AWARD: Edinburgh Fringe Stand-Out Show Brought to Brighton Fringe

Ahead of its performance at Brighton Fringe, Julian Caddy and James Turnbull explain how LORRAINE & ALAN earned the Brighton Fringe Award For Excellence.


You may have noticed that LORRAINE & ALAN, upcoming this May, is sporting rather a grandiose-sounding award: “The Brighton Fringe Award For Excellence”. May 2015, however, marks the show’s first visit to Brighton Fringe. So how has it earned such a prestigious honor before even arriving…? We asked JULIAN CADDY, Managing Director of Brighton Fringe and our own JAMES TURNBULL.

 

WHAT IS THE BRIGHTON FRINGE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE, AND HOW COME THE WINNER HASN’T EVEN ARRIVED IN BRIGHTON YET?

JAMES TURNBULL: The idea behind the award is to support a stand out show – chosen at Edinburgh Festival Fringe – to enable it to tour to Brighton Fringe the following May.  The winning performance is hosted by a different venue each year, and this year it’s The Old Market’s turn.

 

SO WHO CHOSE THE WINNING SHOW?

JAMES TURNBULL: As host venue, The Old Market led a selection panel comprised of Richard Jordan (Richard Jordan Productions), Richard Stamp (Director of trusted review site, FringeGuru) and Julian Caddy (MD of Brighton Fringe).  Between us we saw in excess of 200 productions at Edinburgh Festival Fringe. We shortlisted 12 and – after a long discussion – came to the unanimous decision to award Bucket Club’s brilliant Lorraine & Alan.

 

Lorrraine & Alan, a modern retelling of the selkie myth, features several hundred plastic bottles, © Paul Blakemore

Lorrraine & Alan, a modern retelling of the selkie myth, features several hundred plastic bottles, © Paul Blakemore

 

200 ENTRIES – SO WHAT MADE BUCKET CLUB’S SHOW STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD?

JULIAN CADDY: It’s refreshing, creative, original theatre. I’m absolutely delighted that Bucket Club won the award, and certainly look forward to enjoying more of their work for many years to come.

JAMES TURNBULL: For audiences, seeing a new theatre company perform a new script can represent a bit of a gamble. But Bucket Club have created something outstanding, and wholly worthy of audiences’ time. Nel Crouch’s production brings the old selkie myth up-to-date in a wonderfully charming way.

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THEM – ANY OTHER WINNERS’ PERKS? 

JAMES TURNBULL: They get £500 cash, free Brighton Fringe registration, advertising in the brochure and website, a favourable deal and additional venue support.

 

THIS WAS CLEARLY A HOTLY CONTESTED PRIZE – WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR THE ARTISTS AND PERFORMERS?

JULIAN CADDY: Emerging companies are vital for the future of live performance and they are chronically under-supported. With this in mind, for the past 4 years, Brighton Fringe has been running awards for excellence at Edinburgh Fringe. We are the only UK Fringe to offer something of this kind. It’s a small step but I believe that it’s an important one and I hope that in future we will be able to both maintain and develop it further. Anyone wishing to enter for next year’s award should sign up for the Brighton Fringe newsletter.

 

The show features live music, song and sound design. Photo © Paul Blakemore

The show features live music, song and sound design. Photo © Paul Blakemore


The award-winning show, LORRAINE & ALAN can be seen here at The Old Market on 21 and 22 May, as part of Brighton Fringe.


 

HOW TO: Navigate May’s Festivals Like A Pro – All The Information You Need

Overwhelmed by May Festival mania? Want to navigate the programmes and events like a pro? Stay ahead of the flock, with our handy guide to all of May’s Festivals, and where to find the all-important information.


May Festivals are fast approaching, and there’s no better time to enjoy all the culture you can pack into your diary. Our programme is a great place to start – particularly as, uniquely, we’re hosting elements of 4 of May’s major festivals – but to make the most of the month’s offerings, you’ll need to know where else to look too.

