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

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

10:00am to 10:40am
The Remarkable Friendship of Molly and Munch The Takeover Twiins

You may ask, why so remarkable? The answer is simple. How many eight-year-old girls do you know that have the ability to transform their once regular soft toy dinosaur into an all-singing, all-dancing, BEST FRIEND?

Far-fetched? Absolutely not!

Molly isn’t an ordinary girl and Munch isn’t an ordinary dinosaur. Don’t believe me? Come see for yourself. A production full of adventure, storytelling, original music, audience participation and a giant talking dinosaur! Post show photo opportunities on 4th, 5th and 7th (ticket holders only).

10:15am to 11:10am
Sunshine Stickyback Theatre

The inexplicable friendship of Mr Sea and Mr Sand.

All Mr Sand wanted to do was relax and enjoy the simple pleasures of the sea air on his skin and the sunshine on his face. What he didn't know, was that he would soon have to share the beach with someone else. Let's just say, Mr Sand's day was about to be turned upside down and inside out. Caught up in the whirlpool of Mr Sea's chaos, Mr Sand does everything he can to get a bit of peace and quiet.

This interactive clowning spectacle is fun for all the family. Join in and enjoy this small adventure with a huge heart.

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

Wilful princesses, music hall stars, headstrong courtesans, suffragettes, entrepreneurs: Brighton has always attracted women who dare to do things differently. Hear some of their stories and other female claims to fame on this gentle stroll.

11:00am to 1:00pm
Herbie's Jazz Breakfast Herbie Flowers with Beach Without Sand

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

11:00am to 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 4,5,6 May.

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 healthy living focus, grow your own, creative summer workshops, cake & desserts theatre, drinks theatre, kid’s cookery school, brand new dogs Arena and a bigger

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

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

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

- Vegetarian Brighton Tour
- Great Sussex/British Food Tour

11:00am to 12:30pm
Embassy Court Tours 2019 Bluestorm Limited

Eight walking tours of Embassy Court lasting between an hour and 90 minutes. Participants will visit a flat, the roof terrace, the tank rooms - not a military museum - but a chance to view pictures of the architect, Wells Coates, and the building through its historic transitions. Also includes a 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. A new mural, a near copy of the 1936 original, has been reinstated in the hallway.

11:00am to 11:45am
Random Acts of Nonsense Random Acts of Nonsense

Random Acts of Nonsense (RAON) started as a WhatsApp group between friends after my secondary breast cancer diagnosis - we create “Acts” by recording funny moments of silliness as an antidote to the devastating reality of facing cancer.

In December 2018, we had a RAON festival bringing families together to share a few hours of nonsense raising £230 for charity.

We have now created a fully interactive RAON family show raising money for Macmillan. It’s not always about trying to solve a problem, it’s just helping to make it more bearable – Happiness matters.

11:00am to 12:00pm
Sussex Masonic Centre - Tour Sussex Masonic Centre

Sussex Masonic Center Tours
Come and visit the headquarters of Sussex Masonry.
Everyone welcome .

11:30am to 12:15pm
Turtles Don't Like Plastic Todos Teatro

Following a mysterious storm, a turtle finds herself trapped on a strange island made of plastic that's forever growing. Can she escape? Can she clean up the Island? And who is the strange monster that lives there?

She's determined to find out!

Dive in, joining her and a colourful cast of sea creatures as physical theatre, puppetry and clowning combine in this magical under-sea adventure for ages 3+ and their families.

Our show is inspired by the pacific trash vortex a vast patch of plastic pollution in the north pacific and the devastating impact of plastic on marine life.

11:30am to 12:25pm
Death of a Hunter And Tomorrow Theatre Company

4 stars The hunter of the title is Ernest Hemingway, the American author who’s celebrated for his larger-than-life exploits as much as he is for his novels. As a journalist, he was famously in the thick of the Spanish Civil War, while as an 18-year-old he was injured on the front line of World War I. He lived in Paris, in Florida, and controversially in Cuba; he was fascinated by bullfighting, and by hunting and fishing too. But now we find Hemingway at home, surrounded by props calling out the elements of his public persona. There’s a tiger’s head, a typewriter… and a gun. Read the full review.

Unable to write anymore, Ernest Hemingway fights his last and loneliest battle as he tries to find the courage to commit suicide. He confronts his demons, questions old certainties and comes face to face with the ghosts of his past.

Clinically, precisely, harrowingly and in real time, radical German playwright Rolf Hochhuth explores the final hour in the life of an American icon.

'Death of a Hunter' received its U.K. premiere at the Finborough Theatre in April 2018.

“A detailed and complex portrait of a tortured genius ... Dehn is transfixing as Hemingway” **** (The Upcoming)

11:35am to 12:35pm
It Just So Happened Mirth of Forth Productions

In this alternative history show, four panellists each deliver a short set based around an event that happened on the same date as the show at some point in history.

They then get together to speculate on possible alternative causes and outcomes to other events which have happened in history – specifically the history of Brighton – like 'It just so happened...'

This show is also going to be recorded as a podcast, and is hosted by comedian Richard Pulsford. As seen at the Leicester and Glasgow Comedy Festivals 2019.

12:00pm to 1:00pm
The Tim Bat Trick Show Tim Bat

Gentleman Juggler and unwitting clown Tim Bat performs his impressive repertoire of amazing tricks with aplomb. But when the props get the upper hand, frantic hilarity ensues. There’s plenty for adults to enjoy and the kids have a really good laugh, egging Tim on to ever greater heights of silliness! Audience participation and hilarity guaranteed.

“Highly recommended for kids and adults alike” (The Argus). “Still the must-see Children's show in Brighton Fringe” (Fringe Review).

12:00pm to 1:00pm
The Milkmen Ciaran Chillingworth and Caspian James

Ciaran Chillingworth (Laughing Horse New Act of the Year Finalist) loves milking. He milks his friends, acquaintances, family members and passing strangers for anecdotes, ranging from Müller Corner focus groups to prog rock crematoria. Caspian James (Radio 4, Radio 4Extra) uses his Filofax from the 90s to index his milk round observations about Sir Mix-a-Lot, marathons, and the band 'A'. Together they are The Milkmen, delivering half pints of creamy stories, semi-skimmed rants and dairy-alternative one liners fresh to your ear-doors.

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Mr Pineapple Head Mr Pineapple Head

A family, clown, theatre show. 'Mr Pineapple Head' works in the style of a silent clown, performing physical comedy and slapstick routines to music.

Genuinely funny, professional silliness! It's a Brunswick Fringe tradition!

12:00pm to 12:45pm
Acaprov Acaprov

3 stars The ten-strong cast of Acaprov have some difficulty fitting both their numbers and their enthusiasm on a four foot square stage. But they don’t let the space restrictions impede them in constructing a new, improvised, a capella musical for every show. Read the full review.

Hamilton meets Pitch Perfect: Spontaneously Improvised!

From one of the minds behind multiple Fringe sell-out, smash hit CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation comes a new kind of musical: beatboxers, rappers, actors, singers and body percussionists improvise a one time world of heartfelt connections, laugh out loud adventures, fist pumping triumphs and soul-shaking songs - all 100% a capella.

Please note that whilst the mid-day shows are open to all ages, the late show at 23.30 on the 18th of May is 18+.

12:00pm to 5:00pm
Fringe City Brighton Fringe

Fancy a show but not sure what you're in the mood for? Get a taste of Brighton Fringe at our Fringe City festival showcase! Expect crazy cabaret, tremendous theatre, live music, comedy, circus, dance, acrobatics and more. Visit our website for full line-up details.

Fringe City is supported by the National Lottery Communities Fund and Sussex Masonic Charities.

12:00pm to 3:00pm
A Silver Jewellery Workshop Silver & Sage

The workshop is a fun tutor guided experience to create a personalised piece of real silver jewellery to take away with you that day - made entirely by you and gift box and silver chain included.

Refreshments:
Tea, coffee, drinks and a selection of snacks are available from the bar, as the workshop is held in a studio above the pub The Round Georges Brighton. Prior booking is essential, for more information and images please visit: www.silverandsage.co.uk.

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

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

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

12:30pm to 1:30pm
Sussex Masonic Centre - Tour Sussex Masonic Centre

Sussex Masonic Center Tours
Come and visit the headquarters of Sussex Masonry.
Everyone welcome .

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. Theatre, comedy, dance and cabaret 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. Hosted by Michael Fabbri.

"Startlingly insightful" (The Guardian)

Including our sell-out (2017 and 2018) 'Launch Night Special' and a brand new end of festival celebration show.

12:30pm to 2:30pm
Stand-up Comedy Workshop Jill Edwards Comedy Workshops

Have you ever laughed? Have fun learning how to use some friendly comedy basics to boost your writing, performing, work presentations, public speaking or just for fun! Jill Edwards’ stand-up courses have been running at Komedia since 2005 and are the most established comedy courses in the UK.

The courses have a proven track record and Jill’s graduate list includes award-winning television regulars Jimmy Carr, Shappi Khorsandi, Seann Walsh, Angela Barnes and Romesh Ranganathan.

"People say comedy can't be taught. They could learn a lot from Jill Edwards" (Jimmy Carr)

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

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

12:45pm to 1:45pm
On The Edge Comedy On The Edge Comedy

'On The Edge' is a Brighton institution. Bringing the best in new comic talent to the UK all year round. Our Fringe specials are always extra special. We've hosted everyone from brand new acts to household names, so you never know who might drop in! We hand pick all our acts so join us for a bill of guaranteed brilliance, showcasing some of the best performers from around Brighton Fringe and beyond! Our show is Pay What You Want so you can sample some of the best stand up the Fringe has to offer and help plan out what shows you simply can't miss!

1:00pm to 2:30pm
Sound Sculptures and Giant Percussion Music Workshops Ben Gates Sound Sculptures

Sound Sculpture and Giant Percussion Workshops

This fun music workshop is divided up into two sections. ‘Sound Orchestra’ which uses giant percussion instruments and sound sculptures as a music ensemble and ‘Make and Play’ which uses colourful tubes and musical parts to create unique giant sound sculptures. Harmonic, visually exciting, fun and totally accessible.

