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 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 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 5:00pm
Unity Through Struggle Exploring Senses CIC

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

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

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

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

10:45am 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
Personalised Pendant Workshop Silver & Sage

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

12:30pm to 1:15pm
12.30pm Wednesday Lunchtime Recitals St Nicholas' Church Lunchtime Recitals

45-minute concerts in Brighton's beautiful Mother Church. May 10: Clarinet solo project - Luca Luciano. May 17: Frank Bridge and Vaughan Williams music for viola and piano - Katharina von Colson and Michael Freyhan. May 24: American Classics - Soprano Valeria Guidotti and Kemp Duo perform music by Gershwin, Copland and Bernstein (part of the 'LISTEN AMERICA!' series). May 31: 20th-Century Guitar Music: Toru Takemitsu and Gilbert Biberian - Patrick Avery.

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

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

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

1:00pm to 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.

1:15pm 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 4:00pm
The Art and Fun of Acting and Dancing through Puppetry Ester Natzijl Productions

In this workshop we will use the basic technique of puppetry and combine that with acting and dancing.
How do you bring a puppet or object alive?
How do we create the character of the puppet/object and how do we give it its voice/sound and movements? And what is the character of the material?
We will work in disappearing behind the puppet or interacting with the puppet.

(We will make use of hand puppets and different materials and there will be life-size professional foam puppets and a marionette to give examples.)

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!

2:00pm 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!

2:15pm 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

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Tony Roberts: Card Magic & More For Kids! Monski Mouse Media Company

Join Covent Garden’s cheekiest street performer, award-winning magician Tony Roberts for mind-blowing card magic and more! There’ll be laughs, mayhem and classic conjuring for kids and parents. Recommended for 8+ years.
"This is the kind of show that makes children wish to grow up to be magicians, and adults wish they’d had the chance." **** (Edinburgh 49).

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 6:05pm
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)

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 6:00pm
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 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 6:30pm
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 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 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 Fool, The Champ and The Bandito The Creative Performance Company

Join us on a journey where we will explore the effects of laughter, alcohol and the random s**t three actors can come up with. Of course, we can't forget to comment on politics and social events, so don't worry, it's not all for the hell of it. Be there or be at the pub, either is good!

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 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 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 7:20pm
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.

6:15pm to 7:05pm
WATCHING, Ceci n'est pas de Deux Ester Natzijl Productions

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

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
Dot. Dot. Dot. The Creative Performance Company

‘Dot. Dot. Dot.’ is a new absurdist play featuring two young female protagonists, following and exploring the dysfunctional relationship that they share. Their world is a simplistic and isolated setting in which they continuously battle between innocence, cruelty, wants and needs, as they question their life together.

Drawing inspiration from Samuel Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot’, the two muddle through their unstable network of support and neglect as they struggle to understand each other and themselves. All they have ever known – and ever will know - is being together, can that be enough?

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 8:00pm
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!

7:00pm to 7:55pm
Harun Musho'd: Harun With a View Happy Hour Comedy Club

Harun Musho'd's stand-up comedy explores his own identity, weaving politics and history into the story of his family and their antics. Religion is another theme explored, leaving no religion untouched. Possibly not a show for sensitive souls (or indeed anyone who believes they have a soul, sensitive or not), but "If... you want to find out more about this fascinating story, you'll have to watch Musho'd. Enjoy!"

"This is a fun, lively show, and Musho'd has the makings of a great comedian. I would highly recommend it" **** (Views from the Gods).

7:00pm to 8:00pm
The Odditorium: Bosco Theater 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 in either the mirrored Spiegeltent or the 100-year-old Bosco theatre tent, themselves both fascinating venues.

Dr. Bramwell’s counterculture night returns with more fascinating events. Blondie's Gary Lachman on Colin Wilson (11th), Magick and Music with Graham Duff (17th), Odditorium book night (25th), The Haunted Moustache with Dr.Bramwell (31st). Also see The Odditorium:Spiegeltent events.

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
Peter Antoniou: 'Psychic' Comedian Peter Antoniou / DBS Productions

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

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

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

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

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

"Phenon-mentally good" (Kerrang).

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

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

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

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Darren Harriott: Work In Progress CKP

Darren Harriott is one of the most exciting up-and-coming comedians on the circuit. In the last year he has appeared on ‘Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central’ supporting Jimmy Carr, featured on BBC Radio 4 Extra, and provided tour support for Funmbi Omotayo on his national tour. Darren will be performing his debut hour at Edinburgh 2017.

