The Ultimate Bumper Guide To Brighton Fringe 2023

Brighton Fringe is back for 2023! With a huge number of shows (over 830 to be more precise) to choose from we've scoured all of the listings (yes, all of them) to highlight those which caught our eye.

We've scoured the Brighton Fringe 2023 listings to give you a bumper guide to shows that caught our eye.


There's a bumper crop of comedy shows from the finest rising talent on the circuit. With everything from works-in-progress getting ready for Edinburgh to proven smash hits, you'll be sure to find a show to tickle your funny bone.

Lachlan Werner, a ventriloquist and clown, brings a surprising and rebellious hour of occult-themed comedy in his show Lachlan Werner: Voices of Evil, which had two sell out runs at Soho Theatre in 2022. With demonic voices, unexpected twists and a small, squishy witch called Brew, this tour-de-force performance combines physical comedy, improvisation, songs, and subversive surprises.

Back in 2018, Simon David’s late father performed a one man show about his imminent death to cancer. Now in 2023, Simon performs the greatest Dead Dad Show literally ever seen, which turns ‘dead dad’ fringe show clichés on their head into an entertaining and poignant hour filled with musical theatre showstoppers, dramatic acting, contemporary dance, stand up comedy, and more.

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A Broadway Brighton Bobby winner, Hannah Brackenbury is putting on her Sunday Finest to present an hour of music & laughter each Sunday of the festival, alongside a different special guest act each time. Featuring silly songs, old and new, her unique musical poetry is bound to have you laughing the whole way through.

Kuan-wen, a Taiwanese comedian based in the UK (perhaps the only one!), brings his unique perspective to English stand-up comedy and has appeared on BBC Three, BBC Radio 4, and Comedy Central UK. Kuan-Wen: Ilha Formosa was originally meant to explore the shifting identities and experiences of being Taiwanese, Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2022 and its impact on the global political landscape changed the direction of his show.

Mark Silcox: I Can Cure... (Perfect And Arena-Ready Show) aims to expose big pharma and their rip off cough medicines, whilst also taking a sidebar to comment on the purpose of life and the evolution of homosexuality. As seen on Channel 4’s Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back, this is Mark Silcox’s Brighton Fringe debut.

If you’ve ever fallen out over an overly long and tedious game of Monopoly, Benjamin Alborough: Absolute Monopoly might not be the solution you hope for as he aims to make it even more competitive and aggressive in this bold, chaotic, interactive game show.

Daisy Chain is a candid exploration of Daisy Earl’s misadventures in trying to do good, her fascination with angry women, her disdain for Gordon Ramsay, and her quest to make up for lost time. Daisy's brutally honest and relatable comedy has earned her multiple awards, including Scottish Comedian of the Year and Chortle's Best Newcomer Award, as well as coveted support slots for Tom Stade, Jason Manford, and John Bishop.

Making its Brighton Fringe debut is Wrong Songs, a musical cabaret from Olivier Award-winning composer-lyricist Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer the Opera, Made in Dagenham) and multi-award winning comedian Sooz Kempner. They’ll take audiences on a musical journey through the twisted corners of the human imagination, showcasing hilarious and provocative songs, including 'Religious Hatred- The Musical' and 'The Gay Dictator's Dilemma' in a performance that promises to be so wrong its right.

After a sell-out success at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, Abby Rolling brings her show Sh*t Lawyer to Brighton. Fuelled by true stories from her almost thirty years experience as a practicing criminal defence solicitor, Abby sends up (or should that be sends down?) a criminal justice system that seems to be in terminal decline.

Award-winning comedian Raul Kohli presents a thought-provoking and humorous exploration of his own identity as an Indian-English individual in his show Raul Kohli: Inglish. Through personal anecdotes and analysis of cultural and political landscapes, Raul delves into what it truly means to be English today.

Selena Mersey, the musical comedian and self-proclaimed overthinker, finds herself navigating a long-term relationship for the first time while being influenced by her recent readings on Freud. In her provocative and feminist show, Madonna/Whore, Selena explores the complexities of desire, motherhood, and societal expectations. And yes, sex dolls get complimentary admission.

Choose to go on a heartwarming journey with Aidan Goatley: 10 Films With My Dad (The Director’s Cut) as he shares how films became the love language of communication between him and his father. In this updated version of his highly acclaimed Fringe classic, Aidan explores the power of cinema and the bond it created between them.

Award-winning stand-up comedian and A&E doctor, Kwame Asante: In Stitches sees the comic share tales about his experiences both inside and outside the hospital. From his London childhood to his Birmingham adulthood, and now navigating newly married life, Kwame's relatable and entertaining stories are sure to have everyone in...urm...stitches.

Join married comedians Katharyn Henson and Mark O'Keeffe they share hilarious proposal stories, wedding disasters, and their experiences navigating through a global pandemic whilst being stuck in Australia in Married At First Fight. You, the audience, get to help settle their marital disputes by deciding who is the funniest of the night.

