The Stroop Effect

The Stroop Effect

The disparity between the promotional material put out by theatre groups and the reality of what they present to audiences is often quite staggering. The Stroop Effect is an excellent example of this phenomenon... 

Brawn

Brawn

Ryan was a bright lad at school. He should have done well. He could have successfully made it to university and followed a fairly traditional career path. Instead, his mind was taken over... 

The Fool, The Champ and The Bandito

The Fool, The Champ and The Bandito

The Fool, The Champ and The Bandito is "presented by BA(Hons) Acting and Creative Performance students, from the University Centre Colchester" who "in their final year of study present a series of devised pieces as part of The Creative Performance Company"... 

Dot. Dot. Dot.

Dot. Dot. Dot.

“Shall I tell you a story?” a girl asks. She doesn’t receive an answer. “You’ll like it”. Her audience remains convinced. She remains undeterred. “I’ll tell you anyway... 

Kitten Killers: Stallions

Kitten Killers: Stallions

Kitten Killers is a funny, sweaty, messy, political and absurd sketch trio who combine the silly and dirty with the surreal. Fresh from their run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Brighton Fringe Best Comedy Show nominees are bringing their critically acclaimed show ‘Stallions’ to Brighton... 

Little Meerkat's Big Panic

Little Meerkat's Big Panic

Go on an award-winning, magical, musical, multi-sensory adventure in the Kalahari desert with Little Meekat and her friends Elephant and Wise Monkey to find out all about Calm and what to do with very big feelings... 

The Ugly Duckling & Other Tales

The Ugly Duckling & Other Tales

On a lake somewhere not far away, a mother duck is sitting on her eggs. But one doesn’t look like the others; it’s a different shape, a brighter colour and is much, much bigger! What will happen when the egg hatches, and what stories will hatch with it? Join Above Bounds as they explore the most loved Hans Christian Anderson story using songs, shadow puppetry and some of your input to tell this famous tale... 

The Art and Fun of Acting and Dancing through Puppetry

The Art and Fun of Acting and Dancing through Puppetry

In this workshop we will use the basic technique of puppetry and combine that with acting and dancing. How do you bring a puppet or object alive? How do we create the character of the puppet/object and how do we give it its voice/sound and movements? And what is the character of the material? We will work in disappearing behind the puppet or interacting with the puppet... 

Just Broken

Just Broken

If you are only half of who you are, would there still be enough of you to be the same as you were? Mary suffers with demons in her life, day in, day out. John wants affection. An original piece of drama exploring an unstable relationship at breaking point... 

The Performance

The Performance

Rowan Atkinson, move over; there’s a new show in town. Ian Gibbons gives his all, taking comedic mine to new and inventive heights, delivering a performance that is a great deal of fun... 

Planet Earth III

Planet Earth III

David Attenborough meets clowning in this low-budget romp through the Earth’s depleted natural world. Planet Earth III is the BBC’s next nature documentary series, and even a complete lack of animals in this dystopic 2017 can’t stop them... 

Jacob Hatton: True Brit

Jacob Hatton: True Brit

Amidst all the current political debates surrounding nationalism, I was curious as to the sort of person that would put on a show called Jacob Hatton: True Brit. Expecting such thoughts, Hatton cleverly confronted this expectation by bringing an inflatable elephant labelled ‘BREXIT’ onto the stage... 

Power Story

Power Story

Blooming Ludas presents Power Story – a tooth-achingly sweet participatory, environmentally friendly piece of storytelling. Co-Artistic Directors Haeweon Yi and Francine Dulong take time to get to know each audience member before immersing us in the world of Bloomingdale, a struggling town with an energy problem... 

Extra-Curricular

Extra-Curricular

A stand-up show for those who love the ‘special skills’ section of a CV. Alice did her Bronze in the Duke of Edinburgh Award. She’s also taken contemporary dance classes, attempted hula-hooping, and there was that one time when she was 11 and she won 3rd prize in a Nando’s drawing competition... 

Pelican

Pelican

'Pelican' is a whirlwind hour of narrative comedy that’s “wildly funny” (BroadwayBaby) and “thrives off ingenuity and playfulness” (EdFringeReview). Written and performed by Gaulier-trained ex-Footlights Sam, Jordan and Guy, Pelican uses sketch, clown and physical theatre to create a joyful world with an "infectious energy" (TCS)... 

