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10:00am to 6:00pm
Children's Area: The Den Otherplace Productions

The Den is a new, purpose-built family-friendly area at The Warren. Bringing together a strong community of children's charities, workshops and local business owners, The Den will provide play facilities and creative projects.

The Den will encompass a beautiful covered play area and a spacious, colourful outdoor space filled with toys and play equipment, providing a safe space for children to play freely as well as a space for creative workshops and local businesses to showcase their products.

10:00am to 11:30am
Woodland Tribe Tom Williams

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

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

10:00am to 11:10am
Elliot and the Enormous Sneeze Mouths of Lions

‘Elliot and the Enormous Sneeze’ follows the story of the old man who never (hardly ever) sneezed. Featuring chocolate pudding, live music, magical mucus and ever extendable nose hairs. A fantastic new adventure for children of all ages from the company that brought you ‘Dr Zeiffal, Dr Zeigal and the Hippo That Can Never be Caught'!
Winner: Best Family Show (Buxton Fringe 2016).
Based on the book ‘The Old Man Who Never (Hardly Ever) Sneezed’ by Jesse Allam.

10:30am to 12:00pm
Notorious Women of Brighton History Women Brighton

Get in touch with Brighton's feminine side on this gentle walking tour with Louise Peskett. Discover an alternative view of the city illustrated by the stories of women soldiers, music-hall stars, rebellious princesses and more of the incredible, outrageous and brilliant women of Brighton's past.

10:30am to 11:20am
Dogs Don't Do Ballet Blunderbus Theatre

The very funny tale of a small dog with big dreams!

Biff is not like other dogs. He doesn’t do dog stuff like weeing on lampposts, or scratching his fleas, or drinking out of the toilet. No, Biff likes moonlight and music and walking on his tiptoes. You see, Biff doesn’t think he’s a dog. He thinks he’s a ballerina!
Based on the bestselling children’s book by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie, this fabulous feel-good show features music, songs, hand-crafted puppets and Biff, the ballet-dancing dog!
Brought to the stage by acclaimed Blunderbus, this hilarious new story for ages 3+ tells the very funny tale of a small dog with big dreams!

“Brilliant fun!” (The Guardian).

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

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

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

11:00am to 1:00pm
Herbie's Jazz Breakfast Herbie Flowers

Start every Brighton Fringe Sunday in the company of our very own living leg-end, bassist Herbie Flowers and his incredible bands. Enjoy the extraordinary talents of the UK's finest Jazz musicians up close and personal - and more than a bit of a chat. And probably a tune with a story...

11:00am to 11:40am
Oskar's Amazing Adventure Theatre Fideri Fidera

An original, heartwarming play for young children and their families – full of good humour, adventure, music and song.

Fun-loving little Swiss puppy Oskar has been snowbound in the little house on top of the mountain for weeks. Desperate for a game, he goes out into the forest to find a friendly animal to play with. But the animals Oskar meets are not at all friendly and Oskar only avoids the attentions of a hungry fox when he falls down a deep hole in the ground and lands on top of a young hibernating marmot. The marmot forgives Oskar for waking her up and using her amazing digging and whistling skills helps the puppy escape the fox and reunites him with his family. The two become friends and Oskar has had such fun escaping the fox that he wants to play more, but has to wait for spring and Marmot to finish her long Winter's sleep, before they can meet again.

11:00am to 12:30pm
Embassy Court Tour Bluestorm Limited

Tour this iconic 20th century Modernist apartment block on Brighton seafront. Includes views from the 11th floor sun-terrace, the interior of a flat and the collection of historic archive items in areas behind the scenes. Tickets cannot be purchased on the door. Book early to avoid disappointment.

11:00am to 4:00pm
Unity Through Struggle Exploring Senses CIC

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

11:00am to 12:00pm
House of Verse House of Verse CIC

One entertaining community. Join our variety culture.

We are an eclectic performance troupe who share regular variety events across Leicester. Home to spokenword, rap, beatbox, comedy, DJing, live music, live art and beyond... we are somewhere for everyone.

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

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

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

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

Be different!

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

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

12:00pm to 12:45pm
First World Problems Vs Powerpointless Andy Quirk

Andy Quirk and Andy Onions go halves on a uniquely energetic and entertaining comedy show. Andy Quirk, East London’s premier rapper of First World problems, invites you to be part of his crew for a session of fist-pumping therapy for modern living. Meanwhile, Andy Onions uses Powerpoint in ways you never thought possible, with the silliness turned up to 11.

12:00pm to 2:00pm
Marawa's Majorettes Shiny Town Ltd

This troupe of amazing, world record holders will make you fall in love with hooping. Head to Shiny Town in the Brighton Pavilion gardens and be astounded by Marawa’s Majorettes and their amazing hooping dance display. Then have a go at hula-hooping yourself. Pure fun.

12:00pm to 1:30pm
Piers & Queers Only in Brighton

Over 200 years of history from a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer perspective including Regency Dandies, 1950s lesbian and gay life and political activism. We encounter prominent historical figures as well as some extraordinary unsung heroes: a pioneering doctor who passed as man decades before women were allowed to practice medicine, a 19th century lesbian diarist, an Edwardian 'drag king' and an early 'same-sex' marriage.

***** (Broadway Baby).
"Awesome tour. Highly recommended" ***** (Love Fringe).
"Incredible characters and untold stories" (Gay Star News).

12:00pm to 2:00pm
Personalised Pendant Workshop Silver & Sage

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

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

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

12:15pm to 1:05pm
Little Meerkat's Big Panic Collar & Cuffs Co.

Go on an award-winning, magical, musical, multi-sensory adventure in the Kalahari desert with Little Meekat and her friends Elephant and Wise Monkey to find out all about Calm and what to do with very big feelings. Based on the storybook by trauma-parenting expert Jane Evans, this little tale helps everyone to see, hear, smell, taste and feel what's going on in their brains and bodies when emotions become overwhelming. Performances last 20 minutes and are followed by up to 30 minutes of sensory play exploring Calm. Suitable for 0-7s and children/young people with complex needs or disabilities.

12:30pm to 1:30pm
Pick of the Fringe Otherplace Productions

Not sure what to see? Don't fret, we've done the work for you and hand-picked this week's top tips. Shows from across Brighton Fringe will be showcasing snippets of their work to whet your appetite every weekend lunchtime. Different line-ups every show. All for just a fiver.

12:45pm to 1:15pm
Sink Carl James

'Sink' is based on the human need for control. We constantly find ourselves trying to control and perfect things that we may or may not be able to. The story follows the struggle of one man's life with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). When he loses control, how does he cope? How does he come to terms with the struggles of life and things that are not within his control? How does he communicate this struggle to others? How can he ask for help?

The show combines physical theatre with performance art, occasionally relying on sign language to articulate the feelings that words cannot.

1:00pm to 6:00pm
Bramble FM Shiny Town Ltd

Ostensibly a local radio station broadcasting on 69.9FM, the Bramble FM caravan hosts a surreal and hilarious Rock roadshow fronted by Maureen Clarke and Lesley Beauchamp.

With a thumping soundtrack of world-class music provided by their legendary stable of DJs, these two architects of idiocy present absurdly popular regular features, eclectic dance moves and in-the-moment improvisation.

1:00pm to 2:00pm
Play Time Of Mice Theatre

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2017 Who pushed Charlie off the climbing frame?  A cloak-and-dagger mystery is gripping the local primary school, and erstwhile teacher's pet Elton is firmly in the frame.  He waits now outside the headteacher's office, his dreams of future eminence twisting slowly in the wind.  But he's not alone: another child is with him, a troublemaker whom the goody-two-shoes Elton would normally shun.  Will this odd couple unite in the face of a common enemy?  And more importantly... will Elton ever learn to play? Read the full review.

This inspired, hilarious, occasionally poignant play was a lot of fun at the Vault Festival back in March, and I'm sure it'll prove equally entertaining here. A two-handed whodunit set in a primary school, the central joke is that the characters are nine years old – yet they speak in precociously grown-up language. With a smattering of nostalgic references, a few unexpected diversions and a plot that's sensitive enough to make you care, this funny play with heart is recommended to all.

Elton and his new friend are in deep trouble...

Though they barely know each other, they’ve got mixed up together in a nasty incident which has put someone in hospital. Now the powers that be will decide who is to blame, and their conclusion could change the course of the boys' lives forever. It’s a lot to face up to when you’re only nine years old.

Play Time is a fast-paced, colourful, outrageous, heartwarming and hilarious two-hander from the award-winning Of Mice Theatre.

???? FRINGE GURU - "A sophisticated and well-worked comedy, performed with panache and irresistible warmth. Go see it; you'll have fun."

1:00pm to 2:00pm
House of Verse House of Verse CIC

One entertaining community. Join our variety culture.

We are an eclectic performance troupe who share regular variety events across Leicester. Home to spokenword, rap, beatbox, comedy, DJing, live music, live art and beyond... we are somewhere for everyone.

