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9:00am to 4:00pm
Family Guide Cover Competition Exhibition Family Guide Cover Competition Exhibition

Join us in the foyer of Brighton Metropolitan College for an exhibition of all of this year's glorious Brighton Fringe Family Guide cover competition entries.

10:00am to 6:00pm
Children's Area: The Den Otherplace Productions

The Den is a new, purpose-built family-friendly area at The Warren. Bringing together a strong community of children's charities, workshops and local business owners, The Den will provide play facilities and creative projects.

The Den will encompass a beautiful covered play area and a spacious, colourful outdoor space filled with toys and play equipment, providing a safe space for children to play freely as well as a space for creative workshops and local businesses to showcase their products.

10:00am to 7:00pm
Unity Through Struggle Exploring Senses CIC

We are a group of young people concerned about our future in the UK, with such dramatic changes happening all around us. Together, through combined arts, crafts, interactive digital artworks and live, hands-on digital workshops, we would like to invite other young people to join the conversation and have a say in our future. This project is co-curated and supported in partnership by Exploring Senses CIC artists.

11:00am to 11:45am
Behind-the-Scenes Boat Tour of Shoreham Port Shoreham Port

Shoreham Port is a thriving commercial port. It specialises in the handling of bulk cargoes and one-off projects and prides itself on excellent customer service. Join the team on Monday 8th May for a guided port tour by water craft to catch all of the action as you cruise down the canal. Parking will be very limited on the day. Southwick Station is a three minute walk away and a bus stop is located outside Nautilus House along the A259. There will be a short walk (approximately five minutes) from the car park to the boat.

12:00pm to 2:00pm
Personalised Pendant Workshop Silver & Sage

The personalised pendant workshop is a fun experience to create a piece of jewellery to take away with you that day! You don't have to have had any experience with jewellery making before and you will be guided through the processes to help you create what you desire. This will be a fun and relaxing session with demonstrations and one to one support when needed. During the 2 hours you will learn: • How to handle the clay • How to cut it into a shape (I have a selection to choose from) • How to stamp your personalisation on to the item • Method of refining the dry piece • Firing your pieces using a butane torch • How to polish and finish your piece

12:00pm to 12:45pm
Life Without Dog Found in the Forest Theatre Company

3 stars As the lights come up on this original piece of youth theatre, we find three young people – two brothers and a sister – gathered at an open grave. Their parents, we learn, are missing; the older brother, just 18, is bringing up the family alone. But it's not mum or dad in the coffin. So just who – or what – are they burying? Read the full review.

Following a sell-out performance of Katherine Chandler's 'Hood' at the National's Dorfman Theatre, Found in the Forest return with a new world premiere.

Using puppetry and live music, 'Life Without Dog' shares the story of three siblings living without their parents and occasionally with Dog.

How does a family who are already falling apart keep it together when it’s revealed that someone else has just left them?

"Their work is visionary, fun, deep" (Adele Thomas, National Theatre Associate Director).

"Wonderfully anarchic" (Adam Penford, Artistic Director, Nottingham Playhouse).

12:00pm to 12:45pm
Behind-the-Scenes Boat Tour of Shoreham Port Shoreham Port

Shoreham Port is a thriving commercial port. It specialises in the handling of bulk cargoes and one-off projects and prides itself on excellent customer service. Join the team on Monday 8th May for a guided port tour by water craft to catch all of the action as you cruise down the canal. Parking will be very limited on the day. Southwick Station is a three minute walk away and a bus stop is located outside Nautilus House along the A259. There will be a short walk (approximately five minutes) from the car park to the boat.

1:00pm to 1:45pm
MoMentum: A Motivational Mind-Reading Experience MoMental

4 stars The premise for MoMentum sounds wacky at first – but it turns out to be an inspiring, uplifting, and gently intriguing show. Styling himself "the MoMentalist", Phil Ainsworth combines two genres not often seen together: motivational speaking, and the branch of stage magic known as mentalism. So, as he explains at the outset, he's on a mission to help us overcome the sticking-points in our lives… but he'll be reading our minds as well. Read the full review.

Experience the power of a live motivational mind-reading show! Combining techniques used by motivational speakers, magicians, and stage mind-readers, Phil Ainsworth is 'The MoMentalist'; inspiring and encouraging audiences to live in the MoMent.

If you want to participate in a show that will not only entertain you, but leave a lasting impression, one that will help you overcome sticking-points and blocks in your life, then the only question you should ask yourself is: "what’s stopping me?"

Be amazed and motivated: This is your MoMent!

Winner of the WMA Stage Magician of the Year Award 2014.

Relaxed performance - Mon 8th.
BSL interpreted performance - Mon 15th.

1:00pm to 1:50pm
Broadway Lunchbox New Attitude Theatre Company

Returning for their third year.

'Broadway Lunchbox' is a lunchtime cabaret show, changing every performance, with different performers and different songs running for the entirety of Brighton Fringe.

Daily schedule will be published one month before Brighton Fringe, so check the Broadway Lounge brochure, Bar Broadway app and website for more information.

2:00pm to 2:45pm
Behind-the-Scenes Boat Tour of Shoreham Port Shoreham Port

Shoreham Port is a thriving commercial port. It specialises in the handling of bulk cargoes and one-off projects and prides itself on excellent customer service. Join the team on Monday 8th May for a guided port tour by water craft to catch all of the action as you cruise down the canal. Parking will be very limited on the day. Southwick Station is a three minute walk away and a bus stop is located outside Nautilus House along the A259. There will be a short walk (approximately five minutes) from the car park to the boat.

2:10pm to 3:20pm
Pals Northsouth Theatre

New writing about the Great War, this poignant, funny play follows the story of innocent and enthusiastic men who volunteer their services to Britain after Kitchener's call to arms.

