Hello Anthony, so where you from, & where ya at, geographically speaking?
Hi! I am from a small town in the west of Ireland called Roscommon. I grew up on a farm. Which of course lends itself perfectly to becoming the Eurovision-superstar phenomena that I am now (or will be someday…). Right now I am based in East London, surrounded by the whackiest and exciting drag and performance art. It’s a very exciting place to be!
Can you talk us through the earliest stages in your development as a performer?
Ice-cream. I was studying Fine Art Paint, and I suddenly remember feeling like this might not be the right path for me. So I started to develop what you’d call ‘Performance Art’ and in this case it involved a lot of ice-cream and singing ballads from one of my fave musicals,’ Evita. It has of course developed since then, but I do like that the need to perform came so organically and has developed so.
What is it about Musical Theatre that makes you tick?
I enjoy musical theatre that plays with form and with the very idea of what musical theatre can be. For me, this means it can push into something innovative and possibly merge all those other exciting forms of performance-making, such as live art or drag.
What makes a good musical, & which are your favorites?
I think empathy is crucial for me. Currently my favourite musical is Wicked. But that can change depending on my love life or career at the time! It has been Evita…Dreamgirls…each of these are inspiring in their own way.
What does Anthony Keigher like to do when he’s not immersed in the stage?
Anthony Keigher likes to lie on his bed, sipping coffee while he orders flowers for himself. Yes. That’s the kind of diva I am…
This year you are bringing Douze to the Fringe. Can you tell us about it?
It follows my alter-ego pop star XNTHONY and his backing singers, The Penny Slots, as we campaign around the world for a place in Eurovision. We started in 2015…and it’s been ongoing. Something gets in the way. But we’ll never give up! The show presents 9 possible Eurovision songs…and each song has a relationship with either politics, pop culture or it’s just darn funny!
Of you & the cast, who has done the Fringe before?
None of us have done Ed Fringe before, but we have all been as audience members. Having toured around elsewhere, I am remaining calm about the sudden push of high energy that is required from myself and the team. I think the key is to keep the feet firmly on the ground and get to work (which includes lots of glitter in my case).
Douze is a brand new musical. Can you tell us about its journey from being born to being played at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe?
This is a real funny one. I had just finished a show in Ireland, and someone quite well do-to in the theatre scene asked me…’What’s XNTHONY doing next?’. And I replied…completely off the cuff…’Eurovision’. He said it was a good idea…and I got to thinking…We then brought it to Dublin Fringe Festival..followed by a European Tour and BANG! Here we are!
Can you sum up Douze in a single sentence?
DOUZE is THE lovable, pop, comedy musical about Eurovision and stardom that will leave you in stitches!
What does the rest of 2017 hold in store for Anthony Keigher?
I plan on entering the Eurovision. Again.
Aug 2-28 : C Royale (20.30)