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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 12:00pm
WARMTH Pop-up Sauna WARMTH BRIGHTON

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wilful princesses, music hall stars, headstrong courtesans, acrobats and 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.

10:30am to 11:30am
Christopher's Caterpillars Topsy Turvy Theatre

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

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

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

10:30am to 10:00pm
Brighton Buddhist Centre Open Day 2018 Brighton Buddhist Centre

We're opening the doors of the Brighton Buddhist Centre!

If you've ever wondered what goes on here, come along to one of our taster sessions which will give you a flavour of some of the things we have to offer.

All sessions are free, including tea and cake!

We look forward to seeing you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:00am to 1:00pm
Jane Hissey's Teddy Bear's Picnic Brighton Toy and Model Museum

Jane Hissey is the author and illustrator of over 25 'Old Bear' books and the creator of the BAFTA-award-winning TV series of 'Old Bear Stories'. At this event, within the magical setting of Brighton Toy Museum, Jane will introduce her original, soft-toy characters, read from her books, show some of her original artwork and tell her young audience how she writes and illustrates.
She will then host a healthy teddy-bear's picnic lunch where there will be an opportunity to participate in bear-related crafts to take home at the end of the day. Children are welcome to bring one well-behaved bear.

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 bands. 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 1:00pm
Exploring Senses 'MakerLab Monsters' Exploring Senses CIC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12:00pm to 2:30pm
Silver Jewellery Workshop Silver & Sage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ending up talking about medical procedures just for good measure.

12:00pm to 12:45pm
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 8:00pm
FEM.ALE Brewster Beer Festival FEM.ALE Brewster Beer Festivals

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

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

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

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

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

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

12:00pm to 12:45pm
VAGUE (Work-In-Progress) PBJ Management

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

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

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

12:00pm to 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” (FringeReview)

12:00pm to 12:50pm
SESKA: Spot the Difference! SESKA

SESKA performs incredibly silly magic tricks, repeats them again but with a crazy added difference... and, when you spot the difference, you win a fab prize! A party atmosphere, hilarious entertainment and a competition all in one. Sells out super-fast so get the tickets now, donutfaces!

When SESKA comes to town, kids laugh out loud, dads f*rt out loud, and mums faint at his feet! Crazier than finding a penguin in your fridge.

"My kids loved him" (Jonathan Ross)
"Children will be spellbound for 50 minutes of silliness" (Broadway Baby)

Nominated for Best Family Show Brighton Fringe 2015

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Ensonglopedia of Animals John Hinton

4 stars Ensonglopidia is an awkward name – but it's perfectly descriptive of this informative, scientific, musical show. It's the latest production from Fringe favourite John Hinton, best-known for his musical biographies of famous scientists, who this time leads us on an encyclopaedic A-to-Z gallop through the wonders of the animal kingdom. Billed as suitable for children aged 5 and older – but perfectly enjoyable for grown-ups too – it's an hour of unashamed natural-world trivia, bundled up in a series of witty songs. Read the full review.

John Hinton's witty science-themed shows have been a highlight of many past Fringes, so this new vehicle for his musical talents naturally catches the eye. It's a sequel to last year's similarly-named Ensonglopedia of Science, which earned 4* from us in Edinburgh; this time, we're promised a rapid-fire A-Z canter through the animal kingdom, with fascinating facts and an entertaining song for each letter. It's billed as suitable for ages 5 and upwards, but if past form is a guide, unaccompanied grown-ups will find plenty to enjoy as well.

26 animal songs, one for each letter of the alphabet. Learn fascinating facts about extraordinary echinoderms, distressed damselflies, crazy corals, batty beetles and amazing archispirostreptuses. Expect the unexpected and expect it to rhyme.

The brand-new show from John Hinton, multi-award-winning creator of musical comedies about Darwin, Einstein and Curie. Follow-up to the hit show Ensonglopedia of Science (nominated Children's Choice Award, Brighton Fringe '17).

"John Hinton is an absolute joy... This guy could get anyone interested in science" (Adelaide Theatre Guide)

Ages 5-105

Touch tours available on request, please email everything@ensonglopedia.com to book.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12:30pm to 1:30pm
Being Julie Andrews Fishhouse Theatre

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

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

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

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

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

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

Not sure what to see? Don't fret, we've done the work for you and hand-picked this week's top tips.

