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By Adam Brunes & Naomi Price
A La Boite & The Little Red Company production

From the creators of celebrated Australian works Rumour Has It and Wrecking Ball comes the must-see live music event of the year: Lady Beatle – a kaleidoscopic reimagining of The Beatles’ greatest hits.

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Starring Australian stage and screen star Naomi Price (The Tragedy of King Richard III, Ladies in Black, The Voice Australia) and inspired by true accounts, Lady Beatle weaves a fantastical tale about the woman who inspired The Beatles’ biggest chart toppers, including Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds, Eleanor Rigby, Lady Madonna, Penny Lane and Yesterday.

Rediscover The Beatles’ immortal catalogue as new, reimagined and reinterpreted through sparkling original arrangements performed live by this world-class vocalist and a virtuosic band of Australia’s top musicians.

Lady Beatle reunites Matilda Award-winning collaborators Adam Brunes and Naomi Price in their highly anticipated third pop-culture cabaret, promising a heady trip of psychedelic fun, magical entertainment, and wide-eyed wonderment.

Cabaret seating available.

Auslan Interpreted Performance on the 31st May, 7:30pm.

Cast & creatives

  • Lighting Design Jason Glenwright
  • Sound Design Jamie Taylor
  • Costume Design Leigh Buchanan
  • Performers Naomi Price with Mik Easterman, Andrew Johnson, Michael Manikus and Jason McGregor

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Meet Mik Easterman – Drummer in Lady Beatle

“Keep doing it because you need to, not because you think you should” Mik Easterman

Mik is one of Australia’s most revered musicians and producers and original drummer for The Little Red Company’s hit productions Rumour Has It, Wrecking Ball, and the forthcoming Lady Beatle. With Naomi Price, Mik has played several iconic Australian venues including Sydney Opera House, Adelaide Festival Centre and Brisbane Powerhouse. Other notable collaborators include acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter Suze Demarchi (Baby Animals) and star of stage and screen Luke Kennedy (The Voice Australia). As a producer, Mik has worked on remixes for The Roots, Bertie Blackman, Blue Juice, Blood Red Shoes and Scroobious Pip, and has recorded with Jeff Martin, Bullrush, and award-winning Gold Coast band The Lamplights.

If you were a song by The Beatles, which song would you be and why? 
I would be ‘Hey Jude’ because it’s lot’s of fun for a while and then it over stays it’s welcome.

Which member of The Beatles would you be and why?
As drummer for Lady Beatle I’d like to be the best drummer in the band so…..Paul (*winks knowingly*)

What is your favourite lyric(s) by The Beatles?
I love that they used a lot of cheekiness and in jokes in the backing vocals. In ‘Taxman’ they sing “Mr Heath” and “Mr Wilson” who were politicians at the time. In ‘Revolution’ After Lennon says ‘You can count me out’ there is a very faint ‘in’ and my favourite is ‘Happiness Is A Warm Gun’. The absurdity of sweetly singing ‘Bang bang shoot shot’ is hilarious!

Do you have any advice for aspiring young artists?
Keep doing it because you need to, not because you think you should

Favourite country you’ve travelled to and why did you choose to go there? Dubai, it always reminds me that if you can dream it, it can become real

What is your dream destination to travel to?
I would love to go to South Africa. I enjoy cultures that are different to what I’m used to and South Africa is so rich in it’s musical heritage.

24.04.17

Meet Andrew Johnson, Bass Guitarist in Lady Beatle

“Seek out those people and experiences that inspire your creativity and also give you insight into what is needed in your own skill set” Andrew Johnson

