It’s not as if Healy doesn’t have talents. For example, her “magic salad fingers” made her a natural at putting tiny garnishes on restaurant dishes. Fortunately for us and the show, Healy also has serious talents in writing and performing original songs, accompanying herself on keyboard or ukulele.
Musical offerings took us through Healy’s times of being unprepared for past employment, such as a stint as a tour guide at the Melbourne Park Tennis complex. Lady of the Night explored how the appeal of penalty rates led to an unsavoury gig that often involved dealing with fools. Singalong number Sold My Soul For Cash went through some of Healy’s less-proud employment choices, and give the audience a chance to contribute their own accounts of when they abandoned values for work.
Healy had a nutty on-stage persona as she grinned maniacally or widened her eyes when telling a story. She confessed to always taking the riskier option if she expected it to be more fun. Happily for us at this opening night, her experiences have led Healy to have some kooky stories and tunes for our entertainment.
At any Fringe there are duds and gems. One appeal lies in finding not-so-well-known independent performers and their unique voices. Get along to see Claire Healy for her entertaining hour, and maybe we can save her from the pressure to (Get A) Real Job, for everyone’s benefit.
Claire Healy: (Get A) Real Job
The Loft – Lithuanian Club, 44 Errol Street, North Melbourne
Performance: Saturday 22 September 2018 – 8.00pm
Season continues to 29 September 2018
Information and Bookings: www.melbournefringe.com.au
Image: Claire Healy (supplied)
Review: Jason Whyte