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 Jasynda about the show- Galentines Day
Date: 20th, 21st, 22nd August 2021
Location: Canal Cafe
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the Camden fringe?
That was the hardest part. I had written majority of my play, till it was actually Galentines Day. I was in a zoom call with my mum; I was joking about the day, and then I was like wait “It’s Perfect!” Inspiration comes to us when we least expect it, I guess.
Tell us a little bit about your style of show?
It is a comedy play. Abbey does talks directly to her audience as if they are guest to her Galentines party. So I would say it is also very inclusive. What makes this different I guess to a stand-up show is that, the story has a very clear beginning, middle and end, with a message behind it. And it is a character up there talking, not myself.
What will your set be about?
At Abbey one bedroom; in her shared housing. We all know the joys of that. Which we will also see…or hear should I say.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
I am also taking part in Ameliore which opens in the first week, with Ruckus Theatre Company. Which is a musical, so that has been a big contrast to my show.
But can’t wait to see Katerina Robinson in her Dickpressin (Work in Progress), it’s an online show and we worked together couple years ago so excited to see her in her stand up comedy craft.
But truthfully there are so many shows I can not wait to go and see. So fun to look through the program and just discover something new.
Have you done the fringe before? What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
In Australia I took part in Short and Sweet Festival. Where there are 10 plays each weekend that have to be 10 minutes long. And then at the end the audience votes for best play, and there are judges to vote for best 3. Then finally week of the month becomes a final for all those plays. It was so much fun and so intriguing of what stories people can create with only 10 minutes to tell! I couldn’t wait when I was coming back to London, I wanted to be a part of more fringe theatre.
How has the last year in lockdown been for you?
It was tough, I feel like it was for everyone. I had to keep finding new employment as never getting furlough, so I had like over 5 different jobs last year. But then you always have to look on the bright side, when I was working in Sainsbury I was actually working with other creatives and made new friends. I also managed to do so much writing! Finish projects and plays I’ve been working on for years. and of course, I created Galentines Day in that time. So guess everything happens for a reason. We also got to do our best with what we got.
Have you managed to do many online shows?
None at all, I really REALLY struggled with zoom. I never even heard of it before 2020.
And now you are returning to the stage!!! How exciting! What are you looking forward to the most?
Be around people! Able to heard people laugh in real time, and hopefully bring some joy back to the theatre. I just can not absolutely wait. Think I’ve been losing sleep just thinking about it. So exciting.
What advice would you give to others who want to perform at Camden Fringe next year?
Do IT! If you said you always wanted to write your own work. Well start! You be surprised what ideas and inspiration will come to you. Also, you will be surprised how much support you will have from your friends. They will love to work with you and hear your work. Especially other creatives love being apart of new work. Plus, there is always someone on the Camden Fringe team or your theatre who are there to help you, so never be shy to ask. Seriously they have been amazing!!
What is the best thing about performing at the Camden fringe?
I shall find out on 20th.
What are your three favourite things about Camden?
Markets! Markets! Markets! Whenever someone from overseas come I always take them to Camden. Best shopping, food and atmosphere. (But never take them on the weekends)
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
That’s a really though question… I feel not so many one liner… I would say “Like really, why is it so hard to go on a date?! Really, in this day and age. With Tender, Crumple, OKStupid, Latch, Cringe, Plenty of Dish and Finder”
It was really fun to find playful ways to say dating apps around these days without the real names. Can you work out what the real names are? And basically, this one liner(ish) perfectly describes how Abbey’s dating life is going.
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
My mum. She has always come to my shows. She always saying she is my number one fan. But because of the boarders still closed in Australia there is no chance for her to come. I am still hoping at least I’ll be able get home for Christmas this year.
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, cause he is on a skateboard. He looks like a tony
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
Sure thing, on Instagram its jasynda_bennett with two “t”s and on twitter it is @jasyndarad. You can tell the time difference with account creations.
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
For a Good Laugh!!!