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, Flo Taylor Productions tell us about their show Mating in Captivity which they’ll be performing at Junkyard Dogs: The Doghouse.
Describe your show in one sentence?
A fast, frenetic screwball comedy interrogating our preconceptions of sexuality and asking how much can you really know about yourself if you’ve never tried butt stuff?
Why Brighton Fringe?
We felt that this piece, a comedy that asks you to ditch labels and dig deep to understand what and who you want, fitted with the ethos of Brighton Fringe. We wanted to premiere the piece in a venue that was full of warmth, love and equal values, that Brighton is full of and so makes it a special place to be.
How did the show get to where it is today?
This show has travelled the breadth of the world, all the way from New Zealand, to finally reach our shores. Working with the writer, Oliver Page, it is now being developed for a British audience and it is having its UK premiere at Brighton Fringe.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
This is a mystery, a puzzle, about 3 millennials who are deep down trying to work out who they are. On a wedding night. Two of the group’s own wedding night in fact. It’s funny but also addresses serious matters regarding not conforming to labels and taking time to understand who you are. And that this takes some time and some big things might happen on the way!
What show do you not want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
Mr Henry Moss presents Quadruple Thre4t which is the critically acclaimed comedy cabaret playing at The Warren: Theatre Box on 28 – 30 May
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
Most of the advice is really practical stuff, like ‘make sure you have a producer’ and ‘get a good slot’ but also, whilst performing a show (and perhaps always) don’t start an argument with someone in the queue at Boots. They’ll remember it when they come to see your play!
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.
There is a quote in the show that says ‘outta here like Steve Martin’ line which seems like a reference but is actually just something the writer Oliver Page overheard his neighbour say during an argument!
Mating in Captivity runs at Brighton Fringe from 22-23 May 2019. Brighton Fringe takes place between 3 May – 2 June 2019; www.brightonfringe.org
Nicole Craft | Image: Contributed