Shows from across Brighton Fringe will be showcasing snippets of their work to whet your appetite every weekend lunchtime.

Different line-ups every show. All for just a fiver.

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

Neverwant... The algorithm of life!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1:00pm to 2:30pm
Piers & Queers Only in Brighton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1:30pm to 2:30pm
Between Us Between Us

Two people, one relationship, no script.

Boy meets girl. But then what?

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

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

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

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

1:30pm to 2:20pm
Captain Cauliflower and Marvin the Mischievous Moose Mad Etiquette

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

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

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

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

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

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

1:30pm to 2:20pm
SESKA: Spot the Difference! SESKA

SESKA performs incredibly silly magic tricks, repeats them again but with a crazy added difference... and, when you spot the difference, you win a fab prize! A party atmosphere, hilarious entertainment and a competition all in one. Sells out super-fast so get the tickets now, donutfaces!

When SESKA comes to town, kids laugh out loud, dads f*rt out loud, and mums faint at his feet! Crazier than finding a penguin in your fridge.

"My kids loved him" (Jonathan Ross)
"Children will be spellbound for 50 minutes of silliness" (Broadway Baby)

Nominated for Best Family Show Brighton Fringe 2015

1:40pm to 2:30pm
Shame PStrongCo

Ever felt ashamed? Ever wanted the ground to swallow you whole? You're not alone. Join poet and comedian Pete Strong as he explores the history of shame: his own, the shame of being a man, and simply the shame of being alive. Self-loathing, but with jokes, poems and the odd song. Honest!

“Walking a fine emotional line, cathartically funny” (Chortle)
“Warped charm” (The Argus)
“An act well worth seeing” (Broadway Baby)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Perfect for visitors and residents alike.

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

Winner: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016, 2017.

2:00pm to 3:00pm
From One Heart to Another The Theatre Shed

The human heart. We can put it in the strangest places, hoping it’s looked after by whoever finds it. Kia is about to find out just how big hers is. A lot to hand over. She needs help. She’s fed up and bored with the world. She’s growing up too fast, but who can help?

'From One Heart to Another' looks at the exciting adventures a child can experience when challenged and when asked to really question how they see their life. Through a whirlwind of imagination and expression, Kia may end up realising just how important her heart is and the choices she makes with it.

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

2:00pm to 4:00pm
Pavilion Gardens Cafe History Tour 2018 Pavilion Gardens Cafe

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

The price includes tea and a cake at the cafe to finish the tour.

2:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday Assembly Brighton: Solidarity (Spiegeltent Special 2018) Sunday Assembly

Sunday Assembly is a global network of non-religious gatherings celebrating life through inspirational speakers, fascinating science, thoughtful readings, raucous pop music, peaceful reflection and free tea and cake.

The theme for our fourth annual Spiegeltent special is 'Solidarity', which we'll be exploring through our award-winning formula of singalong pop songs, spoken word and a guest appearance by TEDx speaker Tim Holtham, founder of the amazing Brighton Table Tennis Club.

Entry is free but you are advised to pre-book your ticket as the event usually sells out.

www.sundayassemblybrighton.com

2:00pm to 3:30pm
Väkevä / Lyydia (Double Bill) Agit-Cirk

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

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

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

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

2:00pm to 2:50pm
Birds Junior Productions

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

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

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

"Completely infectious" - Chortle.

FINALISTS Leicester Square Theatre Sketch Off! 2018

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Me and My Bee ThisEgg

A new family-comedy. Climate change is massive. Bees aren’t?

Our fuzzy little friends need our help and so we’re launching a political party disguised as a party party, disguised as a show. Multi-award-winning theatre company, ThisEgg, invites you to save the world - one bee at a time. A new family-comedy with live music.

Devised and Performed by Joe Boylan, Josie Dale-Jones and Greta Mitchell, this is an imaginative piece of comic theatre charged with vitality and immediacy.

"A rarity... deliciously eccentric” (The Guardian)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2:25pm to 2:40pm
Brighton School of Samba Brighton School of Samba

The Brighton School of Samba is the city's first and only traditional Samba School. BSS was formed in May 2007 as a non-profit organisation The School brings a taste of the vibrant Rio Carnival to the streets of Brighton and beyond.

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

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

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

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

2:30pm to 3:30pm
The Parentheticals: Improdyssey The Parentheticals

The Parentheticals are going on a quest, but where they go and what they seek is entirely up to you! Whatever you choose, the adventure will be epic and completely made up on the spot. Join us for an hour of improvised games and stories never seen before and never to be seen again. It's your adventure - your Improdyssey.

