Our Brighton Bites series offers short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into the offerings at England’s largest arts festival. Lucy Grace, from How Small How Far, tells us about their showGardenperforming at Sweet Waterfront, Brighton.
How would you describe your show in one sentence?
Amelie dropped into the world of Peep Show.
Is this your first visit to Brighton Fringe, if so what interesting tales have you been told about what to expect?
Yes, it is. My sister lives in Brighton so I’ve heard lots of Brighton-esque tales from her. In my spare time I expect to be riding bikes along cliff paths &watching the sunrise from the beach with chips and cider.
How has the show developed on the way to Brighton?
Garden originally ran at the Edinburgh Fringe last year. Leading up to Brighton &the subsequent tour I am in the rehearsal room with Dan Hutton (co-founder of Barrel Organ) to make some tweaks, bring a fresh eye and make sure the show is hitting all the intended notes and probably reminding me less is more as I chuck increasingly large handfuls of soil around.
How have you been preparing for Brighton Fringe?
It’s the first time revisiting the show since Edinburgh where it was a success. So as the writer I have been trying to make small changes and ignoring the urge to rewrite the whole thing. We’ve been thinking about how to make the most of our venue at the Waterfront Hotel. We will be in a small conference room which fits perfectly with the show’s story of nature taking over corporate culture in the protagonist’s mind.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
It’s a personal show but I think it resonates with a lot of people’s disillusion in the face of everyday office life. I think most people have found a little bit of their own experience in Garden, even if they haven’t stolen a pot plant and created a wilderness inside their flat.
What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
We were shortlisted for the Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015 and I didn’t manage to catch the winners of that: Police Cops at Edinburgh, so I’ll be watching that alongside 1972: The Future of Sex by Wardrobe Ensemble and Bane from Whitebone Productions.
If your show was a flavour of Brighton Rock, what would it be?
It’d be a lime green leafy outside with a crumbly chocolate / soil inside.
Gardentakes place at The Brighton Fringe 9 – 15 May2016
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