| BNE January/February 2017
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
) 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
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 atwww.brisbanepowerhouse.org
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.
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
also be able to walk through
, an enormous
landscape made with coloured synthetic hair by Icelandic-
born, New York-based artist Hrafnhildur Arnardottir
) 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.