"Incredibly well-executed and imaginative... I couldn’t help but become immersed" **** (views from the gods)

"A masterclass in improvisation" ***** (Open Door)

"Comedy magic... The Parentheticals are huge fun" (London Pub Theatres)

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

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

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

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

2:30pm to 4:50pm
King Charles III Brighton Little Theatre

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

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

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

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Sleight of Handsome Freddie Folkston

While away an hour or so as magic meets stand-up comedy. As well as some cunning trickery, Freddie will share his frustrations of modern and not so modern life.

2:30pm to 3:50pm
Always, With a Love That's True Wired Theatre

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

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

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

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

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

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Better Together Acá Theatre Limited

Join three delightful clowns who make waiting at a bus stop a tragically complicated affair. Back by popular demand, Tropizo, Doa and Squiggle are on a journey to become best friends! But how do you make real friends in a modern world?

Through loneliness, tumbling and laughter, they learn to cast aside the distractions that stand in the way of what matters most. Playful and clever, 'Better Together' is a hilarious show full of surprises, slapstick and acrobatics.

"Of all the children's shows... at this year's Brighton Fringe I found this one the most original and the funniest" (Voice Magazine)

3:00pm to 4:00pm
The Twelve Days Of Christmas Matt Roseblade

'The Twelve Days of Christmas' is an unseasonal romp through the gifts of a generous but impractical lover. Just what does one do with 10 lords a-leaping? They're bound to eat all the swans...

Topics covered include partridge xenophobia, drummer abuse, the WWI trenches, a farmyard living under a reign of terror, why you can't eat swans and the problem of supplying sexually-relieved amphibia to a prominent member of the Royal Family.

Matt Roseblade follows up last years 3-star show 'Dignity Off' with his debut solo hour.

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

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

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

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

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Soul Circus The Musical (Buried Treasure) Soul Circus

Following our 2016 sell-out, smash-hit show, come with us on our next adventure: pirates, mermaids and the search for buried treasure told through original live music, poetry and song. Fighting negative thoughts and low self-esteem to find the truth and the golden treasure hidden in us all. Do you ever feel invisible? Are you taking flowers to the graveyard of your dreams? Let us fill you with love and courage for the adventure ahead. Get ready to run away (sail away) with the Soul Circus, have fun and think deep... it's soul work!

Touch tours available on request, please email elspethfurini@yahoo.co.uk to book.

3:00pm to 5:30pm
Silver Jewellery Workshop Silver & Sage

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

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

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

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

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Louise Reay: Eraserhead Louise Reay

The first show in Edinburgh was banned ... and lawyers told her to can the second show. How will the third show fare?

'Eraserhead' is the third instalment of award-winning comedian Louise Reay’s provocative trilogy on power and oppression. It’s a free country, isn’t it? Currently facing legal proceedings, Louise explores issues of free expression, censorship and oppression in modern Britain.

Winner- Adelaide Fringe Best Emerging Artist 2017 (weekly)
Nominee - Best Comedy Brighton Fringe 2017
Nominee - Edinburgh Fringe Groundbreaker Award 2016
"Louise Reay can legitimately claim to be unique." The Independent

This project is supported by an Irene Mensah Brighton Fringe bursary.

3:00pm to 4:00pm
100 Ways to Tie a Shoe-Lace Forget About The Dog

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

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

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

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

**** (Fringe Guru)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3:45pm to 4:45pm
Martin Lingus Mullaney Productions

Time is running out for Martin Lingus. He needs to find a lady. A lady with a house. But his boyish charm isn’t working like it used to.

This one-man show is a dark comedy about love, inner demons and period features.

3:45pm to 4:45pm
Barry and Alasdair's Non-Trademark-Infringing Comedy Adventure (Where the Audience Chooses) Barry and Alasdair

A multimedia spectacular from Angel Comedy founder Barry Ferns and Alasdair Beckett-King (Leicester Mercury Comedian of the of Year 2017).

You control this interactive comedy show. Cloaked villains, moral dilemmas, anti-establishment robots, and sexy werewolves await. A unique adventure every time!

