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

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

10:00am to 10:30am
Twinkle Twinkle TouchedTheatre

There are melodies that live in all of us. No one knows that more than Marty the puppy, whose songs and playtime with his Dad are the best part of his day. But sometimes, you have to learn how to find the music inside yourself.

A heartwarming adventure in melody and light, featuring brilliant puppetry, magical interaction and a gorgeous original score. Join Marty on his quest to find the brightest star in the sky and inside all of us. Created especially for very young audiences by an award-winning team of artists.

"A magical placement of image, sound & music" **** (Fringe Review: Blue)

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

The V.I.B (Very Independent Brighton) Food Tour is a celebration of independent Brighton - packed with the eclectic sights and tastes from the unique makers to the unsung heroes of Brighton's indie food and drink scene.

Over approximately three hours you'll get a magical mystery chocolate box selection of the best foodie hot spots that quirky, independent Brighton has to offer. As recommended by The Independent, Coast Magazine and Metro.

Finalists of The Beautiful South Tourism Awards For Excellence 2017.

11:00am to 11:30am
Twinkle Twinkle TouchedTheatre

There are melodies that live in all of us. No one knows that more than Marty the puppy, whose songs and playtime with his Dad are the best part of his day. But sometimes, you have to learn how to find the music inside yourself.

A heartwarming adventure in melody and light, featuring brilliant puppetry, magical interaction and a gorgeous original score. Join Marty on his quest to find the brightest star in the sky and inside all of us. Created especially for very young audiences by an award-winning team of artists.

"A magical placement of image, sound & music" **** (Fringe Review: Blue)

12:00pm to 8:00pm
FEM.ALE Brewster Beer Festival FEM.ALE Brewster Beer Festivals

FEM.ALE Brewster Beer Festival is returning to the Marlborough pub and theatre for our third year, celebrating women in the brewing industry, bringing musical talent from our home town of Norwich to join the best riot grrrls Brighton has to offer, and inviting local women beer experts to share their brewing knowledge!

Join us on Friday evening as local DJs kick off the weekend. On Saturday we'll be hosting our street party from noon with live music from Norwich and Brighton grrrl bands and we'll be whiling away the last of the brew on Sunday. Cheers!

12:00pm to 12:30pm
Twinkle Twinkle TouchedTheatre

There are melodies that live in all of us. No one knows that more than Marty the puppy, whose songs and playtime with his Dad are the best part of his day. But sometimes, you have to learn how to find the music inside yourself.

A heartwarming adventure in melody and light, featuring brilliant puppetry, magical interaction and a gorgeous original score. Join Marty on his quest to find the brightest star in the sky and inside all of us. Created especially for very young audiences by an award-winning team of artists.

"A magical placement of image, sound & music" **** (Fringe Review: Blue)

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

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

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

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

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

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

2:00pm to 3:45pm
Geoffrey Mead's Clifton and Montpelier Tour Geoffrey Mead

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

2:25pm to 3:15pm
Brain Rinse Rinse Productions

This award-nominated show is a bizarre, madcap, interactive sketch show starring you: the audience. War, suicide, Beethoven, and sex therapy. It's all in there.

Discover your inner ninja! Have a party! Have your brain rinsed!

“A fantastic presence on stage” (Buxton Fringe Review)

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

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

3:30pm to 4:30pm
Creation Song Norse Myths Storytelling Root and Branch Theatre Company

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

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

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

This project is supported by an Brighton Fringe bursary.

4:00pm to 4:50pm
Captain Cauliflower and Marvin the Mischievous Moose Mad Etiquette

Come and join the invincible Captain Cauliflower and his faithful companion Marvin on an unforgettable adventure, filled with extreme silliness and unquestionable danger.

Marvin the Mischievous Moose presents Captain Cauliflower with a mystical magic hat that gives him super powers. We then follow his adventures into outer space and deep under the ocean, saving those in peril, but can he beat his arch nemesis, the evil and odorous Onion Man?

"Dan and Neil are highly skilled, hilarious and simply two of the best clowns around" (Manchester Clown Festival)

4:00pm to 5:30pm
Aquarium History Tour: Sea Life Brighton Jackie Marsh-Hobbs

Exclusive after hours tours of Brighton's aquarium! A unique opportunity to go off the public route to learn about the remarkable history of the world's oldest operating aquarium. Illustrated talk, followed by a tour of the grade II listed building, going behind the impressive Gothic-style Victorian arcade. There are stairs on tour and the tickets includes entry to Sea Life Brighton.

4:45pm to 5:30pm
Behind Our Skin Yosis

When Camille transfers to London, she finds herself following a well-travelled road. She left her country to grow, yet her reality slowly narrows. When complications with her baby arise, she needs to engage with the society that has welcomed her. Naysam arrives in France at 17, with her heart filled with dreams – thinking she will finally live the stories of her favourite fictional characters. But the reality of economic and social survival quickly takes over.

“A well-written and hard-hitting piece of international theatre” **** (The List)

“New writing at its best” (LovesTheatre)

5:00pm to 6:45pm
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.

This project is supported by a Brighton Lions bursary.

5:15pm to 6:15pm
What's Wrong with Monotony? Timothy Coakley

2 stars There's a brief moment, near the start of this mixed-up production, when it looks like it's about to veer into Six Characters In Search Of An Author. In the end, it doesn't go there – but it's certainly a show in search of a theme. There are hints of absurdism, an in-joke-heavy analysis of the creative process, and then – right in the middle of it all – a big old dollop of traditional music-hall. Read the full review.

This brand new comedy will offer laughter! Passion! Fun! Action! Fascinating characters! A love story! A villain! Songs! A play-within-a-play! ... But only if its couch-potato hero can get off the sofa and write it. Will he write it in time? Will the actors have to improvise the whole thing? Can you write a play in five minutes? That would be anything but monotonous.. but then, what's wrong with monotony?

5:30pm to 6:00pm
Rebekka Turner: Rice T*ts Rebekka Turner

A cultural camp calamari of a character stand-up comedy show. Rebekka is proud to bring her debut solo 30 minute show to Brighton Fringe and thrilled to be supported by The Pebble Trust Brighton Fringe Awards. Perfect for anyone who enjoys their comedy with a weird or sharp edge to it!

'Rice T*ts' is inspired by the drag queen trick of putting rice into tights to create fake boobs. An early evening aperitif show with an eccentric and eclectic mix of impressions, word play and stories exploring food, pop culture and awkwardness... and other stuff!

