We all know that bringing a fringe show to the festival is hard. You have to get your own audiences. You have to payÂ through the arse to get yourself here. You have to wage war against the venues. You have to compete with Neil Diamond reviews and hypnotists. But today Shirley Kirchmann had to overcome a few odds to do her show, and it was amazing.
I could not find the damn Library Hall. I have been to it before but it is completely un signposted. When I finally got there it was so cold we all stood in a clump waiting for the doors to open soÂ we could keep warm. But there was a problem; there was no electricity.Â Shirley asked the few of us who were waiting if we were ok for her to do the unplugged version and we all said Yes!
This chick is a trooper, and a heroic and talented one too. She announced every sound and lighting cue. She sang her own sound track. She got her techies to join in, to the natural light of daythrough the windows and the constant grind/groan of the earthmover moving earth on the building site next door.
Those of us there loved her all the more. And her show is damn cool and funky and funny and wise. It is a half stand-up half character, half jokes show. Itâ€™s about being a single and on the dating scene, looking for love and being disillusioned. Shirley is rough and crude. I love it. She connects with her audience, She is full of energy. She is a dynamo of jokes and funny stuff.Â And, truth be told, I laughed my heart out. Catch by Shirley Kirchmann rocked the house.