Today's full programme, more choices & comment

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

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

10:00am to 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 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 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 7:00pm
Unity Through Struggle Exploring Senses CIC

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

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

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

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

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 12:30pm
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.

11:15am 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 12:30pm
The Meebles Get The Show On The Road The Meebles Circus

Be different!

Join the Meebles on their madcap adventures in a circus van, racing against time to save the children from all being made the same by Von Zalatan and his virtual obedience factory.

Packed full of songs, surprises, and a big bubble finale!

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

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

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

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

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

12:00pm to 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).

12:15pm 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.

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 2:00pm
City Impro by the sea City Impro

A rip-roaring rollercoaster of laughter where six improvisers make everything up on the spot as they race from one game to another. Join us for an adrenaline-fuelled improvised comedy show where there's just enough time to catch your breath. The show will be silly, the show will be fun and it will never ever be repeated again.

City Impro return to Brighton Fringe following their 2016 show which was recommended by Time Out, The London Evening Standard and Arts Award Voice.

1:15pm to 2:15pm
David Sheeran - I Am Donut: Work In Progress Laughing Horse Free Festival

Skyfall, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Ghost, The Godfather, Citizen Kane, Beauty and the Beast, Notting Hill, 50 Shades Darker and Beetlejuice are just some of the DVDs President Trump will give Theresa May on his first state visit to the UK (probably). Luckily, these DVDs will also be among the many films spoofed in 'I am Donut'.

'I am Donut' is a comical and critical look at the way Hollywood helps shape everyone's worldview - including Donald Trump's.

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.

1:25pm to 2:45pm
Philip Pullman's The Ruby In The Smoke Escapade

Working in collaboration with Philip Pullman (creator of His Dark Materials), the bestselling novel comes to life on stage for the first time.

After her father's mysterious death, Sally Lockhart is thrown into the heart of Victorian London, battling unseen forces to uncover the secrets he left behind. Strap yourselves in for a tale of breathtaking intrigue, unforgettable characters and, behind everything, a legendary ruby waiting to be found...

"Must see show" Fringe Review,
***** (ThreeWeeks),
**** (British Theatre Guide),
**** (EdFringe Review),
**** (Broadway Baby).

1:30pm to 2:20pm
Fake Hip Gnosis Inconvenient Spoof

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2016 It’s hard to explain what makes Fake Hip Gnosis so entertaining; partly because its slow-burn humour relies on the mood and the moment, but mainly because explaining anything about the funniest bits would automatically spoil them.  Ostensibly a masterclass from an international theatre company – the type of people who perform blatant knob gags, and call them high art – the show soon descends into a farcical parody of self-help hypnosis, with an increasingly colourful cast of characters progressively roped in. Read the full review.

The Brighton Fringe wouldn't be the Brighton Fringe without Matt Rudkin, and his pretension-puncturing brand of deadpan spoofery. In this show, returning after earning 4* from us at the Fringe last year, he and his gang deliver a farcical parody self-help hypnosis – with some lampooning of high art thrown in. The comdey's offbeat and slow-burn, and there's the risk you just won't get it, but if it's on your wavelength the sharpness of the humour is glorious. Worth taking a chance on.

'Fake Hip Gnosis' speaks to that camp desire to believe in earnest in those things our intellect tells us are ridiculous. We reveal the links between trance induction techniques, body enhancement practices, and the shamanistic rituals of the North American Kickapoo tribe. Why not make-believe we really can access your unconscious mind and transform your life? (Because, after-all, perhaps we can.)

1:40pm to 2:30pm
Tales from the Woods Soryahh, Teller of Tales

This is an exciting journey through some great tales. As the storyteller talks, one word leads to another and if you are not careful you find a story has been made. We may find dragons, giants and other strange creatures and be asked to do some very hard tasks. These stories are suitable for all ages but especially the youngest primary age children.

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

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

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

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

2:00pm to 2:50pm
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
Elephant of My Heart: Interactive Children's Workshop Jessica Clements

A wonderfully inventive join-in musical workshop for children.

A nine year old girl recovering from an injury is visited by an elephant and a host of other splendid animals who help her to believe that one day she will fly. Come and play some of the characters and do your bit to guide her to the light at the end of the tunnel.
An uplifting interactive storytelling with songs, physical theatre and plenty of chances to imagine!

