5 Star Review
Claire Dawson in A Woman on the Edge
"A laugh-out-loud show delivered with wit, great musicality and a hugely generous performance from Dawson."
The Mercury

About Life, Love and Being a Better Person!

Claire Dawson is back in her new multimedia, musical and comedy tour de force! 

Written and directed by Rod Anderson as a showcase for Claire Dawson’s spectacular talents, A Woman On The Edge provides an opportunity for Claire to sing up a storm of classic diva hits as well as to feature some of her own classy compositions.  Playing her most popular character, SiSi, the eternally hopeful, older but no wiser girl from Liverpool, she takes us on a roller coaster journey.  Why did she have to go half way round the world only to find herself approaching middle age from the wrong direction?   Work, family, men all come under the spotlight as SiSi looks for the answer to life’s big question, “Who am I?”  She also has to solve the riddle of how, when she woke up, there was a gun in her hand and her lover was lying dead at her feet! 

Thanks to the artistry of Australian Film Industry award winning Michael Gissing’s brilliant video backgrounds, Claire appears throughout as her own backing group as well as various characters in the story.

Anyone who has ever doubted themselves for a moment will be inspired by SiSi’s journey and its uplifting conclusion.  This show sold out Hobart’s Spiegeltent, packed them in at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe and was standing room only at its recent Hobart return season so book now to make sure you don’t miss out.  At The Adelaide Fringe 2017, Claire received rave reviews like, "One of my favourite shows of the Fringe", Serious stitches from laughing so hard" and "Her voice could move mountains".

 

Fringe Review: A Woman On The Edge

BY BRIAN GODFREY ON FEBRUARY 24, 2017ADELAIDE FRINGEARTSARTS FESTIVALSENTERTAINMENTFRINGE REVIEWS

Presented by Anderson Dawson Producers
Reviewed 19 Feb 2017

This reviewer admits to having some slight trepidation about seeing this production; mainly because of the title. I thought that I was going to be witnessing some very heavy angst-driven fest of depression – not so! This piece is a wonderful piece of theatre. It is funny, moving, uplifting and a visual treat.

SiSi (Claire Dawson) is a stand-up comic and singer/songwriter who, being unlucky in love, moves from Liverpool to Australia where, you guessed it, she’s yet again unlucky in love. How unlucky? The show starts with her shooting her latest lover – that’s pretty dammed unlucky!

After this very film noir styled opening, we are taken back to the events leading up to that moment in the form of an extremely entertaining cabaret act. SiSi’s story is one of punchy, funny one-liners, gloriously campy send-ups of various music trends, and some very moving heart-felt original songs composed by Dawson herself. SiSi is aided and abetted, via video, by her very own back-up singers of her mind – all bearing more than a slight resemblance to SiSi.

Both the script and direction by Rod Anderson are great. But, it is Dawson who is true selling point of this show. She is superb. Not just in her truly wonderful performance as SiSi, but in ALL the video characters she portrays: each and every girl back-up singer, her teacher, her father, even her mother and her bowling cronies in a delightful YouTube style Rap number (Oh no! Oh Yes!). Dawson is the ULTIMATE one-person show!

As this sjhow is very heavy on the technical side (which all works brilliantly), the GC need to be complimented on their sound system. The surround sound effects work a treat.

Don’t teeter on the edge about seeing A Woman On The Edge – just go!

 

Some quotes from Adelaide reviewers

 

75 MINUTES

No Interval

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Claire Dawson

Just out of drama school, our Liverpool born diva originally spread her wings on London’s West End stage only to fall in love with an Australian and be whisked away to the beauty and isolation of the Tasmanian bush.  Despite having thought she might never set foot on a stage again, after raising her sons to a manageable age, she found herself beginning to write music, sing songs and perform for community events throughout the island. Very quickly, her larger than life personality and star size talent meant she was in demand everywhere.  In fact, within the last 5 years, Claire has gone from country hall to city stage and from obscurity to being known and loved as Tasmania’s Queen of Musical Theatre and Cabaret.

When New York Cabaret star Kim Smith curated Hobart’s 2014 Voicebox season, Claire’s appearance stopped the show.  Meanwhile, her self created, one woman shows for the state-wide Festival of Voices in 2014 and 2015 sold out weeks before the event. Also, in 2014, producer Annette Downs brought her together with writer and director, Rod Anderson and their partnership created Blitz! This musical, based on Claire’s grandmother’s life as a West End singer from the 20’s through the second World War, was a huge success and is set for a revival tour in 2017.

In 2016, Claire toured in the Tasmanian Theatre Company’s Smile, Smile, Smile, while her most recent show, A Woman On The Edge (also created with Rod Anderson) sold out the Spiegeltent and has just completed a successful Edinburgh Fringe Festival season in August 2016.  The exciting thing about this latest venture is that it gives people the opportunity to see her considerable skills as a musician and song writer as well as actor and singer.  Most recently, Claire received rave reviews for her role in Robert Jarman's production of The Tempest.

When not touring, Claire teaches singing and acting, provides life-coaching sessions and runs a successful yoga school. 

