Yes, Because… Dame June Bloom returns, by popular demand

Dame June Bloom is back! This time, she’s appearing in her own solo show, with ukelele. In fact, she has two, but she only plays one at a time.

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Yes, because… is a brand new cabaret, or revue, or maybe a one woman variety show! Dame June Bloom – Shakespearean actor, scholar, poet, raconteur and singing clown has arrived back in town after an exhausting round-the-world lecture tour. But she’s always prepared to share her songs and poetry along with some of Shakespeare’s sonnets for anyone who shows up.

We’ve been in script development and rehearsal for several months, and now it’s time to try out on a few friends and relatives. After that – we hit the road!

Dame June Bloom is the alter ago of Flloyd Kennedy, who – like June – has been performing since the age of 6, when she danced and sang “Cincinatti Dancing Pig” at the Townsville Town Hall. Since then, she has lived, loved, studied, taught and performed in the UK, USA, Russia, Nigeria and NZ. Recent performances include Juliet’s Nurse in Romeo + Juliet, Mary’s Nurse in Maria Stuart, Juliet in A Tender Thing, Old Nun in Bullets for the Dead and busking on the green at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon.

“Yes, Because…” is directed by Ira Seidenstein.

And here’s a little taster…

 

Late Entry to 2013 and a Toot

Happy New Year!  Yes, I know it’s a bit late for that, but if winter can come to Brisbane 3 months early, I think I can arrive at 2013 three months late. (Don’t look for logic, there isn’t any!).

As a company, Thunder’s Mouth Theatre in currently in hiatus. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot going on under the hood, there are ideas aplenty. All I need is time and money to get them up and running.

The Golden Age, by Louis Nowra. Cumbernauld Theatre, Cumbernauld, Scotland. 1991
The Golden Age, by Louis Nowra. Cumbernauld Theatre, Cumbernauld, Scotland. 1991

In the meantime, I thought I would take a leaf out of a colleague’s book, and do a bit of horn-tooting. So I have added a new page to the website, with some press reviews from my days as a professional theatre director, before I was sidetracked by academia. It’s just the extracts at the moment, but sometime soon I’ll dig the full reviews out of storage, and throw them up for you.  Take a look here, let me know what you think.

And the audience said…

Just a few responses we got from audience members in Nanaimo, who came to see “Man Catches Fish”.

“Love the interactivity. A bad day’s fishing is better than a good day’s work.”

“FUNNY! CREATIVE! Lots of imagination at play. Are you fishing for compliments? You got ’em. Great show!”

“Before: I’m looking forward to a sizzling performance of a twisted morality cum passion play about the evils of good fishing. Who knows, eh? After: That’s what I got. Anybody got a frying pan?”

“Great characters! Lance, thoroughly enjoyed your brief life as a Fish, I tried to save you. Angela, wonderful performance. Please don’t feel like I’m playing favourites though, you’re all lovely, thanks for coming to Nanaimo.”

“Actually it was extremely well done. Good acting, entertaining, amazing with just a few props. Thank you! This show wasn’t farmed!”

Thanks to you, Across The Pond. It has been a total blast.