Formed by ex-Cambridge Footlights Sam Grabiner, Jordan Mitchell and Guy Emanuel, Pelican merge sketch, improvisation and physical theatre to create the comedy narrative, Fisk. Bringing it to the Bedlam Theatre this August at Edinburgh’s Fringe, anticipate an hour of surreal and inventive comedy.
The trio spoke with The Fountain about their plans for Edinburgh this August and elaborated on the premise of the show.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting, what can we expect?
Very exciting! Our new show, Fisk, is high-energy, physical and surreal, with lots of audience interaction, and as much chaos as the theatre is willing to let us create. It should be really fun!
TF: Fisk sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
It’s about the world’s greatest tennis player avenging the mysterious death of their doubles partner. Set against the backdrop of the World Cup of Tennis, our hero, Benny Hawk, must find out who killed his partner, Bjorn Fisk, before it’s too late…
TF: And we have high expectations with your background, what was it that propelled you into performing?
We met at university and became really good friends very quickly. We started messing around and writing sketches together, eventually doing shows, and then moving away from the sketch show format. We just really enjoy being on stage together, and I think that’s what’s pushed us to keep writing and performing.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, have you been before?
This is our second year taking a Pelican show to Bedlam Theatre. We’re really excited to go back! This year we’ll also be doing a few late night shows, and going to see our friends’ shows. Our plan is to try and balance taking it easy and not burning out too fast with seeing the amazing shows that the Fringe has to offer.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Fisk?
This year we were really lucky to get to do last year’s show at a couple of theatres in London after the Fringe, so hopefully there’ll be some future outings of Fisk. Beyond that, we’ll see how it goes. When we’re not doing Pelican, Sam writes plays, Jordan writes scripts and Guy writes music, so maybe we’ll go and do our own projects for a while before coming together again to write the new show. Who knows?
Photo courtesy of Alice Aedy.
Fisk, Bedlam Theatre, 11 Bristo Place, 8pm, 1st – 27th August (Not 8th, 15th, 22nd)