Ahead of opening night, Anna Lozynski spoke with the award-winning and vivacious star of this cabaret show, Nikki Aitkens.
1. What can the audience expect from your show, The Attack of the 40 Foot Wedge?
To laugh, maybe cry (if they are the sappy type), and mostly to enjoy some new songs and characters from OS.
2. How did you arrive at the name for your show?
The title came to me in a dream. I had purchased a pair of Red Wedge Shoes in Greece. I was originally going to call the show, POTE, POTE, which means, WHEN, NEVER in Greek depending on one’s accent. In the end, I couldn’t resist the poster possibility.
3. The Butterfly Club is an iconic Melbourne theatre venue. Why did you choose this space for staging your show?
I understand it is Australia’s premiere Cabaret venue. What better place for me to premiere in Melbourne than at such a venue.
4. Have you made any changes to your show from its season at the Adelaide Fringe Festival?
I have made a few. The characters are a bit bigger and I have cut a few of the less-than-hilarious stories out. Little bit of spit and polish, you know.
5. Which song in the show do you particularly enjoy performing?
The Attack of the 40 Foot Wedge! It's the point in the show where things turn a little bit ridiculous. It borders on operatic; I love to be able to sing in full voice.
6. What is most challenging about performing a solo show?
Remembering your lines! When you are on stage solo, you have no one with which to bounce off except the audience. Unless the audience is engaged with you from the beginning it's a challenge to play with them.
7. What excites you about cabaret as an artistic genre?
The ability to play with realities combining comedy and music. The style suits me perfectly: I live in my own little fantasy world, constantly make people laugh and singing has always been my passion.
8. What do you know now that you wish you had discovered at the beginning of your career?
Not to take it all so seriously, ultimately it's about the fun!
9. And what do you hope will be the next ‘big thing’ in your career?
Writing a full length musical, performing with a huge orchestra on a big stage, acting or singing in a film or television, touring nationally and/or internationally. I am aiming for any or all of the above.
10. Finally, what will you be doing for your 30th birthday?
Having an engagement party! NO! Perhaps dancing on the top of a building or joining the mile high club. The possibilities are endless. I'll have to choose later, but there will definitely be some singing and larricking!
The Attack Of The 40 Foot Wedge opens tonight (18 March) at the Butterfly Club. Further details»