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.
Here, My Father Held a Gun tells us about their show My Father Held a Gun which they’ll be performing at Sweet Werks 1.
How would you describe your show in one sentence?
Iranian and Israeli take their audience on a trip through space and time while trying to answer the question “why do men make war?”
Why Brighton Fringe?
We were invited as the winner of the Amsterdam Fringe Festival. Also, we had a lot of good reviews about the festival. As the show deals with highly current issues, we believe that the content will resonate with the English public.
How did the show get to where it is today?
We had a long period of rewriting with unsatisfactory results until we arrived to the current form which felt complete. The period of writing and trying out different elements lasted over a year (With long breaks in between). Our director Vasile Nedelcu (who lives in the UK) was of massive help in the writing process.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
The show is partly biographical and was written by an Iranian and an Israeli. It deals with highly current issues that appear on a daily basis in the news. The show translates what seems to be a local issue (the conflicts in the Middle East) to a worldwide one. By doing that it brings the responsibility of answering the question “Why do man make war?” back to the European public. We believe this to be highly relevant and important. To quote the Parol (an important Dutch newspaper): ”a great show, a hopeful plea for peace”.
What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
I’m yet to get familiar with the programme! Very much looking forward to exploring it.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
Don’t rely on others to fill the theatre with audience.
My Father Held a Gun runs at Brighton Fringe on 21-27 May 2018.
Nicole Craft | Image: Anastasios Sarakatsanos