Despite winning plenty of awards, including Best Standup Winner Brighton Fringe 2022, Nathan Cassidy has been told he needs to be TikTok friendly. Enter his new show Nathan Cassidy: Amnesia with 29 two minute long routines with absolutely no connection designed for a no-concentration nation.

From surviving near-death experiences on a bus and a refugee boat to enduring the embarrassment of drinking seven ciders on an empty stomach, Thao shares her outrageous stories in Marmalade, including the best use of a baby-on-board sign, her unforgettable confrontation with a celebrity chef, and the ultimate first date faux pas.

Award-winning comedian and NHS doctor Stefania Licari returns with her highly acclaimed show Medico. After receiving rave reviews and selling out tour dates in 2022, Licari takes you on a journey through the realms of medicine, immigration, and her experiences as an Italian doctor in the UK.

Join writer, broadcaster, and actress Gillian Fischer in her one-woman show as she embarks on a journey of self-discovery to reconnect with her Jewish roots. Despite technically being Jewish, Gillian has lived her life with little recognition or connection to her Jewish identity. Now, as a mother in her 40s, she feels an irresistible urge to rediscover her heritage. But where does one begin when they want to learn How to be Jewish Again?

Indulge in a mischievous and entertaining evening with internationally renowned Drag Queen, Vanity von Glow, and wine expert, Beth Brickenden, as they bring Drag Queen Wine Tasting to Brighton. Straight from their successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, they bring their ‘fantastic chemistry’ and blend together the pleasures of quality wine, tasty snacks, and low-tone humour.

Have a good time for a good cause with A Drop of Brandy: With Friends. NHS hero Sister Brandy Bex presents a laughter-filled evening with top comedians from Brighton and beyond with 10% of all profits donated to Nurse Lifeline.

Step into a night of comedy and mysticism with comedians Carly Smallman and Sarah Iles, as they blend hilarious stand-up with real Tarot readings in Tarot, Nice to Meet You. Join in the interactive fun and discover what the cards have in store for you in a show that pulled in 35k online viewers during lockdown and won Best Audience Interaction at last year’s Brighton Fringe.

Join the Toddlingham neighbourhood watch for an entertaining and whimsical evening in Leslie Bloom Solves A Murder. With a mix of comedy, improv, and detective work, expect laughter and silliness as Leslie guides you through clues, suspects, and unexpected twists.


Think of the most abstract themes imaginable and throw them into a cast who'll 'Yes and!' with an enthusiasm most of us can only muster after several cups of coffee

The ever popular Brighton Open Air Theatre (BOAT) is ready to welcome you aboard for Locomotive for Murder: The Improvised Whodunnit. Join in for guaranteed dubious accents and shaky alibis all played out in a classic train setting.

Drawing on the full cinematic library from rom coms to noirs to summer blockbusters is Film Club: An Improvised Comedy. Suggest a movie or a character for unforgettable takes on scenes from your favourite films.

If you’re bored with films you’ve already seen, then what about one that doesn’t even exist yet? Join host Martina Minnow for IMDp: Improvised Movie Director Podcast as she works with guest directors to create a new movie through conversation – complete with its own improvised score. All performances will be recorded for release as audio podcast episodes later in the year.

Winner of Best Comedy Event at Buxton Fringe 2021, Impromptu Shakespeare brings the Bard back to life for his newest work in over 400 years. Described as “side-splittingly hilarious” by our reviewer, this is sure to win over even those who rued having to read Romeo and Juliet for GCSE.

For one night only, IT'S A TRAP! The Improvised Star Wars Show makes its debut at Brighton Fringe. Enter a galaxy far, far funnier than this one as you journey on a unique adventure filled with Jedi, jokes, and Jawas.

If TikTok has inspired you to re-watch Wes Anderson’s back catalog, Yes Anderson: An Improvised Wes Anderson Film is sure to satisfy your appetite for more of the colourful compositions of the whimsical auteur.

Brighton Beautiful

Take a chance to explore the beautiful city of Brighton and Hove with one of Brighton Fringe’s tours to discover the hidden stories hiding beneath your feet.

Herbalist Sara Jane Glendinning and musician Jo Burke will teach you about the medicinal power of local as they guide you through natural surroundings in their tour, Culpeper’s Medicine Garden.

What do twittens and snickets have in common? They are both different names for the back passages that run through Brighton. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, take a relaxing saunter with the Back Passages of Brighton tour to discover new stories about these oft overlooked pathways.

Once again, Embassy Court is open to the public this Brighton Fringe. On this tour, the iconic 1930s seafront building will reveal its architectural secrets, including the original staff urinals!

Originally built in 1862, before being extended twenty years later, Tours of St Michael’s Church will introduce you to this hidden Brighton gem, which boasts original Pre-Raphaelite decorations.

