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BRIGHTON BITES: Grist to the Mill – Gratiano

Back by popular demand for 2017, our Brighton Bites series offer short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into shows performing at England’s largest arts festival. Hopefully, they will whet your appetite to try something new at this year’s Brighton Fringe.

Here, Grist to the Mill Productions tells us about their show, Gratiano, which they’ll be performing at The Rialto Theatre.


How would you describe your show in one sentence?
A five-star challenging sequel to William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, where we explore the politics of prejudice in the 20th Century.

Why Brighton Fringe for this show?
Gratiano was workshopped at Edinburgh Fringe 2016. Despite being a working progress we have had great reviews from critics. Playwright and performer Ross Ericson was doing a lot of rewrites with Gratiano when we were going to Edinburgh as he was inspired and reflecting on Brexit and the thought process the nation was going through. But it’s finally completed now and he said he will try not to change anymore on Gratiano regardless of the upcoming election.

How have you been preparing for Brighton Fringe?
At lot of eBay, production design, and lighting effects – as the show is definitely more rounded since its last performance in Edinburgh.

What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
I think everyone knows The Merchant of Venice text is loaded with themes and meanings. While many would dissect it in a classroom and lecture, Ross Ericson cleverly brings these delicious bits out by setting it just after WW2 and Mussolini, so the audience can enjoy it as a theatre piece.

What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own)?
There are a lot – great thing about the Fringe you get to watch many other productions and learn from them.

What’s the best bit of advice you’ve ever been given for performing at a Fringe Festival?
If you have a good debut, bring it back next year!

If your show was a flavour of ice cream being sold on Brighton Pier, what would it be?
Italian Limoncello gelato – this is a traditional offering giving a zinging after taste.

Gratiano runs at Brighton Fringe 7, 10, 13, 27 May
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