Just a little reminder that A Saucy Little Secret is still
scandalizing Perth all this week. This season
has been awesome. It would be a shame for you to miss it. Click on the link below for tickets.
Nat aka Sweet Mama Stringbean X
HMS PopUp Productions’ A Saucy Little Secret is a masterful
piece of cabaret theatre by Melanie Bainbridge, following the lives of five
strong women whose music and attitudes influenced the development of modern
blues, queer lifestyle and racial tolerance.
Famous not only for their music, but also for their progressive and alternative
attitudes to sexuality, race issues and relationships, Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith,
Gladys Bentley, Ethel Waters and Alberta Hunter,
all broke into the music scene through the buffet flats and rent houses of
Harlem, but rose to be successful and wealthy recording artists in their own
This short but spectacular era, later known as The
"Harlem Renaissance" is where our story unfolds. It tells the tales
of five unstoppable women whose tenacity and passion for music and public life
allowed them to transcend childhoods marred by rape, abuse and desperate
poverty and to ascend to great heights, as black blues queens in a white,
Five of Australia’s premier jazz, soul and blues
musicians and tremendous actors come together to share their untold stories.
Libby Hammer, Ofa Fotu (aka Odette Mercy), Natalie Gillespie, Di Shaw and Harry
Deluxe set the stage on fire in this sexy, sassy show. Magnus Danger Magnus is delicious
as the devilish MC.
Backed by a ballsy blues band of Perth’s finest
musicians, and set against a projected set of beautifully drawn artistic
renditions of 1920’s Harlem, this show is a must-see for lovers of blues music,
theatre and blues history. Audiences should come willing to have their
funny-bones tickled, their heartstrings tugged and their cheeks kissed by some
of the sauciest performers in the country.
The special event invites audience members to
immerse themselves in the decadent spirit of the Harlem Renaissance by dressing
up in black and white, 1920’s style and joining us for the rent party to end
all rent parties.
Fresh from the Melbourne Cabaret Festival A Saucy
Little Secret is returning to The Ellington Jazz Club for a second season
between July 28th and August 11th 2013.