“Ridiculous” **** (Broadway Baby)

4:00pm to 6:00pm
The Mayor's Charities Cycle Ride - Finale Brighton & Hove Property Consortium

Come and celebrate the arrival of the Brighton & Hove Property Consortium's Charity Cycle Ride with the Mayor of Brighton & Hove as they cross the finish line in New Road to mark the end of their epic 4-day cycle ride from Brussels to Brighton. There will be stalls, live music and entertainment to support the Mayor's Charities.

The Brighton and Hove Property Consortium is a not for profit company set up to support our local community and city. We are a group of professionals with the common goal of creating this annual cycling event to raise funds for locally based charities.

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

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

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

One day the future calls her back.

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

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

"A young company worth your attention" (FringeReview)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Neil O'Rourke & Patrick Spicer: Cool Dude Island Neil O'Rourke & Patrick Spicer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4:15pm to 5:15pm
Your Mighty Cousin Your Mighty Cousin

We all have that cousin... Witness Will Blok, Jimmy Graham and Louis Dawson-Jones portray a variety of your distant relatives (probably) in this funny, silly, third generation once-removed sketch comedy show! Alumni of Bristol Revunions.

"Intelligent writing" **** (Ed Fringe Review)

"Impressive energy and creativity" **** (Broadway Baby)

"Incredibly quick-witted" (Bristol Post)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Spontaneous mastery" **** (Fringebiscuit)

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

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

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

"Hysterical and bizarre" (Barcelona Connect)

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

**** (Broadway Baby)

4:30pm to 6:15pm
The Lady Boys of Bangkok: Wonder Women Tour Exchange Events Ltd

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

4:30pm to 5:30pm
This Boy Tom JW Productions

A life-affirming story of acceptance, courage and friendship. Tom starts at a new school and is met with bullying, but, with new girl Flora’s arrival is it time for something new?

The 2016 Brighton Fringe hit returns.

"Another 'Matilda' in the making" ***** (GScene)

"A polished performance from a professional troupe of talented young actors, directed by Natalie Sexton." "A life-affirming musical about injustice and morality." "Essential viewing for 10-16 yr olds" ***** (The Latest)

Written and directed by Natalie Sexton.

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

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

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

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

“New writing at its best” (LovesTheatre)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5:00pm to 6:45pm
Geoffrey Mead's London Road Tour Geoffrey Mead

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

This project is supported by a Brighton Lions bursary.

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

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

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

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

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Brighton’s Singing Barber Peter Joannou The Something For The Weekend Show

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

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

5:00pm to 6:20pm
Always, With a Love That's True Wired Theatre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5:30pm to 6:15pm
From the Cradle to the Grave Falmer Concerts, St. Laurence Church

6 May: Adoration, Love, Loss & Celebration, Lucinda Houghton, Soprano, Sara Gourlay, Mezzo-Soprano, Howard Beach - Piano. Supporting Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity. 12 May: From the Cradle to the Grave 'Belladonna' - Sue Mileham, soprano, Jane Plessner, clarinet and Nicola Grunberg, piano present a journey from innocence to experience in nature in all its forms with music by Mozart, Spohr, Cooke, Bliss, Greaves and McFarren. 19 May: Guitar Duo, Jon Rattenbury and Brian Ashworth.
26 May: 'Unfenced' - Sally Wilson and Sam Brennan, vocals, Liz Woodhouse, vocals and Piano, Jane Peckham, bass and Barney Guy, drums present music from The Great American Songbook.

5:30pm to 6:30pm
Tales of the Mother tongue Estabrak Al-Ansari

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

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

5:30pm to 7:00pm
Väkevä / Lyydia (Double Bill) Agit-Cirk

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

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

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

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

5:30pm to 7:30pm
Doppel Dietrich Patricia Hartshorne

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

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

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

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

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

Edinburgh Preview

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

5:40pm to 6:30pm
Richard Todd: Toddymandias, Todd of Todds Richard Todd

A living statue watches as a vandal tags her. An artist draws the same image over and over with indomitable zeal. A small-town-convenience shopkeeper eschews convenience to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams. A comedian plans to conquer Brighton Fringe. Fools? Maybe! Dreamers? Certainly! Pension Plans? Probably not. Let's go meet them!

In a celebration of the human spirit, Chortle's "One-to-Watch 2018", Richard Todd, prods hope's perpetually moribund body with the indubitable stick of logic and asks: "Why won't it die?".

"Painfully funny" **** (The Scotsman)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Dave Benson Phillips: Christ, I Thought He Was Dead! Mustn't Grumble Media Ltd

Do you remember Dave Benson Phillips?