"A joyous story filled with hope and the power of imagination - the youngsters were totally engaged and captivated." (British Theatre Guide),

"A truly wonderful piece of children’s theatre" (Musical Theatre Review),

"A colossally inventive and deliciously ensemble play for children." (First Night Reviews),

"Totally magical. My daughter didn't want it to finish" (Susy Puckett, Audience member - Caterham).

www.prosperotheatre.com

Touch tours available. Please email animalofyourheart@yahoo.co.uk to book.

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 4:30pm
Kids Disco: My Mini Disco My Mini Disco

Brighton’s no. 1 family-friendly disco returns with the massively popular 'Intergalactic Space and Star Wars' fancy dress party. Cool music for cool kids 0-10 years, balloons, bubbles, hula-hoop show, best costume prizes and more. Celebrating 7 Years of My Mini Disco - Guest DJ A Skillz will be joining resident Justin Rushmore playing up-for-it party mashups from the super-sized ghetto blaster. Sell-out show 5 years running!

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

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

2:15pm to 3:15pm
Science Magic Donal Vaughan Entertainment

Triple award-winning Irish comedian and scientist Dónal Vaughan brings his science, magic and comedy show to Brighton Fringe. Always exciting, sometimes messy, learn about science and laugh your pants off while you do it.
And the best part? You can do all the tricks at home using everyday household items. You too can become a science wizard and amaze your family and friends.
Winner: 2016 Beat the Frog World Series
Winner: 2015 Laughing Horse NATY
Winner: 2014 Tedfest Comedy Award

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

2:15pm to 3:15pm
Griffin and Jones: Slapdash Magic Griffin and Jones

Griffin and Jones are pioneers of slapdash magic!

These award-winning idiots have become famous for their quick banter, tight chemistry, contagious energy, and jaw-dropping, show-stopping wizardry! Join them for more quick tricks, crazy inventions, and outrageous stunts.

"Very funny magicians" (Paul Zenon), "Bizarre, hilarious and anarchic" (Magic Night), "The banter and chemistry of a punk rock Morecambe and Wise" (BlueMoonRevue.net), "Professional tricksters at the top of their game" (Surrey Advertiser).

2:30pm to 3:30pm
James Campbell: The Funny Thing About... James Campbell

A stand-up show for children over 6, their parents and anyone who likes comedy without the rude words. Hold onto your socks and enjoy stand-up comedy for kids with James Campbell. As seen on 'Blue Peter'. Making fun of everything from couscous to penguins to Nintendo Wii, James' jokes are written and performed to get children and parents laughing out loud.

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.

2:30pm 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.

2:35pm 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 3:50pm
Double Whammy Next To Normal HQ

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

3:00pm to 3:50pm
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 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
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!

3:15pm 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).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3:30pm 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 4:35pm
Know Brexit Euclid Applications Ltd

“The UK has voted out... 48% scream and shout... Will the Union end up dead? Is economic ruin where we head? Brexit plans remain unclear... Who knows where we go from here... ”

Enjoy a humorous and entertaining look at the Brexit options, our future relationship with the EU, and what it all means for the UK.

Geoffrey Brown returns after presenting 'Knowing EU' at Brighton Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe 2016, and at Adelaide Fringe 2017.

“Clever mixing of humour with a stream of enlightening facts” (Fringe Review).

“Engaging, informative, diverse and often surprising” (Outlier Review).

3:45pm to 4:45pm
David Sheeran - I Am Donut: Work In Progress Laughing Horse Free Festival

Skyfall, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Ghost, The Godfather, Citizen Kane, Beauty and the Beast, Notting Hill, 50 Shades Darker and Beetlejuice are just some of the DVDs President Trump will give Theresa May on his first state visit to the UK (probably). Luckily, these DVDs will also be among the many films spoofed in 'I am Donut'.

'I am Donut' is a comical and critical look at the way Hollywood helps shape everyone's worldview - including Donald Trump's.

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 8:00pm
Pavillion 7090 Brighton Spiegeltent with 7090

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

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

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

4:00pm 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.

4:05pm to 5:05pm
Escape: A Magic Show Broken Soul Productions

Luke Robson is fairly new on the Fringe magic circuit, but I enjoyed his show last year and I'll be interested to see how it's developed since then. He's got a dapper, comfortingly traditional persona, and offers a range of well-executed classic tricks – all linked together by a simple storyline about historical escapes. The rapport with the audience is good and the magic's always entertaining. Billed as suitable for ages 12 and up, it would be a good choice for curious teenagers this half-term.

