Back once again by popular demand for 2018, our Brighton Bites Q&As offer an, occasionally witty – often hilarious, insight into the acts donning their flip-flops and shades (or high-heels and lippy) to join the line-up of England’s largest arts festival, Brighton Fringe. With 2017 boasting almost 1000 events across 160+ venues and 2018 promising more than 300+ free events to widen access to performances, our Bites aim to give you a taste of what’s in store.
Here, Blown Fuse tells us about their show TAPE which they’ll be performing at The Warren: The Blockhouse.
How would you describe your show in one sentence?
TAPE tells one man’s story of his battle with his mental illness and how he utilises his memories in order to come to terms with it, using film, an original music score, physical theatre, sound recordings, torches, an umbrella and lots of tape.
Why Brighton Fringe?
We have performed at the Brighton Fringe as students and have attended it as audience members and we loved both. It was about time we came back as performers with our own theatre company!
How did the show get to where it is today?
It began with workshops with our community where we obtained people’s real-life experiences with mental illness and memory disorders. We created pictures, drawings, words, imagery, memory recalls, music interpretation and true stories within these workshops. As artists, we then sat down with all our material and identified the re-occurring subjects that came up in rehearsals and we decided what was important to include. Once we had a narrative, we used our story-telling skills to put together TAPE!
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
It’s a female-led theatre company telling a man’s story of his mental illness. We use multiple disciplines in our story-telling process including, film, sounds, physical theatre and lighting to make the audience experience the same sensations and emotions as our main character. The two performers spend the 45-minute performance with tape over their mouths…
What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
We can’t wait to catch Shit-Faced Showtime: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
Flier as much as you can, invite reviewers, speak to other theatre companies and see as much theatre as you possibly can!
If your show was a piece of Brighton Rock, what word would run through it?
TAPE runs at Brighton Fringe on 29-31 May 2018
Nicole Craft | Image: Contributed