Audrey Hepburn, Travellers in Time and All Things Kelly Cupo

Back in 2015, Kelly Cupo played the girl from suburban Melbourne who couldn’t keep Audrey Hepburn out of her therapy sessions in the original Aussie musical ‘Audrey Hepburn and I Consider Our Assets.’  Well, Kelly is back in the studio, dressed all in pink with writer/director Noel Anderson, to record the lead duet from the show ‘Travellers in Time.’  Harlequin Ink caught up with Kelly to talk about screen legend Audrey Hepburn and of course, everything Kelly Cupo.

Kelly Cupo in the studio with director Noel Anderson


Audrey Hepburn And I Consider Our Assets
Q: You played the lead role in the original production in Melbourne. What three words best describe  your role in Audrey Hepburn and I Consider Our Assets?
Kelly: Vulnerability, Honesty, Pink!
Q: What do you love most about this musical?
Kelly: Oh, it feels like half of my life up on stage!! Ha!! I instantly fell in love with Liz and the script when I first read it. I LOVE the fact that this is an Aussie musical based around a 30-something Melbourne woman’s journey to self-acceptance. I can relate! And Audrey…. Oh beautiful Audrey!
Q: Who would you love to have seen in the audience of the original production at the Melba Spiegeltent?

The musical with the Hollywood twist

Kelly: My beautiful friend Brooke who believed in the power of pink more than anyone I have ever known.
Q: What do you like to do after a performance or a show?
Kelly: Sleep!! hehe…. I do love savouring the moment with fellow cast members and the magical people who bring a show to life, either in the dressing room or the closest bar!
Q: What was your first time on a stage?
Kelly: I remember being front and centre at a dance concert rehearsing to ‘Shake a tail feather’ for a primary school performance… and the morning of the big day I woke up with chicken pox! I was devastated I couldn’t attend!!! I was five!
Q: Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Kelly: I like to start the day with a big walk to help shake out any nerves and then try and do as little as possible to be honest!! I really like to spend the day on my own.
Q: What’s your favourite colour and why?
Kelly: Pink! Believe it or not… All shades of pink… Bright pink, dusty pink, fluro pink! I actually find its a bit of a conversation starter and it’s my happy colour!
Q: Leading man? Who would you most like to play opposite in a romantic musical?
Kelly: Luke Arnold, he was mesmerizing as Michael Hutchence in the INXS TV series and I have been following his career since.
Q: Martini’s love or loathe?
Kelly: I don’t think I have ever had one!! I’m more of a bubbles kind of girl….!
Q: Do you read reviews?
Kelly: I have in the past but I always get a friend to read it first! I do read the Australian Arts Review to see what everyone else is up too. 
Q: What is your best Asset?
Kelly: My heart. I wear it on my sleeve but it always knows best!

Checkout the teaser for ‘Travellers in Time’ featuring Kelly Cupo and Caroline Hawke. A music video of the song is set for release in May 2017 featuring Lee McClenaghan as Audrey  – Written & Directed by Noel Anderson – Cinematography by Rob Shedden – Music by Geoff Main – Lyrics by Cerise de Gelder

 

 

 

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Sexting It Up On TV’s Next 2 

‘64,000 downloads internationally and Season 1 premiering on FOXTEL 7pm 27/28th March, Aurora – make no mistake NEXT the dating series is on the way up.

  • These pics are memories of the shoot.  I don’t record things or keep a personal diary. I never have. Recently a mate gave me a diary for Christmas, what should I write I thought? Inside was a post-it note that said ‘Let 2017 inspire you’. I stuck it up in my bedroom. That post-it note was the best present I got last year because the message inspires me to do better, to change and grow.
  • What I’ve got to say about love and relationships is etched into my work. You want to know more about me then watch something I’ve directed or read a piece I’ve written’ – Next 2 director Noel Anderson
  • Tell me when it kicks in – ‘I see a director’s role as the bloke that puts a spin on things and strengthens the project. He’s a cross between a therapist and and magician. NEXT 2 was a perfect vehicle for me and producer/actor Rob Lobosco to work on together. I know you’ll love it’ – hugs Noel x

    Lee McClenaghan and crew at Kindred Studios in Melbourne

    Rob called me and asked me to make NEXT 2 sexier than the first season. I remember laughing because I had exactly the same idea for it. More sex, comedy and more personal drama. This picture is of Lee McClenaghan who plays Penny and some of the crew at Kindred Studios. We are preparing to shoot one of many white scenes in the series.

