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 a show that is bringing horror and comedy to the stage in their own very unique way – In Bad Taste.
Date: Thursday 5th August
Location: Museum of Comedy
Hello! Tell us about In Bad Taste?
In Bad Taste is a horror-comedy involving gallons of fake blood and a distinct lack of fourth wall. Written with the current political climate biting at our heels, it follows a group of five best friends as their moral compasses are pushed to breaking point (and then to cannibalism) by the top 1%, homophobes, misogynists and people with skewed opinions on what it means to be a woman. It is a testament to female bonds which began as a cathartic exercise by the writer and quickly spiralled into a piece of unbridled feminist rage as large parts of our own lives were thrown into the mixture. Our show is a reflection of the general mood of our generation and we hope to inspire change in those who watch. Aside from being extremely political and a little bit dark at times, it doesn’t take itself seriously and holds laughter at the heart of it.
How did you come up with the name of your show that you’re taking to the Camden Fringe?
The writer wrote the entire play with no title and then sat back with another company member and presented them three names, In Bad Taste being the winner because of the show perhaps being in bad taste, the blatant cannibalism and because we love a good play on words.
Tell us a little bit about your style of show?
There’s not one set style, we incorporate lots of different things. The story is told through many different and unexpected mediums including narration, poetry, movement and rap. Improvisation also plays a key part and each performance is different from the last.
What will your set be about?
Lots of sheet plastic, covered in blood, a simple suitcase that all of our props and costume changes come out of and which also doubles as a way to dispose a dead body.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
Bamestation, by Michelle Brooks and Aruhan Galieva and Her Ps and Qs by Tell Tale Tits are definitely up there!
Have you done the Fringe before? What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
Having not all come from London, this is our first fringe festival as a company that we’re performing at and attending, so we’re very excited to be a part of this, especially after the year the arts has had.
How has the last year in lockdown been for you?
Difficult but rewarding. We were obviously disappointed massively when things closed down as we had had dates in the diary and things we wanted to do, but we managed to reach out to other creatives and build a small network that we are still growing now.
Have you managed to do many online shows?
We actually live-streamed In Bad Taste in October! It was really brilliant, we were able to draw in audiences from way further afield.
And now you are returning to the stage!!! How exciting! What are you looking forward to the most?
The buzz of an audience is like nothing else! A lot of our work comes from the audience, both interacting with them and bouncing off of them so we’re so excited to be able to enjoy that once again. We also are so looking forward to and enjoying the hilarity that comes from our rehearsals and meeting the different teams in theatres and getting to know them all.
What advice would you give to others who want to perform at Camden Fringe next year?
Definitely go for it! Put yourself out there! Know that it can be hard, it’s a constant grind to get ticket sales up and the application can seem daunting, but it’s so worth it in the end. Oh, and make sure to see lots of fringe, too!
What is the best thing about performing at the Camden fringe?
Getting to meet all the other companies and performers; it’s such a feeling of community among everybody.
What are your three favourite things about Camden?
The orange juice stalls – we can promise that at least two of the company members will have a bottle of juice in their hands at any given time. The food stalls – can you tell we’re big on the food and drink front? The feeling of inclusivity – you walk around and hear so many different languages and accents and see so many different people.
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
It’’s hard to pick, but we would have to say: ‘You wanna watch the way you talk to us, May, or we’ll eat ya.’ This line makes us chuckle every time purely because of how ridiculous the scene it’s happening in is.
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
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?
Philbert the Skate Park King, he just seems like a cool dude with a weird name who absolutely shreds it every weekend.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Bloody Brilliant Night.