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Ursula Martinez To Open 2010 Feast Festival

my storiesThe Feast Festival has announced internationally acclaimed Anglo-Spanish cult cabaret diva Ursula Martinez as the opening attraction for the 2010 Festival. Presented in conjunction with The Adelaide Festival Centre Martinez will present the Australian premiere of her latest show My Stories Your Emails from 11 – 13 November for three performances only in the Space Theatre.

London-based Ursula Martinez is an original cast member of the contemporary circus/cabaret phenomena La Clique. In My Stories Your Emails Martinez invites us to meet the ordinary and extraordinary characters in her life and in her inbox.

Noted for her use of nudity and non-actors My Stories, Your Emails builds upon her notoriety gained from the popularity of an unauthorised internet video of her famous cabaret strip-tease magic act Hanky Panky – a disappearing handkerchief magic routine, where each piece of clothing that hides the handkerchief is discarded… she then repeats until she is nude (and still makes the handkerchief disappear!). The internet posting lead to to a flood of emails (some with pictorial attachments) from men from around the world – keen to get to know her better. In the second half of the show Ursula reads some of this correspondence – and shows the authors …er …attachments, on screen.

The show combines spoken word, live art, character comedy and stand-up. The result is a comical and uncompromising exploration of self-identity, the internet, fame, obsession, censorship, loneliness and human failure.

Commissioned by Barbicanbite 10 (London) and QueerUpNorth International Festival (Manchester) My Stories Your Emails was written and performed by Ursula Martinez and Directed by Mark  Whitelaw’

‘…an utterly riveting, compellingly uncompromising show that is highly recommended…’ -Manchester Evening News

‘…a big star in the making’ – The Daily Telegraph – London

Ursula Martinez studied theatre at Lancaster University and began her career in experimental theatre. In the mid 90s, she began performing solo on the London club/cabaret circuit and very quickly made a name for herself. Martinez has also made several short films and performs regularly for virtuoso variety vamps Medium Rare. She is also an associate artist with iconoclastic performance provocateurs Duckie with whom she created the smash-hit Olivier Award winning show C’est Duckie.

My Stories Your Emails plays Thursday 11th November 8pm, Friday 12th November 8pm, Saturday 13th November 5pm, Tickets are $35.00 and $30.00 concession.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.bass.net.au

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