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 in the series, Brighton’s own improv troupe Tea & Toast tell us about their show Bla Bla Land which they’ll be performing at The Warren.
Describe your show in one sentence?
A warm and witty musical comedy about dreams and love, made up on the spot every night.
Why Brighton Fringe?
We’re based in Brighton and always love seeing great acts at the Fringe, so we were excited by the chance to take part this year.
How did the show get to where it is today?
We’ve been developing it for over a year with regular rehearsals and a number of performances locally. Because it’s improvised we’re constantly discovering new things we can do with the format so it always feels fresh.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
Every performance celebrates one audience member’s favourite town, and rejoices in the things that make it special. Perfect for a festival that attracts people from all around the world.
What show do you not want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
We love Happily Never After, a dark improvised fairytale from the always brilliant Maydays.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
Create a show that fills you with joy that you’ll be excited to perform every night!
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.
We’ve all got a crush on Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone!
Bla Bla Land runs at Brighton Fringe on 2, 5, 20 & 21 May 2019. Brighton Fringe takes place between 3 May – 2 June 2019; www.brightonfringe.org
Nicole Craft | Image: Contributed