Emerging cabaret artist and Adelaide school girl Alex De Porteous is making her Fringe Festival debut this year.
She has written a show to spread a message that perfection is unattainable and she does it through some unique arrangements of popular songs.
Alex will come in like a wrecking ball to dispel media myths and celebrate the women in pop and rock who shake it off and do their thang.
Through song and comedy, Alex explores the impact of modern media on young people and the pressures it places on her generation.
17-year-old Alex is entering her final year of school while embarking on a journey of self discovery and cabaret ambition.
Outside the Box is suitable for all ages, and shows audiences the lighter side of being a girl in music, and how Alex herself is following her blonde ambition to cabaret greatness.
With a special guest appearance from Hans: The Boy Wonder of Berlin, this modern cabaret will show you girls wanna have fun, and deserve a whole lotta R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
The self devised show was written, because Alex says she wants to encourage girls to think outside the box and see that media can be a misguided interpretation of the world.
“My show explores the impact social media has on us all today. I share my own personal journey with body image and self acceptance through the songs of the female pop stars I once aspired to become,” she says.
“I wrote the show because I wanted to create a theatrical piece that exposed how important it is to think ‘outside the box’ and be different. We live in a world where social media has made us create categories or ‘boxes’ for us to try and fit in. I want people to understand how I once aspired to fit into a box – to be a typical pop star – but how I overcame that and am happier to be myself and an individual. I can now be inspired by an artist or performer without feeling the need to become them.”
Following the success of her performance in Class of Cabaret (a program linked with the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, under artistic direction of Barry Humphries) last year, where she was mentored by cabaret greats like Matthew Carey, Amelia Ryan, Michael Griffiths, Kim Spargo and Stacy McCandless, Alex is pumped to get back on the stage.
“I love the energy and atmosphere of Fringe. It provides Adelaide with the opportunity during Mad March to absorb art. Whether it’s seeing a new local artist, like myself, or an international star, you will always find something interesting and unique,” she says.
“I am looking forward to bringing a LOT of glitter, sequins and sass to the stage! Along with this I want to share with audiences a 17-year-old’s view of social media in an inspirational, and funny show about my personal journey to becoming confident about being me.
“There’s going to be a whole lot of Britney, Beyoncé and even a little bit of Taylor Swift. It’s going to be fun! I want every audience member to leave the show feeling 17 again (if they aren’t already), and most of all confident in themselves in this technology filled world.”
So, go for a ride in a cabaret time machine as Alex reinvents female pop hits as far back as the 1920s and turns them into vintage jazz styled pieces that will keep your feet tapping, as her tales of woe and whoa! keep you laughing.
WHAT: OUTSIDE THE BOX
WHEN: SATURDAY 13, SUNDAY 14 FEBRUARY, 3:45 – 4:45
WHERE: THE BALLY, GLUTTONY
HOW MUCH? Adult: $24.00, Child: $15.00
We are giving away a double pass to Outside the Box. Simply head to our Facebook Page, give it a ‘like’ and answer the question on the pinned post by 6pm Monday, February 8.