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

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

10:00am to 11:30am
Quiet Down There Market Drop-ins Quiet Down There

Free creative-fun for families. Join us in the Open Market every Saturday and let your imagination fly. See what you can make from a range of materials found in and around the market from vegetables to second-hand books!

Find us upstairs in Studio 6 between 10-11.30am, Saturdays throughout May and June, no need to book just drop-in.

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)

10:00am to 12:00pm
WARMTH Pop-up Sauna WARMTH BRIGHTON

'WARMTH' is a mobile, wood-fired sauna; dark, timber-lined and löyly filled. Heat up, cool down - the sea is your plunge pool.

Impromptu performances animate the 'WARMTH' sauna, whilst at other times it’s simply a place to relax. Appealing to all the senses, this warm, fragrant haven creates a pocket of Finland on Brighton Beach.

2 hour sessions:
Changing bell tent
Learn the art of making löyly
80c-100c temperature approx
Capacity 6
All sessions are mixed gender
Bring 2 towels (one for sitting on), swimsuit, water bottle and beach shoes
Children under 12

10:30am to 12:00pm
Notorious Women of Hove Louise Peskett

Hove has been home to women whose ideas have shaken up our world - from some of Britain’s first women doctors to suffragettes, from social campaigners to boundary shifting entertainers.

Walk in these women's footsteps, hear their stories, and take in a pioneering women's hospital and game-changing girls' school on this walk with Louise Peskett.

11:00am to 12:00pm
Monski Mouse's Baby Disco Dance Hall Monski Mouse Media

Why toddle when you can dance! Parents and under-5s are let loose on the dance floor in the friendliest of discos. Created by DJ, producer and mum of two, Monski Mouse. Get your disco-dancing-booties on to an eclectic selection of retro hits and funky nursery rhymes.

"Tune after tune perfectly chosen for the youngsters... It's surely the best baby dance party in the city". ******* (Edinburgh Evening News)

"It’s not often you see a load of grown men get down on the floor and meow - but then this was no ordinary gig." (South London Press)

"Absolutely joyous" ***** (Edinburgh Families)

11:00am to 1:00pm
How to: Rural Tour National Rural Touring Forum

The village hall, church and school are focal points for rural life and afford a familiar, informal space in which local people can enjoy the arts. Join members of the National Rural Touring Forum to learn how to tour your show to rural communities. Informal presentation and discussion followed by Q&A.

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

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

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

11:00am to 9:00pm
Foodies Festival Brighton The Media Company Publications Ltd

‘Foodies Festival’, the largest food and drink festival in the UK, is returning to the Hove Lawns this summer.

Meet Michelin star chefs, MasterChef winners and GBBO winners in our multiple theatres. ‘Foodies Festival’ showcases the best of British culinary talent, with a vast array of artisan and award-winning producers, along with a street food village and food and drink masterclasses led by top chefs, bakers and nutritionists.

With a new Healthy Living Focus, Grow Your Own, Creative Summer Workshops, Drinks Theatre, Kid’s Cookery School and a bigger and better live music stage, enjoy a day out at the best year of ‘Foodies Festival’ yet!

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)

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

Six walking tours of Embassy Court lasting between an hour and 90 minutes, during which time participants visit a flat, the roof terrace, the small tank museum and walk around parts of the front and rear of the building, The entrance of Embassy Court includes the blue plaque of former resident, Edward Zeff MBE, and Croix de Guerre awarded for his bravery after WW2. We hope that a new mural will be completed for the Embassy Court Hallway.

11:00am to 1:00pm
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.

11:00am to 1:00pm
WARMTH Pop-up Sauna WARMTH BRIGHTON

'WARMTH' is a mobile, wood-fired sauna; dark, timber-lined and löyly filled. Heat up, cool down - the sea is your plunge pool.

Impromptu performances animate the 'WARMTH' sauna, whilst at other times it’s simply a place to relax. Appealing to all the senses, this warm, fragrant haven creates a pocket of Finland on Brighton Beach.

2 hour sessions:
Changing bell tent
Learn the art of making löyly
80c-100c temperature approx
Capacity 6
All sessions are mixed gender
Bring 2 towels (one for sitting on), swimsuit, water bottle and beach shoes
Children under 12

11:30am to 12:15pm
Sing-Along Fun with Dave Benson Phillips Mustn't Grumble Media Ltd

The well-known children’s entertainer and TV presenter Dave Benson Phillips ('Playdays', 'Playhouse Disney', 'Fun Song Factory', 'Boj!') performs popular children's songs on his trusty guitar.

Join in with Dave as he sings... 'If You’re Happy and You Know it', 'Dingle Dangle Scarecrow', 'The Bear Went Over the Mountain', 'The Hokey Kokey', and many other musical tunes, plus Dave’s Sing-Along Quiz!

It’s the perfect show for families with young children (under 6s).

The ethic of Dave’s show is very simple... Sing the songs, join in with the actions, and have fun!

12:00pm to 1:00pm
LET'S BUILD A PLANET! The Incredible Rebel All-Stars

Imagine designing your own planet. What colour would the sea be? How many legs would a donkey have? What would the farts smell like? Well now’s your chance to choose! Join a madcap team of World Builders on a hilarious, big-banging adventure. Escape from the sinister Robo-Cops, get lost in an alien forest and bring new light to the universe!

This is an immersive comedy, suitable for ages 3-3000. Come prepared to laugh and play. Extra-terrestrials welcome. Don't forget your thinking cap.

“Stunningly creative” (Fringe Guru)

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

12:00pm to 2:00pm
WARMTH Pop-up Sauna WARMTH BRIGHTON

'WARMTH' is a mobile, wood-fired sauna; dark, timber-lined and löyly filled. Heat up, cool down - the sea is your plunge pool.

Impromptu performances animate the 'WARMTH' sauna, whilst at other times it’s simply a place to relax. Appealing to all the senses, this warm, fragrant haven creates a pocket of Finland on Brighton Beach.

2 hour sessions:
Changing bell tent
Learn the art of making löyly
80c-100c temperature approx
Capacity 6
All sessions are mixed gender
Bring 2 towels (one for sitting on), swimsuit, water bottle and beach shoes
Children under 12

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)

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 12:45pm
VAGUE (Work-In-Progress) PBJ Management

18 months ago, Maisie Adam decided to try stand-up comedy. Within a year, she found herself winning the prestigious 'So You Think You're Funny?' competition, opening for Stephen K Amos' sell-out talk show, several features as one to watch in Funny Women, and a nomination for Best New Comedy at the 2017 Brighton Fringe.

Now, Maisie presents a work-in-progress ahead of her debut Edinburgh show, with hilarious personal material about her family, bad decisions, and Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy (obviously).

"Adam exudes an appealing, quirky energy, and is clearly a natural wit" (Chortle)

12:00pm to 2:30pm
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 - hello@silverandsage.co.uk. Prior booking is essential. For more info visit our website.

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Aaaah The Growing Pains of a Neurotic Jew ... Henry Churniavsky Henry Churniavsky Churney

Henry Churniavsky in his solo show, 'Aaaah The Growing pains of a Neurotic Jew' unloads to the audience all about his Jewish roots from growing up to getting old, with lots more in between. He discusses mothers, marriage, pregnancy, his children (twins) and his daughter's (expensive) wedding.

He is also a neurotic, paranoid and a hypochondriac who looks at nightmare dating, his wife and asks the questions "What is being Jewish all about?" and "What am I, chopped Liver?"

Ending up talking about medical procedures just for good measure.

12:00pm to 1:15pm
The Upper Brighton Greenway: An Interactive Guided Tour Andrew Bridge

Take an interactive tour of the recently completed Brighton Greenway: a green corridor that cuts through the New England Quarter connecting the North of Brighton with the mainline station. It provides a unique home to wildlife, commuters and local residents – with local residents hosting the event you’ll learn, connect and celebrate in one of Brighton’s newest urban green spaces.

