Web Update September
I always feel like you get on an invisible slide somewhere around May each year and before you know it you are unceremoniously dumped into October – how does this happen.
This is my pathetic way for apologizing for not updating my website but sometimes it all just feels a bit wanky. But rather than whinge about my inability to feel passionate about my achievements, I best just list them, throw in a few quotes, sound self important and consider this month’s update over.
It’s been busy. Those that know me will grin. It’s always busy!
One my proudest achievements in theatre happened over the past few months. To my huge surprise it was not a revival of a Sondheim that I starred in nor a new CD- it was a student production of RENT, which I directed for the graduating students at the Australia Institute of Music (AIM). I worked on this show for many months and was so proud with the final result. I can only hope every project is as rich.
I also just finished starring in LifeForce – a new Australian musical about the unlikely subject of IVF.I played Joel a gay sperm donor who had to jism nightly into a cup. Well, perhaps I should have done this earlier in my career cause I got awesome reviews, which you will now be subjected to…
“In the musical she chooses a gay friend Joel (Tyran Parke) to be the donor. He was the stand out star in this musical.
Joanna Weinberg has composed the most gorgeous ‘aria’ for his character, called a suitable man, which would not be out of place in any smash hit musical. But no one left disappointed from what was a very special night in the theatre.
Bravo to the Australia Council and Robert Albert for sponsoring such a high quality opening for this gem of a show.” Stage Whispers
I might cut that one out and send it to my mum.
“Tyran Parke demonstrates outstanding abilities both as a vocalist and actor, with a performance that is simultaneously entertaining and moving. Themes of family and parenthood when taken seriously, never fail to connect. In the case ofLifeforce, we are served an earnest and thoughtful tale of motherhood in several forms. Along with clever song-writing and beautiful singing (King St Theatre’s cosy acoustics are the perfect showcase for a small musical), this is a show that aims for the heart and never misses its mark.” Suzygosee.com
Nice, I have no idea who she is but I like Suzy and I hope she Goes and sees a lot more!
Then there was this woman who was brief but nice;
“Tyran Parke is excellent as the young gay Joel who has been asked to be the “donor”.” Lisathatcher.com
And then there was the best of all;
Unfortunately that woman wrote in white writing so it isn’t visible here – but rest assured-it was good!
And then of course there was good ol’ Aussietheatre.com who I promise I am not sleeping with or paying.
“There is so much potential in the piece. There are two especially interesting supporting characters – Joel (the fabulous Tyran Parke) and Sally (Monique Salle) who both have exciting points of view… Lifeforce features some stunning vocals –Parke is as heavenly as usual, and that his profile isn’t higher remains a mystery; he blends effortlessly into harmonies with Lotkin, who is a fine performer, at her strongest singing with Parke.”
All in all it was a great show to be a part of. It won the best musical/cabaret award for the Sydney Fringe and we are eve recording a cast CD – watch this space!
Aside from these two productions, I am well underway directing my first Opera, Purcell’s, The Fairy Queen which is daunting but fun.
I also managed to fit in a trip to Port Augusta to teach some skills to a local choir, further pushing of the new CD – you can buy it here and teaching at NIDA, AIM and AADA.
There is an exciting announcement coming up to do with teaching plus a new piece to direct, another to dramaturg and a return of a previous success. But as C.J. Craig says from the West Wing, “That’s a full lid” I’m not really sure what it means but she always sounds powerful and sexy when she says it so till next time, imagine me powerful and sexy and that’s it!