New cabaret show The Roaring Twenties

@JCU New cabaret show The Roaring Twenties

Experience that Roaring 20s Va-Va-Voom with Melissa Western and Tnee Dyer


Fresh from a year performing throughout the UK, Melissa Western and Tnee Dyer return to Queensland to star in a delightful new cabaret show set in 1920s Australia, at the Civic Theatre 12 October.  

The Roaring Twenties tells the story of VooVoo, a bubbly Australian railway heiress throwing a party to end all parties to celebrate her 21st birthday. Wide-eyed and intrigued by the stars of aviation, VooVoo is longing for adventure in the glamorous world of the Weimer Berlin cabaret, the American speakeasy and the Parisian Moulin Rouge.

The Roaring Twenties is an immersive, interactive cabaret that promises to bring a taste of the delectable 20s hedonism to Townsville and 15 other Queensland towns on an extensive regional tour supported by arTour. Audiences are encouraged to iron their glad rags and dust off their dancing shoes for a spectacular evening of cabaret featuring a nod to the great icons and composers of the 20s: Josephine Baker, Greta Garbo, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, Cole Porter and more.

Building on the popularity of movies like The Great Gatsby, Midnight in Paris and Chicago, and the hit Australian TV series Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, The Roaring Twenties will charm audiences into the smoky, glitzy, ritzy speakeasy lifestyle of the hot Jazz Age.

‘“Western is a force of nature...Great storyteller, feisty, highly enjoyable; ... Warm, witty and supremely talented ... captivating ...fantastic instrumentalists” Broadway Baby

Adding a distinctive Australian voice to the show, the creative team has discovered fascinating events that happened in Queensland in the 1920s, such as the establishment of the iconic QANTAS Airline; the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary; the cheerful winking Mr XXXX lit up for the first time in 1924; and Irene Longman who became the first woman elected to Queensland parliament in 1929 after winning a seat for Bulimba.

Working with local libraries and museums, Western and Dyer weave local legends, icons and historical events from the 20s into the fabric of the storyline for each venue. 

It was following the roaring success of Sweet, Sour and Saucy, which Tambo audiences will remember from their 2015 tour, that Western and Dyer decided to make their next touring offering an immersive event with a major focus on community engagement.

"We were struck by the vibrancy of the Queensland communities we visited during our 2015 tour. Having performed 1920s shows in Brisbane regularly over the years, we wanted to take that interactivity onto the touring circuit with a show that is a real night out and also celebrates local history and identities," said Western.

"We are offering local talent the opportunity to feature in each show, and we are really looking forward to seeing the audience dress in 1920s style and become the speakeasy crowd. We’ve also got some surprises in store for local communities with competitions, styling workshops and dance tutorials featuring throughout the event," she said.

Western and Dyer will be drawing upon skills developed in the UK during Western’s Churchill Fellowship year exploring and training in the burgeoning genre of the ‘improvised musical’.

Western will be joined on this Queensland tour by her hot live band led by Brisbane-born, Berlin-based bassist Greg Gottlieb featuring husband Tnee Dyer on vocals, keys and guitar, local teacher and performer Steve Powell on the drum kit and violinist extraordinaire Shenzo Gregorio. Special musical guests will add extra flavour to this tight-knit team.

Get ready for a wild cabaret with fabulous flapper style, raucous Charleston dancing and more. Don’t miss this spectacular party.

Townsville Civic Theatre

12 October 7:30pm

Tickets here

For information, images and interview opportunities, please contact:

Mitchell Van Homrigh

0432 157 268

Melissa Western website

Roaring Twenties

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