Posts Tagged ‘tom sharah

10
Jun
15

Queensland Cabaret Festival opens tonight!

 

We’re sending the lucky winners of our double passes to ABSINTHE tonight!

Have fun, Chris, Tara and Gail!

 

Meanwhile, in New Farm…

 

 

Queensland Cabaret Festival opens at Brisbane Powerhouse TONIGHT!

 

 

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Tonight’s Voices of Vice lineup features a mouth-watering feast of festival performers and local legends including Bethan Ellsmore, Dirty Sexy Politics, Cienda McNamara, Tyrone Noonan, Alison St Ledger, Lizzie Moore, Sandro Colarelli, Greg Bird, Rebecca Grennan, David Megarrity and Bridget Boyle.

 

 

Feel free to flaunt your bad habits, perversions, and licentiousness in our den of iniquity where too much is never enough. Indulge in this celebration of tantalising transgressions, which are guaranteed to be delightful, delicious and a little bit wrong.

 

 

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In the immortal words of Tom Waits, “There ain’t no Devil, there’s just God when he’s drunk” so leave your better angels at the door – we won’t tell if you won’t!

 

 

 

 

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24
Dec
14

INTERNATIONAL CABARET CONTEST SUBMISSIONS CLOSE TODAY – CHRISTMAS EVE

 

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INTERNATIONAL CABARET CONTEST SUBMISSIONS CLOSE TODAY!

 

TODAY IS CHRISTMAS EVE. YOU’VE GOT TIME.

 

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If you want to be a cabaret star this is the Big Brother of cabaret comps. The 12th annual Your Theatrics International Cabaret Contest (YTICC) promises a spectacular line-up of talent from all walks of the Australian and New Zealand entertainment industry. The 12th annual event will feature an esteemed panel of judges including Australian film, television, and music theatre star, Mitchell Butel, Artistic Directors of the Melbourne Cabaret Festival, David Read and Neville Sice, President of the Noosa Arts Theatre Liza Park, agent and Founder Emeritus of the event Les Solomon, Artistic Director of the Ballarat Cabaret Festival Graeme Russell, Artistic Director of the Noosa Long Weekend Festival Ian Mackellar, and YTICC Patron Ron Dobell.

 

Executive Producer Jeremy Youett said, “This contest is about giving artists a platform for exposure to the entertainment industry. The line-up of judges includes some amazing Australian industry leaders in the genre and they have the ability to offer incredible opportunities to entrants that take part. You never know who may show up and what they may be looking for!”

 

Hosts this year include past YTICC winners and seasoned performers in their own right: in Melbourne, Gillian Cosgriff; in Sydney, Marika Aubrey and Sheridan Harbridge; and in Adelaide, Amelia Ryan, while radio personalities Sam Coward and Mark Darin host our Queensland heats. Guest performers throughout will include Cath Alcorn, Bradley McCaw, Michael Griffiths and 2014 winner Melody Beck, with more surprise guests to be announced.

 

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Tom Sharah, previous YTICC winner said “The International Cabaret Contest was the best professional launching pad I could have asked for. It is a one of a kind competition in terms of exposure, prizes and experience.

Winning meant I was able to write and tour my own work, which I still do, and I look up to so many of the other previous winners & contestants.

It has really paved the way for the future of cabaret in Australia!”

 

 

 

In 2015, both the Grand Prize winner and runner-up will be eligible to be offered performance opportunities from our Major Festival Partners. These will include invitations to perform at the Cabaret Festivals of Adelaide, Melbourne, Ballarat, and Queensland, as well as the Festival of Voices in Tasmania and the Noosa Long Weekend Festival, which all guarantee flights and accommodation. The Grand Prize winner will also receive the opportunity to present their show on an Australia/Pacific Cruise ship thanks to Grayboy Entertainment, as well as at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, with flights and accommodation for their appearance to the value of $3000 generously contributed by The Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation. There’s a cash prize of $1000 for the winner, a photographic and marketing package from Blueprint Studios valued at $1000, a Music Theatre and Cabaret music and book package from Hal Leonard, as well as tour publicity from AussieTheatre.com which will spotlight the winner’s creative process as they develop and tour their show. The runner-up will receive a $500 cash prize, and a photographic package from Blueprint Studios valued at $500.

