I Have a Face
The Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts
$10 - $25
An honest and hilarious discussion of mental health with a theatrical twist.
"One of the most genuine, honest feeling performers going around" - Theatre People
Ever wondered if you’re doing it right? Well did you read the label? Life didn’t come with a label, but you will be told your whole life how you should behave or who you should be. You will be told that if you have a problem, there’s a quick fix you can buy… but somehow the problem doesn’t ever seem to really go away. Jude Perl’s insight into her personal and relatable mental health struggles of being an adult, will make you want to sing along, cry and laugh all at once.
When it comes to labels, Jude Perl’s career has been put through the wringer. For years, an aspiring indie-pop- singer-songwriter, Jude was repeatedly told that she and her music were not ‘sexy’ or ‘edgy’ enough, and that she couldn’t use abrasive lyrics like ‘pimples’ or ‘lobsters wearing Calvin Klein’ or ‘appropriated Eastern Philosophy’. Undeterred, Jude focused her energy on a comedy career. The career change seemed to work well, but while Jude tried her best to write light-hearted and relatable material, the subject matter of mental health would always sneak into her songs and stand up, without Jude even realising. It was and is such a big part of her life. So after 4 solo comedy shows, Jude wanted to write a show and talk very candidly about the experience that she, and so many others, have. She wanted it to be funny and serious, and wanted the audience to feel comfortable to laugh or not laugh as much as they wanted. She didn’t want it to be just music, or just comedy. She just wanted it to be honest. And she didn’t want people to feel pressure to put the show into a category, to label it.
Sometimes labels are super useful, particularly when you’re washing your fave jumper. But at other times, labels can halt your growth and supress you’re very existence. Jude reminds us when to be aware of these labels, and when the labels are totally useless – and most importantly, that we are not alone. She’ll talk about some tough stuff, make you laugh and make you feel truly human.
‘One of the most insanely clever, comical and talented comedians I may have ever stumbled across... It was the
comedy show I had been dreaming about... Jude, you made me laugh, cry and then do that weird laugh-cry thing
where you aren’t exactly sure what emotions you’re feeling but snot and tears are dribbling down your face yet
you’re still laughing.’
AUSSIE REVIEW (5 Stars)
‘One of the most genuine, honest feeling performers going around.’
‘Perl manages to draw the complete attention of her audience from her opening phrase. There is a narrative
sureness in her voice to match its timbral warmth. Like Ute Lemper, Perl has the kind of instrument that inspires
lyricists not to slack off, to invest more in their songs.’
Director: Desiree Munro
Producer/Creator/Performer: Jude Perl
Image Credit: Nick Manuell
About Jude Perl
Jude Perl is a Melbourne based songwriter and comedian. In her home-town, she has created a name for herself by writing and performing hilarious, yet brutally honest, stream-of-consciousness style lyrics, set to undeniably catchy and well crafted songs. “These songs are not only funny, but also infinitely better composed
than many of the songs on commercial radio” (AU Review)
Jude Perl has won 3 Green Room Awards for Best Original songs for her solo comedy shows, and Her latest show “I Have A Face” won Best Cabaret at the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2018, as well as her 4th Green Room Award for Cabaret Artiste. Jude Perl is a proud independent artist, who has released 2 EPs and a full length album as well as numerous music videos over the past 8 years. Her 2016 album ‘Modern Times’ was produced in LA with Grammy Award winning Engineer Brian Paturalski (Outkast ‘Speakerboxxx/The Love Below’). Whilst in LA, Jude also worked with Colin Hay (Men At Work) recording one of her album tracks ‘Canyon’ with him at his studio and singing backing vocals on his album ‘Next Year People’.
Jude has performed packed shows all over the world, including the Hotel Café in LA, Ronnie Scotts in London, and all over Australia. In 2016, several of Jude’s songs were featured in the internationally acclaimed documentary ‘Embrace’ from activist and Body Image Movement founder Taryn Brumfitt, including a track that was written specifically for the film.