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, Erin R Hartnett Productions tell us about their show The Beautiful Dance of Life & Death which they’ll be performing at Sweet Werks 2.
Describe your show in one sentence?
In this imaginative, new drama, based on a true story, two friends, with the help of a young astronaut and a fallen star, fight a bizarre endless illness to dance the steps towards hope.
Why Brighton Fringe?
It started with the scale of rural touring and some lovely friends who took me under their wings and mentored me into producing original content. It continued with me having done my freshman show about Lyme Disease, which came out of the anger and symptoms and social losses from the illness, called, How to Walk Through Hell at Brighton Fringe in 2017. While there, I learned that my physical symptoms improve in the British environment. Maybe it’s the sea air, maybe sea level, maybe the lack of intense Kansas City (USA) weather changes (talking 40°F in hours), maybe it’s the afternoon teas… But, in all likelihood, it’s all the above.
How did the show get to where it is today?
Beginning as blog and journal entries, it was a way to cope with a mystery illness. Friends and mentors encouraged me to tell the story on the stage. It’s been an organic process over the last 5 years. We solidified the team last fall.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
We believe this story can save lives. People need help now. They need to see that they aren’t going crazy, they aren’t alone, and if they are not sick themselves, it is likely they already know someone with Lyme Disease.
What show do you not want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
All Work, No Play, by Awk the Clown
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
Enjoy the process- the theatre, the people and the work.
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.
For our cast, it is their first time on UK stages. Connor Branson has been a professional Elvis impersonator since age 3. Meredith Lindsey is a former Mad Men secretary who spent childhood summers travelling the American wilderness.
The Beautiful Dance of Life & Death runs at Brighton Fringe from 27 May – 2 June 2019. Brighton Fringe takes place between 3 May – 2 June 2019; www.brightonfringe.org
Nicole Craft | Image: Contributed