1:00pm to 2:00pm
Alex Kealy: Too Early To Say Alex Kealy

Comedian and vertebrate Alex Kealy presents his second comedy show.

There now follows a reading from The Book of Press Quotes, please be seated:
“Hilarious... fresh, insightful and original... a name to watch” (Fringe Guru),
"Ferociously quick-witted... flawless script" (EdFringe Review),
“A fascinating hour... marvellous stand-up” (The Skinny),
“Sure to be a hit... clever and original... Kealy’s style worked a treat” (Broadway Baby),
"Top Jokes of Edinburgh 2016" (Huffington Post and Scotsman).

1:00pm to 1:50pm
Broadway Lunchbox New Attitude Theatre Company

Returning for their third year.

'Broadway Lunchbox' is a lunchtime cabaret show, changing every performance, with different performers and different songs running for the entirety of Brighton Fringe.

Daily schedule will be published one month before Brighton Fringe, so check the Broadway Lounge brochure, Bar Broadway app and website for more information.

1:00pm to 2:00pm
Guns at Lunch: This Time It's Personnel Tap Tap Theatre

Stevenage. 1996. The premiere stationery suppliers in North Hertfordshire. A band of angry Russian cyber-mercenaries. An office party turned fight for survival. 'Guns at Lunch' is an action-packed, multi-rolling, laugh-out-loud mini-epic. And This Time It’s Personnel.

The new comedy epic from Ben Behrens, award-winning creator of 'Captain Morgan and the Sands of Time'.

"Watching this show is like experiencing fallout from an imagination bomb" ***** (Broadway Baby).
"The physical set pieces were jaw dropping" Highly Recommended (Fringe Review).

1:00pm to 2:00pm
Wake Up Alice! Brightonshed and TheatreShed

Award-winning and inclusive Youth Theatre Company Brightonshed in collaboration with Theatreshed bring their interpretation of 'Alice in Wonderland' to Brighton Fringe. Expect an interactive leap down the rabbit hole, where we can explore "who we are" and question how we shake off our labels to make our dreams a reality. You have never met an Alice quite like this one!
Integrated BSL (British Sign Language).
Touch tours available on request, please email brightonopenairtheatre@gmail.com to book.

1:00pm to 1:50pm
Learn To Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

Come along and learn to throw your own pot on the potters wheel at the Painting Pottery Cafe! Learn a new skill alongside other beginners with one of our fabulous potters in this structured workshop that will teach you how to create a lasting ceramic piece. Our ceramic studio provides a friendly and creative space for you and friends to share a new and hands on experience together during the festival. Pots will be ready to collect 2 weeks later or can be posted for an additional fee. Places are limited so booking ahead is essential. Perfect for a couples outing or just some good old fashioned fun! Spaces are limited to 8 people per session, if booking for group it is advisable to book all your tickets at the the same time. Live audio description available on request. Please email help@paintingpotterycafe.co.uk to book in advance.

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

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

(Parents allowed)

**** (Fest),

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

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

1:15pm to 2:15pm
Nathan Cassidy: Watch this. Love me. It's deep. The Rat Pack Productions Ltd

Award-winning writer and comedian Nathan Cassidy's new one-man theatre show for 2017. A perfect love story in a swimming pool. It's deep. For the perfect love story, you have to go to ridiculous lengths.

Nathan's return to theatre comes after his last play 'The Cure for the Common Cold' won the Sir Michael Caine Award for new writing in theatre.

"Cassidy seems to have a real commitment to making intelligent shows about fun ideas" (Fringe Guru).
"A great comedian" (Broadway Baby).

1:15pm to 2:15pm
Mark Lester Steps In Perfect Rags

The world's going to hell in a handcart, with climate change, extremism and cliches like 'going to hell in a handcart'. Enter South West London's favourite songwriter (possibly), to sort things out (possibly) with catchy tunes and tortuous rhymes.

Mark, who has been compared to Noel Coward, Max Miller and - for some reason - Morrissey, muses on cold remedies, fizzy drinks, middle-aged lust and more.

Mark has performed several times at the Camden and Wandsworth Fringes. This is his Brighton debut.

"A most enjoyable performance - relaxed, convivial, and the songs are good too." (Camden Voyeur).

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

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

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

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

1:30pm to 2:30pm
Sleeping Beauty & The Ewe's Duty Ripley Theatre

The Super Sheep are back in a new adventure! Shadwell must help three friends (a brave fairy, a reluctant sheep and a bonkers pig) save a Sleeping Beauty. Time travel, show-stopping songs, and a host of crazy characters mark a welcome return for Brighton Fringe favourites, Ripley Theatre. Come join Big Red Riding Hood for a tale of frantic fun and see if our intrepid band can find the Prince in time. Will they be thwarted by evil fairy Gravalada and his sidekick Doug the Wasp? Super Sheep to the rescue!

1:30pm to 2:20pm
Fake Hip Gnosis Inconvenient Spoof

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2016 It’s hard to explain what makes Fake Hip Gnosis so entertaining; partly because its slow-burn humour relies on the mood and the moment, but mainly because explaining anything about the funniest bits would automatically spoil them.  Ostensibly a masterclass from an international theatre company – the type of people who perform blatant knob gags, and call them high art – the show soon descends into a farcical parody of self-help hypnosis, with an increasingly colourful cast of characters progressively roped in. Read the full review.

The Brighton Fringe wouldn't be the Brighton Fringe without Matt Rudkin, and his pretension-puncturing brand of deadpan spoofery. In this show, returning after earning 4* from us at the Fringe last year, he and his gang deliver a farcical parody self-help hypnosis – with some lampooning of high art thrown in. The comdey's offbeat and slow-burn, and there's the risk you just won't get it, but if it's on your wavelength the sharpness of the humour is glorious. Worth taking a chance on.

'Fake Hip Gnosis' speaks to that camp desire to believe in earnest in those things our intellect tells us are ridiculous. We reveal the links between trance induction techniques, body enhancement practices, and the shamanistic rituals of the North American Kickapoo tribe. Why not make-believe we really can access your unconscious mind and transform your life? (Because, after-all, perhaps we can.)

2:00pm to 3:30pm
Acute Psychotic Episode III: When the Change Came! Making Connections Matter

Challenges common perceptions of mental ill-health. It is about celebrating difference and supporting the national mental health anti-stigma campaigns.

The show brings sensitivity and performance to a powerful and sometimes disturbing subject through good humour, sharing personal experience through both dramatic and poetic events.

The creative 'change' is about the transition, which can occur through psychosis and which may have to be controlled and subdued by molecules of olanzapine, and a compound of Lithium.

2:00pm to 4:00pm
Gerry Cottle's WOW! Circus Magique Ltd

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

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

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

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

2:00pm to 8:00pm
Pavillion 7090 Brighton Spiegeltent with 7090

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

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

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

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

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

2:00pm to 3:10pm
Good Grief: Stories at 207 West 88th The Divine Miss T

‘Good Grief: 207 West 88th’ tells tales of various characters who live at, or are somehow connected to this building on the West Side of Manhattan. The main character is Bruna, the older Italian superintendent of the building – or, as she says, ‘soup of de build’. She is as outrageous as she is wise, and as insulting as she is innocent. She is the glue of the show and audiences fall in love with her. What the other characters recount ranges from comic to devastating and the show leaves the audience reminded that every person has a story.

2:00pm to 4:00pm
Brighton Station Tours: Limited Spaces Jackie Marsh-Hobbs

These amazing tours only happen during Brighton Fringe. A chance to learn about the hidden places, local history and wonderful engineering of Brighton's grade II* listed railway station. Meet five minutes before the tour at the front of Brighton Station, with permission from Southern Railway.

2:00pm to 4:00pm
Pavilion Gardens Cafe History Tour 2017 Pavilion Gardens Cafe

Geoffrey Mead will be conducting a special tour dating back over 90 years of cafe and family history. This tour will take place in various locations around the old town including the Royal Pavilion, East Street, The Lanes and the beach. The price includes tea and a large cake at the cafe to finish the tour.

2:00pm to 2:45pm
Brawn Honest Man Theatre

‘Brawn’ is a portal into the world of a young man named Ryan; a world consumed by image and obsession, where self-worth is measured in muscle mass and where self-improvement becomes self-destruction. A world that is spiralling out of control...

2:00pm to 5:00pm
Ragroof Tea Dance The Ragroof Players

Ragroof take you to LaLaLand (14 May) in our very own City of Stars for an afternoon of Hollywood musical delights: American Smooth, Foxtrot, Jive, & all that jazz. South American Way (4 June) channels the spirit of Carmen Miranda & Don Ameche in an afternoon of vintage Latin classics. Returning for an 11th year, the legendary Ragroof Tea Dance features a DJ for discerning dancers, fabulous dance displays, & the trademark Instant Dance Classes. Everyone gets the chance to trip the light fantastic. All welcome, experienced dancers & absolute beginners alike. Tea & cake available to buy on the day.