12:00pm to 12:30pm
Am I If? Lunar Objects Theatre

Are you a feminist if you shave your legs but keep your pits free flowing? Are you a terrible person if you only own a wooden toothbrush so that someone might see it and think you’re a revolutionist? And is it okay to say that most days your only companion in this constantly connected disconnected world is your overpowering body odour?

Breaking down the fourth wall the audience are invited on a turbulent soul-bearing tour of her little world with the use of flashbacks, minimal props to create setting and spoken word poetry. This is a no-nonsense, raw play with female friendship at its core.

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

12:30pm to 1:40pm
Pick of the Fringe Otherplace Productions Ltd

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.

12:30pm to 1:25pm
Bite-Size Plays presents: Neverwant White Room Theatre

Neverwant... The algorithm of life!

A brand new story about a passion that can’t breach the firewall! If everything you’ve ever yearned for is just a constant impending update what’s left to want? Isn’t the definition of freedom a heart without desire? ‘Neverwant’ explores a world where love is nothing more than a bug in the system.

Based on two audience hits from our five-star, sell-out, 'Ed Fringe Breakfast Show', this exciting piece has been developed by Billy Knowelden and Thomas Willshire.

***** (British Theatre Guide)
***** (FringeReview)
***** (WhatsOnStage)
***** (Daily Record)

1:00pm to 1:45pm
Sing-Along Fun with Dave Benson Phillips Mustn't Grumble Media Ltd

The well-known children’s entertainer and TV presenter Dave Benson Phillips ('Playdays', 'Playhouse Disney', 'Fun Song Factory', 'Boj!') performs popular children's songs on his trusty guitar.

Join in with Dave as he sings... 'If You’re Happy and You Know it', 'Dingle Dangle Scarecrow', 'The Bear Went Over the Mountain', 'The Hokey Kokey', and many other musical tunes, plus Dave’s Sing-Along Quiz!

It’s the perfect show for families with young children (under 6s).

The ethic of Dave’s show is very simple... Sing the songs, join in with the actions, and have fun!

1:00pm to 5:00pm
Fringe City Family Picnic Brighton Fringe

Fringe City Family Picnic is a free outdoor event taking place on the 5th and 26th May in the Pavilion Gardens, a showcase of family friendly shows, plus free fun activities for children of all ages.

In 2017, over 100,000 people attended Fringe City during 8 fantastic days of performances, installations, sideshows and surreal walkabout performers. We're expecting this year to be even bigger and better with events from the 4th May to 3rd June 2018.

This event will have live filming from Brighton Fringe partners. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to a steward on the day.

1:00pm to 3:00pm
WARMTH Pop-up Sauna WARMTH BRIGHTON

'WARMTH' is a mobile, wood-fired sauna; dark, timber-lined and löyly filled. Heat up, cool down - the sea is your plunge pool.

Impromptu performances animate the 'WARMTH' sauna, whilst at other times it’s simply a place to relax. Appealing to all the senses, this warm, fragrant haven creates a pocket of Finland on Brighton Beach.

2 hour sessions:
Changing bell tent
Learn the art of making löyly
80c-100c temperature approx
Capacity 6
All sessions are mixed gender
Bring 2 towels (one for sitting on), swimsuit, water bottle and beach shoes
Children under 12

1:00pm to 2:00pm
Richard Stainbank: The Wilderness Years Richard Stainbank

Single, jobless and living at home, life isn’t treating Richard Stainbank well. Underemployed and underwhelmed, he finds himself at the home of the Greatest Briton with the National Trust and wonders what Winston would do.

A former Laughing Horse and Chortle Student finalist, Richard brings his debut show to the Brighton Fringe. He has nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. And jokes.

“Lovingly crafted and rewarding to listen to... his set is packed with punchlines and evocative turns of phrase" (Chortle)

"He has taken very easily to stand-up" (London Is Funny)

1:00pm to 5:00pm
Ecotricity – Britain’s greenest energy company Ecotricity

Ecotricity is not your usual energy company. We don’t just supply green energy, we make it too! We use our customers’ energy bills to build new sources of renewable energy – we call it turning ‘bills into mills’. Add to this our frack-free gas promise and you’ve got a truly 21st century energy company. Join us to have some fun at Fringe City, where we’ll be powering The Main Stage with 100% green electricity, Ecotricity’s #GreenBritain.

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

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

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

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

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

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

1:00pm to 2:30pm
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 a 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)

1:00pm to 5:00pm
Fringe City Brighton Fringe

Fringe City is a free outdoor event in the centre of Brighton taking place every weekend of Brighton Fringe 2018.

In 2017, over 100,000 people attended Fringe City during seven fantastic days of performances, installations, sideshows, dance-offs, choirs, cabaret, puppetry, children's workshops, acrobatics and surreal walkabout performers.

We’re expecting 2018 to be even bigger and better with even more shows, performances, madness and mayhem, all packed in from 5 May to 2 June 2018.

1:00pm to 4:00pm
MyCharleston Speakeasy MyCharleston

Pull on your spats and tassels and learn to Charleston like it’s 1929. Now in its third year, the 'MyCharleston Speakeasy' will have you dancing the iconic steps of the 1920s. With a twist of Jazz and a dash of Electro Swing, this is a modern take on a classic Speakeasy. Be enthralled by live music, workshops, competitions and mesmerising performances!

As soon as you enter, the band will get you in the swing of things. Expect pop-up dance
lessons, a Charleston dance-off and our annual Strictly Charleston competition. We will also keep you entertained with our very own flapper girls.

www.mycharlestondance.com

1:15pm to 2:15pm
Gary G Knightley: Twat Out of Hell Gary G Knightley

Twat Out of Hell features comedian Gary G Knightley, as seen on Channel 4, BBC3 and the West End, performing his debut solo show.

After hiding behind cult EdFringe show 'Animal Jokes' for years, it is time to get real. Uncomfortably real. Knightley explores what it is to be him: a brash, honest curmudgeon who hates everything but just wants to be adored. What a twat. With Meatloaf songs.

1:15pm to 2:15pm
Matt Duwell: Snowflake It 'Til You Make It. Matt Duwell/ Laughing Horse Comedy

Matt Duwell is a Snowflake, and he is owning that label (despite thinking labels are pejorative). A show for anyone who has ever been called a Snowflake, a libtard or a remoaner.

Expect jokes about lighthearted subjects such as the polarisation of political discourse, the rise of nationalism as well as more serious subjects like Netflix and Angel Delight.

"Razor sharp ability... the boy's got talent” **** (Mumble Comedy)

1:30pm to 2:20pm
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)

1:30pm to 3:30pm
Exploring Senses 'MakerLab Monsters' Exploring Senses CIC

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

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

1:30pm to 2:00pm
Byron Vincent: Instagramming the Apocalypse INN CROWD

In this witty, lyrical and unique spoken-word comedy show, Bryon Vincent turns a satirical eye to both his personal and our collective existential crises.

One of BBC poetry season’s New Talent Choices, Byron Vincent is a regular at the nation’s most prestigious literary and music festivals. He has performed several times on television and national radio, including Channel 4’s 'Random Acts', Radio 4’s 'Bespoken Word' and BBC 3’s 'The Verb'.

"One of the best things I have ever seen. If we could book him every night we would." (Bang Said The Gun)

 Work in progress.

1:30pm to 2:30pm
Lippy Word of Mouth Theatre

Rachel has been in awe of funny women her whole life, and now, a quarter of a century in and feeling daunted by the ‘Beach-Body ready’ and ‘BIC pens for Her’ culture she needs to channel these strong women more than ever.

Join Rachel as she revisits defining moments from her teens and twenties in 'LIPPY', an innovative, semi-autobiographical lip-sync show exploring gender and authenticity.

