Die! Die! Die! Old People Die! is the making of comedy duo, Ridiculusmus, reclaiming humankind’s last taboo from imminent eradication in a fragile farce about ageing, dying and grieving. Jon Haynes (JH) from Ridiculusmus along with David Woods (DW) spoke with The Fountain about the show as well as their top tips for Fringe performers.
TF: Die! Die! Die! Old People Die! certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
JH: Two old people who can’t die try to get to a table from a door. Will they make it?
DW: The title is an imagined quote from a troll behaving as trolls do like pigs around other people’s humanity, in this case one character’s grief and envy over another
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
JH: The medicalisation of grief and death. The Goons, Pinter, Dad’s Army, Yevtushenko.
DW: There were three elderly couples who nurtured us over the years and we wanted to make a triubute to them and their beautiful idiosyncrasies
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
JH: Stay as far from the centre as possible, preferably in Glasgow or beyond. Eat a varied diet. Lay off the beer and be sparing with the haggis.
DW: … unless in the haggis eating competition at the Highland games in Strathardle in which case chunking an extra large one down after competing in the running is commended
TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
JH: Yes, several times, once with a gap of twelve years. Keen to walk round the art galleries. Looking forward to seeing some friendly faces.
DW: The potato shop with some vegetarian haggis filling still left. Want to smell the hops. Meet, feed and nurture culture vultures. Did you mean other shows? Mr and Mrs Clark…
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Die! Die! Die! Old People Die!?
JH: Opening a new show concerned with the ‘cripping up’ debate in October, reviving our two-man Importance of Being Earnest next year and thinking of a new piece.
DW: Looking to tour the show around UK and the world in 2020.
You can see Die! Die! Die! Old People Die! at TechCube0, Summerhall from 13th – 25th August at 17:40. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com