Bound and Gagged Comedy Presents
The Carny Dream
Underbelly Circus Hub: 4th – 22nd August
Award winning singer and actress Camille O’Sullivan returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with her new show The Carny Dream. The French-Irish songstress is one of the Fringe’s most successful artists and the will be performing at her perfect home, the Underbelly Circus Hub from the 4th to the 22nd August.
Camillie O’Sullivan is one of Ireland’s most unique and exciting performers who enjoys a formidable international reputation for her dramatic interpretations of the narrative songs of Nick Cave, Brel, Waits, Bowie, Radiohead and more. As much a storyteller as a singer, chameleon-like on stage, her performances are sometimes heartrending, occasionally mischievous but always spine-tingling, exhilarating carousel ride. With her voice ranging from emotive rock to vulnerable whisper, Camille is fierce, playful and totally mesmerizing, transforming each song she interprets into a gripping theatrical experience. In this new show she has been inspired by the strange, magical, dark and light world of Circus and dreams, asking herself ‘where are you now and what did you dream?’
Camille first stormed the Fringe 12 years ago with her own show and as one of the Original stars of Olivier Award Winning La Clique, leading the BBC to recently describe her as ‘the Queen of the Fringe”. 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 Brel, received many five star reviews. 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. Camille has performed to audiences at London’s O2, Sydney Opera House and Royal Festival Hall. She returned again to London’s Iconic Roundhouse Theatre in January 2016 performing her show to a sold out crowd.
Last year she won the prestigious Helpmann Award for her Sydney Festival shows and a ‘Best Music Argus Award at 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, for which she also created original music with Feargal Murrray. Other acting roles include the film Mrs Henderson Presents alongside Judi Dench and Will Young, the RTE TV series Rebellion as Countess Mackieviz 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 just returned from a sellout residency in New York 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” ★★★★★ Metro
Date: 4th – 22ndt August (Not the 10th or 15th)
Show: Camille O’Sullivan: The Carny Dream
Venue: Underbelly Circus Hub
Address: Middle Meadow Walk, The Meadows, Edinburgh EH9 9EX
Address: Previews £12, Weekdays £18 (£17), Weekends £20 (£19)