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  • Warhol: Bullet Karma

    New York. Dream job. Commercial artist. An explosion of ideas and concepts that shook the Pop Art world. Shot by Valerie Solonas. A darkly witty take on the American Pop Art icon.

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  • Vivian’s Music, 1969

    A bubbly 14-year-old bundle of energy named Vivian, the mysterious jazz legend Luigi Wells and the racial tensions of a segregated American city in 1969 combine in this fantasia on race, music and family.

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  • The Genius of Charles Dickens

    Author/actor Chris Foote Wood gives animated readings from Dickens’ novels in the same manner as Dickens himself: reading and acting out the parts to illustrate some of Dickens’ best-known characters.

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  • The Biggest Problem in the World: Our Problem With Problems (and Why Truth Matters)

    Who hasn’t had a problem they’ve struggled to solve? And many solvable problems go unsolved. The reasons will surprise you. And the struggle is often unnecessary.

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  • Individual Medley

    Q: What happens when you move a 12-year-old from Basingstoke to Zambia? A: She swims. Katrina weaves together poetry, swimming lessons and 00s R'n'B in a mesmerising coming-of-age memoir about crossing borders. ‘Truly gold medal material’ (The Cornishman).

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  • Gloria Hole Presents: The Clinic

    Got a burning problem? Got an itching question? Time to visit the clinic. Join Gloria Hole and a panel of top comedians as they solve your problems. Expect shots, laughs, games and sheer chaos.

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  • Don Quixote Unbound

    Miguel de Cervantes is woken from his eternal slumber by celebrations of the anniversary of his death. Discombobulated, he magically alternates between being himself and his creation, Don Quixote de la Mancha. What is their impossible dream?

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  • Des Kapital: Mao That’s What I Call Music!

    Following sell-out Brighton and Edinburgh Fringes shows, Des (‘Gulags Got Talent’) storysings Mao’s China, using music by Adele (Hellish), The Smiths (Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Mao), and lots more! Simply Red.

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  • Conflict of Interest

    With the centenary of the 1918 armistice approaching, stand-up comedian Richard Pulsford decided to research his family history and uncovered some seriously interesting stories of those who served in World War One – on both sides.

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  • Any Suggestions, Doctor? An Improvised Adventure in Space and Time

    The hilarious improvised Doctor Who parody returns! Featuring a live radiophonic workshop, experience an entirely new adventure every day. Nominated for Best Show in The Barry Awards 2017. **** (BroadwayBaby.com).

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  • Allan Havey Stands Up

    You’ve seen him in Mad Men, you’ve seen him in Billions, you’ve seen him in Hail Caesar! Now see why he’s one of the best stand-ups in the world working today. 'Cocksure, irreverent, and very funny' (New York Times).

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  • Aidan Goatley’s 10 Films With… Podcast

    Guests for this popular podcast include Romesh Ranganathan, Angela Barnes and Mark Thomas, who join Aidan Goatley for a lovely chat about the films they love. A different guest each day! 'Charmingly funny' (Scotsman) ‘Proper comic gold’ (Chortle.co.uk)

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  • A Robinson Crusoe of the Soul

    Horror writer Arthur Machen journeys from rural Wales to the suburbs of late Victorian London, reflecting on the intangibility of things. Narrative and diverse sound sources illustrate Arthur’s quest to uncover hidden realities.

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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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  • Too Young to Stay In - Too Old to Go Out

    In his new show Nigel Osner casts a quizzical eye over life's challenges for those, shall we say, just that little bit older. Going out, love, holidays - even the gym! He does this in a series of original songs and stories by male and female characters. Nigel was nominated for excellence in new writing at the Buxton Fringe 2016 for his previous show 'Angel to Vampire!'

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  • The Invention of Lesbianism

    A one-hour solo show about the history of LGBTQ+ language, written and performed by Cerys Bradley. It is a frank and funny history of lesbianism through the ages, looking at the evolution of language and how it has been weaponised, both by and against, the community. Cerys Bradley is a part-time comedian and full-time gay, who uses stand-up comedy to talk about the LGBTQ+ community and its incredible history

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  • The Erebus Project

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

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  • Stealth Aspies: Autistic People Speak Out

    The Stealth Aspies Company - the world's first performance collective entirely run by autistic adults. Formed in 2016 by Paul Wady of the 'Guerilla Aspies' solo show (now in its fourth year of converting audiences). Janine Booth (originator of the Labour party neurodiversity manifesto), Alain English, Sarah Saeed and Paul Wady read and personally reflect upon the stories of NeuroAtypical people. Some just diagnosed. Some in the closet. All living lives where many around them have no idea of their true natures. Autistic people actually speaking. Will you listen to us?

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  • Starting a Performing Arts Company: The Business Basics

    Are you hoping to grow and develop your performing arts company? Join Jackie Elliman, Legal & Industrial Relations Manager of the Independent Theatre Council, for an overview of the legal basics that you need to be thinking about when running and growing your own performing arts company; including setting up a Limited Company, Copyright, Contracts and legal responsibilities.

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  • Sing-Along Fun with Dave Benson Phillips

    The well-known children's entertainer and TV presenter Dave Benson Phillips ('Playdays', 'Playhouse Disney', 'Fun Song Factory', 'Boj!') performs popular children's songs on his trusty guitar. Join in with Dave as he sings... 'If You're Happy and You Know it', 'Dingle Dangle Scarecrow', 'The Bear Went Over the Mountain', 'The Hokey Kokey', and many other musical tunes, plus Dave's Sing-Along Quiz! It's the perfect show for families with young children (under 6s). The ethic of Dave's show is very simple... Sing the songs, join in with the actions, and have fun!

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  • Shakespeare's Mad Women (A Love Letter to Shakespearean F*ckboys)

    A new writing comedy exploring what happens when the 'mad' women of Shakespeare find themselves dead, together, and angry... Asking why we dismiss women in literature, and what their stories might be, this debut writing from a female-centric company provokes, entertains, and challenges our favourite stories for the 21st century.