If you were a child in Britain from the 80s to the early 00s, there’s a fair chance you watched him on TV... 'Playdays', 'Playhouse Disney', 'Fun Song Factory', 'Get Your Own Back!' to name but a few!

He was all over children’s TV... then suddenly, he wasn’t. An internet death hoax that worked a little too well halted Dave’s career.

Now starring in his brand-new show which is part cabaret, part Q&A, some children’s songs, some audience participation, and possibly some gunge...

*(If Dave does die before you see this show then it will be cancelled!)

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Wingrid ingrid

Award winning comedian Ingrid Dahle brings her highly-anticipated debut full-length show 'Wingrid' to Brighton Fringe.

Expect entertainment galore because 'Wingrid' is a comedy show for people who think an hour is far too long to watch anyone just talk. Like most comedians Ingrid’s first show is about her life so far, the only difference is, hers isn’t boring.

How does a shy Norwegian who grew up by a fjord end up in the UK performing stand up? Surely there’s more to it than simply putting a W in front of your name to become the winner you were meant to be?

'Wingrid' - Superior Human Being.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Soul Circus The Musical (Buried Treasure) Soul Circus

Following our 2016 sell-out, smash-hit show, come with us on our next adventure: pirates, mermaids and the search for buried treasure told through original live music, poetry and song. Fighting negative thoughts and low self-esteem to find the truth and the golden treasure hidden in us all. Do you ever feel invisible? Are you taking flowers to the graveyard of your dreams? Let us fill you with love and courage for the adventure ahead. Get ready to run away (sail away) with the Soul Circus, have fun and think deep... it's soul work!

Touch tours available on request, please email elspethfurini@yahoo.co.uk to book.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Of Christmas Past Douglas Walker

Christmas is a time for joy and happiness, but there is a sinister secret at the heart of the stories we tell. Douglas Walker unravels a shocking true story with his ingenious new comic play. In an absurd and incredible one-man epic, he embodies a dizzying cast of characters spanning 100 years of history. The only thing more devastating than finding out that Santa doesn't exist, is finding out that he does.

"Exceptional... characters as self-assured as they are eloquent" **** (The Skinny)
"A truly fascinating hour of comedy" **** (The List)
"A comedy adventure of discovery" **** (Fringe Guru)

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

It's a comedy bonanza!

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

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

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

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Gráinne Maguire: I Call My Vagina the Psychopath Test Laughing Horse Comedy

Gráinne Maguire (as heard on Radio 4's The Now Show, More Money Than Sense and Breaking The News, writer for The Last Leg and 8/10 Cats) brings her new show to the Brighton Fringe.

“Original and unpredictable. A delightful, incisive hour of truth and madness” **** (Fringe Guru)

“A definite must see performance from a comic at the top of her game - one of the finest political stand-up shows at this year’s Fringe” **** (Edinburgh Festivals)

“Sharp, incisive, and smartly satirical” **** (The Wee Review)

"Sarcastically and scabrously hilarious” (Chortle)

**** (British Theatre Guide)

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Jonny Fluffypunk: How I Came To Be Where I Never Was INN CROWD

How do you find yourself, when you find yourself where you don't belong? Jonny Fluffypunk grew up in the far-flung, forgotten reaches of outer suburbia. In 1984 he was fifteen. This is a story about being the first punk in the village and the only trainspotter in eyeliner.

About unrequited love and youth clubs and John Peel and the forgotten gods of small record shops; about making your own myth and letting go, and a million everyday life-changing moments in the back-end of nowhere.

An energetic and engaging piece that fuses elements of theatre, storytelling, comedy, and stand up.

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

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

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

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

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

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

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Dom Mackie's Poor Life Choices Dom Mackie

Dom Mackie, with support from Harrison Salter, present stand up that will leave you in constant stitches.

Dom Mackie: Runner up of the 'Gosport Gong Show' and dominating the British comedy circuit, Dom's self-deprecating humour and stories have always left the audience wanting more afterwards.