    Everybody loves happy endings – Kane Stewart and Melissa Bear as Patrick and Kelly

    ‘Everyone loves a good bloody Aussie wedding, it’s like a BBQ. Think of Charlene and Scott’s wedding on Neighbours,  over 20 million viewers tuned in to watch it. Well, I was channelling my very best Charlene the day I directed the wedding scenes. Enjoy all the white’ – Director Noel Anderson

    Director and cast cop out on set of Next 2

    64,000 downloads internationally including China, Canada, UK and America and premiering on FOXTEL on 27/28th March… season 1 of NEXT the dating series is on the way up…Picture features Rob Lobosco as Tobias, director Noel Anderson and actress Stephanie Schrieber as Sergeant Goldie.

When Britney met Tobias

Kirsty Snowden plays lovable American cafe owner Britney in the series. Britney is a hard boiled self made woman who has perfected the art of sexting  and men. She uses her age and experience with poise and determination to get exactly what she wants. ‘There’s a lot of woman like Britney out there’ director Anderson added. ‘Self contained woman with a strong sense of self respect but no husband. Online dating fills a void and gives them an occasional thrill.’

  • An interesting storyline in Next 2 is Eve (Sandra Casa) a straight character who is sexually unfulfilled, so she experiments with Lucy played by Katherine Louise Grinlaw

    Love amongst the ruins – Unhappy older couple

    ‘One of the joys working on the second series was directing Graham Murray and Dayle Walker who play the much older, unhappy couple. Today we are bombarded by images of young people in love, both on  film, TV and also in social media. It’s as if love doesn’t exist for older folk, as if older people don’t crave  intimacy like the young do. What I tried to do with the older couple was address this imbalance, telling their story through the eyes of the younger, Tobias and Penny. I wanted to remind viewers that we all crave intimacy, respect and love, no matter what age. In fact I think  we crave it more the older we get’ – Noel Anderson 20/3/2017

    A safe place, no camera, no crew, just you


    Everyone has their safe place. A place away from cameras and iPhones. A place where you can be yourself. Can we share our safe place with friends and partners or is it exclusively ours? What happens if someone we know finds our safe place? It’s one of the questions I asked while directing Next 2. Watch the series to find the answer. 

    What if you could escape to a place somewhere between heaven and hell, a safe place from reality. And what if the safe place suddenly just became hell and you couldn’t find your way back to heaven. Back to home. Dating apps let us dream safely but our dreams rarely become reality. People are never who they say they are online, we all have a different online persona.

Rob Lobosco and Hana Vraniqi share a romp on the floor during therapy in Next 2

    NEXT 2 directed by Noel Anderson

    ‘Ride the wave on NEXT 2’

    I’m at the Railway Hotel on Chapel writing this blog during their weekly Sunday event SHAG. I’m alone, the DJ is playing dance music, some old, some new tunes. I think about my own search for intimacy to the beat of music. I drink down my beer, low carbs. Then I think about Australian comedy and Next 2 – the dating series. Australian comedy is the hardest thing in the world to direct, because usually at it’s heart are serious life issues, just look at Muriel’s Wedding. Keep an eye out for NEXT 2 when it launches later in the year. In the meantime season 1 premieres on FOXTEL on the 27/28th March. Happy dating everyone.  And Happy endings too xx

