Celebration of Adriana’s life
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 email@example.com 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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