 

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The contest is open to performers at any point in their career, ages 18+

 

Submissions close TODAY Wednesday December 24 at 5pm AEST.

 

For full contest details, frequently asked questions and more visit www.yticc.com

 

Tickets for all events are on sale now at www.yticc.com Support the next generation of cabaret talent as they compete to be Australia’s next cabaret sensation!

 

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06
Dec
13

Tom Sharah: It’s Raining Me & Amy Housewine: Back To Crack

Tom Sharah: It’s Raining Me

Brisbane Powerhouse Visy Theatre

5 – 7 December 2015

 

Reviewed by Xanthe Coward

 

Award-winning cabaret performer, and star of Channel 10’s I Will Survive and Channel 9’s Mornings, Tom Sharah has an incurable case of charisma. 

Born into an Australian showbiz family, Tom emerged from the womb with an extravagant finger-snap and a smart high-kick, and has barely drawn breath since.

It’s Raining Me takes audiences on a break-neck journey through the trials and tribulations of a boy who was always way too fierce for civilian life, intertwined with ferocious renditions of some of your favourite pop and disco numbers.

It’s Raining Me is an outrageous, courageous, and distinctly contagious night of cabaret.

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Tom Sharah is a fabulous performer, just gorgeous, with an extraordinary treasure trove of vocal talent.

He commands the stage and in his cabaret show, Tom Sharah: It’s Raining Me, seen for the first time in Brisbane, Tom Sharah tells the funniest stories at his own, and his showbiz family’s expense. A natural storyteller with terrific comic timing, Sharah is also generous and doesn’t hesitate to share the spotlight with his talented brother, Oscar. He gives credit to his parents (Dad was Australia’s original Riff Raff and Mum is one of our most respected arts writers) for his eccentricities and unique gifts, which have allowed him to waltz seemingly effortlessly into the industry. But I know Sharah has been hard at work on this show since I saw it last, presented as a double bill with Sarah Louise Young, at this year’s Noosa Long Weekend Festival in June.

In Noosa, I came away thinking, “This guy is too cool for school! Imagine what he could do if he were to WERK!” It was an awesome show and I knew I wanted to see him work even harder on stage, as opposed to breezing in and out, and wowing us with his natural talent! WOW! So much natural talent! Last night at The Visy Theatre Sharah shone in what was a sharper, cleaner and more confident performance than we’ve seen previously, retaining the same hilarious anecdotes, from childhood and from the television reality series I Will Survive, without the flicker of self-doubt or a distracting thought. Entirely focused on entertaining us, the patter is smooth and delivered with the knowing smile now, of a genuine star on the rise.

The set list is diverse and reflects many moods and stops along the way, as well as a few dreams yet to be realised, with one of the highlights of the night being Sharah’s cheeky rendition of Frank n Furter’s Sweet Transvestite. I remain quietly confident that we’ll see Sharah in The Rocky Horror Show yet! In the same vein as IOTA and Paul Capsis, this guy is going to be increasingly sought after as his fan base builds.

While the disco medley proved popular with Brisbane’s opening night audience, it’s Sharah’s soaring renditions of Let Me Be Your Star (Smash) and Here Where I Stand (Camp) that prove his power ballad status, and his slick, soft harmonies in the Oscar-acoustically-arranged I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Whitney Houston) that continue to melt hearts.

Sharah earned a hearty standing ovation and an entirely new fan base in Brisbane last night and if you’re smart (and fast!) you’ll join the party with the most heart in town and get along tonight or tomorrow night to catch this livewire while we’re lucky enough to have him here. Sharah’s show is for everyone, and everyone will love it!

Amy Housewine: Back To Crack

Brisbane Powerhouse Visy Theatre

5 – 7 December 2013

Reviewed by Xanthe Coward

Amy Winehouse was a great talent we lost too soon in 2011. But we still have the indestructible Amy Housewine. 

Lisa Adam (Jersey BoysRocky Horror) is back as the irrepressible OTHER Amy, complete with big hair, big voice and a raging drugs and alcohol addiction.

Meet Housewine as she lurches her way through classics ‘Rehab’, ‘If I Only Had Cocaine’ and ‘I Love to Have a Beer with Amy’ and dishes the dirt on her life as a singer, poet and professional crack-whore.

Amy Housewine: Back to Crack is a lethal cocktail of hilarity, bad taste and stunning vocals.