Multi-instrumentalist Andrew Johnson is one of Queensland’s most sought-after musical talents, with countless professional credits to his name as a session musician for major musicals including Matilda The Musical, The Lion King, Wicked, Mary Poppins, Avenue Q, Miss Saigon, Legally Blonde, Mamma Mia, Dirty Dancing, Anything Goes, Grease, Annie, and Dusty. Andrew has performed with some of Australia’s most acclaimed artists and ensembles, including Naomi Price, Luke Kennedy, Kate Ceberano, James Morrison, David Campbell, Melinda Schneider, Bob Downe, Rhonda Burchmore, Queensland Ballet, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra and Queensland Pops Orchestra. Studio credits include Mark Sholtez, Luke Kennedy, Steven Jaymes, Steve Irwin, Bindi Irwin, Josh Lovegrove, Blackwood, Francesca De Valence, Adam Lopez, Yves Klein Blue, Stacey Broughton, Brad Butcher, Shifter, Shutterspeed and Lance Friend. Andrew is also a highly skilled arranger and composer, recently orchestrating Rumour Has It to include The Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra at Brisbane Powerhouse in January 2017.

If you were a song by The Beatles, which song would you be and why?
Well, Got to get you into my Life does ring a bell for me. For me it’s a call to not only those people I love but those things that make me feel alive and motivated. (never mind what Paul was actually writing about…

Which member of The Beatles would you be and why?
Paul, if I could be. All of those melodies and that Bass playing. Plus he’s still kicking and creating.

What is your favourite lyric(s) by The Beatles?
Blackbird. A great combination of lyric, melody and harmony.

Do you have any advice for aspiring young artists?
Seek out those people and experiences that inspire your creativity and also give you insight into what is needed in your own skill set. Apply that to questions like: “Should I go to Uni to study?”

Favourite country you’ve travelled to and why did you choose to go there?
Outside of the big city experiences all musicians love, my favourite is Switzerland. It’s such a different feeling to suburban Australia. BIG mountains and snow. Beautiful.

What is your dream destination to travel to?
My next dream destination would have to be Nashville, a town with so much writing and recording of music. All kinds, not just “both kinds”.

24.04.17

Meet Michael ‘Flash’ Manikus – Pianist for Lady Beatle

“Attitude is everything - you and only you can create the energy, the drive, the passion, the determination and effervescence” Michael 'Flash' Manikus

Few musicians can say they’ve performed in more than 40 countries across the globe, but piano virtuoso Michael ‘Flashy’ Manikus is one of them. As music director for Australia’s international touring act The TEN Tenors for more than a decade, Michael has performed at some of world music’s biggest venues and events, including Royal Albert Hall, Colorline Arena, and The Governor’s Ball Emmy Awards Dinner in Hollywood. Queensland Conservatorium trained, Michael has established himself as one of Australia’s most celebrated accompanists and music directors, working alongside numerous industry legends including Lionel Richie, Katie Melua and Hot Chocolate, plus Australian stars Naomi Price, Luke Kennedy, Mirusia and Busby Marou. Michael has been a proud company member of The Little Red Company’s debut production Rumour Has It since its premiere in 2012 and has collaborated on the company’s follow-up productions Wrecking Ball and Lady Beatle. With Rumour Has It, Michael has toured to some of Australia’s most prestigious venues and events including Sydney Opera House, Adelaide Festival Centre and Hamer Hall Melbourne, and accompanied Naomi Price to Malaysia as music director for the international.

Which member of The Beatles would you be and why?
Paul McCartney ; I love his ladness, his voice, his bass playing, his piano playing and all of his musical influences, style and taste. I’m also love Paul’s hit duets recordings in the 80’s with ‘The Girl is Mine’ with MJ and ‘Ebony and Ivory’ with Stevie Wonder. Some legends of the music industry but Sir Paul holds his own with any singer in any vocal booth.

What is your favourite lyric(s) by The Beatles?
I played a beautiful arrangement of this Beatles song on tour years ago playing the same song almost 200 nights a year and some of the lyrics got me every time …
“There are places I remember all my life, though some have changed. Some forever, not for better, some have gone and some remain.” – In My Life

Do you have any advice for aspiring young artists?
Attitude is everything – you and only you can create the energy, the drive, the passion, the determination and effervescence, so let positivity reign and give everything your best shot! Also always try to be prompt, professional.

Favourite country you’ve travelled to and why did you choose to go there?
The Maldives! I went to this exotic location on my honeymoon, and it was absolute paradise. Felt extremely pampered which turned out to be one of the quickest weeks of my life, but it was sheer bliss!

