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 ‘Mother, Wife and the Complicated 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. ‘Mother, Wife and the Complicated Life’ has gone on to be extremely successful, receiving critical and audience acclaim and playing 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. Recently the show was workshopped again in London, UK with a title change to The (M)other Life. The (M)other Life performed a showcase in the West End and received a standing ovation from the industry audience. It is now in development for a 2019 UK 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 and a return season in the 2018 Adelaide Fringe, with further tour dates being added for late 2018 and 2019.
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.) 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.
Amity Dry - The Lighthouse
Amity Dry - Fairytales
Wait Another Day
Breathe You In
Love Like This
“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”
“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.”
“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.”