PREVIEW: Short & Girlie Show

Besi Besemar March 8, 2015

The only BSL interpreted event at Brighton Fringe!

Short & Girlie Show

THIS all-female troupe from the gay, bi and pansexual communities have entertained diverse audiences for over ten years with their improvised comedy shows and workshops.

Their comedy is a universal, accessible and inspired brand of exuberant boisterousness. Every show is unique and totally improvised with songs, sketches and silliness inspired by suggestions from the audience.

The show is full of unpredictable fun and irreverent hilarity.

Event: Short & Girlie Show

Where: The Verdict, 159 Edward St, BN2 0JB

When: Saturday May 16 & Sunday May 17

Time & Price:

• Adults, children, families: 4-5pm, £5 advance/£7 door (BSL on Sunday)

• Adults only: 8.30-10.30pm, £8 advance/£10 door (BSL on Saturday)

Event: Improvisation Workshops

Where: The Verdict, 159 Edward St, BN2 0JB

When: Saturday, May 16 & Sunday May 17

Time & Price:

• Children (7-15): 2.30-3.30pm, £5 advance/£7 door

• Women (16+): 5.30-7.30pm, £8 advance/£10 door

• SPECIAL OFFER! Book a show and workshop on the same day and receive £2 off and a free gift.

To book tickets online, click here:

Or from Brighton Frige, click here:

Or telephone: 01273 917272

Or visit: 1 Stop Travel Shop, 26 North St, BN1 1EB

Two BSL Interpreted Shows

There are over 750 shows in the Brighton Fringe this year, however The Short & Girlie Show is the only event providing BSL interpreting. Just put “BSL” in the website’s search engine and see how many events come up.

Brighton Fringe is England’s largest arts festival, but they had to develop a set of new procedures for these BSL interpreted shows.

This is not uncommon; the Disability Discrimination Act may have been in for 20 years but there is still a long way to go. With over 100,000 people in the UK using BSL as their first or preferred language (Department of Health/British Deaf Association) The Short & Girlie performers recognise the importance of providing accessible shows for adults and children.

They say laughter is the best medicine and with Deaf people twice as likely to experience mental health issues including depression (Sick of it Report, SignHealth), The Short & Girlie Performers feel there has never been a more important time to provide BSL for their comedy shows.

Short & Girlie Show’s sold out Spreading the Love tour last year included BSL interpreted shows at the Women in Comedy Festival in Manchester.

To view the video, click here:

Again, this was the only event providing BSL interpreting. On tour The Short & Girlie performers attracted audiences from both the Deaf and LGBT community. As a minority within a minority, these audiences had never experienced anything like it before and a group of 20 Manchester-based new fans are travelling down for the Brighton Fringe just to see them perform.

Short & Girlie Show recently won three awards:

• Arts Event of the Year, L Fest 2014

• Comedy Event of the Year, Ultimate Planet Awards 2014

• Best Performance Group, ShoutOut Listeners’ Awards 2015

For more information about The Short & Girlie Show, click here:

Facebook: The Short and Girlie Show

Twitter: @shortandgirlie