Harrison Salter: Performed in Germany, America and the UK, Harrison is an up and rising comedian that people enthusiastically enjoy. With over 300 gigs under his belt, the only way for him is up.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:00pm to 8:00pm
SOUNDSCAPE: Brighton Film Quartet Brighton Film Quartet

Brighton Film Quartet presents 'SOUNDSCAPE', a concert of sheer escapism with this extraordinary piano quartet. 'SOUNDSCAPE', a truly unique live concert (piano, clarinet, cello and violin), features stunning big-screen visuals and a specially composed soundtrack set to hauntingly beautiful cinematic music. A collaboration of the best Brighton filmmakers and local composer (and quartet’s pianist) Penny Loosemore. A mesmerising journey of the senses. A hit last year at the Royal Pavilion.

“An extremely moving meditation on music, cinema and art” (Duke of York’s Cinema)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:00pm to 7:55pm
Luke Kempner: Work In Progress Luke Kempner

Comedian and impressionist Luke Kempner brings his 2018 work in progress show to Brighton Fringe for the first time. He will be working on new ideas and new impressions; from Donald Trump to Andy Murray, from Sandi Toksvig to Kim Woodburn!

"Remarkable... tour de force" **** (Telegraph)

"Luke Kempner is a blummin' genius" (Dawn French)

"A hugely accomplished impressionist, with the technical skill to jump in and out of a huge range of real-life characters in a beat" (Chortle)

7:00pm to 7:55pm
Heidi vs Sharks: Work in Progress Heidi Regan

Heidi Regan, winner of BBC New Comedy Award 2017 and So You Think You’re Funny? 2016, explores our increasingly confusing world via the medium of shark films.

Warning: If you don't like footage of sharks biting people there will be a minute or two of this so you can come and close your eyes for those bits or else avoid the show entirely. The footage is much more silly than scary, but you might be really scared of sharks... although not scared enough to avoid a show with 'sharks' in the title.

Hey, people are complicated. No judgement here. No judgement, but lots of sharks!

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Stephen Carlin: Rise of the Autistic Stephen Carlin

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

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

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

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

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

Featuring a support set from Rachel Shorer.

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

7:00pm to 8:50pm
Sarah Jane Morris & Antonio Forcione: Compared To What Fallen Angel Limited

With the release of 'Compared to What', Sarah Jane Morris teams up with the guitar artistry of world-renowned Antonio Forcione, producing a compelling, unique and haunting album. Together they have each been compared to an impressive array of musical geniuses including Janice Joplin and Tom Waits (vocally) as well as Jimi Hendrix (instrumentally). This tour is a triumph of collaboration between two of the most individual and richly talented musicians on the world stage.

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Siren Katy-Anne Bellis

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

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

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

7:30pm to 1:00am
Crown's Sunday Session Skrew Loose Booking

The Crown's Sunday Session is a monthly live-music event showcasing the very best folk, blues and indie/rock music from around the Brighton area and further afield. Expect top-shelf and intimate performances brought to you by Skrew Loose Booking.

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

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

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

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

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

7:30pm to 8:25pm
Troy Hawke! Laughing Horse Comedy

I am back in Brighton to give you my take on things you never knew you didn't know about. It will be mellifluous and undeniably funny. But don't take my word for it...

"Undeniably funny" **** (Chortle)

"Character comedy that is near perfection" ***** (New Current)

"Perfectly written jokes" **** (Broadway Baby)

"Spectacular character... razor sharp wit laced with a touch of the surreal" **** (Fest)

"Beautifully written characters" **** (The List)

"One of the year’s best comedy acts... will outgrow his venue in no time" **** (Edfest Mag)

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

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

7:30pm to 8:25pm
Siblings: Acts 1 and 2 Bezoomny Theatre

Siblings return to Brighton with bigger balls than ever. Part time character comedians and full time sisters Maddy and Marina Bye have come back for a second bite of the cherry. Returning with their sell-out debut ’Siblings’, and presenting a brand new ‘Act 2’. Expect old and new characters, more drama, less dignity and whole lot of synchronised dance.

“A surreal hour of weird and wonderful sketches **** (Voice Magazine)
“Watch out for these girls” (Jennifer Saunders)

Siblings: Act 1 - 6-7 May 7:30pm
Siblings: Act 2 - 27-30 May 10:30pm

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) in Critics' Choice (The Times)

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

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

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

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

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

"An accomplished comic.” (Time Out)

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:45pm to 8:45pm
Mark Grist and Tim Clare: Voted Out INN CROWD

Sick of democracy? Well here’s the chance to vote it out! Poets Mark Grist and Tim Clare’s new show puts the power in the hands of the audience. Each person will get their own interactive voting card which enables real-time, anonymous voting throughout the performance. The audience choose the direction of the show, reward the poet that panders to their whims, and even decide what they want the poems to be about. Sex or cheese? Portishead or pugs?