Behind the prim and proper Georgian facades, Brighton has a rich radical history, which is explored in The Subversive Sussex walk. Join to hear all the ways Brighton residents have stuck it to the man over the ages, including rebellions, mutiny, sabotage, and smuggling.

Fringe Classics

Shows that have proved their staying power and become true Brighton Fringe classics: your Fringe experience wouldn’t be the same without seeing one of these.

Now at Victoria Gardens, The Lady Boys of Bangkok are back with their Party Queens tour. This poptastic show has become a mainstay of Brighton Fringe, and this year sees them introduce the Sabai Chill Out Garden a free space open afternoons until midnight, with pop-up events, food stalls, licenced bars, acoustic music and more.

Crooning the classics is Brighton’s Singing Barber Peter Joannou. Hear songs from long time legends such as Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, and more, as this local legend sings out of his barbershop window live in the Lanes. All donations go to charity.

Glenda & Rita are an award-winning duo who bring the golden era of the silver screen to Brighton. These black-and-white starlets will sing songs from the best cinema has to offer, including The Wizard of Oz, James Bond, and Priscilla Queen of the Desert in Cinebra: Glenda & Rita Sing (Even More) Movie Greats.

David Hoyle, “the fire ball of avant-garde cabaret”, returns to Brighton Fringe for one night only with David Hoyle: Coronation Strasse, showcasing his unique wit, wisdom and humanity at Brighton Spiegeltent.

Clap Back Club, a multi-award winning queer feminist collective, has produced some audience favourites in the past few years, including In Loving Memory of Pat Riarchy. This year their distinctive mix of comedy, cabaret, and anti-patriarchal parody returns with Clap Black For Carers as they celebrate frontline workers and stick two fingers up at inequality.

Interactive Opportunities

These shows are for you if you're unafraid of a little audience interaction, the first one to stick their hand up to volunteer, or interested in the immersive.

Up to twelve autistic individuals are invited to become the participants for each performance of Pericles for Autistic Individuals. Through sensory games that are fully adaptable to individual needs the participants will be able to explore Shakespeare’s story by portraying fishermen, pirates, and storm.

Artist Synergy, based in Brighton, is bringing Pertha The Giant Sphere of Light back to the city. Join Pertha for an immersive exhibition experience that uses ethereal music and visuals to trigger your imagination.

What do you get if you cross first dates with Graham Norton’s Red Chair Stories? Lolyamorous – A Live Speed-Dating Comedy Show invites you to put your name in a bucket and step up on stage for a 1-minute date on stage with another random audience member before being quizzed by two comedians. All relationship statuses, orientations, genders and ages (18+) are welcome.

Are you the mole? Sabotage is an improvised comedy game show, which pits audience vs cast in a series of games and scenes designed to reveal the identity of the mole.

If you’ve ever thought you wouldn’t mind a trip into the Dragon’s Den, here’s your opportunity. Help three comedians live out their entrepreneurial dreams by building their pitch presentations through an interactive web app in Pitch Night: Stand-Ups Present Your Startup Ideas.

Get ready to meet The Grim. In a multi-venue interactive-pervasive adventure throughout the streets of Brighton, you’ll need to make quick decisions as you work on an assignment for the Grim Reaper.


Time for lights, stage, and action. Watch the actors tread the boards in front of you as you receive your much needed Brighton Fringe dose of drama and performance.

A comedy told from behind a drum kit, join the final rehearsal before the Little Abingdon Band Competition in The Only Drummer In Town. If you’ve ever strummed a few chords with friends in a garage, then delve into the world of local bands is sure to resonate.

The Heist tells the story of a successful chef and bistro owner whose world is turned upside down by the pandemic through clowning, live music, and movement. By using four distinctive masks, the performance will portray the hopelessness human struggle, contemporary capitalism, and emotional despair, all with laughs along the way.

Delving into cult hit The Prisoner and its star Patrick McGoohan is Who Is No. 1?, the latest comedy play from the multi-award-winning writing duo Brian Mitchell (co-writer of The Ministry of Biscuits) and Joseph Nixon (co-writer of West-End hit The Shark Is Broken).

Taking a genderqueer and feminist spin on Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, Britney’s Peers is a noughties teen movie inspired 40 minutes that promises to deliver silliness and fun alongside personal and honest storytelling.

We may have just witnessed the first coronation in 70 years, but The King’s Speech takes you way back to 1936 and the previous King. After the abdication crisis, shy Bertie unexpectedly becomes King George VI and must overcome his stammer to inspire his country in its darkest hour.

My First Time Was In A Car Park tells the story of Mira, who loses her virginity to her teacher. A powerful and compelling performance that doesn’t shy away from addressing dark and difficult subjects, including the psychological repercussions of abuse.

We’ve all got baby blankets, favourite mugs, or treasured teddies tucked away somewhere, but Unwanted Objects takes a folk-inspired sentimental look at the things that get left behind.

