Brighton Fringe Champions Widening Access To The Arts


Brighton Fringe is committed to widening participation in the arts and breaking down barriers. This year, a record number of bursaries have been awarded to offer financial support, while the dedicated ‘Freedom Season’ spotlights the work of Deaf and disabled participants as well as accounting for a wide range of audience access needs.

Brighton Fringe work year-round to help people produce creative work through the extensive, free, Fringe Academy workshops, an open access program and over £25,000 in financial support available to local, national and international artists. Seeking to create a vibrant and inclusive community, events are either free or low cost allowing as many people as possible to enjoy them.  

Bursary schemes, which support artists and performers with the costs of travel, marketing, accommodation, venue hire, registration fees, props, materials and general living expenses have been awarded in partnership with local businesses and foundations. This allows those with passion and talent to participate without prohibitive costs. 

‘Window’, Brighton Fringe’s in-house bursary and a showcase for rising talent, runs from 4 -10 May. It aims to support and promote artists to help them progress to the next level of their careers. Window is an annual highlight of the Fringe program, attracting industry professionals including venue and festival programmers, development agencies, talent agencies, freelance producers, directors, casting agents for film and TV producers.   

The inaugural Freedom Season, dedicated to removing barriers for those with physical or invisible disabilities to attend and perform, sees Brighton Fringe working with participating venues to actively accommodate those requiring wheelchair access, hearing loops and disabled toilets as standard, as well as a range of additional assistance available including captioned performances and language-free. Freedom Season venues include Purple Playhouse Theatre, The Old Market, Brighton Open Air Theatre, Komedia and Sallis Benney Theatre.

Freedom Season includes everything from a relaxed open day at Brighton Buddhist Centre to a surreal, one-man show updating Shakespeare’s Hamlet, as well as cabaret, music and storytelling.

Julian Caddy, Managing Director of Brighton Fringe, commented, “We’re really proud of what we do to widen access to the arts. We’ve got some particularly exciting partnerships this year, such as the Fringe Excellence program which brings two of the top shows from Edinburgh Fringe down to Brighton to perform.

“It’s a pleasure to support such rich talent, both locally and internationally, and ‘Freedom Season’, bursaries and Fringe Academy are all really important aspects of this.”

Brighton Fringe runs 4th May to 3rd June 2018. Here are the full list of this year’s bursary winners:

Brighton Fringe Window Bursaries

Me & My Bee – ThisEgg                  

Ensongclopedia of Animals – John Hinton

Land of Three Towers: Vol II – You Should See The Other Guy

Luke Rollason’s Planet Earth – Bright Buoy Productions

The Sleeper – Anima Theatre                            

Form – Rendered Retina

S/he/it Happens – Purple Theatre                 

Gender Euphoria – James Lorien Macdonald   

Fast – Digital Drama                                                       

Witt n’ Camp: SWAG – Witt n’ Camp


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Grace Eyre Street – Purple Playhouse Theatre


The Pebble Trust Brighton Fringe Awards

Sass, Sex And Sureness – King Sammy Silver

Rice T*ts – Rebekka Turner

A Glass Half Empty – Sophie Pester


Go Think Big Brighton Fringe Bursaries

Spurious – The Bare-Faced Acting Company

Love Songs – Trip Hazards

How To Cope With Embarrassment – Two Pale Ladies

Fix My Brain – Two Surnames

Cultureground – B.fest


Irene Mensah Brighton Fringe Bursary

Louise Reay: Gaslight – Louise Reay

Friday – Alfa Marks

Subira – Subira Wahogo

Creation Song Norse Myths Storytelling – Root and Branch Theatre Company

Boxes – Purple Theatre

This Boy Tom – Natalie Sexton

Grace – Katie Reddin-Clancy

Medea – The Wretched Strangers


Brighton Lions Bursary

Geoffrey Mead’s London Road Tour – Geoffrey Mead

I Married An Alien Card Sharp – Anton Binder Magic

Sing For Better Health! – Udita Everett

There was a Ship – Brian Mander

The Final Offensives – Elal Productions


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