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, The Bosun’s Delight tell us about their show The Poseidon Conjecture which they’ll be performing at Sweet Werks 2.
Describe your show in one sentence?
A narrative sketch show set on a low-budget cruise ship.
Why Brighton Fringe?
Of the two huge, vibrant fringe festivals available to us in the UK, we have reluctantly chosen sunny seaside over rainy highlands.
How did the show get to where it is today?
Our shows have got progressively more specific. Our first full show was simply the best hour’s worth of sketches we’d written at the time. The second had the lighthearted theme of death. For this show, we thought we’d go a level more specific, with either a single location or a narrative element. Indecisiveness won out, and we went with both. The cruise ship gave us an in-built story and enough variety to work with, and it all snowballed (or ice-berged) from there.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
For starters, there aren’t a lot of narrative sketch shows out there. Ours also contains some long-established recurring characters, so blurs the line between sketch and character comedy. We’re also not averse to using ridiculous latex animal masks.
What show do you not want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
We’re sketch obsessed, and like our friends and acquaintances to owe us favours, so we’ll definitely check out LADYLIKES: Top Secret House Party! and Revan and Fennell: Work in Progress.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
Don’t expect to make your budget back. Seriously, have fun. If you’re having fun up there, so will your audience.
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.
After our last show featured an abundance of death and painful pratfalls, we vowed that in this show, we wouldn’t kill any of our characters. It’s almost certainly true that we’ve stuck to this.
The Poseidon Conjecture runs at Brighton Fringe on 4, 11, 18 & 25 2019. Brighton Fringe takes place between 3 May – 2 June 2019; www.brightonfringe.org
Nicole Craft | Image: Contributed