Melbourne Fringe: Geraldine Quinn - MDMA
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What: Geraldine Quinn - MDMA: Modern Day Maiden Aunt
When: 18 September - 3 October 2015
Where: Fringe Hub - Underground, Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall
Who: Geraldine Quinn
Words: Rebecca Mery
There comes a point in every person's life when their social media feeds begin to fill with photos of babies – each infant with a face resembling a knee punctuated by a wall of #blessed #soblessed hashtags. And I guess there also comes a time in many peoples' lives when being the single, booze-loving, job-lacking member of the brood begins to attract questionable advice from family members.
Geraldine Quinn's MDMA: Modern Day Maiden Aunt is a musical and comedic delight, one that's filled with painfully familiar and relatable tales of not having one's life 'together' – along with the profanity, charm and soaring vocals you'd expect from the popular cabaret artist. Here at Fringe after having toured the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Adelaide Fringe and NZ Fringe (where it received the 'Best Cabaret' gong), Modern Day Maiden Aunt explores the pitfalls and moments of painful hilarity that come with being the 'cool aunt' to no less than 19 nieces and nephews. Of course, being the 'cool aunt' that can dispense worldly advice means being being child-free, job-free, and growing increasingly invisible in a society that seems to forget about women over the age of 35. Written down like that, it sounds like it could be a disheartening night of #tooreal moments, but it ain't. Rather, Modern Day Maiden Aunt is filled with laughs and a number of surprisingly touching moments.
Quinn's onstage presence is effortlessly magnetic, and she's obviously a superb singer. Also a fan of the occasional groan-inducing play on words apparently (a good thing). Of particular note were songs 'Don't Call Me a MILF' and 'The Kid is Not That Cute' – although I might be biased towards the latter after having my own news feed filled a few too many babies of late. 'The Great Invisible Woman' too, was a highlight.
I found myself wishing at certain points during the show that Quinn was accompanied by a full band rather than a recording, but that's a small quibble; a result of thoroughly enjoying Quinn's compositions. Modern Day Maiden Aunt: highly recommended, especially if you've found yourself having a few too many quarter-life/nearly-30/