Back by popular demand for 2017, our Brighton Bites series offer short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into shows performing at England’s largest arts festival. Hopefully, they will whet your appetite to try something new at this year’s Brighton Fringe.
Here, Unmasked Theatre tell us about their show, The Writers’ Bloc, which they’ll be performing at The Rialto Theatre.
How would you describe your show in one sentence?
A tense, violent, dark, lustful exploration of censorship, free speech and authorship set in 1937 Russia
Why Brighton Fringe for this show?
As a company, we moved to Brighton in October. This our first fringe, after two years of nomadic touring, and we’re really bloody excited. There’s something special about a Brighton audience: both discerning and accepting of new ideas, styles and work. This is a testing ground before this piece goes on (hopefully) to tour (forever)
How have you been preparing for Brighton Fringe?
We previewed the show in Brighton in August last year. It sold out, and audience really liked it. We’ve spent the last couple of months in the rehearsal room, editing, cutting, re-working, tailoring for the space and exploring in every way possible.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
To start with, we have a cast of eight. This for Fringe Theatre is BIG. The show’s strength lies in its mix of genres: the humanisation and characterisation of some of the greatest writers of the 20th century, the tense, thrilling pressure of their situation, the action and violence, live music and choral singing, dancing and dynamic physical theatre
What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own)?
Zhivago Theatre (simply because I want to see what they make of Boris Pasternak as well!)
What’s the best bit of advice you’ve ever been given for performing at a Fringe Festival?
That each performance is new, different and autonomous. If you have 6 people today, that doesn’t mean anything about tomorrow. If you screw up today, come back tomorrow
If your show was a flavour of ice cream being sold on Brighton Pier, what would it be?
Vodka. Vodka Ice Cream.
The Writers’ Bloc runs at Brighton Fringe 5 – 8 May
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