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

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

11:00am to 11:50am
Mother Goose Petite Pantos

A family pantomime that looks at the world today and encourages the audience to consider how we can all help improve it.

Vanity has just been elected President of Pantoland and is on a mission to make it great again, by whatever foul means possible; but standing between him and glory is Mother Goose. Will she succumb to his wicked ways or will she come to her senses and save humanity?

'Mother Goose' is a traditional panto for a modern age, with lots of laughs, booing, hissing and an LGBTQ inspired soundtrack; featuring some of the UK's brightest pantomime talent. Why wait until Christmas?

11:00am to 12:40pm
Culpeper's Medicine Garden At The Coach House

Join herbalist Sara Jane Glendinning and musician Jo Burke for a herbal walk with folklore and songs, celebrating local plants of Sussex inspired by the works of 17th Century herbalist, Nicholas Culpeper.

Choose a morning walk on Whitehawk Hill exploring our surroundings and the healing properties of local plants, or Culpepers’ medicine garden at the Coach House.

Experience the world of plants through the eyes of Culpeper. Explore some herbal remedies with folklore and song. Learn ancestral knowledge to bring back home to your medicine chest.

11:00am to 12:00pm
Monski Mouse's Baby Cabaret Monski Mouse Media

Join Monski Mouse and friends: Richard Crawley, Amy Gwilliam and London cabaret superstar, Dusty Limits, for a live musical cabaret of nursery classics, originals, puppetry and fun for 0-5s and parents/carers. Come ready to sing-along! All the big topics covered: elephants, fish, worms and the existential ways of the toddler. Bring a cushion (recommended).

Building on six years of playing her hit, early-childhood show, 'Baby Disco Dance Hall', Monski Mouse joins forces with the cream of London contemporary clowning and cabaret to create a brand-new show for her favourite audience in Baby Cabaret.

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

4 stars Magnus Volk's Electric Train Of Thought is a little piece of theatre: only 20 minutes long, performed in a tiny room, for an audience of just a dozen or so. But size isn't everything. There's a lot packed into this miniature package – some local history, some genuine science, and an insight into the character of a late-Victorian pioneer. Read the full review.

The world’s oldest electric railway.

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

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

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

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

***** (FringeReview)

12:00pm to 1:00pm
The Very Circusy Caterpillar Happy Haps Productions

Since the world first met The Very Hungry Caterpillar in 1969 she’s become a little cheekier, a lot more peckish and much more circusy! Inspired by this classic children’s storybook, this fun and interactive show sees our ravenous friend take to the stage to juggle plums, hula-hoop fruit and tell a few silly stories that will have your little one in fits of giggles.

It’s the perfect show for your child’s first experience of live performance and is sure to induce a little nostalgia for the adults.

12:30pm to 1:20pm
Mr Dilly's World of Wonder Mr Dilly's World of Wonder

A feel-good, interactive-theatre storytelling experience like no other! Let Mr Dilly take you on a journey of joy, laughter and fun into a world of wonder, using drama, music and improvisation to bring to life children’s classics, traditional fairy tales and heroic myths! Whatever your age, you can join in the merriment and become part of the action; no two shows are ever the same! Fun for all the family in a high-energy, fast-paced, interactive story extravaganza bringing families and children of all ages together! Get the Happy!

1. Goldilocks and the Three Bears - Mon 28 May 10.30am
2. The Jungle Book - Tues 29 May 12.30am
3. George and the Dragon - Tues 29 May 2pm
4. Jack and the Beanstalk - Weds 30 May 10.30am
5. Perseus and the Gorgon - Weds 30 May 12.30pm
6. Treasure Island - Thurs 31 May 10.30am
7. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Thurs 31 May 12.30am
8. Robin Hood - Friday 1 June 10.30am
9. Thor's Mighty Hammer - Friday 1 June 12.30am

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

4 stars Magnus Volk's Electric Train Of Thought is a little piece of theatre: only 20 minutes long, performed in a tiny room, for an audience of just a dozen or so. But size isn't everything. There's a lot packed into this miniature package – some local history, some genuine science, and an insight into the character of a late-Victorian pioneer. Read the full review.

The world’s oldest electric railway.

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

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

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

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

***** (FringeReview)

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

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

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

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

1:00pm to 2:00pm
SpiegelCircus Brighton Spiegeltent

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

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

1:00pm to 2:00pm
Iris Prize: A Celebration of LGBT Film Iris Prize

The Iris Prize Festival, based in Cardiff, celebrates amazing LGBT film and each year awards the largest LGBT short film prize in the world. These winning short films from Iris 2017 are the best of the best, telling fascinating LGBT stories from the UK and beyond.

Lily – Youth Jury Award
Graham Cantwell | Ireland | 22 mins

Eté – Highly Commended, Best British
Gregory Oke | UK | 19 mins

We Love Moses – Best British
Dionne Edwards | UK | 19 mins

Mother Knows Best – Iris Prize
Mikael Bundsen | Sweden | 13 mins

1:10pm to 2:00pm
Organ Music at St. Bart's Brighton Organists' Association

Lunchtime recitals on Tuesdays by distinguished local organists on the fine organ at St. Bartholomew's Church. May 8: Anthony Wilson, May 15: Nicholas Houghton, May 22: Michael Maine, May 29: Richard Dawson and Ryan Hepburn.

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

4 stars Magnus Volk's Electric Train Of Thought is a little piece of theatre: only 20 minutes long, performed in a tiny room, for an audience of just a dozen or so. But size isn't everything. There's a lot packed into this miniature package – some local history, some genuine science, and an insight into the character of a late-Victorian pioneer. Read the full review.

The world’s oldest electric railway.

