A History, w Nowell Edmurnds

Sat 13th – Sun 28th Aug 2016


“A nightmarish, surreal examination of minor celebrity”





Koma Kino


Following last year’s critically-acclaimed adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, Josh Dolphin returns to the Fringe with his solo effort A History, w Nowell Edmurnds. It is a nightmarish, surreal examination of minor celebrity and our relationship with it, backgrounded by projection and a constant soundscape also designed by Josh.

We all know a Nowell Edmurnds: he’s whichever light entertainer we can still neutrally recall. This one's old contemporaries have sunk into the past, more or less gracefully. All’s left is a chequered life story repurposed by a chequered public. Their number are depicted with deft precision by Josh, whose solo performance runs the gamut of bitter old peers left in Nowell’s wake. Character monologues and short sketches reveal yet stranger facets of the mysterious 'Nowell'. Along the way, the show aims to illustrate the creepy appeal of minor celebrity, ‘voodoo dolls for the remnants of a country’.

Koma Kino brings fresh, impressionistic writing to the fore. Last year we adapted David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews with Hideous Men for the stage, running it to acclaim in Oxford and Edinburgh. Since then we’ve debuted five new plays, and collaborated on The Sex Lives of Eels, shortlisted in the 100 Hour Film Race, and Surfing, commissioned for Channel 4’s Random Acts.

Praise for 2015’s Brief Interviews with Hideous Men:

‘Each character seems more bizarre than the last’

The Independent

‘A storming run’

The Metropolist

Admission: £4(£3) – £5(£4)

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