After receiving a five star review from this parish, which described it as "It isn't any normal show, which is exactly the point: deconstructing what normal is", That’s Not My Name must be one of the must see performances this Brighton Fringe. This mix of stand up, spoken word, and physical theatre aims to challenge the status quo of the ethics of psychiatry.

You’ve never seen Oscar Wilde like this before! The Importance of Being Earnest As Performed By Three F*cking Queens & A Duck is an outrageous and laughter filled farcical rampage through Wilde’s classic.

As Eurovision hits our screens this week, join hosts Katie and Demetrius at Eurovision (Your Decision) for a delightfully camp musical homage to world’s biggest song contest.

Homophobia On The Orient Express sees two Agatha Christie fanatics meet on the Orient Express: what follows is comical mystery drama that debates important issues surrounding the LGBTQ+ community through the lens of Britain’s most successful murder mystery writer.

As another version of Dickens’ Great Expectations is currently gracing our screens, it’s clear it’s a story with real staying power. Havisham aims to take a new look at the woman at the centre of it all, imagining a sympathetic take of how she became the vengeful Gothic villain we have loved to hate for so long.

1 in 3 of us has started our own podcast. Ok, that stat is completely made up, but it’s certainly felt at times that everybody and their dog was recording their own audio ramblings. Sunsets is a one woman play that follows a rom-com fanatic who hopes to make a live podcast recording of her own ‘sunset moment’ – but is it happily ever after or just a fantasy?

Uniquely staged on a one-hundred year old ferry in Shoreham-by-Sea called Varda, Idle Women is a selection of scenes and songs that explore the lives of women on the waterways in WWII.

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Witch Hunt is the latest from A&E Comedy, former Broadway Baby Bobby winners here in Brighton. A darkly hilarious cautionary fairy tale, Witch Hunt has been rewritten and transformed since its premiere in 2019 to reflect the shifts in our post-lockdown world.

Party & Nightlife

Popular club nights from across the country decamp down at the seaside for Brighton Fringe looking to draw in the crowds with nostalgic pop hits, fun and games, and TV shows.

Guilty Pleasures promises an unforgettable night of unadulterated fun. Dance yourself silly in their huge pop party to hear everything from Umbrella-era Rihanna, to Whitney Houston, Taylor Swift, S Club 7, Katy Perry, and Backstreet Boys.

Metallics will definitely be in at Fever Club’s Gold themed party on 3rd June. Closing out the last big night of the fringe with a bang, prepare to shine in their famous salon of soul night.

What’s better than having a great time? How about a great time that also raises money for a great cause? Rockinghorse Rave is the not-to-be-missed 90s themed dance fest that’s all in aid of Rockinghorse Children’s Charity that supports babies, children, and teenagers throughout Sussex. The best bit? It starts at 4:30pm, so you’ll get enough beauty sleep to enjoy the Fringe all over again the next day.

Fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race need to catch the line up at Club Revenge’s Cabaret of Queeriosities variety nights, which features Drag Race UK stars Ginny Lemon and Ella Vaday alongside other top drag and comedy talent such as Jen Brister and Rhys Pieces.

Join Alfie Ordinary’s award winning Now That’s What I Call Bingo. Mixing all the fun of the bingo hall with musical nostalgia, this is the campest bingo game you’ll ever play! Expect disco classics, girl bands, boy bands, club bangers, and more.

Calling the over 30s: Age Against The Machine is for you! If you’re looking under 30, better bring photo I.D. so you can enjoy a grown up club night that’ll take you on a ride through the ages with a eclectic mix of musical hits.

One Person Shows

The intimacy of watching one person tell a personal story or transform into a whole cast of colourful character is the true magic of theatre.

SHADOWS addresses some of the darker issues that can affect our lives, including abuse, mental health, and suicide prevention. This one man show, which has been performed internationally, arrives in Brighton to challenge the toxic masculinity that stops so many men from speaking out.

Maisie is your typical nine year old. She’s bouncy, full of beans, and loves rocking out to Avril Lavigne. However, beneath her bravado she is suffering from an eating disorder. Scruffy aims to tell her story and shine a light on the complexity of childhood mental health issues.

Gerry might be 70 and one of the older performers at the Fringe, but with age comes experience, and Gerry Carroll: Young is his latest solo clown show built on ten years of practicing stand up, theatre, and clowning.

After shows tearing down taboos around menopause and periods, Belszki’s latest show Cliteracy: Are You Cliterate? aims to help you discover the hidden world of the clitoris, a body part often neglected and misunderstood in society. Belszki invites you on a thought-provoking journey to challenge the stigma surrounding this pleasure-focused anatomy through an edutainment performance that combines spoken word, comedy, and interactive experiences like sculpting a play doh clit and participating in a Cliteracy quiz.

Step into the world of Bet Lynch as Kathy Diamond embodies the iconic diva in You Bet. Celebrate the legacy of this unforgettable blonde, played by Julie Goodyear, who became a renowned symbol on the long-running soap opera Coronation Street. From being a barmaid to ruling the Rovers Return, Bet's charisma and wit made her a star of the stage behind the bar, but it’s now Bet’s chance to become the star of Brighton Fringe.

