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

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

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

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

Far-fetched? Absolutely not!

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

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

The inexplicable friendship of Mr Sea and Mr Sand.

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

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

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

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

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

- Vegetarian Brighton Tour
- Great Sussex/British Food Tour

11:00am to 7:00pm
Foodies Festival Brighton The Media Company Publications Ltd

Foodies Festival, the largest food and drink festival in the UK, is returning to the Hove Lawns 4,5,6 May.

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

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

11:00am to 12:00pm
Singing Hands Summer Spectacular Singing Hands

The Singing Hands show will be an interactive, multi-sensory, Makaton-signed experience featuring many of the much-loved songs from the Singing Hands DVDs and CDs. Join in as they jump like kangaroos in Australia, wade through the jungle in Africa looking for wild animals or as they go on a day trip to the Zoo and the Farm!

Suzanne and Tracy will include some up-tempo pop songs themed around the concepts of friendship and happiness so come and sing, sign, dance and experience their unique show!
Designed to be fully inclusive, this event can be enjoyed by children of ALL ages and abilities.

11:00am to 12:15pm
The Greatest (Bank Holiday Breakfast) Show Desmond O'Connor

Unforgettable bank holiday fun for all the family from our own 'Greatest Showman', Des, as he presents some of the most talented circus performers at the Fringe. Sing along to all of your favourite songs from the hit film in our vintage Bosco circus tent with acrobats, jugglers and laughs a plenty, plus one lucky punter gets the chance to run away with the circus!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She's determined to find out!

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

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

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

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

12:00pm to 12:45pm
Acaprov Acaprov

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

Hamilton meets Pitch Perfect: Spontaneously Improvised!

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

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

12:10pm to 1:20pm
Alan Ayckbourn's 'No Knowing' BCP

One of Ayckbourn’s newest plays, only previously performed in Scarborough.

A supremely funny comedy written in 2016, we see Elspeth and Arthur celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. We go back to the previous Christmas and wince as their grown-up children reveal murky and (often) hilarious truths about both parents.

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

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

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

12:30pm to 2:30pm
Baby Loves Disco's Beach Beats Baby Loves Disco UK

Baby Loves Disco returns to the funkiest bar on the beachfront with the best sea views in Brighton, for our bank holiday specials! Club DJs spin feel-good summer tunes, with dancefloor games, giveaways and play zone. Dress for a beach party with prizes for the best outfits! Hawaiian shirts, hula skirts or British buckets and spades, either way its high tides and good vibes. With kids drinks, snacks, ice lollies, face-painting, crafts and balloons all included, and a licensed bar for mum and dad, it's time to get your beach on, baby!

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

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

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

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

"Startlingly insightful" (The Guardian)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Warning: There may be snot!

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

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

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

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

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

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

1:30pm to 2:30pm
Impromptu Shakespeare Impromptu Shakespeare Ltd

Bursting with love, poetry, comedy, tragedy, mistaken identity and everything in-between. Impromptu Shakespeare brings you an entirely new and unique Shakespeare play inspired by audience suggestions to delight Shakespeare nerds and newbies alike. Featuring a cast of leading theatrical and comedic improvisers, they've performed five critically acclaimed runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and two at the Bristol Shakespeare Festival.

"Sublime... side-splittingly hilarious" ***** (Broadway Baby).
"Chaotic, riotous fun" ***** (PlaysToSee).
"Ingenious and very funny" (Will Gompertz, BBC Arts Editor).

1:40pm to 2:20pm
Alan Ayckbourn Double Bill BCP

Back-to-back performances of two of Alan Ayckbourn’s shortest plays. 'A Cut in the Rates' is a turbulent journey of intrigue, with a wicked twist in the tale. 'Mother Figure' is a laugh-out-loud play about an over-worked mother who treats her nosey neighbours as small children, literally.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2:00pm to 4:30pm
MyMiniDisco: Star Wars and Superheroes myminidisco

MyMiniDisco: 6th May - 'Star Wars' fancy dress - DJ Soul of Man (Finger Lickin')
27th May - 'Superheroes' - DJs Elle 'J' Small & Molly Pop (Funk the Format)

Brighton’s No.1 family friendly disco. "Cool music for cool kids" back for 2019. Daytime clubbing fun for kids and adults too, MyMiniDisco has been running for 10 years at a heap of major festivals; Wilderness, Love Supreme, Camp Bestival.

