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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:30am to 12:00pm
Notorious Women of Hove History Women Brighton

Hove has been home to women whose ideas have shaken up our world - from some of Britain’s first women doctors to suffragettes, from social campaigners to boundary shifting entertainers.

Walk in these women's footsteps, hear their stories, and take in a pioneering women's hospital and game-changing girls' school on this walk with Louise Peskett.

12:00pm to 2:00pm
Curry Leaf Cafe – Cooking Masterclasses & Food Talk Curry Leaf Cafe

Brighton's award-winning Curry Leaf Cafe is running a series of interactive talks & cookery masterclasses at its new Kemptown Kitchen. 9th May, 12-2pm - interactive vegan cookery masterclass with Chef Kanthi (includes tasters). 16th May, 12-2pm - interactive tandoor cookery masterclass with Chef Kanthi (includes tasters). 23rd May, 12-2pm - interactive street food cookery & craft beer pairing masterclass with Chef Kanthi (includes food/beer tasters). 30th May, 12-2pm - Indian food talks with award-winning chef/supperclub host Asma Said Khan & Chef Kanthi (includes Q&A session + tasters).

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

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

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

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

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

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

Be amazed and motivated: This is your MoMent!

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

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

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

Returning for their third year.

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

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

1:10pm to 1:55pm
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 9: Alan Ireland (music by Clérembault, Lefébure-Wély, Dupré, Widor); May 16: John March (music by Bach, John Stanley, Flor Peeters, Alain, Dupré); May 23: Jamie Andrews (music by Dukas, Bach, Alain, Whitlock, Boëllmann); May 30: Richard Dawson (music by Bach, Guilmant).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This will include some projected images and new information.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Exclusive after hours tours, just on offer as part of the Brighton Fringe in May. A unique opportunity to go of the public route to learn about the past entertainment and the remarkable history of the world's oldest operating aquarium. Illustrated talk, followed by a tour of the grade II listed building, going behind the impressive Gothic-style Victorian arcade. There are limited spaces and stairs on tour, ticket includes entry to Sea Life Centre.

5:00pm to 7:30pm
Business can Change the World The Platform

For businesses interested in more than profit. Hear captivating stories from business and social enterprises making positive social and environmental impact. We will then guide you on how to transform your passion and ideas for your own business into action. Includes drinks, canapés and networking with like-minded businesses.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5:30pm to 6:40pm
Protect and Survive TBC Audio

4 stars If you remember the Eighties, you probably remember Protect and Survive – a notoriously grim government pamphlet telling citizens what to expect during a nuclear war. This intelligently-constructed play recreates some of that Cold War terror, and reminds us of a truth we seem in danger of forgetting: that there are still weapons against which we cannot protect, and wars which we cannot survive. Read the full review.

With the Fringe settling into a comfortable rhythm, it's a good time to take a risk on something (relatively) unknown. I've plumped for Protect And Survive, whose title references a notorious handbook on enduring nuclear war; themed around a role-play simulation for an attack on the UK, it aims to remind us that the threat of nuclear Armageddon is still very real. The producer previously worked on Threads, a famously bleak post-apocalyptic drama filmed at the height of the Cold War.

1984. The doomsday clock stands at 23:57. Five strangers take part in exercise ‘HOT SEAT’, a role-play simulation for a pre- and post-nuclear attack on the UK. In 2017, the doomsday clock, once again, reads 23:57 and the game becomes reality!

"Unchecked climate change, global nuclear weapons modernizations, and outsized nuclear weapons arsenals pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity.” (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 2016).

Inspired by the BBC film 'Threads'. From the producer of Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean’s ‘Mirrormask’ & 'Luna'.

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

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

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

6:00pm to 7:00pm
The Empress and Me Grist To The Mill Productions Ltd

3 stars For a small-scale solo production, The Empress And Me packs some sumptuous visual punch. Telling the life story of Princess Der Ling, a Chinese courtier from the turn of the twentieth century, the lacquered screen at the back of the stage is instantly evocative of a faraway land. In front of it stands Der Ling herself – resplendent in to-us-exotic finery – topped off by what is, even by Brighton standards, a truly extraordinary hat. Read the full review.

Grist To The Mill are best known for their World War One drama The Unknown Soldier, but they also have a long-standing heritage bringing East Asian stories to the British stage. This one-woman show tells the story of Lizzie Yu, who was raised in nineteenth-century France but suddenly found herself returned to the Forbidden City. I saw the team's previous work Diao Chan, and was impressed by how it melded an intriguing but unfamiliar culture with reference points accessible to all.

Lizzie Yu, daughter of a Chinese Diplomat and Eurasian mother, was raised in France to be every bit the Victorian Lady, but when her father is recalled home she suddenly finds herself living in the Forbidden City, entangled in the politics of the Chinese Court and lady in waiting to the infamous Empress Cixi.

