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

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

10:00am to 11:00am
Music with Mike: The Big Gig Music with Mike

Join Brighton's award-winning Music Mike in an action-packed musical adventure. A highly energetic performance with lots of instruments for the audience to play, movement activities and plenty of dancing!

Your little ones will love playing along whilst exploring different themes and genres of music. This show is aimed at children 2-7 years but Mike's experience, enthusiasm and energy will engage and entertain children of all ages.

"Fun, creative, inspiring - Mike engages with children of all ages in a way that is natural and intuitive" (Yellowave Brighton).

10:45am to 11:30am
Katie Pritchard: Hysterical Histories Katie Pritchard

Join freelance historical tour guide, Katie Pritchard, on this high-octane tour of her favourite people in history. Katie will bring history to life LIVE before your very eyes with some super catchy music, her VERY high budget hand-made costumes, and some death-defying feats of actory. Fun for ages 5-105.
"Inventive and Hilarious" (Broadway Baby).

11:00am to 2:00pm
Sussex Food Tours Sussex Food Tours

This gourmet food tour takes you through the historical and cultural heart of Brighton. Fun and informative with all food, snacks, desserts and beverages (alcoholic and non), entertainment, sightseeing and guiding included in ticket price.

We will be running two different Brighton-themed food tours so please check our website for dates and more details:

- Vegetarian Brighton Tour
- Great Sussex/British Food Tour

11:00am to 12:30pm
The Jungle Book JW Productions

Mowgli swings from one wild adventure to another with his friends Baloo the Bear and Bagheera the Panther as he learns the law of the Jungle. Danger is never far away; Shere Khan the Tiger is on the prowl...

Picnics welcome, but beware of those pesky monkeys - they'll eat anything!

From the makers of 'Wind in The Willows' 2017, 'Swallows & Amazons' 2018, 'Peter Pan' 2018, 'The Adventures of Robin Hood' 2018 and 'The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio' 2017.

"Outstanding, what family theatre should be!" (Fringe Review)

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

Join the award-winning V.I.B Food Tour to get down and dirty with a selection of Brighton’s best independent food producers and street-food vendors.

Hear the stories, passions and politics behind their food and, best of all, try some tasty samples...

Ticket price includes approx. 7 stops and tasters. Specific dietary requirements can be catered for but must be requested at least 7 days in advance by email to: hello@brightonfoodtours.com.

Recommended by The Independent, Great British Food Magazine and Metro.

11:00am to 12:15pm
This Noisy Isle Spun Glass Theatre

A treasure-hunt show giving 7-11 year-olds an adventure through a strange, magical new world.

You've washed up on a new shore...

Can you navigate through this world where nothing is quite what it seems and sprites hide around every corner? Where do you belong?

Discover your own magical powers in this truly interactive family experience. Join us for a mission which will lead you through puzzles, meeting mysterious characters and steering your team through the choppy seas to search for your new home.

Come prepared for the elements as this adventure takes place outdoors!

11:00am to 12:00pm
SpiegelActive Brighton Spiegeltent

Family fun with dance and movement. A brand new Spiegel event for 2019 mashing-up your own dance moves to all the great tunes with different guest taster activities each day: Streetfunk, Yoga, Pilates, Zumba. Kids, take your grown-ups along to strut their funky moves in the beautiful Spiegeltent. With YouJuice organic juices, ginger shots and energy balls.

11:15am to 12:30pm
This Noisy Isle Spun Glass Theatre

A treasure-hunt show giving 7-11 year-olds an adventure through a strange, magical new world.

You've washed up on a new shore...

Can you navigate through this world where nothing is quite what it seems and sprites hide around every corner? Where do you belong?

Discover your own magical powers in this truly interactive family experience. Join us for a mission which will lead you through puzzles, meeting mysterious characters and steering your team through the choppy seas to search for your new home.

Come prepared for the elements as this adventure takes place outdoors!

11:30am to 12:45pm
This Noisy Isle Spun Glass Theatre

A treasure-hunt show giving 7-11 year-olds an adventure through a strange, magical new world.

You've washed up on a new shore...

Can you navigate through this world where nothing is quite what it seems and sprites hide around every corner? Where do you belong?

Discover your own magical powers in this truly interactive family experience. Join us for a mission which will lead you through puzzles, meeting mysterious characters and steering your team through the choppy seas to search for your new home.

Come prepared for the elements as this adventure takes place outdoors!

11:30am to 12:25pm
Beauty and the Beast Jellyfish Theatre Company

On his way home through the forest, Beauty's father picks her a rose in the enchanted palace gardens. That turns out to be a VERY big mistake.

High-energy magical retelling of de Beaumont's story about being brave and finding friends in surprising places (with lots of laughing and joining in). For children aged 4 -7 and their friends and families.

"Captivates the attention of the young ones, who are visibly amazed" (Everything Theatre).
"My kids loved it" (Audience member).
"Perfect for inspiring young minds" (Tim Crowther).

11:45am to 1:00pm
This Noisy Isle Spun Glass Theatre

A treasure-hunt show giving 7-11 year-olds an adventure through a strange, magical new world.

You've washed up on a new shore...

Can you navigate through this world where nothing is quite what it seems and sprites hide around every corner? Where do you belong?

Discover your own magical powers in this truly interactive family experience. Join us for a mission which will lead you through puzzles, meeting mysterious characters and steering your team through the choppy seas to search for your new home.

Come prepared for the elements as this adventure takes place outdoors!

12:00pm to 1:15pm
This Noisy Isle Spun Glass Theatre

A treasure-hunt show giving 7-11 year-olds an adventure through a strange, magical new world.

You've washed up on a new shore...

Can you navigate through this world where nothing is quite what it seems and sprites hide around every corner? Where do you belong?

Discover your own magical powers in this truly interactive family experience. Join us for a mission which will lead you through puzzles, meeting mysterious characters and steering your team through the choppy seas to search for your new home.

Come prepared for the elements as this adventure takes place outdoors!

12:00pm to 12:50pm
The Silliad: Improvised Myths and Legends The Silliad

Why do geese fly south for the winter? Why does it always rain on a bank holiday? What's really inside an Oreo?

You suggest the question, and watch as the myth of its origin comes to life!

From the roaring thunder of Mount Olympus to the frozen tundra of Scandinavia, it's 'Horrible Histories' meets 'Clash of the Titans' meets 'Whose Line is it Anyway?'!

If you love improv, this is not a show to myth!

12:00pm to 1:30pm
A Scattering of Jazz Jewels! FoxiVox! Lou Beckerman, Sarah Carpenter & Carol Sloman

An intimate performance of song, story, musical mischief and jazz with a theatrical twist – each song drawing you into the world of its characters. Three well-respected female musicians collaborate to bring their repertoire arranged mostly for piano and vocals and sometimes with violin, guitar, cello and spoons!

FoxiVox is an innovative band with stylish, eclectic and entertaining interpretations of loved standards, lesser-known classics and original compositions.

Expressive, inventive, engaging, creative, fun, energetic and charismatic – a joy to watch and listen to.

12:10pm to 1:10pm
Captain Breadbeard's Bready Brilliant Comedy Cookbook Captain Breadbeard

The only fast-paced pun-tastic bready-brilliant absurd sketch comedy show about a sailor with a beard made of bread that you knead to see this year!

Have you taken the time to consider the dangers that people with floury facial fuzz encounter every day? If not, then you’re in luck... Captain Breadbeard will take you on a magical and energetic journey of enlightenment. Ciabatta be there!

12:15pm to 1:30pm
This Noisy Isle Spun Glass Theatre

A treasure-hunt show giving 7-11 year-olds an adventure through a strange, magical new world.

You've washed up on a new shore...

Can you navigate through this world where nothing is quite what it seems and sprites hide around every corner? Where do you belong?

Discover your own magical powers in this truly interactive family experience. Join us for a mission which will lead you through puzzles, meeting mysterious characters and steering your team through the choppy seas to search for your new home.

Come prepared for the elements as this adventure takes place outdoors!

12:15pm to 1:15pm
Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival Iris Prize

Iris Prize brings outstanding LGBT+ film from around the world to Brighton. The five programmes of short films on offer feature award-winners from the annual Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival, alongside moving depictions of queer intimacy, explorations of gender, and a timely selection of LGBT+ stories for young people. These diverse short films from twelve countries offer an honest window into modern queer life, representing the very best of current LGBT+ filmmaking.

The five programmes are: Intimacy; Gender & Family; Iris Prize – International; Iris Prize – Best British; Iris Prize – Youth.

12:30pm to 1:45pm
This Noisy Isle Spun Glass Theatre

A treasure-hunt show giving 7-11 year-olds an adventure through a strange, magical new world.

You've washed up on a new shore...

Can you navigate through this world where nothing is quite what it seems and sprites hide around every corner? Where do you belong?

Discover your own magical powers in this truly interactive family experience. Join us for a mission which will lead you through puzzles, meeting mysterious characters and steering your team through the choppy seas to search for your new home.

Come prepared for the elements as this adventure takes place outdoors!

12:30pm to 1:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

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

The sell-out science, comedy and family magic show is back for its third year in Brighton. Join triple award-winning comedian and scientist Donal Vaughan as he performs amazing tricks using only things found around the house, to show how magical science can be. Along with some old favourites, there will be some brand-new tricks, including a giant air cannon and some bubble science.

Always exciting and sometimes very messy, learn about science and laugh your pants off while you do. All the tricks can be performed by you when you go home.

12:45pm to 2:00pm
This Noisy Isle Spun Glass Theatre

A treasure-hunt show giving 7-11 year-olds an adventure through a strange, magical new world.

You've washed up on a new shore...

Can you navigate through this world where nothing is quite what it seems and sprites hide around every corner? Where do you belong?

Discover your own magical powers in this truly interactive family experience. Join us for a mission which will lead you through puzzles, meeting mysterious characters and steering your team through the choppy seas to search for your new home.

Come prepared for the elements as this adventure takes place outdoors!

1:00pm to 2:00pm
SpiegelCircus Beach Without Sand Ltd

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 1:30pm
feat. an asteroid Brighton College (Drama Department)

An exploration into what it means to be a person living in the modern world. What happens when an event upends the life of one woman?

Featuring interaction, laughs and tears. A one-woman show presented by Brighton College.

1:00pm to 2:15pm
This Noisy Isle Spun Glass Theatre

A treasure-hunt show giving 7-11 year-olds an adventure through a strange, magical new world.

You've washed up on a new shore...

Can you navigate through this world where nothing is quite what it seems and sprites hide around every corner? Where do you belong?

Discover your own magical powers in this truly interactive family experience. Join us for a mission which will lead you through puzzles, meeting mysterious characters and steering your team through the choppy seas to search for your new home.

Come prepared for the elements as this adventure takes place outdoors!

1:00pm to 2:00pm
Breaking the Magicians' Code with Kane & Abel Kane & Abel

Britain’s bad boys of magic return to Brighton to commit more crimes against the art of magic. Codes broken during the show include: never reveal the secret behind a trick, never perform another magician's trick, never repeat a trick and never perform with food or animals.

