Today's full programme, more choices & comment

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 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.

11:00am 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 1:00pm
Exploring Senses 'MakerLab Monsters' Exploring Senses CIC

Have you ever watched 'Toy Story' and thought Sid’s mutant toys were kinda cool? Then you’re gonna love ‘MakerLab Monsters’. Learn how to use 3D pens and re-use toys destined for landfill in a draw, cut, stick and sew workshop. Next, photograph and digitally edit your monsters and print them onto your own personalised t-shirt.

The workshop takes place at our new Exploring Senses MakerLab and lasts about 2hrs, with all materials and equipment provided. We can also provide other combined art, craft and digital activities, including 3D scanning, 3D printing, digital, full-colour heat press and silkscreen printing.

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

4 stars Magnus Volk's Electric Train Of Thought is a little piece of theatre: only 20 minutes long, performed in a tiny room, for an audience of just a dozen or so. But size isn't everything. There's a lot packed into this miniature package – some local history, some genuine science, and an insight into the character of a late-Victorian pioneer. Read the full review.

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
Amazing Bubble Man Louis Pearl

EXTRA PERFORMANCES ADDED BY POPULAR DEMAND

Louis Pearl has thrilled audiences worldwide for over 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. An Edinburgh Fringe sell-out for 10 years, Louis explores the breathtaking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerised. From square, fog and helium bubbles, giant bubbles, volcanoes, tornadoes and trampolines, to people inside bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and amazed gasps from all ages. New this year, live music by Jet Black Pearl.

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

4 stars Magnus Volk's Electric Train Of Thought is a little piece of theatre: only 20 minutes long, performed in a tiny room, for an audience of just a dozen or so. But size isn't everything. There's a lot packed into this miniature package – some local history, some genuine science, and an insight into the character of a late-Victorian pioneer. Read the full review.

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)

12:30pm 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 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.

12:45pm 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 3:30pm
Exploring Senses 'MakerLab Monsters' Exploring Senses CIC

Have you ever watched 'Toy Story' and thought Sid’s mutant toys were kinda cool? Then you’re gonna love ‘MakerLab Monsters’. Learn how to use 3D pens and re-use toys destined for landfill in a draw, cut, stick and sew workshop. Next, photograph and digitally edit your monsters and print them onto your own personalised t-shirt.

The workshop takes place at our new Exploring Senses MakerLab and lasts about 2hrs, with all materials and equipment provided. We can also provide other combined art, craft and digital activities, including 3D scanning, 3D printing, digital, full-colour heat press and silkscreen printing.

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

4 stars Magnus Volk's Electric Train Of Thought is a little piece of theatre: only 20 minutes long, performed in a tiny room, for an audience of just a dozen or so. But size isn't everything. There's a lot packed into this miniature package – some local history, some genuine science, and an insight into the character of a late-Victorian pioneer. Read the full review.

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
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.

2:00pm to 8:00pm
Abstractionpark 7090: Preparing for Take-Off Brighton Spiegeltent with 7090

Reader beware: today's Bold Choice is bolder than most. I've caught three of Dutch group 7090's previous shows, both in Amsterdam and Brighton, and all were perplexingly wonderful experiences; expect oddball musical instruments, curious art installations, and general creative wackiness (which may or may not have a deeper meaning). This time we're offered a guided tour of a miniature park, with features including a Wailing Pyramid and Balloon Bagpipes; it's free to drop in and it's on all day, so there's no reason not to give it a whirl.

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

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

2:00pm to 4:00pm
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.

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 3:20pm
Margo & Mr Whatsit PaddleBoat Theatre CIC

5 stars When you grew up, did you have an imaginary friend? I never did – but Sophia, the young girl at the centre of this big-hearted tale, makes up for my omission by having two of them. This funny yet meaningful show is really meant for children, but it's charming and spirited enough to awaken the child in us all; it tackles some huge and difficult topics, yet every moment is filled with magic, ebullience, and joy. Read the full review.

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.

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

4 stars Magnus Volk's Electric Train Of Thought is a little piece of theatre: only 20 minutes long, performed in a tiny room, for an audience of just a dozen or so. But size isn't everything. There's a lot packed into this miniature package – some local history, some genuine science, and an insight into the character of a late-Victorian pioneer. Read the full review.

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 3:30pm
Be Original! Crumble-tastic Productions

Lorraine Bowen is David Walliams' golden buzzer gal from 'Britain's Got Talent!' With quirky songs, interactive games and creative challenges, her brand-new live show inspires kids (6-11) to make their own original music.

"My kids loved your show - it's amazing" (a delighted mum)

Watch the 'BE ORIGINAL!' trailer to see the fun of the show!

2:35pm to 3:25pm
SESKA: Spot the Difference! SESKA

SESKA performs incredibly silly magic tricks, repeats them again but with a crazy added difference... and, when you spot the difference, you win a fab prize! A party atmosphere, hilarious entertainment and a competition all in one. Sells out super-fast so get the tickets now, donutfaces!

