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, Girl Code Theatre tell us about their show Coming Home With Me which they’ll be performing at Sweet Werks 2.
Describe your show in one sentence?
Heavy beats, hammering shots, and harassment from boys – grab rape culture by the balls.
Why Brighton Fringe?
The production uses real verbatim testimony from Sussex university students, Brighton bouncers and a harassment prevention initiative based in the city. The show is very Brighton-centric and an important insight into what is going in clubs in the city and how we all need to make more of an effort to prevent every day sexual harassment.
How did the show get to where it is today?
Through a lot of hard work, late evenings and a big help from the Pebble Trust, who awarded us with a bursary. The production has been able to develop further than I thought it could thanks to this help.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
This is a topic that NEEDS to be discussed and is more relevant now than it has been in the past. In the wake of the MeToo movement, we need to accept that harassment isn’t just happening in Hollywood, it’s happening everywhere, to every girl and woman. The show deals with this delicate topic in a sensitive and at-times comic tone, making it both entertaining and important.
What show do you not want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
I’m really looking forward to seeing TABOO (also at Sweet), their production looks really unique and they seem incredibly talented.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
From what I’ve gathered immense perseverance and belief in your own production seem absolutely essential to success at Fringe!
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.
You’re “Coming Home With Me” was actually something a harasser said to me (writer/director, Maddie Ross) on a night out, completely unprompted! This comment was what got the ball rolling on the show.
Coming Home With Me runs at Brighton Fringe from 13-19 May 2019. Brighton Fringe takes place between 3 May – 2 June 2019; www.brightonfringe.org
Nicole Craft | Image: Contributed