The queen of the Fringe premieres a new show exploring the dark and light of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds’ music in her dangerous yet fragile theatrical style. Hence the title, Cave and on at Pleasance One. Camille spoke with The Fountain about the show as well as her thirteen years at the Festival.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how excited are you?
Hmm very excited, mixed with my usual high-octane nerves. And delighted to see some friendly audience faces from over the years, have great chats after the gigs and catch up. I know it’s a marathon, so have an idea what madness I’m getting myself into! Also, I love to see the new inspiration from other shows.
TF: Your show certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise? And what drove the project, where do your influences lie?
Well I’m probably known for singing stories dark and light, being quite emotional and chameleon like on stage – inhabiting different characters in songs – having sung a mix of Nick Cave, Brel, Bowie, Cohen and Radiohead over the years. I have loved singing Nick Cave for many years but never did a full show dedicated to his bands’ music. He is one of the most incredible narrative and rock writers out there, with some of the most beautiful bittersweet love songs ever written. But he’s also a brutal, dark, violent storyteller, so it allows you to become those things and transform yourself, which is the kind of journey I like to take the audience on; to provoke, then be empathetic, friendly then rock out madness… to surprize people – beautiful, hymnal and still one second and then wild abandonment the next, it lends itself to be very theatrical. As I’m getting older in this festival, unravelling in a show and being vulnerable is where it is at… “There is a crack in everything, that is how the light gets in” Cohen’s quote is a strong influence on this premise.
TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
This will be my 13th time doing the Fringe since I first came in 2004 with two shows: The Dark Angel and Brel. It was also where I was an original performer in La Clique when it debuted here, which got me the part in Stephen Frears’ Mrs Henderson Presents film after being spotted in it. I lost a lot of money on the Fringe that year but luckily got that part! Don’t know what I’ll see yet, usually I wait for the Fringe First Awards or see what people are chatting about… or Daniel Kitson whose work I love!
TF: And what are your future plans, beyond the Fringe?
Well directly after? Fall apart somewhere in a spa with wine in hand! And after that the usual touring kicks off again in UK and Australia. Dates will include in one of my fave venues, Union Chapel in Islington 1 & 2 Nov, and Olympia Theatre in Oct. Then January comes and we start thinking what the new show for next Edinburgh will be. I find the fringe really helps (or forces!) you to make a new show every year…
You can see Cave at Pleasance One from 31st July – 25th August (not 7th/12th/19th) at 9.15pm. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com