TORTURED, talented and misunderstood – Amy Winehouse continues to captivate Melbourne singer Ashleigh Kreveld long after her demise in 2011.
“When I first heard Rehab all those years ago I assumed she was some black soul mama from the States and when she came out and I saw she was this tiny Jewish woman from England, a lot younger than I assumed, that was an interesting spin,” Kreveld said.
“Her music is beautiful and her lyrics are haunting, and her demise in the public eye and battles with addiction really made her this tragic character and someone I always had a soft spot for.”
So taken with Winehouse, who died at just 27 – joining the infamous ‘27 Club’ alongside Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain – Kreveld is bringing the celebrated singer back from the grave.
But the cabaret show goes well beyond Winehouse’s signature beehive, tats and black eyeliner.
“A lot of the dialogue in the show is taken from interviews Amy has given, so words are taken straight from her mouth,” Kreveld said.
“The show is what I perceive as Amy’s version of how things went down: the media has had its say, her dad released a book with his spin on things and Asif Kapadia released the biopic, Amy, in 2015.
“It is poignant and also funny, because she was a funny gal, and it sheds light on celebrities she hated and delves into her addictions and relationship with Blake, all told through her music.
“Some really huge Amy Winehouse fans have thanked me after many performances because it is what they imagine to be her real story.”
Kreveld – with a background in music theatre – will perform the show for the second year at Fringe World Festival inside Northbridge late-night institution, The Moon Cafe.
“I start the show off by walking through everyone who is having a drink, so this venue works really well,” she said.
“It wouldn’t work in a shiny polished theatre – this is somewhere Amy would have a drink.”
What: Frankly Winehouse
Where and when: The Moon Café, Northbridge on February 13, 15 and 19 and WA Maritime Museum for Freo Royale/Fringe World on February 9 and 10