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IN CONVERSATION | Rupert Reid | Once

Interview | Laura Money

Rupert Reid is a stage and screen actor with an impressive resume including The Matrix trilogy. Reid is performing in Black Swan State Theatre Company’s upcoming production of Once an eight time Tony winning musical set in Dublin that tackles love and everything in between. We asked Reid five questions ahead of the show to get an insight.

What is Once about?

Once is about a lot of things. It’s about the power of music to connect us, the healing effect it has on us and the leaps of faith we all have to take in our lives to let love in or to let it go when we need to.

Favourite part of the show, no spoilers!

There are too many favourite parts of this show to mention! The most rewarding part is seeing how audiences react night after night to this beautiful production. I get to watch the audience from onstage in some quieter moments. My character happens to be the kind of guy who’d imagine a crowd of people watching him play guitar every night so it’s all above board! Also, the curtain call is pretty special. We have a really fun finale. No spoilers!

How does the show relate to today’s society?

Outside the world is a mess, inside we’re all a mess too, more or less. That’s being human. Themes of love, loss, missed opportunities but essentially an optimistic view of the world make Once a story of hope and connection. The music is played by and for each character in the show and is a vital part of who they are. It speaks to our instinctive need for meaningful relationships and the ability to heal ourselves once we’ve learned to open up a little and let human connection work on us.

Apart from Once what is your favourite musical and why?

My favourite musical is The Lovers, by Laura Murphy. It’s a pop infused reimagining of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The word ‘pop’ seems tame. Sounds too cute. Nah. It’s insanely good and it will blow your mind. (opens in October at the Sydney Opera House presented by Bell Shakespeare Co.) 🙂

Describe your show in 3 words:

Irish. Musical. Mayhem.

You can catch all the mayhem at The Regal Theatre from 28th May – 12th June 2022. TICKETS

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Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Paulini, Rob Mills, Alexander Lewis & Mark Furze are set to star in CHESS THE MUSICAL this June at Perth Concert Hall

That’s right, you heard it here folks! A star-studded cast is headed to Perth (with two extra shows added!) in Chess The Musical – a cold-war allegory following two grand chessmasters from America and Russia in the 1980s. Featuring the iconic music of Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus (ABBA) with book & lyrics by Tim Rice, the worldwide stage hit Chess The Musical will be presented as a semi-staged concert style production at Perth Concert Hall from the 3rd – 5th June 2021. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Tuesday 9th February) so get in quick!

This production is part of a tour around Australia and stars Logie-nominated and recent star of Chicago Natalie Bassingthwaighte; Aria chart-topping vocalist Paulini; New York Metropolitan Opera singer Alexander Lewis; semi-finalist in The Voice 2020 Mark Furze; musical theatre favourite Rob Mills; opera singer Eddie Muliaumaseali’i, and musical theatre all-rounder Brittanie Shipway with backing by twenty-five professional musicians from Perth Symphony Orchestra.

Inspired by extraordinary real-life events (although thinly veilled) Chess The Musical tells the story of a complex love triangle combined with dramatic political intrigue, set against the background of the Cold War in the early 1980s, where Soviet and American forces attempt to manipulate an international chess championship for political gains. You’ll recognise some of the classic songs, too such as I Know Him So Well – recognised in the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest selling UK chart single ever by a female duo – and the upbeat pop favourite One Night in Bangkok, music from Chess The Musical is known the world over, with the original concept album described by Rolling Stone as having a “dazzling score (which) covers nearly all the pop bases”.

Chess The Musical is going to be an absolute hit here in Perth, so don’t miss out on your chance to get tickets NOW

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What does is mean to be a man in 2020? Does masculinity define you? Find out in Team of the Decades.

Team of the Decades is a piece of theatre that takes place outdoors, and asks the question – What does it mean to be a man? Performer Will Dickie has toured the work all over the UK and audiences of men and women have found it to be a fun, deep & moving experience. We caught up with him ahead of the show in FRINGEWORLD 2020 to see what it’s all about.

What is your show about?

TOTD is about asking a question: What does it mean to be a man? and how does the world around us present that idea? How do boys dream themselves to be when they are fully grown? And what do they really become?

In my case, my dad bought me an American football helmet for my 30th birthday. I don’t play American football, but I used to like it when I was a boy, so I put the helmet on and went to the park and started to dance. I interviewed my male role models and asked them about being a man, and we talked openly about our strengths and weaknesses.

The Team of the Decades is me, the coach and the 10 audience members. We use the idea of a sports team to look after each other, as we walk together through the landscape and reframe the idea of manliness with joy and vulnerability.

Favourite part of the show, no spoilers!

