I Can Keep a Secret

Published On October 27, 2014 | By Artgaze | travelling theatre

 Hilarious secrets will be revealed when  I Can Keep a Secret comes to Townsville! We all have dirty little secrets… Is Ryan Gosling who you’re really thinking about? Are spanx your best friend? Do you pick your nose in the car? You’re not alone

The Old Courthouse Theatre will convert to a pop-up confessional box packed full of salacious secrets when I can keep a Secret comes to Townsville on November 6th, presented by Full Throttle Theatre Company and Little Black Dress Creatives.

This shameless cabaret combines the dirty and flirty talents of Brisbane’s Alicia Cush, Bethan Ellsmore, Arlie McCormick and Judy Hainsworth. Gallivanting through a far-wandering songbook, these hilarious divas take you to the deepest, darkest corners of Portishead, Sondheim, Gotye and Kate Bush.

The sassy stars of the show are classically trained, but are reveling in the revival of cabaret style shows. “Cabaret is definitely experiencing a renaissance – there are squillions of gorgeous, talented, unique performers who are dying to make their audiences laugh, cry, cringe and swoon, and this can all happen in the space of one 60 minute show!” Bethan said.

“Cabaret is a wonderful theatrical umbrella word that basically means ‘anything goes’ and often that is with music, comedy, story-telling and wine. What’s not to love?”

Bethan said that performing in cabaret can be quite liberating for those trained in the more traditional genres. “In classical or operatic performance you are judged against a clear set of standards that define the genre. Cabaret says ‘screw that’ and allows me to take risks, create something a bit special and unique,” she said.

“I can sing an aria and a rock song in the same show, but what’s really important is the reason for performing them and delivering them with a clear intention.”

Part of the reason for Babushka’s success and audience appeal lies in the different personalities of the four performers. Alicia is credited as the musical brains behind the unique arrangements, Judy brings incisive wit and witheringly dry observational humour, Arlie is a loose cannon without a verbal filter, and Bethan’s role is to seduce whoever she can find in the crowd.

They are all great mates, but concede there are certain challenges involved in working and travelling day and night with a small group of girls. “Ah yes, four divas with big personalities and plenty of sass. It may be the industrial quantity of eyelash glue and hairspray, but things can get hilarious… and weird,” Bethan said. “Chocolate is definitely a major player in keeping spirits high, but champagne is the key element in maintaining harmony. “Lots of champagne.”

And champagne is what they would like their audience to indulge in as well – for the show’s sake, of course. “Our audiences tend to be delightful and a little shy,” Bethan said. “We encourage everyone to share their hearts desires and deepest, darkest secrets –whatever (and we mean whatever) they may be!”

Audiences can expect hilarious peccadillo and peculiarity when the champagne-soaked cabaret visits six regional venues across Queensland from October to November 2014. When: Thursday 6th November Where: The Old Courthouse Theatre cnr Sturt and Stokes Street Tickets: Dinner $30 Must prebook 24hrs in advance! Adults $35 Conc $30 Booking: www.fullthrottletheatre.com  Contact: 0418 747 096 For more information visit little black dress creatives For further information contact Madonna 0418 747 096 2014 Queensland Tour dates 31 October Toowoomba 4 November Cloncurry 5 November Hughenden 6 November Townsville 7 November Atherton 8 November Cairns (private event)

The tour is supportedby the Playing Queensland Fund and arTour, initiatives of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts.


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