Do you always listen out for the screeching sound of the TARDIS? Have you dreamed of captaining the Enterprise to boldly go where no one has gone before? Does other people’s lack of faith in the force disturb you?
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If so, you might be a fully-fledged sci-fi geek. So whether you’re a Blade Runner or a replicant, a HAL or a Dave or even a Luke or a Leia, don’t panic, these are the sci-fi picks for you.
Imagine three 80s cops working the most dangerous place on Earth... Space. Following their three sell out runs at Soho Theatre, multi-awarding winning The Pretend Men bring their acclaimed EdFringe 2017 sell-out Police Cops In Space (The Warren, 5th May, 20:00, 6th May, 21:45, 7th May, 16:30, 16th May, 20:00) to Brighton Fringe. Expect more 80s references than Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 in this raucously funny space adventure.
There’s a Doctor. He travels through time and space with sexy assistants to fight scary monsters and aliens. He has 1.5 hearts. Huh? Yes, that’s right, it’s Space Doctor (The Warren, 19th-20th May, 14:45, 24th-25th May, 18:15)! After 40 years in the wilderness, join in with the Space Doctor convention to watch some of Space Doctor’s most ‘celebrated’ moments and discover the horrific truths which will be revealed….
If your brain has been through the space vortex a few too many times, then Tits In Space (Sweet Dukebox, 28th- 31st May, 20:00) is the wacky and surreal antidote for you. Expect two idiots, plankton and boob hats in this frenetic sketch show.
Whether you class Lovecraft’s writing as horror, fantasy or science fiction, he is certainly an influential literary figure. Watch Lovecraft battle his demons into fiction at Lovecraft’s Monsters (Rialto Theatre, 28th-31st May, 18:45). Here American actor, David Crawford of Dawn of the Dead, takes on many of Lovecraft’s masterpieces.
In space no one can hear you scream. Discover if the same rule applies at Sweet Dukebox with One Woman Alien (Sweet Dukebox, 21st-24th May, 21:30). Starring Heather-Rose Andrews as one of the most kick-ass women in sci-fi history (as well as the rest of the cast) in this inventive, humorous and pleasingly messy one-woman (plus one cat) version of Ridley Scott’s memorable thriller.
Parents are sure to have as much fun as their kids at Kids Disco: My Mini Disco (Brighton Spiegeltent, 7th May, 28th May, 14:00). Brighton’s number 1 family-friendly club mixes rave faves with all kinds of wild activities bound to keep your kids squealing with delight, including giant balloons, bubbles, parachutes and more. Recommended for ages 0-10, join DJ Krafty Kuts on the 7th for an ‘Intergalactic Space and Star Wars’ fancy dress’ themed party. If you can’t make the 7th, the theme changes to ‘Gangsters and Hippies’ on the 28th.
Although definitely more sci than fi, Physics Fan Fiction (Sweet @ The Welly, 10th-12th May, 15:00) is a comedic look at the life of a theoretical physicist. Dr Fran Day will introduce you to the witty and surreal world of theoretical physics, revealing the inside story of what really goes on at the Large Hadron Collider.
With plenty to geek out about this Brighton Fringe, check your radar and re-adjust your course to head towards some of these fantastic sci-fi shows this month. Just don’t forget to bring your towel.