5:30pm to 6:30pm
Grace Katie Reddin-Clancy

In an old regional theatre, Alfie, a comedian who performed as the male half of a double act re-enters the stage... as Zora, a woman. A charming, funny rollercoaster through show business, gender, spirituality, identity and love. An important statement about gender fluidity and stage fright. “Solid comedy chops... a powerful and provocative piece of theatre” (Broadway Baby). “A remarkable, versatile talent who sets a very high bar indeed” (Herald Sun). “Acting and delivery were superb. Her brilliance shines in the details... The writing was clever, authentic and witty (The Advertiser). Dir: Peter Blackburn, Consult. Dir: Colin Watkeys, Dramaturge: Logan Murray

Edinburgh Preview

This project is supported by an Brighton Fringe bursary.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Refugee Festival University of Brighton

What challenges are refugees facing? And what can we do about it all? MARS is organising a series of events on refugeedom in and out of the UK today. Readings of poetry and tales, discussions, art events and educational seminars will combine under three different thematic Fridays:
1# Telling 4/5
2# Listening 11/5
3# Taking Action 18/5

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Classic Joke Club Ben Van der Velde

Join our handpicked curators of comedy as they share classic jokes handed down to them by their family. Chickens, doctors, elephants, Englishmen, Irishmen and Scotsmen all welcome to walk into this bar. Discover the definitive answers behind the number of people required to change a light bulb, what to do with errant mothers-in-law and why three representatives of the British Isles are always getting into such unexpected scrapes.

6:00pm to 7:10pm
Quiz Night: The Musical East of the City Theatre Company

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

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

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

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Rob Thomas: Callback Intentionally Blank

An hour of creative stand-up from multiple comedy-award finalist Rob Thomas. The rubber-faced raconteur gives us his quirky take on drum and bass, dictionaries and comedy itself as he tries to learn from his past and shape the future. Clever, contemporary, physical and musical comedy.

"Best performer on the night, superior physical presence" (Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke)
"Very strong payoffs" (Chortle)
"Relentless physicality" (Yorkshire Times)
"Engaging oddball" (Evening Standard's Critic's Choice)

6:00pm to 12:00am
The Spire Festival Bar The Spire

Step into Brighton’s most atmospheric bar. Experience unusual art, curious performance and live music every night at 9pm whilst sipping the perfect festival cocktail - and it's all for free! Kemptown's newest Brighton Fringe venue located in the glorious St Marks Chapel opens its doors every Friday, Saturday and Bank Holiday Sunday.

6:15pm to 7:15pm
100 Ways to Tie a Shoe-Lace Forget About The Dog

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2017 "I'm Kat, I forget things, I struggle with tasks a 5-year-old can do, and sometimes I imagine myself in army films." But Kat's life wasn't always like this. Before the accident there were no doctors, no nightmares… and she could tie her own shoelaces. Now she must come to terms with what has happened, and try to relearn what she has lost. Read the full review.

This well-judged play, which earned 4* from us in Edinburgh last year, tackles difficult topics of recovery and sudden disability – but from a clever and humorous perspective. Protagonist Kat has had an accident; now she can't remember things, and struggles with the simple tasks of daily life. In an inspired twist, her consciousness is a character in the play, which switches between reality, inner thoughts and dreams. The set-up provides the opportunity for some lightness around a very serious topic, as well as for some well-written songs.

Following the accident, Kat’s struggling with the basics of everyday life. As her reality blurs with fantasy we explore her anxieties and fears. Sometimes she imagines herself in war films, sometimes in musicals, and sometimes she imagines being knocked off a gondola by a very large wave; this isn't how she thought procedural and semantic recall recovery would be.

A comedic and heart-warming take on the realigning of one person’s mind. A creative mash-up of witty dialogue, puppetry, original music and bombastic comedy. Mix-ups, mayhem and muscle memory.

**** (Fringe Guru)

6:15pm to 7:15pm
David Mills: Focus People! David Mills

Focus people! Stand-up comic David Mills is back with another free hour of sharp and hilarious rants. Known for his razor wit and biting humour, Mills takes on modern life with his signature wicked invective. Bracing comedy for adults.

"Like the sharp-suited love child of Larry Grayson and Dave Allen, Mills combines laid-back storytelling with acerbic wit" (Broadway Baby)

"A superior act. Mills is an archduke of comedy with the emphasis on ‘arch'" (Chortle)

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

It's a comedy bonanza!

A brand-new stand-up comedy selection from Laughing Horse. An exciting mixed bag of comedians, with top headliners and the best up-and-coming performers selected from shows all around the Fringe.

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

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

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

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

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

6:30pm to 7:25pm
Franz Kafka: Apparatus Blue Devil

5 stars This taut and engrossing new play, an original adaptation of Franz Kafka's In The Penal Colony, sees a cosmopolitan traveller arrive on an isolated prison island. He's there as a guest – to learn about the eponymous "apparatus", a complex device overseen by a proud and protective officer. The officer speaks of the apparatus with reverential devotion, and she talks in the same tones about her now-dead mentor: the former commandant, the inventor of the apparatus, and the father of this authoritarian regime. Read the full review.

You are cordially invited to a most unusual, mechanically achieved execution - death by means of a complex machine designed and constructed in a nightmare. Tragedy, comedy, horror and the absurd intermingle in this dramatic labyrinth of cruelty, obsession and madness.

Starring Emily Carding
'Richard III - A One-Woman Show'
***** (Broadway Baby)
***** (remotegoat)
**** (The Stage)
**** (New York Times)
Winner BOBBY AWARD Edinburgh Fringe

Written and directed by Ross Dinwiddy
**** (Fringe Guru)
**** (remotegoat)
**** (Voice Magazine)
Nominated Best Newcomer Brighton Fringe Awards

6:45pm to 7:45pm
The Maydays Present: The Fringe Show The Maydays

The Maydays invite you to tear up the Fringe in the name of comedy! You choose performances or events from the Fringe Guide and then delight as these award-winning improvisers give it their own unique twist, creating each show before your very eyes.

Wonder what this year's Chekhovian Mime Act or Bavarian Heavy Metal Band will look like?
Wonder no more - see the Fringe done Maydays-style in an evening of music, comedy and utter playfulness!

"I can't recommend this show enough. Sometimes inspired, always great, occasional laceratingly funny, and at times deeply affecting." *****(Fringe Guru)

6:45pm to 7:15pm
Mick Jagger is My Nightmare Marius Mensink

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2014 We each have our private nightmare – but actor Marius Mensink’s seems more left-field than most.  In this 30-minute show, already a cult hit from last year’s Amsterdam Fringe, we’re invited to watch him confront his improbable inner demon.  Before our eyes, and over the full space of half an hour, Mensink gradually, inexorably, and apparently painfully turns into… Rolling Stones front-man Mick Jagger. Read the full review.

