ROBINA BEARD – MY LIFE: YOU’RE SOAKING IN IT
A double bill show of pure comedy delight
My Life: You’re Soaking In It draws on a lifetime of dance, musicals, drama and television, as told by Robina Beard.
Renowned Australian entertainer Robina Beard is known for her role as Madge the Manicurist in the iconic and long running television commercial for Palmolive. My Life: You’re Soaking In It is an absorbing and enjoyable personal account of the Australian entertainment industry, as seen through the eyes of Beard – a dancer; a TV weather girl; an advertising icon; a performer in music theatre, acting and comedy; a prominent national and international dance leader and teacher, along with so much more. Beard brings her unique brand of comedy to Riverside this February for this special show. She is accompanied by Greg Crease on piano.
Robina is joined by Katrina Maskell performing a solo urban high-rise satire, View From The Balcony for the first act. Maskell performs this comic narrative with songs – a sharp fast and hysterical urban satire. Written by Geoffrey Sykes, A View From The Balcony features expressways, apartment blocks, neighbours, home decoration. It’s all there to enjoy!
“Piquant and sinister, light hearted and amusing… a Brechtian honesty.” – Illawarra Mercury (A View from the Balcony)
“In My Life: You’re Soaking In It Robina Beard demonstrates her signature charm and playfulness as she dips her hands into the sparkly, bubbly memories of a theatrical life well-lived. From ballet school auditions to breakdowns out bush, celebrity encounters to twenty years as Madge on ‘that Palmolive ad’, Robina delights as she skips from one fond memory to the next. Her intimate monologue is interspersed with snatches of song and dance plus perky piano pieces from the talented Greg Crease. A thoroughly enjoyable pas de deux down memory lane.” – Sydney Arts Guide
“In a View From The Balcony Katrina Maskell delivers a quirky and appealing performance as the girl from Newtown who uproots herself and journeys to the deserted wilderness of a high rise apartment in the inner west. The work captures with perceptive humour the urban unease of an inner city dweller venturing into the sky-scraping ‘villages’ of the future.” – Sydney Arts Guide