Back by popular demand for 2017, our Brighton Bites series offer short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into shows performing at England’s largest arts festival. Hopefully, they will whet your appetite to try something new at this year’s Brighton Fringe.
Here, Iain Gibbons tells us about his show, The Performance, which will be performing at The Warren.
How would you describe your show in one sentence?
A comedic solo sketch show following an audience member, performer and theatre usher, as they attempt to share the space and have the best time possible without anything going wrong…
Why Brighton Fringe for this show?
This is my first time performing at Brighton Fringe. I had a brief trip to the festival last year and, mostly saw shows at The Warren. Their programme is so diverse and I felt it would be the best place to premiere this show. The Warren seems to be the home for solo shows this year. Quite a few of my fellow Gaulier graduates are taking their solo shows to The Warren, as are a lot of other solo performers I know. Zach Zucker, Raphael Perahia, Oli Weatherly, Nicola Cross to name but four… There is defiantly an eclectic mix of solo shows for all!
How have you been preparing for Brighton Fringe?
Doing a few scratch nights – best way to try out material. It’s easy to think something is funny, when it’s just you and your producer in a room, but it’s the audience that counts! Which coincidentally is what ‘The Performance’ demonstrates, a disconnected performer isn’t going to do anything for a bored audience and visa versa! In the lead up to the Brighton Fringe, The Performance has two preview nights at Wandsworth Fringe in London on the 10th and 11th of May.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
All the shows at the Brighton Fringe should have a performer, audience and usher on the door, but in my show I’ll be playing all three. You won’t be able to watch any other show at the festival in the same way after seeing The Performance!
What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own)?
There are so many, but I am particularly intrigued to enter the surreal world of Stick or Wizard by Mouths of Lions.
What’s the best bit of advice you’ve ever been given for performing at a Fringe Festival?
Eat and Sleep – sounds obvious but it is vital!
If your show was a flavour of ice cream being sold on Brighton Pier, what would it be?
The Performance runs at Brighton Fringe 25-27 May
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