Imagine moving overseas to find the ‘one’, only to discover you are ‘one’ of many. Singer songwriter Gene Phoa explores heartbreak, romance and revenge in his acoustic rom-com this Adelaide Fringe.
500 Nights of Winter is showing at the Open Air Theatre at Black Box Theatres in the Botanic Gardens, as well as online from 9 – 11 March.
Gene’s Adelaide Fringe debut is a result of some serious soul searching and life experience.
“I’m an ex-ad copywriter turned singer-songwriter,” he says. “After working in marketing for several years, I quit my job and packed my life into a backpack to take off and figure out what to do next. While in India, I stumbled upon an open mic night and was pulled back to my childhood passion of music
“Since then, I’ve been cutting my teeth on the local scene playing more than 200 events, even taking out the lyrics category at the 2019 SCALA Festival of Original Music. While 500 Nights of Winter is very much my debut as an artist, it’s something I’ve been working towards for a while.”
The show tells Gene’s story of moving across the oceans, falling in love, falling apart and putting the pieces back together.
“500 Nights of Winter is an acoustic rom-com on warming up to the cold hard truth. An icy tale of romance, revenge and redemption told through intimate stories, heartfelt songs and an array of guitar fx pedals. The show follows my journey of finding The One during an exchange semester in Denmark…only to find out that I am one of many!” he says.
This show is for the lovers, those who’ve lost in love and those who have never loved at all.
“Anyone who has ever fallen in and out of love [will love this show]. And anyone who loves a good rom-com! Then again, who doesn’t love a good rom-com?” Gene laughs. “I want people to feel warm in their hearts and inspired to improve their relationship with themselves and others.”
And while the show is a love story, the music brings the magic through original composition and honest lyrics.
“Think indie dream pop with vintage sounds and intimate lyrics,” Gene says. “But also the transformation – seeing my character begin as a fresh and naive teen to one who has weathered the storm and survived to tell the story. If you have a soft spot for tearjerkers, bring some tissues just in case.”
500 Nights of Winter is playing from 9 – 11 March. Grab your tickets HERE.