Fringe Fest 2013: Confessions of a Fairy's Daughter tells gay-dad story that is fresh, moving, and funny
I would have sobbed loudly, but I’m too damn manly, so I just grunted and choked. In Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter, Alison Wearing chronicles how she came to terms with having a gay dad who came out in the ’70s, when she was a tween. Decades-old angst about sexual orientation might have felt stale, but, from the kid’s perspective, it’s fresh. We watch as the young Alison’s grief over the rupture of her family morphs into misplaced shame: she led a double life about her dad’s gayness long after he came out. Touchingly, Confessions ultimately celebrates the depths of affection that truth can liberate. And the show, which Wearing performs expertly, bursts with humour: how could she not have known her old man was queer when, instead of loot bags at one of her early birthday parties, he gave out homemade cassettes of a Mozart wind quintet?
At the Cultch Historic Theatre on September 6 (5 p.m.), 8 (7:45 p.m.), 12 (7 p.m.), 13 (8:30 p.m.), 14 (5:45 p.m.), and 15 (2:30 p.m.).