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Consignia: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

Alternative Act of the Year 2016 winners Consignia love brutalism and loath convention. This could be 2017’s strangest comedy show.

Hello. How are you today?

It’s hot today, it makes me feel irritable. Annoying really. I’d like to enjoy it more.

At this stage, how closely does your programme blurb match the content of your show?

We had no idea what our show was going to be bar the title, our Fringe programe blurb is one line. “Panopticon is a prison designed by philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham. It’s also the name of the new show by Alternative Act of the Year 2016 winner, Consignia.“ The Fringe office openly said, ‘Are you sure that’s all you want to put? We strongly advise you write more.” We didn’t. We are terrible at marketing.

Have the momentous events of 2016 affected your comedy in any way?

We’ve decided to ignore contemporary problems, and instead turn our attention back twenty years to the victory of New Labour and ask the question that other comedians have been too cowardly to ask, mainly what would have happened if New Labour had been a Maoist collective who sought to harness the power of atoms to enslave the population and elevate all life on Earth to a higher state of consciousnesses.

Who are you sharing a flat with this festival and how will you help each other survive the month?

Phil is in a mixed dorm hostel room so if its anything like last year it will probably a German family who’s dad does incredbily loud farts.

Nathan is staying in a one man flat.

Basically we have no friends in comedy.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

I guess we should say Andy Barr, who is a member/founder of Cosngina but can’t perform with us this year because his show clashes with ours. So we wont actually be seeing his show. We have replaced Andy Barr in the show this year with a mop with some ping pong balls attached to it.

Nathan would also like to plug his solo show: State of the Nathan, 12pm, Laughing Horse @ Moratiy’s, 7th-27th.

George’s The Spider at Moriarty’s will be watched too because The Enjoyment Parade is something I trust.

Other than the great shows, what else are you looking forward to about your trip to Edinburgh this year?

I’m aiming to get a train to the borders and look at a brutalist football stand in Galashiels.

What celebrity death hit you the hardest in 2016 (mine was Wogan)?

Sushil Koirala, 37th Prime Minister of Nepal

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

I think our venue is really far out. Please come. We could walk and try and find it together. It’s near Summerhall. I know it’s a big ask and it’s at an awkward time and clashes with really good shows, but love or hate what you see, you won’t forget it. It’s also free.


Consignia’s Panopticon
Laughing Horse @ The Mockingbird
8-15 Aug, 11.30pm

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