2:00pm to 2:50pm
Learn To Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

Come along and learn to throw your own pot on the potters wheel at the Painting Pottery Cafe! Learn a new skill alongside other beginners with one of our fabulous potters in this structured workshop that will teach you how to create a lasting ceramic piece. Our ceramic studio provides a friendly and creative space for you and friends to share a new and hands on experience together during the festival. Pots will be ready to collect 2 weeks later or can be posted for an additional fee. Places are limited so booking ahead is essential. Perfect for a couples outing or just some good old fashioned fun! Spaces are limited to 8 people per session, if booking for group it is advisable to book all your tickets at the the same time. Live audio description available on request. Please email help@paintingpotterycafe.co.uk to book in advance.

2:15pm to 3:15pm
Worst Birthday Ever D2 Events

Poor Lewis just wanted to enjoy a Happy Birthday, but things just went from bad to worse. Nelson and Dave will do their best to cheer him up with songs, interactive games and lots of fun, eventually.

2:15pm to 3:05pm
Dogs Don't Do Ballet Blunderbus Theatre

The very funny tale of a small dog with big dreams!

Biff is not like other dogs. He doesn’t do dog stuff like weeing on lampposts, or scratching his fleas, or drinking out of the toilet. No, Biff likes moonlight and music and walking on his tiptoes. You see, Biff doesn’t think he’s a dog. He thinks he’s a ballerina!
Based on the bestselling children’s book by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie, this fabulous feel-good show features music, songs, hand-crafted puppets and Biff, the ballet-dancing dog!
Brought to the stage by acclaimed Blunderbus, this hilarious new story for ages 3+ tells the very funny tale of a small dog with big dreams!

“Brilliant fun!” (The Guardian).

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

Griffin and Jones are pioneers of slapdash magic!

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

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

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Brodi and Dave: Paranoid Dave Fensome & Brodi Snook

Just because you're paranoid, it don't mean they're not after you! This is the show for anyone who's ever been confused or scared by the day-to-day insanity of life. Whether it's the futility of physical fitness or the very real possibility that cats are plotting against us, this show will break it down for you and hit you with the inside truth. Brodi Snook and Dave Fensome bring you the debut of 'Paranoid', an hour of new stand-up taking a distinctly different look at the increasingly crazy world we live in, and attempt to answer some of the big questions such as "exactly how local is this kale?"

2:30pm to 3:50pm
And Love Walked In Wired Theatre

Wired Theatre are long-standing Brighton Fringe regulars, and have made a name for themselves staging creative site-specific works in unusual places. They take big risks which don't always pay off, but whatever happens, you can expect a quirky but meaningful show which gives you plenty to talk about. This year's production is hosted in a normal house on a "quiet street" in Hove, and explores whether it's possible to fall in love with more than one person at the same time.

How many times can you fall in love? How many people can you love at the same time? These questions arise when certain uninvited guests call, disrupting the comfortable lives of an aging psychotherapist and his charming wife. Confusion, delight and anxiety ensue. Can reason overcome insane passion or will the fragile bubble of marital bliss burst in this quirky, original production by old Fringe favourites? The outcomes can be witnessed in close-up in a quiet house, in a quiet street in Hove. This Brighton based company aims to present devised work that will challenge and amuse audiences.

2:30pm to 5:30pm
Sweet Charity The Brighton Academy Limited

In association with the acclaimed Stephen Mear, Matthew Bourne, Bill Deamer and Carole Todd, alongside star of stage, screen and music, David Essex, and current West End leading man Killian Donnelly, The Brighton Academy offer you the very best training in musical theatre and acting. For the first time they will perform during Brighton Fringe.

2:30pm to 3:15pm
Eve's Dawning: The Story of the Last Girl Last Girl Productions

‘Eve’s Dawning’ combines storytelling, live music and animation to tell the dystopian fairy tale of Eve, the last girl in the world, as she navigates a post-apocalyptic wasteland, meeting strange characters en route.
Playwright Joel Samuels (‘The Common Land’ - winner of ‘Pick of the Fringe’ at Brighton Fringe 2014 - ‘God’s Own Country’, ‘Divas’), singer/songwriter Lydia Samuels (1/4 of ANTI Records’ The Melodic) and artist Jeanine Moros-Noujaim invite you to Eve’s kaleidoscopic journey. Accompanied by a dreamy live soundtrack spanning multiple genres, from Folk to Doo-Wop and Punk.

3:00pm to 3:50pm
Learn To Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

Come along and learn to throw your own pot on the potters wheel at the Painting Pottery Cafe! Learn a new skill alongside other beginners with one of our fabulous potters in this structured workshop that will teach you how to create a lasting ceramic piece. Our ceramic studio provides a friendly and creative space for you and friends to share a new and hands on experience together during the festival. Pots will be ready to collect 2 weeks later or can be posted for an additional fee. Places are limited so booking ahead is essential. Perfect for a couples outing or just some good old fashioned fun! Spaces are limited to 8 people per session, if booking for group it is advisable to book all your tickets at the the same time. Live audio description available on request. Please email help@paintingpotterycafe.co.uk to book in advance.

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Apples and Snakes and NWS Workshop Apples and Snakes

Apples and Snakes and New Writing South present a 2 hour workshop aimed at spoken word artists and those interested in writing for performance. The workshop will be practically based with excercises and discussion and led by a professional artist.
Spaces are limited so book early. Some tickets available on the door.

3:00pm to 4:00pm
House of Verse House of Verse CIC

One entertaining community. Join our variety culture.

We are an eclectic performance troupe who share regular variety events across Leicester. Home to spokenword, rap, beatbox, comedy, DJing, live music, live art and beyond... we are somewhere for everyone.

3:00pm to 3:25pm
She Denied Nothing Actors of Dionysus

AOD's 'She Denied Nothing' draws inspiration from Sophocles's masterpiece, Antigone. This provocative theatrical installation, created by Faye Hughes, immerses the audience as 'walking wounded' in a military hospital during a brutal civil war. Tensions mount, violence escalates and two women fight their maternal urges, in a battle against each other. Reviews for 'Helen' at Brighton Fringe 2016: "So many ravishing moments... astonishing and unforgettable" (Fringe Review). Praise for Faye Hughes: "I am not sure if it is theatre, or perhaps art? All I can be certain of is my desire to see it again" (Karina Joplin).

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Personalised Pendant Workshop Silver & Sage

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

3:15pm to 4:15pm
The Grimmest of Grimm Tales Avva Laff! Productions

Did you know the Brothers Grimm collected together over 200 different stories? Why do we only ever hear about Cinders and Snow White? Were the others too scary? Too gruesome? Or a bit rubbish?
In this brand new family comedy with music and comedy for ages 5+, The Story Squad introduce a whole new cast of weird and wonderful characters. Meet Godfather Death, Hans my Hedgehog and a deceased chicken in an irreverent, comic quest to re-tell some of the lesser known tales from the Grimm’s collection of fantastical fables.
“Witty staging... lots of charisma... quality storytelling” (Three Weeks).

3:30pm to 5:00pm
Woodland Tribe Tom Williams

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

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

3:30pm to 4:30pm
The View from the Mountaintop Falling Sparrow Productions

A pitch-black comedy from award-winning playwright, Matt Morrison. Set somewhere in England, it follows three party activists as they head off on a morale-building weekend in the wake of an unfolding political scandal.

Matt’s previous plays have been performed at HighTide, the Finborough, the Arcola and the Riverside Studios. His latest is a biting satire about the culture of intimidation and cruelty at the heart of contemporary politics.

3:30pm to 4:30pm
Huggers Nik Coppin

With a revolving and changing line-up of magicians, comedians, street performers, musical theatre and variety acts, this internationally-popular show is great for all the family to enjoy together.

"Music, comedy and magic kept the kids entertained... whizzed past and was perfectly timed for child attention spans... My eight-year-old absolutely loved it!" (Child Friendly Brighton, UK),

"The kids had a great time" (Adelaide Fringe),

"Great show" (The Scotsman, Edinburgh Fringe).

3:45pm to 4:35pm
Know Brexit Euclid Applications Ltd

“The UK has voted out... 48% scream and shout... Will the Union end up dead? Is economic ruin where we head? Brexit plans remain unclear... Who knows where we go from here... ”

Enjoy a humorous and entertaining look at the Brexit options, our future relationship with the EU, and what it all means for the UK.

Geoffrey Brown returns after presenting 'Knowing EU' at Brighton Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe 2016, and at Adelaide Fringe 2017.

“Clever mixing of humour with a stream of enlightening facts” (Fringe Review).

“Engaging, informative, diverse and often surprising” (Outlier Review).

3:45pm to 4:45pm
Sarah Callaghan: The Pigeon Dying Under the Bush (preview) Sarah Callaghan

Sarah Callaghan brings you a brand new hour of comedy . Best Show Brighton Nominee 2015 and Malcolm Hardee Award nominee. "The instant she steps on stage you know you’re in the presence of someone new and special." ***** (The Mirror), "A powerhouse. She’s an utter natural on stage... radiates confidence." **** (Chortle).

