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, Half Full Glass tell us about their show Kitchen Sink which they’ll be performing at The Warren: Theatre Box.
Describe your show in one sentence?
A kitchen full of dirty teacups, cigarette smoke and people with plenty to hide.
Why Brighton Fringe?
Plays like Kitchen Sink exist because of Fringe Theatre. Our play’s rough and ready feel, allows it to thrive at the Brighton Fringe by taking a shipping container turned theatre and recreating it once more into a 1980s run-down kitchen. It is a play which the Brighton Fringe can bring to life unlike any other venue, allowing us to take ownership of our work in its entirety, giving us the creative control to present it to our audience in a style the Fringe celebrates – devoid of airs and graces.
How did the show get to where it is today?
Whilst studying Theatre together, each company member honed their own skill set in various creative specialities, which has allowed us to come together once again to take Kitchen Sink from the studio theatre it began in and nurture it into the piece we are bringing to The Theatre Box.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
Our play is set apart from the rest because our cast have worked together for several years. This familiarity brings a natural comfortability to the ensemble, as years of getting to know each other’s unique artistic blueprint has enabled us to create a play which can take a step into more vulnerable territories. We as a company have created Kitchen Sink for the pure love of it, with our main ambition being to share a piece of work which we take great pride in.
What show do you not want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
A Long Way Down, Dogma Theatre Company. Let’s support the new work being debuted at Brighton!!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
As newbies, we’ll hone our advisory skills for next year! The best advice received is making sure we are promoting our play under the noses of similar performances – know your audience and bestow them with a smile and a flyer.
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.
We don’t want to give away any spoilers for the play. If our cast were to stand on each other’s shoulders we would still be c.383999991m from the moon. Half Full Glass – brilliant new theatre AND extraordinary facts!
Kitchen Sink runs at Brighton Fringe on 13, 14 & 29 May 2019. Brighton Fringe takes place between 3 May – 2 June 2019; www.brightonfringe.org
Nicole Craft | Image: Contributed