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Asked to describe a typical Wau Wau show, Tanya explains;
"I think of it sometimes like an invitation into a sublime, sultry,
silly state of chaos, wherein we play around with technical snafus and
unscripted one-liners, a sly mix of physical prowess and mayhem, all
while suspended in a boozy state of awe and delight! We, and the
audience, careen through a show full of surprises and scene-stealing
and all teetering on the brink of a delicious disaster! It's a festive,
freewheeling hour that keeps the audience guessing every second,
who's in control and for how long?!"
eir latest production, e Last Supper, has already had
successful seasons and earned plenty of acclaim from critics
and audience alike. Tanya believes it works so well for the
audience because "it's topical and bawdy and brave and doesn't
take itself too seriously".
She explains: "It confronts a lot of social and political and
religious taboos with skill, a sense of smarts and humour that I think
people can relate to, no matter where they are from or what their
age. It straddles many gaps, bulldozes boundaries, and lls in the
cracks. We also consciously choose to let the audience 'in' on the
joke and the making of, which I think is a very powerful thing."
Tanya says the inspiration for the show was partly from the
current "political, economical and social climate".
"It's really a culmination of our characters and "best of " work
we have been developing over the past 10 years. Our "story" real
and ctionalised, blown up and out Pop-Americana-style. It's a
rich picture and we LOVE to put on a "feast of the senses". It's
as if it's 2012 and if it was the end of the world, what kind of
dinner party we would like to have, and how EVERYONE is
invited and encouraged to sit at our table and share in the
adventure and experience."
The Wau Wau Sister's Last
Supper plays at the Studio,
Sydney Opera House from
January 12 - 22.
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Despite being half sisters, the Wau Wau's
(AKA Tanya Gagne and Adrienne Truscott) grew up in
separate households and didn't meet until their teens,
that didn't stop them however, from having a shared a nity
"We did put on VERY similar shows for our
respective families and neighbours in the living room
or yard," comments Tanya. "It was usually accompanied
by our favourite album of the time, lots of elaborate
costuming and household props, sometimes on roller
skates and o en homemade programs and snacks
which we sold."
According to Tanya a career in the theatre seemed
inevitable. "I have drawings from a very young age of
me hanging from a trapeze by my toes and I always
was a ham and loved going to the theatre and
circus. Both of us grew up dancing and competing
in gymnastics and were known for lavish displays
of matching costumes and sometimes nudity
when we couldn't gure out what to wear!"
Early roles such as Becky in Tom Sawyer and
Amarylis in the Music Man are a far cry from the
Wau Wau's current fare -- it was upon meeting
her sister Adrienne that the stage for the
Wau Waus was set.
"We actually entered
a talent contest in
there-a er and won.
New York soon
became the next
Wau Wau's go wild
NYC's favourite outrageous
theatrical act bring their show
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