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.
Kicking off our Bank Holiday Bites Bonanza weekend in style, Bright Buoy Productions tell us about their show Privates which they’ll be performing at The Warren: The Blockhouse.
Describe your show in one sentence?
Saving Private Ryan meets the sex ed you wish you had in an adventure that sees three idiots dress up as sperm and swim for their lives.
Why Brighton Fringe?
It’s a beautifully liberal and accepting city. And the latter is especially important when you are presenting a new show for the first time. We’ve brought shows here for the last two years and always have a brilliant time. It’s like Edinburgh, but without all the fatigue – everyone is still excited to perform and see shows every day!
How did the show get to where it is today?
The show began work when we were all in secondary school, years before we met, when sex ed meant watching a video of moustache-transporter Dr Robert Wilson getting naked. I think I fainted during one of those lessons. Internally we all vowed in this moment to change sex education, and probably the world, forever. It was lucky that we all now work in comedy, and met each other. That took years. Making the show has taken less time than it takes to make a baby (that’s nine months. I’ve done my research).
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
We are proud to be the only show you will see at this Fringe where you will leave knowing less about sex than when you entered.
What show do you not want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
Our friend Max Norman is bringing his first solo show How To Be A Pirate to the Warren on the 2nd and 17th – 19th May. Last December, he lost his mum’s dog, called “Twiglet”. He camped out with a BBQ to try to lure the dog back. He’s an idiot.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
The brilliant comedian and shouty sweat-fest Paul Currie said he saves his voice by drinking gallons of pineapple juice. I think this is also appropriate advice for a show about sperm.
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.
Two years ago, I took part in a naked cabaret at the Brighton Fringe. The audience, the acts and even the staff were all naked. It was the most nakedness I’ve ever seen. This took place in a venue right next to a church, and I’m pretty sure a kids show was in after us.
Privates runs at Brighton Fringe from 3-6 May 2019. Brighton Fringe takes place between 3 May – 2 June 2019; www.brightonfringe.org
Nicole Craft | Image: Contributed