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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.

12:10pm to 1:00pm
Janet HelenandJohn

When a sturdy jug of water and a delicate bag of flour love each other very much, what will emerge from their union? A baby made of bread-dough, obviously. Janet wins points for sheer chutzpah – it's puppetry crossed with a cooking show – but also for its insightful social commentary, particularly around the weight of parental expectation. With characters conjured from humdrum kitchenware, it's clever, unexpected, and wonderfully bizarre; a truly Bold Choice to open your ledger this May.

A deliciously naughty, surreal show which show follows the life of a young woman, Janet, from conception to tragic-comic end. Janet (1.5kg of uncooked bread dough) is a loveable anti-hero who refuses to go to the oven despite all attempts by her family (premium French flour and water) and the demonstration chef. Along the way she has disastrous amorous encounters with a rolling pin called Derek and a terrifying nightmare with a Bloomer.

A very human story told by objects with a dark comic edge.

Demonstration Chef: Helen Ainsworth Director: John Mowat

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

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

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

12:30pm to 1:25pm
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.

1:10pm to 2:00pm
Organ Music at St Barts Brighton and District Organists' Association

Lunchtime recitals on Tuesdays by distinguished local organists on the fine organ at St Bartholomew's Church.
May 7: Andrew Beaizley.
May 14: Richard Toms.
May 21: Derek Barnes.
May 28: Nick Andrews.

1:10pm to 2:10pm
Bach, Beethoven and Brahms LCCR

The Three B's come to lunch at the beautiful Chapel Royal on Tuesdays. Master pieces performed by first rate artists.
7 May: BACH on period instruments 'Sonata BWV 1030' Boris Bizjak (flute) Masumi Yamamoto (harpsichord) Jan Zahourek (gamba).
14 May: BEETHOVEN 'String Quartet op.132' Ludlay String Quartet. 21 May: BRAHMS 'Piano Quartet No. 2 op.26' Zoffany Ensemble. No interval - one price non reserved seats.

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.

1:45pm 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.

2:30pm 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.

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.

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
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.

4:30pm 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.

4:45pm to 5:45pm
DUPed AMBERGRIS

The 2018 Scotsman Fringe First Award-winning play written and performed by John McCann and directed by Erasmus Mackenna.
Ian Richard Kyle Paisley was once a young, firebrand, fundamentalist preacher from the heart of Ulster’s Bible Belt. He toured towns and villages booming populist, sectarian politics in increasingly incendiary times; a bogeyman or bellwether for generations to come.

Based upon interviews conducted by John in the Spring of 2018, ‘DUPed’ explores the continuing influence of Ian Paisley’s Democratic Unionist Party on those who oppose extreme religious and social conservatism.

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.

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

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

5:10pm 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
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)

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.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Who Nose? GB Met

There's a nose on the loose in the city, and it's not the only one. The Purveyors of Found Noses are on their scent, ready to reunite lost owners with their wayward nostrils. Some noses are easy; others lie dusty on the rack for years. In the end, all the owners have to do is try on the noses and the rest will reveal itself.

Funny, poetic and riotous. GB Met actors with an original show inspired by Gogol's 'The Nose.'

6:00pm to 7:00pm
The CMG Crew! Care Management Group

We are a Supported Living home in Hove for eight young adults with learning disabilities! We have lots of experience in music, performing and acting and recently have made two movies which featured at a film festival. We have also performed at the Brighton Dome in our street dance crew!

We have been working with a drama-therapist to devise a short piece of theatre involving our own ideas, interests and talent and getting our voices heard!

Please come to see our play which will take you on a journey involving our favourite characters and some musical performances!

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Unlovable Carly Jurman

A one-woman physical theatre/clowning show following bright-eyed, open-hearted 1950s bachelorette Judith and her journey to become the most lovable girl in town as she and her (problematic) narrator prepare her for a date! Set to your favorite 1950s hits, alive with physical romps, embarrassing slapstick scenarios and honestly disgusting 50s recipes, Judith dances (and trips) her way through all steps to preparing the perfect date. But is being the perfect date all its cracked up to be? How about being the perfect woman? Find out what truly makes us lovable (and Unlovable)!

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 7:10pm
Like the Sea Smoke and Mirrors Theatre Company

Smoke and Mirrors Theatre explores the idea of life and loss, light and dark and the people that pop up to save you when you feel like you’re drowning. David begins a journey of grief and healing and ultimately questions whether people are really lost at all – or like the sea, do they come back to you everyday?

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.

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Antigone Alone Portrait Productions

Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, having defied the law and buried her brother’s body, can now expect to die. Last year’s solo success presents Antigone as a defiant upholder of morality over political expediency - a still relevant tale. ‘MUST SEE SHOW - Joanna Lucas held us gripped. A powerful, unforgettable performance. Mesmerising. And what a story! The Oedipus legend in a masterful retelling.’ (fringereview.co.uk) ‘Michael McEvoy’s writing is fluid, coherent, engaging; Antigone strong, stubborn, difficult, uncompromising... alternately furious, indignant, nostalgic, funny.’ (broadwaybaby.com)

6:15pm to 7:15pm
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.

