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

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

10:45am to 11:30am
Katie Pritchard: Hysterical Histories Katie Pritchard

Join freelance historical tour guide, Katie Pritchard, on this high-octane tour of her favourite people in history. Katie will bring history to life LIVE before your very eyes with some super catchy music, her VERY high budget hand-made costumes, and some death-defying feats of actory. Fun for ages 5-105.
"Inventive and Hilarious" (Broadway Baby).

11:00am to 12:00pm
Monski Mouse's Baby Disco Dance Hall Monski Mouse Media

Why toddle when you can dance! Parents and under 5s are let loose on the dance floor in the friendliest of discos. Created by our favourite DJ, producer and mum of two, Monski Mouse. Get your disco dancing booties on to an eclectic selection of retro hits, pop favourites and thumping nursery rhymes. Half Term Special 2 shows only!

? ? ? ? ? “the best baby dance party in the City” (Edinburgh Evening News).

? ? ? ? ? “absolutely joyous” (Edinburgh Families).

? ? ? ? ? “everyone let loose. Brilliant fun!” (Pam's Bake & Baby Blog).

? ? ? ? ? “EVERYONE was smiling" (Barefoot Review).

11:30am to 12:25pm
The Bubble Show The Highland Joker

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

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

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

12:00pm to 2:00pm
Middle Street Synagogue Open Days Middle Street Synagogue

This exquisitely sumptuous, Grade II* listed, sacred jewel is Brighton's second most important building after the Pavilion and its best kept secret. Designed by Thomas Lainson in 1874, it is now probably the most beautiful and one of the last remaining cathedral-synagogues in England.

Come along to discover and enjoy it during Brighton Fringe. We'll be open for tours and talks on Sunday afternoons and holding special, inclusive Wednesday lunchtime Jewish history and culture themed events. More details will be posted on the Facebook page Middle Street Synagogue from early spring.

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

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

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

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

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

2:00pm to 3:30pm
Absolutely Brighton: The Original City Tour Brighton City Walks

Award-winning, 90 minute city tour. Perfect for visitors and residents alike. Discover secret tunnels, lost royal romances, Jack the Ripper's favourite pub and much more.

TripAdvisor 'Certificate of Excellence' award-winner 2016, 2017, 2018.
"Fascinating walking tour", "Excellent guide", "Terrific introduction to Brighton", "Interesting and fun tour" (TripAdvisor reviews)

2:00pm to 2:55pm
Gerry Carroll: Crock or Gold Gerry Carroll

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2:30pm to 3:45pm
Son of an African Mixed Blessings Theatre Group

In 1868, a rescued 10-year-old African slave boy, Tommy, is whisked away to Brighton to a lodging house and the home comforts of Eliza and Henry Thompson who become his guardians. It is here he meets their illegitimate great-niece, 11-year-old Mary, stigmatised by her shameful birth and slow mind.

Watching their respective stories told though short monologues, acting and game play, we are witnesses to a brief but powerful friendship that will transcend race, religion and rigid social norms of Victorian England.

Winner of the coveted Irene Mensah Memorial Award 2018.

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

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

2:40pm to 4:00pm
Ordinary Days Farman productions in association with Rickmansworth Players

A romance on the rocks, an artist's vision stalled, and a graduates thesis in peril lead four young New Yorkers through a series of humorous and touching musical, intersecting vignettes, as they search for fulfilment, happiness, love and cabs.
This melodious musical, performed by an award-winning cast, will reveal the simple beauty of letting go to truly live. Adam Gwon's Ordinary Days musical is a hidden gem. (contains small amount of swearing)

2:45pm to 3:45pm
The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen Oh So Funny Comedy

Amazing tales elegantly told. Top award-winning comedians and improvisers tell extravagant stories all based on the Adventures of Baron Munchausen. There will be swords and duels and elephants and castles built of cheese, and all of it is completely and irrefutably true.

Leicester Comedy Festival Best Children's Show 2018 nominee. "All of the show was brilliant!" (Festmag). Rated by ThreeWeeks mag as one of their top 3 children's shows to see in 2018. "Bonkers and magnificent! Best children's show I have seen at The Fringe" (Euen, Facebook) "Excellent!" (BBC Radio Leicester).

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

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

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Super Cumbia Party Band supercumbiaylaliga

We are SUPER CUMBIA PARTY BAND, a superhero ensemble with an important mission: to remove the sorrow from planet Earth.

Originally from Argentina we are a world traveling music and comedy group.
Our musical style is called "Cumbia del monte", a variation of the South-American Cumbia, which we fusion with other Latin rhythms in our own original songs, especially designed to dance a lot!