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Licence to Laugh Comedy Club Universal Adventurer

Comedy Compilation show of some of the best up and coming comics from the UK Comedy Circuit. Different line-up each day, all hosted by Joe Bains who grew up in the deepest darkest parts of India, and then shipped into the west with no language, culture, looks, social skills or intelligence.

4:00pm to 5:00pm
The Wind in the Willows Box Tale Soup

From the peaceful pleasure of Ratty’s beloved riverbank, to the fearful frights and wicked weasels of the Wild Wood, join Mole and Ratty on their marvellous adventures, along with gruff old Badger and magnificent Mr Toad.

A beautiful new adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s much-loved classic by award-winning Box Tale Soup. ‘The Wind in the Willows’ features handmade puppets, props, costumes and a charming original score.

“They are wonderful” (The Times).
Commissioned by the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham.

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Wake Up Alice! Brightonshed and TheatreShed

Award-winning and inclusive Youth Theatre Company Brightonshed in collaboration with Theatreshed bring their interpretation of 'Alice in Wonderland' to Brighton Fringe. Expect an interactive leap down the rabbit hole, where we can explore "who we are" and question how we shake off our labels to make our dreams a reality. You have never met an Alice quite like this one!
Integrated BSL (British Sign Language).
Touch tours available on request, please email brightonopenairtheatre@gmail.com to book.

4:00pm to 4:50pm
Learn To Throw a Pot The Painting Pottery Cafe

Come along and learn to throw your own pot on the potters wheel at the Painting Pottery Cafe! Learn a new skill alongside other beginners with one of our fabulous potters in this structured workshop that will teach you how to create a lasting ceramic piece. Our ceramic studio provides a friendly and creative space for you and friends to share a new and hands on experience together during the festival. Pots will be ready to collect 2 weeks later or can be posted for an additional fee. Places are limited so booking ahead is essential. Perfect for a couples outing or just some good old fashioned fun! Spaces are limited to 8 people per session, if booking for group it is advisable to book all your tickets at the the same time. Live audio description available on request. Please email help@paintingpotterycafe.co.uk to book in advance.

4:00pm to 4:55pm
Amusings Goodwin

“Every once in a while you come across a couple of guys who are just so goddam funny, so goddarn crazy and so godforsakenly good that you gotta just sit up and sign ’em. This is what these guys, Goodwin, are. Trust me – I’ve had 25 years in this business, I know what people like. These guys are the thing. They’ll infiltrate your minds like a goat scuttling into a neglected submarine and you will never want them to get out!” (Fergus Laine, Entertainments Comptroller/Auditor at Global Comedy Enterprises).

4:00pm to 4:25pm
She Denied Nothing Actors of Dionysus

AOD's 'She Denied Nothing' draws inspiration from Sophocles's masterpiece, Antigone. This provocative theatrical installation, created by Faye Hughes, immerses the audience as 'walking wounded' in a military hospital during a brutal civil war. Tensions mount, violence escalates and two women fight their maternal urges, in a battle against each other. Reviews for 'Helen' at Brighton Fringe 2016: "So many ravishing moments... astonishing and unforgettable" (Fringe Review). Praise for Faye Hughes: "I am not sure if it is theatre, or perhaps art? All I can be certain of is my desire to see it again" (Karina Joplin).

4:00pm to 7:00pm
Streamline Taxis: A Social History Since 1936 Streamline Taxis

A social history of Brighton & Hove's largest taxi company, formed by a group of drivers in 1936 using a brand new concept which changed the taxi industry all over England, spreading from Brighton & Hove to Portsmouth, Bristol, Nottingham and as far as Harrogate.

Come and meet some of the drivers from the past in images and voice.

4:05pm to 5:05pm
Escape: A Magic Show Broken Soul Productions

Luke Robson is fairly new on the Fringe magic circuit, but I enjoyed his show last year and I'll be interested to see how it's developed since then. He's got a dapper, comfortingly traditional persona, and offers a range of well-executed classic tricks – all linked together by a simple storyline about historical escapes. The rapport with the audience is good and the magic's always entertaining. Billed as suitable for ages 12 and up, it would be a good choice for curious teenagers this half-term.

Escape the mundane and the everyday and see the world through the eyes of a magician.

Luke Robson takes you on a journey back in time, featuring escapes throughout history. Including curious characters such as Mackenzie, the man who played cards with the Devil himself; Jack Sheppard, the 18th century jail-breaker, and the legendary Houdini, who escaped from more than just his straitjacket.

Classic conjuring and storytelling, with a combination of laughs, thrills, and chills. Returning with new mysteries and surprises after a successful 2016 Fringe debut.

4:15pm to 5:15pm
The Woman Who Shed Her Skin Lama Theater

A woman single-mindedly pursues her physical image at the expense of her inner self. When that self desperately rises up to take control, no quarter will be given.

In an age of seemingly endless cosmetic obsession, ‘The Woman Who Shed Her Skin’ reveals a story of the obsessive pursuit of the unattainable: female perfection.

Two actresses, a dancer and a digital goddess portray a woman at war with herself as she struggles to define her identity.

4:20pm to 5:20pm
Miranda Kane: Crossbones (WIP) Miranda Kane

Welcome to Crossbones Graveyard: last resting place of The Winchester Geese. Miranda Kane tells the story of the women who were prostituted by the church and buried in unhallowed ground, as well as many others like them throughout history.
This is a funny, fascinating tour of some of the past's of the most infamous sex-workers, with tales the history books would prefer to be kept on the top shelf...
"Kane is a thoroughly engaging raconteur and exuberant host" (The List), "Miranda is warm, charming and extremely funny... a great storyteller and is fantastic at engaging with her audience" (FD2D.com).

4:30pm to 5:00pm
EFES Nicole Geertruida & Cherish Menzo

Amsterdam Fringe 2016 award-winners: two dancers take
on a relentless, physically and mentally challenging dance
duet, where they, and the audience, experience the infinity
and emptiness of the 'Zero Mark'. Their energy and focus is
complete and uncompromising - utterly absorbed, driven by the beat. "A captivating, explorative study of movement and trust." (Amsterdam Fringe Jury).

4:30pm to 5:20pm
Bones Gritty Theatre

Mark, 19, cares for his drug-addict mum and her baby. He has to make a choice that could change things forever, as he is living a life he never signed up for. But how far will he go? A poignant, emotionally charged monologue about trying to find your place in a world that doesn’t want you. Mark's tale will chew you up, spit you out, and make you wonder why you cared in the first place.

Shortlisted for Brighton Fringe Award 2015. "Funny, upsetting, shocking, very, very moving... a must see" (Ed Fringe Review), "Utterly convincing... ambitious, impressive, and humbling" (Broadway Baby).

4:45pm to 5:45pm
C'est La Vegan Laughing Horse Comedy

Award-winning comic Dave Chawner premieres his new show about turning vegan.

Looking at the origin of food, ideas and views he explores how much choice there is with so few options.

"This is one comic you have to make the effort to see" (The Scottish Herald),
"His upbeat delivery and candid confessions make for an enjoyable... hour" (Chortle).

As featured in The Guardian, The Independent and The Observer.

As seen on BBC, ITV and Channel 4.

4:45pm to 5:45pm
Rob Deb: A Marvel Comic Laughing Horse Comedy

From behind the comic shop counter, Rob Deb will regale all you fanboys and girls about all that is Marvel from his stall. "The Lenny Bruce of scifi" (The Skinny). Come and join his Merry Marvel Marching band. #marvel #ghostrider #daredevil #spiderman #gotg2 #drstrange #blade #teamcap #deadpool #antman #falcon #capmarvel #blackwidow #ironman #warmachine #avengers #blackpanther #inhumans #agentcarter #punisher #hulk #squirrelgirl #gwenpool #venom #carnage #marvelzombies #atlas #shehulk #magneto #doctordoom #spragg # #illuminati #cabal #rocketraccoon #groot #wolverine #moonknight #secretwars

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Ben Fogg: How I Won Best Newcomer 2017 Shaven Ape Ltd.

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

5:00pm to 6:20pm
And Love Walked In Wired Theatre

Wired Theatre are long-standing Brighton Fringe regulars, and have made a name for themselves staging creative site-specific works in unusual places. They take big risks which don't always pay off, but whatever happens, you can expect a quirky but meaningful show which gives you plenty to talk about. This year's production is hosted in a normal house on a "quiet street" in Hove, and explores whether it's possible to fall in love with more than one person at the same time.

How many times can you fall in love? How many people can you love at the same time? These questions arise when certain uninvited guests call, disrupting the comfortable lives of an aging psychotherapist and his charming wife. Confusion, delight and anxiety ensue. Can reason overcome insane passion or will the fragile bubble of marital bliss burst in this quirky, original production by old Fringe favourites? The outcomes can be witnessed in close-up in a quiet house, in a quiet street in Hove. This Brighton based company aims to present devised work that will challenge and amuse audiences.

