It is festival season and last month we were going Excited for Edinburgh Fringe and this month we are going Crazy for Camden Fringe! This month we are talking to acts performing at the festival so you have a strong idea as to what is happening this month in London. Today we talk to Ryan from Falling Pennies Theatre Company to find out all about their show this year, Beyond The Grave.

Name Of Show: Beyond The Grave

Time: 12:30pm

Date:  10th – 14th August

Location: Etcetra Theatre


 

Hello! Tell us about Falling Pennies?

Since its inception in late 2015 Falling Pennies Theatre Company is incredibly proud of what it has achieved so far. This includes; Research and Development weeks at the Park Theatre; it’s debut play ‘Beetles From The West’ launching the re-opening of The Lion and Unicorn theatre; gaining five star reviews for every production they’ve done; their cast members winning awards such as ‘Best supporting’ and ‘Best Actor in Fringe Theatre’ and receiving such accolades as “The best of what fringe theatre has to offer” and “Possibly the most compelling school boy play to hit the London stage since The History Boys” referring to our productions of ‘Beetles From The West’ and ‘Remedial Remedies’ performed at The Gatehouse Theatre. Most recently Falling Pennies produced ‘Doomed Resistance’ stealing hearts at The Plymouth Fringe & Camden Fringe Festival. Falling Pennies continues to strive to stand out on London’s Off West End and beyond. Our ethos – Don’t wait for opportunity to drop. Make it.

How did you come up with the name Beyond The Grave for your show this year?

Falling Pennies ran a nationwide competition to name our play. The winning entry was “Mrs. Flegg and Her Slightly Confused Lemur Go To Town”.

It was felt, however, that “Mrs. Flegg and Her Slightly Confused Lemur Go To Town” in no way reflects what happens in our spooky show.

We thought about adjusting the play to fit the title, but London Zoo told us lemurs were too hard to confuse. So we thought we’d take a risk and name the show after a popular expression instead.

Tells us a little bit about your style of comedy?
It’s very, very silly.

What will your set be about?

The play is a farcical ghost story about a self-important sceptic who is hellbent on proving he’s not being haunted.

What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?

We’ll see as much comedy as we can, followed by as much tragedy as we can so the universe stays in balance. Not that the universe will thank us. Ungrateful bloody universe…

What have been some of your favourite shows to date at the Camden Fringe and why?

Paper Creatures’ play Flood. They’re a company doing great things.

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 comedy and what other modern technologies do you think could alter the way we interact and watch comedy?

Virtual reality, like film, radio, television, colour television and the internet is just a fad. So is comedy. In fact, I predict by the time of publication comedy will have been completely forgotten. Yes, even Dad’s Army.

If I’m wrong, comedians will continue to go where ever there are laughs to be had, whatever the medium. Except Morse Code. There is a depressing lack of Morse Code comedians.

 

What have been some of the most unique and different comedy sets you have seen this year and why?

 

A Doctor Professor Neil Portenza show is like nothing else. If he’s in London on his way to Edinburgh Fringe, do yourself a favour.

 

If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?

Falling Pennies – @FallingPennies

Beyond the Grave – @YondTheGrave

And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?

Live. Owl. Boxing.

 

CAMDEN FRINGE QUICK FIRE ROUND

Best thing about performing at the Camden fringe?

Great vibe, great people, great audiences.

What are your pre show rituals?

Check ticket sales, perform a human sacrifice to harness the unfathomable power of almighty Ra, then a vocal warm-up if we’ve got time.

 

What advice would you give to others who want to perform at Camden Fringe next year?

Remember to have fun.

What are the best venue’s at the fringe?

The Etcetera Theatre, of course. We’ve also heard good things about Merv’s Tobacco & Dirty Books Shop. Apparently Merv runs a theatre space out back. For £5 he’ll let you perform there. He doesn’t have any lighting or sound equipment and the room is too small to fit an audience, but for an extra two quid Merv will hum any music you want, shine a torch in your face and pretend to like the show.

What are your three favourite things about Camden?

Only 7% of Camden is haunted, it has more dentists per capita than any other borough and in the summer the canals are flavoured with elderflower cordial. Delicious.

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