Extraordinary women, must-see theatrical experience, Drummer Queens. Strictly limited time at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre, ends Saturday 13 February 2021. Created and composed by Joe Accaria, with creative direction by Nigel Turner-Carroll and choreography by Peta Anderson.
With stunning staging and world-class percussionists, it certainly delivered a live musical experience I haven’t seen before. I was immersed in a trance of the rhythm beats which I felt had some Latino, African and even Korean influence (I don’t want to make assumptions or try to name the types of drums being used eg. long barrels, Janggu, Djembe). I was in awe of their skills and energy, even when the stage turned red and it was just the beat of the heart. Their body (chest) was their percussion instrument that captured the moment, our senses, to which I thought was a memory or tribute to someone.
The creator and composer of Drummer Queens Joe Accaria, said, “Karen Carpenter was once famously asked why she plays the drums. Her answer: ‘Two words, WHY NOT’! Our heartbeat, our influencers, and teachers are women. For me it was Sheila E, Cindy Blackman, Viola Schmidt, all of whom paved the way for a young man to ignore a historical anomaly. DRUMMER QUEENS aims to give a platform to women of inexorable talent and musical wisdom, all brought to the fore in a physical group dynamic that pushes the boundaries of rhythm and performance through inspirational drumming and musicianship, joyous danceable groove and awe.”
The opening show was out of this world. With moving scaffolding with drum kits at the perch, steampunk yellow jumpsuits to red drummer outfits, and neon light shows. This is an all-rounder performance that your teens want to see.
Had to do a little research on the cast members, Georgia Anderson was the fun young tumbler, Peta Anderson (T&L’s favourite & standing ovation) with her insane tap-dancing routine, Stef Furnari (T&L’s favourite badass) with her blinding neon rock performance. Everyone was great and had their own energy, Niki Johnson (I think was on xylophone), Salina Myat, Lisa Purmodh, Claudia Wherry, Ned Wu and Sasha Lian-Diniz.
The World Premiere season of Drummer Queens will play at the Sydney Lyric Theatre ends Saturday 13 February 2021. Then will play at the Comedy Theatre, Melbourne from 27 April and the Lyric Theatre, QPAC from 11 May 2021.
Book now as it will sell out fast!