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by Gwen O'Toole-Luscombe (subscribe)
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Make some noise for the Drummer Queens
Now showing at Melbourne's Comedy Theatre, Drummer Queens brings together 8 women for one incredible show. Straight from its premiere in Sydney, the incredibly rhythmic and entertaining show has opened in Melbourne, living up to all the hype it brought with it!

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Drummer Queens has opened in Melbourne for a short, must-see season. Image: by David Hooley


Created and composed by Joe Accaria, with creative direction by Nigel Turner-Carroll and choreography by Peta Anderson, Drummer Queens features world-class percussionists in a musical experience that's not to be missed.

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Book your tickets today before the show moves onto other cities across Australia. Image: David Hooley


If you love shows like Stomp and Tap Dogs, this is one for you. It mixes not just percussion but dance, comedy, a bit of audience participation and even a bit of acrobatics too. It's family-friendly and suitable for kids of all ages as well as equally suitable for a date night out.



The 85-minutes show (no interval) is packed from beginning to end with irresistible rhythms and a lot of fun. This live musical experience is sure to please. At any given point throughout the show, expect to look around and see your fellow audience-goers bopping their heads in time.

The creator and composer Joe Accaria said, "Karen Carpenter was once famously asked why she plays the drums. Her answer: 'Two words, WHY NOT'! Our heartbeat, our influencers and teachers are women. For me, it was Sheila E, Cindy Blackman, Viola Schmidt, all of whom paved the way for a young man to ignore a historical anomaly. Drummer Queens aims to give a platform to women of inexorable talent and musical wisdom, all brought to the fore in a physical group dynamic that pushes the boundaries of rhythm and performance through inspirational drumming and musicianship, joyous danceable groove and awe. There are all-female drumming groups in Asia, South America, Africa and beyond. WHY NOT now in Australia?"

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The show mixes purcusson with dance and even acrobatics.


It's high energy, full of the kind of rhythm that'll have you moving a bit in your seat and absolutely un-missable.

Following its Melbourne season, the production will move to Brisbane, Wollongong, Western Australian cities of Perth, Albany, Mandurah, Bunbury, before moving to Canberra and Adelaide.

The all-Australian cast includes Georgia Anderson, Stef Furnari, Niki Johnson, Salina Myat, Lisa Purmodh, Claudia Wherry, Peta Anderson and Ned Wu, with Sasha Lian Diaz as swing performer.

The show is only on until the 8th of May, so book your tickets now or miss out.





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Why? For a thunderous good time
When: Tues-Thurs 6:30pm, Fri-Sat 7:30pm, Wed & Sat 2pm, Sun 2pm & 6:30pm
Where: Melbourne Comedy Theatre, 240 Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Cost: Fom $49
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Karen Carpenter was a terrific drummer with an angelic voice to match. Good to draw on in this story
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|2584) 12 days ago
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