"The writing’s so sharp... absolutely priceless" **** (The Scotsman)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is it like to be wild?

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

Welcome to the Wild Side!

Please bring comfortable shoes!

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

8:00pm to 9:00pm
The Trouble With Scott Capurro Talented Artists Limited

Scott Capurro is one of nature’s great raconteurs. Challenging, sometimes outrageous, but intimate too and most shockingly occasionally full of doubt. In 'The Trouble With... ' Scott wrangles with rich friends, worthy yoga and the miseries of home ownership. Capurro shows that every silver lining is attached to a rather imposing cloud, spinning yarns that are meant to resolve issues, but which oddly have the opposing effect.

“Comic equation: Larry Grayson x (Lenny Bruce + Chris Rock) = Scott Capurro.” (The Guardian)

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

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

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

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

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

Brighton Fringe award winners in 2014, 2015 and 2016

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Jon Mcleod Music Showcase at Artista Artista

Singer/songwriter, Jon McLeod, brings his original acoustic compositions to Artista Cafe & Gallery. The perfect and intimate setting to hear the melodic, soulful and heartfelt songs of a pensive observer, with a unique voice and guitar, playing. A must-see for fans of Elliott Smith and Nick Drake.

8:00pm to 9:15pm
Neon Moon Matthew Callow

Vocalist and synth-pop artist Matthew Callow presents a galactic exploration of love and affection. Live music accompanied by a projected film backdrop.

8:15pm to 9:15pm
Cross Fit Scottish Comedy Agency

In a world that has gone all toupee-sy turvy, Jesus L’Oreal Christ returns once again from the call centre in the sky with more untold stories, leg warmers and wind machines to promote his new fitness and well-being empire.

Join the dylsexic, disco-dancing King of the Shoes, as he inspires you to achieve your inner beauty by the Rivers of Babyliss or destroy your fatted calves doing the Pontius Pilates workout.

With another high-octane hour of song, dance and alternative facts, your saviour is on hand to help you cast the first stone. He’s not a prophet – he’s Pro-Fit!

**** (The List)

8:20pm to 9:15pm
Sonia Aste: Made in Spain Sonia Aste

Sonia Aste is a Spaniard living in the UK with a quirky point of view: ‘Cultural differences are like sangria – a happy mix that leaves us wanting more’.

Join her as she guides us through tourism, folklore, family, and British/Spanish connections. With fiesta-like energy, you’ll be stomping your feet with laughter!

If you’ve ever been to Spain (or have yet to go), don’t miss this night of colourful cultural comedy. Olé!

Winner Toastmasters International Speech Contest Divisional 2017
Winner Colchester Comedian of the Year 2016

"Hilarious! Audience had a fantastic time" (Hastings Fringe)

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

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

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

8:30pm to 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
Revan and Fennell: Work in Progress Revan and Fennell

Award-winning double-act, Revan and Fennell, return to Brighton Fringe with their brand of observational and character-driven sketch comedy. 2013 Funny Women Variety Award Winners and 2016 New Act of the Year Finalists.

"A double act that have the potential to succeed the comedy throne of French & Saunders" ***** (Broadway Baby)
"Unique chemistry" ***** (Funny Women)
"Excellent comic chemistry... An extremely clever and enjoyable show" **** (ThreeWeeks)
"Hilarious... The comic timing is exquisite" **** (The Wee Review)
"Terrific" (Huffington Post)
"Brilliant" (The Skinny)

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Jay Cowle: Work In Progress Jay Cowle

Jay Cowle is a stand-up comedian and day dreamer which is all very nice until he wants to get something done, but things are changing. This time he's not wasting the day pretending to be a wizard. Now he's going to go outside and be a wizard.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9:00pm to 11:00pm
Seaside Sideshow! Hooray House Presents

Kick up your heels and join us for a celebration of music hall, vaudeville and variety with spectacular circus, saucy sing-alongs, magic and merriment!

Gasp, shriek, and be wowed by world-record breakers, multi-award winners, strongmen and showgirls – all the fun of the fair!