"Seriously impressive" (BBC Radio)
"Full of surprise and fun that’ll leave you impressed and in stitches" **** (This is Radelaide)
"Both shine individually as magicians and comedians" **** (Broadway Baby)
"Excellent entertainment" (Velvet Box Office)

1:30pm to 2:15pm
Stephen Catling vs Himself and Other Monsters Stephen Catling

A raggedy Northerner who absolutely refuses to listen to all those warnings about monsters and abysses tries to fight his way through hellish hoards of horrors. He fights them on the beaches and in the streets! In his kitchen! He shall never surrender! But at what cost will victory come? Will he be able to hold onto his humanity?

"Disgusting, horrifying, never disappointing" (Kyle Wallace, G&B comedy)
"Engaging, otherworldly and endearingly morose with an edge as sharp as his tongue" (Sam Rhodes Comedy Explosion)

1:30pm to 2:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

1:45pm to 2:45pm
The Depression Cure Show Joymaker Productions

Warning: Anti-depressant. Dosage: To be taken once in 24 hours. Lost your dreams, your mind or your will to live? Drawing on life experience, Jonathan Winfield prescribes the serious answers and joyful silliness that makes life worthwhile, in a show to help you tickle the belly of apathy, tweak the nose of despair, and laugh at life’s difficulties.

2:00pm to 2:50pm
My Fern Flower Unearthed Theatre

4 stars My Fern Flower is a strangely-named and strangely-beautiful show, which sits somewhere on the boundary between theatre, storytelling, and music. When you net it right down, it’s the tale of two brothers: Jonah, who narrates the tale, and Jim - ten years younger - who needs help that only Jonah can give. But there’s a mythical dimension to it as well: Jim has a free-rolling imagination and a book of collected stories, including one story that the brothers decide must never be told. Read the full review.

Two Brothers.
A collection of tales.
One final journey.

‘My Fern Flower’ uses a full length live soundscape, physical theatre and storytelling to transport you into realms beyond comprehension. You will laugh, cry and be mesmerised at our humanity. Come experience one man's quest to save those he loves the most.

"Unearthed theatre is an exciting act with a promising future" **** (Fringe Review)

"It’s obvious from the start that Unearthed Theatre, is a cut above" ***** (The Wee Review)

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

Brighton’s the only Fringe we know with a “Tours” section in its programme, and it's fun to take the chance to explore the city’s promenades and alleyways. For a gimmick-free walkabout and a focus on unembellished history, look no further than Geoffrey Mead – whose encyclopaedic knowledge of Brighton’s past is matched by an eye for approachable human stories. He has two tours in this year’s programme; this one investigates the peaceful Victorian terraces spreading north-west from the Rialto.

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

2:00pm to 4:00pm
Love and Information Brighton College (Drama Department)

Caryl Churchill’s 'Love and Information' is a kaleidoscopic play of short scenes addressing contemporary issues about knowledge, technology and communication, and our capacity for love.

Performed by pupils and staff from Brighton College.

2:00pm to 2:55pm
Gerry Carroll: Crock or Gold Gerry Carroll

He's 66 and he has his own leprechaun, but is Gerry a crock, or is he gold? He'll let you decide. In his third Brighton show the one-time 'Angel of the Month' winner explains how 'Send in the Clowns' is his story. Or is it 'Death of a Clown'? Lunchtimes at the Temple or 2pm at the Kennel, Gerry will be explaining. Expect attempts at songs, eating bananas, Irish dancing and maybe a crock of gold. Having done stand-up and clown around London for five years, Gerry's focusing more on clown. It's enjoyable, funny and makes a great early afternoon break.
Two words: Velcro trousers.

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Amazing Bubble Man Louis Pearl

Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences for 30 years with the art, magic, science of bubbles. An Edinburgh Fringe favourite, he sells out every year. Louis explores the dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy, artistry, audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep all ages mesmerised. From square bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, volcanoes, tornados and trampolines to people in bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all.

2:10pm to 3:05pm
Amazing Adventures of Her Majesty at 90+ Carole Shaw

Affectionate comedy on the world’s longest-serving monarch. A powerful, colourful lady head of state who decides to reveal her 'all' to her people, taking us on a riotous ride into hitherto unseen aspects of her life. Join the singing, dancing Queen for tea, cake and more than you bargained for. This old grey mare definitely ain't what you thought she was. Free Battenberg cake and Duchy Original biscuits, courtesy of Princes Philip and Charles, at every performance.

2:25pm to 3:25pm
The Clinic 4 Kidz Josh McAuley

Are your parents annoying you? School getting you down? Is your sister a pain?

Come see your drag-ony aunt Gloria and let her and some super funny comedians solve all your problems. We've got comedy, great advice, and ridiculous prizes to give you. Yes, you. Probably. Definitely not your parents. You.

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Ricky Riddlegang and the Riddle Gang Benjamin Alborough // Peracals Productions

Join hip teen detective, Ricky Riddlegang, and his trusty Riddle Gang as they solve the mystery of the haunted manor and put the perpetrator to death. Spectres, suspects and shenanigans abound as the Gang delve into an enigma that threatens to devour them all.

***** (West-End Wilma)

**** (Broadway Baby)

**** (Fringe Review)

**** (Remote Goat)

**** (IThankYouTheatre)

**** (LondonTheatre1.com)

**** (Spy In The Stalls)

**** (Everything Theatre)

**** (Secret Theatre Ldn)

2:30pm to 3:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

2:30pm to 3:30pm
T.I.M.E ('The Intricate Moments of Everyday') (E)merge

Trading skills and strengths from various walks of life. Emerge, explore the complexities of human emotion and how we navigate our lives around it. An intimate, reflective work, with the essence of 'play' as a primary focus. 'The Intricate Moments of Everyday' is a collaborative, improvisation lead piece of physical theatre that brings 'the everyday' to the forefront of our imaginations.

2:45pm to 3:45pm
The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen Oh So Funny Comedy

Amazing tales elegantly told. Top award-winning comedians and improvisers tell extravagant stories all based on the Adventures of Baron Munchausen. There will be swords and duels and elephants and castles built of cheese, and all of it is completely and irrefutably true.

Leicester Comedy Festival Best Children's Show 2018 nominee. "All of the show was brilliant!" (Festmag). Rated by ThreeWeeks mag as one of their top 3 children's shows to see in 2018. "Bonkers and magnificent! Best children's show I have seen at The Fringe" (Euen, Facebook) "Excellent!" (BBC Radio Leicester).

3:00pm to 6:00pm
Sussex Food Tours Sussex Food Tours

This gourmet food tour takes you through the historical and cultural heart of Brighton. Fun and informative with all food, snacks, desserts and beverages (alcoholic and non), entertainment, sightseeing and guiding included in ticket price.

We will be running two different Brighton-themed food tours so please check our website for dates and more details:

- Vegetarian Brighton Tour
- Great Sussex/British Food Tour

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Junior Jungle Rave Junior Jungle Party

Join DJ Nick Terrific, and MC Rocky Patch for the most uplifting and funniest family rave on the planet!
If you love raving with your kids then come and spread the love with us.
At a Junior Jungle Party you can expect only the finest cuts of Jungle, DnB and Jungle remixes of classic tunes, vetted for age appropriate content and expertly mixed live by Nick Terrific. You can expect to dance, a lot.
World's funniest hype man MC Rocky Patch will lead the charge making sure everyone is jumpin’ and skankin’. If you’re not sweating, you’re not doing it right!

3:00pm to 10:00pm
B.fest 2019 B.Fest / Brighton Youth Centre

B.fest is the Brighton Youth Arts Festival and is run by young people aged 13-19 years, and for young people. B.fest is a week full of gigs, exhibitions, theatre, comedy, skateboarding, workshops, and much more. Come and celebrate, and support the next generation of creative talent. Events happen across Brighton and Hove.

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Four Portaits: Of Mothers by Arnold Wesker Femme Fatale Theatre Co

Not monologues, as someone else is being addressed. These four women deliver their dramatic dialogues. Ruth is packing for her holiday while talking to her unseen child. Naomi with her paperback book which she has read so many times, answers her telephone. Miriam is talking to her psychiatrist. Deborah discusses her life with another housewife.

Playwright Arnold Wesker wrote this piece for one actress, but Femme Fatale Theatre decided to expand to different women for each part, so it becomes an ensemble piece for all to enjoy.

3:00pm to 7:00pm
7090: Kwat Toet Sop 7090 with Brighton Spiegeltent

It sounds faintly rude to me, but "Kwat Toet Sop" actually means Quirky Soup, and Dutch collective 7090 are promising an afternoon of oddball happenings to round off Brighton Fringe. Centred on the Spiegeltent, we're promised priests on hoverboards, an impossible performance from a marching band, and a cleansing ritual involving both bubbles and strawberry jam. 7090 have a chequered history in Brighton - some of their work's been mind-blowing, some less than stunning - but it's free to watch, so there's no reason not to drop by.

BOOM! Have no fear, 7090 is here.
The (in)famous collective from Amsterdam is back in action.
Pop-up happenings from their world and your imagination, like a child will explode with unrestrained possibilities for adventure.
Abstract priests going around the church, fanfares parading in and around the gardens and a washing happening for a fresh start: What more do you need?

3:30pm to 4:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

3:30pm to 4:30pm
Let's Get Tough Sons & Co.

Assertiveness training and self-defence for the contemporary woman. A self-defence inspired sketch comedy and cabaret show.

Sons & Co are sketch double-act Imogen Edmundson and Fi Simpson. Imogen was one of Funny Women’s One to Watch in 2017, and having beaten the black-out at Up the Creek, has performed at their Friday night show on multiple occasions.

Fiona was Pegasus Comedy’s New Act of the Year 2018 and a semi-finalist in the Laughing Horse New Act of the Year 2018. She has trained in comedy improvisation with the Free Association and was described as an “outstanding comedy performer”.

3:30pm to 4:30pm
Griffin and Jones: Surprisingly Good Magicians Griffin and Jones / Sweet Productions

Despite the modest title, there'll be nothing surprising about another hour's fine entertainment from Griffin & Jones. Their magical double-act combines high-quality illusions with unforced comic banter; they have a joyful rapport with each other, and that good-natured enjoyment spreads out into the audience, too. Their tricks are multi-layered and, even if you've seen a lot of stage magic, there'll probably be something fresh and confounding; this new show could still have some rough edges, but past form's enough to make it a Sure Choice.

The pioneers of slapdash magic are back with another mishmash of magical mayhem! Join them in a world where the jokes come thick and fast, anything is possible, and nothing is quite what it seems. These award-winning idiots have become famous for their fast banter, tight chemistry, contagious energy, and showstopping wizardry.

"Machine gun patter" ****1/2 (Reviews Hub)
"You must see the show!" **** (Broadway Baby)
"The perfect Fringe magic show" **** (Fringe Guru)

3:55pm to 4:45pm
Drawn and Quartered Cry Havoc Theatre Company

5 stars As we take our seats for this finely-wrought two-hander, the stage is shrouded in darkness - and there’s a big surprise in store for us once the lights come on. The entire back wall is covered with a stunning abstract mural; in front of it stands a woman, freeze-framed in open-mouthed horror, like a reveal from a home-makeover show gone terribly wrong. The problem, we soon learn, isn’t just what’s appeared on on the walls of her living room, but also the man who’s responsible. Read the full review.

