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 on offer.
So, without further ado, kicking proceedings off for 2019, Birds Comedy tell us about their show Pluck which they’ll be performing at Junkyard Dogs: The Doghouse.
Describe your show in one sentence?
Flimsy paper straws, the word ‘Veganuary’, putting cucumber in water… we express our pent-up hatred of all these modern fads through the medium of comedy.
Why Brighton Fringe?
Last year in Brighton, a human-sized seagull swooped down and stole our chips. This year’s trip is about revenge, pure and simple.
How did the show get to where it is today?
Going through the rounds of the Sketch Off competition in London (we came third, huzzah). Trying out material in rooms above, below and occasionally inside pubs (usually on request). Tenaciously disagreeing on which sketches are funny. 67 bottles of wine.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
We’re literally the first ever female comedy double act. Ever.
What show do you not want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
Siblings. They’re an awesome female comedy double act… oh FFS.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
Don’t eat chips on Brighton beach.
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.
One of us hates the seaside. You’ll have to come to the show to find out which.
Pluck runs at Brighton Fringe from 3-4 & 29-31 May 2019. Brighton Fringe takes place between 3 May – 2 June 2019; www.brightonfringe.org
Nicole Craft | Image: Contributed