Brighton Fringe 2016 Highlights

Published On April 8, 2016 | By Matthew Hughes | Brighton Fringe 2016, Homepage, Theatre & Arts Features, Things to do features

Brighton Fringe returns to the City once more with hundreds of great shows to choose from! It can be pretty hard to know how to spend your precious time so check out our definitive guide to this years highlights from Theatre to Music and everything in between. Here are our Brighton Fringe Highlights 2016.

Aphrodite in Flippers

Today is Georgie’s 40th birthday, her friends spy something strange lodged in her ear. Its discovery propels the three women on a surreal, darkly comic journey through their (extra)ordinary world.
This is a world premiere by bold & saucy for people who don’t always do as they’re told.



Venue – The Warren: Studio 2
Dates/Times – 11-12 May 18:45 / 13-15 May 16:45 [1hr 10m]
Price  £9.50 / £8 Students

Bane 1, 2, 3, 4

bane‘Bane’ is the story of hitman Bruce Bane as he tries to find out who’s after him. Joe Bone tells the story like a movie, to Ben Roe’s live soundtrack. All the Bane shows are independent stories and can be seen in any order. See all four for £30.
“Excellent” (The Times)
“A brilliant hour of comedy theatre… could just be the best crime movie never made” (The Guardian)

– The Warren: Main House
Dates/Times -20 May 18:30 [1hr]
Price/s – (£8.50) Offer – buy ticket to all 4 shows for £30

Break Yourself

break yourself

Break Yourself is a new piece about the performance of identity and gender. It is about the relationship
between power and desire, the complex landscape of male and female sexual desire, and the desire to be someone else. And Bruce Springsteen.

A risky, dishonest, headfirst, wholehearted, and perhaps slightly desperate attempt to try and be something we have never been before.

Venue – Marlborough Theatre
Dates/Times – 12 May 19:00 13-14 May 19:30
Price/s – 19:30 £9.50(£7.50)

Deep in the Heart of Me

Deep in The Heart of MeThirty years after Shirley Valentine, on holiday in Greece Janet meets the woman of her dreams, in a suit and tie singing Frank Sinatra songs. Struggling to tell her family back home, she knows this trip is a departure in more ways than one.
New work from Behind The Lines, nominated for Outstanding Local Talent, Brighton Fringe 2015 & Best Arts Stage Event L-Fest 2015
“Fabulous” ***** (Scotsgay) “Fun” **** (The Scotsman) “Endearing” *** (British Theatre Guide)

Venue – Sweet Waterfront 1
Dates/Times – 7, 14, 21, 28 May, 4 Jun 16:45 [1hr 15m]
Price/s – £8



Three estranged friends get back together for the funeral of a fourth. Their friend might be dead, but their friendship is still kicking.

“The performance of the festival” (Western Australian, World Fringe, Perth)

“Thrilling lines, ringing ironies, hilarious gags … it changed my life.” (The Argus)

“One of the funniest actors in the country.” (The Sunday Times)
– The Warren: Studio 2
Dates/Times – 10th May 18:45 / 11-14th May 20:45
Price/s – £10(£8.50)

El Blanco: Tales of the Mariachi

El Blanco Tales of the MariachiPerformer James Cairns (‘Dirt’, ‘The Three Little Pigs’, ‘The Snow Goose’) teams up with writer Gwydion Beynon (‘The Epicene Butcher’) to tell the epic, unforgettable and hilarious tale of El Blanco – The White One. There will be songs, there will be stories. And there will be many lies. Maravilloso!
“More laughs than Dylan Moran” (
“A dazzling performance from a very skilled entertainer” (
“One of the highlights of the festival” (

Venue – The Warren: Main House
Dates/Times – 6-8th May 18:30
Price/s £10(£8.50)


GroomedThree extraordinary stories: a betrayed schoolboy, a Japanese soldier and the inventor of the saxophone. An enchanting evening showing how theatre can transform past wounds that so many share. The story’s raw emotional power has gripped audiences in Norway, UK and the USA. Intelligent. Unmissable. “One of the most moving pieces I have ever seen. I left the theatre educated and entertained – a most rare experience… ” Sandi Toksvig.


Venue – Sweet Waterfront 2
Dates/Times – 11, 14, 18, 21 May (15:00) / 7-8, 10-15, 17, 19-22 May (20:00)
Price/s £8(£6)

Mummy, or the Art of Saying Goodbye

Mummy or The Art of Saying Goodbye

A cathartic and corrosively funny new play about a young professor who has shrouded herself in studies to numb the pain of grieving. Today, as she launches her first book – “Mummy or the Art of Saying Goodbye” – she is confronted with the spectre of her dead mother, irritating stifled wounds and unwinding her suppressed pain.

“Achingly, brilliantly creative; warm, funny, devastating.”

“Oh WOW! Go see MUMMY. I have no words.”
Venue – Sweet Dukebox
Dates/Times – 6-8th May (20:30)
Price/s – £8(£6)

Police Cops

Police Cops

Returning from two sell-out runs at Soho Theatre, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015, The Police Cops are back in town.

