Gloria Hole presents: The Clinic

Gloria Hole presents: The Clinic

Still got an itching problem? For the third year running, join drag-ony aunt Gloria Hole and a panel of top comedians for another year of solving your pressing concerns. Expect comedy, shots, chaos and even the occasional bit of honest-to-god useful advice… 

Remind Me Again Why I Need A Man

Remind Me Again Why I Need A Man

When you’re used to holding the whip hand, Death can be an unwelcome distraction. Karen Summers has the ideal life as a dominatrix. Her customers fear her, business is booming, and the chief of police is one of her clients… 

Father of Lies

Father of Lies

‘Making a Murderer’ meets ‘Rosemary’s Baby’… ‘Father of Lies’ tells the chilling true story behind a mysterious, unsolved murder in West Germany, 1973. A thrilling horror show about haunted priests, jealous widowers, and satanic cults… 

Des Kapital: I'm Loving Engels Instead

Des Kapital: I'm Loving Engels Instead

Des (winner Gulag’s Got Talent, Ex-Soviet Republic Factor, No Voice, Strictly Pooling, Dancing on Siberian Ice) story-sings the history of world Communism (Korea, Vietnam, Cuba, Russia, China, Eastern Europe) in his hilarious interactive cult karaoke show, using the music of Robbie, Elvis, The Beatles, Astley (“Brezhnever Gonna Give You Up”), ABBA, Taylor, The Smiths, Bowie (“Stazi”), and lots more… 

The Clinic 4 Kidz

The Clinic 4 Kidz

Are your parents annoying you? School getting you down? Is your sister a pain? Come see your drag-ony aunt Gloria and let her and some super funny comedians solve all your problems… 

Drawn and Quartered

Drawn and Quartered

Michael and Ana have had no communication for six months. Hearing Michael’s painting career is on the downslide, Ana takes pity on him and hires him to paint the studio apartment they shared for four years, to prepare it to sell… 

EUAN

EUAN

EUAN is the kind of audacious, absurdist production which you have to approach with an open-mind; yes, it’s weird and confusing and never fully explains itself, but it’s also riveting to watch, and grapples with some timeless existential ideas… 

The Hunters of Ghost Hall

The Hunters of Ghost Hall

An interesting addition to the Fringe schedule, The Hunters of Ghost Hall's paranormal premise, pitch-black stage and eerie soundtrack seems to lend itself more to a Halloween line-up than a springtime festival… 

The Golden Child

The Golden Child

William Desmond has always considered himself ‘The Golden Child’. If you tell yourself you can ride a horse, or down a pint while juggling 5 balls, or play the piano blindfolded then it must be true, right? Will can do all these things… 

GROOMED

GROOMED

Three times winner at Brighton Fringe 2016, ‘GROOMED’ is rebooted and back. How can a truth be told? A betrayed schoolboy, a Japanese soldier and the inventor of the saxophone. Three extraordinary stories are brought together to show how, when a secret is spoken, it can save your life… 

He Shot, He Scored

He Shot, He Scored

It’s the mid-1970s, Alan Mullery is the new manager of Brighton & Hove Albion after another failed promotion attempt. Twenty year-old Peter Ward breaks the Albion’s goalscoring record, earning his place in the hearts and history of the club; Wardie Wonderland is still sung on the terraces when Brighton answer Sussex’s call… 

What Would Aaron Sorkin Do?

What Would Aaron Sorkin Do?

You were sort of friends when you were young, and then sometime in the 90s, you’re both at Uni and you bond over your love of ‘The West Wing’, walking and talking your way down life’s own Pennsylvania Avenue, until you inevitably fall out over a girl… 

Niteskreen

Niteskreen

British comedy’s premiere and only homage to ITV’s ‘Nightscreen’ returns to Brighton. “My friend had a nap, I had a very nice time” (Daniel Kitson) “More than a bit unique and unusual” (Bunbury) 

Antigone Alone

Antigone Alone

Michael McEvoys’s tight re-telling of the story of the fierce young heroine Antigone weaves together all three of Sophocles’s Theban plays into an intimate and impactful solo piece… 

The Yank is a Manc! My Ancestors and Me

The Yank is a Manc! My Ancestors and Me

In a fish-out-of-water comedy of errors, Hopwood DePree tells the true story of how he gave up Tinseltown to save his 600-year-old British ancestral pile. Expect family history, culture clashes, community spirit and plenty of calamities in an uplifting multi-media stand-up show… 

