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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.

10:00am to 10:45am
Behind-the-Scenes Boat Tour of Shoreham Port Shoreham Port

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

10:00am to 10:50am
Be Not Afeard: A Sensory Telling of Shakespeare's The Tempest Collar & Cuffs Co.

Be not afeard. The isle is full of noises, sounds, and sweet airs that give delight and hurt not. How do we help our children grow the skills to be confidently curious about their world at a time when anxiety and overwhelm affect so many? Multi award-winning Collar & Cuffs return for a fifth year at the Fringe to explore this challenge with a sensory musical version of The Tempest suitable for 0-7s and fully inclusive for those with special and/or complex needs. Expect a twangling, painty, touchy, feely, smelly, and magical adventure delivered with their signature warmth. Signed and Relaxed.

11:00am to 2:00pm
Sussex Food Tours Sussex Food Tours

This gourmet food tour takes you through the historical and cultural heart of Brighton. Fun and informative with all food, snacks, desserts and beverages (alcoholic and non), entertainment, sightseeing and guiding included in ticket price.

We will be running two different Brighton-themed food tours so please check our website for dates and more details:

- Vegetarian Brighton Tour
- Great Sussex/British Food Tour

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

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

11:00am to 12:00pm
Baby Laughs Otherplace Productions Ltd

New parent? You're probably in need of a laugh. Bring your baby to special daytime showings of our evening programme, so you can sit back and enjoy some of our best shows. Suitable for adults with babies under 12 months, featuring cabaret, comedy and theatre shows.

Featured shows include:

Privates (9 May)
What Doesn't (Blah Blah) Makes You Stronger (16 May)

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

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

12:10pm to 1:00pm
Janet HelenandJohn

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

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

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

Demonstration Chef: Helen Ainsworth Director: John Mowat

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

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

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

12:30pm to 1:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

1:30pm to 2:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

1:30pm to 2:30pm
DRESSING UP DIETRICH Patricia Hartshorne

Have wig, will Dietrich... Patricia Hartshorne brings Marlene to life before your eyes. Watch her switch from mere mortal to Hollywood icon - and back again. No smoke, no mirrors. Just a suitcase - and an okay pair of legs...

From cross-dresser to international diva. See how she manages to create the image of Dietrich, through the use of just a few props and costumes - and the all-important wig! And you may discover a few of Marlene's secrets as well...

“Uncannily like Dietrich” **** (Broadway Baby)
“Gets under the skin of Marlene” **** (The Stage)

2:00pm to 2:50pm
My Life Closed Twice Gauntlet Theatre

After being diagnosed with schizophrenia aged 20, Joe’s life becomes a cacophony of visions, voices and questionable media stereotypes. From the noise appears a young woman in a red hoodie who holds his hand and helps him, in spite of everything, to carry on.

Based on the real life experiences of writer and performer Joseph Hand, and winner of the Gothenburg Fringe 'Hot Potato Award' 2018, this life-affirming play meets the taboos surrounding mental illness head-on, and is an antidote to the fear and misunderstanding surrounding psychosis and mental illness.

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

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

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

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

2:30pm to 3:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

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

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

3:00pm to 4:00pm
Media OS 5.1: Interactive Multi-Media Concert Partial Facsimile with Brighton Spiegeltent

Media OS 5.1 addresses the concerns of infobesity and its various
formats. The audience gets taken on an hour-long journey through the eyes of a commuter on the London Tube. Pychedelic/pop/prog/electronica performed live in surround sound provides an immersive element to the bespoke films. Download a QR code reader to interact.

3:00pm to 6:00pm
Sussex Food Tours Sussex Food Tours

This gourmet food tour takes you through the historical and cultural heart of Brighton. Fun and informative with all food, snacks, desserts and beverages (alcoholic and non), entertainment, sightseeing and guiding included in ticket price.

We will be running two different Brighton-themed food tours so please check our website for dates and more details:

- Vegetarian Brighton Tour
- Great Sussex/British Food Tour

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.

3:30pm to 4:10pm
The Noise Maker Socially Awkward Theatre Company

Explore the misadventure of Kate and Robin, two dim-witted chums, as they try to put up with their noisy neighbour. The only way to stop him is to embrace the psychedelic after-effects of a bag of M&Ms and choose between their head and their heart. Turns out graduation isn't as glamorous as they planned.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

4:00pm to 4:45pm
Behind-the-Scenes Boat Tour of Shoreham Port Shoreham Port

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

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 5:20pm
Be Not Afeard: A Sensory Telling of Shakespeare's The Tempest Collar & Cuffs Co.