Winner of ‘The Stage award for acting excellence: Best Ensemble’, ‘Brighton Fringe award for excellence’ & ‘The Pulse Festival Suitcase award’, Police Cops is This Theatre’s adrenaline-fuelled, three-man cop parody featuring supercharged physical theatre, cinematic style and uncompromising facial hair.

Venue – Sweet Waterfront 1
Dates/Times – 13-21st May (20:00)
Price/s £10

The Girl Who Fell in Love with the Moon

The Girl Who Fell In Love With The Moon“It wasn’t a particularly spectacular night, as she sat stargazing in her room… ” Join this tattered troupe as Luna’s tragic tale unravels for the first time. But why tonight? A Tim Burton-esque patchwork of puppetry, poetry, movement and live music stitched together with The Human Zoo’s explosive visual imagination. Award-winning, five-star company. “This is certainly a must-see show.” ***** (British Theatre Guide), “Breathlessly inventive and thoroughly entertaining” **** (The List )

Venue – Komedia Studio
Dates/Times – 12-14th May (18:45)
Price/s – £8(£7)

Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

“Happy birthday Crookshank, how ‘bout a cup of SUCK IT THE F**K UP!?”

With over 5 million views on Channel 4 News and fresh from a five star run at Edinburgh Fringe. Based on the true story of ex-Airwoman Crookshank’s time serving in the R.A.F. Charting her journey from basic training to the Falkland Islands. A heart-warming tale of courage and survival.Best New Play, Best New Production, Best Actress and Best Director – Broadway World Award nominations.
Warning: Contains Penguins.

Venue – Sweet Dukebox
Dates/Times – 9-15th May (18:00)
Prices – £10(£8)

Adrienne Truscott’s Asking for it

Adrienne TruscottDressed only from the waist up and ankles down, Adrienne Truscott undoes the rules and rhetoric about rape, comedy and the awkward laughs in between. With commentary from George Carlin, Louis C. K. and Robert De Niro, ducks, whistles and enough gin and tonics to get a girl in trouble, she lets her pussy do the talking. Can you make jokes about rape? She plans to – all night long. Even if you tell her to stop!

– Marlborough Theatre
Dates/Times – 6-7 May 21:00 5 May (19:30)
Prices – £13(£11)

Bogan Bingo

Bogan BingoBingo dabbers at the ready for the sell-out smash comedy gameshow, ‘Bogan Bingo’. Two trailer-trash bingo callers, with a passion for 80s and 90s anthems, lead you through a continuous barrage of comedy, chaotic entertainment and classic tunes, all tentatively held together by the sport of bingo. Following the mayhem of Bogan Bingo, it’s time to hit the dance floor as the boys turn the tunes up a notch with their Sh*tty Disco DJ set.

– Komedia Studio
Dates/Times – 27-28 May (23:00)
Price/s £8

C. S. I. Crime Scene Improvisation

Crime Scene ImprovisationMirth meets murder in the world’s daftest whodunnit.
Following their sell-out run at Brighton Fringe 2015, The Chandeliers return with C.S.I: a rip-roaring crime comedy made up entirely on the spot. A fully improvised, witty & absurd murder mystery comedy play. No one knows who the killer is; not even the cast!
“An evening of hilarity & naughty fun that will leave you feeling like you were part of something unique.” ****(Everything Theatre)
“A creative idea… truly funny.” ****(Remote Goat)

Venues – Laughing Horse @ The Quadrant
Dates/Times – 14-15, 21-22 May, 4-5 Jun (16:45)
Price/s – £6(£5)



Join David, Keith, Hans and Romano on a quest to tell their individual stories and impose their so-called cultural offerings onto an audience. Despite their dislike for each other, this band of idiots have found their way onto the stage to present a madcap show full of acrobatics, improvisation, live music, audience participation and a unicycle on fire…

“A company on top form and leagues ahead of anyone else doing this work … simply beautiful” ***** (What’s On Stage).

Venue – The Warren: Main House
Dates/Times – 9 May (20:30) 8 May (16:00)
Price/s £12(£10.50)

Wifi Wars

WiFi WarsFrom two of the men behind gaming sensation Go 8-Bit (in development for TV): a live comedy show where the audience compete in games on their smartphones & tablets to win prizes (charge your batteries)! First performed as part of the Royal Institution’s 2015 Summer Programme. As seen at Eurogamer’s EGX 2014 (Earl’s Court) and 2015 (Birmingham NEC). Hosted by Steve McNeil (Videogame Nation). “Not To Be Missed”: The Guardian / Time Out Critic’s Choice, Metro Top Ten London Geek Nights Out

Venue – The Old Market
Dates/Times – 15 May (18:30)
Price/s – £10(£8)

Sean McLoughlin: Kamikaze

Sean McLoughlin KamikazeA brand new hour of stand-up from “the best comedian you haven’t heard of yet” (Time Out); “A terrifically intense, eloquent hour of comedy” (The Independent); **** “Never less than compelling” (The List); **** (Chortle); **** (Ed Fest Mag). As seen on ‘Russell Howard’s Stand-Up Central’.

