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 Allan Wood about The Smell of Love
Date: 15th & 16th August
Location: Hens and Chickens Theatre
Ticket Link: https://camden.ssboxoffice.com/events/the-smell-of-love/
Hello! Tell us about Allan ?
Allan is a middle aged aspiring comic, writer, performer that really should have started his aspirations a little bit earlier in life. He has written and performed as part of a local acting group at The West End Centre in Aldershot for the last 8 years. He wrote a couple of short films as a mature student at film school including one centred around a stand up coming. Allan has a total of 15 comedy gigs under his belt thus far. Allan also has anosmia.
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the Camden fringe?
The Smell of Love was one of those titles that hit me from out of nowhere that I was so pleased with I opted to take the rest of the day off from writing my show – which might have been a mistake.
Tell us a little bit about your style of show?
It will be a mix of stand up, TED talk, a sprinkling of mine, a tiny bit of audience interaction (fear not front row, I’m nice)
What will your set be about?
The show is about my love life, or lack thereof, while also dealing with anosmia (the lack of a sense of smell) which I’ve had for most of my life – before Covid made it cool(!)
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
I feel very much spoiled for choice with this years offerings, however a few choice picks are:
“Someone Else’s Shoes” at 2Northdown, 5 monologues giving a voice to the underrepresented sounds very exciting.
“Sugar” at Hen and Chickens, poetry, gymnastics and Avril Lavigne all from the perspective of a nine year old, whats not to love?
“Don’t Look Over Here, Andrew Lloyd Webber” by Sh!t Theatre. Because its Sh!t Theatre and they’re awesome.
It is your first time doing the Fringe – how do you feel about it?
I’m equal parts excited and terrified. I’m so pleased Hen and Chickens said yes to hosting my show, it’s a fab venue and I saw some amazing shows there previously.
What advice would you give to others who want to perform at Camden Fringe next year?
Do it, do it, do it. Fight the fear and go for it. If you have a story to tell and haven’t seen it told better anywhere else, Camden Fringe is exactly the place to take it.
What are your favourite things about London?
I live out in the wilds of Hampshire so I’m still forever impressed when I visit The Big Smoke. My favourite places are its parks, theatres and cinemas but I’m always on the look out for something new and I’m rarely disappointed by what London offers up.
What are your three favourite things about Camden?
As an out of towner Camden feels so alive and vibrant and I haven’t graced it with my presence as much as I probably should however The Star of Kings is a lovely pub with a cracking series of comedy nights care of G&B Comedy therefore my three favourite things are the Sunday, Monday and Tuesday comedy nights!.
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
Urrrgh! I wish I had a decent one liner, I’m so envious of comics who can be so tight with their use of language. My stuff is far more wordy, filled with unrelated details and references to things only a certain age demographic may even understand. Without context it isn’t even a joke but “This is for display purposes only” is the closest my show has to a one liner.
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
Anyone who has been in, out, with or without love, anyone who feels that they’re missing out of something or someone. Failing that someone who likes laughing at someone recounting their many, many, many failures in life for 55-60 minutes.
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?
Douglas, a pigeon with style, panache, a deep dark secret, does a fine impression of Clint Eastwood and a mild allergy to wholemeal bread.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
My handle on Instagram and Twitter are @mysocalledbrain, I’m also on TikTok but realised very, very quickly I’m too old for that.
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
They’ll Be Amused