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What dating in the 21st century feels like
Feeling lost in the modern dating scene?
Dating in the 21st century involves a number of complex components, such as technology, societal shifts, and the unrealistic expectations of modern women.
Flaws and All is a musical that is part of the Adelaide Fringe festival 2017 and aims to beautifully describe the many challenges of being in the dating scene in this day and age. With originality and creativity, the classic forms of dating are given a modern spin through an entertaining musical. While primarily aimed at women, this show can easily be enjoyed by people of all genders.
As part of an Adelaide Fringe-arranged media meet up with the various artists who are performing at the festival, I had the opportunity to have a chat with Angela Monteagle, who agreed to an e-interview. While the show is only running for the next week, it is important to appreciate the story behind the concept of this musical (and get your tickets while you can here):
Who are the faces behind your show? Angela Monteagle - a 30-something marketing professional who decided to write a story. Lucas D. Lynch - 23, a conductor, pianist, composer and musical director with classical training at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.
Tell us how you came up with the concept for your show? Angela came up with the story when she was talking with a friend about the challenges of dating in the 21st century and the expectations placed upon the modern woman. Everyone loves a fairy tale, so she decided to write a musical with a fairy tale concept with elements of a modern dialogue and a modern spin on dating.
Is this your first time at the Adelaide Fringe? What do you think about it so far? Yes! The Fringe is such an exciting time and the organisers have been so incredibly helpful! For such a huge festival, they make the running of everything seem so smooth.
How did you get involved with the Adelaide Fringe? Everyone knows about Adelaide Fringe and Angela and Lucas decided it was the best platform to premiere the musical to the masses.
What is your target audience?
Women aged 25-45, however, anyone who has been in the dating scene will relate to this story - both women and men.
Where else have you taken your show? We've only produced one show in Brisbane in November 2016.
As a first-time attendee, what should your audience expect from the show? A witty, fresh and modern musical that is all original. Heartfelt and fun!
What is your style of music that your show aims to represent - or is it a mix of different genres?
There are a mix of song styles in this musical. The songs are what you would expect from musical theatre - however, the content is contemporary and topical!
Where did you gain the inspiration to come up with creating a musical // generating the lyrics // performing in front of an audience?
I've always loved writing - I used to write poems throughout my teens and the beginnings of many books. I got into musicals later on and after watching more and more, decided to put pen to paper and write my own. I've used personal experiences, as well as many stories from friends about their dating life to bring this story to the stage - there's lots of humour, as well as more tender moments. I met Lucas when I worked with his Mum. She told me I should get him to write the songs as 'he's very good'. I believed her, met up with Lucas and hoped for the best! His Mum was right! Lucas has written an incredible score to complement the script. I am so privileged to work with such a talented composer - the music he has written is outstanding and gives you goosebumps!
Why should people come and watch your show?
It's all new and all original - it's exciting to be part of an original musical and to be able to say you saw it before it hit Broadway! It's thought-provoking and will definitely generate conversation. You'll find yourself laughing, relating and recognising the many characters on stage.
All 14 cast and creative have travelled from Brisbane to perform here in Adelaide.
Is there anything else you'd like to readers to know about your show?
This is an important story to be told. Although we've used a lot of humour to tell it, there is a strong message within the show about accepting yourself.