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 Alice Cockayne
Date: 6th August
Location: Aces and Eights Saloon Bar
Hello! Tell us about yourself and the show that you are bringing to Camden fringe?
Hellooo! I’m Alice, I’m 26 and I’m a performer and theatre maker based in London. The show I’m bringing to the Camden fringe is my first solo surreal character comedy show. It is 45 minutes of me dressing up in lots of wigs and costume, being weird and having a lot of fun!
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the Camden fringe?
I always struggle with making a decision about anything! The stress was eating me up and I just needed a name to falsely reassure me that I’m doing amazing haha. Since I have found out that it’s a quote from Chris Jenner… I swear I’m not a secret fan.
Tell us a little bit about your style of show?
My show is a mix of character comedy, clown, physical comedy and performance art. It’s very absurd, random and silly.
What will your set be about?
You’ll have to come and find out!
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
I’m looking forward to seeing Elf Lyons show and Frankie Thompson.
Have you done the fringe before? What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
I have never done The Camden Fringe before… but I have just done The Brighton Fringe and I’ve done The Edinburgh Fringe a few times. Some of my favourite shows to date have definitely got to be The Edinburgh Fringe where I did the whole run with my friend Paige and our sketch comedy show ‘Two girls and A lot of Carrots’. Even though I had several mental breakdowns and needed to sleep for a month after I just love the atmosphere of Edinburgh and can’t wait to perform there again hopefully next year!
How has the last year in lockdown been for you?
The last year in lockdown has been like being on a really dodgy fairground ride and someone is screaming for you to go faster and they keep spinning you round and you just want to get off. I hate rides as well.
Have you managed to do many online shows?
No I haven’t, I’m like a nan when it comes to technology so the thought of doing online shows just put fear into me.
And now you are returning to the stage!!! How exciting! What are you looking forward to the most?
I’m sooo excited! Everything really.. but mainly the fame and fortune.
What advice would you give to others who want to perform at Camden Fringe next year?
I would say be fearless and bold and remember that you are fabulous.
What is the best thing about performing at the Camden fringe?
The fact it’s in Camden and I can go into that shop with dancing neon people
What are your three favourite things about Camden?
Swimming in the regents canal, pretending I’m a tourist at the market and the pigeons
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
I honestly can’t remember any lines from the show.
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
Probably Daisy-May Cooper just because I want to be best friends with her.
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 think it would be called Bob because he looks very friendly and kind and I don’t think I’ve ever met someone called Bob that’s a horrible person.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
On Instagram it’s Alcockayne
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
It’ll be entertaining.