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10:00am to 11:10am
Elliot and the Enormous Sneeze Mouths of Lions

‘Elliot and the Enormous Sneeze’ follows the story of the old man who never (hardly ever) sneezed. Featuring chocolate pudding, live music, magical mucus and ever extendable nose hairs. A fantastic new adventure for children of all ages from the company that brought you ‘Dr Zeiffal, Dr Zeigal and the Hippo That Can Never be Caught'!
Winner: Best Family Show (Buxton Fringe 2016).
Based on the book ‘The Old Man Who Never (Hardly Ever) Sneezed’ by Jesse Allam.

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:00am to 5:00pm
Unity Through Struggle Exploring Senses CIC

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

10:30am to 11:20am
Dogs Don't Do Ballet Blunderbus Theatre

The very funny tale of a small dog with big dreams!

Biff is not like other dogs. He doesn’t do dog stuff like weeing on lampposts, or scratching his fleas, or drinking out of the toilet. No, Biff likes moonlight and music and walking on his tiptoes. You see, Biff doesn’t think he’s a dog. He thinks he’s a ballerina!
Based on the bestselling children’s book by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie, this fabulous feel-good show features music, songs, hand-crafted puppets and Biff, the ballet-dancing dog!
Brought to the stage by acclaimed Blunderbus, this hilarious new story for ages 3+ tells the very funny tale of a small dog with big dreams!

“Brilliant fun!” (The Guardian).

10:30am to 11:20am
The Ugly Duckling & Other Tales Above Bounds Theatre Collective

On a lake somewhere not far away, a mother duck is sitting on her eggs. But one doesn’t look like the others; it’s a different shape, a brighter colour and is much, much bigger! What will happen when the egg hatches, and what stories will hatch with it?
Join Above Bounds as they explore the most loved Hans Christian Anderson story using songs, shadow puppetry and some of your input to tell this famous tale. Come along on the journey with our Ugly Duck; there’ll be gasps, laughs and a few surprises along the way.

The project is supported by the encoreinsure.com Brighton Fringe Bursaries.

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

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.

10:30am to 11:20am
Learn To Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

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

10:45am to 11:30am
St Michael and All Angels Church Tours the Cathedral of the Backstreets St Michael & All Angels Church

Guided tours of this magnificent Grade I* listed church - one of the finest Victorian churches in the country. In Simon Jenkins’ book 'England's Thousand Best Churches'. It is in fact, two churches in one, the first designed by G.F. Bodley and built in 1861-62 ‘extended’ by William Burges 30 years later. Noted for its fine architecture, sculpture and woodwork and its magnificent stained glass windows by the pre-Raphaelites, William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones, Ford Madox-Brown, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Philip Webb and Kempe. Free local parking on request. Cooked breakfasts from 08:45.

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

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

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

Why toddle when you can dance! Parents and under-5s are let loose on the dance floor in this friendliest of discos. Created by Adelaide’s own DJ, producer and mum of two, Monski Mouse. Get your disco-dancing-booties on to an eclectic selection of retro hits and funky nursery rhymes.

"DJ Monski Mouse is onto a winner" ***** (Barefoot Review),

"Creates a unique atmosphere and allows friends, parents, carers, grandparents (you name it) to join together by dancing, enjoying the music and relaxing" **** (Three Weeks).

11:00am to 12:00pm
House of Verse House of Verse CIC

One entertaining community. Join our variety culture.

We are an eclectic performance troupe who share regular variety events across Leicester. Home to spokenword, rap, beatbox, comedy, DJing, live music, live art and beyond... we are somewhere for everyone.

11:00am to 2:00pm
Brighton Food Tours: The V.I.B. (Very Independent Brighton) Food Tour Brighton Food Tours

The V.I.B (Very Independent Brighton) Food Tour is a celebration of independent Brighton - packed with the eclectic sights and tastes from the unique makers to the unsung heroes of Brighton’s indie food and drink scene.

Over approximately 3 hours you’ll get a chocolate box selection of the best foodie hot spots that quirky, independent Brighton has to offer.

You might visit off-the-beaten-track street food stalls, hear about eco-aware sustainable food systems, get down and dirty with the most passionate burger-makers in town, meet food industry revolutionaries and a whole lot more.

11:00am to 11:40am
Oskar's Amazing Adventure Theatre Fideri Fidera

An original, heartwarming play for young children and their families – full of good humour, adventure, music and song.

Fun-loving little Swiss puppy Oskar has been snowbound in the little house on top of the mountain for weeks. Desperate for a game, he goes out into the forest to find a friendly animal to play with. But the animals Oskar meets are not at all friendly and Oskar only avoids the attentions of a hungry fox when he falls down a deep hole in the ground and lands on top of a young hibernating marmot. The marmot forgives Oskar for waking her up and using her amazing digging and whistling skills helps the puppy escape the fox and reunites him with his family. The two become friends and Oskar has had such fun escaping the fox that he wants to play more, but has to wait for spring and Marmot to finish her long Winter's sleep, before they can meet again.

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

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

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

Be different!

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

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

11:30am to 12:30pm
Sleeping Beauty & The Ewe's Duty Ripley Theatre

The Super Sheep are back in a new adventure! Shadwell must help three friends (a brave fairy, a reluctant sheep and a bonkers pig) save a Sleeping Beauty. Time travel, show-stopping songs, and a host of crazy characters mark a welcome return for Brighton Fringe favourites, Ripley Theatre. Come join Big Red Riding Hood for a tale of frantic fun and see if our intrepid band can find the Prince in time. Will they be thwarted by evil fairy Gravalada and his sidekick Doug the Wasp? Super Sheep to the rescue!

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

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

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

12:00pm to 12:45pm
First World Problems Vs Powerpointless Andy Quirk

Andy Quirk and Andy Onions go halves on a uniquely energetic and entertaining comedy show. Andy Quirk, East London’s premier rapper of First World problems, invites you to be part of his crew for a session of fist-pumping therapy for modern living. Meanwhile, Andy Onions uses Powerpoint in ways you never thought possible, with the silliness turned up to 11.

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Mr Danger's Really Safe Show Sam Quinn

Mr Danger is a damaged former daredevil who learnt his lesson the hard way. That lesson being: Don’t try to jump a motorcycle over 20 double decker buses with a bag on your head.

Fusing character comedy, clowning, storytelling and puppetry, Mr Danger performs his incredible, mind-bogglingly inane stunts with the bravado of Evel Knievel, and the mental tenacity of a shell-shocked guinea pig.

Follow him now on a journey to rediscover his self-confidence, as he rejects his old Master, the radical Captain Bang, recreates past glories, and attempts to pull off the ultimate stunt.

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

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

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

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

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

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

12:15pm to 1:05pm
Little Meerkat's Big Panic Collar & Cuffs Co.

Go on an award-winning, magical, musical, multi-sensory adventure in the Kalahari desert with Little Meekat and her friends Elephant and Wise Monkey to find out all about Calm and what to do with very big feelings. Based on the storybook by trauma-parenting expert Jane Evans, this little tale helps everyone to see, hear, smell, taste and feel what's going on in their brains and bodies when emotions become overwhelming. Performances last 20 minutes and are followed by up to 30 minutes of sensory play exploring Calm. Suitable for 0-7s and children/young people with complex needs or disabilities.

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

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

12:45pm to 1:15pm
Sink Carl James

'Sink' is based on the human need for control. We constantly find ourselves trying to control and perfect things that we may or may not be able to. The story follows the struggle of one man's life with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). When he loses control, how does he cope? How does he come to terms with the struggles of life and things that are not within his control? How does he communicate this struggle to others? How can he ask for help?

The show combines physical theatre with performance art, occasionally relying on sign language to articulate the feelings that words cannot.

1:00pm to 2:00pm
House of Verse House of Verse CIC

One entertaining community. Join our variety culture.

We are an eclectic performance troupe who share regular variety events across Leicester. Home to spokenword, rap, beatbox, comedy, DJing, live music, live art and beyond... we are somewhere for everyone.

1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ambrose Page & friends present The Mendelssohn's, their lives & music with Marcia Bellamy Mezzo Music at Saint Michael's

A concert of words and music focusing on the relationship between Felix Mendelssohn and his sister Fanny. The recital will include a selection of their songs and piano works alongside extracts from their letters and diaries. 
With Marcia Bellamy, narrator and mezzo-soprano, Larry Yates, narrator and Ambrose Page, piano. Ambrose Page's composer portraits always charm and delight and we look forward to this years' concert on the lives of Felix and his sister, Fanny. Complimentary local parking available on request, space permitting. Please contact the church for further details on parking.

