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, Mirth of Forth Productions tell us about their show It Just So Happened – an alternative history show which they’ll be performing at Sweet Werks 2.
Describe your show in one sentence?
Panellists perform stand-up comedy around the theme of ‘on this day’ in history then discuss alternative histories of Brighton
Why Brighton Fringe?
It’s one of the big UK Festival showcases for comedy, and a city with history.
How did the show get to where it is today?
It was formed as an idea last year after I had developed a spoken word talk about my family members’ service in WW1. I wanted to put together a show which combined stand-up comedy and history and could be honed to the particular date and location of every show, making every show unique. I also wanted to start up a podcast which was both funny and interesting, and with endless possibilities. The show came to fruition at the Leicester Comedy Festival in February, with a second outing, and a chance to improve it, at the Glasgow Comedy Festival in March.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
It’s a show which combines stand-up comedy and history. It’s laid back – recorded for podcast – but also informative. Each episode will cover different ‘on this day’ themes and has a different panel of ‘experts’.
What show do you not want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
I won’t have much time to see other shows as I am already involved in 6 over 3 days… I need to check the listings!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
Enjoy yourself. It’s hard to separate yourself from your own work and take a step back sometimes, but if you’re enjoying yourself you can put something even better into your own performances.
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.
When Max Planck began university studying Physics he was told by his professor Phillip von Jolly: “In this field almost everything is already discovered, and all that remains is to fill a few holes.” That was before he went on to formulate quantum theory…
It Just So Happened runs at Brighton Fringe from 4-5 May 2019. Brighton Fringe takes place between 3 May – 2 June 2019; www.brightonfringe.org
Nicole Craft | Image: Contributed