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

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

12:00pm to 2:00pm
Middle Street Synagogue Open Days Middle Street Synagogue

This exquisitely sumptuous, Grade II* listed, sacred jewel is Brighton's second most important building after the Pavilion and its best kept secret. Designed by Thomas Lainson in 1874, it is now probably the most beautiful and one of the last remaining cathedral-synagogues in England.

Come along to discover and enjoy it during Brighton Fringe. We'll be open for tours and talks on Sunday afternoons and holding special, inclusive Wednesday lunchtime Jewish history and culture themed events. More details will be posted on the Facebook page Middle Street Synagogue from early spring.

12:10pm to 1:00pm
Janet HelenandJohn

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

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

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

Demonstration Chef: Helen Ainsworth Director: John Mowat

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

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

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

1:00pm to 2:30pm
Conscious Light documentary film Adidam UK

"Conscious Light" is an award-winning documentary film on the extraordinary life of Adi Da Samraj, one of the great spiritual realizers of our time. Drawing on an extensive archival collection of film, photography and audio recordings as well as interviews with students who lived with Adi Da, Conscious Light takes the viewer on a journey from Adi Da’s birth through his thirty-six years of teaching to the legacy and relationship that remains after his passing. The film draws viewers into a direct experience of Adi Da’s realization of Reality. We look forward to seeing you there!

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

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

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

2:00pm to 3:30pm
Absolutely Brighton: The Original City Tour Brighton City Walks

Award-winning, 90 minute city tour. Perfect for visitors and residents alike. Discover secret tunnels, lost royal romances, Jack the Ripper's favourite pub and much more.

TripAdvisor 'Certificate of Excellence' award-winner 2016, 2017, 2018.
"Fascinating walking tour", "Excellent guide", "Terrific introduction to Brighton", "Interesting and fun tour" (TripAdvisor reviews)

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

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

3:30pm to 4:30pm
a Bit Weird (Work in Progress) Sallyann Fellowes

'a Bit Weird' is the brand new show by Sallyann Fellowes. Its how she’s been described a lot, a real big lot. Weird is good. We are all weird we just don’t let it out often enough. Do you like ghosts, aliens and things that go bump in the night? Come and embrace your inner weird.

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

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4:20pm to 5:10pm
Fred Ferenczi's Attic of Desolate Fulfillment Ferenczi PLC

Leicester Comedy Festival Silver Comedian 2018, Fred Ferenczi, was described by Bruce Dessau as like a cross between a slow-burn Count Arthur Strong and Simon Munnery. This show has been performed to acclaim throughout 2018 at festivals and clubs such as London's renowned Angel Comedy.

“You were truly fantastic. Such a great act.” (Pope Lonergan).
“Without doubt the most marvellous and memorable act I have ever seen” (Ian Hall).
“Ferenczi... could become quite the cult. He’s a dopey old duffer who you could imagine as one of the villagers in ‘The Vicar of Dibley’” (Steve Bennett, Chortle).

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

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

4:45pm to 5:45pm
DUPed AMBERGRIS

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

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

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

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

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

5:00pm to 5:45pm
Putting it Back Together Jack Wheeler

Putting it Back Together: Proust, Alzheimers and Dr Dre all feature in a show about how memory is subjective, how no-one truly remembers anything and how we all put things back together differently.

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

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

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Maisie Adam: Work in Progress PBJ Management

Winner of So You Think You're Funny? 2017 and Amused Moose National New Comic 2018, Maisie Adam presents a work in progress of her second Edinburgh show. Her debut hour, 'Vague', earned her a nomination for Best Newcomer at last year's Edinburgh Comedy Awards and this work in progress promises more witty observations delivered with her signature charm, hilarious physicality and sharp wit. As seen on ITV2's The Stand-Up Sketch Show, BBC Three and Sky Arts Urban Myths.