The Pals do their best to keep each other’s spirits up, with trenchant sarcasm and a camaraderie that only comes from knowing one another for years.

3:00pm to 6:00pm
Charity & Community Fun Day Brighton & Hove Property Consortium

Celebrate the arrival of the Brighton & Hove Property Consortium's Charity Cycle Ride with the Mayor of Brighton & Hove as they cross the finish line in New Road to mark the end of their epic four day, 150 mile cycle ride from Paris to Brighton.

Join us for an afternoon of live music and entertainment to celebrate our local community and the charities we are raising money for.

'Charity and Community Fun Day' in aid of the Mayor's Charities and the ABF Soldiers Charity.

3:00pm to 3:45pm
Behind-the-Scenes Boat Tour of Shoreham Port Shoreham Port

Shoreham Port is a thriving commercial port. It specialises in the handling of bulk cargoes and one-off projects and prides itself on excellent customer service. Join the team on Monday 8th May for a guided port tour by water craft to catch all of the action as you cruise down the canal. Parking will be very limited on the day. Southwick Station is a three minute walk away and a bus stop is located outside Nautilus House along the A259. There will be a short walk (approximately five minutes) from the car park to the boat.

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Personalised Pendant Workshop Silver & Sage

The personalised pendant workshop is a fun experience to create a piece of jewellery to take away with you that day! You don't have to have had any experience with jewellery making before and you will be guided through the processes to help you create what you desire. This will be a fun and relaxing session with demonstrations and one to one support when needed. During the 2 hours you will learn: • How to handle the clay • How to cut it into a shape (I have a selection to choose from) • How to stamp your personalisation on to the item • Method of refining the dry piece • Firing your pieces using a butane torch • How to polish and finish your piece

3:30pm to 4:15pm
Mobile The Paper Birds

5 stars Shows in unorthodox spaces are a staple delight of the Fringe, and this year we have Mobile, performed to a tiny audience in a caravan parked up beside the Warren. The caravan doesn't actually go anywhere; the play is about being "socially mobile", and it's based around interviews with a group of men and women who've achieved that much-vaunted goal. Each is wealthier, better-connected, and better-educated than their parents – and each feels a sense of conflict now, proud of their roots yet sensing that somehow they've moved on. Read the full review.

Co-commissioned by Live Theatre/The Marlowe Theatre. A Paper Birds production.

We are taught from a young age to aim high, to reach for the stars, to want more, more than our parents, more than the generations before us, to climb the social ladder. But as we surge forward, what are we leaving behind? And from our ladder in the stars, if we look back, what do we see?

An intimate 40-minute theatre show set in a caravan, based on interviews conducted in communities across the UK.

“Mobile neatly turns the caravan into a magic box where every cupboard and drawer springs a surprise” (The Guardian).

3:40pm to 5:00pm
The Forecast Limbik

4 stars The Forecast is a strange, strange play – but it's that kind of strangeness which goes from being perplexing, to making a kind of sense, to suddenly seeming the most natural thing in the world. It's performed by four women who look like they're hanging in mid-air; mounted on wheeled platforms and thrust into over-size white dresses, their diverse identities are all but stripped away. But as the play shows us, the power of human empathy is far harder to disguise. Read the full review.

In a backyard near you, in the not-too distant future, a clutch of women from far-flung corners of the globe float in mid-air. They have a new job: human garden ornament.

As the reality of what they have signed up for, and who they are literally stuck with becomes clear, what unites and divides them will be paramount as they struggle to endure the ordeal.

Inspired in part by George Saunders' 'The Semplica Girl Diaries', Limbik’s latest show weaves stories, songs, secrets, and shadows into a bold, bonkers prediction for the days ahead.

3:45pm to 4:30pm
A Brief Guide to Tracking the Migration Patterns of the Eurasian Tree Sparrow Underground Atlas Ltd.

I, Marjorie Willmott (MA, PhD, MpDA), invite you to my very interesting and very important introductory lecture.

This will include some projected images and new information.

(Unfortunately the period of time spent attending this lecture will be non-refundable and non-exchangeable).

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Christopher Nibble Topsy Turvy Theatre

The guinea pigs of Dandeville love munching dandelion leaves so much that, slowly but surely, dandelions are disappearing from all over town.
Christopher Nibble knows that crunch time has come when there is just one dandelion left, but will this plucky little guinea pig have the flower power to save the day?
Written especially for children aged 2-7, and their grown-ups too, Christopher Nibble is an uplifting story of one guinea pig’s selfless undertaking to help halt the disappearance of the delicious dandelion forever!

4:00pm to 5:15pm
Eglantyne Ms Chamberlain Presents

3 stars A studied, detailed one-woman production, Eglantyne tells the life story of Eglantyne Jebb – co-founder of the charity Save The Children, and original author of what's now the UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child. In character as Eglantyne, actor Anne Chamberlain takes us back to the early 1900's, talking us through the activist's life story and drawing occasional parallels with her own experiences across the globe in New Zealand. Read the full review.

Inspiring solo play about Eglantyne Jebb, a courageous, passionate, Edwardian human rights activist.

From her idyllic Shropshire childhood, Eglantyne went on to Oxford University, heartbreaks, suffrage rallies, the Balkans, arrest in Trafalgar Square, spiritualism, co-founding Save the Children, and pioneering children's rights.

“Written with wit and buoyancy, and delivered in fine style."

“Studied and heartfelt portrayal ... engaging, informative and very entertaining”.

Written and performed by Anne Chamberlain, directed by KC Kelly.

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Dr Zeiffal, Dr Zeigal and the Hippo That Can Never be Caught! Mouths of Lions

Calling all hippo expert enthusiasts!