A theatrical-music show with superhero costumes, funny acts, games, sing-a-longs and shameless dances. Come along and join the fun!

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

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

3:30pm to 4:30pm
Let's Get Tough Sons & Co.

Assertiveness training and self-defence for the contemporary woman. A self-defence inspired sketch comedy and cabaret show.

Sons & Co are sketch double-act Imogen Edmundson and Fi Simpson. Imogen was one of Funny Women’s One to Watch in 2017, and having beaten the black-out at Up the Creek, has performed at their Friday night show on multiple occasions.

Fiona was Pegasus Comedy’s New Act of the Year 2018 and a semi-finalist in the Laughing Horse New Act of the Year 2018. She has trained in comedy improvisation with the Free Association and was described as an “outstanding comedy performer”.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4:00pm to 7:00pm
University of Brighton Refugee and Migration Film Festival, Part 2 University of Brighton

“Bodies on the move: on screen and in the street”
This event will involve responding collectively to a variety of audio-visual material, exploring movement and migration, shifting from screen to bodies in space. We will work together to develop migration patterns that take us out of the Sallis Benney theatre, into the streets of Brighton, and back. Performance artist, Claudia Kappenberg, will be our guide.

4:30pm to 5:30pm
Kokoda Palmerston Projects Pty Ltd

In 1941, England had its Battle of Britain. A year later the Japanese army was rampaging through the South Pacific and the battle to save Australia was on, to be fought along New Guinea's infamous Kokoda track by a motley militia of poorly trained young Australians plucked off the streets of Melbourne. Private Morris Powell is one of the heroes from that campaign. Through Jayden Marshall we join him in the battles, hearing his story of courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice: the making of the men that rescued Australia from invasion and turned the Pacific war.

“All Credit!” (The Scotsman)

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

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

4:30pm to 5:45pm
Beat Stories in Theatre Productions in association with Ki M'Aime Me Suive and Scènes Plurielles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Oestrojen Jen Ives

Jen is a transsexual, but she’s flipping well sick of talking about it. In her debut stand up hour, Jen tries not to talk about it for about 60 minutes.

'Laughing Horse 2018 Runner Up.' 'Leicester Square New Comedian Quarter Finalist 2018.' 'Funny Women Semi Finalist 2017.'

“She’s easy-going and gregarious with a touch of self-deprecation that adds to her confidence rather than detracts from it... witty gags. Great company...” (Steve Bennett, Chortle)

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Impromptu Shakespeare Impromptu Shakespeare Ltd

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

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

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Juicy Juicy

Imogen Edmundson (Funny Women One to Watch), Naomi Wattis (BBC Radio 4) and Leo Gallagher (Laughing Horse New Act of the Year 2018 Finalist, shortlisted for BBC New Comedy Award 2018, “Arresting charisma” Steve Bennett, Chortle) squeeze comedy out of everything from batch cooks to coming out and holidays with the kids to bring you a refreshing hour of stand-up that’s invigoratingly lively, unashamedly bitter and most definitely, juicy.

5:00pm to 6:00pm
The Secret Comedy Club: Fringe Comedy Hub Artista

We have over 80 professional comedy acts who applied to Artista Cafe & Gallery. This will be a Fringe Comedy Hub run by The Secret Comedy Club. We will have comedy on 6 days per week from 5pm until 11pm daily (3pm start on weekends). Check our website for full listings and tickets for these full Brighton Fringe shows.
Here are just some of the many acts that will be doing their 1 hour shows with us (in no particular order):
Steve Bugeja
Stephen Carlin
Sara Barron
Radu Isac
Adele Cliff
Al Lubel
Daphna Baram
Sanj Surati
Daniel Muggleton
Gary Tro
John Pendal
Ali Woods
Katie Pritchard

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

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

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

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

5:30pm to 6:30pm
Dom Mackie's Poor Life Choices Dom Mackie

Dom Mackie may only be 21, but he has already made many poor life choices in his life. From his incredibly 'supportive' parents to how he ended up on a BBC One game show, Dom has made many stupid decisions.

See one of the most anticipated sell-out shows in the country and Dom can prove that (like his comedy career) we all make POOR LIFE CHOICES.

"Like a defibrillator who brings life into the crowd" (Audience review)

"Has great potential" (Mark Watson, Mock the Week)

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

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

6:00pm to 6:45pm
Young, Dumb and Easily Offended The Creative Performance Company

Feelin fat, ugly, depressed? Yh we all are, we’re Millennials! It’s gonna have coconut water, avocados, vegan sausage rolls. So stop sending dick pics and cat-fishing; Cum put us 2 the test... plz... we need this.

Fragile: Handle With Care.

