The award-winning smash hit of 2011 Sydney Fringe is back! Indulge your inner (or not-so-inner) nerd with LadyNerd – Keira Daley's funny, fact-packed cabaret tribute to some of history's greatest minds, from Marie Curie to Ada Lovelace… via that woman who invented Liquid Paper.
The show will play Sydney on Thursday June 7 at Slide Lounge forone night only, followed by shows at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival at Festival Centre Artspace on June 13 and 14, and Edinburgh Fringe from August 3-27. Additional engagements will be announced shortly.
LadyNerd sees performer and lifelong nerd Keira Daley ([title of show], A New Brain, Princess Cabaret) join forces with musical director and piano nerd Mark Chamberlain (Jersey Boys, The Last Five Years, Mornings With Kerri-Anne), in an unashamedly brainy celebration where jazzy piano bar meets Sega Megadrive.
True stories and intriguing real-life characters interface with quirky rants and inventive song arrangements – some old, some new, all in the key of nerd.
Long, long ago… the nerd emerged as a pop-cultural (and playground) punching bag. Now, with "geek chic", it's a marketing vehicle used to sell gadgets and copy paper. But nerd in its purest form is a much bigger deal – a nerdy state of mind can be inventive, powerful, and a little bit adorkable. And so, employing music and a dash of time-travel, LadyNerd sets out with one simple task: To reclaim nerd.
Lady Nerd is written & performed by Keira Daley. Mark Chamberlain serves as musical director and accompanist. Jay James-Moody directs. The show features dramturgy and additional writing by Peter Lead.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ladynerdcabaret or www.ladynerd.com.au
Winner of the Sydney Fringe 2011 Award for Excellence, and a 2010 Sydney Cabaret Showcase grand finalist, Keira recently appeared as Susan in the critically-acclaimed NSW premiere and return seasons of [title of show], as Rhoda in the Sydney premiere of William Finn's A New Brain, and as Jeannie in The Great American Trailer Park Musical. In 2009, Keira performed as Princess Aurora in the touring musical-sketch parody Princess Cabaret, which received five-star reviews at Edinburgh Fringe, and was part of Sydney Comedy Festival and World's Funniest Island. 2009 also saw her sing several shows with musical comedy troupe Cabaret Merlot. Prior to that, Keira's main focus was improvisation, appearing in BLANK the Musical at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and on the Impro Australia mainstage at Belvoir St and Enmore Theatres, including two Cranston Cup Theatresports Grand Finals. LadyNerd is her solo debut.
Mark Chamberlain works in Sydney as a repetiteur and musical director in musical theatre and cabaret. He was most recently a deputy keyboardist on Jersey Boys (Sydney) and musical director for The Last Five Years (Stories Like These). Other credits include Musical Director for Sydney's 8th and 9th Annual Cabaret Showcase (Your Management Int.), Thrill Me (Squabbalogic), Keyboards on Tell Me on a Sunday (Kookaburra), Mornings with Kerri-Anne (Channel 9), The Morning Show (Channel 7) and Afternoons with James Valentine (ABC 702 Sydney). He has accompanied such Australian performers as Hayden Tee, Courtney Act, Daniel Scott and Mark Vincent; and International Artists such as US performer Colleen Ballinger ("Miranda Sings") on her Australian tour, and UK sensation Daniel Boys in Sydney. Mark also recently performed in the Living in the 70s tour (The Harbour Agency) while studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He regularly tutors/accompanies classes and productions at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Australian Institute of Music (AIM), Australian Academy of Dramatic Art (AADA), and the Actor's College of Theatre and Television (ACTT).