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 Rebekka Turner about Bex’s Chainsaw Moussaka .
Date: 7th August
Location: The Hen & Chickens Theatre
Hello! Tell us about yourself and the show Bex’s Chainsaw Moussaka that you are bringing to Camden fringe?
Hello right back at you! I am Rebekka Turner and I am a surreal stand-up comedian of 7 years with an interest in celebrity impressions. Bex’s Chainsaw Moussaka is a work in progress show that aims to avoid the usual comedy cliches such as tinder jokes, moral messages 3/4’s of the way in and telling you about my “zany everyday life”. A mix of characters, impressions, wordplay and puns-something to entertain you, whoever you are.
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the Camden Fringe?
When I was new to stand-up an audience member compared me to being ‘like a porcelain doll with a chainsaw’. This became my 2019 title, and as my 2021 show is the extended version I decided to add a wordplay twist to it.
Tell us a little bit about your style of show?
My style of show is very surreal and high energy!
What will your set be about?
There is nothing too serious in my set but the main loose theme is around society and the people that frustrate me. Some of the smaller topics include food, pop culture and gender.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
I look forward to seeing Simone Belshaw’s Nanette or Die Trying. She’s starting to focus on writing and so this is her final foray. Rabiah Coon and Stephanie Lorence share many a witty thought in their joint solo show ‘Clown Nipples and Nice Try’. Finally ‘Jack Hoosie and the Leisure Groan’ was developed online at a few comedy nights I watched and it’s a wonderful character by Gareth Edward.
Have you done the fringe before? What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
I did the Camden Fringe in 2016 for a 5 hander show called ‘The Unusual Subtext’. I have also performed at The Brighton Fringe, Guildford Fringe, Bradford Fringe and the Tunbridge Wells Fringe. My favourite show was my first 30 minute production in 2018 called ‘Rice T*ts. It was my first solo show and I felt very proud of my accomplishment!
How has the last year in lockdown been for you?
It’s been mixed. The first lockdown was very hard on me emotionally as it seemed to drag on and no-one knew how to handle the situation. There where concerns as to whether comedy could fully continue and being able to perform live felt very bleak. The second and third lockdowns where more annoying as a lot of mixed messages and negativity was spread around (particularly on Twitter).
Have you managed to do many online shows?
I have yes, it was quite tricky to perform at first as you didn’t have an instant physical in the room response and so I had to trust that people where laughing on Zoom or via Facebook comments.
And now you are returning to the stage!!! How exciting! What are you looking forward to the most?
I am looking forward to being able to get back to seeing my comedy friends, perfecting jokes and getting the elation from performing on a live stage!
What advice would you give to others who want to perform at Camden Fringe next year?
Don’t be afraid to ask the Festival questions or ask for advice from your fellow performers, even if it feels silly and have probably been asked a 1,000 times before. Usually everyone’s in the same boat.
What is the best thing about performing at the Camden fringe?
The amount of support that venues have for this kooky London Festival and the fact that you get to perform to a London crowd and get your name out there.
What are your three favourite things about Camden?
The different cultural food stalls in Camden Lock, the mysterious shops you find and the unique alt-history in Camden!
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
My favourite one liner is: I don’t have love handles, I have shag rails. It’s the joke that’s been in my set the longest since I first performed in 2010 for a Laughing Horse comedy workshop. It never fails to get a laugh…
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
Someone who is the right amount of high energy clapping, whooping and joining in without being obnoxious and whom instantly get’s what I’m trying to achieve on stage.
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?
Darrell, because the pigeon has a similar fun positive energy to the Fast Show character who always found everyday items to be brilliant!
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
They can follow me here on Twitter: @BexTurnerComedy, on Instagram: @bexturnercomedy or on my TikTok: @Bex.Turner.
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Chaotic clusterfuck comedy. (Let me know if you can’t have swear words in the interview and I’ll devise a replacement).