I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
The Worst Opera Singer In The World
A play based on the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins that was the inspiration for the 2016 movie is now playing at Riverside Theatres Parramatta.
'The worst singer in the world' (image from website)
Glorious! is a heartwarming comedy about an amazing woman and her long suffering piano playing accompanist. Written by Peter Quilter, the 2007 version is full of witty one liners and has a cast of three. The eccentric but lovable Florence Foster Jenkins is played with aplomb by Diana McLean whilst Mitchell Roberts imbues a sense of reluctance and embarrassment to his role of Cosme McMoon. Felicity Soper is very funny in her three roles as Maria, Dorothy and the 'music loving' Mrs Verrinder-George.
Florence in her heyday (image Wikipedia)
The audience giggled and laughed the whole way through the 90-minute production but the ending was quite sobering. The set design in the Lennox theatre is simple but effective, with the apartment window opening to the skyline of New York as well as showing black & white footage of Florence in her 1940s heyday. This travelling production of Glorious! has played to audiences in country NSW and Victoria and is moving on to Brisbane, Surfers Paradise, Wagga Wagga and Leitchville.
Whilst screeching and warbling her way through many songs and arias, Florence gave many people a lot of joy, just as her story does to this day.