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Brighton Bites: Showmanship

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, BoonDog Theatre tell us about their show Showmanship which they’ll be performing at The Warren: Blockhouse.

Describe your show in one sentence:
An intimate and moving, darkly funny one to one with a sassy fortune teller,

Why Brighton Fringe?
I brought my debut play ​The State Vs John Hayes ​to the Brighton Fringe back in 2015 and we had a fantastic experience. The Brighton Fringe has a lovely atmosphere, both with the audience it draws and in those participating. We met great people who we are still in touch with today. It is among my favourite festival memories and we are delighted to be returning with my second solo show – we hope people enjoy it.

How did the show get to where it is today?
Showmanship​ is the next in our circus series of plays. It follows on from ​Goody​ which won the ‘Les Enfant Terribles’ Greenwich Partnership Award’ in 2017. This show is set during the height of the Dust Bowl – the worst man-made ecological disaster ever seen at that time. And in that setting we put a person who sells the ability to see into the future and ask: did she see it coming? A person who sells hope. ​Showmanship has been a real labour of love, it is a topic I am absolutely fascinated in and it is a world we have been developing since ​The State Vs John Hayes. After our debut run at the Edinburgh Fringe last year, we are excited to put forward this next stage of the production!

What show do you not want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe?
There are so many incredible shows it’s hard to narrow it down! I’ve heard amazing things about Brionny Kimmings: I’m a Phoenix, Bitch and A Super Happy Story About Feeling Super Sad, we also always love Cat Loud’s work, so we will be catching To the End of the World.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a Fringe festival?
Believe in your work and be flexible with your expectations. One day you may have a full house, the next day you will have an audience of two – both audiences are equally important. Believe in your show and deliver something you are proud to stand beside. You came here to do a great show.

With the theme of this years 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:
I had to join the magic circle in order to research some elements of this show.

Showmanship runs at Brighton Fringe on 18,19 & 22 May 2019. Brighton Fringe takes place between 3 May – 2 June 2019; www.brightonfringe.org

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