Page 8 is an honest and personal Australian story with universal appeal. David Page is the eighth child in a family of twelve, born and raised in a housing commission estate in Mt Gravatt Queensland in the 1960/70’s. His upbringing was influenced by his large extended Aboriginal family, white culture and discrimination. Signed to a record label at an early age, he appeared on The Paul Hogan Show and Countdown and became Australia’s answer to Michael Jackson.
This one man show is a mix of story telling, music, dance and home movies of his family (taken by David). He is a natural story-teller and is comfortable on stage, taking the audience along with him on his journey of self discovery of his sexuality, family issues and career direction until, as an adult, he becomes an award winning composer. David’s rendition of the Rocky Horror Picture Shows' Sweet Transvestite and Tina Turners' River Deep Mountain High were highlights.
Director Stephen Page (Bangarra Dance Theatre) is David’s younger brother and convinced David to tell his story. Written with Louis Nowra, it is physical, warm, funny and moved the audience to a standing ovation. Robert Cousins’ set complimented the story. A 1960’s kitchen buffet, chairs and table (big enough for dancing on), an old black-and-white TV, a pot belly stove and wardrobe of 1970’s costumes designed by Jodie Fried. Lighting design by Mark Howett and sound design by Steve Francis was clever.
In the end we too know who David is and where he belongs – on stage.
Adelaide Festival Centre’s Australian Stories program presents
by David Page and Louis Nowra
Directed by Stephen Page
Venue: Dunstan Playhouse
Dates: 1 – 5 September, 8pm
Tickets: Adults $40, Concession $35 / Groups $35 (6 or more tickets) / Student $25
Bookings: BASS on 131 246 | www.bass.net.au