Who? Flo & Joan
What? Alive On Stage
Where? Pleasance Courtyard, Cabaret Bar (venue 33)
Are you prepared for what this year’s Edinburgh Fringe has in store for you?
We can only wish that we knew what was in store so that we could be better prepared. As far as we currently know, what’s on the cards for us is a 27 show run of our new show in the Pleasance Cabaret Bar, so we have Googled the location and know how to get there, and the content of the show itself is nearly ready. But we still have a bit of time to juche her up a bit.
What is the premise of your Edinburgh show this year?
We don’t really approach shows with a premise but we try and write songs as we are inspired/panicked throughout the year, and we collect them up and put them in what we hope will be the most pleasing order for an audience, like the Now albums, if they’re still a thing? This year things that have popped up a lot in the old zeitgeist and consequently our show includes (but is not limited to) sex robots, lady crisps and British pride (or lack of), and we’ll be showcasing our primary school level mastery of a few instruments as well.
What was the biggest obstacle you face(d) while putting this show together?
The hardest thing for us is getting the songs in the perfect order. They’re not all related in content so there’s not a natural order they would fall in, and getting it wrong really interrupts the flow. Also, it’s not necessarily an obstacle, but dragging the menagerie of aforementioned instruments around Edinburgh like Dick van Dyke in Mary Poppins will be a challenge and likely the cause of many arguments we have this year.
Who would most enjoy your show?
There’s a bit of stuff for everyone. If you’re a little weird, we got you. If you’re silly, we got you. Old and young, come along. And if you think you don’t like musical comedy we would especially love to see you.
Do you have any other Edinburgh show recommendations?
We always look out for a show from Tom Walker who we go back and watch multiple times over the festival with different friends. Sarah Keyworth, Catherine Bohart, Lou Sanders, Maisie Adam, Glenn Moore, Adam Hess, Kiri Pritchard-Mclean and Heidi Regan are all people we’ve had a good old time gigging with this year so people should go and see their shows too.
What is your favourite thing about Edinburgh as a city?
It’s just a bit beautiful isn’t it? And as you look at its beautifulness you’re getting a workout climbing around it too. Brilliant. And there is no shortage of drinking establishments. That’s important.
What are your plans for after the festival?
We are going on our first UK tour! We are very excited about that. We’ve also been working on a podcast series of mini musicals which we’re hoping to release into the world before the end of the year. Enjoying having personal space again. We’re sharing a room during the festival and along with the show we’re going to need a break from each other.