Following a sell-out run in 2018 in which he exposed bingo as the deadliest sport in the country, the empty Marxist promise of Poundland’s false advertising and Aldi being responsible for Princess Diana, 1930s throwback comedic investigator Troy Hawke returns, applying his scrabble mentalism to Kanye West, xenophobia and the ugly truth of IKEA’s link to the CIA. In Edinburgh for the month of August with show, Tiles of the Unexpected, is Milo McCabe, immersed in character, Troy. Milo spoke with The Fountain about Troy in more depth as well as his plans for August.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
Very exciting. It’s pretty difficult to not get excited up in Edinburgh. Even the most curmudgeonly of misers would struggle to not be excited up there. There’s a definite vibe that is specific to the festival.
TF: Tiles of the Unexpected certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
So my character ‘Troy Hawke’, everyone’s favourite homeschooled 1930’s gentleman scrabble-based numerologist investigator has found a conspiracy theory (from very innocuous beginnings) that threatens the core of our society and unveils it with lashings of proof.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
My influences for Troy Hawke were primarily people like David Niven, Ronald Coleman and Errol Flynn. Mostly David Niven. I adored his style, bearing and use of language. I like the idea of taking a character so specific to that time period and just plonking him in a modern day environment. This particular project is the fourth Troy Hawke show i’ll have taken up to the fringe and is a continuation of where the character is going as regards his take on modern life and in particular one ubiquitous furniture giant.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
I have a pretty groundhog day approach to the festival these days. I hit the gym every day, meditate and pace myself. It’s sooooo easy to get carried away up there but you definitely pay for it if you do. I pace myself pretty well party-wise for most of it but then the wheels always come off in the last week. Shows don’t tend to suffer though, oddly. If anything they get more relaxed. But then a day after the festival I always end up feeling like a shrivelled husk. I always book the same hotel on the drive back and cuccoon there for 24 hours.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond the fringe?
After Edinburgh I’m taking the show on a UK tour through 2020 and am headed to Melbourne with it too. The great thing about doing an Edinburgh show every year is you end up with a new product to show the world. Plus it makes you so much better as a performer in general.
Milo McCabe’s new comedy show Troy Hawke in Tales of the Unexpected will be at The Dexter Room, Underbelly Bristo Sq at 17:30 from 31st July – 25th August. For tickets, go to www.edfringe.com