1:00pm to 2:00pm
Guns at Lunch: This Time It's Personnel Tap Tap Theatre

Stevenage. 1996. The premiere stationery suppliers in North Hertfordshire. A band of angry Russian cyber-mercenaries. An office party turned fight for survival. 'Guns at Lunch' is an action-packed, multi-rolling, laugh-out-loud mini-epic. And This Time It’s Personnel.

The new comedy epic from Ben Behrens, award-winning creator of 'Captain Morgan and the Sands of Time'.

"Watching this show is like experiencing fallout from an imagination bomb" ***** (Broadway Baby).
"The physical set pieces were jaw dropping" Highly Recommended (Fringe Review).

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

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

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

1:00pm to 2:00pm
SpiegelCircus Bosco Speigeltent

Half-term family circus show in the beautiful Spiegeltent with lots of fun and amazing skills hosted by the lovely bunch from High Top Circus with turns from Aussie boys' Head First Acrobats and just a few of our Spiegelly acrobatic friends... A massive hit 2 years running! With the chance to warm-up, play and try out some circus skills yourself an hour before the show with some of the performers! A fast-paced fun show where anything can happen... and probably will!

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

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

1:00pm to 1:55pm
Ken Cheng: Chinese Comedian CKP

Ken has never lived a conventional life. Born in the UK to Chinese immigrants, he studied maths at Cambridge University before dropping out to pursue a career in online poker. He now applies his uniquely analytical brain to stand-up comedy, reaching the finals of the BBC Radio New Comedy Award in 2015. He has also reached Diamond 2 in ranked League of Legends. Come hear his story.

Previous praise:

"Smart, impressive and brilliantly funny tour-de-comedy” (Chortle).

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

Returning for their third year.

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

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

1:00pm to 2:00pm
Play Time Of Mice Theatre

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2017 Who pushed Charlie off the climbing frame?  A cloak-and-dagger mystery is gripping the local primary school, and erstwhile teacher's pet Elton is firmly in the frame.  He waits now outside the headteacher's office, his dreams of future eminence twisting slowly in the wind.  But he's not alone: another child is with him, a troublemaker whom the goody-two-shoes Elton would normally shun.  Will this odd couple unite in the face of a common enemy?  And more importantly... will Elton ever learn to play? Read the full review.

This inspired, hilarious, occasionally poignant play was a lot of fun at the Vault Festival back in March, and I'm sure it'll prove equally entertaining here. A two-handed whodunit set in a primary school, the central joke is that the characters are nine years old – yet they speak in precociously grown-up language. With a smattering of nostalgic references, a few unexpected diversions and a plot that's sensitive enough to make you care, this funny play with heart is recommended to all.

Elton and his new friend are in deep trouble...

Though they barely know each other, they’ve got mixed up together in a nasty incident which has put someone in hospital. Now the powers that be will decide who is to blame, and their conclusion could change the course of the boys' lives forever. It’s a lot to face up to when you’re only nine years old.

Play Time is a fast-paced, colourful, outrageous, heartwarming and hilarious two-hander from the award-winning Of Mice Theatre.

???? FRINGE GURU - "A sophisticated and well-worked comedy, performed with panache and irresistible warmth. Go see it; you'll have fun."

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

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

(Parents allowed)

**** (Fest),

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

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

1:15pm to 2:00pm
David McIver: Stop It David We Are Having Too Much Fun David McIver

David McIver is one of the most fun guys around these days. Come and have a look at the things he has thought of using his imagination. Expect props, silly characters and stupid nonsense from this idiot. "Charming and playful... delightfully ridiculous" (Chortle). Selected for the BBC New Comedy Award. As heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra.

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

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

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

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

1:30pm to 2:30pm
Sleeping Beauty & The Ewe's Duty Ripley Theatre

The Super Sheep are back in a new adventure! Shadwell must help three friends (a brave fairy, a reluctant sheep and a bonkers pig) save a Sleeping Beauty. Time travel, show-stopping songs, and a host of crazy characters mark a welcome return for Brighton Fringe favourites, Ripley Theatre. Come join Big Red Riding Hood for a tale of frantic fun and see if our intrepid band can find the Prince in time. Will they be thwarted by evil fairy Gravalada and his sidekick Doug the Wasp? Super Sheep to the rescue!

1:30pm to 2:20pm
Bones Gritty Theatre

Mark, 19, cares for his drug-addict mum and her baby. He has to make a choice that could change things forever, as he is living a life he never signed up for. But how far will he go? A poignant, emotionally charged monologue about trying to find your place in a world that doesn’t want you. Mark's tale will chew you up, spit you out, and make you wonder why you cared in the first place.

Shortlisted for Brighton Fringe Award 2015. "Funny, upsetting, shocking, very, very moving... a must see" (Ed Fringe Review), "Utterly convincing... ambitious, impressive, and humbling" (Broadway Baby).

1:40pm to 2:35pm
The Holey Truth Jake Howie

From being raised as a Scientologist in the ‘burbs of New Zealand, to the peculiar and pensive realities of sexuality, Reading Comedy Festival New Act of the Year 2015 winner, Jake Howie, is looking for his own version of the holy truth. From an overzealous mother to meeting the foreign man of his dreams, Jake explores his search with a warm, engaging vibrancy and an irreverent flair that is drenched in naughtiness. But what is the holy truth? Only one thing is for sure - when searching for the truth, you come across holes.

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

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

2:00pm to 3:30pm
Geoffrey Mead's Clifton & Montpelier Tour Geoffrey Mead

Close to the city centre lies the Victorian suburb of Clifton Hill and Montpelier; a quiet architecturally interesting community with its own geological, geographical and social history background. This tour looks at building materials and styles, occupations past and present, viewed on a stroll through this fascinating locale.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2:00pm to 3:10pm
Good Grief: Stories at 207 West 88th The Divine Miss T

‘Good Grief: 207 West 88th’ tells tales of various characters who live at, or are somehow connected to this building on the West Side of Manhattan. The main character is Bruna, the older Italian superintendent of the building – or, as she says, ‘soup of de build’. She is as outrageous as she is wise, and as insulting as she is innocent. She is the glue of the show and audiences fall in love with her. What the other characters recount ranges from comic to devastating and the show leaves the audience reminded that every person has a story.

2:00pm to 2:45pm
Brawn Honest Man Theatre

‘Brawn’ is a portal into the world of a young man named Ryan; a world consumed by image and obsession, where self-worth is measured in muscle mass and where self-improvement becomes self-destruction. A world that is spiralling out of control...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Griffin and Jones are pioneers of slapdash magic!

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

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

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

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

2:15pm to 3:05pm
WATCHING, Ceci n'est pas de Deux Ester Natzijl Productions

A solo-duet created by Flying Solo and Amsterdam Fringe 2015 award-winner Ester Natzijl and performed by Esmee van Liere. A mesmerizing mix of puppetry, theatre, and dance, that provides different views of what a relationship can be. Carving out a tender, entrancing performance of horror and humour, with an animated and sometimes extremely evil avatar.

2:30pm to 3:15pm
Eve's Dawning: The Story of the Last Girl Last Girl Productions

‘Eve’s Dawning’ combines storytelling, live music and animation to tell the dystopian fairy tale of Eve, the last girl in the world, as she navigates a post-apocalyptic wasteland, meeting strange characters en route.
Playwright Joel Samuels (‘The Common Land’ - winner of ‘Pick of the Fringe’ at Brighton Fringe 2014 - ‘God’s Own Country’, ‘Divas’), singer/songwriter Lydia Samuels (1/4 of ANTI Records’ The Melodic) and artist Jeanine Moros-Noujaim invite you to Eve’s kaleidoscopic journey. Accompanied by a dreamy live soundtrack spanning multiple genres, from Folk to Doo-Wop and Punk.

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Brodi and Dave: Paranoid Dave Fensome & Brodi Snook

Just because you're paranoid, it don't mean they're not after you! This is the show for anyone who's ever been confused or scared by the day-to-day insanity of life. Whether it's the futility of physical fitness or the very real possibility that cats are plotting against us, this show will break it down for you and hit you with the inside truth. Brodi Snook and Dave Fensome bring you the debut of 'Paranoid', an hour of new stand-up taking a distinctly different look at the increasingly crazy world we live in, and attempt to answer some of the big questions such as "exactly how local is this kale?"

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

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

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

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

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

"Wickedly funny" (The Scotsman).

