Variety for a cause

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Sarah IsonBusselton Dunsborough Times

Busselton’s variety show is back, showcasing dozens of locals performing in this year’s production, Busselton Has Talent.

After a five-year hiatus, this year’s show is a collaborative effort between the Busselton Repertory Club and Bare Naked Theatre Group, which together have helped facilitate more than 20 acts across the two-hour performance.

Bare Naked Theatre artistic director Russell Chandler said this year’s show was full of unexpected surprises.

“We’ve got a yodelling act, belly dancing, poetry slams and mini Shakespearean pieces, just to name a few,” he said.

The age range of performance spans from 16-82, according to Mr Chandler, who told the Times the variety show’s appeal for performers and audiences was its short-form structure.

“It’s purely an opportunity for people to be entertained and enjoy something light and funny,” he said. “It’s also great for performers, with the smaller pieces being more achievable than committing to a big show.”

Repertory club member Ingrid Windsor said there was an enormous amount of young people particularly eager to perform on-stage.

“There’s so much energy and enthusiasm for it down here, and a show like this one is so great for everyone involved to meet people, see different talent and connect with the community,” she said.

Ms Windsor said the show was slightly risque and “not exactly a kids’ show”.

“It’s a little saucy at times, but definitely appropriate for kids over 13,” she said.

The performance will donate funds directly to the Busselton Hospice and youth theatre initiatives.

Mr Chandler said the theatre groups hoped to host the show annually, should this year be successful.

“My vision for the future is a regular program of events and activities, where traditionally we used to have big gaps between events in the year,” he said.

The show will run next Friday and Saturday night from 7pm, with tickets available from Callows or trybooking/SKIO.

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