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 Emma Oldfield
Date: 15th,16th, 17th, 18th August
Price: £15 concessions £13
Location: The Hope Theatre
Ticket Link: https://camden.ssboxoffice.com/performances/keep-it-down-2/
Hello! Tell us about yourself?
I’m a mumma to two handsome guinea pigs (Pumba and Spud) and if I’m not at the theatre I’m probably watching trash TV with a pepsi max, a flump and the piglets.
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the Camden fringe?
I wanted a title that had a double meaning and could capture the essence of the show without giving too much away. I think coming up with the name of a show or a book can sometimes be the hardest part!
Tell us a little bit about your style of show?
It’s a one woman, semi-biographical show, the sort that uses humour to muster through trials and tribulations that we can all fall vicitm to. Other characters are brought to life through voice over and bring a change of pace to scenes. It’s a show that is heartwarming and moving as much as it’s relatable and funny.
What will your set be about?
My show is about trying to navigate life as a single working woman in the city whilst also receiving treatment for an eating disorder. It’s dark but funny – one that opens conversations by talking about things that we all think and feel but never dare to say! Everything from the one night stands, to trying to hold a fart in during a group yoga class. It’s also a story of hope and utilising your own strengths to pull through those tougher moments.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
Anything and everything – what I love about fringe is the flexibility and array of incredible and mad shows. I love scrolling through and picking at random, it’s such a treat to just turn up and be mesmerised by others creative minds!
What advice would you give to others who want to perform at Camden Fringe next year?
Go for it, even if you don’t think you can make it work – you can. It’s a big commitment but it reaps rewards and it’s the most wonderful thing to be a part of. Set yourself goals and time restraints and make things happen!
What are your favourite things about London?
The culture and the fact there is always something going on! It’s a city that I will never tire of and my favourite place in the world. Seeing London lit up at night along the Southbank or the strand is my happy place.
What are your three favourite things about Camden?
The people are so quirky and unique – I love that everyone embraces who they are. The pubs and the pub theatres – it’s such a wholesome community that can feel daunting until you really step into it and finally, the canal – it’s the dreamiest thing to just walk along and see all the cute doggos when the sun is shining!
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
“I’m meeting this guy in 20 minutes and my fanny flap is stuck to my thigh.” This actually happened the first time I tried to wax my own vagina – I’m still not over it, but if you don’t laugh…
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
THIS IS SO HARD. Dolly Parton is my absolute queen but I’m not sure if she’d appreciate the show.. so I’d say either Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Aisling Bea or Joanne McNally. They’re all incredibly witty and brilliant at what they do. I’d like to imagine at some point I’ll be amongst that squad of wonderful women at a fancy awards show.
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?
Keith – he’s a bit of a showman but he’s got a humble edge. I think the name Keith sums that up nicely.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
Instagram – EmmaLouiseOldfield Twitter – Emma_Oldfield TikTok – EmmaLouOldfield
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Live, Laugh, Love x