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Pond Wife at The Camden Fringe Festival

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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
Freelance journalist in Birmingham with a passion for the dynamic theatre, art, food and fashion scene in Britain's 'Second City'.
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Feminism, Mermaids & 1990s Music In Festival Show
An innovative satire at this year's Camden Fringe Festival is combining feminism with mermaids and 1990s music.

Holly & Ted perform their critically acclaimed play Pond Wife for three nights from August 16 to 18 at 7.30pm at the arts festival.

Pond Wife, Camden Fringe Festival,Holly&Ted
Pond Wife is a debut play for Holly & Ted

The story is set back in 1997 amid the emergence of 'Girl Power' when the Spice Girls are topping the charts and we see a fifteen-year-old mermaid about to discover music for the very first time.

However, this is no modern re-telling of The Little Mermaid fairytale, it uses wit and drama to examine being a girl growing up in the 1990s. It's part feminism mixed in with Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys songs.

The creators also promise a touch of wisdom from ancient folklore that is set to attract crowds at Camden Fringe Festival this year.

Pond Wife, Camden Fringe Festival,Holly&Ted
artists Holly Norrington and Teddy Lamb star in the show Pond Wife

This play is the the debut show by Holly&Ted - an ongoing collaboration between artists Holly Norrington and Teddy Lamb - who created the company "out of a desire to bring fun and accessible feminist theatre into the community".

The pair met at Playbox Theatre Company and then continued working together whilst studying at Dartington College of the Arts.

Pond Wife is on tour and being performed thanks to a grant from Farnham Maltings

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Pond Wife is just one of the performing arts shows at Camden Fringe this year

Freelance director Teddy Lamb has also created work in both the UK and the US, working with companies such as Culturcated Theatre Company, Santa Monica Playhouse, and Riff Raff Theatre. He most recently co-directed Greywing House by award-winning cabaret artist Mary Beth Morossa.

The Camden Fringe was set-up as an alternative to the Edinburgh Festival in London, offering performers the chance to try out new material and different ideas.

The performing arts festival takes place throughout August and includes new works from opera to stand-up comedy, dance and drama. Venues are all small in and around the stylish London suburb of Camden.

Pond Wife
Camden Fringe Festival
Camden People's Theatre
58-60 Hampstead Road
August 16 - 18, 2015, at 7.30pm
Duration - 1 hour

Tickets cost 10 or 8.50 concessions and can be booked from the Camden Fringe website.

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Why? See innovative performing arts in a lively festival
When: August 16 - 18
Phone: 0207 419 4841 - The People's Theatre
Where: Camden People's Theatre
Cost: 10
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