– Laughing Horse @ Caroline of Brunswick
Dates/Times – 6-8, 20-22 May (21:00)
Price/s Free, non-ticketed

Trygve Wakenshaw: Kraken

Trygve Wakenshaw KrakenThe multi-award-winning, critically-acclaimed, total-sell-out returns. Gaulier-trained clown Trygve Wakenshaw’s beautifully strange and “blissfully funny hour of physical stream-of-consciousness” (Time Out). Oozing with whimsy and magnificently mad, rubber-limbed Trygve is his own animator in a cartoon world. Guileless and innocent – even at his most risqué, this is a physical comedian in a class of his own.
WINNER: Best Comedy (Adelaide & Perth 2015); Underbelly Award (2014) and many more.

Venue – The Old Market
Dates/Times – 26 May (20:00) 27-28 May (21:30)
Price/s – £12.50(£10)

Mark Dolan

Mark Dolan This Show Will Change Your LifeBroadcaster and comedian Dolan is one of the most in-demand MCs. To make the second half of his life better than the first, Mark has read almost every self-help book published. Which means you don’t have to.They are already calling Mark ‘the new Jesus’. Find out why here. “Fantastic” **** (Metro)


– Republic
Dates/Times – 7 May (19:00)
Price/s £12(£11)

Comedians Cinema Club

Comedians' Cinema ClubComedians Cinema Club brings together the UK’s best comedians and forces them to improvise their way through movies. Come see us as we appear around the UK (and soon world) to record a podcast and then ruin your favourite film. “What a silly idea, uproariously executed” (Chortle)


Venue – Republic
Dates/Times – 14-15 May (17:30)
Price/s – £11(£10)

Max & Ivan: Unstoppable

Max and Ivan Unstoppable

Globe-trotting, multi-award-winning character chameleons Max and Ivan (BBC2’s ‘W1A’, BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Casebook of Max and Ivan’) take their biggest, boldest, best show yet to beautiful, bloody Brighton.(Directed by Tom Parry)
“Astonishing.” ***** (The Times)
“Truly outstanding.” ***** (Edinburgh Evening News)
“An immersive dream-world which enchants the audience.” ***** (Mirror)
“Max and Ivan are the real deal.” **** (The Guardian)
– The Warren: Studio 2
Dates/Times – 29-30 May (18:45)
Price/s £10(£8.50)

Joe, Graeme & Dave: Mummy, I Don’t Like Those Men

Joe, Graeme & Dave Mummy I Don't Like Those MenAn insight into the weird worlds of three up & coming Brighton comics, with three very distinct voices:
Joe Foster (South Coast Comedian of the Year 2015), Graeme Collard (Max Turner Prize finalist 2015, Laughing Horse New Comedian semi-finalist 2015), and Dave Fensome (SYTYF semi finalist 2015, Laughing Horse New Comedian semi finalist 2015).
This show is guaranteed to ring true with anyone who has looked at life and thought “none of this makes any sense.”

– Lamb @ Craft Beer Co.
Dates/Times – 2-4 Jun (20:00)
Price/s £7.50(£6)

Bourgeois & Maurice

Bourgeois & MauriceFollowing sell-out shows last year, award-winning musical satirists Bourgeois & Maurice are back with a brand new show celebrating and skewering life’s absurdities.
“Witheringly sharp and pointedly British’” **** (The Independent)

Venue – Brighton Spiegeltent
Dates/Times – 13-14 May 19:15 12 May (19:15)
Price/s – £13(£11) to £15(£12)

David Hoyle

David HoylePost-drag, post-gender, impossible to beat, performance avalanche and avant-garde legend David Hoyle returns for unmissable evening of high comedy, sound, vision, paint and song.
“There is nothing quite like it: bold and unique, electrifying and disarmingly humane” (Time Out)

– Brighton Spiegeltent
Dates/Times – 18 May (19:15)
– £12(£10)

Jo Neary Does Animals and Men

Jo Neary Does Animals and MenAward-winning comic Neary attended art school for seven years. She learnt that:
1. You can’t sit on a War Memorial because you are sketching.
2. You can do anything.
In this show, 20 characters (including men and an inanimate object) are given an exuberant life of their own, in which to voice their social commentary.
Note: The dance which an audience member in Manchester begged Jo never to repeat may be repeated in this show.