"Go see Maisie Adam now and have bragging rights for years to come” (The Herald)
"Maisie Adam is phenomenal" (The Scotsman)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5:30pm to 6:35pm
Work Makes You Free by Michael Ross Precariat Theatre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6:10pm to 7:10pm
Like the Sea Smoke and Mirrors Theatre Company

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

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Elicitations Hack Ballet

Hack Ballet's "cool and flawless" dancers evoke the precarious boundaries between belonging and escape, in an eruption of emotionally charged and gracefully articulated contemporary ballet by British/Australian choreographer Briar Adams. To the Edge is a serene exploration of the continuous formation and reformation of belonging. Argil exudes fast paced, angular fluidity, which rises and falls in a fierce feminine manifesto. Grace, inspired by Gorecki's Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, reverberates with tension as curiosity and love struggle for air in an atmosphere choked by loss and grief.

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Caitlin Cook: Death Wish Caitlin Cook

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6:30pm to 7:30pm
The Secret Comedy Club: Fringe Comedy Hub Artista

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

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

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

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

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Tom Neenan: It's Always Infinity Berk’s Nest in association with Ebdon Management

Tom's girlfriend has vanished... So he has done what any right-minded man (and 'theatre-maker') would do and turned his search for her into an "important' piece of 'art'".

In reality, 'It's Always Infinity' is a narrative-driven character comedy show about toxic masculinity and the questionable role of the male creator, presented by a version of Tom who sees himself as 'one of the good guys' but is anything but.

Under 16s to be accompanied by an adult.

"Clever, elegantly constructed, and builds to a twist that you really won’t see coming" ???? (Telegraph).

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Stand-up with Janine Harouni (Please Remain Seated) Junkyard Dogs

Winner of the 2018 Laughing Horse New Act of the Year, Janine Harouni brings you a hilarious hour of stand-up comedy about standing up for what you believe in, even if you have to do it really, really nicely.

Seen and heard on BBC Three, Comic Relief, Comedy Central and BBC Radio 4.

"The 2018 Laughing Horse title is in a safe, and funny, pair of hands." (Steve Bennett, Chortle).
**** (Evening Standard).
**** (Skinny).

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

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

"Wonderfully engaging" (Stroud Theatre Reviews).

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Torpedo Patrick Carmody & Riggs

Patrick Carmody and Riggs (Laughing Horse New Act Of The Year Semi Finalist 2018, So You Think You Are Funny Semi Finalist 2018) are firing unexpected comedy missiles aimed directly at your exposed undercarriage. Expect fast-paced jokes and outrageous anecdotes in this whirlwind debut double from two of the most promising new voices emerging from the vibrant local comedy scene.

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

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

6:45pm to 7:45pm
Paul Merryck: Local Businessman Unrepentant Paul Merryck

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

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

6:45pm to 7:45pm
Friday Night Love Poem CrossLine Theatre

Kate is discovering what it really means to be a wife in her close-knit Christian community. Mia is beginning to push her boundaries at school, pleasing the boys as an easy route to popularity. Cecilia, caught in the throws of her first love, is battling with the question "am I ready yet?". All three girls are fighting to find their own way of being sexual and empowered.

CrossLine Theatre returns to Brighton Fringe, following their 4-star production of 'Cream Pie', with a new drama about young women and their sexual coming-of-age moments.

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

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

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

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

7:00pm to 8:15pm
Love vs Trauma Puppet (R)Evolution & Outspiral

'Love vs Trauma' combines colourful, experimental shadow theatre techniques with beautiful music, a tender flying hand puppet, and rod puppets in a moving and thought-provoking show for adults and teens. Innovative shadow puppetry illustrates the isolation imposed by abuse versus the blossoming possible through re-connection with self and community. We all deserve care.

45 minute performance followed by 30 minute discussion on the personal and societal effects of trauma. Printed materials will be made available on the process of healing, dynamics of oppression and local resources.

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

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

***** (The Age).

7:00pm to 8:00pm
The Geminus Blue Devil Productions Ltd

3 stars In the dying days of the Victorian age, British ship the Geminus lies becalmed in some far-off sea. Alone on the deck, the captain hears a splash; a half-drowned man climbs aboard. He’s escaped from another vessel anchored nearby, where he’d been imprisoned for killing a sailor for insubordination during a storm. The captain recognises a kindred spirit and - notwithstanding the man’s apparent crimes - hides him within his own cabin until he can safely put him ashore. Read the full review.

