The Fabulous Bäckström Brothers

The Fabulous Bäckström Brothers

UK premiere of the Finnish international musical-comedy hit, combining opera, pin-sharp musical variety and stomach-crampingly funny physical comedy, directed by Spymonkey’s Toby Park and Aitor Basauri... 

Joseph Morpurgo: Hammerhead

Joseph Morpurgo: Hammerhead

Joseph Morpurgo presents his masterpiece: a boundary-smashing, 9-hour adaption of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Or is it? Outlandishly funny multimedia comedy and new voodoo from the distinguished mind of the 2015 Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, three-time 2016 Chortle Award winner and BBC Radio Four star Joseph Morpurgo, featuring surreal set-pieces, vivid comic writing, subliminal pulse signals – and monsters... 

Sound Barrier

Sound Barrier

The whip was the first human invention that broke the 'Sound Barrier'. Finnish circus artist Katerina Repponen turns whip-cracking into an art in this astonishing piece. Her precision in hitting targets is matched by her visually arresting presentation that proves that the whip can create something beautiful, elegant and soft as well as scary, loud and dangerous... 

Dark Side of the Mime

Dark Side of the Mime

'Dark Side of the Mime' explores the grotesque like nothing else. It mixes together clowning with classic pantomime, porn, splatter, and violence. In its core lies the foundation of our common culture and it’s taboos – we simultaneously gasp with horror and tremor with laughter because we all know we’re seeing the same things, even though the images are conjured up using only gestures... 

Suhde

Suhde

Relationships are subject of Kate and Pasi's superbly skilled acrobatic show. How can a 50kg woman win a 100kg man? And what kind of a relationship is there between such an unlikely duo when the two encounter each other? Who is leading and who is following? How do they influence each other? Amazing Finnish acrobatic duo Kate and Pasi literally juggle each other in this show about love and relationships... 

Blackpool

Blackpool

Dance performance 'Blackpool' takes the audience on a journey to the tough world of competitive ballroom dancing and reveals the rugged everyday life to be found behind the glamour... 

DollyWould

DollyWould

Oh look, Sh!t Theatre are back. Known for their multi award-winning, politically-conscious, sell-out shows: 'What is it this time?', 'Oh, is it Unemployment?', 'Is there a crisis?', 'Did the Government do Something Wrong Again?' Now, it’s a show about Dolly Parton "we f*cking love her"... 

Brighton Beach Boys perform The Beatles

Brighton Beach Boys perform The Beatles "White Album"

The Brighton Beach Boys perform The Beatles 'White Album'. Following from Sgt Pepper and Magical Mystery Tour, the Brighton Beach Boys return to celebrate the 50th anniversary of another classic album... 

Sarah Jane Morris & Antonio Forcione: Compared To What

Sarah Jane Morris & Antonio Forcione: Compared To What

With the release of 'Compared to What', Sarah Jane Morris teams up with the guitar artistry of world-renowned Antonio Forcione, producing a compelling, unique and haunting album. Together they have each been compared to an impressive array of musical geniuses including Janice Joplin and Tom Waits (vocally) as well as Jimi Hendrix (instrumentally)... 

All About Us

All About Us

15 years at Brighton Fringe! MJ Paranzino's choirs will be performing the ‘Best of the Best’ from the last 15 years at Brighton Fringe; from new choral music as well as jazz, gospel, R&B, musical theatre and classical favourites... 

Rosetta

Rosetta

Award winning, internationally developed movement piece. Rosetta is a collaboration between movement and cutting edge responsive motion tracking technology. The performance explores the construct of language and how two forms, light and movement are used together to form a dialogue... 

STAC @ Northbrook Musical Theatre Showcase 2017

STAC @ Northbrook Musical Theatre Showcase 2017

The STAC @ Northbrook Showcase featured 14 Musical Theatre Degree students, advertising their many performance talents in just over an hour of song and dance. The fourteen-strong company deftly tackled material across a wide range of classic and contemporary styles, from haunting numbers from Carrie and Sweeney Todd to the sugar-sweet harmonies of Waitress... 

