Back once again by popular demand for 2018, our Brighton Bites Q&As offer an, occasionally witty – often hilarious, insight into the acts donning their flip-flops and shades (or high-heels and lippy) to join the line-up of England’s largest arts festival, Brighton Fringe. With 2017 boasting almost 1000 events across 160+ venues and 2018 promising more than 300+ free events to widen access to performances, our Bites aim to give you a taste of what’s in store.
Here, James Lorien MacDonald tells us about his show Gender Euphoria which he’ll be performing at Marlborough Theatre.
How would you describe your show in one sentence?
Thought-provoking stand-up comedy about freaking out, getting better, and what’s in your pants.
Why Brighton Fringe?
It’s huge! And queer AF. I’ve never performed in the UK before, so this’ll either be a soft landing or some kind of initiation along the lines of my first season of university rugby.
How did the show get to where it is today?
Basically, it’s the greatest hits of my experience transitioning, charting the most absurd encounters I’ve had in the past three years. So it’s grown up as I’ve learned to better understand my own gender.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
Truly wonky stories – I doubt anyone on Earth has ever done what I’ve done with a paintball.
What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
Bag of Swedes will be there – they are jätte fantastic! Also, my performance art side is very intrigued by Deanna Fleysher’s Butt Kapinski. I like weird.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
This is my first fringe ever, anywhere, so I’ll actually be testing this one out: hydrate or die.
If your show was a piece of Brighton Rock, what word would run through it?
Gender Euphoria runs at Brighton Fringe on 8 & 9 May 2018.
Nicole Craft | Image: Mira Eskelinen