SONGS FOR A SIREN

SONGS FOR A SIREN

Song for a Siren is a story of transformation, combining the best aspects of storytelling, song and music.


Melbourne, VIC, Australia


By Santha Press

Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome, welcome to the show. A wander, a journey, an amble through the life of a woman called Flo. A woman called Flo and her car, her cat, her petrol station man, her bathtub and the places that she goes when she's wet....

' Winner of the 1998 Melbourne Fringe Highest Achievement in Cabaret Award

Selected for the 1999 Hong Kong City Festival

Take a journey into the luxuriant world of Flo's bathtub; where she dreams she is a siren, luring sailors to their deaths on the rocks of her irresistible aloofness; where she transforms into a solitary chanteuse, sultry and mellifluous; where everything she says is understood ... and yet somehow, in Flo's world beyond her bath, things just don't work out like they're supposed to. Song for a Siren is a story of transformation, combining the best aspects of storytelling, song and music. Performed by Santha Press & Lliam Freeman

Santha has performed at festivals and venues across Australia including the Melbourne International Festival, Bougainvillea Festival (Darwin), Woodford Folk Festival (QLD), Canberra Festival of the Arts, Australian Festival of Theatre (ACT), Wisma Atria (Singapore), The Maverick AM Festival, lle Victorian AM Centre and the Melbourne Town Hall (to name a few), with groups of companies such as the Victoria State Opera, the Church Theatre, VermdahJam, the Dangerous Divas, Hot Dog Cool Jazz, Chasing Spaces and the Hunting Party. Santha has been the musical director of the Horsham'Art Is...' Festival closing event for the past three years, has run workshops in percussion and voice on remote communities in the Northern Territory, and this year took on the musical coordination for the opening of the Apollo Bay Music Festival.

Song for a Siren is her first self written, performed and produced show. Lliam graduated from Melbourne University with a B.Ed. in Music in 1990. He plays percussion and guitar in a wide variety of bands throughout Melbourne including Tro Tro, In the Pocket, Christine Sullivan, Jab~! and Kotoko Mnia. Since 1990 he has been a musician and teacher with African drum and dance ensemble Adzohn and has travelled to Ghana to study its traditional music. He recently played on and produced Adzohu's brilliant C.D. 'Gye Woani'. Lliam is a full-fime teacher of guitar music at Northern Melbourne Institute of T.A.F.E. Greensborough.

Duration: 1 Hour "Song for a Siren is a gentle, classy show with some superb music. (Santha Press) is engaging and charismatic on stage and has a truly lovely singing voice. This is a stylish, well crafted show." Flona Scott-Norman The Age 16/10/98


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