When SESKA comes to town, kids laugh out loud, dads f*rt out loud, and mums faint at his feet! Crazier than finding a penguin in your fridge.

"My kids loved him" (Jonathan Ross)
"Children will be spellbound for 50 minutes of silliness" (Broadway Baby)

Nominated for Best Family Show Brighton Fringe 2015

3:00pm to 4:00pm
High Top Circus Showcase High Top Circus

Join us in the jungle for our hit annual 'High Top Circus Student Showcase'.
Our young, up-and-coming acts will thrill you with fabulous Jungle Book themed performances in our family-friendly cabaret.

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 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 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 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
Creation Song Norse Myths Storytelling Root and Branch Theatre Company

3 stars Storyteller Alison Williams-Bailey cuts an impressive figure as she parades into the room, her hair tumbling over the shoulders of her robe, an antler-topped staff clutched in her hand. She's here to share tales of Norse gods and legends – from Yggdrasil, the tree of life, to Ragnarök, the apocalyptic final battle. Her show divides into two parts; the first lives up to the spectacle of her entrance, the second sadly less so. Read the full review.

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.

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

4 stars Magnus Volk's Electric Train Of Thought is a little piece of theatre: only 20 minutes long, performed in a tiny room, for an audience of just a dozen or so. But size isn't everything. There's a lot packed into this miniature package – some local history, some genuine science, and an insight into the character of a late-Victorian pioneer. Read the full review.

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

3 stars Billed as a "romantic crime thriller", Other People's Teeth is the tale of two interlocking relationships. One is conventional rom-com fare: the feisty Joss is dating the geeky Simon, who attempts to woo her with convoluted mathematical reasoning and games of chess. But the other relationship is between Joss and her boss Sol, and that partnership is anything but everyday. Because Sol is a hitman, Joss is his right-hand woman… and Sol isn't about to let the newcomer Simon get in the way. Read the full review.

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
Morning is Red 368 Theatre Company

2 stars First World War drama Morning is Red holds a lot of promise. For one thing, it's staged in the evocative subterranean setting of the Town Hall's Old Police Cells – which ably represent a spartan, run-down, front-line hospital. And the set-up is poignant: an eager young soldier, wounded on his very first day of battle, shares a ward with a jaded army officer who's seen more than enough of war. Read the full review.

New scripts don't normally count as Sure Choices – but this one feels very safe indeed. Featuring two hospitalised soldiers looking back on World War One, it's the latest script from writer Nigel Fairs, best known for his 5* masterpiece Conversation With An Acid Bath Murderer. Like much of Fairs' recent work at the Fringe, it's performed in the atmospheric Old Police Cells Museum, which is both an evocative venue and a fascinating destination in its own right. Time will tell – but the ingredients are all there for a haunting and memorable hour.

Two soldiers lie wounded in hospital, sharing very different experiences of the trenches. One was shot on the first day of the War, the other on the last. As they become closer, a heart-breaking truth about them both gradually becomes apparent...

'Morning is Red' is an intimate, moving new play from the award-winning writer/director team Nigel Fairs ('In Conversation with an Acid Bath Murderer', 'My Gay Best Friend', 'The Appeal of Silence') and Louise Jameson ('Doctor Who', 'Eastenders', 'Tenko', 'Bergerac'), presented in the hugely atmospheric cells.

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Amazing Bubble Man Louis Pearl

EXTRA PERFORMANCES ADDED BY POPULAR DEMAND

Louis Pearl has thrilled audiences worldwide for over 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. An Edinburgh Fringe sell-out for 10 years, Louis explores the breathtaking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerised. From square, fog and helium bubbles, giant bubbles, volcanoes, tornadoes and trampolines, to people inside bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and amazed gasps from all ages. New this year, live music by Jet Black Pearl.

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.

4:30pm 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.

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

4 stars Part psychological thriller, part social commentary, On The Tracks is a gripping two-hander exploring the secrets we do and don't choose to share. It's set in the break-room of an anonymous railway station; two shunters, Robert and Ted, are about to start their shift. If you don't know what a shunter does, then all will be explained. But this isn't really about the railways; it's about how little we truly know the people we see every day, and how unspoken forces can quietly buckle a mind. Read the full review.

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.

5:10pm to 6:00pm
Press Start to Play The Creative Performance Company

Three rounds. Two teams. One prize. ‘Press Start to Play’ combines the medium of video games with interactive theatre in a live game show setting. Teams comprised of audience members will battle it out to determine who will win the grand prize and forever be known as the best video gamers in Brighton! As the show goes on air for the first time, join us for the pilot episode of ‘Press Start to Play’ and experience all the laughs, fails and arguments, both on screen and off, right before your eyes... just don’t break the controllers!

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

3 stars In 1982, a voice-over tells us, "a tiny island went to war… but nobody noticed". A controversial claim maybe, but certainly – when it comes to Fringe theatre – the Falklands conflict remains relatively unexplored. Set mainly on a remote farm on these remote islands, Falkland: The War The World Forgot aims to show the impact of the war, both on local people and the servicemen sent to liberate them. It also places the events in historical context, stretching back to the Troubles in Northern Ireland and even the Blitz in London. Read the full review.

