Q. Drew, you were trapped on board a cruise ship for two months at the height of Covid. Were you one of the entertainers on the cruise? This must have been a harrowing experience. And yet you made a hilarious and poignant video series called Actual Cabin Actual Fever – can you tell readers a bit about the process and how you turned a nightmarish experience into comedy?
A. I was employed as Guest Entertainer but as you say the day after I boarded to start my new job a world-wide pandemic was declared and tours were suspended. For some unknown reason we were kept on board even though there were no passengers. Then we were eventually kicked out of Sydney Harbour and soon after we were kicked out of Australian waters. I was rocked but I kept myself busy by recording our unique position in history as we sailed without a plan further and further away from home. I kept myself entertained by doing little talk shows from my cabin. Over time I decided to add low-fi singing and dancing to the videos. It was loose but ridiculous enough to gain a loyal crowd on IGTV and eventually it garnered international media attention. I was shocked. Still am. Continue reading Q AND A : WRITER AND PERFORMER DREW FAIRLEY→
THE DANCERS COMPANY ballet drew a crowd of first-timers at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre (IPAC) last weekend. The audience bustled excitedly with aspiring ballerinas, regular IPAC attendees, families, school groups and many first time ballet goers. It wasn’t just the audience either – for many of the cast members, this is their first touring performance.
THE DANCERS COMPANY is an annual show by The Australian Ballet that tours regional New South Wales and Victoria, starring guest artists and graduating students from The Australian Ballet School. This year, the show presents a classical triple-bill of intensely talented dancers that, either by incident or design, seem to be free of the prestige and sense of elitism that is often associated with traditional ballet. Continue reading The Dancer’s Company @ IPAC→
In 1971, a young Richard Branson borrowed £30,000 from his aunt for the establishment of a recording studio. It was there that he discovered eighteen-year-old Mike Oldfield; and what a glorious discovery that was. From this alliance came a game-changing record of epic proportions, Tubular Bells, and arguably the most remarkable conglomeration of instruments of all time. It was the first to be produced under Branson’s Virgin Records and one that would go on to sell more than 25 million copies.
Tubular Bells for Two, composed and performed by Aiden Roberts and Daniel Holdsworth, is a monumental piece that compiles over 27 instruments played consecutively- and often simultaneously- in one raw and breathtaking rendition of Oldfield’s 1973 recording. With the infusion of a diverse range of sounds, the boys create a multitude of effortlessly merged rhythms, tones, pitches, and harmonies that absolutely submerge the audience. From the moment they begin that chilling refrain, the audience is absolutely engrossed. Continue reading Tubular Bells For Two→
A truly unique show crafting a kaleidoscope of emotions propped up with interactive video projection and dark humour.
This is a true story about Malcolm Allison and his journey as he battles a brain tumour. His character is cleverly interwoven in all aspects of the show – the language, costumes, jokes and music. While true stories tend to clutch a little tighter on the heart strings, this one is firmly gripped with authenticity as the audience watches Malcolm, one of the four cast members, bring to life his very own story. The audience is taken along for the ride delving into Malcolm’s imagination – and his quirky sense of humour.