Today's full programme, more choices & comment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:00am to 11:50am
Singing Hands Summer Spectacular Singing Hands

Singing Hands bring their unique blend of Makaton and musical fun to Brighton Fringe for the very first time!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ending up talking about medical procedures just for good measure.

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

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

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

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

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

12:00pm to 1:15pm
In the Heart of the Wasp's Nest Til This Night

Crap Christmas, randy Northerners and a cigarette in a bread roll. Supported by Stephen Fry, from award-winning Liverpool theatre makers, Til This Night, follow the startling highs and lows of a sixth-form technical team in the wake of an allegation of sexual misconduct. High comedy sits alongside human tragedy in this bold new play, which will shock, provoke and entertain. Gender, class, identity. It's explosive.

"The directing is masterful. Til This Night’s work is a delight. An absolute joy to behold" (British Theatre Guide)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Neverwant... The algorithm of life!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1:15pm to 2:15pm
Mixed Up Heads Arna Spek

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Two people, one relationship, no script.

Boy meets girl. But then what?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2:00pm to 3:15pm
In the Heart of the Wasp's Nest Til This Night

Crap Christmas, randy Northerners and a cigarette in a bread roll. Supported by Stephen Fry, from award-winning Liverpool theatre makers, Til This Night, follow the startling highs and lows of a sixth-form technical team in the wake of an allegation of sexual misconduct. High comedy sits alongside human tragedy in this bold new play, which will shock, provoke and entertain. Gender, class, identity. It's explosive.

"The directing is masterful. Til This Night’s work is a delight. An absolute joy to behold" (British Theatre Guide)

2:00pm to 4:30pm
Kids Disco: My Mini Disco My Mini Disco

7 May: Guest DJ Krafty Kuts
'Intergalactic Space and Star Wars' fancy dress (0-10yrs)

28 May: Guest DJ Russ Cuban (Cuban Brothers fame)
‘Gangsters and Hippies’ fancy dress (0-10yrs)

Expect giant balloons, bubbles, hula-hoop show, parachutes, prizes

Brighton’s no.1 family-friendly club with 'cool music for cool kids', giant balloons, bubbles, hula-hoop show, parachutes, prizes and more.Superstar DJs join JUSTIN ‘SOUL OF MAN’ RUSHMORE (Finger Lickin’) performing from the super-sized ghetto blaster. Playing party mashups, bootlegs of funk, disco, hip hop and rave faves.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

**** (Fringe Guru)

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

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

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

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

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Bin and Gone Boxfish Theatre

5 stars 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.

You'll have to be a certain age to share my excitement about this one – but if you do remember Ted Rogers and TV show 3-2-1, this one-man show features the actual Dusty Bin. Also on stage is Ted's son Danny, who tells a candid personal story about being the son of a TV star – a man whose life, by all accounts, didn't go entirely to plan. It opened earlier this week and I've heard good things on the grapevine, highlighting Danny's humour, openness and personable charm. And you're allowed to take a selfie with the dustbin.

The son of a Saturday night favourite; a father who performed with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope; the son who ended up with nothing, penniless and in care. Famed for quiz show 3-2-1, Ted Rogers was an 80's 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 penniless 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Just Don’t Do It Beside Ourselves Collective

Female sexuality and Christianity: are they as uncomfortable bedfellows as they appear to be?

Join two clowns on a surreal journey into the modern Church’s approach to sex, celibacy and female sexual desire. What happens if we don't act on our physical impulses or when we idolise virginity?

Fusing clown with acapella singing, puppetry and cabaret, this debut show delves into the confusing, the painful & the funny in asking: Is ‘Just Don’t Do It’ the sum of the Church's advice on premarital sex?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Ridiculous” **** (Broadway Baby)

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

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

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

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

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

One day the future calls her back.