Venue – Laughing Horse @ The Hobgoblin
Dates/Times – 10-12 May (22:00)
Price/s – Free, non-ticketed

Meow Meow

Meow MeowFollowing acclaimed shows on the West End, international singing sensation and purr-fect post-modern showgirl Meow Meow makes her long-awaited Brighton debut. Expect sequins and satire, Brel, Brecht, politics, mayhem, magnificence. “Witness the birth of a new star – she is sensational.” ***** (The Times)

Venue Brighton Spiegeltent
Dates/Times – 8-9, 16-17 May (21:00)
Price/s – £17.50(£16)


REDThe exquisite Emma Serjeant, the absurdly wonderful Lilikoi Kaos, and the haunting Carol Cates merge music, circus and the colour red with unpredictable beauty and grace. A fascinating and feminine encounter of the senses. The three performers examine the varying connotations of RED. Using the strength of breath, the sensual touch of the voice and a combination of live and recorded music, the circus intertwines effortlessly with the voice in a startling presentation of human beauty.

Venue – Brighton Spiegeltent
Dates/Times – 30-31 May, 1-4 Jun (19:15)
Price/s – £12(£10)

Tina C: Eating Country

Tina C Eating CountryJoin the world famous US country music singer Tina C for the launch of her Southern Cookbook. Hear how global political events were turned around by Tina’s thrice baked molasses pumpkin cheesecake. Warning: contains live cooking and red hot songs! As heard in the BBC Radio 4 series Tina C: Herstory.



Venue – Brighton Spiegeltent
Dates/Times – 6-7 May (20:00)
Price/s – £12(£10)


ElixirElixir is circus like you have never seen before – uninhibited by cliche or expectation, subversive and hilarious at the same time.
Acrobats fly five metres into the air on the teeterboard, spin upside down on the mesmerising roue cyr wheel, perform incredible one arm handstands on wobbling canes and balance on nothing but their heads on a swinging trapeze.
Elixir is an incredible display of acrobatics and physical comedy, tied together with an eccentric narrative.

– Brighton Spiegeltent
Dates/Times – 22-28 May (19:15)
Price/s – £10(£8)

King of the Fringe

King of the Fringe

Brighton’s only drag king competition is back and tougher than ever! It’s time for bois to become men as they battle it out to take the crown.

The kings will get a chance to strut their stuff before the extra special judges as they decide who deserves the title of King of the Fringe, plus the £100 prize money! Expect bulging biceps, protruding packages and fierce facial hair all slathered in sass as we try to find the next King of the Fringe!

Venue – Marlborough Theatre
Dates/Times – 12 May (22:15)
Price/s – £10(£8)

Help! I think I might be fabulous

I think I Might Be FabulousWith a piano and some cheap backing tracks, Alfie, the son of a drag queen, tells his story. From first discovering that be might be fabulous, to coming out to his mother, Alfie mixes storytelling with familiar songs from Shirley Bassey, The Village People, Sugababes and more! Alfie has worked with artists such as David Hoyle and Dickie Beau and has become a stand-out act in the UK drag and cabaret scene with his unique take on the drag genre.

Venue – Marlborough Theatre
Dates/Times – 14 May 14:00 28 May 18:00
– £10(£8)


BriefsAfter dazzling, sell-out runs all over the globe Briefs comes to Brighton. Your glamorous host Shivannah guides you through a jaw-dropping, eye-popping evening of boylesque, comedy and acrobatics. It’s burlesque… with balls.

 Venue – Brighton Spiegeltent
Dates/Times – 21-22, 28-29 May, 4-5 Jun 21:00 18-20, 23-27, 30-31 May, 1-3 Jun 21:00
Price/s – £18 to £20

It’s Okay, I’m Dealing With It

It's Okay, I'm Dealing With ItAward winning, dance-theatre duo present their new show; an honest, raw & humorous insight into how we cope with our imperfections and vulnerabilities.
Cristina & Chess both knocked out their front teeth in traumatic accidents. In a culture preoccupied with perfect smiles and keeping a stiff upper lip, how do we deal with painful experiences? We laugh, we cry and we try to distract ourselves.
But don’t worry it’s okay, we’re dealing with it.
“Outstanding” (FringeReview)

Venue – One Church Brighton
Dates/Times – 11-14 May (19:45)
Price/s – £10

The Sissy’s Progress

The Sissy's Progress

Nando Messias was beaten up on the street in an act of homophobic hatred. After years of dreaming up his response, he presents ‘The Sissy’s Progress’, a spectacle of provocation, celebration and hyperflamboyance.

Part dance-theatre, part walking performance, ‘The Sissy’s Progress’ leads its audience out onto the streets with a live marching band playing original music composed by Jordan Hunt. A veritable shock of brassy celebration and gender identity. Come and reclaim the street Sissy-style!

Venue – Marlborough Theatre
Dates/Times – May 7.30pm
Price/s – £6.50(£5.50)

Joshua Glavin: Growing Pains

Joshua GlavinJoshua’s unique look on dance, mixing styles to create new innovating and enchanting work have led him to be titled ‘Dancer To Watch’.
His fast footwork and clean cut rhythms have got people calling him ‘Machine Gun Kelly’ or wondering if this is the new generation’s Michael Flatley.
For the first time ever, Josh is telling his story of passion, love and coming of age through a tap dance spectacular in the world premier of ‘Growing Pains.’

