After an amazing response last year we have once again resurrected our Brighton Bites mini-interviews. These short and snappy Q&As offer an, occasionally witty – often hilarious, insight into the acts strutting, sailing, surfing (insert preferred form of transport here) in to join the line-up of England’s largest arts festival, Brighton Fringe. 2018 was a record-breaking year for the Fringe with over 575,000 people attending the festival; and with 2019 promising to be more inclusive than ever, our Bites aim to give you a taste of what’s in store across the 4,500+ events and performances that are on offer.
Next up, Acting Out tell us about their show 25/ The Decriminalisation Monologues which they’ll be performing at Junkyard Dogs: The Doghouse.
Describe your show in one sentence?
Two inspiring, moving and funny monologues about people in the oppressive Ireland of the 1970s and 80s, who said no to being treated as less, just because they were gay.
Why Brighton Fringe?
Because it’s the best, most diverse Fringe going, and the audiences and venues are really on the performer’s side.
How did the show get to where it is today?
It was written to mark the 25th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Ireland, as a tribute to the bravery of an older generation of LGBTQ people, on whose shoulders we stand.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
It’s Irish but it’s also universal. It tells stories that have either been erased from history or else never get told. It celebrates the rebellion of ordinary people whose courage helped make the world a more accepting place.
What show do you not want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
So many! Crabmeat by Joshua Dean Parry and Une Vie en Rose by Adrien Mastrosimone are definitely two of them though.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
Keep the set simple! Take the opportunity to see other shows, especially things you wouldn’t normally get to see. That’s two things. My bad!
With the theme of this year’s festival being ‘DARE to Discover’, we’d like you to tell us a TRUTH – something about you or the show that fans may not know.
Homosexuality was not decriminalised in Ireland until 1993.
25/ The Decriminalisation Monologues runs at Brighton Fringe from 15-18 May 2019. Brighton Fringe takes place between 3 May – 2 June 2019; www.brightonfringe.org
Nicole Craft | Image: Contribution