Unafraid to dream big, Destiny might be born below the breadline in rural Chippenham, but she believes her fate is to be an MTV Base backing dancer. DESTINY has been described as “captivating” by The Guardian and shortlisted for the Theatre West’s Write On Women Award.

Combining circus with storytelling, poetry with aerial hoop, chair-acro, and burlesque dance, Gobbess opens a window onto the female experience, and the accompanying rage at cat-calling and injustice.


Watch for jaw-dropping stunts, inspiring gymnastics, and plenty of clowning around.

Fringe favourites Circus Abyssinia return to Brighton with Circus Abyssinia: Tulu. Their legendary acrobatic skills are sure to impress all ages, with dazzling feats of speed and flight you won’t see anywhere else.

All ages are also encouraged at the Spiegelcircus, where the audience can also choose to warm-up with the circus in the half hour before the show and maybe even try out some hula hooping for themselves! Then it’s time to be entertained by an electric cast of Head First Tom, Milo & Kitty, Princess Peachy, Carolyn, Kiki and the gang with dancing, music, aerial, and more.

Technological Wizardry

Forward thinking shows and events that innovate to put the technological into theatre and performance.

Join Greenpeace in the fight against destructive industries that threaten our natural world. The Greenpeace Virtual Reality Pods allow people to witness majestic places under great threat, such as as the Amazon and Antarctic to see first-hand what they are fighting to protect.

ChatGPT has been the most explosive product launch of all time. Now experience the unpredictable collision of human and AI in GPT and Me, a one-man/one-machine show that attempts to navigate the complexities of artificial intelligence and collaboration.

Improbotics presents Artificial Intelligence Improvisation, a groundbreaking comedy show where human actors and AI robots collaborate on stage, blurring the lines between reality and augmented reality. Praised for its superb comedy and thought-provoking themes, this tech-infused performance poses philosophical questions and has been featured in the New York Times, New Scientist and BBC.

Cinematic Delights

Tributes and screening of new films and classics for those in thrall to the silver screen.

Venture down to Wagner Hall for a musical celebration of cinema. CINÉ-TRIO are three graduates from Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris who have a shared passion for film soundtracks. Combining their talents in piano, violin, and oboe, their programme of five shows explore everything from John Williams to Cartoons!, which is especially designed for younger audiences.

Delve into a deeply personal exploration of post-Brexit UK through the eyes of a World War Two veteran in local filmmaker Martin Nichols' new movie, There's Another Country. Using a blend of newly shot and found Super 8 footage, the film intertwines the experiences of the present-day pandemic experience with the struggles of Martin’s father’s generation during the war, aiming to bring a new perspective to recent political turmoil. Join the screening and Q&A session to reflect on the ghosts that haunt us, and discuss the potential for building a new country with echoes of the transformative 1945 Labour government.

Bringing you the best of comedy filmmaking from around the world, The DAFTA Winning Comedy Shorts are judge-selected spoofs of BAFTA-Nominated films that warmly poke fun at the toasts of the cinematic world.

Distinct Voices

Fringe is the perfect opportunity to give a platform and listen to unrepresented voices, experience new perspectives, and engage with international communities from around the world.

Experience the vibrant Pace Arts Market Place with Black Brighton Market & Kymara, featuring arts and crafts, pop-up performances, a cultural café, and an advice salon for local creatives. Don't miss the special performance by guest vocalist Kymara.

Lorry Boy is a performance where the protagonist remains inside an 8ft by 3.5ft doll box. Participants can hire the Lorry Boy to exit the box and carry out various tasks, limited only by their imagination and UK employment law, such as fetching coffee or unloading a lorry (if you have one to hand!)

I AM MORE THAN is a project set up by Equinox, who aim to support women in Brighton and Hove who are experiencing homelessness. This free exhibition is designed to challenge the stigma surrounding homeless women and encourage the community to re- their perceptions through various forms of artwork produced by the women themselves.

Step into the shoes of Olive and get to witness her experiences of living with OCD in The Loop. Through a series of therapy sessions, unpick the complex and repetitive thoughts that characterise an often misunderstood mental health condition.

Seventy-Eight Thank Yous is a personal and moving tribute to performer James Pretlove’s Mum who died from suicide in 2018. Follow James’ rollercoaster of emotions as he processes his grief in this poignant, yet ultimately uplifting spoken word piece.

Embark on a comedic journey as Mustafa Algiyadi, a Libyan Arab longing to be part of European culture, navigates through cultural differences, war, religion, meditation, and even velvet sofas. In A Little Killing Hurts No One, expect a stand-up comedy show that deconstructs human behaviour while blending silliness with darker humour.

Join Candy for an immersive experience of Sex with Witches, a live performance combining spoken word, video, gothic folklore, and glamour photography. A W King, performing in their trans persona Candy, presents this original work that delves into the realms of LGBTQ subcultures and the investigation of contemporary witches.

