A playful cabaret about living with food allergies and Crohn's disease – may contain traces of fun.

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Tthe image is of a young woman from the waist up, looking directly at the camera with wide grey-blue eyes and a concerned look on her face. Her left hand clasps her left cheek and chin, while her right hand tightly holds a bouquet of orange and blue epipens and white roses. She is wearing a sky blue formal dress, orange lipstick and large orange earrings, with only her right earring being visible behind her long blonde hair.

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  • Created and Performed by: Uma Dobia

Uma has a problem — everything she eats makes her sick, but don’t worry, it’s TOTALLY FINE!

From her lifelong allergies to nuts, to non-life-threatening intolerances she’s picked up along the way, Uma’s spent many years telling everyone she’s fine. She can still eat your birthday cake if you pick out the nuts — you know how to use an EpiPen, right?!

After her diagnosis with Crohn’s disease, opera singer and theatre kid Uma is forced to confront her obsessions with chocolate and popcorn, the difficulties of explaining your allergies at dinner parties, and how to navigate the dating world while having an allergic reaction to semen (yes, really).

If you’ve ever struggled with your relationship to food, this is the show for you! With original songs, musical theatre favourites and opera parodies, join Uma on a romp through denial and ultimate acceptance of her body’s allergies and intolerances, and learn how you, too, could become a little more tolerant.

About Uma Dobia

Uma Dobia is a soprano who refuses to be put in a box. With warm and eclectic storytelling, Uma takes her audience on a journey through operatic, cabaret and musical theatre repertoire, as well as her own original songs. Uma graduated from the Master of Music Performance (Opera Performance) at the University of Melbourne (2022), and is a current Resident Emerging Artist with Australian Contemporary Opera Company, as well as a scholar with Opera Scholars Australia. In 2020, under previous stage name Carmen Modjito, Uma released a climate action song, House Is On Fire, adding her voice to the climate fight. Uma is excited to finally be sharing her lifelong experiences of food allergies and Crohn’s through her original cabaret, Intolerant, and to be premiering the show in her home city of Melbourne in 2023.

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