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Quick Quiz: Morgan & West

By | Published on Thursday 17 August 2017

This August the Edinburgh Festival celebrates its 70th anniversary. To mark the occasion, we have asked a plethora of performers about their personal Fringe experiences. Today the magical Morgan & West.

TW: What was your first ever experience of the Edinburgh Fringe?
M&W: 2007. Rhys was in two student productions. A kids show and also ‘Xenu Is Loose, Cower Now Puny Humans As The Dark Prince Of The Galactic Federation Rains Death Once More Upon Your Pitiful Planet: The Musical!’ Yes, the less said the better. Whereas Rob played keys for the Oxford Imps, many of whom are now in such lovely shows as ‘Austentatious’. It was all rather overwhelming but jolly good fun.

TW: What’s the best thing you’ve ever seen performed at the Fringe?
M&W: Jeremy Lion, a character comedy that made us both laugh until we cried. I think we saw it four times that Fringe. I was delighted to see him and his family in our kids show today.

TW: What’s the worst thing you’ve ever seen performed at the Fringe – so bad it was good?
M&W: We once did a guest spot at a cabaret hosted, and indeed almost entirely performed, by a certain lady. It was bonkers. She was clearly rather drunk. There were five people in the audience and they did not know what was happening, and to be honest neither did we. We’ve dined out on this story for many years but I can’t really name names!

TW: Which of the Fringe shows you performed in do you most fondly remember – and why?
M&W: ‘Lying, Cheating Scoundrels’. Our close up gambling show at midnight in the Gilded Balloon in 2012. 20 people sat around a card table whilst we told them stories of our adventures in time, cheating Charles Darwin at poker and fleecing Brunel in a game of Happy Families. That was a delight to perform and had a real sense of something special about it.

TW: Name a Fringe performer – past or present – who you’d like to join on stage?
M&W: The Penny Dreadfuls. They were the sketch-group-of-the-moment when we started coming to the Fringe and we loved watching all of their shows. We’d love to do something with them, such delightful stuff!

TW: Other than performing and seeing shows, what is your favourite thing to do in Edinburgh during August?
M&W: Seeing friends that we only get to see once a year (although for a protracted length of time!) and catching up on everything that has happened. As we’ve grown older this has increasingly involved seeing babies turn into real walking, talking, children whilst their parents still stand on stage and entertain the masses every night. A real delight.

Morgan & West performed at the Underbelly Med Quad at Edinburgh Festival 2017.