Be not afeard. The isle is full of noises, sounds, and sweet airs that give delight and hurt not. How do we help our children grow the skills to be confidently curious about their world at a time when anxiety and overwhelm affect so many? Multi award-winning Collar & Cuffs return for a fifth year at the Fringe to explore this challenge with a sensory musical version of The Tempest suitable for 0-7s and fully inclusive for those with special and/or complex needs. Expect a twangling, painty, touchy, feely, smelly, and magical adventure delivered with their signature warmth. Signed and Relaxed.

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.

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

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

4:45pm 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.

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.

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 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
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 6:25pm
Death of a Hunter And Tomorrow Theatre Company

4 stars The hunter of the title is Ernest Hemingway, the American author who’s celebrated for his larger-than-life exploits as much as he is for his novels. As a journalist, he was famously in the thick of the Spanish Civil War, while as an 18-year-old he was injured on the front line of World War I. He lived in Paris, in Florida, and controversially in Cuba; he was fascinated by bullfighting, and by hunting and fishing too. But now we find Hemingway at home, surrounded by props calling out the elements of his public persona. There’s a tiger’s head, a typewriter… and a gun. Read the full review.

Unable to write anymore, Ernest Hemingway fights his last and loneliest battle as he tries to find the courage to commit suicide. He confronts his demons, questions old certainties and comes face to face with the ghosts of his past.

Clinically, precisely, harrowingly and in real time, radical German playwright Rolf Hochhuth explores the final hour in the life of an American icon.

'Death of a Hunter' received its U.K. premiere at the Finborough Theatre in April 2018.

“A detailed and complex portrait of a tortured genius ... Dehn is transfixing as Hemingway” **** (The Upcoming)

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

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

6:00pm to 11:00pm
The Spire Festival Bar The Spire

A festival oasis in the heart of Kemptown, an atmospheric bar stocked by the best local suppliers where you can discover experimental art, unusual performances and out of the ordinary music from 9pm. Each visit to The Spire will be a unique experience and it's all totally free of charge.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
David Ephgrave's New Bits Doggett & Ephgrave

The daily blogging comic presents a work in progress for his new show. Among the Daily Telegraph 20 Funniest One-Liners, plus Comedy Central, i Newspaper, Scotsman and Edinburgh Evening News best jokes lists.

''David Ephgrave was smooth as they come'' (BBC)

''Ephgrave is a refreshingly down to earth comedian... devastatingly witty'' (EdFestMag)

"Ephgrave is a very likeable stand-up, confident but not cocky, and a lot of fun to spend time with... a natural entertainer." (View From The Gods)

"Has an eye for the bizarre, the sinister and the downright ridiculous" (Camden Fringe Voyeur)

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 11:00pm
Southwestsiide Takeover SouthWestsiide Takeover

Join us, SouthWestsiide, Brighton's finest all skool hip-hop party band at the Round Georges for our debut Brighton Fringe takeover! Teaming up to deliver an urban soundscape and new platform for local and exciting talent.

Showcasing local talent and promoting the party! Expect to see an eclectic mix of hip-hop, spoken word, reggae, country, blues and much more. A programme full of local talent and spontaneous acts we aim to bring the party to the fringe.

Something for everyone!

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
Aaaaaaaargh! It's a Bonanza of Comedy from Around the Fringe Laughing Horse Comedy

It's a comedy Bonanza!

Back for a second year in Brighton, this stand-up comedy selection is an exciting pack of comedians, with top headliners and the best up-and-coming performers selected from shows all around the Fringe.

See a bundle of comics visiting Brighton from the international comedy circuit, alongside a selection of great acts from around the UK and the very best in hilarious new and local talent.

It's different at every show. You'll see something you weren't expecting, something new and maybe something extraordinary!

The perfect start to your Fringe night!

6:15pm to 7:00pm
Oleg Olenchenko Packs Up His Things Slipshod Theatre

In 2014, Eastern Ukraine sits on a knife edge. A troubled university student is forcibly evicted from his home by a soldier claiming to be defending him from fascists. They say all is fair in love and war, but who gets to decide what's fair anymore?

This brand new original and insightful devised piece tackles one of the most emotive and politically-sensitive issues in the world today. Uniquely based on truths and stories directly from the mouths of the people who spend their everyday lives in this complicated corner of the world.