1:00pm to 2:30pm
Piers and 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 1:45pm
A Cosmologist's Guide to Life and Love Julian Mayers

A funny, poignant and uplifting account of what cosmology, and those who study it, have to say about the more earthly matters of life and love. This Sunday lunchtime illustrated talk will take you from the soul to the solar system (and beyond) to make you laugh, cry, and go "Oooh, that’s interesting".

It will answer questions such as: How far would you have to travel to find yourself in an infinite universe? What were the chances of being born? And can studying the universe resolve Brexit? Julian Mayers is a part-time astrophysicist, BBC radio comedy producer, writer and filmmaker.

1:00pm to 1:45pm
Colin Chadwick: Quick Thinker Colin Chadwick

Irish comedian Colin Chadwick is a quick thinker, but not a quality thinker. Whether he's trying to outsmart a computer or perform CPR, his brain supplies ideas by quantity rather than quality. As seen on RTÉ2 and BBC Three.

"His quirky punchlines come thick and fast" **** (Broadway Baby).
"The Irishman offers an off-kilter approach to everyday situations and is able to condense his peculiar ideas into sharp punchlines" (Chortle).
"An expert in setting up one-liners" (Arts Award Voice).

1:00pm to 2:00pm
ScaredyKat Indigo Productions

Starring Ella Ainsworth from TV's 'Hustle' and 'Doc Martin'. Follow the hilariously absurd Kat as she battles to navigate her social anxieties by lying. About everything.

As the audience witnesses her story unravel, this bold one-woman exploration of a post-truth world poses the question, "How much of our lives and stories are performative, and how far are we willing to go to protect them?"

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

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

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

1:00pm to 2:30pm
Four Thieves Vinegar FourTails Company

4 stars According to Wikipedia, Four Thieves Vinegar is a mix of vinegar and spices, believed in mediaeval times to offer protection from the plague. Matthias Richards, a 17th-century apothecary, has no truck for such superstitions; as the Great Plague of London begins to grip the city, he’s convinced his meticulous experiments have revealed a groundbreaking cure. There’s just one problem… his formula calls for gold. And right now, Matthias is locked up in a debtor’s prison. Read the full review.

A Black Comedy about the Black Death, by Christine Foster.

In the sweltering summer of 1665, the Plague sweeps through London. Three prisoners in Newgate Prison, believing they are doomed, indulge in drunkenness and debauchery. One of them, a young alchemist, believes he has a cure and begs his cellmates to help him make it.

Unfortunately the missing ingredient is gold, something they have no hope of obtaining without making good use of the only currencies they have at their disposal: sex, wit and lies.

1:10pm to 2:20pm
Seven Ages of Mam Pauline O’Driscoll Productions

A funny and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s famous soliloquy, from Mam’s point of view!

This hilarious, bittersweet show will take you on a journey through the highs and lows of motherhood, from giving birth and gaining the title of Mam, through the ensuing seven ages of Mam’s life.

Has motherhood changed across the generations? Do all parents dread homework? Do cabbage leaves work? How do we keep our own identity while being responsible for shaping the identities of our children?

Written by Mark Evans with contributions from Pauline O’Driscoll.
Performed by Pauline O’Driscoll.

1:15pm to 2:15pm
Boogers, Books and Big Bottom Burps Laughing Horse

Award-winning, best-selling author Stuart Reid brings his hilarious blend of bums, bogies and big bottom burps to Brighton. He'll entertain, inspire and excite his audience with books about time warp trouser trumpets, snot zombies and piles of pink poo! The older you are, the yuckier this will be.

Stuart has performed to a quarter of a million children at 1,500 schools, libraries and book festivals throughout Britain, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, India, Hong Kong and Australia. He's sold nearly 100,000 books and has inspired thousands of reluctant readers.

Warning: There may be snot!

1:30pm to 2:25pm
Individual Medley Katrina Quinn

Q. What happens when you move a 12-year-old from Basingstoke to Zambia?
A. She swims.

Katrina returns to Brighton Fringe with her mesmerising coming-of-age memoir. Spoken word meets swimming lessons and some early '00s R&B in a tale about learning to fit into your skin.

"Thoroughly absorbing" (The Cornishman)
"Perfect poetic style" (The F-Word)
"Her physical choreography is stunning. The whole piece is half dance, half body-as-cursive-script" (Kirsten, Apples & Snakes)
"Quinn carries you with her every step of the way with a tale that is touching and comic in turns" (Swindon Advertiser)

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

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

1:40pm to 2:40pm
Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me but Banjos Saved My Life Quivering Dendrites

What do evil tomatoes, heroic banjos and a recovering executive have in common? Former executive Keith Alessi reinvents himself as a writer-performer and banjo enthusiast to tell us about a boy’s life, and man’s meteoric rise to business fame, and the shocking event that slammed on the brakes. Engaging and uplifting, Alessi encourages us to pursue our passions. Audiences are enamoured with this unique show, a true story told with humor, warmth music and banjos!

“Important, funny, beautiful and deeply affecting” (Vancouver Presents)

1:45pm to 2:45pm
Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival Iris Prize

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

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

2:00pm to 3:00pm
When Trees Could Speak Brambledash Theatre

Fern the Folklorogist lives in the woods and has secrets and stories to tell. Join Fern for an immersive and magical storytelling adventure about trees, friendship and the importance of nature in our lives. Funny and heart-warming with original songs and puppets.

From Forest School theatre company Brambledash, in association with the Sussex Wildlife Trust.

"Fran Moulds is immensely engaging...leaves you totally delighted" (The Guardian)

The event will take place in a woodland, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear, and bring folding chair if required. Free parking available.

2:00pm to 2:45pm
Random Acts of Nonsense Random Acts of Nonsense

Random Acts of Nonsense (RAON) started as a WhatsApp group between friends after my secondary breast cancer diagnosis - we create “Acts” by recording funny moments of silliness as an antidote to the devastating reality of facing cancer.

In December 2018, we had a RAON festival bringing families together to share a few hours of nonsense raising £230 for charity.

We have now created a fully interactive RAON family show raising money for Macmillan. It’s not always about trying to solve a problem, it’s just helping to make it more bearable – Happiness matters.

2:00pm to 3:30pm
Brighton Rock Tour Jill & Mark

Come and discover the locations, inspirations and drama behind Graham Greene's iconic tale of gangland murder, doomed romance and Catholicism. We will visit the prime locations featured in both the book and the 1948 film. Follow in the footsteps of Graham Greene himself and join us for a drink afterwards in Brighton's oldest pub.

2:00pm to 4:15pm
Pavilion Gardens Cafe History Tour 2019 Pavilion Gardens Cafe

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

2:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday Assembly Brighton: Home (Spiegeltent Special) Sunday Assembly Brighton

Come and celebrate life with Sunday Assembly Brighton at our Spiegeltent Special on the theme of 'Home', including glorious songs from the Choir With No Name and uplifting stories from Syria to Brighton (via the Calais Jungle). Plus some funky science and complimentary tea and cake.

Sunday Assembly is a global network of non-religious gatherings building community through inspirational speakers, sing-a-long pop songs, amazing science, spoken word and free cake.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Please note that booking a ticket for this event does not guarantee entry. As a free event, we issue slightly more tickets than the maximum capacity of the venue, to allow for a small proportion of non-attendees on the day – but past experience indicates that there should be ample space for everyone that comes along.

2:00pm to 3:15pm
Here We Are Again Wired Theatre

Wired Theatre are long-standing Brighton Fringe regulars, and have made a name for themselves staging creative site-specific works in unusual places – 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 they count as a sure bet all the same. The latest show is the conclusion to a trilogy, about a philandering psychologist losing his own grip on reality; expect an unusual and creative production, with plenty to talk about afterwards.

In the final part of Wired Theatre’s darkly comic trilogy, the ageing psychotherapist believes certain people want to destroy him. His life is spinning out of control again!

Can he overcome this vortex of disaster and save his marriage or is he hurtling towards inevitable self-destruction? The story so far uncovered a web of deception.

Now the quiet house in Hove becomes the site for more surprising revelations. This original devised promenade performance offers another provocative, immersive experience.

2:00pm to 7:00pm
Operation Annunaki (Save Caroline Lucas from Illuminati Lizard Sacrifice) Cosmic Joke / Sweet Productions

Save Caroline Lucas from Illuminati Lizard sacrifice! Conspiracy theorists have been raging about ancient alien lizards for decades. Are you so sure they're wrong? Brighton is the home of the Wizards Against Lizards resistance. Only Brighton can stop the takeover. Join the resistance!

Follow clues through North Laine, avoid detection and collect the tools you need to save Caroline, Brighton, and the planet. This reality-bending, multi-dimensional live game/performance is a very limited experience, for only 4 teams per day, requiring use of WhatsApp and your thorough, active participation.

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Pete Strong: Greenfinch (Work in Progress) Bottomless Blue Pool

Pete Strong just wants to be happy. But can he be happy? Join him in his new work in progress show as he tries to find joy in the little things, with poems about love, drinking, working, bits of furniture and the aching feeling that maybe nothing really matters too much except living in the moment.

“His laconic and often surreal poetry was a treat” (Broadway Baby).
“Cathartically funny” (Chortle).
“Warped charm” (The Argus).
"Absolutely shameful" (Voice Mag).

2:00pm to 4:00pm
The Milkman’s on His Way K-Squared Productions

"Growing up gay, as a teenager, just when everyone else is becoming involved with the opposite sex, you're alone in having to hide your feelings. It's impossible to talk to anyone. It's not something you want to blurt out to your parents, your teachers or the boy you fancy. The only salvation is to find people like yourself. And that's a big step."

In the early 1980s, this coming-out novel broke new ground as a positive image of growing up gay. During the Section 28 debates, it was accused of 'glorifying' gay sex. This adaptation brings David Rees' book to the stage for the first time.

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Defrosted Cat & Nicko

Back by popular demand! Love that frosty film or hate it, you’ll laugh your pants off at lovable idiots Cat & Nicko as they slapstick their way through the snow. A fantastic family adventure featuring live music, a magical freezer and daring puppets, 'Defrosted' is one big, bonkers blast of fun! STV's Best Children's Shows Edinburgh '15. Cat plays Bubbles the Mermaid in CBeebies show 'Spot Bots'.