There's a review on the way for this one, but we've seen enough already to make it today's Sure Choice. A thoughtful, sometimes intense two-hander, Drawn and Quartered studies the fallout from a failed relationship - set against the literal backdrop of a giant abstract mural, immortalising the couple's shared life. The script demands your attention as it traverses emotional highs and lows, and your perspectives will change as you learn more about what makes the couple tick. It's a powerful and credible performance, which offers lots to think about but presents no easy answers.

Michael and Ana have had no communication for six months. Hearing Michael’s painting career is on the downslide, Ana takes pity on him and hires him to paint the studio apartment they shared for four years, to prepare it to sell. She leaves for a couple of days to find he has indeed painted. But not the colour she left.

A beautiful portrayal of a relationship with moments that everyone will recognise. Maggie Bofill is one of the founder members of Labyrinth Theatre company in New York, and together with Claudine Sinnett from Cry Havoc Theatre Company, this production is one not to miss.

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Arr We There Yet? Head First Acrobats

LIMITED RUN! Sold out in 2016, 2017 and 2018, and back by public demand, the 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!

4:30pm to 5:30pm
Mustard Doesn't go with Girls Bric à Brac Theatre

When the children of Bow-on-Tie start mysteriously disappearing, Abigail decides to investigate further. She embarks on a music-filled adventure to uncover the town’s secrets, topple the cabinet of treacherous animals in charge and prove that girls are made of more than just sugar and spice. Catch this original tale from “witty and inventive” (The Stage) international Lecoq trained company, Bric à Brac.

Using an original score, slick movement and strong characters, this production seeks to poke fun at fairy tales from the past whilst creating new storylines for the young generation of today.

4:30pm to 5:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

4:30pm to 5:30pm
Kokoda Palmerston Projects Pty Ltd

In 1941, England had its Battle of Britain. A year later the Japanese army was rampaging through the South Pacific and the battle to save Australia was on, to be fought along New Guinea's infamous Kokoda track by a motley militia of poorly trained young Australians plucked off the streets of Melbourne. Private Morris Powell is one of the heroes from that campaign. Through Jayden Marshall we join him in the battles, hearing his story of courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice: the making of the men that rescued Australia from invasion and turned the Pacific war.

“All Credit!” (The Scotsman)

4:40pm to 5:40pm
Frankenstein in the Bin Theatre in The Bin

Fred Strangebone has created a monster... Inspired by the greatest horror story of all time with help from a grotesque, buffoon assistant and the contents of a very disturbing dustbin!

A solo horror show with character comedy, clowning and delightful unpleasantness.
Written and performed by Ben Whitehead, who returns to Brighton Fringe after 2017's 'Freakshow'.

“Comedy Genius” **** (London Pub Theatres).
“Character driven comedy at its best” **** (Broadway Baby).

4:45pm to 5:45pm
Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival Iris Prize

Iris Prize brings outstanding LGBT+ film from around the world to Brighton. The five programmes of short films on offer feature award-winners from the annual Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival, alongside moving depictions of queer intimacy, explorations of gender, and a timely selection of LGBT+ stories for young people. These diverse short films from twelve countries offer an honest window into modern queer life, representing the very best of current LGBT+ filmmaking.

The five programmes are: Intimacy; Gender & Family; Iris Prize – International; Iris Prize – Best British; Iris Prize – Youth.

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

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

5:00pm to 5:55pm
Song of the Sisters King Sisters

Joske, Annelie and Marthe Koning combine storytelling, movement and song to portray the universal dynamic of the family. A stunning, personal tale, which also takes you effortlessly down your own memory lane.
"The chemistry between the three sisters is sparkling, from which speaks love, but also struggle and rivalry. We were overwhelmed by goosebumps." (Amsterdam Fringe Jury).

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Juicy Juicy

Imogen Edmundson (Funny Women One to Watch), Naomi Wattis (BBC Radio 4) and Leo Gallagher (Laughing Horse New Act of the Year 2018 Finalist, shortlisted for BBC New Comedy Award 2018, “Arresting charisma” Steve Bennett, Chortle) squeeze comedy out of everything from batch cooks to coming out and holidays with the kids to bring you a refreshing hour of stand-up that’s invigoratingly lively, unashamedly bitter and most definitely, juicy.

5:00pm to 6:00pm
The Secret Comedy Club: Fringe Comedy Hub Artista

We have over 80 professional comedy acts who applied to Artista Cafe & Gallery. This will be a Fringe Comedy Hub run by The Secret Comedy Club. We will have comedy on 6 days per week from 5pm until 11pm daily (3pm start on weekends). Check our website for full listings and tickets for these full Brighton Fringe shows.
Here are just some of the many acts that will be doing their 1 hour shows with us (in no particular order):
Steve Bugeja
Stephen Carlin
Sara Barron
Radu Isac
Adele Cliff
Al Lubel
Daphna Baram
Sanj Surati
Daniel Muggleton
Gary Tro
John Pendal
Ali Woods
Katie Pritchard

5:00pm to 5:45pm
Neil O'Rourke: Thump (Work in Progress) Neil O'Rourke

A work in progress show from Neil O'Rourke, Finalist of Irish Comedian of the Year, New Comedian of the Year, and So You Think You're Funny.
"What he lacks in swagger – and possibly friends – he more than makes up in delightful punchlines and entertaining yarns" (Steve Bennett, Chortle).
"Genuine, uncontrived quirkiness ... an eye for the absurd" (Julia Chamberlain, Chortle).

5:00pm to 6:00pm
BREXIT Tom Corradini Teatro

One country, one family. United in blood, divided in spirit.

June 2016. A few days before the Brexit referendum. A father and son debate their stance on the vote. They are united in blood but divided in spirit. The two characters argue their respective positions while digressing on the essence of what being British and European really means to them. The debate turns from surreal to grotesque until both of them cast their vote...

A show about freedom, loss and identity with elements of mime and physical theatre, premiered at the 2018 Avignon Theatre Festival.

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Jack Stark: Tea, Bee, Sea Jack Stark

Full-time idiot Jack Stark hasn’t written this show. A story about procrastination and panic.

Jack Stark is a new persona from the artist behind the cabaret clown Kiki Lovechild, who has trained with the masters of clowning, including Gaulier and de Castro, and toured variety halls for 14 years.

“A wonderful clown that smacks of the black and white films of old. His physicality is simple and fluid, and his enjoyment of what he does shines through brightly” (The Metropolist).
“He fills us all with wonder, laughter, and love. His is a unique work of art" (Fringe Review).

5:15pm to 6:05pm
Remind Me Again Why I Need A Man Two Foolish

When you’re used to holding the whip hand, Death can be an unwelcome distraction.

Karen Summers has the ideal life as a dominatrix. Her customers fear her, business is booming, and the chief of police is one of her clients. But when purple-suited Death pops by to summon her to the afterlife, she has to re-examine her life choices. She has an hour to persuade Death that once again, she holds the whip hand. Who needs a man?

From the team that brought you 'Get Fit With Bruce Willis' and 'Painted Love', featuring the songs of Annie Lennox and Eurythmics.

5:30pm to 6:30pm
Pelican: Fisk Pelican

Whirlwind comedy by the critically acclaimed Pelican (makers of 'The Cat Man Curse'). Benny Hawk, the world’s greatest tennis player, must find out who killed his partner, Bjorn Fisk, before it’s too late... Fresh from a run at the Soho Theatre, Pelican’s hotly anticipated follow-up show is not to be missed. "A wonderland of absurd sketches and characters, tied together with the thread of a wonderfully eccentric story" ***** (A Younger Theatre), "A joy to watch" **** (List), "Wildly funny" ***** (Broadway Baby).

5:30pm to 6:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

5:30pm to 6:30pm
Electric ILA Productions

Baby wipes, glitter and cans at the ready, Joni and Scarlett head off on their respective weekends. From two walks of life and residing on two sides of the festival, the pair unexpectedly meet in the neon fields of Irish music festival, Electric Picnic. Hysterically riotous and soul-stirring, 'Electric' probes our innate prejudices and preconceived notions of who we are, while taking you on the session of a lifetime!

Festival season is upon us, let's get this party started!

"smart, funny, utterly engaging..." ***** (TheArtsReview)
"a play not to be missed..." **** (The Reviews Hub)

6:00pm to 11:00pm
The Spire Festival Bar The Spire

A festival oasis in the heart of Kemptown, an atmospheric bar stocked by the best local suppliers where you can discover experimental art, unusual performances and out of the ordinary music from 9pm. Each visit to The Spire will be a unique experience and it's all totally free of charge.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Sasha Ellen: Pickle Sasha Ellen

In 2010, the island of Herm, a mile-long body of land and the smallest island of the Channel Islands, declared a state of emergency. Helicopters went up. Divers went down. It was all Sasha's fault. A storytelling, stand-up show about how Sasha brought a part of the world to a halt. A friendly rom-com about an engagement, a missing person and a near catastrophe which explores love, loss and the pitfalls of drinking. Material heard on BBC Radio 4. **** (The Mumble), “Honest, hilarious and horrifying... the comedy future looks good for Ellen” (Canal-St), “Always engaging” (Chortle).

6:00pm to 7:00pm
The Beautiful Mary Day Eugene Doyen Presents

Rachel will never forget Mary Day, the damaged local legend. They met as teenagers. Mary never asked for any help, but Rachel wanted to save Mary, to protect her. Back then, Rachel struggled to cope with her own problems.

The Beautiful Mary Day is a moving and emotional one-act monologue with its world premiere performances at this year’s Brighton Fringe.

6:00pm to 7:30pm
Immersive European Sauna Bathing Experience Beach Box Sauna Spa

Let us take you on a sauna journey...
Pack your swim gear; we're off to experience the spa rituals of Europe, all from the comfort of your sauna bench on Brighton Beach.
This will fire-up your senses; it’s going to be hot, aromatic and steamy.
We’ll return you home on cloud nine.

Beach Box Brighton is a popular, year-round, wood-fired, public beach sauna spa.
Our Sauna #1 is in a converted horse trailer. This Fringe we'll have a 2nd larger show sauna to immerse you in guided sauna experiences from across Europe.

Bring 2 towels and beach shoes

For the full itinerary head to our website.

6:00pm to 6:50pm
Guru Dudu's Silent Disco Walking Tours Guru Dudu Productions

Guru Dudu returns to his beloved Brighton this year with a few special guest tour guides and special events – see gurududu.org for details.
Enjoy his hilarious dance-walking tours of spontaneous flash mob dancing through the streets, interpretative dancing around Brighton landmarks and lots of crazy interaction with onlookers. Everyone wears headphones (supplied) and can hear the fun commentary from Guru Dudu and the dance mix of uplifting favourites from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s. Wear comfortable footwear and preferably come empty handed (no bags, etc). Tickets also at door if not sold out.

