Former stars of the multi award-winning Durham Revue, and future Fringe legends Andrew and Ambika present a new sketch show, complete with séance. From dying onstage to straight-up dying, this is how two friends fill their time whilst waiting for the dead to arrive. From winners of the Derek Award for Best Sketch Show at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016 and 2017, Children of the Quorn™ is in Edinburgh for the month of August. The Fountain caught up with Ambika about the show.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting is that?
So exciting! Neither I nor Andrew (the other half of Megan from HR.) went in 2018 which was the first time in 4 years we hadn’t gone up to the festival so it definitely feels great to be heading back. There is absolutely nothing like the buzz and the atmosphere of Edinburgh in August.
TF: Children of the QuornTM certainly sounds interesting, what is the premise?
Children of the QuornTM is a sketch comedy/horror show which sees the two of us trying to conduct a séance and communicate with the dead to mixed results. Within this main narrative we weave in and out of tight, witty sketches which range from observational to a bit more absurd. On the whole, the show is high-energy and fun and the writing is snappy and clever. We have thought a lot about the narrative and how to create a story for the audience, especially how everything ties together by the show’s conclusion where there’s a major plot twist (#nospoilers).
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
Obviously given our background in sketch comedy as members of the Durham Revue, Andrew and I decided to stick to what we do best but we have definitely experimented with our usual styles. In the sketch comedy world, we’ve been inspired by groups like Massive Dad and Gein’s Family Giftshop. We also decided to weave in our shared love of horror into the show and that’s how we came up with the idea of us trying to conduct a séance as the main thread. Andrew and I love horror movies and they are actually a huge staple of our previous EdFringe experiences as we always end up spending several nights in with friends watching horror movies from the good to enjoyably bad.
TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
We performed at the Fringe for three years from 2015-17 with the Durham Revue at Underbelly Cowgate, and we were fortunate enough to experience great success each year, including sell-out audiences, 5-star reviews, and the Derek Award for Best Sketch Show two years running. Jeremy Vine even came to see our final year show, which Andrew and I were in charge of, and subsequently called us “comedy geniuses”. This year is our first time going up as a duo/Megan from HR. which we’re really excited about though of course, it’s equally terrifying because we’re almost starting from scratch. But we’re thrilled to bring Children of the QuornTMto Just the Tonic and if people liked our work in the Revue, then they’ll definitely enjoy this show too.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Children of the QuornTM?
We will get cracking on our next show as a duo and we have plans for something that strays away from our sketch comedy traditions, which is really exciting and fresh for us. But we still won’t totally be finished with Children of the QuornTM though as we’ll be performing at the Pleasance as part of the London Horror Festival on Sunday 20th October and hopefully at the Vault Festival next spring!
Children of the QuornTM is at the Just The Tonic Up at Le Belle Angele for the month of August at 3:30pm daily. For tickets go to www.edfringe.com