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BRIGHTON BITES: Daggers MacKenzie

Our Brighton Bites series offers short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into the offerings at England’s largest arts festival. Melissa Kaplan tells us about her show, Daggers MacKenzie, which she’ll be performing at Sweet St Andrew’s.


How would you describe your show in one sentence?

A one-woman knife-juggling rock opera about the risks we take when we go after what we love.

Is this your first visit to Brighton Fringe, if so what interesting tales have you been told about what to expect?

This is my first Brighton Fringe! I’m told there are many lesbians in Brighton. I hope so because they would like this show.

How has the show developed on the way to Brighton?

I’ve settled more deeply into the characters I play and I’ve also become a much better juggler.

How have you been preparing for Brighton Fringe?

Rest, juggling, emails, and yerba mate.

What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?

Really the music is the stand-out thing. It’s contemporary, rock-based and set in a circus — it has something for everyone. It’s not really musical music. One reviewer wanted it to be more circus-y, because it’s about a circus, but to me that’s like saying Jesus Christ Superstar should be set to traditional Aramaic music.

What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?

Imaginary Porno Charades. The name explains it. I can’t be on the panel but I’ve been on their show and they are filthy.

If your show was a flavour of Brighton Rock, what would it be?

Gosh. I’m a naive American, but I want to know what this is so badly. Google’s not helping. Guess I’ll have to find out when I get there!

Daggers MacKenzie performsat The Brighton Fringe, 19-26 May,at 8pm

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