New Zealand’s beloved Chris Parker (as seen in Netflix’s The Breaker Upperers) is mincing his way over to Edinburgh with his award-winning Camp Binch. Winner of Best Show at NZ International Comedy Fest 2018, this show delivers a hilarious and cathartic retelling of growing up gay in conservative New Zealand. Chris spoke with The Fountain about performing at the Fringe, as well as what spurred the show.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how excited are you?
I’m so excited. First of all, I’m coming all the way from NZ so there’s the added thrill of using a different currency. It’s definitely a rite of passage for performers to do the fringe so I’m glad I finally get to lose my “E Plates”. Thirdly I’m going over with a bunch of my favourite NZ Comedians (Rose Matafeo, Alice Snedden, Guy Montogmery, Eli Matthewson, Two Hearts) it’s going to be heaven! Potentially the greatest experience of my life. So yes. Excited
TF: Your show certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
The show charts my journey as a little closeted homosexual boy with fair hair and large hands going through the New Zealand School system. New Zealand is rugby mad and honestly it feels like it’s haunting me. Every corner I turn it feels like someone is trying to toss me ball I don’t want to catch. The show won the best show award at the NZ International Comedy Festival last year. So, I guess I’m not the only person who thinks it’s good show either.
TF: And what drove the project, where do your influences lie?
I was asked to give a speech back at my old high school, being back in that building and remembering what it was like being in an all boy school and the pressure to blend in and be invisible yet still have hair like Farrah Fawcett at the time was a huge inspiration for writing this show
TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
I’ve never been. I’m so excited. I want to see everything the good, the bad, the ugly!
TF: And what are your future plans, beyond the Fringe?
Well world domination. I really love New Zealand. I love our beautiful country and the stories that come out of here. I want to share them around the world, so this is one step in the right direction of that dream. I also am going to go on a holiday with my boyfriend to Italy, I plan to double my weight with fresh pasta
You can see Camp Binch at Assembly Studio Five from 31st July – 25th August (not 14th) at 6:50pm. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com