BIJOU: A Cabaret of Secrets and Seduction starring Chrissie Shaw

Published by: Sirmai Arts Marketing | 20-Aug-2016
Sumptuous, Dark and Funny Cabaret for Sydney Season from 17 August. Enjoy a winter evening in a cosy Parisian bar, as exotic, aging - but still irresistible - BIJOU and her wonderful pianist spin a musical tale. Fresh from critical and popular Melbourne and Canberra seasons and a regional NSW tour, Chrissie Shaw is Bijou! @CabaretBijou #bijoucabaret
Venue: The Depot Theatre
Address: 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville
Date: 17 to 27 August, Wed-Sat
Time: 8pm, Sun 5pm
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You're transported to a café-bar in Paris 1933. A wine, a chat; the music plays"¦ there's a new face in the crowd. A ravaged figure enters, dressed in faded finery and fake pearls and the evening takes an unexpected turn. 'Bijou', former Queen of the Demi-Monde, unleashes a cascade of intimate, colourful memories, taking us back in time to the shadows of her youth. Bijou survives a hard world by constantly reinventing herself: a young ingénue on the stage of the Paris Varietees; a high-class courtesan; the hard-bitten madame of a highly imaginative house of joy; a vulnerable child at the mercy of the adults around her"¦ Bijou takes us on a rollicking journey and emerges triumphant!

This sumptuous, funny, poignant "“ often dark - cabaret peeps into the private, sensual world of a riveting Parisienne d'un certain age. She is one of the night people, as captured in Brassai's iconic and revealing photographs of depression-era Paris. Featuring the music of Satie, Weill, Hollander, Bruant and more, there is sex, romance, violence, wonderful costumes, passion and poetry. And, above all, exquisite music.

Chrissie Shaw, award-winning theatre veteran, is a Canberra-based performing artist and writer. She has produced eight of her own shows, winning Critics' Circle and Greenroom Awards. "Bijou" is her latest work, which had two successful seasons at The Street Theatre in Canberra, and has toured to regional NSW and most recently a highly successful season in Melbourne's La Mama Courthouse Theatre.

In Bijou, Chrissie collaborates with a whole host of local and national talent including award-winning musician and educator Alan Hicks as Bijou's long-suffering bar pianist, Susan Pilbeam in the director's chair, lighting design Gillian Schwab and Alana Teasdale, set design Imogen Keen, costumes Victoria Worley, Liz Lea choreographer. Together they have fashioned a cabaret-style romp through the colourful life & times of Bijou. NB There will also be an AUSLAN signing interpreter (for the enjoyment of the hearing impaired) at the Wed 24 August show - a cheap Wednesday performance!

"This dark tale of high life and tragedy is a cabaret gem." "“ Canberra Times

"A riveting tour de force performance"¦ gloriously entertaining, beautifully realized." "“ City News

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