Brighton FringePreview


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, Cinebra tells us about their show, CINEBRA: A History of Horror, which they’ll be performing at The Rialto Theatre.


How would you describe your show in one sentence?
Original Drag Comedy Musical, with Horror, Humour & Heart

Why Brighton Fringe for this show?
As local LGBT drag & cabaret talent, we were keen to bring what we have to the Fringe table and represent our particular brand as Brighton-based artists. We have been working professionally in the Drag and Cabaret scene, locally and internationally, for the last four years, under the pseudonyms, Lydia L’Scabies and Rococo Chanel. Although we have collaborated in the past, we have come together to create new, accessible, innovative theatre, with ‘adorkable’, well-observed characters.

How have you been preparing for Brighton Fringe?
As part of their career progression, we were recently invited to Bexhill Community College, where we performed a scratch viewing to Theatre & Media students alike, which was very well received. As our characters ‘exist’ and interact in the real world, we have been using social media to promote the show and further push the subtext behind it, creating an immersive augmented-reality experience, should an audience member wish to follow.

What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
Both coming from backgrounds in musical theatre, with different specialities, we have created a unique hybrid, crossing many disciplines within performance, music and multimedia. With the combination of character work, comedy, drama and horror, we feel like our show is not only entertaining and educational but an informed combination of a musical theatre and horror narrative.

What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own)?
Meet Me At The El Dorado, Help! I Think I Might Be Fabulous, The Brexorcist and In The Chips Because Of The Cheese.

What’s the best bit of advice you’ve ever been given for performing at a Fringe Festival?
Say yes to everything. Flyer flyer flyer. Be cool, be different and don’t suck.

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

CINEBRA: A History of Horror runs at Brighton Fringe 10, 11, 12, 16, 18
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