“It’s an exploration of someone whose identity was irrevocably changed by the impact of colonialism and how the two worlds have collided with the same result of an identity crisis.”
WHO: Njambi McGrath, Performer
WHAT: “Brexit seems inescapable as the British stand at the crossroads of self-identity and nostalgia of a bygone era of an empire. This show is a juxtaposition of loss of a people from opposing sides. Those mourning from loss of former glory and those mourning how that former glory impacted on their lives ripping apart their innocence. In the era when the British people are re-examining who they are as a people, and in relation to the rest of the world. Njambi scrutinises her own story; from the other side of the empire.”
WHERE: Just the Tonic at Marlin’s Wynd – Just the Wyndy Room (Venue 296)
WHEN: 16:05 (60 min)
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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?
This is going to my 7th time in Edinburgh, although I went several times just to enjoy the fringe and catch some shows.
What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’18?
It has been a very busy time with me finished writing my book and finding a publisher. My book was also shortlisted for the Twenty In Twenty project announced in the Guardian. I also won the prestigious Hackney empire NATY’s Award. I also started working on a sitcom as well as digging my heels into writing fiction.
Tell us about your show.
I wrote the show Accidental Coconut. This is an exploration of identity on a personal level and in juxtaposition with British people who are at a place of questioning their identity. It’s an exploration of someone whose identity was irrevocably changed by the impact of colonialism and how the two worlds have collided with the same result of an identity crisis. I should hope to tour my show if at all possible.
What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?
They should try and see other African comics at the Fringe. Everyone complains about the lack of diversity and this year we have at least three Africans, Loyiso Gola, Daliso Chaponda and myself.
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