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When Josh Belperio survived flying over the handlebars of his pushbike, rupturing his spleen and nearly bleeding to death, he did the only rational thing an artist would do - he wrote a show about it.
Scarred For Life premiered at the 2017 Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival to sold-out audiences and unanimously positive reviews.
Josh Belperio | Performer and Songwriter
Emerging composer, conductor, pianist and cabaret artist, Josh Belperio, is passionate about helping people better empathise with themselves and with each other through the unique power of music. Josh received his B.mus. in composition from the Elder Conservatorium of Music, Adelaide University, in 2015, studying with Graeme Koehne and Anne Cawrse. His choral compositions have been sung by ensembles such as the Elder Conservatorium Chorale, the Festival Statesmen Chorus, the Young Voices of Melbourne, and the Gondwana Chorale. His orchestral music has been played by the Australian Youth Orchestra, Canberra Youth Orchestra, and Adelaide Youth Sinfonia. As a musical theatre composer, Josh was awarded a $10,000 Carclew Project & Development Grant to fund the first development of an original musical, produced by Release Creative, with support from the Adelaide Festival Centre. In cabaret, Josh accompanied in the 2015 Adelaide Cabaret Festival, and was recently awarded a Helpmann Academy Grant to undertake a mentorship with Michael Griffiths and Amelia Ryan, and vocal lessons with Rosanne Hosking for his upcoming debut show, Scarred For Life.
Michael Griffiths | Mentor
Michael Griffiths graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with a Bachelor in Music Theatre in 1999 and has a Diploma in Music Composition. He most recently won a Helpmann award for Best Cabaret Performer for his performance in Cole and a Green Room award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Bob Crewe in Jersey Boys. He has also appeared in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, We Will Rock You! and Shout! His acclaimed one man cabaret shows In Vogue: Songs By Madonna, Sweet Dreams: Songs By Annie Lennox, Adolescent and Cole have delighted critics and audiences across every cabaret festival in Australia and beyond to New York, London, Hong Kong, Christchurch, Auckland and Edinburgh Fringe where he received five star reviews and standing ovations. His original song Resemblance was featured in the ABC documentary Sperm Donors Anonymous. Michael won the Best Cabaret Adelaide Fringe Award in 2014 and Best Cabaret Adelaide Fringe Weekly Award in 2015 and 2016.
Amelia Ryan | Mentor
Amelia Ryan is a multi-award winning Cabaret Artist, Actress, Writer, Presenter and Coach, known for her quick-wit and quirk. In 2011, she penned and produced her autobiographical, one-woman show; A Storm in a D Cup, which has gone on to sell out houses throughout Australia, New York City and Edinburgh. In 2012, the show won the Sydney Fringe Springboard Prize for most promising performer, and co-won the 2012 Your Theatrics International Cabaret Contest. In 2013, Amelia toured to Australia’s major cabaret festivals; Melbourne, Noosa, Ballarat and Adelaide, and was then invited to take the show to the 2013 New York Musical Theatre Festival where she played to a sold-out season and standing ovations. In 2014, she won the Fringe Weekly award for Best Cabaret during her season in the Garden Of Unearthly Delights, which prompted an invitation to perform at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe, where she was presented by Assembly Festival. 2015 also saw the birth of her latest show, Lady Liberty, which has toured to Sydney, Wollongong, Ballarat, Hobart, Perth and Melbourne, and was selected for the 2015 Adelaide Cabaret Festival by Artistic Director, Mr. Barry Humphries. The show will be heading to the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe upon return invitation from Assembly Festival.
Rosanne Hosking | Vocal Coach
Rosanne’s performance career spans over 20 years and has taken her all around Australia and overseas. She is recognized as one of Adelaide’s most versatile vocalists with her performance career spanning everything from opera to rock. Her professional theatre credits include The Phantom of the Opera, South Pacific, The Venetian Twins, Next to Normal, The Front, Mother Wife and the Complicated Life and The Magic Flute. She is also a passionate and well-respected vocal coach undertaking regular and extensive training in vocal anatomy, physiology and function. She is a candidate of the Estill Certified Master Teacher certification programme and currently holds a Certificate of Figure Proficiency. Rosie lectures in singing and music at the Adelaide College of Arts, regularly works as a Vocal Coach and Musical Director for youth theatre company, Pelican Productions, and also consults privately from her home studio assisting emerging and professional artists to achieve their full vocal and performance potential.