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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:00am to 4:00pm
Really Happy Kids Really Happy Kids Ltd

Who doesn't want to make their kids really happy? Come and join us for a great day out. A taster day of activities provided by local clubs and party suppliers for your kids to enjoy. There will be something for everyone and a chance to experience everything from theatre, dance and sporting activities to some unusual club and party suppliers.

Check us out online as well. www.reallyhappykids.com is the place to find the best school, club or party supplier to fit your kids' personalities. With reviews and ratings based on happiness, we help you find the best place to make your kids happy.

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

Get in touch with Brighton's feminine side on this gentle walking tour with Louise Peskett. Discover an alternative view of the city illustrated by the stories of women soldiers, music-hall stars, rebellious princesses and more of the incredible, outrageous and brilliant women of Brighton's past.

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

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

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

10:30am to 11:15am
Find Peace by the Beach: A free meditation event Bodhisattva Buddhist Centre

Come to the Brighton Bandstand for some inner peace. Come and listen to a short talk and a simple guided meditation to refresh and revive your mind for the week ahead and to send out some positive wishes to the people around us. Everybody Welcome

10:45am to 11:45am
The Tale Of The Cockatrice Mumblecrust Theatre / Peafrog Puppetry

Deep in the vaults of an ancient priory, a hideous creature awakens... Brave knights flee in terror! Can a humble nun defeat the beast? Two muddle-headed storytellers use breathtaking puppetry, boisterous and beautiful live music and general tom-foolery to create this dark and winding fable for monster-lovers everywhere and their parents!

"It is hard to find shows that work so well for children and adults alike and I would highly recommend this new and exciting company." (Artistic Director, The Lyric Theatre),

"I like the cockatrice!" (A Young Audience Member).

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

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

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

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

These amazing tours only happen during Brighton Fringe. A chance to learn about the hidden places, local history and wonderful engineering of Brighton's grade II* listed railway station. Meet five minutes before the tour at the front of Brighton Station, with permission from Southern Railway.

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

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

11:00am to 12:30pm
Between You and Me Mankind and Speak Up! Act Out!

This Brighton-based forum theatre company produce thought-provoking performances about social and political matters, using storytelling, discussion, and re-enactment.

'Between You and Me' has been created in collaboration with Mankind and is based on true stories and experiences. It is about a man who is suddenly confronted with his past, and how those close to him cope with this.

With the stage as a platform for debate, audiences will challenge the issues which surround male sexual abuse by exploring the attitudes and behaviour of his friends and family as they become the protagonists of the piece.

11:00am to 12:30pm
French & German Immigrants' Contribution to Victorian Brighton Rosalind Eyben

Before World War One most immigrants to Brighton were French and German speakers from the Continent. They included artists, chocolate makers, couturiers, governesses, ladies maids, musicians, photographers, scientists and waiters. Stroll around central Brighton with a local historian looking at where the immigrants lived, loved, prayed, worked - and if you were a waiter - struck for better pay. Learn about their largely unknown but remarkable contribution to the city's vibrant, cosmopolitan history.

11:00am to 4:00pm
Unity Through Struggle Exploring Senses CIC

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

11:00am to 1:00pm
Herbie's Jazz Breakfast Herbie Flowers

Start every Brighton Fringe Sunday in the company of our very own living leg-end, bassist Herbie Flowers and his incredible bands. Enjoy the extraordinary talents of the UK's finest Jazz musicians up close and personal - and more than a bit of a chat. And probably a tune with a story...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12:00pm to 2:00pm
Marawa's Majorettes Shiny Town Ltd

This troupe of amazing, world record holders will make you fall in love with hooping. Head to Shiny Town in the Brighton Pavilion gardens and be astounded by Marawa’s Majorettes and their amazing hooping dance display. Then have a go at hula-hooping yourself. Pure fun.

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Defrosted Cat & Nicko

Love that frosty film or hate it, you’ll laugh your stripy socks off at lovable clowns Cat & Nicko and their puppet rock band, "Funny from the moment they strut onto the stage" (Broadway Baby). A fantastic family adventure featuring live music and physical comedy, 'Defrosted' is one big, bonkers blast of fun. Cat plays Bubbles the Mermaid in CBeebies show 'Spot Bots'.
STV's Best Children's Shows at Edinburgh Fringe 2015.
"Silly for all the right reasons" (Fringe Review).

12:00pm to 1:30pm
Piers & Queers Only in Brighton

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

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

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

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

12:00pm to 1:30pm
Creating a Believable Character Without the Use of Text Hiske Eriks

Award-winning Dutch performer Hiske Eriks presents a physical workshop in which we will search for a believable character by making small transformations. The focus will be on timing, physical transformation, and use of space. Each participant needs to bring one accessory (e.g. glasses, hat, scarf).

