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BRIGHTON BITES: Willis & Vere – The Starship Osiris

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, Ian, Adam and George of Willis & Vere tells us about their show, The Starship Osiris, which they’ll be performing at Komedia.


How would you describe your show in one sentence?
George: An award-winning piece of five-star comedy theatre; better than Police Cops.
Ian: That’s good.

Why Brighton Fringe for this show?
Adam: It’s just one of the many Fringes.
George: We’re working our way through them. There was a high demand so we did it.
Adam: We got nominated for a Brighton Fringe Award so we thought they might want us there.
Ian: And We Are Ian won instead.
George: And they’re shit.
Ian: We’ll try and insult a show in every question.
George: Next stop; Bayfield.

How have you been preparing for Brighton Fringe?
George: By ruining Jonnie Bayfield’s show.
Adam: Bayfield = shit.
George: What was the question?
Ian: How have you been preparing for Brighton Fringe?
George: We’ve rehearsed one day at Pimlico Academy.

What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
Adam: Ours is going to be funny. And good.
Ian: Yeah, it’ll actually be good. And it won’t be about issues.
George: Like?
Ian: Like, for example, the housing crisis or the refugee crisis.

What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own)?
George: I haven’t looked through the brochure but I assume there’s nothing I want to see.
Ian: Certainly not We Are Ian.
Adam: I genuinely haven’t looked.
Ian: We’re in this for us; we honestly don’t care about the other shows.

What’s the best bit of advice you’ve ever been given for performing at a Fringe Festival?
Adam: Don’t listen to people that have been doing Fringe theatre for over twenty years because there’s a reason they’ve been doing Fringe theatre for over twenty years.
Ian: The good ones have got out after like three years.
George: Well, there’s still people doing the Fringe, but they do six hundred seat theatres. That’s clever.
Ian: But we’re not talking to these people because they’re too big for us.

If your show was a flavour of ice cream being sold on Brighton Pier, what would it be?
George: I think it looks nice, but actually it’s just vanilla.

The Starship Osiris runs at Brighton Fringe 26 – 27 May 2017
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