Camden Close - Up: Sarah Tattersall
Love Camden loves its local talent. We aim to celebrate everything cultural in the borough, from Hampstead to Kilburn, from the British Library to that little café around the corner - we are always out to show what Camden has to offer. As part of this we launched our Camden Close-Up series: interviews with artists, thinkers, entrepreneurs and downright interesting figures that live, work or are inspired by the borough.
From real-life incels to microaggressions; the 2019 Camden Fringe Festival line-up tackles sexism head-on. Almost two years on from the birth of the #MeToo movement, this year’s acts are showing there’s still a lot to fight for. Over the course of the Fringe, we will be talking with performers and creatives who are tackling sexism head-on.
For the Camden Fringe, we interviewed several acts, including ‘One of Camden Fringe’s greatest discoveries’ (Everything Theatre) actor and comedian Sarah Tattersall; who is bringing stand-up show, ‘Girls With Jokes’ to Camden Comedy Club this August 24th and 25th. Girls With Jokes is featuring Flora London, Kat Ronson and Victoria Garofalides.
- What would you would do if you weren’t doing this? What would your parallel life look like?
Realistically, I would have become a paediatric nurse. I was so beyond obsessed with Scrubs growing up, and couldn’t quite work out whether I wanted to be JD or Zach Braff more. However I like to imagine there is a parallel Sarah out there who has abs and a property and applied to Deal or No Deal before it was cancelled.
- What do you think is most important: luck, chance, opportunity or hard-graft?
Honestly in my experience, hard-graft. I definitely think so many of the greatest opportunities are complete chance; however for the most part, the hard work is what allows you to ultimately be in a position to be available to those opportunities and lucky breaks.
- What has been your most career defining moment to date and why?
I would actually say my first Camden Fringe show in 2016, as it was really the start of me taking the risk to put my own work out there, and without it I don’t think I would have been able to achieve what I have since. I wrote, produced and performed Sally’s Alright completely by myself, and I was absolutely terrified, but walking out to a sold-out crowd for my very first performance was one of the most special moments of my life, and allowed me to see there was value, support and opportunity in being my authentic self. I know that’s hella cheesy but that was honestly the turning point in both my career and self-confidence so I am forever grateful to Camden and the Etcetera Theatre for that!
- What makes your work important today?
I come from a family of public sector and charity workers who literally save and change lives every day, which is pretty grounding in terms of thinking about the ‘importance’ of my job! I’m very politically minded and this does trickle in to what I write and say, but honestly my work is primarily led by fun, and I actually love in so much entertainment, the fact that people of different beliefs and opinions can enjoy an experience together without having to be on opposing tribes constantly. I think there is so much in that Jo Cox phrase “more in common” and however trivial those commonalities may be, they are so important. I also love this year being able to support and showcase other women’s work, which is what I love so much about Girls With Jokes.
- What does Camden mean to you?
Camden to me means the coolest people, the best noodles, and ruddy brilliant entertainment.
- What makes Camden Unique?
Camden has such a special vibe and a full-on identity in-and-of itself that literally hits you as soon as you step out of the tube station. I don’t know how it’s possible but it literally feels like the air is different to anywhere else in London! And did I mention the noodles?!
Artist bio :
Sarah Tattersall is a London based actor, writer and comic. Her solo shows have had three sell-out London runs since 2016 and this year she launched Funny Bird Productions, a theatrical production company championing funny, female stories. Their debut show Me and My has had four sell-out London previews before transferring to the Edinburgh Fringe in August. Girls With Jokes comes to Camden Comedy Club following success at Brighton Fringe and selling out the King’s Head Theatre in July.
Websites and social media :
@sarahjtatt (Instagram and twitter)