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All Fired Up - Redland Performing Arts Centre

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Dance back into the 80s
Step back into the fashion, music and fun of the '80s with the musical stage performance of All Fired Up playing at the Redland Performing Arts Centre on Friday 23 September 2022.

Set in the 1980s. we meet Tammy Tooth as she takes a musical journey of re-discovery which starts when she faces her 15 year-old-self in her teenage bedroom. From there, she can ask herself major life questions against the backdrop of a great musical soundtrack.

They don't call the '80s the era of excess for nothing. Think big permed or teased hair, shimmering lycra gym wear witheadbandsds and leg warmers, ridiculously large shoulder pads, and bold outlandish colours and you start to get an idea of what this generation looked like. Add in the musical soundtrack led by WHAM, Duran Duran, Pat Benatar and so much more and you are back in the 80s.

I asked Roz Pappalardo who co-wrote the production and also stars in it about the show.

From WHAM to Pat Benatar, the '80s certainly provides you with a pretty solid selection of music to select from for the show.

The '80s as an era was seminal, particularly for the advance and recognition of female artists in contemporary music. Strong songs, strong and brave looks, choruses that go for days, and remain iconic to this very day!

These are the songs that forged a generation, take you to a place when life wasn't as complicated, and bring a youthful joy back to the present day thanks to memories and the ability to make up words and lyrics to songs we thought really existed.

What is it about the '80s that you love most and you think resonates with audiences?

Audiences tend to really embrace the big hair (apparently the bigger the better), bold colours, and looks that kept edging into a new era. In terms of the music, audiences love the interplay of songs we've chosen for the work that moves between rock and pop. The show transports our audiences to a time that was less complicated, full of the joy of growing up, whilst singing songs at the top of their lungs that stand the test of time.

The '80s is well remembered for its bold, colourful fashion. Did you find some original 80s vintage wear for the costumes e.g lycra, leggings and headbands or are they new pieces made specifically?

We found some vintage wear for the bands specifically, when we've gone for the Adam Ant, Poison, Blues Brothers, Duran Duran look coupled with the ra-ra skirted, let's get physical approach. We encourage our community dancers to bring forth all of the neon and colourful exercise wear they have hidden in the back of their cupboard as well.

Excitingly enough, our audiences jump the occasion when they come to our show, boasting a flotilla of taffeta '80s bridesmaid dresses, immaculately and very highly teased fringes and far too many brightly coloured beads and bangles.

Along with the fun, the show also has a significant life lesson. Have you found that it has a profound impact on some viewers and the cast?

The premise of finding joy and well being through the arts has resonated through the cast and crew specifically but most importantly the premise has connected with the community dancers that we engage with as we lead up to the delivery of the performance in each town.

We hold a series of dance workshops with women in each community with the view to engaging some of the women in two moments onstage in the professional production. Anecdotally, this has been a massive life changer for these women and reintroduced them to life in the arts or at least reintroduced them to an aspect of how the arts can improve fitness, increase happiness and improve well being!

Tickets are:

Adult: $35.00

Senior/Pensioner: $32.00

Students: $30.00 - Highschool and University

Groups 10 : $30.00 - per person

If you can't get to the Redland show, All Fired Up will also be performed in Southbank in the Brisbane CBD as part of the Brisbane Festival and Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast.

The show runs for 70 minutes (no interval) of music, make- up and memories.

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Why? 80s inspired play
When: 7:30pm
Where: 2/16 Middle St, Cleveland QLD 4163
Cost: $30 - $35
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