South East Dance Brighton Fringe Award shortlisted performers

The Brighton Fringe is in full swing and we are super excited to be seeing performances by  the shortlisted artists who have applied for the South East Dance Brighton Fringe award. The Fringe is one of the highpoints in the cultural calendar to experience original, innovative and wildly imaginative work - and this year is no exception.

And so, a fanfare for the nominated acts who are as follows:

George by Contingency Theatre

George has been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet with the mysterious J. He says goodbye to his mother, packs his bag, gets a haircut and sets off for the big city. This surrealist, dark piece of physical theatre is an insight into the ways the millennial generation deals with the side effects of ambition. “This bizarre and quixotic piece is an ever-changing play that continues to transform audiences”. – Metamorph Theatre. At Brighton Spiegeltent from 21 – 23 May, further info here

The Luncheon by The [a] Company

A surreal two-hander play about space, time and matter over the course of one lunch.

Don’t come looking for answers as these two men eat lunch because you won’t find them. The duo take you on a visually dense, experimental non-linear ride and makes no attempt to make the abstract understandable. All we know is that everything will go on as long as they keep eating.

At Brighton Toy Museum on 17 May, further info here

WITCH-HUNT by A&E Company

Following their sell-out, award-winning show Enter the Dragons, A&E Comedy return with a spell-binding, surreal and darkly hilarious tale, directed by Cal McCrystal. Witch Hunt weaves a cautionary fairy tale for our time. It celebrates the wisdom of the witch, questions the notion of predator and conjures a world of coven-ready weird sisters. A ritualistic voodoo brouhaha designed to enchant and hex the pricks and predators; imagine Vic and Bob doing The Crucible.

At The Warren from 21 – 23 May, further info here

History of Ireland by Moxie Brawl/Sarah Blanc

History of Ireland features five women (and a sack of potatoes) attempting to re-write the history of Ireland from a female perspective, using theatre, comedy and dance.  Award winning Moxie Brawl welcome you to the final of the annual Irish beauty pageant ‘The Rose of Tralee’ where the contestants treat you to a taste of Ireland. Taking a look at the stereotypes from leprechauns and nuns, to folklore and myths, to Michael Flatley’s mother, nothing is left unsaid as they re-write the history of Ireland.

Presented at the Spiegeltent on 6 and 13 May, sadly the event has passed but for a taste, click here

Sleuth, Could you be a Detective? by ZoieLogic Dance 

Sleuth is an interactive show where Detective Miller needs the audiences help! Set in 1950s Britain, in a world of shifting shadows and rising crime. Step into a world of intrigue and adventure, where you, the audience, must guide a tough, hard-boiled detective through the shady streets, seeking out answers. Every choice he faces is yours to make, and whatever you decide will change the way the story is told. A show packed with dynamic movement, storytelling, high stakes and tricky characters, where you, the audience, are truly in control.

Presented at Brighton Youth Centre 11 - 12 May, sadly the event has passed but for a taste, click here

Sullied by Kristi-Leigh Gresse

Sullied is an extreme contrast with the other nominees for the South East Dance Brighton Fringe award. This is  an emotionally challenging piece that questions how we live in world where we are so conditioned to experience and tolerate abuse, suffering and pain.  Using dance and spoken word, the work delves into a dark world of rape culture, sexuality, gender identity, race polarization and religion.  Winner of the Gold Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival, South Africa 2018. 

At The Spire from 30 – 31 May, further info here 

The South East Dance Brighton Fringe winner will receive two mentoring sessions with the South East Dance  programming team, a bottle of bubbly and a week of free rehearsal space at The Dance Space in Spring 2020. The winner will be announced at the Brighton Fringe Awards event.

South East Dance Brighton Fringe Award shortlisted performers