Former local putting on Fringe show

PERFORMER: Kristen Lawler will perform at the Adelaide Fringe in her show 'How to be a Modern Woman'.

PERFORMER: Kristen Lawler will perform at the Adelaide Fringe in her show 'How to be a Modern Woman'.

A former Port Lincoln resident is hoping to make a splash at this year’s Adelaide Fringe with her comedy show about being 50 and dating online.

Kristen Lawler lived in Port Lincoln for nearly 20 years, moving to the town in 1996 to coordinate the commercial music course at the local TAFE and working as a musician throughout that time.

Ms Lawler said she enjoyed her time living in Port Lincoln and the musical opportunities there.

“There are so many talented musicians in Port Lincoln and I had some great experiences making music in my time there, including releasing a CD,” she said.

I knew I wanted to do a show this year and I wanted to have a go at writing comedy. - Kristen Lawler

“A high point in my musical life was playing with Don Burrows at the opening of the Nautilus Theatre.”

For the past year Ms Lawler has been working on her new show ‘How to be a Modern Woman’, which will play at La Boheme Cabaret Club during the Adelaide Fringe Festival from March 8 to 10.

The show tells the story about a woman who is okay about being alone but starts online dating ranging from eHarmony to Tinder.

Ms Lawler said she looked into sites like these and learned how online dating could affect someone’s self esteem.

She said this was the first time she had written a comedy script.

“I knew I wanted to do a show this year and I wanted to have a go at writing comedy,” she said.

“I’ve done some study with Tim Ferguson from the Doug Anthony All Stars on writing comedy, which was brilliant and I wanted to put this to use.”

Ms Lawler said she had a great band supporting her that included another former Port Lincoln resident, Rohan Daw.

She said this was not the first time she had performed at the Adelaide Fringe as she was involved many years ago with a band.

Ms Lawler is hoping to see people from Port Lincoln and the Eyre Peninsula who are attending the Fringe come to watch her show.

Ms Lawler said she already knew people who were coming and would love to see more.

“I know how many EP people make the trek over for Womadelaide and I have deliberately chosen the dates to coincide with that in the hope that EP people will come along,” she said.

More information on the show and ticketing are available online at www.adelaidefringe.com.au

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