Camden Close-Up: Miranda Porter
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.
This month we interviewed Miranda Porter, who has an upcoming performance of S/he/it Happens, an original comedy about transgender dysphoria and gender identity at The Etcetera Theatre, Camden between 31 July – 3 August, as part of Camden Fringe Festival. For more information on this show please see the bottom of this page!
- What would you would do if you weren’t doing this? What would your parallel life look like?
I was going to study Maths at university. I almost sent the applications before I did a complete U-turn and applied to drama schools instead. So, my parallel life would probably include more maths than the sudokus I do in newspapers on the train home.
- What do you think is most important: luck, chance, opportunity or hard-graft?
Hard-graft. It’s the only one you have control of and the only one that can remain constant. It feels great when the others show up, but it’s important to recognise how hard you’re still working when they aren’t around.
- What has been your most career defining moment to date and why?
The first devising project I did while training at Rose Bruford College. Until then, I foresaw my career as an actor in scripted plays or musicals, but that project shifted my trajectory entirely. Now I’m collaborating with other creative artists and making my own devised work, with a greater focus on physicality rather than text.
- What are you most proud of and what are you least proud of……and why?
I’m very proud of the performances of ‘S/he/it Happens’ in Finland and Spain. Not for the ‘glamour’ of performing internationally, but the profound feedback I received was evidence of the show’s success in communicating beyond language barriers the sincerity and depth of gender dysphoria.
One of my flaws that I’m not proud of is I’m so often running late. In the show the character enters arriving late to work but solves the problem by turning the clock back ten minutes. Anyone in the audience who knows me, recognises that I didn’t have to look far for that idea!
- Tell us a secret
I accidentally burned myself with the iron in one performance! I’m not sure the audience noticed because I carried on, but I certainly don’t intend to do it again!
Emerging artist Miranda Porter is a performer, director and facilitator of physical based performance. They studied at Rose Bruford College, graduating in 2017, in addition to training with Philippe Gaulier, Angela de Castro and at ESAD Murcia in Spain. They recently worked as assistant director on Wild Life by The Ding Foundation and as a peer facilitator for Generation Arts, providing drama training for marginalised young people.
S/he/it Happens is Miranda's first solo show, developed with mentors Angela de Castro and members of Kallo Collective. The piece is a physical comedy exploring transgender dysphoria of the chest and non-binary gender identity. The piece has been performed across the UK and in Finland and Spain, with a recent sell-out run at Brighton Fringe.
More information on Miranda's upcoming Camden Fringe show: