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The Little Red Company and Critical Stages
Contact : Chris Bendall, Critical Stages
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"Utterly brilliant... I found the show so powerfully sentimental that I was misty-eyed for much of it and was so thankful to hear the soundtrack of my life played with such verve and love." Read more at http://bit.ly/2ioIgBT
From the creators of celebrated Australian works Rumour Has It and Wrecking Ball comes the must-see live music event of the year: Lady Beatle - a kaleidoscopic journey through the Beatles' most monumental hits. Starring Australian stage and screen star Naomi Price (The Voice Australia, Beautiful: The Carol King Musical, Ladies In Black) and inspired by true accounts, Lady Beatle weaves a fantastical tale soundtracked by the Beatles' biggest chart toppers, including Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds, Eleanor Rigby and Penny Lane. Flanked by a live band, Price transports audiences to 1960s Liverpool for a rollicking magical mystery tour about four boys who changed the world of music. For the entire 70mins, the audience is very much part of the ride, as Price riffs off the cuff, invites them to join in the big numbers, and ultimately has them on their feet for the show's epic mega-mix finale dance party. Lady Beatle premiered to nightly standing ovations at La Boite in 2017, where it was lauded "one of the best shows of the decade" (XS Entertainment). Subsequent sold out seasons at Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Noosa Alive & NORPA Lismore followed in its debut year.
History & background
At the heart of THE LITTLE RED COMPANY's self-produced work is artform development of contemporary Australian cabaret; drawing together world-class artists from diverse backgrounds and creating commercially viable productions of universal resonance. CRITICAL STAGES is one of Australia's leading producers of touring theatre. It's brief is to make outstanding independent theatre accessible to audiences everywhere. The company has toured productions by some of Australia's leading theatre makers to regional and remote audiences across Australia and New Zealand.
Marketing selling points
The show is unique in that it can sit equally well as part of theatre, music and cabaret programs. Previous season have drawn capacity audiences and standing ovations at each performance. With great reviews, audience testimonials, production stills, professional trailer and marketing collateral all ready to go to support marketing campaigns, we will work closely with presenters to support bringing this work to a broad audience. The Little Red Company's RUMOUR HAS IT recently had a hugely successful National Tour.
Key audience and marketing notes
Audience for this work are fans of music and cabaret and, of course, lovers of The Beatles. Age range is broad and previous seasons have shown that Lady Beatle appeals equally to younger audiences from 15+ through to older patrons 65+. Verbatim audience feedback indicates it's a work of universal resonance: "Touching, relevant, inspiring, thought-provoking: everything theatre should be." "I heard the Beatles' songs in a way I had never considered before. Absolutely amazing." "It was the most exceptional piece of theatre I've seen in years".
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|Theatre formats||Lady Beatle can been performed in cabaret mode with tables and chairs, and in proscenium arch venues, town halls, and live music venues.|
|Bump in (hours)||8|
|Bump out (hours)||2|
The touring production will use a combination of venue lamp stock and touring fixtures. A full lighting pre-rig is required prior to company arrival in the venue, including patch, flash and colour. An ETC Ion Lighting Desk or equivalent will tour with the production. Preliminary lx plan can be downloaded from https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3safo2wqq3mxtlo/AABs4BfkuWG7SjP7plPfKnsha?dl=0
The production features a live band, and the Company will be travelling with their own audio engineer. A full audio pre-rig is required prior to company arrival. The Presenter will provide PA with 4 surround sound positions, backline, mics, mic stands, and cabling. The Presenter must provide a piano, tuned to concert pitch prior to the arrival of the touring party. The musicians will supply their own instruments, with the exception of the piano. The Company will provide a laptop with Qlab and an audio interface to operate the sound. Qlab will be operated by the touring audio engineer. Preliminary stage plan and input list for the production can be downloaded from: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3safo2wqq3mxtlo/AABs4BfkuWG7SjP7plPfKnsha?dl=0
The set includes 4 rostra and a touring lighting element that will be rigged during bump in.
Stage dimensions (meters)
|Width: 8||Height: 4|
|Depth: 6||Wing space: 1|
Bump in Lighting 2 crew x 8 hours Lighting crew to bump in touring fixtures and for focus Sound 1 crew x 4 hours Bump out Lighting 1 crew x 2 hrs Sound 1 crew x 2 hrs Assist in de-rig, bump out and pack all touring equipment.
The production can travel in a 3 tonne truck.