Our Brighton Bites series offers short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into the offerings at England’s largest arts festival. Eva O’Connor of Cuts and Grazes tells us about their show,Sex and God, which they’re performing at The Warren, Brighton.
How would you describe your show in one sentence?
A gripping, insightful portrayal of the lives of five women from different decades of the 20thCentury.
Is this your first visit to Brighton Fringe, if so what interesting tales have you been told about what to expect?
We have performed in various shows at the Brighton Fringe over the years but this is our first time coming with the Cuts and Grazes ensemble. We’re psyched! Based on past experiences we are expecting, brilliant theatre, hilarious comedy, great vibes, too much ice cream, and incredibly cheap Japanese food.
How has the show developed on the way to Brighton?
We have had three previous outings in various London venues, and acquired a new cast member. The show is a very demanding piece in terms of its structure and dialogue, and we feel we have finally nailed it, just before we hit up Brighton.
How have you been preparing for Brighton Fringe?
We’ve had many Skype production meetings! We are currently based in Norway, France, Italy, Ireland and the UK, so looking forward to two weeks of rehearsals in one place, before we head to Brighton.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
It’s an all-female cast of four! Sex and God is a fierce, and unapologetic exploration of women’s lives over four decades in the 20th century. When Tonje, our director, was looking for an all female script for a cast of four, she wasn’t exactly spoilt for choice. Sex and God is really unique in many ways, its brilliant ambitious script (the narratives of the women overlap and interweave continuously) and it poses some really important questions about what it means to be a woman, how far we have come in terms of equality in relationships, in sex, in the workplace, what is expected of women as mothers, etc.
What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
Big Bobby. Little Bobby. It’s a brilliant, hilarious one-woman show about personal demons and mental health, straight from Dublin’s fair city.
If your show was a flavour of Brighton Rock, what would it be?
Isn’t all Rock sweet? ! In that case, it probably wouldn’t be any flavour. It would be anti-rock. It would be rock that tastes zingy, acidic, makes you want to smash the patriarchy and yet is deliciously more-ish.
Sex and Godis being performed 6 – 8 May 2016
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