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

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

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

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

***** (FringeReview)

2:00pm to 2:50pm
Mr Dilly's World of Wonder Mr Dilly's World of Wonder

A feel-good, interactive-theatre storytelling experience like no other! Let Mr Dilly take you on a journey of joy, laughter and fun into a world of wonder, using drama, music and improvisation to bring to life children’s classics, traditional fairy tales and heroic myths! Whatever your age, you can join in the merriment and become part of the action; no two shows are ever the same! Fun for all the family in a high-energy, fast-paced, interactive story extravaganza bringing families and children of all ages together! Get the Happy!

1. Goldilocks and the Three Bears - Mon 28 May 10.30am
2. The Jungle Book - Tues 29 May 12.30am
3. George and the Dragon - Tues 29 May 2pm
4. Jack and the Beanstalk - Weds 30 May 10.30am
5. Perseus and the Gorgon - Weds 30 May 12.30pm
6. Treasure Island - Thurs 31 May 10.30am
7. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Thurs 31 May 12.30am
8. Robin Hood - Friday 1 June 10.30am
9. Thor's Mighty Hammer - Friday 1 June 12.30am

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Atalanta Who Ran Like the Wind S Lloyd-Winder

A girl who runs like the wind and a boy who dreams of fighting dragons. This is a collection of magical stories that will take you from classical myths to traditional stories about the Scottish Isles. As you talk, one word leads to another and, if you are not careful, you find a story has been made. There is something so essential and comforting about sitting down and being told a story. Storytelling is as old as the human race. It is the library, the store cupboard of our oldest memories, knowledge, understanding and explanation. Come and join the adventure.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

**** (Fest)

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

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

4 stars Magnus Volk's Electric Train Of Thought is a little piece of theatre: only 20 minutes long, performed in a tiny room, for an audience of just a dozen or so. But size isn't everything. There's a lot packed into this miniature package – some local history, some genuine science, and an insight into the character of a late-Victorian pioneer. Read the full review.

The world’s oldest electric railway.

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

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

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

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

***** (FringeReview)

3:00pm to 9:00pm
Cultureground @ B.fest B.Fest / Brighton Youth Centre

Presenting the best in visual arts, photography, sculpture, debate and creative workshops, Cultureground is the interactive gallery that showcases young people’s work from across the city. View, talk or make, Cultureground asks you to challenge your perceptions of how we categorise ‘youth’ art.

Private view Tuesday 29th May 5.30-7pm

This project is supported by a Go Think Big Brighton Fringe bursary.

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Tony Roberts: I'm a Magician Get Me Out of Here Monski Mouse Media

Mind-blowing escapology and magical mayhem are unleashed by Covent Garden’s cheekiest and funniest street performer! For humans 8-80+

Having escaped from chains at festivals in over eight countries around the world , the hilarious and charming Tony Roberts proves the impossible possible as, tied up in knots, he escapes and entertains in this show all about friendship, fun and following your dreams.

"This is the kind of show that makes children wish to grow up to be magicians, and adults wish they’d had the chance " **** (Edinburgh49)

Nominated: Best Cabaret Brighton Fringe 2015

3:00pm to 4:30pm
Word Jamal Harewood

They’re pretty special. They give a person the opportunity to express themselves. They can be read. They can be heard. They can be spoken. They allow us to communicate. I was always told that it’s not what you say, but how you say it - is this true?

Become the contestant or host in an audience-led game show that put the words we use under a magnifying glass.

Plus optional 30 minute Q&A.

3:00pm to 10:00pm
B.fest 2018 B.Fest / Brighton Youth Centre

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

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

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

4 stars Magnus Volk's Electric Train Of Thought is a little piece of theatre: only 20 minutes long, performed in a tiny room, for an audience of just a dozen or so. But size isn't everything. There's a lot packed into this miniature package – some local history, some genuine science, and an insight into the character of a late-Victorian pioneer. Read the full review.

The world’s oldest electric railway.

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

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

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

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

***** (FringeReview)

3:55pm to 4:55pm
Other People's Teeth Want the Moon Theatre Company

3 stars Billed as a "romantic crime thriller", Other People's Teeth is the tale of two interlocking relationships. One is conventional rom-com fare: the feisty Joss is dating the geeky Simon, who attempts to woo her with convoluted mathematical reasoning and games of chess. But the other relationship is between Joss and her boss Sol, and that partnership is anything but everyday. Because Sol is a hitman, Joss is his right-hand woman… and Sol isn't about to let the newcomer Simon get in the way. Read the full review.

Balancing work life with a love life is a struggle, but what if your job is killing people?

A hitwoman is trying to reconcile these two aspects of her life. Just starting out in a new profession, she craves the respect of her experienced partner in crime. But when she meets someone who she thinks might be the one, will everything have to change? How much longer can she carry on kicking in other people’s teeth, and lying to a man she’s falling in love with?

One of these relationships can’t last, and before the hitwoman makes her final decision, the situation is going to get deadly.

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

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

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

4:30pm to 5:30pm
The Tale Of The Cockatrice Mumblecrust Theatre

Mumblecrust Theatre return with their Brighton Fringe 2017 double award-winning show! Deep in the vaults of an ancient priory, a hideous creature awakens. A deadly cockatrice is born! Bold knights flee in terror... Can a humble nun defeat the beast? Two muddle-headed storytellers use breathtaking puppetry, spine-tingling live music and general tom-foolery in this dark and winding fable for monster-lovers young and old!

Winners: ‘Best Newcomer to Brighton Fringe’ and ‘Best of Brighton Fringe: Children and Families Award’

“A genuine work of art” ***** (Voice Magazine)
**** (Broadway Baby)

Touch tours available on request, please email admin@mumblecrust.com to book.

