Award-winning musical-comedy maverick Anya Anastasia brandishes her razor-sharp satirical wit, to gleefully attack and dismembering perils of the modern world with an armoury of original songs in the shape of The Executioners.
Anya spoke to The Fountain about that which is at the core of the show and her top tips for the Fringe.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
Yes indeed I’m very excited. This will be my third year at the Edinburgh Fringe and I’m very interested to see what audiences think of my latest offering, which marks a fresh direction for myself as an artist, and a really interesting take on the genre.
TF: The show certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
A social media clicktivist warrior tried to tackle the greatest issues facing the globe, raging against the system with her status updates, deadly yoga moves, and good composting practises.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
The global atmosphere as reported in the news was giving me the sense of escalating turmoil. It was preventing me from sleeping at night despite my immediate surroundings and locale being extraordinarily tranquil. But this is a global world, and I am narcissistic as my monkey mind has been trained by social media to think I’m the centre of the universe and I can make a difference to all this. Having the news of the whole world pouring into your life through your newsfeed, your news apps, your newspapers, your home TV screens is very anxiety inducing especially now. We’re living in a very tense time- post-trump, post-brexit, hyper-awareness of the perils of fake news, increasing awareness of waste, the evils of plastic, the impending doom of climate change, the seemingly unbridled power of corporations especially in the tech sector, invasions of our own freedom and privacy, and the way our devices and services are all online and wired up to filter our funds out of our pockets without us even handing over cash and being aware of our spending. Isn’t it darkly-hilariously ironic that at a time where we’re utterly bombarded with news we feel we can have no impact on whatsoever, and we’re bowing out of our faith in and participation in democracy, we’re simultaneously feeling like the we’re the most important person in the universe based on our lives on social media. So there we are screaming into the void that captures our attention and commodifies our activism, feeding us ads while we’re there changing the world. This frustration and self-reflection on my own lapsed activism and fatigued moral outrage was the key driver for my show inspiration.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
My best tips include those cliche Edinburgh Fringe sayings that are classics for a reason – and helped me a lot such as “It’s a marathon not a sprint” “don’t only eat beige coloured things” and “that’s not your mini aeroplane toothpaste it’s eyelash glue – stop keeping them in the same bag.”
TF: Is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
I’m a true lover of cabaret, particularly original song-writers, those with a strong foundation in their work of quality comedy, also I’m a lover of satirists whichever genre they hail from. Keeping my eyes peeled for cabaret innovators. Some great cabaret artists I’m looking forward to already include Yana Alana, Carla Lippis, Lady Rizo, Yummy, Murray Hill, Hot Brown Honeys, Gingzilla.
Also I accidentally discovered a ceilidh two years ago and wish to discover one again. I had the best night. Tweet me your Ceilidh tips please readers! (@AnyaAnastasiaa)
TF: And what are your future plans beyond The Fringe?
Research and writing, writing, writing.
Anya Anastasia: The Executioners, Gilded Balloon – Wine Bar, 8pm, 4th – 26th August (except 13th)