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Born to Achieve: A Little Sister Proves Her Big Sister Wrong - Melbourne Fringe

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Middle children rule or they will according to Ruby
If you've ever kept a secret diary, here's show worth considering. Born to Achieve chronicles the journey of one middle-born, girl-child, with an unhealthy Delta Goodrem obsession, as she moves toward womanhood, recording hopes and expectations in personal journals.
Ruby Johnston, On The Fence, Born To Achieve
Theatre born from one girl's journals

Now playing in the Melbourne Fringe Festival, this one-woman show dramatises actor Ruby Johnston's real-life diaries, recorded from the tender age of 10 to the present day. "Having such a detailed and consistent record of someone's life through their own eyes is an extraordinary resource as a theatre maker", says director Benjamin Nichol
Director - Benjamin Nichol
Director - Benjamin Nichol

"We aim to speak to a generation of older teenagers on the cusp of adulthood," says Nichol. "Black comedy is an excellent vessel to explore taboo issues as it often eases accessibility before undermining expectation and provoking thought."
Ruby Johnston, On The Fence, Born To Achieve
Born To Achieve brings a young girl's dreams into the light

Riding on the success of Breadcrumbs, and Three Blind Mice (nominated for Melbourne Fringe Best Live Performance, 2016), On The Fence Productions continues to create blackly comic performance worlds that examine the Australian zeitgeist. Clearly, this fledgling production company is all about creating bold, no-holds-barred theatre with plenty of teeth.

Response to the opening week has been warm and buoyant, with Melbourne Critique describing the show as having,"heart, brains, and private parts... the text is pure gold...Ruby is equally fascinating and engaging in 2004 as she is in last month's diary entries, and the closer we get to the present, the braver her revelations."
Ruby Johnston, On The Fence, Born To Achieve
Ruby Johnston in Born To Achieve

Born To Achieve is now playing at the Fringe Hub The Son Of Loft - Lithuanian Club, 44 Errol Street, North Melbourne. Performances are 60 minutes. All ticketing information can be found at the link below. You can keep up with On The Fence Productions through their facebook platform
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Why? Comedy with bite
When: 4.00pm, 9.15pm, 10.15pm
Where: Lithuanian Club, 44 Errol Street, North Melbourne
Cost: $25
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