It is festival season and that means that in the next month there is so many great comedy festivals to look forward to! This month we are looking at some of the great shows that you can see at the Camden Fringe. So take note because we are going to give you all the information you need for just a handful of some of the great shows happening this year!
Just Friends: Heartland
Location: The Free Association’s Comedy Room
Dates: Aug 2-3rd
Price: £7 concessions £5
Ticket Link: https://camdenfringe.com/show.php?acts_id=2632
Hello! Tell us about Just Friends ?
Just Friends is an improv comedy group featuring a group of performers who, despite outside appearances, are actually just friends and nothing more. Please don’t tell anyone, as our ambiguous chemistry is our main draw.
How did you come up with the name of your show that you’re taking to the Camden Fringe?
Heartland is a show that is set in a fictional town inspired by our audience members’ memories of their homes, so we wanted a title that evoked that kind of mythical place that we all remember and sort of idealize in our minds when we think of home. Home is where the Heartland … or something like that.
Tell us a little bit about your style of show?
At the heart(land) of our show is a series of scenes that explore the relationships between characters in our town. Some of them might be silly, some might be serious – the idea is to give our audience a slice of daily life in the town without leaning too hard into narrative, though there probably will be some narrative. These scenes will be cut through with faster-paced bits and set pieces that explore quick comedic ideas that come up in our scenes as well as gems from the audience pull. It’ll be cool. You’ll like it, I swear.
What will your set be about?
The set will be about the towns we grew up in. There’ll be small town drama, gossip, teenagers on the cusp of adulthood, families struggling to stay afloat, plus just local town weirdos having a good time being their fabulous selves.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the Fringe?
Mimi: The Average Sized Mermaid! Just Friend’s own Mimmi Bauer is doing her awesome solo show. We had her do a preview in our monthly night in Shoreditch and it was amazing. People should go see it. Also we love the Bareback Kings, absolutely filthy.
Have you done the Fringe before? What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
This is our first time doing the Camden Fringe! We are very excited.
What have been some of the most unique and different shows you have seen this year and why?
I loved Katy Schutte’s “Let’s Summon Demons”. An interactive folk horror that was funny until it wasn’t. When the turn came it really takes you by surprise. I also really dug John Luke Robert’s last show, “All I Wanna do is …”. Love me some good clowning.
What advice would you give to others who want to perform at Camden Fringe next year?
Do it! It’s pretty easy so long as you stay on top of your deadlines, and even if you don’t it’s fairly forgiving.
What is the best thing about performing at the Camden Fringe?
Getting press in the Phoenix Remix, duh! We’re really excited to have an extended run in a bigger venue with a longer time slot. Also, there’s so much going on at the Camden Fringe it’s a great buzz to be a part of.
What are your three favourite things about Camden?
Prathap lives there! He’s great. You should go visit him. Other than that, we all had some wonderful pizza there once. What times we had! But yeah, Prathap’s house.
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
“CIDER BITCHEZ!” We were all a gang of girls who drank cider and we had perhaps too much attitude.
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
My dream audience member would be Lin Manuel Miranda. If you could make that happen I’d be so grateful. Thanks in advance.
The iconic image of the Camden Fringe is the Pigeon – if you could call this years pigeon a name to represent its style what would it be and why?
I’d call her Cybil Prophecy, because she’s proud and goth-glamorous and looks like she’s into the occult. If you called her a rat with wings she’d curse you to the other side and back.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
Those who follow and like all three will unlock the secret to eternal happiness. Plus we’ll tell you where Prathap lives.
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Dope Feelz n Friends (sorry we cheated but is ‘n’ really a word?)