SILO’S IMMERSIVE CLUB EXPERIENCE BRINGS THE DIVAS TO THE MIC!
As summer nears, a staggering line-up of Aotearoa’s fiercest divas invite you to climb into the smoky depths of Q Theatre for an unmissable concert of unchecked desire, art pop and opulent disco. Five powerhouse female vocalists including Ria Hall and Jennifer Ward-Lealand bring to life David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s irresistible album HERE LIES LOVE from November 22.
HERE LIES LOVE is an unlikely concept album: a story of love, loss and obsession told through dazzling disco-pop, charting the meteoric rise and fall of Imelda Marcos. The title is taken from a comment made by Marcos who expressed that she would like the phrase “Here Lies Love” to be inscribed on her tombstone. Released in 2010, the album features 22 guest vocalists including Cyndi Lauper, Sia, Tori Amos and Florence Welsh.
Music masterminds Byrne and Fatboy Slim take inspiration from the intoxicating glamour of both dance music and political power, noting how politicians often sell themselves like pop stars. Byrne says, “the story I am interested in is about asking what drives a powerful person—what makes them tick? How do they make and then remake themselves?”.
It’s this idea that award-winning director Sophie Roberts has seized upon; this is no Broadway musical stage bio. Marcos was obsessed with the nightlife and turned one of her New York townhouses into a disco – and so Roberts is transforming Q Theatre into a Studio 54-ish cabaret den. Marrying the sweep of materialism and consumption to the rush of the nightclub, expect seductive songs and imaginative spectacle to create the most fun you’ll have in a theatre all year. Cabaret seating and opulent design will set an immersive scene for the most glamourous pre-Christmas party of 2018.
Silo’s iteration of Byrne’s “theatre piece for your ears” stars theatre-icon Ward-Lealand and Silver Scroll 2018 finalist Hall, alongside the multi-talented singer and actor Colleen Davis (Daffodils, Chicago), with the final members of the star-studded cast to be announced shortly. The season will feature a live band helmed by musical director, Robin Kelly (The Events, Valerie).
Silo Theatre are renowned for their theatrical-music explorations. Like their celebrated take on the Jacques Brel songbook, expect to be put under a spell. So grab your dirty martini and prepare for a bumpin’ night of lush, romantic hedonism.
November 22 – December 8
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Booking at qtheatre.co.nz