    Director Noel Anderson with a well known Australain

    Australian comedy is the hardest thing in the world to direct

    Noel Anderson’s 15 Mins Of Fame Showreel
    ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Noel Anderson recently directed the six part TV series NEXT…about the perils of online dating which premieres on Foxtel and We Are TV in 2017. Currently, it has had 64,000 views internationally. Noel completed NIDA’s Playwright Studio 1996, his written work includes: Hello Little Man (Melbourne Writer’s Social Anthology 2016), Kylie Kastle Throws A Party (performed in schools across Australia), Germ Warfare (Bondi Pavillion), Pulling Out (Best Writing Winner Midsumma Festival at Gasworks), Sammy and Dave (Stables Theatre), The Carer (Belvoir St Theatre), Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes Of Fame (La Mama & the Jewish Museum of Australia with Warhol’s Geniuses Exhibition), Love Letters (Melbourne Arts Centre) and the new Australian musical Audrey Hepburn And I Consider Our Assets  which premiered at the Melba Spiegeltent on 29th October 2015. Noel is currently working on his first feature film adaption of Sammy and Dave (Like Us on FB @sammyluvdave) and a music video for Audrey and I called ‘Travellers in Time’. You can follow Noel on Twitter: @Randyandy42 or https://www.facebook.com/noel.anderson42  Noel has directed over 50 theatrical productions, and is also looking for new Melbourne writers to be part of LOVE KILLS 2017 at the Melbourne Fringe, an evening of twisted stories about falling in and out of love. Noel’s plans to film several pieces from Love Kills 2017 as a web series.

    Breakfast at Sweethearts – A True Story

    I arrived in a clap of thunder and knew immediately that this was not going to be an ordinary Mardi Gras. I opted out of staying with friends in Sydney because I felt I needed to open my stay up to new experiences. ‘Let 2017 inspire you’ my mantra for the year.  I booked into Central Hostel (hotels had inflated their rates over Mardi Gras to a ridiculous prices like $900 a night) and upon arrival immediately unpacked.  Sydney was in full Mardi Gras mode, rainbow banners lining the streets and arcades. I felt like the prodigal son returning home for the first time in years, slightly wounded from my experiences in Melbourne but stronger for every bullet hole.  I had arranged series of appointments and catch ups with old friends, watching the parade, and a meeting with Hayes Theatre about the possibility of bringing ‘Audrey Hepburn and I Consider Our Assets’ up to Sydney . Audrey being my pet musical theatre project. A nine year journey, a project that saw me through tough times including 18 months of therapy.

    I was on my way Spice Alley on Broadway with a mate when my iPhone rang, someone wanted to have breakfast with me at Sweethearts in Kings Cross, someone famous I was told, could I make it tomorrow morning a female voice enquired. “Yes, of course” I answered. But, wondered who that famous person could be?

    Noel anderson believing in PINK

    The next morning I showered at the hostel and quickly dressed. My sleep had been broken several times through the night by a rather large Aussie bloke with a chronic snoring problem and unpleasant odour coming from his Bluntstones. Tired but excited I grabbed an Opal card at Central Station and headed to Kings Cross. Once at Sweethearts, I was ushered to the rooftop, seated in room with a view at a small table set for two.

    “She won’t be long” I was told by a female security guard and left to my own devices. Five minutes passed, still no one came.  So, feeling hungry, I stuck my fingers though the top of Corn Flake packet (travel size) stuffed some in my mouth and crunched.

    “Darling you could have waited. Shame on you. I was fashionably late I believe?”

    I recognised the voice immediately. It had a husky breathless quality.  A voice that belong on the silver screen.

    “Well, governor don’t just stand there, offer a ladee a seat won’t cha Mr Anderson” she mocked in a thick cockney flower girl accent.

    Audrey Hepburn was born to be a star, she knew it and so did I…so I immediately pulled out a chair.

    “Darling it’s frightful being this rich and famous for such a long time. Sometimes, you crazy little man, I wish I could just die away like Cary Grant or Joan Crawford .  But, then someone like you comes along believing in me more than I do myself. It’s touching, honestly.  Now, pass me a packet of flakes.” She smiled,  adding milk and sugar to her bowl and continued chatting, mouth full.  “These Australian flakes are delicious! Now, tell me me, how is my musical going? Don’t answer! Of course it’s going well, isn’t it?”

    I explained to Ms Hepburn over a bowl of Corn Flakes and a cup of English Breakfast that Australian musicals don’t have a big success rate, and even her being in it doesn’t guarantee a rich producer will come banging on the door.

