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, Off the Fence Theatre Company tell us about their show He Shot, He Scored which they’ll be performing at Sweet Werks 1.
Describe your show in one sentence?
A tale of football and friendship, goals and glory, growing up and growing old, but most of all a play about being there at the birth of a Brighton football legend: Peter Ward.
Why Brighton Fringe?
Brighton Fringe is perfect for our show as it follows the story of four Brighton football fans who witnessed the Seagulls’ legendary player Peter Ward’s record-breaking, debut season. You could say football’s coming home!
How did the show get to where it is today?
We were there in 1976 when Peter Ward made his debut for Brighton and Hove Albion. And now, forty-three years later, the hairs on the back of our neck tingle when we remember Peter Ward destroying defenders as he finds the back of the net. So far this play has taken eighteen months of watching Brighton play football in the Premiership, four decades of chanting “he shot, he scored, it must be Peter Ward”, two years writing and many months rehearsing.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
This one is straight from the heart, it’s funny and nostalgic for a time gone by – it’s a play for anyone who has ever followed a team, and their dreams.
What show do you not want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
Brighton-based Foundry Works’ Those Magnificent Men at The Rialto Theatre.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
Combine artistic integrity with creative flair and be true to the production; go out there and make sure the audience has a great time!
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.
This is the second football-themed play Off the Fence has produced. The first was Girls with Balls which toured 21 theatres throughout England.
He Shot, He Scored runs at Brighton Fringe from 20 May – 2 June 2019. Brighton Fringe takes place between 3 May – 2 June 2019; www.brightonfringe.org
Nicole Craft | Image: ZigZag Photography