In a Parisian cafe bar in 1932, we meet Bijou draped in her tattered finery. Over many glasses of wine, she reads palms, tells and sells saucy stories, sings snatches of song and relives the adventures of her long-lost youth.
But tonight she starts to unravel – past, present, truth and lies collide in a bizarre confusion of tragi-comedy, cabaret and bawdy revelations.
The bar pianist plays Satie, Weill, Hollander, Bruant and more, triggering memories of Bijou’s haphazard past. It’s a Cabaret of ribald tales, French and German songs and the unravelling of a life story…truth or fantasy?
Performed by Chrissie Shaw, as she relives the tragic life of fictional character Bijou. Featuring Alan Hicks as the pianist, this hour and a half long theatrical piece will have you both weeping and in stitches as one woman tumultuously unravels her life story.
Director: Susan Pilbeam Performer: Chrissie Shaw Pianist: Alan Hicks Design: Imogen Keen and Victoria Worley Lighting Design: Gillian Schwab Choreography: Liz Lea
Bijou – a cabaret of secrets and seduction
The Street Theatre – Childers Street, Canberra City West
Season: 29 August – 8 September 2013
Bookings: (02) 6247 1223 or online at: www.thestreet.org.au
For more information, visit: www.thestreet.org.au for details.
Image: Chrissie Shaw