4:30pm to 5:40pm
Dee Myself and I Women in Black Productions and Skyers Productions

5 stars Dee, Myself and I is about a young woman called Thea, and her alter ego. “Today is going to be a good day,” she tells herself – but is it a good day? What does Thea do on a bad day? What do you do? Skyers Productions' play is the best exploration of depression I have yet seen, book-ended by lyrical narration and staged as a battle between good and evil. Read the full review.

Exciting new play exploring mental health and depression, by Women in Black Productions and Skyers Productions. Directed by Stephanie Fynn, winner of ‘Best of The Fest’ Winners at The International Youth Arts Festival 2017.

'Dee, Myself and I' tells the story of Thea, a young woman who is struggling to cope with everyday life... enter Dee. Thea’s internal battle is played out before the audience as Dee tries to infiltrate every aspect of who she is. Exploring the often taboo subjects of mental illness and depression, this play unapologetically tackles these issues in an all too real way.
 

4:30pm to 5:25pm
Painted Love Two Foolish

With Marc Almond as your spiritual guide, what could possibly go wrong?

From the team that brought you 'Get Fit With Bruce Willis', 'Painted Love' follows a washed up singer-songwriter as he tries to summon up the spirit of Marc Almond to resurrect his career. His wife wants his money, his agent wants a hit, the landlady’s grandchildren won’t shut up, and a spirit from the undead wants his soul.

His solution? Find the sacred amulet of songwriting – once held by Marc – in the house where Marc once lived, and hope that painting will bring his wife back.

Featuring the songs of 'Soft Cell' and Marc Almond.

4:55pm to 6:05pm
On the Tracks Lucy C Hayward

4 stars Part psychological thriller, part social commentary, On The Tracks is a gripping two-hander exploring the secrets we do and don't choose to share. It's set in the break-room of an anonymous railway station; two shunters, Robert and Ted, are about to start their shift. If you don't know what a shunter does, then all will be explained. But this isn't really about the railways; it's about how little we truly know the people we see every day, and how unspoken forces can quietly buckle a mind. Read the full review.

Robert and Ted are shunters. They work together on a small country railway station at night. There seems to be nothing unusual about this evening but a lot has happened over the last few years and tonight something has changed. It is only when conversation turns to the darker side that it becomes clear how little they know about each other and can start uncovering the unsavoury truths.

A sixty minute stage play with a touch tour and audio description absorbed within the script, so every performance is accessible for blind and visually impaired audiences.

5:15pm to 6:15pm
Falkland: The War the World Forgot Tasty Monster Productions

3 stars In 1982, a voice-over tells us, "a tiny island went to war… but nobody noticed". A controversial claim maybe, but certainly – when it comes to Fringe theatre – the Falklands conflict remains relatively unexplored. Set mainly on a remote farm on these remote islands, Falkland: The War The World Forgot aims to show the impact of the war, both on local people and the servicemen sent to liberate them. It also places the events in historical context, stretching back to the Troubles in Northern Ireland and even the Blitz in London. Read the full review.

It's a "bold" choice because it's a relatively unproven script, but Tasty Monster Productions have impressed our reviewers with previous shows up in Edinburgh. This time, they're tackling the Falklands War – which has been oddly overlooked by theatre-makers in general – telling the stories of both islanders and soldiers, against the backdrop of the events of 1982. It's not, they say, political or militaristic, but a reminder of how war can change and entangle ordinary lives. Preview showings in Pittsburgh and Orlando have been well-received.

Under the starry blanket of night, two unlikely friends, a young soldier and a curmudgeonly farmer, find new camaraderie as the big show plays out in the theatre of war around them. Bitter conflict, questionable politics and moral debate engage us in a traumatic but necessary journey through the lives of the two men, their families, and the many twists and turns they encounter on the road to redemption. Inspired by real events and real people, incorporating archival news, historical photography, and multimedia, 'Falkland' highlights and honours the extraordinary actions of ordinary people.

5:30pm to 6:25pm
Pibroch Tales Port Dance Theatre Project

2 stars There's one thing I dearly wish I'd known before going into Pibroch Tales: you are supposed to find it funny. I guess the opening is clue enough, with its sense of solemn ritual marred by noisy clattering and clumsy moves. But I think I was entitled to be confused: the flyer promises "a vibrant blend of storytelling, dance, comedy and bagpipe music", and what I actually got was something approaching a pastiche of high art. Read the full review.

Two men enter a forest... a vibrant blend of bagpipe music, storytelling, dance, and comedy, amid sharp-humoured interaction with the audience. This Scottish one-man show skips through a jigsaw of three different tales; each excerpt illuminating a different scene.

"Animated storytelling with both humour and charm" (Maria Hardcastle)

"There’s a kind of enchantment... dry, droll, deadpan, featuring kilted Gordon Douglas Raeburn as both compere and performer... Pythonesque" (Sanjoy Roy for Resolution)

Audience members said "quirky, funny and accessible" and "a funny voyage into Scottish bizarre"

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Scott Lavene Harry Farmer presents

Born in Essex, Scott Lavene was raised on power ballads, punk and swearing. In bands since his teens, scratching out a pound note on with dead end jobs in various towns. Always moving, sunny side down, trying to find something to cling to. In London during the late noughties, the behaviour became darker, the songs got better and there came a sniff from some major labels and a stint in New York including playing at CBGB’s.

The songs are stories, tragic and funny, catchy, honest and passionate. They keep you on your toes, as will Scott Lavene if you keep your eyes on him.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Antling Pepper Productions

What happens when a forty something single woman rediscovers her childhood crush on an 80s pop icon? A liberation from pissed-off boredom and an awakening of sexual fantasies. Sometimes fierce, sometimes sad but all encased with a feisty sense of humour.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Hansel and Gretel Smikle Dance Project

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

A dark magical production for audiences of all ages.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Go Slay Dragons Smith - The Creative Foundry

'Go Slay Dragons' tells tales of love, adventure and existential despair, probably with too much swearing.