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Charlie Baker Presents: The Greatest Goat of All Time Off The Kerb Productions

World premiere of this fresh, funny, fantastical story starring award-winning comedian, singer and dancer Charlie Baker ('Harry Hill'; Sky1, 'Dog Ate My Homework'; CBBC, 'Doctor Who'; BBC1) and BAFTA-winning actor Sam Battersea ('Class Dismissed'; CBBC). Live ‘Clip-Clop Hip-hop’ soundtrack accompanies our hero on her journey from 0-100% confidence with her magically tuneful farmyard friend.

Jokes! Songs! A Goat! (Plastic) Smiles! (Not plastic).

Suitable for ages 7-107. Bring the kids!

"A very special show" (Blue Peter), "engaging and funny" (The Wee Review).

2:00pm to 3:30pm
Absolutely Brighton: The Original City Tour Brighton City Walks

Award-winning, 90 minute city tour. Perfect for visitors and residents alike. Discover secret tunnels, lost royal romances, Jack the Ripper's favourite pub and much more.

TripAdvisor 'Certificate of Excellence' award-winner 2016, 2017, 2018.
"Fascinating walking tour", "Excellent guide", "Terrific introduction to Brighton", "Interesting and fun tour" (TripAdvisor reviews)

2:15pm to 3:15pm
Huggers Comedy World Productions

Huggers returns! With an ever-changing selection of performers chosen from the best acts around the Fringe. With a host keeping the laughs going with jokes, fun competitions and prizes, there's no better show for fun with all the family.

"Laughing and smiling until our cheeks hurt" **** (Rip It up)
"Great show" **** (The Scotsman)
"An enjoyable hour of varied family fun" **** (Broadway Baby)
"Perfectly timed for child attention spans, it left the kids wanting more - my eight-year-old absolutely loved it!" **** (Child Friendly Brighton).

2:15pm to 3:15pm
Conflict of Interest Mirth of Forth Productions

When stand-up comedian Richard Pulsford decided to research his family tree, he uncovered some seriously interesting stories of ordinary people caught up in World War 1 - on BOTH sides.

Richard tells the stories he uncovered of two of his serving relatives who both died in 1918, and the journeys which ultimately took him on a pilgrimage to visit the grave of his great-uncle in France on the 100th anniversary of his death last October.

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

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

2:30pm to 5:00pm
Being Limitless TV: An Audience with ... Being Limitless TV

Being Limitless TV: An Audience with...

An invitation to conscious-thought leaders, visionaries, influencers and entrepreneurs from the world of TV, film, theatre, music, the arts, sciences, health and personal development to collaborate with us in the creation of a consciousness-expanding global network fostering humanitarian spirit, peace and enlightenment around the world.

Join us in the expansive spirit of collaboration and explore with us the notion of transformation and 'Being Limitless: How to Live Your Limitless Life' with founder Josephine Tyrrell and her legendary guests.

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Chores Cluster Arts Pty Ltd

Chores is the story of two typical young rascal boys playing in their messy bedroom. Suddenly, Mother's alarming screams rattle the boys back in to acrobatic action. A generous serve of comedy and chaotic acrobatics accompanies every attempt at cleaning their room.

"Hilarity ensues with this laugh-out-loud slapstick comedy" ***** (Advertiser, Adelaide).
"After watching Chores I really want a toilet paper gun now" ***** (WeekendNotes.com).

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Insolence Put the Book Down

Single-parenting. It's tricky. Aaron finds it a joy. Claire finds it a bloody nightmare. But when you have no choice, what choice do you have? Multi-award-winning company Put the Book Down return to Brighton with a darkly funny new play about the blurred line between love and obligation.

Winner: Best of Brighton Fringe Theatre Award (2017)
Special Commendations for Acting and Writing (NSDF Edinburgh Award 2017)
Praise for previous work
"Put the Book Down are quickly proving a credit to their profession"
**** (Broadway Baby)
**** (The Scotsman)
**** (Spy In The Stalls)
**** (A Younger Theatre)

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Ahab; or What if Moby Dick Were Stand-up Comedy Jonny Gillam

Moby Dick: a book, a play, an episode of Star Trek, 12 movies, and a fish. Now, it’s been adapted into a stand-up comedy show by niche idiot; Jonny Gillam. Expect hubristic rants, musings on the minutiae of technical objects and Dick jokes.

FAQ:
Isn’t this a stupid idea?
Yes.

Will I like the show even if I haven’t read Moby-Dick?
Not having read Moby-Dick won’t impede your enjoyment of the show any more than it would impede your enjoyment of reading Moby-Dick. It is stand-up though, so it helps if you like stand-up.

2:30pm to 4:30pm
Middle Street Synagogue Open Days Middle Street Synagogue

This exquisitely sumptuous, Grade II* listed, sacred jewel is Brighton's second most important building after the Pavilion and its best kept secret. Designed by Thomas Lainson in 1874, it is now probably the most beautiful and one of the last remaining cathedral-synagogues in England.

Come along to discover and enjoy it during Brighton Fringe. We'll be open for tours and talks on Sunday afternoons and holding special, inclusive Wednesday lunchtime Jewish history and culture themed events. More details will be posted on the Facebook page Middle Street Synagogue from early spring.

2:45pm to 3:55pm
All I See Is You Queer Street Productions

Bobby works on Woolies’ record counter. Ralph dreams of being a teacher. One kiss and they’re hooked. But it’s 1967 and their love is illegal. A National Octagon prizewinner inspired by real accounts of queer life from 50 years ago.

"Full of gasps & chuckles" (Go See This)

"Heart-warming, heart-wrenching & heart-breaking" (Frankly My Dear)

"Simply Perfect" (Canal St Online)

"Truly remarkable" (Bolton Live)

"Totally spellbinding" (Northern Soul)

3:00pm to 5:00pm
A Shakespeare Showcase Aspire Theatre Company

Aspire's youth performers present an energetic, dynamic adaptation of one of Shakespeare's most loved comedies: 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. We will transport you back to the 1970s as punk meets disco.
Expect fun, excitement, laughter and plenty of audience interaction. A perfect show for all the family and aspiring young actors in a stunning open air venue.

Aspire specialises in adapting Shakespeare plays using physical theatre.

Come and see this innovative production about magic, dreams and the power of love, performed by twenty talented young actors.

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Jack Harris and Rajiv Karia: The Squeeze Horace Productions

Squeeze in with two talented up-and-coming comedians. A teacher by trade, Jack (Amused Moose finalist 2018), “Funny bones” (Chortle) tells you how to deal with everything a classroom can throw at you. Difficult questions. Problem pupils. Chairs. Rajiv, “The gem of the night” (Intermission Bristol), delivers subversive takes on the day-to-day world. From conspiracy theories to the confusing worlds of hipsters and vegans, or even just life as a slacker in his twenties, Rajiv has a fresh perspective on it. Join them for an hour of subversive stand-up, gleeful gags and of course, teacher training.

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Dietrich: Natural Duty Jimmy Jewell Ltd

An intoxicating one-(wo)man show.

It is 1942. On the battlefields of North Africa in a gold, sequin gown, Marlene Dietrich takes to the stage to fight the war her way with an irresistible mix of songs, sex and sympathy.
This spectacular mixture of theatre, cabaret and drag returns to the UK fresh from it's international tour to New York, Australia and Amsterdam and sold-out, critically acclaimed runs at the 2018 Edinburgh and VAULT Festivals.

"An absolute tour de force, Peter Groom’s take on legendary tectonic beauty Marlene Dietrich is literally breathtaking" ***** (TheGayUK)

3:00pm to 5:30pm
Kisses in the Dark Just the Good Bits

After a drug and alcohol-fuelled night of mistakes, three friends become embroiled in a love triangle that makes them question the nature of love and friendship.

'Kisses in the Dark' is about the decisions that not only effect our whole lives but also our beliefs about love, relationships and morality. The play is funny, sad, and touching, blending stark realism with breathtaking physical theatre. 'Kisses in the Dark' also touches on themes of drug abuse and family trauma including suicide.

3:00pm to 4:00pm
David McIver: Teleport David McIver

Come! Escape into the Kingdoms of Ashgorn, where you can level up, complete quests, defeat monsters and watch a very cheeky young man doing some really stupid character comedy. That’s right my friends, it’s another big old laugh-fest from David McIver; all about escapism, loneliness and role playing games.
"Had his audience in fits of laughter" ***** (London Theatre).
"Uniquely inventive in its approach to comedy" ****½ (Short Com).
**** (Broadway Baby).
**** (Fringe Guru).
**** (Mumble Comedy).
**** (Edinburgh Culture Review).
Appearances on BBC Radio 1, Radio 4 Extra, BBC Three and iPlayer.

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

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

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

- Vegetarian Brighton Tour
- Great Sussex/British Food Tour

3:00pm to 3:50pm
Guru Dudu's Silent Disco Walking Tours Guru Dudu Productions

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

Check out some special themed tours this year:

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

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

3:10pm to 4:05pm
A Voice Yosis

4 stars The title of A Voice immediately raises questions about the role assigned to the protagonist. She is one voice among many - beset by her own desires, and by the fickle expectations of her fans. She is surrounded by those who would attack or adore her, and yet she stands alone. Her voice is the only thing people want from her, and it is the only thing she has with which to tell her story. Read the full review.

A one-woman musical about the rise and fall of 1960s pop star Angèle, whose downfall involves a doomed love triangle and career-rocking scandal.

Telling it in flashback from a press conference held by the now brittle and careworn singer, she relates her rise to stardom: plucked from obscurity by music impresario Francois, she obeys his strict tutelage and goes on to win the Eurovision Song Contest.

Sadly, things soon go awry. Angèle’s downfall involves a doomed love triangle and a career-rocking scandal, the reason for that opening press conference.

3:15pm to 4:15pm
Nathan Cassidy: Observational The Rat Pack Productions Ltd

Award-winning comedian Cassidy with a new show about his crazy year. Nothing was happening, then he joined a new gym and a big, strong man would change his life forever. You couldn't make it up. Work in progress shows. Best Show Winner (Buxton Fringe), Malcolm Hardee Award Nominee, Sir Michael Caine Award-winning writer.

"Stormingly good" (Kate Copstick, 2018).
"Smart, relentlessly laugh-out-loud... hilarious"(Edinburgh Evening News, Aug 2018).
"A great comedian" **** (Broadway Baby).