You Can't Polish a Turd

You Can't Polish a Turd

After making the journey from tracksuit-wearing chav to high-flying city exec, from shopping in Wilkinsons to buying brioche in Waitrose, Kelly Convey shares why she’s come to realise that you should never forget your roots, they’re the very things that make you strong... 

Macblair

Macblair

This is an exceptionally clever show. Taking the familiar story of Macbeth and turning it into the equally familiar story of Tony Blair’s rise to fame in the early ‘90s through the art of rap -among other things- is no mean feat... 

Florence & Watson & The Sugarbush Mouse

Florence & Watson & The Sugarbush Mouse

Florence and Watson are honey badgers of a very rare sort. Singing songs and telling stories is their favourite sport. Join the funniest, singing, dancing honey badgers you've ever met as they tell you one of their absolute favourite stories... 

Siblings

Siblings

Bound by blood and ambition, character comedians and real-life sisters Maddy and Marina Bye set sail on another adventure. Following Marina’s graduation from Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Maddy’s graduation from the Parisian theatre and clown school École Philippe Gaulier, their hotly anticipated debut sketch show combines physical comedy and clowning to bring audiences on a trip into the utter absurdity of the all too familiar world... 

Georgie Morrell: A Poke in the Eye

Georgie Morrell: A Poke in the Eye

One woman. One eye. And her (sort of) blind life... The debut stand-up show from comic Georgie Morrell comes to Brighton after sell-out show at Soho Theatre! Georgie tells the story of how she went blind but now she can see! Do your other senses really get stronger? Is it wrong to crack onto your doctor? Will I get a new eye that shoots lasers? Just some of the many questions our heroine answers whilst telling us how she went blind but now she can see... 

Frankenstein: Man or Monster

Frankenstein: Man or Monster

A refreshingly innovative take on Mary Shelley’s 19th century novel, Augustus Stephens’ one-man performance effortlessly portrayed mental illnesses through the depiction of Victor Frankenstein, Igor, Elizabeth, as well as the Monster... 

Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael

In 1987, celebrated BBC weather forecaster Michael Fish stood up on national television and shrugged off reports of an oncoming hurricane. That evening, a brutal storm hit the south coast of the country, eventually killing 18 people... 

Tap Into Health (TIH): Movin’ With Melvin!

Tap Into Health (TIH): Movin’ With Melvin!

Tap into health! A rare, unmissable opportunity to dance with one of the world’s most engaging performers. Dubbed one of the last great song and dance men of American tradition, it’s impossible not to shake your hips when in the presence of Movin’ Melvin Brown... 

Woolly: The Morose Merino

Woolly: The Morose Merino

Sarcastic, satirical and hilariously self-deprecating, Woolly is a sheep with serious issues! But he wasn’t always so... Woolly. Witness the tale of how one sexually frustrated, 20-something Brit dealt with rejection in the most absurd way possible: by running away to a shearing shed in South Australia... 

The Privileged

The Privileged

Have you ever seen a polar bear in the flesh? Been close enough to notice just how white these magnificent mammals are? Here is your chance to get up close and personal: remove your shoes, coats and bags, as you are about to encounter the Arctic’s whitest predator, with black skin... 

Simon Plotkin is Gerald Galbraith: Troubadour

Simon Plotkin is Gerald Galbraith: Troubadour

The critically acclaimed Edinburgh sell-out comes to Brighton Fringe. What do you do when your singing partner vanishes? Twee Scottish children’s entertainer Gerald ‘Wee Gerry Hoots’ Galbraith grew a beard and went full art-folk... 

Am I F#*kable?

Am I F#*kable?

Have our relationships become a product of a social media obsessed generation? Dating in the 21st century is constantly changing and not necessarily for the better. Am I F#*kable challenges this modern concept in a rather crude and definitely unfiltered way!Starting off with a montage of dating through the ages, we see how drastically it has changed... 