A vivid and compelling voyage of self-discovery through perilous, exotic waters. Joseph Conrad’s 'The Secret Sharer' is retold as a dark romance. Young Captain George Hotson is feeling the intense strain and the isolation of his new command. But he’s about to find solace in an encounter with a fugitive called Leggatt - a handsome and enigmatic stranger with blood on his hands.

An exciting new play from the critically acclaimed Blue Devil Productions.
Written and Directed by Ross Dinwiddy. Produced by Rich Bright.
Starring John Black, Rick Yale, Ben Baeza, Robert Cohen and Christine Kempell

7:00pm to 8:30pm
Antigone Bumped Productions

Amidst the fresh cigar smoke of a 1920s club, the voice of a girl rings out against the injustice of her uncle's control, against the dominance of her cruel past and to honour her two dead brothers. Shouts of glory and chivalry greet one brother's corpse, whilst shouts of hatred and disgust mock the other. But both receive the tears of Antigone.

Bumped Productions present this Greek classic performed by students. Set in a gangsters' underworld and exploring themes of family conflict, morality and redemption.

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

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

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

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

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Thrown Living Record Productions

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2018 Thrown by Jodi Gray takes live recording and hypnotic sound design to explore coming of age, childhood memory and the very state of recollection itself. Dream-like, sensory, and unnerving, Thrown is an interesting addition to storytelling on stage, though perhaps an addition which could be pushed further. Read the full review.

Thrown is a visceral, spectral piece of theatre, experienced from an unusual perspective and in a novel, unnerving way. On stage, the solo actor addresses a mannequin of a human head; sitting in the audience, wearing headphones, you'll hear the monologue inside your own skull, as though you were in the model's place. The theme is around childhood memory and coming of age; our 4* review in Edinburgh did comment that the vignettes are a little hard to link together and understand, but the acting is strong, and the total effect is cleverly intriguing.

As the memories of former patients collide violently with her own, a child psychologist attempts to record what she’s spent her whole life trying to forget. But when time begins to loosen its grip, and her recording equipment begins to argue back, we hear the inner workings of a mind on the brink of collapse.

Did you hear it? When you went from yourself? Just so I can listen out for it. I want to know what sound it makes.

Winner of the Brighton Fringe Excellence Award 2018
**** The Scotsman
***** EdFringeReview
**** Fringe Guru

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Ceyda Tanc Youth Dance Ceyda Tanc Dance Company

With a growing reputation for providing excellent dance education, Ceyda Tanc Dance presents a mixed bill featuring their talented youth dancers. Drawing on Tanc's Turkish roots and interests in folk dance, combined with the creative talents of the young dancers, this will be a dynamic and exciting evening of contemporary dance.

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

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

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

7:30pm to 8:30pm
The Odditorium Dr David Bramwell

If you live in Brighton, the chances are you already know about David Bramwell – purveyor of curiosities and champion of intelligent talk, thanks to his regular salon the Catalyst Club. His weekly Fringe events are turning now into an equally revered institution: part mind-expanding lectures, part entertainment, with a typically offbeat set of topics selected for the ever-changing agenda. They’re hosted in the 100-year-old Bosco theatre tent, which is itself a fascinating venue.

Four fascinating theatre and spoken word events on themes ranging from psychogeography, folk horror and the gothic in music to futurology. Curated by David Bramwell.

8th May: 'Unburied'. Gripping theatre plundering 70s folk horror.
15th May: 'The Future Starts Here', with John Higgs, Salena Godden, Jo Neary.
19th May: 'The Cult Of Water'. Dr Bramwell’s dreamy, candle-lit journey in search of the supernatural secrets of our rivers.
29th May: 'The Gothic In Music', with Jon Klein, Simon Price, Ian Trice.