3:15pm to 4:10pm
Gethin Alderman is: SUBLIME (Work-In-Progress) Gethin Alderman

Gethin Alderman loves Limes. So much so that he's written a show all about them. Join him for his debut hour - a silly and playful 55 minutes where he celebrates everyone's favourite citrus fruit. A joyful hour of clown and character comedy that leaves all seriousness at the door.
"Cleverly written...excellently crafted" ***** (Bunbury Magazine).
“A boundlessly energetic presence” (WalesOnline).
“Impeccable comic timing” (Thinkbox/Campaign Magazine).

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

Sarah Iles "a deeply astute comedy storyteller... left the room quaking with laughter" (Voice Magazine) and Robyn Perkins "Hilariously unapologetic" **** (EdFest Magazine) are back again with a fun new hour of confessions. No subject is off limits as they bring you their hilarious tales from the past year about divorce, dating, family and moral decisions. Expect to laugh your socks off at the fun (and somewhat impressive) tales from these comedian chums.

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

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

3:30pm to 4:30pm
The Secret Comedy Club: Fringe Comedy Hub Artista

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

3:30pm to 4:30pm
My Home at the Intersection Abhishek Thapar

An intimate and charming performance taking us back to the conflict in the Indian province of Punjab. A little boy dresses up as a local superhero. A family loses their home. Personal memories of three generations collide with the many official versions of a fragment of history. The past comes to life through video, stories and the flavours he has brought with him from the kitchen of his grandfather.

3:45pm to 4:40pm
Bad Aunts Untoward Productions

Join 'Bad Aunts' Maria, Jo, and Donna, three women on the wrong side of forty (or so they’re told), for their sitcom chat show, subverting the Saturday night staple.

Friends and neighbours from all walks of life drop in to offload their agonies. And the Aunts have plenty of their own. Jo is trying to get back into work after a hiatus. Donna is trying desperately to write The Play of Our Time, and Maria just wants some time alone with her vibrating toothbrush.

Crossing Graham Norton with 'Ab Fab', 'Bad Aunts' celebrates all the sunshine and sh*t of what community means today.

3:45pm to 4:45pm
Typically Adequate Arna Spek and Clive Copeman

To have kids or not to have kids? That is the question. Want to hear funny stories about either way of life? Join comics Arna Spek (99 comedy Club Female Bursary winner) and Clive Copeman (BBC Radio 4 New Comedy Act 2017) to hear how to survive both.

Sixty minutes of stand-up comedy performed by two seasoned comedians from the circuit. Clive and Arna are both regular performers in London and come to Brighton this May to entertain you. Come and join them in their stories of how their lives evolve and what difference it makes whether or not you have kids! Who will be happier?

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Paul Mayhew-Archer: Incurable Optimist Berk's Nest Ltd.

The debut stand-up hour from the multi award-winning co-writer of 'The Vicar of Dibley'.

“An entertaining hour with an engaging raconteur who refuses to take his illness too seriously” - ????? (The Wee Review)

Paul’s co-written and worked on many much-loved comedy shows. Now Paul has Parkinson’s but he’s still laughing.

Following his BBC One documentary, 'Parkinson’s: The Funny Side' a triumphant debut at London’s Comedy Store, and a sold-out month at the Edinburgh Fringe, here’s a one man show about the therapeutic power of comedy. Paul is not contagious but he is worth catching.

4:00pm to 4:50pm
Luke Rollason's Infinite Content (Work in Progress) Bright Buoy Productions

Switch on your phones and switch off your brains as Luke Rollason puts his mind on a spin cycle for your instant gratification. Welcome to 'Infinite Content', an endless stream of sponsored content from the "entertaining" (Chortle) and "entertaining" (Ed Fest Mag) and "entertaining" (One4Review) Luke Rollason.

Watch physical comedy collide with The Cloud in a slapstick 'Black Mirror' that's guaranteed to make us all mutual friends. Unlimited calls and texts and time and space and hope, and everybody wins an iPad.

Previous work:
***** (Ed Fest Mag).

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

Exclusive after-hours tour, on offer as part of Brighton Fringe in May. A unique opportunity to go off the public route to learn about the past entertainment and the remarkable history of the world's oldest operating aquarium. Illustrated talk, followed by a tour of the Grade II listed building, going behind the impressive Gothic-style Victorian arcade. There are limited spaces and tickets include entry to Sea Life Centre. There are stairs and dark areas.

4:00pm to 4:30pm
Thanyia Moore: Bully (Work in Progress) Hannah Layton Management

Was Thanyia Moore bullied? Or was she the bully? Join the Funny Women Award Winner 2018 as she seeks to find the answer in this hilarious account of her childhood.

4:00pm to 5:20pm
Bryony Kimmings: I'm a Phoenix, Bitch Bryony Kimmings Ltd

Bryony Kimmings returns with her first solo show in nearly a decade. A mythical legend performed straight from a heart still pulsing with pain. Combining personal stories with epic film, soundscapes and ethereal music, the artist creates a powerful, dark and joyful work about motherhood, heartbreak and finding inner strength. We will need new myths to survive the end of existence as we know it. Tonight, a new legend will be created, that of the invincible and fearless woman, a tale Bryony wishes she had known from birth.

“Unmissable” (The Guardian, Lyn Gardner)

4:15pm to 5:15pm
CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation The Chandeliers

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

The improvised comedy murder mystery is back! Following a sold-out run at Brighton Fringe 2017/2018, 'CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation' returns to Brighton with a 100% brand-new who-dunnit show to solve an outlandish murder invented by the audience.

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

"Innovation and top-tier entertainment" ***** (The Wee Review).
"A spectacular must-see" ***** (Bunbury Magazine).
"Spontaneous mastery" **** (Fringebiscuit).

4:30pm to 5:20pm
Guru Dudu's Silent Disco Walking Tours Guru Dudu Productions

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

Check out some special themed tours this year:

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

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

4:30pm to 5:30pm
Darren Walsh: ProgWorkress Darren Walsh

Join Darren (UK's first Pun Champion, Winner of Dave's Joke of the Edinburgh Fringe, BBC Edinburgh Presents) for a work in progress (progworkress) show based around animals, video sketches, one-liners, jingles and general nonsense.

"Punbelievable!" ***** (The Mirror).

**** (Sunday Express).

**** (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine).

"Unstoppable tsunami of stupid puns" (Chortle).

"A tall guy with a big talent for short jokes" (The Stage).

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

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

4:30pm to 5:30pm
Mengele Smokescreen Productions

It isn't pleasant or comfortable, but Mengele is a play that demands to be seen. Arriving in Brighton after two successful Edinburgh runs, it puts one of Nazi Germany's most chilling figures on trial: Josef Mengele, the doctor who experimented on Auschwitz inmates in a quest to craft a genetically-perfect race. It's a powerful and uncompromising two-hander, which sees Mengele's self-justifications dissected and dispelled to reveal the evil beneath them. A chilling reminder of a hideous true story, which we must never allow ourselves to forget.

1979, a beach in Brazil, a drowning man meets a mysterious woman who cajoles, questions and flatters him into defending the indefensible. 'Mengele' offers a warning from the past about what happens when the world buys into hatred and bigotry. Coming to Brighton after sell-out seasons at Edinburgh Fringe 2017 and 18 as well as at Adelaide Fringe 2018. Fringe Encore Winner to New York.

"Astonishing" ***** (DailyBusiness)
"Compelling" ***** (Advertiser)
"Absolutely riveting... a contemporary expose of a sociopathic narcissist" ***** (BWW)

Performed in support of The Holocaust Educational Trust.

4:30pm to 5:30pm
Unmythable Out of Chaos

One show.
Three actors.
All the Greek myths.

Legendary heroes, psychotic dragons and randy gods go head-to-head in a hilarious and unforgettable journey. An anarchic blend of comedy, cross-dressing, stories and songs, 'Unmythable' plays in Brighton for the very first time. Get ready to be a hero.

Winner of the Three Weeks Editors’ Award (Edinburgh Fringe)

'Flawless... Unmissable' ***** (Broadway Baby)

'Superb physical theatre' ***** (The Public Reviews)

'A Pythonesque Goodie bag' **** (Fringe Review)

'Expertly performed and stupidly entertaining' (The Guardian)

4:30pm to 5:30pm
The Unremarkable Life and Wholly Undignified Death of Lee Griffiths as Performed by Lee Griffiths Late Night Gimp Fight

Lee Griffiths, household name* and all-round philanthropic hero has given himself the honour of hosting a charity telethon to help those less fortunate. Celebrity guests guaranteed** to be there include Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, Edwina Currie, H from Steps, Andy Peters and X Factor 2004 winner Steve Brookstein. By the end of the night, Lee will be dead. Come find out what went wrong.
*not necessarily your household.
**celebrity guests not guaranteed.

4:30pm to 6:30pm
The Art and Fun of Acting and Dancing Through Puppetry Ester Natzijl Projects

In this workshop we will use the basic technique of puppetry and combine that with acting and dancing. How do you bring a puppet or object to life? How do we create the character of the puppet or object and how do we give it its voice, sound and movements? And what is the character of the material? We will work on disappearing behind and interacting with the puppet. We will make use of hand puppets and different materials and there will be life-sized professional foam puppets and a marionette to give examples.

4:40pm to 5:40pm
HoneyBee Eleanor Dillon-Reams

With physical theatre, stand-up, spoken word and a thumping soundtrack, 'HoneyBee' is the frank and unflinchingly hilarious story of Kate, a sequin-wearing twenty-something who thought she’d have it all sorted out by now.

Having had her world turned upside down at a festival, Kate gives brutally honest accounts of her life challenging the female stereotype, flipping the bird to the patriarchy, and finding her place in the world.

'Honeybee' is Eleanor Dillon-Reams’ debut solo show.

"Powerfully relatable, moving, funny, and really hit home. An incredible, brave debut play” (Audience comment)

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

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

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

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

After a hugely successful run at last year's Brighton Fringe, 'Mental' returns. This is a 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.

"Thank goodness for Dave; he tells his invaluable story with humour and tongue-in-cheek charm...hilariously entertaining" (Mail On Sunday).

"Quirky, moving and hilarious" (Indy 100).

***** (ArtsAward).
***** (Bunbury Magazine).
**** (List).
**** (EdFestMag.com).
**** (ThreeWeeks).
**** (BroadwayBaby.com).
**** (EdFringeReview.com).
**** (VoiceMag.uk).

