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, Luke Rollason tells us about his show, Planet Earth III, which will be performing at The Warren.
How would you describe your show in one sentence?
A low-budget, one-man nature documentary made by an intrepid and idiotic (unpaid) intern, armed only with obsolete office equipment and a surreal imagination.
Why Brighton Fringe for this show?
While the show will be performing first at the London Clown Festival, it was the opportunity to perform at the Brighton Fringe that inspired me to create Planet Earth III. Having elected the country’s only Green Party MP, Brighton seemed the perfect host for a show about failed causes – and trying to transform a hopeless world with a little imagination.
How have you been preparing for Brighton Fringe?
I’ve been preparing for the Brighton Fringe by talking about the show a lot, and convincing people that me sticking things to my face and doing animal impressions is the same as creating environmentally-conscious comedy. Secondly, writing responses to interviews is really honing my ability to sum up my show succinctly. Finally, I’ve been watching a lot of nature documentaries. Occasionally I’ve been showing up to perform at stand-up comedy nights and pretending my hands are jellyfish, which confuses people who are expecting to hear jokes.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
As far as I know, I am the only show performing at 2pm in my venue from the 27th – 29th May. However, I am capable of error. Furthermore, I believe mine is the only show at the Brighton Fringe attempting to portray the entirety of the animal kingdom. If I am wrong, then I will fail the most spectacularly.
What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own)?
Donal Coonan’s Mr Grebe Is Taking Your Class Today. A brilliant clown and a lovely and supportive man. I am taking my parents.
What’s the best bit of advice you’ve ever been given for performing at a Fringe Festival?
Try not to get sued by the BBC.
If your show was a flavour of ice cream being sold on Brighton Pier, what would it be?
The flavour of not eating every animal in the world. Imagine the taste of every animal in the world, combined, and then imagine not tasting it.
Planet Earth III runs at Brighton Fringe 27-29 May 2017
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