A Dan in a park experiences a nearby choir seemingly singing his darkest thoughts. Heartbreak turns to joy as a Dan meets the musical loving woman of his dreams. Then, a lost document and a ring set our hairy-footed, suburban Dan on a quest across the sea.

Join Dan Cardwell somewhere between stand-up and storytelling, in this quest for love and adventure. With music, musicals and an arguable bunch of characters, in tales all demonstrably true, and Dan Cardwell should know. They're all him.

6:10pm to 7:00pm
Press Start to Play The Creative Performance Company

Three rounds. Two teams. One prize. ‘Press Start to Play’ combines the medium of video games with interactive theatre in a live game show setting. Teams comprised of audience members will battle it out to determine who will win the grand prize and forever be known as the best video gamers in Brighton! As the show goes on air for the first time, join us for the pilot episode of ‘Press Start to Play’ and experience all the laughs, fails and arguments, both on screen and off, right before your eyes... just don’t break the controllers!

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Tape Blown Fuse

Cassette tapes. Lots of them. Years of memories coiled up in a box. It's time to unravel them.

How does your mental health and perception of your memories affect being intimate with another human?

Play the tape. Let's find out.

This piece of multidisciplinary theatre was conceived and devised with the community in Essex, posing questions about mental health, memory and intimacy. What does it mean for us to be alive in today's society where access to support and resources is dwindling?

6:15pm to 7:05pm
NOW That's Who I Call Archie Henderson Archie Henderson

On 12 November 2013, Archie Henderson accidentally reached number 98 in the UK Singles Chart. This time, he’s heading straight for number one.

Accompanied by an original soundtrack, this is a heroic story of symphonic redemption - a last-gasp attempt to figure out what the hell makes a smash-hit single. Expect a comprehensive (read: obsessive), historical analysis of everything that has ever made pop music popular. From Bond themes to the Arctic Monkeys via some serious powerhouse opera vibrato.

***** (Ed Fringe Review)
"Radiated a delightfully daft energy." (Chortle)

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Heimatmann 11:87 Theatre Company

For love of his homeland, one man came within minutes of saving 60 million souls destined to perish in WWII. Premiere of 'Heimatmann', written and played by John Casey with German folk songs sung by Jessie Waterfield.

6:30pm to 8:00pm
Notorious Women of Hove Louise Peskett

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

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

6:30pm to 7:40pm
Dee Myself and I Women in Black Productions and Skyers Productions

5 stars Dee, Myself and I is about a young woman called Thea, and her alter ego. “Today is going to be a good day,” she tells herself – but is it a good day? What does Thea do on a bad day? What do you do? Skyers Productions' play is the best exploration of depression I have yet seen, book-ended by lyrical narration and staged as a battle between good and evil. Read the full review.

Exciting new play exploring mental health and depression, by Women in Black Productions and Skyers Productions. Directed by Stephanie Fynn, winner of ‘Best of The Fest’ Winners at The International Youth Arts Festival 2017.

'Dee, Myself and I' tells the story of Thea, a young woman who is struggling to cope with everyday life... enter Dee. Thea’s internal battle is played out before the audience as Dee tries to infiltrate every aspect of who she is. Exploring the often taboo subjects of mental illness and depression, this play unapologetically tackles these issues in an all too real way.
 

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Griffin and Jones: Trickorice Allsorts Griffin and Jones / Sweet Productions

4 stars It can be so frustrating, reviewing magic shows. The very best thing about this one – the thing which utterly fooled and confounded me, the thing which made me gasp with delight – is the one thing I absolutely mustn't reveal. But I can safely tell you that Trickorice Allsorts is one of the most outright-enjoyable magic shows I've seen in years: packed to bursting with high-quality illusions, and topped up by unforced comic banter. Read the full review.

The pioneers of slapdash magic are back with another mishmash of magical mayhem! These award-winning idiots have become famous for their fast banter, tight chemistry, contagious energy, and show-stopping wizardry.

"Machine-gun patter" ****1/2 (Reviews Hub)

"You must see the show!" **** (Broadway Baby)

"Very funny magicians" (Paul Zenon)

"Bizarre, hilarious, and anarchic" (Magic Night)

6:45pm to 7:45pm
Lovecraft's Monsters David Crawford

David Crawford is no stranger to the Brighton Fringe, with his literary homage Poe's Last Night earning 4* from us last year. A consummate performer, he brought familiar tales and poems chillingly to the stage, using parallels to Edgar Allen Poe's real life to guide us through the complexities of his work. This time, he's turning his attention to another iconic horror writer; extracts from some of Lovecraft's stories will be interspersed with a portrayal of the author's own inner demons. Hopefully, he'll deliver the same combination of faithfulness and insight we praised in 2017.

Watch horror writer H. P. Lovecraft battle his unrelenting demons and shape them into brilliant weird fiction.

Featuring Lovecraft's masterpieces 'Shadow Over Innsmouth', 'Night Gaunts' and more, performed by American actor David Crawford of 'Dawn of the Dead'.

6:45pm to 7:55pm
#BeMoreMartyn Hope Theatre Company

#BeMoreMartyn trended on Twitter in the hours after the announcement of Martyn Hett's death at the Manchester Arena bombing in May 2017 – but what does it mean?

Hope Theatre Company asked eight of Martyn's closest friends and created a unique piece of verbatim theatre using their words. They give a remarkable insight into an extraordinary young man, who transformed each and every one of them.

