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Announcing our 2018 Bursary Winners

After a fantastic range of applications, we are pleased to announce the bursary winners for Brighton Fringe 2018. As part of Brighton Fringe’s commitment to being an open access platform, these talented performers were handpicked by our bursary partners to be awarded funding to bring their work to Brighton Fringe 2018. 

Pebble Trust Brighton Fringe Awards

  • Sass, Sex and Surrealness - LGBT
    Company: King Sammy Silver
    Venue: Latest Music Bar
    How can one be sassy, sexy and surreal? The trans masc bear cub of the drag king scene, Sammy Silver shows you exactly how with his delightfully queer cabaret show!
  • Rice T*ts - Stand-Up
    Company: Rebekka Turner
    Venue: Junkyard Dogs
    Rebekka Turner brings her solo 30 minute stand-up comedy show to Brighton Fringe. Perfect for anyone who enjoys watching comedy with a weird or sharp edge to it! Free show, pay what you want.
  • A Glass Half Empty
    Company: Giggling Witch Theatre
    'A Glass Half Empty' is a piece of new writing which addresses the female experience of ageing, beauty standards, and the biological ticking clock.

The Pebble Trust Brighton Fringe Touring Bursary

  • I am Somebody – Musical Comedy
    Company: Sirqus Alfon
    Venue: The Warren: The Hat
    Hailing from Sweden, Sirqus Alfon brings a unique combination of beatboxing, clowning, chaos and comedy to the stage – including lasers.


Encoreinsure.com Brighton Fringe Bursaries

  • This Boy Tom - Musical
    Company: Natalie Sexton
    Venue: The Old Courtroom
    A life-affirming story of acceptance, courage and friendship. Tom starts at a new school and is met with bullying, but with new girl Flora’s arrival- is it time for something new?
  • Grace - Solo Show
    Company: Katie Reddin-Clancy
    Venue: The Warren: Theatre Box
    Repressed femininity explodes onto the stage as comedian Alfie steps out as Zora. 'Grace' is about power, love, letting go, winning the internal war and becoming who your soul intended you to be.
  • Boxes - Contemporary
    Company: Purple Theatre
    Venue: Purple Playhouse Theatre
    This postmodern exploration into identity and family explores why labels have no meaning. A physical theatre piece with original urban music and dynamic dialogue.
  • Medea - Tragedy
    Company: The Wretched Strangers
    Venue: Purple Playhouse Theatre
    This production of Jean Anouilh's Médée revisits the classic from the viewpoints of exile, terror and orientalism, and is based on real experiences of immigration.
  • Creation Song Norse Myths Storytelling - Theatre
    Company: Root and Branch Theatre Company
    Venue: Junkyard Dogs
    Stories from the Norse myths and legends with ballad song, galdr chant and ancient Eddic poetry.


Brighton Lion’s Bursary

  • I Married An Alien Card Sharp – Magic
    Company: Anton Binder Magic
    Venue: Purple Playhouse Theatre
    Sidney Lebowitz, USAF senior airman from Brooklyn keeps secrets, even from his wife. Con man, card sharp or something else? A true tale of conspiracy, cover-ups and close-up magic.
  • Geoffrey Mead’s London Road Tour – Walk
    Company: Geoffrey Mead
    Venue: Meeting at St. Peter’s Church Hall Entrance
    London Road is an area rapidly regenerating after years of inner-city decline. This tour takes in history and landscape, past industry and present day housing.
  • Sing For Better Health! – Health
    Company: Sing For Better Health, Udita Everett
    Venue: Brighton Unitarian Church
    Come and discover the joy of singing together with the Brighton & Hove “Sing For Better Health” groups! All welcome, no need for any singing ability, just join in!
  • There was a Ship – Poetry
    Company: Brian Mander
    Venue: St. Bartholomew's Church
    A performance within a sculptural installation of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' by the artist Brian Mander.
  • The Final Offensives 1918 – Poetry
    Company: Elal Productions
    Venue: Hannah House
    Alan Felton presents the last in the series 'Lions led by Asses' in which, by means of song, poetry and facts, he covers the final months of World War 1.


BN1 Magazine Bursary

  • Grace Eyre Street – Events and Film
    Company: Purple Playhouse Theatre
    Venue: Purple Playhouse
    A showcase of short live performances made by artists with learning disabilities from Brighton, Hove and beyond will be punctuated by intervals where people can explore a visual art exhibition and enjoy a drink from the bar.

Irene Mensah Brighton Fringe Bursary

  • Louise Reay: Gaslight – Political
    Company: Louise Reay
    Venue: Komedia Studio
    Who are you? Who am I? Is it a Tuesday? What are we doing? And, how do you know? Nominee for Best Comedy Brighton Fringe 2017, Winner of Adelaide Fringe Best Emerging Artist 2017.
  • Friday – Circus
    Company: BandBazi
    Venue: Brighton Spiegeltent
    Turning the mundane into a source of joy, it's Friday at the office - with a unique circus twist.
  • Subira – Poetry
    Company: Subira
    Venue: Marlborough Theatre
    Subira, in Swahili, means patience. Something Subira Wahogo is quickly running out of. Join them for a night of spoken word poetry spoken with rage, softness, and laughter.


Go Think Big Brighton Fringe Bursaries

  • Spurious – Contemporary
    Company: The Bare-Faced Acting Company
    Venue: Brighton Open Air Theatre
    Based on the true story of a Bristolian family; three generations of women fall pregnant at 18. With so many lies necessary to keep up appearances, will everyone in the family manage to conceal the truth?
  • Love Songs – Solo Show
    Company: Trip Hazards
    Venue: Laughing Horse at The Quadrant
    A hilarious and heart-breaking coming-of-age story that interweaves spoken word, killer tunes, hoola-hooping and rap with the autobiographical poems of a hopeless romantic.
  • How To Cope with Embarrassment – New Work
    Company: Two Pale Ladies
    Venue: The Warren: Theatre Box
    A feisty and anarchic cabaret of karaoke, live art and comedy. "Exquisitely awkward... real masterpiece of comic timing" (Euston Street Diaries).
  • Fix My Brain – Storytelling
    Company: Two Surnames
    Venue: The Warren: The Burrow
    The debut show from two ex-Presidents of the Cambridge Footlights: a story about friendship, mental health and that's it.
  • Cultureground – Art
    Company: B.fest
    Venue: Brighton Youth Centre
    Presenting the best in art, sculpture, debate and creative workshops, Cultureground is the interactive gallery that showcases young people’s work from across the city.

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