+3 Interview: The Gin Chronicles at Sea

“People from everywhere can see us if they want to, and then get their foul-mouthed, lewd violence quota from another show.”

WHO: Robert Blackwood, Producer/Writer/Actor

WHAT: “It’s 1947. Jobling and Golightly set sail across the Atlantic for some respite. Their best-laid plans are scuppered, however, when a secret recipe for the world’s greatest gin is alleged to be on-board. Join The Misfits of London as they return for their third year at the Edinburgh Fringe with their third (brand-new) adventure following five-star and four-star reviews for the last two! A favourite of visitors and locals alike, we offer every adult a complimentary gin and Fentimans Pink Grapefruit Tonic and all non-drinkers a Fentimans soft drink.”

WHERE: artSpace@StMarks (Venue 125) ​

WHEN: 18:30 & 20:30 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

We are delighted to be returning for our 3rd at the Fringe this year, especially to be part of the 70th Birthday celebrations!

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’16?

This is probably a very unsexy answer, but having a new website done. We said to ourselves “We need this to work for us” and wanted to invest in it going forward. It has been one of the most important things for us to have better online presence, and Ken & James at Matrix Digital Media were unique from the beginning in the fact that they were the only guys who asked us straight up what WE wanted rather than telling us what they were going to do. We found there was a lot of “you probably won’t understand what we’re going on about” from companies, but Ken & James have always taken the time to make sure we know what’s happening. Great guys, superb professionals.

Tell us about your show.

This will be our 3rd year at Edinburgh, and we bring the third adventure in The Gin Chronicles series up. I am the writer, and what I am very clear about doing is trying to make each adventure stand alone, so that you don’t have to have seen the previous ones for it to make sense.

Interrupt the Routine is the producing company, and the 1940s fictional Acting Troupe who perform The Gin Chronicles are called The Misfits of London. We have 3 brand new misfits with us this year, which is very exciting, along with two of us who are old hands.

The Misfits of London were created by myself and co-founder Nick Cowell as a troupe of actors who could bring shows for people of all ages to enjoy. We would focus on delivering comedy with no ‘nasty surprises’. By that I mean no swearing, no overt lewdness and nothing gruesome. It means that people from everywhere can see us if they want to, and then get their foul-mouthed, lewd violence quota from another show. Also, performing in a beautiful Unitarian Church on Castle Terrace means that it would feel slightly strange if we were putting on Reservoir Dogs.

We will have a couple of previews in London before we come north, and afterwards we’re taking it to The Asylum Festival in Lincolnshire, and beyond that is to be decided (though we have a run in November that is taking shape with dates in London and Guildford, hopefully).

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

Last year we talked about Laughing Stock, who are wonderful and who are in Edinburgh again this year with their Brand New Show, but this year we’re going to recommend Austentatious – the improvised Jane Austen show – as it is a glorious example of how years of hard work and incredibly high standards have paid off for a group of very talented people. Go and see them perform. It’ll be worth every ha’penny and farthing you have.