Check out some special themed tours this year:

Queen - Fri 6pm, May 3, 17, 31.
Abba - Fri 6pm, May 10, 24
90's - Sat 6pm, May 4, 11, 18, 25, Jun 1
60's - Mon 3pm, May 6 & 27
70's - Mon 4.30pm, May 6 & 27
80's - Mon 6pm, May 6 & 27
Sundays 3pm - with special guest tour guides

All other tours run as classic format: 70's, 80's, 90's, 00's mix

6:00pm to 7:15pm
Love (to) Bits B.Fest / Brighton Youth Centre

'Love (to) Bits' is a seriously comedic drama or kind of a dramatic comedy, however you choose to look at it, there will be laughter and some tears. Performed in the style of a stand-up comedy gig that incorporates verbatim theatre elements, the play is comprised of two story arcs. The main arc focuses on the romantic life of the main character, while the secondary showcases different people’s answer to the age-old question “What is love?”, the two are perpetually intertwined.

'Love (to) Bits' won the B.Fest Brighton Fringe Award at IYAF 2018.

6:00pm to 6:30pm
feat. an asteroid Brighton College (Drama Department)

An exploration into what it means to be a person living in the modern world. What happens when an event upends the life of one woman?

Featuring interaction, laughs and tears. A one-woman show presented by Brighton College.

6:00pm to 6:50pm
Thomas Dixon: The Secrets of Magic Thomas Dixon

What is real magic? Is it just tricks or magic? What's the difference? Thomas will answer these questions and reveal some of the deepest secrets!

You will learn what it takes to be a magician and see what it is like to be behind the curtains. A magic show that includes audience participation, funny moments, escapism, mind reading, impossible predictions and lots of amusing and mind-blowing moments.
Thomas is a Chilean-Canadian former engineer and currently a full-time magician, Magic Circle Member conquering the UK magic scene.

6:00pm to 7:10pm
amendments: A Play on Words Middle-Weight Theatre Company

John Chesterton works in a world where political correctness is paramount.
Fear of offending an increasingly sensitive populous is widespread, and any language deemed inappropriate or discriminatory is strictly forbidden to the company's "no" list.

Rapidly, words vanish and phraseology begins to disappear from people's vocabulary, and while all around him conform, John seems to be the only one asking: if this censoring continues, will he soon be inhabiting a world where there is nothing left to say?

Strong language may (or may not) be used in this production...

6:00pm to 11:00pm
Southwestsiide Takeover SouthWestsiide Takeover

Join us, SouthWestsiide, Brighton's finest all skool hip-hop party band at the Round Georges for our debut Brighton Fringe takeover! Teaming up to deliver an urban soundscape and new platform for local and exciting talent.

Showcasing local talent and promoting the party! Expect to see an eclectic mix of hip-hop, spoken word, reggae, country, blues and much more. A programme full of local talent and spontaneous acts we aim to bring the party to the fringe.

Something for everyone!

6:10pm to 7:05pm
Intolerable Side Effects Claire Parry

A millennial rabbit wants to find love, but she’s having some serious problems with her contraception and her confidence...

Diane, a young rabbit and keen to do what rabbits do best (yes, sex, although she does also love wiggling her cotton tail), is also keen not to have a litter. Diane finds herself in the GUM clinic being advised to take ‘Celery’ as a form of ‘vegetation separation’. However, Celery causes some bizarre and unpleasant side effects for Diane, who finds that it hinders her dating and sex-life significantly more than it helps.

6:15pm to 7:10pm
Will Penswick: Nørdic(k) StraightUp Productions

Full-time detective. Part-time performer. Full-time Scandinavian. Will Penswick is 'Pætur Pætursson' from the Faroe Islands. A detective in the Tórshavn (that's the capital city). Police like his father and his father before him, a troubled, semi-legendary DJ, Pætur is going toe-to-toe with Scandinavia's most dangerous criminals and he needs your help... Because there's no crime like snow crime.

"You will be in for a comic treat" **** (PlaysToSee).
"Hard not to love...Brilliant" **** (Radio Ha-Ha).
**** (BroadwayBaby).

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Aaaaaaaargh! It's a Bonanza of Comedy from Around the Fringe Laughing Horse Comedy

It's a comedy Bonanza!

Back for a second year in Brighton, this stand-up comedy selection is an exciting pack of comedians, with top headliners and the best up-and-coming performers selected from shows all around the Fringe.

See a bundle of comics visiting Brighton from the international comedy circuit, alongside a selection of great acts from around the UK and the very best in hilarious new and local talent.

It's different at every show. You'll see something you weren't expecting, something new and maybe something extraordinary!

The perfect start to your Fringe night!

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams Bibi and Bichu Ltd

Circus Abyssinia was a hot ticket at the Edinburgh Fringe a couple of years ago, and has a clutch of four- and five-star reviews to show off from its international tour since then. The show's narrative is built around two Ethiopian boys who dream of becoming jugglers - mirroring the inspiring real-life tale of the troupe's two founders. But it's the energy and physicality of the performance which reviews highlight most, with acrobatics, aerial work and clowning among the highlights.

Circus Abyssinia weaves the dreams of its cast through heart-stopping feats of acrobatic daring. Inspired by real-life jugglers Bibi and Bichu, the show tells the tale of two young Ethiopian brothers who dreamed of the circus in a country without one. When the boys make a wish upon the moon they are joined by a host of high-flying figures - some enchanting, others menacing, but all of them circus ‘dreamers’, who together awaken an incredible new Ethiopian tradition.

"Sensational entertainment" **** (The Times)
"One of the best acts ever seen... fun for all the family" ***** (Mail on Sunday)

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Borderline Millennial Kuan-wen

What if you were born on a cut-off point of two generations? What if no one really knows what that bloody cut-off point is? Kuan-wen finds himself jumping on the bandwagon of baby-boomer-bashing, but sides with management moaning about the "snowflake" generation at work. He doesn't fully trust Jeremy Corbyn but neither does he support the uncool Tory. He's just about managing new tech and social media.

This is a show by a neither-nor guy when it comes to generation generalisation, who isn't sure if he is unlucky, opportunistic or just indecisive. Oh, from a foreigner's perspective.

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Lulu Popplewell: Work in Progress Lulu Popplewell

Join Lulu in a (short) hour of stand up as she tries out ideas about spooning, Christmas films and how all human beings are fundamentally repulsive (yes, even you, sorry). This is a work in progress show ahead of this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It will be silly. It will be fun. There will probably be party poppers and chocolate.

"A perpetual target for bullies" (Chortle)

Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year finalist
Chortle Student Comedy Award finalist

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Lucy Pearman: Fruit Loop United Agents

Nominee: Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2017 Best Newcomer.

After a sell-out run and critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Lucy Pearman returns to the Brighton Fringe with the story of a worm who has completely misunderstood her existence.

As seen on Spencer Jones’ 'The Mind Of Herbert Clunkerdunk' on BBC and heard on 'Tim Key's Late Night Poetry Programme' BBC Radio 4.

"She is a performer brimming with charisma...her magic shines through" ???? (The Skinny)

"Pearman is a true delight" ???? (The List)

6:30pm to 7:30pm
What the Frick!? Alice Frick

A request for sex talk in German, a crippling back injury and coming out to her religious grandmother... Alice Frick knows the recipe for disaster well! The confused Austrian abroad indulges in life with wide-eyed enthusiasm.

Award-winning Austrian comedian Alice Frick escapes the Alps to follow a few of her favourite things; doing comedy and being openly gay, but she ends up experiencing one nightmare after another.

Spending a year reading every self-help book available, she was left with only one question: 'What the Frick?!'

“Exuberant... perfectly pitched” (ThreeWeeks).

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Further Education Unmasked Theatre

4 stars It’s the middle of the 1980’s. Margaret Thatcher is at the height of her power; but she’s threatened by an industrial dispute, a year-long coal-miners’ strike which threatens to bring her government to its knees. As the quarrel grows ever uglier, striking miners travel far from their home-towns, picketing the lorries moving stockpiled coal. Frank is one such miner, and he’s found himself a billet with a sympathetic group of students - who offer him a sofa in the flat they share. But the students are modern feminist thinkers, and Frank… well, Frank isn’t. Read the full review.

1985: Frank the miner likes doing his job and reading the Sun. Unfortunately, Maggie is after his job and his new housemates definitely don't like him reading the Sun. In a riotous clash of class, morals and feminism, very traditional Frank finds himself bunking down with three very modern students at the heart of the picketing wars.

In a country seeking to eradicate his livelihood, Frank must decide how he would like to be remembered once the line is inevitably drawn.

Award-winning Brighton company Unmasked Theatre returns with a winner from the highly successful Brighton Scratch Night.

6:30pm to 7:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

6:30pm to 7:30pm
The Beautiful Dance of Life & Death Erin R Hartnett Productions

Can a young astronaut and a fallen star save a former dancer who is fighting a bizarre illness and her bohemian roommate? Or will they be captured and tortured with no end in sight? In this imaginative new drama, based on a true story, two friends fight to dance the steps towards hope.

6:30pm to 7:30pm
I'd Had Enough So I Killed Him Sherise Strang

A dance/physical theatre solo, inspired by the life of poet and writer Maya Angelou, a woman who fought her whole life for black women, as an activist and feminist. A search for being, seeing and wanting to be seen. A search for identity, security and strength. A search for confession, for conviction, for judgement. Washing all the dirt off to get to the core, to make it visible.

6:35pm to 7:25pm
Father of Lies Sweet Productions

'Making a Murderer' meets 'Rosemary's Baby'... 'Father of Lies' tells the chilling true story behind a mysterious, unsolved murder in West Germany, 1973. A thrilling horror show about haunted priests, jealous widowers, and satanic cults. Sell-out shows at Edinburgh Fringe 2017-18, London Horror Festival 2017, Brighton HorrorFest 2018, and VAULT Festival 2018.

“Compulsively gripping... genuinely unique” **** (The Stage)
“Devastating” ***** (LondonPubTheatres)
“Remarkable” ***** (Horror Hothouse Review)
**** (The Wee Review)
**** (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine)
**** (LondonTheatre1.com)

6:45pm to 7:30pm
Stop Goofing The Caxton Arms

A stand-up show about being yourself. Winner of the Silver SRA Kevin Greening Award for Creativity 2017, supported by BBC Radio 1. As seen and heard on BBC Wales, Comic Relief, and Talk Radio.

"I cried with laughter. Some of Kostelecky's impressions and accents were pitch perfect like those performed by a young Jim Carrey" (The Founder)
"His charisma and stand up comedy captivated the audience from the moment he stepped onto the stage" (The Orbital Magazine)

7:00pm to 7:50pm
Daniel Nils Roberts: The History of the World in 1 Hour Daniel Nils Roberts

An absurd multimedia pelt through the history of everything. Fresh from taking London's West End by storm in smash-hit, 'Austentatious', character-peddler Daniel attempts to cram the entirety of recorded time into just one show. Will he cover it all? No. But it's going to be one hell of a ride.

