This month I will be talking to different acts that are taking part in the Brighton Fringe Festival. Today I find out all about the show 30 and Out.
Location: The Actors – Theatre
Date: 27th & 28th May
Ticket Price: £10
Hello! Tell us about your act ?
‘30 and Out’ follows Kit’s journey, interwoven with real life interviews from lesbians across the country, capturing the range of voices in the community.. This filthy and funny show explores what it means to be a lesbian, to lose yourself and find yourself, all set against the backdrop of turning 30.
How did you come up with the name of your show that you are taking to the Brighton fringe?
Well, the clue is in the name: Kit came out at 30! Your 30s are funny, the world around you tells you you should be settling down, marrying and having babies – and all of your friends are already on their way. And here Kit is, hitting queer puberty, losing her virginity all over again, having her heart broken like a teen with no impulse control. It made a turbulent journey, and one hell of a good story.
Tell us a little bit about your style of show?
It was originally devised on Bryony Kimmings’ course, so expect multimedia, innovative projection, song, poetry, choreography. It’s form represents the complexity of queer identity at its messiest. The interviews with other lesbians have become another project in themselves called Interviews and Out which has been incredible to hear all these voices and celebrate the label ‘lesbian’ at a time where transphobes are using it to divide.
What can people expect from your Brighton Fringe performance?
It’s funny, it’s painful, it’s definitely pretty sexy. Everyone, straight or gay, should expect to relate to Kit’s journey; we’ve all been lost before, we’ve all desperately wanted to figure out who we are and find our community.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
‘Wife Material’ looks fantastic and it’s great to see other lesbian theatremakers out there. Sammy Trotman’s ‘That’s Not My Name’ is definitely on the list, as is Billie Gold’s ‘Praise Kink’, for a bit of queer cabaret.
How are the rehearsals going?
We’re going into rehearsals next week and looking forward to it, we have an amazing team of queer women and nb/trans folk so it’s going to be a great rehearsal room to be in!
Have you done the fringe before? What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
We’ve never done Brighton actually. Looking forward to our first time touring to such a cool city and totally open to recommendations of what we should be seeing.
What advice would you give to others who want to perform at Brighton Fringe next year?
Get a good team around you. And book accommodation early.
What is the best thing about performing at the Brighton fringe?
I think any festival like this allows you to be part of something bigger. Making work can often be super lonely but fringe festivals give you a real sense of being this industry of creatives all supporting each other.
What are your three favourite things about Brighton?
The vegan fish and chips, the queer community and culture and the sunsets.
Leafleting and promotion through the streets of Brighton is a huge part of the festival – what are your tips for flyering?
Ooft, take breaks when you can and remember the rejection isn’t personal. Buddy up and find yourself a catchy hook sentence to get people interested.
Tell us about your average day on a festival show run?
Manifesting what this might be when we head down later next month. With tight turnarounds and small venues, we’ll spend our mornings flyering and teching, all hands on deck to get the show in and ready. We’re lucky to be in The Actors, which is a great little venue, so we’ll be heading there and warming up for the show at 5pm. The rest of the team will be firefighting all the little disasters that are inevitable on tour. The show will be a roaring success, we’ll play to an audience of LGBTQ folks who will all join us afterwards for a drink and a chat or we’ll all venture to catch another show.
Performing by the sea as well, that surely makes the fringe all that much more fun?
The sea is a huge draw, we’re performing on bank holiday weekend and we reckon a lot of people will be in the city to be in that sea and hopefully also grab some fantastic lesbian culture.
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
Miriam Margolyes would be fantastic but we’ll take Cate Blanchett if she’s walking by.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
Insta: @prenticeproductions and @Kitsinclair0
Twitter: @prenticeprods and @KitSinclair0
And finally, finish this sentence – ‘you should see our show at Brighton Fringe because….
Because lesbians so rarely get to be messy and filthy and loud about their identity. And because it’s bloody funny.
Categories: Brighton Fringe 2023, Interview, Shows, Theatre
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