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, Writer Andrew Norris tells us about the show Summer Street – The Hilarious Aussie Soap Opera Musical! which is coming to The Warren: The Blockhouse.
Describe your show in one sentence?
A fun-filled trip down memory lane to the heyday of Aussie Soaps, with a few surprises along the way!
Why Brighton Fringe?
It’s the perfect place to launch Summer Street, with its vibrant arts and culture scene, and audiences enthusiastically embracing brand new theatre and performance. We can’t wait!
How did the show get to where it is today?
Through a lot of hard work! New musicals are notoriously difficult to get off the ground with the amount of time needed to craft book, music and lyrics into a compelling story and exciting piece of theatre. Not to mention how much it all costs! We have had many years of workshops, concerts, read-throughs and re-writes to get to this stage, and I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
That’s a difficult one, there are so many wonderful and unique shows coming to Brighton Fringe this year. The thing that sets Summer Street apart is that it’s a brand new British musical comedy, with a thumping, original score of pastiche songs from the 90s. And of course, it’s a lot of fun!
What show do you not want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
I do love a bit of Dolly, so the Dolly Parton Story at The Warren will be right up my street!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
Be prepared for the unexpected and if you can get the set of your show in and out of the venue in 10 minutes that’s a bonus!
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.
I was the face of Kelloggs Bran Flakes TV advertising from 1993 to 1996! What a claim to fame!
Summer Street – The Hilarious Aussie Soap Opera Musical! runs at Brighton Fringe from 3-7 May 2019. Brighton Fringe takes place between 3 May – 2 June 2019; www.brightonfringe.org
Nicole Craft | Image: Contributed