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, Sylvia Arthur tells us about their show, Obama & Me, which will be performing at The Warren.
How would you describe your show in one sentence?
A provocative, politically-charged journey through the last 8 years that reflects on where we are, how we got here, and what we can do to avoid political Armageddon.
Why Brighton Fringe for this show?
Brighton is the perfect place for this story. It’s a progressive town that has led the way politically in a lot of respects for the rest of the country. I’m hoping that Fringe audiences will embrace this genuine, contemporary story of Britain, Europe, and the world in the spirit with which it was written – one of optimism and empowerment.
How have you been preparing for Brighton Fringe?
Lots of rehearsals, lots of theatre going, and lots of time in the gym trying to recover from it all!
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
My show tells my story of what it’s like to be a Black person working at the heart of European politics in the 21st century from both my own and Barack Obama’s experience in the United States. It’s deeply personal, but with universal resonance, and it’s an inclusive show too. It incorporates carefully selected video, music, and photography and is intensely thought-provoking. I can’t wait to share it with audiences and exchange positive energies. We need that now more than ever.
What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own)?
Just An Ordinary Lawyer and The Brexorcist. I love a good bit of political, musical theatre.
What’s the best bit of advice you’ve ever been given for performing at a Fringe Festival?
Be authentic. Give it your best and hope that your best is good enough.
If your show was a flavour of ice cream being sold on Brighton Pier, what would it be?
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough – a tasty, crunchy, multicultural mix:)
Obama & Me runs at Brighton Fringe 30-31 May, 1 June
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