Preview: Grace at Brighton Fringe

Preview_ Grace at Brighton Fringe
Preview_ Grace at Brighton Fringe

Following highly successful runs at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival, actress and comedian Katie Reddin-Clancy brings GRACE to the Brighton Fringe Festival this summer for its UK debut. This show is a witty, passionate and important statement about performance and gender.

Repressed femininity explodes onto the stage as Alfie steps out for the first time as Zora, after a successful career as part of a comedy double act with ex-partner Grace. Having always been forced to play the male parts, now it’s time for Alfie to play the role that feels right, and for Zora to take centre stage.

Set in a haunted regional theatre, in the part of the entertainment industry no one wants to know, creativity fights to survive. GRACE is home to a host of characters including Sheryl – the very British theatre manager, Anna Clamber – the Anna Wintour-esque power hungry theatrical agent, Audrey – the Joyce Grenfell tribute act, the ex-wife Grace and, of course, Zora’s alter-ego Alfie.

GRACE will follow a comedian’s journey right through to her first time on stage identifying as a non-binary performer. It’s about power, love, and letting go.

This captivating solo theatre show, directed by Peter Blackburn, is stand-up comedy with a difference. Reddin-Clancy uses British couture and innovative design to move from character to character exploring gender, identity, and spirituality.

Katie Reddin-Clancy comments, We are super excited to debut at my home festival. The show was inspired by a dear friend who came out as transgender. I was touched by the issues she faced and the ferocity with which she faced them. I hope to do her proud by responding to Stonewall’s campaign, ‘Come Out For LGBT and be an amazing ally.’

GRACE is at The Warren: Theatre Box, St Peter’s Church North, York Place, Brighton 4th – 7th May and 2nd – 3rd June 2018.

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