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

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

6:15pm to 7:05pm
The Art of Caring Little Bit of Theatre

The story of an audacious carer in a residential care home. With an inspection looming, Gem is caught in the eye of the storm, battling against her mischievous clients, ridiculous management and mounds of paperwork. Absolute nightmare.

Puppetry, stand-up comedy, music and clowning come together to create this bold & uncompromising new comedy, exploring loneliness, human connection and the art of caring.

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.

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Andrew Nolan: Homewrecker (Work in Progress) Andrew Nolan

At 15, Andrew and some friends had a race to see who could down their pint fastest. Andrew finished his in 2.5 seconds.

Irish comedian Andrew Nolan, his family and his homeland all have a complicated relationship with alcohol. Homewrecker weaves together wild drinking tales from throughout Andrew’s life in an attempt to make sense of the senseless. Part celebration, part cautionary tale, 'Homewrecker' is a hilarious investigation into Ireland's love affair with boozing. BBC New Comedy Award 2017 nominee.

Praise for previous work:
“Wry wit”???? (TimeOut)
"Exceptionally accomplished" (Chortle)

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
Graeme Collard Comedi-van Graeme Collard Ltd

After a number of years performing stand-up comedy around the country Graeme Collard will travel almost a mile from his house to debut his hour show. Expect plenty of jokes, observations and general silliness from this local, van-driving comic. South Coast Comedian of the Year Finalist 2018. "He left the audience grinning" (Brighton Fringe Review). Work in Progress.

6:30pm to 7:35pm
Work Makes You Free by Michael Ross Precariat Theatre

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

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

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

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

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

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

6:30pm to 7:30pm
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 7:30pm
WATCHING, Ceci n'est pas de Deux Ester Natzijl Projects

"Dutch Season Stand-out Show" (The Argus) returns to Brighton Fringe. Another chance to experience a mesmerising mix of puppetry, theatre and dance, carving a tender, entrancing performance of horror and humour, with an animated and sometimes extremely evil avatar.

South East Dance Award 2018 Shortlisted Show.
"Redefines theatre and dance" ***** (Reviews Hub).

For more information, please visit www.esternatzijl.com

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Bad Chemist Martin Stewart

4 stars Do you know the periodic table? Or at least what the periodic table is? Distinguished chemist Dr Peter Rook knows it off by heart - and it’s his life’s work to explore its mysteries. This funny, quietly touching show - staged as a mock lecture, but in truth an accomplished piece of theatre - sees the likeable middle-aged scientist explore a chemical conundrum, and the even-greater riddle of how to find happiness. Pay attention at the start. There will be a test later on. Read the full review.

Working in his lab late one night, award-winning Oxford research chemist Peter Rook stumbles across a mysterious box, the opening of which makes him question everything he's ever held to be true and threatens to lose him his job, his reputation and even his mind. Can he work out what's going on before his own universe (or maybe even the entire universe) implodes? A comic sci-fi storytelling drama. Reviews for Martin Stewart's previous shows: "Superbly energetic and engaging" (Sci-fi Bulletin), "Bittersweet comedy laden with depth and substance" (The Upcoming) "Beautifully human" (The Scotsman)

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
Damien Lantern Theatre

5 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2016 Damien is one of Fringe 2016’s hidden treasures: a 40-year-old script, a masterful solo performance, and a story that’s both shocking and inspirational. It tells the real-life tale of Father Damien de Veuster, a Catholic priest – and now a saint – who lived in a community of leprosy sufferers on a remote island in Hawaii. Cruelly exiled by their government, the lepers of Molokai endured a lawless and impoverished existence, cut off even from the comforts of religious faith. Cut off, that is, until a young Flemish priest named Damien came along. Read the full review.

Returning to Brighton after a short but successful run in 2016, Damien is a meaty and thoughtful piece of theatre based on a shocking but inspirational real-life tale. It's the story of a priest who lived among an island colony of leprosy-sufferers; it charts his journey from naive enthusiasm, through self-doubt, to anger at the world's ills. Our 5* review from 2016 cited sole actor Daniel Finlay's expansive, convincing performance, enhanced by the evocative detail of the set and design.