What is your dream destination to travel to?
India 🇮🇳 I had a gig offer to work there when I was 19 years old but I stayed in Uni to complete my degree and didn’t take up the opportunity. It’s still a bucket list dream destination to travel to. I love Indian cuisine, and am fascinated by Indian culture.

Is there anything you’d like to add?
My other favourite lyric from Paul McCartney although not from a Beatles song is ‘she told me I’m her forever lover you know don’t you remember?’

24.04.17

Meet Jamie Taylor – Sound Designer for Lady Beatle

Image by Dylan Evans

“Always always always ask questions...people are always willing to help, and share their knowledge.” Jamie Taylor

Known for his “Big, perfect sound”, Jamie is an in-demand Audio Engineer and Sound Designer based in Brisbane, Australia. He has toured internationally with many artists, and his sound designs have been used for multiple overseas seasons, including for the Matilda and Groundling award-winning Rumour Has It. Australian Event Productions Australian Event Productions was founded in 2003 with the aim of providing high quality sound reinforcement services and products at an affordable price. AEP has, to date, supplied services at every major Brisbane venue, as well as equipping national and international tours. AEP’s services have been provided at many venues in south-east Queensland, as well as at many high-profile corporate functions locally and interstate.

AEP has been employed to provide audio services at such festivals as the Sydney Royal Easter Show, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Brisbane Festival, Holland Dance Festival and Singapore Esplanade, as well as working with such artists as Human Nature, The Living End, The TEN Tenors, Thirsty Merc, Ja Rule, Eskimo Joe, and many more.

If you were a song by The Beatles, which song would you be and why?
Probably ‘I am the Walrus’.  In this world we live in, it’s always good to take a little time out to be irreverent and silly.

Which member of The Beatles would you be and why?
Definitely George.  One of my favourite things in researching him was finding out how close his relationship to Monty Python was, and to me that’s a fascinating side of him that isn’t talked about much.

What is your favourite lyric(s) by The Beatles?
Anything that Paul McCartney wrote in his serious moods, particularly ‘let it be’.  It might be controversial, but he’s my favourite one of the Lennon-McCartney partnership.

Favourite country you’ve travelled to and why did you choose to go there?
The United States of America is always my favourite.  It’s amazing to wake up daily on a tour bus and be in a new state, with a completely different culture, dialect and customs to the one you left yesterday.

Do you have any advice for aspiring young artists?
My biggest advice to technicians is to always always always ask questions.  Particularly in the technical side of the industry, people are always willing to help, and share their knowledge.  For sound engineers/designers in particular it’s that “There’s no right way to do sound, but there’s a lot of wrong ways”.

Is there anything you’d like to add?
It’s always a pleasure to work with The Little Red Company.  As a sound designer, it’s a dream to have a client say to you ‘We want this to sound the best it possibly can, what do we need to do that?’

 

21.04.17

Meet Jason Glenwright – Lighting Designer for Lady Beatle

“Take every opportunity you get to begin with, even if it means working for very little or no money. If people enjoy working with you and what you create, they will want to work you again which not only improves your craft but in turn opens you to more opportunities.” Jason Glenwright

Jason Glenwright has designed more than 200 productions specialising in theatre, music theatre, opera, orchestral concerts, cabaret, dance and puppetry. He is one of Queensland’s most revered and awarded designers of the last 10 years, having won a Matilda Award for Best Lighting Design in 2015 and 2016, a Gold Matilda Award in 2013 as well as further nominations in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2016. Jason has also received three Groundling Awards and nine Del Arte Chart awards. Jason’s credits with Little Red include Rumour Has It, including its Sydney Opera House season and 2017 national tour, Wrecking Ball and How to Make Snow. Production credits with La Boite include The Tragedy of King Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pale Blue Dot, A Hoax (with Griffin Theatre Company), Ruben Guthrie and Julius Caesar. Jason has also designed
productions for companies including Bell Shakespeare, Opera Queensland, The Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, Queensland Theatre, shake & stir theatre co, Harvest Rain, Queensland Conservatorium, QUT, JUTE, Dead Puppet Society, Brisbane Powerhouse, Debase, Goat Track Theatre, The Good Room, Belloo Creative, TAM, Oscar Theatre and many more. www.jasonglenwright.com.

