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Monday 04 March 2019

Eighty-Six Events: Komedia's 2019 Season Of Shows In Brighton

After another successful scouring of the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe offering, Komedia Brighton presents a season of shows this May and early June, featuring 86 events spanning comedy, theatre, music, kid's shows, cabaret, spoken word and more.

Alongside fan favourites Krater Comedy Club, Bent Double and Comic Boom, comedy highlights include; writer of The Mash Report Tom Neenan's investigation of his girlfriend's disappearance, combining projection, storytelling and character comedy, live chat show Mr. Thing, packed with sketches, interviews, videos, games and jingles and Best Newcomer Nominee (Edinburgh Fringe) Sara Barron skewers her husband, her child, WhatsApp and herself in her debut stand-up hour. 

Laugh your way back to the 80s with the deliciously dark Screamphone, where Scream meets Clueless in a horror musical based on the retro classic game Dream Phone, and meet the new savior of womankind in Vulvarine, in which the astoundingly average Bryony Buckle gains superhero abilities and a brand-new persona, when a dose of hormone therapy gone wrong and she is hit by a well-timed bolt of lightning! 

As always, many of the Festival shows cross genre boundaries, two shows mixing theatre and comedy include a Stranger Things inspired mystery, featuring two men and 67 characters in LoveHard's Tales from The Elsewhere and an indie stand-up/theatre show about life, performed by a ghost, in Laura Davis: Ghost Machine.

Children's shows play a large part in the season. Starting with The Greatest Goat of All Time, a fresh, funny and fantastical story starring award-winning comedian Charlie Baker and BAFTA winning CBBC actor Sam Battersea. Nutty Noah returns with Nutty Noah: You Might Die! Inspired by Noah's son"s battle with a brain tumor, as well as Oskar's Amazing Adventure, which follows the story of one loveable, lonely puppy"s search for friends, packed with good humour, adventure, music and song. 

Finally head back to 10,000BC and discover how two young hunter-gatherers palled up with their mortal enemies the wolves and together invented Man"s Best Friend, the dog, in Ogg "n" Ugg "n" Dogg. 

There is also a focus on health in the programme, in Pip Utton's theatre piece And Before I Forget I Love You, I Love You he explores devastating effects of Alzheimer's disease and MC Cashback takes a light-hearted look at the troubling UK statistics for diabetes in Sugar!, a show filled with healthy musical recipes that he will cook live and share with the audience!
Last but by no means least, Bron Batten goes on first dates live onstage in the award-winning Onstage Dating watch from the safety of your seat or volunteer to be a part of the action as she takes modern romance to the next level with a hilariously poignant look into the world of online dating.

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by: Mike Cobley

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He's blind. He's a dad. He's a husband. That's just the half of it. Multi-award-winning comedian Chris McCausland tells all ahead of bringing his show, Speaky Blinder, to Brighton as part of his debut national tour. 

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The Peacock Poetry Prize returns to Brighton Festival 2019 to inspire and encourage young people across Sussex to explore the written word from a creative point of view.

Part of the launch programme for South East Dance's new home for dance, The Dance Space, 20:20 Vision aims to address long-standing gender imbalances in dance.

Coming to Brighton Odeon cinema, later this month, is a chance to watch a remastered version of Diana Ross' iconic 1983 Central Park concert, where nearly 1.2 million people united on the Great Lawn. 

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