Performing from the super-sized ghetto blaster playing party mashups, bootlegs of funk, disco, hip hop and rave faves. Giant balloons, bubbles, hula hoop show, super-sized ghetto blaster DJ booth, prizes and more. SOLD OUT 7 years running!

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

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

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

Suitable for ages 7-107. Bring the kids!

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

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

4 stars “Here we are again, happy as can be, all good pals and jolly good company.” So runs a cheery song from the 1930’s, which I remember learning on my grandmother’s knee; you’ll hear it - and a handful of other music-hall classics - at intervals during this offbeat and rewarding play. But the lyrics carry a heavy irony, for the warring couple at the heart of the script are anything but pals… and husband Andrew is far from happy, spiralling into a world of guilty fantasy and pitiful self-destruction. 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 they count as a sure bet all the same. The latest show is the conclusion to a trilogy, about a philandering psychologist losing his own grip on reality; expect an unusual and creative production, with plenty to talk about afterwards.

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

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

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

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Sam Savage: TRY Savage Productions

How do you fit into a chaotic high-flying world when all you have ever really wanted from life is a smaller forehead and some biscuits? And what happens when you are ready to fight for your dreams but refuse to remove your slippers?

"Funny Bones" (Latest 7).
"Upbeat and endearing" (Chortle).
"Excellent" (ThreeWeeks).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FAQ:
Isn’t this a stupid idea?
Yes.

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

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

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

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

2:30pm to 3:10pm
Gut Buddies Gut Buddies Theatre

Karl is a parasitic worm who spent a lot of time looking for his ideal habitat. He finally found it in a corner of the intestines where he can survive undisturbed... at least until today. Brian is a white blood cell. It is his first day of work. A faithful servant of the body, but also a curious creature with a generous heart, he is supervised and directed by the omnipotent brain, manifesting itself as a telephone. In a world threatened by the problem of coexistence and compliance, is it still possible to be 'Gut Buddies'?

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

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Simply Perfect" (Canal St Online)

"Truly remarkable" (Bolton Live)

"Totally spellbinding" (Northern Soul)

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

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

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

- Vegetarian Brighton Tour
- Great Sussex/British Food Tour

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

An intoxicating one-(wo)man show.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Check out some special themed tours this year:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3:30pm to 5:30pm
Baby Loves Disco's Beach Beats Baby Loves Disco UK

Baby Loves Disco returns to the funkiest bar on the beachfront with the best sea views in Brighton, for our bank holiday specials! Club DJs spin feel-good summer tunes, with dancefloor games, giveaways and play zone. Dress for a beach party with prizes for the best outfits! Hawaiian shirts, hula skirts or British buckets and spades, either way its high tides and good vibes. With kids drinks, snacks, ice lollies, face-painting, crafts and balloons all included, and a licensed bar for mum and dad, it's time to get your beach on, baby!

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

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

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

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

3:40pm to 4:40pm
Bin & Gone Boxfish Theatre

5 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2018 Danny Rogers is a likeable, talented, and highly versatile performer… but there's a moment in this touching solo show when he's upstaged by a dustbin. Not just any bin, mind you, but Dusty Bin – the motorized robot mascot of 1980's quiz show 3-2-1. If you're a certain age, the nostalgia of seeing Dusty trundle onto the stage may be the hook that draws you in; but it's the candour of Danny's bittersweet life story which you'll remember at the end. Read the full review.

