Photo by Daniel D’Avard
Andi Snelling’s solo show #DearDiary is a charming, poignant and intimate tale about her journey over the last 24 years.
Based upon diaries she has kept since she was 9 years old, the show, through text, dance, song and improvisation examines key moments of Andi’s life – from the innocence of childhood to the perils of puberty to the realities of adulthood. We get to hear about the good, the bad and the ugly moments of her life and it is her refreshingly honest take on her life that draws the audience in. Snelling once again proves herself to be a highly capable comic performer but it is the darker moments of the show that show off a raw and real talent.
Victoria Haslem’s set design has a lovely old-fashioned feel to it and beautifully highlights Snelling’s unpacking of her memories, while Danielle Cresp’s inspired direction cleverly makes the most of the small stage and showcases Snelling’s fantastic clowning skills.
This is a heartbreaking, yet heartwarming show that reminds us that we all should make the most of the lives we have. Despite being a show about her own life, Snelling has created a completely unpretentious, moving and engaging show packed with whimsy, joy and delight.