Twenty shows and events have been awarded £10,000 worth of bursaries to aid them in being able to put on exciting new shows for Brighton Fringe 2017. Whether you’d rather see an exhibition of star photographers or a modern day Mexican ghost story, these works reflect the huge variety at the festival.
Tim Andrews was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2005 and has strived to turn himself into an art project ever since. His Over the Hill exhibition (which will include the image above) will be shown at Hove’s Montefiore Hospital on Fri 5 – Fri 26 May, with the help of the Brighton Lions Bursary. “We came to live in Brighton in 2011, because we knew it to be such a buzzy and exciting place from our previous visits to the Fringe.” His show features 40 images of himself, captured over the last nine years by photographers like Rankin, Steve Bloom, Harry Borden, Danielle Tunstall and Spencer Murphy. The exhibition came about due to the enthusiasm of a Consultant at Montefiore, who saw Andrews’ previous exhibition at the Photo Fringe in 2014. “I was absolutely thrilled when the Brighton Lions awarded me a bursary to assist with the registration fee for Brighton Fringe.” The project continues to raise awareness of his condition, and the work Parkinson’s UK are undertaking to develop more effective medication and treatment, and hopefully, a cure.
The winner of Pebble Trust’s International Touring bursary is South African sensation Rob van Vuuren. He is well known in SA as a comedy actor, writer and director, having co-hosted South Africa’s Got Talent and winning their version of Strictly Come Dancing. No stranger to a standing ovation, he will be bringing his dark horror comedy Dangled to Fringe. It will play at The Warren from Mon 22 – Weds 24 May. Having already won Cape Town Fringe’s Audience Choice Award, it’s bound to be a crowd pleaser.
Ray’s Café and La Llorona: The Weeping Woman will appear at the Fringe courtesy of the Irene Mensah Brighton Fringe Bursary for cultural diversity. Ray’s Café is a piece of storytelling theatre formed from an ensemble of migrants, which features Ray Brooks, star of Ken Loach’s Cathy Come Home. It will be performed from Tues 30 May – Sun 4 June. La Llorona: The Weeping Woman is an outdoor Mexican spectacular set in and around the grounds of Preston Manor. The modern ghost story will incorporate live performance, video, music, ritual and theatre. This bursary will help their journey to perform at the Fringe after they created a crowdfunding pledge to afford building materials, costumes and venues.
Encore Insure bursary winners are The Pied Piper Theatre Company’s performance of The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch and drag cabaret show A History of Horror. The Pebble Trust Bursary for Young Performers was awarded to three performances: Fragments From Your Workplace by Sofia Rendall, 10 Steps to Happiness by Happening Theatre Company and Fandango! by Kids with Beards.
These bursaries are vital for some production companies, who simply may not be able to perform without this help. Managing Director, Julian Caddy says the support is invaluable: “Each year we look to develop the amount of bursaries available at Brighton Fringe and I’m delighted to say there has been over £10,000 in support for participants this year, whether through free registrations or the generosity of our partners. Times are hard for artists, so whatever support we are able to offer, however small, can represent the difference between being able to put on their event or not.”
Brighton Fringe 2017 will run from Fri 5 May – Sun 4 June. Tickets go on general sale from Fri 3 March. With hundreds of events coming to venues throughout the city, this looking to be the biggest Fringe to date.