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Fearless, funny and brutally honest
Rose Callaghan's 'Attention Deficit … Ooh a Pony' recently had its world premiere at Perth's Fringe Festival.
The laughs start early in the set as Rose sets the scene with her ADHD diagnosis … at age 32. From there a range of stories proliferate, from schoolyard days to online dating and living in a share-house in your thirties. No topic is off limits, and Rose delivers her observations with razor-sharp wit.
Self-deprecating humour is far from new, but Rose delivers with the kind of confidence that makes you want to be her. Her free spirit and demeanour make you feel she could get away with anything, a fact even she acknowledges with her recount about airport security.
Rose Callaghan at Perth Fringe World rosecallaghan.com
Although Rose is well known on the Melbourne circuit and has performed for years with other comics, surprisingly this is her first solo show. But make no mistake, she is in total command of her ship; when an audience member briefly derails the show with a phone call, she is refreshingly honest… everyone's thinking it but she's saying it!
Her performance is fearless and you get the impression she has plenty more to offer, she barely draws breath during the hour. The material appeals to a range of ages (18 plus), but many of the cultural references will really ring true if you're also in the thirties demographic… whether you're in slow-cooker territory yet or not.
Attention Deficit … Ooh a Pony', directed by Bart Freebairn, has just finished its run at Perth's Fringe World with sold out shows. You can find more information on future shows from Rose's website.