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  • Proxy

    After the 2016 Argus Award-winning 'And the Rope Still Tugging Her Feet', Caroline Burns Cooke returns with Munchausen, murder and living by proxy. Based on a true story, Gypsy is imprisoned in a world of fantasy, invalided and infantilised by her mother Dee Dee, until her online Prince Charming offers a way out.

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  • Professional Breakup Artist

    Share the highs, lows, and downright hilarity of the eternal scramble to seek, find, and inevitably lose, the woman of your dreams. Be taken by the hand and gently guided through the ridiculous scenarios that the search for love, Ms Right, or just a good hard... can entail. An authentic narrative, exploring the contemporary minefield of lesbian love, lust, dating, and break-ups. An energetic, comedic and poetic voyage. Brighton-based performance artist Annabelszki delivers a fusion of stand-up, audience interaction, improv, and comedic poetry.

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  • Pibroch Tales

    Two men enter a forest... a vibrant blend of bagpipe music, storytelling, dance, and comedy, amid sharp-humoured interaction with the audience. This Scottish one-man show skips through a jigsaw of three different tales; each excerpt illuminating a different scene. "Animated storytelling with both humour and charm" (Maria Hardcastle)

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  • Other People's Teeth

    Balancing work life with a love life is a struggle, but what if your job is killing people? A hitwoman is trying to reconcile these two aspects of her life. Just starting out in a new profession, she craves the respect of her experienced partner in crime. But when she meets someone who she thinks might be the one, will everything have to change? How much longer can she carry on kicking in other people's teeth, and lying to a man she's falling in love with? One of these relationships can't last, and before the hitwoman makes her final decision, the situation is going to get deadly.

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  • Niteskreen

    In days of yore, British people would know it was time to go to bed when the TV stopped showing programmes, and started showing still images of the programmes they were going to show in the future, accompanied by music to make them feel like they were in an elevator that they needed to get out of. But one man didn't go to bed when that happened. No, he watched the pictures. He listened to the music. And he got ideas. Come see what happened next.

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  • Mr D's Tales of Myth and Legend

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

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  • Mao That's What I Call Music!

    Following sell-out shows at Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe, Des Kapital (Gulags Got Talent) story sings Mao's China, using music by Adele (Hellish), The Smiths (Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Mao), Drake (Hotline Beijing), Robbie Williams (Engels), and more! Simply Red. With comedian Andy Thomas.

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  • In Search of Myself

    Jim and Eve before, during, and after, a manic episode. Eve has to deal with the highs and lows of a mood she has no control over, delusions that change her personality, and the state of her mental health, while struggling with depression. Jim has to deal with the sharp memories and feelings connected to what happened, what she did, and what she said in the moments he couldn't recognise her, and the way he has just made it worse.

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  • Equity: Taking the stress out of tax for freelancers

    Tax can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be. Equity's Tax specialist, Alan Lean, will take you through all you need to know about tax for the self-employed, including updates on the latest tax legislation.

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  • Imaginary Porno Charades

    90 minutes of unstoppable panel show mayhem. You'll be glad they can last that long! Featuring teams of performers from across Brighton Fringe, all of them ready to charade their audiences good and hard. With porno puns, sexy signals, and outrageous observations to keep you up all night, this is a game show that's strictly adult - and if we find any prizes, we'll give you one...

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  • Fraser Geesin Is A Lot Of Help (WIP)

    Fraser hates writing blurbs. Let's say this work-in-progress show improves lives and saves the world or something. "Invigorates an audience without being so anarchic that they fear for their safety... strong performance backed with some solid writing." (Chortle)

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  • Equity: Making the most out of the Union

    Equity represents over 43,000 members across the industry. Union membership brings with it a lot of individual and collective benefits and this session will help you get the best out of them. If you are already a member, or not yet a member, come along and find out more about what the Union offers and make sure you are not missing out.

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  • Flux Writing: A Dance With Your Own (Un)consciousness

    What really goes on in our head? Is it true? What we believe to think? Is it beautiful? Is it confronting? And is it honest? What can you learn from your thoughts? They have more to offer than you could imagine. If you try to register them and take them apart, they can tell you a whole new story. In this workshop Belgian playwright Bastiaan Vandendriessche will teach you some exercises that can inspire you in your own creative writing process. Even if you have the tendency to believe that you are not creative, this can be truly unravelling...

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  • Escape From Matt Banks (WIP)

    An hour of maximum warp, work in progress, nonsense from a deeply troubled idiot. In 1977, the US President Matt Banks crashes into Matt Banks, who is now a giant maximum-security prison. A convicted bank robber, Matt Banks, is sent in to rescue him. Will Matt Banks be able to rescue Matt Banks from Matt Banks? I doubt it. Expect jokes about insects, Noel Edmonds, and a dancing clock who's asking for trouble.

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  • Equity: Cracking a contract

    If you work on a contract, issue a contract or want to do either, then come to this workshop and find out what should be included, what to look out for and how to avoid pitfalls and problems.

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  • Eddie Summers: Rocket Fuel!

    Explosive Eddie's looking for one lucky new flatmate. Could you cope with the energy bomb? Expect toast, kissing, rap, cat whiskers, violence, flirting with an apple crumble, and a giant rabbit! ''A uniquely brilliant high-octane comedian!'' 'Highly Recommended' (FringeReview)

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  • Dunce Tank

    Fraser Geesin and Matt Banks are back after their 2016 Brighton Fringe show. "We changed so many peoples' lives and saved so many animals that year that we had to come back and do more" says Geesin. "It's our duty to the human race and to all the animals on the planet" adds Banks. Comedy to open your heart and make you weep joyously whilst saving animals. Games! Songs! Violence!

