Women of the Adelaide Fringe: Michelle Pearson
It is now officially every South Aussie’s favourite time of year; Adelaide Fringe time and the whole city is alive with creative electricity! To celebrate the awesomeness that is the Fringe, we’re getting to know some of the amazing women behind this year’s best shows at the Adelaide Fringe.
Comfort Food Cabaret with Michelle Pearson
She sings, she cooks, and she shares gorgeous personal stories that connect beautifully and pull you into the delicious food that yes, you get to eat during the show.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your fringe show
I’ve always loved to sing, pretty much all my life since I was very young but my passion for cooking only came to me in my mid-twenties. I absolutely love cooking and it almost rivals my passion for music. I’m now 33 and I am presenting two cooking Cabarets at the Adelaide Fringe this year. Comfort Food Cabaret has played for a couple of years already, but Just Desserts is a completely new show. Both shows involve cooking and the audience gets to taste throughout the show.
Why did you get into Cabaret?
I quite like the intimacy of Cabaret and I try to present relatable stories through my shows. I feel like Cabaret connects a performer with their audience in a way that no other performance style can do.
What does a typical day during the Adelaide Fringe look like for you?
Cooking, lots of cooking! We also set up and run all of our own venues, so I wear too many hats during the Adelaide Fringe. I’m the cook, performer, event manager, producer and more. It’s very hectic.
How would you describe your show in three words?
How do you wind down after a show?
I usually have a glass of wine and finally eat something as I often get too nervous and busy to eat prior to a show. I also love having cuddles with my dogs to relax post-show.
What do you do in non-fringe times?
I run a couple of small businesses which include a catering business which I co-own with my fellow Comfort Food Cabaret cooks, Loren and Rhiannon. It’s called Adelaide Catering Collective.
I also run a new music and entertainment agency which supplies bands and acts to corporate events in SA called Heyday Entertainment. On top of all that I also run a meal service, I sing at lots of weddings and private celebrations and corporate events and I tour my shows and run them like a business.
What’s your favourite and most rewarding thing about performing?
The connection I get to build with the audience. Their feedback is also very rewarding.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
To try and give it a go. What’s the worst that could happen? I was so scared to launch Comfort Food Cabaret in 2017 and I am so glad I did as we’re still going three years later.
What’s your favourite thing to cook?
I love cooking pasta as there are so many options and it’s my favourite food.
Where can we find you at the Adelaide Fringe?
Food, wine and cuddling with her dogs – Michelle Pearson is a girl after our own hearts. We were lucky enough to catch a performance of Comfort Food Cabaret at the Adelaide Central Markets and urge you all to go and see the gorgeous Michelle Pearson in person at this year’s Adelaide Fringe.
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