CAT take PRIDE in presenting Billy Loves Cha Cha Forever! by playwright/director Noel Anderson. Selected at Cracked Actors Summer Reading 2020, the script impressed Daniel Abineri (who performed as Frank-N-Furter in over 3000 Rocky Horror Shows across Australia) so much he contributed a song for ‘Cha Cha’ to sing n it!
CAT Artistic Director Matthew Richard Walsh said that, “This play captures both the rough ‘n’ ready iconoclastic time in which it is set with the current yearning for an era that entrenched the LGBTIQ community in the mainstream of Australian culture.“
Set in Kings Cross, Sydney in 1968. The body of a street hustler shot at close range, lies on the carpet. A year earlier, in ‘The Boom Boom Room’, Cha Cha weaves her magic on a small crowd. That night she meets Billy, a brash young boy from Melbourne and falls in love.
Featuring one of Australia’s most highly regarded drag performers, Samuel Thompson, Billy Loves Cha Cha Forever! is a bittersweet story with more frocks than Priscilla and more plot twists than Sleuth.
Noel Anderson’s work includes’Audrey Hepburn and I Consider Our Assets’ (Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne), ‘Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes of Fame’ and his play on the AIDS epidemic, ‘Dark Victory’ (Playtime finalist Midsumma Festival 2016). He has directed more than fifty shows, including the 2017 hit Melbourne Fringe season of ‘Love Kills’.
Performed by Samuel Thompson as Cha Cha, Sebastiano Pitruzzello as Billy Green & Luke Styles as Louis Sound & LX Design by Patrick Slee, Assistant Director Daniel Cook, Set & Production Design by Sarah Yeung Original Music by Daniel Abineri, Written & Directed by Noel Anderson
April 22 – May 5