5 Questions: Martha and Arthur

This article is from 2009.

5 Questions: Martha and Arthur

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:

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.

Lot of Nerve

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Caustic cabaret combines with dynamic dance, dark humour and decadence to explode the myths of showbiz. Following their journey form child star to has-been, with moments of backstage back stabbing, humorous humiliation and the trials and tribulations of life in the spotlight. Sort of like Gene Kelly meeting Sid James at a…

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