Tez Ilyas: Teztify (WiP)

Tez Ilyas: Teztify (WiP)

“Ilyas has a slickness more reminiscent of US comics, and the gags to back it up, though his most prized asset could yet be his bold, subversive streak” (The Guardian). “Radiantly entertaining” (The Times)... 

When My Time Comes

When My Time Comes

It’s the Swinging Sixties. The line between criminals and celebrities has been blurred. Anyone can be someone, even in Rochdale. Griffiths has been waiting all his life for his big chance, and when it comes, he’s going to take it... 

The Monks of Umami: Radiodyssey

The Monks of Umami: Radiodyssey

On February 22nd 1952, 50 strangers gathered in the vaults of BBC Stoke to hear a groundbreaking new comedy act. ‘Umami’ were unheard of at the time but amongst the crowd were a 7-year-old John Cleese, the entire cast of the Goon Show and a starry-eyed Vladimir Putin... 

Undercover Refugee

Undercover Refugee

What happens when a 25-year-old Norwegian girl travels alone through Europe together with refugees? Karen Houge, a Norwegian documentarist and Gaulier-trained actor, went to Lesvos and followed seven Syrian refugees from the beach and through Europe... 

Dave Edwards: Looking for Love!

Dave Edwards: Looking for Love!

Join Dave Edwards as he gives advice concerning how to navigate the messy world of modern-day dating. Edwards is a cult performer, regularly performing at Brian Gittins’ monthly night ‘Gittins to Know You’... 

Jon & Nath Like To Party

Jon & Nath Like To Party

Brand new sketch comedy show from Sketchfest 2016 Finalists and best friends who can't stand each other, Jon & Nath. Mischievous writing, slick impressions, very real slapstick and the hottest Jehovah's Witness act in town explode in a relentless assortment of instant classics... 

Off the Cuff: Crime and Funishment

Off the Cuff: Crime and Funishment

Back by popular demand following last year’s sell-out shows at Brighton Fringe and Camden Fringe! Brighton’s improvised comedy favourites return to present another series of impromptu detective dramas packed with colourful characters, lurid plots and hilarious escapades... 

Imaginauts

Imaginauts

Friends' fantastical journey through the depths of their imagination in this multi-roling, fast-paced farce. No adventure too big, no dungeon too dark. Come laugh at this young, home-grown, Brightonian theatre company's swan dives into their first Brighton Fringe. 

Stick or Wizard?

Stick or Wizard?

‘Stick or Wizard?’ It’s your choice! Gaulier-trained clown, Oli Weatherly, invites you to take a trip with him through the wilderness of his imagination and to make a choice... 

AART TV Live Broadcast!

AART TV Live Broadcast!

New Zealand’s finest Mikey the Aartist returns to Brighton Fringe for the launch of AART TV Live with special guest artists Jim Parkyn (Aardman Animations) and George Egg (Anarchist Cook 2)... 

BA Theatre Arts Graduate Shows

BA Theatre Arts Graduate Shows

“The true mystery of the world is the visible ... ” Is it? Share in stories old and new, and help us look for the visible and the invisible in our exciting experiments. Experience what happens when different theatre specialists come together! A compelling collection of collaborative outcomes from BA Theatre Arts students at Northbrook, that showcases innovative and curious work from performers, make-up artists, costume and prop makers. 

Lazarus

Lazarus

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

Yuriko Kotani: Work In Progress

Yuriko Kotani: Work In Progress

Winner of the BBC Radio New Comedy Award 2015 and Brighton Comedy Festival Squawker Award 2015, Yuriko Kotani (Time Out’s One to Watch) brings you a work-in-progress show. As seen on ‘Russell Howard’s Stand-Up Central’... 

10 Steps To Happiness

10 Steps To Happiness

There is more to life than happiness, right? A not-so-perfect guide to happiness is explored in this one-woman show, written and performed by Yvette May who, after finding herself feeling depressed more often than normal, does what all young people do to find an answer to their problems – she asks the internet and stumbles across 10 Steps to Happiness... 

Nick Hall: Spencer

Nick Hall: Spencer

In 1812 Spencer Percival became the first, and only, British Prime Minister ever to be assassinated. Now, 205 years later, character comedian Nick Hall finally tells his story. Warning: this show contains pathos. 

