The end of 2013 and 2014 promise more excitement for Bernadette Robinson and her many fans. The Melbourne Theatre Company recently announced that it has commissioned leading Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith to write a new one-woman play for Bernadette as part of its 2014 subscription season. Pennsylvania Avenue will be directed by Simon Phillips, thus reuniting the team that brought Australian audiences the phenomenally successful Songs For Nobodies.
In November 2013, Bernadette will present a solo concert in the Concert Hall at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Discussions are continuing for a New York season of Songs For Nobodies in the first half of 2014.
2011 and 2012 were breakthrough years for Bernadette Robinson. Her critically acclaimed performances in multiple sell-out Australian seasons of the one-woman play Songs For Nobodies confirmed her standing as one of Australia’s leading singer/actresses.
Audiences and critics alike loved the show: “The audience is on its feet with a standing ovation” (The Age), “Bernadette Robinson’s performance is theatrical alchemy” (Herald Sun), “Beyond virtuosity to the sublime” (The Australian). Barry Humphries saw the play twice and announced that “Bernadette is a major talent and a spellbinder.”
Bernadette, together with Robyn Nevin, Helen Thomson and eventual winner Cate Blanchett was nominated for a Helpmann Award in 2012 as Best Female Actor In a Play. Songs For Nobodies was nominated for 3 other Helpmann Awards.
Songs For Nobodies was commissioned by the Melbourne Theatre Company. The MTC presented the premiere season in Melbourne, which was followed by national tours through 2011, 2012 and the early part of 2013, presented by Duet Productions.
The play was written especially for Bernadette by the playwright Joanna Murray-Smith. It was directed by Simon Phillips, director of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert and Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Love Never Dies. The play is built around Bernadette’s virtuosic acting skills and her amazing ability to inhabit the voices of famous singers. On stage alone for 90 minutes, she plays the roles of 5 ordinary women and the 5 great singers (Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf and Maria Callas) who touched their lives.
For further information about Songs for Nobodies visit www.songsfornobodies.com.
Since finishing the 3rd tour of Songs For Nobodies, Bernadette has had a busy schedule of engagements, including concerts at several of Australia’s premier venues. In June, she gave 2 concerts at the Adelaide Festival Centre during the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. This was followed by a sold-out concert at the 1,000 Melbourne Recital Centre as part of the Centre’s American Songbook series.
Also in June 2013, Bernadette recorded performances for a new Foxtel cable show and CD called Studio At The Memo. Hosted by Australian rock singer Tim Rogers, the series features leading performers from Australia and overseas.
Bernadette also undertakes her normal hectic round of performances at corporate events for large Australian and multi-national corporations when time permits.
Bernadette Robinson studied voice with the legendary Dame Joan Hammond at the Victorian College Of The Arts before embarking on her professional career.
She has performed at the Sydney Opera House and Hamer Hall in Melbourne on numerous occasions with the Australian Pops Orchestra, including with James Morrison and David Hobson. She has also been a guest performer with the Queensland Orchestra.
Bernadette has presented her earlier one-woman shows You Might As Well Live, Calling All Angels and Patsy Cline: Her Songs, Her Story around Australia to critical and audience acclaim. The Australian Financial Review commented that her voice
“…touches emotional chords with a delicacy and strength only a true artist can accomplish” and the Adelaide Advertiser dubbed her ‘the consummate diva.’
In addition to her one woman shows, Bernadette has had success performing at high profile events for large corporates across Australia and (singing in English and in local languages) in Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Macau, Buenos Aires, Singapore, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Toronto.