It's a "bold" choice because it's a relatively unproven script, but Tasty Monster Productions have impressed our reviewers with previous shows up in Edinburgh. This time, they're tackling the Falklands War – which has been oddly overlooked by theatre-makers in general – telling the stories of both islanders and soldiers, against the backdrop of the events of 1982. It's not, they say, political or militaristic, but a reminder of how war can change and entangle ordinary lives. Preview showings in Pittsburgh and Orlando have been well-received.

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

2 stars There's one thing I dearly wish I'd known before going into Pibroch Tales: you are supposed to find it funny. I guess the opening is clue enough, with its sense of solemn ritual marred by noisy clattering and clumsy moves. But I think I was entitled to be confused: the flyer promises "a vibrant blend of storytelling, dance, comedy and bagpipe music", and what I actually got was something approaching a pastiche of high art. Read the full review.

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
Go Slay Dragons Smith - The Creative Foundry

'Go Slay Dragons' tells tales of love, adventure and existential despair, probably with too much swearing.

A Dan in a park experiences a nearby choir seemingly singing his darkest thoughts. Heartbreak turns to joy as a Dan meets the musical loving woman of his dreams. Then, a lost document and a ring set our hairy-footed, suburban Dan on a quest across the sea.

Join Dan Cardwell somewhere between stand-up and storytelling, in this quest for love and adventure. With music, musicals and an arguable bunch of characters, in tales all demonstrably true, and Dan Cardwell should know. They're all him.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Brighton Queen of Slaughtering Places 368 Theatre Company

4 stars Murders, and murderers, seem to fascinate us all. We can't get enough of true-crime stories – the more gothic and grisly the better. A couple of centuries ago, we'd have scratched that itch by attending public hangings; in this more enlightened age, we simply go to Fringe shows. Brighton, Queen of Slaughtering Places is well aware of that irony, gently critiquing its own genre even as it tells a satisfyingly bloodstained tale. Read the full review.

Over the course of the last few Fringes, playwright Nigel Fairs has all but cornered the market for local tales of true crime. His scripts are always popular, balancing chilling detail and character-based insight – and the intimate, atmospheric setting of the Town Hall's old police cells adds an extra frisson, too. This time, he's tackling three real-life local murder cases, each of them involving a body in a packing trunk; we're promised a story that's historically accurate, but also has a twist in the tale. On previous form, it should be a sure-fire winner.

On 17th June 1934, a dead woman's torso was discovered in a trunk at Brighton station. The murder was never solved... until now! Come down into the darkly atmospheric police cells below Brighton Town Hall to hear the murderer tell their story...

Written by the award-winning Nigel Fairs ('In Conversation with an Acid Bath Murderer'), this is the sequel to last year's sell-out 'Brighton Killers', described as "a darkly enthralling immersive, immensely enjoyable theatre event" (Broadway Baby) and "well-written, atmospheric and blackly comic" (The Reviews Hub).

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.

6:00pm 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
Scott Lavene Harry Farmer presents

Born in Essex, Scott Lavene was raised on power ballads, punk and swearing. In bands since his teens, scratching out a pound note on with dead end jobs in various towns. Always moving, sunny side down, trying to find something to cling to. In London during the late noughties, the behaviour became darker, the songs got better and there came a sniff from some major labels and a stint in New York including playing at CBGB’s.

The songs are stories, tragic and funny, catchy, honest and passionate. They keep you on your toes, as will Scott Lavene if you keep your eyes on him.

6:10pm to 7:00pm
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.

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Matt Stellingwerf: Bachelor Of Arts Lee Martin for Gag Reflex

Bachelor of Arts is one comedian's attempt to find a use for the most useless of tertiary degrees and perhaps, in the process, prove that a BA is not as worthless as you might think.

This educational and entertaining hour will cover: the US Constitution and iTunes, Norse mythology, the sordid lives of the Olympians (if they had Tinder), and Shakespeare's influence on sexting.

"When this erudite satire-superstar gets onto the stage, the acceleration from zero to a hundred jokes is measured in seconds" (Theatre Review NZ)

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 7:15pm
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!

6:15pm 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?

6:30pm to 7:25pm
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)

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Vanessa Purple Theatre

No one talks about the parents. Your only child is getting married to someone of the same sex. Oh God, what will Grandad say? We are all so busy being there for our kids, we don’t think to examine how WE feel about it. Yes, we are happy for them, that they have found love and are secure, but it’s not what we saw when they were born. We saw grandchildren and wedding dresses and, dare someone say, a normal life? This beautiful and tender examination of one mother’s thoughts as she approaches her gay son’s wedding reminds us that families aren’t perfect. But love certainly is. A must see show.

Touch tours available on request, please email samantha@purpletheatre.co.uk to book.