Melancholy

Melancholy

‘Spiral down the stairs to the world of the inventor. Consumed by grief, he undertakes work on his biggest creation yet, his lost wife... but at what cost?’This story of puppetry and animation follows a man’s (Stephen McCabe) journey into mourning and acceptance... 

Trygve Wakenshaw: Nautilus

Trygve Wakenshaw: Nautilus

Nominated: Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award, 2015. This 75 minute tour-de-force of high-octane mime comedy is the widely lauded follow-up to cult sell-out physical comedies 'Kraken' and 'Squidboy'... 

Macho Macho

Macho Macho

Bosnian-Dutch artist Igor Vrebac draws inspiration from Instagram after-workout selfies, Turkish wrestling and the idea of bromance in his new physical performance 'Macho Macho' to question the objectified "men’s world" we are living in today... 

Sleeping Trees: SCI-FI?

Sleeping Trees: SCI-FI?

'Where are we going Admiral Ox?' asks the starry eyed, young space farmer who is really the secret son of an evil galactic overlord with special powers. 'PLUTOPIA' replies the self styled space explorer Admiral Ox... 

Jack Rooke: Good Grief

Jack Rooke: Good Grief

With a coffin full of sympathy snacks, Jack Rooke and his 85-year-old Nan, Sicely, invite you to the happiest town in Britain, where Dad’s dead and the only thing to eat is lasagne... 

James Campbell: The Funny Thing About...

James Campbell: The Funny Thing About...

A stand-up show for children over 6, their parents and anyone who likes comedy without the rude words. Hold onto your socks and enjoy stand-up comedy for kids with James Campbell. As seen on 'Blue Peter'... 

Othello

Othello

Verdi’s operatic adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello is brought to us by Kent Opera. Their Pros and Cons project aims to make music and theatre accessible to those incarcerated in prison and it was a pleasure to watch this very special performance directed by Stephen Tiller... 

Ed Aczel's 'Foreign Policy'

Ed Aczel's 'Foreign Policy'

"Britain’s greatest living anti- comedian" (The Guardian) wades headlong into the thorny issue of foreign policy. Ever thought that maybe your relationship with your next-door neighbour is in fact a foreign policy? No? Well that’s lesson number 1 from deadpan critic’s favourite, Ed Aczel... 

Sleeping Trees: WESTERN?

Sleeping Trees: WESTERN?

Sleeping Trees return to lovingly destroy yet another film genre. 'WESTERN' is a sordid tale, from the sandy depths of the Wild West. Follow unlikely hero Harry Sudds as a simple trip to the bank quickly descends into the worst day of his life... 

Sleeping Trees: MAFIA?

Sleeping Trees: MAFIA?

After watching all three 'Godfather' films, James has decided to leave Sleeping Trees and become a real life Sicilian gangster. This fast-paced physical comedy show is the compromise... 

Verdi's Otello

Verdi's Otello

A play. An opera. Two visions. Two voices. One story. Jealousy and deception, trust and trickery, love destroyed. A world of tall tales and derring-do. Of soldiers and heroes - and super-men with feet of clay... 

The Presence of The Heap and The Happy Way to Go?

The Presence of The Heap and The Happy Way to Go?

Theatre Inc. and IntAct Theatre Co. at Chichester College, Fan Dance Theatre Co. and The Magic Chocolate Show bring you this exciting double-bill of physical theatre led by artists with disabilities... 

Nick Harper

Nick Harper

"My musical discovery of 2016" (Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music). Nick Harper's rich acoustic/Folk heritage (he is Folk legend Roy Harper's son) is recognised worldwide. "One of the finest guitarists of his generation, soaring vocals, epic songs" (Mojo), "Dylan for the iPod generation – Betjemen with a guitar" (Guitarist Magazine), "The Acoustic Hendrix" (Guitar)... 

Betty Blue Eyes

Betty Blue Eyes

Set in postwar Britain where one of the only distractions from recovery and rationing is the hope brought by the upcoming wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, this performance of Betty Blue Eyes was delightfully entertaining... 