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 8:40pm
Ghost Walk of the Lanes Ghost Walk of the Lanes

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

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

7:30pm to 8:30pm
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
Grace Eyre Street Purple Playhouse Theatre

A showcase of live performance and film made by artists with learning disabilities from Brighton & Hove and beyond. Each performance or screening will last between 20 and 30 minutes, punctuated by intervals where use of the on-site bar will give people an opportunity to explore a visual art exhibition housed within the venue.

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 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 8:20pm
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 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.

7:45pm to 10:45pm
Broken Biscuits Idle Eye

Idle Eye (spoken word/comedy) and Jenny Vegas (comedy) welcome you to 'Broken Biscuits', a four-act variety event comprising the very best of spoken word, music, character comedy, short animations and a guest compere. Pack a brush!

'Broken Biscuits' started in April 2016 as a vehicle to promote the satirical Idle Eye book 'Amateur of Life and Death'. Since then, it has become a collaborative, four-act variety event (including regulars/co-organisers Idle Eye and Jenny Vegas) that combines spoken word, comedy and music. Dan Laidler’s animated mini-series 'Windy’s Farm' has also become a feature, and the night is hosted by a guest compere. Performers to date have included Lorraine Bowen, Joanna Neary, Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer, David Quantick, Jules Oliver, Jenny Lockyer, Helen Thorn, Kate Tym and many more.

7:45pm to 8:40pm
Sami & Jim Mountain Comedy

Join psychic Shaman Mountain and his trusty apprentice Soil on a trans-dimensional journey in search of Soil’s lost voice. Follow the spiritualist duo as they meet demons, gods and the Galactic Janitor in the ultimate journey to enlightenment.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Comedian's Cinema Club: Beauty and the Beast Matthew Highton

"chaotic, alcohol-fuelled and very funny indeed" - TIME OUT Join Comedian's Cinema Club for an anarchic, improvised version of one of your very favourite childhood films. This is Beauty and the Beast as you've never seen it before, and will never see it again. "One of the best audience-participation comedy shows at Edinburgh Festival" The Guardian Having taken London, Los Angeles and Edinburgh by storm CCC returns to the Brighton Fringe for one night only.

8:00pm to 9:35pm
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)

8:00pm to 8:50pm
We Are Ian In Bed With My Brother

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2017 Ian is a talking lightbulb. Faceless dancers, with multi-coloured flashing-light shoes, move at individual pace behind a projection screen; only their arms, legs and feet are visible. As they slowly synchronise, we are being transported back to 1989, a time before these performers were even born. Read the full review.

Ian is a talking lightbulb. But that's not even the biggest quirk in this high-octane rave of a show, which made waves at the Edinburgh Fringe and earned 4* from us in London this year. The mood's set mostly through dance – which you're very much invited to join in – and narrated by Ian, who lived through the highs and lows of Thatcher's 1980s. With echoes of drug culture and more than a hint of anger, it's a pulsating trip through a decade.

1989. Manchester. A frenzy of drugs, beats and bucket hats. Illegal raves. Acid parties. Just jumping up and down in a field and throwing two fingers to Thatcher... Remember it?
Because we don’t. We weren’t even born. But Ian was. And Ian does remember. We’ve got f**k all now (Ian tells us). So, we’re going back to 1989. We’re gonna neck a brown biscuit. We’re gonna get off our peanuts. We’re gonna bounce around like idiots. And Ian’s going to show us how. We’re mad fer it. Let’s party.

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.

8:00pm 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
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.

8:15pm 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
Quiz Night: The Musical East of Brighton Musical Theatre Co.

Every Wednesday night is 'Quiz Night' at Brighton Fringe this year! An intimate, original musical portrait of two friends (with benefits) as they try to avoid discussing real life, brought to you by almost legendary East of Brighton musical theatre pairing, Jenny Alborough (director) and Adrian Reilly (composer).
Join Simon and Claire down the pub as they attempt this crucial heart-to-heart during an actual pub quiz - put your quiz hats on and you too can play for the pot. No Googling allowed!

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!"

8:30pm 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
Jim Holland: Shoegazing Jim Holland

Polite, comedy-maverick Jim Holland in a funny show about shoes, shyness, and love, where Fred Astaire meets Metallica. Words! Music! Dance?

"Genuine charm" (The Scotsman), "Nice" (The List), "Excellent Shoes" (The New Current), "Nervous" (The Argus), "I cried with laughter" (Seann Walsh).