6:00pm to 7:15pm
MET Musical Theatre Showcase 2019 Northbrook MET

An energy-packed performance by the Musical Theatre Degree students at Northbrook MET.

The showcase includes some of musical theatre's finest numbers from a range of composers and styles, from traditional to contemporary. With music from composers such as Pasek and Paul, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Stephen Sondheim, and dances in a variety of styles from Tap to Contemporary.

Last year's show received rave reviews, so come and watch these talented students before they forge a path into West End shows, following graduates before them.

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

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

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

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

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

"Highly recommended show" (Brighton Fringe Review).

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

6:10pm to 7:10pm
The Trial StoneCrabs Theatre Company

Years after being forced to leave his rural town, Antonio returns as Tieta, a millionaire who promises to transform the town’s fortune but there is a condition attached to her charity: her call for justice.

Part stand-up, part gig, with a 'sparkling performance' by Inês Sampaio, 'The Trial' invites the audience to be unprejudiced witnesses and play jury to her story. A fascinating play, unique and well-worth seeing.

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Caitlin Cook: Death Wish Caitlin Cook

Since she was seventeen, Caitlin Cook has lived her life by a code: if something scares her, she has to do it. Join her for a raucous hour of stand-up comedy, storytelling, musical comedy, and a bit of bathroom stall graffiti art to discover why.

Caitlin Cook is a Los Angeles-born, Brooklyn-based comedian. Not your conventional stand-up, Caitlin combines witty one-liners and scintillating storytelling with hilariously irreverent musical comedy and projected visuals. She has taken the stage all across the US, Canada, Europe, and Oceania at top-tier venues, comedy clubs, festivals, and fringes.

6:15pm to 7:10pm
Will Penswick: Nørdic(k) StraightUp Productions

Full-time detective. Part-time performer. Full-time Scandinavian. Will Penswick is 'Pætur Pætursson' from the Faroe Islands. A detective in the Tórshavn (that's the capital city). Police like his father and his father before him, a troubled, semi-legendary DJ, Pætur is going toe-to-toe with Scandinavia's most dangerous criminals and he needs your help... Because there's no crime like snow crime.

"You will be in for a comic treat" **** (PlaysToSee).
"Hard not to love...Brilliant" **** (Radio Ha-Ha).
**** (BroadwayBaby).

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

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

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

6:30pm to 7:30pm
What the Frick!? Alice Frick

A request for sex talk in German, a crippling back injury and coming out to her religious grandmother... Alice Frick knows the recipe for disaster well! The confused Austrian abroad indulges in life with wide-eyed enthusiasm.

Award-winning Austrian comedian Alice Frick escapes the Alps to follow a few of her favourite things; doing comedy and being openly gay, but she ends up experiencing one nightmare after another.

Spending a year reading every self-help book available, she was left with only one question: 'What the Frick?!'

“Exuberant... perfectly pitched” (ThreeWeeks).

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

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

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

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

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

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Further Education Unmasked Theatre

4 stars It’s the middle of the 1980’s. Margaret Thatcher is at the height of her power; but she’s threatened by an industrial dispute, a year-long coal-miners’ strike which threatens to bring her government to its knees. As the quarrel grows ever uglier, striking miners travel far from their home-towns, picketing the lorries moving stockpiled coal. Frank is one such miner, and he’s found himself a billet with a sympathetic group of students - who offer him a sofa in the flat they share. But the students are modern feminist thinkers, and Frank… well, Frank isn’t. Read the full review.

1985: Frank the miner likes doing his job and reading the Sun. Unfortunately, Maggie is after his job and his new housemates definitely don't like him reading the Sun. In a riotous clash of class, morals and feminism, very traditional Frank finds himself bunking down with three very modern students at the heart of the picketing wars.

In a country seeking to eradicate his livelihood, Frank must decide how he would like to be remembered once the line is inevitably drawn.

Award-winning Brighton company Unmasked Theatre returns with a winner from the highly successful Brighton Scratch Night.

6:30pm to 7:45pm
Son of an African Mixed Blessings Theatre Group

In 1868, a rescued 10-year-old African slave boy, Tommy, is whisked away to Brighton to a lodging house and the home comforts of Eliza and Henry Thompson who become his guardians. It is here he meets their illegitimate great-niece, 11-year-old Mary, stigmatised by her shameful birth and slow mind.

Watching their respective stories told though short monologues, acting and game play, we are witnesses to a brief but powerful friendship that will transcend race, religion and rigid social norms of Victorian England.

Winner of the coveted Irene Mensah Memorial Award 2018.

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Lulu Popplewell: Work in Progress Lulu Popplewell

Join Lulu in a (short) hour of stand up as she tries out ideas about spooning, Christmas films and how all human beings are fundamentally repulsive (yes, even you, sorry). This is a work in progress show ahead of this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It will be silly. It will be fun. There will probably be party poppers and chocolate.