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

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

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Geeks, Stand Up! Laughing Horse Comedy and Laughing Panda Productions

It’s 2019 and the geeks have inherited the earth!

Geek culture is emerging from TV and movies, but there was a time you'd be ashamed to be one. However, now you should be ashamed if you're not! It's time for the geeks to step out and stand up at Brighton Fringe!

Some of the funniest comedians from around the Fringe laugh, joke and talk passionately about their favourite geek passions. And geekery is anything you're really passionate about.

With an A-Team of revolving acts talking excitedly about their beloved subjects. A good show, comedy it will be. As Yoda might say.

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Silent Disco with Boogie Shoes Seaside Special Boogie Shoes Silent Disco Tours

Sold out at Edinburgh Fringe 2018, Boogie Shoes Silent Disco presents our 'Cheeky Seaside Special' tour of Brighton. We'll have plenty of singing and dancing along the way. Each participant wears headphones tuned to the same station pumping uplifting classics, oldies and today's hits. Live commentary and music all led by your hosts the Boogie Shoes Crew. All salty dogs and bathing beauties welcome. Travel light, bring a drink and wear suitable footwear for walking. Babies in slings, no buggies. Headphones provided, spare tickets at the venue.

5:00pm to 6:15pm
Here We Are Again Wired Theatre

Wired Theatre are long-standing Brighton Fringe regulars, and have made a name for themselves staging creative site-specific works in unusual places – 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 they count as a sure bet all the same. The latest show is the conclusion to a trilogy, about a philandering psychologist losing his own grip on reality; expect an unusual and creative production, with plenty to talk about afterwards.

In the final part of Wired Theatre’s darkly comic trilogy, the ageing psychotherapist believes certain people want to destroy him. His life is spinning out of control again!

Can he overcome this vortex of disaster and save his marriage or is he hurtling towards inevitable self-destruction? The story so far uncovered a web of deception.

Now the quiet house in Hove becomes the site for more surprising revelations. This original devised promenade performance offers another provocative, immersive experience.

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

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

5:10pm to 6:10pm
Too Young to Stay In, Too Old to Go Out! Scarlet Cherub

Nigel Osner brings back his entertaining show. He casts a quizzical eye over life’s challenges for those just that little bit older. Going out, love, holidays - even the gym! He tells his stories in a series of original songs and stories by male and female characters.

"Osner’s characterisations are well drawn and excellently performed. The writing is clever with plenty of wit and humour" **** (Musical Theatre Review)
“Nigel is an excellent writer, and in each of the short scenes, he manages to bring real life to the character and the situation they find themselves in.” **** (LondonTheatre1)

5:30pm to 6:30pm
The Sexist Pistols The Sexist Pistols

Brighton-based comedians, Tandy Houghton and Cat Neilson invite those with a committed interest in breathing to come to their show. A succinct synopsis of their lives will be performed with the high level of mediocrity you would expect from two award-winning women stand-ups (but it goes without saying opinions are all relative, so who knows, maybe they are brilliant).

Come and see this fabulous performance of sketch, stand-up and the best Fringe fun you will ever have without cutting your hair badly - a show where ambition meets confused anarchy.

The 30 minute show is a shortened version.

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

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

5:30pm to 6:25pm
Bummer and Lazarus Big Egg Theatre

An absurd comedy that blends slapstick, nonsense and existentialism. This is the tale of two inseparable friends, renowned killers, and the most welcome faces on the streets of California.

Bummer is an old and wise curmudgeon, a battle hero in his younger years. Lazarus is young and desperate, an empty brain ready to be filled. Under the careful tutelage of his best friend, Lazarus will learn everything, from physiology to ontology, fact to fiction, life to death. The pair are trapped and are beginning to starve. If they don’t escape soon, they will surely die. Also, they are both dogs.

5:30pm to 6:30pm
Frills and Spills Stumble Trip Theatre

‘Frills and Spills’ is an absurd cabaret exploring privilege. Stumble Trip combine their "multiple skills, classic storytelling and madcap humour" (FringeReview) with transformational costume in a raucous show about entitlement, servitude and relationships.

The audience is invited into Frills and Spills’ strange domain where the women wait, perform, play games and fill their lives with anything that will distract them from the void.

"Outstanding" (Fringe Review)

**** (Three Weeks)
****(Broadway Baby)
**** (London Pub Theatres)
**** (North West End)
**** (London Theatre)

5:40pm to 6:35pm
Anna and Sarah: Would Rather Do a Sudoku Anna Dominey and Sarah Mann

Sarah Mann (BBC New Comedian finalist 2018, So You Think You're Funny runner-up 2017) and Anna Dominey (Bath New Act semi-finalist 2018) are the opposite of party people. They would both choose being at home with a nice cup of tea and a Sudoku puzzle over pretty much anything else. They've performed comedy throughout the UK and beyond, and are now bringing their chortle-filled tales of misanthropic bafflement to Brighton. Come and witness their playfully disdainful look at how tiring it is just to live in the world these days.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Risque! Timothy Coakley

Meet the strip club owner who can’t get the staff, the incompetent sex line operator, the lift attendant with a secret, the man who wants a bigger one, Desperate Denise, inappropriate behaviour, the girl who can’t stop, the wife who can’t believe her eyes, the doctor who gets a shock, and the swingers who want to try something new!

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Tom Brace: Brace Yourself (It's Magic Time!) Play People Productions

Fresh from his sell-out Edinburgh Fringe run at the Pleasance Courtyard, Tom Brace brings a jam-packed hour of laughs and magic that you simply won't believe! Expect the unexpected in this mind-boggling variety show.

Suitable for the entire family with something for everyone, this brand new show promises to bamboozle the brain and fool even the sharpest of minds!

"Classic Magic tricks with youthful charm" (Edinburgh Guide)
“Hilarious ... joyfully daft ... if you want to catch a magic show this Fringe, then this should be it" (Sitting on the Fourth Wall)

6:00pm to 7:45pm
The Lady Boys of Bangkok: The Greatest Showgirls Tour Exchange Events Ltd

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

6:00pm to 7:15pm
Danny Dorling: Rule Britannia, Brexit and the End of Empire Lakin McCarthy Entertainment Ltd

How unusual and odd are we in Europe? For this we can blame the legacy of the British Empire, but we can’t blame anyone else for the Empire. Danny Dorling, a leading thinker on inequality in Britain argues that sorting ourselves out post-Brexit is going to require a great deal of introspection, that what we see may not be pleasant. And that Brexit – however it comes – may be part of the cure. Author of 'Peak Inequality' and increasingly heard on TV and radio his work reveals the shameful and widening gap between rich and poor in contemporary Britain. Authoritative, insightful and entertaining.

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

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

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Open Wide Yes Mama!

It's time for your yearly check-up (an hour of surreal sketch and character comedy, brought to you by real-life identical twins from Brighton - Yes Mama!). We promise it will only hurt a little bit.

"Dawson is an expressive, free-wheeling clown who delights in goading both her co-presenter and the crowd. Nash is the perfect foil; a larger than life character, dipping his toes into the grotesque and a marvellously disruptive influence" (ReviewsHub)
"Side-splittingly funny" (Broadway Baby)

6:00pm to 7:00pm
After Aulis Cat on a Piano Productions

Nia's found her true love, and it isn't her fiancé. Soon she's going to have to make a choice, but it's not the one you think. A black (and blue) comedy based on an Ancient Greek tragedy, this addictively-enjoyable, one-woman show is a journey of sex, selfishness, and stilettos.

Professional stage and screen actress Emmeline Braefield stars in this new play by Rowena Cooper, which premiered in 2018.

'After Aulis' is' Fleabag' meets Greek tragedy: "Heartbreaking and joyful", "a funny and moving portrayal of a 21st Century woman", "rude, mad and sad: After Aulis has it all!"

6:10pm to 7:05pm
Last Hive Undercover Theatre Company

Matrix; with honeybees. A comedy set in a world of destruction and disappearing bees.
A honeybee goes into the world to save the hive for his Queen. Will he save the world and get the girl, or be radicalised on the way? Come on down to the insect underworld to find out...

"Hilariously silly, enjoyable for all!" **** (Deadline News)

Previously nominated for Brighton Fringe's Best of Theatre Award.
Previously awarded 'Highly Recommended Show' by FringeReview

Created by international duo David Tann and Karen Houge.
Produced by Undercover Theatre Company.

6:15pm to 7:15pm
From The Cradle To The Bin A Ship of Fools Theatre Company

Strap in Brighton, A Ship of Fools are sailing back to the Warren.

That's right, your favourite mischief-makers are back and ready to take you on a hilarious, raucous and uncomfortable voyage aboard the leaky vessel of a broken care system.

Guaranteed to have you laughing out loud one minute and squirming in your seat the next, this brilliant bouffon clown comedy pulls no punches in its journey to the darkest side of the care system.

Welcome to Happy Valley Care Homes.
We care... so you don't have to.

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

It's a comedy Bonanza!

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

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

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

The perfect start to your Fringe night!

6:15pm to 7:00pm
The Vein, the Fingerprint Machine and the Automatic Speed Detector Politics in Drag

One rifle says to the other rifle; “I really wish they didn’t make me shoot her.” This show is brutal and tender, humorous and melancholic. It is a drag performance about Israeli soldiers, Palestinian police and European weapons designers.

“I don’t think my gun is smart enough; can get I get a smarter one?” In each scene, I’m a different object. Come learn about Palestine and learn about the technologies that define its contemporary occupation in an inviting, provocative and darkly humorous way.

6:30pm to 7:20pm
Guru Dudu's Silent Disco Walking Tours Guru Dudu Productions

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

Check out some special themed tours this year:

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

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

6:30pm to 7:30pm
The Secret Comedy Club: Fringe Comedy Hub Artista

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

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

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Earthbound Wretched Strangers

Four lonely souls in an economically depressed mining town, left without social net and support, share dreams and regrets with a silent witness, hoping to regain their pride. Timely and confronting issues of class and migration, Earthbound, by Quebecois playwright Carole Fréchette, narrates with dark humour a tragedy for ordinary folk. Returning to Brighton Fringe after presenting Medea (2018), Wretched Strangers is a London-based theatre company of professionals who hail from mainland Europe and give an accented voice to foreigners living in the UK. “A company to watch out for” (The Sampler).