Admittedly, a show featuring variety turns and an animatronic dustbin won't be to everyone's taste. But if you're old enough to remember 3-2-1 - and particularly its host Ted Rogers - there's definite nostalgia value in this touching personal memoir, told by Rogers' real-life son Danny. It's a bittersweet tale of meteoric success and equally dramatic downfall, infused by universal themes of familial love and the need to feel close to those you have lost. The narrative can be painful, but the show in the end is joyful... and yes, the actual Dusty Bin makes a brief appearance too.

The son of a Saturday night favourite. A father who performed with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope and the son who ended up with nothing, penniless, and in care.

Famed for quiz show '3-2-1', Ted Rogers was an 80s TV star, with celebrity friends from Thatcher to The Krankies. ‘Bin & Gone’ is the untold story of Ted, the man who played to millions, yet ended his days bankrupt and out of work.

With personal memories and disarming honesty, Ted’s son Danny, along with Dusty Bin, tells this tale of riches to rags in an intimate show exploring what it means to live in the shadow of a famous father.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Unmissable” (The Guardian, Lyn Gardner)

4:00pm to 4:40pm
The Remarkable Friendship of Molly and Munch The Takeover Twiins

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

Far-fetched? Absolutely not!

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

4:00pm to 5:30pm
Clandestino Clandestino

Brighton-based group of superbly talented artists who play flamenco/jazz fusion with a wealth of other styles and influences besides, featuring Rachel Myer. Bringing together musicians and dancers from all over the world and frequently performing with other guest artists, Clandestino guarantee an unforgettable performance which captivates audiences wherever they play.

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

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

Check out some special themed tours this year:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Performed in support of The Holocaust Educational Trust.

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

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

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

One show.
Three actors.
All the Greek myths.

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

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

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

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

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

'Expertly performed and stupidly entertaining' (The Guardian)

4:30pm to 5:30pm
Edy Hurst: Hurst Schmurst Laughing Horse Comedy

Award Winning Comedian Edy Hurst brings his musical comedy, loop pedal nonsense and stand-up to answer the age-old question; "What’s the deal with Edy Hurst? Who even is he? Where am I? What?"

As seen on MTV and BBC Radio 4, BBC New Act Nominee 2017, Great Yorkshire Fringe People’s Champion 2017, Harrogate Comedian of the Year Finalist 2018, nominated for the Musical Comedy Awards 2018 and lurking in your dreams, ya weirdo.

"A manic (odd)ball of comedy energy" (Giggle Beats), "Filled to the brim with ideas" (Broadway Baby), "A real gem" (York Press).

4:30pm to 5:30pm
Awokening: Work in Progress Omar Ibrahim

A presentation of visionary (ridiculous) ideas from an apocalyptic clown man. A transcendental, comedic voyage through the insanity of a post-truth world. An array of characters, poetry, songs and ingenious ideas presented by an idiot.
The show will ask deep existential questions and strive for meaning in absurdity. It will appeal to all, particularly those interested in philosophy, ecstatic love and human potential.

4:30pm to 6:00pm
Aquarium History Tour: Sea Life Brighton Jackie Marsh-Hobbs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

After a hugely successful run at last year's Brighton Fringe, 'Mental' returns. This is a show about mental health (rather than mental illness). As seen on BBC, ITV and Channel 4. As heard on BBC Radio 1, Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live.

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

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

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

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

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

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

4 stars “Here we are again, happy as can be, all good pals and jolly good company.” So runs a cheery song from the 1930’s, which I remember learning on my grandmother’s knee; you’ll hear it - and a handful of other music-hall classics - at intervals during this offbeat and rewarding play. But the lyrics carry a heavy irony, for the warring couple at the heart of the script are anything but pals… and husband Andrew is far from happy, spiralling into a world of guilty fantasy and pitiful self-destruction. 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 they count as a sure bet all the same. The latest show is the conclusion to a trilogy, about a philandering psychologist losing his own grip on reality; expect an unusual and creative production, with plenty to talk about afterwards.

