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interviewed | The fabulous Miss Frisky

Miss Frisky is gracing Auckland again this month for two evenings of karaoke cabaret nonsense, vocal pyrotechnics, and riotous fun. You may remember her from the British musical comedy cabaret double act – Frisky & Mannish – who performed at last year’s Auckland Live International Cabaret Season.

This time, the audience gets to choose the playlist during her performance! The show is all about classic music and why we love it so much. It will allow the audience to offer their random favourite songs, and express why they love certain tracks so much. Miss Frisky admitted: “It’s about getting to use me as a human jukebox and hear your favourites belted live, right in your face.”

When I asked her what she has lined up for the audience, she replied: “Really, it’s about what the audience have lined up for me! I genuinely do not know what I will be singing, it’s in the hands of the audience and I know we’ll all have a brilliant time together.”

After extensive research into interactive technologies, Miss Frisky and her team have decided that the audience will let them know their choice of songs by writing on a post-it note, and sticking it to their heads. Miss Frisky told me how incredibly efficient this method is, “and everyone looks suitably ridiculous, so I enjoy it,” she said. “I’ll then choose whichever songs I feel like singing. Bribes will be accepted.”

Along with the show, she’s super excited to be back in Auckland to visit Ponsonby’s food market, boutiques and brunch spots. She loves Karangahape Road’s vintage shops and the Wharf’s killer oysters and seafood. She also spoke very highly of Waiheke’s vineyards but will be looking for new adventures this year. She said: “All the best days out I’ve had, were suggested by Auckland locals, so write it on a post-it and stick it to your head, please.”

She is one of the biggest voices in cabaret and has performed all over the world, but she still gets nervous. She said: “What’s extra-nerve-racking about the show I’m doing here, is that I am totally in the audience’s hands. We will be making something unique every night, so comfort won’t really be coming into it! But the nerves are the thing that give you superpowers – I cannot wait to see what happens.”

Miss Frisky

Miss Frisky

Miss Frisky performs in Miss Frisky’s Karaoke Experience from Friday the 15th to Saturday the 16th of September at 8pm in Basement Theatre. Buy your tickets here.

After Auckland, Miss Frisky will fly back to London for a short time, before heading to Berlin to host a nightly dinner cabaret show, drink gluhwein and eat currywurst until March 2018.

She said: “I won’t be able to do more karaoke for a little while, so it’s going to be very very special doing these shows.”


humans of mac+mae: Claire Cowan

Hello, my name is Claire and I’m a composer and I’m writing a violin concerto. This is my piano which I compose it and it is my favourite and most precious possession in the world.

It is a Yamaha piano from a man who stripped back the whole thing, it was an old piano that we was used in a school and he stripped back the whole thing and replaced it with new strings so it sounds great inside and has new hammers.  You can see that was all scratched up and he sanded it all back and made it good as new.  It’s a beautiful honey colour. 

It is my number one tool that I use to do my job.  It sounds beautiful and I take it every place I go, I’ve moved it around all the different houses I’ve lived in and it makes great music.  This is where all the magic happens.

Claire Cowan has composed countless scores for film and theatre, but six years ago, she realised no one was playing the work of Estonian composer Avo Parte.  She and a friend took it upon themselves to change that and The Blackbird Ensemble was born.  The Blackbird Ensemble has a rotating cast who create theatrical musical experiences in unusual venues.  They aim to move you, groove you and improve your expectation of a ‘classical’ experience.

Blackbird Ensemble present ‘Dreams this Friday at Auckland’s Town Hall as part of the Auckland Live International Cabaret Season 28 Sept – 02 Oct.  

Inspired by the ‘Humans of New York’ series, we’re talking to our network find out what’s special to them, whether it’s a place, a thing, or a memory – Meet the “humans of mac+mae” –    http://bit.ly/HoMaM