Jonny & The Baptists: Eat The Poor

Jonny & The Baptists: Eat The Poor

There is going to be a lot of trouble for everyone when the Swan Liberation Army finally achieve emancipation and turn the United Kingdom into an totalitarian Swan state.Jonny Donahoe and Paddy Gervers, as Jonny and the, inexplicably plural, Baptists, take two guitars and explore this idea, along with many others in a couple of hours of random, riotous republicanism... 

Avery*Sunshine & Yakul

Avery*Sunshine & Yakul

US Soul vocalist Avery*Sunshine is, without a doubt, one of the most dynamic voices on the creative music scene, known for her invigorating live performances and compelling, revealingly honest song writing... 

Slap and Tickle

Slap and Tickle

"A machine gun of visual joy” (SeeingDance) This dark, ribald, physical commentary is created and performed by Liz Aggiss, a “maverick, anarchic, indomitable and fearless performance artist... 

AY | NA

AY | NA

Ceyda Tanc Dance is a contemporary dance company led by Artistic Director and Choreographer, Ceyda Tanc. The company produce cutting-edge, dynamic contemporary dance works with influence of traditional Turkish folk dance, the dance style of Tanc’s heritage... 

Focus Group* *or How to Stare Down & Transfigure Loneliness1 1A play after David Foster Wallace

Focus Group* *or How to Stare Down & Transfigure Loneliness1 1A play after David Foster Wallace

“This parable of limiting life down to human usefulness is as beautiful as it is bleak” (Exeunt). 'Focus Group*' is an absurd comedy with a dark heart. Join an off-kilter focus group about brightly coloured cakes, and witness a man gradually relinquish the delusion that he matters in the slightest... 

Wilder Stories: Rhapsodies in Colour

Wilder Stories: Rhapsodies in Colour

Join us for a pigment-drenched journey. Have you ever thought about what the colour of love is? What the shade of rage is? For this specially curated live-lounge podcast, we’ve invited storytellers: musicians, writers, academics and artists from across the city to share a story with us evoked by colour over three intimate Sunday sessions at The Old Market... 

Colour Me Choral: A Choral Concert of Gospel, Classics & New Music

Colour Me Choral: A Choral Concert of Gospel, Classics & New Music

Did you know that every sound has a colour? What are your true colours? And what happens when all those colours blend together in a choir? Come and discover an amazing choral rainbow experience in a truly sense-ational event of sound, light and rhythm with original compositions as well as popular classics, in a multimedia concert with over 200 singers. 

Jam Tarts Choir

Jam Tarts Choir

Jam Tarts has enjoyed a string of successful shows in 2015 and 2016, including festival appearances and a critically-acclaimed collaboration with Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta. The choral collective is now pleased to confirm a return to Brighton Fringe for a third time in 2017... 

Strange Face: Adventures With A Lost Nick Drake Recording

Strange Face: Adventures With A Lost Nick Drake Recording

“Strange face, with your eyes So pale and sincere. Underneath you know well You have nothing to fear....”So starts Cello Song, a melancholic sliver of a song that appears halfway through Nick Drake’s debut album, Five Leaves Left... 

End Times Steampunk Festival

End Times Steampunk Festival

A Steampunk fandazzle eruption. The Iron Boot Scrapers, birdeatsbaby, Mr B. The Gentleman Rhymer and The Filthy Spectacula. So gather up your tip top clobber and come razzle-dazzle on the dance floor with all the other pippins, poodle-fakers and buffers... 

Just Right: A Tale of One Girl, Three Bears & Lashings of Porridge!

Just Right: A Tale of One Girl, Three Bears & Lashings of Porridge!

From the creators of 'Three Excellent Little Pigs' and 'Gorrid the Horrid' comes another spell-binding musical puppet show. Featuring one mean girl, three excellent bears and lashings of porridge! Expect mesmerising visuals, brilliant songs, lots of laughs and our cheeky style of audience participation. 