Perth Fringe World Best Comedy nominee 2016 and 2017.
As heard on BBC Radio 4 and 6.
"Devastatingly funny" **** (Fest).
"Sheer genius" **** (The Scotsman).
"So funny that it seems like Roberts is just showing off" **** (Broadway Baby).

7:00pm to 11:00pm
Crystalz Tavern Brownton Abbey

There’s a proverbial sh*t-storm raging out here, but inside Crystalz Tavern exists a secret cabaret party that stops for nothing.

A throbbing neon lighthouse guiding you to a space of safety, away from the jagged rocks of late stage capitalism. A speakeasy that heals the wounded and holds the oppressor to account. Featuring a shifting constellation of the UK's best live art/cabaret performers and guest DJs.

Resist man-made monsters like broflakes and binaries at our cabaret of camaraderie, with artist rebels and allies that refuse to go down quietly; in heels, in binders and in solidarity!

7:00pm to 8:00pm
In the Shadow of the Black Dog All The Pigs

Not long ago, I lost my best friend. Soon after, I sat in the hospital emergency room, alone and scared, believing I didn’t have long left to live. I felt unable to call any of my mates to be with me. A few months later I was chased down by two knife-wielding men on a moped, and narrowly escaped. After overcoming these events a thought stayed with me I haven’t been able to shift; I don’t know if I can save myself.

I eventually reached out to my mates and found we were all harbouring the same fears about being a man or not a good enough one. This is why I wrote ‘In the Shadow of the Black'.

7:00pm to 7:45pm
Cool Story Bro (Work in Progress) Trevor Tokabi

Have you ever witnessed a couple's divorce? When these people are your parents, your life turns upside down, especially if you're 8-years-old. Trev takes you through his coming of age, and what he believed to be a school trip to Ivory Coast. Spending his adolescence in an army boarding school, whilst coming to terms with his dual identity, this show will resonate with you even if your ‘rents are still happily married.

Cultural identity, peer pressure, family heartache, and more.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Railed Head First Acrobats

From the creators of the smash hit 'Elixir' (winner of Best Circus and physical theatre award at Adelaide Fringe 2018).

Welcome to 'Railed', a western-themed circus spectacular, combining the trademark physical talents, finely chiselled bodies and hilarious comic timing of the Head First Acrobats.

Prepare yourself for when bare chested circus meets bare knuckle bar fights. A racy, heart-stopping display of the finest acrobatics by the most ridiculous storytellers in the circus.

Leave your expectations at home, come to the wrong side of the tracks, and let the HFA boys steal your hearts.

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

Those dazzling divas are back, coming of age and celebrating 21 years with 'The Greatest Show Girls Tour'! The entertainment soars from start to finish with infectious, showstopping performances that'll bring you to your feet time and time again. The glamour of Hollywood and the glitz of Vegas in a mesmerising spectacle fulfilling dreams for everyone. A chance to luxuriate in a vibrant, euphoric bubble of laughter, beauty, splendour and music. A complete celebration of individuality and pride in saying “This is Me”, undeniably you’ll agree that the lady boys are the greatest showgirls!

7:00pm to 7:50pm
Gráinne Maguire: It's Problematic Gráinne Maguire

Gráinne Maguire (as seen on BBC1, Dave, Comedy Central, Sky and heard on R3,4,5) returns with a new hour-long show about ghosts, Irish men and why we need to forgive Taylor Swift. Come on guys, she's been through a lot.

“A must see from a comedian at the top of her game” **** (Edinburgh Festivals).
“A self-assured performance from a woman who has mastered her craft” **** (The Skinny).

7:00pm to 8:15pm
Betsy: Wisdom of a Brighton Whore Something Underground

Penned by the ever-impressive Jonathan Brown, this fun but foul-mouthed play was a sleeper hit on its debut back in 2013 - earning strong reviews, an award nomination and a transfer to London. Telling the true life story of a prostitute in 19th-century Brighton, the script’s full of historical references to please a local audience, yet sensitive enough to make visitors from anywhere care. The brick-lined chamber underneath the Old Hall Hotel should make a fitting venue too.

A tale of sex, seduction and survival in the underworld of 1800's Brighton. "I'll lift me skirts and show you what I've been hiding from you for thousands of years...".

Discovered in a subterranean, historic chamber, Betsy tells her story. A thrilling, award-nominated, one-woman show from multi award-winning theatre company, Something Underground.

"Writer Jonathan Brown knows how to drive a plot" (Lyn Gardner, The Guardian)

"A secret gem of the Fringe, not to be missed!" ***** (Remote Goat)

"Try to catch her if you can" ***** (Fringe Review)

Brighton & Hove Arts Council Best Actress 2017

7:00pm to 9:00pm
Love and Information Brighton College (Drama Department)

Caryl Churchill’s 'Love and Information' is a kaleidoscopic play of short scenes addressing contemporary issues about knowledge, technology and communication, and our capacity for love.

Performed by pupils and staff from Brighton College.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Mark Cram: Horse Costume Mark Cram

Being dumped is hard. Being dumped on the same day you purchased a two-person horse costume is harder. Join Mark Cram for an hour of comedy about searching for that missing something in your life. That little thing that's lacking, be it romance, money or worse.
Even if that "missing something" is just the back end of a horse. A master class in comedy design.

Bedford Comedian of the Year 2013.
Last Minute Comedian of the Year 2013 finalist.
You Must be Joking: Newbury New Act of The Year 2013 finalist.
"Absolutely Smashed it!" (Relentless, Boardmasters).

7:00pm to 8:15pm
Damien Lantern Theatre

5 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2016 Damien is one of Fringe 2016’s hidden treasures: a 40-year-old script, a masterful solo performance, and a story that’s both shocking and inspirational. It tells the real-life tale of Father Damien de Veuster, a Catholic priest – and now a saint – who lived in a community of leprosy sufferers on a remote island in Hawaii. Cruelly exiled by their government, the lepers of Molokai endured a lawless and impoverished existence, cut off even from the comforts of religious faith. Cut off, that is, until a young Flemish priest named Damien came along. Read the full review.

Returning to Brighton after a short but successful run in 2016, Damien is a meaty and thoughtful piece of theatre based on a shocking but inspirational real-life tale. It's the story of a priest who lived among an island colony of leprosy-sufferers; it charts his journey from naive enthusiasm, through self-doubt, to anger at the world's ills. Our 5* review from 2016 cited sole actor Daniel Finlay's expansive, convincing performance, enhanced by the evocative detail of the set and design.

"Damien is one of the Fringe's hidden treasures: a 40-year-old script, a masterful solo performance and a story that’s both shocking and inspirational. The real-life tale of Father Damien, a priest who lived in a community of leprosy sufferers on a remote island in Hawaii. Cruelly exiled by their government, the lepers endured a lawless and impoverished existence, cut off even from the comforts of religious faith. Cut off, that is, until a young Flemish priest named Damien came along. Daniel Finlay’s tour-de-force performance spans the full range of human emotion" ***** (Fringe Guru).

7:00pm to 8:30pm
The Jungle Book JW Productions

Mowgli swings from one wild adventure to another with his friends Baloo the Bear and Bagheera the Panther as he learns the law of the Jungle. Danger is never far away; Shere Khan the Tiger is on the prowl...

Picnics welcome, but beware of those pesky monkeys - they'll eat anything!

From the makers of 'Wind in The Willows' 2017, 'Swallows & Amazons' 2018, 'Peter Pan' 2018, 'The Adventures of Robin Hood' 2018 and 'The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio' 2017.

"Outstanding, what family theatre should be!" (Fringe Review)

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Jim Tavaré: From Deadpan to Bedpan Jim Tavaré

In 2017, comedian, BAFTA award winner, Harry Potter actor and double bassist Jim Tavaré and his dog Mr Kippy were involved in a near-fatal, head-on automobile collision in Los Angeles where he has resided since 2009. He lived to tell the tale.

Directed by Henry Normal, Jim comes to Brighton Fringe with his award-winning Edinburgh performance 'From Deadpan to Bedpan': his first narrative show.

"Long awaited return is a triumph" (The List).

"Had the audience hanging on his every word" (The Scotsman).

"The iconic deadpan master with timing to die for" (Al Murray).

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Four Portaits: Of Mothers by Arnold Wesker Femme Fatale Theatre Co

Not monologues, as someone else is being addressed. These four women deliver their dramatic dialogues. Ruth is packing for her holiday while talking to her unseen child. Naomi with her paperback book which she has read so many times, answers her telephone. Miriam is talking to her psychiatrist. Deborah discusses her life with another housewife.

Playwright Arnold Wesker wrote this piece for one actress, but Femme Fatale Theatre decided to expand to different women for each part, so it becomes an ensemble piece for all to enjoy.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
SHIFT Barely Methodical Troupe

The company who brought you smash hits 'BROMANCE' and 'KIN' return with 'SHIFT'. Packed with a dazzling array of tricks and fun, SHIFT will challenge everything you thought you knew about gravity and physical achievement.

One of the UK’s hottest circus companies 'Barely Methodical Troupe' are at the forefront of a new kind of physical performance, creating highly entertaining shows that mix the show-stopping acrobatics of circus with the emotional punch of theatre.

"You will struggle to believe your eyes" ?????(Theatre Weekly)
"Truly outstanding" ?????(Theatre Reviews)

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Two the Power of Three Theatre Handmade

'Two the Power of Three' is Theatre Handmade's explosive new play. It dives into the lives of three young women as they do their best to grow up and out of what they have come from. It explores how we love, lie to and lust after the people we are closest to, and how hard it can be to remember who we once were.

Following a sell out run of 'Di & Viv & Rose (in an hour)', Handmade Theatre return with this challenging and funny play about womanhood, sexuality and betrayal.

7:30pm to 8:45pm
Ghost Walk of the Lanes Ghost Walk of the Lanes

'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 or Ebenezer, all suitably dressed in full Victorian attire, and hear tales of hideous apparitions, poltergeists, gruesome murders and wandering spirits.

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

7:30pm to 8:00pm
Square Peg 2headedpigeon Theatre Co.

Award-winning punk theatre company present a dystopian underdog adventure, performed in a secret bunker beneath an ordinary Brighton home. Expect surprise moments of clowning and technicolour visuals in this immersive solo show about being a misfit at the end of the world.

“More than you dare hope to find at the Fringe” (ThreeWeeks)

“As a comment on soulless consumerism, it’s hard to imagine a more powerful artistic statement” (The Sunday Business Post)

“Relentlessly inventive and recklessly funny, a show which genuinely has something to say” (WhatsOnStage)

Access:

This site-specific performance takes place in a genuine underground bunker and therefore may be inaccessible to those with mobility difficulties. In particular, the venue is accessed by a steep staircase. Some areas of the venue feature reduced head height, uneven floors and narrow doorways.

