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!
The Parentheticals: Improdyssey
Location: Etcetera Theatre (above the Oxford Arms), 265 Camden High St, London NW1 7BU
Dates: Aug 11-12th
Hello! Tell us about The Parentheticals!
Hey there! We’re a septet of improvisers in medieval t-shirts who make up comedy quests.
How did you come up with the name of your show that you’re taking to the Camden Fringe?
Improdyssey? It’s a portmanteau of ‘improv’ and ‘odyssey’. We’ve used that title for three fringes in a row, but only since last year has the full hour been dedicated to a single quest…
Tells us a little bit about your style of show.
It’s our original adventure format. It’s ostensibly a longform narrative, but we’ve snuck in some games too. We want the audience involved beyond their initial prompts (they suggest the object we’ll search for and an opening location) so they feel more ownership over the show. So there’s a few opportunities throughout for them to contribute dialogue and even a scene where they move us around the stage.
What will your set be about?
We won’t know until the crowd tell us. All of our show titles follow the formula ‘The Quest for…’ or ‘The Quest for the…’. The story begins once the audience fills in the blank.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
The Bareback Kings, Improbotics, and Clusterfox. We hosted them on our show (back when we ran a monthly improv gig) so it will be nice to see them again.
Have you done the fringe before?
Hell yeah. This is our fourth consecutive year at Camden. We love it.
What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
Our last quest at Duck Duck Goose was a hoot. There was a lot of messing around with each other. Yet the audience had fun because we were having fun.
What have been some of the most unique and different shows you have seen this year and why?
We played a gig where one of the acts was Bill Sykes from Oliver Twist. Not the actor from the movie! The character from the book. He did a tight five of shouting at the crowd.
What advice would you give to others who want to perform at Camden Fringe next year?
Go for it!
What is the best thing about performing at the Camden fringe?
Putting on a big show. Questing around London for twenty minutes at a time is cool, but we really relish the challenge of adventuring together for an hour.
What are your three favourite things about Camden?
Camden Fringe (obviously), Camden Market, and eating/drinking/walking along the canal.
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
Anyone who loves the show enough to tell their friends and comes to watch again.
The iconic image of the Camden Fringe is the Pigeon – if you could call this year’s pigeon a name to represent its style, what would it be and why?
Midge the Pidge. It looks like a maid that has witnessed a murder!
If people want to find out more about you, where can they follow you on social media?
All our upcoming quests are on https://theparentheticals.co.uk/gigs.We’re also available via @parentheticalsimprov on Facebook and @tparentheticals on Twitter.
And Finally in three words – why should people come and see the show?
Knockabout improvised epic.