Another Brighton Festival, another Rattle Tales at the Fringe. This was to be our biggest show yet, with 80 tickets sold in advance. The Brunswick was packed out and buzzing as soon as we opened the doors.
We were joined for this one by the Brighton and Hove Camera Club. Each story was illustrated by one of their photos, with the person who took the photo speaking to the audience after each story. It was fascinating to see how each photographer interpreted each story – many thanks to everyone involved.
We kicked off with Shirley Golden’s flash piece, Curtailed. This story of a girl growing up with a tail gave everyone something to think about. Should she have it removed…or not?
Craig Melvin’s Albion was a journey around Brighton and its characters. It mixed myth and reality perfectly, breaking plenty of rules and keeping everyone engaged.
Erinna Mettler’s Carbon in its Purest Form was an emotional walk through Britain’s forgotten former mining communities, in the light of the death of a certain ex-Prime Minister. That ex-PM wasn’t named in the story: she didn’t need to be.
Cahir McDaid gave us Recorded for Posterity, about a baby with a rather unusual diet. He very cleverly introduced the idea of a zombie child slowly, although perhaps the BHCC photograph gave the game away a little. Cahir told us he hadn’t done much writing before. We certainly hope he does more.
Alice Cuninghame read On the Beach, a dystopian tale of a girl fighting to survive in a world of slums, glass cities and refugees. She does survive, but not in the way she wants to.
Mike Liardet gave us his flash piece, The Collector, about a man who collects coincidences. This brilliantly funny tale got plenty of laughs…and a few sharp intakes of breath with its unexpectedly violent ending.
Amanda Welby-Everard read Restless Legs. This tells the story of a battle with the syndrome of the same name, and its relentless effects on both body and mind.
Paul McVeigh finished the show with his hilarious monologue An Honest Man, based on the confused thoughts of a self-justifying womaniser. We all know one of those…
Take a look at these reviews from our writers:
Shirley Golden: http://www.shirleygolden.net/site/Latest.html
Laura Wilkinson: http://lauracwilkinson.wordpress.com/2013/05/28/rattling-good-tales/
Join Erinna Mettler and Amanda Welby-Everard on 22nd June for a beginners writing workshop. Find out more here.