    “What nonsense! All producers care about is making money” she quipped crunching down. “I’m a star darling, they’ll make money.  What is wrong with Australian producers? They should respect Australian music. You know music is a great healer, particularly after a breakup. You just haven’t found the right partner that’s all. Music like love demands respect. Have you tried David Campbell? He loves theatre.”

    I explained that years ago I shared the same stage as David at the same time. He was doing the 8pm show at the Stables Theatre in Sydney and I was doing the late night slot with a show I wrote and directed, which was very successful.

    “Really darling. You had a hit in the same theatre as David Campbell? Fabulous. BTW I just listened to ‘Travellers in Time’ from our show, what a delight.  Thinking? The problem is finding the right set, the right crowd. Stay away from neutral toned people, pig people I call them, they are the pits. It’s the pink people you need for our project. I believe in you can do it darling, nothing is impossible.”

    We finished our breakfast and sat in silence sipping tea. Then Audrey asked…

    “The first movie you ever saw me in was….what?”

    “Lillian Hellman’s Children’s  Hour, directed by William Wyler. The first movie I remember watching with my mother as a kid. And, Wyler is one of my favourite Hollywood directors” I answered.

    “No kidding. Me too.”

    I thought for a moment then confessed…

    “I like films that been adapted from theatre pieces.”

    “Darling I just had a brilliant idea. Write a letter to the prime minister, Mr Turnball. Say ‘Toodles said hello’… and remind him he owes me a favour. Tell him I sent you.” She smiled a Hollywood smile and finished her Corn Flakes.  We chatted for another half hour about our musical ‘Audrey Hepburn and I Consider Our Assets.’  She admitted to loving the lead song ‘Travellers in Time’… and begged me again to write to the Australian government demanding funding.

    At Mardi Gras I stood huddled on the side of the road watching the parade with my friend in a yellow plastic rain jacket trying to stay dry.  During the parade as drag performers and PFLAGS passed by I kept hearing Audrey’s voice over the dance track I Will Survive. I stood dry as a bone in my yellow rain jacket watching the marching boys (dressed in pink speedos) thinking of Audrey Hepburn, thinking that ‘Nothing is impossible.’ Slowly I started to chant under my breath the mantra ‘I believe in pink.’ I repeated it twenty times then I thought ‘I must write to the prime minister Malcolm Turnball, before the parade passes by’.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Noel Anderson recently directed the six part TV series NEXT…about the perils of online dating which premiered on Foxtel, Apple TV and We Are TV in 2017. In the first month NEXT had 64,000 views internationally. Noel completed NIDA’s Playwright Studio 1996, his written work includes: Hello Little Man (Melbourne Writer’s Social Anthology 2016), Kylie Kastle Throws A Party (performed in schools across Australia), Germ Warfare (Bondi Pavillion), Pulling Out (Best Writing Winner Midsumma Festival at Gasworks), Sammy and Dave (Stables Theatre), The Carer (Belvoir St Theatre), Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes Of Fame (La Mama & the Jewish Museum of Australia with Warhol’s Geniuses Exhibition), Love Letters (Melbourne Arts Centre) and the new Australian musical Audrey Hepburn And I Consider Our Assets  which premiered at the Melba Spiegeltent on 29th October 2015. Noel is currently working on his first feature film adaption of Sammy and Dave (Like Us on FB @sammyluvdave) and a music video for Audrey and I called ‘Travellers in Time.’ You can follow Noel on Twitter: @Randyandy42 or https://www.facebook.com/noel.anderson42  Noel has directed over 50 theatrical productions, and is also looking for new Melbourne writers to be part of LOVE KILLS 2017 at the Melbourne Fringe, an evening of twisted stories about love.

     

    Never Create An Australian Musical by Noel Anderson

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    ‘Travellers in Time’ Featuring Kelly Cupo and Caroline Hawke coming soon

    It’s late October 2015 and you’re standing in the Melba Spiegeltent in Collingwood, time is running out, you’re trying to focus lights, there is less than an hour before the tent staff go into overtime, everything that could go wrong has gone horribly wrong, but you remain strong and soldier on. You’ve done the impossible, produced a new Australian musical with a five piece band in little over three week’s rehearsal, then added a choir.  The only joy so far in the journey that you can think of, is you have been blessed with a terrific team of performers who are true believers in the power of music and ‘PINK.’

