The Wild Party at the Seymour Centre
Little Triangle returns to the stage next month with their third production of the year, The Wild Party, at the Seymour Centre's Reginald Theatre. Georgina Walker makes her return to The Little Triangle (after performing in their debut production of 'Sunday in the Park with George') in the lead role of Queenie and this week, Carly asked Georgina some questions about the show and about her career. Have a read below:
Tell us a little about this show and what drew you to this production? What excites you most about taking on the role of Queenie?
The show takes us back to the 1920s – but it is not the cutesy flapper 20s we have come to romanticise nowadays. The people we meet are underground vaudeville artists of varying minorities who live lives poor in pocket but rich in sex and sin. Key themes include sex, rape, murder, domestic violence and infidelity. Just your average feel-good musical, ya know! But hey, that’s what makes it such a rich piece – there is plenty for both the actors and the audience to unpack.
I was drawn to this production by the chance to work on a show that is so dark beneath all the razzle dazzle. Also, it’s a show that many have heard about, but have never had the chance to see in Australia. Michael John LaCiuisa has written a killer jazz score – which really honours the 1920s jazz-age.
Personally, with Queenie, I am excited to take on a role that harnesses the power of female sexuality, especially within an era where women were so repressed. The allure of sex was perhaps the only tool women, at that time, could use to gain any semblance of power over their privileged male counterparts. I love that Queenie isn’t afraid to use this tool to her advantage. I also love that there are many things she IS afraid of – despite the front she puts on for her party guests. There’s an intense vulnerability to Queenie beneath the facade, and that makes her a fascinating woman to inhabit.
You have worked with some of the cast before on Little Triangles first production ‘Sunday in the Park with George.’ What’s it like to work together again and to be back with the company now for their fourth production?
It is sublime to be working with Little Triangle again. It’s been truly astonishing to witness the growth of this humble company in such a short time span. One thing I admire so much about what Rose, Alex and Conrad have created is a company that is so inclusive and welcoming, honestly, the word ‘no’ is not in their vocab. They are three people who simply adore theatre – and I firmly believe that heartbeat permeates through every one of their productions. It was certainly the case with Sunday - which was, without a doubt the most beautiful experience I have had on any stage, ever (in fact, it was in a literal tin shed, beneath a flight path. I told you they were humble beginnings!)
This year you have played a variety of roles – from being in She Loves Me at The Hayes, to Alice in Alice in Wonderland and now Queenie. How do all of these women differ and what have you learnt from playing them?
Oh gosh, if roles were candy, this year has been a liquorice allsort. Each role has been quite different in style and character, which is exciting as an actor because you have a chance to stretch different creative muscles and try new things. Alice is a proper young Victorian girl, books smart and brimful of curiosity and precociousness. She Loves me was a classic Broadway musical where I played an array of 1940s aristocratic women, and Queenie is, well, equal parts scintillating sinner and lost soul. Oh yeah – and she loves a good power belt! That’s something I don’t get the chance to do often so I’m excited for that.
Tell us more about the relationship between Queenie and Burrs…what makes these two lovers so exciting? And then further to that – can you tell us a bit about the company that they keep?
Their relationship has been the most challenging to unpack. There is a constant struggle for power between the two of them, and the way each of them goes about winning their power back is vastly different. Without giving too much away, suffice to say they surround themselves with a bawdy crowd of misfits, who seem to fit together perfectly – until the gin and blow sinks in after midnight…
Why is The Wild Party relevant today? What can audiences expect to take away from this show?
The Wild Party is relevant today because the key themes are still huge issues within our society. Domestic violence, substance abuse, gender inequality and treatment of minority groups… this onion has a lotta layers. It’s a piece that poses a lot of questions, and each viewer may have different answers. We hope they can all agree on one thing though; that this party was a wicked and wild ride.
RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS
Favourite production you have ever seen?
Spring Awakening – OBC
You’re getting on a plane tomorrow and you can go anywhere in the world, where do you go?
Dream role to perform?
Dot – Sunday in the Park (yes, again!) or if I have to pick one I haven’t played yet, Glinda.
Plays or musicals?
Musicals with a killer book.
A hobby you have beyond the theatre?
Aussie Rules Footy
What’s next for you after this show?
Another adventure down a certain rabbit hole early 2019. After that… my lips are sealed.
Tickets for The Wild Party are now on sale and one thing The Little Triangle has shown is that they absolutely sell out so be quick to get your tickets today!!
Georgina Walker as Queenie
The Wild Party 15-24th November