Award-winning family comedy that will have kids storming the stage. Join Dr Zeiffal on the hunt for the hippo that can never be caught! Featuring: the Invisible Hippo Blanket, the Hippo Google Googles and a blizzard of Hippo packaging. Expect belly laughs, belly flops and fantastical falling over in this brilliant new adventure created by Mouths of Lions.

Winner of Best Family Show (Buxton Fringe 2016).

“Intelligent, imaginative, very funny” (Jim Jam Arts),

"It's very, very, very, very, very, very good!" (Stanley, age 4).

4:00pm to 4:45pm
PASSPAWT Actors Workshop & HeavenLee Theatre

5 stars I'm not a cat person. I've never been a cat person. I can feel no affection for a haughty prima donna equipped with claws and fangs. So I sympathise with Helena, the protagonist of this hilarious one-woman show – whose life is invaded by a hellish creature determined to shred her carpets and drive away her friends. Yet that's just the starting-point for an unexpectedly touching story, which explores big questions of connectivity and identity under the cover of a lightweight comic tale. Read the full review.

Out of the 29 years the amiable-natured Helena has been alive, 5 were spent in her birth country Slovakia and 24 in England.

Linda was the result of what Helena considers to be the greatest advertising scam of all time. What was described as a cute, loving, friendly cat turned out to be the devil in disguise. Years of rejected affections, scarred arms and police warnings later, personal and political circumstances change, but will the pair reconcile or will Helena board the flight home alone?

4:15pm to 5:00pm
Mobile The Paper Birds

5 stars Shows in unorthodox spaces are a staple delight of the Fringe, and this year we have Mobile, performed to a tiny audience in a caravan parked up beside the Warren. The caravan doesn't actually go anywhere; the play is about being "socially mobile", and it's based around interviews with a group of men and women who've achieved that much-vaunted goal. Each is wealthier, better-connected, and better-educated than their parents – and each feels a sense of conflict now, proud of their roots yet sensing that somehow they've moved on. Read the full review.

Co-commissioned by Live Theatre/The Marlowe Theatre. A Paper Birds production.

We are taught from a young age to aim high, to reach for the stars, to want more, more than our parents, more than the generations before us, to climb the social ladder. But as we surge forward, what are we leaving behind? And from our ladder in the stars, if we look back, what do we see?

An intimate 40-minute theatre show set in a caravan, based on interviews conducted in communities across the UK.

“Mobile neatly turns the caravan into a magic box where every cupboard and drawer springs a surprise” (The Guardian).

4:20pm to 5:20pm
Correct Me if I'm Wrong CP Productions

Claire does not contain the following ingredients: slugs, snails, puppy dog tails, sugar, spice or things (nice).

Why not join her on a spiffing adventure into gender and impress all your chums with your newfound knowledge and vocabulary. Wow your workmates with amusing and fun facts about your body and what society thinks of you.

No ice cream available but a badge with your choice of pronoun absolutely free with every show.

"That was excellent" (Kate Copstick),
"Transgender Comic in Chief" **** (The Latest),
"Brilliant, such a mesmerising presence upon stage" **** (Broadway Baby).

4:30pm to 5:30pm
At the Junction Cafe Timothy Coakley

Homegrown Buckle Collective hits Brighton Fringe with a new, experimental black comedy

At times moving, at times hilarious, 'At the Junction Cafe' is a battle of the generations that explores relationships, memory and human communication in a highly innovative way.

Two people meet in a cafe. Who are they? Are they connected? Will a struggle of wills ensue?

This group of local professional artists, led by Charmaine K. Parkin and including Nathalie Codsi and Jack Klaff, got together in November 2016. This, their first production, is the premiere of a play written by Tim Coakley.

Charmaine K. Parkin, the Director, said: “The team and I are really excited about the themes and theatricality that can be brought out in this piece. It breaks normal theatre conventions, which is at times quite scary. The contrast between this and the heartfelt subject matter is fascinating to watch.”

They plan to tour the play after Brighton Fringe.

5:10pm to 6:10pm
Fall of Duty Behind The Lines

3 stars For the last few years, Behind The Lines have been carving out a very specific, but very successful niche for themselves – exploring the golden age of music-hall, bringing stars of the past back to life. This year's show follows the same familiar pattern, but there's one crucial difference from what's come before. Because this time round, regular Ali Child is joined on stage by her real-life son Harry… and this time round, the performer they celebrate is a man. Read the full review.

Behind The Lines earned 4* from us for each of their past two productions - All The Nice Girls and yesterday's Sure Choice, Deep In The Heart Of Me. This one sounds a bit different though: a mother-and-son collaboration, it's a semi-autobiographical show tackling war, non-conformism, elections – and an old-time forces sweetheart. It remains to be seen what this all adds up to, but on past form we can expect an unconventional story whose tenderness belies a sharper edge.

1916. An actor falls from the sky in Northern France. A hundred years on, can Sue and her son Jack, 20, escape political turmoil and an addiction to infinite warfare? Four people thrust together by war, song, reality, and escapism, but pulled apart by a century.

The true story of Basil Hallam and Forces’ sweetheart, lesbian, Elsie Janis, recreating ‘Gilbert the Filbert the Knut with the ‘k’’.

Nominated for Best LGBTQ+ Show Brighton Fringe 2016 for ‘Deep in The Heart of Me’, “incredibly enjoyable, endearing, utterly believable” (Arts Award Voice), "The sweetest of Fringe treats" (Fringe Guru).

5:30pm to 6:30pm
Get Fit With Bruce Willis Two Foolish

Disco flirts with 'Die Hard' in new comedy drama 'Get Fit With Bruce Willis' – or 'How Jimmy Somerville Saved My Life'.

An ageing Jimmy Somerville impersonator sells his soul to the devil – in the shape of a Yorkshire granny – in return for fame, sex, and money. But his wife, tired of being ignored, is finding love and lust in the arms of a hunky office junior. Desperate for success, he gives himself a week to get fit like Bruce Willis.

