I thought I’d do something thoughtful for my mum and spoil her to dinner and a show (not for any reason in particular, just because she’s the best!). With frantic Feb and mad March in full swing, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to Fringe performances with so many genres to choose from.
Courtesy of my darling mum, performing arts has been a huge part of my life. Whether it’s ballet, calisthenics, cheerleading, drama or theatre – if it’s on the stage we love it! So it seemed naturally fitting to take her to a show that had theatrical and musical elements to it. It became a match made in heaven when I discovered A Woman On The Edge – a comical musical theatre extravaganza, but not as you typically know it! The performance is based on SiSi’s life, a middle aged woman pondering life’s big questions… Yesssssss, mum is going to love this!
Written and directed by the talented Rod Anderson, A Woman On The Edge stars UK born performer Claire Dawson. Together they’ve reinvented the one-woman musical by producing this incredibly witty performance, showing in the 2017 Adelaide Fringe Festival until 5th March at The German Club.
SiSi flees Liverpool to Australia in an attempt to discover her true self. Despite the humorous approach to modern day concerns, the performance stimulated in-depth discussions surrounding issues of identity and the paradox of individuality versus fitting into society. My mum has always encouraged my brothers and I to be 100% ourselves, simply because “no one can do you better, than YOU!”
Dawson impressed my mother and I, as she showcased her inspiring and versatile talent. Having over 20 years experience in the performing arts, she definitely knows how to light up the stage. Dawson is known as Tasmania’s Queen of Musical Theatre – this is evident through her comical monologues, eye-catching stage presence and artistic flair. Not only does she act, sing and dance, she also composed many of the songs featured in A Woman On The Edge.
This 70-minute performance was the perfect mother-daughter night out, boasting complex visuals, fantastic musicality and will cause copious amounts of laughter.
Venue: The Studio at The German Club 223 Flinders Street Adelaide
Dates: Friday 17 February – Sunday 5 March 2017
Tickets available HERE through FringeTix