Martyn’s friends take us on a journey from the cobbles of Canal Street to his legendary Eurovision parties, celebrating Deirdre Barlow, Mariah Carey and Michelle McManus along the way.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Fraser Geesin Is A Lot Of Help (WIP) Fraser Geesin

Fraser hates writing blurbs. Let’s say this work-in-progress show improves lives and saves the world or something.

“Invigorates an audience without being so anarchic that they fear for their safety... strong performance backed with some solid writing.” (Chortle)

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

Celebrating 20 diamante decorated years, the Lady boys ‘Wonder Women’ tour takes the UK's number one cabaret show to a new level. With some of your favourites from the last 20 glorious years re-imagined, added to new scenes of spectacular costumes, choreography and of course hilarious comedy! The glamour of Hollywood and the glitz of Las Vegas, with more songs and big-scale musical production numbers than you could point a perfumed glove at. A cabaret like no other cabaret, performed by girls like no other girls!

7:00pm to 7:45pm
Sound Barrier Company Kate and Pasi

The whip was the first human invention that broke the 'Sound Barrier'.

Finnish circus artist Katerina Repponen turns whip-cracking into an art in this astonishing piece. Her precision in hitting targets is matched by her visually arresting presentation that proves that the whip can create something beautiful, elegant and soft as well as scary, loud and dangerous. Sound Barrier explores the sounds, rhythms and movements of the whip and explores its literal and metaphorical power in relation to the human body and mind.

'Sound Barrier' is definitely unlike any show you have ever seen before.

This production is part of Brighton Fringe's Finnish Season 2018.

7:00pm to 7:55pm
Good Kids: Blank Canvas Good Kids

Cult sketch-comedy cowboys 'Good Kids' descend on Brighton Fringe for another hour of wicked-ass mayhem. Put your phone in your pocket and your giggle boots on cause this one's the big one.

"Fantastically original material that shows a great creative talent" ***** (The Metropolist)

"Good Kids are a total blast!" **** (Fringe Guru)

"A cleverly scripted piece that is very entertaining" **** (Liverpool Sound and Vision)

"A really fab sketch show" (Joe Lycett)

7:00pm to 7:50pm
Mixed Race White Bloke Francis Foster

Francis Foster is a unique man who hails from Caracas and Wigan via South London. This show will explore race, cultural identity, and top level banter.

Francis also came third in the New Act Of The Year Awards, and supported Eddie Izzard on tour.

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Adam Vincent: Semi-detached (Work in Progress) Adam Vincent

See this award-nominated (Best Comedy, Buxton Fringe 2017) Australian stand-up, now living in Bedford, who played to full houses throughout his Edinburgh Fringe run (2017). See the man who writes for Channel 4’s award-winning flagship show, The Last Leg (not the leg jokes). See how family demands, societal expectations and unfulfilled joys are ruining his life (true).

"Makes me laugh louder and more inappropriately than most people I know” (Adam Hills)

"One of those rare comedians who make it all look so easy" (The Age)

"Recklessly honest and entirely relatable" (Chortle)

"He's okay" (Wife)

7:30pm to 8:30pm
A Night with Thick & Tight The Marlborough Theatre

Thick & Tight, a dance duo like no other, bring all the drama, musicality, farce and face you can cram into a show. This triple bill from Eleanor Perry and Daniel Hay-Gordon brings famous faces to life to reveal the yearnings and imperfections of human nature.

Queen Victoria and Miss Havisham mourn their losses in a monstrous modernist ballet; Marilyn Monroe and Princess Di are dogged by fame and beauty; Julie Cunningham becomes artists Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore in new solo, Radical Daughters.

"Appallingly entertaining" (The Observer)
"Clever, naughty, innovative and punchy" (London Dance)

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Nathan Willcock: Holland, 1980 Nathan Willcock

Great comedy guy Nathan Willcock presents what promises to be a work-in-progress show. In this show, he will try and recreate the 1980 Eurovison Song Contest in its entirety, on his own. That's the premise for this show. Really.

Nathan was 'Chortle Student Comedian of the Year Runner-Up' in 2013. He is also a member of 'Consignia', the chaps who were crowned 'Alternative Comedians of the Year 2016'.

"Slick and Silly" (Chortle)

7:30pm to 8:30pm
MoMent-Us! MoMental

The self-styled "MoMentalist" Phil Ainsworth combines two genres not often seen together: motivational speaking, and stage magic. It doesn't immediately sound like a promising combination, but our review of his show last year praised both aspects of his work. He shares simple, verifiable techniques you can apply to life's problems – and he performs some impressive mind-reading tricks too. Even better, he's a genuinely likeable performer, on a warm-hearted mission to make the world a slightly happier place for us all.

The world's only motivational mind-reader returns to Brighton Fringe, but this year, it's momentous! Dangerous stunts and death-defying spectacles performed for your entertainment, Phil attempts to stay 'in the moment', and read your mind to avoid career-ending injuries, or even death!

If that wasn’t enough, Phil will also be teaching you how to overcome your self-limiting beliefs, achieve your goals in life, and push through your sticking points. This will be your 'MoMent-Us' Experience!

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Tom Mayhew's Funeral (Previews) Quiet Boy Sshh

Tom Mayhew, Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Nominee 2017, invites you (and all your friends) to his funeral! It's a work-in-progress of his funeral, though, so some of the jokes might die.

"A fantastic alternative comic mind" (Broadway Baby)

"Obvious writing talent" (Chortle)

7:30pm to 10:15pm
Emma Morton and the Graces VCDC Productions with Beach Without Sand

Scottish singer-songwriter Emma Morton’s ascendancy through the European music scene has seen her work gain high-profile recognition. Emma has enjoyed reaching top 3 in the Italian charts and has collaborated and performed with international artists including Olly Murs, Paolo Nutini, Glen Hansard and Gary Lucas.

