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 the creators of – The Bacchae
Date: 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th August
Time: 20th, 21st, 22nd August at 7:30pm, 23rd, 24th, 25th at 6pm
Location: The Hen & Chickens Theatre
Hello! Tell us about the show The Bacchae that you are bringing to Camden Fringe?
The Bacchae is a reimagining of Euripides’ greek tragedy with an all-female cast and a thick coat of fluorescent paint.
Tell us a little bit about your style of show?
Our shows so far have all been retellings of classic plays through a feminist lens. We enjoy making each show completely different conceptually from the last. What further sets us apart is definitely our use of original music.
What will your set be about?
Our production is conceptually based on the Club Kid culture of the 80s and 90s. It is colourful and energetic, like a fluorescent fever dream.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
One of our actors, Noga Flaishon, is also an accomplished playwright and her show Bunker is going up the second week of August. It’s going to be fabulous and everyone should go see it.
Have you done the fringe before? What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
This is our first show at Camden Fringe, and we could not be more excited!
How has the last year in lockdown been for you?
It’s been hard for us as a company, both financially and creatively. We were heartbroken over the cancellation of the festival last year, and it’s hard to feel inspired when the arts everywhere are suffering and there’s no official end in sight. But things are looking up, and knowing we can finally bring our show to the public has been a beautiful light at the end of a difficult tunnel.
Have you managed to do many online shows?
Instead of attempting a play online, we spent much of the last year working on short video projects for the two (TWO!) albums that Erica recorded during lockdown. It was challenging and helped to broaden our creative horizons. There are so many more options than we would’ve thought possible and it makes for an exciting future for the company.
And now you are returning to the stage!!! How exciting! What are you looking forward to the most?
Being in a room and making art with other people. Creativity flourishes in collaboration and I know we have a lot of pent up creative energy in us!
What advice would you give to others who want to perform at Camden Fringe next year?
Do it! If you’ve got a show that you love, just put it out there. And also maybe make sure you’ve got a good marketing strategy in place… that always helps!
What is the best thing about performing at the Camden fringe?
We love the feeling of community that comes with the festival setting. We’re all really excited to see what other companies have been working on for the last year.
What are your three favourite things about Camden?
Erica loves the fashion, Maria loves the history, we both love the tattoo parlours.
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
We did a production of Ajax, which is a devastating story about trauma and death. There’s a line in our translation where Ajax is rejecting comfort from her wife and says “You don’t know me”. It’s such a sad thing to hear from your spouse and the scene was incredibly hard on the players. So every once in a while we would put on our best Clueless voices and declare “You don’t know me!” to break up the tension. Sometimes to save yourself from drowning in the despair of a piece you have to let yourself laugh.
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
Probably Pedro Pascal, because we’re pretty sure he’d love it and would definitely buy a round of post-show tequila shots. Euripides wouldn’t love it, and would sneak out before curtain call.
The iconic image of the Camden Fringe is the Pigeon – if you could call this year’s pigeon a name to represent its style what would it be and why?
Perry. He just looks like a Perry, right?
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
We’re on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @esmondroad
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?