“Cathy works at the local leisure centre. She dreams of being a star, but every time she gets on stage something dreadful happens. Join an array of eclectic characters for a dysfunctional dance party that tells the story of Cathy’s youth, queer awakening, and complicated relationship with Zumba.”
Writer, performer and comedian Amelia Gann brings her show to Camden Fringe (Camden People’s Theatre, 11-14 August) – read on for more details!
Tell me about your Camden Fringe show! What’s it all about?
My show Dreamworld is a solo comedy about eccentric Zumba instructor Cathy with a lifelong dream of taking to the stage. It’s a one-act dance extravaganza that takes you on her journey desperately trying to break out of her mundane suburban life by any means necessary. We meet all sorts of characters along the way at geriatric classes in the local leisure centre, a tragic school talent show and a rural village fete where Cathy believes her performance dreams will come true.
What’s the best thing about being part of a festival like this?
Audiences at fringe festivals are always so warm and open, and when you have a show that’s quite outlandish it’s incredibly welcomed! It’s also an incredible opportunity to watch and support other shows across the program – I’ve actually never taken part in Camden Fringe so I am very excited.
What has your company been up to over the past year of theatre recovery?
The show actually started its development at the very beginning of 2021 and was first performed last June, so in the past year I’ve taken it to a few different venues including a very scaled down Edinburgh Fringe last summer. You can tell that the landscape has changed a lot but I’ve been grateful to still get Dreamworld up on a few stages as and when I am able!
Do you have further plans for the show after the Camden Fringe? Or other shows in other spaces?
The show is now in a really great place where I am able to experiment and have a lot of fun with it so I am just very open to seeing where it might go next. I am also looking for inspiration to write something new and would love to collaborate with other artists on the next project.
Let’s finish on a one liner. Why should I come to see Dreamworld?
Dreamworld is a show for anyone who has ever had a dream no matter how big or small, get ready to feel inspired or… disturbed.