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 Ilaria Passer about the show – Lady Ilaria’s Drawers
Date: 18th – 19th August
Location: The Hen & Chickens Theatre
Hello! Tell us about yourself and the show that you are bringing to Camden Fringe?
My name is Ilaria Passeri. I’m a Scottish/Italian storyteller living in Manchester. My show is about finding your place in the world. Straddling different lifestyles. Being in the middle and not feeling like you fit in. Being skint but eating hummus. Having a foot in each camp but never truly belonging. Here’s the show blurb that explains it better!
In her northern village, little Ilaria lived bang in the middle. Turn right and she could ride on a lawnmower and have high tea. Turn left and she could bounce on a mattress and chew bubblegum. It was the best of both worlds, and the worst, because where did she belong? Even now that she’s a grown-up, she’s still uncertain.
This is a show about identity, dead guinea pigs, a Scottish mum prone to naked cooking, an errant Italian father, a chicken fetishist, a near-death experience, and a woman pooing in Ilaria’s cup-for-life on a bus.
I’ve written for Huffington Post UK, appeared on BBC Radio Manchester and performed at literature festivals.
My show is produced by Micheal Jacob, who worked on lots of sitcoms I grew up watching. I have loved working with him
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the Camden Fringe?
My Mum jokingly bought me one of those Ladyship things as a Christmas present so I started writing as ‘Lady Ilaria’. I even went to Argos and bought a tiara. I have a mini set of drawers that I keep all my props in, a rubber chicken, a Kwik Save carrier bag and other secret stuff. The Ladyship certificate is framed and on the wall of my downstairs loo.
Tell us a little bit about your style of show?
It’s a storytelling show for adults. It sits between being standup and theatre but is neither of those things!
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
Norris and Parker, my favourites
Have you done the fringe before? What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
This is my first time at Camden Fringe. I’ve performed at Edinburgh Fringe before but as an actor in other people’s shows. I’m delighted to have my own show.
How has the last year in lockdown been for you?
Very up and down. I’ve had periods of being super productive and other times of feeling like ‘what’s the point?’ Its been a good opportunity to write though. I was very lucky that I was able to still facilitate drama workshops online. I got good at making apple crumble, I’ve weaned myself off it now, thankfully.
Have you managed to do many online shows?
I’ve done lots of online storytelling, comedy and spoken word events. They were a life saver!
And now you are returning to the stage!!! How exciting! What are you looking forward to the most?
Hearing proper laughter, the glass of wine afterwards in the bar and people watching just before I go out on stage
What advice would you give to others who want to perform at Camden Fringe next year?
Just go for it! Make a piece you’re proud of and show it off. Be wild and make some memories.
What is the best thing about performing at the Camden fringe?
The Venue I’m performing at is brilliant and has such a mixture of shows on, I’so pleased to be part of it all
What are your three favourite things about Camden?
The Amy Winehouse statue, the markets and the old man that once gave me a doughnut (not a euphemism)
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
“My Mum did the only thing that made sense, she snapped the cat in half to ensure a snug, albeit horrific fit”
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
Too hard! David Sedaris, James Acaster and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (sorry for cheating!)
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?
Barry because they look like they’d be up for a laugh
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
My twitter is @ilariapasseri my instagram is xilariapasserix my blog/website is https://ladyilaria.com
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Rubber. Chicken. Appearance