Camden Fringe Festival 2022

Camden Fringe 2022 – INTERVIEW – Blink and You’ll Miss It

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 Terry Geo

Blink and You’ll Miss It

Date: 23rd and 24th August
Time:
6pm
Price: £8
Location
: Hens & Chickens Theatre
Ticket Link:https://camden.ssboxoffice.com/performances/blink-and-youll-miss-it-2/

Hello! Tell us about yourself? 

Hi, my name is Terry. I’m a writer, director and performer. I started work in television at 16 and have worked in entertainment and the arts ever since. I have also published two science fiction novels and I’m writing a third – although that’s on pause as my play is obviously taking precedence this year!

How did you come up with the name of your show that you’re taking to the Camden fringe?

I wrote and directed a musical in 2017 that was staged in Camden called Blink of an Eye – a fun, musical look into modern gay life. This is the spiritual successor. Taking the main character and having him talk about his life 15 years later. There are no references to the musical and it isn’t needed for context, which is why I’ve not called Blink and You’ll Miss It a sequel.

Tell us a little bit about your style of show?

It’s a monologue – just me on stage for 55 minutes – which is why I’ve spent so long perfecting the script. I needed to make sure the audience would be entertained and engaged throughout. It’s a dark comedy filled with laughs and a lot of emotion.

What will your set be about?

It’s just me and a chair for the most part – a bit of a departure from the musical staging which was vast – but I wanted to keep this intimate, like a friend telling you a story.

What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?

I’m performing at the Edinburgh Fringe for the first two weeks in August, so will hopefully get to see some of the shows in Camden when I’m back in London. There are quite a few I have my eye on.

It is your first time doing the Fringe – how do you feel about it?

It is my first year performing at any Fringe – in fact, I haven’t even performed on stage in over 15 years. I’ve been the writer and director but haven’t been in the spotlight for a long time. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. My neighbours have all asked for a pre-performance in our back garden, so hopefully that will ease me back into it.

What advice would you give to others who want to perform at Camden Fringe next year?

If you want to do it – what are you waiting for? Go for it! Start writing now, figure out what you want to do and why you want to do it. If you’re writing a script, don’t keep it to yourself – share it with friends and other writers/performers, get their input and take their notes and advice before performing it. You don’t have to use any of their advice, but in my experience, it’s invaluable.

What are your favourite things about London?

I’m originally from Yorkshire but moved down here 16 years ago. For me, it’s the acceptance – not just for being gay, but also an artist. In Yorkshire I was constantly told to “get a real job” whereas here, people accept me for who I am and what I do.

What are your three favourite things about Camden?

The market, the arts and summer days drinking in the pubs along the canal.

Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?

“Why don’t we loosen up and dance a while.”

I played Ethan in Full Monty the Musical years ago and I opened the final song (the one where we all strip) and I always felt really sexy when I sang it lol I was in my 20s and was a bit more in shape back then.

Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?

Russell T Davies. I have been trying to get his attention for years – I even emailed his agent to invite him to the musical in 2017. I think he’s an incredible writer and would love him to see/read my work.

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?

Minnelli – because she looks like Liza in the film Stepping Out.

If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?

Like most people, I’m everywhere:

www.RefractedWorld.com/theatre

Twitter: @terryjgeo

Insta: terryjgeo

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/blinkaymi

TikTok: @simulatedcreated

Youtube: www.youtube.com/simulatedcreated

And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show? 

It is life-changing!

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