James Campbell's Comedy 4 Kids

James Campbell's Comedy 4 Kids

For children over 6, their parents and anyone who likes comedy without the rude words. "James Campbell pioneered the idea of stand-up for children, and it is still genuinely impressive to watch him hold the attention of a theatre full of 6 to 11 year-olds for an hour with nothing but a microphone" (Stephanie Merritt, The Guardian) 

The Tailor of Gloucester

The Tailor of Gloucester

This award-winning theatre company returns with its hilarious, heart-warming adaptation of the Beatrix Potter tale of a poor tailor, who falls foul of his cat when he rescues the mice... 

1972: The Future Of Sex

1972: The Future Of Sex

What an incredible performance. This spectacular show had all the right moves – and grooves – to make it one of the Fringe’s best pieces of theatre this year. Set in 1972 and discussing a very popular topic of the day – sex – this show takes you on a journey through awkward first kisses, coming out and lost virginities as the couples tried to make sense of their sexual desires... 

Trygve Wakenshaw: Kraken

Trygve Wakenshaw: Kraken

The multi-award-winning, critically acclaimed total-sell-out returns. Gaulier-trained clown Trygve Wakenshaw’s beautifully strange stream-of-consciousness idiocy. Winner: Best Comedy (Adelaide Fringe 2015 AND Perth Fringe 2015); 2014 Edinburgh Underbelly Award... 

Sleeping Trees: Sci - Fi?

Sleeping Trees: Sci - Fi?

The award-winning company and jazz fusion trio, The Physics House Band, return to unleash their fast-paced physical comedy on Sci-fi movies, complete with two rip-roaring live scores and over 100 brand new characters... 

Sleeping Trees: Western?

Sleeping Trees: Western?

The award-winning company and jazz fusion trio, The Physics House Band, return to unleash their fast-paced physical comedy on Wild Western movies, complete with two rip-roaring live scores and over 100 brand new characters... 

The Lamellar Project

The Lamellar Project

Set in the year 2039, this is a world that man has destroyed. The Earth's fragile ecosystem is under attack and we are viewing the day to day current events through Skype conversations between two different scientists; one based in the UK (played by Gideon Turner) and one in Philadelphia (played by Emma Gibson)... 

With A Little Bit Of Luck

With A Little Bit Of Luck

Set when the UK garage scene was at the height of its glory, With a Little Bit of Luck introduces us to 19 year-old Nadia, about to experience her ‘summer of love’ in 2001 and with her whole life ahead of her... 

WiFi Wars

WiFi Wars

If like me you whiled away many a Saturday stopping your dog’s tail from slightly moving your carefully balanced lead from your cassette player to your Spectrum ZX81, keeping everything crossed that Daley Thompson’s Decathlon would eventually load, you will love WiFi Wars... 

What I Learned from Johnny Bevan

What I Learned from Johnny Bevan

Luke Wright delivers a multi-award-winning hurricane of a performance. With humour and humanity, he takes British politics head on, challenging the rise of New Labour, David Cameron and the abandonment of those left behind... 

Bromance

Bromance

A tour-de-force of physical heroics, wittily exploring male companionship and its limits. Enjoyable chemistry and humour blends with exceptional skills in parkour, B-boying, tricking, hand-to-hand acrobatics and Cyr wheel... 

Musical Refuge: A Choral Concert of Gospel, Classics & New Music

Musical Refuge: A Choral Concert of Gospel, Classics & New Music

We all know the refuge that music and singing can bring. In a time of terrible flux and uncertainty, where people are fleeing for their lives, music and singing can be a great solace... 

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

There’s a storm. Noble identical twins are separated and cast away in an enemy realm. Thus begins Twelfth Night, Shakespeare’s best known and most performed comedy. What follows is the classical version of chaos, as genders are bent, hierarchies inverted and falsehoods embraced... 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Local thespians in Brighton may be familiar with the Academy of Creative Training (ACT), which strives to offer instruction to the ordinary individual who dreams of a life on the stage... 

Simon Munnery: And Nothing But

Simon Munnery: And Nothing But

There have been a lot of Simon Munneries over the years.We’ve had Simon Munnery the absurdist bureaucrat with a clipboard, Simon Munnery with a bucket on his head, Simon Munnery as a comic dictator standing on top of a bus and shouting... 