"A perpetual target for bullies" (Chortle)

Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year finalist
Chortle Student Comedy Award finalist

6:30pm to 7:30pm
The Secret Comedy Club: Fringe Comedy Hub Artista

We have over 80 professional comedy acts who applied to Artista Cafe & Gallery. This will be a Fringe Comedy Hub run by The Secret Comedy Club. We will have comedy on 6 days per week from 5pm until 11pm daily (3pm start on weekends). Check our website for full listings and tickets for these full Brighton Fringe shows.
Here are just some of the many acts that will be doing their 1 hour shows with us (in no particular order):
Steve Bugeja
Stephen Carlin
Sara Barron
Radu Isac
Adele Cliff
Al Lubel
Daphna Baram
Sanj Surati
Daniel Muggleton
Gary Tro
John Pendal
Ali Woods
Katie Pritchard

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

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

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

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

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

6:45pm to 7:45pm
Lucy Frederick: Famtastic Vivienne Smith Management

Three years ago comedian Lucy Frederick - "Delightful" (Broadway Baby) - was picking herself up from the floor and ordering another large gin, now she is picking up dirty socks and ordering happy meals. From disaster queen to model step mum - join Lucy on her quest to become a part of a modern blended family, avoiding the wicked pit falls and navigating the alarming world of parenting.

"A genuinely gifted performer" **** (The Scotsman).
"Strong and diverse" **** (Three Weeks).
"Like catching up with a best friend" **** (The Wee Review).

7:00pm to 8:00pm
In the Shadow of the Black Dog All The Pigs

Not long ago, I lost my best friend. Soon after, I sat in the hospital emergency room, alone and scared, believing I didn’t have long left to live. I felt unable to call any of my mates to be with me. A few months later I was chased down by two knife-wielding men on a moped, and narrowly escaped. After overcoming these events a thought stayed with me I haven’t been able to shift; I don’t know if I can save myself.

I eventually reached out to my mates and found we were all harbouring the same fears about being a man or not a good enough one. This is why I wrote ‘In the Shadow of the Black'.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
10 Things I Hate About Taming of the Shrew Gillian English

'10 Things I Hate About Taming of the Shrew' will take you back to the good old days, when we worried about Y2K, wore butterfly clips in our hair and became total babes the minute we took off our glasses. And the even older days where we worried about the plague, wore massive wigs, and women weren't allowed to be on stage anyway.

***** (The Age).

7:00pm to 8:30pm
The Jungle Book JW Productions

Mowgli swings from one wild adventure to another with his friends Baloo the Bear and Bagheera the Panther as he learns the law of the Jungle. Danger is never far away; Shere Khan the Tiger is on the prowl...

Picnics welcome, but beware of those pesky monkeys - they'll eat anything!

From the makers of 'Wind in The Willows' 2017, 'Swallows & Amazons' 2018, 'Peter Pan' 2018, 'The Adventures of Robin Hood' 2018 and 'The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio' 2017.

"Outstanding, what family theatre should be!" (Fringe Review)

7:00pm to 8:15pm
Damien Lantern Theatre

5 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2016 Damien is one of Fringe 2016’s hidden treasures: a 40-year-old script, a masterful solo performance, and a story that’s both shocking and inspirational. It tells the real-life tale of Father Damien de Veuster, a Catholic priest – and now a saint – who lived in a community of leprosy sufferers on a remote island in Hawaii. Cruelly exiled by their government, the lepers of Molokai endured a lawless and impoverished existence, cut off even from the comforts of religious faith. Cut off, that is, until a young Flemish priest named Damien came along. Read the full review.

Returning to Brighton after a short but successful run in 2016, Damien is a meaty and thoughtful piece of theatre based on a shocking but inspirational real-life tale. It's the story of a priest who lived among an island colony of leprosy-sufferers; it charts his journey from naive enthusiasm, through self-doubt, to anger at the world's ills. Our 5* review from 2016 cited sole actor Daniel Finlay's expansive, convincing performance, enhanced by the evocative detail of the set and design.

"Damien is one of the Fringe's hidden treasures: a 40-year-old script, a masterful solo performance and a story that’s both shocking and inspirational. The real-life tale of Father Damien, a priest who lived in a community of leprosy sufferers on a remote island in Hawaii. Cruelly exiled by their government, the lepers endured a lawless and impoverished existence, cut off even from the comforts of religious faith. Cut off, that is, until a young Flemish priest named Damien came along. Daniel Finlay’s tour-de-force performance spans the full range of human emotion" ***** (Fringe Guru).