The amazing true story of the Princess Der Ling who, following her unique experience of life at the Manchu court and close relationship with the Empress Dowager, became an international celebrity.

From the team behind 'The Unknown Soldier' and 'Gratiano'.

6:00pm to 6:50pm
Adam Scott Vincent: The Scared and Lonely Tour (work in progress) Adam Vincent

Adam Scott Vincent is a core writer of Channel 4’s award-winning satirical show 'The Last Leg'. He was a semi-finalist in NBC’s 'Last Comic Standing' and is a regular Brighton Fringe favourite.

"Hilariously irreverent... Vincent is undeniably one of the more talented comedians I have seen at the Fringe" (Broadway Baby), "This Australian gem forced to live in Bedford where he can’t escape the clutches of marriage, children and monthly payments to the man... ultimately, it’s delivered with compassion. You will feel the laughs the day after" (The Bullman blog).

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

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

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

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Gledhill and Callaghan Share the Words Productions

A new hour of stand-up from comedians Amy Gledhill and David Callaghan
as heard on BBC Radio's 'Jesting About',
**** (The Scotsman), **** (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine), **** (The Public Reviews).
Leicester Square Theatre New Act of the Year 2013 runner-up, Amused Moose Northern Final winner, Red24 New Act Competition 2014 winner.
"Callaghan does an excellent job, very funny routines" (Chortle),
"Great lines and a winning manner" (The List),
"Commands the stage... Incredibly accomplished" (Funny Women).

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

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

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Fémage à Trois Loquitur Theatre

Directed by Lou-Lou Mason'Safe to Shoot' by Polly Churchill. After 25 years, Cathy, a normal middle-aged woman is back in the dating game. Things aren't going as well as she had hoped, but then she makes a discovery: Cathy has super powers.'Hysteria' by Claire Gordon-Webster. Plain, boring HR manager Bea has stumbled across what she's been searching for her whole adult life. Now she has to prepare for the most extreme transformation of all.'The Best Worst Day of My Life' by Victoria Turnbull. Grace's new life with her little bundle of joy isn't quite what she expected. From sex pacts to cracked nipples and everything in between, Grace navigates the not-so highs and crashing lows of new motherhood.To continue our accessibility programme, we will be holding a Relaxed Performance on Tuesday 9th May 6.30pm especially for new parents and babies. There is some strong language and adult themes throughout so this show isn't suitable for toddlers or children under 14.

6:30pm to 7:00pm
Rejoining Jane Tick Tock Bridget

Immerse yourself in a playful and joyful dance experience as three dancers take you on a journey in and out of reality, swapping between the factual and the fictitious. Travel with them in their pursuit of 'Rejoining Jane' and share in the delight that this brings - all within the confines of a cosy cafe! All welcome!

6:30pm to 8:00pm
Notorious Women of Hove History Women Brighton

Hove has been home to women whose ideas have shaken up our world - from some of Britain’s first women doctors to suffragettes, from social campaigners to boundary shifting entertainers.

Walk in these women's footsteps, hear their stories, and take in a pioneering women's hospital and game-changing girls' school on this walk with Louise Peskett.

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Octopus Paper Tiger Productions & Greenwich Theatre

Three women have been called in for assessment. Sara looks kind of Asian. Scheherazade kind of Middle Eastern. Sarah is kind of white. But how British are they?

Fresh from a critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe and a sell-out transfer to London’s Theatre503, ‘Octopus’ is a post-Brexit satire that explores what it’s like to be treated as a foreigner in your own land... and the power of punk.

“Raises the hairs on the back of your neck... laugh-out-loud funny” (The Times).
“Inspired” (The Stage).
“Couldn’t be more topical” (Broadway Baby).

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Matt Price: The Weed Fairy Laughing Horse Comedy

A David and Goliath story about a life coach, a pensioner and a skateboard. In July 2016, 70-year-old David (my Dad) was arrested for his choice of gardening. It all started five generations ago in 1860 with a feud that has dragged on and on and on. This show is a true story about knowing when to let go and learning to dance like nobody is watching, even though they definitely are. It will feature criminals, a pensioner and possibly a skateboard. “Fearlessly funny” **** (The Scotsman).

7:15pm to 8:45pm
Moribund - And the Meaning of Death Brighton Death Forum

Brighton Death Forum present Gimcrack Productions' 'Moribund', a piece of
contemporary performance addressing our relationship with death, both
light-hearted and poignant. Written, devised and performed by Rosie Kohl
and George Collie. Gimcrack Productions, an emerging performance company
founded in 2014, use elements of narrative theatre, cabaret, physical
theatre and vaudeville. Brighton Death Forum is a community group offering
information, resources and eclectic events in order to promote dialogue
about our evolving relationship with death and dying. After the
performance BDF will host a Q&A session.