Drawing on his own experience of spending six weeks in a mental facility, avant-garde singer-composer Guilherme Cosme presents his new show Demon. A dark music visual meditation on bipolar disorder, depression, PTSD and the damage that can result from an aggressive religious upbringing, it combines film, visuals, and contemporary dance to help spark debate.

Get ready to have your stereotypes shattered as three military veterans take the stage in Project COMEDY: Gag's Army. Jay Saunders, Gabriel Murphy, and Jamie Johnson bring their unique brands of stand-up comedy, accompanied by a guest performance from mentor Jay Sodagar. Their on stage acts will challenge perceptions of veterans and the military while sharing personal experiences with PTSD, mental health, and the transition to civilian life. Supported by Project RECCE, this initiative empowers veterans to explore recovery and well-being through the art of stand-up comedy.

1990 Child From Wuhan: Trauma, Love, Diarrhoea is the latest show from Winner of Berlin New Stand-up Award 2019 and Founder of Berlin Mental Health Festival Moni Zhang. Mining her real life story of growing up in a sweatshop in Wuhan for material, Moni is a master at spinning tragedy into comedy.

Perhaps the only show this Brighton Fringe where you’ll get to see a panda gameshow host, Stephen Catling – Beehavioural Problems: Something Something Autism is his new surrealist escapade, which aims to give an insight into the challenges that come with being an autistic person in the workplace.

Free and PWYW

Hey, there might be a cost of living crisis but that shouldn't stop you from enjoying Brighton Fringe with plenty of shows that are either free, open to donations or Pay What You Want (PWYW).

On the last bank holiday Monday of May (yes, there have been a few this year hasn't there?), join Camp Bestival Da Bank Holiday Knees Up, a free festival that brings six hours of family fun packed with music, crafts, and more to Brighton. Tickets are free, but you will need to reserve your place as space is limited.

Step into the immersive world of Groundswell, a captivating installation by Matthias Schack-Arnott, where sound and movement converge. With each step you take on the responsive platform, thousands of illuminated balls create a unique visual and sonic experience. Free and unticketed, just turn up during opening hours.

Bhopal was the centre of one of the world’s largest and most devastating industrial disasters. This Brighton Fringe, the Bhopal Medical Appeal and Indian Futures charities are presenting an exhibition called Memories of an Indian Future, featuring works by French artist and photographer Isabeau de Rouffignac and Catalan photographer Pep Àvila. Isabeau's 'Saris for Memory' collection showcases women survivors of the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster wearing saris printed with newspaper cuttings, while Pep's 'Vedanthangal' explores rural life in areas where Indian Futures works to provide access to education.

For anyone aged seven or older who has wanted to defy gravity, join Blue Moon Circus on 13th May for their free aerial workshops and live out your running away to join the circus fantasies.

ICONIC LAGOS celebrates the vibrant everyday life of Nigeria’s renowned capital, Lagos. Bolaji Alonge, an artist and photographer, has spent over two decades documenting history and become a permanent feature in the Lagos art scene. In this free exhibition he presents his own work alongside collaborations with artist Jason Ogbazi, showcasing the wonders of nature, human connections, and a search for historical continuity.

Blast Theory, an internationally renowned interactive art group who have been BAFTA-nominated four times, has collaborated with South African artist Odirile Khune Motsiri for a new residency and exhibition called Crossing Fibres. Motsiri's work focuses on identity and fashion, using repurposed denim to create expressive self-portraits inspired by childhood memories.

If you’ve been waiting for a bird-based comedy quiz show then you’re in luck! In Guess The Weight Of The Bird you get to guess their weight – everything from little ducklings to big geese (even if they might sometimes be jerks and push you off a bike).

Has the Fringe awakened your inner performer? Join the free Immersive Theatre Workshop at Caravanserai to create a character and road-test them in a friendly and supportive environment.

Self Actually is a new thought-provoking play where a man is trapped in a room with an identical clone, raising questions about identity and self. As they both vie to prove their authenticity, a complex relationship forms between them. The pressing question remains: who is the original and who is the clone?

Embark on a transformative journey of live performance, music, dance, poetry, and guided meditation in The Sahaj Path of Self-Knowledge and Creativity. Celebrating the Centenary of Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi's birth, Sahaj artists will share their artistry and joy in this special evening of exploration.

Drop on by the Wicked Faerie Print Workshop to create a unique new design for your t-shirt, hoodie or tote bag as they’ll show you how to customise your items for a fresh new look.

Prepare to be captivated by Twisted Tales, a boundary-pushing theatre experience where a group of thespians discover a dark and ominous book, bound to act out grisly tales for eternity. From Red Riding Hood's gruesome demise to the epic Saga of the Vikings, this unique theatrical journey will mesmerize you.

Children's & Family

Whether you have a babies, toddlers, older kids or an assorted mix, there are plenty of shows this Brighton Fringe to educate and entertain your little ones - and also plenty to please the parents!