If you’re looking for a cheeky tipple, a quick shot or a boozy night out, join Housewine as she romps her way through Brisbane Powerhouse looking for drinking buddies and barflies.

This adults-only show features drinking, swearing, drug use and passing out in a pool of your own vomit.

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This is a strangely successful little show.

Lisa Adam, as the indestructible Amy Housewine, has toured with her groovy three-piece band for years, always to great acclaim. She’s absolutely lovely and when she totters onto the stage in sky-high red patent heels I think, “Fantastic!” But the show has no real story, no real poignancy, and it does little to showcase the versatile talents of its star. We get the voice but we don’t care about what we’re hearing. It’s as if we’re watching the Titanic move steadily towards its doom but we somehow miss getting to know and love anybody on board and as a consequence we don’t miss them so much when they’re gone. Are we really so desensitised to the death of a celebrity?

Clearly, the show is not my cup of tea and clearly, the gist of it did not appeal to everybody’s tastes last night at The Visy Theatre. (It may have been a mistake to include a ten-minute interval, during which several audience members made their escape!). But there must be enough of a fan base in each full house – yes, you better believe it, she sells out every time – to keep it going. And go it does, on and on, relentlessly and repetitively, about Amy Winehouse’s/Amy Housewine’s drug use and rather rapid demise.

Despite the involvement of writers, Trevor Ashley and Phil Scott (known for Fat Swan and Little Orphan Trashley), I expected a story, a journey or some vague arc that would intrigue us and attempt to win us over in the end. I anticipated feeling some sympathy for Housewine, as I do for Winehouse, but even after the star’s tragic death, which influenced minor re-writes, this production only presents a shallow parody of Winehouse’s worst traits, and does little to celebrate her talent or her popularity with her fans. The claim from the creatives is that Amy Housewine is “a character in her own right”, but unfortunately it just doesn’t come across this way.

In its original inception, and even now, Lisa Adam’s characterisation is from all accounts (and from the YouTube footage), dead accurate – no pun intended – and in its accuracy she’s a confronting (and tragic, pathetic, smiling, fallen-from-grace) figure, full of booze and a colourful cocktail of drugs and curse words.

The message is made very clear: DRUGS ARE BAD

…and yet the crude celebration of the celebrity substance-fuelled party lifestyle throws back in our faces the main message, as if daring us to cast judgment and find fault with it. Many of the jokes fall flat, with the audience unsure about what the appropriate response might be. An entire spiel about a massive night out that ends at Buckingham Palace leaves me wondering, “What even WAS that?!” While there is indeed laughter from some, there is stony silence from others, and the intimate space suddenly loses the sense of fun and genuine delight with which Tom Sharah had filled it during his show, It’s Raining Me, earlier the same evening.

I blame The Little Red Company and Naomi Price for contributing to my disappointment in this show, and give them full credit for raising the bar in Brisbane as far as celebrity parody shows go. In her unique cabaret show, Rumour Has It: Sixty Minutes Inside Adele, Price demonstrates sensitivity and sympathy for her subject as well as wry wit, and combined with an impressive set list and a class company of musos and back-up vocalists, creates the most memorable brand of humour. Unlike the lows that these writers feel the need to stoop to – celebrity tabloid type snide remarks, and crude observations and elaborations on the worst sort of headlines – Price manages every time to reveal the imagined inner truth of her subject and to keep us on side until the encore. To find these special qualities in Amy Housewine: Back to Crack would be to create an entirely new show that might actually pay tribute to a genuine talent, and earn our sympathy and far greater respect for the talented artist playing her.

27
Nov
13

A Chat With Tom Sharah – It’s Raining Me at Brisbane Powerhouse

 

Award-winning cabaret performer, and star of Channel 10’s I Will Survive and Channel 9’s Mornings, Tom Sharah has an incurable case of charisma. 

Born into an Australian showbiz family, Tom emerged from the womb with an extravagant finger-snap and a smart high-kick, and has barely drawn breath since.

It’s Raining Me takes audiences on a break-neck journey through the trials and tribulations of a boy who was always way too fierce for civilian life, intertwined with ferocious renditions of some of your favourite pop and disco numbers.

It’s Raining Me is an outrageous, courageous, and distinctly contagious night of cabaret.

