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

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

10:30am to 11:20am
Mr Dilly's World of Wonder Mr Dilly's World of Wonder

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:00am to 12:00pm
StoryBox Unleashed StoryBox

Dress up! Create! Play. Interactive storytelling sessions which make you the star of your story.
Mark Locke and Gladrags costume centre combine their skills to help children create instant, interactive stories via dressing-up, role-play, and scenarios of their own choosing all woven together by Mark the storyteller.

Come and lose yourself in your own imagination. Parents go free.

Performances happen 3 times a day at the following times:
11.00-12 pm, 12.30-13.30, 14.00-15.00.

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

The world’s oldest electric railway.

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

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

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

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

***** (FringeReview)

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

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

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

12:30pm to 1:30pm
StoryBox Unleashed StoryBox

Dress up! Create! Play. Interactive storytelling sessions which make you the star of your story.
Mark Locke and Gladrags costume centre combine their skills to help children create instant, interactive stories via dressing-up, role-play, and scenarios of their own choosing all woven together by Mark the storyteller.

Come and lose yourself in your own imagination. Parents go free.

Performances happen 3 times a day at the following times:
11.00-12 pm, 12.30-13.30, 14.00-15.00.

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

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

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

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

The world’s oldest electric railway.

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

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

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

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

***** (FringeReview)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The world’s oldest electric railway.

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

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

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

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

***** (FringeReview)

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

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

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

Brighton's number one, award-winning traditional city walking tour.

Perfect for visitors and residents alike.

90 minutes of fascinating facts about this incredible cosmopolitan city. Discover royal romance, secret tunnels, fishermen’s cottages and more.

Winner: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016, 2017.

2:00pm to 3:00pm
StoryBox Unleashed StoryBox

Dress up! Create! Play. Interactive storytelling sessions which make you the star of your story.
Mark Locke and Gladrags costume centre combine their skills to help children create instant, interactive stories via dressing-up, role-play, and scenarios of their own choosing all woven together by Mark the storyteller.

Come and lose yourself in your own imagination. Parents go free.

Performances happen 3 times a day at the following times:
11.00-12 pm, 12.30-13.30, 14.00-15.00.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

**** (Fest)

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

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Creation Song Norse Myths Storytelling Root and Branch Theatre Company

Stories from the Norse myths and legends with ballad song, galdr chant and ancient Eddic poetry. This performance tells the story of the Vanir tribe of Norse deities and their influence on creation.

It includes a ritual or sacred marriage which was a symbolic representation of the birth of life in the universe. This tradition was sacred to the elder fertility gods with origins in the megalithic era. This is a theatrical storytelling performance and includes song and chant as well as ritual action.

This project is supported by an encoreinsure.com Brighton Fringe bursary.

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

The world’s oldest electric railway.

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

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

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

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

***** (FringeReview)

2:30pm to 3:20pm
Margo & Mr Whatsit PaddleBoat Theatre CIC

Sophia’s imaginary friend is Mr Whatsit. Wherever Sophia finds herself living, he’s always there with jokes to tell and games to play.

But when Sophia moves into her new foster home, Mr Whatsit finds himself unimagined! Now Sophia has a new imaginary friend – the glamorous, grown-up Margo. Can Mr Whatsit’s playfulness keep him from being unimagined for good? And with her imaginary friends competing against each other, will Sophia manage to find her forever home?

PaddleBoat Theatre present an interactive, make-believe tale where the real and imaginary collide, and friends are never far away.

Touch tours available on request, please email katy@paddleboattheatre.co.uk to book.

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

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

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

Plus optional 30 minute Q&A.

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

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

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

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

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

Private view Tuesday 29th May 5.30-7pm

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

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Joe Bains: Curried Mustard Joe Bains

Growing up in the deepest darkest parts of India and then being thrown into the west with no language, culture, personality, looks, or even a clue.

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

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

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

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

Nominated: Best Cabaret Brighton Fringe 2015

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

The world’s oldest electric railway.

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

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

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

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

***** (FringeReview)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5:00pm to 5:55pm
Good Kids: Blank Canvas Good Kids

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

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

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

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

"A really fab sketch show" (Joe Lycett)

5:10pm to 6:00pm
Think Outside The Box The Creative Performance Company

How many times has someone told you to ‘think outside the box’? Too many times to count I presume. However, has anyone asked you to think ‘inside the box’? To think logically rather than creatively?