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

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

7:00pm to 9:00pm
Alpha St Peter's Brighton

Alpha is for anyone who's curious. This interactive film series is designed to explore questions of life, faith and meaning. No question is out of bounds.

Each of the sessions include food, live music, a film and discussion.

#TryAlpha

7:00pm to 9:00pm
The Odditorium Dr David Bramwell

If you live in Brighton, the chances are you already know about David Bramwell – purveyor of curiosities and champion of intelligent talk, thanks to his regular salon the Catalyst Club. His weekly Fringe events are turning now into an equally revered institution: part mind-expanding lectures, part entertainment, with a typically offbeat set of topics selected for the ever-changing agenda. They’re hosted in the 100-year-old Bosco theatre tent, which is itself a fascinating venue.

Four fascinating theatre and spoken word events on themes ranging from psychogeography, folk horror and the gothic in music to futurology. Curated by David Bramwell.

8th May: 'Unburied'. Gripping theatre plundering 70s folk horror.
15th May: 'The Future Starts Here', with John Higgs, Salena Godden, Jo Neary.
19th May: 'The Cult Of Water'. Dr Bramwell’s dreamy, candle-lit journey in search of the supernatural secrets of our rivers.
29th May: 'The Gothic In Music', with Jon Klein, Simon Price, Ian Trice.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Maid of Strong Stuff Luna Theatre

The powerful character and 'Below Stairs' world of Edwardian kitchen maid (and late-life successful author), Margaret Powell, is illuminated through lively music, hall songs and colourful shadow theatre. An engaging show for all ages.

Ticket includes a peek behind the scenes to demonstrate the special effects and puppetry. Beverages and biscuits are available upstairs in the quirky, amazing Bom-Bane's Cafe (which is art in itself).

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

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

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

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

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Ricky Riddlegang and the Riddle Gang Benjamin Alborough // Peracals Productions

Join hip teen detective, Ricky Riddlegang, and his trusty Riddle Gang as they solve the mystery of the haunted manor and put the perpetrator to death. Spectres, suspects and shenanigans abound as the Gang delve into an enigma that threatens to devour them all.

***** (West-End Wilma)

**** (Broadway Baby)

**** (Fringe Review)

**** (Remote Goat)

**** (IThankYouTheatre)

**** (LondonTheatre1.com)

**** (Spy In The Stalls)

**** (Everything Theatre)

**** (Secret Theatre Ldn)

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Teachers and Schools (Work in Progress) Barnstormers Comedy

Former Religious Studies teacher turned stand-up comedian Kevin Precious turns his hand to examining his former profession, and takes a sideways look at the teaching and schools more generally. A work-in-progress show from a seasoned professional who previously toured the UK's theatres and arts centres with a show dedicated to precisely the same subject. "Kevin's stage charisma and poise set him head and shoulders above the previous acts" (The Times). "Instantly recognisable stage presence and boundless wit" (Leicester Mercury at the Leicester Comedy Festival).

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

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

7:30pm to 8:30pm
James Bran: Hack Momentum Artist Management

Technology is making life easier, but at what cost? Join James Bran on a comedic exploration of convenience addiction; a sidesplitting look at the value of personal data, and a hilarious take on the destruction of democracy in the face of Big Tech. Most importantly, is it possible to hack comedy?

"Edgy entertainment you'd be silly to miss" **** (Three Weeks)
"Guaranteed to have you in stitches" **** (Broadway Baby)
"Proper well funny" **** (Mumble Comedy)
"Bleak... Tortured... Needing therapy... Moustache" *** (Three Weeks)

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Four Portaits: Of Mothers by Arnold Wesker Femme Fatale Theatre Co

Not monologues, as someone else is being addressed. These four women deliver their dramatic dialogues. Ruth is packing for her holiday while talking to her unseen child. Naomi with her paperback book which she has read so many times, answers her telephone. Miriam is talking to her psychiatrist. Deborah discusses her life with another housewife.

Playwright Arnold Wesker wrote this piece for one actress, but Femme Fatale Theatre decided to expand to different women for each part, so it becomes an ensemble piece for all to enjoy.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
SHIFT Barely Methodical Troupe

The company who brought you smash hits 'BROMANCE' and 'KIN' return with 'SHIFT'. Packed with a dazzling array of tricks and fun, SHIFT will challenge everything you thought you knew about gravity and physical achievement.

One of the UK’s hottest circus companies 'Barely Methodical Troupe' are at the forefront of a new kind of physical performance, creating highly entertaining shows that mix the show-stopping acrobatics of circus with the emotional punch of theatre.

