PEARLS: A MOTHER'S WISDOM LOST THEN FOUND
Written By: Tracy Crisp
Directed By: Ross Vosvotekas
Port Pirie brings writer home in Fringe show ‘Pearls’
World traveller and native South Australian Tracy Crisp travels to her abandoned childhood home in Port Pirie, seeking her mother’s string of pearls, and answers to questions that refuse to stay in the past. Meanwhile, her mother travels from Port Pirie to Paris without ever leaving Australia.
Tracy’s debut theatre production “Pearls” has its world premiere at the Adelaide Fringe 2018.
With a richly detailed and fast-paced script it is an observation of a woman whose own life was tragically cut short, yet who influenced the lives of many she met.
The one-act theatre and storytelling piece explores the complicated warp and weft of the effects our parents have on us, and we on them, with Tracy’s signature humour and poignancy.
Tracy said that working on ‘Pearls’ was a labour of love. “I wanted to express my mother’s creativity as well as her words,” she said. “She seemed to be so good at everything she did, from teaching her school students to stand up for themselves, to growing a lush French cottage garden in a semi-arid country town.
“It was important to me to acknowledge her wisdom and her humour. She wasn’t perfect by any means but her influence was strong.”
Are we fated to live out our parents’ hopes and dreams, no matter our own? What happens when we begin to observe our parents as people first? And which of their legacies do we choose to leave, to take, or to transform?
Tracy Crisp is a funeral celebrant, a writer and a performer across platforms as varied as stand-up, novels, storytelling and memoir. She has been a national finalist in JJJ's Raw Comedy competition; been shortlisted in the South Australian awards for literature; and recently published her second novel, Surrogate with South Australian publisher, Wakefield Press.
Since returning to Adelaide from Abu Dhabi she has been a regular at Adelaide's reading and storytelling events where she is known for work that brings a potent mix of heart and humour.
Approx. Running Time: 45 minutes
Suitable for ages: adults
Preview: 19 Feb 8pm
21-21, 27-28 Feb 8 pm
142-160 Flinders Street, Adelaide SA 5000
FP $15; C $12