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I’ve worked in theatre all my life. I started
in third class primary school when I
wrote, performed, did publicity and box
office with my friends raising money for
the Red Cross. I went on to be a clown
in alternative circus in the 70’s, touring
I found myself living in Adelaide and
co-founded Vitalstatistix Theatre
Company and again, wrote, produced
and performed. My solo show The Gay
Divorcee, about divorce and separation
from a lesbian perspective, was a hit
touring nationally. Another winner, The
Fabulous Apron Fashion Parade, toured
to Sydney’s Performance Space. The
audience was amazed by what we did
In 1997 I co-founded Feast, Adelaide’s
Queer Cultural Festival, and produced
shows including a live TV chat show,
Margie Fischer Live at the Lion, featuring
fascinating guests on a comfy couch
a la Ellen Degeneres, live cooking on
stage, performing dogs, strippers and
a playboy bunny. My show The Dating
Game (similar to the hit 90s TV show
Perfect Match), matched dozens of
queer couples, after sifting through their
compatibility from a survey I developed.
I produced and hosted “Wear It Out”
a series of queer community fashion
parades with an astounding number of
models and fashions.
SO WHY THE DEAD ONES?
The show came about from my mother
dying and being left to clear out the
house where she had lived for 40 years
in East Lindfield, Sydney. My father and
grandparents had all died in the house
and my brother was also dead, so it was
up to me to decide what to do with what
I wrote as I went through the process
of going through all that was left in the
house. I sat in each room and wrote
about the objects and the people. I
wrote until there was no more left to
write, I took photographs and looked at
old ones. I knew I would do something
with this raw material. The Dead Ones is
what I made.
IS THIS A MARDI GRAS SHOW?
The Dead Ones is a great story,
resonates with audiences and the
combination of storytelling and
photographic images is original and
powerful. Audiences in Adelaide and
Melbourne have told me so - I have the
The show is written and performed
by a lesbian, it has a lesbian sensibility
as that is who I am. I do speak about
being a lesbian quite a bit in the show.
Queer culture encompasses all aspects
of queer lives. Family, death, memory
and what makes us who we are is a rich
source of creativity. I invite LOTL readers
to come and see what I am on about.
Margie Fischer, originally from Sydney, now lives in Adelaide.
She’s bringing her show, The Dead Ones, to the Seymour
Centre for Mardi Gras from 18- 22 Feb. LOTL caught up with
Margie as she gets ready to drive a truck - the set in tow - to
Sydney, with the show’s Director, Catherine Fitzgerald.
Date: Tues. Feb 18 – Sat. Feb. 22
Venue: Seymour Centre, Cleveland
How Much: $20/$25
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