The Truth, The Whole Truth and Nothing But The Truth...So Help Me God, is Fiona O’Loughlin coming clean. She’s objective, honest, amusing and, I have to say, more endearing than I have ever found her before.
The blurb in the Fringe World program didn’t give a lot away about the content of the show, regardless, we just expect to go along and Fiona O’Loughlin will be funny for us. Her style has certainly changed since she made the incredibly brave choice and difficult journey to becoming sober about 5 years ago, but she still has that trademark self-deprecating style that makes her so relatable.
O’Loughlin was featured on the ABC’s Australian Story last year and she is currently plugging her memoir, “Me of the Never Never” but I hadn’t seen or read either (though I am keen to now). Therefore, I was highly engaged by her tales of living in the outback and later her experiences with fostering indigenous children. She raised sensitive topics like racism and family violence without making light of the issues, but somehow finding a cheerful, optimistic way to approach them.
I would label this show as very “Fringe-worthy”, and I say that because I feel that there is a difference between “International Comedy Festival” audiences and Fringe goers. While O’Loughlin was certainly humorous, I wouldn’t say she had us in stitches from start to finish. There were certainly some “guffaw” moments and plenty of “snigger into your sleeve” moments, but as I looked around at the audience members last night (which was easier because the show was virtually “in-the-round”) I saw lots of interested faces, listening attentively to her stories of boarding school and being a housewife in Alice Springs. I think that’s the beauty of Fringe; even though she is a famous comedian, we’re open to the idea of the unexpected.
Live Nation presents
The Truth, The Whole Truth & Nothing But The Truth... So Help Me God!
Venue: The Gold Digger | State Theatre Centre of WA, Northbridge, WA
Dates: January 27 – February 4, 2015*
*Note: Feb 1 @ Mandurah Performing Arts Centre - Boardwalk Theatre | The Boardwalk, Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah, WA