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

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

"A young company worth your attention" (FringeReview)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4:30pm to 5:30pm
Police Cops In Space The Pretend Men

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

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

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

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

4:30pm to 5:20pm
Brodi Snook: Babe Brodi Snook

Brighton's favourite Australian import Brodi Snook takes a break from her career as a foot model (selling photos of toes to foot perverts for cash) and having panic attacks in train station toilets to debut her solo show. Laser sharp writing and cerebral smart-arsery. Come along, babe.

As heard on BBC4 Extra (BBC New Act Competition) and TalkRadio.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“New writing at its best” (LovesTheatre)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Fabulon Winter Theatre Company

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

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

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

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

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

5:05pm to 6:15pm
Hymns for Robots Noctium

4 stars Synthesised music is so commonplace these days, it's hard to imagine how wondrous – miraculous – it must at first have seemed. What was it like to experience a new sound, found nowhere in nature, which no living creature had ever heard before? Hymns for Robots, a loose biography of famous musician Delia Derbyshire, successfully captures that sense of awe and magic… and delivers plenty of humour too, in a quirky, offbeat and stylish production. Read the full review.

No Fringe schedule would be complete without at least one show that’s ever so slightly out-there. So may I present Hymns For Robots: a loose biography of electronic composer Delia Derbyshire (most famous for her work on the Doctor Who theme). Featuring on-stage oscilloscopes, tin cans as telephones, and an actor painted to look like she's on black-and-white TV, it's a stylised show but also an informative one – which successfully captures the sense of wonder at the birth of a new artistic form. It's already picked up four stars from us here in Brighton.

In a small house loft, packed in hundreds of cereal boxes, lies the lifetime work of Delia Derbyshire - the unsung genius behind the Doctor Who theme tune and trailblazer of electronic music. Join Noctium as they explore this unique tale of the mother of modern music. Using strange sounds and weird wobbulations, Noctium brings you a sonic experience your ears won’t believe.

'Hymns for Robots' mixes Noctium’s unique heightened performance style of drama, comedy and expressionism with use of analogue and digital music to bring you an extraordinary life that was almost forgotten.

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

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

Edinburgh Preview

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

5:30pm to 6:30pm
Why I Had To Leave The North Simon Topping

The story of me; a misfit, growing up in the north west of England in the 1980s. A funny and touching exploration of masculinity and the great expectations of manliness placed upon my youth by the older generations of the family. Some monkeys learn how to express their feelings more slowly than others. I am that monkey.

Simon is an improv comedy veteran. He has worked and trained with some of the country’s best improv talent including Cariad Lloyd, Rob Broderick and Dylan Emery.

This is his first solo show.

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

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

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

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

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

5:40pm to 6:35pm
Oli Bettesworth: Le Fou Roux Oliver Bettesworth

127 years after Van Gogh, the world is ready for another ginger genius (No, Ed Sheeran doesn’t count). An ear-laceratingly funny show about identity, madness, and pubic politics. The Red-Head Revolution starts here.

“A gem. Beautiful language concealing hilarious suckerpunches” (Dan Antopolski)

"Quietly hopeful and brilliantly funny... a treat to spend an hour with" **** (Reviews Hub)

 “A very funny man” (Carl Donnelly)

 “Oli Bettesworth is comedy’s Vincent Van Gogh” (Oli Bettesworth)

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

Do you remember Dave Benson Phillips?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6:00pm to 7:00pm
There Was a Ship Brian Mander

A performance within a sculptural installation of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' by the artist Brian Mander. The sculpture can be viewed independently during regular opening times (Monday - Saturday, 10am-1pm and 2pm-4:30pm).

This project is supported by a Brighton Lions bursary.

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

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

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

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

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

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Barry Ferns: Barry Loves You Barry Ferns

The new show from Barry Ferns: Spirit of the Fringe (2014, Edinburgh Festival Fringe) and Malcolm Hardee Award-winner.

