Each week Rachel Moore is on the hunt to find out what makes Canberra special to all the wonderful folks who live here.
Frances McNair is a self-declared rapscallion and is an emerging Canberra comedian. If you stumble across Frances in Canberra you might find her wearing a custom made ball gown, tantalizing pyjamas or trackie dacks and a hoody. Regardless, her warmth, hilarity and generosity of spirit are instantly identifiable.
Frances is an experienced performer who can turn crushed popcorn on the floor into a crowd pleasing joke, and bashes out her own songs on the ukulele. Whilst the lyrics are original, Frances admits the chords may or may not resemble Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me”, but good luck in suing her, she is a performer and probably could only pay you in cheese.
Frances McNair and Miriam Slater join enigmatic forces and together created MILF Camp. Their action-packed parody follows characters Vivian and Susan who shamelessly wear the best Lycra that women’s active wear has to offer whilst exploring the pressures women face and what being a Mum looks like in 2017. The duo have connected with audiences all over Canberra, recently performing at the You Are Here festival to enthralled audiences.
The pair’s mother personas have received a few “awards” over the last few years including “Mum of the Year, Best Hugs, Sl@t Drop Champions 2008-2012 and Best “Cher” impersonation by a woman 2014.” Vivian was named “Most likely to succeed” in her college class, (Susey was named “not pictured” in her college class).
It is unsurprising the question Frances wants to ask all people across the ACT; “Where’s the best place to find solid dancing?” Well Frances, after Canberra reads this, I reckon most people will say, anywhere you’re at!
Name – Frances McNair.
Age – 23.
Occupation – Creative / One of the founding parents of SWEATY PITS (name of my sketch comedy duo with Miriam Slater).
How long have you lived in Canberra – 21 big ones.
North, South or Q-town – North Side representin.
Most memorable event attended in the ACT – Standing in line for mini Dutch pancakes at the multicultural festival… I count that as an event itself.
Things you love about Da Berra – It’s ridiculously beautiful. The art scene is incredibly friendly. Bus drivers giving each other a cheeky wave as they drive by one another.
What you loath about the city – It is expensive to live in this fair state and I don’t think that’s just because of my profession. It can be stress inducingly expensive. I have no idea how single parents do it. Or students. Or both.
Most cherished memory in the capital – Performing “MILF Camp” at the RAW Comedy ACT State Final. I still don’t quite believe that one.
Which Canberra local do you most admire and why – THERE ARE SO MANY! I’m really blessed to know a lot of people who are going after what it is they love. Canberra is a creative hub and it’s awesome to be able to watch people do their thang unapologetically.
Most delicious Berra place you adore eating at – Sweet Bones. Hands down. Everyone there is as lovely as their food.
What do you want to be when you grow up – My authentic self. A Creative. Explorer. Helpful. Grateful. Aware. Honest. But I’m not gonna wait until I grow up.
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What is a question you would like to ask everyone in Canberra – Where’s the best place to find solid dancing? Think “The Get Down”.
Caption’s: Top – Frances McNair. Image 2 – Frances McNair, photo By Belle Photography. Image 3 – Frances McNair, feelin seedy. Image 4, Frances McNair and Miriam Slater – MILF Camp. Above – Frances McNair and Miriam Slater, photo by Badcat photography.