October has been a busy, busy month with three shows on one after the other!
First up was Broadway Bound, a cabaret of contemporary musical theatre at The Seymour Centre. Produced by Edgewise Productions, the show featured musical work by under 25-year-olds. A combination of New York and Australian composers’ compositions were showcased and I had the privilege of premiering Olga Solar’s “Junior String Group” along with performing Pasek and Paul classic “In Short”. Videos coming soon! Pictures from the night can be seen here.
Immediately after Broadway Bound I headed south to Wollongong where I workshopped Daryl Wallis’ new compositions as part of The Aurobindo Project for Merrigong Theatre Company. Living in such a peaceful part of the world for two weeks and singing almost 8 hours consecutively most days was joyful and incredibly peaceful. This was my first time working on durational singing and experimenting with intoning. It was also my first time performing at the brilliant IPAC theatre complex.
The last project of October was a new devised work based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid performed at ATYP for Midnight Theatre Productions. Midnight Theatre is based on Le Theatre du Grand-Guignol (The French Theatre of Horror) and has been an annual event performed on Halloween in Sydney every year. This time round, director Danielle O’Keefe assembled a talented group of young performers and composer David Higgins who collaborated together to create a new, dark work from a blank canvas based upon the classic Little Mermaid story. This was my first devised work and I loved the process.
Three new works! Being able to create from scratch is liberating, creatively stimulating and something I cannot wait to do more of.