Amity Dry is an Australian singer, actress, writer and composer who is best known from the hit TV show ‘The Block,’ her top 10 album ‘The Lighthouse’ and critically acclaimed musical ‘The (M)other Life.’
Amity has been singing and writing songs sing childhood, however, her career was launched when she was featured on the original series of the smash hit TV show The Block in 2003. The Block was the highest rating show for that year and Amity experienced the whirlwind ride of instant fame. She was signed to Universal Music and her debut album ‘The Lighthouse’ went to #6 on the Aria chart. Amity wrote every song on the album, which was certified Gold and The Lighthouse single one of the most played songs on radio that year. That year she toured the country performing at prestigious events including the Channel 9 Carols by Candlelight and the anthem for 50,000 at the Australia v NZ Rugby Union match.
Amity’s second album ‘True To Me’ was released through MGM and achieved national airplay with the single Rollercoaster. Amity then took some time off to have her first child, using her experience of motherhood to write her first cabaret show ‘Mother, Wife and the Complicated Life,’ which premiered in the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
The cabaret show was so well received Amity decided to extend it into a full length musical, writing the book, lyrics and music. Over the last decade ‘Mother, Wife and the Complicated Life’ has played over 100 shows with tours and seasons across Australia. It was selected for the New York Musical Theatre Festival, with the New York cast playing a season on 42nd Street. It’s also had the honour of being staged at the ‘Commission for the Status of Women Conference’ at the United Nations and renowned New York cabaret club 54 Below and has been translated into Norwegian for a season in Kristiansand, Norway. More recently the show has undergone further development with the new title The (M)other Life, including an extensive workshop process culminating in a showcase in the Whydhams Theatre, in London’s West End, which received a standing ovation from the industry audience. It is now in development for a 2021 Australian tour.
In 2017 Amity debuted her latest one woman show ’39 Forever’ about the pressures of growing older in an image obsessed world. The show had a sell out season in the Adelaide Fringe Festival, selling out a 15 show season and receiving 5 star reviews. 39 Forever has since gone on to have successful seasons and dates around Australia, including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, a return season in the 2018 Adelaide Fringe and a national tour.
Amity has also written and performed in the cabaret shows, SO YOU WANT TO BE FAMOUS (Adelaide Fringe Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival) TAPESTRY – A TRIBUTE TO CAROLE KING (Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival) and THE BLOCK TO BROADWAY (Adelaide Cabaret Festival) FORTIFIED (Adelaide Fringe Festival, Chapel off Chapel Melbourne) and HIGHWAY SUPERSTAR (Adelaide Fringe Festival). Her TV credits include THE BLOCK, MAKEOVER STREET, RENOVATION RESCUE and RENOVATION RUMBLE and she’s featured in advertising campaigns for MICROSOFT, TOYOTA, SUZUKI, ENERGY AUSTRALIA, ALBY TURNER KITCHENS and BENDIGO BANK.
Praise for Amity Dry and Mother, Wife and the Complicated Life
“This is the start of something big for this witty musical comedy that depicts real life to a tee…Writer, producer and performer Amity Dry has nailed it with Mother, Wife and the Complicated Life. This sassy, tell-it-how-it-is story seems so obvious it’s a wonder no one has thought of it before… It’s slick and snappy, with witty lyrics and belly laughs aplenty. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5”
“This beautifully written musical explores the reality of marriage and motherhood…Where Dry has succeeded is in writing an endearing story that moves between lighter and darker moments seamlessly…The funnier moments are appropriately over-the-top, while the darker moments are handled with tenderness and sincerity…Mother Wife and the Complicated Life is a musical that Australia should be proud to claim as being home-grown, that has also succeeded on the international stage and Amity Dry has proven to be a truly talented composer, writer and performer. Let’s hope there’s much more to come. Rating: 5 Stars”
~ Theatre People
“Completing the rarely achieved task of writing the book, music and lyrics, Amity Dry displays keen insight and strong empathy for a range of characters at differing points of motherhood…The combination of intelligent songs and excellent performers creates abundant laugh-out-loud moments as the audience recognises and appreciates the characters’ situations. Given the potentially frothy nature of such entertainment, Dry bravely includes serious emotional moments that address some rarely spoken truths behind motherhood. The risk pays off with a deeper, more involving show that provides food for thought in addition to all the laughs.”
~ Man in Chair
“If you’re lucky, you find musicals that are funny and endearing and speak to you on a personal level. This is one of those musicals. It’s a genuinely warm and witty show and great entertainment value. And how wonderful to be able to say that it’s entirely Australian.”
~ Stage Whispers
“There’s much humour in all of this but also a good-hearted realism about the physical realities of birth and babies and sexuality that the cast (and the audience) clearly relishes. It certainly deserves to find an audience who will appreciate its frankness, energy and fun.”
~ The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Canberra Times, The Guardian
“Cutting a glamorous stage figure with her Harlow-blonde hair and full-length sequin gown, Dry seamlessly toggles between musical numbers and jokes as she speed-skates through her life.” Herald Sun
“Dry’s vocal performance is impressive enough on its own to warrant the cost of entry. She has a natural knack for belting a power ballad, but still shines as a storyteller.” Beat Magazine
“A chick’s night out, a celebration of female friendships and a laughing examination of girl power. At a time when new musicals all seem to be imported re-hashes of movies, this is a home-grown gem.”
~ Adelaide Theatre Guide
“Dry is instantly likeable and utterly endearing. Possessing fantastic stage presence, a beautiful voice and just the right amount of confidence.”
~ The Advertiser
“(Amity’s) impeccable delivery allowed every word and phrase to be clearly heard and understood, a rarity indeed. The strength and power in her voice was as memorable as the delicate tones she poured over us when singing about missing her children while in New York. Her songs are very, very good. But technically they require something special in the vocal department to carry them off and this lady certainly has the goods. Laughter often filled the room and a few tissues could be seen, discreetly wiping away tears.”
~ The Clothesline
“Mother, Wife and the Complicated Life is hands down my favourite musical of all time because it so sublimely captures the joys of motherhood along with the moments that have us reaching for the wine … Go see it. Then just try and wipe the smile off your face. It is nothing short of brilliant.”
~ Rebecca Sparrow, Mamamia