Camden Fringe Festival 2021

Camden Fringe 2021 – INTERVIEW – Pleading Stupidity, The Hen and Chickens Theatre

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 Maybe You Like It Productions about – Pleading Stupidity.

Date: 6th,7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th August
Time: 6th,7th, 8th,at 7:30pm, 9th, 10th, 11th at 9pm
Location: The Hen & Chickens Theatre

Hello! Tell us about yourself and the show Pleading Stupidity that you are  bringing to Camden fringe? 

I’m Caleb, I’m an emerging writer, director and co-founder of Maybe You Like It Productions. Pleading Stupidity is Maybe You Like It Production’s newest comedy. It’s a fast-paced, high energy show, telling the true story of the ‘Dumb & Dumber’ Bandits, two Australian boys that rob a bank whilst on their gap year in Vail, Colorado.

How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the Camden fringe?

Funnily enough, the title of the show should have been very obvious because it’s a line that is repeated throughout the show and sums entirely the situation of our two protagonists. Actually it was our Producer Jake who came up with the title after a long series of phone calls in which we drove ourselves a little bit crazy.

Tell us a little bit about your style of show?

The show is fast-paced, high energy, it’s funny and silly and it’s trying to find the goofiest way to tell this story. It also takes a lot of influence from films and there is a cinematic way we have put together scenes and transitions. It’s a multi rolling cast that have used devising and verbatim language to create a show that is fluid and collaborative throughout. Though it is a comedy it does have a lot of heart! 

What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?

Our friends are here at the fringe performing ‘Smart Casual’ and we can’t wait to see their show. We are also really excited to see ‘If We Ended This’. It’s our first festival so we are excited to explore it as it happens.

Have you done the fringe before? What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?

No we haven’t but we have heard lots of good things and our General Manager, Elspeth, came a few year’s back to see Chewboy’s production of Euan and loved it.

How has the last year in lockdown been for you?

As for many people it has been very challenging. I have been fortunate to be based in Cornwall which meant there was a lot of opportunity for outdoor activity. Creatively, it’s been the most challenging time in my career but it’s pushed me to find new ways of creating and collaborating with others.

Have you managed to do many online shows?

Yes, as a company, we created a radio play over the first lockdown, which was George Bernard Shaw’s Press Cuttings. We also created an audio sketch comedy show at Christmas which raised money for a local homeless shelter in Oxford (where the company began). As well as this we have been keeping up our ongoing podcast, The Maybe You Like It Podcast, on which we create a stage adaptation of a film every week and launched our Do Try This at Home Podcast where we attempt to save cinema and re-write mediocre movies.

And now you are returning to the stage!!! How exciting! What are you looking forward to the most?

There are two big things I am looking forward to, the first is being in a room with my company and working closely and collaboratively to create something we all really care about. The second is to share that with a live audience and feel their immediate response to the show.

What advice would you give to others who want to perform at Camden Fringe next year?

Our advice would be DO IT! It gives you an opportunity to share your work with excited and receptive audiences.

Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?

It would probably be ’The year is 2002. George Bush accuses the Iraq regime of being a danger to the rest of the world. Pope John Paul II speaks out against child abuse in the US Catholic Church. And Ben Affleck is People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive. The world is in complete disarray.’ It was right at the beginning of the show and it always got a laugh, every night.

Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?

I’m going to say Reece Shearsmith & Steve Pemberton! I love their writing and think they are endlessly inventive. So if they could see my work it would be exciting!

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?

Tony Squawk – they look a little like a Skater!

If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?

@maybeulikeit on Twitter & Instagram

And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?

Live, Laugh, Love

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