One Woman Alien

One Woman Alien

In Fringe theatre, no one can hear you scream: one hour, one woman, one cult movie! The sell-out Edinburgh Fringe show returns to Brighton, celebrating 40 years of the horror classic! In one hour, the impossible to forget Heather-Rose Andrews tackles the entire movie alone (with a cat)… 

Stealth Aspies

Stealth Aspies

An intimate and enlightening show exploring autism in a light-hearted and truthful way, combining verbatim testimonies with original poetry. Share a glimpse of real autistic subculture, starkly contrasting its media representation, presented through the lens of adults who live the autism experience everyday… 

Wolf Tamer

Wolf Tamer

Rachel has lost her hero. Her uncle Neil has died unexpectedly. To make sense of her loss, she revisits the stories Neil told her as a child, of his adventures around the world. An autobiographical, often humorous, exploration of grief and the power of storytelling, ‘Wolf Tamer’ sheds new light on the darkest times in our lives and is a story of courage and survival… 

The Blood Tales

The Blood Tales

Re-mystifying the most misunderstood phenomena of a woman’s body by telling the true tales about our blood. This one-woman show will transport you into the mystical landscape of woman’s blood through the lens of a hilariously funny witch… 

Pole Circus

Pole Circus

Is pole dancing supposed to be strong or sexy? Join Gemini Studio in a charming, ridiculous, acrobatic soul-search into whether we should be strutting in heels or flexing those guns. 

The Noise Maker

The Noise Maker

Explore the misadventure of Kate and Robin, two dim-witted chums, as they try to put up with their noisy neighbour. The only way to stop him is to embrace the psychedelic after-effects of a bag of M&Ms and choose between their head and their heart… 

DUPed

DUPed

The 2018 Scotsman Fringe First Award-winning play written and performed by John McCann and directed by Erasmus Mackenna. Ian Richard Kyle Paisley was once a young, firebrand, fundamentalist preacher from the heart of Ulster’s Bible Belt… 

Alan Ayckbourn Double Bill

Alan Ayckbourn Double Bill

Back-to-back performances of two of Alan Ayckbourn’s shortest plays. ‘A Cut in the Rates’ is a turbulent journey of intrigue, with a wicked twist in the tale. ‘Mother Figure’ is a laugh-out-loud play about an over-worked mother who treats her nosey neighbours as small children, literally. 

Alan Ayckbourn's 'No Knowing'

Alan Ayckbourn's 'No Knowing'

One of Ayckbourn’s newest plays, only previously performed in Scarborough. A supremely funny comedy written in 2016, we see Elspeth and Arthur celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary… 

A Unifying Theory of Gay

A Unifying Theory of Gay

For decades, science has been fascinated by the LGBTQ+ community. What makes gay people gay? How does sexuality affect one’s behaviour, appearance, or ability to raise children? Join scientist Cerys Bradley, a part-time comedian and full-time bisexual, as they look at the science conducted on the LGBTQ+ community, and try to answer a much more important question; why is science so obsessed with us? 

Documents, Documentation, and the Post-Truth Era

Documents, Documentation, and the Post-Truth Era

A workshop which re-investigates the status and function of “documentation” responding to the urgent post-truth era in documentary theatre formats. What is the function of the theatrical space in the times we live in now? How do we approach and understand “production of truth”? This workshop uses storytelling, autobiographical material and documents to re-investigate the fine lines between fact and fiction, truth and lie, personal and political. 

My Home at the Intersection

My Home at the Intersection

An intimate and charming performance taking us back to the conflict in the Indian province of Punjab. A little boy dresses up as a local superhero. A family loses their home. Personal memories of three generations collide with the many official versions of a fragment of history… 

Rural Touring in the UK

Rural Touring in the UK

How does rural touring work? How can you take part? Gain insights on the benefits and opportunities in professional rural touring. Meet and hear from performing companies who have experienced it, producers and regional promoters… 

Black Peter

Black Peter

Where do monsters come from? Do they exist only in stories, or do they live amongst us, watching, waiting? ‘Black Peter’ is a retelling of the Bavarian tale of the Krampus. Set in a woodland clearing beneath the shadow of a dead tree, two people explore a secretive and painful shared past, ten years after the fall of the Berlin Wall… 

Fannytasticals Cum Again

Fannytasticals Cum Again

Brighton’s rude and raucous female comedy troupe returns to the Fringe! With songs, sketches and wry musings on the female experience, their original and bold material takes you into the wilderness of the female psyche, leaving you gasping for breath… 

Seven Ages of Mam

Seven Ages of Mam

World Premiere - Funny, moving, thought-provoking, contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s famous soliloquy - but from Mam’s point of view! Laugh-out-loud funny one minute and poignantly thought-provoking the next… 

A Really Really Big Modern Telly

A Really Really Big Modern Telly

Kate Stokes and Claudia Summers have their finger on the pulse with this delightful double bill of comedy plays, interspersed with a few shorter sketches. A modern re-working of the ancient myths of Narcissus and Echo, they skewer our contemporary obsession with celebrity and consumerism... 