"Causer reminds us of how hard it is to be young, female and desperately trying to play a game you don’t know the rules of yet." (A Younger Theatre)

"Enormously funny and enjoyable show" **** (ActDrop)

1:40pm to 2:30pm
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

2:00pm to 3:30pm
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.

2:00pm to 4:00pm
WARMTH Pop-up Sauna WARMTH BRIGHTON

'WARMTH' is a mobile, wood-fired sauna; dark, timber-lined and löyly filled. Heat up, cool down - the sea is your plunge pool.

Impromptu performances animate the 'WARMTH' sauna, whilst at other times it’s simply a place to relax. Appealing to all the senses, this warm, fragrant haven creates a pocket of Finland on Brighton Beach.

2 hour sessions:
Changing bell tent
Learn the art of making löyly
80c-100c temperature approx
Capacity 6
All sessions are mixed gender
Bring 2 towels (one for sitting on), swimsuit, water bottle and beach shoes
Children under 12

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.

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Live Action Roller Derby! Brighton Rockers Roller Derby

Discover roller derby: a fast-paced, full-contact sport played on roller skates.
The fearless Brighton Rockers take on Lutece Destroyeuses - Roller Derby Paris A team and the Rockerbillies take on Lutece B.

GAME 1 - Brighton Rockerbillies vs Lutece B : 2:30pm
GAME 2 - Brighton Rockers vs Lutece A: 4:50pm

Standard: £8 (online, £9.50 on the door)
Students: £7
Amaze Compass Card holders: £7
Under 12s free!

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 3:30pm
A Brighton Story: The Original City Tour Brighton City Walks

Brighton's number one, award-winning traditional city walking tour.

Perfect for visitors and residents alike.

90 minutes of fascinating facts about this incredible cosmopolitan city. Discover royal romance, secret tunnels, fishermen’s cottages and more.

Winner: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016, 2017.

2:00pm to 3:15pm
The Upper Brighton Greenway: An Interactive Guided Tour Andrew Bridge

Take an interactive tour of the recently completed Brighton Greenway: a green corridor that cuts through the New England Quarter connecting the North of Brighton with the mainline station. It provides a unique home to wildlife, commuters and local residents – with local residents hosting the event you’ll learn, connect and celebrate in one of Brighton’s newest urban green spaces.

2:10pm to 3:10pm
Arr We There Yet? Head First Acrobats

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

2:15pm to 5:00pm
Mindful Ki & Aikido Taster Sessions Brighton Ki Society

Join the Brighton Ki Society for a day of mindful Ki and Aikido taster sessions.

Please arrive by 2:15pm wearing loose, comfortable clothing such as a tracksuit or gi for the start of the Shin Shin Toitsu Do (Japanese yoga) session at 2:30pm, where you will learn unification of mind and body, natural movement, meditation and breathing.

At 3:30pm, join the SST Aikido workshop applying Ki principles for harmonious self defence applications, health and self-development.

From 4:30pm to 5pm there will be a Ki and Aikido demonstration and a Q&A session.

2:15pm to 3:15pm
The Sleeper Anima Theatre Company

An overnight train, somewhere in Europe. Karina, a very British writer, naively reports a woman sleeping in her bunk. Then she does it again. Forever connected by this simple action, these two women are played and replayed in the mind of a writer who examines the stories we tell each other and how we choose to tell them. This provocative and poignant new play weaves together the real testimony of Syrian refugees and the personal experience of writer Henry C Krempels.

"The best thing in Edinburgh” (The London Review of Books)
“An exceptional piece of theatre-making" (The Scotsman)

This production is part of Brighton Fringe's Arts Industry Showcase, WINDOW.

2:15pm to 3:15pm
Huggers Nik Coppin Productions

The popular family show at festivals worldwide returns with a revolving line-up of performers of all varieties from comedians, musical theatre, poets, magicians, clowns and children's entertainers with fun and laughter for all the family.

"Kept the kids entertained... whizzed past and was perfectly timed for child attention spans!” (Child Friendly Brighton)
“The kids had a great time” (Adelaide Fringe)
“Great show” (The Scotsman)
“Mums and dads are onto a winner with this afternoon of delightfully immature comedy” (Melbourne International Comedy Festival)

2:25pm to 3:15pm
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)

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Runny For Money Angela Yeoh

3 stars Runny for Money: a weird name for an off-beat, shaky, but funny and rewarding show. A one-woman character piece from journalist-turned-actor Angela Yeoh, it takes the form of a seminar hosted by a "famous" Chinese businesswoman called Manyi – who appears on stage resplendent in fur coat, the very image of nouveau-riche consumerism. There's plenty of audience participation and a few economic lessons, as Manyi lurches from lecture to games to live-streamed TV show. Read the full review.

Like money? You'll love this show. Self-­professed business guru Manyi visits from China to share top insights for a prosperous and powerful life. Come laugh, play, ponder and power up!

“Angela Yeoh is a powerhouse of charm and sensitivity... mesmerizing and amazingly clever... highly recommended to lift your spirits" **** (Adelaide Theatre Guide).

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Andy Quirk's Got First World Problems Andy Quirk

East London's premier rapper of first-world problems, Andy quirk, and his backup dancer Anna J, bring fist-pumping therapy for modern living to the masses. Join their crew in railing against the inconsequential irks of modern living!

"Delivers with infectious enthusiasm... demolishing any walls of self-consciousness... he’s even got a backing dancer with moody sass to help build the atmosphere" (Chortle)

"Interaction with the crowd is excellently handled... it translates perfectly from page to stage with superb timing and an ability to switch music genre with ease" ***** (Bunbury Magazine)

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Christopher's Caterpillars Topsy Turvy Theatre

Christopher Nibble and his best friend Posie have been busy growing plants and food in their garden whilst taking care of their six hairy pet caterpillars. But when their crawly comrades disappear without a trace, the gardening guinea pigs swap their trowels for magnifying glasses and turn detective! Will Christopher and Posie crack the case and bring their caterpillars home to Dandeville? Or have they vanished forever?

Written especially for children aged 2-7, 'Christopher’s Caterpillars' is a bright and beautiful tale of mini-beasts and mystery!

Touch tours available on request, please email claire@topsyturvytheatre.co.uk to book.

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Dave: A Work in Progress On The Edge Comedy

Despite his best intentions, Dave Fensome is getting older. If you've ever accidentally got older, and been unhappy about it, this is the show for you. Join acclaimed local comedian Dave Fensome as he presents the work in progress of his debut hour. Confronting the big issues like how dating apps can save your marriage, losing your working-class roots, what you can learn from music festivals and how technology has lost its way.

"Dave Fensome’s material is energetic and relatable. Even if you’re in denial about your innermost paranoia, you’ll enjoy this show. Don’t miss it." (Brighton Source)

2:45pm to 3:15pm
Andrew James Brown: The Moon Under Water INN CROWD

Poet Andrew James Brown loves pubs. All pubs. In 'The Moon Under Water', like George Orwell before him, he looks at the joy of pubs, their essence and their greatness, and, most importantly, the people in them. History, philosophy, musings, poems, and tales of booze, horse brasses and Morris dancers lie within. Join him for a warm lager or two.

Taking Orwell's 1946 essay as a starting point, this show travels through pubs great and small, through country inns to city gin-palaces, across parquet and sticky carpet alike.

Do you like pubs? If so, you'll like this. Hopefully.

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

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

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Isadora: I Dance What I Am The Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre

Passionate and unconventional, Isadora Duncan revolutionised the dance world and is known as "the mother of modern dance". Once described as "the most famous American in Europe", she dedicated her life to raising the importance of dance as an art form and her inspirational philosophy on dance still delivers a powerful message today.

This new play includes re-imagined excerpts of her iconic dances, her thoughts on dance and life, and her personal struggle to reconcile Love and Art.

