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!
U Are What U Wear: The Fashionista Show
Location: Etcetera Theatre
Dates: Aug 17,18,19th
Price: £8 concessions £5
Ticket Link: https://www.camdenfringe.com/show.php?acts_id=2380
Hello! Tell us about yourself Kate?
I was a child star like Bonnie Langford, and have been acting professionally since the age of twelve. I studied at the most notorious school in fiction…spending seven years playing the part of Kelly Bradshaw on BBC’s ‘Grange Hill’. My dulcet tones can also be heard regularly on TV and radio, whether you like it or Not, as I am also a voiceover artist represented by Yakety Yak.
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the Camden fringe?
My show is all about fashion and I knew I wanted it to be like a retro TV magazine show and so I needed a title that felt familiar in that genre on TV. I had a brainstorm with my own brain and thought of lots of things including ‘Stitch and Bitch’, ‘Fashion SOS’ but decided on ‘U ARE WHAT U WEAR: The Fashionista Show’. This was last year…it was announced last week that TV’s Rylan is bringing out a new show called…’You Are What You Wear’…a working title apparently…what are the chances?! He may want to collaborate….
Tell us a little bit about your style of show?
I send up the fashion industry through a host of chaotic characters from the hit Nafflix TV show including host and social media sensation PiXii Malone, fashion agony aunt Justine Hull and urban reporter Kelle-Leigh Lewisham. Think retro Clothes Show… with a bit of This Morning, Loose Women and The One Show thrown in.
What will your set be about?
My show is based on my love for fashion, social media and fame and all the ridiculous characters within those worlds. I can’t confirm nor deny whether any of the characters in my show are based on real-life people that I have met or know…..
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
I have had my head so far buried in my own show I haven’t had a chance to really look yet….any recommendations?! 😉
Have you done the fringe before? What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
I was a guest performer with City Impro for a couple of shows a few Camden Fringes a go, this will be my first time flying solo with my own show. Did two years back to back full festival runs at the Edinburgh Fringe with my all- female Improv group ‘All Made Up’, compered by Stephen Alan Yorke- that was fun and knackering in equal measures. I have just done the Brighton Fringe with this show and that was really fun too.
What have been some of the most unique and different shows you have seen this year and why?
It’s not Fringe at all but a ‘small-big-show’-I have seen Come From Away twice now and most musicals annoy me. It’s just brilliant- such a random concept for a show, so beautifully scripted, amazing music and beautifully performed.
What advice would you give to others who want to perform at Camden Fringe next year?
Do it- what’s the worst that can happen?
What is the best thing about performing at the Camden fringe?
It’s a great festival going on in London for everyone that just can’t do Edinburgh. Getting people to come and see you in North/Central London- great!
What are your three favourite things about Camden?
Random market stalls selling tie-dye. Crazy characters. I used to go to Camden every Saturday of my teenage years and buy every indie band/brit-pop t-shirt ever made from Camden Market. I was SO COOL.
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
‘If there was a massive inferno and we are out on the street would you feel proud of this outfit when the fire-fighters come’? I love this because it is one of my character’s, Tatyana’s line. This is one of her serious examples as to why it is always important to look good and be well dressed.
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
French and Saunders, Julie Walters, Catherine Tate, and the late, great Victoria Wood as they have all inspired my work.
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?
Lady Victoria Peckington.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
Insta @katebellactor @pixiimalone
Twitter @KateBellActor @PixiiMalone
Facebook Kate Bell
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
You will laugh.