Golem

Golem

Brightness infuses the evening from the off in 1927’s theatrical delight, Golem. Opening with stunning visuals, the show fuses live performance, animation and film into an intriguing live performance that delivers a powerful message with a refreshing angle... 

Festival of the Spoken Nerd vs Go 8-Bit!

Festival of the Spoken Nerd vs Go 8-Bit!

Sunday Night: Nerd Night! Two geek/comedy shows for the price of one: [1] Festival of the spoken nerd: Just for graphs. Stand-up mathematician Matt Parker, experiments maestro Steve ‘Danger’ Mould and geek songstress Helen Arney are back... 

Verses Versus Verses: Brighton v London Poets v MCs

Verses Versus Verses: Brighton v London Poets v MCs

After the gargantuan battle of Brighton's finest at the 12th Annual Poets v MCs, Brighton takes on the best that the Mother City has to offer. Demand respect for your style of spoken word as poets from the big bad city and the flamboyant fishing village take on the combined forces of the rappers... 

Three Excellent Little Pigs by Al Start

Three Excellent Little Pigs by Al Start

Huff, puff and puppets! Start-Blooming are firm ‘family-show favourites’ in and around Brighton. Our new show is a little different to our previous shows Pirate Adventure' and 'Gorrid the Horrid' - it features handmade puppets (by Al)... 

Black is the Color of My Voice

Black is the Color of My Voice

Inspired by the life of Nina Simone, Apphia Campbell's hit one-woman show follows jazz musician and civil rights activist Mena Bordeaux as she undergoes a three day period of spiritual cleansing following the untimely death of her father... 

James Campbell's Comedy 4 Kids

James Campbell's Comedy 4 Kids

For children over six, their parents and anyone who likes comedy without the rude words. A show which might or might not discuss lollipop ladies, quantum chromatic disruption machines and tartan badgers... 

Miss Dietrich Regrets

Miss Dietrich Regrets

Marlene Dietrich: the sex goddess who never grew old. A byword for glamour and sex appeal from an earlier age, Marlene was the iconic cabaret star and well known lover to many of showbiz’s biggest stars... 

Hundred Watt Club: Burlesque & Cabaret

Hundred Watt Club: Burlesque & Cabaret

Returning to Brighton with another rip-roaring line-up! Featuring raucous, risqué and hairy boylesque from Dave the Bear; flirtatious striptease from pin-up Jeanie Wishes; plus hilarious, acute and shocking characters with Glory Pearl... 

Lorraine & Alan

Lorraine & Alan

When Alan discovers a mysterious young woman lying amongst the seals, their lives become irreversibly entwined. 'Lorraine & Alan' is a modern re-telling of the Selkie myth with live electronic sound design, song and several hundred plastic bottles... 

Laughtermarket

Laughtermarket

"Top notch comedy night" **** (Latest 7) Laughtermarket is back for 2015 with another stonking night of headline acts and rising stars from the local scene. Headlined by Latitude Act of the Year, Paul McCaffrey "He has charm, charisma and success written all over him" (Evening Standard) is joined by Anna Morris "Darkly Hilarious" (Grazia), Phil Jerrod, Juliet Meyers and Darren Maskell... 

Jarrod Lawson

Jarrod Lawson

Vocalist Jarrod Lawson is as smooth as you can get and then some. He and his firecracker band The Good People are currently taking Europe by storm with a new harmony-laden, powerful take on soul jazz... 

Musical Babble: a Choral Concert of Gospel, Classics & New Music

Musical Babble: a Choral Concert of Gospel, Classics & New Music

MUSICAL BABBLE For twelve years, MJ Paranzino, composer and director has commissioned New Choral Music for Brighton Fringe. As well as new music this choral concert will include gospel, rock, swing and classical music performed by MJ's Choirs... 

Jam Tarts Choir

Jam Tarts Choir

A mass of pink and red strode onto the stage. Perhaps the Jam Tarts were dressed to match the conductor’s impressive pink meringue dress, which swirled and puffed about, keeping time for the choir... 

Ernest and the Pale Moon

Ernest and the Pale Moon

As the audience enter Ernest is sitting and watching the girl of his dreams, which he does every night. Then, suddenly, the play delivers an alarming shock; we know this mock gothic horror is out to stop us sleeping tonight... 