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Ensonglopedia of Science John Hinton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Not sure what to see? Don't fret, we've done the work for you and hand-picked this week's top tips. Shows from across Brighton Fringe will be showcasing snippets of their work to whet your appetite every weekend lunchtime. Different line-ups every show. All for just a fiver.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1:00pm to 2:15pm
Deep in The Heart of Me Behind The Lines

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2016 This sweetest of Fringe treats is, at its core, a straightforward love story: a holiday romance set on a Greek island, which we earnestly hope will survive the return to the rains and stresses of England.  It really doesn’t matter that the island is Lesbos, and the adorable couple we’re cheering for are a pair of gay women.  But for Janet and Rosie, the path to true love isn’t a smooth one… because it’s taken Janet a lifetime to accept her sexuality, and she has a husband and two teenage kids back home. Read the full review.

This partly-autobiographical love story has obvious LGBT appeal, but its themes are universal enough to reach and touch anyone. It tells the tale of a holiday romance, and of the long road travelled by protagonist Janet as she learns in her fifties to accept her sexuality. Punctuated by show-tunes, it's pleasingly schmaltzy on the surface, but the script doesn't shy from sexual frankness – nor does it disguise the hard choices that confront Janet on the way. It earned 4* from us on its debut last year.

A 'Shirley Valentine' tale for the 21st century with songs from the Rat Pack repertoire, ‘Sway’, ‘Let’s Fall in Love’ and ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’.

“Incredibly enjoyable, endearing, utterly believable... induces a constant stream of laughter from the audience... Hilarious script, witty, and very often heartbreaking, the play feels warm, layered, and captivating.” (Arts Award Voice).

"The sweetest of Fringe treats... Very touching, very simple, heart-rendingly delivered" (Fringe Guru).

**** Nominated for Best LGBTQ+ Show Brighton Fringe 2016.

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

Returning for their third year.

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

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

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

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

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

1:00pm to 1:50pm
Learn To Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

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

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

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

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

Fringe City is a free outdoor event in the centre of Brighton taking place every weekend of Brighton Fringe 2017. In 2016, over 100,000 people attended Fringe City during seven fantastic days of performances, installations, sideshows, dance-offs, choirs, cabaret, puppetry, children's workshops, acrobatics and surreal walkabout performers. We’re expecting 2017 to be even bigger and better with even more shows, performances, madness and mayhem, all packed in from 5 May to 4 June 2017.

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

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

(Parents allowed)

**** (Fest),

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

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

1:15pm to 2:15pm
Miranda Kane's Flying Penis Miranda Kane

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

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

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

1:15pm to 2:15pm
Mark Lester Steps In Perfect Rags

The world's going to hell in a handcart, with climate change, extremism and cliches like 'going to hell in a handcart'. Enter South West London's favourite songwriter (possibly), to sort things out (possibly) with catchy tunes and tortuous rhymes.

Mark, who has been compared to Noel Coward, Max Miller and - for some reason - Morrissey, muses on cold remedies, fizzy drinks, middle-aged lust and more.

Mark has performed several times at the Camden and Wandsworth Fringes. This is his Brighton debut.

"A most enjoyable performance - relaxed, convivial, and the songs are good too." (Camden Voyeur).

1:30pm to 3:30pm
Blue/Orange Pretty Villain Productions Ltd

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

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

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

1:40pm to 2:40pm
Heidi Regan and Will Rowland Present: Some Comedy in a Venue Heidi Regan and Will Rowland

Will and Heidi are two thoughtful, principled stand-ups who will do anything to get a laugh, including dropping all principles. Cerebral, silly, surreal and sibilant stand-up from two rising stars, one the winner of 'So You Think You’re Funny' 2016, and the other who should be commended for his persistence.

"Confidence in her writing that was not misplaced... " (Steve Bennett, Chortle),
"Extremely witty, clever and well-executed" **** (Broadway Baby).

2:00pm to 4:00pm
Middle Street Synagogue Middle Street Synagogues

Discover Brighton's Grade II* Synagogue (Thomas Lainson 1875). An opulent jewel in Brighton's architectural crown. Superb metalwork and stained glass. Sumptuous interior décor evolved over 40 years. Interior almost unchanged since 1915. Many artefacts donated by members of leading Anglo-Jewish families including Sassoons and Rothschilds. One of Britain's top 10 Synagogues. European Routes of Jewish Heritage nominated.

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Catching the Ghost Extant Theatre Company

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

These amazing tours only happen during Brighton Fringe. A chance to learn about the hidden places, local history and wonderful engineering of Brighton's grade II* listed railway station. Meet five minutes before the tour at the front of Brighton Station, with permission from Southern Railway.

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

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

Winner of Trip Advisor 'Certificate of excellence' 2016.

