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BRIGHTON BITES: Catharsis – purged

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, Catharsis tells us about their show, purged, which they’ll be performing at The Warren.


How would you describe your show in one sentence?
A series of increasingly desperate attempts to communicate in the wake of a personal mental health crisis: a story about the fragments of time that hide between words.

Why Brighton Fringe for this show?
We’ve never taken a show to a fringe festival before so this is super exciting for us. Brighton Fringe is technical the premiere of ‘purged’ although we have had two previous showings they have been scratch nights. It was the platform Brighton Fringe provides to new shows that attracted us. Our aim with this show is to make it accessible to as many people as possible and not necessarily bracket our audiences into groups. It is something that effects everyone is some manner. At Brighton Fringe your audience are an eclectic mix and that’s what this show needs.

How have you been preparing for Brighton Fringe?
Due to the subject matter of the show we have been careful to take on board all are audience feedback from our previous scratch performance at The Hope Theatre, Islington and Blue Elephant Theatre, Camberwell. The main thing we have been doing, however, has been fundraising to get us there and back again, and maybe even eat while we are there! We have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help us make the final amount – you can find it on Kickstarter under the heading ‘ help ‘purged’ get to Brighton Fringe…!

What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
The story is told directly to the audience through an honest and powerful performance by the incredibly talented actress; Orla Sanders. This show may be dark, but demonstrates it’s no easy matter for those suffering from mental ill-health, or those who live with them, illustrating the desperate need for communication between the two.

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

What’s the best bit of advice you’ve ever been given for performing at a Fringe Festival?
Make connections, go chat to people, go see loads of work! Enjoy it!

If your show was a flavour of ice cream being sold on Brighton Pier, what would it be?
Liquorice – because it’s dark and surprising.


purged runs at Brighton Fringe 27-29 May

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