"A marvellous, personal, beautifully constructed and laughter-packed hour" ***** (ThreeWeeks)
**** (Scotsman)
**** (Broadway Baby)

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

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

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

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

6:00pm to 11:00pm
S7 Ted's Trophy 2018 @ The AMEX Stadium Brighton Fringe

Search Seven turns seven in 2018 and is celebrating by launching an initiative to raise £17,000 to be shared across seven charities, 'kicking-off' with the S7 Ted’s Trophy charity football match at the AMEX stadium.

With your support, we are raising money for seven charities this year, with Rockinghorse continuing to be our flagship charity. The other charities include Group B Strep Support, Alzheimer’s Society, RISE, The Sussex Beacon, The Clock Tower Sanctuary and the Nkuringo Foundation.

There are 20 prizes to be won in the raffle and food and drink available - Please come and support!

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Crizards' Cromedy Hour Crizards

Crizards come to Brighton via Thameslink with an hour of spicy cromedy concerning bronze, weevils and utility bills.

Will and Eddy (the Crizard boys) are an offbeat double act specialising in bulletproof patter and inventive audiovisual happenings. A treat for your ears, eyes, heart, brain (nice memories), legs, arms, friends and wallet (free show).

Crizards were awarded third place in the Leicester Square Theatre Sketch Off 2017, and are the stars and administrators of the monthly Crizards’ Cromedy Crub.

6:10pm to 7:10pm
Woyzeck Squall + Frenzy

A tortured mind, a broken heart, a descent into insanity, jealousy and rage. Büchner’s classic play, 'Woyzeck', remains an unflinchingly relevant commentary on society’s uncaring attitude towards poverty and mental illness.

The story of a man who, by the circumstances of his birth, is driven down the darkest possible path, while those infected with the myopia of privilege feed him the lie that turning aside is a mere matter of moral strength. In this new, dreamlike adaptation, by turns bitterly tragic and absurdly comic, you will witness the unlovely fragments of a shattered life.

6:15pm to 7:15pm
The Establishment: Le Bureau De Strange Mad Etiquette

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

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

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Sarah Keyworth: Dark Horse (WiP) Laughing Horse

Rising star Sarah Keyworth, tour support for Stewart Francis and Kerry Godliman, brings an hour of brand new stand-up that shines a light on the relationship between a little girl and a world that is failing her.

“The funniest of bones” (Shappi Khorsandi)
“Charming” (The Independent)
“I liked that joke about her fanny” (Sarah Millican)
"Excellently deadpan" (Huffington Post)

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Jew-O-Rama Aaron Levene

After a sell-out run at The Camden Fringe 2017 and (hopefully) The Leicester Comedy Festival 2018, 'Jew-O-Rama' makes its Brighton Fringe Festival debut bringing you the best Jewish stand-up comedy in the country.

Performers include Aaron Levene and Philip Simon (Jewish Comedian of the Year 2015) as well as a different special guest on each day.

6:30pm to 7:40pm
Anna Emul8 Theatre Company

Written and directed by Heather Alexander.

"Oft in danger, never afraid". This was Anna Brassey’s life motto as she travelled the world on a Victorian steam clipper. Her journal, 'A Voyage in the Sunbeam' made her experiences famous and established her as a popular Victorian writer. But who was the very private woman behind the public image? Puppetry, drama, song and film contribute to revealing how Anna and her servant, Bessie, survive as they negotiate prejudice and personal tragedy.

Anna Brassey: mother, explorer, curator, campaigner, pioneer - a woman ahead of her time.

6:45pm to 7:45pm
Reuben Hunter: The Hoard Reuben Hunter

Reuben Hunter has a problem. A problem with 'The Hoard'.

How much stuff is too much stuff? When does saving something for a rainy day become hoarding? Are you keeping hold of things because you're afraid of letting other things go?