Venue – Emporium Theatre
Dates/Times – 31 May, 1-4 Jun (19:00) 4 Jun (15:00)
Price/s – £10



A rib-tickling, inclusive and fun dance theatre experience complete with moving lab tables, fart jars, cows and test tubes.

Join Volta Flatulence, Caroline Windybottom and Daisy Parphead in the Windibops laboratory to investigate flatulence (yes, we mean farts), and if it has an impact on global warming.

Three talented performers move in this comical, fun world to combine high-quality dance, humour and some strange sounds, smells and amusing characters.

Venue – The Warren: Main House
Dates/Times – 28-30 May (11:00)
Price/s – £8

The Dance Trail

The Dance TrailUncompromising yet utterly accessible, ‘May-we-go-round?’ is a collision of fiercely energetic dance and comedic theatre taking audiences on the bittersweet ride of romance. A provocative, playful and gritty insight into our romantic disillusionment, it swings wildly between hilarious truths and intimate vulnerability. We are enthralled by the process of falling for someone, yet flummoxed and irritated by the whole charade. Are we enjoying it? Yes. Does it make sense? No. But round and round we go … 

Venue – Royal Pavilion Gardens
Dates/Times – 3 Jun (18:00) 4-5 Jun (13:00) 4-5 Jun (16:00)
Price/s – £10(£8)

I Charleston Brighton Speakeasy

I Charleston Brighton SpeakeasyPull on your spats and tassels and learn to Charleston like it’s 1929. The I Charleston girls will guide you through the A-Z of 20’s dance with a twist of jazz and a dash of electro-swing. Be enthralled by live music, workshops galore, competitions and sparkling performances.

Venue – Brighton Spiegeltent
Dates/Times – 7 May (13:00)
Price/s – £12(£10)

Ceyda Tanc Dance

Ceyda Tanc DanceCeyda Tanc Dance, with three different programmes of cutting edge and dynamic contemporary dance, works with influences of Ceyda’s traditional Turkish folk dance heritage. Ceyda’s interests lie in challenging traditional gender representation in a contemporary context.

Venue – Brighton Spiegeltent
Dates/Times – 14 May (17:00) 10 May 19:15 11 May (19:15)
Price/s – £8(£6) to £10(£8)


CollectionsThe Swallowsfeet Collective is an international group of 8 artists, performers and choreographers of 5 nationalities, living and working in 6 different cities. They are the creative minds behind Swallowsfeet Festival, an annual international dance and performance festival. They return to Brighton Fringe for the second year to share an eclectic programme of dance performance. ‘Collections’ will include their ensemble choreographic work together, alongside the work of individual members.

Venue – Distrikt
Dates/Times – 31 May, 1 Jun (19:00)
Price/s – £8(£7)

Brighton Swing Thing

Brighton Swing ThingBack after a sell-out event last year, the Brighton Lindyhoppers will be filling the tent with swing dancing and music. Take a seat and enjoy the unique sense of joy that happens when a live swing band and a bunch of jitterbugs meet. Or join in yourself with an absolute beginners Lindy hop class, suitable for everyone, no experience needed and you don’t need a partner. Our live swing band and DJ will ensure you can put your newly found moves to good use on the dance floor.

Venue – Brighton Spiegeltent
Dates/Times – 14, 28 May (13:00)
Price/s – £12.50(£10)

Ragroof Tea Dance

Ragroof Tea DanceThe Players mark a milestone at the Brighton Spiegeltent with two specially themed events: ‘Shall We Dance? A 10-Year Celebration’ (15 May), a whizz-bang dance through the decades, from 1920s Charleston, through the glamorous heyday of ballroom dance in the 1930s, to the swing and big band era of the 1940s; and ‘Tutti Frutti (5 June), a 1950s jamboree of jumpin jive, maraca-shaking mambo, and scintillating strolls. Dazzling displays, instant dance classes. All welcome – no dance partners needed!

Venue – Brighton Spiegeltent
Dates/Times – 15 May, 5 Jun (14:00)
Price/s – £12(£8)


Bom-BanimalsWeave up, down and around around our imaginary menagerie with the Bom-Bane Family Players, as you’ve never seen or heard them before! Original song, music, automata, puppetry and culinary delight for singles, couples, families, parties, or groups. Performances/food by Jane Bom-Bane, Eliza Skelton, Martin Peters, Kate Daisy Grant/Jo McDonaugh, with puppetry by Raven Kaliana and animart by Tom Walker. Site-specific performances and lunching/dining experience in an award-winning venue.