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 6:30pm
Woodland Tribe Tom Williams

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

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

5:00pm to 6:30pm
Tricyclic Transform Melanie Menard

Solo musical cabaret exploring genderqueer identity with songs and drag. Miss Liliane, "biologically-challenged drag-queen", has penis envy and that makes her slightly unhinged! Join them round the gender wheel as they try on alternate personas by performing iconic torch songs. From heart-wrenching Jazz diva standards to the p***ed-off ladies of gritty Blues and Brecht. From the broken men protest songs of Johnny Cash, Scott Walker and Jacques Brel, to the empowering queer anthems of Marc Almond and Boy George, with sprinkles of 'Victor Victoria' and 'La Cage aux Folles'.

5:00pm to 6:15pm
A Remarkable Person Johnsen & Johnsen produksjoner

3 stars The play begins with a funeral; the funeral of a celebrated writer, loved by many, eulogised as the "remarkable person" of the title. We hear from those whose lives she touched, whether directly or through the power of her work. But things aren't quite as we seem. As we witness scenes from earlier in the writer's career, we come to doubt the truth of what we're observing. Is this really her memorial… and are these really her friends? Read the full review.

This critically-acclaimed, award-winning Norwegian (but performed in English) play philosophises: Do we humans really have a deep need for an identity, or is this need utter nonsense?

For her ability to convey deeply existential material in a humorous and crystal clear way, and for her courage to be politically incorrect, the playwright was awarded First Priority by the Norwegian Centre for New Play-writing.

"Really fascinating" **** (Broadway Baby), "Think Stoppard at his funniest, Ayckbourn at his sharpest, Frayn at his peak" ***** (British Theatre Guide).

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Hurricane Michael Barbary Ape

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2016 The weather map is hanging there, dominating the back of the stage. If you grew up at the right time, one glance will trigger a sunny glow of nostalgia: a memory of the days when jumpers were in fashion, temperatures were in Fahrenheit, and presenters reminded you to turn off your TV set before you went to bed. One man bestrides the stage in front of the map, poking its symbols, caressing its curves. This man is an icon. This man is Michael Phish. Read the full review.

This quirky one-man play earned 4* from us in Edinburgh last year, and it's a must-see for anyone who remembers the Eighties with nostalgia. An imagined biography of weatherman Michael Fish – the man who notoriously predicted that there wouldn't be a hurricane – it's filled with sly references to 80s's icons, tossed around on a constant breeze of witty wordplay. Actor Russell Layton captures Fish's essence beautifully, striding the stage in front of a giant weather map.

On the 15th October 1987, the absent father of all storms was about to vent apocalyptic fury upon the south-east corner of the Kingdom of United. In a televised address to the nation, celebrity weatherman and rising national treasure, Michael Phish, relays a different forecast.
Why did this critically acclaimed winning titan of meteorology foresee its arrival, but choose to tell a different story?
Welcome to this world exclusive. The truth behind the Great Storm of 1987.
Shake the hand of the man that shook the meteorological establishment.
Is the BBC fit for purpose? You decide!

5:00pm to 5:25pm
She Denied Nothing Actors of Dionysus

AOD's 'She Denied Nothing' draws inspiration from Sophocles's masterpiece, Antigone. This provocative theatrical installation, created by Faye Hughes, immerses the audience as 'walking wounded' in a military hospital during a brutal civil war. Tensions mount, violence escalates and two women fight their maternal urges, in a battle against each other. Reviews for 'Helen' at Brighton Fringe 2016: "So many ravishing moments... astonishing and unforgettable" (Fringe Review). Praise for Faye Hughes: "I am not sure if it is theatre, or perhaps art? All I can be certain of is my desire to see it again" (Karina Joplin).

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Woof Woof Meow Meow Laughing Horse

'Woof Woof Meow Meow' is a stand up comedy show brought to you by pet-loving funny guys Simone Belshaw and James Sarek. As we are sure you have gathered from the title, this is a show dedicated to cats and dogs. As part of the project, Simone and James will be raising funds for local animal charities and creating awareness about animal welfare. Half of all proceeds from every show will be going to a nominated charity or shelter.

5:15pm to 6:15pm
Notflix Waiting For The Call: The Improvised Musical

Total sell-out show Edinburgh Fringe 2016
Musical Comedy Award Nominees 2016
Marie Claire Magazine Pick of The Edinburgh Fringe 2016
Funny Women Semi Finalists 2015
Laughing Horse New Act of the Year Semi Finalists 2015
The Sunday Times Comedy pick of the Edinburgh Fringe 2015
Elle Magazine Comedy Choice 2015

"Roaringly funny and incredibly talented ... " ***** (Broadway Baby)

"A captivatingly well-improvised musical... spontaneous, surprising and delightful" **** (Fringe Biscuit)

"One of those groups that can improvise their way out of anything." **** (ThreeWeeks).

5:30pm to 6:50pm
Blink by Phil Porter Peppered Wit Productions

3 stars From the minute Jonah (Rob Hall) begins to tell the “true story” of how he and Sophie (Tara Lacey) met and fell in love, I was hooked by the premise and wanted to know more about the characters. The intricate narrative cleverly sets the scene, and weaves the actors' storylines together through a series of coincidences and twists of fate. Read the full review.

Peppered Wit’s five star production is unconventional, quirky, and voyeuristic.

A funny, delicate love story, cleverly weaving themes of loneliness, bereavement, and consensual stalking(!) into the intimate and engaging story of Jonah, Sophie, and a fox called Scruffilitis. Their relationship is dysfunctional, darkly funny and unexpected - in more ways than one!

Written by award-winning playwright, Phil Porter.

“Superb performances... Raw, real and utterly brilliant” (Views from the Gods, Camden Fringe 2016).

5:30pm to 6:20pm
1 Woman, a High Flyer and a Flat Bottom: Samantha Baines (WIP) Samantha Baines

Award-winning comedian Samantha Baines ('The Crown', 'Sunny D', BBC Radio) is exploring the lost women of science. Expect puns, facts and an ear trumpet attached to a whiskey bottle. “One of the ones to watch” (The Evening Standard), “Mind-blowing” (Huffington Post), “One of the best comedians on the circuit” (Comedy Coroner), “Genius” (The Mumble), “Baines is a brilliant performer” (Broadway Baby), “Fabulous” (BBC Science Focus), “Mile-a-minute jokes” (Ed Festivals Mag), “Multi-faceted talent to watch out for” (Arts Award Voice).

5:35pm to 6:35pm
Killer Cells Avant Cymru

5 stars For anyone who has struggled to have a child, Killer Cells is a must-see show. It’s a true story of life, loss, resilience and hope; its humour and authenticity is demonstrated in the love that the characters show each other, and the isolation of each person’s private pain. Writer and director Sarah Lewis tackles the play with great sensitivity, wit and insight – something that's only possible because it is her story. The knowledge that actors in the play have also suffered miscarriages and the loss of a child gives them the power to speak directly to your heart. Read the full review.

A story of optimism and resilience.
This multimedia play follows women who are going through recurrent miscarriage, breaking the taboo, and starting important conversations about an issue that affects 1 in 3 women.

The show has filmed and live elements and has had great reviews from its run at Edinburgh Fringe 2016 and from performances at The Park and Dare Theatre

"Hard hitting, raw and bloody brilliant".

5:40pm to 6:40pm
Mixed Race White Bloke Francis Foster

Francis Foster is a ridiculous man who hails from the exotic lands of Venezuela and Wigan. In this show he tells tales about what it's like to be half Latino growing up in south London and spending Christmas in Caracas (murder capital of the world). Expect swearing (mainly in Spanish) and to learn a little bit about Venezuela and how to make the perfect hallaca.
Francis, as well as being a bit foreign, is also bloody good at comedy and has supported Eddie Izzard on tour and was runner up in the New Act of the Year Show 2015.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Daddy Day: Bert Hana 7090

'Daddy Day' is a perfectly pitched, meticulously performed work that stretches the limits of theatre and leaves one reeling. A family slideshow with a bloodcurdling ending... Daddy Day won the Dioraphte Amsterdam Fringe Award 2009. Part of the Pavillion 7090 season supported by Performing Arts Fund NL.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Licence to Laugh Comedy Club Universal Adventurer

Comedy Compilation show of some of the best up and coming comics from the UK Comedy Circuit. Different line-up each day, all hosted by Joe Bains who grew up in the deepest darkest parts of India, and then shipped into the west with no language, culture, looks, social skills or intelligence.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
The Greatest Liar in all the World Familia De La Noche

Following the story of 'The Liar', a broken down, two-bit mentalist act who has reached the end of his tether and threatens to finish it all. His company of glamorous and not-so-glamorous assistants manage to distract him from his imminent demise and convince him to tell the story of his infamous origins.
Familia de la Noche’s hilarious mix of clowning, puppetry, music and shadow play tells a story of extraordinary encounters, curious characters and lost love.
“Flawless” ***** (ThreeWeeks).
“What it would be like to stroll through the inside of Tim Burton’s and Terry Gilliam’s minds” (SuchSmallPortions.com).

