In the search for a string of pearls, a daughter travels to her abandoned childhood home and a mother travels from Port Pirie to Paris without ever leaving Australia. Family relics abound: ashtrays, a Princess Diana jigsaw, a commode used as a table. Memories are ignited then questioned. And still the pearls cannot be found. Family fractures deepen until finally a heartbreaking, but healing truth is revealed. Combining theatre and storytelling, a true story told with humour and poignance that will make you laugh, then cry, then laugh again.

The beginning of the trilogy

This is the first solo show I wrote and performed at the Adelaide Fringe. It is the most precious of all the shows to me, telling some of my Mum’s story–an ordinary life in many ways, but lived with her own magnificent style. Her lesson in what it truly means to live every day remains one of the most powerful experiences of my life.

I love every single opportunity I have to perform this show, always finding something new, always grateful for the chance to bring my Mum’s story to life.

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