Escape the mundane and the everyday and see the world through the eyes of a magician.

Luke Robson takes you on a journey back in time, featuring escapes throughout history. Including curious characters such as Mackenzie, the man who played cards with the Devil himself; Jack Sheppard, the 18th century jail-breaker, and the legendary Houdini, who escaped from more than just his straitjacket.

Classic conjuring and storytelling, with a combination of laughs, thrills, and chills. Returning with new mysteries and surprises after a successful 2016 Fringe debut.

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

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

4:30pm to 5:30pm
New Version of Me Midsummers Theatre Company

Harry Harrington leads an ordinary life; family, friends and a good education. But when he finds himself broken after ending his relationship, everything in his world and all he thought he knew is suddenly turned upside down, leading him to go on a journey of self discovery which will ultimately reveal a new version of himself.

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 6:00pm
Ben Fogg: How I Won Best Newcomer 2017 Shaven Ape Ltd.

"A second once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the greatest living comic of every generation. Ben Fogg delivers a technically perfect, pant-wetting, heart-warming, pole-stiffening watermelon of a show. He delights and inspires us all, like a hill-top wizard battling a sadness dragon. Like comedy? See it done properly for once." (Ben Fogg, winner, Best Newcomer 2017).

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 6:15pm
A Remarkable Person Johnsen & Johnsen produksjoner

3 stars The play begins with a funeral; the funeral of a celebrated writer, loved by many, eulogised as the "remarkable person" of the title. We hear from those whose lives she touched, whether directly or through the power of her work. But things aren't quite as we seem. As we witness scenes from earlier in the writer's career, we come to doubt the truth of what we're observing. Is this really her memorial… and are these really her friends? Read the full review.

This critically-acclaimed, award-winning Norwegian (but performed in English) play philosophises: Do we humans really have a deep need for an identity, or is this need utter nonsense?

For her ability to convey deeply existential material in a humorous and crystal clear way, and for her courage to be politically incorrect, the playwright was awarded First Priority by the Norwegian Centre for New Play-writing.

"Really fascinating" **** (Broadway Baby), "Think Stoppard at his funniest, Ayckbourn at his sharpest, Frayn at his peak" ***** (British Theatre Guide).

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Sagar Mega Drive Caroline of Brunswick

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

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

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

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

5:00pm to 5:55pm
Pelican Pelican

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

5:00pm to 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

5:30pm 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 6:30pm
Catching the Ghost Extant Theatre Company

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

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

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

5:30pm to 6:50pm
Blink by Phil Porter Peppered Wit Productions

3 stars From the minute Jonah (Rob Hall) begins to tell the “true story” of how he and Sophie (Tara Lacey) met and fell in love, I was hooked by the premise and wanted to know more about the characters. The intricate narrative cleverly sets the scene, and weaves the actors' storylines together through a series of coincidences and twists of fate. Read the full review.

Peppered Wit’s five star production is unconventional, quirky, and voyeuristic.

A funny, delicate love story, cleverly weaving themes of loneliness, bereavement, and consensual stalking(!) into the intimate and engaging story of Jonah, Sophie, and a fox called Scruffilitis. Their relationship is dysfunctional, darkly funny and unexpected - in more ways than one!

Written by award-winning playwright, Phil Porter.

“Superb performances... Raw, real and utterly brilliant” (Views from the Gods, Camden Fringe 2016).

5:35pm to 6:35pm
Killer Cells Avant Cymru

5 stars For anyone who has struggled to have a child, Killer Cells is a must-see show. It’s a true story of life, loss, resilience and hope; its humour and authenticity is demonstrated in the love that the characters show each other, and the isolation of each person’s private pain. Writer and director Sarah Lewis tackles the play with great sensitivity, wit and insight – something that's only possible because it is her story. The knowledge that actors in the play have also suffered miscarriages and the loss of a child gives them the power to speak directly to your heart. Read the full review.

A story of optimism and resilience.
This multimedia play follows women who are going through recurrent miscarriage, breaking the taboo, and starting important conversations about an issue that affects 1 in 3 women.