However, Nether Regions are committed to making the shows as accessible as possible within the constraints of this unique performance space. If you would like to discuss access requirements with the team, please contact them via their website: www.2headedpigeontheatre.moonfruit.com/say-hello-to-us/

7:30pm to 8:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

7:30pm to 9:05pm
Brighton16 Chamber Choir: Two Concerts at St. Michael's Music@St. Michael's

Brighton16 is a newly formed choir of 16 classically trained singers. Along with their director Matthew Jelf, they'll sing Herbert Howells' Requiem, his Take Him, Earth, For Cherishing and the Mass for Double Choir by Frank Martin. The choir will perform the same programme of works at both of these concerts. Do join us on either date for some glorious a capella choral singing.

7:30pm to 8:40pm
Much Ado About Bingo Boogaloo Stu & Lorraine Bowen

It's hard to know what to expect from this genre-busting show - which sounds like it sits somewhere between music, drama, comedy and performance art. But it features two of Fringe Guru's long-standing favourites: local legend Boogaloo Stu and self-described "quirky songstress" Lorraine Bowen, both of whom have impressed us before with their varying takes on kitschy nostalgia. We're promised a medley of 70's tunes, with Shakespearean references thrown in, and (as if that wasn't oddball enough) a personal bingo card to keep track of it all.

Watch the sparks fly as polyester and crimplene collide, when Derek Daniels (Boogaloo Stu) and Lorraine Bowen (Britain’s Got Talent) join forces for this sensationally silly and slightly Shakespearean game of musical bingo!

Listen carefully as Derek sings a medley of classic 70s tunes, whilst casually dropping Shakespearean quotes into his showbiz anecdotes. Grab your bingo card and tick off the songs and quotes as you hear them, in a frantic bid to win the full house and claim your prize. Derek will be joined onstage by his old showbiz sidekick Ronnie Hazelnut at the piano.

7:30pm to 9:00pm
Immersive European Sauna Bathing Experience Beach Box Sauna Spa

Let us take you on a sauna journey...
Pack your swim gear; we're off to experience the spa rituals of Europe, all from the comfort of your sauna bench on Brighton Beach.
This will fire-up your senses; it’s going to be hot, aromatic and steamy.
We’ll return you home on cloud nine.

Beach Box Brighton is a popular, year-round, wood-fired, public beach sauna spa.
Our Sauna #1 is in a converted horse trailer. This Fringe we'll have a 2nd larger show sauna to immerse you in guided sauna experiences from across Europe.

Bring 2 towels and beach shoes

For the full itinerary head to our website.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Bollywood and Birmingham to Berlin and Brexit Dharmander Singh

"Growing up, I was too brown for the white kids and the wrong kind of brown for the brown kids. That's when I first questioned my identity". Join international stand-up comedian Dharmander Singh as he goes on a journey to discover his identity, roots, and nationality through funny stories and observations about being named after a Bollywood legend, living and trying to belong in 80s Birmingham, and the challenges and pleasures of being a sun-kissed Brummie in Berlin.

7:30pm to 8:20pm
Guru Dudu's Silent Disco Walking Tours Guru Dudu Productions

Guru Dudu returns to his beloved Brighton this year with a few special guest tour guides and special events – see gurududu.org for details.
Enjoy his hilarious dance-walking tours of spontaneous flash mob dancing through the streets, interpretative dancing around Brighton landmarks and lots of crazy interaction with onlookers. Everyone wears headphones (supplied) and can hear the fun commentary from Guru Dudu and the dance mix of uplifting favourites from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s. Wear comfortable footwear and preferably come empty handed (no bags, etc). Tickets also at door if not sold out.

Check out some special themed tours this year:

Queen - Fri 6pm, May 3, 17, 31.
Abba - Fri 6pm, May 10, 24
90's - Sat 6pm, May 4, 11, 18, 25, Jun 1
60's - Mon 3pm, May 6 & 27
70's - Mon 4.30pm, May 6 & 27
80's - Mon 6pm, May 6 & 27
Sundays 3pm - with special guest tour guides

All other tours run as classic format: 70's, 80's, 90's, 00's mix

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Steve McNeil: Video Games (Work in Progress) Steve McNeil

The creator of (and team captain on) 'Dara O'Briain's Go 8 Bit' bangs on about video games for an hour. It might be some adapted bits from his forthcoming book about the history of video games (Hey! Listen!). It might be some anecdotes about his TV show. It might even involve playing games if he's not written enough stuff. No idea. He's not started work on it yet. First work in progress. Quality will be either variable, or consistently poor.

7:40pm to 8:30pm
All Things Brighton Beautiful Tiny Horse Promotions

Award-winning musical comedy performer Hannah Brackenbury reflects on 10 years as a Brightonian in this heartfelt and hilarious musical tribute to her adopted city. Featuring original comedy songs, poems and parodies.

Winner: Broadway Baby Bobby Award (Brighton Fringe, 2018).

"This comedian is a class act... when you have talent like this there’s no need for glitzy adornments" (Broadway Baby).
“This Brightonian songstress has been described as Victoria Wood and Tim Minchin’s lesbian love child... and her songs are both bloody funny and beautifully touching" (Latest 7 Magazine).

7:45pm to 9:45pm
The Pride Brighton Little Theatre

The powerful debut play from Alexi Kaye Campbell, winner of an Olivier Award, the Critics' Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright, and the John Whiting Award for Best New Play.

Alternating between 1959 and 2019, 'The Pride' examines changing attitudes to sexuality, looking at intimacy, identity and the courage it takes to be who you really are. The 1959 Philip is in love with Oliver, but married to Sylvia. The 2019 Oliver is addicted to sex with strangers. Sylvia loves them both.

Contains some sexual scenes and a small amount of nudity.

7:50pm to 8:50pm
He Shot, He Scored Off the Fence Theatre Company CIC

It’s the mid-1970s, Alan Mullery is the new manager of Brighton & Hove Albion after another failed promotion attempt. Twenty year-old Peter Ward breaks the Albion’s goalscoring record, earning his place in the hearts and history of the club; Wardie Wonderland is still sung on the terraces when Brighton answer Sussex’s call.

Using humour and pathos, this new one-man play tells the story of four supporters as they follow their beloved Seagulls through the momentous season of 1976/77. Laugh out loud and cry into your football scarf. A show for anyone who’s ever followed a team, and their dreams.

7:55pm to 9:15pm
#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.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Chloe Petts: Alpha (Work in Progress) Chloe Petts

Chloe Petts brings her "inexhaustibly funny mind" (Diva Magazine) and "compelling presence" (Steve Bennett, Chortle) to her work in progress show 'Alpha'.

Born in Sittingbourne, Kent, it was clear to Chloe that being masculine was only okay when it was men, despite being very good at it. She explores what it's like to be a masculine woman living in the 21st Century and asks important questions about the size of tiny clutch bags.

'Funny Women Award Runner Up 2017', Finalist 'Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year 2017', Winner at Life, join this exciting up-and-coming comedian.

8:00pm to 9:30pm
The Wasp Eugene Doyen Presents

A twisting, taut psychological drama. Heather has made a success of her life. Carla is out of cash and she is willing to take part in an unusual proposition. The two women meet up for the first time since leaving school and the intrigue and manipulation begins.

'The Wasp' by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm had its original production at the Hampstead Theatre in January 2015.

“Riveting from start to finish” (Plays to See)

This is a new amateur production at the Brighton Fringe.

8:00pm to 8:40pm
William Stone: Gathering Moss (Work in Progress) HD Management

William Stone (BBC New Comedy Award Finalist 2018) is gathering moss, stuck somewhere between reality and dreams in the nineties. Come on a journey into his world through a nostalgia-filled show formed of whimsical one-liners and offbeat observations.

"William Stone cracks me up, he's got some belting gags that I wish I'd thought of. Highly recommended" (Angela Barnes, Mock the Week/Live at the Apollo)
“Excellent writer of quirky one-liners” (Steve Bennett, Chortle)

8:00pm to 8:45pm
Sullied Kristi-Leigh Gresse

Sullied: to damage the purity or integrity of...

What do we do in a world where human tolerance and experience is so conditioned to endure abuse, suffering and pain. Using dance and spoken word this piece dives deep into the world of rape culture, sexuality, gender identity, race polarisation and religion. Sullied challenges us to deconstruct the politics around our bodies and interrogates the effects that patriarchal ideologies, rape and misogyny has on the human psychic.

Gold Ovation Award winner at the National Arts Festival South Africa 2018.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Utopia: Under Construction Utopia: Under Construction

This hilarious comedy show endeavours to build a new utopia, in just one hour! Three of the South West’s best comedians will pull together to reinvent a greater society, but they can’t do it alone!

You’re invited to the construction site of a new utopia. So don your hard-hat and get ready for a riotous site tour; hammering away at the big questions, telling jokes, and building a brave new world! Can it be done? Or will it just be late and over budget? Book now and find out!

An evening of fun, friendly, satirical hilarity not to be missed!

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Steve Bugeja: Work in Progress Steve Bugeja

Steve Bugeja, as seen on 'Love Island Aftersun', Russell Howard's 'Stand Up Central', Radio 4's 'Fresh From The Fringe', ITV's 'The Zoe Ball Show' and BBC Three's 'Top 10', presents a work in progress show.

Steve is writing a new show and needs to test it on a friendly, supportive audience. The jokes and stories will be brand new, some will be great and some won't. Come along and help him.

His previous four solo shows have received rave reviews, garnering a combined 30 4/5 star reviews across the board.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
The F*ck Around Joe Foster

Join Joe Foster (Winner of South Coast Comedian of the year 2015) and Phil Jerrod (Winner Best Debut Show Leicester 2015) for a right royal f*ck around. Two of Brighton’s best stand-up comedians in a room under a pub working up new material. It’s going to be loose, anarchic and funny as f*ck, plus there’s a bar so you know, at least you can have a pint.
"Reassuringly Confident" (The List).
“Casual brilliance” (The Guardian).

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Notflix Austin Talent

Movies with 100% more singing, 99% more women and a live band. Five star sell-out show Edinburgh Fringe 2016-2018 and VAULT Festival 2016-2018. Netflix combines the taste profiles of 98 million users to create a perfectly ideal viewing experience. Notflix combines the taste profiles of a room full of theatre-goers to create a brilliantly hilarious and completely improvised viewing experience: a full musical. The all-female cast uses audience suggestions of recently watched films to create a brand new, fully improvised, one-night-only musical! Because everything is better as a musical!

8:00pm to 10:30pm
Krater Comedy Club Komedia Ltd

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

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

8:00pm to 8:45pm
Fiona Ridgewell: Even Disney Needs a Day Off! Fiona Ridgewell

Fiona Ridgewell is the epitome of positivity... But she's struggling to keep a PMA as she stumbles through life trying to achieve the ultimate fairy-tale. A work in progress from Piccadilly Comedy finalist 2017/2018 including gags and stories!

"I could easily imagine seeing Fiona as a panellist on ‘8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown’ or ‘Would I Lie To You?’ in the near future. She has the confidence, charisma and humour to take her far" (Edfringe.com).
"Fiona has funny bones and an easy warmth on stage." (Julia Chamberlain).

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Myra Pretty Villain Productions Ltd

A show called Myra courts controversy, and duly divided opinion on its debut at last year's Fringe - though reviewers were united in praising the quality of the performance. This one-woman show pictures the notorious Moors Murderer alone in her prison cell, telling the story of her life and crimes from her own perspective. Is she the callous sociopath she's made out to be, or can we find reasons - though never justifications - in the story of her early life? It's a provocative treatment of a difficult question, making this the very definition of a Bold Choice.