"Damien is one of the Fringe's hidden treasures: a 40-year-old script, a masterful solo performance and a story that’s both shocking and inspirational. The real-life tale of Father Damien, a priest who lived in a community of leprosy sufferers on a remote island in Hawaii. Cruelly exiled by their government, the lepers endured a lawless and impoverished existence, cut off even from the comforts of religious faith. Cut off, that is, until a young Flemish priest named Damien came along. Daniel Finlay’s tour-de-force performance spans the full range of human emotion" ***** (Fringe Guru).

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

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

7:00pm to 8:00pm
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 11:00pm
Crystalz Tavern Brownton Abbey

There’s a proverbial sh*t-storm raging out here, but inside Crystalz Tavern exists a secret cabaret party that stops for nothing.

A throbbing neon lighthouse guiding you to a space of safety, away from the jagged rocks of late stage capitalism. A speakeasy that heals the wounded and holds the oppressor to account. Featuring a shifting constellation of the UK's best live art/cabaret performers and guest DJs.

Resist man-made monsters like broflakes and binaries at our cabaret of camaraderie, with artist rebels and allies that refuse to go down quietly; in heels, in binders and in solidarity!

7:00pm to 9:30pm
Being Limitless TV: An Audience with ... Being Limitless TV

Being Limitless TV: An Audience with...

An invitation to conscious-thought leaders, visionaries, influencers and entrepreneurs from the world of TV, film, theatre, music, the arts, sciences, health and personal development to collaborate with us in the creation of a consciousness-expanding global network fostering humanitarian spirit, peace and enlightenment around the world.

Join us in the expansive spirit of collaboration and explore with us the notion of transformation and 'Being Limitless: How to Live Your Limitless Life' with founder Josephine Tyrrell and her legendary guests.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Heidi Regan: On Time (Work in Progress) Heidi Regan

Heidi Regan, winner of BBC New Comedy Award 2017 and So You Think You're Funny 2016, presents a work in progress of her new show. After tackling international trade deals and life via the medium of shark films in 2018, this year she has simplified to looking at time travel.

Tired of immature stand up like ‘Your Mama’ jokes? Come see some more existential pondering on the nature of time and human existence, like ‘Why has Heidi put on a bit of weight recently? Because every time I have sex with one of your great-great-grandparents and inadvertently become your ancestor, they give me a cookie.’

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Impish Emily McQuade

A stand-up comedy show about the joys and horrors of having an overactive imagination. Emily McQuade is wondering whether she has to stop daydreaming now that she's an adult lady. Are the scariest monsters really the ones on the inside? (Or is it the ones inside them?) What is the best shape for a mouse? These questions and more will be answered. Possibly.

"Darkly jolly, fearlessly funny and hysterically honest" (Jack Wheeler, Coffee Cocktails Jokes, London).

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

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

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

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

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

7:30pm to 8:20pm
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
Gareth Southgate Ate My Credit Card Treason Productions

Simon (played by Mark Brailsford) is definitely not going to Russia. No way. Or that’s what he tells anyone who will listen. After vowing to no longer let his passion for following the England football team rule his life, Simon has a dilemma. Go to Russia and possibly witness England lifting the World Cup? Or ruin his life? Again.

From the award-winning pair, writer Paul Hodson ('Brighton 'Til I Die' and 'Meeting Joe Strummer') and The Treason Show's Mark Brailsford ('Southern Fail' and 'The Lad Himself') comes a one-man play about obsession and how to let football ruin your life.

7:30pm to 11:00pm
Alabaster - Bunty - Cosmo - Sonic Gumbo The Rose Hill with Brighton Spiegeltent

Adventures in music from three visionaries for one night only. With projections by visual artist Jomotopia.
Ruthlessly creative saxophonist and spoken word artist Alabaster De Plume joins avant - pop vocal looping pioneer Bunty and internationally acclaimed Multi- instrumentalist and found - sound obsessive Cosmo Sheldrake.
Playing solo sets, then together in all possible combinations to cook up a deliciously original Sonic Gumbo for your eye noses.

7:30pm to 8:25pm
Off the Cuff's Chaotic Biopic Off The Cuff

Following three sell-out Fringe runs with hit show 'Crime and Funishment' and more than a decade of acclaimed and raucously funny performances, Brighton's improvised comedy revolutionaries return with a brand new show! Join them as they delve into the secret lives of celebrities, creating a unique biopic documentary each night on stage, all based on your suggestions. What did David Bowie do before Ziggy? Was Marilyn Monroe really an alien? What's Her Majesty’s hidden hobby? They'll reveal all, with a heap of laughter & anarchy thrown in for good measure!
"Classic comedy gold" ***** (Latest 7).