7:30pm to 9:05pm
A Way of Seeing The Secret Dance Club

A double-bill of intimately presented contemporary dance, story and film, exploring the perception and experience of shared memory.

Weaving live dance and projected film, live installation 'Memory Box' contemplates the shifting layers, changing perspectives and emotional tones of memory.

'Camera Obscura' explores well-being in dementia through a moving story, celebrating the extraordinary power of music and enduring strength of a lifelong relationship in this most challenging condition.

“Powerful, utterly compelling work, acting so impressive, hugely expressive choreography.” (CriticalDance)

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Patti Plinko: Dreadful Little Girl Cluster Arts Pty Ltd

Patti Plinko returns with her dark and erotic songs, drunken fiddles and jumping guitars. "Sheer brilliance!" (Time Out London), "It’s like Jane Birkin stayed too long at the bar with Tom Waits" (Storyteller Scotland).

7:30pm to 8:00pm
Rejoining Jane Tick Tock Bridget

Immerse yourself in a playful and joyful dance experience as three dancers take you on a journey in and out of reality, swapping between the factual and the fictitious. Travel with them in their pursuit of 'Rejoining Jane' and share in the delight that this brings - all within the confines of a cosy cafe! All welcome!

7:30pm to 8:30pm
re:Verse re:Verse

Ever wondered what a pavlova recipe sounds like in bossa nova? Or craved fitness tips set to industrial techno? Part improv, part concert, 're:Verse' is an interactive musical comedy show performed by a pianist and vocalist. Songs are born on the spot using audience suggestions and fuse the unlikeliest genres, with samples taken from random objects and with lyrics based on everything from the day's news headlines, automatic translation engines, complaints from hotel sites to inspirational quote blogs. Every 're:Verse' concert is completely new and not even we know what we'll perform next.

7:30pm to 8:40pm
Open Sky present Scorched Turtle Key Arts

5 stars A red triangular handle hangs from a red pull-cord, dangling beside a chair. It can mean just one thing: we’re in a care home, and the man we see staring at the TV is nearing the end of his life. But it’s been quite a life. As he shares and acts out his reminiscences, we learn of lovers in Cairo and in Northumbria; of battles at the county fair, and among the desert sand; and of the escaped Luftwaffe pilot he tracked for two sleepless days, amidst the scorching heat of the Sahara. Read the full review.

1941. Egypt. WWII. An escaped German officer. A two day chase across the brutal Sahara. A triumphant capture. A hero’s return.

1991. England. Jack reigns from the armchair of his rest home, a local legend. Decorated veteran of Tobruk. Former river warden, boxer, horse whisperer, boat builder, charmer, prolific father and husband to a very unhappy wife. Memories are, by his own hand, tattooed on his body, but dementia is eroding his mind. As the Gulf War rages, the past drags him back to the scorched sands.

Open Sky uses new writing and visual physical theatre.

Touch tour available before the performance on Thursday 11th May. Please email ali@turtlekeyarts.org.uk to book.

7:30pm to 10:00pm
Spiegeltent: Heart Of The Fringe Show Bosco Speigeltent

The Spiegeltent's become the natural home for circus and cabaret at Brighton Fringe, and its antique interior lends every show an engaging old-world vibe. This full-evening event promises to showcase highlights from this year's programme – with acrobats, musicians and comedians among those slated to perform. At £10 for two-and-a-half hours' entertainment you can't fault the value, and it's supporting Clowns Without Borders, a UK charity bringing emotional respite to children living in crisis.

A special Spiegeltent charity showcase with the very best 'Heart of the Fringe' performers helping kick off the season. A sparkling bill of comedy and circus with more music and variety including surprise guests with The Amazing Bubble Man, Head First Acrobats, Joe Black and more. A one-night-only evening. Visit our website to stay tuned!

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Rahul Kohli: A Not So Chubby Brown Rahul Kohli

Geordie Rahul Kohli is back with his much anticipated second hour following on from his critically acclaimed debut hour: 'Newcastle Brown Male'.

A look back at the political, topical events of the year all from this young Newcastle Brown’s perspective. While flirting with the offensive, the dark (of course, look at his skin), and turning his back on political correctness, Rahul Kohli is 'A Not So Chubby, Brown'.

Top Pick of Edinburgh Fringe 2016 - BBC Radio 4, The Huffington Post, The Skinny.

As seen on BBC Big Asian Comedy Night.

Brighton Fringe Award nominee 2016.

