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Alex De Porteous: Outside The Box - Adelaide Fringe

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Adelaide school girl Alex De Porteous is making her Fringe Festival debut this year and is hoping to leave audiences with a direct message.

Through song and comedy, Alex explores the impact of modern media on young people and the pressures it places on her generation in 'Outside the Box'.

At just 17 years old, Alex is entering her final year of school while embarking on a journey of self discovery and cabaret ambition, which she shares with audiences in this self-devised piece.

Suitable for all ages, Outside the Box looks at what it has taken the great ladies in song to get where they are today.

Alex says she wrote the show to encourage girls to think outside the box and see that media can be a misguided interpretation of the world.

"My show explores the impact social media has on us all today. I share my own personal journey with body image and self acceptance through the songs of the female pop stars I once aspired to become," she says.

"I wrote the show because I wanted to create a theatrical piece that exposed how important it is to think 'outside the box' and be different. We live in a world where social media has made us create categories or 'boxes' for us to try and fit in. I want people to understand how I once aspired to fit into a box - to be a typical pop star - but how I overcame that and am happier to be myself and an individual. I can now be inspired by an artist or performer without feeling the need to become them."

In 2015, Alex performed in Class of Cabaret (a program linked with the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, under artistic direction of Barry Humphries), where she was mentored by cabaret greats like Matthew Carey, Amelia Ryan, Michael Griffiths, Kim Spargo and Stacy McCandless.

Following that, she wrote and produced her own show at the Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival, developing a story based around her love and obsession of the cabaret art form.

With an impressive career built in such a short time, Alex is striving to continue her success and looking forward to making her Adelaide Fringe Festival debut.

"I love the energy and atmosphere of Fringe. It provides Adelaide with the opportunity during Mad March to absorb art. Whether it's seeing a new local artist, like myself, or an international star, you will always find something interesting and unique," she says.

"I am looking forward to bringing a LOT of glitter, sequins and sass to the stage! Along with this I want to share with audiences a 17-year-old's view of social media in an inspirational, and funny show about my personal journey to becoming confident about being me.

"There's going to be a whole lot of Britney, Beyoncé and even a little bit of Taylor Swift. It's going to be fun! I want every audience member to leave the show feeling 17 again (if they aren't already), and most of all confident in themselves in this technology filled world."

This one woman show is sure to have you dancing, laughing and thinking.

There's even a special guest appearance by Adelaide celebrity and Berlin Boy Wonder, Hans!

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When: Sat 13 Feb - 3:45 PM to 4:45 PM
Where: Gluttony - The Bally
Cost: Adult: $24.00, Child: $15.00
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