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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.

1:10pm to 2:10pm
Amadeus comes to Lunch at the Chapel Royal LCCR

Mozart masterpieces performed in the wonderful acoustics and historic setting of the Chapel Royal. Tuesdays. 8th: St Paul's String Quartet with Ann Beilby (viola) - String Quintet G minor K 516. 15th: Ensemble Reza with Steve Dummer (Clarinet) - Clarinet Quintet in A K 581. 22nd: Lana Trotovsek (violin), Yoko Misumi (piano) - Violin Sonata K547 and Tartini Devil's Trill Sonata. Our concerts are normally well attended. Seats are unreserved. Please arrive early.

1:10pm to 2:00pm
Organ Music at St. Bart's Brighton Organists' Association

Lunchtime recitals on Tuesdays by distinguished local organists on the fine organ at St. Bartholomew's Church. May 8: Anthony Wilson, May 15: Nicholas Houghton, May 22: Michael Maine, May 29: Richard Dawson and Ryan Hepburn.

2:15pm to 3:15pm
Sing-Along Fun with Dave Benson Phillips Mustn't Grumble Media Ltd

The well-known children’s entertainer and TV presenter Dave Benson Phillips ('Playdays', 'Playhouse Disney', 'Fun Song Factory', 'Boj!') performs popular children's songs on his trusty guitar.

Join in with Dave as he sings... 'If You’re Happy and You Know it', 'Dingle Dangle Scarecrow', 'The Bear Went Over the Mountain', 'The Hokey Kokey', and many other musical tunes, plus Dave’s Sing-Along Quiz!

It’s the perfect show for families with young children (under 6s).

The ethic of Dave’s show is very simple... Sing the songs, join in with the actions, and have fun!

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

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

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

The son of a Saturday night favourite; a father who performed with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope; the son who ended up with nothing, penniless and in care. Famed for quiz show 3-2-1, Ted Rogers was an 80's TV star, with celebrity friends from Thatcher to The Krankies. ‘Bin & Gone’ is the untold story of Ted - the man who played to millions, yet ended his days penniless and out of work.

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

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

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

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

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

4:20pm to 5:20pm
Made of Human Podcast: Live Sofie Hagen

Sofie Hagen brings her successful podcast ‘Made of Human’ to Brighton to record live episodes in front of an audience. ‘Made of Human’ explores how to do life and why it’s so hard to be an adult.

4:30pm to 6:00pm
Humanity Dick: A Tale of Beasts and Bullets Seán Leonard

Celebrity duellist, father of animal rights and the RSPCA, infamous cuckold and rolling financial disaster, Irishman 'Humanity Dick' Martin M.P. literally blazed a trail of triumph and tragedy through the Age of Revolution.

This rollicking, hugely entertaining one-man show has been a sell-out, word-of-mouth hit in Ireland since its premiere at the Galway Fringe in 2016, and now comes to the UK for the first time.

An extraordinary true tale of deadly duels, contrary cousins, wayward wives, fiscal fecklessness, the birth of the SPCA and, indeed, a donkey in a courtroom.

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

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

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

This is his first solo show.

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

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

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

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

 “A very funny man” (Carl Donnelly)

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

5:45pm to 6:55pm
The Start of Something The Drama Wheel

Three women take turns to tell their stories of loss.

Amy's husband has died and she blames herself for it, Emma has lost her husband to another women, and Everlyn has given up all hope of finding love.

The play which begins with the death of happiness becomes about the rediscovery of hope as the lives of the three women intertwine.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
The Laud of The Rings Josh Gardner

In 2017, Josh Gardner saved Europe by reenacting Frodo’s journey to Mordor. He travelled from Oxford to Istanbul dressed as a hobbit. Mixing documentation, story telling and an anarchic approach to performance, Josh interrogates privilege and migration through the use of the absurd.

