I guess this is really the start of our musical journey together, scratch that out… let’s say musical diary instead.
I don’t record things for keepsake. I’ve never kept a diary. In a strange way my written work, my screenplays and theatre scripts, are my own personal diary, reflecting moments I loved, friends I’ve lost, people I destroyed (I’m just kiddin’) and things I’d like to forget. I’ve always joked when drunk, that when It came to writing my biography sometime in the future, anything I couldn’t remember I’d just make up… Well, I mean, who the hell wants to admit they had a boring life, right? I would never put down on paper, computer or tablet, anything that even suggested such a thing…Luckily, life has never been dull and when it does get less than spectacular, I do something so stupid that rocks the boat…eventually tipping the boat over. I call it living… this seems to work for me, but appears to really annoy others around me. Well, I guess that’s okay . I’m not the best swimmer but I’m very good at floating. I guess that’s why I’m still involved in the arts and doing Aussie independent theatre years on, because I’m very good at floating!
For the record, this is my first blog, ever! This will be an account of my thoughts and experiences, over the coming months. It will last as long as I feel it needs to last. It’s my account of putting together an original musical in Australia from scratch. The trials and tribulations, warts and all. I will talk a bit about the show, reveal personal stuff about me I suppose, my very own creative process etc… which I hope other creative souls reading this blog will enjoy and maybe even find amusing. Please feel free to share my thoughts too. I’d also love to get to know you a little better, the reader of my blog. So welcome to the beginning of our relationship. I hope it’s good for you, and being a little selfish here, I hope it’s good for me too! The musical I’ve co-written is called Audrey Hepburn and I Consider Our Assets. My other partners in crime are writers Gaylene Carbis, Cerise De Gedler and Mr Music, Geoff Main. A stranger group of vagabonds I’ve never met! The show’s concept I’ve been involved with now for six years. I directed a version of the show (without music) at Chapel off Chapel in 2008. This version was also performed much later at 45 Downstairs and was directed by Lucy Freeman. You know, an Australian musical is a rare beast, I bet you can’t think of many with original music, right? And, one like Audrey with a Hollywood twist, that’s set in Melbourne, is even harder to find. Yes, Priscilla, Dusty and Shout were all successful Australian shows but they used well known pop tunes, they had no original score. Audrey is the real thing, like the classic musicals – The King and I, Les Miserables or Stephen Sondheim’s Follies… only it’s being created right here in Melbourne.
This then is my first entry – Harlequin Ink. Why Harlequin Ink? Well, I’ve always loved the Harlequin figure, indeed one of my favourite Australian films from the early 80’s is called Harlequin. The name Harlequin is taken from that of a mischievous “devil” character in popular french passion plays. The Harlequin is nimble, quick and performs somersaults and cartwheels with ease. This is something I’ve done a lot through my life in the arts, and I’m sure I’ll be doing more somersaults as Audrey Hepburn and I Consider Our Assets rolls along towards a full production. I know what you’re thinkin’ in your mind… To dream the impossible dream, right? Well, to quote the two leading ladies from the show, Liz O’Sullivan (you’ll love her she’s from Glen Huntly) and Audrey Hepburn… I’m possible!
I hope as you get to know me better, you’ll be rooting for me and the team… and of course, Audrey!
Note : Rooting is an old Australian slang term… believe me I meant nothing naughty 🙂 Welcome Melbourne and G’day Australia. Checkout the video too. Writer and director Noel Anderson