Home' LOTL : Mar 12 Contents Performance poet Candy Royalle admits to being a bit of a nerd growing
up, with a love for books and movies, but it wasn't 'til she was a teen and
her year 10 drama class was putting on a play that Royalle discovered
her true forte...
"A day before the play was due to be performed, the lead came down with
glandular fever and everyone was in an absolute state of anxiety as there was
no understudy. I had learnt every line o by heart for the audition and also
because we had to be there for every rehearsal even if we didn't have a speaking
part. I put my hand up and told the teacher I knew all the lines....guess who got
to be lead a er all?" she smirks...
Despite this promising start, Royalle confesses it was a couple of years
before the stage beckoned her once more. In fact it was performance poet Tug
Dumbly (a stalwart of the Sydney poetry scene) that provided the inspiration.
"I've been writing poetry since I was around six or sevem but it wasn't until
I was 18 and stumbled across a Performance Poetry evening (that Tug used to
run) that I really fell in love with poetry. e stage had staggering drunk poets
rallying at the state of the world, or their hearts, or the next door neighbour -
poetically mind you, being heckled by drunk poets in the audience. I realised
I had found my home."
Today Royalle is just as likely to be rallying at the state of the world as her
cohorts. Her inspiration for her work runs the gamut of "politics, humanity,
the environment and all they encompass".
"Furthermore, love, sex, relationships - all of these are excellent fodder too."
While audiences may think of her audacious stage persona as an alter ego,
Royalle insists that "Candy Royalle is not my alter ego. It's me. e real me.
"People that come to see my show get an insight into the workings of my mind,
my heart. e things that make me angry, make me want to cry. ey get to see
one individual's experiences through life, laid out in front of them as raw and
energised as possible. ey are witnesses to a life laid bare, that life happens to
be - Candy Royalle."
When it comes to putting together the material for the show it's a fairly
organic process. Royalle admits she rarely "sits down to write a planned piece.
"More o en than not, I will feel a new piece building inside me for a good
while before I'll nally sit down and write it. It always comes from a place of
truth then, and it requires a little editing before I embark on the process of
developing the performance aspect of it."
She believes her current piece, Stories by Starlight, which has already wowed
the crowds at Midsumma is her "best o ering yet as an artist.
"I have collaborated with Sloppy Joe who are a genre bending trio that mess
with funk, jazz and soul and together we have created a sound experience that
I think is hard to compare to anything else.
"Of course there is poetry, but there are theatrics, lots of music, and a heap
of soundscapes that I build using looping pedals. On top of this, I may be
able to bring my two burlesque beauties Ember Flame and Betty Grumble to
perform as well. ey are part of the Sydney and Melbourne shows and I'm
hoping they'll be able to make it to Adelaide too. Imagine: Poetry, live music,
burlesque - there's no show like it!"
For more info on Candy's upcoming gigs visit: Candyroyalle.com.au
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