5 Questions: Martha and Arthur
This article is from 2009.
5 reasons people should see your show: It’s a marvellous mélange of our favourite music, moves and misfits; the humour is off-beat; but the dancing is not; everything in the show is true (sort of); we’ve been doing it so long we must be quite good at it by now.
4 best things about the cabaret genre: The ambience created by some booze and a few small round tables with a candle on top; you can be very serious as no-one takes you seriously; standing on the shoulders of the giants of showbiz (or making them spin in their graves); not being alone in your room.
3 biggest influences on the Martha & Arthur style: The late, great Pina Bausch; the Muppets; Bob Fosse.
2 things you do best: Mixing up the weird things we have found from the backwaters of culture; not killing each other.
1 word to sum up what you hope to achieve in Edinburgh this year: Satisfaction.
A Lot of Nerve, Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, 8–31 Aug (not 11, 17 & 24), 10.50pm, £7.50–£8.50 (£6.50–£7.50). Previews 6–7 Aug, 10.50pm, £5.