin and consider yourself well in!

"A hot mess of a musical. I haven’t laughed more at any other comedy to date" **** (The Metro).
"Professionals butcher a classic" ***** (West End Wilma).

9:45pm to 10:45pm
Baba Brinkman's Rap Guide to... Rap Guide Media LLC

Baba Brinkman’s Rap Guide Series began in 2009 with Fringe First Winner 'Rap Guide to Evolution', “Astonishing and brilliant” (NY Times), now making its Brighton debut (26/27 May). Baba’s follow-up show, 'Rap Guide to Consciousness', “Awe-inspiringly good" ? ? ? ? ? (Broadway Baby), is back by popular demand (28/29 May). And the world premiere of his latest, ‘Rap Guide to Culture’ (30 May - 2 June) celebrates the unique ability of our species to acquire and transfer useful new information, ultimately culminating in the 'Rap Guide' phenomena itself. Science. Hip-hop. Laughs. Enlightenment.

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Talking to the Dead: A Séance Griffin and Jones / Sweet Productions

Is it possible to communicate with the dead? Griffin and Jones intend to find out. Face your fears, and join them for an intimate, fully immersive experience as they use techniques from Victorian séance rooms to peer into the Great Beyond, and ask the question "Is anybody there?”.

Don't believe in ghosts? Neither did we.
Sceptics and believers welcome.

Sold out Brighton Fringe 2016, 2017, 2018, Guildford Fringe 2016, 2017, 2018, and Edinburgh Fringe 2018.

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Jack Tucker: Comedy Standup Hour Stamptown

WINNER: Best Comedy - Brighton Fringe (Zach & Viggo)

Fresh off sold-out shows in New York, London and LA, the bad boy of comedy Zach Zucker returns to Brighton with a brand new hour of absurdist, stand-up comedy! Most of the time Zach is funny. This show received 9 standing ovations, 14 walkouts and 3 police complaints at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe.

"Ridiculous, hilarious, and genius - a must see" ****½ (Kryztoff)
"It is impossible to not become a super fan of this hugely talented human clown" **** (Broadway Baby)

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Louise Leigh Identifiable Laughing Horse Comedy

Easily Amused? Louise Leigh is. Luckily, she’s adept at bringing you into her “witty, imaginative and ever-so-slightly risqué” (The Scotsman) world. Funny Women Regional Finalist and badly-behaved mother of two, Louise should probably be delousing her kids instead of gallivanting off to Brighton to appear in a festival. When she’s not removing parasites from her children, Louise somehow finds time to turn in “an impressive performance” (John Hegley) featuring the vagaries of parenting, navigating the choppy seas of middle age and how to shave your legs like you’re in an advert.

10:30pm to 11:30pm
Michael Fabbri: Rebooted Michael Fabbri

This Brighton local gigs across the UK and all over the world, but can't resist the yearly pull of performing a new show just a gentle stroll from his front door.

“Exceptionally funny, extremely sharp, hugely enjoyable” (The Scotsman).
“Startlingly insightful” (The Guardian).

10:40pm to 11:40pm
I'll be Your Baby Tonight..? Holly Delefortrie

A combination of clowning, stand-up, storytelling and gameplay that gives the audience the opportunity to create the ultimate relationship ‘to do list’. Journey through the highs and lows of finding love in an era of apps and online dating. Designed to uplift the audience and celebrate the messier side of human nature: cock ups, vulnerability and all.
Join them for some optional, real-life speed dating (Tue 28 and Wed 29 May) after the show. Alternative conversation starters and arts and crafts. Open to all - even if you’re not looking for dates, happily coupled up and just looking for mates!