"You couldn’t hate me more than I hate myself. I have asked God for His forgiveness, but I couldn’t ask for yours, for how can I ever expect you to forgive me when I cannot forgive myself." Few have attracted such notoriety or public loathing as the Moors murderers. Myra’s story is that of a very dark world, which no-one wants to visit. From her prison cell, Myra decides to reveal her story to a world that might not wish to listen, or can possibly bear to.

Brighton Fringe award winners 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018.

8:15pm to 9:20pm
Adam Hess Adam Hess

As seen on lots of the sorts of shows that everyone's heard of but never watched (Stand up Central, Live at the Comedy Store, Tonight at the Palladium etc.) Adam Hess is back with an even better show, he hopes. He hasn't written it yet but he knows he has to become a bit more mainstream to get those big TV dollars so expect a far more reasoned chap this year.
"I've seen few shows that are funnier" (Times).

8:20pm to 9:20pm
50% Canadian, 100% Crazy, Let's Laugh Let's Giraffe

Show about family, taking risks, and embracing change. Michelle's a Canadian who unexpectedly fell into the world of comedy. She went to university and worked full-time, then one day was brought into the lunch room and laid off. The company was closing and she was out of a job! She thought, "If you can be disappointed being practical, why not struggle with doing something you love?" She used her severance package to try a new challenge, and that led her to her second city, the rest as they say, is history! Let's laugh together.

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
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

8:30pm to 9:30pm
Raphael Wakefield: Wengerball Raphael Wakefield

"When I die, I will go to heaven and God will ask, "What have you done with your life?" And the only answer I will have is, "I tried to win football matches." He will say, "Is that it?" And I will tell him, "It's not as easy as it looks."

Rising character comedy star Raphael Wakefield arrives with his debut hour: the epic tale of Arsène Wenger's rise and fall - and why it matters. Major themes include integrity, sacrifice and absolutely shocking defending Jeff.

As heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra's Newsjack.

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Popinjay Kevin O Connell

Irish surrealist Kevin O Connell arrives in Brighton with his debut hour. Kevin wants to puncture reality for 60 minutes, so expect a barrage of nonsense as he explores topics such as love, religion and fame.

Now based in London, Kevin was a finalist in NATYs (New Act of the Year 2018) and Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year 2017. He regularly plays clubs across the UK and Ireland including Angel Comedy and the Comedy Store.

“The lines are rather good... comedy’s next pin-up” (Chortle).

“Happily took things down a surreal rabbit hole” (Hot Press).

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Birds: Pluck Junior Productions

The BBC New Comedy Award-nominated sketch duo are back and this time, they're taking on the modern world. From the perils of paper straws to the pitfalls of polyamory, they’ll tackle everything the 21st century can throw in their faces. One day, they might even pluck up the courage to ask for the WiFi password.

"Completely infectious" (Chortle).
Finalists, Leicester Square Theatre Sketch Off! 2018.
As heard on BBC Radio 4.

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Scream Phone Swipe Right Theatre

It’s 1989, the girls are having a sleepover and you’re like, totally invited! Pillow fights in their underwear, singing into hair brushes and gossiping about their crushes, what could possibly go wrong? As long as they don’t answer the oversized pink phone... dun dun DUUN!

Based on the retro game Dream Phone, 'Scream Phone' will take you on a killer journey back to the 80s with an infectious original* soundtrack. Scream-meets-Clueless in this deliciously dark spoof horror musical!

*Disclaimer: The songs are all original, so you won't (you might) recognise some of your favourite 80s hits.

9:00pm to 9:55pm
Grant Busé: Touché Busé Grant Busé

Dealing with life's blows one prick at a time. Australian comic Grant Busé is set to satirically serenade Brighton with his “ingenious comedy music" ***** (Tulpa). There will be no parrying of Busé's disarming charm, sharp wit and hit tunes as he duels with all the big issues like responsibility, blame, death and astrology.

Winner: Best Cabaret Award, Adelaide Fringe.
Nominated: Best Cabaret, Fringe World Festival. "Top 10 Comedy Shows You Must See at Edinburgh Fringe 2018" ***** (The Scotsman), “Smart as anything coming from Tim Minchin and equally as politically woke" **** (Broadway Baby).

9:00pm to 10:45pm
The Lady Boys of Bangkok: The Greatest Showgirls Tour Exchange Events Ltd

Those dazzling divas are back, coming of age and celebrating 21 years with 'The Greatest Show Girls Tour'! The entertainment soars from start to finish with infectious, showstopping performances that'll bring you to your feet time and time again. The glamour of Hollywood and the glitz of Vegas in a mesmerising spectacle fulfilling dreams for everyone. A chance to luxuriate in a vibrant, euphoric bubble of laughter, beauty, splendour and music. A complete celebration of individuality and pride in saying “This is Me”, undeniably you’ll agree that the lady boys are the greatest showgirls!

9:00pm to 10:45pm
Cabaret Burlesque: Supernature Le Burlesque Klub

Join Valentina del Pearls and four other leading lights of French New Burlesque for a remarkable revue bringing together glitter, glamour and humour. Meet organic creatures, plants and animals in a modern show mixing burlesque stripping and contemporary dance. An entertaining and funny cabaret also questioning various themes such as femininity, gender, nature and ecology.

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Nathan Roberts: Saboteur The Black Dove

'Saboteur' is an anecdotal, multimedia stand-up show from movie obsessive Nathan Roberts. With his much-anticipated debut hour, the BBC New Comedy Award-nominated comedian tells the shocking story of his disastrous attempts to live his life like the main character in a rom-com after meeting ‘The One.’ 'Saboteur' is an innovative and inventive show that explores how much movies influence how we see ourselves and make sense of our nonsensical lives.

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Win. Lose. Delete. Chris Stringman

Brand new comedian Chris Stringman ran away from England to escape his gambling addiction. But a month later they were reunited. Author of ‘Win. Lose. Repeat’, unsurprisingly based on his life and the perils of gambling, Chris explores what it’s like to have a gambling habit. Yeah, that sounds fun!

9:00pm to 10:00pm
The World We Live In Kajetan Uranitsch and Katelijne Beukema

Award-winning performance from Amsterdam Fringe 2018. Join us in a realm between fact and fiction, real and fake... In an empty space, two performers continually attempt to portray our world as they move between historical events and everyday life. Reconstructing the funny, dramatic and fantastic worldview of Swiss artists Fischli and Weiss, they create a live encyclopaedia of personal, universal and future choreographies. In an exhausting struggle with the digital screen that tends to take over, they decide to fight the machine of information in order to get rid of meaning and all context.

9:10pm to 10:10pm
All Aboard! At Termination Station. Lilly Burton

A comedy cabaret (or summin’ like that) that asks the question: Have you ever just closed your eyes and hoped that it’ll all just go away?

This is a bracing, booming and brash exploration of pro-choice. Too far gone to hide, join Lilly on an upside-down “nuttified” conquest through song, dance and self-reflection.

A warm and wacky misadventure, this show is for the boy who never knew, for the girl who never said and for anyone who didn’t ask about ABORTION.

9:15pm to 10:15pm
SUCH GOOD BOYS!! James McDonnell and Ben Carter

Come and see James McDonnell; "A breath of fresh air" (We Love Brighton) and Ben Carter; "A force of Nature" (Chortle). Two of Brighton's best musical comedians on their best behaviour; Guaranteed!! Expect chaos, expect great comedy songs but most of all expect such goooood boys.

9:15pm to 10:10pm
Mark & Haydn: Llaugh (pron. Claugh) StraightUp Productions

Sketch comedy double act Mark & Haydn have been described as “brilliant” by their guardian. They bring their fast-paced, gag-filled show, 'Llaugh', (pron. Claugh) to Brighton.

Leicester Square Theatre Sketch-off finalists 2019. Max Turner Prize runner-up 2018. Yellow Comedy Young Comedian runner-up 2018. Chortle Student Comedy finalist 2017.

“An undeniably funny show from some very talented writers.” **** (ThreeWeeks)
“First true gem of the 2017 Fringe.” *****(Broadway Baby)
“A raucous and entertaining night out” **** (TCS)
**** (EdFringe Review)
****(The Wee Review)

9:15pm to 10:15pm
Des Kapital: I'm Loving Engels Instead Andyland Productions

Des (winner Gulag’s Got Talent, Ex-Soviet Republic Factor, No Voice, Strictly Pooling, Dancing on Siberian Ice) story-sings the history of world Communism (Korea, Vietnam, Cuba, Russia, China, Eastern Europe) in his hilarious interactive cult karaoke show, using the music of Robbie, Elvis, The Beatles, Astley (“Brezhnever Gonna Give You Up”), ABBA, Taylor, The Smiths, Bowie (“Stazi”), and lots more. Simply Red! (no ‘Simply Red’).

Sell-out shows at Brighton and Edinburgh Fringes 2017/18.
Entertaining and weirdly educational. Latecomers purged.
**** (Fringe Review).

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Perplexed Carl and Tom

Join two of Brighton’s best up-and-coming comedians as they take on Brighton Fringe in their first ever split bill. 'Perplexed' sees Tom Smith and Carl Carzana consider the perplexing nature of growing up and what being an adult actually means, with subjects ranging from wolves to party crisp etiquette.

9:30pm to 10:45pm
Hot Gay Time Machine Zak Ghazi-Torbati, Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss

Fresh from their sold-out, five-star run at the Edinburgh Fringe and in London’s West End, join multi-award-winning duo, Zak Ghazi-Torbati a Toby Marlow (co-writer of 'SIX'), as they take you on a time travelling adventure through their fabulous lives as fabulous gay men.

Full to the brim with outrageous dances and “hilarious original musical numbers” (The Stage), Hot Gay Time Machine covers all the most important moments of a gay man's life, from coming out to your mum to navigating the naked politics of the school locker room.

9:30pm to 10:30pm
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane McDonald? Grant McLachlan

After successfully bribing the Edinburgh Festival 2018 for a four star review, the self-help group 'Jane McDonald Anonymous' cruises into Brighton Fringe for three nights. Come to a meeting, sign up to the 'Cruisettes' and celebrate your obsession with everything that is the 'Wakefield One.'

"I mean, I've been cruising many, many times but this is the biggest thing I've ever seen." (Jane McDonald, 2019).

"There's so much to commend about this debut...it will be exciting to see what McLachlan will offer as he grows in confidence as a performer." (The Wee Review, 2018).

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Körper (Body) NEON

Körper questions the unconscious way most of us live our lives. We all have our own different rituals which serve to reaffirm our idea of self and nurse our ego, but we rarely stop to consider what we actually base our choices on. Are we really in control of who we grow up to be? What made us who we are, and what happens if we don’t conform to the expectations of society?