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

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

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Brighton's Singing Barber Peter Joannou Brighton's Singing Barber

Brighton's Singing Barber, Peter Joannou, puts his comb to one side, picks up his microphone and sings those classic beautiful songs from the Great American Songbook made famous by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Elvis Presley and many more.
Peter Joannou will also be singing songs from his new album and be accompanied by Su Burgoyne on the grand piano.

2:00pm to 4:00pm
Pavilion Gardens Cafe History Tour 2017 Pavilion Gardens Cafe

Geoffrey Mead will be conducting a special tour dating back over 90 years of cafe and family history. This tour will take place in various locations around the old town including the Royal Pavilion, East Street, The Lanes and the beach. The price includes tea and a large cake at the cafe to finish the tour.

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Sing-A-Long-A-Musical West End on Sea

We are back to lead you in a sing-a-long of hits from all the best musical shows, with a live band of West End theatre musicians backing you. But this time there'll be a kids show at 2pm (Annie, Oliver, Disney etc) and an adults show at 4pm (Grease, Mamma, Mia, Les Mis etc). Both shows will feature all the song words on the big screen, silly props to play with, costumes and lots of fun! So many great songs packed into two separate hours - which one will YOU come to? Or will you just HAVE to come to both... ?!

2:00pm to 3:30pm
The Beauty of a Failing Body Igor Vrebac

Starting from a physical quest, we will search for intentions and ways to communicate with your audience non-verbally. The goal is to research and find the failing human body on stage. Personal experiences will be a source of inspiration for the workshop.

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

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

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

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Arr We There Yet? Head First Acrobats

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

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

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

2:15pm to 5:00pm
Free Mindful Ki & Aikido Taster Sessions: Everyone Welcome! Brighton Ki Society

Brighton Fringe free mindful Ki and Aikido taster sessions, everyone welcome!
Brighton Ki Society.
Family friendly, audience interaction, relaxed .
Please arrive by 2:15pm wearing loose, comfortable clothing such as a tracksuit or gi for the start of the Shin Shin Toitsu Do (Japanese yoga) session at 2:30pm, where you will learn unification of mind and body, natural movement, meditation and breathing.
At 3:30pm, SST Aikido workshop applying Ki principles for harmonious self defense applications, health and self-development.
From 4:30pm to 5:00pm there will be a Ki and Aikido demonstration/Q&A session.

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

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

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

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

2:30pm to 3:45pm
Lamb Chops Lamb Comedy Productions

Confused about which comedy show to see? Lamb Chops is the answer! At 2016's award winning 'Best Venue' you can devour meaty cutlets of comedy acts performing across the Fringe. MC'd by Brighton's favourite comics with a new line up every weekend, & featuring our favourite funniest people in all the world, ever! This is your Sunday afternoons sorted!

2:30pm to 3:30pm
purged Catharsis

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

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

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

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

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Jack Left Town: The Improvised Rock Documentary Jack Left Town

No instruments. No singing. No rehearsals.

Jack Left Town is the greatest band in the world. The only hitch is it never existed.

Inspired by improvised interviews with the band members, we see the band’s history and adventures unfold along with stories about how they have influenced the world they inhabit. No two shows (or bands) are the same!

JLT have performed their improvised rock documentary (in the spirit of Spinal Tap) throughout London in 2016, including a residency at the Rosemary Branch Theatre.

2:30pm to 3:50pm
And Love Walked In Wired Theatre

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

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

2:35pm to 3:35pm
(Non) Violent Communication Susan Earl Ltd

Do you ever wonder why life is so perfect or why it's so easy to get on with other people? No?

In this brand new show, actress and comedian Susan Earl (Red Dwarf, So Awkward, Perrin) helps us to see the funny side of our rocky relationships.

Taking us on a pyschological journey into the drama triangle, she introduces some hilarious new characters, while sharing her own insights about motherhood, love and divorce.

If you've tried mindfulness and still think that "hell is other people" then this is the show for you!

"Wickedly funny" (The Scotsman).

3:00pm to 3:55pm
Default Friends Horace

Sibling-sketch-comedy-duo Horace are back and they’ve got some questions. Who’s the best child? Why does Dad not eat yellow sweets? And why does Mum keep referring to car parks as par carks? A new hour chock-full of silly sketches and character comedy. Nominated: Brighton Fringe Audience Choice Award 2016.

3:00pm to 6:00pm
Margot's Parties Sunday Social Brighton Spiegeltent

Wear something tighter and brighter for a daytime disco with Brighton's queen of themes.
This is a free party, for partying's sake!
Just make sure your outfit's up to it! With Cafe del Hoopla champagne and shots bar
and special guests Pussy Liquor.

