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, Tom Curzon tell us about his solo show Map Man which they’ll be performing at The Warren: Theatre Box.
Describe your show in one sentence?
Free-fall idiocy through the mind of a giant, accompanied by a duck on the violin.
Why Brighton Fringe?
It’s the most welcoming and exciting Fringe Festival at which to play new things. I am excited to be a part of the amazing community there.
How did the show get to where it is today?
The central character was developed in Edinburgh at Bright Buoy’s sell out clown cabaret, WigWam Wonder Jam, which currently also plays on a monthly basis at the Albany in Great Portland Street. Then the show has been previewed regularly in smaller chunks and in longer form 3 times before coming to Brighton.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
I have been developing it in front of an audience, for nearly a year, so the hope is that the show’s narrative arc will feel as if it is building because of audience laughter, rather than laughter being a side-product. I am dedicated to the work as an opportunity to enjoy being an idiot in a room with people – so my show will feel ramshackle and full of flops and openness and optimism. An idiot ploughing forth, enormously happy with his tale about giants and dogs and cats and ducks playing the violin. I hope it is a really joyful hour, openly clunky, bad and passionate.
What show do you not want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
Open Wide by Yes Mama! They won sketch off and are lovely lovely people and performers.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
Enjoy a nap from time to time and remember that the festival is never about you.
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.
If the show is about anything, then it’s just about love. I’m excited by clown as the joy of love and forgiveness. I’d like to dare to be truly happy with what I am sharing.
Map Man runs at Brighton Fringe from 10-12 May 2019. Brighton Fringe takes place between 3 May – 2 June 2019; www.brightonfringe.org
Nicole Craft | Image: Contributed