9:30pm to 10:30pm
The Secret Comedy Club: Fringe Comedy Hub Artista

We have over 80 professional comedy acts who applied to Artista Cafe & Gallery. This will be a Fringe Comedy Hub run by The Secret Comedy Club. We will have comedy on 6 days per week from 5pm until 11pm daily (3pm start on weekends). Check our website for full listings and tickets for these full Brighton Fringe shows.
Here are just some of the many acts that will be doing their 1 hour shows with us (in no particular order):
Steve Bugeja
Stephen Carlin
Sara Barron
Radu Isac
Adele Cliff
Al Lubel
Daphna Baram
Sanj Surati
Daniel Muggleton
Gary Tro
John Pendal
Ali Woods
Katie Pritchard

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Long Man Doing Short Jokes, Short Man Doing Long Jokes Josh Massen & Phil Green

A stand-up showcase featuring purveyor of one-liners and 'Long Man', Josh Massen, and storyteller and 'Short Man,' Phil Green. With their different styles and surreal minds they get their comedic claws stuck into the big issues of anxiety, identity, family dysfunction, unemployment and Paddington Bear. Come watch them dish out the jollies and maybe see Phil finally tell a one-liner.

9:30pm to 10:30pm
The Frow Show 3KG

After a sell-out success at Brighton Fringe 2017, 'The Frow Show' returns with this superb sketch comedy show. Based upon the unique Sussex village of Forest Row, the highly experienced mix of talent in the cast reflect the quirky and dynamic feel of this eccentric English village.

Through a slick blend of well-observed sketches they breathe life into brilliant characters and musical numbers that actually use real musicians. A good ol' fashioned sketch-comedy with clever observational humour, passing comment on what the term 'alternative lifestyle' really means in this ever-changing world.

9:40pm to 10:40pm
50% Canadian, 100% New Beginnings, Let's Laugh Again Let's Giraffe

Michelle's second solo show and sequel to '50% Canadian, 100% Crazy, Let's Laugh'. The curve balls have continued and she has found herself in a new city, with a new business, and a new hobby. It is not easy starting over, but it is exciting.

After the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018, Michelle met a man in a cave, who was a professional poker player. She expressed interest in running her own venue for the festival in a few years, and he said, "Why not this August?" Instead of heading back home, Michelle made a split second decision to stay in the UK, and find a venue. Join her on her new journey.

9:45pm to 10:45pm
Baba Brinkman's Rap Guide to... Rap Guide Media LLC

Baba Brinkman’s Rap Guide Series began in 2009 with Fringe First Winner 'Rap Guide to Evolution', “Astonishing and brilliant” (NY Times), now making its Brighton debut (26/27 May). Baba’s follow-up show, 'Rap Guide to Consciousness', “Awe-inspiringly good" ? ? ? ? ? (Broadway Baby), is back by popular demand (28/29 May). And the world premiere of his latest, ‘Rap Guide to Culture’ (30 May - 2 June) celebrates the unique ability of our species to acquire and transfer useful new information, ultimately culminating in the 'Rap Guide' phenomena itself. Science. Hip-hop. Laughs. Enlightenment.

9:45pm to 10:45pm
Mortified Magnificent Bastard Productions

An international cult hit show where adults share embarrassing artefacts they created as teenagers to reveal stories about their lives. The format has inspired chapters in cities around the world, has spawned a feature-length documentary ('Mortified Nation') and a 6-part series ('The Mortified Guide') both on Netflix.
For this special late-night Brighton Fringe edition, the UK chapter present some of the funniest and most embarrassing pieces from the last 12 months.
“A cultural phenomenon!” (Newsweek)
“Hilarious” (The Atlantic)
“Unbearably intimate... completely funny!” (The AV Club)

10:00pm to 10:50pm
Eddie Summers' School of Burglary Eddie Summers

Relentlessly energetic Eddie leads us through the physical demands of cutting alarm systems, dealing with dangerous dogs and blowing bank safes... but he's terrible at it! Prop/stand-up/absurdist burglary as taught by an idiot.

"The man's a monster" (Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator).
"Hilariously unique" (Cath Mattos, World Fringe).
"His mini-explosions of wild banter remind me of early Rik Mayall" (Northern Echo).

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Talking to the Dead: A Séance Griffin and Jones / Sweet Productions

Is it possible to communicate with the dead? Griffin and Jones intend to find out. Face your fears, and join them for an intimate, fully immersive experience as they use techniques from Victorian séance rooms to peer into the Great Beyond, and ask the question "Is anybody there?”.

Don't believe in ghosts? Neither did we.
Sceptics and believers welcome.

Sold out Brighton Fringe 2016, 2017, 2018, Guildford Fringe 2016, 2017, 2018, and Edinburgh Fringe 2018.

10:00pm to 2:00am
Fringe Club: A Silent Disco Otherplace Productions Ltd

The legendary Fringe Club returns to the Warren in 2019 with it's own version of the legendary night out, A 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.

SAT 26TH MAY: SuperCharged Brighton's #1 and longest running underground clubbing event presents its sister brand Treatment Brighton whose DJs continue their return and will be spinning the best of vocal, uplifting House and Dance music! DJs Pedro Sedso Boy Hudson

SUN 27TH MAY: Boom Bap Brothers (Funk and Hip Hop) vs DJ SMUDGE Smudge has DJ'd for over 30 years, mostly in the Brighton area but with his own record shop and record label he has been in demand all over. He specialises in Hip hop and drum and bass but has wide musical knowledge and taste. His musical style would be described as noisy but accessible and opens the listener up to new musical avenues.

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Pindos Milo Edwards

What's it like to have 15 minutes of fame in the largest country on earth? The debut stand-up hour from British comedian and former Cambridge Footlight, Milo Edwards, about how he became a Russian TV star, had a gun pointed at him and discovered that the way home is sometimes hardest to find.

'Pindos' is a show about the nature of low-level celebrity, touring a country run by a shirtless man on a horse, language, show-business and Ladas.

"Fantastic...had me in hysterics" (The Cambridge Student).

"Effortlessly funny" (The Tab).

10:15pm to 11:15pm
Shaggers Comedy World Productions

Following more sell-out performances all over the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia, the hit show returns with a revolving line-up of hilarious comedians of all varieties, genders and sexual orientations with material based around that most noble of the arts - shagging!

"The perfect way to close a night at the festival" ***** (Melbourne Comedy Festival)

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

"Some well-picked, mischievous and unburdened comedy" ***** (Voice)

"Excellent" ***** (Edfringe)

"Utterly hilarious" ****½ (Fringe World Perth)

10:15pm to 11:00pm
poH piH: Hip Hop, Backwards. Acting Inspired

In 2003 Lewis bought an 'old skool' hip hop CD from a bargain bucket in a petrol station in Cornwall with a fiver his Nan gave him for pasties. Since then he's been trying to find his place in the world of hip hop. He's still searching...

"Goody's use of live looping mixed with poetic rap is impressive and gives the performance an extra dimension that will have a wide appeal." (Fringe Guru 2018).

10:30pm to 11:30pm
The Biscuit Barrel The Biscuit Barrel

Following their outrageous debut of 58 sketches, with sold-out performances in Edinburgh and Brighton, Biscuit Barrel roll out a whole new hour of hyperactive hysteria! Guaranteed to be one of the fastest sketch shows this year, the gags come quick, daft, and not for the easily upset.
“Fast, slick and very funny” ***** (The Derek Awards).
The Special Merit Award 2018 winner.

10:40pm to 11:30pm
Working Classy Women Fiona Clift

One woman, Fiona Clift, presents many women. Go on "a magic bus ride" with spoken-word artist Dessert Storm, be transported to 90s Ireland with celebrated antipodean monologist Janice Bruce McHeath as she auditions for the Riverdance, join the revolution with community theatre director, Terry.

Oh, and Joanna Lumley drops in too to "do her sexy thing" and some cleaning. Fiona Clift brings them all to life in this hilarious comedy monologue full of working classy women.

"Fiona Clift is mental and I can never wait to see what character she's going to do next!" (An anonymous MC).

10:45pm to 11:45pm
Gloria Hole presents: The Clinic Josh McAuley

Still got an itching problem? For the third year running, join drag-ony aunt Gloria Hole and a panel of top comedians for another year of solving your pressing concerns. Expect comedy, shots, chaos and even the occasional bit of honest-to-god useful advice.

In previous years, we've dealt with relationship woes, erstwhile shows and a man who couldn't get his party popper off.

So if you've got anything going on in your life, no matter how small, it's time you visited 'The Clinic'. If you've got an issue, Gloria's got a cream for it.

10:45pm to 11:45pm
"At Last, the Muppet Men" Hiccups

"At Last, the Muppet Men", a show many said would never happen and a few feared would. Join two of Brighton/Chechnya's best-loved and most revered comedians (MUPPETS): Zelem Saydullaev (Squawker 2015 Finalist, South Coast Comedian of the Year 2016 Semi-Finalist) and Johnny Wardlow (as heard on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 2), as they defy the odd gods and bring you an hour of superfluous mind-expanding nonsense, sensational lies, exaggerated truths, and wholesome (locally sourced) madness.

11:00pm to 2:00am
Vibe Roulette Junior Jungle Party

The insane child of the best house party you've ever been to and late night TV game shows!
The WHEEL OF YOUR-TUNE stands proud on stage goading you to give it a spin, ANYTIME!!
Who knows what that wheel will land on... and who knows how the DJs will cope?
The WHEEL OF YOUR-TUNE is waiting.
From 80s, 90s, 00s, pop classics to disco, TV theme tunes to power ballads, bass line to grime, country and western!

Want a change of pace? SPIN THE WHEEL!
Like life on the edge... SPIN THE WHEEL !
SPIN THE WHEEL *** WIN THE VIBE!

11:00pm to 3:00am
Queer Prom Queer Prom

Didn't go to your prom?
Or didn't go as your true self?
Do it again. Do it right. Do it queer AF.

Queer Prom (as seen on BBC Three and featured by Diva, Attitude, Pink News, The Independent, Cosmopolitan UK, Broadly etc.) is returning to Brighton for our Fringe Festival debut to make all your queer dreams come true!

We'll be celebrating queer love in all its forms with a night of queer cabaret, drag performance, DJs, a photo booth to take home memories of the prom you always wanted and so much more!

Grab your dates and your crowns because at Queer Prom - you're all royalty!

11:30pm to 12:30am
Richard Wheatley is Blindingly Obvious Richard Wheatley

Fresh from debut runs at Edinburgh Fringe 2017 and 2018, and unveiling his new show at this year's Leicester Comedy Festival, Richard is now looking to make his mark on the seafront at Brighton Fringe. Funny, fast and friendly, Richard mixes anecdotes from a unique life with off-the-cuff audience interaction for high energy hilarity. Mostly clean, always funny, Richard prefers quick and clever wordplay over simple vulgarity.

An hour with Britain’s funniest blind theoretical physicist turned stand-up comedian is never dull, especially as he promises to keep the maths jokes to a minimum.

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

The legendary "slightly soiled bear pit of a show" returns. Join us for the best late-night entertainment every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and bank holiday Sunday of the Fringe. Featuring stand-up, sketch, cabaret and a range of fabulous hosts.

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