"A captivating production with a great blend of story and dance " (The Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre)

3:00pm to 4:00pm
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)

3:00pm to 4:00pm
A Song of Plague Lost in the Fog

4 stars On one side of the stage, an apothecary's surgery the size of a doll's house; on the other, a higgledy-piggledy stack of buildings. We're in London, it's 1665, and – the narrator tells us – a stranger has come from the sea. It's the plague, of course, and before the hour is out, a starburst of red crosses have appeared on the doors of the city. Tracing two characters, a doctor and his daughter, A Song Of Plague is a haunting piece of puppetry which successfully evokes a distant place and time. Read the full review.

1665, Death arrives in London. Rats flood the city and a sinister shadow haunts the streets. A combination of live original music, puppetry and transformation tell an intimate tale of plague, family and sacrifice when Death steps foot on the shores of the Thames.

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Neil O'Rourke & Patrick Spicer: Cool Dude Island Neil O'Rourke & Patrick Spicer

Rising stand-up comedians Neil O'Rourke (Irish Comedian of the Year 2017 Finalist) and Patrick Spicer (Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2018 Nominee) are the (p)residents of the coolest island off the coast of Brighton: Cool Dude Island (DISCLAIMER: Island may be conceptual).

"What he lacks in swagger – and possibly friends – he more than makes up for in delightful punchlines and entertaining yarns" (Chortle)
"Gloriously, wonderfully silly" (Angel Comedy)

3:00pm to 5:00pm
WARMTH Pop-up Sauna WARMTH BRIGHTON

'WARMTH' is a mobile, wood-fired sauna; dark, timber-lined and löyly filled. Heat up, cool down - the sea is your plunge pool.

Impromptu performances animate the 'WARMTH' sauna, whilst at other times it’s simply a place to relax. Appealing to all the senses, this warm, fragrant haven creates a pocket of Finland on Brighton Beach.

2 hour sessions:
Changing bell tent
Learn the art of making löyly
80c-100c temperature approx
Capacity 6
All sessions are mixed gender
Bring 2 towels (one for sitting on), swimsuit, water bottle and beach shoes
Children under 12

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Dave Chawner: Mental D2 Events

Award-winning comedian Dave Chawner premieres his new show about mental health (rather than mental illness).

As seen on BBC, ITV and Channel 4
As heard on BBC Radio 1, Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live

***** (Arts Award Voice)
***** (Bunbury Magazine)
**** (The List)
**** (EdFest Magazine)
**** (ThreeWeeks)
**** (Broadway Baby)
**** (Ed Fringe Review)
**** (Voice Magazine)

"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, and sometimes enlightening, hour" (Steve Bennet)

3:30pm to 4:30pm
The True Confessions of Perkins and Iles Laugh Train Home

Join Robyn Perkins, English Comedian of the Year finalist, and Sarah Iles, "Left the room quaking with laughter" as they divulge stories from their crazy, surreal and bizarre lives.

These two charming acts (over) share stories, creating a fun and upbeat hour of real-life stand-up. A perfect afternoon, packed with hilarious anecdotes. Reserve your space online, or just show up on the door.

Both Perkins, "Exceptionally charismatic", and Iles, "A deeply astute comedy storyteller", were given five stars in Brighton, 2017 from VoiceMag.

3:45pm to 4:45pm
Struan Logan: Struan All Over the World Hand-Drawn Comedy

In the hotly tipped debut hour from Scottish comedian and podcaster Struan Logan, he regales his tales of 18 months living out of a backpack through Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. Before coming to Brighton this show has already been performed earlier this year to rave reviews at Fringe World in Perth, Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne and Singapore. ***** "A must see show." (Weekend Notes), ****1/2 “Will have you cackling" (Adelaide Advertiser), **** “If this show doesn’t make you want to go backpacking, you’re probably dead inside.” (The Music), **** (Perth Happen)

3:45pm to 4:45pm
Mixed Up Heads Arna Spek

They are mixed up in their heads and hilarious! Three comics are showing you their best 20 minutes at Brighton Fringe Festival this year!

Come and join Lisanne Fridsma (Bath Comedy Festival Finalist), Arna Spek (99 comedy Club Female Bursary winner 2017) and Clive Copeman (BBC Radio 4 New Comedy Act 2017) in their search for identity in this stand-up comedy show.

Hilarious stories, funny anecdotes and misunderstandings. Each comic does 20 minutes of his/her best stories and jokes on what makes their heads so mixed up. Do you dare to join?

3:45pm to 4:45pm
The Polished Scar Pretty Villain Productions Ltd

4 stars I'm sure you know the Philip Larkin poem: the one about how your parents mess you up, because their parents did the same to them. Never has that process been laid out more clearly than it is in The Polished Scar, written and performed by Duncan Henderson. This is a one-man display of acting virtuosity, with a couple of interesting themes to explore. Read the full review.

We are all brothers and sisters, all born good, all born innocent. Duncan Henderson asks: What makes some people more equal than others? Where is the shift? Why do some strive for leadership, desire power, control and riches? These are our leaders of men, our shining examples.

What does it take to shape such a leader? Who carries the scars? What is the cost and who pays? You are invited to attend the making of a man in the image of the leader. The man who can send his troops into battle, who can privatise, who can siphon public funds into pockets of his friends.

4:00pm to 5:15pm
The Upper Brighton Greenway: An Interactive Guided Tour Andrew Bridge

Take an interactive tour of the recently completed Brighton Greenway: a green corridor that cuts through the New England Quarter connecting the North of Brighton with the mainline station. It provides a unique home to wildlife, commuters and local residents – with local residents hosting the event you’ll learn, connect and celebrate in one of Brighton’s newest urban green spaces.

4:00pm to 6:00pm
WARMTH Pop-up Sauna WARMTH BRIGHTON

'WARMTH' is a mobile, wood-fired sauna; dark, timber-lined and löyly filled. Heat up, cool down - the sea is your plunge pool.

Impromptu performances animate the 'WARMTH' sauna, whilst at other times it’s simply a place to relax. Appealing to all the senses, this warm, fragrant haven creates a pocket of Finland on Brighton Beach.

2 hour sessions:
Changing bell tent
Learn the art of making löyly
80c-100c temperature approx
Capacity 6
All sessions are mixed gender
Bring 2 towels (one for sitting on), swimsuit, water bottle and beach shoes
Children under 12

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Xara Vaughan: WANDERLUST Vaudelesque Productions

Receiving five star reviews for her sell out Edinburgh debut. Xara Vaughan is a fascinating talent with a fabulous voice and electrifying stage presence. Xara is delighted to return to Brighton Fringe with her brand new show featuring The Ty Jeffries Songbook. A collection of original songs with melodies and lyrics to touch your heart and enlighten your soul.

"Charming and engaging, a singers singer and master stroryteller" (Cabaret Scenes magazine)
" A cool, classy, highly polished performance" ***** (Edinburgh Guide)

Suitable for ages 9+ (under 16s to be accompanied by an adult)

4:00pm to 5:00pm
The Looker Sabotage Theatre

2 stars Don't take career advice from a pigeon. That's the main message I've carried away from The Looker, a show which – I'm not ashamed to admit – I simply didn’t understand. Blending live actors, puppetry, and mask work, it's heavy on striking images but vexingly light on meaning. Read the full review.

Things move so fast these days, it’s easy to get lost. Lost in time. Lost in ourselves. To cope with this feeling, Vida writes letters to herself in the future. Sometimes she leaves voice messages.

One day the future calls her back.

Vida is catapulted into a quest for freedom, on which she meets mystical and surreal new friends. A fresh and darkly comic tale of self-discovery combining theatre, puppets, masks and live music.

"One of the most profound, truthful, cosmic and heartfelt narratives I've ever come across." (Jane, audience member 2017)

"A young company worth your attention" (FringeReview)

4:00pm to 4:45pm
Shakespeare’s Mad Women (A Love Letter to Shakespearean F*ckboys) Lady Garden Theatre Company

A new writing comedy exploring what happens when the ‘mad’ women of Shakespeare find themselves dead, together, and angry... Asking why we dismiss women in literature, and what their stories might be, this debut writing from a female-centric company provokes, entertains, and challenges our favourite stories for the 21st century.

