Brighton Fringe 2019: 10 Key Events We'll Be At This Year

Dubbed the largest open-access arts festival in England, Brighton Fringe is back this year from 3rd May - 2nd June, 2019, and will include over 4,000 events and performances (cabaret and circus, comedy, dance and physical theatre, events and film, children and youth, literature and spoken word, music, nightlife, theatre, tours, visual arts and workshops). Below is our selection of the most compelling shows and installations across the festival not to be missed.


10. Unframed Lives

VISUAL ARTS | Throughout May | One Church Brighton, BN1 4AA

'Unframed Lives' is a photographic exhibition and creative collaboration between individuals who have experienced homelessness. Images will be projected onto street locations around Brighton and Hove for the public to interact and respond with, bringing an alternative narrative to perceptions of homelessness in the city. This will be a creative platform for individuals who have experienced homelessness, and a chance to share journeys and histories, experiences and commonalities. For specific dates and times, follow the link below.


9. Fannytasticals Cum Again

COMEDY | 2nd - 5th May, 2019 | Sweet Werks 1, MIDDLE STREET, BN1 1AL

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. An evening without inhibition,
five female performers, writers, comedians, and musicians in their 20s, 30s, and 40s make up 'The Fannytasticals'. They have been performing their hilarious and original satirical material to sold-out audiences for over three years.

8. The Warren: Festivals Launch Night

EVENT | 2nd May, 2019 | The Warren, BN1 1UB

Come celebrate the start of Brighton's festival season with a bang, and get a taste of what’s coming up over the month of May. The Warren site is always free to enter, and entrance will be on a first come first served basis on the night. Tickets are available to buy for shows that night, including the ‘Pick of the Fringe’ launch night special. Having a ticket to a show will guarantee entry to the Warren site.


7. Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival

FILM | 2nd May, 2019 | The Warren: The Bunker, BN1 1UB

Iris Prize brings outstanding LGBT+ film from around the world to Brighton. The five programmes of short films on offer feature award-winners from the annual Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival, alongside moving depictions of queer intimacy, explorations of gender, and a timely selection of LGBT+ stories for young people. These diverse short films from twelve countries offer an honest window into modern queer life, representing the very best of current LGBT+ film-making. The five programmes are: Intimacy; Gender & Family; Iris Prize – International; Iris Prize – Best British; Iris Prize – Youth.


6. Individual Medley By Katrina Quinn

LITERATURE & SPOKEN WORD | 3rd - 6th May, 2019 | The Warren: The Burrow, BN1 1UB

Q. What happens when you move a 12-year-old from Basingstoke to Zambia?
A. She swims. 
Katrina returns to Brighton Fringe with her mesmerising coming-of-age memoir. Spoken word meets swimming lessons and some early '00s R&B in a tale about learning to fit into your skin.


5. Conflict of Interest

LITERATURE & SPOKEN WORD | 3rd - 5th May, 2019 | Sweet Werks 2, MIDDLE STREET, BN1 1AL

When stand-up comedian Richard Pulsford decided to research his family tree, he uncovered some seriously interesting stories of ordinary people caught up in World War 1. Richard tells the stories he uncovered of two of his serving relatives who both died in 1918, and the journeys which ultimately took him on a pilgrimage to visit the grave of his great-uncle in France on the 100th anniversary of his death last October.


4. Bowiesque Live at The Brunswick By Bowiesque

MUSIC | 4th May, 2019 | The Brunswick, Hove, BN3 1JF

Based in Brighton, Bowiesque are one of the UK's leading David Bowie tribute acts. A highly professional outfit with decades of experience between them, Bowiesque deliver a true David Bowie tribute experience that will never be forgotten. Playing all the hits and choice album cuts with skill and precision, their shows are enjoyed by casual fans and Bowie experts alike. Their genuine love and respect for the music of the Starman himself comes over in their authentic and memorable performance. An event not to be missed.


3. Dietrich: Natural Duty By Jimmy Jewell Ltd

THEATRE | 3rd - 6th May, 2019 | Rialto Theatre, BN1 3FE

An intoxicating one-(wo)man show. It is 1942. On the battlefields of North Africa in a gold, sequin gown, Marlene Dietrich takes to the stage to fight the war her way with an irresistible mix of songs, sex and sympathy. This spectacular mixture of theatre, cabaret and drag returns to the UK fresh from it's international tour to New York, Australia and Amsterdam and sold-out, critically acclaimed runs at the 2018 Edinburgh and VAULT Festivals.


2. How Disabled Are You? By The Queer Historian

THEATRE | 3rd -4th, 17th - 18th May, 2019 |

Tommy asks three disabled people, who claim benefits, with no performance background, to take the stage and read a script for the first time in front of you, the live audience. What happens when disabled people are stripped of their voice and confronted with opinions filled with pent up aggression, violence and The Daily Mail? This is a show that explores real attitudes towards those who claim benefits, who drink out of Sports Direct mugs and have disabilities that aren’t always visible to the eye. “It’s important that voices and stories such as Tommy’s are heard in theatre” (A Younger Theatre)


1. The Dolly Parton Story By Night Owl Shows

MUSIC | 28th- 30th May, 2019 | The Warren: The Hat, Victoria Gardens, BN1 1UB

Following sell out shows and standing ovations at Edinburgh Fringe, 'The Dolly Parton Story' premiers at Brighton Fringe to take you on an incredible journey through the career of the ‘Queen of Country’, who currently holds an astonishing 153 major awards, including 9 Grammys and 11 CMA’s. Follow Dolly’s incredible journey in this groundbreaking 'show-umentary' format. Featuring passionate renditions of Jolene, 9 to 5, Islands In The Stream, Here You Come Again, Coat Of Many Colours, Joshua and many more. 

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