I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
Bondi Pavilion at the iconic Bondi Beach is the venue for 10 performances of the musical Margaret Fulton: Queen of the Dessert. The Sydney premiere coincides with the 50th-anniversary re-release of her original best selling cookbook.
The musical was penned by comedy writer Doug MacLeod after a meeting with the now 94 year old grandmother of Australian cooking. Based on Margaret Fulton's 1999 biography I Sang For My Supper and with music by composer Yuri Worontschak, it chronicles the ups and downs of her early life with toe-tapping tunes and light-hearted satire.
Manon Gunderskn-Briggs as a young Margaret Fulton (Facebook image)
The small cast of six performed well and with gusto as they swapped between characters, costumes and accents. The vocals were strong and you could see the enjoyment they have belting out the witty but cheesy lyrics. The role of the woman in post-WW2 Australia and societal expectation is touched on as well as the bland, overcooked meat & three veg meals that many of us grew up on. That is until an enterprising young woman showed us that a little spice went a long way toward relieving dinner boredom and that cooking did not mean boiling the goodness out of everything.
A lot is cooked up with the simple set design (image JW)
Manon Gunderson-Briggs is brilliant and truly embodies the spirit of Margaret according to Margaret's daughter Suzanne & granddaughter Kate. The show is delightfully kitsch but also full of pathos and sweet sadness, especially in regard to the loss of loved ones.
The matriarch of modern Australian cuisine (Facebook image)
This is a fun show that is relatable to many and although ultimately the story of a feisty little Scot, her life, loves and losses, it is also a commentary on Australian life in the 50s and 60s.
When:Fri 12th and Sat 13th @ 7pm, Wed 17th @11am (followed by guest VIP Q & A and afternoon tea), Fri 19th and Sat 20th @ 7pm, Sun 21st @ 2pm, Wed 24th @ 11am (Babies welcome session), Thur 25th and Fri 26th @ 7pm and Sat 27th at 8:30pm.
Where:Bondi Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach
Cost:Nights, Adult $40, Concession $35. Matinees Adult $35, Concession $30. Saturday 27 October Combo Tickets - Margaret Fulton: Queen of the Dessert and a cabaret on the same day from $54 to $69. $40, Concession $35. Matinees Adult $35, Concession $30. C