4:15pm to 5:10pm
Form Rendered Retina

We have all been bored, trapped in monotony. We have all dreamt of escape. Our minds construct fantastic worlds to break us out of routine, taking us to our own private paradise. But eventually we have to come back. We always have to come back.

20,000 paper balls, three performers and office equipment create wonderful vistas in a stunning visual voyage through what it means to be bored. Performers portray office workers happily oppressed by routine, except one. Winner of the Les Enfants Terribles Award 2017.

"Pure clowning gold" (The Scotsman)
"Enthralling" (Edinburgh Guide)

This production is part of Brighton Fringe's Arts Industry Showcase, WINDOW.

4:15pm to 5:15pm
Karen Blott ... Pick 'N' Mix The Caxton Arms

Karen will be challenging stereotypes of older women, motherhood and widowhood and in particular female body images. There will also be support from her guest artists.

4:20pm to 5:20pm
Will Rowland Will Rowland

Silly, surreal stand-up comedy from spicy boy Will Rowland.

The first third is devoted to proclaiming that he is a popular guy with plenty of friends. The second is a discussion of truth in comedy, which involves some backtracking. The third section is devoted to the telling of a wonderful joke, before finishing with a rousing sing-song, to the delight of all.

Finalist: New Comedian of the Year 2017
Third Place Max Turner Prize 2017

"Playful... intellectual... jokes about his washing machine" (Chortle)

4:30pm to 5:30pm
C.S.I: Crime Scene Improvisation The Chandeliers

No one knows who the killer is, not even the cast!

The improvised murder mystery comedy is back! Following sold-out runs at Edinburgh Fringe 2017/2016 and Brighton Fringe 2017/2016, 'CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation' returns to Brighton creating a 100% brand-new who-dunnit every show to solve an outlandish murder invented by the audience.

Someone’s kicked the bucket. But who, what and how? The choice is yours.

"Innovation and top-tier entertainment" ***** (The Wee Review)

"A spectacular must see" ***** (Bunbury Magazine)

"Spontaneous mastery" **** (Fringebiscuit)

4:30pm to 6:00pm
Fauré Requiem and Concerti Roedean School

Roedean community musicians perform the beautifully melodic choral favourite, Gabriel Faure's 'Requiem', alongside choruses from Purcell's 'Dido and Aeneas' and Handel's 'Messiah'.

Programme to include student performances of concerto movements by Vivaldi, Mozart, Weber and Vaughan Williams.

4:30pm to 5:25pm
Henry Café: It's Gameshow Time! Henry Café

The game show where celebrities compete to become UN Goodwill Ambassadors. Celebrities include JK Rowling, Jennifer Lopez and Eddie Redmayne. Watch out for goblins! Interactive character comedy from Henry Café.

"Baffling but really kind of wonderful" **** (List)

"Hysterical and bizarre" (Barcelona Connect)

"Time well spent indeed" **** (ThreeWeeks)

**** (Broadway Baby)

4:30pm to 5:50pm
Always, With a Love That's True Wired Theatre

4 stars I always enjoy Wired Theatre's unconventional site-specific work – partly because they're so willing to break theatrical rules, and partly because they invariably surprise me with something different and new. Set in a real house in Hove, with scenes in the lounge, hallway, kitchen and conservatory, this one certainly preserves Wired's reputation for performing in unusual spaces. But after years presenting shows which hop back and forth in history, this time they gave me the one thing I least expected: a traditional linear storyline. Read the full review.

Wired Theatre are long-standing Brighton Fringe regulars, and have made a name for themselves staging creative site-specific works in unusual places – this time, a normal house in Hove. Their shows are always quirky, and sometimes demand your concentration, but following a long run of recent successes I'll rank them a sure bet for this year. Their latest show is a sequel to last year's And Love Walked In, a time-jumping tale about a psychologist losing his own grip on reality; expect an unusual and creative production, with plenty to talk about afterwards.

Love is undying. Death is just around the comer. Listen, time’s passing. Who knows what’s beyond the grave? The ageing psychotherapist, troubled and insecure, cannot trust his wife, his clients or himself in this darkly comic sequel to last year’s sell-out show.

Wired Theatre returns to the quiet house in Hove in this original, entertaining, promenade production which presents, in close-up, lives trapped on a rollercoaster ride towards an inevitable end.

Provocative, tantalising and often mysterious, Wired ‘s work aims to create exciting theatre in a non-theatrical location.

4:35pm to 5:35pm
Hamlet (An Experience) Brite Theater / Sweet Production

Emily Carding's one-woman version of Richard III was a highlight of my Fringe last year, not just because of the gender inversion but because of the creative way it brought the audience into the storytelling. Hamlet (An Experience) sounds like it goes even further; casting us as actors arriving at Elsinore, Hamlet will ask us to recreate the events of his life and help him unpick their meaning. Carding is a spellbinding performer and, if it's like Richard III, the interactions will be both rewarding and entertaining.

After breaking new ground and touring the world with their multi award-winning 'Richard III (A One Woman Show)', Brite Theater are making Shakespeare even more immersive with this new production of 'Hamlet' directed by Kolbrun Bjort Sigfusdottir.

Emily Carding plays Hamlet and you, the audience, are the players arriving at Elsinore. Hamlet needs your help to take on the roles of his friends and family and resolve the great questions of life. Journey through the play together and become immersed in the story like never before.

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)

4:45pm to 5:45pm
Dave Chawner: Mental D2 Events

Award-winning comedian Dave Chawner premieres his new show about mental health (rather than mental illness).

As seen on BBC, ITV and Channel 4
As heard on BBC Radio 1, Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live

***** (Arts Award Voice)
***** (Bunbury Magazine)
**** (The List)
**** (EdFest Magazine)
**** (ThreeWeeks)
**** (Broadway Baby)
**** (Ed Fringe Review)
**** (Voice Magazine)

"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, and sometimes enlightening, hour" (Steve Bennet)

5:00pm to 6:00pm
The Very Well-Fed Caterpillar Red Biscuit Theatre Company

The Very Hungry Caterpillar just couldn't stop eating. He grew and grew until, when all his friends began turning into butterflies, a cocoon that would fit him couldn't be made! To comfort himself, he continued to eat. He developed a taste for raw red meat.

Red Biscuit Theatre brings you an adult twist on the beloved children's story with a high-octane devised tale, bursting full of relentless energy, multi-rolling and a handful of homemade props. Five performers take to the stage to become clocks, chairs, doors, portals and all manner of zany characters for your entertainment.

5:00pm to 6:00pm
The Ayahuasca Diaries Benji Waterstones

Shrink and stand-up Benji Waterstones heads to Peru in search of ayahuasca, a healing hallucinogenic so strong that just one dose has been likened to 15 years of therapy. So, is it the magic pill he craves? The psychological penicillin to save the NHS? A funny and moving account of one self-help junkie’s search for happiness.

“Perfect and hilarious” (Buzzfeed)
“A stand-out show” (John Fleming)

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.

5:00pm to 7:00pm
WARMTH Pop-up Sauna WARMTH BRIGHTON

'WARMTH' is a mobile, wood-fired sauna; dark, timber-lined and löyly filled. Heat up, cool down - the sea is your plunge pool.

Impromptu performances animate the 'WARMTH' sauna, whilst at other times it’s simply a place to relax. Appealing to all the senses, this warm, fragrant haven creates a pocket of Finland on Brighton Beach.

2 hour sessions:
Changing bell tent
Learn the art of making löyly
80c-100c temperature approx
Capacity 6
All sessions are mixed gender
Bring 2 towels (one for sitting on), swimsuit, water bottle and beach shoes
Children under 12

5:00pm to 6:00pm
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 fishhousetheatre@gmail.com to book.

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 7:00pm
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.

