If you could tell your deepest darkest secret without being identified, would you? Should you?
Tawdry Heartburn’s Manic Cures is a free interactive performance, installation and web-work offering you the chance to “get it off your chest”.
The performance unfolds in an intimate 20 minute conversation between Tawdry Heartburn, a six-foot-five nail technician, palmist and Manic-Curist of Secrets, and a single audience member or ‘client’. Surrounded by varnish, typewriters and things unsaid, Tawdry will professionally paint and polish your nails, or read your palm, while inviting you to consider divulging a secret via his collection of mechanical ‘gossip machines’.
Anonymous secrets or regrets may be handwritten or typed, then placed in Tawdry’s secrets boxes. At the end of each day, the boxes are emptied and contributions added to the ever expanding Wall of Secrets for passers-by to read. A selection are later posted to tawdryheartburn.com, a website documenting secrets disclosed.
Tawdry’s mission in life? To achieve a world without secrets, to un-furrow the brows of millions and heal the consternation caused by unspoken truths – one set of nails at a time.
9 – 27 September 2014 | Brisbane Festival, Brisbane, QLD
21 – 23 March 2014 | Festival Of Live Art, Melbourne VIC
12 – 22 June 2013 | Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide SA
11 – 13 Jan 2013 | Sydney Festival, Presented in association with Carriageworks, NSW
2-10 March 2012 | Enlighten, National Library of Australia, Canberra ACT
29 – 31 August 2011 | APACA, State Theatre Centre of WA Foyer, Perth WA
25 March – 3 April 2011 | Ten Days on the Island Tasmania Tour as ‘State Secrets’, TAS
11 – 14 March 2011 | WOMADelaide, Adelaide SA
23 – 25 February 2010 | Australian Performing Arts Market, Adelaide Festival Centre, SA
7 – 20 February 2010 | Perth International Arts Festival Beck’s Music Box, Perth WA
13 Feb – 6 March 2009 | 25 Summer Nights Festival, The Blue Room Theatre, Perth WA
28 – 31 July 2009 | Putting On An Act, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth WA