Event preview: Will you hold my Hand, We are Goose at the Hunterian Museum, London, Friday July 19, 2013.Perusing the anatomical specimens at the Hunterian might make anyone a fan of John Hunter, the 18th century Scottish surgeon and anatomist whose collecting tenacity transformed scientific understanding.
Hunter is a hero to We Are Goose, a musical comedy duo with a knack for blues, doo-wap and klezmer. And in an Edinburgh Fringe preview on Friday, the pair will perform a “music extravaganza” recounting some of his extraordinary life story.
The show’s full title is prefaced “I know it smells like the inside of dead people but...”. No strangers to the artefacts world (the pair have performed at Museums Showoff) their towering collection of glass cases are crammed with with foetuses, entrails, skeletons and all manner of diseased remains.
They say their latest tour is “more about John Hunter than ever before”, as well as being “sillier than every before”. The critics, meanwhile, have credited these waistcoated dandies with being gleeful, gorgeous, charming and, in a be-damned-with-faint-praise conclusion, capable of generating “more laughs than you’d expect.”
The show will take place in the Crystal Gallery, with a private view of the museum available from 6pm.
- Performance starts 7pm. Admission £5. Booking essential, telephone 020 7869 6568. Follow We are Goose on Twitter @wearewearegoose.