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, Sweaty Palms Productions tell us about their show Stoned, Stupid, & Stuck (A Californian Fairytale) which they’ll be performing at Junkyard Dogs: The Doghouse.
Describe your show in one sentence?
Two young women embark on a drug-fuelled adventure in the forests of Northern California.
Why Brighton Fringe?
Brighton Fringe is the largest theatre festival in England and is the perfect opportunity for us to share our unique show with as many people as we can!
How did the show get to where it is today?
The writer and director, Frankie Regalia, was inspired by her unique and isolated hometown to write this play. Before we get to Brighton, the play does a short US tour to California and Oregon. The play is going to open in the town in which it is set, Fort Bragg, California.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
When people think of California, they think of either LA or San Francisco. This play is about a completely different environment and people. Audiences will be introduced to a new story, a new place, and a new kind of humour. Cali style.
What show do you not want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
George by Contingency Theatre!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
It’s going to be harder than you think, but also more rewarding than you can imagine. Also, sleep is invaluable.
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.
The character of the mysterious and enigmatic Chicken Lady is based on the writer’s grandmother.
Stoned, Stupid, & Stuck (A Californian Fairytale) runs at Brighton Fringe from 22-25 May 2019. Brighton Fringe takes place between 3 May – 2 June 2019; www.brightonfringe.org
Nicole Craft | Image: Contributed