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Brighton Bites: OPEN WIDE

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 for today’s double-bill, Yes Mama! tell us about their show OPEN WIDE which they’ll be performing at The Warren: The Burrow.

Describe your show in one sentence?
Best pals looking stupid and getting silly in a fun-filled hour of fast-paced, surreal sketch and character comedy. Disgusting and erotic all at once.

Why Brighton Fringe?
The two of us met in Brighton when we were just a cuppla young babes at uni. We started making comedy together in this very city and refused to ever leave (except Alex just left.) Brighton Fringe is when everything comes to life and btown audiences are the best. What’s not to love?

How did the show get to where it is today?
A lot of sitting in the living room and shouting things in various accents. We also managed to win an award this year which has really helped motivate us in the lead up to the fringe. We haven’t let it go to our heads at all but we will be expecting a red carpet on arrival – obviously.

What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
In the kind words of Bruce Dessau, we‘re “an odd looking duo” so you really can’t miss us. But more than that, we have a bit of a dark side. Can’t say much more, you’ll have to come along to find out how sick we really are.

What show do you not want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
Were itching to watch Roger Clammy: How To Save a Life (weird way to learn CPR). Another few on the MUST SEE list are the brilliant Toucan (have a party!) and the ridiculous Step Dads (very catchy songs) And of course our very own Alex as Krent Tablowski. (if you want more of that sugar).

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
Invest in some damn good deodorant. And get used to seeing your flyer covered in mud.

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.
We actually can’t stand each other.

OPEN WIDE runs at Brighton Fringe on 5,6 & 23 May 2019. Brighton Fringe takes place between 3 May – 2 June 2019; www.brightonfringe.org

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