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, Miss Glory Pearl talks The Naked Stand Up: Naked Truth which comes to the Komedia.
Describe your show in one sentence?
An hour of body positive foolishness with a fabulous hat.
Why Brighton Fringe?
Because it’s a vibrant, diverse city that knows how to enjoy itself
How did the show get to where it is today?
It started with frustrations at how women’s clothes define them and has become a mission to undermine the endless destructive narrative about how men and women should look and feel about their bodies. Really, it’s just nonsense, and someone has to call that crap out. Standing around naked for an hour while I talk about it has proven to be a pretty effective way of doing that.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
Well, apart from the nudity, and the hats, I’d probably say kindness – it’s important to me that people feel better when they leave than when they came it.
What show do you not want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
There are so many! I’m very excited to see Siblings, Meryl O’Rourke, Kate Smurthwaite, Alice Frick and Vulvarine – the superhero every woman dreams of.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
Fringes are all about making our work accessible to as many people as possible. Try not to get hung up on reviews, ticket sales, or press; focus on giving your audience the best show you can and you won’t go wrong.
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’ve had a very daring new hat made for the occasion that will put the pussy hats of the women’s march to shame! And yes, I went there.
The Naked Stand Up: Naked Truth runs at Brighton Fringe from [ ] 2019. Brighton Fringe takes place between 3 May – 2 June 2019; www.brightonfringe.org
Nicole Craft | Image: Contributed