When asked what makes Brighton Never Normal, one of the first things people say is the events - particulalry the quirky, mad, bonkers events that take place during Brighton Fringe. Naturally we were all gutted that the original May Fringe couldn't go ahead which is why we are thrilled to say - Brighton Fringe is back!

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Running for the whole of October, Brighton Fringe’s Autumn Season brings comedy, theatre, dance and more back to the city for a COVID-safe programme to delight all audiences. Featuring a mix of online and offline events around the city, Brighton Fringe continues to celebrate all things ‘never normal’ this autumn and invites you to join in!

  • CEO Julian Caddy says:“I am delighted that Brighton Fringe is returning for an Autumn Season this October. These are exceptional times so it will be a very unusual Brighton Fringe experience, but the most important thing is that people are safe while they are enjoying the festival”

The Brighton Fringe team have put together this very handy instructional video to keeping safe at Brighton Fringe:

So, now you’re all geared up to #FringeSafely. But what should you actually go and see at Brighton Fringe? We’ve picked out our top 10 events not to miss:

Brighton Food Tours: 

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Join the award-winning 'Brighton Food Tours' to get down and dirty with a selection of Brighton’s best independent food producers and street food vendors. Hear the stories, passions and politics behind their food and, best of all, try some tasty samples. Food equivalent to a light meal.

To Have and to Hold (online): 

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A reflection of our upbringing and how influence is key for development. Told through movement and voice, 'To Have and to Hold' explores how one makes decisions, forms relationships and chooses to live based on the notion of influence. Based on Erikson's theory of psychosocial development, the film follows eight stages of life.

Lava Elastic

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The brilliant Lava Elastic is the UK's first openly neurodiverse comedy/performance/poetry night and has been running for over two years now. Brought to you by neurodivergent performer (late diagnosis of Aspergers and proud of it) Sarah Saeed, (sometime comedy diva Marianna Harlotta) and founding member of Autistic performance company Stealth Aspies.

Spillage!:

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Dan is in a spot! Deadlines are piling up. He has a presentation to deliver. And now he’s gone and spilled coffee all over his clean white shirt! The only way he can save himself is through fantasy, professional development exercises and anagrams. Written and performed by UK Anti-Slam winner, Stewart Taylor and directed by Anna Carr.

You Can Do Anything - A Musical Concert

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Get ready for a Musical Theatre extravaganza that will have you dancing in your seats. Featuring original choreography and smash hit songs from musicals such as Rent, Kinky Boots, Chicago, West Side Story and more! This October, Ethereal Theatre present YOU CAN DO ANYTHING. This entertaining, lyrical and original concert is an uplifting modern fairy tale that teaches us the all-important lesson that, no matter who you are, you really can do anything.

Killing Steve

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Zoe and Nikki have been in lockdown for three months, Nikki’s started to talk to the walls and losing patience with Frank. Zoe’s been stalking celebs on Instagram whilst binge eating chocolate. Their long-term friendship is at breaking point and to top it all off they have to deal with Steve. Two women, one room and a whole lot of chaos. A darkly comedic tale with a hint of suspense and the looming starkness of reality. Starring Brighton based actors Sally C. Davis and Helen Pepper Smith Playwright.

Jekyll & Hyde: A One-Woman Show

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"You must suffer me to go my own dark way..." Stevenson's classic science-horror is reborn, with award-winning performer Heather-Rose Andrews in the titular role. Class, terror, and hypocrisy in Victorian London, as the search for self collides with the lure of the sensuous, taking its toll on all around Jekyll & Hyde.

Unquiet Slumbers: The Haunting of Emily Bronte

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A psychological thriller in which Cathy Earnshaw ('Wuthering Heights') meets her maker, Emily Brontë. Based on both the book, and on Emily’s own story, it is a moor-bound exploration of identity and an unhealthy obsession with death, ghosts, and romantic heroes. By award-winning playwright Sam Chittenden ('Metamorphosis', 'So You Say', 'Clean', 'Sary'), starring Harriet Wakefield ('The Maids') and Rebecca Jones ('Sary', 'Clean')

Bully

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What's worse - being a bully or being bullied? In this debut hour, Thanyia Moore (Funny Women Champion, 2017) explores this question whilst talking about her childhood and how it's impacted her adult life.

Big Virtual Fringe Halloween Ceilidh (online): 

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Back for a 5th year, join Brighton Ceilidh Collective on Halloween for a night of fun ceilidh dancing, in the comfort of your own home. Followed by a relaxed fireside afterparty. It doesn't matter if you've never ceilidh'd before, or if you're on your own or with friends, family, pets, cuddly toys, whatever - our brilliant caller Gill Emerson will talk you through all the dance steps before and during dances. Even if you have two left feet, it's all about enjoying yourself. Dressing up optional, but encouraged. Slightly scary storytelling may be involved at the afterparty. Remember - on Zoom, no one can hear you scream. If you're on mute anyway.

  • The full Brighton Fringe listings and tickets are available at: www.brightonfringe.org/whats-on
    Brighton Fringe 2020: Autumn Season runs from 1 – 31 October.

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Brighton Fringe is delighted to announce the first events of their new Autumn Season, running from 1-31 October, with additional dates in September and November too. Performances will be taking place both live and online, with a selection of comedy, theatre, music and more. There are expected to be new performances added over the coming days and weeks, with people still registering their events.

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