Black and White Blues: A Saucy Little Secret

September 2013

In 2012 HMS popup launched a Musical that explored the careers and personal lives of five of the most influential Blues women of the 1920s.

With a dazzling cast and sensational band, they played to sold-out crowds at Ellington Jazz Club in Perth.

In 2013 they toured in Melbourne, and again in Perth. Next year they hope to take the show to Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

My black and white illustrations, projected onto the dark wall of the jazz club, set the stage for a grungy, gritty series of sassy monologues.

Photos by VJzoo

 

 

A preview video from the first season:

 

Cast:

Magnus Danger Magnus…………….Maitre D

Kali Caramia (2012),

Di Shaw (2013)………………….Ma Rainey

Libby Hammer……………………Bessie Smith

Odette Mercy……………………Gladys Bentley

Natalie Gillespie……………….Ethel Waters

Harry Deluxe……………………Alberta Hunter

 

Band:

Leah Van der Muelen……………..Musical Director

Almore James……………………Guitar

Dominic D’Leno (2012),

Shane Lankester (2013)…………..Drums

Lewis Moody (2012),

Chris Foster (2013)……………………Piano

Robert Bresland…………………Trumpet

 

Creative:

Melanie Bainbridge………………Writer

Erin Fuery……………………..Director

Harry Deluxe……………………Director

Jenna Downing…………………..Set Designer / Artist

 

Crew:

Daine Spowart…………………..Sound Engineer

Meghan Fuery……………………Lighting Engineer

Shireen Sampson…………………Wardrobe

 

Special thanks:

Graham Wood and the Ellington Jazz Club Staff

VZoo

 

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