7:30pm to 8:15pm
Tree House Bloody Nora Theatre

'Tree House' is an original idea devised by Bloody Nora Theatre exploring the relationship between two sisters estranged after their parents' death. Their coming together prompts the confrontation of their shared history, which, in turn, reveals a dark ulterior motive behind their meeting. 'Tree House' comments on the lives women are often expected to lead in conflict with those that they choose.

7:40pm to 8:35pm
Wet Bread Sheer Drop Theatre

Adele can’t work out how the Tories are in power – everyone she knows voted Labour, and don’t get her started on Brexit. It would be much better if the rest of the country just agreed with her. Wielding placards and shouting slogans, she’s dedicated her life to putting things right (not Right). But the moral high ground can be lonely with just your outrage for company.

A fast-paced, hilarious show by BBC Trans Comedy Award winner Tom Glover, and producers of 'Valhalla' (Theatre503 Playwriting Award winner) and 'Dirty Promises' (Off West End Award nominated, Best Director).

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

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

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

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

8:00pm to 9:00pm
BA Theatre Arts Graduate Shows Northbrook College BA Theatre Arts

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

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

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

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

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

8:00pm to 10:30pm
New Act Night Jill Edwards Comedy Workshops

The latest fledglings from Jill Edwards Comedy Workshops at Brighton’s Komedia take the stage in our electric 'New Act Night'. Spot future comedy stars that could follow in the footsteps of previous Jill Edwards’ 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).

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

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

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

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

8:15pm to 9:15pm
Agamemnon Windmill Young Actors

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

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

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

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

8:20pm to 9:15pm
Juliet Meyers: The Dog and Other Global Irritations Evil Bastard Corp

Juliet Meyers (Writer on 'Sarah Millican TV Programme', '8/10 Cats' and 'News Quiz') returns with her show about her clingy rescue dog, unconditional love and being a wolf. Last year Juliet proclaimed he had ruined her life (even though he's for keeps. Dammit.). Since then, there's been a whole lot of global news/poo so, in this newer in-progress version, she vents about that too.
Show contains Actual Dog in the Room.
"A sharp mind, a consummate performer. Hilarious too." **** (Three Weeks), **** "Devilish social commentary" (Scotsman), "Insightful" (GQ).
Thrice featured in Top 100 Jokes at Edinburgh Fringe.

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

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

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

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

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

8:30pm to 9:30pm
Hiccups Hiccups

Ben Carter (Laughing Horse 2014 semi-finalist, SYTYF 2015 semi-finalist) Johnny Wardlow (as heard on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 2) and Zelem Saydullaev (Squawker 2015 finalist, South Coast Comedian of the Year 2016 semi-finalist) invite you to cure your hiccups with an hour of ground-shattering truths, sensational lies and mind-blowing nonsense. Guaranteed to make you come!

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

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

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

8:35pm to 9:35pm
Fannytasticals Fannytasticals

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

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

Men welcome.

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

"Thank you for my achey smiley face!"

"Flipping hilarious!"

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

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

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

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

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

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

9:00pm to 9:50pm
Bad Dad Fortress of Dinglitude

3 stars The lights dim to darkness, and there's fraction of perfect silence… then there's just one thing, one very loud thing: one hungry, screaming baby and her bad bad dad. Bad Dad is a light-hearted look at how quickly and certainly your life changes when a new life comes along, and needs feeding, now. Read the full review.

Maltese actor and comedian Chris Dingli returns to the UK with Bad Dad, his hit one-man comedy about parenthood.

Bad Dad is a semi-autobiographical show that chronicles the trials and tribulations of becoming a first-time father. It is a gloriously funny, brutally honest account of Dingli's experience as a father so far.

As one 5 star review put it, “If you never wanted a child, go see this show. If you always wanted a child, go see this show. If you couldn’t care less about children, go see this show – you will still walk out entertained!”

Touch tours available, 24 hours notice needed. Please email jo.caruana@gmail.com to book.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9:40pm to 10:40pm
Dan Evans: 10% The Blue Man

One-man show from established comedian and writer, Dan Evans - "A favourite with audiences as well as with his notoriously hard-to-please comedic peers" (The Guardian).

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

9:45pm to 10:45pm
Rap Guide to Consciousness Soho Playhouse Inc

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:15pm to 11:15pm
Anti-White PC Mangina Rises! Laughing Horse Free Festival

Dick Coughlan thought he was a good guy. That was until he met the internet and soon found out he was actually an evil, ball-less, genocidal, race-traitorous bastard! Now, after seven years, even he doesn't know. This is his bizarre journey deep into the weirdest, darkest and funniest recesses of the interwebs.

"Undeniably funny" **** (Broadway Baby),
"Passionate and hilarious" (Paul Sinha),
"The man is a killer" (Reginald D. Hunter).

12:00am to 12:00am
Barbara Merkriti

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

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