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Action Figure Archive with Steve McLean Steve McLean

Join Steve as he takes a fun look at the toys of his childhood. You might be surprised how they look through adult eyes. Rediscover your faves, from He-Man, Transformers, Star Wars and many more (about three more).

The hit show of the Edinburgh Fringe 2018 comes to Brighton. ''A hilarious walk down memory lane''/Top 10 Best Shows of the Edinburgh Fringe (The Glasgow Herald), ''A fun examination of nostalgia and nerdiness''/Top 10 Best Shows of the Edinburgh Fringe for Every Taste (Wired Magazine), "Geeks and nerds unite in this fun show"/Top Ten Geeky Edinburgh Fringe Shows (The Geek List).

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Silent Disco with Boogie Shoes Seaside Special Boogie Shoes Silent Disco Tours

Sold out at Edinburgh Fringe 2018, Boogie Shoes Silent Disco presents our 'Cheeky Seaside Special' tour of Brighton. We'll have plenty of singing and dancing along the way. Each participant wears headphones tuned to the same station pumping uplifting classics, oldies and today's hits. Live commentary and music all led by your hosts the Boogie Shoes Crew. All salty dogs and bathing beauties welcome. Travel light, bring a drink and wear suitable footwear for walking. Babies in slings, no buggies. Headphones provided, spare tickets at the venue.

6:40pm to 7:25pm
Ghosts by Ibsen (an Adaptation) In The Box Theatre

2 stars This adaptation of Ghosts is a strange little play - with the emphasis firmly on “little”. Billed at a compact 45 minutes, on the night I attended it clocked in at just 35, and only made that slender running-time with the aid of extended scene changes and pauses. Since Ibsen’s original is a full three-act play, it follows that it tells just a fraction of the story, pared down to two characters - plus a third who’s in the house, but never appears on-stage. Read the full review.

A fresh adaptation of a classic text, 'Ghosts' deals with themes of transgressive relationships, corruption within the church, hypocrisy, and social responsibilities towards the poor, all as relevant today as when it was first published.

'In The Box Theatre' are a new, Sussex-based theatre company who use the little known methods of the Russian-Armenian practitioner, Vakhtangov (a successor of Stanislavsky). This adaptation addresses themes relating to contemporary society whilst respecting the intent and integrity of the original text.

6:45pm to 7:45pm
Joe McArdle is: Theo McCabe Beach Comet

The award-winning co-creators of smash hit fringe comedies 'Vampire Hospital Waiting Room' and 'Apocalypse Cruise Ship Love Affair' bring their debut split hour of stand-up comedy to Brighton Fringe, topped off with a riotous improvised finale.

***** “Utterly brilliant” (PlaysToSee).
***** “A trip to comedy Heaven” (GingerWig).
***** “A sensation” (RemoteGoat).
***** “The laughs are almost constant” (LastMinuteTheatreTickets).
***** “The most amusing and consistently executed comedy at the entire fringe” (The Student).

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Forgotten Dialogue Penultimate

What do you find in the crevices of your conversations? Where do your words end up after countless accumulation? A piece of experimental physical theatre exploring real words and their relationship to the space. How far can we say that our words are our own...

Centred on the safety of confinement, and inspired by the anonymity an individual has within a public toilet cubicle, Forgotten Dialogue explores how words can find freedom within four walls, but what happens when we leave our words behind. Two entities physically embodying the varying layers of dialogue; the freedom and constraints.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Smashing Annabelszki

Can one woman single-handedly smash the hetero-patriarchy? Well, maybe with a little help from the audience. Confront your unconscious bias as we embark upon a queer, feminist and irreverent exploration of contemporary society. Expect stand-up, sketch comedy, spoken word, subverted song lyrics and audience interaction.

Annabelszki returns after a successful 2018 run of ‘Professional Breakup Artist’.

"An outrageous contribution to stand-up comedy." **** (Broadway Baby).
"Unites all our queer hearts together in a fun, thought-provoking, laugh-until-your-stomach-hurts evening." (DIVA).

7:00pm to 8:00pm
The Adventures of the Bearded Lady Theodora van der Beek

'I’m the Bearded Lady,
I’m fearless and I’m shady,
I’ve hair on my back and
My muscles are stacked,
My Adam’s apple is fully intact
And I eat my meat with gravy!'

Born with a full chin of hair and a bright future ahead of her, the Bearded Lady journeys over land and sea on a quest to explore her own possibility. Having run away so many times that she arrives back at the beginning, she discovers new resolve to defy the inanity of a world that asks people to hide or change who they are.

"Theodora van der Beek is a brilliantly understated comic writer and performer." (The Scotsman)

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

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

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

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

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

7:00pm to 7:50pm
Girl Stuff Josefinito Produktioner AB

Sweden's female comedian of the year, Josefin Johansson, host of the local version of 'Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?', goes abroad with 'Girl Stuff', a show about everything girls love: make-up, ponies and boys. Or is that all? We discuss the queue to the ladies' room, the Bechdel-test and yes, there will be some naughty bits.

Josefin Johansson works for TV, radio, stage and is known for her quirky attire and 80's influenced style mashed with 'My Little Pony' aesthetics.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Dave Chawner: C'est La Vegan Dave Chawner

Award-winning comic Dave Chawner delivers his show about veganism.
Exploring the origin of food, ideas, and views, to understand where things come from.

"This is one comic you have to make the effort to see" (The Scottish Herald).
"His upbeat delivery and candid confessions make for an enjoyable... hour" (Chortle).
As featured in The Guardian, The Independent and The Observer.
As seen on BBC, ITV & Channel 4.

7:00pm to 11:00pm
Poets v MCs Brighton v Sheffield The Old Market Ltd

Welcome to the arena for two battles in one night: the poets and rappers of Brighton and Hove are joined by their respective comrades from the city of Pulp and Prince Naseem to continue their epic battle of lyrical, rhetorical and satirical skills. But they will stand together (temporarily) for the honour of this beautiful conglomeration of pebble-fronted performance fishing villages against the verbal forces of the City of Steel.

“Heart-warming, impressive, brilliant to behold” ( Brighton Source)
Winner, Argus Angel Award for Artistic Excellence
No.1 in Metro’s Brighton must-see events.

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

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

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

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

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Lucy Farrett: Lois Lucy Farrett

It's a Bold Choice because it's a brand-new script, but one-woman show Lois comes with impeccable pedigree. Character actor Lucy Farrett is highly talented and invariably entertaining - with our review of her previous outing LadyFace praising her energy, presence and versatility as she switched between roles. This year's show is an action-hero parody built around an avenger who "doesn't give a damn"; if past form's a guide, you can expect something witty, inventive, and charmingly lo-fi, filled with character in every sense of the word.

Lois. She'll avenge the death of your mother, your brother, even your good-for-nothin' goldfish Margaret. She's taking back what's hers and frankly, my dear... SHE DOESN'T GIVE A DAMN. An action hero character comedy and follow-up to Lucy Farrett's acclaimed debut solo show 'LadyFace'. Come binge on your new favourite action hero star as she blends some bad guys into a delicious bullet smoothie of JUSTICE.

"Leftfield, unhinged creations with impeccable delivery" **** (The List)
"The impressive talents of Lucy Farrett" **** (The Latest)
"Playful and fun throughout" **** (Fringe Guru)

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Vladimir McTavish: 25 Years of Stand-up Laughing Horse Comedy & Vladimir McTavish

“One of the finest acts on the Scottish comedy circuit” (Guardian), Vladimir McTavish became a full-time comedian in 1993, since then he has performed to audiences across the globe, and gigged with some of the biggest names in the business. In '25 Years of Stand-up', a sell-out success at the Edinburgh Fringe and festivals worldwide, he celebrates his quarter-century on the circuit with a show that is a unique blend of new material, greatest hits from two decades of comedy and hilarious anecdotes about life as a comic.

“Topical barbs and neat twists on Scotland's culture" (The Scotsman).

7:30pm to 9:10pm
Benedict Cruft, Violin: a Series of Four Concerts at St. Michael's Music@St. Michael's

London based violinist Benedict Cruft once again surveys all of Bach's solo violin music and over two evenings. George Robertson, viola and Anthony Pleeth, cello join Benedict for a further two evenings of exciting chamber music with music by Bach, Schubert and Beethoven. The Bach will be an arrangement for string trio of his 6 organ sonatas and they work extremely well on strings. The Schubert will be his string trio in B flat and the Beethoven his Serenade Op.8 and trio Op.9 both in D major. Do join us for some exceptional music making.

7:30pm to 8:20pm
Northern Power Blouse Northern Power Blouse

Join 'Northern Power Blouse' for a sketch show full of heart, songs and massive, massive shoulder pads. Between them, Cassie Atkinson, Kat Butterfield and Charlotte Pearson have written for Radio 4 and Russ Abbott, been finalists for BAFTA and the Funny Women writing awards and have popped up on E4 and ITV.

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

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

7:30pm to 8:20pm
Hot Mess: Bezzie Mates Hot Mess

Fresh from their Soho Theatre transfer, 'Hot Mess' return to Brighton Fringe with their debut Edinburgh show. Max and Anna filmed themselves writing silly sketches for a year to make sure they didn't miss a trick. See their funniest ideas from the last 12 months and get a peek behind the curtain of their intense friendship. They spend a lot of time together; like, too much. Finalists, Leicester Square Theatre Sketch Off! 2018.
"Hot Mess pump up the pace with fast sketches... the two actors supporting and flowing with each other beautifully" (Chortle).

7:30pm to 1:30am
SKREW LOOSE BOOKING FRINGE SHOWCASES Skrew Loose Booking

Skrew Loose Booking is a Brighton based live music company focused on showcasing upcoming and established talent from Brighton and further afield. Previously running events with Brighton Fringe 18, Brighton Festival and The Great Escape Festival; Skrew Loose will once again be showcasing top shelf Folk, Rock and Indie acts as part of this year's Brighton Fringe 2019.

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

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

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

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Andrew Pepper: House of Pepper Natural Blondish

Showman, story teller and clown, London cabaret star, Andrew Pepper (“barnstorming, no-holds barred, grab the audience by the goolies and give them everything you’ve got”, Cabaret Scenes), finally descends on Brighton for one hot pink weekend. A hurricane of limbs, mischief and money notes, Pepper comes armed with turbo-charged show tunes, blistering ballads, epic yarns and more energy than Lee Evans on crack.