The View from the Mountaintop

The View from the Mountaintop

A pitch-black comedy from award-winning playwright, Matt Morrison. Set somewhere in England, it follows three party activists as they head off on a morale-building weekend in the wake of an unfolding political scandal... 

Fémage à Trois

Fémage à Trois

Directed by Lou-Lou Mason. ‘Safe to Shoot’ by Polly Churchill. Performed by Kate Terence. After 25 years Cathy, a normal middle-aged woman, is back in the dating game. Things aren’t going as well as she had hoped, but then she makes a discovery: Cathy has super powers... 

Werewolf: Live

Werewolf: Live

A hidden role game a la Secret Hitler or The Resistance, Werewolf is a classic of deduction and bluffing. Players are either werewolves or villagers. Your goal? Wolves must kill villagers; villagers must kill wolves... 

SALT: Sketches

SALT: Sketches

London Sketchfest and Musical Comedy Awards finalists, SALT (née Making Faces) bring their new show ‘Sketches’ to Brighton Fringe packed with new hilarious sketches, characters and songs... 

Even God Knew I Was GAY

Even God Knew I Was GAY

In case you were wondering... Jilberto is a Seattle-based comic who has brought his talents to London. He is a corporate professional snob during the day and just a snob at night... 

Nick Hall: Szgrabble

Nick Hall: Szgrabble

Character comedian Nick Hall brings a one-man Cold War thriller to Brighton. In this energetic and hilarious show, Nick brings to life a world of spying, suspense, seduction and Scrabble! 

MISIRLOU

MISIRLOU

A super-heroine clown who will save you from the fear of death! A lecture on a philosophical consideration of death, a science experiment, a cat, dance, interaction with the audience - and glitter! For all ages. 

Storyteller, Storyteller

Storyteller, Storyteller

Clowning, slapstick and magical, non-verbal storytelling create a feast of laughter as two storytellers go head to head. From award-winning Story Pocket Theatre Company. "Quite simply the most brilliant piece of children’s theatre ... 

Simon Says

Simon Says

An exploration into award-winning playwright, Simon Stephen’s work. Author of ‘Punk Rock’, ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ and ‘Morning’. Delving into some of the themes used within his plays: love, death, sexuality, violence and friendship. 

The Bump/We Did

The Bump/We Did

'The Bump': What would you choose between, a new life, or your own? A compelling piece highlighting the mental and physical torment of your not-so-average woman. 'We Did': Delves through a mind of madness... 

Monkey Bars

Monkey Bars

‘Monkey Bars’, written by award-winning writer Chris Goode, transports you into the world of a child. Thirty 8-10-year-old's shared their views on many subjects about their lives and their world... 

T.W.4.T Radio's Farewell Show

T.W.4.T Radio's Farewell Show

It’s 3am on a Friday morning and it’s T.W.4.T Radio’s final broadcast. (Thanks a lot, budget cuts.) We’re now on a six-month break, twice a year. Join us for laughter, tears, sports, traffic, friendship, breakdowns, music, adverts, weather and a naked man and his pet cat... 

Inside/Persistence

Inside/Persistence

Inside: Two women, chained and imprisoned. Opposing journeys of hope and acceptance. One dream - to get out. Persistence: One decision, many lives torn apart. ‘Persistence’ explores the psychological impact that an horrific crime has on its many victims... 

Becoming Esther

Becoming Esther

“Dying is an art, like everything else. I do it exceptionally well.” The marriage of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes has been a taboo subject since her death in 1963. Using text directly extracted from the poets’ bank of work, the story of their life and her demise is retold onstage. 

Wind in the Willows

Wind in the Willows

A hilarious re-telling of 'The Wind in the Willows' brings to life the escapades of the irrepressible Mr Toad and his long-suffering friends Ratty, Mole and Badger. This innovative, high-energy production combines drama and live music to create the perfect family show. 

Slow Left Arm: Left

Slow Left Arm: Left

Dom and Mark were a double act. Then Mark left. Join jilted sketch comedian Dom Riley as he attempts the unthinkable: performing a two man show by himself. Seriously, he needs all the help he can get. 

