Women’s health campaigner and local performer, Libby Parker, is bringing back her comedy / cabaret show, Endo Days for ten performances this Adelaide Fringe season, following her sold out event in 2020.
A blend of song, satire, comedy and a touch of burlesque, Endo Days tells Libby’s story of living with endometriosis, a condition that affects 1 in 9 Australian women, with an average diagnosis time of seven years.
“The show is a singing support group where we laugh at all the things we have to put up with as patients (and partners) of chronic illness,” Libby says. “When we did it for the first time last year, it generated such a strong audience response – there were lots of laughs, lots of tears and above all, people felt a sense of hope. As well as sharing my story, I gave the audience an opportunity to tell us about their experiences and it created such a strong bond in the room.
“So, whether you are a sufferer, a friend or partner of someone who is, or just want to find out more about endometriosis, Endo Days is an excellent opportunity to sing silly songs about period pain with me and my handsome man-band. As well as being a really fun show, it’s part of a wider movement of growing awareness of the conditions and women’s health in general.”
Having written a book of the same name to be published this year by Wakefield Press, Libby has also sat on the board of Pelvic Pain Foundation Australia, been a part of Australian Coalition for Endometriosis (ACE) advising the Federal Health Minister on the National Action Plan for endometriosis , and runs the Endo Support SA group online.
Libby’s ‘no shame in pain’ approach to discussion has seen her lobby for and gain government funding toward a schools program, which she co-wrote with Dr Susan Evans about period pain and endometriosis (PPEP Talk) that has now rolled out in four Australian states.
Libby first presented with symptoms of endo when she was 14 but wasn’t officially diagnosed until she was 36, with a long string of misdiagnoses in between.
Encouraged by last year’s positive audience response, Libby was able to re-stage Endo Days with an extended season due to the support of the South Australian COVID Support grant from Adelaide Fringe.
In addition, the show features a three-piece band comprising local musicians including Libby’s husband Matt Trainor (The Dead Regulars), Dylby McCulloch (The Backyarders, The Dead Regulars) and Sam Jozeps (Pimpin Horus).
The audience is encouraged to join the band in wearing pajamas to the show because comfort is a must if you have a painful pelvis.
Endo Days promises to have you laughing, learning and poking fun at the female reproductive system like you’ve never imagined, period.
With performances at Vault 134 from February 19 to 27, tickets are available via FringeTix.