Join 'Emma and The Graces' for this exclusive performance before they release debut album ‘Bitten By The Devil.’ Their unique sound offsets the sweeping confessional tones typical to Emma’s Scottish folk heritage with the band’s shared passion for Americana.

With Support from Elliot Porter

'Elliot's songs are confident, powerful and very, very beautiful' - Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

www.elliotporter.co.uk

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Bark and B Bark and B

Bark is a tree. B is a naked cotton lady. They know nothing about the stage. Now they’ll have to perform a whole show to inherit the old theatre left to them. With the help of their Techfishian they try to keep the curtains up with a cabaret of improv, shadow puppet flashbacks and ukulele rap. Will everything go to plan? Not if the old spooky janitor has anything to do with it!

7:45pm to 8:45pm
Help! I Think I Might Be Fabulous Alfie Ordinary

After another award-winning year, snatching trophies at Hollywood and San Diego Fringe Festivals, and a run in Adelaide, Australia, Brighton's own Alfie Ordinary brings his critically acclaimed solo show back to Brighton Fringe. "Dazzlingly sequinned from head to toe", son of a drag queen identifies as fabulous and proud. In this show, Alfie tells us of a magical queer utopia.

With confetti cannons, LGBT anthems and puppetry, Alfie challenges the norm, questions what it really means to be a man, and presents a world where equality truly exists.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Hamlet? Bloody Bawdy Villains

“In this production of Hamlet I’m going to play Hamlet and I’m going to do all the soliloquies and it will be really good.” –Damien Warren Smith, Artistic Director of Artistry & Direction.

'Hamlet?' is a surreal and smart romp through the mad Dane’s mind, in which three idiots, their spirits with divine ambition puffed, battle for the love of the audience. Who will play Hamlet? Who is the most important character in the play? What a piece of work is a man?! And, will it ever start? An explosive revelation of aspects of Hamlet you never knew existed.

8:00pm to 9:30pm
Queer Homo Juuso Kekkonen

Queer Homo is an award-winning stand-up show about a straight guy who fell in love with another man. Juuso Kekkonen’s autobiographical tale about polyamory, BDSM and finding happiness has delighted thousands of people since its premiere in 2012, and now it’s finally the UK’s turn.

Ranging from teenage traumas to transgender issues, and from gorilla sex to the depths of the human mind, Kekkonen’s show takes the audience on a mind-bending trip from the Big Bang all the way to the end of the universe.

This production is part of Brighton Fringe's Finnish Season 2018.

8:00pm to 10:00pm
Love in 'The Harbour' by Eddie Alford The Harbour Theatre Company

Popular among Brighton’s Irish diaspora, The Harbour Theatre Company have had both hits and misses at recent Fringes. This year’s show sounds promising, though: commemorating the centenary of the Royal Air Force, it traces a love story between a Catholic Republican’s daughter and a WW1 air ace, with action shuttling between Shannon Harbour and the front-line in France. It's a substantial show in Fringe terms, clocking in at two hours long, and hopefully it’ll have the same sense of likeable nostalgia which earned the company an Argus Angel back in 2011.

A love story set in World War I follows the lives of three Irish air aces of the Royal Flying Corps against the background of great upheaval and change. With dark humour and raw emotion, the fast-paced action-drama moves between Ireland and front-line France, with music and lyrics composed by Danielle Morgan and John Merrigan. At the centenary of the end of the Great War and the formation of the RAF, the play reminds us of the personal stories behind conflict that still endures today.

8:00pm to 9:30pm
Ivo Graham: Educated Guess Off The Kerb Productions

After an eventful year off (got a new laptop, etc.), the boy's back in town, with resolutions galore but less courage in his convictions than ever. How much has Ivo learnt? And what good has it done him? As seen on 'Mock The Week', 'Live At The Apollo', 'As Yet Untitled', 'Live From The BBC', 'Fighting Talk'.

“Sharp punchlines, topper gags and the unmistakable sense of a young comic finding another gear” (The Scotsman)

“Like Hugh Grant’s less well-adjusted younger brother” (The Guardian)

14+ (under 16’s to be accompanied by an adult)

8:00pm to 8:45pm
Dreamy Piano Improvisations by James Lerouge JAMUSIC

A rare chance to see a uniquely talented pianist/composer. Enjoy soothing, impressionist piano works composed by Lerouge himself. Set in a beautiful church with wondrous acoustics. Influences include: Debussy, Ravel, Einaudi, David Lynch, Radiohead, Fleet Foxes and film noir movie soundtracks. James Lerouge learnt piano from the age of 5 and is classically trained. Though he prefers to improvise nowadays.

This concert will have no score, just a journey of melancholic, elegant impressionism that will enliven your senses. You’ll experience the joys of listening to music created in the moment.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Tits in Space LoveHart Productions

'Tits in Space' - are they idiots or are they boobs? A sketch show involving two idiots, some space, emails, death, plankton, voiceovers, and boob hats.

8:05pm to 9:15pm
Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears The Wardrobe Theatre

The silver-tongued Goldilock can see that her days of selling moody goods on the cobbled streets of East End London are numbered. But when circumstances leave her on the run from a pack of bears and badly indebted to a notorious gangster, will our young heroine be able to raise the needed ‘bees and honey’ in time and avoid doing porridge?

An original alternative comedy - an ill-fated fusion of the classic fairytale with 1998’s cult cockney caper to create something new, exciting, smart and very, very funny.

"Clever, silly and uproarious!" **** (Reviews Hub)

8:20pm to 9:10pm
Miss Universe Shivani Thussu

‘Miss Universe’ is ludicrous, graceful and confidently beautiful character comedy from Shivani Thussu. This year’s Miss Universe contestants form a patchwork quilt of offbeat characters - from social humanoid robot Sophia, to jealous Saudi princess Saphia, with many extreme personalities in between.
Who will win?

