“Completely interactive and different every night, bring the CRONE a “gift*” to have your fortune told on the spot. But be warned: such knowledge comes at a price… Give nothing you want returning.”
Writer/performer Liam Webber brings his show to Camden Fringe (Hope Theatre, 19-21 August) – read on for more details!
Tell me about your Camden Fringe show! What’s it all about?
CRONE is an interactive horror comedy show – the audience step into the witch’s lair and she will perform spells, rituals, and psychic readings just for them. The show walks the tightrope between the silly and spooky, the fun and the frightening, as the masked witch creates a completely unique show for the audience.
What’s the best thing about being part of a festival like this?
It’s the energy and the variety! The fact that we can see multiple shows a day and go from hilarious stand-up, to heart wrenching theatre, to something silly and spooky like our show, feels really exciting. It’s always inspiring to see other work, and to have the chance to see such variety back-to-back and talk to the artists about their work and their process is delightful!
What has your company been up to over the past year of theatre recovery?
We’ve mostly been focussed on CRONE – initially devised for the Leicester Comedy Festival, we’ve undergone a period of Arts Council funded R&D on the show, working with fantastic practitioners from top lighting designers, to Mercury-prize winning musicians, to improvisers, horror theatre makers, and devising experts. All of which has helped us bring our vision for the masked witch to life.
4. Do you have further plans for the show after the Camden Fringe? Or other shows in other spaces?
We actually get the sleeper train to Edinburgh on the Sunday after the show, and go straight into a week’s run at the Fringe! We’ve not thought much beyond that yet, but our vision was a show that could pop up in any space, and not rely on conventional theatre rigging to create an immersive atmosphere, so who knows… Could be coming to a hut/office block/toilet cubicle/other random space near you!
5. Let’s finish on a one liner. Why should I come to see CRONE?
For all of time humans have delved into the deep dark woods to seek supernatural gifts from the witches within… Now it’s your turn.