The show has filmed and live elements and has had great reviews from its run at Edinburgh Fringe 2016 and from performances at The Park and Dare Theatre

"Hard hitting, raw and bloody brilliant".

5:40pm to 6:40pm
Mixed Race White Bloke Francis Foster

Francis Foster is a ridiculous man who hails from the exotic lands of Venezuela and Wigan. In this show he tells tales about what it's like to be half Latino growing up in south London and spending Christmas in Caracas (murder capital of the world). Expect swearing (mainly in Spanish) and to learn a little bit about Venezuela and how to make the perfect hallaca.
Francis, as well as being a bit foreign, is also bloody good at comedy and has supported Eddie Izzard on tour and was runner up in the New Act of the Year Show 2015.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Zahra Barri: Talk Like An Egyptian Zahra Barri

Zahra’s a bit like the country of Turkey, in that she’s a mix of Eastern and Western culture, and also she is a bird. A fun look into Eastern and Kanye Western Culture. As heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra, BBC Radio 2 and Talk Radio. "Terrific" (Venue Magazine).

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 1:00am
Shiny Town Shiny Town Ltd

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

6:00pm to 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 7:00pm
Tennessee Williams Double: Ivan's Widow & Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen Fox and Hound Theatre Company

4 stars The first short play in this hour-long double-bill, Ivan’s Widow is a graphic exploration of abuse of power – in this case between a counsellor/psychiatrist, and a bereaved widow who simply could not come to terms with her husband's death. Tennessee Williams, the playwright, is self-assured and sophisticated in his portrayal of a woman longing to come home to her husband: drinking and driving to escape the torment of life without him. Read the full review.

1. Attempting to cope with her husband's death, the widow seeks answers from her psychiatrist, a cold, predatory and promiscuous man with a seemingly genuine concern for his patient. The widow struggles to differentiate between fantasy and reality, but whose truth is real?

2. 1930s New York and a couple find themselves in a cycle of deprivation. With ravaged appearances, the scene between them is one of eternal repetition where emotional content is worn out and they live in the acceptance of something hopelessly inalterable.

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

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

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

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

6:00pm to 7:00pm
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).

6:15pm 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
Spilt Milk Presents... Spilt Milk

Spilling, dripping and leaking comedy from every angle, come and join Spilt Milk, a brand-new sketch group, for their exciting show, packed with original new comedy writing.

Formed at Soho Young Company, this comedy collective writes and performs in different combinations to create an eclectic mix of witty sketches. Having recently completed Soho Theatre’s Sketch Course, this group of fledgling comedians are excited to blow your socks off and make sure you leave with nothing to cry over!

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

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

7:00pm to 7:55pm
Person Imperfect Alison Leitch

In her debut show, Alison explores what it means to be a human being these days, flaws and all. In a world increasingly concerned with perfection, how bothered should we all be with trying to achieve it? Perfection doesn’t sound all that great – surely it’s more fun to celebrate our imperfections, revel in our faults and rejoice in our shortcomings? Join Alison to do just that. With jokes.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Peter Antoniou: 'Psychic' Comedian Peter Antoniou / DBS Productions

Fringe regular Peter Antoniou isn't really psychic, as he'd be the very first to tell you. But he does achieve a few impossible-seeming insights in this funny, warm-hearted show – which I caught here in Brighton last year. You can expect to have your mind read and, if you want, your questions about the future (sort-of) answered, all in a spirit of kindness and fun. And Antoniou is a loveable, purposefully geeky figure; I don't have to be psychic to know you'll enjoy an hour of his company.

If you could ask a psychic a question what would it be?

Fresh off his sell-out international tour, and with sell-out runs in London's West End, let 'Psychic' comedian Peter Antoniou peer inside your head, fondle your frontal lobe, and tickle your funny bone. If you have a question about your past, present, or future, all you need to do is think about it and Peter will have an answer for you...

“His ad-libs are fast and sharp... a balance between humour and astonishment” (The Scotsman).

“Witty and mischievous... exceptionally good” (Chortle).

"Phenon-mentally good" (Kerrang).

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.

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Kevin Precious: Work in Progress Barnstormers Comedy

Work-in-progress. Former RE teacher; teaching RE; philosophy of religion; God-shaped hole; being a humanist... that sort of thing.

