​Interview: The Cunning Mr Lingus

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 festival offerings.

I can’t think of any other show that combines cunnilingus with period features.

Name Lorraine Mullaney

Show The Cunning Mr Lingus

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m a Brighton-based writer who has worked in publishing and journalism for years. I wrote my full-length play Unclouded Moon in 2012 and produced it at Brighton Fringe in 2014, where it was shortlisted for New Writing South’s Best New Play award. I like to write about ordinary people with universal issues and aim to entertain the audience while I’m doing so.

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

It’s a dark comedy about a middle-aged Don Juan. He loves the ladies – but he only goes for those with nice houses because his girlfriend has kicked him out and he needs somewhere to live. He has an obsession with period features and we find out why at the end of the play.

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

I developed it from a monologue I wrote for last year’s Brighton Fringe show Sex in Shorts, which was nominated for Brighton & Hove Independent’s Outstanding Local Talent Award. The character was so popular I decided to bring him back the following year for a longer play. This year we get to meet some of his girlfriends so the women give their side of the story.

What makes your show different?

I can’t think of any other show that combines cunnilingus with period features.

Who would enjoy seeing your show?

I think my show would appeal to men and women. Although it’s about love and relationships when you’re over 40, young people might find it educational too. Particularly the men!

What has been the best advice you have been given?

To write from the heart but remember also that there’s an audience in the room who need to be entertained.

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

Myra by Lauren Varnfield. As well as playing Myra, Lauren has written and directed it, which is an amazing achievement.

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

I think everyone will relate to some of the scenes about relationships and they will get a good laugh.

The Cunning Mr Lingus is appearing at The Rialto Theatre, 6 May 19:30 7 May 15:00 24-27 May 16:00

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