The Debutante Diaries
by Kate McLennan
Where: QUT Gardens Theatre, 2 George Street, Brisbane (next to City Botanic Gardens)
When: Friday 22 May 8pm
Saturday 23 May 2pm (matinee) and 8pm
Bookings: Phone: 07 3138 4455 or Web: www.gardenstheatre.qut.com
Cost: $24 – $38, $4 discount for matinee
After wowing crowds at comedy festivals in Edinburgh, Melbourne, and Adelaide, Brisbane will finally get to see The Debutante Diaries, the brainchild of Australian actress and comedian Kate McLennan, which comes to QUT Gardens Theatre on 22-23 May.
Firmly rooted in Australian suburbia, the character comedy which won the 2006 Melbourne Fringe “Best Comedy’ Award sees McLennon perform an entire High School’s work of characters in preparation for the big ‘deb’ ball.
Characters include the creepy organiser, the manic perfectionist with her “fairytale Deb’ scrap book, the down-trodden loser, and the school bitchy beauty queen. The role of the diary-keeping shy girl ties the story together and reminds audiences of a time when they were all kids desperately trying to find their place.
The Debutante Diaries was the over-whelming success story of the 2007 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. The show received rave reviews, playing to packed houses night after night – culminating in a prestigious Barry Award nomination, the Comedy Festival’s top gong for Best Show.
McLennan, who completed three years of drama school and is well-known for her character sketches at various festivals and on TV, said many of the characters were based on real life characters from her own high school.
“I had always wanted to write a show set in a high school because I had some pretty funny experiences, and since I’d already performed some of the characters in past sketches it was natural to expand them into their own show,” McLennan said.
“At school I was the quiet one in the background but I used humour as a tool and was always able to come out with a smart alec comment.”
The Debutante Diaries, written by Kate McLennan (Winner of the 2006 Melbourne Fringe and Melbourne Airport ‘Emerging Artist Award) is presented by Blackbird Productions and directed by Fiona Harris.