If you were a song by The Beatles, which song would you be and why? 
Here Comes The Sun. As well as being an awesome catchy optimistic song, I feel it explains a bit of what I do!

Which member of The Beatles would you be and why? 
Probably Ringo Starr. He is very light hearted and I feel like I share his quirky sense of humour. I don’t feel I ‘d look as good with the mo though…

What is your favourite lyric(s) by The Beatles? 
“Let it be.” Together they are such powerful words. Paul McCartney wrote Let It be following a dream whereby he remembered this advice from his mother- “Be gentle, don’t fight things, just try and go with the flow and it will all work out.” I feel it’s advice we all need to remember from time to time.

Do you have any advice for aspiring young artists?
Take every opportunity you get to begin with, even if it means working for very little or no money. If people enjoy working with you and what you create, they will want to work you again which not only improves your craft but in turn opens you to more opportunities.

Favourite country you’ve travelled to and why did you choose to go there?
I enjoyed my trip to the US in 2015. I visited LA, bought a small nicely scented candle, went to Disneyland and then travelled to experience more of the culture and food of New York City. When I’m there it feels like it could be home.

What is your dream destination to travel to?
I still haven’t travelled to any of Europe and I would really love to! UK, France, Italy, Spain… so many inspiring sights, sounds and tastes I’m longing to explore!

Is there anything you’d like to add?
389627 + 501376. One day I will get around to solving that equation.

 

 

21.04.17

Lady Beatle Rehearsal pics

Naomi Price – Co-Creator and Star of Lady Beatle

Image by Dylan Evans

“What I believe we need are people who are passionate advocates, who have creativity in their veins” Naomi Price

A bit about Naomi Price

Naomi Price is one of Australia’s leading cabaret and theatre performers, best known for her performances on The Voice Australia, and as pop icon Adele in Rumour Has It and twerk superstar Miley in Wrecking Ball, both original productions written together with Adam Brunes for their production house The Little Red Company. Naomi sprang to national attention in 2015 as Ricky Martin’s leading lady on The Voice Australia which saw her reach the semi-finals as Ricky’s last female artist and place sixth overall. Naomi’s iconic renditions of Defying Gravity, Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, and The Winner Takes It All received standing ovations and accolades from the show’s superstar judges Jessie J, Delta Goodrem and the Madden Brothers.

Originally from England, Naomi’s extensive performance credits include the original cast of Ladies in Black (Melbourne Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre Company), Kiss Me Kate (Opera Queensland), The Tragedy of King Richard III (La Boite Theatre Company), Gloria (Queensland Theatre Company), The Wishing Well (La Boite Theatre Company), with numerous television appearances and international performances. Naomi is highly sought-after as a special guest vocalist and has performed alongside countless artists including Ricky Martin, Tim Finn, Guy Sebastian, James Morrison, Kate Miller-Heidke, Troy Cassar-Daley, Max Pellicano, and Broadway composer Scott Alan.

 

Five minute with Naomi

If you were a song by The Beatles, which song would you be and why?
I would be ‘Penny Lane’ – English by name, English by nature, with multiple personalities and a mention of pie.
Which member of The Beatles would you be and why?
I would absolutely be Paul. The joker, the lad, the outgoing one, the charmer.

What is your favourite lyric(s) by The Beatles?
“It’s wonderful to be here / It’s certainly a thrill / You’re such a lovely audience / We’d like to take you home with us / We’d love to take you home” – and therein lies the reason any performer does what they do (regardless of what they tell you): it’s a chance to get laid.

