A Saucy Little Secret returns to the Ellington

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 right. 

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, well-heeled world. 

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.