Brighton Fringe – INTERVIEW – After Dusk: The Improvised Twilight Zone

This month I will be talking to different acts that are taking part in the Brighton Fringe Festival. Today I speak to the Real Positive Poles about their show at Brighton Fringe

Location: Laughing Horse @ The Walrus (Basement Room) / Laughing Horse @ Caroline of Brunswick:
14th,15th / 14th
Time: 12:15pm / 23:59
Ticket Price:

Hello! Tell us about your act ? 

After Dusk is an improvised parody of The Twilight Zone, the classic 1960s sci-fi anthology which inspired Black Mirror.  We take stories of something unusual that has happened to a member of the audience and use them to inspire brand new episodes. The lovely thing about using such a varied anthology series as inspiration is that each episode can go absolutely anywhere, from science fiction to psychological horror. It also means that absolutely no prior knowledge of the show is needed by the audience because, as with the original, every episode stands alone.

How did you come up with the name of your show that you are taking to the Brighton fringe?

Well twilight is the time just after dusk so you can see how we put that together.

Tell us a little bit about your style of show?

Improv is naturally funny and we always have a lot of laughs with that, The genre helps a lot there and it’s fun to explore the visions of the future through the lens of the 1960s. Still we’ve also been putting a lot of effort into making our stories and characters compelling too. Having a live violinist accompany us really helps with that, I think the violin is an instrument which naturally lends itself to having a lot of emotional weight.

What can people expect from your Brighton Fringe performance?

From our daytime shows, suspense, drama and a lot of fun. From our midnight show, who knows? You’ll have to come and find out.

What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?

I’ve been trying to see Crime Scene Improvisation at various fringe festivals for years but the timings never quite worked, maybe this will be my year!

How are the rehearsals going?

Great, we actually started preparing this for an Edinburgh Fringe run in 2020 and then … something … came up. But since resuming we’ve hit our stride again and have really been working on making our stories as compelling as possible.

Have you done the fringe before? What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?

We have done the Edinburgh fringe before and I particularly love Men With Coconuts, I’ll watch anything they do.

What advice would you give to others who want to perform at Brighton Fringe next year?

Be more organized than us.

What is the best thing about performing at the Brighton fringe?

I’ll let you know once we’ve done it.

What are your three favourite things about Brighton?

I’ll let you know once I’ve been there.

Leafleting and promotion through the streets of Brighton is a huge part of the festival – what are your tips for flyering?

Be friendly, passionate and wear a costume that stands out.

Performing by the sea as well, that surely makes the fringe all that much more fun?

Our lawyer has informed us that we’re not to make any comments on the sea which could prejudice our ongoing legal case against it.

Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?

Rod Serling obviously, though that might be a tricky one given he died in 1975.

If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?



And Finally finish this sentence – ‘you should see our show at Brighton Fringe because….

If it doesn’t change your life, we’ll give you a full refund.

Free entry.

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