In the end he realises he has to stand up for himself – with the help of Jimmy Somerville and Doctor Seuss.

5:40pm to 6:40pm
Oli Bettesworth: Sunshine & Lollipops (& a Creeping Sense of Existential Terror) Oli Bettesworth

Visit "the shadowy lowlands of Oli Bettesworth’s psyche" (Chortle) as, hurtling unjustly past 30, he wrestles to make sense of the cruel apathy of a vast meaningless universe (and his own rapidly expanding gut). Weary and anxious beyond his years, he mixes confessional storytelling, deadpan absurdism and explosive vitriol in an honest, hilarious and sometimes painful stand-up show which asks: why can’t everyone love you as much as you hate them?

"A gem. Beautiful language concealing hilarious suckerpunches" (Dan Antopolski), "Bitterly funny" (Jon Aird, BBC Comedy).

6:00pm to 7:00pm
The Unknown Soldier Grist To The Mill Productions Ltd

5 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2015 If there was one thing I was certain we didn't need this Fringe, it was yet another play about World War One.  But this play is different: partly because actor-playwright Ross Ericson was once a serving soldier, and partly because it picks up the story where other scripts leave off.  The imagery you expect is all there – the claustrophobic billet, the hammering rain, the tales of chest-deep mud – but there's something unfamiliar too, something that doesn't quite add up.  So when it finally dawned on me just what this particular soldier was doing in the Somme, the desensiti Read the full review.

If you think you never want to see another play about World War One, then you want to see this play about World War One.  A powerful one-man performance set in the aftermath of the conflict, it's earned universal acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe, including a five-star review from Fringe Guru.  While there are moments of humour, it’s most notable for capturing the visceral reality of close-quarter combat – and for conveying the true horror of life in the trenches on a comprehensible, individual scale.

Jack stayed on when the guns fell silent, to search amongst the rusty wire and unexploded bombs for those that could never go home. For Jack has a promise to keep and a debt to repay, and as they gather the fallen together in the ever-growing cemeteries, Jack is looking for someone - someone in particular. A story of comradeship, betrayal and loss in a world for ever changed by the carnage of the First World War.

Grist To The Mill brings its Edinburgh Fringe sell-out 5-star show to Brighton Fringe for one last time.

"Strong writing, an original approach and a sensitive performance" (The Stage).

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Agamemnon Windmill Young Actors

“Blood will have blood/ The high will fall/ the ghosts of men who died for nothing/ will walk and wail by a ruined wall”

A brutal description of war, Berkoff’s ‘Agamemnon’ delves into the dirty details of battles on the field and between the sexes. Performed by a strong cast of eight, this breathless rampage of a production explodes with muscular language and physicality.

Dynamic, physical theatre and political passion combine to tell the story of those who suffer and those who thrive in war.

Directed by award-winning international director Tanushka Marah (Company: Collisions, Young Vic).

6:00pm to 6:45pm
Mobile The Paper Birds

5 stars Shows in unorthodox spaces are a staple delight of the Fringe, and this year we have Mobile, performed to a tiny audience in a caravan parked up beside the Warren. The caravan doesn't actually go anywhere; the play is about being "socially mobile", and it's based around interviews with a group of men and women who've achieved that much-vaunted goal. Each is wealthier, better-connected, and better-educated than their parents – and each feels a sense of conflict now, proud of their roots yet sensing that somehow they've moved on. Read the full review.

Co-commissioned by Live Theatre/The Marlowe Theatre. A Paper Birds production.

We are taught from a young age to aim high, to reach for the stars, to want more, more than our parents, more than the generations before us, to climb the social ladder. But as we surge forward, what are we leaving behind? And from our ladder in the stars, if we look back, what do we see?

An intimate 40-minute theatre show set in a caravan, based on interviews conducted in communities across the UK.

“Mobile neatly turns the caravan into a magic box where every cupboard and drawer springs a surprise” (The Guardian).

6:00pm to 7:10pm
BLINDFOLD: The Night of the Hunt THE.AM.A - Theater for People with Disabilities

The hunt is on! In the absurd maze of society, who is the hunter? The prey cannot run, nor hide, enslaved in the arrogance of a system that devalues human nature and thrives in the deprivation of hope. A fear-producing industry relentlessly divides us into those producing and those consuming fear.

THE A.M.A. – A professional group of disabled actors from Greece touring under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Tourism and the National Tourism Board (EOT) . The battle to conquer all that is "different", and to combat prejudice within ourselves is the ultimate hunt!

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Robyn's Bad Decision Time Robyn Perkins

Everyone has a crazy family. Most have bad relationships. Few justify all passion-driven life decisions with high level scientific research. Laugh through Robyn's unbelievable, yet relatable life stories and discover what happens when you don't think before you act. It's a hilarious hour of chatty, upbeat observational comedy, laced with commentary about today's society.

"Sharp, insightful, touching but above all really, really funny" **** (ThreeWeeks), "Witty and sharp" (Chortle).

English Comedian of the Year Finalist (despite being American).

6:00pm to 9:00pm
Drawing Circus Drawing Circus

An extravaganza of themed figure-drawing. Come sketch with us as models in circus costume are frozen mid-act for your drawing delight. All abilities are welcome and drawing materials are provided. Two full 3-hour sessions... and in the gorgeous vintage Bosco Theatre circus tent!

6:15pm to 7:10pm
Andrea Hubert: Work in Progress Glorious Management

Join Andrea Hubert (BAFTA Rocliffe Comedy winner 2013, What's On London Best Debut Show 2016) for just under an hour of new/terrible/amazing/unacceptable comedy ideas and half-finished thoughts about consent (because she never definitively said yes to that stranger who sniffed her hair during an unwanted hug). From the ridiculous woman who brought the idea of "a superhero who can suck out diseases - genitally" to the masses.

