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BRIGHTON BITES: Carol Cates – Lady Carol

Back by popular demand for 2017, our Brighton Bites series offer short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into shows performing at England’s largest arts festival. Hopefully, they will whet your appetite to try something new at this year’s Brighton Fringe.

Here, Carol Cates tells us about her show, Lady Carol, which will be performing at The Marlborough Theatre.


How would you describe your show in one sentence?

One woman meddling with music and rhymes and singing about things that interest her!

Why Brighton Fringe for this show?

Because Brighton is Amazing! It’s the place I first ever performed an hour show (2008) so I found my voice here and also it’s the place I won an award, in 2009 I won Best Music Event which was the first time I won anything ever in my whole life, so I love Brighton because, how could I not? It has been nothing but loveable.

How have you been preparing for Brighton Fringe?

Quietly panicking, procrastinating, writing, singing, thinking I’ve had an amazing idea writing it down and then coming back to find it’s really not great or worse finding I’ve written only one word and I’m left forever to ponder what I meant by writing “Granada!!!!” on a stickypad on the top of my pile of paper.

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

It has my name on it! I dunno, I’m really proud of it, I’ve not created a new show for a while so it’s the culmination of a few years work, it’s my most care free and unselfconscious show I think. I’m at a point where joy and satisfaction is all that counts, I don’t feel like I need to suffer for my craft or be tormented to validate my point of view anymore which as a younger performer I certainly did, I brandished my emotional baggage like a passport! I’m so lucky to be able to make things and to be invited to amazing places to perform them so yeah it’s me dicking about with glee!

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

Sex Education with Harry Clayton Wright (30th and 31st of May Marlborough Theatre)A beautiful, amazing man, such a talent, a real honest to god joy to watch.

What’s the best bit of advice you’ve ever been given for performing at a Fringe Festival?

“It’s gonna be a reward or a lesson” is the one that comes to mind I can’t remember by who or at what fringe, probably someone in the middle of their 50th fringe at 3am in the rain! I think the best Fringes are the ones you embrace with arms wide open, try to have no preconceptions or expectations of what is beyond your control, just meet the beast with your best self and your best work and you can’t go all that wrong. But fringes are amazing, especially one’s by the sea; how lucky are we! It’s all sunshine and chips!

If your show was a flavour of ice cream being sold on Brighton Pier, what would it be?

oooh! I think I’d like to be a Lemon Sorbet- refreshing with a bit of a bite!

Lady Carol runs at Brighton Fringe 6 & 7 May 2017

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