THEATRE REVIEW: Mz Josephine into the Pink

The talented and often outrageous queen of cabaret Mistress Josephine, who in the past has performed many a sexy romp about her twisted and bizarre world, has been replaced by the pretty in pink and more demure Mz Josephine. But before you wonder why one character has been replaced by another, let me explain.
THEATRE REVIEW: Mz Josephine into the Pink
The talented and often outrageous queen of cabaret Mistress Josephine, who in the past has performed many a sexy romp about her twisted and bizarre world, has been replaced by the pretty in pink and more demure Mz Josephine. But before you wonder why one character has been replaced by another, let me explain. About a year or so ago, the real Josephine discovered that she had breast cancer. Not only did this traumatic experience see her take some much needed time out from the hectic world of being a performer, but it also sent her on a healing journey where she received many and varied treatments, one of which was from an ayurvedic doctor. It was this doctor who suggested to her that she needed to raise her vibration by surrounding herself with the colour pink - pink clothing, pink thoughts, pink everything. So, on the path to a strong recovery, and with these pink thoughts in mind, Josephine has triumphantly returned to the stage with her new vocal show MZ Josephine into the Pink. Although not as theatrical as her other cabaret shows, MZ Josephine entertained us - in a beautiful pink frock and matching shoes no less - for a solid 50 minutes with iconic ballads, blues numbers and love songs from the likes of Nina Simone, Bruce Springsteen and Eartha Kitt. Accompanied by pre-recorded musical arrangements by Akash and man about town / piano accordion player Dave Evans, Mz Josephine did mix up her strong singing with some light humour and a bit of banter in between each song. With 20% of the box office going towards The Smileagain Foundation (A charity supporting acid burns victims in Pakistan) I think Mz Josephine made a strong and ethical statement with her performance comeback. Now that she is back in the limelight again, I hope to see and hear more of the Josephine I knew before her untimely illness, as she has much to give in the way of her voice, comedy and of course her sexy outfits. WHAT: Mz Josephine into the Pink WHERE: Chapel off Chapel

Melynda von Derksen

Tuesday 3 February, 2009

About the author

Melynda is a Melbourne based freelance photographer, arts manager and fashion stylist who enjoys creating her own projects and reinventing herself on a continual basis. Graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1996 where she majored in technical production in theatre, she has worked as a lighting designer, stage manager and theatre all rounder for many of Melbourne's best known creative companies. Eager to expand on her professional career, in 2004 she undertook a post graduate degree in arts management at the University of Melbourne. Since then she has worked in the area of arts administration and has used her skills to coordinate many successful cabaret events around town. As well as being part of the La Mama family for almost a decade, she continues to stick her finger in every type of creative pie that life has to offer. She is currently researching and writing a photographic book based on the history of the Melbourne Punk scene (1977 - onwards), which she hopes will be published in the next few years.