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BRIGHTON BITES: Hannah Ballou – goo:ga

Our Brighton Bites series offers short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into the offerings at England’s largest arts festival. Eight months pregnant Hannah Balloutells us about her show,goo:ga, performing at Komedia, Brighton.


How would you describe your show in one sentence?

It’s like Annie Sprinkle impregnated Bridget Christie who then waddled on stage while eight months along to sing, dance, and moan about postfeminist malarkey… with a pug dog.

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

I am a total Brighton Fringe virgin; I have no expectations other than I know that Komedia is a lovely venue as I’ve performed there years ago. As my show necessarily has such a short shelf life, I wantedto air it as much as possible, but I knew I wouldn’t be in any state to do a long run, so I decided to pop down for a one-day-only engagement.

How has the show developed on the way to Brighton?

It’s been crazy creating a physical, body-based performance art while my body is literally changing out from under me at such a rapid pace. I keep having to check bits of choreography to see if I can still do it, and I’m pretty sure one of my costumes is going to have to be replaced as it won’t fit anymore.

How have you been preparing for Brighton Fringe?

I’m opening the show at Camden People’s Theatre in London.

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

Are there any other feminist comedy shows by a naked pregnant chick and her pug? goo:ga will definitely be the best out of that sub-category.

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

I’m keen to catch Hetty the King, directed by Stephen Farrier.

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


goo:gatakes place at The Brighton Fringe – 8 May 2016

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