"Tamara Williamson’s The Break Up Diet is a clever, emotional and intensely personal narrative that takes you, insight by insight; from heart-hollowing suspicions to explosive confrontations to painful introspection; through what is essentially a brilliant musical autopsy of a failed marriage."
"Engrossing, like a really good extended Moth Radio Hour story backed by your favourite indie bar band."
" This is not musical theatre like you would expect. It’s raw and alternative. It sugar coats nothing and it does not tidy itself up for a happy ending.
– CHARLES SPEARIN, BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE
- TORONTO STAR
- MOONEY ON THEATRE
Once heralded by Eye Magazine as “The Godmother of Canadian Indie,” Toronto musician Tamara Williamson, and her band Mrs. Torrance, have reunited after 20 years to perform The Break-Up Diet - an autobiographical, alt-rock musical about the swift collapse of Williamson’s seemingly perfect marriage, at Toronto Fringe Festival this summer.
Adapted from the soon-to-be published audio book, The Break-Up Diet tells the story of a year in the life of Williamson as she endures the ruthlessly fast disintegration of her outwardly perfect marriage. “This is life transformed into devastating art,” says Author Noah Richler “(Williamson’s) inimitable, fiery style threatens to light up the room in a rhapsodic moment of beautiful, lyric revenge." Punctuated by raw guttural songs written by Williamson at the time of the events portrayed, the music is driving alternative rock performed by Tamara and her band, Mrs. Torrance.
Mrs. Torrance was an established presence on the independent Queen West music scene throughout the 1990s, opening for Oasis and signing to a major label just before Napster exploded the business model of the music industry, forcing each member to go their own separate ways. Mrs. Torrance has now reunited, adding singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Sarah Fazackerley to the mix, to provide a not-to-be-missed, musical soundtrack for the emotionally devastating, and ultimately cathartic, story of The Break-Up Diet.