Back by popular demand for 2017, our Brighton Bites series offer short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into shows performing at England’s largest arts festival. Hopefully, they will whet your appetite to try something new at this year’s Brighton Fringe.
Here, Lewis Dunn of Any Suggestions Improv tells us about their show, Any Suggestions, Doctor? An Improvised Adventure in Space & Time, which they’ll be performing at Sweet Waterfront 1.
How would you describe your show in one sentence?
A hilarious improvised episode of Doctor Who, based on audience suggestions with new stories every time!
Why Brighton Fringe for this show?
Well, we can go anywhere in space & time, and Brighton is such a wonderful place. Plus we love working with Sweet Venues, who have housed our TARDIS at the Edinburgh Fringe previously.
How have you been preparing for Brighton Fringe?
Rehearsing, trying out new musical interludes and generally polishing up our act. We’ve even added a new member to the troupe who is already adjusting his polarity to the flow of our neutrons.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
We’re unique every time, and we bring a combination of hilarious, ridiculous parody and sincerely spooky sci-fi adventures to an audience of all ages. We’re a comedy, adventure, horror and sci-fi show all rolled into one, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a group more likely to alter the course of history than us.
What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own)?
I’m personally looking forward to seeing LJ Da Funk: Last Brexit to ‘Ooklyn after we shared a stage at the Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year 2016 competition (he headlined, I came 2nd). I love character comedy and LJ is aggressively unique.
What’s the best bit of advice you’ve ever been given for performing at a Fringe Festival?
It’s all about moments. If you’re feeling down, it’ll pass, and when you’re happy recognise and appreciate it. Fringe’s can have a whiplash of emotions, just enjoy yourself where you can and don’t let any single thing get you down. Just think: “This is who I am, right here, right now, all right? All that counts is here and now, and this is me!”
If your show was a flavour of ice cream being sold on Brighton Pier, what would it be?
I’m not sure if they do a fish finger and custard flavour? I suppose it’d have to be Jelly Baby flavoured if not.
Any Suggestions, Doctor? An Improvised Adventure in Space & Time runs at Brighton Fringe 25 – 28 May 2017.
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