6:20pm to 7:30pm
Good Grief: Stories at 207 West 88th The Divine Miss T

‘Good Grief: 207 West 88th’ tells tales of various characters who live at, or are somehow connected to this building on the West Side of Manhattan. The main character is Bruna, the older Italian superintendent of the building – or, as she says, ‘soup of de build’. She is as outrageous as she is wise, and as insulting as she is innocent. She is the glue of the show and audiences fall in love with her. What the other characters recount ranges from comic to devastating and the show leaves the audience reminded that every person has a story.

6:30pm to 7:30pm
BA Theatre Arts Graduate Shows Northbrook College BA Theatre Arts

“The true mystery of the world is the visible ... ” Is it?

Share in stories old and new, and help us look for the visible and the invisible in our exciting experiments.
Experience what happens when different theatre specialists come together!

A compelling collection of collaborative outcomes from BA Theatre Arts students at Northbrook, that showcases innovative and curious work from performers, make-up artists, costume and prop makers.

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Lachlan Werner: Belly Talk (A Language of Love) Wubbagocko Productions

'Venter'-To speak. 'Loqui'-The stomach.
...
Lachlan Werner (satirical comic/ventriloquist) is put through his paces in a theatrical ventriloquial revue which challenges the comedic and nonsensical demons of love. Starring Werner's infamous, subversive creations, including the Stratford-born psychic celebrity (and ego-maniac), Brew the Witch, this show will transport unsuspecting audiences to strange and disquieting places; from the dust-laden desert of Alabama to the lurking perils in the depths of a ventriloquist's stomach, to observe many hysterical manifestations of love in all forms. In a one hour spectacle of iconoclastic chaos, Werner, accompanied by two puckish additional actors, will transform audience members into essential characters (a politically correct heckler and a deceased World War Two veteran, to name but two) and supply a 'good-old-giggle' that will stay in audiences hearts (and bellies).

6:45pm to 7:30pm
Mobile The Paper Birds

5 stars Shows in unorthodox spaces are a staple delight of the Fringe, and this year we have Mobile, performed to a tiny audience in a caravan parked up beside the Warren. The caravan doesn't actually go anywhere; the play is about being "socially mobile", and it's based around interviews with a group of men and women who've achieved that much-vaunted goal. Each is wealthier, better-connected, and better-educated than their parents – and each feels a sense of conflict now, proud of their roots yet sensing that somehow they've moved on. Read the full review.

Co-commissioned by Live Theatre/The Marlowe Theatre. A Paper Birds production.

We are taught from a young age to aim high, to reach for the stars, to want more, more than our parents, more than the generations before us, to climb the social ladder. But as we surge forward, what are we leaving behind? And from our ladder in the stars, if we look back, what do we see?

An intimate 40-minute theatre show set in a caravan, based on interviews conducted in communities across the UK.

“Mobile neatly turns the caravan into a magic box where every cupboard and drawer springs a surprise” (The Guardian).

7:00pm to 8:30pm
The Tempest Worthing College

Three groups of shipwreck survivors venture into unknown territory and find themselves being closely monitored, manipulated and enchanted by a wizard and his sidekick. Puppetry, dance and live music support this pacey, entertaining and engaging adaptation performed by a talented young ensemble cast.

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

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Bag of Swedes Pernilla Hammargren Productions

Three comedians, three styles of comedy. They have one thing in common: they're female comedians from Sweden. A 60-minute stand-up showcase with three up-and-coming comedy stars: Therese Sandin, comedian and midwife, has performed in the UK, Ireland and New York and has supported Sweden's biggest names. Josefin Johansson appears regularly on TV shows such as 'Intresseklubben' ('QI'), and was nominated for best Swedish female comedian two years in a row. Pernilla Hammargren, runs a prize-winning, feministic stand-up club in Stockholm and has performed with her solo show 'Dykes on Kickbikes' at Prides.

7:00pm to 8:45pm
The Lady Boys of Bangkok: Who Runs the World Tour Exchange Events Ltd

Hotter, cheekier, funnier than ever: the country's number one touring cabaret show The Ladyboys of Bangkok return with a Bang in 2017 with their lavish new production 'Who Runs the World!' The Lady Boys of Bangkok is a cabaret like no other cabaret, performed by gorgeous showgirls like no other showgirls- they are all male Thai nationals. So what are you waiting for? Book now for a night you'll never forget with The Lady Boys of Bangkok. The party like no other party with girls like no other girls, a night like no other night!

7:00pm to 7:50pm
Sofie Hagen tells some stories and tries out some jokes Sofie Hagen

Sofie Hagen is a Danish feminist comedian, who once badmouthed a cop - not on purpose. She also won a literary competition when she was 14 because she was the only one who submitted a story to the local paper. She is going to try out some material and some jokes and just have a cool, good time with a cool, good audience. No pricks allowed. Be a nice person. Love each other.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Good People, Bad Day LoveHart Productions

A black comedy about three flatmates who struggle with the repercussions of their friend Emma's actions, after she knocks out the man who she believes has come round to fix their boiler. Emma soon has an unconscious Danny on her hands and the flatmates have the dilemma of what to do with him.

7:30pm to 8:20pm
Harriet Kemsley: Freak MHA Talent

Harriet's back with her third and possibly best show yet. She's had a busy year appearing in Jo Brand's new Channel 4 show 'Damned', opening for Isy Suttie on tour, launching a viral online series called 'Women's News' and flying to Montreal to tape a set for 'Just For Laughs' comedy festival.

"A very funny new stand up" (Time Out).