    Audrey Hepburn and I Consider Our Assets Website

    You’re tired of people who don’t listen, sick of pleasing everyone but you, you wonder why you wanted to do this in the first place, produce a new musical work, surely you’ve got other things you could be doing, people you could be seeing, places you need to be. There’s been a million knock backs along the way, a million thoughts running through ‘the windmills of your mind’ but they all lead to one overwhelming conclusion ‘NEVER EVER CREATE AN AUSTRALIAN MUSICAL’

    Fast forward to February 2017 and you are standing in the Royal Melbourne Hotel at a writer’s meetup chatting to a new kid on the block about producing a new musical work in Melbourne. You want to be enthusiastic, every new Aussie work deserves a fighting chance doesn’t it you think to yourself… but, your experience in producing ‘Audrey Hepburn and I Consider Our Assets’ over a year ago still stings and you find yourself saying things that go against your fighting Aussie spirit. Still you can’t help yourself…

    Featured Image -- 1984“Don’t do it! It’s like going to bootcamp for ten years. No one cares. Not even musicians. And forget the art institutions. They will be the last people to buy a bloody ticket. No matter how good your show, no matter how talented the team, it won’t get the music lovers in, or the musical theatre goers either. They want to see Cats or want to tap dance in Gypsy. They don’t want original Australian stories, they want musicals set in New York in the 1920’s not Melbourne, shows that are known, not from Oz. I even had crew members rabbit on about another show, Les Miz I think, at Audrey’s production meeting, excuse me, I still can’t frigging believe it. Nine years I’d spent on Audrey, I guess nine years just ain’t good enough, eh? Then I discover we can’t blackout the tent during the day, do you know how much light spills into a Spiegeltent of the day, a bloody lot. I had booked tech rehearsals mainly during the day, dumb me of course…and couldn’t change the contracted hours. You try and focus lights in the sunshine? But I did it, crew told me we couldn’t but we did. It’s soul destroying. If you’re not Sunset Boulevard or Funny Girl, people just don’t care, reviewers don’t care. It’s a bloody horror show. Thank God for the Facebook fans, Team Audrey, I would never encourage anyone to produce an Australian musical with original music. Better just grab some pop tunes randomly from US Billboard charts and write a few pages of crap dialogue and call that a script, then call it a new Australian musical. Yep better to do that!”

    I Believe In Pink

    I feel better now. But, I didn’t actually say that. I hate myself, I really do, I hate myself for ‘thinking’ this way because it just doesn’t sit well with my sunny disposition but sadly there is truth in my words. You could have the best new musical in the world, but if music lovers and industry people don’t support you, don’t bend a little or buy a ticket what chance do Australian composers or writers have. Unless we help each other, I fear every new  Australian musical or new work will be ‘DEAD ON ARRIVAL’.

    To be honest it wasn’t all doom and gloom for us, we had developed a strong following on Facebook (currently at 1350 likes) and Audrey’s promo videos on Youtube have been viewed over 5000 times collectively, not bad for a relatively unknown Aussie musical. I chatted to a lot of Team Audrey fans in the foyer during the run, they loved it being set in Melbourne, they got it…but after a season of only six performances in 2015, where we average a healthy 110 to 180 paying punters a night, ‘Audrey Hepburn and I Consider Our Assets’ was faced with a dilemma…do we die away like every other Aussie musical, or do we traveller on. Forget that nine years have passed since our humble beginnings at Chapel Off Chapel,  and be the Aussie musical that can rather than another forgotten one on top of the pile. I’m not a quitter and neither was Audrey herself, just watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s…

    A Real Man

    I remember thinking back to the Australian musicals I had loved in my teenage years, shows performed in pubs and small theatres all over Sydney. Musicals like Pearls Before Swine, Venetian Twins, Legend of King O’Malley, Sentimental Bloke and Oz films like Starstruck. I thought back on some of the musicals I had directed, Dames at Sea, Oliver, Sex the Musical, Dark Angels and Price Check…and decided Audrey and I needed to keep travelling on. That maybe our time was just a musical beat away.

