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How would you describe your show in one sentence?

Hard Graft is about coal, being a parent, being a child, the journey you take between these two rôles and the things you remember and forget along the way – I hope people might see a bit of themselves in it.

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

I am a local and total veteran of Brighton Fringe, this is my 7th! I have performed two shows here previously, Holocene in 2013 and Photographic Memory in 2011 and have had a great time here.

How has the show developed on the way to Brighton?

The show has developed loads, I recently did a week long run at Ovalhouse in London which was a really fantastic way of testing it in front of an audience and I was really happy with the response from people.

How have you been preparing for festival life?

I help run The Marlborugh Theatre one of the city’s busiest festival venues so the festival cycle never seems to stop. I think the best thing is to just plough on and not think about it too much. June is my crash out month!

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

I think/hope it’s honest, a bit funny and offers people the space to think about their lives and where they come from. Also I don’t think there are that many shows in the Fringe set in former mining villages in South Wales, so if that’s up your street do come along!!

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

Christeene at the Marlborough, she is Life!

What one piece of advice would you give to Fringe newcomers?

Take a punt on something or someone you haven’t heard of!

If your show was an animal what type of animal would it be?

A possum.


Hard Graft runs at The Marlborough Theatre, Brighton 5-6 May and 20-21 May.

For more information visit www.davidsheppeard.co.uk/projects/hard-graft/

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