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 The Midnight Snack
Date: 11th, 12th & 13th August
Price: £13 Concession £11
Location: The Lion and Unicorn
Hello! Tell us about yourself ?
We are Other Mysteries – a theatre ensemble that began as a group of friends with a desperate need to laugh in lockdown. We used the comics of creative director Candice MacAllister as a springboard to create the 4-part podcast The Midnight Snack, written through improvised zoom sessions and collaborative google docs. Now, we’re taking the show to the stage in our first attempt at creating Fringe Theatre!
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the Camden fringe?
The Midnight Snack exists somewhere between Twin Peaks and The Great British Bake-off. The plot centers on a baking competition (the Snack), a murder (at midnight) and an amateur podcaster determined to piece it all together.
Tell us a little bit about your style of show?
We are creating a live version of the original podcast that we hope inspires as much laughter in the audience as we had creating it. The show will use audio clips from the original podcast, with all 9 characters being played by 3 ensemble members. Unlimited puns and a select amount of rubber chickens will also feature (chickens by audition only).
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
We can’t wait to see The Man Who Wouldn’t Be Murdered at the Lion and Unicorn, Defective Inspector at the Hens and Chickens and An Unexpected Tale in Smoky Midtown – All sound like incredible murder mystery capers with lots of laughs!
It is your first time doing the Fringe – how do you feel about it?
We’re first timers with a healthy amount of nerves! At least we think they’re the healthy kind – like healthy gut bacteria? We’ll google it and get back to you.
What advice would you give to others who want to perform at Camden Fringe next year?
Don’t google healthy nerves. It doesn’t help.
What are your favourite things about London?
We were formed in lockdown, so spent lots of time outside eating baked goods (at a distance) in the amazing parks of London. Now that we can get out, we’ve been loving seeing stand-up at places like The Alpaca, The Camden Eye, Pleasance and Soho Theatre – as well as catching great new shows at The Southwark Playhouse and Royal Court!
What are your three favourite things about Camden?
We love the art scene because it’s experimental and it’s open-minded. The atmosphere is also incredible! From the rivers to the markets and the diverse people, there’s truly something for everyone in the Camden area. And of course, we love the fantastic food! We love some good eats and that definitely comes out in the show.
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
“On Friday April 9th I discovered a body – A dead one.”
Harry Veritas, our shows leading man and key detective, introduces the murder with the line, and we love that it sets the tone for his incompetence.
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
True Crime lovers who want to unplug their headphones and head to the theatre.
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?
Hugh – of Jackman fame. Look at his jazzy cane and tophat, that’s a Pigeon knows how to work a crowd.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
At the moment we only exist on instagram (@themidnightsnack_podcast) but one of our Gen Z members is branching out to tiktok very soon!
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Criminally Good Comedy