Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon chatted to the pair about their new musical The Fabulist Fox Sister.
Thanks so much for talking to me. Could you tell me more about what The Fabulist Fox Sister is about?
LUKE: It’s about Kate Fox, the woman who, when she pretended to talk to spirits in 1848 in upstate New York, inadvertently started a religion. It’s about the lies people tell and the lies people are willing to believe.
MICHAEL: It’s about an hour and five minutes.
How did the idea for the musical come about?
MICHAEL: Writers always have a list of ideas they keep on the back burner and this was one I’d been thinking of exploring for a while. Luke’s always game so we wrote a few songs to see if it had legs.
LUKE: When Adam (Lenson) asked us to do SIGNAL at the H Club in 2017, he made us promise to present something new. This was the idea we agreed to pursue and presented songs every three months for a couple of years.
How difficult did you find putting together this production?
LUKE: It’s been fairly smooth sailing so far. We had the advantage of conceiving the production during lockdown so we knew what we needed to do to get it on.
MICHAEL: We’ve all worked together before (Luke, Adam and I did The Sorrows Of Satan) so there’s a lot of trust already so that makes things easier. Once we got Southwark Playhouse on board you’ve got no choice but to get on the metaphorical train.
What do you hope that audiences will take away from the show?
MICHAEL: I hope audiences forget their troubles for an hour and five minutes and enjoy the story, the production and the overacting.
LUKE: I hope they laugh a lot and like the tunes.
What are you most looking forward to about audiences seeing it?
LUKE: Capturing a bit of that community spirit we’ve been missing in our industry.
MICHAEL: I’m just thrilled to be out of the house.
How would you describe the musical?
LUKE: I’d say that it’s smart, dark, funny and fun.
MICHAEL: I’d say that it’s about an hour and five minutes.
By Emma Clarendon
The Fabulist Fox Sister is available to stream until the 28th February.