Inside the box holds our knowledge, our experiences, our wisdom. We can't ignore the inside just as we can't ignore the outside. Equally, if we didn't think beyond the box we would struggle to discover new ideas or fresh thoughts. We need both to create an equilibrium. 'Think Outside The Box' explores the limits to each end of the spectrum, from the mundane to the absurd.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Kevin Precious Unholier Than Thou: The Non-Believing Religious Studies Teacher (Work in Progress) Barnstormers Comedy

Kevin Precious is a former Religious Studies teacher. He's also a non-believer who attends his local Humanist group. 'Unholier Than Thou' features jokes and stories about teaching Religious Studies as a non-believer, being a Humanist, the God-Shaped Hole and little bits, here and there, relating to the Philosophy of Religion.

"Kevin Precious hosted the proceedings. working the audience with skill, and peppering his patter with local references" (The Argus)
"Kevin's stage charisma and poise set him head and shoulders above the previous acts" (The Times)

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

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

A dark magical production for audiences of all ages.

6:10pm to 7:00pm
Tits, Teeth & Twat The Creative Performance Company

Mid-life crisis? Forget that! Join us, two twenty-one year olds, as we dissect issues that have resulted in our quarter-life crisis. Are you confused by the Kardashians? Sick of seeing glitter in inappropriate places? Outraged by the price of pizza? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the show for you!

Making its Brighton debut, Tits, Teeth & Twat makes no apologies for its lack of filter. Sit back and watch as our bums jiggle, bingo wings bounce and thighs chafe.

6:15pm to 7:25pm
Movin' Melvin Brown: Chuck Berry Lives! Movin' Melvin Brown

Award-winning entertainer and rhythm & blues legend returns to Brighton with his homage to the king of rock'n'roll, Chuck Berry. Superb originals combined with Chuck Berry classics in a magical journey performed by Movin' Melvin & The Rock'n'Roll Showband!

Hits such as 'Little Sixteen', 'Memphis', 'You Never Can Tell' and 'Johnny B Goode' mixed with dance and tap routines of the kind that have won Brown a faithful following worldwide. Bring your dancing shoes!

"Exceptional" ***** (The Scotsman)
"Singing, tapping, shaking entertainment machine" **** (Time Out)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Play the tape. Let's find out.

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

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Stand Up, Weather Girl! Sam Fraser

Sam Fraser has been a stand-by BBC local weather presenter since 2012. It's been a steep learning curve. Having been flattered by online comments about her bottom, she wonders can you be a full-time feminist and a part-time weather girl?

This is Sam's first visit to Brighton Fringe. Join her as she forecasts storms of delight and gales of laughter!

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

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

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

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

"Very funny magicians" (Paul Zenon)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6:45pm to 8:00pm
Quiz Night: The Musical East of the City Theatre Company

Half quiz night, half musical, this 2017 sell-out is back, with a new quiz.

Join two friends-with-benefits as they attempt a crucial heart-to-heart during a pub quiz. Will this intimate, original, musical portrait distract you from the serious quiz-ness of playing for the pot? Sparkly host Bruce Foresight asks the questions. No Googling allowed!

"With funny upbeat songs, wonderful musicianship and good performances from all the cast... "(Reviews Hub)

7:00pm to 9:00pm
Adventures of Robin Hood JW Productions

Prepare your family for a thrilling adventure as Robin and his merry band whisk you to Sherwood forest and rise up against the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham! Expect boo-able villains, thigh-slapping songs, narrow escapes and daring escapades! Bring a picnic and enjoy a unique outdoor adventure!

Previous productions: 'The Wind in The Willows' and 'The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio'.

"What family theatre should be... Outstanding" (FringeReview)

"Shimmers with theatrical magic" (The Stage)

"A fun, heart-warming and inclusive production" (Child Friendly Brighton)

Touch tours available on request, please email brightonopenairtheatre@gmail.com to book.

7:00pm to 8:35pm
Candide Brighton College (Drama Department)

Candide is an optimist. A dreamer. He believes that everything is for the best in the best of all possible worlds. But that belief is about to be tested as Candide's comfortable life is overtaken by an endless barrage of misfortune.

As his world collapses around him, the story travels across the centuries to new locations and parallel universes.

