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 Posh Pirates about Gove’s Trove
Date: 23rd, 24th & 25th August
Price: £10 concessions £8
Location: Hens & Chickens Theatre
Ticket Link: https://camden.ssboxoffice.com/events/goves-trove/
Hello! Tell us about yourself?
I am Mark Keegan, a comedy writer and performer and one third of sketch team “Posh Pirates”.
The other thirds are Actor/Singer Victoria Waddington and Actor/Writer Michael Baylis. Victoria is also my wife. Michael is not my wife but is still a top bloke.
We will be joined at our Camden Fringe show by two fabulous guest performers – American Actor/Musician Griffin Storme Jenkins and David Hicks who has worked with Impro group Hoopla!
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the Camden fringe?
I wanted something that was “Piratey” and satirical when the phrase “Gove’s Trove” popped into my head. It also gave rise to the through storyline of the Posh Pirates seeking out the treasure allegedly buried by Michael Gove.
Tell us a little bit about your style of show?
It is a sketch show with a through storyline, running gags, recurring characters and the odd catchphrase. In other words, it’s “oven ready” to be developed into a radio or TV series!
What will your set be about?
About 45 minutes long with sketches about piracy, politics, rubbish superheroes, historical figures and a post-apocalyptic planet Earth.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
Alex Millington in I Heart Michael Ball, Defective Inspector (which is on before us) and The Party which satirises “Partygate”.
What advice would you give to others who want to perform at Camden Fringe next year?
Don’t be afraid of the blank page. Start putting your ideas down on paper without worrying if they are good, bad or indifferent. Then you can start the honing process. I was in full-on Alan Partridge “Monkey Tennis” mode jotting down random phrases as potential sketch ideas when I came up with “Posh Pirates”.
What are your favourite things about London?
It’s my home.
It’s the home of the mighty Crystal Palace F.C.
It’s home to a lot of very creative people, many of them creating great work with limited resources but lots of imagination and determination to succeed.
What are your three favourite things about Camden?
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
Probably when I was doing a stand-up gig and I asked someone in the front row what they did for a living. “I’m a web developer” came the reply. I was able to respond spontaneously with “You mean you’re a spider?” It got a big laugh, as I recall.
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
Someone rich enough to accidentally pay £1 million for a £10 ticket and not need to ask for a refund!
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?
“Richard E. Pigeon” since the Camden Fringe Pigeon has the same star quality as Richard E. Grant.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
Our twitter handle is #PoshPirates