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

4 stars It can be so frustrating, reviewing magic shows. The very best thing about this one – the thing which utterly fooled and confounded me, the thing which made me gasp with delight – is the one thing I absolutely mustn't reveal. But I can safely tell you that Trickorice Allsorts is one of the most outright-enjoyable magic shows I've seen in years: packed to bursting with high-quality illusions, and topped up by unforced comic banter. Read the full review.

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)

6:40pm to 7:40pm
The Conjuring Club Hubble Bubble Productions

A world of wizardry hidden inside the spellbinding Toy Museum. Discover close up magic in corners and conjure up imagination in our immersive, interactive club where the impossible seems possible. Buy tickets and receive a password to gain entry into our magical world. Family fun for everyone who can keep a secret. The company who bought you last year’s Fringe sell out show Spin: A Skatepark Adventure.

"Remarkably original, finely acted drama... well worth four stars, going on five" **** (The Scotsman)

"Real gem of the festival" ***** (Broadway Baby)

The Scotsman Best of the Fest

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

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

David Crawford is no stranger to the Brighton Fringe, with his literary homage Poe's Last Night earning 4* from us last year. A consummate performer, he brought familiar tales and poems chillingly to the stage, using parallels to Edgar Allen Poe's real life to guide us through the complexities of his work. This time, he's turning his attention to another iconic horror writer; extracts from some of Lovecraft's stories will be interspersed with a portrayal of the author's own inner demons. Hopefully, he'll deliver the same combination of faithfulness and insight we praised in 2017.

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'.

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 8:30pm
Of Heart and Homeland Violin & Piano Duo

'Of Heart and Homeland' is an exploration of the nationalist musical movement at the beginning of the 19th Century. Emerging composers began to want to define their homelands through music.

This year, Sophia delves into Smetana, Wieniawski, Albéniz, Elgar and Grieg to try and understand how closely linked music is to identity.

7:00pm to 7:55pm
Sameena Zehra's Cult of Comedy On The Cusp

An hour of pure entertainment from musicians, clowns, and wordmongers of all flavours, local and international, showcasing the best Brighton Fringe has to offer.

"... a smorgasbord of different voices finding the funny in new places... in the assured and comedically strong hands of Zehra, 'Cult Of Comedy' is a welcome addition to the list of Fringe comedy nights, with a feel and tone all of its own" (Latest)

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Pamela's Palace Imagination Workshop

Pamela is the hard-won queen of a buzzing hair and beauty salon. But behind the glamour, secrets and lies that threaten to bring the walls of her suburban palace crumbling down.

Pamela and her girls bring you all the drama of a Mike Leigh, with the sparkle and humour of ‘Strictly Ballroom’, and a free glass of bubbly! A brilliantly funny and bitter sweet interactive comedy that celebrates the vulnerability and strength of everyone trying to make their way in a noisy and unforgiving world.

Pamela’s Palace is the Brighton Fringe debut from the crew behind'The Faulty Towers Dining Experience': "Outstanding" (FringeReview)

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!

7:00pm 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
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 8:40pm
The Fabulous Bäckström Brothers Fabulous Bäckström Brothers

UK premiere of the Finnish international musical-comedy hit, combining opera, pin-sharp musical variety and stomach-crampingly funny physical comedy, directed by Spymonkey’s Toby Park and Aitor Basauri.

Baritone Jouni Bäckström has invited his brother Petri to spend some quality time cruising across the States, as only opera-singing brothers can, on the famous Route 66. Petri has other ideas - in order to rehearse his big role as Siegfried, he has brought his pianist Jukka Nykänen with him, who is working on his magnum opus The God Particle. Richard Wagner meets Johnny Cash in a Ring of Fire.

This production is part of Brighton Fringe's Finnish Season 2018.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Escape From Matt Banks (WIP) Matt Banks

An hour of maximum warp, work in progress, nonsense from a deeply troubled idiot.

In 1977, the US President Matt Banks crashes into Matt Banks, who is now a giant maximum-security prison. A convicted bank robber, Matt Banks, is sent in to rescue him. Will Matt Banks be able to rescue Matt Banks from Matt Banks? I doubt it.

Expect jokes about insects, Noel Edmonds, and a dancing clock who’s asking for trouble.

"Matt Banks is exactly the sort of idiot I like watching on stage" (Brian Gittins)
"Strange nonsense indeed, with a strong seam of originality, presented with a weird charm" (Chortle)

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?

7:15pm to 8:10pm
"Hello la voix" New Show, New Shoes, Old Earrings Cuffe and Taylor

"Hello" La Voix is the brand new show from 'Ab Fab the Movie' star La Voix!

La Voix's new show is a feast for the senses, with a show featuring her amazing live musicians, side-splitting comedy and incredible live singing and vocal impressions. An abundance of laughter guaranteed!

7:15pm to 8:15pm
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)

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 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
Harriet Kemsley's New Show United Agents

Harriet’s back in Brighton and she's brushed her hair specially. You might have seen her TV series on VICELAND 'Bobby and Harriet Get Married', in Channel 4 sitcom ‘Damned’ or as an awkward waitress in 'Doctor Foster'.