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Stones Artlandish Productions

4 stars Stones is a finely-balanced, even contradictory play, whose elegant visuals and cultivated language disguise a brutal and dehumanising world. A man and a woman share a prison cell; she at least is free to move, while he stands chained to a pillar. She's a newcomer, we quickly learn, but he's stood like this for years. He's the only survivor of three brothers who one were chained here – able to speak but never to touch, powerless to reach out and offer comfort as, one by one, they died. Read the full review.

Jasper has spent months alone in his cell since his brothers passed. Now a light shines through in the form of a Rose. But is his new companion all she appears to be? Locked in a prison away from anything, who is to say what is a mere story and what is a memory of a very real past? After the critical acclaim of their production 'Un-titled', Artlandish Productions presents their brand new play. Combining the company's usual style of pathos and pithiness, 'Stones' looks at the mind's ability to make a heaven of a hell. And vice versa.

7:30pm to 9:00pm
Thomas Wolfe Presents: The Brighton Fringe Poets Thomas Wolfe Presents

Local author and poet Thomas Wolfe presents a night of spoken word, poetry and storytelling from some of Brighton's best poets.

Having searched the open-mic scene to find the best authors the city has to offer, Thomas Wolfe is proud to bring these acts to the stage for an unforgettable literary event.

Featured performers:
Alice Denny
Alex Proctor
Sophie Brown
Cleary Mallard
Thomas Wolfe
Tommy Sissons.

7:30pm to 8:15pm
Mobile The Paper Birds

5 stars Shows in unorthodox spaces are a staple delight of the Fringe, and this year we have Mobile, performed to a tiny audience in a caravan parked up beside the Warren. The caravan doesn't actually go anywhere; the play is about being "socially mobile", and it's based around interviews with a group of men and women who've achieved that much-vaunted goal. Each is wealthier, better-connected, and better-educated than their parents – and each feels a sense of conflict now, proud of their roots yet sensing that somehow they've moved on. Read the full review.

Co-commissioned by Live Theatre/The Marlowe Theatre. A Paper Birds production.

We are taught from a young age to aim high, to reach for the stars, to want more, more than our parents, more than the generations before us, to climb the social ladder. But as we surge forward, what are we leaving behind? And from our ladder in the stars, if we look back, what do we see?

An intimate 40-minute theatre show set in a caravan, based on interviews conducted in communities across the UK.

“Mobile neatly turns the caravan into a magic box where every cupboard and drawer springs a surprise” (The Guardian).

7:45pm to 8:45pm
Super Hamlet 64: Parody DLC Edward Day

Armed with an ocarina, a ukulele and a thirst for revenge, Lecoq-trained Edward Day battles four decades of videogame nostalgia in an explosion of Shakespeare, live music and 16-bit ridiculousness, but can Ophelia defeat the zombie hordes and save Hamlet once and for all?

‘Super Hamlet 64: Parody DLC’ is a one-person, physical theatre, spoken word mix of Shakespearean tragedies and videogaming with clowning, mime, live music, retro animation and video projection, exploring mental health and our addiction to technology.

8:00pm to 8:55pm
Rubber Ring Velvet Trumpet Theatre Company

“I’m sixteen. I don’t know whether I like boys or girls. I live in Sheringham. I’m fucked. Well I’m not actually, that is the problem."

Jimmy is sixteen, sexually confused and stuck in Sheringham, the seaside town they forgot to bomb. When Morrissey comes to London, Jimmy flees to the city to try and find his hero and himself.

Velvet Trumpet presents work that is bittersweet and above all funny. It is proud to present this witty five-star debut play by windswept Norfolk playwright James McDermott.

8:00pm to 9:30pm
The Brexorcist ArtsLab Network

"Fear and Loathing in the UK - The true story of Brexit, what was behind it and what is going on now. A multi-media, political farce with a killer soundtrack!" (SLAB magazine).

A darkly satirical exploration of the events which surround us, 'The Brexorcist' is a spectacular and playful romp through retail therapy, division, hope, fear, globalisation, money, power, addiction, prejudice, populism, liberalism, the political elite, the rise of the right and the impotence of the left, all underpinned with a rollicking good soundtrack, played live and in real time!

All aboard for this immersive, 360° roller-coaster ride through the neo-geo-socio-political landscape of our time. Enjoy the trip!

This is a production of the Artslab Network.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
The Room in the Elephant Inconvenient Spoof

This provocative comedy begins with two young men struggling to come up with ideas for a show they are performing the following week. They decide that the show will be an exact re-creation of their current conversation. A third, older performer arrives and says this sounds like "some awful, self- referential bullshit" and they tell him "And you'll say that in the actual show!" Following the logic of this premise leads to conversations about art, ambition, evolution and masculinity, and shifting realisations about where and when the show is actually set, and who these men really are.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
I, Hooky Olly Fry

'I, Hooky' is an hour-long, two-man, frantic and darkly comic quest between Olly Fry and the maniacal mad creation of J.M Barrie’s 'Captain James Hook'.

Our mission, to remember the point where we leave behind childhood... forever!

Contains strong language, awfully acted death scenes and a disgustingly cute ending.

8:00pm to 8:45pm
Yuriko Kotani: Work In Progress Yuriko Kotani

Winner of the BBC Radio New Comedy Award 2015 and Brighton Comedy Festival Squawker Award 2015, Yuriko Kotani (Time Out’s One to Watch) brings you a work-in-progress show.

As seen on ‘Russell Howard’s Stand-Up Central’.

“Leftfield rising star” (Time Out).

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Hoo-Haa Can Will Do

Two very different award-winning comedians join forces to bring you a magnificent hour of 'Hoo-Haa'!

David Jordan and Ingrid Dahle invite you to experience the pinnacle of entertainment all delivered with wonderfully flashy performance skills.

These world-class comedy titans combine for one night only at Brighton Fringe for you to witness a unique feel-good comedy variety show.

Don't miss out.

