Songs for saints and sinners
Virginia Gay (All Saints, It Takes Two, The Wharf Revue) thinks that hidden under most mainstream pop songs, sexuality lies simmering, like a carpet of writhing serpents, just waiting to be let loose.
Virginia grabs popular standards and fashions them to her will.
She takes dirty songs and sings them pretty... and pretty songs and sings them dirty. She shakes up the sounds of any song you've tapped your fingers to in peak hour traffic, and serves it up in a sensually surprising body blow.
She'll make you listen to the lyric, she'll slow it down, filth up the base, and let you hear those songs as they really are - dark, delicious, and down-right dirty.
Anybody who thinks they know Guy Sebastian, Lady GaGa, and even Mondo Rock, can think again... not to be missed. A onenight only performance.
Dirty Pretty Songs
Thursday June 24 7.00pm $45 The J Theatre, Noosa Heads
Duration: 75 minutes no interval
Age: Suitable for mature audiences -- over 18 years of age
From the bright lights of the operating theatre to the bright lights of the stage, Virginia has shrugged off her nurse's whites (All Saints) for a little bit of glamour
Best-known for her role as Nurse Gabrielle Jaeger on Seven's drama All Saints, Virginia fell into acting after being admitted into the Newton High School of Performing Arts after demanding to be auditioned.
Upon graduation, Virginia initially studied a Bachelor of Arts (English literature and Performance Studies) at Sydney University, but decided to pursue acting full-time after she found she was spending all her time with the student dramatic society.
She successfully auditioned for the prestigious Western Australian Academy of the Performing Arts. She honed her skills outside university by performing in local Perth theatre and theatre sports and was awarded the 2005 Coles Myer Vocational Student of the Year (WA).
During her studies, she tried out for the character of Ricky (All Saints), although she didn't get the part, the directors were so impressed that she was asked to audition for the role of Gabrielle, after graduation, a role which was specifically created for her.
Virginia is an experienced MC; plays piano and trombone; and is skilled in contortionism, juggling and mime. In her spare time, she loves yoga, writing comedy and often attends live music.
Some other 2010 Noosa Longweekend festival highlights include --
* the world-premiere-preview of David Williamson's latest play Rhinestone Rex and Miss Monica starring Georgie Parker and the world premiere of the new children's play, Hurry Up and Wait as presented by the Queensland Theatre Company in association with deBASE productions; a showcase of 'award winning'-one-act plays; Acrobatica's gravity-defying physical theatre; and, Agatha Christie Radio Mysteries performed on stage.
* two, exclusive, Australian performances entitled International Stars of Ballet as performed by seven members of the San Francisco Ballet.
* musical performances including Australia's own Tom Burlinson in Frank a Life in Song; cabaret and supper club performances with Caroline O'Connor, Caroline Nin, Carita Farrer, Blossom Goodchild, Elizabeth Cousemaker, Tom Sharah and Australian musical theatre legend Toni Lamond; the Dame Joan Sutherland (opera) awards; a return festival appearance by guitar maestros Slava and Leonard Grigoryan accompanied by James and Joseph Tawadros as Band of Brothers; the So-la Voce Chamber Choir; a Japanese piano recital; Virginia Gay, and local bands, The Vitals and Dva.
* a celebration of short films and a Slow Food with Film event with food prepared by leading local chefs; the now famous progressive food events hosted by top restaurants in Noosa and the Sunshine Coast hinterland including a Seafood Saunter, Hinterland Gourmet Safari, Beachside Promenade and the traditional festival favourite, the Duck Waddle.
* literary events featuring everyone's favourite gardener Don Burke, Ita Buttrose, politician and pharmacist Terry White, social commentator Karen Brooks, high profile journalists and authors such as Paul Kelly, Margaret Simons and Anne Summers and sportswriter Mike Colman; the writers who inspired Underbelly, John Silvester and Andrew Rule; animal behavioural specialist Dr Paul McGreevy; author and former journalist Iola Mathews; former pop star and author Michael White; University lecturer and sci-fi buff, Gregory Nash; and, Dr Karen Hitchcock -- medic and super mum.
* celebrity lunches featuring comedian and author Tim Ferguson, celebrity chef Kylie Kwong, Ita Buttrose, Australian cabaret sensation Toni Lamond and a celebrity breakfast with Andrew Ettingshausen (ET).
* a full day children's festival.
* engaging and insightful forums exploring topics such as: China, Should we be worried?; America, in decline?; The changing media game and internet journalism; Barrie Cassidy and the Insider's take on politics, Griffith REVIEW's Food chain sustainability and 30 years of State of Origin. Forum participants include Julianne Schultz, Mark Scott, Eric Beecher, Margaret Simons, Dr Don Russell, Dr Michael Fullilove, Paul Kelly, Peter Hartcher, Peter Thompson, Warwick Smith, Geremie Barme, Saul Eslake, Fran Kelly, Steve Renouf, Kerrod Walters, Mick Hancock and Martin Lang.
* workshops featuring Bollywood dancing, African drumming and singing, Japanese puppet making, drama improvisation, Commedia dell Arte and a full day, comedy writing master course with Tim Ferguson
The full festival program can be viewed on line at www.noosalongweekend.com. Printed versions are available by phoning the festival office on (07) 5474 9941.
Downloadable: "2010 Noosa Longweekend Festival" pdf
TICKET SALES AND FESTIVAL PROGRAMS
* Tickets for all festival events will go on sale from 10am, May 4. Visit www.noosalongweekend.com for details.
* Tickets for Noosa events will be on sale at The J Box office phone (07) 5455 4455 or online at www.thej.com.au
* Tickets for Caloundra events will be on sale at The Events Centre, Caloundra phone (07) 5491 4240 or online www.etixdirect.com.au
* Ticket prices range from FREE admission to $185 (for a 'Blue Ribbon dinner and cabaret event')
* Interested parties are encouraged to register to receive festival news, updates and special offers on The Noosa Longweekend Festival website - www.noosalongweekend.com
* Special festival accommodation packages are available. Visit www.noosalongweekend.com for details.
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