Writer. Author. Performer.
PERFORMANCE & OTHER WORK
& EVERYTHING MUST GO
In 2006 I did a one-day character comedy workshop at Melbourne Fringe, (organized by Nelly Thomas & Tanya Lossano) and Nancy Browne was born. I performed her at a few comedy venues around Melbourne and then in 2007 was in the Victorian Raw Comedy finals as ‘Nance’. I began work on a show with the character and then Damian Callinan came on board to help me shape the script and the performance. The result: ‘Everything Must Go’, had its first season at La Mama in 2011 and then over a four year period went on to tour regional Victoria, regional QLD, and then WA.
Tracksuit. Trackie. Trackie Dacks. An expose of one of Australia's most controversial clothing items. Part homage, part trackiepedia, the show will follow the tracksuit through time from Olympic glory to Saturday afternoon lawn mowing, gangster symbol and ‘I wouldn’t be seen wearing one outside the house’. It asks: ‘Who loves trackies, who hates them and why?’
‘Tracksuit’ was performed as part of La Mama’s Exploration series in 2014, as a show in development. (It will be further developed in the near future!)
In this new work I intend to create a live performance event that uses physical theatre, documentary (including film/audiovisual) and comedy to tell a personal story as well as examining the tracksuit and ‘trackie’ as part of Australian culture, the role that it has played and does play in our lives, the way that our ‘personal trackie wearing behaviours’ are influenced by subculture, prejudice (shame), space and fashion.
‘The apparel oft proclaims the man’ Shakespeare
‘I think it’s time to reclaim the humble trackie and celebrate its genius. Trackie pants have given us a lot. Let’s give something back.’ Myf Warhurst.
Rachel Leary has been performing professionally for over fifteen years. She has trained in physical comedy, clown, improvisation and character comedy and performed roving acts at festivals, community and corporate events nationally and internationally. She has twice been a RAW comedy Victorian state finalist.