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An interview with Alex Milosevic and William Boyd about The Woman in Black E-mail

Our newsletter, The Flame, interviewed William Boyd (top image) and Alex Milosevic (second image) recently about starring in The Woman in Black. Here are their responses.

Five words that describe The Woman in Black?
WB: Freaky, chilling, suspenseful, rich and dark. 
AM: Soulful, eerie, emotional, challenging and thought-provoking.

Describe what challenges you personally face performing in The Woman in Black?
img 0274will smallWB: Normally, my greatest challenge is convincing people that I’m over 18 years old. 
But here, I think the greatest challenge will be engaging the audience to such an extent that they’ll be largely unaware that they’re using their imaginations for a good deal of the show. It is the first time that I’ve worked with relatively few props or sets in a show that takes place in many different destinations - the audience needs to feel the uniqueness of each one.
AM: During the course of the play I have to span a wide range of emotional moments and also, it's extremely challenging vocally.

Why do you think the play has been running for 25 years in the West End?
AM: It touches upon thoughts and feelings we all have but are sometimes too afraid to express for fear of what others may think. It's presented in a simple, clear way which does not divert attention from the story itself. 

WB: The script is very powerful and full of beautifully rich language. Sometimes, delivering those lines and describing the settings is like biting into a succulent piece of fruit, it’s no wonder audiences keep coming back. Plus it’s absolutely frightening.

img 0230alex smallWhat's your favourite line from the show?
AM: "I am not an Irving".
WB: “I felt confused, teased by it, as though it were made up of millions of live fingers that crept over me, hung on to me ad then shifted away again.”

What should audiences expect?
WB: That there’s definitely good reason to be afraid of the dark. This is probably a show best enjoyed in a group, because I for one would not want to drive home alone afterwards (he says with a wink and a wry smile).
AM: To have their senses challenged and to be on the edge of their seat. It also may awaken old thoughts and feelings they made have had in regards to their own lives.

Season: 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24 May 7.30pm

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 11:32
Time to celebrate the one-hit wonders! Print E-mail
Written by Paula Weston   

If there was ever a musical guaranteed to get audiences singing along it's this one: Phoenix Ensemble's all-original production celebrating some of the world's best-loved one-hit wonders.

The Oneders, featuring a 15-strong cast including a live five-piece band on stage, opens on 21 February and will play over five weekends at Beenleigh's Pavilion Theatre.

Directed by self-confessed music nerd Joel Mikkelsen (who gave us the awesome I'm Too Sexy for the 90s show back in 2012), The Oneders is a high energy concert-style show featuring songs that instantly rocketed to legend status – but which turned out to be their creator's only hit.

Joel says it's that uniqueness that inspired him to build a show around one-hit wonders.

'There's something about those songs that made them famous when other tracks from the same artist didn't fare as well. They one thing they all have in common, though, is they make you want to sing along.'

Bringing together the 90s production two years ago taught Joel the importance of having a band onboard early in the planning process.

'This time around, I actually cast the band before announcing auditions. Revue shows rely heavily on a tight, well-rehearsed band (with lots of stamina!) able to play songs from the 60s until now, so getting the right musicians was critical.'

The music is so important the band even has its own podium, putting the musicians front and centre on the stage.

Next came song choice, and with so many one-hit wonders to choose from over the past fifty years, it wasn't easy narrowing the list.

'We set ourselves some simple parameters: we were looking for songs from each era of modern music, across genres, and featuring bands with only one song in the ARIA top 40,' Joel says.

'Mapping the peak chart positions of each song and checking out all other songs the bands produced actually took quite a lot of time, and we had to pull some songs from the show as new information disqualified them on a technicality.'

In the end, more than 60 songs made the final cut, many included in medleys and mash-ups from the 60s, 80s and 90s, created by musical director Nick Ng.

Joel said the show was chock-full of highlights, with one of his favourite numbers being an a capella arrangement of Walking in Memphis (by Marc Cohn) featuring five-part harmonies.

'Our lighting designer extraordinaire has also put together the most complex lighting arrangement seen on the Phoenix stage to date.'

Joel says anyone who loves music will enjoy The Oneders. 'If you like great arrangements, love watching a live concert-style performance with lots of high energy dancing (from choreographers Laura Baker and Alex Burrie), this show will be right up your alley.

'It's going to be bright, loud and energetic, and it's going to sound awesome. It's a couple of hours of pure music and visual indulgence designed to have you leaving the theatre smiling.'

The Oneders

Venue: Pavilion Theatre, Beenleigh Showgrounds, James Street, Beenleigh

7.30pm: 21, 22, 28 February, 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 March

Tickets: $26 adult; $24 concession/child; $22 member


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