Black Swan State Theatre Company
XENIDES by Clare Watson and collaborators
25 October to 11 November 2018 at the Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre, Perth.
Xenides is a top dollar musical that peers behind the glitz, the glamour and the fabulous prizes of Australia’s favourite game show, Wheel of Fortune. It’s time to take another spin and revisit Adriana Xenides, the darling of ‘TV Week’ and glossy magazines, who made a visit into almost every lounge room across Australia.
She wore 4000 dresses, turned 200,000 vowels, traversed 500km in killer heels and always beamed that million-dollar smile. Adriana won our hearts, and after 19 years, won a place in The Guinness Book of World Records for being the longest serving gameshow hostess.
Xenides gives voice to the woman we all knew, but who was largely misunderstood and misrepresented. Her story is operatic in scale: rags to riches, the migrant’s journey, the fairytale princess and the tragic icon, who died far too young.
This hotly anticipated new work by Clare Watson, and her team of talented collaborators, features a wonderful mash-up of ‘80s songs from TV theme tunes to Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart”, alongside an original composition by electronic power-pop group, The Twoks. An energetic Australian musical exposé that is both hilarious and tender, a tribute and a protest.
DIRECTOR: Clare Watson
MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Xani Kolac and a three piece band
CAST INCLUDES: Laila Bano Rind, Adriane Daff, Harriet O’Shannessy, and Katherine Tonkin.
Panel Discussion on Thursday 1 November, 6pm to illuminate the ‘F’ (feminist) word. The panel will be hosted by Black Swan Resident Artist, Katt Osborne (Assistant Director, Xenides), alongside Helen Carroll (Curator and Manager of Wesfarmers Arts), Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa (Actor, Fully Sikh) and Lucy Peach (Songwriter/ Poet).
‘Dirty Dancing’ Dance-Off, Friday 2 November at 9.30pm.
Model Chanell Moso, Xenides. Photo credit Cameron Etchells.