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  • Drunk With A Pen

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

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  • Doktor James' Bad Skemes

    Doktor James is sick of living at home and not being taken seriously as a super villain. He is really bad and he just wants to beat his superhero brother and be voted #1 in the super villain charts! (Bad as in evil by the way, not bad as in rubbish. He definitely isn't rubbish). But he can't do it alone. Are you naughty enough to take over the world? Are you a genius with a lot of plans and inventions? Are you really good at dancing? Doktor James needs your help!

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  • Decide-A-Quest

    A high-energy comedy reworking of classic game books such as 'Choose Your Own Adventure' and 'Find Your Fate'. Embark upon a Quest to find the Yeti and use your deciding powers to guide your avatar, 'You'. But decisions have unpredictable consequences! Where will 'You' find themselves? The jungle, outer space, Vegas, or a portaloo round the back of a charming mountainside restaurant called 'Yakkedy-Yak'? Who knows? Join us on a fantastical voyage through a vast character-filled comedy cosmos; featuring Terry Gilliam-esque animated sequences, a stuffed prop box, and even our own theme tune!

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  • De Fuut

    Winner of 'Best International Award' at Amsterdam Fringe 2017, Bastiaan Vandendriessche tells a Lolita-like story - a monologue of a charming persona with improper, dark desires.

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  • Brain Rinse

    This award-nominated show is a bizarre, madcap, interactive sketch show starring you: the audience. War, suicide, Beethoven, and sex therapy. It's all in there. Discover your inner ninja! Have a party! Have your brain rinsed! "A fantastic presence on stage" (Buxton Fringe Review)

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  • Ben Fogg: RIPE

    The man they call 'Daddy Fatsacks' returns with the single greatest event, not just in comedy but in modern socio-political history. Fogg smashes the sadness from our lives like a maverick stallion riding a runaway mine cart. Remember the Suez crisis? This is bigger. Remember Watergate? This is wetter. Remember all the lyrics to Billy Joel's 'We Didn't Start The Fire'? Then you need to leave the house right now. Book tickets, you deserve it. Warning: Stand-up of this quality will change you; prepare to feel truly alive.

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  • Are Strings Attached?

    DOG, graffiti legend and former tennis pro, hates his dad and has issues with Jiminy Cricket. Prepare to be delighted, and to have your credulity tested, in this darkly comic take on Pinocchio that asks the Big Question. A sellout in 2017.

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  • All Work, No Play

    We all have to work. If you are really lucky, you will love your job. Well, good for you. But if you don't, you will more than likely slog through the work day, chained to your desk cubicle, having the life sucked out of you as you toil away the hours whilst wishing for something more. Orc longs for a better life outside the shackles of mediocrity, but there's a voice that keeps holding him back. However, Orc is on the clock, and he doesn't have long until his time is up.

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  • A Glass Half Empty

    "Why is it men do that, I wonder? Hold you like you're some baby bird that might break, or fly away, I suppose... " Female friendship can be more consuming than any romantic love. Bea and Angela, just sixteen, make a pact: no men, no marriage, no children. Now in their thirties, the pair reunite for one evening after 10 years of silence. As conversation unfolds over glasses of wine, the words most important are those left unsaid. 'A Glass Half Empty' is a piece of new writing which addresses the complicated female experience of ageing, beauty standards, and the biological ticking clock.

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  • Waiting for Gandalf

    Meet Kevin Brook, self-confessed fanatic of all things 'Lord of the Rings'. On the eve before 'Gandalf' signs the official movie companion to 'The Two Towers', he sits outside Fenwicks, waiting. He talks about his life-long devotion, friends who don't understand him, family who never had time for him. But what's the real reason for his obsession with Tolkein? Why must he take his mind away from the harsh realities of life? An uncomfortable truth is about to be revealed.

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  • Tight 5 Showcase

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

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  • The Sweet Release

    This is how your night at the Fringe ends: not with a whimper, but a bang! Join the hottest up-and-coming acts from all across Brighton Fringe for our late night revue. With new and established acts, and local and international performers heating up our evenings, as well as theme nights galore, 'The Sweet Release' is the perfect climax to a day of shows at Brighton Fringe. Check out our Twitter feed and website to find out which new Fringe acts will be at Sweet throughout the festival.

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  • The Start of Something

    Three women take turns to tell their stories of loss. Amy's husband has died and she blames herself for it, Emma has lost her husband to another women, and Everlyn has given up all hope of finding love. The play which begins with the death of happiness becomes about the rediscovery of hope as the lives of the three women intertwine.

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  • The Spark Factory

    Spun Glass Theatre present 'The Spark Factory': a powerhouse of new, bold and daring performance ideas. The curated programme this year includes spoken word, puppetry, dance, music and new writing. Seven different artists perform on seven different nights. See our website for the full programme.

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  • The Silent House

    Benjamin and Shiva have lived in a refugee camp for two years whilst they work towards completing their citizenship applications. They're very friendly and intimate, but there is something between them that gradually changes the shape of their relationship. Join us to ask the "whys" about our world: about humanity, war, violence and existence, and passionately make the world a better place through art.

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  • The Laurel & Hardy Cabaret

    The award-winning Lucky Dog have been playing their successful biopic 'Hats Off to Laurel & Hardy' since 2013. This, however, is a bumper package of Stan and Ollie's routines and songs from stage, screen, and record which you won't find elsewhere. Featuring some classic re-created movie sequences, along with some hilarious (and rare) sketches which the boys performed on tour in the 1940s and 50s (including here in Brighton). You will be transported back to a more innocent time, yet be amazed at how current their comedy remains.

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  • The Boy Who Gave His Heart Away by Cole Moreton

    Cole Moreton is a writer and broadcaster exploring who we are and what we believe in. His Radio 4 series 'The Boy Who Gave His Heart Away' won Best Writing at the World's Best Radio Awards in New York. Cole now tells this deeply moving true story live on stage. Interviewer of the Year in 2016, he has written for 'The Guardian', 'The Independent', 'The Times', and 'The Mail on Sunday'. A resident of Sussex and father of four, Cole admits he was squeamish about organ donation until his mind was completely changed by meeting the families in this story. It's also a testament to the wonder that is the NHS.