    NEW BEGINNINGS – this month I coproduce and direct a music video of our new song titled ‘Travellers in Time’ and our story about a neurotic girl from Melbourne with family issues who can’t keep her idol, Hollywood movie star Audrey Hepburn, out of her therapy sessions continues on. But to where? To be honest I don’t know… I do know without your love, your likes and your shares on social media and your cold hard cash (at the box office) the journey will end. So, to Team Audrey fans  and all the new Travellers on board, keep believing in music and in the PINK EXPRESS. ‘Welcome to new beginnings’ – Audrey and Noel xx

    ‘Travellers in Time’ music video featuring Kelly Cupo and Caroline Hawke with Lee McClenaghan as Audrey. Written and directed by Noel Anderson. Music by Geoff Main with Lyrics by Cerise de Gelder – Coming soon. .  

    Noel Anderson’s 15 Mins Of Fame Showreel
    noelanderson ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Noel Anderson recently directed the six part TV series NEXT…about the perils of online dating which premieres on Foxtel and We Are TV in 2017. Currently, it has had 64,000 views internationally. Noel completed NIDA’s Playwright Studio 1996, his written work includes: Hello Little Man (Melbourne Writer’s Social Anthology 2016), Kylie Kastle Throws A Party (performed in schools across Australia), Germ Warfare (Bondi Pavillion), Pulling Out (Best Writing Winner Midsumma Festival at Gasworks), Sammy and Dave (Stables Theatre), The Carer (Belvoir St Theatre), Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes Of Fame (La Mama & the Jewish Museum of Australia with Warhol’s Geniuses Exhibition), Love Letters (Melbourne Arts Centre) and the new Australian musical Audrey Hepburn And I Consider Our Assets  which premiered at the Melba Spiegeltent on 29th October 2015. Noel is currently working on his first feature film adaption of Sammy and Dave (Like Us on FB @sammyluvdave) and a music video for Audrey and I called ‘Travellers in Time.’ You can follow Noel on Twitter: @Randyandy42 or https://www.facebook.com/noel.anderson42  Noel has directed over 50 theatrical productions, and is also looking for new Melbourne writers to be part of LOVE KILLS 2017 at the Melbourne Fringe, an evening of twisted stories about falling in and out of love. Noel’s plans to film several pieces from Love Kills 2017 as a web series.

    Someone Left The Cake Out In The Rain

    So, I’m another year older…well, fuck it! It’s 34 degrees in my bedroom and I can’t be stuffed getting up and turning on the fan. I blame my adult laziness on one thing…LOVE. Maybe if I’d had more love in my childhood I’d be less lazy today. Yes, love is the root of all evil, every difficulty I’ve endured over the years is due to love and relationships. Love sucks. In fact, I’m sick of thinking about it. I’m sick of social media too, everywhere you look are pics of couples in love…it makes me want to throw up. I mean what has love done for any of us? Nothing! It’s given a few of us STD’s that’s all.  I’m tired of seeing babies on social media too, a product of love. Lovers listen up, I want to see your kid being conceived, filmed on your iPhone, not the bloody end result of love cooing back at me.  Actually I think my problem with love started when I was a kid?

    “Mum what’s love?”

    “Oh, it’s a warm fuzzy feelin’ inside when you like someone. It comes on strong like a cannonball so you better watch out.”

    “Why ?” I asked, I was always annoying.

    “Well, because once bitten you’re gone.”

    Gone? Like dead?”

    “I mean, if you fall, you fall hopelessly in love. Hard.”

    “What? With one bite?  What if you don’t take a bite? What if you stay hungry? What then mum? What?”

    “Oh, Noel shut up” she said and left the room.

    Now, after a few bites l certainly can say that love hits you more like a tsunami than like a cannonball, and I can seriously do without drowning over and over again. One day in my mid 20’s a mate said to me casually over a wine and bowl of mixed nuts…

    “You know, I’ve been thinking a lot about love. (Funny me too) The best description of love can be found in the song, MacArthur Park. Jimmy Web wrote good lyrics for Donna to sing. MacArthur Park sums up the whole feeling of love for me, the need for it and the pain of the whole damn thing.”

