Featured shows

  • Griffin and Jones: Trickorice Allsorts

    The pioneers of slapdash magic are back with another mishmash of magical mayhem! These award-winning idiots have become famous for their fast banter, tight chemistry, contagious energy, and show-stopping wizardry. "Machine-gun patter" ****1/2 (Reviews Hub)

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  • Down The Pub With Luke Wright

    Flamboyant, political and riotously funny, Luke Wright creates inventive poems with loads of heart. Part Essex wide boy, part dandy fop, he writes from the sidelines about small-town tragedies and national farce, then performs his work with snarl and spit. Since 2006 he has written and performed nine spoken word shows and two verse plays, touring them to top literary and arts festivals.

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  • Byron Vincent: Instagramming the Apocalypse

    In this witty, lyrical and unique spoken-word comedy show, Bryon Vincent turns a satirical eye to both his personal and our collective existential crises. One of BBC poetry season's New Talent Choices, Byron Vincent is a regular at the nation's most prestigious literary and music festivals.

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  • Blue Sky Thinking

    Spreadsheets, filing cabinets, and photocopiers. Penny has traded a life of creativity for a world of water coolers, cubicles, and plastic plants. 'Blue Sky Thinking' is the story of a woman seduced by the fluorescent strip lights of the corporate machine, opting into a world of pensions, health benefits, and promotions. From Pop Heart Productions, the producers of the sell-out 2017 show 'Am I F#*kable?'.

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  • Antigone Alone

    Creon, King of Thebes, has decreed that Polynices' body must lie, unburied, where he fell in battle. The penalty for disobeying is death. His niece has defied the law and buried her brother's body. What made her do it? Will Creon rescind his decree?

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  • Andrew James Brown: The Moon Under Water

    Poet Andrew James Brown loves pubs. All pubs. In 'The Moon Under Water', like George Orwell before him, he looks at the joy of pubs, their essence and their greatness, and, most importantly, the people in them. Taking Orwell's 1946 essay as a starting point, this show travels through pubs great and small, through country inns to city gin-palaces, across parquet and sticky carpet alike. Do you like pubs? If so, you'll like this. Hopefully.

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  • Cast Iron Easter Eggs

    Cast Iron presents their new Easter Eggstravaganza! A basket of Easter-themed short plays are ready to be performed, but there's a catch: the performers sign-up on the night and read their scripts for the first time live on stage! It's a celebration of new writing, comedy, and cold reading!

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  • Tight 5

    A night for trying out new material. We give you a stage, a microphone, and a room full of friendly, supportive faces. All you have to do is turn up with 5 minutes of new jokes. Everyone is welcome, even if you've never tried stand-up before. Or just come along to watch and 'see it here first!'

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  • Mystery Meat Presents: Angela Barnes and Guests!

    Come and join Angela Barnes (Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo) before she heads off from Brighton to embark on her national tour! Supported by phenomenal Brightonian acts, this is a night of local comedy superstars that's not to be missed! £5 in advance or Pay What You Want upon exit.

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  • Dead Cat Bounce

    Lucy Lord has it tough. She has bills to pay, the rent is overdue, and she's exhuasted. You'd think having super powers would make her life easier. Nope. Being super sucks.

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  • The Biscuit Barrel

    Hyperactivity has found a stage and manifested itself in the form of The Biscuit Barrel. In this fearless new quickfire sketch show, witness Gods chatting in pubs, a tall dwarf, a hugging championship, and a lot of biscuits. With sugar levels increaing throughout the show, The Biscuit Barrel proudly presents their unique brand of hyper-comedy.

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  • Metamorphosis

    One morning as Greta Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, she discovered that in bed she had changed... Based on Franz Kafka's classic tale, Metamorphosis, this lyrical and physical one-woman show explores how Greta navigates the shifting dynamics of the family household, and her inner transformation from child to woman.

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  • Fit for Work

    A mentally ill man forced off benefits goes for a job interview. To his surprise he discovers that his would be employers are depraved and he is the sanest person there.

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  • I Am Not Victoria Wood

    Maddie performed as a Victoria Wood tribute act. She 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 her own final tribute to one of the UK's most loved comedians. warning: contains funny songs, berets, and references to macaroons.

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  • Tiptree: No One Else's Damn Secret But My Own

    James Tiptree Jr: Government official, international traveller, 'ineluctably masculine' writer of science fiction. ...And, in 1975, outed as Alice Sheldon, a 61-year-old woman from Virginia. What happens when your secret is out, but it's only the signature that's changed? (This is a work in progress show. the writer wlecomes constructive feedback.)

