It is festival season and that means that in the next month there is so many great comedy festivals to look forward to! This month we are looking at some of the great shows that you can see at the Edinburgh Fringe. So take note because we are going to give you all the information you need for just a handful of some of the great shows happening this year! We have also been able to interview some of the acts that are heading up to the Fringe as well.
Ticket Link: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/liminality
Hello! Tell us about your group MomaMomus ?
We are an acting and writing duo based in London. We also happen to be in-laws which so far hasn’t caused any drama so fingers crossed.
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the fringe?
Essentially, our characters are stranded in between life and the afterlife and we wanted to explore that liminal space. Hence, Liminality.
Tell us all about your show!
It focuses on a somewhat sarcastic scholar and an affectionate amnesiac. Both are stranded on the shore of the river Styx awaiting passage to the underworld. The only problem is that neither can pay for the crossing so must work out if/how they can make it across the river themselves. However, it doesn’t quite go according to plan. It turns out the underworld has some rather strict rules and some rather scary inhabitants.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
Drowning, The Play – This female led show sounds far too good to pass up. We’ve always been interested in docudramas. This one sounds like it will hook the audience in leave them with more questions about themselves. So, basically, a play we wished we’d written!
Hitler’s Tasters- Anything to do with dark comedy, powerful women and the possible death of Hitler has got to be good, right?
Foil Arms and Hog – Swines – Their online content is absolutely hilarious so we don’t want to pass up the chance to see them live!
Have you done the fringe before? What are the key pieces of advice you have been given or would give to new groups or people performing at the fringe.
This is our first fringe venture so our advice is a little scant. We know performers who have taken their own work to the fringe who always stress the importance of self care. It’s going to be an exciting but exhausting experience and it’s incredibly important to make sure you get enough sleep, the right foods and plenty of hydration. Plus, anything else that people find useful like yoga, running or even just sitting with a nice hot cup of tea. Whatever it is, if you are take care of yourself mentally, it should help alleviate some of the anxieties of taking on such a behemoth.
What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
Jonathan’s pick – Kiss & Cry by Charleroi Danses. (Barbican, 2017)
This is a show I would never have thought I would enjoy. Friends of mine didn’t exactly market it well to me either. They said was a mime sort of play about hands. However, Danses creates what can only be described as an absolute masterpiece and rollercoaster of emotions. It was one of the most beautiful and engrossing pieces of theatre I have ever seen. If it pops up again I would highly recommend it to EVERYONE.
Gery’s pick – A Midsummer Nights Dream
Bridge Theatre, London 2019)
It was a really interesting switch up of some of the roles which, unlike with similar productions, made perfect sense. It also kept the play true to Shakespeare’s style of writing and how I imagined he would have altered it. It was great viewing from the pit, the more immersive style made it feel more like a party with friends than a stuffy theatre production.
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
Jonathan – (from The Temp and the Receptionist) “God this feeling’s so right, I could fax you all night”. It was just an absolutely ridiculous song I fell in love with it and my duet partner.
Gery – (in response to a British lack of geographical knowledge post Empire) “it’s fine they’re British. The last time they looked at a map Britain was everywhere”. It’s funny because it’s true!
How did you come up with the play idea?
We’ve always been fascinated with myths and legends surrounding Ancient Greece but weren’t quite sure how to turn it into a play. We also have a love of absurdist plays and knew that the genre would serve us well. The trick was taking already established myths and using them to our advantage whilst still making it semi believable.
Tell us about the writing process
Gery is a writer and a stand-up comedian and Jonathan is an actor so we decided to combine our strengths and write a play that is both fun to perform and also well written. It was also important to get across important messages that have effected us that could have also effected audience members. We also prefer the rapid fire dialogue approach so working collaboratively allowed the play to have a natural rhythm and inherent liveliness that you don’t always find in a pre-written play. Being able to pool our knowledge was useful in making sure that we avoided certain cliches that can sometimes arise from new writing whilst making it relevant to us.
What have been some of the most unique and different shows you have seen this year?
Jonathan – Woman, Pilot, Pirate! – This piece explores the mystery of Amelia Earhart but in a very fresh way. Rather than creating a drama around her disappearance it provides the clown character of a woman obsessed with finding her. It really was/is a heartwarming experience. Not to mention, it is helmed by one of my dear friends Grace Hudson who is also taking it to the fringe this year.
Gery – (again) A Midsummer Nights Dream- Not to sound like a broken record, but it really was one of the most engrossing shows I’ve seen this year. It was a really refreshing take on a well established classic that I would happily see again.
What is the best way to enjoy yourself at the fringe?
Let yourself get swept up in the fringe spirit. Especially if you’re a performer. We are all in the same boat and therefore should be supporting our fellow artists.
What would be your top three items every performer must take to the fringe?
Jonathan – Hairspray, Translucent powder (for the stage and also general shine), a good relax playlist.
Gery – Moisturiser, Gum, Spare pants.
What’s the secret to successful flyering?
Positive attitude and a catchy tag line. Loud voice beneficial!
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
Jonathan – Armando Iannucci. I mean his portfolio speaks for itself. CAST ME!
Gery – My mum.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
Instagram – @MomaMomus
Twitter – @MomaMomus
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Death is Tricky