Drowning in Veronica Lake

Drowning in Veronica Lake WEB

Presented by: Purplestage in association with Gasworks Arts Park and Flaxworks Theatre

Director:  Simon Coleman; Performer:  Alex Ellis; Writer: Phil Ormsby;
Lighting Design: Nik Janiurek; Dress design and construction: Sara Taylor;
Dress design: Elizabeth Whiting; Musical arrangements and vocals: Colleen Davis;
Sound Engineer: Rohan Evans

In 1940s Hollywood, Veronica Lake set the standard for self-destructive celebrities.  Smart, sexy, and typecast early in her career as the ice-cool femme fatale, she was thrust into the limelight at an early age.  Naïve and unprepared, she left in her wake a polarised industry who either loved or loathed her.

She took tea with Eleanor Roosevelt, piloted her own plane from coast to coast , was famously sued by her own mother and bankrupted by the IRS before a rapid descent into scandal, alcoholism and a premature and lonely death.  Now, 70 years later, trapped somewhere between Paramount and Purgatory, she wrestles with stardom, booze, men, and her spectacular decline into obscurity.

While the western world was grappling with World War Two, America was falling in love with this extraordinary actress.  Dazzling, beautiful and brilliant, she wowed audiences across the globe in more than 30 films.  Now 40 years after her death, Alex Ellis enthrals audiences with her rendition of Veronica Lake, describing Lake’s challenges with the film studios, her ongoing battle with alcohol, her clashes with men, and her spectacular personal decline.

Remaining centre of stage during the entire show, both Ellis and her incredible white dress fill the stage and deliver an extraordinary, poignant and memorable interpretation of Veronica Lake’s fascinating existence.

‘A stunning performance… A fascinating story excellently told and well worth seeing.’  Dominion Post

‘Perfectly titled, paced and pitched to reflect the rise and fall of a real Hollywood icon, the performance by Alex Ellis as Veronica Lake is simply stunning – a triumph of voice and nuance.’  Waikato Times

Running time: 1 hour
Audience advice:  Alcohol and drug references.  Recommended for ages 15+

 30 May 2015
 Saturday 30 May. 2,00pm & 8.00pm
$32.00 – Full price
$27.00 – Concession

$42.00 – Full price
$37.00 – Concession
$34.00 – Groups 8+
Early Bird

$37.00 – Full price
$32.00 – Concession
$29.00 – Groups 8+


Last day for Early Bird Tickets: 2 May 2015

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