Njambi McGrath is in Edinburgh for the month of August with Fringe show, Accidental Coconut. This show is a juxtaposition of loss of a people from opposing sides of the Brexit debate. The Fountain caught up with Njambi about the show and her plans for the Fringe.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
Yes it is thrilling.
TF: Accidental Coconut certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
Brexit seems inescapable as the British stand at the crossroads of self-identity and nostalgia of a bygone era of an empire. This show is a juxtaposition of loss of a people from opposing sides. Those mourning from loss of former glory and those mourning how that former glory impacted on their lives ripping apart their innocence. In the era when the British people are re-examining who they are as a people, and in relation to the rest of the world. How do those on the other side of the empire feel, about the hijacking of their people by a once great empire? Is the term Coconut a simplistic dismissal? White people washing their hands off despite hijacking the black narrative and white washing black history with hundreds of years of slave trade, colonialism and yet black people are still expected to have independent mind without thinking ‘white’.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
On the 23rd June 2016 will for ever be etched on the British psyche as the date of reckoning. The date that changed everything for the British. Similarly 18th January 2014 will for ever be etched in Njambi’s psyche as the date her eyes opened to reveal what is a very derogatory term Coconut in herself. As the British wrestle with their identity so does Njambi. Njambi has been on a journey of self -discovery since the death of her father. She had no reason to feel sad at his death, after all at the age of thirteen he beat her and left her for dead. But his death opened a Pandora’s box of raw pain bringing back past trauma. His dying was catalyst that opened a sinkhole of a hunger that never existed before, a craving for self-identity in a quest to make sense of the world and how the events of 1884 determined her fate and those of the African people. My influences lie in the big drama that the world politics has become.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe?
Getting to see as many shows as possible and catching up with mates from all round the world.
TF: Any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
To new performers I would say, do just believe in your abilities and others will follow.
And what are your future plans beyond Accidental Coconut?
I would like to do comedy in every continent.
You can see Njambi McGrath: Accidental Coconut at Just The Tonic at Marlin’s Wynd from 1st – 23rd August (not 12th) at 16:05. For tickets, please visit https://tickets.edfringe.com