9:00pm to 10:00pm
My Feminist Boner Sarah Blanc

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

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

Winner: Brighton Fringe Award 2016

www.sarahblanc.com

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Dan Evans: 10% Dan Evans

10%. That's as far as comedian Dan Evans gets with most of his ideas. Until now. Because the time has come for you to decide which of his embryonic mental creations he should take to full term. Expect products, ideas for shows, philosophies for benevolent world management, and possible disappointing nudity.

One-man show from established comedian and writer, Dan Evans.

"A favourite with audiences as well as with his notoriously hard-to-please comedic peers" (The Guardian)

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

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

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

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

9:15pm to 10:15pm
Down The Pub With Luke Wright INN CROWD

Flamboyant, political and riotously funny, Luke Wright creates inventive poems with loads of heart. Part Essex wide boy, part dandy fop, he writes from the sidelines about small-town tragedies and national farce, then performs his work with snarl and spit. Since 2006 he has written and performed nine spoken word shows and two verse plays, touring them to top literary and arts festivals.

"One of the funniest and most brilliant poets of his generation" (The Independent)
"Cool poems" (Patti Smith)
"Pulsating, poetic storytelling" (The Guardian)
"Performance poetry’s key revivalist" (Metro)

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Help! I Think I Might Be Fabulous Alfie Ordinary

After another award-winning year, snatching trophies at Hollywood and San Diego Fringe Festivals, and a run in Adelaide, Australia, Brighton's own Alfie Ordinary brings his critically acclaimed solo show back to Brighton Fringe. "Dazzlingly sequinned from head to toe", son of a drag queen identifies as fabulous and proud. In this show, Alfie tells us of a magical queer utopia.

With confetti cannons, LGBT anthems and puppetry, Alfie challenges the norm, questions what it really means to be a man, and presents a world where equality truly exists.

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

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

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

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

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

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

"A triumphant return" (The Guardian)

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

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

9:45pm to 10:45pm
Police Cops In Space The Pretend Men

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

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

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

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

9:50pm to 10:50pm
The Erebus Project Mulling Over Productions

4 stars The best concepts in science fiction aren't the showy ones, but the ones which serve as jumping-off points for a believable human story. So it is with The Erebus Project – which ostensibly is about a near-future technology for reading dying people's minds. But in reality, this quiet yet powerful four-hander is about the value of companionship; about how some losses needn't be forever, and how important it is to talk things through before it's time to say goodbye. Read the full review.

Sam wants to know if there is an afterlife and thinks he can prove it. Can he convince Aurora, a terminal patient, to take part in his science experiment? Should her doctor and daughter let her participate? Will it even work?

10:00pm to 11:00pm
65, a Nun and a Frog Gerry Carroll

This is a solo show about male nuns and being 65. Because sometimes Grandad knows best. Think about looking forward 65 years back in 1952, what's better now than it was then? Bringing his second show to Brighton, Gerry says, "I spent 60 years scared that they would laugh at me. Now I'm terrified that they won't. I've been doing stand-up and clown for four years, and I'm doing a mad show about myself".

It's an original and hilarious take on life, told in clown, stand-up and song. Gerry performs regularly on the open-mic circuit in London, and in clown shows. There are some bad jokes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Excellent" ***** (Edfringe.com)

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

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

10:30pm to 11:30pm
BIG FAT GAY Martin J Dixon

For the first time at Brighton Fringe, Martin brings you 'BIG FAT GAY'. This is comedy about being gay and fat and totally fine as well. In his usual candid and heinous style, Martin is vicious and foul but desperate to be liked. His unfiltered internal monologue is liked by adults of all ages and persuasions, so long as up-the-butt stuff doesn’t offend you.

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

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

Winners - Best New Act (London SketchFest)

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

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

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

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

“Spectacularly and compellingly funny” (The List)

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

The Disco Lovers return to the beautiful Spiegeltent for their fourth sell-out season at Brighton Fringe! Bank Holiday Sunday May 6th sees their inaugural FLUORESCENT BALL! The Disco Lovers 'fluffers' will bling you up with all-biodegradable washable fluoro paint and glitter, with all paint proceeds to charity. At the witching hour, you're gonna light up; BOOM!

Can you believe it's been 5 years since the Disco Lovers started doing parties in Brighton?! For the second Bank Holiday on Sunday May 27th, we'll be celebrating with them at Brighton Spiegeltent with a MASKED BALL! For all mask-wearers, a donation will be made to charity, but if you don't have a mask, don't worry, their glitter crew will paint you one!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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