"Destined for stardom" (The Argus), "mark her out for an alternative hero of the future" (Chortle), "hugely crowd-pleasing musical comedy" (Latest 7), "Bold, brash, good gags" (Bruce Dessau).

8:20pm to 9:20pm
Charmian Hughes-Soixante Mirth Charmian Hughes

What if you met your younger self? Answer - a comedy trip where stand-up meets time travel.
"Joyous fun!" **** (Funny Women), "Genuinely enjoyable" (Kate Copstick), ‘"lovely" (Bruce Dessau).
Edfest audiences said: ‘"Insightful, crazy!" (James Alan), "Inventive, extremely funny!" (Wilf Hashmi), "Roaring with laughter!" (Cath Powell), "Blasts off into hyper-mirth’"(Tom McKewan).
Nominated Best Comedy Buxton Fringe. Charmian’s 6th solo show. Glastonbury festival M.C.
"Charming ribaldry" (The Guardian), "Like Josie Long’s mum"(Chortle), "Obviously talented" (The Daily Telegraph).

8:30pm to 9:30pm
'Sweethearts' and 'The Hooligan' by W. S. Gilbert The Foundry Group

Two masterly and unfairly neglected short plays by W. S. Gilbert, England's leading 19th Century dramatist. 'Sweethearts', a cynical comic masterpiece with timeless observations on the sexes, and 'The Hooligan', a brutal, yet blackly comic study of a condemned man's final minutes that was a sensation at its debut in 1911. Performed by: LLoyd Ryan-Thomas (Nominee - Best Actor, Brighton Festival Awards 2014) Emma Wingrove (Bite-Size Breakfast) Nick Bartlett (Gangs of New York) David Mounfield (Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show). Directed by Brian Mitchell (Argus Angel winner 2014)

8:30pm to 9:25pm
Angel to Vampire! Sweet Venues

Nigel Osner reveals a lifetime of yearnings through original songs and stories by characters ranging from an angel to a vampire.

“Tremendously talented and very entertaining... Osner’s songs are well-turned, amusing and evocative... a pleasure to see a performer of such distinctive ability" (The Scotsman).

“Hugely talented... all the songs were finely crafted and heartfully delivered... Go and see this unique show” (Fringe Review).

“A show of angelic bite, 'Angel to Vampire!' taps into a still pumping vein of light entertainment, injecting in some marvelous modern wit” (The Grumpy Gay Critic).

8:30pm to 9:15pm
Mobile The Paper Birds

5 stars Shows in unorthodox spaces are a staple delight of the Fringe, and this year we have Mobile, performed to a tiny audience in a caravan parked up beside the Warren. The caravan doesn't actually go anywhere; the play is about being "socially mobile", and it's based around interviews with a group of men and women who've achieved that much-vaunted goal. Each is wealthier, better-connected, and better-educated than their parents – and each feels a sense of conflict now, proud of their roots yet sensing that somehow they've moved on. Read the full review.

Co-commissioned by Live Theatre/The Marlowe Theatre. A Paper Birds production.

We are taught from a young age to aim high, to reach for the stars, to want more, more than our parents, more than the generations before us, to climb the social ladder. But as we surge forward, what are we leaving behind? And from our ladder in the stars, if we look back, what do we see?

An intimate 40-minute theatre show set in a caravan, based on interviews conducted in communities across the UK.

“Mobile neatly turns the caravan into a magic box where every cupboard and drawer springs a surprise” (The Guardian).

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

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

"A cracking comedy selection" ***** (Cream of the Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe), "A fantastic night of comedy" **** (Three Weeks, Edinburgh Fringe), "Kept the crowd well entertained" **** (Rip It Up, Adelaide), "A Strong show of fresh comedy" **** (Argus, Brighton).

8:35pm to 9:35pm
Fannytasticals Fannytasticals

"The most vaginal-based fun I’ve had in one night."

Brighton’s sell-out female comedy troupe present lewd, crude, and rude topical humour. Expect hilarious, original material including parody songs, satire, skits and sketches, and general musings on life, love, and the universe from a range of female perspectives. It promises to be an evening without inhibition. Wear an extra TENA Lady just in case.

Men welcome.

"Absolutely amazing! Laughed all the way through. These guys should be on tour!"

"Thank you for my achey smiley face!"

"Flipping hilarious!"

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Steve Bugeja: Summer Camp - Work In Progress Steve Bugeja

Steve Bugeja, as seen on 'Russell Howard's Stand Up Central', Radio 4's 'Fresh From The Fringe' and BBC 3's 'Top 10', is working on a new show and you can come watch him create it. Steve will be testing out new jokes and stories. Some will be great and will make it into the final show, and some won't. Come along and help him in this creative process.

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

Seven brave and bold artists constructing the next big thing in theatre.

Discover a multitude of ground-breaking theatre stunts and delve into the forefront of theatre experimentation.

Spun Glass Theatre (The Argus Angel Award Winners 2013) curates the Factory: risky and daring ideas performed for one night only. Full daily programme available at: www.sparkfactory.co.uk.

9:00pm to 10:45pm
The Lady Boys of Bangkok: Who Runs the World Tour Exchange Events Ltd

Hotter, cheekier, funnier than ever: the country's number one touring cabaret show The Ladyboys of Bangkok return with a Bang in 2017 with their lavish new production 'Who Runs the World!' The Lady Boys of Bangkok is a cabaret like no other cabaret, performed by gorgeous showgirls like no other showgirls- they are all male Thai nationals. So what are you waiting for? Book now for a night you'll never forget with The Lady Boys of Bangkok. The party like no other party with girls like no other girls, a night like no other night!

9:00pm to 10:05pm
The Writers' Bloc Unmasked Theatre

Soviet Russia, 1937. Deflecting public attention away from his deadly purges, Joseph Stalin commissions a great book to be written. Five great writers are placed in a room with an infinite supply of vodka, cigarettes and fear. For each writer it is their last chance, and every word is loaded.

