The Pleasure Society Cabaret – Simone Penkethman and Chanel Cole

johnboy 1 September 2010
Simone and Chanel

The following came across my desk and is worth a look:

The Pleasure Society Cabaret
Simone Penkethman and Chanel Cole
With Adam Cook and Paul Christiansen
Directed by Robin Davidson
17 and 18 September at 8:00pm
Tickets $25/$20 Bookings 62931443
Bar and Pleasure Gallery with outdoor smoking area open from 7pm
Tuggeranong Arts Centre
Cowlishaw Street, Tuggeranong
Canberra, Australia

…a pleasure shared is a pleasure doubled…

Chanel Cole and Simone Penkethman met in the summer of 2007 and fell in love. What was, on the surface, an unlikely alliance between an Australian Idol glam puss and an indie rock earth mother became a true meeting of voices, minds and wardrobes. They postponed their impulsive plans to elope to Vegas for a quickie Elvis wedding and channeled their ardour into arts festivals, music and bicycle outings in pretty frocks and high heels. The Pleasure Society was born.

In 2010, with encouragement from Canberra’s Godfather of the arts, Domenic Mico these two anti-divas have created The Pleasure Society Cabaret, exploring the realms, risks, and reciprocity of pleasure. The show will premiere at Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s beautiful new cabaret space. Wrap-around balconies and stunning lake views make this the perfect place to indulge your impulse for indolent indulgence. Always on the run from the Pleasure Police, The Pleasure Society encourages you to take a night off from the wowsers, fear mongers and killjoys to celebrate a life worth living.

Joining Cole and Penkethman will be Adam Cook on piano and Paul Christiansen on bass. The show is presented in two acts. The first is acoustic and comedic with story, song and visual delights anticipating an electric second act. The second act is a performance of hand picked and lovingly arranged songs by the likes of David Bowie, Spoon, Modest Mouse and The Cure.

“The first act is essentially us getting ready for the show. It’s like those nights out with the girls when getting ready is half the fun” says Penkethman

“Dress for the Pleasure and arrive early” says Cole, “A salon de refuse exhibition of works from some of our favourite artists will be on display and the bar will be open.”

The Bar will re-open in the interval and remain open throughout act 2 and for post-show tipples because, as the society says: “It pleases us to see you enjoy yourselves!”

You are invited to join The Pleasure Society and flirt with whim and consequence in this interactive cabaret adventure. It contains genteel cups of tea, sexual and substance references, coarse language and sweet singing.

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