 

Tom Sharah

 

Hey Tom, what have you been up to since we saw you and your show earlier this year at the Noosa Long Weekend Festival?

It’s Raining Me had a final season in Sydney after we finished Noosa, which was awesome. Brisbane will be the official end of the tour, so I’m looking forward to going out with a bang. Since Noosa, I also did my first play called Three Winters Green in Sydney which was a fantastic experience and something I’d like to do more of. I’ve also been performing in a concert show called Boys in the Band which is awesome and has already taken me all over the country and overseas, so it’s been a busy time.

 

Are Queensland audiences different? What do you love about performing (and touring) in Queensland?

The Noosa audiences were amazing, both times I’ve done shows there. This will be my Brissy debut but I am hoping that they follow suit.

 

I love Brisbane as a city, and Noosa is heaven. Beautiful weather, food and people. What more could you ask for?

 

How do you stay show-fit? (Have you jumped on the green smoothie bandwagon yet? Did you quit sugar?)

I don’t eat a lot of sugar, but I certainly haven’t quit it. The main focus is always on vocal maintenance because these shows are a huge sing and really demanding for me. I like to eat well purely so I have as much energy as possible on stage. If I’m feeling heavy and lethargic it will be of detriment to the whole show. But I definitely don’t follow any specific diets.

 

Are you pleased to have been included in divaknowsbest.wordpress.com’s 25 Hot Boys of the Australian Theatre Scene? Is there anyone on that list you’d like to work with? Who else would you like to cross paths with?

That was such a hilarious surprise! I don’t know who compiled that list but I owe them a drink. It was fine company to be in. I long for the day I work with iOTA and Mitchell Butel – both of whom are great friends of mine, and total inspirations to me professionally.

 

Is cabaret your future or are you willing to take the little leap across to musical theatre? (We’re sad that you were overlooked for The Rocky Horror Show. I know Frank n Furter is one of the roles on your bucket list! Do you think you need more Twitter followers? Just kidding. But not really…)

I will go where the work takes me. Cabaret is my soul food, because it is so hands on. I am able to be creative and spontaneous and really hone in on my skills and individualities. If the right musical and role came along, of course I’d jump at it. But I’m quite hard to place in big mainstream shows. I don’t know if it’s in my short term future, but I’m fine with that.

 

As long as I am still creating and performing and singing, I am grateful.

 

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What about pop? Can you see yourself in our popular music industry? (What do you think of our reality tv talent shows generally? The Voice etc…)

I don’t think that industry is really my calling. That being said there is no denying those shows have discovered some incredible talent who wouldn’t have been given the opportunity were it not for that platform. You think of Australian talent like Guy Sebastian and Jess Mauboy, and they have really transcended the reality show stigma. They are respected and successful artists in their own right now. It’s all about getting the break at the right time.

 

What did I Will Survive do for you, as a performer and as a name in the industry?

It really elevated my status purely from the exposure.

 

People don’t realise that what might be considered a commercial disappointment in the TV world is still hundreds of thousands of people watching you every week.

 

It was a fantastic launching pad for me and a truly phenomenal experience.

 

Are you recording anything new at the moment/anytime soon?

I recorded an EP at the end of last year which is still going strong, and I haven’t really though about a follow up as of yet. I do record a weekly podcast, though, called I Love It But I Hate It But I Love It… which is available on iTunes and has developed a really loyal and strong following. I enjoy doing that a lot.

 

For those who haven’t seen the new show, can you tell us what to expect?

It is a really conversational, personable, high energy, funny show with a bunch of classic songs and a couple of unexpected numbers all played by a hot three-piece band. It is a project I am so proud of and the audience response over the last year has been overwhelming. It is a show I will really miss doing.

 

What are the stories we get in Tom Sharah: It’s Raining Me?

Plenty of hilarious anecdotes from being a highly eccentric and individual kid, plus a few stories about my crazy I Will Survive adventure.

 

What can you tell us about growing up in your household?

I come from a showbusiness family, so my parents have always been very supportive of my ambitions. It was colourful and wonderful and I have been lucky to have had so much access to the theatre since such a young age.

 

Will we see Oscar on stage this time? Do you have plans to work together in the future?

Yes my bro will be returning for this one. It feels wrong to do a show without a little guestie from him these days, so we will be giving Brisbane some acoustic harmonising realness.

