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| BNE January/February 2017



channels Adele


risbane audiences can’t get enough of Adele, even before she sets foot

inside the Gabba in March (see page 9). While the superstar singer is

yet to make her first appearance in Brisbane, local cabaret star Naomi

Price (


) has been whipping fans into a frenzy of standing ovations for

her renditions of hits from ‘Someone Like You’ to ‘Skyfall’ performed in her

own hit production,

Rumour Has It


Price created the show with Adam Brunes, her partner in production

house the Little Red Company, and since it premiered at the Brisbane

Cabaret Festival in 2012 it has toured more than 25 venues from Melbourne

to Malaysia. This year it is scheduled to double that in a national tour of five

states and there’s one person Price hopes will get to see it, somehow, and

that’s Adele herself.

Although Price is a big fan she insists that the show is not a tribute.

“Typically a tribute show sees someone mimic a particular artist and smash

out their greatest hits but our show is a very different experience,” says

33-year-old Price.

Rumour Has It

charts the rise of the star in story and song.

“I haven’t really tried to recreate Adele’s singing style because it’s almost

impossible – it’s more blurring the lines between reality and fiction. The show

is based on the real Adele Adkins but we have taken some creative license

with certain aspects. I like to think of it as an examination of her life – factual

and fictional,” Price says.

However, a key to realising that has been mastering Adele’s accent and

Price has drawn on her drama training as well as her musical experience

for the role. “There is a stark contrast between the real life Adele’s singing

voice which is rich and soulful and her speaking voice which is the complete

opposite and very typical of her North London upbringing.”

A wardrobe of custom gowns by Australian designers and wigs complete

the transformation and it’s hard to believe Price is not Adele.

“We scrutinised everything that was available to us – biographies, interview

transcripts, live performances, social media coverage, media reports. While

the show is full of hilarity and provocative quips, we uncovered much more

poignant journeying behind the glossy veneer of the ‘pop star’,” Price says.

An idea that started as a laugh between friends over a glass of wine has

evolved into an award-winning show and the latest production is bigger than

ever. It is longer than the original, features the 12-piece Queensland Chamber

Orchestra, the Camerata of St John’s, added to Price’s own 7-piece band,

some new songs from Adele’s playlist and guest vocalists including Price’s

own partner Luke Kennedy.

“The best thing about writing a show based on a real person is that you’ve

constantly got new material to work with,” Price says.

Rumour Has It

is on at Brisbane Powerhouse, 13 and 14 January. Tickets from

$50 plus fees at


risbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) is 10

years old and the celebration continues through

summer with a host of activities around one of its

most spectacular exhibitions to date.

Sugar Spin


you me,

art and everything

features more than 250 contemporary

artworks spread over six gallery spaces in an explosion of

colour and sensory experiences.

A highlight is

Heard (pictured below)

, a play on words

referring to sound as well as the life-size raffia horses

created by American visual and performance artist Nick

Cave. On 22 January 15 of those horses will come to

life on Maiwar Green outside the gallery as part of its

Summer Festival program. Visitors to

Sugar Spin


also be able to walk through


, an enormous

landscape made with coloured synthetic hair by Icelandic-

born, New York-based artist Hrafnhildur Arnardottir


pictured above

) and children will be able to make their

own hair-like creations at the Children’s Art Centre.

Also free are the performances at

Up Late, which feature child-friendly

shows in the afternoon and bands

including Regurgitator (20 January) and

The Grates (21 January) at night.