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, BCB Productions tell us about their show Bloody Mary: In Service to the True God which they’ll be performing at Sweet Werks 2.
Describe your show in one sentence?
Rape, burnings, beheadings and religious persecution run rife as England’s first Queen Regnant, newly reunited with a politicised Pope, tries to untangle service to God from service to the self.
Why Brighton Fringe?
Brighton Fringe is now one of the coolest Fringe Festivals on the circuit!
How did the show get to where it is today?
It did a run at the Vaults Festival, then it transferred to the Edinburgh Festival, now it’s coming to Brighton (saving the best til last)
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
Speeches made by Thatcher and the current conservative government are woven through a text that explores damnation and salvation through the eyes of Mary Tudor and her opponents. History and contemporary politics – what’s not to love?
What show do you not want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
The Adventures of Butt Boy and Tigger.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
Start saving up ahead of time.
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.
It’s all true.
Bloody Mary: In Service to the True God runs at Brighton Fringe from 20-26 May 2019. Brighton Fringe takes place between 3 May – 2 June 2019; www.brightonfringe.org
Nicole Craft | Image: Contributed