90s pop songs, alcohol issues, shit relationships, procrastination, obsessions…..all woven into a heady mix of hilarity and entertainment. You got me at the mention of confetti…
Sam About Town went on a mission to find out exactly how much of a mess to expect…
SAT: Confetti sounds like a show that has something for everyone. Can you tell us more about it? How messy does it get? Will we need counselling or dry cleaning afterwards?
AR: I kinda feel like everyone gets this feeling their lives a mess. Memes and vines on facebook are always about how no one has got their sh*t together. Like we’re all just kind of in a real life Bird Box situation. No one really knows where they’re going and we are all trying to avoid the looming doom, which in real life equates to paying bills on time, going to work, avoiding existential dread, having healthy happy relationships… you know, just generally pretending it’s all good. Also, relatable things that we’ve all dealt with like body shaming, obsessions, problems with alcohol, terrible relationships and weird dating stories. I once hid a Tinder date’s phone in his freezer, tucked neatly away under his naan bread… but you’ll have to watch the show to hear more about that one. I wanted to connect with people about things we can all relate to and feel bad about, but instead of beating ourselves up, to celebrate them. We’re all like confetti – we can be a bit of a mess, but that’s what makes us truly beautiful.
SAT: Personally I love drag queens and so I’m intrigued about your “unhealthy obsession’ with them. Please tell us more!
AR: There’s a segment in the show when I hark back to when it all began, sweaty night clubs in my youth dancing to so much Britney and Gaga to try and get free drinks and front row seats to see all the drag queens in their glory every weekend. Now it’s me making breakfast…watching rupauls drag race, driving to work, listening to drag podcasts, partner trying to go to sleep but I just have to watch a youtube tutorial of Lucy Garland, hiding my head under the covers and sticking my headphones in. I’ve always been obsessed with the idea of twisting gender and am so glad that females in drag have become such a more seen and accepted thingas I believe were all putting on forms of drag every day. Whether its changing your appearance with mascara or a chiseled glitter and pink cut crease its all an illusion I find so incredibly fascinating and artistic.
Read the rest of Sam exclusive interview with Ashley rose HERE
“Dropping houses on witches……stealing shoes from bitches.” Intrigued yet? I am! This comedic cabaret and its award winning creator and star, Aurélie Roque, is coming to Adelaide for the first time this Fringe. Sam About Town was lucky enough to to break into Aurélie’s busy schedule to find out more.
SAT: You won’t really drop a house on us will you? Please tell us more. Do we need to bring a hard hat?
AR: Look, I can’t promise I’ll “bring the house down” (pun completely intended), but I’m about to do my darndest! In all honesty, this all about sitting back and laughing (and sometimes crying) along with me at the bizarre stories that make up my life since my move to Australia.
SAT: How closely does this cabaret follow the story of Wizard of OZ and what was your inspiration for creating this show?
AR: Considering I moved from Kansas to Oz during a tornado (my plane almost wasn’t allowed to take off), I’ve found it very strange how similar the two adventures actually are! I’ve said it before, but I didn’t write this show; this show seems to write ME. Once I started looking at the similarities, so many more just came barreling at me. Granted, I talk more about metaphorical lions, tinmen, and scarecrows, but the coincidences are just too obvious NOT to spot. And the crazy thing is, my story isn’t over yet! Each time I’ve done this cabaret, it’s been a little different, with new stories to tell. So it’s almost like the show is a living, breathing entity.
“We have weirdos, freaks, lovemakers and even some heartbreakers. We’re going to show some leg and make a shimmy.”
If that doesn’t make you want to snap up a ticket to one of the hottest shows in the Fringe, then read on and be ready to be convinced! Red Light Confidential is a showcase of burlesque, circus, cabaret, music, comedy and magic and is one of the most popular and well known touring variety shows in the country.
Sam About Town chatted recently with producers Kelly Ann Doll and Michael Wheatley.
SAT: The type of acts and experience level of performers in a Red Light Confidential show is so varied and yet you manage to coordinate it into one cohesive show. Could you tell us more about this format that has “newbies rubbing shoulders with seasoned pros”?
RLC: We started as an industry night, we wanted to provide a safe space for performers to try out new acts and for newbies to get a handle on the ropes.
SAT: With such a variety of performers, do you find there is a creative exchange of ideas including mentoring from the more experienced performers and fresh energy and new ideas from the emerging acts?
RLC: Definitely. There are so many connections that have been made from artists meeting and networking at the show over the years and we’ve watched people go from being stage kittens to successful name artists.
Read more about what Red light Confidential had to say about their upcoming Adelaide Fringe season HERE
Interview by Tema (subscribe) – (courtesy weekend notes) A Club Adelaide Fringe Event : 15/02/2019 – 16/02/2019
Meet NYC writer and performer John Koladziej, who is coming to Fringe, after performing sold out shows in New York and Los Angeles, it’s time for Adelaide to join John , as he takes us on a Parisian journey around Edith Piaf’s time.
With a unique component of his cabaret show Johnny en Rose: Songs of the Little Sparrow is being performed in English and French, Koladziej’s show revolves around a “young boy’s coming-of-age through the chansons of the famed chanteuse”.
John Gabriel Koladziej is a writer/performer based in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. Originally from the Los Angeles area, he first came to New York to study theatre at the Stella Adler Conservatory at NYU. “I returned to LA, shortly after 9/11, and found myself doing a lot of theatre there. However, I’ve been back in New York for a while now, having landed a job at a Manhattan ad agency, and have really been enjoying the cabaret world in the past few years. ” johnny said.
Adelaide-based accordionist Paula Mazzocco, joins on stage for this next installation of “Johnny en Rose: Songs of the Little Sparrow.”