Brighton Fringe bursary winners revealed

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An exhibition by star-photographers and a modern day Mexican ghost story are among 20 shows to win a share of £10,000 worth of bursaries at this year’s Brighton Fringe.

The new Brighton Lions Bursary for older people will see Tim Andrews bring his stunning photography exhibition Over The Hill (May 5-26) to Brighton Fringe. Tim turned himself into an art project after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2005, and has since been photographed by over 400 photographers – including Rankin, Steve Bloom, Harry Borden, Spencer Murphy and Mike McCartney.

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Winner of the Pebble Trust International Touring bursary is South African comedy actor, writer and director Rob van Vuuren. Rob, who will be appearing at Brighton Fringe for the first time, is a regular on Comedy Central Africa, co-hosted South Africa’s Got Talent and won South Africa Strictly Come Dancing. His dark horror comedy Dangled, which won the Cape Town Fringe Festival’s Audience Choice Award, will be performed at The Warren (May 22-24).

Ray’s Café (May 30 – June 4), a piece of storytelling-theatre from an ensemble of migrants featuring Ray Brooks, star of Ken Loach’s seminal film Cathy Come Home, will appear at Brighton Fringe courtesy of an Irene Mensah Brighton Fringe Bursary for cultural diversity.

New outdoor Mexican spectacular La Llorona: The Weeping Woman (May 11-14), a modern ghost story set in and around the grounds of Preston Manor that incorporates live performance, video, music, ritual and theatre, will also appear at Brighton Fringe courtesy of Irene Mensah.

Julian Caddy, managing director of Brighton Fringe, said: “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.

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Lighthouse (Photograph: Jonathan Harden) SUS-170302-162645001

“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.”

The Pied Piper Theatre Company will be bringing The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch (May 20-21) to Brighton Fringe after winning an Encore Insure Bursary. This musical storytelling show for ages 3+ is created and performed by Nicola Sangster, who has performed at the National Theatre and the Globe, and Gareth Cooper, a regular on BBC Radio 4’s Sketchorama.

Drag cabaret artists Alexander Joseph and Ro Robertson (shortlisted for The Les Enfants Terribles Award), aka Lydia L’Scabies and Rococo Chanel, will take theatre, movie and horror fans through a presentation like no other in their brand new A History Of Horror (May 10-12 and May 16-18) after being awarded an Encore Insure bursary.

Fragments From Your Workplace (May 19-21), a parody of business culture from writer/director Sofia Rendall, solo-show 10 Steps to Happiness by the Brighton-based Happening Theatre Company and Fandango! (May 29-31) by up-and-coming sketch group Kids with Beards are the recipients of this year’s Pebble Trust Bursary for Young Performers.

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Tim Andrews SUS-170302-162713001

Brighton Fringe 2017 runs May 5 to June 4. Tickets go on sale to Friends of Brighton Fringe from February 22 and on general sale from March 3.

To find out more, visit www.brightonfringe.org