Dive headfirst into the deep end of the Fringe with this wacky, disturbing, but oddly compelling piece of physical theatre, which we four-starred in Amsterdam. Over the space of 30 minutes, you'll see actor Marius Mensink contort and transform himself into Rolling Stones front-man Mick Jagger. Why Mick Jagger? No idea. But it's a startlingly credible performance, which blends elements of parody and horror; the pouting lips are present and correct, but as Jagger takes over Mensink's body, there are strangled cries of anguish too.

With flailing arms, grotesque faces, and a lot of sweat, Dutch performer Marius Mensink attempts to exorcise the Rolling Stones' front man out of his own body.

This intense physical performance was an immediate cult hit at Cape Town Fringe. Amsterdam Fringe Festival Silver Award Winner 2013/2014.

This production is part of Brighton Fringe's Dutch & Flemish Season 2018.

6:45pm to 7:45pm
Dan Fardell: Joke Furniture Land Dan Fardell

Discover the magic of a show named at the last possible moment, by joining acclaimed local comic Dan Fardell in his second full length Brighton show 'Joke Furniture Land' (work in progress), the follow-up to 2015s capacity-crowded 'At Least 100 Jokes'. Buses, dog shaming, the metric system, no topic is out of bounds - except, probably, furniture.

"Writing with the efficiency of the slickest American comic" (Chortle)

"One of the best new joke writers I've seen in ages. He has so many lines that make me think 'I wish I'd thought of that'" (Romesh Ranganathan)

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

A tale of three colours.

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

7:00pm to 9:00pm
Club Cairo: The Serpent Slayer Club Cairo

Club Cairo presents an evening of live music, dance and theatre from the Middle East and beyond.

Our theatrical production 'The Serpent Slayer' is an original story that combines the harsh realities of modern day life in the Middle East with the magic and fantasy of an Arabian fairytale.

The cast of dancers and musicians combine with poetic verse and multi-media projections to tell this tale. The entertainment then continues in the form of a live and lighthearted set of traditional songs played by Club Cairo's ensemble who will be accompanied by a dazzling array of belly dancers.

7:00pm to 8:30pm
Väkevä / Lyydia (Double Bill) Agit-Cirk

Circus up close: experience the power of the strongman and the beauty of the aerial artist in this world premiere from Finland. Audiences are invited to enter a little dome tent to get a very special glimpse into the worlds of these circus disciplines.

Meet Sasu the Strongman who performs gut wrenching stunts from circus past and Lyydia the aerialist who climbs and swings gracefully all over the tent.

As circus celebrates its 250-year anniversary in the UK, be sure not to miss this stunning re-invention of circus tradition from Finland. Both shows are 30 minutes with an interval in between.

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

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

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

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

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Pals The Black Dove

Simone Belshaw (South Coast Comedian Finalist 2017) and William Stone (Max Turner Finalist 2018) are just two ordinary lads looking for friendship in a crazy world. Come hang out with them at this interactive show hosted by a phone (voiced by Jen Ives) hear some of William's whimsical one-liners and some offbeat fables from Simone. Come as strangers, leave as PALS!

William Stone - "Belting gags. Highly recommended" Angela Barnes (Radio4 Newsjack, Live at the Apollo). Simone Belshaw - "Brilliantly offbeat, often surreal and always original" - Funny Women.

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

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

7:00pm to 8:00pm
The Kurious Kabinet of Dr Katterfelto Do Science Ltd

Two centuries ago the showman, scientist and charlatan 'Doctor' 'Professor' 'Colonel' Gustavus Katterfelto, claimed inventor of the 'solar' microscope and the aerostat was renowned for his proetic, stenographic, balensical and caprimantic delights.

Since then his exploits have fallen into the dust of collective forget.

Armed with strange and wonderful equipment and equipped with exotic specimens, he ushered in the age of discovery.

See insects the size of dogs, marvel at the levitating balloon, tremble before the demonic cat.

Great wonders! Strange wonders! Unearthly wonders! Hidden wonders!

7:00pm to 8:25pm
Only in Brighton! Only in Brighton

What connects Abba and the Portuguese Revolution? Mount Everest and a supermarket in Hove? A stained wall and the genesis of a worldwide retail brand? What's the story behind a same-sex wedding in 1923? Britain's 'most useless' monarch? And why is my charming Regency property damp and crumbling?

Discover the real spirit of Brighton in a lively, funny and informative quest to uncover what makes this city unique - and a little bit weird.

Winner of 'Unique Experience of the Year for Brighton' 2017 Luxury Travel Guide Awards

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Bomb Sex Weeman Productions

It's the 1980s, 'the troubles' in Northern Ireland are at their height, but many just want to get their leg over. "I love a man in uniform, even if he's a terrorist", "when sleeping with a soldier, it's not the clap you need to worry about, it's tarring and feathering", "but make sure you always make love to your husband after the bingo". A dark comedy written and performed by Fintan Shevlin based on the explosive relationship between Ireland and England told by those trapped within it. One man. Eight voices.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
GUN Phil & Will

A man is left for dead in the desert. But if you kill someone, you better make sure they really are dead. First rule of a murder, isn't it?

A bold, one-man, multi-character comedy Western show written and performed by Clever Peter's William Hartley (‘Tracey Breaks The News’ (BBC1), ’The One Griff' (BBC1) alongside Griff Rhys Jones, E4’s ‘Cardinal Burns’, BBC3’s ‘Otherworld’, and BAFTA-nominated CBBC sketch show ‘FIT’).

As himself: "Sheer perfection" (The Stage)
And as 1/4 of comedy sketch group Clever Peter: "Fast, witty, clever, stupid" (The Guardian)

7:00pm to 9:30pm
Silver Jewellery Workshop Silver & Sage

A fun and crafty workshop where you will make a personalised silver pendant to take away with you that day.

No prior experience needed, I will guide you through every process. We will be working with Silver Metal Clay which once fired is 99.9% real fine silver.

During the two to three hours you will learn how to handle the clay, shape, stamp your personalisation, fire and finish your piece.

Refreshments are available from the bar and for larger groups a high tea can be arranged - Prior booking is essential. For more info visit our website.

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Comedy Happy Hour: The Chat Show Laughing Horse Comedy & Vladimir McTavish

This show is the perfect way to start off your night at Brighton Fringe, as you spend an hour in the company of some top-class comedy hosts, such as Vladimir McTavish, in an early evening soiree that brings you highlights of four Fringe shows.

