Paradoxical Undressing

Saturday was awesome. Well, Friday was awesome, but Saturday was all different kinds of awesome. Matt took the boys up to Lithgow to see Thomas the Tank Engine on the ZigZag railway. They had a ball. While they were out I went shopping with Mum.
I’m sure I left a trail of drool from Kikki-K, to Shack, to Laura Ashley, to Alannah Hill. And then I spent all my money at Kmart. I went home for a nap and only roused (2 hours later!) by the obnoxious sound of the Mr Whippy icecream van.

A few hours later I made my way into the city again for the opening show of ‘Paradoxical Undressing’.

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The venue was the 100 year old Bosco tent. Part wooden theatre structure, part circus tent, but intimate. Raked seating allows up to 200 spectators, a close, perfect view.

I arrived early enough to enjoy a glass of sparkling chardy and be the first to line up.

Kristin reads from her script and follows each paragraph with a brief guitar interlude. The script is an exerpt from a book she has written, (that isn’t yet published), about her battles with mental illness and it’s role in her music. It details the formative years of The Throwing Muses up until their first record deal. It was fascinating and I loved it.

Every now and then throughout the show she performs a song. A song relevant to that part of the story. Consequently, the origins of songs her fans have heard dozens of times, and loved, are explained.

It is sad, it is crazy (in a bad way), but it is funny. I’m going again for the last show next Sunday night.

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Aprill Allen

Collector of my own bad drafts & excellent one-liners. Current painting student; Three-time B-Arts dropout.

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