Fresh from their sell-out Soho Theatre run, London’s campest musical sketch comedy threesome is here to flame on your parade! Sex Shells is an explosion of original music, surreal sketches, wayward choreography and twisted rewrites of hits from pop, Disney and the musicals. Sexy and subversive, the Shells bring their sparkling wit to some of the biggest issues of the day – served, as always, with a big bag of WTF. Calum Mac from the Sex Shells spoke with The Fountain about the show as well as his plans for this month.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
Yes! We are returning to the Underbelly Cowgate after our succesful run last year! It’s exciting going back for a second round now that we know the best places to flyer, where to find hot men and who makes the best cheese toasties.
TF: Sex Shells certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
Sex Shells is a musical and sketch comedy show sushi I guess, our collective ideas are mixed in there and then served in varying sizes on a conveyer belt, I’m not sure if there is a premise. Last fringe I spent two minutes of my life everyday for a month pretending to be a talking Vogue Super-Slim cigarette. You’ll have to come see the show to find out what bad life choices I’ve decided to make this year.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
We all drive the project together – off a cliff. Originally we developed the show as a way of satirising our sad, lonely existences, then we added in a few bits of relateable non-drug material about god and cheese and binned everything from that ‘you can’t clone me, I’m unique’ phase. In terms of influences we have a long list between us, if we had an evening of watching british comedy and Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals whilst eating oysters out of biodegradable bonnets I reckon everyone would be happy.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
Babe, I’m well keen. This year is going to be different because I’m not going to be drinking, no plans for what I’m going to do with all that extra time. Maybe I’ll see some shows.
In terms of advice all I can say is it’s a huge effort to even get a show there and so much has happened prior to August, when you get there gurl just enjoy it. Get stuck in, have fun and if it’s starts going Pete Tong, as we learned from all the sh*thole comedy gigs that are the foundations to us getting here – shit happens, keep going.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Sex Shells?
Beyond? Who knows. 4/5 years ago I’d never performed or sang anything before and now a show I created with friends just sold out the Soho Theatre and is returning to Edinburgh for a consecutive year. 5 years from now? Comedy might be illegal and we’ll have to go back to performing in bathtubs in basements. Who knows.
You can see Sex Shells at Underbelly, Cowgate from 31 July – 25 August (not 12th) at 21:00. For tickets, please visit https://tickets.edfringe.com/.