A selection of top Fringe performers will appear, with chat about themselves and their shows, along with some show excerpts.

There's stand-up, some cabaret, plenty of unexpected silliness, and maybe even a song or two along the way.

"Gleefully indulgent. Highly Appealing" **** (The Guardian)

"Scotland's top Satirical Stand-up" **** (Morning Star)

7:30pm to 8:20pm
Wheely Wheely Wheely Wheely Wheely A Rush of Laughter

'Wheely Wheely Wheely Wheely Wheely' is the dumbest game show ever to grace the stage on God's green earth. There will be snorkels, pirate costumes, drawings of donkeys and a glamorous assistant called Stuart.

Stephanie Laing and Paul Duncan McGarrity bring you a silly hour of silliness, with zero artistic merit, but a shockingly high volume of Maltesers. This is an interactive show, so be prepared to get involved with some jousting, guess which donkey done a murder, and probably drown in the underwater round. Also, there is a big wheel with the rounds on it that Paul made, hence the name.

7:30pm to 8:15pm
ROUTE Marie Myrie

4 stars Route is about colour, home and belonging. It’s about being British and being black; about youth and optimism, against a backdrop of international oppression, isolation and exploitation. It's about the Windrush generation, the West Indians who were invited to come to Britain and made their home here. And it’s about the hostile environment for immigrants – even Margaret Thatcher makes a guest appearance. The central question is: who am I, and where do I belong? Read the full review.

'ROUTE' is a story of self-acceptance. We follow the journey of a young British black girl (born and raised in East London) who finds herself at university in a white middle-class, city. With a mix of poetry and spoken word, 'ROUTE' is a vibrant, light-hearted and lively short play.

It has been developed over the last year with the ongoing support of The Lyric Hammersmith in London, and continues to grow with each new experience and audience.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Between Us Between Us

Two people, one relationship, no script.

Boy meets girl. But then what?

Why do we fall in love? What keeps us together? What drives us apart?

'Between Us' tells the inside story of one couple’s relationship. Completely improvised from audience suggestion, we discover what makes us fall in love and what makes us fall apart.

The characters are inspired by you, the audience, and every show is unique. Come on a journey of discovery with us and witness the love, the laughter, the pain and the hate of modern relationships.

Come and find out what goes on 'Between Us'.

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

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

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

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

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Hot Gay Time Machine Hot Gay Time Machine

Fresh from their five-star, sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe and winners of the Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence 2017, 'Hot Gay Time Machine' cover all the most important moments of a gay man's life - from coming out to your mum, to navigating the naked politics of the school locker room.

Don't miss this indulgent, flamboyant and "riotous but subtly moving" (The List) cabaret-comedy extravaGAYnza.

What are you waiting for? Gay marriage? Well we have that already, so come party with the gays!

"Gets everything right... incredibly touching and inclusive" ***** (Arthur's Seat)

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Tales of the Mother tongue Estabrak Al-Ansari

Morocco's past colonisation by its European invaders meant stories and tales of the old Morocco were unwritten.

Writing and speaking in Berber's traditional languages, for many years was forbidden. But what the French could not help was the storytelling that would happen from generation to generation... a history recited through memory. A history mainly told through the words of women. A poetic merging of film, performance and live painting.

7:30pm to 8:45pm
You Can't Watch This Play (Again) Something Underground Theatre Co.

Inspired by The Fool, Now, (& Death?).

Multi-award-winner, Jonathan Brown, takes you on a wildly subversive, newly-discovered-each-performance journey, with live musical score (David Molz) and in-the-moment plunges into worlds you’ve been told 'do not exist!' (and to shut up about them).

"Just peering over the dizzying edge of Brown’s sad, funny, mad world is a rush.” (The Stage)
“We are very lucky to have an actor like Jonathan Brown on our doorstep” (Britt Forsberg)

7:30pm to 9:30pm
Classic Women: Mary Beard & Natalie Haynes with Damian Barr Damian Barr's Literary Salon

Who are history’s most powerful women? And how can their stories empower us all today? The brilliant Professor Mary Beard shows us who and how, and the wise and witty Natalie Haynes stands up for her top classic women. From mythical lady monsters to warrior queens and divas!

Mary Beard OBE is Professor of Classics at Cambridge and her latest book is 'Women & Power: A Manifesto'.

Natalie Haynes hosts 'Stand Up For the Classics' on Radio 4 and her latest book is 'The Children of Jocasta'.

Hosted by Damian Barr, award-winning writer and Salon host - past guests include Armistead Maupin and Jojo Moyes.

Photo © Caterina Turroni

7:30pm to 9:15pm
Brighton Gay Men's Chorus: Gayz into Space Brighton Gay Men's Chorus

A long time ago in a venue far, far away... 'Brighton Gay Men's Chorus' started preparing for, 'Gayz Into Space', a musical intergalactic adventure like no other.

Join the boys of the Starship BGMC on their mission to probe the darkest corners of the universe in search of excitement and adventure. Led by their captain, Marc Yarrow, they will fill deep space with new arrangements and rousing harmonies. Their ultimate goal - to reach the fabled Pink Planet. To boldly gay where no one has gayed before.

7:30pm to 8:45pm
Medea Northbrook MET

"It is the way to hurt my husband most"

A contemporary retelling of Euripides' Medea, exploring the extremes of love and betrayal.

Touch tours available on request, please email to book.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Ben Van der Velde: Sidekick Ben Van der Velde

Get ready for the comedy ride of your life as Ben spins thrillers, self-help books, romances and fairy tales out of thin air, his own mind and the audience in front of him.

Top 50 jokes of the Edinburgh Fringe (Scotsman, Huffington Post, iNews)

“Wonderfully improvised riffs showcasing his impressive spontaneity and sharp tongue.” (EdFest Magazine)

“On flights of fancy, he pushes ideas to extremes and displays a crackling, spontaneous energy in which we’re swept up.” (Fest)

"An accomplished comic.” (Time Out)

"A master of audience interaction." (The Huffington Post)

7:45pm to 8:15pm
Mick Jagger is My Nightmare Marius Mensink

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2014 We each have our private nightmare – but actor Marius Mensink’s seems more left-field than most.  In this 30-minute show, already a cult hit from last year’s Amsterdam Fringe, we’re invited to watch him confront his improbable inner demon.  Before our eyes, and over the full space of half an hour, Mensink gradually, inexorably, and apparently painfully turns into… Rolling Stones front-man Mick Jagger. Read the full review.

