Cabaret

TINA – A TROPICAL LOVE STORY

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Step into a vibrant world, where the sultry heat of the tropics meets the electrifying energy of a cultural icon.

In 1988, amidst the sweltering atmosphere of the Darwin Amphitheatre, a young First Nations boy found himself swept away by the legendary Tina Turner’s mesmerising performance. Little did he know that fateful night would ignite a journey of self-discovery and transformation.

Tina – A Tropical Love Story is a captivating blend of storytelling and cabaret, and a heartfelt tribute to the indomitable spirit of Tina Turner. Enter the enchanting realm of Miss Ellaneous, First Nations Drag performer (AKA Ben Graetz), as he shares his deeply personal tales of growing up in Darwin and the profound impact Tina had on his life.

This spectacular production intertwines Ben’s narrative with dazzling drag performances, inviting local artists to share their own experiences of how Tina’s music and legacy have shaped their lives. From tales of resilience to moments of empowerment, Tina – A Tropical Love Story embraces the transformative power of music and love and celebrates hope, humanity and community.

Written, performed and directed by Ben Graetz with choreography by Leanne Scott-Toms and special performances from Crystal Love, Donnie Piccolo (Lisa Pellegrino), Karibu Collective, Max Fredericks, Natalie Pellegrino and Prawn Cracker Spice (Dana Dizon).

Credits
  • Writer, Director & Performer Ben Graetz (he/him) aka Miss Ellaneous (she/her)

  • Choreographer Leanne Scott-Toms

  • Performers Crystal Love (she/her), Donnie Piccolo (he/him) aka Lisa Pellegrino (she/her), Karibu Collective, Max Fredericks (he/him), Natalie Pellegrino (She/Her), Prawn Cracker Spice (she/her) aka Dana Dizon (she/her)

  • Photo Jamie James

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