Join Mr Sea and Mr Sand who, despite their differences, learn to share and embrace the joy of being themselves in Sunshine. This highly interactive and brilliantly bonkers show promises plenty of belly laughs, fun, and unexpected surprises.

Embark on a rip-roaring, all-action adventure with Jerry in Adventures With Beeper! as he navigates the challenges of friendships at school. This educational show has already been a hit in primary schools across Surrey, and is packed with puppets, catchy songs, audience participation, and valuable lessons about making friends.

Not sure what show your kid would like best? Head over to Best of Brighton Fringe for Kids for a revolving line up that’ll give your kids a taster of what’s out there.

Science Magic: Crazy Gadgets will educate your kids without them even realising it as they marvel at the ridiculous inventions created from everyday items, including a smoke machine air cannon, a giant potato gun, and a hoover powered rocket launcher.

If your kids are mad about Mummies and all things Ancient Egypt, then the Queen of the East is the must see family friendly musical retelling the story of Cleopatra. Performed by the UK’s first zero-waste puppetry performance, you’re sure to be transported back to 32 BCE.

Get ready for the spectacular return of Mr. Bubbles in The Bubble Show this Brighton Fringe! Prepare to be amazed by his extraordinary soap bubbles in various shapes and sizes, including bouncy, square, and even fire bubbles. This interactive show, blending magic, storytelling, science, and bubble art, is suitable for all ages. Join The Highland Joker, a Guinness World Record Holder and renowned bubble artist, on a mesmerising journey through the enchanting realm of Bubbleland.

Experience the joy of Chicken Circus, a multi-sensory and interactive show designed specifically for children and young people with disabilities. Adapted from a children's story by Monty Python’s Terry Jones, this entertaining production follows the adventures of a fox training chickens for a circus. Head2Head Sensory Theatre's professional actors incorporate Makaton signing and pre-recorded Voice Output Communication Aids and resource packs featuring Widgit symbols to help prepare audience members for the experience and ensure that the storyline is accessible to all.

Let your little ones try their hands at shaping clay for the first time in a class led by Vanessa (MA, CE, PDD Ceramics). In Pottery With Messynessy & Harmony, just bung on and old t-shirt and experiment with making pots on the wheel or pinch pots, if your child prefers.

Get ready for a fun-filled family experience designed for babies and their grown-ups at Baby Babinoes. Join the baby disco where you can dance, socialize, and enjoy old-fashioned fun together with baby-friendly tune. There are even mums vs dads boogie-offs to add to the excitement.

Prepare to set sail on a hilarious and action-packed adventure with Arrr We There Yet?! This family show by Head First Acrobats brings the world of pirates to life through circus skills and physical comedy. Get ready for incredible acrobatics, impeccable comic timing, and lots of laughs for both young and old.

Immerse yourself in the joy of music and signing in Singing Hands Summer Spectacular, a unique and inclusive experience will delight audiences of all ages and abilities. Through the use of Makaton signing, the show brings favourite action songs, rhymes, show tunes, and pop songs to life.

A show that both you AND your baby will enjoy?! Swings and Roundabouts is a new comedy musical designed for new parents that pokes fun at the highs and lows of parenthood. With bubbles to delight your babies, this is a chance to discover some solidarity and laugh over shared tribulations.

Unleash your creativity at the exclusive Shaun the Sheep Model-Making Workshop, where you'll craft your own mischievous sheep with professional animator Jim from Aardman studios. Learn from the one of the best in the business and get a sneak preview of some of the giant Shauns coming to Brighton & Hove later this year.

Embark on a historical journey as you explore an authentic WWII air raid shelter in Brighton in Take Shelter. Take a guided tour, or play vintage fair games, browse the WWII museum exhibits, have conversations with veterans or grab a cup of tea and a bite to eat from Mrs Button’s Tea Room.

Experience the whimsical world of Mr Sleepy Bum as he takes you on a lively and imaginative journey through his silly and nonsensical dreams. Join Jody Kamali for a high-energy and entertaining physical comedy show that was nominated for Best Kids Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival 2023.

If you have older kids (recommend eight years and up) then PG Tips is the shared comedy club experience that could be your chance to find your family's new favourite comedian. This isn’t a kids show, but material will be suitable for minors as the comedians tone down the rudeness and dial up the laughs.

Join The Princess & The Frog for a captivating and enchanting classical ballet experience that tells the heartwarming tale of a princess and a friendly frog. With beautiful costumes, an original score, and crystal clear storytelling, this production brings the magical world of ballet to life and celebrates the power of friendship. Suitable for audiences young and old, it's a must-see performance that will have you attempting pliés all the way home.

The Giant Balloon Show does what it says on the tin - and more. Discover why The Giant Balloon Show has had Brighton Fringe audiences laughing until their jaws ache for two years in a row as you witness feverish balloon sculptures and a high-energy comic performance accompanied by a banging 80s soundtrack.