Dive headfirst into the deep end of the Fringe with this wacky, disturbing, but oddly compelling piece of physical theatre, which we four-starred in Amsterdam. Over the space of 30 minutes, you'll see actor Marius Mensink contort and transform himself into Rolling Stones front-man Mick Jagger. Why Mick Jagger? No idea. But it's a startlingly credible performance, which blends elements of parody and horror; the pouting lips are present and correct, but as Jagger takes over Mensink's body, there are strangled cries of anguish too.

With flailing arms, grotesque faces, and a lot of sweat, Dutch performer Marius Mensink attempts to exorcise the Rolling Stones' front man out of his own body.

This intense physical performance was an immediate cult hit at Cape Town Fringe. Amsterdam Fringe Festival Silver Award Winner 2013/2014.

This production is part of Brighton Fringe's Dutch & Flemish Season 2018.

8:00pm to 11:00pm
SuperHappyLand Take Over Superhappyland

'Super Happy Land' is the reimagining of 70s children’s favourite ‘Tiswas’ relocated to
The Round George’s'.

A night of marvellous anarchic danger with music, audio, visuals, cross dressing and marvellously eclectic comics hosted by the unstoppable Kayo.

Super Happy Land Summer of Mayhem SHL Definition: Mayhem (noun). Wilful and deliberate cause of laughter of a person; resulting in dangerous fits of laughter and loss of bladder control i.e. "I p****d myself Laughing".

Headliners: Richard Perry + support 4th, Kelsey de Almeida + support 11th, 18th & 25th.

Comedy Open Mic Night 1st June

8:00pm to 11:00pm
South Coast Soul Revue Live at the Brunswick South Coast Soul Revue

South Coast Soul Revue is a high-energy band playing a mix of dance-friendly classic and contemporary soul music, with a twist of funk. Fronted by two dynamic lead singers and with a pulsating horn and rhythm section, this Brighton-based eight-piece provides a truly authentic soul revue experience. Limited seating, unlimited dancing!

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

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

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Akin Omobitan & Lew Fitz: The Neighbours Are Worried Omobitan & Fitz

Ever worried about noises coming from next door?

You’re invited to meet the neighbours.

Akin Omobitan, Max Turner Prize 2017 winner and Leicester Square Comedian of the Year finalist 2017

"Engaging performance... freshly funny" (The Scotsman)

"As a newcomer he's ticking lots of boxes" (Chortle)

Flatmates, friends with a lot to explain.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
The Establishment: Le Bureau De Strange Mad Etiquette

Side-splitting, stiff upper-lipped hilarity from critically-acclaimed duo Dan Lees and Neil Frost.

"This is silliness as an art form" (The Scotsman)
"A fast-paced, multidimensional masterclass in comedy" (Edfest Magazine)
"One of the most outrageously funny hours imaginable" (British Theatre Guide)

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Sex & Pugs & Rock & LOLS FrogDog Productions

Three regulars from the comedy circuit bring you an hour of stand-up tackling life’s most important issues: sex, dogs and music - there’ll be jokes about other stuff too. All delivered with lashings of LOLS. With Katherine Atkinson (Funny Women regional finalist) Sarah Charsley (from the acclaimed sketch group The Fannytasticals) and Ben Carter (SYTYF semi-finalist, Laughing Horse semi-finalist).

8:00pm to 10:00pm
Philippe Guyard Saxophone Quartet PGSQ management

The PGSQ returns to the Unitarian Church for the group's first appearance at Brighton Fringe, bringing an eclectic mix of music arranged for the unique sound of the Saxophone Quartet. Classical, jazz, folk and contemporary pieces showcase the full range of this virtuoso ensemble, featuring works by J.S. Bach (including the Italian Concerto), Astor Piazzolla, Bob Mintzer, Thelonius Monk and others. A rare occasion to catch this wonderful group in a venue ideally suited for the versatile sound of 4 saxophones. Featuring Lisa Baker (soprano), Charlotte Glasson (alto) and Philippe Guyard (tenor).

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

Some murderers – even some serial killers – achieve redemption of a kind; admit their crimes, take responsibility for their choices, accept their punishment and commit to a better life. Myra Hindley was not one of those. In this well-acted but ultimately questionable play, we meet her in her prison cell, where she tells us – as the real Myra Hindley told everyone – that it's all the fault of her lover and co-conspirator, Ian Brady.

A play about Myra Hindley is a bold choice by definition, but we're hopeful for this one – which was postponed from last year's Fringe, reportedly to allow more development time. Speaking from her prison cell, the titular Moors Murderer talks about darkness, forgiveness, and public loathing. It'll obviously be a fine line to tread, and advance publicity reveals little about what to expect – but Pretty Villain Productions have a strong pedigree, with multiple award-winning shows to their name over the past few years.

"You couldn’t hate me more than I hate myself. I have asked God for his forgiveness, but I couldn’t ask for yours, for how can I ever expect you to forgive me when I cannot forgive myself"

Few have attracted such notoriety or public loathing as the Moors murderers. Myra’s story is that of a very dark world, which no-one wants to visit. From her prison cell, Myra decides to reveal her story to a world that might not wish to listen. Or can possibly bear to.

Brighton Fringe award winners in 2014, 2015 and 2016

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Caustic Comedy Nights Caustic Comedy Events

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

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

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

10.00PM show:
[MC] Will Duggan
Lynn Ruth Miller(US)
Jürgen Strack(DE)
Will Franken(US)

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

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

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

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

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

8:00pm to 11:30pm
Wolf Safari Other Spaces

Wolf Safari is a participatory wandering outdoor performance that invites you to experience Brighton through the eyes of a wolf.

What is it like to be wild?

Wolf Safari is an extended collective exercise in which the participants encounter each other as wolves at night in an urban environment. The transformation is based on a simple set of behavioral patterns borrowed from wolves and adapted for humans. The participants howl in the night, search each other, create a pack and go for hunting an animal of prey.

Welcome to the Wild Side!

Please bring comfortable shoes!

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

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Cards Against Humanity: The Shame Show Junkyard Dogs Backyard Theatre

The Shame Show invites you to get involved in a dark game show based on the world-famous, politically-incorrect party-game, Cards Against Humanity. Leave your sensitivities at the door. Not for the light-hearted, faint-hearted or big-hearted. There will be prizes. Very bad prizes.

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

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

“A night full of fun and side-splitting laughter. I didn’t want it to end” (The Latest)

“THE place in Brighton to catch stand-up comedy” (The Independent)

8:20pm to 9:05pm
Nick Elleray: It's Been Emotional (Work in Progress) Nick Elleray

The 'Mellow Thunder From Down Under' returns to Brighton with a stand-up comedy show that'll be thoughtful, silly, and thoughtfully silly.