Venue – Bom-Bane’s Music Cafe
Dates/Times – 30th april – 4th June
Price/s –  £20(£15)

Camille O’Sullivan: Brel

Camille O'SullivanBrighton favourite Camille is back with her critically-acclaimed new show, singing the songs of one of her greatest inspirations Jacques Brel, the master of emotional storytelling in song.
“A masterclass in living a lyric – mesmerising” ***** (Mail on Sunday)

Venue – Brighton Spiegeltent
Dates/Times – 12-15 May (21:00)
Price/s – £20(£18)

Cassetteboy vs DJ Rubbish

Cassetteboy vs DJ RubbishYouTube sensations Cassetteboy team up with hilarious rapper DJ Rubbish to crash open the season with a comedy show in a nightclub, as they dance on the wreckage. With 20 million hits – and back by public demand – they’ve mashed-up everyone from David Cameron to Harry Potter! Afterclub ’til 2am…

Venue – Brighton Spiegeltent
Dates/Times – 6 May (22:30)
Price/s – £10

Huldebiet: A Dramatic Concert

HuldebietThrough the use of film projection, plays and music by Justyna Ponikowska, PAND7090 and Hana present a concert about the malleability of identity.
“A fascinating experience. Remarkable and absurd, but also poetic stillness and vulnerability in a most intriguing way. Did we mention silly?”

Venue – Brighton Spiegeltent
Dates/Times – 6-8 May (17:30) 6-8 May (20:00)
Price/s – £10(£8)

The Tiger Lillies

The Tiger LilliesFollowing sell-out shows at the Brighton Dome concert hall, the legendary Grammy-nominated, cabaret terrorists are back with an intimate concert of songs both old and new!
“The execution is impeccable throughout. Phenomenal.” ***** (Guardian)

Venue – Brighton Spiegeltent
Dates/Times – 29-31 May (21:00)
Price/s – £20(£18)


9Rebelles is a group of 9; Julia, Natalie, Michelle, Marina, Andrea, Meredith, Sibyl, Sally and Cat. 9 voices. 9 busy lives. 9 women with nothing in common but a shared joy in singing. Without all 9 working together the harmonies just don’t work. Rebelles tell their personal stories through their unique sound in an original show featuring close harmony jazz, folk and classical songs.

Venue – Komedia Studio
Dates/Times – 12 May (20:30)
Price/s – £12(£10)

Martha Tilston

Martha Tilston

Martha Tilston has carved her unique niche in the modern English folk scene with sharp, original songs that dissect the modern world.

Expect a sparky union of folk, acoustic, trip-hop and electronica. Long-time collaborators and musicians, Matt Tweed and Matt Kelly plus others help entwine raw vocals, sparkling melodies and thought- provoking lyrics with filmic movements and earthy baselines. Plus support.

Venue – Komedia Main Space
Dates/Times – 11 May (19:30)
– £13


ShlomoExpect a whirlwind of beats, bass lines and bleeding-edge technology, leaving audiences with their jaws on the floor.

Venue – Republic
Dates/Times – 2 Jun (19:00)
Price/s – £12

Funk The Format

Funk The Format

Hot on the heels of their sell-out Club Tropicana events and Funk The Family festivals, Funk The Format curates a magical, musical shindig.

Hove Park plays host to funk, soul, Latin, hip hop and related grooves.

Line-up: Soul II Soul; Norman Jay MBE; Nubiyan Twist; Jamie Rodigan; Rob Luis (Tru Thoughts); Rodney P, Skitz; Normanton Street; Russ Dewbury; Soul Casserole; Stick It On crew and many more to be announced!

Venue – Hove Park
Dates/Times – 29 May (12:00)
Price/s – £25

Shabaka Hutchings & Ligeti Quartet

Shabaka Hutchings & Ligeti QuartetJazz saxophonist and clarinettist Shabaka Hutchings (BBC New Generation Artist, 2010) teams up with Ligeti Quartet contemporary music group to perform a diverse range of music including Shabaka Hutchings’ own Clarinet Quintet, Morton Feldman’s Clarinet and String Quartet, and Milton Babbitt’s String Quartet No.6 in this Crossing Boundaries: Music at the Edge series event.

Venue – St Nicholas Church
Dates/Times – 14 May (19:30)
Price/s – £5

Albert Mews Open Studio

Albert Mews Open StudioAlbert Mews Studio opens its doors for five weekends this May, hosting an array of returning and new designer talent. With the millinery, illustration and home-ware from the three resident designers, there sits ceramics, sculpture, jewellery, pickles, shirts and lighting – something for everyone! Tucked away off Third Avenue at the bottom of Albert Mews, we are there to welcome you with a cup of tea and a slice of homemade cake.

Venue – Albert Mews
Dates/Times – 30 Apr, 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29 May (11:00)
Price/s – Free, non-ticketed

Brighton Illustration Fair

Brighton Illustration Fair

The 2nd year of BIF: The Brighton Illustration Fair.

Over two days and several rooms, 60 + guests and exhibitors will be representing the world of illustration in the form of comics, small press, prints, poster art, apparel, home-wares, animation, zines, publishing, workshops, talks, screenings and more.

Guests include : Joan Cornellá and Jenn Woodall plus The U.K. Poster Association and more to be announced soon.

