Laughter in Loneliness
“I like to relax by making Aluminium Foil Art.
I sell my wares outside Woolworths on Saturday mornings.
I set up a table next to the guys selling life saving raffle tickets.
They keep telling me to move on because I detract from their business but I think I enhance it.”
This is River. She knows how to make the perfect vegemite toast. When she’s not selling her aluminium foil art outside Woolworths she writes Google poetry and attends strangers’ funerals. Written and performed by Claire Lovering, River is the story of a young woman, an old man and the magic of a wish chip.
Warning: Performance contains tai chi, a toast making demonstration, a poetry reading, a xylophone concert, a ham sandwich, a pet psychic, some acting and a gunshot. One of these is a lie.
“This work, quietly observed and nurtured, is delivered by Ms Lovering with gentle, delicate unconditional love.” – Kevin Jackson
“A gem of a character monologue… River is an enchanting hour of storytelling.” – Jason Blake (SMH)
“The poignancy of Claire Lovering’s work as writer and performer, forces us to look past the subject’s plainness, and relate to River as one human being should another, with empathy and a sense of generosity.” – Suzy Goes See
“Lovering’s talent is clear to see.” – Suzy Goes See
West Australian Premiere
27 – 31 January // 7.30pm // The Blue Room Theatre Studio
EXTRA SHOWS ADDED: 10 – 12 February // 8.00pm // The Blue Room Theatre Studio
Origin: New South Wales // Company: Claire Lovering
Written and Performed by Claire Lovering // Workshopped and Dramaturged by Sarah Giles // Lighting Design by Benjamin Brockman // Sound Design by Nate Edmondson // Design Consultancy by Alicia Clements // Stage Manager Georgia Smith
For audiences 13+
Image: Kate Williams