"A quirky, refreshingly charming comedian at the dawn of her TV career" (Radio Times)

**** (The Scotsman)
**** (EdFest Magazine)
**** (Broadway World)
**** (Voice Magazine)

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Brighton Queen of Slaughtering Places 368 Theatre Company

4 stars Murders, and murderers, seem to fascinate us all. We can't get enough of true-crime stories – the more gothic and grisly the better. A couple of centuries ago, we'd have scratched that itch by attending public hangings; in this more enlightened age, we simply go to Fringe shows. Brighton, Queen of Slaughtering Places is well aware of that irony, gently critiquing its own genre even as it tells a satisfyingly bloodstained tale. Read the full review.

Over the course of the last few Fringes, playwright Nigel Fairs has all but cornered the market for local tales of true crime. His scripts are always popular, balancing chilling detail and character-based insight – and the intimate, atmospheric setting of the Town Hall's old police cells adds an extra frisson, too. This time, he's tackling three real-life local murder cases, each of them involving a body in a packing trunk; we're promised a story that's historically accurate, but also has a twist in the tale. On previous form, it should be a sure-fire winner.

On 17th June 1934, a dead woman's torso was discovered in a trunk at Brighton station. The murder was never solved... until now! Come down into the darkly atmospheric police cells below Brighton Town Hall to hear the murderer tell their story...

Written by the award-winning Nigel Fairs ('In Conversation with an Acid Bath Murderer'), this is the sequel to last year's sell-out 'Brighton Killers', described as "a darkly enthralling immersive, immensely enjoyable theatre event" (Broadway Baby) and "well-written, atmospheric and blackly comic" (The Reviews Hub).

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

The self-styled "MoMentalist" Phil Ainsworth combines two genres not often seen together: motivational speaking, and stage magic. It doesn't immediately sound like a promising combination, but our review of his show last year praised both aspects of his work. He shares simple, verifiable techniques you can apply to life's problems – and he performs some impressive mind-reading tricks too. Even better, he's a genuinely likeable performer, on a warm-hearted mission to make the world a slightly happier place for us all.

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
Bosh & Babbs Beyond Retro

Join comedy duo Bosh & Babbs (Jessica Boshier & Kylie Babbington) as they take over Beyond Retro with a brand new sketch experience filled with their outlandish characters premiering at Brighton Fringe.

Each ticket includes a one-hour post-show Bosh & Babbs smash hits disco, starting your night off with your favourite 90s/00s pop hits!

7:30pm to 9:00pm
POST Foreign Actions Productions

3 stars Post is a piece of innovative, interactive theatre, set around a Portuguese dinner table and hosted by Xavier de Sousa. His parents are among "the returned": migrants who had made their home in other countries for a generation or two, but are then returned to Portugal, a land unknown to them. He poses a variety of questions about national identity and invites his guests to answer them. From the moment we set foot in the theatre, de Sousa effortlessly puts us at ease, with a kind word for each guest or a question by means of introduction. Read the full review.

If you just want to sit in a darkened theatre, this isn't the show for you; Post is as much a discussion as a play. Tackling issues of national identity, Xavier De Sousa – who's of Portuguese descent – talks to and with his audience, as he prepares a meal live on-stage. The mood, reviewers say, is of a party at a friend's house, when people really get to know each other and insights can be shared. Not everyone loved it, and there's always a risk in picking a show as out-there as this one – but whatever happens, it'll be one of the more unusual experiences of this year's Fringe.

What the f*ck is national identity? And what exactly constitutes a ‘nation’? And why the hell are so many ready to die for it?

We live in an ever-shifting political and geographical landscape. Some believe we are heading towards a world without borders, without countries or nations. At the same time, many others vouch for protectionism and more borders.

After a sold-out run at the Marlborough, Xavier brings 'POST' back to Brighton and invites you to join him at the table, eat yummy Portuguese food, drink potent Cachaça, get merry, make new friends and challenge what exactly makes a ‘nation’.

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

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.

7:45pm to 8:45pm
Sexy Beasts Jet Black Pearl

The untamed and inimitable Jet Black Pearl from the port of Amsterdam sings about macho roosters, ecstatic slugs and other voluptuous creatures, while squeezing one hot accordion.

Her smartly wacky songs are like a Mad Hatter's European gypsy tea party with a punk attitude. She creates grooves with live-recorded mesmerising layers of flute, plastic bottles, vocal percussion and harmonies.

"A formidable force of music... truly has to be seen to be believed.”  **** (ThreeWeeks)

“The most eccentric and equally the most talented woman you will see in Edinburgh this month.” **** (Broadway Baby)

8:00pm to 10:30pm
Comic Boom Komedia & Jill Edwards Comedy Workshops

It's Komedia's sell-out monthly night of exciting new comedy without the gamble. Television regular Paul McCaffrey hosts this friendly, fast-paced night of rising stars of the comedy circuit, hand-picked by our resident stand-up coach Jill Edwards.

Our headliner is comedy award-winning “slick and slightly offbeat” (Chortle) comedian Pierre Novellie. A whole new generation of comedy award winners and television regulars started out at Comic Boom. Don't miss the next one!

