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Edinburgh Fringe interview: We Are Goose

We Are Goose

Today we have another interview for you with an excellent act heading up to Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013. We Are Goose are one of our favourite musical acts, comprising  Timothy (vocals) and Richard (Guitar/ Backing Vocals) who produce songs that cover subjects such as making love to a clone of yourself and participating in a battle royale between everybody in the world called Tim.

The duo are taking their show about a grave robbing 18th century surgeon up to the fringe on the back of a well-received run at the Brighton Fringe. We had a chat to Tim and Richard all about it…

Timothy Goose will be represented in an italicised font with serifs – like this one. Because he thinks it makes him look sophisticated.

Whilst Richard will answer in a simpler, humbler bog-standard plain font – like this one. Because he knows his place.

On a scale of cardboard to Christmas, how excited are you for the Fringe this year?

Well… this is our first real show that we’ve taken to the Fringe. So definitely Christmas. Only, is there a version of Christmas where, if you go wrong, Santa comes and breaks your legs and steals all your money? Because the fear to excitement ratio is definitely in that kind of camp.

I like cardboard as much as the next man, but hey! This is something special, people.

What’s your show about (in a maximum of two sentences and without using the following words/terms: unique, defiant, sassy, action-packed, thrill-a-minute, crazy, random, middle-class hip hop or easy to adapt for a Radio 4 show)?

It is the delicious true story of an 18th Century surgeon who stole corpses, drank sperm and traumatised giants in his quest for the truth. Delivered to your brain through excellent songs, a quiz show and an actual giant (mildly racist).

If you could distil the essence of a child’s wonder at the world, and liberally splash it all over a picture of a gaudy frock-coat, and then hand that picture out to people whilst singing wildly and enthusiastically about eighteenth-century venereal disease.. you’d probably be locked up. So I wouldn’t recommend it.

…it would be perfect for Radio 4 though – they’d lap it up

What, the handing-out-the-picture thing? Gosh, they’re more experimental than you think, Radio 4, aren’t they? 

Who should come see it? And who do you want to come see it?

Apparently only over 14s can see it. I think this is because it has the old C-bomb in it… which is a bit of a naughty word, and might make under-14 year olds explode in mirth at the sheer terrible naughtiness. Otherwise everyone can come to see it. And everyone should come to see it. Especially if they like ridiculous true stories to be sung at them.

ONLY people with eyes (ears optional).

What is the full range of emotions an audience member can expect from your show?

I should let Richard answer this one – he did a degree in ACTING 

Uh oh! It’s crunch time. I once pretended I was a blinking tree for an hour. This was probably the highlight of my degree. If you can imagine how fun that must have been (and I urge you to try), then you’re well on the way to being prepared for the emotional roller-coaster that is our show. We’ve actually bought the rights to ALL the emotions, so if you do want to feel anything at all this Edinburgh, you’d really better come to see us.

How long did it take to come up with the show’s name? And what did you reject?

We actually came up with the name first, and then tried to make a show around the excellent name… annoyingly though, it’s far too long for brochures etc, and so had to be edited. The show is REALLY called:

(I Know It Smells Like The Inside Of Dead People But) Will You Hold My Hand?

This has now become a secret name and everyone will know it as “Will You Hold My Hand” which really makes no sense, or has any relevance to the show at all

I don’t know how long things take to ferment in Tim’s brain, but I assume it’s fairly quick – as he has the attention span of a two year old, so anything that requires more than a few seconds focus doesn’t usually get a look in. And what did we reject? Biscuits, sadly.

Do you have a favourite Fringe memory (not necessarily your own or about the Edinburgh in Scotland)?

When we were 15, Richard and I had gelled up quiffs – this is like the opposite of a Fringe…

We don’t any more though. This is a 100% guaranteed true fact. If you want to know more (and why wouldn’t you?) you’ll have to come and see us. TEASER ALERT

What else are you looking forward to in Edinburgh this year? We recommend the Piemaker, The Baked Potato Shop and a pleasant stroll.

I’m looking forward to eating curries behind the mosque.

And I’m looking forward to going to Glasgow.

Oh and… MY BIRTHDAY! Ahem…. my birthday is on August 7th and I expect that there will be utmost frivolity and super awesome fun involved – I openly invite you all to my birthday party. If you can find me in Edinburgh on August 7th.

If you do find him, could you please return him to me? I’ll need him the next day for the show you see. If you could try and sober him up/clothe him/give him a shave/brush his teeth while you’re at it, that’d be marvellous thanks.

Here’s a space to write anything you want about any subject. Go for it:

I think I might use this space to keep talking about my birthday…



We Are Goose: (I Know It Smells Like The Inside Of Dead People But) Will You Hold My Hand?
August 1-25, 9.00pm
Underbelly, Cowgate (Venue 61)
£6.00-£9.50 (5 & 6 are 2for1)

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