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

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

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

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Comedy World of Sports Laughing Horse Comedy & Laughing Panda Productions

Brits and comedians are big sports fans, but what is the world’s greatest sport? Rugby union or league? Proper football or that American version? Is the Olympics just people running in circles? Can darts be a sport if you do it whilst holding a beer in your hand? But what about synchronised swimming, curling and other lesser known sports? Even extreme ironing!

This is an interactive comedy game show where comedians pit their wits, comedy and sporting skills against each other, defend the sport they love and try to win challenges from audience and host to find the best sport.

GAME ON!

5:10pm to 6:00pm
Caliban's Codex Fetch Theatre / Sweet Productions

3 stars The scrappy urban garden at the back of Sweet forms the perfect backdrop to this immersive outdoor show. To us it looks untamed, perhaps a little squalid; but our opinion of it doesn’t matter, because this is Caliban’s home. Until, that is, Prospero came, and in freeing the garden’s creatures from one form of servitude merely condemned them to another. Now, twelve years after the events of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, it’s Caliban’s turn to tell the story. Read the full review.

Actor Emily Carding is perhaps best-known for her one-woman Richard III, a creative triumph that stayed faithful to Shakespeare's text while bringing the audience into the heart of the story. Last year saw an innovative interactive Hamlet, and this year it's The Tempest which gets a makeover - with an epilogue set 12 years after the end of the play, promising a new perspective on the much-maligned character of Caliban. Expect an intense and unconventional performance, hosted in the Sweet Werks garden.

"There is no welcome here for you, your kind. Mankind, for there is nothing kind in man."

'Caliban's Codex' is a new monologue by the writer John Knowles, created with Emily Carding ('Richard III' - Brite Theater).

In the twelve years since Prospero's departure, Caliban has painstakingly sifted through the ashes of the books of magic, slowly piecing together a way to save his island from mankind's abuse.

Inspired by 'The Tempest', and the rhythms of iambic pentameter, this one-woman show explores loss, abuse and magic, and is a disturbing insight into Caliban's world view.

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

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

5:30pm to 7:00pm
Everywhere Windmill Young Actors

This award-winning ensemble brings you folk tales of olden times from Japan, Germany, Australia, Iraq, Russia and Nigeria. Meet Baba Yaga, A Little Beggar, A Princess, A Guinea Fowl, A Flirty Fish and many more. Live music and a joyful ensemble of 20 young actors age 14- 17 makes this a magical experience for all the family.

"A sensory assault from beginning to end." *****

"The cast delivered a captivation performance, impassioned and spirited. The fact that these actors are young is irrelevant."

"I can’t recall a piece of theatre as gripping as this." *****

5:30pm to 6:25pm
Kickmouse with Jon Hicks Jon Hicks

Buster Keaton meets Kung Fu Panda and Heath Robinson: a show of wonderment, silent comedy and the majestically eccentric. Bizarre contraptions, toy elephant shaman, a death defying dog and ‘Kickmouse’... From international performer and member of award-winning variety troupe Slightly Fat Features.

“Deadpan ace” (Montreal Gazette) ****
“Brought Harpo Marx beautifully to the 21st Century” (BroadwayBaby)
“Bizarre and delightful” (British Comedy Guide)

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

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

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

The 30 minute show is a shortened version.

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

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

5:45pm to 6:45pm
Faye Treacy is a Work in Progress Faye Treacy

As seen on BBC Three and heard on Radio Four, Faye Treacy is back with a new work in progress show. "One of the most unique performances you'll see at the Fringe this year... simultaneously childish, genius and inescapably memorable." **** (1/2) (ShortCom), "Bucket full of comedic talent... Original, engaging and clearly comfortable in front of a large audience, Faye is one to watch for the future." (Lynne Parker, CEO Funny Women).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It's a comedy Bonanza!

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

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

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

The perfect start to your Fringe night!