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Anniversary Concert: Federico Mompou EIAG Music

2017 marks the 30th anniversary of Catalan composer Federico Mompou's death. Born in 1893 and closely associated with French Impressionism (and the music of Fauré and Satie), Mompou is essentially a miniaturist and his most celebrated works are all for solo piano. However, he did write the occasional work for other instruments and this concert presents his lesser-known chamber works for guitar, cello, voice and organ. With Matthew Sear (guitar), Siriol Hugh-Jones (cello), Arlene Rolph (mezzo soprano) and Johan de Cock (piano / organ).

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

The Ahhgee Crow-Barred in Material Emporium Extravaganza.org

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

@AhhGeeProd

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

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

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

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

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Maybe Sleep with the Fishes Merseapug

A mermaid play with a pizza-delivery-guy, songs, romance and an adult-sized-tricycle ride to the pub, with pug (in a basket), though the mermaid can't pedal because she's got flippers so the pizza-guy has to do that. But stuff happens before the pub, like songs, and drama, and flirting, and pizza eating, and all the storyline an audience can handle in the brief moment of life known as a theatrical performance.

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

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

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Caspar Thomas: More Magic & Mentalism Caspar Thomas

Magician Caspar Thomas isn't a typical showman – but after spending a few minutes in his wittily self-deprecating company, you'll feel that you've made a new friend. If last year's show is a guide, you can expect an unashamedly traditional magic routine executed to perfection, often triggering that pleasing sense that something literally impossible has just happened before your eyes. An unexpectedly funny, crowd-pleasing show for those who remember the golden age of magic on TV.

Following successful runs at Brighton Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe 2015 and 2016, Caspar returns to Brighton to perform more close-up, interactive, before-your-very-eyes sleight of hand magic and mentalism. No suspicious-looking boxes. No TV editing. No stooges. No assistants (glamorous or otherwise). "Caspar's sleight of hand and mentalism is of a standard rarely seen anywhere, and never attempted by the current generation of magicians. Phenomenal!" (Magician and comedian Jerry Sadowitz).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Celebrate the the diversity of modern comedy in 2017.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3:45pm to 4:45pm
LoveHard: Murdered By Murder LoveHard Productions

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

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

‘Best Show’ finalists – Barry Awards, Edinburgh 2016

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

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

4:00pm to 4:50pm
Walsh & Simmons: Punel Show Lamb Comedy Productions

Ever pundered what shows like 'Mock the Week', 'Have I Got News For You', 'QI', or 'Never Mind the Buzzcocks' would be like if they were just puns? Punder no longer. Darren Walsh (BBC iWonder, Dave's Joke of the Fringe) and Mark Simmons (The Mirror's Joke of the Fringe) join forces. 'Punel Show' is an experimental mock up TV pilot focused on puns and general silliness. Special guests to be announced every day. ***** (Bunbury Magazine).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Sing-A-Long-A-Musical West End on Sea

We are back to lead you in a sing-a-long of hits from all the best musical shows, with a live band of West End theatre musicians backing you. But this time there'll be a kids show at 2pm (Annie, Oliver, Disney etc) and an adults show at 4pm (Grease, Mamma, Mia, Les Mis etc). Both shows will feature all the song words on the big screen, silly props to play with, costumes and lots of fun! So many great songs packed into two separate hours - which one will YOU come to? Or will you just HAVE to come to both... ?!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4:15pm to 5:15pm
Louise Reay: Hard Mode Louise Reay

Experience life as an artist in an authoritarian regime. Yay!

Imagine how you'd act if you were always being watched? Imagine being an artist in an authoritarian regime? Imagine if the Chinese government bought the BBC?

Award-winning comedian Louise Reay continues to blaze a trail in 'Hard Mode', a provocative new satire about censorship - where comedy meets immersive theatre – and the audience experiences life as an artist in an authoritarian regime.

Nominee: Edinburgh Fringe Groundbreaker award 2016.
Nominee: Brighton Fringe Award 2016.
**** (TheSkinny), **** (FringeReview), **** (Mumble).

4:20pm to 5:20pm
Miranda Kane: Crossbones (WIP) Miranda Kane

Welcome to Crossbones Graveyard: last resting place of The Winchester Geese. Miranda Kane tells the story of the women who were prostituted by the church and buried in unhallowed ground, as well as many others like them throughout history.
This is a funny, fascinating tour of some of the past's of the most infamous sex-workers, with tales the history books would prefer to be kept on the top shelf...
"Kane is a thoroughly engaging raconteur and exuberant host" (The List), "Miranda is warm, charming and extremely funny... a great storyteller and is fantastic at engaging with her audience" (FD2D.com).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Hidden gem" (Fringe Review).

