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, Nigel Osner tells us about his show Too young to stay in, too old to go out! which he’ll be performing at Sweet Werks 2.
Describe your show in one sentence?
Original songs and stories about the challenges and occasional opportunities for those no longer young!
Why Brighton Fringe?
The Brighton audiences seem to enjoy my work. I like spending time in Brighton. The Fringe is lively but the atmosphere is more relaxed than in Edinburgh. Finally, I performed this show in last year’s Fringe but broke my foot half way through the run, so had to cancel some shows. I have unfinished business in Brighton!
How did the show get to where it is today?
My previous show was based on my yearnings and I enjoyed performing it. However, I needed to produce something new. It suddenly occurred to me that I had some material around the theme of this show. Some I had performed before but some I never had. I put that together with material specially written for the show. The show has been performed only seven times so far, at the Brighton and Camden Fringes and in the King’s Head Theatre in Islington. I have removed one piece and written a new song. I have also worked on the characters. The show has been road tested but it is still fresh.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
Whilst this show is for everyone, it is particularly aimed at an older audience. I’m not sure there is enough material written with their concerns in mind.
What show do you not want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
I especially want to go to the Pick of the Fringe at the Warren to get a glimpse of some of the other shows.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
There’ll be ups and downs but get involved and enjoy the experience.
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 once spent a night in the Bridewell prison in Dublin having been arrested for a crime I did not commit. The whole arrest incident was quite traumatic at the time. Happily, the charges were dropped. And I stress, I was innocent!
Too young to stay in, too old to go out! runs at Brighton Fringe from 3-5 May 2019. Brighton Fringe takes place between 3 May – 2 June 2019; www.brightonfringe.org
Nicole Craft | Image: Contributed