"If Rachel Bloom was an awkward, overgrown emo-kid, this would be her love-letter to her neurochemistry.
When Tara’s GP made jokes about her anxiety, she decided that if anyone was going to trivialise her mental illness it should be her.
A new folk-rock comedy-cabaret about the peculiarities of anxiety, taking responsibility for your shit and the hard work of a happy home. Taranoia is chock-full of original, ear-wormy bangers and rock 'n' roll charisma, chronicling too many trips to the emergency room.
Taranoia is the first, full-length solo production by acclaimed singer-songwriter and comic Tara Leigh Dowler, following an exciting three years of cabaret collaborations. Tara’s flagship comedy project Pink Flappy Bits, which she formed with fellow comedy-cabaret rascal Lou Tribe, enjoyed two sell-out seasons in 2016 for both Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Melbourne Fringe. For the 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the girls brought their raging feminist party back to The Butterfly Club in the form of the widely-adored variety cabaret, The Flappaganza.
Pink Flappy Bits has appeared alongside Melbourne queer comedy troupe Po Po Mo Co, Victoria Falconer (Midnight Marauders, Fringe Wives Club) and Liz Skitch (Moulin Beige). Tara has also appeared with Six Inches Uncut (TAINT Cabaret), gender-transcendant cabaret diva Mama Alto and more recently with clown-prov legends David Tieck and Sharnema Nougar in Two Little Dickheads (2018 Edinburgh Fringe), and The Spoon Monkeys present you from the inside (Melbourne Fringe 2018) also featuring triple-threat clown Hallie Goodman. In 2017, Tara composed, directed and co-devised the politically-charged rock-cabaret Dirty Words for the Melbourne Fringe Festival Hub (Monash Uni Student Theatre).
Full of gorgeous original music, sharp wit and wondrous word-play, Taranoia navigates the difficulties of living with mental illness (both one's own and others'), the practice of kindness and the absurdities that arise from negotiations with the brain."
‘Highly engaging.’ Myron My
‘Controversial.’ Herald Sun
'Hilarious in both material and delivery.' Lip Magazine
'Master [of] self-deprecating humour.' The Plus Ones
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