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, Leah Shelton tells us about her show, Terror Australis, which will be performing at The Warren.
How would you describe your show in one sentence?
A grindhouse cabaret edgier than a serial killer’s machete – a f@%ked up Contiki tour through outback Australia, where cars rule, hitchhiking kills and dingoes eat babies.
Why Brighton Fringe for this show?
Brighton Fringe audiences seem like they are up for anything, which makes it the ideal place for me to test this show out and see how the good people of the UK respond. The show won several awards in Australia, so I’m intrigued to see if the comedy, cultural critique, stories of horror and schlock translate across cultures.
How have you been preparing for Brighton Fringe?
I’ve mostly been practising my pole dance moves on a spinning clothesline, while holding a bag of goon (cask wine) between my teeth. I’ve also been obsessively watching Tarantino, horror and Ozploitation cult films in the name of research.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
I think the mashup of forms, combined with the lip-sync, extreme physicality, and pulp design aesthetic, will be a totally unique experience for audiences. Oh – and you just might get a free glass of cheap cask wine if you sit in the right seat!
What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own)?
I’m super intrigued by Harry Clayton-Wright’s work – so I think ‘Sex Education’ is going to be one of those works that make you laugh and show you things you can’t unsee.
What’s the best bit of advice you’ve ever been given for performing at a Fringe Festival?
“Just keep going” – basically a war cry/survival chant for when it all feels too hard!
If your show was a flavour of ice cream being sold on Brighton Pier, what would it be?
A whipped delight, flavoured with cheap wine and sweat, and topped with beer froth.
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