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, Carole Shaw tells us about Amazing Adventures of Her Majesty at 90+ which is coming to Sweet Werks 2.
Describe your show in one sentence?
Affectionate comedy based on the Queen revealing a side no-one has seen and her attempts to come out as a song and dance gal
Why Brighton Fringe?
Did Edinburgh in 2006. Brighton is a more manageable venture and also closer to London
How did the show get to where it is today?
Started performing comedy acts based on the Queen in early 90s and developed them and other comedic outpourings at family and work social events until I realised I might have the potential to do it professionally. Attended a number of comedy courses, showcases and competitions from 2003 and crewed for a comedy venue in London and Edinburgh before taking my own show to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2006. Have resurrected my performing career during the past year and auditioned as the Queen for Britain’s Got Talent in Nov 2018.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
Who else has the chutzpah to do the Queen in comedy, song and dance? Where else is HM appearing and revealing “her all”? Not even on the balcony of the palace!
What show do you not want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
The one with the Disney princess (exact title unknown). Lady promotes positive body image
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
Keep an eye on expenditure but have fun
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.
Like my regal counterpart, I’ll never be able to retire and we both share a passion for motorbikes
Amazing Adventures of Her Majesty at 90+ runs at Brighton Fringe from 27 May – 2 June 2019. Brighton Fringe takes place between 3 May – 2 June 2019; www.brightonfringe.org
Nicole Craft | Image: Contributed