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 Dominique
Date: 21st & 22nd / 27th August
Time: 7:30pm / 3:00pm
Price: £10 Concession £8
Location: The Hen and Chickens
Ticket Link: https://camden.ssboxoffice.com/events/sold-by-mama/
Hello! Tell us about yourself?
I am an actress and writer, with a background in documentary filmmaking and photography. In 2020 I lived in Los Angeles on a shoe-string budget, which translated into hours on trains and buses, experiences which informed the creation of Sold By Mama. Originally from South Africa, where I created a docu-fiction series called ‘This Is Fiction’ – real people, real lives, edited into a fictional narrative, much like my work in this play.
How did you come up with the name of your show that you’re taking to the Camden fringe?
In all my research prior to the writing of Sold By Mama, I couldn’t escape the tragic reality present in cycles of addiction and abuse, which often substitute the role of protector in the family, into one of transaction, where women literally and psychologically sell their children in exchange for fast money. Writing out name options, Sold By Mama hit with the weight each story being explored deserves, encasing the ambiguity of the antiheroes in this work, with empathy.
Tell us a little bit about your style of show?
One act, black box, minimalist set, 30-40mins – one actor (me) transitioning between electric, charming and oftentimes heartbreaking characters. Bursting with contradiction in the human experience, the rawness of truth and humour amidst chaos. Trigger Warning – classic and complex PTSD triggers.
What will your set be about?
The lives of women sold out of childhood dreams and into tent cities, brothels, motels and onto the streets in Los Angeles. The women share their experiences of fast money, motherhood, sex work and survival, amidst a disturbing reality of villains, hustle and exploitation. The eccentricity of each character charms and provokes, bringing together a delicate mix of addiction, mental illness and trauma, which manifest in the brash thrill of chasing the high.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
Dog/Actor, Tree Confessions, By The Light of The Moon, We’ve Seen Enough, Roll The Dice
What advice would you give to others who want to perform at Camden Fringe next year?
Just do it! Write goals, break them down into sizeable chunks, and start eating the elephant one day at a time. The fear never disappears, you just teach yourself to bypass it. You’re not ‘not ready’, you’re procrastinating.
What are your favourite things about London?
The people I love the most are here (other than my family). After living alone in different cities around the world, and currently being nomadic – home is where the heart is.
What are your three favourite things about Camden?
- It reminds me of New York.
- It’s not as stinky and loud as New York, but close.
- It’s in the same time zone as the rest of the UK.
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
“Dirt is your destiny” – From Friedrich Schiller’s Mary Stuart.
Why? Vigorous integrity in the face of death.
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
Sean Baker, Andrea Arnold, Kathryn Bigelow, Alma Harel, Sierra Rose, Bianca Leilani, Gus Van Sant, Michael Sucsy, Brady Corbet, Tyler, the Creator, Diane Venora.
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?
Lumière – the maître’d from Beauty & The Beast that was turned into a candelabra.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Rich. Dynamic. Alive.