It is August which only means one thing – it is Camden Fringe time! Over the next few weeks we are chatting to acts that are performing at the festival and finding all about their show and what they would call this years iconic Camden Fringe Pigeon! Today we speak to Better Than Not Productions about Where are you on the Kinsey Scale?
Date: 1st and 2nd August
Price: £10 Concessions £8
Location: Etcetera Theatre
Ticket Link: https://camden.ssboxoffice.com/events/where-are-you-on-the-kinsey-scale/
Hello! Tell us about yourself?
Hi! We are a newly established female/queer led theatre comapany, Better Than Not Productions. We are Naomi and Bea and met at 9 years old playing cello in youth orchestra. We brought Elise Lambert in
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the Camden fringe?
Naomi Moylan-Torke and Bea Collett Bell had a conversation early on in the writing process about the themes that they wanted to discuss. Originally called ‘Am I Gay?’, we wanted to move away from the story of discovering you’re queer in the first place to discovering where you sit within the LGBTQIA+ community and if this matters. ‘Where Are You On The Kinsey Scale?’ perfectly attacks these two themes head on: 1) who are you and 2) do you need a label at all?
Tell us a little bit about your style of show?
It’s a comedy with touches of melodrama but mostly focusing on realism. We see the three characters living together in a flat in Hackney. There are several moments where we watch the three texting each other, whilst in the same room, about menial tasks around the flat that need to be done in a mildly passive aggressive manner. Equipt with emojis as their line of defense.
What will your set be about?
We’ve kept the set as flamboyant as a minimal set will allow. Our set designer Lily Caccia has come up with a colorful setting reflecting the chaotic pair’s friendship that changes throughout the show as the lives and relationships of the characters descend into madness.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
We saw several productions at the Camden Fringe last year, which is really what prompted us to start writing these productions together and start our own theatre company. This year we intend on seeing as many other performances as we can, namely:
‘It’s only funny with stage directions’ by Laila Sajir.
What advice would you give to others who want to perform at Camden Fringe next year?
Just go for it! The organizers of the Camden Fringe are super friendly and will really help you out along the way. We have found that as soon as we started talking about our idea, there were so many people offering to help us out along the way. Most people are just winging it, so if you have a desire to do it, you definitely can. Without being too sweet tooth-y, Camden Fringe is really something you can do if you want to. We would be happy to chat to anyone wanting to perform next year.
What are your favourite things about London?
The diversity and mixtures of cultures and people around the city. Wherever you go in London there is a new flavour of life and everything is ever moving and changing, whilst also staying true to it’s roots. Fringe theatre is one of the roots of London that we’re most keen to see still alive and kicking as it is often the foundation of young creatives careers’.
What are your three favourite things about Camden?
The locks are such a great place to meet and eat.
The fact that it suits all; if you want a peaceful walk, head up to Regents Park, if you want to dress in every colour of the rainbow in every pattern, no one bats an eyelid and as I mentioned, the food.
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
(eyes bulge in excitement) “I might get stabbed!”
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
Someone who comes up to you at the end with lots of compliments and offers you your next gig.
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?
Wonky – it’s so cute.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
We are @betterthannotproductions on Insta, @Better_Than_not on twitter
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Gay rights now!