TALENTED TRIO: Singer-harpist Hilary O'Neill (above), performance artist David Erskine and pianist and harpsichordist Janet Brewer will present an original cabaret theatre show, I'm a Stranger Here Myself, in Cooran Hall on May 28.
TALENTED TRIO: Singer-harpist Hilary O'Neill (above), performance artist David Erskine and pianist and harpsichordist Janet Brewer will present an original cabaret theatre show, I'm a Stranger Here Myself, in Cooran Hall on May 28.

Talented trio brings 'unforgettable' cabaret to Cooran

WHAT: Cabaret theatre show "I'm a Stranger Here Myself”

WHERE: Cooran Hall

WHEN: Sunday, May 28

NEW Noosaville residents Hilary O'Neill and David Erskine are pooling their talents with Sunshine Coast pianist Janet Brewer to present an original cabaret theatre show at Cooran.

Titled I'm a Stranger Here Myself, the theme of this production is new beginnings.

Drawing on her deep connection with Irish culture and her fascination for the edgy music of Broadway theatre, Hilary has written this show as a tribute to the struggles and achievements of those brave travellers in search of a new life in a strange new land.

Immigrants all - enriching their new homelands through music and art.

The trio promise an unforgettable evening of musical yarns about longing and despair; new love, lost love; wry humour, raw desire.

David Erskine and Janet Brewer.
David Erskine and Janet Brewer.

Singer-harpist Hilary O'Neill grew up in Ireland surrounded by music and folklore.

She studied voice in London, Hamburg, Berlin and Adelaide, and has worked internationally as a concert artist.

As a classically-trained singer with a degree in vocal performance, her grounding is in the genres of German Lieder, art song, and opera.

However, her fascination for other forms, such as jazz, cabaret and Celtic song has led her to develop a diverse repertoire, drawing on a range of musical influences and cultural backgrounds.

Combining her operatic training with her intimate knowledge of Celtic music, she presents a unique voice in the music world.

Based for many years in Berlin, Hilary has toured extensively throughout Germany and Switzerland, endearing audiences with her trademark Irish humour and original stories, often in rhyming poetry or prose. Added to this, Hilary is an accomplished visual artist. Some of her work can be seen in this show. 

David Erskine calls himself a performance artist, but that's only the half of it.

He's also a soundscape artist and has created soundtracks for a number of films. In more recent times his passion for storytelling has come to the fore and he has just completed his first suspense-thriller novel.

But it's his acting and theatre skills that are called on for this live production.

In I'm a Stranger Here Myself, David plays the narrator as well as mask performer and puppeteer using his self-made puppets.

Puppetry in cabaret? "Why not,” says David. "There are so many ways to tell a story, and visual theatre can be expressed in many forms.”

As a pianist and harpsichordist Janet Brewer is a regular performer on the Sunshine Coast, in particular with Pacific Chamber Players.

She is also in demand as an accompanist and teacher of piano and woodwind. Her qualifications include Master of Music Studies and Master of Music in Piano Performance and Research.

As Artistic Director for Pacific Chamber Players she has seen the ensemble grow to become a recognised ensemble on the Sunshine Coast providing a series of four concerts per year and becoming invited guests of the 4MBS Festival of Classics.

Janet is also the official accompanist for Noosa Chorale, renowned for their repertoire spanning Renaissance song through to jazz.

Working with Hilary and David on this cabaret production is a new challenge she is relishing.

From young Irish girls dumped on the wharfs of Sydney to the fascinating story of composer Kurt Weill escaping Nazi Germany, this production brings to the cabaret stage a rich serving of timeless music, including haunting Irish laments, acidic songs of the Weimar republic era, music hall and Broadway melodies.

I'm a Stranger Here Myself will be performed at 2.30pm on Sunday, May 28 in Cooran Hall. Tickets available on 5485 0221 or cash sales at door.

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