7:30pm to 8:20pm
Milo McCabe as Troy Hawke in 'Troy Hawke - 1001 Moments with Troy Hawke 2' Troy Hawke

The nation’s favourite 1930’s throwback comedian Troy Hawke returns for another wonderful hour of observations, scrabble based conspiracy and authentic emotion (the real thing this time). As seen on ITV's Benidorm, BBC3's Live at the Electric and C5's Blue Go Mad in Ibiza.

British Fringe Guide Top Recommended Shows of 2017, 2018.
***** "Character comedy that is near perfection" (New Current).
***** "Comic genius" (Scotsgay).
**** "Spectacular character... razor sharp wit laced with a touch of the surreal" (Fest).
**** "Undeniably funny" (Chortle).

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

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

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

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Geoff Robb: The Music of Trees Find a Performer Ltd

Geoff Robb was the winner of the 2018 Brighton Fringe Live Music Award for his solo show. His beautiful meditative compositions blend his classical training and background in healing with his love of Spanish and Celtic music.

He has performed to audiences all over the UK and Europe at venues ranging from Buckingham Palace to Glastonbury Festival and his new compositions are inspired by the trees of Sussex.

If you enjoy beautiful acoustic guitar music then don't miss this award-winning show.

“Very talented, makes the guitar sound like 2 guitars and a piano” (BBC Southern Counties)

7:30pm to 8:45pm
Ghost Walk of the Lanes Ghost Walk of the Lanes

'Ghost Walk of the Lanes' is a 75 minute tour of Brighton's oldest and most haunted quarter where hardly a street or lane does not have a spectral connection. Join Silas, Jasper or Ebenezer, all suitably dressed in full Victorian attire, and hear tales of hideous apparitions, poltergeists, gruesome murders and wandering spirits.

Tours also embrace much of the history of The Lanes. Stories are all based on long-established accounts of hauntings but are delivered with a good deal of comic respite.

7:30pm to 8:20pm
Janet HelenandJohn

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2018 When a sturdy jug of water and a delicate bag of flour love each other very much, what will emerge from their union? A baby made of bread-dough, obviously. It sounds a ludicrous premise for a show, but puppeteer Helen Ainsworth turns the jocular set-up into a telling parable for our times – tackling a series of important contemporary issues, with plenty of physical humour yet with emotional sensitivity, too. Read the full review.

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

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

Demonstration Chef: Helen Ainsworth
Director: John Mowat

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

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

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

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

7:40pm to 8:35pm
F*ck Polite! Pole Vault

‘Fuck Polite!’ is a daring piece of new writing tackling major social issues of belonging.

Post-Brexit, Daisy unexpectedly arrives in her family home in Poland the night before Christmas. She has been absent for the last 9 years, and having struggled to find her place in the UK, she is now returning in the hopes of reuniting with her family and the home she once knew. Awaiting her is Helena, her older sister, and a sequence of events that begin with a simple family dispute but slowly unravel to reveal a shocking family secret which will change their lives forever.

7:45pm to 9:15pm
The Cheeky Chappie JW Productions

Jamie Kenna stars as Max Miller in this critically-acclaimed production about Brighton's best-loved comedian. This funny and moving play explores the life of a man who made millions laugh during the golden days of variety.

"This is a gem of a play" (The Stage)

"I’d give my last farthing to see this again. This is a very fine production that has made members of the Max Miller Appreciation Society proud. It is staged lovingly and respectfully with a script that shows the light and dark side of this comedy legend. It’s highly recommended!" (Fringe Review)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8:00pm to 8:50pm
Dave Green: Guest Bed Dave Green

Dave grew up with two beds in his bedroom and he never knew why. ‘Guest Bed’ is a comedy and storytelling show about what it is like to grow up in a family as an only twin. At times unsettling and often darkly amusing, ‘Guest Bed’ is a tale of betrayal and regret not to be forgotten.

“A keen eye for the absurd” (TheWeeReview.com).
Time Out’s 'One to Watch'.