"You will struggle to believe your eyes" ?????(Theatre Weekly)
"Truly outstanding" ?????(Theatre Reviews)

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Two the Power of Three Theatre Handmade

'Two the Power of Three' is Theatre Handmade's explosive new play. It dives into the lives of three young women as they do their best to grow up and out of what they have come from. It explores how we love, lie to and lust after the people we are closest to, and how hard it can be to remember who we once were.

Following a sell out run of 'Di & Viv & Rose (in an hour)', Handmade Theatre return with this challenging and funny play about womanhood, sexuality and betrayal.

7:30pm to 8:45pm
Ghost Walk of the Lanes Ghost Walk of the Lanes

'Ghost Walk of the Lanes' is a 75 minute tour of Brighton's oldest and most haunted quarter where hardly a street or lane does not have a spectral connection. Join Silas, Jasper or Ebenezer, all suitably dressed in full Victorian attire, and hear tales of hideous apparitions, poltergeists, gruesome murders and wandering spirits.

Tours also embrace much of the history of The Lanes. Stories are all based on long-established accounts of hauntings but are delivered with a good deal of comic respite.

7:30pm to 8:20pm
Milo McCabe as Troy Hawke in 'Troy Hawke - 1001 Moments with Troy Hawke 2' Troy Hawke

The nation’s favourite 1930’s throwback comedian Troy Hawke returns for another wonderful hour of observations, scrabble based conspiracy and authentic emotion (the real thing this time). As seen on ITV's Benidorm, BBC3's Live at the Electric and C5's Blue Go Mad in Ibiza.

British Fringe Guide Top Recommended Shows of 2017, 2018.
***** "Character comedy that is near perfection" (New Current).
***** "Comic genius" (Scotsgay).
**** "Spectacular character... razor sharp wit laced with a touch of the surreal" (Fest).
**** "Undeniably funny" (Chortle).

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Bollywood and Birmingham to Berlin and Brexit Dharmander Singh

"Growing up, I was too brown for the white kids and the wrong kind of brown for the brown kids. That's when I first questioned my identity". Join international stand-up comedian Dharmander Singh as he goes on a journey to discover his identity, roots, and nationality through funny stories and observations about being named after a Bollywood legend, living and trying to belong in 80s Birmingham, and the challenges and pleasures of being a sun-kissed Brummie in Berlin.

7:40pm to 8:40pm
Defective Inspector Laughing Mirror

Prepare for a hilarious hour of (awkward) romance, (sloppy) action and (tenuous) espionage! 'Defective Inspector' is the latest whirlwind comedy from emerging theatre company Laughing Mirror. An eccentric ex-Detective, Richard P. Cooper, attempts to stage one of his "legendary" exploits to the USA, with help from two hapless drama students. The cast of 3 just about manage to perform their way through a ridiculous series of adventures, involving three-legged dogs and assassination plots, while tensions run high between them and the show falls apart quicker than Richard’s failed novelist career.

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

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

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

Contains some sexual scenes and a small amount of nudity.

7:50pm to 9:30pm
The Bakewell Bake Off: A New Musical UCC Musical

The small English village of Bakewell, Derbyshire is holding its annual baking competition. The eclectic group of contestants are each hoping that their baking skills will impress the judges. Judging the competition are the owners of the three village bakeries, each of whom claim to have the original recipe for the world-famous Bakewell Tart. This year, a second round must be added to the competition to resolve the matter once and for all. The ensuing combination of hilarious songs, baking disasters and even a little audience participation is guaranteed to put a smile on your face!

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

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

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

8:00pm to 10:00pm
Bloco Branco Live Bloco Branco

Bloco Branco: a unique and high energy sound, fusing Brazilian drums, contemporary guitars, vibrant vocals and sassy saxophone. A spirited street-party-festival vibe. Original and infectious tunes spanning genres that ALWAYS get people moving. Bloco Branco have sold out for multiple years running at Brighton Fringe. Book early!

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Hurricane Michael 2 The Barbary Ape

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

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

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

This show contains known Gnomes and unknown Gnomes.

8:00pm to 11:30pm
Brighton Big Drag Pageant Brighton Big Drag Pageant with Brighton Spiegeltent

Spiegeltent presents: 'Brighton Big Drag Pagent'

Kings, Queens, and Inbetweens!

The hottest ticket of last year's Fringe... 'Brighton Big Drag Pageant' returns to the Spiegeltent!

Spiegeltent is proud to invite you to the spectacle of the year: Kings, Queens, Club Kids, and Exhibitionists will be sharing the stage for a night of talent, drag, wigs styled for the gods, and fierce entertainment.

Expect famous and infamous judges, special guests, press and prizes, and of course the best performers on Brighton’s exploding scene.

Who'll be the winner? Let your cheering decide...

