It’s almost impossible. Much like The Matrix, no-one can be told what New Art Club is – you have to experience them for yourself.
“It’s a really hard question to answer,” admits Pete Shenton, one half of the duo. “Sometimes we are experimental; I suppose we’re genre-defying!”
“We’re defining the undefinable,” says New Art Club other half, Tom Roden.
Which is as good a description as any. Last year, the pair brought their undefinable Big Bag Of Boom to the Fringe, a greatest hits show featuring the comedy highlights from their catalogue.
“We’re trained dancers originally,” says Pete, “and have 14 years of working together. Sometimes we aim to go for the interesting or the beautiful, but with Big Bag Of Boom we went for the funny.”
And the funny also features large in this year’s show, Quiet Act Of Destruction.
“It’s a show about conflict,” says Pete. “But it’s also very silly.”
“It’s a series of stories linked to one bigger narrative,” explains Tom. “A story of two villages in conflict – about what to name the local railway station.”
“And we’re taking the opportunity to engage with the audience – there will be a lot of participation.”
“Of course, we don’t like audience participation ourselves,” says Pete. “But we keep making shows which feature it!”
“Big Bag Of Boom was at its best when the audience got involved,” says Tom. “WIth Quiet Act Of Destruction, it was about creating something which would be an absolute riot to perform; and which the audience would leave feeling that we’ve all done something together.”
This year’s show has been created specifically for the venue which New Art Club will be appearing in this year – the Bosco Tent in Assembly George Square.
“It’s a bigger space to move around in,” says Pete, “and the audience can see each other a bit better, which adds to the fun.”
“It’s a great venue,” says Tom. “Though sometimes you can hear what’s going on outside. When we played in it in Melbourne, we had to compete with a busking rabbit outside for the last ten minutes of our show…”
Both Pete and Tom are looking forward to returning to Edinburgh, however.
“Our year is based around Edinburgh,” says Pete. “We start talking about concepts for our new shows immediately after the Fringe finishes.”
“And an Edinburgh audience is an exciting audience – as the Fringe is a multi-arts festival, people are more up for something unusual.”
A fact which suits the undefinable New Art Club well. Especially as their flavour of ‘unusual’ comes with healthy servings of enjoyable silliness and inspired lunacy on the side.
You can join in with New Art Club’s Quiet Act Of Destruction from 3-28 Aug (not 9 & 16) at 18:20 in the Bosco Tent of Assembly George Square. More details are on the Fringe website.