She Wolf

She Wolf

Queen Margaret of Anjou is back from the dead and she is angry. 'Sooo angry.' Specifically with that ‘white dude’ Shakespeare for portraying her (‘non-consensually’) in the history plays Henry VI, Part 1–3, and Richard III as so evil that she makes Lady Macbeth look like a kitten... 

Passing On

Passing On

With a plotline exploring important topics like same-sex parenting, surrogacy and genetic history I had high hopes for Passing On. Unfortunately, these were not met, and I was disappointed by this production... 

Antling

Antling

What happens when a forty something single woman rediscovers her childhood crush on an 80s pop icon? A liberation from pissed-off boredom and an awakening of sexual fantasies. Sometimes fierce, sometimes sad but all encased with a feisty sense of humour. 

Painted Love

Painted Love

With Marc Almond as your spiritual guide, what could possibly go wrong? From the team that brought you 'Get Fit With Bruce Willis', 'Painted Love' follows a washed up singer-songwriter as he tries to summon up the spirit of Marc Almond to resurrect his career... 

MoMent-Us!

MoMent-Us!

The world's only motivational mind-reader returns to Brighton Fringe, but this year, it's momentous! Dangerous stunts and death-defying spectacles performed for your entertainment, Phil attempts to stay 'in the moment', and read your mind to avoid career-ending injuries, or even death! If that wasn’t enough, Phil will also be teaching you how to overcome your self-limiting beliefs, achieve your goals in life, and push through your sticking points... 

Pronoun by Evan Placey

Pronoun by Evan Placey

"I showered. And then the mirror was just there. Suddenly there. Only it had always been there, but I’d, somehow, I’d managed to never look. To never really look." Josh and Isabella are childhood sweethearts... 

Equity: Fighting for a Fair Fringe

Equity: Fighting for a Fair Fringe

Fringe theatre can be some of the most exciting and rewarding work out there, but all too often it’s unpaid and can price ordinary people out of the industry. Equity’s 'Professionally Made Professionally Paid' campaign has brought over £3million in wages to fringe performers... 

The Silent House

The Silent House

Benjamin and Shiva have lived in a refugee camp for two years whilst they work towards completing their citizenship applications. They're very friendly and intimate, but there is something between them that gradually changes the shape of their relationship... 

Live Music in Theatre: Creating and Playing Music for a Theatre Piece

Live Music in Theatre: Creating and Playing Music for a Theatre Piece

How can we enhance the impact of a theatre play with live music? An interactive workshop where participants are welcome to bring their own compositions to play or improvise. Guillermo Celano is a composer and improvisor who won the North Sea Jazz Composition Award 2013; Iman Spaargaren is a multi reed player and composer... 

My Father Held A Gun

My Father Held A Gun

A stunningly simple yet immersing and thoughtful performance, My Father Held a Gun attempts to answer the question: Why do men go to war?Storytelling duo Israeli Raphael Rodan and Iranian Sahand Sahebdivani have some very insightful takes on this question... 

Autobiographical Storytelling: A Performance Art Form

Autobiographical Storytelling: A Performance Art Form

A playful and dynamic workshop that starts by provoking a memory from your life. Then, using simple storytelling techniques, witness your memory grow into a meaningful and engaging story... 

Hopeless

Hopeless

Leyla Josephine is hopeless. She’s had enough. She's been staying in bed all day, refusing to watch the news, eating full Viennettas at 1pm. She’s been struggling through these difficult times... 

Pickman's Model by HP Lovecraft

Pickman's Model by HP Lovecraft

Laying your hands on a cult classic is a daunting task, especially when you are dealing with HP Lovecraft’s much loved gothic fiction. Best known for his unpronounceable Cthulhu mythos, HP Lovecraft also wrote a number of other short stories, one of which is brought to life by The Other Realm Theatre Company... 

Waiting for Gandalf

Waiting for Gandalf

This isn’t the gentle comedy romp through the Lord of the Rings that many may believe from the title. Presented by the Brighton based charity, Mankind, Waiting for Gandalf is a powerful performance about the burdens that some of us carry... 

