This week in the Coracle we caught up with Amanda Cox, an Old Scholar of St Columba College, who recently starred in a University production at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival titled Nosferatu. It’s an interesting title, but nonetheless a very successful performance across the entire festival, as Amanda explained:
“Two weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to be a part of an adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula called Nosferatu: The Undead. This was as part of my studies as a University student – the Nosferatu musical was even entered into the Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival! The show was unique in that it was not a sit-down theatrical performance, but a piece of promenade theatre, where the audience could journey along with the main character Jonathan on his way to Transylvania. I played the leading female role of Lucy and had an absolute blast developing this character. The show was a fantastic success, selling out each night and receiving universally positive feedback.
“Although the Nosferatu season has ended, my performing opportunities haven’t stopped there. Currently I am studying a two-week intensive course called 'European Performance', which allows me to explore Cabaret. As part of this course I will be one of the acts during the Adelaide Cabaret Festival with both shows featuring at the Adelaide Festival Centre.”
I asked Amanda if she might see herself as a role model for other St Columba students, Amanda replied, “I suppose I'd really like to be an Old Scholar who shows students that if you are passionate enough about what you do and apply yourself to it, you can be very successful (as clichéd as that sounds!) I'm still a bit taken aback that I'm receiving these opportunities to perform. There is no way as a Year 10 student, when I first wanted to be on the stage that I thought I would ever be in something like the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. I thought that was reserved for the likes of Bernadette Peters and Kate Ceberano.
"I would love to potentially do some workshops with Senior Drama students covering vocal technique, movement, and the relationship between an actor, other actors and their surroundings, plus other practitioners / theories I have learned in my Drama major. I feel I have knowledge to impart which could be useful to these students, especially as they begin to consider their studies and careers after graduating.”
Thanks for your time, Amanda, break a leg!
Paul Charles Marketing Manager