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  • The Session

    Two people in a locked room with one chair. One doctor, one patient - or are they? And who is who? Part thriller, part humour, they try to unravel what's going on. Each tries to gain the upper hand through banter and even bickering. Sometimes witty, sometimes poignant; always surprising.

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  • Aidan Goatley is The Vicar's Husband

    Aidan was divinely happy as an apathetic atheist until his wife started training as a vicar. With his best friend finding her path, Aidan questions his purpose while dealing with audio bibles, professional jealousy, and the purgatory of cruise ships. 'a brilliant raconteur' Fringeguru

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  • Banana Split

    What is funny? And how to peel and banana seriously. Pieces exploring why we laugh when we should be crying.

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  • Fat People in History

    Meet some of the largest characters in history. See how their contemporaries viewed them and what 'cures' were offered to remedy their condition. Follow this humorous journey from medieval times to the near past in an exploration of shifting views on corpulence juxtaposed with the orator's personal issues with his very own heft.

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  • Michael Fabbri: Dessert Warrior

    Michael Fabbri, star of Radio 4's Dyslexicon, has graced the global comedy circuit for many years, and has held resident parking permits in Zones M, Y, and V. Furthermore, you are most welcome to his new stand-up show. 'Startingly insightful.' The Guardian

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  • Antling

    What happens when a forty-something single woman rediscovers her childhood crush on an 80s pop icon? A liberation from pissed off boredom and an awakening of sexual fantasies. Sometimes fierce, sometimes sad, but all encased with a fiesty sense of humour.

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  • Highway Love

    A charming tale of smitten highway robbers in the eighteenth century. Highway Love is a lively show written and performed by talented ten year olds. With romantic antics, daring escapades and jail breaks. This show puts Dick Turpin to shame!

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  • The Mermaid, The Lamp, and The Siamese Twins

    Mermaids, Brighton's Conjoined Twins, and a Fisherman, come to life in three separate magical tales - 'The Call of the Sea,' 'Aladdin and his Lamp,' and ' Inseparable.' A unique session of traditional storytelling and surreal imaginings for older children and adults.

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  • Burning Bright

    A pier, a match, and a mystery. A darkly comedic story of a mother's love, burning passions, and the destruction of a Brighton icon.

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  • Why I Had to Leave the North

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

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  • Cast Iron: A Pro of Nothing

    Now in its 5th year, Cast Iron presents its latest night of short plays, this time from co-founder Andrew Allen. This sell-out evening is new writing at its finest, mixing local actors and directors to produce powerful theatre.

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  • 10%

    10% is as far as Dan Evans gets with most of his ideas. Until now. It's time for you to decide which one of his embryonic creations he should nurture to full-term. Expect products, tunes, philosophies for benevolent World Management, and possible disappointing nudity.

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  • Jane Postlethwaite is Character Building

    Multi-comedy award nominee, Jane Postlethwaite, returns to Hove Grown with a one-off special show for the festival which is a selection of character monologues. Come along to meet some new faces and be transported into their unique worlds.

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  • Tea & Toast Presents: BlaBla Land

    From the troupe who brought you the fantastically dark and silly 'Tea & Toast at No. 9,' comes 'BlaBla Land,' an improvised musical about the pursuit of dreams and love. All characters, story and 'musical numbers' are created live. Prepared to be as amazed as the people on stage! In Act 2, expect Special Guests and our much-loved MEGA JAM.

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  • And The Rope Still Tugging At Her Feet

    Inspired by the 1984 Kerry Babies scandal. A dark, comic take on a time in Ireland when the most dangerous place to be is "within the mother's womb" Bishop John Cassidy. 'Dark, enthralling, and unremittingly entertaining.' ***** Argus

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  • Not Just the Companion

    Celebrating International Women's Day, Cast Iron returns with a new selection of speeches and scenes - all traditionally male - delivered by some of the most brilliant and exciting female performers in Brighton.

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  • It's No Job For A Nice Jewish Girl

    With a face that shouts "Xmas," but a soul that screams "Hanukkah," Rachel Creeger has always felt like she has a foot in two worlds. A debut solo stand-up comedy show from the writer of 'An Insomniac's Guide to Ambulances' exploring the drive to fit in, with a bit about being a pop star.