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  • Stick Some Shoes On

    From our first dates, sexual frustration, sexual tension, Tinder, insecurities, boredom, to marriage. We've all gone through it, but do we ever come out of it? Did we really marry our soulmate? Join us for a hilarious, fast-paced, poignant hour following a set of characters facing the joys and challenges of being in and out of love in your 30s.

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  • Steve Lee Performs an Indecent Act

    If you missed Steve's Fringe debut 'Sit Down Stand Up' last year, you now have the opportunity of missing this brand new show as well! Tales of a life well-lived with possible nudity, naughty words, and live music. Who could ask for anything more? Well, Steve will ask for a brandy! In showbiz for 47 years, with two TV scripts for Disney under his belt, a dozen shows written for family audiences, and you've never heard of him? Now's your chance to find out why!

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  • Sing-Along Fun with Dave Benson Phillips

    The well-known children's entertainer and TV presenter Dave Benson Phillips ('Playdays', 'Playhouse Disney', 'Fun Song Factory', 'Boj!') performs popular children's songs on his trusty guitar. Join in with Dave as he sings... 'If You're Happy and You Know it', 'Dingle Dangle Scarecrow', 'The Bear Went Over the Mountain', 'The Hokey Kokey', and many other musical tunes, plus Dave's Sing-Along Quiz! It's the perfect show for families with young children (under 6s). The ethic of Dave's show is very simple... Sing the songs, join in with the actions, and have fun!

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  • She Wolf

    Cersei Lannister is a character based on Queen Margaret of Anjou. This woman was a badass. Or was she? Was she pure conniving evil to the core? Or was that fake news spread by Shakespeare's mainstream media? Premiering at Melbourne Fringe in 2017 to critical acclaim, in 'She Wolf' Gillian English "takes the big guns on and leaves us laughing as she chips away at false idols." (Plus Ones).

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  • SESKA: Spot the Difference!

    SESKA performs incredibly silly magic tricks, repeats them again but with a crazy added difference... and, when you spot the difference, you win a fab prize! A party atmosphere, hilarious entertainment and a competition all in one. Sells out super-fast so get the tickets now, donutfaces! When SESKA comes to town, kids laugh out loud, dads f*rt out loud, and mums faint at his feet! Crazier than finding a penguin in your fridge.

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  • Pronoun by Evan Placey

    "I showered. And then the mirror was just there. Suddenly there. Only it had always been there, but I'd, somehow, I'd managed to never look. To never really look." Josh and Isabella are childhood sweethearts. They were meant to spend their gap year together, they were meant to be together forever. But Isabella has now become a boy. A play about teenage transgender transition, testosterone, and James Dean.

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  • Pickman's Model by HP Lovecraft

    The Other Realm brings Lovecraft's classic short story to the stage. Pickman is an artist of extraordinary talent, but his gruesome paintings are born of a terrible secret. A dark and shocking tale that reveals the boundary between an artist's genius and insanity...

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  • On the Tracks

    Robert and Ted are shunters. They work together on a small country railway station at night. There seems to be nothing unusual about this evening but a lot has happened over the last few years and tonight something has changed. It is only when conversation turns to the darker side that it becomes clear how little they know about each other and can start uncovering the unsavoury truths. A sixty minute stage play with a touch tour and audio description absorbed within the script, so every performance is accessible for blind and visually impaired audiences.

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  • Bin and Gone

    The son of a Saturday night favourite; a father who performed with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope; the son who ended up with nothing, penniless and in care. Famed for quiz show 3-2-1, Ted Rogers was an 80's TV star, with celebrity friends from Thatcher to The Krankies. 'Bin & Gone' is the untold story of Ted - the man who played to millions, yet ended his days penniless and out of work. With personal memories and disarming honesty Ted's son, Danny, along with Dusty Bin, tells this tale of riches to rags in an intimate show exploring what it means to live in the shadow of a famous father.

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  • Dave Benson Phillips: Christ, I Thought He Was Dead!

    Do you remember Dave Benson Phillips? If you were a child in Britain from the 80s to the early 00s, there's a fair chance you watched him on TV... 'Playdays', 'Playhouse Disney', 'Fun Song Factory', 'Get Your Own Back!' to name but a few! He was all over children's TV... then suddenly, he wasn't. An internet death hoax that worked a little too well halted Dave's career. Now starring in his brand-new show which is part cabaret, part Q&A, some children's songs, some audience participation, and possibly some gunge... *(If Dave does die before you see this show then it will be cancelled!)

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  • Passing On

    Tom and Brian have decided they want to be parents. With the help of their friend Rachel, they decide to take the plunge. But their plans are thrown into complete disarray when a reluctant Tom is pushed by Brian to find out about his own birth mother, and what he discovers threatens to blow their relationship apart. A new play by Sean Denyer, staged by award-winning Irish companies, Blue Heart Theatre and Acting Out. 'Passing On' explores ideas of family, family history, and how sometimes you can't escape the past when it's built into your DNA.

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  • Painted Love

    With Marc Almond as your spiritual guide, what could possibly go wrong? From the team that brought you 'Get Fit With Bruce Willis', 'Painted Love' follows a washed up singer-songwriter as he tries to summon up the spirit of Marc Almond to resurrect his career. His wife wants his money, his agent wants a hit, the landlady's grandchildren won't shut up, and a spirit from the undead wants his soul. His solution? Find the sacred amulet of songwriting - once held by Marc - in the house where Marc once lived, and hope that painting will bring his wife back.

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  • My Father Held A Gun

    A passionate, storytelling show with live cinematic music about war and peace, acts of heroism, and the love for life. Winner of the Amsterdam Fringe Festival Gold Award 2017. Sahebdivani and Rodan combine a great sense of humor with the urge to tell sincere and meaningful stories. They take their audience on a trip through space and time.

