I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve never seen Fiona O’Loughlin, despite her being one of Adelaide’s international success stories and a two-time Barry Award nominee at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
I’m embarrassed, because such a funny lady needs to be seen, with all her charm, big smiles, self-effacing humour and life’s little lessons. In one night, she has become a favourite comedian.
O’Loughlin tells stories of her life. She laughs at herself, makes us see people and events in a new light, and opens our eyes to the world through her sharp observations and comedy. Her stories are great but her messages are so much more.
Having been raised in Adelaide, O’Loughlin imparts tales of Cabra College girls, cheered on by Cabra girls in the sold-out auditorium. She spots an old neighbour in the audience, leading to stories of rural life. The bulk of her reminiscences centre around living in the Northern Territory and both the racism and friendships she experienced and encountered amongst the indigenous communities. She touches briefly on her former years as an alcoholic, married life, children, dear friends and more.
Most importantly though, she teaches us to love – ourselves and others – by being brave enough to expose our own weaknesses and assumptions through the things she’s done or said.
Fiona O’Loughlin is a sensation, not just because she’s so funny, but because she recognises the power of comedy to shine light in the world. You’ve got to respect that, because when the laughter finally dies down, there’s plenty to think about too.
It’s not just her career that’s brilliant.
Reviewed by Rod Lewis
Rating out of 5: 4.5
Venue: Gluttony – The Bally, Rymill Park/Murlawirrapurka, car East Tce & Rundle Rd
Season: 10 – 15 March 2015
Duration: 55 minutes
Tickets: $21 – $27
Bookings: Book through FringeTix online or at a FringeTix box office (booking fees apply)