Part happy, part sad, part silly, but altogether funny, 'The Hoard' is a stand-up comedy show about mess, junk and baggage - the stuff we accumulate, and the reasons why. This show from fresh comic talent promises big things, or at least a lot of them

6:45pm to 7:35pm
S/he/it Happens Miranda Porter

Gender exploration, physical exasperation, breast manipulation. Stuck between the gender binary and armed with only a pair of boxers and a photo of a male model, one individual sets out on a violently hilarious attempt to fit.

A one-person gender-messing physical comedy exploring gender expression and identity through slapstick and wit. Drawing upon the performer's own experience of dysphoria and identity, the result is a subtly trans, hilarious and warmhearted performance.

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

7:00pm to 7:50pm
Mixed Race White Bloke Francis Foster

Francis Foster is a unique man who hails from Caracas and Wigan via South London. This show will explore race, cultural identity, and top level banter.

Francis also came third in the New Act Of The Year Awards, and supported Eddie Izzard on tour.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Do The Thing: The Two Man Made-Up Musical Do The Thing

From the minds behind Brighton improv titans Off the Cuff and Blanket Fort comes a full-throttle fully-improvised musical performed in full by only two men (plus one on guitar). The plots, the tunes, the dance routines; all spontaneous every time! You cannot miss out on this.

Do the Thing are Simon Plotkin (Off the Cuff, Gerald Galbraith: Troubadour), Tim Meredith (Blanket Fort, Off the Cuff) and with Calum Anderson (Beardog, Off the Cuff) on the guitar

“Hilarious, intelligently delivered and well put together. Classic comedy gold” ***** (Latest 7)
**** 'Highly recommended' (FringeReview)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Featuring a support set from Rachel Shorer.

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

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

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

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

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

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Diva Las Vegas The Sundaes

The Sundaes are delighted to be returning to Brighton Fringe for one night only with their hit show 'Diva Las Vegas'.

In this one hour, show-stopping spectacular The Sundaes pay homage to their favourite divas from Vegas with stunning vocals, a generous scoop of comedy and outrageous costumes. Chocolate, Strawberry and Vanilla Sundae serve up a delightful dish of pure joy in this unmissable extravaganza. It’s like being in Vegas but without the jet lag!

“Diva Las Vegas was absolutely phenomenal. Undoubtedly 5* with flawless voices, sharp choreography and so much sass! See them!”

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Tight 5 Showcase Mystery Meat Club

Fast-paced, club-style stand-up comedy, featuring four of the best new stand-up talents from the South East. All the acts take part in a weekly show throughout the year, where comics are forced to write five minutes of new material each week. This is them doing their best stuff.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Matt Price : Frequently Anxious Man Laughing Horse Comedy

Friendly Cornish Giant Matt Price was going out with a woman. The only problem is that she wasn't going out with him. Matt was blissfully unaware of this and spent a year or so of his life looking like the world's worst stalker. The incident triggered a memory from his childhood that he has never heard anyone else talk about. Now he finds the whole experience, as bleak as it sometimes was, to be very funny.

Find out why he pretended to like Death Metal, why he loves bad performance-poetry and how a five-foot-one Glaswegian woman saved his life.

"Fearlessly funny" **** (The Scotsman)

7:30pm to 10:00pm
Hamlet '18 All the Worlds a Space

Hamlet has spiralled into a deep depression and is hell bent on self-destruction. His personal relationships have all but been destroyed. As a result, his life is now falling apart, and yet he continues to plunge himself into a pit of oblivion.

But are his feelings fair and justified, or is he trapped in an addictive cycle of self-pity? Whilst retaining use of Shakespeare's original text, this modern adaptation exposes the dark reality of Hamlet's anger, guilt, pain and fear.

This is the first production by a new Sussex-based theatre company.

See our website for local acting workshops.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
A Donkey Called Keith The Dirty Carols

Remember that song you like? Well, The Dirty Carols have ruined it for you forever with their own dirty, funny, surreal musical take on the songs you know and love. Be prepared for guffaws and perhaps a damp gusset (you, not us) as four Guildford gals sing about things that matter: pie fights, Woolworths’ pic’n’mix and why you should never keep mince in the bathroom.

