Cabaret with a deep sense of soulfulness - those are the first words that popped into my head when Carla Mattiazzo from Carla's Confessional Cabaret introduced me to the concept of her show That's Life last week at the Adelaide Fringe Meet the Media event.
Bringing together elements of humor, raw emotions, and life lessons, Carla hopes that her show will not only bring a smile to her audience's faces, but also help them get inspired and feel stronger and bolder - in terms of facing life challenges and being their own person.
I was fortunate enough to score an e-interview with Carla regarding her show, as I was heavily intrigued by the concept of her show - read the exchange below:
Tema: Can you tell me a bit about yourself, Carla? Are you from Adelaide? Carla: Yes, but I have lived in America (Doylestown, Pennsylvania and New York), as well as Melbourne.
Tema: What made you get into cabaret? Carla: My love of cabaret started at a young age, when I saw a show with Libby O'Donovan in it.
I was in all the jazz choirs/musicals etc and Music Captain when I was in high school and then I studied singing in New York with Sally Morgan so that love of cabaret continued. However I didn't know that I could create my own work until I was about 25 and saw a friend of mine Sophie Stokes in her own cabaret show. I felt like I had a lot of stories to share.
Tema: Who is the show inspired by / based on? Carla: It is inspired by my life and my courage through the chaos.
Tema: The brief description on the Fringe website has me curious about the "1/2 an orphan" – can you elaborate more on why / how this experience made you decide to make a show? Carla: It's a 'coming of age' journey. The exploration of a big event, that turned me into the strong, unique woman I am today. The decision to make it into a show has just been the natural healing process of my life. Since beginning my writing of cabaret shows in 2010... all my shows are based on real life experiences. It helps me move forward, become stronger and clearer about who I am. I feel like half an orphan because I have gone from a big extended family to only 3 people, my brother, my dad and myself.
Tema: It sounds like there's going to be a roller coaster of emotions felt through your show - what do you hope your audience to feel and experience through the show? Carla: Vince Fusco (the director) and I have made sure that the audience can ride this journey with me. There are moments of my journey in the show that create comic relief for the audience (and myself) to take a breath, laugh, and get back into the 'nitty gritty'. I hope the audience can reflect on their own lives throughout the 60 mins. I hope the audience leaves feeling that they can achieve anything, no matter what they are going through. That everyone has strength inside them that they probably don't even know exists… and gratitude - that though the darkest storm, you are reborn into a better version of yourself, for good.
Tema: What is the basic idea of the show (without giving too much away)? Carla: It starts at the beginning of an unexpected event and the show ends in the present. It is a raw, unique, rollercoaster of a show – when it comes to emotions.
Tema: What can people expect from attending your show? Carla: A show directed by the award winning director Vince Fusco, beautiful Greta Kate, gown, hair and make up by Mandy's Make up, eclectic fusion of music, passionate storytelling, laughter, tears, reflection and unique raw exposure of my soul.
Tema: What inspired you to get involved with the Adelaide Fringe? Carla: I LOVE the Fringe! I have been doing the Adelaide Fringe since 2014.
Tema: This sounds like such a brilliant show and I feel like a lot of people will enjoy it - so, why are you doing just 3 shows? Carla: Budget, as I am the owner/producer of my cabaret business and I am yet to apply for grants… I would love to do the entire Fringe seasons, but not able to fund that at the moment.
Tema: Have you been involved with other Fringe festivals around Australia or overseas? Carla: Not as of yet. This year, I am applying for as many Fringes as I can. So THAT'S LIFE will be everywhere.
Tema: Is there anything else that you'd like our readers to know about your show? Carla: Everyone needs to see this show. It reminds us all how important love and honesty is in this world… and how destructive lack of communication can be. Oh, and the audience members are more than welcome to stay after the show - I always come out for a chat!
Carla's show That's Life will be running from March 9 - 11 at The Queen's Theatre in the Adelaide CBD.