PELICAN toe’s the line between clown, sketch and theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your performing background?
We met at university and started messing around in each other’s rooms, making each other laugh, then started writing and performing sketches and shows together. We were all in the Footlights together, and then have done various clown courses at Gaulier and with Spymonkey. We gradually moved away from sketches to … whatever it is that we do know.

Tell me about your show, what it is all about?
It’s about the world’s greatest tennis player mourning the mysterious death of his doubles partner. Set against the backdrop of the World Cup of Tennis, our hero, Benny Hawk, must find out who killed his partner, Bjorn Fisk, before it’s too late. But the deeper he digs, the darker it gets, and Benny soon realises that the very future of tennis may be in danger.

How long have you been working on this show and what is it that makes it relevant to audiences in 2018?
We’ve been living across three different time zones this year, so the initial work involved a lot of skyping. We wrote the first draft in just two weeks before our Brighton Fringe show at the end of May.

Do you have any top tips for surviving the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – both for performers and visitors to the event?
Take care of yourself, and those around you.

What has been the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you on stage?
We were once doing a gig at a night where people were pretty drunk and rowdy. During one sketch they started chanting at us to get our tops off and strip – we resisted, but they didn’t seem to be as in to it after that. Sam has also accidentally and unknowingly flashed the front row on more than one occasion – he thought they were laughing at his performance!

Who are your biggest inspirations in the industry and why?
We love Spymonkey – they’ve really brought the live form to a completely new level. Their combination of narrative, clown, songs and choreography is really something we admire.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?
We have a nice long stretch, stare into each other’s eyes, and then kiss each other on the forehead in some kind of benediction.

What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at Edinburgh Fringe?
We’re really excited to see our friend in Now That’s Who I Call Archie Henderson, he’s so funny and we haven’t had a chance to see his show yet.

Why do you think people should come and see your show over the thousands of others on at the Fringe?
It tries to toe the line between clown, sketch and theatre – so it’s a good mix if you like those things.
It’s also got a fully original soundtrack, and a fun, inclusive energy that makes it a great way to start off a night.

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