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, Edwin Preece tells us about Good Grief which is coming to Sweet Werks 2.
Describe your show in one sentence?
A poignant drama (with some humour!) about how a family deal with a tragedy that takes place on a day trip to a Lido.
Why Brighton Fringe?
It’s great fun to be part of such a buzzy festival. On our last visit to Brighton Fringe in 2015, Swallows Theatre were runners-up in the Audience Choice Award. This time we want to win!
How did the show get to where it is today?
It started as a rehearsed reading as part of the Steyning Festival in 2018. The author has been really enthusiastic about developing it into a longer piece for Brighton, and two of us are repeating our roles. We have been pleased and grateful to be awarded a Brighton Lions Bursary, which has helped defray some of our expenses.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
I hope it will get people thinking – and talking – about how they sometimes bottle up their feelings without realising that others may be equally affected. It makes a gentle point about how perception of events can widely differ!
What show do you not want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
Difficult! I have lots of friends performing so, to avoid any question of favouritism, I’ll choose something else that just sounds ridiculous and intriguing in the Festival Brochure – Timpson: the Musical.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
Make sure you do your flyering in person – you are likely to be the most well-informed and passionate promoter of your show. Talking to your possible audience is the best way to get those bums on seats!
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.
Our first performance of the original production was in the snooker room of a pub, where we competed against Formula 1 on the TV in the next room. For our second show, we were in a marquee in a garden, and had to raise our voices above the sound of a ride-on mower. We are looking forward to being in a proper performance space at Werks 2!
Good Grief 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