Five Questions with The Street Theatre and Baby et Lulu

20 July 2020

Each week on RISE News we’ll be catching up with someone from behind the scenes of some of the listings of the RISE Calendar to gather a insight into the work behind the experiences our great Canberra community are creating.

Today we hear from The Street Theatre and get some insight into their work on this weekend’s livestreamed music event BABY ET LULU live + digital album trois preview

Tell us more about BABY ET LULU live + digital album trois preview Baby et Lulu, the Australian, ARIA-nominatedthe “just plain irresistible” (The Music) songstressesthat are Abby Dobson (Leonardo’s Bride) and Lara Goodridge (FourPlay), are returning to The Street Theatre for a live and livestreamed show produced in partnership with Screencraft. Fifty Canberrans will be in the theatre adhering to COVID-19 protocols and everyone else will be able to watch at home avec le popcorn, le champagne, et un petit plat de fromage et de pain… wherever they are in ze big wide world!

Baby et Lulu are two sassy and playful characters that celebrate la vie française and a heady combination of feminine couture – from elegant to va va voom, seductive and witty banter, romantic chansons sung exquisitely in French, with the extraordinary musicianship of their band. With infectious energy and showmanship, Baby et Lulu will show how music is the salve, and laughter is the key.

Why did you want to create this particular event? Baby et Lulu was programmed as one of our live music performances for our 2020 season but due to the pandemic we had to cancel the show earlier in the year. Then, the opportunity came about for us to partner with Screencraft to go hybrid with these faux-French sensations for a live and livestreamed show – and to open our doors again to 50 Canberrans to see a live show and hear their fabulous music including new songs from their forthcoming album, Album Trois, which was set to be released just as COVID-19 struck. Giving artists opportunities has always been important to us. Lara Goodridge (Lulu) recently said “we have to be accommodating to the changing world and we have to adapt, or there is no future. There is no doubt, however, that the arts world has taken an unprecedented hit and it will take years and years to recover.”

What is it about Canberra audiences that made you want to do this? Canberrans love their music and enjoy up close and personal experiences. The Street adds to its vital role as a multi-arts hub in Canberra with an annual contemporary music program for our audiences. Last year, we welcomed a diverse mix of international and Australian artists, creating music experiences up close and personal. Legends came, much-loved and critically acclaimed musicians returned, milestones celebrated and new recordings launched by young and established locals. We look forward to doing it all again for Canberra audiences. For now, we are pleased to be able to keep the music going in our theatre with a live concert from the fabulously talented and entertaining Baby et Lulu and livestreaming through an innovative partnership with Screencraft.

What are you most excited about for BABY ET LULU live? Shutting down has been difficult for us all and music is a powerful uplift. Being able to open our doors to our community to enjoy a live music experience in our theatre is exciting. We are looking forward to this and the opportunity to livestream to homes in Canberra and around Australia and the globe. The Street is delighted to be working with Screencraft, Canberra’s award-winning television production company to deliver a high quality production. It will be wonderful to welcome Baby et Lulu to Canberra again. As Abby Dobson (Baby) says in our Street Talk, “this show will be our first show back together in very many months, so we are thrilled to be able to come together again at the Street Theatre. We are very new to the livestreaming new world and love that we will be able to reach people in their pyjamas at their house!”  

What would you like to see happen when things return to normal? There is no returning to normal  – the sector is changed forever in multidimensional ways. 2020 has brought enormous change and hard-hitting times for all of us. As we look for pathways to recovery from COVID-19, we are re-imagining our future with artists and audiences, employing artists to make work for us to produce, and bringing new Australian stories to the stage for audiences to enjoy. We will draw on our history of staging over 10 new works in our theatres and the development of 18 works through our First Seen program to go forward. We are commissioning new works for our stages that can give voice to our identity and create a legacy from innovative and extraordinary new works made in Canberra that reflect the scale and scope of these times.

You can find out more about BABY ET LULU live + digital album trois preview  by checking out the listing on the RISE Calendar here.

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