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!
Blue Tights, Red Knickers and an ‘S’ on Her Vest
Location: The Lion and Unicorn Theatre
Dates: Aug 12 – 16
Price: from £12 Concession £10
Ticket Link: https://www.camdenfringe.com/show.php?acts_id=2430
Hello there! Tell us about Thematic Theatre?
We formed Thematic Theatre whilst at Drama School. We have always been eager to create our own work and create our own opportunities as creatives. We came up with an idea that with each year we would focus heavily on one particular theme and base all of our work around this theme, hence ‘Thematic Theatre’.
How did you come up with the name of your show that you’re taking to Camden Fringe?
The name came from conversation that Laura had with her Mum. Laura had had a stressful time in her last few years of school and her Mum just said “You don’t have to run around with navy blue tights, red knickers and an ‘S’ on your vest. It is ok to take the Superwoman outfit off every once in a while”. It’s something that has always stayed with her and has been used in several parts of the script as well as the title. We feel like it has a real poignancy and gets right to the core of the subject matter we’re exploring in the play.
Tell us a little bit about the style of your show?
It is a one woman show focusing heavily on the theme of mental health. The comedic side of the writing allows for audiences to relate to the main character, Jenna, whilst also being a very honest depiction of anxiety and struggling with day to day life. The show has a very conversational style tone which makes it very easy to follow and relate to.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
• “In Memoriam” by Rosanna Foster, part of Chocolate Chili Theatre
• “Beige Walls” by Ghosted Arts Collective
Have you done the fringe before? What have been some of your favourite shows to date?
We’ve both performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016 through our drama school, Italia Conti. We performed in “Road” by Jim Cartwright. We thoroughly enjoyed being at the Edinburgh Fringe and were overwhelmed by all of the amazing shows we were able to see. We are just as excited by the Camden Fringe and can’t wait to take part in it.
What have been some of the most unique and different shows you have seen this year and why?
We’ve seen Hedgehog by Boxless Theatre and absolutely loved it. We trained with Alex, Zoe and have always been fans of their work. Georgia Richardson and Emily Costello who were also part of the team were in our year so it’s great to see them making some fabulous work.
We’re also going to see Holy Land by Elegy Theatre very soon, it’s all about the dark side of the Internet and the set looks amazing so we’re very excited to see that!
What advice would you give to others who want to perform at the Camden Fringe next year?
Do your research into which theatres you want to perform in; don’t just pick random theatres and hope for the best. Write to specific people, not just a blanket email. And always keep on top of your admin.
What is the best thing about performing at the Camden Fringe?
It’s great to perform our own piece of work in our home city. Camden has so many theatres that it feels just like a mini Edinburgh Fringe. As fantastic as the Edinburgh fringe is, sometimes the financial implications can deter theatre companies away. It’s great, therefore, to have a fringe festival much closer to home.
What are your three favourite things about Camden?
Its lovely Canal, the markets are great for shopping and its so close to central London to easily go and watch a show!
Favourite one liner you’ve done in a show and why?
“It simply read, Team Building”. We’ve not met a single person who enjoys team building workshops and we thought it was quite relatable.
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
Phoebe Waller Bridge! We both love her writing and Fleabag is one of our favourite shows. The writing is so clever and poignant and that’s the effect we hope to achieve with our work.
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?
For some reason Persephone is jumping (or flying) out at us!
If people want to find out more about you, where can they follow you on social media?
We are on Twitter and Instagram @Thematic_Theatre. Give us a follow so you can catch up on all things Blue Tights and our future work.