This is not just Miss World or Miss Earth.

This is Miss Universe.

BBC Comedy Award finalist 2017 (Felix Dexter Bursary)

"One to Watch" (Funny Women Awards 2017)

As seen on BBC3’s 'Quickies'

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

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

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

"A cracking comedy selection" ***** (Cream of the Fringe)

"A fantastic night of comedy" **** (ThreeWeeks)

"Kept the crowd well entertained" **** (Rip It Up)

"A Strong show of fresh comedy" **** (The Argus)

8:30pm to 9:30pm
Mao That's What I Call Music! Andyland Productions

Following sell-out shows at Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe for ‘Never Mind the Cossacks' (Brilliantly conceived Fringe Guru); Communist Crooner Des Kapital (Winner Gulags Got Talent) story sings the story of Mao’s China, using music by Adele (Hellish), The Smiths (Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Mao), Drake (Hotline Beijing), Robbie Williams (Engels), and lots more.

Perfect for entertainment or revision. Simply Red!

With award-winning comedian and teacher, Andy Thomas (Crimes Against Humanities Teachers).

Dead sparrows not included. Mass participation expected

8:30pm to 9:25pm
The Soft Subject (A Love Story) Hyphen Theatre Company

Chris Woodley’s autobiographical solo show 'The Soft Subject (A Love Story)' invites us back into the classroom to learn about love, loss and The Little Mermaid. In this highly-energetic, pop- fuelled, heart-on-the-sleeve account, Woodley playfully explores the peaks and troughs of wanting it all in the modern world. After a critically acclaimed run at Edinburgh Fringe, Hyphen Theatre Company brings its hit show to Brighton.

"A lovely personal testament to family" (The Guardian) 
“Utterly lovable” (The Reviews Hub) 
“Masterful talent” (ScotsGay)

8:45pm to 9:45pm
The Crapp Family The Crapp Family

The kind of family that goes the extra mile because the brakes are cut and daddy don’t like the UK speed limit. The kind who go against the grain, trust your heart and not your brain.

The Crapp family who won’t start a dog fight but won’t stop one. A non-linear, nuclear family with sweaty fingers all on the buttons. So come on in, grab a glass of something and take your f****** shoes off, it's new carpet.

Don’t ever apologise for how you feel and don’t ever be afraid to question what you’ve just read.

Three acts. Three shows. One hour.

"Sexy and terrifying"
"Still giving me nightmares"

8:45pm to 9:35pm
Wheely Wheely Wheely Wheely Wheely A Rush of Laughter

'Wheely Wheely Wheely Wheely Wheely' is the dumbest game show ever to grace the stage on God's green earth. There will be snorkels, pirate costumes, drawings of donkeys and a glamorous assistant called Stuart.

Stephanie Laing and Paul Duncan McGarrity bring you a silly hour of silliness, with zero artistic merit, but a shockingly high volume of Maltesers. This is an interactive show, so be prepared to get involved with some jousting, guess which donkey done a murder, and probably drown in the underwater round. Also, there is a big wheel with the rounds on it that Paul made, hence the name.

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Dark Side of the Mime Teatteri Takomo

'Dark Side of the Mime' explores the grotesque like nothing else. It mixes together clowning with classic pantomime, porn, splatter, and violence. In its core lies the foundation of our common culture and it’s taboos – we simultaneously gasp with horror and tremor with laughter because we all know we’re seeing the same things, even though the images are conjured up using only gestures. This is possible since we all have a dark side and Dark Side of the Mime exposes this darkness in a very raw, unhinged, and hilarious way. A clown-splatter-porn-mime-show!

This production is part of Brighton Fringe's Finnish Season 2018.

9:00pm to 9:50pm
Joe Foster: Let's Get Cynical Joe Foster

Eagerly anticipated debut show from the South Coast Comedian of the Year 2015.
It’s easy to be cynical in this day and age so let’s just get on with it. From weddings to Robert Mugabe, nothing is safe in this hour long critique of modern day living.

"He tells them well, with an off-hand wit" (Chortle)
"Tightly written and very funny material" (Latest 7)
**** (ThreeWeeks)

9:00pm to 10:30pm
La Clique Spiegeltent International Pty Ltd

If I've got my sums right, this is La Clique's fifteenth year on the festival circuit – and they've consistently picked up four- and five-star reviews for their spicy mix of circus, cabaret, vaudeville and burlesque. You can expect a show that's a little bit racy, a little bit subversive, and crammed with a lot of variety – as a series of acts takes their turn in the spotlight, accompanied by a live house band. Tickets aren't cheap in Fringe terms, but you get ninety minutes of solid entertainment, and the bedrock of a good night out.

The international sensation 'La Clique' returns to Brighton after far too many moons... with an amazing lineup and seven-piece band. Far more than the original indescribably bizarre cabaret sideshow spectacular; 'La Clique' keeps pushing the boundaries of new vaudeville and subversion with a show that is every bit live concert as adult variety show. From the subterranean world of circus, comedy, cabaret, variety, magic, burlesque and subversive performance clubs.

"What a show... sexy and saucy, glitzy and glittery, naughty and... " (Edinburgh Review Christmas 17)
"Turns up the heat... a triumph!" (The Stage)

9:00pm to 10:00pm
The Fannytasticals Fannytasticals

Brighton’s sell-out female comedy troupe present their rude and raucous topical humour.

A cabaret style show including songs, skits, sketches and general musings on life, love and the universe from a range of female perspectives.

Their original, bold and powerful material takes audiences on a journey into the wilderness of the female psyche, and leaves them gasping for breath. An evening without inhibition.

