After an amazing response last year we are once again resurrecting 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.
Second up in this year’s series, Untoward Productions tell us about their show Bad Aunts which they’ll be performing at Sweet Werks 2.
Describe your show in one sentence?
Live sitcom chat show hosted by three women over forty.
Why Brighton Fringe?
Theatre fosters community – and the Brighton Fringe has the same ethos. It celebrates eclectic acts from all around the world in one, glorious, sunny rainbow city. Bad Aunts is about fostering a sense of togetherness through comedy. As the Festival, and Brighton generally, has gained a fantastic reputation for its comic output, we thought we’d throw something different into the mix.
How did the show get to where it is today?
We’re the shows creators – or, co-parents, if you will – Eloïse and Elinor. We are both in our early twenties, and have friends who are a lot older than us; but this is considered unusual among our peers. One thing that’s brilliant about theatre is the fact that you can be working with people of a broad range of ages, and this generally makes for a more exciting dynamic.
The stark lack of roles for older female actresses, combined with our love of sitcoms, all mixed together with what we’ve said above – is what gave birth to Bad Aunts.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
We’re offering audiences the chance to be part of a show they would normally love watching on TV. Friends and neighbours from all walks of life join to offload their agonies on the sofa – different from traditional celebrity guests on chat shows, but no less enthralling. The Aunts also play host to different Surprise Guests, stand-up performers from the UK’s comedy circuit who play the Postie, Jo’s love interest. Every show has elements of improvisation and audience interaction, meaning audiences will never see the same show twice! It’s the perfect mixture of going out and staying in.
What show do you not want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
Definitely Witch Hunt – we love A&E’s work! But there’s so much we’re looking forward to seeing.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
Go in with your eyes wide open. Be flexible and adaptable. Chat to audiences, laugh lots and enjoy it!
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.
The Aunts may be welcoming a couple of high profile comics to their sofa…Watch this space.
Aside from that, there’ll be live music!
Bad Aunts runs at Brighton Fringe from 3-5 May 2019. Brighton Fringe takes place between 3 May – 2 June 2019; www.brightonfringe.org
Nicole Craft | Image: Contributed