Hilarious, honest, absurd, ARIA and Helpmann award-winning star of stage and screen iOTA reconnects with his roots in The Average Joe – a candid and touching exploration of identity and sexuality at Studio Underground as part of the Blue Room Theatre’s 2017 Summer Nights program.
The Average Joe shifts between absurd hilarity and stripped back intimacy with new music performed live by iOTA and his band. A touching and honest insight into the world of this extraordinary artist, it fuses story and song in a riotous ride through the camp, the confessional and the confrontational.
Join iOTA for this deeply personal, hilarious look at his past and present selves, at the struggles of growing up and of leaving behind the children we once were. An irreverent, charming and disarming solo show that is inspired by truth and full of lies.
Written and performed by iOTA (Smoke and Mirrors, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Rocky Horror, Mad Max: Fury Road), directed by Melissa Cantwell (The Kabuki Drop), and featuring a line-up of incredible West Australian musicians. This irreverent and disarming solo show is a rare opportunity to see an extraordinary Australian performer at the height of his powers.
The Kabuki Drop is a multi-platform theatre company which seeks to redefine the nature of the theatrical experience. We are storytellers who reinterpret theatre forms and present ideas and aesthetics for adventurous audiences. We play with and within our environments, creating works in a variety of spaces and across art forms.
“He’s phenomenal: sexy, enigmatic, commanding attention whenever he’s on stage… You can’t take your eyes off him.” – Sunday Telegraph
Director & Producer: Melissa Cantwell Performers: iOTA, James McMillan Musicians: Kieran Barnes, Tim Voutas, Francisco Munoz Lighting Designer: Matthew Marshall Set Designer: Lawrie Cullen-Tait Sound Design: Rachael Dease & iOTA Stage Manager: Hugo Aguilar López Associate Producer: Jessica Russell
The Average Joe
Studio Underground – State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, 174-176 William St, Perth
Season continues to: 28 January 2017
Information and Bookings: www.blueroom.org.au
Image: iOTA stars in The Average Joe – photo by James Guiney