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

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

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Steve Bugeja: Summer Camp - Work In Progress Steve Bugeja

Steve Bugeja, as seen on 'Russell Howard's Stand Up Central', Radio 4's 'Fresh From The Fringe' and BBC 3's 'Top 10', is working on a new show and you can come watch him create it. Steve will be testing out new jokes and stories. Some will be great and will make it into the final show, and some won't. Come along and help him in this creative process.

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

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

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

9:00pm to 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
Smut Slam Cabaret: where sex and storytelling collide Little Black Book Productions

The finest filth at Brighton Fringe, told by the people who lived it. Hosted by Cameryn Moore, this storytelling cabaret , based on the smash circuit of 'Smut Slam' open mics - boasts a rotating programme of real-life sex stories, plus sexy clowns, dirty music, burlesque babes, and Njoy sex toys, aww yeah.

There are currently nine monthly 'Smut Slam' locations around North America and four in the UK: London, Manchester, Bristol, and Brighton. All 'Smut Slams' have the same goal: creating an encouraging, fun, open space where audiences of all types and amounts of sexual experience feel welcome.

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

9:25pm 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
Macho Macho Igor Vrebac

Bosnian-Dutch artist Igor Vrebac draws inspiration from Instagram after-workout selfies, Turkish wrestling and the idea of bromance in his new physical performance 'Macho Macho' to question the objectified "men’s world" we are living in today. What’s behind those Calvin Klein six packs? What does a billboard with beer-drinking bearded giants on it tell us? When can a man show his vulnerable side?

The machos welcome you to their arena where they fight stereotypes about, with, and for men. Since language is not a problem in this performance, it is even accessible for your queer chihuahua. Woof!

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.

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Bad Luck Cabaret Laurie Black Inc

Laurie Black taunts the gods of bad luck in her debut Brighton Fringe show. Joined by a variety of performers including (but not limited to) burlesque, cabaret and music.

You're invited to a glitzy, glam and dangerous night out! Dress for the end of the world, or the beginning. Get ready to smash some mirrors. The best in alternative cabaret.

9:40pm to 10:40pm
Dan Evans: 10% The Blue Man

One-man show from established comedian and writer, Dan Evans - "A favourite with audiences as well as with his notoriously hard-to-please comedic peers" (The Guardian).

10%. That's as far as comedian Dan Evans gets with most of his ideas. Until now. Because the time has come for you to decide which of his embryonic mental creations he should take to full term. Expect products, ideas for shows, philosophies for benevolent world management, and possible disappointing nudity.

9:45pm to 11:15pm
Jacqueline Kroft Redheart

Jacqueline & the Sensations is a band from the UK that performs Jacqueline's original songs. Having just completed a new album, they are preparing for its release in February 2017. Jacqueline & the Sensations has performed in Paris, London and Stroud and is preparing a tour for 2017.

Jacqueline, who was born in England, grew up in Canada and so the music has an interesting twist of Canadian and English influences. Jacqueline's sultry voice glides over a strong alternative beat that intoxicates and captivates audiences.

Robert Holmes on guitar, Jo Kaspar on bass and Senan Robinson on drums, make a dynamic band for these special catchy tunes.

9:45pm to 11:15pm
Folk It The Greys Presents

Singer/songwriter Sylvie Lewis curates acoustic concerts with musicians and wordsmiths from around the globe. Acts include Kathryn Williams, Michelle Stodart (The Magic Numbers), Gareth Dickson, Chris Redmond, Sean Taylor, Sharon Lewis, Crack*A*Jack Crow, and more. Intimate, listening-room style shows often with wistful, witty banter.May 10th -Kathryn Williams - With 13 studio albums & a Mercury prize nomination, she's one of our favourite Northern songbirds&Michelle Stodart - Magic Numbers sweetheart wields her rock-solid melodies, haunting songs and powerful stage presenceMay 17th -Chris Redmond - Fresh from Tongue Fu, this risk taking, inspiring wordsmith won't leave until he's got to the truth.&Sharon Lewis - Formerly of the duo Pooka, Sharon is revered for her haunting vocals and poignant lyrics.May 24th -Gareth Dickson - "an artist of real originality... . haunting" - The Wire magazine.&Crack*A*Jack*Crow -Brendan & Anjuli are flowers in bloom - their cool, mellifluous tunes float through the air like butterflies.May 31st -Sean Taylor - "Articulate, compelling... brilliant"(Four Stars) MOJO Magazine&Sylvie Lewis "quirky and smart and such a delight to listen to." - Performing Songwriter Magazine

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

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

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

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

Part of Shiny Town in the Brighton Royal Pavilion Garden

10:10pm 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.