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

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

4:45pm to 5:45pm
Rob Deb: A Marvel Comic Laughing Horse Comedy

From behind the comic shop counter, Rob Deb will regale all you fanboys and girls about all that is Marvel from his stall. "The Lenny Bruce of scifi" (The Skinny). Come and join his Merry Marvel Marching band. #marvel #ghostrider #daredevil #spiderman #gotg2 #drstrange #blade #teamcap #deadpool #antman #falcon #capmarvel #blackwidow #ironman #warmachine #avengers #blackpanther #inhumans #agentcarter #punisher #hulk #squirrelgirl #gwenpool #venom #carnage #marvelzombies #atlas #shehulk #magneto #doctordoom #spragg # #illuminati #cabal #rocketraccoon #groot #wolverine #moonknight #secretwars

5:00pm to 6:30pm
Tricyclic Transform Melanie Menard

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

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

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

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

5:00pm to 5:50pm
Fish Finger Fridays Fish Finger Fridays

Big and tall sketch mates Fish Finger Fridays bring their stripped back sketches and casual musings to Brighton Fringe. Join best buds Anna, Ollie and Rajiv for an hour of irreverent, satirical and offbeat sketch comedy. "Bursting with energy, wit and genius comic timing" (Broadway Baby), **** (EdFringe Review).

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

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

5:00pm to 5:55pm
Pelican Pelican

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

5:00pm to 6:20pm
And Love Walked In Wired Theatre

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

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

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

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

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

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

A visual-comedy show where you can expect everything.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Maybe Sleep with the Fishes Merseapug

A mermaid play with a pizza-delivery-guy, songs, romance and an adult-sized-tricycle ride to the pub, with pug (in a basket), though the mermaid can't pedal because she's got flippers so the pizza-guy has to do that. But stuff happens before the pub, like songs, and drama, and flirting, and pizza eating, and all the storyline an audience can handle in the brief moment of life known as a theatrical performance.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Lorraine Bowen's Polyester Fiesta Crumble Tastic Creations

BGT's Crumble Lady (David Walliams' Golden Buzzer winner) in a fun fashion catwalk cabaret starring her personal collection of polyester dresses, jackets, trousers and housecoats from the 1960s to present day!
Lorraine and her dancers and singers celebrate its 75 years in 2 hours of catwalking to original hit songs with favourite retro tracks in this affectionate homage. Lets have a polyester party!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6:00pm to 6:55pm
Paul Prem Nadama Paul Prem Nadama

Paul Prem Nadama is a singer-songwriter-guitarist of beautiful, soulful acoustic songs, with a new-age twist. Paul has played at Tribal Earth, Gayatri Corfu, Edinburgh Fringe as well as many other events in recent years. Last summer Paul was honoured to perform in front of world-renowned consciousness speaker Erwin Laszlo.
His relaxed easy finger-picking style has been likened to his childhood heroes, James Taylor, Paul Simon and Sting, so we may expect a cover or two along with his own beautiful songs.
His heartfelt melodies and lyrics resonate with us all. Accompanied by bass and violin, the songs send messages to us all and a positive vibe for mankind.

6:00pm to 7:45pm
The Lady Boys of Bangkok: Who Runs the World Tour Exchange Events Ltd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Dirty White Boys: Stupid Dirty White Boys

Imaginative, imbalanced and imbecilic sketch duo, Dirty White Boys, are back in Brighton for their 3rd year running; presenting a brand new show for 2017!

The **** pairing bring their trademark fast-paced idiocy to a whole new selection-box of skits. From Shakespeare to the Mafia via science, education and improper uses of a banana, there's no telling what you'll see next.

There's only one thing you can be sure of. It will be Stupid.

Best New Act - London SketchFest 2016.
"A finely honed hour on par with Mitchell and Webb" (The List).

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

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

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

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

6:30pm to 7:30pm
AART TV Live Broadcast! Andy Bridge

New Zealand’s finest Mikey the Aartist returns to Brighton Fringe for the launch of AART TV Live with special guest artists Jim Parkyn (Aardman Animations) and George Egg (Anarchist Cook 2).

“Surprising profundity and endless giggles” **** (Three Weeks), “Life affirming and very entertaining” **** (Broadway Baby), “Bob Ross on Acid vs Look Around You” **** (Shortcom).

As featured in ‘Best of the Fringe 2015’ The Skinny, Edinburgh Fringe.

Journey into the what, where, how and now of AART, with New Zealand’s favourite artist Mikey. AART is an art workshop like no other!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Helen and Micky's Work In Progress Junkyard Dogs Backyard Theatre

An hour of comedy from two up-and-comers, Micky Overman, "a keen comic mind" (Chortle), and Helen Bauer, "Bauer is so funny" (NPR Berlin), about life and all their feelings, which they're super excited to share with you.

