Cel­e­bra­tion of Adri­ana’s life

Sunday Mail - - CONFIDENTIAL -

ADRI­ANA Xenides ruled the Aus­tralian game show scene in the late 1980s and early ’90s.

Now her story is the cat­a­lyst for a new the­atri­cal pro­duc­tion, Adri­ana, cur­rently play­ing in Perth.

“It was re­ally borne out of all the con­ver­sa­tions sur­round­ing women in tele­vi­sion and the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try, more broadly,” says one of the show’s stars, Kather­ine Tonkin.

“When Adri­ana sadly passed away in 2010, one of the news re­ports an­nounced it by show­ing her spin­ning the let­ters on Wheel of For­tune to re­veal the phrase ‘Mut­ton dressed up as lamb’.

“Whether that was an ac­ci­dent or not is some­thing we won’t know, but it re­ally opened up a con­ver­sa­tion about how women were seen back then.

“Adri­ana re­ally did em­body all the glam­our of that era but, of course, as time went on we knew that there was more than just the fab­u­lous frocks and glit­ter.”

Kather­ine, an ex-Ade­laide girl, had her own brush with Ar­gen­tine-born Adri­ana many years ago.

“I ac­tu­ally went to school with one of her step­sons and she picked us up from school once, and I ac­ci­den­tally stepped on her bread in the car,” she jokes.

“Not the most fab­u­lous en­counter.”

While there aren’t any firm plans to tour the show as yet, Kather­ine says there are a few early con­ver­sa­tions hap­pen­ing.

“We’d love to bring the show to Ade­laide, es­pe­cially be­cause there are so many peo­ple there who knew her so well,” she says.

“(Wheel of For­tune host) ‘Baby John’ Burgess has seen the show here in Perth and was quite in­stru­men­tal in the cre­ation of it.

“But it would be great to get the feed­back from more peo­ple who were friends with Adri­ana.” Call on 8206 2459 or drop me a line at matt.gilbert­son@news.com.au or twit­ter.com/mat­t_gilbert­son face­book.com/Tis­erEn­ter­tain­ment

TRIB­UTE: Adri­ana Xenides and “Baby John” Burgess on Wheel of For­tune. Right, stars of the mu­si­cal Laila Bano Rind and Har­riet Mar­shall (back) with Adri­ane Daff and Kather­ine Tonkin.


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