6:30pm to 8:00pm
Notorious Women of Brighton Louise Peskett

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

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

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

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

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

6:30pm to 7:30pm
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
Paul Merryck: Local Businessman Unrepentant Paul Merryck

The first one-man show from one of the most original and outrageous character acts on the UK circuit. Feckless, amoral and utterly unabashed, this middle-aged chancer disdainfully deconstructs the disaster that is his life in a hilarious sequence of gags and anecdotes.

“The Essex bloke is something of a geezer... his set proves very effective... gag-focused delivery... high laugh rate... you’d think that the spirit of Mike Reid is alive and well” (Steve Bennett, Chortle).

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 7:55pm
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)

7:00pm to 7:30pm
Thanyia Moore: Bully (Work in Progress) Hannah Layton Management

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

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)

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Matt Price: Broken Hooters and Geezers with Shooters Laughing Horse Comedy

Matt Price was asked to work on a writing project with a former criminal. From day one, he was out of his depth. On the surface, at six foot three and twenty stone, Matt looks as though he may blend into the criminal underworld quite well, until he blows his cover by speaking.

"A genuine, ordinary guy spinning some yarns, extraordinary in their telling". ???? (Chortle).
"Storytelling comedy, necessitates a level of honesty I like. And Price is one of the best at it around." (Scotland on Sunday).
“I don't understand why he isn't better known” ????? (One4Review).

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
Leonard Bernstein at 100 MOOT - music of our time

Tuesday 7: 'Anniversaries' Acclaimed soprano Jennifer Sgroe performs songs by Bernstein plus the UK premiere of Jessica Rudman's 'Trigger'. With flautist Rebecca Griffiths.

Tuesday 14: 'Death in Venice' Music for cello & piano. Anna Litvinenko and Craig White perform Shostakovich, Bernstein, Saariaho and Marcel Chyrzynski's tribute to Mahler and Visconti.

Tuesday 21: 'French Connections' Singer/composer Polina Shepherd, violinist Rachel Gorman and friends pay tribute to Lenny with music by Copland, Ravel, Stravinsky and Bernstein.

Further Programme details: www.musicofourtime.co.uk

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Barry and Sian: Exposed Act 1 Productions

Award-winning comedy sketch duo 'Barry and Sian' (Aka BS) - off the back of their sold out Christmas Special 'Oh Holy Shite' - comes 'Exposed'! It's not just the sun you need to be afraid of... A summer explosion of sketch and song! So grab a cocktail, slather on some fun cream and soak up the comedic rays! Start your summer as you mean to go on - out of pocket; slightly hung over and a little disappointed!

7:30pm to 9:30pm
Death Rituals in Brighton and Beyond Brighton Death Forum

An evening of talks and performances exploring our relationship to death & dying. Brighton is a progressive place with a leading community of modern death professionals including Lyn Baylis (LifeRites), Tora Colwill (The Modern Funeral) & Cara Mair (ARKA) with Performance Artists Sarah Delmonte & Ulysses Black.

Throughout human history rituals have helped us negotiate rites of passage in healthy and meaningful ways. This collaboration looks to the future of our creative approaches to critical milestones.

Q&A invites important discussion around the inevitable - we’d love to have your input!

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).

7:40pm 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 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.

7:55pm to 8:55pm
Guy Lloyd: Radio Blah Blah Filthy Gigdog

In August of last year, radio presenter Guy Lloyd was sacked after thirteen years of broadcasting his decidedly average show. A career that included doing Reiki on a mentally disturbed parrot live on air, interviewing the stars backstage at Glastonbury, desperate appearances on 'Britain’s Got Talent' and 'Come Dine With Me' and broadcasting live from a real estate in Hove. From starting out on hospital radio to spending an evening with John Lydon, this is the full, uncut story of Guy’s rise and fall from showbiz stardom. A show about love, loss, grief and how great hair, gets you everywhere.

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 9:00pm
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
A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) Silent Uproar

This cabaret musical features catchy tunes, sequins, and tinsel... but also depression and attempted suicide. We didn't catch it ourselves in Edinburgh, but reviews praised its honesty, resistance to cliche, and poignant humour; the upbeat tone serves to release the tension from a difficult, unflinching storyline. Expect to be affected, moved, and educated, but expect to have a smile on your face too. The music is scored by Matthew Floyd Jones, of Frisky & Mannish fame.

A hilarious cabaret musical about depression that sings and throws glitter about how it’s OK to not be OK.