My favourite part of the show is watching the team walk home together. When the experience is over the Coach gives them directions and for the first time in the show they are in public space without a guide. They have been cared for for an hour, and now they get to digest the interactions, the voices, the music and the dance as they walk into the distance. I remember one team decided they were hungry for more and did a really funny leaping grunt movement all the way along the street!!

What is the best part about participating in FRINGEWORLD 2020?

I visited Perth from the UK on a scholarship last year to teach workshops in my martial arts training and acting work at WAAPA, and got a very brief sense of the city. I’m really looking forward to seeing the festival and the city in full swing, returning to WAAPA and sharing the work I have made outside of my own country for the first time. It feels like the themes of questioning masculine attitudes is really relevant to Australia at this time, and I hope this work can offer an alternative perspective grounded in sensitivity, honesty and playfulness!

Apart from your show, what other shows would you recommend?

Why not do a masculinity tour? and also see Boys Light Up (Casey Elder and Tasnim Hossain) and Beast (Krishna Istha)

Describe your show in 3 words:  

Unique Tender and Exhilarating!

You can get your tickets to be part of the TEAM OF THE DECADES here.

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FRINGEWORLD 2019: Leah Shelton | Bitch on Heat | 5 With Fringe

Leah Shelton is the brilliantly subversive performer with a brand new show for FRINGEWORLD 2019, Bitch on Heat. She answered our 5 With Fringe questions ahead of the show.

Describe your show in 3 words:

Feminist latex-dressed performance-art

What is your show all about?

Bitch On Heat is a twisted rehashing of the vintage sexism that drives how we live and love and fight and f*ck. Absurdist lip-synch meets high-camp performance art in this pop-fuelled critique of sexual politics in the age of implied consent. Nothing is sacred as psycho-siren Leah Shelton trawls through a Pandora’s box of ancient myths, porn, pop-culture, instructional records and revenge movie heroines.

Favourite FRINGEWORLD 2019 hangout?

I’m loving La Cholita for their incredible guacamole chips (and the margaritas of course!)

What is the best part about FRINGEWORLD 2019?

Catching up with all my showbiz mates! And seeing shows. And the beach!

Apart from your show, what other shows would you recommend?

Dali After Dark, Club Briefs, Another Night at the Musicals, Walk Bank, Pussy Play, Yummy

 

You can get your tickets to Bitch on Heat HERE.

 

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FRINGEWORLD 2019: Eliza Jackson | The Voice Behind the Stars | 5 With Fringe

Eliza Jackson performs the part of Marni Nixon in The Voice Behind the Stars – Hollywood’s worst kept secret. She is in Perth for FRINGEWORLD 2019 and answered our 5 With Fringe questions ahead of the show.

Describe your show in 3 words:

Exposing a Hollywood secret (‘a’ doesn’t count right? So we can say that’s three words…)

What is your show all about?

The Voice Behind the Stars tells the story of Marni Nixon, the most prolific ghost singer of all time. Dubbing for over fifty Hollywood films, she was the singing voice for stars such as Audrey Hepburn, Deborah Kerr, Natalie Wood and Marilyn Monroe. Featuring songs from West Side Story, My Fair Lady, The King & I and more, she was ‘the best film diva you (almost) never saw’.

In a classic story of old Hollywood, Marni Nixon was forbidden from telling anyone what films she sang on and for whom. She lived her life in the shadows until one infamous interview with Deborah Kerr led to her story being totally uncovered. But despite all of this notoriety, to this day, her work is still mostly unknown.

This show tells her story – the scandal, the secrets and the songs. It has something for everyone and exposes the truth behind some of the world’s most loved movie musicals.

Favourite FRINGEWORLD 2019 hangout?

Oooh I am yet to arrive in Perth – I am performing my show in Melbourne (Chapel off Chapel) and Sydney (The Seymour Centre) before my shows at FRINGEWORLD. But I am very excited to explore!

What is the best part about FRINGEWORLD 2019?

I love the atmosphere at fringe festivals. I’ve never performed at FRINGEWORLD before, but if it’s anything like the Edinburgh Fringe Festival it will be a joyous and energetic scene. I love going to see as much theatre as I can, and FRINGEWORLD will have it all in one place, so I will try and jam in as much as possible.

Apart from your show, what other shows would you recommend?

My extraordinarily talented friend Velma Celli will be performing two shows this year. Velma is returning to FRINGEWORLD with a new rendition of her show A Brief History of Drag and also a brand new, never-before seen show called Equinox that is all about Velma’s obsession with witches and all things magical! You’ll be kicking yourself if you miss either one.

 

You can pick up your tickets for The Voice Behind the Stars HERE.