The Camden Fringe was set-up and is still run by Zena Barrie and Michelle Flower. As a duo they produced live shows at the Edinburgh Fringe from 2002 – 2006 and ran the Etcetera Theatre in Camden for 8 years from the beginning 2004.
The first Camden Fringe took place in August 2006 at the Etcetera Theatre and included 57 performances by 22 acts over a 4 week period. Between 2006 and 2009 we added one venue a year, but doubled that to 8 in 2010 and then doubled that again in 2011 to 16. In the past 3 years the number of venues and performances have remained fairly consistent, although the line-up of venues changes each year as we have different performance spaces being used, sometimes specifically for one production. Rather than being centred around the High Street, the Camden Fringe now encompasses the full length and width of the borough with participating venues stretching from Highgate to Covent Garden.
The Camden Fringe Ltd was incorporated as a limited company in January 2009.
The Camden Fringe aims to give anyone the chance to perform and showcase their talents, from very experienced performers and companies to ambitious newcomers.
"An edgy mix of comedy, theatre, dance and a bunch of other cool stuff, dotted around some of Camden's best known venues. From humble beginnings, the Camden Fringe is now a rip-roaring event that gets bigger every year."
"What began as an antidote to the evacuation of theatre companies every August to Edinburgh Fringe, is now an established festival in its own right."
Camden New Journal
"An increasingly important platform for experimental new work: in true fringe spirit you can bank on encountering imagination that's run riot and the odd undiscovered gem"
"Edinburgh's mighty Fringe may be of international repute, but its rival in the south is gaining in confidence with every year. This rapidly growing festival serves as something of an incubator for its rival, attracting and fostering a host of new talent each year. Want to find the Ricky Gervais, Stewart Lee or Jimmy Carr of tomorrow? Look no further."
"A David has emerged to challenge the Edinburgh Goliath: the Camden Fringe"
"Stacks of shows to see ranging from opera to stand-up comedy; physical theatre to puppetry."
"Best way to think of the Camden Fringe is one of those lovely niche festivals like Secret Garden Party or Green Man, to the Glastonbury of Edinburgh. Ie, there's some good shit, and it's a darn sight less hassle (and money) than its big bro."
London is Funny
|July / August 2014|