Today's full programme, more choices & comment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Be different!

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

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

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

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

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

12:00pm to 2:00pm
Curry Leaf Cafe – Cooking Masterclasses & Food Talk Curry Leaf Cafe

Brighton's award-winning Curry Leaf Cafe is running a series of interactive talks & cookery masterclasses at its new Kemptown Kitchen. 9th May, 12-2pm - interactive vegan cookery masterclass with Chef Kanthi (includes tasters). 16th May, 12-2pm - interactive tandoor cookery masterclass with Chef Kanthi (includes tasters). 23rd May, 12-2pm - interactive street food cookery & craft beer pairing masterclass with Chef Kanthi (includes food/beer tasters). 30th May, 12-2pm - Indian food talks with award-winning chef/supperclub host Asma Said Khan & Chef Kanthi (includes Q&A session + tasters).

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

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

12:00pm to 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

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
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!

1:10pm to 1:55pm
Organ Music at St. Bart's Brighton Organists' Association

Lunchtime recitals on Tuesdays by distinguished local organists on the fine organ at St. Bartholomew's Church.

May 9: Alan Ireland (music by Clérembault, Lefébure-Wély, Dupré, Widor); May 16: John March (music by Bach, John Stanley, Flor Peeters, Alain, Dupré); May 23: Jamie Andrews (music by Dukas, Bach, Alain, Whitlock, Boëllmann); May 30: Richard Dawson (music by Bach, Guilmant).

1:10pm to 2:10pm
Beethoven at the Lunchtime Concerts Chapel Royal LCCR

Beethoven at lunchtimes. Three Tuesday concerts: Hill String Quartet May 16 (Harp Quartet op.47) Corrine Morris cello and Peter Limonov piano May 23 (Variations and Sonata op.5) JulianJacobson piano May 30 (Eroica Variations op.35).

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

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

(Parents allowed)

**** (Fest),

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Elephant of My Heart: Interactive Children's Workshop Jessica Clements

A wonderfully inventive join-in musical workshop for children.

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

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

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

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

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

www.prosperotheatre.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Griffin and Jones are pioneers of slapdash magic!

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

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

2:30pm to 3:00pm
BARRERA Mr. Saiqo

BARRERA is the story of two clowns in mourning. After the death of their best friend, the clowns try to continue living, but what is the point? They still do their performance with card tricks and balloons, but all the glitter and glamour seems far gone. It’s a tough job, but the best they can do is blunder on, through drunken dancing and buckets full of tears, each mishap plunging the audience further into mirth, memory, and pathos.

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 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

3:15pm 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 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
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).

3:45pm 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).

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.

4:00pm to 8:00pm
Pavillion 7090 Brighton Spiegeltent with 7090

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

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

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

4:05pm 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.

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

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

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 6:00pm
Goggles ThisEgg

"Lovely young work... deceptively funny" Lyn Gardner Two performers. Two pairs of goggles. A fish tank. When our pet fish, Sunny & Boo, die, we realise that our friendship is in crisis. Goggles is a show we're making for them. We think about whether we love each other as much as Sunny & Boo had loved each other. We think about whether it would be possible to love each other more. We think that might be too much, but then we think about living without one another. Goggles is a new quirky comedy from multi-award winning theatre company ThisEgg. It is about fish, friends and keeping afloat.

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

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

5:00pm to 6:15pm
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).

5:30pm 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".

5:45pm to 6:30pm
The Stroop Effect The Creative Performance Company

What is the difference between reality and belief? What is the difference between being awake and asleep? Brace yourself for an epic physical theatre piece; entrance yourself into a lucid dream state. Sweet dreams...

BA (Hons) Acting and Creative Performance students from the University Centre Colchester, in their final year of study present a series of devised pieces as part of The Creative Performance Company.

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 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 7:00pm
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

6:00pm to 7:20pm
Landmines The Bridge Theatre Company

She’s suffocating in this atmosphere of hopelessness (aren’t we all?). Everyone around her has given up trying to change things because it’s bad for their mental health, but she can’t just switch it all off. The Bridge Company premiere this new play by Phil Davies (Firebird, Hampstead Theatre).

6:15pm to 7:10pm
Andrea Hubert: Work in Progress Glorious Management

Join Andrea Hubert (BAFTA Rocliffe Comedy winner 2013, What's On London Best Debut Show 2016) for just under an hour of new/terrible/amazing/unacceptable comedy ideas and half-finished thoughts about consent (because she never definitively said yes to that stranger who sniffed her hair during an unwanted hug). From the ridiculous woman who brought the idea of "a superhero who can suck out diseases - genitally" to the masses.

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!

6:45pm to 7:30pm
Just Broken The Creative Performance Company

If you are only half of who you are, would there still be enough of you to be the same as you were? Mary suffers with demons in her life, day in, day out. John wants affection.