Helen is a super energetic over-sharer, where Micky is honest, with a hint of darkness. In 2016, Micky was a finalist in the Leicester Square 'New Comedian of the Year' and 'Funny Women' with Helen reaching the regional finals. Both were semi finalists in 'So You Think You’re Funny'. Micky has won the 'Max Turner Prize' and Helen has been heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra and seen on BBC 3.

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

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

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

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

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

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Terabac Terabac

Enter cabaret-land, where a troupe of insects have gathered. Foraging vestiges from our human world and with bold integrity, they tell us about their domain. Fantastical hybrid costumes, hovering words, buzzing soundscapes; the show is subversive, comedic and thoughtful. The utterly strange rituals, feeding and procreating habits of these creatures are out of this world, with their quick turnover of generations, speedy adaptation and intricate inter-dependency. But as the theatre of insects progresses, we realise they have an urgent message to convey, are we ready to listen?

BSL (British Sign Language ) Interpreted performance: 28th May.

Touch tours available 30 minutes before the first performance each day. Please email buzz@terabac.co.uk to book.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Richard Carpenter's Close to You A Carpenter

Remember this guy? He used to be on top of the world, to the left of (and slightly behind) superstar Karen. Nowadays, Richard Carpenter is finally a solo act, still looking down on creation from behind his piano. So... Where do we go from here? Well, get yourself a ticket to ride, and buckle up. A colourful hybrid of character comedy, dramatic monologue and live music gig, Richard Carpenter's 'Close to You' is an epic account of the ultimate control freak, performed by Matthew Floyd Jones, the guy to the left behind the piano from that other celebrated musical double act 'Frisky & Mannish'. Come for the virtuosic renditions of the Carpenters' catchiest tunes, stay for the harrowing scenes of psychological torment. Cos Solitaire's the only game in town! Praise for Jones: "Wildly talented" (Independent). "A terrific lead" (Time Out). "Such a compelling performer" (Exeunt). "Hugely entertaining" (The Guardian). THIS PARODY SHOW IS NOT AFFILIATED WITH RICHARD CARPENTER IN ANY WAY. IT IS A WORK OF FICTION INSPIRED BY HIS LEGACY AND INTENDED WITH LOVE. AND IF BIRDS SUDDENLY APPEAR, WELL, THAT'S JUST A COINCIDENCE.

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

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

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

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Revan and Fennell: Fan Club Revan and Fennell

Award-winning sketch double act, Revan and Fennell, return to Brighton Fringe for one night only with their acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe show 'Fan Club'. They may not be particularly satirical, edgy or off the wall but they went to drama school and know how to warm up their voices. Sort of.

Since forming in 2012, the pair have gone on to win the 2013 Funny Women Variety Award, place fourth at the coveted 2016 New Act of the Year and reach the finals of various other comedy competitions.

"A double act that have the potential to succeed the comedy throne of French and Saunders" ***** (Broadway Baby).

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

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

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

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

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

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

And even our own theme tune!

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Matt Price: The Weed Fairy Laughing Horse Comedy

A David and Goliath story about a life coach, a pensioner and a skateboard. In July 2016, 70-year-old David (my Dad) was arrested for his choice of gardening. It all started five generations ago in 1860 with a feud that has dragged on and on and on. This show is a true story about knowing when to let go and learning to dance like nobody is watching, even though they definitely are. It will feature criminals, a pensioner and possibly a skateboard. “Fearlessly funny” **** (The Scotsman).

7:30pm to 10:30pm
Shooglenifty sotd

Shooglenifty’s 2017 started with a sell-out gig at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. The band played tribute to their late fiddler, Angus R Grant. The tour of England will be its first outing following a return to its highland home, Glenuig. Audiences can expect high energy performances with tunes and songs from the 2015 release 'The Untied Knot' (featuring guest vocalist Kaela Rowan), favourites from the extensive back catalogue, and some of the new material to emerge from the Shoogle shed over the past couple of years. There will be dancing.

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

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

7:30pm to 8:20pm
Troy Hawke Laughing Horse Comedy

Milo McCabe returns to Brighton Fringe with his impeccable 1930's throwback creation 'Troy Hawke'.

This naive yet upbeat modern day Errol Flynn traverses his way through the minefield of modern life, finding beauty at every turn, be it Waitrose, Wetherspoons or Poundland.

Amused Moose Best Show Finalist, 2011, 2013.
GQ Top Ten Edinburgh show.

"Near perfect character comedy" ***** (New Current)
"Undeniably funny" **** (Chortle)
"Beautifully written and performed" **** (The List)
"One of this year's best comedy performers" **** (Edfest Mag)
"Perfectly written jokes" **** (Broadway Baby)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Slooshy Wordshow Greg Byron

4 shows only!

Greg has performed in bookshops, on beaches, under the stars, in restaurants, in tents, at festivals and halls in the UK, Japan, USA and New Zealand...

