Songs for Nobodies


Songs for Nobodies

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Title: Songs for Nobodies
Author: Murray-Smith, Joanna
Price: $23.99

Cast: 1F (playing 10 characters) + Musicians if desired

Although these monologues draw on general knoweldge abou the lives of Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf and Maria Callas, the specific situations and conversations here are entierly imagined, as are the five female characters with whom the legendary singers interact.

Songs for Nobodies was written to be performed by a single actress capable of effectively impersonating the singing and speaking voices of the famous singers. The set for the play should be very simple. There should be no costurem changes, with all characters inhabiting a simple black dress, and the differentiation between all the characters should be effected by the voice and physicality of the actress alone. The theatricality of the show should be drawn from the power of the performer and the lights.

In the original production of Songs for Nobodies, a small band accompanied the performer. The use of a scrim meant the musicians were visible and present, but capable of disappearing when the theatricality of the moment required the actress to be alone on the stage.

'Joanna Murray-Smith demonstrates a Stoppardian Gift for pithily combining intelligence, wit and pathos.' The Independent (UK)

'She has a gift for comedy and a flair for intimate drama that gets under the skin.' The Age

'In this country, people are always talkin' about dreams. You can be your dream. You can have your dream. You can live the dream. But that's just a clever way of gettin' perople to shut up and stop complainin'.'

When a great singer lets her voice float out over the anonymous crowd, or form the grooves of thousands of records, or flow through radios into millions of homes across the world, she makes countless unknown connections with people. The singer has her story and the listener hers, and should those stories touch each other, ther can be magic.

In Joanna Murray-Smiths Songs for Nobodies we meet five anonymous women whose brushes with fame had a profound effect on their lives, interweaved with the songs that gave them heart. (Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Edith Piaf, Billie Holiday and Maria Callas.)

Publisher: Currency Press Pty Ltd
Publication date: 01/12/2010
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780868198934
Publishing status: AU Dropshipping

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Dimensions 135 × 190 mm


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