Star of the stage Christie Whelan Browne will star in Vigil, an intimate, funny, confronting, mesmerising, uplifting and ultimately beautiful one-woman musical theatrical encounter, boldly exploring life, death, love and honesty. After debuting at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Vigil, written by Steve Vizard, will make its Victorian debut at Arts Centre Melbourne’s Fairfax Studio from 4 – 8 July.

A prodigal daughter returns to hijack Christmas Eve and make a bad night worse. Christmas Eve: a time for peace, love, carols, reunion and family. But not this Christmas Eve. Not this reunion. Liz, the 30-something daughter bursts through the door after years of sybaritic globe-trotting. A musical and theatrical tour de force, stunningly portrayed by Christie Whelan Browne, Liz is talented, shameless, beautiful, troubled and hilariously needy.

But this time she wants more than pinot gris, a loan, and to borrow her mother’s clothes – she wants answers. And the real question is: what will be left after all the reminiscing, retribution, blame, claims and confession?

Comprising more than 10 original songs, Whelan Browne’s compelling voice, accompanied by piano giant Joe Chindamo and violin virtuoso Zoë Black, will dazzle in a mesmerising journey of song and theatrical intimacy.

July 4 – 8