7:20pm to 8:30pm
Jokes And Their Relation To The Unconscious Alex Sergeant

Do you struggle to tell the difference between your ego and your superego?
University lecturer turned stand-up comedian, Alex Sergeant, has the answer.

Guiding his audiences through some of the more hilarious aspects of the life and work of Sigmund Freud, Alex provides his unique take on a set of ideas that have helped to shape over a century’s work of intellectual thought. Poking fun at the Oedipus complex and avoiding Freudian slips along the way, the show offers an evening's entertainment for the comedy fan who wants to think about why we laugh, whilst laughing and thinking.

7:30pm to 8:25pm
Sexual Fears of a Modern Day Virgin Rant and Rave Theatre Company CIC

Kids these days! No one knows what they’re up to. Well, we do and we’re willing to let you in on the secret. What if I told you that you know nothing about sex? You don’t even know what a virgin is. Would you believe me? We have two couples, one singleton, and 50 minutes to show you how. Let us guide you through the cheeky, romantic and eventful lives of our five characters as they lose their virginities - for the second time.

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

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

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Jack Rooke: Good Grief Soho Theatre

Shamefully, I didn't actually see Jack Rooke's show when it took Edinburgh by storm a couple of Fringes ago. But I saw (and wept at) an extract, and I heard enough about it to know it was striking a chord: explaining how Rooke lost his father to cancer aged just 15, it was praised for its forthright honesty and genuine, cathartic humour. It's an uncomfortable subject, reflected by the "awkward-ometer" Rooke brings onto the stage – but it's one we need to talk and, sometimes, laugh about.

With a coffin full of sympathy snacks, Jack Rooke and his 85-year-old Nan, Sicely, invite you to the happiest town in Britain, where Dad’s dead and the only thing to eat is lasagne. Celebrating finding happiness after tragedy, Rooke’s critically-acclaimed debut blends comedy, storytelling and film to explore how we treat the bereaved and the state of welfare for grieving families.

Another compelling production from Soho Theatre, Good Grief was shortlisted for the Best Show by an Emerging Artist in the Total Theatre Awards 2015.
Directed by Gabriel Bisset-Smith.
Initial development by Leisa Rea.

7:30pm to 8:15pm
Northern Power Blouse Cassie Atkinson

Join 'Northern Power Blouse' for a sketch show full of heart, songs and massive, massive shoulder pads. Between them, Cassie Atkinson, Kat Butterfield and Charlotte Pearson have written for Radio 4, Russ Abbott, been finalists for BAFTA and the Funny Women writing awards and have popped up on E4 and ITV.

Touch tours available. Please email northernpowerblouse@gmail.com to book in advance.

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
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 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).

7:30pm 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.

7:45pm to 8:25pm
Dangled ExploSIV Productions

‘Dangled’ is a multi-award-winning adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s short story ‘Diary of a Madman’, by multi-award-winning writer Louis Viljoen and performed by multi-award-winning actor Rob van Vuuren.

A dark psychosexual horror comedy exploring themes of sexual violence, verisimilitude and the creative process. ‘Dangled’ promises to disturb, entertain and terrify in equal measure.

Winner of the Standard Bank Ovation Award at the South African National Arts Festival and the Audience Choice Award at the Cape Town Fringe.
“Deranged, disgusting, perverted, crass and f**king hilarious.” (The Critter).

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 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
BADD Hermetic Arts

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2017 Resplendent in pastel-pink trouser suit, Pam welcomes us to her seminar.  We're in a church hall, somewhere in small-town America; judging by that suit, it must be the 1980's.  And we're there because we're concerned parents – worried about a godless game that's sweeping the nation's youth.  We're the "good BADD", Pam reassures us… we're Bothered About Dungeons & Dragons. Read the full review.

BADD stands for Bothered About Dungeons & Dragons, but don't worry – you don't have to have played the iconic storytelling game to enjoy the show. Presented as a seminar for concerned parents, and set in a church hall somewhere in small-town America, it sees our pastel-trouser-suited hostess earnestly warn about the godless game's threat to the nation's youth. Earning 4* from us in London, it's beautifully characterised, occasionally poignant, and very, very funny.

The 1980s. America is gripped by Satanic Panic. Secret rituals and devilish practices are taking place across the country, destroying the lives of the American youth. But the most diabolically terrifying threat of all is Dungeons and Dragons: viewed by many as a gateway to corruption, violence, and Satan!

