Australian concert pianist, recording artist, radio performer, fashionista, film star and arguably one of Australia’s finest musical exports to the world: this was Eileen Joyce. This Fringe Festival, award-winning classical pianist and actor Julia Hastings seamlessly blends theatre and live music in this original, one-woman show, Fame, Fortune & Lies: The Life and Music of Eileen Joyce, bringing to life the captivating and heartbreaking story of Eileen.
Eileen Joyce left her hometown of Kalgoorlie/Boulder as a teenager in 1926, bound for Europe and a career of megastar proportions. She was to become one of Australia’s most dazzling musical ambassadors during the 1940s and 50s.
As part of The Lab @ Percy Court Studios program, Fame, Fortune & Lies: The Life and Music of Eileen Joyce starring Julia Hastings, comes to the Adelaide Fringe Festival on March 3rd- 4th.
As well as an innovative theatre-maker and actor, Julia Hastings is an Australian classical pianist, chamber musician and alumna of the Australian National Academy of Music. Having previously studied under award- winning pianist and writer, Anna Goldsworthy, who is known for her best-selling memoir Piano Lessons and stage show Piano Lessons Recital, Hastings now follows in her mentor’s tread.
Hastings’ musical brilliance is showcased in gems of the piano repertoire made famous by Eileen, including miniatures by Liszt, Chopin, Granados and Grainger. Live musical performance is woven throughout the narrative, charmingly portraying Eileen through a series of vignette scenes and creating an unforgettable theatre experience.
Behind the glamour of international success, Hastings’ poignant interpretation of Eileen reveals the tragedy and the personal demons which plagued her both on and off stage. At times funny, and at times heartbreaking, Fame, Fortune & Lies is a unique production combining drama and fine classical music.
“Blown away by Hastings’ performance – breathtaking! Actor, writer, pianist and beautiful woman – talk about the whole package!” – Emma Westwood, Bakewood
“Hastings was sensational – a gem.” – Lisa Moore, pianist
“…Prokofiev’s Five Sarcasms Op. 17 for piano is not for wimps. Julia Hastings is no wimp. […] Not once did we think she had failed to conquer it at any level, technically or intellectually.” – Stewart Jackel, Albert’s Wars Blog
Fame, Fortune & Lies
VENUE: The Lab @ Percy Court Studios
4 Percy Court,
Adelaide, South Australia, 5021
DATE/TIME: Sat 3rd March @ 3pm, Sun 4th March @ 7pm
TO BOOK TICKETS visit https://www.adelaidefringe.com.au or call 1300 621 255 Adult: $30 / Concession: $25 / Child: $15 / Family: $70 / Group: $28
Contact: Julia Hastings M: 0417 083 129 E: firstname.lastname@example.org