Theatre Works extends NOT TODAY cabaret season until April 30th

Published by: Rogue PR | 6-Apr-2022
Rogue Projects and Theatre Works are thrilled to announce that the Melbourne premiere season of Ally Morgan’s critically-acclaimed one-woman cabaret Not Today will be extended by six performances, running April 19 to April 30.
Venue: Theatre Works
Address: 14 Acland St, St Kilda
Date: 19.04.2022 - 30.04.2022
Time: 7:30pm
Ticket: Previews $27.50, Concession $34.50, Adult $42.50 +bf
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26-year-old Ally Morgan is determined to save the world from climate change. How does she plan to do it? Through the power of THEATRE! The only problem is that she’s so anxious about climate change that she can’t actually write the life-changing show that will save the world through the power of theatre… See the problem?

So, when Ally finally books in to see a psychologist and a guided meditation miraculously transports her to a real-life theatre in front of YOU, she’s got no choice but to devise a one-woman show on the spot - right here, right now!

An intimate cabaret experience directed by Miranda Middleton (Voldemort and the Teenage Hogwarts: A Musical Parody, Great and Powerful Ozzie), Not Today takes audiences on a rollercoaster ride through the ups and downs of being a young queer performer working at a children's hospital during a pandemic, and the climate anxiety that permeates it all.

Not Today explores how climate anxiety can result in the less publicly-acknowledged phenomena of climate grief: a sense of mourning for the loss of the natural world as we once knew it. Much like the hidden grief Ally has for the kids who have passed away during her time at the children's hospital, there is currently no social ritual that validates climate grief. Yet, by sharing her experience with an audience, Not Today becomes a space to acknowledge a feeling that is shared disproportionately by young people today.

The work was inspired by Ally’s song Quiet Australian, a climate change anthem originally written in response to the 2019 bushfires, and performed for the Bushire Benefit Concert that Miranda produced at the Giant Dwarf Theatre, with thousands of people engaging with the work across social media. It led to Ally’s debut single and a music video that brought together over 20 artists from across Sydney.

As theatres began to reopen in 2020, Ally and Miranda united again with a new mission to weave Ally’s music into a one-woman cabaret, and Not Today began to take shape.

”captivated the audience from the get go… a must-see!" WEEKEND NOTES

The cabaret features ten of Ally’s smart, hilarious, and heartfelt songs, including the titular ‘Not Today’. “I love how writing music forces me to distill my thoughts. I’ve only got a couple of verses, a chorus, and a bridge to talk about what’s in my head,” said Ally.

Miranda added, “Ally has a real knack for voicing what we’re all feeling. Her music makes you laugh, cry, and feel like you’re part of a collective experience, rather than alone. That’s the kind of live art I think we all need at the moment.”

Producer Robbi James from Rogue projects said, “The Rogues are thrilled to be working with Miranda and Ally to bring this wonderful work to Melbourne after such a great reception to the show in Sydney. Not Today reminds us that the best antidote to anxiety is to live in the present moment, to find humour in heartbreak, and to sing really loud when you need to be heard”.

Armed with her army of instruments and sense of humour, Ally may not quite save the world, but she’ll sure put on one heck of a show.

“Newcomer could be a younger Tim Minchin… A terrific show with a message that makes it greater than the (already impressive) sum of its parts…. It is a show that shares our grief, and offers courage, honesty and hope.” ★★★★ SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

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