55-word stories, character portraits, comic nonsense, social commentary and wry humour - wordplay with a twinkle and sometimes some anger, on subjects ranging from quantum physics, the search for knowledge, heroes, with some anti-establishment righteousness thrown-in.

"Performs with a subtle conviction that's compelling to watch" (The Guardian).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fitzroy. Fastnet. Shannon. Good.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Tim Edey OLO Productions

Tim has many accolades - BBC R2 Folk Awards 'Musician of the year', 'Best duo' with Brendan Power and many more.

"Stunning” (Aled Jones, BBC R2).

Tim Edey is a multi-instrumentalist and singer who has toured and recorded with the biggest names in Contemporary-Celtic music: The Chieftains, Christy Moore, Capercaille, Wolfstone, Altan, Lunasa, Julie Fowlis and many more.

"Utterly fantastic. One of the world's greatest melodeon players" (Mike Harding, BBC R2).

Known for his virtuosic Folk guitar style, this is a rare opportunity to catch Tim up close and personal.

8:00pm to 9:45pm
The Lady Boys of Bangkok: Who Runs the World Tour Exchange Events Ltd

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

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

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

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

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

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

8:00pm to 8:45pm
Voice Arts Unwritten

A new one-woman show written and performed by Vikki Parker.

Theatre, comedy, movement and singing the Blues. A woman immersed in her story of madness and covert control, her lost self, her TED talk fantasy of socially unacceptable facts and her brave ways out. A glimpse into the means by which she can speak, publicly and privately. Afraid?

A thoughtful, challenging, sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking narrative about trauma survival that informs, provokes, soothes and liberates. A glimpse into one feminine perspective of our time.

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

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

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

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

Part of Shiny Town in the Brighton Royal Pavilion Garden

8:20pm to 9:20pm
David Mills: Mr Modern David Mills

Award-winning stand-up comedian David Mills struggles to stay modern in a world quickly reverting to more medieval tendencies. It's not easy being a leading light of a dying generation but someone has to keep the flame burning! One hour of cracking stand-up.

"A superior act. Mills is an archduke of comedy with the emphasis on ‘arch’" (Chortle),

"David Mills is a class act. His jokes are beautifully crafted, sparkling little missiles loaded with wit"(Scotsman),

"Darkly funny, bristling with sharp-tongued satire and incisive wit." (Fest Mag),

"His claws are as sharp as his suit" (List).

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do you remember Dave Benson Phillips?

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

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

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

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

8:30pm to 9:30pm
GEORGE EGG: ANARCHIST COOK PART TWO 'Second Helpings' George Egg

It's billed as a work in progress, but this follow-up show from Brighton-based comedian George Egg is built on solid ground. Expanding on the concept which earned sell-out runs at the last two Edinburgh Fringes, Egg explores his life on the road in hotel rooms, and the creative ways he makes a decent meal while he's there. Think of a trouser press as a sandwich toaster and you'll have the general idea. He cooks live on stage, and shares the results with the audience – this year with an all-new menu.

George Egg, the stand-up comedian who cooks onstage using absurd and innovative techniques, returns. A follow-up to his sell-out and award-winning first show (‘George Egg: Anarchist Cook’), ‘Anarchist Cook Two: Second Helpings’ sees George preparing more dishes in a whole variety of unconventional environments.

New material, new methods and of course a whole new menu. If you like food and you like comedy then come to this and bring your appetites.

“My find of the Fringe” (The Independent),
“Absolutely glorious” (The Scotsman).

Spirit of The Fringe Award winner, Edinburgh 2015.

8:35pm to 9:35pm
Fannytasticals Fannytasticals

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

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

Men welcome.

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

"Thank you for my achey smiley face!"

"Flipping hilarious!"

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

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

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

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

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

9:00pm to 10:10pm
Bourgeois & Maurice: How To Save The World Without Really Trying Tim Whitehead Management

Critically acclaimed musical satirists make a triumphant return to Brighton Spiegeltent with their out-of-this-world Edinburgh Fringe smash hit. Riotous original songs in this hysterical catwalk through the quagmire of current affairs.

“Clever, spiky and humane” **** ( The Scotsman).

Sequin-clad satirical weirdos Bourgeois and Maurice write songs that stick in your head like bloodstains in your nice new carpet. Their world is a sexy, stomping, politically charged echo chamber. A highly theatrical kaleidoscope of current affairs, moral confusion and slippery social commentary.

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Can You Put This In The Bin For Me? Bin Lid Company

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

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

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

Part of Shiny Town in the Brighton Royal Pavilion Garden

9:00pm to 9:50pm
Poet of the Impossible Lorenzo Novani

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

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

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

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

Funny. Political. Ends with a hanging.