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

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

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

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

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

Check out some special themed tours this year:

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

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

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

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

6:30pm to 7:35pm
Work Makes You Free by Michael Ross Precariat Theatre

5 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2018 You shouldn't judge a book by its cover – and you shouldn't judge a play by its title, either. Yes, Work Makes You Free was inscribed above the gates of Nazi concentration camps; and yes, this play's set partly in a modern-day Jobcentre. But no, playwright Michael Ross isn't drawing an offensive parallel, and no, it's not a crass attempt at humour either. Read the full review.

This funny, well-worked satire earned 5* from us at the Vault Festival in London last year. Structured around a group of interlocking monologues, it draws entertaining contrasts between four very different lives: a government minister and a worker in a JobCentre, a city executive and a Guardianista artist. All the characters are well-drawn and, in their way, likeable, and a talented cast lifts the performance to often-hilarious heights. There's a message at the end of it all too, one which will resonate well in creative Brighton.

Adam is loving being Employment Minister. Singer-songwriter Kirsty cries in the shower before heading to work at the Job Centre. Struggling actress Willow toils unpaid in a pound shop to keep her benefits. Banker Jane hates the sight of closed curtains as she leaves for Canary Wharf every morning.

A biting and very funny satire that delivers a piece very much for our times.

"A current, relevant commentary on the aspects of life we see every day – it touches the full spectrum of working life in the modern age." **** (LondonTheatre1)

***** (Remote Goat)
***** (Fringe Guru)

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

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

6:30pm to 9:30pm
A Silver Jewellery Workshop Silver & Sage

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

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

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

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

6:30pm to 8:00pm
Two Recitals at St. Michael's: Lonarc Oboe Trio then Philip Robinson, Tenor Music@St. Michael's

3 top professional oboists come together to play for us on the first May bank holiday Monday. The 3 oboists: Joseph Sanders, Owen Dennis and Judith Proctor will play music by Josef Triebensee, Johann Wenth, Beethoven, Anton Wranitsky along with a charming medley of U.S. love songs arranged by James Horan.
Closing our Fringe series are two tremendous vocalists singing operetta arias and duets including music from the wonderful Lehar as well as music by Verdi and Gershwin. Philip and Helen will be accompanied by the pianist Warren Shattles.

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Tiptree: No One Else’s Damn Secret But My Own Headpictures

Who was James Tiptree Jr.? A CIA official? An “ineluctably masculine” sci-fi writer? Or a 61-year-old woman from Virginia? She was, in fact, all these things, and it began with a jar of marmalade. Alice Sheldon led a life of exploration and experimentation, all the while struggling with depression, sexual confusion and gender bias. Some found her frustrating and difficult, many more loved her. Winner of numerous awards, she had one named for her too, or rather for her alter ego: James Tiptree Jr. Award for works of fiction that explore gender.

"Wonderfully engaging" (Stroud Theatre Reviews).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:00pm to 8:00pm
10 Things I Hate About Taming of the Shrew Gillian English

'10 Things I Hate About Taming of the Shrew' will take you back to the good old days, when we worried about Y2K, wore butterfly clips in our hair and became total babes the minute we took off our glasses. And the even older days where we worried about the plague, wore massive wigs, and women weren't allowed to be on stage anyway.

***** (The Age).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:00pm to 8:20pm
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.

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

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

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

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

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

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Oleg Denisov: Russian Troll (Work in Progress) Oleg Denisov

Days of myths and fairy tales are gone. We know the truth alright, now how do we live with each other? Russia's Fringe veteran Oleg Denisov presents his new show about fake news, magical realism, freedom of speech and responsibility of thought.

“Quick-fire funny” (Vin Arthey, The Scotsman).
"Highly intelligent” (Steve Bennett, Chortle).
“Impressive" (Marissa Burgess, The List).
“In turns intelligently political... and very silly” (Fringepig).

7:30pm to 8:25pm
Dead Happy? Yama Theatre Productions

Meet mild-mannered Francis Putlock: funeral director, raconteur, guru? He has seen many things, and done worse, but is he alive or dead? Are we slaves to past actions, or do they make us stronger? Simon Lovat’s surprising and poignant 2013 solo show returns to Brighton Fringe. Once again, death is on the menu. Are you hungry?

