Bowjangles talk about bringing myths, legends and fairytales to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Name: (Ezme- cellist from) Bowjangles
Name of Edinburgh show: Excalibow
Venue: Gilded Balloon Teviot, The Dining Room
Performance time: 2pm
Show length: 58 minutes
Ticket price: £10

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your performing background?
We are all professional classically trained musicians who really wanted to do something a bit different to sitting in orchestras. We learned our other skills- singing, dancing, comedy and acting- on the job (apart from Ollie who is also a classically trained actor); firstly by busking in Covent Garden and then just by doing hundreds and hundreds of shows over the 10 years we have been together.

Tell me about your show, what it is all about?
Excalibow is the tale of a quest to find a priceless relic to save the soul of Bowjangles, using sketches based around myths, legends and fairytales.

How long have you been working on this show and what is it that makes it relevant to audiences in 2018?
We started work on Excalibow in March 2017 when we welcomed our new violinist (Oliver Izod). We did our first public show in January 2018 so it was quite a long process, but with 2 babies born to group members and a tour of China during that rehearsal period we think that is pretty good going! Excalibow is relevant to audiences at the 2018 Fringe because we have something for everyone; also we just really want to make classical music and instruments accessible to people who would not normally come into contact with them!

Do you have any top tips for surviving the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – both for performers and visitors to the event?
Push on through- if you’re feeling frazzled remember Edinburgh Fringe 2018 will be over very soon and you simply have to make the most of it while it’s happening! Take time to yourself if you can- being in each others pockets can be intense. And make sure you see everything you want to even if you have to beg or borrow to be able to afford the tickets! You’ll be supporting performers and you’ll be able to remember and talk about the awesome shows you saw for years to come. Also make a point to go and see something you wouldn’t normally ever go and see- you will almost definitely be pleasantly surprised!

What has been the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you on stage?
Our violinist Mitch fell through the stage at a gig once. I looked over and he was next to me and then there was a big crack and I looked again and his head was in line with my shins! The audience thought it was planned and fell about laughing. Luckily Mitch wasn’t hurt and isn’t easily embarrassed! We had to break so they could screw a bit of ply over the stage and then we just carried on. That was quite an intense gig…

Who are your biggest inspirations in the industry and why?
Fascinating Aida because they are just absolute legends, so funny and clever. Victoria Wood and Victor Borg for the same reasons. Anyone who combines different skills and is multi talented!

What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the Edinburgh Fringe?
BattleActs (Ollie our violinist is compering!), Austentatious at Underbelly and ‘Sisterhood’ at the Pleasance.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?
A few years ago one of us had a squashed ball pit ball which a dog had chewed a little bit, we started casually slapping it about to each other and it was for some reason just so hilarious, then we realised it had got all our bodies warmed up for the show, now we do it before every show!

Why do you think people should come and see your show over the thousands of others on at the fringe?
Because it has a bit of everything, music, song dance, comedy… it’s totally unique- and it is impossible to describe in words, so it’s best to just experience it live!


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