Kelly Young brings her shattered illusions to the Sydney Fringe

Following a 2013 season at Riverside Theatres, singer/actor Kelly Young proudly makes her Sydney Fringe debut with a fresh and vital new cabaret Oh! My Shattered Illusions.

Combining her trademark humour with a cross-section of unique songs, Kelly tells her own story in the Seymour Centre’s Sound Lounge for the very first time. Part Glamazon, part Muppet, Kelly emerges as a dynamic voice for the new generation of Australian women.

Kelly Young.
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The quirky singer dishes on divorce, dating, domesticity and drinking, charting her journey from housewife to diva. As touching as it is comic, Oh! My Shattered Illusions, directed by Chris Rutherford, is a forthright, adults-only musical vision of what it means to start over.

In the unpredictable tradition of European cabaret, her autobiographical show shatters illusions about the sanctity of marriage and motherhood, the promise of romance, and the idyllic Australian childhood. Kelly’s acute self-awareness leads the way through an array of characters, animating different versions of herself at key moments in her own history.

Over the course of 75 minutes, Oh! My Shattered Illusions showcases Kelly’s diverse range as an actor and a vocalist. Drawing upon a variety of songbooks, she pays homage to the great writers of Broadway (‘Back To Before’ by Stephen Schwartz of Wicked and Godspell), visits the work of artists as distinct as Peter Allen (‘I Could Have Been A Sailor’) and Tim Minchin (‘Lullaby’) as well as introducing an original number written especially for the show. For the Sydney Fringe season Kelly is ably supported by her musical director, Sydney recording artist and jazz pianist Pete McDonald.

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Cassie Tongue

Cassie is a theatre critic and arts writer in Sydney, and is the deputy editor of AussieTheatre. She has written for The Guardian, Time Out Sydney, Daily Review, and BroadwayWorld Australia. She is a voter for the Sydney Theatre Awards.

Cassie Tongue

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