Come for the laughs and leave with the knowledge that you won't get that time back again. Bring your best laughing teeth and a change of pants.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Subira Subira Wahogo

Subira, in Swahili, means patience. Something Subira Wahogo is quickly running out of. Join them for a night of spoken word poetry about being queer, black and angry. Weaving together the personal and political, through experiences and imaginations, spoken with rage, softness, and laughter. Witness patience at its end, queerness in its multitudes and blackness at its fullness. If you like poetry about punching people, yelling at racists, and having lots of feelings, come through!

"I don't even like poetry but that was great" (Some guy one time)

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

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Cinebra: Glenda & Rita Cinebra

Award-winning comedy duo, the makers of "adorkable" Sophie and Megan in 'A History of Horror' return with their latest addition to the Cinebra anthology with another "cleverly written" and "magically performed" full-length original show.

Glenda & Rita are two actresses from the golden era of cinema, immortalised in black and white and struggling to find work in this brutal, unforgiving technicolour world. From "Knowing your Onions" to "The Professional Blues", Glenda & Rita will take you on a monochrome journey from their Hollywood hey-day to their miserable flat in Lancing.

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

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

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

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

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Steve Bugeja: Work In Progress Steve Bugeja

Steve Bugeja, as seen on 'Love Island Aftersun', Russell Howard's 'Stand Up Central', Radio 4's 'Fresh From The Fringe' and BBC 3's 'Top 10', presents a work-in-progress show.

Steve is writing a new show and needs to test it on a friendly, supportive audience. The jokes and stories will be brand new, some will be great, some won't. Come along and help him.

His previous three solo shows have received rave reviews, garnering a combined 25 4/5 star reviews across the board.

7:45pm to 8:55pm
The Sorrowful Tale of Sleeping Sidney Barely Human Puppets

4 stars It's one of the stranger stories from Brighton's chequered past: a spate of poisonings in 1871, tracked in the end to strychnine-laced chocolates. And this gothic comedy of a puppet show is fittingly dainty and sweet; performed with miniature glove puppets on an adorable fold-out set, it's full of knowing humour, yet still does justice to the grotesque historical tale. Read the full review.

A grotesque, darkly comic Victorian story of obsessive love, murder, and confectionery. Seven lavish glove-puppets and one narrator-puppeteer bring you this tale inspired by the real Brighton Chocolate Cream Poisoner of 1871: sugary, but certainly not sweet!

"Gloriously gothic and surprisingly funny" (Exeunt Magazine)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brighton Fringe award winners in 2014, 2015 and 2016

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Ubu Roi Squall + Frenzy

Join us on the absurdly grotesque killing spree/sex-capades of one man... A man who promises to make Poland great again!

Squall + Frenzy presents a daring post-pantomime punk adaptation of this classic 1896 symbolist masterpiece by Alfred Jarry.

The grandstanding villainy of Pere Ubu is more relevant than ever in an age of Trump, where reality TV stars who boast of their disdain towards normal people take power.

In this surreal critique of current politics, audiences chase actors and crawl through tunnels while 'King Shit' rants and raves onstage, raising laughter and, at times, fear.

8:15pm to 9:05pm
Birds Junior Productions

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

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

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

"Completely infectious" - Chortle.

FINALISTS Leicester Square Theatre Sketch Off! 2018

8:20pm to 9:20pm
David McIver is a Nice Little Man David McIver

Wow, it's time for the debut hour of comedy from hot ticket and nice friend David McIver! That's right girls and boys, your special little man is all grown up and raring to do some of his high-spirited absurdist nonsense and silly characters.

"A refreshing breath of air in every sense." **** (Broadway Baby)

"Unique, silly... a fascinating blend of high nonsense." **** (The Mumble)

Selected for the BBC New Comedy Award 2017.