“A brilliant creation” **** (Fringe Guru)

Praise for Lovat’s acting:
“A masterclass in character development” (FringeReview)
“The acting is physical and astounding” (Source)

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

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

7:30pm to 8:30pm
History Of Ireland Moxie Brawl/Sarah Blanc

History of Ireland is a brand new show from five women (and a sack of potatoes), which re-writes the History of Ireland from a female perspective, using theatre, comedy and dance.

Award winning Moxie Brawl welcome you to the final of the annual Irish beauty pageant ‘The Rose Of Tralee’ where the contestants treat you to a taste of Ireland.

Highlighting Irish women’s achievements often forgotten in history books, such as their role during the Civil War, winning the right to vote, to the struggles Irish women faced in the laundries and repealing the eighth. A hilarious show, full of heart.

7:40pm to 8:30pm
All Things Brighton Beautiful Tiny Horse Promotions

Award-winning musical comedy performer Hannah Brackenbury reflects on 10 years as a Brightonian in this heartfelt and hilarious musical tribute to her adopted city. Featuring original comedy songs, poems and parodies.

Winner: Broadway Baby Bobby Award (Brighton Fringe, 2018).

"This comedian is a class act... when you have talent like this there’s no need for glitzy adornments" (Broadway Baby).
“This Brightonian songstress has been described as Victoria Wood and Tim Minchin’s lesbian love child... and her songs are both bloody funny and beautifully touching" (Latest 7 Magazine).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Mike Morgan - Wise Guy mikemorgancomedy

Mike Morgan co-runner of Cork Ireland's 'The Wonky Donkey' comedy club. You may recognize his charming voice from Netfilx Sensation 'The Young Offenders'

High energy and hilarious delivery, Mike Morgan has been trailing a blaze of glory all across Ireland this past year with his fantastic one man stand up comedy show 'Wise Guy'. The show chronicles a young guy in his 20s, and his hilarious outlook on all that life throws at him. An energetic performance, intimate storytelling at its best.

Festival Appearances: Cork Comedy Festival, Townlands Carnival, and Vodafone Comedy Carnival.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Andrew Steiner: Life is Weird The Caxton Arms

Andrew Steiner has French-kissed trees, studied under a Zen Master in Japan and trained kick-boxing in Thailand. With a heady mixture of precision jokes, juicy details and improvised lyrical prose he makes audiences feel like they're tripping right along with him. Also, he's a Jew from New York; the title is accurate.

8:00pm to 9:40pm
Closer The Rialto Theatre

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

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

8:00pm to 8:55pm
I am Not Victoria Wood Pepita Productions / Julia Knight

In this new solo play, written and performed by Julia Knight, we meet Maddie North. She used to perform as a Victoria Wood tribute act. Maddie has a suitcase full of props and memories, but are they holding her back? This touching, funny, and entertaining show sees Maddie revisiting her successful career and paying tribute to one of the UK’s most loved comedians. Warning: contains funny songs, berets, and references to macaroons.

“It’s Alan Bennett meets Victoria Wood meets Big Brother’s diary room!” (Audience feedback).

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

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

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

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

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

8:15pm to 9:15pm
Adele Cliff: Work in Progress Adele Cliff

A brand new hour of comedy from hilarious stand-up Adele Cliff. Dave's Funniest Jokes of the Fringe 2018, 2017 and 2016.

"No doubt, she's a nifty writer" (Chortle).
“It’s rare to see a female comedian who specialises in one-liners and Adele does this with great accomplishment. The skill of joke writing coupled with her likeable stage persona, mean that Adele is a very promising comic talent. Her material is consistently intelligent, witty and, most importantly, very funny.” (Lynne Parker, Founder of 'Funny Women')

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Stella Graham: Sneaky Little Bitch Stella Graham

Stella's caught in a tug of war between two angry ladies, Mother Nature and her real mother. Who is the greater force, her mother who can explode into a violent eruption at any moment, or Mother Nature who wants her to procreate? Both can't use an iPad. Neither witch has a snooze button.