A fictional thriller based on the works of Yevgeny Zamyatin ('We'), Mikhail Bulgakov ('The Master and Magherita'), and Boris Pasternak ('Dr Zhivago'), The Writers’ Bloc mixes a tense blend of violence, comedy and physical theatre.

Written by Luke Ofield, produced by Unmasked Theatre (Trojan Women).

9:15pm to 10:00pm
Mobile The Paper Birds

5 stars Shows in unorthodox spaces are a staple delight of the Fringe, and this year we have Mobile, performed to a tiny audience in a caravan parked up beside the Warren. The caravan doesn't actually go anywhere; the play is about being "socially mobile", and it's based around interviews with a group of men and women who've achieved that much-vaunted goal. Each is wealthier, better-connected, and better-educated than their parents – and each feels a sense of conflict now, proud of their roots yet sensing that somehow they've moved on. Read the full review.

Co-commissioned by Live Theatre/The Marlowe Theatre. A Paper Birds production.

We are taught from a young age to aim high, to reach for the stars, to want more, more than our parents, more than the generations before us, to climb the social ladder. But as we surge forward, what are we leaving behind? And from our ladder in the stars, if we look back, what do we see?

An intimate 40-minute theatre show set in a caravan, based on interviews conducted in communities across the UK.

“Mobile neatly turns the caravan into a magic box where every cupboard and drawer springs a surprise” (The Guardian).

9:15pm to 10:15pm
Cabaret From The Shadows Teatro Pomodoro

A fresh and shameless show with an eclectic mix of theatre, dark comedy and live music, featuring charmingly anarchic characters who will leave your mouth agape as they reveal the depths of your psyche.
They’ll play with your thoughts, chew them up and spit them out in the form of cabaret that pulls you through a crazy hall of mirrors into a disturbing world far more familiar than you may like to admit.

Come let devilry, illusion and mischief seize your heart and soul at the ‘Cabaret From The Shadows’!

“Political, comic, sexy and strange. Teatro Pomodoro have produced a masterpiece” (Urbanista).

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Rap Guide to Consciousness Soho Playhouse Inc

Called "astonishing and brilliant" by the NY Times, Baba Brinkman's 'Rap Guide' series of Hip Hop theatre shows have thrilled audiences since 2009, when 'Rap Guide to Evolution' won a Fringe First Award in Edinburgh and was a hit off-Broadway and around the world. In his latest "peer-reviewed rap" production, Baba explores the study of consciousness, the how and why behind your thoughts and perceptions. Mixing cutting-edge research with comedy and mind-bending rap storytelling, Baba takes you through the twists and turns of the only organ it's better to donate than receive: the human brain.

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Lazarus Luke Martin

After having a nearly fatal illness, he thought things would be different ... they weren’t. In frustration Luke has taken to the road to find meaning in his experience. Join him on his way as he discusses Little Mix, drinking, not drinking and more.

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

Alfie Ordinary debuted his first ever full length solo show to a sold-out Marlborough Theatre audience as part of Brighton Fringe 2016, and subsequently won the International Touring Bursary in a unanimous decision from The Pebble Trust. He has since toured the show around the UK and Europe and last summer performed it on the legendary Royal Vauxhall Tavern stage.

“Side-splittingly funny, extraordinary and of course, fabulous” (Brighton Argus Review).

In 'Help! I Think I Might Be Fabulous' Alfie challenges the norm and questions what it really means to be a man in a hilarious and heart warming tale that explores pride, shame and masculinity. In a society where boys are told to wear trousers and girls are told to wear skirts, Alfie teaches how to come to terms with being Fabulous.
The show sees Alfie, the son-of-a-drag queen, discussing his time at Madame LeCoq's Preparatory School For Fabulous Boys, specifically his friendship with Jon. Alfie helps Jon through song and puppetry, challenging the norm, questioning what it really means to be a man, and encouraging Jon to be himself with the help of Whitney Houston and Bette Middler. Exploring pride, shame and masculinity.

9:30pm to 10:20pm
LAID Natalie Palamides

A one-woman show directed by Dr. Brown and written/performed by Natalie Palamides.

A woman who lays an egg every day is faced with a tumultuous decision: will she raise her egg or will she eat it? Join her on her melodramatic journey of motherhood/breakfast, and find out exactly what it takes to be a well-fed mother.

Natalie was named one of the New Faces of Comedy at the 2016 'Just for Laughs' Festival in Montreal, is the voice of Buttercup on the PowerPuff Girls and is a performer at Upright Citizens Brigade.

“You could peg Natalie Palamides as the second coming of Kristen Wiig” (The Comedy Bureau).

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Ladies Marmalade Laughing Horse

Ladies Marmalade is a show with 3 unusual and hilarious women who will make you taste different flavours of comedy . So outrageous and powerful; Arielle Souma, Victoria Howden and special guest; break down walls for your delight...

10:10pm to 10:55pm
Pickman's Model by HP Lovecraft The Other Realm Theatre Company

The Other Realm brings Lovecraft’s classic short story to the stage for the first time.

Pickman is an artist of extraordinary talent, but his gruesome paintings are borne of a terrible secret. A dark and shocking tale that reveals the boundary between an artist’s genius and insanity...

This is The Other Realm’s third Brighton Fringe, following the highly successful ‘I Love Luci’ in 2015, and ‘Which is Witch?’ in 2016.

12:00am to 12:00am
Barbara Merkriti

Barbara Graham's case is a shocking miscarriage of justice and a declaration should be made by the Governor of the State of California to rectify this injustice, which stands to this day. This treatise proves her innocence. Read by David de Pinna LLB.

Barbara was convicted for the murder of Mable Monahan in 1953 and executed in 1955. The murder took place in Burbank, California.