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

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

3:00pm to 3:25pm
She Denied Nothing Actors of Dionysus

AOD's 'She Denied Nothing' draws inspiration from Sophocles's masterpiece, Antigone. This provocative theatrical installation, created by Faye Hughes, immerses the audience as 'walking wounded' in a military hospital during a brutal civil war. Tensions mount, violence escalates and two women fight their maternal urges, in a battle against each other. Reviews for 'Helen' at Brighton Fringe 2016: "So many ravishing moments... astonishing and unforgettable" (Fringe Review). Praise for Faye Hughes: "I am not sure if it is theatre, or perhaps art? All I can be certain of is my desire to see it again" (Karina Joplin).

3:00pm to 4:00pm
House of Verse House of Verse CIC

One entertaining community. Join our variety culture.

We are an eclectic performance troupe who share regular variety events across Leicester. Home to spokenword, rap, beatbox, comedy, DJing, live music, live art and beyond... we are somewhere for everyone.

3:00pm to 4:15pm
How To Make Friends - and Imitate People Bandbazi presents: B Collective & Connected Youth

A lonely scientist clones a perfect army of women, until something goes horribly wrong.
Isolated teenagers realise it’s better to fight their emotional battles as a united front.
Using trapeze, silks, hula hooping, comedy and physical theatre, two talented community circus companies present an amazing and entertaining double bill.

Directed by Alpha Marks, Philippa Vafadari, Shereen Hussain and Sita Yebga. Devised by the companies.

See #ResilientArts, www.bandbazi.co.uk/community/resilient-arts for more information.

Funded by Awards for All, Children in Need, Brighton & Hove City Council, Henry Smith Charity.

Part of B.Fest 2017.

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Slooshy Wordshow Greg Byron

4 shows only!

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

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

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

3:00pm to 4:15pm
STAC @ Northbrook Musical Theatre Showcase 2017 Southern Theatre Arts Centre @ Northbrook

Musical Theatre Degree students from STAC @ Northbrook present their 2017 Showcase. A range of classic and contemporary pieces from a wide range of composers in a variety of styles.

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

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

3:00pm to 3:45pm
Super Cally Fragile Lipstick The Blue Man

Forty something years into a lifetime of looking great but feeling fake, Cally Beaton is ready to come out about her double life in her hilarious brand new show, Super Cally Fragile Lipstick.

Accomplished and insecure; perky yet prone to crying; sophisticated and so not; a woman who wears lipstick and a testosterone patch, Cally emerges from the birth canal of her very own personal Venn diagram to muse amusingly on how being Super and Fragile can be OK.

And very, very funny. Just in case you didn't get that bit.

3:00pm to 4:00pm
The Dictionary of Dads/Young Herbert Apples and Snakes

Apples and Snakes and New Writing South present a spoken word poetry show for ages 6 years and up.
'The Dictionary of Dads' is a fun-packed exploration of dads of all kinds written and performed by Justin Coe. From alien dads to zombie dads via the embarrassing, the heroic and the downright silly, come and encounter a colourful collection of crazy dads.
Justin will also be reading poems from his new show 'Young Herbert and the Horrors' with brand-new cautionary tales, nursery rhymes, fairy tales and imaginary creatures to meet.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3:30pm to 4:30pm
The View from the Mountaintop Falling Sparrow Productions

A pitch-black comedy from award-winning playwright, Matt Morrison. Set somewhere in England, it follows three party activists as they head off on a morale-building weekend in the wake of an unfolding political scandal.

Matt’s previous plays have been performed at HighTide, the Finborough, the Arcola and the Riverside Studios. His latest is a biting satire about the culture of intimidation and cruelty at the heart of contemporary politics.

3:45pm to 4:35pm
Know Brexit Euclid Applications Ltd

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

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

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

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

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

3:45pm to 4:45pm
Sarah Callaghan: The Pigeon Dying Under the Bush (preview) Sarah Callaghan

Sarah Callaghan brings you a brand new hour of comedy . Best Show Brighton Nominee 2015 and Malcolm Hardee Award nominee. "The instant she steps on stage you know you’re in the presence of someone new and special." ***** (The Mirror), "A powerhouse. She’s an utter natural on stage... radiates confidence." **** (Chortle).

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

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

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

4:00pm to 4:25pm
She Denied Nothing Actors of Dionysus

AOD's 'She Denied Nothing' draws inspiration from Sophocles's masterpiece, Antigone. This provocative theatrical installation, created by Faye Hughes, immerses the audience as 'walking wounded' in a military hospital during a brutal civil war. Tensions mount, violence escalates and two women fight their maternal urges, in a battle against each other. Reviews for 'Helen' at Brighton Fringe 2016: "So many ravishing moments... astonishing and unforgettable" (Fringe Review). Praise for Faye Hughes: "I am not sure if it is theatre, or perhaps art? All I can be certain of is my desire to see it again" (Karina Joplin).

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

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

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

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

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Wake Up Alice! Brightonshed and TheatreShed

Award-winning and inclusive Youth Theatre Company Brightonshed in collaboration with Theatreshed bring their interpretation of 'Alice in Wonderland' to Brighton Fringe. Expect an interactive leap down the rabbit hole, where we can explore "who we are" and question how we shake off our labels to make our dreams a reality. You have never met an Alice quite like this one!
Integrated BSL (British Sign Language).
Touch tours available on request, please email brightonopenairtheatre@gmail.com to book.

4:00pm to 4:55pm
Amusings Goodwin

“Every once in a while you come across a couple of guys who are just so goddam funny, so goddarn crazy and so godforsakenly good that you gotta just sit up and sign ’em. This is what these guys, Goodwin, are. Trust me – I’ve had 25 years in this business, I know what people like. These guys are the thing. They’ll infiltrate your minds like a goat scuttling into a neglected submarine and you will never want them to get out!” (Fergus Laine, Entertainments Comptroller/Auditor at Global Comedy Enterprises).

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Anniversary Concert: Federico Mompou EIAG Music

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

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Moondial Em-Lou Productions

Even before she came to Belton, Minty had known she was a witch, or something very much like it. When she uncovers a time portal (the ‘Moondial’ in the grounds of Belton House) she meets Tom the sickly kitchen boy, and Sarah, a girl whose family think her birthmark makes her the ‘Devil's child’. Ghosts, an evil governess, the terrifying Miss Raven and time itself must be overcome to save the children of the past. Based on the best-selling children's book, from a Brighton Fringe Award-winning company, ‘Moondial’ is a creepy, chilling and uplifting play for adults and children alike.

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

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

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

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

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

4:15pm to 5:15pm
The Woman Who Shed Her Skin Lama Theater

A woman single-mindedly pursues her physical image at the expense of her inner self. When that self desperately rises up to take control, no quarter will be given.

In an age of seemingly endless cosmetic obsession, ‘The Woman Who Shed Her Skin’ reveals a story of the obsessive pursuit of the unattainable: female perfection.

Two actresses, a dancer and a digital goddess portray a woman at war with herself as she struggles to define her identity.

4:30pm to 6:15pm
The Lady Boys of Bangkok: Who Runs the World Tour Exchange Events Ltd

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

4:30pm to 5:50pm
And Love Walked In Wired Theatre

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

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

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

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

"Hidden gem" (Fringe Review).

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

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

4:30pm to 5:30pm
Aaaand it’s back! Twig The Pixie’s Family Funsplosion! Twig the Pixie

Twig the Pixie has lost his marbles! Help him find them in this hit stand-up comedy spectacular for all generations of the family. Featuring storytelling, music, audio visuals, interactive bits and the spontaneous, this performance is sure to enchant, delight and excite. An unforgettable family favourite returning to Brighton Fringe for 2 shows only. This is your chance to meet a real pixie from The Enchanted Forest.

4:30pm to 5:00pm
EFES Nicole Geertruida & Cherish Menzo

Amsterdam Fringe 2016 award-winners: two dancers take
on a relentless, physically and mentally challenging dance
duet, where they, and the audience, experience the infinity
and emptiness of the 'Zero Mark'. Their energy and focus is
complete and uncompromising - utterly absorbed, driven by the beat. "A captivating, explorative study of movement and trust." (Amsterdam Fringe Jury).

4:45pm to 5:45pm
C'est La Vegan Laughing Horse Comedy

Award-winning comic Dave Chawner premieres his new show about turning vegan.

Looking at the origin of food, ideas and views he explores how much choice there is with so few options.

"This is one comic you have to make the effort to see" (The Scottish Herald),
"His upbeat delivery and candid confessions make for an enjoyable... hour" (Chortle).

As featured in The Guardian, The Independent and The Observer.

