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, Molly Naylor tells us about Lights! Planets! People! which is coming to The Warren: The Blockhouse.
Describe your show in one sentence?
LIGHTS! PLANETS! PEOPLE! is an intimate, exhilarating show about communication; both interpersonal and intergalactic.
Why Brighton Fringe?
I love the open-access nature of the Fringe, and the wide range of shows on offer. I’ve only ever brought a show here for a night or two, so coming with a week of shows is super exciting.
How did the show get to where it is today?
It was conceived after I took part in a residency at Warwick University called This Is Tomorrow, run by China Plate. The residency brought academics and artists together to explore new ways of finding ideas and exploring material. I met some astronomers that week whose work and research blew my mind. I had to make a show about it.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
The show’s main character is an older, queer woman who is a renowned space scientist. She’s someone we don’t usually see in the public eye, or in fiction. The show manages to combine themes around STEM, mental health, queerness and love whilst telling a gripping and uplifting story.
What show do you not want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
I’m really looking forward to Beat by Stories in Theatre Productions.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
It’s important to be kind to yourself, to hold all reviews lightly and to try not to have crisps for tea every night.
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.
The space mission that our show discusses is based on a real mission called PLATO, which launches in 2026 and is likely to discover a second Earth.
Lights! Planets! People! runs at Brighton Fringe from 26-30 May 2019. Brighton Fringe takes place between 3 May – 2 June 2019; www.brightonfringe.org
Nicole Craft | Image: Dave Guttridge