Before you freak out at what the content of this show might entail (given its deceptively deceiving title for the Australian folk), GOBBY is a British slang to represent someone who speaks in a loud or opinionated way. Performer Jodie Irvine has created a character - Bri - who has been through five significant parties that completely changes her perspective on life. Through the art of dark comedy, GOBBY promises its audiences to laugh and learn in abundance.
In anticipation of her current season at Adelaide Fringe, I was fortunate enough to conduct an e-interview with Jodie - have a read of our exchange below:
Tema: Can you please tell us a bit about yourself, Jodie? Jodie: I'm an actor and writer from the UK, based in London. This is my first time in Australia so I'm thrilled to be here!
Tema: So, let's talk about your show GOBBY - how did you come up with the concept for your show? Jodie: GOBBY is a one-woman tragicomic odyssey that explores themes of self-awareness, blame, and recovery from an emotionally abusive relationship, centred around one character, Bri, and her interactions with different people at different parties. It was a subject matter I'd wanted to write about for a long time, but I wasn't sure how to shape it. Once the format of having it take place over different parties came to me, the rest fell into place.
Tema: What is the basic premise of the show, without giving too much away? Jodie: It's the story of Bri's life told over five parties that she attended over a two-year period.
Tema: Let's talk about the name of the show - it has me intrigued! How did you decide on it? Jodie: In the UK, "GOBBY" is a slang term meaning someone who talks loudly, frequently and in an opinionated manner. It's normally used in a negative context (especially against women) so I wanted to reclaim it. GOBBY is an exploration of the inner conflict that Bri feels; being someone who is criticized for being a loud women, yet one who also didn't speak up and use her voice when she feels she should have.
Tema: What are you hoping for your audience to experience from attending your show? Jodie: I hope they come away feeling uplifted and grateful for their friends.
Tema: Who would you say is your target audience for the show? Jodie: We welcome anyone and everyone. Though the content speaks particularly to millennial women, there are definitely lessons in the piece that are relevant to everyone. As much as the show covers some darker themes, it's ultimately a comedy, so we especially welcome those who are up for a laugh!
Tema: How did you get involved with Adelaide Fringe (AF)? Jodie: I was super keen to bring the show here, having done multiple Fringe festivals back in the UK, but I wasn't really sure how to. Then I met Peta from Hey Boss whilst in Edinburgh last year and it all took off from there!
Tema: What are you anticipating from this year's participation with AF? Jodie: I'm mainly just hoping to meet some fantastic people! GOBBY is all about empowering yourself and the value of friendship, so if I can build a little community here in Adelaide, I'll be really happy.
Tema: Is there anything else that you'd like us to know about yourselves and the show? Jodie: My Producer Peta from Hey Boss has secured some funding through Powerliving Adelaide's Ripple Effect initiative and Adelaide Fringe's Community Fund so we can offer complimentary tickets to people that work in Mental Health and Domestic Violence services, which is absolutely amazing to be part of. We're really humbled to be able to engage with these sectors to raise awareness and encourage further exploration of the impact of non-physical abuse on those who have experienced it and the people around them.
We're also running a ticket offer alongside International Women's Day on Sunday the 8th of March, with female-identifying audience members able to book tickets with a 14% discount (the current gender pay gap in Australia), which is really lovely.
GOBBY by Jodie Irvine will be at Gluttony till March 15, 2020 as part of Adelaide Fringe. Book your tix here.