Bernadette Robinson Returns in Songs For Nobodies
Following her sold-out season in London’s West End, Bernadette Robinson returns to Australia for a limited engagement in the hit play SONGS FOR NOBODIES.
First performed 10 years ago, SONGS FOR NOBODIES will tour to Geelong Performing Arts Centre from Friday 13 December, 2019, Arts Centre Melbourne from Wednesday 18 December and Sydney Opera House from 23 January, 2020. This spellbinding one woman play, is a tour de force of imagined encounters between five mid 20th-century divas, Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf and Maria Callas, and five ordinary women.
Renowned Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith has mined a rich seam of longing, humour and quiet frustration to conjure the alchemic effect these women’s encounters with their musical idols have on their lives - from right there in the moment to their future choices.
Under the direction of Simon Phillips, Robinson switches characters and vocals without a breath, each song choice a glorious homage and celebration, delivered with passion and emotion that few ever come close to. Every audience member intimately feels that her performance is just for them.
SONGS FOR NOBODIES with Bernadette Robinson was a huge success in the West End, with great reviews for her performance, and for the show generally. As a result, the production was nominated for the UK’s most prestigious theatre award – anOlivier Award.
SONGS FOR NOBODIES showcases Robinson’s astonishing talent for recreating the great singers of the past. On stage for 90 minutes accompanied by live musicians, her miraculous voice shifts from the smoky blues to a thrilling soprano. With consummate ease, she breathes new life into the five legendary performers and the five ordinary women whose lives were changed by their brush with fame.
SONGS FOR NOBODIES was originally written for Bernadette Robinson by Joanna Murray-Smith on a commission from Simon Phillips as Artistic Director of the Melbourne Theatre Company.
Simon Phillips said “Ever since I sat stunned at a Bernadette Robinson concert not believing my ears, I wanted to create a show for her, something that put her miraculous ability to reincarnate the great singing voices of the past into a rich theatrical context. So I knocked on the obvious door. Joanna Murray-Smith’s brilliant talent for channelling not only characters but somehow the spirit of the performer.”
Venue: Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Drama Theatre
Dates & Times: Friday 13 December 7.30pm
Saturday 14 December 2.00pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 15 December 2.00pm & 5.00pm
Bookings: Geelong Performing Arts Centre or
Venue: Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio
Dates & Times: Wednesday 18 December 7.30pm
Thursday 19 December 7.30pm
Friday 20 December 7.30pm
Saturday 21 December 2.00pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 22 December 5.00pm
Monday 23 December 6.00pm
Thursday 26 December 7.30pm
Friday 27 December 7.30pm
Saturday 28 December 2.00pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 29 December 2.00pm & 6.00pm
Bookings: Arts Centre Melbourne or
Venue: Sydney Opera House, Playhouse
Dates & Times: Thursday 23 January 7.30pm
Friday 24 January 7.30pm
Saturday 25 January 2.00pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 26 January 5.00pm
Tuesday 28 January 7.30pm
Wednesday 29 January 2.00pm & 7.30pm
Thursday 30 January 7.30pm
Friday 31 January 7.30pm
Saturday 1 February 2.00pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 2 February 5.00pm
Bookings: Sydney Opera House or