Online, Global

18/02/2022 - 12/03/2022

NZ Fringe Festival 2022

Production Details

Diana Varco

In third grade, Diana kicked her crush in the crotch and her love life didn’t improve from there. What starts as a quick look into her relationship past, turns into a comedic and heartbreakingly raw exploration of dating, dysfunction, and devastation – told through the voices of 35 characters.

Diana delivers a fast-paced, powerhouse performance filled with wit, poignancy and vulnerability, as she explores themes such as romantic partnerships, mental health, sexual agency, power of Shame, post-traumatic growth and much more.

Using comedy to take us through tragedy, Shattered ultimately tells the tale of one individual picking up the broken pieces of herself and learning to live again.

This event will be available on demand during the festival 18 Feb – 12 Mar 2022.

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Content forecast: Alcohol Use, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Sexual Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Self Harm, Suicide or Suicidal Ideation

Theatre , Digital presentation ,

Visceral, vulnerable, wholeheartedly honest and moving

Review by Emma Maguire 10th Mar 2022

[Trigger Warning for sexual assault and domestic violence.]

Diana Varco’s Shattered is a very intimate work and really quite jarring in places. A deeply intimate unpacking of moments in Varco’s life; her uninterest in sex, stories about boyfriends, her sexual assault, domestic violence and foster care – all through the lens of one performer on stage and a series of chairs.

Varco is an incredible performer, playing many different parts of her personality – Shame, Denial, Security, Panic, and others – all which make up a dynamic stage mosaic as she takes us through her world and her sexual assault. Her character work is distinct and intelligent, and narratively very supportive.

This story is told much better through the lens of different eyes. There are moments of lightness within the whole work, but sometimes I find myself laughing out of sheer pain – or rather empathy.

The streaming nature of the show allows us to see it here in Pōneke – which is ideal in these COVID times – and Varco’s performance transcends the medium significantly. It is a visceral, vulnerable work and wholeheartedly honest, and I feel very moved by the piece, much more than digital theatre usually does for me. I would love to see it in person someday.  


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