Hines shows Velvet touch
THE sparkle of Studio 54 is at Fringe World Festival this year in cabaret show Velvet and at the centre of this captivating fusion of disco, dance and circus is divine singer Marcia Hines.
Created by her manager Peter Rix and directed by Craig Ilott, Velvet has already proven a success on the east coast of Australia and in Edinburgh, which Hines said was a big relief.
“You go into rehearsals and hope to goodness that it’s going to be great,” she said.
“You applaud your fellow performers in rehearsals and then put it in front of an audience; I remember the reaction was astounding.
“You can rehearse as much as you want but the proof is in the pudding and that’s your audience.”
Hines said the show started with a young man entering the Studio 54esque venue, unsure of who he was or what he wanted out of life.
He finds himself after being introduced to some unusual characters.
“We have aerial acts, great disco music, fantastic lighting and costumes; it’s a wonderful ensemble,” Hines said.
“I get to sing my song You, Boogie Wonderland and Never Knew Love Like This Before, but I don’t want to give too much else away.”
Hines said she loved the camaraderie between cast members, which was fortunate since they would perform together for a total of 40 weeks this year.
“I first came to Australia to do Hair and I love theatre and working with an ensemble,” she said.
“You learn a lot about yourself and learn what it is to be a sharing performer.
“In theatre, if you don’t say your line or sing your song, your fellow performer can’t come out next.
“I never take my work for granted and I love what I do for a living.”