Becky Lou has trawled queer parties, cabaret clubs, burlesque bars and their dressing rooms to bring together a stunning variety show, featuring some of Australia’s most exciting neo-cabaret artists, each selected for their ability to show audiences both the skilled artiste and the human beneath the sequins and bravado. Within the course of a show, each performer presents an act from their repertoire and also shares a personal story.
Seen & Heard has been invited to present a season at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, at one of it’s largest venue operations, Underbelly, for a four week season in August, which will be preceded by short seasons in Melbourne and Sydney in July.
Since it’s debut in 2015, Seen & Heard has received critical, industry and audience acclaim and won the award for Best Cabaret at Melbourne Fringe 2017. The opportunity to take the concept to an international audience is a timely, exciting development in the life of the show.
Seen & Heard asks artists from highly physical and visual disciplines to embrace vulnerability. Writing and presenting personal narrative and embracing the challenge of stripping away artifice on stage is an exciting process for the artists and promotes a rare sense of intimacy between performer and audience. It provides an inclusive opportunity to hear and relate to stories from a diverse group of unique individuals.
Taking Seen & Heard to an international festival will allow us to bring our award-winning format to new audiences. It’s a chance to share a slice of Melbourne’s unique and exciting cabaret scene with the international arts community, allowing performers valuable opportunities for networking, showcasing and artistic cross-pollination.
We are asking for assistance in raising the funds to present our 2018 tour, which will include a full run at Edinburgh Fringe and two short seasons in Melbourne and Sydney.
Donations will go towards subsidising the costs of producing and touring, which include;
Venue hire fees
Edinburgh Fringe Registration Fee
Poster and flyer printing and distribution
Print and social media advertising
Domestic and International flights for six ensemble members
Accommodation for six ensemble members
Travel and living expenses
Filming and photography
PR and administrative costs
Every contribution will count towards making our 2018 tour possible, bringing the show to Sydney and Edinburgh for the first time and sharing our formidable Melbourne cabaret and storytelling mavericks with the world!
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And stay tuned for upcoming announcements about our (currently top secret under embargo) Sydney and Melbourne shows!