9:05pm to 10:05pm
A Really Really Big Modern Telly Stokes & Summers

"Gone are the days of leaving the house to be entertained. We’ve got something new, something the dusty stage and movie theatre can’t offer, and best of all, it now stars you".

A double bill of comedy plays simultaneously celebrating and condemning modern life, sandwiched in sketches. An 80s re-imagining of the myth of Narcissus, and a contemporary fable, blending live theatre and projection, questioning what happens when the consumer becomes the consumed...

"Move over French and Saunders; Stokes and Summers are in town!" (Highly Recommended: Fringe Review)

9:30pm to 10:30pm
The Ealing Inheritance Button Pressed Productions

A ripe, fetid comedy, where no one is who they claim, where everyone has a terrible secret and where the past haunts the present. Inspired by such films as 'The Ladykillers' and 'Kind Hearts and Coronets'.

"Violently exaggerated, theatrical to the point of absurdity and enormous fun" **** (The Argus)

9:30pm to 10:30pm
John Callaghan's Cabaret Electro John Callaghan

A renaissance man in a suitcase.

“Eccentric and artful pop songs that are high on classic pop melody, with plenty of smart electronic concepts and whimsical introverted lyrics." (Warp Records)

"All you could desire from a gig: frenetic energy... a never-ending parade of inventive home-made costumes... John’s songs exhibit a lively intelligence when you look beyond the showmanship, as the lyrics and their presentation combine to create a performance at once spectacular and profound. One of the most inspirational music acts we have ever experienced." ***** (To Do List)

9:40pm to 10:40pm
Spring Day: Help! I've Fallen in Love and I Can't Get Up! Spring Day

Two little cripples sitting in a tree k-i-s-s—Wait! How did two cripples get up a tree? Come see Spring Day, voted Brooklyn's Best Comedian, tell true tales of a spastic Sid and Nancy. You’ll laugh, be inspired and feel better about your lot in life, you patronising bastard.

**** (ThreeWeeks)

"An incredibly infectious smile that draws the audience into her performance and wickedly delivered punch lines which have them falling over themselves with laughter, thinking ‘I can’t believe she just said that!’ They absolutely loved her and there is no doubt that you will too." **** (Broadway Baby)

9:45pm to 10:45pm
Baba Brinkman: Darwinizm HDtouring Ltd

Baba Brinkman’s unique “peer reviewed rap” combines comedy, science, and hip-hop in a live show that the New York Times calls “astonishing and brilliant”. In Darwinizm Baba reveals the hidden forces that shape us, from DNA to digital memes.

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

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

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Decide-A-Quest Theatre of a Thousand Names Or...

I saw this cheerily ramshackle show at the Vault Festival last 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 peril waiting at every turn, and the audience regularly voting to decide which path they follow. It's funny, energetic, and more thoughtful than at first it seems. And if you make the right choices, 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, a stuffed prop box, and even our own theme tune!

"Nostalgic buffoonery" **** (Reviews Hub)

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Fabulon Winter Theatre Company

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

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

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Jack Left Town: The Improvised Rockumentary Jack Left Town

'Jack Left Town' tells the story of the greatest band the world has never known. It’s an improvised rock documentary in the spirit of Spinal Tap.

Inspired by improvised interviews with the band members we see the band’s history and adventures unfold along with stories about how they change the world - and how their meteoric rise to fame changes them.

"Boundless enthusiasm, a strong absurdity curve and sick air guitar" (Broadway Baby)

"Smooth viewing and more than a few belly laughs" **** (Arthur's Seat)

"Enormous Fun" **** (London Pub Theatres)

10:00pm to 10:45pm
The Trouble with Being Born Romanian Victor Patrascan

Victor Pãtrãscan is Romanian, but nobody's perfect. Victor brings this very personal stand-up comedy show in which he tackles identity, film and death. This is what other comedians have said about Victor:

“Unbelievable” (Dangerous T)

“A delightful burp of art” (Jack Brooks)

“Insightful, deadpan and utterly charming” (Sindhu Vee)

“Singular comedic voice” (Chris Betts)

“Tall” (Elena Fedotova)

10:15pm to 11:15pm
Giantology Michael Hackett

“Fall off your bar-stool funny!” (Barry from some pub in London)
“Uplifting” (Barry’s mate as he clambers back onto his)

But don’t take their word for it...

As part of a world tour, Michael Hackett rips apart the status quo. From misfit dentist to acid-tongued comedian, this 6’7 giant will challenge the way you think on every level.

10:30pm to 11:30pm
Lifestyle-ISH Lucy Bee

Lifestyle-ISH is a character comedy 'wellbeing event' for those who care... and for those who don't.

Lucy Bee presents a tongue-in-cheek glimpse at various aspects of wellbeing and lifestyle, delivered in a series of characterful demonstrations. Expect a surprising show with lashings of chocolate spread... In part interactive, what wellbeing event would be complete without an opportunity for attendees to share the joy, if they wish to?!

"Utterly charming and hilarious in equal measure." Fat Fox Comedy
"Very funny and dynamic." Trip Advisor (Yes, really!)

10:30pm to 11:25pm
Siblings: Acts 1 and 2 Bezoomny Theatre

Siblings return to Brighton with bigger balls than ever. Part time character comedians and full time sisters Maddy and Marina Bye have come back for a second bite of the cherry. Returning with their sell-out debut ’Siblings’, and presenting a brand new ‘Act 2’. Expect old and new characters, more drama, less dignity and whole lot of synchronised dance.

“A surreal hour of weird and wonderful sketches **** (Voice Magazine)
“Watch out for these girls” (Jennifer Saunders)

Siblings: Act 1 - 6-7 May 7:30pm
Siblings: Act 2 - 27-30 May 10:30pm