David Paul Jobling to Direct CANDY CHAMBERS FIFTY FOREVER! at 2014 Fringe World Festival, Feb 12-15
How often do you find yourself watching the bad girl and hoping things work out okay for her in the end? Like Stockard Channing in Grease or Kylie Minogue in Cut? This is the extraordinary world of cabaret and personality. Individuals in the spotlight shedding their skins like onions and revealing that life is the cabaret, hoping all along that you'll become an old chum. During this interview with Director David Paul Jobling and chanteuse Candy Chambers as they bring their talents together for Candy Chambers Fifty Forever we discussed perception and how the internet has changed the way we think.
Chambers hails from the southern regions of America, Jobling from the Australian outback. Both have their individual back stories but today they celebrate their second bite of the cherry together that is cabaret. Arguably the finest cabaret comes from the heart. The realities of life make up a common theme in cabaret and the pitch of those realities can take your breath away. The Liza Minnelli musical 'Cabaret' directed by Bob Fosse is a prime example, a template in fact of how great the genre can be. This is a tradition of entertainment that casts way back in history. There have always been entertainers singing their words, the words of others, to unpack the troubles from their kit bags, shoulder bags and backpacks. Prisoners of war, university students, family tradition, many groups socially participate in the ritual of a regular cabaret style performance to let it all hang out and mock their fathers as it were.
Traditional cabaret has an opportunity or two for the audience to participate in a song, without a karaoke machine or video projection in sight. It brings the audience along on a ride that can prickle as much as tickle.
Jobling, the director of 'Candy Chambers Fifty Forever!' a cabaret show on the bill of the 2014 Fringe World Festival in February says, "Cabaret is a great tradition. People completely fell for Candy in her first cabaret 'Bittersweet,' during the 2006 Feast Festival. Then there were other matters to attend to, but in 2013 she was back at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival this time. Certainly it was that original show that gave pause to all who saw it. Candy Chambers told her life story in song and dance and she was amazing."
To say chanteuse Miss Candy Chambers has led a complicated and interesting life is to underplay the chasms of emotion her story provokes. To some it continues to be an outrage that a woman whose early celebrity arose from the adult entertainment industry is free to sing on the cabaret stage. "I am free. That's the point," says the charming Candy Chambers herself. "I've done my time. It's no secret. Why would you bother to try to keep something so fundamental to your attraction as your early works hidden from view, even the stinkers; none of them were released in scratch'n'sniff so we can all relax. There's an opening for some healing right there I think. Stretch the tension out of your stiff muscles now. I haven't yet had the pleasure of working with John Waters but my openings remain ever available to him and if he doesn't know that, he should know it," she says.
Jobling admits Chambers has a 'colourful background' but believes it's no different than many talented individuals who recreate personal stories of overcoming adversity in song; he appreciates it for 'elements of tradition of cabaret' and explains, "I think a person pays for the crime when they do the time. That's the way it's set up to work and I believe Candy is a rehabilitated woman. Some argue it was a crime that she was even convicted and I could easily stand on that side of the line were it drawn in the sand but this isn't about all of that; I'm focused on seeing the world premiere hit the audience's G spot," he adds, "their giggle spot that is."
David Paul Jobling's work includes everything from acting as a body double for film maker George Lucas through to briefly appearing in 'Love My Way' with Australia's television sweetheart Asher Keddie and NIDA cohort Steven Vidler who appeared in one of Jobling's first plays, "Onkaparinga River". Jobling has busied himself since graduating from NIDA's Playwright Studio and sitcom classes at AFTRS. His most recent endeavours include an exhibition of his original screen prints and a production entitled "Last Days On Earth" for the Feast Festival in Adelaide, "We considered Candy for a couple of the roles in Last Days, she would have been perfect but we were well served by Jamie Jewell in the end and the production was a success," says Jobling.