Entertainment Hive 2020

From calamity queen to Liberty belle

By Honey B

Amelia Ryan is making a stand at this year’s Adelaide Fringe in the fight for liberation. Anyone who has seen Ryan’s previous show Storm in a D Cup will know the cabaret chanteuse has her tongue firmly planted in her cheek. “I am now Lady Liberty and this new show can be seen as the pursuit for improvement or self- betterment,’’ Ryan explains. “Ultimately it’s about the things we go through in the pursuit of improvement whereas Storm in a D Cup was more about the mess and dysfunction and chaos in my life.’’ Ryan candidly states that her new show is about growing up. “It’s more about me desperately trying to get my shit together and I think that’s a reasonably universal pursuit. “At some stage we all strive to better ourselves and it’s about what does work and what doesn’t work and how we do that. “With the New Year just behind us there’s a lot that people can relate to like trying to fix yourself through a green juice cleanse or turning to alcohol, sex or relationships or any of the things that we try to do to find liberation.’’ Ryan laughs when asked if artists can grow-up? “Oh my god, this is like a conversation I have with myself every day. “One of the things you have to reconcile yourself with as an artist is that there is very little certainty or security. “Yet as we grow-up, or certainly for me, these are the things I am starting to crave more. “For the first time this year I have started thinking beyond now and am thinking about buying a place and I need to start saving for that and also having a family. “But what is it that makes us liberated? Is it downing a bottle of champagne and going out dancing all night and kissing a multitude of hot men or is it cooking dinner and having a quiet night in with a loved one? “I don’t know. I think the idea of liberation changes as we get older and our values change.’’ Ryan, who is in her early 30’s, says guys are more than welcome at her show. “It’s not just a chick show – the guys who came to Storm in a D Cup were pleasantly surprised. “The show isn’t heavy-handed and there’s a lot for the guys to relate to and it could be their girlfriend on- stage going through the same thing.’’ Ryan is also a deft hand when it comes to wielding a parody tunes and she has plenty of rippers in Lady Liberty. “There is Cyndi Lauper’s Time After Time which becomes Wine After Wine and Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines is about designer vaginas and what women do to their bodies. “I do a great re-interpretation of Whitney Houston’s I Want To Dance With Somebody, but it’s not a parody and it’s just such a great song. “I have Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen and there is also a Little Mermaid parody.’’ Ryan says the Adelaide Fringe has a real “edge’’ to it which suits her brand of musical satire. “I think the Adelaide Fringe gives you an amazing forum for expression and questioning things.’’ Amelia Ryan in Lady Liberty, Adelaide Fringe, Garden of Unearthly Delights, until March 13. Bookings: 1300 621 255
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