Finally, Brighton & Hove’s cultural scene is returning, as Brighton Fringe gets ready to meet the summer with a packed diary of fun and thrills. Starting on Fri 28 May, this multi-disciplinary arts festival will be featuring hundreds of shows. So, to save you just a little bit of time, we’ve compiled a list of a few BN1 favourites from WEEK ONE.
FRINGE CITY Jubilee Square Fri 28 May (17:00 – 19:00) and Sat 29 – Sun 30 May (13:00 – 20:00) Free
Kickstart your Brighton Fringe with a bank holiday weekender of free, outdoor fun at Fringe City on Jubilee Square! Join us on Friday night, Saturday and Sunday, for a three-day extravaganza of all things Fringe. Grab a pint and a bite to eat whilst watching a variety of shows, from cheeky cabaret to awesome acrobatics – all al fresco in the centre of town.
Get a taste for Brighton Fringe at our free festival and start the month like you mean to go on!
CHLOE PETTS: TRANSIENCE (WORK IN PROGRESS) The Caxton Arms Fri 28 May (18:45) & Fri 11 – Sat 12 June (20:00) £5
Join Chloe Petts (as seen on Dave’s Hypothetical and Jonathan Ross’ Comedy Club) as she presents an hour of new jokes on all manner of pertinent issues including the darts and loud snores on public transport. A show formerly known as Alpha, but curtailed by the pandemic, Chloe takes a look at her inability to enjoy anything because of an impending sense of doom that it will one day end (but funny).
“Petts… is confident, laid-back, casual – and very funny.” (The Guardian) “Inexhaustibly funny mind” (Diva Magazine) “Compelling presence” (Steve Bennett, Chortle)
PRISON DIALOGUES The Lantern @ ACT Fri 28 – Mon 31 May (19:45) £9 – £12
‘Prison Dialogues’ consists of interweaving male and female dialogues set in the everyday of prison. Two men, three women and a text full of banter that leans playfully towards the futile. Surreal, sweary and strangely fun, Prison Dialogues is written by Mark C. Hewitt, whose last Brighton Fringe play, The Revenge Fantasy Club, was shortlisted for the Best New Play Award in 2013. This new play, loosely informed by the writer’s observations while working as an artist in UK prisons, is performed by Leann O’Kasi, Sarah J. Lewis, Araba Jane, Connor Mills and Sonny Jaiteh. With incidental music by Brighton composer Peter Copley.
LIONEL AND CINDY: THE GREATEST LOVE STORY Rialto Theatre Sat 29 – Mon 31 May (16:45) £6.50 – £9
The sweet journey of an unlikely pear of lovers. Join Lionel and Cindy as they find each other, themselves and a grape deal of silliness.
Guava Palava Arts present a spectacle for all ages. Come with us to Baba Ghanoush Valley, where our two characters enrol on an adventure only the bravest of us are willing to take. Prepare for your heart to melt, break and skip a beat as we witness the greatest Rom-Com the universe has ever seen!
A very tall Lady and a very small man, invite you into their world, just because they can.
BOOGIE SHOES SILENT DISCO WALKING PARTY The Victoria Fountain Sat 29, Sun 30, Mon 31 May, Sat 5, Sun 6, Mon 7, Sat 12, Sat 19, Sat 26 June (17:30 or 15:30) £12 – £13.50
Hello Sailor! Fun Sun Seekers!
An open-air dance-walk. Boogie Shoes Silent Disco Walking Party returns to beautiful Brighton with their ‘Super Seaside Special’! It’s the outrageous fun outdoor party that will have you dancing and singing in the bracing sea air, as you weave your way through the streets and landmarks of glorious Brighton!
Mama Roo will lead you as always and provide the laughs and commentary as your headphones pump out the sing-along and dance-along hits from now to back in the day (with maybe the odd sea shanty thrown in).
Salty dogs, pirates, bathing beauties, mermaids and landlubbers all welcome. Pack light, bring a drink and suitable footwear for walking (and dancing!). To ensure your safety, physical distancing is maintained throughout the tour and all headphones (provided as part of ticket) are sanitised before and after use.
THE NIGHT Sabai Pavilion Weds 2 – Mon 7, Weds 9 – Mon 14, Weds 16 – Mon 21 & Weds 23 – Sat 26 June (19:00, 22:00 or 23:59 depending on day) £28 – £180
As dusk falls, the indigenous tribes of Brighton & Hove gather at their favourite watering holes. The deliciously decadent creatures of ‘The Night’ awake from their daytime slumbers and congregate at the oasis that is the Sabai Pavilion. The tribe, scenting their presence, moves triumphantly to drink, dance and feast in their company. An eclectic mix of the world finest cabaret and cirque artistes in an immersive spectacle of physicality, comedy live music and the outright bizarre. What happens in ‘The Night’ stays in ‘The Night’.
BIG QUIFFY BINGO Brighton Spiegeltent Fri 28 – Sun 30 May (21:00) £12 – £14
Join the showbiz sensation Boogaloo Stu for bingo experience filled with frivolity, fun, filth and flashmob dances. You’ll feel the tension rise as Stu’s balls begin to churn, and when they finally drop you can expect non-stop nonsense, outrageous games, obscene works of art, poetry slams, hilarious prizes and of course some very ballsy bingo. Stu’s gift hamper will be stuffed to the brim with all manner of exotic prizes, so come on down and win it big!
YURIKO KOTANI: WORK IN PROGRESS Sweet Old Steine: The Comedy Basement Tues 1 – Thurs 3, Sat 5, Weds 16 – Fri 18 June (18:30) £7 – £9
Winner of the BBC New Comedy Award and Time Out’s One to Watch, UK-based Japanese comedian Yuriko Kotani is going to tell stories of her experiences and thoughts as a work in progress in her “second language”. As seen on Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central, Pls Like (BBC3), and Paul Hollywood Eats Japan (Channel4).
Her debut show, Somosomo, was The Guardian’s recommended show, 2 Northdown’s Top Ten Picks at Edinburgh Fringe, and received these reviews:
‘A brilliantly performed, well-structured & wonderfully unique set.’ ★★★★★ Fringe Biscuit ‘A must-see full of heart, passion and laughs.’ ★★★★ BroadwayBaby ‘A superb show that leaves the audience feeling inspired and hopeful’ ★★★★ WeeReview ‘…genuinely hilarious and I will never look at the term ‘ish’ in quite the same way again.’ ★★★★ Clownster