My history in the performing arts begins in 1984, when I wrote, directed and starred in a class-conflict pantomime entitled The Dairymaids, The Queen and the Duchess. After lunchtime was over, my cast refused to re-enact the play for the assembled Grade One students. This was when I first realised the trials of independent theatre.
Twenty years later, I made my Melbourne Fringe Festival debut with a comic cabaret show in the character of an upwardly mobile human resources consultant-turned rap superstar, The Incredible Melk. Directed by Linda Catalano and with a score co-written by Chris Wenn, The Incredible Melk’s Booty Pageant was highly commended in the 2004 Fringe Awards. I took the show to the 2005 Melbourne International Comedy Festival – click here to read Helen Razer’s review.
I studied jazz piano and composition and spent my teenage years immersed in a cappella choirs – ranging from sacred music and madrigals to world music, gospel and pop. I wanted to start a choir long before Glee made it cool. These days, I content myself with making little musical jokes and jingles at my Soundcloud account.