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 encoreinsure.com Brighton Fringe bursary.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
I Am Somebody Sirqus Alfon

A unique combination of beatboxing, clowning, chaos and comedy and lasers!
The irrepressible Sirqus Alfon represent a high-tech genre entirely of their own.
Overall Pick of the Fringe winner at Adelaide Fringe Festival 2017.

"A high-octane, electro clown ride through a bizarre post-internet world of pop culture, music, light and video" (The Adelaide Review)

"Sirqus Alfon is a breath of fresh air. It's innovative, it's clever, it's unique, and it's downright entertaining" (Channel 44)

This project is supported by the Pebble Trust Brighton Fringe International Touring bursary.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Robot vs Hurricane: An hour of alternative stand-up from Nicholas Everritt and Pete Nash Difflex

Strap in for a strikingly alternative show from two of the most original acts rising through the UK stand-up scene: 'The Robot' Nicholas Everritt and Pete 'The Hurricane' Nash.

Nick Everritt is a trained improviser and qualified actuary who is taking the stand-up world by storm with his robotic delivery.

High energy crackpot Pete 'The Hurricane' Nash riffs everything from absurd stories to mooning the crowd.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
2 Voices + 1 Sound 2 VOICES + 1 SOUND

Spoken Word performances by two dynamic female performance poets, Nav Vilain and Rain Heron, with music by DJ Matgorski. The performances speak of feminism (and humanism) questioning "a woman's place" and the notion of the "happily ever after".

DJ Matgorski pairs each original poem with ambient music, spinning the poets' words into a rich wall of sound. "Razor sharp", "Unflinching" and "Fresh". Nav, a Londoner of Indian origin, delivers a powerful, defiant message. Rain, an ex-pat American, with a devil-may-care attitude, dissects and invokes the human heart.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
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!

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 7:00pm
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 7:00pm
Brighton’s Singing Barber Peter Joannou The Something For The Weekend Show

Brighton’s singing barber, Peter Joannou, performs his latest song 'From Ma Window', from his first floor shop window in The Lanes in the 'Something For The Weekend' show.

Who will be his guest? Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Perry Como, Matt Monro, Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley... ?

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.

6:00pm to 8:00pm
WARMTH Pop-up Sauna WARMTH BRIGHTON

'WARMTH' is a mobile, wood-fired sauna; dark, timber-lined and löyly filled. Heat up, cool down - the sea is your plunge pool.

Impromptu performances animate the 'WARMTH' sauna, whilst at other times it’s simply a place to relax. Appealing to all the senses, this warm, fragrant haven creates a pocket of Finland on Brighton Beach.

2 hour sessions:
Changing bell tent
Learn the art of making löyly
80c-100c temperature approx
Capacity 6
All sessions are mixed gender
Bring 2 towels (one for sitting on), swimsuit, water bottle and beach shoes
Children under 12

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!

6:15pm to 7:25pm
Gone Box Tale Soup & Stone Flowers

4 stars In a world of fable, not all that different from our own, a family live in quiet harmony and feast on fruit from an exotic tree. But a storm comes; a malevolent storm, which turns neighbour against neighbour and forces them out of the land they call home. Told using puppets, this new show from Fringe regulars Box Tale Soup offers allegorical insight on the forces driving modern-day migration. Read the full review.

Gone is the latest piece from Fringe stalwarts Box Tale Soup – which, given their impeccable record delivering engaging puppetry, is almost all you need to know. This is a little different, though: in place of their usual adaptations of classic works, they've collaborated with a collective of refugees and torture survivors to tell a fantastical but very contemporary tale. It's a bold change of direction, and we'll have to see how their generally endearing style adapts to this hard-edge subject matter. But the pre-show publicity is encouraging; my hopes are high.

A fictional fantasy about the realities of hope and survival in collaboration with Music Action International. Told with beautiful handmade puppetry and inspired by true stories of refugees, the story is interwoven with a vivid, atmospheric score by Stone Flowers.

“Every one of us has a story that sounds hard to believe... you think it is a tale, but it's not! When we practised the whole show for the first time, I couldn't stop crying. The show was alive: it has our souls.” (Stone Flowers member)

"A wonderful production! A truth for our times that needs to be seen by many." (Audience member)

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
Sophia Walker: Around The World In Eight Mistakes INN CROWD

This Best UK Spoken Word award-winner and BBC Slam Champion tells her unique story of all the reasons never to move.

A rip-roaring roam around the world, the story will take you from the USSR all the way to present day London, via Washington DC, North Vietnam, and the Ugandan war, asking "What is home, and how do we get there?"

An incredible true story, at times almost unbelievable - all told in a frank and honest way – you’ll encounter laughter and surprise at every twist and turn in this whirlwind of an adventure.

6:30pm to 7:20pm
Birds Junior Productions

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Birds - we're Birds.

Join us as we pluck the feather of funny from the raven of wryness and tickle you under the armpit of wit. Expect sharp, snappy, and surreal sketch comedy. With added feathers.

Performed by Amy Spinks and Leila Nashef, this is the sketch duo's debut Fringe hour. But it isn't rubbish. Promise.

"Completely infectious" - Chortle.

FINALISTS Leicester Square Theatre Sketch Off! 2018

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

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

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

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

The Scotsman Best of the Fest

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

6:40pm to 7:40pm
Rope Pretty Villain Productions Ltd

3 stars Patrick Hamilton's Rope may be a classic script, but it's also a rather bizarre one. Two upper-class students commit a brutal murder: not for gain, or any other kind of motive, but simply to demonstrate their own superiority. They've hidden the body in a packing chest, and invited some friends round for tea. They're using the chest to lay out the buffet. Is this really a good idea? Read the full review.

Two students murder a fellow student as an expression of their intellectual superiority. They hide the body in a chest and proceed to host a party for his friends and family, at which the chest containing his corpse is used to serve a buffet. The play, later adapted by Alfred Hitchcock, is loosely based on a true murder case. 2014, 2015 and 2016 Brighton Fringe award-winners.

6:45pm to 7:45pm
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)

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.

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

A tale of three colours.

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

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Medea The Wretched Strangers

The Wretched Strangers is a theatre company of professionals in the arts and sciences who trained as actors at the London School of Dramatic Art. We hail from mainland Europe and want to give an accented voice back to foreigners. Our production of Jean Anouilh's Médée revisits the Greek classic from the viewpoints of exile, terror and orientalism, and is informed by our own and visceral experience of immigration and assimilation.

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

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Drunk With A Pen Joseph J Clark

Poetry for the drinking classes: Joseph J Clark performs 13.5 poems about drink and drinking. Earnest, endearing, and occasionally exciting poetry from the very bottom of the bottle.

Featuring a support set from Rachel Shorer.

"Performance poetry at its most accessible... a bit like being in the pub with a more interesting raconteur than you can usually rustle up" (Broadway Baby)

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 8:00pm
Stephen Carlin: Rise of the Autistic Stephen Carlin

Move over losers, and enter Stephen Carlin with his over-rationalisation, under-emoting and his optimum attention to detail. Autism has never been such fun.

Stephen Carlin returns to Brighton with a brutally funny, honest, and unsparing take on the trials and tribulations of life in 2018. Every era brings with it a new set of cultures and norms, and who better to discuss and dissect them in his trademark.

“Unsettlingly funny” (The List)
“One of the most inventive stand-ups on the Fringe” **** (Chortle)

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 8:20pm
Always, With a Love That's True Wired Theatre

4 stars I always enjoy Wired Theatre's unconventional site-specific work – partly because they're so willing to break theatrical rules, and partly because they invariably surprise me with something different and new. Set in a real house in Hove, with scenes in the lounge, hallway, kitchen and conservatory, this one certainly preserves Wired's reputation for performing in unusual spaces. But after years presenting shows which hop back and forth in history, this time they gave me the one thing I least expected: a traditional linear storyline. Read the full review.

