Songwriter, pianist, ukulele-wielder and Dresden Doll Amanda Palmer has announced she’ll return to Australia throughout early next year for a series of There Will Be No Intermission performances, her one-woman show which promises an evening of “piano, pain and laughter.”
Kicking off with a performance at Woodford Folk Festival over New Year’s Eve, Palmer’s tour will see her take on a residency at MONA in Tasmania, serve as an ambassador for Adelaide Fringe Festival, and headline performances in Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney, Perth and Darwin.
A seated theatre experience that sees Palmer in solo mode, the There Will Be No Intermission shows tie into her third solo album – of the same name – released back in March of this year. A night of honest storytelling without a backing band, Palmer says these are her most vulnerable stage shows to date.
“The last seven years have been a relentless parade of grief, joy, birth and death, and all of it has galvanized me to the core: as a writer, as a woman, as an artistic servant,” says Palmer. “I also had no idea that my 15,000 patrons – who held my hand through this entire process – would have the profound effect on my songwriting that they did.
“Everything feels inseparable now: my crowdfunding through Patreon, the birth of our son, the election of Trump, two abortions, the Kavanuagh hearing, the death of my best friend, being in Ireland for the repeal, the miscarriage I had on Christmas day.
“I sat in a theater in London and watched Hannah Gadsby decimate the blurred lines between entertainment and naked truth, I saw the brave women of #MeToo standing up against their rapists, and I saw Nick Cave in concert and on record working through his grief using art as a necessary and generous tourniquet that others could re-use.
“They all reminded me to try harder and harder still to tell the real, unadorned truth. I’ve seen how infectious the darkest truths are, when spoken without shame, and I felt like taking any other path would have been a cop-out.”
Check out tour dates below.
Amanda Palmer ‘There Will Be No Intermission’ 2019/2020 Australian Shows
Monday, 30th December – Tuesday, 1st January 2020
Woodford Folk Festival, Queensland
Mona Foma Confessional, Launceston
Monday, 20th January
Princess Theatre, Mona Foma, Launceston
Wednesday, 22nd January
Hamer Hall, Melbourne
Tickets: Arts Centre Melbourne
Friday, 31st January
Saturday, 1st February
Friday, 7th February
Canberra Theatre, Canberra
Tickets: Canberra Theatre
Saturday, 8th February
Blue Mountains Theatre, NSW
Tickets: Blue Mountains Theatre
14- 15th February
Bonython Hall, Adelaide
Tickets: Adelaide Fringe
Thursday, 20th February
Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Saturday, 22nd February
Details TBA, Perth
Saturday, 29th February
Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin