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, Tom Mayhew talks about the work-in-progress show I, Tom Mayhew which will be coming to Sweet @ The Welly.
Describe your show in one sentence?
Just a poor boy from a poor family, fighting for his place in the world (with lots of jokes).
Why Brighton Fringe?
Brighton is a lovely place, and one of the rare places in the UK which actively encourages expression and celebration of differences. I love it.
How did the show get to where it is today?
I have been working on it since August 2018, with it coming to Edinburgh later this year. In a sense, it has been years in the making, so I am really excited to tell this story.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
You would struggle to name one other solo stand-up show by a working-class pansexual man at the Brighton Festival!
What show do you not want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
I can’t pick just one, or all of my friends who are taking shows here will get mad if I don’t say them! I would just recommend you take a risk; literally, pick something at random. Why not?
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
Don’t go in expecting to earn £50000000000000000. Manage your expectations, and try not to worry too much. It can be stressful and horrible, but it can also be the most fun you’ll ever have.
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.
I was born over 3 months premature. I was so tiny that I could fit in the palm of my Dad’s hands! I didn’t come out of hospital until after my original due date, after spending 3 months in intensive care. So I’m very lucky to be here!
I, Tom Mayhew runs at Brighton Fringe from 13-17 May 2019. Brighton Fringe takes place between 3 May – 2 June 2019; www.brightonfringe.org
Nicole Craft | Image: Contributed