Hove Grown festival (23 Mar-01 Apr) is a fantastic showcase exclusively for Brighton & Hove writers and performers, and we’re delighted to announce that our partners at Sweet Venues are bringing some amazing productions to our new upstairs performance space.

Dan Evans: 10%
23 & 24 Mar | 18:30 (1hr) | £8/£6 | 16+
10% is as far as Dan Evans gets with most of his ideas. Until now. It’s time for you to decide which one of his embryonic creations he should nurture to full-term. Expect products, tunes, philosophies for benevolent World Management, and possible disappointing nudity.
A favourite with audiences as well as with his notoriously hard-to-please comedic peers‘ The Guardian
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Simon Topping: Why I Had To Leave The North
23 & 24 Mar | 20:00 (1hr) | £7 | 16+
The story of me; a misfit, growing up in the north west of England in the 1980s. A funny and touching exploration of masculinity and the great expectations of manliness placed upon my youth by the older generations of the family. Some monkeys learn how to express their feelings more slowly than others. I am that monkey.
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Shelagh Mumby: Burning Bright
24 & 25 Mar | 16:15 (1hr) | £7/£5 | 14+
A pier, a match, and a mystery. A darkly comedic story of a mother’s love, burning passions, and the destruction of a Brighton icon.
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Michael Fabbri: Dessert Warrior
26 & 27 Mar | 20:00 (1hr) | £5 | 16+
Michael Fabbri, star of Radio 4’s Dyslexicon, has graced the global comedy circuit for many years, and has held resident parking permits in Zones M, Y, and V. Furthermore, you are most welcome to his new stand-up show.
An absolutely superb circuit headliner‘ London is Funny
Exceptionally funny, extremely sharp, hugely enjoyable‘ The Scotsman
Startlingly insightful‘ The Guardian
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Simon Topping: Fat People In History
28 & 29 Mar | 20:00 (1hr) | £7 | 16+
Meet some of the largest characters in history. See how their contemporaries viewed them and what ‘cures’ were offered to remedy their condition. Follow this humorous journey from medieval times to the near past in an exploration of shifting views on corpulence juxtaposed with the orator’s personal issues with his very own heft.
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Aidan Goatley Is The Vicar’s Husband
29 Mar | 18:30 (1hr) | £5 | 16+
Aidan was divinely happy as an apathetic atheist until his wife started training as a vicar. With his best friend finding her path, Aidan questions his purpose while dealing with audio bibles, professional jealousy, and the purgatory of cruise ships.
A brilliant raconteur‘ Fringeguru
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Headpictures: Tiptree: No One Else’s Damn Secret But My Own
30 & 31 Mar | 18:30 (45 min) | £5 | 14+
James Tiptree Jr: Government official, international traveller, ‘inelectubaly masculine’ writer of science fiction…And, in 1975, outed as Alice Sheldon, a 61-year-old woman from Virginia. What happens when your secret is out, but it’s only the signature that’s changed? (This is a work in progress show. The writer welcomes constructive feedback.)
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Julia Knight: I Am Not Victoria Wood
30 & 31 Mar | 20:00 (55 min) | £7
Maddie performed as a Victoria Wood tribute act. She has a suitcase full of props and memories, but are they holding her back? This touching, funny, and entertaining show sees Maddie revisiting her successful career and paying her own final tribute to one of the UK’s most loved comedians. warning: contains funny songs, berets, and references to macaroons.
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