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

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

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

8:30pm to 9:30pm
Rob Kemp: The Elvis Dead Gag Reflex Ltd

The multi award-winning Edinburgh Fringe cult hit is back. Rev up the Delta and come on a trip to a cabin in the Tennessee backwoods via Graceland, to witness: cult classic horror movie Evil Dead 2 reinterpreted through the songs of Elvis Presley. Every now and then an idea strikes that seems extremely absurd and yet at the same time bizarrely fitting.

This loving tribute concert to the sequel to the ultimate in gruelling terror... and the King of Rock‘n’Roll is such an idea. Brilliantly executed.

“Twisted Genius” **** (Sunday Times)
“Very funny” ***** (Beyond The Joke)
“Genius” **** (Fest)

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
Last Night at the Circus Jane Postlethwaite

After the success of 'Made in Cumbria' and 'The House' Jane returns with a brand new multimedia comedy show set in a dark dystopian circus world.

"Absolutely hilarious" **** (Broadway Baby)

"Darkly funny" **** (Funny Women)

"Wonderfully daft and dark" (List)

"Bloody brilliant. Loneliness and breakdown has never been funnier!" (Julian Caddy, Brighton Fringe)

"Fascinating & compelling" (FringeReview)

Latest Comedy Award and Audience Choice Award nominee (Brighton Fringe 2016)
Funny Women Awards finalist & Brighton Comedy Festival Squawker Award finalist (2015)

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

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

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Mind Show: Unboxing David Terrence Mind Reader

Come and have your mind fried, and witness David Terrence conduct the live unboxing of a comedy, mind-reading show, demonstrating all the likely ingredients of a mind-blowing show including telepathy, thought control and of course the big final prediction! The show is light-hearted and peppered with comical moments.

"Funny and impressive mind-reading" (Voice Magazine)

"An enjoyable hour, with a lovable host" (Broadway Baby)

"Totally excellent. The whole package is here and the appeal will no doubt be broad, industry-wide." (UK Cabaret)

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Iconic: A Brief History of Drag Joe C Brown & Robin Rayner

Join West End star Ian Stroughair, the man behind the makeup of the sensational Velma Celli, on a passionate pilgrimage through the most iconic drag moments of film, stage and popular culture.

An electrifying cabaret comprising of a collective mix of the music that we all know and love. Velma’s flawless vocals will have you crying with laughter to broken-hearted at the drop of a very stylish hat. So fasten your seat belts as this roller coaster of a cabaret really hits every spot!

Velma Celli is the alter-ego of West End performer Ian Stroughair.

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

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

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

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

9:00pm to 10:45pm
The Lady Boys of Bangkok: Wonder Women Tour Exchange Events Ltd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9:15pm to 10:15pm
What's it all about, eh? The Musical (Work in Progress) Hassan Dervish

This is a jam-packed musical comedy performance of fun storytelling rhymes set to an original soundtrack. Hassan Dervish’s act features a range of characters and stories of modern life that everyone will be able to identify with, including the hits ‘Horse in an Uber’ and ‘Excel Spreadsheet’.

He will resonate with fans of comedy who go along with something silly and catchy.

Semi-Finalist: Amused Moose 2016
Finalist: Comedy Virgins Max Turner Prize 2017
As heard on Talk Radio hosted by Iain Lee

9:15pm to 10:15pm
WordShow Company Gavin Robertson

Sardonic, wry, satirical, occasionally angry or surprisingly poignant, Greg Byron delivers original poems about life, the universe and everything(ish), plus word portraits and his unique 55 word stories. Part poetry, part storytelling, part stand-up. Appearing after recent shows at Brighton Fringe, Adelaide Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe.

"Like seeing John Cooper Clarke snog Pam Ayres while John Hegley watches" (BBC)
“Compelling to watch” ***** (The Guardian)
“A masterful performer with hypnotic delivery” ***** (Reviews Hub)

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Bad Luck Cabaret Laurie Black

Laurie Black's back in town to taunt the gods of bad luck. Joined by a variety of performers including (but not limited to) burlesque, cabaret and music.