As seen on BBC, ITV and Channel 4.

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

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

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Woof Woof Meow Meow Laughing Horse

'Woof Woof Meow Meow' is a stand up comedy show brought to you by pet-loving funny guys Simone Belshaw and James Sarek. As we are sure you have gathered from the title, this is a show dedicated to cats and dogs. As part of the project, Simone and James will be raising funds for local animal charities and creating awareness about animal welfare. Half of all proceeds from every show will be going to a nominated charity or shelter.

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Hurricane Michael Barbary Ape

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2016 The weather map is hanging there, dominating the back of the stage. If you grew up at the right time, one glance will trigger a sunny glow of nostalgia: a memory of the days when jumpers were in fashion, temperatures were in Fahrenheit, and presenters reminded you to turn off your TV set before you went to bed. One man bestrides the stage in front of the map, poking its symbols, caressing its curves. This man is an icon. This man is Michael Phish. Read the full review.

This quirky one-man play earned 4* from us in Edinburgh last year, and it's a must-see for anyone who remembers the Eighties with nostalgia. An imagined biography of weatherman Michael Fish – the man who notoriously predicted that there wouldn't be a hurricane – it's filled with sly references to 80s's icons, tossed around on a constant breeze of witty wordplay. Actor Russell Layton captures Fish's essence beautifully, striding the stage in front of a giant weather map.

On the 15th October 1987, the absent father of all storms was about to vent apocalyptic fury upon the south-east corner of the Kingdom of United. In a televised address to the nation, celebrity weatherman and rising national treasure, Michael Phish, relays a different forecast.
Why did this critically acclaimed winning titan of meteorology foresee its arrival, but choose to tell a different story?
Welcome to this world exclusive. The truth behind the Great Storm of 1987.
Shake the hand of the man that shook the meteorological establishment.
Is the BBC fit for purpose? You decide!

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

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

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

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

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

5:00pm to 6:15pm
A Remarkable Person Johnsen & Johnsen produksjoner

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

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

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

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

5:00pm to 7:00pm
Big Wows for Small Wonders: Apples and Snakes and NWS present... Apples and Snakes

Children's poet and spoken word theatre maker Justin Coe ('Big Wow', 'Small Wonder', 'The Dictionary of Dads', 'The Jumble Book') leads a workshop for adult writers/performers interested in exploring how to write/perform their own children's poetry or poetry-theatre shows.
Justin’s performance was slick and professional, magical and inspirational. The children and dads enjoyed the interactive elements and joined in with great spirit.
For full workshop details see posters and flyers. Limited spaces so book early. Some tickets available on the door.

5:00pm to 5:25pm
She Denied Nothing Actors of Dionysus

AOD's 'She Denied Nothing' draws inspiration from Sophocles's masterpiece, Antigone. This provocative theatrical installation, created by Faye Hughes, immerses the audience as 'walking wounded' in a military hospital during a brutal civil war. Tensions mount, violence escalates and two women fight their maternal urges, in a battle against each other. Reviews for 'Helen' at Brighton Fringe 2016: "So many ravishing moments... astonishing and unforgettable" (Fringe Review). Praise for Faye Hughes: "I am not sure if it is theatre, or perhaps art? All I can be certain of is my desire to see it again" (Karina Joplin).

5:00pm to 8:00pm
Cultureground @ B.fest B.Fest / Brighton Youth Centre

Presenting the best in art, 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 Event: Tuesday 30th May 17:30-19:00.

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

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

5:00pm to 6:00pm
What's Love Got To Do With It? The Big Comedy Show

From National Bulgarian TV to the London stage, we present a musical sketch comedy show taking a unique look at the lives of people who are either in or starting relationships, often with an unexpected twist.
Some are weird, some are mundane, but everything is based on real events or inspired by stories.
Come and witness the shameful reality of "love".
Featuring an all-star cast from the Royal Academy of Music with original material, familiar tunes and unexpected surprises.
What's love got to do with it... ?
You've got to see it to believe it!

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Ben Fogg: How I Won Best Newcomer 2017 Shaven Ape Ltd.

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

5:30pm to 6:20pm
1 Woman, a High Flyer and a Flat Bottom: Samantha Baines (WIP) Samantha Baines

Award-winning comedian Samantha Baines ('The Crown', 'Sunny D', BBC Radio) is exploring the lost women of science. Expect puns, facts and an ear trumpet attached to a whiskey bottle. “One of the ones to watch” (The Evening Standard), “Mind-blowing” (Huffington Post), “One of the best comedians on the circuit” (Comedy Coroner), “Genius” (The Mumble), “Baines is a brilliant performer” (Broadway Baby), “Fabulous” (BBC Science Focus), “Mile-a-minute jokes” (Ed Festivals Mag), “Multi-faceted talent to watch out for” (Arts Award Voice).

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

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

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

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

Written by award-winning playwright, Phil Porter.

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

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

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

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

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

"Hard hitting, raw and bloody brilliant".

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6:00pm to 7:00pm
The Greatest Liar in all the World Familia De La Noche

Following the story of 'The Liar', a broken down, two-bit mentalist act who has reached the end of his tether and threatens to finish it all. His company of glamorous and not-so-glamorous assistants manage to distract him from his imminent demise and convince him to tell the story of his infamous origins.
Familia de la Noche’s hilarious mix of clowning, puppetry, music and shadow play tells a story of extraordinary encounters, curious characters and lost love.
“Flawless” ***** (ThreeWeeks).
“What it would be like to stroll through the inside of Tim Burton’s and Terry Gilliam’s minds” (SuchSmallPortions.com).

6:00pm to 7:00pm
The Accidental Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Tobacco Tea Theatre Company

When Sherlock Holmes unknowingly murders his own client, the game is on to track down the criminal mastermind who did it - Holmes himself! But does Watson’s rent have anything to do with this accident? Has this case been secretly planned by a narrative genius? And could Moriarty’s hunger for new detective fiction fuel a global terror plot of unimaginable proportions?

Satire maestros Tobacco Tea bring you this witty and absurd take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation for the third year running. Expect extraordinary plot twists, metafiction, twisted logic and “almost unparalleled entertainment!”

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Sexiety Gehring en Ketelaars

Sex: we (almost) all do it, but we hardly talk about it.

How do you keep sexual desire burning in a long term relationship? Where do our ideas about sex come from? Theatre company Gehring and Ketelaars share, together with journalist Gian van Grunsven, new insights about what sexuality is and can be. Sexiety is a playful and inspiring crossover between theatre and journalism.

"A very entertaining, provocative and surprising theatrical conference" **** (Theaterkrant).

6:00pm to 6:50pm
Price (still) Includes Biscuits Naomi Paul

Satirical, witty and topical. With Jewish humour, original songs and biscuits, Naomi Paul brings her four-star show to Brighton. From lingerie to libraries, Birmingham to the Balkans, the personal to the political. Enjoy the surreal journey; sometimes poignant, always funny and ultimately uplifting.

"The comic timing here is sublime." (Fringereview.co.uk),
"Terrific deadpan delivery of material... topical and relevant. Audiences loved it!" (Pulse Ensemble Theatre),
"Articulate, dry sense of humour." ( Leicester Comedy Festival),
**** (British Theatre Guide, 2015),
**** (Edinburgh 49, 2016).

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

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

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

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

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Mad About the Boy A Rush of Laughter

Stephanie talks about mental health problems and boys for an hour, but it's totally funny, she promises, and won't be as awkward as you think it will. From a late start (she barely even met a boy till she was 17), through her "well I know boys now so I'd better touch them all" phase, and a number of failed relationships, Stephanie tells us what it's like to try to have meaningful and not so meaningful relationships when you're a bit of a nutcase.

Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Finalist 2015
"Eye wateringly honest... a jovial, baby faced performing [with] devastating technique" (Chortle).

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Spilt Milk Presents... Spilt Milk

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

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

6:30pm to 6:55pm
She Denied Nothing Actors of Dionysus

AOD's 'She Denied Nothing' draws inspiration from Sophocles's masterpiece, Antigone. This provocative theatrical installation, created by Faye Hughes, immerses the audience as 'walking wounded' in a military hospital during a brutal civil war. Tensions mount, violence escalates and two women fight their maternal urges, in a battle against each other. Reviews for 'Helen' at Brighton Fringe 2016: "So many ravishing moments... astonishing and unforgettable" (Fringe Review). Praise for Faye Hughes: "I am not sure if it is theatre, or perhaps art? All I can be certain of is my desire to see it again" (Karina Joplin).

