Hidden Sydney: The Glittering Mile, A Sparkling Gem.
Show girls secrets, tales of travel and an unsolved mystery.
Welcome to Hidden Sydney; A night of humour, seduction and intrigue. 16 actors, artists and musicians take a little back alley in Mansion Lane and time travel to an era where the pants were tight, the cops were dirty and the moustache was king.
Director Lucas Jervies has transformed The World Bar into, The Nevada, Sydney’s ‘prestige’ brothel, boasting of the world’s largest bed and you my friends, are the workers and curious patrons of the joint.
The premise is simple but the execution is outstanding. Travel from room to room and glimpse the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s of Sydney history.
And what a night of history it is. Ben Gerrard is unflappable as the cheeky, brash Les Girl’s performer who, with a wink and a drink, sings her history, preps for her show and waves us away to meet the next story teller. Virginia Gay sets the tone as the crazy, madcap Bea Miles – road warrior and non payer of taxi rides. Miles is captivating, hopeful and clearly unbroken in spirit by the chain of events that have led her to living on the streets. There is a dignity in Gay’s portrayal that I found both moving and exciting to watch. Roie the witch (Fiona Jopp), also made an appearance (I wont say too much on this, but the bedroom antics were fantastic), and The local Madame of the Nevada (brilliantly played by Lauren Claire) hilariously lay down the law on the ‘in’s and out’s’ of the business, when you’re ‘ On The Game. It’s a brave task, to be an actor in this project. It requires constant focus on such an up close and personal front. Any inability to be ‘present and engaged’ is spotted very quickly.
Hidden Sydney is the hottest immersive cabaret experience around. The brain child of Olivia Ansell, in collaboration with Wendy Richards, Hidden Sydney delights its patrons and reveals more about the The Cross in two hours than most would ever learn. Writers, Trevor Ashley, Ray Badran, Nikki Britton and Benito De Fonzo must be commended for their fantastic and well researched contributions. Ben Fink’s subtle musical landscape guides the show. Jed Silvers lighting design and Matt Marshall’s execution, pepper each scene with some subtle (and not so subtle… c’mon people, it was the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s!) suggestions of timeline and set designer Hugh O’Connor should be congratulated for amping the scenic vibe of each moment.
If you’ve ever wondered what life was like in The Cross grab a ticket and get up close to the action.
Lee Anderson – Theatre Now & Talking Arts
Venue: Rear Entrance of “The Nevada” at The World Bar | 1 Mansion Lane, Kings Cross NSW
Dates: 16 September – 9 October 2016
Monday 6:30pm, 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm
Wednesday & Thursday 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm, 8:30pm
Friday & Saturday 6:30pm, 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm, 8:30pm
Sunday 4:30pm, 5pm, 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm, 8:30pm
Tickets: $35 (Mon – Thu) | $45 (Fri – Sun)
Bookings: 136 100 | ticketmaster.com.au