8:00pm to 8:45pm
Louise Atkinson: Sounds Good, Looks a Mess (Work in Progress) Louise Atkinson

Amused Moose National New Comic finalist and So You Think You're Funny? semi-finalist 2018 comes to Brighton. "A strong flavour of Victoria Wood" (Bruce Dessau), "Can certainly breathe life into her story, with a keen eye for detail" (Steve Bennett). This year, Louise aims to talk about how to be able to be allowed to perform at a very prestigious gig, she must adjust her appearance. Having the same level of knowledge on fashion as Janet Krankie, Louise asks her friends to assist her in this quest, to very little success.

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

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

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

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Unknown and Humourless Wayne Lawrence

A comedic commentary on the social, financial and health struggles growing up on a council estate in Birmingham in the 70s and 80s. Wayne's story highlights issues that for many are just as relevant today, so what has really changed?

There is always humour to be found in your adversities... but not everyone is a comedian.

8:00pm to 10:00pm
The Noise Next Door’s Comedy Lock-In The Noise Next Door Ltd

The sell-out smash hit returns to Brighton with a hefty dose of 'The Noise Next Door’s' trademark off-the-cuff madness, two stand-up stars and some once-in-a-lifetime comedy curiosities.

After two sell-out seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and regular shows around the country, 'The Comedy Lock-In' is becoming the must-see show for comedy fans nationwide.

"Hilarious... a superior kind of chaos" (The Daily Telegraph)

"Comedy gold" (The Guardian)

"Immaculately well executed" (The Times)

8:00pm to 9:00pm
A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) Silent Uproar

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

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

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

Except for the bits about depression.

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

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

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

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

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

8:00pm to 8:50pm
Cards Against Humanity, The Shame Show Junkyard Dogs Productions.

Following on from a sold-out run at Brighton Fringe 2018, The Shame Show returns with its dark game show based on the world famous, politically incorrect party game; Cards Against Humanity.

Leave your sensitivities at the door. Not for the light-hearted, faint-hearted or big-hearted.

There will be prizes. Very bad prizes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

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

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

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

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

8:30pm to 9:30pm
George Egg: Movable Feast (Work in Progress) Badge Farm Foundation

More invention. More instruction. More ingredients. George Egg (The Anarchist Cook) returns with a brand new show of culinary innovation, absurd comedy and a bit of chaos. Total sell-outs for the last four years at both Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe. As heard on BBC Radio 4's 'Loose Ends' and seen on Channel 4's 'An Extra Slice'.

"A hilarious show with surprisingly good food" (The Times).
"Brilliantly funny" (The Observer, Jay Rayner).

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Kiki Mellék: Law of Attraction Jo Calderwood

Hello darlings - Oohoo bibshkis! Plastic-fantastic Kiki Mellék has arrived and is simply winning at life! And she's sharing her perfectly, pert pearls of wisdom with you lucky darlings... Come and celebrate all things fabulous and shimmy those blues away at a self-help, cabaret seminar like no other.

Directed by Alexander Luttley (Pi the Mime), Jo Calderwood’s hugely successful Edinburgh Fringe debut now comes to Brighton (Winner: Spare Rib Superstar 2017, Runner-Up: Burlesque Idol 2017) Expect burlesque, songs and a sassy philosophy from a true force of (enhanced) nature... Let's hava Kiki!

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

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

9:00pm to 10:15pm
Joe Black: Decopunk Joe Black

Infamous cabaret misfit and drag miscreant Joe Black invites you to indulge in a gloriously raucous gin soaked musical cabaret extravaganza.

One part art deco inspired punk cabaret, two parts drag musical mayhem. Served up in the beautiful Brighton Spiegeltent. Best enjoyed after dark. Let's party like its 1929.

