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Brighton Bites: The Dolly Parton Story

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, Night Owl Shows tell us about their show The Dolly Parton Story which they’ll be performing at The Warren: The Hat.

Describe your show in one sentence?
Our interpretation of the wonderful Dolly Parton’s music, while we tell you a bit about her childhood and rise to stardom as well!

Why Brighton Fringe?
Both being local performers, Alex and I have often admired Brighton Fringe, especially in the last two years, and are excited to be a part of a such a diverse, creative and hopefully sunny festival!

How did the show get to where it is today?
The show began as an idea in 2017, and then the more we listened to Dolly, the more we wanted to know about her life and the show grew from there. We then enjoyed a run at Edinburgh Fringe, with a number of sell-out shows. Since then, we’ve been working on the show ahead of a UK tour, and what better place to start the tour than locally, in Brighton?

What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
There are many tributes to Dolly’s caricature-like persona, however, we want to focus more on her musicianship and beautiful song-writing. Whilst paying homage to the Queen-of-Country, we wanted to play a selection of songs from her long career and return to more of her acoustic storytelling style, ending with a big sing-song, just the way Dolly would want it! Our show is one of positivity, love and hope, which is certainly something we could all use more of nowadays.

What show do you not want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
There’s a one-man show called The Golden Child; All Men must Sing: a parody of ice and fire, and of course our friends from Night Owl shows, who are performing in The Johnny Cash Story and The Joni Mitchell & James Taylor Story.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
Be fully prepared to embrace your surroundings, and explore something new! Drink lots of water, prepare and good luck!

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.
Two of the songs we perform, Jolene and I will always love you, were actually written by Dolly in one evening – a fact she recently confirmed by looking back on cassette tapes of her recordings!

The Dolly Parton Story runs at Brighton Fringe from 27-29 May 2019. Brighton Fringe takes place between 3 May – 2 June 2019;

Nicole Craft | Image: Contributed

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