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!
Location: Hen and Chickens
Dates: Aug 4-6
Ticket Link: https://www.camdenfringe.com/show.php?acts_id=2551
Hello! Tell us about Alpha Mums ?
Alpha Mums is a small production company that we (Joann Condon and Leonie Rachel) set up about 6 months ago in order to support our writing and performing. We met a couple of years ago, and despite very different backgrounds connected over age, having children and joint desire to work in comedy, and felt that the voice of the middle aged female could be stronger. We each lead on projects and support each other with ideas and suggestions. Currently Jo, who is a professional actor is leading on writing and performing in LITTLE BOXES for Camden Fringe. Leonie is leading on writing a sitcom called CINEMARE for children. But everything is a joint effort, so watch this space.
How did you come up with the name of your show Little Boxes that your taking to the Camden Fringe?
We were sitting having lunch and Jo was talking about wanting to do a one woman show; adressing the challenges of work, being a mum, being an actor, and being categorised based on people’s expectations. Jo mentioned she’d like to include the song “Little Boxes” and Leonie exclaimed, “Call your show that! Call it Little Boxes”,
Tell us a little bit about your style of show?
The show is a comedic theatre piece; just one woman and her thoughts, dreams, frustrations and stories.
What will your set be about?
Little Boxes centres around Joann’s experiences as she strives to find “herself” in amongst all the boxes, big and small, battered and new, that she has collected through-out her lifetime.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
Looking forward to seeing Marlene Sidaway in the Penelope Rawlins production Pigeons, and a host of other comedy and theatre.
Have you done the fringe before? What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
We performed in 2018 as part of a sketch trio at the Camden Comedy Club, it was a real blast. It’s why we chose Camden again this year. In the past Joann has also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe
What have been some of the most unique and different shows you have seen this year and why?
We just recently saw “Beyond the Blue Rinse” at the Park Theatre, a controversial and amusing look at getting older in this society.
What advice would you give to others who want to perform at Camden Fringe next year?
Just do it. It’s a very well organised fringe, which limits the amount of running around you have to do on the admin side so you can concentrate on your craft. The venues are great and so is the atmosphere so just get on with it!
What is the best thing about performing at the Camden fringe?
The adrenalin buzz. And it starts way before the actual show date, all the prep; writing, rehearsals, marketing, and even the ticket sales get you on a high. And then when the big day arrives; the audiences are great and the rush is amazing.
What are your three favourite things about Camden?
The unique atmosphere, the diversity of the people and the hecticness of places like the Camden Market.
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
“She says, we should only hire men, or have a policy of enforced sterilisation – like they do in our China office”. Just liked the ludicrousness of an HR policy that doesn’t respect women of childbearing potential…??
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
The actress Ruth Sheen and Boy George, as they get a mention in show Little Boxes.
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?
Our Lady Percy of the Lock – not really sure why. We just like the name “Percy”
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
On Facebook Alphamum productions (@alphamums.net) and on twitter @alphamums1 We also have a webpage https://alphamums.net
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Funny, sad, thought-provoking