Belly laughs with Amelia

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Page Theme - The Breast is Yet to Come Fe­bru­ary 8-11 De Parel Spiegel­tent fringe­world.com.au Livvy & Pete Fe­bru­ary 5-12 De Parel Spiegel­tent fringe­world.com.au Sara Fitz­patrick

AS a mum-to-be, Amelia Ryan read count­less ar­ti­cles on the in­ter­net warn­ing her of the hor­rors of early moth­er­hood.

So it came as quite a shock to the Ade­laide cabaret dar­ling when she found her­self ad­just­ing to life with a new­born straight away.

Now well and truly back in ac­tion, Ryan is bring­ing two shows to Fringe World next month, along with 12-weekold son Archie (as well as mum and part­ner Zac for sup­port).

“As a per­former, I’m quite used to mul­ti­task­ing so this re­ally just feels like life – with a baby,” Ryan said.

“Zac and I have been re­ally pleas­antly sur­prised and a few weeks in we both said: ‘I’m ac­tu­ally re­ally en­joy­ing this’.

“Archie is a pretty good baby – we’re very grate­ful.”

Ryan will per­form the one-woman show The Breast is Yet to Come, as well as in the Olivia New­ton-john and Peter Allen trib­ute Livvy & Pete, along­side Michael Grif­fiths.

She has re­worked The Breast is Yet to Come – bar­ing the unglam­orous re­al­i­ties of life with a bump – to tell of the trimesters of preg­nancy. WHAT: WHEN: WHERE: TICK­ETS:

“By the time I get to Perth, Archie will be just over three months old and so the show will be the nine months of ges­ta­tion and then the three months of hav­ing a new­born,” Ryan said.

“Oth­er­wise it would be strange and feel a bit in­au­then­tic – part of the charm of the show was that I was so heav­ily preg­nant when per­form­ing it. I was do­ing it at 36 weeks and the com­edy was: ‘Good Lord, is this woman go­ing to pop at the next high note?’.”

Livvy & Pete evolved from Ryan’s early ob­ses­sion with New­ton-john.

“Watch­ing Sandy in Grease was one of the defin­ing mo­ments that in­spired my ca­reer,” she said.

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