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Jodie Stubbs, WOMAN, Adelaide Fringe, Gluttony, comedy
Jodie Stubbs

Every woman who has tried to juggle being a mum with the rest of life should see this 60-minute show and their partners should too.

With a few simple props and costumes, Jodie Stubbs manages to take the audience on a journey filled with song, comedy, laughter and a few heartfelt tears.

This is a well-crafted show of songs - ranging from Broadway and pop to R&B and soul - stitched together with lean and clever banter. And it's tasteful, not ultra-feminist, just funny and true (I should know, I'm a mum too).

Behind every successful (wo)man (or alongside her in this case), is a man. In this case, it is brilliant accompanist and foil, David Butler.

Jodie Stubbs, WOMAN, Adelaide Fringe, Gluttony, comedy
Jodie Stubbs in WOMAN

This is the Sydneysider Jodie Stubbs' Adelaide debut. She has a finely honed stage presence as a cabaret performer who has performed everywhere from back bars in Tokyo, cruise ships, theme parks, country races, Star City Casino and cabaret clubs.

According to co-creator Tyran Parke, award-winning director and performer, the show was originally supposed to be about the changing roles of women through the ages, but during rehearsals, Jodie, a busy mother-of-two was so consistently interrupted by her family, and the pair decided to include these interruptions in the show.

Sometimes she'd tell her family she was going to the shops but was actually sneaking away to sit in her car to rehearse in peace, singing to Tyran on Skype.

WOMAN explores the struggle mothers face while trying to have it all. You'll have to come along to find out whether they can.

If I've got any criticism, it is that the stage was a bit tight Jodie could have easily filled a much larger space, and The Bally, at Gluttony, is a small venue and was close to capacity on opening night so book quickly or you'll miss out.
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*Rosemary Argue was invited as a guest
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When: Until March 3
Where: The Bally at Gluttony, Rymill Park / Mullawirraburka, Corner of East Terrace and Rundle Rd, Adelaide, SA, 5000
Cost: $25, $10
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