You're invited to attend this inaugural meeting of B.A.D.D. (Bothered About Dungeons and Dragons) to learn how best to protect your children from the clutches of the occult.

A darkly comic presentation on the multitude of Satanic threats hidden in seemingly innocuous everyday objects and media.

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

Fitzroy. Fastnet. Shannon. Good.

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

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

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

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Goodbear: WIP PBJ Management

5-star sketch comedy duo Goodbear are back, with a show that'll leave you questioning everything you've ever known. Probably. Accompanied by an original score and produced by award-winning company DugOut Theatre, Joe Barnes and Henry Perryment take us through a day in the life of hilarious and extraordinary characters from across the globe. "Endlessly funny" **** (List), "A hilarity that deserves to be experienced" ***** (EdFest), "Pure comedy gold dust" ***** (Scribe), "Very funny " **** (Telegraph).

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.

8:15pm 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 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 10:40pm
In the Round: Last Summer's Tealights Gem Electric

Part Classical, part Folk - part Hymnal. The music of LST is an intriguing hotchpotch of shared influences. This is the debut in a series of 'In the Round' concerts at the new Gem Electric over the coming months. Last Summer's Tealights plays original compositions influenced by its members diverse musical backgrounds in Jazz, Classical, Flamenco and Middle-Eastern music. Members of LST have played with Yo-Yo Ma, Alec Dankworth and Pete Tong at venues including the Royal Albert Hall.

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.

8:30pm to 9:30pm
Mac & Eden with 'The Unbearable Pleasure of Being a Woman.' KJSelect Promotions

BRIGHTON FRINGE AWARD WINNERS IN 2016, Mac and Eden present 'The Unbearable Pleasure of being a Woman', a side-splitting comedy/cabaret, brain-child of singer/songwriter (and mentor to Sam Smith) Joanna Eden and West End and National Theatre actress Leigh McDonald.Being female can be an unbearably silly business! They manage to spend a whole evening laughing, crying and even singing about it. Join them on an oestrogen-driven, emotional roller-coaster ride... from pigtails to puberty, stilettos to strollers, marriage to messing it up. Fabulous and filthy!

8:30pm to 9:30pm
Aidan Goatley: 10 Films with my Dad, His Granddaughter, My Wife, and Her Mother-in-Law Aidan Goatley

We five-starred the original version of this show way back in 2012, and it's toured extensively to general acclaim since then. The 2012 edition celebrated a shared love of film between Goatley and his father; we described his act as "open, charismatic and very, very funny", far from the therapeutic self-indulgence you might have feared from its title. The new revised version extends the family group, but promises the same mix of upbeat stand-up and heart-warming cinematic nostalgia.

How do fathers and sons communicate? Sports? Cars? The Jeremy Kyle show? For Aidan and his dad, it was films. Join Aidan as he takes you through his 5 star, internationally-performed Edinburgh Fringe show, from John Wayne to 3D, to show how two men grew up with the help of popcorn and Hollywood.

Aidan Goatley brings his hit show '10 Films With My Dad' back to Brighton Fringe in a new updated form. An uplifting and inspirational comedy performance incorporating stand-up comedy and film.

8:45pm to 9:40pm
Carly Smallman: A Work in Progress and Other Terrible Stories About Why I Keep Ruining it for Myself Carly Smallman

Star of ITV and BBC, Carly Smallman makes her Brighton Fringe debut with a work-in-progress hour of comedy. Expect funny songs, stories, and her thoughts on what it means to be in your thirties and left behind in an uncertain world whilst all of your smug friends host dinner parties like douchebags.

"Smutty outspoken jollity" (The Telegraph),
"The most exciting female act in the country" (GQ).

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

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

9:00pm to 9:50pm
Tennessee Williams' 27 Wagons Full of Cotton Fox and Hound Theatre Company

3 stars Tennessee Williams’ plays may be dark, and to some extent dated, but he still has the power to shock and enthral. Here, Fox and Hound Theatre Company produce a one-act play which is an affront to femininity in a male dominated world. Written in 1946 but set in 1930, the play is a period piece about life in the cotton fields of America’s Mississippi Delta. Read the full review.