How will Candide's optimism fare when it collides with life in the 21st century?

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

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

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Yuriko Kotani: Overwork in Progress Yuriko Kotani

Winner of the BBC New Comedy Award 2015 and Time Out's One to Watch, UK-based Japanese comedian Yuriko Kotani brings you wonderfully offbeat stories with her rug-pulling punchlines and bizarre observations as work-in-progress.

As seen on Russell Howard's 'Stand Up Central' and 'Pls Like' (BBC3)

"Leftfield rising star" (Time Out)

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

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

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

7:00pm to 8:00pm
John Pendal: Family John Pendal

John Pendal returns with a preview of his new solo stand-up comedy show 'Family'.

His first two shows, 'International Man of Leather' and 'How to Escape From Stuff', went on to tour Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Edmonton, Melbourne and Rome.

"Fringe brilliance" ***** (Broadway Baby)

"Engaging and hilarious throughout" **** (EdFest Magazine)

"An extremely important and funny show ... definitely not to be missed!” **** (Arts Award Voice)

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Black White with a Hash Brown Joe Bains

A tale of three colours.

The show starts as pristine white in Bethnal Green and devolves to brown in Whitechapel, finally complete blackness in the heart of Leyton; it looks at ourselves and at society through our filters of colour.

7:00pm to 8:30pm
Culpeper's Medicine Garden At The Coach House

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

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

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

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

If you live in Brighton, the chances are you already know about David Bramwell – purveyor of curiosities and champion of intelligent talk, thanks to his regular salon the Catalyst Club. His Fringe events are now an equally revered institution: part mind-expanding lectures, part entertainment, with a typically offbeat set of topics selected for the ever-changing agenda. They’re hosted this year in the 100-year-old Bosco theatre tent, itself a fascinating (if spartan) venue. The programme is massively varied, so check the full listings for day-by-day details.

Join Dr Bramwell for another five fascinating events: 'Singalong-a-Wickerman', Daisy Campbell's 'Pigspurt's Child', Ken Campbell's 10th anniversary tribute night, Mark Vernon on Ancient Greek philosophy and Dr David Luke on psychedelic plants.

Sun 13 May: Mark Vernon 'All you Need to Know About Ancient Greek Philosophy to Live Well'
Wed 16 May: Daisy Campbell's new solo show, 'Pigspurts Child'
Sun 20 May: 'The Ken Campbell Anniversary Show'
Tues 22 May: 'Singalong-a-Wickerman'
Wed 30 May: Dr David Luke 'Breaking Convention's'

7:00pm to 8:00pm
AGM Comedy AGM Comedy

Brighton Fringe 2016 Audience Choice award-winners Steve Adams, Colin Galletly and Johnny Murph return from their sell out 2017 run as the entity that is: AGM Comedy.

Another year older and still none the wiser, they will perform 50 minutes filled with jokes, stories, gags and puns. Do you want searing political satire? Deep insights into the human psyche? A glimpse of the meaning of life? Then sadly you are looking in the wrong place! However If you want silliness, good humour and laughs then join AGM Comedy!

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Dan Evans: In Progress Dan Evans

Come and watch as award-winning, stand-up comedian, and much credited writer Dan Evans releases 53 minutes of his latest entertainment into the wild. Your only job is to be there on time and to face the right way.

"A favourite with audiences as well as with his notoriously hard-to-please comedic peers" (The Guardian)

7:30pm to 8:45pm
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: wilful over-acting is part of the fun, and it’s a whole lot more enjoyable if you “ooh” and “aah” along.

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

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

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

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

"A fantastic alternative comic mind" (Broadway Baby)

"Obvious writing talent" (Chortle)

7:30pm to 9:00pm
Grace Eyre Street Purple Playhouse Theatre

Following a successful debut in 2017, we'll be taking another trip to 'Grace Eyre Street' to meet some new characters!

A showcase of live short performances made by artists with learning disabilities from Brighton, Hove and beyond will be punctuated by intervals when people can explore a visual art exhibition and enjoy a drink from the bar.

This project is supported by the BN1 Magazine bursary.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Slick and Silly" (Chortle)

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

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

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

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Leonard Bernstein at 100 MOOT - music of our time

May 9: Bernstein 'Three Meditations from "Mass"', Benjamin Britten Sonata in C, Op.65, Aaron Copland 'Waltz & Celebration from"Billy the Kid"' for cello & piano - Anna Litvinenko.

