Contact: Melissa Western melissa@melissawestern.com

2021 TOURING

1954: Ella, Etta, Eartha

Disco Rainbow Sparkle Dance Party

2022 TOURING

Dirty Fame Flash Candles Club

What’s the Score: the fully improvised musical

Engaging audiences, enriching lives

Western-Dyer Productions have a proven track record over 10 years of successful touring throughout regional and rural Queensland and Western Australia. With a thorough understanding of what communities want and need, the company has consistently produced and toured popular shows including ‘Barbara and Barry’s Sweet, Sour and Saucy’, ‘The Roaring Twenties’, ‘Oh Lady Be Good’, ‘Lissa and Nee Nee Space Adventure’ and ‘Lissa and Nee Nee Adventure Time’.

The team have travelled locally and globally to key festivals (Edinburgh Fringe, Woodford Folk Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Queensland Music Festival, Brisbane Festival) and have toured twice with the UK NRTS (Ella, Marilyn Marlene and Me, Lush Life, Oh Lady Be Good). They are known and respected for their refined skills, spontaneity and authenticity.

Highlights include extensive touring and mainstage performances throughout Australia, the UK and France including: Women in Voice, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Canterbury International Arts Festival, Bristol Spiegeltent, Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane Cabaret Festival, Brisbane Jazz Club, Speigeltent, Queensland Music Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, QPAC, Gold Coast Arts Centre, Adelaide Fringe etc. Sweet, Sour & Saucy received five star reviews in Edinburgh and was nominated for 3 x 2015 Matilda Awards: Best Female Actor, Best Musical/Cabaret and Best Set Design.

Dirty Fame Flash Candles Club

A fast-paced, funny and familiar story about women hitting the ‘middle age’. 80s movies, songs, dance and delight abound!

PREMIERE SEASON November 2021: Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Arts, BRISBANE

Ready for QUEENSLAND TOURING 2022

A group of regular women hit the “middle age”. They are in the driver’s seat: carers for their children and their parents, holding down careers, propping up friends, they’re old enough to take the piss out of themselves one second and in the next be completely tender, wise, strong, angry, sexy or just down right bedraggled. They seek refuge in each other … and the Dirty Fame Flash Candles Club.

Drawing on all the best movies of an 80s youth (Dirty Dancing, Fame, Flashdance, Strictly Ballroom, 16 Candles, Pretty in Pink, the Breakfast Club, Girls Just Want to Have Fun) this original play is fast paced, funny and excruciatingly familiar for anyone else in the ‘midlife’. Featuring Melissa Western, Helen Cassidy and Neridah Waters the dialogue will reward audiences who register all the famous phrases. “I carried a watermelon?” says everyone.

But the fun doesn’t stop there. Into the second half of the night explodes an interactive 80s dance extravaganza led by pocket rocket dance queen extraordinaire Neridah Waters (Common People Dance Project). The audience are invited to come dressed in their best 80s tizz and enjoy drinks like Midori and West Coast Coolers and, if you’re really fancy, a Pina Colada.

TOURING: Melissa Western & Tnee Dyer present

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Sweet Sour and Saucy

By turns sassy, soulful, smart and sweet, she straddles the worlds of jazz, cabaret, pop and theatre bringing her rich, velvety tones and incredible versatility to live music, theatre and event entertainment.

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