Creative Team

Claire Dawson
Claire
Dawson
Original Music
Already known and loved as a singer and actor, Claire is also a brilliant creator of songs. A Woman On The Edge and her many concert stage appearances let us hear a number of these compositions. But it’s not just the melodies and lyrics. All backings are created by Claire and feature her on many instruments as well as in close, complex vocal harmonies. This means the score of A Woman On The Edge is fresh, lush and filled with beautiful sounds.
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Claire
Rod Anderson
Rod
Anderson
Writer / Director
Rod has had a long career in theatre and television as performer, director, dramaturge, writer and producer.  Credits relevant to this project – he directed What's a Girl To Do (toured to Edinburgh Fringe) and Confidentially Yours for Melbourne's Malthouse Theatre and An Evening With Kurt Weil created for the Melbourne Arts Centre Studio. The Girls From Oz written and directed by Rod for Jane O'Toole toured Australia in 2013 and 2014. Rod is also co-writer and director of Claire's recent smash, Blitz!
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Yolanda Peart-Smith
Yolanda
Peart-Smith
Design
Highly experienced costume and wig designer and creator with a string of international movies and TV credits (Lord of the Rings, Dr Who, Henry VIII, Runaway, Silent Witness), as well as local Tasmanian productions like Fox’s The Kettering Incident, mean that this brilliant designer is seldom out of work.  We are incredibly lucky that her strong connection to, and belief in, Claire have led her to commit to provide such innovative design for this production.
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Yolanda
Michael Gissing
Michael
Gissing
Audio / Visual
Digital City Studios is a sophisticated broadcast post-production facility hidden in the wilds of Southern Tasmania where Michael works his magic for international and national clients on creative, editing and post production projects.  This year he’s nominated for Best Sound in a Documentary for the AACTI awards having previously won an AFI award for Best Sound in a Non-Feature Film.  Michael’s filming and editing of the show’s non-stop backgrounds are a major part of its unique look, sound and success.
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Michael
"It’s awesome. I laughed, I got goose pimples, I cried. I stood and applauded with everyone else at the end!"
“I’m in awe of Claire’s talent. It was such a beautiful show. Tears, laughter, just loved it.”
“ Highly effective audio visual design by Michael Gissing.”
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Production info

This show is a visually complex Music Theatre presentation with an original look supplied by stunning video backgrounds (by Australian Film Institute awarded Michael Gissing). The show was written by Rod Anderson (What’s a Girl To Do, Confidentially Yours, Blitz) specifically to showcase the considerable skills of the extraordinary Claire Dawson.

The continuous MTV style backgrounds to this very original work allow Claire to appear as many characters as well as her own close-harmony backing group in varied settings.  She performs popular songs from the 60s to the present day as well as her own originals in a non-stop, powerhouse performance. 

Claire Dawson (a Liverpool girl who now lives in distant Tasmania) honed her skills in the UK but blossomed as a solo performer in Australia.  Hailed as Tasmania’s Queen of Cabaret, she has a devoted following in her home state and regularly sells out her solo performances.

In this latest show she appears as her most popular character, the fast approaching middle age, SiSi.  Wisecracking her way through her trademark comic monologues, she ponders life, love and how she came to find that gun in her hand and her man lying dead.  At the recent Edinburgh Fringe the show was described as "redefining the one woman musical"  Costumes by Yolanda Peart–Smith (Lord of the Rings, Dr Who, Silent Witness) are a feature and the show is very, very funny!

We sold out their first outing at the 2015 Spiegeltent, and a Tasmania tour.  The show was very well received at Edinburgh Fringe in 2016 and has rave reviews at Adelaide Fringe 2017.  With only one performer and a Tour/Stage Manager all that are required are projector, screen, audio and a stage of almost any size.  Of course the show works well in small venues but because of its big screen effects scales up to large venues brilliantly.  Unlike traditional one woman efforts, this is a BIG show!


Technical Requirements

TOUR READY!

KEY AUDIENCES

  • Women of all ages and their willing partners
  • Lovers of cabaret and music theatre
  • Audiences looking for comedy. The show is very, very funny
  • Anyone who loves a Diva!

MARKETING ELEMENTS AVAILABLE

  • Preformatted DL Fliers and posters with space for local information
  • Digital fliers and a suite of show images
  • We can shape image and copy to suit your audience



THEATRE FORMATS

  • Designed for proscenium, black box and thrust.
  • Minimum stage width 5 metres
  • Minimum stage depth 3 metres plus wide angle rear projector throw
  • Wing space minimal

IN BRIEF STAGING AND SET DESCRIPTION

Bare stage with screen at rear.  Screen acts as a backdrop where characters appear and action occurs throughout the show Electric piano, gelectric uitar and hat rack with costumes positioned USP Originally created for the Spiegeltent with large auditorium and small stage, thshow plays well in these conditions but also scales up to a larger performance space brilliantly because of the large size projections.

PLEASE CONTACT US - rodkanderson@bigpond.com FOR FEES AND COSTS OF PRESENTATION AND TOURING.

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