This summer we are very lucky to see some of life return to normal and one of the things that is coming back with a bang this year is Camden Fringe! We have spoke to a number of acts that you can go and see on the actual stage, so if you have missed comedy and theatre then this is a great time for you! If you are planning on going to the festival though please pre-book your tickets to avoid disappointment. Today we are talking to Agustina Dieguez Buccella about the show – Fragile
Date: 7th, 28th August
Location: Etcetera Theatre
Hello! Tell us about yourself and the show Fragile that you are bringing to Camden Fringe?
Hi Holly, thank you so much for having me! A little bit about myself, my name is Agustina and I was born in Argentina, where I lived most of my life. I was always interested in acting and I was doing it as a hobby, while studying law. After graduating as a lawyer I decided to focus on acting in a professional way and moved into London to pursue my career. Since then I’ve been acting both for film and theatre. Being part of an ethnic minority in the UK I struggled to find roles that excite me. That’s when I stared writing and creating my own work. My first project is the one woman show “Fragile” that I am taking to Camden Fringe Festival for the first time. The show is based on real life experiences and it touches topics of vulnerability, women empowerment, independence, control, loneliness, connection and the difficulty of asking for help.
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the Camden fringe?
The name came to my mind as soon as I finished writing the show. The story explores the fragility and vulnerability that is underneath every strong and brave woman. The name fragile suited the story I wanted to tell perfectly and I didn’t give it any second thought.
Tell us a little bit about your style of show?
It’s a one woman show with minimal props and a black box theatre. The focus is on the story. The show tackles on deep topics and it aims to move the audience, take them into an emotional journey, reflect and relate with the story. It also has some comedic relief elements, to make the audience’s experience similar to a roller-coaster of feelings.
What will your set be about?
Fragile is about a self-assured and powerful woman who “doesn’t need anyone”. When lost in the middle of the mountains, this woman realizes that she got it all wrong. In order to survive, she has to go back, get rid of all the layers that she is unnecessarily wearing, and admit that asking for help is her way out. The story, based on real-life experiences, follows an independent and strong woman who, in a dangerous and deadly situation is scared of being vulnerable and admitting that she needs help. She tries to keep up the appearance of power until she realizes that there’s nothing wrong with being fragile. The show explores this transition and it’s filled with breakthroughs while revisiting moments of her past that have influenced her present behavior. It also touches on the topics of loneliness disguised with independence and its consequences.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
I’m looking forward to seeing “Borrowed Time” by Garth Oates and “Essentially Black” by Naomi Denny. They both sound really promising!
Have you done the fringe before? What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
Yes, Fragile premiered at Brighton Fringe Festival 2021 and it will also be taking part of Bedfringe Festival on the 31st of July. One of my favourite shows that I’ve seen was “Madame Ovary” by Rosa Hesmondhalgh. I loved it because it was based on real life experiences and it made me feel every single emotion in just one hour.
How has the last year in lockdown been for you?
Similar to what it was for most people, I would guess. It was a struggle for moments and it was really difficult to embrace uncertainty, specially within our industry. It also meant I couldn’t visit my family back in Argentina and it made me feel lonely, bored and hopeless some of the time. Other times I felt productive, I started taking care of my mental health more, and seeking connection with weekly videocalls with my loved ones. I also started creating some work and finding creative ways to keep myself motivated.
Have you managed to do many online shows?
I didn’t want to present my show online. I wanted it to premier the “proper way”: at a theatre and with a live audience. I decided to postpone it until I was able to have the experience I thought the show deserved.
And now you are returning to the stage!!! How exciting! What are you looking forward to the most?
The adrenaline of live performances! I live for that feeling. And also the response from the audience and the connection with them. Seeing how my show impacts on every person that has decided to give me one hour of their time. The public renews everyday and the audience’s energy is different on every show. That keeps me proactive, fresh and expectant. It’s a challenge I happily accept.
What advice would you give to others who want to perform at Camden Fringe next year?
I would say to them to not give up. Yes, it takes a lot of work and you will have to invest energy, time and money in it. But if you have a story that you believe is worth telling, don’t give up and keep persisting. You will appreciate you did it once you are on stage, believe me.
What is the best thing about performing at the Camden Fringe?
I live in London and most of the people I know live here as well so I am excited to finally perform my show locally. I love to be performing at Camden Fringe because it’s such an inclusive platform and it gives me the opportunity to reach different people that otherwise wouldn’t know about my show.
What are your three favourite things about Camden?
The vibrant area, since Camden is one of the coolest alternative parts in London.The opportunity it gives to newcomers to introduce themselves into the industry. And… Great venues!
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
Favourite one liner in Fragile is a punch line that always catches the audience off guard and makes them laugh every time. “… And I always want my fries”. I love it because I hold the tension just before everyone burst into laughter.
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
Definitely Phoebe Waller-Bridge. I admire her work so much. I love how honest and raw she is in both, her writing and acting. I find it so inspiring and it would be a delight to have her in the audience.
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 would call it Baby Piggy because it’s about to experience this new unknown reality with curiosity, playfulness and optimism. And a little bit scared.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
My Instagram and Twitter handle is @agusdiebu I also have a website that I keep up to date https://www.agustinadieguezbuccella.com
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Relatable, compelling & emotional