Winner of the Leicester Square Theatre Old Comedian Of The Year 2017

"An under-appreciated purveyor of quality downbeat comedy" (Chortle)

"An engaging stand-up with an inventive mind" (The List)

"Definitely an act that left the audience wanting more" (Bruce Dessau)

8:30pm to 9:25pm
Ava Rage Lorna Shaw

Radio and TV regular Lorna Shaw (Plebs ITV2, Midnight Beast E4, BBC Radio 4, BBC3) brings her character Ava Rage to the stage with stand-up and music. A celebration of being none in a million. Lorna is one half of critically acclaimed duo That Pair (Soho Theatre, BBC Radio 4).

"Expect off-beat brilliance and songs" (The Times)
"Strong, simple melodies and Shaw’s guitar playing and vocal ability make for an album of pop hits" (BroadwayBaby)
"Lorna is an exceptional talent who is going places" (Funny Women)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8:30pm to 9:20pm
Eddie Summers: Rocket Fuel! EDDIE SUMMERS

Explosive Eddie's looking for one lucky new flatmate. Could you cope with the energy bomb? Expect toast, kissing, rap, cat whiskers, violence, flirting with an apple crumble, and a giant rabbit!

''A uniquely brilliant high-octane comedian!'' 'Highly Recommended' (FringeReview)

''Genuinely joyful, wonderfully absurd'' (Reviews Hub)

''A supremely confident performer, infectious energy, crazily random / disconcertingly normal'' (FringeReview)

8:30pm to 10:30pm
Doppel Dietrich Patricia Hartshorne

Glamour, talent and a penchant for men's clothing. Humorous and haunting taste of Marlene Dietrich, through the life, loves and songs of this bisexual Hollywood legend.

Award-winning performer Patricia Hartshorne doubles as Marlene, entertaining with anecdotes and Dietrich classics including: 'Lili Marleen', 'Die Fesche Lola', 'Falling in Love Again', 'La Vie en Rose', 'Boys in the Back Room', 'Where Have All the Flowers Gone', and many more.

Are you up for some 'doppel strength' Dietrich? Meet the woman who answered to nobody - not even Adolf Hitler!

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Revillationships Paul Revill

Paul Revill, Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year 2014, returns to Brighton Fringe with a work in progress hour of comedy.

With a marriage date set, a dog rescued and a death in the family, it’s time to look at relationships!

"This bright sparky chappy was a real quick witted geezer." ***** (Arts in Leicestershire)

“Steals the show” **** (ThreeWeeks)

“There’s a notable charm in the gag delivery that shows skill with a punchline. The show is an argument for Revill's decision to be a comedian, and it's a convincing one." (Fest 2017)

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Spencer Jones: The Audition United Agents LLP

A day in the life of an idiot. A life-changing email, a son with big questions and a lot of tennis balls.

Spencer Jones is back with a mash-up of music, prop and character comedy.
Creator and star of BBC’s 'Big Babies'. As seen on 'Live at the Apollo', 'Upstart Crow' series 1 and 2, 'Skins', 'Mr Winner' and Tim Vine’s 'Travels in Time'.

Winner: Best Scripted Online Short – Sky Comedy’s Spencer Jones’ Christmas
Broadcast Digital Award

Nominee: Best Show 2017 Edinburgh Comedy Award

"Riotously funny... touched with a baffling brilliance" **** (iNews)

14+ (under 16’s with an adult)

8:45pm to 9:30pm
Alasdair Beckett-King: Full Velvet Jacket (WIP) HD Management

Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2017 Alasdair Beckett-King returns to this timeline with an inter-dimensional, work in progress stand-up comedy show.

"A singular and truly distinct act, Alasdair Beckett-King creates his own multi-faceted world" (The Scotsman)

Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Winner 2017
NATYs New Act of The Year 2014
Amused Moose Finalist: Comedy Awards 2017

***** (EdFest Magazine)
**** (The Scotsman)
**** (Fest)
**** (One4Review)
**** (Voice Magazine)
**** (ThreeWeeks)

(P.S. I know I'm not wearing a velvet jacket in the photo. Give me a break.)

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

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

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

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

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Rocky Horror OCR Productions

Let's do the time warp again! Join host Stephanie von Clitz for a unique opportunity to watch this cult classic in the Victorian surroundings of Brighton's Old Courtroom. Don't forget the rice and newspapers. Fishnets at the ready...
Rating: 15.

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Bourgeois & Maurice: Style Over Substance - A 10-Year Retro Speculative Tim Whitehead Management

A lot can change in 10 years.

2007 was the year that Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone, Barack Obama announced his plans for Presidency, Tony Blair departed 10 Downing Street and, most importantly of all, Georgeois Bourgeois and Maurice Maurice were born.

This year B&M look back over a decade of social change in a musical retro-speculative that is part-fact, part-fiction and part-self indulgence. Picking highlights from their four albums of musical satire and social commentary, they attempt to make sense of a decade of rapid change, and work out whether they could, in fact, be to blame for it all.

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

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

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

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Can You Put This in the Bin for Me? Bin Lid Company

After a sell-out run at the 2017 Brighton Fringe, ‘Can You Put This in the Bin for Me?’ returns for the 2018 festival. Distinctively charming Charmaine Davies and intriguing Glaswegian Michael Mooney bring you an hour of fun-packed, engaging comedy. The format of the show is straight-talking free stand-up, with each comic lasting around 30 minutes.

9:00pm to 10:00pm
The Spark Factory Spun Glass Theatre

Now the opening weekend's died down, it's a chance to branch out and try something genuinely different and new. Which is exactly the role of Spark Factory, a venture from locally-based Spun Glass Theatre, which offers the stage to a different mentored experimental work each night. This is early-stage material, and not all of it will work – if the truth be told, the one I caught last year was a dud – but whatever happens you get the thrill of discovery, and there's potential for high reward. And you'll know you're supporting a local cooperative, as well.

Spun Glass Theatre present 'The Spark Factory': a powerhouse of new, bold and daring performance ideas. The curated programme this year includes spoken word, puppetry, dance, music and new writing.

Seven different artists perform on seven different nights. See our website for the full programme.

9:15pm to 10:15pm
Wratten & Robson: Juxtaposition Wratten & Robson

Juxtaposition is a show about how one man's misery can be another man's joy.

Martin Wratten (South Coast Comedian of the Year 2017, Hastings Fringe Newcomer of the Year 2017) and Ben Robson (GOAT Comedy and a bloody nice guy) combine to bring you an hour of comedy so fun, you'll be lucky if your jaw doesn't fall off.

