An in­ti­mate look at This Girl Beck

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - Tanya MacNaughton

THE last time a Perth au­di­ence saw Rachael Beck on WA stages, she was strug­gling with bipo­lar dis­or­der in the Black Swan State Theatre Com­pany pro­duc­tion Next to Nor­mal.

Her re­turn per­for­mance in cabaret show This Girl, an in­ti­mate jour­ney through her life and ca­reer told in song and sto­ries, is very dif­fer­ent.

Beck cre­ated the show in 2014 for the Ade­laide Cabaret Fes­ti­val af­ter the re­lease of her first solo al­bum of the same name.

“I’d wanted to cre­ate a show of my own for quite some time,” the Syd­neysider said. “A few peo­ple had asked me to do some­thing so I de­cided to fi­nally do it.”

The mother of two, whose lat­est pro­ject was as a vo­cal­ist on pro­duc­tion Strictly Gersh­win with Queens­land Sym­phony and Queens­land Bal­let, said she loved the flex­i­bil­ity of her ca­reer, which al­lowed her to do dif­fer­ent types of shows for dif­fer­ent sized au­di­ences.

This has seen her in any­thing from large scale mu­si­cals in­clud­ing Singing in the Rain, Les Mis­er­ables and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to smaller gigs such as This Girl.

“It’s dif­fer­ent play­ing your­self rather than play­ing a char­ac­ter,” Beck said.

“I like it be­cause you can con­trol it more and say what­ever you want to say; if the au­di­ence in­ter­jects, you can just play off that.

“This Girl is an in­sight into how I came to be a per­former with sto­ries and songs from my al­bum, songs from ma­jor ca­reer roles, songs I’ve al­ways loved and oth­ers that have been in­flu­en­tial to my ca­reer.”

Beck will be ac­com­pa­nied by pi­anist Tom O’Hal­lo­ran, who is head of the WAAPA jazz pi­ano de­part­ment.

“I think one of our ba­sic hu­man needs is con­nec­tion and I hope that peo­ple re­ally con­nect with my story,” she said. “I think peo­ple will glean just a bit more about me and my soul and my jour­ney.

“And hope­fully they will be en­ter­tained while hear­ing a few bits of in­side goss.”

Rachael Beck re­counts her life and ca­reer in song and sto­ries in This Girl.

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