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Valerio, Dervish, and Friends Valerio Sarà & Hassan Dervish

Valerio brings surreal stand-up with a pinch of spice, whilst Dervish brings hilarious musical and spoken word idiot genius. Add their friends too and you've got a riotously enchanting show. Semi-finalist Amused Moose 2016. Finalist Comedy Virgins Max Turner Prize 2017.

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Terabac Terabac

Enter cabaret-land, where a troupe of insects have gathered. Foraging vestiges from our human world and with bold integrity, they tell us about their domain. Fantastical hybrid costumes, hovering words, buzzing soundscapes; the show is subversive, comedic and thoughtful. The utterly strange rituals, feeding and procreating habits of these creatures are out of this world, with their quick turnover of generations, speedy adaptation and intricate inter-dependency. But as the theatre of insects progresses, we realise they have an urgent message to convey, are we ready to listen?

BSL (British Sign Language ) Interpreted performance: 28th May.

Touch tours available 30 minutes before the first performance each day. Please email buzz@terabac.co.uk to book.

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

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

9:15pm to 10:15pm
Oh My Dad: Christ on a Bike Scottish Comedy Agency

Jesus is in trouble. With only 12 followers on Twitter, he is desperately trying to re-connect with humanity the only way he knows how: love and wind machines. In biblical fashion and sweat-repellent robe, he sets the record straight about the lost years of his life and death. Join him in an exploration of the angsty teenage grunge band years, the spin-class instructing graduate and cruci(fixion)ally the immortal disco-dancing lifestyle guru who saved mankind. This interactive comedy is enough to make any one proclaim, "Halleberrylujah!"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Lucy Hopkins: Ambition Lucy Hopkins

The world preview of Lucy's new show - a coming to terms/retelling of the history of England and spiritual revolution. A problematic confrontation of the times, a story about being together and some improbably beautiful songs, performed by a goddess, of sorts. “Hopkins is fantastic” (Guardian), “ It’s impossible to resist marching to the beat of her drum” ***** (Exeunt), “The best clowns remind us that comedy and tragedy are inter-related. Hopkins embodies the duality perfectly and hilariously” ****1/2 (The Age),
“Unusually long and pale white hands” **** (Artshub).

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Wilder Stories: Rhapsodies in Colour The Old Market Ltd

Join us for a pigment-drenched journey. Have you ever thought about what the colour of love is? What the shade of rage is?

For this specially curated live-lounge podcast, we’ve invited storytellers: musicians, writers, academics and artists from across the city to share a story with us evoked by colour over three intimate Sunday sessions at The Old Market. Hosted by local singer/songwriter Chris T-T and accompanied by a live band, each night is inspired by a different hue: blue, red and green.

To find out more or to submit a story, visit: theoldmarket.com/wilderstories.

9:40pm to 10:35pm
Glitter Gangster Glitzer

Last year, Elena Gabrielle had enough of living in rural Australia and decided to move to Berlin on a whim (without speaking a word of German). Wanting to experience the move her refugee grandmother did 60 years prior, Gabrielle takes excerpts from her uncle's WW2 diary and contrasts them with her own. How does moving countries in this day and age differ from the 1950s? And how did this travelling showgirl prove she wasn’t a terrorist to get through airport security?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Part of Shiny Town in the Brighton Royal Pavilion Garden

10:10pm to 11:00pm
Gender Spanner Jessica McKerlie

A joyous and empowering hour of cabaret, burlesque, and labels that just don’t stick.

Armed with a ukulele, spinning plates, and more costumes than you can fit in your closet, Jessica McKerlie presents a smorgasbord of original music and poetry with a common thread: Are you a man? Are you a woman? Are you sure?

Inspired by Jessica’s own explorations and understanding of gender fluidity, 'Gender Spanner' is a cabaret that goes to the very core of what it is to be human.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:30pm to 11:20pm
Double Whammy Next To Normal HQ

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

11:00pm to 2:00am
Disco Lovers Disco Lovers

After 3 sold out seasons, The Disco Lovers return to their now-legendary late night slots at the awesome Spiegeltent. With their irrepressible mix of joy and humour, they promote inclusivity, raise money for good causes, and of course play EPIC Disco and Classic House music all night long!  

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

The legendary late show returns.

12:00am to 12:00am
Barbara Merkriti

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

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

12:30am to 1:30am
Tinder Live James Bennison

Award winning comedian James Bennison has finally completed Tinder (at its highest difficulty setting) and wants to help his friends find love too.
Come and watch as we invite the best single comedians in Brighton to surrender their Tinder accounts to us for one hour with the sole purpose of trying to convince a member of the public to come to the venue for a date before the end of the show.
You the audience decide what their profile will say. You decide which way to swipe. You decide on the opening chat up line.
'Tinder Live'. You're going to super like it!