Eastern Riverina Arts partnered with Smallshows to tour Bijou – a Cabaret of Secrets and Seduction to four venues in the Riverina in March 2015.
Richly decorated tables, flickering candlelight and the sound of the piano add an air of seduction to the somewhat seedy bohemian den. Enter Madame Bijou, in faded finery, fake pearls, and an air of studied insouciance…
An intimate cabaret-style theatre show about a fading seductress in 1930s Paris entranced and delighted audiences in Young, Cootamundra, Temora and Tumbarumba.
Acclaimed actor Chrissie Shaw’s “gloriously entertaining, beautifully realized” play animates Madame Bijou, the subject of a photograph by Parisian night-life photographer Brassai. As the character recounts her illustrious life, the audience engages with an entrancing story – and an enigmatic character. Her jewels trigger the stories, and music awakens reveries, evoking the dance and songs of her youth with pathos, and often with hilarity. Accompanied by her world-weary piano accompanist (Alan Hicks), Bijou recounts her survival of the war, marriages, seductions, betrayals and loss.
“It’s a chance to dress up, come out and have a great evening in a Parisian bar in 1933!”
– Actress and Bijou creator Chrissie Shaw
Eastern Riverina Arts’ Scott Howie praised the show for its high quality and its portrayal of an aging character. A play about a Parisian artiste might seem distant from our experience today, but at the heart of this tale is a strong, sensual and storied older woman who defies stereotypes about aging. We think this is theatre of real quality, performed by artists of great experience and acclaim.
Accompanied by the music of Satie, Hollander, Weill, Bruant and others, her stories evoke a myriad of emotions and insights into the sensual life of a wonderfully irascible, mischievous, beguiling woman. It is a show full of delightful surprises…
Young Southern Cross Cinema, Thurs 19 March at 7 pm
Cootamundra Arts Centre, Friday 20 March at 7 pm
Temora Town Hall Supper Club – Saturday 21 March at 7 pm
Tumbarumba Artists on Parade – Sunday 22 March at 7 pm