Flash of ge­nius and good tim­ing

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage -

PER­FORMER Cather­ine Al­corn’s fi­nal day job in film and tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tion be­fore quit­ting to pursue cabaret full-time was as pro­duc­tion man­ager in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory on Oprah’s Ul­ti­mate Aus­tralian Ad­ven­ture in 2010.

“It got to the point where I re­alised per­form­ing and be­ing on stage was what I really wanted to do and hav­ing those other jobs pulled my en­ergy in the wrong di­rec­tion,” the Syd­neysider said.

Al­corn’s first foray was with her cabaret hit The Divine Miss Bette, fo­cus­ing on the ca­reer of Bette Mi­dler, and al­though she loved per­form­ing the show, she felt in 2013 it was time for her next project.

“I was on a plane lis­ten­ing to Fleet­wood Mac’s great­est hits; one of my favourite songs of theirs came on, As Long As You Fol­low by Christine McVie, and it just hit me,” she said.

“As soon as I touched down, I emailed Ade­laide Cabaret Fes­ti­val with my light bulb idea; I told them I didn’t have any­thing else put to­gether than that and within 24 hours they emailed back to say they loved it and added it to their pro­gram.”

Go Your Own Way: The Story of Christine McVie is a play with mu­sic, not a trib­ute show, where Al­corn plays McVie and her mu­sic is used to un­der­score dra­matic mo­ments.

“We walk in and out of sce­nar­ios, sit­u­a­tions and times in her life,” Al­corn said.

“There are five of us on stage to re­flect the band, with a fe­male back­ing vo­cal­ist chan­nelling Ste­vie Nicks, a guitarist, drum­mer and key­boardist.”

Orig­i­nally a 60-minute show for cabaret fes­ti­vals, it has been ex­tended to 85 min­utes to suit the­atre tours and has been rewrit­ten since McVie re­turned to Fleet­wood Mac.

“When we opened in 2013, she hadn’t re­joined, so we had to re­vise and change the struc­ture of the show to tie in with this de­ci­sion,” Al­corn said.

“Tim­ing is ev­ery­thing and we couldn’t have planned their re­cent tour bet­ter.”

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