The Laud of The Rings is a provocative and moving performance that follows one man’s desperate attempt to live out a fantasy. Venture into a world of silly wigs, plastic feet, Serbian border police and Macedonian opera, as reality and fiction collide in an epic retelling of your favourite book/movie trilogy.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Secrets from Within the Human Body Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Join anatomists at Brighton and Sussex Medical School for a live exploration of the human body using ultrasound scanning, non-human dissection and a range of anatomical resources. This is a rare and fascinating opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of our bodies and how they work. A fun and interactive session.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6:40pm to 7:40pm
Whaddya Know - We're in Love! The Foundry Group

All aboard! Full steam ahead on SS Freedonia for the craziest show at Brighton Fringe. Four musicians with a secret, a girl in a green velvet dress, stowaways, a Mediterranean monarch, and unforgettable swing-era-style songs make Jerry Rulf (The Spudguns) and Brian Mitchell's (The Ministry of Biscuits) madcap tribute to the Marx Bros. and Hope & Crosby a must-see musical comedy. Starring David Mounfield ('Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show' R4).

Awards for previous Foundry Group shows include an Argus Angel (2014) Best Theatre Production (Buxton Fringe 2011) & FringeGuru Editor's Choice (2011)

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

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

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

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

6:45pm to 7:35pm
Birds Junior Productions

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

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

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

"Completely infectious" - Chortle.

FINALISTS Leicester Square Theatre Sketch Off! 2018

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. 'Bag of Swedes' is a 60-minute stand-up showcase with three up-and-coming comedy stars.

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:00pm to 8:00pm
BA Theatre Arts Graduate Shows Northbrook MET

Why now? Why this? Why me? Who cares? Lots of questions and very few answers. Share our reactions to this wonderfully strange, impossibly loud and constantly changing world that we call... 2018.

Experience the fevered and hungry minds of the graduating year of the Met’s premier BA
Theatre Arts programme presenting a series of unapologetic theatrical experiments with compelling, if questionable, outcomes.

A showcase of innovative and curious stuff from the performers, puppets, make-up artists, costume, set and props makers of tomorrow.

7:00pm to 8:30pm
La Clique Spiegeltent International Pty Ltd

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

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

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

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Spin City Bootcamp Productions

'Spin City' by Karen Bartholomew

Monday afternoon. Not much going on besides a robbery and chores at Spin City launderette. Margaret has health issues that could be better addressed; Jud hates his job and his dad; Teddy just lost his, and maybe his wife; Lol thinks the world owes her an educational right.

Between washes and a failed robbery, Spin City users could become the unlikely beneficiaries. The only problem is a Special Constable keen to impress and endorse her forthcoming promotion.

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

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

Featuring a support set from Rachel Shorer.

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

7:00pm to 9:00pm
Persuasion Theatre6

Theatre6’s world premiere of Jane Austen’s final novel, Persuasion, adapted for the stage by acclaimed playwright Stephanie Dale and directed by Theatre6's award winning Kate McGregor.

Anne Elliot was young and in love. Engaged to the dashing but poor naval officer, Commander Wentworth, her ambitious family tore them apart. Years later, the tables have turned and a chance encounter could lead Anne towards the true love she has yearned for or a life forever alone.

Filled with live music, drama, laughter and romance from a cast of actors and musicans, Theatre6’s Persuasion is not to be missed.

“A rewarding, haunting evening” (The Telegraph)

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Adam Vincent: Semi-detached (Work in Progress) Adam Vincent

See this award-nominated (Best Comedy, Buxton Fringe 2017) Australian stand-up, now living in Bedford, who played to full houses throughout his Edinburgh Fringe run (2017). See the man who writes for Channel 4’s award-winning flagship show, The Last Leg (not the leg jokes). See how family demands, societal expectations and unfulfilled joys are ruining his life (true).

"Makes me laugh louder and more inappropriately than most people I know” (Adam Hills)

"One of those rare comedians who make it all look so easy" (The Age)

"Recklessly honest and entirely relatable" (Chortle)

"He's okay" (Wife)

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

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

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

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

7:30pm to 9:30pm
Harry Hay: Founder of the Radical Faeries Philip Taylor

Presented in association with Eyes Wide Open Cinema, a queer film strand based in Brighton:

Harry Hay, a pioneer of what has become the modern queer/sexual minorities movement, was born in Worthing, Sussex in 1912 but spent most of his life in the USA. In 1950, he founded a homophile group called the Mattachine Society. He was a co-founder, in 1979, of the Radical Faeries, a movement affirming gayness as a spiritual calling.

