Fiona O’Loughlin returns home to Adelaide with three of her favourite comedy comrades for two nights at the iconic Regal Theatre on November 9th and 10th.
Teaming up with local business, Hula Hoop, Fiona wanted to give Adelaide a taste of her closest friends in the industry. Chris Wainhouse, Katie Burch, and Ethel Chop are all regulars in the Melbourne comedy scene and Fiona can’t wait to show them off to her Adelaide audience.
Fran Edwards interviews Ms O’Loughlin about the shows and being a first time grandmother.
F.E: Your shows are well received internationally, how different are Australian audiences?
F.O’L: Australian audiences are extraordinarily supportive of live comedy. It staggers me at times to see the sheer amount of young and older people happily leaving Netflix and technology behind to experience Stand Up.
F.E: What should Adelaide audiences expect from this production?
F.O’L: A very diverse lineup for starters. My favourite comedian Chris Wainhouse is on the bill. He’s largely unknown but in the comedy world his reputation is awesome.
F.E: You have done a lot of things in your life, apart from comedy, and struggled as a single mother of 5, how does being a grandmother make you feel?
F.O’L: It makes me feel safe. I understand my purpose as Una’s Grandmother. I don’t need to be anything but her soft safe place to fall for as long as I live.
F.E: How proud are you of your children’s achievements?
F.O’L: My children are good people. That makes me proud. They have weathered a great deal and have met an extraordinary range of people and travelled a great deal as a consequence of having a Carnie Mother. They are a better generation than mine in many ways. Kinder and smarter. That’s what humans have been doing slowly but surely since the dawn of time. Slowly getting smarter and kinder.
F.E: You are a writer, presenter and a philanthropist, what do you still want to achieve? Do you have unachieved goals?
F.O’L: I want to write a searingly funny and honest drama about the dark secrets women in families of my generation have had to keep. I have a co/writer and friend on board in Andrea Powell aka Ethel Chop. We’re in the very early stages of its creation. If it was a pregnancy test we can see a faint blue line.
Interview by Fran Edwards
Title: Fiona O’Loughlin and Friends
Venue: The Regal Theatre, 275 Kensington Rd, Kensington Park
Date and time: 8:00pm 9th and 10th November
Tickets: Cabaret seating: $65, Stalls and Lounge: $55