6:00pm to 7:00pm
The Jellyfish Trap: Satie in 3D 7090

A musical narrative based on Erik Satie's play of the same name. A cavalcade of characters and explosions in an absurd ceremony with intimate encounters, interspersed with Satie's original stage music. 3D glasses will be handed out at the beginning of the show. Part of the Pavillion 7090 season supported by Performing Arts Fund NL.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
The Accidental Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Tobacco Tea Theatre Company

When Sherlock Holmes unknowingly murders his own client, the game is on to track down the criminal mastermind who did it - Holmes himself! But does Watson’s rent have anything to do with this accident? Has this case been secretly planned by a narrative genius? And could Moriarty’s hunger for new detective fiction fuel a global terror plot of unimaginable proportions?

Satire maestros Tobacco Tea bring you this witty and absurd take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation for the third year running. Expect extraordinary plot twists, metafiction, twisted logic and “almost unparalleled entertainment!”

6:00pm to 1:00am
Shiny Town Shiny Town Ltd

Welcome to Shiny Town where extraordinary performance meets an ordinary town. Coming to Brighton Fringe for the first time, this pop-up town in the Brighton Pavilion Gardens features a range of activities and performances. Admission is free before 6pm and £10 after.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
All Talk: Apples and Snakes and NWS presents... Apples and Snakes

Apples and Snakes and New Writing South team up to present a programme of poetry, spoken word and live literature.

Spoken word shows, stand-up poetry showcases and scratch events will all feature close-up and personal in this bijou venue. Witness the wonder of words and the power of performance as we host some of the best and freshest poets from the South East and beyond.

Each event is different but quality is guaranteed. Please see flyers and posters for details or just turn up and see what happens.
Limited spaces so book early.

6:00pm to 6:50pm
Spin: A Skatepark Adventure Hubble Bubble Productions

A new inclusive urban sports show including parkour runners, skateboarders, BMX riders, acrobats and dancers. Featuring Rick Rodgers, the disabled stuntman from the Paralympic 'Yes I can' advert. Daredevil stunts, adrenaline fuelled fun with big beats and box jumps. Filled with anticipation, determination and exhilaration. Pushing the boundaries, testing what is humanly possible. Previous press for Hubble Bubble Productions: The Scotsman Best of the Fest: "a remarkably original, finely acted drama... well worth four stars and going on five." **** (The Scotsman), "a real gem of the festival" ***** (Broadway Baby). Touch tours and audio description available on request. Please email Hubblebubbleproductions@gmail.com to book.

6:00pm to 6:55pm
Give Two Ships Ships Comedy

Ships! a.k.a. Michelle and Cathy bring you their debut show, 'Give Two Ships'. This is a show. A sketch show, to be precise. And it might make you laugh. Hopefully intentionally. Probably intentionally. We're gonna say definitely intentionally.

This is a show about idiots. Cleverly drawn and lovingly quartered.

Come with us as we weave a 45 minute tale, a 50 minute tale - a 45 to 50 minute tale of love, death, family, cowboys and games.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Battle of the Superheroes: The Great Superhero Debate Laughing Panda Productions

A variety of comedians come together to find out who is the greatest superhero of them all.

With a mixture of stand-up comedy and interactive debate, this hilarious show can be enjoyed by geeks and non-geeks in equal measure.

An immensely fun (but deadly serious) hour with a compere and chosen comedians from around Brighton Fringe in an endeavour to find out who is the greatest of them all.

"Even if you know nothing about superheroes, as I did, it is immensely funny. A Super fun night!" **** (Clothesline, Adelaide Fringe).

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Slooshy Wordshow Greg Byron

4 shows only!

Greg has performed in bookshops, on beaches, under the stars, in restaurants, in tents, at festivals and halls in the UK, Japan, USA and New Zealand...

55-word stories, character portraits, comic nonsense, social commentary and wry humour - wordplay with a twinkle and sometimes some anger, on subjects ranging from quantum physics, the search for knowledge, heroes, with some anti-establishment righteousness thrown-in.

"Performs with a subtle conviction that's compelling to watch" (The Guardian).

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Mad About the Boy A Rush of Laughter

Stephanie talks about mental health problems and boys for an hour, but it's totally funny, she promises, and won't be as awkward as you think it will. From a late start (she barely even met a boy till she was 17), through her "well I know boys now so I'd better touch them all" phase, and a number of failed relationships, Stephanie tells us what it's like to try to have meaningful and not so meaningful relationships when you're a bit of a nutcase.

Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Finalist 2015
"Eye wateringly honest... a jovial, baby faced performing [with] devastating technique" (Chortle).

6:30pm to 6:55pm
She Denied Nothing Actors of Dionysus

AOD's 'She Denied Nothing' draws inspiration from Sophocles's masterpiece, Antigone. This provocative theatrical installation, created by Faye Hughes, immerses the audience as 'walking wounded' in a military hospital during a brutal civil war. Tensions mount, violence escalates and two women fight their maternal urges, in a battle against each other. Reviews for 'Helen' at Brighton Fringe 2016: "So many ravishing moments... astonishing and unforgettable" (Fringe Review). Praise for Faye Hughes: "I am not sure if it is theatre, or perhaps art? All I can be certain of is my desire to see it again" (Karina Joplin).

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Spilt Milk Presents... Spilt Milk

Spilling, dripping and leaking comedy from every angle, come and join Spilt Milk, a brand-new sketch group, for their exciting show, packed with original new comedy writing.

Formed at Soho Young Company, this comedy collective writes and performs in different combinations to create an eclectic mix of witty sketches. Having recently completed Soho Theatre’s Sketch Course, this group of fledgling comedians are excited to blow your socks off and make sure you leave with nothing to cry over!

6:30pm to 7:25pm
Macblair Falling Sparrow Productions

4 stars Do you like politics? Do you know your Shakespeare? Then you're going to love MacBlair. The concept sounds gimmicky – Macbeth re-mastered, with Tony Blair in the title role and Gordon Brown as Banquo – but there's real depth and weight to writer Charlie Dupre's audacious tragi-comic adaptation. Employing a mix of Shakespearean text and newly-penned pentameters, Dupre delivers both humour and provocation, revealing in the process not just an appreciation of modern political history but a deep understanding of the Bard's original themes. Read the full review.

The story of New Labour, with Blair as Macbeth and Brown as Banquo? It feels like it must have been done before… and somewhere, perhaps, it has. But this "Shakespearean tragicomedy" sounds fresh enough to me; the press release promises an intriguing mix of comedy, physical theatre and rap. It has a full cast but it's the brainchild of oftentime solo performer Charlie Dupré, whose previous Bardic mash-up earned 4* from us for its witty rhymes and intelligent, knowing irreverence.

It is 1994. Returning from a successful parliamentary meeting, Macblair and Macbrown meet three weird hacks on a stairwell in the House of Commons. They prophesy that Macblair will become leader of the Labour party, then Prime Minister, and eventually... King of the World.

This is the story of Tony Blair as a Shakespearean tragicomedy. Performed by 3 actors, it uses verse, rap, comedy and physical theatre to examine the inner workings of one of the most detested men in modern political discourse.

7:00pm to 12:00am
The Warren End of Fringe Party Otherplace Productions

A 90s-themed night to close Brighton Fringe 2017 in style. Drinks discounts and other offers to help see out the Fringe, and bid farewell to The Warren for another year. Dressing up encouraged!

7:00pm to 8:30pm
Only in Brighton! Only in Brighton

A fact-filled walk celebrating our unique city. Discover what connects ABBA to the Portuguese Revolution. A stained wall to a worldwide brand. Mount Everest to Tesco's in Hove. A 19th century vegetarian. Britain's oldest clown. A same-sex wedding in 1923.

"Thoughtful and captivating" ***** (Love Fringe), "Funny, entertaining and well-informed" **** (Latest 7).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Phenon-mentally good" (Kerrang).

7:00pm to 10:30pm
House of Verse House of Verse CIC

One entertaining community. Join our variety culture.

We are an eclectic performance troupe who share regular variety events across Leicester. Home to spokenword, rap, beatbox, comedy, DJing, live music, live art and beyond... we are somewhere for everyone.

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

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

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

7:00pm to 8:00pm
One Man Two Ghosts Farce Forward

After breakthrough performances at Edinburgh Fringe and Camden Fringe 2016, international clown company Farce Forward present their debut show – a unique and chaotic vision of Blithe Spirit. From the team behind Lost Cabaret, this is Noel Coward as you’ve never seen him before – complete with slapstick, mime and outrageous dance numbers. What plays out is a hilarious, unpredictable, joyfully irreverent farce told by three complete idiots. “A wonderfully inventive and mischievous clown troupe. Refreshing and very funny” Cal McCrystal (Physical Comedy Director of One Man Two Guvnors). “One of the most original and talented trios in Britain” John Fleming (founder of the Malcolm Hardee Comedy Awards).