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Songs of Smut and Sparkle Marcia D'Arc

Join Marcia for a show of original comedy parodies of popular songs, performed live at her furry, pink stage piano. Marcia’s songs amuse with a veritable dictionary of smutty terms and references, illuminated by witty anecdotes from her domestic life and her admittedly somewhat exaggerated career in show business. With her dynamic vocal range and disarming stage presence, Marcia’s show went down a storm at its debut at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018. The 2019 show has evolved to include new naughtily nuanced numbers and titillating titbits from this lewd yet lovable character.

9:00pm to 11:00pm
Abandoman: Halfway to Heaven? Desmond O'Connor

Appearing at the Spiegeltent for one night only, Abandoman is a tour-de-force of off-the-cuff word-play, set to a strident beat. It’s basically improvised hip-hop, but that simple description doesn’t quite capture it: as front-man Rob Broderick raps out a stream of effortless rhymes - often based around random objects waved by the audience - it’s hard not to be awe-struck by his mental and verbal dexterity. Here, he heads a bill alongside "Queen of Kitsch" Cherry Shakewell and, we're promised, other special guests.

Radio 1’s King of Cabaret, Desmond O’Connor, presides over the eternal fate of some top variety entertainers as they battle to save their souls. This one night bank holiday special features an extended headline set from Ireland’s finest hip hop comedian Abandoman, the Queen of Kitsch and strutter extraordinaire Cherry Shakewell and more... A heavenly trip to hell - and back?

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Dan Evans: 20% Dan Evans

Brace yourself for extreme investor-tainment as stand-up comedian Dan Evans pitches his 20% complete business ideas. A rare chance to stare opportunity in the face and see who blinks first.
Contains products, songs, insights and possible disappointing nudity.
'20%' is the follow up to Dan's 2018 sell-out show '10%'.

"Originally ridiculous, silliness taken to the nth degree" (Milton Jones).

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

9:10pm to 9:55pm
Roger Clammy: How To Save a Life Sam South

Join freelance first aid instructor Roger Clammy on this taster course covering some of the most essential life-saving skills. His techniques have been criticised, but his trailblazing approach has won over students from Watford to Wembley. Roger worked next door to the London Fire Brigade offices for several years and was on a first name basis with many of the staff there.
"We've been trying to get in touch with him for ages" (St John Ambulance).
Sam South trained at the Soho Theatre and The Free Association.
Reviews for other work:
"Side-splittingly funny" (Broadway Baby).
***** (Voicemag).

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

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

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

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

9:15pm to 10:00pm
Stylophone Wonderland Plus Stylophobia

Finalist of London's Old Comedian of the Year 2018 and successful 'Britain's Got Talent' nominee, Stylophone Maestro Stylophobia puts on a post-apocalyptic rock and pop festival for the survivors of the aforesaid Apocalypse featuring the only instruments left: three Stylophones and a guitar, plus some strange pictures, animals and objects found in the rubble. Moderately Mad Max capers.

9:20pm to 10:10pm
A Unifying Theory of Gay Cerys Bradley

For decades, science has been fascinated by the LGBTQ+ community. What makes gay people gay? How does sexuality affect one's behaviour, appearance, or ability to raise children?

Join scientist Cerys Bradley, a part-time comedian and full-time bisexual, as they look at the science conducted on the LGBTQ+ community, and try to answer a much more important question; why is science so obsessed with us?

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Young Corbyn: An Origin Story Dark Mutters

In a world where it is North Islington, only one man stands between Camden and Holloway.

Gasp (!) as a young Jeremy Corbyn literally brings down the Berlin Wall. Cheer (!) as he puts an end to that apartheid business. High-Five (!) as he is really, genuinely not an anti-Semite, yeah?

"Very present" theatre-makers, Left Foot Forward, debut their "award-wanting" new piece, charting the rise and rise (despite what Twitter says) of the real, actual man, the Right Honourable Jeremy Bernard Corbyn.