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  • MoMent-Us!

    The world's only motivational mind-reader returns to Brighton Fringe, but this year, it's momentous! Dangerous stunts and death-defying spectacles performed for your entertainment, Phil attempts to stay 'in the moment', and read your mind to avoid career-ending injuries, or even death! If that wasn't enough, Phil will also be teaching you how to overcome your self-limiting beliefs, achieve your goals in life, and push through your sticking points. This will be your 'MoMent-Us' Experience!

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  • Mick Jagger is My Nightmare

    With flailing arms, grotesque faces, and a lot of sweat, Dutch performer Marius Mensink attempts to exorcise the Rolling Stones' front man out of his own body. This intense physical performance was an immediate cult hit at Cape Town Fringe. Amsterdam Fringe Festival Silver Award Winner 2013/2014.

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  • Live Music in Theatre: Creating and Playing Music for a Theatre Piece

    How can we enhance the impact of a theatre play with live music? An interactive workshop where participants are welcome to bring their own compositions to play or improvise. Guillermo Celano is a composer and improviser who won the North Sea Jazz Composition Award 2013. Iman Spaargaren is a multi reed player and composer.

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  • Just Don't Do It

    Female sexuality and Christianity: are they as uncomfortable bedfellows as they appear to be? Join two clowns on a surreal journey into the modern Church's approach to sex, celibacy and female sexual desire. What happens if we don't act on our physical impulses or when we idolise virginity? Fusing clown with acapella singing, puppetry and cabaret, this debut show delves into the confusing, the painful & the funny in asking: Is 'Just Don't Do It' the sum of the Church's advice on premarital sex?

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  • Hopeless

    Leyla Josephine is hopeless. She's had enough. She's been staying in bed all day, refusing to watch the news, eating full Viennettas at 1pm. She's been struggling through these difficult times. 'Hopeless' examines human suffering through quick-fire poetry and dark comedy. Watch as Leyla Josephine tries to find hope in the utterly hopeless. Leyla Josephine is the former UK Spoken Word Slam Champion.

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  • GROOMED

    Three-time winner at Brighton Fringe 2016, 'GROOMED' is back, but for one night only. Three extraordinary stories: A betrayed schoolboy, a Japanese soldier and the inventor of the saxophone. Life-enhancing theatre can transform past wounds that so many share. This show's emotional power has gripped audiences in Norway, the UK, and the USA. Intelligent. Unmissable.

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  • Equity: Fighting for a Fair Fringe

    Fringe theatre can be some of the most exciting and rewarding work out there, but all too often it's unpaid and can price ordinary people out of the industry. Equity's 'Professionally Made Professionally Paid' campaign has brought over £3million in wages to fringe performers. Have your say and find out more about how you can be part of the campaign - led by Equity Organiser Emmanuel de Lange.

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  • Behind Our Skin

    When Camille transfers to London, she finds herself following a well-travelled road. She left her country to grow, yet her reality slowly narrows. When complications with her baby arise, she needs to engage with the society that has welcomed her. Naysam arrives in France at 17, with her heart filled with dreams - thinking she will finally live the stories of her favourite fictional characters. But the reality of economic and social survival quickly takes over.

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  • Autobiographical Storytelling: A Performance Art Form

    A playful and dynamic workshop that starts by provoking a memory from your life. Then, using simple storytelling techniques, witness your memory grow into a meaningful and engaging story. Hosted by award-winning company My Father Held a Gun (Gold Award-winner at Amsterdam Fringe 2017).

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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 feisty sense of humour.

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  • A Really Really Big Modern Telly

    "Gone are the days of leaving the house to be entertained. We've got something new, something the dusty stage and movie theatre can't offer, and best of all, it now stars you." A double bill of comedy plays simultaneously celebrating and condemning modern life, sandwiched in sketches. An 80s re-imagining of the myth of Narcissus, and a contemporary fable, blending live theatre and projection, questioning what happens when the consumer becomes the consumed...

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  • Barbecue: The Musical

    Britain is on the brink of nuclear war - how would you spend what might be your last afternoon on Earth? Somewhere in middle-class suburbia, a small group has decided to press on with their plans of a traditional British barbecue in the back garden. Featuring original songs, including one sung by a man dressed as a wasp, 'Barbecue: The Musical' follows the group as they repeatedly fail to light the barbecue, then subsequently burn some sausages while trying to stop Graham the next-door neighbour from inviting himself over. What better way to spend your last hours?

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  • Mansplaining Feminism

    Still talking to each other after last year's Edinburgh success with 'Holt and Talbot Can't Stand the Sight of Each Other,' and no one is more surprised than them. Rosie is unable to grasp the simple concept of feminism, but over the course of an hour of bickering, sketches, and the most audacious bit of mansplaining you'll ever see, Christian attempts to set her straight. 'Refreshing and very funny' BroadwayBaby.com

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  • What's My Favourite Soup?

    A new hour of stand-up from one of Ireland's least Irish Irishmen, Christian Talbot. 'Talbot may call himself 'Shite at Being Irish' but when it comes to putting together a good show, well, he's great at that.' **** Broadway Baby

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  • Juliet Meyers is Jekyll & Hyde (with a dog)

    Juliet hates being called 'lovely' - she can be at times, but she's not your nan and isn't obliged. And what doesn't that word even mean? Stand-up, confession, and storytelling about how great and utterly awful people are. And why dogs are mostly better (there's one in the show. Ho does occasionally lick himself intimately...not sure if he does that to help). 'Smart and very funny' The Independent

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  • Try

    Being born was the one time Sam put any effort into something, and her mum took all the credit for that. Since then she has been bobbing along aimlessly hoping for a motivational genie who understands she like a lie-in. Through various characters, she looks at how much better life can be if you just try.

