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BRIGHTON BITES: Gritty Theatre – About A Goth

Our Brighton Bites series offers short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into the offerings at England’s largest arts festival. Gritty Theatre tells us about their showAbout A Goth, which they’re performing at The Rialto Theatre, Brighton.


How would you describe your show in one sentence?

About a Goth is not so much a monologue about a gay teenager coming out to his parents; it is more a rather cheeky comedy about coming to terms with oneself.

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

It is our first time as participants (we attended as audience members last year), so we are looking forward to being part of audiences that are willing to experiment.

How have you been preparing for Brighton Fringe?

Tom Wells has written a great character in Nick and he is huge fun to play. Our actor Dominic has had to spend time learning how to dress like a goth, how to apply and wear makeup like a goth, how to mince around in nothing more than some rather loud underpants, how to dance to some quite tacky (yet very enjoyable) tunes, and generally learn to behave like a bit of a twat. However, he drew the line at drinking cheap cider!

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

No other show contains a Mint Frappucinos, a racist pensioner, and bad dancing to The Sugarbabes!

We were all teenagers once, so Wells’ writing will appeal to everyone over the age of 16. Although the character of Nick is resolutely gay, any of us can relate to his escapades as they are universal. The situations in which Nick finds himself are exceptionally funny (and our actor is taking great risks with it), but underneath the humour there is a strong reminder that we all should all be more accepting of one another.

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

New writing. New writing. New writing. There’s plenty of that on offer, so we shall not be disappointed.

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

Bubblegum and Liquorice – is that ‘gay goth’ enough? ;)

About A Gothis being performed 16-20 May 2016

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