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  • Steve Lee: Sit Down Stand Up!

    47 years in showbiz. Two unpublished novels. Two TV scripts. One filmed in five languages. Festivals in Japan, Italy, and Hong Kong. Tales of a life well lived with a glass of brandy and live pianist. Probably unsuitable for the under 18s, so kids - lie about your age and get an education!

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  • Cast Iron Shorts: Fake

    Cast Iron Shorts returns, bringing you a selection of short stories read live on stage by local performers. This time, our theme is Fake. Expect a range of stories from up and coming writers using the word ‘Fake’ as their starting point. A powerful night and a celebration of modern prose!

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  • Rings, Wings, and Spindle Whorls

    A unique blend of archaeology and storytelling, inspired by artefacts discovered across the British Isles, from the Iron Age, to World War 2, telling the stories of our ancestors' lives, revealing the secrets and beliefs of the folk who lived here before us. Mary-Ann and Jason reveal the exciting, intriguing, and sometimes ridiculous stories behind finds, famous and forgotten.

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  • Cast Iron Podcast: Live!

    Join Cast Iron's Andrew Allen and Michelle Donkin for this must-see chat show with the unique artists and indie businesses of Brighton! Click through below or check our website and social media for guest announcements!

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  • 3000 Trees: The Death of Mr William MacRae

    Andy Paterson's fringe smash play has gathered a cult following since its first sell-out run in 2014. Willie MacRae – anti-nuclear campaigner, SNP politician and successful lawyer. His death prompted speculation that he was murdered by the state. MacRae was found dying in his car on a Highlands road in 1985 with a single gunshot wound to the head, apparently fired from his own gun. Was he under surveillance the day he died and was he killed to protect government interests? Now in its third year of touring, this is a moving and thought-provoking play, offering a reminder of dark political times that resonates today.

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  • The Principle of Uncertainty

    Dr Laura Bailey knows how to explain to everyone counter-intuitive double slits experiments or the paradox of a cat in a box, being dead and alive at the same time. She believes the equations that tell her unequivocally of the existence of a myriad of different universes, but when faced with a crucial event, science falls short of showing her a way out. Written by a PhD in quantum mechanics, The Principle of Uncertainty blends some of the more advanced ideas of physics with a powerful emotional punch that will leave the audience reeling.

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  • Jamie MacDonald: Designated Driver

    Jamie MacDonald Designated Driver. Foot to the floor comedy courtesy of that funny blind guy. Irreverent, hilarious stories from the Glaswegian you don’t want driving you home. The master story teller has uncovered conspiracy’s about humiliating Products for the blind plus he’s disproportionately jealous of smug lab mice with 20/20 vision. It’s topical humour with a disabled slant. Charming, disarming eye opening comedy.

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  • Griffin and Jones: Homemade Miracles

    Griffin and Jones are the Pioneers of Slapdash Magic! These guys have become famous for their fast banter, tight chemistry, contagious energy, and show-stopping wizardry. Expect illusions, death-defying stunts and magical life hacks, all from the jumbled, confused minds of your favourite professional idiots. Whether trying to flog you their own brand of snake-oil, or coerce you into playing one of their ridiculous games, these guys will not only leave you asking how they did it, but also why…

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  • Lava Elastic

    From the people who brought you ‘A...live at the Nightingale,’ everything Marianna Harlotta’s ever done, and the first Lava Elastic... here’s the second one! For more information on which magnificent comedy and variety performers will be on our bill each month follow us on @Elegentsia.

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  • GOAT Comedy Season 3: The Jungle

    After selling out every show in Season 1 & 2, GOAT Comedy is back. GOAT Comedy Season 3: The Jungle is an immersive comedy night set in the middle of the jungle, featuring guest stand-ups, regular ‘GOAT Comedy: The Jungle’ characters and the Monthly Audience Challenge! Does life get better than this? Nope. 

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  • Iron Clad Improv

    It doesn’t matter if you are a total beginner, or have more experience, our drop-in sessions are perfect for you, looking at all manner of things from short-form games to long-form world building and story-telling… £7 per session, loyalty cards available.

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What’s on

february, 2018

24feb7:30 pm- 9:30 pmRings, Wings, and Spindle Whorls24th of February, 19:30City:Brighton

24feb8:00 pm- 10:30 pmTight 5Every Tuesday, 20:00City:Brighton

25feb7:00 pm- 9:00 pmIronclad ImprovEvery SundayCity:Brighton