Grief Lightning: A Satire In 78 Slides

Monday, 8 March 2021 to Saturday, 13 March 2021
Adelaide Fringe

Part-theatre, part-standup, part-PowerPoint Presentation. One lecturer desperately tries to prove a popular ‘Grease’ fan theory: that Sandy drowns in the opening beach sequence and the rest of the film is her coma fantasy.

Over the course of 13 scenes, 78 slides, and a flood of custom animations, the lecture warps. Lost in a storm of conspiracy, the lecturer drags the audience down into a world of wigs, jackets, and surreal projection.

Through this postmodern journey through Reddit, film, and academia, ‘Grief Lighting’ explores ideas of gender, pop culture, and obsession.

If ‘Grease’ is nothing more than a fantasy, is Sandy’s narrative really the best we can hope for?

This work has been assisted by The Helpmann Academy and the South Australian Government through Carclew.

Reviews for Angley’s previous works:

“Vital and enlightening”, “Risky and lively” (Stage Whispers),
“The most unique theatre experience that I’ve ever had” (On Dit Magazine).

Content Warnings: Strong Occasional Coarse Language, Strong Occasional Sexual References
Other Warnings:   References to drowning.   Discussion of sexual assault

5 STARS "Angley combines the best of theatre, comedy, and more than a dash of philosophya remarkable performance full of deadpan humour and impressive audio-visuals."
Mark Wickett
Mary Angley is supreme in this work of surreal fan fiction, conspiracy theories, biting satire and powerpoint. ★★★★ ½
Kylie Maslin - Indaily


Adults $24, Conc $17, Midweek Treat $19, Groups (6+) $20, BSA $18.75, Preview $17
55 mins

Writer/Performer: Mary Angley
Producer/Creative Consultant: Caitlin Ellen Moore
Sound Designer: Dan Thorpe

Monday, 8 March 2021 - 8:00pm
Tuesday, 9 March 2021 - 8:00pm
Wednesday, 10 March 2021 - 8:00pm
Thursday, 11 March 2021 - 8:00pm
Friday, 12 March 2021 - 8:00pm
Saturday, 13 March 2021 - 8:00pm

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