Lively and deadpan styles collide in this work in progress show.

9:15pm to 10:25pm
The Woman Who Conceived The Pill Brass Tacks Theatre

It's 1918, and a woman who adores men is dreaming of 'a pill taken like aspirin' to free women sexually and choose when to have children. But contraception is illegal in the USA and science doesn’t have the knowledge.

What’s a girl to do? Battle the establishment, of course! And hire scientists! Oh and don’t forget to seduce men like HG Wells! Protest, tragedy, laughter, love and pills entwine to craft a compelling solo show spanning Mrs Sanger’s extraordinary life.

You will never forget her, she’s 'The Woman Who Conceived the Pill'.

9:30pm to 10:50pm
Blues and Burlesque 70s Soireé Blues and Burlesque

70s themed Cabaret with saucy, sexy live original music. After sell-out runs in London, Edinburgh, Adelaide, Perth and Brighton now back at the Rialto Theatre.

Music from ex Dexys piano-man Pete Saunders, plus comedy and Burlesque from Lady Beau Peep and Bruise Violet.

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Being Julie Andrews Fishhouse Theatre

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2017 Fishhouse Theatre were the word-of-mouth hit of last year’s Buxton Fringe, with their tender play Cloaks. This year, ambitiously, they're back up at the Lee Wood Hotel with three shows each day. Being Julie Andrews features one of the stars of Cloaks, Lesley Emery, in a deeply personal story – her own. As she puts it at the start, she wants to share her story so she can get on with her career as an actress, telling other people's. Read the full review.

An emotional roller-coaster, a poignant personal tale, a parable of self-discovery: the clichés roll off the tongue for this one. But don't be discouraged, because Lesley Emery's one-woman show is anything but gimmicky. Intensely personal and unflinchingly candid, Emery explains how Julie Andrews' songs have been a source of both comfort and joy; there's a heartstring-tugging twist to the tale, yet the ultimate message is an uplifting one. With well-performed music and a cleverly-structured story, this courageous show earned 4* from us in Buxton last year.

Growing up in the West Midlands’ equivalent of the Von Trapps, the musicals of Julie Andrews were a touchstone for Lesley in times of joy and sorrow. She wanted to be Julie Andrews. However, Lesley qualified as a solicitor after her dad said she had to have a proper job. We follow Lesley through her journey, from conception to motherhood and she tells us all, using props and songs from the shows.

"Lesley shares her story with unflinching candour and earns immediate respect." **** (Fringe Guru)
"Astonishing performance" (Buxton Fringe Review)
"So emotional!" (Audience member, Buxton Fringe)

Touch tours available on request, please email to book.

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Circus'sission: Those That Made the Cut! Head First Acrobats

3 stars The atmosphere was lively for this variety show, and the compère made it seem as if we'd been invited to a party – a party which included, amongst other things, acrobats, magicians, comedians, and lots of hoops of various sizes. The programme is different each night, but it's always hosted by acrobats from Aussie company Head First. Read the full review.

A variety mash-up of circus superstars, Spiegeltent legends and the hottest acts of this year's Brighton Fringe. Presented by your favourite Aussie acrobats, the boys from Head First. With a rotating cast each night, different fringe artist guests get to showcase their best, weirdest and most hilarious talents, backed up by the incredible acrobatics and comedy of the Head First Acrobats.

A little bit raunchy, a little bit weird, and a whole lot of fun.

9:40pm to 10:30pm
Bear North Brainfruit

4 stars A show with a dancing bear might sound barbaric… but relax, this particular bear wants to dance. There it stands at the side of the stage, the broadest of smiles on its big brown head, elegantly shimmying its big brown paws in time to Cajun folk songs. The songs are provided by a trio of musicians, who come from Brighton but tell us they're somehow in Canada, and a travelling poet has also tagged along. Oh – and did I mention that the bear is wearing a cheerful summery dress? Read the full review.

A comic combo including a dancing bear - yep, probably the only show in the Fringe to have one. Created by multi-award-winning comedian and director Roy Hutchins - recent winner of the ‘Best ensemble production’ at the Wellington Fringe for ‘Fiery Tongues’. This new show conjures up cajun folk n’ blues on bears, beavers, bugs and buffalos. Sue Bradley (Perrier winner for her work with Pookiesnackenburger) is on fiddle, Dr Blue’s on guitar, Roy’s on synth and we’re proud to introduce the golden voice of Caitlin Mckeon and the dancing talents of her brother Tom - aka THE BEAR

9:45pm to 10:35pm
The RH Experience: Scribble! The RH Experience

YouTube stars The RH Experience present Scribble: An hour of weird, wonderful and downright hilarious comedy, storytelling and songs, all against an ever-changing live-illustrated backdrop! Charming lo-fi visuals (from the Beano illustrator Ed Stockham) twinned with razor-sharp improvisation and character driven narratives guarantee that The RH Experience's Scribble is the perfect show for all comedy and art lovers. As seen on E4!

"Make us laugh to the point of exhaustion" (The 405)
***** (ThreeWeeks)
***** (TenEighty)
***** (JokePit)

9:45pm to 10:45pm

The washed-up boy band of sketch comedy are returning to Brighton with their first new show in four years.

Now in their thirties and with no other career options they have decided to abandon their wives, jobs and in one case their child, to jump back in the gimpy saddle. Strap yourselves in for a blistering hour of dark sketches, dirty songs and disgraceful nudity.

"A triumphant return" (The Guardian)

"A riotous, rollicking, all-singing, all-dancing celebration of bad-taste comedy with production values other sketch groups can only dream of." (Chortle)

"Dark and Twisted... Glorious!" (Metro)

9:50pm to 10:50pm
Are Strings Attached? Yama Theatre Productions

4 stars On paper, it sounds like Are String Attached? tackles an impossible mish-mash of themes: graffiti spraying, professional tennis, and time at drama school. But we learn soon enough that these disparate forms of self-expression fulfil a common need – to be seen, to be respected, to be top dog. Billed as a "fictional autobiography", Simon Lovat's one-man play is both a gentle reflection on what matters in life, and a fascinating insight into what drives certain people to do the things they do. Read the full review.

It's hard to know exactly what to expect from this one-man show about graffiti, tennis and Pinocchio. It's a weird-sounding combination, but reviews last year were good – emphasising the detailed script, and physical intensity of the performance. There's a big difference this time round: it's moved from being a travelling show, performed in your own home, into a conventional Fringe theatre. We'll have to see how it's changed by that transition, but it's certainly intriguing, and actor Simon Lovat has earned four-star reviews from us in the past.

