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BRIGHTON BITES: TheatreState – Tribute Acts

Our Brighton Bites series offers short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into the offerings at England’s largest arts festival. TheatreStatetell us about their showTribute Acts, performing at The Marlborough Theatre, Brighton.


How would you describe your show in one sentence?

A darkly hilarious exploration of disappointing 90s father figures, Tony Blair, Bill Clinton, Pierce Brosnan told through a video interview with our actual dads.

Is this your first visit to Brighton Fringe, if so what interesting tales have you been told about what to expect?

Yeah it is! And from what I’ve heard – I am expecting to be absolutely spoilt for choice with brilliantly strange theatre and comedy, to have a little bit too much to drink and to meet some amazing people.

How has the show developed on the way to Brighton?

We originally took the show to Edinburgh Fringe last year and since then haven’t stopped messing around with it. We have so much hilarious footage of our Dads them attempting to tell jokes, doing James Bond impressions, giving their grumpy opinions on David Cameron and Simon Cowell that it’s been hard to stop playing around with it! But I think we are now totally happy and excited to share it.

How have you been preparing for Brighton Fringe?

We are coming to Brighton as part of a national tour so have been warming up in lots of other cities across the UK. I am desperate to go in the sea and I copped out of it last weekend in Margate so I’m practicing with cold water.

What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?

It’s incredibly personal and honest, both of our Dads left our families and so at the heart of the piece is a desire to understand them and explore the often bizarre relationship between a father and daughter. It’s also completely insane. It has blow up space suits, Armageddon (the 90s action film), Chumbawumba inspired music and even Margaret Thatcher on wheels…

What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?

Oh gosh, there’s so many. I really want to check out Wardrobe Ensemble’s The Future of Sex. It looks hysterical. Also, Eggs Collective are a really funny, brilliant group of women and they are doing Late Night Love as a double bill with our show so we will definitely be checking them out!

If your show was a flavour of Brighton Rock, what would it be?

Coal. In honour of our Dad’s worst nightmare – Margaret Thatcher.

Tribute Actstakes place at The Brighton Fringe 25-26May 2016

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