 

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What makes you and Amy Housewine the perfect double bill?

We are bringing something different to the table, but at the heart of both shows are the music and the storytelling. In my opinion, that is what makes for a great night of cabaret.

 

I loved meeting your mum in Noosa and I know she loved your show. Is it still the kind of show that we can bring our mums and nannas to see?

Absolutely. There is something for everyone. I think it is important not to alienate any demographics, so I have incorporated a diverse range of music and have made the banter appropriate for all ages. Maybe not little kids, because I do tend to drop the occasional F-bomb … but only out of over-excitement and passion. I don’t like unnecessarily crass theatre.

 

This is fun for everyone. Come one, come all I say.

 

Three shows only – Thursday December 5 – Saturday December 7 at Brisbane Powerhouse. Book a Starstruck Cabaret Experience to get the best deal!

 

17
Jun
13

It’s Raining Me & Julie, Madly, Deeply – Tom Sharah and Sarah-Louise Young shine at The Noosa Long Weekend Festival!

It’s Raining Me & Julie, Madly, Deeply

The Noosa Long Weekend Festival

The J Theatre

Sunday 16th June 2013

 

Reviewed by Xanthe Coward 

 

This was the most extraordinary double bill! And it worked!

 

As I’d said to Festival Director, Ian Mackellar, after the show, I’d been wondering how a Julie Andrews tribute show (it’s so much more than that!), could follow up a spunky original cabaret. As it turned out, the programming was perfect for a number of reasons.

 

We’ve seen some cautious programming over the years, and on the strength of some of his previous cautious gambles paying off – for example, our Erotique, which enjoyed an extended season at Noosa Arts Theatre in 2012 – our Festival Director is able to make increasingly bolder decisions. And audiences love it!

 

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The first act belonged to relative newcomer to the cabaret scene, Tom Sharah, who you might recognise from his debut at The Noosa Long Weekend in 2010 (Que Sera, Sharah), or from his stint on Ten’s brilliantly conceived but strangely unpopular Priscilla, Queen of the Desert inspired reality television talent show I Will Survive, which serves as the fodder for this show, based on his experiences over three and a half months spent in the Australian outback, with the other contestants – “the boys” – on the silver bus. Sharah didn’t win, he was runner-up, and like so many second place getters, he’s mapped out a path that will take him ahead of the rest.

 

Suffice to say; when I use the term, “relative newcomer”, I use it loosely. Sharah won the Sydney Cabaret Showcase in 2009 (see last year’s winner of the Australian Cabaret Showcase, Bradley McCaw, on Sunday night at berardo’s), and premiered his one-man show Que Sera, Sharah at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, which led to engagements at Sydney Mardi Gras, Melbourneʼs Midsumma Festival and the Noosa Long Weekend Festival, as well as three sell-out Sydney seasons.

 

Sharah regales us with many amusing anecdotes during the show, including a hilarious chicken run tale — picture the lovely looking Sharah in heels and a wig chasing and diving for chickens in a coop – surprisingly (or not) the segment didn’t air. The personal stories help to contextualise the song choices and demonstrate Sharah’s ability to connect with his audience. It’s quite an intimate atmosphere, despite the generous space in The J, because Sharah invites us in and chats effortlessly with us, as if we were sitting at his breakfast table.

 

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I loved so many of the songs but my favourite number, and the real start to the show (the third song in) was Let Me Be Your Star from SMASH! The lyric seemed to sum up everything he’d told us in the opening patter and poignantly reminded us that those with the drive and passion in this industry will usually get what they want! In case we missed that message, Sharah belted us over the head with it in an absolutely spectacular rendition of Here I Stand, from the film Camp. The audience adored The Facebook Song and a sassy mash-up of Sweet Transvestite and Natural Woman.

 

I have to mention that Sharah has a younger brother, Oscar, who is also stupidly talented and cute to boot! A beautiful arrangement of Cyndi Lauper’s True Colours indicated that Sharah may need to quit inviting his brother to join him onstage, as the audience responded very generously to his singing and guitar playing! (The response is also an indication of Noosa Long Weekend audiences, expecting a top night of entertainment and getting it in abundance!).