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  • Sameena Zehra: Existerhood

    The world is changing. Bigly. What price friendship, when revolution beckons? What price joy, sanity, compassion? Intent & consequence. Power & control. These are words. I will use them. You will laugh.* 'Funny, fiery, brave and true' The Glasgow Herald *Terms and conditions apply.

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  • Andrea Hubert: Holes of Joy

    A show about internalised misogyny, how the Jews have it really good these days (Andrea is one, so she can say that and it isn't racist), how not everyone (mostly Andrea) is on board with saving the bees, and what types of porn a feminist watches. From the winner of the This is London Best Edinburgh Debut 2016.

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  • Yuriko Kotani: Overwork in Progress

    Winner of the BBC New Comedy Award 2015 and Time Out's One to Watch, UK-based Japanese comedian Yuriko Kotani brings you wonderfully offbeat stories with her rug-pulling punchlines and bizarre observations as work-in-progress.

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  • Will Rowland

    Silly, surreal stand-up comedy from spicy boy Will Rowland. The first third is devoted to proclaiming that he is a popular guy with plenty of friends. The second is a discussion of truth in comedy, which involves some backtracking. The third section is devoted to the telling of a wonderful joke, before finishing with a rousing sing-song, to the delight of all.

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  • Stella Graham: Uncivilized

    What do you do when you're no longer in control of steering the ship? How many times can you be wrong before you finally get it? Can a phone app make you less of a ticking time bomb? Do I need a lawyer? Join Stella in a hilarious fight she thinks she can win.

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  • Spring Day: Help! I've Fallen in Love and I Can't Get Up!

    Two little cripples sitting in a tree k-i-s-s--Wait! How did two cripples get up a tree? Come see Spring Day, voted Brooklyn's Best Comedian, tell true tales of a spastic Sid and Nancy (offended yet?) You'll laugh, be inspired and feel better about your lot in life, you patronising bastard. **** (ThreeWeeks)

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  • Sophie Duker: Diet Woke

    Controversy queen Sophie Duker heads back to Brighton to crack open a fresh can of comedy sass. Duker is a rising star who has brought her sexy-cerebral brand of humour to Comedy Central, BBC 2, Radio 4, and Cartoon Network (you can relax, she's legit). Show may contain: redheads, royals, ruckus. All audiences welcome, though in the interests of diversity we are particularly interested in selling tickets to straight white men.

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  • Sonia Aste: Made in Spain

    Sonia Aste is a Spaniard living in the UK with a quirky point of view: 'Cultural differences are like sangria - a happy mix that leaves us wanting more'. Join her as she guides us through tourism, folklore, family, and British/Spanish connections. With fiesta-like energy, you'll be stomping your feet with laughter! If you've ever been to Spain (or have yet to go), don't miss this night of colourful cultural comedy. Olé!

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  • Shame

    Ever felt ashamed? Ever wanted the ground to swallow you whole? You're not alone. Join poet and comedian Pete Strong as he explores the history of shame: his own, the shame of being a man, and simply the shame of being alive. Self-loathing, but with jokes, poems and the odd song. Honest!

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  • Sameena Zehra's Cult of Comedy

    An hour of pure entertainment from musicians, clowns, and wordmongers of all flavours, local and international, showcasing the best Brighton Fringe has to offer. "... a smorgasbord of different voices finding the funny in new places... in the assured and comedically strong hands of Zehra, 'Cult Of Comedy' is a welcome addition to the list of Fringe comedy nights, with a feel and tone all of its own" (Latest)

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  • Robyn Perkins: Happy?!

    Are you one of those people who makes bad decisions? This show is for you. Join exceptionally charismatic Robyn Perkins as she over-analyses her life, her farcical parents, and most of all, her bad decisions. It's an energetic, chatty hour filled with honest and hilarious anecdotes.

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  • Rob Deb: A Stand Up Guy

    Bi-cultural, demi-sexual, 42 year old Londoner WLTM varied audience with GSOH to tell jokes of a politically irreverent nature. Likes: comic books, 80s horror and second edition Dungeons and Dragons. Dislikes: social media, bureaucracy and watching 'Love Island' with the sound up.

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  • Richard Todd: Toddymandias, Todd of Todds

    A living statue watches as a vandal tags her. An artist draws the same image over and over with indomitable zeal. A small-town-convenience shopkeeper eschews convenience to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams. A comedian plans to conquer Brighton Fringe. Fools? Maybe! Dreamers? Certainly! Pension Plans? Probably not. Let's go meet them!

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  • Physics Fan Fiction

    Theoretical physicist Dr Fran Day takes a break from studying particles that probably don't exist to take to the stage in a stand-up science comedy spectacular. Fran takes a witty, irreverent, and occasionally surreal look at what theoretical physicists do all day. Could the Higgs Boson kill us all? What are the key differences between a supernova explosion and a fork? And what really goes on at the Large Hadron Collider?

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  • Paul Savage: Performative Wokeness

    Paul Savage spent last year trying to be better. In response, his girlfriend cheated on him with his flatmate. What's the point of doing good if no one notices? The award-winning comedian (Top 10 Jokes of Edinburgh Fringe 2017: The Guardian, Daily Mirror, Shortlist, Esquire, The Week) explores it all with jokes.

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  • Oli Bettesworth: Le Fou Roux

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

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  • Nick Elleray: It's Been Emotional (Work in Progress)

    The 'Mellow Thunder From Down Under' returns to Brighton with a stand-up comedy show that'll be thoughtful, silly, and thoughtfully silly. Winner of the Leicester Square Theatre Old Comedian Of The Year 2017

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  • Mixed Race White Bloke

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

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  • Miss Universe

    Miss Universe' is ludicrous, graceful and confidently beautiful character comedy from Shivani Thussu. This year's Miss Universe contestants form a patchwork quilt of offbeat characters - from social humanoid robot Sophia, to jealous Saudi princess Saphia, with many extreme personalities in between. Who will win? This is not just Miss World or Miss Earth. This is Miss Universe.