An original piece of drama exploring an unstable relationship at breaking point. Is anyone in this world normal?

BA(Hons) Acting and Creative Performance students, from the University Centre Colchester, in their final year of study present a series of devised pieces as part of The Creative Performance Company.

6:45pm to 8:00pm
Obama & Me Sylvia Arthur

4 stars Obama and Me is among most compelling solo shows I've ever seen. It's a political play from Sylvia Arthur, a black Brit, documenting her struggle for freedom of movement and racial equality. She already has an agent for a half-written book on the subject – but in frustration at the slow pace of writing, the scale of her endeavour and her own lack of time, she wrote a play as well. Read the full review.

“I am a cog in the wheel of free movement. I am my ancestors’, my contemporaries’, and my descendants’ wildest dreams.”

While Barack Obama is fulfilling his American Dream as the first black president of the United States, Sylvia Arthur, a black Brit, is in Brussels in pursuit of the European version.

Working at the political heart of Europe, tasked with promoting freedom of movement, she zigzags the continent proselytising the benefits of a borderless union.

But as the President faces resistance to his agenda, so does she as nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny and racism sweep through Europe, and the world, and dreams begin to crumble.

7:00pm to 7:50pm
Felt PBJ Management

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Phenon-mentally good" (Kerrang).

7:00pm to 8:45pm
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
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.

7:15pm to 9:30pm
SoundKarD: explorations in sound soundKarD

SoundKarD are soprano Sarah Dacey, pianist Kate Halsall and composer Duncan MacLeod. Performances include The Barbican Centre, hcmf//, Frontiers Festival, sound festival, Nexus Art Café Manchester, Staging Sonic Spaces Festival, Derry and Nonclassical. They programme scored/improvised work, alongside existing/flexible repertoire, working with and commissioning composers. The trio are 2017-18 Ensemble in Residence, Ulster University. Programme includes music for voice, keyboard/harmonium and electronics with film by Adam Melvin, Amber Priestly, Iain Chambers, Sarah Dacey, Duncan MacLeod. They are joined by Bastard Assignments, a composers' collective based in South London.

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

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

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

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

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

7:30pm to 9:05pm
A Way of Seeing The Secret Dance Club

A double-bill of intimately presented contemporary dance, story and film, exploring the perception and experience of shared memory.

Weaving live dance and projected film, live installation 'Memory Box' contemplates the shifting layers, changing perspectives and emotional tones of memory.

'Camera Obscura' explores well-being in dementia through a moving story, celebrating the extraordinary power of music and enduring strength of a lifelong relationship in this most challenging condition.

“Powerful, utterly compelling work, acting so impressive, hugely expressive choreography.” (CriticalDance)

7:30pm to 8:30pm
John Callaghan's Cabaret Electro John Callaghan

"Blurring the lines between music and artistic performance, John's use of visuals and costumes pushing the set to another level... An incredible performer, and certainly unique." (Paper Champion),
"Famed and feared for the crazed pantomime antics... but there is serious song-craft to offset the absurdity." (Antigen Records),
“Eccentric and artful Pop songs that are high on classic Pop melody, with plenty of smart electronic concepts and whimsical introverted lyrics. The tunes are all here, traces of Depeche Mode and the Beatles sit easily with Callaghan’s emotive experimentation.” (Warp Records).

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Melancholy Certain Dark Things

Spiral down the stairs to the world of the inventor. Consumed by grief, he undertakes work on his biggest creation yet, his lost wife... But at what cost? Award-winning theatre company Certain Dark Things use an imaginative combination of puppetry, physical theatre and animation to tell the story of one man as he treads the fine line between genius and insanity.

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

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

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Sex Education Harry Clayton-Wright

One parent refuses to talk about sex. The other parent buys their child gay porn DVDs.

Revisiting the explicit films his dad bought him at fourteen, Harry Clayton-Wright explores the ways in which we learn about sex and how that shapes us later in life.

"Genius" (Cosmopolitan),
"Absolutely amazing" (BuzzFeed),
"Deranged manic gay bloke" (The Mirror).

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
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 8:40pm
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?

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

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

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

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

7:45pm to 9:20pm
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
Poets v MCs Battle Games Poets v MCs

For 14 years the poets and rappers of Brighton have been locked in an epic struggle. And now they are addicted to battle and will fight over anything. Over four shows they will split and fight over four great battlegrounds: Tories v Lefties, North v South, Spirit v Skeptic and Random v Whatever. Come and stand alongside your champions, cheer them on, jeer at your enemy, and see who takes down who. To join the baying mob it's £7 a battle or £10 for two. No.1 in Metro's Brighton must-see events. Winner, Argus Angel Award for Artistic Excellence. "Heart-warming, impressive, brilliant to behold" (The Source)

8:00pm to 9:00pm
The Curious Incidents of the Gay at Night Russell Arathoon

Stand-up comedy from Manchester-born comedian, Russell Arathoon.
Russell gives his take on modern life, his move from Manchester to the Royal Borough of Chelsea, his best mate, 'big fat Sarah' and no subject is safe.
One-liners and hilarious stories, all in his unique and not-so-innocent style.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
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).