"Exceptional" ????? (Broadway Baby)
"Absurd, terrifying and brilliantly original" ????? (Scotsgay)
“A well-sussed, well tasty exponent of Commedia del’ Arte farce” ????? (QX)

9:00pm to 10:30pm
Solve-along-a-Murder-She-Wrote presents Solve-Along-A-Murder-She-Wrote

Pit your wits against JB Fletcher at this interactive screening of the classic 'Murder, She Wrote' episode, 'Birds of a Feather'. Hosted by super-fan Tim Benzie, the night features games, prizes and audience participation, with special permission from NBC Universal Television. Can you solve the crime before Cabot Cove’s best amateur sleuth?

Solve-along-a-Murder-She-Wrote features:
• Race to solve to the crime, with a Whodunnit Poll taken every ‘commercial break’
• A sing-a-long to the theme tune with new lyrics!
• A Cabot Cove quiz and raffle!
• Clips and biographies of the campy guest stars!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9:30pm to 10:45pm
Confessions of a Drag King Burlesqueploitation

A pole-esque tale, telling the story of one woman's journey through pole, from the seedy underworld of Brighton, to her respectable reinvention as a drag king. A feel-good play exploring themes of feminism and gender identity. A 'must' for all Freddie Mercury fans!

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Edy Hurst: Hurst Schmurst Laughing Horse Comedy

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

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

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

9:30pm to 10:40pm
My Greatest Period Ever Lucy Peach

Lucy Peach is a folk singer from Fremantle WA, with a parallel career as a Sex Ed teacher. Inspired by Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks, her menstrual cycle and her convict ancestors, 'My Greatest Period Ever' is her latest work featuring live illustrations by her husband Richard Berney. After she took Australia by storm, women across the country are rejoicing. Now period power is Brighton-bound for a long awaited UK debut. This show is for anyone with a menstrual cycle or anyone who knows someone with one.

Winner: WAM Award for Folk Act of the Year 2016
"A jewel in WA's musical crown" (The West)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Pope’s Addiction Clinic Pope Lonergan

An Alcoholics Anonymous-style comedy show where comedians and audience members bear the fruit of confession. The worst, the most abject, the most private and perverted aspects of our lives turned into funny and shameless stories for your viewing pleasure. We'll ensure comedy and catharsis.

"Laid out bare, but contained within these four walls, the stories are awkward, humiliating, awful and hilarious, occasionally shocking but deeply compelling” (i newspaper).

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Oestrojen Jen Ives

Jen is a transsexual, but she’s flipping well sick of talking about it. In her debut stand up hour, Jen tries not to talk about it for about 60 minutes.

'Laughing Horse 2018 Runner Up.' 'Leicester Square New Comedian Quarter Finalist 2018.' 'Funny Women Semi Finalist 2017.'

“She’s easy-going and gregarious with a touch of self-deprecation that adds to her confidence rather than detracts from it... witty gags. Great company...” (Steve Bennett, Chortle)

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

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

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

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

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

9:50pm to 11:05pm
LOVE, CRASH, REROLL Reckless | Catherine Duquette & Ruth Sergel

A live dating game! One woman tries out four versions of herself that battle for your love. Funny, mortifying, and full of heart, this participatory show offers a radical twist on a timeless quest and shamelessly leads us to reveal what we do for love - from the playful to the pathetic, the pragmatic to the passionate. Expect interactive dates, musical chairs, and a revolutionary game of Truth or Dare to end all games.

“An exciting social experiment and impressive artistic coup.” (Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin)
“Uniquely entertaining. A gifted performer” (The Scotsman)
**** (EdFringe Review)

10:00pm to 10:55pm
Bread and Geller Bread & Geller

Step aside Ricky and Bianca, there's a new duo in town...

Join runners-up of Sketch Off! 2018 and professional mega mates, Bread and Geller* for an "exuberant" (Chortle) hour of observational sketch, character comedy and musical parody. If you like good things but don't like bad things, this might just be the show for you.

As heard on BBC Radio 5Live.

*Did we mean it to sound like Penn & Teller? No way. Do we regret the name? You bet.

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

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

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

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

10:30pm to 11:30pm
Andrew Steiner: Life is Weird The Caxton Arms

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

10:30pm to 11:30pm
Awokening: Work in Progress Omar Ibrahim

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

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

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

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

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

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