Edinburgh Festival: Sam Dunham (Curse of the Mummy), interview

From creators of smash hits Dracula: Sex, Sucking and Stardom and Frankenstein: Unbolted, comes a tale from the darkest depths of Ancient Egypt. Our unwitting hero, Montana Jones, is on a quest for archaeological eminence. However, a love-cursed Mummy and a Nazi spy threaten to destroy everything! This ancient legend is unwrapped, revitalised and whipped up with mischievous musical mash-ups and outrageous humour. A frenetic hour of riotous theatre comedy.

AAA caught up with Sam Dunham for a chat in between shows.

How has your Fringe been so far?

Hectic! It’s a lot of fun and busy but we wouldn’t have it any other way. Also, don’t tell anyone but we’ve been quite boring on some nights and just come home after the show and played pub quiz games. What a Rock n’ Roll Fringe lifestyle hey?

Tell us a bit about the show you’re in?

Curse of the Mummy is an hour of frenetic, riotous theatre comedy. There’s songs, outrageous characters and slapstick comedy galore. It’s very fun, very silly and will put a smile on your face.

What’s the audience reaction been so far?

Audiences have been great. We’ve been very lucky to have had lots of smiling faces, lots of laughing and lots of people coming back with friends and family to watch it. That said, we’ve had a few walkouts as well. Apparently, they weren’t fans of the camp Nazi. Can’t think why…

Do you read your reviews? Do negative ones bother you?

Yeah we read all the reviews, but we only listen to the positive ones!  It’s interesting to hear people’s opinion but there’s no way you can please everyone.

There’s thousands of shows on – why should Fringe-goers fork out to see yours?

Fringe-goers should go and see what they want to see! But if they want to see fast, slick, witty slapstick comedy based around Montana Jones, a love cursed Mummy and a camp Nazi then we are literally the only company covering those issues.

Are there any other shows on this year you’d recommend?

Yeah loads. For all-girl 90s comedy watch 2 Become 1; for a brilliant, hard hitting new play go see Ballistic; and for a one-man character comedy go see Christopher Bliss at the Free Fringe.

What’s on your hit list to see?

We want to see Dust as it’s getting rave reviews and we’ve heard fantastic things about All I Ever Wanted Was Everything down at Summerhall

What do you like to do in Edinburgh on your day off?

Well, we spent the early hours of it in a bar dancing and then rest of it in bed recovering. We did want to go climb Arthur’s Seat as we’d never done it before but as previously mentioned we spent most of it in bed. Hopefully on the last day we’ll manage that.

Do you agree with those who say the Fringe has become too big?

It is huge, yes – but you can’t start controlling who can and can’t come. The beauty of this festival is that it’s open to everyone. The real issue is the cost, it’s become so expensive to bring a show here and to compete with other companies that it prices a lot of new writers, producers and actors out of the festival. Without these new voices it’ll become stagnant and die.

Can you recommend a bar or restaurant in Edinburgh?

Our favourite cafe is ‘Italian on the Mound’. Awesome paninis and the brownie is to die for.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen in Edinburgh this year? 

A man trying to make a delivery with a sack barrel on the Mile on a Saturday afternoon. I mean, why do it to yourself?

Sell your show in no more than ten words…

Slick and witty Indiana Jones spoof with hilarious slapstick routines.

Curse of the Mummy, Just the Tonic at The Caves (Venue 88), 7.30pm, until 26 August, www.edfringe.com

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