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Lola Montez performance

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August 13, 2017

The most outrageous showgirl of the 19th century, Lola Montez, will make her Deniliquin debut this August.

The production, The Exotic Lives of Lola Montez, tells the tale of the ‘‘wildest girl in town’’, an Irish-born Spanish dancer who became one of the most famous international entertainers.

Written by former Deniliquin woman Jackie Smith, the performance will be held at the Peppin Heritage Centre on Friday, August 18.

‘‘The production is about a notorious showgirl called Lola who toured Australia in the 1850s,’’ Mrs Smith said.

‘‘She caused enormous controversy and excitement, and she became famous for an exotic move called the ‘Spider Dance’.’’

Lola’s iconic Spider Dance was ‘‘the most libertinish and indelicate performance ever to be seen on the public stage,’’ according to an article from the Sydney Morning Herald at the time.

‘‘I did a lot of research and went through her history and it became a real labyrinth trying to find the real truth and her actual life story,’’ Mrs Smith said.

‘‘I thought, ‘why ruin a good story with the truth?’, so I came up with my own elaborate mis-history if she were to have lived until she was 90. The result was a production which combines elements of burlesque, story-telling and cabaret.

‘‘The play has something for everyone — it’s high energy, funny, and for those who are interested in history, there is a historical side to it too.’’

The hour-long performance stars award winning actress and direct descendant of Lola herself, Caroline Lee, as well as Parisian dancer Holly Durant.

Before the show, there will be a champagne soiree supper at The Crossing Cafe.

Produced by theatre company Finucane & Smith, The Exotic Lives of Lola Montez! will start from 7.30pm. For $50, guests can experience the full package, including the performance and supper at The Crossing. Tickets for the show only are $30, while a concession is also available for $25. Tickets can be purchased at The Crossing, Peppin Heritage Centre, Peppin Planners and South West Arts.

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