My Brilliant Divorce
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With one in three Australian marriages ending in divorce, it’s no surprise one middle-aged woman’s story has resonated with audiences across the world.
My Brilliant Divorce takes a light-hearted look at the perils of growing older together – or apart – as a desperate divorcee adjusts to post-separation life as a party of one.
Playing at QUT Gardens Theatre on 17-18 July, this ‘stand-up tragedy’ stars Mandi Lodge in the role made famous by Dawn French on London’s West End.
The story of Angela, a middle-aged singleton adapting a life of enforced independence after ditching her love-rat husband, My Brilliant Divorce was rejected by book publishers for being ‘too Bridget Jones-y’, according to playwright Geraldine Aron.
Undeterred, Aron instead crafted Angela’s story into a charming and funny one-woman play, to arguably greater success: A production of the play is enjoying a record-breaking 17-year run in Prague (starring the same actress), while a feature film adaptation, Brilliantissime, premiered in France in 2018.
Soul-baring and heart-warming, My Brilliant Divorce subtly examines the absurdities of life and love through comedy, helping us find perspective, according to actor Mandi Lodge.
“Most people will either have experienced divorce or known someone who’s been through it,” Ms Lodge said.
“As with any upheaval in life, we find balance in the funny things amid the drama and these moments are ultimately what pull us through to the other side.”
My Brilliant Divorce plays QUT Gardens Theatre on 17-18 July 2019. QUT Gardens Theatre presents professional theatre from around Australia in an intimate inner-city Brisbane theatre. BOOK NOW!