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, Irene Kelleher tells us about her show, Mary and Me, which she’ll be performing at The Warren.
How would you describe your show in one sentence?
From the company that brought you the award-winning Mrs Shakespeare, Wild Production presents Mary and Me, an original and unique imagining of the girl at the centre of a tragic event that shocked the nation, inspired by a true story.
Why Brighton Fringe for this show?
We brought our last show Mrs Shakespeare to the Brighton Fringe in 2015 and it was a big success. We received the Argus Angel Award and two five star reviews which helped us keep the production on tour for over a year afterwards. Mary and Me represents a new direction for me as a writer, having worked professionally as an actress for the past nine years and I find Brighton Fringe always very encouraging to new writers. It will be our first time bringing the show to the UK and we are very excited about it.
How have you been preparing for Brighton Fringe?
We have performed one preview in our hometown of Cork and the play has been in development since January 2016. The play has been workshopped in the Theatre Development Centre on two occasions.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
Although it is inspired by a tragic true story, the play is by no means an hour of unrelenting misery. It takes you on a journey that includes lots of lightness, colour and shade highlighting the everyday challenges and happenings in a young girl’s life. Although set over 30 years ago it is still strikingly relevant.
What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own)?
I am looking forward to seeing Dracula by Let Them Call it Mischief Theatre Co. in the Warren Main House.
What’s the best bit of advice you’ve ever been given for performing at a Fringe Festival?
Go and see as many other shows as possible and enjoy every second!
If your show was a flavour of ice cream being sold on Brighton Pier, what would it be?
Unforgettable Irish Flavour!
Mary and Me runs at Brighton Fringe 5-7 May
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