Speakeasy | Light-hearted look at music and crime

Taking it easy after Christmas

PEOPLE in need of a brightly relaxing follow-up to the rigours of Christmas and New Year celebrations should consider Speakeasy, a light-hearted show by Newcastle writer, musician and singer Maureen O’Brien that brings together the music and crime stories of the 1920s.

It is being staged at the Royal Exchange in Bolton Street, Newcastle, on Wednesday and Thursday, December 28 and 29, at 8pm.

 It will also be performed at The Dungeon, the performance venue below Adamstown Uniting Church, with entry from Glebe Road, on Sunday, January 8, at 2pm, and Wednesday, January 11, at 8pm.

The show offers several episodes of a popular 1920s radio drama, Fickle Finger of Fate.

The audience will find out whether Squiffy Naylor will finally get his just desserts, and if justice will prevail on the streets of Woolemaroo when the constabulary take charge.

And what the heck are Fifi and Fingers up to?

The cast includes Maureen O'Brien, Grant Bailey, Stevie Cannon, Russ Redford and Gary Roberts.

Audience members also get a chance to participate in the live radio action.

And they are invited to wear boas and spats to help get into a 1920s mood.

Tickets are $20 at the door, at both places, though bookings can be made for the intimate venues.

Royal Exchange tickets can be bought through trybooking.com, and Dungeon tickets from Maureen O’Brien, email bookings@maureen.com.au.