Julia Morris's show Don't You Know Who I Used To Be is a spin off of her memoir of the same title. To see this shows means to join the party and this is clearly Morris's party; she has the party dress (Charlie Brown), the party shoes (Jimmy Choos), one set of damn fine pins to match and a very large spotlight. What's more, as she says, she's "mad for it!"
The show promises the bits from the book "that were far too naughty to print" but for the most part, Morris's stories are fairly tame. The show is a timeline of her life told through a combination of photographs and images. It tells of the direction, stagnation and projection of her career, usually determined by her geographic location, with a myriad of funny and sometimes mortifying recollections of her personal life along the way.
In true Morris style her delivery is fast (goodness knows when she finds the time to breathe), over the top, and more than a little silly. To begin there was a general feeling of haste among the room but this was no doubt contributed to by the significantly delayed start to the show. Before too long Morris seemed to become more comfortable, entirely immersing herself in the telling of all sorts of moments and phases, from her childhood drawings of Pat the rat (to this day she doesn't know who the hell Pat actually was), Tom Cruise running into her on the red carpet (perhaps one of her most cheeky stories) and the trouble she had to go to in the UK to impress a blind date (losing her fingertips and all).
Amidst the banter, Morris gives off hints of bitterness, or perhaps just friendly stabs, toward the media and the entertainment industry and considering her history, it is not entirely surprising. Before she moved to the UK in 2000, her high profile in Australia meant she was subjected to the usual headlines concerning her weight and all manner of other rumours. Morris is no dummy though. She recently scored two lucrative advertising deals, one with a leading fitness company, the other with a breakfast cereal, and the television advertisements she stars in for both are played in her show. Luckily, each advertisement is quite amusing and their interruption not unwelcome.
Whilst Morris is perhaps not the most hilarious comic, her stories are honest and ones that everyone can relate to. Right at the end of her show she sings a song. She is quite a good singer but more than a few of the notes come out as a screech. She doesn't care though; after all it is her party. The photos are proof, Julia Morris used to be a dag, she used to be just one of us. The great thing is that she knows this, and her show demonstrates that who she used to be is in essence exactly who she is now.
Star 100 Entertainment presents
Don't You Know Who I Used To Be?
Venue: RMIT Capitol Theatre | 113 Swanston St (opp Town Hall), Melbourne
Dates: 2 - 5 April
Times: Thu - Sat 9pm, Sun 8pm
Duration: 60 minutes
Tickets: Full $28, Concession $24
Bookings: Ticketmaster 1300 660 013 | at the door