Step into the hilarious world of Marcel Lucont: Les Enfants Terribles, a wild gameshow where kids can unleash their inner mischief and compete for the title of the most awful child. With Marcel's acerbic humour and quick wit, discover why this show was named the winner of Best Kids Show at the 2022 UK Kids Comedy Festival and named one of the Top 10 Kids Shows of Edinburgh Fringe by The Scotsman.

The Circus Sonas Family Show brings a modern twist to the traditional circus double act. With breathtaking stunts, surprising juggling tricks, and mind-blowing magic, this family-friendly performance guarantees gasps, laughter, and plenty of cheering. Prepare to be entertained by top-class circus entertainment and the two best bears in the business.

Embark on a captivating journey with Seedheart, which tells the story of Grey as they find themselves trapped in a jar, struggling to remember their purpose and seek freedom. This thought-provoking performance explores human impact on the environment and invites us to consider how we can restore our planet. Through magical pop-ups, puppetry, shadows, and interactive scenes, witness a story unfold (literally) from a single suitcase as Grey takes a hopeful journey towards a better future.

Mixed Bills

Can’t decide what to watch?? Try out a few acts at a time to get a taste of what’s to come this Brighton Fringe.

Captain Breadbeard’s Bready Brilliant Alternative Comedy Show (try saying that after a few swigs of rum) will introduce you to Sam Nicoresti, winner of Leicester Square New Comedian Winner 2021, who likes to joke about nightmares, UFOs, and frogs (in that order); Stephen Catling an up and coming comedian who shines a light on his experiences with autism, and Lachlan Werner, comedy's poof prince of puppets, a ventriloquist and clown whose show Voices of Evil was a sell out hit at Soho Theatre, VAULT Festival, and more.

Prepare for an unapologetically dark and daring comedy experience with Black Sheep Comedy as three stand-up comedians delve deep into their damned souls. This late-night show, exclusive to Brighton, is not for the easily offended. Featuring Louie Lee, Ben Adams, and Shaun Edwards on stage.

For a revolving line-up of the best and up-and-coming female comedians from Brighton and the Fringe, check out Brighton Belles as a Pay What You Want show at Laughing Horse @ The Walrus.

Cabaret & Variety

Where chaos meets creativity, these buffets of entertainment, will bring you a sprinkle of comedy, a dash of magic, and a pinch of wild talents.

Step into the Wild West and embark on an extraordinary journey alongside the enigmatic Bax: The Legend of the Man with Superglue Fingers. Witness his encounters with muggers and the law, and be captivated by his mystical abilities in magic and mentalism.

Travel back to the rural township of Valhalla-ville with Madame Chandelier’s Night at the Opera as she reminisces about her childhood and the day she discovered a box of old records, igniting her love for opera. This family-friendly show breaks down the stereotypes around the art form, proving that opera can be for everyone.

Welcome to The WRöNG Channel...?! (Broadcasts 1, 2 & 3). Immerse yourself in a surreal chat show hosted by the eccentric Wrong Numba, as we navigate through current affairs and existential musings. This multi-sensory experience aims to create a safe space for those feeling lost in space, time, and beyond. Pay only what you can for this unique event, filled with music, dancing, and a touch of the extraordinary. Join at The Rose Hill or attend the live-stream version, which does require Zoom for participation.

Get ready to witness a hilarious and irreverent parody like no other with Dizney in Drag: Once Upon a Parody. This show takes your favourite childhood characters and turns them upside down, revealing hidden sides you never imagined.

Get ready for a wild and naughty ride with Cherry and the Choclit Factory, a drag parody of Roald Dahl's beloved classic. Expect strong language, very adult themes, and a whole lot of fun that will leave you with more than just tooth decay. Buckle up and prepare for a sweet treat like no other, but be warned, it doesn’t leave a lot to the pure imagination!

Musical Matters

For those who like to tap their toes to the beat, hum a harmony, or strum along on their air guitar.

Join Eddy MacKenzie and his tiny guitar for a lively and bizarre musical performance in Music A'Plenty. With songs about holidays, dinosaurs, and MD2020, Eddy brings his unique comedic perspective to the stage with a bombastic presence, reminiscent of Jack Black and Brian Blessed.

St. Paul's Church and Brighton's Choir With No Name join forces to celebrate the power of community and togetherness through an uplifting pop concert. This family-friendly event is a fundraising initiative to support the choir's work and preserve the historic church for future generations. Join in for a Sunday afternoon of singing, celebration, and refreshments.

Join the New Note Orchestra and Hullabaloo Community Quire for A Sense of Place, a collaborative musical extravaganza featuring electronic orchestral music and lush vocal harmony. Experience the captivating combination of beautiful compositions from New Note Orchestra and the eclectic charm of genre-defying Hullabaloo Quire, who are celebrating their silver jubilee this year.

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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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Theatre MAD
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Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £1.7m to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
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