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

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

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

7:40pm to 8:35pm
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 8:45pm
The Scrapyard Cinema Otherplace Productions Ltd

An eclectic and exciting array of films playing throughout the festival. Selected and put together by guest curators and collaborators. Shorts, independent features, documentaries, music videos and a sprinkling of old classics. See website for line-ups.

7:45pm to 9:15pm
Up Your Prana Ideas & Words Ltd

A fast, hard-hitting comedy featuring six characters at the same yoga centre, all eaten up with secrets. A new receptionist arrives after the manager’s disappearance to find the centre in chaos. She unearths the reasons behind the manager’s fall from grace - but is herself defeated by her own demons.

A darkly comic exploration of love, betrayal, overarching ambition and unlikely friendships. Starring Kate Dyson and Anna Tymoshenko.

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 9:00pm
It's OK to Laugh! Its OK To Laugh

Looking for piercing political satire? Comedic insights into the meaning of life? Then you are barking up the wrong tree my friends. However if you want 50 minute of jokes and general silliness then you have come to the right place! The “G” in the 2016 Brighton Fringe Audience Choice Award winning 'AGM Comedy', Colin Galletly’s first one man show will provide a blizzard of one liners, gags, and the occasional groan inducing pun, that will leave you laughing and trying to remember them to pass of too friends and family as your own! And just remember, no matter what, It’s OK to Laugh.

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 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 12:00am
Fringe Sessions 2019 Fiddler's Elbow

Intimate live music showcase featuring a selection of Brighton's finest musicians and songwriters. Hosted and curated by BBC 6 Music featured act Warsaw Radio.

8:00pm to 9:40pm
Closer The Rialto Theatre

Four lives intertwine over the course of four and a half years in this densely-plotted, stinging look at modern love and betrayal. Their lives are permanently altered when two of them have a passionate affair. We explore and delve into the brutal anatomy of modern romance, where a quartet of strangers meet, fall in love, and become caught up in a web of sexual desire and jealousy, often drawing out deep human isolation, vulnerability and destructiveness.

Directed by Lauren Varnfield (“electric” – Plays International)
Pretty Villain are Brighton Fringe Award Winners 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018.

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
The Secret Comedy Club: Fringe Comedy Hub Artista

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

8:00pm 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.

8:00pm 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 10:00pm
The Milkman’s on His Way K-Squared Productions

"Growing up gay, as a teenager, just when everyone else is becoming involved with the opposite sex, you're alone in having to hide your feelings. It's impossible to talk to anyone. It's not something you want to blurt out to your parents, your teachers or the boy you fancy. The only salvation is to find people like yourself. And that's a big step."

In the early 1980s, this coming-out novel broke new ground as a positive image of growing up gay. During the Section 28 debates, it was accused of 'glorifying' gay sex. This adaptation brings David Rees' book to the stage for the first time.

8:15pm to 9:15pm
Brodi Snook: Work in Progress Mick Perrin Worldwide Ltd

Fast-rising Australian comedian and general smart-arse Brodi Snook takes a break from her career as a foot model (selling photos of her toes to foot perverts for cash) and having panic attacks in train station toilets to return to Brighton Fringe with a brand new work in progress. So You Think You’re Funny and Foster’s Golden Jester finalist, as heard on BBC4 Extra and TalkRadio.

"Vulgar, candid and drier than a popcorn fart" (BN1 Magazine).

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

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

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

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

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

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

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

8:30pm to 9:30pm
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).

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

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

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

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

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Bad Clowns: Cult Classic (Work in Progress) Bad Clowns Comedy

An interactive (work in progress) experience in which the audience find themselves in the hands of three friendly faces of a horrific, demonic cult. Join Sam, Christian and John as they race to educate the modern masses, save the believers and secure their place at the right-hand side of an ancient murderous god. With rituals, sacrifice and laughs aplenty, the bad clowns hope to either save or eternally damn your souls. Do you dare to join?

***** "A slick, briskly-paced and wonderfully anarchic production" (LondonTheatre1).

**** "A fast-paced hour of delectable silliness" (ThreeWeeks).

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Win. Lose. Delete. Chris Stringman

Brand new comedian Chris Stringman ran away from England to escape his gambling addiction. But a month later they were reunited. Author of ‘Win. Lose. Repeat’, unsurprisingly based on his life and the perils of gambling, Chris explores what it’s like to have a gambling habit. Yeah, that sounds fun!

