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Princessez: A Rock Musical (2020)
Girl group PRINCESSEZ are on the verge of stardom, but the band is fracturing. Anita wants only one thing – success in the music business; Delilah is distracted by the glitter of fame; while Lina is longing for a life out of the spotlight.
Described as ‘Grease meets Spice World’, new musical Princessez is a comedy about the music industry, in an era where artists are also influencers and where audiences ‘don’t want the truth … they want the illusion of the truth’.
Featuring all original music, coordinated outfits and plenty of pop princess attitude, Princessez is musical theatre for the social media generation.
Princessez debuted 12 & 15 March 2020 at the Domain Theatre, Marion Cultural Centre as part of the 2020 Adelaide Fringe.
PRINCESSEZ: A Rock Musical by Alice Orchard
concept by Alice Orchard and Clare Butler Vitozzi
directed by Fiona DeLaine
with Amy Wyatt, Alice Orchard, Laura White-Buick, Narmon Tulsi, Matt Redmond and Gregory Dayman
Blue Dress (2018)
Recorded between 2016 and 2018 and produced by Jamie Blechynden at Stella One Studio in the Barossa Valley, Blue Dress is a collection of songs about longing and loneliness, written over a 15 year span (the oldest, ‘Bread and Water’, written in 2003 and the newest, ‘Heart’s Desire’, written in 2017). Featuring the talents of Kim Orchard (guitars), Jamie Blechynden (guitars/banjo), Steve Fleming (bass/violin), Brody Green (drums), Briohny Taylor (cello), Richard Coates (keys), and many guest artists including Anja Tinapple, Melanie Reid, Vicki Blechynden and Cilla Jane (vocals) and Ilona Weir (harp). Cover Art Illustration and Design by David Heinrich.
Gunk (Girl Punk) was a side-project of Alice, Anja and Mel from Country Town Collective, the name suggested by Robbie Hoad at the Roma Bar one day. They once played a support gig at the Darwin Railway Club, so punk that in one song, none of them played the same chords. Gunk has appeared in a number of guises, including a Happy Yess gig backed by the Groupie Funkers, and a Flash Mob that struck midway through a Jigsaw Collective gig at Brown’s Mart one Friday night.
Long Way (2009, 2011)
The Long Way To The Top End tour brought Northern Territory bands from Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs to Adelaide to showcase as part of the Adelaide Fringe and Fuse Music Festival. The 2009 Long Way To The Top End tour featured The Aviators, Blastcorp, Country Town Collective, Greedy Stout, Kim Orchard, Jess Ribeiro & the Bone Collectors, Jigsaw Collective, Mark Hilton, Red Plum & Snow, The NEO, and Tracey Bunn (Toe-Sucking Cowgirls). The tour was supported by Top End Arts and the Northern Territory Government through Arts NT. The 2011 Long Way tour featured The Bloody Marys, Colourfide, Cobble Stone, Coconut Groove, Country Town Collective, Jigsaw Collective, Katelnd, Kim Orchard, Minority Sun, The NEO, Roymackonkey, Seldom Party, and The Unknown Artists, with special guests Minority Tradition (SA) and Nothin’ Sus (SA). Long Way 2011 was supported by the Australia Council, the Northern Territory Government and Artback NT.
Country Town Collective (2006-2013)
Country Town Collective was formed in Adelaide in 2006 and then reformed in Darwin in 2007. Compared to the Cowboy Junkies, the Triffids and Mazzy Star, their music harks back to to the poetry of the sixties folk scene and the sounds of old school blues and rock. The band’s first EP Houses (2009) was picked up by community radio around the country with one song, ‘Darling’, featured on Tim Ritchie’s ‘Sound Quality’ program on Radio National. Their sophomore album, Back When Never (2012) was recorded in Adelaide with producer Alex Carpenter, mixed by Alex in New York City and mastered in Los Angeles by Darwin’s own Matthew Cunliffe (Subsonic), with single ‘Why Baby’ added to high rotation on ABC Darwin in its first week of release.
Light Through McLuhan (2009)
A legacy website for Light Through McLuhan (formerly www.lightthroughmcluhan.org) is at: aliceorchard.com.au/mcluhan/
The website is based on my doctoral thesis, McLuhan’s Unconscious.