Back by popular demand for 2017, our Brighton Bites series offer short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into shows performing at England’s largest arts festival. Hopefully, they will whet your appetite to try something new at this year’s Brighton Fringe.
Here, Scratchworks Theatre Company tells us about their show, Great Train Robbery, which they’ll be performing at The Warren.
How would you describe your show in one sentence?
Great Train Robbery is a fun, fast and furious adventure comedy bursting with live music and anarchic audience interaction!
Why Brighton Fringe for this show?
This will be our Brighton Fringe debut! In fact some of the company have never even been to Brighton before. We are a Devon-based company and are always keen to venture away from the rain to the warmer side of the British Isles. The Brighton Fringe has an amazing buzz about it and we are looking forward to meeting new audiences and taking them on our adventure. And of course, there are rumours that one of the real Great Train suspects currently resides in Hove…
How have you been preparing for Brighton Fringe?
Every performance of Great Train Robbery provides a full body 70 minute workout. A training regime of squats and burpees are always necessary preparation. On top of the physical comedy, the show also involves lots of live music and 4-part harmony. So to celebrate International Women’s Day last month, we flexed our vocal chords with a cover of ‘Quiet’ by MILCK which was broadcast to the nation on Phonic FM.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
We take the true events of 1963 and twist them on their head. There have been many TV & film adaptations in the past couple of years alone, including the 2012 ITV series ‘Mrs Biggs’. But instead of focusing on the robbers or the police investigation, we decided to invent our own conspiracy theory. There were 4 robbers who were never caught and what better a starting point for a four-female theatre company?
What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own)?
Mobile by The Paper Birds. You get to sit in a caravan (enough said)!
What’s the best bit of advice you’ve ever been given for performing at a Fringe Festival?
Be generous! Support other companies & the work they are making. The saying, what goes around comes around is so true! Especially when there are hundreds of companies in an intense environment, all doing their best to make amazing work. Everyone benefits from a supportive environment and it makes for a fun Fringe.
If your show was a flavour of ice cream being sold on Brighton Pier, what would it be?
Rocky Road! (The heist of the century was never going to be easy)
Great Train Robbery runs at Brighton Fringe 11-14 May 2017
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