Confessions of a Control Freak is a witty cabaret cataloguing the woes of creators Belinda Raisin and Jen Teh’s tales of life as a self-confessed control freak, currently being performed at Brisbane’s Judith Wright Centre.
Performed by Belinda Raisin, the creative team behind Confessions of a Control Freak have succeeded in putting together a funny and smart show, the relatability of which guarantees mass appeal, as does the passing out of free cups of wine. The most relatable part of the show, and that which has audiences laughing along knowingly, is the fact that the character, Frances, actually fails quite often and quite dismally at controlling even the most mundane day-to-day events, leaving her carefully mapped out schedule in ruins, her organisational sticky notes in a flurry and those around her wondering if her sanity is slipping ever so slightly. A thoughtfully written show about trying to live in a world which tells us that we can have it all but must appear perfectly polished while we perform the juggle, Confessions of a Control Freak takes the audience through the intimate ups and downs of one such attempt.
Raisin’s performance in this show is spot on, with just enough nervous energy to portray a convincing control freak mixed with a commanding stage presence which keeps every eye glued on her. During the opening number some of the high and low notes seemed just beyond her reach, though this could be attributed to opening night jitters as she continued strongly throughout the show performing a mixture of classics, modern hits and a few originals. Raisin has an off-beat charm which wins over an audience quickly and her willingness to embrace challenges like singing whilst roller-skating through the audience to deliver cups of wine, and have a good chuckle at herself while doing it, gives her a playful appeal. Raisin comes off as a girl that everyone would like to get to know in this show, which is why she receives such rapt attention.
Confessions of a Control Freak is quite a big bit of fun and does what good theatre does best – makes the audience feel a little bit less alone in their struggle to control their lives. If you’re absolutely and perfectly content with every little detail in your life, then this show may not be for you. For the rest of us, it’s a welcome reprieve from the daily chastising and a chance to have a good old laugh at ourselves as well.
Judith Wright Centre
CONFESSIONS OF A CONTROL FREAK
Venue: Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts | 420 Brunswick St (cnr Berwick St), Fortitude Valley QLD
Dates: 15 – 17 August, 2013
Tickets: $19 - $24
Bookings: 07 3872 9000