Interview: It's Okay I'm Dealing With It

As Brighton Fringe gears up for 2016, Broadway Baby offers an insight into the shows, the people and the world that is Brighton Fringe. We’ve been speaking to participants from around the Fringe and asked them to give us an insight into their shows.

There's a real feel good factor, we hope people will leave feeling reflective and stimulated!

Name: The Hiccup Project

Show: It's okay, I'm dealing with it

Tell us a bit about yourself:

We're Cristina Mackerron and Chess Dillon-Reams, a Brighton-based dance theatre duo. We met at school while taking part in an extra-curricular dance company where we danced on a table in combat trousers to Smack My Bitch Up by The Prodigy. The company formed in 2014, post training at Northern School of Contemporary Dance and have since created the multi-award winning show May-We-Go-Round?. We make humorous and gritty work using real-life experiences. Our work aims to be engaging, innovative and accessible, to be enjoyed by audiences with any amount of prior experience of theatre and dance.

Can you tell us a little bit about your show, what can we expect?

This is an honest, raw and humorous insight into how we all cope with our painful experiences and vulnerabilities. How do we all deal with things? What happens if we don’t deal with them? In a culture of perfect smiles and stiff upper lips, two young women try to fix their struggles and cope with their difficulties. We laugh, we cry, we shout, and we try to distract ourselves. We try to deal with it.

Why did you decide to perform your show at the Brighton Fringe?

We're born and bred Brighton-ians, we grew up with the Fringe and it's a wonderful event to be a part of. After our success with May-We-Go-Round? at Brighton Fringe last year, we were keen to return with a new show!

What makes your show different?

Our show is genre-splatting – our work sits between dance, theatre and comedy, fusing them altogether, without compromising any of the art forms. We use our real life experiences to connect and stimulate audiences.

Who would enjoy seeing your show?

It's about universal feelings and experiences we can all relate to. This is a show in which we hope people of a variety of backgrounds and ages will be able to connect to, and enjoy!

However, it is a 12+ because we do like the occasional swear word!

What has been the best advice you have been given?

While working with Ben Duke (Lost Dog Dance) he said "Dance what needs to be danced. Say the rest."

What show, apart from yours, would you recommend at the Brighton Fringe and why?

Trygve Wakenshaw at the Old Market Theatre. We saw his recent show Nautilus at Edinburgh Fringe last year and it was wonderful so we can't wait to see more of him, he's a comic genius!

What do you think audiences will enjoy the most about your show?

We think audiences will enjoy being able to relate to, laugh along with and connect to the work. It's full of energetic, smash-it-out dancing to great music. There's a real feel good factor, we hope people will leave feeling reflective and stimulated!  

It's okay, I'm dealing with it is appearing at One Church Brighton11-14 May 19:45

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