 

From the eccentric child who used a cricket bat given to him by his father as a microphone, to the eccentric adult, who can think of nothing better than landing the role of Frank N Furter in John Frost’s upcoming production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (“It’s on my bucket list!”), It’s Raining Me is a fabulously funny and entertaining show. Sharah has a way to go in terms of total confidence, but the stage persona is larger than life and the voice is superior.  He’s a born entertainer.

 

 

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Remember to pick up the EP after the show, have Sharah sign it and get your photos for social media.

 

 

With an extensive, easy vocal range, and a flamboyant style all his own, Sharah will do much more than survive; he’s a star on the rise. Look out for this show and go see him shine when you get the chance.

 

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Sarah-Louise Young

International cabaret artist Sarah-Louise Young has been named one of Time Out Londonʼs Top 10 Cabaret Acts. She performed extensively in London and New York, and sold out her critically acclaimed solo shows at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and Noosa Long Weekend Festival (do you remember? She played seven characters!), as well as in Sydney and Melbourne. Widely known in the UK, her original songs and unique character comedy have earned her awards and critical acclaim from Edinburgh to Berlin.

 

In 2011 Sarah-Louise joined the legendary Fascinating Aida, making her debut with them at the Edinburgh Fringe and touring nationally before a West End run. She is also a member of the award winning Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, appearing with them in Edinburgh and the West End and on BBC Radio. All this is in addition to extensive UK television credits, and theatre work that includes plays at the Royal Exchange and National Theatre, as well as national and international tours.

 

2013 Noosa Long Weekend Festival MACQUARIE © 2013 Barry Alsop Photographer Eyes Wide Open IMAGESJulie, Madly, Deeply showcases her diverse range of skills and challenges audiences to look at Julie Andrews in a different light.

 

I only knew Sarah’s stellar cabaret performances from the YouTube footage recorded at Jim Caruso’s Cast Party, but her new show demonstrates an uncanny ability to put a string of brilliant ideas together in an entertaining, and moving way to create a show unlike any other.

 

Loved and adored by millions around the globe, Dame Julie Andrews is a genuine legend of entertainment. But does Mary Poppins ever long to let her hair down at the end of a hard day? Does Maria Von Trapp ever wish she was called sexy instead of saccharine? In this loving and affectionate pastiche, Miss Squeaky-Clean finally comes clean.

 

Everybody’s favourite Julie Andrews songs are seamlessly intertwined with stories and anecdotes from Andrewsʼ own life, as well as a selection of witty and insightful elaborations. What emerges is a delightful and mischievous love letter to a true show business survivor.

 

From wrangling child actors in Salzburg, to going topless on film; from seeing Audrey Hepburn steal her role in My Fair Lady, to hearing Christopher Plummer say that working with her was “like being hit over the head with a Hallmark Card” – Julie Madly Deeply gives audiences the chance to hear ʻJulieʼ explain how she copes with the constant pressure of having to be practically perfect in every way.

 

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The mimicry is delightful and the comedy razor-sharp. Self-confidence and improvisational skills are put to the test when the various characters along the way start to select their own accents… Sarah-Louise laughs and tells us gleefully (something like), “Before the show I put all the accents in a bag and told the characters to GRAB ONE!” What might be perceived in anyone else’s performance as a careless or under-rehearsed slip-up comes across convincingly as an endearing tactic to get past a slightly awkward moment. And a couple of quick, sweet jibes at the audience, including, “You didn’t get the Marni Nixon reference so you won’t get this one” only serve to bring us closer to the artist and the character. A less accomplished performer would have made a right, royal mess of anything of the sort. Clever girl.

 

Most impressive is the way Sarah-Louise manages to manipulate us, at first wooing us and gently gaining our trust, before pushing us over the edge and beyond an emotional response at which we were teetering…it’s delicious. It’s the kind of theatricality that makes Sam and I turn to each other and go, “Phoar!”. The dark moments come as complete surprises – just a couple, perfectly placed and timed – because we already felt like we knew Julie. And now we’re not so sure. But we still LOVE Julie. Even though we now feel the need to take a step back. Just as when a star throws a phone at the Concierge wall, or lashes out at the paps… The momentary shock is perhaps replaced by a deeper understanding of anyone who seems destined to live out his or her life in the spotlight.

 

This performance, for The Noosa Long Weekend Festival, was Sarah-Louise Young’s WORLD PREMIERE, the slickest world premiere I’ve ever seen. This is a show – and a stunning performer – ready for the world stage.