Do you have any advice for aspiring young artists?
If you don’t love performing or creating or writing directing, if you don’t absolutely live and breathe it, and can imagine yourself doing something else quite happily – go and do that other thing instead. There are so many people trying to make a living from the arts and entertainment industry, and what I believe we need are people who are passionate advocates, who have creativity in their veins. You only have to look at John Lennon for inspiration here – he could not have embodied more what it is to be a true artist. It was within him and without him.
Favourite country you’ve travelled to and why did you choose to go there?
Paris is my favourite city in the world. I last went there in 2013 with my partner, and we did all the cliche romantic things like having a snog under the Eiffel Tower. I remember the first taste of French onion soup when we got off the Metro, and wandering around on New Year’s Eve finding tiny wine stores and buying cheese and bread. It really is exactly like all the movies. I loved that it didn’t disappoint. When I die, I want my ashes scattered there. Somewhere fabulously bohemian like Montmartre. With a great view.

What is your dream destination to travel to?
New York City. I would say Las Vegas, but I think I’m going there next week, to see the queen of my life Celine Dion performing live.

18.04.17

Lady Beatle Official Trailer

Meet Adam Brunes – Writer of Lady Beatle

Photography: Dylan Evans

“I definitely relate most to Paul I think, in that we share a similar sense of optimism and romanticism.” Adam Brunes

A bit about Adam…

Since graduating with a Bachelor of Journalism from Queensland University of Technology in 2008, Adam has held a number of marketing and communications positions across the entertainment, tourism, hospitality and creative industries in Queensland and abroad. Career highlights include Communications Manager for The Star Entertainment Group, Digital Producer for Endemol Australia (Big Brother Australia 2013/2014), Marketing & PR Manager for La Boite Theatre Company, Communications Manager for Expressions Dance Company, Assistant Producer at the Gate Theatre Notting Hill, and freelance positions with ABC Arts Online, Opera Australia, Bleach* Festival, The Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, and The TEN Tenors. Adam is co-director of The Little Red Company with Naomi Price, with whom he has produced a number of corporate events and awardwinning live performances at some of Australia’s most prolific venues including Sydney Opera House, Adelaide Festival Centre and Hamer Hall Melbourne. Co-writing credits for Little Red include Rumour Has It, Wrecking Ball, and Lady Beatle. Adam currently works as an Account Director at leading Australian integrated marketing agency P4 Group, with a
broad client-base that includes Brisbane Festival and Nightlife Music.

Five minutes with Adam Brunes

If you were a song by The Beatles, which song would you be and why?
Most likely something quite ambiguous and a bit dramatic, like Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds, which can be interpreted in very different ways.

Which member of The Beatles would you be and why?
I definitely relate most to Paul I think, in that we share a similar sense of optimism and romanticism (“Sadness isn’t sadness; it’s happiness in a black jacket”). Of the four boys, Paul was known as the ‘people person’ – he could talk to anyone – and I’m the same. Paul is also continually aspiring to greatness and always seeking to be ‘better’. Even at 74, he’s still writing and releasing music, with the mindset that his next new song could be his best ever.

What is your favourite lyric(s) by The Beatles?
This one’s impossible! Even the band’s lesser known songs contain lyrical gems (“Life flows on within you and without you” – Within You and Without You; “Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see” – Strawberry Fields)

If I had to pick one song, however, it would have to be All You Need is Love:

“Nothing you can know that isn’t known; Nothing you can see that isn’t shown; Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be; It’s easy.”

Do you have any advice for aspiring young artists?
Probably the biggest learning of my career to date is that you have to create your own opportunities. There’s so much time to be lost, or potential to remain unrealised, in waiting for opportunities to come to you. More generally, be kind. In any industry, people do business with people they like.

Favourite country you’ve travelled to and why did you choose to go there?
New York City is probably my favourite place in the world. I love the scale, the pace, the sense of opportunity. I spent Christmas just gone there with dear friends and fellow theatre makers Nick Paine and David Morton (Dead Puppet Society) and just had the most outrageous time. It’s the one place in the world where it genuinely feels like anything can happen.

What is your dream destination to travel to?
I’ve always been fascinated by India; that’s definitely on my bucket list. The food; the culture; the colour; the spirituality. I feel like it would be a complete sensory overload in the best possible way. Of course India was a huge influence on The Beatles too, and John Lennon in particular, with 30+ songs coming out of their time there including Blackbird, Dear Prudence, and Revolution. 

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