The world of the Strong Lady is filled with dazzling contrasts: muscle and grace, beauty and brute strength, lifting the hearts of the audience and… well… lifting the audience!
A genuine strong woman, Betty Brawn presents an exhilarating array of demonstrations of strength: she tears thick books in half with her bare hands, twists solid metal, snaps steel chains and shatters gender cliches as she performs the Human Carousel – carrying the weight of two gigantic men from the crowd.
Beautifully crafted and presented by a strong show‐woman, Betty Brawn excites audiences around the world: from families at outdoor arts festivals to late night crowds with champagne in hand. This theatrically trained Strong Lady performs her incredible array of stunts, not in the brutish style of a strong man, but with the elegance of a true Strong Lady.
This powerful one‐woman show was first developed in Australia in 2005, it began touring internationally in 2007 and has now delighted crowds across 24 countries, performing in 6 languages (French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese and English). If English is not widely spoken, the show is performed with minimal text, which is translated into your language.
Other work by the same artist has included duo acrobatic shows created in collaboration with other independent artists: Tutti Frutti (with Maryke del Castillo), Barcelona (with Mario, Queen of the Circus) and most recently LEAP (with Reuben Dot Dot Dot). She has worked with larger ensembles with Mimbre (Uk) and the GOP Vartiete Theater (Germany). You can see more detail about these in Past work or on the Leap page.
This show involves audience participation, as her favourite feats of strength involve lifting grown men into the air. The men she invites out of the audience are always treated with respect and kindness while this gentle Strong Lady lifts them overhead as though they were feathers.
In short: The Strong Lady breaks things, lifts people and makes you laugh – and does it all in a ladylike way. Amazing. This show is a joyful and exciting addition to festivals and events -‐ you will walk away smiling from this wholehearted celebration of femininity and strength.