6:30pm to 8:00pm
Fandom Undivided Edd Stoke & Co.

We are slowly falling apart, we are stagnating. We live on the edge of society. We live in fear of your judgement, and you may want our voices to simply disappear. But we will not go away quietly. We will fight and participate to make our presence known and heard. We are the active consumers, the DIY creatives and we are no longer silent.

This team of emerging artists seeks to question popular culture and cosplay to divide fanaticism and escapism from reality. If you're a fan of a person in a stilts pretending to look cool, come.

6:30pm to 7:25pm
Macblair Falling Sparrow Productions

4 stars Do you like politics? Do you know your Shakespeare? Then you're going to love MacBlair. The concept sounds gimmicky – Macbeth re-mastered, with Tony Blair in the title role and Gordon Brown as Banquo – but there's real depth and weight to writer Charlie Dupre's audacious tragi-comic adaptation. Employing a mix of Shakespearean text and newly-penned pentameters, Dupre delivers both humour and provocation, revealing in the process not just an appreciation of modern political history but a deep understanding of the Bard's original themes. Read the full review.

The story of New Labour, with Blair as Macbeth and Brown as Banquo? It feels like it must have been done before… and somewhere, perhaps, it has. But this "Shakespearean tragicomedy" sounds fresh enough to me; the press release promises an intriguing mix of comedy, physical theatre and rap. It has a full cast but it's the brainchild of oftentime solo performer Charlie Dupré, whose previous Bardic mash-up earned 4* from us for its witty rhymes and intelligent, knowing irreverence.

It is 1994. Returning from a successful parliamentary meeting, Macblair and Macbrown meet three weird hacks on a stairwell in the House of Commons. They prophesy that Macblair will become leader of the Labour party, then Prime Minister, and eventually... King of the World.

This is the story of Tony Blair as a Shakespearean tragicomedy. Performed by 3 actors, it uses verse, rap, comedy and physical theatre to examine the inner workings of one of the most detested men in modern political discourse.

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:00pm to 7:50pm
Jane Postlethwaite: The House Lamb Comedy Productions

Jane Postlethwaite (Funny Women and Squawker Award finalist 2015) brings her multi-character, one-woman show, 'The House', to Brighton. Following a sell-out run at Lamb Comedy and Edinburgh Fringe in 2016, Jane invites you to meet a handful of new dark and surreal characters, each with a secret to hide, all connected to 'The House'.
*****(Comedy Coroner), "A darkly funny show" (Funny Women), "Neat plot, five well-rounded characters. Wonderfully daft and dark" (The List).

7:00pm to 8:00pm
One Man Two Ghosts Farce Forward

After breakthrough performances at Edinburgh Fringe and Camden Fringe 2016, international clown company Farce Forward present their debut show – a unique and chaotic vision of Blithe Spirit. From the team behind Lost Cabaret, this is Noel Coward as you’ve never seen him before – complete with slapstick, mime and outrageous dance numbers. What plays out is a hilarious, unpredictable, joyfully irreverent farce told by three complete idiots. “A wonderfully inventive and mischievous clown troupe. Refreshing and very funny” Cal McCrystal (Physical Comedy Director of One Man Two Guvnors). “One of the most original and talented trios in Britain” John Fleming (founder of the Malcolm Hardee Comedy Awards).

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Hiccups Hiccups

Ben Carter (Laughing Horse 2014 semi-finalist, SYTYF 2015 semi-finalist) Johnny Wardlow (as heard on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 2) and Zelem Saydullaev (Squawker 2015 finalist, South Coast Comedian of the Year 2016 semi-finalist) invite you to cure your hiccups with an hour of ground-shattering truths, sensational lies and mind-blowing nonsense. Guaranteed to make you come!

7:00pm to 8:20pm
And Love Walked In Wired Theatre

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

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

7:00pm to 7:50pm
Iguana Mum Sindhu Vee

Wish big, wish high, but be careful what you wish for. That’s what marriage and kids have taught Sindhu (rhymes with Hindu; convenient because she is one). The 2016 BBC New Comedy Award finalist talks about power, Vikings, mothering, Wall Street, benign dictatorship and love... all the key building blocks of family life. Oh, and a hilarious story about “going a little bit” to prison.

"Searingly funny and completely truthful” (Gurinder Chadha), “Excellent” (Broadway Baby).

NATYS finalist 2016, Funnywomen Awards finalist 2013.

7:00pm to 9:30pm
Krater Comedy Club Komedia

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

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

7:00pm to 10:30pm
House of Verse House of Verse CIC

One entertaining community. Join our variety culture.

We are an eclectic performance troupe who share regular variety events across Leicester. Home to spokenword, rap, beatbox, comedy, DJing, live music, live art and beyond... we are somewhere for everyone.

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Phenon-mentally good" (Kerrang).

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Africa Entsha Brighthelm Trading Ltd

Africa Entsha, a smart, slick a cappella five-piece who reached a global audience in 2010 performing at the World Cup opening ceremony.

Africa Entsha are distinct from the other African music shows that have stormed the Fringe in recent years in that they freely blend western pop elements of the male vocal harmony tradition into their performance. Making for a diverse set which draws on the vibrancy of 1950s Doo-Wop, the all-singing, all-dancing presentation of the 1960s soul groups and the more saccharine tendencies of the modern R&B outfits as much as the soft, healing invocations and exhilarating spirit of their own tribal cultures.

7:00pm to 8:45pm
The Lady Boys of Bangkok: Who Runs the World Tour Exchange Events Ltd

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

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Comedy Sans Frontieres Laughtermarket Productions

Stand-up comedy in support of Medécins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders).

An hour of comedy with a different guest or two each night. Comedy Sans Frontieres takes a look at the upside-down world we live in, with big laughs and the occasional gasp for audiences. It promises to be socially conscious (tick), morally motivated (tick), and clever (mmm, not always). Mostly it's just very silly. Comedy Sans Frontieres supports the charity MSF, donating some of the ticket price to their work in war-torn regions and areas of natural disaster. The show is hosted by Comedy Sans Frontieres founder, Sami Stone.
"Well crafted jokes, touched with poignancy'"(Fringe Review).
Compilation shows from the archive have featured the likes of Sara Pascoe, Katherine Ryan, Robin Ince, Marcus Brigstocke, Nick Helm, Simon Munnery and Josie Long to name a few.

For further precise programming details see 'Junkyard Dogs' website or facebook page.

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Ida Barr: Never Heard The Like Christopher Green

Brighton's Favourite, as faded yet not jaded as a seaside pier, Ida Barr returns!
This former music hall singer used to be quite the shining star, known for her two big hits, 'Oh You Beautiful Doll' and 'Everybody’s Doin’ It'. Now she's embracing a whole new musical genre which she's christened 'Slipped Disco' or 'Artificial Hip-Hop'. To great acclaim, she has launched her new album, 'Get Old or Die Tryin’', and she invites you to join her for an old fashioned, New Wave sing-along. Ida’s going to be mashing up Rhianna with Dan Leno, Omi with Noel Coward and Marie Lloyd with Eminem. Believe us, you ain’t heard nothin' like it.

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Paul Revill: Revillations Paul Revill

Paul Revill, Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year 2014, heads to Brighton Fringe with his debut hour. The true story of how he got the acting role of a lifetime... and how it all went wrong. Drink! Drugs! Police! Perfume? All will be revealed. "This bright sparky chappy was a real quick-witted geezer" ***** (ArtsInLeicestershire.co.uk), "Steals the show" **** (ThreeWeeks), "Likability and charm assure the audience they are in safe hands" (Chortle.co.uk).

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Notflix Waiting For The Call: The Improvised Musical

Total sell-out show Edinburgh Fringe 2016
Musical Comedy Award Nominees 2016
Marie Claire Magazine Pick of The Edinburgh Fringe 2016
Funny Women Semi Finalists 2015
Laughing Horse New Act of the Year Semi Finalists 2015
The Sunday Times Comedy pick of the Edinburgh Fringe 2015
Elle Magazine Comedy Choice 2015

"Roaringly funny and incredibly talented ... " ***** (Broadway Baby)

"A captivatingly well-improvised musical... spontaneous, surprising and delightful" **** (Fringe Biscuit)

"One of those groups that can improvise their way out of anything." **** (ThreeWeeks).

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

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

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

7:30pm to 8:40pm
Ghost Walk of the Lanes Ghost Walk of the Lanes

The Fringe programme’s Tours section is always fun to dip into, and this gleefully melodramatic circuit of Brighton’s labyrinthine Lanes is even more entertaining than most. Playing firmly for laughs, not scares, your black-caped guide packs plenty of storytelling into a comparatively short walk, as you wave back and forth through the secret squares and hidden alleyways of the old town. Take note, however, this is no place for cynics: it’s a whole lot more enjoyable if you “ooh” and “aah” along.

