If Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, Sex and Creativity, came back to Earth, what would she tell us?
Plenty, it seems… but first, she needs our help to find the reincarnation of Adonis, her true love. And where better to look than Byron Bay, where everyone has had past lives?
You can hear what Aphrodite has to say and meet four other powerful goddesses (Morrigan, the Irish goddess of revenge war, Persephone, the Greek goddess of the Underworld, Diana, the Roman goddess of the Moon and Quan Yin, the Chinese goddess of compassion) in Conversations with Goddesses, playing at the Byron Theatre on
Friday August 8.
Conversations With Goddesses is the brainchild of local performer and writer Louise McCabe. She wrote the original version of the one-woman cabaret in 2012 and performed it in Mullumbimby Drill Hall, then took it to the Adelaide Fringe Festival early this year.
“A major theme of the show is love, embodied by the Goddess Aphrodite,” explains McCabe.
“Romantic love, of course, but it also reflects my love for this area — its extraordinary natural beauty, the sense of community, our obsession with alternative beliefs and our ability to see the funny side of this.”
The show also touches on depression — something McCabe has struggled with, in the character of Persephone who transforms her melancholy into wisdom.
“Not long after I moved here, I did a personal development program called the Hoffman Process,” McCabe explained.
“It helped shift a lot of old pain and changed the way I felt on a deep level. In fact a lot of the show came to me after doing that work.”
Audiences can expect a comic, clever and highly entertaining adult show that draws freely from many traditions.
“I’ve stolen from old school cabaret, epic theatre, performance art, burlesque, musical theatre and well as Greek, Roman Chinese and Celtic mythology,” she said.
“I’ve used multi-media, text and recorded music live music and singing — I’ve even thrown in a belly dance. It really has something for everyone!”
The show also features the exceptional musical talents of accompanist Dylan Curnow, director of Isabella Acapella and keyboard player in Lisa Hunt’s Forever Soul band.