“A winner whatever he’s doing” (Evening Standard)
“A dazzling and meticulously executed display of shape-showmanship” (Cabaret Scenes)
“He of the magnificent voice” (The Stage)

7:30pm to 9:10pm
Closer The Rialto Theatre

Four lives intertwine over the course of four and a half years in this densely-plotted, stinging look at modern love and betrayal. Their lives are permanently altered when two of them have a passionate affair. We explore and delve into the brutal anatomy of modern romance, where a quartet of strangers meet, fall in love, and become caught up in a web of sexual desire and jealousy, often drawing out deep human isolation, vulnerability and destructiveness.

Directed by Lauren Varnfield (“electric” – Plays International)
Pretty Villain are Brighton Fringe Award Winners 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018.

7:40pm to 8:40pm
Jody Kamali is Mike Daly: Darts and All Jody Kamali

180!

Jody Kamali is hapless Mike Daly. A former Bristolian Darts Champion, frustrated by his fall from grace is back to tell all. Set at a dysfunctional Q&A event in a crumbling hotel conference room, it sends him on a journey of self-discovery that has idiotic consequences.

An off-beat physical/character comedy show from the cult internet star and fringe regular.

"Kamali is hugely inventive, warm and engaging" (Total Theatre).
"Brilliant, original visual comedy" (Harry Hill).

7:45pm to 8:45pm
Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival Iris Prize

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

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

7:45pm to 9:05pm
Movin' Melvin Brown: The Ray Charles Experience Movin' Melvin Brown

R&B legend presents his soulful journey exploring the jazz, blues, gospel and soul music of Ray Charles and his contemporaries. Nat King Cole, Sam Cooke, Lloyd Price, Percy Mayfield. Singing, dancing, tap, comedy & stories.
Best Music nominee: Adelaide Festival
"Songs that never sounded better, even by Ray's standards!" **** (List)
"Exceptional" ***** (Scotsman)
Melvin is an award-winning international entertainer, playing to packed houses from Las Vegas to Edinburgh!
Join him at The Warren for his exclusive Tap (dance) into Health Workshop and learn some cool moves on Friday the 3rd of May.

7:50pm to 8:50pm
Black Peter National Production Company and Follow The Thread Theatre

3 stars A young woman with a wicker basket picks flowers in the woods; a horned figure, half man and half beast, creeps up behind her. It sounds like a scene from a fairytale - and in a sense, that’s exactly what it is. We soon learn we’re in a sleepy village on the side of a mountain in Germany; the monster’s just a man in a mask, and the flowers are props for a festival of folklore. But the man’s spent the last four years away from home… and the conversation that follows this reunion is an uneasy one. Read the full review.

Where do monsters come from? Do they exist only in stories, or do they live amongst us, watching, waiting?

‘Black Peter’ is a retelling of the Bavarian tale of the Krampus. Set in a woodland clearing beneath the shadow of a dead tree, two people explore a secretive and painful shared past, ten years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

We invite you to take a stroll through the woods with us, if you dare.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Privates Bright Buoy Productions

Attention all sperm! This is a military operation in procreation! Join three fun guys who fertilise in an adventure as big as life itself. Imagine 'Saving Private Ryan' meets the sex education you wish you had, and they don't wear adequate protection. Nine months later this show pops out. Don't be ejacu-late, but don't come early. The most physical comedy you could wish for, from the pr*cks behind 'Planet Earth III'.

***** (Ed Fest Mag).
"Hugely entertaining" (Chortle).

8:00pm to 9:00pm
APAPAlypse Now: Childproofing for the End of Days JB Carter/Philip Alexander

JB Carter, American, Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year 2017 finalist, shortlisted for BBC New Comedy Award 2018, as heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra, and Northern Irishman, Philip Alexander, have brought children into this world. Now? Really? Couldn’t they have picked a better time?

Should they start digging bunkers, or just switch off their newsfeeds, put down their medical journals and get busy being papas?

Two comedians, half an hour each to make the apocalypse as child-friendly as possible.

8:00pm to 8:55pm
Sary Different Theatre / Sweet Productions

5 stars A toe-tapping track is playing as we take our seats for Sary: a folkish tune, set to a modern beat. It’s a fitting accompaniment for this stunning two-hander, which is faithful to its nineteenth-century setting yet tells its story in a distinctly contemporary style. It begins with a woman planning her own funeral - though it’s not a Christian burial she seems to have in mind. As the eponymous Sary speaks of her longing to return to the earth, we begin to understand her: she’s at home in nature, comfortable in solitude… and the people in the village think that she’s a witch. Read the full review.

A feminist-folk-horror based on the 19th century Sussex tale of 'Ol’ Sary Weaver'.

"They call me witch. A teeth-gnasher. A shape-shifter. When a man says a woman turns into a hare, it means she were too quick for him!"

Written by Sam Chittenden, this piece of English Eerie explores themes of female sexuality, ageing and loss as kinds of alchemy.

“Different Theatre Productions spell magical storytelling and a poetic serenity in the face of the dark... such gentleness of spirit, and a tender regard for difference and solitude. It’s another gem.” (Fringe Review).

8:00pm to 9:00pm
The Secret Comedy Club: Fringe Comedy Hub Artista

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

8:00pm to 10:00pm
The Milkman’s on His Way K-Squared Productions

"Growing up gay, as a teenager, just when everyone else is becoming involved with the opposite sex, you're alone in having to hide your feelings. It's impossible to talk to anyone. It's not something you want to blurt out to your parents, your teachers or the boy you fancy. The only salvation is to find people like yourself. And that's a big step."

In the early 1980s, this coming-out novel broke new ground as a positive image of growing up gay. During the Section 28 debates, it was accused of 'glorifying' gay sex. This adaptation brings David Rees' book to the stage for the first time.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Silent Disco with Boogie Shoes Seaside Special Boogie Shoes Silent Disco Tours

Sold out at Edinburgh Fringe 2018, Boogie Shoes Silent Disco presents our 'Cheeky Seaside Special' tour of Brighton. We'll have plenty of singing and dancing along the way. Each participant wears headphones tuned to the same station pumping uplifting classics, oldies and today's hits. Live commentary and music all led by your hosts the Boogie Shoes Crew. All salty dogs and bathing beauties welcome. Travel light, bring a drink and wear suitable footwear for walking. Babies in slings, no buggies. Headphones provided, spare tickets at the venue.

8:15pm to 9:15pm
ADHDave On The Edge Comedy

Join acclaimed local comic Dave Fensome on a darkly comic journey through his life, re-framed through an ADHD diagnosis aged 42. Touching on relationships, mental health, career choices and ageing, this is above all a very funny show as Dave re-evaluates everything and looks to the future. He also takes aim at all those who have wronged him, and proudly shouts "I told you so!" To be honest, this was not the mid-life crisis he was expecting! It's been said that Dave Fensome has a unique comic mind. If you don't believe him, you can ask his doctor.

8:20pm to 9:05pm
Cool Story Bro (Work in Progress) Trevor Tokabi

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

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

8:30pm to 9:30pm
Earthbound Wretched Strangers

Four lonely souls in an economically depressed mining town, left without social net and support, share dreams and regrets with a silent witness, hoping to regain their pride. Timely and confronting issues of class and migration, Earthbound, by Quebecois playwright Carole Fréchette, narrates with dark humour a tragedy for ordinary folk. Returning to Brighton Fringe after presenting Medea (2018), Wretched Strangers is a London-based theatre company of professionals who hail from mainland Europe and give an accented voice to foreigners living in the UK. “A company to watch out for” (The Sampler).

8:30pm to 9:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

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

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

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

"A cracking comedy selection" ***** (Cream of the Fringe).
"A fantastic night of comedy" **** (ThreeWeeks).
"Kept the crowd well entertained" **** (Rip It Up).
"A Strong show of fresh comedy" **** (The Argus).

8:30pm to 9:30pm
The Cabinet of Madame Fanny Du Thé Riddlestick Theatre

One of The Guardian’s Best Shows at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018.
Tales of woe, tales of science, tales of curses, tales of defiance. Also, some juggling. Reach into Fanny's cabinet for a musical voyage of hilarity. But beware! Somebody's out to sink her ship. Riddlestick Theatre are dedicated to tickling fancies with weird and wonderful stories and enchanting live music. Choose the tales we tell in this riotous celebration of curiosity and imagination. “Their energy is boundless, the script fiercely intelligent and the original live music bound to stay dancing through your head.” (The Guardian)

8:45pm to 10:40pm
My Finest Hour/Goddess Jacqueline Haigh

Comedy storytelling double bill. "My Finest Hour" by Iain F M Smith on how, as a shy teen with 27 dogs and awkward hair, he struggled to live up to his war-hero grandfather.

"Very funny...a charming and engaging storyteller. Highly recommended."
(Blythe Crawford).

"Goddess" by Jacqueline Haigh, based on her true experiences working as a receptionist in a Tantric Massage parlour. Directed by Alan Short (co-director Watership Down, Netflix/BBC)..

" Well written and conveyed...great characters...heartwarming" **** (The Wee Review)
"Hilarious from start to finish" (Don Eales, Cultural).

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Mary Flanigan and Robbie McShane: One of Us is a Robot Mary Flanigan/Robbie McShane

It’s Mary Flanigan and Robbie McShane! One's a comedian, one's a robot pretending to be a comedian. Can you spot the robot and save mankind?

Robbie and Mary will be doing an hour of their most relatable material (everything from dating to families to the trials and tribulations of upgrading your operating system) to prove they're human. The audience takes a vote on which is the robot and watches them be terminated live on stage! You could stop, or start, the robot apocalypse. It’s in your hands, all of humanity, so come on down!

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Crybabies: Danger Brigade Crybabies

Join Michael Clarke (“nothing short of genius” ***** Three Weeks), Ed Jones (“ripe with wit” **** The Skinny) and James for Crybabies' debut hour of surreal comedy, action, singing and dancing, rats, crisps, and concerns of the heart. Buckle up for an offbeat adventure through the seductive waters of World War II, truly the Godfather Part II of world wars.

