​Brighton Insider- Cabaret and Circus

Roll up! Roll up! Roll up those lacy stockings and take a sneak peek into the debaucherous and downright entertaining world of Brighton Fringe cabaret and circus. Ranging from the exquisite to the downright ludicrous, this year’s daring divas and death defying acrobatics will keep you enthralled for the entire month-long festival.

this year’s daring divas and death defying acrobatics will keep you enthralled for the entire month-long festival.

David Hoyle, Brighton Spiegeltent, 18 May 19:15

For the brave among you, David Hoyle, the self-styled post-drag, post-gender, avant-garde legend presents a disgraceful, distasteful performance that will have you reeling for more. Devastatingly hilarious, yet brilliantly heart-felt, his return to the Brighton Spiegeltent is most assuredly an anticipated one.


The Biggest Marionette Circus in the World Part II, The Warren: Main House, 11-13, 16-20 May 16:00, 14-15 May 13:00, 14:30, 21-22 May 10:00, 12:00

Seeing is most definitely believing with this show. Genuinely the biggest marionette circus in the world, we are lucky enough to have it return for a second year to Brighton Fringe’s Warren Main House. Have you ever wondered what it might be like to be greeted by a life-sized elephant or giraffe? No? Or perhaps you’d prefer to be greeted by a friendly lion as it leads you to the most fantastic feat of puppetry you’re likely to see this year.

Coming all the way from Poland, Klinika Lalek have created this magical performance of breath-taking puppetry that will be enjoyed by all ages.


Briefs, Republic, 18 May- 5 June 21:00

This show has it all: comedy, acrobatics, burlesque, boylesque and drag. Boasting sell-out shows all over the world, this group of performers are larger than life and are here to entertain at Republic venue’s first ever Brighton Fringe. Dressed to the nines in female attire whilst performing aerial acrobatics and highflying circus tricks, this show is jaw dropping, eye popping and - most importantly - drop dead gorgeous.

A crowd pleaser and a crowd teaser, host Shivannah will guide you through this astonishing array of physical entertainment, allowing you to sit back and revel in this masterpiece of high octave cabaret entertainment.


Icons (Preview), The Warren: Main House, 5-6 May 20:45 and 7 May 21:15

A big name and even bigger personality on the cabaret scene, Le Gateau Chocolat is an opera singing sensation and has the awards to prove it! Previewing his show Icons at this year’s Brighton Fringe, be prepared for musical renditions of the most dazzling quality and a very honest look at the life experiences of a cabaret artist and drag performer.

A true icon himself, Le Gateau Chocolat will perform and present the very figures that have each come to shape his identity as a star of the cabaret stage.

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Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
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