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BRIGHTON BITES: Ben Watson – The History Of Everything In 60 Mins (more or less)

Our Brighton Bites series offers short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into the offerings at England’s largest arts festival. Ben Watson tell us about his show, The History Of Everything In 60 Mins (more or less), which he’s bringing to The Rialto, Brighton.


How would you describe your show in one sentence?

Everything you ever wanted to know about everything … ever

Is this your first visit to Brighton Fringe, if so what interesting tales have you been told about what to expect?

Fringe City is paved with gold, stars.

How has the show developed on the way to Brighton?

It originally started as a five-minute sketch and each time I’d perform it someone would mention a battle, person or event I’d forgotten and so that would be added. Just like History itself it’s now grown and expanded into its own hour show.

How have you been preparing for Brighton Fringe?

By starting at the beginning of time and reading/researching all the way to the present day. This is no joke.

I actually did this … ok, maybe I didn’t cover everything (I covered more or less)

What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?

It’s a mixture of everything, comedy, cabaret, sketch with a sprinkling of dramatic theatre and spoken word.

What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?

I’d probably have to say my old stomping ground The Treason Show … actually, I do have to say that as they gave me a slot at their theatre!

If your show was a flavour of Brighton Rock, what would it be?

Ok, so the show it covers everything, so maybe some kind of rainbow? Also it’s a bit geeky with lots of pop culture references so maybe a packet of rainbow nerds flavour?! OR all the quality street OR a StrawberryVanillaMintChocChipDoubleChocToffeeFudgeRaspberryRipple or something…

The History Of Everything In 60 Mins (more or less) takes place at The Brighton Fringe 28 &29 May

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