Underbelly Circus Hub: 4th – 26th August
BBC’s ‘The Queen of the Fringe’ Camille O’Sullivan returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year with her brand-new show Where Are We Now?
One of Ireland’s most exciting performers, who enjoys a formidable international reputation, takes on our suddenly crazily-changing world. Framing this question through the arresting, final songs of Bowie and Leonard Cohen, and other crucial writers such as PJ Harvey and Nick Cave, Camille explores the beauty of the age as well as its turbulence in a narrative told with her fierce and mesmerizing voice to give you an unforgettable night of madness, beauty, darkness and love.
Camille first stormed the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 13 years ago with her own show and as one of the original stars of the Olivier Award Winning, La Clique. It was the festival that launched her as one of the most exciting artists on the world-wide stage and her most recent show, last year’s The Carny Dream, received many five star reviews.
She has won many awards over the years. In 2015, she won the prestigious Helpmann Award for her Sydney Festival shows and a ‘Best Music’ Argus Award at The Brighton Festival. She has previously won best music awards at Dublin and Melbourne Festivals and a Spirit of the Fringe at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The only artist to have ever performed at both the International and the Fringe festivals in the same year, she won the Herald Angel Award for her tour de force, solo performance in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Rape of Lucrece, which she also created original music for with Feargal Murray. She was named Irish Tatler’s Woman of the Year in Music and performed the songs of Radiohead with a 40-piece orchestra at the 2015 Wilderness Festival to much acclaim. As an actress, Camille is soon to be seen in a new production of Woyzeck in Winter at The Barbican Dublin Theatre Festival as well as in the film Pick-Ups with Aiden Gillen later this year. Autumn 2017 also sees Camille performing alongside Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos in Jim Jarmusch Revisited at the Barbican and throughout Europe. Other acting roles include the film Mrs Henderson Presents alongside Judi Dench and Will Young, Constance in the Guardian’s Shakespeare Solos, the RTE TV series Rebellion as Countess Mackievicz and a scene stealing performance on BBC Two’s Later… With Jools Holland (which lead her to support him at Royal Albert Hall). Camille was also chosen by Yoko One to perform John Lennon’s Double Fantasy alongside Patti Smith and Siouxsie Sioux at Meltdown 2014.
Camille has performed to audiences at London’s O2, Sydney Opera House and Royal Festival Hall. She returned again to London’s iconic venues the Roundhouse Theatre, The Globe and Union Chapel in the last year performing her show to a sold-out crowd. She has performed a week-long, sold-out run of her critically acclaimed Brel show at Wilton’s Music Hall, which will be released as a live CD later this year, as well as a sell-out concert at the National Concert Hall in Dublin with the National Symphony Orchestra and toured Australia with her new show Ancient Rain, setting famous Irish poetry to song. In 2016, Camille also had a sellout residency in New York (and will be returning for another run of shows later this year) where The Independent UK described her as ‘Camille takes New York by storm – The eccentric, dramatic singer people can’t stop talking about’.
What the press have said about Camille O’Sullivan:
‘The Chameleonic vocalist Camille O’Sullivan’ is a special talent, the flamboyant chanteuse’s live wire interpretations have floored audience from Sydney to New York there is no one like her in contemporary music’ Mar 2016 Ed Power Cara Magazine
“An artist at the top of her game pushing herself to be better and trusting us to keep up. It’s thrilling to watch” ★★★★★ The Scotsman
“She treats every song as an intense emotional journey…hypnotic… such an outpouring of passion you can’t resist being drawn into her web” ★★★★★ Independent
“When she sings it’s as though her breath is soaked in paraffin – one spark, and the whole room would ignite” ★★★★★ Daily Telegraph
“Ravishing, a superb performer and great singer… the star is her singing voice, a deep sultry instrument that might have been created to express desolate love” ★★★★ The Guardian
“A courageous and singular performer, Camille is one of the most gifted interpreters of narrative songs yet to appear.” ★★★★★ The Irish Times
“We gave Camille five stars last year, after this performance we’d give her six if we could”
“Spellbinding storytelling in song – magnificent” ★★★★★ The Times
Dates: 4th – 26th August 2017 (not 9th, 14th and 21st)
Show: Camille O’Sullivan: Where Are We Now?
Venue: Underbelly: The Beauty (Circus Hub)
Address: Middle Meadow Walk, The Meadows, Edinburgh EH9 9EX
Price: Previews: £13, weekends: £21 (£20 conc), weekdays: £19 (£18 conc)
Box office: www.underbelly.co.uk