A 70 minute tour in the company of either Silas, Jasper or Ebenezer, visiting eight sites, around Brighton's most haunted quarter. All storytellers perform in full Victorian attire.

7:30pm to 8:40pm
Ray's Cafe Morpheus Theatre

We Can Be, LadyG cuts Gaga down to size, with migrant resilience and 'Yes We Can Be Happy, Initiate' and so a company taking inspiration from Jean Findlay and TSEliot which produced work at Edinburgh Festival winning multiple awards is on Fringe, first time with real life stories, to laugh and cry. Wasn't Moses our greatest legislator and also migrant?

7:30pm to 10:00pm
Bach's 4 Lute Suites with Paul Gregory guitar Music at Saint Michael's

Much-loved guitarist, Paul Gregory, returns to perform a solo recital of J. S. Bach's 4 Lute Suites performed on the guitar. Apparent to the listener are the French ouvertures, the improvisatory Preludiums, the graceful dance rhythms of the Sarabandes, Menuets and Bourees, as well as the more lively Gigues. Yet great pathos lies within the minor sonority of 3 of the 4 Suites. The compostitional skill here is truly outstanding, with Bach blending divine inspiration into his music with one accord. Father, Son and Holy Ghost thematically woven in. Complimentary local parking available by request.

7:30pm to 9:30pm
Blue/Orange Pretty Villain Productions Ltd

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

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

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

7:30pm to 8:30pm
One Man and his Dog Historical Interpretation

A dog is man’s best friend, and is for life. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, or can you? What happens when the old dog does indeed change his spots and starts a new and different life? Does it matter how old the old dog is? After all, does age hamper one’s ability to make a change? Are the consequences different when one makes a life change in later years?

Follow the dark and humorous story of one man and his dog exploring a new life and love. Follow his partner through the foreseeable and not so foreseeable consequences.

7:30pm to 8:20pm
Amy Howerska. Progress (Work Inn) CWTCH Comedy

A work-in-progress show from your very own Welsh-wonder, Amy Howerska. 2016 saw her popping up all over the shop from Radio 4 to Channel 4. Now fresh from sell-out, five-star Edinburgh and Perth Fringes, Amy attempts to pull yet another hour of stand-up out of her arse, whilst trying not to have a nervous breakdown. This show will be themed around whatever jokes Amy is doing that are not making her die inside #uplifting.

7:30pm to 9:30pm
Strike Up The Band South London Jazz Orchestra

Following its 2016 sell-out Belgian tour, the SLJO is back with an all-new set featuring tunes from the golden era of Big Band. A favourite on the London Jazz circuits, the band will perform chart-toppers popularised by the Big Band greats including Basie, Kenton and Ellington, as well as Ella Fitzgerald in her centenary year.

7:30pm to 9:00pm
American Contemporary Ensemble (ACE) MOOT - music of our time

Joel Sachs (Juilliard School, New York) directs an ensemble of young, highly talented UK-based musicians in a programme drawn from the celebrated American avant-gardists including John Cage, Morton Feldman and Earle Brown; plus 'Wild Nights', an Emily Dickinson setting, by American-born Stephen Montague, a Sussex resident. Part of the 'Listen America!' series

City Centre Venue Location: Only 2 minutes walking distance from Churchill Square. Walk up the hill from Costa Coffee opposite Metro Bank.

7:30pm to 10:30pm
Sweet Charity The Brighton Academy Limited

In association with the acclaimed Stephen Mear, Matthew Bourne, Bill Deamer and Carole Todd, alongside star of stage, screen and music, David Essex, and current West End leading man Killian Donnelly, The Brighton Academy offer you the very best training in musical theatre and acting. For the first time they will perform during Brighton Fringe.

7:30pm to 8:20pm
Broken Air Third Knock Theatre

Cornish landscape artist Peter Lanyon’s untimely death after a gliding accident in 1964 is inspiration for this imaginative piece of physical theatre. A visceral, heartfelt celebration of Lanyon’s lust for life and mischievous sense of humour, balanced precariously between reality and fantasy, life and death, a cliff edge and a hospital bed.

7:30pm to 7:55pm
She Denied Nothing Actors of Dionysus

AOD's 'She Denied Nothing' draws inspiration from Sophocles's masterpiece, Antigone. This provocative theatrical installation, created by Faye Hughes, immerses the audience as 'walking wounded' in a military hospital during a brutal civil war. Tensions mount, violence escalates and two women fight their maternal urges, in a battle against each other. Reviews for 'Helen' at Brighton Fringe 2016: "So many ravishing moments... astonishing and unforgettable" (Fringe Review). Praise for Faye Hughes: "I am not sure if it is theatre, or perhaps art? All I can be certain of is my desire to see it again" (Karina Joplin).

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Stimela Mthakathi Entertainment

It's a celebration of song and dance, an international phenomenon that has swept across the globe like a tidal wave of soaring voices and stomping feet. Gumboot dancing was born out of the oppressive gold mines of South Africa. Forbidden to speak and in almost complete darkness, the slave-labourers developed their own language by slapping their gumboots and rattling their ankle chains. In time it has developed into a truly unique dance form. Unrivalled in its energy and physicality, it celebrates the body as a musical instrument whilst highlighting South Africa's rich and complex culture.

7:45pm to 8:45pm
Split Tamar Broadbent and Emma Pritchard

“I know it feels gross and weird but it’s actually really cool. We’re grown up women now. We can do anything. And no one bleeds to death out of their fanny. Otherwise it would have been on Casualty."

Charlotte and Ellie meet on their first day of secondary school. A friendship begins. Spanning 8 years and set to a millennium soundtrack, 'Split' brings to life the pages of your diary you hoped your mum would never find.

Written and performed by Tamar Broadbent and Emma Pritchard, it's a comedy about gel pens, friendship and finding out who you are through the eyes of another.

7:45pm to 9:20pm
The Effect by Lucy Prebble Brighton Little Theatre

Hearts racing. Minds reeling. Knees buckling. Connie and Tristan have palpable chemistry; or is it a side effect of a new super-antidepressant? They are volunteers in a clinical trial, but their sudden and illicit romance forces the supervising doctors to face-off over the ethical consequences of their work. From Lucy Prebble, “one of the UK’s hottest new playwrights” (The Telegraph), 'The Effect' takes on our pill-popping culture with humour and scintillating drama.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
The Little Creepers Manic Arts Limited

The Little Creepers by Charlotte Bell is a debut show that explores the trials and tribulations of a teenage girl with schizophrenia in the 21st century. Jenny is an eighteen year old girl who worries about boys, sex and the beast that she sees. This play follows Jenny through her journey to try and conquer her fears and tell her mother about the things she sees, but as most people do - Jenny gets distracted.
'Little Creepers’ is very funny and dry, and at the same time shocking and genuinely original." Peter Wynne-Wilson, theatre creator

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

8:00pm to 8:50pm
Ian Lane: If You Lived Here You'd Be Ian Lane By Now Lamb Comedy Productions

This show is about two things: home and the body. What is home? What is the body? What if you don't feel at home in your body? What if there's nobody home? Veteran homebody Ian Lane (New Comedian of the Year finalist 2014) investigates by looking at lop-sided cats, onion grenades, vengeful left hands, and how the offside rule makes you late for work.
"Inventive, cliche-phobic comedy that makes a strong impression" (Chortle), "Friendly absurdism, delivered in a recognisable stand-up style" (One4Review), "Extremely good" (NottsComedyReview).

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Kitten Killers: Stallions Kitten Killers

Kitten Killers is a funny, sweaty, messy, political and absurd sketch trio who combine the silly and dirty with the surreal.

Fresh from their run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Brighton Fringe Best Comedy Show nominees are bringing their critically acclaimed show ‘Stallions’ to Brighton.

“Witty and Sharp” (The Argus), “Outrageously funny” **** (Fourthwall Magazine), “Weird and wonderful sketch show” **** (Ed Fringe Review), “Kitten Killers are surely on the road to small screen success” **** (Remote Goat), **** (Arts Award Voice), **** (Reading Post), **** (Theatre Bubble), **** (Female Arts).

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Louder: Apples and Snakes and NWS presents... Apples and Snakes

Apples and Snakes and New Writing South team up to present a programme of poetry, spoken word and live literature.

