Gemini has been a proud print sponsor to the Brighton Fringe for the third year running in 2016. Being the official print sponsor enables Gemini to interact with the local community and to give something back to help the growth of performing Arts in our City. The Brighton Fringe have been at the forefront of championing Arts & performance in our area for a number of years and aside from the many incredible acts on view the benefit of the Festival to our City’s economy is fantastic, with hundreds of thousands of visitors in May & June.
My debut show, Homophobe, started out as a simple piece of theatre with the goal of looking homophobia square in the eyes and trying to work out if people can change their homophobic viewpoints. The piece grew into the monster of the show that I performed on the 4th and 5th of June as part of Brighton Fringe. The show ended up offering a much deeper look into one man’s journey (my own!) of homophobia I faced as a teen, interspersed with performance, magic, cabaret and the first ever showing of Homophobe was well received by the audience and arts industry.
To win the award for Best Design for Print means the world to me. It was important for us to show that words, no matter how small, have results and the consequences of homophobia can be brutal. We wanted to have a poster that would catch people’s eyes but also show the deeper side of the project.
I couldn’t have done this without the amazing work from my team. From my producer, Emily, for supporting my decision on a hard hitting poster to my film director, Stephen, for offering his amazing eye on the poster. To My Name is Ad for the graphic design, Matt Oliver, our photographer, and Roz Gomersall for the amazing make-up.
Now the pressure is on for next year’s Brighton Fringe but we already have some exciting plans for a show called ‘3,597’. Watch this space!