Deborah Frances-White: Half a Can of Worms

Australian born Frances-White was adopted into a loving family as a baby. She never knew much about her birth mother - or any of her biological family- until a few years ago. With a few scraps of information, the ball suddenly began to roll and after a few twists and turns, she found out about her past piece by piece. This show is her personal journey.

She's effortlessly witty and your heart breaks and mends for her several times.

She looks at her relationship with her adopted family, how friends are often just as important as family for support and shows us her genetically inherited eyebrows. She tells of her encounters with a haphazard private investigator and her own private searches. She explains that once you've started you cannot stop; the can of worms is open. There is lots of suspense as you go on the search with her, wondering if these Facebook profiles and internet resources she found lead to her relatives or not. It's a story from the heart, a real life saga of discovery, and I personally was fascinated to know what Frances-White found at the other side of the curtain.

She is a wonderful storyteller, very open and warm of character. Through her story she threads both silly and intelligent humour, making light of an otherwise very serious yet captivating story. She shows us the strange coincidences and the unfortunate mistakes, and conveys her emotions well.

The story was enhanced by the use of photographs, so the audience could put names to faces and see what it was that Deborah found for herself. It made the story all the more poignant and often all the more hilarious. Just as Frances-White was, I was very curious to see if she had likenesses to her biological family.

I could listen to Frances-White's humorous anecdotes all day, and she has a fascinating story to tell. She's effortlessly witty and your heart breaks and mends for her several times.

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Comedian Deborah Frances-White was adopted as a newborn baby. In late 2012, she stumbled across some information about her birth mother and went on a round the clock treasure hunt, drawn into her past like a magnet. This is her true story. Turns out you can't open half a can of worms. 'Gripping and compelling... Hilarious and heartbreaking’ (Guardian). 'Gloriously talented!' (Time Out).

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