Luke Rollason offers Brighton Fringe bursary

Saturday 8th January 2022, 1:19pm

  • Physical comedian Luke Rollason has created a bursary for alternative comedy at the 2022 Brighton Fringe
  • The successful applicant will receive funds for the registration fee and marketing, rehearsal space and "crisps and fizzy drinks"
  • The deadline to apply is 14th January 2022
Luke Rollason. Copyright: Ben Meadows

Physical comedian Luke Rollason is running a bursary dedicated to his own memory for the 2022 Brighton Fringe, which runs from 6th May to 5th June.

He is hoping to encourage performers from alternative backgrounds to bring unusual approaches to comedy to the festival.

Perhaps misleadingly named The Luke Rollason Memorial Bursary, the fund offers the successful applicant the cost of their registration fee, contributions to marketing costs and free rehearsal space as well as "crisps and fizzy drinks."

The bursary's page on the Brighton Fringe website reads: "This is a bursary for anyone creating alternative comedy (ie, not traditional stand-up) whose background or identity is underrepresented in this genre. You could be an individual or a group, you could be a clown, drag artist, poet, musical comedian or something that totally defies description."

Luke Rollason has been performing shows on the Fringe circuit since 2017. He was recently cast as a lead role in the upcoming Disney+ series Extraordinary.

Luke says "When I first began performing at the Brighton Fringe, I benefitted massively from bursaries which no longer exist. So now this one does. I just want to make live alternative performance a tiny bit more financially viable for someone who might not otherwise consider it an option. Alternative comedy needs all the help it can get."

The deadline to apply is 14th January 2022. Apply via brightonfringe.org