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, ChewBoy Productions tell us about their show EUAN which they’ll be performing at Sweet Werks 1.
Describe your show in one sentence?
Guaranteed to be the weirdest hour of your life, with a play about who knows what.
Why Brighton Fringe?
We’re just around the corner from Brighton in Worthing, and have visited the fringe for as long as we can remember, seeing shows and one-off performances that have inspired the work we create today. Now being a little older and wiser in our theatre-making, this is the perfect time for us professionally to stage our piece at Brighton! (Plus the arcades, who doesn’t love the arcades!)
How did the show get to where it is today?
We’d knocked the idea for the play around for a fair few months in late 2017, getting bits and pieces up on their feet and bouncing different characters around through improvising. From the improvisations, we then started whacking stuff down in a script which we then decided to produce with our company for the Camden Fringe (Tristan Bates Theatre), where we received four and five-star reviews and a near sold-out run! This year, we’re bringing EUAN back with a brand new director with the same cast; revamping the set, costumes and overall design to create an even more bizarre and surreal experience.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
Our play is all about interpretation, meaning no two audience members will come away with the same experience and understanding of; who these characters are, who/what Euan is and where the action of the play is taking place. From responses in London, we got a clear sense that everyone took something entirely different away from EUAN and that’s something which is incredibly unique to our piece. We’re incredibly surprised each time we hear something new too, so do let us know what you thought it was all about!
What show do you not want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
There’s so much to choose from! How could you pick just one? We’d probably have to go with either Bad Aunts by Untoward Productions as it looks like a fantastic concept that has a lot of comic potential with proper interesting characters, and also My Home At The Intersection as the story and humility of the play from the synopsis looks incredibly poignant, and we can’t wait to see how it turns out (plus it’s in the same venue as us, which means we don’t have to travel very far to catch it!) And we have to shout about Harry Clayton Wright: The Fortnight – what a concept that is!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
Take more honey and ginger than you think is humanly needed. Take a bucket full. Take a van full. Fill your pockets, fill ya boots. You always need more than you think. Oh, and don’t forget to flyer your show!
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.
EUAN is based on a real-life Euan who challenged our writer to write a play about him, just using his name. We use a few more words than just Euan in this version of the piece, but the essence is there…
EUAN runs at Brighton Fringe from 20-26 May 2019. Brighton Fringe takes place between 3 May – 2 June 2019; www.brightonfringe.org
Nicole Craft | Image: Contributed