What do you get if you cross Bjorn Borg with Banksy? You get a one man show about DOG, graffiti legend and former tennis pro, who hates his dad and has serious issues with Jiminy Cricket. And he’s here to throw a massive piece on your living room wall. But is his heart really in it? Shouldn’t fame be more fun than this?

Prepare to be delighted and confounded and to have your credulity tested to the max in this exhilarating, darkly comic play inspired by Pinocchio, that asks the Big Question. A sell-out in Brighton Fringe 2017: “The acting is physical and astounding” (Brighton Source).

10:00pm to 10:50pm
Phil Lunn Is... Phil Lunn

An evening with a lady who isn’t to be forgotten. Phil Lunn Is... a cabaret singer, created uniquely for this one performance. Entirely improvised songs and entirely improvised conversation, all inspired by the audience.

“Original, beautiful, and funny. A unique performance.” (Reykjavik lmprov Festival)

“Phil Lunn from the UK became the star.” (Sirp Magazine)

“A powerhouse of musical improv.” (Open Your Mouth and Sing)

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Sam and Ben: Aliems! Sam and Ben

Do you believe in... aliems? You may never have seen one but, just like the millions of people who watch Mrs Brown's Boys every week , they're out there somewhere, living among us, lurking in the shadows.

Sam and Ben are mysterious government agents who have devoted their lives to protecting the good folk of Brighton from evil aliem abductors. They never fail to save the day and in style! Well, even if they did, they'd erase your memory so you wouldn't remember...

So grab yourself a front row seat and pray the person next to you isn't an aliem, or worse a Mrs Brown's Boys fan!

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Feral R Dumbrell

Rob has lived off the grid in a caravan in a field for eight years. At 44 he’s now starting to worry he’ll never get back on the grid with everyone else, but does he want to to? Relationships are stressful, the world is going crazy and besides, how else can he afford to go swimming in the Arctic?

There is also the real possibility, looking back on his life, that Rob has never really been on the grid! After all, how many people spent their 21st birthday on the Turkish-Iranian border in the middle of a war zone?

Hopefully he’ll either figure it out or not worry about it!

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

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

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

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

10.00PM show:
[MC] Will Duggan
Lynn Ruth Miller(US)
Jürgen Strack(DE)
Will Franken(US)

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

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

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

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

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

10:15pm to 11:15pm
Shaggers Nik Coppin Productions

Following yet more sell-out shows at festivals and theatres worldwide, the hit show returns with yet more great comedians with hilarious material based around that most noble of pursuits - shagging!

"Some well-picked, mischievous and unburdened comedy!" ***** (Voicemag, Brighton Fringe 2017)

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

"Excellent" ***** (

"Utterly hilarious" **** 1/2 (Perth Fringe)

"The best a festival has to offer... cannot recommend it highly enough" **** (Melbourne Comedy Festival)

10:30pm to 11:25pm
Dirty White Boys: Manners Dirty White Boys

The award-winning sketch comedy double act are back with a brand new hour! Expect loud fast nonsense.

Winners - Best New Act (London SketchFest)

"A slick operation with punchlines to match... Pitch perfect!" **** (Mumble Comedy)

“Exceptional sketches... highly talented” **** (Fringebiscuit)

“This comedy duo have oodles of talent up the yin-yang... Clever, witty, and brilliantly acted" **** (LondonTheatre1)

"Wrapped with comic cleverness" **** (Young Perspective)

“Spectacularly and compellingly funny” (The List)

10:30pm to 11:30pm
The Sweet Release Sweet Productions

This is how your night at the Fringe ends: not with a whimper, but a bang! Join the hottest up-and-coming acts from all across Brighton Fringe for our late night revue. With new and established acts, and local and international performers heating up our evenings, as well as theme nights galore, 'The Sweet Release' is the perfect climax to a day of shows at Brighton Fringe.

Check out our Twitter feed and website to find out which new Fringe acts will be at Sweet throughout the festival.

11:00pm to 2:00am
Guilty Pleasures Guilty Pleasures

An unashamedly glorious all-singing, all-dancing renouncement of Pop music and an antidote to modern day clubbing fatigue. In eight short years it’s become one of the biggest events and movements of the music scene. Prepare for a big, wild and glamorous night! Very early sell-out.

11:15pm to 12:15am
On The Edge Comedy On The Edge Comedy

On the Edge Comedy is a Brighton stand up institution. Running year-round it brings the best new acts to the Caroline of Brunswick. We've also got a reputation for big names dropping in, to try new stuff. This year we're running throughout Brighton Fringe with fantastic handpicked line-ups, and possibly a few surprise guests! Expect top-quality acts in a fun late night environment!

11:30pm to 12:30am
LJ DA FUNK in... When will these fascist bastards be lined up and f**king shot? LJ DA FUNK

Remember when Nazis were only found in Germany, Austria, and Clacton-on-Sea? Well now they're in the White House, Downing Street, and Clacton-on-Sea. Join lefty libtard snowflake saviour of mankind LJ DA FUNK as he fists all those fascist f**kers in the face with his funny!

Winner: Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year
Finalist: Laughing Horse New Act of the Year
Winner: Pegasus Comedy Act of the Year
Finalist: Jaunty Lark

"There's a fine line between genius and insanity. LJ DA FUNK has crossed that line and kicked it to death" (The List)

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:30pm to 12:30am
Viggo Venn: Pepito Stamptown

We weren't alone in praising Viggo Venn at last year's Edinburgh Fringe; his endearing comic clowning earned him many admirers, and a 5* review from us. Filled with sketches and skits, it's a playful show which gently engages its audience, encouraging participation without forcing it. Our review commented on the "child-like sense of curiosity and wonder" embodied by Venn's character Pepito, which belies the calibre of his skill and experience as half of double-act Zach and Viggo. Funny, quirky, and charming.

Nominated for Best Comedy Award (Brighton Fringe 2017)
Norwegian champion of Theatresports 2015

After full runs at Edinburgh, Adelaide and Prague Fringe, award-winning Norwegian comedian Viggo Venn returns to Brighton with a better version of last year's show! If you like absurd comedy then you'll really enjoy it. Otherwise maybe don't come. Directed by Jonny Woolley, music by David Zucker.

"My cheeks were aching with laughter" ***** (Fringe Guru)
"I laughed so much my face hurt" **** 1/2 (The Latest)
"Most importantly... Norwegian" **** (Broadway Baby)
"Spot-on comic timing" **** (730 Review)