Nude – beneath the beauty spot

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Reviewed by Daniel Wilson

Marilyn Monroe was the object of a lot of people’s fantasies, but do we know the real woman – the orphan – the president’s mistress – the movie star – the troubled sad woman.

Nude is a gripping and tantalising evening in an intimate theatre that takes audience members into the past and into the intimacy of the thoughts, dreams, and regrets of an avatar – an extension of our own fantasies.

Starring Carina Waye (Flower Children, Behind the Words), Nude is a one-woman show that puts a new spin on the stories and songs of the greatest sex symbol that ever lived: Marilyn Monroe.

Carina Wayne enchants the audience drawing them into a world few ever got to see. She is bold, seductive, charming, and even takes her clothes off for one heart wrenching scene. The show runs August 13 – 23 2015, but for one night only, on Wednesday 19 August, the audience can cloak their clothing and share in the songs and stories of the infamous film star.

After a successful first season at the 2014 Melbourne Cabaret Festival, Melbourne audiences can see the infamous Hollywood legend come to life once more in the intimate blackbox theatre at the brand new Alex Theatre St Kilda in August.

Nude takes the audience backstage and behind the scenes of the creation of a celebrity identity. The show explores the power audiences possess in their role as co-creators of famous figures, witnessing the journey of a human being with hopes, dreams, heartache, memories and love, in becoming a sexualised, desired and desirable character.

Nude features sweet and sexy tunes from Marilyn Monroe’s repertoire that will be performed live and accompanied by noted Music Director Trevor Jones, including “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”, “Bye Bye Baby” and “My Heart Belongs to Daddy”.

The Creative Team includes: Director/Writer Jayde Kirchert (The Importance of Being Earnest), Musical Director Trevor Jones (Sexercise), Set/Costume Design Marc McIntyre (NED – A New Australian Musical), Lighting Design Peter Amesbury (Guilty Pleasures) and Produced by Glenn Ferguson (Vic Theatre Company’s Loving Repeating)

Citizen Theatre has been the recipient of Creative Partnerships Australia’s MATCH program to present Nude, as well as winning a new scholarship from Alexander Vass and The Alex Theatre St Kilda, which seeks to encourage and recognise new talent in independent theatre. Citizen Theatre also celebrates its partnership with The Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation.

Director Jayde Kirchert says “the company have plans to tour the show to other venues in Victoria, with the possibility of national and international touring also on the cards”. As founder of the company, she says “Citizen Theatre is dedicated to making new work with local talent that is able to both entertain audiences and prompt them to question and think.”

Citizen Theatre’s show Nude – beneath the beauty spot – will be playing at The Alex Theatre St Kilda, August 13 – 23 2015. Tickets range from $25-$35.

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