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Ada Campe


Ada Campe

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Ada Campe

Appearances & credits

Ada Campe


As the alter-ego to comedian and researcher Naomi Paxton, Ada Campe has entered into 2019 with a blast as the reigning winner of both the New Act of the Year at the NATYS, and the Leicester Square Theatre Old Comedian of the Year.

Campe's performances are true variety at it's best, rife with the absurd and the outlandish, mystery and intrigue and unabashed, pure comedy. 

Many magicians have been vexed by how to bring their art form into the 21st Century. Well, the devilishly eccentric Ada Campe has no truck with that, instead presenting her tricks with the aesthetic of a divinely dotty variety artiste – always with that final ‘e’ – from the middle of last century, with an affectedly plummy voice and Rs that roll forever.

"Ada Campe made me laugh more than anyone on the circuit for years. Genius”
– Sandi Toksvig


"Immerses you in another world from the first moment”
– Edinburgh Festivals Magazine


Resplendent in greasepaint and glorious feathered headdress, she is flamboyant and quite possibly bonkers, but she knows how to spin a showbusiness anecdote. Her shows feature more shaggy dogs than psychic ducks, but her theatrical delivery draws the audience in, with extended stories that cast a spell long before she asks anyone to pick a card.

"Resembles an unhinged super-villain”
– Diva Magazine


Her eyes gleam as she confides in her audience conspiratorially. She treats each fact as though it were a gift she was bestowing on the audience. Campe is a natural born storyteller with a flare for the dramatic. 

Most cabaret involves singing and dancing, but Campe relies on her audience to do most of that. She takes a special pleasure in audience involvement, the glisten in her eyes, the wonder she invests in everyday objects, and her larger-than-life persona bring the real magic here. 






"Sorcery wrapped in the kind of storytelling that would make Scheherazade jealous”
– Kate Copstick


Campe, the current NATY New Act Of The Year, is a woman who loves flowing, florid language, every phrase wrought to suggest drama and erudition. Her performances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2017 and 2018 brought her further into the public's attention.

"Extravagantly mischievous… devilishly eccentric... a real original and with irrepressible funny bones.. brilliantly crowd-pleasing act"
– Chortle


From juggling to card tricks to mind-reading, the mischievous creation of theatrical academic Naomi Paxton, Ada Campe’s a real one-off, a one-woman celebration of a bygone golden era of decorous razzmatazz, yet still relevant today.

"Ada doesn’t link directly to my academic research, but some of the quirky acts and people I’ve found whilst researching Edwardian theatre certainly inspire some of her stories. I research feminist and suffragist women in the entertainment industry in that period so always make sure that women are an influential and important part of Ada’s world. I also read a lot of plays and theatrical newspapers from the early twentieth century and Ada’s heightened way of speaking definitely and deliberately draws from the language of that era." 

The tricks are tricks, perhaps nothing that you won’t have seen before, but if Ada tells us anything, it’s that presentation and image is all - and that she has nailed.

"Mischievously charming character”
– Skinny


"Very very funny”
– Edinburgh Magic Circle



  • Winner - New Act of the Year - NATYS / The Hackney Empire New Act of the Year - 2018
  • Winner - Leicester Square Theatre Old Comedian of the Year - 2018
  • Nominee - BBC New Comedy Award - 2018
  • Shortlisted - Best Show - Funny Women Awards - 2017

Appearances & credits


  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Ada Campe and the Psychic Duck - 2017
  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Ada Campe and the Psychic Duck - 2018


  • BBC Radio 4 Extra

Currently appearing at:

Comedy, variety and cabaret nights, Festivals, Corporate and private events

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