Venue – One Church Brighton
Dates/Times – 28-29 May (10:00)
Price/s – £4(£3)

Fringe All-Nighter

Fringe City NightJoin us for our one-off Fringe City night time special, as part of the Fringe All-Nighter. Come down to New Road for an evening of live outdoor entertainment, showcasing the best from Brighton Fringe 2016. Cabaret, live music, circus, acrobatics, theatre and comedy will be on offer plus much more. Visit our website for full line-up details.

Venue – New Road, Brighton
Dates/Times – 27 May (18:00)
Price/s – FREE

Fringe City

Fringe City NightGet a taste for Brighton Fringe 2016 at our outdoor showcase. Expect crazy cabaret, tremendous theatre, live music, magic, dancing and much more. Visit our website for full line-up details.

Venue – New Road, Brighton
Dates/Times – 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29 May (13:00)
Price/s – FREE

March of the Mermaids Fin Raiser

March of the Mermaids Fin-raiser Party

The Brighton Spiegeltent will be host to our first fin-raiser party of the year, ahead of our parade this summer. All profit raised from the party and on the day of March of the Mermaids (July 23rd) will be donated to the World Cetacean Alliance.

The Sophisticated Mischief DJs will be spinning surf sounds from the deep, accompanied by projections from our favourite mermaid movies and vintage cartoons.
Get your dancing fins on and make sure to wear your best nautical attire!

Venue – Brighton Spiegeltent
Dates/Times – 12 May (23:00)
Price/s – £5

Big Brighton Fringe Festival Ceilidh

Big Brighton Fringe Festival CeilidhJoin Brighton Ceilidh Collective for an evening of raucous nonsense and ceilidh dancing.
We’re more about ‘ceilidh attitude’ than the perfect moves.
‘Ceilidh’ means ‘party’ in Gaelic, and that’s exactly what we’ll do.
Even if you have two left feet and have never ceilidh’d before, you’ll soon be whirling round the dance floor.
Fabulous live band. Excellent caller. Real ale at bar.
“The most awesomely fun thing ever” (Fringe Guru)

Dates/Times – 14 May (20:00)
Price/s – £12

Off The Rails

Off The Rails

An unique 1:1 scale replica of a Jubilee Line tube carriage. Both the interior and exterior of the train has a printed vinyl wrap, featuring the graphic artwork of Andy Seize, who experiments with his life-long love of tube trains and the London Underground network.

Look out for special events at the installation.


Venue – Churchill Square Shopping Centre
Dates/Times – 6-22 May (09:00)
Price/s – Free, non-ticketed

Imaginary Porno Charades

Imaginary Porno CharadesSlipping in from its sell-out Edinburgh Fringe run, IPC enters Brighton! A 12 hour marathon of unstoppable panel show mayhem – we don’t know if the captains and host can last that long! A variety of performers from across the Fringe form teams throughout the night to charade their audiences good and hard. With porno puns, sexy signals, and outrageous observations to keep you up all night, this is a game show that’s strictly adult – and if we find any prizes, we’ll give you one… ***** (TVBomb)

Venue – Sweet Dukebox
Dates/Times – 27 May (22:30)
Price/s – £7(£5)

Who Sampled Who Presents: Fallen Hip Hop Legends

'Who Sampled Who' presents 'Fallen Hip Hop Legends'

Brought to you live and direct by Exploring Senses and One Brighton FM, ‘Who Sampled Who’ presents ‘Fallen Hip Hop Legends’. Check out the interactive exhibition at Jubilee Library to explore legendary hip hop creators and play with digital 3D printed artworks.

Also, a series of free workshops for young people aged 13-19yrs at Brighton Youth Centre. We will show you how to make interactive music using samples and 3D printed artworks.
Go to our website to find out further information.

Venue – Brighton Youth Centre
Dates/Times – 1st May – 4th June
Price/s – Free, non-ticketed

Sky Lounge: Embassy Court Sun Terrace

Sky LoungeEmbassy Court’s time-travelling cocktail bar returns to celebrate this iconic modernist building’s 80th birthday.
The year is 1936 and the first residents have just moved into the most luxurious apartment block in Brighton and the first penthouses in the UK.
You are cordially invited to join them on the 11th floor sun terrace for a cocktail and enjoy the best view in Brighton from what was then the tallest building. 1930’s dress is optional. Ticket includes one cocktail.

Venue – Embassy Court
Dates/Times – 21-22 May 14:00 21-22 May 15:00 21-22 May 16:00 21-22 May 17:00
Price/s – £9(£8)


DefrostedLove that frosty film or hate it, you’ll laugh your stripy socks off at lovable clowns Cat & Nicko and their puppet rock band, “Funny from the moment they strut onto the stage” (Broadway Baby). A fantastic family adventure featuring live music and physical comedy; ‘Defrosted’ is one big, bonkers blast of fun. Cat plays Bubbles the Mermaid in CBeebies show ‘Spot Bots’.
STV’s Best Children’s Shows at Edinburgh Fringe 2015
“Silly for all the right reasons” (Fringe Review).

