Bouncing back from the ‘bust up’ blues
No one is immune from the ol’ bust-up-of-a-relationship blues, not even the effervescent Lola.
In the latest Lola outing, on stage this week, everyone’s favourite androgynous entertainer finds himself in something of a funk. Lost in limbo, Lola finds himself consigned to an emotional purgatory after a romance derails.
It’s a show named, appropriately enough, Lola’s Grave Mistake
‘‘He has to find a way to escape the space that people find themselves in at the end of a long-term relationship - when you’re wandering around in the wilderness before the epiphany happens and you can move on.’’
Lola’s ‘‘spokesperson’’ Ian Harman, said what happens at the ending of a relationship is the inspiration behind the show - something most people could relate to.
‘‘They’ll be able to say ‘Yeah, I know that space’, where you spend time rehashing the mistakes made in a relationship - and then something happens to let you out of the the situation.’’
That’s not to say the cabaretstyle show is going to be overly morbid or down.
‘‘It’s all coming from an entertainment point of view. It’s story driven and way more narrative than Lola’s previous solo shows.’’
Putting it together has been a ’’daunting, but exciting’’ process.
To make sure everything is on track, Harman has sought outside views on the show’s content and style, adapting its shape to the feedback he’s received.
This time there will be a different style of music.
A collection of 13 slightly Texmex rockabilly style songs will provide the flavour of a desert experience, while there are elements that reflect themes associated with the Mexican Day of the Dead. Will there be any stage magic? ‘‘Let’s say it has magic to die for.’’
That’s all Harman would reveal when asked whether it would incorporate some of Lola’s famous sleight-of-hand prestidigitation.
Following the three 8pm performances of Lola’s Grave Mistake on September 15, 16 and 17, Harman is taking the show for a two-night season at the Fringe Bar in Wellington where Lola is also developing a following.
Bookings for this week’s Palmerston North shows are through Centrepoint Theatre.
Lola ends up in relationship limbo in the new solo cabaret performance, but finds a way out and up during a three night season in the Dark Room.