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 Sarah and Nina about Sense & Compatibility.
Date: 11th, 12th / 14th & 15th August
Time: 11:30am / 8:30pm
Location: Etcetera Theatre / The Lion and The Unicorn Theatre
Ticket Link: https://camden.ssboxoffice.com/events/sense-compatibility/
Hello! Tell us about yourself?
We are Sarah Tiplady and Nina Schlautmann and our theatre company is called SchlautladyINK because mixing our names together sounds way cooler and more memorable. Like Tom & Gerrard or the mice from that Disney show . We are a neurodivergent theatre company and both Gryffindors, and Aries star sign (Taurus/Sagittarius rising). Enneagrams 3 and 4. Life paths 5 and 6. INFP and ENFJ. Spirit animals: a badger and a worm. Diagnosed with.. Nevermind, too personal, sorry. The two of us are from Germany, Australia, Stockport and Wigan and are fully vaccinated. SchlautladyINK came about when we were at the same acting studio and had a term in which we were encouraged to work on our own writing and found ourselves having a similar sense of humour and could relate to the themes of each other’s work. Also Nina got an A at GCSE drama and was 1 mark off an A*, which she unsuccessfully disputed. She’s over it though. Sarah likes swimming.
How did you come up with the name of your show that you’re taking to the Camden fringe?
We were struggling to come up with a name for months and Nina was chatting with her mum like “our play is about a relationship where they’ve lost their sense of self and are no longer compatible. What shall we call it? There is just nothing we can possibly come up with” and her mum instantly replied with “Sense & Compatibility”.
Tell us a little bit about your style of show?
Our style is silly and light hearted until it’s suddenly not.
Our style is like Paris Fashion Week at Primark.
Our style is if the Royal Opera House had laryngitis.
Our style is Italian pizza but from Iceland.
What will your set be about?
The illustrator, Alice Genet, has created all of our backdrops in our set that we will perform with. Her work is amazing. Her instagram is @meloncalie. These illustrations consist of a 1950s diner in the central USA, an isolated astrophysics office in Scotland, a living room in… somewhere. Our set also involves two actual toilet seats which we had to extend the budget for.
Oh sorry, we thought you meant a physical set. How embarrassing. We will start again.
It is about a couple who have been together ten years and are no longer able to be themselves around each other as they no longer know who they are. In order to save their relationship, they embark on a series of elaborate role plays in order to avoid the elephant in the room. We don’t use actual elephants though because they all failed the auditions.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
Really looking forward to seeing Funny Tinge and Nebula!
What advice would you give to others who want to perform at Camden Fringe next year?
Don’t procrastinate. That skirting board didn’t need hoovering two months ago and it certainly doesn’t need it now, so send that email.
What are your favourite things about London?
The hippodrome casino and the friendly faces we meet in there.
Bringing up the fact that I live in London in every conversation to annoy people.
What are your three favourite things about Camden?
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
*Sarah is wearing a police stripper outfit with a fake cock sticking out* Nina: “I asked for someone with authority.”
*Sarah writing “I love you” in spaghetti dressed as a baby, Nina is also a baby* “I can’t read I’m a baby”
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
The football fan who is missing the championships to see us.
The work colleague who owes us a favour by coming to see our show. Also missing the championships.
The ex who we. have. Definitely. not .Written. This. About.
The really famous casting director who keeps leaving our emails on read idk why.
Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The dad, who went out for a packet of cigarettes and lost his way back.
Robert Pattinson (I have a friend who really likes him)
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?
Mona Lisa. They both have that same endearing smile.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
@SchlautladyINK on Twitter and Instagram. Not Facebook because we got tired of being poked by that one acquaintance from school.
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
We’re really good.
I love you.
Not a scam.
Will send nudes.
No refunds, sorry.
Just an hour.
Live, laugh, love.
We’re indecisive, sorry.