METALLICA’S ballad Nothing Else Matters is the inspiration for a Kwinana producer’s musical featuring at Fringe World.
Kwinana resident Jacqueline Homer produced Playtime with Grace and Fergus: The Musical that will be audio described – a first for Fringe World.
Award winning blind mezzo-soprano Grace King, Little Birdy/Eskimo Joe multi-talented musician Fergus Deasy and newcomer Chelsea Gibson embark upon an intimate, uplifting, funny musical journey about friends searching for love.
Mrs Homer said they had been rehearsing the show for six months.
“Grace and I attended PICA’s fantastic annual fundraising party Greater Together last year and she sang Nothing Else Matters by Metallica at their karaoke,” she said.
“Neville and David from Ace’s Cabaret from Melbourne then approached her and invited us to perform at FringeWorld.
“I introduced Grace to Fergus during one of our audio described shows and the rest is history.”
Lockeridge resident King has been blind from birth and uses an audio description program that allows her to hear a verbal description of what is happening on stage or in an exhibition.
“When I was 18 I tried out for American Idol – I got to the judges round and performed in front of Simon, Paula, Randy and the guest judge LL CoolJ,” she said.
“I was rejected because I was told that the choreography would have been too difficult for me as a totally blind contestant.
“I was asked on the way out by one of the camera crew if I would come back and try again next year and I said I would if I didn’t have anything better to do.
“I didn’t go back because the next summer I got an internship with NASA creating multisensory learning packages.”
Mrs Homer runs the Sunday Afternoon Collective with her husband Mark Homer.
“We were actually rehearsing for a theatre show that our Artistic Director Mark Homer and dramaturge Jenny de Reuck was developing,” she said.
“We are called Sunday Afternoon Collective as we rehearse every Sunday Afternoon.
“Mark and I moved to Kwinana in 2010 after years of renting and chose Medina because the beautiful Morton Bay Figs, proximity to Fremantle, Rockingham and Perth City.”
There are three shows from Thursday, January 21 until Saturday, February 2 starting at 7pm on King’s Lair at His Majesty’s Theatre from January 21.