Through song, dance and spoken word Songwoman tells the sharp, funny and often harrowing story of three bi-racial siblings growing up in the United States of America in the 1960’s.

The youngest: the autistic and schizophrenic brother.

The middle child: a woman who migrates to Australia, a country struggling with its own racial history.

The eldest: the extraordinary, beautiful and gifted sister.

This dynamic show is powerful and unique with an original score,
words and music by Gerianne Rudd.

It tells of a particular time and place, but it could take place anytime, anywhere.

Songwoman is her story. Every word and every note of it is true.

GERIANNE RUDD is a singer songwriter living in Brisbane, Australia. Over the past 40 years she has worked as an industrial chemist, artist’s model, respite carer, school teacher and swimming instructor. She currently teaches piano. Songwriting and teaching children of all ages and abilities are her passions.

In the 1950’s Gerianne was born in the the United States of America where she lived and worked until her move to Australia in 1995.

The moment the music begins and the first note rings out it is clear Gerianne is an incredible voice. Every step of her journey has shaped these melodies, harmony and lyrics so when all of the elements align, her singing ascends and manifests the resounding tone of an ancient healer.

HEATHER BARRACLOUGH has over 20 years of industry experience working as a professional dancer, choreographer, teacher and examiner. In 2013 she opened her own school in Brisbane, Gerrard’s Performing Arts Centre. She has a passion for teaching the next generation, and is a qualified RAD Ballet Teacher, SFD Jazz and Tap Examiner, and DanceSport Instructor. Some of her professional credits include  Jupiter’s Casino’s Stage Shows Zingara and Tempo Rouge.  Heather is thrilled to collaborate and dance in Songwoman.

HAYLEY IFFLAND is a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher. She holds a Diploma in Dance (Queensland Dance School of Excellence – Classical Ballet Full Time) her Associate Diploma Teaching Qualification from Cecchetti Ballet International, and Certificate IV In Musical Theatre and Commercial Dance (ED5 Performing Arts International Full Time Course).

Hayley has worked professionally for over 10 years across Australia and South East Asia in the commercial dance industry. Some Credits include:

Phoenix Entertainment Brisbane, Voices By Jayanthi – Siva Lecolley and Michael Corbridge – Dancer/Choreographer (QUT Brisbane, Black Box Theatre Singapore), Arsmedia Singapore, Wild Rice Productions, CPG Concepts, Millennium Entertainment, Alikhan Live Entertainment (Barbie Live, Justice League Live, Transformers Live),RWS Sentosa Singapore and Dancer/Performer at SeaWorld and Movieworld (2008-2011).

Hayley now freelances on special projects, dancing, choreographing and teaching, as well as directing and overseeing projects. Hayley has over 15 years of teaching experience. She also manages and teaches at her own dance school in Brisbane, Gerrard’s Performing Arts Centre.

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Songwoman views life through the prism of race. It is not a black story or a white story.

Gerianne Rudd ©️ 2017