SONGS FOR THE FALLEN | MICHAEL SIEDERS PRESENTS
Presented by Michael Sieders and Tamarama Rocksurfers
Written by Sheridan Harbridge
2012 Old Fitz, Tamarma Rocksurfers, SYDNEY
On January 15th 1847, Marie Duplessis - courtesan, party girl, liar and legend - got out of bed, put on a dress, ordered a bottle of champagne, and sat alone in her Paris apartment to celebrate her birthday. She died 18 days later, aged 23… But Mademoiselle is not done yet.
After a hugely successful season, that had critics and audiences raving, Songs for the Fallen part vaudeville, part punk opera, part MTV-does-Baroque, is the wild and unforgettable final birthday party Marie never had. With a lush live baroque-pop score (Basil Hogios AFI Nominee), Marie Duplessis (Sheridan Harbridge Best Cabaret Melb Fringe) will drag you along on a hilarious, loud adventure that made this woman, a legend.
We’re gonna party like it’s 1847. And it’s going to be HUGE… Again!
"A short show is a good show," performer Sheridan Harbridge assures us at the top of this self-penned pop opera romp. She doesn't disappoint...Trashy behaviour, synchronised dance routines and the odd handful of red glitter quickly build and sustain a party mood for the show's 75 minutes. There's a dash of poignancy, too, with Harbridge keeping at least one finger on the pulse of the tragedy of Duplessis's life." Sydney Morning Herald
"Harbridge has a gift for being once vulgar, intellegent, and elegant. It's a rare thing. She and her gang of bohemians have produced a triumph of indie thetare" Concrete Playground
"Taking a cue from the life of is protagonist, Songs for the Fallen is wonderfully rip-roaring, outrageous and fun, but it it is the tinge of tragedy that really makes it sing" The Brag
WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY Sheridan Harbridge
DIRECTOR Shane Anthony
MUSICAL DIRECTOR / COMPOSER Basil Hogios
SET DESIGN Michael Hankin
COSTUME DESIGN Lisa Mimmocchi
LIGHTING DESIGN Teegan Lee
Ben Gerrard, Sheridan Harbridge, Basil Hogios and Garth Holcombe
Photography by Louis Dillon Savage