Critically acclaimed cult spoken word star, cabaret artist and obsessive compulsive diva Amy Bodossian is a raw, eccentric, and totally unique Australian performer who’s been captivating audiences for over ten years with her distinctive mix of song, spoken word, comedy and personal revelations. She’s also an actor who is represented by Australia’s leading talent agency, Profile Talent Management.
Born into the culturally fertile landscape of Adelaide – home of the true eccentric – Bodossian studied drama at Flinders Uni, majoring in the gutter and the stars. She quickly became an underground spoken word legend with her strikingly vulnerable, poignant, and often absurd style of performance poetry. In 2008 she won the SA Young Women Writers’ Award.
Since moving to the cultural wonderland of Melbourne in 2009 she’s appeared on ABC’s Spicks and Specks and Please Like Me, performed at the Woodford Folk Festival, the Falls Festival, The Big Day Out, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Melbourne Fringe, The Adelaide Fringe, Apollo Bay Writers Festival, the Tasmanian Poetry Festival, The Melbourne Poetry Festival, The Williamstown Literature Festival, Voices on the Coast Youth Literature Festival, and headlined all of Melbourne’s major poetry events. In 2017 she won the Melbourne Spoken Word Convenors Choice Award.
Her highly acclaimed Adelaide Fringe show Phlegm Fatale received rave reviews and packed houses, and sold out at the Cabaret Fringe. Her subsequent show Exhibit Amy also garnered rave reviews, and her show Salvation Amy enjoyed a critically acclaimed season at the 2015 Adelaide Fringe, and a packed season at The Melbourne Fringe Hub in 2016.
Her absurdest pop duo The Bad Father were nominated for a Green Room Award in 2009, and her comic alter ego Graaahm starred in the sell out Adelaide Fringe and MICF comedy hit DOODA. Graaahm has become a cult favourite at events and festivals, including Melbourne’s famous Village Festival, and was interviewed on Channel 31’s ‘Comic Box.’
As a stage actress Amy toured schools with CNS Shakespeare company in 2008 and received rave reviews for her portrayals of Helena, Ophelia, and the Nurse in their 2009 Fringe shows.
Amy launched her long awaited book, Wide Open, in 2016, and her newest show, ‘Don’t Worry, I’ve Got It Covered’ enjoyed a sell out season at the 2017 Adelaide Fringe, and is set to take Melbourne audiences by storm in 2019!
There isn’t a pigeonhole in existence that could possibly hold Amy Bodossian. No warning, no apologies.
Confronting, poignant and erotic. Empowering the women and illuminating the men.
Physical, ironic and funny. Utterly beautiful and heart wrenching.
Endearing, disturbing, confronting, emotive, fragile.
4 stars. Bodossian’s expressive vocals are by turns sweet, gutsy and poignant. She is a skilful storyteller, drawing a delicate balance between comedy and tragedy.
Amy is pure authenticity and not afraid to be laid bare.
THE PLUS ONES
Bodossian’s trippy dippy beat poetry is a constantly surprising delight. She seamlessly segues into a smokey torch singer, straddling the lines between satire and serious art, sweetness and obscenity, sexiness and gawkiness.
The quintessential fringe performer. Her swinging singing displays formidable range and character.
THE SUNDAY MAIL
I loved this show. It was original, risky, well written and everything the Fringe is meant to encourage.
Outrageously absurd, erotically charged and more than a little bit genius.
Amy’s words are meticulous and paint a vivid picture. She is a clever and articulate writer and should not be missed.
STORIES WELL TOLD
Illuminating. She simply lit up the stage.