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  • Maria Shehata - Pretty Little (Work In Progress)

    Egyptian-American comedian Maria Shehata follows up her debut show 'Wisdomless' with stand up and storytelling about her life in London and what happened after she whimsically moved from LA. Winner of Best Comedian at the Hollywood Festival of New Cinema and Best Comedy at the Miami Web Fest.

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  • Made of Human Podcast: Live

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

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  • Life is a Caba-Rach

    Feel-good stand-up show on how to love life even when it's rubbish. From Rachel Sambrooks, writer/performer finalist Sitcom Trials 2016, semi-finalist Old Comedian of the Year 2016/2017, finalist Birmingham New Act competition, finalist Laughing Horse Big New Act competition, comedy writer with credits on BBC's 'Newsjack' and 'World Cup Tapes'.

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  • Life In Progress

    When life fell apart, Rob moved into a caravan. Finding happiness is a complex affair for Rob including helping lovesick earwigs, slapping sharks, and discovering the meaning of life.

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  • Let Them Eat Jake: Work in Progress

    Creating your own kingdom is what life's all about - one where you can live by your own rules, make your own choices, and be the person you truly are. Unfortunately, creating your own kingdom seems impossible when you're not born into a dazzling world of riches. So join Jake as he searches to create his very own Queendom with a foreign lover, a misguided view of spirituality, and a whole lot of cake. If you don't fit into the constraints of the kingdom, then free yourself into the Queendom!

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  • Karoshi

    'Karoshi' is Japanese for death by overwork. Is work killing you? Does your boss hate you? You are not alone. In her hit Edinburgh show, 'Karoshi', comedian (and tired worker) Mel Byron shows the many different ways in which work is killing us. Long hours; managers from hell; dysfunctional colleagues - they are all to blame. Yes, it's not you, it's them. In the time it takes you to eat lunch and update your CV (don't let the boss catch you), Mel shows, with anecdotes and fascinating facts, why this is happening and what we can do about it.

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  • It Never Rains: 2016 in Review

    Despite accidentally catching cancer, lunch poet Daniel Searle was one of the few people to not die in 2016. Through a series of spoken word pieces he looks back at the year in which a series of icons passed away, people voted for chaos in various forms, and he massively crapped himself after realising for the first time that he wasn't actually immortal, despite being as ginger as Highlander.

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  • Heidi vs Sharks: Work in Progress

    Heidi Regan, winner of BBC New Comedy Award 2017 and So You Think You're Funny? 2016, explores our increasingly confusing world via the medium of shark films. Warning: If you don't like footage of sharks biting people there will be a minute or two of this so you can come and close your eyes for those bits or else avoid the show entirely.

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  • Fiona Sagar: Working Progress

    Fiona Sagar (Funny Women Best Show Nominee 2016, The Groundlings Comedy Theatre, LA) returns to Brighton Fringe with her new character comedy show. "A talented impressionist, completely morphs into an array of hilariously self-indulgent characters" **** (Fringebiscuit)

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  • David McIver is a Nice Little Man

    Wow, it's time for the debut hour of comedy from hot ticket and nice friend David McIver! That's right girls and boys, your special little man is all grown up and raring to do some of his high-spirited absurdist nonsense and silly characters. "A refreshing breath of air in every sense." **** (Broadway Baby)

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  • Award-winning comedian Dave Chawner premieres his new show about mental health (rather than mental illness). As seen on BBC, ITV and Channel 4 As heard on BBC Radio 1, Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live ***** (Arts Award Voice)

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  • Daphna Baram: Sugarcoating

    A Middle Eastern Mary Poppins gets diabetes from her spoonful of sugar, becomes British, and negotiates with her body as insulin and Brexit go down. Just as Daphna Baram finally falls in love with her big magnificence, she's told she must indulge it less - or part with her toes. Just as she receives the coveted red EU passport, her new compatriots denounce Europe. The betrayal of the flesh and treachery of hope never seemed so bittersweet.

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  • Bear North

    Comic, cajun folk 'n' blues 'bout bears, beavers, and buffalo. Roy Hutchins and Mike Dr Blue are your highly unreliable narrators as they interweave, tooth and claw, wonderful stories and nature poems inspired by the Canadian wilds. This is a show that celebrates the glories of friendship; so come with your friends, and enter into the spirit.

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  • Alex Petrovic, Fiona Ridgewell, Graeme Collard

    Alex Petrovic (BBC New Comedy Awards, Radio 2, Radio 4 Extra), Fiona Ridgewell (Comedy Knights Finalist 2016, Golden Jester Finalist 2015), and Graeme Collard (Comedy Fun House Gong Show Winner) are three exciting new stand-up comedians bringing you an awesome hour of stand-up comedy!

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  • Alex Martini is Mad About Food

    Are you passionate about food, yet in love with Britain at the same time? This show is for you! The craziest Italian, Alex Martini, brings you his debut solo show 'Mad About Food'. Alex knows a lot about food, and like most Italians, he's not afraid to shout it out loud. Constantly in and out of stereotype, this show will leave you wanting more.

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  • Year Without Summer

    May 1816. Claire Clairmont invites lover Byron to Lake Geneva with her step-sister, Mary Godwin. Passions run high, ghost stories are shared. History has forgotten Claire, but without her, Mary might never have conceived of her defining work: 'Frankenstein'.

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  • Woyzeck

    A tortured mind, a broken heart, a descent into insanity, jealousy and rage. Büchner's classic play, 'Woyzeck', remains an unflinchingly relevant commentary on society's uncaring attitude towards poverty and mental illness. The story of a man who, by the circumstances of his birth, is driven down the darkest possible path, while those infected with the myopia of privilege feed him the lie that turning aside is a mere matter of moral strength.

