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‘Busted’ is a show about women and mental health, asking the question “are all women crazy”? Angela Green has developed a show that tackles many of the issues facing women including dating, aging, body image and mental health.
Angela, using her own life as a case study, intends to investigate her central question and bring the audience along for the ride providing a “unique but relatable experience”. Angela wants to get “the audience to feel involved and engaged” but to also feel “safe” in her hands. This is an area where she shows her maturity noting “I have people’s safety and welfare in mind during the show”.
Despite some of the serious underlying themes, Angela wants her show to be very funny. Coming off her maiden MICF show ‘Perfectly Reasonable’ in 2016, Angela has taken the lessons learned from these experiences and continued to develop her comedy to be more relatable and likeable. When asked how much of her 2017 show will be based on true events from Angela’s life, she replies that the content might be a “little too true”. Angela makes particular reference to her dating stories “I don’t need to embellish those”, referencing a story about a deep-sea diver. “If people know the joke is true, it gets a much bigger laugh…people are sitting there thinking, this can’t be real”!
Angela has always had an interest in comedy and stand up. She grew up in a small country town in Queensland where “show business was so far removed from anything to do with my life”. That said, Angela recounts her love for the Doug Anthony All-Stars in her teenage years and her appreciation for the ‘golden era’ of Australian comedy. Angela speaks fondly of Wendy Harmer, the “best female Aussie comedian”, who appears to have influenced her comedy significantly. With earnest, she also expresses her respect and appreciation for Tim Ferguson’s guidance in her comedy development. She notes that Tim’s writing course “changed the way I thought about comedy” and that his ongoing mentorship has helped improve the underlying mechanics behind her material.
Moving from a sell-out RAW Heat in Darwin with around 1000 audience members to more local gigs like The Comedy Corner performing alongside Elliot Goblet, Angela continues to learn from and enjoy her time on stage. Angela has different favourite rooms depending on what she is “trying to achieve” with Comedy @ Spleen, King Kong Comedy in Brunswick and Mad Dog Comedy in Footscray being particular favourites.
Whether it be the “catalogue of unsolicited dick pics” or her fifteen years experience as a social worker, “there has always been something…to trigger a joke”. Angela wants ‘Busted’ to be a relatable experience for many, but in particular for the women who attend her show. “It’s a show written for women” and Angela hopes that “women will go away feeling really good about being a woman”. Without too many spoilers in regards to her key question “Are all women crazy?”, Angela notes, “it’s a very normal response to get a little crazy” to all of the social pressures on women today and that “might not necessarily be a bad thing”.
If you’re keen to see ‘Busted’, it’s on at the Hare Hole (Hare & Hyenas – located 63 Johnston St, Fitzroy) from 4 to 8 April 2017. For more details click here!
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