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Chloe Petts: Alpha (Work in Progress) Chloe Petts

Chloe Petts brings her "inexhaustibly funny mind" (Diva Magazine) and "compelling presence" (Steve Bennett, Chortle) to her work in progress show 'Alpha'.

Born in Sittingbourne, Kent, it was clear to Chloe that being masculine was only okay when it was men, despite being very good at it. She explores what it's like to be a masculine woman living in the 21st Century and asks important questions about the size of tiny clutch bags.

'Funny Women Award Runner Up 2017', Finalist 'Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year 2017', Winner at Life, join this exciting up-and-coming comedian.

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

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

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

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

8:00pm to 8:50pm
The Dolly Parton Story Night Owl Shows

Following sell out shows and standing ovations at Edinburgh Fringe, 'The Dolly Parton Story' premiers at Brighton Fringe to take you on an incredible journey through the career of the ‘Queen of Country’, who currently holds an astonishing 153 major awards, including 9 Grammys and 11 CMA’s. Follow Dolly’s incredible journey in this groundbreaking 'show-umentary' format. Featuring passionate renditions of Jolene, 9 to 5, Islands In The Stream, Here You Come Again, Coat Of Many Colours, Joshua and many more.

“Hannah Richards performs beautifully” **** (ScotsGay).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8:00pm to 9:00pm
The Secret Comedy Club: Fringe Comedy Hub Artista

We have over 80 professional comedy acts who applied to Artista Cafe & Gallery. This will be a Fringe Comedy Hub run by The Secret Comedy Club. We will have comedy on 6 days per week from 5pm until 11pm daily (3pm start on weekends). Check our website for full listings and tickets for these full Brighton Fringe shows.
Here are just some of the many acts that will be doing their 1 hour shows with us (in no particular order):
Steve Bugeja
Stephen Carlin
Sara Barron
Radu Isac
Adele Cliff
Al Lubel
Daphna Baram
Sanj Surati
Daniel Muggleton
Gary Tro
John Pendal
Ali Woods
Katie Pritchard

8:00pm to 8:40pm
William Stone: Gathering Moss (Work in Progress) HD Management

William Stone (BBC New Comedy Award Finalist 2018) is gathering moss, stuck somewhere between reality and dreams in the nineties. Come on a journey into his world through a nostalgia-filled show formed of whimsical one-liners and offbeat observations.

"William Stone cracks me up, he's got some belting gags that I wish I'd thought of. Highly recommended" (Angela Barnes, Mock the Week/Live at the Apollo)
“Excellent writer of quirky one-liners” (Steve Bennett, Chortle)

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

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

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

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

8:30pm 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 9:15pm
Kitchen Sink Half Full Glass

London, 1984. Sitting in the filthy rundown kitchen of her shared house, Carly is contemplating her feelings towards the baby growing inside her. Carly's housemates visit the kitchen to smoke, drink seemingly endless cups of tea and let off steam. Each encounter further fuels the tempest of emotions raging in Carly's heart.

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Cressida Wetton: Crewless, a Work in Progress Cressida Wetton

Cress wouldn’t wish her rented bedsit on anyone, narrowboats always looked so romantic and she’s ready for an off-grid adventure!

Join her as she develops a stand-up comedy show about turning a narrowboat into a home, adapting to a new rustic way of life and still making it into the office every morning!

"Captivating presence, great response" (The Stand)
"Cressida Wetton is original, charming and very funny! (Dave Thompson)
Funny Women New Act Competition 2018 Regional Finalist
BBC New Comedy Award 2017 Heat runner up
So You Think You’re Funny 2015 Semi finalist

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Birds: Pluck Junior Productions

The BBC New Comedy Award-nominated sketch duo are back and this time, they're taking on the modern world. From the perils of paper straws to the pitfalls of polyamory, they’ll tackle everything the 21st century can throw in their faces. One day, they might even pluck up the courage to ask for the WiFi password.

"Completely infectious" (Chortle).
Finalists, Leicester Square Theatre Sketch Off! 2018.
As heard on BBC Radio 4.

9:00pm to 9:55pm
Grant Busé: Touché Busé Grant Busé

Dealing with life's blows one prick at a time. Australian comic Grant Busé is set to satirically serenade Brighton with his “ingenious comedy music" ***** (Tulpa). There will be no parrying of Busé's disarming charm, sharp wit and hit tunes as he duels with all the big issues like responsibility, blame, death and astrology.

Winner: Best Cabaret Award, Adelaide Fringe.
Nominated: Best Cabaret, Fringe World Festival. "Top 10 Comedy Shows You Must See at Edinburgh Fringe 2018" ***** (The Scotsman), “Smart as anything coming from Tim Minchin and equally as politically woke" **** (Broadway Baby).

