Jude Perl: I Have A Face Jude Perl
For ages: 15+
One of the most insanely clever, comical and talented comedians I may have ever stumbled across... It was the comedy show I had been dreaming about... Jude, you made me laugh, cry and than do that weird laugh-cry thing where you aren’t exactly sure what emotions you’re feeling but snot and tears are dribbling down your face yet you’re still laughing. - AUSSIE REVIEW (5 Stars)
The show features 5 original songs, several sketches performed with backing tracks (which are satirical and surreal) as well as talking to the audience (takes the form of stand up in one section, then as the show gets more serious, it's more storytelling). 'I Have A Face' is Jude Perl's 5th solo show, and it was written without any expectations of what the show would be. All of Jude's previous work was trying to fit into particular labels (eg comedy, or before that, 'serious' music), so this show was written with all preconceptions lifted. The reason for this was so that Jude could present the most authentic, entertaining show, and not worry about how it would be categorised. Through this process, the show discusses labels quite heavily and how they can be useful at times and at other times, they can halt our growth. The show also discusses coping mechanisms through a rapid fire song called 'bandaids' which leads to the most poignant part of the show, where Jude sings a song about how you can feel alone/depressed in many opposing circumstances. The show ends with the title song, which acknowledges the real pain we can all feel, but uplift and connect us all through our shared experiences
Marketing selling points
The show features original songs, written by a 3 time Green Room Award winner for best original songs. The songs are unique, funny and uplifting, whilst talking about difficult subjects. The show is validating to anyone who feels alone, depressed, lost, etc. The purpose of the show is to remind people that they are not alone The show is entertaining and extremely funny, with absurd sketches, stream-of-consciousness style songs and engaging stand up, the material is presented in a way that plays to Jude's strength of moving swiftly between laugh out loud moments, and heartfelt honesty.
Key audience and marketing notes
This show appeals to people who experience depression/anxiety and are interested in having their feelings validated, knowing that they are not alone. The show's aim is to dissect labels and whether they are helpful to us (whether that's labelling of gender, mental health, personality traits, etc) so the show might appeal to teenagers as well. There are also themes relating to how body positivity can be used to manipulate us in a different way, focussing on the female experience, so it's more likely that female identifying audience members will relate more strongly.
Community Engagement activities
Jude can run singing or songwriting workshops. That can be taking a choir, or group singing, teaching singing techniques (Jude is trained in Speech Level Singing). For songwriting, Jude has a very thorough understanding of complex chordal harmony (Jude studied Jazz at Monash Uni and has a Bachelor of Music) and can show techniques on making simple chord progressions more interesting or ways to approach songwriting if you are 'stuck'. Her songwriting workshops tend to focus more on chords and melody, but lyrics can also be worked on if that is needed.
What is this?
|Theatre formats||Black Box, but show can be performed in any space|
|Bump in (hours)||2|
|Bump out (hours)||0.5|
3-4 different coloured gels to be used at various times, general stage wash for stand up and more focussed spot for using the piano/keyboard
Jude will provide a keyboard (unless the venue has a piano), which needs a DI for 1/4 inch jack. She can use a headset mic for entire show, or can have a vocal mic at the piano/keyboard and use the headset for the rest of the show. Backing tracks can be provided on Jude's iPhone with necessary adapters provided, or the tracks can be sent directly to the tech via dropbox. There are 6 backing tracks for the show.
Using a piano is preferable, but Jude can provide her own keyboard if necessary. On stage there is a keyboard and stand (or piano), a stool, and 2 plastic laundry baskets, as well as several small props which come in and out of the baskets. The 2 baskets sit on either side of the piano.
Stage dimensions (meters)
|Width: 4 metres||Height: 2 metres|
|Depth: 2.5 metres||Wing space: NA|