    What? Donna Summer’s MacArthur Park  sums up the meaning of love? My God I thought, humming the tune, my friend Dave is a genius. Nothing sums up the true feeling of love more than the song MacArthur Park.  Grabbing my body shirt, I pulled on my jeans,  dressed and looked for the lyrics.

    Spring was never waiting for us, dear
    It ran one step ahead
    As we followed in the dance
    (My thoughts – Yes, the dance of love…how it changes with the seasons, how it cleverly love stays one step ahead of us all. A brilliant description of falling in love, those early heady days of a romance, infatuation. I continue to read the lyrics, very excited)
     MacArthur’s Park is melting in the dark
    All the sweet, green icing flowing down
     (Yes. Sticky, gooey icing running everywhere, a total bloody mess…yes I love this, this is love, well maybe more lust actually…but this is passion for sure. The need, the wanting. I continued to read the lyrics, unbelievably excited now)

     Someone left the cake out in the rain
    I don’t think that I can take it
    ‘Cause it took so long to bake it
    And I’ll never have that recipe again
    Oh, no!
    O.M.G. I screamed, filling my glass, Dave was right, nothing sums up love more than MacArthur Park , it’s true. I slipped into my Hush Puppies, sipped my wine, twiddled my hair which was quite long back then… But, W.T.F. is Jimmy Web saying? What’s with that surreal imaginary?… and more importantly why was the green cake left out in the frigging rain?  I was so confused by the lyrics, I called my friend.
     “Dave it’s me. Sorry to wake you. Just going over the lyrics to MacArthur Park. Yeah, great song. But, I’m wondering what Jimmy is trying to say exactly about love with all that weird imagery.  (There is a very long pause on the other end of the phone as Dave thinks for a moment) No I’m not kidding. I’m a little confused. See, I’ve been wondering about love too, and I hoped MacArthur Park would give me a precise explanation but… Oh, it’s based on Jimmy Web’s own personal experience.  He had his heart broken did he?  Yeah, that’s good, I mean not good for Jim … terrible for him, but the more truth in the lyrics I guess the  the better…for the song, for the emotion, for everyone. (Dave is getting angry I can tell,  I’ve woken him up. Best I play it cool) It’s all about Jimmy’s break up with a girl called Susie who later married Linda Ronstadt’s cousin, I see.  Susie worked for an insurance company? You don’t say. Wow, it’s all making sense…I love it. Susie from insurance sounds like a fun chick, doesn’t she? Oh, MacArthur Park was opposite where she worked.  No way….this is fascinating stuff alright, un-fucking-believable. And, I’m really digging Susie. Sorry Dave, your right…it’s Jimmy’s story not hers. (I poured myself another wine, Dave appeared to be quite worked up on the other end of the line, best not interrupt him)  You don’t say. Nothing is fabricated, Jimmy saw it all there in the park, every image, opposite the company where Susie worked, right?  I am not taking the piss, no need to get snappy Dave, just asking questions. (I took a deep breath, I had to ask, had to know one more thing) Okay, that’s all well good, the insurance, Susie and Jimmy, but what about the cake? (The line goes silent, Dave clears his throat)  What do mean what cake? The bloody cake Dave! The whole song is leading to the chorus about the frigging cake. The cake…the one that some fool, probably from the insurance company Susie worked in, left out in the fucking rain. Oh, yes right, now you remember, that cake…the one with the sticky green fucking icing running everywhere. Well, what’s that got to do with love? I want to know? What?”
     Now, to be honest I was starting to get a little agitated with Dave… I couldn’t give a shit anymore about Donna Summer, Jimmy or Susie for that matter, but the cake thing… I needed to know more…for peace of mind. So, Dave continued.
     “Oh, I see Dave…the cake’s a metaphor for the end of a relationship. Well, fancy that.  No, I’m not disagreeing with you, I can see it. I can. I’ve had a few cake kinda relationships myself, Jimmy Web’s not the only guy you know who…Well, mine were more Black-Forrest type cake relationships, more so than the sticky-runny-green icing type … But, still a cake relationship none-the-less, as important as Jimmy’s.  Dave? No. I agree, MacArthur Park says everything about love, just as you said.”
    Then in a moment of total madness I added…
    “But, what about the second verse Dave. Give me a sec …here, the bit about the yellow frigging cotton dress, foaming like a wave, on the ground beneath your knees.”
     I’m not sure why… but Dave hung up. I kicked off my slippers, placing them neatly under my chair and poured one helluva large glass of wine. I thought about love, the song MacArthur Park. I thought about Dave too, wondered if maybe he was in a park playing Chinese checkers with an old man by the trees. I drank my wine, sculling it. I put Donna Summer on the stereo and hoped Dave remembered to bring the cake in. Outside it started to rain. Yep, MacArthur Park, what a song. It’s says everything about… relationships.

