[MUSIC/Cabaret ~ USA]
Bonython Hall at RCC, Fri 14 Feb.
The rollercoaster of life is maybe a cliché but not for Amanda Palmer in her latest touring show There Will Be No Intermission.
Part monologue, part music concert, part call to arms this performance is perceptive, warm, funny and confessional. Inspired by recent heartfelt shows by the likes of Nick Cave and Bruce Springsteen, Palmer turns the spotlight onto her own life to dissect difficult moments including abortions, deaths of loved ones, motherhood and miscarriage.
Despite having toured this show for almost a year Amanda’s skill at creating an intimate bond with audiences is to the fore tonight. A four hour show that examines some of life’s big issues – birth (and a woman’s right to choose), death, betrayal, resilience and survival, is a massive commitment for both artist and audience.
However, Amanda Palmer paces the whole event wonderfully, starting with her strolling through the audience strumming her ukulele before standing amongst the audience to sing In My Mind. From that moment the scene is set – we are here together, audience and performer to smile at life’s foibles, Amanda’s musings, confusions, anger and wisdom.
Amanda Palmer is articulate, brave and measured – but never preachy. The show is about big issues, but a lightness of touch lurks in wry, sardonic asides and seriously amusing lyrics. So does compassion; for herself and everyone who has to cope and make sense of the life events that shape us. A Mother’s Confession, with an audience singalong ‘at least the baby didn’t die’(!!) and Voicemail For Jill were highlights. And for enthusiasts of The Dresden Dolls there was a spirited Coin Operated Boy. The inclusion of Let It Go from Frozen and Part Of Your World from The Little Mermaid when referencing her frantic attempts at motherhood was a golden touch. Context is everything and these were wickedly funny but seriously poignant renditions.
Palmer’s skill at piano is on dazzling display, but occasionally a battle between the volume of the piano and voice ensues – a concern in a show where it is important to hear every word.
This show is intelligent, honest, political and full of heart. Join the ride and spread the word. Maybe even pick up a ukulele and sing along!
Amanda Palmer: There Will Be No Intermission continues at Bonython Hall at RCC from 7.30pm until Sat 15 Feb.
Book at FringeTIX on 1300 621 255 and adelaidefringe.com.au. Click HERE to purchase your tickets.