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Monday 30 March 2015

Playwright & Director Celebrates Record-Breaking Twenty Years At The Brighton Fringe!

This year Writer and Director David Weedall, celebrates a record breaking 20th consecutive years at the Brighton Fringe, writing and directing his own work with actors from the Brighton area. 

David said "I guess you could say I'm a bit of a Fringe fanatic! I never started out thinking I"m going to keep doing this for so many years, but as time went by, and as our shows continued to be so well received by our audiences, I just kept on going! 

"As far as we are aware, no other Writer/Director has achieved this many consecutive shows at the Fringe.'

His new show, 2095: A Mind Odyssey, aims to celebrate this occasion in style looking at the time when the internet is 'installed within us' and the need for hand-held devices is a thing of the past. 

Whilst this seems all may seem very convenient, the show looks at the daunting possibility of being forced to be continually 'on-line' and the way people's minds could so easily be manipulated. 

The play harks back to the very first show he wrote  and directed for the Fringe twenty years ago entitled Elephant Man, 2095. 


The original show was also a futuristic satire, looking at how tempting it would be to manipulate the human genome and remove the chance of any disability, no matter how minor, from the general population. 

This left people with the slightest imperfection of appearance, being shunned by society.
 
David continued: "Although on the face of it, my plays may sound rather serious, they are all served up with a large dose of absurdest humour and satire, which makes them somewhat unusual and rather popular."
 
Over the years, as a writer, David has won awards for writing, as has his company Second Impression Theatre for their performances, working with over one hundred actors from the locality. 

However, like so many David has had his fair share of life's troubles and had to fight life threatening illnesses including cancer on two separate occasions. 

"It gives you a new perspective on life, he says, and makes you really appreciate your family and friends. 

"It helps you to realise that "nothing is forever," so you appreciate your partner, children and grandchildren so much more!"
 
David concluded: "We have a history of occasionally performing futuristic satire and I am delighted to premiere my twentieth consecutive show at the Brighton Fringe, which is such a stimulus for so much creative talent for hundreds of performing artists and promising new, young talent."  
 
2095: A Mind Odyssey at Werks Central Studios, Brighton. Performances on 13th, 14th, 15th, & 16th May at 8.00 pm. Tickets £9.00 (£7.50 Concs) from Brighton Fringe Box Office on 01273  917272. More info online atwww.secondimpression.org.uk



by: Mike Cobley


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