​Interview: Nietzsche, women and I

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.

it blends the historical with the personal and even the universal... not a bad deal for a free show!

Name Giacinto Palmieri

Show Nietzsche, women and I

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m originally from Italy but have been living in London for 15 years. I’ve been doing comedy for six years now and this will be my fourth Brighton Fringe. When I started out, my comedy was based on the observation of cultural and linguistic differences but of late, I have started to explore new subjects.

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

It's a show in which I tell the story of XIX Century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche's and his troubled relationship with women. It compares my own relationship with women, while I come to terms with the idea that there is a resemblance between the two. It sounds a bit abstract but it's actually my most personal show so far. It worked very well at Leicester Comedy Festival, so I'm really looking forward to bringing it to Brighton!

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

I love Brighton! It's such a cool, alternative, arty place. I think it's the right environment for my type of comedy, as I try to explore the humorous possibilities hidden in less obvious places. I also really wanted to see Garry Freer perform here as he returns again to play Martin Lingus.

What makes your show different?

Are you really asking what makes my comedy show about a XIX Century German philosopher different? I think it's the way in which it blends the historical with the personal and even the universal... not a bad deal for a free show!

Who would enjoy seeing your show?

Hopefully, everybody. The Nietzsche side of it doesn't require any previous knowledge and the personal side hopefully will resonate with the experience of anybody who has ever had misadventures in relationships, which is indeed probably everybody.

What has been the best advice you have been given?

Never to follow any advice. I did... or maybe didn't.

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

I'm spoilt for choice here! The Comedy section, in particular, is full of shows from people I know and admire, so it's really difficult to choose. I will, however, pick up Romina Puma and her show Cook it how you like, it's still a potato! She's an amazing performer, very energetic and very personal and this year she applies that attitude to the subject of political correctness.

In other sections, I'm really looking forward to the new show from Saras Fejoo, it's called Memories of a lullaby (in Dance and Physical Theatre). I saw her previous show and I was spellbound by her sensibility and understated lyricism.

I would also recommend, in the Theatre section, the play Sex and God by Linda McLean from the company Cuts and Grazes, I saw it in London and found it really powerful and engaging.

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

Hopefully the way in which I manage to extract laughter from some of the less pleasant experiences of my life... and being reminded that they can do the same with theirs.

Nietzsche, women and I is appearing at the Laughing Horse @ The Quadrant, 9-10 May 18:00 24 May 19:15

Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. We don't want your money to support a hack's bar bill at Abattoir, but if you have a pound or two spare, we really encourage you to support a good cause. If this article has either helped you discover a gem or avoid a turkey, consider doing some good that will really make a difference.

You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
Donate to Mama Biashara now

Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Donate to Theatre MAD now

Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £600,000 to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now