Written by Olivier winner Jon Brittain ('Rotterdam , Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho'), music by Matthew Floyd Jones (Frisky & Mannish). It’s a joyful, buoyant, gleeful, slightly silly, sugar-coated, unrelenting and completely super happy show!

Except for the bits about depression.

"A Super Happy Story is Superb" (Lyn Gardner, The Guardian)
***** (What’s On Stage)
***** (Three Weeks)
***** (Musical Theatre Review)
***** (British Theatre Guide)
***** (The Reviews Hub)

8:00pm to 10:00pm
New Act Night Jill Edwards Comedy Workshops

The latest stand-up fledglings from Jill Edwards comedy workshops at Brighton’s Komedia take to the stage for the first time ever in our electric 'New Act Night' show.

Spot the future comedy stars that could follow in the footsteps of previous Jill Edwards’ stand-up comedy course graduates, including Jimmy Carr, Shappi Khorsandi, Romesh Ranganathan, Brighton’s own Seann Walsh and award winning MC Angela Barnes. You saw them here first!

“A fabulous night out full of warmth, discovery and more feel-good than a 70’s disco.” ***** (Latest).

8:00pm to 9:20pm
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)

8:00pm to 11:00pm
Spiegeltent: Heart of the Fringe Show Beach Without Sand Ltd

Special charity showcase for Clowns Without Borders, your support spreads laughter and joy to children and families living in crisis throughout the world.

With the very best of our Spiegeltent performers helping us kick off our season you'll see a sparkling variety bill of cabaret, circus, music and more from the best of Spiegeltent performers! A one night only show including surprise guests.

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
The Secret Comedy Club: Fringe Comedy Hub Artista

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

8:15pm to 9:25pm
The Death of Ivan Ilyich Unmasked Theatre

Ivan Ilych doesn’t give dying a passing thought. He's had a nice life. But one day, death announces itself to him and, to his huge surprise, he is brought face to face with his own mortality. An exploration of the life unlived, Unmasked Theatre presents a modern, highly physical adaptation of Tolstoy’s lesser known masterpiece.

After 2 previous successful years ('Antony and Cleopatra': Best of Brighton Fringe Award, IYAF 2018; 'The Writers’ Bloc': Nominated for Best New Play, 2017) Unmasked Theatre returns with haunting live sound and sharp prose.

8:15pm to 9:15pm
Caroline Mabey: Hair of the Dog Caroline Mabey

Brand new stand-up from one of the most inventive comic voices in Britain. Caroline Mabey’s husband/ boyfriend/ partner (whatever!) just quit his accounting job to train as a dog groomer. Time for a life audit. As heard on 'Josh Howie's Losing It' on BBC Radio 4. Writer on 'The News Quiz'.

“No-one has made us laugh as much at this Fringe” (The Skinny). “Mabey is thoroughly enjoyable company... the slightly deranged offspring of a menage a trois between Vic Reeves, Harry Hill and Floella Benjamin.” (Evening Standard), “Hilarious... Funny and touching and brilliant” (The Guardian).

8:20pm to 9:05pm
The Evil Queen Rules! Lovers Lights Gallery

The Evil Queen usually gets a bad press, but not in this show. Janis Haves combines stand-up with sharp well-crafted lyrics and tunes so catchy you'll be singing them for days. You'll find out why the Evil Queen trumps the Disney Princess, and why she's every girl's birth right.

Janis Haves’ 15-year career as a singer/songwriter means she sure knows how to write and deliver a great song. Don’t be fooled by the warm, likeable front, there is a delicious dark side here under the wrapping.

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

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

8:30pm to 9:30pm
Cally Beaton: Invisible Hannah Layton Management

A laugh-laden, unflinching look at the business of being an adult. Cally (as seen on QI) nearly died in Iceland (country, not shop) and here, she relives that journey into snow-capped desolation. Does she have the stomach for radical reinvention? She won't go gentle into that good night. She might go mental - but never gentle.

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).

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 10:00pm
Isa Bonachera: The Great Emptiness Isa Bonachera

Any sensible person would look at the night sky and see the horrible purgatory of the cosmos. Not Isa. Isa's been obsessed with outer space all her life, and she decided from an early age that she wanted to do one thing and one thing only; become an astronaut. For twenty years she did everything she could to stay on track. And one day she just stopped dreaming of space. Using a planetarium projector, Isa will take you on a guided tour of the cosmos and her broken dreams.

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)

9:20pm 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
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).

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)’).

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

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

9:45pm 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
The OCD Files Cue Fanfare

The OCD Files "maps" my life as a sufferer of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Whether you suffer from Mental Health issues or not, the OCD Files is a show not be missed. It's funny and I need to say that three more times! It's funny! It's funny! It's funny!

"Fab night.", "Brill", "Brilliant. Absolutely fab", "Went down a storm", "Magnificent. Still chuckling on route home."

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 11:30pm
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.

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.