Will Penswick is Pætur Pætursson: a brooding, troubled detective and a semi-legendary DJ from the Faroe Islands who is going toe-to-toe with Scandinavia’s most dangerous criminals and he needs your help. Expect jumpers, drinking problems, an accent and a decent understanding of Faroese fishing regulations from Will Penswick’s new Fringe show, Nordic(k). Will spoke to The Fountain about his show as well as his plans for August.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
Isn’t it just?! I cannae wait to get up there to be honest. Not least because my other job is selling artificial intelligence to hedge funds and private equity firms… So yeah… exciting it certainly is. Anything else would be. The show’s in good shape but I just love being up in the city – it’s phenomenal fun, you sort of forget what your life was before and what it will be afterwards (completely unchanged is what it will be).
TF: Nordic(k) certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
It’s a character hour, I play Pætur Pætursson: a full time detective, part time DJ from the Faroe Islands – a tiny, remote, incredibly quiet archipelago in Scandinavia. There hasn’t been a murder since 1988 but, lo-and-behold, there’s a murder! Pætur has to solve the case and catch the killer with the audience’s help as he investigates his own history, the history of the Faroe Islands and the history of electronic music. It’s silly, it’s stupid, it’s a lot of fun…I’ve been told. It’s essentially a Nordic Noir without any noir element whatsoever.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
I’m a bit weird, I won’t lie, but then we all are aren’t we… And I’ve been obsessed with the Faroe Islands since school. But I also really like Nordic Noir, and thought it would be a complete waste of time and fun to do an hour long comedy murder mystery. I’ve mainly done character comedy, including a blog that reviews fictional house music nights around the globe, and wanted to try a new character this year. In that vein, I’ve also loved and wanted to emulate acts like Lucy Pearman and Adam Riches, Ciarán Dowd too, they’re all just fantastic character comedy performers. Tim Key would be my all-time favourite, because my other main character is a terrible, indulgent poet.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
So this is my third time as a performer, my second doing my own hour, so I’m starting to get to grips with the good routines and good spots to head to. I think getting some time on your own, or some activities away from the Fringe is key. I love going for walks or runs, or the gym, or go and read a good book on your own with a drink somewhere, just to get out of the bloody chaos of Fringe for a mo. I really want to get to some more theatre this year, I only really saw comedy last year and loved it but should see a wider variety. I’m looking forward to going to see Christopher Bliss this year, he’s brilliant. Moon are superb. Anything the Stamptown boys do. Lucy Pearman, too – can’t wait to see her and Ali Thea-Skot too.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Nordic(k)?
After Fringe I’m going to go back to my poet character and work towards getting a really good hour together for him next year, I’ve already got some solid(ish) ideas. I want to get some more characters out there for the odd 5/10 minute set in London and start a podcast with some friends, possibly a podcast version of my blog: ‘Home Is Where The House Is’. Other than that, I host StraightUp Comedy with my friend Mark Bittlestone, so we’ll be putting on a load more gigs in South London from September with our favourite acts from the Fringe and can’t wait for that!
You can see Will Penswick: Nordic(k) at Just the Tonic at the Caves from 1st – 25th August (Not 12th) at 13:30. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com