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 8:55pm
Woolly: The Morose Merino Alexander Cofield

Sarcastic, satirical and hilariously self-deprecating, Woolly is a sheep with serious issues! But he wasn’t always so... Woolly.

Witness the tale of how one sexually frustrated, 20-something Brit dealt with rejection in the most absurd way possible: by running away to a shearing shed in South Australia. What emerged was more sheep than man. Now he’s out, and he’s looking for ewe!

Nominated for Best Comedy at Melbourne Fringe 2016, this one-sheep show will get you laughing within two shakes of a lamb’s tail! Don’t miss this chance to become part of Woolly’s debut UK flock.

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

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

Part of Shiny Town in the Brighton Royal Pavilion Garden

8:20pm to 9:10pm
Nick Elleray: Just Happy to be Here Nick Elleray

Nick Elleray is happy to be back at Brighton Fringe. He's happy to be here, generally.

"An engaging stand-up with an inventive mind" (The List). Nick returns to Brighton Fringe to do the bestest stand-up comedy show that he can do. Dry, wry, not particularly spry, is he really happy to be here? Or just saying that? You decide.

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

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

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

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

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

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

8:30pm 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
Thelma Gina George

Written and performed by Gina George, this one-woman show explores the power of idolisation and isolation within a grandmother, mother and daughter relationship. Is three really a crowd? Through powerful spoken word, tender (and not so tender) musical moments, and with a dollop of Geordie dialect, this show will tickle your good spots!

Pilot night at Belgrade audience members 2016:
"Absolutely amazing, hilarious and poignant!"
"Really touched me, excellently written and executed!"
"I'd love to watch it for the whole night."
"Why aye lass - fecking brilliant! Happy, sad... the best kind."
"We need more actresses, writers and female comics like this one!"
"So much control, all emotions covered!"
"Extremely mature acting!"
"Owns the stage."
"Wonderful mix of physical performance, song and poetry to tell the story."
"Great use of dialect to distinguish moments, great voice, good use of comic timing especially with extended audience members."
"I love you. Give me your babies."
"A wonderfully touching and humorous piece. Such lovely observations, expertly written, with a really nice mix of music, performance and poetry... you're bound for BIG things!"

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

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

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

9:00pm to 10:00pm
MacBETTI Lumo Company

One woman. All the roles. A quest for total power!
In this show, one woman will take over all the roles in Macbeth. She's sick of men getting all the good parts! She knows the lines, she knows sword fighting, she’s ready! She's on a mission to get stage time, get famous and get total power! It’s going to be Heidi, Heidi, Heil Heidi! Heil Heidi!... With a little help from her prompter.

Star: Heidi Niemi
Prompter: Gus Kennedy Jacob
Director: Anu Niemi

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

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

9:25pm 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
Des Kapital: Never Mind the Cossacks! Andyland Productions

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

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

With comedian and history teacher Andy Thomas.

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

9:30pm to 10:25pm
Imaginauts Imaginauts

Friends' fantastical journey through the depths of their imagination in this multi-roling, fast-paced farce. No adventure too big, no dungeon too dark. Come laugh at this young, home-grown, Brightonian theatre company's swan dives into their first Brighton Fringe.

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

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

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).

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Kids with Beards: Fandango! Kids With Beards

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

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

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

10:00pm to 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 11:00pm
Poets v MCs Battle Games Poets v MCs

For 14 years the poets and rappers of Brighton have been locked in an epic struggle. And now they are addicted to battle and will fight over anything. Over four shows they will split and fight over four great battlegrounds: Tories v Lefties, North v South, Spirit v Skeptic and Random v Whatever. Come and stand alongside your champions, cheer them on, jeer at your enemy, and see who takes down who. To join the baying mob it's £7 a battle or £10 for two. No.1 in Metro's Brighton must-see events. Winner, Argus Angel Award for Artistic Excellence. "Heart-warming, impressive, brilliant to behold" (The Source)

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

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

Part of Shiny Town in the Brighton Royal Pavilion Garden

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

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

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

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

10:15pm to 11:15pm
Alastair Clark: Uninterrupted Screaming (WIP) Joke On Us

Comedy’s daft nihilist is back with a new hour of his trademark comedic stylings. An anarchic fusion of stand-up and clowning from an adorable weirdo. Come and spend an hour with a comedy man and laugh at the horrors of his mind.

“Gifted when put on the spot” (Broadway Baby).

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.