Reworked from a 2022 run at Edinburgh Fringe, Terry Geo’s show Blink comes to Camden Fringe next month.
We chatted with Terry to find out more about this “astounding, raw and emotional show … which will have you laughing, cheering, and reaching for the tissues”.
Where: Etcetera Theatre, Camden Town
When: 16-20 Aug, 9pm
What are you looking forward to the most at Camden Fringe?
I was at the Edinburgh Fringe for most of August last year and missed getting to know the other performers at Camden Fringe. This year, I’m really looking forward to meeting other artists, seeing new shows and experiencing the Fringe buzz here in London. I’m also excited to perform the new and improved show in my hometown.
Blink is a one-man gay rom-com – what should audiences expect?
I don’t think there has ever been a one-man rom-com before, gay or not – so audiences should expect something new and a little bit different. Blink is funny and silly but it’s also raw and emotional.
Your run is at the Etcetera Theatre, which is a lovely pub theatre space in Camden where I have seen some amazing work. What’s the best thing about the venue?
I love the theatre. It is such a wonderful space to perform and be an audience member in. Blink is an intimate play and works well in an intimate space. I want the audience to feel like they’re a part of show and here they really can. And afterwards, the bar is a great place to have a few beers and laughs. I’d also like to give a shoutout to the wonderful staff who have all been fantastic.
You’re working with Paul T Davies as director, who also acts and reviews shows! How have you developed Blink together?
We actually met in Edinburgh last year after he’d reviewed my show. He loved what I’d done but offered his help at really making it shine. It’s such a refreshing experience to work with a seasoned professional who really understands my voice and is able to direct me, whilst retaining my vision.
The play last year was my first time writing a solo show, my first time at the Edinburgh Fringe and my first time back on stage in 15 years. I did it all alone – albeit with the help of my incredibly supportive husband but who does not have a background in theatre – and performed the best show I could.
But it needed a director, it needed music and lighting cues and it needed a refined script. With the help of Paul T. Davies, it now has all those things. I’ve even written a song for the show!
Blink was a hit in Edinburgh last year. Why should attendees to Camden Fringe add this to their list?
Blink is something a little different. A one-man gay rom-com – or a comedy with heart. Come for the laughs but stay for the relatability and maybe even connect with the story.
I feel like last year was my first draft, and together with Paul we’ve workshopped it into the main event for this year – which is what Fringe is all about. Blink has evolved into the play I always wanted it to be.