    Noel Anderson’s 15 Mins Of Fame Showreel
    noelanderson ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Noel Anderson recently directed the six part TV series NEXT…about the perils of online dating which premieres on Foxtel and We Are TV in 2017. Noel completed NIDA’s Playwright Studio 1996, his written work includes: Hello Little Man (Melbourne Writer’s Social Anthology 2016), Kylie Kastle Throws A Party (performed in schools across Australia), Germ Warfare (Bondi Pavillion), Pulling Out (Best Writing Winner Midsumma Festival at Gasworks), Sammy and Dave (Stables Theatre), The Carer (Belvoir St Theatre), Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes Of Fame (La Mama & the Jewish Museum of Australia with Warhol’s Geniuses Exhibition), Love Letters (Melbourne Arts Centre) and the new Australian musical Audrey Hepburn And I Consider Our Assets  which premiered at the Melba Spiegeltent on 29th October 2015. Noel is currently working on his first feature film adaption of Sammy and Dave (Like Us on FB @sammyluvdave) and a music video for Audrey and I called ‘Travellers in Time.’ You can follow Noel on Twitter: @Randyandy42 or https://www.facebook.com/noel.anderson42  Noel has directed over 50 theatrical productions, and is also looking for new Melbourne writers to be part of LOVE KILLS 2017 at the Melbourne Fringe, an evening of twisted stories about falling in and out of love.

     

    What’s NEXT & Foxtel

    Sometime over the last few weeks I found out that NEXT…the six part Webseries produced by Rob Lobosco, that I directed earlier in the year was premiering on Foxtel in 2017. The birth of anything, particularly creative art, is never ever easy. And, producing a new Australian series is tough, like going to boot camp, and near impossible to get people on side. Why don’t you try it sometime?  

    But, every now and then a new show or film breaks through that wall. It’s way too earlier to guess how NEXT will perform but at this stage a lot of social media love has been shown towards the series and all looks very promising, with the first night audience at the launch also full of praise. So fingers crossed. 

    Online dating certainly has been in the news lately particularly Tinder, and I guess we’ve all given dating apps a go at some point in the last 10 years. Looking for love has never been easier to do than it is today… but finding ‘the one’ is still as hard as ever I reckon. As Christmas fast approaches and the silly season kicks in, I’m sure at some point I’ll be flicking through a dating app, so will you probably, forever hopeful of finding something online to brighten our day. 

    NEXT the addictive dating series premieres on Foxtel in January 2017. Be sure to check it out. Happy searching…Noel xx

    NEXT TRAILER

    Playing Cupid On The Addictive Webseries NEXT…

    Guys and Girls, if you haven’t done so yet checkout my video diary from NEXT… the web series about a date phobic and date addict and also the official web series trailer. Much thanks Noel xx

    Noel Anderson (Harlequin Ink)

    NEXT…is coming to a phone near you!  In August 2015 I was as sick as a dog while directing a new musical at Theatreworks. I was running a high fever, but still doing everything I could to help the show along…new Australian work is a hard sell particularly to industry music lovers and general public. A strange air had crept into production week that was disappointing and made me ponder why anyone would bother creating new work for the Oz stage, particularly me.  Maybe I should be working in a shop selling mobile phones? At interval on preview night, I grabbed a glass of wine from the foyer bar, still crook, I made polite chit chat to a film crew who were there filming the work of another member of my team, when a man came up to me called Rob Lobosco… Rob had won his theatre tickets in a online competition…

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