Brighton Fringe announces over 100 shows for families


Mapcap musicals, leading performance poets, an outdoor re-imagining of Alice in Wonderland and a plethora of theatre, puppet, circus and comedy shows will be entertaining families at Brighton Fringe this year.


The Brighton Fringe kids and youth programme consists of 126 shows and events, which will be staged throughout May and the summer half term at England’s largest arts festival (5 May – 4 June).


The acclaimed Box Tail Soup presents a beautiful new adaptation of The Wind In The Willows (4 June). Commissioned by the Everyman Theatre, this stunning take on Kenneth Grahame’s classic features handmade puppets and a charming original score.


Apples and Snakes, England’s leading performance poetry and spoken word organisation, is collaborating with New Writing South for The Dictionary of Dads (3 June), a fun-packed exploration of dads of all kinds, from the embarrassing, the heroic and the downright silly, for ages 6 and up.


Oliver in the Overworld (7 May) from the Krazy Kat Theatre Company, a madcap musical for 3 to 7-year-olds, comes to Brighton Fringe as part of the WINDOW programme for exceptional new work. This ingenious theatre show from the multi-award-winning Kinny Gardner is visual storytelling at its best, bristling with creativity and humour, and features fully integrated sign language. 


The award-winning Brightonshed will premiere Wake Up Alice!, an interactive leap down the rabbit hole, at Brighton Open Air Theatre (3-4 June) during half term.


Family favourites include Dave Benson Phillips (10-14 May), who’ll be performing songs and a sing-along quiz for under 6s, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar (12-14 May), featuring 75 lovable puppets. Gerry Cottle’s Wow Circus (17-31 May, 1-3 Jun), a big top full of chaos, daredevils and electrifying entertainment, comes to the Preston Park Big Top (17 May – 4 June). 


Award-winning Irish comedian and scientist Dónal Vaughan presents the hilarious Science Magic(29-31 May, 1-2 June) for budding scientists and general mess-makers, aged 5 and up. Also exploring the world of science is the multi-award-winning writer and performer John Hinton, whose brand new show Ensonglopedia of Science (21 & 25-28 May) features a song about science for every letter of the alphabet. 


Mr Danger’s Really Safe Show (6, 13, 27 May & 3 June), for ages 7 and up, will see Evel Knievel-wannabee - aka acclaimed comedy-actor Sam Quinn - perform an array of mindbogglingly inane feats as he attempts to pull off the ultimate stunt.


Julian Caddy, managing director of Brighton Fringe, said: “Events for families are a key part of what is on offer at Brighton Fringe. This year’s Family Guide includes 126 events of all genres, all either affordably-priced or completely free. Open access should mean that everyone gets the chance to experience and take part, and with 155 venues all across the city, there has never been a better time to take the family to enjoy Brighton Fringe.”


Brighton Fringe runs 5 May to 4 June. To book tickets visit or call 01273 917272.


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