Amanda Jane Pritchard has been writing – and taking risks – her whole life…
Since graduating with an Arts & Commerce degree in 2002, she’s been telling other people’s stories, cutting her teeth as a publicist at Penguin Books then in the same capacity at Brown Brothers Winery, the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, Foster’s Group, and for the Lord Mayor and City of Adelaide in Australia, at the same time maintaining a career as a freelance writer.
After working in the corporate and government world, Amanda Jane took her own path. She established her own PR, Media and Events consultancy (Kooki PR) which quickly grew to a large and diverse client list including Red Nose Day; CARE Australia, the Spencer Gulf Prawn Fishing Association (which she won a Public Relations Industry Award for); Pepe Saya butter; Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards; the McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Association; Chef Ian Curley; Fino Restaurant in Willunga and in Seppetsfield, Barossa Valley; the Young Gun of Wine Award; the Alternative Varieties Wine Show; Capel Vale Wines and many more.
Amanda Jane established and made her own wine label in South Australia, winning a number of awards and critical acclaim from some of the world’s foremost wine writers; Amanda Jane established and ran a cooperative platform for independent winemakers – Winemakers without Borders – producing over 80 events Australia wide including at iconic places such as the Sydney Opera House, Queen Victoria Market and Adelaide Central Market;
Amanda Jane’s final achievement in her first career was to establish the Adelaide Food & Wine Festival, which was quickly renowned as a ground breaking festival on the world scene and saw Amanda Jane listed in the Adelaide Advertiser’s “Top 50 most influential people in food and wine” and called a “creative powerhouse” by SA Life magazine.
In 2014/15, Amanda Jane took a gap year and travelled to the United Kingdom and across Europe.
Upon returning to Australia, Amanda Jane decided it was time to embark on a career as a writer, director and performer.
In 2017 Amanda Jane wrote, directed, produced and performed in her debut play – Swipe Left for Love – to rave reviews at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Her second play, Two Bad Dates & Two Broken Noses, an adaptation from Swipe Left for Love played to packed audiences in the 2017 Melbourne Fringe Festival.
In 2018 Amanda Jane took the plunge into stand up comedy, performing at various open mic nights on a brief trip to London. Buoyed by the enthusiastic response, she wrote and performed her first stand up music show “All the Dumb Things” in The Bordello Theatre in the attic of a brothel in Melbourne, with musician Wally Howlett on guitar.
The pair toured this show successfully in Melbourne, Sydney, London and Edinburgh as part of Camden and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, August 2018.
Amanda Jane’s second solo show “Google: Amanda Jane Dildo” played London and Edinburgh in July and August 2019 to capacity audiences at Fingers Piano Bar and the Old Red Lion Theatre Pub.
Since a diagnosis of Bipolar in 2015, Amanda Jane has spoken openly about her struggles and triumphs that her mental health has presented. Her shows address mental health issues drawn from years of battling with undiagnosed Bipolar and from successfully managing the condition since diagnosis. Amanda Jane is an advocate for mental health and has raised funds for Lifeline. She also volunteers for the charity Heads Together, Crisis and Guide Dogs UK.
Amanda Jane’s project management skills, entrepreneurial spirit and creative energy have seen a slowly-but-sure career transition to becoming a playwright, performer, director and producer.
That’s the glossy and serious version.
‘Amanda isn’t afraid of the dark corners. In fact, she tickles it until we all piss ourselves laughing!‘ – Nick @edfringe
‘OMFG !!!! This bitch is NUTS …… I could not stop laughing. Non Stop Brilliance A MUST SEE! – Terri @edfringe
‘This is one funny lady …. Amanda is the female answer to Kevin Bloody Wilson …… very funny, hilarious songs we were singing one on the train home lol . A Must See !‘ – Sally @edfringe
“I saw Amanda in Melbourne and fell in love” – Hamish (in Melbourne) via his friend Mark (in Edinburgh) on instagram
“@_amanda_jane you were FAB!” – Wendy Harmer, legendary Australian comedian, Broadcaster, ABC Sydney
Check out some of her songs here on the YOUTUBE CHANNEL
Or just google and you’ll find all sorts of shit …
There’s also the FACEBOOK PAGE
TWITTER – of course!
Also on Tinder… nope – now banned from Tinder.
Info for Promoters
Target audience – Everyone 18+
Run time – 50 mins no interval
Space requirements – stage space for two mics, two people and a guitar, no set required
Number in touring company – 2
Touring Availability – Remainder of 2018 and 2019
Playing area – stage space for two mics, two people and a guitar, no set required
Sound – two microphones, amp (own can be provided)
Lighting – basic
MELBOURNE – SWIPE LEFT FOR LOVE, A PLAY WITH MUSIC
March/April 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival
MELBOURNE – TWO BAD DATES & TWO BROKEN NOSES, A PLAY WITH MUSIC
September 2017 Melbourne Fringe Festival
MELBOURNE – ALL THE DUMB THINGS COMEDY SHOW
March 2018, Bordello Theatre –
June 2018, St Kilda RSL –
SYDNEY – ALL THE DUMB THINGS COMEDY SHOW
June 2018, Factory Theatre
LONDON – ALL THE DUMB THINGS COMEDY SHOW
July 2018, Camden Fringe Festival
EDINBURGH – ALL THE DUMB THINGS COMEDY SHOW
Augusty 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival
GLASGOW – ALL THE DOGGY THINGS
GLASGOW – A VERY X-RATED X-MAS SHOW
For all booking enquiries contact Amanda Jane Pritchard – email firstname.lastname@example.org phone +44 7810 894 601