brighton fringe kicks off

It’s been a long (long) time coming, but the Fringe is finally back! With over 550 events at venues all over the city, as well as online, we’re going to be busy for the next six brilliant weeks.

You can get a flavour of this year’s festival at Fringe City, the free outdoor showcase event taking place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday with pop-up food stalls, bars and live performances — check out the full programme here.


The Spiegeltent is always one of our favourite hangouts when the Fringe is in town and this year they’re hosting local talent a-plenty, including award-winning Drag Prince Alfie Ordinary (pictured above) who is bringing his House of Fun. And Boogaloo Stu will also be appearing at the Brighton Spiegeltent with legendary club night Dynamite Boogaloo (main picture) for one night only.

There’s comedy from local funny people, too with the return of Komedia’s popular nights Krater Comedy ClubBent Double and Comic BoomFunny That Comedy is also popping up at The Warren with Brighton’s own award-winning MC Stephen Grant alongside Angela Barnes.


Theatre lovers will enjoy Clean: The Musical (pictured above; appearing both digitally and live at One Church Brighton) from award-winning playwright Sam Chittenden. It tells the tales of the women of Brighton’s Laundry Hill area (Roundhill), Brighton since 1870.

There’s also new work from local companies Paradoxical Frog, who are premiering The True Story Of The Little Girl Who Thought She Was The Second Coming Of Jesus Christ at Sweet Old Steine, and Skye Hallam is presenting her debut one-woman show Heads or Tails at The Living Record, a new digital venue at Brighton Fringe. 

The Living RecordtheSpaceUK and SweetStream have set up as digital ‘venues’ at Brighton Fringe 2021 offering both live-streamed events and those available to watch throughout the month. This includes ONCOMM award-winning show SpaceXPat, ThickSkin’s ‘Theatre in VR’ presentation of Petrichor (pictured below) and Variations, a play about family, string theory and breakfast from The Young Creatives Portsmouth.


If outdoor is more your thing, there are plenty of opportunities to get to know the city of Brighton & Hove with walking tours to teach you about the, ahem, Back Passages of BrightonFearless and Fabulous Women of Kemptown and Brighton’s Elms.

There’s also outdoor theatre at St Ann’s Well Gardens including a production of Twelfth Night by Drama Impact and the welcome return of Something Underground Theatre Company’s The Spirit of Woodstock.

There are also five free Fringe Academy workshops running through the month, with opportunities to hear from Fringe Directors and Producers from around the world and the chance to learn about touring work both online and offline from Touring Scheme Leaders. There is also the chance to share your views at the Future of Brighton Fringe event on 22 June.

To ensure everyone’s safety during the Fringe, the organisers have put Covid-safe guidelines in place, including socially distanced seating and limited capacity, bubble ticketing options, hand sanitiser stations at all venues, and well-ventilated venues.  

Brighton Fringe runs from Friday 28th May, 2021
Various venues, in person and online; from free