May 16: Bernstein Clarinet and Violin Sonatas, Igor Stravinsky 'Three pieces for Clarinet', Morton Feldman 'For Aaron Copland', David Rakowski 'Anniversary' (UK premiere) - Rachel Gorman, Steve Dummer.

May 23: Bernstein 'Halil' for flute, piano & percussion, Messiaen 'Le Merle Noir' - Rebecca Griffiths, Daniel Lauro, Norman Jacobs.

May 30: Songs by Bernstein, Sondheim, Weill - Mehreen Shah, Zhanna Kemp.

www.musicofourtime.co.uk

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Joseph Morpurgo: Hammerhead Show and Tell

5 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2017 Joseph Morpurgo is unlike other comedians. Every year he marks himself out with wildly inventive shows that keep the audience gripped from start to finish. Each show follows the same basic format: a flawed character telling his story using excellent multimedia effects, but so far they have all been wildly, inventively different in every other regard. Read the full review.

Joseph Morpurgo presents his masterpiece: a boundary-smashing, 9-hour adaption of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Or is it?

Outlandishly funny multimedia comedy and new voodoo from the distinguished mind of the 2015 Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, three-time 2016 Chortle Award winner and BBC Radio Four star Joseph Morpurgo, featuring surreal set-pieces, vivid comic writing, subliminal pulse signals – and monsters.

"Uproariously funny – you could watch it twice and not stop laughing." **** (The Guardian)

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

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

8:00pm to 9:00pm
The Return of Reuxberre Bereré Reuxberre Bereré

Careering from his glittering ex-career as an incomparably successful composer-performer on Broadway, Reuxberre Bereré spends just one preciously distilled hour showcasing his greatest hits in an attempt to restore his former resplendence whilst reminiscing on a life both, thwarted and triumphant in equal measure.
'Enchanting.' **** (The Independent),
'Quite simply a joy to watch.' ****( TIME OUT CRITICS CHOICE ),
'Devilishly charming.' **** (The Stage),
Off West End Nominated,
'Polished to Perfection. ' ***** (Reviews Hub),
'A frisson of Naughtiness.' **** (Broadway Baby),
'Steals scenes like John Barrowman on Speed.' (What’s on Stage).

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

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

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

8:00pm to 10:00pm
Comic Relief Live Comic Relief Live

Join one of the UK’s top comedians as they host a special 'Comic Relief Live' show at the Brighton Fringe, bringing a line-up of some of the most exciting up-and-coming comedy talent.

And the best bit? The money raised will support Comic Relief to help people around the world, as well as right here in the UK. So, make your laugh matter and grab your ticket now.

The full line up will be announced close to the date.

At least £5 per ticket will go to Comic Relief. Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)

8:00pm to 12:00am
Brighton Big Drag Pageant Brighton Big Drag Pageant with Brighton Spiegeltent

Spiegeltent presents: 'Brighton Big Drag Pagent'

Kings, Queens, and Inbetweens!

Talent, diversity, creativity, and nerve. It’s the first, the spectacular, the only and ultimate Drag Pageant!

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

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

Who will be the winner? The audience will decide...

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Cooked Unmasked Theatre

A darkly-funny rom-com by Natalie Audley. Henry and Brett live together and used to be an item. Now, Brett has a date with a younger student, Adam. All is well until Brett is called away on business, leaving Henry and Adam to see what they have in common, if anything. Directed by Richard Evans-Thomas.

One of the winners of last year's Rialto Theatre Scratch Night, 'Cooked' is Unmasked Theatre's second offering at this year's Brighton Fringe. Previous company credits include the smash hit 'The Writers' Bloc' (shortlisted for Best New Play, Brighton Fringe 2017), 'Hove, Actually' and 'Cream'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Perfect for entertainment or revision. Simply Red!

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

Dead sparrows not included. Mass participation expected

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Adele Cliff: Sheep (Work in Progress) Laughing Horse

Adele Cliff, Dave's Top 15 Funniest Jokes of the Fringe 2017 and 2016, brings her brand-new show 'Sheep' to Brighton! Packed with gags, anecdotes and fun, this work-in-progress show is sure to amuse. Full of great new jokes to wow ewe all, flock in for some of the best comedy to be herd.

