NSW actor, singer, writer and improviser Beth McMullen has brought her self-funded 45-minute solo show: Girl, Schminterschmupted to the 2019 Adelaide Fringe. The show will run from 22 February-1 March 2019 in the Gallery Room at National Wine Centre. If you enjoy refreshingly honest banter and song - don't miss Beth's final performance this Friday, 1 March 2019, at 6pm. Tickets can be purchased on-site (Fringe Box Office) or online at $20/adult, $15/concession, $15.75/BankSA Customer (no cost for Companion Card holders).
What I enjoyed most were Beth's hilarious original songs (namely Let It Grow) and her seamless improvisation using simplistic props for change of character and setting. Let It Grow's motto is all about embracing and enjoying your body hair which Beth performed almost nude, featuring what's sure to be the hairiest crotch and nipples you're likely to ever have seen! And what's Fringe Comedy without audience participation? Beth involved the audience - with one member doing a meditation stand-off against Beth while two other audience members harassed said member with a feather duster and generous dousings from a water pistol!
In all seriousness, Beth skillfully combines humour, song and prose (complete with voice-overs from her brain and other special guests, including her ex and a Hunger Games narrative) to explore life before and after her diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (BPD) for which she proudly shows off her Certificate of Achievement for completing a rigorous 12 month dialectical behavioural therapy course at the Centre For Psychotherapy in Newcastle, expounding excellent results.
To see Beth performing with such skill and confidence is fair evidence there's plenty of positives about living with mental illness, providing it's properly diagnosed, understood and managed.