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, Room 5064 Productions tell us about their show WE APOLOGISE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE which they’ll be performing at The Warren: The Nest.
Describe your show in one sentence?
It’s an infinitely improbable comedy about the time in 1984 when Douglas Adams was so behind deadline on the fourth Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy novel that his editor locked him up in a hotel room and refused to let him out until the book was finished.
Why Brighton Fringe?
It has a wonderful reputation and it’s a great arty town.
How did the show get to where it is today?
Through 40 years of love for the subject matter, two astonishingly funny cast members in Adam Gardiner and Rob Stuart-Hudson and the brilliant Hitchhiker-style animations of Andrew Orton. Oh, and the original Arthur Dent, Simon Jones, said it was “excellent writing” too, which is nice!
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
We’re the only show to feature a man having prolonged arguments with a duck.
What show do you not want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
Don’t have a cast iron bath as part of your stage set. It’ll look nice but neither your ageing muscles nor your car’s suspension will forgive you.
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.
When I was at university I used to share a house with Julian Barratt from The Boosh.
WE APOLOGISE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE runs at Brighton Fringe from 20-22 May 2019. Brighton Fringe takes place between 3 May – 2 June 2019; www.brightonfringe.org
Nicole Craft | Image: Contributed