Songs for Nobodies opens today at the Sydney Opera House

Following her acclaimed sold-out season in London’s West End, Bernadette Robinson returns to Australia for a limited engagement.

First performed 10 years ago, Songs For Nobodies is a spellbinding one woman play. It is a tour de force of imagined encounters between five mid 20th-century divas, Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf and Maria Callas, and five ordinary women.

Renowned Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith has mined a rich seam of longing, humour and quiet frustration to conjure the alchemic effect these women’s encounters with their musical idols have on their lives – from right there in the moment to their future choices.

Under the direction of Simon Phillips, Robinson switches characters and vocals without a breath, each song choice a glorious homage and celebration, delivered with passion and emotion that few ever come close to. Every audience member intimately feels that her performance is just for them.

Songs For Nobodies with Bernadette Robinson was a huge success in the West End, with great reviews for her performance, and for the show generally. As a result, the production was nominated for the UK’s most prestigious theatre award – an Olivier Award. Songs For Nobodies showcases Robinson’s astonishing talent for recreating the great singers of the past. On stage for 90 minutes accompanied by live musicians, her miraculous voice shifts from the smoky blues to a thrilling soprano. With consummate ease, she breathes new life into the five legendary performers and the five ordinary women whose lives were changed by their brush with fame.

Songs For Nobodies is now playing at the Playhouse Theatre from 23 January – 09 February 2020.

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  • Is Bernadette Robinson bringing her wonderful ‘Songs for Nobodies’ show to Brisbane in 2020?
    I missed her last time and was devastated.


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