DivaLicious comes to town

Daryna ZadvirnaNarrogin Observer
DivaLicious duo Penny Shaw and Fiona Cooper Smyth.
Camera IconDivaLicious duo Penny Shaw and Fiona Cooper Smyth. Credit: supplied

For one night only, the Narrogin Senior Citizens Centre will be renamed the Narrogin Opera House to host a Fringe show sell-out, comedy-musical, DivaLicious.

Organised by ARtS Narrogin, the local crowd will be treated to dinner and a show by a duo straight out of the big smoke.

DivaLicious soprano, co-producer and writer, Penny Shaw said the show was all about exploring the dubious joys of ageing.

“Women of a certain age have a lot to put up with,” she said.

“Approaching this subject with our usual irreverence, we have put a new twist on some classic songs, rewritten lyrics and made a few delightful new discoveries that deal with this delicate subject matter in a humorous way.”

Ms Shaw said she was looking forward to Narrogin’s country welcome, as this was the duo’s first performance out of Perth.

ARtS Narrogin manager Cait Stewart said the show was also part of the Raise the Roof program which aimed to encourage and enable older Narrogin residents to attend more shows and events.

“Last year, ARtS Narrogin received Raise the Roof funding from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, and it’s just to ensure shows and entertainment are available for seniors to be social and interact with the rest of the community,” she said.

Ms Stewart said DivaLicious was very fitting as it was all about celebrating ageing, which had prompted the name change of the Senior Citizen’s Centre.

“The divas will put on a really great night, it’ll be a laugh and Jesse Layman will also put on a nice dinner, so hopefully we’ll get a good crowd,” she said.

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