To help, we thought we’d provide a guide to all of the best publications, websites and resources available to help find your way through the Festivals. So diaries at the ready and get stuck in…

Viva Magazine; a great source of Festival information.

Viva Magazine; a great source of Festival information.

PRINT PUBLICATIONS

If you haven’t already done so, you’ll definitely want to start by picking up the festival bibles, namely the Brighton Fringe [plus bonus Fringe Family Guide], Brighton Festival, Artists Open Houses and HOUSE programmes. Get them from pretty much anywhere; stations, cafes, bars, or here at The Old Market. For The Great Escape, they recommend you get the app.

Bumper editions of Brighton & Hove’s regular print press will be found in cafes, bars and distribution racks near you. Each will be offering their own take on the ‘Best Of The Festivals’, so be sure to take a browse. Look out for Viva Brighton, BN1, What’s On, XYZ, Brighton Visitor and many more.

For more regular updates, including reviews of events as the month goes on and up-to-date listings, try The Argus newspaper, Latest 7 Magazine or Brighton & Hove Independent.


May Festival bibles - the Brighton Fringe team show off theirs.

May Festival bibles – the Brighton Fringe team show off theirs.

WEBSITES & MEDIA

Official information can be found on brightonfringe.org [01-31 May], brightonfestival.org [02-24 May], greatescapefestival.com [14-16 May], aoh.org.uk [01-31 May], housefestival.org [02-24 May], foodiesfestival.com [02-04 May] and brightonfoodfestival.com [20 May – 01 June]. Alternatively, get an overview of dates and details on our own May Festivals page.

Reviews, previews and coverage of ALL the festivals:
theargus.co.uk/leisure
theguardian.com/uk/culture
Juice 107.2, particularly Brighton Nights [from 10pm Weeknights]
gscene.com
welovebrighton.com
childfriendlybrighton.com

For BRIGHTON FESTIVAL Coverage specifically:
theartsdesk.com
sussexlife.co.uk
spindlemagazine.com

For BRIGHTON FRINGE coverage specifically:
fringereview.co.uk
brighton.fringeguru.com
broadwaybaby.com

For GENERAL INFORMATION and SPECIAL OFFERS:
visitbrighton.com/culture/festivals-in-brighton


Look out for the Artists Open Houses logo around town. Does what it says on the tin - head on in!

Look out for the Artists Open Houses logo around town. Does what it says on the tin – head on in!

AWARDS

Numerous awards are up for grabs this month. Look out for past winners – who’ll be sure to advertise their success in listings and out on the streets – or try to find your own likely winners of 2015. Many awards become open for nominations mid-month, so sign up for our newsletter to be notified when that happens, and place your votes.

brightonfringe.org/awards
aoh.org.uk/may-2015-festival-borchure-competition


SOCIAL MEDIA

Twitter newbies and aficionados alike will likely find use in our pre-prepared list of 25 of the city’s most useful accounts: twitter.com/TOMvenue/lists/b-h-theatres-festivals You’ll also find Festival activities all over social media. Find us @TOMvenue, and others @BrightonFringe @BrightFest @TheGreatEscape. Brighton Dome also runs an excellent weekly feature called #5onFriday, providing 5 recommendations from across the city every week. Follow and ye shall find.

Chatting; a vital source of Festival information. Pic: The Warren, 2014.

Chatting; a vital source of Festival information. Pic: The Warren, 2014.


HOTSPOTS & HANGOUTS

It’s not all about the media – sometimes the best Festival finds are made face-to-face. Ask around to see what others have enjoyed, and leave some space in your schedule to try out their recommendations. (Better yet, you’ll probably be able to grab a beer while you’re at it!) If you’re after that all-important Festival buzz, we recommend:

[To name but a very small few!]


So there you have it, enough to fill your diary for a whole year, and just one month to do it in. Armed with all this information, we hope you’ll have a brilliant May Festival time!

All the best

The TOM Team

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