"Now widely regarded as the best new comedy night in Britain" ***** (Latest)

8:00pm to 9:00pm
My Divorce Runneth Me Over Joe Bains

Joe, Jack and Kelv look at life in the divorced lane from arranged to deranged and ending up at the Amethyst anniversary.

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 9:30pm
Three M Egos Star Artist PR

'Three M Egos' features three diverse comedians, all in one show. Matt Bragg, Mandy McCarthy and Max Wall, bring their own skewed look at life from three different points of view. All three comedians are established comedy circuit regulars and can be seen in some of the finest comedy clubs in the country.

Matt Bragg is a cool, calm and dry comedian, with a warmth and charm to put audiences at ease.

Mandy McCarthy is a fun-loving comic with observational skills beyond compare.

Max Wall is as funny as he is honest and as emotional as he is funny. Be prepared to laugh and cry.

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 11:00pm
Fringe Sessions 2018 Fiddler's Elbow

Live music night featuring a selection of Brighton's finest song-writers and musicians. Artists include: Warsaw Radio, Paul Murray, Edd Mann, Night House, Della Lupa, Kev Minney plus more.

Dates: May 3 / 10 / 24 / 31. Doors 8pm. Free Entry

8:00pm to 9:45pm
Cellophane Flowers: The Beatles Revisited Alex Eberhard

Cellophane Flowers is a trio of experienced musicians interpreting The Beatles’ work in a new, refreshing way focussing on the vocals - only accompanied by one guitar.

Guitarist/singer Alex Eberhard joins forces with supreme vocalists Lucy Pickering and Rachel Myer to explore the vocal possibilities in the timeless Lennon/McCartney catalogue.

Expect a musical journey through the sixties from “Love Me Do” to “Because” and “Across The Universe”.

8:00pm to 9:30pm
Boxes Purple Theatre

Are you black or white... girl or boy... straight or gay? Well? Or doesn’t it matter? Oh, it matters! Purple Theatre are dedicated to exploring the world of race and gender neutrality, the ‘no man’s land’, as it were, of identity. 'Boxes' drops you energetically into the world of two people who, faced with the task of organising a loved one’s affairs after their death, discover a wealth of information about their family and themselves. Featuring music, movement and sharp dialogue, the two polar personalities clash as they realise they are very different and exactly the same. Strap yourself in.

Touch tours available on request, please email samantha@purpletheatre.co.uk to book.

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

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Comedy Rocket ‘Best Of The Fest’ Ali Macfarlan

Comedy Rocket brings you a fantastic show with a selection of the most exciting and diverse comedy performers and some big names thrown in!

Resident host, Ali ‘Out There’ Macfarlan, will have you believing that this is the most fun you could ever have in space.

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'.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
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.

8:00pm to 9:30pm
Fado with Claudia Aurora Claudia Aurora

Join us for an evening of soulful Fado music from one of its most exciting young singers and her band. Fado lies at the heart of the Portuguese soul, deeply expressive, yet highly lyrical. Its themes are constant: destiny, betrayal in love, loss, longing and yearning that can’t be satisfied.

(Under 16s to be accompanied by an adult)

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Aaaaand Relax... It's Darren & Co It Is What It Is

Ben Elliott and James Pryor are the two buffoons that make up surreal sketch outfit, Darren & Co.

They're back at Brighton Fringe with their new one-hour show that touches on the controversial and banality of life.

Character-based sketch comedy at its best... forget yourself for an hour, 'Aaaaand relax... It's Darren & Co'.

"Pure Fringe Comedy" **** (Voice Magazine)

8:00pm to 8:45pm
Katie Pritchard: Tsunamiramirami Katie Pritchard

Like the most watery of weather conditions, Katie Pritchard is washing over the surf boards of comedy, crashing into the sandbanks of genre and dropping a sturdy wave onto the beach house of musicality.

"Sometimes surreal, often unusually perceptive, and always original and entertaining" **** (Female Arts Magazine)

Winner: Hilarity Bites 2016
Finalist: Musical Comedy Awards 2017

Touch tours available on request, please email katie@katiepritchard.co.uk to book.

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)

8:20pm to 9:20pm
Alex Petrovic, Fiona Ridgewell, Graeme Collard Alex Petrovic / Fiona Ridgewell / Graeme Collard

Alex Petrovic (BBC New Comedy Awards, Radio 2, Radio 4 Extra), Fiona Ridgewell (Comedy Knights Finalist 2016, Golden Jester Finalist 2015), and Graeme Collard (Comedy Fun House Gong Show Winner) are three exciting new stand-up comedians bringing you an awesome hour of stand-up comedy!

Between them they have an impressive list of achievements and accolades including competition finals, successful podcasts, and have gigged with some of the biggest names in comedy.

"An entertaining way of looking at things" 'Alex Petrovic' (Chortle)

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
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"

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Blondes on Bicycles Sara Mason

'Blondes on Bicycles' is a two handed stand-up comedy show starring Charmaine Davies and Sara Mason, which includes sketch and song. This is the premiere of a new collaboration between these charismatic and entertaining women.

