Edinburgh Fringe 2016 Featured Post Interview

Enter The Bagman – Brendan Murphy // Interview

Callum Moorin
Written by Callum Moorin

To some he’s known as the Bagman, to others it’s Lord Fear; we caught up with Brendan Murphy on his train journey up to the Edinburgh to discuss about his enormous presence at the Fringe!

CM: Thanks for joining us today, how has your journey to Edinburgh been so far?

BM: Thanks for having me! The train people have just given a bacon sandwich and a lemonade. They don’t have a clue I’ve got a pack of quavers in my bag. I didn’t even need it! I’ll be laughing all the way to Waverley.

CM: You’re returning to the Fringe with your show Enter The Bagman, what can we expect?

BM: A stupid, surreal, one-man Sesame Street – preposterous tales from a forgotten cloakroom. An absurd, bag themed character comedy bordering on a cloakroom cult.

CM: Has much changed from last year’s iteration?

BM: The bagman is still in charge of running things but we’ve got new bags, new characters, and a brand new story. It’s bigger, fatter and BAGGIER.

CM: It’s safe to say, you’re a Fringe pro – featuring in two/three shows a day, how do you cope!?

BM: I find multiple shows an essential part of surviving the fringe. It keeps you busy, healthy and out of the pub. I’m not sure I’d be able to survive a full month if I was only doing one show a day.

CM: One of the other productions we can see you in, is Knightmare Live: The Game Has Changed. How did you get involved with this?

BM: I’ve been coveting the Knightmare knapsack since I was mere Bagboy, so when Treguard of Dunshelm (Paul Flannery) told me he was looking for a new Lord Fear I jumped at the chance. This is all an elaborate ploy to steal it for the Bagman collection.

CM: What preparations have you been making to get into the mind of Lord Fear?

BM: Shouting at kittens, putting empty milk cartons back in the fridge and standing on the left of the escalator.

CM: If Bagman and Lord Fear were to have a duel (this could easily be a Fringe show in itself!), who would be victorious?

BM: Lord Fear certainly has the edge when it comes to tricky anagrams and smug put-downs, but Bagman has some pretty powerful bags in his cloakroom. Last year one of the bags held a dark wizard of Germanic folklore that very nearly enslaved the entire audience, so my money would be on the cloakroom.

CM: Any closing words?

BM: Snorkel. Toblerone. Anachronism. BAGS.

Enter The Bagman takes place at Gilded Balloon at the Counting House everyday (not 13th) from the 3rd August 2016 at 12:00. Knightmare Live: The Game Has Changed takes place at the Pleasance Dome everyday (not 15th) from the 3rd August 2016 at 19:00.

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Callum Moorin

Callum Moorin

Hello! I’m Callum, the editor at The Angry Microwave.

We aim to share the things we love, for me it'll normally consist of Christopher Nolan news, the Foo Fighters and Secret Cinema!

I'm a recent graduate, where I studied BA (Hons) Television & Video Production, also I freelance at numerous places, while helming The Angry Microwave.