Name Of Show: Crabmeat
Date: August 6th – 11th
Location: Tristan Bates Theatre
Hello Joshua! Tell us about Crabmeat play?
Crabmeat is a one man comedy/drama exploring minority stress and anxiety from a queer perspective. It is about a guy hiding in the bathroom of a gay club because of what he’s just seen on the dance floor and because he’s being chased by an angry, homophobic crab. While hiding out in the toilet he begins to open up to an unsuspecting crowd, telling stories of his outrageous sexual exploits, about his most recent failed relationship and about his inability to open up. All the while a cranky crustacean is threatening to disturb the peace of his hiding spot.
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the Camden fringe?
Crabs have a soft, fleshy interior and a hard outer shell. Crabmeat is about a man dealing with the consequences of keeping his insides guarded and the reasons why he’s grown a pointy, impenetrable outer layer.
Tell us a little bit about your style of theatre?
My style of theatre uses a mix of story telling, stand up, dialogue, video projection and animation to explore ideas and issues through an entertaining, darkly comic lense. Mixing real world settings and a more metaphysical landscape blurring the lines between reality and fantasy.
What will your set be about?
The show is about minority stress: the increased levels of anxiety, depression, suicide, substance abuse, failed interpersonal relationships and stunted emotional maturity within minority communities, it is especially prevalent within the LGBTQ community. Those experiencing minority stress often experience poor health, low self-image and lacklustre relationships as a result of continual exposure to major and minor stressors, both external and internal, over the course of a life. It is the greatest health concern facing Queer people and one that often goes unspoken and unheard of. The show aims to bring attention to the issue whilst taking a fun, sexy, dramatic look at the life of a contemporary gay man.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
The Cloakroom Attendant by Dimitra Barla, Getting Over Everest by Natasha Santos look incredibly interesting and hilarious respectively.
Have you done the fringe before? What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
This is my first time at the Camden Fringe and I’m really excited and also terrified, please be nice.
Some acts have already tried it and done shows in the environment but do you think virtual reality has a space to be used in theatre and what other modern technologies do you think could alter the way we interact and watch theatre?
Crabmeat uses video and animation to help create the world of the show and the characters who inhabit it, so I’m really into the idea of modern technologies being used to enhance and inform new works in theatre. I think new technology has always influenced how we tell stories from the birth of electricity to recorded sound and we would be foolish not to think of new ways that technology can enhance an audience’s experience. VR would be an interesting way to fully immerse an audience in an environment and I would love to see robotics could be used or even AI could be an interesting idea to explore.
What have been some of the most unique and different theatre shows you have seen this year and why?
I don’t know if this counts because it’s on Netflix now but Hannah Gadsby’s ‘Nanette’ is the most brilliant use of stand up and story telling and message, which breaks down the walls of each medium, dismantling and commenting on them at the same time.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
They can find me on Twitter @joshuadeanperry and @crabmeatplay. On Instagram it’s @jdeanperry.
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Funny, relevant, crabs?
CAMDEN FRINGE QUICK FIRE ROUND
Best thing about performing at the Camden fringe?
We’re about to find out!
What are your pre show rituals?
A lot of pacing and a lot of trips to the bathroom. Some stretches.
What advice would you give to others who want to perform at Camden Fringe next year?
Do it! It’s easy to apply and make the most of the connections you can make with other companies.
What are the best venue’s at the fringe?
Well, this is bias but definitely the Tristan Bates. The Camden People’s Theatre is also one of my favourite venues in London.
What are your three favourite things about Camden?
The canal, the Roundhouse, the pubs!