Joey Cain, a San Francisco-based community activist and independent historian, was a close associate of Harry Hay and in 2012 organized a New York conference celebrating his life. Joey will introduce the film 'Hope Along the Wind: The Life of Harry Hay.'

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

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

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

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

7:30pm to 8:20pm
Victorious Tiny Horse Promotions

A celebration of songs written by and inspired by Victoria Wood. Join Hannah Brackenbury (Musical Comedy Awards finalist 2016) as she presents a joyful and poignant musical tribute to the late, great comedian and songwriter, combining well-known favourites plus original material inspired by her work.

7:30pm to 9:00pm
Last Orders Micronian Theatre Productions

Micronian Theatre make their return to the stage with their first original two-act play and debut at Brighton Fringe, fundraising for our charities, The Clock Tower Sanctuary and the Dogs Trust.

An ordinary Friday night at the pub turns into anything but ordinary, as the paths of friends and strangers cross. As drinks are shared secrets are exposed, shattering dreams and destroying lives. Who has blood on their hands?

Written by Mike Black.

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

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

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

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

See our website for local acting workshops.

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

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

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

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

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

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Gender Euphoria James Lorien MacDonald

'Gender Euphoria' is James Lorien MacDonald's second solo stand-up show, and this time he's taking on as many aspects of gender as will fit in his chaotic, mesmerising brain. These are not the dick jokes you're used to. To begin with, he's a transgender, gay immigrant in Finland. From the joys of fake-it-til-you-make-it masculinity, to the things you can (or should never) do with a detachable penis, expect a load of stories so hilarious they simply must be true. If, by the end of the show, you aren't questioning your own gender and sexuality, you must be truly immune.

This production is part of Brighton Fringe's Finnish Season 2018; it is also part of our Arts Industry Showcase, WINDOW.

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

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

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

"Gloriously gothic and surprisingly funny" (Exeunt Magazine)

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

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

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

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

7:45pm to 9:10pm
Standard:Elite Hidden Track Theatre

There are two types of ticket.
Everyone gets a Standard ticket.
You have to earn an Elite ticket.

Together we're going to tell a story... of a girl from Lowground spun from spider web, and a boy from Highground carved out of clouds.

Standard:Elite is a playful, interactive theatre experience about class, privilege and social mobility that's accessible and, above all, fun.

There are two types of ticket. There aren't two types of people.

Winner of the GM Fringe Award for Best New Writing 2016.

"Fantastically entertaining" (Now Then magazine)
"All-round delightful" (State of the Arts)

8:00pm to 10:30pm
Spiegeltent: Heart of the Fringe Show Brighton Spiegeltent

A special charity showcase for Clowns Without Borders with the very best Spiegeltent performers helping us kick off the season. A sparkling variety bill of cabaret, circus, music and more!

Including surprise guests, Head First Acrobats, Joe Black and more. A one-night-only evening.

Visit our website to stay tuned!

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

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

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

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

What is it like to be wild?

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

Welcome to the Wild Side!

Please bring comfortable shoes!

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

8:00pm to 9:20pm
An Intimate Piano Recital Song Maker

In an intimate piano recital Jean Angliviel returns to Brighton Fringe to celebrate the centenary of Claude Debussy. Playing the Preludes Book 2, plus works by Schumann and Chopin.

8:00pm to 9:15pm
Antony and Cleopatra Unmasked Theatre

3 stars According to the blurb, this off-the-wall version of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra is inspired by the Profumo Affair. I'm not sure I'd have realised that if they hadn't told me, but it's an evocative milieu all the same: amidst the seething tensions of 1960's London, Mark Antony is a political leader, and Cleopatra a dancer in a high-class nightclub. Antony's fascination with Cleo is stirring up scandal – and his political rivals sense the opportunity to take him down. Read the full review.