An endearing and amusing take on 21st century womanhood, from sexual preferences to recipes, philosophy to adolescent angst, children to pets, these two bare it all and bear with it... it's hard being a Goddess these days, isn't it?

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
Tina C's 20:20 Vision Christopher Green

Tina C is the multi-award-winning country music singer who went from white trash almost to the White House. In her sensational autobiography 'Complete and Utter Country' she outlined her two failed bids for the presidency. In this new show she reflects on being John the Baptist to Trump’s Jesus Christ, which is something she is not pleased about.

How much does Donald J. owe to Tina C?

She gave the world the idea that deluded self-made billionaires should rule instead of politicians, and she's not missing out next time. Come and witness a woman whose time has come!

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Miss Disney's Magic Songbook Miss Disney

Love Disney? Love singalongs?

Feel the magic with Miss Disney's very own fairy-tale show. With her magic songbook, Miss Disney will take you from the forests of Snow White through the frosty mountains of Frozen to the tropical beaches of Moana in a world of make believe which will thrill and inspire Disney fanatics of all ages.

Leave the real world behind and let Miss Disney transport you to infinity and beyond on a magical singalong adventure. Full of imagination where you can wish upon a star, be part of her world and make dreams that you wish come true, with a hint of diva and sass.

9:00pm to 9:50pm
Camp Be Yourself BOX. Theatre Company

Welcome to Camp Be Yourself, for those of you that can’t be yourself in real life, you camp be yourself here! Close your eyes. We’re not in England anymore, we’re in a small remote town on the east coast of America. Say, New Hampshire? Maine? The Adirondacks? A place full of nature, friendship, and bug juice. This summer American camp counsellors, Emily and Betsy, will help you figure out life, while trying their darndest not lose their campers, or their minds. This surreal two-woman comedy blurs the lines between reality and fantasy, exploring the mental unrest of being an 'adult'.

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
Dick Branson's Welth Seminar Comedy Bubble

Want to learn how to be an entrepreneur? How to get funding, grow your business and exit a millionaire? Follow 'Dragon's Den'-reject Dick Branson’s coaching and you’ll fail miserably. Just like him. Guest speaker/Swiss person Fran Kissling’s teachings probably won’t help either. The show, like Dick's business empire, is a work in progress.

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
Bad Luck Cabaret Laurie Black

Laurie Black's back in town to taunt the gods of bad luck. 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.

As seen at Adelaide Fringe (AU), Perth Fringe World (AU), Newcastle Fringe (AU) and Edinburgh Festival Fringe (UK)

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
Tom Ward: Work in Progress CKP

Chortle Best Newcomer Winner 2017, Tom Ward, returns with his difficult third album.

Looking for immortality through comedy, sex, love and not thinking, join a man increasingly exposed as the things that distracted him fall away one by one... and sit back as he tries to recapture the buzz that came free with being young, dumb and full of dreams.

"A unique and genuinely exciting talent" (The Herald)

"Fine jokes and star presence" (Time Out)

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 10:35pm
It Never Rains: 2016 in Review Daniel Searle

Despite accidentally catching cancer, lunch poet Daniel Searle was one of the few people to not die in 2016. Through a series of spoken word pieces he looks back at the year in which a series of icons passed away, people voted for chaos in various forms, and he massively crapped himself after realising for the first time that he wasn't actually immortal, despite being as ginger as Highlander.

A comic reflection on death and the destruction of unity, art, and society, with occasional bouts of maudlin introspection and self-pity, this is one for all the family.

9:45pm to 10:45pm
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)

9:45pm to 10:40pm
The Maydays present: Happily Never After The Maydays

One of Brighton's many resident improv troupes, The Maydays are no strangers to the Fringe; they've earned five stars from us and others in the past, for their entertaining mix of unscripted comedy and music. Repeating a successful formula from last year, this show promises a Tim Burton vibe, using audience suggestions to tell a deliciously gothic story which changes every night. Reviews from last time suggest they embrace the darkness of their theme – with haunting tunes and tragic melodrama taking their place alongside outright hilarity.

Award-winning improvisers, The Maydays, present 'Happily Never After'; a twisted musical tale inspired by Tim Burton and The Brothers Grimm. Starting with your suggestion, The Maydays weave a fantastical tale, dripping with black comedy, gut-clenchingly playful characters and haunting live music that’s different every time.

Following sellout shows across Europe, this deliciously dark hit returns to The Warren for a second year.

"Fantastic! Improvisational theatre at its best!" ***** (Broadway Baby)

"Certainly worthy of Burton" (Chortle)

"Hilarious!" (Colin Mochrie)

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Rufus & Vendetta's Never Have I Ever... Rhymes with Purple

It’s the scandalous drinking game that reveals all the dark secrets about you and your friends. Learn (and admit) the things that shouldn’t come up in polite conversation.