9:10pm to 10:10pm
I'll be Your Baby Tonight..? Holly Delefortrie

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

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

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

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

9:15pm to 10:10pm
Mark & Haydn: Llaugh (pron. Claugh) StraightUp Productions

Sketch comedy double act Mark & Haydn have been described as “brilliant” by their guardian. They bring their fast-paced, gag-filled show, 'Llaugh', (pron. Claugh) to Brighton.

Leicester Square Theatre Sketch-off finalists 2019. Max Turner Prize runner-up 2018. Yellow Comedy Young Comedian runner-up 2018. Chortle Student Comedy finalist 2017.

“An undeniably funny show from some very talented writers.” **** (ThreeWeeks)
“First true gem of the 2017 Fringe.” *****(Broadway Baby)
“A raucous and entertaining night out” **** (TCS)
**** (EdFringe Review)
****(The Wee Review)

9:30pm to 10:30pm
The Secret Comedy Club: Fringe Comedy Hub Artista

We have over 80 professional comedy acts who applied to Artista Cafe & Gallery. This will be a Fringe Comedy Hub run by The Secret Comedy Club. We will have comedy on 6 days per week from 5pm until 11pm daily (3pm start on weekends). Check our website for full listings and tickets for these full Brighton Fringe shows.
Here are just some of the many acts that will be doing their 1 hour shows with us (in no particular order):
Steve Bugeja
Stephen Carlin
Sara Barron
Radu Isac
Adele Cliff
Al Lubel
Daphna Baram
Sanj Surati
Daniel Muggleton
Gary Tro
John Pendal
Ali Woods
Katie Pritchard

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Perplexed Carl and Tom

Join two of Brighton’s best up-and-coming comedians as they take on Brighton Fringe in their first ever split bill. 'Perplexed' sees Tom Smith and Carl Carzana consider the perplexing nature of growing up and what being an adult actually means, with subjects ranging from wolves to party crisp etiquette.

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Long Man Doing Short Jokes, Short Man Doing Long Jokes Josh Massen & Phil Green

A stand-up showcase featuring purveyor of one-liners and 'Long Man', Josh Massen, and storyteller and 'Short Man,' Phil Green. With their different styles and surreal minds they get their comedic claws stuck into the big issues of anxiety, identity, family dysfunction, unemployment and Paddington Bear. Come watch them dish out the jollies and maybe see Phil finally tell a one-liner.

9:30pm to 10:45pm
Hot Gay Time Machine Zak Ghazi-Torbati, Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss

Fresh from their sold-out, five-star run at the Edinburgh Fringe and in London’s West End, join multi-award-winning duo, Zak Ghazi-Torbati a Toby Marlow (co-writer of 'SIX'), as they take you on a time travelling adventure through their fabulous lives as fabulous gay men.

Full to the brim with outrageous dances and “hilarious original musical numbers” (The Stage), Hot Gay Time Machine covers all the most important moments of a gay man's life, from coming out to your mum to navigating the naked politics of the school locker room.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:00pm to 10:50pm
QUADRUPLE THRE4T Mr Henry Moss

After sell-out shows at the Sydney Fringe Festival and Camden Fringe Festival, Australian comedian Henry Moss will channel fictitious, egomaniac Harry Ledgerman and his wife, notorious talent agent Krystal Lee.

With his signature wit, brassy voice and high kicks Henry will perform dozens of pop hits.

“Again and again a number would begin in such a manner that had the audience in cahoots... a delightful and delectable exploration of the cut-throat and ever-unforgiving entertainment industry” ***** (London Theatre1)

Because these days being a triple threat just isn't enough...

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

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

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

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

10:15pm to 11:00pm
poH piH: Hip Hop, Backwards. Acting Inspired

In 2003 Lewis bought an 'old skool' hip hop CD from a bargain bucket in a petrol station in Cornwall with a fiver his Nan gave him for pasties. Since then he's been trying to find his place in the world of hip hop. He's still searching...

"Goody's use of live looping mixed with poetic rap is impressive and gives the performance an extra dimension that will have a wide appeal." (Fringe Guru 2018).

10:15pm to 11:00pm
Bananas (Work in Progress) Anna Clifford

Anna Banana can put words together that, if sung, would be so elegant, and, if rapped, would be lit! School has ruined poetry, so can she call herself a word-worker or a rhyming riot? Watch comedian Anna Clifford rhyme about how to grab life by the bananas through hilarious spoken word and energetic stand-up.

Irish comic Anna Clifford is based in London but regularly gigs at home and in the UK. Funny Women Regional Finalist 2017, Vodafone Comedy Carnival 2017/2018. As seen on BBC and RTÉ.

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

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