Megarrity, David & Boyle, Bridget (2015) Warmwaters. [Live Performance (Music)]

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This project originated from both investigation of the musicalisation of theatre and impact of gender upon contemporary physical comedy.

Developed as a ‘music first’ proposition, the initial experiment was to blend music and theatre so they were indistinguishable. Musicalising theatre, and theatricalising music. This established a covert intermediality with the potential to work in theatre or music venues. An iterative cycle of writing, performance, and videography over two years in venues ranging from small cafes to Woodford Folk Festival resulted in a full-length performance premiering at Brisbane Powerhouse’s Queensland Cabaret Festival 2015. The soundtrack to the show was recorded as a full-length album at QUT’s Gasworks Studio and released in 2014.

It’s become clear that male/female musical comedy acts are an extremely rare pairing. Certain preconceptions about gender and comedy complicate the field; indeed the comic tropes of the double act which the Warmwaters flow around and through. Brian Logan (2011) even poses that “the male-female dynamic militate[s] against comedy”. This performance-led research draws on Comedy Studies to examine three classic formulations of the comic duo as they are manifested at critical incidents in the Warmwaters’ show. These moments are examined in terms of comic functionality and gender, evaluating and potentially reformulating them, whilst working towards a better understanding of the relative scarcity of the male/female musical comedy duo.

Prototypes have been performed in various venues, utilising performance as research: cycles in which discoveries made during unpredictable gigs in music venues are captured on video, transcribed, rewritten, then fed back into live performance.

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ID Code: 87042
Item Type: Creative Work (Live Performance (Music))
Refereed: No
Additional Information: Recent Reviews: “Stole the show … The surprise hit of the Queensland Cabaret Festival … If you haven’t experienced Warmwaters you’re missing out!” – XSEntertainment “top ten pick of the Queensland Cabaret Festival 2015.” – Brisbane Times
Other Contributors:
Role Contributors
  • Grant Heaton
Album Artwork
  • leadbasedink
Material: CD, Live Performance
Number of Pieces: 1
Published Source: http://brisbanepowerhouse.org/events/2015/06/12/warmwaters/
Location: From date: To date:
Queensland Cabaret Festival 2015, Brisbane Powerhouse 2015-06-12 2015-06-12
Additional URLs:
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Deposited On: 31 Aug 2015 02:42
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2015 05:02

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