Royal Thoughts Pt. 2: Louche Women

In the second part of our spotlight on Royal Thoughts, set to take over Arcola’s Studio 2 from 4 o’clock on Sunday, we speak with the Louche Women. They are former celebrity chef, turned passionately colourful artist Sue Kreitzman, and enlightened satirist Caroline Smith. We talked being Louche, Dalston, and what they’ve got in store.

 

LOUCHE WOMEN LOOKS SET TO BE AN UPROARIOUS SEGMENT. CAROLINE’S BEEN STAGING THE FORMAT FOR A WHILE, BUT WHAT BROUGHT THE TWO OF YOU TOGETHER?

S: We met when I was asked to be a guest. It went very well, and Caroline asked me to try out as her co-host. We tried it out at a gig in Colchester and the sparks flew.
C: I worship Sue. I’m not convinced Sue worships me. She thinks I’m a brat. We co write and see who can make the other laugh the most.

 

YOU’VE BOTH BEEN THROUGH VARIOUS ITERATIONS IN YOUR CAREERS, WHAT DOES THAT LEND TO LOUCHE WOMEN?

S: We are women with a past and with lots of experience, it adds spice and a different dimension to our performance.
C: I think that a bit of life experience means we can look at a theme through a different lens – whether that’s poetry, comedy, live art or music; or in fact just chatting with our audience. We have been likened to Monty Python or Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer more than the female comedy duos which is interesting…

 

WHAT ARE BOTH OF YOUR EXPERIENCES OF THE DALSTON AREA?

S: I live in the East End and have for many years. I’ve known Dalston through all of its changes. It so cutting edge now!
C: I actually went to the cinema on the corner when Dalston wasn’t so hip and I was a Tottenham girl. I watched all the Hellraisers during one night on my own along with the guy that got money from the tubes for burning himself, an old man who may have thought he was in for porn and a young couple on a misguided date.

 

IS THERE ANYTHING ABOUT THE AREA THAT MAKES IT SPECIAL FOR YOU? HAS THAT CHANGED OVER TIME?

C: It’s changed. Places don’t stay the same, but I’d like to see the clash and tensions of old and new as that can provide creative possibility. Sue and I are all about the clash of tensions!

 

ARTS PROGRAMMING IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF LAND OF KINGS. ANY BITS YOU’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING?

C & S: All of it!

 

ROYAL THOUGHTS IS FOCUSING ON THE CULTURE OF THE DALSTON AREA. WHAT ASPECTS WILL YOU BE ZEROING IN ON?

C: We’ll be talking feminism, Louche and the Cult – hence the grand entrance of wonderful Richard Strange.

 

RICHARD STRANGE, FORMER FRONTMAN OF 70s ART ROCK BAND DOCTORS OF MADNESS. IS HE A CHARACTER YOU KNOW WELL? WHAT’S HE SET TO BRING TO THE TABLE?

C: He will bring a touch of class, his famous arrow hopefully, many a story on Doctors of Madness, talk of William Burroughs at his recent blockbuster Royal Festival hall gig and he will be playing LIVE.

 

FINALLY, WHAT’S YOUR IDEA OF THE IDEAL FESTIVAL BREAKFAST?

S: Strong black coffee!
C: What Sue said. And a slice of Battenberg if there’s any about.