Wired Theatre are long-standing Brighton Fringe regulars, and have made a name for themselves staging creative site-specific works in unusual places – this time, a normal house in Hove. Their shows are always quirky, and sometimes demand your concentration, but following a long run of recent successes I'll rank them a sure bet for this year. Their latest show is a sequel to last year's And Love Walked In, a time-jumping tale about a psychologist losing his own grip on reality; expect an unusual and creative production, with plenty to talk about afterwards.

Love is undying. Death is just around the comer. Listen, time’s passing. Who knows what’s beyond the grave? The ageing psychotherapist, troubled and insecure, cannot trust his wife, his clients or himself in this darkly comic sequel to last year’s sell-out show.

Wired Theatre returns to the quiet house in Hove in this original, entertaining, promenade production which presents, in close-up, lives trapped on a rollercoaster ride towards an inevitable end.

Provocative, tantalising and often mysterious, Wired ‘s work aims to create exciting theatre in a non-theatrical location.

7:00pm to 9:30pm
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)

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 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
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 9:00pm
Chasing Rabbits EIAG Music

Brighton-based singer and songwriter, Rachel de Cock, launches her new album, 'Chasing Rabbits', with an evening of some of the most evocative pop ballads of all time; celebrating great songwriters including Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, Annie Lennox, Tori Amos, Amy Winehouse, David Bowie, John Lennon, Nick Cave, Radiohead and many more. The performance will have informal seating, include a 20 minute interval and have refreshments served throughout.

7:00pm to 9:00pm
WARMTH Pop-up Sauna WARMTH BRIGHTON

'WARMTH' is a mobile, wood-fired sauna; dark, timber-lined and löyly filled. Heat up, cool down - the sea is your plunge pool.

Impromptu performances animate the 'WARMTH' sauna, whilst at other times it’s simply a place to relax. Appealing to all the senses, this warm, fragrant haven creates a pocket of Finland on Brighton Beach.

2 hour sessions:
Changing bell tent
Learn the art of making löyly
80c-100c temperature approx
Capacity 6
All sessions are mixed gender
Bring 2 towels (one for sitting on), swimsuit, water bottle and beach shoes
Children under 12

7:15pm to 11:45pm
Mister Frank's Cotton Club Mister Frank's

The famous Mister Frank presents a debauched prohibition themed night of live music, immersive theatre, Charleston lessons, dancing and plenty of drinking!

Meet at the Warren Box Office for your passage to the most talked about secret location at Brighton Fringe. Be sure to look the part for this amazing 1920s themed evening.

[N.B. Bus to secret location will leave promptly.]

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 8:30pm
Isadora: I Dance What I Am The Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre

Passionate and unconventional, Isadora Duncan revolutionised the dance world and is known as "the mother of modern dance". Once described as "the most famous American in Europe", she dedicated her life to raising the importance of dance as an art form and her inspirational philosophy on dance still delivers a powerful message today.

This new play includes re-imagined excerpts of her iconic dances, her thoughts on dance and life, and her personal struggle to reconcile Love and Art.

"A captivating production with a great blend of story and dance " (The Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre)

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 10:30pm
All About Us Brighton City Singers/MJ Paranzino

15 years at Brighton Fringe!

MJ Paranzino's choirs will be performing the ‘Best of the Best’ from the last 15 years at Brighton Fringe; from new choral music as well as jazz, gospel, R&B, musical theatre and classical favourites.

It’s a choral event with over 200 singers that you won't want to miss.

7:30pm to 8:40pm
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'.

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)

7:30pm to 9:25pm
Bach: Sonatas & Partitas for Violin Solo + Chamber Music: String Trio & Guitar Music at Saint Michael's

Violinist Benedict Cruft and J.S. Bach: 6 Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo (May 5 & 6). The Cruft-Robertson-Pleeth String Trio: Bach/Mozart Adagio and a Fugue for violin, Hyacinthe Jadin Trio and Beethoven's Op.3 Trio (May 18). Then with Paul Gregory, guitar: Vivaldi Guitar Concerto and Cello Sonata, Purcell Fantazia and Mozart Divertimento in Eb (May 25). Beethoven 3 String Trios Op.9 and his 'Eyeglasses Duo' for viola and cello (June 1). Talented French composer Hyacinthe Jadin may be new to listeners; he died in Paris in 1800 at the age of just 24. The young Beethoven wrote his Op.3 at the same age.

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
Siren Katy-Anne Bellis

Half woman... half fish... It's like nothing you've ever seen before in your lives. 
A grotesque, mermaid-like creature is found washed up on the seashore and put to work in a travelling side-show.

Siren is a dark musical-comedy inspired by the mythology of the mermaid and the silencing of women. Using an ethereal mix of singing, grotesque physical theatre and electronic music. Katy-Anne Bellis performs a blend of clowning with live music accompaniment from Barry Han.

Siren is supported by Unity Theatre and Physical Fest and was awarded the Fest Live bursary in 2017.

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 8:30pm
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 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.

www.brightongmc.org

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 brightonopenairtheatre@gmail.com to book.

7:45pm to 8:45pm
The Jurassic Parks Superbolt

The Jurassic Parks has been around for a while now… so this might be one of your last chances to see this funny, warm-hearted three-hander. Far more than just a movie parody, it's a touching story about loss and forgiveness, as a family come together to celebrate their late mother's life in truly oddball style. But there are plenty of Spielberg references to enjoy as well, and a lot of the fun comes from the group's lo-fi recreations of iconic cinema scenes. I loved it – and if you like your theatre funny but meaningful, you're sure to love it too.

Superbolt present their sell-out, multi award-winning, laugh-out-loud spin on Spielberg’s classic. Welcome to the unlikely setting of Lyme Regis Community Centre, where the Park family embark on a journey to a misty past. Where, when things go wrong, family feuds are faced with the rapturous roar of DIY dinosaurs. A theatrical celebration of cinematic nostalgia and a powerful reminder of the ones we love.

Superbolt is a multi award winning international company founded at the Jacques Lecoq Theatre School in Paris.

***** (Londonist)
**** (Time Out)
**** (WhatsOnStage)

7:45pm to 10:05pm
King Charles III Brighton Little Theatre

Queen Elizabeth II is dead. After a lifetime of waiting, her son ascends to the throne. A future of power. But how to rule?

Mike Bartlett’s controversial and critically-acclaimed King Charles III explores the people beneath the crown, the unwritten rules of our democracy and the conscience of Britain’s most famous family.

This intriguing and inspired political drama, offers a timely examination of contemporary Britain, with a true Shakespearean form.

7:45pm to 8:45pm
John Osborne: Circled in the Radio Times INN CROWD

A new storytelling show about finding a pile of old copies of the Radio Times and piecing together someone's life by the programmes they had circled. Osborne is a master at creating captivating theatre out of quirky simple stories that make heroes out of everyday people and heighten normal tales into pure folklore.

"A keen eye for a killer line and the significance of the trivia of daily life. I could have listened for hours." ***** (The Independent)

***** (Broadway Baby)

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 10:00pm
Bloco Branco Live Bloco Branco

Bloco Branco is an 11-piece explosive blend of traditional Brazilian Samba meets contemporary guitar and sax-filled festival vibes. With a strong local following and a history of energetic sold-out shows, Bloco Branco are guaranteed to put a smile on your face and get you dancing. Truly one not to be missed at this year’s Brighton Fringe.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Police Cops In Space The Pretend Men

If you're hoping for a fun, uncomplicated night out, then look no further than this. The award-winning original Police Cops was a fast-paced, high-energy pastiche of a 1970's crime series; this sequel offers more of the same, but in the future. Occasionally poignant but mostly just silly, it's one to enjoy with friends and a beer or two: expect a preposterous plot, gleefully stereotyped characters, and plenty of physical hijinks. It packed out a good-sized venue at the Edinburgh Fringe last year, and I'm sure it'll go down a storm here as well.

Following 3 sell out runs at Soho Theatre, multi award-winning comedy trio The Pretend Men return with their critically acclaimed EdFringe 2017 sell-out show 'POLICE COPS IN SPACE'; an 80s 'Low-Fi Sci-Fi' set in the most dangerous place on Earth... Space.

Sammy Johnson, the last POLICE COP on Earth, must team up with Alien fighter pilot Ranger as they embark on an intergalactic adventure to find Earth, avenge his father and become the best damn POLICE COP IN SPACE.

“Farce at its most intelligent” **** (GQ Magazine)
“Big, consistent laughs... it’s not just funny, it’s exhilarating” (The Guardian)

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

2 stars 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. Read the full review.

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 10:30pm
Round Georges Jazz Festival The Round Georges Jazz

Every Saturday during the month we will be providing you with incredible, outstanding and inspiring musicians delivering an energetic array of jazz for all ears. With the likes of Terry Pack's Trees, Stevie Watts, The Sussex Jazz Orchestra and more, all for free.

Please check our Facebook page for specific events.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Ben Carter: How to Approach People and Make Friends GOT HAM comedy

Join local comedian Ben Carter on his debut hour, as he desperately attempts to boost his social circle, whether dressed as the lonely front half of a pantomime camel or a lousy flat-earther. Expect music, energy and a whole load of new friends. No mingling whilst I'm performing.

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
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
Slipskin Sami Stone

Sami Stone is a comedian from Earth who shares a love of the planet with wordplay, fairytale imagery and dark wit. Stone re-imagines moments in our lives where there are no words to describe, by borrowing from other cultures and creating new ones.

Swap your broadband for broad beans and reconnect with nature in this "Intelligent yet wonderfully silly" (Montreal Gazette) hour of stand-up. Lose yourself in the long grass of Stone's imagination.

Bring love, bring hope, bring a dictionary.

"Touched with poignancy" (FringeReview)
"A dry kinda Fleabag" (The Stand)
"Darkly Wonderful" (Time Out)

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)

8:25pm to 9:25pm
Mr D’s Tales of Myth and Legend The Other Realm Theatre Company

3 stars Mr D doesn't fit my stereotyped idea of a storyteller. For a start, the outfit's all wrong: he comes with bright red shoes, a swirly-patterned shirt, and an equally irreverent attitude to the stories he's going to tell. Together with his right-hand woman, Ebony Nightshade – who should really have equal billing in the title, since she has an equal role in the performance – he tells a quick-fire collection of stories from around the UK and Ireland, in a rough-and-ready but entertaining show. Read the full review.

Come on a journey back in time as Mr D regales you with fabulous tales of ghosts, monsters, the Devil, and more. Storytelling and theatre combine to bring these myths and legends to life in a fast, funny and noisy hour-long show. An array of props and a bit of help from the audience will make this a night to remember!

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 10:30pm
The She Monsters Revue and other Aliens She Monsters

'The She Monsters' are a cabaret act featuring Evil, Deadly and Beautiful. (aka Helen Bartlett, Billie Laidlaw and Emma Easterbrook). A weird mixture of rock, punk and pop. They sing covers of popular music. Flying saucy all the way from Venus they have come to Earth to learn more about the Human race in a very quirky and tongue in cheek way. They are bringing some friends too so expect a huge visual and audio feast! Glass of fizz on arrival included in ticket price.

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!

8:30pm 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)

8:45pm 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.)

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)

9:00pm to 11:15pm
A Clockwork Orange OCR Productions

Don't miss a unique opportunity to see a screening of this cult classic in the Victorian surroundings of Brighton's Old Courtroom. Followed by an audience Q&A with Shirley Jaffe, who featured in the film, and her husband Tony who's house was used for an iconic scene in this Stanley Kubrick classic.

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Medea The Wretched Strangers

The Wretched Strangers is a theatre company of professionals in the arts and sciences who trained as actors at the London School of Dramatic Art. We hail from mainland Europe and want to give an accented voice back to foreigners. Our production of Jean Anouilh's Médée revisits the Greek classic from the viewpoints of exile, terror and orientalism, and is informed by our own and visceral experience of immigration and assimilation.

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

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
My Feminist Boner Sarah Blanc

Fierce and funny, Sarah Blanc breaks down the rules of beauty in her new one-woman dance comedy show. Make yourself snotless, chinless, fatless, become a contour connoisseur and test out beauty contraptions. Expect movement, boybands and conversations with her Dad. This is the story of how the world has helped Sarah grow her 'Feminist Boner'.

“Sarah Blanc showed flawless comic timing throughout this hilarious and original piece.” 'It Started With Jason Donovan' (Vikki Vile)

Winner: Brighton Fringe Award 2016

www.sarahblanc.com

9:00pm to 11:00pm
Glen Richardson: The Human Jukebox The Rialto Theatre

Back by popular demand! Call out your favourite tunes and the unmissable Human Jukebox will sing and play them. Glen will be performing every Saturday night throughout the Fringe, in the Rialto’s intimate art deco bar. Free entry!

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 10:00pm
Michael Mooney: Wave Machine Bin Lid Company

Michael Mooney hails from Glasgow but has been living in Brighton for 15 years. Join Michael on a wavey adventure exploring Brighton hedonism, southern wetness, colourful relationships, love, and his attempt to graduate from being a scared wee boy under the facade of masculinity. The format is straight-talking, free, stand-up. Absurd laughter and connection for all those inclined.

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.

9:00pm 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)

9:15pm to 10:30pm
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)

9:15pm to 10:15pm
Proteus Theatre Company: Mad, Bad, and Dangerous To Know INN CROWD

Join Lord Byron, the most notorious figure from literary history, for a stiff drink. He’ll tell you his wild tales of debauchery and romance, and entertain you with his wit and wisdom. Meet the man who invented celebrity culture in this unique evening of performance and poetry made especially for pub settings. This one-man show, performed by Paul Huntley-Thomas, combines Byron’s poetry and improvisational comedy for an interactive night like no other.

"Lock up your wives and daughters - Huntley-Thomas cuts a compelling dash as the priapic poet" (The Edinburgh Reporter)

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Kerplunk! Clutching at straws and trying to keep hold of their marbles

Two of Brighton's well established talents question their life choices in a must see show. "Effortlessly amusing and highly watchable" Josh Dillon teams up with cheeky Northerner Julie Jepson, 2017 Brighton Fringe Comedy Award nominee.

Housed at Brighton Fringe 2017s winner of 'Best Venue' in a prime-time Saturday night spot. Not to be missed.

"Intelligent stand-up that is instantly engaging. Truly fabulous." (BBC)
"Exceptional, five stars." (Latest Magazine)

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
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.

9:45pm to 10:45pm
LATE NIGHT GIMP FIGHT Late Night Gimp Fight

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)

9:45pm 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)

9:50pm 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!

10:15pm 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" ***** (Edfringe.com)

"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.

10:30pm to 12:30am
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)

11:00pm to 2:00am
Fever Club 'til we leave Theatre Co.

Salon of Soul with a contagious beat, 'Fever Club' has grown out of the joyous, social atmosphere of our extraordinary house parties. Extending the hospitality we have spilled over into the most fabulous location in Brighton. Now in its third year of spreading the love, Fever Club welcomes you to a night of exciting music and dancing at Brighton Spiegeltent.

Fuelled by a mix of our favourite dance music with an emphasis on soul, funk, Northern soul and anything that gets our feet tapping and our hands clapping.

Dust off that well-cut suit or put on that soulful dress. Dress code: fancy!

11:15pm to 12:15am
Fabulon Winter Theatre Company

Gaulier trained duo Hanna Winter and Julia Masli present a ridiculous world of 'Fabulon' where they are the confused inhabitants. Combining physical comedy, visual imagery and clown, they invite you to experience this world as they discover it with childlike wonder.

'Fabulon' is making its UK debut after a month-long run at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in Australia.

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)