To find out more about Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 and the spotlights, please see the introductory article.
Next up in our Spotlight feature is Curse of the Mummy, which plays Edinburgh Festival from 3 – 26 August 2017. I caught up with Last Chance Saloon:
Describe your show in three words.
Riotous. Comedy. Adventure.
Is this your first Edinburgh Fringe performance experience?
This is our third time at the Fringe having brought Dracula: Sex, Sucking & Stardom and Frankenstein: UnBolted in 2012 and 2014 respectively. As you may have guessed, there’s a twisted gothic horror theme running here!
Who else are you most looking forward to seeing while at the Fringe?
We’re looking forward to Trygve Wakenshaw‘s new show, Trygve vs a Baby, as all his previous shows were physically incredible and made us cry with laughter.
How do you feel to be performing at Just the Tonic?
We are really excited to be working at the Caves at Just the Tonic again, having performed there three years ago. It’s just a perfect fit for our genre and style, though we have to admit that being in the Big Cave (the biggest capacity space) this time makes us that extra bit nervous!
Who or what are your inspirations?
Back in 2003 we saw Spymonkey‘s Cooped and remember thinking that it was the funniest thing we’d seen at the theatre. Since then we’ve been inspired by many companies and individuals. Told by an Idiot, Trygve Wakenshaw and The Play That Goes Wrong to name a few. Seeing great work and how it’s grown and developed inspires us to do the same. Also, we love creating comedy theatre and getting the reaction from the audience. It’s why we keep doing this, it’s why we spend hours and hours creating and devising new shows. The minute you don’t have the passion to do this anymore is the time you should stop.
What is your secret to surviving the intense, fast pace of the fringe?
Ha! If we knew the answer to that, we wouldn’t spend September curled up in a ball gently rocking! I guess pacing yourself is pretty important, it’s a long month, especially if you’re up to see the birds singing every day! Eat well… bacon butties and kebabs can only keep you going for so long! It’s important to take some ‘you’ time. Whether that’s going for a run, going to the cinema, or getting a foot massage (don’t judge us, they’re amazing). If you don’t look after yourself then the show will suffer.
What are the future plans for your show?
We’d love the whole world to see our show, so a run in London, a tour of the UK and then further afield is the dream! We feel we’re creating really fun shows and would love to keep performing them all.
What is the best production you have seen this year – can be any genre, style, in any theatre or performance space?
Earlier this year we saw Mr Swallow – Houdini with Nick Mohammed at the Soho Theatre which was slick, absolutely hilarious and a perfect mix of nonsense and wonder!
Is there anything else you want to highlight about your show/ theatre company/ production?
If you like fast paced, slick witty comedy and think the idea of three guys dancing and singing to mash ups of various pop classics dressed as a Mummy, a Nazi and a Camel sounds fun then come and see Curse of the Mummy!
Lastly, being at the Fringe is as much about meeting people, networking and meeting future collaborators as it is about performing your show. We’d love to leave the Fringe this year not only with a successful show but also new friends and new ideas for work in the future. If you see us, come say hi, have a chat and tell us about your work!
Writer: Sam Dunham, Jack Faires and Jack Gogarty
Director: Simon Egerton
Producer: Last Chance Saloon
Cast: Sam Dunham; Jack Faires; Jack Gogarty
Image courtesy of Liam Prior
Curse of the Mummy plays Just The Tonic as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 from 3 – 26 August 2017. For more information or to book tickets, please visit the website.