I am two-thirds of the way through a planned trilogy titled You Can’t Hide in the Desert. In the first show, Pearls, I told the story of my mum’s strange pearls of wisdom. In the second, The Forgettory, I explored the meaning of family memory. In the final show, Stitches, I’ll be bringing it all together to sew an entire dress on stage in each and every show. (Actually, I’m not sure I can work out how to do this so there might be some tweaking of both title and concept between now and February 2020).
Written and performed as monologues, these shows mark a significant change in the direction of my work. When I started writing Pearls I was intending to write a conventional memoir for publication. However, the more I wrote, the more I realised I was writing a piece for performance. It was a bit scary (terrifying) deciding to put on a show. I have dabbled in stand-up, but I had never written for theatre and I hadn’t acted since I was Grandpa Joe in Port Pirie Youth Theatre’s production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. But it’s been worth every scary (terrifying) second. Learning how to perform has given me a whole new way to see my writing.
Each piece has been debuted at the Adelaide Fringe, but I have also performed at other venues around South Australia.
Adelaide Fringe Festival 2019
Alone in a new city, her last bottle of wine nearly empty, a woman drinks but never forgets. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, her grandfather wanders the past fighting to remember. Told with poignancy and humour, a compassionate, engaging story about a woman’s identity and ageing. If we don’t remember who we were, then who do we become?
First performed at Adelaide Fringe 2018