Dr Zeiffal, Dr Zeigal and the Hippo that Can Never Be Caught

Dr Zeiffal, Dr Zeigal and the Hippo that Can Never Be Caught

Calling all hippo expert enthusiasts! This weird and wonderful family show for all ages will have kids storming the stage. Bring your hippo catchers, because Dr. Zeiffal has most likely lost hers! 

Rebel with a Puncture

Rebel with a Puncture

Sell-out comedian Sam Quinn will do whatever his sponsors want: tell jokes, do accents, dance, sing. Even inject himself with Coca-Cola. Then his six-month-old baby niece arrives on stage, Sam’s sponsors aren’t happy, and s*** gets real... 

Sonder

Sonder

Broken Chair Theatre Company aims to create innovative, physically demanding theatre with a strong aesthetic. Presenting an investigation into isolation, an all-encompassing, non-discriminative, everyday state that is present and key to the human condition... 

AART Live!

AART Live!

Get inside your now, taste the Mind Pie and journey into art with Mikey. “Just about the greatest thing ever” **** Best Shows of the Fringe (The Skinny, Edinburgh 2015) 

Do You Mind?

Do You Mind?

Joni has met someone special, but how can she tell him she has a long-term mental illness? And is that really the best thing to talk about on a second date? An engaging and amusing look at how we talk about our vulnerabilities, with storytelling, puppetry and an overhead projector. 

Buttons

Buttons

Using a mixture of live performance, storytelling, shadow puppetry and object manipulation Joni and Dana attempt to recount the story of their ‘sort of’ holiday to Auschwitz, whilst exploring the themes of memory, family and war. 

James Hamilton Is So Lonely

James Hamilton Is So Lonely

Multi award-winning creator of BBC Radio 4's 'Casual Violence' ("Leading the new wave of sketch comedy" - The Sunday Times) and staff writer for Cartoon Network's 'The Amazing World of Gumball' presents his sell-out solo comedy show: a forlorn, desperate tangle of tomfoolery, tragedy and time travel. 

A Tit Show

A Tit Show

Our tits sing, dance and talk about how they’re made for f**king. A tactically tacky performance that exposes the ridiculousness of the label ‘explicit’ in reference to breasts... 

Memories of a Lullaby

Memories of a Lullaby

A one-woman show questioning how socio-political conditions shape us as individuals, while attempting to give a perspective on how our realities differ greatly depending on where we are born and raised... 

Hardly Still Walking, Not Yet Flying

Hardly Still Walking, Not Yet Flying

With elements that could have made it great, Hardly Still Walking, Not Yet Flying was sadly let down by others that weren’t quite up to par. Beginning on a positive, the singer had a beautifully delicate voice and their use of a loop pedal was impressive, framing the piece nicely... 

Parish Fete-ality: A Game of Scones

Parish Fete-ality: A Game of Scones

“In the Parish Council elections, you win or you die.” When murder sweeps through Jowlhurst, its Councillors vie for absolute power. With betrayal around every corner, only one can survive... 

Wanna Dance with Somebody! Or a Guide to Managing Social Anxiety Using Theoretical Physics

Wanna Dance with Somebody! Or a Guide to Managing Social Anxiety Using Theoretical Physics

Josh is good at dancing, but not at people. On the other hand, he did once read ‘A Brief History of Time’ by Stephen Hawking, so he reckons he’ll probably be alright. A new show about social anxiety, coping mechanisms, big ideas and tiny moments... 

I, Myself & Me

I, Myself & Me

My name is Rachael, I’m 36 years old and I’m from Nottingham. I spend my days dodging suffocating visions of nuclear families in show-homes and infuriating debates with my alter-ego Barry, whilst trying to ignore the inescapable truth that I’m running out of eggs... 

Community Matters

Community Matters

Dave Gimmel is a local youth leader, who hopes to share his wisdom and philosophy of how to help the kids of the UK and finally fix broken Britain. 

Swan Bake

Swan Bake

What do you get when an impressionable young writer moves into a London squat with a couple of crack addict ballerinas and a pack of rats? Swan Bake! This mash-up of song, dance, theatre and puppetry is definitely not a show for kids... 