Will you reveal your darkest secrets to a room full of drunken strangers? Will you earn the right to wear the 'Crown of Scandal' or clutch the 'Sceptre of Mystery'?

Hosted by Rufus Tee “Godfather of Scottish Cabaret” (Time Out London) and Vendetta Vain “Somewhere between a crack addict and a blow-up doll” (The Scotsman), plus special guests.

10:00pm to 11:00pm
65, a Nun and a Frog Gerry Carroll

This is a solo show about male nuns and being 65. Because sometimes Grandad knows best. Think about looking forward 65 years back in 1952, what's better now than it was then? Bringing his second show to Brighton, Gerry says, "I spent 60 years scared that they would laugh at me. Now I'm terrified that they won't. I've been doing stand-up and clown for four years, and I'm doing a mad show about myself".

It's an original and hilarious take on life, told in clown, stand-up and song. Gerry performs regularly on the open-mic circuit in London, and in clown shows. There are some bad jokes.

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Caustic Comedy Nights Caustic Comedy Events

The name itself ‘Caustic Comedy’ is based on a particular form of humour: comedy that is acerbic, cutting-edge, even cruel or insulting but always amusing, indeed, corrosive and burning as the word ‘caustic’ itself suggests.

May 4
8.00 PM show:
Aidan Goatley
Lynn Ruth Miller(US)
Simon Caine
President Obonjo(LR)

LATE SHOW
10.00 PM show:
[MC] Aidan Goatley
Simon Caine
President Obonjo(LR)
Ray Badran(AU)

May 8 - LATE SHOW
10.00PM show:
[MC] Will Duggan
Lynn Ruth Miller(US)
Jürgen Strack(DE)
Will Franken(US)

May 15 - LATE SHOW
10.00PM show:
[MC] Will Duggan
Becky Fury
Jürgen Strack(DE)
Will Franken(US)

May 20 - LATE SHOW
10.00PM show:
Sarah Callaghan's Solo Show

May 25 - LATE SHOW
10.00PM show:
Will Franken’s Solo Show

May 31 - LATE SHOW
10.00PM show:
Will Franken’s Solo Show

Jun 3
8.00 PM show:
Will Franken’s Solo Show

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)

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

I saw this cheerily ramshackle show at the Vault Festival last year, and can vouch for both its humour and geeky nostalgic charm. A riff on the Choose Your Own Adventure books many of us remember from our youth, it sees a pair of robed storytellers embark on a classic fantasy quest… with peril waiting at every turn, and the audience regularly voting to decide which path they follow. It's funny, energetic, and more thoughtful than at first it seems. And if you make the right choices, Nigel Farage gets punched in the face.

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)

10:15pm to 11:15pm
Radu Isac: One Romanian Answering Questions Radu Co

Radu started comedy in 2006 in Bucharest and was known as Romania's comedian’s comedian. In 2015, he moved to London to be known as an open mic comedian. After about 18 months, eight competition finals and a BBC appearance, Radu was proud to call himself the poorest professional comic on the UK circuit.

This show isn't an immigrant's tale, Radu just happens to be Romanian. Come see him walk the fine line between having a unique point of view and being pigeonholed as a one note comedian.

"Certainly impressive" (Beyond The Joke)
"Plenty of edge" (Chortle)

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
Jilberto Soto: Butterfly Jilberto Soto

Questions often arise if Butterfly is about Jilberto coming out of his cocoon and spreading his wings... No, that’s gay. It’s obviously about the hit 1997 classic Mariah Carey album 'Butterfly' so it’s even gayer. In all honesty, it’s a show that revolves around the butterfly effect, how the smallest change can make the biggest difference.

11:00pm to 1:00am
Sophisticated Mischief: Thursday Late Brighton Spiegeltent with Sophisticated Mischief

Sophisticated Mischief DJs Nick T (TG, Merkaba My Brighton, Below Lucky Voice) and Peter von Sleaze (TG, Cabaret Boheme, Below Lucky Voice) play the best old and new music vibes, from Motown to Ghetto Funk, and jump up Jive RnB to Electro Swing.

Everything from 60s dive bar grinders to the smoothest of smooth lounge core crooners with a sprinkle of 70s crime scene Jazz, wacka wacka porno Funk, cool mod grooves and storming Soul.

Dress up and bring your air saxophones, trumpets and mambo shoes!

11:30pm to 12:40am
#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.

11:30pm to 2:00am
Fringe Club: A Silent Disco Otherplace Productions Ltd

The legendary Fringe Club returns to the Warren in 2018 with it's own version of the legendary night out, Silent Disco.

With special guest DJs, fancy dress nights, takeovers and more. Everyone's favourite headphone party comes to Brighton's favourite Fringe night out.

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

The "slightly soiled bearpit of a show" (G Scene) returns. Join us for the best late-night entertainment every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Bank Holiday Sundays of the Fringe. Featuring stand-up, sketch, clowns and cabaret and a range of fabulous hosts.

"A great place to wind up at the end of a festival night out, it's engaging, fun and you get plenty of value in a gently rowdy nights entertainment!" (G Scene)