The Boy Who Gave His Heart Away by Cole Moreton

The Boy Who Gave His Heart Away by Cole Moreton

"Make a fist with your hand and place it roughly where you think your heart should be," Cole Moreton instructs us at the start of his set, The Boy Who Gave His Heart Away... 

Stick Some Shoes On

Stick Some Shoes On

From our first dates, sexual frustration, sexual tension, Tinder, insecurities, boredom, to marriage. We’ve all gone through it, but do we ever come out of it? Did we really marry our soulmate? Join us for a hilarious, fast-paced, poignant hour following a set of characters facing the joys and challenges of being in and out of love in your 30s. 

Just Don’t Do It

Just Don’t Do It

'I’m frightened', my proudly-feminist husband says while reading a Google-searched summary of Just Don’t Do It as we sit waiting for the start of the show. 'What of?' I query... 

Barbecue: The Musical

Barbecue: The Musical

Britain is on the brink of nuclear war - how would you spend what might be your last afternoon on Earth? Somewhere in middle-class suburbia, a small group has decided to press on with their plans of a traditional British barbecue in the back garden... 

Between You & Me

Between You & Me

This Brighton-based forum theatre company produce thought-provoking performances using storytelling, discussion and re-enactment. 'Between You and Me' has been created in collaboration with Mankind, and is based on true stories and experiences... 

The Laurel & Hardy Cabaret

The Laurel & Hardy Cabaret

The award-winning Lucky Dog have been playing their successful biopic 'Hats Off to Laurel & Hardy' since 2013. This, however, is a bumper package of Stan and Ollie’s routines and songs from stage, screen, and record which you won’t find elsewhere... 

The Spark Factory

The Spark Factory

One of a series of seven one-night-stands of experimental theatre, How Disabled Are You? is curated by theatre co-operative Spun Glass Theatre under the heading of The Spark Factory... 

Steve Lee Performs an Indecent Act

Steve Lee Performs an Indecent Act

If you missed Steve’s Fringe debut ‘Sit Down Stand Up’ last year, you now have the opportunity of missing this brand new show as well! Tales of a life well-lived with possible nudity, naughty words, and live music... 

Dave Benson Phillips: Christ, I Thought He Was Dead!

Dave Benson Phillips: Christ, I Thought He Was Dead!

Dave Benson Phillips used to be on children’s TV all the time. Most of us remember him from the classic show Get Your Own Back where kids could get to gunge their parents or teachers... 

The Start of Something

The Start of Something

Sweet Werks' studio is a well-suited venue for The Start of Something. It’s a very intimate space which worked well as the three characters relive a painful part of their lives... 

Tight 5 Showcase

Tight 5 Showcase

Fast-paced, club-style stand-up comedy, featuring four of the best new stand-up talents from the South East. All the acts take part in a weekly show throughout the year, where comics are forced to write five minutes of new material each week... 

SESKA: Spot the Difference!

SESKA: Spot the Difference!

SESKA performs incredibly silly magic tricks, repeats them again but with a crazy added difference... and, when you spot the difference, you win a fab prize! A party atmosphere, hilarious entertainment and a competition all in one... 

Sing-Along Fun with Dave Benson Phillips

Sing-Along Fun with Dave Benson Phillips

The well-known children’s entertainer and TV presenter Dave Benson Phillips ('Playdays', 'Playhouse Disney', 'Fun Song Factory', 'Boj!') performs popular children's songs on his trusty guitar... 

The Sweet Release

The Sweet Release

This is how your night at the Fringe ends: not with a whimper, but a bang! Join the hottest up-and-coming acts from all across Brighton Fringe for our late night revue. With new and established acts, and local and international performers heating up our evenings, as well as theme nights galore, 'The Sweet Release' is the perfect climax to a day of shows at Brighton Fringe... 

Behind Our Skin

Behind Our Skin

When Camille transfers to London, she finds herself following a well-travelled road. She left her country to grow, yet her reality slowly narrows. When complications with her baby arise, she needs to engage with the society that has welcomed her... 

Mick Jagger is My Nightmare

Mick Jagger is My Nightmare

With flailing arms, grotesque faces, and a lot of sweat, Dutch performer Marius Mensink attempts to exorcise the Rolling Stones' front man out of his own body. This intense physical performance was an immediate cult hit at Cape Town Fringe... 

GROOMED

GROOMED

Three-time winner at Brighton Fringe 2016, 'GROOMED' is back, but for one night only. Three extraordinary stories: A betrayed schoolboy, a Japanese soldier and the inventor of the saxophone...