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, John Robertson tells us about The Dark Room which is coming to The Komedia.
Describe your show in one sentence?
Part stand-up, part theatre-degree-getting-used; all interactive and insane – 8 years of touring has turned The Dark Room into an award-winning, genre-defining mixture of improv comedy and retro gaming, all anchored by the merciless anarchist John Robertson!
Why Brighton Fringe?
Who doesn’t like a trip to the town of culture, bunting and colours… and then to ignore all those things entirely and go and sit in a dark room for an hour.
How did the show get to where it is today?
Practice, and the surprisingly large reserves of tolerance possessed by its audience.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
Some shows are affected by things like ‘plot’ and ‘structure’. The Dark Room has none of those problems.
What show do you not want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
JoJo Bellini’s Bondage Queen Sings The Hits – JoJo is a terrific talent, but for god’s sake, for the title alone.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
Vitamin C. Rum with ginger ale. Codeine.
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 Dark Room gets booked for a surprisingly large amount of weddings.
The Dark Room runs at Brighton Fringe on 12 & 30 May 2019. Brighton Fringe takes place between 3 May – 2 June 2019; www.brightonfringe.org
Nicole Craft | Image: Contributed