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Edinburgh Fringe 2014 interview: Robin and Partridge

Robin & PartridgeRobin and Partridge are a comedy double act of wonderful silliness and superb surrealism.

Their Edinburgh Fringe show this year is all about the death of one of them.

Hallo guys. How are you today?

I am super, how are you anonymous giver of questions? I am in my pyjamas eating a mint magnum and it’s 4 o’clock on a Thursday. This is the dream. However, I think Partridge has been on the phone to T-mobile for 4 hours. I don’t think it’s a social call either. As you can see we are having polarised days.

Your show is about the imminent death of Robin. Is death a suitable subject for comedy?

I think death is hard to talk about and comedy can be a useful tool with which to take on difficult topics. And laughing about death, or any topic, can be a good catharsis. Culturally I think it’s a bit of taboo too. We don’t really like to admit that its there for us or anyone else. And loss is one of the most profound and affecting experiences anyone can go through. So I think if it’s done sensitively, it’s a good subject for comedy. It is pretty absurd and scary that we all die. We might as well laugh about it. And of course, there are fates worse than death, Partridge is still on the phone to T mobile. Hour 5.

Can you describe the emotional journey of an audience member watching your show?

The show is full of sketches, politics, nonsense and some world changing poetry. We have written our best ever show, and then I die at the end. So you know it is pretty emotional. But woah there, dry those eyes, I can confirm that it ends with a pretty awesome party. We even have party poppers.

The Fringe can be a testing time for double acts. Do you have a plan to make sure you don’t drive each other mad during August?

Well we are sharing a bed, so we will definitely go insane. In 2009 Partridge and I stayed in a in a flat with a three legged cat, two dogs, a rabbit and one bed. Things could be worse. THOSE ANIMALS DON’T GET ON. THEY FOUGHT EACH OTHER.

What else are you looking forward to in Edinburgh this year?

I am looking forward to shaking my toosh at our underpass party. We have for the last 4 years held a party under the under pass called the under pass party. Catchy right? Well the great thing is that you don’t need a pass for the under pass party. It’s a fun time bum shaking party. We have a sound system under a bridge. In 2012 my mum came, she danced like the wild women she is. We couldn’t do it last year and it happened anyway, so it has a life of its own! Join us! At our show, we’ll reveal the details.

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

There are as many galaxies in the universe as there are stars in our galaxy, all rapidly moving away from each other. The universe has been rapidly expanding since the beginning of everything, and I mean EVERTHING, 14.2 billion years ago. In 4.5 billion years our sun will expand and destroy our earth. I wonder if future humans will be able to do something about that, or leave. One thing is for certain, Partridge will still be on the phone to T Mobile. It’s all too much, I am having another mint magnum.

Robin and Partridge: Robin Dies at the End of the Show
Pleasance Courtyard
July 30 – Aug 24, 2.15pm

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