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Are You Ready To Shake Your Groove Thing?

Are You Ready To Shake Your Groove Thing?

In 1994, we loved the sensational Australian comedy movie, starring Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce and Terence Stamp, about three friends who travel from Sydney to Alice Springs on an old battered bus, which they christened “Pricilla”.

 Photo: Ben Symon

Photo: Ben Symon

The acting, the music, the comedy and tears over friendship, and the Oscar-winning costumes were brilliant and I was hooked.  This movie became one of my all-time favorites.

Ten years ago, Simon and I travelled to Sydney for a five-day escape, our first in many years.  My beautiful mum and our gorgeous friend Ivan paid for us to attend the show.  Ivan, being the kind and thoughtful friend he is, decided to laminate our tickets with sparkles which I had to hand to the guy who commented “Gee, you have gone to some effort!” 

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The stage show is a story of three Sydney drag queens, Tick (David Harris) and Felicia (Euan Doidge), and an older transgender performer, Bernadette (Tony Sheldon), who travel in their flamboyant bus to Alice Springs, where they’ve been booked for a show by Tick’s wife. The trio are shocked as they leave their safe city life behind to face the characters of outback Australia.

 

I fell in love with these three friends again.  I laughed, cried and sang along to disco classics - I Will Survive, Shake Your Groove Thing and Finally.  So, when I knew it was coming to Melbourne as part of its 10th-anniversary tour after winning many awards on Broadway, I knew I had to go, and who I was going with!

 

 The boys - my gorgeous Ivan and Ken and I having some fun at Pricilla.

The boys - my gorgeous Ivan and Ken and I having some fun at Pricilla.

Last Saturday, Simon and our gorgeous friends Ivan and Ken (read about our thirty years of friendship here) met at the Regent Theatre in Collins Street to attend the matinee show.  And we were not disappointed.  There were more songs added to the lineup, including some of our favorite Kylie songs.  The acting, singing, dancing, sets and costumes (there are over 500) were outstanding.  There were parts of the storyline and characters we had forgotten about and enjoyed all over again.  From the moment the curtain went up until the end we were entertained.

 

Afterwards, we wandered around to Grossi Florentine’s to enjoy a casual dinner outside, followed by a drink and chat at one of our favorite bars, Mary Fortunes.

A fabulous and feel good day with great friends that I wanted to share with you, and inspire you to book tickets. (Remember to bring your singing voice!)

The show is on in Melbourne until 29th April.  Purchase tickets here.

What do you love about Pricilla, Queen Of The Desert?

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Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist.  Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.

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