London 1963: a summer of parties and elections. Cabaret star Cleopatra catches the eye of the people's candidate, Marc Antony, setting in motion events that will change the nature of British politics forever. Inspired by the Profumo scandal, Unmasked Theatre present a dazzling re-imagining of Shakespeare's classic love story combining cabaret, historical events and live music.

Unmasked Theatre, The Writers Bloc (Nominated for Best New Play, Brighton Fringe 2017), and Cream return to Brighton Fringe following a sellout show in 2017.

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

Come and cheer on our latest stand-up fledglings from Jill Edwards Comedy Workshops at Brighton’s Komedia. They're taking to the stage for the very first time in the unbeatable electric atmosphere of our exciting New Act Night show. Spot the future stand-up stars that could follow in the footsteps of previous Jill Edwards’ 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 feelgood than a 70’s disco” ***** (Latest)

8:15pm to 9:15pm
Jake Baker: Work in Progress Jake Baker has a company now?

Up-and-coming comedian Jake Baker (twice nominated for the BBC New Comedy Award) brings his first solo hour to Brighton. Expect beguiling stories and big belly laughs as he examines success, failure, identity and pork pies.

"Definitely endearing" (Chortle)
"Imaginative and original" (The Scotsman)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8:30pm to 9:30pm
Many Trump Refugees in One Body Another Country Productions

A panicked run to Canada...
A partner who only wants to keep her job at Harvard..
And a secret you never wanted to tell...
What could possibly go wrong?

Many Trump Refugees in One Body is the hilarious story of Lyralen Kaye’s surprising prescience about Trump... and her absolute ignorance about what it takes to immigrate to Canada. Combining storytelling, physical theatre and stand-up comedy, this all-too-true story is a roller coaster of immigration challenges, long-term marriage comedy, and coming face-to-face with the need to accept yourself... while you wait to see if you get in.

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

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

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

"A cracking comedy selection" ***** (Cream of the Fringe)

"A fantastic night of comedy" **** (ThreeWeeks)

"Kept the crowd well entertained" **** (Rip It Up)

"A Strong show of fresh comedy" **** (The Argus)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Gypsy Queen Hope Theatre Company

The Marlborough Theatre is known for its strong LGBT+ programme, and Gypsy Queen looks like a fine continuation of that heritage. The story of two boxers, each struggling – in different ways – to understand their own sexuality, it's picked up strong reviews from earlier runs; critics have highlighted its tight plotting, array of believable characters, and ultimately hopeful message. With homophobia in sport still a depressingly relevant topic, this tried-and-tested show is sure to do well on its short run in Brighton.

Can two men raised to fight ever learn to love?

The story of ‘Gorgeous’ George O’Connell: traveller, bare-knuckle fighter, hero to his people and Gypsy King. George leaves this life behind and enters the world of professional boxing, which puts him on a collision course with his roots, his identity and his greatest fear.

In the opposite corner, gay boxer Dane ‘The Pain’ Samson, the young pretender and son of a boxing legend. But Dane is fighting his own battles and they will ultimately lead to a tragedy that neither man could predict.

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Lippy Word of Mouth Theatre

Rachel has been in awe of funny women her whole life, and now, a quarter of a century in and feeling daunted by the ‘Beach-Body ready’ and ‘BIC pens for Her’ culture she needs to channel these strong women more than ever.

Join Rachel as she revisits defining moments from her teens and twenties in 'LIPPY', an innovative, semi-autobiographical lip-sync show exploring gender and authenticity.

"Causer reminds us of how hard it is to be young, female and desperately trying to play a game you don’t know the rules of yet." (A Younger Theatre)

"Enormously funny and enjoyable show" **** (ActDrop)

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

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

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

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

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Spin City Bootcamp Productions

'Spin City' by Karen Bartholomew

Monday afternoon. Not much going on besides a robbery and chores at Spin City launderette. Margaret has health issues that could be better addressed; Jud hates his job and his dad; Teddy just lost his, and maybe his wife; Lol thinks the world owes her an educational right.