In 1930s Mississippi, a cotton gin mysteriously burns down. In difficult financial times it appears that the rules of business are different. Do two wrongs make a right? A dysfunctional relationship is at the centre of this disturbing look at abuse and how one woman may find a silver lining in a desperate situation. This play deals with the social and economic climate of a country coming out of recession, and transcends this with the still relevant issues of mental health, domestic abuse and rape. "Seemingly fragile people are the strong people really". Classic Tennessee Williams.

9:00pm to 10:30pm
You Give Me Fever, the Phaedra Cabaret LynchPin Productions Theatre Company

It’s one for my baby and one more for the road in this cocktail of Jazz standards and storytelling. A new take on an old tragedy, with a twist.

Playwright/director Jack Lynch returns to Brighton Fringe after bringing 'Emily Dickinson & I: The Journey of a Portrayal' which continued to tour the UK, Europe and North America to great critical acclaim.

West End actress and singer Pippa Winslow ('The Sound of Music', 'The Phantom of the Opera') will be appearing as 'Fey'. Her last solo cabaret garnered five-star reviews. Guitarist James Shannon accompanies on Jazz guitar.

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

9:15pm to 10:00pm
Mother India 21st Century Remix Kala Phool

A dynamic audio/visual re-scoring and re-visualising of the profoundly influential Mother India (1957), the first Bollywood film to be nominated for an Academy Award (Best Foreign Language Film) and a talismanic piece of cinema history that came to symbolise the post-colonial Indian psyche.

The project re-imagines the three-hour epic into an impressionistic 45 minutes of arresting imagery with a live score by DJ Tigerstyle, who is accompanied by Matt Constantine on strings and keyboards, and percussion by David Shaw, all brought together by visual editor, Josh Ford.

9:30pm to 10:20pm
Felt PBJ Management

This is about the most important thing Michael Clarke ever felt. He would love to share that with you. But who exactly is pulling the strings, and could it be that there is something far more sinister at work? Something that runs deeper and darker than the world could have ever imagined? Proudly sponsored by the good people at Felta Skelta. Surreal, theatrical stand-up comedy from the New Act of The Year 2017 finalist and star of BBC Comedy's 'Hash Helmet'. "Takes risks which elevate him above most comedians" (London City Nights).

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Des Kapital: Never Mind the Cossacks! Andyland Productions

Communist crooner Des Kapital (‘Gulag’s Got Talent’, 'The ex-Soviet Republic Factor’) is ‘glasnost all over’ to present the history of the Soviet Union using the music of Taylor Swift (‘Blank State’) Ed Sheeran (‘Sinking Out Loud’) Katy Perry (‘Perestroika Hurls’) Robbie Williams (‘Engels’) Madonna (‘Lands were Virgin’) and many more!

Hilarious and weirdly educational, entertaining and tragic. The whole history in one hour.

With comedian and history teacher Andy Thomas.

“He’s good. What’s his name? And address?" (V. Putin).

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
Blues and Burlesque Blues and Burlesque

After last year’s sell-out run, the Blues and Burlesque are back with a new show. Once again, songs and piano playing from ex-Dexys jazz reprobate Pete Saunders are upstaged superbly by the show’s extraordinary hostess Lady Beau Peep ... you can call her mistress! By day she’s busy with school runs and tupperware parties, by night she indulges her bondage fantasies and some of yours! Come prepared for good laughs, some great songs and completely gratuitous undressing from their burlesque guests.

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
Kids with Beards: Fandango! Kids With Beards

The beardy babes are back, baby! Atop broomstick horses we ride, offering up unto you ‘Fandango!’ – an hour of surreal, stupid, knee-slappin’ sketches that’ll make you scream “Yeehahaha!” (sorry).

Rhinestones. Accents. Vague stereotypes. Cacti. Grunting. That Steps song that should never have been made. It’s gonna be a reeeal Fandango alright.

“Side-splittingly funny ... a wacky, random and irreverent show that will not fail to surprise and amuse” **** (Broadway Baby), “The writing is particularly worthy of mention... strong, surreal, and silly in a good way” (ThreeWeeks).

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).

10:05pm 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
Dylan Gott: Cool Guy, Lots of Friends Gag Reflex Ltd

World-travelled Canadian comedian, Dylan Gott (JFL42, Canadian Comedy Awards, iChannel), performs an hour of hilarious stand-up comedy that blends skilled storytelling with observations and some penis jokes that has left audiences all over the globe loling and even lmfaoing.

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.