After an amazing response last year we are once again resurrecting 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.
Fist up in our Friday Frenzy Triple Bites Bill (don’t make me say it quickly), Richard Pulsford tells us about his show Conflict of Interest which he’ll be performing at Sweet Werks 2.
Describe your show in one sentence?
It tells the story of a personal story of the journey of discovery I made, researching the history of family members who fought on both sides of WW1
Why Brighton Fringe?
It’s one of the big UK Festival showcases and I worked with Sweet to put on this production at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2018
How did the show get to where it is today?
After years of detailed research and visits to relevant locations, I first presented the talk at the Prague Fringe in May 2018. It has since toured around festivals and locations in the UK, including Edinburgh, Buxton, Ludlow, Leicester, Guildford, Reading, Scarborough and Morecambe. I visited France and the grave of my great-uncle who died there in 1918, on the centenary of his death, and that has changed the ending to the talk
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
It’s a unique look at WW1 from personal histories, on both sides of the conflict, bringing out some of the less well-known aspects of that conflict, and is full of visuals and onsite photographs
What show do you not want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
I won’t have much time to see other shows as I am already involved in 6 over 3 days… I need to check the listings!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
Enjoy yourself. It’s hard to separate yourself from your own work and take a step back sometimes, but if you’re enjoying yourself you can put something even better into your own performances
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.
WW1 was much more than two sides fighting each other. My talk includes examples of an English relative buried by Germans, and a German U-Boat commander (who killed a great-uncle of mine) who was buried in England
Conflict of Interest runs at Brighton Fringe from 3-5 May 2019. Brighton Fringe takes place between 3 May – 2 June 2019; www.brightonfringe.org
Nicole Craft | Image: Contributed