Further praise for Crybabies members:

"Bursting with artistic invention" (Chortle)
"Unparalleled levels of mania" (The List)

As seen on BBC 3 and heard on Radio 4 Extra

9:00pm to 10:30pm
Bourgeois & Maurice: Memento Mori Tim Whitehead Management

"A philosophicLOL cabaret about the meaning of life"

Following sell-out shows last year, award-winning musical satirists Bourgeois & Maurice are back with a brand new show 'Memento Mori' celebrating and skewering life's absurdities.

"Witheringly sharp and pointedly British" **** (The Independent).

9:10pm to 9:55pm
Bla Bla Land Tea & Toast

Brighton's beloved improv troupe Tea & Toast presents a warm and witty musical comedy, made up before your eyes.

Inspired by audience suggestions, our homage to Oscar-winning movie 'La La Land' transports you to a different city every night. We'll meet quirky locals, embrace their dreams and follow their pursuit of love. Whether florists from Fife or bakers from Balham, this joyous, feel-good romp promises to leave you laughing and humming silly songs for days.

All characters, stories, songs and dance numbers are created in the moment, so keep coming back to see a brand new show each time!

9:15pm to 10:10pm
Drunk with A Pen Joseph J Clark

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

Featuring new work for 2019, as well as older favourites including the moving 'Eulogy of Empty Words', the thoughtful 'War Stories', and the one about rum that the pub crowds like.

"Clark commands attention from the get-go." **** (Broadway baby)
"Doing the spoken word genre proud." **** (Voice Mag)

9:25pm to 10:25pm
Bear North Brainfruit

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2018 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.

It's hard to explain what makes Bear North so charming. It's a fantastical, whimsical musical journey, featuring a smiling bear in a summery dress - which sways and shimmies throughout the show, just because it likes to dance. The Cajun-inspired soundtrack's provided by a trio of local musicians, and a poet comes along for the ride as well; there are loose themes of outdoor life and the healing power of nature. But really it's about the joy of a free spirit, and of singing, dancing and telling stories for no reason at all.

‘Twin Peaks’ meets ‘The Singing Ringing Tree’. Wonderfully absurd, with a dancing buffalo, wolf and grizzly bear. Conceived in a dream by multi-award-winning performer, Roy Hutchins, this utopian vision is whimsical, comic and moving. Journey through a landscape filled with log cabins, forests, mountains and magical waterfalls, drawn through clever riffs and augmented fiddle playing, harmonies and dance.

"Songs of lakes, firesides, and bears. An impossible odyssey." Highly Recommended. (Fringe Review).
“The tables were turned and it was me who danced to Bear North’s tune” **** (Fringe Guru).

9:25pm to 10:25pm
Fannytasticals Cum Again Fannytasticals / Sweet Productions

Brighton’s rude and raucous female comedy troupe returns to the Fringe! With songs, sketches and wry musings on the female experience, their original and bold material takes you into the wilderness of the female psyche, leaving you gasping for breath. An evening without inhibition.

Five female performers, writers, comedians, and musicians in their 20s, 30s, and 40s make up 'The Fannytasticals'. They have been performing their hilarious and original satirical material to sold-out audiences for over three years.

***** (North West End)
**** (Broadway Baby)

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Meryl O'Rourke : Vanilla Meryl & R.E. O'Rourke & Laughing Horse Festivals

New show from stand up and BBC’s New World Order writer. In her youth, Meryl was called all sorts of fruity names and revelled in what she considered terribly bad behaviour. This side of the millennium it seems that behaviour would be considered quaint. With her daughter tobogganing into puberty and the menopause coursing through her veins, Meryl questions what her kids are being sold, while wanting to buy a bag for herself. A show about not being who everyone thinks you are, and wishing possibly you were.

***** (British Comedy Guide).
***** (New Current).
'Pick of the Week' (The Times).

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

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

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Pamela's Palace Interactive Theatre International

Pamela is the hard-won queen of a buzzing beauty salon, but behind the glitz and the glamour, the Salon of the Year competition threatens to bring the walls of her suburban palace crumbling down. Lovesick Tiffany's body clock is ticking, bashful Bronwyn ‘needs to talk’, and attention-seeking Pamela has age-related problems from her head down to her camel-toe.

"An outstanding sitcom comic creation" ???? (The Scotsman)
"The evening is a riot as three talented performers pout and strut their way through some dazzling choreography" ????? (Broadway Baby)

9:40pm to 10:30pm
Sonia Aste: Made in Spain 2 Sonia Aste

Sonia Aste is a Spaniard living in the UK who believes "cultural differences are like Sangria, a mix that leaves a headache, but we always ask for more."

After sell-out shows at the Brighton Fringe 2018, this energetic Spaniard comes back with her highly-anticipated sequel. British, Spanish, and EU connections come together in a funny, fun-filled fiesta! ¡Olé!

Sold out shows Edinburgh Fringe 2018.

"Sprinkle of Spanish summer, shimmering performance" **** (Mumble Comedy).
"Uplifting, hilarious show about UK/Spanish connections" (Oxford Daily).
As heard on BBC Radio Surrey.

9:45pm to 10:45pm
Late Night Gimp Fight: 10 Years Still Broke Late Night Gimp Fight

It started as a joke ten years ago, but no one's laughing now...

For three nights only in Brighton, Late Night Gimp Fight are bringing the best material from their ten years together. Will there be singing and dancing? You bet. Will there be dark punchlines? Sure. Will there be unnecessary nudity? Sadly, yes.

Come see some of your favourite sketches for the last time before they are bound, gagged and thrown off of the pier, never to be seen again. At least until the 11-year anniversary show!

Guaranteed the best show you'll see this year with gimps. Probably.
***** (Chortle).
**** (Times).

9:45pm to 11:00pm
Summer Street: The Hilarious, Aussie Soap Opera, Musical Comedy Summer Street The Musical Ltd

Four fading Aussie soap stars try to resurrect their failing careers by filming a one-off TV special of Australia's most successful 'Soapy', 'Summer Street'. Is this just a cosy, nostalgic trip down memory lane or is there something else more sinister at play? Bad acting and ridiculous storylines are in plentiful supply in the world premiere of this uproarious musical comedy. With a soundtrack of pastiche songs from the 80s and 90s you'll have a great night out at this hilarious new show. For anyone who wanted to be Kylie, Jason or both! "Wonderfully entertaining!" (Britishtheatre.com)

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Caitlin Cook: Death Wish Caitlin Cook

Since she was seventeen, Caitlin Cook has lived her life by a code: if something scares her, she has to do it. Join her for a raucous hour of stand-up comedy, storytelling, musical comedy, and a bit of bathroom stall graffiti art to discover why.

Caitlin Cook is a Los Angeles-born, Brooklyn-based comedian. Not your conventional stand-up, Caitlin combines witty one-liners and scintillating storytelling with hilariously irreverent musical comedy and projected visuals. She has taken the stage all across the US, Canada, Europe, and Oceania at top-tier venues, comedy clubs, festivals, and fringes.

10:00pm to 11:00pm
In the Gut Les Femmes Ridicule

A riotous character comedy about the facts of life with a twist! This bold and hilarious show features dancing sperm, audience challenges, catchy music, grotesque imagery and moments of poignant pathos.

Les Femmes Ridicule playfully disarm some of life's difficult topics. For adults with a wicked sense of humour.

"Just downright amazing", "Unbelievable! When you've seen it once you want to see it over and over again!", "Absolutely spectacular, unique, interactive and brilliantly composed" (Audience feedback).

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

The legendary Fringe Club returns to the Warren in 2019 with it's own version of the legendary night out, A Silent Disco. With special guest DJs, fancy dress nights, takeovers and more. Everyone's favourite headphone party comes to Brighton's favourite Fringe night out.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Excellent" ***** (Edfringe)

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

10:30pm to 11:20pm
Siblings: Acting out and Siblings: The Third Bezoomny Theatre

Character comedians and real-life sisters Maddy and Marina Bye are back, physically bigger and mentally smaller then ever before, presenting their sell-out 2018 show 'Siblings: Acting out' and the brand new, completely absurd 'Siblings: The Third'. Expect new characters, old haircuts and plenty of deep-rooted family issues.

"Genius... Silly humour with a clever twist" ***** (Broadway Baby).
"Wonderfully absurd and very very funny" ***** (Scottish Field).
"Ridiculously absurd sketch show that is hilariously relatable" **** (Three Weeks).
"Rising Stars of British Comedy 2018" (YOU Mag).

10:40pm to 11:40pm
Sass, Sex and Surrealness King Sammy Silver

King Sammy Silver returns to Brighton Fringe with his award-winning (Pebble Trust Bursary 2018), delightfully queer comedy cabaret, 'Sass, Sex and Surrealness'. Come and join the drag king bear cub as he navigates the highs and lows of the trans, queer experience through song, dance, comedy and much more! Also his annoying sibling, Sally, may make an appearance or two, as they are never too keen on Sammy in the spotlight.

10:45pm to 11:45pm
Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival Iris Prize

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

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

11:00pm to 2:00am
English Disco Lovers English Disco Lovers

The English Disco Lovers Community Group return to Brighton Spiegeltent for their fifth sell out season! As ever, they will be bringing their irrepressible mix of disco, humour, inclusivity, fundraising and fun to Brighton Fringe Festival's beautiful late night venue!

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

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

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

11:30pm to 12:20am
The Man of a Thousand Farces Eluxifer

'The Man of a 1000 Farces' is the new touring show from that international man of misery, Johnny MacAulay. It is a one hour psychedelic mind flip of magic, character sketches, sideshow and quick change mayhem.

MacAulay started performing with 'Cirque Archaos', 'La fura del Baus', 'Mutoid Waste' and has continued touring and gigging internationally eleven months of the year. He hasn't studied with Gaulier.

“Very dark, very funny clown” (Metro)
“What a great act” (Nina Conte)
“The hit of the night” (Chortle)

11:55pm to 12:45am
Hot Mess: Dirty Stop Outs Hot Mess

Help Anna and Max satisfy the weird stipulations of their overzealous landlord to keep the party alive while ending the night with the best house party in Brighton! Fast-paced sketches and a banging playlist await.
"Hot Mess pumped up the pace with fast sketches...the two actors supporting and flowing with each other beautifully" (Chortle 2018).
“The shrieks of laughter and delight were quite unlike anything we’ve ever heard" (Brainchild Festival).