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.

9:10pm 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 10:20pm
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
Lolo Brow: Attention Seeker The Producers UK

Lolo Brow, neo-burlesque artist, seeks your attention!

The awarding-winning drag queen and lizard lady, invites you to hang shame at the door and indulge in your inner attention seeker.

A brand new show derived from her infamous burlesque shuffle, playing with concepts of audience voyeurism, quick thinking and plain dumb luck, Lolo “Bonkers” Brow is a multi-skilled international feminist clown who loves nothing more than to lower the tone of any evening.

“Amazing comic timing and expressions, all whilst looking like the hungover bride of Batman’s Joker” (London Theatre)

9:30pm to 10:30pm
I'm A 7: Work in Progress Sikisa

From South London, Barbadian citizen Sikisa presents her work-in-progress show about being a work in progress. Being seen as a real-life superhero by the people around her, Sikisa explores the brutal but funny truth about her life and herself in which she justifies calling herself a seven! The real question is, are you also a seven?

"She exudes a lively energy" (Steve Bennett, Chortle.co.uk).
"a rawness to her soul-searching, but an almost elfin delight in the way she relates it" (Mumble).

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 10:30pm
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 10:30pm
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
Absent Saskia Preston

A work in progress show from professional clothes-wearer Saskia Preston. In this blurb, Saskia will hint that she's a really cool and self-aware model by saying ''professional clothes-wearer'' but really the only thing that's definitely true is that she's a French missionary married to Meghan Markle. This can't be discussed in the show for national security reasons but there will be jokes about dads, mums, friends, girlfriends, dogs and mice instead. Mostly one liners. And occasionally jokes that are longer than 30 seconds. As heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra, writer for The News Quiz and The Now.

9:40pm to 10:40pm
Doctor Scott is Psycho-Active Keith Scott

Drug law reform activist Dr Keith Scott’s wacky trip into the world of the psychoactive drugs we use and the psychotic drug laws that try to stop us using. He describes how being given a recreational drug when he was an infant set him off on a drug-consuming journey that left him completely unscathed - but with a desire to know why Drugs-R-Us.

Scott uses comedy to expose the tragedies, stupidities, and evils of the ironically-named War on Drugs that was declared by the United Nations – an institution created specifically to prevent war!

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.

10:00pm to 2:00am
Fringe Club: A Silent Disco Otherplace Productions Ltd

The legendary Fringe Club returns to the Warren in 2019 with it's own version of the legendary night out, A Silent Disco. With special guest DJs, fancy dress nights, takeovers and more. Everyone's favourite headphone party comes to Brighton's favourite Fringe night out.

SAT 26TH MAY: SuperCharged Brighton's #1 and longest running underground clubbing event presents its sister brand Treatment Brighton whose DJs continue their return and will be spinning the best of vocal, uplifting House and Dance music! DJs Pedro Sedso Boy Hudson

SUN 27TH MAY: Boom Bap Brothers (Funk and Hip Hop) vs DJ SMUDGE Smudge has DJ'd for over 30 years, mostly in the Brighton area but with his own record shop and record label he has been in demand all over. He specialises in Hip hop and drum and bass but has wide musical knowledge and taste. His musical style would be described as noisy but accessible and opens the listener up to new musical avenues.

10:00pm to 11:00pm
The OCD Files Cue Fanfare

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

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

10:30pm to 11:15pm
How to Make Friends in Hollywood Bloody Livid Theatre Company

For almost sixty years, Hollywood superstar Lindsey Ordell has been drinking too much, smoking too much and over indulging in an endless parade of sexual conquests... Now she has decided to put her scandalous life to print.

Sandra Cave is her ambitious new personal assistant who tells us Lindsey's story as it intertwines with her own in this hilarious, raunchy and occasionally touching tale...

A one-woman show about scandal, fame and love.

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.

10:40pm 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.

11:30pm to 1:00am
The Late Show Otherplace Productions Ltd

The legendary "slightly soiled bear pit of a show" returns. Join us for the best late-night entertainment every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and bank holiday Sunday of the Fringe. Featuring stand-up, sketch, cabaret and a range of fabulous hosts.

"A great place to wind up at the end of a festival night out... Engaging, fun and you get plenty of value in a gently rowdy night's entertainment!" (G Scene).