2017 - The Exotic Lives of Lola Montez
The Exotic Lives of Lola Montez
Showered with gold nuggets and insults, swathed in scandal - her erotic Spider Dance was “the most libertinish and indelicate performance that could be given on the public stage"
(Sydney Morning Herald 1855).
From award winning creators of the smash-hit national touring legend Caravan Burlesque, the internationally adored Glory Box and the haunting drama The Flood, comes a brand new drama decked in couture black lace, a thousand true lies, jaw-dropping dance, multi-award winning storytelling, sultry song and a death scene or three.
Created from a thousand stories true and false, The Exotic Lives of Lola Montez is a richly textured dreamscape, a wild web of storytelling, dance, myths, legends and truths as complicated and seductive as Lola herself.
Lola Montez was forbidden from performing in Geelong, showered with gold nuggets in Ballarat, so popular in Sydney tickets were sold at an auction and her performance was described by the Sydney Morning Herald in 1855 as “the most libertinish and indelicate performance that could be given on a public stage”.
Lola Montez was the wildest showgirl of the nineteenth century, and her 1855 Australian tour put Mick Jagger to shame. Risqué, rabble rousing and skirt raising, she horsewhipped her critics (including The Editor of the Ballarat Times), swung down mine shafts on a single rope with champagne in hand, created the infamous erotic spider dance (allegedly with no underwear), escaped arrest dressed only in her jewels, showered with gold nuggets and insults, Lola Montez swept through Australia and its goldfields leaving a wake of scandal, outraged citizens and lovesick miners. With a heady scent of freedom and true lies, Lola is a history that has never been forgotten.
The Exotic Lives of Lola Montez premieres at Her Majesty's Theatre in Ballarat on July 28th, and then careens wildly across Victoria in many directions for many weeks.
Written by Jackie Smith
Directed by Moira Finucane
Performed by Caroline Lee and Holly Durant
Stage Managed by Sarah Platts
Coming soon to a theatre near you:
Thursday, July 27, 2017 Her Majesty's Theatre, Ballarat
Friday, July 28, 2017 Her Majesty's Theatre, Ballarat
Saturday, July 29, 2017 Her Majesty's Theatre, Ballarat
Sunday, July 30, 2017 Her Majesty's Theatre, Ballarat
Thursday, August 03, 2017 Colac Otway Performing Arts and Culture Centre, Colac
Friday, August 04, 2017 The Potato Shed, Drysdale, Vic
Saturday, August 05, 2017 The Potato Shed, Drysdale, Vic
Wednesday, August 09, 2017 Savernake School of Arts Hall, Savernake, NSW (Just over the border near Albury)
Thursday, August 10, 2017 Barooga Sports Club, Barooga, NSW (Over the border near Cobram)
Friday, August 11, 2017 Tungamah Soldiers Memorial Hall, Tungamah, Vic (not far from Yarrawonga)
Saturday, August 12, 2017 Cohuna Memorial Hall, Cohuna, Vic, (near Kerang)
Thursday, August 17, 2017 The Bowery Theatre, St. Albans, Vic
Friday, August 18, 2017 The Crossing Cafe, Deniliquin, Vic (TBC)
Saturday, August 19, 2017 Swan Hill Town Hall Performing Arts and Conference Centre, Swan Hill, Vic
Thursday, August 24, 2017 Castlemaine Town Hall, Castlemaine, Vic
Friday, August 25, 2017 Cardinia Cultural Centre, Pakenham, Vic
Saturday, August 26, 2017 Trafalgar Public Hall, Trafalgar (out past Warrigal)
Thursday, August 31, 2017 Ararat Performing Arts Centre, Ararat
Friday, September 01, 2017 Ararat Performing Arts Centre, Ararat
Saturday, September 02, 2017 Ararat Performing Arts Centre, Ararat
Sunday, September 03, 2017 Ararat Performing Arts Centre, Ararat
Tuesday, September 05, 2017 The Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool, Vic
Wednesday, September 06, 2017 Portland Arts Centre, Portland
Thursday, September 07, 2017 Hamilton Performing Arts Centre, Hamilton
Friday, September 08, 2017 Horsham Town Hall, Horsham
Saturday, September 09, 2017 The Capital - Bendigo's Performing Arts Centre, Bendigo
Sunday, September 10, 2017 Dunolly Town Hall, Dunolly, Vic
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Tuggeranong, ACT (out of Canberra)
Friday, September 15, 2017 Griffith Regional Theatre, Griffith, NSW
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Shirley Burke Theatre, Kingston Arts, Parkdale, Vic
Thursday, September 21, 2017 Burrinja Cultural Centre, Upwey, Vic
Friday, September 22, 2017 Riverlinks Eastbank Centre, Shepparton
Saturday, September 23, 2017 Kyneton Town Hall, Kyneton
Thursday, September 28, 2017 Gasworks Arts Park, Albert Park, Vic
Friday, September 29, 2017 Gasworks Arts Park, Albert Park, Vic
Saturday, September 30, 2017 Gasworks Arts Park, Albert Park, Vic