"I find her really annoying to watch, as I'm constantly kicking myself for not having thought of those gags first" (Gary Delaney)

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

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

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

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

Three acts. Three shows. One hour.

"Sexy and terrifying"
"Still giving me nightmares"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9:15pm to 10:15pm
Beasts Ben Carter

They’re raw.
They’re wild.
They're asleep 16 hours a day.

For Adam, money’s tight. So tight he’s had to go out and find a job. And beg his girlfriend to take it. As for Currer, he was the first person in his family to go to university - and not graduate.

Low on status and high on gags, 'Beasts' is a stand-up show from two of London’s best new acts, who regularly perform at the Comedy Store, Up the Creek and Top Secret Comedy Club.

Come along and roar with laughter – and save Adam and Currer from extinction.

9:30pm to 11:00pm
Mortified Magnificent Bastard Productions

Witness adults sharing their most embarrassing childhood artifacts (journals, letters, poems, lyrics, plays, home movies, art) with others, in order to reveal stories about their lives. Real people and genuine shame combine to make this show the international cult-hit event it has become. Come a be part of this worldwide phenomenon on its Brighton debut!

Since 2002, Mortified has been curating teen angst artifacts from people like you. What started with a single undelivered love letter transformed into a movement that continues to “share the shame” from LA to London to Amsterdam.

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Laurie Black: Live Laurie Black

The revolution will not be televised, it will be live. In her debut solo show, Laurie Black (Bad Luck Cabaret, Rogue Romantic, Sweatshop) is armed with an arsenal of songs, original and otherwise, and a synth, to take a stand against all this bullshit. Bring your hand-grenade hearts and get ready for the ultimate ultraviolet riot.

As seen at Adelaide Fringe (AU), Newcastle Fringe (AU) and Sydney (AU).

9:30pm to 11:30pm
Edith Piaf Live at Nimegue Andrew Farr Performs

Your chance to see a 53-year-old, 82 kilo bloke from Stoke portray the life of a singing legend who died aged 47 weighing just 36kg. Her childhood was traumatic and she sang songs of tragedy. But Piaf loved to laugh. This affectionate re-telling of her life and re-imagining of her last ever filmed concert in 1962 tries not to lose sight of the laughter.

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

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

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

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

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

**** (ThreeWeeks)

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

9:45pm to 10:45pm
The Trouble With Scott Capurro Talented Artists Limited

Scott Capurro is one of nature’s great raconteurs. Challenging, sometimes outrageous, but intimate too and most shockingly occasionally full of doubt. In 'The Trouble With... ' Scott wrangles with rich friends, worthy yoga and the miseries of home ownership. Capurro shows that every silver lining is attached to a rather imposing cloud, spinning yarns that are meant to resolve issues, but which oddly have the opposing effect.

“Comic equation: Larry Grayson x (Lenny Bruce + Chris Rock) = Scott Capurro.” (The Guardian)

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

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

“Unbelievable” (Dangerous T)

“A delightful burp of art” (Jack Brooks)

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

“Singular comedic voice” (Chris Betts)

“Tall” (Elena Fedotova)

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

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

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

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

A high-energy comedy reworking of classic game books such as ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ and ‘Find Your Fate’.

Embark upon a Quest to find the Yeti and use your deciding powers to guide your avatar, ‘You’.

But decisions have unpredictable consequences! Where will 'You' find himself? The jungle, outer space, Vegas, or a portaloo round the back of a charming mountainside restaurant called ‘Yakkedy-Yak’? Who knows?

Join us on a fantastical voyage through a vast character-filled comedy cosmos; featuring Terry Gilliam-esque animated sequences, a stuffed prop box, and even our own theme tune!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But don’t take their word for it...

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

10:30pm to 11:30pm
Love Letters to Rappers The Ugly Girls Club

Politically and sexually active young women doing whatever the f*ck they want in 2018.

A crash course in rap music, the world-ending effects of meat production and society's perpetual gaslighting of women and the truth.

Join The Ugly Girls Club for this daring and radical response to pop culture's misogyny. Suitable for feminists of all ages. Contains non-sexual nudity, self-defining ugly women and an underlying call to divest from the patriarchy's pyramid scheme.

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

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

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

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