Children's Shows and Workshops

Children's Shows and Workshops

A celebration of children and young people in the Performing Arts featuring theatre, literature, music and movement. Including works by Roald Dahl, Lisa McGee, Jack Thorne and Kay Adshead ranging from classic fairy tales with a Dahl twist to girl gang rappers... 

Decomposed!

Decomposed!

Down on his luck, Will is forced to move back in with his uncouth twin, Igor, who spends all day plugged into his games console, mumbling to himself and eating cold baked-beans. Armed only with a conductor’s baton and a wealth of classical music, Will has just one hour to stop his brother from turning into a Zombie and eating him alive! Discover the awesome power of classical music in this hilarious and riotous ‘buddy-adventure’ on bunk-beds... 

James Campbell's Comedy 4 Kids

James Campbell's Comedy 4 Kids

Imagine you’re a sausage. You are in a frying pan, happily sizzling away with other, like-minded sausages. Then one of them starts to tell you about tomato ketchup. You refuse to believe your friend's stories but later you find yourself being dipped head first into that tangy, tomatoey joy... 

Duwayne

Duwayne

He survived Stephen Lawrence’s killers. Can he survive the Met? Traumatised by his best friend’s murder, Duwayne Brooks was treated as a potential criminal instead of a witness... 

Ernest and the Pale Moon

Ernest and the Pale Moon

2009's sell-out returns for two nights only! Live music, inventive design and physical storytelling combine in a thrilling and terrifying experience. 'Gloriously gothic' (Telegraph)... 

Flush

Flush

Cape Theatre will perform 'Flush', an interactive, site specific performance set in the women’s toilets, literally. This performance is about water, our attitudes towards crisis, the concept of competition and oh yes there is a mermaid... 

Bitch Boxer

Bitch Boxer

Meet Chloe, 21. She likes the simple things in life: cherry sambuca, karaoke and winding her Dad up. Oh, and she's a boxer. London, 2012. Women step into the Olympic boxing ring for the first time... 

Major Tom

Major Tom

The true story of how Victoria became a beauty queen after becoming inspired by the struggles of her bassett hound (Major Tom), a star of the amateur dog show circuit. Whilst Victoria became immersed in this new world, Major Tom was widely criticised in the professional circuit... 

Movin Melvin Brown: The Ray Charles Experience

Movin Melvin Brown: The Ray Charles Experience

'Best Music show' nominee Adelaide 2013. Multi-award entertainer Movin' Melvin presents a musical journey of Ray Charles and his contemporaries... Nat King Cole, Sam Cooke, Lloyd Price, Percy Mayfield... 

The New Ten Commandments

The New Ten Commandments

Have you ever wanted to play God? The New Ten Commandments is probably the closest you’ll ever get. Entering the world of the LDD Research Group, you will soon discover that moral laws are not universal, but a human creation designed to make life as good as it can be for as many people as possible... 

Dance to the Music

Dance to the Music

Directed by MJ Paranzino. Performed by MJ’s Choirs. The Brighton City Singers, The South London Choir, The West London Choir
, The Hastings Town Singers
. An innovative concert premiering original choral music, interspersed with well-loved classics, arranged and directed by MJ Paranzino, the renowned composer and musical director, and performed by her four community choirs with over 250 adult voices, in a thrilling multimedia event! 

Major Tom

Major Tom

‘I had changed as a person since entering the beauty pageant. I was vain’, Victoria Melody announces dramatically, whilst staring intensely into the audience. That is, before reverting to her three-year-old self and whining loudly, ‘But I liked the worse me!’ This moment, in its juxtaposition of serious social commentary and bizarre comedy, sums up the show... 

James Campbell's Comedy 4 Kids

James Campbell's Comedy 4 Kids

Kids’ comedy is harder than you’d think. Aside from the challenge of keeping young bums on seats, there’s the jokes themselves to consider. Even if you’re successful in maintaining the children’s attention, what about the parents? If your material’s too simplistic, you’ll alienate the section of your audience that controls the purchasing power...