Venue – Brighton Spiegeltent
Dates/Times – 29-31 May, 1-2, 4-5 Jun 11:00 7-8, 15, 22 May 14:00
Price/s – £5

Fringe City Family Picnic

Fringe City Family PicnicBring your picnic blankets and hamper down to Brighton’s biggest family picnic with free family friendly performances, games, crafts and activities galore. Visit our website for further information.

Venue – Royal Pavilion Gardens
Dates/Times – 7, 14 May 13:00
Price/s – Free, non-ticketed

Amazing Bubble Man

Amazing Bubble ManLouis Pearl has been thrilling audiences for 30 years with the art, magic, science of bubbles. An Ed Fringe favourite, he sells out every year. Louis explores the dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy, artistry, audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep all ages mesmerised. From square bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, volcanoes, tornados and trampolines to people in bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all.

Venue – Republic
Dates/Times – 7 May 13:30 7-8 May 15:30
Price/s – £10

Projet Oggbots


A UFO has crashed over Brighton and your help is needed to save them from the Agents In Black. Expect robots, aliens and mystery in a galactic adventure. This is an immersive, outdoor experience so wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for the weather.

This sell out, award winning show is back in Brighton in collaboration with MakerClub.

“Some of the UK’s most exciting performers and artists” (The Guardian).

Venue – Embassy Court
Dates/Times – 29th May – 5th June
Price/s – £8

Flyaway Katie

Flyaway KatieBy the makers of ‘Shoe Baby’, ‘Penguin’ and ‘Arthur’s Dream Boat’, Long Nose Puppets’ new show ‘Flyaway Katie’.
An inspiring flight of fancy about the power of imagination based on the popular children’s book by Polly Dunbar with music by Tom Gray of Gomez.
Katie is all alone and feeling grey. The birds in the picture on her wall look so colourful – if only Katie could be as bright as them, who knows what might happen? The show is bursting with colour, movement and surprises.

Venue – The Warren: Main House
Dates/Times – 14-15 May 11:30 14-15 May 10:00
Price/s – £8

The Den

The DenThe Den is a new purpose-built family-friendly area at The Warren. Bringing together a strong community of children’s charities, workshops and local business owners , The Den will provide play facilities and creative projects.

The Den will encompass a beautiful covered play area and a spacious, colourful outdoor space filled with toys and play equipment, providing a safe space for children to play freely as well as a space for creative workshops and local businesses to showcase their products.

Venue – The Warren: Children’s Area
Dates/Times – 5-31 May, 1-5 Jun 10:00
Price/s – Free, non-ticketed

Arr We There Yet?

Arr We There YetA riproaring and swashbuckling adventure in which three sailors hit the high seas in search of treasure! A scallywag pirate, a muscular sailor and a chef with a seafood allergy make for a hopeless crew, as they fight for the title of Captain aboard the ship. These acrobatic pirates turn ship-life upside down! Walking the plank becomes the high flying teeterboard, cooking for the crew involves juggling knives and steering the ship spinning upside down in the roue cyr!

Venue – Brighton Spiegeltent
Dates/Times – 29-31 May, 1-5 Jun 13:00
Price/s – £8(£6)

Comedy Club 4 Kids

Comedy Club 4 KidsSince 2005, the Comedy Club 4 Kids has been getting the best performers from the international circuit to do their thing for an audience of children (aged 6+) and their families… but without the rude bits! It’s just like a normal comedy club, but it’s on in the day, kids are allowed in, and thus there is a higher than usual chance of heckles like “why is that your face!?”
“An essential treat” (Fest)
“Absolutely hilarious” (The Yorkshire Times)

Venue – Komedia Main Space
Dates/Times – 14 May 14:00
Price/s – £8.50(£6.50)

How To Be A Rock Star

How to be a Rock StarWinner: Most Outstanding Comedy (Melbourne Fringe), Winner: Best Comedy Weekly Award (Adelaide Fringe). Spandex, sequins and killer dance moves collide in Tessa Waters’ hilarious new physical comedy for KIDZ. Learn the essential skillz required to explode the dance floor and the audience’s minds!
Waters is a Gaulier trained dynamo and professional idiot. Her multi-award winning physical comedy WOMANz (Edinburgh Fringe 2015) toured nationally in Australia and the UK to high acclaim.

Venue – Brighton Spiegeltent
Dates/Times – 28-29 May 17:00
Price/s – £8(£6)


PinocchioGepetto, the old carpenter, makes toys all day – but when a mischevious puppet called Pinocchio comes to life, adventure and wonder are not far behind! Join award-winning Brighton storytellers Bard & Troubadour on a truly magical journary for all ages, as Pinocchio faces scoundrels, set-backs and sea monsters on his quest to become a real boy. In this loving recreation of the classic Italian fairy tale, expect music, puppets – and plenty of audience participation!

Venue – Emporium Theatre
Dates/Times – 30-31 May, 1-3 Jun 14:00 31 May, 1-3 Jun 11:00
Price/s – £9(£7)

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