THEATRE director, teacher and “CityNews” reviewer, Joe Woodward, like to walk on the wild side as he’s been doing in his newish series, “Without a Voice,” at Smiths Alternative.It’s designed, he tells us, to “pose questions to get discussion happening.”
As well as threatening to make an appearance as his own alter-ego, Trinculo (the bathroom philosopher) Woodward has engaged performance artist Anna Voronoff to make an appearance as the Blue Angel.
That rings a bell? Yes, of course, it was Josef von Sternberg’s film of the same name, starring Marlene Dietrich.
But Voronoff’s character, Woodward tells us, is “a trans-gender performer who took on the Dietrich inspired persona and who performed in the Berlin venues of the early 1930s. Falling in love with a Nazi officer and later dying in a concentration camp, The Blue Angel is ironic and freed from time and place to seek her revenge or perhaps her own salvation.”
Billed as “an intriguing evening of theatre/cabaret”, “Dance Me” will be backed by the band Dirt Baby—with Greg Raymond as composer and lead guitar, Gavin Findlay on bass/trumpet, David Burke on kit drum, reggae on guitar and Chris Clucas on vocal.Voronoff will front the band while in character as The Blue Angel.
“Without A Voice: Dance Me,” at Smiths Alternative, Alinga St Civic, 8pm for 8.30 show, tomorrow, October 15, bookings to 6247 4459 or tickets at the door.