Welcome one and all to Adelaide’s most fabulous festival – The Cabaret Festival! I want to share these photos with you as I had the utmost pleasure of working with Hew Parham to capture the essence of his character Rudi for the show Rudi’s The Rinse Cycle! We had a little chat with Hew, and Rudi, to capture the essence of this extraordinary show:
Hew: Rudi was part of Berlin Cabaret – it was the first show I did after graduating from Drama School – I came in late into the first season as a replacement the day of the performance. Something of what was felt that first night always stayed with Rudi. I got brought into a rehearsal at the last minute given two songs to sing and some choreography. Even now when we perform Berlin Cabaret I always say “Hello my name is Rudi and I am new…” even if i’ve said that 150 times now. He grew throughout my time with Berlin Cabaret and I am learning and discovering even more about him now in his first solo show.
Hew: You are your most unique, bizarre, sad, joyous, beautiful creation. It may take you several years of frustration, misunderstanding, journeys, shows, workshops, tears, beers and audience cheers to discover it but when you do it will so be worth it.
Rudi: If the going gets tough then get out of there as quick as you can! Don’t look back whatever you do! It may be a dragon… or worse… your mother! Or even worse it may be your mother who has turned into a dragon. It’s long but it’s meaningful.
Photographs by Sophie Armstrong, The Moon and The Mirror