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Paul Revill: Revillations Paul Revill

Paul Revill, Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year 2014, heads to Brighton Fringe with his debut hour. The true story of how he got the acting role of a lifetime... and how it all went wrong. Drink! Drugs! Police! Perfume? All will be revealed. "This bright sparky chappy was a real quick-witted geezer" ***** (ArtsInLeicestershire.co.uk), "Steals the show" **** (ThreeWeeks), "Likability and charm assure the audience they are in safe hands" (Chortle.co.uk).

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

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

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

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Petrushka Crimson Horse Theatre

Petrushka loves the Dancer... the Dancer loves the Moor... the Moor loves himself! In a world where puppets move without strings, who will win the girl and craved freedom? Crimson Horse Theatre relaunches in this year's Brighton Fringe Festival by returning to the original dark Russian folk tale that toured the fairgrounds in the Victorian Era, long before Stravinski's ballet. This five handed performance gives the tale of Petrushka a new lease of life. Will the evil Puppet Master have his wicked way and get his desired power? Is the Grinning Terror all he seems? And will Petrushka finally find his voice? Directed and adapted by Sascha Cooper

7:30pm to 7:55pm
She Denied Nothing Actors of Dionysus

AOD's 'She Denied Nothing' draws inspiration from Sophocles's masterpiece, Antigone. This provocative theatrical installation, created by Faye Hughes, immerses the audience as 'walking wounded' in a military hospital during a brutal civil war. Tensions mount, violence escalates and two women fight their maternal urges, in a battle against each other. Reviews for 'Helen' at Brighton Fringe 2016: "So many ravishing moments... astonishing and unforgettable" (Fringe Review). Praise for Faye Hughes: "I am not sure if it is theatre, or perhaps art? All I can be certain of is my desire to see it again" (Karina Joplin).

7:30pm to 10:00pm
Bent Double Komedia

A gay-friendly, irreverent night of fun and frolics, hosted by Zoe Lyons ('Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow' and 'Mock The Week'). Featuring three top stars of stand-up.

Winner of Best Comedy Club Night (Chortle Awards),
Critics' Choice (The Times).

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Stimela Mthakathi Entertainment

It's a celebration of song and dance, an international phenomenon that has swept across the globe like a tidal wave of soaring voices and stomping feet. Gumboot dancing was born out of the oppressive gold mines of South Africa. Forbidden to speak and in almost complete darkness, the slave-labourers developed their own language by slapping their gumboots and rattling their ankle chains. In time it has developed into a truly unique dance form. Unrivalled in its energy and physicality, it celebrates the body as a musical instrument whilst highlighting South Africa's rich and complex culture.

7:30pm to 10:30pm
Sweet Charity The Brighton Academy Limited

In association with the acclaimed Stephen Mear, Matthew Bourne, Bill Deamer and Carole Todd, alongside star of stage, screen and music, David Essex, and current West End leading man Killian Donnelly, The Brighton Academy offer you the very best training in musical theatre and acting. For the first time they will perform during Brighton Fringe.

7:30pm to 8:40pm
Ghost Walk of the Lanes Ghost Walk of the Lanes

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

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

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Penelope Solomon: I was a Penis at the Royal Festival Hall Laffa Jaffa Productions Ltd

Following her success of last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, Penelope brings her unique combination of stand-up, character comedy and songs in this nationwide tour of ‘I was a penis... ’
Join Penelope (BBC’s ‘Goodnight Sweetheart’, BBC Radio 4) in this autobiographical romp as she explores the highs and lows of her acting career, her Jewish identity and parenting. "Like a latter day Fanny Brice she brings funny Jewish bones to the stage and clowns around with great joie de vivre and humanity." (Jewish News), "Solomon is superb" (Metro).

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Sagar Mega Drive Caroline of Brunswick

Fiona Sagar, (The Groundlings, Funny Women Best show nominee, Edinburgh 2016), debuts at Brighton Fringe with characters from her 2016 Edinburgh show 'Entitled' along with brand new characters. “A talented impressionist, completely morphs into an array of hilariously self-indulgent characters.” **** (Fringe Biscuit), "Fiona Sagar had me laughing like a drain. A brilliant comic performer! Fiona catches the current zeitgeist of obsessional and entitled to a tee." (Logan Murray), "Funny, dark and beautiful. Someone destroy her." (Viv Groskop).

7:45pm to 8:45pm
Split Tamar Broadbent and Emma Pritchard

“I know it feels gross and weird but it’s actually really cool. We’re grown up women now. We can do anything. And no one bleeds to death out of their fanny. Otherwise it would have been on Casualty."

Charlotte and Ellie meet on their first day of secondary school. A friendship begins. Spanning 8 years and set to a millennium soundtrack, 'Split' brings to life the pages of your diary you hoped your mum would never find.

Written and performed by Tamar Broadbent and Emma Pritchard, it's a comedy about gel pens, friendship and finding out who you are through the eyes of another.

7:45pm to 9:45pm
The Girl From Mars Collar & Cuffs Co.

Due to popular demand, the ‘Britpop Rocky Horror’ returns for a second year! Following an epic premiere at Brighton Fringe 2016, and a nationwide tour including a full show at Shiiine On Weekender, ‘The Girl From Mars’ brings you the biggest Britpop anthems in a cosmic love story. Discover what happens when a Martian dominatrix crashes her flying saucer behind a rural pub in a snowstorm and finds her plans to save her species thwarted by a barmaid and a wannabe rock star. Smattered with oodles of 90s nostalgia and special effects, this is the sing-along rock show party you won't want to miss.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Licence to Laugh Comedy Club Universal Adventurer

Comedy Compilation show of some of the best up and coming comics from the UK Comedy Circuit. Different line-up each day, all hosted by Joe Bains who grew up in the deepest darkest parts of India, and then shipped into the west with no language, culture, looks, social skills or intelligence.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Louder: Apples and Snakes and NWS presents... Apples and Snakes

Apples and Snakes and New Writing South team up to present a programme of poetry, spoken word and live literature.

Spoken word shows, stand-up poetry showcases and scratch events will all feature, close-up and personal in this bijou venue. Witness the wonder of words and the power of performance as we host some of the best and freshest poets from the South East and beyond.

Each event will be different but quality is guaranteed. Please see website for full details or just turn up and see what happens.
Limited spaces so book early.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Africa Entsha Brighthelm Trading Ltd

Africa Entsha, a smart, slick a cappella five-piece who reached a global audience in 2010 performing at the World Cup opening ceremony.

Africa Entsha are distinct from the other African music shows that have stormed the Fringe in recent years in that they freely blend western pop elements of the male vocal harmony tradition into their performance. Making for a diverse set which draws on the vibrancy of 1950s Doo-Wop, the all-singing, all-dancing presentation of the 1960s soul groups and the more saccharine tendencies of the modern R&B outfits as much as the soft, healing invocations and exhilarating spirit of their own tribal cultures.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Huldebiet: a Dramatic Concert 7090 & Bert Hana

Through the use of film projection, plays, and music by Justyna Ponikowska, 7090 and Hana present a concert about the malleability of meaning. The press: "A fascinating experience. Remarkable and absurd, but also poetic stillness and vulnerability in a most intriguing way. Did we mention silly?"

8:00pm to 10:30pm
The Last Hurrah Brighton Spiegeltent with Beach Without Sand

The last splash of magic and sparkle with some amazing acts and friends of our Spiegel family including spots from Double-Oh Heaven, Showtime, Elixir and more! Filled with Circus, Cabaret, Comedy, Music, Burlesque, Loads of fun and so much more! Join us on this unique and extravagant night to celebrate the end of Brighton Fringe 2017 - a party to end all parties with an extra sprinkle of fairy dust!

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Sorry: Harald Austbø 7090

The Viking warrior, the HubbaBubba Gum-chewing slut and the Hermit have placed the sign 'Do Not Disturb' on the door of the hotelroom. They live in my head and I'll give you a peek through wood, strings and horsehair. With sonorous tones, lightly strumming guitar skills and a clicking human beatbox.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
BADD Hermetic Arts

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2017 Resplendent in pastel-pink trouser suit, Pam welcomes us to her seminar.  We're in a church hall, somewhere in small-town America; judging by that suit, it must be the 1980's.  And we're there because we're concerned parents – worried about a godless game that's sweeping the nation's youth.  We're the "good BADD", Pam reassures us… we're Bothered About Dungeons & Dragons. Read the full review.

BADD stands for Bothered About Dungeons & Dragons, but don't worry – you don't have to have played the iconic storytelling game to enjoy the show. Presented as a seminar for concerned parents, and set in a church hall somewhere in small-town America, it sees our pastel-trouser-suited hostess earnestly warn about the godless game's threat to the nation's youth. Earning 4* from us in London, it's beautifully characterised, occasionally poignant, and very, very funny.