Spoken word shows, stand-up poetry showcases and scratch events will all feature, close-up and personal in this bijou venue. Witness the wonder of words and the power of performance as we host some of the best and freshest poets from the South East and beyond.

Each event will be different but quality is guaranteed. Please see website for full details or just turn up and see what happens.
Limited spaces so book early.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
BADD Hermetic Arts

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

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

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

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

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

8:00pm to 9:00pm
'Sweethearts' and 'The Hooligan' by W. S. Gilbert The Foundry Group

Two masterly and unfairly neglected short plays by W. S. Gilbert, England's leading 19th Century dramatist. 'Sweethearts', a cynical comic masterpiece with timeless observations on the sexes, and 'The Hooligan', a brutal, yet blackly comic study of a condemned man's final minutes that was a sensation at its debut in 1911. Performed by: LLoyd Ryan-Thomas (Nominee - Best Actor, Brighton Festival Awards 2014) Emma Wingrove (Bite-Size Breakfast) Nick Bartlett (Gangs of New York) David Mounfield (Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show). Directed by Brian Mitchell (Argus Angel winner 2014)

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

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

8:00pm to 9:15pm
STAC @ Northbrook Musical Theatre Showcase 2017 Southern Theatre Arts Centre @ Northbrook

Musical Theatre Degree students from STAC @ Northbrook present their 2017 Showcase. A range of classic and contemporary pieces from a wide range of composers in a variety of styles.

8:00pm to 10:00pm
Bom-Bane's Musical History of 24 George St, Brighton & Other Shows Bom-Bane Family Players

An original musical & gastromonical journey from the 5th Century settlement of Boerthlelm's Tun to Brighton in 1795, with affectionate portraits of the colourful inhabitants of 24 George St from its construction to present day Bom-Bane's. Also see www.bom-banes.com for Jane B-B solo, Rosie Brown (orig. jazzy folk), Kate Daisy Grant (orig. folk-pop songs), Daisy Jordan (puppetry), Jo Neary (kids' alternative comedy/puppets), Nick Pynn (composer/multi-instrumentalist), Velvettes (close harmony trio/songs from 20s to 60s & room to dance!), 'Memorial' (local poets perform new version of the Iliad)Also see www.bom-banes.com for Velvettes (close harmony trio/songs from 20s to 60s & room to dance!) 4th, Nick Pynn (composer/multi-instrumentalist) 5th; Kate Daisy Grant (orig. folk-pop songs) 6th, Jo Neary (kids' alternative comedy/puppets) 6th, 7th, 13th & 14th, Jane B-B solo 11th, Daisy Jordan (puppetry) 12th, Local poets as The Blue Lotus Cafe: music, poetry and song 14th & 15th, Rosie Brown (orig. jazzy folk) 16th

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

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

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Casual Violence: The Grot In The Grotto Casual Violence! Comedy

A confirmed favourite of ours, dark-as-hell comedy group Casual Violence are back in Brighton with their weirdly unseasonal Christmas show The Grot In The Grotto. They say it's a "strange, sinister and extremely silly" hour of story-based sketches, and if previous work's a guide it'll be profoundly uncomfortable yet hilarious all the same. As our 5* review for a previous show put it, their work is grotesque but strangely affecting – always threatening an unexpected twist of the comic knife.

Triple award-winning sketch villains and stars of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Sketchorama’ return to Brighton with a ghoulish new nightmare blend of sketch comedy, live music and pure evil.

At the time of writing this marketing copy, we fully intend to use this new show to ruin every future Christmas you’ll ever have. Be warned. Then be mildly curious about it. Then let that curiosity fester. Let it distract you from your day job, from your lover, from your slumber. Then buy a ticket and come watch us.

8:00pm to 9:30pm
Tricyclic Transform Melanie Menard

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

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

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

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

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

Part of Shiny Town in the Brighton Royal Pavilion Garden

8:15pm to 9:45pm
Fandom Undivided Edd Stoke & Co.

We are slowly falling apart, we are stagnating. We live on the edge of society. We live in fear of your judgement, and you may want our voices to simply disappear. But we will not go away quietly. We will fight and participate to make our presence known and heard. We are the active consumers, the DIY creatives and we are no longer silent.

This team of emerging artists seeks to question popular culture and cosplay to divide fanaticism and escapism from reality. If you're a fan of a person in a stilts pretending to look cool, come.

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

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

8:30pm to 9:30pm
The Jest The Jest

Sketch comedy in the year 2017. Come on guys, let’s be honest... it’s dead, isn’t it? Well don’t worry, because comedy quintet The Jest is back with an hour of sharp and witty sketches to show Brighton Fringe that yeah, you’re probably right.

Following the 2015 visit, The Jest is back at The Warren with an hour of delightfully dark material that belies its middle class innocence. Winners of the 2016 Leicester Square Theatre Sketch Off.

“The Jest could just be the next big thing in sketch comedy” ***** (Everything Theatre),
“Intelligent, inventive and deliciously absurd” **** (The List).

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

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

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

8:30pm to 9:30pm
Twonkey's Christmas in the Jungle The Paul Vickers Company

Any attempt to categorise “Mr Twonkey” is doomed to failure. Nonsense poet? Stand-up comedian? Fanciful story-teller? He’s all of those. If you’re a Twonkey first-timer, there’s a definite risk you just won’t get the point at all, but a growing number of fans are drawn back each year for a mind-bending fix of patter, puppetry and song. This new show, set in (I quote) the "Hallucinogenic Jungle", features a weak lion, a chicken church and a troubled duck; you get the idea.

His conniving manager, Mr. Pines, has sent Twonkey to the Iquitos Fringe deep in the hallucinogenic Peruvian jungle. Will he survive?

Imagine if Malcolm McLaren had directed an episode of Rupert the Bear set in an abandoned theme park and you’re somewhere close.

Winner of the 2016 Malcolm Hardee Award for Comic Originality.

“Dark demented comedy” ***** (The Stage).
“The thing is: it's brilliant” **** (Broadway Baby).
“Take that leap of faith, and the dreamlike scenario he sets out in his very distinctive way makes a lasting, haunting impression. It’s a proudly eccentric show.” (Chortle).

8:30pm to 8:55pm
She Denied Nothing Actors of Dionysus

AOD's 'She Denied Nothing' draws inspiration from Sophocles's masterpiece, Antigone. This provocative theatrical installation, created by Faye Hughes, immerses the audience as 'walking wounded' in a military hospital during a brutal civil war. Tensions mount, violence escalates and two women fight their maternal urges, in a battle against each other. Reviews for 'Helen' at Brighton Fringe 2016: "So many ravishing moments... astonishing and unforgettable" (Fringe Review). Praise for Faye Hughes: "I am not sure if it is theatre, or perhaps art? All I can be certain of is my desire to see it again" (Karina Joplin).

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

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

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Nathan Cassidy: The Man in the Arena The Rat Pack Productions Ltd

Malcolm Hardee Award Nominee and Best Show Winner Buxton Fringe Nathan Cassidy explores bravery in a volatile world. Cassidy at his brave and honest best. No gimmicks, no f***ing about, no prisoners.

"A great comedian" **** (Broadway Baby), "The audience loved it... one of the greats" **** (Mumble Comedy, Edinburgh 2016), "The entire second row is pissed... and there are only two rows" (Chortle).

As Obama said after Trump’s victory, "We lick our wounds, we brush ourselves off, we get back in the arena." Get back in the arena with Nathan Cassidy!

8:45pm to 9:15pm
Collapse Karlijn Hamer and Niels Kuiter

Amsterdam Fringe 2016 Award winner. A hypnotic, entrancing musical performance looking for the character Cassandra. This Trojan prophet foresaw the collapse of her city, but she was not heard, and it drove her to madness. “A captivating, poetic performance by a mesmerising duo, guiding you from light to dark, giving goosebumps along the way.” (Amsterdam Fringe 2016 Awards Jury).

Compositions /performance: Karlijn Hamer
Compositions / live-electronics: Mathijs De Valk
Coaching: Floor van Leeuwen, Paul Koek, Nicole Beutler
Text: Wislawa Szymborska.

9:00pm to 11:00pm
Gerry Cottle's WOW! Circus Magique Ltd

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

9:00pm to 9:50pm
Joe Jacobs: Ripe Lamb Comedy Productions

Religion, rap, Pogs, sexism, Gaviscon, mental illness, success, commitment and coffee coasters. Join Joe as he tries to make sense of all this and more prior to his best-before date. A show combining stand-up comedy, live Rap music and a failed attempt to gain exposure resulting in all of Scotland wanting to kill him. (https://youtu.be/5M2nhsjcjac)
Comedy Gladiators 2016 winner and Leicester Square New Comedian Of The Year finalist 2015.

