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, Oozing Gloop tells us about their show The Gloop Show which they’ll be performing at The Marlborough.
How would you describe your show in one sentence?
A tour de force of queer alchemy explores the political implications of squares of squares, triangles of triangles and to advocate activism vis-a-vis the notion doing things does stuff.
Why Brighton Fringe?
I wanna go skinny dipping every morning!
How did the show get to where it is today?
Well, basically back in 2016 I was making some visual art sculptures from old fabrics and discarded costume, which was a way to cope with my failed politics degree. The task, however, seemed never-ending so to resolve that I walked 100 miles in Drag from Norwich to London; but that just caused more questions than answers. So then in 2017, I walk 400 miles from Yorkshire to Jane (Formerly John) ‘o’ Groats in Scotland, which seemed to do the trick. So now with my seven years of EXPERIENCE doing all sorts of cabaret pieces in London, Berlin and New York. Now she’s here, queer and has no fear of taking to the boards in Brighton to strut her stuff at her first ever fringe show!
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
Pfft! I’m trying to fit in! Only it’s never worked yet. I suppose being the worlds premier autistic, green, drag queen (from Norfolk) generally means my work is unfortunately unique- but this time it’s actually quite fortunate. Also I have a 7ft mascara wand I’m going to wangle about to “Bette Davis Eyes” so that’s a good thing to plug.
What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
BROWNTON ABBEY! It’s on the night before mine and has Big Freedia (QUEEN OF BOUNCE) performing!!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
“it can be really expensive!” Which is [why] my run is short and sweet. You’ve only got two nights in late May to catch me! Either on the Marlborough Stage or Grindr.
If your show was a piece of Brighton Rock, what word would run through it?
BUSH DID 9/11
The Gloop Show runs at Brighton Fringe on 26 & 27 May 2018.
Nicole Craft | Image: Contributed