The 1980s. America is gripped by Satanic Panic. Secret rituals and devilish practices are taking place across the country, destroying the lives of the American youth. But the most diabolically terrifying threat of all is Dungeons and Dragons: viewed by many as a gateway to corruption, violence, and Satan!

You're invited to attend this inaugural meeting of B.A.D.D. (Bothered About Dungeons and Dragons) to learn how best to protect your children from the clutches of the occult.

A darkly comic presentation on the multitude of Satanic threats hidden in seemingly innocuous everyday objects and media.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Simon Plotkin is Gerald Galbraith: Troubadour Simon Plotkin Productions

The critically acclaimed Edinburgh sell-out comes to Brighton Fringe.

What do you do when your singing partner vanishes? Twee Scottish children’s entertainer Gerald ‘Wee Gerry Hoots’ Galbraith grew a beard and went full art-folk. Can he achieve the greatness he thinks he already has? Join Gerald for an evening of poetry and songs from his new album 'Troubadour' and hear his story.

The palpably unique, possibly moving but definitely ridiculous character comedy solo debut from Simon Plotkin.

“A stirring, occasionally troubling dissemination of one man’s collapse in the face of public disdain and personal woe. Plotkin has the tension spot on” (The List).

“I don’t know what that was but I thoroughly enjoyed it” (Mike Wozniak).

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

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

Part of Shiny Town in the Brighton Royal Pavilion Garden

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

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

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

8:30pm to 9:30pm
Thelma Gina George

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

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

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

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

"A cracking comedy selection" ***** (Cream of the Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe), "A fantastic night of comedy" **** (Three Weeks, Edinburgh Fringe), "Kept the crowd well entertained" **** (Rip It Up, Adelaide), "A Strong show of fresh comedy" **** (Argus, Brighton).

8:30pm to 9:30pm
Twonkey's Christmas in the Jungle The Paul Vickers Company

Any attempt to categorise “Mr Twonkey” is doomed to failure. Nonsense poet? Stand-up comedian? Fanciful story-teller? He’s all of those. If you’re a Twonkey first-timer, there’s a definite risk you just won’t get the point at all, but a growing number of fans are drawn back each year for a mind-bending fix of patter, puppetry and song. This new show, set in (I quote) the "Hallucinogenic Jungle", features a weak lion, a chicken church and a troubled duck; you get the idea.

His conniving manager, Mr. Pines, has sent Twonkey to the Iquitos Fringe deep in the hallucinogenic Peruvian jungle. Will he survive?

Imagine if Malcolm McLaren had directed an episode of Rupert the Bear set in an abandoned theme park and you’re somewhere close.

Winner of the 2016 Malcolm Hardee Award for Comic Originality.

“Dark demented comedy” ***** (The Stage).
“The thing is: it's brilliant” **** (Broadway Baby).
“Take that leap of faith, and the dreamlike scenario he sets out in his very distinctive way makes a lasting, haunting impression. It’s a proudly eccentric show.” (Chortle).

8:30pm to 9:25pm
Colin Hoult: Anna Mann Extravaganza Colin Hoult

As seen in Derek, Murder in Successville and Being Human, award winning character comedian Colin Hoult brings his hit show Anna Mann's Sketch Show for Depressives to The Warren. Plus a preview of a beautiful new one. 'Funnier than almost all other shows at this year's Fringe' **** (Telegraph) 'His most joyful effort to date ... Deliciously funny' **** (Times) 'You don't know where the next laugh will come from, but it'll be coming soon ... smart, absurd and unpredictable' **** (Chortle) 'Unique and darkly brilliant talent' **** (Guardian) 'Sheer comic gold' **** (Metro) 'Master class in character comedy' **** (Time Out) 'Joyously inventive' **** (Scotsman) 'More than a little Spike Milligan about him' (ExeuntMagazine.com)

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

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

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

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

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

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Nathan Cassidy: The Man in the Arena The Rat Pack Productions Ltd

Malcolm Hardee Award Nominee and Best Show Winner Buxton Fringe Nathan Cassidy explores bravery in a volatile world. Cassidy at his brave and honest best. No gimmicks, no f***ing about, no prisoners.

"A great comedian" **** (Broadway Baby), "The audience loved it... one of the greats" **** (Mumble Comedy, Edinburgh 2016), "The entire second row is pissed... and there are only two rows" (Chortle).

As Obama said after Trump’s victory, "We lick our wounds, we brush ourselves off, we get back in the arena." Get back in the arena with Nathan Cassidy!

9:00pm to 10:30pm
Just An Ordinary Lawyer Tayo Aluko and Friends

Nigerian Tunji Sowande quietly breaks through multiple barriers to become Britain's first Black judge in 1978. Also a fine concert singer and keen cricket lover, he muses on international politics and history as they affect the Black world from Africa to the USA and Britain, but only as one who would rather watch sports, and spread love and peace through the medium of song. Recalling heroic sporting achievements alongside epoch-defining political events, Tayo Aluko follows the multi-award-winning Call Mr. Robeson with another "brilliantly put together history lesson delivered as art."

9:00pm to 9:15pm
ARCO by The Dream Engine in collaboration with Kala Phool Shiny Town Ltd

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

Part of Shiny Town in the Brighton Royal Pavilion Garden

9:25pm to 9:55pm
Trade Winds Polytoxic

The sun has set and across the shimmery water two majestic figures serenely move. This is 'Trade Winds', an evocative performance installation depicting the journey of two women from different cultures. This stunning collaboration by Australian dance-theatre company Polytoxic and contemporary Pacific visual artist, Samuel Tupou is a magical event for the whole family. Two performers literally dance on the water and as they move they become giant screens illuminated by a world of exquisite animated projections.

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Am I F#*kable? Pop Heart Productions

Questioning what it means to be desired in a culture obsessed with beauty and technology. ‘Am I F#*kable?’ explores how these ideas impact our relationships, self-worth and well-being. Do our own insecurities influence our place in a superficial world? Pop Heart Productions’ dark and funny show devised from a single idea returns after sell-out performances at last year’s Brighton Fringe. ‘Am I F#*kable?’ continues to delve deeper, probing the very nature of what it means to be human in the 21st century.

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Des Kapital: Never Mind the Cossacks! Andyland Productions

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

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

With comedian and history teacher Andy Thomas.

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

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Blues and Burlesque Blues and Burlesque

After last year’s sell-out run, the Blues and Burlesque are back with a new show. Once again, songs and piano playing from ex-Dexys jazz reprobate Pete Saunders are upstaged superbly by the show’s extraordinary hostess Lady Beau Peep ... you can call her mistress! By day she’s busy with school runs and tupperware parties, by night she indulges her bondage fantasies and some of yours! Come prepared for good laughs, some great songs and completely gratuitous undressing from their burlesque guests.

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

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

Part of Shiny Town in the Brighton Royal Pavilion Garden

10:15pm to 11:15pm
Séance DBS Productions

The exclusive and intimate event returns to Brighton after its 2013-16 sell-out Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe runs.

Twelve guests join Peter Antoniou for a thrilling and shocking adventure into the world of spirit contact. Modern techniques and the heritage of Victorian spiritualism combine to explore something that might just take you into the unknown. Forget what you have seen in horror films, experience a seance first hand.

This show is not for the faint-hearted, or the easily offended.

10:15pm to 11:15pm
Mark Cram: Pipe-Bomb Laughing Horse Comedy

Mark Cram has had enough. He’s had enough of explaining his sexuality, justifying his choices, competing with his brother and being just another spoke on the wheel. Who cares that other comedians are more famous? Who cares that all his friends are getting married. Who cares that his family doesn't understand him? It all comes to a head in this award-winning act’s explosive hour of stand-up comedy. Brace yourself for a 'Pipe Bomb'.

Bedford Comedian of the Year 2013.

You Must be Joking: Newbury New Act of The Year 2013 finalist.

Last Minute Comedian of the Year 2013 finalist.

12:00am to 12:00am
Barbara Merkriti

Barbara Graham's case is a shocking miscarriage of justice and a declaration should be made by the Governor of the State of California to rectify this injustice, which stands to this day. This treatise proves her innocence. Read by David de Pinna LLB.

Barbara was convicted for the murder of Mable Monahan in 1953 and executed in 1955. The murder took place in Burbank, California.

12:30am to 1:30am
David Sheeran - I Am Donut: Work In Progress Laughing Horse Free Festival

Skyfall, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Ghost, The Godfather, Citizen Kane, Beauty and the Beast, Notting Hill, 50 Shades Darker and Beetlejuice are just some of the DVDs President Trump will give Theresa May on his first state visit to the UK (probably). Luckily, these DVDs will also be among the many films spoofed in 'I am Donut'.

'I am Donut' is a comical and critical look at the way Hollywood helps shape everyone's worldview - including Donald Trump's.