Our Brighton Bites series offers short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into the offerings at England’s largest arts festival this year. Here Clare Baybutt tells us about her showSeven, performing at The Warren, Brighton.
How would you describe your show in one sentence?
Lovers interview each other on the subjects of conflict and trauma in an immersive verbatim piece using performance and projected film.
Is this your first visit to Brighton Fringe, if so what interesting tales have you been told about what to expect?
I am a first timer to Brighton Fringe, I am told that once to pop you just can’t stop.
How has the show developed on the way to Brighton?
The show was not even written when I erratically applied for Brighton Fringe and still isn’t, so it has not and will not stop developing till the show date. This is mainly due to working with real couples and their non-existent deadlines.
How have you been preparing for Brighton Fringe?
This project is ongoing so prepping is all caught on camera to be put into a final film. I have been by holding various filmed workshops experimenting with method acting and physical/creative therapeutic techniques. I have also spent four months working with the couples through their audio interviews.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
What sets this performance apart is that this type of verbatim has never been done before and that you will see it in Brighton first. I think also it maybe the first time you see a filmmaker attempt to write a theatre piece in under two months.. either way something exciting is happening.
What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
Cuts and Grazes theatre company with Sex &God – as they are a group of women who have shown great support for my show as well as being strong, influential and inspiring women.
If your show was a flavour of Brighton Rock, what would it be?
Black in colour, sweet cherry in taste (you have to see the show to know why) and with LOVE running through the middle.
Sevenis being performed at The Brighton Fringe 23-25 May 2016
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