Thursday, September 14, 2017

A Rare Bird

Conformity is not a flavour that I am on speaking terms with.

Although there have been many times in my life where I've had to "toe the line" ,  mostly I find a way to rebel against the chains.

Don't put me in a box....or expect me to do/say what you think I should.  Cos I'm compelled then  to shake people and things out of their complacency.  I have an urge to encourage others to use their "thinking bits" and see life and issues from different perspectives.

Some people might call this "contrary".... like  "oh she's such a contrary bitch!" ....or  "opinionated" .... like  "oh she's too bloody opinionated for her own damned good" .....
I say ....... BRING IT ON!
I'm a songwriter  -  it's all grist to the mill!

Here's a rare opportunity to hear the stories behind the songs ....
Sunday 17th  @ The Dungeon  2pm  
 Tix at the door

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

SPRINGING INTO SPRING!

Despite succumbing to the evil flu which is running rampant in this region currently,  the show must go on ...and there are 2 events this month definitely worth coming out for:

Sat 9th Sept 
"The Voice of Spring"

 The annual chorus fundraiser is a delightful way to spend a Spring Afternoon.   With some lovely songs from the choristers, some fun games and a stack of prizes to win {including a 2 night B&B stay at Merewether, and $150 worth of Art Classes from wonderful artist Stephen James},  a short comedy spot with Rob Byrne, and a scrumptious afternoon tea....why WOULDN'T you want to be there.   Tickets at the door $20 [or purchase in advance to go in a bonus draw]  2pm



Sunday 17th September 2pm
"The ORIGINAL Ms O' ..." 

.........finally, after too long a wait, I'm doing a dedicated Originals gig in my home town. 

 Because I've been so involved in writing and directing for mainstream theatre over the past 5 years, people who know me as a songwriter have asked me if I've stopped writing.  Nothing could be further from the truth though!  A lot of my new works over the past years have been written to fit the shows....some have been recorded.....some have been performed in my commercial gigs.....many have only ever been heard by show audiences.  And if you're not a theatre-goer, will not have heard 5 years worth of great songs!

And people who have joined my mailing list via the theatre productions, will not know my work as a songwriter {because in the productions, the songs are simply considered part of the script}. 
So as my theatre work is coming to the end of its life-cycle, it's time to get back to the work I love most - and do best.
This gig will deliver some old favourites and some of the beautiful [or fun] new pieces from recent years.  with musicians Aaron Hipwell and Russ Redford plus guest musicians/artists.
Show time is at 2pm - at The Dungeon, Glebe Rd Adamstown.  Tickets are $20pp and include light refreshments ...but feel free to book a table, bring some friends, and your favourite tipple!
BOOKINGS via bookings@maureen.com.au

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Slalom Run

  Now into the second half of a BIG year, it's gathering speed for the downhill run!
Despite a VERY wobbly opening, the Wallycom gremlins were purged and the team delivered a great entertainment experience to our audiences.  It seems though, that the technological demons are extracting their revenge this week by creating chaos in all my gadgets ...computers/printers/phones/ etc!  sigh!

Coming Up Next

  •  ...AUGUST:   Blues for the Blues - at Souths, Merewether on Sunday 20th 2pm - an afternoon of classic Blues with profits being donated to HEADSPACE {youth mental health organisation}  Tickets $20 at the door
  • ...SEPTEMBER:  Sat 9th - The Voice of Spring -annual concert with my combined chorus groups - a fundraiser for LIFELINE.  This event has been running for a few years now and guests thoroughly enjoy the relaxed afternoon of music, games & quizzes, and a generous prize pool.... not to mention the delicious afternoon tea. The laughs are free. Tickets $20pp must be purchased in advance - direct from any of the choristers or by contacting Maureen
  • ...SEPTEMBER:  Sun 16th 2pm - The Original Ms O - at The Dungeon, Glebe Rd Adamstown.  An all-originals gig showcasing the plethora of new works over the past 5 years and some old favourites.  With guest musicians/singers.
  • ...OCTOBER:  the final theatre piece for the year - Ladies Who Almost Lunch  - a comedy/drama with original music.  6 performances over the last 2 weekends.  Check details on the Theatre page which will be updated progressively

From November it will be time for a long and well-earned rest break ....and time to catch up with my social life!  

Friday, March 10, 2017

Still breathing!

As the song goes "There's life in the Old Broad Yet"...and that was certainly the case for this month's themed concert:   CRAZY:The Life and Music of Patsy Cline!    Now in it's 7th Season the show attracted a near-full house at The Dungeon last weekend. Nice to see it still getting support.
 If you missed it, there are 2 more shows at The Buttai Barn 16/17 May -
lunch/show package only [$45pp]  -
bookings to the Barn on 0249 303 153

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Coming up next is another themed concert that has already been drawing lots of interest. This is the songs and stories of 3 extraordinary women who shaped a generation -
 Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon
They had plenty to say and said it through their music,  driving  a revolution of feminism into the 70's and providing a soundtrack to our lives.For anyone who grew up in this era, this is your life in music.  Younger generations are still discovering the magic of this music and it's relevance in their own lives.

ONE SHOW only - on Sunday May 21st at The Dungeon, Adamstown 2pm start
Tickets are available online at www.ticketebo.com.au/maureen
Be quick, this one could book out early!

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Meanwhile, back at the ranch! 
The new theatre production WALLYCOM is now underway.  This is a parody of the Telecommunications industry - the industry that we all love to hate!  The necessary evil in our existence in a modern world.  There's a great Cast on board for this one - and quite a few new faces - plus some new songs that just may tickle your funny bone.

The show will open on June 28 and details will be made available in the next few weeks.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Jumping in to 2017

It's going to be a BIG and BUSY year ahead with many new projects on the drawing board.

Thanks to all who managed to get along to Speakeasy over the holiday break ....I know you enjoyed it .....and so did WE!  It was a hoot to do.  So much so that we're going to proceed to Version II later in the year.  Stay tuned for that one.

In the meantime - check out the program for 2017:
 

Monday, November 21, 2016

in December

an unexpected hybrid show just for laughs over the Christmas/New Year break.
Co-written by Grant Bailey ... Don your Boas and Spats and be prepared to be a participative radio audience!


Monday, September 26, 2016

The last word

"I laughed and I cried"  JJ , RM
"We loved the show, so much undercurrent of real life stories, gentle opening but then a nice pace as the stories unfolded. We had a tear in our eye in the closing scene, was very poignant " S&J
"Loved this show - thank you for writing such an eye-opening, heart-warming story"  KN
"Loved it from start to finish ....never saw that ending coming!"SG
"...the characters were so real.....loved the songs ... " RR
"...I think this is your best work to date - so very different from the last 2 productions....can't wait to see what you come up with next" JB

At the end of the Season, Table Manners received wonderful audience response - these are just a few of the written comments.
Huge thanks to a highly dedicated and committed Cast and hard working crew.  I've loved working with this team.
The Set worked surprisingly well in this venue - it made for a very intimate audience experience which everyone loved.
In typical theatre tradition, we toasted the end of the show with a celebration at the local pub - along with the expected 'show awards' .....and a witty ditty from Marise! [a tradition of her own!]


And for those who couldn't make it to a performance, the
Table Manners CD  is now available for purchase.