Delphine

Delphine

“Hello, my name is Delphine. My mum says it’s French chic but I like it coz my favourite animal is a dolphin.” Delphine is 30. Until now the possibility of falling in love has only existed in her imagination... 

Best Boy

Best Boy

Double act Best Boy return to Brighton Fringe with an hour of side-splitting sketches. Material heard on BBC Radio 4. “Inspirational flair” (Chortle). Finalists of "So You Think That’s Funny" Best New Sketch Act 2015 and Golden Jester semi-finalists 2015. 

Altered Minds, Altered Realities

Altered Minds, Altered Realities

“Heart thumping... pulse racing... each breath an effort... ” [newline] In a touching, funny, heart-warming story, Augustus plays six extraordinary people who get on with life in a world that does not understand them... 

Not Yet Suffragette

Not Yet Suffragette

Time is of the essence in this absolutely faultless performance from EntreprenHER Productions. Detailing the endless hurdles women have had to face over time, from the start of the suffragette movement in the early 1900s to present day, Natalie Cutler’s very first one-woman show offers hope for the many that still have to be overcome... 

Mocketh The Weak

Mocketh The Weak

Curious Cloud presents ‘Mocketh The Weak’, the gameshow that pits wicked wits against hapless saps. Who wins? You choose. Join us for our comedy Shakespeare contest, as ‘Argumental’ meets 'Jeremy Kyle'... 

Rob Dumbrell: Life in Progress

Rob Dumbrell: Life in Progress

Rob’s life fell apart five years ago. He needed to do something, so he moved into a caravan! Join Rob as he explores relationships, happiness and the things he’s done to improve things, including helping lovesick earwigs, learning to dive and slapping sharks! He even worked out the meaning of life! 

Amée Smith: Relax, It's Not About You

Amée Smith: Relax, It's Not About You

SHE had HER hopes and dreams on hold supporting HIM and HIS. It’s taken heartbreak to see, but SHE can do anything SHE sets HER mind to. Starting with things HE said HE wanted. HE wanted a Fringe show? SHE'S got one! It’s not revenge if you’re doing it for yourself... 

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

Inspired by popular Roman-esque style fetish wear, designer Kelli des Jarlais alongside writer Ellen Carr brings the Shakespearean play into the modern day setting of a fetish club... 

Mute

Mute

Three people dead. Silence. You are your own worst enemy. But did you do anything wrong? The Northbrook company, directed by Claire Raftery, explore Dostoyevski’s ‘Crime and Punishment’ and sound and silence. 

Ghost Sex

Ghost Sex

I love ghost stories but I have never heard one quite like this. Ghost sex is a tragicomic story of love and loss and the thin line between what’s real and what’s imaginary... 

JoJo Bellini's Kitchen Cabaret

JoJo Bellini's Kitchen Cabaret

May 6 marked the official opening of Brighton’s famous Fringe Festival, with glorious sunshine all day and a wonderfully warm evening, the British weather played its part in giving the whole experience a proper festival feel as we waited to go into Studio 3 to see the show... 

Bob and Jim: The Rest of The Lot

Bob and Jim: The Rest of The Lot

Bob and Jim do 'The Rest of The Lot'. Last year they thought they'd done the lot, then other stuff happened so they're back to do that. From Merkel to Zumba via everything else ever... 

Things We Do for Love

Things We Do for Love

Storytelling feast of foolish kings, tree-climbing princesses, and one revolting woman, woven together by chief mischief-maker Damian BB Wood. Ancient tales of love and soul including The White Bear King Valemon, The Golden Tree, The Loathsome Lady, and a few Zen Sufi extras... 

Charles Booth: VSOP

Charles Booth: VSOP

Charles Booth (Time Out character comedian to watch) makes his Brighton debut with an eclectic concoction of characters fizzing with heart-warming lunacy, dazzling originality and mop-centric dance moves... 

The Late Show

The Late Show

Fancy more Fringe? Join us for the best in laid-back, late-night entertainment at The Warren. Every Tuesday, we host a Fringe pub quiz, and Wednesday to Sunday there’ll be all kinds of fun (planned and impromptu) in store, with comedy, cabaret, music and all manner of fabulous Fringe fare.