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The exotic Lives of Lola Montez is the story of wild, dangerous and unvanquished woman in a man’s world. It is a monologue, although interwoven throughout the performance is also The Burlesque Star – both a modern representation of the essence and legacy of Lola Montez, and an avatar for Lola herself.
In 1855-56 Lola Montez toured to Australia. She died only a few years later. In the Exotic Lives of Lola Montez, Lola is still alive - called to the stage in present-day Australia by her ever-loving audience, and where she reveals the ‘truth, many many times’.
She tells her incredible history, true and false and in-between, ranging from her birth in Ireland as Eliza Gilbert; to her re-styling herself as exotic dancer and actress Lola Montez; to her multiple lovers including the King of Bavaria; to the multiple times she ‘died’; and her original and scandal-laced tour of the Victorian goldfields.
The play looks at fame, freedom for women, desire, aging, truth and lies. The play culminates in Lola’s infamous Spider Dance – a Burlesque that scandalised audiences worldwide, and brought Lola Montez much of her notoriety.
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