This is the show critics are calling, 'Young Corbyn: An Origin Story.'

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Stoph Demetriou: Acting in Bad Faith Stoph Demetriou

Stoph Demetriou is a comedian and actor with issues (shocker). When Stoph realises that his unhappiness is down to the lies he tells himself on a daily basis to get by, he decides to sit down with his granddad, a man who left his country, lost his land and started a new life in England, and tries to learn how to face life honestly and head on.

9:30pm to 10:20pm
Quintessence Emily Carding / Sweet Productions

4 stars If you had to define what it means to be human, where would you turn for examples? To the Complete Works of Shakespeare, maybe. And in the far-future world of Quintessence, those plays are all that remains; humankind is extinct, wiped out by an environmental catastrophe of its own making, survived only by androids created in civilisation’s dying days. The robots’ mission is to reboot the human race, and their prime directive is to ensure at all costs that the newly-restored species thrives. Needless to say, this doesn’t go entirely to plan. Read the full review.

Emily Carding, best-known for performing radical interpretations of Shakespeare, has two new shows running daily this week. On Monday, we showcased Caliban's Codex; this time it's Quintessence, which daringly promises to merge Bardic verse with a sci-fi storyline. Developed in collaboration with the London Science Museum, it's set in a post-apocalyptic society, run by a powerful AI programmed with the Complete Works of Shakespeare. Predictable? No. Intriguing? Absolutely.

A combination of cataclysmic events results in the extinction of the human race, leaving behind an AI being programmed to recreate humanity when the time is right, with the complete works of Shakespeare as a guide to the human spirit. Humanity must thrive... but at what cost?

This original sci-fi storytelling show was inspired by Mary Shelley's ‘Frankenstein’, and will leave you wondering who the real monster is.

Originally created in collaboration with the London Science Museum, written and performed by award-winning actor Emily Carding (‘Richard III (a one woman show)’).

9:45pm to 10:45pm
Shit-faced Shakespeare: Macbeth Magnificent Bastard Productions

This one’s the guiltiest of all pleasures, but it’s a true pleasure all the same. In case the phenomenon’s passed you by, it delivers exactly what it says on the tin: a classically-trained cast, a Bardic script, and an actor who’s rather the worse for wear. The ensuing scene-stealing antics are played for all the comedy they’re worth by the sober members of the crew. I confess, when I saw it a while back, I’d fully expected to disapprove of all this – but I found myself as helpless with laughter as I’ve been for many years.

Is this a lager I see before me? The Brighton Fringe – Best Comedy – Award Winners are back for another round of heavy drinking and mild Shakespeare. Featuring the finest classically trained professional performers and one fully inebriated cast member we guarantee that no two nights are ever the same.

Having toured the world, broken America and sold out the West End we’re finally ready to return to a tent in a field in Brighton.

This year we are taking on the feared “Scottish play” which actors dare not mention the name of lest theyMACBETH!!! We’re doing Macbeth. It’s Macbeth... Macbeth.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:15pm to 11:10pm
Matt McGuinness: We Are What We Overcome Ingenious Fools

Fresh from a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe, musician, performer and writer Matt McGuinness presents his debut show as part of a UK tour. Uplifting, anthemic tunes punctuate stories and conversation, shedding light on mental health with self-deprecating honesty and dark humour. This show is for anyone who has ever overcome one of life’s many challenges or is battling to do so.

A 55 minute show with time to continue the chat afterwards.

"Moments of bright energy shine through" (Storge)
"Songs with substance, somewhere between Folk, Gospel & pure Rock n Roll" (Liveamp.com)

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

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

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

10:40pm to 11:35pm
It's Britney, Bitches! Ashby Ryder Creative Management

'It's Britney, Bitches!' is a new verbatim piece about the fans of international superstar Britney Spears. LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE! This show follows the story of fans of Britney along with some of your favourite songs. Stories of coming out, addiction and abuse and most importantly, Britney Spears.

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

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

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