The Creative Martyrs are a brechtian-style cabaret duo that sing and mime, and sometimes speak. Their aim is to entertain the masses by throwing social commentary around the room, neatly wrapped in songs, and at this they are true masters. From children’s cabaret to hosting the most prestigious cabaret nights in Scotland, the Creative Martyrs can be funny when needed, but it is their uniquely sarcastic songs that really make the duo exceptional. Armed with only a cello, a ukulele and their voices, The Creative Martyrs infuse the old art of cabaret with a never before seen modernity and relevance while still remaining true to their profession.
If there has ever been an act that must be seen by everybody, this is it.
Who are the Creative Martyrs?
Gustav Martyr: The Creative Martyrs have been performing cabaret and vaudeville around the world in venues everywhere for the last 128 years. We perform a variety of different acts and play with the fears in society we find on the way.
How were the Creative Martyrs born?
Jacob Martyr: We do not know.
G: One would presume in the normal manner.
J: We appeared just one day, somehow, somewhere, ready to perform.
If you had to describe your act in one sentence, what would that sentence be?
If you could collaborate with any person, living or dead, who would it be?
J: The Creative Martyrs, we hear, are a very interesting act.
G: I have always longed to work and interact with one by the name of Gustav Martyr.
J: I by the name of Jacob Martyr.
Where do you get the inspiration for your songs?
J: The Middle Distance.
G: Not too close.
J: Not too far away.
If you were to form a political party, what would you campaign for?
G: We have. We find that the best campaigning is done silently.
What’s the silliest thing you’ve ever done on stage?
J: (long silence) There is too much to choose from.
What is more important, music or words?
G: I feel we would argue that the combination is inextricably linked, the partnership being unbroken wherever possible.
Tell me something unexpected.
What does this country need?
J: (pointing to themselves) Modesty does not permit us to say.
What are you most looking forward to in the next few months?
Do you have anything planned for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival?
J: Last year we brought a show to the festival called ‘Tales from a Cabaret’. We performed it because we felt that there were interesting comparisons between the world of today and the world of the past. We feel that it is so important that we are returning once more with ‘Tales from a Cabaret’ although we will be developing and enhancing it. We feel that what ‘Tales from a Cabaret’ demonstrates to people is just as important, if not more so, this year than it was the last.
J: Because of various situations. We do not wish to say that history repeats itself in a definitive way, of course, it is not as simple as that, but there are situations involving economics, politics and people. The way things may or may not go, we feel it is important to at least comment.
Antonia Landi for Trisickle.