You're invited to a glitzy, glam and dangerous night out! Dress for the end of the world, or the beginning. Get ready to smash some mirrors. The best in alternative cabaret.

As seen at Adelaide Fringe (AU), Perth Fringe World (AU), Newcastle Fringe (AU) and Edinburgh Festival Fringe (UK)

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Gingzilla: Glamonster Vs The World Gingzilla

The multi-award winning 7ft GLAMONSTER is on a mission to CONQUER THE WORLD.

Set in a 1950's drive-in movie (Godzilla, Attack of the 50ft Woman, King Kong), experience this behemoth sized Bearded Lady-Man as she tears up the stage, questions your orientation and leaves you gagging for more!!!

"With legs for days and an even more amazing voice... " (The Advertiser)
**** (1/2 Glam Adelaide)
**** (Broadway World)
**** (EdFestival Magazine)
**** (Fritz Magazine)

Winner of Best Cabaret Adelaide Fringe 2017
Winner of Innovation Award Adelaide Fringe 2017

Director: Dierdre Mclaughin

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Metamorphosis Different Theatre

4 stars You know Kafka's Metamorphosis, of course; the tale of a man called Gregor, who wakes up one morning to find he's become an insect. But do you really know the story? What about the other characters – do you know anything of their lives? This clever, free-handed, but ultimately faithful adaptation is narrated by Gregor's sister Grete… drawing parallels with her own metamorphosis from girl into woman, and offering an interesting interpretation of Gregor's transformation as well. Read the full review.

Kafka's Metamorphosis is a Fringe favourite, and with its tale of a man becoming an insect, it's particularly suited to physical interpretation. But this version is different, because the focus is on Grete – sister to Gregor Samsa, the man who famously undergoes the transformation. Reviews of an earlier performance in Brighton are encouraging, suggesting that the script draws parallels between Gregor's metamorphosis and the changes experienced by the adolescent Grete… and all the while, the outside world is transforming, too.

One morning as Greta Samsa was waking from anxious dreams she discovered that in bed she had changed.

Bringing a female perspective on Franz Kafka’s classic tale Metamorphosis, this lyrical and physical one-woman show explores how Greta navigates the shifting dynamics of the family household, and her inner transformation from child to woman.

Featuring the “classily brilliant” Heather-Rose Andrews ('Fannytasticals', 'Cacophony') and written/directed by Sam Chittenden ('So You Say' - “A small gem of inward acrobatics”; 'Moving Slowly' - “haunting & heartening”; 'Underworlds' - “perfectly constructed").

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Revan and Fennell: Work in Progress Revan and Fennell

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

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

10:15pm to 11:15pm
A Beginner's Guide to Bondage Sara Mason

A funny, naughty romp through the world of BDSM and fetish. Have you seen '50 Shades Of Grey'? Are you fetish curious? Do you ever feel like a change from vanilla sex? Mistress Venetia answers enquiries and books BDSM sessions. Dressed in leather, stockings and killer heels, she reveals all about her weird and wonderful clients.

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

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

Winners - Best New Act (London SketchFest)

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

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

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

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

“Spectacularly and compellingly funny” (The List)

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

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

11:00pm to 12:00am
Bag of Swedes Pernilla Hammargren Productions

Three comedians, three styles of comedy. They have one thing in common: they're female comedians from Sweden. 'Bag of Swedes' is a 60-minute stand-up showcase with three up-and-coming comedy stars.

Therese Sandin has performed in the UK, Ireland and the US and is now on tour as a support act to Johan Glans.

Josefin Johansson appears regularly on TV shows such as Swedish 'QI', and has been nominated for 'Best Swedish Female Comedian' two years in a row.

Pernilla Hammargren, runs an award-winning, feministic stand-up club in Stockholm and tours with her solo show "Homo Aloneo".