Back once again by popular demand for 2018, our Brighton Bites Q&As offer an occasionally witty, often hilarious, insight into the acts donning their flip-flops and shades (or high-heels and lippy) to join the line-up of England’s largest arts festival, Brighton Fringe. With 2017 boasting almost 1000 events across 160+ venues and 2018 promising more than 300+ free events to widen access to performances, our Bites aim to give you a taste of what’s in store.
To kick things off, Mosh Pit tells us about their show After which they’ll be performing at The Rialto and The Spiegeltent.
How would you describe your show in one sentence?
A post-apocalyptic fable about power and parenthood and a (dead) rabbit.
Why Brighton Fringe?
One of the reasons I moved to Brighton was for the creative scene and the Fringe has always been a significant part of that for me. The Fringe reflects Brighton itself: Diverse, experimental, friendly and with a confidence about what it is.
How did the show get to where it is today?
It started in the best way possible for a writer: Someone actually asked me if I had work because they liked what I do! Tom Dussek, who I’ve worked with before, wanted a show for a parent and child and, indeed, I had one, because I write a lot of things without necessarily thinking about where work X or work Y might go. Tom knows some great directors and actors, so very quickly we had our team, who were all really engaged with what I think is a fairly novel idea.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
That’s easy! In ‘After’, the same thing happens twice, quite literally: The play is performed once with one cast and then again with another cast. Each production has been made entirely separately. We’re doing this to explore not only the interpretation of the text, but more importantly to start a conversation about how gender, age and ethnicity can affect the character we see on stage.
What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
Lord, just one? Barely Human Puppet’s The Sorrowful Tale of Sleeping Sidney is a show I’ve seen before and I’ll be seeing again without question. Its one of those shows that seems initially simple, but then expands like puzzle box until you’re really rather charmed or unsettled, or both!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
If possible, work with some people you know well and some people you don’t know well at the same time. When you are under pressure, the long-term relationships really show their strength, both practically and emotionally. When you want to learn something new or take on a very different perceptive, new input and building new relationships is essential.
If your show was a piece of Brighton Rock, what word would run through it?
After runs at Brighton Fringe on May 10-12 (Rialto), 28 May (Spiegeltent)
Nicole Craft | Image: Contributed