Gaga (Jennifer Reed) has a powerful set of lungs and a voice that could easily belong to the pop hero herself, and the 6 or so costumes she dons over the 1.5 hour performance are characteristically absurd and eye-catching. Assange (Christopher Runciman) is convincing and pitiable.
But the real reason to watch this show is the talented, outrageously camp set of Gaga’s four ‘backup dancers’ who comprise the rest of the cast. They were brilliantly entertaining to watch, despite having no actual lines. Their mannerisms were hilarious and the dancing was spectacular (a number of lifts were carried out without any fanfare).
Altogether, the show was a terrifying blend of cute and cringe-worthy, with these two very different characters playing off one another. The songs were Gaga-esque originals, that could easily be fillers from one of her albums.
Tickets are still available for Gaga V Assange in Adelaide!
I am honoured to be working with a group of such talented, dedicated people on this challenging production. Introducing the first three cast members for this wonderful production.
PAUL DAWBER as BRUTUS / LUCIUS
Paul is a theatre vetran, with credits including “Count Dracula” (QTC), “Two” (Malthouse), “Hamlet”,”Romeo & Juliet”, “The Merry Wives Of Windsor”, “Twelfh Night”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (The Los Angeles Shakespeare Co) and 400 performances in the Australian National Tour of “The Sound Of Music” (Gordon/Frost Org).
He also has numerous television credits, including “City Homicide”, “Rush” and most recently the TV movies “Dangerous Remedy” (ABC) and “Underground: The Julian Assange Story” (Matchbox Pictures).
Film work includes “Melvin, Son Of Alvin”, “Black Box” and the AFI nominated “Erskineville Kings”.
GORDON LINDSAY as KING TARQUIN
Gordon Lindsay has a wealth of theatrical experience as both a performer and writer. His stage credits include: Professor Higgins in My Fair Lady, Fagin in Oliver, Madam Lucy in Irene, Mack in Mack & Mabel, Archie Rice in The Entertainer, Sergeant Bell in Reluctant Heroes, Henry in The Fantastics, Sir Percy Blakeney in The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Earl of Guerney in The Ruling Class, The Actor in The Woman in Black and Honore in Gigi.
Initially pleased to have the opportunity to play a King, Gordon quickly found that – as in most of Shakespeare’s work – this King is a complex and rather unsympathetic character. He has enjoyed working with and exploring these nuances in the script.
JOSIE EBERHART as BIANCA / ALTER SPIRIT
Josie trained at the VCA last century and has recently returned to begin a Post-Graduate Diploma in Voice Studies.
After ten years of teaching high school drama and doing occasional appearances on TV, film and corporate/training videos, Josie returned to the theatre in 2011 in Six Characters in Search of an Author at la Mama Theatre. In 2012 she appeared in Cosi’ and Macbeth with Eaglesnest Theatre, in Under Milk Wood at the Welsh Church with Whistling Vicar Theatre and in First Fireworks with Reaction Theatre. Recent television credits include Woodley and Winners and Losers.
Josie is enjoying playing and finding the voices for two different characters in ‘Lucrece’ and is relishing the muscularity and poetic richness of the language.
I’m very much looking forward to my next engagement with Your Show, as stage crew and microphone technician for Burrinja Theatre’s A Memory for Millie Juke.
Based on “Millie Story” written by Kathryn Daniels, with excerpts from some well loved musicals, Millie Juke is a well loved musical film star battling the oncoming descent into the mist of Alzheimer’s.
Assisted by her devoted grandchildren, Millie and her family find ways to keep the memories alive.
A Memory for Millie Juke will be shown twice at the Burrinja Theatre, once at 2pm and again at 6.30pm on Saturday 27th July. To purchase tickets, please visit the Burrinja Culture Centre website.
Feedback for Songs has been overwhelmingly positive, with our first two nights selling out and few tickets remaining for the final two performances.
TheatrePeople has written a glowing review here, giving the show 4 out of 5 stars. With such a limited run, word of mouth travelling fast and closing night upon us all too soon, get your tickets as soon as possible so you don’t miss out!
Director Penn Valk and musical director Rapheal Wong prove themselves a match for Jason Robert Brown’s mini epic. Valk truly digs deep into the heart of the piece with her crisp, compassionate and stylish direction, and my hat goes off to Wong for his incredible achievement in making his cast equal to the phenomenal vocal demands of the score. Also, how nice it is for every singer to articulate so clearly that none of the moving lyrics are missed.
…Valk has wisely decided to keep the stage mostly bare, using only minimal but effective props and costume. The differentiation between the times rely heavily on the lighting and the ever reliable Damien Calvert acquits himself nicely in establishing the mood.
– Darby Turnbull, TheatrePeople