Back once again by popular demand for 2018, our Brighton Bites Q&As offer an, occasionally witty – often hilarious, insight into the acts donning their flip-flops and shades (or high-heels and lippy) to join the line-up of England’s largest arts festival, Brighton Fringe. With 2017 boasting almost 1000 events across 160+ venues and 2018 promising more than 300+ free events to widen access to performances, our Bites aim to give you a taste of what’s in store.
Here, in the last of this year’s Bites (*sob*), Performance Kollektiv Pony Camp tell us about their show Don’t Worry Be Yoncé (XS edition) which they’ll be performing at The Warren: The Hat.
How would you describe your show in one sentence?
Let us Upgrade U with our easy step-by-step tutorial on how everyone can become Queen B: Liberté, Egalité, Be Yoncé!
Why Brighton Fringe?
After winning the Fringe Silver Award and the Grand Audience Award at Amsterdam Fringe Festival, we were invited to come to Brighton Fringe as part of the Dutch/Flemish Programme.
How did the show get to where it is today?
It came about as kind of a joke. I was thinking about my graduation piece from theatre school and I actually wanted to make Romeo and Juliet, then I said to my friends ‘or we just make a show about Beyoncé’, and then we were, like, ‘maybe we should make a show about Beyoncé…’
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
You can’t pin it down to one category; it’s theatre but it’s also dance, performance, lecture, comedy sketches, interactive workshop, you name it.
The piece is for everyone: LGBTQ community, straight men, 80-year-old grandmothers, teenagers… It doesn’t matter if you’re a man, woman, back, white, old, young, fat, skinny, rich or poor; this is the most democratic way of becoming Beyoncé.
What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
I loved Cinebra’s History of Horror last year on Amsterdam Fringe, so I look forward to seeing their new piece Glenda and Rita in Brighton!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
Make a powerful, short, live teaser! Performing a 1-2 minute max. mini-performance of your show really drew attention on the street and in the foyer.
If your show was a piece of Brighton Rock, what word would run through it?
Don’t Worry Be Yoncé runs at Brighton Fringe from 1-3 June 2018.
Nicole Craft | Image: Florian Schaumberger