Ever since I was 7-years-old, I knew I wanted to be a writer and made my own Mr Men books. Today, I am a freelance writer and have the privilege to review bands, theatre and comedy across Melbourne, not to mention interview some incredible artists.
The Seekers Musical world premiere
Georgy Girl - the Seekers Musical celebrates the story of one of Australia's most remarkable bands, The Seekers. Currently playing at Her Majesty Theatre in Melbourne, the charming musical evokes emotion and takes the audience on a 50-year journey. With only a limited season in Melbourne, the production will then head to Sydney for 9 - week run at the State Theatre.
As The Seekers were a little before my time, it was a road of discovery for me. The musical focuses on The Seekers meteoric rise to stardom and their incredible international success. Unlike the Beatles or Rolling Stone, the Melbourne - based folk quartet were the poster children for morality and decency and unlikely pop stars. In their heyday they managed to topple both the Beatles and Rolling Stone for the coveted number one position on the charts.
The Seekers first appearance on the BBC
Portraying Judith Durham, Pippa Grandison is warm and channels the magnetism of Judith. Athol Guy (Glaston Toft), Keith Potger (Phillip Lowe) and Bruce Woodley (Mike McLeish) make up the rest of The Seekers. As a unit, the performers are solid and embody all of the characteristics that made up the squeaky – clean band.
Given that the musical spanned 50 years in just two hours, the narrative flowed well. Dance numbers were well paced and choreographed by Michael Ralph who is one of Australia's rising stars. Musical highlights included, "I'll Never Find Another You," "Walk With Me," "Georgy Girl" and "I Am Australian".
Shortly after Judith's husband Ron Edgeworth (Adam Murphy) passed away from Motor Neurone Disease, the ensemble performed, "I Am Australian." It was a powerful moment and one I'll never forget. Still reeling from Ron's death, the song radiated through me and brought tears to the eyes of many.
As the show closed, Adam Murphy spoke to the audience about Motor Neurone Disease and although he was composed throughout the evening, he struggled to maintain his composure during his compassionate plea. Bravo for bringing such a debilitating disease to the forefront.
A beautiful story and well - worth seeing if you're a fan of The Seekers.