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  • Word

    They're pretty special. They give a person the opportunity to express themselves. They can be read. They can be heard. They can be spoken. They allow us to communicate. I was always told that it's not what you say, but how you say it - is this true? Become the contestant or host in an audience-led game show that put the words we use under a magnifying glass.

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  • Wan In Wan Oot

    Miss Mckay is with child, having been artificially inseminated by the sperm of her wife's best pal, and she's very worried about the size of her baby's head. Miss Mckay's wife wishes there were no such thing as bloody Dr. Google. Mrs Mckay Senior is "On Her Wey Oot". She is telling death to "F**k Off". She is telling the nurses to "F**k Off", and she is having a wee laugh at the expense of the "wumman in the bed next to her". A play about the extraordinariness of ordinary family history, memories, and what happens to families when those we love come into our lives, and when they leave.

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  • Waiting for Curry

    Ever wanted to tell someone how you really feel? Four friends, two couples, and a lot of history. Too much wine flows as they wait for their takeaway, and they share more than intended... including a past that two of them knew nothing about... An evening where everything comes out of the woodwork: secrets, longings and jealousies. An evening that changes them and their friendships forever.

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  • Tits in Space

    'Tits in Space' - are they idiots or are they boobs? A sketch show involving two idiots, some space, emails, death, plankton, voiceovers, and boob hats.

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  • The Sorrowful Tale of Sleeping Sidney

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

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  • The O.S. Map Fan Club

    Join Ordnance Survey enthusiast, Helen Wood, for a humorous exploration of the much-loved, fold-out, paper map. Take a fascinating, laughter-filled, virtual ramble with Explorer map 168, and celebrate the simple beauty of Britain's inspiring national treasure. O.S. fanatics, O.S. curious and O.S sceptics are all welcome at the O.S. Map Fan Club.

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  • The Ealing Inheritance

    A ripe, fetid comedy, where no one is who they claim, where everyone has a terrible secret and where the past haunts the present. Inspired by such films as 'The Ladykillers' and 'Kind Hearts and Coronets.'

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  • Talking to the Dead

    Is it possible to communicate with the dead? Magicians Griffin and Jones intend to find out. Using techniques from Victorian séance rooms, they invite you to join them in an unforgettable journey into the unknown. Will you face your fears and join them as they peer into the great beyond and ask the question, "Is anybody there?"

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  • Tales

    Two ancient sisters sit peering out through net curtains. A young woman cycles out into the woods. The town prepares for a party. Caper with us into a world that slides between magic and the mundane, travelling deep down into the pits of myth where bedtime stories bleed out into real life.

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  • Sophia Walker: Around The World In Eight Mistakes

    This Best UK Spoken Word award-winner and BBC Slam Champion tells her unique story of all the reasons never to move. A rip-roaring roam around the world, the story will take you from the USSR all the way to present day London, via Washington DC, North Vietnam, and the Ugandan war, asking "What is home, and how do we get there?"

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  • Proteus Theatre Company: Mad, Bad, and Dangerous To Know

    Join Lord Byron, the most notorious figure from literary history, for a stiff drink. He'll tell you his wild tales of debauchery and romance, and entertain you with his wit and wisdom. Meet the man who invented celebrity culture in this unique evening of performance and poetry made especially for pub settings. This one-man show, performed by Paul Huntley-Thomas, combines Byron's poetry and improvisational comedy for an interactive night like no other.

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  • One Woman Alien

    In theatre, no one can hear you scream: one hour, one woman, one cult movie! Returning from the success of her award-nominated Edinburgh Fringe show, 'Cacophony', the "impossible to forget" (The List) Heather-Rose Andrews tackles the classic horror alone (with a cat).

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  • Metamorphosis

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

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  • Mark Grist and Tim Clare: Voted Out

    Sick of democracy? Well here's the chance to vote it out! Poets Mark Grist and Tim Clare's new show puts the power in the hands of the audience. Each person will get their own interactive voting card which enables real-time, anonymous voting throughout the performance. The audience choose the direction of the show, reward the poet that panders to their whims, and even decide what they want the poems to be about. Sex or cheese? Portishead or pugs?

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  • Jonny Fluffypunk: How I Came To Be Where I Never Was

    How do you find yourself, when you find yourself where you don't belong? Jonny Fluffypunk grew up in the far-flung, forgotten reaches of outer suburbia. In 1984 he was fifteen. This is a story about being the first punk in the village and the only trainspotter in eyeliner. About unrequited love and youth clubs and John Peel and the forgotten gods of small record shops; about making your own myth and letting go.

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  • John Osborne: Circled in the Radio Times

    A new storytelling show about finding a pile of old copies of the Radio Times and piecing together someone's life by the programmes they had circled. Osborne is a master at creating captivating theatre out of quirky simple stories that make heroes out of everyday people and heighten normal tales into pure folklore. "A keen eye for a killer line and the significance of the trivia of daily life. I could have listened for hours." ***** (The Independent)

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  • How to: Rural Tour

    The village hall, church and school are focal points for rural life and afford a familiar, informal space in which local people can enjoy the arts. Join members of the National Rural Touring Forum to learn how to tour your show to rural communities. Informal presentation and discussion followed by Q&A.

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  • Hamlet (An Experience)

    Emily Carding plays Hamlet and you, the audience, are the players arriving at Elsinore. Hamlet needs your help to take on the roles of his friends and family and resolve the great questions of life. Journey through the play together and become immersed in the story like never before.

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  • 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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  • 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, they bring you a magnificent MUSICAL MEGA JAM, accompanied by The Maydays' legendary Joe Samuel..

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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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  • 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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  • 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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april, 2018

20apr8:00 pm- 10:00 pmLava Elastic23rd of February, 16th of March & 20th of April, 20:00City:Brighton

21apr8:00 pm- 10:00 pmTea & Toast Presents: BlaBla Land17th of March & 21st of April, 20:00City:Brighton