How to: Enjoy Brighton Fringe for free!

Jessy Deans gives us her list of great Fringe events that cost absolutely nothing to see!

How to: Enjoy Brighton Fringe for free!

Lucy Pearman: Lucy Pearman: WIP & a Cabbage

"Traditionally, unmarried girls were sent into the veg garden to choose the 'perfect' cabbage." (Anon).

Lucy Pearman presents a work in progress at this years Brighton Fringe. Expect playful nonsense and a talking cabbage "Brilliantly playful..marks Lucy out as something rather special" (Laugh Out London), "Lucy Pearman is so very endearing to watch and an integral feature of pioneering new comedy in a big way" (Funny Women).

Brighton Fringe website

Upside down and Inside Out - Akro kraks

Two English gentlemen (or are they?) pull surprises out of the hat and out of the audience. A short and sweet delight of a traditional circus show of acrobatics, comedy, clown, contortion and juggling stunts. Laugh, cry and gasp! With Edwin and Emilia a circus duo from Spain.

Brighton Fringe website

John Hastings

John Hastings is a fence-sitting former drag queen. He will yell. He will shout. He will be proving the following people right.

"This fast-growing comic is a pleasure to watch" **** (Times), "Hastings' bold dramatic delivery is what really stands out when he is hammering a point home" ***** (Mirror), "Well crafted" **** (Herald), "This charming, lovable comic is truly engaging and well worth checking out" **** (Three Weeks), **** (Herald), **** (Fest).

Brighton Fringe website

The Eulogy of Toby Peach

Toby has come to deliver his eulogy. Join him as he enters the (not so) exclusive Cancer Club. Sample chemotherapy cocktails, select the perfect funeral playlist and marvel at Willy Wonka's lifesaving stem cell machine. Experience a young man's journey with cancer in this honest, fascinating and inspiring exploration of modern science and the body, discovery of self-mortality and celebration of life.

Brighton Fringe website

Eshaan Akbar: Work In Progress

2016 Piccadilly Comedian of the Year, Eshaan Akbar, brings his work-in-progress show 'Eshaan Who? Akbar!' to Brighton Fringe. Fresh from supporting Dane Baptiste on his national tour and appearing on the BBC Asian Network Comedy Night, he explores what it means to strive for success in a middle-class British-Asian household. Did reading Thatcher's 'Path To Power' aged 12, later pursuing a career in Bollywood dancing and then banking really set him on the path to success?

Brighton Fringe website

Femme Fatale Show: Cabaret & Burlesque Night

A show-stopping night of music and dance, featuring the hits of 'Chicago', 'Cabaret' and 'Sweet Charity', before turning up the heat for a classic burlesque show. The music will continue so you can dance the night away.

Show and dine packages available.

Brighton Fringe website

Hidden voices – Zap Art

Exhibition and public screening of digital stories created by children and young people with family members or loved ones in prison. A series of short, first person films which express personal experiences and give an insight into the issues facing children and young people and the impact of imprisonment on families.

Brighton Fringe website

Life in the city: an inclusive city

Poetry readings, exhibitions, workshops and photography surrounded by Tony Tree's inspiring photographic images of faith groups in Brighton from 2000.

Brighton Fringe website

Over the hill – Tim Andrews

An exhibition of a collection of photographs from 'Over the Hill: A Photographic Journey' a project created by a man with Parkinson's Disease who was photographed from 2007 to 2016 by over 400 photographers, including Rankin, Steve Bloom, Jillian Edelstein, Mike McCartney and Danielle Tunstal

Brighton Fringe website

Super Cally Fragile Lipstick

40-something, ginger, single parent Cally looks at modern day womanhood, warts 'n all. (She doesn't actually have warts.)

A fringe must-see, Super Cally Fragile Lipstick is written and performed as a work-in-progress for Brighton Fringe. Cally looks at everything from relationships, to gender stereotyping, to personal grooming, to autism, to body image, to sexuality, to mental health. Come and see the world in a way you've never quite seen it before, through the eyes of someone who sometimes feels she really has seen it all.

Brighton Fringe website

Playback impro - A Drunken Sailor/ Laughing Horse

'Playback Impro' plays back moments and stories from the audience. "A real standout from all the stand-up, this is comic improvisation theatre-style. Four actors each take it in turn to direct a narrative supplied by the audience. It can be anything from a mundane event on the way to the theatre to a traumatic childhood experience. The interaction is fun, compelling and very imaginative. And the quick-witted troupe step into your story, giving it a genre and treatment in seconds - making it very slick. A show that will keep you coming back for another unrepeatable performance." (The Mirror).

Brighton Fringe website

To find more great shows at Brighton Fringe that cost absolutely nothing, check out Brighton Fringe website.


Jessy also took the time to answer a few questions for us, and that interview can be found here.


Tom Inniss

Tom Inniss Voice Team

Tom is the Editor of Voice. He is a politics graduate and holds a masters in journalism, with particular interest in youth political engagement and technology. He is also a mentor to our Voice Contributors, and champions our festivals programme, including the reporter team at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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