9:00pm to 10:30pm
Just An Ordinary Lawyer Tayo Aluko and Friends

Nigerian Tunji Sowande quietly breaks through multiple barriers to become Britain's first Black judge in 1978. Also a fine concert singer and keen cricket lover, he muses on international politics and history as they affect the Black world from Africa to the USA and Britain, but only as one who would rather watch sports, and spread love and peace through the medium of song. Recalling heroic sporting achievements alongside epoch-defining political events, Tayo Aluko follows the multi-award-winning Call Mr. Robeson with another "brilliantly put together history lesson delivered as art."

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

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

Part of Shiny Town in the Brighton Royal Pavilion Garden

9:00pm to 10:45pm
A Night In... Double-Oh Heaven Pussy Galore Productions

After two sell-out years, Double-Oh Heaven is back with a bang! Bond Girl burlesque, thrilling danger acts, skilled circus and show-stopping live renditions of classic 007 themes, all served with a dash of titillation and a double measure of glamour! Prepare to come away both shaken and stirred!

9:00pm to 10:00pm
The Sweet Release Sweet Venues

This is how your night at Brighton Fringe ends: not with a whimper, but a bang! Join the hottest up-and-coming acts from all across Brighton Fringe for our late night revue.

Check out our Twitter feed and website to find out which new fringe acts will be at Sweet throughout the festival.

9:00pm to 10:45pm
The Lady Boys of Bangkok: Who Runs the World Tour Exchange Events Ltd

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

9:15pm to 10:15pm
Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer: The Chap-Hop Decade Scottish Comedy Agency

A Brighton regular, self-styled "gentleman rhymer" Mr B is a doyen of chap-hop – which, in the unlikely event you've never encountered it before, is rap done in a posh accent. He's been around for ten years, in fact, and this new show promises to celebrate that decade with the aid of a huge moustache, a three-piece suit and a banjolele. It's hilarious at times, but our past reviews have also highlighted his command of his musical craft and, of course, his "superbly crisp enunciation".

Mr.B returns to his Brighton Fringe home at the Komedia for a show celebrating a decade of Chap-Hop. Hail the Chap! Mr.B began his Chap-Hop career in 2007 when he decided to bring elements of his previous incarnations (UK rapper, jump-up breaks producer, banjolele maverick and dandy) together to create a genre. Mr.B has garnered millions of views on YouTube and his media appearances have included Rapping for Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight, playing live on BBC Radio One for Rob DaBank and Nick Grimshaw, on Radio Two and Steve Lamacq, 6Music.

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

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

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Circus'sission: Those That Made The Cut! Brighton Spiegeltent with Head First Acrobats

A variety mash-up of circus superstars, Spiegeltent legends and the hottest acts of this year\'s Brighton Fringe. Presented by your favourite Aussie acrobats, the boys from Head First. With a rotating cast each night, different fringe artist guests get to showcase their best, weirdest and most hilarious talents, backed up by the incredible acrobatics and comedy of the Head First Acrobats. A little bit raunchy, a little bit weird, and a whole lot of fun.

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Am I F#*kable? Pop Heart Productions

Questioning what it means to be desired in a culture obsessed with beauty and technology. ‘Am I F#*kable?’ explores how these ideas impact our relationships, self-worth and well-being. Do our own insecurities influence our place in a superficial world? Pop Heart Productions’ dark and funny show devised from a single idea returns after sell-out performances at last year’s Brighton Fringe. ‘Am I F#*kable?’ continues to delve deeper, probing the very nature of what it means to be human in the 21st century.

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

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

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

With comedian and history teacher Andy Thomas.

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

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Blues and Burlesque Blues and Burlesque

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

9:45pm to 10:55pm
Jerry Sadowitz + Card Tricks Farbissener Limited

Taking time out of his busy schedule of swearing and screaming, Sadowitz will, for two nights, do card tricks with even less entertainment value. Can you afford to miss it?!

Jerry Sadowitz is best known as the most offensive stand-up comedian in the world, but he is also one of the best close-up magicians, inventing tricks and presentations that other better-known magicians incorporate in their acts.

In this show, he will try as hard as he can to keep the level of offence to a minimum and showcase his magic skills so as to increase his demograph (haha). However, if you cover your ears, you’ll still get a great magic show.

10:00pm to 10:50pm
Duker & Henderson: Soph Opera Lamb Comedy Productions

Two of the UK's best new comics, Sophie Duker (Funny Women finalist 2015) and Sophie Henderson (SYTYF? finalist 2016) ride into Brighton for an unrelentingly hilarious hour of subversive sass. When modern life has more twists and turns than the latest episode of Eastenders, 'Soph Opera' is just the tonic you need to get through the horror show of 2017. A must see.
"A sparky proposition" (The Independent),
"Consistently funny" (Chortle).

10:00pm to 10:55pm
Sexual Fears of a Modern Day Virgin Rant and Rave Theatre Company CIC

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

10:00pm to 10:50pm
Tennessee Williams' 27 Wagons Full of Cotton Fox and Hound Theatre Company

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

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

10:00pm to 10:55pm
Google Drive Dan Attfield

In 2008, Google used search trends to predict flu outbreaks. In 2017, Dan Attfield uses the same data to predict the apocalypse. Join him on a musical comedy journey of correlation, confidentiality and criminal piglets.

As featured on BBC One, BBC Radio 4 and E4 with Hip-Hop improvisers Abandoman and YouTube sketch team The RH Experience.

Semifinalist - Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian 2016.
Finalist - Max Turner Prize 2017.
“Lethal levels of laughter” ***** (Three Weeks), “Sheer brainpower and comedic instinct” ***** (TenEighty Magazine).

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Mark Lester Steps In Perfect Rags

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

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

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

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

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Eleanor Conway: Work In Progress Oxygen Entertainment

Follow up to Eleanor's critically acclaimed debut show...
"Reminiscent of early Graham Norton (albeit sexier)" **** (The List),
"Conway is chaotic and electric" ****(The Skinny),
"A charm and energy you just can't learn... " ****(Broadway Baby).

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

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

Part of Shiny Town in the Brighton Royal Pavilion Garden

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:15pm to 11:15pm
Séance DBS Productions

The exclusive and intimate event returns to Brighton after its 2013-16 sell-out Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe runs.

Twelve guests join Peter Antoniou for a thrilling and shocking adventure into the world of spirit contact. Modern techniques and the heritage of Victorian spiritualism combine to explore something that might just take you into the unknown. Forget what you have seen in horror films, experience a seance first hand.

This show is not for the faint-hearted, or the easily offended.

10:30pm to 12:30am
Krater Comedy Club Komedia

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

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

11:00pm to 12:30am
You Give Me Fever, the Phaedra Cabaret LynchPin Productions Theatre Company

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

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

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

11:00pm to 2:00am
Dynamite Boogaloo Boogaloo Stu

Brighton's legendary pop'n'cabaret knees-up returns to Brighton Fringe. Expect party anthems all the way from DJ Dynamite Sal, plus smutty cabaret and game-shows with Boogaloo Stu and Dolly Rocket. Remember - too much is never enough!

11:30pm to 12:30am
LJ DA FUNK in... Last Brexit to 'ooklyn LJ DA FUNK

Abrasive satire for Guardian-readers disguised as sensationalist whimsy for Sun-readers so as not to alienate the proletariat. Blasting Brexit head-on with all the vitriol of Nigel Farage at a multicultural jamboree, Alabama's most dangerous export tackles the new order of British and world fascism with his raucous wit and bombast. Imagine Ian Hislop on crack.

Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year winner.
LaughingHorse New Act of the Year finalist.

"There's a fine line between genius and insanity. LJ DA FUNK has crossed that line and kicked it to death" (The List).

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

The legendary late show returns.

12:00am to 12:00am
Barbara Merkriti

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

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

12:30am to 1:30am
Brodi and Dave: Paranoid Dave Fensome & Brodi Snook

Just because you're paranoid, it don't mean they're not after you! This is the show for anyone who's ever been confused or scared by the day-to-day insanity of life. Whether it's the futility of physical fitness or the very real possibility that cats are plotting against us, this show will break it down for you and hit you with the inside truth. Brodi Snook and Dave Fensome bring you the debut of 'Paranoid', an hour of new stand-up taking a distinctly different look at the increasingly crazy world we live in, and attempt to answer some of the big questions such as "exactly how local is this kale?"