Swinging jazz, powerful soul and cheeky kitsch featuring Melissa Western and her world class band.
It's the year 1954. Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James and Eartha Kitt are all at the dizzy heights of their careers. With swinging jazz, powerful soul and cheeky kitsch these three women broke new ground for all who followed after. Melissa Western and her world class band pay tribute to this magnificent era in music and inspiring trio of pioneering singers. 50s style abounds.
- Venue Format
- Theatre, Hall, Black Box Venue, Outdoor
- Technical Rating
- Touring Party
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Western-Dyer Productions have a proven track record over 10 years of successful touring throughout regional and rural Queensland and Western Australia. With a thorough understanding of what communities want and need, the company has consistently produced and toured popular shows including 'Barbara and Barry's Sweet, Sour and Saucy', 'The Roaring Twenties', 'Oh Lady Be Good', 'Lissa and Nee Nee Space Adventure' and 'Lissa and Nee Nee Adventure Time'.
The team have travelled locally and globally to key festivals (Edinburgh Fringe, Woodford Folk Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Queensland Music Festival, Brisbane Festival) and have toured twice with the UK NRTS (Ella, Marilyn Marlene and Me, Lush Life, Oh Lady Be Good). They are known and respected for their refined skills, spontaneity and authenticity.
Highlights include extensive touring and mainstage performances throughout Australia, the UK and France including: Women in Voice, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Canterbury International Arts Festival, Bristol Spiegeltent, Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane Cabaret Festival, Brisbane Jazz Club, Speigeltent, Queensland Music Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, QPAC, Gold Coast Arts Centre, Adelaide Fringe etc. Sweet, Sour & Saucy received five star reviews in Edinburgh and was nomiated for 3 x 2015 Matilda Awards: Best Female Actor, Best Musical/Cabaret and Best Set Design.
Unique Selling Point
The show is an opportunity for communities to gather for a night of luxury and rich story telling through music. Audience members are encouraged to dress up in 1950s style, feature local stylists and hairdressers with pop up booths and gather stories from community elder about what life was like in their community in the 50s. Who were their ground breaking women?
High quality marketing collateral and images are available. A promotional video teaser will be made available to promote through social media. Posters, flyers and digital assets available. Team have achieved 5 star reviews at international festivals. Tried and tested touring company having toured locally, nationally and internationally since 2007. three tours with arTour with Barbara and Barry, The Roaring Twenties and Lissa & Nee Nee.
Workshop: Sing and act for joy Our improvised musical theatre workshop has been praised for its accessibility and innovation. Recurring comments include “It felt so good to be given permission to play again”, “I never knew I was capable of doing this” and “this workshop broke down barriers within our group/community”. Duration: 60-90mins Age Groups: Adult workshop 16+. Children’s workshop 8+. Is experience required? Some singing or drama experience desirable. Number of participants: 2 - 40 (max) Space needed: Minimum 5x5 room of any type Description: Do you love to sing, either on your own or with a group? Do you love spontaneity? Do you want to see what happens when we throw out the rule book? Come and join in a fun and gentle introduction to musical improv. This 60 minute workshop is fast-paced and full of joy! We will look at group singing, improvised singing and musical theatre styles. Playful and liberating, the activities in this workshop can help bolster self-confidence and inspire renewed creativity. You’ll get involved with the essential skills for creating spontaneous songs and musical theatre. Ideal for anyone who loves to sing and wants to have a bit of fun while they’re at it!