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, Tracy Wise tell us about Crime Scene Illusion which is coming to Sweet Werks 2.
Describe your show in one sentence?
Exploring the world of forensic investigation through magic and storytelling.
Why Brighton Fringe?
Vibrant, dynamic, creative and fun place to perform with a diverse audience and accessible and welcoming to all.
How did the show get to where it is today?
Hard work and perseverance. It grew out of teaching introductory classes in forensic psychology and science at South Essex College and as a special treat for my mum’s 70th birthday. Since inception, it has continued to grow and develop.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
Unique approach to use of magic and storytelling. Also unusual in that I am a female magician – a rare breed…for now!
What show do you not want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
Gosh, hard choice. So many excellent shows to choose from. 13 by Syliva Sceptre will be amazing and Scattering Salt at the Old Police Cells are high on the list but if pushed I would have to say ‘Bloody Mary: In Service to the True God’
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
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.
Despite my interest and studies in forensics and working as a first aid trainer, I’m actually quite squeamish, am terrified of Bunsen burners and not the best of friends with maths. So science classes for me at school were a nightmare!
Crime Scene Illusion runs at Brighton Fringe from 20-16 May 2019. Brighton Fringe takes place between 3 May – 2 June 2019; www.brightonfringe.org
Nicole Craft | Image: Contributed