Between washes and a failed robbery, Spin City users could become the unlikely beneficiaries. The only problem is a Special Constable keen to impress and endorse her forthcoming promotion.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Director: Dierdre Mclaughin

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

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

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

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

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

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

9:30pm to 10:30pm
WordShow Company Gavin Robertson

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

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

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Last Orders at the Dog and Dumplings Boogaloo Stu

Boogaloo Stu and Flick Ferdinando’s dark comedy ‘Last Orders At The Dog And Dumplings’ is an uproarious and merciless exposé of the cold-blooded takeover striking our communities in the name of regeneration.

Faced with imminent closure, publicans Kevin and Babs Chisholm from The Dog and Dumplings take on the big boys in this musical tale of a busy boozer doing battle with dodgy developers. As the wrecking ball swings ever closer, could Kev and Babs end up under clingfilm in their own meat raffle, or will they make mincemeat of the developers?

Directed by David Bernstein and Ed G

9:40pm to 10:40pm
Made of Human Podcast: Live Sofie Hagen

Sofie Hagen brings her successful podcast ‘Made of Human’ to Brighton to record live episodes in front of an audience. ‘Made of Human’ explores how to do life and why it’s so hard to be an adult.

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

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

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

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Bodily Ian Lane

Ever wondered how to get the most out of that desolate obelisk that is your body? Using paint, placards and xylophone sticks, Ian Lane takes you on an annotated, colour-coded and possibly misleading 60 minute tour of all the hidden features, cheat codes and Easter Eggs you never noticed within your body in this work-in-progress fusion of stand-up comedy and live body art.

"Inventive, cliché-phobic comedy that makes a strong impression for its creativity... the hit rate is high for a comedian who doesn’t seek sanctuary in the safety of the familiar" (Chortle)

10:00pm to 10:45pm
The Trouble with Being Born Romanian Victor Patrascan

Victor Pãtrãscan is Romanian, but nobody's perfect. Victor brings this very personal stand-up comedy show in which he tackles identity, film and death. This is what other comedians have said about Victor:

“Unbelievable” (Dangerous T)

“A delightful burp of art” (Jack Brooks)

“Insightful, deadpan and utterly charming” (Sindhu Vee)

“Singular comedic voice” (Chris Betts)

“Tall” (Elena Fedotova)

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

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

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

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Caustic Comedy Nights Caustic Comedy Events

The name itself ‘Caustic Comedy’ is based on a particular form of humour: comedy that is acerbic, cutting-edge, even cruel or insulting but always amusing, indeed, corrosive and burning as the word ‘caustic’ itself suggests.

May 4
8.00 PM show:
Aidan Goatley
Lynn Ruth Miller(US)
Simon Caine
President Obonjo(LR)

10.00 PM show:
[MC] Aidan Goatley
Simon Caine
President Obonjo(LR)
Ray Badran(AU)

10.00PM show:
[MC] Will Duggan
Lynn Ruth Miller(US)
Jürgen Strack(DE)
Will Franken(US)

May 15 - LATE SHOW
10.00PM show:
[MC] Will Duggan
Becky Fury
Jürgen Strack(DE)
Will Franken(US)

May 20 - LATE SHOW
10.00PM show:
Sarah Callaghan's Solo Show

May 25 - LATE SHOW
10.00PM show:
Will Franken’s Solo Show

May 31 - LATE SHOW
10.00PM show:
Will Franken’s Solo Show

Jun 3
8.00 PM show:
Will Franken’s Solo Show

10:15pm to 11:15pm
Giantology Michael Hackett

“Fall off your bar-stool funny!” (Barry from some pub in London)
“Uplifting” (Barry’s mate as he clambers back onto his)

But don’t take their word for it...

As part of a world tour, Michael Hackett rips apart the status quo. From misfit dentist to acid-tongued comedian, this 6’7 giant will challenge the way you think on every level.

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

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

10:30pm to 11:20pm
Brodi Snook: Babe Brodi Snook

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

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