Adelaide Fringe Festival 2010
and Metro Arts 2010 Allies Program
‘A one way ticket on the slut bus’
Single Admissions: A one way ticket on the slut bus. For anyone who’s ever texted under the influence, danced on their lonesome or been asked the question – repeatedly – “When are you getting married?” “No Seriously, when?
The girls of Single Admissions, Kat, Peta and Alisha, are twenty somethings missing one thing; a boyfriend. If love is a battlefield then single life is the apocalypse. To survive they must answer life’s big questions; How many facebook status updates are too many? Is it possible to drink your bodyweight in alcohol? And is it really that bad to be single?
‘As the audience enter to see this production, they have their hand stamped as if entering a disco and are then guided across the stage to their seats by torch wielding usherettes. It is only when they are seated, do the audience realise that they have traversed their way past three prone bodies crumpled, dishevelled and seemingly asleep. Welcome to the world of today’s single woman… Although aimed mainly at females, males will probably enjoy this look at what dateless, but not necessarily desperate, ladies get up to. Girls just wanna have fun – and do!’
ADELAIDE THEATRE GUIDE
‘I well remember the angst of the singles dating scene. Theatre group Lazy, Young & Talented meet it head on. Not that they dwell on the angst. In fact these three young women have a lot of fun with it in a fast-moving dynamic piece of performance art. Playing themselves, mothers, aunties, competitors and casual acquaintances on the ‘slut bus’, they document the struggle of binge drinking, one night stands, looking for meaningful relationships and the Facebook culture of false friends. Wonderful music and dance routines and I liked the clever the use of mobile clothes racks as windows and frames into a perplexing world. I loved the balance between the sad and the funny, the romantic and the raunchy. Great show.
Final Word: Dynamic.’
MICHAEL COGHLAN – RIP IT UP
‘Whose milkshake brings all the boys to the yard? That’d be Single Admissions, the pash and dash of a play conceived by a crack team of young Brisbane creatives.’
CAMERON PEGG – SCENE MAGAZINE
‘I want to shout it from the rooftops: “I’m in love…with ‘Single Admissions’!!!!” … This is a tale told by women, for women, but I really think everyone who has ever loved, or loved and lost, or loved briefly and then tried to figure out how you’re going to get home afterwards, is going to find something to laugh at, or something to cry over here. I’m going again next week, and taking a whole different group of single girlfriends so they can experience this play. And, honestly, I can’t wait for that second date.’
CAITLIN GAHAN – AUSTRALIAN STAGE ONLINE
‘Single Admissions is like a vodka-soaked version of Sex & The City but with 20-somethings looking for love on the BrisVegas nightclub scene … This is an uproarious ride on the wild side, complete with infectious party music and laugh-out-loud dance routines … Leave the folks at home and go paint the town red with these lovable lasses!’
DAMIEN ANTHONY ROSSIE – THE SUNDAY MAIL
‘Weller’s play is at once a celebration and a condemnation of Gen Y … What emerges is a story of loneliness and ennui cloaked in an account of no-holds-barred promiscuity and binge drinking … If this story really is representative of Generation Y, and judging by audience response it is right on the money, then we are seeing a generation of under 25s who have neither boundaries or purpose … Fast, furious, provocative.’
SUE GOUGH – THE COURIER MAIL
‘Writer Tammy Weller, who also plays the lead role of Kat, has managed to capture the promiscuous lifestyle that is currently rife among young women with witty and emotional insight. In parts it’s shocking, hilarious and frightening, but mostly it’s one-act jam packed with a feast of entertainment for the eyes and ears … If you are a woman in your 20’s, who is single or who has ever been single, see this show.’
KELLY SCOTT – BRISBANE CRITIQUES
‘[Tammy Weller] expounded the myths of being single, created moods of hilarity and despair, but didn’t pass any judgements … It was stuff you read about; see on TV as the cameras trawl Fortitude Valley early in the morning. But was it real? Do girls really behave like that? Apparently yes.’
ERIC SCOTT – ABSOLUTE THEATRE